September 25, 2019

reminderUpcoming Events

September 27          Terry Fox Run (afternoon)
September 30           Pro D (classes not in session)
October 1                   Orange Shirt Day
October 2                   Early Dismissal at 1:27 pm
October 11                 Harvest Day
October 11                 Spirit Wear Orders are due
October 14                 Thanksgiving Holiday
October 23                 Interim Reports go home this week
October 25                 Pro D (classes not in session)
October 31                Halloween Parade 9:15 am
October 31                Halloween Dance for primary students 10:45 – 11:30 am

Learning Spotlight

Today the students of Division Five took time to explore the route that Terry Fox Ran. As a class, we examined the map, and asked questions, as well as made inferences about where Terry went. Some students’ comments, included:

  • I wonder why he didn’t start in the West since he was from BC.
  • I bet he started in St. John’s because it was the farthest east place he could start.
  • How did he get across bodies of water?
  • Approximately how much distance did he cover in a day?

terry-fox-route-mapOne student noticed that there were larger round dots on some cities. Using our knowledge from the story we had read yesterday, students determined that these dots marked important parts on Terry’s journey, such as where he started, where he ended, and when he realized his cancer had returned.

Working collaboratively with a partner, each pair of students mapped out Terry’s route on paper and applied coding skills to program small robotic Ozobot’s to replicate Terry’s route.

Since Ozobot’s can be “finicky” at times, students had to demonstrate a great deal of perseverance, collaboration and ability to communicate well. Our success criteria for this project included these important skills.

It was impressive to see the class collaboration that occurred. Many student groups shared with others what they discovered worked and what didn’t. We reflected on how everyone benefits when we learn together.

downloadTerry Fox Run

Our Terry Fox Run is this Friday afternoon.  We will have our Terry Fox assembly at 12:45 pm.  We show students a video and do a quick warm up in the gym, teachers then take their classes outside for the run.

If parents would like join their child(ren) on the run, please check in at the office and meet your child on the field.  Due to the amount of space required with 520 students and close to 45 adults warming up in the gym, we ask that parents not be in the gym for the Terry Fox assembly.

This year we have two routes.  The primary students (kindergarten – grade 3) will be running around our big field.  The intermediate students will be running a different route – teachers will have shared the route with the intermediate students prior to the run.

Please send a donation with your child to support the Terry Fox Foundation.

Click here for a short inspiring video about Terry Fox.

Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters

orange_shirt_day2We are recognizing Orange Shirt day on Tuesday, October 1st.  We encourage all of our students to wear orange shirts on this day.

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 Indigenous people across Canada, and forever changed the lives of thousands of Indigenous children.  As the terrible legacy of these schools has become public, the Canadian Government offered an apology to Indigenous people for the forced cultural assimilation embodied in the residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous people, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.