Just a few updates of activities and events taking place at school. First, at Christina Gordon one of our goals is to create young citizens that are committed to helping others. At this time of year in particular, as part of showing that #CGCares, we focus on giving to our local community, especially those who are in need. As in years past, we will be reaching out to our community through the Food Bank and Centre of Hope. Recognizing that many of our own families may also be finding things tight, we do not want to place any extra burden by organizing competitions that pit one class or student against others. Instead, our focus this year will be on reaching a goal as a school. That goal will be to collect 1000 items for the Food Bank. We will accept these donations anytime during the month of December. The deadline to donate items will be on Monday, December 17th. Items collected during our concerts on December 12th and 13th will also count towards our goal. During the evenings of our concerts we will raffle off tickets for the "Best Seat in the House." Winners will get to sit on comfortable seats during the concert. Proceeds from this will go to the Centre of Hope. Please give if you can, but only if you can.
Second, Grade 6 will be leading a Pop-Up Snack Shack for students in Grades 1-6 on Thursday, December 6th (Day 4) at morning recess. Grade 6 leaders will come to classes between 10:00 and 10:45 am with the carts. Snacks are:
$1 - goldfish crackers, fruit to go, snack pea chips, granola bars, water, 100% fruit juice $2 - Popcorn Please bring change. All proceeds will go to supporting the Grade 6 Edmonton trip.
Third, registrations from Grade 3 for the "All about Space" after school program with Bricks 4 Kidz was extremely low (only 3 registered). As a result, it has been decided that they will open this program up for Grades 3-5 at this time, and instead of the program starting on December 5th as originally scheduled, it will start after the Christmas break. Please keep in mind that while this program is hosted in the school, it is independently run by a private business, Bricks 4 Kidz, and there is a fee attached to this program. All questions should be directed to them. Please see the provided link to register: https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=211041. They accept Visa, MasterCard, or an e transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (make the password Lego18).
Finally, all ski forms are due this Wednesday, December 5th. As part of the Physical Education curriculum, students are required to work in alternative environments. Our ski trip is part of our Physical Education curriculum and we ask that students do their best to attend. Our first ski day will occur on Monday, December 10th. A few reminders about this trip. First, snowboarding will not be taught until Grade 6, unless students are experienced (level II or III) snowboarders with their own equipment. Lessons are mandatory for all students on ski days regardless of skill level or ability. We will leave school at 9:00 am and return by 3:00 pm. Students will need to bring their own bagged lunch or money to purchase lunch at the hill. Please note that students are strongly encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch. Students are given the same amount of time for lunch that they receive at school (20-30 mins); if there are long lines at the canteen, etc. it can be difficult for students to purchase and eat their entire lunch in the allotted time, and we don't want any students to risk going hungry. Especially when they are getting so much exercise. It is best to pack snacks to bring with us, and then students can use their own judgement as to whether or not they would like or are able to purchase food. Students bringing their own equipment for skiing or snowboarding, can bring it directly to the Christina Gordon entrance on the morning of December 10th, where transportation will be arranged. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged equipment. Students are reminded to dress for the weather (jacket, hat, mittens, snow pants). If skiing is cancelled due to weather, all attempts will be made to reschedule. If you are a parent chaperone for this trip, we do recommend driving yourself to the hill if possible. You are welcome to meet us at school and follow us or meet us at the ski hill around 9:30 am. Space on the busses is limited because we have five classes attending this trip.
As always, please let me know if there are questions or concerns in regards to any of the above,