Prince Albert Voice
For many people the month of June is just another month in the calendar year but for educators it is a time of endings and good byes. For some of us, we are saying goodbye to another school year and group of students. If you’re a high school teacher or administrator, it is watching your students graduate and move on to new chapters in their lives. Our elementary students celebrate finishing kindergarten or completing grade 8 and moving on to start high school.
I’ve never proclaimed to be a professional food critic but I do love food and love to gourmet cook so I’m prepared to share my opinions about poutine! Poutine is a wonderful dish traditionally made of fries, cheese curds and gravy and I would dare to say that it originated in Canada (although I have no data to back this up!) I have tried poutine at many restaurants from fast food chains to places like Costco and have rarely been disappointed! It is a treat I indulge in sporadically since I clearly know it is not the most nutritionally sound food choice for an individual watching her cholesterol and triglycerides! What I learned about poutine last week is that there are some interesting variations on this simple and delicious dish!
One of the best decisions I made recently was getting involved in the Community Alcohol Steering Committee (CASSC). I have always wanted to get involved in my community and what better way than a group whose goal is to have a healthy community? This diverse group of volunteers comes together once a month to discuss ways to support the Community Alcohol Strategy vision. You may have seen us out at Little Red during Family Day and if you didn’t, there are a few more opportunities to see what we are all about.
It has been a long Saskatchewan winter so I was thrilled with the opportunity to get away for a week to a tropical destination. A few weeks ago, I boarded a plane to go on my first cruise but what I was more excited about was the ports we were going to be stopping at. Our first stop was in the Bahamas which was beautiful but I was most intrigued about going to St. Thomas and St. Maarten because this was the first time our cruise ship line was going to be stopping in these two locations since Hurricane Irma struck Florida and the Caribbean in September 2017.
The Prince Albert Optimist Club has given a generous donation of 25 Chromebooks and a charging cart to the students at Westview Public School with a price tag of over $10,000. As principal of the school, I know that the Chromebooks will be used on a daily basis by the students. The beauty of Chromebooks is the ease in connectivity to Google classroom. Students and the teachers can communicate and learn collaboratively using this technology. Recently, I went in to a Grade 4/5 classroom and watched the students learning to code! It was amazing to see and I was thrilled to see the students engaged and active in their learning!