January Enews from the Connaught SCC
Salut les familles d’École Connaught!
Well, the new school is rolling along and it looks spectacular. Colour is going up on the walls, and the crew says they are right on time. Our children will go to school on 13th Avenue this September!
Here’s what’s up at Connaught:
In school… we received a Kidsport Grant for $4000 to go towards elementary soccer tournaments, bussing and equipment. Hooray! The kids are loving their cooking and origami clubs, and there is a new Best Buddies friendship club where children are partnered with an older student (Gr 6-8) to have as their buddy. Kids are snowshoeing, skating and getting outdoors while the weather is great. We’ve had a 20% jump in reading growth since last year at this time, and the kids are having fun doing mathletic challenges. Every Gr 1-8 student has access to this math website at home. Check it out!
Oh, and I forgot, sometime soon, each student will be participating in a collaborative art work with Wilf Perreault! Each students will be creating a small tile designed with their initials. These tiles will be arranged into a beautiful painting by Mr. Perreault in the new school. How special that our kids get to be a part of this?!
We are having some trouble with regular attendance, so please, if your child is having trouble getting to school, do encourage them to go. There are lots of smiling faces and supports for kids who are having difficulty. Showing up is the first step to success.
If you like to read, and you have a Police Record Check, you are welcome to drop by for even 15-30 minutes to volunteer read with a child! Just go to the office and Mrs. Jackson will partner you up.
Leslie Park Free Outdoor Skating: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 4:30-8:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4:30 and 7-9pm! Come on out and enjoy our beautiful winter! 3820 Victoria Avenue. Thank you to Cheryl Hymus-Fraser and Pete Joyce and all the other parents who volunteer to make this happen!
“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” - Monday, March 13 at 6:30pm at the Sheldon School auditorium for all parents and families at Connaught as a follow up to the presentation last year on media exploitation. Here is a link to the website describing the film, including a link to the trailer:http://www.screenagersmovie.com/ Free but donations are welcome.
Cookie Dough Fundraiser: We will be doing one last fundraiser this school year for the Playground Committee. The Cookie Dough sales last year were fantastic - we’ve even had parents asking when it starts again! Anyways, mid-February will be our start date so please watch for forms home for more information. All proceeds go to our new playground - and it’s cookies! Yum!
There is a new report discussing Educational Governance in Saskatchewan and all parents have been asked for their input. There will be a meeting to discuss (it is the School Board AGM) on Tuesday, January 31 at 7pm, Ron Mitchell In-Service Centre at 1600 4th Avenue. The School Community Council has written a letter to the Minister of Education in support of our system of governance and the importance of community input and involvement. It was signed by 10 of the 12 SCC members and we hope that letters like ours will encourage the Ministry to look elsewhere than education to make efficiencies.
Teacher Appreciation Week: February 12-18: Does your child have a great teacher? What about a nice, smiling bus driver? If you want to say thanks to your teachers/assistants/bus drivers/admin - this is the week to do it. Our teachers do so much for our kids, and we are truly thankful to them for going over and above to make school fun!
Chair, École Connaught SCC
SCC Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7:00pm Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre upstairs, 2900 13th Avenue
Playground Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 21, at Connaught Library
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New School Design
In August and September 2014, in preparation for the design of the new building, the SCC collected the opinions and thoughts from our community regarding their wishes. Over 100 parents, students, and community members or concerned citizens responded. Find the link to NEW SCHOOL SURVEY below.
As well, please find below, the architect's presentation (from Oct 8 meeting) and the 6 final designs (from Oct 1 meeting).
The School Community Council recently sent a letter to Minister of Education Don Morgan. We asked the Minister for an update on the province's funding commitment to rebuilding our school. Here is an excerpt from his reply: "On March 19, 2014 the Board of Education for the Regina Public School Division received approval of their request for a replacement school. The Government of Saskatchewan announced funding support to begin designing the new school and we will continue to fulfill our funding commitment as the next stages of construction commence."
Find that letter attached below.
On Thursday, Dec. 18th a community meeting was held at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre. The architects presented the design of the new school site based on consultation with parents, teachers, and the community. Here is the link for the presentation and the design as of December 18, 2014:
New School Schedule:
December-August 2015 - Construction Documentation
September 2015 - Tender and Award
School Construction - October 2015 - June 2017
Occupancy - September 2017 !!!!!
Centennial Committee (2012-13) - Ecole Connaught turns 100 years old in the 2012-2013 school years. A planning committee was formed last year to start exploring possible ways to mark the occasion through various grants. Last year the Time Traveller/Voyageur du temps time capsule pilot project was created with local artist Gerri Ann Siwek. This project engaged all the students and staff at Connaught. The time traveler had its premiere public viewing at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival street fair on May 28. Over 2000 people viewed the time capsule. Over 100 people were photographed in the time capsule and 17 video interviews were recorded with past students and teachers.
Filmmaker Janine Windolph has created a web site to showcase the creation, artworks, photographs and video interviews. View it at: www.timetraveller.wordpress.com The website includes an area to share your own stories.
The Time Traveller can be seen on the North side of the main floor of the school. Visit it soon as it may self-destruct!
This year we welcome Janine Windolph as our artist-in-residence, with Gerri Ann Siwek acting as consulting artist. Janine is an award-winning filmmaker who is also talented in
jewelry making, beading and storytelling. Stay tuned for exciting centennial-themed art-making activities for kids and community alike. Our students are certain to enjoy a creative and exciting year, thanks to the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Art Project (2009)
Madame Moss’s two French Immersion Kindergarten classes worked with artist Laura Hale on a site-specific art installation at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina entitled Meander. Using leaves, seeds and twigs collected in the fall, they created water creatures which were then embedded in large blocks of ice. You can get a bird’s-eye view of this sculpture installation from the ramps crossing over the sunken garden at the Central Library downtown. The meandering river of ice will continue to evolve and transform throughout the winter and into the spring when it will melt, leaving only a trace of the natural, colourful organic material. Go take a look before it disappears!
Winter Wonderland (2009)
On December 17, 2009 for the first time ever, a Winter Wonderland Carnival was held to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holiday season. It was a great evening of socialising and fun, with activities such as La Tire (French-Canadian candy) and sledding outside. Inside there was hot chocolate, large scale board games, giant musical chairs, Métis dancing, paper ornament making and carolling, not to mention pictures with Santa! We hope to make this an annual event.