The staff at Grindrod Elementary wish everyone a safe , healthy and happy summer holiday! Early registration for 2021-2022 is Tuesday, September 31st from 8:00am -2:00pm. If these hours don’t work for your family, please call us at this time to let us know of your intention to register.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7th from 8:00-11:00am. This is an early dismissal day. Students will return to last year’s class on this first day, giving the staff the opportunity to assess enrolment and configure classes based on the number of students attending school in 2021-2022. It is our hope that, with district approval, we can place our students into their new classes by Wednesday, September 8th, however, the configuration process may take several days to complete as district staff must approve our class numbers. If we are not able to complete the new class configurations by Wednesday then students will continue to go back to the class they were in last year until the process is complete. We thank both students and parents for their patience while this process is completed.
Although this not a certainty yet, we anticipate being back to normal for the 2021-2022 school year. This means not having to wear masks, inviting parents into the school to support classrooms, having parents welcomed on fieldtrips, having all students able to play together on the playground, having PAC meetings at the school in person, inviting outside groups such as gymnastics instructors and cultural event performers into the school, having our famous hot lunch program active again and hosting our ever popular whole school assemblies and fieldtrips. We are so excited to be opening our doors to the community again. I want to take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, parents and the community for their unending support of Grindrod School this past year. You made it possible for great learning to continue!
All students in Grades 6-12 are being invited to take part in an optional survey to ensure a more safe, respectful, and equitable school-learning experience for all students.
“Your voice is important,” says District Principal Anne Tenning as she encourages all students to take part. She adds that much thought went into the survey and the district is hoping for a high participation rate from students as the information will be used to help set district goals, student improvement plans, and in-service, particularly for the Ministry’s Indigenous Education day. The survey was developed by the SD83 Equity Committee, which includes representatives from the local Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers’ Association (NOSTA), SD83 Principals and Vice-Principals (PVP) and SD83’s senior leadership team (SLT).
All participant identities will be kept anonymous.
The survey will take about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on answers to a few of the open ended questions. Students are also invited to enter a separate contest at the end of the survey and have a chance to win some great prizes, including seven Samsung Galaxy Tablets. This survey closes on May 28, 2021 and the prize draw will take place on May 31, 2021.
Tenning explains the district received a small grant from the Ministry, and chose to use the funds for prizes for the students.
With the arrival of warmer, spring weather, our students are spending good parts of their day learning outside. This week, we have made our garden area a focus by cleaning out our garden beds, tidying up the storage shed and garden grounds, adding new soil into the garden boxes, raking the pathways and moving earth. Our irrigation system has undergone minor repairs and is now up and running. Next week, several classes will be planting their crops! With the update to our garden soil we are looking forward to a plentiful harvest in the fall!
Students and staff are working hard to complete units and assessments as we approach our first formal written reports of the year. As you will recall, we sent home written interim reports in October and then hosted our Goal Setting conferences in November. This written report presents a new template the district has adopted this year. Parents will notice a significant change in format, which includes both curriculum overview statements for each subject area as well as specific student comments especially in the areas of reading, writing and numeracy. The proficiency scale also utilizes slightly different language which aligns with the new ministry reporting documents. We welcome your feedback on these new templates and will send out a short survey after reports have been released as a way for you to provide your thoughts on this new format. Reports will be sent home on March 5th.
Students in Ms. Fox’s grade 3/4 class are hard at work with their language arts lesson to begin a new day of learning.
SD83 is inviting all students and families to participate in P.L.A.Y Shuswap’s Family Day PLAY Challenge February 12-15th, 2021.
SD83 Healthy Schools Co-ordinator Laura Paiement encourages all SD83 families to join in the multi-community activity challenge that promotes, physical literacy, family fun, and being outdoors. This challenge is being sponsored by SD83, Salmon Arm Recreation, Enderby Recreation Services, Sicamous Recreation and P.L.A.Y Shuswap.
“We are encouraging each family/household group to complete as many challenges as they can. After completing each challenge, they are to send in a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the P.L.A.Y Shuswap Facebook page. Each submission earns them an entry into great local/community prizes. Along with the participation prizes, each community will have a grand prize draw for families/households that complete all 10 activities,” explains Paiement.
P.L.A.Y Shuswap is a group of stakeholders from SD83, Sicamous, Salmon Arm and Enderby Recreation Departments, local sport organizations and Interior Health. We have come together to promote Physical Literacy in the Shuswap.
“Physical Literacy is the gateway to both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. When you have the foundation of skills, motivation, and confidence you will be more likely to be active for life,“ she adds.
This event is made possible thanks to the support of the BC Government BC Family Day grants.