Can you believe it’s already the end of February?
It was a busy week at West Langley Elementary, and there’s lots to ROAR about today!
Thank you to the PAC who sponsored Cath Blythe from Saleema Noon health educators to visit our school. She made presentations to parents, and to each grade, helping us understand the science of our bodies. CBC Radio approached us about recording part of her presentation for a news piece they are doing. Everyone who saw the presentation indicated how valuable it was, and Cath complemented our students on their excellent behaviour, participation, and (in many cases) memory of what they learned when she visited here two years ago!
On Wednesday, 4 divisions went downtown to the Vancouver Symphony. For many, it was multiple firsts: first time in the Orpheum (I love that space!), first Symphony performance,…Everyone had a great time.
At the same time, it was Pink Shirt Day, and there was pink all over the school. It was great to see how many students were supportive of the ideals of Anti-bullying Day, regardless of their shirts, too. I love watching how the students in this community look out for each other, and treat each other with kindness and respect.
Speaking of helping out, the grade 7 volunteers who helped the Kindergarten and StrongStart students with PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) event received rave reviews from everyone involved. In small groups, students and parents worked their way around a range of activities where they learned how best to support their developing readers at home. The participants learned a lot, and had a lot of fun at the same time.
Also Thursday, Karen Gabriel from the Kwantlen First Nation visited the school and worked with many of our aboriginal students to make Bannock. We thank her, Danica Hansen-Hughes (our outgoing Aboriginal Support Worker) and Aimee Brooks (our new Aboriginal Support Worker) for the opportunity they provided. And the staff thank them for sharing their work with us at lunchtime. It was delicious!
As a final bit, we can honestly say that we Flipped for the trestle tree, but we’re glad to be back to the old gym (well, some of us anyway!)