Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week of Sept. 10 ~ 14

What a great first week we had here at New Humble Centre.  It was wonderful seeing all of the students and hearing about their summer adventures.  

Everyone settled into routines quickly and are hard at work.  It is so nice to see the kindergarten room filled with more little bodies this year.  

Thanks to everyone that was able to make it out to the Welcome Back BBQ and the School Council/Parent Group Meeting.  We do  understand that fall is a busy time for all of the farming families but it would be wonderful to see more parents out for the School Council and Parent Group meeting.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 @ 6:00 pm.  

Friday, Sept. 7 was Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day.  Students were encouraged to dress in yellow and blue to match the Ukrainian Flag.  Students and staff were treated to a traditional Ukrainian lunch of perogies and sausage compliments of the Parent Group.  Thank you to the Parent Group for providing the delicious lunch!

Mark Your Calandars

Staff Welcome Back & Professional Development~

There will be no school for students this Friday, Sept. 14 as it is the District Welcome Back Service and a Staff Professional Development Day.

Terry Fox Run/Walk ~ 

Thursday, September 27 is the school Terry Fox Run/Walk.  It will begin at 2:30 in the gym.  All families are welcome to join us.  

Orange Shirt Day ~ 

We will be having Orange Shirt Day on Friday, Sept. 28th.  Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in the spirit of reconciliation with our First Nations people.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome Back

Welcome Back Everyone to another exciting year at NHCS!  We hope that you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to get back into a routine and rigor of school.

I do realize that this blog post may be somewhat lengthy but please take the time to read through it as it highlights events and procedures for the entire year.

NHCS 2018-2019 Staff

Mrs. Mertens - Kindergarten
Mrs. LaGrandeur - Gr. 1/2
Mrs. Hansen - Gr. 3/4
Mrs. Martinoff - Gr. 5/6 & Counselor
Mrs. Lacey - EA & Custodian
Mrs. deMilliano - EA
Mrs. Micku - Librarian
Mrs. Austin - Secretary
Mrs. Hawkins - Principal

September Kindergarten Days

4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, & 28

September Birthdays

Lynn Bakker - 1st

Bell Schedule for 2018-2019 School Year

8:10am - Busses Arrive & Supervision Begins
8:20am - Entry Bell
8:25am - Classes Begin
10:00am - 10:20am - Morning Recess
11:55am - 12:15pm - Lunch
12:15pm - 12:40 - Recess
1:45pm - 2:05pm - Afternoon Recess
3:15pm - Dismissal

Please note that we have made changes to the length of each class and therefore some of the recess times have changed.  The timetable can be found on our website.

Early Dismissal

Early Dismissals for staff meetings will be on the 1st Wednesday of each month starting in October.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30pm on these days.

Monthly Assemblies

Our monthly assemblies will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 8:30am.  If your child will be receiving special recognition at an assembly you will be notified prior to that Thursday.  Everyone is welcome to attend the assemblies! We would love to see you there!

Please note that the September assembly will be the exception to this as we are having a Welcome Back Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 10:30.  Please join us if you are available.

School Fees

There is an Enhanced Kindergarten Fee of $80.00.  There are no school fees for students in Gr. 1 - 6

School Zone Times

New Humble Centre would like to thank our local law enforcement for keeping our students safe and for enforcing the school zone speed limits.

School Zone Times:
     8:00am - 9:30am
     11:30am - 1:30 pm
     3:00pm - 4:30pm

Student Absences

For the safety of our students, it is extremely important to notify the school if your child will be late or absent.  If the school is not notified, we are obligated to phone your home or office to confirm the absence.  Students who arrive late must report to the office before going to class.

Alternate After School Plans

If your child will be going home in a different manner than what is typical, such as getting picked up by yourself or someone else, going with another parent, or not taking the bus, please contact the school and let us know of these arrangements.  Often times students think there is a change of plans when really there are none.  

If your child typically takes the bus and we do not know they are being picked up, it is our policy to send them on the bus.  We do not want to send a child home to an empty house so please let us know.  

Thank you for your cooperation in this manner.

School Visitors

For the safety of our students,staff, and visitors, all school visitors must first report to the office before going to another part of the school. 

Student Handbook

Please take a moment to review the student handbook with your child.  The student handbook can be found on our website under parents and students or by clicking here handbook.  The handbook explains things that are happening at the school such as our Emergency Procedures and student expectations.

