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April 15, 2021

SO MUCH FUN! The last day of school before Spring Break, the entire school went to Mt. Norquay for some tubing. Staff and students alike came back with tails of how much fun they had. It was a perfect way to leave Winter behind and turn the page to Spring. We hope you all had some time over Spring Break to recharge and reset so that we can finish the year strong. There are lots of exciting things coming up (Passion Projects, Pitch Contest, Checkpoint meetings and so much more!) before we wrap up another year in just under eleven weeks. Wait – what!?



WEEK AT A GLANCE

FRI. APRIL 16 – Action Friday: Carburn Park

Taking advantage of the nice weather in store for tomorrow, we will be heading out to Carburn Park to do some hiking and play Capture the Flag.

FRI. APRIL 16 – Mother/Grandma/Auntie & Son picture due

Get your picture in to Miss. Jenn.

MON. APRIL 19 – Healthy Hunger: Spolumbo’s

FRI. APRIL 23 – Action Friday: Calgary Climbing Centre

All participants are required to sign a waiver before they climb. Please use the online form to complete the waiver for your son before Friday!



MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE

Mother/Son photo due April 16

We are preparing a surprise for our mothers and for this we would like every boy to submit a recent picture of themselves with mom, grandma, auntie, etc.. Pictures can be sent to Miss Jenn at jhersak@northpoint.school any time before April 16.


SPRING OPTION

Drama: Improv/Comedy

We are pleased to announce that Immanuela Lawrence improvisor and teacher from the Loose Moose Theatre Company will be teaching our students all about comedy and improv starting this Friday during our Options Blocks. Mrs. Lawrence is a screenwriter and improv performer originally from the Netherlands. She is a co-creator and writer of the television series, FABAR AGE OF COMPUTER (Viceland, CityTV). She earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Amsterdam and studied long form improvisation under Jordan Peele at Boom Chicago. She is a frequent collaborator with husband Dave Lawrence, together they have several feature films and television series in development with Telefilm Canada, CBC and the AMDF.


BUS DRIVER TRANSITIONS

Farewell and Thank You to Phil

We are sad to say that we are having to say “goodbye” to Phil who has been driving our Big Bus to STEM, Action Fridays, PEP trips, Mountain Day, Ski Days and more for over a year now. We have appreciated how he stepped in when one of our other bus drivers broke her wrist and has really integrated well with our school community. Phil’s last day will be April 23rd. He will be greatly missed. We wish Phil nothing but the best!

Welcome to Tom

Starting on April 27, we would like to welcome Mr. Thomas Neilson who will be sitting in the driver’s seat of the big bus. Tom is semi-retired and comes to us from driving with First Student Canada (bus company) in Chestermere He is also a heavy duty mechanic, which will be handy for us! Please encourage your boys to welcome him when they board the big bus!


APRIL 26: NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY (No Classes)


CHECKPOINT MEETINGS: May 5 & 6

We will hold our third round of Checkpoint Meetings on May 5 at 4:00pm – 8:00pm and May 6 at 8:00am – 4:00pm. This means that there is no school on May 6 for students to accommodate the meetings. We are offering both in-person and virtual meetings. Please confirm with the teacher which you prefer.

Checkpoint Meetings are an opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers to discuss progress and address questions/concerns. This third checkpoint meeting will give you a chance to review your son’s finalized Individualized Development/Program Plan. We strongly encourage one/both parents from each family to attend. Using the online software, Grades 1/2 and 10/11 should sign up with their Homeroom teacher. Grades 3-9 should sign up with their cohort team of teachers. Both of these teachers will be in the Checkpoint Meeting.Book online at nps.schoolsoft.com. Booking will open at 6:00am on April 21 (two weeks before Checkpoints).


PASSION PROJECTS: Due May 5


GULF ISLANDS OUTDOOR ED. TRIP

May 21-29

It is our pleasure to be able to offer 20 of our grade 8-10 students the opportunity to travel to the GULF ISLANDS in beautiful British Columbia for 9 days in May 2021. The nature of this adventurous based trip is to play in amazing landscapes, build teamwork, practical implementation of previous learned skills and to have fun! Canadian Flora, Fauna and Geography of the only temperate rainforest in the world will be at the forefront of all daily lessons. Many of the activities planned fit nicely into our CTS courses for grade 10 credits.



Portfolio Leaderboard

The new Portfolio Leaderboard ranks North Point teams against other middle schools and high schools in our region. It is updated weekly on our Stock Market Game Resource Page. Take a virtual tour of all the Stock Market Game has to offer in lesson plans, functionality and impact on our students.


STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

Intramurals at North Point

by Riley Chapman

As you may know, there are intramurals at North Point. Most of which I have participated in. I will start with Volleyball. In my opinion, Volleyball is one of my favourite sports to play and having it at North Point is even better! Playing with your classmates, friends and other grades is always fun! My team tied for third but it was still a lot of fun! Next, we have hockey. I really enjoyed hockey, especially watching some of the other teams. But honestly, I’m not the best player. But I hope to see more in the future! Our team again tied for third. Next is Basketball. I like shooting hoops, playing bump and doing games, especially with my friends.

One of the sports that I would like to see in the future would be badminton. I love playing badminton and doing games with my classmates in gym class. We also got some new flag football gear and have been playing flag football in P.E. class this week. I would love to see this come to intramurals! I would also like soccer to come to intramurals. Or maybe other variations like handball, boogie ball or even rocket league! For the people that don’t know, boogie ball is a mix between soccer and handball.  Rocket league is where you have a huge exercise ball and try to get it into the net. Trust me, it gets chaotic when we’re playing rocket league! I think it would also be cool to try out a martial art like karate or taekwondo. Now that winter is over (woohoo!), we can also play gaga ball! This week we have been doing class tournaments at lunch and break. I Would love to see this as a solo or even a teamed intramural! As you can see Intramurals at North Point was a great idea and are very fun!

Stay tuned for my next article!



NAVIGATOR SQUAD POINTS

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Contact Mr. Fagan to get your books counted. Don’t forget that Spirit Week participation will earn you Navigator points a well!


BASKETBALL

Sign-up sheets for Basketball have been posted on the gym doors.

FLOOR HOCKEY

MORE SPORTS TO COME

April-May: Badminton Singles & Doubles
May-June: Soccer: 5 vs. 5

Tournaments will be held at the end of each month. Awards will be given at the following Townhall. There is a potential of off-site bookings for tournaments if COVID-19 restrictions will allow facilities to rent to the school.