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The Bears' Blog January 17

We love playing games during indoor recess!

The Bears’ Blog… January 17

This week certainly had some challenges related to extreme weather but by working together, maintaining a positive attitude and having a proactive plan in place we seem to have made it through the worst of it… at least according to the weather forecast for next week.  Thank you to our families for supporting a week full of indoor recesses by sending students to school with games, books, and ideas of how to spend their time inside.  

At our January School Council meeting we completed our parent fees consultation.  I sincerely thank all families who shared their thoughts and priorities as these discussions will assist me as I make decisions regarding next year.  It is truly an honour to partner together to support our children.

Looking ahead, I am very excited about our first Principal’s Pick ~ Writer’s Wednesday on January 22.  I will announce the winner next week.  Speaking of winners, I hope to see you at our Pine Street Family Math Games Night on Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. as you could be one of our lucky raffle winners just for coming out.  

Finally, a huge thank you goes out to our incredible team of adults who are working in partnership to coach our Short Track Team!  Mr. Loucraft, Mrs. Ramage, Mrs. Tingstad, Mrs. Weber, & Mrs. Lockwood, your dedication and commitment to creating the most excellent team this year is inspiring.  We wish you the best of luck at the race on Friday, January 24! We know you will make us proud.

Stay warm this weekend and be ready to break out the sunscreen next week.  I hear it is going to feel quite hot! ;)

Shelby Hines

Acting Principal

Excellence is our brand!

Week at a glance… for the week of January 20-24


  • Happy Monday!  Welcome back to outdoor recesses!


  • Short track practice 7:45 a.m.


  • WRITER’S WEDNESDAY! Principal’s Pick - stay tuned to hear who our January winner is!
  • Short track practice at lunch
  • Hot Lunch (Pasta Pantry) 11:30 a.m. - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Please contact our Hot Lunch coordinator at or sign up on the Healthy Hunger website if you can spare even 30 minutes.


  • Short track practice 7:45 a.m.
  • Pine Street Family Math Games Night on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 


  • Short Track Race at Kinsmen Field House.  Students will ride the bus from Pine Street at 4:45 p.m.   Parents MUST pick up their child at the Kinsmen Field House.  Please remember to send water and food with your students for hydration, supper and snacks.  
  • Action
  • Opportunity
  • Information


Sharing About Caring & Citizenship

  • Do you or someone you know need a place to warm up?  The following locations welcome community members to visit & warm up, free of charge.
    • Strathcona County Community Centre , including Family and Community Services (2nd floor)
    • Strathcona County Library
    • Bethel Transit Terminal (open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m; Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.,  Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
    • Ordze Transit Centre (open weekdays 5 a.m. – 12 a.m., weekends 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
    • If you’re cold and need shelter – hop on a Strathcona County Transit bus. Even if you don’t have a fare, we will make sure you aren’t left outside.
  • We are so proud of our Student Council who will be heading out (once the weather warms up) to demonstrate their excellent citizenship by shoveling for our neighbours.  Way to make us proud Pine Street!
  • Kindergarten Registration and Returning Student Registration opens on February 1, 2020. Please click here or to go our 'Parents' tab, 'Registration' on the website for more detail. 


Parent ~ Family ~ Community Partners

    • DONATIONS NEEDED:  If you have any gently used board games or card games that you no longer use and want to donate, please send them to Mrs. DeMarco for student use in our library.
    • The January School Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, January 14 @ 6:30 p.m.  We reviewed fees from this year and received input from our families on fees for the next school year.  Meeting minutes will be available soon. Thank you to all who provided their valuable feedback!
    • Volunteer for our Hot Lunch program!  Our fabulous parent group has been offering Hot Lunch twice a month this year.  The program is run completely by volunteers. If you can come help for half an hour, please email or sign up to volunteer on the Healthy Hunger website.  Volunteer opportunities are flexible to accommodate whatever your schedule allows.  


  • ATTENTION ALL GRADE 4 FAMILIES:  Sometime soon you will be receiving a package in the mail from Alberta Education (if you haven’t already).  This is our Accountability Pillar Survey which is a vital part of how we as a school learn about how we can continue to improve and strive for excellence. I strongly encourage you to participate in this survey to have your voice heard and to partner with us so that we can work together in continuing to offer high quality educational opportunities to our students. We will also be offering an Accountability Pillar Survey Parent Engagement night on Thursday, January 30 from 6 - 7 p.m.  A newsletter with more information will be coming home soon.  
  • Did you know… Our bottle drive has been postponed until Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m - 1 p.m.  Feel free to drop off bottles prior to this date if you can’t make it on Saturday and we will store them for you.  Thank you in advance to our Pine Street school community for donating your empty bottles and cans! 
  • Strathcona County Family and Community Services has many ways in which they can support parents, children & families.  Here is a link to their program guide for your easy reference.
  • Check out our Parent Tab or click here to go to fun math games you can play at home with your kids to help develop their math skills!
  • If your child is in Mrs. Forbes, Mrs. Woodbeck, Mrs. Bochek, or Mrs. Kavalinas’ class please ensure your swimming lessons, starting at the end of January, are paid in full.  If payment is not received prior to lessons starting your child will not be participating.  If you are in need of financial assistance check out the rap program which is offered through Strathcona County to help significantly reduce the cost of lessons.  For more information please contact Mrs. Waselenkoff in our school office.
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