Principal’s Report: Nicholson Elementary

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

  • Feb. 12, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Janne Arlt,

Principal Nicholson Elementary

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

Grade 4 and 7 students are doing Foundation Skills Assessments this month.  These are provincial tests of reading, writing and numeracy.  Results will be sent home to parents in early April.

Soon our Nicky Boppers skipping club will start up under the guidance of Mrs. Donna Williams.  This Friday, some of the senior members of the club will begin their coaching responsibilities by hosting some workshops for students.  There will be a morning workshop for Kindergarten to Gr. 3 students and an afternoon one for Gr. 4 to 7.  It will be an opportunity to introduce the new Can-Skip program that is being incorporated into Nicky Boppers this year.  The students learn specific skills and tricks to advance through levels and earn badges.  Parents are welcome to come to these workshops to observe or participate!

This month is also 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 bowling party last Friday at Down Memory Lanes Bowling Alley.  The Diddy Kongs were the winners.  All team points are set 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, being responsible, helping others, being kind, etc.

Last week, on February 7th, our Kindergarten to Grade 2 students celebrated the Hundredth Day of school with a variety of activities. The kindergarten class had a goal of collecting 100 items for the Golden Food Bank.  All students were invited to help them reach their goal and they collected 162 items!

Of course, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and a chance to share good wishes with friends.  Classes are focusing on kindness and friendship skills all this month because February 27 is Pink Shirt Day.

This is a movement that originated in Nova Scotia 5 years ago, in support of a boy who was bullied, and went global.  It’s an opportunity for us to remind ourselves that everyone deserves respect and the freedom to be themselves.  When bullying occurs, take a stand to be part of the solution.  To show support, wear pink on February 27!

Happy Valentine’s Day!