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Indigo Adopt a School program!
by Jennifer Boyle - Monday, 17 September 2018, 6:40 PM
 

Dear Parents,

I would like to personally invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of the children at David Thompson by supporting us in the upcoming

There are three ways that our community can support our school online at adoptaschool.indigo.ca:

1.     Book Bonus: For every two books you donate to our school online, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate a bonus book, up to 100 books!*

2.     Tell a Story, Give a Story: Every time you post a story to our Adopt a School profile, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate one book in support of our school library, up to 20 books!

3.     Adopt a School Story Contest: “Heart” your favourite story to help a school for a chance to win* big!  The five most-loved stories in each province will be entered in a random draw for a chance to win a $2,500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books for their adopted school. The remaining four top “hearted” schools in each province will win a $500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books! Choose wisely because you only get one shot to “Heart” a story!

Please note that 100% of all online donations directed to our school will go towards supporting our students and school library! However, our school has not been adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store this year, so donations made in-store will not go to our school.

Our school is going to receive every dollar raised to support our library and a 30% discount off books when we shop at Indigo, Chapters and Coles using program donations.

Please visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca from September 15 to October 7 to show your support for our library! I look forward to surprising the staff and children at David Thompson with all the new library books this year! 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Boyle, Vice Principal



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Welcome Back to School
by Jennifer Boyle - Friday, 31 August 2018, 9:07 AM
 


Hello David Thompson Families! Are you all ready to begin the new school year? We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming back our students new and returning.

Tuesday. September 4th, 2018 – 10:30am-12:00pm  

  • All NEW students to DT will briefly check-in at the office and will then go to the Library. Attendance will be taken and new students will then join their fellow DT classmates, according to their age.  

  • Returning DT students (all grades) will report back to their classrooms from last year.  

  • There is no school on September 4th for children who will be starting Kindergarten this year in September 2018.

September 5th – 7th, 2018  

  • The rest of the week, September 5th – 7th, are regular days of school: 8:30 am 2:30 pm. Students will require their lunches and water bottles.  

  • Students will be doing a variety of activities with their last year’s class and activities in multi-age groups.

The following week please look for important information - newsletter, school fee information, permission forms - coming home in packs. Our school newsletter will also be posted sometime next week on the school web page. Our staff is really looking forward to meeting our new students, and seeing familiar faces once again. Will will be working to ensure that David Thompson continues to be a inclusive, vibrant, positive, forward thinking place of growth and learning. I am so looking forward to meeting all of you. See you all Tuesday!

Ms. Jennifer Boyle

Vice Principal



 
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Parent Engagement Session - Raising Digitally Responsible Youth
by Jennifer Boyle - Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 4:37 PM
 

The District will be hosting a valuable Parent Engagement Session on the evening of Wednesday, September 26th at the HGEC.  The session, Raising Digitally Responsible Youth, is free and open to all parents of school-aged children.

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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:  go.schoolmessenger.ca


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 SOGIeducation.org/parents

 
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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.