November is a time of remembering. In November we pay tribute to the important contributions and the sacrifices made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis in service to Canada on November 8th and November 11th marks the day we remember the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve. It is an important time to be grateful for the opportunities we have.
November is also Metis Awareness Month in SD8. Several opportunities are provided to staff and students to learn about the culture and history of Metis Peoples, including Lois Riel Day on November 16. We invite you to engage in some of the learning our students will take part in. Learn more
In our Strategic Plan, we say that relationships are most important to engagement, and we know that student success is achievable when we maximize our relationships in a positive way. This is also why we believe that trusting and caring relationships are the foundation to student learning. We are fortunate in SD8 to have community-based schools that reflect the unique priorities of each learner and their families and caregivers. Please enjoy a few of the highlights from SD8 over the last month showing some of the relationship-rich learning opportunities students and staff have taken part in.
Trish Smillie, Superintendent of Schools