Alwin Holland Elementary School Newsletter
November 3rd, 2009
T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More
School District Band Program or not to get it. Northern Health is advising that you
Students in School District 60’s Beginning Band do.
program will be going to Taylor on Thursday, Student Leadership
November 5th for the annual retreat. Our student leadership group is under way. Two
The annual band Christmas concert will be held on students have been selected to represent each
Thursday, November 26th. More information will classroom. Those students who are not on the current
become available when we receive it. leadership team will be invited to be part of
leadership committees for various functions during
Healthy Snack Reminder the year. One role of the student leadership group is
This is just a reminder that we ask students to bring a to develop and promote school functions that will
healthy item for their pre recess snack. For several foster a sense of school community and fun. Another
classrooms, this has been defined as fruit, vegetable role is to provide student input into how we can
or dairy items. Healthy snacks give students the improve the overall school community. Leadership
energy and nutrition they require to have a productive meetings will take place at lunch time once every two
morning in school. Students are asked to save their weeks. Students will also do the lunch time
cookies, cake, etc for lunch time after they eat their announcements at school and a live interview every
sandwich, and to bring something from one of the 4 other week on Moose FM. Mrs. Snow, Mrs. Frey
food groups for snack time. and Mr. Gill will be working with the leadership
The volleyball teams have started their season. Breakfast Program
Thanks to Mr. Platzer and Mr. Gill for volunteering Any student in the school is welcome to have a
to coach the teams this year. Thanks also to Mrs. healthy breakfast in our canteen from 8:30 to 8:50.
Snow and Ms. Alexander who have volunteered to Although the program is open to everyone, we
sponsor bowling teams again this year. The bowling encourage students to eat at home when they can.
season will start on November 18th, with the first The program is not intended as a convenience but as
game starting at 3:30pm at the Fort Bowling Lanes. another way to support our students and to ensure
everyone has a healthy start to the day.
Please ensure your child is dressing properly for the Extra Eyes
colder weather. On most days students will be Thanks to the PAC for sponsoring the Extra Eyes
outside during recess (15 minutes) and lunch time (20 Program at the school, and to the parents who have
minutes). When dressed properly, most students volunteered to help out with it. Volunteer parents
enjoy a healthy break out in the fresh air. During the provide “extra eyes” to add to the adult presence in
winter months, as long as it is not colder than – 20 C the playground and ensure that everyone remains
with the wind chill, children will be expected to be safe. Participating parents are asked to gently
outside. Those who do not remember their hats and redirect inappropriate student behaviour and/or report
mitts will be provided with items from a shared safety concerns to lunch period monitors. We hope
school collection so they can go out. As well, it is they will have fun with the students, as well. We
important that students always wear their shoes inside appreciate the “extra eyes” who help us maintain a
the school. If there is an emergency and we have to safe and respectful environment on our playground.
evacuate the building, students will not have time to If you would still like to volunteer, please contact the
stop and put on outside boots or shoes. Please ensure school. Thanks to Sherry Blanchette for making the
that students have both an indoor and an outdoor pair Extra Eyes schedule (available on our school
of shoes to protect our building. website), and thanks to all those parents who have
generously donated their time this year.
The Northern Health Authority has issued the School Fundraising Hot Lunch Days
following information: The canteen will be serving up a hot lunch on
If you have the flu at this time there is a good Friday, November 13th and Friday, November 27th
chance that it is H1N1. This strain of the flu is as fundraisers for the school. Each one of the days
generally considered to be mild or moderate in will have a specific theme to make it fun for the
severity. It is characterized by sudden onset, muscle students! Funds raised through the hot lunch will be
aches, fever and a cough. There are no plans to used to purchase projectors for the school. As an
close schools or other public places at this time as aside, the weekly menu for the canteen is available
this will not stop the spread of the virus, however, a on our website.
vaccine to treat it will be available in our area as of
Monday, November 2. The chronically ill (under PAC News
age 65), pregnant ladies, and people in remote areas The next PAC meeting will be held on Tuesday,
will be vaccinated first. November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.
A Vaccination schedule with locations is coming Childcare is available for those who require this
In the meantime, increased hand-washing and
coughing/sneezing into you sleeve are critical for
helping to slow the virus. Students and staff who are Remembrance Day Assembly
sick should stay home (doctor’s rule of thumb: 7 days On Tuesday, November 10th, the school will
or until you are symptom free…whichever is shorter).
be holding a Remembrance Day Assembly in the
When the vaccine is available to everyone (hopefully
in a couple of weeks) it is still your call as to whether gym starting at 10:55 a.m. Parents are welcome
to attend. Remembrance Day poppies are will be dismissed one hour early at 1:45 on those
available at the office in return for any donation days to accommodate conferences. Friday,
to the poppy campaign fund. There will be no December 5th is a district-wide Non-Instructional
school on Wednesday, November 11th. Day for Parent-Teacher conferencing. There are no
classes for students on that day.
If you were away, or if you would like retakes of this Dates and Reminders
year’s school photo, the photographer will be back on Nov. 3 PAC meeting @ 7
Thursday, November 19th to retake pictures. Nov. 5 Beginning Band Retreat
Nov. 10 Remembrance Day Assembly
Report Cards Nov. 11 Remembrance Day - no classes
Formal First Term Report Cards will be sent home Nov. 13 Hot Lunch Fundraiser
with students on Monday, November 30th. Parent- Nov. 19 Photo Retakes
Teacher conferences will be scheduled all day Nov. 26 Band Christmas Concert
Friday, December 44h and on our early dismissal Nov. 27 Hot Lunch Fundraiser
days. Nov. 30 First Term Report Cards
Dec. 2 & 3 Early Dismissal Days
Non-Instructional Day/Early Dismissal Dec. 4 Non-Instructional Day: Parent-
Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, Teacher Conferences – no classes
December 3rd are early dismissal days. Students
Please remember to check out our website at www.holland.prn.bc.ca. If you have any questions or concerns about
anything relating to the school, please contact us at 785-6125.
Mrs. Lilly Frey Mr. Jason Gill
Principal Vice Principal