Students learn ‘trying is the most important thing’

The Stettler Elementary School staff and students extend thanks to Alberta Steam Train for delivering a bouquet of daffodils

Janel Gamponia of the Grade 1MS class at Stettler Elementary School holds her “footprint bunny.” The bunnies now hang in Mrs. Sylvester’s classroom as spring decorations.

The Stettler Elementary School staff and students extend thanks to Alberta Steam Train for delivering a bouquet of daffodils to each of our classrooms and for donating daffodil pins to all students.

The 3KR class did Readers’ Theatre (performing stories based on popular fairytales) for the Grade 1 classes, just before the spring break. The stories performed were Rafunzel, Goldilocks and the 3 Bullfrogs, The 3 Silly Goats Gruff, The Pig Who Cried Wolf, and Slurping Beauty.

The Grade 3 students had lots of fun sharing those stories with the Grade 1 students.

The 5TA, 5SO and 5CF classes enjoyed an ATCO safety presentation Thursday morning. Those three Grade 5 classes are currently studying the electricity unit in science.

Mrs. Sylvester’s class is learning all about spring. The students had fun making posters saying “Goodbye to …” and “Hello to …”

These are some of the students’ sayings:

“Goodbye hibernation … hello animals.”

“Goodbye hockey … hello lacrosse.”

“Goodbye snowplow … hello street-cleaners.”

“Goodbye snowman … hello trampolines.”

“Goodbye short days … hello longer days.”

The Grade 1 students also had fun at their Easter party. The morning was busy with foot-painting to make cute bunny ears and feet. The afternoon was full of egg-dying and hunting.

Thanks to all the parents for making it such a fun day.

The 15th annual Stettler Elementary mini-basketball program begins Friday. It’s named “Camp McE” in honour of a special basketball enthusiast, coach, educator, principal and friend, Rod McElroy.

Basketball provides an excellent opportunity for children to develop their self-esteem, self-confidence, physical fitness, and team and sportsmanship skills.

The camp is for kids in grades 1 to 5 and runs until April 27. A big thank-you to Mrs. Poapst for all the hard work she puts into the camp.

About 80 students at SES enjoyed a special treat last Thursday. Kyle Poapst and John Langford put on a thrilling badminton demonstration in the gym. The purpose was for SES students to see the sport performed at a high level, as well to promote badminton as a lifelong activity.

Poapst and Langford, both Grade 9 students, are members of the Stettler Junior Badminton Club, which was started by a great-uncle, Orest, some 35 years ago.

This was the third year that Mrs. Poapst has organized a demo to encourage kids to watch anything — such as sports or cultural events — and see people work hard to get better in their chosen field. She encourages the kids by spreading the message that, “There may be someone better than you, but work hard, train hard and keep trying. Watching and playing at a higher level will improve your game and outlook on life. Trying is the most important thing.”

Last year, Tyler Burkard (Grade 4) and Corben Bredy (Grade 5) joined the badminton club and have greatly improved this year. The four boys played both singles and doubles games, and our students were very impressed.

Bruce LaRocque, Chris Langford and Alana Stefanik have been instrumental in continuing the hard work that Auntie Jenny and Uncle Orest put in many years ago. The badminton club is a great opportunity for our kids in Stettler. Any students who are interested are advised to watch this newspaper in September for registration details. The club runs each season from September to March.

Cute quote of the week: As a playschool student was riding her bike across the schoolyard, her training wheels became high-centered and her back tire was spinning. “Oh no, I’m out of batteries,” she exclaimed. Ah, kids say the darndest things.


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