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February 26
Always Acceptance

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Gleneagles Ch'axay grade 3/4/5 students participated in the Pink Project on February 18th, 2015, during the Vancouver Giants game.  This is the third year for GE's involement in this Flash Mob format.  The students discussed what acceptance means to them, during classroom discussions.

Students present the dance to the school on Pink Day, Feb.25, 2015.  Students celebrate acceptance around the school

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January 27
I want to wear our school t-shirt

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Your school does very well on FSA’s so it must be a good learning environment…..

I’m thinking of enrolling my child in French Immersion…..

I want my child at an IB school, but they’re full…..

Technology is the way of the future and I want my child to succeed……

Do students at your school wear a uniform.......

Are there before and after school activities…..

These and other comments are part of the school shopping season.  At this time of the year parents are looking for the appropriate learning environments for their children.  Choice; it is everywhere.  From International Baccalaureate programs, to a Montessori influenced setting, to outdoor school, parents want their children exposed to the right educational opportunity.  Each of these options has merit and certainly pedagogical arguments to promote their philosophies.  But what if a school cannot claim one particular focus or choice?  Is that school any less successful?  The comprehensive neighbourhood school is an educationally sound setting, without the title.  It is not a brand.

The local elementary school is a hub for the neighbourhood.  This is the place where students enter school for the first time.  In some cases there are robust early years programs to transition children to their formal school experience.  It is the place where a ‘love for learning’ initially develops.  This is the place parents see their first Christmas concert with neighbours and share social time before and after the event.  Children come back after hours for soccer practice because they are on the community team with their friends.  Families gather for pancake breakfasts and open houses.  There are after hours science fairs.  Families attend parenting sessions on ‘hot button’ topics and they sit with teachers at conferences to review their child’s progress.  Special events occur where the whole community is invited to share a common community experience.  It is where connections are made.

The first choice for educating your child is the neighbourhood school.  Comprehensive programs are designed to provide children a balanced education.  Academics are the focal point and are infused with inquiry based approaches, as well as direct teaching and in the case of Gleneagles Ch’axáý, concepts are sometimes taught through the arts.  Students focus on positive citizenship by supporting local neighbourhood issues as well as meeting commonly held behavioral expectations at school.  Students are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle and attempts are made to provide out of classroom experiences such as chess, visual art, karate, musical theatre and fencing.  A student’s emotional and social well-being is also taken into consideration by promoting self-regulatory practices such as learning about life skills through cooperative games.

Determining the success of an individual school cannot be done through one standardized test at one particular time of the year.  Success is not subscribing to one particular methodology.  We know children learn through various modalities.  Success is not in a name.  Success is not measured by one criteria.  When students feel a sense of belonging and connectedness, then there are more opportunities to learn.  Successful schools educate the whole child. 

Is your child proud to wear the school t-shirt in the neighbourhood?

August 27
Welcome Back to School

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Dear Parents, guardians and caregivers,

Gleneagles shines in the following areas!:

§  Foundation Skills Assessment: overall improvement for 3 straight years

§  Fine Arts: GE Choir performs with recording artists, The Nylons; intermediate students perform Little Mermaid and primary students Stone Soup

§  Pink Day: Grade 6/7 students perform at Vancouver Giants hockey game to promote ‘Acceptance’ – Gleneagles is the only school in West Vancouver to participate in this event for the last three years

§  Trinity College – over 40 grade 6 and 7 students receive ‘Distinction’ on their Trinity College communication exams

§  Track and Field: several students achieve 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the annual District Track and Field meets

These were just a handful of outstanding achievements at Gleneagles Ch’axáý this past school year.  We anticipate even more excellence this year.  Our school believes in a balanced approach to education.  Academic performance is key, along with programs that support a healthy, physical lifestyle, strong social/emotional development and positive citizenship.

This past year we established a Positive Behaviour Support committee.  There was representation from teaching and support staff as well as parents.  The team worked hard developing systems that promote positive expectations for all students.  We are currently working on a matrix of behaviours for all areas of the school that we will share publically and one in which you can provide feedback.  Students have been involved with workshops developing our POWER matrix;

P ositve attitude

O wnership

W e NOT me

E xcellence

R espect

All of our students are powerful learners and these behaviours will be practiced consistently in and out of class.

The staff is looking forward to meeting all of you on Thursday, September 11th from 5-7 pm for the Meet the Staff – Open House evening.  This is an opportunity to mingle with neighbours and school personnel over a hot dog and some mouth-watering corn on the cob.  You will have an opportunity to visit the school and more specifically, your child’s classroom.  Please mark your calendar for this important first social of the school year.

Regular communication to the home is vital for us so that you may be aware of what is happening at the school.  Occasionally we will send home information on paper, however, we are trying to be more conscious of this and will rely more on electronic means where possible.  Every Thursday, you will receive an ebulletin, like today, which will contain key information concerning the school.  Please set aside time to review this source to stay updated with events at school and throughout the community.  Make sure we have up to date emails at the office to ensure you receive these posts.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Respectfully,

R. Scott Wallace

Principal

June 06
Principal for the Day

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My name is Elias Mykota-Kelly and I am the principal at Gleneagles Ch'axay for today.  I am 10 years old.  I was born in Honduras.  I moved to Canada last year.  I did not speak English.  Now I can speak English really well.  I am in grade 4 and I am turning 11.

