It’s hard to believe that the final month of the 2020-21 school year has arrived. With sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures, June is most definitely here. For staff and students alike, it has been a year full of challenges and a few silver linings. Here are some of the unexpected blessings that have arisen from a year of learning and teaching in a pandemic.
- Students play and learn in cohorts = more opportunities to develop strong relationships with same-age friends
- No swim program, Christmas concert, sports, or field trips = uninterrupted learning and plenty of time for teachers and students to dive deep into the curricula
- No one is allowed in our homes and outdoor gatherings are banned = staff and students truly value and appreciate their time at school with each other
Despite our ability to look for the good in these very trying times, we cannot wait to welcome a brand-new school year in September and a return to some sense of normalcy. Our classrooms continue to be busy hubs of learning. Here is what’s been happening in each classroom:
Kindergarten/Grade 1 with Ms. Peper
The K/1 class has been taking their learning outside as much as possible to enjoy the warm weather. Our youngest learners have loved participating in scavenger hunts, creating 2-D shapes out of natural materials, using chalk to practice printing and spelling, and reading stories. We have also started learning about nursery rhymes to strengthen our early reading skills.
Grades 1 and 2 with Mrs. Wallace
We received our butterfly kits this past week. They are now caterpillars that are eating and getting bigger every day. Soon they will be making their pupas and eventually turn into Painted Lady butterflies! Our science unit on what animals need to survive and grow has helped us know what they need and how to look after them. We have been learning more about Indigenous culture with Miss Bear in our Social Studies class. We have been discussing the history of residential schools and other topics very relevant to the news happening today.
Last Friday, we braved the heat and enjoyed a picnic outside for lunch. We were able to find some shade and also enjoyed freezies for snack. We answered a school trivia question correctly to win this special treat!
We look forward to summer break and enjoying some much-deserved rest and relaxation!
Grade 3 with Mrs. Hey
Our classroom continues to be a busy and fun place to learn! Grade 3 students recently completed a geometry unit in math and are now learning about perimeter and area. We are excited to design our own zoos and calculate the perimeter and area of our designs. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a very engaging read for our novel study, and all of us are enjoying our daily read-aloud time. In social studies, we are learning about Ancient Egypt. We are so interested in the pyramids and the other ancient buildings in this fascinating country!
Grades 4/5 with Mrs. Norrie
Grades 4/5 students recently completed an online two-day course via Zoom. Stay Safe is offered by the Canadian Red Cross, and this program prepares children to be safe when they are at home or in the community. Basic first aid skills and how to cope with inclement weather are part of this excellent program. We have also been busy with our seniors project on Zoom. Most recently, we made energy bites with our senior partners, and we are really excited to create stepping stones together for our final meeting on Wednesday, June 16. Our seniors project has been a bright light for all of us during this difficult year and we love connecting with our partners.
Grade 6 with Mr. Maksuta
June means track and field, and the Grade 6 students are strengthening their skills at events such as running, long jump, high jump, and triple jump. In math, we just completed a unit on theoretical and experimental probability (according to one Grade 6 student, it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds). World War II continues to be an important focus for social studies, and we are investigating the different roles that people played during the war. In science, we continue to learn about biodiversity. We are doing a read-aloud of the novel The Losers Club and writing essays in ELA
Grades 7 and 8 with Mr. Korol and Mrs. Williment
It’s a time of exciting changes for Grade 8 students—we are choosing courses and reviewing schedules for high school next fall. We are also preparing for final tests that are approaching quickly. In ELA, we are writing essays after recently completing our book trailers movie project. Presentations on ancient civilizations are drawing to a close and we are spending part of the noon hour studying for the social studies final test with Mrs. Masson. In science, we are finishing the towns and cities that we created using Minecraft EDU (a very fun learning experience according to a Grade 8 student). Everyone is enjoying the warm weather and golf is the perfect physical education activity to soak up the sunshine!
Music with Mrs. Penner
Middle years band students are playing their instruments and practicing outside. Other classes are participating in different movement and music activities. Grade 3 students are studying Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale for children written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Socially-distanced recorder practice is keeping the Grade 4 students busy and engaged while Grade 5 students are exploring instruments that they might like to play next year for band.
Library with Mrs. Wenstob
Mrs. Wenstob is running her final book fair of the year, and families and community members can shop online until June 13. BOGO (buy one get one) events and prizes have resulted in some great sales for the library. https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5159500
June 16-18: Grades 7 & 8 final tests
June 25: Grade 8 farewell (details to be determined based on restrictions)
June 29: report cards go home, last day of classes for students
June 30: administration day for teaching staff