Principal's Message

SpilaPrincipal’s Message                                                                                              

Fall  2017

Welcome to École Dr. Brosseau School! We are all excited to be back and are looking forward to working with our returning students, our new students, our parents and our community! As the year progresses, please remember that this is your school and we always welcome your involvement, and if you ever have any questions or concerns, my door is always open.

October has arrived and our school is in full swing! My message to you will be in three parts; first I would like to introduce our new staff members. Second, I will highlight a couple of events that have happened at École Dr. Brosseau School since the doors opened for the 2017-18 school year, and third, I will give you a bit of information on our report card reporting system that we use.

First of all, please help me welcome the following staff members to our school community: Mrs. Lindsay Swetman, Student Assistant (began in May of last year), Mrs. Denise Antoniuk, Student Assistant, Ms. Debbie Michaud, Student Assistant, Miss Kendra McLeod, Student Assistant, Mr. Eric Bisson – Grade 7 Immersion Teacher (started in May of last year), and Miss Christine Cambridge, Grade 7 Teacher. In a new role at École Dr. Brosseau School, Miss Stephanie Bourque is our Classroom Support Teacher. We are truly blessed to have all of you join our school community, welcome!

On Tuesday, September 5th, we started off our school year with a wonderful performance by HOJA, an awesome musical threesome! The kids and staff were excited to have them kick off our school year!

Our Opening Week Mass was held on September 8th, which was hosted by the grade 6M and 8B classes, along with Mrs. Shea, our Youth Minister, Miss McRae and the huge Youth Liturgical Leadership Team! Father Rene presided over the Celebration; it was a terrific way to celebrate a new school year!

September 11th, we hosted our annual “Meet the Staff” BBQ for our new and returning parents. We had a tremendous turnout of parents and guardians. The staff met and mingled with all the parents, and the parents had the opportunity to ask questions and seek answers throughout the evening. Thank you to Dr. Brosseau Student’s Union for the food and supplies, and a special thank you to the support staff that took over the duties of cooking the wonderful hamburgers & hotdogs!

On September 21st, our grade 6, 7, & 8’s had the incredible opportunity to be able to attend the Robb Nash Project Presentation at the C2. Awesome experience for the students and the staff.

Mr. Barlow took 9 students to the LSAA Mountain Bike Races on September 28th, and all the students did extremely well, placing in the top 10 and are looking forward to next year! As well on September 28th, all the students and staff participated in the 37th Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. Our goal was to collect $2.00 from everyone that participated and donated over $700.00 to help find a cure for this disease!

On October 5th, we took over 110 students to the LSAA Cross Country Run at Muriel Lake this year! Congratulations to all our competitors, we had some awesome placings!

There is much more that has gone on, see the rest of the Newsletter for more information, but now, on to the final part of my message, what do report cards tell us at this school?

Each term, the students are assessed on specific curricular outcomes, which they work on in class. According to Alberta Education, focusing on curricular outcomes and reporting on them is the most accurate way of showing just how well your child is learning the grade level curriculum. Our grade 5/6 report cards are outcomes based, which means instead of having a percentage or A, B, C, D for certain subjects, they are evaluated on specific outcomes.

Picture1.pngOur report cards at the grade 5/6 level are District wide so there is consistency between the schools within Lakeland Catholic. We have moved to a 5-point scale, and below is just a brief summary of what each point means.

Thus, if your child receives a 2, it doesn’t mean a 2 out of 5, it means that he or she has a partial understanding of that ONE particular outcome, and sometimes requires support.

Due to this on-going shift towards outcomes based reporting, we continue to change our award system throughout the school year. We believe that it is extremely important to recognize and acknowledge the academic achievement of all our students. Therefore, we will always continue to explore alternative ways to celebrate student academic success. If you have suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact the school.

As you can see, the students and staff have been extremely busy with a strong focus on student learning, whether it is through athletics, academics, spiritually or with technology.

On that note, a reminder that we continue to offer every student at our school, access to 1-1 technology. Every student receives an iPad to assist in his or her learning at this school. This is possible due to the support of our District, and to the incredible work our teachers do to incorporate technology into student centered learning, allowing us to be an Apple Distinguished School.

We work towards improving student learning and success, and if you would like to know more about the quality of the programs at École Dr. Brosseau School, or if you would like to be more involved in your child’s education, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, or myself, Mr. Spila.

Catholic Education at our school is Better Education … It’s as simple as that! C’est vrai!

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving,

Vince Spila, Principal

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