Friday, May 11, 2018

Hello everyone,

Monday, May 14th is a Professional Development Day.  Students do not attend this day.

On Tuesday, May 15th, Division 3 will be going on a field trip to Eagle Creek to release our salmon fry.  Thank you to our parent volunteer drivers for helping with transportation to and from this trip!

We will be leaving at 9:10 a.m. and will be arriving back to school by 12:00 p.m.  Students should dress for the weather, as we will be outside for the field trip.  Running shoes (not sandals) are strongly recommended.  There are bathrooms on site.  Students should bring their water bottle and recess snack on this trip.

On Wednesday, May 16th the Glenwood PAC is hosting a free parent education event at Glenwood.  ‘Social Media 4 Parents’ will begin at 6:30 and run until 8:00.  I strongly encourage parents to attend this event to learn more about social media.  Many students in this class use social media on a daily basis at home, and several of those students have reported negative interactions when using this platform.

On Friday, June 1st, Division 3 will be hosting a Celebration of Learning about the Salmonids in the Classroom program.  This assembly will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will run until 11:30 a.m. (approximately).  All parents are welcome to attend this presentation.



Reminders, April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hello everyone,

April Monthly Run

This is a reminder that on Friday, April 27th we will have our monthly run.  Students will earn House Team points by running the circuit around the green space behind the school.

*We are still looking for 3 parent volunteers to assist with recording laps as the students run. Don’t worry, you won’t have to climb the hill with the kids!

Students should come with running shoes, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle.


Sunny weather is here, finally! Students can bring a labelled sun hat and water bottle to school to take with them outside at recess and lunch.  Students are always encouraged to drink lots of water throughout the day, and to keep a water bottle on their desk. Juice and other beverages are only allowed in the classroom at lunch.

Toys / Personal Items / Money

Recently, several students have been bringing personal items from home to school. This is a reminder that personal items should always be kept in students backpacks during class time.  In addition, it has been brought to my attention that some students are selling other students their personal items. All student-to-student monetary transactions should be conducted with knowledge of both sets of parents, and off school property.


If you have not yet received your E-Portfolio username and password please contact me via email or in your child’s planner.

Thank you for your support,

Christina Pook

Reminders: April 16 – 20

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello everyone,

We have another busy week ahead at Glenwood, so here are a few reminders of this week’s activities.

On Monday, we have Library, which is not our regular day. Please return all library books on Monday for a book exchange.

On Tuesday, we have our class field trip to the Seymour Hatchery and Education Center. All students should arrive at school by 8:45 am for attendance and to prepare to leave. The bus will be leaving at 9:00. Students should:

Wear rubber boots / hiking boots,

Bring water, a snack, and a lunch,

Bring a rain jacket, change of socks, and pants,

Dress in layers, as it is often cooler in the mountains then in Burnaby.

Currently, the weather forecast is for part rain, so please dress for the weather.  We will be outside for most of our trip.

*Special thank you to our 3 parent volunteers for chaperoning on this trip!*

On Thursday, we have a very special visitor coming to Glenwood.  Each student will participate in an activity lead by a local Coast Salish elder to weave a bracelet from cedar bark. 

Update on ePortfolios:

It has been brought to my attention that email addresses with Hotmail may be filtering out emails from the address.  If you have not received your username and password for your child’s ePortfolio, please contact me via email or through your child’s planner.




Welcome Back!

Welcome Back

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I hope everyone had a restful and fun Spring Break!  My family and I spent some time on Vancouver Island, visiting family and vacationing in Tofino.  I hope everyone is feeling rested and recharged for term 3.

There are many fun and exciting learning opportunities coming up in term 3.  Here are some highlights of what to look forward to.

First, I am excited to announce our next field trip!  On Tuesday, April 17th, Division 3 will be going on a field trip to the Seymour River Hatchery and Education Center, in North Vancouver.  This is an all day field trip and we will be travelling by school bus.  Students will explore a working salmon hatchery.  A permission form will be going home the first week back.  I am asking for some parent volunteers.  If you are available to volunteer, please indicate on the permission form.

