Education Week

Our school took an active role in this year’s Education Week theme of “Supporting and Celebrating Success.”  We had a variety of activities throughout the week that honored the many people who are part of our school’s success:

  • We were delighted to have aboriginal artist Mr. Ray Keighley join us for a full day art workshop. Keighley provided some interesting information about the Cree people, including the Medicine Wheel.  He showed us how to paint animals and scenery using other tools beside a paintbrush.  He also shared that each animal or bird has special symbolism for the Cree people.


  • We were fortunate to have some of our PSSD professionals from our Special Education Resource Team come and speak to the students. Although the students see these specialists in our school, the students were not familiar with their jobs.   These experts explained their roles and how they support the students to be successful in their everyday learning.


  • Our students gratefully acknowledged Jean Lingnau during Bus Driver Appreciation Day. As we are aware, Bus Drivers play an important and sometimes challenging role as they transport the children safely to and from school.   To express their appreciation, the students happily sang a staff created song and presented Ms. Lingnau with a handmade gift to treasure!

School Bus

  • During Education Week we enjoyed a presentation about the culmination of our penny project. We had collected pennies for each year of our 100 year existence and had them framed in a plaque, now on display in our school hallway.  In addition to this presentation, each student received a “lucky” penny keepsake to make a wish concerning their academic success and growth in the coming school year!


  • After months of waiting, Neimar’s Custom Work, a fine group of volunteers and a staff member from PSSD Maintenance, finally had the chance to erect our new swing set! The weather cooperated and it didn’t take too long to install once the swing set was assembled.  In no time there were shouts of glee from the adults and kids alike!  What a great way to culminate this year’s Education Week of “Supporting and Celebrating Success!”DSC07944
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Our brand new school year has started off with many great activities and fun!  We have welcomed and initiated our new administrator, Ms. Diana Jemieff to our school family as we kicked off with a variety of events – all a part of our school’s great learning atmosphere!  Here are some of the terrific accomplishments we have already enjoyed:

  • Our School Community Council (SCC) and Pike Lake Community and School Association (PLCSA) joined hands to host the Welcome Back to School BBQ! Although a chilly evening, parents and community shared some visiting and also had the opportunity to sign up for activities held in our hamlet.
  • Our school would not be in the good shape that it is in without the diligence of our Caretaker, Sandy Ross. We recognized Mrs. Ross for all the work that she does for our school, both behind the scenes and out in the front!  During morning assembly the students and staff sang a song to the tune of Matchmaker, Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof).  Of course the lyrics and title were changed to Caretaker, Caretaker as everyone enthusiastically acted out a Caretaker’s duties!  What a great way to show our appreciation!DSC07461
  • Once again we supported this year’s fundraising for Terry Fox in September. Although we did not meet our final goal of having the staff jump in the lake, the students did achieve some rewards along the way.  They were treated to some free play, a treat day, face painting of the staff and pie the teachers!  Our school raised $1612.00 towards this cause with a lot of fun as we were successful with each goal!


  • Our students energetically took part in a Gym Blast afternoon! Coordinator Chris Clarke and students from Westmount School organized, set up and implemented an amazing fun filled afternoon of cooperative and energized games!  As the title indicates, the students had an absolute blast with all the activities and learning that took place!   There were lots of smiles leaving the building once the event was done!


  • Our Pike Lake scholars travelled to Saskatoon to view a performance of Pinnochio presented at Persephone Theatre. The arts still have value in the curriculum, especially when there is a message attached to a performance!   The kids were absorbed with the content throughout the whole play!
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SDSS Fun Run May 31st

May 31, 2014
9:00 AMto 2:00 PM @ Saskatoon

SDSS (Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society) presents the 2014 Fun Run & Family BBQ. Join us on May 31 at the Saskatoon Foresty Farm Gazebo for a day of fun for the whole family.  Ask your friends and family for pledges to participate in the Run and then enjoy games and a BBQ for the whole family after the run. BBQ will be free to run participants. 

