January 18, 2023
Dear Sabre families,
Today marks the final day of classes for semester one. Kudos to our students for their remarkable performance thus far. Returning to ‘near normal’ conditions this year has not been an easy task as we understand the learning loss, along with the social and emotional impact the last few years has brought with it. Getting to this point speaks to the resilience of our school community and we should all be very proud of our Sabres. This past week our students wrote the Part A Diploma Exams for English and Social Studies. Arguably, it was the first ‘high stakes’ exam in some time and there was a real sense of calm and motivation among our group.
Moving into January 19 - 27, we have the exam schedule on our website along with print copies all around the school. It is important to note that the school is accessible on all days, regardless if your child has an exam that day or not. While students are not mandated to come to school on days they don’t have an exam, they are more than welcome to come to school. There are study areas all throughout and your child can get extra academic support should they need in the academic and CTS areas (option classes). Furthermore, we understand the importance of physical activity and the benefit it has on our mental wellness. Hence, our state of the art Wellness Center will be open during the exam period. Hours of operation will be posted.
In efforts to ward off the fruit flies, students will be cleaning out their lockers at the end of class on Wednesday. Hopefully, there are not too many sandwiches from the first day of school sitting at the bottom of them…
This past week, we had a great turnout for our evening of fine arts. Kudos to the Art and BAND students along with their teachers Mrs. Clair and Mr. Graves on the work and music they produced. Our students are very talented and it is great to see them following their passions and what drives them.
Also, to our Commercial foods program lead by our Mrs. Higuchi. When we talk about ‘emotional intelligence’, Check out this story done by CTV news! Click Here to watch the interview.
Our first School Council of 2023 will be Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. Highlights include a conversation around race education from Mr. Persaud highlighting our SAL Movement which is new this year. Also, students will give their perspective and reflections from the first semester. I will also be going over fees for the 2023 - 2024 school year. For the entire agenda, please see below.
We will be holding this in a hybrid fashion. Specifically, if you choose to come in person, we will be in the upper library. If you wish to join virtually, Click Here to join.
It is hard to believe that the second semester is on the horizon, that being January 31. The days are starting to get longer and what unbelievable weather we have had for the month of January.
Do enjoy and definitely reach out should you have any questions or concerns.
Message from our School Council Board Chair
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing break. It seems like once January hits, the next 6 months fly by and all of a sudden it’s the end of June.
We are hosting our next School Council meeting on Thursday, January 19th and we are going to try a hybrid format. We aren’t promising that we’ll get it all right as we figure it out, but we want to try to make the meeting accessible to more people.
For those who wish to meet in person, we’ll meet in the library again (and for those who want to join online, the link is available in Mr. Sandhu's message.
As always, I encourage you to recognize the amazing staff at Sal by visiting www.RecognizeSAL.ca and submitting a positive comment which we will then share with the staff member.
Chair, SAL School Council
Graduation 2023 Action Items
We are also still needing gown size measurements for some students, if your student has not submitted, please have them CLICK HERE to submit.