Happy Halloween everyone! Hard to believe we are already at the end of another month. The first few weeks of school have been crazy, but so much amazing learning and spirit going on at West Langley. Here are our 5 Things To ROAR About: October 31st. Be sure to share with your family and friends.
1. Halloween Carnival: One of the best spirit and community days of the year is our Halloween Carnival. Our Grade 7s did a phenomenal job turning our gymnasium into a room full of ghosts and ghouls for the rest of our school and community. Our Strong Start, Preschool and West Langley students came and played games, jumped in the bouncy maze and bought some “Dead” toys to help raise money for our year-end outdoor camp. They even got to experience the Haunted House set up in our change rooms. A huge thank you to Mrs Senften, Mrs Staples and all the parents who worked so hard to make this day a great success. We are already looking forward to next year’s carnival.
2. A Special Birthday For A Special Guy: Jaidyn is a grade one student in Mrs. Williams’ class. He is a big fan of the news casters on the six o’clock Global News so him mom sent them a special request. She asked if they would wish him a happy birthday. They did one better and send Jaidyn the video below with Kristi Gordon, Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes singing happy birthday to Jaidyn. Turns out Chris Gailus and Jaidyn share a birthday so the students in Divisoin 9 decided to send a special birthday wish to the popular news anchor, which was shared with him as a surprise during the news cast. It was great to see Jaidyn have a 6th birthday he will never forget! And the kids were pretty excited to be on TV as well.
3. Paper Blogging With Division Five: The grade 3/4 students in Ms Olson’s class are getting ready to start their own online blogs however as a way to scaffold that learning, this past week they created and commented on their own paper blogs. Students created an entry that simulated what they would do online. Then, to learn how to comment and respond to comments in an appropriate and useful way, they used Post-it notes to connect and share on each others paper blogs. This type of learning will allow it to be much more powerful and authentic when they begin to create online blog entries.
4. Descriptive Writing Sells Haunted Houses: The students in Mrs Gorseth’s grade three class were definitely in the Halloween spirit this week while connecting the holiday to their day to day learning. As part of their Language Arts, they have been working on descriptive writing. As part of that learning process, they had to write an add to sell a haunted house to prospective witches, ghosts and ghouls. They even combined some artwork to make the offers even more irresistible. It is great to see authentic learning connected to the world around our students, no matter what time of year it is.
5. Staff Collaboration: On Monday, staff of the entire Langley school district had time to collaborate with one another to better improve learning for our students. The staff at West Langley spent the 80 minutes together talking about the Spiral of Inquiry and then dialoguing about our own professional practice and how it impacts student learning. It was such valuable time. At the end of the time, some teams of staff even came up with inquiry questions they plan to explore throughout the rest of this year. For example, some teachers are going to examine “How can guided math help to enhance student regulation and personalized learning? Can this impact student achievement in numeracy?” Or another team of educators wants to explore “what we can do to teach social/emotional regulation skills to ensure that students can do well across classroom/social and academic experiences.” Watch for updates as we continue to grow and develop as a staff.