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School Closing & Opening
by Mr. L. Toews - Friday, 15 June 2018, 11:16 AM

Last day of school for students is Thursday, June 28

We will start at our normal time, and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. There will only be one afternoon bus, and it will depart shortly after 12:00 pm.

First day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 4

The day will start at 10:30 am, two hours later than usual, and will end two hours earlier than usual at 12:30 pm. Bus pickup and departure times will also be shifted by two hours.

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Is it Bullying?
by Mr. L. Toews - Thursday, 14 June 2018, 3:48 PM

One of our on-going school goals is to make our school a bully-free zone. With that in mind, it is important to understand that not all student conflicts are truly bullying. There are three types of student conflict:

♦ Peer Conflict
♦ Mean Behaviour
♦ Bullying Behaviour

The vast majority of classroom and playground incidents are peer conflict or mean behaviour, not bullying. The key factors that define bullying are: power imbalance, intention to harm, and repeated over time. The attached file explains this in more detail, and offers suggestions as to how we (teachers and parents) can support our students in dealing with each type of conflict.

While it is important to keep the conversation about bullying going, it is equally important that we all understand the terms we are using.

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Update to Safe Arrival System
by Mr. L. Toews - Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8:56 AM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

SD73 is converting to new Safe Arrival program owned by SchoolMessenger.  This software has its own Student Absence Reporting System that we will be transitioning over to officially on Friday, June 1.

What do parents need to do in this transition?

  • Be sure to download the SchoolMessenger app and create your account.  It should look just like the screenshot below.  This can be done now in anticipation of the June 1 startup.

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  • Continue to use the current app and then delete your old SafeArrival app after Thursday, May 31  (as we will no longer be using this application to collect student absences)

  • You can also create an account at the following website:

The absence reporting telephone number will continue to be 1-844-350-2647.

We look forward to working with all of you as we transition to the new attendance feature in SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival.  

For questions or further information, please contact the school.

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SOGI 1 2 3
by Mr. L. Toews - Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 3:45 PM

SOGI 1 2 3 has launched new SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Videos that address questions about SOGI 1 2 3 and SOGI-inclusive education in schools. The videos are designed for parents and family members to view and learn about SOGI 1 2 3 in various grade-levels. The goal of the videos is to debunk some of the common misinformation in the media and to support parents in their understanding of SOGI-inclusive education. The SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Videos are available to view and download now on

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Parking Lot Traffic Changes
by Mr. L. Toews - Friday, 22 December 2017, 1:34 PM

All students were given a notice to take home on Dec 15. The entire notice is attached to this post, but the main message is that student drop-off and pickup will now take place on Pine Springs Rd instead of in the school parking lot. This change will be effective Jan 8, 2018. 

This change is intended to make things safer for students, parents, and staff. Since there will no longer be a steady stream of vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot at the beginning and end of the day, the crosswalk will now be much safer for students to use.

Please have a look at the attachment for a full explanation of this decision.

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Kids Plus Accident Insurance
by Mr. L. Toews - Saturday, 2 September 2017, 6:29 PM

For your convenience, SD73 has made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans, 
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit

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Info for Parents
by Mr. L. Toews - Thursday, 31 August 2017, 9:58 AM

We've found some information that parents might find useful.

Check out the attachments for...

Myths and Realities of Combination Classes

Tips for a Great School Year