The Principal's Message

October 2017

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October 2017
by MaryLynn Heron - Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 11:39 AM

October 3, 2017

Dear Keating Families,

September and October are months for reestablishing routines both at home and school. Thank you to all of our families for continuing to support good sleep hygiene with earlier bed times, sending such incredibly nutritious and delicious lunches packed with lots of protein and low in sugar and finding ways to build in some quality, unstructured play time for your children to support creative play which is so important to the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We are grateful for your support and thank you for taking the time to start the process of building your partnership with classroom teachers.

Teachers look forward to meeting with you this Wednesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 5th

for parent-teacher interviews. After your meeting, I encourage you to have conversations with your child(ren) about successes to date and challenges that you can support. As children settle into more academic work, over the next three months, your words of encouragement and help with goal setting will be critical to their success and will surely be reflected in their December report. Thank you for keeping the lines of communication open between home and school. As per policy #1100, parents have the right and responsibility to be involved in their children's education. These rights co-exist with the rights and responsibilities of everyone who works in the school district, and with the broader community.

For all school board policies, please visit the following link: Thank you to those parents who were able to drop by the gym and visit with Mr. Jungen and me, during our Open House Night in September, where some of these policies were made available.

Other policies that parents may wish to review:

  • 1010 Educational Philosophy

  • 1100 Parent involvement

  • 1110 Parent/Student Appeals

  • 1210 Collection and Retention and Security of Student Records Under Freedom of Infomration and Protection of Privacy Act

  • 1220 Parental Access to Student Records and Student Information

  • 1350 Human Rights and Discrimination

  • 6160 Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship

  • 1360 Parent Complaints

  • 2300 School Fees

  • 3040 School Field Trip Policy

  • 5540 Criminal Record reviews for Staff and Volunteers

September was a wonderful month for our families to come together. It was terrific to see so many of you at our school Open House, the Keating Home and School Association's Family Dance this past Friday and our annual Terry Fox Run. Way to go Keating $1014 was raised during our Toonies for Terry drive! A special than you to the Twigg family (Graham, Erika and Ingrid) for being part of a special buddy bench dedication to Michelle Twigg who was a strong supporter of Terry and a caring and committed partner in public education. A huge thank you to the Keating Home and School Association's Healthy Schools Committee who invested in the buddy benches and to Trish Oates, K.H.A.S.A. Co-President, who was on site for the Terry Fox run to unveil the plaque and its dedication to our community. You will see the two green and two red buddy benches on the school grounds. The green bench, closest to the new playground, is the dedicated bench to Michelle and a fine vantage point for watching children at play! The benches are a safe spot where students can grab a seat if they are feeling sad, lonely or just looking for a buddy for playtime.

Wishing you all a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with your family.


Mary Lynn Heron