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MENTAL HEALTH, MALANKA, & SCHOOL COUNCIL 

MENTAL HEALTH, MALANKA, & SCHOOL COUNCIL 

January 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day. 

Leading up to this date we’ve been talking about mental health and wellness to reduce the stigma, shame, and embarrassment some children and adults experience around this topic. 

During the long winter months and throughout the year we want to have trusted people we can talk to about our emotions and how we are doing on the mental health side of things. Are we tired? Sad? Angry? Do we experience enjoyment with favourite activities, or has it been awhile since we felt happy?

Want to know more or how to help a loved one? Check out https://letstalk.bell.ca/ 

You can also give us a call at the school to chat with our Mental Health & Wellness Team:

  • Ms. Kirsten McSween, Family School Liaison Worker practicum student
  • Miss Kastyn Konieczny, Mental Health Capacity Building Coach
  • Ms. Chloe Giebelhaus, School Counsellor
  • Mrs. Rita Lal, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Keri Busenius, Principal

We’ll keep talking with students about feelings, getting lots of sleep, showing gratitude, being active, petting the dog, and creating downtime so we can recharge physically and mentally and be our best selves. 

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING JANUARY 23 @ 6:30 PM - DISCUSSIONS

Please plan to join school council volunteers and other parents/caregivers online to ask questions and talk about the proposed school fees (info sent in email to all families).

Can’t make it? We will follow up with alternate ways to give feedback and will address questions and answers that came up at the meeting. 

Also up for discussion is the Alberta School Councils Association question for feedback:

  • What actions would you recommend to the Alberta government to improve education for your child(ren) and the school? What would be your #1 priority?
    • Early childhood level 
    • Younger elementary students Gr 1-3 
    • Older elementary students Gr 4-6 
    • School Overall

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GRADE 1/2 UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE CLASS

This month the class has been discussing Ukrainian Christmas and New Year's traditions. Pani Fedorouk prepared kutia (cooked wheat with honey and poppy seeds) and shared it with students. 

To celebrate Malanka (Ukrainian New Year), students participated in the throwing of the wheat.  They visited several classes to give them a New Year's blessing and then they distributed wheat to the students and teachers.  This is meant to give them wealth, health, and abundant crops. 

Later in the month they will begin learning the Ukrainian alphabet!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 20   Hot lunch day - Alberts

January 23  School Council & Friends meetings (virtual) 6:30 PM

January 23ish Grade 4 Parents - watch your snail mail for a survey

January 27 Lunch with Your Child day - classroom lunch or gym picnic

January 27  Twin/Triplet spirit day

January 27  Hot lunch day - Pizza Hut

January 30  No School; professional learning day for teachers

 

February 1  Returning student registration opens

February 1  Kindergarten registration opens

February 1  Early dismissal at 2:00 PM for staff meeting

February 9 & 10 No School; teachers’ convention in Edmonton

February 20  No School; Family Day holiday

February 22 & 23 Early Progress Conferences for Term 2 (3:30 - 7 PM)

 

March Wendy Brook Festival of performances (speaking in many

languages, singing, and more!)

 

Keri Busenius      &          Rita Lal

Principal                         Assistant Principal

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