October 27, 2011
Garibaldi Secondary School 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road Maple Ridge, BC V4R 1X2 ph: 604 463 6287 Fax: 604 463 0896
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK It is difficult to believe that we have already finished 2 months of school! We have had a great start to the year with many different clubs, teams and activities up and running. The month of November will see us: introduce video game systems in the cafeteria at lunch, hold our Advisory Survivor competition from November 21 - 25, continue with our High Five Fridays, as well as many more events and activities. I am amazed and very pleased with the high level of participation and spirit exhibited by our student body. We are also trying to increase parent participation in our school, and I would encourage you to attend our monthly PAC meetings. On November 2nd, our PAC has arranged for an anti-gambling presentation, beginning at 7 pm. All of our meetings feature lively discussions about what is happening at our school, and I leave each meeting thankful for the outstanding contributions parents are making to Garibaldi. Our website contains a wealth of information on school activities and events. Over the next 2 months, we will add sections to the website targeting grad information and featuring school video / slide shows. A reminder that you can also access school information via Twitter and Facebook with the links found on our webpage.
Several parents have been inquiring about how to determine their son or daughter’s progress. Teachers are continuing to assess progress and communicate with parents. I would recommend that parents make contact with the teachers. There are a variety of ways to do this – meeting at a mutually convenient time, phone calls, and email. These emails can be found on our web page – the address is always: First Name_Last Name@sd42.ca.
GSS Homepage: http://gss.sd42.ca
Learning and assessment is ongoing and students are getting excellent learning opportunities. Staff, students, and parents are all part of the community that makes schooling an enriching experience. As such, I encourage you to be in touch with the teachers on a regular basis so that everyone remains informed. Thank you so much for a great first two months of school. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks, Mr. Frend
WELCOME! Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Gloslee, who has joined the Garibaldi family at reception and switchboard. Though this position is not full time, we are grateful to have Mrs. Gloslee join us.
THANK YOU! Special thanks to Katarina Clutchey from Concept to Creation Design for the fabulous work she did in designing the High Five Friday T-shirts for Garibaldi. We think they’re great, Katarina!
FRANCE FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITY Time is running out to register for next Spring Break’s trip to France!! Registration is open to all grade 11 and 12 students. Participants will travel from Nice to Avignon, Loire Valley Castles, Mon St. Michel, D Day beaches and of course, Paris. For more information, please go to Chef’s page on the school library web page at http://web.me.com/lesgau/ Spring_2012_France/Welcome.html LOOKING FOR A GIFT or a Christmas present for parents, grandparents, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, anyone . . . even teachers? Well, look for the poinsettia fund raiser! Students participating in the field trip to France this coming spring break will be organizing this sale and will really appreciate your support!
POST SECONDARY INFORMATION SESSIONS Representatives will visit to Garibaldi on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:06 – Grade 11 and 12 – attend two sessions with university or college rep 1:25 – Career Fair in cafeteria – all grade 11 and 12 students and their parents welcome TRANSITION PLANS – grade 12’s have been meeting with Ms. Beyer and Mrs. Gould on the first and third week of the month to complete their Transition Plans. They should have completed the following: brag sheet, work experience / volunteer 30 hours, grade 11 activity log, resume and cover letter. All grade 11 and 12’s should be keeping an activity log of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. This is due May 1. We would like to thank Amar Kaur Sohi from Service Canada for presenting a workshop on resumes to our grade 12 students. Many students indicated this information was very useful.
TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY will be on Wednesday November 2. It is hoped that all grade 9 students will be able to participate in this event with either a parent, a relative or a family friend. Students have been given permission forms in their PE classes. Please ensure they are completed asap and returned to their PE teacher. The mark for this day goes towards their Health and Careers course. If grade 9 students are not able to accompany someone to work, they must attend school. EARLY CHILD CARE WORK EXPERIENCE If this is something that interests you, we have an opportunity for you to gain valuable volunteer hours. Please see Mrs. Tibando in the counseling area for more information.
HOW TO GET BETTER GRADES IN SCHOOL YOU CAN MAKE THIS THE BEST YEAR EVER IN SCHOOL! Smart students have secrets. What does it take to be a superior student? The most important secret is a great study strategy! Terry Small’s student success system shows students how to take charge of their time and succeed. Parents and students attend this seminar together to learn proven strategies and study secrets that have helped 197,000 students to excel. Guaranteed: better grades, self-confidence, more free time, and fun learning! Good grades have never been more important than today. Come and learn how to get them! You will have fun and be entertained. This seminar is suitable for students of all abilities in grades 4 to 12. This seminar sold old early last time it was offered, so register early and get a head start on good grades. Terry Small is Canada’s #1 study skills expert. He is listed in Nationwide Who’s Who. His ideas were recently featured on CKNW Radio, BCTV, global and in the Globe and Mail and Student Success. Terry speaks internationally. This event will be held on Thursday, November 24th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Riverside Centre. To register, call Ridge Meadows College at 604-466-6555, local 203. Fee for the whole family is $45.00.
