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Volume XVI-Issue 857


January 19, 2021


Burnt Rock Adventure Co. Coming To Vermilion

Toland Cochrane (left) and Aaron Hayman (right), owners of Burnt Rock Adventure Co. Photo Elaina John

Elaina John Reporter

One of Vermilion’s Historical Building, The Standard Building, was recently purchased by Toland Cochrane and Aaron Hayman. Both in the construction industry, Cochrane and Hayman came together to purchase the building and put in an outdoor pursuit shop. The building came up for sale late last year and was bought with the intention of preserving it for the sake of its rich history. “We thought an outdoor pursuit shop would be good for the community,” said Cochrane.

The Standard building was built by S.R.P. Cooper in 1909. “We wanted to make sure it was rejuvenated,” explained Cochrane. The shop will include mid-to-high quality bikes, canoes, kayaks, skis, accessories, and activewear. Additionally, Burnt Rock will be moving the men’s shoes from Harbrook and Paisley and will expand the selection. The shop will have rentals for electric hybrid mountain bikes and canoes, to “highlight the provincial park in the community,” according to Cochrane. Bike repairs will also be available at Burnt Rock. During Renos, Cochrane and Hayman

found an old softball in the joists, belonging to a member of the original owners of the building, the Cooper family. Some members of the Cooper family still live in the Vermilion Area, so Cochrane hopes to ask around and see if he can get some of the history behind it. The Voice has tried as well, but so far no luck, if you know anything about the baseball please call the Voice at 780-853-6305. “We can’t quite make out the name on it, but I’m going to see if I can figure out who it belonged to,” Cochrane said. According to Cochrane, the shop will hopefully be open in early May of this Baseball found in joists of the Standard building. Photo submitted year.


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Lorna Hamilton Reporter

According to Wikipedia the Vermilion Provincial Park was first constructed i n t h e e a r l y 19 5 0 ’s a n d w a s t h e seventh park to be integrated into the Alberta Parks system. The park officially opened to the public in May of 1953 and is described as ‘Vermilions treasure’ on the Town of Vermilions website. The park is located on the southern shore of the Vermilion River Valley and reaches out over nine miles. The park is open year round, but does not offer staffing from October until the middle of May and some amenities are not offered during the down season. The Vermilion River and man-made Claude N. Brennan Memorial Trout pond provide visitors the opportunity to fish as the pond is stocked each

The Vermilion Voice | January 19, 2021

Vermilion Provincial Park

year with trout and the river naturally consists of fish such the northern pike, fathead minnow, lake c hub, brook stickleback, longnose dace and white sucker according to Wikipedia. Water activities such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing are permitted during the open summer season on the river. The Vermilion Provincial Park also has an impressive 14.9 kilometers of trails which can be used for hiking and biking suc h as the Wild Rose Trail, Fescue Trail, Lakeside Trail and Cathedral Trail. The park also has

numerous trails that can be utilized for horseback riding and cross-country skiing. There is 5 kilometers of paved trails which can be used for rollerblading, biking, and walking; these trails are also wheelchair accessible. Besides having the beautiful landscape for everyone to enjoy the park of fer s a lar g e c am p groun d wit h a range of sites, including unserviced, power, power/water, and sewer hookups, showers, as well as pull-through sites etc. There is also ball diamonds, soccer fields, a spray park and a mini-

golf course that can provide hours of fun and enjoyment during the open season. As it is a year round park, winter camping is available from October to April in cer tain areas but no water or showers are available and sani-dumping is only available at one local service station. If you are a wildlife enthusiast the Vermilion Provincial Park is also home to over 100 bird species and many natural animals such as deer, porcupines, squirrels, red fox, beaver s, coyotes and sometimes the black bear.

