Speeding Along!

Our school is definitely in full swing as we wind down towards the end of the calendar year!  It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of November as it seems like we just started school a short time ago.  However, enough academic time has passed that we have already participated in Three Way Interviews with parents/guardians to discuss their child’s progress and learning achievements thus far in the school year.  Interviews are always a great opportunity for parents/guardians, students and teachers to connect and get an in depth look at how well the school year is going for their child.

Recently, our school was endowed with a cheque from Agrium Potash Corporation for our nutritional morning snack program.  It is so wonderful that we have such strong community support from our local Agrium and that they recognize and put value on this program.  We truly appreciate Agrium’s substantial donation to our school and thank them deeply for assisting us monetarily!

Our school was fortunate to have Jeanne Corrigal (a Metis filmmaker and story teller) share with us a parts of her documentary about a Saskatchewan man and skilled tracker, Jim Settee, who saved a young boy up north.  This documentary (Jim Settee: the Way Home) is about a man who touched many people’s lives in his lifetime and helped them find their “way home.”  Through her own eyes, Ms. Corrigal, spoke of the various life experiences of Jim Settee who was also a close friend of her father’s.  She spoke of his teachings being a tender legacy for all people and our varied journeys “home.”  Many lives of others were transformed as a result of Jim’s guidance through his wisdom and kindness.  She aptly engaged the students and staff as she imparted her knowledge of the indigenous culture as told through her experiences.  Thank you Jeanne for your wonderful presentation to our students and staff.

Students have prepared some wonderful crafts to sell at our upcoming annual Pike Lake Community and School Association Craft Sale on Sunday, November 26th.  All proceeds from the sale of their crafts will be put towards enhancement of our student learning.  We invite you to come and see all the crafters and vendors and possibly do some unique Christmas shopping!  Pike Lake School Community Council will operate a concession that will have warm beverages and goodies to enjoy!  We hope you are able to come (and bring your neighbor!) to support these essential community organizations and crafters in our neighbourhood.

As we approach December, our school will once again begin to prepare and excitedly present our Christmas concert performance.  This long standing tradition is always eagerly awaited by the students and community alike.  This year we will be presenting “Melton, The Warm Hearted Snowman” on Thursday, December 21st at Pike Lake Community Hall.  We will have a morning showing at 11:00 a.m. and an evening performance at 7:00 p.m.  Of course, we hope Santa will stop by for a visit in the evening!  These performances are open to the public in addition to the community and school families.  We welcome you to join us and be entertained as we perform and embrace this heartwarming message of the season – it’s all about love!

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We Welcome You Back!

Our new academic year is about to begin with some wonderful and exciting activities in store throughout the year!  With last year now in the background, we successfully and actively familiarized our school and community families with our place based learning model.  From the feedback we have received, all the team partners were very happy with the outcomes of our introductory first year.  This year we are even going to be better with all we learned from and with our students and staff!

We warmly welcome Corinne Dutka as our Principal for this upcoming year.  Corinne is on board as our new team leader and is enthused to carry on and expand this model of education in our school.  Over summer, Corinne has been actively pursuing the best ways to connect curriculum and kids through nature.  We also look forward to hosting a new intern, Chelsey Braybrook who will begin on the first day of school and will be staying with us until the end of December.  Chelsey will be learning with us, as well as teaching students in and out of doors.  These ladies have some wonderful ideas to share so be sure to watch what our school will be learning in the next 10 months.

We hope you join us as we journey with our learning this year.  If you have a hobby or leisure activity that you are interested in sharing with us, we invite you to give us a call and we can make arrangements to have you share your knowledge with our students.  You don’t have to be a professional – just someone who is passionate about what they do in any capacity.  It can be birdwatching, wild flower enthusiast, mushroom scavenger, environmentalist, sport guru, rock or bug collector, calligrapher, paper quiller, miniature artist, gemologist and the list goes on.  Anything a student can learn about will be welcomed and we would love to have you connect with us!  Just call us at 306-668-4808 for more information.

