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PWPSD Good News Report – January 2019

January 15, 2019

​The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

News from PWPSD:

Take 20 – PWPSD schools celebrate literacy

Pictured: 2018 Literacy Day activities at Clairmont Community School included 'Camp Read' and 'Dress Up as Your Favourite Storybook Character'.

Family Literacy Day, celebrated annually on January 27, is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. Some PWPSD schools extend the event to a week of literacy activities, or celebrate on an alternate day. In honour of this year's twentieth anniversary, Literacy Day 2019 encourages families to "Take 20" by incorporating 20-minute literacy activities into everyday family activities, such as singing Karaoke, following a recipe to make a batch of playdough, or creating a different ending for a favourite story. Families can find more tips in the Take 20 Literacy Day resource, and through the following school-based activities:

Beaverlodge Elementary School
January 21-25
This year's theme is "Find Your Treasure." Students can participate in a book swap. The committee is planning other exciting literacy activities.
Clairmont Community SchoolJanuary 21-25

Students and staff are looking forward to a week of fun and engaging events:

  • Monday, Jan. 21: Camp Read opens in the library and runs all week (pictured).
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Writing 'Mad Libs' in class.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Teacher Swap. Teachers will switch classes to read their favourite story.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: School-wide pajama day and reading in gym with reading buddies.
  • Friday, Jan. 25: Books and Bannock.
  • Daily: School-wide "Read the Halls" – silent reading during last period until 3:00 p.m. S'mores will be delivered by members of the Student Leadership Team or Student Council.
Harry Balfour School January 22-25
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Green Eggs and Ham at the canteen. Dress as Your Favourite Literary Character Day.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: Celebrity Reader Day. Local celebrities will visit HBS to read their favourite books.
  • Friday, Jan. 25: HBS annual book swap, organized and run by parent volunteers. An opportunity for students to swap gently used books.
LaGlace SchoolJanuary 25Students and staff are invited to dress as their favourite Robert Munsch character. The author's stories will be shared in a cross-grade setting with younger students reading to older students and vice versa.
Robert W. Zahara Public SchoolFebruary 1The school will host a combined Family Literacy and World Read-Aloud Day on Friday, Feb. 1. A family lunch will be held at 12:15 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. with shared reading aloud throughout the school.
Rycroft SchoolJanuary 25Students can trade used books during a book swap event. Cross-graded groups will write and illustrate a book.
Whispering Ridge Community SchoolJanuary 28-31

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held on January 28-31 to align with the event, and the WRCS Wildcat Prides Council will host engaging literacy activities.

Parents: Learn about the significance of land acknowledgements

Parents are invited to a Land Acknowledgments presentation by PWPSD Indigenous Educator Brigitte Benning at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 at LaGlace School. An invitation has been sent to all school principals for sharing with PWPSD parent councils.

Parents: Please complete the Accountability Pillar Survey – Add your voice to the future of education

A quality education goes beyond grades, supporting students' success as they explore their talents and abilities. Great schools are caring, secure and encourage family involvement. Last week, Alberta Education began mailing the annual Accountability Survey to homes. PWPSD asks families to add their voice to the future of education by returning completed surveys by February 22, 2019. In larger schools, the survey will be open to all teachers, and Grades 4, 7 and 10 students and their parents. Students and teachers will complete an online survey at school. Parents can expect to receive their mailed surveys by mid-January, which will also include a link to the new online survey option. Schools with fewer than 120 students will see the survey expanded to include all students in Grade 4 and above, and their parents. More info at http://bit.ly/Accountability-2019.

News from PWPSD Schools:

Beaverlodge Elementary School

Grade 4 students create Luv Packs for children in foster care

Members of the Grade 6 Leadership Team and the Grade 4LD Classroom Champions gathered toiletries, small toys and school supplies to fill dozens of Luv Packs for distribution to children in foster care across Alberta.

Building bridges in Grade 3 Science

Mr. Cincurak's science class has been busy applying their knowledge of testing materials and designs to build Popsicle stick bridges that can support a single kilogram for 15 seconds. Abigail is pictured with two of her successful bridge designs.

