It was a great June week. Our young French Immersion students did everyone proud with their speeches. We had a wonderful turnout of parents and extended family come to hear their young child's speech. Mme Rummel's class and Mrs. McCart's class set their young salmon free into Baker Creek. Our last monthly assembly saw our Cross Country Runners & Track & Field team receive recognition for their participation at the District level.
Highlights for this week
Monday, June 19th -
Two classes (Mlle Robitaille & Mrs. Lowndes) are going to Xatsull Heritage Village. Mme Suzie, Mme Cathy & Ms. Matyas' classes are going to the Nature Centre in West Fraser Timber Park for the morning.
Tuesday, June 20th
Mrs. Aaslie Gr. 3/4 class are going Dragonboating. Parents are welcome & if your child has their own lifejacket please send it with them.
Wednesday, June 21st
6 Divisions are attending Aboriginal Day at Helen Dixon Centre. Mrs. McCart (Gr. 1/2), Mme Rummel (Gr. 2/3), Mrs. Lowndes (Gr. 4/5/6), Mlle Robitaille (Gr. 4/5), Mme Volk/Dykhuizen (Gr. 5/6/7) & Mrs. Neighbour (Gr. 6/7).
Thursday, June 22nd
Classes will be sharing their Success Fair projects. This is our first year doing this sort of celebration for our year end. We hope the students are able to find an area of strength to celebrate from the past school year. I'm certain as students & teachers see what other students have done, they will get ideas themselves for another time. The Success Fair is intended to take the place of the traditional awards day that has been at Ecole Baker in the past. With the new focus in education on including all students & the commitment we've made to our vision it is a new path we are look forward to exploring. Parents are welcome to come to school while your child's class is presenting, but may also wish to come to the school Thursday evening from 6:30 - 7:30.
Friday, June 23rd
We'll have our first ever Fun Day together as a blended school. We will combine the students into Multi-age groups & do our best to have fun. Parents are welcome to come & watch, or help out. Our games will start at 9:00'ish & we will finish at 12:00. We are trying to man the stations with Alumni (students in Gr. 8 or 9) who may wish to come see their old friends (from Red Bluff/Lhtako & Ecole Baker). If you know of an older student who would like to volunteer please call the office this week. 250-747-2634
We have been having oh such fun lately! We are proud of the many students (45) who represented Red Bluff/Lhtako at the District Track Meet, hosted by Correlieu Secondary. Along with many personal bests and top 3 placements in many events our team came in 2nd overall. Our Junior Girls & Senior Girls Teams won the Aggregate Trophy with our Junior Boys tying for 2nd place in their category. Even on the hottest day in June! Well done everyone - great to see you challenging yourselves & doing your best.
The Home Alone program had its last session this last Tuesday. Thank you to the PAC for organizing this important program for our students after school.
Our school was host to Mary Forbes on Wednesday as well, who spoke to several of our students about the importance of Waste reduction & recycling. Also the Quesnel Museum had a speaker come to speak to both of our Gr. 3 & 4 classes.
Two classes, Mlle Robitaille & Mrs. Barclay were lucky to be able to go Dragon Boating this week. Their time on the water sounded like a lot of fun, although they had to fend off the mosquitos on shore. Unfortunately we will not be able to send as many classes as first hoped to Dragon Boat, due to a shortage of volunteers at this time. Thank you to the Quesnel Canoe Club who volunteered their time to get some of our kids out in those amazing boats. Also thank you to parents of students for helping the Kindergarten & Grade one classes who had a tour of Richbar Nursery.
Also thanks to those parents who viewed Mlle Robitaille's class video #PlasticBagGrab Challenge. We took almost 4500 bags to Walmart to help our landfill & wildlife.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS COMING WEEK:
SALMON RELEASE: Mrs. McCart & Mrs. Rummel's class are hoping to see their young salmon off into the Fraser River on Monday, after being such good stewards & watching the salmon grow throughout the year.
FINAL JUNE MONTHLY ASSEMBLY: Wednesday at 9:00 & 9:30 consecutively we will finish off our First year together.
FRENCH SPEECHES: K- Gr. 3/4 students have been working hard on creating speeches en Francais. Parents are invited to hear their children give their speech. Thank you to those who were able to help their students create Power Points to go along with their topic. Such a great skill for students to develop - public speaking.
MAKER DAY - Mr. Alec Borrett from Correlieu Sec. is coming to see our two senior classes. He will have them work on a Metal Work & Wood Work project as part of his job as a "Trades Tapper".
