Good Things and the Week Ahead – May 13

May 13, 2018

Families of James Hill,

On behalf of our school community, I want to wish all the mothers, aunties, grandmas, and big sisters out there a happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all you do for our kids.

Check out a few good things to talk about followed by info and reminders for the ahead:

Good Thing to Talk About

A Special Mother’s Day Message – Mrs Coffin’s students wrote a lovely message to their moms/caregivers a few weeks ago. They then drew some wonderful self-portraits and to take this to a new level, they used Chatterpix to record themselves reading the message so it looked like the self-portrait was speaking! Check out an example on our Facebook Page.

Learning By Observing – Mrs Hobbs’ students have been exploring the world of plants. They recently used the laptops to write about plants that grow in the Spring and created pictures using the Kidspix program. They also transplanted some sage plants and have been observing their marigold plants grow in our classroom.

Learning At Clearview – Ms Clayton’s class travelled to Clearview Nurseries in Aldergrove to learn about plant growth as well as some tips on gardening. They each received a flower/plant to take home for Mother’s Day! The class also spent some time on a thinking routine called “Zoom In”. To introduce a topic (in this case, “the Bedouins”), students were shown a zoomed in image and had to make predictions about what they saw. The picture is then zoomed out a little bit at a time and student adjust their thinking based on new knowledge.

Colourful Seflies – Mrs Reavley’s students did some wonderful self-portraits on transparent plastic. They then painted colourful patterns to go behind the transparency to create a “selfie” full of colour! Check out their finished pieces on display outside their classroom.

C’est Moi!  Mr Graber’s grade 5 French group took some to share a bit about themselves… en francais!  Students shared some of their unique qualities and interests while learning a bit more about a new language. Mr Graber’s 4/5 class also travelled to Campbell Valley on Monday with Kwantlen cultural presenter, Karen Gabriel to learn more about Indigenous Plants and Medicines.

Custodial Gratitude – As part of our staff wellness challenge, staff have been encouraged to show more gratitude. Gratitude can help create more positive moments and improve overall wellness. To model this with the students a few weeks ago, Mrs Peck and Miss Baird’s students wrote positive messages of gratitude to our custodians. When I went into the custodial room last week, I noticed that Mr Boyd had the letters and cards up in the room!  Small gestures of appreciation can go a long way!

Champion Crowned – All the training paid off for a few snails this past week as champions were crowned in Division 4’s Snail Olympic Games. The snails had to do some gymnastics, run races, and show their sheer determination to come up with the gold. Congrats to all those snails and trainers who have it their all!



 The Week Ahead

Our grade 3-5 Track Meet is this Wednesday, May 16 from 9am-12pm. We are in need of volunteers, so if you can help out with finish line judging (track) and assisting in the field events, please let Mr Wejr know by emailing here.

The school calendar for 2018-19 has been finalized and you can view it here.

Online payment info has been sent home. It is VERY important that you sign up for this and remember your password. The school district is moving toward a cashless system so field trips, donations, etc will be done online.

A few advanced notices:

  • Victoria Day – May 21 – no school
  • Reconciliation Gathering – May 22 at 1pm – all families are welcome to this important event.
  • Welcome to K – May 24 – new K’s visit the school and current K’s have an early dismissal at 12:45 (this is ONLY for current kindergarten students)
  • Crazy Hair Day – May 25
  • Raising Digitally Responsible Youth Parent Events
    • The District will be hosting 2 separate “Raising Digitally Responsible Youth” events, that any parent (regardless of their child’s school) is welcome to attend.  Brookswood will be hosting the event on May 28th and ACSS will be hosting one on May 31st.  These informational events are free and are being hosted by Safer Schools Together.  Registration is required, the link can be found on the individual posters (click the links for info on Brookswood and ACSS)
  • Click here for info on the FVRL Summer Reading Club
  • Please take a moment to read this important safety message from the RCMP.
  • As always, be sure to check out Community Bulletin Board for more opportunities for children and families in the community.

Have a great week!