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Langdon School March Newsletter

As we roar into March, Langdon School is very excited for what the next few months have in store. With the longer daylight hours and eventually warmer weather, please be aware that the next four months are going to fly by. That being said, we would like to remind everyone that appropriate dress still needs to be a priority. Everything from dressing for the cold to eventually dressing for the warmth needs to be accompanied with the reminder that dress codes need to be observed and responsible attire is expected by everyone.
 

Staying in touch with your school and your teachers.
We NEED to Hear from YOU!!! The Alberta Education survey is open and your feedback is essential in continuing to make Langdon School a great place to learn and work. Year after year, we are very proud of all we do to make our school a safe and caring learning environment. As you reflect on the survey please keep in mind all the great teaching and programming opportunities that are available for your child. It is crucial that we get as many families to complete the survey as possible. Please find the link to the survey on the school website. It is through survey’s like this that we make more positive impacts to the Langdon School educational environment.
 
Triad conferences are running March 6th & 7th from 4-7 pm. What a great time to connect face to face with your teachers and make sure you are as up to date as we can. Please check the school website for booking times. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
 
Recent events have sparked the conversation around technology and responsible use of the internet while at school and at home. Please make sure you stay vigilant and are aware of what your child is watching and participating in through the internet and online. Please engage with your child around internet safety and how to make sure that they are being exposed to the right kind of information. The more we all talk about online student safety, the better it is for everyone.
 

Grade 9’s Transitioning to High School
Families of grade 9 students should have already received an email regarding grade 9 students selecting their courses for next year at Chestermere High School. If your child will not be attending Chestermere High School, please let the office know as soon as you are aware to allow us to support you in making the necessary application to the High School of your choice. For those who will be attending Chestermere High School, your Course Request Form must be returned to the Langdon School Office by March 11th. The Counsellors and Administration will be at Langdon School on the morning of Friday, March 15th to sit down with each grade 9 student to help them pick their courses. Please refer to the Grade 9 link on our school website for more information.
 

Ways to stay connected to the school.
Langdon School Council will be meeting Wednesday, March 13th, starting at
6:30 pm.
Langdon Society will be meeting Wednesday, March 20th, starting at 7:00 pm.
These meetings are a great way to get more detailed information around what is going on at Langdon School. Please come out to our meetings and give us your input to help make Langdon School a great place.

Sincerely,
Your Langdon School admin team!

Langdon School Triad Conferences

Kindergarten Triad Conferences
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 – 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM 
(no Kindergarten classes on this day)

Grades 1 to 9 Triad Conferences
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 7th, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

At Langdon School, Triad Conferences (Student-Parent-Teacher) are a key part of our communication strategy regarding your child’s progress. Please plan on booking and attending a conference with your child’s teacher(s). Students are requested to attend these conferences alongside you.

To schedule conferences, we use a web-based scheduling application called Langdon School Conference Manager. This application allows you to use the Internet to book appointments efficiently. The first time you use the Langdon School Conference Manager you will be required to register for a new account. This account will carry forward with your child for the entire time at Langdon School.

At 7:00 AM February 26th, 2019 until 10:00 PM on March 4th, 2019

To book an appointment click here

Have you registered for Kindergarten yet?
 
Even though it is only March, we are starting to plan for the 2019/20 school year. In efforts to plan accordingly, we kindly ask that if you have not yet registered your eligible kindergarten child that you do so sooner, rather than later. To register your child(ren) simply click here or visit our school’s website. If you require additional support, please feel free to contact the office.
 
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to having your child(ren) join us here at Langdon School for the 2019/20 school year.

Heart and Stroke Fundraiser for grades K-9
February 5th – March 8th

All grades K – 9 were given the fundraising package on Feb 5th to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Students are being asked to try and raise money to help with the foundation and will receive prizes based on their donations. Please note, no child should go door to door. The funds raised and forms are due in for March 8th. Students can set up collection online, as well. Students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart (K – 5) and Hoops for Heart (6 – 9) on March 14th. This is a full day event with an assembly and jump rope stations for you the K - 5. The 6 - 9 will participate in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament with a concession. Our goal as a school is $1500.00.

NEW ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES (AHS) RESOURCE

The AHS Provincial Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Team has released a completely redesigned and updated Adolescent Depression Series resource. AHS has combined the individual topics found in the series into one convenient booklet now called, Teen Self-Management for Depression and Anxiety.

This new booklet provides evidence-based information and age-appropriate activities (youth ages 13-18) which service providers, parents or caregivers, and youth can use to help manage depression and anxiety as well as support positive mental health and resilience. Key themes in this booklet include: nutrition, physical activity, relaxation, substance use, social connection, and treatment. 