In Loving Memory Of

Lee Cyril Jones Passed away January 20, 2019

Sadly missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day! Lovingly remembered by his wife Alice, children Terry & Linda, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family & friends

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Patricia “Pat” Ann Roshko (nee Dary) July 19, 1952 - December 24, 2020 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia “Pat” Ann Roshko (nee Dary) on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at age 68 years. Daughter to Steve and Milly Dary; loving companion to Norman Borle; mother to Bill (Melissa) Ruether, Steven (Angela) Ruether, and daughter by choice, Tracy Gloubitz; grandmother to Austin, Madison, Liam, Isabelle and Anna; sister to Ken (Ruth), Dianne, Ron (Jayne), Bob (Melody), Georgina Kapitski (Lawrence) and Melvin (Darlene); as well as many nieces, nephews, countless friends and acquaintances. Predecessors, her father Steve (1987) and brother Larry (1968). She touched the lives of all of us and will be greatly missed. Pat was born in Vermilion, AB on July 19 1952, and raised on the family farm in Manville, AB. Pat had many talents including music, cooking, culinary art, cake decorating and her latest hobby of quilting. We will all remember her love of giving, her will to bring happiness to those around her and her gingerbread houses. Cremation will take place with no services being held at her request. In lieu of flowers Pat would have loved the idea of helping those in need, so any charity that helps those less fortunate would be where the family suggests memorial contributions be made.



January 19, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice

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With re c ent am en d ments to the Local Authorities Election Act; the 2021 Municipal Election for the Town of Vermilion will be held on October

18, 2021 (details to follow). The election will be for Mayor and six Councillors, as well as School Board representatives for Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28, and East Central Alberta Catholic

Separate Schools Regional Division No. 16. A major change is that the Nomination Period now begins on January 01, 2021 and closes at 12:00 noon on September 20, 2021. Candidate pack-

ages will be available on January 04, 2021 at the Town Office, 5021 - 49 Avenue, Vermilion. Potential candidates can indicate their intention to run, up to 12:00 noon on September 20, 2021.

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The Risdale Family

Craig Baird Columnist

Born in England in 1886, Bertrand Risdale would marry Mary Till in 1915 after he arrived in the area a few years previous. The father of Mary had worked on the railroad in the area. At the time, there was little in the area beyond a section foreman’s house, no elevators but there was a railroad platform, a small store and a post office. The section house, according to Mary, was the gathering place for many people in the area and at one point, all the furniture was taken out of the section house so that locals could dance in there. Eventually, Bertrand and his wife Mary would leave to go to Lashburn where he was transferred. They would return in 1927 and by this point they had four sons. In 1929

and 1932, two daughters would be added to the family. All six children would attend Bowtell school, walking along the railroad track to shorten the distance, while also providing a proper path to follow in the winter. In some cases, the lunches were frozen solid by the time they reached school. Taking the path along the train tracks came with risk, something that always worried their mother. One day, they were walking to school when they heard a train whistle. At the time, there was muddy sloughs on both sides and the children were wearing their new leather shoes and the children had been told to stay away from the mud. With no place to go, they jumped into the slough and stood there until the train went by. When they got home, their mother was just so happy that they were okay, she didn’t care about the shoes. The family would take part in many activi-

ties in the area, including plays. Doris would take part in a Christmas concert in Bowtell where she played Alice Blue Gown, the lead role. Bertrand would sadly pass away in 1930, and three of the sons would go off to serve in the Second World War around the same time. Thankfully, all returned home. In 1947, after suffering from illness for a year, Doris died at the University Hospital at the age of only 15. Isabel would pass away at the age of 20 in 1949 when her twin daughters were born. Eddie and Sidney would both work for the railroad. Bernard would become a mechanic and Sidney would move to Ontario. Their mother would live for several years before she too passed away. I put out a history magazine that highlights many aspects of Canadian history. It is free and is delivered to your inbox. E-mail me to subscribe at craig@canadaehx.com

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Vermilion RCMP Investigating Shooting Death Of A Horse

