By Hamish MacAulay
February may have Valentine’s Day, but March is truly the heart of the school year. With their first assessment completed, students work hard this month to finish work before spring break. Clubs are in full swing, and grades 3 to 6 are preparing for the spring concert in April. March and April are filled with activities that need parent volunteers, a great time to build your connections with our school community.
Snow on the ground and wintery temperatures made February 7th another successful winter walk at Queen Elizabeth School. It is part of an Alberta-wide event to encourage people to be active outdoors in winter. More than 100,000 Albertans took part last year (www.shapeab.com/winter-walk-day). Thanks to the parent volunteers for the hot chocolate, the best reason to go outside in winter!
Watch for information coming home about the QES Math/Maker Night tentatively scheduled for March 14th. A fun event meant to encourage math and science learning at school, Math/Maker Night is a series of student-led technology and math activities.
Grades 3-6 will be presenting Disney’s The Lion King as their spring concert on April 19th. If you have students in those grades, your home will soon be filled with the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice. There will be after school practices for the students involved. If you have crafting talents, please help with costumes or set design to make this a great school event. Check the volunteer section at qee.blogability.ca for your chance to shine.
The School Council will host a spring dance and fund-raiser on April 27th. The dance is a school-year highlight for many students. This is not a CBE event, so you are required to attend the dance with your child(ren). You do not need volunteer clearance to help at the dance, so if you have not had the chance to volunteer this year, what are you waiting for? Check out qee.blogability.ca for information on the event and volunteering.
While looking at the blog site, please take the time to look at volunteering for swimming lessons. Don’t worry, you do not have to don swimwear and get in the pool! Many hands are needed for this program to be successful and there is always a need for male volunteers to help the boys change before and after lessons.