Working together for the future

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Author visits Gibsons Elementary School

This morning, Robert Heidbreder, book author, visited with our grade 2 and 3 classes today in the library.

Robert Heidbreder has been enchanting children with his joyful poems and 
rhymes and his brilliant performances for more than two decades. Robert is 
the author of nearly a dozen books for children, including the award-winning 
Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. He is recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for 
Excellence in Teaching, presented to him by Jean Chretien. Robert lives in 
Vancouver, BC.

  a.. Crocodiles Play!
  b.. Crocodiles Say...
  c.. Shake Awakes

Everyone had a great time listening to his storytelling and being entertained by his obvious love of books!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Games Crew in Action!

Every Thursday at lunch we have a group of students that organize activities in the gym.  Each week a different grade is invited to participate.  Under the direction of Mrs. Servos-Sept, the intermediate students organize stations of various games using a variety of equipment.

Today the grade ones had a chance to play in the gym at lunch.  As you can see they had a great time.

Just a reminder that the rainy, blustery weather is here!

Some days are optional days meaning that if you are dressed for the weather, by all means, head outside.  Those students who want to stay inside can work on projects they have started or do an activity organized by the leadership group, left in each classroom.

Please ensure that your child has a change of clothes if they like to go out in the rainy weather. Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Rattle making workshop

There was a great turn out last evening for the rattle making workshop held at Gibsons Elementary School. The room was full of adults and children who came to work with Brenda Maynard on a project that was taken home at the end of the evening.  The rattles pictured right are two samples of possible outcomes for the evening workshop.

We are happy to report that there were students and families not only from Gibsons Elementary School, but also from Cedar Grove, Roberts Creek, Chatelech and the Phoenix program.  It was wonderful to see such an age range of students from kindergarten to upper secondary school students.  Thanks to all the adults who came with their children to support a great evening of fun, food and fellowship.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Let it snow!

What a busy week!  Everyone is getting ready to meet with parents next week.  Projects are being finished, bulletin boards are being posted and work for sharing is being collected.  The children have been very busy.  I was able to spend a lot of time this week visiting in Mr. Sullivan's, Mrs. Priest's and Mrs. Wright's classroom this week.  It was great to see learning in action.  Lots of language development in occurring and journal writing is expanding.  We had our first school planning council meeting this week.  The parents and I reviewed the school's growth plan and talked about SMART goals.  We looked at some data around attendance at our Strongstart center and some historical information about our kindergarten group entering school.  Afterwards we had our monthly Parent Advisory council meeting.  Watch next week on our website for the latest minutes.

The weather is changing rapidly!  It is cooling down and we had our fist taste of winter snow.  Please remind your children to wear a coat, boots and mittens/gloves.  It is wonderful to be able to go out and have fun in the bright sun, but it is cold!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Sugar Bowl 2011!

What do you do when you have had too much trick or treat candy the night of Halloween? You go to the Sugar Bowl the day after.  Organized annually by retired teacher, Jim Gray, the Sugar Bowl has become an annual tradition in our school district.  Grade 7's and sometimes 6's from around the district meet at Ted Dixon Park and have a day of soccer matches.  It is a great way to meet and reconnect with students from around the district and enjoy a day together of physical activity, fun and friendship.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Lots of reading is happening around the school!

The two students in the photograph to the right are two of many who have been visiting me regularly to have me put a sticker on their "I've read 20 or 40 books" certificate.  What a great accomplishment and they couldn't do it without support from home.  Thanks to all those family members who take time out of their busy day to help a child read or to read to them.  You are giving your children a wonderful gift.

Next Monday your photo orders are due in to the school.  If you want to order from Scholastic for the Christmas edition the order needs to be in by November the 8th.  The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!  Look for the full ad on our website early next week.  Thanks to everyone for all that you do to make Gibsons Elementary such a great place.

Have a super weekend.