Chaffey is Hip

Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke Schools are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by completing an exciting project. This project involves recognizing the contributions of a group of iconic Canadian musicians, Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.  Their songs are all about Canadian identity and culture.


Gord Downie is a Canadian hero.  On Monday, June 19th, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his work on Indigenous issues.  Gord was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke sold t-shirts to raise money for cancer research on Gord’s behalf. Altogether both schools have raised over $700.

Parkcrest and Chaffey-Burke Elementary also learned one of the HIP’s songs “Ahead by a Century”, which was videoed by the Burnaby Learning Technology team and has been submitted as our contribution to the “Canada 150th” event.  The song was also performed by the grade two and three students at Primary Days of Music. When Mr. Downie first heard about this project he was so impressed and happy he actually phoned Ms. Chow, one of the people who came to film us, in person to ask about how he could get a copy of the link to add to the Tragically Hip’s Facebook page.

This is the direct link to Chaffey is Hip:

This is the link to the Canada 150 website:

Thank you to all students and staff who made this project such a success!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Coat the bottom of a roasting pan or thick baking sheet with olive oil, about a teaspoon or so. Spread the seeds out over the roasting pan in a single layer, and toss them a bit to coat them with the oil on the pan.
  • Sprinkle the seeds with salt, and pepper if you like.
  • Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. Small pumpkin seeds may toast in around 5 minutes or so, large pumpkin seeds may take up to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the pumpkin seeds so they don’t get over toasted. When lightly browned, remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a rack.
  • Let the pumpkin seeds cool all the way down before eating.
  • Either crack to remove the inner seed (a lot of work and in my opinion, unnecessary) or eat whole.


Puberty Raps

Students in Division 3 created puberty “raps” to demonstrate their learning using the Explain Everything App on our ipads.  Enjoy!

Final Foodie Friday

We had our final Foodie Friday for this year last Friday.  Many thanks to our chefs Jayden, Cameron, Melissa, Jerry Z. and Abhi for some fabulous work prepping everybody’s favourite… PIZZA! Many thanks as well to our new Save-on Foods up at Willingdon and Kingsway for very generously supporting our last Foodie Friday through some financial help.

There really isn’t a recipe for this particular treat, instead we will give you a list of ingredients that you can prep for everyone to make their own tailor made pizza. All ingredients, as previously mentioned, are available at the new Save-on Foods in the neighbourhood.


  • Pre-baked pizza shells. We bought ones that were large enough to share between 4 people
  • Pre-made tomato sauce. We mixed this with some plain tomato sauce to be sure we had enough.
  • Shredded or grated mozzarella cheese
  • The following vegetables had to be chopped (pretty small so they cook properly) to be ready to go:
    • red and green peppers
    • mushrooms
    • red onion
    • pineapple
    • ham
    • pepperoni


  1. Spoon some tomato sauce onto the pizza shell.
  2. Add as many or as few toppings from the above list (or add some different ones!) as you would like.
  3. Cover everything with cheese.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 10 or so minutes, or whatever the instructions are for the pizza shells.
  5. Enjoy with family and/or friends!