It has been a busy month at NHS. We’ve had field trips, Independent Studies Fairs, Math Fairs, drama productions, Indigenous celebrations, Grade 9 Farewell, a Formal Day Dance, fundraisers, Kindergarten Graduation, and the start of final exams.
These photos capture only a part of the excitement that NHS has experienced over the last few weeks.
Looking for a way to cool off on Thursday’s forecast of a sweltering 30 degrees?
Jordan & Kaley (Grade 5) and Sydney & Isabelle (Grade 3) have a solution!
These students have decided to organize a freezie and cookie sale as a year-end fundraiser for the Pekse family. As you may know, the Pekse family is still in Bethesda, Maryland, recovering after Mitchell’s bone marrow transplant. They will remain there for a large part of the summer.
Jordan, Kaley, Sydney and Isabelle will be selling their freezies and cookies for $1.00 each at lunch recess on Thursday.
Mackenzie Brown is a First Nations Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. She is a performer, singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist and advocate of fun.
Mackenzie and her mother typically perform as a duo called the Warrior Women. Mackenzie will be performing solo for us.
Mackenzie will be leading workshops for various grades throughout the day.
Garden Of Hearts Ceremony (1:00 p.m.)
Over the last week, students and staff have been decorating wooden hearts and writing sentiments on them for our Garden of Hearts. They have been attached to our fence along Broadmoor. Our short ceremony will honor those who were lost to the residential school system.
“Celebrated in May and June, Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams invites individuals and organizations to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities. Heart gardens honour residential school survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual’s commitment to finding their place in reconciliation.”
Special Guests include Elder Theresa Strawberry, Mackenzie Brown, and Eric Tootoosis (Spokesperson for Treaties 1-11).
Grade 5 Shakespeare Production
Mrs. Watson’s and Ms. Joly’s Grade 5 classes will each be performing as Shakespeare play.
Grade 5W : 2:00 p.m.: Romeo & Juliet
Grade 5J : 2:30 p.m.: Macbeth
Parents are invited to this wonderful annual event. Please note that the doors open 5 minutes before each performance.
Elder Theresa Strawberry
Elder Theresa Strawberry will be holding sharing circles with classes in the afternoon to introduce herself.
Elder Strawberry will be vising our school on a regular basis in the 2018-2019 school your to help us understand Indigenous perspectives.
Fundraising Association of New Horizons School AGM (6:30 p.m)
Thank you to the parents who have already responded to the Board’s Annual Survey. If you haven’t done so already, we hope you can take a few minutes to complete the survey. Please use the link that was emailed to each household. Thank you!
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.