Clubs and art activities keep students busy

A "School Matters" column, sent in this week by Jill Jensen of J.A. Laird Elementary,

As most of you know, our school is home to an often-used climbing wall run by Mr. Weller. Our climbing wall is open for public climbing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Special functions like birthday parties can also be accommodated. If you would like to make arrangements to use the climbing wall, please call the school at 342-6232.

Our grade sixes (Mr. Weller’s class), have designed climbing T-shirts which are available through the school. Each class in our school has the opportunity to climb as part of their physical education program, three to four times per year, with Mr. Weller’s class acting as belayers.

We have been fortunate this year to have an active Leadership Club, initiated by Mrs. Gauthier. They have been busy planning and running school and charity events. The club gives students in grades four through seven the opportunity to be leaders in our school and to realize the difference they can make in their own community, and in the world. Each day, Leadership Club members read daily morning announcements and two times per week they co-ordinate milk distribution.

Since October, the club has organized a school food drive for the Invermere Food Bank as well as a fundraiser for the S.P.C.A. Members of the club choose charities that the club supports and they are currently working on a talent show and auction in support of our school garden. In addition, members of the club have been working on creating a “Solving Problems Peacefully” bulletin board for the school (in support of our school focus) and posters demonstrating different strategies for peaceful conflict resolution will soon be displayed throughout the school.

Our Fine Arts Teams (all students in our school have been put in multi-age teams) have each been focusing on a decade from 1900 to the present day. We recently completed visual arts projects that represent each group’s decade and are on display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Mr. Childs and Mrs. Gauthier enlisted the support of local artists who came in and worked with each group. We would like to send a special thank you to the community artists who gave their time to come in and teach us.

Our Silver Strings ukulele group recently returned from a successful spring trip to Vancouver. Mrs. O’Sullivan works with this talented group of students every Monday and Thursday and is to be commended for organizing and leading our students. Silver Strings wrapped up with a performance and dessert night on April 19 at Christ Trinity Church.

I would like to thank all of our staff and the many parents who dedicate their personal time to provide meaningful activities for our students. It is a joy working with staff, students and parents who care about making our school a place we all want to be!

Jill Jenson

J.A. Laird Elementary

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read