School survey quizzes parents, students, staff

The village office has reopened. Residents have until Feb. 1 to purchase their 2013 dog licence

The village office has reopened. Residents have until Feb. 1 to purchase their 2013 dog licence, so visit the office before the prices go up.

At the Botha School, there’s a special event happening this month and next. The “accountability pillar” is on the agenda, and the Alberta Education program and school authorities sent a survey to all parents covering a lot of areas.

Parents are asked to fill the forms and send them back. In February, the students and teachers will complete their surveys online at school. The grades asked to participate in this are Grade 4 and Grade 5.

Survey results are expected to be available in May.

Students are into their skating schedules.

This Friday is Project Day.

In Mrs. Maxwell’s Grade 3 class, students begin reading their winter-themed novels and paragraph-writing.

Grade 1 students have just begun their Building Things unit. They’re asking for empty Kleenex boxes, as well as cardboard rolls, aluminum containers, plastic lids, plastic jars and egg cartons. So if you have any of those items, please drop them off at the school. It would very much be appreciated.

This Friday, the kindergarten class will have its Teddy Bear Picnic, so parents are asked to send your child’s teddy bear in with them for the day. They’re learning about bears in this unit, and the bears’ hibernation this month. Sounds interesting.

This Sunday, the old-time dance starts at 1:30 p.m. and the Jergenson’s band will entertain the crowd. There will be a pooled lunch, so please bring buns/sandwiches or dessert with you to share.

Put on your dancing shoes and come out for a fun-filled afternoon.

This Sunday is also the annual meeting right after the church service, so hopefully everyone can stay and take in this meeting.

Three special people are celebrating their birthdays in the coming week — Bradon Morris (today), Donna Morris (Saturday) and Hazel Davidson (next Tuesday). Happy Birthday to all three.

Quilting happens this coming Monday, starting at 9 a.m. Grab your quilting items and come out for a fun, creative time. These sessions take place at the Botha Senior Centre.

On Wednesdays, coffee time is at 10 a.m., and carpet bowling starts at 1 p.m. instead of 1:30.

On Thursdays, floor curling is at 1 p.m., instead of 7 p.m.

Feb. 4, the first Monday of the month, means it’s Botha monthly meeting time. This starts at 11:30 p.m. with a pot-luck luncheon, so please bring something to share. The meeting will follow the pot-luck, and these gatherings are held at the Botha Senior Centre. All seniors are invited to attend.

With this weather, will we be having an early spring? I’ve heard people guessing about it, seeing we had such an early winter. Who knows … it would be nice. But Old Man Winter only knows, so dress your child accordingly.

It’s hard to believe Ground Hog Day is only a week. It’s set for Saturday, Feb. 2. Maybe that will give us some idea about the possibility of an early spring.