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Thanks to all the students (and their families) who brought in non-perishable food items for the food bank fundraiser this year. The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Gordon F. Kells (GFK).

Grade 7/8 Group 3 brought in the most food and won the sub sandwich lunch. The Grade 12 class brought in the second most food and won ice cream treats. The Grade 10 class was third. They will also receive ice cream treats. Thank you to the local company that delivered the food to the food bank for us.

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Also, a special thank-you goes to an anonymous donor who donated a huge load of food to be included with the school’s donation to the food bank. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Thanks to the Student Leadership Team who managed to arrange COVID-friendly Christmas events and activities throughout December. There was a lot of laughter and though we couldn’t see them, there were a lot of smiles, too. The winners of the annual “Knock-Down Contest” were Alyssa Bee, Kirsten East and Logan Romaniuk. They each won $20 gift certificates to local businesses.

This year, wellness in our school community is perhaps more important than ever.  As part of our trauma sensitive school Initiative, we are committed to staff and student wellness through self-care, mental health support and a shared sense of community. This includes implementing trauma sensitive teaching principles that help all students get ready to learn in a safe, predictable, and supportive learning environment.

Mental health is a priority in our school. Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan includes support for students’ mental health, while we practise physical safety. We use a variety of curricula, programs and presentations to encourage emotional wellness for all students. 

Counselling support is available so students and their families can receive crisis assistance, referrals or general counselling related to learning needs. Supporting mental health in schools supports student learning. 

To find out more about the mental health support available in school visit SECPSD.ca or contact us at 306-453-2500.

GFK has switched to a new schedule for the New Year. Edsy class schedules may not line up with this new schedule. It will be resolved when semester 2 begins in February.

A new reporting system called EDSBY has been rolled out for parents to use in order to see students’ attendance and marks. Its purpose is to improve electronic communication between school and home. Contact the school if you haven’t received your password or are having problems logging onto the system.

Remember, if you ever have questions or concerns to discuss with your child’s particular teachers, please email the teacher or contact the school.

All your school information can be found on the GF Kells website on the Southeast Cornerstone School Division website under the “schools” tab. 

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