Travelling Group Hosts Penny Table & Bake Sale At
|A group of approximately 20 students from
Grades 7 through 12 at Marymount Academy are planning an
educational trip to Europe during the March Break in the
spring of 2007. That means that for the next nine or ten
months they will be out trying to raise money to pay for
the trip. The Travelling Group took advantage of the
heavy traffic in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to
hold a Penny Table and Bake Table recently. Shown in the
photo above, from the left, are: Kayla Ryan, Shandi
Charette, and Kaitlyn Charette. Both Kayla and Kaitlyn
are in Grade 7 at Marymount. Kaitlyn's mother, Shandi,
will be one of the parents accompanying the group on the
In the photo below we have Kaitlyn and Kayla with
Kayla's grandmother, Helen Ryan and her grandson,
five-year old Bradey Ryan. Helen did much of the baking
for the table which was a popular feature during the
A TIMELY MESSAGE FOR STUDENTS
|Two Public Health Nurses from the Sudbury & District
Health Unit were in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on April 22, 2006,
spreading a very important message to young people who may be attending
graduation parties and Prom Night celebrations this spring.
Several valuable pamphlets and brochures were distributed to youth and
parents who dropped by the booth. As well, free photos were provided to
people who choose to have their photo taken on the "Turkey
The Grad Turkey poster was designed by students from Ecole Secondaire
Christine Prokulevich, on the left, and Debbie Digby drove home the
message to hundreds of visitors. Besides the fact that there are many
financial consequences to drinking and driving after attending a grad
party, the consequences of loss of life or permanent disability are even
Parents are urged to make sure that their children understand that they
will come and pick them up with no questions asked if they have been
drinking at a party.
The following links are recommended reading for parents and teenagers:
Enjoying The Journey Towards 40 Community Service Volunteer Hours
|Kourtney Smith, a student at Lockerby Composite
School in Sudbury, is one young lady who is enjoying her community service
volunteer hours. Kourtney, the daughter of Blaine Smith, an executive with
the Sudbury Wolves, took time out of her Sunday afternoon schedule to
assist the Staal brothers, Marc, on the left, and Jared, during a recent
autograph session at Desjardins' Food Basics.
On this day, Kourtney was responsible for handing out souvenir items to
the adults and children who lined up to spend a brief moment with two
future stars of the NHL. She demonstrated an extremely high degree of
poise and maturity as she thanked people for coming by and wished the
minor hockey players luck in their own season.
All secondary school students are responsible for the completion of 40
community service volunteer hours in order to graduate from Grade 12.
Many, like Kourtney, complete their required hours during their first or
second years. And then, they continue to go out and volunteer even more
hours simply because of the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment they
receive from contributing in a positive way to their community.
When Kourtney has a better understanding of her career goals, something
she is still struggling with, she will be able to volunteer her time in
areas that will help her develop an effective network among the people in
her chosen career. It is a way for young people to position themselves for
entry into the workplace after they graduate from post-secondary
For now, Kourtney is planning on attending university after she
graduates from Lockerby. Where and what she will be taking will be decided
within the next couple of years. The poise and attitude she demonstrated
while acting as a "hostess" during the autograph session
indicate that Kourtney has a pretty good future in public relations.
THE BOTTLE OF HOPE
Written by Brittney Cooke
February 6, 2007: We are pleased to bring you a short story that was
written by a young girl who is currently in Grade 5. It will give you an
example of what an 11-year old is capable of when she has been given the
support and motivation needed to light a passion inside her for
communication. Brittney has had absolutely no assistance in writing this
story. She first wrote the story when she was 8 years old for an
enrichment class and then rewrote it for a writing contest that she
entered in December 2006. Brittney did all of the typing, editing, etc.
herself and came up with the idea on her own. Many teachers are beginning
to use this method in their writing classes. A child can take a favourite
story of hers from previous years and then revise the story each year. It
will be very clear where the improvements have been made and the child can
see for herself how she has grown as a writer. After several years or
rewriting, the student will have a brilliant composition which clearly
reflects her growth as an individual and a writer. Brittney has provided a
brief bio below. We are sure you will be impressed with the story.
