Lanaway's Lounge

September 20, 2018
by lanawayk

Number the Stars!

We will be starting our read aloud this week, Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. PLEASE DO NOT READ AHEAD – it will interfere with our PREDICTION making!

But, you can look ahead at our WORD WALL. These are terms that are used in the book that I want you to know the meaning of and be able to use them in a sentence.

To get to our word wall, go to LANGUAGE ARTS, then NOVELS, then find the link for Number the Stars.

I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I have!

September 13, 2018
by lanawayk

Welcome Division 4!!

By now you’re all in your classes and beginning new routines! Welcome to Lanaway’s Lounge!

Please keep up to date with classroom news – updates and reminders of upcoming events, assignment deadlines, and other responsibilities. I’ll be posting artwork and other success stories! 

Please keep an eye out for the Digital Citizenship – Social Media Guidelines form that has gone home with your child. We can not begin to work with the Google Classroom until I have all parent/guardian signatures for permission.

Other reminders:

  • All school supplies need to be in by this Friday
  • Student verification forms – signed and in by this Friday
  • Computer permissions form – signed and in by this Friday
  • Next week: Welcoming Conversations are happening next Wed + Thur. Please have your form for available time to come into the classroom returned by this Friday as well. 

Phew! Lots to have ready by this Friday!

We are hitting the road running… And speaking of which… Cross Country running is going ahead this year. Please listen to morning announcements for when to meet and learn about practices and upcoming meets.


September 4, 2018
by lanawayk

Welcome back to school!

I’m so excited to see your smiley, happy faces! 

This week the intermediates will be rotating through the classes, giving students and teachers the opportunity to meet each other and ease back into the school year, while administration sort out new enrolling students and finalize class lists. This week we begin to set our minds and hearts to a new year of fun and learning!

* This week, don’t forget to bring pencil crayons, pens/pencils, calculator, ruler, scissors, a case to put it all in, as well as a water bottle and back pack!

Week at a glance:

Tue: Ms. Lanaway’s Div. 4 Grade 7’s for one hour only (Rm. 112)

Wed: Ms. L’s Gr. 7’s go to Ms. Sanderson’s class (Rm 205) for Home Room for the rest of the week. Ms. Lee’s grade 5/6’s come to me for HR (Rm. 112). Rotations 1 + 2

Thur: Rotations 3 + 4

Fri: Rotation 5. Star Assembly @ 1:15pm

Monday, Sept. 10th students are assigned to their classrooms for the year (hopefully!)

**Ms. Lanaway’s school supplies list remains much the same to all intermediate teachers’ supply list. See attached document. School Supplies List_2018


July 2, 2018
by lanawayk

Have a great summer everyone!

WOW! June went quickly and here we are in July already!

What a great year’s it’s been. I feel hopeful and so proud of my students! You’ve all come so far! I want to wish our Grade 8’s excellent new beginnings at their new school, wherever that may be. Remember to keep in touch, and let this last school year and the great class community that we all helped to build, remain in your hearts and help you to navigate the murky waters ahead. We are all wishing you the very best!!

Until we meet again, this is Ms. L signing off for a couple months of well deserved rest and fun with friends and family! xo

May 28, 2018
by lanawayk

Don’t forget!

This week:

  • Submit your pizza/drink orders to Mr. Sanderson
  • Memoirs (12 to choose from) – Due Thur, May 31 (Mr. Modica-Amore)
  • Photos (1 baby and 1 recent) and quoteDue Fri, June 1st (Mr. Modica-Amore)
  • SPORTS DAY is June 15th. Early dismissal (1:30 pm)

Newsletters coming home with ALL IMPORTANT DATES included. Needs to be signed and returned.

May 14, 2018
by lanawayk

May and June updates!

Hey’all! The end of term (and school year) is just around the corner! You’re on the home stretch now! We have a busy couple months left. Here’s what coming up:

  • May 15 – Volunteer Tea
  • May 21 – Victoria Day (stat holiday)
  • May 23 – Bottle Drive (run by Div. 4)
  • May 25 – Carnival Bingo
  • May 28 – Pro-D (no school) 


We also have some more exciting things happening for our grade 6/7 classes. In June we have 4 canoeing lessons and 3 loonie swims. 


  1. Wednesday, June 6
  2. Wednesday, June 13
  3. Wednesday, June 20
  4. Friday, June 22


Loonie Swims:

  1. Monday, June 4
  2. Tuesday, June 5
  3. Monday, June 25


End of year:

  • June 25 – Year-end Picnic & Loonie Swim
  • June 26 – Gr. 7 “Retreat” to Burnaby South
  • June 27 – Awards Ceremony (report cards go home)
  • June 28 – Leaving Ceremony (and last day for students)
  • June 29 – Admin day (school closed, teachers on site)

May 14, 2018
by lanawayk

Kanaka Creek a Success!

What a fantastic field trip to Kanaka Creek Regional Park. Co-hosted by Metro Vancouver and their interpretive and volunteer staff, we were fortunate enough to visit 5 different stations representing the critical parts of our ecosystem. Students got their hands dirty and explored the bugs and plant life found in the nearby creek and pond. They explored the fish hatchery, learned about the Chum and Coho raised there, and got to release the salmon fry directly into their natural creek habitat.

An exploration of all the interconnections found in nature wouldn’t be complete without a look at the local animals. Students looked at clues provided by park staff to guess the mystery animals that make Kanaka Creek Park and area their home. Students used animal tracks, scat, skulls, furs and feathers to identify the animals. Ask your child which of the four animals they “encountered”!

All of Maywood was able to visit Kanaka Creek Regional Park over two days and we are so grateful for the generous support from Wild BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, The Pacific Parklands Foundation for helping with bus cost, Metro Vancouver Parks for providing staff and volunteers and keeping our parks so beautifully kept, and finally, to all the fantastic volunteers who ran some of the stations and made sure we knew where we were going!

A great day was had by all (even though we got a bit wet on Wednesday)!



April 16, 2018
by lanawayk

Static vs. Dynamic Characters

Tony Stark and Captain America – are they dynamic or static characters? For more on this, visit my Language Arts page.

Please also go to Google Classroom to view your returned assignments for BOTB Reading Response, and BOTB Questions, Book 1. I’m still looking for submissions from Bardya, Francis, Jayden, Jeriah, Autumn, Nickolas, and Kenan. These assignments were due April 6 (it is now 10 days late, so I have assigned 0/100 but if you submit this assignment in the next week, I can change your grade).

April 13, 2018
by lanawayk

Student Leds coming up!

Hey folks,

Please get those Student Led forms (blue sheet) handed in so that I know when to expect families.

Families: you will be coming in to see what’s happening in Division 4 and to see the progress your child is making. This year, we are focusing on sharing  learning through students’ BLOGfolios (formally, ePortfolios). I will be providing laptops so parent/guardians can sign-in to their child’s Blogfolio and view/read what they’re working on. I’m really encouraging folks to provide feedback IN THE BLOG. We’ll show you how to login as yourself so that you can do this!

I’m also collecting CANOE forms and money from students. If you haven’t yet, please get these in to me. There is a yellow consent form, a white City of Burnaby waiver form, as well as $10/$20 to help offset costs of this 4-part canoe field trip (lessons) to Burnaby Lake.

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