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We are in the preliminary planning stages for our Holiday Celebration.  The event will take place on Wednesday, December 21st at 12:45 for our matinée performance and at 6:45 for the evening show.  We hope to see many of our families out for this festive occasion.  See you there!

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I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire Harrow Senior Learning Community.  Staff and students did a fabulous job at yesterday’s assembly to honour our Veterans.   It was extra special on this day for the staff and students at Harrow Senior as they hosted Corporal Peter Duff, a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces who was deployed to Afghanistan.  His presence made everyone feel very proud and honoured on this day to remember.   A special thank you to Mrs. Hoffman Sartor for her organization and to Mrs. Collier for the fabulous musical numbers that captured the essence of this special day.  We had a great response from parents and all left proud of our students for the fabulous work on this special day.  Another fabulous learning experience for Harrow Senior Public staff and students.

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Wow!  Did you see the article written in the Harrow News about our special day?  It was a great day at Harrow Senior just as it was explained in the full-page article.  Staff and students participated by creating a visual presentation about something they are passionate about to share with others.  The presentations included topics such as favourite sports, special collections or items that were special to the individual such as family and friends.  In talking to the students I heard such things as ” I liked Identity Day because I learned new things about my friends, it was fun to complete my project and that it was great getting to know about everyone in the school.  The goal of the day was to create a sense of community within our building and based on the conversations I heard we were successful.  Check out some of the wonderful projects highlighted in our school Flickr account found in the side bar of this blog.  Please feel free to comment about this specail day.

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We have made it though a very wet September at Harrow Senior.  My only hope is with the change of the month that the weather may also change and let us experience some decent Fall weather.  We will have to wait and see.  The October Newsletter will be out next week on Monday or Tuesday.  If you do not receive your newsletter please let me know as I will be using my new mailing lists.  With so many of you choosing to receive your newsletter online there is sure to be a few mistakes, this first month.  I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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Today we celebrated the end of September with a new twist.  This year at our assemblies we are hoping to generate a greater sense of community by celebrating the successes of a greater number of people.  Our intention is to still focus on several key character traits but our celebration will be in the form of a video put together by students recognizing may students in each and every classroom.  We will still recognize all our sports teams and clubs at these assemblies but we will also highlight the wonderful things going on in all of our classrooms.  I encourage parents to come out to these celebrations to see the many happenings at Harrow Senior.  Our next celebration will be Monday, October 31st at 9:45 in the school gym.  See you there!

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Wow!  Where has the time gone.  With the end of the first month comes some traditional events.  The first of these events will occur on Tuesday at 6:30 when we hold our first parent council meeting of the year.  At this meeting we will vote to determine the make up of our council, including electing a new chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary and many committee positions.  Please come out to learn about what this great group of parents do for our learnign community.

Another event this week will be our first End of the Month Assembly, on Friday, September 30th at 9:00.  The format this year will be slightly different as we attempt to celebrate the masses rather than just a select few from each class.  Our hope is to create a larger sense of community from all of our students and staff through this format.  Although this first month will be a trial run we hope to set the stage for many more great End of the Month Celebrations in the months to come.  My hope is that this event will be taken over by the students to provide a variety of leadership opportunities for everyone.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we establish this new format.  My hope is by the new year these celebrations will be an event that no one will want to miss!  See you there.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families that were able to make it out to this annual event this year.  I hope everyone got their share of hotdogs and treats but more importantly got a chance to communicate with the Harrow Senior Learning Community.  In meeting with your childs teacher I hope this initial conversation can lead to a full year of communication to ensure the success of all our learners.  In the side bar to right are some of the photos taken from the evening for all to enjoy.

If this is your first time to the blog I welcome you and encourage you seek three other members from our learning community to visit to keep up to date on things happening in and around the school.

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