June 16

Garry Point Details

On Monday, the grade threes will celebrate together all their hard work this year in God’s beautiful creation. If you are able to come, we look forward to seeing you at Garry Point Park! Here is a rough schedule for the day:


SNACK @ ~10:15 near the Garry Point Parking Lot

GROUP PHOTO @ ~10:30

TEAM BUILDING GAMES for about an hour


FREE TIME at the beach until ~2:15


Please ensure students are dressed to be active in the sunshine! Children will be allowed to enter the water up to their ankles. Bringing a change of clothes is recommended. 



June 13

Canada Fair

My sincerest “thank you!” to everyone for their parts in today’s Fair. Knowing that they have an appreciative audience is incredibly motivating for our children’s learning and in mustering the bravery it takes to perform. We are so blessed with your support.

Students have one last SWYK tomorrow on biodiversity. Tomorrow morning, we will be having a Canada “geography challenge” and reflection, before we send all our Canada work home. Students are encouraged to review the map page they were supplied with if they have time. The activity is meant to be fun and thoughtful “look back” on, perhaps, one of the units they enjoyed most this year.

If you have any photos from today, please consider forwarding me a few when you are able. I’d like to share them on this blog for any guardians that weren’t able to make it. Also, if your child would like to keep their powerpoints, please send a USB stick with them to school tomorrow.

Looking forward to our picnic on Monday!


June 12

Celebrating Growth in BC’s “Core Competencies”

Students’ took home a clear duotang today that contains some of the explicit work on core competencies we have done this year. They have been asked to tell you about some of the activities they did this year, and how that activity connects with a core competency. The government has identified these skills as essential for learning and living in a meaningful way. In grade three, we are calling them “skills to succeed”.

Please take time to show interest in, read and celebrate your child’s self-assessment. Focus on recognizing strengths together, rather than any weaknesses. For more information about the Core Competencies, please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies.


June 7

Beginning of the End: SWYK Week and More

Now that we are in the season of sending things home for students to keep, we will need some extra transport capacity for all the things that need to go home. Backpack space may simply not be enough. Please continue to send your child’s library book bag with them to school starting Monday for all the extra goodies they’ll need to take home.

One of those goodies will be students’ core competency reflections from the year. Throughout our time together, students were asked to think critically about activities and experiences they had and record their thinking. These will be sent home on Wednesday. I hope they will give some insight the minds of our kids for you and be markers of their growth this year!

On Monday, we will have a SWYK for students’ learning from the stories in Exodus that we have studied so far. Study guides were sent home last Monday as a refresher, but didn’t need to be brought back to school. If your child has completed the guide, (it’s always better learning when students have to search and reach for things) and you’d like to encourage them to check their work, you can point them to  this Moses Study Guide Key or their lesson sheets, and of course the bible itself! We have been using mostly the ERV and NIRV for this unit.

Lastly, several big events are coming up for our community in these last 8 days of school. I hope some of you will be able to join in on the celebration of all the hard work, creative thinking, passion, and talents our children put into learning about Canada this term. If I don’t see you at the Canada Fair, I hope to be able to connect with you during our Garry Point Year End Picnic! Summer is just around the corner.

Have a restful and blessed weekend! Please enjoy these photos from our time at the Richmond Nature Park, courtesy of our parent volunteers.

June 4

Field Trip Details and Class Updates

Thank you for paying special attention to helping our kids be ready for their VIP presentations! It has been extremely smooth and successful. So far, we have had several students memorize their poems, and have heard several testimonies of what God has done for those close to us.

Please pack a “bagged lunch” (something that is easy to eat without a table, and perhaps not too heavy to carry). We will be eating lunch at the Nature Park tomorrow before we begin our self-guided tour / scavenger hunt for SCIENCE IN ACTION! After lunch, each class will follow a different route through the trails at the park. The lighter students can travel, the more pleasant an experience it will be for them. They have been asked to leave “roller school bags” at school as with previous nature field trips.

The year is quickly coming to a close. To make time for our other school projects and experiences, there will not be anymore spelling work this year. Students’ spelling books will be sent home before the last day of classes, along with a few other items, to avoid a back-breaking trip home on the last day.

Next week, is known as “SWYK” week in 3N. There will be a number of assessments happening especially next week. I hope to keep homework at a minimum, but you can expect a few more study guides sent home.