Ms. Harstone

Div 15

Virtual Field Trip/ Community Walk

We went on a virtual field trip to the Richmond Nature Park!

We learned that in order for animals to survive during winter time  they either need to adapt to their environment or migrate to a warmer place. We did a case study on two animals: Snow Geese and Coyotes. We learned that Snow Geese migrate to a small island off of Russia (Wrangel Island) during the Spring/ Summer to lay their eggs. The main reason why Snow Geese migrate to an island in Russia is because in Canada we have too many predators that would like to eat Snow Geese eggs (example: racoons, birds, eagles, and humans). Wrangel Island only has two predators that like to eat their eggs 1) Arctic fox and 2) Eagles.  The other animal that we studied was a Coyote. Coyotes need to adapt to their changing environment in winter by growing a thick coat of fur to keep them warm. In the Spring/ Summer time they will shed off their coat by rubbing up against a thick bush or a tree. During warmer seasons like Spring and Summer, Coyotes like to eat mice, rabbits, rats, and berries. During the winter time Coyotes have a hard time finding food to eat. They will sometimes eat garbage or other family animals if food options are limited.

Gloria, our wild life  instructor, showed us a Taxidermy coyote, adult snow goose, and a gosling.  Attached below are some of the animals that we saw!

(Gloria showed us how we can tell the difference between a coyote vs. a dog . Most coyotes have a white mouth. Coyotes have pointy ears like a triangle where as dogs have floppy ears. Coyotes have a long bushy tail and at the bottom of the tail is a black tip)

(Coyote Paw- Coyotes often have long black pointy claws and white feet)

(Picture of a coyote in the Summer time versus the winter time)

(Coyote skull)


We made lots of connections to the outside world!

” Wow! That skull looks like a dinosaur bone.”- Sage

“Animals cannot put on winter coats if they are cold”- Natalie

“Those geese must get tired if they have to fly all the way to Russia!”- Kudus

“When we see bugs and animals we should be kind to them and not hurt them”- David

“I did not know that coyotes like to eat berries! I like to eat berries too!”- Alice


Community Walk

**We will be switching our community Nature Walks to Monday mornings from our usual Wednesdays due to supervision changes.  I am excited that we will be able to continue these adventures.  I am hoping the weather will continue to improve.  Please ensure children are dressed for the weather as we will be venturing out rain or shine.**

Green Shirt Day (Optional)

In honour of St.Patrick’s Day, our school would like to celebrate this holiday by wearing a green shirt or dressing up in green (Friday,  March 12)




Have a great Spring Break! I will see you back at school on March 29!

Pink Shirt Day/ Reminder: No School on Friday

Pink Shirt Day

This Wednesday we invite student’s to wear a pink shirt to show your support of anti bullying within the school community by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It is about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identify, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.  If you do not have a pink shirt please wear a colour similar to pink (Orange or Red).


Attached below is an optional video that you can watch with your child:



**Friendly reminder there is NO SCHOOL this Friday (Pro-D Day)**

Valentine’s Day/ Family Day/ Nature Walk Reminder

Valentine’s Day


Our School District gave us the green light to hand out Valentine’s Day cards! Participation in this card exchange is optional and please do what your family feels comfortable.  There are specific guidelines outlined by the District for this exchange.  We will require all cards to be sent to school before the Valentine’s exchange day so they are able to sit untouched for a minimum of 24 hours.  I will be handing out the cards to each child unlike our usual child to child exchange.

Unfortunately, we are unable to hand out any food items or gifts for Valentine’s day this year.

Card exchange: 

When: If you are choosing to participate, please send the Valentine’s day cards on February 10. I will be handing out the cards on February 12. 

What: Cards only to give to peers. Please ensure there is a card for every classmate if you are participating. This will be a great opportunity for students to practice their printing with support.

Classmate’s Names for Cards:

  • Natalie
  • Alice
  • Kudus
  • Kimi
  • Eduardo
  • David
  • Amaris
  • Sage
  • Daiki
  • Shko
  • Alessandra
  • Yasmine
  • Shalom
  • Justin
  • Bella

Family Day


  • Just a friendly reminder there is no school on February 15

Nature Walks Reminder

  • Every Wednesday we will be going on our community walks rain or shine
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a rain jacket, rain boots, hat, gloves, and an umbrella

Nature Walks

Walking Wednesdays

Dear Division 15 families,

I wanted to inform you that we will be making an effort to try to go on weekly nature walks on Wednesdays.   Please help us to make these walks successful by packing outdoor shoes/boots, extra clothing, rain gear…etc. to match the weather of the day.  We will be venturing out rain or shine.

