December 2018 Principal Remarks


It’s the most wonderful time of year. It’s a time filled with love, laughter, and generosity and that is certainly what you will see and feel in the hallways at Stettler Elementary School. Our students and staff have been busy collecting and packing many, many gifts for our local seniors. Thank you to all of the parents who sent items into the school. Your generosity made it so that every senior citizen living in Stettler lodges received a gift from our school. Our students also spent many hours making homemade cards to accompany these gifts. It was a school-wide goal to deliver enough presents to each lodge in town for every resident to feel the love being extended from our school family.

On Thursday, December 6, our staff members delivered gifts to the residents at Heritage House, and spent some time sharing Christmas songs as well. We hope that these senior citizens enjoyed the music as much as we enjoyed singing. Then on Friday, December 14, our 99 kindergarten students visited Points West, Paragon Place, Heart Haven and Willow Creek doing the same thing. Our students sang Christmas songs and delivered homemade cards and gifts to the seniors who reside in these lodges. The children and residents then enjoyed cookies and juice together afterwards. Again, we cannot thank all of the parents/students at SES enough for donating all of the beautiful gifts. This wonderful Christmas gift giving experience brought a tear to many seniors' eyes, and brought great happiness to the hearts of our youngest students.

December has also been very busy with Christmas Concerts. After many weeks of rehearsing, our students finally had a chance to showcase their hard work and talent, and the reviews from parents and grandparents have been fabulous. On Tuesday, December 11, half of our grade 2, 3, and 4 students performed the "All I Want For Christmas/Angels Among Us" concert for the school at 11:30 a.m., the grandparents, parents, community members at 1:45 p.m. and their final evening performance at 7:00 p.m.. On Wednesday, December 12, our kindergarten students performed their concert at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.. Then on Thursday, December 13, the other half of our grade 2, 3, and 4 students followed the same schedule as the Tuesday night concert to share their talents with parents, grandparents, and community members.

Then this week, we had our grade 5 and 6 band and music concerts on Monday, December 17. There were afternoon concerts as well as the evening concerts. Our grade 5 music students performed at 6:00 p.m. followed by our grade 5 band students. Then at 7:00 p.m. the grade 6 students performed. First our music class students and then the band performed their pieces. And finally, on Wednesday, December 19, our grade one students had an opportunity to share their Christmas concert with parents, grandparents and other guests. Our grade 1 students performed at 1:45 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m., and they, too, did an excellent job of their concerts. Overall, we are very, very proud of all of our students and all of the hard work that they have put into making all of these performances a great success.

December is definitely about Christmas Concerts and spreading happiness and joy, but we also had our regular classes, our school-wide activities, and our fun days. Our grade

two students have been busy building instruments as part of their culminating activity for their Social Studies unit on the Ukraine. Then on December 7, the students were away from school, but our teachers were busy learning at the PD Day. There were a number of professional development activities taking place that day including some literacy sessions and some non-crisis violent intervention training.

Then the following Friday, December 14, we held Christmas Sweater Day at the school, and there were definitely some very interesting and creative sweaters that came out for that day. This week our kindergarten students had a special day on Wednesday, December 19. All students dressed up to participate in Kindergarten Grinch Day. If you didn’t think that the Grinch is cute, then you haven’t seen our kindergarten students all dressed up.

This has been an incredibly fun and busy month, but it is definitely drawing to a close very quickly. On Friday, December 21, we celebrate the last day of classes before Christmas Break. Along with class parties and fun activities, there will also be movies. Our K-3 students are watching "Balto" at the Jewel Theatre in the morning and the grade 4-6 students will be watching "Santa Clause 2" at the Jewel Theatre in the afternoon. We would like to thank the Jewel Theatre for once again providing popcorn for all of our students and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Sean from No Frills for providing the water bottles for our students this year. Friday also marks Red/Green Ho, Ho, Ho Day at school so if you are looking to witness school spirit, feel free to stop by and see us.

That brings 2018 to a close at Stettler Elementary School, and we wish everyone a safe and fabulous Christmas Break and look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, January 7.