This is one of those crazy busy weeks where the energy around the school is palpable. Students are always excited around Halloween and this year was no exception. Luckily, amongst all the trick or treating, West Langley was able to carry on with great learning activities and a lot of school spirit. Here are our 5 Things To ROAR About for November 1st.
1. West Langley Drops Everything and Reads: Last Monday was the provincial Drop Everything And Read day. And we are proud to say the ENTIRE West Langley student and staff population participated. There is no question that reading is one of the biggest indicators of success on a variety of indicators. It was amazing to see all of us at West Langley celebrate this vital skill by having everyone reading at the same time. There was a variety of reading material evident and even some students and staff using their iPads to read books. What is even better is knowing that this love of reading extends beyond this one day. Check out some photos by clicking here.
2. Division One Create Character Blogs: The grade seven students in Ms Iggy’s class have been doing some work based on a couple of popular novels, The Giver and Divergent. As a way to process and collaborate on their learning, each student used their KidBlog account to ask interview-type questions addressed to different characters from the books. They then went into the blogs of other students to answer the questions from the perspective of different characters by leaving a comment. It really was a great opportunity to learn how to write and comment on blogs while synthesizes their understanding of these two great books.
3. We Scare Hunger at West Langley: This Halloween, as part of the Me to We club at our school, we challenged students to ask for non-perishable items while out trick or treating instead of candy. And while there was still plenty of candy collected, we also managed to collect an entire table worth of food to donate to the We Scare Hunger program through Free the Children. We are very proud of our population as we are a smaller school and this was our first year participating. We are hoping to get even more next year to support an initiative that was started by two Walnut Grove students (one of whom used to go to West Langley). We are also collecting left over Halloween candy from students to help fill stockings that will be delivered to the people on the Downtown Eastside. Please send that to school and drop off in the office.
4. Kindergarten Jewellery Helps Them Learn Math: One of the key skills in the beginning stages of becoming numerate is an understanding of patterns. And with the Halloween season upon us, it made sense to combine this theme with the holiday. Therefore, the Kindergarten students in Ms. Wong’s class created wonderful necklaces made out of orange and black pasta. The trick was, each child had to choose a specific pattern and create that using the colours. The students did a wonderful job of understanding patterning and were quite proud to show off their final jewellery product.
5. Halloween Carnival A Huge Success: For years and years, Halloween has been one of the favourite holidays for children. And one of the long-standing traditions at West Langley has been the Halloween Carnival. Students look forward to this amazing event every year and never leave disappointed. And this year was no exception. Students came down in wonderful costumes and enjoyed playing a variety of games and activities winning toys and prizes along the way. There was a great cake walk and a bake sale. A huge thank you to the grade six and seven students and parents for putting together another wonderful event for our students to enjoy. Click here for a great slideshow of pictures.