Thank you for your support,

Ms. Harstone

Alphabet Hunt/ Story Workshop

Literacy- Alphabet Hunt

Yesterday, we focused on observing and identifying letters around our school community. We noticed that our school’s flag pole looks like the letter Ll and a car’s hubcap looks like a letter Oo.  Here are some of our Alphabet pictures. Take a look and see if you can guess some of the letters!

(Letter T)

(Letter Ll)

(Letter Q)

(Letter Ww)

(Letter Vv)

(Letter Oo)

(Letter i)

(Letter Uu)

(Letter E)

(Letter L)

(Letter H)

(Letter H)

(Letter Xx)


What other letters can you find around your community?

Story Workshop- Setting

We are exploring story elements. Today we focused on learning about the importance of a setting in a story. Here are some of our stories. We are building our understanding of story elements, English vocabulary and confidence sharing orally.

David:The setting of my story is in the zoo. The sheep was eating food and the horse was playing so he can run back. The pig was staying in his house and sleeping and then sheep was going to sleep with him.


Natalie: The setting of the story is at the mountain. The deer and the wolf is fighting. The wolf wants to eat the deer. The big deer wants to protect the little deer.


Shalom: The story is inside the ocean. The two are trying to find the house. The end.


Yasmine: It is at a farm place that’s far away. The goat is trying to eat the snow because he could not find water.

Justin: They are playing hide and seek in the ocean. One animal hides under the shell. There is nothing hiding under the white sea shell.

Kudus: My story is taken place by the ocean. They are playing hide and seek to find their friends. The dolphin is counting and these animals are hiding.

Alessandra: My story is in the forest. The rabbit and the fox are trying to find food. They try to eat the squirrel.

Daiki: The setting of the story is in the forest. They are finding a home. He needs to have food. He brought food into his home.

Sage: The setting of the story is in the forest. The dinosaurs are playing hide and seek. The red dinosaur is trying to find the other dinosaurs.

Shko: The setting is at the farm. The family says “give me money, you are a bad farm! I will call the police because you stole my money”. The police come to help the farm. The end.


Bella: The setting is at the Zoo animals. They two want to play hide and seek. The pig is going to hide first. The pig go to hide. The cow says “ready or not, her I come!”. He looks under the log. “It’s not here!”, he goes to the next log and he says “its not here”. He then finds the pig. The pig says “Its now my turn to find you”. The cow hides. The pig says “ready or not here I come!”. The pig looks under the logs. The pig says “I found you!”.


Pajama Day/ No Stuffed Animals

Hi Division 15 Families,

  1. Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is PJ Day! (Optional).
  2. No Stuffed Animals- Unfortunately due to Covid 19 Health and Safety Protocols we are not allowed to bring a stuffed animal to school.

I hope you have a great Winter Break!


Next Week’s Festive Activities!

Hi Division 15 Families,

Here are some of the activities that our class will be participating in next week!

 Monday: Holiday Photo Booth!

  • The Grade 6/7 decorated  the gym.
  • Our class will be invited to take a class photo with a Holiday themed background!


Tuesday: Holiday Hat and Hair Day

  • Students’ will be invited to wear a Holiday inspired hat or hair! (Examples, Santa Hat, Reindeer ears, Winter hat, Cindy Lou Who Hair)


Wednesday: Celebration of Learning Assembly (Online)

  • Our class will be attending our school wide celebration of learning assembly.
  • I will be handing our your child’s Report Card.

Thursday: Winter Wonderland

  • The Grade 6/7 are creating Holiday interactive activities for the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students’!
  • Some of the activities include: (Card decorating, Photo Booth, Run Run Reindeer physical activity)

Friday: PJ  Day!

  • Students’ are invited to come to school wearing their PJ’s!
  • Movie Day in our classroom!
  • Students are invited to bring one stuffed animal!


I hope you and your family will have a fun and safe Winter Break! I will see you back at school on  Monday, January 4!

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