BLOOMZ and BLOGFOLIOS!!!

Hello Parents/Guardians,

As you know in September, I started using the Bloomz app to post pictures and student work throughout the year, so you can see all the wonderful things Division 6 has been doing.  I decided not to use my class blog as I have done in the past as the Bloomz app enabled me to easily communicate what I wanted and I enjoy trying new applications.  However, starting soon, I will be having the students use blogfolios.  Each student will have their own username and password to access their own private blogfolio.  The blogfolios will be essentially an on-line portfolio of each student’s work.  Parents, you will be sent an e-mail notice each time your child submits something for you to view.  We encourage all parents to make comments on the work you see.  Words of praise and questions to further conversation are just examples of comments that would be appreciated.  Teacher comments may also be viewed.  Each child’s blogfolio is private, so you, your child and the teacher will be the only people who can see the work.  Once a Blogfolio is created, it will follow the child to the next year’s teacher, who will hopefully continue the blogfolio.  It will  be a compilation of your child’s work over the years to be enjoyed.  

You will be sent more information about blogfolios soon!

Ms. Gabas

Museum of Anthropology

Dear Parents and Students,

We had a fabulous day at the Museum of Anthropology.  The children reinforced their knowledge about Potlatches and got to hold and learn about special ceremonial regalia doing presentations about them and sketched carvings and learned about the different realms.  They enjoyed exploring the whole museum, discovering beautiful and interesting artifacts held in deep drawers and looking at ancient totem poles and magnificent mask and canoe carvings, traditional clothing, blankets, jewelry, sculptures, dishes, statues etc. not just from the aboriginals in Canada, but from every continent in the world.  What a day!  We thank our parent volunteers for accompanying us that day and for all your support making this field trip happen.  Here are some photos we would like to share!

Work and Play

Hi All,

Here are some great photos of Division working and playing over the last few months.  It is so wonderful to see them interacting with each other so well, exploring, learning, and sharing.  In this album, you will see photos of them during the dance assembly where they rocked their number  and had skating lessons in January, the Valentine’s day Party and working on the Cardboard Challenge in February, playing basketball during some free time, a birthday photo,  their trip to Burnaby South to see the Science Fair, their art submission for Arts Alive and pictures of them sharing their group stories.  What great memories! : )

Exploring Biodiversity!

Here are some photos of Division 3 exploring our local diversity with Ms. Eng’s class at Ron McLean Park in November. They had so much fun working with their buddies to complete a Biodiversity Bingo sheet where they had to locate living things in the area.  What were some of the living things and some img_7846non-living things you found.  Can you tell any connections between living things and between living and non-living things?  Division 6 worked so hard to build a Stopmotion movie to represent biodiversity and teach a lesson about how everything on Earth is connected, how everything on Earth has a purpose, and Everything on Earth should be embraced.  Through talking about these Aboriginal perspectives and looking at biodiversity, the students really learned about how important it is to be protectors of our Earth.

December Magic

Hi Boys & Girls,

December is always a fun month. Not only did the children work hard practicing for the Christmas Concert, they were busy like elves making winter art and making presents.  So many people loved seeing you as a French Choir in Paris as you all looked so cute. The poster made me smile.  You created such whimsical scenes of trees in snow and worked carefully to assemble your votive candle holders and cute toilet paper roll penguins for gifts. Also, I am so proud of you all for showing kindness and caring for others.  You all did jobs as a fundraiser to help provide lunches for students at St. Stephen Children’s Centre in Uganda.  You should be so proud of yourselves for raising   $ 168.55!

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September and October Snapshots

Hello Everyone,

Wow!  It’s incredible how time flies! We are in November already and Division 6 has been very busy indeed. Typically, by now I would have already had several posts up and students commenting on blog posts.  Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the students’ passwords and usernames from the technology department in order to start.  Normally, we would have them by now, so hopefully we will receive them soon. 

I want to share with you some great snapshots of happenings of our first two months together.  Enjoy!

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Last Term Photos

Dear Students of last year:  Division 5,

Here are some  photos of our last term .  We had a fabulous year together Division 5!  You were so much fun to teach as you were keen and motivated!  I will truly miss you all.

Here is the video of you singing, “See You Again” for our Grade 7 students and leaving staff, especially Ms. Sakic!  It was very special!

Hope you enjoy looking back at last year and keep shining, my Clinton Stars

!!!  Come visit me and my new class!

 

Love,

Ms. G            apple

 

 

It’s Astonishing! It’s April Already!

Hello Everybody,

March seemed like a blip in the school year, having had two weeks off for spring break.  The boys and girls are continuing on in 3rd term, knowing the routines so well by now.  I will include some photos taken before the holidays.

Track season has started and I am thrilled that the majority of my class were interested in joining.  They have been training well and have learned to pass a baton and sprint and run longer distances.  Thanks to parent volunteers all students were able to attend our first after school track meet.  What a fun time it was!images

 

 

 

Division 5 was introduced to, “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston, the song they will be performing in May.  It has such an important and beautiful message.  Boys and Girls, please practice!  Don’t forget to think about what you will be wearing! ; )

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Student Leds

original-386706-1Hello Everybody,

Division 5 was busy preparing for Student Leds.  They have been working hard all year and had selected some work they are very proud of to share during Student Led conferences.   Hope you all enjoyed having your parents come visit our classroom.  Boys and girls, what were some things you shared with them and Parents, what were some things you learned from your child?  Please feel free to share your answers and comments!

Ms. Gabas

Aboriginal Studies

We have been learning about Aboriginal Culture with a focus on the Inuit of Northern Canada.  In December, Div. 5 did an impressive job drawing and using bright colors (oil pastels) used in the style of the famous artist Ted Harrison.  They replicated some of his most famous works.  We have had many compliments on our bulletin board! : P  What artists!  Please check out the Gallery page above to see these beautiful pictures!IMG_5378

At the moment the boys and girls are working on a Stop Motion movie. There job is to create a short Stopmotion movie based on one of the 7 Sacred Teachings from the Aboriginal Culture and to tie in one of the Aboriginal World Perspectives.  Boys and Girls could you tell me which teaching you had and give us a sneak peak on what your movie will be about? It has been great to see you all working well in your groups and watching the whole process.