Much to Be Thankful For

April’s virtue is ‘Thankfulness’ at VCE. The students have been reflecting on for what and why they are thankful. In appreciation for all the gifts that Mother Nature gives us, we will be holding an Earth Day assembly on Tues, April 21st at 1 pm. There will be student presentations and performances. You are welcome to attend. Throughout the week, we will be cleaning up around the school and the neighborhood. On the 22nd, the students will be planting seedlings and will be asked to bring a ‘garbage-free’ lunch. We are encouraging the use of reusable containers and food without packaging. Thank you in advance for your help in this. We hope that every day is an Earth day.

As well, we would like to thank the PAC for providing us with planters so that each class can start a garden this year. A huge thanks to Rhonda O’Grady for her leadership.

The plans for the annual Carnival are under way. The theme for this year is Space. If you would like to help, please talk to Amy Reid or one of the PAC members. It promises to be exciting and fun.

On Monday, the students from Mrs. Zuckernick’s class participated in the Read Link Challenge which was sponsored by the Squamish Public Library.   They worked very hard and place first at the competition. We are very proud.

Also, Div 1 has been participating in the DARE program headed by Constable Mandair. The D.A.R.E. BC Society is a Canadian registered charity whose purpose is to empower the children of British Columbia with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to become safe and responsible citizens. The Society’s primary mission is to support the RCMP’s delivery of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) keepin it REAL (kiR) program to BC school children in Grades 5 and 6.

Today was Jump Rope for Heart day. The whole school participated in jumping for heart health. A big thank you to all who collected pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Last Tuesday, the students were involved in Zones of Regulation workshops with Mr. Juric, our district counsellor. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.

Swimming continues this month for Mrs. Knopp, Ms. Dawson and Mrs. Doherty’s classes. The after school activities mentored by HSS students continue to be a success. In April, we have had basketball and cartooning on Tuesdays and volleyball and crafts on Wednesdays between 3:30 and 4:30 pm. These activities are open to Gr.3 to 6 students.

The Camp Summit fundraiser sock hop was a huge success! The bake sale and move night are coming up on the 23rd.

Don’t forget that there is a ProD day on the 24th and the school is closed for the students.

Finally, we would like to thank you for supporting the SAM (Sustainability through Agriculture and Micro-enterprises) Project. The SAM Project is looking for several items for their project in Zambia this Spring: New – first picture books, big piece puzzles, small soft balls, small soft dolls/stuffed animals, stickers/tattoos, coloring books, crayons, soccer balls, small soccer ball pumps, gently used soccer cleats. If you are able to donate these items, please bring them to the office.


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