Vermilion RCMP Submitted

Vermilion, Alta. – Vermilion RCMP are currently investigating the shooting death of a horse that occurred sometime between Nov. 23, 2020 and Nov. 27, 2020. On Nov. 30, 2020, Vermillion RMCP members responded to a proper t y north of Highway 45 near Clandonald, Alta. for an animal call. Police located

a deceased horse and determined it had been shot using a firearm. The owners advised there is an additional sorrel Belgian horse that is believed to have escaped through an open gate and is still missing. Hunters have been known to use this property and may have mistaken the horse for another animal. If anyone has information, regarding this incident please call the Vermilion

RCMP at 780-853-4441. If yo u w i s h   to r e m a i n anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www. P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store Photo submitted

COVID-19 Vaccine And Update

Elaina John Reporter

The first rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Alberta was issued on December 15 to frontline workers and other individuals particularly vulnerable to

the virus. The Pfizer vaccine is the first COVID19 vaccine to be issued in Canada. The vaccine is administered in two doses 21 days apart. Studies show that this vaccine is 95 percent effective in prevent-


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this recommendation, only the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine have been approved by Health Canada as of January 11. The AstraZeneca Ox ford vaccine completed three phases of studies and testing with its effectiveness up to 90%. Other vaccines have not completed studies and testing, however, preliminary results from phase three of the Johnson and Johnson are expected this month. Expectations for trial study results for Novavax and the Sanofi GSK vaccine are much more approximate. The University of Saskatchewan’s vaccine And Infectious Disease Organization has developed a COVID-19 vaccine, which has begun human trials this month. As of January 17, the Central Zone of Alberta has 1,182 active cases of COVID19. The County of Vermilion River has 7 active cases, the County of Minburn has 22 cases, the M.D. of Wainwright has 9 cases, the M.D. of Provost has 1 case, the County of Two Hills has 8 active cases, the County of St. Paul has 145 active cases, the M.D. of Bonnyville has 86 active cases, There is a total of 12, 234 active cases in Alberta, with 4,303 cases in the Edmonton zone.


January 19, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice


Shannon Stubbs Receives ‘Best Represents Constituents’ Maclean’s Parliamentarian Of The Year Award

Submitted TWO HILLS, AB– For the second time since being elected as the Member of Parliament for Lakeland in 2015, Shannon Stubbs received the Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award on January 12, 2021. Shannon was a previous recipient in the same category as the best constituent representative in 2017. “What ultimately matters most to me is what the people of Lakeland think and whether I am earning my keep for them. I am relentlessly driven by the people who sent me here to fight for them, to make sure they’re heard, to speak truth to power, and to help make an impact for them. The people of Lakeland have given me an extraordinarily strong mandate – in fact, in 2019, it was the highest for a

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

Ryan Baker owner of StudeBaker Industries Ltd. from Mannville is holding what they call a static display message and campaign to support small business, support local and to support your community during the pandemic. “The message behind the staged plane crash is “Clip the Wings off COVIDsupport local, support small business, support your community. The reality is that this virus with a 90+ per cent survival rate has been given too much control over our lives as a society. It is “flying too high”, let’s work together and “clip it’s wings” and bring it back to the what it actually is, It is a virus, one that will have fatalities, like most of them do. Not everyone will be a survivor, but not everyone will be a victim either,”

woman candidate in any constituency, ever, in Canadian history. With that comes an equally immense responsibility, so I want to deliver on their expectations,” Stubbs said. “And it’s my duty - because people, families, businesses, and communities in Lakeland have given so much to Canada for generations, and they’re struggling in real time. They are rightfully frustrated, angry, and worried about their futures, through no fault of their own.” “The people of Lakeland are resilient, tenacious, and no-nonsense. They want action - especially from me. They inspire me. I’m so proud to represent them, and I’m so proud of where I come from. I’m fortunate to work with a team who understands the most important responsibility

for all of us is to represent and assist the people of Lakeland. That’s my top priority, so thank you to everyone who has a crucial role in making sure that happens!” “Other politicians and pundits might have an opinion of me - but what I really care about most is the people of Lakeland. If colleagues have decided that what I do and how I do it means I’m the MP that best represents my constituents, the truth is nothing matters more to me. I will keep at it, and continue working hard for Lakeland!” The Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award is an annual award that is based on nominations and votes from Members of Parliament of all parties in the House of Commons, and acknowledges MPs in a variety of categories. MLA Shannon Stubbs. Photo submitted