In Honduras I went to school for a year.  I came to Canada with my new parents Christine and Steve. 
I am really happy in my new school and with my new parents.  My favorite thing to do is play out on the street with my friends.

For principal of the day I want the kids to have 5 extra minutes of recess.  I want to have a coffee break in the staffroom. I want to spend time in Mr.  Wallace's office doing paperwork.  I also want to teach Mrs. Andrew's gym class at 11:25.

When I get older I want to be a principal because it would be really fun to teach the kids.  You also get to wear really nice suits.  Just look at my picture.

Have a great day learning.

Elias

February 25
Acceptance - GE celebrates

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Vancouver Giants support the Pink Project

 

As PINK Day, February 26, approaches we are reminded that we are a nation, a community of tolerant people.  The word acceptance and its true meaning is brought to life by students celebrating their own differences.  Gleneagles students have demonstrated this concept for the last three years by participating in the Pink Project.  It's best just sit back, watch and listen.

 

 

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favour wish that he might have done you a greater one.
Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 
 

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August 27
Happy New Year

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Dear Parents, guardians and caregivers
 
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to Gleneagles Ch’axáý (GE) for another exciting school year as well as a very special greeting to new families to GE.   The 2013/14 session promises to be an exceptional one as we continue our focus on:
 

§  Academic rigor
§  Inquiry Based learning
§  GE Learner assemblies
§  Trinity Guildhall communication skills
§  Play is the Way – pro social skills training
§  Creative and performing arts

These and many other initiatives make GE a truly dynamic school.  As well as building on the success of these and other programs there will be several initiatives brought forth throughout the year.
Gleneagles has a very active Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and I urge you to become involved as it can be a rewarding and positive way to get first-hand knowledge of the school.  Please commit to at least one meeting this school year so you can be involved in supporting the various programs the school has to offer your children.  The PAC will meet every second Wednesday, alternating morning and evenings.  Meetings will be held in the Flex Room.
The staff is looking forward to meeting all of you on Thursday, September 12th from 5-7 pm for the Meet the Staff – Open House evening.  This is an opportunity to mingle with neighbours and school personnel over a hot dog and some mouth-watering corn on the cob.  You will have an opportunity to visit the school and more specifically, your child’s classroom.  Please mark your calendar for this important first social of the school year.
 
Regular communication to the home is vital for us so that you may be aware of what is happening at the school.  Occasionally we will send home information on paper, however, we are trying to be more conscious of this and will rely more on electronic means where possible.  Every Thursday, you will receive an ebulletin which will contain key information concerning the school.  Please set aside time to review this source to stay updated with events at school and throughout the community.  Make sure we have up to date emails at the office to ensure you receive these posts.
 

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Happy New Year!

Respectfully,
 

R. Scott Wallace
Principal

January 21
Pink Project Flash Mob at Vancouver Giants Game

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On January 20th, close to 2000 BC school kids danced for acceptance.  The 2013 installment of the Pink Project was presented in front of surprised fans during Sunday's Vancouver Giants hockey game.  This 'flash mob' of elementary and secondary kids moved in perfect sync to the song 'Because You're Beautiful' by One Direction.  Through dance and a shared experience the students learned about accepting people no matter who they are.

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Before the game the students had a chance to rehearse with all the representative schools. It was the absolute joy on their faces, as all schools danced in unison, which made this special even a lasting memory.
 
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The Pacific Coliseum was a sea of pink as the students demonstrated their near perfect choreography.  At Gleneagles the practices with our grade six and sevens started before Christmas and it showed during the final number.

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Huge thanks go out to Mrs. Fulton and Ms McLachlan for all their hard work preparing the students.  After the show parents shared their excitement having watched the spectacle.  Many were overcome by emotion as they watched a truly magnificent sight.

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The Pink Project 2013 is a prelude to anti-bulling day on Feb 27th.  All students are encouraged to wear pick to school to support 'Acceptance'.  We will be having an assembly in which the grade 6 and 7's will show off their dance to the rest of the school.

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December 03
Deck the Halls

Today the whole school decorated the classrooms and halls to start off the holiday season.  We decided to 'Deck the Halls'.  At 1:30 pm festive music played over the PA system as students and staff hung up decorations in their individual areas.  The mood was positive and fun as buddy classes worked together for this special event.  Here are a few pictures to prove the point.

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Season's Greetings​

November 21
Principal for the Day

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Hello Everyone! My name is Aydin, and I will be the principal for the day today! I am in grade 7 in Division 1. In this blog I will keep you posted on how today went. Sounds like it's going to be hard!

7:00- Arrive at school

7:05- Empty dishwasher, brew tea for staff. Not the glamourous start which I expected, but someone's got to do it! The tea does taste good, though.

