‘Meet the teacher’ night a success

In the past month, the staff and students at Mine Centre School have been very busy. The Book-It Committee held a bulb fundraiser and the breakfast program began, along with hot lunch every Tuesday.
The morning fitness run also has begun and organizers held the annual Terry Fox Run.
A week ago, students, parents, and staff took a little time to get acquainted and reward some people for their hard work. Organizers Iris Maxwell, Miss Hale, and Brenda Ferris-Hyatt planned the night with a little bit of everything–food, fun, awards, and school council elections.
The barbecue was prepared by the Book-It volunteers, with all proceeds going to help buy new books for the library.
Following the barbecue, parents had the chance to learn a little about the teaching staff as there are new faces this year. Denine Brownlee, for instance, is teaching the kindergarten class this year as Mrs. Dennis is on maternity leave.
Miss Hale continues to teach the grade 1/2 class while Sharla McKinnon returns to the grade 3/4 class. In grade 5/6, students have a new teacher, Tanya Kroocmo, while 7/8 students are being taught by Maxwell this year.
The special education teacher is Rebecca MacLean while Nancy Jones and Mrs. Francis Boshkaykin return for another year of teaching native language.
Ferris-Hyatt is back as principal.
Once the teachers had been introduced, it was time to hand out awards for the Terry Fox Run. Co-ordinators of the run, Miss Brownlee and Mrs. MacKinnon, were proud of the students’ success at fundraising as they raised about $1,200.
In the 10-km run, the first runner in was Tyler Johnson, who received a certificate for a free CD at Sight and Sound. Talbot Johnson received a T-shirt for his second-place finish while third-place runner Gerald Morrison received a free Blizzard coupon.
The top fundraiser in each class also received a T-shirt. They were Christopher Demchuk (JK/SK), Breanna Jones (1/2), Brent George (3/4), Emily Potson (5/6), and Gerald Morrison (7/8).
After the awards were handed out, school council elections were held. The school council is made up of representatives from each of the three communities.
The Mine Centre rep this year is Cecilia Stewart. Redgut will be represented by Mike Jones and Duane Allen, while Seine River is represented by Ted Menson, Helen Goodwin, and Debbie Jim.
With all the business over with, it was time to have some fun as the scavenger hunt began. Teams were given a list of questions and had to hunt down the answers, which could be found throughout the school.
The Jones/Allen team turned out to be the winners of the scanvenger hunt and were awarded with a plaque for their efforts.
At this time, draws also were held by the Book-It Committee. A 50/50 draw was won by Becky Kingbird, and there were numerous draws for books which were donated by Barbe Dennis and Scholastic Books.
The profits of the draws will help to buy new books for the school library.
In the end, everyone had fun and enjoyed the evening.
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In other news, the cross-country team is travelling to Devlin today to compete at the meet hosted by Crossroads School. Good luck to the team.
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The grade 1/2 class will begin swimming lessons this week as well as the grade 3/4 class. Watch for notes going home about this.
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A reminder that Monday, Oct. 8 is Thanksgiving Day and there will be no school. Have a safe and fun long weekend!