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The Bison Gazette
Important Upcoming Dates
- Saturday, Jan. 13: Kindergarten Fair (9:30am, Bellerose Composite High School)
- Monday, Jan. 15: School Council + KPA Meeting (7:00pm)
- Tuesday, Jan. 23: Parent Information Session ~ Internet Safety (see below for details)
- Monday, Jan. 29: Report Cards Available to Parents
- Wednesday, Jan. 31: No School
- Thursday, Feb. 01: Kino Family Potluck (5pm) + Kindergarten Open House (6pm)
- Wednesday, Feb. 07: Early Dismissal (12:20pm, Grades 1-6) + No school (Kindergarten)
- Thursday, Feb. 08 + Friday, Feb. 09: No School
- Monday, Feb. 19: No School (Family Day)
Second Annual Kinosayo Family Potluck
Save the Date!
On February 1st, 2024, we are welcoming families and friends to join us for a special evening of community and togetherness at our Second Annual Kinosayo Family Potluck. This event will coincide with our Kindergarten Open House for prospective new families.
Please, join us for a delicious meal, shared together on a wintry night. You are also welcomed to come and enjoy the food, and if you would like, you can bring a dish of your choice. It could be a dish you love to share with others, a dish that has a special meaning for you and your family, or a dish that your family just loves to make. All food is welcome!
We would also love to create a Kinosayo cookbook to share with all our families, so if you would like to bring a dish, you are invited to share the recipe, too. You are invited to share a recipe even if you are unable to come on the 1st.
Because food is an expression of community and culture, we would also like to create a compliment to this cookbook that is oral, offering you the opportunity to speak to the significance of the food, why it is special to you or your family, even why it is culturally or ethnically meaningful. And because we know that sometimes the meaning of things is best conveyed in one’s mother tongue, we would love for that oral piece to be spoken in the language of your choice, with a translation offered in print for those of us who do not know your language. No ordinary cookbook will this be, but a very special one indeed.
Please send any questions you may have to Suraiya Rampuri Ranson. Many thanks, and cheers to spending a lovely evening together in February!
Parent Info Session ~ Internet Safety
Presented by RCMP Sgt. Kerry Shima, Supervisor of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) in Edmonton.
The internet plays an integral role in everyone’s lives, and when it comes to youth, their social lives exist largely in cyberspace. Over the course of the past four years and through the Global Pandemic, Alberta has experienced a significant increase in cases of child exploitation on the internet. With more users online than ever before, and new apps and software being developed every day, it can be difficult for parents and teachers to keep on top of the latest trending platform. Advancements in technology are exciting and helpful, but it opens an ever-growing gap between the levels of digital literacy between youths and busy adults.
The Northern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Unit investigates incidents of child luring, sextortion, possession, transmission, and the making of child pornography as well as internet-related voyeurism involving youth. This presentation will focus on education, prevention, and putting parents and teachers in a position to protect their children from online sexual exploitation. The presenters will discuss the role of ICE in Alberta, Sextortion, sharing of intimate images, current online applications and internet platforms, and additional resources which are available to parents so they will be able to better support healthy and productive online experiences for their children and teens.
Where: Paul Kane High School
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 (6:30 - 8:30pm)
Who: Parents of St Albert Public Schools
Healthy Hunger ("FUN LUNCH Thursdays")
The next Hot Lunch is January 18th! (As usual, orders must be placed by the previous Saturday.)
Hot lunch will offered each Thursday of the week, throughout the school year. Parents please log onto the Healthy Hunger website (www.healthyhunger.ca), where you may view the available options for your child(ren). Here you are able to select the date, class room and food/drink choices you want for your child. Payment is made online at this time.
Did you know that money raised from this program is given back to the school, helping to enrich our kiddo’s school experience? If you have any questions or comments, or would like to volunteer, please email Kasia at email@example.com. Fun Lunch is driven by volunteers from the Kinosayo Parent Association.
Communicating with parents and other caretakers is an important and sometimes challenging aspect of SOGI-inclusive education. When parents feel informed and engaged, they can be powerful allies who help broaden the conversation about diversity and inclusion beyond the walls of the school environment. When parents feel left in the dark, fear and frustration can drive pushback that becomes difficult to navigate.
SOGI 1 2 3 wants to support your conversations with parents and caretakers, and we’re excited to announce the release of our Parents’ Guide to SOGI in Schools. The guide is written to be easy to read from beginning to end, but each page can also be printed off and shared with people as stand-alone handouts on the topics:
- What is SOGI?
- Conversations at school
- Conversations at home
- Common myths, and
- A curated list of additional resources.
We’ll continue to update and adapt it over time, so please let us know if you have any feedback on the current iteration.
You can download the Parents’ Guide to SOGI in Schools here.