This week ended another great season of volleyball. We were happy to see many of the upper intermediate students join the three different teams and show up for the different practices. They demonstrated not only an improvement in their skills but also great sportsmanship while playing neighbourhood schools. The Girls’ B Team came in fourth place on their Play Day at Fraser Wood Elementary. The Girls’ A Team won every game, pushing them into the semi-finals. The final game was very close, giving the girls second place in the tournament. The Boys Team had the joy of winning first place at their Play Day. A BIG thank you goes to our wonderful coaches: Mr. Allinger, Mr. Ferguson, and Mrs. Brown.
“The new Canadian landscapes are digital.” Many of our intermediate students and some of our primary students enjoyed a free in-school workshop on coding from “Canada Learning Code”. The world is changing, and it is important to equip our young people with the tools they will need to prosper in our digital world. The students were introduced to Sketch, a digital design toolkit to do some basic computer programming.
This was our second RCMP presentation this week, and the focus of it was on building healthy relationships. Sadly, more and more young people are texting or sexting inappropriate things on the internet. The problem with social media is that we often say and do things on-line that we may not say or do in person. Our children are becoming more and more addicted to their devices and trying to stay connected all the time. We were encouraged to build healthy relationships and stand up for ourselves and others
- One’s self-worth doesn’t start low; however, it can slowly erode over time so it is so important how we speak and treat each other
- Social media portrays unrealistic standards of beauty, wealth
- Unaddressed anxiety can lead to destructive behaviours
The students were asked, “What does it mean to be a good friend?” Here are some of the responses:
- “Say nice encouraging words to each other; don’t call each other names”
- “Treat others the way you want to be treated”
Here are some other points we learned today:
- Once something is sent on-line, you lose control over it
- Many girls have been asked (at least once in their lives) to send a naked picture of themselves to someone
- Sharing sexual images of a minor is a criminal offence
- We want our young people to respond with “It’s a No”. Check out the link (https://www.abbypd.ca/itsano) to download the icon “It’s a No” to use a response when asked for something inappropriate
One morning in November, all the grade 5 to 7 students sat under an RCMP presentation called “Shattering the Image”, an anti-gang preventative program. There’s a concern that many gangs are recruiting younger people, and these gangs are often involved in violence in our community. Many of these gangs exist because people are buying illegal drugs from them. Gang members are predominantly male and are multi-ethnic. They are using technology to recruit children 16 years old or younger. They are often attacted by the money and lifestyle, but soon find themselves trapped and threatened, and often ends in tragedy, very often death. It was stressed among the students on the importance of what they post about themselves online because it is open for the recruiters. It is also important to not let our negative or sad past impact our present or future. We encourage all our young people to make strong and good connections with the right people in their lives.
This year, Ms. Villeneuve, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Meynert are working together with our grade 6 and 7 leadership team. 22 grade 6 and 7 student leaders applied to attend WE Day, and we were fortunate to be able to get extra tickets to accommodate them all. I asked Ms. Meynert what was the big take away message for the students who attended, and here is here response. “What would your super power be? We are mindful; we are innovators; we are one planet! We are community. We are global. We are leaders.” The students also learned it is better to do a little than to do nothing! When they returned to the school, they have come up with projects that will help people in our local community as well as people globally. Stay tuned for more posts on the upcoming efforts throughout the school year.
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!
Ms. Younger’s grade 2/3 students have spent each day of the week leading up to Halloween with their buddy class (Ms. Meynert’s grade 6’s) on ADST projects. For instance, the students had to create wings for their bats and see who could make their bat fly the furthest, learning about aerodynamics and the unique shape of bats’ wings. On Halloween, the students were told that the ghosts have taken over the graveyard and they needed to make a lift for them using the supplies provided. They needed to come up with a plan and work cooperatively to design their experiments. The grade 6’s also enjoyed creating candy launchers, trying to project their candy as far as possible. The teachers commented that it was wonderful to see every child totally engaged with their learning. Hands on learning really is the best way to learn!
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.)