Year End Message from Principal, Shelly Cull

Hello Falkland School Families,

It’s hard to believe the 2021-2022 school year has come to a close.  The email is meant to provide some information for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please read carefully and update your calendars for next year accordingly. 

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help with our Fun Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day activities on Tuesday, June 21st. You will soon notice a renewal of student work in support of National Indigenous Day displayed on our school fence.  

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2022-2023 

While our staff will be back in the building on Tuesday, September 6th, students do not attend on this day.  We look forward to welcoming our grade 1 – 8 students back at school on Wednesday, September 7th for a full day of school.  Our new kindergarten students will be starting on Thursday, September 8th.  CLICK HERE to access the kindergarten gradual entry schedule.  

While we are hopeful to be in our assigned classes for the year on Wednesday, September 7th, if things look uncertain, students will be asked to return to their previous classroom/teacher to reconnect until our student enrollment and/or number of divisions can be confirmed with greater certainty.

CLASSROOM CONFIGURATION 2022-2023

Our classroom configuration is dependent upon the number of divisions assigned to our school.  The number of divisions is based on our enrollment.  At this time we are several students over capacity for 5 divisions which may very well mean we will be at six divisions again.  Having said that, it will depend on our enrollment closer to September.  It is very important that if you plan on moving out of the area, please let me know.  If you know of anyone moving into the area with school aged children, again, let me know.  

STUDENT PLACEMENT 

Staff work very hard, given the constraints of class size and composition, on a variety of scenarios to best meet the educational needs of our students school wide. When one grade is split into two classrooms, we work hard as a staff to consider the best learning environment for your children. Our goal is to create balanced classrooms, taking into account social emotional factors, friendships, siblings, class size, and the strengths and needs for the overall composition of the class. Academic reasons are also considered, however, learning outcomes from all the grade levels in a class will be addressed. Providing a rich, meaningful educational experience is important in every classroom at every grade level. Thank you for your trust in our staff and their rationale for student placement. Classroom placement is a complex process; meeting the needs of all students while building balanced classrooms.

Parents of students in classrooms where a grade is split, will be contacted about placement prior to school starting. The office will be contacting families by email early in September with more information about our start up plans.

STAFFING

It’s unfortunate but it is the time of year to say good bye to many staff members who are moving and/or on temporary contacts.  We wish you all the very best on your next adventures and look forward to the day our paths will cross again.  Farewell or good bye for now to Amber Gudmundson, our grade 2/3 teacher, Cindy MacKinnon, our grade 1 teacher, Ryan Smithson, our explorations, remedy, and prep teacher k-8, Julia Albano, our music/band teacher, Andy Clarke, our custodian and Dani Hickman, our beloved secretary.  

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION

As usual, please do not purchase school supplies for your children.  The school will purchase supplies and charge a fee to parents to recover the cost.  

CLICK HERE to access the fee schedule (including school supplies) for the 2022-2023 school year. 

CLICK HERE to access the bell schedule for the 2022 – 2023 school year. 

CLICK HERE to access the school district calendar containing important dates for the 2022-2023 school year. 

INFORMATION FROM OUR PAC 

PAC Meeting – Wednesday, September 14th 

Welcome Back to School Event – Wednesday, September 21st 

PAINTING PARTY 

Stay tuned to our school website and school Facebook Page for details regarding our movement pathway and wall target painting party in late August (tentatively Monday, August 29th) weather permitting.  Unfortunately we had to postpone the event planned for June 14th because of the wet weather.  We are hopeful that August will be a bit more cooperative.  

Wishing you all a safe and restful summer.  See you in September.