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stated Baker Baker also went on to say the while we absolutely do need to take precautions he does not feel that the level of precautions the government is taking makes any sense. “It is acceptable to be on an airplane where passengers are within 8 feet of each other and breathe recycled air, but our local restaurants are forced to close where patrons can enjoy more than 12 feet between each other and fresh air while also 45 minutes down the road, life goes on,” said Baker Baker also went on to explain that with any fictional story, consistency is the first thing to fail and that he feels this COVID story is not consistent. “This is killing private enterprise, making it very hard for small towns, not just the businesses, but also the commu-

nities that they are a part of. The ripple not be able to recover? Our small town effect will be devastating. How many will voices need to be heard!” said Baker.

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The Vermilion Voice | January 19, 2021

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January 19, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice


Alberta Government Announces Ease Of Some Restrictions

Lorna Hamilton Reporter

D u e to a s l i g h t b e n d i n C OVID numbers since the initial restrictions were put in place on December 13 the Alberta government has eased a few of the current restrictions. “When we introduced new mandatory health measures back in December we did so with the goal to limiting as much in-person interaction as possible and the point was to minimize exposure to the virus. Today we can’t entirely ease up on this goal but we can make small adjustments,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro. As of Januar y 18 outdoor social g at her ing s c o n s i st ing of u p to 10 people is currently allowed but still have to follow all guidelines suc h

as staying 2 meters apar t, wearing masks and not using any indoor facilities while gathering. Indoor gatherings are still prohibited. Shandro also went on to say that personal and wellness services may reopen but by appointment only on Januar y 18 and includes business such as hair salons, barbers, aestheti c s, m an i c ure an d p e d i c ure b u s i nes ses, reflexo l o g y, p ier c ing an d tattoo shops etc. “Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services and businesses an d c li e nt s are ex p e c te d to ke e p following the public health guidelines,” explained Shandro. Shandro spoke in regards to funeral services and says they are raising the limit to 20 people but funeral recep-

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tions are still prohibited. “These measures were eased based on the exper t advice of our Chief Medical of Health, Dr. Hinshaw. We want to stop as a province going back and for th with tightening and then loosing the rules and I am sure Albertans are tired of the going back and forth as well, but we need to take into consideration the fact that there are two variants of the COVID virus. The b117 which was first identified in the United Kingdom and the 507yv2 var iant that was fir st id entifie d in South Africa. These variants require us to take a cautious and pragmatic approach as we have seen escalating case counts in other countries b e c au s e of t h e i n fe c t i o u s n e s s of these variants and we must not move

to quickly to open up restrictions,” explained Shandro. Jobs Minister Doug Schweitzer also announced on Januar y 14 that the province was expanding its relaunch grant for small businesses to include new businesses who started operating between March 1, 2020 onward. “Businesses who started operating March 1, 2020 coming forward they will now be eligible for up to $15,000 of the relaunch grant that is going to be the eligibility for that program and will be available online the first week of Februar y... and will be the same eligibility criteria pre-existing, so if you’ve had a 30 percent revenue drop during this pandemic you will be eligible for that relaunch grant,” explained Schweitzer.



