This Week At NHS (May 27 – May 31)


Monday, May 27 (Day 2) 

  • Lunch Activities
    • Recess Games: Students in grades 1-2 look for Edita in the orange vest. She will lead the game today!
    • Quick junior choir practice at lunch.

Tuesday, May 28 (Day 3) 

  • Lunch Activities
    • Quick senior choir practice at lunch.

Wednesday, May 29 (Day 4) 

  • Mayor’s Walk: Grade 4 students are participating in the annual Mayor’s Walk/Run as a healthy initiative and to gain team spirit.

Friday, May 31 (Day 1) 

  • Lunch Recess Games
    •  Students in grades 2-4 look for James in the orange vest. He will lead your game today!

 

This Week at NHS (May 21 -24)


 

Tuesday, May 21 (Day 3) 

  • School Council Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 (Day 4) 

  • Board Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 (Day 5) 

  • Lunch Recess Games For Students in Grades 2-3.
    • Look for Dexter in the orange vest. He will lead the game today!

Something to Celebrate!

Music Success at the Sherwood Park Music Festival 2019

For the first time in New Horizons School’s 24-year history, we entered the Sherwood Park Music Festival at the end of April and experienced a successful event. Below are the results.

The Treblemakers won Gold for their performance of ‘Peaceful River’ and Silver for their performance of ‘Trolls’!

The Trebadours won Silver for both ‘Obwisana’ and ‘Spirits’.

The NHS Chamber Choir took home Silver for their performance of ‘Thousand Years’.

As well, the choirs were invited to perform at the Gala and Awards Ceremony at Festival Place on April 29.

 

 

 

Additionally, the NHS Strummerz (ukuleles) took home Gold for ‘Heart and Soul’ and Platinum for ‘Thousand Years,’ and the Drama team also took home Gold and Platinum for their performances!!

Congratulations to Ms. Graham and all the performers!

Building the Music Program

By successfully accessing grants, Ms. Graham has been able to increase our music equipment inventory which has helped to expand our Orf Instrument set, and to bring in new types of instruments into our program. 

MusicCounts

The largest grant we received was from MusicCounts.

This school year, MusiCounts donated $1,000,000.00 worth of musical instruments and equipment to 96 schools across Canada via the MusiCountsBand Aid Program, and New Horizons School was one of those schools. We received $14,000 worth of musical equipment with this grant. A full list of all the recipient schools are listed here.

The MusicCount Grant allowed Ms. Graham to purchase a variety of instruments. These are some of the instruments:

  • upgrade our current inventory of Orff instruments to include variety and have enough for an entire class set
  • boomwhackers
  • bongo drums
  • granite blocks
  • steel drum
  • bar and wind chimes
  • conga drum set
  • metallophone

 

Thank you to the parents and staff who supported Ms. Graham’s grant application.

A special thanks goes to Music Canada and sponsors for their generosity and support for music across Canada and in our school.

 

 

 

This Week at NHS (May 13-18)


This is a short wee. Students will have a 4-day weekend as Friday, May 17, is a Professional Development Day and Monday, May 20, is the Victoria Day holiday.

Monday, May 13 (Day 4) 

  • No special events scheduled for today.

Tuesday, May 14 (Day 5) 

  • No special events scheduled for today.

Wednesday, May 15 (Day 1) 

  • Playground Committee Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. NOTE: This meeting was previously incorrectly advertised as a 7:00 p.m. meeting.

Thursday, May 16 (Day 2) 

  • FANHS Meeting @ 3:30

Friday, May 17

  • Professional Development Day: School Not In Session

Monday, May 20

  • Victoria Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 21

  • Classes Resume

This Week at NHS (May 6 – 10)


Congratulations

Upper Elementary Chess 

The grade 4-6 Chess Tournament finished last week. Congratulations to the winners!

  •  Grade 4- Leon X.
  • Grade 5 – Daniel S.
  • Grade 6 – Adam A.
  • Grade 4-6 Grand Camp : Daniel S.

Kangaroo Math

Congratulations to Ethan L!  In the Canadian Kangaroo Math Competition, he won a silver medal and scored in the 92 percentile out of 430 grade 1 kids across Canada who wrote the exam.

We Walk For Water

The Leadership Class has also begun a We Walk For Water campaign.

How full can we get this water jug?

