Autumn Antics

Falling leaves adrift…crunching underfoot as we…collect to make art. We have been getting curious about many things to do with changing seasons, and collaborating on projects. We were gifted 100 tulip bulbs as part of Agriculture BC’s “Plant a Promise” program. So soon we will be planting bulbs for Spring flowers…a long-range investment!

Thank you to those of you who have been asking about Allotment spending. The request form is on the blog and there are a few copies in the tote. The VSB Approved Venders are the same as last year. Rather than post a list in this public space, I will send a list home with your children. Meanwhile, if you find another Vendor that you feel may be appropriate, please ask them if they are willing to comply with our Invoice system. If they agree, forward me your suggestions so I can follow up.

Hallowe’en is just around the corner. The whole school is having fun with some seasonal games and activities, and we are getting in on the action by decorating our classroom door, and hallway. In the days ahead we are doing some spooky math, science, writing, and art activities. For those students who do not celebrate Hallowe’en, I offer Autumn themed math, science, writing and art activities as well.

The Primary students will have a Hallowe’en party on Tuesday Oct 26th. The Intermediates will have a Hallowe’en party on Friday Oct 29. Students are invited to wear costumes on their cohort party day, and you are invited to contribute some goodies to share for our party. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we cannot share communal blows/plates of treats this year. You are welcome to send individually wrapped or bagged goodies. Whatever treats are donated will be serve by me onto disposable plates, and I will use tongs and wear gloves.

Also new this year: In keeping with the BC SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum, we are starting to do the EASE (everyday anxiety strategies for educators) program to our Primary group. Together with our YFW we will learn how to recognize our own and others’ feelings; how to calm our bodies so we can relax and focus; how to notice helpful and unhelpful self-talk; and how to take small steps to face challenges. The lessons are fun and engaging and many strategies will be incorporated into our daily classroom routines. If you are interested to know more about the EASE, I would be happy to discuss it with you.

For those of you that are enjoying nature explorations as part of your sciences: you may enjoy a free online game about habits and habitats of various endangered species called And, if you enjoy this game, I have heard that another version called  “find the bats” will launch soon.

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