Let the Learn­ing be­gin!

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

As Sun­ny­side Ele­men­tary stu­dents head back to school to­mor­row, get­ting ready for an­other year of pens and books, their par­ents will be get­ting ready for a chal­lenge of their own: a new re­port card. “The new re­port card is dif­fer­ent in the weight­ing of the terms. It’s important that the par­ents come to the first Open House to hear about the new re­port card and learn what the ex­pec­ta­tions are for the stu­dents,” com­mented the school’s prin­ci­pal, Elaine Baylis-Creary. The Open House will be held on Septem­ber 12th, from 6 to 7 pm.

Mrs. Baylis-Creary also stressed how important it is for par­ents to read the in­for­ma­tion that the stu­dents bring home from the school. “That’s how the par­ents can learn what the school is do­ing. When the par­ents know what’s go­ing on at school, the kids feel more safe and se­cure. When they can see that their par­ents care about ed­u­ca­tion, the kids ben­e­fit.”

This Fri­day, the school is host­ing a corn roast for stu­dents and par­ents at the noon hour; a nice op­por­tu­nity for par­ents and teach­ers to just min­gle and chat about the sum­mer, be­fore the se­ri­ous busi­ness of school­ing be­gins.

The school is look­ing for vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as read­ing to stu­dents or work­ing in the li­brary. “We wel­come peo­ple of all ages to work any time in the year, even older peo­ple like grand­par­ents. We’d love to have them,” said Mrs. Baylis-Creary. Some school vol­un­teers work reg­u­larly while oth­ers may spend just a few hours at the school dur­ing the school year; any ar­range­ment is ap­pre­ci­ated .

The Break­fast Pro­gram will con­tinue this year, be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber. The school will also con­tinue to try and get the stu­dents ex­er­cis­ing dur­ing the home­room class, some­times in the form of a quick walk or an ac­tiv­ity in the gym. This ex­er­cise is above the re­quired 135 min­utes of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion per week.

Other news in­cludes the hir­ing of a new teacher, Rachel Bury, who will teach the grade two class, tak­ing over from Elaine Va­chon who will now be the Resource teacher.

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