After spending some time going over the difference between warm and cool colours, Mr. Ferguson’s grade 4 and 5 students used chalk pastels to create a striking background for their black silhouettes of a house or tree.
Making connections is a critical reading comprehension strategy that helps students make meaning of what they are reading. When students make connections with self, the text, and the world, it helps them make sense of what they read and retain the information better.
The grade 1, 2, and 3 students in Ms. Le’s blended learning class listened to the story, “Tiny Perfect Things” written by M. H. Clark. They were then challenged with the following question by their teacher: “What can you create out of the tiny, perfect things found in our forest?”
On the bulletin boards outside Ms. Callegari’s and Ms. Russell’s classrooms, there is always a display of the students’ work under the title, “We Are Artists.” To start the school year, the grade 3 and 4 students used orange paint to create a “scary background” for their paper cut out of a house. They had to add something spooky in one of the windows.
“I miss going to school and also missing seeing you and all my friends too. I told my mom that if the corona virus is done maybe we can go to the places where we always went. I can’t wait for that to happen, but I understand that for now staying home is the safest thing to do.” (Kendra, Kindergarten student in Ms. Cuthbert’s class).
What a true and profound statement made by one of our youngest students at Berkshire Park, and I am sure she speaks for so many of the other students. School is all about learning through our human connections with each other. And though social distancing is what we have to do for now, I am happy to note that learning is still happening among students from the youngest age group to the oldest. Many of the Kindergarten and grade one students are learning through play in their homes by working on tasks provided by their teachers.
The above photos are some of the students from Ms. Cuthbert’s Kindergarten class. Fahad enjoyed making his rock art and placing it with his action figures. After the children read Mrs. Lintott’s book, “I Went For a Walk in the Woods”, they were asked to gather some natural materials such as sticks, rocks, and pinecones to create a “nature picture.” Deborah came up with a creative stick figure. The children were also given a recipe to make homemade paints and asked to paint a spring tree. We see a Arjun’s sample, which included a red sun. Deborah didn’t have the ingredients for making paint, so she improvised and use the parts of a tree to create her own lovely tree. Kylee especially enjoyed making her homemade playdough. Kendra was proud of her lovely collage: “During a time when the world needed everyone to stay apart…together was our favourite place to be.”
Saint collected 5 rocks and sorted them from smallest to biggest and engaged in math stories with them. For instance, 1 little rock + 4 big rocks = 5 rocks (1+4=5) and 3 round shaped rocks + 2 sharp edged rocks = 5 rocks (3+2=5). He ended the project by painting the rocks he collected and put them outside by his lawn.
By engaging in these simple yet meaningful tasks, the children are learning important skills. One parent thanked the teacher the variety of learning activities because it made her child forget about watching TV and videos!
The Kindergarten students from Ms. Eaket’s class in the photos above enjoyed the same activities as making homemade play dough and paints. Many of them also learned how to make their own lunches after a video demonstration from their teacher. As you can see, many of the children are proud of their accomplishments.
Ms. Eaket’s students enjoyed rock art, creating math pattern with whatever materials they had at home, doing acts of kindness around the house, and using sidewalk chalk to spread messages of joy and happiness in the community.
The Kindergarten and grade 1 students in Ms. Nijar’s and Ms. Rakhra’s class were challenged to create AABB patterns after being provided a sample to learn from. They also created other patterns, important foundation skills for mathematics. While unloading the dishwasher, Aliyah thought of using the items for her patterns assignment.
Aliyah made a lovely picture of the world while Akira worked with her younger sister on a letter scavenger hunt around the house. Jovan not only did the letter scavenger hunt but practiced his printing and spelling of items. Abigail learned how to draw a cat after watching a video with constructive feedback. The class did a mini unit on community, so the children drew pictures and maps of places that are important to us. For Earth Day, they also created some art projects using recyclables.
The grade one students in Ms. Johnson’s class have big smiles on their faces after completing their projects: “Trash to Treasure” and “Family Handprint”. They get the weekly instructions via email and send back photos of their finished products. We are thankful for all of our parents’ support with the learning of their children at home together with the remote guidance of the teachers.
We hope to see you soon! Take good care of each other!
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.
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!
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.