Unique ways of creating rhythm

Theresetta athletes who finished first in their pool at the CARA badminton tournament on May 3 in Stettler included, from the left,  Josie Kneller, Ryleigh Bunbury, Bryant Bullee, Alyssa Kuefler, Tanner Gordon, Landon Slemp and Brock Penner. Missing were Abbigale Fuller, who finished first with partner, Alyssa Kuefler.

The grade 5/6 Theresetta music class has been experimenting with a unique way of creating rhythm called Body Percussion.
The class tried out some of their moves during their April visit to the Long-Term Care Facility.
Now the students are transferring some of those rhythms onto 5-gallon Home Hardware buckets, as they are experimenting and having fun with bucket drumming.  The group is working on a routine to present sometime in June.

Sports
With the weather finally changing, track and field is starting to seep into everyone’s thoughts. To end April, Theresetta joined with Gus Wetter, to host their annual badminton tournament. There were nine schools that participated in the tournament on Wed. April 26.
Students from Theresetta put in a great showing and came out with many notable results. Four teams that placed second overall from Theresetta in their age group after finals were: Landon Slemp in gr. 7 boys singles, Ashley Renschler and Kennedy Bagshaw in gr. 7 girls doubles, Liam Ries in gr. 9 boys singles, and Bryant Bullee Mackenzie and Brock Penner in gr. 9 boys doubles.
After finals Theresetta had five teams that won gold including: Sydney Renschler in gr. 7 girls singles, Abby Fuller and Alyssa Kuefler in gr. 7 girls doubles, Tanner Gordon and Josie Kneller in gr. 7 mixed doubles, Maddie Rombough and Berlin Schnell in gr. 8 girls singles, and Ryleigh Bunbury in gr. 8 girls singles.
The junior high badminton athletes travelled to Stetter on May 3 to compete in the CARA (Clearview and Regional Athletics) tournament. Any athlete that finishes first or second in their pool gets to move on to compete in the CWAJHAA (Central Western Alberta Junior High Athletics Association) tournament, which is in Red Deer over May 8, 10, and 11, depending on their age level.
CWAJHAA is the highest level junior high tournament available to our players, covering an area from our CARA league in the east, all the way west to Rocky Mountain House, including larger centers like Red Deer, Innisfail and Lacombe.
Theresetta students that qualified for CWAJHAA by finishing second place in their pools include: Sydney Renschler in gr. 7 girls singles, Kennedy Bagshaw & Ashley Renschler in gr. 7 girls doubles, Berlin Schnell & Maddie Rombough in gr. 8 girls doubles, and Trey Erion & Erika Blumhagen in gr. 8 mixed doubles.
Athletes that finished first place in their pool and guaranteeing their spot in CWAJHAA are: Landon Slemp in gr. 7 boys singles, Abby Fuller & Alyssa Kuefler in gr. 7 girls singles, Tanner Gordon & Josie Kneller in gr. 7 mixed doubles, Ryleigh Bunbury in gr. 8 girls singles, and Bryant Bullee & Brock Penner in gr. 9 boys doubles.

Banking
The Jr. ATB bank was open on Thurs., April 27 for the second last deposit day of the year.
The nine student employees were kept quite busy helping 21 student customers throughout the noon hour.
The winner of the $25 gift card was Aidan Lafferty. The last Theresetta deposit day will be May 25. This ATB program has been such a great thing to help students learn how to save and manage their money.

Tour
Theresetta students are starting to look forward to their end of the year field trips.
On April 24, the grade nine class, along with Mr. Ries, travelled to Crowfoot Crossing, and the county office for a tour. Tarolyn Aaserud, Chief Administrative Officer, explained details of her role within our local government.
She also explained the history of the County of Paintearth moving to Crowfoot Crossing and the development of Crowfoot Crossing with businesses such as the Co-Op.
Carol Thomson, the Economic Development Officer, presented details about economic initiatives for communities within the county. The group heard information about the wind farm and future expansions.
The students were treated to  pizza and drinks provided by the County of Paintearth.

Family challenge
As part of our school’s Wellness Program, this week’s Family Challenge was hosted at the school’s gym where the families were asked to participate in some yoga!
The yoga was hosted by Leslie Rowland who volunteered her time to engage the families in something that she is truly passionate about.

by K. Smawley

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