Last Week of School

While the blistering heat of the last week alerted us all to the fact that summer is here, it still doesn’t quite feel that the last week of school is upon us. This is a friendly reminder that all your children’s items need to be brought home on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There are still personal belongings in many cubbies and project materials on top of the parent resource bookshelves.  Please send children with bags to bring their papers and other belongings home.

We will be practicing each group’s play on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, so please send students with their costumes.

The Intermediate students will perform their play Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (please give students time to get back from lunch and get ready before you arrive).

The Primary students will perform their play on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (please give students time to get back from lunch and get ready before you arrive).

On Thursday, June 28th, we will have our annual end-of-the-year Beach Day and Celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   For returning families, it will be at the same location as last year – at the West Concession at Spanish Banks (basically the second concession, driving west on NW Marine Drive) Map:

Please bring everything you need for the beach, plus food and/or beverages to share!  There are picnic tables in the shade right by the concession we can set up at. Parking is free.

End of Year Plays

The students are ready to practice with their costumes!

For the Primaries:

If your child is a Cow:  Something they can wear that is black and white

If your child is a Duck:  Something they can wear that is white or yellow

If your child is a Hen:  Something they can wear that his brown/beige


For the Intermediates

Students playing People:  A small white sheet, or tablecloth and a scarf to use as a tie-belt (Greco-Roman toga-esque)

Students playing Actors:  Pants and a shirt

Students playing Fairies:  Wings

Please also bring a bag on Monday or Tuesday as the students will be taking home all their work and belongings home for the end of the school year.




The Week Ahead

On Monday, the Primaries are planning on releasing the butterflies at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.  Right now, the weather forecast is mixed for Monday.  If it is raining on Monday afternoon, the release will be postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

This is a friendly reminder to work with your child to memorize their lines for the class play, and to bring scripts to school daily.

Thank you!

We Have Butterflies!

Our classroom caterpillars/pupae are now emerging as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies!

If student’s are interested, please have them bring in a flower from your garden and we will conduct experiments regarding Painted Lady nectar preferences and flower attractiveness to the butterflies.  Please ensure that any flowers brought in are pesticide free/organic.

For the Primary students:  I have arranged with VanDusen Botanical Garden to release our butterflies there.  We will release them on Monday, June 4th in the afternoon.  The cost of the VanDusen visit will be $5.00 per person.  Please pick up and sign your field trip forms on Wednesday, if possible.  As allotments are now closed, please provide payment to Shannon.

Thank you!

What’s Happening: Week of May 14th

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Sports Day for the school will be this Thursday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All Home Learners are invited to participate.  The Grade 7’s are organizing a pizza lunch, so please pick up your Sports Day Lunch Order Form and bring it in ASAP, with payment, if your child would like to have the lunch.

Our group is organized into 4 colour teams.  If possible, children dress in the colour of their team.

The program for the day starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Please Note:  Dismissal for all students is 2:00 p.m.



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For those of you who have booked your Portfolio Meetings with me; thank you!  For families who have not yet booked your meeting, Portfolio Meetings are the week of May 21, through May 29th.  Please look at the calendar on this blog for available dates and times and email me to book you in ASAP.

What’s Happening May 7-11

On Monday, May 7th, the Primaries (only) are going on a field trip to Science World for the day, along with the two Grade 1 classes from the school.

Please ensure your child is at school for the 8:55 a.m. morning bell.  Anyone who has not yet paid for the trip, please bring $5.00 per student to Shannon.  Allotments cannot be used for this field trip.

As we are spending the whole day at Science World, please pack a snack and a lunch for your child(ren), preferably something “spill-proof” and simple, as we may be sharing limited lunch space with other classes or school groups.

The children will be back by 3:00 p.m.


On Wednesday and Thursday, May 9th and 10th, we will be going to Gladstone Secondary School to see their year-end dance performance.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather as we will be walking there rain or shine.  The performances are in the morning, so we will be walking there with other classes from the school, leaving at approximately 10 a.m. and returning for lunch.

Portfolio Meetings

The final Portfolio Meetings of the school year are fast approaching, May 22 through May 29th.   Please take a look at the calendar on this blog and email me your first and second choice of meeting dates and times at your earliest convenience.  I am looking forward to hearing all about the fabulous learning that has been going on at home and seeing students’ work!

Year-End Plays

A tradition in our program, both the Primary and Intermediates are working on class plays to perform at the end of the school year.  The Intermediates have chosen to do a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Primaries are doing Click, Clack, Moo!

