A Vibrant Community
Star Academy is a vibrant community of active students and teachers. Students are empowered to initiate clubs and activities that interest them and teachers support these ideas. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 participate in a variety of recess clubs and volunteer in our library. Our community outreach fundraisers have all seen high participation levels this year.
The Star school day begins at 8:30 a.m. with classes running until 3:10 p.m. Morning drop-off begins at 8 a.m. and pick up is between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Homework club begins daily at 3:30 p.m. and is optional with an additional fee of $15.00 per daily session. Aftercare supervision is available following homework club from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily for an additional $5.00.
Clubs, Sports, Community Service
Clubs and activities vary season to season at Star. Many are student-driven and supervised by our staff. Giving back begins at home, and students enjoy volunteering within the school environment for projects they are interested in being a part of. The Star community participates in Terry Fox Day, Food Drives, WE projects and more.
Sports and special interest clubs, yearbook and more run at recess times during the school day. All students Kindergarten to Grade 8 are encouraged to get involved!
Star Academy is a nut-free environment. For the safety of all, children are not allowed to bring food to school that contains nuts. Children with anaphylaxis are required to wear an Epi-pen as well as to have one kept in the school office. Changes to their allergy protocol must be kept updated in the school office.
+ Lost and Found
Lost and found is in the school office. We highly recommend that clothing pieces are labeled, (www.mabelslabels.com) as it is difficult to return unlabelled uniform pieces. Each term we lay out items in the lost and found. Items that are not claimed are donated to a local charity.
+ Curriculum Guidelines
Star Academy follows the provincial curriculum guidelines at all grade levels and also individualizes programming for students based on careful assessment. Star has daily French instruction for all grade levels, beginning at Kindergarten, and daily Physical Education for all students.
Star teachers engage children and create a community that loves to learn by teaching with cross-curricular and project-based learning experiences. Independent and group projects enhance student’s their learning skills and create engaged learners in our classrooms.
Star Academy formally reports three times each academic year. An interim report in late October, and a comprehensive report midway through the year and at the end of the school year. Star report cards reflect on your child’s growth against the Star Pillars, the six provincial Learning Skills, and all curriculum areas.
+ Parent Involvement
Regular Parent Committee meetings are held to discuss the growth and development of Star Academy, receive input on school programmes, and to create committees and support for new school initiatives. The school welcomes parent involvement in a variety of ways around the school and asks for parental assistance throughout the year as it is needed.
+ Parent Communication
Star Academy sends a weekly parent newsletter via Mail Chimp each Monday morning. It is critical that parents read the newsletter each week as it is our primary communication tool. This newsletter contains important information for the current week, as well as events, activities, and reminders for the upcoming weeks.
In addition, homeroom teachers send a weekly end of week email which contains information in regard to their own classroom. These also may include anecdotal information about the past week, pictures, and things they are looking forward to learning.
Parent interviews are held twice each school year. In addition, parent meetings may be arranged when a parent or teacher feels it is necessary throughout the school year.
All Star staff have email and usually are able to respond in about 24 hours (Monday to Friday emails).