Special Events

Back to School BBQ:

Our Back to School BBQ is held in September of each year.  We invite families to come to the school to enjoy hot dogs and potato chips.  It is a great way to meet your child's teacher and to check out their classrooms.

Orange Shirt Day:

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It was inspired by Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

Orange Shirt Day happens in late September.  That date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  The goal is to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  Orange Shirt Day's motto is "Every Child Matters".

Halloween Fun House:

The Halloween Fun House is a grade 6 fundraiser to help them visit the Edmonton Legislative Building in the spring.  This event usually happens on the Friday morning before October 31.  Dressing-up is optional.  There are many fun activities for the students to do such as Hockey Shoot Out, Haunted House, and Shave a Balloon, etc.  Tickets are sold for $0.25 each are can be used for games and to buy treats. 

Christmas Tree Decorating:

In late November, the students decorate a Christmas tree with their climate team.  Each year, the teachers decide on a theme.   Each tree represents something special about our school or our climate teams.  This is a great way to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit.

Turkey Christmas Lunch:

In December, we have our annual Christmas Turkey lunch with our whole school community.  School Council hosts this free lunch for staff and students.  With the help of many parent volunteers and staff, we all enjoy a delicious turkey meal with all the fixings.  The gym is festively decorated to create a warm holiday atmosphere.  Many students also dress-up for this special event.  We are looking for parents to come and help on this day.  Please let the school know if you can help out.

Pink Shirt Day:

In February, our school participates in “Pink Shirt Day”. Pink Shirt Day was inspired by an act of kindness in a small town in Nova Scotia. A group of high school students distributed pink shirts to protest and stand up for a grade nine male student who was harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school. Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, our school aims to raise awareness of these issues. We want students to exhibit the spirit of “Pink Shirt Day” every school day so everyone feels safe. We encourage our students to be an “up-stander” rather than a bystander to stand up and speak for students that are being bullied. Wear pink on this day to show your support!

Bingo and Cake Auction:

Every year, the grade 6 class plans the Bingo and Cake Auction!  It usually takes place in early spring during the evening.  The evening is full of fun with Bingo for the family, a silent cake auction, door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and a concession where treats can be purchased.  The proceeds of this event help to fund the Grade 6 field trip to Edmonton where they visit the Alberta Legislature, Space Science Center, West Edmonton Mall Waterpark, and the Reynolds Museum in Wetaskiwin.  

School Climate:

School climate is important at Vauxhall Elementary School.  We have monthly assemblies, dress-up days, and other climate team activities to promote school spirit.  

Turbo Charger Assemblies:

Every month, we have a Turbo Charger assembly in the VES Gym.  Assemblies are an excellent way to promote school spirit and climate as we also have a "dress-up" challenge on this days.  During the assembly, there is always entertainment provided by one of the classes.  Assemblies are always full of fun activities and competitions!

We present our "Turbo Chargers" recipients during the assembly.  One student is selected from each classroom to receive a special award.  

A Turbo Charger exhibit one or more of these qualities:  

  • shows an eagerness to learn, are helpful and courteous 
  • have a positive attitude
  • demonstrate exemplary behavior
  • are caring and cooperative
  • are willing to go the extra mile
  • are good ambassadors for VES and the community

Climate Teams:

We have multi-graded climate teams with students from Kindergarten to grade 6.  Throughout the year, the students are involved in many climate challenges to bring students together for some friendly competition.   Points are awarded for these events.  At the end of the year, the team with the most points wins the "Climate Cup".  

Select the team name below to learn more about each climate team.