To that end, I ask that parents help students practice and memorize their lines, and help students ensure that scripts are taken care of and come to school with students every program day for our practices.  For the Intermediates, we will be making changes as a group to the scripts, so it is important they keep their own copies as we make the changes and note them on the scripts as we move along.

For the Intermediates who brought their scripts home last week, please help them find their scripts at home, so they are ready to practice at school on Thursday.  For the Primaries, scripts will be coming home for the first time today.

Thank you!

Class Photos

The photographer will be at Beaconsfield tomorrow, Friday, April 27th for class photos.

The Home Learners’ photo is scheduled to be taken at 10:15 a.m.  If you are available to be in the class photo, please come to the classroom right at 10:15 a.m.

The photo should take about 10 minutes. Latecomers will miss out as other classes are booked after us and the photographer has a tight schedule.

Class photos are distributed free of charge to participants at the end of the school year.

The Spirit Horse

This is a friendly reminder of our field trip to the performance of The Spirit Horse at Carousel Theatre is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m.  Please meet me outside the front theatre doors by 9:40 a.m. at the latest as they only admit us as a group.  Please also ensure you have completed a consent form for your child(ren).  Thank you!

News for the Week of April 23rd

In celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, the students have been learning all about the problem of plastics in our waterways, oceans, and in the environment, have learned about reducing, reusing and recycling plastics and other materials, and made posters to display around the school.  They were very excited and engaged learning about this issue, and suggested some collective action (such as writing letters) that we will continue to pursue.

This coming week we will have our ADST (Applied Design, Science and Technology) Fair on Monday, April 23rd, in the morning for the Primaries, and on Tuesday, April 24th in the afternoon for the Intermediates.

On Wednesday we will attend our final Carousel Theatre performance of the year – The Spirit Horse.   The story centers on two First Nations children whose lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairie reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him.  The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links the girls and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage.

Please complete a field trip consent form by Tuesday, April 24th.  The cost is $11.00 per person.

Also, Thursday, April 26th is a Professional Day, so there are no classes.

Wishing you a happy Earth Day!


For The Week Of April 16th

On Monday, April 16th, we will once again be heading to the UBC Hospital for our Science Workshop.  I will meet everyone outside the front doors of the Hospital at the bench, like we did last week.  Please be at UBC by 12:50 p.m.  Bring pencils and notebooks.

For the Primary students, I have the Sierra Club of BC coming in on Wednesday morning to do an Environmental Workshop with the students.  Please be at school for the 8:55 a.m. bell as the workshop will start at 9:00 a.m. Please also ensure that your child has warm, rain resistant clothing and footwear as we will be spending part of the workshop outdoors, rain or shine.  This workshop is free of charge to the students, but the Sierra Club does gratefully accept donations (which are tax-deductible), so if anyone would like to make a donation to them, please see Shannon.  There will not be Noisy Reading on Wednesday morning.

The following week, on Wednesday, April 25th, we have a field trip to Carousel Theatre’s production of The Spirit Horse.  The sign-up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.

Science Program At UBC Starting This Monday, April 9th!

Thank you to everyone for your patience while UBC and I worked out the details of the science program they will be offering for our HL students. The UBC students have designed a science program around the neuronal system for our students!

The program will be held on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Transportation for all students, both Primary and Intermediate will be “on your own.”  Primary students can be picked up from classroom at the start of lunch (12:00).

We are all asked to meet at The Information Desk on the first floor of the Koerner Pavilion at the UBC Hospital.

The Information Desk is just inside the front doors of the building, next to the Emergency Department.  As soon as I arrive there, I will wait for everyone outside the front doors, so that parents do not have to pay for parking if you do not wish to stay there.  There is a driveway right to the front door, where you can drop your child off with me.  If you are not familiar with the UBC Hospital, please google it for directions.  If you do get lost, the person in charge of the UBC program is Niamh (pronounced Neeve) and she suggests you text her for directions at 778-892-1252.

Please ensure your child brings a couple of pencils, an eraser, and a notebook to write in.

I will bring the Field Trip Consent Forms with me, so please make sure you see me before you leave your child at UBC on Monday!  Thank You!


The Gruffalo next Wednesday!

We are going to The Gruffalo on Wednesday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.!

The sign-up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.  If you plan on attending, please ensure you are both signed up,and have filled out a consent form – if you show up without signing up, there may not be a space available for you – and I hate to see disappointed children!

