STETTLER ELEMENTARY NEWS — During the Professional Development Day on Friday, May 5, the staff at SES had the privilege of hearing Dr. Jody Carrington speak. Clearview School Division brought Dr. Carrington in to talk to the parents on Thursday evening, May 4, and therefore we were able to benefit from this by hosting her on Friday. She had an excellent message about relationships and the most important aspects of this people-centred profession. Her discussion was outstanding, and our staff truly benefited from having her spend time with us on that day. Our staff also worked on “Collaboration” and “Daily 5” initiatives during that day, so overall it was time very well spent.
On Monday, May 8, our school had our “Big Picture” taken and everyone looked great sporting their “Leader in Me” t-shirts. Show Choir also had their picture taken on that day. Our students also got to take part in the weekly “Mix It Up Monday”. Mondays now allow our students to play on any of the various playgrounds and many of our students use this opportunity to spend recess time with their buddies.
The annual book and swap sale also began on Monday, May 5. Monday and Tuesday was reserved for swappers. All students who brought books in for the sale were awarded certificates for shopping and they got to shop early. For every two books brought in they got to shop for one book at the sale. Then on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 the book sale was open to all students and books were purchased for 25 cents each.
On Thursday, May 11 our Grade 6 students wrote their first Provincial Achievement Test (PAT). The Language Arts Part A exam was scheduled for that day, so we saw many of our students do some very good writing. May 11 also saw our Grade 4 students travel to Red Deer to visit the Waste Management Facility as part of their science unit. The staff and students reported that the day was fun and extremely educational and worthwhile. On Friday, May 12, our students enjoyed hot lunch, which consisted of ham and eggers. We sincerely appreciate all of the parents who work together to make these special days such a treat and success for our school. Also on Friday, our Kindergarten students entertained their parents in song and dance as part of the Mother’s Day celebration. Our drama room was filled with moms who thoroughly appreciated all of the work these young students put into celebrating their mothers. We hope that all moms were pampered on Sunday, May 14, as they celebrated their best and most important job – that of being a mom.
Thank you to Mrs. Poapst who has organized basketball for our Grade 4-6 students who are interested in bettering their basketball skills. These extra practice sessions take place at 8 a.m. in the SES gym. We also have track meets coming and forms for parent volunteers have been sent home. If parents have not yet done so, we ask that you please return these forms to the school as soon as possible so our teachers can plan groups and events accordingly. Track meets are a tell-tale sign that spring has sprung and we certainly hope that you enjoy the rest of your week and the remainder of this beautiful month.