It has been another amazing week at West Langley Elementary. Lots of buzz around the school leading up to Inquiry Fair coming next week as students and staff participate in some amazing learning activities. Please take a moment to check out our 5 Things To ROAR About for May 10th. Also, share with your family and friends.
1. Division 6 Explores Structures: As part of their inquiry process, the grade 2/3 students in Mr. Matsui’s class have been exploring structures. They have been given some different materials and then given a challenge they must try to achieve using these materials. In collaborative groups, they use critical thinking and problem solving to figure out the best way to build their structure. There is lots of success and failure, all leading to great learning.
2. West Langley Projector Installation Complete: As we have continued to integrate technology into the learning for students, it is important we have the ‘stuff’ to go along with it. This past week, our amazing Maintenance crew came in to finish installing our projectors so that now every classroom has a projection unit in the ceiling to use with their computer, document camera (ELMO), iPad and Apple TV. Thank you to Brad, Troy, Mike and Steve for all their hard work. I know staff and students appreciate that the technology is an even more seamless part of their learning experience.
3. Division 4 Takes Their Learning Outdoors: Division 4’s field trip to Williams Park Langley on Tuesday, May 7th was a morning of scientific discovery to further what the students have been learning in the classroom this school year. The hands-on workshop was led by “LEPS” Langley Environmental Partners Society. Sarah (LEPS volunteer) and her team split the students into 3 groups and rotated them through the following stations:
Station 1: Water quality testing; Station 2: Bug search; Station 3: Fish traps/salmonid ID. As you can see by the slideshow of pictures, the students had a great morning and learned lots.
4. Grade 7s Study Batik: The students in Mrs. Robinson’s class have been studying Batik art. This form of art originated in Indonesia and is becoming more and more popular in the West. Students had a great time combining the art form with modern concepts and then displaying these amazing works of art in the hallway. For a full slide show of photos, click here.
5. Read-a-thon Is Huge Success: The K/1 students in Mrs Gordon’s class have been participating in the 2-4-6 Read-a-thon sponsored by Discovery Toys. The students collected pledges and made a commitment to read every night. With the money they raised, they not only got a special individual prize, but were able to purchase several games and books for their classroom. A huge thank you to Sylvia Poitras for organizing this excellent event. For more picture, click here.