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Principal’s November Message, 2016

Many amazing events continue to take place at Glenburnie School. It gives me great pleasure to recognize our students for their many accomplishments this Fall which include: participation in Clubs, Electives, Junior Development Sports Program and our Varsity Sports, Glenburnie’s Concert Band, Concert Choir, Leadership Initiatives, and class projects and presentations.

Special congratulations to those students who have achieved a special goal, no matter how big or small. Parents are asked to please take a moment to celebrate accomplishments with your child and to create a plan for other areas of interest that he/she may like to explore at Glenburnie School.

I am always so proud of our students and how they interact with others within the community while on school field trips, when hosting guest presentations at our school, and also when competing at sporting events. The feedback we receive about our students is that they stand out in their citizenship, and demonstrate exceptional manners and kindness.

On Thursday, October 18th, we honoured the late Mr. Brian McDonald, long time educator at Glenburnie  School.  We planted a Paper Birch Tree in our Outdoor Classroom, as Mr. McDonald was on the Silver Birch House Team.  We also placed a memorial “Friendship Bench” outside by the Art room windows.   There are hundreds of students whose lives have been impacted by Mr. McDonald, and he will always be remembered fondly at Glenburnie School.

Thank you parents for attending the October goal setting meetings with your child’s homeroom teacher. We hope that you found these meetings to be productive and enlightening.  Please do not hesitate to book a follow-up meeting with your child’s teacher(s) or with me to discuss your child’s progress and goals. 

Thank you to all Glenburnie families for your ongoing and invaluable support of our school. At our recent Open House, we were so pleased to hear from many visitors that they were referred to us by current Glenburnie families.  We would also like to thank our Intermediate students who were courteous representatives of our school as they toured prospective families throughout our facilities.

At Glenburnie, we commence our day with O Canada, our morning announcements, followed by an inspirational “Mindful Minute” quote.  The purpose of this daily activity is to empower our staff and students to start each and every day in a positive way.  In each of the grade levels, teachers have conducted lessons on ‘Mindset’ within their Emotional Intelligence classes.  Mindset is an idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck. She is well known for her extensive research on achievement and success. Mindset explores achievement and success among individuals.

In a FIXED mindset, people believe that their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits.  They spend their time stating and documenting their intelligence and talent rather than further developing themselves.  They also believe that talent alone creates success, without effort. 

In a GROWTH mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.  Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity and enhances relationships. 

 ~”We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us.  We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary”. ~ Carol Dweck

The action continues at Glenburnie this month with another full calendar of activities and events which are outlined in this newsletter. Please note that you can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We look forward to meeting with you at any time to review or re-visit goals that have been set or achieved. The first two months of school have been very rewarding, and I look forward to the months ahead, and all that is in store, with great anticipation.

Warm regards,
Mrs. Melissa Meevis
mmeevis@glenburnieschool.com