HARRY BALFOUR NEWS
Issue 8 www.pwsd76.ab.ca/school/harrybalfour January 13th, 2011
Our B1 girl’s basketball team practiced good citizenship before the Christmas holidays by holding a
Gingerbread House raffle in the school, raising $196.01 for the Salvation Army.
The Harry Balfour food drive was also a big success! Thanks to the generous families of Harry Balfour, 3140
food items were collected for Salvation Army food hampers.
Miss. Vigen’s grade 3 class won the contest collecting the most food items (296), Mr. Schwandt’s class came
in 2nd (286) and Mrs. Lock’s class came in third place (274).
We are proud to say that 87% of Grade 7/8 students made Team Excellence.
HARRY BALFOUR PARTICIPARENT NEWS:
o Hot Dog day is on Friday, January 14, 2011. Volunteers are as follows:
o 9:00 am-Kirsten Johnstone and Jenn Young
o 10:00am-Brenda Daruda and Tracy Frey
Winners of the December volunteer draw are Holly Rothlisberger and Mary
Furlong. These ladies won $5.00 gift cards from Esquires.
School Council – next meeting January 19, 2011, 6:30pm in the Staff Room. Jen Clevette
our PWSD Ed Tech Coordinator ( email@example.com ) will be speaking to parents at 7:00 about Computer
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by Google, boasts over 50 basic how-to videos to help solve those everyday computer conundrums. Enjoy!
Harry Balfour Participarent Association Presents:
Harry Balfour Family Fun Night
Friday, January 21st, 2010
Bring your family and enjoy a combination of age appropriate fun, fitness and learning.
Card Games, gym time, crafts, culture, yoga and music all throughout the school.
Dinner special - Pizza and veggies $6.00. Canteen opens at 5pm.
Bring your indoor shoes!
Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm
Cost: Free - will thankfully accept donations to the HB Participarent Association at the front desk.
EVENTS: Yoga, Oodles of Doodles artwork, Daily Physical Activity 101, Lego fun, Aboriginal Culture with craft, Listening
lesson, Dr Suess Readings, Card Game Alley etc.
*If you and/or your Grade 5-8 student would like to help out with our family event, please contact the office at
Family and Community Support Services
Thanks to the support of County of Grande Prairie, Municipal District of Greenview, County of Birch Hills, County of Saddle Hills,
the Family School Liaison Worker Program proudly serves Peace Wapiti Schools. The Liaison Workers role is to work together with
families, the school and applicable community agencies to support families. This process may include working one on one with the
student, having open discussion with teachers, peers, or family of the student, classroom presentations or specialized groups which
allow students opportunities to learn about subjects not part of regular academics. These subjects include, but are not limited to,
relationships, self esteem, emotions, bullying, crisis management or challenging behaviors. The Liaison can also work as a mediator to
bridge communication between parent/ child or parent/ school and sometimes student/ school. Workers can be contacted through your
school. Harry Balfour School is very pleased to have Ms. Jody Evans as our FCSS worker.
Family Literacy Day 2011
Mark your calendars – January 27th is Family Literacy Day! This annual celebration promotes adults and
children reading and learning together, and encourages Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a
learning activity as a family every day.
The theme for the 2011 Family Literacy Day is “Play for Literacy”. Playing games that encourage literacy and
numeracy - such as board games, card games and word games - is a great way for parents and children to
practice their literacy skills and have fun. Possible games to play at home could include:
Board games – Scrabble, Boggle, Blurt, Mad Gab, Scattergories, Pictionary, Balderdash, Taboo,
Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, etc.
Word games – crosswords, word searches, hangman, etc.
Card games - Apples to Apples, Typo, Scrabble Slam, etc.
Online or computer games – Many word-based games are available on-line, and can even be
downloaded onto handheld devices.
More information about Family Literacy Day can be found at the national website
(www.abclifeliteracy.ca/en/family-literacy-day). Many schools and communities in the Peace region are hosting
events which support literacy development and encourage families to come together to play and learn through
Harry Balfour School
ANNUAL BOOK SWAP
Thursday, JANUARY 27TH, 2011
GIVE A BOOK, PICK A BOOK
Bring any books that you would like to trade to the library for sorting starting Thursday, January 20th , and NO LATER THAN
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26TH
We need time to sort the books before Thursday.
You will get 2 priority coupons for the first 2 books and second choice coupons for any books after that. Students will be given a
scheduled time to come to the gym to pick out their books. The first time will be in the morning, at which time they will be able to get
2 books, so that all participants will get a shot at the better books. At noon students will be able to come and use up the rest of their
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME, HOME ROOM AND NUMBER OF BOOKS BROUGHT IN SO THAT WE CAN GET
YOUR COUPONS TO YOU IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
In the past we have had tons of early readers and nursery books brought in compared to junior high age books. If you know of older
children with books to donate that would be greatly appreciated!
There will also be a table for Parent and Teacher books. Include your name with your books and we will hold your coupon(s) for you.
RECYCLE YOUR BOOKS, TRADE THEM IN FOR NEW ONES
Phone Laura Brown for more information- 780-532-6255/780-876-6306
Education Ministry Telephone Survey
As in previous years, the Ministry of Education will be conducting its annual telephone surveys,
Satisfaction with Education in Alberta, to collect public and stakeholder perceptions of Alberta’s
education system. The surveys gather responses from a random sample of parents, the general
public, high school students, teachers, principals and school board trustees in the province. The
survey responses are completely confidential and only aggregated data will be reported.
CCI Research Inc. has been contracted to administer the telephone interviews from January 12, 2011
to February 18, 2011. Your participation is very important and provides valuable information toward
reporting on Education’s business plan measures. A summary of the information from this survey will
be posted on Education’s website. Last year’s survey results are available at
This January all parents of grade 4 and grade 7 students will be receiving a survey in the mail from Alberta Education. The document
is titled “Accountability Pillar Survey”. Students and teachers receive a similar survey at the school. The survey tools are designed
to find out how satisfied parents, teachers and students are in the following areas:
i. Safe and Caring School Environment
ii. Access to a Broad Program of Studies
iii. Educational Quality
iv. Student Preparation for the World of Work
v. Building of Citizenship in Students
vi. Level of Parental Involvement in Child’s Education
vii. School Improvement Processes
Should you have any questions regarding the survey, the accountability pillars or our programs/activities at Harry Balfour School,
please feel free to call Wendy Crispin at (780) 532-9276.
Do you like to drive?
Do you have some free time during weekday afternoons?
Do you have an Alberta Class 4 Driver’s License, or are you willing to obtain one?
We are looking for drivers for our Daily Dragons program, to help up pick up our students at their schools and
bring them to our facility. Hours of work are between 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., school days. On 1st Monday and
every other Friday, the hours are adjusted for early dismissal in Grande Prairie’s elementary schools.
Give us a call at Tien Lung Taekwon-Do 780-830-3429, Option #1 if this opportunity interests you.
Friday, Jan. 14th is “Dress Like a Celebrity” day.
Requests for plastic spoons and forks at the office has increased substantially over the last
couple of months. When preparing lunches for your children please ensure the necessary
cutlery is included. Thank You!
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School Council Family Fun
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Pre-order Pizza Literacy Day Pizza Day
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