Swimming & Triathlon
We are so excited this year to be partnering with the World Triathlon Series (WTS) Edmonton to run a school-wide Triathlon. The WTS is hoping to share their passion for triathlon in order to empower our youth to try something new. The program introduces children to a multisport and allows students to try all three sports; swimming, biking and running. Our goal is to ensure our students have fun in a positive learning environment.
The triathlon will take place on the morning of Monday, June 24. Students will start off with a swim at the pool. There will be a supervisor in each lane of the pool swimming along with each child as they complete this portion of the triathlon. In addition to the one on one supervision for the length/width of the pool that the students will swim, children in Grade 1 & 2 will also be wearing a life jacket (Grade 3 & 4 students will have the option of wearing a life jacket depending on their swimming ability). Following the swim, students will proceed to their bicycles and bike one lap on the designated bike track on our school field. Once finished biking, students will complete the final portion of the race by running a loop on our field.
A few logistical things we need you to know in advance of the triathlon day:
- Please drop off your child’s bike at their designated parking zone on the back pad (same as our two previous bike days).
- Students are asked to come to school wearing their bathing suit underneath a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. This should be items that they can easily take off at the pool. Please note, they will NOT be taking a towel to the pool. To give them the real triathlon experience, students will hop out of the pool, put on their shirt and shorts, indoor shoes (without socks) then race to the bike transition area to begin their biking portion.
- There will be a celebration and a snack for students at the finish line. Once they have completed their triathlon, they are welcome to return to the school and put on a spare outfit (possibly including socks and an extra pair of footwear) that we’d like you to send with your child. The shoes that they put on after the swimming may get wet and they will need something to change into.
- Parents and spectators are welcome to join us to cheer on their child. An approximate schedule will be sent out in the Weekly Update closer to the event date.
On Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 students will also be enjoying free swim time in the mornings. They will swim and run the Triathlon rain or shine with the exception being If lightning is a possibility, then we will not swim or run the Triathlon.
A permission form is available on PowerSchool for the swimming and Triathlon. Please complete it before June 21, 2019. Included in the permission form is a photo consent release form for WTS to use photos or videos on their website or for promotional materials.
We hope to see many of you out for this exciting event! If you are interested in volunteering for the morning of the triathlon, please let us know as we will be utilizing a large group of volunteers for the day.
In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Grade 1-4 students will be going to the Edmonton International Airport on Thursday, June 20th to attend a Cultural Showcase that celebrates traditional Indigenous culture through dance, music, and art. Students will depart Robina Baker by bus at 10:45 am and return at 1:45 pm.
We will be eating lunch at the event, so please pack a “brown bag lunch” that can be disposed of at the airport (bags – not lunch kits or Tupperware).
There will be a variety of seating available, but we will most likely be sitting on the ground or a tarp, so please ensure your child is wearing comfortable (weather appropriate) clothing, have sunscreen, bug spray, a hat and a water bottle. There is no cost for this event and the bussing will be covered through our Spell-A-Thon fundraising resulting in no fee for our parents.
Please complete the permission form available on PowerSchool before Wednesday, June 19.
Indigenous Peoples Week
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We will be celebrating Indigenous People all week:
- Monday – Ben Calf Robe Assembly – Students will showcase traditional dance and we will also have a Round Dance again!
- Tuesday – Mrs. Houle and Mrs. Fouillard are coming into the school to read an Indigenous story
- Wednesday – Classroom will be exploring a variety of resources provided by the Government of Canada
- Thursday – Grade 1-4 students will be attending the Cultural Showcase at the EIA
- Friday – Elder Florence will be sharing at our Assembly