Fun times at the Beach!

Happy June! Already students can feel the break coming, like a rising tide or a coming storm. The air changes, there’s a scent on the breeze… SOMETHING is coming over yonder! Teachers often call June the busiest month of the year. Too true. There are PATs to write, curriculum to finish, fun days CONSTANTLY, grad trips, grad ceremonies, track and field days, more track and field days and dances to squeeze in all while attempting to keep the hysteria of the coming break down to a mild roar. Yes, it is true! June is the busiest month of the year, and arguably the most fun! πŸ˜€

 

Track and Field

Our Seba Beach crew was out in full force at this years track and field events. With several students going on to find success in Zones and even Cities! Levi Goerz even set a new 100m record! 11.55 seconds!

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DANCE!

Seba Beach, as tradition, hosted the year end WEST Dance with the novel theme of #beachlife2k18! Awesome fun for all and a great turn out! Beach balls, pool inflatables, water wings and a sea of balloons were just part of what made this dance so memorable!

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Grad Trip!

This years grade 9 crew chose a trip to West Edmonton Mall to experience first hand the excitement of shopping at one of the largest malls in the world! After venturing around and seeing all the sights, we made our way to Galaxy Land for hours of fun, screams, tears, a little fear and a lot of laughs. Once we had all had our fair share of rides, we walked into The Old Spaghetti Factory, hoping to get a table for 19. Just kidding! That would be ludicrous! We had a reservation and a prepared 3 course meal, with a lot of table antics that you just had to be there for.

After our meal we traveled in style to our campsite at River Valley. We quickly set up camp and began playing a game of catch, Frisbee, playing on the playground and Kolby worked on his long jump πŸ˜›

A quick campfire and off to bed we went! This was the part I was least looking forward to… sleeping in the back of a vehicle that doesn’t fully recline, in a space you don’t fully fit in. But alas! the things we do to be ‘fun’ πŸ˜›

In the morning Vanessa and Autumn made bacon and eggs while the rest of us lazily woke up and set about morning routines.

Once we were all fed and chipper we walked over to the River Valley Aerial Park, which was hands down my favorite part! I was initially dreading it as I have a healthy fear of heights (anything over 3 feet), and the thought of an obstacle course suspended 50m in the air sounded like my personal nightmare. However! Once we got up there it was so much fun! Mrs. Tremblay and I were the ‘old crew’ taking our time with the obstacles while the younger crew ran laps around us. So much fun!

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Madness in March!

It’s March already! Don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD This Saturday, March 11.

It’s going to be a PACKED couple of weeks here at Seba Beach School!

March 12 is Commonwealth Day, there are classes as usual, but lets take a moment to appreciate the unique place Canada has in world history! πŸ˜€

March 14 is PI DAY! The mathematical concept Pi (3.14159………) gives people the ability to square the circle! AND it has a delicious sounding name to boot! March 14 (3/14) is therefore International Pi Day! We’ll see if we can’t muster up some suitable treat for the class on that day.

March 15 is the re-scheduled Valentines Day dance. Permission forms are scheduled to be delivered today.

March 16 brings with it clovers and green vibes as Student Leadership has chosen to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on this day. Come dressed in GREEN and plan on having a fantastic day! March 16 is also the third installment of Play Parkland which sees the 3/4 and 5/6 classes going swimming and then onto the indoor field!

March 19 report cards go home.

March 22 is Franco Fete; a celebration French culture and history in Canada! March 22 is also the day my 7/8 class gets to travel to Landmark Cinema in Spruce Grove to FINALLY watch A Wrinkle in Time! This was the first novel study we did in ELA this year and have patiently (and not so patiently at times) been waiting for the movie to be released!

 

It’s crazy to think that will bring us ALL THE WAY to Spring Break already! D: Where does the time go? Spring Break is March 23 – April 4 this year, which sadly means Mr. Chiles doesn’t get the chance to prank his classes on April Fools Day πŸ™

February has all but left us!

On this, the last day of February, I am reminded of how FAST and CRAZY February is! Not one full week of instruction this month! On top of that we had a snow day February 14 (breaking the hearts of all those who were planning on coming dressed in their finest Valentines Day attire!), Teacher’s Convention, Global Play Day, Groundhog Day, Family Day, the 5/6 trip to the Winspear Centre, AND Hockey Hooky! It has been a slice to say the least!

