Ms. Egawa's grade 5 Language Arts class wrote their article and video recorded each other to make this amazing video.
Monday March 10, 2014 is a very exciting day at the school. During period 1, the winner of the iPad Mini as well as smaller prizes for the Sakura Medal program will be drawn. In addition to this, certificates for top readers in the Sakura Medal Program will be handed out and the winners of the 2013-2014 English Science Fair will be announced. Well done to both the students and the teachers!
On Saturday March 8, 2014 students who read over 100 books for the Read Across TKS program were invited to eat pizza and watch a movie in recognition of their hard work. Mrs. DeMers, along with Mr. Kelly, Ms. McKernan, Mr. Last, Ms. Stephens, and Mr. Bacon hosted over 90 students in the library for this event. Amazing work everyone!
The annual Science Fair was held on January 17. Work from all grades was exhibited and students from grades 4-6 could choose to enter an experiment for judging. We had many parents come to see the students' work - we always appreciate parent support no matter what we do. The results of the competition will be announced at a school assembly. Regardless of how they did, all students who entered the 2013-2014 Science Fair should be proud of themselves.
English teachers run a weekly story-telling session that happens in the library every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. This past week, we had a very special visitor come to read "The Night Before Christmas" to the students. Knowing this is Santa's busiest time of year, we were very lucky to have him come to the school.
On November 6, the author Mark Sommerset came to our school. He read some of the stories he has written, spoke to the students about living in New Zealand, and sang songs. After he spoke to the students, he spent time in the library talking to parents and students about his work. One of Mr. Sommerset's books, "Two Little Bugs" is one of the books chosen for the Sakura Medal reading program.
The staff and students are looking forward to the return of Ms Egawa on Monday, 28th of October. She has been away on maternity leave from July. Congratulations on your healthy baby boy. We missed you!
The reading incentive program Read Across TKS (RATKS) is still going on! Students can get points by reading English books and filling in age and level appropriate sheets. This is the third year we have had this program, and students read over 13,000 English books last year alone!
The way the program works is:
- After a student reads a book, if s/he fills in a Reader Response sheet, s/he can earn one point*.
- Once a student has a specified number of points, his or her teacher will give the student a point card.
- The student takes that point card to the English Library and one of the parent volunteer will give the prize associated with those points.
If your child does not have any RATKS Reader Response sheets, you can click on this link and download them from there.
Please check our library website for further details about RATKS and other news about what is going on in the library.
*More than one point may be awarded if the book read was a chapter book.
The annual school bazaar was today. Arranged by the school PTA, this bazaar is to raise money for various school events. For the first time, English teachers had a booth. We sold hotdogs and brownies. They were a hit! We sold out in just over an hour!