Trafalgar Middle School: Principal's Message, October 2021

Happy October, Trafalgar Families!

It’s hard to believe we are in October already. First and foremost, we want to say thank you to each and every family who has helped our Trafalgar students settle back into the school year. LLEs are happening, extra-curriculars are in action (Go Thunder!), and the vibrant energy is evident throughout the school. Here’s what the grades have been up to:

 

School Life

The grade 9 students have been working hard and taking care of each other! They are well into their studies and I am so proud of the growth I can see in each and every one of them. I met these lovely young people when they were much smaller in grade 6, and I am in awe of their efforts, accomplishments, and drive to know and do more. Students and staff from grade 9 participated in a grade-wide hike on Friday, creating art, discussing Truth and Reconciliation, connection with nature, and earning donations for Terry Fox.

 

Grade 8 students are a lively group who have taken a liking to football. Many of the students spend lunch time in a wonderful game of football overseen by Misha. The students are also working well in English with Ms Mather’s class currently creating a guide to “survive middle school” (the entries thus far are quite hilarious) and Ms. DeBiasio’s students are writing autobiographies. Over with Mr Piro, the class is learning all about ancient civilizations and the building blocks of historical empires. This last week, classes also took the time to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation through class discussions and research.

 

The grade 7s have been working on building each other up, and they are getting the hang of it! Students have been volunteering to help other students finish their projects, are cheering each other on during PE activities, and lending a helping hand in options classes. Students spent time this last week learning about the last of the residential schools and the ongoing impact of these institutions, and they will continue to look at the legacy of this history. The grade 7 band students have also impressed Mr Ratzburg, who says, “it’s one of the best band groups I’ve ever worked with!” I cannot wait for the concert!

The grade 6s are already making a difference at Trafalgar! They are actively building up the staff and their peers by being helpful, encouraging, and supportive. The French Immersion grade 6s have also really taken to the Dance portion of the PE program, and Ms. MacMillan tells us they are awesome! Grade 6 students have really taken to the LLE programming on Wednesday afternoons, and will start their second option class on October 26. Way to go, grade 6s!

 

International Program: Catch of the Day!

The International Program is in need of a home safe family for a grade 10 German boy who is currently in our community. Due to a family emergency, his current Homestay is unable to keep him. “It is through no fault of his own, he is a lovely boy, very polite and respectful. But a family emergency is taking me out of the community.” From his Current Homestay mom. The student is currently attending LVR and is involved in soccer and other community activities. He is loving his time here in Nelson and wants to participate in all the sports and activities available to him. He is here until June 2022. If you are interested in hosting this nice young man, or are interested in being a homestay family in the future, please contact the international program ASAP (Kootenay.international@sd8.bc.ca or Jann.schmidt@sd8.bc.ca)  

 

Illness Reporting

Please keep your child at home if they are not feeling well and email trafannounce@sd8.bc.ca and the class teacher if your child will be absent. We encourage the use of the daily health check for K-12 students which can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/covid/daily-health-check-english.pdf.   

 

School Kit Hub App

Download this app and subscribe to Trafalgar Middle School for school specific updates. Bus notifications, Trafalgar News, payment links, and more can be accessed from this app. See the District website https://www.sd8.bc.ca/news/stay-informed-year-schoolkit-hub-app for more information.

 

Information for Caregivers of Youth Raised in Kinship

Youth raised by grandparents and other kinship caregivers in BC may be eligible for a Tuition Waiver for college, university, and trades training. 

Grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers are invited to a Zoom presentation on BC's Tuition Waiver Program on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 10am to 11:30am. 

To find out more about the eligibility requirements call the support line at 1-855-474-9777. 

To register: https://bit.ly/kinshiptalk or contact jane.bouey@parentsupportbc.ca

 

TMS PAC

Are you interested in joining the Trafalgar PAC? The PAC will be holding the second meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5:30pm via Zoom. The link to this PAC meeting will be sent out the week ahead. We will try to hold in person meetings as well. Meetings will regularly be the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm either on Zoom or in the Trafalgar library. 

 

SD8 COVID-19 Information and Resources

The District has an information and resource section specific to the pandemic accessible from the main SD8 page. You can also click on the link here: https://www.sd8.bc.ca/covid-19.

 

Masks and Hygiene in School

A reminder that K-12 staff and students are required to wear masks when inside school buildings and on any school sanctioned field trips. Hand hygiene is also important, and students are reminded throughout the day to sanitize and wash their hands with soap and water. Information about the guidelines for schools in regard to masks and hygiene can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools.

 

Student Personal Devices

Students are welcome to their personal devices before school (before 8:40am), during break (10:30am-10:40am), at lunch (12:30pm – 1:15pm) and after school (3:05pm). School devices are used during school time, and there are devices available in each room. Thank you, families, for the help as we encourage our students to engage with the people around them and not through the screen during class. Students who need to contact home need to check in at the office or the Centre and we will assist students in calling their home adult.  

 

FSA

The Foundation Skills Assessments are scheduled for the end of October. This is a yearly snapshot for all students in grades 4 and 7 in relation to the BC curriculum and provides insight into current and future programming for students. All students in grade 7 will write the FSA in math, reading, and writing. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Bonikowsky, Vice Principal, or Amy Strachan, Principal.

 

Halloween

Please review the Halloween expectations sent out last week. Trafalgar has always looked to embrace the creative undertakings of our students through a costume parade and other seasonal activities, including pumpkin carving. Staff are currently working on how to facilitate some creative fun within the pandemic guidelines, so look for more information in your weekly communication from class teachers!

 

Grade 7 Laptops are Coming!

As part of the District Technology Initiative, all grade 7 students will be receiving a laptop in mid-October to be use at school. These laptops will be labelled with the student’s name, and will be left at school. On occasion, for a particular project, students will be allowed to take the device home to complete a project or assignment. This is a wonderful expansion of Trafalgar’s technology and staff are already planning ways to include this technology in a purposeful way. If you haven’t already done so, please ensure you have completed and sent in the Technology Agreement forms (pink and blue) sent home at the start of this year.

 

Calendar

A copy of the District Calendar can be found here: https://www.sd8.bc.ca/sites/default/files/2021-2022%20School%20Calendar%20-%2009%2002%202021%20%281%29.pdf. A reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 11 (Thanksgiving) or on Friday, October 22 (Pro D Day). Thursday, November 11 (Remembrance Day) the school is also closed, and November 17 and 18 the school will close one hour early.

 

Remember, we are here to build each other up! Thank you, amazing families, for all that you do!

 

All the best,

 

Ms. Amy Strachan

Principal, Trafalgar Middle School

We are here to build each other up!