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Blog: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Principal's Message - September

By Andrew Macphail

 Our school year is up and running and we have had a smooth start as we have tried to accommodate all of our student requests for the upcoming year. A big thank-you to Mr. Abernethy for working hard to appropriately place each student for the school year. Our overall numbers are up about 10 students this year. That is good news. Our athletic programs are up and running thanks to our PE staff and coaches. Girls and boys volleyball is up and running along with boys soccer and cross country.

I just want to share a couple of reminders for our parents. As we are mainly a commuting school please exercise parking lot courtesy by not blocking the entrance and exit nor the bus lanes for the busses and be patient with each other. There are a lot of vehicles coming and going at both the school start and end times. It helps a lot if you are able to drop off and pick up even 10 minutes before the actual class time begins and ends. That would go a long way in avoiding the traffic jams which occur each day. Also a reminder that attendance is very important during the high school years. If you son or daughter is away with your permission, please contact the office to notify as this avoids work on our end trying to follow up with unexcused absences.

We are looking forward to a busy week next week as we have put together some special and unique opportunities for our students to experience the outdoors and to develop both leadership and team building skills. I would just like to encourage all of our students to take advantage of these opportunities. We are very deliberate in them as these opportunities do come with expenses that we as school support. These opportunities are not to be considered “optional” days for our students. We organized these activities with intention and do expect all of our students to participate. It is also important to note that while the activities are designed to challenge our students, no student is forced into any activity that they do not feel comfortable with. It is always rewarding to hear the responses of those who participated saying how much fun it was and how it challenged them. Our Gr. 9s are scheduled for a day camp at Camp Stillwood on Tues, Oct. 2, the Gr. 10s for Grouse Mountain. Thurs. Oct. 4 and the Gr. 11s for the Omada Teambuilding at TWU on Fri. Oct. 5. Our Gr. 12s will enjoy their Grad Cruise on Thurs. Oct. 18.

We are looking forward to another great year as we get underway. As I have said on several occasions, be sure to contact me or the school office if you have any questions. You can reach me by the office phone, 604-850-7029 or by e-mail glen.hildebrand@abbyschools.ca

Sincerely, Glen Hildebrand, Principal, ATSS