September has certainly gone by quickly this year and we have had a lot of events and activities during the month. The students returned to school on Tuesday, September 5 and were treated to the principals’ rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the opening day assembly. The following week parents, students, and siblings were invited to join us at the school open house on Thursday, September 14. Families were invited to the gym for an introduction of staff, some school information, and a short video. They were then encouraged to visit classrooms and meet teachers. The students showed parents what they had been learning to that point and then challenged parents to participate in some of the learning and activities themselves.
On Monday, September 25, we were fortunate enough to have Louise Raymond join us from the Malicounda Dance Company. She traveled to us from Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC and worked with each of our Grade 4 through 6 classes having the students participate in African drum circles. The students had a lot of fun and worked hard to make some pretty incredible music in a short period of time.
September was also the start up of a few of our extracurricular activities such as show choir and the Cross Country Running Club. The students who signed up for Cross Country are able to take part in running meets. Congratulations to our 56 runners who participated in the Spartan Tough Invitational Cross Country meet in New Norway on Thursday, September 28. We would like to thank the parents who got up early and drove there to cheer the students on. Our runners will also be taking part in the Viking Run held this Thursday, October 5, in Camrose and our top runners and students in Grade 6 will be traveling to Castor to participate in the CARA meet on Tuesday, October 10. We wish our young athletes the best of luck at these meets.
This month we also had the privilege of inviting ATCO to the school to do some presentations for our students in both Grade 4 and in Grade 5. The Grade four ATCO presentation allowed students to participate in an interactive learning experience when the ATCO Energy Education Mobile visited our school. The EduMobile is a large motorhome equipped with learning stations that include computers and magnetic whiteboards. Students participated in activities where they learned about Alberta’s energy resources and how to use them efficiently. These topics are part of the Grade 4 Science and Social Studies curriculums, and this experience provided a fun, hands-on way to preview and expand on the learning that the students will be participating in during this school year. We would like to thank ATCO EnergySense for providing this opportunity to our Grade 4 classes. We also very much appreciate Gord Lathem who came and spoke with 5AR and 5CF about electricity. He brought his “hazard hamlet” and spoke about safety and electricity and demonstrated some interesting activities involving circuits, static electricity, and magnets. All of these are a part of the Grade 5 science curriculum.
In other exciting news, 3EP adopted a snow leopard through the World Wildlife Foundation. The students researched, built bar graphs, tallied the results, and are becoming global citizens making a difference in our world through this authentic cross-curricular learning experience. The students in 6HP are also becoming involved citizens by closely following the upcoming municipal election. Our students are the future and we are hopeful that one day we will be voting for at least one of these young leaders in our school.
September also saw our Annual Terry Fox Run. Friday, September 29, saw all of our students participate in a school-wide dance to “This Is My Fight Song” led by Mrs. Poapst. This dance was dedicated to all of those who have fought and won their battle with cancer, to those who are currently fighting that battle, and to all of us who have daily battles that we are determined to win. We then proceeded to the track where we participated in the annual run, and once again it was wonderful to see so many friends and family members on the track with us. We had yet another extremely successful day, and the students did a terrific job fundraising for Terry Fox. We will have an accurate total at our October assembly and we will also find out what is in store for the principals at that assembly. The students seem to like keeping it a secret! We extend our sincere appreciation to Sobey’s and to No Frills for their continued generous support of doughnuts and juice boxes. The students thoroughly enjoyed this snack that they received at the end of the run. As well, a heartfelt thank you also goes out to the Heart Haven Residence Club for the continued support with our breakfast program. Our students truly benefit from the generosity we receive from this amazing community.
Our students also enjoyed hot dogs for their very first hot lunch day of the year on September 29, and they are already looking forward to the many other upcoming hot lunches that are to follow. Our milk program has also started up again, and we extend a sincere thank you to our school council parent volunteers for continuing both of these very important programs. We could not provide these services without you.
It has been a fun and busy month, but we are confident that it is only the very beginning of what is in store for our students this year.