Student Grades

This year NHCS will be using a new method of reporting student grades.  All grades will be live on PowerSchool.  That means that you will be able to access your child's grades at anytime simply by logging into your PowerSchool account.   As this is a new process for us, please bear with us as I am sure there will be some growing pains. 

Reports will be sent home twice this year - Jan. 31, 2019 and June 27, 2019. 

Please also check our Guide to Student Assessment and Achievement.  You can find the Guide on our website or by clicking this link Guide

If at any time you have questions about how your child is doing in school, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

School Apparel

School wear can be ordered anytime throughout the year from Entripy.  You can choose your style and customize your design.  Simply go NHCS School Apparel to shop for the latest school wear.

Mark Your Calendar 

Welcome Back BBQ ~

The Welcome Back BBQ will be on Wednesday, September 5 @ 5:45.  The event will begin with open classrooms at 5:45.  At 6:00 everyone will convene in the gym for introductions and the BBQ.  Election of new officers for the School Council and PTA will follow at 6:30.  All parents are welcome and are encouraged to attend the School Council Meeting.  

Terry Fox Run/Walk ~

On Thursday, Sept. 27 we will once again be having our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk.  We will start the walk @ 2:25 with a short presentation in the gym.  Please come out and join us!

Orange Shirt Day ~

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations to come.  Students and staff are encouraged to wear an Orange Shirt on Friday, Sept. 28 to honour Orange Shirt Day.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Week of June 18th - 22nd

It is hard to believe that we are into our last full week of school.  Didn't we just have the Christmas Concert?  

It looks like we are going to be experiencing a bit of a heat wave this week.  Please make sure that your child brings a water bottle to school so that they can drink lots of water to stay hydrated.  They should also bring a hat to wear outside at recess.

Staff Appreciation Lunch ~

The staff would like to thank the Parent Group for the fabulous lunch that was prepared for them on Thursday, June 14th.  Also, thank you to Pam Hebner and 
Cheryl te Reitstap for supervising the students while the staff enjoyed their lunch!

Provincial Achievement Tests ~

Our grade 6 students will be writing their PATs this week.  On Monday they will write the language arts Part B test which is Reading Comprehension and then on Tuesday they will be completing the math test.  We wish them the best of luck on their tests!

School Track Day ~

Our students are gearing up for the yearly track meet which will be held on Thursday, June 21. Lunch orders were due last  Friday, June 15th.  Guest will be able to purchase lunch that day.

We will be following the same format for the track meet as last year.  In the morning the students will be divided into groups by their age where they will compete against other students of the same gender and age.  In the afternoon students will be divided into family groups to compete in a variety of activities with their family group.  

Parking is always an issue at the school as space is limited. This year we are asking that everyone park on the south side of the school.  We will only have one event happening on the south side of the school this year.  When parking, please be careful of the students that are moving to and from that event.  Thank you.

We will not be having  a rain out date. The hamburger/hot dog lunch will be served on Thursday, June 21th regardless. 

Parking ~

We are asking that if you are parking in the lanes in the middle of the parking lot, please remember that those are meant to be two parking spots.  Please pull up as far as possible if you are in the front of the lanes.  Thank you!  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Week of June 11 - 16

Student of the Month ~

Congratulations to the following students for receiving Student of the Month for May.  

Johanna A - Gr. 1                     Mike B - Gr. 5
Grayson J - Gr. 2                      Lucas M - Gr. 5
Reid O - Gr. 2                           Aron M - Gr. 6
Kobe C - Gr. 3

Golden Garbage Can Award ~

Congratulations to the following students for going above and beyond to help keep NHCS so neat and tidy!

Kinsley T - K                              Megan G - Gr. 3
Brynn O - Gr. 1                          Austin N.F - Gr. 4
Emily P - Gr. 2                           Rhylynn F - Gr. 5
Tolson H - Gr. 2                          Madison M - Gr. 5

Library Award Winners ~

Grady F from Gr. 1 and Colby A from Gr. 6 were the lucky students to have their names selected from the library draw.  Congratulations Colby and Grady!

Rainbow Lunch Prize Winner ~

Congratulations to Wyatt H for participating in the Rainbow Lunch and for having his name drawn for the LRC pass.  Way to go Wyatt!

