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Blog: Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Principal's Message - November

By Andrew Macphail

Hello parents and guardians.  Well, we are half way through our first semester.  It’s amazing how fast the time goes.  We are moving into the second half of our semester and with Christmas coming, the semester end will soon be upon us.  We finally have our latest teacher addition with Mrs. Lagrotta joining us for the Theater, Art and Math position and Mrs. Maan will be joining us as our part time Cafeteria Ass’t.  Welcome to both Mrs. Lagrotta and Mrs. Maan.

We are looking forward to our Parent/Teacher conferences coming up this week on Thurs. Nov. 21.  You should by now have the report progress e-mailed to you from “checkmyprogress”.  If you haven’t received it yet, please contact the office at 604-850-7029.  Also in this newsletter you will find direction for making an appointment with your son or daughter’s teacher.  The teachers will be available for the balance of the day.  Please be advised that the interviews should be kept to a length of 10 min. so as to provide the opportunity for others to connect with the teacher and that there will be no evening interviews scheduled.  If you are unable to make the Thurs. schedule, you can contact your teacher, probably best by e-mail, to schedule a meeting at any time you feel you need to.

We had a group of Japanese students who visited us for a day last week and were paired up with our students for a day experience in the life of a Canadian High School.  It was a fun connection for our students and for them.  We had a characteristically respectful Remembrance Day ceremony combining both schools.  Thank-you Mr. Lane for organizing, Mrs. Webster and our supporting students, Mishelle Malik and Harkirat Aujla who emceed, and Thejas Kathiresan who bravely played the trumpet for “The Last Post and Reveille”.  It was well done.

Grad parents, (including both Gr. 11 and 12 parents), don’t forget our Grad Parent meeting this evening, Mon. at 7 pm.  See the following for more information for that.  As well we have an ATSS band concert Tues evening, Nov. 19, 7 pm at the Abby Arts Center next to Abbotsford Senior Secondary.  All are welcome to come out and see our Concert Band in action.

Our volleyball season is coming to a close and congratulations to our Sr. girls volleyball team for making the district playoffs.  Well done girls and all the best as they play this week.  A big thank you to our volleyball coaches, Mr. Donke, Mr. Wellington, Mr. Muermann, Eric Quach, (former student) and Ms. Hildebrand and Cross Country coach, Ms. Hunt for their time and commitment to our students in providing for athletic opportunities.  Basketball is starting up with our Sr. boys having an exhibition games against Rick Hansen for our pep rally this past Fri.  The pep rally was well done and supported thank-you to our teacher sponsors Mr. Currie and his Leadership team and Mr. Jansen our inspirational emcee.  Congrats to our Sr. boys for defeating the Hansen Hurricanes in a very closely contested exhibition game.  This is an exciting indication of the year to come. 

I want to give my thanks and appreciation to our fans for this pep rally exhibition game.  With the intense rivalry between us and Rick Hansen, it was great to see and hear our fans enthusiastically support both teams.  Our fan’s conduct was great and something to be proud of.  Well done Titans.  It did help that we won.

We have still heard nothing yet from the Ministry of Education about the start plans of our seismic upgrading.  We’ll pass on information as soon as we hear.  Other than that the year seems to be off to a great start with a strong positive student atmosphere.

Sincerely,

Glen Hildebrand, Principal, ATSS

Glen.hildebrand@abbyschools.ca