Principal's Message - OCTOBER

With a chill in the air, and leaves turning colors and falling off trees, it really is starting to look and feel like autumn!

We had a wonderful start up to the year. I am excited to see kids showing kindness and character. Celebrating this is important in our school, and we do so in a number of ways, one being at assemblies.  We welcome you to attend any of our celebration assemblies as we celebrate our students’ achievements and accomplishments. Look to the calendar attached to the back of the monthly newsletters for the dates, but they usually begin right after morning announcements at 8:40-ish. 

I’d also like to invite you into our school. We have an open door policy and we would welcome you to pop by, or book time in to help out. Every classroom always welcomes help, whether it’s reading with kids, practicing skills, or simply supporting, extra hands are always appreciated.  School Council would love help with Hot Lunch – cooking, organizing, or serving. Make a difference in your school and in your child’s school life and volunteer!

Finally – it is election time! Please carefully study our School Board Trustee candidates and make a good choice. Your votes matter to our kids and their education.

Have a wonderful October and I look forward to seeing you at school!

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson; Principal

Principal's Message - June

Happy June!

I am very excited to share that Dorothy Dalgliesh School has been accepted as a pilot school in Palliser for Self-Regulation.

Self-regulation is a method to help us understand our energy flow, and to help keep us, or bring us back to a state of calm and alertness. Kids learn best when they are optimally self-regulated. The interesting thing is that while we all are able to self-regulate to a certain extent, none of us are 100% capable of fully self-regulating all the time. Some of us self- regulate in ways that are not healthy or safe for ourselves or those around us.

Healthy, appropriate ways to self-regulate need to be taught to children (and adults) – and that is what we at DDS are learning to do with kids. We are learning how to teach them to recognize when they are in an ideal state of calm, but alert, and ready to learn. We are also helping them to recognize (mindfulness) when they are stressed, anxious, tired, angry, or any other feelings that bring them out of a calm, alert state.  Then, we provide them with many different strategies to help calm them back down, or help them feel more alert.

Please click here to see ideas on how you, as a family, can work towards becoming more self-regulated.

 

Principal's Message - May

Happy May!

I cannot believe we have only two short months until summer break – we still have so much work to do! May and June are going to be busy months with field trips, final assessments, and Provincial Achievement Tests for grade 6, also known as PATs.

If you have, or have had, a grade 6 student you probably are familiar with PATs, but even if not, it affects all our kids, K-6. There is a lot of pressure to prepare kids for PATs every year, not just in grade 6 but in all the years leading up to grade 6 (BTW, PATs will happen again when your child is in grade 9). Teachers spend quite a bit of time analyzing data around PATs in order to improve teaching practices.

It got me to musing, however, about the dangers of focusing too much on data – what harm can there be? Research implies that while data can help inform teachers’ instruction, too much focus on data and results can be detrimental to school culture and to the students.

My two biggest concerns about focusing too much on data are:

  1. Causing students, and let’s face it, parents a lot of unneeded anxiety; and
  2. Missing what data can’t measure.

I can assure you we take the PATs seriously, but I can also assure you with great confidence, that it is balanced very solidly with DDS Staff seeing your child as the wonderful and unique person he or she is – not as a number, or a grade, or a percentage, but as a kind, funny, charming, person.

Yes we want our kids to find success, and a part of that includes data and grades and  percentages. HOWEVER, the most important part to us at DDS, is developing your child, in partnership with you, to create kind, caring, resilient adults who will make a difference in the world - however that looks.

A always, pop by to see me if you have any questions or concerns about anything to do with your child and his or her education.

Best regards,

Ms. Rogerson

 

 

Principal's Message - April

Happy April and welcome back to Spring!

I want to begin by thanking everyone who came out on Student Led Conference evening. It is wonderful to see you participating in your child’s educational journey, celebrating their growth and accomplishments. Research shows that your involvement as a partner in your child’s education is one of the strongest predicators of your child’s success. Being involved also helps you to be more aware of what is truly going on in the school.

School looks a lot different from when you were a child, and hanging out in the school more often will give you a clearer picture of where, and how, your child spends her day while at school. Imagine instead of asking your child, “How was your day?” only to be met with a non-committal shrug of the shoulders and an off-handed, “Fine…”, you can engage in rich, meaningful conversations about specific initiatives and events happening at the school. Follow this link to find out more about what the research tells us about the benefits of being more involved with your child’s school.

We at DDS would be delighted to have you in any capacity that fits you and your busy schedule. For example, many of you chose to put aside an hour one evening to attend Student Led Conferences – so appreciated by your child and the staff at DDS! However, have you considered some of these ways to get more involved without stretching yourself too thin? How about:

  • Committing to 2 hours once or twice a school year to help with Hot Lunch?
  • Spending an afternoon to read with students in your child’s class?
  • Asking your child's teacher if they need help organizing, cutting out materials, or putting up bulletin boards?
  • Attending one of our regular assemblies?
  • Helping out with mini-basketball or mini-volleyball?
  • Having an informal chat with your child’s teacher at the end of the day?
  • Attending a School Council meeting?
  • Offering to volunteer in the library to shelve or label books?
  • Sharing your expertise by teaching a lesson on your favorite hobby or skill?

Any of all go a long way to building the connection between school and home, and I know your child will LOVE to see you at school, too!  

With warmest regards,

Ms. S. Rogerson

Principal

 

Principal's Message - March

Happy March!

With report cards coming up, along with Student-Led Conferences (Thursday, March 16), I reflect upon my work as a principal and ask myself what would my report card look like if someone filled one out on me? I LOVE my job, and I feel truly privileged to be principal at DDS, but is what I am currently doing enough? What can I do to improve? How can I make our school even better?

