This is what my perfect day would be like. For breakfast I would have a crepe with whipped cream and berries and bacon on the side. After breakfast, I would go to the pet store and buy a kitty. Then, I would bake a LOT of things with mommy, for example; a DELICIOUS Billy Minor pie. For lunch I would have salad soup (without carrots, and with rice noodles) After lunch I would play with the kitty I got after breakfast (it’s a girl, and her name is Cherry. She’s a Singapura.) And after that, I would go fishing so I can feed Cherry. For supper I would have stew (without carrots, and with Challah bread) After supper I would eat some treats that we made, then play War with mommy and then watch her play Candy Crush in bed. And finally, I would read a chapter of The People of Sparks.
This week Hazel’s dad visited our classroom and he brought his saxophone with him. We learned that the saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. The students enjoyed listening to its unique sound.
The students in Division 13 have been busy creating beautiful artwork. We used acrylic yarn, wood, beads and feathers to make unique Yarn Sticks. They are hanging on the bulletin board by the gym and in our classroom. We have also been learning the technique of Printmaking. A special thanks to the parent helpers who helped students to make prints using red, green, gold and silver. The prints are hanging on the two bulletin boards right outside of our classroom. If you have some time, please stop by our classroom to see your child’s fabulous artwork.
Amalie took the initiative this term to get involved in the Credit Union program at our school. This takes place during the lunch hour and was set up at the end of last year to give students the opportunity to open a bank account , make deposits and watch their balance grow while also giving our grade 4 and 5 students the opportunity to apply, interview and work at the bank. She recently received a certificate for being the October Employee of the Month. Keep up the good work, Amalie.
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?
This year the Royal Canadian Legion has introduced a digital poppy. You can create and purchase a digital poppy at MyPoppy.ca. I made a donation and created my digital poppy, which is seen below. The Royal Canadian Legion supports veterans and their families.
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.
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!
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.
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.