How Can We Understand the Universe?

On Friday, we had the opportunity to visit the Trottier Observatory and the SFU Physics department to participate in an astronomy workshop! 

Families are welcome to visit the observatory on Fridays for Starry Nights! To learn more, visit:

Book Club Roles

This term in Book Club, we have been spending time exploring different roles to practice particular skills in book club.

Click below to access our new strategies for this term and get some extra practice at home!

Who Am I?


Div. 4 explored our identity through Loose Parts Exploration and poetry this May. Through our work with reuse and natural materials, we used metaphorical thinking to examine who we are and our journeys this year.


Applied Skills and Designs with Clay

This term, one of the ways we explored applied skills and designs was through our work with clay. Together, with Ms. McGivern, we learned about the unique material that it is. After drafting our plans, we got to work. Once we had formed the cup, we created the defining features. Once the clay dried, we fired it in the kiln so we could paint it with coloured glaze. After firing it again, it was finally ready to go home. We hope you enjoyed our beautiful art! Make sure to ask us more about how we created these amazing mugs!

Exploring Print-Making, Watercolour and Mixed Media


On Friday, May 18th, we had a visit from the Burnaby Art Gallery! We explored the artwork of Toni Onley and Gordon Smith and their representations of B.C.’s rugged coast. We examined how both used colour and atmospheric perspective to show the stillness of undisturbed coastlines, and then will create our own watercolour, thinking about colour and mood. Using collage, portage, and printing, we will create vibrant inspired artworks that demonstrate our connection to the environment. We were inspired by the diverse and complex ecosystems around us on the coast of British Columbia.


Being Stewards of Our Earth

Students in Div. 4 and 5 have had the unique opportunity to become leaders in our school as members of the Green Team. Our journey has been long and wonderful and shows the dedication we have towards our environment and our community.

In September, we examined our spaces and wondered how we might teach and re-imagine our waste and recycling systems. We became experts on recycling and composting in Burnaby, and explored the value of reducing our waste through litter-less lunches. We were able to connect with Simon Fraser University to design our program based on their Zero Waste Initiative.

After launching our own new Zero Waste systems at our December Celebration of Learning, we have worked tirelessly as Green Team Monitors to educate and help the members of our school so they can effectively use our new system, and understand the reasons why it is so important to care.

This past Earth Day, we launched our Litter-less Lunch Campaign, encouraging students and community members to re-think and re-examine our choices when purchasing food and bringing it for lunch. How can buying in bulk and using reusable containers help us to reduce our waste? How can reducing and eliminating our single-use items make an impact? These are some of the questions we are asking ourselves.

Every Thursday until the end of the year, we will be hosting a Litter-less Campaign to raise awareness and encourage our community members to notice their footprint and the consider ways they might be able to reduce it.


Landscapes Inspired by the Group of Seven


We bravely explore texture, movement, and shapes using mixed media to create these stunning pieces of art. Be sure to come visit our new forest sometime soon!

How Can We Use Diverse Materials to Represent Our Ideas?


After exploring the Group of Seven’s art, we created our own art, inspired by the shapes, movement, themes, and seasons we saw. Just as the Group of Seven created art unique to Canada, we tried to create art unique to our classes, combining materials in a non-traditional way.

Why Does the Moon Change Shape?

On Thursday, we explored the question, “Why doesn’t the Moon always look round?” We talked about how the moon reflects the light of the sun, learned the phases of the moon, and experimented to figure out what causes the change in the moon’s appearance.

See if you can spot the moon this weekend! Use binoculars if you have them! The best time for moon-gazing is when the moon is half-bright/half-dark. The line that divides the dark (night side) of the moon from the bright (day side) of the moon is called the terminator. Along the terminator, shadows make it easier to see craters and mountains.

If you feel like comparing what you see to a map of the moon, there’s a great map of the most visible craters  and a map of the dark gray areas known as seas. The moon’s seas are dry flat plains created billions of year ago by flowing lava. But early astronomers thought these dark gray areas might be filled with water and called them seas or maria (Latin for seas), and the name stuck.

**Photos to be uploaded shortly!**

How Can the Sun Tell You the Season?

On Tuesday, we explored how the sun’s path changes with the time of the year. Students learned that on summer days the sun comes up earlier, rises higher in the midday sky, and sets later than it does in winter. If you are curious when the sun rises and sets, Google now provides sunrise and sunset times simply by typing “sunrise” and “sunset” in Google. Many weather apps for smartphones also feature this information included with the day’s forecast.

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