Welcome Back!

On behalf of the staff of Blueberry School I would like to welcome all of our students, parents and community members back to Blueberry school for another exciting year of learning.  We are eagerly anticipating the smiling faces of our kids on Tuesday and have been working very hard to prepare for them.

The 2012-2013 School year has many exciting opportunities that will become available to our students to ensure their best year yet!  First, I would like to extend a warm welcome to a few new members of our learning community.  We are very fortunate to have Ms. Erin Stoffelen join our team as a grade 2 teacher, and Mrs. Sharmayne Seal join us as our learning coach.  In addition, we are so glad to have Mrs. Judy Chester returning to our Kindergarten classroom to work with Mrs. Feschuk.  We continue to have an amazing team at Blueberry School who are ready to support all of our amazing learners.

As well as our staffing additions, we are looking forward to our newest AISI project – Student Self Assessment.  Staff have already begun their professional learning on this topic having had a workshop already last week.  We spent time beginning to understand what Assessment AS learning can mean for us at Blueberry, how it can build upon our previous work with students on Critical Thinking, and finally we discussed some resources available to support our work in developing the Assessment AS learning skills of our students.  We will keep you posted on our work in this area through our monthly newsletters, student projects, displays of work and various other methods.  Please talk to you child throughout the school year about this project.

As you have likely noticed if you have been by the school, our new parking lot is progressing well!  With the creation of this parking lot you may have noticed changes to some of our school grounds.  Please take the time to come out to our upcoming School Council and Blueberry School  Council Fundraising Committee (BSFC) meetings to have input on how we re-vision the exterior school landscape among various other topics of interest.  While we are always looking for additional members to fill a few small roles on these committees, there is no expectation of parents attending these meetings other than to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and to provide any insights, advice and thoughts that they might have.

Also new to Blueberry School in 2012-2013 is our transition to a WiFi school.  Students in grades 4-9 will be encouraged to bring their own learning devices to school for educational purposes.  Staff will be exploring how we can utilize both school owned technology as well as students’ technology to improve student learning.  More information on this exciting initiative is soon to come!

Finally, as you may have heard, Parkland School Division is extremely excited to have unveiled it’s new Vision and Mission.    Throughout the school year you will continue to see and hear Blueberry School Staff working to maintain our safe learning community where our students are able to explore, imagine, build curiosity and create unique products to demonstrate their learning and understanding.

I would like to finish by encouraging our parents to re-connect with our staff early and often this year.  Please call, email or stop in to discuss your child’s progress throughout this year.  Together we can ensure success for all of our kids!  I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday morning for our pancake breakfast!

Shaye Patras

Principal, Blueberry School

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About Shaye Patras

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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