A week ago Monday, as part of Bullying Awareness Week, Austen Radowits from Drayton Valley spoke to grades 4 and 5 students at Stettler Elementary School about bullying prevention.
Austen, now 18, suffered a severe head injury from riding his dirt-bike when he was 14. Afterward, he found himself the victim of bullying.
Austen told students five ways they could help to prevent bullying: 1. Understand you need help. 2. Talk to someone you trust. 3. Trust in yourself. 4. Meet new friends. 5. Don’t be afraid to tell who the bully is. They need to face consequences.
Stettler Middle School presented a puppet show about bullying to all Grade 1 classes. They did an excellent job to get the message out to stop bullying.
Last Friday, the whole school dressed in blue to recognize our united stance against bullying.
Students in 5TA and 3KR classes are participating in the Scholastic Reading program to help donate 1,000,000 books to children in need (Paws for Reading).
The 3KR class has also been studying rocks and minerals. They have been building and erupting volcanoes, made geodes, and are now going to use rocks to make rock animals.
Last Thursday, SES had a lot of fun participating in the cup-stacking day. We were trying to break the Guinness world record of most people stacking at multiple locations on one day. We will wait to hear whether we were successful.
Also on Thursday, Mr. Olafson’s Grade 5 students helped Mrs. Du Toit’s kindergarten students finish their Operation Christmas Child letter. Students enjoyed working together in creating a festive note for a child in need.
The kindergarten students also enjoyed a teddy bear picnic on Friday. We measured, sorted and patterned our bears. Students enjoyed bringing their bear buddies to school.
A couple reminders go out to families. If you are able, please buy and send an item to school and drop it in the Operation Christmas Child box. Items may include: School supplies: pencils, crayons, markers, stamp and ink sets, writing pads of paper, colouring or picture books.
Also accepted are hygiene items: toothbrush, bar soap (in a sealable bag) and comb; along with toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, harmonica, kazoos, yo-yos and slinkies.
Other items to donate are hard candy, lollipops, T-shirts, socks, sunglasses, hair clips and toy jewelry.
Such items make a huge difference in the lives of many children.
Also, that the scholastic book fair will be located in the Stettler Elementary School library between 6 and 8:30 p.m. today and Thursday (during parent-teacher interviews). Everyone is invited to attend.