School year kicks off in style

In the first of a series of articles, local school principals give their perspective on what is happening in the education world.

  • Oct. 4, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Janne Arlt,


Nicholson Elementary

One month has passed already and the school year is definitely in full swing.

Some Grade 7 students showed leadership in helping out at our Terry Fox event and fundraising last Friday, Sept. 30.

The Grade 6/7s have also organized the school’s House Teams for the year – weird and unusual animals –  and students are busy in all classes earning points for their teams.

We had our Fall Whole School Hike to Wapta Falls on Sept. 28.

The weather co-operated and it was a great opportunity to get some fresh air, exercise and build community together.

We appreciate Wild Voices, an environmental and heritage education program that provided the funding for this trip, as it does for many others in our school district.

Our Parent and Tot group is also back into the school schedule.

Every Tuesday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Jenn Keilty invites preschoolers (ages zero to five) with their parents and caregivers to drop into Room 2 for whatever time they can.

Games, crafts, music and snacks are all part of the fun.

In October, we begin our Buddy Reading Program for the year.

All students are paired up to do some one-to-one reading once a week.  Older buddies provide individual attention and learn how to help younger buddies develop their reading skills and enjoyment of books.

This is the month we begin our first session of One-to-One reading with community tutors as well.  Monica De, of Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, helps organize this vital program for our school.  Community members volunteer one to one-and-a-half hours a week for seven or eight weeks to come in and read with individual students.  If you are interested in joining this program, please contact the school.

On Oct. 12, 13 and 14, there will be a Book Fair at the school, so check out the books on sale in the library in the mornings, at lunchtime and after school each of those days.


There are selections for all ages.  Drop by and check it out.