Let the Learning begin!
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.