A new Canadian program is to take roots at SES

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Roots of Empathy, a social skills program is coming to Stettler Elementary School. Roots of Empathy, a Canadian program, was established in 1996, has received several awards, and is supported by research that shows it is effective in reducing levels of aggression among school children.

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Roots of Empathy, a social skills program is coming to Stettler Elementary School. Roots of Empathy, a Canadian program, was established in 1996, has received several awards, and is supported by research that shows it is effective in reducing levels of aggression among school children.

It also helps raise the social-emotional competence and increases empathy in students from K to Grade 8. In Stettler elementary, the program will take place in our grade 5 classrooms during their health classes.

We would like to thank Const. Yome and Const. Hogg for taking time to visit our classrooms on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Their presentation included helmet and bike safety as well as tips for Halloween.

Mr. Howell’s two grade 5 Science classes have been studying about magnetism and electricity. On Thursday, Oct. 15, Mr. Bryon Schwartz from ATCO Electric brought in an electric model of a town that is a display of working safely around electricity. The town is a model that is wired similarly to a real town and the students are taught the possible hazards that can be encountered when working or playing near these wires.

Mrs. Carmen Fox is undertaking a Weather Watch unit in her Grade 5 Science class. The students made their own anemometers and tested them on one of our windy Alberta days.

Mrs. Fox brought in a commercial anemometer and we enjoyed seeing how accurate our measurements were.

In Art, Mrs. Fox’s Grade five students discovered action paintings which Jackson Pollock made famous with his painting called Autumn Rhythm.

Students had a great time making their own paintings in this active style and made a bit of a mess in the process.

Mr. Olafson’s Grade five art class made some spectacular Thanksgiving turkeys.

Our school is participating in the Walk Across Canada program. Daily physical activity is an important component to living a healthy lifestyle and the Walk Across Canada program provides students with an opportunity to collectively track their mileage while working towards a common goal – to walk across Canada. Students keep track of how many kilometers they walk each day using pedometers provided with funding from Encana. Our progress will be tracked on a map of Canada which will be displayed in the school for everyone to see.

Janice from Animal Haven Rescue visited Mrs. Sylvester’s class, Ms. Nielsen’s class and Mr. Howell’s class on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The children were given a special presentation about the society and they also were able to pet and learn about the animals. Our special guests included two kittens, one cat, three dogs, a pot belly pig named Daisy and a boa constrictor.

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