I look forward to spring!! How about you?

Mar 8, 2021

Dear Div 12,

Wow, look at our ‘Planting a Promise’ daffodils.  They are starting to bloom.  Hooray!

About one year ago right before Spring Break our family was getting ready to go to Disneyland.  My sons were super excited and we were dreaming of spending time together and go on all the rides in sunny California.  We had to cancel our trip and we were sad, but the same thing happened to so many other people around us.  I am thankful we could come back to school in September for Grade 3.

Vaccines are excellent news and every day we are one day close to the world opening up again in safety and have our old freedoms back.  What is something that you are really looking forward to?   I can’t wait for spring flowers, one day going to Disneyland and celebrating birthday parties together again!


Ms Sim

Thank you to Div 12 families & Awesome Snow!


Ms Sim’s boys playing in a local school playground. We had all this snow to ourselves! Wow!

Dear students and families of Div 12,

We hope you all had a super special and fun long weekend in the snow.  We had so much fun sledding and making snowmen with our families.  It was nice to finally have good snow on the weekend so that we could all play in it.  If you have a moment, please share what you did when it snowed in the comment section.

Also, we wanted to say THANK YOU for all the thoughtful Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates and gifts.   You are all so kind and caring to us and wanted to thank you so much.  We look forward to coming to class everyday and working with all the students.  Division 12 is the BEST class ever.


Mrs Malito & Ms Sim

Happy New Year to Division 12!

Happy New Year Division 12,

We can’t wait to start 2021 with Division 12.  We are going to have a great year together!

First of all, we wanted to thank you for all the lovely and generous Christmas gifts and thoughtful cards that you gave to us before the holiday.  Many of you made handmade cards with winter pictures and even some with cool Pokemon drawings!  Thank you so much.

We hope you that you were able to relax with your family and have fun together during the winter break.  The holidays were different this year and most of us were not able to see our extended family and friends as we usually do.  This was challenging, but hopefully you were able to connect through the phone or  the computer.  Did you get a chance to see some snow or do something fun or special over the holiday?  We look forward to hearing you share about  something you did with your family over the winter break.


Mrs Malito & Ms Sim

Cheery Snowpeople

Dear Div 12,

I love snow and can’t wait for some nice sledding weather.  Sometimes we just need a bit of good cheer and happy positive thoughts to help us get through hard times.  I love the snowpeople we made!  What is the good cheer message your snowman is saying?


Ms Sim

What do you see?

Dear Div 12,

It has been such a wonderful first few months of Grade 3 and it has been so great to get to know each other and learn together.  Every person in our class is so unique, creative and special.  For last week’s journal everyone received a doodle and was asked to finish it.  When you first saw the doodle it looked like this:In your hands the doodle transformed into something interesting and beautiful!  Some drawing may seem similar, but they are still different and special, just like you.

Please respond to this post by writing a sentence or two describing what you drew.

Love, Ms Sim

Division 12 Poetry Book and Recipe Book


Dear Division 12,

The Division 12 students have had a chance to learn about poetry and have written their own poems.  We have tried to compile them into an online book. Please take a look.


Some students wrote poems, but didn’t upload them to Assignments. You can still upload your finished poems to Assignments to be included in our online book.

We have also have the Division 12 Recipe Book ready, however we cannot post the link to this blog post as some student photos are in it.  We will include a link so that students and families can access them through a Teams post.  An access code will be coming soon too!  (we are just learning about it)

You will need your Office 365 ID and Password to log in to the Student log-in page for Book Creator.  Then you will need a 7-digit code I have shared in Teams to access our Div 12 books.  I hope you can read it!


Mrs Malito & Ms Sim

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Dear moms of Division 12,
We wish you a very special Mother’s Day today.

You are all truly AMAZING!  Thank you for our love and support always.  May you day be full of hugs and love.

Mrs Malito & Ms Sim

How to log into student OneDrive account

Dear Div 12 students and families,

We hope you are all doing well this weekend.  We thank all the families and students for working so hard with us during the past few weeks.  There has been so many new changes in the way we interact through technology.  You are all amazing!!  We should have shared the information with you already, but all this tech learning is still pretty new to us too. (crazy steep learning curve🧗🏻‍♂️ 🤪 for everyone)

All students in Burnaby have access to Office 365 with a Burnaby School District student ID and password.  Office 365 has the applications: Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Word that Division 12 students can use to do their work, submit assignments and also interact.

