January 29th, 2018

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Screen Shot 2018-01-27 at 11.15.15 PMDear Parents and Guardians,

Just a reminder that all students are expected to go outside for recess and lunch each day for fresh air and free time (unless the weather is extremely fierce).  We encourage you to help your child dress for Winter as they head out the door each morning. Boots to play in the puddles with, a waterproof jacket with hood, gloves, and an umbrella make for a more enjoyable day for students when the weather is wet and cold.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kelli Vogstad, Principal

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LAST WEEK IN IMAGES

Every year people make New Year resolutions in an attempt to better themselves.  Many writers all over the world choose one word to focus on, one word to guide them throughout the year and they write about it.  Some of our teachers invited their students to join in this New Year project. Students took the time to think about and carefully choose one meaningful word that they would focus on every day, all year long, a word that would help us become a better person and meet our goals. Students then completed writes to accompany their beautifully illustrated words.  What might your word be for 2018?

Other classes have been learning about penguins and their environments and have completed artistic penguin portraits.

And division 11 and 12 participated in a field study this week to the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

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JESSIE LEE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE

Jessie Lee Cardboard Challenge will take place this upcoming Tuesday, January 30th. Many of our teachers and students have already been discussing, planning, and working on their cardboard creations. Just a reminder: students are asked to focus on their creations rather than the handing out of candies and prizes.  We are also asking that students bring cardboard and any materials they need for their cardboard creations. Thank you!

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 4.07.32 PMShape of the Day:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Work in class. Teachers with students working in groups on larger projects can send these students to the gym where they will be supervised.
  • 11:15 p.m. – Projects are brought down to the Gym and set up.
  • 12:30 – 2:10 p.m. – Gallery walk for students and families to enjoy.  We hope you come by and see students’ creations.

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FIRST PEOPLES IN RESIDENCE WEEK

Our week began with a school-wide assembly, Monday, January 22nd, to welcome our district Aboriginal facilitators as guests to our school:  Alana Anderson, Mavis Dumont, and Madelaine MacCullum.  Haychxwqa (Thank you)

During the week, our students, K to 7, participated in some interesting and meaningful sessions giving them an opportunity to experience Indigenous world views and perspectives and learn about practices specific to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis traditions.  Some of the topics students explored were: Traditional Storytelling, First Nations’ Government, the Importance of Animals and Masks, Artifacts and Tools, Seasons, Plants, Trees, and Salmon, Celestial Understanding, Residential Schools and Metis History and Jigging. It was a week of rich learning.

Our week ended with an assembly where where Ms. Anderson and Ms. Dumont shared a traditional Aboriginal song and messages remembered from Chief Dan George, of the Coast Salish, Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

“There is a longing among all people and creatures to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other.”

“May the stars carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears.”

Some of our students also came up and talked about what they had learned over the week, and we were entertained by a few students who demonstrated some Metis jigging.  It was a wonderful week of rich learning.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Educating Our Youth

Why do students learn about Indigenous Peoples & Reconciliation?

When students learn about Aboriginal Peoples and Reconciliation, the First Peoples Principles of Learning are honoured, and they learn about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples
in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.

We are not there yet. The relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples
is not a mutually respectful one. But, with an open mind and open heart, we can all learn, celebrate diversity, and treat everyone with kindness and respect.

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Morning Messages

Every morning we welcome our families, students, and guests with a special message to think about and guide us.  Every message is an invitation to share feelings and understandings.  Here are this week’s messages:

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CALENDAR IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18

JANUARY
30-Jessie Lee’s Cardboard Challenge
FEBRUARY
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
14-PAC Bake Sale
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
26-PAC Meeting 7 pm Library
28-Pink Shirt Day
MARCH
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday – School Closed
APRIL
2-Easter Monday – School Closed
MAY
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
23-Welcome to Kindergarten – 12:30-2:30 pm
28-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
JUNE
27-Year End Assembly
28-Last Day of classes
28-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
28-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students

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