Welcome back! We hope you all had a terrific summer. A special welcome to the Grade 7 students and to all other students who are new to our school and the community of Landmark. In addition to the grade 7’s, 33 new students are coming to Landmark Collegiate. We anticipate a starting enrollment of 224.
We would also like to welcome some new staff to our school. Ms. Kayla Berg and Mr. Nicholas Reimer are joining our Landmark Collegiate teaching staff. As well, Ms. Gezza Mae O. Canas and Ms. Rochelle Zirk have joined our student support team as EAs. We hope to be adding an additional 1.5 EAs before the start of the school year. I know everyone new to Landmark Collegiate will quickly come to know the great support this community provides us at the school.
Some notes about the start of the school year.
- Thanks to our custodial and HSD staff for their work in cleaning the school. All looks great.
- Parent Portal – Stay Connected and Informed! The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children. The portal provides parents/guardians with secure online access to our Student Information System. Parents/guardians can access the following information for each of their children attending an HSD school: Student Timetables, Report Cards, Attendance information, School Fees, Permission and Consent Forms, Change of Contact Form and Grad/Credit Summary.
- Please see the HSD Website for information. http://hsd.ca/schools/parent-portal/
- Parent Portal Account – For those that have not accessed the Portal, HSD emailed the access ID’s to set up your account. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
- Please login to the Portal to confirm that the information on the Registration Verification Form is correct. Please go through this form to confirm that all information, especially contact information, is up to date. We use this information to contact you for attendance, school news updates, report cards etc. If there are any changes, please contact the office
- Please login in to the Portal to check the Walking Field Trip Permission Form. This needs to be done every year. This allows teachers to take students off of school grounds for such things as Terry Fox Run, Community Clean UP and other learning opportunities.
- There are a number of other permission forms that do not need to be done yearly but you should check to make sure that they are correct.
- First Day of School – Wed. Sept. 7. – We would like all students at school on the first day at 9:00 am. Students will begin in homerooms which will be posted in the school. Staff will be on hand to help them find their place. On that day we will be running a number of activities to foster the culture of community and learning. Lunch will be from 12:00 to 1:00. at The school will be providing a hotdog lunch for the students. High school students who need to make changes to their timetable can schedule an appointment with Ms. Penner on Thursday, September 8.
- School Supplies Lists are posted on our website for all grades.
- School Fees will be posted on the parent portal by Sept. 16.
- Open House – Thursday, September 8, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The Open House is a come and go event where we want to welcome you all back. It is also a chance meet your child’s teacher(s) and tour the school. We will be offering hotdogs, canned drinks, and chips free for those in attendance. We will send out a separate email asking you to indicate if you are coming so that would help us in preparing for the Open House. Please do so by Tuesday, September 6 at 3:00 pm
- Picture Day– Friday, Sept. 8. All orders are preordered with Lifetouch. Information is coming home the first day of school.
- Grade 7 Band Students – First Note Night, Monday, September 12, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Clinicians will be on hand to help grade 7’s learn their instrument.
- Strong Connections for grade 7 and 8 students will be on Friday, September 16, and Monday September 19. Further information and schedules will be sent out in the first week of school.
- Terry Fox Run– Thursday, September 26. The school will be collecting a Toonie for Terry. Please help us reach our goal of $500.00
- Orange Shirt Day –Thursday, Sept 29. This is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation. Students are encouraged to wear something orange.
- Online Safety Presentation – Constable Gord Olson from RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unitis coming to present to all students on Wednesday, September 28. He will be making a parent presentation at 6:30 pm at the Collegiate. This is for anyone in the community. He will talk about the risks of sexting and other behaviors that many are involved with. He will also educate the audience about how to protect themselves from online predators and how information about us can be very easily gathered from what we put online. Topics include:
- Safety on various social media apps
- Risky online behavior and Issues related to social media
- The consequences and emotional impact of using social media
- Criminal aspect of social media
- Online bullying and its consequences
- Texting/messaging statistics
- Creating online presence and its effect on a student’s future
- Strategies and resources to support help for mental health or social media concerns
18. National Truth and Reconciliation Day is on Friday, September 30. There is no school on this day. This is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
19.Sixer volleyball action will begin shortly with the varsity teams building to make a run at Provincials and middle years teams starting towards the end of September. Check out the website for schedules of practices and games.
20. Lunch Orders from The Bistro and Deb’s Delectable Meat Buns will begin. Monday, Sept. 12. Parents can place their orders through the school website and the fees will be added in the parent portal. As well, the microwaves and vending machines will be available for students to use during the noon hour. Please note that lunch hour is now from 12:35 – 1:25 for all students.
21. Volunteer Requirements. Anyone volunteering in any capacity at/with the school must have a Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry Check completed before beginning to help. We sometimes need coaches or volunteer drivers to certain events. Often these are last minute situations. If you would like to help if the need arises, please contact the office to get the proper documents and get his process started right away. These will need to be sent to the RCMP to be completed and can take several weeks for them to be returned. Most background checks are valid for 5 years, however, volunteers do need to annually sign a divisional document verifying that there has been no changes these checks.
22. Volunteer Drivers: Please remember that ONLY those who have completed the required documents may transport other students to and from a school event. Verbal or written permission from parents for their child be transported by someone who is not a registered driver is prohibited.
23. Science Lab Renovation is expected to be completed in late October.
24. Thanks to those that are on the PTA and the work that they do in supporting the school. The members are Angela Kroeker – president, Christina Azevedo – Vice President, Steph Reimer – treasurer and Priscilla Gordon and Tina Plett are Members-at-Large. All parents are invited to the AGM on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm at Landmark Elementary.
25. Landmark Minor Hockey Registration – Thursday, September 15, Heartland Community Church
LC Students have a tradition of high academics, enthusiastic involvement in the arts and athletics and a desire to make the world around them a better place through social justice initiatives. It is our goal that students continue to pursue those goals and develop special memories during their time at LC. We hope everyone has their best year yet.