Summer Camps ~

The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is offering a couple of summer camps.  

The Calmar Bench Show ~

Dear Parents & Students:

The Calmar Fair is being held on August 18, 2018 and we are extending an invitation to all individuals and families to come out and participate in our Bench Show, the “Old Fashioned Country Fair”. This is a friendly competition for all ages and also a great way to see what our kids have done in school or elsewhere, so we can showcase their talents and abilities. The Calmar Fair Bench Show is taking place in the Calmar Curling Arena during the Calmar Fair, with entries being submitted on Thursday, August 16. Judging will take place on Friday, August 17 and the Show will be open to the public on Saturday, August 18 from 8 AM - 3:30 PM.

This is an opportunity for anyone to compete with any project or interest that they may have. It does not matter if your interest is in art, writing, baking, photography, woodworking or horticulture, we have a category and competition for you! The Bench Show is the perfect place for you to display and compete with any of your school projects or work that you have done during the school year.

This year we are excited to again include: Lego Construction

There will be many different categories in which to compete. If you like to build with Lego, here is your opportunity to make your masterpiece, showcase it to the community and compete against other lego-minded kids. Let’s make this the “BIGGEST LEGO COMPETITION IN ALBERTA!”

There will also be a Tractor Pull Competition!
This competition is divided into four age groups:
4-5 year olds
6-7 year olds
8-10 years olds
11-12 year olds

Register at the Bench Show on Saturday, August 18. The competition will be running throughout the day.
Please check out our extensive list of categories by finding us online at or picking up a Contest Guide at the Calmar town office.

Bring your entries to the Calmar Curling Rink on Thursday, August 16. The competition will be open for display to the public on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

We will have a concession to provide hot and cold drinks along with pie and ice cream. Come and sit for a while and visit with your friends and neighbors. Bring your whole family out to see the Bench Show on Saturday, August 18, 2018 for a fun filled day!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


I do realize that this looks like a very long post but please take the time to read through it as there is very important information pertaining to our last month of school.  

Kindergarten Days

5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, & 27

June Birthdays

Colten G - 2nd                            Taylor P - 20th
Ben R - 5th                                  Emily P - 25th
Kylie T - 5th                                Mike B - 26th
Alissa K - 12th

July Birthdays 

Rhylinn F - 2nd                            Anna M - 21st
Kianna L - 5th                              Grayson H - 26th

August Birthdays

Cailey T - 9th                               Colby B - 17th

University of Alberta Botanic Gardens ~

The whole school went on a field trip to the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, May 29.  Each of the groups spent the morning collecting organisms that live in the pond as well as trying their luck at catching some frogs. The afternoon was spent playing games where they had to take on the role of an animal or bird.  The students had so much fun they didn't even realize they were learning so much about science.  

Thank you to Mrs. Korteweg and Mrs. Kabanuk for coming along to help supervise.

To see more of the pictures, come to the school and watch the monitor outside of the gym.

Leduc Rodeo Poster Contest ~

Congratulations to Garrett A and Aron M for winning the Leduc Rodeo Poster Contest.  Garrett was presented with tickets to one of the Rodeo performances and Aron received a backpack with filled with items and tickets to the LRC.  Way to go, gentlemen!

All of the Gr. 5/6 art work will be on display at the LRC if you would like to check it out!

Mark Your Calendar 

Early Dismissal ~ 

Early Dismissal will be on Wednesday, June 6th. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.

Assembly ~ 

The June assembly will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 8:30 am.  If your child is being recognized at the assembly their teacher will let you know.

Everyone is welcome to attend the assembly.

District Track Meet ~ 

Forty six students will be representing  New Humble Centre School at the District Track Meet on Friday, June 8th at Riverview Middle School in Devon.  We wish all the participants the best of luck in all of their events.

Gr. 5/6 Year End Field Trip ~ 

The Gr. 5/6 class is planning their year end kick off for Friday, June 15th with a trip into the city to do Laser Tag/Bowling in the morning and an Escape Room in the afternoon.  They will be returning to the school where they will be having supper, playing some games, and ending it off with a sleep over at the school.  

Provincial Achievement Tests ~ 

The Gr. 6 students have already written the Part A of the Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test.  The remaining tests are scheduled for:

Monday, June 18 - LA Part B (Reading Comprehension)
Tuesday, June 19 - Math Part A (Timed Facts) and Part B (Problems)  

It is important that the students get a good night's sleep the night before each test and have a nutritious breakfast each morning of the test.  There is plenty of research to support the benefits of good nutrition on school performance.

