Around the schools

Let there be music
Grayson Sowers and Eric Woode take to their first piano lesson Wednesday. The Morinville Public Elementary School Kindergarten and Preschool enrichment Program classes are trying an introduction to music class as a pilot project. The once-a-month program began Wednesday afternoon at Smith Music in Morinville The 28 students were exposed to piano, singing, rhythmic clapping, guitar and drums, all set to Row, Row Your Boat. – Lucie Roy Photo

Morinville Public Elementary School teachers gather for a group photo during a surprise teacher appreciation event held Feb. 14. From left: Norma-Jeanne Dykeman, Jennifer Austin, Jenny Oveson, Michelle Kirk-Gallatin, Meghan Prefontaine, Jennifer McCoy, Sandra Wood, Anita Duckering, Monique Webb, and Lisa Olson. – Lucie Roy Photo

MPES parents show appreciation with surprise party

By Lucie Roy

Morinville – Teachers, staff, students and parents all gathered at the Parish Hall Tuesday afternoon for a surprise teacher appreciation party for Morinville Public Elementary School (MPES) teachers.

Parent Gillian Percy said the event was put together by parents to show their appreciation for the job MPES teachers are doing educating their children. During her opening remarks Percy spoke to the students about how Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the teachers for teaching them, for their hard work, compassion and dedication. The teachers were recognized for going above and beyond and enhancing the lives around them. Percy presented each teacher with a boxed gift on behalf of students and parents.

The event fell on National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (Feb. 13-19).

A new face at Vanier

Former Legal School Vice Principal Susan Coates was appointed Principal of École Georges P. Vanier School; her first day was Feb. 13. Coates said she has worked in the field of Education for 19 years and has a wide variety of teaching experiences from teaching Kindergarten to instructing Educational Assistants at the community college level. She has worked with Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division for almost 10 years as a Learning Support Facilitator, French Immersion teacher and school administrator. She previously taught and was vice principal at Morinville Community High School for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s in Religious Education. She and her husband, Tim, have three teenage sons.

Coates said she is very excited at the opportunity to serve the G. P. Vanier School community, and had a wonderful experience In Legal and that the parents and students were kind and very appreciative. A farewell was held in Legal Feb. 8. – Lucie Roy Photo

Some auction flash
Primeau School Grade 8 teacher Peggy Dugan assists French Immersion Teacher Travis Hay as he auctioned off lunches at the 5th Annual Box Lunch Social held Tuesday in the school gym. A total of $800 was raised in support the Hair Massacure and their mission to raise funds for the Make A Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House. – Lucie Roy Photo

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