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I want to thank all of the members of our school community who carefully
drive through our streets and use the safest areas for parking when dropping
off and picking up students. To help remind drivers about safe traffic and
parking, the local RCMP have been monitoring the area. We will continue to
use our cross walk signs and look for ways to improve other barriers and sign-
Table of Contents: age to create safe traffic at our schools.
EBS Page # 2 However, we continue to have some drivers enter our parking lot when it is
Library Librations Page # 3 The east parking lot is off limits for drop off and pick up during bus arrival and
departure times (from 8:20-8:40 and from 3:00-3:30). Please adhere to the
Winter Carnival Page # 4
safety needs for everyone, especially our students, by using the drop off areas
Counsellor’s Comments Page # 4 on 51 Street and in the lot to the west of our school.
Parent Corner Page # 5 Next month—watch for your chance to offer input on Millet School’s three year
plan 2009 - 2012 by providing ideas on WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT AT
MSAC News Page # 5 MILLET SCHOOL.
Yours for the best in public education,
If you have or know a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 31,
2009, they will be eligible to attend Kindergarten in September. Registration is
now being accepted. There will be a kindergarten open house/registration eve-
ning on Thursday, March 24, 2009 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. If you are not able
to attend feel, free to stop by the office and pick up a registration package.
Please bring your child’s birth certificate and rural residents will need to
bring their legal land description.
Please bring your soon to be Kindergarten student with you!
2 February 2009
Family School Liaison Worker
February is here and we are looking toward spring. The Early Education & Family Wellness Centre in Wetaskiwin is
offering free courses for parents. Childcare is provided during the sessions. Wednesday, February 25/09 6:30 to 8
p.m. The topic is Crawling, Walking, Toilet Training to Talking so if you have younger children you may be
interested. Wetaskiwin Parent Link is presenting Raising Your Spirited Child – The Effect of Temperament it
is March 14th at the Best Western Inn Cost is $10 per family. Childcare and lunch will be provided. If you are in-
terested please register @ 780 – 334-3334. Millet School is bringing Keir Kutney Feb. 9th. He is the behavior spe-
cialist for David Thompson Health region and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about children and their
behaviors. These are all worthwhile workshops and I hope there is one of interest to you – if you are feeling like
brushing up on your parenting skills.
We continue to work on the RESPECT OTHERS section of our grid. We had some excellent presentations from our
Grades 2, 3 and 4 students at our assemblies. Our lessons focused on respecting others in the classroom and in
Some of our “essential questions” during our lessons were:
What happens to your learning when you listen and follow instructions?
When do you need to listen and follow instructions at home? Why?
How does your noise in the hallway and bathrooms affect others?
Where in the community have you seen adults being kind to others with their words and actions?
Congratulations to Rachel Kasur, the winner of the January bowling prize from Leduc Lanes!
Thank you to those families who take time to review the weekly lesson and keep their grids up to date at home.
You may have some interesting conversations about why these lessons are important at school and in other places
within the community. If you have any questions about EBS please contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Coleman or
Meals by Moms and Dads
Thanks to the following for all their help: Dawn Kasur, Gail Battle, Peggy Frye, June Saitz, Bobbi Dymond, Tom &
Robyn Bickford, Karen & Bobby Altenburg, Sherri Di Lallo, and Lynn Kubicek.
The following students had the hidden sticker in their lunch and will receive their February hot lunch free: Mychel
Booth 1CM, Cherese Eidick1-2MC, Kaylee Kinasewich 1-2-3B, Natalia Manns 2M, Brody Christie 3J, Julie Dempster
3-4S, and Kayden Horon 4H.
3 February 2009
A new series Canadian Flyer Adventures written by Frieda Wishinsky offers Canadian historical content with super
illustrations for early reading levels. “Beware, Pirates!” takes Emily and Matt into the past as they meet
fearsome pirates face to face and venture into the Far North. Adventure awaits!
Question: Can you name the Alberta City? (in a drawing)
Answer: .Red Deer
Winner: Brian Johnston 3J
Be A Reader!
January and February are great months for students as they grow in their
reading and writing skills. At the end of February students will be doing
some reading assessments with their teachers. Along with their reading
they will be asked to RETELL what they have read. We know that students
understand the material they read if they can retell the main parts of the
story in order and use some of the vocabulary that is in the story. Unfortu-
nately, some learners will continue reading even if they don’t understand the
material. You can help your child practice the skill of retelling what they read
at home. Try this at home!
READ only as much as your hand can cover.
COVER the words with your hand.
REMEMBER what you have just read. (It is okay
to take another look.)
