We hope that everyone is having a relaxing and well-deserved spring break. There have been so many activities and events over the past month, that we know our students were for sure ready to relax and put their feet up for a bit.
We would like to commend the 182 participants who brought in books for the SES 2019 G. These students brought in an incredible 2,638 books to swap and sell! After swappers had two days to shop, the sale was open for all students to purchase books at 25 cents/book. There were 540 books purchased, and the proceeds from our event will go towards purchasing new levelled reading books for our Grade One classrooms. The students thoroughly enjoy getting to shop for “new to them” books and we are happy to promote reading in any format we can! After our sale, all left-over books were donated to the Stettler Public Library to aid in one of their two Annual Book Sales. We are very pleased to support their cause as they, too, are great supporters of our students and literacy. Thank you to all the families who made the effort to take part in our event.
As literacy is the focus of much that we do at SES, our Grade 3 to 6 students are currently participating in a six week “Balance is Best” Reading Challenge. The class from each grade that successfully completes the most AR quizzes during this time will receive an Ice Cream Sundae Party! Stay tuned for challenge results.
In Makerspace our students have been using robotics, learning and working with coding, and building with a variety of medium. Much of the building relates to the science curriculum and students have an opportunity to create a number of different projects. The building of bridges, towers, and volcanoes are just a sampling of the creations.
These past few weeks have been very colourful in our hallways. On Pink Shirts Day, our hallways and classrooms were consumed with pink. Our staff and students wore pink as a reflection of the fact that we are taking a stance against bullying. This year’s theme was “Choose Kind”, and then on Thursday, March 7, during Teacher’s Convention, CARS sponsored the free movie “Wonder” The movie was very well attended and again sent that message to students that there is no room for bullying.
Then on March 15, our school was decked out in green as we all celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Our kindergarten students had to endure many misadventures from the leprechauns, who dumped their classrooms upside down, played tricks on them, and evaded their best attempts at finding them. Our kindergarten students had leprechaun traps set up all over, but were unsuccessful again this year in catching the tricky little fellas.
In other news, we had two members from the ATCO team visit Stettler Elementary School to make an electrical presentation to our Grade 5 classes. They brought in their “Hazard Hamlet” to showcase electrical safety, particularly in regards to power-lines and the hazards that they can cause.
On Wednesday, March 20, we held our fifth annual Leadership Day and we were thrilled with the number of parents, community members, town leaders, and business owners who were able to join us. This exciting day gave our students a chance to showcase their leadership skills and to share some of the many things that they have been working on and are proud of.
In the upcoming weeks we also have a number of activities, presentations, and events taking place at the school. On April 4, The Battle River Watershed Alliance will be traveling to Stettler to work with our Grade 5 and 6 students. The program that they are bringing is entitled, “Explore More” and our students will rotate through seven different stations learning about the wetlands, water conservation, and electricity.
Also very exciting is our annual Kindergarten Information and Registration night. On April 10, all parents with kindergarten-aged students are invited to come to the school at 6:30 p.m. and meet our teacher and found out about the kindergarten program and the opportunities at Stettler Elementary School. If your child is going to be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2019, you are invited to join us. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. We already have a number of registrations, but those parents too are invited to come meet the teachers and find out about the program.
That same night, we will be hosting our Start Right Playschool Registration. Parents of 3 and 4 year old children are invited to come to the school anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to ask questions and/or register.
Now that spring has sprung, and the weather is so nice, the school year seems to have jumped into fast-forward speed. The school year will be over before we know it. We hope that you are enjoying your spring break and that you have your seatbelt on for the rapid pace of the rest of our school year.
-Submitted by Sharon Fischer, Stettler Elementary