Lots of activity at every grade level at SES

The Grade 2 classes at SES had a leprechaun visit their classrooms on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Grade 2 classes at SES had a leprechaun visit their classrooms on St. Patrick’s Day. How did they know he was there? He left footprints over all their desks!!

Mrs. Potter’s Grade 4 students “raced” towards the finish line of the Iditarod, a famous Alaskan dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome. Along the way, they learned about the perseverance and heart required by both mushers and dogs to complete this 1151 km long race. They have also enjoyed, “Stone Fox”, an inspiring story about a young boy who is determined to win a dogsled race to save the potato farm and give his grandfather a reason to live. With the help of Searchlight, his sled dog, he goes up against a legendary racer and his five Samoyeds who have never lost a race. An unexpected tragic turn of events stuns the town. This story inspired students to discuss their own ideas about what it means to be resilient and resourceful; where there’s a will, there’s a way.

This past week, Christa Winsnes, from the Alberta Farm Safety Centre (based out of Raymond, Alberta) visited SES and did farm safety presentations for the entire school. Each grade had their own presentation, and many of themes were connected to science and health topics that the students study.

Kindergarten classes learned “1 Seat-1 Rider”, which emphasized the importance of not giving or taking rides on machinery or ATVs. Grade 1 students learned “To Stay Safe, Play Safe”, which involved a discussion about the safe places to play on the farm and places to stay away from.

Grade 2 students had a presentation called “Boats Float-I Don’t.”

They discussed why ponds and dugout are dangerous places and how ice is not safe. Grade 3 classes enjoyed a presentation about “Hearing Safety on the Farm.” After the presentation, Gr. 3HT brainstormed and came up with the following safety rules: “Use ear protection when working with loud equipment; the louder the sound the less time you should be exposed to it; and when you lose hearing it can never be fixed.”

Grade 4 classes learned “It Can Happen to Me.” They talked about quad safety, ice safety, and safety around animals. The Grade 5 presentation was called, “Get a Grip- Safety is in my Hands.” This topic included a game focused on quad, dirt bike, snowmobile, and horse safety.

Thank you to Alberta Farm Safety Centre for these interesting, informative, and very important presentations.

Over the past few weeks, Grade 2DB has welcomed Miss Laura Kozak, from The Canadian University College in Lacombe to their classroom. Miss Kozak is doing her student teaching at Stettler Elementary, and this is her last practicum before she graduates.

The students have just completed researching Arctic animals by watching videos, reading stories and finding out facts online. Just before spring break, 2DB presented three fairy tales to Mrs. Hunter’s Grade 2 class: The Seven Foolish Fishermen; Hare and Tortoise; and Little Red Riding Hood.

SES will be on Spring Break from March 24 through March 28. Hopefully the weather turns more “spring-like” so students can enjoy their days off!

Tuesday is Choral Speech Day at the festival and 45 Grade 4 & 5 students will be presenting, Duologues, Poems, Readers’ Theatre, Story Theatre and solo poems starting at 9 a.m. A schedule will be going home with the students when we are back from spring break. Mrs. Geddes, Miss Kozak and Mrs. Boyd-Stadelmann have been working at recesses and noon hours with the children. Grade 2DB and 2AH will be performing two poems at the Stettler & District Music Festival on Tuesday, April 8th at 1 p.m. at the PAC.

Stettler Elementary School Kindergarten Information and Registration Night, Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. at the Stettler Elementary School Drama Room. 3 – or 5 Day Programs – students benefit from: music specialists, physical education specialists, library specialists and computer lab. 3 or 5 Day Program choice is based on a first come basis. To ensure your child is registered in the program of your choice, please plan to attend this important and informative evening. This meeting is for adults only please.

In order to be eligible to enrol, children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Parents must present their child’s birth certificate at the time of registration, but school fees are not collected until the fall. For further information call 403-742-2235.