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Heather Park Newsletter — Sept 23

Calendar of Events
September 24th: Terry Fox Run
September 26th: Top of the World Cross Country
Run (Heather Park)
September 26th: Open House Evening
September 26- Oct. 1st: Scholastic Book Fair
September 27th: Non-instructional Day
(No school for students)
September 30th: Mountain West Individual School
October 1st : Cultural Performance
October 3rd : Edgewood Cross Country Run
October 4th : Theme Day
October 9-10th : Parent-Teacher Interviews and
Early dismissal 1:32pm
October 14th : Happy Thanksgiving (No School)
October 16th : PAC Meeting

*Every Friday: Heather Park T-Shirt Day

Newsletters will be published every two weeks. The next newsletter will be October 7th, 2013. Our newsletter is paperless and will be posted on the website . If you wish to receive the newsletter delivered to your email please go to the PAC website linked through the Heather Park website to request this option. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the newsletter please complete the form on the bottom of the Costs and Payment letter sent out September 9th.

The first assembly of the year was held on September 16th and focused on the Golden Rule. Please discuss the Golden Rule (treat others how you want to be treated) with your child and encourage them to follow it! Assemblies will be held monthly with a different focus surrounding Positive Behaviour Supports.

Terry Fox Run
The École Heather Park Elementary Terry Fox Run will be held on September 24th. Students will be invited down to the gym for a brief assembly at 1pm before participating in the run. Primary students will run in the field, while intermediate students will complete their run in the community. Donations will be accepted.

Open House
An Open House will be held in the evening of September 26th. Kindergarten students and their family members are invited to visit their classroom between 6pm and 7pm. This includes Grade 1’s in M St. Denis and Ms. McConachie’s classes. Students in Grades 1-7 are invited to visit their classrooms from 6:30-7:15pm. At 7:15pm everyone is invited to the gym for closing remarks. Please be sure to pick up your passport and participate in all of the events available, including the booths from the PAC and the Book Fair.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair will be open for viewing during the day on September 26th, and purchases may be made between 6 and 8pm at the Open House. Purchases may also be made on September 30th and October 1st. All proceeds will go to support the school library.

Cross Country
Cross country practices have been happening every day just before lunch. Practices will continue every day until October 2nd. Students in Grade 3-7 have been invited to join the team and compete in the Top of the World Cross Country Run at École Heather Park Elementary on September 26th and the Over the Edge Run at Edgewood Elementary on October 3rd. Students should return their completed permission slips if they plan to participate.

Students in Grade 6 or 7 are invited to play badminton on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4pm in the school gym. Mrs. Todd is sponsoring students from Kelly Road Secondary School who will put on the event from September 24th to October 24th.

Quebec Trip
There are still a few seats available for the Heather Park trip to the Quebec Winter Carnaval in February 2014. The trip is open to Grade 6 or 7 students in both French Immersion and English programs. The final registration deadline is October 7th. If you are interested contact the office for an information package by Oct. 1st.
Quebec Trip participants are also having a bottle drive fundraiser on October 5th. If you have bottles or cans you would like to donate please email Darlene at and we will arrange a pick up!

Bus Loop Guidelines
For the safety of our students, we would like to remind all parents that there is absolutely no parking or driving through our bus loop permitted during school hours. Parents may park on the road or in our designated parking lot near the gym. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this important safety guideline.

Parking Lot Guidelines
The parking lot near the bus loop is a designated staff parking lot. We respectfully ask that parents not use this area for picking up or dropping off their children. This may be done in the larger parking lot near the gym or near the sidewalk area on Heather Park Road in front of the school. Please note that handicapped zones in all parking lots are only for those who have a handicapped sign clearly indicated in their vehicle. It also remains important to ensure private driveways are not blocked off while students are being dropped off.

Playground Survey Winners
Congratulations to Avery M., Christopher S., Mackenzie C. and their families. They each received a $20 Book Fair gift certificate and their parents received a $10 Tim Hortons gift certificate for completing the survey!

Girl Greatness Starts Here
Are playing games and making crafts something that interests you? How do you feel about sleepovers, field trips and camping? Do you like to socialize and make new friends? Then Girl Guides of Canada is right for you! Guiding provides a safe, all girl environment that invites you to challenge yourselves, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world. Register online at Sparks (ages 5-6) will be on Thursday evenings and Brownies (ages 7-8) will be on Tuesday evenings.

ASL (Sign Language) Lessons
The Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society is offering ASL (Sign Language) lessons starting on Sept. 22nd. The flyer and registration forms are available at www.nbchearingsocietycom. If you have any questions email or phone 250-563-2425.

Walk in the Woods Tour
As part of National Forestry Week the general public is invited to participate in a “Walk in the Woods” tour sponsored by The Canadian Institute of Forestry. The tour will take place at the Willow River Interpretive Trail (Highway 16 E) on Friday September 27th at 11:30am. Free Bus transportation is provided. For more information or to reserve your seat on the bus, please contact Peter Forsythe at 250-563-9158.