RCG Community Newsletter (March 1, 2019)

March 1, 2019

This week:

  1. Leaders With Pride 
  2. Parent-Teacher/Student-Led Conferences 
  3. Spirit Wear On Sale 
  4. Respect & Diversity Week at RCG 
  5. RCG Trip to Seymour 
  6. Online/Youtube Challenges 
  7. Munch A Lunch
  8. Philesanong – Our Sister School In Africa 
  9. RCG Basketball Teams Enjoying Great Season 
  10. Community News 

Upcoming Events

SEE CALENDARhttps://rcgarnett.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/

  • March 13-14, Parent-Teacher/Student-Led Conferences (students dismissed at 1:30pm)
  • March 6, 3:00-6:40pm Boys Basketball mini-tournament at REMSS 
  • March 11, 3:00-6:00pm Girls Basketball mini-tournament at LCS High School 
  • March 8, 6:00-7:30pm RCG PAC Event “Sock Hop” Dance 
  • March 8 – Term Two Report Cards issued 
  • March 5 & April 4 – RCG ski program (students dismissed at 11:30)
  • March 15 – Spirit Day “Tacky Tourist” 
  • March 15-31 – Spring Break 

 


LEADERS WITH “PRIDE”

At your school, we are striving to create a teaching and learning culture where everyone sees themselves as a leaders who can positively influence their community, whether they are parents, students or staff. This week we want to recognize two students: Xavier (grade 4) demonstrated being ENGAGED in how he recognized a need in our school, and was proactive in asking Mrs. Bradford how he could help fill it. Richard (grade 4) showed determination this past week in working hard with perseverance to overcome a learning goal that personally challenged him. 


PARENT-TEACHER / STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES 

Just a reminder we will be ending early (1:30pm) on Wednesday and Thursday in two weeks so parents can visit the school for term two parent-teacher conferences or student-led conferences. This is an important event in our assessment and reporting process as it allows us an opportunity to communicate how well our students are doing in relation to their learning goals which we expect them to demonstrate proficiency in by June of the school year. We have high expectations for what your child can achieve between now and the end of the learning cycle in June, and so this is an opportunity for you to follow up on the report card and find out how you can support your child’s learning in the coming weeks.

The dates and times are posted below. Teachers will be sending home sign up sheets over the next few days.

  • Wednesday, March 13 2:00pm-7:30pm

  • Thursday, March 14 2:00pm-4:30pm


SPIRIT WEAR – ON SALE NEXT WEEK 

RCG spirit wear will be on sale beginning next week. Expect to receive a flyer soon to help you make your choice about what to order. Let us say that again, RCG spirit wear will be on sale beginning next week. Expect to receive a flyer soon to help you make your choice about what to order. Additionally, RCG spirit wear will be on sale beginning next week. Expect to receive a flyer soon to help you make your choice about what to order. To repeat, RCG spirit wear will be on sale beginning next week. Expect to receive a flyer soon to help you make your choice about what to order. And finally, just to make sure we are clear, RCG spirit wear will be on sale beginning next week. Expect to receive a flyer soon to help you make your choice about what to order. Thanks. If you can think of any other transition words or phrases that help indicate repetition of ideas in your writing, please let your teacher know! 


RESPECT & DIVERSITY WEEK @RCG

This past week was devoted to the theme of kindness and diversity in the RCG community. We participated with all other schools in the Langley School District in expanding our conversations about safe schools and honouring the diversity of our community beyond the conversations initiated by Pink Shirt Day to encourage kindness, compassion, friendship and respect – all essential elements of our District’s core value of Inclusion. Being inclusive is also one of the five characteristics of what our RCG community believes are important characteristics of “being a leader with PRIDE.” 

We are thankful for the many leaders in our community who took on the challenge of sharing their learning and who shared with our school the importance of kindness and diversity this past week during our spirit day assessment. Students from Mrs. Chhina’s class shared their learning about some of the 27 different languages spoken in homes in our school, and Mrs. Collin’s class shared about all the ways we are same and different. Ms. Honeybourne’s students presented on bullying and inclusion to wrap up our assembly. We are thankful for the diversity of our school, which in so many ways has come to represent or symbolize the changes that Langley has experienced over the last decade. This truly is both a special, but also, a somewhat typical, community in the heart of our great city.

Thanks for being who you are, and bringing your unique culture, identity, perspectives and ideas to our school. 



RCG SKI TRIP TO SEYMOUR 

Despite our first ski trip to Seymour getting cancelled because of a “snow day” (how ironic was that?), RCG grade 4 and 5 students have enjoyed two great day of snowboard and ski lessons and riding at one of our local mountains. We are really fortunate to live in a region where you can get away to ski and snowboard so close to our city. We want to thank Ms. Bray, Mr. Gerbrandt, and Mr. Mancini for giving up 4 evenings and for organizing and chaperoning this experience for 40+ students. While they are gone, grade 3-5 teachers remaining at the school are conducting “Explorations” classes, much like middle schools, where students are able to sign up for classes focused on topics or skills that teachers are passionate and knowledgeable about. This is a win-win for both the students who are away for the afternoon, and the ones who stay behind… but none of can happen without the teamwork, collaboration and planning of our teachers and student teachers. 


