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Saskatoon Public Schools recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to recognizing the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

The school division is moving the professional development/planning day for teachers scheduled for Oct. 8 to Sept. 30. This means there will be no classes for all prekindergarten to Grade 12 students on Thursday, Sept. 30.

As a result of this change, Friday, Oct. 8, will be a regular school day for all students in the division. An updated school calendar is available on the division's website here.

The move will allow students to be with their families to honour the day and take part in reconciliation events in the community. The school division is planning age-appropriate learning opportunities and activities during the week leading up to Sept. 30.

Starting this year, Sept. 30 has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday. Currently, the provincial government does not recognize the day as a statutory holiday. Since all Saskatchewan school divisions are provincially legislated, September 30 is not a statutory holiday in our schools.

Our school division will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on September 29. Students are encouraged to wear orange that day. There will be activities and lessons in schools that will foster students’ understanding of the impact of residential schools, ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Saskatoon Public Schools has recognized Orange Shirt Day for several years. It has been a day for learning and reflection on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people due to Canada’s residential school system, and to ensure the impact and legacy is not forgotten. Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, B.C. in 2013. The orange shirt is a symbol of the many losses experienced by thousands of students and families due to residential schools. Learn more at

Orange Shirt Day is one of many actions Saskatoon Public Schools undertakes as part of the division’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. 

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/14/2021 3:21 PM
Schools working to ReConnect with students, families

Reconnect Option 1 news.jpgBack to school is an opportunity for schools, students, and families to ReConnect.

As schools begin 2021-22 school year, Saskatoon Public Schools is offering additional resources and supports to help students reengage with their learning following a challenging year of learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw many students and families lose their connection to learning and school. Families may have relocated, students may have allowed their studies or attendance to lapse, or involvement in online learning may have broken links with their school community.

"The Ministry of Education has provided some additional funding to support our school division and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Superintendent of Education Colleen Norris. "We know attendance is critical to learning so we have used these funds in a way that we think is going to help engage families and make them feel comfortable with returning to school."

ReConnect is a key component of the school division's post-pandemic learning plan. Beginning in August and continuing into the school year, outreach workers will work hand-in-hand with selected elementary schools and collegiates. They will contact students and families to rebuild or strengthen connections with their school, identify impediments or factors that affected attendance, and connect them with additional community-based supports if needed.

The initiative includes support for Grade 1 students who didn't attend kindergarten last year as well as funding to support early years literacy.

"We have plans in place with our learning support teachers in grades one to 3 for students to have targeted literacy support. We are using techniques and strategies of teaching that we know are effective and we are putting more funds into that particular area for those grades," Norris said.

Through home visits and other means, outreach workers will directly contact families who may need support in ensuring a smooth return to in-person learning for their children. Workers will help expediate the registration process and collect information that will be of value to the school and help teachers make connections to students.

At the collegiate level, outreach staff will support students during the registration process with information and assistance in areas such as completion of a registration form prior to arrival at school and will work with the school to set up an appointment time with a school counsellor for registration and course selection.

Engaging students who had inconsistent attendance during the 2020-21 school year and supporting student mental health is a focus at all levels from kindergarten to Grade 12.

ReConnect workers are supporting families in  the following elementary school communities: Howard Coad, Mayfair, Princess Alexandra, Pleasant Hill, Sutherland, wâhkôhtowin, and Westmount. The collegiates being supported by ReConnect workers are: Bedford Road, Centennial, Mount Royal, Nutana, Tommy Douglas, and Walter Murray.

The challenges faced during the past school year went beyond classroom learning. Many students, families, and staff report feeling disconnected with the community of school and with classmates and teachers. The effect of COVID-19 restrictions meant many people haven't had the opportunity to connect on a daily or regular basis.

Staff well-being is a key component to ensuring students and families have the opportunity to reconnect to the community and routine of in-person learning this fall.

"Our focus at Saskatoon Public Schools is to make sure our staff feel reconnected and positive, and we can connect with each other," Norris said. "We know that when we are in a good place mentally and physically, we do better for our students. Then we are going to go about reconnecting our students and our families, so they are also ready to reengage with school."

More information and contact details are available at

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/13/2021 1:00 PM
School community councils holding annual meetings

scc2.jpgSaskatoon Public Schools' school community councils (SCC) hold annual meetings to elect representatives for the 2021-22 school year. 

Annual meetings are held in either the spring or fall of the school year.

The SCC acts in an advisory role to the school, the Board of Education and other agencies and organizations. The primary purpose of a SCC is to develop shared responsibility for the learning success and well-being of all children and youth; and encourage and facilitate parent and community engagement in school planning and improvement processes. School community councils meet at least five times each year, in addition to the annual general meeting.

Saskatoon Public Schools encourages and enables SCCs to embrace a wide membership of parents and community so that the membership is as representative of the school community as possible.

For more information on school community councils and member eligibility please contact the school in your neighbourhood.

School holding annual meetings during September and October are:

Alvin Buckwold — September 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Brunskill — September 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Caswell — September 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

City Park — September 20, 2021, 7 p.m.

Colette Bourgonje — September 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. John G. Egnatoff — September 23, 2021, 7 p.m.

Dundonald — September 9, 2021, 7 p.m.

Ernest Lindner — September, 22, 2021, 6 p.m.

Fairhaven — September 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Greystone Heights — September 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Henry Kelsey — September 27, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Holliston — September 14, 2021, 7 p.m.

John Lake — September 21, 2021, 7 p.m.

King George — September 29, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeview — October 27, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Marion M. Graham — September 20, 2021, 7 p.m.

Montgomery  — October 24, 2021, 8 p.m.

North Park Wilson – September 15, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Pleasant Hill — September 20, 2021, 10 a.m.

Princess Alexandra — September 9, 2021, 10 a.m.

Queen Elizabeth — October 4, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m.

River Heights — September 21, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m.

Roland Michener — September 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Silverspring — September 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Silverwood Heights — October 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Sutherland — September 22, 2021, 7 p.m.

Sylvia Fedoruk — September 27, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Vincent Massey — September 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Wildwood — October 5, 2021, 7 p.m.

W. P. Bate — September 20, 2021, 4 p.m.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/13/2021 10:28 AM