SESS December Newsletter
Dear SESS families,
December has arrived, with all of the excitement and emotion of the anticipated holidays. As always there have been many positive events happening in our school community. On the athletics front, volleyball season has come to an end, and basketball and curling season have begun. We are thankful for the dedication of all of our players and coaches. We also currently have a number of extra-curricular clubs running including our choir, jazz band, chess club, and our after-school weight training program. Classroom teachers have also been working hard to keep students motivated and engaged for the last few weeks before the break. We know that this time of year is one of both celebration and challenge for families, and at SESS we have been striving to emphasize a school culture of kindness, compassion, and gratitude. As always, we are appreciative of the support and generosity that community members provide to our school through volunteer time, fundraising efforts, and positive messages sent to our students and staff.
From all of us at SESS, we wish you an enjoyable, peaceful, and rejuvenating holiday season.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SESS
Dec 7 - District Elementary Volleyball Tournament
Dec 13 - House Team Minute to Win It Challenge
Dec 14 - Elementary Dance (1:30-2:30 pm)
Dec 20- Winter Formal Dance (6:00-9:00 pm)
Dec 21 - Ugly Sweater/Tacky Christmas Wear Day
Dec 21 - Last Day of School before Winter Break
Jan 7 - Schools Re-Open
You can also check out our events calendar.
We would like to recognize a few local businesses that are making a big difference in the lives and education of our students: KG Industries, Fix’em Auto, Keremeos Rec Centre and Cawston Primary School. They have graciously been hosting some of our grade 11 and 12 students every day so that they may gain invaluable work experience. While at the work site, students interact with customers, work on projects, and receive guidance and support from regular staff. Many students are inspired to pursue further studies related to their work experience placement. We are very grateful to our hosts. If you know of a business that could host a senior student, please contact our vice-principal (Tom Eccleston) at email@example.com.
SESS Chess Club
SESS is starting a chess club, we want everyone of all skill levels to be part of it.
The club is open to grades 5 – 12, and no previous experience is necessary.
We will be holding our sessions between 3:00-4:00 pm on Mondays in the Home Ec Room.. Our chess club is a safe and welcoming space open to all ages. Inappropriate language and/or behavior will not be tolerated. Everyone is welcome to participate. Our chess classes are free, and healthy snacks will be provided.
If you are interested in learning the game of chess, improving your skills, or perhaps even becoming a member of our SESS school chess team, the way to start is by coming to our Monday sessions, between 3:00-4:00pm.
3:00 – 3:30 – Beginner class
3:30 – 4:00 – Intermediate class / casual play
- Learn to play
- Beginner lessons
- Improve your skills
- Casual games & fun
- Intermediate lessons
Drop-ins are welcome, and there is no pressure to attend every class. We may add an Advanced Class after the first cycle if there is enough interest. Bring your friends!
Important Reminder: Student Lates & Absences
January PAC Meeting
PAC Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month in the SESS library. All parents and guardians of SESS students are welcome!
Our next PAC meeting is Wednesday January 23rd (6:30 pm in the SESS Library)
Our 2018-19 SESS PAC Executive:
President: Kelly Robins
Treasurer: Nadine Allen
Secretary: Melissa Weibe
Thank you to our Friday Baking Team!
ETHICAL ART PROJECTS - Biology 11 & Socials 11
Skating Lessons at Keremeos Rink
Beginning Sunday, Dec. 9
Sundays at 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 or 5:00 (depending on which group you are in)
Wednesdays at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30. (No lessons on Boxing Day)
Instructor is from Glengarry Skating Club, Pentiction
$65 includes 11 lessons
Drop-In Hockey Programs: For all ages and skill levels
Equipment is available in most sizes to borrow free of charge during Drop-In Hockey.
Mites (5 to 8 years old) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 7 pm
Sticks and Pucks (9 – 14 years old) Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm
Adult Sticks and pucks (15 and older) Mondays 7 – 8:30 pm
Age categories for hockey are flexible. Parents and older kids are welcome to join in but must play at the level of the younger players, share the puck etc.
Helmets and Neck Guards are mandatory for all ages. Protective equipment mandatory for Mites and strongly recommended for everyone.
Free public skating passes and schedules will be handed out to all elementary students in their class rooms. Secondary School students can ask for free skating passes at the school office.
LEARN TO SKATE REGISTRATION
BOYS AND GIRLS DROP IN
Did you know that on Friday, December 14 and 21 students aged 10 to 16 can drop in to the SESS Elementary Gym for a whole bunch of fun activities? The Okanagan Boys and Girls club hosts students from 2:45pm until 8:00pm for sports, games, crafts, and more. Please contact 250-488-0992 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.