February Rain

While its been raining cats and dogs outside, some of our students have been working at helping out some cats and dogs on the inside.  A couple of weeks ago, a few of our grade 6/7 students approached me about raising money for the BCSPCA.  They started by offering their services to clean and organize teacher desks for a small fee.  They then held a school wide bake sale.  All in all, this small group raised a large amount of money to support our local animal shelter.  Their grand total was $182!  Congratulations girls!

This week, many of our classes took part in a soapstone carving workshop.  Students were provided with the basic shape of an animal and had to carve in all of the details.

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Our students have had an exciting opportunity this week.  All of our students K through grade 7 are participating in tennis lessons.  They will all be ready to hit the courts over Spring Break!  Pictures to come next week.

Many of classes meet a few times a month with their buddy class.  Older students make a connection with a younger student and do various activities together.  This week our grade 6/7’s spent some time reading with their Kindergarten buddies.

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Some of our grade three students are part of a special program called Roots of Empathy. The program helps teach students emotional empathy through a developed relationship with an infant.  At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever, which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.

The highlight of my week was spending the morning in grade one.  Students completed a journal entry and then shared them with me.  It is wonderful to see how what were just streams of letters at the beginning of the year have developed into sentences with capitals and periods.

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Next week is Canadathon.  On Thursday, students brought home their study questions and pledge sheets.  Money raised from this event directly supports students in classrooms. Students will be writing their “quiz” next Thursday.  Study hard everyone! Canada-Flag-Open-e1358696598990

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