Message from the Principal

Welcome to Menno Simons Christian School!

We are pleased that you have taken the time to visit the Menno Simons Christian School website. Our hope is that you find our website to be user-friendly, and after your visit, you will have a good idea of all we have to offer.

Menno Simons Christian School is a wonderful place for students to grow spiritually, educationally, get involved, and have a meaningful Elementary and Junior High school experience. We are based on Anabaptist philosophy and teaching’ that believes students need to be nurtured in their faith, ask questions in an open environment and form their own faith within a Christian community. Our school emphasizes community, service, peacemaking and the centrality of Christ at the core. We do believe in educating the whole child with both classroom and extra-curricular programs as integral. We strive to create an environment where each and every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success.

We do commit as a community to create a healthy and caring school climate characterized by respect, care and welcome. We also commit as a staff to a journey of improvement, innovation, creativity and assessment, providing rich and varied learning experiences to meet the diverse classroom needs.

All of this is made possible by strong partnerships that are developed with our parents and churches. I hope that our website will assist in the endeavor. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Go Mustangs!

Philip Knafla

Principal Menno Simons Christian School

Principal's Perspective

Principal's Perspective - Take One!

As we begin the transition to the third term, I am amazed by the wonderful joy in the students as they move through their learning activities. It also reminds me sometimes how we don’t always know what happens in our class and in other classes. So I have decided to try my hand at a blog, roughly every 3-4 weeks, to help communicate to the community the great things happening in our school, from my perspective.

Did you know that since February: We had students go to the Citizenship ceremony downtown, to see new Canadians sworn in?  That several grades went to the Telus Science center? We had a professional Storm Chaser present to Grades 5-9 about weather science and his life/work? Had all of Div 1 go skating? Had all of Div 2/3 go skiing? Had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate our new water fountains? Went winter camping one weekend? Had a “Are you ready for Junior High” parent/student meeting one evening? Have a Junior High student leadership group that meets once a week? A girls group meeting once a week with our school health nurse to discuss issues? Have a debate club meeting consistently, and that we are sending students to an international competition called Scholar’s Cup in April? That Grade 9s may now leave campus and walk for lunch roughly every other week? That we exceeded our goal again in our second Book Fair? That students went to the Glenbow Museum? That Seussical the Musical is going to be opening late April? That our school was the featured school on Palliser’s website for Anti-bullying (pink shirt) day, with Miss Brown sharing our activities and vision? That the Grade 3s painted easter eggs in the traditional Ukrainian style? That the Junior Highs held a fun “Spring Social” one day after school, where over 50 of them attended, and that it was organized and coordinated by the students themselves?

Whew! Sometimes, while things seem “normal and calm” from the outside, it is humbling to see all the things that our students are experiencing on a weekly basis. We could not, of course, accomplish most of this without the amazing support of parents and students - the number of volunteers at some of these events was a true blessing to the activities. The amount of parents at the ski and skate trips alone was incredible! We are excited to continue on this journey together, and look forward to more opportunities to be in community with Christ in this wonderful building.

 

Next blog: How do I help my child in Mathematics, when I’m not confident in Math myself?

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