Our School Community Council (SCC) has set the date for the annual Welcome Back to School BBQ.  In cooperation with the Pike Lake Community and School Association (PLCSA) there will be a FREE burger/hotdog supper for ALL school families and community members to be held on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the school.  You are welcome to come meet the staff, tour the school and get the low down on what we eagerly do in a school day!  You can also purchase your membership to the PLCSA and register your young ones for the various activities that PLCSA has acquired this year!  So there you have it – three good reasons for you and your family to join us for FREE supper!  Bring your neighbor along to share in the fun!  Mark this date down so you don’t miss out on a FREE and filling enjoyable time!  See you there!

Watch for us out and about in our community as we inquire, discover, build, study and absorb all there is in our own rich backyard environment!

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Try-A-Thon Success!

     June 15th was a fantastic day at Pike Lake School!  The Pike Lake School Community Council hosted its second ever Try-A-Thon with great success!  The morning was filled with education and fun followed by the afternoon which saw students complete a rigorous Try-A-Thon course.  Most importantly this athletic event was about students coming out to have fun, achieve something personal and special, and for everyone else to cheer and congratulate them on their accomplishments!

This day would not have been possible if not for our sponsors, donors and volunteers.  A Try-A-Thon is a huge event that takes a lot of organizing and resources!  Without the support of our school team, the School Community Council members and parents, our Try-A-Thon would not have been possible.  Hurray to everyone for tor their contributions that allowed for this most amazing Try-A-Thon to come to be!

This long and adventurous day would not have been the same without the Outdoor Ed. Grade 11 students from Delisle Composite School!  The Outdoor Ed. students made each student from Pike Lake School smile and feel encouraged.  Everyone felt inspired to dig deeper and push harder.  We developed our stamina while exercising together and bonds were formed that will last a lifetime in our memories.  All students from Pike Lake School had fun and we hope the Outdoor Ed. learners did too!  Thanks to Erin Hill for helping to coordinate the students with us over the last few months!

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Constable Sean Nave, School Liaison from the Warman RCMP detachment for coming out to help with the day!  Constable Nave is quite familiar with the Triathlon as a competitor and was present to encourage the students as they went through all stages of the Try-A-Thon course.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge these special businesses who believed in our educational event and donated some funds towards putting the event into action:

Pike Lake Community and School Association – Our community backs our school 110% each and every time we do something that involves doing “more” for our students!  They do their best to see that our learning opportunities are not compromised or hindered because of lack of funds and contribute where they can.  PLCSA knows the value of Pike Lake students having different opportunities to enhance their education.  PLCSA has had our back and has ALWAYS been there for us!  Thank you Pike Lake Community and School Association for your support!

Ball & Sons Heating – They have been such a substantial support for our school over the years!  They have supported our many endeavors with monetary donations and we cannot thank them enough for all they have given us.  It is so very rewarding to know they believe in our school and all we do!  Thanks so much Ball & Sons Heating!

UTL Inspections– The branch manager and family of this company have total faith in our school and its programming!  They have provided monetary support for this event as well as providing assistance with physical labour with other various school needs!  They have not been shy to show their support for our school many times over and we are grateful for their financial support for this event!

To the Pike Lake School students – thank you for making it an amazing day!  You should all be very proud of your accomplishment!

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Final Lap

Our year end is picking up speed as we round the corner on the final lap before summer holidays begin!  We have partaken in a lot of activities with more to come!  It is an exciting time for students and staff as we near the finish line!

We were saddened to discover that some of our outdoor items went missing over these last few weeks.  We have “lost” a birdbath and some decorated flower pots as well as some other miscellaneous outdoor pieces.  The alumni students had left some of these items as legacy projects and these pieces were supposed to stay with the school as a reminder of their time here.  Some of these objects have been here safe and sound for a number of years – until this year!  It is unfortunate that some folk feel that because an item is outside of a school building that they can “borrow” it for their own use.  Our school works very hard with yearlong fundraising to purchase the things we need for our outdoor learning area and legacy projects.  We sure hope that the items that were borrowed kindly get quietly returned with no questions asked.

Over this last busy month, we welcomed our new Kindergarten students and parents to the school, we acknowledged and thanked our volunteers in an afternoon.  We planted vegetables and flowers as well as transplanted our tomatoes that we grew from the seeds from outer space. (aka the Space Station).  We helped keep our environment clean by collecting and recycling plastic bags and have expanded our time out in nature with the 30 X 30 challenge!  We are looking forward to the upcoming Try-A-Thon on June 15th at Pike Lake Provincial Park!  We invite you to come out and cheer us on as we challenge our bodies to be their best in the swimming, running and cycling courses!

