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Mustang Memo - April 26, 2024

This week, the Grade 4 students demonstrated exceptional leadership skills as they hosted our Earthy Day assembly. They taught us all about ways we can reduce waste through recycling and re-using objects. They reminded us of the importance of turning off lights when we leave the room as well as tips on water conservation like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth!

On top of all of the great information that they shared, our students performed a Recycling themed rap song and wowed us with a beautiful love song to the earth. Congrats to our incredible Grade 4 leaders!

Helene Hewitt & Jay Robertson

Principal & Assistant Principal

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Table of Contents

Week At a Glance


  • Volunteer Appreciation is Coming on Monday


  • May 1 is Wow Wednesday
  • Donations for Mustang Mentions Still Needed


  • Soles 4 Souls - Shoe Drive Numbers are In!
  • Leaf Budding Moon
  • LitBits - High-Frequency Words
  • Parents Make the Difference


  • Volunteer Appreciation Event @ 1 p.m.
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Running Club Gr. 4 first recess
    • Running Club ALL at lunch
    • Choir Practice at lunch
  • Josh Classen Weather Watchers Gr. 5
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Running Club - Gr. 5 first recess
    • Cute Things Club Gr. 4
  • WOW Wednesday (Walk or Wheel)
  • Early Dismissal
  • Jeans and Jersey Day! Go Oilers Go!!!
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Jump Rope Kick Off!!
    • D&D Wide up party
    • Running Club - Grade 6 first recess
    • Running Club ALL at lunch
    • Pokemon Group 3
    • Games Club Div 1
    • Student Leadership Meeting
  • Swimming Lessons (Breen/Ennis, Clark/Drechsel, Sminick/Gillis)
  • Lunch clubs:
    • Cute Things Club Gr. 4
    • Mustang Memo Posted Online
  • PD Day No School


Volunteer Appreciation is Coming on Monday

Calling all volunteers! Please make sure to drop by our school at 1 p.m. on Monday so that we can celebrate you! To all the people who give out hot lunch, who gather donations, who go on field trips and come to parent meetings we invite you! To our dance DJ and the people who run concessions and sell books at the Family Literacy Evening, we want to honour you!

We hope to see our friendly faced volunteers for coffee/tea and snacks while our student performers delight us with their musical talents!


May 1st is WOW Wednesday!

With the weather warming up, it's a great time to take the opportunity to participate in the next Walk and Wheel Wednesday at DCE! This coming Wednesday, May 1st, which is also early dismissal day, our students (and their parents) are encouraged to walk, bike or scooter to school for a chance to win a classroom prize at the end of the year! 

Parents driving their children to school can park a little further away and walk part of the way to school together with their kiddos! For our students who take the bus, you are encouraged to walk or run around the soccer field twice at recess! Enjoy the sunshine and get outside with your kiddos!

Donations for Mustang Mention prizes are still needed!

We have received some amazing prizes so far for our Mustang Mention prize draw for students. Thank you to the parents who have already donated a variety of items! 

We'd love to be able to gift as many of our students as possible and so we're still looking for some more items. If you, or your business, would like to donate to the students at DCE, here are the brand-new items we're still looking for:

  • Bicycles
  • Scooters
  • Outdoor game sets and yard/lawn sets (pickleball/tennis/badminton, frisbees, beach balls etc.)
  • Outdoor water play activities (sprinklers, slip and slides etc.)
  • Passes to indoor play gyms, rock climbing, trampoline parks etc.
  • Cash (we will purchase prizes on your behalf!).

If you can donate any of these items (or even something else along these lines) please send an email to Candice at DCE can offer a tax receipt OR a shout-out in a future Mustang Memo in exchange for your donation.


Soles 4 Souls - Donation Shoe Total?

Wow, Mustangs! Over the course of the week, our school has collected almost 500 pairs of shoes for the shoe drive! Way to go! Not only are we stopping more waste from going to a landfill but we are also helping those in need with nice, refurbished shoes! We are so proud of the acts of generosity coming from this community!

Leaf Budding Moon

Here is the May edition of the EIPS First Nations, Métis and Inuit community newsletter. Learn about events happening in the community, new staff who are supporting the team and opportunities to get involved in learning Northern Michif with Elder Mary SkyBlue Morin.

Click here to get reading!

LitBits - High-Frequency Words

Did you know that there are a certain number of high-frequency words that kids need to learn in the English Language Arts and Literature curriculum? But what are high-frequency words and how can you help at home? Check out this great LitBit video with Mrs. Martin-Spady to learn more!

Parents make the difference

Here is this week's article with helpful tips for families:

Research reveals discipline that actually works

Think about how you were raised. What discipline methods did your family use?  Studies show that even when adults don’t agree with how they were disciplined as children, many use the same approaches themselves.

For example, adults who were yelled at as children were more likely to yell as parents—even if they thought yelling didn’t work, according to one study.

In order to discipline effectively, consider what you believe will work. Experts say these methods tend to work best:

  • Plan ahead. Talk with your child about discipline. Why is it helpful? How does it work? After considering your child’s ideas, list basic rules and consequences. Then, follow through with consistency, fairness and respect.
  • Acknowledge good behavior. What are the most important behaviors for your child to learn? When you see them, take notice. Say, “It was generous of you to lend your book to the new student in your class.”
  • Use consequences for misbehavior that are natural or logical, if possible. A natural consequence of forgetting to do an assignment, for example, is getting the lowest possible score. A logical consequence of losing an item is having to replace it.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2024 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2024 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: S. Barkin and others, “Determinants of Parental Discipline Practices: A National Sample From Primary Care Practices,” Clinical Pediatrics, SAGE Publications.  



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