Working together for the future

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

100 Day!

At some point during this week, our primary classes celebrated 100 day.  This means that they have been in school for 100 days.

100 day provides all kinds of opportunities for reviewing counting skills using various multiples: 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, and 50.

As well, this is a great opportunity for story starters when writing.

Ask your child what they did for 100 day!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentines Day!

There was lots of love and happiness in the air today!

Everyone had a super time sharing valentines and eating treats.

Mrs. Hourigan's grade 4 class sold cupcakes to raise money to support the Gibsons Wildlife Society.  This objective was considered after a recent visit to the classroom by an owl who was hurt in the wild and cannot be released.

Today was a great example of what a small group of committed people can do.


Monday, 13 February 2012

Penguins Marching Down the Halls!

If you missed the giant penguins in the halls, take a walk past the library.

Ms. Wright's class has been studying penguins for the last while and they have some bright displays up in the hallway outside her classroom. The penguins and their babies are some great examples of student created artwork, done by these amazing grade 1 and 2's.

Inside the classroom are books, stories, stuffed animals and other resources related to the theme of "penguins".

The students are very engaged in this theme and are happily sharing their penguin facts with me.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Filling Your Bucket ...

This beautiful display is up in our hallway just down from the library.

Each bucket in the picture has been done by a child in the class who has declared a positive action that "fills their bucket".

The idea is to fill your "bucket" with kindness and in turn everyone feels happy and enjoys the positive feelings that surround them.

This idea ties into our Eliminating Bullying program that I have been working on with our primary students.  This weeks lesson has been about being a "giver" or a "taker".  We always try to be a giver, and in the way described above fill our "buckets" with kindness.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Science in Action!

Today we had two students from Elphinstone Secondary School come and visit our grade ones about their upcoming science fair.

The intent of today's visit was to gather further information for their science fair project. The students are investigating whether the colour of the pudding has an impact on whether or not students select it as the  "I like best" pudding.

The Science Fair for the Elphinstone students is February 16th at the high school.

It will be very interesting to see which colour was selected as "I like it best"!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A Beautiful Day at School!

Today was a wonderful day both inside and out.  Busy, but wonderful.

We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. The photo to the right was taken this morning as the sun began to rise over the school.

Recess and lunch felt like true spring weather.  Lots of activities were happening outside and our students are keen to practice their basketball skills between formal practices.

We have three Capilano University practicum students with us right now as they complete their final practicum leading towards completing of the Special Education Teaching Assistant program.

They are a great asset to our school community and we are enjoying getting to know them.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Home Reading ...

Almost daily, Mrs. Petty and I are met with a few students who have read books at home and are bringing us a certificate stating how many books have been read to date.

It is a great opportunity for us to talk with them about what they have read, their favourite story, and the next story they want to read.

It gives me a chance to congratulate them on their enthusiasm for reading and remind them that reading is an invaluable life long skill.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Owl Pellets anyone !

Mrs. Hourigan's grade four's continued their study of owls.

Today and yesterday was time for dissecting owl pellets.

What is an owl pellet you ask?
pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird's food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird's pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. In falconry, the pellet is called a casting.

Wow! What a great science lesson ....

Stay tuned for more "owl facts".

Thursday, 2 February 2012

PALS - Parents as Literacy Supporters

Both kindergarten classes have been working on a program called (PALS).  During a typical PALS program the parents of kindergarten students and their children, with the support of the kindergarten teacher, work on a variety of activities that promote literacy and numeracy concepts.  The first session we will be working on is the ABC's.  This bin includes alphabet books, scratch and sniff names, puzzles and abc printing.

The teachers have decided to make these activities part of their morning tubs routine.  Each morning, for one week, the activities will be set out on tables.  Parents should choose one day (or come as often as they like) to come and work with their child to complete these centers.  The teachers would like every student to have an opportunity to go through all 10 centers.  There will be support for your child if you are not able to make it.  They will have one set of activities on Monday and Tuesday and then change to a new activity Thursday and Friday.
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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Basketball season.....a week in ...

We are a week into the regular season of basketball at the elementary school level.

Three of our four teams have had a chance to play other schools in the district.

It has been a great opportunity for our students to put their practice skills into "real play" on the basketball court.  It has been great to see the hard work and determination out on the court.

The Grade 6/7 girls played last evening against Cedar Grove. The photo to the right of this write up is a great action shot from the court. Today the grade 4/5 boys had an opportunity to play against Ecole du Pacifique.  Unfortunately, due to illness they only had three players.  No problem.  We shared three different players every quarter and had a great balanced game.

The grade 6/7 boys hit the hardwood again tomorrow after school at home against Langdale....stay tuned.