It is so hard to believe that we are already at the end of May and heading into the last month of school. It is always such a busy time of year at West Langley and this year is no exception. Students have been engaged in many different activities both at school and beyond. Please check out our 5 Things To ROAR About for May 31st and be sure to share with a family or friend.
1. West Langley Athletes Compete At Regional Track Meet: Today was the annual track meet at Walnut Grove Secondary School and West Langley sent 55 athletes to compete in a variety of events. Whether it was a sprint race, a field event or a longer run, our students did an amazing job going up against the other schools in our area. This is always such a memorable day for the students and this year was no exception. We had many students earn ribbons in their events and a great time was had by all. A huge thank you to Mrs. Robinson and Mrs Senften as well as the parent volunteers (Mr. Thorpe, Mr. Southam, Mrs. Grywacheski, Mrs. Chmelyk and Mrs. Michaud) for all their hard work during the meet. Also thank you to the intermediate teachers for all their work during class time preparing the students for today. Click here for a slide show of pictures. Be sure to check back next week as well while I add pictures to the slideshow once I get them from parents. Here is a video of Emma S winning the 100m finals:
2. Division Four Goes Vegetarian: Mrs. Janzen/Ms. McLeod’s class went on a field trip this week called “So It’s Edible” Plant Walk with Karen Gabriel to Campbell Valley Regional Park. Students and the parent helpers (thanks to Mr. McDonald, Ms. Ferguson, Mrs. Sousa, and Ms. Phillips) were given different leaves and petals to eat! Mrs. Janzen said when she tasted the wild rose petal it was like walking into a cloud of perfume for your taste buds- very cool! This was a two-part program. Karen showed the students a a slide presentation in the morning to introduce them to some of the traditional plant foods used by the Sto:lo. The students had a closer look at the plant parts using microscopes. Karen then guided the students on a plant walk at Campbell Valley where students learned that some plants are edible and some plants are poisonous/deadly! They learned that some plants (their bark and leaves could be used for medicinal reasons, etc. Click here for a slideshow
3. Mrs Wong and Mrs. Gordon’s Classes Check Out A Greenhouse: As a continuation of their inquiry projects, the Ks and grade ones had a unique opportunity this past week. They went to Milner Village Garden Center to check out the inner workings of an authentic greenhouse. And boy was it impressive. In fact, even the adults came back impressed with what actually goes on inside a greenhouse to create the amazing flowers and plants we buy at the store. It is so important for students to be able to connect their learning at school to the real-world and this field trip was a great example of that. Check out some more photos here.
4. Let’s Talk About Sex: This past week, the parents and students of West Langley had the opportunity to work with Catherine Blythe, an associate of world renowned sex health educator, Saleema Noon. Our parent information night was largely attended and parents were given a synopsis of what would be covered with their children and had the opportunity to ask questions. Later in the week, students, in grade groups, had a session with Catherine to share information, ask questions and have discussions about this important issue. It was truly learning that transcends the classroom and will be useful and important for many years to come. There are some great resources for children and parents at the link above.
5. Michael Get Hair Cut For Great Cause: This past week, one of our grade six students, Michael, did an amazing thing for a friend of his. Over the past few months, Michael has been growing out his hair so that he could donate it to a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. Michael has a friend named Ben who is currently undergoing a battle with cancer and we are so proud of Michael for finding a way to not only raise awareness, but feel like he is supporting Ben. We are lucky to have citizens like Michael as part of our West Langley family.