Western Canada Theatre Company
WCTC has brought together a crack team of artists – including Kamloops locals, audience favourites from around the province, and students from their very own Stage One Theatre School – to create six holiday-themed videos, plus extras, which they will release on wctlive.ca and social media daily, from Tuesday, December 15th to Sunday, December 20th, culminating in a live Watch Party, hosted by Artistic Director, James MacDonald, on Monday, December 21st, at 7pm PST on Facebook Live and YouTube. This will include clips from all of the videos as well as bonus surprises, plus commentary and Q&A’s with some of the artists, so you’ll want to get cozy, grab a warm beverage and celebrate with them. In the spirit of giving back, all of these videos, plus the Virtual Watch Party are available for free to anybody who wants to watch and will remain available until January 1st.
Team Awesome has been working very hard with Mrs. Phillips on their Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies. One of the best things about Kindergarten is the children's first Christmas concert and no matter how the children perform, they are so darned cute up on stage in their fancy clothes it just doesn't matter. And although you will not see us on stage in person this year, I have no doubt their performance will still top the Cuteness Scale. Look for the link to the video of our whole school Winter performance in your emails the end of the last week before holidays. Here's a sneak peek to tide you over.
Lest you think that the lack of snow so late into December is an anomaly, I have written about similar situations a minimum of three different years since starting this blog. As someone who lived for a length of time further north where gardens couldn't be planted until after the May long weekend and often froze the September long weekend, I, for one, am not sad about the aforementioned deficit of the white stuff. In fact, I don't view it as a 'lack' but more of a brief reprieve as we all know it will happen just not when, exactly. And sometimes the having of something does not measure up to the anticipation while waiting for it. So let's wait a little bit longer because just as Christmas is coming sooner rather than later, so is winter.
CP Holiday Train at Home
CP will donate $1.24 million this year to 201 food banks in communities that ordinarily host CP Holiday Train events bringing the total amount of money raised at CP Holiday Train stops to $19.05 million since the train's inception in 1999. Food banks have also collected 4.8 million pounds of food donations at local Holiday Train events.
"For more than two decades, the CP family has supported Canadians and Americans in need through the CP Holiday Train program," said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "In a year full of challenge and loss, we will host this concert as a call to action for the train's supporters to donate generously if they can this Christmas season. The spirit of the Holiday Train will come alive even though the train itself will not operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Children's Art Festival
The Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival is back for five glorious days of art! Join the Kamloops Arts Council at the 21st annual Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival on December 21st to the 25th and be part of this “sparkling” event. The Festival gives all children in the Kamloops area, ages 4 and up, the chance to try out different art forms. This year they will be offering workshops and performances online every day from December 21st to the 25th, with three times to tune in daily, 10am, 1pm and 6pm. They encourage families to participate and share their arts experiences by posting on Social Media with the hashtag #KamChildrensArtsFest for chances to win prizes.
Look here for more information.
Positional Words With Pete the Cat
Knowing positional words and terms like over, under, beside, in front of, behind, between, etc. is an important skill for children to have. Not only do they develop spatial awareness — where an object exists in space in relation to themselves — but by practicing this skill they are also learning the fundamentals of early math. Using words in connection with concrete objects and situations helps children develop vocabulary, a process that extends over the entire year. Modeling situations with emphasis on positional words also helps children learn the meanings of the words. Our lesson with Pete the Cat: The Wheels On The Bus was not only fun but accomplished all of these things.
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