Please be at Carousel Theatre no later than 9:40 a.m.  The theatre will only seat us as a group and seat groups on a first come, first served basis.  The cost is $11.00 per person.  As some people have exhausted their allotments, please pay Shannon  by cash or by a cheque payable to The Vancouver School Board.  Thank you!

March and April

Spring Break is rapidly approaching. Some families are already off to warmer climes, and the students are excitedly discussing their plans for the break with one another!  Before we disperse for Spring Break, we have a field trip on Wednesday, March 14th to The Velveteen Rabbit, at Carousel Theatre.  There are still spaces available to participate in this lovely production.  The cost is $11.00 per person and the show is at 10:00 a.m.  Please meet at the theatre by 9:45 at the latest, as Carousel will not seat us until all our group is present.

After Spring Break, on Wednesday, April 4th, is the whole-school field trip to the UBC Roots and Shoots Music Program at the Chan Centre.  School busses will be taking students and teachers to and from the Chan Centre, so please mark your calendars to be at school by the first bell:  8:55 a.m.  Busses will be leaving promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will not wait for any latecomers.  Students will be back at Beaconsfield at 12:00.  Intermediate students can be picked up directly from the bus or from the lunch room.  Primary students will stay for lunch and the afternoon programming.  Please ensure that you have filled out the consent form ASAP for this event.  Any children who do not have a signed consent form will not be able to attend.

UBC Science Program:  I have received a number of questions about these classes which I am attempting to arrange.  Once UBC and I have fully arranged everything, I will provide information on dates, times, etc.  Thanks to everyone for your quick responses.

ADST Fair:  I have put an information sheet in every family’s folder regarding this year’s ADST Fair.  The fairs will be held in the afternoons of April 23rd and April 24th.  Please take a look at the information sheets and let me know if you have any questions.  I have no doubt the students will come up with fabulous ideas – I have been so impressed already with the ideas they have been generating in  class for their “Thingamajig” project and the further ideas which have emerged from their presentations and discussions.



Opportunity for HL Students – Please Respond!

I have been working with the Science Department at UBC since last Spring to plan a science program for our students.  The program would be led by 4th year biology students and be held in a science lab at UBC, overseen by one of their Professors and me.   We are finally ready to go ahead right away after Spring Break, provided enough Intermediate Home Learners are interested, and available to sign up.

The time which the science lab and the UBC student leaders are both available are Monday afternoons (1-3).  Now, as a HL group, I can either take the children to and from UBC, or we can arrange for parent drivers, which we can arrange later, but either way, right now, I simply need to hear from parents if your child(ren) would be interested and available to attend on Monday afternoons.  This program will be free of charge!!  Please email Shannon ASAP letting me know.  This is a fabulous opportunity!  Thank you!

Upcoming Field Trips

We have two upcoming field trips in the works:  The first trip is to the Carousel Theatre Production of The Velveteen Rabbit on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m.  The cost of the play is $11.00 per person.  The sign-up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.

The second field trip is an entire-school trip to the Chan Centre to participate in the Roots and Shoots Music Program on Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m.  There is no charge for his event as the school received a funding grant so that everyone could attend.  Students and teachers will travel to and from the Chan Centre via school busses.  For more information on the Roots and Shoots Music Program Click Here.  Consent forms are in the parent files.

Kayak Kids Illustrated History Challenge

The 2018 Challenge is now open! Canada’s History invites students ages 7 to 14 to submit a short illustrated story about a memorable moment from Canada’s past. This is a great activity that combines writing, history, art, research, inquiry and creativity! And there are prizes….


The top 2 entries (1 French and 1 English) receive:

  • $1000 RESP
  • trip for 2 to Ottawa
  • a medal from Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette

The top 25 entries receive:

  • free subscription to Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids

All participants receive:

  • certificate of participation
June 1, 2018

Portfolio Time!

This is a friendly reminder that there are no classes until February 28th, because it is portfolio meeting time.  I am looking forward to hearing all about the projects, outings, and great learning that has been going on with all the students!

During Portfolio Week, we do have a field trip to Ballet B.C’s production of Romeo and Juliet.  This performance is on Wednesday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.    Tickets are $2.00 per student and $5.00 per adult.  If you did not sign up, but would still like to join us, please email Shannon.  I do have some seats available and can bring the consent forms for parents to sign at the door.  Please meet me outside the main doors by 12:40 at the latest as we will enter as a group.