With Christmas just around the corner, West Langley Elementary has been bouncing with festive spirit. The theme being weaved through much of the learning in class rooms is definitely connected to the yuletide season. What’s been great however is that that learning is still the focus. We have lots to celebrate from this past week so here is our 5 Things To ROAR About: December 19th. Please share with your family and friends.
1. Christmas Concert Spreads Festive Joy: This past week, we had our annual Christmas concert. This year, the theme was “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and it was great! The classes sang songs from the movie along with other holiday classics while our senior students narrated the story. All the parents, grandparents, etc left feeling in the Christmas spirit after the wonderful performance. A huge thank you to Mrs Schmidt and the rest of the staff for all their hard work in putting this great event together. Merry Christmas!
2. Elf On The Shelf Keeps An Eye On Division Seven: As many of you probably know, the “Elf On The Shelf” is quite the phenomena being used by many parents throughout December to help children remember Santa only visits those on the “nice” list. The elf watches children all day, reports back to Santa and then gets into mischief at night, always being in a different place the next day. Well at West Langley, some of our primary classes, including Mrs O’Byrne and Mrs Bentley’s class have an Elf On The Shelf watching them at school. The grade 2 & 3 students have enjoyed seeing where Elfie shows up and were even surprised when he made his way to Mr. Davids’ office. It has certainly been working as their behaviour has been stellar. Maybe Elfie needs to stick around all year long.
3. Mrs Gordon’s Class Inquire About Trees: The students in Mrs Gordon’s Kindergarten class were inspired by a drawing from one of their students, Jaxon. He drew a picture for the teacher that included some evergreen trees. And through natural curiosity, the students began asking different inquiry questions about trees in general and Mrs Gordon ran with their passion, creating a mini-unit for her class. They even connected it to the theme of Christmas, creating great trees used in our gym for the Christmas concert. So powerful when learning is authentic like that.
4. Toasty Toes Goes Above And Beyond: The amazing work of our WE Day leadership group continued throughout December with their Toasty Toes campaign to raise money for Warm Night, a local organization that raises money and goods for homeless people in Vancouver, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford. And on Thursday, Phil Calla from the Warm Night joined our team at lunch to be presented with a long list of items collected including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, food, toques and wool socks. They also presented Mr. Calla with $550.00 raised through selling “toasty toes” for our giant stocking. We are so proud of the work our students have taken on to help others get a step up on life. Thanks to Ms McLeod, Mrs Nichols and Mrs McKellar for organizing everything.
5. Division One Reminds Adults To Be Responsible: Each year, the BC Liquor Store in Walnut Grove runs a great program where they send their blank wine bottle bags to local schools so they can be decorated by students. The theme of the drawings and sayings the students create on the bags is staying safe over the holidays, not drinking and driving and being responsible. It is a powerful message we all need to remember over the festive season and coming from our students makes it even more powerful. Thanks to Mrs Staples for taking this important project on with her students.