May 3rd Reminders

Good Morning Everyone,
Today, staff welcomed Mike Pellegrin to our team!  Mike will finish off the year with our 4A class. Welcome Mike!  God's blessings to Alex Dennis as she & her husband await the arrival of their second child !

💞 Saturday, May 1st, was National Principals' Day.  We would like to acknowledge our Principal, Geannette Lehman, and our Vice-Principals Chris Kooman & Carolyn Stolte.  Thank you for your leadership & guidance during these challenging times and always putting our students first.  Thank you for your unwavering commitment, tireless dedication, love, care & support you show our students, staff & families.  We appreciate each of you!

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👒🎩This Wednesday is HATS on for MENTAL HEALTH Day!
May 3-9 is Mental Health Awareness week in Canada.  For information & tools from the Canadian Mental Health Association's website, please click HERE.
  • This Wednesday, May 5th  is HATS on for MENTAL HEALTH Day!  We encourage students & staff to wear a hat that day to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health.
💻 Gr. 7-12 students are temporarily online learning
Our 7 - 12 teachers and admin are working collaboratively to support your children/our students in online learning.  We value our partnership with you and want to ensure the lines of communication are open.  If your son/daughter is having difficulties with online learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.  
Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom to meet virtually and teach their classes.
  • For a Parent's Guide to Google Classroom, please click HERE

👧👨Gr. 5 Grow Kids                                                                                         

On Wednesday, May 5th, our Gr. 5 students will partake in the virtual event Grow Kids (formally Go Girls & Grow Boys).  This year's theme is - Hope is an action word.  The goal of this event is to build hope through taking ACTION!  Multiple sessions will be offered to students on the topics of creating positive relationships, being creative, being active and taking care of themselves.  If you have a son/daughter in Gr. 5, please ask them about the 'Grow Kids' event!

🏃Aloha School Run                                                                                             
On Thursday, May 6th, our kindergarten - Gr. 6 students will partake in the Aloha School Run. Students are asked to wear bright colors, flowers or anything Hawaiian.  Please remember to send a water bottle with your son/daughter.  They will walk/run in celebration of health, wellness and the ability to move their mood!  As part of the event, each student who partakes will receive a motivational bracelet, thanks to SPARC Red Deer and Move Your Mood! 

Some samples of the messages on the bracelets:

  • You Got This!
  • Never Give Up!
  • Stay Positives!
  • Believe in yourself!
  • Be your Best!
  • Follow Your Dreams!

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🌿 Gr. 7W Science 

One of the units in Gr. 7 science is Plants for Food & Fibre.  Students in Mrs. Welch's 7W class are studying the concepts:

  • Life processes and structure of plants
  • Fertilizers and soil nutrients

Students are learning how to be good Earth-Keepers and how to take care of and be good stewards of God's creation - plants!  The class created their own compost and each potted 3 plants they will care for and watch grow.

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📣 High School students & parents: Please note the following info & dates:

  • regular classes for Gr. 9-12 on May 28th
  • last day of Gr. 9-12 classes is June 24th
  • LTCHS  grad moved to June 25th  
SCHOOL TRAFFIC  Thank you for WORKING with US to keep our students safe & traffic flowing efficiently!  
We greatly appreciate everyone's care in ensuring student safety by:
  • Utilizing the 3 crosswalks
  • Drivers remaining in vehicles in the 'Drop and Go' zone
  • Drivers pulling up as far as possible in the 'Drop and Go' zone
  • Not stopping or parking in areas marked with pylons  (bus zone & cross walks)
  • Having your son/daughter exit your vehicle from the curbside ONLY!
💟 Sunday, May 9th is Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all our mums in our school & extended community.  We are so grateful for all that you do for your children and our school. Hope your day will be full of blessings !

Community NEWS...
An exciting opportunity for families in June!  This FREE family challenge is open to all families across Central Alberta. Join to learn ways to connect as a family by:  moving your bodies, fueling your bodies, expanding your mind and building healthy relationships. Complete family challenges for a chance to win prizes! Please see the invitation below for families to participate in the Move Your Mood Family Challenge. There will be fun prizes and great ways to interact as a family.  Registration begins May 1 at www.sparcreddeer.ca.   
To register click HERE

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Here are the reminders for the week:
Monday, May 3rd
  • Boston Pizza Hot Lunch (for those who ordered)
Wednesday, May 5th
  • Gr. 5 Virtual Grow Kids
  • HATS on for MENTAL HEALTH!  Students & staff are encouraged to wear a hat in support of Mental Health!
Thursday, May 6th
  • Kindergarten - Gr. 6 Aloha School Run!   Staff & students are encouraged to wear bright colors, flowers or anything Hawaiian. 
Friday, May 7th
  • Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten class:  Regular Classes
  • Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten class:  No School
  • 4:00 p.m. deadline to order Subway Hot Lunch
It is a joy to serve our Gateway families.  We are grateful for your ongoing patience, understanding, support & prayers.  
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Have a great week,

Cathy