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

Amazing potato plants!🌱


Potato plants after Spring Break -Mar 26

Potato plants one week later outside Ms Sim’s house -April 2

Potato plants on April 9

Dear Division 12,
You will not believe how much our potato plants have grown!  Please take a look at the two photos.  The first photo was taken when I loaded the potato plants into my car right after Spring Break. The second photo was taken just 1 week after being outside in my yard.

Please estimate (smart guess) how many centimeters (cm) tall our tallest potato stem has grown in the second picture and respond in the comment section by Wednesday, April 15th. You will not be able to see anyone’s estimates until Wednesday!  I will announce which student’s estimate is the closest and they will receive a virtual star.🌟

Ms Sim

🏆ANNOUNCEMENT: Clarissa is our virtual star winner!🌟 Way to go for having the closest estimate!

Microsoft Office Teams ‘O365-Taylor-Park-Div 12’ and First Zoom meeting






Dear families of Division 12, 

Wow, almost everyone has responded to our letter on our class blog!!  We loved reading what everyone did with their family during Spring Break.   We also hope that everyone had a chance to watch our video messages that we filmed together through Zoom.  The teachers and staff at Taylor Park have held all staff meeting through this application and we can’t wait to meet this way with our students.  Thank you so much for all your encouraging messages and for those of you who even sent some photos through email.  Meeting and connecting through Zoom, our blog and email can be convenient at times, but we have learned that it will never replace seeing you all face-to face, and we truly miss that the most right now! 

To promote classroom interaction and continue building on social development and curricular learning we will be using Microsoft Office Teams and our ‘team’ is called O365-Taylor-Park-Div 12.  We have attached the student guide for Microsoft Office Teams to the email that was sent to families.  Please look at the first page of the guide to download the program on the computer or device that your child will be using and log in with your child’s username and password.  We will be emailing parents separately with their child’s username and Office Teams password.  When you log-in, click ‘Teams’ on the left if you are using computer and on the bottom if you are using an ipad or tablet, please post a ‘hello’ message that you have logged in successfully.  Or even better, you can share a photo of what your family did together this over the long weekend!  If you log-in through a computer it should look like this with your child’s initials in a circle on the top right corner:  

We plan to have weekly scheduled Zoom meetings, but for next week we would like to meet on Tuesday at 11am with the whole class. For our first meeting we would like to meet with our whole class and get everyone connected.  The B.C. government has funded and secured access to the Zoom platform for the province’s K-12 schools and whave been advised by administration that Zoom will be secure for our students.  We are receiving training to ensure safety measures are in place, and will be using the ‘waiting room feature to admit only those recognized, we will be monitoring the sessions and using a password.  Recording the sessions will not be permitted by participants.  The link for our first Zoom meeting will be sent to families by email.  You will need to click “join a meeting” and enter the meeting ID and password.  If you cannot make this meeting, please do not worry, there will be more to come.  As the students enter the Zoom conference, the mics will be muted.  Please look for the ‘mic’ and ‘video’ icon and ensure the ‘video’ icon is on so we can see you As more students join in we will be muting all the mics so that each student will have a chance to speak.  Another note, look for a gallery mode icon (waffle or 9-little squares) and the students will be able to see more people on the same screen at the same time, usually more for desktop computers and less on an ipads and tablets. 

We know it  has been difficult and challenging to practice social distancing for the past few weeks.  Our new vice-principal Diana Sakic shared a great quote at a recent staff meeting.  Although every day may not be good, we can find something good in every day.” We would love our students (and families😀) to take a moment to reflect and share something they are thankful for when we meet on Tuesday.  We can’t wait to see all the students and listen to their voices.  

We know this is a lot of information and we thank you for reading our long email.  Please try and sign into our team ‘O365-Taylor-Park-Div 12’ on Office 365 Teams with the student IDs and password and we look forward to the Zoom meeting on Tuesday morning.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email.   You will be receiving another email with your child’s Microsoft Office Teams user ID and password shortly. 

Yours truly, 

Mrs Malito & Ms Sim 

 PS: we are sending this email to all the parent emails we have received.  Please let us know if you would like the email correspondence to go to just one parent.  Also, we have the new online resources that have been linked to our website.  The ID and passwords for those sites will be shared with the students next Tuesday. 

💕What did your family do together?

Flowers outside Ms Sim’s home

Dear Divison 12,

Life has changed dramatically over the past few weeks and it is hard to believe that we are not in class with all of you and learning together.  We really miss all of you and look forward chatting with each one of you soon.  We as teachers are fiercely learning too and trying to find creative new ways to connect with all of you and also ways for you to connect with each other. 

Even though we cannot be together in our Division 12 classroom at Taylor Park at this time, this third term we will continue our learning journey together.  We have a feeling this term may be one of our most memorable terms yet!! 

The past 2 weeks we have had a lot of family time and we are sure that you all did something special or interesting together with your family. Ms Malito’s family played the card game called ‘Spoons’ a lot (the one Clarissa taught the class🤣) and Ms Sim made her family go on daily walks to admire spring flowers, rain or shine.  Mr D said he took walks in the park, did a few hikes, played scrabble, watched a few documentaries, and even cooked a few new food recipes with his family! Wow!

Please share with the class one activity that you and your family did together during Spring Break.  It would be so great to write and share with each other what we did!😀

Love your teachers,

Mrs Malito & Ms Sim

ps: if you forgot your student login ID and password, please email Ms Sim (  Reminder: after you log-in, click “Leave a Comment”  which is underneath the blog entry title.  Share your activity and click “post”.


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Birds in our ecosystem

Dear Division 12,

     We will be going on a field trip to the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in November.  Every student in our class will become an expert in one bird that is local to this area.  Students will research about their bird, the food they eat, the habitat they live in and why they are important to our ecosystem.  We will share our learning  with each other so that we can learn about the many different birds that live in our ecosystem.  Why is the diversity of birds important to our environment?

     Please share the name of the bird you have chosen to research on and a special fact about your bird in the comment section of this blog entry.  We are excited to visit the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and hopefully see the birds that we have researched on.  Fingers crossed for a nice sunny day on November 12th!

From your teacher,

Ms Sim 

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Early Happy Mother’s Day!

Division 15 participated in this year’s Tomatosphere experience. We learned that even astronauts eat vegetables and grow them in outer space in their space station.  They need to eat healthy too!!

We received 2 packs of tomato seeds from the Tomatosphere program and had to plant them.  One pack of seeds was called Group J and the other pack was called Group K.  We planted them and we observed their growth and recorded germination.

Interestingly, all the seeds we planted grew tomatoes.  When we sent in our results we found out that Group K seeds were at the space station for 6 months and they grew perfectly.  Across Canada in other classrooms, Group K seeds grew a little less.

Please plant our little tomato plants in a bigger pot or in a yard and your child will help take care of them!

We thank all our moms, and all the loving adults in our life, our dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and all the special people in our life for all your love and support and taking care such good care of us!!

With love, Division 15

Spring is here!!


Dear Div 15,

Spring is here and it is so beautiful outside!!

What is your favorite thing about Spring?  What do you love to do outdoors in the springtime?

I love to jog and look at the beautiful flowers.  I like to smell the flowers too!

Love, Ms Sim