The grade one and two students in Ms. Han’s and Ms. Labuda’s class are connecting with their teachers using the Seesaw platform. It’s quite user friendly for the younger students where they are able to post video and audio recordings of themselves for their teachers to see. They are able to continue with their writing assignments and other work from home and post online for their teachers to gain insight into their learning.
Above, we see evidence of some of the students’ learning from Ms. Han’s class. The students created notes for fiction and non-fiction books. They did voice recordings of words starting with “th” and “wh”, and had fun with some art assignments. Note the voice recording below on measurement.
The children in Ms. Labuda’s class have also been demonstrating their learning to their teacher. They are able to do a writing piece using paper and pencil, photograph it, and post for Ms. Labuda to evaluate. I am impressed with the quality of work the students are producing. Many of them are clearly “digital natives”.
What a fantastic fun season! We are so proud of both the boys’ and girls’ teams for bringing home the first place blue ribbons! The students improved significantly on their basketball skills and learned the importance of working as a team. They demonstrated good sportsmanship and great tenacity, playing strong defence and “attacking” when they needed to. A big thank you to Armondo, PJ’s brother, for coaching the boys. We learned so much from him. Thank you to Ms. Kular for her time with the girls and to Ms. Johnson for helping manage the boys’ teams. We had great fun with these outstanding athletes. The grade 6 boys were invited to a second Play Day and had so much fun winning our third BLUE ribbon.
On Valentine’s Day, the grade 4 and 5 students in Ms. Mahal’s class headed to the Surrey Biofuel facility after their unit on sustainability and the environment. They learned interesting facts about anaerobic organisms; how compost is collected and turned into methane gas; and how the soil is used for trees and on farms in their local community. Students had the opportunity to look at what happens to compost as it is dropped off at the facility and all the different phases it goes through before it is turned into soil. The Surrey Biofuel Facility is the first of its kind in Canada to have a zero emissions rate.
Most schools in Surrey hold Food Bank drives. On February 11th, 20 of the grade 7 students in Ms. Villeneuve’s class headed down to Surrey’s Food Bank to volunteer some of their time. They created Valentine cards for the clients and helped hand out food items. The students also learned how much money is required to cover the basic cost of living and the challenges of making ends meet with minimum wages.
Did you know that the Surrey Food Bank serves 14,000 people every month and that 41% are below the age of 18. 23% are new to Canada, and there are many seniors on a fixed income that use the Food Bank. The most needed items are powdered baby formula, whole wheat pasta and rice, canned fish and meats, pasta sauces, canned fruit and vegetables, hot and cold cereal, and canned soup.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn and to give back a little to their community. 20 grade 7 students from division 2 plan to do the same thing on March 3rd.
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.
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.
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.