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.


Valentines Week

The students all have their Valentines mailboxes up and are eagerly making and writing cards for their classmates.  Personally, I love Valentines Day at school, because it is a time when the outpouring of caring and thoughtfulness amongst the children is abundant, and also because the children initiate their own writing to their friends, often asking me to write words and phrases on the board, or on a piece of paper for them to copy out for a friend.

There will be two Valentines parties this week – one for the Intermediates and one for the Primaries.  The Intermediates party will be a low-key celebration between 1:00 and 2:00 on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.  They will share treats and open their mailboxes.  To that end, please send in a treat for the children to share.

The Valentines party for the Primaries will be on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14th, from 1:00 to 2:30.  We will share treats, open mailboxes, and have a couple of games and crafts.  Parents are welcome to join us.  Please bring a treat for the children to share.  We have many gluten allergies in this group, and an egg allergy, so please label your treat.

The Ballet BC and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra field trips are both fast approaching, so please also remember to sign up and fill out a consent form this week, as the following week is Portfolio Meeting Week…

Which leads me to another friendly reminder to please sign up for your child(ren)’s Portfolio Meeting.

Finally,  please ensure your child is not bringing toys to school.  There have been a few incidents the past couple of weeks of hurt feelings due to children feeling they weren’t able to play with toys that were brought in by a classmate, instances where children have been focused on, or playing with their toys from home rather than participating in class, and time spent looking for toys that were left outside during recess or lunch.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.



February Happenings

With February upon us, there are a number of events to take note of for Home Learners.  It is mid-year Portfolio meetings time, from February 20th, through February 27th.  Meeting times and dates are on the calendar, so please take a look and send me your first and second choices of dates and times to meet.  I will book people on a first come/first served basis, and will do my best to accommodate everyone’s requests.

We have two upcoming field trips planned this month; one to the Ballet and one to the Symphony.

On Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. we are going to Ballet B.C.’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, downtown.  Tickets are $2.00 per student and $5.00 per adult.  The sign-up sheet and consent forms are at the Parent Table.

On  Wednesday, February 28th at 10:00 a.m. we are going to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‘s Elementary School Concert of The Carnival of Animals at the Orpheum Theatre, downtown.  Tickets to this performance are $7.50 per person.  The sign-up sheet and consent forms are also at the Parent Table.

Please note, also, that Family Day is on Monday, February 12th, and there is a Professional Day on Monday, February 19th, so there are no classes those days.

Last Week of January

We will be celebrating the end of January with another session of skating with the school for both the Primaries and the Intermediates!

The Primaries will be skating on Wednesday morning, January 31st,  from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  and the Intermediates will be skating on Thursday morning, February 1st,  from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $5.00 per person.  Allotments cannot be used for this field trip, so please bring cash.  On both days, please meet me at the Trout Lake Ice Rink.  We will walk back to school as a class following skating.

As Monday is a Pro-D day, school is closed, so for the Primary students, I will bring the consent forms to the rink.  Please make sure you see me and sign the form or your child(ren) will not be able to skate.

For the Intermediates, the consent forms are on the Parent table, so please sign the forms and put them in my file folder for Thursday.

As Groundhog Day is also next week, I am fervently hoping that Wiarton Willie and  Shubenacadie Sam do not see their shadows!

It’s Dark Outside Field Trip

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 25th we will be going to Waterfront Theatre in Granville Island to see the production of It’s Dark Outside.  The play starts at 10:30 a.m.   Please be at the theatre by 10:00 a.m.  The theatre has asked everyone to be there no later than half an hour before show time.  The play is one hour in length.

There are still a few tickets available, so please email me if you would like to join us.

Field Trip: It’s Dark Outside

On Thursday, January 25th we are booked to see It’s Dark Outside by the Perth Theatre Company.  This production is brought to Vancouver by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.  The performance will be at Waterfront Theatre in Granville Island.  The performance starts at 10:30 a.m. and is an hour in length.  The cost per ticket is $12.25.

