Mindful Eating

The first step in the Friends for Life program is F for Feelings. We have been working on recognizing the signs of emotion in our own bodies and reading the emotions in other people.

This past week, we have been working on R for Relaxing. We have been learning what our muscles feel like when they are tense and when they are relaxed.

Another practice mentioned in the program is being mindful. We have continued our mindful breathing practice and just began to explore mindful eating. It is important to eat slowly and appreciate what you are eating.

We brainstormed adjectives to describe the taste and texture of food. We then put those words into practice as we sampled 7 types of apples and 5 types of pears. Each morsel was placed on our tongue, savoured and then slowly chewed.


The most popular pear was the Bartlett pear.IMG_3965

The most popular apples were Fuji and Granny Smith.

We also began wondering why some apples turned brown faster than others and why apples from McDonalds seem to last for weeks without turning brown. I sense an experiment about to happen…

I think that we also discovered that eating is also a very social activity. There was a lot of discussion between classmates about which apple or pear they liked best and why. Some of them were intrigued to find out that the fruit they liked best because it was sweet, was not liked by their friend who thought it was bland.

In honour of Turn Off the Screen Week, I invite you to cook with your child and sit down to dinner together. Talk about what you are eating. Where did it come from? Is it in season? Is it local? What does it taste like? Do you like it? Why or why not?

More information and ideas can be found on our “Food & Cooking” page.

January Field Trip Part 1 – BC Sports Hall of Fame

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We learned about the importance of:



Positive Attitude

Social Responsibility



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The highlight, next to meeting an Olympian, was the participation zone. Everyone enjoyed running around, exploring the exhibits and trying different sports.IMG_3852 IMG_3854 IMG_3859 IMG_3861 IMG_3863 IMG_3869 IMG_3874 IMG_3878 IMG_3881 IMG_3883   IMG_3887 IMG_3888 IMG_3890 IMG_3901 IMG_3903 IMG_3904 IMG_3905  IMG_3919



“I feel like Santa. Giving makes me feel warm inside.” – Jo. Li

We were inspired by Kid President and our virtue of generosity to give this month.

1) We sponsored a toy drive! All our toys were donated to the Salvation Army.




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Thanks to Ms. Gil’s class who helped us collect all the toys!

2) We collected supplies for the Lookout Society. They provide assistance to the homeless on the downtown east side of Vancouver.

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Homelessness happens year-round. Donations can be made throughout the year!

3) Knitting! We took on the task of knitting scarves for the homeless. We will also donate these to the Lookout Society!

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This would not have been possible without the huge donation of yarn from sweetgeorgia yarns.

A big thank you to the sweetgeorgia crew who stayed at work late to help me choose yarns, who wound the yarn into kid friendly balls and who supplied us with extra boxes for our toy drive!

“There is no distinction

between the one who gives,

the one who receives,

and the gift itself.”

– thich nhat hanh


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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.

Are you a Mouse, a Dog or an Alligator?

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.


Passive Mouse

  • talks softly
  • avoids eye contact
  • has trouble saying no
  • does not stand up for their rights


Assertive Dog

  • firm, clear voice
  • makes good eye contact
  • able to express their needs
  • stand up straight
  • respect the opinions of others


Aggressive Alligator

  • loud voice
  • stares at people
  • always get their way
  • invades people’s spaces
  • hurts others with their mean words and actions
  • disrespectful
  • 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.

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Courtesy & Courage

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?