We have enjoyed a fabulous start to the new school year! As I take my daily walk throughout the school, I am always thrilled to see the happy faces of students who are engaged in their studies. I am pleased to see the level of commitment our students bring to their daily work, and their active involvement within class discussions and debates. Individual, group, and class projects are well underway, with homework routines well established.
Our students have immersed themselves in all aspects of Glenburnie School life where risk taking, hands-on learning, commitment to learning, and fun are incorporated. Varsity Sports, Grade 4-8 Electives, Choirs, Bands, and more, provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to ignite their interests.
During both welcome back assemblies, we announced this year’s school theme:
Leadership, Pride, and Investing in Oneself
We discussed how students of all ages, can become integral parts of Glenburnie as a whole. Students were encouraged to make each day count. As an example, at the Junior and Intermediate assembly, students were asked to think about each school day as if it was a dollar. Each student can either make the most of that dollar and use it well, come to school each day, ready to learn something new, or he/she can choose to waste it - it’s up to each student!
I also shared with the students, that their parents, family, and teachers all believe in them. Students were asked to believe in themselves, and were encouraged to choose to be happy, to learn, and to make a difference in their lives, one day at a time. We discussed investing in themselves and made a few suggestions, (i.e., make some new friends, welcome a new student, join a club, try out for a sports team, join the choir or school band, audition for the Spring Musical, learn how to play a musical instrument, learn a new language, and more). The rewards will follow!
Glenburnie students recently demonstrated their strong school spirit at our first Colour Team Pep Rally of the year. Our enthusiastic colour team captains led their teams in animated discussions of overall team objectives and celebrated their spirit with team cheers. Thank you to Ms. Warren and the Colour Team Captains for leading this very lively and exciting event.
After the Pep Rally, students watched a compelling Terry Fox video. Students demonstrated great maturity while running in their own Marathon of Hope around our playing field, and our Grade 7-8 students demonstrated outstanding leadership and motivation to their younger buddies. Thank you to all students and parents for your generous support of our Terry Fox Run. Special thanks to Mr. Rickels for co-ordinating and overseeing this most worthwhile event, and to Miss Hewitt for capturing so many wonderful photos which are posted on our school website.
"It occurs very rarely in the life of a nation that the courageous spirit of one person unites all people in their celebration of his life and in the mourning of his death."
~ Pierre Trudeau speaks about Terry Fox
Many thanks to all parents who attended the recent Meet the Teacher evenings. We hope that you found the presentations informative as we discussed the overall vision of Glenburnie School, some innovative additions to our curriculum and programming, and topics that pertain to your child’s grade level. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to ensure that your correct contact information is on file.
If you have not had a chance to arrange for a goal setting interview with your child’s homeroom teacher, please do so at your earliest convenience. These meetings provide parents with the opportunity to meet with their child’s homeroom teacher and any rotary teachers to discuss the overall academic, social and emotional goals for your child. These goals will be revisited and celebrated throughout the school year; as one goal is accomplished, a new one will be set.
Above and beyond the many classroom learning and related activities which take place on a day-to-day basis, we look forward to the next month of exciting activities which include: class field trips, guest speakers, Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en activities, and more.
From our Glenburnie family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!