June 3 is Mental Wellness Day for Schools –
Take care of yourself and each other
On June 3, 2021, schools can access free, online sessions on mental wellness, hosted by the Government of Alberta. There are individual sessions for Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 to 12 students – as well as teachers, staff and parents. All share a common theme: ‘Take care of yourself and each other.’
It’s a way of recognizing the resilience of school communities during this difficult year and offering some fun, engaging sessions on supporting mental wellness together.
View the schedule of online sessions on the Government of Alberta website. More details and session access information will be posted on the website soon.
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Grade 3 explores building in science
Grade 3 student Nixon Jones proudly displays his science project. Students were challenged to build a structure using a variety of materials. Well done!
Clairmont Community School
Clairmont students show support for seniors, autism and epilepsy
After the Grade 7 visit to the Lakeview Senior Centre in January, more CCS classes have been paying a monthly visit, like the Grade 5 and 6 students (pictured) who visited at a distance earlier in May. Grade 2 students joined in on the fun by helping to make posters. Participating students say that walking to the seniors’ home and holding up signs for residents to read from their windows can make their day, and they encourage others to do the same. “It’s the little things that will put a smile on their faces.”
Students at Clairmont Community School wore blue to show their support on Autism Awareness Day. The colour blue symbolizes understanding and acceptance, part of the Light it Up Blue campaign by Autism Speaks. Students also participated in Odd Socks Day which reflects the anti-bullying and ‘kindness is contagious’ messaging of Pink Shirt Day. On Epilepsy Awareness Day, students and staff wore purple to express their care.
Harry Balfour School
Students stay connected during temporary shift to remote learning
HBS students continued their academic studies and options throughout the temporary shift to at-home learning. Students participated in Foods challenges and submitted photos for a photography contest in the Grande Prairie area. For their efforts, students received ‘Golden Spoon Awards’ and delicious treats.
Students and staff stayed engaged by participating in Wellness Challenges such as Take a Break Tuesday, Meet us on Monday, and Think About it Thursday.
A virtual presentation by the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum provided engaging learning for students in Grades 2, 3 and 7.
Junior Kindergarten continued with in-person learning and enjoyed having the entire building to play in while Kindergarten to Grade 8 students learned at home.
Recent HBS events
Prior to the move to at-home learning, students and staff had fun during the school-wide clean-up event on Earth Day.
Grade 8 Science students dissected a cow eye, observing the cornea, pupil, lens, vitreous humor, and retina.
Grade 1 students participated in Hats On! For Mental Health Day.
Students and staff enjoyed May the 4th Be With You, also known as Star Wars Day.
Students looked forward to returning to school to finish off their last round of options. Pictured are students participating in the recent Baseball Option and their Acting & Film Option which included having headshots taken to build their acting portfolios.
Helen E. Taylor School
‘Food Bank Battles’ in support of Wembley Food Bank
Helen E. Taylor School is saying thank you to the Grade 5B students and Mrs. Bowman for engaging students and staff in a worthwhile community endeavour. The class created a Food Bank Battles launch video to kick off a school-wide friendly competition to collect donations for the Wembley Food Bank. Students and staff used their food donations as ballots to vote for favourite hockey teams, pets, snacks, video games and more. As evidenced by the amount of food collected, HET was not shy on votes. Way to go, 5B and HET!
Students learn about farming and fundraising
Principal Heidi Hargreaves would like to thank the Conrad family for hauling newborn calves to the school to provide students with a hands on learning opportunity.
The school’s Leadership Team ran a successful “change fundraiser” in support of Ronald McDonald House, challenging students to see who could bring in the most money. Macey and Kynzie Barid (pictured) were the winners of the challenge. The school received a total of $705 in donations through this initiative. Way to go, La Gators!
Peace Wapiti Academy
Gingerbread houses, charcuterie boards and new spirit wear
Mrs. Kendall and Mrs. Fehr's Grades 10, 11, and 12 Foods student created stunning gingerbread houses. The school says, “So much time and effort went into these creations. Good job, Foods students!”
- Sunday Afternoon (left) by Melia C., Mason M. and Shay W.
- Little Red Riding Hood (middle, top) by Teaghan M., Linden R. and Caden K.
- Winter Paradise (middle, second from top) by Ronnie W. and Logan H.
- Fairy Nook (middle, bottom) by Megan M., Madeline W. and Summer B.
- Forgotten Woods (right) by Wayde K., Austin W., Jerry B. and Reed D.
The Foods 20/30 class worked hard on charcuterie boards as part of their Entertaining with Food module. The school says the boards were equally beautiful and delicious.
- By Blake N., Akryn C. and Jerry B. (top left)
- By Brady P., Caelan H. and Keeley H. (bottom left)
- By Nikolas O., Reed D. and Shelby P. (right)
PWA Support Staff gathered for a picture to show off their new spirit wear.
PWA teacher Alina Ovsiy and students participated in a virtual Hats On! For Mental Health Day on May 5.
PWPSD Remote Learning
Grade 3 student learns engineering with help from Dad
“Mya Jonke from Grovedale was tasked with building a bridge that would hold weight for our Building unit in Grade 3 Science,” says Lori Szmul, a Teacher with PWPSD Remote Learning. “Her dad taught her some basic welding skills and this is what she made. I am so impressed with how parents have stepped up and made learning so authentic for our remote students.”
Robert W. Zahara Public School
HERo Hockey – Grade 5 student launches clothing line to support girls in hockey, receives shout-out from Hayley Wickenheiser
Kennady Bruun (middle) is pictured on the playground with her brother and accountant, Stratton who is in Grade 3, and her sister and manager, Blake who is in Grade 1. They are surrounded by just a few of the students and families who have supported HERo Hockey since it was launched in March. When hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser (right) received a sweatshirt from Kennady, she gave her a shout-on social media.