Hopefully, we will be able to bring you the next revised version a year
Winners Announced in 2006
Oil Foundation Writing Contest!
Thursday, March 1, 2007 — The
Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is delighted to announce
the winners of the 2006 Imperial Oil Foundation Writing Contest.
The contest is a much-anticipated part of TD Canadian Children's
Book Week festivities (November 18 to 25, 2006), allowing hundreds
of students from across Canada to share their stories while
celebrating and participating in Book Week. A record-breaking 1560
entries poured into the Canadian Children's Book Centre’s national
office in December for the fifth annual Imperial Oil Foundation
Writing Contest—three times the number of entries received for the
In keeping with this year’s theme—Deep Reading—young
writers from across Canada, in grades two to six, were invited to
send in stories or poems about life above and below the water! From
pirates and mermaids, to sea horse races and hidden treasure, these
stories from the winners and honourable mentions will have you
turning the pages in anticipation!
and the WINNERS are:
of Toronto, Ontario (Age 7) for her story The
crafted a story well beyond her years with the use of rich language
and broad themes. This young writer used humour to draw her readers
in and help them get to know her main characters ensuring that the
reader wanted to follow them on their quest. The story’s pacing
was spot on. Dialogue was used not only to move the action
forward but also to reveal something about her characters. In
addition, her postscript explaining that there is no magic gem that
can stop pollution demonstrated a deep understanding of how powerful
stories are. —
Sheryl McFarlane, Grade 2
Toronto, Ontario (Age 8) for her story The
This story has everything: a
bullying problem, a credible solution, interaction between boys and
girls, genuine emotion and a seeming change of heart. There's
a twist near the end, and another twist at the end. I agree
with the big fish in the story: "You're cool." —
Richard Scrimger, Grade 3
Bryn Borgmann Armstrong of
Chilliwack, British Columbia (Age 9) for her story Mermaid
idea is a classic technique and she did a very good job having the
grandfather tell the story of the underwater city to his
granddaughter. It is also very interesting how her story had a
deeper, symbolic meaning. She uses wonderful descriptive details to
make her scenes realistic. —
Sylvia Gunnery, Grade 4
St. Catherines, Ontario (Age 10) for her story Sonya's
I loved this story — with
its inventive and exciting twist to the story of pollution in our
waters. Sonya’s Hope is a well crafted, spell binding tale
and Eva has presented interesting characters, solid dialogue, a
gripping plot and a detailed, very believable setting. All of this
has combined to produce a wonderful story that will keep readers
glued to the page and that Eva can be very proud.
Poulsen, Grade 5 judge
River, British Columbia
11) for her story Underwater
uses a great combination of beautiful language and detail, and
excellent pacing and drama to tell a wonderful story. And the ending
even gives the reader a chuckle as well! —
Sylvia McNicoll, Grade 6
winner from each grade will receive a $200 gift certificate for the
bookstore of his or her choice. Due to the outstanding quality of
writing submitted by the young writers this year, the Writing
Contest judges have also selected two honourable mentions from each
... the HONOURABLE
Crome of Arthur, Ontario
(Age 7) for her story Swimming
in the Rain
Grade 2: Savannah
Ross of Utopia, New
Brunswick (Age 7) for her poem The
Lake Utopia Sea Monster
Grade 3: Kira Bennett
of Vancouver, British Columbia (Age 8) for her story Shark
3: Jacob Gillett of Calgary,
Alberta (Age 8) for his story The
Sea Creature Within
Perera of Calgary, Alberta (Age 9) for her story What
Lies Beneath the Sea?
