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This week our grade five/six students went to Camp Chief Hector and four more classes went swimming. The school didn't just seem quieter, it felt empty!
The week was possible due to the incredible kindness that exists in our community. We received funding for camp that made it possible for all of our students to participate. Our teachers and even a former student teacher volunteered their time to accompany these excited students to camp. We received free swimming lessons and the fee that parents paid at the beginning of the year paid for busses so that all kindergarten to grade six students could participate. We had several volunteers that spent the past two weeks going to and from the Genesis Centre with our students.
We have more volunteers that will be accompanying students on field trips over the next few weeks and more who are volunteering to help out with Follow Your Passion Fridays.
The important message that all this sends to your children is that they are cared for and that there are many people in our community when, given the choice between apathy and empathy, choose empathy. They choose kindness. They choose caring.
This blog often includes an expression of gratitude to those people who make a difference to our school community and the lives of our students. For the past few weeks we have celebrated the way that our students demonstrate the pillars of care and it seems only right that all of these people be acknowledged in the same way. Please know that we have added our generous donors to the "pillars" that were shared in the blog on April 14.
We have another whole school event coming up on May 26. We have received the donation of tickets and busses to attend a performance by Grammy winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. This means that students may be late arriving back at school on May 26. We will need lots of volunteers to make this event available to our kids. Please contact the office if you are able to help. Busses will leave the school by 9:00 and we will be picked up at 11:45. If you have not yet completed your volunteer clearance, please do so ~ as you can tell, we NEED you! It is easy, and you can learn all about it at the office.
We plan to celebrate our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Tea on June 2 and we hope you can attend. We will be giving each of you a stone and inviting them to place it into the appropriate pillar as part of that event. We will be sending more information home shortly.
Family Math Night
On May 18 we will be partnering with Douglas Harkness School Council to host a fun family math night! Each family will receive a passport to record their trip through math learning. There will be snacks for families that complete their passports and four lucky families will leave with door prizes. We are asking families to confirm numbers this week so that we can have enough snacks. Please watch your child's backpack this week for more information.
Grade 5/6 Update
Since we arrived back from Spring Break the Grade 5/6’s have been preparing for Hector Spring School at Camp Chief Hector. We learned what we should pack to be successful at camp to maximize the fun.
Camp finally arrived and we were so excited to get on our way! After loading ALL OUR GEAR onto two buses we took a drive to the mountains! When we arrived we were greeted by our lovely counselors who were ready to guide us on our journey at camp. The beginning of our first day included setting up our tipis and meeting our group counselors. For some, their first activities included canoeing! Others began by exploring the forest. We ended our first night with the first campfire of the season. The week continued with shelter building, wide games like predator and play, and more voyageur canoeing. They tested their teamwork and problem solving skills on the challenge course to get through the obstacles successfully. We learned a new game at camp that we want to try to bring home to DHS. GA GA Ball! Originally created in Israel, this game has been adapted to be played in a hexagon shaped pit. We had so much fun playing with other schools and getting to know other people from different parts of Alberta. On our second last day all our groups got to enjoy a day hike exploring through the foothills of the mountains around us. Some got to meet horses, others played camouflage in the woods, tried their hands on the adventure playground, and we all ate lunch in the forest and learned about the trees around us. On our last evening we joined all the schools one last time for a snack and campfire.
We have created so many memories through this four-day experience and cannot wait to share with all of you. Please make sure to ask us all about it!
Math Challenge from Mrs. Shihab
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