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The Vermilion Voice | January 19, 2021


Ag For Life Invites You To Feed Your Future

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CALGARY – Alta. – Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) and presenting partner Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are proud to present Feed Your Future, an event designed to empower, connect and inspire a network of young women who have an interest in agriculture and food production. Feed Your Future was designed to showcase the many opportunities available in the agriculture sector and offer a chance for young females to connect with individuals in the industry. This exciting virtual event is for young women ages 14 and up

and will take place on Feb. 3, 2021. The event is free to join and those interested may register on Ag for Life’s website. Participants will hear from industry leaders and distinguished professionals as they explore the topics of physical and mental wellness, brand building as well as personal development in the areas of education and career choices. This will provide profound insight on effective networking and creating meaningful connections for personal and professional success. “It is our responsibility to ensure the next generation of young women are educated,

inspired and empowered to take on the challenges of the agriculture industry”, says Luree Williamson, CEO of Ag for Life. “By providing young women with opportunities to learn and gain mentorship from industry leaders, we are helping them succeed while paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive future in agriculture.” More information about this event can be found at www.agricultureforlife.ca/feedyour-future.  Ag for Life aims to foster through education, an understanding and appreciation of agriculture and its fundamental connection to life.

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AWNA BLANKET AND LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS newspapers. Call NOW for details. 1-800-282-6903 AUCTIONS Ext 225; www.awna.com. 150 antique tractors, museum quality farm impleFEED AND SEED ments, 2 visible gas pumps and much more. Sat., Jan 30, 9am. Live online @ schmalzauctions.com, LOOKING TO BUY feed barley or feed wheat. Call Schmalz Auctions, Prince Albert, SK. PL# 911509. Gary at 780-674-0673 or Schmidt Livestock at 780674-2851. COMING EVENTS HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or SpringFIREARMS WANTED FOR FEBRUARY 20th, 2021 thrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas LIVE & ONLINE AUCTION: Rifles, Shotguns, Hand- for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. “On Farm guns, Militaria. Auction or Purchase: Collections, Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. Estates, Individual Items. Contact Paul, Switzer’s Auction: Toll-Free 1-800-694-2609, sales@switzerLAND FOR SALE sauction.com or www.switzersauction.com. DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA has for sale 4 project lands in Beaver County. Land locations are: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BLANKET THE PROVINCE with a classified ad. Only SW27-50-16-W4, SE 18-49-14 W4M, S½ 3-46-11 $269 (based on 25 words or less). Reach 90 weekly W4M and NW 32-47-13 W4M. Call Brent Thygesen, b_thygesen@ducks.ca or 780 678-0150.

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Tuesday, February 2, 1:00 pm at the Jackson Cattle Co. sale facility in Sedley, SK. 88 Two Year Old Black and Red Angus bulls.

As a Full�me, year round posi�on, the Service Manager is accountable for opera�ng an efficient and profitable service department with a strong focus on customer sa�sfac�on and quality workmanship. Responsibili�es: - Provide and maintain the highest level of customer service. - Successfully manage produc�vity, training and performance of the en�re Service Team. - Provide staff with leadership, guidance and effec�ve communica�on. - Manage an efficient and profitable service department. - Customer communica�on to resolve issues, maintain and develop rela�onships while also working to grow new business. - Work in collabora�on with other departments to ensure the customers transac�on and dealership experience is a success. - Open and maintain all data on work orders including parts, labor and materials. - Field internal and external customer inquiries coming in to the Service Department. - Maintain other service files, resources and records. Qualifica�ons: - Must have outgoing, friendly personality and superior communica�on & customer service skills and the ability to nego�ate customer complaints to a sa�sfactory resolu�on. - Experience working in a service department and knowledge and experience with agricultural machinery is preferred. Agriculture background and a general understanding of mechanical/technical terms are definite assets. - Must have good computer skills including Microso� Office and use of internet with knowledge of office procedures and good organiza�onal skills. - Minimum High School Diploma or GED equivalent. - Clean driver’s license. Wage dependent on experience and knowledge. Email resumes to brent.irelfarm@telus.net

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January 19, 2021 | The Vermilion Voice


