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Director's March Break Message - March 7, 2019
After the onslaught of another active winter in the ‘snow belt’ of Bruce and Grey Counties, we can finally say that the official start of spring on March 20 is looming on the horizon!  Hopefully some spring-like weather will begin to emerge during the March Break next week for all our students and families to enjoy.  

Speaking of which, the weeklong respite from classes certainly does not mean that learning must take a pause.  In fact, March Break provides an excellent opportunity for students at all grade levels to engage in a vast variety of experiential and outdoor learning activities.  Whether it is physical fitness, the arts, science or technology, we are incredibly lucky to have an abundance of recreational facilities, libraries, museums, and other organizations in our local communities offering a range of youth programs at this time of year.  Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to check with their schools or peruse online regarding March Break events, activities, and programs in their respective municipalities.  If you search, there is a lot to find!  

Regardless of how you choose to spend March Break, I hope you can take a breather from the busyness of the regular schedule and enjoy some well-deserved moments of relaxation in the company of family and friends.  If you happen to be working through this period, I encourage you to seek out these moments wherever possible.  This includes several of our dedicated Bluewater District School Board staff, whose critically important roles require them to ensure the continued smooth operation of our schools and board facilities while others are away.  I thank each one of you for your hard work and professionalism via the many duties and obligations you fulfill.      

Taking a brief glimpse ahead, an exciting full slate awaits following March Break.  We look forward to this year’s Regional Technological Skills Challenge in Owen Sound on Friday, March 22.  Coordinated by our staff in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), this event provides our secondary students enrolled in skilled trades related technology courses a chance to compete in front of local industry judges in several categories, such as Automotive, Welding, Culinary, and Hairstyling, among others.  Over the years, several of our students have advanced from this challenge to compete and garner awards at the provincial and national levels!  As the warmer weather settles in, there will also be a multitude of spring activities at our schools.  Please be sure to monitor our board website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, for updates on the many spring happenings in Bluewater.  We will also soon be featuring the first round of newsletters for our newly elected and re-elected trustees.  These will be posted beginning in April on our board site and social media, and on our school websites.    

In the meantime, I send along best wishes to all our students, staff, families, trustees, volunteers, partners, and community members for a very safe and rewarding March Break!

Alana Murray
Director of Education

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