November 2016

Pajamas and Books

PJ & B day! (code for Pajamas and Books) For Family Groups on November 4, students came to school in their pj’s and brought a favourite book to share with their friends in Family Groups. Cuddled up, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying a good story made the morning special. Take some time to enjoy the photos.

Kindies and Pumpkins

In October, Kindergarten students learned about the seasonal changes of Fall and the life cycle of a pumpkin. We concluded our pumpkin & Fall theme with a field trip to Westham Island Herb Farm. Students saw farm animals (even a barn owl), and also a variety of local vegetable crops. All the students got to select their own pumpkin from the muddy pumpkin patch. Back at school, we carved a pumpkin to see what it looked, felt and smelled like inside. We roasted pumpkins seeds to see what it tasted like, too! Fun was had by all!

Grade 3 Annual Pumpkin Carving Event

On October 26th, the Grade 8’s came over from the Middle Campus to help the Grade 3’s carve a pumpkin. This activity offers a service opportunity for the Grade 8’s and helps the two campuses connect in a meaningful way. We always hold this activity at the end of October with the theme “Jesus is the Light of the World”. Students carve symbols on their pumpkin that help display the theme including: crosses, hearts or a Jesus fish. We then discuss how we are like a pumpkin with the poem below.

What is it like to be a Christian?
It is like being a pumpkin.
God lifts you up, takes you in,
and washes all the dirt off of you.
He opens you up, touches your heart
and scoops out all the yucky stuff—
including the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and
puts His light inside you to shine
for all the world to see!

-The Grade 3 Teachers

Music/Art Integration

The Grade 5 students recently attended the Vancouver Symphony Concert “Wall to Wall Percussion”, featuring principal percussionist Vern Griffiths playing a variety of percussion instruments. Repertoire ranged from the 1812 Overture to Star Wars and Mission Impossible.

The students learned more about the percussion family through creating their own percussion instrument from recycled materials. Grade 5 teachers had criteria for an Art component using color and patterns, and the music component focused on sound production and composition.

Groups of students created rhythm compositions, incorporating a variety of rhythm patterns, dynamics and form. Each group found a creative way to notate their composition! This integrated project culminated in a performance by each group, which showcased their creativity and teamwork.

Well done, Grade 5 students!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The teachers were delighted to meet with parents and make connections during the Parent-Teacher Conferences held on November 2 and 3. Thank you for taking the time to attend these very important meetings. When parents and teachers work together to support the learning and development of the child, amazing things happen. Please remember to pray for your child’s teacher and classmates regularly. Prayer makes a difference!

Annual Book Fair

Last week, was our annul Book Fair. There were excellent sales – especially for our Christian book seller, Pilgrim Book & Bible. With our Scholastic sales, over $4000 was raised to purchase new books for the library and classrooms.

Many thanks to the numerous parent volunteers that came to help! It would not happen without you. The community support in purchasing books allows our library to expand and replace our collection. The books purchased for teachers are used in the classroom and are treasured by teachers and students.

6th Annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Extravaganza – December 2

• Cookies and icing is provided.
• Students bring candy to decorate.
• Volunteers are needed – parents – watch for email.

Gifts for the Manger – Collecting November 28 to December 9.

Students are encouraged to bring a donation of NEW items for babies for donation to the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. An offering for this charity will also be taken at the RCS Christmas Concert on December 20th.