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10 Good Things To Talk About – September 27

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  1. Terry Fox Run We are so proud of our students for all the efforts they have put into fundraising and running to support the Terry Fox Foundation.  We don’t have our totals yet but I know our students have families have generously supported the cause.  Thank you for all your support!
  2. Mr. Wejr and Andrew Putt

    Mr. Wejr and Andrew Putt

    Love For Lilee As most of you have followed and supported this beautiful girl’s life journey, you also know how her story has impacted our school community.  We were truly honoured and inspired to have LJ’s father, Andrew Putt, join us for our Terry Fox Run. In Andrew’s words, “I ran because LJ will never get to”.  To continue to support the family, please go to www.loveforlilee.com and “like” their Love For Lilee Facebook Page.

  3. Buddies  Teaming up our older students with our younger students has become part of what we do at Kent School.  Through play, art, math, and fitness, older students learn leadership skills while the young students benefit through mentorship and coaching.
  4. Miss Findlay's Minion

    Ms Findlay’s Minion

    Welcome to Ms Findlay  We are excited to have Miss Findlay join our Kent team this year as our grade ½ teacher.  Be sure to welcome her and come check out her classroom in room 12.

  5. Soccer  Some of our intermediate students are traveling to Chilliwack, with their coach Mr. Mills, to participate in the Chilliwack elementary school soccer league.  Best of luck to them!
  6. Student sits on the Hokki stool to allow movement and increase focus.

    Student sits on the Hokki stool to allow movement and increase focus.

    Self-Regulation  A few of our staff members are on our self-regulation team as part of a district pilot project to see the benefits of a number of tools and strategies on student learning.  Strategies and tools such as wiggle seats and chairs along with heavy lifting, rolling, and fidget tools help our students to be more calm, alert and ready to learn.  For more info, check out www.self-regulation.ca

  7. A great turnout!

    A great turnout!

    Welcome Back BBQ  We had a great turnout for our family BBQ.  The rain couldn’t stop our families from gathering and chatting about life at Kent School.  Thanks to all those that helped make this event another success.

  8. New Year for PAC  Our dedicated PAC held our first PAC meeting last week fir elections and ideas for the year.  Congrats and thank you to Jamie Fisher who was elected PAC Chair.  Be sure to check out the PAC board near the primary entrance.
  9. Senior-Teen Luncheon  Some of our grade 6’s teamed up with students from ACE and local seniors to cook and serve lunch for some of our senior members of our community.  We are excited to continue this partnership with the Legion and Agassiz Centre for Education.
  10. House Games  Intermediate house games have started again at Kent School with European Handball.  These are a great way for students to learn athletic skills as well as teamwork and sportsmanship!

Moving to a Nut-Free School

Nut Free ZoneDear Parents and Families:

Re:      IMPORTANT: Medical Danger

A few of our students have life-threatening allergies to all nuts. To safeguard these students, we all need to be aware of the ingredients in the snacks and processed foods that are sent to school. Because our students learn throughout our building, the only way to ensure a safe environment for our children is to work together to make our school nut-free. To do this we need everyone’s co-operation.

Please check the ingredients of all foods your children bring to school. Coconut is not a risk for nut allergies only for students with specific coconut allergies.

In a classroom setting, cross-contamination is the greatest risk from this type of allergy. Cross-contamination is when a few crumbs from one child’s snack are dropped and then picked up by and allergic child.  Even a small amount can kill.

It is difficult at the best of times to get children to eat healthy snacks; however, I hope you will appreciate the seriousness of this condition and that you will assist us at the school in our efforts to create as safe an environment as possible.  With your co-operation we can minimize the risk of an allergic reaction.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

To download a copy of this letter, click here.

For a news report on how parents who have lost their child to a peanut allergic reaction, please click here.

Anaphylaxis Canada

10 Good Things To Talk About – September 13

Art in the garden

Art in the garden

  1. Welcome Back to 10 Good Things!  Welcome to another school year at Kent School! Please check your child’s backpack  on Fridays as we send home the weekly letter with news about Kent. You can also receive them via email and online at www.kentelementary.ca.
  2. Happy Fall Fair  Another September means another Fall Fair! Our students and staff have been working hard preparing our float for the parade.  Teachers have also been using Fall Fair as a theme to teach writing and reading in their classes.

    Before and after the decorating of our Fall Fair Float. "The Great Outdoors"

    Before and after the decorating of our Fall Fair Float. “The Great Outdoors”

  3. Welcome Back BBQ  We are excited to welcome parents and families to a free BBQ in our back field next Tuesday from 5:00-7:00.  At 6:00, families are encouraged to come into the school and meet the teachers and staff.  FREE burgers, hotdogs, and watermelon will be served.  Please bring plates, cutlery and a drink.  See you Tuesday!
  4. Getting to Know Each Other  Many classes create projects at this time of the year with the learning intention of getting to know each other.  Whether it is creating a personal crest or a silhouette with images, this is a great opportunity for students to share and be proud of who they are.