During May, we once again received eggs from the University of Saskatchewan and watched as they successfully hatched into chicks.  The students named the eggs and wondered who would hatch first!  With the aid of a 24 hour camera, students were able to recall data and observe while each of the eggs cracked and opened.  Our learners watched as the hatchlings went from weak and wet fledglings to fluffy chirping chicks!  Once the chicks were strong enough, we sent them home with Farmer Ken to take care of them for their life duration.  We also adopted 10 painted lady caterpillars and watched their transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.  We fed and cared for these butterflies until we released them into the wild.  Having the ability to partake in these two responsibilities was a great illustration of two different life cycles, which in turn prompted curious inquiry from the students.  Students’ interests were substantially piqued and allowed a gateway to open to learning that could not be taught as successfully from a book.

At the end of June we will be saying our farewells to our Grade Four students who will transition to Delisle Elementary School.  We know they are ready to take on new learning and leadership roles in their new school.  We will also be sending our bittersweet well wishes and fond farewell to Diana Jemieff Hayes as she shifts her administrative duties to another school.  Diana will be returning from her maternity leave in January to begin her new role as Principal in Delisle Elementary School.  We know she will have great success as she begins to initiate the same acclaimed programming that she had launched here in Pike Lake.  She will of course have some familiar faces and leaders working with her as she begins her new journey!

June will not be all sadness!  We will be enjoying our traditional yearend swim for the Grades 1-4 students and have added mini-golf to the day’s activities.  We welcome Tara Mayor as our acting principal for the month of June!  Mrs. Mayor comes to us from Willow Park and will stay with us to the end of the year.  She will then begin her new role as Principal in the Eagle Creek Colony School.  If you have any concerns, comments or compliments, Tara welcomes your calls/texts either at the school number (306-668-4808) or @ 306-220-6299.  Commencing in the fall we will have Corinne Dutka take on the administrative role for our school.  Corinne is currently the acting Vice Principal at Warman Elementary School and is excited to join our school family in August.  Corinne has had previous interactions with our school in years past and is so excited to continue with our new programming in the fall!

Wishing one and all a great summer of warmth and sunshine spent with family and friends!  Safe travels as you head out on your adventures and we look forward to hearing about your stories and the memories made when we meet up again!  Happiest Summer Time!

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Exciting Learning!

We have returned from our spring break renewed and hopefully into the true spring weather!  The final months of our academic year are full and mixed with fun learning as we continue to explore in our community!  We recognize that we have so many great opportunities from the surrounding learning lake and land to acquire the knowledge from our curriculum lessons!

Throughout the last three seasons the students have been truly engaged as they studied their nearby adopted tree.  They have discovered the necessary importance that their type of tree has on the environment it lives in and the creatures who count on it for protection and survival.  These place based learning experiences has laid the foundation for students’ studies in math, science, social studies, language arts and other subject areas across the core curriculum.  It is truly rewarding to see the students build vocabulary, communication and inquiry skills, learn how to respect and interact with the environment and develop a love for their very own place in our community and school.  And on top of it all, the students have had fun and been excitedly immersed in their learning.

It was great to have the parents/guardians attend the Student Led Conferences.  It was so meaningful to work together as a team to co-construct a piece of the student’s “Reflections of Growth” document.  There is so much growth and learning that occurs when parents, teachers, and students collaborate together as a team!

For the 4th year in a row, our school will once again be participating in the 30 X 30 Challenge presented by the David Suzuki Foundation.  During the month of May, we will pledge to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days!  Sounds like fun and we are going to take that challenge on with gusto!  Each year we tally more time outdoors than the year before and more of our families are getting involved!  You can take that challenge at home or at work too and we hope you join us as spring begins to blossom!  Go to http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/ for more information!

Is your home being overrun by all those plastic bags from shopping?  We have a solution for you!  Beginning May 29th to June 2nd, 2017 we will participate in a challenge with other elementary schools all across Canada!  We will be collecting plastic shopping bags to recycle and enter to win some prizes to support environmental initiatives for our school!  So start gathering those single use plastic bags and have them ready when we call out for them at the end of May!  We know we can really make a difference with this recycling incentive!

