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Building Bridges - May 5, 2022

Would you drive across this bridge?  As part of the Structures and Forces unit, our Grade 7 Science students had to build bridges with popsicle sticks and then test them to see how much weight they would hold. Note to Eiffage, the engineering company working on Peace River's Arch Bridge restoration project: we may have some of your future employees in our midst.

Sock Bunny Craft - April 1, 2022

Our grade 5s can turn ordinary white socks into adorable little bunnies! Our grade 5 and 6 exploratory program ensures that each of our students learn basic sewing, cooking, woodworking, art and drama skills in preparation for the more specialized exploratory subjects in grade 7 and 8. Thank you, Mrs. Smar, for initiating such a fun craft project just in time for Easter.

Grade 7 Mindful Art - March 9, 2022

Our grade 7 students have been painting with Buddha Boards as a Mindful Art exercise. The Buddha Board provides a Zen-like painting experience for individuals with anxiety, depression, autism or anyone who simply wants to relax. It was inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment: you simply paint on the surface with water and a bamboo brush and watch your creation come to life!

What's new, Cupcake? - March 2, 2022

Did you know that all of our grade 5 and 6 students learn cooking, woodworking, art & drama as part of their exploratory program? When they get to grade 7 and 8, they can refine their exploratory choices even further. Yesterday, this group of grade 5 students made chocolate cupcakes which they'll decorate later today. The aromas that often waft through the hallway near the foods lab at our school are simply heavenly.

"Learn how to cook. Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes,
be fearless, and above all, have fun."

- Julia Child

Seasonal Goodies Challenge - February 18, 2022

Our grade 7/8 Seasonal Goodies exploratory students showed off their artistry in the kitchen with a cupcake decorating challenge.  Ms. Wyntjes then sent photos to the entire staff to determine first, second and third place.  Which cupcakes do you think showed the most creativity and style?  

6Fr Spreads Kindness - February 10

Mme Leflar's 6Fr students were on a mission today to spread kind messages to staff members. As part of their Health class, they wrote notes of appreciation and mental health pick-me-ups which they distributed this morning. They have plans to do the same for students later this month so be prepared: your child might just come home with a warm fuzzy feeling as a result of this #teamawesome initiative.

Practical Learning in the Science Lab - January 21, 2022

Warning: These photos are not for the faint-of-heart. Our 8B Science students, however, got over any initial squeamishness and were soon busy dissecting a pig's heart, lungs, and up to the tongue. Hands-on learning at its best!

Straw Towers - January 13, 2022

What does the acronym STEAM mean to our students? It's the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. This week, students in Mr. Schamehorn and Ms. Dempsey’s STEAM Exploratory tested building methods and strategies with plastic straw towers. Check out some of our designs.

Cookies Make Science Fun - December 17, 2021

Trimming the icing on Oreo cookies is a yummy way to learn about the phases of the moon!

Ecosystems in a Bottle - December 14, 2021

Students in Mr. Schamehorn and Ms. Dempsey's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) exploratory built sealed ecosystems over the last few days. They can use them to study decomposition, the carbon and water cycles, and open vs. closed systems. The best part is that these plants will never have to be watered again!

Grade 5 Poems for Parents - December 14, 2021

Mrs. Smar’s Language Arts classes prepared videos to send home to their parents this week.  5A recited a poem called “Being Santa” and 5B read the poem “My Christmas Wish for You.” Great job, guys! It takes a lot of practice and coordination to read in unison.

Building Igloos with Marshmallows - December 10, 2021

Over the past six weeks, our Project PEACE Co-ordinator Amy Purchase has been doing double duty as a student teacher under the mentorship of Mrs. Smar. One of the lessons she planned for her students related to their study of the Arctic region. Check out these great pics of students building igloos out of marshmallows and toothpicks! On her final day in the classroom, the students posed for some group pictures thanking her for her enthusiasm. We are so excited that you will soon be a "real" teacher, Ms. Purchase! Any school would be fortunate to have you on their staff. ❤

Grade 5 Christmas Crafts - December 7, 2021

Our grade 5 and 6 students rotate amoung three exploratory subjects throughout the year:  Home Economics, Art & Drama, and Industrial Arts.  The students in Mrs. Smar's grade 5 Home Ec class have been busy making Christmas crafts this week.  Check out some of their beautiful creations!

Honour Roll - November 29, 2021

Today we paid special tribute to the students in our school who achieved Honours on their Term One report cards.  Each class joined in a Google Meet as teachers passed out certificates to those who met the following criteria:

Grade 5/6 - At least 80% of achievement codes in core subjects needed to be 4s
Grade 7/8 - Honours = 80% - 89% in core subjects; Honour with Distinction = over 90% in core subjects.

We also handed out certificates to students who have had perfect attendance since school started this year -- definitely worth the recognition in a pandemic year.

Congratulations to all the students who received commendations. You've shown the grit and work ethic which will get you far in the world. Keep up the great effort in Term 2 and beyond!

Hiking & Biking: September 14, 2021

Our grade 7 and 8 students have a variety of Exploratory subjects they can choose from, one of which is Hiking & Biking offered by Mr. Schamehorn.  Today they biked across the new pedestrian bridge.  They also went for a walk in the hills earlier this month.  We are so lucky in Peace River to have such beauty in our backyard.

Calculating our carbon footprint: September 9, 2021

Mrs. Strachan's grade 6 classes calculated the schoolyard's carbon footprint this week as an interdisciplinary activity for math and science.  How much fun is THAT?!

7A Word Hunt: September 2, 2021

Learning about common nouns vs proper nouns is so much more fun when done with a group word hunt activity. Just ask the students in Miss Holmes' 7A Language Arts class!

Outdoor learning: June 1, 2021

What can be more idyllic than sitting in the shade on a beautiful summer day listening to the voice of your teacher reading out loud? Just ask our 6A students. They might even add that the wafting scent of lilac bushes in the courtyard made the experience pretty much perfect.

Angles and Triangles: Apr 20, 2021

Protractors + Metre Sticks + Sunshine = Math Class Outdoors. Check out these photos of 6C learning about angles and triangles and soaking up some rays at the same time.

Grade 6 Mock Election: Apr. 16, 2021

As part of understanding the democratic process, Mrs. Clements' 6A class held a mock election this morning. Students had to choose between four school-improvement "candidates." They were assigned roles of returning officer, polling clerks, electors, and scrutinizers. Each student was given an official-looking ballot which was filled behind a privacy screen, folded in three, and put into the ballot box, just like in a real election. What a practical learning experience for 11- and 12-year olds!

Grade 7 Social Studies: Mar 12, 2021

Our grade 7 students have been studying the American Revolution, the Great Migration and Push for Democracy. To finish off the unit, they played an old-fashioned game of Risk. A couple weeks later, they designed their own games to further demonstrate their understanding. Thanks, Mrs. Strachan, for making learning so fun!

Maple Syrup on the Snow: Mar 2, 2021

Our Grade 6 students got a taste (in every sense of the word) of French Canadian culture today when they went outside and enjoyed real Quebec maple syrup on freshly fallen snow. Thanks to Mrs. Clements for introducing this sweet treat to our FSL students. Our grade 6 and 7 French Immersion kiddos, who sorely missed not being able to go to St. Isidore for Carnaval this year, also got to partake in the fun.

5A Rises to the Challenge: Oct 21, 2020

Congratulations to 5A! Miss Lay challenged them to read over 1010 pages in a week as a class ... and they read a whopping 1049 pages!!!  As a prize, they had a pajama movie party while eating popcorn and donuts. Great job, 5A, and keep reading.