October 15 – Monday
Rave: Everyone was active in our games of ‘Switch’ this morning.
Rant: Cold (& flu) season is gaining on us…be sure to prevent the spread of germs.
Review: Return permission forms for YPC series. Our first concert is at month’s end.
October 12 – Friday
Rave: ‘Twas as beautiful day to spend at the salmon run!
Rant: [no rant today]
Review: We will be outdoors for DPA regardless of the cooler temperatures…dress accordingly!
October 11 – Thursday
Rave: Thanks to the giver of the popcorn!
Rave (Bonus): There were learners enjoying math word problems today…some even worked into the lunch hour!
Rant: There are still a few permission forms for the salmon run as well as the YPC that need to be returned.
Review: Dress for the weather at the salmon run tomorrow!
October 10 – Wednesday
Rave: Some learners are embracing challenges!
Rant: Some learners are not embracing challenges.
Review: Learning requires growth…growth isn’t comfortable.
October 9 – Tuesday
Rave: Mr. Bell’s team won the contest during today’s assembly..too bad our class wasn’t on the same side of the gym!
Rant: Though long weekends are fantastic, getting back to routines is challenging for many learners.
Review: What will you be packing (and carrying) to the salmon run this Friday? Be sure to bring a snack and lunch as well as clothing and footwear to keep warm and dry.
October 5 – Friday
Rave: You could here the “Ah ha!” in class when we discovered some ‘Math Magic’…really it was a divisibility rule for multiples of 3, still, some learners were amazed!
Rant: If you borrow a book from our classroom library, please re-shelve it properly.
Review: Our trip to the Salmon Run is next Friday. Have you returned you permission form?
October 4 – Thursday
Rave: The pencil cases are coming together beautifully! Every learner is demonstrating perseverance – well done!
Rant: If you are not attempting the Problems of the Week, what do you need?
Review: Return your permission forms; it makes it much easier to organise field trips when forms are signed and brought back in a timely manner.
October 3 – Wednesday
Rave: Our sewing activity demonstrates that anyone can persevere when things do not go as planned!
Rant: Books & Snacks is a struggle for too many learners. Bring (or sign out) a book you want to read!
Review: We will go outside for physical activities even as the weather cools…be prepared!
October 2 – Tuesday
Rave:Our look at jobs and education was an eyeopener for some learners today when they connected minimum wage rates and post secondary tuition costs.
Rant: Some students were not ready for the elements at recess and lunch!
Review: Thursday is photo day and early closure (12:20 dismissal).
October 1 – Monday
Rave: Thanks to the City of Kamloops for their presentation on recycling.
Rant: When the contents of a fruit cup are on the floor, what would a reasonable person do?
Review: An interim report went home last week. Please sign and return it. Let Mr. Bell know if you would like to schedule a time to meet.
September 28 – Friday
Rave: Orange Shirt Day!
Rant: Recess interrupted our awesome math activity!
Review: September Snapshots went home today…has your learner shared it with you?
September 27 – Thursday
Rave: The Terry Fox run was awesome!
Rant: There are too many students yet to record and submit their poem about weekdays and weekends…it’s slowing us down!
Review: Wear an orange shirt tomorrow if you can because #everychildmatters!
September 26 – Wednesday
Rave: Our first French class was fantastique!
Rant: At lunch, eat in a dignified manner…it’s surprising to think you leave rubbish on the floor at home after meals.
Review: Our Terry Fox Run is tomorrow. Bring a ‘Twoonie for Terry’ if you can.
September 25 – Tuesday
Rave: Students did a wonderful job discussing mindful and unmindful thoughts.
Rant: Many students need too many trips to/from lockers during the day.
Review: We are sewing pencil cases in our Applied Design Skills and Technology course. Students have been asked to bring an old pair of pants (or fabric if you are a sewing family) to build their own pencil case.
