County Central Hawk Talk
'Home of the Hawks'
Dear parents and guardians,
I hope you and your families are staying healthy and staying warm. I’d like to thank you all for your continued support as we’ve moved through the past two months. This has been hard on all of us, and I think we’re all feeling a bit of COVID-fatigue. That being said, I hope that parents and guardians will continue to help us as we try to keep our students motivated and engaged in their learning. By setting up a daily homework routine, checking the Parent Portal, and conversing with students about their learning, you are helping your children stay on track and stay focused.
The majority of our staff have been consistently working within Google Classroom this semester. The purpose for this - and the reason we are trying to do much of our work online - is so that students can maintain continuity of learning if they are required to be at home for a period of time. If you are interested in learning a bit more about how Google Classroom works or how you can support your children while learning from home, please take a moment to watch the following videos:
If your child becomes ill, shows any symptoms, or has contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and they have to self-isolate for 10 or 14 days, they should be doing their best to maintain their regular school schedule and log into their Google Classrooms to avoid falling behind.
We have some staffing news to share with you. After 29 years with the Palliser School Division, Mrs. Janice Povey has decided to retire. Her last day with us was on October 21st. We are very sad to see Mrs. Povey go and are extremely grateful for all that she has done for our students and our school - she will be greatly missed. At this time we are moving forward with the process to hire a new Learning Commons Facilitator as well as an Off-Campus Coordinator. The Learning Commons Facilitator will be working full time in our new space and will focus on supporting student learning, offering paper and digital resources, and providing career and academic counselling.
And speaking of which, the Learning Commons is now open for students. Our high school students are invited to use the space for eating lunch, studying, and working on their online courses. It is a space designed specifically for them, and over the next several weeks we will be working with our students to put on the finishing touches, including selecting artwork and other enhancements. I appreciate your patience through the renovation process and I can’t wait for you all to be able to visit and see the final result!
As it starts to get colder out, I would ask that parents please remind their children about the importance of dressing for the weather. Students should be wearing warm clothing, appropriate footwear, and be prepared in case of a breakdown regardless of whether they are taking the bus or driving.
In terms of where students will put all of their warm winter clothes, we are very happy to announce that we can start assigning lockers. We will begin with our Grade 12s and will work our way down to the junior high classes. (Students are reminded that they are not to congregate in the hallways or hang around their lockers in the mornings or during breaks.) Students in PE are also permitted to use the change rooms now, and Ms. Seaman has been working with each of her classes to outline the change room procedures. PE lockers are not yet available to students.
Lastly, now that we have been operating under COVID-19 restrictions for two months, we feel that our students should be well versed in the expectations around wearing masks while at school. In an effort to support our students as they became accustomed to these restrictions, we have been providing disposable masks to students who have not brought one to school. However, beginning on November 2nd we will no longer be doing this. Students who neglect to bring a mask to school will be sent home to get one, as masks are required while in the building. Should any families need assistance in acquiring reusable masks, please get in touch with the school administration.
I wish you all a lovely November. And as always, please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or want to chat.
B.Sc.Kin., B.Ed., M.A., M.Sc.
Picture retakes will be Friday, November 6th
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews will be held November 18 & 19. All interviews will be via phone. The link to book them is https://countycentral.schoolappointments.com/
Thank You to Rainbow Literacy for donating books to our school. In an effort to promote literacy and reading, each student in every grade was gifted a bag containing books. We appreciate the support from Rainbow Literacy and hope our kiddos enjoy their new books!
Parent Teacher Interviews
Semester 1 fees have been attached to students in School Cash. Click here to access them
There will be no school on Wednesday, November 11th in lieu of Remembrance Day.
PD Day- November 20th
Just a reminder that November 20th is a PD Day there is no school.
Hello parents! The Lomond Lakers have asked us to help them out at their home games being held at Vulcan Arena. They will pay us $100 for every game to be used towards Grad 2021 fundraising.
The games are being held on the following dates:
October 30th @ 7:30 PM
November 7th @ 7:30 PM
November 22nd @ 11:15 AM
November 28th @ 7:30 PM
December 20th @ 11:15 AM
January 8th @ 7:30 PM
January 29th @ 7:30 PM
January 30th @ 7:30 PM
February 19th @ 7:30 PM
February 26th @ 7:30 PM
We would need 3 volunteer parents to run the door taking admission and selling 50/50’s as well as 2 students to open doors in the penalty box. The students would need to wear masks.
PARENTS WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HOSTING DUTIES, BRAD KOCH WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THAT.
Grad meeting for Grade 12 Students
The class of 2021 will be having our first student grad meeting of the year on Tuesday, November 3rd at 12:00pm. We will be sharing information about dates, programs, and fundraising, and will begin the process of selecting a theme, colours, music, and menus.
Students who are learning from home will be sent a link to join the meeting virtually. For those who can attend in person, the meeting will take place in the Learning Commons. We look forward to seeing you there :)
Little Caesars Fundraiser
Dual Credit courses give students the opportunity to take post-secondary courses during high school, earning post-secondary credits and high school credits without paying post-secondary tuition.
Applications are now being accepted for semester 2 Dual Credit programs. Courses will be offered in :
Details including program information sheets and the online application are available at palliseroffcampus.ca/dual-credit.
Parents and students are encouraged to register for the Dual Credit Information Session on November 17 from 7-8PM.
Interested in Financial Aid or Scholarship Info?
Register for one of Career Transitions Scholarship and Financial Aid Presentations.
Attend either November 3 or November 5 at 7:00pm.
Register at bit.ly/CTscholarship2020.
Thank you to Student Council for providing all the students with a little Halloween treat on 'Dress up Day'!