For the next two weeks at our school we’ll be learning how to play Pickleball. This will take place during our regular gym time. Pickleball is a game that is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. Two or four players use a wooden paddle to hit a whiffle ball over a net. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960’s as a children’s backyard game. Below is a video about how to play and the rules for Pickleball. Please feel free to leave a comment. Are you looking forward to learning how to play? Do you have any questions about the sport?

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Vancouver Maritime Museum

Last week the class went on a field trip to the Vancouver Maritime Museum and participated in the Arctic Explorers school program. Students learned about famous Arctic explorers like John Franklin, Martin Frobisher, Roald Amundsen, the Vikings and Inuit. The class had time to explore the St. Roch which was an RCMP ship that sailed through the Northwest Passage twice. During the winter, Captain Henry Larsen and the rest of the RCMP officers who formed her crew used dog sleds to turn the St. Roch into a floating RCMP outpost. At that time, the St. Roch was the only Canadian presence in the far north, carrying out various governmental duties. Thank you to all the parent drivers who also helped to supervise the students at the museum. What was your favourite part of the field trip? Did you learn something that was very interesting? Please leave a comment below.



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The Terry Fox Run

On Friday we had the Terry Fox Run at our school and the weather was perfect for running. In the morning the students watched a DVD about Terry’s Marathon of Hope. In the beginning when he dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, Newfoundland very few people were interested in his run. By the time he reached Toronto a large number of people came to see him run, cheering him on and listening to him address the crowd. Terry would get up very early and start running at 5:00 a.m. He really liked this time because it was dark, quiet and there were very few people around. Terry ran the equivalent distance of a marathon every day. Congratulations to students like Amalie, Grayson, Ediz etc. who ran three laps around our neighbourhood. Good for you!

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The Lifters – By Dave Eggers

The youth services librarian from the public library made another classroom visit and brought us a new book titled The Lifters by Dave Eggers. We just finished the novel and the class thoroughly enjoyed the story. In class, whenever I stopped reading the students would ask me to read another chapter.

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

When Gran’s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town–and the known world–out of danger.

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A Classroom Visitor

At our school we had a contest and the winner receives visits and free books from the Youth Services librarian at the public library. Division 12 was excited to win the contest and the librarian recently dropped by with a new book for our classroom titled After the Fall – How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat. I read the book to the class and we enjoyed the story and illustrations. We look forward to more visits from the Youth Services librarian.

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Hallowe’en Safety

The local police shared some Hallowe’en safety tips with the students in our school district.
  • See and be seen. Make sure drivers can see you. Wear reflective clothing or place reflective tape on the front and back of costumes and clothing. Make glow sticks part of your costume and carry a flashlight.
  • Are fake swords part of your costume? Make sure they look fake, but remember, some people still may not be able to tell the difference.
  • Safety in numbers. Walk in groups and stay together.
  • Stay on the outside. Never enter a house and only accept treats at the front door.
  • Use crosswalks whenever possible. Visit houses on one side of the street at a time and cross the street only at intersections or at marked crosswalks.
  • Save your treats. Wait until you get home before sampling your treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should check out all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
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