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 write messages of kindness for our school “Kindness Tree”. We also made a Kindness Quilt to show our unity in spreading kindness.
The idea of wearing a pink t-shirt was conceptualized by two 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 money for many families in 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 (12/7/18). 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.
The theme for this week was Thanksgiving. We tried to save some turkeys by giving them a disguise. We wrote what we are thankful for. We learned about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. We read poems and stories about this holiday. Our class compared and contrasted life in the past with our life today. I think we all agreed that we like the comforts we have now. Our mini-unit would not be complete without making cornbread and churning our own butter in class. What a great time we had!
Our school honored 42 of our local veterans with a special assembly on Friday, November 9th. Students in the primary grades decorated the gym with posters thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Students in the intermediate grades wrote poems and letters which were distributed to veterans. In preparation for this assembly, our class learned why we celebrate Veterans Day. Thank you to all our brave U.S. Veterans!
‘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 parents who came to our class to help with our Halloween craft. The children had a wonderful time making scarecrows and decorating pumpkins.
This year’s Literary Pumpkins were amazing! Great job to all who helped decorate our Halloween Parade path.
The children looked amazing in their Halloween costumes for our annual Halloween parade. Our class had a fabulous week!
Once again, our school is proud to participate in the Pinwheels for Peace project where children around the world display pinwheels of all different sizes as a public visual of “Whirled” Peace. Many thanks to Mrs. Katz, our art teacher, for creating the beautiful display on our school’s front lawn. With her help, each child in our school made a pinwheel with words of peace and harmony written on it. Then they placed the pinwheels in front of our school. With this simple act, we join many schools and people around the world in our hope for world peace.
This week we learned about John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) and did many activities with apples in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day which is September 26th. The children had fun learning how the apple tree changes with each season. We studied the parts of an apple. We even played apple themed games. We ended our apple mini unit by tasting applesauce. Yum!