5 Things to ROAR About – May 29, 2015

29 May

I can’t believe it’s already the end of May! We have lots to ROAR about this week, and much of it comes from one big event. In fact, I could probably make 5 things, or 10, or 100 out of the students’ and teachers’ work on Inquiry Fair day, but I’ll aim for a bit more diversity than that!

  • We start with a ROAR out to parents at WLE. From packing lunches to bringing forgotten homework/instruments/hats to arriving at a moment’s notice for a sick child, our parents are the best! We appreciate your support of our music assemblies, special events, athletics, and (most importantly) learning. We love how you let us do amazing learning experiences with your kids that might meet with resistance at other schools. We love that our PAC has allowed us to improve our Science Room equipment, PE equipment, and that you helped us learn golf and tennis at school this year. We love that you came out and put on the best concession ever at the Track Meet today. And we love seeing your smiling faces in the morning when you drop kids off, and again at 2:30 when you pick them up. Thank you, parents (and grandparents, aunts & uncles) for all you do to support our kids and our school. You make WLE a special place, indeed!
  •  In Spring, there are lots of Field Trips. Wednesday saw Division 3 travel to the Funny Farm where they met a bunch of farm animals (many of whom have been rescued from really bad situations!)

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  • On Thursday, we had the Inquiry Fair. Students shared their learning from their passion projects. We saw what has to be Canada’s biggest pressure washer motor (and learned how a 4-stroke engine works from Luc), saw robots, exhibits on horseback riding, learned about stop-motion animation, trains, clouds, what makes cupcakes rise (and taste so good) and more! Students were all so excited, both to share their own learning, and to learn from others. We were tired at the end of the day, for sure, and we were still tired Friday, but I’m pretty sure it was way more than worth it!

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  • Friday saw the regional track meet, with a team of 30 WLE students trooping to WGSS to compete against students from all of the schools in the Walnut Grove region. There might be some tired kids tonight! Full results will come out next week, and I don’t want to miss anyone, but we can all be proud of the competitiveness, and of the sportsmanship and fair play demonstrated by our students. And thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped make the concession a great success! And thanks to Freyja who brought the Softball Throw judges each a Freezie when we were wilting from the heat!
  • Also Friday, Division 4 did a Plant Walk in Campbell Valley Park where they learned about traditional uses of local wild plants, and saw a bit of nature to boot. And it WAS a gorgeous day to be outside.



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