Lakeland College Develops First Bachelor Of Agriculture Technology Degree

Lakeland College Submitted

(Vermilion, Alta.) Lakeland College is offering Canada’s first degree in agriculture technology this fall. Developed to enable students to keep ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving world of agricultural technology, Lakeland’s bachelor of agriculture technology program offers real-world experience with the latest agricultural equipment, software, hardware and digital devices. Starting in September 2021, the twoyear, post-credential program consists of full-time studies at the Vermilion campus and experiential learning practicums off campus, all designed to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and agricultural management and production systems. “There’s a lot of technology already available and in use in the agricultural industry. However, few people have an in-depth understanding of how to use it and the information it collects, or how to integrate that information into their

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commercial farm operations and agriculture businesses. Our new degree program will produce graduates who can effectively use emerging technologies and the data they produce in commercial agriculture to provide important answers on return on investment,” says Michael Crowe, Lakeland’s vice president of academic and research. Students will delve into crop and livestock farming and smart agriculture as a management system, including data collection and analysis as well as the use of interpretative tools and programs such as robotics, geospatial tools, artificial intelligence and others. They’ll also learn how to analyze and troubleshoot industry-leading hardware, software and data platforms. Students will operate and adapt the technology and data systems on Lakeland’s Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland. “Graduates of the program will bring unique skill sets into the workforce by blending both agriculture production and agricultural technology expertise. Industry feedback indicated there is a shortage of agricultural professionals who can inter face between the two disciplines – our degree program will fill that g ap,” says Josie Van Lent, dean of the School of Agriculture Technology and Applied Research. “ We greatly appreciate the support and help from industry in the development of this program.”

Courses offered in the bachelor of agriculture technology program include emerging technologies in ag, economics of precision agriculture, precision farming global positioning essentials and GIS for agriculture decision making, as well as specific courses related to the integration and use of ag technology in crops and livestock systems, farms and ranches. The curriculum looks at all platforms and all equipment brands. Students will specialize in either crops or livestock technological applications. Graduates of the program will find employment in a variety of agricultural production fields. These can include data services, development, management, precision technology, production, research and sales with agricultural technology companies, research organizations, equipment dealerships and more. Practicums will be completed at agriculture data companies, technology and equipment manufacturers, agriculture equipment dealerships, crop input service providers, private agronomist service companies, crop and livestock service centres, farms, breeding and genomic companies, and other related agriculture industries. The bachelor of agriculture technology program is the culmination of several years of consultation, research and development, says Crowe. It was established in response to demand from industry and students. More than 40 agricultural organizations and companies were consulted during an independent industry needs assessment. A student survey indicated strong interest in a degree program and identified curriculum interests in the

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area of agriculture technology. Students in the bachelor of agriculture technology program will complete their on-campus studies and hands-on training in Lakeland’s new agricultural technology centre, which is slated to open later this year. The 8,000-square-foot building at the Vermilion campus will be an on-farm lab where students gain experience working with new ag technologies and analyzing new data-sets. For more information or to apply, visit lakelandcollege.ca/AgTechDegree.


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The Vermilion Voice | January 19, 2021

J.R. Robson School News

Raynette Schroeder assessments. We are targeting the days Submitted through final exam week for subject teachA message from ers to be available to provide that extra Mrs. Bates: I hope everyone had a relax- help. I want to reassure everyone that the ing and enjoyable holiday break and are at-home learning will not disadvantage any ready for 2021. The weeks to follow will be student from completing their work to the busy, especially in high school as we wrap best of her/his ability. With all of the learning up Semester 1. I want to reassure students challenges we have encountered over the and parents that we have a learning plan past nine months, I really want to commend in place to support all students who may the students and staff for their resilience have had struggles during the four weeks of and positivity to work through whatever has at-home learning. Mrs. Barnes has returned been thrown at us. It is through times like and will work with junior high students who these we realize, and need to appreciate, need further help in finishing assessments the strong educational system we have in during the month of January. In addition, place. high school students will be given support In the very near future a new and by their subject teachers or Mrs. Barnes improved J.R. Robson app will be available to finish or improve the mark of already for download to your cell phone. It will be completed projects or assignments. easy to navigate through and access inforStudents need to consult their subject mation quickly. Stay tuned. teacher about re-doing or improving these As we get ready for the start of 2021, J.R.

