Holocaust Presentation

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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.

Fort Langley

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!

Kindergarten Learning


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.)


Go Away Big Green Monster

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.

Only One You


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”.

Fall Art

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.