Principal’s Message June 2014

Dear Parents,

Wow! I cannot believe that I am close to the end of my first year at Meadowlark Christian. This year has been, without a doubt, the most memorable of my 20 plus years teaching career. Our mission at Meadowlark Christian School is to be a caring community committed to developing excellence in: Learning through academics, Living in Christ, Leading by serving others and Loving with strength of character. In my first year as a school principal I can tell you that: I have learned many, many things, I have lived and grown in my faith in Christ , I have been able to serve the students, staff and community of MCS and I have loved becoming a part of this very special learning community.

Enrollment and staffing decisions will be finalized over the next few weeks and I will update everyone in late August, both on SchoolZone and on our school website, with information regarding the 2014-2015 school year. I can tell you that we are currently planning one class at each grade level, except in grade 8 where we will have two classes and in division two where there will be a grade 5, a grade 6 and a grade 5/6 split class.

Please refer to the attached calendar or check the upcoming events calendar on our school website for the dates and times of the grade 3, 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s). Here are some tips to help your child achieve their learning potential in testing situations:

  • Know the schedule of testing dates and plan in advance a review/study schedule.
  • Minimize distractions and study in a quiet, comfortable environment.
  • Encourage your child to exercise regularly, eat properly and get plenty of sleep, healthy bodies = healthy minds.
  • Talk with your child about test taking strategies, a Google search will find you some terrific websites packed with ideas and suggestions.
  • Look over the exam before starting to answer questions to plan time accordingly, complete the questions they know first, then go back to work on the harder questions.
  • Praise your child for their efforts and a job well done.
  • Celebrate growth and accomplishments, as each of our students has so much to be proud of!

I hope that you will find some time in your summer break to do things that fill you with joy and happiness and I look forward to welcoming our students back in September for another great year of learning!

Darren Oskoboiny, Principal