With the introduction of some extra curricular activities last month, it has felt a little more normal around here. We are still having the annual LC (Virtual) Talent Show on May 28. All entries are to be submitted to Ms. Friesen by May 14. There are 8 categories for students to enter in including; Art, Short Film, Music Group, Music Solo, Extreme Sport Footage, Dance and 30 Second Talent. Students must follow the public health orders when creating their entry.
For those parents who are picking up students attending after school activities, we ask that you do not come into the building. Please make arrangements ahead of time with your child as to where you will pick them up.
Pandemic Response Level. All schools in Manitoba are still in the orange level of the Pandemic Response System. Despite all the precautions that we are taking, we are seeing an increase in the number of schools being impacted by having a confirmed case at the school. At Landmark Collegiate we are taking the necessary steps to minimize close contacts while students are at school. We are asking parents to help our efforts and talk to their child about doing their part to remain physically distant during breaks and noon hours. Public health is requiring all family members of a child who has been identified as a close contact, to isolate for up to 14 days and up to 24 days if the case is linked to a variant of concern. Please see attached bulletin (https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/docs/bulletin8mar1.pdf).
Learning Forward Days. As mentioned in the Superintendent’s Bulletin last week, grades 1 to 8 students will participate in HSD’s Learning Forward Days on June 4th and June 7th, These days will be scheduled the same as the elementary school’s September’s Strong Connection Days. Half the class will attend June 4th, and the other half will attend June 7th. The purpose of these Learning Forward Days will be to collect assessment information about each child to assist next year’s teachers in understanding each child’s academic progress and social-emotional well-being. This is particularly important after a year of multiple adjustments in learning environments. More details will be provided later this month, but we will coordinate with Landmark Elementary so that the same families in both schools are involved on the same days.
Grad Update: Landmark Collegiate convocation will be on Thursday, June 24. We are currently planning a drive in grad similar to last year.. The time is tentatively set for 4:00 pm depending on what other events we may or may not be able to hold on that day.
The school is working with a student grad committee on some possible ideas and I know that the grad parents are also looking to plan some events. The rehearsal will be on Wednesday, June 23. The time is still to be determined. Manitoba Education and Public Health will provide further guidelines for graduation early in June. This will help us in our planning.
We still are planning to have a photo shoot at the beginning of June for the convocation slide show. More details will be provided later this month.
Special Grad Day: We are working on a plan to have all the grade 12’s at school for one day. They have not yet had an opportunity to be together as a class and Hanover School Division has given the four high schools permission to plan such a day. On that date, students in grade 10 and 11 will not be at school so that staff can be with the grads. The date is not yet set. More details will come later this month.
2021 – 2022 Planning: As some of you may have heard, Ryan Malech is transferring to Landmark Collegiate. Mr. Malech will be teaching 9 – 12 humanities courses. Unfortunately, due to this transfer, Ms. Myall will not be returning next year. We thank Ms. Myall for contributing to our school and we wish her all the best in her future. There are no other staffing changes for next year.
Senior years course and credit information. Typically we would have an evening where the guidance counselor and myself would introduce the high school credit system and the steps required for graduation. It is mainly for parents who have children entering grade 9 and 10 next year. The evening provides information about how the high school credit system works and the various opportunities Landmark Collegiate provides for students to get their credits for graduation.
Unfortunately we will not be able to host that session this year. However, Ms. Penner, our guidance counselor, is putting together a presentation that we will send out to parents of grade 8 to 11 students. Anyone who has further questions can call the school to talk to Ms. Penner or I. We hope to send that out next week.
PTA Fundraiser. Thank you to the PTA Exec for organizing the two Spring fundraisers. Thanks to everyone in the community for supporting the PTA through your orders. Thank you for all your support!!
New Digital Sign. Thank you to the PTA, LUD, RM of Tache, the Kinsmen Group and the Kinsmen Centre for their generous donations towards a new sign. Their support will allow us to put up a digital color sign on the west side of the school grounds near the highway. Installation will be this summer.
School Dress Code: With warmer weather finally here, there is a need to remind everyone of our dress code. I would like to thank parents for their support of our efforts to maintain a respectful environment for all people at Landmark Collegiate. Ensuring that everyone is dressed respectfully, creates a positive school image as well.
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). In the 14-year period from 2001 to 2015, Statistics Canada reported the homicide rate for Indigenous women was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous women. So on Wednesday, May 12 we are encouraging everyone at Landmark Collegiate to wear red.
School Fees: Please check the fees owing in the parent portal. We currently have about $4500.00 in student fees owing to the school.
Bussing for 2021 – 2022: In order to prepare transportation for the next school year, HSD Transportation would like to know if you will be moving locations or returning from homeschool. Please contact their office any time before school starts next Fall so that they can ensure your child will have transportation set up for the start of the school year. Please call (204) 320 – 2347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are open all summer long.
Bus Drivers Wanted: Are you looking for part time employment and want to start a new career? HSD is looking for spare school bus drivers for all areas of the division. You do not need experience or a class 2 license. HSD will provide training with little cost to yourselves. You can drive as little or as much as you want. In the future regular positions can become available. Please call the transportation office at (204) 320 – 2347 if you are interested or have questions.