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March, 2011 Newsletter

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Notice of Call for Nominations
School Division By-Election
Horizon School Division #205 (February 23/2011)
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that, due to a recent resignation, nomination of candidates for the office of:
Board Member - Sub-Division #11 - George Gordon First Nation

Foam Lake Elementary School Raises Money To Help Others  (February 23/2011)
The students and staff at Foam Lake Elementary School raised $1705.00 in support of the Childrens Christian Fund of Canada and the classes enjoyed selecting items with the totals they raised. The proceeds of Foam Lake Composite School movie night, $129.39, were also included in the total. Altogether the students and staff of Foam Lake Elementary were able to provide: four chickens, four goats, five vegetable garden seed packets, three fruit trees, one Moringa miracle tree, four female hygiene kits, six warm blankets, six mosquito nets, one rain harvesting tank, one set of children’s books, one cooking stove, two basketballs, three basketball hoops, one art kit and one bicycle.  The students enjoyed learning about how they can help children from other countries.  Thank you to those who contributed!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at PCES (February 18/2011)
The Punnichy Community Elementary School SCC joined the staff on Tuesday for a Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  We also had a bulletin board display with pictures of all the staff doing what they do best.....learning and laughing with our students.  The SLC also gave thank-you cards to all the staff.  

RMES Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (February 18/2011)
Submitted by SCC member Sara McChesney
Last week was an extra busy one for the staff members at Robert Melrose Elementary School (RMES), as the School Community Council (SCC) organised something special every day as part of Staff Appreciation Week.
To start the week of pampering off the teachers and staff members were treated to an afternoon tea on Monday, which was Valentine’s Day. The food served included meatballs with cranberry dipping sauce, creamy chicken and salsa bites, fresh fruit with orange cream cheese dip and praline dust and meringue nests (mini pavlovas) with lemon cream and raspberries. There was also a meat and cheese tray, basil and cashew dip with crackers and a sweets tray with Mars Bar slice, rich chocolate fudge, shortbread ‘buttons’ and chocolate cherry pate. A Mary Kay representative attended the afternoon tea and the staff members were able to try a variety of products. Two Mary Kay gift bags were kindly donated as part of a draw and each staff member received a separate bag of Mary Kay products as a gift from the SCC.   Read more...

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at KHS (February 18/2011)

On Wednesday Feb 16 the Kelvington High School SCC treated the School staff to pizza and treats as part of Teacher/Staff appreaciation week 2011.
Kelvington School Community Council sponsored the 6th annual breakfast for caretakers and bus drivers at the Kelvington Bakery as part of staff appreciation week on Feb 17.
Tracey Gwilliam, Chair person for SCC, serves Charles Bagnall and Dale Banadyga.

Horizon School Division Holds Annual Meeting (February 17/2011)
The Horizon School Division held their annual meeting in Lanigan on February 16, 2011. Shirley Allan, Horizon Board Chair, began the reporting on the 2009 – 2010 school year by offering a message of thanks to all Horizon staff, students and parents.
The Annual Report, reviews the initiatives the successes achieved in the previous school year based on the 2008-2011 School Division Strategic Plan. This plan focuses on the key student results that the Division expects to achieve and engages all functions of the organization in order to accomplish the following goals.
1 - Focus on Learning
  • Student Success
  • Effective Instruction and Administration
  • Supportive Professional Climate
2 - Engage Parents, Staff, and Communities
3 - Fiscal Accountability and Sustainability
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Quill Lake Student Wins Greystone Award (February 16/2011)
Grade 12 students, who in grade 11 achieved an average of 95% or higher, are eligible for nomination to the Greystone Scholars Society.  Students must be enrolled in a Canadian high school or be a Canadian citizen enrolled at an international high school.
The Greystone Scholars Society is an elite group of students who share an interest in finding out more about the U of S and who excel in a wide variety of areas - academics, student leadership, fine arts and athletics.  The Greystone Scholars Society provides members with an organization of other students who share similar aspirations and interests in addition to the opportunity to meet Scholars who are already on campus successfully pursuing their educational goals.
This year, one of the recipients is Quill Lake School grade 12 student Courtney Erickson.  Congratulations Courtney!  This is a great accomplishment!

Click here for more information - http://explore.usask.ca/moneymatters/greystone/

National Flag of Canada Day (February 15/2011)
February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996. It marks the day in 1965 when our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and indeed, hundreds of communities across Canada.

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Grab your Toques and Play on Family in motion Day! (February 15/2011)

Family in motion Day is just around the corner on Monday, February 21st, 2011.

In motion invites you to be physically active with your family and friends on Family in motion Day!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 2011 (February 9/2011)
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Each year in Horizon School Division, Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week gives us an opportunity to pause and thank those who play such an important role in our education system. The many roles filled by our staff are indeed challenging and rewarding. The success of our students is a result of the dedication of Horizon Teachers and Staff.
During this week please take time to show our teachers and staff that we appreciate the care and enthusiasm that they bring to our schools every day. It is due to their efforts that Horizon School Division continues to be a Community of Learning and Achieving.
Shirley Allan
Horizon Board Chair

spea-logo_Black.png Sasktchewan Physical Education Association Awards (February 9/2011)
Congratulations to the following Horizon schools on qualifying for our 2010-2011 Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) award. Each school will receive an attractive new banner to display in their school. The Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) believes these schools deserve to be recognized for their QDPE programs which follow the Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines.
Kellie McClellan - QUILL LAKE SCHOOL
Morris Nemish - WAKAW SCHOOL

The Punnichy Career Transition Program Video (February 8/2011)
Visit the program website - CLICK HERE

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Safer Internet Day 2011 (February 8/2011)
According to recent statistics published by the Pew Research Centre, 93% of teens aged 12-17 are now on the Internet, 89% of them go online from home and 77% of them go online from school. Since most children’s online activity happens at home or at school, parents and teachers are positioned to teach kids about safer Internet practices. While the Internet opens doors leading to a world of great information, communication and entertainment, it can also be a direct path to danger for children. Please take a moment to visit The door that’s not Locked (www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca) where you will find a number of new internet safety resources at your finger tips to help keep your kids safe online.

HPS Celebrates Opening of New Library (February 8/2011)
HPS has a reason to celebrate! Lots of reasons, actually! After years of leaking windows and a leaky roof, the library space has been completely renovated and the library has moved back into its home officially!
Principal Dave Hill gives a brief history of the journey the HPS library has been on.

Horizon Board of Education Sets Annual Meeting Date (February 1/2011)
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AT&T Don't Text While Driving Documentary (February 1/2011)

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Students (February 1/2011)
1. BE PROACTIVE—I am a responsible per-son. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
2. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND—I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.
3. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST—I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and or-ganized.
4. THINK WIN-WIN—I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits on oth-ers’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When con-flicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
5. SEEK FIRST TO UN-DERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDER-STOOD—I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without inter-rupting. I am confi-dent in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talk-ing.
6. SYNERGIZE—I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are dif-ferent than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve prob-lems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.
7. SHARPEN THE SAW—I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.

You Are What Your Kids Eat (February 1/2011)
An interesting view on how a childs diet can effect the health of parents - By Matthew Robb
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