Your parents have been sent emails with dropbox links so you can view/download photos and videos.

Here is a list of enjoyable and educational free online activities:

Solve me mobiles (

Book creator

Story bird (purchasing a subscription instead of the playing for free does not increase its value)

Go Noodle

Sumdog (If your password has been lost, you can email me in July for a reminder.)

Great news! Burnaby City Council decided to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from pet stores.  Now people will have to adopt their animals from shelters or from responsible breeders.

Happy Summer!  I look foward to hearing about your adventures in September.

April and May photos






Roasted Carrot Soup  (We used vegetable stock and for the vegan version, we used olive oil instead of butter and left out the cream and cheese).

Recent Photos

Recent photos


A sample of some of the great masks (masques), as well as making La Tire, and our delicious Lunar New Year Lunch.

Reading List

There are a great many wonderful books available at libraries.  Unfortunately, in order to get credit for reading, I have to have read the book myself so we can talk about it.  I have read all the books in the classroom plus all the books on this reading list.  You can also get credit for any of the books that have been nominated for this year’s Young Readers’ Choice Awards or Red Cedar Awards.

reading list September 2017

Parent Corner

Parents are welcome to participate in the classroom.  Whenever you visit the school or join us on a field trip, please check with me before taking any photos so I can tell you if there are children whose parents have not given permission for photos.  Please ensure that any photos that you take do not include children whose parents have not given permission.  It is also important that you do not post photos of children besides your own in any format on the Internet.

Here is a helpful guide to screen time limits provided by our counsellor.Screen Time guide for parents

sleep guidelines



All learners in this class need a small binder (1″ or 1 1/2″) with a pocket and no zipper plus at least 5 dividers.  They also need a USB drive to take work home.  A small GB drive is adequate for most uses but a 8 Gb drive would be great for taking home videos of class performances.  Please check the school supply list or request a list for what else is needed.  Frequently forgotten items that are needed at school at all times: 3 pencils, simple calculator, scissors, eraser, glue stick, black sharpie, highlighter, ruler and 5 duo-tangs.  They also need to bring some items that are shared such as lined paper, tissues, and band-aids.

How We Learn

Overview for Division 5

 Becoming self-directed learners:  I want children to become excited about learning and to take responsibility for working to the best of their ability, not just meeting the minimum expectations.  Students will be encouraged to figure things out and become self-directed learners.  They will receive direct instruction and teacher support as well as encouragement to think creatively and go beyond requirements.  My teaching philosophy is expressed well in the following lines by Alan A. Glatthorn:

What is the teacher?   A guide, not a guard.

What is learning?  A journey, not a destination.

What is discovery?  Questioning the answers, not answering the questions.

What is the process?  Discovering ideas, not covering content.

What is the goal?  Open minds, not closed issues.

What is the test?  Being and becoming, not remembering and reviewing.

Cooperative group learning: Students will spend most of their time working in groups since throughout their personal and working lives, children will need good skills in communicating and working with others.  The research is also very clear that students  thinking moves ahead most easily when they are introduced to a level of thinking slightly higher than their own.  In other words, they can learn from each other in small groups more easily than they can learn from one teacher who teaches a lesson that may be too hard for some and too easy for others.  The research is also clear that every child benefits from this model, including the most able student who learns to analyze and apply his/her learning by teaching others.

Field Trips:  Field trips are planned to help children learn what they cannot learn inside the classroom so all children are expected to attend.  No child is ever turned away from a field trip because they cannot pay the costs.  If your family cannot send the money for a field trip, just sign the permission slip and add a note that you will not be able to pay the fee.