This past Tuesday was an exciting day for our school! Brian Lee and Scott Allan from Golf Saskatchewan visited our school in a funky car and brought us a gift! On behalf of Golf Saskatchewan, we were provided with a complimentary Golf-in-Schools Kit. Within this kit is a variety of child friendly golf equipment that we can use to introduce the sport and familiarize the students with golf terminology, safety and etiquette. This kit was developed by the Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada to help teach the learning outcomes in the Phys. Ed. Curriculum using golf as a conduit.
We would like to respectfully thank Golf Saskatchewan for the Golf-in-Schools Kit and the t-shirts they provided to our school and students. We are looking forward to trying this kit out and are anticipating some fun new learning experiences!
We warmly invite you to come out to watch our performance of A Bear-Y Merry Holiday on Thursday, December 18th. We will have two concert times to ensure you can take part in this merriment! The times are: 11:00 am and 7:00 pm and we expect a visit from Santa for the little ones at the evening performance! We hope you can come out and take part in this program to help make you Bear-Y happy and excited for Christmas without a lot of Pandamonium!
Down Syndrome Awareness Week took place from November 3rd to November 7th. Within this week, a workshop was held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park and was funded by SaskTel. As this disorder is special to our school, several staff members [Ms. Key, Mrs. Knittig, Mrs. Knackstedt, Lana Abercrombi (SERT), Jessica Blanch (SLP), Aaron Bates (OT)] were interested and attended this full day session. A key presenter for the workshop was a Calgary based not-for-profit organization called PREP (Pride. Respect. Empowerment. Progress) which provides innovative educational and therapy services to children with Down Syndrome. PREP’s full day seminar focused the learning on how to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom. Some important messages that the participants brought back for the students and staff alike were: how to be a good friend; we are all the same and we are all different; it is okay to have Down Syndrome.
All the attendees positively praised the workshop for the knowledge they were provided with and the ways it can be implemented for our entire school! Truly a winning combination for the awareness and education about this disorder!
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!
- 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!”
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!
- 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!
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 http://skdownsyndrome.ca/calendar/list/all or contact Claire Tarala @ 306-668-4808.
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!
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!