This week highlights included going on a couple of plane rides! Students got their very own passports and boarding passes. First, we flew to Metaghan, Nova Scotia to learn about lobster and Mi'kmaq and Acadian culture. Next, we flew to Iqaluit, Nunavut and learned about muktuk, Inuit throat singing, Inuktitut, and read a story written by a little girl in a small northern Inuit community. Here you can see them lined up in their "plane seats" with their seatbelts fastened!
We also did a sculpting art project and students showed great cooperation to build a cozy winter bed to share! We joined the rest of the primary classes on Friday afternoon to finish off the week with some math games. Your kids were fantastic leaders, helping the littles with their number games.
This week we wrote Christmas letters to members of the Canadian military. Students chose where they wanted their letters to go and chose Sudan, getting to see what Sudan looked like and hear about the Canadian peacekeeping efforts there.
Our dianthuses are a source of great joy for many and our weekly "plant parents" are doing a great job of helping them thrive!
We started off enjoying the Halloween Carnival. Mid-week students had to choose a "Good Citizenship" project (ranging from recycling, to making cards for elders, to teaching younger students to read, and many others). Finally, Friday we spent the day with Vanessa and Natalie from Yukon Worker's Compensation Board participating in a healthy living day with lots of running, mental wellness activities, and healthy cooking.
This week we roasted pumpkin seeds and wrote about how we are each unique like a snowflake. We made paper snowflakes and did pumpkin math. Oh Canada, how we love your mixed seasons! We also held mock elections for council - their speeches were pretty inspiring and there is much hope for our future generations if your kids are going to take care of Elders, the environment, the community's health, and one another the way their election speeches promised to!
(Remember the photos get their tops cut off, so click on an image if you want to see heads... sorry.)
Highlights this week included another musical performance from "Will's Jams" and Jace and Preston even got to help show off some of their dance moves for the school. We also went out to Two Mile Lake to see the moose bones being turned into ulus, the wooden boat, pond, and listen to stories from Elder Hammond Dick. Many of you also received emails from your kids, or some wrote to staff members - here's a photo of Arah learning how to put in the email address and subject line, too! The kids loved getting called to my desk to read your emails back. Thank you!
Students really enjoyed an interactive musical performance by Kalimba this week. We learned the line dance, names of instruments, how to make a song and beat, and all of the students were quite impressed! Mr. Pleunis got a dance lesson, too!
Thanks, also, to those of you who came to conferences!
This week we took full advantage of fall again. We completed our “biodiversity and ecosystems” unit by building pop bottle ecosystems (thanks to those who shared bottles with us!). We have mini forest ecosystems, pond ecosystems, and gravelly ecosystems. We also celebrated with a musician and visual art for Orange Shirt Day. Pictured are the kids with their portraits of their school and how they feel about JES. Of course, we also spared some time to play in the leaves and a highlight of PE this week was “Catch the Chicken” for Thanksgiving and jumping bands pictured here. Click on any of the images to view them larger.
This week we had our first art class and began work on our leaf creatures. The leaves are too pretty this year not to! Stay tuned for the finished products... Highlight comment for the week (overheard during math class): "I feel SMART this year! I'm going to come to school every day and get even SMARTER!"
The highlights for many this week included soccer and a beautiful Friday afternoon in the forest. Cranberries are sparse this year, so we're not certain we'll even have enough for baking! So far we have about 3/4 cup and a whole lot of sticks and leaves mixed in...! As we study biodiversity in Science, students found evidence of different species of insects, animals, and plants and noted their food sources, homes, and adaptations along the way too. The kids also really enjoyed building something to save "Fred" when he fell off the top of the mountain (creative solutions included a parachute or a trampoline) and then saving him from drowning in the lake (all of their boats worked)!
This past week was jam packed with field trips or special guest - we got to visit the community gardens and participate in a scavenger hunt, eat fresh fruit and veggies, and learn about and harvest many different produce. We also had a visit from the RCMP to teach us about road safety, and all of the kids made it all the way around Wye Lake for the Terry Fox Run, too. What a beautiful fall we're having, and we're going to take full advantage of it in this class! Oh, and Preston noticed the bat on the school and requested I take a picture to put on the website for you!