Spring at Blueberry

While the recent snowfall may have had us questioning what season it is, the hustle and bustle in the Blueberry learning community makes it clear that spring has arrived.  April saw many exciting events happening in our school with our most recent BLAZE day being among the biggest.  Students from Muir Lake, Seba Beach and Paul First Nation school all joined grades 7-9 students from Blueberry School for an amazing presentation by Rob Nash.  Rob engaged all by speaking about how tragedy struck him early in his life, his ability to overcome these challenges and how students can do the same if they choose to.  He entertained all with his message, his music and several videos but most importantly, he helped students to understand how resilient they can be.  On that same BLAZE day, students in grades 1-6 were amazed by the opportunity to meet a real author.  Tyler Enfield spoke to our students about his work and the life of an author.  It was an another amazing opportunity to instill the importance of literacy in our students through real world applications.

As we continue to progress through this school year, we are also aware that our current AISI project of Embedding Critical Thinking into teaching and learning is quickly coming to a close.   It is exciting to see the impact that this work has had on teacher practice, and most importantly on student learning.  I have enjoyed being able to walk into classrooms and see teachers and students talking about their thinking and discussing criteria with each other on various projects and decisions.

April also provided several Blueberry students with the opportunity to experience two very exciting parts of Canada.  Mme MacLeod and several students enjoyed a fantastic trip to Quebec where they experienced the culture of this unique part of Canada.  Ms. Lillico and I also had the privilege of taking 14 students in grades 7-9 to Vancouver for the Vancouver Sun Run.  It was an amazing trip for one and all.

Recently, Blueberry School hosted two Open Houses, one for our incoming Kindergarten students and another for new students, students considering the Parkland Hockey Academy, and for those students transitioning from grade 6 to 7.  It was wonderful to see so many students and families in our school learning about the amazing range of programming choices that we provide to our students to meet their needs.

I would like to conclude my thoughts for this month by extending a huge thank you on behalf of the Blueberry School staff to our amazing parent community.  The staff appreciation luncheon you provided to us recently was absolutely fantastic.  We are so grateful for all that you do to help us make a difference in the lives of our students.

Mr. S. Patras

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About SPatras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Woodhaven Middle School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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