Archive | February 2018

Pink Shirt Day

Our school participated in the International Stand Up to Bullying Day by wearing pink shirts.  We read stories and discussed the importance of standing together and showing kindness towards each other.  Our class worked with our Big Buddies to perform a song about reaching high and standing tall.  The children were natural performers!

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The idea of wearing a pink t-shirt was conceptualized by 2 Nova Scotia high school students back in 2007.   Travis Price and David Shepherd witnessed a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, so they decided to take a stand.

Here is a snippet of a Globe & Mail article about their efforts: 
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts in their school. 

‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ 

So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. 

The idea of supporting and helping one another is fostered at many levels in our school.  Students model for each other what true kindness looks like.  The message is kindness begins with our own words and actions.  Just one extra step of thoughtfulness and kindness can have a tremendous impact for someone!

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Chinese New Year Celebration

The first grade celebrated Chinese New Year with a day of special activities.  We learned that this is the Year of the Dog.  We made Chinese dragon puppets and learned how to write Chinese characters.  We even had a Lunch and Show.  After we ate Chinese food, the 6th graders entertained us with a Dragon Dance.  There were drums, cymbals, and a lot of energy.  We had an exciting day!

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100th Day of School

The children had been eagerly anticipating the 100th Day of School.  So for the 100th day, we had a celebration with special activities such as making a 100 Fruit Loops necklaces, playing addition games, camouflage the number 100, and making a snow day scene with 100 snowmen.   The children read poems about 100.  We counted to 100 in different ways.  We even read stories about 100.  What a fun filled day we had!

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Groundhog Day

Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) are very interesting animals.  Our class learned about this animal, who has its very own holiday.  After learning about Groundhog Day and the legend behind it, our class made our own predictions about when spring will arrive.

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