Attached rink a popular place with students

The snow in the schoolyard is beginning to melt. This means there are fresh new puddles and giant areas of mud that need exploring. Soon ski pants will be replaced by rubber boots and slush pants.

Students and staff have been fortunate to use the attached skating rink on a daily basis. Students and staff have spent many hours skating, playing broomball and makeup games of hockey. It was also used all day long when the Winter Olympics were held. As the season is coming to a close, the school community would like to thank the Maymont rink committee for the excellent ice conditions and rink maintenance.

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Congratulations to Brooklyn Large, Grade 3, for being named one of the Rising Star skaters at the Radisson Skating Carnival March 5. Brooklyn has been taking lessons in Radisson all winter and skated well.

Two students, Emma Usselman, Grade 7, and Jocelyn Bzdel, Grade 11, choreographed all the routines for the Radisson Skating Carnival. The theme for the program was “movies.” The girls did an amazing job of choosing music and making routines for all the skaters.

Congratulations to three members of Blaine Lake Peewee Hockey for winning the 2016 Saskatchewan Valley League silver medal. Kane Manson, Jayden Rempel and Kaleb Nelson, all Grade 7 students, played well all year and are now silver medallists.

Students were thrilled to have a visit from an old friend last week. Annie, the former service dog that was in the school for almost a year, came with Mrs. Jackson to visit for a few days. Annie has grown since she left the school to continue her training, but was equally as happy to see the students as they were to see her again.

The Grade 4 and 5 class had some animal visitors also, on Friday. Tracy Gardiner brought four of her son’s, Kolten’s, lop-eared rabbits for a visit. Students were able to hold the rabbits and see their long ears that eventually lay downward. Several students made phone calls home, hoping to convince their parents that they should get one of the bunnies for a new pet.

The senior girls’ basketball team attended their conference playoffs Saturday in Hafford. They had only six players so certainly everyone had court time. They played hard and demonstrated their basketball skills have really improved. Congratulations to the Hafford Viqueens for winning conferences and moving on to regionals.

Badminton practices have started. Mr. Ryan Nickell will be coaching the junior teams and Mrs. Kandice Walker will be coaching the senior players.

Ryan Nickell just finished helping to coach the initiation hockey team. This is the first level for players and several of our younger students played on the team. Former student Kinley Sevick also helped coach this team.

The SLC sponsored a cookie decorating activity Thursday. Students were able to purchase cookies for $1 each and then decorate them. They could also eat them when they finished, or take them home.

Teaching staff attended a professional development day Monday in North Battleford. The theme for the day was Expanding Expression: A Multi-Sensory Approach for Oral and Written Language. Sara L. Smith, founder of the Expanding Expression Tool spoke to the teachers on ways to effectively use her tools to facilitate more detailed descriptions.

The travel club is packing and getting very excited for their departure next week. Mrs. Susan Thompson will be accompanying the students for their European adventures.

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