However, no need to fret about the missed Valentines Day Dance (I know several students who have been!), as the dance has been rescheduled for March 15! Possibly and early St. Patrick’s Day dance? Maybe. Will Mr. Chiles be covered in green and clover? You know he will be! πŸ˜€

Play Parkland’s third installment will see the 3/4 and 5/6 classes going to the Tri-Leisure Centre for swimming and play on the North Indoor Field on March 16. Please remember to pack a swimsuit and towel for that day!

Report cards go home March 19 with Learner Conversations taking place on April 30th and May 1st.

Franco Fete ( a celebration of all things French Canadien!) will be on March 22.

Don’t forget to ‘Spring’ forward on March 11!

WARNING: Long Post Ahead!

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Let me set the stage for you…

Mr. Chiles just put his kids to bed, his wife is working the evening shift so he’s alone now. As he sits watching Skyfall for the upteenth time he is struck with a rather odd feeling. The feeling of something left undone. The kind of feeling one cannot easily shake.

BAM!

It hit him… HIS BLOG! IT’S BEEN AGES!

So without further ado, brace yourself for a whirlwind of events!

January 16: Jump Rope for Heart kick off assembly! Students and staff gathered to learn about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, their goals and how we as individuals and as a community can help raise awareness and support such a crucial cause. Having a nurse wife has many up sides; one of which is knowing the dangers of a stroke, how to spot one and what steps to take should you find yourself in that situation.

On a side note, back in 2013 I was rear ended by a semi on the highway with my 6 month old son and wife in the vehicle with me. We flipped head over heels and then rolled twice in the ditch. We were all safe and it is to date the most terrifying experience of my life. Wow. Why such a downer Mr. Chiles? Shortly thereafter I developed Bells Palsy, which is the paralysis of half of your face. It is rarely permanent, and was caused by my nervous system being under such stress from the accident. When I first showing symptoms I thought I was having a stroke and thusly knew to rush to a hospital.Β  Thank goodness it was not a stroke, but I will forever be reminded of how scary brain trauma can be. The Heart and Stroke Foundation does amazing work and deserves our support.

Back to something more upbeat :). Students participated in a few examples of jumping rope, learned about the importance of physical literacy and had the opportunity to go head to head vs Ms. McCluskey and myself in a 60 second ‘Who can jump rope more’ challenge. I’m pleased to say we were able to come out victorious. Just kidding, the students mopped the floor with us!

 

The second round of CTF options came to fruition for the last few days of January and the beginning few of February. In Fit For Life students have the opportunity to learn how to perform basic exercises such as the deadlift, squat and bench press along with various other workout regimensΒ  such as ‘Boot Camp’ style and High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT). Students also learn about nutrition and how the body uses the foods we eat as well as how to calculate caloric needs and build a meal plan based on their individual needs and goals. We stretch, we lift, we eat, we laugh. A great time all around!

February 7 was Global Play Day, so naturally we were all over that! The school got into their Houses (Eagle House reporting in!) and went to various games and activities throughout the school. ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos’ was an absolute blast to watch!

Our Winter Walk was also on February 7th. I had the pleasure of leading the school in a walk through some gorgeous scenery. I’m always amazed at how beautiful the winter is. Sure, it’s easy to complain that it’s cold or too dark, but honestly, next chance you get, go walk for 5 minutes and take in the tumultuous beauty of the inter months. The crisp air, the soft crunching of snow under your feet. Marvelous.

February 8 & 9 was Teacher Convention! I love convention! Being surrounded by so many like minded people from all walks of life, all striving towards the same goal: empowering the next generation. So much fun! I had the chance to meet up with old colleagues, a few superheroes of mine, and even David Eggen (He liked my suit :D)!

on February 13 the grade 5/6 class and myself went to the Windspear Centre to watch the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform musical pieces from various ages all while projecting images of space! From the Mars rovers, to the Hubble Telescope, students were glued from the onset. The fact that they ended with images of deep space to the tune of Star Wars was simply the icing on the cake!

