Wishtree

“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.

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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!”

City Blocks

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The grade 7 students in Ms. Gaines’ class have been working hard on creating three-dimensional pictures within their drawings. They were extremely successful in applying a one -point perspective to create a room, as well as applying different techniques within the element of space to create 3 dimensional effects.

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At the end of the art unit, the students developed an image of a city block from two perspective points. While they were taught how to use two “disappearing points” to form the straight angles needed to create the three-dimensional effect, division 1 took this technique to a whole new level in their efforts to individualize their pieces.

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One student even applied the one-point perspective by adding in rooms, that can be seen through the windows in the building!

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Please enjoy the hard work of these students as you admire their artistic creations from the attached photos!

Art by Primary Students

The Kindergarten students in Ms. Eaket’s class are learning about different shapes while the Kindergarten students in Ms. Cuthbert’s class painted some lovely autumn trees. The grade 1 and 2 students in division 11 (Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kurk) learned about the colour wheel and painted colourful umbrellas.

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Landforms

The grade 3 and 4 students in Ms. Callegari’s and Ms. Russell’s classes did a science unit on landforms. They learned about the natural shapes or features of land and practiced being topographers! As one of the assignments, the students had to work cooperatively with a partner to demonstrate their understanding of landforms. They used plasticine to create their sculptures. What a great way to learn through hands-on experiences! Above are just a few samples of the great projects that were produced.

Lest We Forget

Due to covid restrictions, we were not able to have a school wide assembly in the gym this year; so the teachers spoke to their individual classes on the importance of Remembrance Day. After lunch, we headed outside for our “Moment of Silence”, reflecting on those who sacrificed their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy. Below, is a video clip Mr. Brion put together of our outdoor event. It also includes some previously recorded performances of some of our students. For instance, the grade 7 students in division 1 and 2 did a poem in French and English while the grade 4 and 5 students in division 4 and 5 played the violins and ukuleles.

As we walk through the hallways, we see fall art replaced with art honouring Remembrance Day including an acrostic on peace by Ms. Johnson’s grade 1/2 class, poppy art by students in division 5, 9, and 17. The grade 6 students in division 2 wrote out individual wishes for peace. Das wrote, “I wish for everyone to be kind and be thankful for all the good things that we have.” Naiad wrote, “I wish everyone and everything in the world gets treated with respect and kindness.” Bhullar wrote, “The world will be at peace when other people can accept who others are.” Some great words of wisdoms among our young.

 

Each class created a beautiful wreath for our outdoor event. Each one uniquely designed. Division 2 grade 7’s read Eleanor Coerr’s novel, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” and created their own origami paper cranes. The grade 4/5 students in division 5 created a stunning wreath with the three doves symbolizing peace, the rolled up scrolls symbolizing the letters written home from soldiers, and the poppies symbolizing those who gave their lives in battle.

Crime Scene at Berkshire Park

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This morning, Ms. Gaines arrived at 7:45 to discover a break-in her classroom with the speaker from her projector cart missing. Police determined that there were only 3 people in the school before Ms. Gaines arrived: Mr. Lam, the principal; Ms. Chen, the teacher next door, and Ms. Carolyn, the school custodian. This created a list of 4 suspects including Ms. Gaines. Each suspect has a key to all rooms and teacher cupboards.

The students divided into 5 groups and had so much fun on October 30th with this mock investigation. They did a crime analysis studying different clues, moving from station to station, and trying to figure out who the thief was.