BOOKFAIR @RCG 

During the week of parent-teacher / student-led conferences we will host another book fair. However, we need some parent volunteers. If you can help out, please contact the officeThe dates for the actual book fair will be:

  • Wednesday March 13 – 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Thursday March 14 – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Friday March 15 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


ONLINE/YOUTUBE CHALLENGES… AGAIN… SIGH… 

Chances are most of you have heard about at least one of the rather bizarre online challenges that pop up online challenging people to capture social media posts of themselves performing risky behaviours. The latest new online challenge is called the “Momo Challenge” and there’s been some students at RCG exposed to it at home or in the community and have now brought it to your school. We have had repeated reports or gossip that students in our school are talking about this. The latest challenge seems to be impacting younger students. Fortunately, there are a lot of good resources to help you as parents have healthy conversations, educate yourselves and be proactive and putting an end to these fads as quickly as they pop up. Please do not assume your child knows nothing about this, educate yourself and have a conversation with your child. Don’t let your child’s peers fill the information or curiosity void that a responsible adult should fill. 

For more information about online challenges and how to talk to your children please see:


MUNCH A LUNCH

Spring Session Hot Lunch is OPEN and ready for ordering!

Our ‘hot lunch” program is run by our Parent Advisory Council. We offer hot lunch approximately two times a month. Ordering and payments are all done online at https://munchalunch.com/schools/rcgarnett/. We do not accept cash payments and at this time we cannot offer refunds.

For ease of ordering we have chosen to offer lunch in three sessions, Fall, Winter and Spring (now open). Payment for each session is due on/before the session deadline.

All orders with payments not completed by the deadline will have their orders deleted for the entire session. This means you will not be able to order again till the next session opens.

This is a fundraising program we offer to not only raise money for our school (for laptops, playgrounds, etc.) but also as the kids enjoy the “special” lunch days. We also know that parents enjoy the opportunity to have a day off from making lunches.

This is all done by parent volunteers and we always welcome help delivering lunches on Munch days.

The SPRING session closes March 22, 2019.

  • April 11 – Subway

  • April 25 – White Spot

  • May 9 – TCBY, frozen yogurt (treat day, students will still need a packed lunch)

  • May 23 – Pizza

  • June 14 – SPORTS DAY – Subway and Booster Juice

Again, all orders must be placed and PAID for by March 22, 2019. If you have any problems, please contact Jennifer C the lunch coordinator via email at rcgmunchcoordinator@gmail.com).

 


PHELISANONG – OUR SISTER SCHOOL IN AFRICA

We recently received some great news about the scholarships that RCG made happen through the business fair at Christmas! Below you’ll find letters from three girls’ whose lives you impacted with your generosity. Money raised by RCG has also been used to ordered bikes for some of the residents who have a difficult time getting around. Please read their stories of thankfulness so you can better understand our responsibility to continue generously supporting education for young girls in vulnerable situations everywhere.

This first girl is Nthabiseng Mosoenyane who is 16 years old who was born in South Africa. Her mom was born in Lesotho. She lost both parents to HIV and was left her with her brother Soly, who is 10 years now, but they were very young at the time. Nthabiseng was deported by the government of South Africa with her brother and they stayed for a little while with her relatives. Unfortunately she was severely abused by men in that family until the villagers got so angry that they brought her and her brother to Phelisanong. In the past 4 years she completed her primary education and did not have money to pay for high school. The government schoolarship needs proper papers like birth certificates which she did not have, so funds from RCG were used to pay for her to continue schooling. She hopes to be a nurse when she finishes school because she said her mom died in front of her, very ill without the medication she needed. 

Mabasotho Mahlatsi is 17 years old and was born in Lesotho. Her parents divorced when she was 4 years old and she was raised by her father and grandmother, who is very old. Mabasotho left her village when she was 12 years old after she was abused by a man later arrested for his crimes. Her father married an abusive second wife who physically abused Mabasotho. The government took her to Phelisanong center and the government paid for her fee until last year when she did not write her exams because she was required to go to court to for her attacker’s trial. Funds raised by RCG helped pay for her to continue going to school. 

The last girl is Mapulane Makhang who is18 years old. She lost both parents and she was taken to Phelisanong where she has lived for the past 5 years. Her mom was murdered in front of her while she was 14 years old. She and all her siblings were taken to the center. Mapulane likes school so much that she is very greatful for the scholarship that allows her to attend school, and so she wants to “thank RCG from the bottom of her heart.”


RCG BASKETBALL TEAMS ENJOYING GREAT SEASON

The RCG basketball teams have enjoyed a fantastic season. Every game has been exciting and competitive. We have a great group of coaches in Mr. Mancini, Mrs. Storsley and Ms. White, who are doing a fantastic job of coaching skills, encouraging and investing afternoons at games and lunches at practice. No doubt their hard work will pay off in seeing many of these kids join basketball teams in their middle school years. For all the parents who have been driving our squads to games, we are really thankful! 

SEASON WRAP-UP MINI-TOURNAMENTS

To wrap up our grade 4-5 basketball season, we are participating in a final, mini-tournament being hosted by local high schools. Both boys’ teams (RCG Blue and RCG White) play on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00-6:40pm at RE Mountain Secondary. The girls’ team plays on Monday, March 11, from 3:00-6:00pm at Langley Christian Secondary School. We will likely need drivers and encourage you to come support our teams. The participating athletes will get a pizza and drink for dinner while at the event. 


COMMUNITY NEWS


There is a final info session coming up and desperately need 10 more students to fill the grade 3 and 4 classes. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND


 

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