By Brenda Kneller
Happy New Year from the students and staff at Theresetta!
After an incredibly cold end to 2022, we have been enjoying the milder temperatures, along with a number of engaging educational activities to begin the new year.
The kindergarten students have been learning all about dinosaurs. They made their own fossils and dinosaur eggs, and have been reading plenty of interesting books.
They even became authors, writing some great dino stories of their own!
On Thu, Jan. 28, the students enjoyed going on a virtual Dino Safari with a leader from the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Mr. Fetaz made science class a lot more interesting when he culminated the chemistry units in Grade 5, 6 and 9 by blowing up gummy bears! The rationale was to demonstrate exothermic reactions, how they can be sped up with a catalyst and how we should be happy that sugar doesn’t release its energy this quickly in our bodies!
Mrs. Standing and the junior high drama class have been working hard on their end-of-term performance of their play, “Smarty Pants”. The production takes place on Feb. 3 at 2:15 p.m. The students have put in a great deal of effort and are excited to perform for a live audience.
The elementary students have appreciated the opportunity to participate in Kids Club every Wednesday after school, where they engage in various crafts and games. They were also able to enjoy a day of skiing at the Valley Ski Hill on Fri, Jan. 27.
Junior high basketball is in full swing, and both the girls’ and boys’ teams are off to a great start. They are undefeated after playing against Coronation and Consort.
On Tue, Jan. 10, the Knights curling team, along with some Castor Curling Club members and the Gus Wetter curling team, had the opportunity to take in a draw at the Pinty’s Grand Slam Bonspiel that was being held in Camrose.
The young curlers got to watch games between teams from countries including Canada, USA, Norway, and Scotland. It was a fun event to attend, and the curlers enjoyed getting to see some awesome shots executed by many teams.
Some of the TCS students were even noticed in the crowd by one of the Team Horgan players and managed to get a photo with him at the end of the game! Thanks to Dena Boxma from the Castor Curling Club, and Miss Smawley, our school coach, for helping organize this opportunity for the curling team!
On the afternoon of Jan. 20, Gus Wetter students joined us, as our parent council and local FCSS brought in guest speaker, Kelly Strandquist, to provide grade appropriate sessions on the important topic of mental health.
We are grateful to those who sponsored this informative presentation.
Tue, Jan. 24 was a busy day for the music classes. Grades 3 to 6 students had their monthly visit to Long Term Care, where they entertained the residents with songs, hand-bells, and a bucket drumming performance.
The Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students went to the Lodge where they sang and had fun challenging the residents to guess which mystery songs they were playing on their boomwhackers.
On Tue, Jan. 24, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 9 gathered in the gym with food bank donation items they had been collecting in their classrooms for the past two weeks. Students had some fun with their donations before sending them off to the Castor Food Bank. Classes competed as teams to build the tallest tower out of their food and one classroom item they chose to include.
The teams got creative by grabbing chairs, desks, and even a very tall teacher, to aid in making their towers the tallest they could be. Thanks to some strategic stacking, and the long arm span of Mr. Fetaz, the Grade 5-6 class was able to build the tallest tower out of all the classes.
With a few minutes left, students from all grades joined together to try and make a tall tower from all food items collected, and with the help of some tall junior high students, the group was able to build a very high, but very unstable tower. The food was then stacked and prepped to be taken to the Castor Food Bank to restock their shelves after their busy holiday season.