On the last day of school before Christmas break

SES students head to Canyon Ski

STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -- Happy New Year to each and every one of you! We have only been in school for a handful of days during 2017...

STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — Happy New Year to each and every one of you! We have only been in school for a handful of days during 2017, but already it has been fantastic. It was so nice to get back into routine and back to the very many daily hugs. There is nothing better than getting warm hugs from so many young ladies and gentlemen. Seeing all of the smiling faces getting off of the bus or being dropped off in the morning makes every day a great day. It has definitely been a chilly start to the new year, but it has also been a fabulous start. Our students arrived back to school on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and quickly returned to the routine of classes, intramurals, and to student-led clubs. On Friday, Jan. 6, our incredible parents made pancakes and sausages for the first hot lunch of 2017.

On Monday, Jan. 9, our Grade 1 teachers took part in a Mathematics Professional Learning Day. There they learned some valuable information about the upcoming new math curriculum. Also on that date, we had several parents attend the school council meeting which was held at 7 p.m. in the school library. There I had the opportunity to share the AERR and Accountability Report with parents. Anyone who was not able to attend can find the report on the Stettler Elementary School Website. Please remember that all parents are invited to attend the monthly meetings. There is some great information and fantastic conversations that take place and we would definitely like to see as many parents as possible join in the decision making that happens during those meetings.

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, many of our grades 4-6 students will be leaving the school at 2:30 p.m. to take part in the first of three ski dates this winter. We are taking school buses to Canyon Ski Hill where every student will participate in either ski or snowboard lessons and then have the remainder of the evening to practice these skills. On Thursday, Jan. 12, our Grade 2 students are traveling to the Smith residence to visit the igloo that Wayne Smith and his family have built. This field trip will enhance the units that the Grade 2s are studying in both Science and Social Studies. Then on Friday this week, we will be having a crazy hair day and the students will be having Edo of Japan as their hot lunch this week.

It is a cold and busy time of year, but there are so many incredible opportunities for our students and we are grateful to be able to offer these. We are also grateful for the outstanding parental support that we receive and for the community support too. We would like to thank and acknowledge Ember Resources for the very generous donation they made to our school just prior to the Christmas break. This money will be put toward the continuation of the excellent programs that are a part of the school. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended.

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