7:15- Set up message boards. It's important to maintain constant communication with parents, which makes the message boards essential. There are two boards in the school. One at the entrance to the office, and one at the primary entrance. I like having the board at the primary entrance because of the large amount of primary students coming through the entrance there. It also saves time for parents, so they don't have to walk all the way up to the office every single day. On these message boards are special events, schedules, and updates.

7:30- Settling into the office.

7:45- Find computer, log in. It took awhile to load the computer, and even longer to find a working charger. During this time, I also got the chance to introduce myself to the teachers, and I did various jobs for Ms. Sponza and Ms. Messenger (Office Secretaries).

8:00- Start work. Finally! The computer took awhile to load.

8:15- Mr. Wallace had a private meeting with one of the teachers, so I remain in the staff room. I am really excited to hear of my other jobs today.

8:30- Bell. Class begins for the day, and time for the teachers to dash to class!

8:40- Mr. Wallace and I just completed a supervision lap of the school to make sure everyone was going to class. Supervision is one of the most important jobs as a principal. I will be out supervising during recess, lunch and after school. Supervision is to make sure students are always making the best choices, and to assist them if in a crisis situation.

8:47- We just took a few photos to post on the blog. Man, do I look good!

10:02- Classroom visits. I just walked around the school, accompanied by Mr. Wallace, and visited each classroom. I explained what my job is, and what I have done so far. I would like to thank all the students for listening to me speak, and the teachers for letting me interupt classes.

10:05- Practicing announcments with Max. Mr. Wallace and I chose to extend recess for 5 extra minutes. I do hope everyone likes it.

10:07- I just finished editing a statement for Mrs. Messenger.

11:34- WOW. That was a busy hour. I supervised recess, and dealt with a problem in the office. At recess, I walked around, making sure everybody was behaving. I made sure nobody was goofing off to a bad extent. I also made sure everybody was feeling well. After recess, I quickly helped deal with the wounded, and then dealt with two people who were in trouble. I won't give out details, just for privacy's sake, but I will say that there was a little "fight" after recess.

11:38- I would just like to quickly thank everyone for being so kind towards me at recess. It means so much to me.

11:45- I just got a nice picture from "someone." I loved it. It really made my day. Thanks a lot!

1:01-Well, lunch is over. I had a child who was in trouble follow me as I checked everywhere. I talked with various people, and heard jokes from others. I also dealt with a tiny playground problem. The kid who was with me behaved faily well. Gosh, I'm really going to miss this. How will I ever be a normal student again? I ate lunch with Jayden and Max (Division 1), who were office monitors today.

1:53-More trouble. I just had three boys leave the office, each of them with trouble on their shoulders. It really is dissapointing, and it greatly saddens me when I see these guys walking out of the office with their heads bowed like that.

2:15- Mr. Wallace and I sang the birthday song to a student in grade one.  She told us all about her party plans.

2:32- Wrapping up the day and packing up my stuff.  Mr. Wallace has a staff meeting and then a parent meeting at 5:15 pm.

Today I learned so many lifelong skills. I know that many of these skills will be used in my life. I have learned how to act accordingly with children, I have practiced my public speaking skills, how to deal with trouble, and how to use power in a way that helps everyone. I have really enjoyed my position as principal for the day. I also saw another side of being a principal that nobody usually ever sees. I saw the side of the job that requires waking up early. I found out that being a principal requires more than just the ability to punish, and I really enjoyed learning about that side. This day has really made me consider becoming a principal of a school. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for supporting me today. I truly appreciate it.

 

October 24
Back up for the Vienna Boys Choir
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On Sunday, October 21st, the Gleneagles Ch’axáý Choir was introduced to the public.  Acting as the pre-show act for the world famous Vienna Boys Choir, the group of singers from grades 3-7 wowed the audience with three numbers. Their first piece, appropriately titled The First Day of Choir, described the nerves of singing in public for the first time.  There was no need to be anxious because with beaming smiles and singing lines like ‘I think I'd rather join the volleyball team' the children delighted the audience. The group received a rousing ovation which included hoots and hollers from adoring parents. The choir continued with a Ghanaian folk song titled Obwisana.  This tune demonstrated the choir’s ability to use actions while singing lyrics in a different language.  The sound they produced was smooth and enchanting.  To honour the classic element of the feature act the choir concluded with Bach-a-Rock combining a little serious with a little fun.
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Events like these could not happen without the passion of choir director, Suzanne Fulton.  She works tirelessly to find new opportunities to showcase the choir.  Students had the full theatrical experience by rehearsing on centre stage as well as going through a sound check and then entertaining the audience in the beautiful Kay Meek theatre.
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Also on hand were Mr. Parslow and Mrs. Bundic acting as stage managers for the group.  Choir parent, Mrs. Cynthia McKinnon, helps as choir manager and assisted in the organizing the outfits worn by each singer.
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Next up for the Gleneagles Ch’axáý Choir is singing in the production, A Cottage Community Christmas, on opening night at the Kay Meek Theatre on December 13th.  Make sure you Save the Date because this choir will sell out!
 
 
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