Our focus this past week has been on appreciation and gratitude for being able to live in such a safe and peaceful country. We read “Feathers” which was written by Phil Cummings and had some deep conversations about the idea of borders, and what it can mean to be “lucky.” After noticing how something as simple as a fallen feather can become a toy to bring joy to someone who has very little, we used a button, a piece of string, and a piece of paper to make some simple toys for ourselves. We have also been thinking about what it means to have self-awareness and self-evaluate. We have discussed what it means to set realistic goals. We have also been coming to realize that collaboration takes more than just having ideas…it takes cooperation too. These are BIG concepts, but these mighty minds are demonstrating a real willingness to explore and grow! The VSB is inviting students of all ages to contribute ideas for a VSB Holiday card to be used for the Superintendent, Trustees, Employee Services, and International Education’s holiday e-cards. If your child would like to submit a piece of artwork for consideration, please send a scanned image/photo/digital copy to me by noon on November 23rd. The artwork can be for ANY holiday you choose. The student whose art is chosen will receive a token of appreciation All entries will be incorporated into a holiday poster that will be featured on the VSB website. Did you hear that NASA launched Artemis last night? You can see more at nasa.gov Another site for spacy stuff is www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/student-science-tech The Beaconsfield PAC has organized a free T-Shirt for every student who wants one through a Fundraising project. Please visit www.paddlevancouver.ca/collections/beaconsfield-pac password: FREETEE2022 enter the child’s name, Division Number (we are 13) size for your child. Orders need to be in by November 20. One separate order form per child, please. Forms for the PAC’s Purdys order need to be completed by November 28th. Please feel under no obligation to participate in either fundraiser.