GRAD INFORMATION GRAD PARENTS If you would like to receive grad news via email please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list. Also, please try to attend the next Grad Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 17. PLAN FOR GRAD DAY – June 08, 2012 12:30 - Students to arrive at Planet Ice 1:00 - Group photo – outside 2:00 - Grad ceremonies begin 5:30 - Curling rink opens for dinner 6:00 - Dinner, dance to follow 11:30 - 12:30 – students arrive at Greg Moore Youth Centre for Dry Grad DRY GRAD is held following the dinner and dance on the day of grad. This is a safe, fun, alcohol free event, held at the Greg Moore Youth Centre. The night includes games, a casino, a hypnotist, food and prizes. Dry Grad is organized by the grad parents and we will need to have about 30 volunteers in order for it to run well. The cost of all events and food at Dry Grad is covered by students paying $75 each, in addition to some fundraising activities. TICKET FOR DRY GRAD is $75. as stated above. This should be paid to Ms. Henry in the school office.
FUNDRAISING CANADIAN TIRE MONEY - grads will be collecting Canadian Tire Money throughout the year, to assist with the purchasing of dry grad gifts. A container is available in the counseling office for anyone who has Canadian Tire money to donate. Grads will also be at our local Canadian Tire store on December 3 and 4 to solicit donations of Canadian Tire money. There are three shifts through the day, with both student and parent volunteers required for each shift. Sign up is available through Terry Stanley at email@example.com. SAVE ON FOODS GIFT CARDS - Grads will be selling gift cards from November 1 – 22. Order gift cards for yourself, neighbours, friends or for gifts now. We will receive 6% back from all cards sold. Cards are redeemable at Save On Foods, Cooper’s Food, Price Smart Foods and Overwaitea Foods. Order forms will be handed out in English classes next week. GINGERBREAD HOUSE RAFFLE - In December, grads will be selling tickets for a Gingerbread house. Tickets will be available at lunchtime, at Psycho Session and at the band’s Dessert concerts on Tuesday, December 13 & Wednesday, December 14 . The winner will be drawn at the Dec 14th concert. GRAD EVENTS
Nov. 17 Dry Grad Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm Nov 1 - 22 Save On Foods gift cards for sale – 6% return on all cards sold Dec 3 & 4 Canadian Tire money donations at Canadian Tire store Jan 4 Scholarship booklet available on district Guest tickets will be available at a later date, all guests website: www.sd42.ca must be preapproved by the administration. Jan 7 Bottle Drive Jan 10 & 11 Workshops in study – How to Prepare SCHOLARSHIPS – grade 12’s are reminded to check Scholarship Packages daily on the school website for scholarships that are curFebruary Banquet Ticket orders available with report rently available. Scholarship websites: card April Banquet tickets available for pick-up Scholarships Canada - http://scholarshipscanada.com March 29 Scholarship packages due to counseling by Student Awards - http://www.studentawards.com 10:00 am April Extra banquet tickets available for sale Students should also be checking with parents and April District Dogwood Scholarship presentations grandparents employers, their unions, clubs, etc. May 12 Grad car wash / Basket pickup June 6 3:30 pm - Grad rehearsal at Planet Ice June 6 7:00 pm - Banquet set-up by parents Volunteers Needed June 8 School Leaving Ceremonies, Dinner / Dance, Dry Grad EARLY BIRD DRAW all grads that have paid for dry grad by November 4 will be entered into a draw for some outstanding prizes. Get your money into Ms. Henry ASAP.
ANXIETY and DEPRESSION Education event for youth will be held on Monday, November 7th from 2:45 6:00 pm in the rotunda at Thomas Haney Secondary. Youth speakers will share their experiences with depression and anxiety. Those attending can learn more about depression and how to take care of their mental health from a youth perspective. Lots of information on mental health and wellness. Snacks will be served!! Depression and anxiety are more than being moody. It can affect people of any age, including teenagers. You might be depressed or anxious if you . . . Feel very low mood or almost no interest in your life, every day, and this feeling continues for at least two weeks; AND If you have other problems like: big changes in weight or appetite Not being able to sleep enough or sleeping too much Feeling that you are always restless or slowed down Thinking that you are worthless Feeling really tired most of the time, numb or empty Having a lot of trouble concentrating or making decisions Thinking about death or suicide Worrying about everything Avoiding certain people, places or activities Having panic attacks Not wanting to leave home Feeling stressed all of the time Headaches and stomach aches for no reason If you have questions, this is event is where to find the answers!! YOU CAN SAVE MONEY WHILE YOU SUPPORT GARIBALDI!! Coupons for you to save money at restaurants, skiing, leisure, attractions, etc. are available in a coupon book selling for only $10.00!! Garibaldi will receive half of all funds earned. This is a great way for families to save money while supporting the school at the same time. The following page shows all the businesses and facilities that are in the book. To purchase your coupon book, please see Ms. Henry in the accounting office.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES Thursday, October 27 Friday, October 28 Wednesday, November 2 Friday, November 4 Friday, November 11 Monday, November 14 Wednesday, November 16 Thursday, November 17 Friday, November 18 Thursday, December 8 Wednesday, December 14 Friday, December 16 December 19 - 30 Monday, January 2 Tuesday, January 3
Halloween Dance from 6:30 - 10:00 Collaboration Day - first class at 9:45 am Take Our Kids to Word Day (Grade 9) PAC at 7:00 pm Cut off for early bird draw for Dry Grad Payment Remembrance Day Stat Alternate Calendar School Closure Post secondary representatives visit GSS Grad Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm Collaboration Day - first class at 9:45 am Psycho Session at 7:00 pm Music Concert Christmas Concert Christmas Vacation New Year Stat School Reopens