Seaview School

In addition to the ongoing focus on curriculum, Seaview Elementary continues to provide a myriad of activities for our children.  The school start up was a time in which the children learned routines as well as the social responsibility necessary to be involved citizens on this Earth.  Our students participated in the Terry Fox run and also helped out with the Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup.

Extra curricular activities have begun such as Touch Football for both the Bantam and Peewees girls and boys.  Around 50 students are involved in Cross country running; they have been very successful and just recently participated in the district meet at NDSS.  Soon, our knitting club is set to begin to provide an opportunity for some of our students to have that most wonderfully satisfying, lifelong experience.  Thanks to our teacher and parent volunteers who have made these sports possible;  their generosity of their time and skills is greatly appreciated.

As part of our ongoing school safety practices, our children have participated in two fire drills and an earthquake drill (part of the Great BC ShakeOut).  Many classes have learned about bus safety, and all classes have learned about the positive behaviours that are expected in the various parts of our school (part of our Positive Behavioural and Interventions Supports program); a shared understanding of expected behaviours helps make Seaview a great place to learn, work and play.

Field trips have begun and the grade one class is about to enjoy the learning at the Nanaimo River Hatchery to complement what they’ve learned in class during their life cycles study of salmon.  Several classes are preparing for outings to the swimming pool.

We are most fortunate to be able to participate in the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional program that provides fruit/vegetables to all students, and milk/soya to children from Kindergarten to grade K, 1, 2.   We are also extremely fortunate to have the fabulous support of the local Lantzville Legion and Nanaimo Foodshare who have both made generous donations that allow our school to offer lunches to students who may not otherwise have a lunch to eat; their support makes an invaluable difference in the lives and learning of these students.

Last week during our parent-teacher interviews, our teaching staff enjoyed visiting with parents and sharing with them information about their children’s strengths and areas of growth; in turn, our teachers learned much from parents about the needs of the children that we teach.  A symbiotic relationship for sure!

The proD day last week provided much new learning for our teachers who look forward to putting what they learned into practice:  PE skills, early childhood learning and math skills all were part of that which our Seaview team participated.

And again we come to that important group of involved parents who regularly enrich the learning of our children … Our Amazing Seaview PAC.  What if we didn’t have that relentless, intrepid group of PAC parents who so vigorously and regularly fundraise to provide the funds that allow for enrichment activities within and outside of our school.  Much of it wouldn’t be possible if not for this amazing group of parents.  So, whenever children go on field trips and no money is required, please remember to thank one of the tireless parents who has worked so hard on behalf of our children.

Lindsay Miller

I've taught at Seaview for 23 years as a primary teacher...lived in Lantzville for 19 years. One of my great joys at school is leading a knitting club for the kids.

Posted in Community Activities Articles, Editions, Message from Seaview Elementary, November 2013

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