Lyall of Vancouver, British Columbia (Age 9) for his story Egon's
5: Molly Dyck of Lacombe, Alberta (Age 10) for
her story Mystery
at the Underwater Race Track
5: Brittney Cooke of Barrie, Ontario (Age 10)
for her story The
Bottle of Hope
6: Lucas Cohen of Thornhill, Ontario (Age 11)
for his story Pirate
of the Seven Seas: The Curse of the Skull Diamond
6: Karolyn Aucoin of Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
(Age 11) for her story Autumn's
Hi! I’m Brittney. I’m 10 years
old, turning 11 in March.
I LOVE reading- it’s my favourite
hobby! I also rock climb, indoors. It’s fun! My favourite sports are
soccer and basketball, basketball a bit more than soccer.
My mom is American and my dad is
Canadian-I’m an Amcanican! Hehehe……I’m a bit of a jokester.
My favourite place in the whole
world (that I have been to) is either
. I was born in
and lived there for 6 years, but then we moved to
. I still love it here though. We (me and my 8 year old
brother, Austin) go to a great school, and we fit in pretty well. I do
pretty well in school, especially writing and reading.
I want to be an author when I grow
up. I want to write novels, and maybe go under the name Bailey HunterJ-
it would be so cool! I also want to be a part-time rock climbing
instructor-and climber of course!
Well, that’s me! Hope you like my
Bottle of Hope
Megan cheerfully flung open the door to her family’s cottage. She
had not been there for years! When her parents had told her that they were
going to visit, Megan and her younger brother Zack had practically been
jumping off the walls with excitement! They could barely handle the 30
minute ride! As Megan walked into the main entrance, she recognized the
place immediately, and all her summer memories flooded into her like a
giant tidal wave. It was a pretty, cozy little shack with old style beach
stencilled curtains and comfy green and blue couches. It had a snug
kitchen off to the side and three other rooms by the left side of the
house. It wasn’t much, but Megan and her family loved it.
Megan dropped her bags onto the floor of her room and untied a hair
elastic to let her beautiful, shiny blond hair that glistened when the sun
crept upon it go. Her deep, sincere twinkling blue eyes gazed down at her
green T-shirt and dark bluejeans. Farther down she wore crisp white and
black Nike running shoes and white socks. Kind and fun, Megan had a lot of
friends. They admired how she was so outgoing and nice, which showed in
her room. There were pictures of her and her friends outlining her
handmade body mirror. Rows and rows of colourful stuffed animals covered
her also handmade twin bed. Her walls were decorated in posters of her
favourite bands, all hanging overtop of her light blue coloured wall.
As soon as Megan had unpacked her bags, she rushed to the back door
of her house and opened it, closing her eyes. She was greeted by a waft of
warm refreshing air. Before using her eyes, Megan used her other senses.
When breathed in, she tasted the salty sea air, and when she listened
carefully, she heard the sounds of waves crashing heavily on the beach,
like a monster trying to reach out and grab for something. Megan took it
all in, savouring every last bit; then-she opened her eyes. Megan gasped
with horror. What she thought had been there was not.
In front of Megan was a vast, unforgiving sea of pollution. There
were cans and bottles that floated absently in the water, overturned
rotting wooden barrels and sharp metal rings that held pop cans. There
were cardboard boxes soaked in sea water, dead fish floating lifelessly
above the water. As Megan drew closer, she inhaled putrid gas fumes, and
saw oil spills and oil bottles. Megan was horrified of what had become of
her once sparkling, clear blue ocean she knew so long ago.
At dinner time, Megan told her family about the water. They already
knew. Megan had not imagined anything so disturbing and horrible could
happen to the ocean she loved and had loved since she was little. It was
like a piece of her heart and soul had been torn savagely out of place.
Soon after dinner, Megan went to bed. She could not sleep; every
time she tried, that nagging scene of the ocean submerged in trash tore at
her like a ravaging lion, leaving her heart in pieces. Then a horrid
thought reached her mind-what if the ocean stayed like that forever? Megan
shuddered. Finally, after numerous tearing thoughts, Megan fell asleep to
the sound of the oceans dirty water lapping along the shore.
