Accordion Performance

Today we had a surprise visitor. We would like to thank Tosha, for introducing us to Lorie and arranging for her to share her love of music and the accordion with us. Lorie is from Washington and has been playing the accordion for more than 50 years! She shared several wonderful songs with us. We couldn’t help but clap and tap along. We even got to do the Chicken Dance and a march around the gym to a song that Lorie called the Malcolm Island March. We hope that Lorie will be able to come back again in the future. For those of you that weren’t able to make it to the performance here is a little taste of what you missed:

Have you ever tried to play the accordion? Do you play any instruments?

Fire Safety

Today, we had a special visit from the Sointula Volunteer Fire Department. Glen, Jason and Tyler talked to us about fire safety. We learned all about the importance of having a fire safety plan at home. The students will be bringing home a booklet you can use for making your plan if you don’t already have one. We also talked about smoke alarms (don’t forget to check them every month) and fire extinguishers.

The K/1/2/3s would like to share some fire safety tips with you:
Sierra-If you are on fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll and cover your eyes and mouth.
Storm-If you call, “Help, help!” they will come.
Hilary-Don’t hide or the firemen won’t know where you are. You should yell.
Caleb-Always test the smoke alarm.
Kaleigh-Don’t go near where the fire is.
Cherish-If there is a fire and there is no way to get out, feel the door and if it is hot just wait for the firemen.
Mackenzie-Remember to put wet stuff under the door, move away and cover you mouth and breathe through it.
Owain-Always have a fire safety plan.
Owen-Duck so the smoke doesn’t get near you.
Alexandra-Never leave your meeting spot.
Ava-Always, when there is a fire, be very careful because there might be fire in the house.
Mya-Check smoke alarms at least once a month.
Eli-Sometimes if the door is hot or blocked go out the window.
Star-Be careful in the kitchen.
Kaydan-Never ever pull the fire alarm at school unless there is a fire.

Professor Banjo

On April 16th we were treated to another ABC performance.  This time, we were lucky enough to have Professor Banjo visit the school.  Professor Banjo played banjo, guitar, harmonic, washboard, and even a pair of spoons!  We got to sing and dance along to some of the songs and at the end we got a chance to try the washboard and the spoons.

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Do you play an instrument?

A Surprise Visit!

This morning, just before recess, Constable Gary and Constable Chris stopped by the school for a visit. We had a wonderful time learning about them and their jobs as police officers. We got to ask them all sorts of questions and we even got to try on their vests. Towards the end of our visit one of the students suggested they come out to play at recess, and guess what…they did!

Mya- I like how they let us put on their vests and they showed us where they worked and lived.
Koa-I liked how they stayed for quite a while and showed us where they have gone and how long it takes to get there. Constable Chris has been a police officer as long as I have been alive.
Sierra-I liked getting to see the police and playing games with them.
Zinnia-I really liked when Kaydan wore the vest. It was so funny.
Alexandra-I like how they told us where they lived.
Melliah-I liked how they surprised us and told us about some places they worked. They let us wear their vests. I liked that they played tag with us outside.
Rosemary-I loved that they came and taught us about where they lived.
Owain-I thought it was cool that Constable Gary worked in Nunavut.
Owen-It was cool when they showed us their bullet-proof vests.


Thanks so much for spending time with us. We sure hope you will come back to visit again soon!
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Missoula Children’s Theatre

Today was the first day of our week with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and boy was it a busy and fun morning! It is hard to believe but by Friday evening we will have a full musical ready to share with our friends, families and the community.

Take a peek at the auditions:

We hope to see everyone Friday evening at 6:30 or Saturday afternoon at 2:00!

Devon Wells Bluegrass

On Wednesday we were treated to a musical performance in the computer lab. The devon Wells Bluegrass trio visited our school to share some fast picking banjo, guitar, and bass playing. They also had a few surprise instruments to share with us as well. Students were invited to participate in a few of the songs and had a great time guessing the titles of the songs included in the medley near the end.

If you weren’t able to join us, you can get a little taste of the performance in this video:

Which song was your favourite? Do you play an instrument?

Finnish Visitors

Today we had some very special guests in the school. Sara, Jussi,
Tuukka, Juhani, Iika, Elina, Tero and Mikko are from Finland and are a part of a group called Friends of Sointula. Many members of the group were here for a visit last year as well.

They played a game of Line Tag with us to get warmed up and then we played two very fun drama games: Slime and Fairies, and another game very much like Hospital Tag.


Before our time was up we also had time to learn some words in Finnish and hear a traditional Finnish song.

30 minutes went way too fast. We hope they will be able to come and visit again next year!

Chutzpah! Festival Dance Performance

Sointula is hosting a wonderful group of dancers for two weeks this month as part of the Chutzpah! Festival Youth Engagement Project. Donald Sales and his company of dancers-Sarah Brinson, Katie Cassady, Taylor McAuley and Rebecca Margolick-are here rehearsing and working with the local area youth and the community.

We were very lucky to have them in our school last week. They shared with us a small part of their piece called “gR33N” and then taught two dance classes for the primary and intermediate students. It was a wonderful afternoon. Take a peek!

Don’t forget, Visual Arts with Betty and Iris at the F.O. Hall this afternoon and I hope to see many of you at the performance this weekend.