February 27, 2017

Upcoming Events

February 28          Kindness Counts Assembly at 1 pm
March 6-10           Communicating Student Learning reports go home
March 6-10           Talent Show auditions
March 8              PAC Movie Night
March 8                 Theme Day: Retro Day
March 9              Reading Link Challenge at 1 pm in the gym
March 9              We Bake for Change (cupcake sale)
March 13-24         Spring Break
March 30             Talent Show (parent audience at 12:45 pm)
April 6              Early Dismissal for Student Led Conferences at 1:30 pm
April 14             Good Friday (holiday)
April 17             Easter Monday (holiday)
April 19             Class and School Panorama pictures
April 27             Spring Concert

Coding at Pacific Heights?

As you all know, the world is changing at a fast pace with all the technology we have at our fingertips.  We live in a world that is dominated by software with our phones, television, mapping apps, shopping online, and even some of our homes are controlled by software (programmed heating and lights) and so much more! Because software is such a big part of our lives, it is now also a language of our world.  We want our children to know the language of computers.  This does not mean that all future jobs will involve programming but it does mean that our children need to have computational thinking…a structured way to solve problems.  Computational thinking goes beyond coding, but allows for problem solving skills in the fields of medicine, physics, fluid mechanics, and music. Here is an article from Mother Jones explains computational thinking.

So where do we start?  We start with having our students create a game or animation that is really fun. You can introduce your children to coding through Hour of Code.  These are one-hour tutorials that teach the basics of coding and computer science.

At Pacific Heights, we are starting with games such as the Osmo Wonder, Dash, Sphero 2.0, and the Ozobot.  Take a look at the video below.  Students from Division 2 used their coding skills with the the Dash.

Doggy DooDoo Posters by Division 9

Students in Ms. McIntyre’s have been very concerned with the mess dog owner’s are leaving behind on our school grounds.  Our school is a place where children play soccer, run, and play other games.  When dog owners do not clean up after their pets on our school grounds, the fields become too messy for kids to play.  Take a look at the posters students made to get their message out.  We are so proud of division 9 and their “take action” approach to this problem.

Field Trip to Grouse Mountain

All of our grade 3, 4, and 5 students went on a field trip to Grouse Mountain to learn about First Nation’s culture.  Students learned from an Elder in the feast house.  Students had the opportunity to make totem animals out of felt.  Our classes had the joy of going on an snowshoeing expedition as an eco walk.  An eco walk is where you look at the ecology of the area.  Each one of our students learned valuable information on this field trip.

Ms. Chohan asked students: What did you learn?
We learned to respect everyone and if someone is mean to you, you can ignore them or walk away” Cole B.
“I learned about making a red cedar basket and how it can hold water and other liquids.  I learned that from a story they told” Georgia S.
“I learned about the First Nations people and how the clan animals mean something.  I remember wolf means love.” Inderveer S.
We learned about First Nations culture.  I understood that they don’t worship animals but respect them.  They have dances and songs about the animals.  If you listen to the beat you can figure out which animal it is about” Adam W.

Student Leadership

Pink Shirt Day
We had a keen group of leadership students who wanted to spread some kindness this month.  This group took pictures, made props, painted backdrops, and shared words of kindness.  Please take a look below at the great photography skills our leadership students exhibited.

Retro Day
On Wednesday, March 8th we are encouraging all students to dress in retro gear.  Allow your children to dig through your closet and find your silk shirts with big shoulder pads, bell bottoms, hypercolour t-shirts, scrunchies, and so much more from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Help your child dress retro on this fun day.

We Bake for Change

cupcake March 9th our Me to We team will be baking cupcakes to sell to students.  All sale proceeds will go to Ecuador to support their health care.  Cupcakes will be sold for $2.00.
Money will be collected on March 8th and cupcakes will be brought to each classroom on the day of March 9th.

Multicultural Day

multicultural-dayOur school multicultural day has been postponed due to performance scheduling.  We will have a multicultural day as soon as we reschedule a school performance.  The new date will be posted on the school website.

