December News

Hello everyone,

It is hard to believe, but Winter Break is a short 3 weeks away!  This means report cards are going home in 3 weeks as well.  We have been busy in class wrapping up several units as we prepare for the end of term 1.  Below are some important dates coming up in the month of December.

Friday, December 7th – Hot Dog Day

Friday, December 14th – Wreath Making and Holiday Market* in the Gym

Tuesday, December 18th – Winter Musical Matinee (1:30) and Evening Performance (6:30)**

Thursday, December 20th – Term 1 Report Cards go home

Friday, December 21st – Pancake Breakfast* and Last Day of School before Winter Break

*Special thank-you to our wonderful PAC for arranging the Wreath Making, Holiday Market and the Pancake Breakfast!*

If your child will not be participating in any of the special activities (Wreath Making, Holiday Market, or Pancake Breakfast) please let me know as soon as possible so alternative activities can be arranged.

**Tickets to all performances of the Winter Musical are free.  Tickets will not be required to attend the Matinee performance.  Tickets will be required for the evening performance.  A notice about tickets will be going home with students shortly.  If your child will not be participating in the Winter Musical, please let myself, or Ms. Ong know as soon as possible.

Thanks,

Christina

Sunday, November 18

Hello everyone,

Just a few reminders / announcements for the next couple of weeks.

First, students in Division 3 have begun to use their e-portfolios!  In term 1, we are using our e-portfolios to develop an electronic Art portfolio, which satisfies a BC Ministry of Education Curricular competency.  If you have not received an email notification about your child’s post, or are having difficulties accessing your child’s e-portfolio, please contact me via email.   

Tomorrow, all students in grades 4-7 will be attending the second Young People’s Concert at Michael J Fox Theatre.  We will be travelling via school bus.  School bus pick-up is 12:45 pm, so we will have an altered lunch schedule that day.  Students in grade 3 in Division 3 will spend the time working on assignments in another classroom.

Friday, November 23rd is a school-based Professional Development Day.  Staff will spend the day learning about how best to support the students at our school through Social Emotional Learning, supporting our ELL students through the SIOP model of lesson planning and implementation, and collaborating on the school’s reading goal.

Also, on Friday, November 23rd, the Glenwood PAC is hosting the “Stay Safe Course” for students aged 9-13.  A notice was sent home with information about cost and registration in October.  Pre-registration is required through the PAC.

Finally, students at Glenwood are already busy getting ready for our Winter Concert.  Most of the preparation will be done during our scheduled Music class, with Mrs. Ong.  All notices and lyrics for the songs can be found on the Glenwood Website under the ‘School Notices’ tab. There are a few students in Division 3 who will need costumes.  The school will provide materials and time to those students to create their costumes for the concert.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email, or before or after school.

Christina

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe we are midway through October already.  The first several weeks of school have flown by, as they always do.  It was great seeing everyone at our Welcome Conversations a few weeks ago.  If you didn’t get the chance to meet with me then, and you would like to, please contact me via email so we can set up a time.

I’ve finally been able to spend some time setting up the class website with useful information such as the: Weekly Schedule, Weekly Speech Topics, and Term 1 Overview.  I’ve also been working with the Learning Technologies team to set up our student e-portfolios for this school year.  I anticipate the students will be publishing their first post sometime this week.

Looking ahead, all students in grade 4 and 7 will be writing the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA’s) in the next few weeks.  Students will be using class instructional time to write these assessments.  If you would like to withdraw your child from these assessments, please contact myself or Reg LaPlante as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns about these Ministry of Education assessments, please contact myself or Mr. LaPlante.

Halloween is fast approaching, and we will be celebrating Halloween at Glenwood as we usually do with a costume parade, Halloween assembly, and other activities.  All activities are optional.  Reminder that students are permitted to come to school wearing their Halloween costume, if they choose to.  All costumes must be free of weapons (real or fake), be appropriate for an elementary school (showing no more skin then regular clothing, no blood, guts or gore), and must not interfere with learning (no masks or costumes that students can’t sit down comfortably in). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  

I am always open to parent feedback on communication, so if there is any additional information you would like to see on the class website, please let me know.

Have a great weekend.

Christina

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology Field Trip

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hello everyone,

First, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who accompanied the class on our field trip to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology this week.  The students got to participate in two excellent programs on the art, culture and history of the Coast Salish First Peoples.

