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October 2016 Newsletter

Happy October Thorncliffe Families!


Fall in Edmonton is glorious! I hope you are finding a moment each day to stop and take in my favorite sight - beautiful golden leaves against the backdrop of bright blue skies! Our students have enjoyed their recesses outside in the warm Autumn sunshine! As we settled back into school, they helped to generate guidelines for safe play during those recess breaks. We continue to work to help all of our students create Win-Win situations at recess, where they arehaving fun; including others; playing safely; solving minor conflicts peacefully; and leading others in play. To support this endeavor you will notice that in addition to lunch supervisors, we now have teaching and admin staff outside at lunch recess.


October is also the season of thankfulness.  Each day at Thorncliffe I have occasion to give thanks. My staff and I are deeply grateful for our dedicated volunteers: individuals who come regularly to read and work with our students. We are also grateful to individuals and organizations who have supported our school in a variety of ways. Thank you to: Beulah Alliance Church and Mrs. Bell  for school supplies and other supports: Thorncliffe Community League and E4C for food donations; Chapters WEM for choosing Thorncliffe for the Adopt a School campaign; EGS and LaFarge for supporting our Leader in Me program and for bringing many educational opportunities to our school in the months ahead.


I am very grateful for our wonderful students! Announcers have delivered professional and entertaining announcements to start off each day! Greeters have warmly welcomed our parents and guests to special events and their fellow students on the first day of school.  Leaders have organized fun spirit days like our Back to School - Backwards Day, and events to educate, honour and help others like Orange Shirt Day and the Terry Fox Week!


We are thankful to you our Thorncliffe families. You made our Meet the Staff BBQ and Bingo a huge success! How nice to meet you and see you doing the bingo activities like taking selfies with Books that Rocked your World, and trying out instruments in the music room. Thank you for letting your children proudly host you at their great school, where they work and learn every day!


So many exciting events are coming up over the next weeks! Read in Week is absolutely overflowing with special guest readers! News reporters; members of the U of A Pandas basketball team; police officers; superheros, Edmonton news icon Bruce Hogle; retired Thorncliffe principal Shaunda Yeoman; the Honourable MLA Jon Carson and our own Assistant Superintendent Kent Pharis are among the many special guests we will welcome. We hope to see you here in your pajamas for our popular Bedtime Story Night on Wednesday Oct. 5 from 6:00- 7:00!


We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Mrs. Tywoniuk, Principal