Movember 2014 and 2015
Since 2014 Mr. Wilson has been convincing his male colleagues at RWZ to participate in the Movember movement. What started as a trickle of two has grown into a tsunami, with all six of the male staff members committing to grow moustaches to raise awareness and money for men's mental and physical health.
The students and rest of the staff get on board by buying fake moustaches and paying to cast a vote for their favourite stache. Since 2014 Team RWZ has raised over $12,000 for the Movember movement and, more importantly, made it okay for men to talk about their mental and physical health, which is the real goal.
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. You will also get a chance to vote for your favourite moustache on the school's Facebook page at the end of the month. Who will win this year's title? Will it be Mr. C, Mr. Hovdebo, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Toews, Mr. Warr, or Mr. Forney?
Aquatera to the rescue
On October 27 the Town of Sexsmith was put under a boil water advisory, which sent staff into a bit of a panic. However, there was no need for concern as Aquatera was at the school first thing the next morning with a pallet of water for students and staff, and returned the following Monday with even more.
During this time the school was hosting a food drive for the Sexsmith Food Bank. Not only were they able to collect over 1000 food items, but they were able to present a cheque of $178.20 from the water bottles they recycled. Students and staff were excited to be able to pass on the kindness!
Celebrating five cancer-free years
The entire RWZ community came together to not only blow their fundraising goal out of the water, but to set a new school record! To celebrate Mrs. Rorem's fifth year of being cancer-free, the school set an ambitious goal to raise $5555 for the Terry Fox Foundation. The students and staff worked hard and their efforts paid off with a grand total of $7877! Congratulations Robert W. Zahara students and staff, and a big congratulations to Mrs. Rorem!
1A earned themselves a pizza party as the top K-3 class, raising $795.
5C was the top 4-6 class with a total of $1531, thanks in large part to Evan Sellwood who raised over $1000 himself!
Top fundraiser Even Sellwood with his new Terry Fox t-shirt.
Building connection through food
Food has a way of bringing people together, and that has definitely been true at RWZ. The giant fruit bowl is back, and the students have been excited to be able to wander down to the flex space to get a healthy snack.
Veggie Share returns after a three year hiatus! Families send in vegetables and help create massive trays of colourful goodness for each class.
Mrs. Rose Shmyruk, former Administrative Assistant and Ukrainian egg decorator and translator, made fresh stone soup with the leftover vegetables!
RWZ excited to welcome Ukrainian family
At the end of September, students at RWZ will welcome a new friend all the way from Ukraine. The 1C class has been busy making a welcome poster and slideshow to greet their new classmate. The presentation includes a photo and introduction of each student, and is being translated into Ukrainian so their classmate's parents can help them feel welcomed into the RWZ family.
Connecting with the community
On September 15, the school hosted its Back to School barbeque. RWZ was thrilled to be able to host its families and connect with everyone after so long. A big thank you goes out to the event sponsor, Dynamic Energy, and to Jesse Morgan and Brett Kachmarski, who stood at the barbeque and cooked hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers for the appreciative crowd!
Students are excited to be able to have Reading Buddies this year. The program is a great way to build relationships between the older and younger students, while boosting their confidence and reading skills.
On Fridays we wear red
September 16 was the school's first Red Shirt Day of the school year. Each Friday, students and staff are invited to show their school spirit and rock the school's colour. If you're walking through the halls on a Friday, you might even hear the school's song, "We've got spirit at RWZ. Show Gecko pride and wear your red!"