Morrin Community Calendar
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!