School Track Meet ~ 

Our students are gearing up for the yearly track meet which will be held on Thursday, June 21st . Lunch orders are due by Friday, June 15th.  

We will be following the same format for the track meet as last year.  In the morning the students will be divided into groups by their age where they will compete against other students of the same gender and age.  In the afternoon students will be divided into family groups to compete in a variety of activities with their family group.  

Parking is always an issue at the school as space is limited. This year we are asking that everyone park on the south side of the school.  We will only have one event happening on the south side of the school this year.  When parking, please be careful of the students that are moving to and from that event.  Thank you.

Due to the late timing of this year's track day we will not be able to schedule a rain out date. The hamburger/hot dog lunch will be served on Thursday, June 21st regardless. 

Gr. 6 Farewell ~ 

On Monday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. we will be having our Gr. 6 Farewell.  The staff hosts this event as an opportunity to say 'Thank You' to the Gr. 6 students for all of the contributions that they have made to New Humble Centre School and to wish them all the best in their future.  

Kindergarten Graduation ~ 

The kindergarten class will be celebrating their year of learning with a Kindergarten Graduation on Tuesday, June 26th in the morning. Mrs. Mertins will provide further details to the kindergarten parents.

Celebration of Learning ~ 

On Tuesday, June 26th at 2:30 p.m. we will be having our Celebration of Learning.  Students will be recognized for their contributions made throughout the year.  If your child will be receiving an award, your child's teacher will be in touch with you.  Here is a list of the awards that will be given out.

Love of Learning - Given to one student per grade.

Citizenship - Given to one student per grade.

Pursuit of Excellence - Given to multiple students in Gr. 4-6 that received honours.  

Panther Award - Given to 1 female and 1 male student in grade six.  This is a sports award.

Academic - Given to the top academic student in Gr. 6.  This award will be handed out at the Gr. 6 Farewell.

Division Track Meet presentations will also be made at this time.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there.
This is also a great time to help your child take home all of their supplies that were used throughout the year.

Last Day of Classes ~ 

The last day of classes will be on Wednesday, June 27th. The teachers are busy planning year end field trips to celebrate the class' year of learning together. All students are encouraged to attend the field trip with their class. As this is a regular school day, if a child is not going on the field trip with their class, they are always welcome to stay back at the school.  Participating in the field trip of other classes is not an option.

K - Gr. 2 will be going to the Leduc Recreation Centre.
Gr. 3 - 6 will be going to the West Edmonton Waterpark.

Report Cards ~

Report cards will go home on Wednesday, June 27th.  If your child will not be at school that day, their report card will be mailed at to them. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Week of May 28th - June 1

Kindergarten Open House ~

On Friday, May 25 the children that will be attending kindergarten in the fall were invited to spend part of the morning at school.  It was great to see how quickly they all settled in and how comfortable they were to participate in the activities.  We look forward to having all of them attend regularly in the fall.

District High Jump Competition ~

Seven of our students are representing NHCS at the District High Jump competition in New Sarepta.  We wish all competitors the best of luck.

University of Alberta Botanic Gardens ~

On Tuesday, May 29th the whole school will be going to the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens to participate in a variety of science based curriculum activities.  Please remember that the students should dress in layers.  Also, here is list of other things to bring:  running shoes and/or rubber boots, a change of clothing, sunscreen, bug spray, and a bagged lunch.  

Stay tuned for pictures of the event. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Week of May 14th - 19th

I hope that all of our NHCS moms had a wonderful Mother's Day!  

This will be our last week of swimming.  Reports back say that everyone is doing a great job at learning and practicing new swimming skills.  The students definitely come back to the school very tired.

The Gr. 3-6 classes will go on Tuesday and the K-Gr.2 will go on Thursday.  

Scholastic Book Orders ~ 

Just a reminder that the Scholastic Book Orders are due Thursday, May 17th.

Staff Planning and Development Day ~ 

There will be no school on Friday, May 18th as it is a Staff Planning and Development Day.

Victoria Day ~

There will be no school on Monday, May 21st as it is Victoria Day.  

Enjoy the extra long weekend!

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