Happy New Year. everyone!
We had so much fun listening to the student’s stories about how they spent their holiday, who they visited and what Santa brought for them. It’s always nice to see their bright faces back in our building after the holidays.
The kindergarten students are moving up in the world. In December, they visited the high school cooking classes of Mr. Ben Huo. They made rice krispie squares with their high school counterparts. Later in January, they will be heading back up to high school to the cosmetology classes. The kindergarteners will be treated to hairstyles, nail painting, face painting by the high school cosmetology students. They are really looking forward to this special day!
On Friday, Jan. 11, all four Grade 2 classes had the privilege of visiting the Smith house to learn about their igloo. Mr. Smith builds an igloo in his backyard every year. The Grade 2s learn about the Inuit of Iqaluit in Social Studies, and were excited to see a real igloo! Thank you to the Smiths from the Grade 2 students.
In Mr. Olafson’s Grade 5 class, the students are researching and learning about KIVA. Kiva is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. A family like Hector’s, who used his loan to buy vitamins for his livestock in prevention of food deficiency, and to ensure his livestock are healthy and well nourished. This helped him to earn a higher income for his family in order to put his three children through school.
Mr. Olafson’s class has used their milk money to give a loan of their own to help make a difference in the lives of a family in need. Way to go, Grade 5!
A reminder that the Stettler Elementary School Book Club will be hosting a Used Book Swap and Sale from Jan. 21 to 25. We are looking for donations of those gently used children’s books that are no longer being read at home. We would welcome the following in gently used condition: children’s picture books, chapter books for youth, children’s magazines, comic books and junior nonfiction books. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept: any used coloring or sticker books, badly damaged or scribbledin books, previously discarded library books, adult materials or books for older readers.
Books may be dropped off at Stettler Elementary School. A drop box will be located inside the main entryway.All books must be in by Jan. 18.
Cute quote of the week: “Look, look, I lost a tooth,” exclaims a Grade 1 student. “Wow,” the teacher says, “You lucky duck, what did the tooth fairy leave behind?” “Nothing, my Dad forgot to do it …”