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May Newsletter 2012

Principal’s Greeting

One of the Into Learning electives being offered to Grades 8-12 this May is ‘Mountains as Teachers.’ Gary Parkstrom will be leading students on a variety of excursions into our local Kootenay mountain landscape where the group will reflect on what mountains can teach us about ourselves and what mountains teach people of different cultures around the world.  Every day our eyes are drawn up to Idaho Peak and every day we see something different. Every May we watch the snow line retreat and begin to plan our summer. Make it a challenge this year to get up on to one of our Kootenay Mountains because they’ll remind you, once again, what a beautiful region we live in. Our students know this; they were recently asked for Earth Day to state where their favourite place on Earth was and the vast majority said… right here!

 Writers and Arts Fest / Spring into Learning

This year’s Lucerne School and Community Writers Festival is from Monday May 7 to Friday May 11 and will end with a final coffeehouse on Friday night at the Silverton Gallery at 6:30 pm. It promises to be an amazing amalgam of writers, artists and even Thespians.

Our 11th  annual Writers Festival kicks off on Monday with a visit from renowned illustrator, George Littlechild who is in the school district at various schools throughout the week. George will read from a number of his books and teach the students a bit about a career as an artist and illustrator.www.georgelittlechild.com 

This year, we welcome back Stuart Ross http://bloggamooga.blogspot.ca/ who calls New Denver home a lot and plans to launch his latest book while he is in town. Stu is working with both elementary and high school students this year. He’ll be inspiring the younger students with writing poetry and has paired up with local artist and teacher, Donna Hicks in a four day “Painting, Paddling and Poetry” workshop for secondary students integrating writing, watercolour painting and getting out on beautiful Slocan Lake to find one’s literary and artistic muse.

Mat Maitlandt of Calgary Young People’s Theatre fame and his theatre partner, Jessica Robertshaw, http://valhallafinearts.org/vista/faculty.html also join us for the week. Working with primarily secondary students, Mat and the young Thespians will write a play in four days, acting and performing this brilliant work at the Friday May 11 coffeehouse. Mat and Jess have also some time scheduled with Lucerne’s elementary classes and will do improv with the entire high school too. Mat’s been doing theatre in the Kootenays each summer with the Valhalla Fine Arts Society’s summer theatre school so this is a special treat!

Locals Christopher and Anastasia Love are another highlight of the week for the K-7 students. The pair will combine art and writing as they work throughout the week with each of the elementary classes. Knowing how popular Anastasia and Christopher’s art classes have become, this promises to be a great creative time for all.

Come join us at the school or at the coffeehouse on Friday night. Students from K-12 will perform their stunning work and special guest writers will wow you with their words. There will be a bake sale to fundraise for the week and if any parents can make a baking contribution towards this please let us know.

PAC News

The next PAC meeting is on Wednesday, May 2nd at 4.30pm. All parents are members of PAC and are welcome to attend the meetings. The hot soup program normally comes to an end in May so thank you to Paula Shandro, the organiser, and our regular servers, Elaine Maxinuk and Isabel Reitmeier,

 Student Council News

The student council have three events planned for May for students. On Friday, 4th May they would like students to show their school and team spirit by dressing up as their hero. This ‘Hero Day’ has been postponed twice because of clashes with other events but they are going for the ‘third-time-lucky’ approach. Students should dress up as anyone they see as their hero –super or not! On Wednesday, May 16th the student council will organise a Spring Dance for elementary students in the afternoon and on Thursday, May 24th at 6.30pm at Silverton Gallery they are hosting a Talent Show. Students have started signing up for this event and should be practising their act.

 School Photo

Mountain West will be here at school on Monday, May 14th for the school photo. The time is still to be confirmed but it would be great for student attendance to be 100% on this day!

 Kootenay Savings Breakfast

Hot breakfast will be served by the team of staff from our New Denver KSCU branch on Wednesday, 23rd May. Thank you for all the wonderful breakfasts you have served us this year. Our students love them!

 BCTF Update

Members of the BCTF have been instructed to have a ‘cooling-off’ period for the rest of the school year from strike action. You should therefore have received secondary report cards at the student led conferences last week and abridged elementary report cards should be going home by May 1st. Do contact the school office if you haven’t received them by the end of this week. The BCTF has instructed its members not to participate in extra-curricular activities however and so some of these are affected at Lucerne.

 And finally…

… plans are being laid for the next school year! Student numbers look very healthy with lots of registrations in Kindergarten. Due to this large incoming group Grade 7 are 99% certain to be joining the secondary school’s schedule next year. If you have plans to move from New Denver this summer it would be extremely helpful to let the school office know as class configurations take some careful organisation. Another change being planned is with regard to rooming.  We had a trial of two elementary classrooms downstairs this year following a significant reduction in custodial hours but this move hasn’t been satisfactory for many reasons. Therefore we are going to have all of our elementary students upstairs, reopening the classrooms that open out onto the school field. This will be a much better model for all our K-12 students.