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Sharing our Learning in Division 5

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Dear Families,

Happy new year! It certainly has been a challenging start to the year. Sending best wishes to you all!

This week, we are learning about some new learning tools that can help us learn at school and at home, if need be!

On Monday, we learned how to login to teams and add a comment in the “communication” channel.

On Tuesday, we watched a mystery science video and completed our first Teams assignment (available on the assignment tab and general channel).

  • Teams login
    • username: (student #)@edu.burnaby – for example:
    • password: (same as blog and computer)

On Wednesday, we learned how to comment in our teacher help channel! We also practiced logging in to our EPIC reading accounts and our All the Right Type accounts! You can access these tools on the “TECHNOLOGY” tab of our blog.

  • EPIC reading
    • Class code: HQA2214
    • Recently, I found out that EPIC is only available for free from 6am-3pm (at home and school) – so it will be helpful if your child is not at school, but can’t be used after school hours.
  • All the Right Type 
    • student login info is in their planners
    • available to practice any time (please ensure your hands are in the correct position to practice!)

Please chat as a family about our new routines, schedules, and tools. If you are at home this week, please feel welcome to join us in our learning on teams!

Thanks for all your care, kindness, and support as we navigate these challenging times.

Ms. Carley

Wishing you a happy holiday!

Dear Div. 5,

It has been such a pleasure getting to know your children and your families this year.  My heart is so full with the love, joy, and care in our classroom community. This has been a really special term, full of exploration, inquiry, challenges, and collaboration.  Div. 5 students are so thoughtful, creative, and kind, and we have built a safe, supportive community of learners.

Sending a tremendous thank you for your kind words, notes, and gifts this week .

Wishing you a wonderful winter holiday with your loved ones,

Ms. Carley

Here are a few snapshots of our week together:

Special diversity club visits and whole school bingo!


Making holiday card boxes with Ms. Lumby! We also made a secret surprise holiday ornament with yarn!!

Finishing up our amazing winter art with Ms. McGivern!

In grade 4 math, we were creating shops! We can’t wait to continue this financial literacy journey in January!

P.S. Please remember we have All the Right Type accounts (login info in our planners) and EPIC reading (class code is: hqa2214), in case you are looking for some holiday learning activities <3

Sharing our Learning & December Newsletter

Sharing our Learning with Porfolios and Blogfolios

Divisions 4 and 5 have chosen to use Portfolios and Blogfolios as a means of communicating student learning with our families this term.  On Monday, Dec. 13, your child brought home their Portfolio binder. Within this binder and on their blogfolio posts, you will find a variety of examples of reflections, assignments, and assessments. These examples provide a snapshot of your child’s learning at this particular time. Our hope is that you will take time to look through your child’s blogfolio and portfolio binder with them to discuss key learning moments from the term.

At the front of their portfolio binders, you will see a note from me with suggestions for things to consider when you are looking through the binder with your child as well as an invitation for you to write some feedback for your child to read afterwards.

Furthermore, you will also find a student self-assessment and term one reflection. Please note that you will receive your first formal report card in February. We look forward to hearing your thoughts about your child’s progress! Thank you for your continued support along your child’s learning journey!

Family Logins for Blogfolios – Troubleshooting

Many families have had some trouble logging into their accounts. If your password is currently not working please try the following steps to reset:

  • Click the teal “Log in” link on the right of this post
  • Put in your email address and the password “parent2000”
  • Press the blue “Log in” button
  • Then click “Lost your password?”
  • Enter your email address once again and click “Get New Password”
  • You should then receive an email, letting you reset your password.

Families if you are unable to reset please email me at and alternatively have your child log in to their account to view their reflections on their learning.  Logins can be found in their planners.

Snapshots of December Learning

Div.4 and Div.5 have been working continuously on their pollinator shelter learning. After building with Alex Mckillop, we are now presenting our pollinator shelters. We’ve been focusing on our oral language skills by paying attention to our volume, pacing, expression in our voice and including gestures to engage our audience. Our presenters have done a marvelous job of communicating their learning by presenting to both classes! Audience members have been practicing their respectful listening and giving purposeful and constructive feedback.

Lifted (2006 film) - WikipediaOur Book Club reading for this term has wrapped up and we are now focusing on the elements of a story and creating our own graphic novels. We’ve been viewing Pixar shorts focusing on the exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. Last Monday, we viewed For the Birds, and really enjoyed the falling action and resolution. Div.4 and Div.5 had the giggles on Wednesday when looking at the plot of Lifted – what a conflict! Now, we are creating our own graphic novels!! Ask us about our plot maps!

Special Upcoming Days

  • Wednesday – Pajama day & Concert night (virtual)!
  • Thursday – Winter Solstice celebration & diversity club surprise!
  • Friday – Holiday spirit day, whole school bingo & winter celebration!

Our week in Div. 5!

We were so excited to build our pollinator houses this week and reflect on the process in a variety of ways! We are going to be creating displays to share our learning with the school. Check out the previous blog post and our blogfolio posts to see and hear more!

As a class, we’ve been reading a special book called Whale Child, written by Keith Egawa and Chenoa Egawa. It’s a story about the importance of caring for our world and the impact we’re having on our oceans and lands. In collaboration with Div. 4, we’re in the process of creating a bulletin board inspired by Whale Child and highlighting the importance of our collective action! Here are the beginnings of our board!

