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October 2017 Newsletter

Happy October Thorncliffe Families!

October is  the season of thankfulness.  Each day at Thorncliffe I feel blessed to be the leader of this learning community, and to be able to work in partnership with staff, volunteers, community members, parents and our wonderful students. I am 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 for their continual support and assistance including the anti-graffiti initiatives and community gardens; E4C for food donations; and 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 who are already shining as leaders and learners in an number of initiatives, such as our grade 6 class who recently led the Terry Fox Events and Fundraiser and our Grade 5 and 6 Safety Patrollers.

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 scavenger hunt activity with your child (ren).

Thank you for letting them proudly host you in their school and classrooms where they work and learn every day!

I have been thankful to learn that our Thorncliffe  parents value the concept of “Safety over Convenience” and are supportive and willing to accept District Policies and city by-laws related to safety. In this regard we have been asking parents not to use the Staff parking lot for the drop off and pick up of students and to allow a free flow of traffic in the Drop off /Pick up lane south of the parking  lot. I understand that it can be hard to change habits, particularly when street parking can be challenging to find. I am working closely with District Security to explore solutions and alternatives that will make it safer for our children.

So many exciting events are coming up over the next weeks! Read in Week is absolutely overflowing with special guest readers! Members of the U of A Pandas and Golden Bears basketball teams; police officers; Edmonton news icon Bruce Hogle; the Honourable MLA Jon Carson and many more will come to read this week. We hope to see you here in your pajamas for our popular Bedtime Story Night on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6:00- 7:00, and later in the month for our October Assembly and Halloween Parade events.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Tywoniuk, Principal