WATER PARK- Mme Rummel's class has planned a trip to the water park on Friday morning.
We had a pretty good turn out this last week for our Welcome to Kindergarten. It's great to see those eager new faces children & parents, including the parents we know already. Starting school is such a milestone for children. Thank you to those parents who have already had the time to respond to the parent survey that was sent home on Monday. We look forward to your feedback.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:
Tuesday - Public Health Nurse here to finish Gr. 6 Immunizations
- Ms. Matyas & Mme Suzie's K/1 classes are going to Richbar Nursery in the morning
- Last session after school of the Home Alone Program (thank you to PAC for organizing this)
Wednesday - District Track & Field Day at Correlieu - schedules for events to come home on Monday
- Waste Wise Program - Special guest here to speak with classes in Library
Thursday - Dragon Boating for Mrs. Barclay Gr. 2/3 & Mlle Robitaille's Gr. 4/5 class
We are proud to share our School Vision and Guiding Beliefs. We hope to spend time on the next Friday - June 9th- developing some goal areas that we can work on as a whole school. In keeping with our new Vision and beliefs we have set aside Thursday, June 22nd for students to share with parents and other students a part of their school year that they believe is worthy of celebrating at our first ever "Success Fair". The school will also be open for parents who would like to come see their child's "Success Project" in the evening of that same day from 6:30-7:30 pm.
At our May Assembly we were happy to present students who participated in the Gauss Math Contest their certificates. Mitchell Dunn had the highest score from the group. Congratulations Mitchell. The students who placed in our RB/L Invitational were also recognized at the May Assembly for their strong showing at our run. Many thanks to my hardworking assembly crew who set up things and basically run the show, what a great group of kids!
Red Bluff/Lhtako Track Day is set for Tuesday, May 23rd. Students race according to their age as of Dec. 31st, 2016. We ask that students wear a specific colour t-shirt so we can keep track of who is going where:
8 year olds wear Blue
9 year olds wear Green
10 year olds wear Red
11 year olds wear Pink
12+ year olds wear White (we changed from black to white because of the hot weather expected)
Please remind all students to wear a hat & bring a water bottle as we expect the day to be warm. We invite any of the younger classes out to watch at any time. Parents are invited to attend and may be asked for their help to make our day a success. Thank you for volunteering. We will give a certificate recognizing student participation & placements for students finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. It should be a nice keepsake to recognize the event.
District Track day has been changed to Wednesday, June 7th to accommodate a rain-out day. The Track team representing Red Bluff/Lhtako will be chosen after the track day. We include students placements from our School Track day and attitude & participation during track practices as well. Our goal will be to make sure as many kids attend as possible. Gr. 6/7 classes are gone to Educo on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Neighbour and Mme Mark are the teacher sponsors of the trip. They are expected back to the school after 4:00 on Friday.
Thursday is the District X-Country Run at 10 Mile Lake. Mrs. Fisher, as one of the coaches will be taking the students, thank you to parents who have volunteered to drive and help supervise. It will be nice to wrap up the X-country season! Thanks Mrs. Fisher & Mme Mark for volunteering their time at lunch to make our team a success.
Assembly Crew Helpers 2017
Our Gauss Math contest was well attended this year with 12 students participating. Good job everyone! The babysitting course has wrapped up & now the Home Alone course will begin this next Tuesday. The students were entertained this past week by the Vancouver Theatresports Troupe, performing Improv comedy on Thursday afternoon. Lots of laughs! Mrs. Neighbour was a good sport & helped out too.
Thank you to the parents who supported the Mother's Day Flower fundraiser for the Gr. 6 & 7 students going to Educo.
Track Practices for students in Gr. 3 & up (Weather permitting) are Mon-Wed-Fri this next week from 1-2. We are tentatively scheduling the School Track Meet for Tuesday, May 23rd. At this time the weather doesn't look very good, but keep your fingers crossed. We are trying to fit it in before the Gr. 6 & 7 Students go to Educo. Students will receive a certificate after participating at the track meet including their placements, in the place of ribbons for individual events. This is different than what happened at Baker in the past.
Assemblies are happening on Wednesday, May 17th : 9:00 for Primary Students & 9:30 for intermediate classes.
Welcome to Ms. Nichole Hawkins as our temporary secretary - she is replacing Mrs. Dunleavey who may be away for the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your patience while we transition to new office staff.
