Principal's Message - November and December

Principal's Message - November and December
Posted on 11/24/2017
Principal Jamie Babcock

Our small school now has over 90 students registered for courses! Some of our students are blended with E.W. Pratt and come to PVO to take selected courses not available to them otherwise, some attend full time, and some students do all of their school work off-site. Regular attendees can participate in - and get credits toward high school graduation for - several unique programs:

-Yoga - yoga runs regularly in our dance studio and is instructed by Harmony Cunningham through the Children’s Resource Council. Regular participation can turn into a 3-credit course!

-Beginning and Intermediate guitar - our Wellness Coach, Allisha, instructs weekly classes for beginner and intermediate students. We have just ordered 2 left-handed guitars for our lefties. This instruction may also yield 3 credits.

-Tina Isadore will continue to be working with students Tuesday mornings for most of the year imparting her traditional Cree wisdom to us as she guides students in the creation of a project of their choice. They are beginning with the creation of a beaded medicine bag, and from there will move into moccasins, gauntlets, and powwow regalia. The Special Projects the students work on may result in high school credits as well.

-Volunteerism - we have a fleet of snow shovels at the ready to help out neighbours in need the next time we get a dump of snow. Need your walk shovelled? Give the school a call and we’ll rustle up a team to dig you out. As students accumulate volunteer hours, they are working toward meeting criteria for CTS Volunteer credits too.

-Foods - maybe not unique, but new to us, starting in November, our foods students will be preparing food for a hot lunch on Fridays.

-Art - interested students will soon be able to earn credit for Art 10 as the course is developed and prepared for delivery.

With the holidays on the horizon, our students are collecting items for donation to the Christmas Care Pack Campaign, an organization that supplies homeless teenagers in Edmonton with a backpack with personal items for life living on the street. How do we change the world? One single act of kindness at a time.

To mark the holidays, we will be hosting a Christmas Dinner for students and families on December 20 at 12:00 p.m. at the school. Come and join us for the full spread - turkey, ham and all the fixings!

On January 18 and 19, John Paddon will be holding a 2-day Standard First Aid course for up to 18 students who will also earn a CTS credit upon successful completion of the course.

I’d like to welcome Maggie Van’t Hoff to PVO. She is our new Educational Assistant and will be working to support students in the classroom.

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