RWZ Grade 5 student, Kennady Bruun is on a mission, one that has nabbed the attention of none other than female hockey great, Hayley Wickenheiser who recognized her efforts with a shout out on social media, sending Kennady “over the moon.”
“Kennady wants to change the perception that hockey is just for boys,” says RWZ Assistant Principal Stacy Rorem. “As an avid and skilled hockey player, she is frustrated by the low numbers of females playing hockey and the lack of representation in the media and at retail locations.”
“There have been no more than two girls on my team, and some years I was the only girl,” Kennady writes on her website. “I also wondered why it was, when I walked into sports stores, all of the gear and apparel was focused mainly toward males. This didn’t make sense to me because I play hockey, I am a girl and I am better than some of the boys, too.”
A few months ago, Kennady and her mom came up with the idea of launching a brand called HERo Hockey. The idea behind her brand is not just selling shirts, but to bring knowledge, awareness, representation and support for women's hockey.
On her website, Kennady adds, “Whoever your HER is…if it’s your sister, your mother, your daughter, your hero or yourself. We all need to stand up and PLAY FOR HER!”
In addition to launching her brand, Kennady decided early on that she wanted to give back and has developed the HERo Fund. A portion of profits, along with any donations made to the HERo Fund, will go directly to encouraging girls to play hockey by working closely with local hockey associations to help with equipment and registration costs for girls in need. Find out more about HERo Hockey at www.herohockey.net.
RWZ proud of Grade 6 Leadership Team
RWZ would like to acknowledge their amazing Grade 6 Leadership Team.
“These kids have completed many tasks for us this year,” says Assistant Principal Stacy Rorem.
“The group provides daily announcements over the intercom, delivers concession food to classes, manages gym equipment, plans school spirit events, runs monthly assemblies, organizes food sales, and more – all while working within their cohorts and following new rules and routines. We so appreciate their flexibility, hard work, and energy.
“Their efforts have not only made things run more smoothly, but also helped to make us all feel a little more connected. These Grade 6 Leaders, and RWZ kids, have been amazing this year. We are so proud of each and every one of them.”
- June is National Indigenous History Month
- Mental Wellness Day in Schools: Thursday, June 3. View the schedule of online sessions for students, parents, staff and educational leaders on the Government of Alberta website.
- Administrator Meeting: Tuesday, June 8
- Final Board Meeting of the 2020-21 School Year: Thursday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.
- First day of summer: Sunday, June 20
- Happy Father’s Day: Sunday, June 20
- National Indigenous Peoples Day: Monday, June 21
- Last day of school for students: Friday, June 25.
- Last day of school for staff and Science 30 Diploma Exam writers: Monday, June 28.
- May 2021 COVID-19 cases in PWPSD schools
- May 21, 2021 Welcome back- In-school learning resumes Tuesday, May 25
- May 18, 2021 PWPSD launching new Bus Status app
- May 03, 2021 New this year: Speech and Language Pathology Screenings
- May 03, 2021 Remote learning will be offered in the upcoming 2021-22 school year
Recent Media Coverage
- May 25, 2021 SRRA outbreak ends, Central Peace Signal
- May 24, 2021 Grande Prairie school divisions ready for return to in-person classes Tuesday, Everything GP
- May 20, 2021 There's an app for that! PWPSD launching bus status app, Town & Country News
- May 19, 2021 A late bus? There's an app for that too, Daily Herald Tribune
- May 19, 2021 PWPSD rolls out school bus notification app, Everything GP
- May 18, 2021 PWPSD launching new Bus Status app, Reach FM
- May 18, 2021 PWPSD switching to app for bus route notifications, 2day FM
- May 13, 2021 Youth of the Week: R.W. Zahara Grade 6 Leadership Team, Town & Country News
- May 13, 2021 PWPSD's remote learning plan includes fundamentals, Town & Country News
- May 11, 2021 Students back to at-home learning, Central Peace Signal
- May 10, 2021 Survey shows low support for Alberta's draft K-6 curriculum, government's handling of education, Daily Herald Tribune
- May 06, 2021 PWPSD announces remote learning plan for May 7-24, Reach FM
- May 06, 2021 PWPSD lays out online learning plan, 2day FM
- May 06, 2021 Bus drivers get their due, Town & Country News
- May 06, 2021 Three-quarters of school boards will not pilot new K-6 curriculum, Town & Country News
- May 06, 2021 Youth of the Week: Kora Schur, Grade 5, WRCS, Town & Country News
- May 04, 2021 Peace Wapiti adds their name to school divisions not piloting curriculum, Daily Herald Tribune
- May 04, 2021 PWPSD says no to draft K-6 curriculum pilot, Central Peace Signal
- May 04, 2021 Woking School's early years revisited, Central Peace Signal
- May 03, 2021 County of Grande Prairie firefighters help replace toys, school supplies at Whispering Ridge, Everything GP
- May 03, 2021 Not the time to be piloting a new curriculum says PWPSD Superintendent, Everything GP
- May 01, 2021 County firefighters deliver good cheer to WRCS, 2dayFM
- Apr. 30, 2021 Mandatory remote learning for some grades among new COVID-19 restrictions, 2day FM
- Apr. 30, 2021 Some PWPSD students going online under new health measures, Everything GP
- Apr. 29, 2021 PWPSD will not participate in Draft K-6 Curriculum Pilot, Reach FM
- Apr. 29, 2021 Peace Wapiti Public School Division opts not to pilot draft K-6 curriculum, Everything GP
- Apr. 29, 2021 Peace Wapiti Public School Division declines K-6 curriculum, 2day FM
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