Things to Talk About – February 18-22


Geoff at the white board: Explaining that water has been on earth for 13.7 billion years

At the map: Showing where the meteor hit earth which wiped out the dinosaurs

3.   Division 4 Goes to Surrey Arts Centre. The students in Division 4 had the opportunity to learn about clay and made some very interesting food creations.  They enjoyed themselves on their field trip!

4.  Boys’ Basketball Playday.  The boys’ basketball team ended their season with their Playday this week. They enjoyed themselves a great deal and showed great improvement in their skills throughout the season. They also demonstrated very good team spirit and overall great sportsmanship. We are very proud of them!  They placed 4th in the Playday.  Way to go, boys! We want to extend a special thank you to the coaches: Navneet, Calvin, and Mrs. Nociar!

5.  Girls’ Basketball Playday.  The girls’ basketball team also had their Playday this week. The team demonstrated excellent teamwork, sportsmanship and they were all extremely hardworking.  They showed remarkable improvement from the beginning of the season until the end.  The girls placed 1st in their tournament! That’s fantastic and we are very proud of all your efforts.  A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Burton and Mrs. Manery for coaching the girls’ team! We would also like to thank the coaches from T.E. Scott for hosting the Girls’ Playday!

6.  Body Systems Gingerbread Baking.  The Grade 5 students in Mrs. Noakes class created their gingerbread men (and ladies) this week. Once baked, they turned these into the different body systems.  Don’t they look delicious (in an odd sort of way)? As you can imagine, they had a lot of fun!

7.  Class / Team Photos.  Kathy Fitzpatrick from Mountain West Photography came by this week to take all the class photos.  It was so cute to see so many students dress up for the event.  If you would like a class photo, please send in your photo envelope with $6 no later than Monday.  At the end of the year, all students will be receiving a year end memory book with photos of all the students in the school, as well as the staff and team photos. 

8.  Mind-Up Program.  The grade 3 students in Mrs. Williams’ and Mrs. Uppal’s class learned about the brain this week from their student teacher, Ms. Denzell.  They learned the different parts of the brain and how our body reacts to stress.  What a great lesson for all!  They will continue to learn more about their brain and how it affects the way we act. If you want to learn more about the Mind-Up Program, you can take a look here.  Ms. Denzell had special training in her Social Emotional Cohort through UBC to teach this program.

9.  Skype in Division 12.  It’s been a busy week in Mrs. Williams’ and Mrs. Uppal’s class!  This week they had two skype opportunities. Their first skype session was with Mr. Bill Ferriter’s Kiva Club in North Carolina. The students were so excited because they were able to ask the students in their Kiva Club all sorts of interesting questions.  Here are some examples:

Division 12 also had the opportunity to skype with another class – a Mystery Skpe!  The students didn’t know that the other class was a Grade 3 class in Surrey – Mrs. Thiessen‘s class at Green Timbers Elementary.  You can see their class site here.

During their Skype call, Mrs. Thiessen’s students told Mrs. Williams’ students all about Genius Hour.  The students in Mrs. Williams’ class had already been introduced to Genius Hour, but this made them even more excited to get started!  If you want to learn more about Genius Hour go here (a post written by fellow Surrey teacher, Gallit Zvi).


Mrs. Manerys Grade 6/7 students have alsobeen exploring Genius Hour this year!  What a great opportunity for our students to explore things they are passionate about.

10.  Girls’s Club.  This week, the girls in Mrs. McMillan’s Girl’s Club were excited to learn how to make Duct Tape wallets and purses by one of their Girl’s Club members!  What a great opportunity to learn from one another and further explore something that is a passion (and talent) of one of our students.

11.  Anti-Bullying Posters.  The Grade 6 students in Mrs. Iwagami and Mrs. Deamer’s class made some powerful Anti-Bullying posters this week. Take a look below.  These are timely because Wear Pink Day is this Wednesday.  We look forward to seeing many students and staff wearing pink to take a stand against bullying.  

12.  Popcorn Day. Again, we’d like to extend a sincere thanks to the ladies on our PAC who hosted the Popcorn Day. We can only imagine how much work it must be to make popcorn for over 400 people! It’s always an event we look forward to and we appreciate your efforts!

Upcoming …
  • Inline skating starts this week during gym times!
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Wear Pink Day
  • Thursday, February 28 – Recognition Assembly (parents always welcome)
  • Friday, March 1 – PALS Session
  • Friday, March 1 – Hot Lunch
  • Friday, March 8 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home
  • Monday, March 11 – Phone in for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, March 11 – Aboriginal Story Teller Nicola Campbell Visiting
  • Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 – Early Dismissal Days 1:30pm 
  • March 15 – Popcorn Day – Last day of school before Spring Break
  • March 18-April 1 – Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 2 – 1st Day back to school after Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off
  • Wednesday, April 3 – Grade 6 Hep B Shots
  • Thursday, April 11 – Grupo America Presentation in Gym @ 1:15pm
  • Friday, April 12 – Jump Rope for Heart Event
  • Friday, April 12 – Ready-Set-Learn – for our 3 and 4 year olds