Are you short a few hoodies at your house? T-shirts? We have a huge pile of lost and found articles in the front entryway of the school. Please come and take a look, and take home anything you think belongs to your child. The students have already looked through it, and there are still lots that are unclaimed!
On Tuesday, June 10, the Alberta Prairie Steam Train visited Stettler Elementary so that we could be part of their 25th anniversary celebration. The students met the famous Gabriel Dumont and were given a little history about the steam train. All of the students and staff received a t-shirt to celebrate 25th anniversary as well as a cupcake. Students were very excited to wear their t-shirts—some students put them on right away, and others wore their t-shirts for the rest of the week! Thank you to Alberta Prairie Steam Train for including us in their celebration.
A big thank you goes out to Mr. Dhillan Mahinder and Downtown Dry Cleaners for donating the cleaning of the special black vests that our show choir, choral speech, and classroom musical numbers wear throughout the year. The vests are now ready for another year of music and speech.
On Wednesday, June 11, grades 4 and 5 had their track meet. Students participated in many running and throwing events, and ended the day with relay races. A rain delay at noon meant that some of the events were finished on Thursday. Students ran hard through all of the weather conditions, and they will learn which level of participation ribbon they earned when we have our track assembly during the last week of school. Thank you to Mrs. Poapst and her team of teachers, teaching assistants, and parents, for a well-run, jam-packed day of fun and fitness.
The annual Grade Five Library Legacy Luncheon was held on Friday, June 13 for an enthusiastic and appreciative group of about 82 grade five students and their teachers. Funded by the Stettler Elementary School Council, this event provides a delicious lunch for everyone, as well as enabling our graduating students to leave a lasting legacy in our school. Each student selects a book to dedicate to our school library, and that student’s name and photograph are placed on the inside cover. Future generations of students recognize older siblings, neighbours, or family friends, and school staff is reminded of the many young lives that pass through our hallways.
We wish to extend a special thanks to all the parents who baked loads of cookies for this event and to the dedicated moms, dads, and friends who came out to help everything run smoothly. On hand that day to serve food and assist in so many other ways, were (and we sure hope we do not miss anyone!): Laura Norman (head organizer), Jill Barclay, Donna Strohschein, Danneilia Bradford, Danee Kranzler, Christel Shuckburgh, Becky Scott, Danea Whitford, Carla Collard, Tina Hoffman, Kris Satre, Judy-Lyn Sylvester, and Lori Anderson.
The Legacy Luncheon is always a bittersweet event. We are happy for the successes of our oldest group of students, but are sad to see them move on to the middle school. We wish them all the very best.
On Friday, June 13, SES had a bicycle safety rodeo that all grades participated in. A big thank-you goes to Constable Lewadniuk who organized this event for our students. The RCMP, along with a few parent volunteers, ran six stations. One of the stations included bike helmet safety where the students got to see how a proper helmet can save a brain injury. The students witnessed an egg in a helmet dropped from four feet onto the concrete and it did not break. Other stations included shoulder checking, riding through a busy intersection, riding in a figure eight, and bicycle maintenance. It was a great day as the students had fun and learned lots.
Field trips are continuing this week and next, with Grade 2 students going to Drumheller on Monday, June 23, to visit Coulee school and take a train ride through a mine. Grade 3s will also be away on June 23 as that is the day they go to Circle Square Ranch. Grade 2 and 3 students will be having their Track Meet on Tuesday, June 24.
Kindergarten-Grade 1 Fun Day was this Tuesday, June 17. Thank you to the many parents who came out to help run events, and to the classroom teachers and Mrs. Neitz for all of the organizing. Kindergarten will have their last day of school on Wednesday, June 18, and Grade 1s head to Drumheller on Tuesday, June 24, for their year-end field trip.
The hallways at SES are much quieter this week as the Grade 5s are all out at Circle Square Ranch for their annual Outdoor Camp. Thank you to the many parent volunteers, and the SES and Circle Square staffs for making it a wonderful week of learning and fun. Thank you, also, to Constable Lewadniuk (RCMP) and Mr. Todd Ponich (Conservation Officer) for coming out to Circle Square Ranch and giving interesting and informative presentations. The Grade 5 campers will return to SES at about 2 p.m. on Friday, and then students and teachers will spend the weekend catching up on sleep.
STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS