Our next Fête du soleil Wrap-up comes from our chapter in Lloydminster. This was an active three days of camp from August 16-18. The monitors animated three themes: At the Olympics, Music and Medieval Times with applicable vocabulary and exciting crafts, games, and activities. One of the many highlights of the camp was an excursion to the spray park at Bud Miller Park.
Here is what the Lloydminster chapter had to say about hosting Fête du soleil:
Q: As a volunteer, what is your favorite part of hosting Fête du soleil in Lloydminster?
A: I love to see the fun that the children have and I find immense value for the children entering kindergarten. They get an early taste of structure and meet a few faces before school begins.
Q: What makes Fête du soleil unique in Lloydminster?
A: As the only immersion school in our community, this is a unique opportunity for some summer time entertainment, en français!
Q: Why is it important for Lloydminster to host Fête du soleil?
A: Year over year, this has become a camp that we look forward to. As parents who value French education, this is the perfect opportunity for our kids to get a jumpstart on the French school year.
Q: What do you hope the children take away from their days at camp?
A: For the wee small ones, I hope they take away a couple French words they did not know when they first got there. For the bigger kids, it is an enjoyable time to refresh their French and reconnect with school friends before school starts.
Q: Who else in the chapter and in the community helped to make this year’s Fête du soleil a success?
A: Chantal Forcier, our Teacher Liaison; Erin Stark, our Chapter President; Tracy Matthews, our Chapter Treasurer; and our new member (and hopefully a board member) Stacy Ann Valderon as well as numerous other parents, and the Assistant Monitors from the high school.
Q: What other programs or events does your chapter put on throughout the year? What is coming up?
A: Last spring was our first year to do “Fête du printemps”. This was an overwhelming success and we are hoping to possibly add a fall session during the November break. We also offer French for Parents classes, level 1 and 2. We may be interested in trying a Mini Rendez-vous as a couple of the schools in our division are offering the grade five to six Intensive French Program. This may be a unique opportunity for those children to have a bit more exposure to French with some of our kids.
Check back soon for our next Fête du soleil Wrap-Up.