For those of you new to West Langley, each Friday we post our 5 Things To ROAR About and share it with the entire community. This blog gives us a chance to share with parents and families what learning looks like at our school and celebrates all the amazing successes that occur here by students and staff. We encourage you to talk about the 5 Things To ROAR About with your child and definitely share them with your family and friends. We are very proud of the learning that takes place at West Langley and love to be able to share that with you.
1. Welcome Kindies: One of the most exciting aspects of the beginning of the year is the arrival of our Kindergarten students. It is so much fun seeing the anticipation in their eyes as they enter their formal schooling years. And Mrs Gordon and Mrs Alsop had them engaged in learning on the very first day. Students were given the opportunity to explore and learn through play as they got comfortable with their classes. It will be great to watch them grow as the year goes on.
2. Let’s Make West Langley Awesome: Last year, many of our students were introduced to Kid President, a young kid who’s quest it is to make the world more awesome. His viral YouTube video, Pep Talk inspires students to do things to make the world a better place. So for our first interactive bulletin board, we are challenging the students to tell us what they will do this year to make West Langley awesome. And judging by some of the first responses, we are going to have an amazing year!
3. Amazing Race Canada: The students from last year in Ms McLeod’s class spent a morning completing one more challenge from their Amazing Race Canada from last year. They entered the room with the challenge of using raw spaghetti and marshmallows to build the largest structure they could in a given amount of time. As you can see, they were fully engaged in this inquiry project and learned a lot about structures while doing so. It certainly set the tone for a year full of passion-based inquiry and collaborative learning and problem solving.
Strong Start For Strong Start: We are excited to welcome Mrs Lorie McDonald, our new Strong Start facilitator here at West Langley. And on Tuesday, we welcomed parents and their babies and toddlers into a wonderful, interactive learning space. Mrs McDonald engaged parents and children in learning through play, a key philosophy of the Strong Start program. They are able to have choice in which centre they interact with, all while learning valuable skills for life and to get them ready for school. We look forward to seeing even more families take advantage of this great, free program, each day from 9:00am – 12:00.
Terry Fox Run: One of the most important community events we do each year at West Langley is the Terry Fox Run. And while the school year started later than normal, we did not miss the opportunity to recognize and celebrate this great Canadian. During the week, students spent time during class learning about Terry’s fight with cancer and his courage to raise awareness and money for this disease that had touched vitually everyone in some form. Then on Friday, the entire school honoured Terry and his legacy by bringing in Twoonies as well as running for someone in their circle impacted by cancer. We are very proud of our school community, who raised over $600.00 with very short notice.