September 24 – Monday
Rave: Our first fire drill was better than most first tries…
Rant: …however, parents & guardians must get away from the building when the alarm sounds because…
Review: …safety rules apply to all and when adults follow the rules, kids do too!
September 20 – Thursday
Rave: Hoop Ball and Slam Ball were played with enthusiasm during PE today.
Rant: Several learners struggled to attempt both ‘Problems of the Week’ in Math; though it’s our first week of them, do nothing is not helpful.
Review: There’s no school tomorrow. With a long weekend disrupting our routine, get rested Sunday night and ready for a full week!
September 19 – Wednesday
Rave: All students turned in their editorial comic about ‘The Plastic Problem’ on time!
Rant: The bulletin board isn’t big enough to display the comics at the viewer’s eye level.
Review: We have our first library visit tomorrow. Encourage your learner to take a book for school and one for home.
September 18 – Tuesday
Rave: Students keenly developed their ability to find the average in a set of numbers…this will be useful for one of the Problems of the Week.
Rant: Stay hydrated…bring a water bottle to class…clean up your spills!
Review: All forms are almost in…well done!
September 17 – Monday
Rave: It was great to meet some parents after school. Thanks for stopping by!
Rant: Have a look at the day’s agenda, and bring your materials with you in a timely manner.
Review: Be sure to sign in at the office if you arrive late. The morning attendance is sent shortly after the 08:30 bell.
September 14 – Friday
Rave: Today’s ‘check up’ on too/two/to & their/there/they’re was a success for everyone!
Rant: Ample time to pursue learning activities is given in class. ‘Homework’ suggests you’ve wasted time during the school day.
Review: Stranger Danger – review safety strategies with your child.
September 13 – Thursday
Rave: Despite the cool weather, learners had a great DPA session.
Rant: Keeping the floor tidy at eating times is surprising challenging.
Review: Bare feet in PE is unsafe most of the time; wear your shoes!
September 12 – Wednesday
Rave: One-third of the forms were returned – well done! Plus, students remembered to inform parents that our class does not need to include the fee for the agenda.
Rant: Some forms have two sides. Some forms require a Yes or No choice (don’t check both boxes). All forms require signatures.
Review: If you aren’t paying for school supplies until a later date, please complete and return the form. Simply add a quick note to explain when your payment can be expected.
September 11 – Tuesday
Rave: We’re ‘in’ classes!
Rant: All students need to return the permission form to go off school grounds for Daily Physical Activity. Moderate exercise in our community is way more fun that laps around our field.
Review: We are trying a new agenda in our class using paper and a duo tang. Students do not need to include payment for the school agenda.
September 10 – Monday
Rave: This afternoon’s grade games were fun!
Rant: Some grade 7 students struggle to eat in the classroom (throwing grapes, leaving garbage on the floor and table).
Review: Dress for moderate/vigorous physical activity…daily!
September 7 – Friday
Rave: Though they are eager to ‘get in classes’ the students have shown great patience and understanding while classes are configured.
Rant: Some students struggled to be respectful during today’s assembly.
Review: A letter and email went out today about a study connected to our daily physical activity program (BOKS). Sign up if you are interested in participating.
September 6 – Thursday
Rave: The amazing amount of students saying, “Thank You.” is heartwarming!
Rant: We start the day with 30 minutes of physical activity. Wearing footwear to move safely and comfortably is important.
Review: When forms are sent home, please complete and return them in a timely manner.
September 5 – Wednesday
Rave: Learners were open minded and able to complete reading and numeracy assessments today.
Rant: Permission forms for Daily Physical Activity off grounds must be returned.
Review: Talk with your child about setting some goals. Share them with the people that can help.
September 4 – Tuesday
Rave: It was great to see this year’s group of grade seven learners. Grade seven is an important year to set up and strengthen habits…learners are only one year from high school!
Rant: Though it would be nice to be in classes, we need patience this week as we determine who is here.
Review: Help your child get back into routine (especially eating and sleeping). Please return forms in a timely manner