Our first program, Pole Walk, allowed students to explore the different types of poles in the Coast Salish culture.  We explored Welcome Poles, Memorial Poles, Mortuary Poles, and House Poles.  We discovered that each pole has its own distinct design and purpose. We also learned about the life cycle of a pole, from the felling of a tree, to the tools used for carving and painting, raising a pole, and finally when the pole decomposed and becomes a nurse log.

For lunch, we got to eat in a replica Haida big house!

After Lunch, we participated in a second, more hands-on program, Cedar: Tree of Life. During this program students got to explore the multiple uses of a cedar tree to all Coast Salish people from transportation (canoes), clothing, big or long houses, daily objects (baskets, bowls, and other various tools) and art.

We were fortunate to have such beautiful weather on this fantastic field trip.  I hope everyone, students and parent volunteers, learned a lot about the art, culture and history of the local First Peoples!

Christina Pook

Reminders – October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!

Just a few reminders…

We have our first Young People’s Concert next Tuesday, October 16th.  We will be walking to Michael J. Fox Theatre for this performance (for all other performances, we will take a school bus).  We will be leaving Glenwood at 10:00 a.m. and will be arriving back at approximately 12:00 p.m.  Students should dress for the weather.

We have our first (and my last) field trip coming up on Wednesday, October 17th.  We will be leaving Glenwood at 8:30 a.m. and will be back at approximately 3:00 p.m.  I am still looking for 1 parent volunteer to accompany us on this field trip.  We will be travelling to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology by school bus.  All students need to be at Glenwood by 8:15 a.m.

Finally, thank you to everyone for reviewing, signing and returning the Weekly Speech rubrics!

Thanks,

Christina Pook

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hello everyone,

We are still waiting for half of our planners to arrive at Glenwood.  Hopefully, they will be here next week.  In the meantime, I will use this website to keep parents updated.

  1. Spelling words went home today.  Spelling Quiz will be on Friday, September 21st.
  2. Glenwood is collecting donations for the Terry Fox Foundation.  On Monday we are collecting nickles, Tuesday is dimes, Wednesday is quarters, Thursday is Loonies, and Friday is Toonies.
  3. Our Terry Fox Assembly and Run will be held on Friday, September 21st at 2:00.
  4. Please return all notices to school as soon as possible.
  5. There will be 2 Popsicle sales next week, on Tuesday September 18th and 20th at 3:00 (weather permitting).  Popsicles are $1 each.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Have a good weekend,

Christina Pook

Reminders – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hello everyone,

As you might be aware, we are still waiting for half of our student planners to arrive at Glenwood.  This is why planners have not been sent home yet.  So, here are a couple of important pieces of information.

  1. Individual Picture Day is on Thursday, September 13th in the morning.
  2. Please return the package of notices (student information verification form, walking field trip form, etc.) to the school as soon as possible.  Remember to sign each notice.
  3. Glenwood is no longer accepting cash payments, so please pay either by cheque or online payment.
  4. Please return planner notice (and payment) to the school.  
  5. Young People’s Concert forms went home today.  Please return notice and payment to school.
  6. Please send all school supplies to the classroom by Monday, September 17th.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Thanks,

Christina

 

Welcome Back!

Saturday, September 9, 2018

Welcome Back

My name is Christina Pook, and this is my classroom website.  Here you will find information about Division 3 such as: our weekly schedule, term overviews, links to student e-portfolios, and electronic copies of classroom notices.  I am continuing to update the website with this year’s content, so check back for more information.

First, a little about myself: I have been a classroom teacher at Glenwood for seven years.  I live with my husband, daughter, aged 3, and dog named Blue.  We live in New Westminster and are often found walking along the board walk at the river, or exploring local parks on the weekends.  

This summer, we stayed close to home and spent time visiting with family and friends locally.  However, we also visited family on the Sunshine Coast, in the Okanagan Valley, and went to my husband’s annual family reunion, nicknamed the ‘Pook-a-thon’, during the Labour Day long weekend.

As you are probably aware, I am expecting my second child in early February 2019.  I anticipate leaving Glenwood in the third week of January 2019 to begin my leave.  If this date changes, I will notify parents as soon as possible.

Email is the best way to reach me.  I will try to respond to all parent emails within 1 business day.  If there is an urgent matter, I can be reached at school either by phone during office hours, or before or after school beginning around 8:00 am and until 4:00 pm.

I am looking forward to reconnecting and meeting everyone at our Welcome Conversations on Thursday, September 27th.  Information about scheduling will be sent home in the following weeks.

Christina