Things to Talk About – December 10 – 14

1. Grade 7 Bottle Drive. The Grade 7 students ran a Bottle Drive last Saturday.  They were small group of very keen students who were very motivated and hard working!  Here are a few pictures of the day:



2. Girls’ Volleyball team VS Staff.  The Girls’ volleyball team took on the staff members in a friendly game of volleyball on Wednesday. Everyone put in a great effort.  It was a great deal of fun for everyone!


3. Aboriginal Cultural Facilitator, Richard Pierre, came to our school and spent the day with the Grade 4 students in Mrs. Fischer’s class. It was an amazing day in which they learned first hand about the importance of taking care of our environment and respecting the world around us. They learned about food chains and how they interact and how the Aboriginal people interact with the food chains as well.  The students also learned a traditional Aboriginal game called Slahal (or Bones game).  What a great day of learning!  You really can’t learn the things the students did by just opening up a textbook. There is nothing like real experience told by real people!  We would like to thank Richard Pierre for coming by and spending the day with Division 9.


4.  Food Drive continues. Many boxes of food are already packed up and ready to be picked up by the food bank.  What an amazingly generous school community we have. Thank you all for all you have done to make our Food Drive a success.  Your contributions will be appreciated by families in need this holiday season (and throughout the year).


5.  Early DIsmissal Days. We had two Early Dismissal Day to allow parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss the progress of individual students.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to take the time to come to meet with your child’s teacher. If you were unable to attend, but would still like to meet with your child’s teachers, please feel free to give your child’s teacher a call and set up an appointment at a time that is most convenient for both of you.


6.  PALS.  We had our second PALS session for our very youngest learners and their family members this past week.  It was a great success! It’s always nice to see our youngest learners enjoying themselves and getting comfortable at Bear Creek!


7. Family Entertainment Night.  Friday night was our Family Entertainment Night where we watched the movie Arthur Christmas.  While it got started a little late, it was still a great success and fun was had by all. It’s always a pleasure to see our students with their family members outside of school hours.  We would like to thank our PAC for making this event such a huge success.  We look forward to our next Family Entertainment Night in February.


8. Deck the Halls. More Deck the Halls displays have gone up throughout the week. Our school and the hallways sure are looking festive!  Students will have the opportunity to tour the school with their teachers this coming Friday (in their pajamas, if they choose).  


9. Story Mapping with the iPads.  Some of the students in Mrs. Tolksdorf’s Grade 1/2 class working on writing about the Beginning, Middle, and Ending of the story they were working on. They were so motivated to write about what they knew about the story!



10.  Making Cedar Bracelets.  Mrs. Fischer’s Grade 4 class had another Aboriginal Cultural Facilitator, Lisa Starr, join their class to make cedar bracelets. They loved working with their hands while making their bracelets.



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