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February was a cold month but one that was enriched with our focus upon “The Love of Reading”, which may have helped our students cope with some of the frigid temperatures. Our school was filled with great reading events and activities with our students clearly demonstrating a love of reading that was infectious, spilling over to many of the adults in our building. Some of the highlights were: our Reading Cave (which teachers utilized to bring their students to for some quiet, cozy reading or a guest reader), dress like your favorite character day, mystery readers each morning and a reading bookworm with the titles/authors of books read by students. For the bookworm, it started in the Den at the start of the month and grew and grew all the way down past the gyms, towards the west portables. We hope that this love of reading continues into the future and that it maybe spreads into families if it hasn’t already!

February 27th was Pink Shirt Day and Windsong Heights was a stunning sea of pink! Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of the impact of bullying, as well as to raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem. Pink Shirt Day encourages everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. Students in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

Also, as part of Pink Shirt Day on February 27th, our grade 7 team travelled to the Scotiabank Saddledome for the Calgary Hitmen’s Telus “Be Brave - Antibullying” game against the Swift Current Broncos. The Saddledome was filled with over 14,000 boisterous middle schoolers from around the Calgary area. The noise obviously helped as the Hitmen beat the Broncos 9-3 in an action-packed game. Coupled with a fantastic junior hockey game, students learned more about acceptance and bullying prevention from two guest speakers, concourse displays and in-game activities. Akeem Haynes, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and self-help author, spoke in the first intermission while Rilee Manybears, athlete from Siksika Nation and ambassador for the AMA Youth Run Club, addressed the crowd in the second intermission. Our grade 7’s were great ambassadors of WHS, representing the Wolfpack well!

Three-way conferences were held on February 11-13th at Windsong Heights. Thank you to all parents and students who were able to attend these crucial evenings. An important component of student learning is communication of areas of student success as well as those areas requiring further focus and effort. Conferences are also a celebration of our students’ achievement and learning. If you were unable to attend and have not contacted your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns, please do so at your convenience. Term two learning reports will be coming home with students on Friday, March 29th. Thank you for your ongoing partnership in learning!

Windsong Heights

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