Parent Teacher Interviews

Our parent-teacher interviews are coming up on Nov 16 and 17 (which are also early dismissal days). This year our interviews will be primarily in person but we are also offering the option to meet via zoom. We are currently scheduling appointment times so please let us know by Monday if you would prefer a zoom session or have a specific time preference.

Have a great weekend!

Leslie Fowler

November News

Can you believe it’s November already? The weather is certainly starting to let us know. Here’s an outline of our November happenings:

Fri Nov 11 – No School for Remembrance Day
Mon Nov 14 – Picture Retake Day – Our original day pictures should be here soon.
Wed/Thu Nov 16/17 – Early Dismissal (1:30 pm) and parent-teacher conferences. More info to come on this later this week.
Fri Nov 25 – No School for a Non-Instructional Day
Mon Nov 28 – Trades program presentation. Time yet to be determined.

Looking ahead to December, we will be having our Christmas program for students and families to attend the evening of Wed Dec 14 at 6:30 pm. Fri Dec 16 will have noon dismissal as it is the last day of school before Christmas break.

As always, you are welcome to check our calendar online for major events. Our ski days, non-instructional days and early dismissal dates for the next few months are scheduled there.

Other news to note is that we have two teachers joining us these next couple of weeks. Miss Villegas is starting next week teaching Math and PE. We are excited to have her moving to Chetwynd, though we will be sad to say goodbye to Mr. York. We are grateful for him spending the last two months with us away from his home, and appreciate his passion and dedication to helping our students learn.

Mrs. Balane will be starting the following week teaching primarily our Science classes. We are grateful for her and her husband choosing to move to Chetwynd and bring her expertise to our school. Thankfully Pastor Josh will still be spending some time with us at PCS as we appreciate the positive addition his good ideas and creativity add to our program. We hope to keep him around πŸ˜€

As we enter the season of darker and colder weather, may we remember that there is light and warmth in God’s love for us!

~Mrs. Atherton

Healthy Family Resources

Hello Families,

We have two resources to help you on your path to being healthy individuals and a healthy family. Please check out these resources.

1. Healthy families newsletter from Northern Health. Includes:
ο‚· great health topics
ο‚· up to date resources
ο‚· ways to connect for more information

2. Open Parachute
The Open Parachute Mental Health Program is being delivered to most of our students. This program addresses issues of stigma surrounding mental health in young people, encourages help-seeking, and creates a culture of mutual support and respect for any struggles that students may face.

This program was developed by Dr Hayley Watson, an adolescent clinical psychologist who has been developing programs globally for the past 15 years.

There are audio and video-based resources to provide you, as a parent, with practical tools for supporting the well-being of your child at all stages of their life. We will be sending you links to access these resources as your child progresses through the program.

Here is a message from the founder of Open Parachute, Dr Watson:
I am so pleased that your child is taking part in this program. I developed this resource because I want every child to learn practical mental health skills, so they can live life to their fullest potential.

This program aims to build a strong foundation of resilience so that your child can learn to trust in their own abilities, relate to their own feelings in a healthy way, and change any unhelpful patterns that may hold them back at any point in their lives.

It is normal for your children to have feelings stirred up throughout the course of this program, because we are intentionally providing a space where they can address challenging issues in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment. These conversations can also continue at home if you and your child would like to explore these topics further – the video-based resources for parents can help guide these discussions.

We look forward to working with you to support the wellbeing of your child!

Mom’s Pantry Fundraiser Update

Thanks to all who have placed their orders to support this fundraiser. At present we are short about 10 orders and as a result, the Mom’s pantry Fundraiser is being extended for 5 more days.

Orders are still being accepted online, but only for 5 more days.

Your Parent Committee

Playground Update + More

Hello Families,

A big thank you to the families who came out to help on day 1 of our playground installation. It was tiring but productive. Day 2 is tomorrow and we are still looking for at least one more person to help, particularly in the later morning/afternoon when the concrete will be put around the posts and a couple of volunteers will need to be going to work. Help on Tuesday for final touches and to assist equipment spreading gravel around the structures will also be appreciated πŸ™‚

And it’s October! A few items to note are:
Wed Oct 5 – 1pm: Gr 11/12 Post-Secondary Institutions info field trip

Fri Oct 7 – Picture Day – If there is a parent who would like to volunteer to help with pictures, Lifetouch offers a coupon towards the purchase of your child’s portrait package.
Mon Oct 10 – No School – Thanksgiving
Thu Oct 13 – Sun Oct 16 – Gr 5-10 Flag Football Tournament
Mon Oct 24 – No School – Non-Instructional Day
Tue Oct 25 – No SD59 busses (we will have a shuttle bus). Gr 4-7 students will have a field trip to the Rec Centre to learn how to curl. Watch for a permission slip coming home this week.

We praise God for beautiful fall weather, particularly during the work on our playground. We hope you were able to enjoy the fall colours this weekend!

Blessings on your week,
Kristin Atherton

Wednesday Orange Shirt, Playground + More

Hello Families,

We have been loving the beautiful fall weather and spending a little extra time outside learning. A few items for this week and next:

Wednesday (tomorrow) – We are acknowledging Orange Shirt Day. We request as many students as possible wear an orange shirt to recognize the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and that every child matters.

We will also be taking a field trip in the afternoon with our elementary students (and a few others). Please return the permission form so your child can participate.

Friday, Sep 30 – No School

Sunday, Oct 2 – Tuesday, Oct 4 – Our new playground equipment is being installed by you! We are actively looking for more people to join in helping so please let us know if you’re able to spend even a few hours assisting.

Friday, Oct 7 – Picture Day

Enjoy the colours while they’re here πŸ™‚

CORRECTED DATE – PCS Parent Committee AGM – Wednesday, Sep 28 @ 6:30PM

Hello Families,

PCS Parent Committee needs YOU on our team!

All parents/guardians are welcome to attend our annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 6:30PM at the school.

At this meeting, we will nominate this year’s executive committee, discuss fundraising ideas and decide whether we can run our hot lunch and milk programs again this year. Please attend and share your ideas with us.

We look forward to seeing YOU there!