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!
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!
Our class is proud to participate in helping others this Holiday Season.
We were so excited to be a part of the annual Fifth Grade Bake Sale to help needy families. By purchasing baked goods, we helped our fifth grade classes raise over $1,600 for our community. Way to go!
Our class also participated in the Macy’s Believe Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s will donate $1 for every “Letter to Santa” they collect during the Holiday Season. However, Macy’s donated $2 for every letter received on Believe Day (12/8/17). That was the day we dropped off our letters of course. A quick math lesson showed us how the money we raised through these letters can quickly multiply when our Buddy Class, along with other classes, join this wonderful program. Macy’s Believe Campaign will run until December 24th.
Our class is learning about programming and how to write codes for video games! With the help of our Big Buddies, we participated in the Hour of Code along with millions of students world wide. We learned how to use blocks to create codes for games such as Minecraft and Angry Birds. This is just the beginning. We will continue to learn how to code throughout this year. So exciting!
Our class worked with our Big Buddies to create Kindness Rocks for distribution throughout our community. Participants of our school’s annual “Stand Tall and Rake for Fall” placed these rocks around our community as they went around raking leaves.
The Kindness Rocks Project was created with the goal of inspiring others through randomly placed rocks inscribed with encouraging or uplifting words. This project also hopes to encourage other to conduct random acts of kindness. To learn more about this project, please go to thekindnessrocksproject.com.
‘Tis the season for monsters! The children worked with our “Big Buddies” to create a math monster. By generating addition equations with dice, the buddies created a “recipe” for their math monster. The equations dictated the number of eyes, ears, mouths, etc. their monster should have. Then they had to use their combined imagination to draw their monster. I was extremely impressed by the children’s creativity.
A great big Thank You to the moms who came to our class to help with our Halloween craft. The children had a wonderful time making pumpkin mummies and decorating goodies bags for our Halloween treats.
This year’s Literary Pumpkins were amazing! Great job on all who helped decorated our Halloween Parade path.
The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes for our annual Halloween parade. Our class had a fabulous week!