Let Me Know & Thanks!

Sports Day

Please let me know if your child will or will not be attending Sports Day on Friday.  I will be putting the students into colour teams, which I will send out to families as soon as I have attendance confirmation.  Please have your child dress in their colours.  If they don’t have clothes for their team, not to worry!  Also a reminder to bring in the forms and money if your child wishes to order pizza for lunch.

A BIG Thank You

I am sending out a huge thank you to Emma and Braeleen and to their parents Jennifer and Shane for bringing in a package of pencils and a package of pencil crayons for our class on Monday!  The students were also very excited!

 

It’s That Time of the Year…

Classroom Supplies

In the last couple of weeks, all the classroom pencils have been disappearing.  I have put out new ones, which have also disappeared.  As we are nearing the end of the school year, we don’t have any more supplies left and we do not have any funds to purchase new supplies for this school year.  So, if your child inadvertently has brought, or brings, pencils home in their packs, bags or pockets, please send them back to school again!  We need them!  Thank you.

School Garden

Many of the classes at Beaconsfield have planted seeds and seedlings in the school garden.  We ask that children do not play at all in the school garden, as the plants are being trampled, much to the disappointment and distress of our young gardeners.  This is a friendly request to ensure children do not play in the garden after school.

Toys

Finally, we ask that toys not be brought to school on program days.  Mainstream classroom students are also not allowed to bring toys, so our students having toys does cause issues at school.  Toys at school also become the focus of much time and distraction during class time, and often cause issues regarding who can touch them and who cannot, etc.  Please kindly keep all toys at home.

Thank you!

 

Class Photo and Sports Day

Class photos will be taken on Monday, May 15th.  All registered HL students are invited to be part of our Class photos for 2016/2017.  Please ensure your student is in the HL classroom at 8:55 a.m. as our class will be the first to have our photos taken.  As this is a regular program day for the Monday/Wednesday children, please drop your child off as usual. There will not be noisy reading.

For the Tuesday/Thursday students, please simply drop your child off at our classroom and wait to pick them up.  We anticipate this should only take 15-20 minutes.

We ask that all parents wait outside the school building near the side stairwell stairs instead of the classroom or school hallway, so I can get the children lined up for the photo and ready to go.  Thank you.

Please note, latecomers will miss the photo and there will not be time for another photo to be taken. We cannot wait as all the other classrooms follow us.

Sports Day

Sports Day will be on Friday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All HL registered students are invited to participate.  Please note the 2:00 p.m. dismissal time.  The activities start at 9:00, which includes all groups leaving the classrooms and rotating stations around the grounds, so latecomers will not be able to leave belongings in the classroom or have someone open up the classroom for them. Please remember hats, sunscreen and water bottles!

Portfolio Meetings

The final portfolio meetings of the school year are fast approaching:

Tuesday, May 23rd through Tuesday May 30th.

Please email Shannon your first and second choice of meeting dates and times as soon as possible.

Thank You

Class Plays

The Home Learners’ annual end-of-the-year plays have been selected and work on sets, costumes and backdrops has begun!  The Intermediate students will be performing a fractured fairy tale: Rump and Ugla and the Primary students will be performing an Indian folk tale:  The Gifts of The Grasscutter.

Parts have been assigned and scripts have, or are going home today with the students.  Please practice the play at home and help your child(ren) memorize their part and the cues to their lines in their play.

Please also ensure that scripts come to school each day of your child’s programming.  With two full plays and multiple-page scripts, and in the interest of the environment and class time, we cannot photocopy replacement scripts for students when they are forgotten at home.

The plays will be performed for parents and guardians at our end-of the year class parties.

Thank You!

 

Field Trip Monday

On Monday, April 24th we have a field trip to New Brighton Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.  Field trip consent forms are on the Parents Table and the consent to participate from the Canadian Shoreline organization is on a clipboard on the wall.  Please sign both.

Weather permitting, we are also planning a picnic and shoreline exploration.  Please bring boots and rain gear for your child, and a picnic lunch.  I would also suggest bringing a change of clothes.

The shoreline cleanup is rain or shine, however, if the weather does not cooperate, we will cancel the picnic and exploration portion of the day and the Monday/Wednesday students can return to Beaconsfield for lunch and afternoon programming.

Parents are welcome to stay or to drop off children with Shannon.  If dropping off, please ensure you find Shannon and she knows your child is present before leaving.  Thank you

Please meet at New Brighton Park for a 10:00 a.m. start.  3:00 Pick up if the weather holds.  Shannon will text parents if an earlier pickup is required due to weather conditions.

End of the School Year

Well, that time of the year is fast approaching.  I don’t know about you, but this school year seems to be just flying by!

As most people know, we prepare an annual end of the year video which we present at our end of the year party.  I am once again seeking a parent volunteer to compile the photos and video clips into a video for us.  I know we have many talented computer people in our group… 😉

Please email me if this is something you might be able to do.

Thank you!

Shannon

Primary Show and Tell Schedule

Wednesday, March 29:  Alister

Monday, April 3:  Briar

Wednesday, April 5:  Emily

Monday, April 10:  Samuel

Wednesday, April 12:  Ashlyn

Wednesday, April 19:  Declan

Monday, April 24:  Calla

Wednesday, April 16:  Asher

Monday, May 1:  Claire

Wednesday, May 3:  Braeleen

Monday, May 8:  Emma

Wednesday, May 10:  Rohan

Monday, May 15:  Luna

Week of March 6th

This is a friendly reminder that this is the last week before spring break.  There are no classes between March 13th and 24th.

Home Learners do not have early dismissal this week, classes are regular times – 9-3.

