Today we had a great opportunity to have a virtual Library visit with the children’s librarian Ms. Ana Calabresi from the McGill branch of the Burnaby Public Library. We had a virtual tour of the library where we got to see lots of great areas that we could choose books from if we were to visit and then we even got to hear a story!
Many of the students mentioned that they had not visited the library before and were excited to learn that they could get their own library card for free with their parent’s permission. On Monday we will be sending home an application form for library cards so if your child is interested in getting a Burnaby Public library card you can return the form to us in class by December 4th and we will get it to Ms. Calabresi or you can fill it out and drop it off at the library yourself which is a great way to see in person what the library has to offer!
Thank you Ms. Calabresi and the Burnaby Public Library for our virtual tour!
Today along with Division 15 our class stood along Gilmore Avenue to spread some kindness and cheer to community members who were passing by. In partners our class decorated signs that had kind phrases on them and we smiled, waved and cheered as people drove and walked by. We loved hearing all the honks and seeing all the smiles. Thank you to everyone who came by, we hope we spread a bit of cheer to your day!
Or at least we have started learning about spiders in class. Last week we had a discussion about the things we know already about spiders (accessing prior knowledge) and talked about what we want to learn/wonder about spiders. The class wrote their ideas down on post it notes and we now have them up on our big spider for us to refer back to while we are learning. We also did a class poll about who was afraid of spiders and then graphed our results.
Wow did we luck out with the weather today! It was a bit chilly but thankfully the rain held off and we were able to get out to explore and do some learning outdoors.
We know that it doesn’t look like much right now but we have a surprise hiding deep in the soil that we can’t wait to observe as the seasons change. Our class is participating in the Planting a Promise program through Agriculture in the Classroom and this morning we looked closely at daffodil bulbs and then we planted some to winter in one of our big metal tubs near the music room.
Later in the afternoon we explored the school grounds doing a nature scavenger hunt. Most of us were able to find everything on our lists including a pumpkin! however finding a bee and butterfly were pretty difficult. The class wasn’t very excited when I tried to convince them that finding the letter “B” might work as a substitute.
It was a great day to spend some time outdoors and we can’t wait to get back outside again soon.
Wednesday, September 30th – Orange Shirt Day – is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is a reminder that every child matters; By educating people about residential schools, we foster respect and mutual understanding with all Indigenous people and all communities, thus helping us fight racism and bullying. Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on this day. (copied from our Kitchener School Website)
With Lunar New Year fast approaching we read a couple of books this week. One was called The Great Race The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey and we also read Sam and The Lucky Money by Karen Chinn. We learned about the story of how the Rat became the first character of the Chinese Zodiac and also about how we should be appreciative for what we have and help others when we can.
We ended our day with a visit to the big building by the annex Dragons. Each class designed their own Dragon and we visited our Big Buddies.
Wow what a busy past couple of weeks we have had. A visit to Science World, a Gingerbread Man hunt through the school, not one but TWO concert performances, making graham cracker houses with our Big Buddies and a yummy Pancake Breakfast today from our PAC. December has been filled with amazing experiences with lots of opportunities for learning and exploring.
We hope that you are able to spend lots of time with your friends and family over the next two weeks and we will see you on January 6th 2020 when the school reopens.
Wishing You a Safe and Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year!