November 30th, 2016

Mark Your Calendar!

December 2          Mannequin Challenge Entries are due to Ms. Chohan
December 6          School Assembly: Mannequin Challenge videos shared
December 7          Zumba
December 9          Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 15         Winter Concert
December 16         Last Day before Winter Break

Mannequin Challenge

The students are having so much fun with the Mannequin Challenge.  Ms. Chohan has received some really great videos.  There are three categories that video’s are being judged on: Best Classroom Mannequin Challenge, Best Primary Mannequin Challenge, and Best Intermediate Mannequin Challenge. The Leadership Team will be determining the winners.  Winners will receive a pizza party.  Below is a Mannequin Challenge done by Mr. Thompson’s class…Hmmm this is a strong contender for first place.

Student Leadership

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Our Me to We team is making Caring Hampers for two families in need this holiday season.  We would like new toys, clothing or gift cards to put into the hampers.  There are four girls (ages 2, 4, 8, 10) and one boy (age 8) that need our help.  These children have a wish list that includes:
-girls bike (to share between and 8 and 10 year old)
-bike helmet
-gift cards to Walmart or Superstore

Please drop off the gifts at the office unwrapped with a sticky note indicating who the gift is for (age and gender).  Our student leaders will be wrapping the gifts and putting the hampers together.

Crazy Fan Day

Last week was our “Crazy Fan Day”.  Students and staff came to school dressed up in their fan gear…we had all sorts of crazy fans.  Take a look at the pictures below:

Volleyball Season

Thank you to our wonderful teachers for their time and effort in coaching our girls and boys volleyball teams.  Mr. Henderson, Ms. Shears, and Mr. Unruh…THANK YOU!  The students continued to develop their skills over the season.  Most importantly, they learned about teamwork, sportsmanship, encouraging each other, and they had FUN.

Winter Concert

winter_genconcertpicThe Winter Concert is on Thursday, December 15th.  There are two times for the concert.  The first concert showing is at 10:45 am and that will be with the school students as the audience.  The second concert showing is at 1 pm and that is for our parent/family audience.  The students have been having a lot of fun and working hard with Mrs. Brown.  We welcome families to come and enjoy the joy!

Student Learning

Please take a look at the learning that has been happening in our classrooms.

Ms. Darby’s class had an amazing Aboriginal Expo.  Student made models and explained their learning.  To view more than the pictures below, look at the videos posted on twitter @PacHeights36

Painting in Ms. Banbury’s class:

Division 13 is busy spreading kindness:

So much happening in Division 14 with number sense and puzzles:

Students in Ms. Holmes’ class conducting experiments with magnets:

Division 13 learning about patterns:


Mannequin Challenge

November 17, 2016

The Mannequin Challenge at Pacific Heights Elementary

The Mannequin challenge is a new online trend where people remain frozen like mannequins while a video is recorded (on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc). The hashtag #MannequinChallenge is used on social media sites such a Twitter and Instagram when the video is posted.

5 Easy Steps to Make a Mannequin Challenge Video

  1. Use a device (iPad, iPod, iphone, camera) to record a video.
  2. Gather a group of friends to participate in the video.
  3. Choose a theme for the challenge. For example, are you all eating a great meal? Maybe it’s a dance party? Or maybe you are all scared of a bug in the classroom?
  4. Get everyone frozen in a fun position and hold still.
  5. Hit record on your device.

Rules for the Pacific Heights Mannequin Challenge:

  • The challenge is done in groups of 3 or more students.
  • The challenge is done on student time (before and after school, at home). It is not done during class time unless the teacher approves.
  • Students are not allowed to take devices outside during recess and lunch and therefore the challenge can not be recorded at recess and lunch. However, students can practice the scene during recess and lunch and then record the scene after school or before school.
  • The scene depicted must be appropriate (absolutely no violence).

 Where are the entries submitted?

  • Students submit entries to Ms. Chohan during recess.
  • Students bring device to Ms. Chohan and we transfer the video onto a school device.

What happens with each entry?

  • All entries will be shared during a school assembly
  • Only the entries with completed permission form (see below) will be posted on our school Instagram, Twitter, and blog site.  Each student will go home with a permission form today.


My child _____________ has participated in the Mannequin Challenge and I consent for his/her video to be posted on the Pacific Heights Instagram, Twitter, and blog site.


Parent Signature

November 10, 2016

Important Dates

November 11          Remembrance Day Holiday
November 17          PAC meeting at 6:30 pm in the library
November 24          Theme Day (theme is TBD)
November 30          Emily Carr Small Wonders Theatre performance at 10:45 am
December 9           Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 15          Winter Concert
December 16          Last day of classes before Winter Break

Communicating Student Learning

Our teachers and students have been hard at work.  The teachers at Pacific Heights have been responsive in changing their work and practise to continue meeting the needs of our learners.  Our staff has embraced both the curriculum changes and the changes in how we communicate student learning.  The traditional report card was one where you received information on your child’s achievement three times a year.  We have moved on from that to providing a ‘window” into the classroom.  

Our goal is to make information between parents, teachers, and students descriptive and collaborative.  How well does your child understand core concepts being taught in the classroom? How can you support your child in his/her learning at home?  What goals has your child set for him/herself?  In mid-October we held our conferences with parents and students.  This was an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts being taught in class.

Our teachers are using either FreshGrade or a PDF template (created by our school district) to communicate student learning.   With our curriculum and reporting changes, our teachers are doing their best to reach the goal of communicating frequent updates of your child’s progress in the areas of Language Arts and Math, along with other Core Competencies being taught.  Parents are being updated by the use of emails, phone calls, and student-led activities being sent home, etc.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  We are all doing our best to support our learners and it is important we work as a team to do so.

In the month of December all parents will receive communication as to their child’s progress this term.  This will come in the form of your child’s FreshGrade portfolio or a PDF document.  Click here to learn more about communicating student learning

Remembrance Day

It can sometimes be a challenge explaining the significance of Remembrance Day to children.  At Pacific Heights we approach the significance of the day with compassion, honesty and pride.  Children will understand what they can and each year they will understand more.  Each classroom has a variety of discussions about the day: the significance of the poppy as a symbol, what to think about during the moment of silence, discussion around hero’s, what does peace look like, and teachers read a variety of books to help students understand what Remembrance Day means.

Below are some pictures of performances and artwork students completed  to demonstrate the importance of Remembrance Day.

Emergency Drills and Preparedness

On October 20th the students and staff of Pacific Heights joined millions of people worldwide in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill.  Students did an excellent job of “drop, cover, and hold on”.  Teachers debriefed with students on the procedure and ensured all students felt safe and calm.

District policy requires we practise the following emergency drills: fire drills, earthquake drills, and our School Safety Alert System.  Please remember our goal is to ensure students feel safe during these drills.

Images of October Events & Learning

Ms. Holmes and Ms. deLeeuw were busy with the new critters for our Seaquarium.  As you can see below, our students were excited to meet and learn about the new additions to the aquariums.

STEM Learning

Students in Ms.  Beale’s class were busy making Pom Pom slingshots.  I walked into a class full of blueprints, rulers, elastic bands, pom pom’s, and very excited kids!  The students in Ms. Shear’s class were busy building and testing their structures.  Learning is so much fun.