NEWS FROM SCHOOLS, Parkland Elementary School

The first round of meetings were held in January. There is a list of possible solutions which came out of these meetings. The second round of meetings will be in March where more solutions may be added and more discussions will take place about which ideas will be best for the school district as a whole. Input from all stakeholders is welcome. The Dawson Creek meeting will be on March 4 at O?Brien. The final meeting will be May 6. You can access more information at www.sd59.bc.ca

Parkland had their Science Fair on Feb 18. All students participated either as a class, an individual or in partners. This was a big undertaking and parents gave their full support. The displays were set up in the gym the day before. The judges looked over the student work from 8 till noon.

Fort St John is hosting the district fair on March 10. There are two entry levels, Grade 4-6 and 7-12. . Projects were judged on three categories: display, interview and scientific conduct. Students who met the criteria were chosen to represent Parkland.

Book Fair The Parkland Annual Book Fair will be held on March 9, 10, 11 and 12. Any money we make goes back into our library. There will be posters in the school to remind students closer to the fair date.

Gwillim Trip The grade 6 and 7 classes will be going to Gwillim May 25-27. Any parent wishing to volunteer should let Ms Lindstrom know and make sure you have a current Criminal Record check on file.

Grade 4-5 Swim Lessons

The Grades 4 and 5?s will be having a full set of swimming lessons at the Dawson Creek pool from April 20 to May 1. Permission forms and swim forms will be sent home right after Spring Break. There is no charge for this program.

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart.

On Tuesday, March 11, we will be gearing up to jump rope and shoot hoops to raise funds and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Each child will be participating in the gym and has the opportunity to collect pledges. Our shcool has been a strong supporter fo this event and we are proud to continue with this tradition.

PAC Playground Update The PAC is saving money to purchase a new playground system. With oil and gas donations, they have raised close to $35,000. Huron Energy has just donated $5,000. The PAC has also applied for a playground grant from the provincial government and will hear in March if it has been awarded.

Fruit and Veggie Program Update

We are continuing with our fruit and veggie deliveries every second week. We had really nice apples last week and will get a different kind to try next time. We are scheduled to get sugar snap peas and some pineapple next.