This week was busy, as most are at our wonderful school. This week's blog will catch you up on some of the exciting things that happened this week.
Gift of Play
When we all arrived on Monday we were thrilled to discover that our playground compounds had received their stencil update from the Gift of Play! We thank them for their generosity! Our students are having a great time outside discovering all of the new ways they can use our compound.
Grade 1/2 Students Sing O Canada
Several weeks ago we received an invitation to have students perform O Canada at the opening of a Board of Trustee meeting. Mrs. Villman, along with our Grade 1/2 teachers were very excited to accept. They were thrilled to be invited to sing at the very first board meeting for this school year!
To say that I was proud of these students and their teachers is a monumental understatement. One of the CBE Directors told me I looked like a proud mama, and that's just how I felt. These young students worked hard to learn the words, and what they meant. Focusing on learning the meaning of the anthem made them even more curious about Canada. In their classrooms, students have been exploring and learning about our country. As they stood in the lobby of the Education Centre, surrounded by grownups, they sang loudly and proudly, clearly sharing every word. We had several parents join us for the trip and they, along with our Trustees and other CBE employees and guests were very impressed. WELL DONE, EVERYONE!
Learning Commons Assembly
This week we had an assembly where Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Mah shared information about our Learning Commons this year. Mrs. Ramsay talked about the upcoming opportunity for Grade 4 and 5 students to become Learning Commons Ambassadors and Mrs. Mah shared some of the new books that are being added to our collection. Mrs. Ramsay also shared the important news that our Learning Commons is now open to students at 8:00 on Friday mornings before school. If students want to come, they can either come after Breakfast Club or ring the bell at the front door.
We are once again inviting parent and student input into the use of the generous Learning Commons grant we received from Education Matters with the support of our DHS School Council. Please contact Mrs. Ramsay, Mrs. Mah, Mrs. Wickland, or attend a School Council meeting to have your views heard.
Adopt a School
Once again this year, our school will be participating in Indigo's Adopt-a-School campaign. The donations we received added many titles to our collection last week and we hope to do the same thing this year! Please check it out - the link is in the Weekly updates below!
Zootopia! - Thank you, School Council!
On Thursday evening, volunteers from your School Council hosted another incredibly successful Family Movie Night. Many families attended and it was great to see so many families there. This event cannot take place without the dedicated volunteers that planned, set up, ran the event and concession booth, and stayed afterward to clean up. If you are able to help out with the next movie night, or any other School Council iniative, please contact them through email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out their facebook page - DHS Moms and Dads. I am extremely grateful to them for the many hours they volunteer and I know that they would also welcome your feedback on the evening.
News from our Grade 3/4 Team
Rocks and Minerals
In Grade 3/4 we are exploring Rocks and Minerals. We received a collection of rock and mineral samples to analyze and investigate. Students have learned about the importance of rocks in our world and are working together to answer questions to satisfy their curiosities.
“Rocks are made up of three groups. Igneous rocks are made when magma cools down. “
“A sedimentary rock is made up of skeletons, shells and plants. They settle to the bottom and with pressure they make layers.”
“A metamorphic rock is when an igneous or sedimentary rock has heat or pressure to it. “
The Grade 3/4 students are responsible for preparing our Terry Fox assembly and school run on September 20th, at 2:30pm. Ms. Mask’s class created a bulletin board for our school hallway. The students researched some facts about Terry and used their mapping skills to map out his route. All students have been learning about the provinces and territories of Canada. Ms. Paterson’s class has been presenting facts over the announcements each morning. They are reminding students to bring toonies for Terry. Ms. Garrah and Ms. Kearns' classes are preparing a presentation for our school wide assembly.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 - Adopt a School opens! Please support our school - https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1480
PE FOCUS - Scoops and Balls / Lacrosse
Monday, September 19
Remember to check out our school website - http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b347