Bring a friend to school!

As part of our Ready, Set Learn program, we are planning an afternoon session for our little three-year old friends to come to school with a big buddy to exercise their artistic, manipulative and physical talents.

Students, if you know of a little buddy (friend or relative) you?d like to bring to our ?Teddy Bear? afternoon, call the school (782-8403) to register for April 15, 2009.

We will be able to take 15 three year old buddies. Call as soon as possible to secure a spot. The sessions will begin at 12:40 in the kindergarten room (room 108).

Each little buddy will have a big buddy leading them through these fun and educational activities. Parents or guardians of the young buddy must be present for this afternoon, since this program is designed to help parents and three year old children develop a comfort level with the school.

At the end of the session, there will be a package available for each parent or guardian to take home. Please contact the school to let us know your intention of joining us, so we can ensure we have enough supplies.

Canspell Spelling Bee

Canalta Elementary School will again be participating in the Canspell Spelling Bee this year. Participants are in grades 4-6. Class spelling bees to determine class champions were held Jan. 12-16 and the school spelling bee was held on January 22. The winner of our school spelling bee will be going to the regionals in Prince George on February 28.

Pac Meetings

The PAC meetings for Canalta are usually on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings last no longer than one hour. For the PAC to be successful, we need your participation. We realize that sometimes it is inconvenient to attend meetings, especially with young children at home. The PAC will be offering babysitting during the PAC meetings to facilitate your attendance. Hope to see you there.


Volleyball Season

A huge ?Thank you? goes out to the coaches, Cindi Bassett, Tracey Reynen, and Clare Park as well as teacher liaison, Mr. Smith, for a great season.

Twenty-five students participated this year, playing inter-school games culminating with the Rural Tournament at Pouce Coupe. Both teams played very well. The Grade 7 team won all their games and ended up losing in the final game against McLeod School.


On Tuesday, January 27th, Devereaux hosted the WOW bus (Words on Wheels) This bus is for children under the age of 5 and their caregivers. Children are given a guided tour of the library on wheels and may sign out items from the bus.



The first Gradfest Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 28th at 7 pm. At the Northcourt. This start up meeting was for everyone interested in any aspect of Grad 2009. From this meeting we formed groups who will oversee specific parts of Grad. There is a Gradfest Committee who will organize the Dry Grad event that takes place right after the Prom Dance.

There is a committee to organize the Prom Dance and a committee to organize other functions that have gone on in the past such as the Grad Picnic, the Scavenger Hunt and the Fashion Show.

If you missed the meeting and would like to be involved in this years Gradfest, please email Kim Strasky at saying that you are interested.


Character Wall of Fame

Each month throughout the year, we are focusing on different values for character education to build productive citizenship.

January?s character focus was ?Independence?. Being independent means:

Getting things done without being told

Working on your own

Following school rules without being reminded

Skating rink

Our skating rink is ready to go! Once the skates and helmets are organized and we have warm weather, we will be good to go. Once there are plans in place to skate word will be passed on to you by your student. Thanks very much to Gary McAllister (Laura?s Grampa) and to Jim Strasky for getting the rink ready.

Students must wear helmets when skating. The school has a good assortment of skates and helmets. Students are welcome to bring their own. Ask your bus driver how they would like the skates to be brought back and forth.

Parkland gives back

Our Christmas project to help local families was a great success. We want to thank Cindy Thorpe for thinking of and organizing this generous idea.

Science fair

Parkland is having a school wide science fgair this year on Feb. 25th. All our students will be expected to participate as a class, an individual or in partners. We will begin projects this month. Two websites to explore for ideas are and . More information will be coming home from each classroom teacher.

Fort St. John is hosting the district fair this year. There are two entry levels: Grades 4-6 and grades 7-12. Students who meet the criteria will be chosen to represent Parkland in Fort St. John. Projects are judged on three categories: display, interview and scientific conduct.

Gearjammer donates radios

Parkland would like to thank Gearjammer Electronics in Dawson Creek for their generous donation of 5 radios with chargers. These will be used as part of our emergency planning procedures.


Swim Program for Grades 3 and 4

Our PAC is again sponsoring our grade 3 and 4 for swimming lessons at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre. Our students are very fortunate in receiving such support from our parents. Swimming is a life long skill. Students will be bussed to and from their lessons in the afternoon from 1:00 – 2:00. Students will neen to bring swimsuits, towels and money for lockers if they need to use the locker.

Students Sing Back Up for The Cobblestones

The Cobblestones, a Canadian folk band from Newfoundland came to Dawson Creek on Jan 20. They performed at K.P.A.C. (Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre). The students in the choral group at Ecole Frank Ross had the opportunity to sing back up for this band and they were very excited to be presented with this opportunity. The band came a couple of years ago to Dawson Creek and the choir at Parkland was able to sing with them. The students really enjoyed sincing with the band. The Cobblestones put on a great show and it was nice to hear some Canadian folk music from ?The Rock?.

Kindergarten Registration

We have been getting a number of inquiries for Kindergarten registration. We will begin to register kindergarten students for the year 2009-2010 on March 30-April 3 in accordance with the rest of the district. Please come to the school with your child?s birth certificate and CARE card.

At this time also, if you know that you will be moving and your children will no longer be attending our school, we would appreciate this information. This helps us to plan for next year for enrollment, staffing and budget consideration.