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"The Outsiders" Novel Study - January 26, 2023

Mr. Danielewicz's grade 8 students are reading "The Outsiders," a classic novel about rival gangs and the struggles faced by a 14-year-old boy and his friends on the fringe of society. On some days, the students read quietly to themselves; on other days, they practice reading aloud to each other.

Peer Tutoring en français - January 19, 2023

Today our Grade 6 French Immersion students got to put their teaching skills to the test by helping Grade 5 (English) students with some basic French vocabulary. How do you ask to go to the bathroom in French? Fill up your water bottle? Borrow a pencil? Our fifth graders get some practical advice through peer-tutoring.

Le cycle de la lune - December 16, 2022

Mme June's 6Fr class learns about the phases of the moon. And they get to eat cookies. Gagner-gagner.

Library Games - November 8, 2022

Did you know we have a "No Tech Tuesday" policy in the library to encourage our students to put their phones away and find alternate ways of entertaining themselves during lunch recess? Students can read, do homework, visit quietly, or play board games. We have a lot of fun games which help enhance brain development and build social skills.

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes ... including you."
- Anne Lamott

Maple Man - November 2, 2022

Our French Immersion students had a taste of Quebecois culture today in more ways than one.  René Turruel, otherwise known as The Maple Man, spent the morning with our grade 5-8 talking to them in French about how his family taps maple trees to produce syrup and the music-making traditions that follow at his cabane à sucre (sugar shack).  Merci,  René!  Nous avons apprécié votre présentation.

Forensics Presentation - June 8, 2022

Our grade 6 students have just finished an Evidence and Investigation unit in Science. To complement their learning, Sgt. Bennett from the forensic unit of the Peace River RCMP detachment gave a presentation about the important work of the forensics team. Students learned about fingerprint and footprint identification, the different types of DNA, and the role of forensic investigators in the judicial process. Thank you, Sgt. Bennett, for bringing new life to our classroom studies.

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. ❤