The hot weather over the last two weeks has certainly made it feel like summer is already here! While it is still May, June is just around the corner, and with it comes a flurry of activities.
The warm weather has meant students have the opportunity to run around at recess times and loosen up those stiff muscles from our cold spring.
June is a time for field trips as the weather is warm and makes for enjoyable outdoor excursions.
Some other events to look forward to include Mrs. Watson’s Grade 5 Shakespeare production, an introductory visit from our school elder, and some Indigenous activities as part of our response to the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action. We will also be celebrating our Kindergarten Graduation and and wishing our senior students well at the Grade 9 Farewell.
The end of the year is also exam time. Students in grades 6 and 9 will be writing their Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) while the grade 7 and 8 students will be writing final exams. All of the PATS are posted on the school calendar.
On June 28, the last day of school for students, we will be having our Award Day beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Over the summer, our school will be hosting the Edmonton Debate Camp. Registration is still open for that camp.
Our modernization is essentially completed, and we look forward to a grand re-opening on September 12. More details concerning that event will be forthcoming. However,we will be in construction mode once again as we have been awarded another modular classroom that will be attached to the southeast end of the school where the second modular wing used to exist. The new modular will be home to our second grade 6 class next year.
In addition to the School Council items previously advertised, we will also be hosting Dr. Sal Mendaglio at our meeting who will provide information on a research project he is undertaking through the University of Calgary. Many parents may remember Dr. Mendaglio from our gifted conference we held a few years back when we were in Ardrosson.
Dr. Mendaglio has spend many years counseling gifted individuals, and he is currently conducting a study aimed at understanding the experience of parenting gifted children. The focus is on parents of children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. He will be present at the May 22 School Council meeting sharing information and answering questions about his study with the hope of having ten NHS parents participating.
These presentations will explore the lived realities of LGBTQ2S+ youth in our communities, the impacts of language, the importance of empathy, and how we can all help make our schools safe for and supportive of LGBTQ2S+ people. (Grades 4-9)
“Michael Green (he/him) hails from a small town in Nova Scotia and knows firsthand the effects of communities lacking supports for the LGBTQ community. Now living in Edmonton as the altViewFoundation‘s Deputy Director, he brings his passion for community engagement to Strathcona County and beyond. His role involves guiding altView to even stronger community relationships through Gay Straight Alliance facilitation, community presentations that promote empathy for LGBTQ community members and development of programs to address the needs of LGBTQ people and their allies in rural Alberta. Michael’s guiding principle is that no one should need to leave their communities to access vital services and programming.”
Grades 4-6 : German Villegas and Karen Haugen
Students will be introduced to mental health, healthy coping mechanisms, supportive relationships and how to take active ownership of one’s well-being. Stress and anxiety will be touched on throughout this presentation, and it will focus mostly on how to be preventative and proactive in caring for personal health. (Grades 4-6)
German Villegas and Karen Haugen both have backgrounds in Education, and have since specialized in mental health and healthy relationships. They are both passionate about prevention of illness and violence, and building healthy supportive connections in the community.
Tuesday, May 8
Running Club: 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Mental Health Week Presentation:
Grades K-3: Amanda Marleau
Students will hear a presentation on mindfulness to manage worry and maintaining positive mental health.
Amanda Marleau is a registered psychologist from Sherwood Park Primary Care network.
Wednesday, May 9
Grade 6 Writing PAT
Students in Grade 6 will be completing their Writing PAT beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Sign Language Club
Mental Health Week Presentation: Parent Session at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Reynolds will be discussing common challenges with anxiety for
children, and how these can develop into challenges for teenagers and adults over
time. Links between giftedness and anxiety will also be discussed. Parent strategies to
help their children will be explored, with a focus on everyday resilience strategies that
are practical in the home.
Dr. Shawn Reynolds is a psychologist with Nexus Psychology in Sherwood Park. This practice focuses on psychoeducational assessment of children and youth, and he also works with children and adults with obsessive compulsive challenges. His daughter is a lifer at New Horizons, and is currently in Grade 6. His family is active at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, and he will be giving this presentation if he survives a half-marathon he’s attempting on May 6.
Please RSVP using the form e-mailed home.
Thursday, May 10
Running Club: 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Grade 9 Writing PAT
Students in Grade 9 will be completing their Writing PAT beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Friday, May 11
School-Wide Imagine and Create Event @ 9:00 a.m.
Mental Health Week Presentation: Dr. Jiang & Dr. Sevigny
Ingredients to positive mental health.
Dr. Jiang & Dr. Sevigny are registered psychologists from the University of Alberta in the Department of Educational Psychology.
New Horizons School
1000 Strathcona Drive
Sherwood Park, AB