Highlights from another great September at Blueberry School

I would like to thank all of our students, parents, staff and community members for another fantastic start to the school year.  While there are entirely too many events to share from our first month, I would like to highlight just a few.   In no particular order, here are some of my favourite memories from September.

 Kids Love Food!

We started the school year with our annual Pancake Breakfast on the first day of school and it was a great success.  Staff arrived at the school in the early a.m. hours to begin mixing batter, cooking sausages and making juice.  We served close to 600 students, parents and staff all within a couple of hours.  It was a great demonstration of the teamwork on the Blueberry Staff.

MADD Presentation 

On the second day of school we dove right in with a presentation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for our students in grades 7-9.  Students watched a movie on the huge screen in our gymnasium which helped them to think about choices that they may be forced to make in the future regarding drugs and alcohol and their impact on driving.

Families Love Food too! Meet the Staff Barbeque

We were very fortunate to have fantastic weather, and a suprising absence of wasps for our annual Meet the Staff BBQ on Thursday, Sept 13th.  On this evening, staff prepared hotdogs, chips and juice for our students and community members.  It was a great event with smiles all around.  Parents were able tour their child’s classroom, receive a curriculum guide for their children and have an opportunity to chat with their child’s teacher and administration.

X Country Running is Alive and Well at Blueberry School

Under the leadership of Ms. Lunn and Ms. Garrison the Blueberry X-Country running team has been very active already this year.  We have had dozens of students participate in both our running club at lunch recess as well as at races throughout PSD.  Perhaps the early highlight of the season was Blueberry School hosting our annual run at a new location this year – Hasse Lake.  We were again blessed with great weather, fantastic PSD students and parents, and a great team of Blueberry staff and parent volunteers who worked extremely hard to provide a great experience for the hundreds of runners!  This is just one more example of what a great learning community we are so fortunate to be a part of at Blueberry School.

The Legacy of Terry Fox Lives on at Blueberry School 

Through the efforts of Mrs. Dawes and her grade 6 students as well as Ms. Abbas Nejad, staff and students of again had another fantastic Terry Fox run as a part of our September BLAZE day.  Mrs. Dawes’ daily Terry trivia not only educated our students about Terry’s journey, but it also provided an engaging way for students to learn a little bit more about this Canadian hero.  After gathering all of our students to watch a video about Terry, students and staff proceeded outside to complete the Terry Fox Run.  When all were done we finished the day with some great Tug of War battles between the classes, and finally between the grade 9 students and the staff.  While the staff came out victorious this time, we know we may not be so lucky next time!

Volleyball Season is Underway!

Through the coaching of several staff members, the BLAZE volleyball teams have started another season.  We are again excited that students ranging from grades 5-9 have the opportunity to build their volleyball skills, self confidence, and teamwork skills.  Our teams have already been competing very hard and are representing our community with pride.  Take a few minutes to come out to see a game over the next few weeks and support our student athletes!

I am already excited about the events that October will bring to us at Blueberry School.  I look forward to seeing many of our parents and students at our upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews on October 17th and 18th.

About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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