March 31, 2014 Newsletter

March 31, 2014

Calendar of Events

April 2:      Class Photos

April 4:      Non-instructional day (No school for

students in K-7)

April 7:      Missoula Children’s Theatre begins

April 11:    Missoula performance 6:30pm

April 12:    Ready, Set, Learn! 11am-1pm

April 12:    Missoula performance 3pm

April 15:    PAC Meeting 6:45pm

April 16:    PAC Family Math Night 6:30-8pm

April 18:    Good Friday (no school)

April 21:    Easter Monday (no school)

April 22:    Earth Day

April 22:    Assembly

April 23:    Early Dismissal at 1:32pm

April 24:    Early Dismissal at 1:32pm

April 25:    Family Beach Dance 6:30-8:30pm


*Every Friday:  Heather Park T-Shirt Day


The next newsletter will be April 14, 2014. 

Welcome Back!

Spring Break is over and there are only three more months left of the school year!  Hopefully everyone is well rested and ready for what is to come.  While we are all hopeful spring is on its way, please be aware of the weather in the morning when getting ready for school. Even if the sun is shining, it may be cold.  The ice on the ground may quickly change to water so please dress for the weather (layers, umbrellas, boots, etc.)!

Staffing Changes

This month brings several staffing changes to Heather Park.  Mrs. K. Johansen starts as the new principal, taking over for Mr. S. Fleck.  We will miss Mrs. Gibbs smiling face at the bus crosswalk and in the halls as she has retired.  We welcome Mr. Z. Fleck who joins us as an Education Assistant.  Mme N. Arnett will begin teaching in the Grade 1/2  French Immersion classroom, taking over for Mme M. Stark.  M L. Gomez Ortiz joins us for the remainder of the year as our French monitor and will be working in all of the French Immersion classrooms over the next three months.


Principals Message

It is with great pleasure that I write my first Principal’s message as part of the Heather Park team. I am really excited to be a part of the Heather Park School community, and over the next three months I will be taking the time to get to know staff, students, parents, and our community members. I have been an educator is School District 57 for the past 17 years where I started my career off as a Secondary teacher. I was a Vice Principal in our District for 5 years and a Principal for the past 4 at Peden Hill Elementary. I look forward to this new adventure at Heather Park, working with staff, students, and families to move learning forward for all our students.

Mrs. K Johansen


Class Photos

Class photos will be taken on Wednesday April 2nd.  Be sure to comb your hair and arrive with a big smile that day!


Missoula Children’s Theatre

We are excited to welcome Missoula to Heather Park next week!  Permission slips are being sent home today and MUST be returned to the office by Wednesday April 2, 2014.  Missoula is a children’s theatre workshop and will be assisting participating students in performing Hansel and Gretel.  Practices will take place after school, possibly every day, so students participating must be available for the entire week from 2:45pm -7:15pm.  There will be two performances, one Friday April 11th at 6:30pm and one Saturday April 12th at 3pm.  Tickets are available in the office.  Ticket prices are $7 for adults 16 and up, $5 for anyone under 16, and $15 for an immediate family (mom, dad, siblings).  If you have any questions please contact the office.


Ready, Set, Learn!

Ready, Set, Learn! is aimed at providing families with good information about how to support a young child’s early learning and development.  It will take place at Heather Park on April 12 from 11am-1pm.  Please sign up at the office or with Hazel Mruk in Room 1017.


Family Beach Dance

Wishing for some sunshine?  Dreaming of lying on the beach or playing in the sand?  On Friday, April 25th the school will be holding a Family Beach Dance from 6:30-8:30pm!  Admission will be by donation.  There will be a concession.  Come out for some fun and be sure to dress in your beach wear!


Student Absences

When students are away due to illness or appointments or any other reasons please contact Mrs. Goldie in the office by phone (250) 962-1811 or email .  This saves the office a great deal of time as they will not have to phone you to check on the reason for the absence.

Diversified Transportation News

Diversified Transportation has planned to have emergency evacuation practices on April 14 – 17th.  Please see the attached newsletter for more information.

News from the PAC

The next PAC Meeting is Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 6:45pm.  This is a second date change so please mark your calendars.

We need a Coordinator(s) for each of the events below to help planning/organizing these events.  We also need several volunteer to help the Coordinator(s).  These events would be held once a year and require an average of couple hours a month for two or three months before the date of the event as well as helping out the day of the event if possible.


  • Astronomy Night ( At the PG Astronomical Observatory)
  • Family Math Night – we already have a Coordinator but need volunteers to help at the event.
  • Cooking with Kids
  • Science Nights
  • Students Art Exhibition
  • International Night


These events will be run only if we have the support of parents.  So let’s make these events possible and help our children to succeed and build a sense of community.


If you’re interested in helping with any of the events, please email Giulliana at and/or Maria Teresa at .


Thank you to everyone who has spent time volunteering in the school this month. Your time and energy makes a difference.


School District 57 Aboriginal Education Department

The School District No. 57 Aboriginal Education Department is conducting a research project called ‘we’re In This Together: Keeping Aboriginal Students in School K-12′ (KASIS). The goal of the study is to learn how the Aboriginal Education Department can better support Aboriginal student success.  To do this we need to understand the successes, challenges and barriers experienced by Aboriginal students and their families so that we can provide programs and service that support their needs.


We are currently looking for parents, guardians and families of Aboriginal students from Heather Park School to participate in the study.  Families can become study participants by doing a ‘Tupperware Project’ which brings the study right to you!  Friendly Aboriginal Education researchers can come to your house (or location of your choice) to do a family group interview with you and five to ten of your relatives or supportive friends.  You would decide who to invite!  The researchers bring your choice of a meal to share with everyone and a bag full of useful things for you and your family.  After supper we would talk about what works for your children’s educational success. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible to participate in a Tupperware Project please call or email Shari Wallace at the Aboriginal Education Department 250-562-4843 local 217,


Spruce City Minor Boys Fastball

Spruce City Minor Boys Fastball 2014 Registration is taking place now.  Boys ages 5 to 19 can play in six different age groups.  The season runs from April 26 for the Icebreaker Tournament (weather permitting) to June 22 for the wind up tournament.

For more information or to register please contact Kathleen Olson (250) 330-4450 or Julie McKenney (250) 564-1947; email:

Facebook page: Spruce City Minor Boys Fastball-Prince George


Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It! MEND for Ages 5 – 7!

MEND supports children ages 5 – 7 who are above a healthy weight to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Parents/caregivers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being physically active.  MEND is FREE and begins April 5th.  Contact Cheryl at 250 562 9309 x 213 or to learn more!


YMCA Healthy Kids Marathon – Sunday, June 1

This family friendly event is the official kick off to summer (summer is coming – we promise!)   Registration is open until the end of May but if your child wants the official Marathon t-shirt you must register by April 30th.  2014 marks the YMCA’s 50th anniversary in Prince George so the t-shirt will be extra special!