The description of the play from the festival website states:  “As the sun sets, an old man goes wandering into the wild. Swept up in a surreal epic Western, he is on the run from a mysterious tracker who is bent on hunting him down!

Created by the same team that brought the hit (and sold out!) show The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorerto the 2015 PuSh Festival, It’s Dark Outside is another great adventure.

Itʼs Dark Outside uses a creative and ever-surprising blend of live performance, puppetry, animation and an original music score. The performers tell the story of an old man chasing his memories as they escape into the wild “with poetic insight and lightness of touch that makes it moving and uplifting to watch” .”

The sign-up sheet is posted and consent forms are on the parent table.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back after the Winter break! 

This term, the Primaries are learning about Living vs. Non-Living things, and the needs of living things, and we will be doing some fun science experiments together!  The Intermediates are learning about the Earth; its makeup, formation, plate tectonics, volcanoes, etc.  Before the break, the Intermediates asked that we continue with the Narnia series for our novel study, so we are now working on The Magician’s Nephew.   Yesterday we started our Inventor’s Workshop to great excitement, so I will be sending home a “scrounge list” of various items to collect for the students to create and invent with.  Everyone made fabulous potato inventions yesterday on paper, soon to be followed by “real” potato inventions!  We will once again hold an “Inventor’s Fair,” likely after Spring break, so families have time to plan and invent together!  In addition, I will be working with the Primaries on the K/1 “Heart Smart” program (healthy eating, healthy living), and with the Intermediates on the “Friends” program.

The first field trip of the school year is for Intermediates only and will be on Thursday, January 25th.  We will be going to the production of “It’s Dark Outside” at the Waterfront Theatre (Carousel’s Theatre).  In preparation, we will be doing some pre-theatre learning and activities in the next couple of weeks.  The field trip sign-up and consent forms will be on the Parent table shortly.

Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students and families very Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone’s wish comes true and that you savour all the special moments.

School resumes on Monday, January 8th.  Monday/Wednesday students, please be at school on the 8th for the first bell (8:55 a.m.) as there will be a special performance in the gym commencing at 9:00 a.m.    🙂

In the New Year, the students will become inventors and scientists – so families, please save any interesting packaging, old appliances, electronics or computer parts, styrofoam, old CD’s, etc.  for our Inventor’s Workshop.  If in doubt, please save it to bring in!

Finally, I do want to send out a huge Thank You to all our families for your continued support and involvement in the program.  I am humbled to be a part of such a caring, connected learning community.

Final Week Before Winter Break

Well the holiday season is now at a fever pitch!  At this time of year,  I especially enjoy the students excitement, anticipation, and expectations for Santa’s magical arrival.  I have overheard many earnest conversations regarding who has, and who has not heard reindeer bells in previous years, who has actually spied Santa in the middle of the night, and family traditions the children are looking forward to.

This week will consist of lots of practice for the Winter Concert, and, of course, each class will have their Winter parties – Monday for the Primaries and Tuesday for the Intermediates.  To that end, families are welcome to join us  – please bring a snack or drink to share and also please contribute some candies for the children to decorate their gingerbread houses.

On Wednesday morning, we will be going to Carousel Theatre to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  The program starts promptly at 10:00 a.m., so please be at Waterfront Theatre by 9:40 at the very latest.  Carousel will not seat us until all our party are present, so the earlier we are all there, the better seats we get.  The sent along the following information for us:

“Please note that children younger than age 3 and babes in arms cannot be admitted to the theatre.

· The play is approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. There will be a Talkback with the company immediately following the show  (runs approx.  5mins). If your students have any questions we do not get a chance to answer, please write to us and we will do our best to answer them.

·         If your group is arriving by car, please leave ample time to find parking on Granville Island

·         Seating starts 30 minutes in advance of the performance and will be on a first come, first served basis. Your entire group must be present and ready (i.e. snacks completed) before you can be seated.”