The MACC students in Mr. Allinger’s class have been working on simple machines and lessons on forces in the first term. Waley, currently attending the University of Pennsylvania and one of Mr. Allinger’s former students, came in each day this week and extended their knowledge base by teaching the students about acceleration. They worked on a series of lessons involving physics and higher level math.
The class had to estimate how long it would take for a ball to roll down an 8 meter ramp they built. They had to figure out the gravitational force and use trigonometry to solve the task. After going through the math, they came up with 3.6 seconds but added 30% because of friction for a total estimate of 4.7 seconds. When they tested their hypothesis, the result was 4.1 seconds; therefore, there was less friction than they had anticipated (only about 15% instead of 30%). The students had fun learning and pushing the limits with their mathematical thinking.
On Thursday, December 19th, we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas concert organized and led by our music teacher, Mr. Brion. We started with Patrick T. playing two piano pieces (“Super Smash” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”) followed by Ms. Peter’s/Ms. Mahal’s class on violins playing “Away in a Manger” and “Ode to Joy”. The grade 6 mandolin boys were on mini accordions and yukeleles playing a “Ukrainian Bell Carol” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings”. Ms. Russel’s and Ms. Mazinani’s grade 3 and 4 students sang “Deck the Hall” and “Good Old St. Nick” with solos and three santas. Thien H. did a lovely piano solo (Canon in D Major) followed by the grade 2 and 3 students in Ms. Callegari’s, Ms. Younger’s, and Ms. Heinrich’s classes singing a rocky rendition of “Christmas Shopping Blues” and “La Fiesta de la Posada”. The grade 1 and 2 students in Ms. Labuda’s, Ms. Johnson’s, and Ms. Han’s class sang “Making Christmas Cookies” and “Run, Run, Reindeer”. The concert ended with the Kindergarten children from Ms. Cuthbert’s, Ms. Eaket’s, and Ms. Nijjar’s/Ms. Rakhra’s class singing “Days of the Week” and “There Was a Little Baby”. All the children did very well, and we are very proud of each one of them!
Mrs. Lintott worked on an ADST (Applied Design and Skills Technology) project with the grade 2/3 students in divisions 11 and 12, and ended the unit with a hat fashion show. They used plastic screw drivers, saws, and screws from the MakeDo kits to create hats made out of cardboard. They had great fun displaying their creations in a hat fashion show where one partner modelled the hat and the other partner read a script describing their lovely creations.
The Kindergarten students in Ms. Eaket’s and Ms. Cuthbert’s class enjoyed the story of the Gingerbread Man and decorated their own Gingerbread cookies after rolling out the dough, cookie cutting them out, and baking them. When Sydney brought the principal a cookie to eat, he said, “Eat the feet first; if not, he will run away!” Ms. Eaket’s students went on a hunt around the school because their Gingerbread Man had run away. “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” They had fun painting life-size gingerbread men and decorating the halls with them.
The Kindergarten and grade 1 students in Ms. Nijjar’s and Ms. Rakhra’s class had fun painting their reindeers. Each one was unique! The Kindergarten students in Ms. Cuthbert’s class made some fun gingerbread collages. The grade 2/3 students in Ms. Heinrich’s class enjoyed creating a penguin using construction paper.
As part of their unit of feelings, the grade 1 students in Ms. Johnson’s class did some fund Christmas writing with the sentence opener, “I feel like a Grinch when…”. The also had fun painting their very own Grinch.
Mrs. Lintott, our librarian, and Ms. Komurcu, our Aboriginal Education Assistant, worked with the grade 3 and 4 students in division 8, 9, and 10 to create some beautiful Metis art based on the book, “The Giving Tree” by Leah Marie Dorion. The book is a beautiful retelling of a traditional Metis story emphasizing core values and beliefs of the Metis, which includes strength, kindness, courage, tolerance, honesty, respect, love, sharing, caring, balance, patience, and most of all, the important connection with the Creator and Mother Earth.