 

 

Until May 10 we will be continuing our coin drive for WE walk for water. We have a big water jug in the office with the goal of filling it with coins by May 10. Every $25 gives clean water for life in communities in developing countries.

If you have some coins that are piling up, please help to support the Walk For Water campaign.

On May 10 we will be doing a water walk at school to cap off the event and raise awareness to the issue.

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 6 (Day 4) 

  • Grade 9 PAT (English Language Arts Part A: Writing)
  • Mental Health Week Activity:
    • Grades 1 and 2 will have Yoga with Ms. Mackinnon at lunch. Be sure to wear breathable clothing. No jeans please.
  • Recess Games: Students in grades 3-4 look for Alex in the orange vest. He will lead your game today!
  • Junior Choir Practice at lunch recess.

Tuesday, May 7 (Day 5) 

  • Kindergarten and Grade 9 Grad Pictures
  • Senior Choir Practice at lunch recess.
  • Mental Health Week Activity: Altview will be here speaking about tolerance and empathy with grades 4-9.

Wednesday, May 8 (Day 1) 

  • Ukulele Club during lunch recess.
  • Senior Choir Practice after school.
  • Mental Health Week Activity:
    • Rena Rachar will be here to speak with grades 1-3. The topic will be our brains and self-regulation.
    • At lunch grades 3-5 can participate in some mindful colouring.

Thursday, May 9 (Day 2) 

  • Junior High Students are off to the Skills Canada Competition.
  • Recess Games: Students in grades 3-5 look for Stephen in the orange vest. He will lead your game today!

Friday, May 10 (Day 3)

  • Grade 6 PAT (English Language Arts Part A: Writing)
  • The Water Walk (p.m.)
  • Mental Health Week: Activity: Students in grades 6-9 will learn about stress relief using a variety of techniques.

Mental Health Week

Next week (May 6-10) is Mental Health week.

We have a few things lined up for students to promote positive mental health. Students from our junior high leadership option have helped to plan some activities for the week!

Monday
Grades 1 and 2 will have Yoga with Ms. Mackinnon at lunch. Be sure to wear breathable clothing. No jeans please.
Tuesday 
Altview  will be here speaking about tolerance and empathy with grades 4-9.
Wednesday
Rena Rachar will be here to speak with grades 1-3. The topic will be our brains and self-regulation.
At lunch grades 3-5 can participate in some mindful colouring.
Friday
Students in grades 6-9 will learn about stress relief using a variety of techniques.

Congratulations to Our Reach Team

New Horizons students represented our school well at the Provincial Reach Tournament in Calgary on Saturday!

The New Horizons Junior team made it to the playoffs in second place. They ended Provincials  placing 6th overall.

The New Horizons Intermediate team made it to the playoffs in 4th place. They ended Provincials placing 4th overall.

Congratulations to all Reach for the Top participants this year for the amazing job you did representing New Horizons School regionally and provincially.

Thanks to all the parents who made the drive down to Calgary for the tournament and their support throughout the year!

Looking forward to next year.

Spirit Week at NHS – “Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament”

Many times when a conflict or disagreement occurs in the classroom or out on the playing field, it’s often the loudest voice that wins. One of the key ideas in our school’s social contract is fairness, and having the loudest voice is not the fairest way to resolve a disagreement or conflict.

With a focus on fairness, we are helping our students understand that there are many ways to solve a disagreement without using a loud voice and that is more fair. We can flip a coin, vote, “pick an number,” or … play rock-paper-scissors!

As part of a way of building school spirit during spirit week, and in keeping with our charter goal of providing our students with positive interaction opportunities with others, we are having a school-wide rock-paper-scissors tournament!

We will be holding our tournament during lunch recess over the course of  Spirit Week. Being that size and age are not huge factors in a game of rock-paper-scissors, any student from Grade 1-9 can win the school championship!

Because the kindergarten students are in attendance only every second day, they will have a separate tournament.

Below is the schedule.

Tuesday, April 30
Classroom Playoffs Grades 1, 2 and 3
  • meet in the gym during lunch recess. (register in the gym)
Wednesday, May 1
Classroom Playoffs  Grades 4, 5, and 6
  • meet in the gym at lunch recess (register in the gym)
Thursday, May 2
Grade Playoffs (1-9)
  • classroom winners
  • meet in the gym at lunch recess
Monday, May 6 
  • Division Playoffs
  • School Championship