- Please send library books back in their special bag by next Monday for exchange.
- March lunch orders came home and are due back no later than Monday, Feb. 26.
- Tuesday, Feb. 27 BEST will enjoy a presentation by Dufflebag Theatre.
- Wednesday, Feb. 28 is Pink Shirt Day. Team Awesome is welcome to wear a pink shirt or not, as they like.
- Friday, Mar. 1 is a possible Fresh Air Friday. We will confirm closer to the date.
- Friday, Mar. 1 we will celebrate the talent at BEST with a Variety Show put on by students.
- Friday, Mar. 1 is the PAC sponsored Mexican lunch for students who ordered.
- Sunday, Mar. 10 clocks move ahead for Daylight Savings time.
- BEST will participate in a Cardboard Challenge the week of Mar. 11, culminating in a showcase for parents the afternoon of Thursday, Mar. 14. More info to come.
- Second term report cards will come home Wednesday, Mar. 13.
- PAC will host a Snack Day sale on Wednesday, Mar. 13. Orders accepted until that morning.
- Friday, Mar. 15 is a possible Fresh Air Friday. We will confirm closer to the date.
- Please remember that items such as toys from home should not come to school. Thank you!
- Scholastic flyers are available here. All Scholastic orders can be done online whenever you like. Our class code is RC210022.
- Please have Team Awesome read any little paper books that come home (approximately 1 per week) multiple times for practice/ fluency. Thank you.
- Sight words we are learning in class: come, did, have, get, love, of, said, very, will, yes. Please feel free to practice together at home.
- Newsletters are paperless and can be found on the BEST website at best.sd73.bc.ca.
- If your child is exhibiting illness symptoms of any kind they must be kept home. Thank you.
The time to begin preparing children for the challenges and demands of the future is when they are young. Children are curious and excited learners and it is our responsibility as parents and educators to create learning experiences that tap into that natural curiosity and excitement. This includes not only supporting emerging skills in reading, math, science and social studies, but also the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, technology literacy, and social-emotional development. Children need to begin to develop the early foundational skills that will help them reason, think creatively, analyze data, and work collaboratively in the future. And Global Schools Play Day does just that.
Every year we have such a great time on Global Schools Play Day and so do the children. Play is at the heart of how children learn. We see so many of the 21st century learning skills being practiced although the Team is unaware that they are doing more than play. All day long they negotiate, collaborate, problem solve, create, think and use so many more skills that help build foundations for learning and thriving in the real world. What a privilege it is to witness Team Awesome strengthening their skills to become our future leaders and citizens of our society!
Have you ever seen such a great display of grit, determination and perseverance?! Team Awesome was awesome at skating! If there was a gold medal given for perseverance and sheer grit, every member of Team Awesome would have received one. It made our hearts sing to see the sheer determination from those new skaters on the ice. It also made us a little ashamed of our own lack of similar joyful determination when learning something new and difficult. Many of the children had never been on skates (as evidenced from the spaghetti legs and slapstick falls) and spent more time getting up than they did actually staying up. And some of those falls were hard- there might have been bruises. But not one single child asked to have their skates taken off early. Not one of them complained or cried or whined. And every face had a beaming smile despite the difficulties some of them were having staying on their feet, much less actually moving. And a big thank you to those parents and family members who were able to come with us. It makes activities like this so much easier when there are extra adults to help out. We are so proud of Team Awesome!
What is love? What are the things that you love the most? If we could see inside your heart, what would we find there? These are the questions we asked during the Map of My Heart activity. We began with an amazing book called My Map Book by Sara Finelli. In My Map Book, Finelli inspires us to think about maps in a whole new way with wonderful images of maps including: “A Map of My Dog,” “A Map of My Day,” “A Map of My Stomach,” and yes, “A Map of My Heart.” With Valentine’s Day approaching, we wanted to discuss the theme of love and friendship with the children. To get them thinking about love, we focused on Finelli’s heart map and talked about what we might find in our own hearts. The finished pieces so charmingly represented all of the things the children hold dear – and we learned even more about what kinds of things/ experiences are really important to them.
On Wednesday, February 14th, we will be hosting a dance in support of our local SPCA. Intermediate students will dance from 1:35-2:00pm and primary students will dance from 2:05-2:30pm. Students are invited to bring donations for the SPCA (items can include paper towel, toilet paper, cash, dog/cat food, towels). This is optional and all students will attend the dance. Glowsticks for this event can be purchased for $1.00. Order forms have been sent home.
When I looked for a picture of the Valentine cards I remember giving when I was in elementary school I had to use the search term "vintage". Boy am I dating myself! Every card was printed on sturdy thin cardboard and no two were the same. They all had to be cut out by hand and one had to be very selective who received which card lest the message conveyed something unintentional. I remember spending hours cutting, choosing the perfect beneficiary, and laboriously printing names the night before Valentine's Day. No fancy stickers, toys, lollipops or candies involved, just homemade chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles to share with the class.
For most of Team Awesome this will be their first experience with Valentine's Day and cards and the children will only have a vague idea what its all about. We will be doing some activities like crafts with hearts throughout the week but of course will go all-out on the 14th. Please make sure the 'From' part on Valentine cards are filled in before coming to class as we will not have time on Valentine's Day to do that. Please leave off the name beside 'To' as it makes the cards easier to hand out. We have 36 children in our class this year. Have your child bring their valentines in their zipper bag and then put the zipper bag in its usual box in the morning so they don't get lost/ crunched- we will hand them out before or after lunch.
Unfortunately there are still rules around what is allowed to be given out in our learning spaces. Sharing of food of any kind including, but not limited to, individual exchange or communal sharing of chocolates, cupcakes, candy, treats that come with Valentine’s day cards, treats that are prepackaged and/ or are individually wrapped is not allowed. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Mrs. Bowden &