Mason Bees

On Friday we had a visit from a retired beekeeper. He taught the class all about Mason bees which are hard working pollinators. Mason bees are gentle, solitary and they are not destructive insects. Six Mason bees can pollinate one fruit tree compared to 10,000 honey bees. Mason bees partition and seal their nesting chamber with mud. They forage in a limited range of about 100 metres. Only the female stings when she faces serious danger and her sting is similar to a mosquito bite. People of all ages are safe around these super pollinators.

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Best Books Of 2015

On Friday we had a visit from the children’s librarian at the public library. She told us all about the best grade 2 and 3 books for 2015. The books are listed below, click on a link to learn more about each title.

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Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo

The Notebook of Doom # 8: Charge of the Lightning Bugs by Troy Cummings

The Ghastly McNastys: Raiders of the Lost Shark by Lyn Gardner

Digby O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes

Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Book # 1: A New Friend by Poppy Green

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Art Shoes

The students just finished a fun art project using an old shoe, paint, glitter, foamcore, glue and recyclable materials. Their work is displayed on the bulletin board at the front of the school next to the office. There are more art shoes located on the bulletin board outside of the gym. If you are at the school be sure to check out their very creative work.

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Learning About the Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who produces art and sculptures in natural and urban environments. The materials used in his art often includes brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. In class we looked at a book and DVD about the artist.

Last week we went outside in the afternoon and in partners the students created their own environmental art by using the same natural materials that Andy Goldsworthy uses in his work. Our school playground area is ideally suited for this art activity because we have trees, bushes, large rocks and a stream. The class was very engaged and excited when working on their projects. At the end we did an Artist’s Walk where the students were given time to show and explain to rest of the class what they had created. Below are some images of their work.

Isabela and Kaelyn

Justin and Matthew

Justin and Matthew

Charlie, Jackson and Vlad

Laura and Veronica

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