Staff and students at École Heather Park Elementary continue to chase away the winter blues. Our recent PJ day was a success—with many staff and students proudly carrying stuffies and amazing array of slippers padding down the hallways. Our grade 6 & 7 students also thoroughly enjoyed ‘rocking out’ and burning off some excess energy while listening to a local band, Lost Cause 34 on Thursday afternoon prior to ProD Friday.
January 27th was National Family Literacy Day in Canada. To encourage our students to read at home and to involve their parents in their reading, the library (and Mrs. Weisgarber) is sponsoring the ÉHPES Reading Challenge from January 24th to February 20th. There will be prizes galore: weekly prizes, final draws of $25.00 bookstore gift certificates and a pizza lunch for both the primary and intermediate classrooms which log the most at-home reading minutes!
On the afternoon of February 4th, ÉHPES will be hosting its own winter fun day. This event is sponsored by (and in honour of) our French Immersion program, but all students will participate. While modeled after the Quebec Winter Carnaval, we don’t have a canoe race through the ice floes of the St. Lawrence nor a seven-foot high talking snowman called Bonhomme Carnaval. We will have however our own ‘Bonhomme Heros,’ ÉHPES’ own mascot. There will be plenty of merry-making and a variety of events including: a DVD on Carnaval, Mrs. McGraw’s experiences at having taken students to Quebec, snow shoeing, ‘dog’ sled races, and both sugar and ice sculptures challenges.
Nadine Trifunovich Allen & Dan Watt
Counsellor-Resource Teacher Vice-principal