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Category Archives: The Arts
April 5, 2013Posted by on
Room 125 has been busy this year exploring the notion of kindness in their classroom. Ms Abalos and Ms. Marcos have encouraged discussions around what kindness looks like and sounds like. As their discussions and inquiries have unfolded, the class read the picture book The Kindness Quilt. Through literacy activities, the class then decided to collaboratively design and build their own quilt. They each contributed a written and artistic piece on what kindness means to them. An important big idea from the Full Day Kindergarten document is that “children are connected to others and contribute to their world”. This work is an example of how children can connect to each other and understand how they also connect to the larger world.
Here are some of their reflections on their journey that I both heard this morning and saw represented in the children’s work:
“We show each other kindness in class.”
“High fives can show kindness”
“Kindness is not pushing.”
“Kindness is helping”.
Students brought in artifacts from home including clothing that helped provide fabric for the quilt. We thank our parents for supporting with some fabrics from around the world that help to highlight our diversity as a community and as a country. Mrs Daryanani joined the project by sewing the fabric together to create the quilt in our Learning Commons.
Now the students are very proud of their finished product.
The class is not done yet. They have now invited the rest of the school to add their own thoughts on kindness. You can drop by room 125 to add your thoughts in thought bubbles.
And so, let us know:
“What does kindness mean to you?
March 8, 2013Posted by on
Over the last several weeks I have been tweeting out using the starter “I am a proud principal because…” I have aimed to find nuggets of our school work that are worth celebrating. There have been many moments, however this week has really stood out for me.
There has been wonderful spirit in our building this week.
We appreciate the work of Mrs. Guido on developing the beautiful mural we have created in our front foyer. So far, students up to grade 5 have added to the mural and our collective work. The event and work has really helped to bring us together.
We also extend our appreciation to our School Council for their wonderful efforts with our Dance-A-Thon. This event also helped bring us together as a community in an enjoyable way. It was also an ideal way to celebrate healthy living at our school.
This spring, we look forward to continuing this work together as a community. We will also begin the process of welcoming Elders Mills’ English track stream students and families to our school. I look forward to this opportunity to welcome the newest members of our school team.
Our work together will be exciting and I know will embrace the spirit of collaboration. As we begin March Break I would like to extend best wishes to our community from our school. We wish everyone a safe and happy time with friends and family.
We will see everyone back on March 18, 2013 to renew our work together and continue the positive spirit that we have established.
March 4, 2013Posted by on
Stay tuned for our final product.