Second St. StrongStart

Learning in the Spirit of Wonder and Joy

Fall Exploration

So I went on a walk today at Robert Burnaby Park.

Look at this beautiful spot I found!

A StrongStart friend was having lots of fun in the water!

As we walked towards the playground we discovered a pile of leaves.

My friend hid and his Grandmother and I covered him up!

Look what else caught my eye

I wonder what made all those holes in the tree?

As I went on my walk I filled my pockets.

Look at all the amazing things I found!!

First I sorted them. And that inspired me to make these:

I would love to see what natural materials you found and what you created with them!! Email me a photo at

My friend Lillian at Twelfth Ave. StrongStart was inspired by the story Leaf Man.  Click below to see what she created after reading the story!

Fall Bounty

Fun with a Pumpkin!

If we were in the classroom right now we would be engaging with a pumpkin in a variety of ways.

 I am not an advocate of wasting food.

So below are many different ways to use the pumpkin and make them valuable learning opportunities.

(hint: store your pumpkin in a cool place to prevent it from rotting)

Paint it. Use washable paints so that you can paint it many times.

Hammer it.  Help your little one pull them out and this becomes a never-ending activity!!  Caution do not leave the wooden golf tees in the pumpkin for more than one hour.  They swell making them difficult to pull out and reuse.

Peg board.  Provide elastics and connect the pegs by stretching the elastics over them.

Light it up. Clean out the pumpkin and put a candle inside. No need to carve a design in the pumpkin as the golf tee holes have already done the job!!!

Pumpkin goo. Investigate on a tray with your child what is inside a pumpkin.

Roast pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and are a yummy fall treat!!

CommuniTEA Time Online!! Topic Stress and Our Children

Gayle is the community Coordinator at Second Street.  She typically offers our community room for families to gather and connect over tea and conversation.  Sometimes these conversations have special guests.  The community can’t physically enter the school right now so she is offering an Online CommuniTEA Time!! Please see the details below as the special speakers will be talking about Children and stress.

Let’s Connect!

All parents and community members are welcome to attend this online time to connect:


Thursday, Oct. 8th – 9:30 – 10:30 on Zoom!

Special Guest speakers:

 Jen Tan, school counsellor at Second Street Community School

Shannon McGee, school counsellor at Ecole Armstrong Elementary 

TOPIC: Stress and our Children

Please join Community School Coordinator, Gayle Beavil, and our special guests, while we listen, learn, and support each other.

Jen and Shannon will help us understand the science behind stress and introduce us to practical strategies which can help us recognize and reduce stress in our children.


How to join the call:

  1. At time of the meeting (9:30 am on Thursday, Oct. 8), click on the link below, or copy and paste it in your browser.


  1. Go to and click on join meeting. The Meeting ID is below.

Gayle Beavil is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Gayle Beavil’s “Online CommuniTEA Time”

Time: Oct 8, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 684 9450 5702

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 Join us, for coffee, conversation and community connections.

“Good people turn to love, courage and kindness in times of crisis, not hate, fear and cruelty.”

Laurence Overmire

A Great Resource for You

In our programs we have many local organizations we partner with that help support families. Anita is a great resource for you and your family.  See below the various ways you can connect with her and the programs she is offering.


Anita Olson – Early Childhood Community Consultant (ECCC) – supporting parents/caregivers with children ages 0-5 years old. Questions/concerns about behaviour, development, needing strategies or other resources call/text/email for a free virtual or socially distanced consultation.

604-723-9548 or email

Join Monday’s Coffee and Chat parenting support group to get connected with other parents, learn some helpful tips about parenting and discuss your own parental celebrations and challenges. Meetings are via MS Teams – email, subject line JOIN COFFEE AND CHAT, and an invite will be emailed to you. For assistance in MS Teams installation click here.

If you are interested in joining the ECCC Resource Newsletter please email, subject line ADD TO RESOURCE NEWSLETTER and you will begin to receive children’s activity ideas, family resources offered in Burnaby and so much more.




Fall is Here!

Fall is my favourite season. My senses go wild.   My nose with the smell of wet soggy leaves, my eyes love the beautiful colours with a blue sky as the back drop and my ears love the crunch of the leaves under my feet!  I love looking for vibrant coloured leaves that have fallen and decorating my dining table. I have fond memories of collecting things in nature with my boys and making piles of leaves to jump in and hide in.

Maybe the stories below will inspire you to play in the leaves . Take along a bag or bucket on your walks so that you can bring natural materials home, they are FREE!  Wonder with your child what you might do with these materials. Could you sort them, order them, glue them, cut them?

 I know that many are limiting their children’s use of screen time.  So here are some ideas of what you could do with the stories I suggest below:

1. Watch the stories yourself .

2. Borrow them from the library.

3. Watch the stories with your child.

Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco


My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee

When is StrongStart Opening?

Hello StrongStart Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy the summer months and explore our beautiful province.  Even if that was just in your own backyard!

I have had the privilege  of supporting the Kindergarten teachers last week and this week through the gradual entry process.  What a joy to see the children create new relationships with each other and their teachers.

We are still figuring out what StrongStart looks like during this time.  So currently I will be reaching out and available by phone and email. (  I will once again be posting relevant and  helpful things for you here on my blog.  If you subscribe to my blog (you will find this on the right side of the screen)  you will receive an email each time there is a new post. This saves you always checking my blog to see if there is anything new.

Below is a copy of what the district presently has posted about StrongStart.  If anything changes you can find that information by visiting:


In September 2020, Burnaby StrongStart BC programs will continue to engage in outreach to families via emails, phone calls, and offering StrongStart services online.

There is currently no in-person StrongStart BC programs in Burnaby Schools.

We are looking into a variety of options that will enable us to offer in-person StrongStart BC programs. Programs will be at reduced capacity that are consistent with Stage 2 of the K-12 Education Restart Plan. “Reduced capacity” means that we will limit the number of families attending in order to maintain safe physical distancing. We will also reduce the number of hours per day and/or days per week of StrongStart BC operations to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Please continue to visit our website for the latest updates. We look forward to when we can welcome you back in person!

I miss you all,

Teacher Beth


Goodbye For Now…..

Dear Families,

This has for sure been a year like no other.  I have truly missed each of you and can’t wait to see you again.

For those children moving on to Kindergarten in September I wish you all the best.  I have loved journeying with you and watching you blossom.  For those children going to Kindergarten at Second Street I will see you in September!!! For the past two years I have had the privilege of supporting the Kindergarten teachers during the gradual entry process. It is definitely a highlight to help transition StrongStart graduates!!

I know many have questions about what September looks like for StrongStart. So at the end of August I encourage you to check out this link as is will have the most updated information for you.

StrongStart BC Early Learning Centres

If you need any parenting support during the summer, Information Children would like you to know about their helpline.  You can access it at 778-782-3548. 

Have a wonderful summer,

Teacher Beth



Sing Through the Summer With Teacher Beth

Zoom circle times are done for the summer.

Thanks to all those who joined me each week.

It was always so wonderful to see your faces!

For my last blog post I have recorded 5 movement songs for you

to sing-a-long in your homes this summer!

The Wheels on the Bus, Up Down Turn Around, ABC’s, Tick Tock and Zoom, Zoom,Zoom!!

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