Field Trip to the VSO on Wednesday

We have a field trip booked to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra “What A Wonderful World” concert this Wednesday, March 1st.  The performance starts at 10:00 a.m.  Please meet me on the corner of Smythe and Seymour by 9:45 at the latest.  The performance goes from 10 – 11:00 a.m.

Please do not proceed into the Orpheum on your own.  Every concert, the docents tell our waiting parents and students to go inside.  Please do not!  Wait for me and our group so I have everyone properly accounted for. Otherwise I am waiting outside for you when you have already gone in.    The sign-up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.  The cost is $7.50 per person.

Also – our T-Shirts and Hoodies are in!  Please bring cash in for your order.

Family Day and Valentines

This is a friendly reminder that Monday is the provincial Family Day Holiday, so there is no school on Monday.

On Tuesday, for our Intermediate students,  the Grade 7’s are hosting a Valentines Dance in the gym for the afternoon.  Our group will likely spend some time at the dance, then head back to the classroom for our own Valentines party.  Families are welcome to bring treats to share for our classroom party.  The Grade 7’s will be offering items for sale at the dance, so if any students are interested, please remember to bring some money for:

Cheese pizza:  $2.00 slice

Chips: $1.00

Juice $1.00

Rice Crispy Squares:  .75

Pop:  $1.75

Coockies:  $1.75

Mango Juice:  $1.75

Small glow sticks:  .50

Large glow sticks:  $2.00

For the Primary Students we will be having our Valentines Party in the afternoon on Wednesday, right after lunch and before gym (1:00 – 1:40)  Short and sweet, but we will be doing some fun Valentines readings and art in the morning.  Families are welcome to bring in treats to share.

Recap And The Weeks Ahead

I want to take this opportunity to commend all the students on the wonderful work they did on their inventions and creations.  All our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 5 put their ideas into action, demonstrating their individuality and creativity.  The visiting classes and teachers were also impressed and excited to learn and share in what was going on, and I know they found the inventions and presentations inspiring.  And, especially for the Intermediate group who presented on three occasions during the day (including to the big Grade 7’s !), the growth in their presentation skills and self assurance throughout each presentation was marked, and a joy to see. Debriefing at the end of the day, they all reported feeling proud of their accomplishments and validated by the positive feedback they received from peers (and Grade 7s!!  :-))

For all of the students who opted to leave their inventions and creations at school for display, I have them on display in the Library, the display case outside the office, and the upstairs hallway.

Portfolio Week

This is a friendly reminder that there is no programming next week due to portfolio meetings.  Also, as our portfolio week looks like it will be scourged with snow, I am asking everyone to please do their utmost to make their meetings, as will I, as we are all working to a deadline for report card submission and distribution.

Field Trip

Our upcoming field trip on Tuesday, February 21st is to the Museum of Vancouver for a day-long animation workshop.  The “Animating History” workshop provides our students with professional animators to storyboard a plot, create and animate characters, and add dialogue and sound effects. Students will complete a one to two minute animated story by the end of the day on the Caribou Gold Rush.  The sign up sheet and consent forms are on the parent table.  Cost is $15.00 per person.

 

 

Portfolio Meetings

Our Portfolio Meeting week is approaching, February 6-10th.  Please take a look at the calendar on the blog and email me your first and second choices for meeting dates and times. Meetings will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

In preparation for your child’s Portfolio Meeting, please refer to his or her Student Learning Plan and be prepared to speak to, and bring examples of goals that have been achieved and/or goals he or she is working on.

This is also a friendly reminder that booking and attending your portfolio meeting is a mandatory component of the Home Learning program.

Ice Skating Wednesday

This is a reminder for M/W students that we are ice skating at the Trout Lake Ice Rink tomorrow, Wednesday, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Please go directly to Trout Lake in the morning to drop students off.  I will be walking back to school with the students following skating.

The skate rental office is open at 9:15 to get skates and helmets.  Any T/Th students who wish to join us are welcome but a parent MUST come in to sign a consent form, and will need to pick up their student at 10:30.  Students who do not have a signed consent form will not be allowed to skate.

The fee is $5.00 cash or cheque payable to Lord Beaconsfield Elementary – allotments cannot be used for this event.  This fee includes skate rental, and is not reduced if students have their own skates.

VHL Shirts and Hoodies

It is “Final Call” for everyone who wishes to order a Vancouver Home Learner t-shirt or hoodie!

We still have some sample sizes in both child and adult sizes in the classroom for people to take a look at or try on.  Also, we have added “Youth” sizes in S, M and L.  Youth sized t-shirts and hoodies will be the same price as child sizes.

The shirts and hoodies will be in a nice royal blue with our fabulous logo printed in white.  Please come in before/after classes any time next week to order yours!  The order will be submitted to Blim on Friday, January 20th

ADST Fair Reminder

Applied Design, Skills and Technologies Fair

 

This is a reminder of the Home Learner’s ADST Fair on January 31st and February 1st.  This same information was provided to Families at our November Portfolio meetings.  The purpose of the fair is for students to share and demonstrate their ideas and products/inventions to their peers.  Like a science fair, students also prepare a visual display which connects to the item they will be presenting.  Our fair will be a fun way to fulfill the ADST curriculum requirements and to also build excitement and enthusiasm for this area of learning.

Basic requirements for students:

  • Generate ideas from their experiences and interests to pursue.
  • Determine the materials and tools they will need to make their product/invention. (provide a full listing – e.g.: scissors, paper, tape, brads, paper straw, etc.)
  • Use trial and error to make changes, solve problems in the design or operation, or to incorporate new ideas as they emerge.
  • Prepare a visual display to accompany their product.
  • Demonstrate their product (at the fair), including being able to articulate how they came up with the idea, and the stages of development to reach their final product.
  • Be able to realistically evaluate the success of their design solutions.

 

Products/inventions need not be complicated. Remember, the ideas should be child-generated with assistance from others.