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!