HSD students Kiana Friesen and Madison Gigolyk were recently awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for their community service as members of the Kleefeld School SHOC social justice team. During the last school year, SHOC (Students Helping Other Communities) raised $10,000 for a school in Ghana through the Free the Children organization. Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character. The award’s emblem represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others. The maple leaf symbolizes the people of Canada and their spirit; the heart depicts the open-heartedness of volunteers; and the outstretched hand portrays boundless generosity. The blue and gold colours, which appear on the vice-regal flag, indicate the award’s connection with the Governor General. Presenting the award was Craig Keilburger, co-founder of Free the Children.
The Hanover School Division, along with the Steinbach Drug Awareness Committee, will be holding a parent information night for all parents of children in Kindergarten to Grade 8 who are interested in learning more about how to talk to their kids about alcohol and other drug use before it ever becomes a problem. This one hour presentation will address youth related local drug trends, the do’s and don’ts of talking to your kids about drugs, and how to encourage the development of assertiveness and refusal skills. The workshop will occur on November 18th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Clearspring Middle School (Library). Refreshments will be served and a number of community organizations will be on hand to answer questions after the presentation.
Hanover School Division Education Assistants (Members of Education, Service, and Health Care Union, CLAC Local 306) ratified a new five-year collective agreement on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Highlights of the agreement include annual wage increases, enhancements to education wage premiums, and provision of additional paid sick-leave days. The agreement also includes improvements to vacation pay formula, and eligibility criteria for bereavement, medical, and personal leaves. The five-year agreement is retro-active to September 1, 2014 and expires August 31, 2019. Official News Release: HSD-CLAC Education Assistant Agreement Ratification
Remembrance Day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize the contribution our Veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada. On Nov. 11 remember them for their courage, service and sacrifices. Student assemblies will be held throughout the division the week of Nov. 9-13. The following 3 schools will be holding assemblies open to the public: Stonybrook Middle School Nov. 10 @9:15am SRSS Nov. 10 9:30am & 10:30am Green Valley School Nov. 10 @10:45am