Around the Schools, week of April 4, 2011

Several different primary classrooms (Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. MacLeod, Mrs. Wiebe) at École Heather Park Elementary enjoyed completing special projects based on a book by Jeff Brown called Flat Stanley. Activities included having students trace and colour their bodies, complete a journal and then mailing their ‘flat’ selves off to a relative or friend. The recipients then document the different adventures/actions with their ‘flat’ person by writing in their journal, taking pictures, collecting brochures, etc. and sending all these collected materials back to the students. For example, Camara C’s grandmother, Wendy T of Penticton took her ‘Flat’ Stanley on an amazing tour of of the city—some highlights were Stiaha Lake, Lakawana Park, Cherry Lane shopping centre, the library and museum. Mrs. Wiebe’s mom, Billie B of Kelowna took her ‘Flat’ Stanley on a tour of Kelowna, BC ferries and the provincial museum in Victoria. Students eagerly wait for these return packages and then shares what they did when they were away with the class. They also write a thank you letter back.

English Kindergarten students in Mrs. McLachlan’s and Mrs. Beach’s classes each went on a Diversified Bus field trip this week. The students watched a movie about bus safety, practiced some bus safety rules, went through a bus-sized car wash, and were treated to cookies and juice! Cheryl (from Diversified) was a friendly and informative bus driver and the students all enjoyed their first field trip of the school year.

Hockey Academy has finished up for this year. It was a great success and plans are already underway for next year.


Nadine Trifunovich Allen & Dan Watt

Counsellor-Resource Teacher Vice-principal

Heather Park Elementary School

SD#57, Prince George


“Learning is the only thing the mind can never exhaust…never fear…and never dream of regretting.” ~T. H. White