The next morning, Megan got up and had breakfast-a bowl of soggy
Cherrios-and went outside for a walk. As Megan strolled along the beach
lonely beach, she came across a bottle. It was half stuck in the sand, and
it was covered in seaweed. Megan picked it up, interested, and slid it
into her pocket.
When Megan got home she went into her room to study the bottle more
closely. It was one of the bottles that people always send back and forth
in movies and books. It looked rather old, as if it had been buried for
years, still small crusts of dry sand stuck to the bottom. It seemed
pretty normal, until Megan spotted a small set of wavy letters and words
along the side of the bottle. Squinting, Megan could barely see what the
bottle said, but from what she made out, the bottle read,
SAVE THE OCEAN…..SAVE ME. Megan had no idea what it meant. She
shrugged and put the bottle on her dresser as her mom called her for
After lunch, Megan went outside to explore again. As she walked
along the beach, Megan saw a figure in the distance. When she drew closer,
more description came into view. It was a girl, around the same age as
Megan-10 years old-with straight, brown as chestnuts long hair and tanned
skin. She had deep, mezmorizing green eyes and dark green cargo shorts.
She also wore a dark red T-shirt and light yellow sandals. Her face showed
a worried expression, as if something was bothering her. When she spotted
Megan, she smiled and said, “Hi’’. Megan repeated the greeting.
“Are you new around here?’’ asked the girl. Megan replied, “No, but I
haven’t been here for years.” The girls started walking. Then a thought
came to Megan-what if this girl knew about the bottle? And who was she
“What’s your name?” asked Megan.
Now Megan asked, “Have you ever found anything er… interesting on the
said, “No, you?”
“Well, I found a bottle, but…”
“A bottle?” asked
interested. “Could you bring it here in the morning?”
“Well sure, I guess...”
“Great! I have to go now, so bye!” And with that, the mysterious girl
Sandy ran back to where she came from. Megan frowned, confused. Then she
shrugged and headed home for dinner.
The next morning, Megan headed outside with the bottle, as wanted.
Waiting for her was
. Megan greeted her
then asked “So what are you going to do with it?”
“Just watch” was her reply. And with that,
down to the garbage infested ocean and dragged the bottle across its
surface, collecting dirty water as she went.
Megan watched, stunned, as
lifted the bottle, now filled with murky water, and dug into her pocket.
then pulled out a cork and stabbed it into the top of the bottle.
said proudly, beaming as she handed the bottle over to Megan. “Keep it in
your room-it should be safe there. Bye now, I have to go.” And she
cheerfully skipped off. Stunned yet again by this very peculiar girl,
Megan pocketed the bottle and headed home.
When Megan got back to her cottage, she snuck the bottle into her
room-she did not want her family to know about anything-and placed the
bottle on her dresser. Then she sat on her bed, thinking about all of the
events that had occurred in the past two days. She stayed there until
hunger came, and the urge to eat was overwhelming-so she went down to eat.
As the days dragged on, Megan and Sandy met by the beach every day.
Some days they sat and talked on the beach, others they walked up and down
the beach, over and over. On the fourth day, Megan started to notice that
the water was getting clearer, and once she could have sworn that she saw
something swimming in there. Megan knew it was impossible, but the thought
kept coming back to her like a boomerang-what if this bottle was magical,
and it was clearing the water? On the sixth day, she found out.
It was in her room, after dinner. Megan was starring absently at
the water, daydreaming. Suddenly, the bottle’s water started swirling like
an underwater tornado, clearing the water. Just as soon as the water had
started, it stopped swirling, but in a different state-the water was
completely clear, like the ocean used to be. Megan gasped as she saw mini
dolphins and sharks. There was coral and reefs, red and blue and any other
vibrant colour imaginable and flashing scales of colourful fish. It was as
if the ocean had been shrunk down to size to fit into the bottle. It was a
breathtaking sight. Megan was flooded with joy and surprise. She never
could have imagined anything like this in her dizziest daydreams.
