Principal’s Message: Sept. 21, 2014

Congratulating students for working diligently on MAP tests.
Congratulating students for working diligently on MAP tests.

Dear Parents,

Congratulations go out to our children who completed their MAP tests this past Thursday.  I am very proud of our students; they took their time and really worked to do their very best.  Your support and encouragement from home was a huge help.

On October 3rd, we will have our first Community Time.  This will happen at 8:00 am in the school foyer.  A great way for students to learn is through a sharing of their learning.  At Community Time, parents provide the audience for children to share a piece of learning that has occurred in their classroom over the last few weeks.

Following the Community Time, we will regroup in the Library for our Parent Tea.

Parents who attend the Parent Tea, will immediately receive a copy of their child’s MAP results.  The agenda for the meeting will include an overview of the MAP test, an explanation as to how to interpret the results, a summary of our school’s overall results, as well as information for parents on how we as a school will use the results.  If you are unable to attend the parent tea, your child’s results will be sent home that day.

All parents are invited to meet with their child’s homeroom teacher or with me to talk specifically about their child’s results.

September 26th looks to be a big day for the students at DAIS.  Sixth Grade is sponsoring a DAIS Spirit Day and calling for all students to come in pajamas.  It’s called ‘PJ & Stuffy Day’ so don’t forget to bring along your favorite stuffed animal. At lunch on the same day, DAIS parents are sponsoring the first Friday Brown Bag Lunch.  This will be held in the Upstairs Clubhouse room. Lunch will be followed by playtime in the Gym.  Everyone is invited.

Last, but not least, if you go to special event on the DAIS web site, you can find photos of last weekend’s “Welcome Back BBQ”.  The students, the teachers and I would like to give our thanks to Michelle Brannen and her committee for organizing a fun filled afternoon.  Special thanks to Marloes Brantjes, Wendy Barrie, Chris Patterson and Jo Rava for organizing the games for the children.  The laughter and smiles in the photos indicate that the games were a great success, and the meal was amazing.  Thank you for the wonderful party!

-Lory Thiessen


Students Head to Switzerland for Study Trip

Hiking in the Swiss Alps.
Hiking in the Swiss Alps.

Each year DAIS arranges a Study Trip for the Middle School students. This year’s trip will be in October and will see the students travel to Village Camps in Leysin, Switzerland.

The mountain campus.
The mountain campus.

Village Camps is a well-established educational camp that has been in existence since 1972. It is built on a philosophy of “education through recreation” and “learning while having fun.” Village Camp seeks to achieve these goals through activities designed to promote leadership, teamwork, independence and an understanding of the interaction between people and their environment. Each day students will participate in activities designed to help them achieve these objectives. These include hiking, rock-climbing, orienteering and survival skills.

Outdoor leadership, orienteering and rock climbing are some of the camp's activities.
Outdoor leadership, orienteering and rock climbing are some of the camp’s activities.

Students are expected to work in teams to meet and overcome these challenges, while developing a greater sense of self and balance within a peer group environment. Our DAIS students are excited by the opportunities and challenges that await them in Switzerland.

– by Mr. Peter Parker

Get Ready for Hockey and Ice Skating

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Hockey season is just around the corner and I wanted to share this information with you before the October and December breaks so families can purchase equipment while out on holidays.
The school does not provide any personal equipment for the ice skating unit. We will have a 3-week skating unit starting in January, weather and ice rink conditions permitting. The school recommends having the following equipment: hockey helmet, skates, elbow / shin pads.
Classroom Participation:
  • Pre K will not be skating
  • Kindergarten optional (if parent attends class and is on the ice with their child. Child must have skates and helmet. Parents could wear winter boots or skates)
  • Grade 1-8 students will participate
Equipment Recommendations:

Hockey helmet with face mask are highly recommended:

  • Students will not be allowed on the ice without a helmet
  • Click here to learn how to fit a hockey helmet
See why your child should have a face mask >
Hockey smiles


Skates and Sticks:

Optional Equipment:

  • Elbow pads and shin pads — will help prevent bumps and bruises when falling
  • Click to learn how to fit a elbow pads
  • Click to learn how to fit a shin pads

Having the right gear will make skating more enjoyable learning environment.

– Mr. “G” Sawatzky

25 Ways To Ask Your Child How School Was Today

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Parent: “How was school today?”

Child: “Fine.”

Is that a usual response you get when asking your child about their day at school?

Parents really do want to know or at least get a full sentence in response. Here are some fun questions that may lead to some interesting conversations… and hilarious answers… as well as insights into how your kids think and feel about school.

  1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
  2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
  4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
  5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
  6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  7. How did you help somebody today?
  8. How did somebody help you today?
  9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  10. When were you the happiest today?
  11. When were you bored today?
  12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
  13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?
  14. Tell me something good that happened today.
  15. What word did your teacher say most today?
  16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
  17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
  18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
  19. Where do you play the most at recess?
  20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
  21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
  22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
  23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a friend? Can that friend be you?
  24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
  25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

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Touching Hearts Strengthening Minds