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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