Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Thursday November 10, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As we prepare for Remembrance Day, thank you for remembering and honouring those who sacrificed and lost their lives in war. Throughout November, we share stories that show the Grandfather Teaching of Love and the value commitment of sustainability, which are part of the foundational framework of the 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan.

Beattie Elementary School

Principal Orr and I visited students and staff. Mr. Orr shared, “This year we have focused on how to be good to one another, and it has been a calmer environment.”

We started in Ms. Carlson’s Grade 2-3 class who sang “Remember Flanders Fields”. We then joined Ms. Williams’ Gr. 1 class as they engaged in “mindfulness minute”. Ms. Hunter’s Gr. 2 class read aloud examples from their journals. Ms. Ratuski’s K-1 class was painting poppies. Ms. Neigel’s Kindergarten class was printing the letter, “A”. Ms. Mulhern’s class was sharing and we walked in while one student shared about studying kangaroos. Ms. de Jardin’s Gr. 2-3 students were writing. Mr. Bush’s Gr. 5 students studied federal, provincial, and local government. Ms. Kansky’s class were preparing to go to the library.Ms. Fabbro-Smith’s Gr. 4 class were learning about the “4 square apology”. Mrs. Baker’s Gr. 2-3 students were composing Remembrance Day posters. Ms. Bailey’s class participated in an auction by applying their knowledge of budgets and classroom economies. Ms. Dunstan’s Gr. 6 class created poppy moulds from styrofoam and then used them to make prints of poppies and other flowers. Ms. Baglee led a social group that reviewed rules of engagement. Mr. Dillon’s Gr. 5-6 class was writing, and Ms. Simpson’s Gr. 7 students were studying Mesopotamia, completing Math assignments, and selecting skates to prepare for their skating field trip.

Kamloops School of the Arts- Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) 

On November 10, 2022, students, staff, parents, Trustee McKelvey, and I joined the community for their Remembrance Day celebration in the gym. Students took a key leadership role and led us to collectively honour and acknowledge veterans and those who lost loved ones in the World Wars or other battles. The celebration was a beautiful and poignant combination of singing, dancing, and dramatizing the messages of remembrance. Thank you to each of our school and district communities for pausing to remember for Remembrance Day on November 11, 2022.

I hope that you have a reflective and peaceful Remembrance Day. Stay well and safe.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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