Waiting For Spring!

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!

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Busy Beavers!

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!

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Saddle Up & Read

It was a cold January for Saskatchewan and one that prompted at least one “no school” day because of the frigid temperatures.  Nevertheless, as the winter begins to wind down, our school begins to wind up with some great fun and activities for learning.

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is fast approaching with this year’s theme being “Saddle Up and Read!”  We invite all families and community members to come on down to peruse the fair to lasso some special books for your little cowpokes.  The fair will begin Monday, January 29, 2018 and run until Friday, February 9, 2018.  Our school will host two evening open houses: Thursday, February 1st and Wednesday February 7th beginning at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. both evenings.  All proceeds from the sales of books will be used for purchasing library and educational resources for the students.  We hope you can come and rope in some wonderful options for Saddling Up to Read!

Each year we compile information about the school enrollment over the next five years.  This information is very vital to our future planning and funding.  If there are any families in our community and area that have young children who will attend Pike Lake School within the next five years  it is imperative that you contact Pike Lake School @ 306-668-4808  This would include youngsters 0-5 years!  We look forward to hearing from you so that our preliminary furute enrollments can be firmed up.

We will be learning and actively demonstrating many of the wonderful traits of what it means to be a friend when we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  We can dress up in red, pink and/or white as we spend the afternoon in fun learning activities with our friends.

In keeping with tradition, the SCC will once again be supporting the annual lunch for our community and school families. The students are always eager to prepare a meal to share with the community and demonstrate the skills they have learned in the school’s daily nutrition program.  Please save Friday, March 16, 2018 as the date for sharing a meal with a neighbour, the school students and staff.  Watch for more details in the upcoming days.


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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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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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