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Principal's MESSAGE (June 15, 2024)

Mark Bonikowsky

Dear REDFISH Families,


This past week was another busy one at REDFISH. Here are some happy highlights as we gear up for our final two school weeks of the school year…




No… This isn’t the latest K-Pop band or Snapchat dance trend.


This past Monday, 15 or so baby chicks pipped, zipped, and hatched their way into a brave new world in Mrs. Dehnel’s Homeroom 2 classroom. If you ever find yourself feeling a little grumpy… Consider gathering some fertile chicken eggs… throwing them into an incubator… and in 21 days… Voilà!... instant therapy.




No… The MMA is not coming to REDFISH. These are ‘ga-ga’ ball courts. Ga-ga (a Hebrew word meaning ‘tough-touch’) ball is a friendly derivation of dodgeball where players jump, dodge, run, and strike a soft, bouncy ball in an effort to become the last person remaining in the court (Wikipedia). So far, the REDFISH students are absolutely gaga for ga-ga ball!


The ga-ga ball court construction at REDFISH involved a joint venture between REDFISH Elementary and TRAFALGAR Middle School’s shop teacher, Mr. Piro. REDFISH would like to thank Mr. Piro all his time and effort, as well as the TRAFALGAR administration for their cooperation and support!




REDFISH’s own Aboriginal Education Success Teacher, Ms. Legg, capped of SD8’s “Health, Wellness, and Reconciliation” week with a ‘Run, Walk, Wheel’ event at REDFISH on Thursday afternoon. Students walked the trails along REDFISH Creek and read posters, that had been strategically placed by Ms. Legg, displaying pertinent calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. That was followed by a school-wide, 20-minute timed run where students ran laps of the building to Indigenous pop music before enjoying a couple of complimentary slices of pizza courtesy of Ms. Legg’s ABED program. 




REDFISH students have been enjoying a couple of school ground upgrades this spring including brand new soccer nets and ga-ga ball courts.





JUNE 19-21 (HR5 to Fort Steele)


JUNE 21 (GR1-3 to Sunshine Bay Regional Park)


JUNE 26 (Last Day of Classes)


JUNE 26 (T3 Learning Updates Posted to MyED)


JUNE 27 (Administrative Day)



Take care!


Mark Bonikowsky | Principal

REDFISH Elementary School (SD8)

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