RETELL what you just read inside your head or to a partner
4 February 2009
By: Cindy Mandseth
It has been very rewarding (and enlightening!) spending time in the grade 3 and 4 classes over the past few weeks.
We discussed “bullying” vs. “bully-like” behaviours and students shared some of the problems they have dealt with
this year. We reviewed the S.A.F.E. and C.A.R.E. strategies and practiced ways to avoid being picked on. I tried
to reinforce the idea that if students believe in themselves, it doesn’t matter what other people think…so bullying
just won’t work!
This month I will be visiting the grade 1 and 2 classes to cover the same ideas.
Just a reminder that Keir Kutney, Behaviour Support Educator from the David Thompson Health Region, will be
coming to our school on Monday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. He will be talking about Developing Effective
Relationships with children. This is a free presentation, and all parents and caregivers are welcome. Kindly
call the school office if you are planning to come and have not yet returned a form – we simply need to know
how many people to expect. (Or, if you aren’t sure, just come that evening!) If you’ve heard him before, you’ll
know that Keir is a practical, down-to-earth kind of speaker, and he will gladly answer questions during or
following his presentation!
Lunches and Microwaves Each classroom has one microwave available
to them at noon hour. In order to accommodate all the students in the class, please do not
send food that takes longer than one minute to heat.
Millet School Winter Carnival
On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 3 students will be participating in Winter Carnival
Activities. Some our Grade 3 & 4 students will enjoying ski/snowboard lessons or curling
The other students can look forward to an exciting fun filled afternoon of winter activities.
Feel free to join in the fun. We thank our MSAC volunteers for providing hot chocolate for
the participants Please send a mug to school with your child for hot chocolate.
5 February 2009
Millet School Advisory Committee (MSAC)
In early January, MSAC sent out a form asking for school community members to indicate events of interest. We
have had 5 responses. The responses will build a data base of volunteers for MSAC events at our school for the
coming months. The form was sent and returned through the ‘kid mail’. If you didn’t get a form please call the
school and we’ll send one for you to complete and return.
Next meeting is Tuesday, February 3 @ 7pm in the school office.
Gr 3 Guitar Club
On Feb 3, 10, 17 some of our Gr 3 and 4 students are doing ski and snowboard lessons at Rabbit Hill
Back park sliding
Please note – we currently urge all skating volunteers to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet when help-
ing with our skating outings. Starting in 2009/10 Millet School will have a mandatory helmet policy for all
persons on the ice. We are following the lead of Alberta Hockey as they instituted a mandatory helmet
policy for all persons including coaches and supervisors as of January 1, 2009. This policy will help en-
sure that everyone is as safe as possible for our skating activities.
Millet School Staff & Students Thank:
The Ag Society and Steve Bredlow for purchasing and assembling skate-mates for our
beginning skaters at the Agriplex.
Parents that have been helping with skating.
February is a busy, fun-filled month! We hope you have a chance to hear your child read on a regular basis and
take time to do a few fun activities.
Write a letter to someone.
Write numbers from 1 to 100, or 1000 or 10 000!
Cut out words from the newspaper – one for each letter of the alphabet.
Go outside. Learn which direction is North, South, East and West. Walk 10 steps North and then 5 steps
West. Where are you? (Don’t go on the street!)
Have a happy, relaxing Family Day!
6 February 2009
Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their time as Licebusters on January 9th: Robyn
Bickford, Barb Slater, DeniseWitham, Tamaryn Buttress, Cynthia Mc Lachlan and Karen Altenburg.
Please call Robyn Bickford at 780-387-3542 if you may be interested in joining our Licebusters group. Our
next check will be April 24. This is an extremely worthwhile program that takes approximately two hours,
three times a school year.
Professional Parenting Canada
Parenting Expert, Author and Speaker
TWO great topics, ONE day only: Raising Your Spirited Child – The Effect of Temperament &
Discipline Without Distress: Ten Essential Tools for the New Millennium
Saturday March 14th, 2009
10:00am to 3:00pm
Best Western Wayside Inn
4103 56 street
Cost of $10.00 per family
Childcare and Lunch provided
(Limited number of FREE passes available, contact Alana for more info.)
To register call Alana @ 780-335-3334
Registration Deadline is Monday March 2nd, 2009
Updating Student Information
In the event that your address, home phone number, work phone number or emergency contact changes
please notify the office. It is extremely important that we have current information on our students.
January Newsletter Enter our February
Draw Winners Newsletter Draw
Congratulations to the following students who Family Name:
were the winners from our January draw:
Raven & Shyann Cardinal, Maddy Rousseau, ____________________
Carson & Morgan McLachlan, Jakin & Josh
Smallwood and Stephen Van Dyk, Parent Signature
Draw will be made at the Feb. 26th assembly.