A busy week!

A very busy week at Pacific Heights.  Photo day, Meet the Teacher, Muscle Monday and our Terry Fox Run.  Here are some highlights.

Muscle Mondays have started. Every Monday, student leaders run classes through a 20-minute fitness circuit.

Muscle Mondays have started. Every Monday, student leaders run classes through a 20-minute fitness circuit.

Anjat has been an extremely enthusiastic fitness coach. I could hear him encouraging our students from the office!

Anjat has been an extremely enthusiastic fitness coach. I could hear him encouraging our students from the office!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

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As I wander the halls this week, I have discovered students at all age levels working with patterns in their math classes.

Patterning is an important building block for learning. Patterns provide a sense of  order in our world.  Patterns allow one to make educated guesses.  Understanding patterns aid in developing mental skills.  In order to recognize patterns one need to have an understanding of critical thinking and logic and these are clearly important skills to develop.  Patterns can provide a clear understanding of mathematical relationships.  Multiplication tables are a clear example of the relationship pattern found in multiplication. Understanding patterns provide the basis for understanding algebra. However, the benefits of understanding patterns reaches far beyond mathematics. The knowledge of patterns transfers into science.  Patterns are visible throughout nature. Understanding animal patterns has been used to help endangered species.  Understanding weather patterns allows one to predict the weather.  Patterns even form the basis for music.  What an important skill for her our students to develop!

Temprance is building patterns using tiles. She took up most of her table building large, complex patterns.

Temprance is building patterns using tiles. She took up most of her table building large, complex patterns.

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Lucia gets the award for the tallest pattern!

Lucia gets the award for the tallest pattern!

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I had the opportunity to help Jessica and Paloma with a challenging patterning problem they were working on. We used a t-chart to help  organize our work so we could more easily identify the patterns in numbers.

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The run!

The run!

Today, we held our Terry Fox run!  Students spent time in class learning about the life of Terry Fox and his important work in raising money toward cancer research.  Thank you to all our parent volunteers who came out to help and participate.

 

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Easton was reflecting on heros in class. He said that Terry Fox is a hero because,"he never gave up and raised millions of dollars to stop cancer."

Easton was reflecting on heroes in class. He said that Terry Fox is a hero because,”he never gave up and raised millions of dollars to stop cancer.”

A lot happened this week and next week is looking just as busy.  Monday is a Professional Day when students do not attend.  However, this building will be far from empty.  Our teachers are spending their day exploring FreshGrade, a new assessment and reporting tool.  Tuesday is the start of our Book Fair and  Dress Like Your Favourite Book Character day!  On Thursday, some of our classes will be participating in Shoreline Clean Up on our local beaches.  Stay tuned for some great new shared moments!

Up and rolling!

We are officially up and rolling at Pacific Heights!  Students are in their permanent classes and the learning has begun.  Here are some moments from this week:

I found working on estimating a cup full of Cheerios. He said the best part of this activity was using a calculator and of course, eating the Cheerios when he was done!

I found  Ajmer working on estimating a cup full of Cheerios. He said the best part of this activity was using a calculator and of course, eating the Cheerios when he was done!

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Mrs. Ecclestone, otherwise known as Mrs. Arts and Crafts, volunteers her time to help our youngest students create works of art! With her are Hailey and Christopher. They are creating Chick a Boom Boom trees. That is quite the tree trunk Christopher!

Recycle crew hard at work! Every week, Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. de Leeuw head up a team of school recyclers. They collect and sort all of recyclables including: paper, plastics and cans, and organics.

Recycle crew hard at work! Every week, Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. de Leeuw head up a team of school recyclers. They collect and sort all of our recyclables including  paper, plastics , cans, and organics.

Jake couldn't wait to share what he built during center time in Kindergarten. He explained to me step by step how he created his dump truck with driver!

Jake couldn’t wait to share what he built during center time in Kindergarten. He explained to me step by step how he created his dump truck with driver!

Myia and Sharin were working hard on patterning when I came across them. They explained that they had to try to build each of the patterns provided to them by the teacher. They were very proud to show me that they had successfully built every pattern!

Myia and Sharin were working hard on patterning when I came across them. They explained that they had to try to build each of the patterns provided to them by the teacher. They were very proud to show me that they had successfully built every pattern!

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Sienna had taken up a large area of the carpet with her pet shop. When I asked her what her favourite part of it was, she replied, “all of it!”

Justin and Evan were intently building when I joined them on the carpet. They showed me the motorcycles they built with lots of wheels. I bet they are fast!

Justin and Evan were intently building when I joined them on the carpet. They showed me the motorcycles they built with lots of wheels. I bet they are fast!

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Students in Div.6 have been working on the O.R.E.O. project. Students from around the world have been challenged to stack as high a tower as they can with Oreos. After estimating the height of their tower, students started stacking. The class averaged their results. Students then took apart their Oreos and created sculptures.

Andjelina and Katie have created a cookies and cream flavoured ice cream cone with their Oreos. They had to use every one of their Oreos in their sculpture. The girls enjoyed the project but Katie did not like that her hands got dirty.

Andjelina and Katie have created a cookies and cream flavoured ice cream cone with their Oreos. They had to use every one of their Oreos in their sculpture. The girls enjoyed the project but Katie did not like that her hands got dirty.

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Madison and Gina created a selection of insects with their Oreos that included a ladybug, two snails and a caterpillar (under construction). Madison and Gina though the best part of this project was working together and being able to share their ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s been a great week!  Next week will be a busy one!  We have Individual photos on Wednesday, Meet the Teacher from 6-7 on Thursday and our Terry Fox run on Friday.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Hello Pacific Heights!

To welcome back students, the Pacific Heights staff became a pirate crew. Be sure to take a peek at this years staff.

To welcome back students, the Pacific Heights staff became a pirate crew. Be sure to take a peek at the bulletin board in our lobby.

Hello Pacific Heights Community!  It has been a busy first week back at school.  I have enjoyed seeing the excited faces coming back to school, the buzz back in the building.

While much of the week was spent with students in their grade groups working with multiple teachers, by Friday afternoon students were settled in their new classes for the year.  The time and thoughtfulness teachers,  our LST team, school counsellor, and child care worker put into student classroom placements is extraordinary.  I am confident that each one of our students are in an ideal learning environment based on their combined team effort.

Each week, this blog will help to provide a window into the learning experiences and happenings going on at Pacific Heights.  I hope you enjoy the experience.

This week at Pacific Heights:

Zumba: On Thursday, students experienced Zumba in the gym. Great fun was had by all!
This week students had some fun fitness by participating in Zumba!

 

 

 

Jessica, Taylor and Wyatt settled into their grade 3 class.

 

Jessica, Taylor and Wyatt settled into their new grade 3 class.

 

 

Unknown-6Unknown-4We are very excited to have  a new piece of equipment to use to explore the undersea world.  Coast Capital Insurance generously made a donation allowing us to purchase a touch tray.  While we all very much enjoy the giant sea aquarium in our lobby, the mobile touch tray allows students to get up close and personal with ocean life in their classroom.  Students can touch an anemone, tickle a barnacle, and carefully pat a sea urchin among many other creatures.