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December 9,  2011  

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Wawanesa School

You are invited to Wawanesa Band/Choral Christmas Concert Monday, December 12 7:00 p.m. Admission: $2.00/adult or $5.00/family A donation box for World Vision Christmas Gifts will also be available. If you need a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person, or just feel like giving, why not help out someone in need by giving them a gift that will last!"

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Christmas "Fill the Jeep" Student Council is encouraging people to "Fill the Hummer". A child size Hummer will be set up in front of the school by the Christmas tree. Please bring non-perishable items. Our goal is to completely fill the Jeep! Attention all Band/Choral Parents Thank you to all band/choral students and their supporting parents/guardians for the tremendous support given during our Bothwell cheese fundraiser. Collectively, over $1300 was raised for the upcoming band/choral trip next spring. The cheese orders will be ready for you or your child to pick up on Wednesday, December 14th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Smaller orders can be picked up by your child at the end of the school day, while vehicle pick-up arrangements will need to be made for larger orders. Your child is responsible for delivering the orders to his/her own customers.

Wawanesa School Elementary Christmas Concert Wednesday, December 21 1:00 p.m. Admission: $2.00/adult or $5.00/family

Movember Participants Good Sports! Check out  our  website:    www.shsd.mb.ca/wawasc


December 9,  2011    

Band Website The Wawanesa Band Program website has been updated. Please check the website for updated class information, fundraising info, as well as further information regarding First Class.

Dessert Pans We have two glass dessert pans (9x13”) left from the musical. One is clear and one is blue. Please drop by the school or phone so we can send them home. One might be needing them for Christmas baking!

Lost and Found: Glasses The office has a small pair of glasses in a black case. The frames are metal and the lens are round. These were found in the gym and have been in the office for quite some time. Please collect them if you are missing glasses.

Immunizations Thank you to Elizabeth Rose, Public Health Nurse and her helpers, Muriel Boake, Marlene Cory and Samantha Perreault. We appreciate their assistance.

Homestay Program Wawanesa School has been host to Milena Andrade Barbosa, a 14 year old student from Colombia who is here on a four week study tour. This study tour includes 17 students and a chaperone being hosted in the area through Study Manitoba, a consortium of the five rural school divisions in the Southwestern corner of the province. These students range in age from 11 to 17 and stay with homestay families who welcome them into their homes and support them during their stay. The main focus of the

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Head Lice We have had notice of lice at school. Head lice spread through direct hair-to-hair contact or indirectly by sharing things. If your child has head lice, please contact your doctor about treatment. Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other children. Children should not share combs, hairbrushes, caps, hats or hair ornaments.

Magazine Campaign Orders have been sent in. You should recieve your first magazine in 6-8 weeks (end of January). Some subscriptions may take longer to start depending on how often they are published. If you hae a problem with your subscription, please call QSP Customer Service at 1-800-667-2536. Thanks again for supporting Wawanesa School!

Skates and Helmets We are looking for any skates and/or helmets to use for the next two weeks. We have students who do not have equipment and will be going to the rink. Donated equipment will be given to one student for the whole time needed. If you can assist us, please bring them to the school or call 483-6298 to arrange pick up.

program is English immersion as well as learning about Canadian culture and making new friends. Study Manitoba will be hosting an eight week study tour from February 11 to April 7, 2012. In addition to the study tours, students may also enrol for one semester or a full school year. To find out more about becoming a part of our homestay network, please contact our office at (204) 483-6252 or email rhonda@studymanitoba.ca or visit our website at www.studymanitoba.ca.

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December 9,  2011    

My Adventure By: Milena Andrade For me was not easy to accept the fact that I was going to another country. Meet a new culture, being away from my family and talking in another language, was that kind of ideas you have, that you think about them but are something that you will never do. Canada was not in my “list” of favorite countries, I mean I never think about how life is over here, or how is Canadian culture different from Colombian culture. Now I know that, and for me it has been a pleasure to be here, and be part of such a especial group of people that make up Wawanesa School. My adventure began when my mom and my dad decided that I was “bigger enough” to travel around the world, they also wanted that I practice my English and meet another culture completely different from mine. I accept that “idea” my parent have, but I must accept that Canada was not a place that call my attention and being away from my family was something that I don’t even like. With the time I get used to the idea of travel, I get exited when I realized that I’m going to meet new people and the fact that I was going to be by my self was an idea that I like, because it will help me to prove that I am a person capable to respond for every action and at the same time show’s that I can be a responsible girl. The months passed one by one, really quickly I have to accept it, and that 19 of November was getting closer and closer. As all Colombians do (I something that almost all the people from there do) I start to buy the things that I miss 2 days before my trip, jeans, boots, gloves and all that things that you should use in a “cold” country. Does 2 days passed really quickly, was really hard for me to say goodbye to my friends, they all talk to me and tell me that everything will be all right and that I have to enjoy this experience so much, because opportunities like this one you only have it once. Then, that 19 of November arrive and that was going to be a really tough day because was the day I have to say good bye to my family, It was hard, but I feel good because my journey began, a opportunity to create, to meet, to be, to smile, to love, to think, to realize that this is the world. The at the airport everything passed quickly I said goodbye to my

