Enjoy the summer sun with your family and friends

It’s time to look forward to a well-earned summer vacation, with classes winding down slowly.

Sharon Fischer/Stettler Elementary School

As if the school year was not flying by fast enough, the month of June seems to be travelling at Mach II. We have had many incredible events and activities both inside and outside of the classrooms so far this month, and in the last few remaining days, we have a multitude more. On Friday, June 9, the Grade 5 classes travelled past Drumheller to the Atlas Coal Mine for an informative and historical tour. Students enjoyed a ride on a pony train and observed how to switch tracks. During the tipple tour, students took on the roles of miners and learned how mining operations worked and how miners were treated during the day. Students also donned lighted hard hats and went into the mine to get an authentic mine experience while learning about this integral part of Alberta’s history. The students reported that the trip was a lot of fun, but educational as well.

Then on Tuesday, June 13, our Grade 4-6 students participated in their track meet. We would like to send out a huge thank you to all of our awesome parent volunteers. We had many students set personal bests at this year’s track meet, along with some new records set. It was a fabulous day in terms of weather, and a great day for students to push themselves and to move beyond their comfort zone to see how well they could do. We are also very proud of our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who participated in their annual track meet/fun day on Wednesday, June 14. Again we had amazing parent help and support, and our students raced and played hard. We truly admire the resilience and cooperation of everyone as we had to move most of the fun day activities indoors due to the weather.

As part of the Animal Life Cycle unit, the Grade 3 classes painted lady butterflies in their classrooms. As well, over the last few weeks, the students in these classes were able to observe the stages of the butterfly life cycle. They saw them as caterpillars, pupae, and then as adult butterflies. On Thursday, June 15, the butterflies were released, and the students were able to cheer them on and say their goodbyes. On Friday, June 16, Mrs. Baltimore hosted Grade 6 students with a free period in which to enjoy breakfast, as well as each other’s company after earning at least 45 AR points this school year. Congratulations to these students and to all of the students in our school who have successfully done a plethora of reading throughout the school year.

Also on Friday, our Kindergarten students took part in their last theme day of the school year as they roamed through the hallways as pirates. The pirates appeared to be quite dastardly, but in reality they were just as kind and thoughtful as always. Only their costumes were frightening. As the Kindergarten students prepare to bid farewell for the school year, our Grade 6 students are working hard to complete Provincial Achievement Tests before they head out to Circle Square Ranch and then off to secondary school next year. The Grade 6 students wrote Part B of their LA PAT on Monday, June 19, and their Math PATs on Tuesday, June 20. They will be writing Social Studies and Science Provincial Achievement Tests later in the week.

On Tuesday, June 20, the Grade 2 and 3 students participated in their track meet and again we had amazing participation and parent volunteers. Thank you parents for being incredible and we appreciate all that you have done. None of our track meets would have been possible without the help of such great parent volunteers. As we move into the remainder of the year, we have field trips for each of the grades, classroom parties, and then report cards. On that note our final assembly was held on Friday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. As this is the final article that I will be submitting, I wish everyone a safe, wonderful, and relaxing summer. Enjoy the summer sun and time with your family and friends.


Contributed photo SES Grade 3 students after releasing their butterflies.

Contributed photo SES Grade 5 students on a field trip to the Atlas Coal Mine in Drumheller.

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