Halloween Week at Pacific

This has been a wonderfully exciting week at Pacific Heights!  The creatures arrived for our Sea-Aquarium, some classes visited the Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch, while others explored Redwood Park.  Our week culminated with Halloween festivities on Friday:  a primary Halloween dance and costume parade for everyone.

The Pumpkin Patch

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Heading into the corn maze.

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The tractor hay ride. Love the mud!

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The new critters arrived by courier on Wednesday after students spent a great deal of time learning about the different creatures that could be ordered.  Students submitted a wish list and waited patiently for the day of delivery.  The excitement was palpable as the boxes were opened and each creature was revealed.  Students from many classes took part in group table work identifying, and making observations of our new critters.  At the end of the day, all of the critters found a new home in the tank in our foyer.  Be sure to come by and take a look!

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Students in Grade 3 visited Redwood Park this week for a nature exploration.

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Investigating

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Primary Dance and Halloween Costume Parade

Today was an eventful day.  Students full of excitement, arriving to school in costume.  Our primary students had a Halloween dance in the gym, just for them.  All students danced the halls and gym during our Halloween parade this afternoon.  Fun was had by all!

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A Lot Going On

There is always lots going on in the hallways of Pacific Heights.  Here are some of the highlights from this week.

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Patterning work in Grade .  Students had to create a pattern and then explain their pattern.

Patterning work in Grade three. Students had to create a pattern and then explain their work.

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The lamp

Hailey and Amy were challenged to create a lamp shade to fit a lamp that Mr. Unruh made out of recycled parts.

Hailey and Amy were challenged to create a lamp shade to fit a lamp that Mr. Unruh made out of recycled parts.

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Students in grade three have been studying the art of Barbara Reid. Barbara Reid works with plasticine to create the art for her books. I even had the opportunity to read one of my favourite Barbara Reid books to the class….The Party! Students then had a chance to create their own works of art out of plasticine.

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We are very excited to add a new piece of technology to Pacific Heights. We now have a 3D printer! I can't wait to see what our students create!

We are very excited to add a new piece of technology to Pacific Heights. We now have a 3D printer! I can’t wait to see what our students create!

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I was walking down the hall this week and saw a crowd of very excited students in grade two. I discovered they had a visitor. Griffin had brought in his veiled chameleon, Scarlett to share with the class. How exciting…for all of us!

Next week is Halloween week.  Some of our classes are off to the pumpkin patch, others to Redwood Park.  On Friday, our primary students will be enjoying a Halloween dance just for them.  All students will be participating in our Halloween costume walk.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Election Week at Pacific Heights

It was election week at Pacific Heights.  Students in many classes have been learning about the democratic process and elections were held at the school.  Everyone is excited to hear what the results are this week!  We also had our October assembly where we recognized all students having birthdays for September and October.  A group of student leaders presented the buddy bench to the school and we saw our first instalment of Pacific Heights Student News!

School Election

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Rehea preparing student ballots.

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Lara placing her ballot in the ballot box.

Oliver greets our students every morning from just outside the gate.

Oliver greets our students every morning from just outside the gate.

Trinity completed a plane in class on Friday morning. She said that every week students are given the tools to build something with little teacher direction. Students have to use all their problem solving skills to be successful on their own. Last week students had to make a cardboard shoe that could actually be worn by one of their group members.

Trinity completed a plane in class on Friday morning. She said that every week students are given the tools to build something with little teacher direction. Students have to use all their problem solving skills to be successful on their own. Last week students had to make a cardboard shoe that could actually be worn by one of their group members.

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October Assembly

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This is our buddy bench. A buddy bench is a place where students go can if they are in need of someone to play with. Students have been asked to keep an eye on the bench and invite anyone they see there to play.

On Monday,  Pacific Heights is a federal election polling station.  Some of our classes may take the opportunity to peek in the gym and see the process in action.  Interim reports/portfolio highlights will be coming home on Monday. Friday is a Provincial Pro-D Day.  On this day teachers have opportunities all over the Province for learning.

Fall is in the Air

What an incredible fall this has been.  We have been so fortunate to have seen the sun all September.  Our grounds are beautiful at this time with all the leaves turning red and gold.  Our students have been outside every day playing soccer, basketball, exploring the playgrounds and digging in the dirt. Great fun!

This week we had a performance by Dumpsta Dragons.  They share music and instruments from around the world, including ones made from recycled materials. Great inspiration for Maker Faire later this year.

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The Moroccan hockey stick!

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Chelsea rocking out on the drums!

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Our performance crew!

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The “veggie” creations

Foot stomp’n hoedown!

The artwork

Damon loses his first tooth!

Damon loses his first tooth!

Last week we students participated in the great shoreline cleanup. This week Harjyn and Aodan were busy tallying the results. Our students cleared the beach of: 9946 cigarette butts 3200 food wrappers 120 plastic caps Among a lot of other garbage. Thank you students!

Last week we students participated in the great shoreline cleanup. This week Harjyn and Aodan were busy tallying the results.
Our students cleared the beach of:
9946 cigarette butts
3200 food wrappers
120 plastic caps
and a lot of other garbage. Thank you students!

This was a fun week cumulating with Harvest Day.  A wonderful tradition!  I hope all of our students, staff and families have a restful, safe weekend.  Enjoy the turkey! Happy Thanksgiving!

Books and Beach

This week was both fun and feel good for our students!  Book Fair started this week and we kicked it off with “Dress As Your Favourite Book Character”.  Our students were incredibly creative with their costumes.  On Thursday, students from many of our classes participated in Shoreline Cleanup.  Students, teachers, parents and grand-parents headed down to White Rock beach and cleaned up the shore.  What a great feeling to have made such a difference!

Dress As Your Favourite Book Character

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Lance made a great Max from Where the Wild Things Are!

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Lucy as the Paper Bag Princess!

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Kaelyn made a beautiful Rainbow Fish costume.

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Jessica was Blue Crayon from The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Makayla and Zara were Ivy and Bean.

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What a creative costume Seamus! Stanley from Holes.

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Mitchell was Steve from Minecraft.

Book Fair

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Book discussion group with D.J. and Ethan.

Shoreline cleanup

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Rayhan and Nishan looking to clean up!

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Ms. Holmes leading the way with her group!

Amy, Jaspal and Keira helping to bring down more tools.

Amy, Jaspal and Keira helping to bring down more tools.

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Our media crew: Jaiden, Arjin and Yireh.

What a wonderful week it was!  Looking forward to next week with a musical performance on Tuesday and Harvest Day on Friday.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s veggie creations and the big hoedown in the gym!  I had better dig out my cowboy boots!