Many thanks to all the people who made our Fun Fair on April 27th a huge success. We were happy to see so many new faces at the fair. Everyone seemed to enjoy the games & activities.
We all enjoyed the musical numbers that classes shared at our Music Assemblies this week. What a lot of fun it must be to play with "boomwhackers"!
Mrs, McCart and her class set up a voting booth and took students votes for the upcoming election next week. They are not allowed to reveal the votes here at school so they don't influence the election.
Track Practices start this week - first one is Tuesday afternoon. Students in Gr. 3 and up are going through stations where they will practice the skills for Track. Students are encouraged to aim for their personal best. Each age group goes to each station or skill twice during our practices. We are looking for parents who are willing to help out with the stations or on Track Day. Practices (weather permitting) are from 1:00-2:00 Tuesday, May 9th & Friday, May 12th, Monday, May 15th, Wednesday, May 17th & Friday, May 19th. Our School Track Day is set for Tuesday, May 23rd.
Mrs. Lowndes & Mlle Robitaille's classes welcome Mr. Craig Kitamura with some students from Correlieu with coding activities this Tuesday.
Gr. 4 & Gr.7 students will complete the Satisfaction Survey by the end of the week. Parents in the same grades should have also received a letter for them to give feedback to the school.
Students in Gr. 6 & 7 who have been studying for Gauss Math with Mrs. Fisher will do their test this Wednesday. Good luck!
A Performing Arts group will be here on Thursday at 1:00 in the afternoon."Vancouver Theatre Sports" is doing a special improv comedy dedicated to Canada 150 celebrations called "Made in Canada"
Our lost & found continues to grow. So if you're in the building please stop by in case something belongs to your child. Our changeable weather has us bundled up in the morning and then forgetting we had a coat by lunch time.
Thanks to all parents and volunteers who are supporting our Breakfast club with their donations and participation in the Fundraiser on Friday evening.
We welcomed special guest, Susan Milner, from Science World on Friday. She took 8 of our classes to work on Math puzzles in the gym. Everyone seemed to enjoy the activities that were presented. Our assembly on Wednesday had students dress up as a Career. Some of the costumes were very creative.
This next week we look forward to getting a few more classes getting involved in Gymnastics classes at Maple Drive Gymnastics Club. Thanks to those parents who have been available to drive our K/1 classes to the Club.
Also in the next few weeks our Aboriginal Education Support worker, Tracy Telford will come to classes with some Senior First Nations students, to help teach the Lahal game. "Lahal is a traditional game of the First Nations people. The objective of the game is to win sticks by guessing where the unmarked bones are in the other teams hands. The team that gets all the game sticks wins the game. The purpose of playing is to bring people together or bring happiness to lift the heart s of others. The game is played at many occasions, celebrations, and gatherings." Our students are learning the game as part of our "Honour Your Health" Project this year.
Our Fun Fair is scheduled for this coming Thursday evening, April 27th. However it may be in jeopardy as we are short volunteers - if anyone is interested in helping out, please let Jen Generous or Cherish Mastre know by Monday. They are trying to fill spots to run the games, sell tickets and man the prize table among other things.
Also scheduled on Thursday, April 27th is our 2nd Annual Red Bluff/Lhtako Invitational Run. We expect to see students from Dragon Lake, Lakeview, Kersley and Carson. The teams will compete to vie for the coveted "Golden Shoe" award that Ecole Baker won last year. Thank you to Heather Fisher for organizing this run, and also the many parent volunteers who will join us. The run will begin at 9:00 am in the field closest to the gym.
Educo fundraising for the trip on May 24th, 25th, 26th continues with a Bottle Drive on Saturday, April 29th. If you have bottles and would like to donate before the event you may drop the bottles off at Jen Generous' house on Maple Drive.
We have a breakfast club fundraiser coming up on Friday, May 5th; our 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction. We hope to see a good turn out to support our Breakfast Club.
Thank you to the PAC for purchasing new toys for the sandbox to keep our littles happy.
Spring Music Concerts are happening the first week of May. The French Immersion Classes Spring Concert will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm. The English Classes Spring Concert will be on Friday, May 5th at 1:00 pm. Parents are welcome to join us for an informal "concert in the round". Classes are pleased to be able to perform the musical numbers they have been practicing this term in music class for an audience.
Parents with children in Gr. 4 & Gr. 7 will be asked to respond to a Satisfaction Survey that will come home next week. Please stay tuned!
We appreciate any feedback from parents for our school.
