April 26, 2019
It’s hard to believe that this is the last principal’s message for April. The school year seems to have only begun, and yet we are in our final term. Should you have information about your child’s learning needs for next year, please send an email to me no later that Friday, May 3rd. Please keep in mind that we do not take requests for specific teachers, but rather look to meet student learning needs.
Just a reminder that dogs ned to be kept to the perimeter of the property, and nowhere near classroom doors for allergy and safety purposes. We also ask that dogs not be brought along the front of the school in front of our kindergarten classrooms. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
We have had another great week of learning. Take a look at what we have been up to:
LITERACY IN ACTION
Mrs. Gage’s students used loose parts this week to build scenes and tell stories. Continued practice of oral language helps our students to develop stronger reading and writing skills as they become familiar with new vocabulary, story parts and communication. Literacy skills include reading, writing AND oral language, and students need ample opportunity to practice all three.
FIRST NATIONS AT FORT LANGLEY
Mrs. Hamelin’s class visited Fort Langley last week and took part in a great learning opportunity about the First Nations community in Fort Langley. This hands-on, interactive learning experience helps make learning relevant and purposeful for our students.
IN THE AUTHOR’S CHAIR
Mrs. Townsend’s students shared their work as authors this week with the students in their class. Students have been working on non-fiction animal research books and shared their learning with others. This project allowed students to develop not only their reading and writing skills, but also their communication skills as they shared. Students had to respond to the sharing with 2 stars and a wish as a form of peer assessment. One of the industry leaders in assessment, Dylan Wiliam, suggests that having students act as resources for one another in their learning helps them to better understand their own work.
ADJECTIVES AND BANANAS?
Mrs. Gillion’s class dug into adjectives this week and used their tastebuds to help. Students used a variety of different fruits to practice using adjectives in their writing. Students sure had fun AND tried some new foods.
Mrs. Myers’ and Mrs. Sukert’s classes enjoyed learning about Indigenous board games and their history from Ms. Jackson, an Aboriginal Support worker in our district. Ms. Jackson’s teaching shares the First People’s Principles of Learning which recognizes the role of Indigenous knowledge in our learning. Students really loved the games!
THE MANY FORMS OF MATH
While we may think of Math as computational skills, students are also learning why and how things work the way they do. As students create graphs, learn new addition and subtraction strategies, and communicate not only their answers but also their understanding, they are developing reasoning and problem solving skills as well as their communication. When we teach students a skill, the intent is that the skill becomes transferrable to other situations or experiences. When students are able to understand how and why they are doing something, it increases their ability to transfer these skills to another experience.
THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Mrs. Kufske’s class has been learning about human rights and the rights of children. They are working on creating their own book, inspired by Alain Serres’ book “I Have the Right to be a Child”. Each student is making a page for the book and it will be compiled in book creator, an app the students have worked with in the Learning Commons.
Mrs. Torgerson’s class has been enjoying the spring weather and sharing their artistic flair with our school community! The chalk art is a favourite and allows students to share their creativity with one another.
From bubbles to airplanes, from poetry to kindergarten dance, our students continue to learn and engage through a lens of Curiosity, Joy and Connection.
If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never cease” – Akiane Kramarik
Our garden club is a keep bunch! They are learning all sorts of tips and tricks and gardening skills, and this week helped to make a sign for our garden beds out back!
Ms, Winterbottom’s students experimented with static electricity this week – how it bends water, balloons and pop cans, and how it affects salt and pepper! It looks like students really enjoyed this lesson 🙂
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 30th – Screenagers Presentation for Grades 4-5
May 3rd – Pro D Day – school not in session
May 8th – Idea Summit at LEC
May 9th – Welcome to Kindergarten
May 9th – Regional Heritage Fair
May 9th – Collaboration Afternoon Dismissal at 1:20pm
May 22nd – Talent Show
May 22nd – White Hatter Internet Presentation for Parents 7pm
May 23rd – White Hatter Internet Presentation for Grades 4 and 5
May 27th – PAC AGM and Parent Appreciation Evening
May 27-31 – Operation Waterproof (Grade 5 Swim Program)
May 31st – Spring Carnival
Have a wonderful weekend!