Terry Fox Run - September 28
We ran, we walked, we talked ... and we remembered. Yesterday was our annual Terry Fox run in which we recreated, on the smalled of scales, Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope from over 40 years ago. It was humbling to think that Terry ran the equivalent of 100 laps of the Glenmary/TAN track every single day for 143 consecutive days during the the most grueling of conditions. A shout out to all those who honked their horns in support as they passed by. Thank you to everyone who pledged money to support cancer research! Today is the last day to make a donation online at https://schools.terryfox.ca/TANorrisMiddle.
Team Building Activities - September 22
Creating a positive learning environment depends strongly on students feeling safe, respected, and being able to get along with others. Last Thursday, we had a whole afternoon of team-building activities organized by our 7/8 Top Wolves Leadership students. Check out these photos of students getting wet at the water brigade station, plunging face-first into a plate of icing sugar to retrieve skittles, flip/catching pencils, playing beach volleyball, and competing in a variety of other short games. Thank you to our #teamawesome parent volunteers for starting things off with a barbeque hot dog lunch. The weather was absolutely perfect and our students had so much fun.
French Immersion Trip to Quebec - May 21-29, 2022
Every three years, our French Immersion students spend a week in Quebec immersing themselves in the history and culture while practicing their language skills in a practical way. This year, the grade 7s and 8s from T.A. Norris and the 9s from Peace River High School packed a lifetime of memories into a few short days in Montreal and Quebec City. Thank you to Jeanne Chykalsky for organizing the trip, to our chaperones for keeping us on our "orteils", and to all the parents and students who contributed to our various fundrasing efforts. C'etait une une expérience merveilleuse!
May Fun Day - May 27, 2022
With only a few weeks left of school, we took a couple of hours off from our final exam preparations to enjoy some fun indoor and outdoor activities organized by our Top Wolves Leadership group. There was a lot of excitement and laughter ... a great way to end the week.
Grade 8 Trip to Camp YoWoChAs - May 24-26, 2022
Our grade 8 students are having a blast at Camp YoWoChAs, an activity centre located on Lake Wabamun which focuses on outdoor education, team building, experiential education, leadership development, environmental education, and outdoor recreation. Many of our students say it is the highlight of their final year at T.A. Norris Middle School. Judging from these photos, this year's graduating class will agree.
Bike Road-e-o! - May 17, 2022
What a perfect spring weather day to learn about #bikesafety! Thank you to Angela Leadlay and Emily Smith from Alberta Health Services, and Constable Mitch Guenette from the RCMP, for organizing a Bike Road-e-o for our grade 5 students to hear first-hand about the importance of helmets, check that helmets are propertly fitted, and practice street and crosswalk protocol.
Mental Health Week - May 3-6, 2022
Did you know that the majority of people who suffer from a mental illness do not seek the help they need due to the stigma associated with being labelled mentally ill? During Mental Health Week we undertake various initiatives to show that we will not discriminate against those who experience mental illness and that we will take the steps needed to protect our own physical AND mental health.
Monday - PD Day (no school)
Tuesday - Fresh Air Classes
Many of our lessons are taking place outdoors knowing that fresh air and a connection to our natural environment is good for both the mind and body. Pictured are our Top Wolves students on their Empathy Walk this afternoon and a small sample of grade 6 students working on assignments in the courtyard.
Wednesday - Hats on for Mental Health
The wearing of hats and hoodies is discouraged on regular school days, but today is an exception. Students are encouraged to put something on top as a reminder to take care of what's underneath that hat!
Thursday - Wear Green
Green is the desginated colour of the mental health awareness campaign ribbon. May 5 is also Red Dress Day across Canada to acknowledge missing and murdered Indigenous women. Students can wear red ... or green ... or both!
Friday - Deadline for Magnet Design
Project PEACE is encouraging students to come up with a new design for a fridge magnet which conveys a message about mental health. Every school will get their own unique magnet and the winner of each design will get bragging rights and a set of bluetooth headphones. On Friday afternoon, our Top Wolves will also be passing out bags to each classroom with a treat they baked in the Foods Lab plus other goodies.
Swimming - January 19, 2022
Swimming is part of the physical education program for all of our grade 5 and 6 students. Check out these photos Mrs. Smar took ofher 5A students having fun and improving their swimming skills at the Peace Regional Pool.
Fun in the Snow - January 14, 2022
It's so nice to see a return of warmer temperatures so we can spend our recess time outdoors in the snow! Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend. Follow the lead of the students in these photos by bundling up and heading out to the toboggan hills or whatever else your family does to have fun outdoors. No matter what your age, fresh air and exercise is great for your body and mental health.