On Monday last week we spent our whole day in Kamloops. We visited Save on Foods to learn about where food comes from, and how it is sold. Then we went to Riverside Park for some playtime and a picnic lunch by the river. Finally, we went to Art Knapps to learn about seeds we could plant in the school garden that would produce food for us before school is out for summer (lettuces, peas and beets!). It was a very long day, but the students were engaged and happy to be exploring new places.
What a beautiful day we were treated to at Sun Peaks! Students were troopers for our long snowshoe trek around the trails at the bottom of Mt. Morrisey. They were rewarded with cookies and hot apple cider during our break time, made everything seem worthwhile!
Tubing was the icing on the cake as students zipped down the two runs alone, or in groups. Their hoots and hollers could be heard from the top of the trails. So fun! Even taking the magic carpet to get up the hill was a new experience for many (including Mrs. Morrison). Thanks Mr. von Hollen for some of these great pics!
On Wednesday this week we wore pink in recognition of anti-bullying day. We learned the story of how this day began, and designed our own anti-bullying t-shirts. We also read stories of how others have taken a stand against bullying: "One" and "Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun". Finally, students enjoyed doing some role play as we took on the parts of Bully, Bullied and Bystander. We played out some ways bullying situations could be resolved respectfully.
We are happy to announce the hatching of 2 chicks in our class! The have been greeted with lots of love, caring and attention. Students have been eagerly learning about the life cycle of chickens and various other animals. Soon these babies will be going to their forever home with the Wall family. Thank you von Hollens for the eggs!
On Monday this week we worked on our cooking skills. We learned about safe cutting, food handling, hand washing and the 4 food groups. Students took turns, chopping and preparing the toppings for individual pizzas. The results smelled amazing, and most students tried something new today!
In gearing up for Valentines Day next week, we were talking about kindness and friendship this week. Students talked about what it means to be kind and how to be a good friend. Friday's challenge was to find one person to genuinely say, "I like you" to. Hearing these words echoed in the halls, and the beaming smiles it brought forth, was priceless!
We also learned about animals who hibernate, migrate or adapt to survive in the winter.
Here are some pics of the week. They include making foil animal sculptures, some measuring and math activities, using the gym apparatus and our presentation on Secwepemc (Shuswap First Nations) animals.
We celebrated all things "Reading" this week at Heffley! Student participation was great. Soon into the week they were asking each other many questions about how they would be taking part the following day. So nice to hear them excited for literacy! Here are some pics of our activities (Read Me, and Favourite Book sharing) .
Hooray for cold weather! The ice was a bit bumpy but still lots of fun for our first week of skating. Students met the challenge of staying in the ice for the whole time with enthusiasm. It was also wonderful to see our more experienced skaters helping out those new to the ice. Great teamwork Heffley students! Also a big THANK YOU to our parent helpers with skate tying and on ice encouragement. We couldn't do it without you.
The cold weather also provided students with the snow needed to build and re-build an epic snow fort as recess and lunch. They have been enjoying finding new ways to strengthen this structure.
Here are some pictures of our week.
We started our week with celebrating the 800 veggies students have eaten, and recorded, this year so far. They made creative creatures out of fruits and veggies, can your child find his/hers below?
Students were also fortunate to attend a performance at Rayleigh, and one of our own was chosen for a volunteer!
A big focus for the week was comparing animals, and we learned more about what makes a mammal a mammal and a reptile a reptile.
Grade 2 and 3's are also enjoying gaining skills with multiplication.
Here are some pics to share :)