Gymnastics classes have been going well. Students seem to be enjoying the classes, developing skills and being challenged.
This next week we have an assembly on Wednesday. Primary Assembly is at 9:00 with the Intermediate Assembly at 9:30. Our theme this month is Career Day - dress as a career you'd like to have when you get older.
Our PAC meets on Wednesday at 6:30. Parents are reminded there is child care available. Our PAC is busy getting our Fun Fair organized so please remember to volunteer to help out. It really is fun for everyone, and another chance for our kids & parents to get to know each other better. Remember many hands make light work.
We are happy to welcome Susan Milner from Science World who is bringing some fun math activities to share with some of our classes. It should be fun & help them use their mathematical brain to solve puzzles.
The CPF is organizing a French Movie for Friday evening at 6:30. Doors open at 6:00. The movie is La Legende de Sarila. Everyone is welcome as the film has English subtitles.
I entered our school in the BCAA Play Here contest. 10 of the projects will be chosen from those nominated. The entries closed on April 13th so we will see if our school is chosen, then work hard to vote for it. We will wait & see.
Our lacrosse lessons last week were a big hit. Thanks to Lisa Scott who was able to come & teach classes about the sport, The Creators Game.
This activity was part of our Honour Your Health project this year. We are introducing all our classes to activities that have their roots in Aboriginal culture. Lacrosse is one activity. We will also have the students learn the game of Lahal in each class. As well we hope to have students do some Dragonboating in the spring. Unfortunately our window for snowshoeing was short, and not many kids got out to do that this past winter.
Our classes are starting to attend Gymnastics sessions. Each class goes for 5 sessions. Students are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for active wear. It is great to see the amazing skills they are challenging themselves with. For the next month we will continue to have our classes attend the Gymnastics program. Classes walk through the subdivision to Maple Drive adding to their physical activity each day.
We are pleased to announce a great response to our Ford Fundraiser for Educo. They were able to raise $6000, the maximum allowable. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this fundraiser a success. The book fair this week was also well attended and we came close to our goal of $3000 for the 3 days. Orders from Purdy's was ready for pick up on Friday, April 7th. The CPF thanks you for supporting their fundraiser this spring.
We have several students attending the DASH program on Monday & Wednesdays after school. Parents are reminded to make arrangements to pick up their children at 4:30. Also the Babysitter program is well attended on Tuesdays. The hours are 2:30 -4:30.
Our Cross-Country team has begun training. The program looks strong. The students meet four times a week. We run off the school grounds two times a week, and then run laps one day & do wind sprints another. It's great to have our whole field accessible again for the students to enjoy. Two days a week we start at 11:45 with other classes joining us outside for a brisk walk or run around the playground as well.
To recap this week we had a fun filled week to end our second term. Monday was a wonderful experience for our students who helped Lowry Olafson write a song for our school. The link if you want to hear the song is at Lowry's website. If you scroll down the page (it's in alphabetical order) we are about half way down. The lyrics for our song are:
Every child is a celebration
Tous les enfants, every child.
Every voice can make a difference
Tous les enfants, every child.
Imagine if the world was filled with joy,
For every girl and every boy
Hope and kindness hold the key
To a better world for you and me.
Red Bluff Lhatko is an awesome school
The things we learn are totally cool
Friends we know and friends we haven’t met
And there’s one truth we never forget
We also had fun in Western wear on Wednesday for our Assemblies. There were so many student activities to recognize; Mrs. McCarts Singing Group, our Speedstacking club, Basketball teams & Cross Country Ski Racers. It's been a busy term! Winner of the Dodgeball League this year was Mrs. Neighbour's team #4. It was a great final.
We will be hosting the Speech Arts competition here at RB/L on Friday, April 7th. We hope to have the classes who are participating do a "dress rehearsal" of their poems on Wednesday, April 4th for anyone who is able & interested in hearing all our students perform. After the break we are also hoping each class will have an opportunity to learn about Lacrosse & also the game of "Lahal" - from our Honouring Your Health project.
Many things are set to happen when we return from Spring Break. We've sent home a lot of information - Babysitters course, Home Alone course, Purdy's Fundraiser for CPF, April Hot lunch. The District Elementary Kidzart Show
Starting the first week of April some of our classes will begin their Gymnastics lessons - 5 per class. Forms for those early sessions will come home the first week after Spring Break
Enjoy your Spring Break - hopefully the break will be good for all of us. We'll need lots of energy to end our year on a positive note.