Welcome Back to School September 4

The Hillhurst School Council warmly welcomes new and returning students and families back to school on Tuesday, September 4. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Hut just outside the front doors for a breakfast snack and a beverage. This is a great way to re-connect or meet other Hillhurst School parents, ask questions, and find out what activities and volunteer opportunities are available through our Council and School Society for the 2018-19 school year. Hope to see you then!

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Volunteer for parent council for 2018/19

It’s that time of year when we begin planning for next year’s parent volunteer roles.

Our school community relies on the willingness of many generous parent volunteers who contribute their time and energy to enhancing the school experience for all students.

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to continue this great tradition.  No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, as past volunteers are on hand to provide guidance and support. Executive positions are mandatory roles on the council, there are also openings for committee organizers, and for assistants to support the organizers on various committees. We are looking for a volunteer to serve as a Secretary on the council for 2018-2019.

Below you will find the link to the Sign Up Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084daaaf2fa5fc1-20182019

If you are interested in putting your name forward for consideration, sign up for the position and someone will be in touch with you within the next few weeks.

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Traffic Safety Around Hillhurst School

At the January 2018 council meeting, Hillhurst School Council discussed traffic safety around the school with Constable Steve Ross with the Calgary Police Service. Cst. Ross is part of S4 (Stay Smart Stay Safe), a strength-based approach to education that Hillhurst School is participating in this year.

Although he is not the person in charge of traffic, he has observed traffic safety issues at the school, such as people double-parking and kids crossing in the middle of the busy street to get to the school. He usually tries to suggest parking alternatives to parents, but there aren’t a lot of parking alternatives at Hillhurst.

In Cst. Ross’s opinion, The City needs to change the residential permit parking in front of the school to make more room for parents to park. He says it doesn’t take much for a tragedy to take place and the goal is to get people to think about safety before convenience.

It will take effort on the part of the school to resolve this. One option is to get signatures from the community’s city councillor, the community association, etc. to have the parking signage changed and/or establish a drop-off and pick-up zone in front of the school. Principal Prem Randhawa suggested a parent could work with administration to look into this issue and explore the options. If you are interested in helping out with this issue, please contact hillhurstschoolcouncil@gmail.com.

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Grandparent Reading program looking for food donations

From October to May, we organize a number of student classes to read and play math games with Grandparent volunteers. At break time, a selection of food and beverages donated from parent volunteers are served to the Grandparents.

Each day we need a variety of items, such as sweets, fruit, veggies, savory items, cheese and crackers. If you can provide an item for one or more days, that would be fantastic! A label with a description of what’s in the item would be helpful.

Past donations have varied from elaborate handmade culinary creations to a simple block of cheese and store bought crackers. The grandparents love and appreciate every donation and every bit helps!

If you are able to provide something for the first Grandparents Reading day in October or any subsequent reading day, please sign up online using the link below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44A5A82FA7F58-grandparents

Thank you to all of those who have signed up so far, this program would not be without your support.

Grandparent reading organizers,

Christina, Shannon and Terresa

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