A Few Good Things and The Week Ahead – April 8

April 8, 2018

Families of James Hill,

Due to the shortened week at school, we have a bit less than the normal 10+ Good Things to share (there were many more but I didn’t catch em!). See below for the Week Ahead.

Good Things to Talk About

1. Earth Rangers! We were treated to an awesome experience by the Earth Rangers crew this past week as they came and shared the importance of preserving the environment and respecting animal life. They even brought in a few animals to share with the students, including a hawk that swooped down right over the heads of the students en route to its perch at the back of the classroom. To become an Earth Ranger, go to www.earthrangers.com.

2. Place Values With 10s I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the exciting learning moment that occurred in Mrs Peck’s class but I did get to hear from a few students who were learning about place value using manipulatives that represented 1s, 10s, and 100s. They were eager to show me how to represent 3 digit numbers and to share how they figured this out on their own. Always amazing to see “that light go on” in a child’s learning.

3. See-Think-Wonder  As a staff, we reviewed the power of the thinking routine “See-Think-Wonder last week.  It is a routine designed to get kids to note what they see, add their thoughts, and then lead into some inquiry based on an image, structure, or video. Mrs Johnson’s class used this routine to initiate thinking about their latest piece of literature, “The City of Ember”, as she showed a picture of the book cover and the students did the STW routine.

4. Reminders to Leave the Phone Alone  ICBC, in collaboration with the RCMP and the Township of Langley, provided some presence on Friday morning to remind people to slow down in school zones and avoid distracted driving. Thank you to the grade 4 and 5 students who helped distribute stickers and reminders to families who came into the parking lot.  It is also a good time to remind people not to park behind a parked car (or beside a parked car in the bus zone).

5. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down…  Students in Mrs Reavley’s class are starting to learn about the sun and moon as part of the day and night cycles of the Earth. They took some time to learn about and then make their own introductory models of the cycle.

6. Sharing About JIA – A student in Miss Anderson/Miss Ford’s class lives with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and decided to give her class a lesson on what it is and what it is like to live with it. She shared the science behind it, what it feels like, and how exercise can help with it… and why she plays rugby! This presentation was a sneak preview of her Identity Day project.  Jaeda has a good relationship with the organization, Cassie and Friends (who presented at our school last year and are working to make a difference for children with arthritis), so please check out their website for more info.


The Week Ahead

  • Fire Safety House is here on Monday for students in grades 1 and 2. Thank you to the Township of Langley Firefighters for this valuable program.
  • PAC meeting Monday at 6:45pm in the library. All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend.
  • A reminder that the grade 3-4-5 students will be participating in iRide this week (Tues-Wed-Thurs). If you are unable to complete the online waiver, please ask your child’s teacher for a paper version. Waivers MUST be completed to participate in this valuable program through Cycling BC. Students who are bringing their bikes to school can either park them in the bike rack or outside their classroom.
  • As a  way to honour the players, team staff, families, and friends of the Humboldt Broncos, many schools in Langley and beyond will be encouraging their students to wear a jersey on Thursday, April 12. Feel free to wear ANY jersey in this tribute.
  • A reminder that Identity Day projects need to be at the school by Thursday. A schedule of the day, that shows the exact times of presentations, will be sent out Monday.  Identity Day is scheduled for Monday, April 16.
  • Friday is a collaboration afternoon so students are dismissed at 1:25pm.
  • Please send your child with a waterproof/resistant coat. Even if it is raining, we do head outside for recess and lunch.
  • Friday Night Hoops has started up again for girls in Langley in grades 2-7. For more info, click here.
  • 2018 Summer Session information is out! Please go to www.sd35summersession.ca for more info. You can also download info here.

Have a great week!

C. Wejr