For more information on how you can take part in the SDSS Fun Run, please visit  or contact Claire Tarala @ 306-668-4808.




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Student First Online Engagement Tool Launched

The Government of Saskatchewan has launched the Student First online engagement tool, which will assist the Student First Advisors to collect feedback from students, parents, teachers and the public on what is going well in the education system, what could be better and how we can work to put the student first.

The online tool provides the opportunity for the public to submit written submissions, respond to a survey and validate themes heard so far by responding to key questions.

I encourage everyone to take some time to provide feedback, ideas and thoughts!

For more information on Student First, please visit:

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What a Delight!

Marion Mutala came to do an author reading at our school and shared her stories about Baba’s Babushka.  Ms. Mutala spoke to us about how she created and wrote her trilogy of stories and also shared a few of the traditions common in the Ukrainian culture.  The students totally enjoyed the presentation and were engaged throughout her talk.  The students even learned to say a few words in the Ukrainian language!  Marion took the opportunity to relate her book/culture to express the need to get along and how valuable it is to understand each other – no matter what the culture.

Thank you Ms. Mutala for coming to share your stories and knowledge.  Thanks also to the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild for helping to fund this wonderful author’s visit!

Gift of Bread Salt and Rushnyak

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Marion Mutala – Author Visit

Our school is excited to have Marion Mutala come for a reading and visit.  Marion is the author of three books about a young girl, Natalia, and her Ukrainian heritage.  In the books, Ms. Mutala writes how an enchanted babushka is used to transport Natalia on a magical journey.  Natalia discovers the traditions of a Ukrainian Christmas, Ukrainian Easter and a Ukrainian wedding and the special gift which embodies them all.

Ms. Mutala was a teacher for 30 years, has a passion for the arts, including writing poetry that is also in print.  With her two sisters, she has started a group call “The Sassy Sisters” and they entertain the seniors in many nursing homes.  Marion is the author of Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, winner of the Anna Pidruchney Award, Baba Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Easter and Baba Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding.  The students and staff at Pike Lake School look forward to learning more about these stories and Ms. Mutala’s writing career on February 26th!


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Terry Fox Walk

On Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. our school will be an important part of the millions of students who will participate in the nationwide Terry Fox Run.  The students of Pike Lake School will be walking to the boat launch within the Pike Lake Provincial Park and back.  You are invited to join us on our walk on that day if you would like.

The students have come up with some interesting incentives this year to help reach our goal of $1500.00.

  • $300.00 – 20 minutes of free play
  • $500.00- Face paint a staff member
  • $800.00- Spray paint Ms. Tarala’s hair
  • $1000.00- Pie in the face for a staff member
  • $1500.00- Some staff will jump in the lake (BRRR!!!)

All monies collected will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research.



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100 Years Penny Activity

The students at Pike Lake School are trying to collect a penny from each year that the Pike Lake School has been in operation.  If you, or someone you know, has a penny from between the years of 1913-1962 and would like to gift it to the school, we would greatly appreciate it! You can contact Claire Tarala at (306) 668-4808 or by email at Thank you!


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Prairie Spirit Parents

Feedback on the 2013/14 school year calendar

We invite you to provide us with feedback on the proposed holidays for the 2013/14 school year calendar.

Please visit Prairie Spirit School Division website ( to access a brief survey beginning Friday, April 12.

The survey closes Thursday, April 18.

Thank you!

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100 Year Project

Today, the students at Pike Lake School started an exciting project! Students have been divided into groups and have started researching about a specific decade at Pike Lake School.  Our project was inspired by our 100 Year Celebration which will be held on June 8th, 2013.  Student’s work will be published in a memory book and will be for sale at the centennial celebration.  Our students are still looking for information and are looking for people who may have some insight to share about a specific decade at Pike Lake School.  If you are someone who could be of help, we are inviting guests to come help us uncover the history of Pike Lake School (1913-2013).

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