Basketball

A big congratulations to our boys and girls teams.  Our players demonstrated teamwork and healthy competition during our play days.  The teams had a great season with our boys and girls team finishing in third place.  Well done!basketball      .

We would like to thank our coaches for their time and enthusiasm as they worked with our students to develop basketball skills.  Our coaches were:
Mr. Henderson
Mr. Thompson
Ms. Chong (parent volunteer)
Mr. George (parent volunteer)

Fishy Fridays

Thank you to all of you who bought our Fishy Friday candy bags.  We raised     for our Seaquarium.  This will allow for our school to purchase new critters and food for the aquarium along with making any repairs.

A big thank you to the parents and students who volunteered their time to advertise and sell the goody bags after school.

Talent Show

talent-showNext week week we will begin our Talent Show auditions.  Auditions will be held during the lunch hour in the multipurpose room.  Please encourage your child to participate.  In the past we have had comedy acts, dance, singing, piano, and guitar.  We encourage all student to try out and have fun.  Please keep in mind that acts are not be longer than 4 minutes. If your child is singing then he/she must bring his/her own music.

Audition Schedule:
Monday: kindergarten and grade 1
Tuesday: grade 2 and 3
Wednesday: grade 4 and 5
Thursday: grade 6 and 7
Friday: missed auditions

#BEKIND #KINDNESSCOUNTS

February 12, 2018

Our Me to WE team is promoting acts of kindness this month.  We are using the hashtags #KINDNESSCOUNTS and #BEKIND as we take pictures of students demonstrating kindness.  The pictures will be on our school IG account and twitter account. This theme ties in perfectly with Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying day) on February 22, 2017.

We have decided to raise awareness of Pink Shirt Day for two days instead of one.  We are encouraging students to wear pink shirts on February 21 and 22.  As a fundraiser the Me to We team is selling pink t-shirts, with the hashtag #BEKIND printed across the front, to wear on February 21 and 22.  All proceeds from shirt sales will go towards the country and pillar the Me to We team has decided to support: Ecuador and health care.  Cost of t-shirt is $12be-kind-shirt

Orders are to be handed to classroom teachers by Tuesday, February 14h.  Order forms were sent home over a week ago.

How did Pink Shirt Day Begin?

Click here to learn more about how Pink Shirt Day began

 

 

February 7, 2017

Events this Unexpectedly short Week

Wednesday, February 8                  Dress for the Wilderness
Wednesday February  8                  Scholastic Book Fair
Basketball games and practises: TBA tomorrow

Snow!

As adults when most of us see snow we think about driving conditions, shovelling the driveway, and school closures.  Remember for our students its all about the fun and beauty of the snow.  I do hope that after you finished all the tedious tasks that snow brings, you were able to go out and enjoy the snow with your children by sledding, building, or going for a walk.

So as it looks like schools will be open tomorrow I wanted to send out some important reminders.

Dress for the Weatherkid-in-snow

Our students love to make snow angels, build forts, run in the snow and so please ensure your children are dressed appropriately as it will be outside day at recess and lunch.  Children should come to school wearing a warm coat, hat, and and mittens.

Snow Related Activities

fortMany of our students bring sleds to school and our school rule is that there is no sledding during recess, lunch, and after school.  This is because it is difficult to safely supervise students while they are sledding. Instead we have decided that students can go sledding with their classes.  If the classroom teacher decides to take students out for some fresh air and physical activity, then students may go sledding with clear rules and expectations with the classroom teacher supervising.  If students decide to go sledding after the 2:45 pm bell they may do so, however they require a parent to supervise as there is no staff supervision after 2:45 pm.

Snow Safety

We encourage our students to build with the snow, run, make forts and other structures with the snow.  We do not allow snowballs to be thrown as this is a safety concern.

iceYou may also have noticed that icicles quickly form along the roof overhang, right above where classes line up.  We do our best to knock the icicles down so they do not fall and harm a student.  If you notice icicles are formed please report to the school office and we will take care of it.

