What an awesome week at West Langley. There was so much amazing learning going on in each and every classroom. Students were fully engaged as teachers and support staff continue to figure out the best learning strategies for each of them. Please be sure to check out our amazing 5 Things To ROAR About: October 17th. And as usual, be sure to share it with your family and friends.
1. A Busy Week In Division 9 (From Mrs Williams Classroom Blog): Below are pictures of children engaged in activities of their choice (Free choice time).Some children choose to construct with blocks or straws and connectors. Others choose to engage in art, writing, drama, reading or explore nature (A.T.can be seen examining our rock and mineral collection) during this time. They may choose to work,play,explore independently, in pairs or small groups. Also, we read the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and discussed things we are afraid of. I am afraid of carnival rides that turn me upside down. I am afraid that I will fall out even though everyone who takes the ride comes off safely. Below is a sample of their responses. Be sure to check out more pictures on their website.
2. Hot Lunch A Huge Hit: This past week we had our first hot lunch day of the school year. And thanks to the incredible team of parents who came and helped out, over 200 hot dogs and assorted sides were delivered to our students on time and with a smile. We are lucky to have so many great parents who make this elementary school tradition work so well. Thank you to Mrs McDonald and Mrs Poitras as well as all the room parents for their hard work. And thank you for the Menchie’s cards we were able to raffle off as well. Be sure to register your child with Munch A Lunch on our website so you can join us next month.
3. Things Get Noisy In Division Ten: In Mrs Alsop’s Kindergarten class, literacy was taken to a whole new level this past week with the introduction of “Noisy Reading.” First thing Wednesday morning, parents and grand parents were invited into the classroom to read along side their children as well as other students. As you can imagine, it was indeed noisy but was a great example of how we can authentically engage parents in the learning process of children at school.
4. The Eduminions Participate In The Global Read Aloud: The grade three and four students from Ms Olson’s class have been participating in the Global Read Aloud going on across North America and the rest of the world. This Twitter-based projects has classes reading the same book and then sharing their connections, insights and questions with each other. The Eduminions are reading “The Fourteenth Goldfish” and have been having some great conversations with other classes. Check out this great project on the class twitter feed or by searching “#GRA14”
5. Strong Start Visits A Local Pumpkin Patch: One of the key components of a successful Strong Start program is connecting with the surrounding community. This past week, Mrs McDonald took our children and their parents to the Port Kells Pumpkin Patch to explore many different aspects of farm life from a hands-on perspective. As you can tell by the gallery below, everyone had an amazing time.