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College News – December 2011

December 1, 2011

PARKING @ MASTER’S
Please remember that students who drive themselves to school MUST obtain a parking pass from the College Office. Parking passes are free, and help us to monitor our parking lot.

Guests – guests must sign in at the office to avoid being ticketed.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

HEALTH & FIRST AID
Winter Safety
Winter brings shorter days, colder temperatures, icy roads, and icy sidewalks. Some strategies to reduce the risk of falling in icy weather are:

  • Wear proper fitting, supportive footwear,
  • Keep your centre of gravity over your feet,
  • Walk slowly and pay attention to where you are going,
  • Use extra caution when entering or exiting your vehicle.

Keep safe and warm this winter!

THANK YOU!
Thank you for your generous donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank this past Remembrance Day. The food boxes were overflowing, and over $450 was donated!

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FAMILY SCHOOL LIAISON COUNSELOR – MRS. CINDY LERNER
I am honored to be filling in for Kyla Brown, as Family School Liaison Counselor at Master’s Academy and College. I will continue to provide counseling support to students and families, as well as connect families with outside services. I am thrilled to come along side families and develop a helping relationship that will produce change and foster growth in emotional, social, and mental development. My passion for helping young people is evident in my desire to build relationships with students, both within and outside the counseling relationship. I am excited to be part of the community of Master’s and can be contacted anytime at 403-863-2346, or cindy.lerner@pallisersd.ab.ca.

PARENT COUNCIL CONNECTION
Our next Parent Meeting is on Monday, January 16th, 2012. Our goal is to get as many parents as possible to attend this meeting, so an afternoon meeting has been planned. We realize many children have extracurricular activities in the evening, and with winter driving around the corner, we thought an afternoon meeting for January would be best. The meeting will be held from 1:30-3:00pm – a light snack and refreshments will be provided. We promise to get you out in time to pick up your children. Please consider coming to this meeting as we welcome all parents input. If you require any information regarding Parent Council feel free to contact Kacey Meldrum at kcmel@shaw.ca.

Save the Date:
January 16th, 2012 – 1:30-3:00pm
May 30th, 2012 – 7:00-8:30pm

ATHLETICS WITH MR. NESS
Volleyball Season has come to an end. It was definitely a busy season. Seven teams donned Master’s uniforms and played their hearts out. Some surprises, but a productive and enjoyable time was had by all the teams. Our Grade 8 Girls sputtered in the regular season, but came out with ‘all cylinders firing’ at the Championship Tournament and came home with the League Banner and Gold Medals. The Varsity Teams both made it to Playoffs, with the Girls bowing out early, and the Boys battling through to a Silver Medal in the Final match, losing by 2 points in the 3rd set.

Congratulations to ALL those MASTER’S EAGLES!

A big THANKS to the Volunteer Coaches who helped us through the season. You all did a fine job, and we look forward to seeing you again next year if possible.

Basketball Season has started with all teams having had tryouts or initial practices. Regular Season games start early in December, so we look forward to seeing you in the stands supporting our EAGLES.

ADVISORY WITH MISS THOMAS
During November, our Grade 7 Advisory classes have continued to work on their electronic, personal Graduate Profile. Students have now completed their title page designs and are currently creating an autobiographical profile page called, “About Me”. Along with this, the Sevens attended our Remembrance Day assembly and have studied the “Creative Power of Words—to kill or to bring life”–a pertinent topic in Junior High!  We will conclude this month with a Junior High Chapel on November 30th. For Grade 8 Advisory, we have been addressing adolescent specific issues in gender split classes. The focus recently has been self-awareness and dealing with difficult life issues. We will be basing a lot of our discussions on the Jim Britts Youth course titled “Life Choices: Trusting God in Life’s Decisions and Challenges”. The grade nines spent time looking at the history of Halloween, reflected upon the significance of Remembrance Day and had an informative session about the High School programs in the College for next year. In the coming months, the grade nines will begin to dive into more Health & Wellness learning, build a graduate profile personal website and learn various technology skills, creative habits, and professionalism to enhance organization and learning experiences. The grade 10 class is exploring leadership, narrowing their focus from a general definition to looking at specific examples using the Time 100 Most Influential People list.  Currently in Advisory, the Grade 11 & 12s are evaluating what it means to be ALIVE.  This month’s focus will be authenticity and resilience.  We will be viewing The Pursuit of Happiness to contribute to our discussion.  In addition, our leadership groups have begun, with a group of students planning the winter dance.

COUNSELING SEMINAR
It’s time for another interesting and informative seminar! This seminar, An Introduction to Raising a Confident Child, is an evening event for parents to reflect on the four most common ways loving parents discipline their children. Through warmth, humor, and honesty, Kimberly Eckert, child psychologist and founder of the Eckert Psychology and Education Centre, will support parents in understanding the costs and benefits associated with each discipline style and share why choosing to parent using the Warm-Firm Method is the best chance for raising a child who exudes confidence.

Date: December 5, 2011; 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $84 per parent or parenting couple (first parent to reply to cindy.lerner@pallisersd.ab.ca will receive a complimentary pass for themselves and a guest)
Location: Parkdale United Church, 2919 – 8th Avenue NW

CHRISTMAS CHARITY AUCTION – NEW DATE!
Yes, it’s that time of year again – our annual Christmas Charity Silent Auction! This will take place on Friday, December 16th, from 1:00-3:15pm. Our live auction will begin at 2:15pm. We are asking for donations of new or gently used items such as toys, games, books, home décor, Christmas decorations or gifts – such as gift cards, gift packs, etc. If anyone is inspired to make a gingerbread house, or a live Christmas arrangement, etc, that would be awesome! Please contact Lena Pumber if you would like to reserve a spot for something special – for the silent auction – we will have a special section for the higher-priced, live auction items, such as an iPad, which has already been generously pledged by one of our parents!! Thank you to everyone who will participate through donations, volunteering to itemize and organize displays, and collecting pledge money at the end of the event! More information will follow, by email. This includes drop-off mornings at the curb, with “Santa”! Let’s make this year’s event the best yet, for those in need!

WINTER DANCE (GR. 9-12)
Join us on Thursday, December 8th from 7:00-9:00pm for our College Formal Winter Dance. All students in Grades 9-12 are welcome. Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased during lunch until Wednesday, December 7th, or at the door. Students who purchase tickets before December 8th will be entered into a draw for a door prize. If students wish to bring a guest from outside of Master’s, it must be approved by Mr. Muller no later than Monday, December 5th.

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