To view and download this resource, click here:

 ANXIETY AND ANXIETY DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

An interesting article By Thomas J. Hubert - "Anxiety is one of the most common experiences of children and adults. It is a normal, adaptive reaction, as it creates a level of arousal and alertness to danger. The primary characteristic of anxiety is worry, which is fear that future events will have negative outcomes. Anxious children are much more likely than their peers to see minor events as potentially threatening. For example, giving a brief oral report might be slightly anxiety producing for most children, but the anxious child is much more likely to believe that his or her performance will be a complete disaster". Click on link to continue reading. 

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. Link

HEALTHY CHILDREN NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS - Link

Topics:
Nutrition Math: Are “treats” adding up?
How Much Shut-eye Do Children Need?
Parents Matter: Getting involved in your child’s school experience

HEALTHY TEENS NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS - Link

Topics:
Nutrition Math: Are “treats” adding up?
How Much Shut-eye Do Teens Need?

2018/19 Yearbook Cover
Congratulations to Shaye S. from grade 9 and Emmalee M. from grade 6 for winning the yearbook cover contest for 2018-2019.  There were loads of great entries, so we will use the other entries to highlight the wonderful art of our students throughout the pages of the yearbook. The yearbook committee would like to send out a huge thank you to all students who entered the contest.

Langdon School Presents:
The grades 6-9 cast and crew have been working very hard to make sure that this performance will be one to remember. Tickets for matinee and evening performances will go on sale on Wednesday, March 20th at a cost of $5.00 each. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to funding the performance. Tickets for the evening show are given specific seats on a first come, first serve basis.
All students will have the opportunity to see a matinee performance at no cost.
 
Performances will run on:

Wednesday, April 10th at 1:00 pm
Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Balzac Billy didn’t see his shadow so is it an early spring?  If you prefer to check weather science over a groundhog, discover more about the weather by checking the Koha page for books, or, visit the PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science database of LearnAlberta’s Online Reference Centre.  The LC page has login information and then click on the LearnAlberta button.
 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! On March 2nd celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday by reading one of the many books written by Dr. Seuss or, Theo LeSieg.  Visit Seussville for fun activities, recipes and information about this amazing author.
 

Keep Calm and Oooooh!  New Books!  Click on Koha, "New Titles" page to view all the amazing titles recently added.  Students are very excited to be the first ones to read a new book!  

Spring into Learning!  Visit 2Learn.ca’s Enjoy Pages featuring a variety of teacher vetted web links for grades K-12.  This month the site is featuring: International Year of the Periodic
Table  for great videos, interactive periodic tables and lesson ideas,  St. Patrick’s DayPIA huge bouquet to Ms. Cori Nicholls and Ms. Amanda Deeter-Shorhen for their continued dedication and amazing work

A huge thank you to the LC Club (grades 4-9) who continue to volunteer shelving returned books and helping out with daily activities.  You’re fabulous!
 
This site is a must visit for homework help.  
Spring. and  Day (March 14), 
in the Learning Commons. The next time you see them, give them a smile and a thank you as they have been responsible for getting out all the new books ready for you to read!  Spring into volunteering @ the LC!  Your time, energy and new ideas are appreciated by staff and students! If you’re thinking about volunteering, come on by the LC.  

Mrs. Schoell
Learning Commons Facilitator
Langdon School Council & Society

Please join us for our next School Council meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 3:15 pm. See you then!

Spirit Week - March 11 - March 15th
Students can get spirit points all week for dressing up - each class could add up to an additional 500 points 

March 11 - Movie Monday - Students dress up as their favourite movie character - If students meet the Heart and Stroke Fundraising goal of $1500 for the school, there will be movies played. Movies TBA

March 12 - Socks, Sandals & Sunglasses Day - wear fun socks, sandals and sunglasses

March 13 - Twin/Triplet Day - Find 1 or 2 friends and dress alike

March 14 - Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart - Wear red in support of the heart

March 15 - Team/Jersey Day - Wear your favourite team gear

Helping your child understand math problems

Sometimes trouble with math is more about the words and grammar used to write the questions. This is where you come in. Re-write the questions for your child keeping the following ideas in mind...

  • Write the most important sentence first.
  • Leave only the words and sentences that are important to solving the problem.

  • Use simple sentence structure such as: Subject/Verb/Object.

    Anna is having a birthday party with 8 friends. She is hanging balloons around for decorations. She has 4 bags of red balloons and 5 bags of yellow balloons but no blue balloons. If each bag has 10 balloons, how many balloons does she have to hang?

    Rewrite as: Anna has 4 bags of red balloons and 5 bags of yellow balloons. Each bag has 10 balloons. How many balloons are there in total?

    Vocabulary

    Don’t assume that your child knows what all the words in a math problem mean.