Karen King Submitted

One of our highlights this year has been our monthly assemblies. These have been especially valuable, as they are one of the few events that we feel we are able to host. We have added Mojo, our party rocker, to the start and end of each assembly to incorporate a little fun and excitement for students. The assemblies are virtual in nature, with classrooms connecting with their smartboards. We set up and host these events from our Learning Commons, with only a few individuals in the room. Our assembly for January was moved to January 13 at 9:30 am. Students were also invited to dress to impress or wear sports related clothing for the day as part of our monthly Spirit Day. We began the

Robson School has a new way of ordering hot lunch. All orders will be completed online through HotLunches.net to ensure accuracy and to make the process easy for everyone.   Diploma exams started on January 11 but students had the choice of opting out of these exams unless required to write them by the post-secondary institution of their choice. Finals will be written by senior high students. The exam schedule is posted on our website. Classes will proceed as usual for Junior High students. Pink Shirt Day is coming up on February 24. Shirts will not be sold through VIBE this year but will be sold through the bumpsbabiesandbeyond.ca website (from Kitscoty). $1 from the sale of each item will be donated to VIBE. Deadline to order is January 24, 2021. Important dates:

Jan. 19 – Last day of regular classes for Gr. 12 students Jan. 21 - Last day of regular classes for Gr. 10 & 11 students Jan. 22-28 – Senior High final exams Jan. 29 – Feb. 1: Semester Break – no classes Feb. 11 & 12: Teachers’ Convention – no classes Feb. 15: Family Day – no classes Feb. 24: Pink Shirt Day.

VIBE gifted JR staff with Christmas cacti in pots painted by students. Photo submitted

Vermilion Elementary School News

assembly with our land acknowledgement statement. Mrs. Moses spoke to us about January’s Fairness virtue, and explained that fairness is everyone getting what they need to be successful. Lily McKinnon won the virtue draw. Mr. Haslehurst talked about four animal books that were his Golden Book Picks. In AR, students read 2086.3 points in December to bring our year-todate total to 7913 points. Congratulations to the division 1 reader, Luke Romeo, who accumulated 22.6 points and division 2’s top reader, Arenas Abuzukar, with 74.9 points. The 2/3 split and 5A were the reading classes picked this month. Each year, parents at VES with children in Grade 4-6 are sent a survey from Alberta Education called the Accountability Pillar Survey. The survey provides parents an opportunity to offer their input and feedback on a wide variety of topics

specific to VES. Parents are encouraged to provide this input, as it is a critical piece in the school’s planning, reporting and improvement cycle. We value parental input in this process. If parents have any questions about the survey, they are asked to contact Mr. Anhorn or Mrs. Doherty. Pink Shirt Day 2021 is February 24. VIBE is not selling the clothing this year. If you want to order a t-shirt or hoodie, please go to www.bumpsbabiesandbeyond.ca or email bbb@mcsnet.ca. T-shirts are $10 and hoodies are $25, with $1.00 from each purchase donated locally to VIBE. Adult and youth sizes are available. The deadline to order is January 24. Dates to Remember: Jan. 29 – No School – Teacher Directed Day; Feb. 1 – No School – School Learning Day for Teachers; Feb. 2 – Dress up All in the Same Color or Dress up using a Rainbow of Colors; Feb. 8 – Virtual School Council Meeting at 7:00 pm; Feb 11-12 – No School – Teachers’ Convention; Feb. 15 VES students love playing on a small hill of snow! Photo submitted – No School – Family Day. 21014MM0


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