September 19 Meet the Teacher 6-7 pm
September 22 Individual Photo Day
September 25 Non Instructional Day
September 28 Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
September 28 PAC meeting at 6 pm in Library
September 29 Orange Shirt Day
September 29 PAC Hot Dog Lunch
October 2-6 Scholastic Book Fair
October 3 Shoreline Clean up
Student Learning Spotlight
This past June, Aodhan Braun won an entrepreneur award for creating a device that simulates your and from a farther distance. Here are a couple of questions, Aodhan answered for the newsletter.
How does your Handy Hand work?
The Handy Hand work with fishing line connected to rings which go on your fingers. The fishing line carefully goes through beads glued to the cardboard hand, so when you pull the fishing line it also pulls the extended finger making it possible to act just like your hand but from a further distance.
What is it made of?
The handy Hand’s base is made out of cardboard which was cut into a hand. The reason for that is so when you pull on it , it bends not just the fingers but the actual hand. In order to keep your hand in place it has a Velcro strap. The Handy Hand also has elastic on the back of each finger which I will explain why later. To make sure you have a secure grip each finger and palm is cover in antiskid to try and simulate the type of grip you have on your hand.
What inspired you to make the Handy Hand?
It’s actually a pretty funny story what gave me this idea. One day I was in my class doing normal work and my eye was caught on a classmate trying to reach for his library book. Since the school Entrepreneur Fair was coming up I knew I had to take action, so I went home and though about it for a while then it hit me and that’s how the Handy Hand was born.
Winning the award – what was that like?
The founder of the program, Bill Roche, who started the program more than 20 years ago came to Pacific Heights to look at our inventions. He choose me to go to a Dragons Den style type of event hosted at Simon Fraser University (SFU). I had to prepare a speech, business plan, poster, display, and make sure The Handy Hand was top notch for the judges. You check my IG page @aodhan_charger_boi for more pictures. I was happy and surprised to win the award for Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Creative.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome?
Winning was awesome but getting there wasn’t easy at all. I had to figure out how much to sell each Handy Hand for. I originally planned to be selling each hand for $10 and only making twelve of them but I was limited to how much kids were willing to pay for the Handy Hand from my market research. The amount of money kids were willing to buy the hand for was $5. So I decided to make a better quality hand and sell it for $7. My dad helped me make all sixteen of my Handy Hand’s…it was a big job! The second obstacle was that the fingers made out of cardboard would bend over time. I had to find a way around it and there was just a few days before the Entrepreneur Fair. I then got the idea to put elastic behind each finger so the cardboard finger would go back into place instead of staying bent. It was a pain to go and put elastic on each finger of all 16 Handy Hand’s!
What did you enjoy the most?
I honestly just enjoyed socialising to judges and customers. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about business. It was fun meeting other students from other schools and joining together at the summer camp held at SFU.
Have you ever invented something before?
I have always like to make cool toys and mechanics when I was at home but I did also make a talking robot a few years ago using a speaker. But this is my most prized possession.
What do you want to make next?
I’m not exactly sure what I would like to make next but I would like to invent something that makes people’s lives easier. I might make something with magnets.
Terry Fox Run
Next week, September 28th is our Terry Fox Run. Please click here for a link to a short YouTube video on Terry Fox and his journey to raise money to cure cancer. We are asking students bring a $2 donation that will go to the Terry Fox Foundation.
Our Terry Fox Run will take place after lunch. We will have a short assembly where we show a video about Terry Fox and then we do a short warm up. Intermediate students have a longer route around the school. Our primary students run around the field.
Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters
Orange Shirt day is on Friday Sept. 29th. Orange shirt day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, being taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school. This day has also become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
Residential Schools had a profound effect on the culture and language of aboriginal people across Canada, and forever changed the lives of thousands of aboriginal children. As the terrible legacy of these schools has become public, the Canadian Government offered an apology to aboriginal people for the forced cultural assimilation embodied in the residential school system.
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Scholastic Book Fair
Our first Scholastic Book Fair for this school year will be in the week of October 2nd 2017. The theme this year is Our Scholastic Book Fair will be the Wild Wild West! The book fair will be in the library and will be open for business during lunch hour and after school.
A reminder that students are not allowed to buy for each other unless they are buying for their siblings.
Co-Ed Soccer Team
A big thank you to Mr. Thompson who is coaching our co-ed soccer team. Practises are held Mondays after school. The game schedule is yet to be determined.