    Help your child understand all the words in the problem before figuring out what math needs to be done.

    E.g. if a problem states “ John has a dozen donuts” and your child doesn’t understand that a ‘dozen’ means 12, then they will not be able to solve the problem.

Are you about to toss that sour cream container?
Is your Tupperware drawer overflowing?

 

Wash and send them with your child for Mrs. Ficaccio.

The grades 6-9 Foods Programs are always accepting containers for students to take their lab day creations home in.

Spring Portraits - Grades K-9
Monday, April 1

Please note: No retakes will be available for this program.
Dress your best & bring your smile!

Langdon School Breakfast Program 

LANGDON SCHOOL STAFF WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL FAMILIES WHO HAVE DONATED FOOD ITEMS FOR THE BREAKFAST PROGRAM. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Good health and nutrition are needed to be successful in school. School breakfast programs provide opportunities for students and staff to eat healthy food and can help students focus on learning.

Please note that Langdon School has two staff members working with the breakfast club team who are certified in Food Handling Safety to ensure health and safety regulations are followed. We also cater to those with dietary restrictions. Baking items are made dairy and nut free.

To help support the Breakfast Program, we are looking for food donations of grab-and-go items, such as: fruit (frozen or fresh), cheese strings, instant oatmeal packages, Cheerios (plain or multigrain), Rice Krispy cereal, Corn Flakes, 100% fruit juice (juice boxes or larger containers), yogurt, granola bars, etc. We are also accepting baking items, such as whole wheat and white flour, oats, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, baking powder, baking soda, raisins, bananas, muffin tin paper cups etc. Items can be dropped off at the front office during school hours.

Thank you to everyone in our school community who is generously supporting this important initiative!

Melissa Loewen Memorial Award
Award Open to Every Grade 6 – 9 student at Langdon School
Apply online 
here:

$325.00 towards an activity which builds your leadership and creativity!

Melissa's Legacy...
Her Love of Children and Her Passion for Creativity and Life...
Discovering
the Gifts and Abilities...
of the Students of Langdon School...
will Advance Their Passions and Dreams...

For more information please email
Application Deadline: Last Friday of April
Awards Assembly in June.

Here is what is going to happen in the Elementary Art and Kinder Music classes for March:

  • Kindergartens in Music will be continue to learn how to pat, stomp and clap the beat. They will also learn songs to help them with the difference between their different voices. They have started to learn to read music notes for their timing.
  • Grade one to five will continue to work on their Technographic Art where we use different technologies to create art. Light to create shadow puppets and iPads with special paintbrushes to paint/draw digitally as seen in the photos below.
  • Grade one to five will then move onto their sculpture unit where they will use Buffstone Clay, plastercine/modelling clay and other materials to create 3D works

I will be posting more pictures on the Langdon School Facebook Page so go check them out.

Ms. Lani Loewen

Band News!
 
Band 8 & 9 students will be in Edmonton on March 19, 20 and 21. Band 7 students will be in Banff for a music retreat on March 26 and 27.
 
Please make sure all balance payments are made prior to March 1st.

Langdon basketball is still going strong. The Jr. B teams are starting their tournaments on Friday, March 1st. Goodluck to the boys and girls! The Jr. A boys have also qualified for the South Central Zone tournament on March 1st and 2nd. Goodluck boys!

Badminton season is quickly approaching for students in grades 7-9. Please check the school athletics calendar for all tryouts, practices and tournament dates. 

Go Dragons!

Langdon School is a Nut AWARE School
Lost and Found Clothes Donation
Items will be bagged on the last school day of each month.
March will be a very busy month at Langdon School - here are events that will be occurring in the month of March. Please remember to view our online calendar here.
 
March 1 - 8 - Heart and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser - Jump Rope and Hoops
Tues., March 5 - Kinder Parent Teacher Student Interviews
Wed., March 6 - Hot Lunch - Langdon Firehouse
Wed., March 6 - TriadConfernece 4-7 pm
Thurs., March 7 - Teacher's Pet in-school Field Trip
Thurs., March 7 - MC College Field Trip for Cosmo 7/8/9
Thurs., March 7 - Triad Conference 4-7 pm
Mon., March 18 - PL Day - No School
March 19 - 21 - Grade 8/9 Langdon Band Edmonton
Wed., March 20 - Hot Lunch - Edo
Fri., March 22 - Cosmo 9 Showcase @ 
9am
Mon., March 25 - New Options Start
March 26 - 27 - Grade 7 Banff Music Retreat
Wed., March 27 - Hot Lunch - Pizza Hut
Thurs., March 28 - Grade 8 & 9 Lake Louise Ski Resort Field Trip
Mon., April 1 - Spring Photos
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