Next Steps ~ SBS Leaving Ceremony 2015
On Tuesday, June 23rd, Step By Step celebrated our Leaving Ceremony for children leaving and moving on to Pre-K or Kindergarten programs. Three separate ceremonies were done for our 6 classes that have children leaving. Families were invited back to their children's classroom to enjoy a BBQ lunch. Although the children are moving on from Step By Step, they were reminded that they will always be a part of our family.
Years of Service
On our per day on June 11th, we celebrated SBS staff Years of Service. Congratulations to Stephanie Lunman and Dina Kaminaris who celebrates 15 years of service, and to Donna Braithwaite who celebrates 10 years of working at Step By Step.
SBS Receives Donation from Kanawaki Golf Club
On Monday, June 15th, Debbie Delisle (Executive Director) and Alana Atwin (Communications/Information Systems Coordinator) attended a dinner at Kanawaki Golf Club to accept a donation from Kanawaki Golf Club President and the President & CEO of XN Financial, Daniel Anber. $2500 was donated to Step By Step - some of the proceeds of the tournament - which were shared with the Mission Hall Food Bank in Montreal.
This follows up to the donation of $24,000 that Step By Step received from a Pro Am tournament last year.
We hope this signifies a new relationship of support between Step By Step and Kanawaki Golf Club.
Getting Our Gardens Going!
Our planting season, which began early spring with the children planting seeds has moved outdoors. Generous donations of manure, soil, and tomato plants kept some of the children in Class 1 busy! Our seedlings are almost ready to be planted as well. The children will tend to the gardens over the summer and reap the benefits of the wonderful harvest this fall.
WÁHTA IS HERE!
To some of us pancake lovers, it's the most wonderful time of the year - the sap is running! After the warm temperatures last week, the children went out into our own "forest" in our back yard and tapped the Wahta (Maple) trees for some oronhtákeri (sap water). They then offered tobacco to give thanks for the medicine and yummy treats offered to us by the trees. In the near future, when our buckets are full, we will boil it to make some delicious maple taffy and syrup that we will use at the Center.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2015
The week of February 16th to the 20th was Teacher Appreciation Week at Step By Step! We had a wonderful celebration of our educators and the wonderful work they do taking great care of our children!
Celebrating Years of Service
Congratulations to the following staff members who celebrated Years of Service this year! Each employee received special acknowledgement at our All-Staff Meeting on January 5, 2015.
Suzi Deer ~ 30 Years
Janet Meloche ~ 25 Years
Joe Lahache ~ 20 Years
Kahontison Guimond, Trisha Sky, Tara Beauchamp ~ 15 Years
Kawennihes Cross, Carol Canadyan, Michelle Mayo, Samantha Deer ~ 10 Years
Celebrating Our Gifts