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Principal’s Message – October 2021

Dear Seaforth Families, 

The first month of school flew by in a blur! Students are settled, and everyone is excited about the year ahead.   

A big thank you to our parent partners for helping their child(ren) settle into their new classroom routines, for sending students to school with a mask, and for keeping sick kids home. 

The staff at Seaforth continues to appreciate the outstanding level of support received from parents.  Together we can work toward providing the best educational program for your children, despite the challenges of COVID. 

Wet Weather – Mud and slick grounds seem to be the norm around most schools at this time of year, due to Fall rain and leaves.  Please help your child be prepared for the elements by ensuring your children have warm, water resistant coats and hoods or hats to keep dry.  You may consider keeping a change of clothes at school for your child.  A slip and fall at this time of year adds up to one very wet student!!  Thank you in advance for your help in planning ahead for the weather.   We know that purchasing wet weather gear for your child is the easy part  – convincing your children to wear it is more challenging! 

Lunch Reminders – Just a reminder to pack all utensils needed for your child’s lunch. There are no forks and spoons available at school for student use.  

Litter-less snacks – All members of the Seaforth community – students, staff and parents -take pride in our community.  To keep our grounds clean and to be kind to the environment, as well as to maximize safety during COVID, we are encouraging students to bring litter-less snacks.  Veggies and fruit packed in reusable containers or items such as granola bars that have wrappers that can be removed before the students leave the class (and taken home for appropriate recycling) are good choices that are healthy for our students, as well as for the environment. 

Student Verification, Emergency Contact and Medical Forms were sent home on October 4th. Please review them carefully to ensure we have accurate information for your child.  Make the necessary changes and sign and date the form, and return it by October 6th.  Thank you very much for helping us ensure that we have accurate information. 

Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – Each year, students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 in BC take part in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), an assessment of reading comprehension, writing and numeracy.  The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts and schools track how well students are learning core academic skills. The information is used at the Ministry, District and school level to set goals for improving student learning. This year, the FSA’s will be administered in October and November. 

Pokemon Cards –  Pokemon cards are still popular among many of our students.  While most students at Seaforth have been playing with and trading these cards in a responsible manner, some issues have arisen.  Thefts, unfair trades and disputes are starting to affect instructional time.  Therefore, Pokemon cards are being banned from the school.  We appreciate your support in ensuring that your kids leave their cards at home. 

Terry Fox Run – Congratulations to the Seaforth community.  We raised $925.45 for this worthwhile cause. 

Parents contacting teachers – We all recognize that parent/teacher communication and teamwork are essential to student success.  As such, we want to be accessible to parents to deal with concerns or questions that may arise.  We want to ensure that parents and teachers can have a focused conversation that is not hindered either because the children are in class or because the teacher may have a prior commitment.  The best way to ensure that your concerns are heard and given the attention they deserve is to contact your child’s teacher by email or through the planner and make an in person or telephone appointment at a time that works for both of you. 

Student Safety – for the sake of student safety, we ask that all visitors that are on site during the school day check in and get a visitor’s badge by ringing the doorbell at the front entrance. 

Traffic Safety Concerns – Congestion and parking are frustrating issues at most schools.  Together, we can ensure the safety of all of our students by taking a little extra time and exercising caution and common sense.  Please adhere to school zone speed limits, as well as parking rules.  If you are stopping to drop off or pick up your child in the drop off zone, please stay with your vehicle.  Parking is limited, so arrive early, or park a block or two away, and walk your child the rest of the way.  Thanks for helping us maximize safety and reduce frustration. 

Upcoming Events: 

Thanksgiving Day – October 11 

Family Photos  – October 16 & 17 

Pro D Day – October 22 

Hot Lunch Dates – October 26, November 30, December 14 

Remembrance Day – November 11 

 

On behalf of all Seaforth Staff, we want to wish everyone a safe and restful Thanksgiving weekend. 

Sincerely,   Shairoz Merani, Principal / directeur