A big thank you to the grade 6 students in Ms. Gallello’s and Ms. Wilk’s class for organizing Spirit Week. Kindness Day was especially thoughtful with many in the school creating beautiful cards for the residents and workers of a local retirement home.
Ziggurats were the most prominent buildings in the Sumerian cities. The Sumerians believed that the gods and goddesses were in charge of their cities and built the Ziggurat structures because they wanted to place their temples on a high platform, closer to the heavens where the gods lived. One of the most famous Ziggurats is the Ziggurat of Ur, which is in present day Iraq, build during the 21st century BCE.
The grade 6 and 7 students in Ms. Gaines’ and Ms. Chen’s classes were challenged to design a Ziggurat structure that contains a marble run track, tying in ADST with their social studies unit. It was lovely to see the creative and innovative designs!
Volleyball season came to a climax today with the tournaments with the same learning cohort. The games were pretty close, but one team did rise to first place due to their fine skills. There were quite a few students with some pretty “wicked” serves! I was encouraged to see players deal with each other kindly when mistakes were made. Much appreciation to our two coaches, Mr. Ferguson and Ms. Gaines in working to develop their volleyball skills.
Ms. Eaket’s and Ms. Cuthbert’s Kindergarten students learned about how each one of us is unique and beautiful, and when we come together, we are a masterpiece! The grade 2 and 3 students in Ms. Welch’s and Ms. Huddlestan’s classes worked hard on their “All About Me” projects. They wrote about their cultures, heritages, and families. It was interesting to hear them do mini-presentations in front of their peers.
“Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate is about a tree named Red and two children named Stephen and Samar. Red is a 216-year-old tree and Samar is only 10. Red is the neighbourhood “wish tree” where people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Red has seen a lot over the years when a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wish tree are more important than ever.
As the grade 6 students in Ms. Wilk’s and Ms. Gallello’s class read this book, they saw the importance of kindness. “A deceptively simple, tender tale in which respect, resilience, and hope triumph” (Kirkus Reviews). These are the traits we need in the time we currently live in. The students put up a beautiful paper tree in our main foyer and invited students to add their wishes to our version of the wish tree. “Never lose hope. Wishes have a way of coming true.”
Many wishes on our tree was around COVID-19 coming to an end or a vaccine found to cure it. But other wishes included: “I wish to grow myself so I can help others grow”; “I wish I could help the homeless”; “I wish people to accept whom others are”; “I wish for a puppy”; and “I wish for unlimited chocolate milk!”