November 19th, 2017

dont-forgetDates to Remember

November 21            PAC meeting 6 pm in library
November 21            Blanket Drive begins
November 22            Theme Day: Disney Day
November 27-30       Fundraising for Mo-vember
November 29            Boys Volleyball Play Day Crescent Park Ele.
November 30            Theme Day:  Moustache Day
November 30            Girls Volleyball Play Day at Pacific Heights
December 11            Communicating Student Learning reports go home
December 11            Gym being used all day for Federal by-elections
December 12            Last day of our Blanket Drive
December 15            Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 19            Early dismissal at 1:25 pm
December 20            Early dismissal at 1:25 pm
December 21            Winter Concert at 1 pm for Parent Audience
December 22            Winter Break begins at 2:25 pm!
January 9                 School is back in session

Learning Spotlight

This month has been busy with classes building their gravity cars and racing them down the track.  I will have more pictures to share in the next couple of weeks as some classes are still building.  Take a look at the photos and videos below to see some of the fun learning that has taken place.

r day pic1

Student Leadership News

Kenya and Water

This year our leadership team has decided to support Kenya.  Our goal is to raise money so villages in Kenya have access to clean water and sanitation.  Clean water helps remove barriers to education by reducing illness and allowing girls to go to school instead of spending hours each day fetching their family’s water – often from contaminated sources.  Click here to learn more.

Local Impacts

  1.  Our leadership team is also helping our local community.  We have already supported our local food bank with our “We Scare Hunger” campaign.  Our school community collected 517 non perishable food items
  2. We are also excited about supporting local families during this Holiday season.  Our students will be helping three families by putting together hampers full of clothing, toys, and games.
  3. Apart from supporting important global initiatives and building school spirit, one of the most important mandates of our Student Leadership Team is to make our own community a better place to live. With that idea in mind, we are hoping to collect as many warm, clean blankets as we can to provide some respite from the cold for people who are forced to live out on the streets. If you have a blanket to donate, please send it in a bag to your child’s classroom teacher. Members of the leadership team will come around and collect the blankets by Tuesday, December 12, 2018. The blankets will then be delivered to a local shelter.

School Spirit with a Fundraising Twist

We are having a theme day: Disney Day is this Wednesday November 22nd.  Come to school dressed as your favourite Disney character.  Our student leaders will be coming around to take pictures.


movemberHappy MO-vember! If you have been paying attention to the faces of our male teachers this month, they have decided to show their support for men’s health by growing Mo’s (moustaches). Movember started in 2004, in Melbourne, Australia, when a group of friends decided to grow moustaches for men’s health. The goal is to make the men in our school community (dads, uncles, granddads, older brothers) more aware of the importance of seeing a doctor on a regular basis. You can find more information about Movember at this website.
From Monday, Movember 27th to the 30th, we are going to have a 4 day fundraising blitz. Our goal is to raise $800 over the 4 days to support men’s health. On Thursday, Movember 30th, we are having a  Moustache Day theme day. On this day we will celebrate what we have fundraised over four days by having everyone wear a moustache style of their choice! There will also be a Movember Art Contest for all students to participate in which is being led by our Pacific Heights Leadership Team. There will be more information to follow regarding the art contests later this week.
If you would like to donate on-line, you can find the Pacific Heights’ MO BRO’s team here. Any donation helps, however, getting the word out to our adult males is the most important reason for this campaign.

November 5, 2017

Upcoming Eventsdon't forget

November 7        Final Day to collect for”We Scare Hunger”
November 9        Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30 am
November 10       Non Instructional Day (classes not in session)
November 13       Remembrance Day Holiday (classes not in session)
November 21       PAC meeting 6 pm in library
December 11       Communicating Student Learning – reports home this week
December 15       Winter Breakfast and Pajama Day
December 19       Early Dismissal 1:25 pm for Student Led Conferences
December 20       Early Dismissal 1:25 pm for Student Led Conferences
December 21       Winter Concert

Learning Spotlight

IMG_3825During the November 3rd Curriculum Day, we had teachers learn more about coding in the library.  We had our coding cart out for playing and learning: Sphero, Ollie, Ozobot, and Osmo’s.  We had two of our grade 7 students from division 2, Turner Anderson and Curtis Frohloff, come in and demonstrate their coding skills and then teach us some new tricks!  The fun part about using the Sphero and Ollie is that students are able to work in teams and collaborate to programme robots to complete certain tasks; problem solving and sequential logic is encouraged.

I asked these two students a little bit about coding and these were their responses:


What do you like most about coding when you use the Sphere and Ollie?

Turner:  I like that you can make a robot do what you want it to do.

Curtis:I like that you can invent design and your creativity and imagination can run wild.

What did you notice about the teachers as you were “teaching” them?

Turner: Some teachers are quick to learn.  All of them were excited and open and ready to learn.  They asked a lot of questions.

Curtis:  They were open minded to suggestions and they were willing to try even if they didn’t get it right.

What is your next coding challenge?

Curtis:  I think it would be cool if I could code the Ollie to drive around the whole classroom around desks without it going off track.  I think it will take some time for me to code it to do that. It might take me a couple of hours to get the code just right.

Turner: I want to code the Ollie to go around me and weave in between my legs.  So far I have been able to code the Ollie to do a circle around me.

How do you think coding will help you in the future?  How does it help your thinking?

Turner:  It makes you think.  I know it has taught me to not give up and to try alternate methods in the code.

Curtis: Coding has taught me to improvise and to keep trying.  Coding in school will help me code in the real world- computers and cars are all coded.


We Scare Hunger

wescarehungerThe Student Leadership Team is collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank.  Our last day for collection will be Tuesday, November 7th. Our leadership students have been exploring the issue about hunger.  Below is information we learned from the Me to We website

“Thirteen percent of Canadians are in a state of food insecurity, which means they are unable to access a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Without enough food, many people feel the effects of short-term hunger, like headaches, nausea and the inability to concentrate.
Each month, over 850,000 Canadians require help from food banks—more than one third of these individuals are children and youth. People seeking food assistance come from all walks of life. Employment is no guarantee that someone will never struggle to provide enough food for their family. In fact, nearly one in six households that accessed a food bank in 2016 included someone who was employed.

People who access food banks come from all walks of life. Some people need support over longer periods, but most require help only occasionally or for a short period of time. Hunger leads to long-term health conditions, especially in young children, and is a barrier to academic success.

A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry, or doesn’t get sick and miss school due to an immune system compromised by lack of adequate nutrition.”

Gravity Track

IMG_4173As you walk down the hallway of our school you will notice our gravity track.  Almost all of our classes are building cars to race down this track.  The students are working hard to build the fastest possible gravity-powered car.  Classes are using a variety of materials for the challenge.  Our intermediate classes are using wood, or bars of soap.  Some of our primary classes are using lego or recycled materials. There has been much learning around what will influence how fast the car travels – wheel size, diameter, shape of the car, materials used, etc?

Our students in Ms. Song’s class were busy last week sanding and sawing wood for their cars.  We had parent volunteers come in to help our students.  It was a day full of new experiences and fun learning for our students who had not had any wood working experience.


Recap of Learning and Events

First Nations in Residence Week

Halloween Fun