Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

Hey, looks like we might fi­nally be get­ting some In­dian sum­mer, yay! Fore­cast shows sun­shine and warmer tem­per­a­tures this week...please be true! I think the farm­ers had one good day last week that fi­nally wasn’t a foggy one. And speak­ing of fog, if the as­sump­tion holds fast with pre­cip­i­ta­tion 3 months later, we may ex­pect a LOT of snow in Jan­uary. My hus­band Bob said the other day...maybe we should buy a snow­mo­bile this win­ter ha-ha. Okay, there is lots of news to­day so bet­ter get on with it... quick re­minder, meet­ing tonight, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2 at 7:00 p.m. for the Mor­rin His­tory Book com­mit­tee at the Star­land County Of­fice.

And there will be a Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice at the Mor­rin School for stu­dents this Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 at 10:45 a.m. in the gym­na­sium and com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend. And as cus­tom, staff and stu­dents get a short rest as the school goes into the Novem­ber break the following week, re­turn­ing re­freshed on Mon­day, Novem­ber 14.

And the com­mu­nity Re- mem­brance Day Ser­vice will be a few days later on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6 at the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall. The Hall board mem­bers will serve up a pan­cake break­fast be­fore the ser­vice be­gins that morn­ing, and a light lunch will be pro­vided af­ter­wards.

And Novem­ber is Di­a­betes Aware­ness Month. Tues­day, Novem­ber 22 has been set aside as folks are in­vited to the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall to hear from Al­berta Health care work­ers on this dis­ease. There will be some fun on hand as well with door prizes and snacks and you will also re­ceive recipes and first aid tips that night to help you out.

And call­ing all pre-school age kids...the Marigold C.O.W. bus will be right here in Mor­rin at our lo­cal li­brary from 10:00 – 2:00 on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 16...and li­brary man­ager Carla says “moosee” on over. The Mor­rin Li­brary has a nice cozy kids room with lots of great books and a few toys for the wee ones so mark it down and come check it out. And Christ­mas Mar­kets are soon to be here, there and ev­ery­where! I like re­fer­ring to the Mor­rin Cor­ner and Area posts as I see that Dalum will host their Christ­mas Mar­ket on Sun­day, from 11:00 – 3:00, Novem­ber 6 and right here in Mor­rin...ours will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 20. I heard there is a wait­ing list for ta­bles so should be good!

So, I have a rant to­day. There are 10,000 home­schooled kids in our prov­ince. Abrupt news came to one third of Al­berta’s home­school­ers last Tues­day that their school board had been dis­solved...dis­solved, no more, done. With the stroke of a pen and an au­to­mated phone mes­sage, Rachel Not­ley and the Al­berta min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion David Eggen, directed that this un­for­tu­nate news be robot­i­cally de­liv­ered (with­out warn­ing) to the par­ents of 3500 home­schooled chil­dren leav­ing them stranded just into the be­gin­ning of this 2016 school year. The 21 year strong, trans­par­ent Trin­ity School in com­bi­na­tion with the Wis­dom School Ad­min­is­tra­tion were sent a brief email that they were not su­per­vis­ing stu­dents ad­e­quately and mis­man­ag­ing funds and were ef­fec­tively shut down.

Wow, thanks for telling us now! Why not in July when they could ac­tu­ally do some­thing to ad­dress Al­berta government con­cerns and ac­cu­sa­tions and form a new school Board be­fore the new school sea­son be­gan? I don’t think it is easy to form or switch over to school boards. So, let me pose another ques­tion...what if all or even half of these stranded stu­dents are forced into the public school sys­tem on this short no­tice? I imag­ine that in or­der for public schools to re­ceive government money to op­er­ate, they have to submit to the Al­berta Government, the num­ber of stu­dents and their bud­get for each year well be­fore Septem­ber. So, bear with me, let’s say that 1-5 stu­dents trans­fer from another school af­ter the year be­gins. I would think the school the stu­dent trans­fers TO some­how has to make that work and find a place, and, the school the stu­dent trans­fers FROM would keep the money for that stu­dent in their bud­get. So what do you think the Al­berta Government will do at this late date? If there is an in­flux of stranded home­school­ers that flood into the Al­berta public school sys­tem what will they do? It seems this government who are still sup­posed to be a government for the peo­ple, may have “flew off the han­dle” and now they may have to “fly by the seat of their pants”. I know in Mor­rin we have a re­ally good school but the teach­ers are stretched al­ready with many split grade classes. It will be in­ter­est­ing how Al­ber­tans and the Al­berta NDP government re­spond to this. Oh, to add in­sult to in­jury, the Al­berta NDP government has sent out a no­tice that they are re­vamp­ing the en­tire K-12 school cur­ricu­lum. They seem to be go­ing to a lot of work to re­vamp a sys­tem that is one of the best in the coun­try. School cur­ricu­lum changes, from time to time, can’t we do one sub­ject at a time? I com­pleted the on­line sur­vey for this re­vamp. If you choose to do this Al­berta Government sur­vey, I would sug­gest that you pay at­ten­tion to ques­tions in so­cial stud­ies, sci­ence and health, that ad­dress gen­der dis­par­ity/at­ti­tudes and the so-called “en­vi­ron­ment/ cli­mate change”. As far as the English/ lan­guage arts /writ­ing sec­tion...I think we need to bring back cur­sive writ­ing skills to our el­e­men­tary kids. You know they need to know how to sign their name some­day! Any­way, God bless the home­school­ers and the public school sys­tem and the Al­berta government as they try to fig­ure this out. And that is my rant...thanks for read­ing...go farm­ers! Cheers!

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