Education Week and Mental Health Awareness Week celebrated in PRSD schools

Education Week and Mental Health Awareness Week celebrated in PRSD schools

May 1-5, 2017 is Education Week and Mental Health Awareness Week – a celebration of education and recognition of the importance of positive mental health.

We are very pleased to host various activities and events during this special week that highlight the importance of education and mental health in our lives, families, schools, communities and the world. Both educational needs and mental health needs are crucial aspects of well-being, learning and success.

There are many events happening in school communities throughout the division, please join your local school in celebration of Education Week and Mental Health Awareness Week - our doors are always open.

Here’s a listing of events happening in our schools:

Manning Elementary School
Students at MES will enjoy a classroom surprise on May 1st and take part in Jump Rope for Heart on May 2nd. On May 3rd, the school is hosting a family breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00 am and a Preschool Fair at 2:00 pm in the MES gym. In the afternoon, the school will take part in a Mental Health Movie Marathon at the Aurora Theatre. On Wednesday students will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health, on Thursday they will enjoy a “Music Alive” performance and on Friday, community members are invited in for the school’s reading assembly at 12:35 pm. Students and staff will also wear green on Friday in support of Mental Health.  

Hines Creek Composite School
The community and parents of Hines Creek are invited to join students and staff of Hines Creek Composite School for a pancake breakfast on Tuesday, May 2nd from 7:45-9:00 AM. Students and staff will also be wearing hats to school on Wednesday for “Hats On for Mental Health.” The school is also hosting PRSD’s Hand Games Competition on Friday.  

Kennedy Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School students will take part in “Drop everything and read” on Monday and Tuesday. During the week, the Mayor and the CAO of the Town of Grimshaw along with the Fire Chief and Grimshaw Jr Sr High Student Parliament team members will read to classes. On Wednesday, students and staff will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health.” On Thursday May 4th, students will participate in “Dress like a Teacher Day” and on Friday, students will take part in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Worsley Central School
Students and staff of Worsley Central School will have Liz Dangle from Addiction Services present an anti-smoking presentation on Monday May 1st. On Tuesday May 2nd, twelve Worsley Central School leadership team students will attend the Mighty Peace Day in Grande Prairie. On Wednesday, students will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health”, the elementary students will watch the Mitelka Folkloric theatre presentation at Grande Prairie Regional College and then stop for a visit with the seniors at the Homesteader Lodge in Hines Creek. Students will perform songs for the Homesteader residents and plant flowers. Several WCS students will take part in the GPRC Trades Training camp in Fairview on Thursday and Friday, and the grades 4,5 and 6 will participate in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition on Friday at Hines Creek Composite School.  

Fairview High School
Throughout the week, the School Wellness Action Team will make morning announcements focused on mental health topics. During the week, students and staff are encouraged to wear green in support of Mental Health. On Wednesday May 3rd, grade seven and eight students will enjoy the theatre performance of “Mystery of Fundy’s Cave” by the Mitelka Folkoric Theatre Company at the Grande Prairie Regional College theatre. Staff and students will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” on Wednesday. On Friday May 5th, students will participate in the PRSD Hand Games Competition in Hines Creek.

Paul Rowe Jr Sr High School
During the week, grade seven and ten students will “leave their mark” around the school during a special handprint activity. On May 2nd, 14 Paul Rowe High School students will attend the Mighty Peace Day in Grande Prairie. On Wednesday, the school will have a special presentation by Walter McDonald Whitebear, students and staff will wear green shirts and hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” in support of mental health awareness. Students are also invited to watch “Still Alice” at the Aurora Theatre in Manning at 8pm for the Mental Health Movie Marathon. Later in the week, grade seven, eight and ten students will take part in literacy mentorship.

Fairview and Area Learning Store
FALS students, staff and families are invited to an Education Week Student Parent Potluck dinner on Thursday May 5th at noon. Students will also wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” on Wednesday and wear green on Friday in support of mental health.

E.E. Oliver Elementary
E.E. Oliver students and staff will kick off Education Week and Mental Health Awareness week with an assembly on Monday, May 1st at 10:30 am. On Wednesday, students and staff will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health.” On Thursday May 4th, community members are coming in for the school’s “Leaders as Readers” event where community members will be reading and talking to students about how education is an important aspect of being a leader. On Friday, the school will be dressed in green in support of mental health. Several EE Oliver students will also participate in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition on Friday at Hines Creek Composite School.  

