- We are very excited for this year’s track season! Here is some important information for you to know:
Practices- Every Tuesday/Thursday at lunch recess and Wednesday mornings at 7:45. Students must be changed and ready to run at 7:45am. Students cannot be dropped off before 7:30 am as there is no supervision from coaches before that time.
Track Fees- The $30 fee for participating on the track team is to help pay for event registration and bus fees. This can be paid by cash or cheque made payable to Mills Haven School, and can be given to one of the coaches at practice. Fees should be paid by February 1.
Attire- For student safety, proper running shoes should be worn during all practices and events. Students also need shorts/t-shirt or sweats, (not too long), for practices and events.
- Running Room Games- Tuesday, February 16 4:35 – 6:00 pm.
- Klondike Relays- April 5th or 6th
- EIPS Relays- End of May/Beginning of June
It is always great to see families at events to support our team! Parents need to be present at events in order to transport students home. End times at events vary, please try to be at the locations as early as possible.
All team members will have the opportunity to run in at least one event. For each event we will be needing some members to act as alternates. Placement of team members will be based on performance during practices.
Contact- We will be sending out further information about each event as we approach their dates. There will be field trip forms and waivers being sent home for each event. We are also looking to use the Remind App to send out group messages and important updates- please see attached for more information. Information will also be posted under the TRACK tab on Miss Kent’s e-teacher page on the Mills Haven website.As always, please feel free to contact us through email at Breanne.Kent@eips.ca, Alexandra.Candler@eips.ca, Daniel.Radersma@eips.ca, or Katelyn.Kulczycki@eips.ca with any questions or concerns. During events or in case of absences please feel free to text or call Breanne at (780) 720-2568. Sometimes it is hard to find the team at an event, and texting can be easier than an email in the morning.
MHV Track Coaches
The MHL- Mills Haven Hockey League
The MHL- Mills Haven Hockey League is a treasured winter past time at our school. Grade 5 and 6 students are divided into teams and participate in a round robin floor hockey tournament competing for the fabulous Kachurowski Cup (named after a former principal of Mills Haven). Each session a student or students are selected to be the Voice of the MHL and give us player and standing updates over the intercom. The competition is fierce and always fun!
The Robotics lunch-hour Club at Mills Haven has been running since 2010 and has grabbed the attention of students in grades 4 or 5 who are interested in experimenting with technology, problem solving, working as a team or exploring something new at lunch hour. Students who choose to participate in this club use the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, which are on loan for one month from Elk Island’s Partners for Science department.
Building and programming the robotics is exciting AND there are many educational benefits. Through this club the students collaborate, take on leadership roles, problem solve, and learn to communicate effectively. The majority of learning occurs through trial and error and brainstorming with peers. For students whose first language is not English or who struggle with reading and writing, the Lego Robotics kits are international, with only pictures and symbols for instructions.
Track & Field Day
After practicing their Track and Field skills in class the students take to the field in May to participate in the Mills Haven Track and Field Day. Kindergarten to grade 3 students participate in activities such as ball throw, high jump and sack races and culminate the day with Tug-o-Rope. The grade 4 to 6 students participate in many traditional track and field activities such as long jump, shot put and high jump as well as some original events- skipping race and slalom. The pinnacle of the day though are the team relays. Students are divided into their team colours and cheer on thier runners from the hill. The excitement is always a great finish to Track and Field Day.
After a long year of teaching and learning everyone looks forward to the Summer Carnival in June. The themed day beings with a King and Queen contest for Grade 6 students in the morning. Students develop their costumes based on the theme, submit their write ups and "display" their persona for the school and a panel of teacher judges chooses a King and a Queen. Some previous years themes were Greasy Fun for Everyone and Pirates. At lunch time students participate in a Teddy Bear Picnic with their parents and friends out on the lawn of the school. It is fun to see children and parents picnicking together. As the lunch hour ends the excitement really builds. Immediately following lunch, students are let loose to play the Carnival Games that have been set up around the school yard.