Another week is on the books at West Langley Elementary. We’re all into the usual end-of-year surge of field trips, final assessments of reading or numeracy, finishing off projects, and reflecting on a great school year. We had some great things happen (as always) this week!
- On Monday, we had students participate in a range of alternate activities in support of the WE Day Initiative at the school. At this point, our little school has raised enough money to put 47 goats (and counting!) into villages
in Haiti. The students involved in the WE Day group have demonstrated great commitment to their cause, and truly are being the change they want to see in the world!
- Division 4 are working on business plans for some interesting new ideas under the tutelage of their teachers and a representative from Junior Achievement. The students learned some basics about how businesses work, and then put their heads together to think of an idea that they can ‘experiment’ with. It’s a multi-week project, so stay tuned for more later.The students are gaining valuable knowledge about the world, developing their creative, mathematical and communication skills, and are having some fun at the same time! Win-win-win!
- On Wednesday, we had our first-ever Music Assembly in the Round. We were dazzled by students who could sing, play, and dance at the same time, and saw a wide range of musical repertoire. Many of the pieces were very challenging, and the students and Mrs. Schmidt did a fantastic job. We want to thank the vast number of parents who joined us, too. You exceeded our expectations by 70+ chairs!
- Thursday saw LEPS visit Division 8 with a water sample from McClughan Creek. The students (and adults) saw and learned about a variety of tiny (and not-so-tiny) creatures in the water sample, including a big Caddis Fly larva in its case made of bits of bark and dirt and which only had its legs on the front. We saw a bunch of scuds (freshwater shrimp) that swam around on their sides (turns out they’re actually crustaceans). They wouldn’t make a meal for us humans, but they would for baby (or bigger) salmon or trout. We also learned that bugs breathe with their thoraxes, And finally, we found out that so much life in local Walnut Grove stream is really a good sign about the cleanliness of the water. Remember that the yellow salmon painted by the storm drains mean that those drains go straight to the streams and, eventually, the Fraser River. “We were looking in the bucket, with our magnifying glass, and we put the water in it, and we could find the insects.” “Sydney found a humongous bug and she let us look at it and it was very cool!” “There were more bugs in the water than you could ever imagine, and they were all kind of small, and they were all kind of big, and there were snakes that could live in the water.” “They have exoskeletons!”
- We have a bit of a sad ROAR today, too, as it was the last day for our three fantastic Teacher Candidates, Ms. Younger, Ms. Ledlin and Ms. Gillies. These three have brought an energy to our building that has been felt by students in all classes, not just in the classes they worked with most often. Ms. Younger’s dance club wowed us on Wednesday with their number from Seussical, the Musical; Ms. Ledlin and Ms. Gillies helped make sure that Cross Country and Track and Field were great successes for our students; and all three brought some great new teaching and learning ideas to our building at the same time as they learned new ideas from all of us. We will miss them, and we wish them the best of luck in their chosen careers! We know they’ll all be fantastic classroom teachers. And when you come right down to it, we’re hopefully saying ‘See you later!’, not ‘Goodbye forever!’