December

This week we flip the calendar and begin the month of December.

Report Cards (very different than what parents normally receive) will be coming home on Thursday. Due to the job action they will include minimal information, so it is important that parents keep in regular contact with their child’s teacher regarding their progress.
We have finally have our new website up and going; please check it out at http://johnstubbs.sd62.bc.ca Important information will be posted their and on our school blog.
This Friday, a newsletter will be electronically sent. It will occur every second week, and a few paper copies will be available in the office.
This week marks the elementary boys and girls volleyball jamboree being held at our school on Tuesday and Wednesday after school. Come out and support our student athletes. Thanks to the PAC volunteers for managing the canteen.

Opportunity for Students

The Annual Times Colonist Spelling Bee is back at John Stubbs on Thursday January 12th for students in Grades 4 to 6. Interested students should meet Mme Tanner in her classroom, room 2221, on Thursday December 1st right after the lunch bell (12:05-12:35).

Winter is Here

As the cold weather approaches, it is a good time to remind parents to make sure students come dressed appropriately for school. Also, salt was put down for the slippery conditions and will continue to be as the weather dictates, but please remind students to be careful on the pavement.

Christmas will be just around the corner before you know. Our Middle School Winter Concert put on by Ms. Parliament will take place on Dec. 8th in the evening. More details will follow.

The Christmas Concert for the elementary students will take place on Dec. 15th. The performance will be at 1:00 p.m. That afternoon. Information about attendance and tickets etc will follow soon. Please check with your son or daughter.

The first Hot Lunch was delivered yesterday. Thanks to the volunteer parents that served that and made it a success.

The attendance line for the Middle School students will be up and going. If you child misses a class(es) then you can expect to receive a call home. If your son/daughter is going to be a way please take a moment to notify the school. Your cooperation is appreciated.

If you have not provided us your email address to receive important school information, please do so by contacting the office, 47 – 5571.

First Term Report Card Information

Student Conferences 2011

Nov. 24th is an early dismissal day, and students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. The following day is a Professional Learning Day, and students will not be in school. Teaching staff will be involved in learning activities themselves.

Normally student conferences would be scheduled on the early dismissal day. This year, given the teachers’ job action those formal student conferences will not be scheduled. Parents can contact their child’s teacher (byphone, email, or connecting with them before or after school) to discuss their child’s learning. These conversations can take place on the afternoon of Nov. 24th or any other mutually agreed time. Teachers are available to meet with parents to discuss student learning, not only on the afternoon ofNov. 24 but also, any other time during the year. It is encouraged that parents maintain on going dialogue with their child’s teacher.

Report Cards

This term reports cards will be issued as directed by the Ministry of Education. Parents will see significant gaps of information. Teachers are not required to produce reports or provide marks, therefore most report cards will only contain; student name, attendance, teacher(s) name, and courses taken. The exception will be where a Principal or Vice-Principal actually teaches a specific class. All report cards will be printed centrally (at the School Board Office using BCeSIS) and this will look different than the usual elementary report card.

École John Stubbs will distribute first term report cards on Thursday, Dec. 1. The administration staff will pass out the reports to students, and parents should expect them when their child gets home.

We appreciate your patience, but if there any other questions regarding Early Dismissal, and Report Cards, please do not hesitate to call the school (478 – 5571) and speak with Mr. Smyth, Mr. Frizzell, or Mr. Manhas.

Remembrance Day

A POEM WORTH READING!
~ Author unknown ~


He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For old Bob has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state.
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young.
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Someone who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, though small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."

Sighting

Our school community should be aware of a cougar sighting reported early this morning by Ocean Boulevard. Please be cautious today.
Parents should use this to remind and talk with their children about personal safety.

student learning

Student Conferences 2011

Nov. 24th is an early dismissal day, and students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. The following day is a Professional Learning Day, and students will not be in school. Teaching staff will be involved in learning activities themselves.

Normally student conferences would be scheduled on the early dismissal day. This year, given the teachers’ job action those formal student conferences will not be scheduled. Parents can contact their child’s teacher (byphone, email, or connecting with them before or after school) to discuss their child’s learning. These conversations can take place on the afternoon of Nov. 24th or any other mutually agreed time. Teachers are available to meet with parents to discuss student learning, not only on the afternoon ofNov. 24 but also, any other time during the year. It is encouraged that parents maintain on going dialogue with their child’s teacher.