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News and Notes from the Principal - Week of 1/7/19

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McAllister Elementary School


Committed to Excellence and Success in All We Do!


Dedicated to rigorous educational tasks that challenge and motivate students while always being focused on continuous improvement.

Happy New Year - 365 New Days, 365 New Chances

Happy New Year! What better Mindset to start the New Year with than starting it with an Attitude of Gratitude which means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike. I for one, have so many things to be thankful for - When it comes to McAllister Elementary, I am thankful to work alongside such passionate educators, amazing students and awesome parents that commit to making McAllister the very best!

The New Year is always an opportunity to renew, re-calibrate and refocus our expectations and intentions for the year! I project that 2019 will be exactly what we make of it - Let's work together to make it #TheBestYearYet!

When it comes to planning for the New Year, there are a few engagement opportunities that I wanted to bring to your attention as you will want to ensure that you have them on your calendar:

  • Father/Daughter Dance - Friday, February 8 - McAllister ES
  • Family Fitness Night/PTSO Meeting - Thursday, February 21 - 6PM - McAllister ES
  • Fine Arts Night/PTSO Meeting - Thursday, April 4 - 6PM - McAllister ES
  • Mother/Son Baseball Game - Friday, April 12 - Richmond Hill HS

Our focus for 2019 has not changed - We will continue to commit to Excellence and Success in ALL we do! I encourage you to continue to read with your child daily, ask questions about what they are learning at school and involve yourself in family engagement and volunteer opportunities as you are available. We continually seek to provide the best possible opportunities for engagement and welcome your voice/feedback - If you have anything you would like to share please share in the comments form at the bottom of the page.

Upcoming Events:

  • Students Return to School - Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Last Day of Miler Club - Friday, January 11, 2019
  • PJ Day to Support PTSO - Friday, January 18, 2019
  • MLK Day - Monday, January 21, 2019 (No School)
  • 100th Day of School - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (Dress in your 100 Best)

Year Book Sales - McAllister Elementary School

Yearbooks are on sale now. Buy them online ($29 until Jan. 18th.)
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Richmond Hill Miler Club

Richmond Hill Miler Club: Walk, Jog, Run for Life! Be a part of the Richmond Hill Miler Club during Friday Recess. Students will walk, run or job a designated one mile course during their designated recess time. Gym shoes are required. Mileage adds up for students to collect rewards. The Miler Club will be Friday Recess through January 11th. Weekly Miler Club dates may be adjusted for weather and school events.

The latest results are available for the Miler Club. Results for each grade level are available here. Keep it up Wildcats! The next Miler Club will be Friday, January 11th.

Way to go Wildcats! Look how far the Miler Club has traveled this week. MES has now ran from MES in Richmond Hill all the way to Graham Island in British Columbia! Wow! #wildcatsrun #milerclub #mesrocks

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What are the 7 Mindsets?

Our current mindset we are focusing on is -"Attitude of Gratitude"

1. Everything is Possible -
Dream big, embrace creativity and expect results

Everything is Possible provides an understanding that we are all capable of living extraordinary lives. We learn that everything that exists was once an idea until someone believed it was possible and made it a reality. Embracing this principle will allow you to envision a wonderful life, expect greatness, and effectively execute the process of making your dreams come true.

2. Passion First
Pursue your authentic talents and deepest interests

Passion First teaches that we are each a unique expression of human existence and that our lives should be focused on finding our unique genius and sharing it with the world to the maximum extent possible. You will learn to make your dreams authentic, and of such critical importance that you'll find the fuel to overcome the obstacles you're certain to face along the way.

3. We Are Connected
Explore the synergies in all relationships and learn to empower one another

We Are Connected teaches us to understand that everyone who comes into our lives can assist us in living our dreams. By applying this mindset, you will learn to constantly explore synergies with others, embrace diversity, and relish competition that will help you maximize your potential with and through others.

4. 100% Accountable
Choose to be responsible for your own happiness and success

100% Accountable teaches that you are not a victim of your past, your future is not predetermined, and your life is what you choose it to be from this moment forward. With a focus on recognizing fears and excuses, this mindset allows you to break down barriers, free your mind, and focus your energy to take critical steps toward accomplishing your goals.

5. Attitude of Gratitude - Current Mindset of Focus (See Parent Newsletter Below)
Seek positives from every experience and be thankful for all you have

An attitude of Gratitude teaches that you can choose the positives or the negatives in your life as the foundation on which to build your future. Choose the positives, and you're on your way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and you will likely start (or continue) a downward spiral.

6. Live to Give
Inspire and serve others while maximizing your potential

Live to Give teaches that abundance in one’s life is a cycle. To receive love, respect, and financial security, one must first learn to give those things. This mindset also teaches that the greatest gift you can ever give is to find and leverage your unique genius to maximize your positive impact on the world, knowing that good things will be returned to you in kind.

7. The Time is Now
Harness the power of this moment, and take purposeful action today

The Time is Now teaches that all your power exists in the moment. You cannot change the past and the future hasn't happened, so the only thing to do is take purposeful action now in order to create the ultimate life of your dreams.

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Master Schedule, Lunch Schedule & Specials Schedule

Please use this as a reference point when planning a lunch date with your little ones. We hope that this schedule is clear and will communicate the time in which your child has lunch, recess or which particular special they are involved in that day.

With lunch, please be remember that outside food (fast food, etc) is not permitted. Please bring a lunch from home or dine in with us and enjoy our wonderful lunch options provided daily.

Master Schedule, Lunch Schedule & Specials Schedule

Click here for access to all of your child's schedules so that you know how to prepare them for their specific specials class or know when to come to school for lunch.

What's for Breakfast? What's for Lunch?

Click here to access the latest breakfast and lunch menu