Magical week inside and outside SES classrooms

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Test of another sort - Students David Butterwick and Hanjun Lee smile in front of a section of the Terry Fox display at Stettler Elementary School. Students drew the cure for cancer-test tube pictures

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We experienced many magical moments during the past week at Stettler Elementary School.

“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” William Bernbach

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Stettler Elementary students were treated to “The Science of Magic” performance by Mr. Fish, a longtime circus performer from New York City who has toured all over the world. Mr. Fish used magic tricks to explain scientific principles like condensation and air pressure. He also showed us a few optical illusions, and we all loved the one that made it look like his head was growing!

It was a wonderful show, and many students went home and demonstrated the tricks they learned to their families. As always, the magic of making individuals feel good is part of the day-to-day curriculum at SES.

In the month of September, Teresa Anderson’s Grade 5 class submitted 42 nominations for our “Bucket Fillers” program. The Grade 5s are all doing a great job of being kind to one another and noticing when others fill their buckets. Great work, kids.

Mrs. Potter’s Grade 4 class from Stettler Elementary School walked to the Community Garden just south of the school last week. Mr. Rob Spencer, government horticulturist, helped the students discover what some vegetable and herb crops look like and what parts of the plants are harvested and eaten. Students also learned that the community garden has been operating for two years and is open to families or individuals, providing garden plots of varying sizes available for rent for a nominal fee.

People grow various types of vegetables, plus a few flowers. Some raised planter beds are now available for those who find it difficult to bend over.

Local volunteers planted and harvested part of the garden for the Stettler Food Bank this past season. An expanded area for the garden has been applied for to provide this opportunity to more people. Highlights of the trip were eating fresh carrots and discovering where we get sunflower seeds.

On Friday, students enjoyed free doughnuts and juice courtesy of Sobeys. They also enjoyed a fun sock-hop in the gym. Students also enjoyed a mini pep rally in the elementary gym before going out to the track to walk/run for 30 minutes with friends and family. Students did a phenomenal job of raising money for the Terry Fox fight against cancer. We will keep you posted on the total amount raised for this worthy cause.

In keeping with the active theme of the week, we took 63 cross-country runners to Wetaskiwin this past Saturday. The Grade 2-3 boys won their team division. The Grade 2-3 girls placed second in their team division. The Grade 4-5 girls placed second and the 4-5 boys finished first in their team event.

We then won the top boys team for elementary. We won the top boys and girls combined team event and the top elementary team at the Peace Hills cross-country meet. A team is the top four runners in each category are their results are added together for a team score.

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