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parents, my sister and my brother, I love them and I am going to miss them, but this is something that I must do by my self. We landed in Toronto at 6 am, I was so tired that I slept like 3 hours in the airport while we wait for the other one. Then we get in the other air plain and we landed in Winnipeg at 1 pm. I really nervous and I wasn’t expecting something really big, I was expecting something new, that’s it. In the airport the “adoptive” family of one of my friends pick me up, the take me to Brandon and there Alysha was suppose to take me. At that moment I was really nervous, I was wondering how she will be, or how she acts, or if she makes weird things. It was a really big surprise for me to see that she is really cool, and she was not my mom she was like a sister for me. That day I get into Wawanesa and I really though that this was a really small village, compared to Bogota is really small but I liked Wawanesa. My first day of school arrived, I was so nervous and really excited, I met the director and Maureen, they make me feel welcome and I also felt that I was going to be part of this family, that day I met grade 10 and grade 9, I like both groups, they all have nice people and was really nice to find some persons that have been by my side in all this process. The weeks passed quickly and meanwhile they passed I have enjoy and learn a lot of things from here. I’m so lucky to have Alysha as my adoptive “mom”, she take me to Brandon and Winnipeg, she also talk me about Canadian culture and about her life. I have to admit that thanks to her I have the pleasure to discover a new culture. I love Canada and I really like to come here again, because here I found some friends, I found a place that I can call home and there are many places I would like to meet.

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December 9,  2011    

Guest Speaker On December 16, our Grade 7-12 students will be hearing a young Albertan man’s story about bullying and how he is learning to cope and move through the emotional drain of being bullied. The following article is how Auzzie introduces himself on his website. “Austen Radowits or Auzzie, as he is known to his friends, enjoyed a very typical farm lifestyle. This involved routine “chores”, but also allowed him the freedom to explore and develop inner strength. This strength would be a personality trait which has served him well. At the young age of 3, Auzzie found freedom in a small y-zinger quad. At this early riding age, the need for speed became his parents’ nightmare. The quad had a throttle adjustment screw, which after careful examination, Auzzie s u c c e s s f u l l y re m o v e d a n d promptly tossed in the bushes never to be found again. As his riding skills developed, so did his trophy mantle of worn out bikes. With his development in riding skills, age and body growth, so did his need to challenge himself. A dirt bike track in the back 40 saw much use. The jumps were increased in size and difficultly. It was not uncommon to have a vehicle parked on the side of the road watching Auzzie as he practiced. Late summer of 2008 while Auzzie was 14 years old he blacked out (due to an earlier

unrecognized concussion) while going over a 6 meter high 35 meter long jump. Momentum carried him into the second set of jumps, known as a double. The bike landed front tire first into the outrun jump causing the bike (and Auzzie) to go into a barrel roll, slamming Auzzie head first into the earth. The injury Auzzie sustained is known as a Diffused Axonal Injury (DAI). DAI is the rapid rotation of the brain within the skull. DAI, unlike focal brain injuries, occurs over a large portion of the brain. Auzzie was in a comatose state for several days after the accident. Recovery and rehabilitation for his physical, emotional and academic needs required months of dedication by Auzzie, his family and medical staff. His inner strength was drained. Auzzie began high school midsemester, was able to finish with the rest of his classmates, and achieved honours in some of his senior matriculation program. During Auzzie’s second semester a different, unanticipated challenge occurred - one that would prove to be as difficult to overcome as the initial accident. In his recovering state, Auzzie became a target of s c h o o l y a rd b u l l y i n g . T h e emotional demands of being a bully target, along with his accident recovery needs, taxed Auzzie’s inner strength. Through guidance, love and support, Auzzie worked his way through these challenges.

