Graduating class of 2017 visits SES for one last time

Last week was short, but a very busy one, particularly for the Kindergarten students.

Wm. E. Hay graduands parade through the halls of SES one last time meeting with younger students.

STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — Last week was a short week, but a very busy one, particularly for the Kindergarten students. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, May 24 and 25, our Kindergarten students built birdhouses at the Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus woodshop with dads, granddads, and some moms. We extend our gratitude to Mr. Mike Van Landuyt for helping to organize and for working with our young students. We also appreciate the assistance of Mr. Bob Poapst, Mr. David Teasdale, and all of our kindergarten teachers who also spent these evenings helping our students with their building projects. On Friday, May 26, our kindergarten students dressed in their finest letter characters to participate in Letterland Day.

The kindergarten students paraded through our assembly on Friday morning to remind the students at Stettler Elementary School about the letters and the sounds that they make.

Also parading on Friday were the Grade 12 students from Wm. E. Hay. We were thrilled to welcome this year’s graduating class to parade through the hallways at SES as our students cheered them on and congratulated them on their accomplishment. Our students often focus on “Beginning With the End in Mind,” so this was a fabulous way for our students to visualize the end of their first school journey.

We extend our best wishes and congratulations to all of the 2017 graduates. We are proud of your accomplishment and wish you the very best on all of your future endeavours.

Also on Friday, May 26, our Grade 6 students from Mrs. Prehn’s Social Studies 6 class walked to the town office as a part of their government unit. We would like to take an opportunity to thank Mayor Dick Richards and the Town of Stettler for giving Mrs. Prehn’s class the opportunity to explore the town’s council chamber and participate in discussions about our municipal government. It is important for our young leaders to be reminded of their voice, as well as their responsibilities, within our community, and we appreciate the time that was spent with us during that tour.

In other news, The Battle of the Books has wrapped up for this school year. Students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 were challenged to read a collection of books, and then attended meetings where they vied against each other to answer questions relating to the books. The overall book reading champions were the Grade 6 Book Brainiacs: Bret Hymers, Zoe Norman, Carter Olson, and Bianca Brugman. Congratulations to these excellent readers.

On Monday, May 29, I had the privilege of travelling to Innisfail, along with senior administration from Clearview, to participate in the Zone 4 awards ceremony. First year teacher, Aimee Roste represented Clearview School Division as the Best Beginning Teacher for our division. The Edwin Parr Award for Zone 4 was announced at this awards banquet. We are very proud of Aimee and all of the great work she has done this year.

The school year is rapidly drawing to a close and June is almost here. As we enter this final month of the school year, we look ahead with great anticipation. We have a number of track meets and field trips coming up, and our students are excited to participate in these. With the warm weather and the full upcoming calendar, the month is bound to fly by quickly, but we are looking very forward to this very busy time of year.

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