We truly hope that each and every one of you have many exciting and wonderful plans lined up for the summer break and that they are shared with the special folks you love! Enjoy the sunshine just enough, relish the rain as it comes and rejuvenate with both! Happy summer and may your travels be safe and swift!
Another great year of learning in the morning snack program has culminated and a terrific year it was! The students were eager since the beginning of the year to head to the kitchen to see what they were going to make and how it was going to be made. The students have learned how to read recipes (ELA), how to read and better understand fractions (Math); they better understand measurement and the accuracy of such (Math), learned about the food groups, what foods fits in each group, which food groups their own morning breakfast/snack falls into and which foods are the healthiest choices to eat (Health) – just to name a few competences. Students have been surprised at how some foods taste better than they thought (spinach, flax seed, chia, dates) and are thrilled and proud to share what they have made with the whole school! Mrs. Knackstedt and Mrs. Dumanski recently reflected on this program and have proudly noted the growth in the students and the skills they have acquired since the program’s initiation. The staff have noticed the students have become quicker at preparing and deciphering the recipes, they are more attentive to the use of kitchen appliances, they have enhanced their understanding to follow the “whys” of safety and sanitation in food preparation and they are more curious, more confident with their own abilities. Of course the students have learned much more than can be listed and we are so proud of their growth in these academic applications!
The final results are in and unfortunately our school did not make the final cut of national winners. We did however make a win in our own school and community and that we can be proud of! We are already inspired for next year and have begun to think of different ideas about how to increase our collections, what to create and how to make more people aware of the need to stop the use of plastic bags! Start saving plastic bags now and watch what our school will be actively doing next year to make our world better! Thank you once again Pike Lake families and community for doing your part to keep our environment healthier!
As we head towards the finish line of this academic year, we know we are not going to slow down until the very end. It is always an exciting time for the students as they are aware there is a succession of great learning activities throughout June for them to partake in. The staff try to keep up with the students’ fervour levels each day and feel the energy they produce! It is certainly a busy school of learning outdoors and in!
We are currently and actively involved in a reading venture called “Bike for Books.” The Goose Lake Masonic Lodge continuously promote reading and literacy for all kids in our community. Once again, they have generously donated a bicycle and helmet to our school to benefit and encourage participation in the reading challenge. Students must read for 15 minutes to earn a ballot for the draw. The more a child reads, the greater the chance of winning the bike. A win for everyone involved! The draw will be made on our Play Day on June 8th.
Our school stands very proud of the contribution we made towards the collection of plastic bags for the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge in April. With the help of our community, our small school collected a whopping 3803 plastic bags for the challenge! That is a phenomenal number which works out to 122.7 bags per student! Not only did we collect them, we also utilized this challenge to make wonderful connections to the math, language arts, science, health and social studies curriculum components. A lot of great awareness about plastics pollution was positively generated from the kids and the adults alike as we progressed through this challenge. We will know at the beginning of June if our school was successful in winning anything over and above keeping our natural world healthier.
Throughout the month of May we have excitedly taken on the challenge of being outdoors for 30 minutes everyday for 30 days. This 30 x 30 Challenge promoted by the David Suzuki Foundation has been an active practice for our school for the last 5 years so we know and live the benefits of being outdoors. It truly is inspiring to read the list of varied activities the students have experienced when they have ventured out in nature and the curiosities they have encountered while exploring!
Our Play Day is fast approaching and the students are honing their track skills while they practise in the mornings at school. They are readily excited to get a chance to show off their best efforts to parents and community members who come to cheer them on. We invite you to come to the school on the morning of Thursday, June 8th to applaud the young athletes as they rotate through all their events. We extend the invitation to stay and join us for a BBQ lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. that will be prepared by our local Pike Lake Firefighters. We are certainly thrilled to have them join our school event and share in the excitement of the day! We hope to see you there too!
Our school will culminate the year with the annual swim and mini golf at the Provincial Park as well as the Grade Four Farewell at the end of June. As always, we anticipate the students will end their year delightfully happy and ready to embrace the summer fun!
The staff would like to extend to you our wishes for a most glorious summer of adventures and explorations with your family and friends! Make some wonderful memories to warm the soul when you reminisce on those cold winter nights! Have a safe and superb summer time everyone!
Come for an early morning coffee/tea and muffin on your way to work – you won’t even have to get out of your vehicle! The chipper and smiling SCC members will be there to take your order and have you on your way quick as a button! Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
As we write this newsy item, it appears that spring has finally sprung for once and for all! With the fast departure of the last snow and with temperatures rising into double digits we are even more excited to be out and about with our learning!
During the last full week of April, our school cared for our home earth in a variety of ways. Two of the main activities we participated in were: a.) actively taking part in a recycling plastic bag challenge and b.) pitching in to gather all the garbage and debris from around our school that was left visible once the snow retreated. The week was a huge success in learning and caring for our environment.
