Bottle Drive Fundraiser

The grade 5/6/7 Class from Alert Bay School is travelling to Quatsino K’ak’ot’lats’i School in Coal Harbour to participate in a Culture Gathering, Sharing and Celebration on March 9, 10, and 11th, 2016.  Nations from Bella Bella and around Vancouver Island will be travelling to attend, and Alert Bay School is honoured to be one of them.

Our students are having a bottle drive to help cover the cost of the bus needed to get there and back again.

The bottle drive is happening this Friday, February 5th, and is sponsored by our grade 5/6/7students.  If you would like to donate your refundable bottles and cans please let us know by calling the school 250-974-5569 and we will come and pick them up from you, or you can leave them out on that day and we will gladly come and collect them. The bottle drive starts at 10:00am, and we thank-you in advance for you support.

Today’s blog is brought to you by Lyra in grade 6.

Welcome To Alert Bay Elementary School`s New Blog!


Welcome to Alert Bay Elementary`s new blog and school website.  We are very excited to be sharing with you everything that is happening at and around our school.  On this site we will also share upcoming special events, field trips and projects that enhance and celebrate our learning.

We are very excited to announce that the students in the Intermediate grade 5/6/7 class began working with Master Weaver Donna Cranmer to create cedar headpieces. Over the next four months, the students will learn about cedar bark harvesting, cutting, thinning and dyeing.

Donna (Master Weaver Donna Cranmer shown here)

The headpieces will be constructed using diagonal plaiting. Students will create a bundle and back piece, cover the inside of the band with material and sew all the pieces together with an abalone button sewn onto the front. The finished headpieces will be worn at this year’s Cultural Celebration on June 3, 2016 at the Big House in Alert Bay.  These headpieces will become part of Alert Bay School’s regalia to be used by students for years to come.

This project is being made possible in part by a grant from Artstarts, and contributions from our Alert Bay School PAC, and Hakai Land and Sea Fishing Club.  The students, staff, and school community thank all of these generous supporters from the bottom of our hearts for making this rich learning opportunity happen at our school.

The students this week started the process of thinning the bark used in weaving.

Mark Thinning




And then they practiced the beginning stages of weaving, creating cedar bark bookmarks.

Bookmark Group




We will continue to update you on the process of this fabulous project.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions.  The students will be happy to answer them.