The days crawled on,
each one filling Megan with more joy when she looked at the bottle. The
only thing that brought her hopes down was when she thought about how the
only true beauty of the ocean was in the bottle-the ocean outside was
still disgusting. Megan wished terribly-even more than she wished for a
dog-that the ocean outside was as the same as the ocean inside.
On the last day of
Megan’s visit, Megan knew that she had to let the water from the bottle
go. She shuddered at the thought, but she knew she had to do it. So after
her last dinner at the cottage, Megan walked down the beach to where she
found the enchanting bottle. As if she knew it was Megan’s last day,
was at the spot.
They nodded to each other, then, bending down, Megan carefully pulled off
the cork of the bottle and tilted it down, letting the enchanting water
slither smoothly and silently into the oceans horrid water. At first,
nothing happened, then something magical happened, something Megan would
not believe if she had not seen it. The water from the ocean spread,
covering the ocean as far as they could see. All dirty water was replaced
with wonderfully clear water. Dolphins leaped happily in the water, fish
swam delightfully in circles. The ocean was free of pollution, and
and Megan could have
stood there forever watching the red and yellow sunset.
Just as Megan thought
it was all over, the bottle vanished from her hand and dissolved into air,
soon becoming wind. The wind flew over the ocean, lost forever.
When Megan and her
family were all packed, Megan said goodbye to
. They hugged, then
Megan got in the car. She gave a silent farewell to her beloved ocean,
happy of what a simple yet magical bottle could do to overcome pollution.
|CONGRATULATIONS on an excellent
story, Brittney. And thank you for sharing it with us.
other student in the Valley East or Capreol Area is interested in
submitting a finished copy of their favourite story, please feel free
to send it to us at the following email address
Group Hosts Penny Sale To Raise Funds For Trip To Italy In Spring of
Shandi Charette is shown taking care of the Penny Table for the Educational
Travel Club which consists of students from Grades 7 to 12 who are preparing for a special
educational trip to Italy in March 2007. The penny table was held on the
weekend of October 20 to 22, 2006 and contained many spectacular prizes.
|The "Not Too
Big To Be Small Players" From Thorneloe University Put On
Special Live Performance of 'A Christmas Version of Snow White &
The Seven Dwarfs'
|The Centre Court of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on a
busy Saturday afternoon may seem an unlikely place to find a live theatre
performance, but that is exactly what shoppers found on December 9, 2006
when students from the Thorneloe University Theatre Arts Program
entertained children "of all ages" with their rendition of 'A
Christmas Version of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs'. The performers,
from left to right are: Tim Rapal, Sabrina Heydorn, Claudia Rossi, Elvin
Etcubanez, David Shut, Nikki Hulskramer, Alysha Keir, Blythe Gerrie.
|The performance was well received by the audience. Many
stopped their shopping to take in the twenty minute play. Some of the
youngest visitors to the shopping centre were curious and a bit leery
about taking part in the 'interactive' performance. The little boy and his
sister below are satisfied to watch from a distance.
|Others, like the older children below, were quite eager to
volunteer to become performers themselves.
|They call themselves the "Not Too Big To Be Small
Players" who have existed as part of the Thorneloe University Theatre Arts
Program since 2003.
Sikora, shown to the left, is the professor of the Theatre In Education II
course as well as the Introduction To Theatre course at Thorneloe.
Students from both the first year and advanced programs take part in
about 3 or 4 interactive children's plays such as this each year.
"This was the first time we have performed in a shopping centre,
so it will be quite interesting to hear the feedback from the students.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, but it was definitely a different
experience for them," Sikora explained.
Ulrich Sikora, a professional educator for the past 30 years has been
with Thorneloe University for the past four years. During the course of
his career, he has taught in places such Germany, Norway, Poland, Japan,
the United States, and now, Ontario. He was born and raised in Germany and
moved to Valley East
in 1968. He now owns a home in Val Therese.
