Students and teachers at Christ King Catholic School welcomed parents, siblings and the public into their classrooms on Wednesday, Sept. 21, during the annual open house.
“We use the (open house) so students have the opportunity to introduce their parents to their new teachers, and show them their new classroom and around the school,” Veronica Pinkoski, principal of Christ King, said.
The colourful hallways of Christ King have new additions this year, as staff have hung special banners throughout the school, and have increased technology available at the school, Pinkoski noted.
“We have new banners…to reinforce the habits of highly effective people and children,” she said. “We also have increased our number of chromebooks and iPads to allow for one to one access for all students in the school.”
Turn-out to the open house was on par with previous years, Pinkoski said, which kept teachers busy as they met and chatted with parents, set up activities in their classrooms, and monitored playing children.
In Miss Delhommeau’s Kindergarten classroom, kids played in the little house set up in one corner of the classroom while she chatted with parents.
“I’m just showing parents around,” she said. “Parents get to see what their kids are doing at school.”
Her Kindergarten class has 21 kids, which is a pretty big number – it definitely keeps Delhommeau on her toes.
In the library, the Grade 8 class has been set up. The school is bursting at its seams, and with no classroom available to them, the library became the only option for the Grade 8s. During the first period of the day, the class is in gym, which gives students in other classrooms time to use the library, Tara Kreus, Grade 8 teacher, explained.
Despite the crowded school, Pinkoski said she did not foresee any “pressing difficulties.”
“The classroom/library/computer station area has been used as (a classroom) for the last few years, and works well for our larger classes,” she explained. “Our school has increased in numbers over the past few years.”
With the lease of Association of Communities Against Abuse’s (ACAA) lease on part of the school space expiring in the near future, the school may be able to expand.
“Central office staff and the school board are considering the recently vacated leased space as they plan opportunities in their future plans for the school,” Pinkoski confirmed.