For more information on the field trip, please click the link below.

Second, during term 3, all students in Division 3 will begin using ePortfolios.  Each student will be using their personal electronic portfolio to self-reflect on his / her learning and growth.  The ePortfolios are secured behind a wall and held on Canadian servers in the Burnaby School District.  Access will be strictly controlled between the teacher-student-parent.  More information can be found on the ePortfolio tab on this website and will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Third, the annual Glenwood Talent Show is coming!  Talent Show audition forms went home before Spring Break.  All forms are due back on Tuesday, April 3rd.  A schedule for auditions will be posted by Ms. Sigerson.

There are several other exciting things happening in the remaining 3 months of school.  For more details, please see the Overviews tab and click on term 3.  Also, each week I will continue to post a ‘Highlight of the Week’ on this website to keep parents informed with what students have been learning.  Keep checking back on the Highlight of the Week tab to keep up to date on the goings-on in Division 3.

Have a fantastic long weekend and I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Christina Pook


P.S.  In case anyone was worried about our alevin, I popped in to the school on Friday, March 23rd and the salmon were doing fine.


Primary Days of Music

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hello everyone,

On Monday, all students in grades 2 and 3 will be heading to Primary Days of Music.  Thank you to everyone for returning your permission forms.  We will be leaving the school at 12:25 and will be returning by 3:00.

Students are encouraged to show their Glenwood school spirit, and wear their house team shirt and dark bottoms.

We will have an altered lunch schedule this day.  Students will go outside at 11:45 and will return to the classroom at 12:00 to eat their lunch and use the bathrooms.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.


Reminders – February 9

Friday, February 9, 2018

Hello everyone,

Just a few reminders and a bit of information.

On Thursday, February 8th, Glenwood began using an online attendance system.  Students who are late will need to sign-in at the office when they arrive.  If your child is away for any reason, please either call the school office, or send an email to Ms. Hajek (  

Please note that effective immediately, my school district email has changed.  I can now be reached at

There is no school on Monday, February 12th for Family Day.

On Tuesday, we have Library, so please return your library books to school.

The Primary Reading Challenge forms are due to school on Tuesday, February 12th.  All entries need to be received by Mrs. Nerpio to go in the draw for a gift card to spend on books at the Scholastic Book Fair.

The spelling quiz next week will be on Thursday, February 15th.

Friday, February 16th is a school-district Professional Development Day.  Students do not attend.

Tuesday, February 20th is an early dismissal at 2:00.  Student-Led Conferences will run from 2:10 – 6:00.  It is also the opening day of the Scholastic Book Fair.  If you are able to volunteer at the book fair, please contact Lisa Nerpio at .

Special thank-you to everyone who brought in shoe boxes!  As you are probably aware (due to the paint) we started working on our Salmon habitat dioramas on Thursday.  The students are greatly enjoying this very hands-on and messy project.

Have a good long weekend.


Christina Pook


The Alevin have Hatched!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I am very excited to announce that several of our eyed eggs have hatched!  We now have several little alevin swimming around in our salmon tank.

Trying to take pictures of these tiny creatures has been very difficult.  So, to give you an idea of what the process of hatching is like, and what the alevin look like when they hatch, I’ve attached a link to a video from the Seymour Hatchery, in North Vancouver.

Happy watching! 


*Also, I made an error in the Literacy Week post.  The Primary and Intermediate Reading Challenge winners will not be announced at the assembly on Friday.  The draw will take place at a later date.  I apologies for the confusion this may have caused.*

Christina Pook

Literacy Week: January 29 – February 2

Sunday, January 28, 2018

This is just a quick reminder that Glenwood Elementary will be celebrating Literacy Week this week.  The staff at Glenwood have planned a variety of fun activities for the students to participate in.