We are happy to announce that our school is once again taking part in the David Suzuki 30 x 30 Nature Challenge during the month of May. Students and families will be logging at least 30 minutes each day outside in nature for 30 days. Over the past years with our annual involvement, there has been a steady increase in those participating and logging their times exploring the outdoors. Of course as we know, connecting with nature signifies a positive impact on being a healthier well being individual! Why don’t you join us in this movement? It’s free, it’s inspiring, it’s motivating and most importantly it is FUN! You can register your involvement @ https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-locally/one-nature-challenge/ You won’t regret it!
We are well underway in our “One Book, One School” endeavor of reading “Adventure According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. The students have been reading with their parents/guardians and excitedly answering the chapter questions along the way. We are sure this venture has been successful in encouraging some quality reading time together as a family! A final celebration will take place in mid May when we culminate our reading adventure.
Our school has become “up to date” with social media and now have a school Twitter account. To follow us or check us out find us at: @PikeLakeSchool. Don’t forget to visit our blog page to that has wonderful tidbits of valuable information for you to resource. E.g. monthly calendars and newsletters, My Prairie Spirit Classroom, special links, school goals, etc. You can find our blog by visiting: http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/pikelakeschool/ Check it out and discover all the important information about your school in your community.
As we await the spring weather that leads to summer time, our school is continually learning inside and outside in so many wonderful ways! As the saying goes, “not all classrooms have four walls” is something we actively put into practice in our small school.
Our school is once again accepting plastic bags for recycling and we want your help! We are taking part in a recycling challenge that includes participating schools all across Canada. Last year our school collected the greatest number of bags in Saskatchewan and we won a beautiful recycled Trex bench for our efforts! If your home is overrun with plastic bags we encourage you to drop them off during school hours beginning Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th, 2018. With your help we hope to achieve an even higher number of bags collected for recycling, while reducing the number of bags that are wasted in our community. At the culmination of this challenge we will be applying curriculum learning in math, language arts, social studies and health subjects as we sort and count the bag donations we received.
In keeping with our reading goals, our school will partake in a family reading activity with a book called “Adventures According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. There will be activities and prizes awarded as we read along together to discover what adventures Humphrey is talking about. We would like to express our thanks to the Pike Lake SCC who have purchased the books for each student as well as some prizes. It is fantastic to have the support for our school’s reading aims from our SCC! As a team, we know the benefits and importance of reading aloud at home and research shows that children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers.
Our school has been active within our community since the weather has warmed up. We donned on our snowshoes and travelled through the nearby bush to read a copy of a story book that was placed along a pathway. We began our story, “A Little Bit of Winter” across the road and made several stops to find and read the pages of the book for this unusual literacy activity. It was a unique way to read a book and was surely enjoyed by the volunteers who came to help with snowshoes and reading.
In a scavenger hunt type activity, we also learned more about our own community history. As we trekked along finding clues to each location, we discovered the history of such places as our new and old schools, the Pike Lake Community Hall and satellite Fire Hall, the Pike Lake Provincial Park, along with the significance of the pioneering families in our community. It was a great learning activity for the students and helped make the bond to their school and community a little bit stronger.
We are looking forward to having a bit of a break at Easter time before resuming classes on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. We wish everyone a wonderful Easter with family and friends as we all eagerly anticipate the coming of spring!
With February behind us after our winter break, we returned to classes rested and rejuvenated!
We look forward to the many exciting, challenging, inviting and informational activities our school has planned for March that will carry us right up to the Easter break. In the next weeks ahead we will get to enjoy some wonderful music when Singing with Sylvia comes to our school. We get to share knowledge and learning information with our parents, students and teachers with the upcoming conferences for the second half of the year. We have lined up some outdoor activities to challenge us as we take our learning outside to test our knowledge and our physical abilities in our local surroundings.
One of the big activities that we all look forward to is the annual Winter Feast. Our school (along with our SCC) puts on this event for our school families and community members as a thank you for their continued support. This FREE feast will be held on Friday, March 16th at Pike Lake Hall beginning at 12 noon. As you are an honored community and family member, we invite you to join us for this special FREE luncheon that the students will prepare with skills learned in their daily nutritional snack program. This meal will allow you to see our school in operation at its best while enjoying a wonderful student made buffet! We kindly ask you to contact the school (306-668-4808) to RSVP or to find out more information.
We are very fortunate to have two wonderful student teachers joining our teaching team here at Pike Lake School. We warmly welcome Miss Madison McLean and Miss Jordanne Estergaard to our school family. These ladies will be with us each Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of March and will progressively increase their time teaching and learning from our seasoned staff and students. We are happy to have these upcoming teacher candidates at our school to learn from and with us!
Our “Saddle Up and Read” Scholastic Book Fair was once again a great success. From all the books that were sold from this Fair our school was able to raise a profit of $900.00 worth of Scholastic books for the school library. We truly thank everyone who supported our fundraiser and encouraged young readers with all the purchases made! We couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Mrs. Knackstedt for all her extra organizing work and volunteer hours she donated to make this Book Fair the success that it is!