Principal Blog

September 21, 2018

Cross Country practices have started with the first meet on Monday.  Good luck runners.  Information about Swim Club will be coming out shortly.  On Wednesday, choir started with Mrs. Jones.  All grade 3, 4, 5 students are welcome to join this noon hour club.  Our Green team is working very hard to help our environment.  They are collecting the composts and hard plastics on a weekly basis.

Take a stroll through our hallways to see the displays demonstrating our knowledge of “The Bad Seed”.

The new portable for the Cloverdale Childcare Society arrived on Tuesday.  Students watched as the portable arrived in two sections, then trailered across the basketball court and the grassed field, and finally lifted by crane into place.  The two halves were put together to make a new portable.  Hopefully, once the building is complete, students will have an opportunity to have a tour of the inside.

Monday, September 24 is Picture Day.  Full uniform is required.  Please check to see that your child’s name is on their crested item.  Students are encouraged to leave their crested item at school so that it is ready at all times.

Thursday, September 27 is Orange Shirt Day.  Orange shirt day was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada.  Students are invited to wear orange shirts instead of their white shirt.

Friday, September 28 is our Terry Fox Run.  Students will be running around the field from 2:00 – 2:30.  You are more than welcome to come and join your child as we walk and run to help raise awareness of the legacy of Terry Fox.  Donations will be collected next week to support cancer research.  Please consider donating to this very important cause.

The PAC is sponsoring an information night on October 2. Daily reading of just right books is extremely important. To help you support your child, several of our primary teachers will be presenting tools and strategies.

Also next Friday is our monthly assembly.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend.

I hope the weather cooperates this weekend and you are able to venture outside to enjoy the beginning of Fall.

September 15, 2018

It has been a very busy week at Cloverdale.  Students are settling into routines and teachers are assessing so they can meet the needs of students.  One routine that we practiced on Friday is the fire drill.  The students did an excellent job of following the directions of their teacher.  We will be having a fire drill each month.  The fire department will be attending one of the drills.

Cloverdale is exploring one school one book.  All classrooms are reading the book, The Bad Seed,  by Jory John.  Bulletin boards throughout the school will depict things from the story.  The book has some important messages.  Check it out!

We are looking forward to our Welcome Back Evening on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  Everyone is invited to the gym for 5:00 for introductions and then to the classrooms until 6:00 to meet the teacher, learn about what will be happening this year and have your child show you around the classroom. The gym will be open until 6:30 to socialize. This is not an opportunity to discuss your child with the teacher.  Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on October 3 and4.  More information will be coming out on how to sign up on-line for your interview time.

Cross Country has snuck up on us.  Notices were sent home on Friday with grade 3 – 5 students, about the upcoming season.  Permission forms need to be returned to Mrs. Glover as soon as possible.  All students are welcome.  As long as a child is interested in running and participates in the practices, they can be part of the Cross Country team.

Two of our intermediate teachers will be attending a coding workshop this week to learn how to incorporate coding into their lessons.  Primary teachers will be attending a similar workshop in October.

Monday is a Professional Day with no students in attendance.  Teachers have a very busy day planned.  We will be talking about the traditional tenants and how we are making them part of each day at Cloverdale Traditional School.  Next on the agenda will be technology and how we are using technology in the classroom now that we no longer have a computer lab.  (Thank you PAC for buying us all the Chromebooks and IPads).  Then it is on to Professional Learning Communities where teachers will be working in grade groupings to come up with a driving question that will help move our school forward.  And finally we will be exploring the new resources available to support the new math curriculum.

The PAC meeting on Tuesday was well attended.  It was nice to see returning parents as well as several new parents.  Feel free to come to one or all of the meetings.

September 8, 2018

We have had a very smooth first week of school.  Moving students on Wednesday, allowed students and teachers to settle and quickly establish routines and begin the new curriculum.  Teachers will be doing some assessment to determine how to best support your children.  Agendas will be used daily.  Please check the agenda and sign it daily.  This is a great way to see what is happening in your child’s classroom.  Please read the introduction in the front of the agenda and discuss it with your child.  It is expected that all parents, and students in grade 3-5 sign the front of the agenda, agreeing to the information provided.  Teachers will be communicating with families on a regular basis either through a paper or digital newsletter.

We had our first assembly yesterday.  Students were told about many of the clubs, activities and sports that we will be doing this year.  More information and sign-ups will be given to children via the daily announcements.  Please encourage your child to get involved!  Our next assembly is September 28 at 9:00.  Everyone is welcome.

If your child was involved in the library summer reading programme or wrote/created a journal, please encourage them to bring it to the office.  I would love to read what they have been reading and doing.  These students will be recognized at the September 28 assembly.

Our welcome back and meet the teacher evening is on September 20.  The format will be slightly different this year.  We will start with a welcome with coffee and treats at 5:00 and then the classrooms will be open until 6:00.  Coffee and treats will be available until 6:30.  I hope you are able to attend.

Our Terry Fox Run will be happening on September 28.  We will be collecting Toonies for Terry.  Please help this very important cause.  All of us have been touched directly or indirectly.  Students will be running on the back field from 2:00 – 2:30.  Please come and join us.

August 2018

It is hard to believe that Cloverdale Traditional School is starting its 12th year as a traditional school  I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the principalship.  Miss Pick worked very hard to make Cloverdale Traditional School what it is today.  We will continue to create a school that encourages the principles of the traditional philosophy, the core competencies and an inclusive learning environment.  My goal is to support teachers, students and parents, allowing everyone to grow and work to their full potential.  I hope we can challenge everyone to try new things, think outside the box and create a school where everyone is excited to be.  Please don’t hesitate to email, call or stop by the office, to share ideas, concerns and successes.  I can’t wait until September 4th.  See you then.