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.
On Monday, November 25, the grade 6 and 7 students in Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 had a presentation from a survivor of the Holocaust. Louise Sorensen shared her journey with the students. At the beginning of the Second World War, Louise was 12 years old, living in the Netherlands. She remembers when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands. As a Jewish girl, she was required to wear a Star of David. Her family lost their jobs and had all possessions taken by the Nazis. All Jews were forced from their homes and forced to live in the ghetto of Amsterdam. Her family, fearing for their safety, decided to send Louise away to live in hiding. Louise lived for three years in an attic at a farm in the country side. She remained in hiding until the Canadian Army liberated Netherlands in 1945.
Louise encouraged the students to remember her story, to treat everyone with kindness, and end hatred and all forms of bullying.
The grade 4 and 5 students in Ms. Mazinani’s and Ms. Peters’ class took part in a historic walking tour of Fort Langley town and visited their Centennial Museum. The walking tour included stops at places like the train station, cemetery, and blacksmith bakery. All of the stops were narrated with the help of a guidebook, which gave students facts and comparisons of now and then. Back at the museum, students rotated through 3 stations: First Nations weaving, Bill Reid print making, and First Nations artwork and puzzle recreation. It was a fabulous day of learning for all!
At the start of each school year, both Ms. Eaket and Ms. Cuthbert read the book, “It’s Okay to Be Different” by Todd Parr to their Kindergarten students. The children then create these marvellous paint portraits learning that they are a community of learners who are different and special in their own unique way. The artwork above are by Ms. Cuthbert’s Kindergarten students. The children also created some scary green monsters and some beautiful pumpkins using orange paint and construction paper. They used scissors to cut out the round shapes to practice their fine motor skills. (Click the individual photo for enlargement.)
The Kindergarten and grade one students in Ms. Nijjar’s class were read Ed Amberley’s book, “Go Away Big Green Monster”. After retelling the story, the students created their own monsters using construction paper, sharpies, and “googly eyes”. Creating art is a great way for the students to express their creativity and practice their fine motor skills.
Ms. Han’s grade 1 and 2 students created some fish shaped art inspired by the book, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz. By choosing the different colours for their art project, they saw that each one of them is unique. “Blend in when you need to. Stand out when you have the chance.” We are all unique and special in our own ways, and there is “only one you”.
The Kindergarten students in Ms. Eaket’s class had fun making apple sauce using water, cinnamon, and apples. They got to use a knife to cut up the apples and cooked it up with the ingredients.
As we progressed through the month of October, the students participated in a variety of art projects. Mr. Ferguson’s grade 5 students used water paints to create fall trees while the grade 4 and 5 students in Ms. Peters’ class used oil pastels and did a finger rub to create a different effect with their lone wolf art. The grade 3 and 4 students in Ms. Callegari’s and Ms. Russell’s classes used water colours to create a fun haunted house scene. (Click a photo to enlarge for a better view.)
The 2/3 students in Ms. Heinrich’s class looked at portraits by Picasso and then created their own Frankenstein portraits inspired by the Spanish painter.
Mrs. Mazinani’s grade 4’s enjoyed creating witch portraits using chalk pastels using Picasso’s cubism style. They used side view and front view profiles to create their portraits. Note how they used two different colours for the faces and broken lines to create to make their pictures more scary looking.