By Sharon Fischer, Principal
Stettler Elementary School
What a fantastic week we had last week at Stettler Elementary School (SES). Our students returned from their Thanksgiving break with a renewed energy and excitement for school. We also returned from the break and celebrated Read In Week. Each morning from Oct. 9 – 12, our entire school met together first thing in the morning in the gym where we each read our own books and stories. It was a great start to each day and a great opportunity to catch up on that “really good book.”
On Oct. 10, students from each of the high school sports’ teams travelled through our SES hallways and teamed up with all of our classes, kindergarten through Grade 6. Every student in each of our classrooms had an opportunity to read to or be read to by, the athletes from Wm. E. Hay. And then that evening our Grade 1 parents joined us in the drama room at 6:30 p.m. to learn about reading with their children. Our Grade 1 teachers did a fabulous job sharing the secrets of learning to read with these parents. The Grade 1 students were then able to teach their parents exactly what to do when reading. It was a very informative evening, and both students and parents found it to be an enjoyable and worthwhile time.
On Thursday, we had the great pleasure of hosting grandparents and community leaders in the school. Again, each classroom had the chance to host guest readers and it was a fabulous time of reading through the generations. There were many, many students with ear-to-ear grins on their faces during the reading. It was truly an amazing event to be a part of. The students were very respectful, appreciative, and helpful, and I think our grandparents kind of liked it too.
The Grade 6 students in 6EP made an audiobook from the picture book “The Word Collector” during Read in Week, and then shared their product with the entire school during our morning read on Oct. 12. It was quite an amazing sight to see nearly 600 students mesmerized by the reading/audiobook of these grade 6 leaders. Overall it was a fabulous week with lots of reading and a great celebration of literacy in the school.
This week, our extracurricular Volleyball began on Monday, October 15, and it will continue every Monday and Wednesday after school from now until after Christmas. Our students learn a variety of skills during these practice times and will have a chance to play games and tournaments as well. Another exciting opportunity for our students came this week as the students were able to sign up as leaders for the student-led clubs. These leaders then found teacher supervisors for their clubs and created posters to attract students. All students in the school will have an opportunity to sign up for the clubs they are most interested in on Thursday and Friday and then next week the clubs begin. We will share how the clubs are going next week, but until then enjoy your week and your weekend.