Basketball Season

What a fantastic fun season!  We are so proud of both the boys’ and girls’ teams for bringing home the first place blue ribbons!  The students improved significantly on their basketball skills and learned the importance of working as a team.  They demonstrated good sportsmanship and great tenacity, playing strong defence and “attacking” when they needed to.  A big thank you to Armondo, PJ’s brother, for coaching the boys.  We learned so much from him.  Thank you to Ms. Kular for her time with the girls and to Ms. Johnson for helping manage the boys’ teams.  We had great fun with these outstanding athletes.  The grade 6 boys were invited to a second Play Day and had so much fun winning our third BLUE ribbon.

Surrey Biofuel Facility

On Valentine’s Day, the grade 4 and 5 students in Ms. Mahal’s class headed to the Surrey Biofuel facility after their unit on sustainability and the environment.  They learned interesting facts about anaerobic organisms; how compost is collected and turned into methane gas; and how the soil is used for trees and on farms in their local community. Students had the opportunity to look at what happens to compost as it is dropped off at the facility and all the different phases it goes through before it is turned into soil. The Surrey Biofuel Facility is the first of its kind in Canada to have a zero emissions rate.

 

Surrey Food Bank

Most schools in Surrey hold Food Bank drives.  On February 11th, 20 of the grade 7 students in Ms. Villeneuve’s class headed down to Surrey’s Food Bank to volunteer some of their time.  They created Valentine cards for the clients and helped hand out food items.  The students also learned how much money is required to cover the basic cost of living and the challenges of making ends meet with minimum wages.

Did you know that the Surrey Food Bank serves 14,000 people every month and that 41% are below the age of 18.  23% are new to Canada, and there are many seniors on a fixed income that use the Food Bank.  The most needed items are powdered baby formula, whole wheat pasta and rice, canned fish and meats, pasta sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, hot and cold cereal, and canned soup.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn and to give back a little to their community.  20 grade 7 students from division 2 plan to do the same thing on March 3rd.

Self Portraits

All of our students from Kindergarten to grade 7 had three weeks of lessons with Michael  Markowsky, an award-winning artist who teaches drawing at Emily Carr.  The students created self-portraits using water colours.  A big thank you to our PAC for helping support these wonderful learning opportunities for our students!  We were proud to host  an Art Show and show case our students’ talents on February 6th.

 

Building a School in the Dominican Republic

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As many of you know, I had the wonderful opportunity to help build on to a school in the Dominican Republic.  It was a life changing experience, and I learned many new things.  It was such a joy to be part of a team of leaders from all across North America who not only believed in, but clearly practiced, service leadership.  Each morning, we loaded up two mini buses and headed to Rio Grande, a rural community just outside of Constanza.

The first thing I learned was how to mix cement (6 wheel barrows of sand, 4 of gravel, cement powder, and mix with water) and lay brick to build walls.  We made human chains to pass along buckets and buckets of heavy cement to pour and form a staircase to the second floor, and human chains to pass along heavy bricks.

Building on to a school was one thing, but the more important thing was the joy of building relationships because relationships changes lives, not just in the Dominican Republic but here as well in Canada.  Education provides opportunities for a better life, but it is the relationships that are formed that is most important.  If children feel safe and cared fore, learning will improve!

Education is the key to success, and we are so fortunate to have free, good education.  Because of the school, the children had opportunities to learn and develop their potential.  For instance, Christopher, a grade 3 boy in this rural community, had the highest math score in the country last year!

I also was reminded you don’t have to have a lot of “things” to be happy in life, and that people all around the world all smile in the same language. We went to build a school, but we did more than put up brick walls.  We had the joy of building relationships as well as building hope! It truly was an honour and a privilege to be part of this mission.  Thank you Berkshire Broncs for helping fundraise for this worthy cause!

Forces & Motion at Science World

The grade 1 and 2 students in Ms. Johnson’s, Ms. Labuda’s, Ms. Han’s, and Ms. Rakhra’s/Ms. Nijar’s class boarded two school buses and headed to Science World in Vancouver.  They learned about force and motion and explored different questions. What happens when a bat hits a baseball? Why does a rolling ball eventually stop? How do we walk, jump or run? One word… physics!

The students then worked in small groups.  They made a ramp using a few objects and tested to see if a circular block would roll down the ramp. Later, they made predictions and then tested to see how slow or quick the block would roll if they put different materials onto the ramp (i.e. carpet and plastic liner).  The students enjoyed exploring all of the hands on activities at Science World. A fun day had by all!

 

Math & Physics

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.