Posted: September 17, 2022
Families of Douglas Park,
It was another busy and exciting week at Douglas Park as students entered their permanent class placements. You could sense the eager anticipation on Monday as kids met classmates and were introduced to their new teachers. Since then, classes have begun to settle into routines and organize learning groups. We are very excited about how the first week in new classes went and want to thank our staff for working hard to support all of our students through this transition.
Just a reminder that it may still take time for every child to feel settled in their new class. Please continue to encourage your child and help them focus on the positives. One activity that can help with this is asking your child to share three “good things” that happened each day. I know that from doing this activity with my own children, at first it can take time for kids to identify “good things,” but with practice it will come quicker, and it will help our kids develop a perspective of gratitude which will benefit their emotional development.
This upcoming Thursday, we will be having our annual “Meet the Teacher” event. It begins with a hotdog barbecue in front of the school that runs from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Following that, families will be invited into their children’s classrooms for an open house, which will give you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher. At Douglas Park, we love having the opportunity to meet families, so we strongly encourage everyone to attend Thursday’s event.
We look forward to another great week at Douglas Park!
As always, we want to acknowledge that the Langley School District works, learns and plays on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations.
Good Things to Talk About
Getting to Know You – With students moving into their new classes on Monday, staff focused on building connections with kids and helping them feel apart of their new classroom community. There were lots of fun activities taking place around the school. Some classes met outside and played games that helped kids get to know one another, other classes had sharing circles which allowed kids to share their interests with their class, and other classes had kids create and share biography art.
Working Together and Making Friends – In addition to planned classroom activities, students had opportunities throughout the week to spend time with their new classmates, having fun and building friendships. Whether it was in class building a castle together or outside on the playground playing tag, there was the start to a lot of new friendships this week at school!
Library is Open for Business – Mrs. Morrison has been busy purchasing, sorting, and organizing new books for this upcoming school year. We were all excited to have the library officially opened for students this week. Classes had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Morrison and hear about new books in our school collection. Many students also had the chance to sign out books for the week. The kids were really excited about all of the new books that they get to read.
Ready to Learn – One important thing that our staff works on in September is setting guidelines and expectations for the school year. Students practice lining-up, washing hands, walking quietly in hallways, and keeping hands and feet to themselves. This helps us work towards creating a school that is safe, kind, and respectful. Kids also practice other learning routines in the classroom, like moving through stations, learning how to take turns sharing their ideas, and practicing quiet reading. This all helps create a foundation for learning in the classroom. It’s hard work but so far the kids and staff are doing an awesome job with setting and following exceptions this year!
Support from Our Community – We are so grateful to be a part of a loving and generous community. This week the “Soroptimist of the Langleys” presented a cheque to Douglas Park Community School PAC. The money goes to fund our breakfast program at the school so kids can have a good start to their school day. Thank you, Soroptimists!
Dot Day – Thursday was International Dot Day! Dot Day is a day for arts and creativity which is celebrated at schools around the world. Many of our classes participated in Dot Day activities. Some classes created dot art and others did writing projects. Kids had lots of fun learning about creativity and exploring imagination.
The Week Ahead
Monday – School is Closed for Federal Holiday
- Breakfast Club & Strong Start Open
- PAC Meeting at 6:30 PM in the School Library
Wednesday – World Gratitude Day (Classroom Activities focused on Gratitude)
Thursday – Meet the Teacher Night
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm Hotdog BBQ
- 6:00 – 7:00 pm Open House
Friday – School Improvement Day: School is Closed for Students
Month at a Glance
September 19th – No School (Federal Holiday)
September 20th – PAC Meeting (6:30PM School Library)
September 21st – World Gratitude Day (Activities in Classrooms)
September 22nd – Meet the Teacher Night
September 23rd – School Improvement Day (No School for Students)
September 27th – School Picture Day
September 29th – Orange Shirt Day
September 30th – National Truth and Reconciliation Day (No School)
Updates and Reminders
The Willows Family Life Centre – The Family Life Centre is a facility that offers a variety of holistic programs and services designed to serve families in the Langley community. They offer online parenting resources and in-person groups. Click each link to see programs that they are offering this fall.
School Supplies – Please click the link below to see our school supply list. Grade 1-5 families are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Kindergarten families will receive an order form later this month.
Attendance – If your child is going to be away or late please be sure to call the office and leave a message @ 604-533-4491 or email Ms. Langford @ email@example.com.
FaceBook – Be sure to follow us on Facebook for updated information
8:42 – Warning Bell
8:47 – Instruction Begins
10:10-10:25 – Recess
11:47-12:20 – Lunch
2:30 – Dismissal
School Calendar – Please click the link below to access our school calendar for the year. It provides general dates about when the school is open and closed.