We already are using Microsoft Teams, but this week we will be using OneDrive, which is a digital space to save and share our work with each other.  It is an excellent way to share and learn from each other, especially during this time when we really miss being together.  The following 6 steps will show you how to get access:

1. Go to the Taylor Park website and click ‘Office 365” (see arrow)

2. Type in your student ID and password when you log into TEAMS. (See arrow)

3. The next screen you will see all the Office 365 applications available for our students.  You will notice that you can access the Teams application or Microsoft Word here as well.  This week we will be using OneDrive (see arrow) and students can save their work in this digital space.  Through shared folders in OneDrive students can see everyone’s work in one place and it is a valuable way of sharing and learning from each other.

4.  When you click ‘OneDrive,’ you will be taken to ‘Files.’  We have created a ‘3rd Term Folder’ for each student and all the contents saved here is automatically shared with both teachers.  All work stored in this folder will be visible to Mrs Malito and I.  However, in order to find the “Division 12 Fitness Folder” you will need to click “Shared” (see arrow).

5. You will be able to see the “Division 12 Fitness Folder.”  Click this folder. (See arrow)

6. For one of the assignments next week you will have to upload a video and a writing piece into this folder.  You can click “upload” (see arrow) to upload your video and the writing piece.  All students and families are reminded to be respectful to the gallery of work that will be uploaded by our class to this folder and that this shared work is for class use only and cannot be posted or shared on social media. 

We are so glad that we can be on this learning journey with you,

Mrs Malito and Ms Sim

PS:  More information about Burnaby School District and downloading Office 365 can be found here:



How to hand in assignments in TEAMS ‘Assignments’ & OneDrive (3rd term folder)

How to hand in assignments in TEAMS ‘Assignments’ 

  1. Check 0365-Taylor-Park-Div-12 and click “Next” on the bottom right corner
  2. Click the assignment you want to submit work 
  3. Look for ‘My Work’ and click ‘+ Add Work’ 
  4. You can submit work by ‘Upload from this device’ if you want to send a photo or  
  5. You can submit by clicking ‘+ New File’ (Word Document, PowerPoint Presentation or Excel)  
  6. You can save your work and add more work if you need to.  When you are ready click ‘Turn in’ at the top right corner 

OneDrive: Accessing the student’s shared folder with Ms Malito and Ms Sim 

  1. In Assignments: Each student has a 3rd Term Folder in their OneDrive which is a shared folder with Mrs Malito and Ms Sim.  All work stored in this space is shared only with teachers. 
  2. Ms Sim has started an ‘Interactive journal’ with students in her small groups.  Students can journal in this shared ‘Word Document’ and also put little assignments that Ms Sim assigns during her small group times.  Everything should automatically save in this folder if the students are signed with their Microsoft Office school account.  Of course, students can also write in a journal book and you can take a pic and send an email as well. 

Thank you again families for all your patience, enthusiasm and support!  We know this is a lot of technology information and online resources.  We are learning as we go and trying to find the best ways to work with our students and sometimes tweeking things as we go.

Yours Truly,

Mrs M & Ms S

Digital Citizenship using TEAMS, Zoom and Class Blog

Dear Division 12, 

It has been brought to my attention that we need to be reminded about our Digital Citizenship learning from first term of school.  During this third term will be using technology as a tool for learning, sharing and connecting with each other.  We are so glad that students are able to share and comment through the Microsoft TEAMS application, through our Division 12 Class blog website and through Zoom.  There are so many fun emojis we can use to communicate as well.   

Please remember to always use kind words to encourage and support one another when we communicate online.  Microsoft TEAMS posts may seem like a ‘chat’ tab, but it is actually a place where we post meaningful thoughts, photos, reflections and writing.  Posting is a way of sharing and expressing ourselves, but also a way for us to encourage and support one another other.  Please post responsibly and thoughtfully and do your best to check your spelling, capitals, punctuation and read over what you wrote again before you click ‘send.’   

An excellent example of a thoughtful post is Clarissa’s photo and writing entry about Rock Monsters.  Another example is when a classmate sends photos and writes a comment or caption about it.  We can give a thumbs up to click that we saw it or that we like it.  Below you can see that Clarissa has 2 thumbs up for her post!👍 

If you would like to meet with your friend or share personal information about playing video games  together, please do that over your home phone or share through Messenger (we have heard that some of our students are communicating this way).   Mrs Malito and I read through your posts and give ‘thumbs up to meaningful and thoughtful posts.  If you notice a great post you can also respond by giving it a ‘thumbs up’ too! 

Practising Digital Citizenship is an important part of our learning journey for third term and we are excited to share and learn more together as the weeks progress.  In small groups we will also be talking more about the importance of digital citizenship and proper posting etiquette (manners) on our TEAMS, ZOOM or Class Blog site.  If you have read my post and understand it, I would be so happy to get a thumbs up from you! 😄👍 


Mrs Malito & Ms Sim