Welcome back! I am excited for the start of the school year. The school year started for our dedicated teachers last week. We had sessions of professional development, team staff meetings, one on one conversations and hours of classroom preparation and planning. For teachers school really begins when all of our students arrive. We are looking forward to an exceptional year of teaching and learning.
All of our parents and community members have important roles to play in children learning. We ask that you are an engaged participant in your child’s learning experience. We hope and openly ask for your support and advice. The strong partnership between home and school has a dramatic impact on students learning.
In the next coming weeks information will be sent home by classroom teachers and posted on our website identifying ways that you can help your child learn and master the learner outcomes. Teachers and the school will also be asking for assistance and support with items like daily reading, homework and practice, supporting school and classroom events, and volunteering. We also believe that parents helping their children build and maintain positive routines of sleep, nutrition, and physical activity have a huge impact on the whole child’s ability to learn and grow.
We are also excited to offer collaborative learning opportunities for our students. We have the grade ones, twos and threes combined and then divided into two classes for three periods a week with one period each day occurring on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This also occurs for our Grades Four, Five and Six classes. This allows us to offer our teachers mutual preparation time and weekly divisional teacher collaboration time. Time where the grade one, two and three teacher along with the LST (Learning Support Teacher) meet to work on instructional topics, assessment practices, combined lesson planning, and common best practices. This also occurs for the Grade four, Five, Six and LST (Learning Support Teacher) once a week all year long.
Our other focus throughout the year will be implement and usage of the Wi-Fi and new Chromebooks. Staff and students are excited to begin to use these devices and access to the web to enhance and strengthen the instruction and lessons. The Staff has already been working collaboratively to explore the new Google environment and the possibilities that this great technology has to offer since early last year. We believe that Wi-Fi and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) will enhance the teaching and learning that occurs at Falun School. Staff will continue to attend and take part in professional learning opportunities to enhance their understanding and ability to use these new technologies to maximize students learning.
We are also completing a review of our pro-social, positive peer interactive supports and safe and caring, healthy living activities and supports we offer our students. Amy Johnson our new FSLW (Family School Liaison) along with staff will review our practices for student supporting our students. Amy will be offering small groups sessions and some whole class supports. As these arise, more information will be sent home.
Here is a review of our Strategic Enhancement Program Plan (SPEP) for the 2014-2015 school year. We will of course continue with historical activities that have been in place here at Falun in previous years.
- Piano lessons
- Guitar Lessons
- Grade 6 classes will lead our in school events.
- There will also be Art, Music, and Physical Activities as well as cultural learning presentation for the whole school and individual classes throughout the year.
- Inter School Activities (volley ball/newcomb, basketball, floor hockey, curling, soccer) with Lakedell, Pipestone and Mimiw Sakahikan Schools.
- Artist Residency Mrs. Jeanet de Boer, Teacher Assistant at Falun School
- Hand Bells
- Musical/Drama Concert (Spring)
We appreciate your dedication and commitment to being a member of our team who is engaged in providing a world class learning experience for our students.
Mr. Kristien Holtby