    Grade 6 students working on the All About Me silhouettes.

    Grade 6 students working on the All About Me silhouettes.

  5. Kent Professional Learning Time  We have a staff of learners and we are curious about a number of ideas that will help our students.  This year, we have implemented a few periods a week for staff to meet to inquire about and build upon these ideas so they can further enhance student learning.  We already have staff discussing project-based learning, technology to enhance parent communication, thematic arts, and implementing learning about residential schools.  It is certainly going to be an exciting year of learning for our staff!
  6. All About Inclusion  We are so proud of the inclusive atmosphere that is Kent School.  Every student has their own needs and differences and it is so important to reach out and include others, regardless of differences.  Please encourage your child to reach out and include beyond the school – it can have a huge impact on all our students.  For more of my thoughts on this, go to: http://bit.ly/1e2Oihx
  7. Library Renovations  Our library is often the learning hub of our school… and it just got even better.  Drop by to check out the beautiful changes that have been made to make it brighter with more space for student learning.
  8. New Students  We had over 40 new students (in addition to our our kindergarten students) arrive to school this September.  Please take a moment to get to know our new families and welcome them into our Kent Community.  For those new students and families, if you ever need anything or have any questions, please call or email me at the school (CW).
  9. Welcome Back Miss Martinson   We are thrilled to have Miss Martinson return to our school this year as our grade 2/3 teacher. Our grade 1/2 position will be finalized on Monday.
  10. School Photos  A reminder that school photos will take place on Friday, September 20. SMILE!

For a video of the first week at Kent, go to: http://bit.ly/1bfyru4

Enjoy the Fall Fair!!!  Be sure to come watch our students on the Kent Float in the parade and watch Mr. Wejr in the “Celebrity Goat Milking Contest” at 3:30.

Principalship Change for January, 2014

Dear Parents and Families of Kent Elementary

It is with mixed emotions that I let you know I have accepted an Elementary Principalship in Langley effective January 1, 2014.  I have made this decision in order to be closer to my family and make it easier to spend more time with my children.

Kent has become my second family over the last six years.  As a teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal at Kent I have been blessed to have had such a close relationship with students, staff and families of Kent Elementary.  I have become a better person and educator as a result of our connection.

I am very excited for Kent Elementary this year.  We continue to improve, innovate, and create positive changes.  Our students continue to receive an education that focuses on their personal strengths and supports their challenges. A key reason for our successes is the collaborative nature of our staff; there is no single leader but rather a group of leaders all moving us to be better each year. As a result of this, I know Kent will continue to inspire a love for learning, a culture that embraces strengths and focuses on the skills all our students need to be successful.

I want to thank the parent community at Kent for teaching me the importance of truly listening and caring.  I have benefited from learning about our students’ families, culture and the community itself.  I will always be so grateful and this will influence me in the future both as an educator and parent.

I look forward to working with the new administration at Kent to continue the initiatives we have started.  The Board of Education for SD 78 (Fraser-Cascade) will be making a decision in the next few weeks on the next principal for Kent Elementary and I will communicate this as soon as possible.

Thanks again for all your support.

Sincerely

Chris Wejr, Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Welcome back to another exciting school year at Kent Elementary.

At Kent School we have a strong belief in focusing on the strengths and interests of our students and a s a community, we will continue to work to inspire a love for learning and teach the skills to help our students meet their full potential.  Whether it is in the arts, academics, athletics or any other area of our students’ lives, we will work together to nurture their strengths and help them challenge themselves in areas in which they struggle.

We are all here to help our children achieve success in their own way; by working together as parents, teachers, students, and community members, this process becomes that much easier.

To keep you better informed and connected to the school, please check out our blog and website at www.kentelementary.ca, our school Facebook page, school district app (info on website), as well as a Twitter feed at @kentelemschool. These are all designed to use technology to meet you where you are and enhance home:school communication.  If you do not currently receive emails from our school, please email me at cwejr@sd78.bc.ca to be added to the list.

Please check your child’s backpack this week for important information from teachers and the school. Wednesday will be a grade activity day and students will be placed in regular classes for Thursday morning. Students will be expected to bring their school supplies on Thursday.  If you have not purchased supplies, please go to www.kentelementary.ca or call the school to access the supply lists.

If you have any concerns at any time, please drop by my office, contact me at 604-796-2161, or email me at cwejr@sd78.bc.ca.  Welcome back and we look forward to working with you to in inspire a love for learning and bring out the strengths in every child.

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