Monday, March 2 Early Dismissal Reminder
It's an Early Dismissal Day at Prairie South Schools!
Schools will dismiss one hour early today, and every second or third Monday. This pattern will continue until the end of June. The early dismissals allow our teachers to work together in teams to address student learning. These teams are referred to as Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) and will be a key part of school goals. An abundance of research shows that when teachers work collaboratively, student learning improves as the specific needs of students at our school are addressed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the LITs, please do not hesitate to contact your local school. We look forward to an exciting year of learning together!
Upcoming Early Dismissal Days:
April 13, 27
May 11, 25
Think Opportunity...Think Agriculture and Early Safety Training!
We are offering two amazing workshop opportunities for Prairie South students. These workshops will provide students with hands on experience, the skills that employers are looking for and the chance to discover an exciting future ahead of them.
THINK EARLY SAFETY TRAINING
March 11-12, 2015 or March 12-14, 2015
(Registration deadline: February 27, 2015)
Next Generation Boot Camps for Prairie South School Division Students
The boot camps provide industry-recognized safety certifications that develops the skills and attitudes necessary to work and live safely.
Benefits of attending a Next Generation Boot Camp:
* Get the training employers are looking for on your resume: Young Worker Readiness Certificate, WHMIS, Elective and First Aid/CPR C
* Receive industry recognized certifications at no cost to you - a $400 value!
March 10, 2015
(Registration deadline: March 3, 2015)
Learn about the Agriculture Industry.
Saskatchewan's agriculture industry is full of opportunities – from production, research and processing to manufacturing, finance and everything in between. In fact, the industry accounts for more than 50,000 jobs across the province and it continues to expand– this means there is high demand for graduates and entrepreneurs today and into the future.
Attend the thinkAG Career Snapshot Day to learn first-hand about some of the career opportunities present in the industry.
* Connect and problem solve with industry experts
* Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology
* Explore different areas of employment in agriculture
* Exposure to possible work opportunities through high school credits and industry programs
February 2015 Board Meeting - Live Stream
February 10, 2015:
It's the February Board meeting today. Watch the live streaming at https://www.prairiesouth.ca/streaming/ and tune in starting at 11:00am.
Want to know what's on the agenda? Click here.
Staff Appreciation Week
Across the province, school divisions are celebrating Staff Appreciation Week. It's a time to say 'thank you' to the hard working and dedicated staff in our schools and offices that make Prairie South a wonderful place to learn.
Every day we hear from parents and community members about our staff that went above and beyond to make a difference. We all share a common goal – ensuring student success. Each of us plays a part in reaching that goal, and you should know that the personal and professional commitment you make every day is noticed and appreciated.
We truly are Learning Together for Our Future.
Palliser Heights School Builds for Change
In only 30 school days, Palliser Heights School has raised an incredible $15,950. The money raised will be used by Free The Children to build a school in Kenya and to purchase 119 goats that shall help to empower women in impoverished communities.
This achievement came on the back of the school's visit to WE Day in Saskatoon on November 7th, 2014. Twenty-two students, two teachers and 1 parent all attended the event along with another 15,000 students from across the province. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of how students can change their thinking from 'me' to 'we' and so make a change collectively both within the community and with a global cause.
The WE Day Committee in Palliser Heights School decided that it would be a real challenge to raise $10,000 dollars, to build a school in Africa, by June 2015. They also believed that the challenge was, indeed, a realistic one. An assembly was help on December 4th, 2014 where the committee outlined their plan. As a school the fundraising would come about through three main strands: the purchase of paper 'bricks' valued at $100, $50 and $20 that would be used to complete a 'wall' within the school that represented the $10,000 target; a Spelling Challenge for the whole school where students would raise money through pledges; and voluntary donations put into containers in classrooms that would allow classes to purchase the bricks.
The School Community Council set the ball rolling with a donation of $550 – almost a dollar for each student in the school. Individuals and families also started to buy the bricks and even before the Christmas break started, the wall was starting to take shape. Another school also became involved when the Grade 5/6 class in Empire Community School in Moose Jaw bought a $100 brick and held a bake sale to raise money.
Additionally, one of the WE Day Committee students, Chloe Bjelde – a Grade 8 student, decided to host a bake sale in the school during the week before Christmas. Creating a sub-committee she arranged the dates, location, bakers, helpers and schedule of when students could come and buy. This event alone raised $475. She says, "At the WE Day, we received little bags with souvenirs in them. One of them was a book of things you could do to make a difference. I was skimming through the pages and one page just caught my attention and that was the 'We bake for change' page. I looked at the steps on how to do it and thought it would be fun to do, so I gathered some of my friends and put my plan into action. I surely couldn't have done it without my team!"
Logan Cushway, a Grade 5 student, raided his own bank so that he could purchase a $50 brick, and also bought a $20 brick as a Christmas present for his teacher. He explained why – "I decided to buy my own $50 brick because I am fortunate and have education but they don't. The Christmas present brick was because we did not want to give Mr. Gallagher candy or flowers. My family thought that this present would last longer than candy would for Mr. Gallagher. My sister also bought a brick for her teacher."
The Spelling Challenge in January proved to be much more successful than had been anticipated. The Grade 5 class, taught by Mrs. Leanne Scholpp-Smith managed to raise $1016.17. Of this achievement she says, "I am very proud of my students, not only for raising the money but more importantly understanding the needs of others and that we can make a difference in this world." One individual student, Taylor Michelson in Grade 6, managed to raise $472 in pledges all on his own. He felt that it was an important activity to do because, "Some children don't have as much we have so we can at least give them a school. I just wanted to help so that we could raise money and build a school". And the donations were not only from older students. Alexis Laic in the French Immersion Kindergarten class brought in 48 cents of her own money because she "thought it would be a good idea to build a school so that they can learn lots of letters and stuff and do lots of crafts and make things".
Speaking as the chair of the WE day Committee, Mr. Andrew Gallagher said, "When we set out to raise the $10,000 I fully expected it to take us all year. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that it could be achieved in only 30 days, and that the total would be so far above our original goal. The school that we are going to get built in Kenya will change that community for years to come, and that fact that we can also provide 119 goats to empower women in a variety of communities is a real added bonus. The goats will provide enough income for these women to provide food and education for their children. Within the Broad Areas of Learning as outlined by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education there is a range of desired attributes for all K-12 students. One of these is that students become Engaged Citizens and the document states that "Students [should] demonstrate confidence, courage, and commitment in shaping positive change for the benefit of all. They [should] contribute to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of local and global communities. Through this recognition, students [should] advocate for self and others, and act for the common good as engaged citizens." There is no doubt in my mind that we have achieved this goal through our fundraising this year."
Further information about the work being done by Free The Children, and how you can donate, can be found at www.freethechildren.com.