STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — March has flown by very quickly, but certainly has not been uneventful. Along with the various activities that are continually a part of our school, a number of students from Grade 6EP volunteered their valuable time to help count change from Children’s Wish change boxes. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada helps make the dreams come true for children living with life threatening illnesses, and this was a great opportunity for our students to make that part of the world a better place for some very special children. Not only were their basic math skills exercised, but they were able to experience “that feeling” that arises from helping others.
On Friday, March 18, our staff and students participated in pyjama day, and we saw a number of stunning outfits complete with slippers, robes, and curlers. It made for an interesting assembly, as our monthly assembly was held on that day and the gym was filled with comfortably dressed participants. Our Grade 6 music class led the entire student body in our new “cup song,” and the students did a fabulous job of learning and singing the new “Leader in Me” song. We also recognized the Leaders of the Week with certificates and these students were then invited to eat lunch with the principal.
It is so much fun to see all of the leaders in our school. We had a couple of Grade 2 leaders discuss the importance of following the school rules and taking shoes off before entering the hallways in order to keep our school clean. We also learned about some of the student-led clubs that have begun in the school, and Mrs. Syson reviewed the format to be followed if students wanted to initiate any new clubs. That has certainly spurred on several new clubs and the students have been busy organizing the details required to introduce new clubs to our school.
During this past week, we also had a number of fun activities in the school. On Monday, March 21, grades 3-6 were treated to a performance entitled, “Non-Smoker for Life.” Using his talents as a magician, Steve Warburton showed the students in an entertaining and educational manner the importance of making good choices throughout their lives. He then performed a magic show in the PAC that evening to entertain both young and young-at-heart with his mystic powers. There were a number of positive comments that came from each of his performances, and we were happy to welcome him back to Stettler, as he had made this his home at one point in the past.
Monday was also the day that our report cards went home in preparation for our student-led conferences. Student-led conference were held on, Wednesday, March 23, and it gave our students an opportunity to showcase all of the excellent work that they have been doing. It also allowed students a chance to take ownership of their learning and to set goals individually and with their parents. We were extremely pleased with the number of parents that were able to take part in this important part of their children’s education.
Also on Wednesday, March 23, and then again on Thursday, March 24, our school hosted “Super Hero Days.” Our students were very excited to take part in the various challenges that were set up by The Joker (Mrs. Poapst) and Super Woman (Mrs. Nietz) during these fun, activity filled days. This also gave our teachers an opportunity to dress in costume and demonstrate their super powers for the students. These exciting, fun-filled days also worked to show The Joker (and reaffirm for our students) the importance of being a hero everyday just by making good decisions and treating people with dignity and respect.
We wish all of our families a relaxing and enjoyable rest of their spring break and we hope you are able to share at least some of it with friends and family. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday, April 4. This will be an early dismissal day and that evening we will be hosting the April School Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the school library. All parents are invited and encouraged to join us on that evening.
Later that week, we are hosting the Kindergarten Registration Night. On Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., parents (of children that will be five-years-old on or before December 31, 2016) are invited to find out about our Kindergarten program and register children for the 2016-17 school year. This evening is for parents only and will take place in the school music room. Mark your calendars, and be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate for the evening.