I love the promise I feel with prospect of a fresh new year. I don’t have resolutions but I do start an idea board, set some personal goals and buy a few books to read in the cold winter months, while curled up under a blanket on the couch. January is a good time for student learning, too; kids know classroom routines, are settled in at school and ready for the hard work over the colder winter months.
We had a lot of successes in December: band concerts, Christmas musical, food drive, Adopt-a-Family, and sharing cheer and kindness. The Langdon community met the challenges for helping others in a BIG way! Thanks for your generosity, support and kindness for those needing a little support over the holiday season.
We have completed just over one third of the school year. As part of a prototype year, we are looking for feedback on the reporting system. We have systematically gathered teacher feedback to date, and taken the information forward. We appreciate the parent involvement as we work with the new reporting process and value their input into the development of the new reporting system. Themes from the parent communication we have informally received has been communicated to central office personnel, as well. Please use the link provided to let us know how things are going from your perspective. If something is not working well, please provide possible solutions in your response. It is always helpful. Be sure to let us know what is going well and what you like, too.
Here are the links to receive feedback.
At the next school council meeting, we will discuss a change to the field trip process at Langdon School. We have outlined our beliefs and the expectations for teachers, students and parents, as aligned with RVS policy and the School Act. Alberta Education and Rocky View Schools have definitions and frameworks for the development of literacy and numeracy skills across all grades. As a staff, we have continued work on our defining statements and programming practices. At the council meeting, we will share our journey in literacy development.
MENTAL HEALTH MONTHLY Through the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) approach and in partnership with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Catholic Schools has developed videos on common mental health topics. Each video includes awareness and strategies to support parents/caregivers, teachers and students. Here you will find information on a variety of topics concerning your child’s mental health. website HEALTHY CHILDREN NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS Topics:
Is Tooth Decay a Disease?
Relaxation and Your Child website
HEALTHY TEENS NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS Topics:
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Relaxation and Your Teens website
MINDFUL PARENTING: HOW TO RESPOND INSTEAD OF REACT website
CHILDHOOD ANXIETY (Article): An interesting article about childhood anxiety and a method for parents to reduce it. website WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS SELF HARMING Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
This resource is to help you better understand Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and how to best speak to your child. website
Kindergarten Online Registration Week
January 14 - 18, 2019 and Onward
Langdon School Adopt-a-Family
Thank you to all of Langdon School and community for helping to support the Wheatland Crisis Society, this holiday season. There were over 700 gifts, $900 in cash and $300 in gift cards to help the 5 families. Thank you!!
Learning Commons News January 2018 Reading is "Snow" Much Fun!A blizzard of new reads can be found in Koha New Titles. Most of the titles are benefits from the Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair.
Make family literacy a new year’s resolution! Literacy = Life Long Learning! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day, Sat., January 27. "Take 20"minutes a day for literacy fun. Click on Family Literacy Day for some great ideas. Visit Chestermere Public Library or visit one of Langdon’s “Little Free Libraries.” For more information, contact Mrs. Schoell . eBooks = Excellent books! Try reading an eBook today available “free” via the following online resources on the Learning Commons page:
LearnAlberta”s Online Reference Centre’s BookFlix (gr. K-3) or TrueFlix(gr. 4+). Login(LA53) and password(4487) are required for off school site use.
FollettShelf (all ages) accessed via Koha, Destiny Discover app, or www.gofollett.com. Students use their RVS login and password.
Please check your home for any Langdon School books or textbooks. Some students have had overdue books for quite some time! Thank you to all who return their books on time!
Make a new year’s resolution to volunteer at the Learning Commons. Special thank you to all the amazing Learning Commons volunteers who bring their energy and ideas to the Learning Commons. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by staff and students!
Learning Commons Facilitator
Reading Routines and Screen Time
Back-to-school is a great time for parents to establish a daily reading routine at home and set limits around screen time—theamount of time children spend on smartphones, tablets, computers, and TV. Here are some other stats that may surprise you:
The time children 8 and under spend on mobile devices has tripled since 2013
42% of children 8 and younger now have their own tablet devices, compared to less than 1% in 2011
23% miss sleep and feel tired because they have spent too long on their devices
42% of parents say the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in the home
New research shows children’s brain activity runs “cold” when they listen to an audiobook and “hot” when they see a book on an electronic screen, but “just right” when they are read a children’s picture book. This “Goldilocks Effect” proves children’s books are a great learning tool.
Establishing a reading routine is great for developing children's vocabulary and comprehension, and bonding with parents. It’s as easy as doing the 4 steps on the right!
Featured Read: What's going on in your child's brain when you read them a story? by NPR
Langdon School Council & Society
What is School Council? We are a group of parents/guardians and community members that act as an advisory board for school administration. We all work towards making our school a healthy and happy place to be!
We would like to invite you to attend our next School Council meeting on January 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Learning Commons. See you then!
Are you about to toss that sour cream container? Is your Tupperware drawer overflowing?
Please feel free to share any unwanted washed containers with Miss Inglis (5I), or feel free to drop the containers off at the office.
The grades 6-9 Foods Programs are also always accepting containers for students to take their lab day creations home in.
Langdon School is looking for Lunch Food Donations. Some examples include:
Oatmeal, Lunchbox Juices, individual Kraft Dinners, Granola Bars, Instant Noodles, etc.
Exciting Band News!
A huge thank you to Langdon School Parent Council and Society, the music room now has a new portable CD player and the Band program was able to acquire a full-size Yamaha 4-valve tuba!
RVS Junior Honour Band will take place at Bert Church High School in Airdrie on Friday, January 11th from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, January 12th from 9 am to 2 pm.
Representatives from Langdon School are: Ariel Frank
Ronan McCullagh Harah Schrauwen Samir Mughal
You are cordially invited to attend their concert on Saturday, January 12th 2019 at 1:00 pm, at the Bert Church Theatre.
Band 7 trip to Banff – balance payment deadline is January 15th 2019
Band 8 & 9 to Edmonton – balance payment deadline is January 15th 2019
Items will be bagged on the last school day of each month.
January will be a very busy month at Langdon School - here are events that will be occurring this month. For more information, please view our online calendar here.
Wed., Jan 9 - Hot Lunch - KFC
Thurs., Jan 10 - Grade 3 - Bell Music Centre Field Trip
Jan 14 - 18 - Kindergarten Advanced Registration Week
Wed., Jan 16 - Hot Lunch - Tim Hortons
Wed., Jan 16 - Kinder Parent Teacher Student Interviews
Wed., Jan 16 - Parent Council @ 6:30 pm
Thurs., Jan 17 - Grade 2 - Telus Spark Field Trip
Wed., Jan 23 - Hot Lunch - Harvey's
Thurs., Jan 24 - Rec Leadership 7/Leadership 8 - Banff Field Trip
Wed., Jan 30 - Hot Lunch - Subway