Message from the Chair
Welcome to the month of May! Wow, as usual in Sault Ste. Marie, but more this year than any other, we have jumped from winter into summer!
May is an exciting and event packed month in education as we celebrate all that is happening in our schools this year!
Early in May, ADSB Grade 7 and 8 students will take part in diversity and inclusivity workshops delivered by staff from the Sault Career Centre. New to the Sault coordinator Jane Omollo will be working with students to help build their understanding and awareness in the area of diversity. This ties in well with the great community event, Passport to Unity happening during the weekend of May 3-5.
Exciting news from Northern Heights! The school has recently been awarded a $3000 grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation (GLKF). The grant is being used to introduce a regular fitness program for all Grade 4 through Grade 8 students. The goal will be to improve student engagement, decrease inappropriate student behaviour and convince kids that fitness can change their lives. The plan is to see increased mental alertness during lessons and to help build a desire for daily physical activity.
Another exciting event - Music Monday - will take place on Monday, May 6 at noon at White Pines. One thousand students from Rosedale, FH Clergue and White Pines will join a national event that includes students/choirs from across the country singing simultaneously at 1pm. There will be an hour’s worth of performances before the 1pm event. The Coalition has partnered with CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency to take the Music Monday celebration to new heights. Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson have collaborated between earth and space to co-write the official song for Music Monday 2013, titled “ISS – Is Somebody Singing.”
May 6-11 is Education Week focussing on the theme of Educating and Celebrating All and it is an opportunity to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement. This week is full of assemblies, concerts, guest speakers and unique presentations in our schools. It is an opportunity for everyone to stop by your neighbourhood public school and appreciate all that education is and can be. It is also an ideal time for us to think about ways we can give back to the community. During this week Algoma District School Board schools are collecting canned food items for our local food banks.
Throughout the month of May there will be a number of activities focussed on helping our students make healthy, wise choices regarding the use of drugs, alcohol and sexual activity. Through the Student Engagement Theatre (YET), the student ABCD Symposium and the Parent Involvement Committee(PIC)’s Parent Presentation, students and parents will be given tools to equip them to deal with the pressures they face every day in these areas. Check out our website for the dates and times of these events!
May 28 will see our students celebrate Aboriginal Youth Day! Grade 10 students from throughout the District will take part in an Aboriginal Youth Day hosted at Garden River First Nation Recreation Centre.
As you can see, May is a busy month in all our schools! Take time this month to stop by your neighbourhood public school and see all the exciting things that are happening!
Chair - Algoma District School Board
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