February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021

In STEM this week, the boys combined their soldering skills with what they have learned about circuits to create these cool looking lights!



WEEK AT A GLANCE

FRI. FEB. 12 – Teacher’s Convention: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

MON. FEB. 15 – Family Day: SCHOOL CLOSED

FRI. FEB. 19 – Action Friday: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

MON. FEB. 22 – Healthy Hunger: Pita Pit



Begins February 22

The Stock Market Game for grades 6-10 runs from February 22 to April 30. Student participation is now easier, more interactive and accessible. Personal finance and investment learning are combined with capital markets presentations, mini-video lessons, and an updated SMG app. This is our fifth year competing in SMG.

Teams will be picked in early February. Beginning with a virtual $100,000 opening account balance, students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Portfolios and rankings within our division are updated weekly. At the end of the game Financial Academy digital badges and Navigator Squad points will be awarded to participating students. Visit SMG website for more information.


February 24: TELUS BE BRAVE #EndBullying Online Event!

Although we will not be able to host students and teachers at the Scotiabank Saddledome for the 5th Annual TELUS BE BRAVE #EndBullying Game, we are excited to still be able to celebrate Pink Shirt Day with all Calgary and surrounding area schools.

This year we are inviting you to join us online to spread the message of empathy and kindness, to learn about bullying prevention, and to see how you can be the difference. We will be presenting three targeted sessions on the morning of February 24th.

  • 9:00am for elementary aged students
  • 10:00am for junior high/middle school aged students
  • 11:00am for high school aged students

TELUS Wise ambassador, Calgary Stampeders alumnus and member of the Calgary Fire Department Randy Chevrier will be the host for all three sessions while Singer, Songwriter, Speaker and Founder/CEO of ‘No Time for That’ Elsie Morden will share her powerful message with students. Randy and Elsie will also be joined by members of the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club.



INTRODUCING BRANDON McCLELLAND

I am pleased to announce the addition of an outstanding teacher and proven educational leader,  Mr. Brandon McClelland, to our North Point teaching team starting this coming 2021-22 school year.  In addition to teaching Math at the high school level, Brandon will be providing leadership and administrative support to Mr. Devost as well as throughout our entire school with a focus on strategic planning and development, staff professional growth and development while mentoring students and connecting with our families.  Brandon brings 25 years of teaching experience in public and private education and spent the last 5 years of his educational career as the Principal at Foothills Academy.  Mr. Redick is very familiar with Mr. McClelland from their time together at Foothills and is looking forward to working with him at North Point.

Mr. McClelland is starting with us immediately on a casual basis, coming into the school twice a week to work directly with Mr. Devost, our staff and students as he gets a full orientation to our North Point programs and the Navigator Way.  “I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of launching an incredibly exciting and dynamic high school program at North Point while supporting Brent, Kim and the entire staff in any way I can.  I have always been about creating a team culture amongst staff that transfers into strong mentoring relationships with students.  I am honoured to be a part of the North Point team and look forward to meeting you all very soon.”


Student Perspective

Questions for Mr. Redick

by Riley Chapman

  1. Why did you become a teacher?
    “Because I was told by one of my university teachers that I would be good at teaching.”
  1. What is your favourite food? Drink?
    “The crunch wrap supreme from Taco Bell. And Dr. Pepper is my drink.”
  1. What was the first school you taught at?
    “The first school I taught at was the Stoney First Nations School.”
  1. What inspired you to do hot dog Thursday?
    “I needed to fundraise extra money for our big Utah trip.”
  1. What is your favourite Superhero? Why?
    “In my eyes, Tigger is my favourite superhero. But if Tigger wasn’t available, it would be the Hulk, I like Hulk Smash.”
  1. What do you like most about teaching? 
    “To allow kids to have experiences that most schools wouldn’t have to offer, like Utah.”
  1. What do you and your family do in the pandemic to keep entertained?
    “Jack box party pack and other board games.”
  1. If you could tell new teachers a piece of advice what would it be?
    “The first four years will be the toughest, and after that, remember you’re in it for the kids.”

Stay Tuned for my next Article!


Lost & Found

We have a table of freshly washed, lost uniform items by the office. If your son is missing a North Point hoodie or athletic shirt, please come take a look and claim your stuff. An option for assisting you with keeping track of your son’s North Point gear would be to make use of the clothing labels through Mable’s Labels. A portion of the purchase price comes back to the school’s parent council. Click on the Support a Fundraiser link and search by our school name before you start shopping in order to make your purchase count.



NAVIGATOR SQUAD POINTS

MOUNTAINEERS •••AVIATORS ••• MARINERS ••••ASTRONAUTS
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Contact Mr. Fagan to get your books counted.


FLOOR HOCKEY

We will begin Floor Hockey sign-ups for students in Grades 3-11, for our next intramural and sports-based program. Floor Hockey will finish in a season-ending tournament with prizes and food for all our participants. The date will be announced based on the number of students who sign up and once we get all the participants finalized.

MORE SPORTS TO COME

March-April: Basketball 3 vs. 3
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.



YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Calgary’s Sweetest Festival! Every February, participating cafés, restaurants, and chocolatiers compete for the coveted titles of YYC’s Best Hot Chocolate, Best Spirited Hot Chocolate, and special Cup That Runneth Over Award. Calgarians can sip a variety of hot cocoas and determine the blend that roasts them all!

How does it work? Choose a hot chocolate from our list of contestants, head over during their business hours to try it, and then rate it to help us decide who will be crowned YYC’s Best Hot Chocolate!

 $1 (non-spirited) – $2 (spirited) from every cup sold supports Calgary Meals on Wheels, thereby directly providing nutritious meals to Calgarians.

For more information, visit the website.