I would like to think of our school as student-centered, forward thinking, innovative, and conscientiously contributing to your child growing up to be the best person he or she can be. First, we have, in my opinion, the most caring and invested staff in Palliser. In addition, we are ahead of many of our provincial educational peers in our implementation of best curricular practices. Furthermore, we employ new strategies and techniques to create safe environments in which kids learn best. Moreover, we have a strong emphasis on kindness and positive thinking. Great things are happening at DDS, but I always ask myself, “How can I do better? What else is there? What’s next?” In consideration of the Four Pillars of Education: learning to know; learning to do; learning to live together; and learning to be, am I leading this school most effectively to achieve all I can for your child?

I would love for my school to be on the map, so to speak, not only because of the amazing things we do, but because of the amazing people we help to build, especially your child. So, in the spirit of report card season, I ask you – what grade would you give me? What grade would you give our school? Please stop by for a visit, or call me. I hope to see you out for Student-Led Conferences, so feel free to stop by my office then, or anytime - I’d love to hear your “report card” on me.

With warmest regards, your partner in education,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - February

Happy Heart Month!

I want to begin with a huge thank you to School Council. They brought SMUDGE in this past month and the kids created bobble heads! It was so much fun, but the really cool thing is that Paije Ottoson, the owner and operator of SMUDGE Art Studio, is not only a certified teacher, but a legitimate artist. She is a strong believer in teaching kids real artist’s techniques and uses real artistic vocabulary. It’s art literacy!

School Council does SOOOOOO much for our school. I am always thanking them but I never feel as though it is enough. SO much of what we have at the school – SMUDGE, hot lunch, Chromebooks, special library book selections, iPads, the appliances and tools in the kitchen, the document camera, our sound system, to name only a few – are thanks to School Council and their tireless volunteer hours and efforts to fundraise. Please consider joining, or at least helping out from time to time. I hope to see you on Thursday, Feb. 9 for our next School Council meeting in the School Library.

I am delighted to welcome two Professional Semester III students from the University of Lethbridge, Mrs. Kelsey Lunde, and Mr. Jordan Logan. This is their last practicum before they are full-fledged, “official” teachers. They are enthusiastic, bright, and excited to share their knowledge with us. Mrs. Lunde and Mr. Logan, I hope you enjoy your time here, learning and growing alongside our staff and students, and walk away with a valuable experience and life-long memories.

As always, stop by my office for a visit, or if you haven any questions or concerns.

With warmest regards, your partner in education,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - January

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to 2017! May your year be filled with joy and abundance!

We had a wonderful lead up to the Christmas break. First, I’d like to thank the School Council parents for organizing the Turkey Dinner, and the volunteers and people who donated – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Second, thanks to Mrs. Gibson, the Grade 6 students, and all the staff and students for the most AmAzInG Christmas Concert yet! It made me want to twist and shout – with jingle bells on!

New Year’s always comes with a bittersweet feeling – we look back at all the wonderful things that have happened, and look forward to a fresh new start. Some of us like to make New Year’s resolutions. Why don’t you try one of these…?

Scholastic’s 100 New Year’s Reading Resolutions, or Parent and Child’s New Year’s Reading Resolutions.

Scholastic Reading Resolution

New Year's Reading Resolutions

Both are fun ways to get your kids reading more, and hopefully develop a life-long habit of reading and book love.

I hope to see you on Thursday, Jan. 12 for our next School Council meeting in the School Library.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What a joyous, wondrous time of the year! Christmas lights and decorated trees are popping up; Christmas Carols are playing in stores; malls are beginning to fill with busy shoppers; and here at DDS, we are in full swing practicing for what promises to be yet another AMAZING Christmas Concert.

During this season of joy, please remember those who may be looking towards Christmas with dread or anxiety. Many families are wondering if they will be able to have anything to eat on Christmas, let alone a gift under the tree for their precious littles. Please help these families by supporting our two primary campaigns.

The first campaign is our Food Bank Drive. For this cause, we ask you to please donate a non-perishable food item, or toiletries (i.e. toothbrushes; toothpaste; soap; shampoo; etc.).

The second cause is spearheaded by Palliser's Caretakers –  our “Sock It To ‘Em” Campaign. Please donate new socks, mittens, and toques to help stuff our giant stocking and make someone’s Christmas a little warmer.

Also, just before Christmas we are excited to host another School Council sponsored Turkey Dinner for the staff and students. Watch for requests for donations and help. Along with this, we will ask for “extras” to create a food hamper for a family in need.

Please keep in mind what this season is truly about – kindness, generosity, and bringing joy to the lives of others.

Have a wonderful December filled with magic and joy!

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal

Principal's Message - November

What an amazing month at DDS! The highlights were undoubtedly the Harvest Gala and WE DAY!

Thank you to the school council parents who put together an amazing evening of fun and fundraising with the Harvest Gala. Not only did all attendees have a great time, early calculations suggest that we raised a sizable amount for the Public Schools Betterment Society of Picture Butte, which will directly affect the students at DDS. THANKS DDS School Council and PSBSPB!

16 select grade 6 students, along with Mr. Van Dyk and myself, attended WE Day in Calgary. What an amazing day, and what a great cause. Our passion is ignited at DDS and we are eager to make a change in the world, both locally and globally. Stay tuned for updates on the amazing things our school had planned to make this world a better place. Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to November, we have Parent-Teacher interviews on Tuesday, November 8th. This is a critical time for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss how things are going with her, and to set goals for your child’s on-going education. We are partners together in raising your child – please try and attend!

November is also a time for Remembrance, as we honor those who have served for our country. We will attend the PBHS Remembrance Day Observances, and our students will have a special presentation to share. You are more than welcome to join as we recognize our veterans.

With warmest regards,

Ms. Shari Rogerson

Principal