The students in the program perform for the Ontario Early Years Centres,
of which there are some 20 locations, as well as for the Kids Share
Thorneloe also puts on two main-stage performances each year. This year
they put on Macbeth in November and are currently working on Molier's
'Tartuffe', a commentary on religious hypocrisy which be performed in
March and will also be entered in the Quantas Northern Ontario Festival in
Ulrich is also currently directing a play called 'Autobahn' which will
be seen a the Market Square this coming summer.
Sikora feels that there is a growing interest in dramatic arts and
theatre programs such as the ones he teaches because so many people are
discovering that the skills used in acting come in handy in many other
areas of life. "The ability to communicate; to improvise and think on
your feet; along with the self-confidence you gain by being on stage are
all very important as you go through life"
Education Travel Group Holds Bake
Sale & Penny Table To Raise Funds For Trip To Italy In The Spring
A group of approximately 20 students from Grades 7 through 12 at Marymount
Academy are planning an educational trip to Europe during the March Break in
the spring of 2007. That means that for the next several months they will be
out trying to raise money to pay for the trip. Shandi Charette and her
daughter, Kaitlyn ran another successful bake sale and penny table at the
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to raise some of the money they will need for
the trip. Shandi will be one of the parents accompanying the students on the
trip, so the Charette family must raise double the amount of others. The
Charettes wish to thank everyone from the community who purchased baking and
entered the penny table contest.
|Raise Awareness About School Bus
Safety Is Lifetime Commitment by Adam Ranger's Family
Local residents will notice a large billboard like the one above on Highway
69 North in Val Caron near the Whitson River bridge across from Cecile
Street. The awareness campaign, which is being sponsored by the Greater
Sudbury Police Services Board and the Sudbury Police Association, is
designed to remind everyone about Adam Ranger, who was five years old when he was hit by a truck after stepping off
the school bus in Mattawa. Since
, the Ranger family has vowed to increase public
awareness about the consequences of illegally passing a stopped school bus.
to drive home the importance of the campaign, the same week the sign was
unveiled, Riley Richer, a five year old Hanmer boy was hit by a car as he
crossed Elmview Drive after getting off his school bus. The driver of the
car, Jessica Chiblow, 19, of Hanmer, is facing numerous charges under the
Highway Traffic Act. Fortunately, the boy was not seriously injured and was
released from the hospital that same night, but it is definitely an
experience he will remember for the rest of his life. It could also have had
far more devastating results.
The driver of the truck that struck Adam Richer was convicted of criminal
negligence causing death and manslaughter.
It is hoped that the signs will make a huge difference in how drivers
approach school buses this year. The law states that motorists travelling in
both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its
upper red lights flashing. The only exception is on highways with a median,
where traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.
|Two Young Students From Valley East &
Capreol Among Winners of Greater Sudbury Public Library Design-A-Bookmark
The Greater Sudbury Public Library “Design-A-Bookmark” contest was
once again a big hit. Twelve
winning bookmarks were selected from a total of 570 entrants.
These winning designs were chosen to be printed as the library’s
official bookmarks for 2006. The
contest was open to any student from junior kindergarten up to and
including grade twelve.
Staff from the Greater Sudbury Public Library selected the winning
entries. Congratulations to
the winners. Their bookmarks will be available at all thirteen locations
of Greater Sudbury Public Library:
Camille - age 5 - École publique Hélène-Gravel
Mikhellie - age 5 - Northern Elementary Academy
Miranda - age 7 - Westmount Avenue Public
Amanda - age 8 - Westmount Avenue Public
- age 9 - C.R. Judd Public
- age 10 - Valley View Public
Curtis - age 11 - Carl A. Nesbitt Public
Simon - age 12 - Northern Elementary Academy
Justin - age 13 - Carl A. Nesbitt Public
Celeigh - age 14 - Marymount Academy
Mireille - age 15 - Macdonald-Cartier
Grant - age 16 - Lively District
Ginette Mallette, the Children and Teens Programmer with the Greater
Sudbury Public Library thanked all who entered the contest and urges all
residents to visit the library and pick up one of the winning
bookmarks for 2006.