We are looking forward to our upcoming Try-a-Thon on June 15th and have begun our running training.  Our Try-A-Thon is being governed by the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation (STAC) and will incorporate swimming, biking and running.  We will once again be partnering with the Delisle Composite Outdoor Education students as they buddy up with our students to support and mentor them on this fun challenge.  For the students at Pike Lake School, the Try-A-Thon is an exciting and challenging event that complements the physical education component of our academic program.  We invite you to come cheer us on!

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School and Community Winter Feast

It was a day of intense learning and discovery that was truly sprinkled with a lot of fun!!!  The students and staff of Pike Lake School invited school families and all community members to come and enjoy a FREE lunch that was made by the students themselves.  Along with some amazing supervising volunteers, the students prepared and made perogies, Caesar salad,  a variety of vegetables and dessert crepes to serve alongside some baked sausage.  This second annual feast was very well attended by more community members than we had anticipated!  A wonderful compliment to our students and school!

To echo the aboriginal teaching of honoring the elders, the students served the food to all the adults in attendance first – before the students or youngsters!!  We have had many favorable comments relayed back to us about the strength of the students’ capabilities and skills as they worked preparing the meal.  The students aptly demonstrated the knowledge they have gained since the beginning of the year using the kitchen tools and safe food handling!  All of the pupils were very proud of their accomplishments and their ability to put on such a wonderful winter feast for so many participants!

A special thank you is sent to the amazing volunteers we had supervising our student cooking crews!  We could not have done this as well as we did without your help and committed support!  Our thanks to Donna and Dave Nichol, Shauna Lingnau, Dwayne Milton, Brandie Allan, Brad Berschiminsky and Christy Schekk.  We hope you enjoyed and learned too, as you worked close at hand with the cooking teams!

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Brain Walk

Our school was privileged to participate in Brain Walk endorsed by the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) organization.  The Brain Walk was an interactive activity that consisted of 10 stations manned by some of our school volunteers.  The students were able to visit each station and learn about the different functions of the brain and how we need to keep it safe and healthy.  This was accomplished through interactive questions, demonstrations, displays and many hands on activities!  This program helped provide awareness to those people who have brain injuries and the challenges they meet every single day.

Our special thanks to our volunteers who set up and ran the stations for the students and to ABI for providing this highly educational program for schools!

 

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Dog Sledding

On January 24th we were treated to a dog sledding demonstration at our school grounds!  Jolene McLeay from Bark Place Pet Spa provided a wonderful presentation about her sport of dog sledding, her experience as a racer and as a recreational dog sledder.   Jolene shared some health and safety information about her working dogs and how they were taught to pull a dog sled.  After the presentation and a brief question period, we went outside so that the students could see the dogs in action!  By the sounds and pulling action as the dogs were harnessed up, it was very apparent the dogs were eager to pull the sled!  The students were quite attentive and cheerful when each of the staff had a turn taking a ride on the dog sled.  After the demonstration the students went back inside to ask more questions and share the many things they learned about this sport and the connections they made!  Our very grateful thanks to Jolene and her assistant Cheryl, for coming to the school and sharing some valuable information about this dying sport!

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WELCOME BACK BBQ!

 

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ALL community members and school families are invited to join us at our annual WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL FREE BBQ!  Pike Lake School Community Council (SCC) and the Pike Lake School Community and School Association (PLCSA) will jointly sponsor this event!  Come for the FREE hot dogs, hamburgers, dessert and various beverages while visiting with your neighbours, SCC members, PLCSA members, school staff and school families!  REGISTRATION will also take place this evening for any of the fall PLCSA activities.  Come and take a tour of the school!  We look forward to seeing you there and visiting for a while!

WHEN:  Thursday, September 10th, 2015

WHERE:  Pike Lake School

TIME:  5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

COST:  FREE!!

 

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Try – A – Thon

The Pike Lake School Community Council (SCC) is very excited to be holding a Try-A- Thon for our students.   The Try-A-Thon is fully sanctioned by the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association and involves running, biking and swimming components.  This will be a big achievement for our students and we would like to encourage parents, family and community members to come out and cheer them on as they go through the course!  The event will run Monday, June 15th at 1:15 p.m.  The kids will be swimming at the Cabin Owner’s Beach (The Old Beach across from the tennis courts) and doing their run and bike along Lakeside Drive.  Hope to see you there!

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