“If you could drink a potion that will let you live young and healthy forever, would you drink it?”
CS and CL have been busying planting bulbs, making signs, and planning haunted houses! Thank you for your hard work!
Our virtue this month is THANKFULNESS.
To open our Thankfulness assembly, we had Mr. Henry Charles of the Musqueam First Nation to give us a traditional welcome. He told us a story about how the Musqueam got their name. I encourage you to ask your child about the story. It was a challenge for many of us as he told the story in the Musqueam language. I thought that the language sounded very poetic.
In our classroom, not only do we use our manners and say thank you to each other but we have also been practicing gratitude and saying thank you every week for both the little and big things in life. Many of the students are thankful and appreciate their families, friends and classmates.
Thank you for creating such thoughtful and insightful children.
At the end of our class meetings, we take the time to contemplate some BIG questions.
This week’s BIG question is:
What is the meaning of life?
Please share your thoughts and ideas about this week’s BIG question.
This term in music, we are exploring beat and rhythm starting with the “cup song”.
A few grade sevens from Mr. Poole’s class came in and gave us a lesson.
Thank you Ladies!
Here are some links to youtube videos that will help us practice.
When I’m Gone (both song and cups at speed)
How to Play Tutorial
Our first “going out” experience was to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens and Dragon Boating!
After a long bus ride* and a short walk, we arrived at the Gardens.
*We learned that the smell of orange can help if you are feeling motion sick!
Did you know that up to 200 people could live in one home like the one at the gardens?
Here is NM with his three wives, his honorable father and his mother.
What type of tree is this? Pink seed pods and white flowers…
Under our feet lay tiny plants that give off a refreshing mint scent when walked upon.
Time to feed the koi! They call the koi with the vibrations of the gong!
Our last activity before leaving was to create dragon charms to carry with us on the water. We choose beads of wisdom, peace, luck and virtue.
Before we can get in the boats, we get a quick paddle and safety lesson.
The boys enjoyed being able to stand at the front of the train and watch our journey home along the tracks.
Last week, we were lucky to have Mr. S come and talk to the class about styles of communication.
We focused on the three basic styles; passive, assertive and aggressive. To help us better understand these types, Mr. S gave us animal examples.
- talks softly
- avoids eye contact
- has trouble saying no
- does not stand up for their rights
- firm, clear voice
- makes good eye contact
- able to express their needs
- stand up straight
- respect the opinions of others
- loud voice
- stares at people
- always get their way
- invades people’s spaces
- hurts others with their mean words and actions
- can be abusive
To end our session, the students created their own skits to illustrate the three styles of communication. Here are some screen shots.
The virtues for the month of September were COURAGE and COURTESY.
We were inspired by Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox demonstrated outstanding amounts of courage in his journey across Canada to raise funds to cure cancer.
In a conversation with some of the students, we discussed the idea that if Terry Fox were alive today with the same type of cancer, he would not lose his leg or die due to cancer.
But more importantly, we thought, where would we be in our fight against cancer if we did not have Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope to motivate us?