Also, if we notice the school grounds are too icy, then we do call it an inside day.  We do not want students to slip and fall.  Once again, if you notice icy patches on school grounds please notify the office and we will put down some salt in those areas.

 

January 31, 2017

Upcoming Events

February Fridays     Fishy Friday’s (read below for more info)
February 6-10           FSA week for grade 4 and 7 students
February  7-10          Book Fair
February 7                 Theme Day: Dress for the Wilderness (to kick-off our book fair)
February 10               Jump Rope for Heart
February 13               Family Day
February 17               Pro D
February 22              Pink Shirt Day/Anti-Bullying Day
March 2                      Multicultural Day
March 13 – 24           Spring Break
March 30                   Talent Show

Maker Faire at Pacific Heights

This was our third annual Maker Faire and it was truly amazing.  Looking at all the projects, it was evident how our Maker Faire has evolved because the students have developed in their making skills.  More importantly, students are learning from each other and they are inspired by the work their peers are doing.  When a student in grade 3 sees a “cool” Maker Faire project, that student thinks to him/herself,
“I’m going to try that next year”.  As students and parents walked around viewing the projects, I was most impressed with the questions being asked and how students answered–thoughtfully and clearly.  I heard questions like, “how did you wire this?” “where did you get the idea?” “How does this work exactly?”  Each student was able to answer clearly and thoroughly.

This year we had Ms. Holmes and Mr. Unruh create a Maker Space in one of our portables.  This Maker Space has tools we wouldn’t normally have in a classroom (saws, drills, hammers, etc.). This space allows students who usually wouldn’t create or make  using wood have the opportunity to do so.  During our Maker Faire, Mr. Unruh was in the Maker Space helping students from grades 3 -7 build.  It was a place where students were learning new skills and the common sense safety required using the new tools.  We had girls make bookshelves for their bedroom, another group made a ping pong table, and there was so much more happening in that room.

Our staff and students have embraced the new  ADST curriculum, developing skills to create, problems solve, and be analytical.  In many of our classrooms, students have been participating in weekly STEM challenges.  The Writing Club has been exploring story-telling through video games.  For Maker Faire students wrote an introduction for their individual story ideas and then coded a game using Hopscotch to tell the rest of the story.  All of our students demonstrated many of the skills listed below:

  • creativity
  • organized planning
  • risk-taking
  • problem solving
  • collaboration
  • analytical thinking
  • communication

Most of our primary students created using cardboard.  The cardboard creations had so much detail.  Our intermediate students branched out to make a variety of things: signs and furniture made from wood, making slime or goop, carnival type games, and holograms.  Take a look at our Maker Faire photo gallery.  For more pictures please visit our school twitter and IG account:

Fishy Fridays!

Please support our school fundraiser for Seaquaria and Touchtank.  Parents will be selling goody bags for $2.00 with all proceeds going directly to support the upkeep of the Seaquaria and Touchtank.  The money raised helps to purchase new new creatures, buy food for the creatures, and repair or replace any equipment.  Goody bags will be sold in front of the school every Friday at 2:30 pm.

Student Leadership

A big thank you to our school community for donating gently used shoes for Ruben’s Shoes.  We were able to donate 352 pairs of shoes.  These shoes will help children in third world countries go to school, and allow for some adults to wear new shoes for job interviews.  Our Me to We team with the help and supervision of PAC parent, Janelle Morisson, collected and sorted all 352 pairs.

Scholastic Book Fair: February 7-10, 2017

Our book fair is open on February 7th and we are going to kick it off with a “dress for the wilderness” theme day.  The book fair is open during lunch (11:40 – 12:30 pm)  and after school (2:30-3:30 pm).  Please have a discussion with your child(ren) about buying books for only him/herself and not for friends.  Sometimes our younger students feel they need to buy books or other items (erasers, pencils, bookmarks, etc.) for their friends or older students, this ends up leading to hurt feelings and other conflicts.  If you have given you child permission to purchase items from the book fair for another child, then please inform the classroom teacher with a note.