Skipping, Soccer and Valentine’s Day at Nicholson Elementary

JAN ARLT Principal

Despite the winter weather, we are not hibernating at Nicholson! We’re keeping busy with all kinds of activities and programs.

This month, Nicki MacIntosh of Shape-Up Fitness, is offering a fitness class for adults Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm in the Nicholson gym. For more information, contact her at, or email/phone at and 250 439 9687.

Nicki is also working with our intermediate classes twice a week to help develop their fitness levels. Research shows that the benefits of exercise are not just a healthy body, but a healthy brain that is ready to learn.

On Wednesdays at lunchtime, you will find the Nicholson Juggling club in the gym practicing their skills with volunteer instructor, John Denham, and teacher sponsor, Mrs. Kaye Larwill. It’s amazing to see how well the students are doing in the short time they have been practicing.

Soon our NickyBoppers skipping club will start up under the guidance of Mrs. Donna Williams and Mrs. Norene Olson. Recently, some of our expert Nicky Boppers demonstrated their skills at the Family Literacy Night held at the Rec Plex. With their help, several other children – and parents – were able to practice their skipping skills, too!

This week is the start up of a lunchtime soccer tournament for primary students. Mr. Halvorson’s Gr. 4/5 students are taking on the roles of coaches and referees for this program.

At Nicholson, all students are on House Teams, and the end of January marked the halfway point in the year, so the team with the most points enjoyed a movie and treats. The Unicorns were the winners. All team points go back to zero and the competition is on for the end of year reward! There are myriad ways for students to earn House Team points: reading at home, working well in class, helping others, being kind and considerate, etc. etc.

Also, on Friday, our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and the Hundredth Day of school with a variety of activities. Monday, February 14th there is no school for students as staff will be participating in Professional Development activities.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Nicholson!

~Jan Arlt

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