Submitted by Principal Sharon Fischer Stettler Elementary School
Although it was a short week, for more than one reason, it was a busy week at Stettler Elementary School. All county busses were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, due to a rare and severe October snowstorm, so that certainly changed the climate at the school. However, our staff worked together and really stepped up to the plate to look after everything in order to make these days as “normal” as possible.
On Tuesday, October 3, the Grade 6 team was fortunate enough to have Malcolm Fischer visit the classrooms to discuss municipal government and the upcoming local election. It was a great opportunity for the students to learn first hand about “local government.”
The students in 3EP have been enjoying the National Geographic Kids book, “100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up.” These students have decided to complete two if the book’s suggestions each month, and this week the class enjoyed the “Jump in a Pile of Leaves” goal.
On Thursday, October 5, our athletes traveled to Camrose to participate in the Viking Cross-Country run. Our students once again made us proud both with their behaviour and with their performances. Then on Friday, October 6, students had a well-deserved day off, while the staff members worked together on the Professional Development Day. Many of our teachers worked collaboratively to organize and prepare materials from the new Scholastic Literacy Kits, while our kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers participated in an early literacy training led by Jodie Limpert.
October 10-13, has been named our Read In Week, where our literacy focus is being taken up a notch. Each classroom has literacy ideas in play, and all students will be participating in additional reading minutes this week. Our Grade 6 students will begin their book clubs this week, our Grade 1 team will be hosting Parent Reading Night on Wednesday, and that same day will see many visitors to our classrooms. On Wednesday, October 11, we are inviting grandparents and leaders in our community to come into the school and read with small groups of students. All reader volunteers will then be treated to a hamburger lunch after they have shared their reading skills with students. We always focus on reading and reading skills, but we are excited about some very specific literacy ideas and sharing these with guests this week.