It has been a short, but busy week here at West Langley. Even when there is a holiday, we manage to fit five days of learning into the four days of school. Please take a moment to check out our 5 Things To ROAR About for May 24th. And as always, be sure to share the pictures and video with your family and friends.
1. Something Fishy in Strong Start: Teacher Louise took the Strong Start pre-school children to Nicomekl Enhancement Society – Salmon Hatchery on Wednesday, May 22nd, for a fun morning on the river. It was a wonderful outdoor adventure, and fun for the children as they got to release the fry into the river.
Volunteer Steve and Drew at the hatchery led our visit today. Steve is the uncle to Ryan and Zack who attend our Strong Start! Since 1991, Nicomekl Enhancement Society (NES) has incubated, raised and released over 3 million salmon – Chinook (red and white), Coho, Chum, and Pink into the Nicomekl River and its many tributaries within the municipalities of Township of Langley, City of Langley and City of Surrey. NES hatchery releases on average 200,000 salmon fry annually and includes both fry and smolts provided by DFO Lower Mainland hatcheries located at Chilliwack, Chehalis and Inch Creek. Current annual capacity of the hatchery is 300,000 eggs. At the fry stage, the children will release the fry and receive a guided tour of the hatchery operation. What a great opportunity for our future West Langley students. Check out some great pictures here.
2. West Langley’s Got Talent: During this past week, Mrs. Schmidt invited students to perform for their in-class talents shows and boy did they step up to the task. Students of all ages got up in front of their peers and performed a variety of numbers including singing, playing different instruments (guitar, piano, etc) and one very unique performance by Mackenzie S from Division two. Check out the video below. One of the things we always try to do at West Langley is celebrate the talents and strengths of our students and this is one way to tap into skills we may not see everyday. Thanks to Mrs. Schmidt for organizing this great event.
3. Kaden Poses For A Good Cause: One of our Kindergarten students, Kaden A is extremely busy helping out some great causes in the community. Recently, Kaden participated in a fashion show for BC Children’s Hospital—all the kids were amazing!! They were all so positive and loved being on stage for a night. Kaden especially loved getting his hair done like ‘Bon Jovi’ and showing off his Spiderman shoes on the runway! The best part? Over $5000 was raised for BC Children’s Hospital. Click here for more of his wonderful photos. And on May 26th, Kaden will be participating in the Campbell Valley Walk-a-thon as they rasie money for hearing-impaired children in our district. The Langley Times did a wonderful story on Kaden that you can read by clicking here. We are so lucky and proud to have such an amazing young person as part of our school family.
4. Grade 5s Learn Valuable Water Lessons: The students in grade 5 have been participating in the Operation Water Proof program through Al Anderson Pool. For the past 5 school days, the students have learned about how to stay safe in the water weather they be boating or swimming. While many students participate in lessons outside of school time, this great program ensures that every student gets the valuable skills that could one day save their life.
5. Ms Burton’s Class Gets Hands-On With Tools: We are lucky in Langley to have an Aboriginal Program that allows us to bring in elders to talk to the students about First Nations traditions. This past week, the grade 3/4 students in Division 5 has Karen Gabriel in to show them some of the tools used by Aboriginal people to hunt, gather and live in their day-to-day lives. Like with any kind of learning, being able to connect the content with real-life artifacts, makes it even more profound and memorable for the students. Thank you Mrs. Gabriel for sharing this great experience with our students.