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Principal's Message - December 2021

Welcome to December… already. What a paradox: The beginning of this school year seems so long ago, yet it feels like time is flying by so quickly! It has been a productive first three months! We are happy that we have resumed some field trips and guest speakers. Parent volunteers are welcome in classrooms as well, as long as ALL visitors are double vaccinated, and they are specifically scheduled to be in classrooms. Parents/Guardians: Please do not just drop in to visit or speak to teachers. Phone calls and e-mails always work best and we endeavour to reply by the end of the next school day.

Now, during the Christmas Break, and forever after, please read with your children! Research proves time and again that the single best way to improve student success in ALL subjects is simply by READING. Both fiction and non-fiction material are important! Studying and reviewing specific curriculum is also necessary, but general reading provides so many advantages. PLEASE support their learning by spending time with your children by reading with them, especially at bed time!

Leadership opportunities continue to be incorporated into activities at Gish School. We believe that every Gish citizen is a leader! Thanks to our hardworking student and staff leadership teams. Thank you for the support with poppy donations for Remembrance Day Ceremonies, and for the Food Bank contributions thus far. We are proud to report that we have received gift cards, monetary donations, and contributions of food to deliver. Keep up the outstanding effort. Perishables are not easily delivered, and that is why gift cards and cash are appreciated as well.

On a sad note, Elmer Gish School bids a fond farewell to our Accounting Administrative Assistant, Renee Woodruff. Renee was the successful candidate for a better position in a neighbouring school division. She will be missed tremendously. Welcome to our new Accounting Administrative Assistant, Stephanie Bland, who has been hired temporarily until the Christmas Break. As wonderful as she is, her time at Gish School will be temporary, because she does not want full-time continuous employment in schools. We are in the process of filling the position permanently.

We are proud of ALL Gish students. Our junior and senior volleyball teams experienced success this season and we are glad that interschool athletics are possible again. Thanks to ALL Warriors coaches and players for their outstanding efforts so far. Our Senior Boys Team advanced to the St. Albert City Finals, which occurred this week on Tuesday evening. Our boys played extremely well and fought very hard in all of the games. Our Warriors were winning 2 sets to 1, and we were leading the fourth set by six points, but Lorne Akins Gators won that set, to force a final game, played to 15 points. The game was tied 9:9 and the Gators ended up winning. The entire match was sooooooooooooooo very exciting for all. We are appreciative for all the fans who cheered hard to support our Boys. Equally sad, Mr. Strembitsky had to wear a Lorne Akins Gators t-shirt all day, because he lost the bet to Lorne Akins’ Principal, Mr. Herman. Though our Warriors were sad, we are very proud of them and really appreciate their efforts.

We continue to host nearly 842 students at Gish School, and take pride in offering a very safe and caring educational environment with top quality academics for students. We are already planning for next year at all grades - especially Kindergarten! Please tell your friends and neighbours about all the benefits of E. S. Gish Elementary/Junior High School. Thank-you for your continued support.

John Strembitsky - Principal

Sue Werner - Assistant Principal

Kris Horb - Assistant Principal

Travelling NOW and during the Christmas Break:

With the Christmas/Winter holidays quickly approaching, we anticipate some families may be planning to travel. If your family is planning to travel within or outside Canada, please remember to check the COVID-19 travel and re-entry requirements at and

According to the Government of Canada, unvaccinated children must follow specific requirements for international travel, including not attending school or daycare for 14 days from the date returning to Canada. This is compulsory, and required by law.

Thank you for your ongoing support! Our classrooms continue to be healthy and safe thanks to your diligence.

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