From the Office!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018. Thank you to all that attended our Christmas concert, it was a wonderful display of our student’s talents and their ability to work together. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for balancing family schedules to accommodate both performances. A reminder to please make sure that your child is dressed properly for the weather. Extra clothing, toques, and gloves are always a good idea during these cold and snowy months. A huge thank you goes out to our rink volunteers who maintain the Gwynne community rink. Students will soon be able to enjoy skating at lunch and in physical education classes. We are still looking for families or groups that are able to help out with rink maintenance. If you are able to donate a few hours please let Cory Rasmuson or myself know. If you have any used coats, ski pants, toques, mitts, skates or helmets to donate to the school, we could always use extras!  

All the best,

Darren Demone

Message from Mrs. Stengel - Gwynne School FSLW

Bullying vs. Conflict, How to Know the Difference.

Bullying and Conflict can be hard to distinguish, especially when is comes to your children. Here are some facts about each that might help us tell the difference and in return be able to help your children identify the difference as well.

What does bullying mean?

  • Repeated aggressive behavior
  • Causes harm, fear or distress
  • Includes mental, emotional, physical and spiritual harm
  • Harm’s a person's reputation
  • Imbalance of power: social and physical

Examples of Bullying:

  • Physical examples: poking, elbowing, hitting
  • Verbal examples: Name calling, insults, racist, homophobic comments, put downs or threats
  • Social examples: Gossiping, spreading rumors, excluding someone from a group, isolating, ganging up on.
  • Cyber examples: Social or verbal bullying through the use of email, text messages or social media

What is Conflict?

  • Disagreement between people which can lead to arguing; Different beliefs, ideas, feelings and actions.
  • A normal part of healthy relationships
  • Skills can be taught on how to deal with conflict in a healthy manner

Examples of different topics adults and children might have conflict over:

  • Movies, Music , Clothing, Spirituality , Friends, Values/beliefs, Toys, Books, Hobbies (sports), work, politics, raising children, and ect..

If you have any questions about conflict or bullying please feel free to contact Deneen Stengle (FSLW) or your child's teacher to learn more.

Gwynne School Parent Association

For Monthly GSPA News, Hot Lunch Forms and more please check out the Parents Tab on the Gwynne School website tool bar!

Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6pm

Boston Pizza Fundraiser - GSPA is part of Operation Education at Wetaskiwin Boston Pizza!!!

When you or friends/family are out enjoying a meal or drink please keep your receipts and hand them into the school!
We will receive 5% of the receipts to put towards the school!

 

Fair Notice - FORM 170-1

Re: Fair Notice

The safety of our children is a top priority for us all.  We, as a school system, have been involved in intensive safety training with our community partners - the police, Mental Health and Child and Family Authority.  Together we have developed a plan for responding to all situations in which students may be posing a threat to themselves or others.

This letter is to inform you that we, as a school system, now have a policy that requires principals to complete a “risk assessment” in all cases of students making significant threats to harm themselves or others. The purpose of the assessment is to determine the level of risk the student poses, and how best to support high-risk students so that their behavior does not become hurtful or destructive. In all cases where staff know that a student has behaved in a threatening way please be assured that your principal will be taking measures to deal with the situation in a positive and proactive manner.  If your principal invites you to a meeting to discuss safety concerns about your own child, please understand that policy is being followed and that the goal is safety, not punishment.

This letter is intended to serve our community with fair notice that we, as a school community, will not accept “no response” to a serious threat or high-risk behavior.  Our goal is to respond to all high-risk situations in a professional manner that provides for a healthy and caring learning environment.

We are proud to be able to provide this level of support to our school communities and are most fortunate to have our community partners at our side.

After School Pick-up Reminder

After school pick up for students has been changed to insure student safety (busy parking lot)

After school all students will wait at their designated areas until the bell rings. 

  • Students will then load busses
  • Or have a parent come into the school to pick up their children.

After School Pick-up Reminder - please call the office or write a note to your child’s teacher whenever there is a change to your child’s regular after school arrangements.  Unless officially notified bus students will be put on the bus.

Gwynne School is a Scent FREE building

Due to medical needs of students and staff Gwynne School is a SCENT FREE building.  Please respect the health and safety needs of our staff and students by refraining from strong perfumes, body sprays or deodorant while in the building.  Thanks so much!

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