Storrington Star

December 2015

Dear Families,

November has been another very busy month at Storrington! Early in the month, the Health Unit presented "Teens Trashing Tobacco" to our Grade 7 and 8 students to warn them of the dangers of smoking. On November 11th, our students participated in a beautiful Remembrance Day Ceremony honouring our military community. Thank you to Mr. Wray for coordinating all the presentations.


We held our Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week between November 16-20. We began the week with an assembly that was organized by our Media Leadership team and included a short play by the drama club as well as a story, "It's Okay to be Different" that we read together. During the week, students focused on Random Acts of Kindness, as a way to combat bullying. We finished up the week with Pink Shirt Day and we all signed a pledge against bullying. Every day, we continue to work together to make everyone feel safe and welcome at Storrington. On November 30th, we welcomed the Limestone Teacher's Theatre Company who presented their play, Land of Trash, to our Grade 6-8 students. This production focused on the dangers of climate change and left us with some important messages for the future.


Our Book Fair during the last week of November was a huge success and with our proceeds we are buying new books for our library and other resources to use throughout the school. Thank you to all of our Parent Council volunteers and senior students who made it run so smoothly.


As we move into December, we have several special events planned. Please check the December calendar and the rest of the newsletter for more information about our activities. At this time of year, we encourage our students to develop empathy and compassion through participation in a variety of activities that focus on giving. We participated in the Christmas Angel program supporting the Boys and Girls Club toy drive. In addition, please join us for our annual Jingle Bell Run on Friday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. As in past years, we ask that students bring in a non-perishable food item for the United Church. We will be collecting food donations until our Holiday Concert on December 16th. Emily, one of our grade 8 students, is collecting new socks, hats, mitts, and blankets for the Salvation Army. Thank you so much for your generous donations!

We are busy preparing for our Holiday Concert on December 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., which will feature musical and dramatic performances, as well as festive artwork. We hope that you will be able to join us.


I feel very fortunate to work with such amazing students, staff and families at Storrington. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Sincerely,

Liz Suriyuth

Principal

Sports News

Mr. Wray and Mr. Freeland, and our parent coaches, Mrs. Banks and Mr. Spellman, have been practicing with our girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams to prepare for their tournaments. Both teams have demonstrated great teamwork and sportsmanship! Congratulations to the Girls team for winning the Gold Medal in their tournament!!


Mrs. Gifford has already started training with the Skipping Team, who will performing in neighbouring schools in the spring. Also, the intramural floor hockey season has begun for our primary students. Thank you to Mrs. Flanigan and Mrs. Kuhnke for organizing and to our older students for coaching and refereeing.

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Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert is on Wednesday, December 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We are anticipating a full house in the evening so we also welcome guests to view our dress rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00-12:45 pm.

IS MY BUS CANCELLED OR DELAYED TODAY?

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You may sign up for direct notification of delays and cancellations by going to our Delays and Cancellations tab near the top of our webpage. There is also other pertinent information regarding delays and cancellations for parents/guardians at this location including a listing of local radio stations that will air cancellations and delays.

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Elementary Progress Report Card, Grades 1 - 8

The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. Student progress will be reported by indicating if the student is “progressing with difficulty” “progressing well,” or “progressing very well.” This year, the Elementary Progress Report card will be sent home on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.


Please take this opportunity to reflect with your child on his or her learning to date and to set some goals together. If you have any questions or wish to discuss your child's progress, please contact your child's teacher.

Spirit Team News

The school Spirit Leadership Team has organized a Spirit Week for the week before the holidays.

Monday, December 14th: PJ Day

Tuesday, December 15th: Crazy Hair/Socks/Hat Day

Wednesday, December 16th: School Colours Day (yellow and black)

Thursday, December 17th: Team Jersey Day and Carol Singing

Friday, December 18th: Red and Green Day and Carol Singing

Parent Council News

On Sunday, December 6, we are holding a Craft Sale in the gym from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be lots of great ideas for gifts as well as baked goods and other surprises. Also, we are looking forward to seeing you at our Family Christmas celebration in the gym on December 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join us for this free event for cookie and ornament decorating, hot chocolate, candy canes, and carol singing. The next Parent Council meeting will be on January 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the school library. New members are always welcome!
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