During the week of February 10, a group of students from the Claude E. Garton Public School Social Justice Club collected items and money for two local organizations - Kitty Kare and the Animal Shelter. The campaign was entitled "Give a Heart" and the students took on all roles - organization, promotion, collection, and acknowledgement. Their work has heightened an awareness of the needs of animals, the importance of adoption, and how we can help others. We are all very proud of their hard work and efforts!
Three Ecole Gron Morgan Public School students came up with an idea and have “built” a lego club. Who knew there would be such an interest? Over 100 students participated in the first Lego club. With a handful of Lego, students learned the lessons of sharing, cooperative play, creativity, and respect. Two students shared their entire Lego collection while Grade 6 helpers supervised and played alongside students from Grades 1-6. Their creative creations were displayed in the front foyer of the school for all to see.
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), is pleased to present “Strengths-Based Parenting Strategies to Enhance Psychological Well-Being in Children and Adolescents with speaker Dr. Edward Rawana, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University, and Director, Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development, Lakehead University.
This powerful and insightful presentation takes place on Wednesday, March 19 in the Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute Cafetorium, 333 North High Street from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The presentation is free, but donations of non-perishable food to Shelter House or a coin donation to The Lakehead Learning Foundation would be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Eileen Haven at 625-5126 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register online by visiting www.lakeheadschools.ca/seac/register
Singer and songwriter Rachel Ashley knows bullies, but she also knows that it is important to focus on the positive and what you love to do and not let people or things let you down. With that belief deeply embedded in all that she does, Rachel travels to schools to share her stories through her music to help others to stand up against bullying through her “No Time for That” Anti-bulliyng Tour. She is visited numerous Lakehead Public Schools elementary and secondary schools during the week of February 17.
“Through her incredible talents and her experiences, Rachel has the ability to reach out to students to help them to beat the vicious cycle of bullying,” says Riley Lucas, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute Teacher. “I believe that she motivated students to also not let people or things get them down.”
Rachel Ashley is described as a country-pop hybrid with over 250 performances under her belt. She plays several instruments including guitar, piano, mandolin, bass and banjo as she shares her story as a victim of bullying and how she overcame the difficult times. Through her experiences and musical talents, she is also an inspiration to all students.
Despite serious harassment from bullies, Rachel turned to music as her way of rising above it all. Whenever she was sad or upset from the torment she face, her music became her solace and her outlet.
“I found myself turning to music, I would pick up the guitar we had at our house and I would start strumming while scribbling my feelings and thoughts down in my notebooks,” says Rachel Ashley in her bio. “I realized that my music was my outlet, it is what makes me happy – writing and performing is what I love to do and nothing or no one can take that away from me anymore.”
Rachel is the recipient of a number of awards including the Premier of Manitoba’s Healthy Living Award and has been nominated as a Manitoba Hero in recognition of her work in antibullying efforts. Rachel will also be releasing her first EP this summer.
During her Thunder Bay visit, Rachel brought her message to:
The OPSBA Achievement Award was created to recognize the outstanding contributions of nonteaching staff, parents, volunteers and community partners involved in education in the member boards.
This award provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the importance of celebrating excellence and the necessity of recognizing the work of all members of the education community.
Recipients of the Achievement Award may be considered for the provincial OPSBA Award of Excellence.
Outstanding, exemplary and/or unique contributions to the overall well-being of the school(s) or community(s) through in-school, board-wide, extra-curricular and/or volunteer work contributions.
Who can be nominated?
Please include a 1 to 2 page biography of how your nominee meets the criteria for this award along with the attached nomination form to:
Office of the Director
Jim McCuaig Education Centre
2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, ON
No later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Plan for a fun March Break @ Your Library! We have a week of fun crafts, stories and puppet shows planned. Visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/lvn2duk for details. Some programs require registration or tickets, and some are drop-ins. For more information please contact Laura Pinselaar at email@example.com or 624-4204.