Great Things Happening at South Canoe Elementary

Happy New Year Everyone! I thought that I would highlight some  of the great things that are happening at the school. We hope that you have had a wonderful Winter Break and that your child is off to a great start. For some, the first week of transition can be a bit more challenging, but we are hopeful that with a full week of routine under their belt that everyone will be at their optimal. The January to March time frame is the period of time for the best academic learning as relationships and trust have been build and all our aware of expectations. Thank you for continuing to provide reading opportunities for your child on a daily basis.

Please check the upcoming events on the side bar for a quick glance at what is happening from now until Spring Break. We are excited to present our Winter Concert at South Canoe Elementary on Thursday, January 31 @ 6:00pm.  More information to follow, but save the date and the time. All students will be involved in this presentation.

The proposal to expand to Grade 7 will be proposed to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday,  January 22. If any of you would like to join me, the meeting will be starting at 6:00pm.

PAC Meeting on Monday, January 21 @ 6:30pm. Child-minding provided. Agenda to follow later this week.

The School District Pirate Loppet takes place on Feb. 1. This fun race takes place at 10:30am. South Canoe plans to take part. A couple staff members will be helping with this event. Students from Grades 3 – 6 are welcome to participate as long as they are able to snowplow on some of the downhills. Students in Grade 1 or 2 may attend with a parent. Information for those interested will go home on Tuesday with your child. Please feel free to contact the office if you need more information.

Extra Curricular Clubs/Teams Happening at the School

Chess Club – Thank you to Geoff Styles for organizing this lunch time club. We have students from Grades 1 – 6 enjoying this opportunity and refining their moves.

Basketball Team – Thank you to Ceren Caner and Geoff Styles for coaching this mixed Gr. 5 and 6 team. They are practicing and getting ready for their first league game against some of the local schools.

Singing Circle – Thank you to Clea Roddick who has organized a once a week Singing Circle with our older students at lunch time. She plans on welcome students from other grade levels once it becomes well established.

Art Experience – Thank you to Michelle Atkins who came before the Winter Break to do some lunch hour drop in classes with some of our students.

Sewing Club – coming soon.  Thank you to Reina Tenveen who is sponsoring this opportunity for some of our older students.

Congratulations to parent and musician/songwriter Clea Roddick and teacher Ceren Caner who have applied for and received a grant from Arts Start in the amount of $2996.  Clea and other musicians will be working with Ceren’s class to create some songs that reflect the local area.  All other classes in the school will also get an opportunity to enrich their music experience as these musicians will also spend time with all our learners. Thank you Clea and Ceren for all your great work.

We are continuously trying to adapt to changes and challenges.  This past week we decided to try some inside eating days for students. The winter weather is making it more challenging for students to eat out. We are piloting some ideas. This week students played first, then came in at 12:05 to designated eating rooms to sit down and eat their lunch. Older students have been very helpful as lunch monitors. We are hoping that this helps students take a bit more time to finish their lunches.  We still plan to be eating outside once the weather becomes milder and the snow has gone. I’m sure more to follow on this one. 🙂

Have a wonderful January!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.

All the Best!

Isabelle