Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetKbrtdge Herald FOURTH SECTION Lethbridge Alberta, Wednesday. October 31. 1973 PAGES 35 44 Learning, fun combined villains, music invade hallowed halls Villainous letter R attacks shy E Seven-year-old Cam Kjeldgaard, portraying the strong letter R, taking part in a combined program in music, drama and learning the latches on to vowel-sound E, played by Shelley Martin, also 7, to alphabet. The new approach to language instruction was the brain- show how together they can make up words like father, mother and cnjid of teacher Mrs. Leanne Herbst. brother. The children, all students at Assumption School, were__________________________________________________ Only one succeeds Women candidates suffer defeat By ANN FOTHERINGHAM MONTREAL (CP) Twen- ty six women candidates tried their luck at the polls in the provincial election and only one was successful Lise Bacon, president of the Que- bec Liberal Association who won in the Montreal riding of Bourassa. Of the other 25 female candidates, 24 went down to defeat against Liberal op- ponents and the other, a Liberal, lost out to the Parti Quebecois. Miss Bacon said in an inter- view here she was pleased about the results but "highly surprised very surprised." Miss Bacon said she thought it was "a clear answer from all Quebec that they don't want to separate and that they believe in Canada." Commenting on the fact she was the only woman elected, she said "I'll work just as hard in the caucus as I did as head of the Liberal association." The only other female Liberal candidate, Micheline Brisebois, lost out in Montreal St. Jacques riding to Parti Quebecois incumbent Claude Charron. Mrs. Brisebois polled to Mr. Charron's votes. LOST OUT Louise Bertrand, daughter of the former Quebec premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand, ran as a Union Nationale can- didate in the Montreal ridine of Notre Dame de Grace against Liberal incumbent William Tetley, financial in- stitutions minister in the last Bourassa cabinet. Mr. Tetley won his riding with votes while Miss Bertrand polled votes. Lise Cloutier Trochu, sister of Francois Cloutier, educa- tion minister in the last Bourassa government, ran as a Parti Quebecois candidate in Outremont riding. In the 1970 provincial elec- tion, nine women candidates contested seats in the national assembly. Only one was Kirkland- Casgrain. who ran as a Liberal in the Montreal riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Mrs. Casgrain served as cul- tural affairs minister in the former Bourassa By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer "Oh when the vowels come marching in" The piano keys responded to the nimble fingers of a middle- aged woman as several smiling, bright-eyed youngsters sang the number one song on their Grade 3 hit parade to the tune of a golden oldy. This is supposed to be a language arts lesson on the alphabet? The classroom door swung open. Suddenly, the singers became more responsive as the music swarmed throughout the room. And visiting Grade 1 students sat pop-eyed anxiously awaiting this educational lesson that was already more like fun. Dancing vowels Into the Grade 3 classroom darted five costumed girls carrying placards. A protest march by Grade 3 students? They marched, danced and skirted around the room. Then the music stopped. Silence. There, just beyond the Grade 1 audience, stood five young girls all in a row, shoulder to shoulder. The music again. The singing. Only one girl dancing now. "Hello I'm the vowel letter "A" as in act and "A" as in play." she said while pointing to the face of the placards that was inscrib- ed with the letter "A" and two words containing the letter "A." the next dancing, placard-carrying girl said. "I'm the vowel letter "E." "E" as in red and "E" as in me." Then it was "Good after- noon." I'm the vowel letter followed by "Howdy, I'm The Herald- Family the vowel letter and "Hi there, I'm the vowel letter 'UV Each girl vocally presented the vowel she represented and two words to illustrate the pronunciation of the vowel. Suddenly, sucrrying through the door, came the tiniest placard-carrying girl scream- ing in a high-pitched tone "What about me. What about me." Everyone looked around in disbelief. "Who is she. Who is "I am the vowel letter she said. How could anyone ever forget about the cute little But the audience is forgiven. After all, even the vowel letter "Y" sometimes forgets to be a vowel. Villain enters "Grrrrr" dressed as the villianous character he plays in darts the fierce-looking youngster who calls himself the letter "R." "Here I come. I am the villian he snarls. With a move that startles the audience, he grabs the girl representing the vowel letter spins her around and boasts "I'll change the letter "E" to "ER" as in father, mother, sister and brother." He eventually overpowers all the girls and changes the vowels they represent to sounds that include the letter "R." In rapid succession he spouts off several words that include a vowel next to the letter "R" as the singers repeat the words and the pianist keeps them all in tune. The villian "R" has made his point. "Remember I am very he growls. "Your sounds will be neither short or long when I stand next to you because I am the bossy he cackles and then har-hars out of the room. Heads bowed, the girls representing the vowels are very sad as they shuffle their way through the classroom door. For they, once again, have been upstaged. Curtain. Combined program The classroom performance was the brain-child of Lenna Herbst, Grade 3 teacher at Assumption School. It was designed to combine music and drama with basic language instruction. Mrs. Herbst claims it has helped the students learn the intricacies of the alphabet more quickly than they would have mastered them through memorization drills. At the same time it has helped, she says, some of the shy children become more vocal and willing to par- ticipate in classroom dis- cussions. Other students in the school are able to view the perfor- mance and gain a learning ex- perience while biing enter- tained and at the same time they provide an audience for the Grade 3 performers. Mini-parliament first for guides Rangers and senior Guides from Bow Island, Taber, Pincher Creek and Lethbridge were in the city over the weekend attending the first gjris' mini-parliament sessions. The mini-parliament was intended to provide the par- ticipants with an opportunity to understand the workings of government, and to facilitate their participation in the Alberta Girls' Parliament to be held in the spring. Elected officers were Alix McMurdo, premier; Joyce Oishi, deputy leader; Wendy Moar, leader of the op- position; Marcella Bakker, alternate leader of the op- position; Dorothy George, speaker; Betty Hobbs, clerk; and Lisette Van Tryp as sergeant at arms. The parliament debated resolutions on child battering, Station applies for takeover REGINA (CP) Radio sta- tion CKRM has applied to the Canadian Radio-Television Commission for approval to take over another Regina radio station, CFMQ. C'PMQ is one of the few FM radio stations not run in con- junction with an AM radio station. CRTC consideration of the application is expected to follow November hearings on general FM policy. drug pusher informants, sex education in the schools and the possibility of holding a se- cond parliament. Girls elected to hold office next term were Gail Frankcombe, premier; Betty Hobbs, deputy premier; Joyce Oishi, leader of the op- position; Valerie Storfie, alternate leader of the op- position; Debbie Scheu, speaker; and Marcella Bakker, clerk. Pediatric workshop planned A special one-day nursing workshop for housewives, mothers and grandmothers will be held Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lethbridge Com- munity College. It's a pediatrics workshop on immunization and com- municable diseases sponsored by the southern district of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses and the college's school of continuing education. Workshop leaders are Mrs. Shelly Carpenter, a registered nurse; Miss Agnes Short, senior nurse at the Lethbridge health unit, and pediatrician Dr. Doug McPherson. 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