Valentines Day was a lonely one at Seba Beach School as poor weather meant that busses were cancelled. In the morning we had 4 students TOTAL in the school… we picked up a few as the day went on :P.

February 15 was Throw Back Thursday put on by our Leadership students. Students and staff were encouraged to come dressed from a bygone age. Any age. 1960’s, 1950’s, 1980’s or even the 1880’s! It was somewhat troubling to see what some students considered a ‘throwback’… WHAT DO YOU MEAN 2005 IS A THROWBACK! … a sure sign I am older than I think!

February 23 saw the second installment of Play Parkland. A chance for students to demo different kinds of physical literacy through play! Today’s trip saw the 3/4 and 5/6 classes learn some Taekwondo and then off to do some ice skating! Such fun!

 

And now for some pictures!

Gingerbread Madness!

With Christmas break so close, I’ve had some time to reflect on this past month. A LOT has happened. One major operation was the Gingerbread Challenge that Seba Beach School was a part of! The challenge was to design, and build a community out of gingerbread! What fun! Schools all over North America took part and Skyped in to share our works with each other. Seba Beach School took the initiative to make this a ‘House’ challenge; where we broke into our houses (Chiles is the EAGLE HOUSE!) and divided the town into categories. Eagle house was given ‘Recreation’, so we sprang into action brainstorming various recreation facilities a community might have, designing blueprints to follow and then meticulously crafting these facilities out of gingerbread and candies! All in all, students had the opportunity to reflect on their communities and the tremendous opportunities await them therein.

In-Line Skating!

Today Seba Beach students had the opportunity to do in-line skating through the amazing teachings of Alien In-Line Skating! Students gathered in their class groupings in the gym, had a brief safety run down, and then embarked on a journey of physical literacy and fun! Older grades got to play games like Freeze Tag, a version of Dodge Ball and Red Light Green Light! Great fun was had by all, myself included πŸ˜€

WE Day!

Just as quick as Halloween approaches, WE Day follows!

16 Leadership students accompanied by Mrs. Stewart and myself have been given the great opportunity to travel via coach bus to Calgary for WE Day!

Students are to meet at Wabamun School at 3:30 am (yes, you read that right) on November 1 (yes, you read that right. The day after Halloween :P) where we will disembark on our journey. We will leave Calgary that afternoon between 2:15 and 2:45 pm and therefore have an estimated return time of 6:30 pm. The cost of the trip is covered by funds raised by previous Student Leadership fundraisers!

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Halloween is upon us!

It’s that time of year again! When the mornings grow darker and the frost begins to nip it can only mean one thing… Halloween draws near! Students are already abuzz as to what to dress as, with whom to go trick-or-treating, who to go to the dance with and of course, how to maximize candy accumulation πŸ˜‰

This year the Halloween dance will be at Wabamun School from 12:30 – 2:30. There will be a small concession but of course, students are encouraged to bring a lunch as well. The cost is $2.00 per student, or a donation to the food bank.

The morning of the 31st will find students in a bevy of activities ranging from spooky ghost-tag int he gym, holiday themed crafts and of course, age-appropriate spooky stories being shared by our Leadership team. In the afternoon while the middle years go to the dance, the younger students will meet in the gym for a Halloween movie.

Students are asked not to come to school pre-dressed in their costumes, as they will most assuredly get distressed during morning activities, rather, students will be given ample time to change into their costumes during the lunch break.

BEE AWARE Presentation!

Bee Aware is a program based around educating grade 7 students about the risks associated with drug use.

“… it is a fun, interactive one-day retreat for Grade 7 students that provides valuable information regarding drugs and alcohol. It gives youth tools to say ‘no’ and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Bee Aware will be held at the Wildwood Community Hall on October 25, 2017. Students will be bused from their school into Wildwood. The program will run during school hours, 9:15 – 2:00 PM.

Power in ME a powerful success!

On October 13, grades 5-9 went on a field trip to the Northlands Expo Centre where they heard powerful stories of individuals overcoming harrowing odds and difficulties, which ultimately helped them become the people they are today.

Adversity is a part of life that no one can avoid, despite out best efforts. It is not a matter of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’. Kevin Conroy once stated, “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” The same water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It is not the circumstance that makes the character, it’ s how the individual overcomes circumstance that builds character.

Conquer

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