There are a few school activities that really come to mind from my childhood. I have a feeling that the reptiles presentation will be a wonderful (and for some a slightly frightening) experience that they will remember for a long time. I would like to thank Mr. Brown for organizing and Mr. Hermiel Brar, former student and son of a former Donalda School teacher, for the generous donation to allow us to run this event.
October at Donalda School is literacy month. For staff, literacy is an area where we are looking to grow in. I really believe that training highly skilled staff is essential to student success. I am grateful that these teachers are life long learners. Miss Muzyka, Mrs. Petersen, and myself are off to a literacy intervention workshop on Monday and Tuesday in Calgary. The goal of this workshop is to learn strategies that benefit struggling readers and writers. On November 3, we will have three teachers attending the Fountas and Pinnell training. This training will help us benchmark students' literacy abilities and provide detailed analysis of the learner's strength and weaknesses. From these results, we will be able to provide targeted interventions.
The first donations for operations Christmas Child have arrived. We are looking to build 120 presents for kids around the world. November 10 is the packing day.
Our cutest group is definitely the Start Right playschool students. Mrs. C. and Mrs. Norman do a great job of building a fun play environment for students to learn in.
My favourite rival, Botha School, showed up on Friday for some BODO cup action. They were so confident that they would win that they did not even bring the trophy. We had a great day of volleyball fun. Congrats to the Eagles for bringing the cup home.
Students in the Wellness Club were brainstorming how they could make an impact this year. This year, their question is: "How can we use healthy eating to benefit more than just our school?" This sounds like a great task and I look forward to learning from them. Last year, this group wanted to improve relationships and they implemented reading buddies!
On the volleyball front this week, the teams have a busy week. The grade 5/6 students will have a chance to showcase their skills again at the Spook and Spike on Friday, while the senior teams play Erskine on Wednesday and Forestburg on Saturday.