In case you missed it, you can see the segment on BEST's Rivers Day here.
Thank you to those members of Team Awesome's families who were able to come for the Meet & Greet morning. The children loved hosting you although some had a difficult time when parting. If you were unable to attend we will have other opportunities to invite you into our learning spaces this year.
By now we are sure you have heard plenty of garbled stories about the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, which we read two Fridays ago. To our surprise there was a note at the end of the book from Chester Raccoon inviting us to find him somewhere in the school. So off we went, following the clues, meeting new people and seeing new places in the school. We were sad not to catch Chester as we were so certain that we would, but he did leave us each a heart for our hand and some apples before returning to the book. Boy, do we wish we could have bottled the energy, excitement and joy generated by this activity (to be imbibed by us at a later date, probably around Xmas). We have since read the book again (hoping we would find another note but alas), and we acted it out with paper Chester puppets we made. We also learned to sign 'I love you' so if your child has been making punk rocker 'devil' finger signs at you they are actually trying to show you how much you are loved. We love Chester Raccoon!
Actually, we're not sure if its Rivers Day, River's Day or Rivers' Day so we'll leave that discussion for another time. Rivers Day will consist of a number of stations to take place by the river, hosted by presenters, and each class has signed up to visit four stations. The whole of BEST will be making its way down to the beach off Schubert Dr. for a 9:15 welcome presentation on Thursday, Sept. 28. Team Awesome will have used the bathroom (although there will be a porti-potty available) before we leave for the beach and will attend two stations before we have a picnic snack on the sand. After attending the last of our two stations and the closing ceremonies at the beach we will make our way back to the school for the regular long outside play time on the playground before spending the rest of the day as usual inside our learning spaces. Because we will spend the day at the river, please make sure to send a water bottle and dress your child appropriately. It is often chillier down on the open beach and the weather is expected to be cool, cloudy and possibly wet. We can always take sweaters/ hats/ mitts off if needed. Field trips seem to increase the children's appetites with all of the activity so another sandwich or extra snacks in lunches is never a bad idea. If you would like to join us for the day, or part of the day, you are more than welcome. We are aiming to leave the school at approximately 9:00 or you can meet us at the beach. Looking forward to an awesome day!
In celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope, Bert Edwards Science and Technology School will once again be celebrating Terry Fox, a Canadian hero. Terry Fox activities will occur on Friday, September 22. Activities will commence in our learning space when we will learn about the Marathon of Hope and we will then move to the gym for an assembly. Afterward we will all move outside where most students will participate in running around the whole school grounds although some of the intermediates will be running a longer distance along Schubert Drive. Consider sending your child in a Terry Fox t-shirt, if they have one, or their BEST swag.
We are proudly committed to raising much-needed funds for cancer research. Please consider supporting our efforts for this very worthwhile cause. If you would like to donate, we will be collecting Toonies for Terry so students can bring in a toonie or donation in their zipper bag that will be collected. Thank you in advance.
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