Sunday, June 19, 2016

5th Annual SSES Super Run!

On Friday, June 17th over 60 runners and family members ran in our 5th Annual SSES Super Run!

Thank you to our coaches from Dr. George Johnson Middle School for your commitment, dedication and enthusiasm!  

Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping the day of the run!  To our families that ran each week with our runners ~ thank you for sharing in our love of running and being active!

To our fans ~ your cheers and excitement mean the world to the runners as they make their way to the makes them run just a little faster!

A special thank you to Mrs. Della Magnusson for bringing the Running Club to SSES for the past 5 have inspired so many runners!  The Super Run is always a favorite memory from the year, one that the entire school shares in!

To our runners ~ we are so incredibly proud of you!  

Until next year.....

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Visit to the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park

The grade 1&2 classes visited the Nature Playground last week!  What an adventure to explore sand, water, forests, slides, lookouts, swings....and we got to go on the steam train!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Waste Audit at SSES with Green Action Centre

  Green Action Centre asked SSES to complete a second waste audit for our school. We were asked to collect all the school’s compost, recycling and garbage for a 24 hour period. By weighing and recording each bag we can find out how we are doing at controlling and reducing our waste.

The students in Mrs. Poloski’s class were our Earth Ambassadors. They were asked to think about what things are we doing well and what things can we do better? The students sorted each garbage bag. They noticed some recycling and compost are being put in the garbage. We made up a slogan: ‘KNOW before you THROW’. They believe most students know where things should go they just don’t THINK.  The students said that with a little bit of thinking it could go  a long way. They want another sorting bin in each classroom. They decided it should be called ‘REUSE’. There were a lot of items in the garbage that could have been saved and reused as something else. They found a pair of flip-flops. One student said they could have made them into fly swatters. Wooden chops sticks were found and another student thought her peas that she planted could have climbed up the sticks.

The students also discussed REDUCING the amount of garbage. Some students said their family does not have a compost pile. Some didn’t know where to put dog waste. Many wanted to help make decisions when grocery shopping and look for less packaging.

It was a rich and authentic activity for the students. They got up close and personal with the schools’ waste management program and came out of the experience with strong opinions and great questions. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

A visit to Mission Trail Farms

The grade 1&2 classes visited Mission Trail Farms last week!  We were treated to a tour of the dairy farm, a milking demonstration and a visit with the goats and baby calves.  We also got containers of cream to shake to make our own was delicious on baguettes and buns when we returned to school!  Before we left the farm, we had cookies and milk!  It was a wonderful adventure at the farm!

Thank you to Jason, Melissa, Avery and Logan for welcoming us to your dairy farm and teaching us all about where our milk, ice cream and cheese comes from!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Grade 3&4s explore the Children's Museum

by Aidan

On May 19th, my class went to the Children's Museum.  It took 2 hours to get the museum.  First, we put our bags in a big bin and then one of the workers told us the rules.  We went to the was pretty cool!!!  We went to the lasagna lookout.  My group spent most of our time in the lasagna lookout.  We had a picnic outside.  Another worker told us about light and the color of light.  We played for a few more minutes and then we had to go back to school.

by Rylan

Our class went to the Children's Museum.  When we got there, my group wanted to go on the train.  We went to the slide.  We ate lunch outside.  We went to the lasagna lookout and we play a game.  After we put our lunch kits away we played again and then met at the big clock.  We lined up and walked to the blue room.  We sat down on the square and listened to the guy.  He told us about erosion.  There were three kinds of erosion.  There was water, rain and wind.  The first one was water.  My group built a mountain.  The water did a little damage.  Then we kept it up.  Next, it was rain.  The rain did lots of damage.  So we had to rebuild it.  He gave us sticks and rocks.  We built them into a wall with red clay.  We stuck the sticks together.  The wind pushed the sticks forward onto the land and it barely got damage.  The rain was the most damaging.  The best part of our field trip was playing with my friends.

by Gina

We went to the Children's Museum.  My favorite part was the lasagna lookout.  Me and Amaris were partners.  We went to the Red River at the Forks.  We learned that the bison rubbed their back on a rock.  There were marks and faces on the rocks.  We had picnic lunch outside.  We went on the slide and then we went to the train.  We had a lot of fun!  We had a fun time at the Children's Museum.  We went home!

by Abby

We went to the Children's Museum.  When we first got there, we went outside to eat.  My group sat at the picnic tables.  After that we came inside to go on the train.  We took pictures and pretended that we were secret spies!!  Once someone got tired of the train, we went to make stuff.  I made a minion with someone else in my group, but they fell apart so we didn't take them home.  After we were done, we went to lasagna lookout.  We played hide and go seek.  I was it twice!  We went to the slide next.  We looked around and kept sliding until we needed to have lunch.  After lunch, we played the same secret spy game on the train.  We dressed up and did lots of stories for people we didn't know.  My class went to a program about erosion.  We tried to keep our land up.  We named our island, Beach Sister Island.  First, he made rain fall onto Sisters Island.  He watered it with a watering can.  It did not make our land survive.  Then he made it very windy so that did survive because we remade Sisters Island.  He made it windy with a leaf blower.  After we were done, we went back to the train to play spies once again.  We needed to meet at the big clock so we could go home.  After the long, long day we got on the bus to go home!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kindergartens visit the Children's Museum!

written by Kaydea, Korman, Henrik and Taylor

We loved the slide!  It's a rainbow!  There were three steps!  The slide had bumps.  There was a window that you could see down.  It reflected the people on the slide onto a mirror.  You could have a dance party!  And the stairs where you go way up....that's where the stories are!

There was a train!  You could see outside it.  Some of it was outside the building.  So cool!

The pin board was so fun.  You have to push them.  I could even see my glasses!  And the had so many lights! 

We ate outside.  It was like a picnic!  We played on the playground outside.  There was a big, big play structure.  There was a sandbox.  The day was AWESOME!!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A trip to Narcisse Snake Dens....

The grade 1&2 children ventured off to Narcisse Snake Dens last week to investigate snake habitats and the life cycle of a snake....a special thank you to Dave Roberts, who has been responsible for the Snake Dens for the past 29 years, for joining us for the morning.  Your guided tour gave us a true appreciation for the wonder of the life of a red sided garter snake right in the Interlake!

written by Danyx and Kaz

We got to hold snakes.  I think I held 30 snakes!  It was fun to be there right in their habitat.  If the snakes aren't fiesty, kneel down, use both hand and pick the snake up and hold it.  You have to hold them gently!  There a guy that works there....he was a snake expert!!!  He said we could name the snakes.  I named mine Charlie.  There were 4 snake dens.  One den, the last one, had so many snakes!  So many kids held snakes ~ almost everybody!  We saw so much nature!  Did you know that the snakes had not eaten since fall....and they still weren't hungry!

My favorite part was holding the snakes.  Mine was naming them!  It was a nice day out even though we thought it might rain.  On Monday, it kept saying it was going to rain on Wednesday, but it didn't!  We had such a great day at the snake dens!!!