REC School Raptor Report

November 2018 Edition

"Learning Together Success for All"

Mission Statement:

Respect, Encourage, Collaborate. Succeed together!

Vision Statement:

Red Earth Creek School fosters a positive and respectful learning environment which embraces diversity, collaboration, and inspires students to flourish as lifelong learners.

Values Statement:

Respect: promote the appreciation of ourselves, others and our environment.

Achieve: foster critical thinking, creativity and lifelong learning.

Participate: encourage opportunities to take risks, collaborate and build confidence.

Thrive: inspire yourself and others.

Open-minded: appreciate others views and ideas.

Responsible: advocate for students to become responsible citizens.

Success: we believe in success for all!

Principal's Message

Wow! Where does the time go? We are well into November and continue to plan and organize special events for Red Earth Creek students and community members. The week of November 13th-16th was a big one, as we celebrated PRSD’s second annual “Parents Matter” week. Parents and guardians play a critical, behind the scenes, role in their child’s education from having them complete homework to preparing them to meet the educational challenges they face on a daily basis. So, the staff and students at Red Earth Creek School want to say “Thank You!” for all you do in making the educational experience as successful and rewarding as possible.

During the week of November 19th – 23rd , RECS will promote “Anti-bullying” week. The National Anti-Bullying Week was November 12th-16th however, we did not want to combine this with “Parents Matter” week, as both awareness’ deserve proper recognition. So stay tuned to the RECS Facebook page and check with you child for updates.

A big thank you has to go out to ourMD #17 Local Council and Recreation Staff for their role in our Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 9th. We would also like to recognize Duncan Stewart whom played the bagpipes, RCMP & Peace Regional Victim Service, our local Fire Department members, Chris Schneider (trustee), Brendan Powell (councillor) and of course our local Veteran Mr. Ron Sahlin for helping commemorate our services. It couldn’t have been done without your tremendous help and we look forward to working together again on future projects.

December is going to be another busy month at RECS with big events like our community parade, the Christmas Concert and Christmas break. Stay Tuned to RECS Facebook Page for Updates.

Mr. Darren George

Superintendent's Message

Student Achievement Results

Each year, Alberta Education reports on numerous performance measures for Alberta school divisions in a report known as the Accountability Pillar Report. Our updated results show that 64.8% of students (combined in grades 6 and 9) achieved the Acceptable Standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests, and, 9.6% achieved the Standard of Excellence.

Updated results on the Provincial Diploma Exam courses show that 78.9% of students achieved the Acceptable Standard, and 13.8% of students achieved a Standard of Excellence.

In PRSD, we place a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Both skills are crucial to the overall development and whether these skills are strong or weak, they have a ripple effect that impacts all subject areas. In addition to providing the support and resources our students and staff need, we place a divisional focus on the Collaborative Response Model. The model is rooted in the foundation of collaboration among staff, data-informed decisions, frequent and formative assessment practices, and timely intervention to ensure all students experience success.

hank you to our students, staff, and parents for your dedication to student achievement. It is through learning and working together that students are provided with high quality educational opportunities that allow them to experience their full potential.

Paul Bennett
PRSD Superintendent of Schools

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REC School Office Manager

Meet our school office manager Mrs. Owen

Mrs. Owen is often the first friendly face our students see in the morning. Mrs. Owen will help parents with any concerns and send them in the right direction. If you need anything please give this wonderful lady a call at 780-649-3898

FNMI Message

Our indigenous families are an important part of our schools, communities and society. They carry and share the knowledge, experience and history of our country.

Congratulations to our Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent

Superintendent Bennett and Deputy Superintendent Penney receive Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Leadership

Peace River School Division (PRSD) warmly congratulates Paul Bennett, PRSD Superintendent of Schools and Karen Penney, PRSD Deputy Superintendent of Schools who recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with Doctor of Education Degrees in Educational Leadership.

“Paul and Karen have worked extremely hard over the past three years to complete the Doctorate Degree program and the fruits of their labour have, and will continue to benefit the division and the communities we serve” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “Their extensive studies have increased their knowledge in a broad range of current educational topics relevant to K-12 education, as well as their specific areas of focus.”

During the Doctoral program, Bennett focused on Educational Leadership by writing on “Educational Partnerships in Mennonite Communities.” Penney focused on Educational Leadership by writing on “Cultural Proficiency for Indigenous Student Success.” The program required an extensive literature review and an Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) to be written as a culminating project in fulfillment of the degree. Their work is published in the OIP Repository at the University of Western Ontario Library.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, we extend congratulations to Paul and Karen for this significant achievement” says Kuester. “They certainly model the importance of life-long learning, and PRSD’s mission statement ‘Learning together – Success for All.’

Bennett and Penney completed their programs in August and celebrated their convocation in London on October 25, 2018 at the University of Western Ontario.

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Parents Matter Week Activities

Tuesday Nov. 13th: come into the school in the morning for a nice cup of coffee and donuts on us!

Wednesday Nov. 14th: Parent Afternoon

Parents are invited to come into their child's classroom from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Students are working on something special to do with you


Thursday Nov 15th: Dress like your Parent Day!!! and Family Movie Night

Students are encouraged to dress up like their parents for the day! Parents are also welcome to to come to our Family movie night, where their children and parents can bond and enjoy a movie on us!

Friday Nov 16th: Parents vs Students

Friday afternoon parents are welcome to come and have a friendly competition with the students playing ???????????


Preparation for Lifelong Learning, World of Work, Citizenship:

Red Earth Creek school results show that parents, students, and staff are in a 91.7% agreeance that students are taught attitudes and behaviors that will make them successful at work when they finish school. These results exceeds the provincial average of 82.4%.

Well done Red Earth Creek School!

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Reading Buddies at Red Earth Creek School

Red Earth Creek school has implemented a mentorship program or peer mentoring at school. Peer mentoring benefits all students social and emotional skills, academic skills and will foster a positive influence on students learning. Let us explain why.

Benefits of older students mentoring:

1. By allowing peer mentoring in schools, students will develop their social and emotional skills like patience and empathy for their younger buddies.

2. Older students who are struggling with grade-level reading will also gain an opportunity to access more comfortable material without stigma or shaming which in turn will strengthen and enhance their reading skills as well.

Benefits to younger students being mentored:

1. Younger students look up to their peers and want to be just like them. By allowing older students to mentor younger students in reading, it will help encourage younger students to read.

2. Students will be able to hear modeling from their mentors what fluency in reading sounds like.

3. Students will learn how to work in a cooperative team manner and gain a support system from their peers.

There are many reasons and studies to show why peer mentorship is essential to the success of student achievement, whereas we have only listed a few. If you would like to learn more on the topic, please do not hesitate to stop in at the school to discuss our mentorship program further.

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Professional Development Days

On Monday November 26th staff from REC School will all be attending a professional development seminar about Fierce Conversations..

Educators are continuous learners that are dedicated to furthering their knowledge and understanding of various educational concepts.

By attending professional development days our educators will be able to provide the best education possible to your children.

School Council & RECESS Society News

Breakfast Program:

Our School Council and RECESS Society are implementing our school breakfast program again this year. Our school breakfast program supplies a morning snack to all of our students.

Staff are currently working on a menu and will be implemented shortly!

Monthly Meetings:

Our next School Council and RECESS Society meeting is on Monday November 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Halloween Fun!


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