The grade 6s in division 116 have been painting decorative birdhouses to sell in time for Easter!
While considering the homes of children globally, and participating in a writing contest, “The Meaning of Home”, through Habitat for Humanity, we were contacted by Ms. P. (former Art teacher) that almost 30 birdhouses were donated to the school and asked if we had an idea to use them.
Turns out, Aaron Cannon from Canoe Forest Products donated the plywood to John Rempel (John’s Woodworking) built these houses and we are grateful that they thought of SMS!
After fully understanding what Habitat for Humanity does in our own community, we right away made a connection between their organization, our interest in community projects and well, these free “habitats”. Then the Restore offered to donate the paint!
Because this is a fundraiser, we are asking for a minimal donation of $20. per birdhouse.
The houses will go on sale next week, Monday, April 11th until Thursday, April. 14th, at SMS, before school, at lunch time and after school.
If you miss this opportunity to purchase a birdhouse, they will be available later at the ReStore, here in Salmon Arm. All proceeds go to this location.
Just before our Spring Break began, Grade 7 students were fortunate enough to gain further insight and understanding of history with the help of a holocaust survivor, with the support of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center. Ms. Thio would like to express her gratitude for this unit of study which was developed by Ms. M. McDonald who taught at SMS for years.
“The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. We teach social justice through lessons of the Holocaust, educating participants about the dangers of hatred and bigotry to cultivate empathy and social responsibility. By creating butterflies, which are displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, participants remember the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust. In this work, The Butterfly Project honors our commitment to the Survivors to Never Forget. “
Diversity certainly is being celebrated, as people continue to embrace their cultures, identities, and true selves. The pink shirt slogan Lift Each Other Up encourages us to practice greater acceptance, respect, and inclusion for everyone. This year we are asking staff and students to join us in celebrating diversity and supporting inclusive anti-bullying programs for kids in our communities. Join us on Wednesday Feb. 23 – wear your pink!
A Holiday Message from Ms. Griffith Dear Parents, Here we are again! The winter break brings all the excitement of the season with it. It is a busy time filled with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping for friends and family near and far. Fortunately, our traditions are diverse and we are able to enjoy lots of singing and decorating our homes in beautiful lights as part of many holiday celebrations. Life at school has also been very busy. We have danced, played volleyball, played basketball, studied hard, set goals, and prepared for an up-coming band concert in January!
In addition, we have enjoyed watching the students work for charitable causes. This has been inspiring for all of us! Thank you for your donations to Shuswap Paws as part of a campaign run by Division 211 – our furry friends are going to benefit greatly from all the contributions! Division 128 is excited to share great news too! Thanks to the generosity of our students and staff, we were able to donate $510.65 to the Red Cross Flood Relief. Thank you for supporting the families affected by the floods and mudslides.
We collected hundreds of pounds of food donations for the food drive which was hosted by Division 215. We sent many holiday cards and well wishes to Canadian soldiers serving abroad and we participated in community based charitable a clothing swap too – excellent work everyone!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support. Our school is truly a community school and it is at this time of year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students` faces. 2022 will bring new learning experiences, new challenges, and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as a learning community. I wish you all peace, joy, and happiness during this holiday season.