Lest We Forget

Due to covid restrictions, we were not able to have a school wide assembly in the gym this year; so the teachers spoke to their individual classes on the importance of Remembrance Day. After lunch, we headed outside for our “Moment of Silence”, reflecting on those who sacrificed their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy. Below, is a video clip Mr. Brion put together of our outdoor event. It also includes some previously recorded performances of some of our students. For instance, the grade 7 students in division 1 and 2 did a poem in French and English while the grade 4 and 5 students in division 4 and 5 played the violins and ukuleles.

As we walk through the hallways, we see fall art replaced with art honouring Remembrance Day including an acrostic on peace by Ms. Johnson’s grade 1/2 class, poppy art by students in division 5, 9, and 17. The grade 6 students in division 2 wrote out individual wishes for peace. Das wrote, “I wish for everyone to be kind and be thankful for all the good things that we have.” Naiad wrote, “I wish everyone and everything in the world gets treated with respect and kindness.” Bhullar wrote, “The world will be at peace when other people can accept who others are.” Some great words of wisdoms among our young.

 

Each class created a beautiful wreath for our outdoor event. Each one uniquely designed. Division 2 grade 7’s read Eleanor Coerr’s novel, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” and created their own origami paper cranes. The grade 4/5 students in division 5 created a stunning wreath with the three doves symbolizing peace, the rolled up scrolls symbolizing the letters written home from soldiers, and the poppies symbolizing those who gave their lives in battle.

Tiny Perfect Things

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?”

Learning With Seesaw

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 12.33.23 PMThe 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”.

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Basketball Season

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.

Surrey Biofuel Facility

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.

 

Surrey Food Bank

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.

Self Portraits

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.

 

Volleyball

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.