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Good News from PWSD schools

February 18, 2015

Read the Good News report from PWSD schools, presented during the Board Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Central Office on February 19, 2015:

News from PWSD schools:

Say NO to Bullying – Pink Shirt Day Activities planned for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • Students and staff at Robert W. Zahara Public School in Sexsmith will wear pink shirts.
  • Students and staff at Beaverlodge Elementary School will wear pink shirts. During nutrition break, an episode of Bookaboo featuring Georges Laraque reading the anti-bullying book "Leave Me Alone" by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish will be shown on classroom televisions. All classes will hear a reading of "The Sissy Duckling" by Harvey Fierstein during library blocks.
  • Students at Teepee Creek School will wear pink shirts.
  • Rycroft School has invited everyone to wear pink on February 25th.
  • Students at Harry Balfour School will wear pink shirts. The Grade 5 Enrichment class will create activities and video links for classroom teachers. The day will be highlighted by announcements and each class will have classroom activities centered around anti-bullying and positive peer relationships.

Smoothie Blitz event planned for Wembley Elementary and Helen E. Taylor Schools:
Breakfast Club of Canada and Encana will come together for a Smoothie Blitz event on March 10th to unveil a donation of Vitamix blenders, offering another free healthy food choice for students of Wembley Elementary and Helen E. Taylor Schools.

Grade 9s from Helen E. Taylor, LaGlace, Elmworth, and Hythe Regional Schools to participate in “Trauma Drama,” on May 26-27:
Presented by FCSS Beaverlodge, Hythe and Wembley, and Beaverlodge Victim Services; and in cooperation with RCMP, Alberta Health Services EMS, Hythe Fire Department, Wembley Fire Department and Oliver’s Funeral Home and Chapel. Students will learn the serious consequences of drinking and driving during two presentations:

  • Tuesday, May 26: Wembley Rec Centre, for PWSD students of Helen E. Taylor, LaGlace and Elmworth Schools.
  • Wednesday, May 27: Hythe Community Centre, for PWSD students of Hythe Regional School.

Beaverlodge Elementary School

  • Grade 5 students Madison Werbiski and Daci Jones have started an Earth Rangers club. A national conservation organization for kids, Earth Rangers aims to educate and inspire youth to become environmental heroes. By becoming a member of Earth Rangers, children make a commitment to engage in actions that directly contribute to the protection of wildlife. www.earthrangers.org

Clairmont Community School

  • The Girls ‘A’ Kodiaks Basketball team took the lead during the final three minutes of the final game, winning gold at the Clash of the Titans Tournament. The Boys ‘A’ team won bronze.

Hythe Regional School

Peace Wapiti Academy

  • The school has formed a new Diversity Group which meets once a month.
  • On Saturday, February 7th, the school counseling program hosted a Peaceful Warrior Workshop which focused on learning about anxiety and how to manage it. The session, presented by Elena Fucillo-Gray, psychologist and dance therapist, was free for the 12 participants, thanks to sponsorship from Swan City Rotary. 
  • Ten students have enroled in the Community Helpers Training offered by Ashley Driedger, coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, Grande Prairie. This excellent program provides additional mental health skills to "natural helpers."

R.W. Zahara Public School

  • The school reached their fundraising goal of $10,000 to build a school in India. The announcement was made during Mighty Peace Day on February 10 – an impressive feat considering RWZ’s students set the goal immediately following the 2013 Mighty Peace Day event. The school held a special assembly on Wednesday, February 11th to present the cheque to Andrew Hartman of Free the Children.
  • A Family Math Night will be held on Monday, March 2nd.

Rycroft School

  • On January 29th, Kindergarten students visited GPRC’s Fairview campus for a Farm and Animal Science tour, followed by some hands-on time with smaller animals. Farm equipment safety was also discussed. The students received colouring books and magazines about animals. The visit was featured in February 4th edition of Insider e-news – the college’s newsletter.
  • All staff at Rycroft School are participating in an after school, six-session workshop entitled “Helping Children Grieve.”
  • A Teen Wellness Day is planned for March 19th.

Sexsmith Secondary School

  • Drama club will start up in February with the group of Grades 9 and 10 students preparing a number of one-act plays to perform at Zones in April. If successful, from there, Provincials in May.
  • Sabres Junior ‘A’ Boys Basketball won bronze at the Hillside Cougars Invitational held in Valleyview on January 23-24. Sabres Junior ‘A’ Girls Basketball placed fourth at the same event.

Wembley Elementary School

  • With the recent furniture upgrade, WES has created a comfy and calming room for students which includes soft seating, cushions and a punching bag. The room also includes a large mirror to help autistic children practice eye contact. To support the active nature of children, the school has added wobble stools, Zumba rockers and ball chairs to classrooms, creating opportunities for movement while learning.

News and Press Releases:

Other news:

  • Faye Randle, coordinator of the 2015 Northwest Alberta Skills Canada Competition, sent a card of thanks for PWSD’s support of this year’s event which is scheduled for Friday, April 24th at GPRC Fairview. 
  • To date, PWSD and its schools have been featured in a total of 33 stories in local media during the month of February, 2015.
  • To keep up-to-date with the latest news from PWSD, and local media coverage, check out PWSD’s new online Media Room at www.pwsd76.ab.ca/mediaroom.