Last week was a very busy and exciting week at Stettler Elementary School. Many families reported that the extra long weekend was very enjoyable and that Thanksgiving weekend gave them an opportunity to visit with many friends and family members.
October 9 – 14 was celebrated as “Read in Week” at SES and throughout Clearview School Division and it gave us an opportunity to celebrate literacy in a number of ways throughout the week. Our Grade 6 classes were introduced to their book clubs and all students in that grade were divided into groups based on interest and good fit books, and already we are hearing great things about this fun approach to literacy. Our Grade 1 teachers also used this week to host a Parent Reading Night on Wednesday, October 11. Grade 1 parents, along with their children, arrived at the school to learn some “tricks of the trade”. Our Grade 1 teachers showed parents effective ways to read with their youngsters and emphasized the importance of allowing pre-readers to look at pictures, make predictions, and use the strategies that the students are learning at school to make home reading most enjoyable and effective.
Wednesday was also extremely fun in our hallways and in our classrooms. As part of “Read in Week”, we invited grandparents and community leaders into the classrooms to read with their grandchildren and with small groups of students. The buzz throughout the school was electrifying and students, grandparents, and community members all spoke very highly of this opportunity to read together. A burger lunch was then provided to all of our reading volunteers and it gave us a great chance to discuss how enjoyable the reading to children truly was. As great as it was for the adults, our students were the real benefactors and we genuinely appreciate the time that these caring adults were willing to share with us.
The hallways were also busy this past week with the start up of student led clubs. The students wanting to organize and lead clubs completed application forms, had their clubs approved and then found teachers willing to supervise the clubs for them. There was certainly a great deal of energy in the hallways as students completed the necessary tasks involved in running a club. Clubs will begin later this week.
Our volleyball program has also begun and students in Grades 5 and 6 have been meeting after school with teacher coaches to learn basic volleyball skills and to get ready for the mini-tournament format of play that is in their very near future. In other athletic news, we had 25 SES students travel to Circle Square Ranch to participate in the CARA Cross Country Run on Tuesday, October 10.
The school board election was held on Monday, October 16, and we are looking forward to working with the members of this new board. Congratulations to those who ran and to those who won the election. I am confident that this board will be an amazing asset to Clearview School Division, and will have an opportunity to do many great things for students over the next four years.