All Week:

  • Reading Challenge
  • Guest Readers

Monday: Read a Shirt Day

  • Students who come to school wearing a shirt with words will receive 1 House Team point.

Tuesday: Teacher Swap Story Time

  • Who will be our guest teacher-reader? What will they read?

Wednesday + Thursday: Salmon Showcase

  • Each of the classes will visit division 3 to view the salmon tank.  Students in Division 3 will be given the opportunity to share what they’ve learned about salmon so far. 

Friday: Literacy Week Assembly @ 2:00

  • Parents and families are welcome to attend our assembly at 2:00.  Mr. Tang will have a special ASL presentation to share and Mrs. Nerpio will make the Reading Challenge draw.  There will also be a very special guest to help us celebrate Lunar New Year, which is fast approaching.


*Reminder: I am still looking for about 7 more shoeboxes for a project.  If you have any shoeboxes you can spare, please send them to school this week.



Christina Pook

Welcome Back!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing and fun Winter Break!  I spent the first few days recovering from surgery on December 22.  Then I was able to spend some time with family and friends while enjoying the festive season.

I am looking forward to jumping in to term 2 at Glenwood.  There are lots of exciting learning activities planned this term. 

First, I am putting out a request for shoe boxes.  Each student will need to have their own shoe box for a cross-curricular Art / Science / Language Arts project we will be completing at the end of term 2.  I will be collecting them starting in January.

The Salmon in the Classroom program, sponsored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, will be beginning in early January.  We are scheduled to receive our eyed eggs on Friday, January 12th.  I am so very excited to be able to bring this program to Glenwood this year!  Through this program, we will be learning about the life cycle of the salmon, their habitat, the water cycle, and environmental stewardship.

In Language Arts this term, we will continue to focus on exploring and valuing diversity.  In term 1, we read many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on different cultural celebrations.  This term, we will be focusing on the different types of families and the different roles family members play.

Literacy Week is fast approaching at the end of January.  The Literacy Week Committee, chaired by Mrs. Nerpio, has been busy planning fun activities for students to participate in.  

In addition, we will hopefully be taking more walking field trips to Byrne Creek Ravine Park, as part of our Science Unit.

Finally, division 3 is participating in the Great Canadian Postcard Exchange.  At the end of term 1, students sent postcards to 24 different schools across Canada.  For the remainder of the school year, we will be receiving postcards from each of these communities.  So far, we have received postcards from Redvers, Saskatchewan, Stoney Creek, Ontario, and Vernon, British Columbia.  This program has provided a great way for students to learn about the different communities in Canada.

For more details on what we will be learning in term 2, please click on the ‘Overviews’ tab at the top of this website.  In addition, for weekly updates on the ‘goings-on’ in Division 3, click on the ‘Highlight of the Week’ tab. 

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me via email, or by phone during regular school hours.


Christina Pook

December 18 – 22 Reminders

Hello everyone,

Winter Break is fast approaching and there are a number of very exciting things happening at Glenwood this week.

First, this blog has a new address.  So, if you have it bookmarked on your favourite list, please make sure to update it.  The new address is:


Tuesday, December 19th

All Library books are due today before Winter Break


Wednesday, December 20th,

Winter Concert

1:30 p.m. Matinee Performance, no tickets required

6:00 p.m. Evening Performance, tickets are required

*All students are encouraged to wear their house team t-shirts and dark bottoms*

**All students attending the evening concert should be at their outside classroom doors at 5:30 p.m.**


Thursday, December 21st

Spelling Quiz this morning.

Please bring a plastic or reusable bag with handles to school for the desk clean-out today.


Friday, December 22nd

Morning- Pancake Breakfast

*Special thank-you to the PAC for organizing this festive event every year!

Afternoon – Christmas Carols Sing-Along


Thank you and have a great last week!

Christina Pook