February 21, 2018

don't forgetImportant Dates

February 21          PAC meeting at 12:30 in library
February 21         Bannock orders are overdue- get them in today
February 22         80’s Day/ Kindness Counts Assembly 1 pm
February 22         Girls Basketball Game vs. Laronde Elem.
February 23        Author Visit: Grayson Smith
February 28       Pink Shirt Day/ On Wednesdays WE wear Pink!
February 28       Boys Basketball play day in the afternoon
March 1              Girls Play Day at Crescent Park
March 5              Multicultural Day
March 6 – 9       Talent Show Auditions
March 12         Communicating student learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 19-30    Spring Break
April 2              Easter Monday
April 6              Early Dismissal 1:30 pm
April 3              Classes back in session
April 19            Talent Show
April 19           Parent Appreciation Tea

Calendar Change

talentThe Talent Show will take place after Spring Break on April 19th, it will replace our Spring Concert.  Classes that would normally perform in the Spring Concert will perform either at the Talent Show (about 3 class performances) and at the year end assembly.

Talent show auditions will take place March 6 – 9th during the lunch hour in the Multipurpose Room.  Students are encouraged to think outside the box when thinking about a performance.  In the past we have had students perform comedy acts, dancing, singing, martial arts, and gymnastics.
Auditions Schedule:
March 6 – Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
March 7 – Grade 3, Grade 4
March 8 – Grade 5, Grade 6
March 9 – Grade 7

If you have any questions, please talk to Ms. Chohan.

Learning Spotlight

lightbulbIn Ms. Banbury’s class the students have been busy learning about different energy sources such as: water, wind, biofuels, sound and light.  Molly decided to make a model of a water wheel that demonstrates how dams work.

In Molly’s words: “The jug of water at the top is the water flowing over the dam.  The water wheel represents the turbines.  There are magnets on the paddles of the turbines and the magnets connect to wires.  The wires connect to a generator, which then generates electricity.  This is how turning turbines generate electricity.”

Muticultural Day

multiOur Multicultural Day is fast approaching – Monday, March 5th is the date. This year we will be having classes participate in the Uzume Taiko Drum Workshop. Students will go to different learning stations where they will learn about different cultures (art, drama, games, reader’s theatre, etc.). Students have been put in grade groupings of 3 or 4 divisions and will rotate through the grade grouping.

We have also booked the Bannock Wagon!  An order form was sent home last week with every student to order Bannock. The orders are due today.  Bannock will be handed out between recess and lunch.

Students are encouraged to dress in their cultural clothing on this day.  We look forward to learning about the different cultures from around the world and those that students are a part of in our own school.

Parking Lot Safety

safety-awareness-clipart-1As with all schools, our parking lot is very congested during drop off and pick up times – especially with the cold weather, for this reason we all need to work together so students are SAFE.  Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • the roundabout is for single lane traffic only (there is no parking or idling in the roundabout)
  • Please stop and drop off your child on the outside of the roundabout, so your child gets out of the car safely onto the sidewalk (not onto the roundabout road where cars are circling)
  • Please park in the visitor parking if you have to (not in the roundabout or in the vehicle lane coming into the school)
  • Pedestrians have the right of way
  • If you find the roundabout area stressful, please park your car down the street and walk your child to the school
  • drive slowly
  • PLEASE DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS

Winter Safety

IMG_1697We encourage our students to build snowmen, forts and other structures.  We do not allow snowball to be thrown as this is a safety concern. You may also have noticed that icicles quickly form along the roof overhang, right about where the classes line up (Ms. Andrews, Ms. Horvat, Ms. Bear, Ms. Beale, Ms. Atwal, Ms. Banbury).  We do our best to knock the icicles down so they do not fall and harm a student.   We also put out cones so students know not to stand or line up under the overhang.  If you notice icicles are formed, please report to the school office and we will put the cones out and warn students to stay away from that area.

no sleddingMany 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 supervise students while they are sledding.  Instead we have decided that students can go sledding with their classes.  If the classroom teacher decided to take students out for some free air and physical activity, then students may go sledding with clear rules and expectations with the classroom teacher supervising.

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With the weather being a lot more chilly and with snow on the ground, please ensure your child is dressed for the weather: warm jacket, gloves, toque, and snow boots.  We do not have inside days unless it is unsafe for students to play outside at recess and lunch.  Unsafe conditions are when there is ice on the the field and basketball courts. If you notice icy patches on school grounds please notify the office and we will put down some salt in those areas.

February 9, 2018

Important-datesImportant Dates

February 12        Family Day Holiday
February 13        Grade 7 Parent meeting 6:30 pm in the school library
February 14        Valentines Day/ Jump Rope for Heart/ On WEdnesdays WE Wear Pink
February 15        Girls Basketball game vs. Peace Arch Elem.
February 16        Non Instructional Day – classes not in session/ Chinese New Year
February 19        Grade 3 Coding Club begins (lunch hours)
February 21       PAC meeting 12:30 pm in the library
February 22        Theme Day: 80’s Magic/ Kindness Counts Assembly at 1 pm
February 22       Girls Basketball game vs. Laronde Elem.
February 23       Author Visit: Grayson Smith
February 28       Pink Shirt Day – On WEdnesdays WE Wear Pink
March 1              Girls Basketball Playday – location TBD
March 5              Multicultural Day
March 12-16      Communicating Student Learning reports (FreshGrade or PDF copy)
March 15           Talent Show
March 19-30      Spring Break
April 2                Easter Monday
April 3                Classes back in session

Learning Spotlight

Last week we had our annual Maker Faire.  Once again the students took the lead and amazed us with their thinking, problem solving, creativity, and so much more.  It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents in the building helping students “make”.   If you go onto our school twitter feed, you will see that many of us were busy tweeting pictures and videos.  Please take a look at the photo gallery below at some of the great Maker Faire creations.  If you click the link here you will read a great blog post that district principal, Antonio Vendramin, wrote about our Maker Faire.

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Student Leadership

Our leadership team has been busy spreading kindness this month.  If you have been able to come into the school you will have sign our Kindness Message Board along with our Kindness Tree.  Leadership students have been looking for and noticing all the acts of kindness happening in our school.  To acknowledge our kind students the leadership team has been handing out You Are Changing the World acknowledgement cards.

We have more upcoming events in February to promote and spread kindness.  We are encouraging all students to wear pink every Wednesday in the month of February.  Our student leaders are reading picture books to primary classes around theme of kindness (books about inclusion, accepting differences, etc.).  In the upcoming weeks, the team is showing kindness videos to intermediate classes.  Click the link here , here, and here to watch the videos.

Please join us for our Kindness Assembly on Thursday, February 22nd at 1 pm.

Author Visit

Grayson Smith will coming to our school on Friday, February 23.  An interesting fact about Grayson Smith is that he is also a Delta police officer.  Grades Kindergarten through to Grade 5 will be spending time with the author.  His children’s books raise funds for the Special Olympics – the messages in the books centre around acceptance. Books he has written are: