REC REPORT: Learn about blended learning at Rossland Secondary

With the Fall & Winter Brochure in the mailboxes and online, registrations have been busy!

With the Fall & Winter Brochure in the mailboxes and online, registrations have been busy! There are lots of new and exciting programs and courses to check out! If you didn’t receive one in the mail, log on to www.rossland.ca, then City Hall, then Rossland Recreation, then Program Guide.

Excited about the new blended learning model that’s being implemented across the province, and at RSS? There are two important information sessions at RSS this week – the first is on Tuesday, Sept.18 at 7 p.m. for the parents of all Grade 10-12 students. This meeting is also open to the public and any parents of Grade 8 and 9 students. The information session will discuss the blended learning model that RSS is moving towards and answer any questions and concerns. For more information about Blended Learning – which is being implemented across the province and in Rossland, check out; www.rssblendedlearning.wordpress.com. Another great source of information about what the first week at RSS was like, check out Nicola Kuhn’s blog at; http://www.sevensummitslibrarian.blogspot.ca/2012. Nicola is the Librarian and a Teacher at RSS and is part of the amazing team in place at the school.

The following night, on Wednesday, Sept.19 at 7 p.m., there’s an information session for the Grade 6 and 7 students and their parents. Both meetings will be held in the school’s Auditorium.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, there’s a Home Alone course running at RSS, in the Library. This course is for kids 10-13 years of age who are being left at home, alone, for short periods of time and who need the skills necessary to deal with stressful situations, household mishaps and in the event of an emergency. The course runs from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Lots of active programs have started already, or are starting this week. Drop in Basketball starts this week! The program runs on Tuesday nights, at 7 p.m. in the RSS Gymnasium. Please ensure you have non-marking, indoor shoes and a full water bottle. Zumba is running in the Miners’ Hall on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Stretch and Strength is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and is a perfect combination of exercise and social activity. Pickleball is running at MacLean Elementary School, in the Gymnasium on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. Pickleball is a racquet sport that uses a hard paddle and a polymer whiffle ball and combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

There’s a Beginners Salsa Dance Workshop coming up on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 12-4 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall. Salsa is a fun and easy dance to learn with a partner – no experience is required and it’s open to all ages.

Art Classes start up next week – Drawing and Painting, Madagascar Art, Superhero Art and an Art Class for Adults all begin next week. Register soon!

If you have a child between the ages of 5-10 years who would like to play hockey this winter, consider registering them for the Co-Ed Kids Rec Hockey that starts on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:45 p.m. This is a fun, non-contact hockey program that provides kids with the opportunity to learn skills and drills and enjoy a short game of scrimmage hockey at the end of each session.

For the second year in a row, a local hockey enthusiast has generously donated two scholarships for two lucky hockey players who would like to join the Co-Ed Kids Rec Hockey program. Children can put their names into a draw at the Rossland News – located on Columbia, beside the Sunshine Café. Everyone whose name is entered into the draw will be eligible to have their name drawn for the scholarship. Watch for details in the newspaper over the next few weeks. The draw date is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

If you have a preschooler in the house and you would like to introduce music to them, the Sunrise Program from “Music for Young Children” starts on October 3 and runs until Dec. 5. The class is on Wednesdays, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and is for children 3-4 years of age and a parent. This music curriculum develops your child’s listening awareness, fine motor skills, social interactions, confidence and attention span. All books, materials, instruments and CD are included.

A Beginner’s Violin and Fiddle class is starting on Oct. 4 and running until Nov. 8. The class is on Thursdays, from 7 -7:45 p.m. in the RSS Library. This is a class for those who have never had violin experience or music training, and also those who have had frustrations in the past. If you require an instrument, you can rent one from the instructor.