                 Phone:    483-­‐6298    or  1-­‐866-­‐422-­‐5118 A humble, heartfelt 4-H communication project left the audience and judges in awe. Auzzie had started to find his voice. His journey into the world of public speaking had begun. During a seminar on being Bully Free at Work by Valerie Cade, Auzzie met his inspiration. Valerie believed in Auzzie and his message. Through her mentorship and encouragement, Auzzie began working toward his certification as a professional speaker. Auzzie has been fortunate to speak at numerous schools and youth groups. His has met and been encouraged by many wonderful and supportive people. His heartfelt keynote deals on three platforms: 1) Safety equipment, and how diligent use of his equipment did its job and protected him. 2) Brain injury, recovery and rehabilitation. 3) How to move through the emotional drain of being a bully target.” We look forward to welcoming Auzzie to our school and hearing of his experiences first hand. Mr. Hauser

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December 9,  2011    

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CATIA Mr. Zelmer’s drafting class hosted students and staff from Hartney School and Prairie Spirit School Division for a morning of an introductory training for the CATIA program. CATIA is a computer assisted drafting (CAD) program used extensively in the aviation industry for the designing of aircraft. It is also used by many other industries for designing. Our presenters for the morning were two of our students, Garett Moore and Yuhan Huang. Mr. Zelmer was the facilitator who helped the participants go from some basic sketches to a quick prototyping on our mill.

Varsity Boys’ Provincial Results The varsity boys traveled to Pilot Mound on Nov. 24-26 for this year ’s ‘A’ boys’ provincial volleyball championship. They played some of their best volleyball of the year against a field of very closely matched teams. A round robin record of 2-2 put them into a quarter final match-up against perennial rival Glenboro. Despite winning the first set of the best of three, our boys wound up losing 12-15 in the third set to Glenboro who went on to capture the tournament bronze medal. Congratulations to our guys on a great effort, and many thanks to Mitch Thomson, Garett Moore, Matt Connor, and Skylar Kozak who have now completed their high school volleyball careers. Best of luck in the future, guys. Congratulations also go out to Mitch Thomson who was selected by a committee of Manitoba volleyball coaches as one of the top 24 graduating athletes from A, AA and AAA schools in Manitoba. Mitch represented our school at the provincial grad all star match in Winnipeg on December 3 at St. John’s Ravenscourt School. P. Friesen

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December 9,  2011    

Brandon Community Orchestra Chris McConnell, Conductor December 11, 2011 Concert A Christmas Extravaganza is occurring in Souris, Manitoba on Sunday, December 11th, in the Souris Glenwood Community Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Brandon Community Orchestra, under the baton of Chris McConnell, will present a lovely evening of Christmas music, featuring soloist Alvean Lovatt (originally from Souris), a Lantern Dance from the Phillipines, complete with Filipino dancers from Souris, and a Colombian Christmas Carol. Christmas Carols will be presented by a Community Choir, organized especially for this event, and a Christmas Sing-a-Long for the entire audience (with orchestral accompaniment) will be presented at the end. Early Bird tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for students, and $35 for family. All tickets purchased at the door will be $20. Tickets are available from Plaza Petals in Souris or from Sharon at 483-2001. Desserts will be served at intermission. Come and join this celebration of the Christmas Season sponsored by the Souris District Arts Council!

Wawanesa School is a proud recipient of a $6000 grant from the Brandon & Area Community Foundation. Mr. Friesen wrote the proposal for assistance towards the construction of the telescope observatory and Mr. Hauser went to the Gala Grant Event at Brandon City Hall. The telescope is nearing completion and will be open for use in the near future.

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Calendar of Events December 12 Band/Choral Christmas Concert 7:00 p.m. in the School Gym December 21 Elementary Christmas Concert 1:00 p.m. in the School Gym December 22 Last day of school for 2011 January 9 First day of school for 2012 January 10-13 40S ELA Provincial Standards Test Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 Exams February 6 Semester 2 begins February 20 Louis Riel Day; No School February 24 P.D. Day; No School Photography Exhibit Photographs by local photographers will be showcased in the Library at Wawanesa School from December 9 until January 13, 2012. These photographs were created through local photography classes provided by the Wawanesa & District Recreation Commission and instructed by Lloyd Paulson. The public is invited to attend during normal school hours. There is no charge for admission. Drop in any time to see the talented work of your friends and neighbours. Following the exhibit, contributors may pick up their photographs at the Recreation Office.

Wawanesa School Staff would like to extend Season’s Greetings for the Holidays. See you back on Monday, January 9, 2012.

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