Cook­shire El­e­men­tary en­joys busy start to the year

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Cook­shire El­e­men­tary School (CES) en­joyed a very dif­fer­ent start to the school year as we were joined by CBC Ra­dio to wel­come our stu­dents on the very first day. The re­porter cap­tured the emo­tions and ex­cite­ment of stu­dents and par­ents as CES wel­comed 88 stu­dents, a healthy in­crease in en­roll­ment over last year’s 72. Although it was fun to have such an en­tourage at school, be­fore long it was busi­ness as usual with all the teach­ers back in ac­tion. We rounded out our first week with a hot­dog and corn lunch for the stu­dents, staff, and some of our ded­i­cated par­ents. An­other school year at CES has be­gun!

Since our part­ner­ship with Daw­son Col­lege and our ded­i­ca­tion in fol­low­ing the Liv­ing School model, CES is al­ways look­ing for ways to in­ter­act with na­ture, us­ing the liv­ing world as a teacher, and in­crease our in­volve­ment in our com­mu­nity. Septem­ber 15 was World Cleanup Day, so we de­cided to take the CES stu­dents into Cook­shire and

cleanup our com­mu­nity. We were part of a move­ment of more than 100 other coun­tries who picked up garbage and de­bris in their neigh­bor­hood in an ef­fort to help clean up our planet.

Our in­cred­i­ble stu­dents and par­ents were re­mark­able fundrais­ers as we took pledges be­fore our Terry Fox Run on Septem­ber 27. As a school, we raised more than $1000 this year and we en­joyed amaz­ing weather for our run around our school.

Most re­cently, the soc­cer team trav­elled to Sawyerville El­e­men­tary for the soc­cer tour­na­ment be­tween Pope Me­mo­rial, Sawyerville, and Cook­shire. Our team had prac­ticed and per­formed well in their games. Ul­ti­mately, it was our very own Cook­shire Cougars who came away with the vic­tory.

As we look to the fu­ture, CES will be very busy as we jour­ney into our first full year as a Liv­ing School. We have many prospec­tive gar­den projects in part­ner­ship with our neigh­bour­ing MRC and we are cur­rently look­ing into re­vamp­ing our school play­ground thanks to a grant, which will look at trans­form­ing our space into a learn­ing and dis­cov­ery play­ground with sen­sory paths, a fruit­ing hedge, out­door work space, and much more. Stu­dents are con­tin­u­ing their ef­forts to in­crease re­cy­cling and com­post­ing and teach­ers are help­ing to cul­ti­vate an un­der­stand­ing of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues sur­round­ing us. Our first ex­cur­sion was a hike up Mont Mé­gan­tic, which will lead to na­ture writ­ing, science projects and art ac­tiv­i­ties. This will def­i­nitely not be the last as more peo­ple be­come in­ter­ested in our Liv­ing School ini­tia­tive.

Lastly, we are cur­rently cre­at­ing The Oa­sis, which is an on­go­ing at­tempt to cre­ate an ideal class­room suited for our ever-chang­ing stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. Our goal is to ac­tively ad­dress an in­creas­ing prob­lem of frus­tra­tion and anx­i­ety in our stu­dents while main­tain­ing some tra­di­tional class­room fea­tures. The Oa­sis will be a place of learn­ing and dis­cov­ery while also be­ing a place for feel­ing safe where stu­dents can de­com­press and re­lax. It is a con­tin­u­ing process with many ideas com­ing to­gether, but we are con­fi­dent that the ef­forts will be vi­tal to our stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion.

COUR­TESY

The stu­dents at Cook­shire El­e­men­tary en­joyed a hike up Mont Mé­gan­tic, which will lead to na­ture writ­ing, science projects and art ac­tiv­i­ties.

The soc­cer team trav­elled to Sawyerville El­e­men­tary for the soc­cer tour­na­ment be­tween Pope Me­mo­rial, Sawyerville, and Cook­shire

Terry Fox Run on Septem­ber 27

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