Menno Simons Community School
On Monday May 1st at 2 pm, students, staff  and families will create an “Education Journey” mural with student handprints that will be on display all week. Coffee and cake will be served for parents at 2:10 pm. On Wednesday, students will enjoy the “Mystery of Fundy’s Cove” theatre performance by the Mitelka Dance Group at Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus. Also happening on Wednesday is the school’s Kindergarten Open House and Registration. On Thursday and Friday, grade 9-12 students will attend the GPRC Trades Camp held in Fairview and several students will compete in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Lloyd Garrison School
Students will have a week full of activities at LGS beginning on Monday with a “Reader’s Café” where special guests come in to read books to students. On Tuesday, the school will wear green in support of Mental Health, on Wednesday the school will celebrate “identity day” by sharing their personal scapbook and powerpoint presentations with their peers. Also happening on Wednesday is “Student for a Day” where  local dignitaries are invited to participate in classes for the day. On Thursday, May 4th, students will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health.” They will also decorate the sidewalks with positive messages in support of mental health. On Friday, several students will attend PRSD’s Hand Games Competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Dixonville School
In celebration of Education Week and moving back into their school, Dixonville School is hosting a pancake breakfast on May 4th and a dance in the afternoon. Students and staff will wear green and also wear hats on Wednesday for “Hats On for Mental Health.” Several Dixonville School students will attend the PRSD Hand Games Competition on Friday at Hines Creek Composite School.

Nampa Public School
Nampa Public School will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” on Wednesday, May 3rd and on Friday, they are hosting a pancake breakfast on from 7:45 am -9:00 am.

Peace River High School
For Education Week, Peace River High School will do a “spotlight on education” by posting student work and information on programming at PRHS on their social media page and website. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, there will be a week long Mental Health Awareness Challenge where students participate in a variety of activities and seek out facts to complete in their Mental Health Awareness challenge booklets. Students and staff will wear green on Friday May 5th in support of mental health and during the week, mental health related announcements will be broadcast on the school intercom system. On Friday, several students will compete in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Red Earth Creek School
During the week, Red Earth Creek School students and staff will construct a school-wide story in recognition of Education Week. On Wednesday, students and staff will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” and during the week, messages will be broadcast over the intercom system regarding the importance of mental health.

T.A. Norris Middle School
Each day the Nerd Squad B (Leadership group) will share mental health tips and topics on the intercom system. Also, all T.A. Norris Middle School students will answer three questions: What couldn’t I do in September that I can do today?, What can’t I  do today that I hope to be able to do by the end of June?, and Where do I want my Education Journey to take me? The school will also wear hats on Wednesday May 3rd for “Hats On for Mental Health” and staff and students are encouraged to wear green on Thursday in support of mental health. Several students will also compete in PRSD’s Hand Games Competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Springfield Elementary
Messages highlighting Education Week and the importance of mental health will be broadcast every day over the school intercom. Individual classes will have lessons each day on different aspects of mental health. On Tuesday during the school assembly, the school will discuss the importance of physical activity and its impact on mental health. On Wednesday, students and staff will be wearing hats for “Hats On for Mental Health”. On Thursday the students are encouraged to wear green in support of mental health while SES staff, and the school’s student leadership team will wear green shirts all week. All grade four students will attend PRSD’s Hand Games competition at Hines Creek Composite School.

Grimshaw Jr/Sr High
Grimshaw Jr. Sr. High School students and staff are creating a video that highlights education at GHS. On Tuesday May 2nd, students and staff will wear their school colors (gold and black) in celebration of education and on Wednesday, students and staff will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health.” On Thursday, the school is having a “dress like your teacher” contest and on Friday, several students will compete at PRSD’s Hand Games tournament at Hines Creek Composite School.

Peace Regional Outreach
On Tuesday May 2nd, the school is hosting an Education Week celebration BBQ, on Wednesday, students and staff will wear hats for “Hats On for Mental Health” and on Thursday students and staff will wear green in support of Mental Health. On Friday, several PROC students will attend PRSD’s Hand Games Competition.