Brian Collins and Val Luger enjoy the Valentines breakfast at the Vavenby community hall.

Meeting discusses extending grade levels at Vavenby School

Feedback from the parents to go to the school board

By Robyn Rexin

There was a meeting at Vavenby Primary School on Thursday, Feb. 8. It was put on by the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) to discuss the possibility of extending the number of grades in the school, hopefully from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Parents of students and of future students were present.

Principal Lori Bradstock presented points to consider of what the children could miss out on by not being part of a larger school, such as team sports, if Vavenby Elementary became a one-room school.

The parents came up with counter ideas and suggestions on how they felt their children would benefit by the extension.

At the end of the meeting a survey was handed out. Bradstock explained that she would present the feedback from the parents to the school board.

The extension would probably go in stages, such as Kindergarten – Grade 4 next year, and so on.

Young skaters ignore cold

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 9, the primary class went skating at the outdoor rink. There was a bitterly cold wind blowing but the children did not seem to mind.

Several were very proud of their newly acquired skating ability.

Grade 3 student Moira Chrystall was happy to show off her figure-skating prowess. Many students did not want to get off of the ice when it was time to go back to the school.

Movie night

The evening of Feb. 9 was the first movie night at Vavenby Christian Church. The movie was Woodlawn, a story about the first school in the deep southern United States not to be segregated.

The whole event was free and everybody enjoyed their night out.

Movie night will hopefully be a monthly event.

Birthday party for two-year-old

On Saturday, Feb. 10 there was, as one resident put it, a “greet and meet” afternoon at Brandon and Mariclaire Ruttans’ house. It was for Brooklyn’s second birthday and to meet her baby sister Sydney.

Quite a few of the Vavenby Strong Start parents and their children were present as well as people from the local church.

Brooklyn opened her first gift and then took off with it. It was difficult to get her to open the rest. The other little girls were very eager to do it for her.

There were two beautiful cakes and some adorable sheep cupcakes, all made by grandma Wilna Ruttan.

Valentines breakfast

Approximately 50 people attended the Valentines breakfast at the Vavenby community hall on Sunday morning, Feb. 11. It was sponsored by the Vavenby Trails and Recreation Society.

Cooks Carol Schaffer, Rita Vandenborre, and Charlotte Cederholm put together a delicious meal of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, and ham with orange juice, fruit punch, coffee, and tea to drink. Cost was by donation.

As people entered the hall they signed the guest book and the women received a white or red rose, their choice.

Cooks and helpers Judy Tobin, Linda King, Barb Pennell and Lorne Yoerger got the hall ready the day before. The helpers also assisted in clearing tables and replenishing condiments. They were all excellent waitresses.

At the end of the breakfast King gave a thank you to everyone for coming out as well as one to the cooks.

The Valentines breakfast is becoming an annual event.

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Family and friends gather for a birthday meet and greet. Pictured are (back, l-r) Wilna Ruttan, Polly Lundeen, Anita Primeau, (front, l-r) birthday girl Brooklyn Ruttan, Kelsey Rexin, Arya Graffunder, Amelia Dunne, Sydney Ruttan and Mariclaire Ruttan.

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