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An igloo in town - Grade 2 students of the Stettler Elementary School were surprised to observe that a structure which looked so small from outside could have so much room for so many to fit in when they visited the igloo in the garden of the Smith family.

An igloo in town - Grade 2 students of the Stettler Elementary School were surprised to observe that a structure which looked so small from outside could have so much room for so many to fit in when they visited the igloo in the garden of the Smith family.

By AMORE DU TOIT

On Monday, Jan. 3, the hallways of Stettler elementary reverberated with the lively sounds of student voices.

Students were excited to see their friends and tell them about all their Christmas gifts and all the fun they had over the Christmas holidays. We are so thankful that our students are back safely.

It was not just old faces returning but also some new ones. One such face is the new student teacher in Monica Sylvester’s classroom. Mrs. Sylvester’s Grade 1 class would like to welcome Larissa Webster to their class. Miss Webster will be doing her final teaching practicum in their class before graduating from University of Lethbridge in the spring.

We would also like to welcome Carmen Fox who will be standing in for Sarah Chapman while she is on maternity leave. Our best wishes to Mrs. Chapman for the upcoming birth of her baby.

Sandra Norman is excited to introduce a ski club at school. Grade 4 and 5 students at Stettler Elementary School will have the opportunity to join the newly formed ski club. A series of ski trips are planned for March.

Kim Poapst is reminding all students that mini basketball is also starting April 8.

The Grade 2 classes were invited to visit an igloo in town on Thursday. The students learned how an igloo is made and shared information about igloos and how the snow is a good insulator. Then the children were allowed to go inside to check it out. A whole class could fit inside (including the teacher), it was so big!

We learn about the Inuit culture in social studies, so this was a great opportunity for the students to learn hands-on.

Thanks to Wayne and Lisa Smith for inviting us. It was awesome.

Parents are also reminded of the book swap at school.

Students enjoyed a delicious hot lunch on Friday, Jan. 7. We appreciate the Home and School for organizing this.

The staff at Stettler Elementary School would like to wish each family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. We trust that 2011 will be an exceptional exciting educational year for your child.