Christ King School has graduated its first class of D.A.R.E. students. Although our grade 6 students have been taking part in the D.A.R.E program for several years with Stettler Middle School, last Thursday, Feb. 24 saw 19 Grade 5 and 6 students successfully complete the Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education program in house.
Constable David Yome addressed the students, parents and grandparents at the beginning of the ceremony with a message explaining the D.A.R.E. program and students Trey Strandquist and Marianne Nguyen received the honour of reading their essays aloud. All students happily received a certificate, t-shirt and a volleyball. Trey and Marianne also received a medallion for their excellent essays. Classroom teacher, Kristy Gulak, along with Knights of Columbus Claude Dupont and Mike Vanak congratulated each student and everyone enjoyed a piece of delicious cake afterwards. Congratulations to all our D.A.R.E graduates.
HEaRT has been busy in our school with Boys Fit, a joint HEaRT, HYC and Kidsport project for boys in grades 5-8. It started on Feb. 8 and will continue until April 5. The purpose of Boys Fit is to introduce boys to different opportunities that are available within the community including indoor soccer, football, floor hockey, rugby, curling, weight lifting and air cadets. Currently, there are 17 boys participating in Boys Fit.
Students of Christ King have an opportunity to be recognized for various achievements throughout the school year. Each month, teachers and support staff will nominate students that they felt carried out the specific achievement for that month. Our first month was personal and school responsibility. We are proud to present our Student of the Month winners for February: Blake Austin, Jesse Jolicoeur, and Paul Georget. Congratulations to the many students who were nominated.
Junior high students have been busily building birdhouses to help raise funds for their annual ski trip. They are looking forward to going to Sunshine Village and Nakiska from March 6 to 8.
The season of Lent is approaching quickly. Ash Wednesday will be celebrated at the school with Fr. Arlan on Wednesday, March 9 at 1:15 p.m. Please join us at 12:30 p.m. for our other Lenten celebrations on March 13 and 21, April 4, 11, 18 and 21. On Shrove Tuesday (March 8), the day before the beginning of Lent, we will be heading to the Parish Hall for a hot lunch of pancakes and sausage, which the Knights of Columbus generously supply and cook for us.
Watch for report cards to come home on March 9, as well. This will be followed by our annual student led conferences for K-9 students on March 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Student led conferences allow students to showcase their learning and is a fun, informal glimpse of classroom activities, so mark your calendar and join us.