Bezanson School

Upcoming Events

  • Remembrance Day poster and literary contest winners: Members of the West Smoky Legion #244 will announce the winners of the Bezanson School Remembrance Day poster and literary contest on Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.
  • Home Alone Course: Many thanks to the County of Grande Prairie FCSS who will be running the course free of charge at Bezanson School on Tuesday, January 22 for Grades 3-4 students.

  • Ski Bus for students: The West Smoky Legion #244 will be running their Ski Bus for Bezanson students at a very affordable rate during January and February.

  • Alberta Health Services Tobacco Reduction Program: Facilitators will present to Grades 4-6 students once weekly during the month of February. More info: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/service.aspx?id=1040203)

  • "Frisbee Rob" McLeod: Presentation and workshops for students on Friday, February 8.

  • Gr 9 Quebec Travel Club fundraiser: Fundraising event featuring hypnotist Sebastian Steel on Saturday, February 9 at the Knelsen Centre. Tickets are $35 each, available from Grade 9 students or at the school office.


Bonanza School

Pictured: Bonanza School's Christmas concert, themed "A Christmas Wizard of Oz", took place on December 18 at the Bonanza Hall. Students and staff worked hard to prepare for the big night that saw an excellent turnout and was deemed a great success. 

Hythe Regional School

Grade 3 students making a difference for those in need

HRS Grade 3 students collected donations for the Hythe Food Bank, delivering 325 food items before the Christmas break on December 20.

LaGlace School

LaGlace School to host PWPSD Land Acknowledgements presentation on February 12
Parents are invited to a Land Acknowledgments presentation by PWPSD Indigenous Educator Brigitte Benning at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 at LaGlace School.

Ridgevalley School

PWPSD schools: Book your tour of the travelling Anne Frank exhibition at RVS

Anne Frank: A History for Today,
on display at RVS during January 31 - February 28, is currently scheduling tour bookings. The display is an initiative of the Anne Frank House Museum in Stichting, Amsterdam. The one-hour school tours, suitable for students aged 11-18, will be led by trained RVS students. The exhibition is supported by the Debolt and District Museum and Veterans Affairs Canada. Learn more about the travelling exhibition at www.annefrank.org/en/education/product/61/anne-frank-a-history-for-today.

Sexsmith Secondary School

Music Therapy and Developing Literacy – Inclusive programs support nonverbal and low verbal students

Left-right: Sexsmith Secondary students Levi Lawrence and Therrin Marshall participate in the Music Therapy Program. 

Two new programs at Sexsmith Secondary School are proving to be a hit with students.

Led by two high school students under the direction of band teacher Lindsay Lovrod, the Music Therapy program helps stimulate the brain to bring out emotions and focus on creativity.

Assistant Principal Ali Lario, who also leads Inclusive Education at the school, explains the benefit of the program.

"Through dancing, playing instruments – mainly percussion – and creating crafts while listening to music, our students are able to access other parts of their brains. Equally important is that the program fosters inclusivity."

Ms. Lario credits teamwork for the success of the beginner Developing Literacy sessions.

"Professionals in speech therapy, technology, literacy, reading and inclusion have developed a program based on Jolly Phonics Literacy. They've worked together to come up with plans and methods for the kids to work on their letters and words. Activities were created to help nonverbal kids communicate their comprehension. We are constantly amazed and pleased by the growth."

Teepee Creek School

Three cheers for volunteers – TCS School Advisory Council raises money for breakfast program
The Teepee Creek School Advisory Council organized and hosted a Christmas Concert Silent Auction, raising more than $2,800 for the school's breakfast program. The school says the concert was a huge success with standing room only.

Whispering Ridge Community School

Above: Prior to the Christmas break, Grade 6 students focused on kindness and acceptance by making kindness trees.

Above: Mr. Sewall's Grade 2 students prepared wheat and made their own flour.

Recent and upcoming events at WRCS

  • Junior High Basketball teams are up and running – two Boys and one Girls.
  • In January, students in Miss Stewart's Grade 1 class will be learning how to code with Bee-Bots, with the help of PWPSD Education Technologist Leah Montes.
  • Winter Walk Day: February 6
  • Valentine's Day: Grade 2 classes will celebrate with skating at the Crosslink County Sportsplex on February 14.

Recent Media Releases:

Other News:

  • PWPSD and its schools were featured in 30 media stories during the month of December 2018.
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWPSD, and local media coverage, check out PWPSD's online Media Room at http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom.
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