In writer’s workshop, we are  focusing on paragraph writing. First, we brainstormed all the elements we could think of that make a paragraph. Next we talked about our writing process, remembering the importance of brainstorming ideas and organizing our thoughts before we begin to write. Then, we started writing! Our first paragraph draft is due on Monday! We will continue our workshop process by  conferencing with a classmate!

It was so exciting to have pajama day today! Congratulations to the UHE leadership team for putting together such a great fundraiser! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Creating Pollinator Homes


This week, we built pollinator houses and hotels with our ADST helping teacher, Alex! Students worked in groups to build the designs they researched and created over the last few weeks. We hammered and drilled holes to create the perfect homes. We have been reflecting on our process – what were challenges we had? How did we overcome them?

There are so many math ideas that live inside this project! In math, we talked about how we can use measurement, geometry, estimation, addition, and multiplication to dream up these projects!

Our first week of November

What a week it has been! Div. 4 & 5 worked to create diagrams of their pollinator houses, thinking about the dimensions, placements, entrances, and inhabitants.

Click here to see more pollinator houses in progress!

As some of our students worked on FSAs, others from Ms. Yee’s and Ms. Su’s classes joined us in creating Green Team projects!

Most of us had our first book club meetings this week too! We shared our ideas and reflected on the process. Some of us even finished our novels and started working on creating “lit bits” to celebrate and share our thinking.

We were excited to do the filming of our Remembrance Day performance, which will play at the virtual assembly next week. A reminder that next Thursday is the Remembrance Day holiday.

Not all of us had a chance to finish our blogfolio posts today, so please feel welcome to finish them at home!

We officially installed our mud kitchen this week too! Please feel welcome to visit the kitchen during after school times, but please be kind and gentle!

Div. 5 had a great week and we look forward to another week of learning and exploring!

PS. Some families were wondering about how to use the School Cash page. Please find instructions here: SchoolCash-Welcome

A Snapshot of this week in Div. 5 & Wishes for a Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween weekend! It was so much fun seeing everyone’s creative costumes! Thanks for helping me come up with my costume this year too! Your ideas were so thoughtful and fun… perhaps we will need to have some more dress up days this year!

This week, we started doing some more in-depth research in our inquiry, using different sources of information. First, we started with books from the library. However, we noticed that the information we found was quite vague and we wanted to go deeper. Next, we learned some online strategies to examine digital resources with our teacher librarians, Ms. MacLeod and Ms. Neilsen. Using the school library catalogue collections, we searched up the pollinators we are curious about and who live on Burnaby mountain. Next week, we will draw up our pollinator house plans and be ready to start construction during the week of Nov. 15th! Tell you family if you are learning about the needs of specific types of birds, bats, bees, or beetles!

In math, grade 4s and 5s had their first formal assessments! We have been exploring each element of the proficiency scales. How can we show our understanding?

We finally got our first book club books and were excited to learn that they were graphic novels! This week, we examined the features of graphic novels and started noticing them in our first books! Which novel are you reading?

In the garden, we worked together to move soil from one place to another to make space for our mud kitchen! Stay tuned as we finish creating this space! And let us know if you have any old play or real kitchen utensils, pots, and pans that you are interested in donating!

Blogfolios was a fun way to end our week! On Thursday, we brought home notices with your family login information. There are many ideas for ways you can connect together on this learning! If you misplaced the notice, you can find it here:

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Happy Halloween!

This Week in Div. 5

This week, things went by quickly with two early dismissals and a pro d day! Thank you to the families of Div. 5 for joining me at Parents as Partners Conferences this week! It was wonderful connecting with so many of you and discussing your child’s goals.

Div. 4 & 5 are very excited to start Book Club this term! We began with reading picture books focused around growth and activism in small groups. Students used their “Say Something” organizer to make predictions, connections, inferences and share their feelings or wonders about what they read. Once prepared, students then shared their thoughts around the text with their group members and focused on building on each other’s ideas. We can’t wait to get our first book club novels next week!

We have extended our inquiry, thinking about who lives here on the mountain and why they are important to our community.  What would happen if they didn’t live here?  How are we interconnected, and what actions can we take to support pollinator populations that live here? Over the next few weeks, we will be continuing our research and using it to design and construct pollinator shelters.

We finished our week by creating Halloween art! We look forward to wearing our costumes next Friday for the Halloween celebration.


Exploring the Hidden Aspen Forest

Today, we wrote a blog post together to practice creating our own blogfolio posts!

Div. 4 and 5 have started an inquiry exploring the spaces around us. We started by choosing special artifacts from the forest. Then we drew them by looking very closely.

Last week, we visited the Hidden Aspen forest to explore with our senses what we could see, hear, smell and touch. I noticed so many interesting things growing on the trees, such as special mushrooms. I also noticed that a bear had clawed one of the trees on the path. I wonder when this happened! I am glad we didn’t see a bear, but I am so happy we get to share the mountain space with such amazing animals.

We were all busy drawing and writing about what we saw.

Then, we hiked along the path and I noticed so many trailing pacific blackberries along the way. I can’t wait to continue exploring the forest spaces around us and what mysteries might lie there.

Learning about your child and family – please fill out this short survey

I have loved our first few weeks together! Please take a moment to fill in this survey to share about your child and family.

Thank you for your thoughtful conversations and reflections on The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this week, Div. 5! Visit our windows to see our promises.

Enjoy some snapshots of our first few weeks! Drawing what we see, exploring the forest spaces, harvesting in our school garden, goal setting with Terry Fox, and much more!


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