May 13

HELP WANTED: VIPs Final Round

Please see our latest newsletter for details.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are some photos of some past classroom activities for your viewing pleasure.

Kids “tunneling” into Bunce’s Duck Farm: A throwback to our end of Term 2 event: the Fantastic Mr. Fox Banquet!

Once inside, they had to work for Bunce in exchange for some of his goose liver donuts. He’d gotten a lot taller and skinnier since the book ended, but was just as nasty!

Burns Bog Field Trip

Our guide, Nicolai, was excellent: knowledgeable, fun, and hands (and noses) on!

A fallen tree that was still alive!

The Sunken Tractor at Burns Bog

May 2

Field Trip Details and More

Some reminders and clarifications for tomorrow’s trip to Burn’s Bog:

  • wear water resistant footwear.
  • dress in light layers, if possible. Students will be walking around through both warm and cool conditions.
  • “small” backpacks are OK. If a student doesn’t have a (non-luggage type) pack to bring, they may share with a friend.  The idea is to allow them to be agile for a forest adventure.
  • students will return in time for lunch at school, though they may miss some of lunch recess.

A 3N “Ultimatum”

  • a large number of students have still not yet handed in their completed First Peoples Books, or their Fantastic Mr. Fox “paper bag books.” These were both due before Easter. Because much class time has already been devoted to this work, and because we need students to be fully invested in the current curriculum, I have given the class an ultimatum: if they do not hand in both projects by Monday next week, they are likely to get a “1” this term on their report card work habits for “completing work on time.”
  • Could you please support your children with finding the time and resources they need to fulfill their responsibilities in this regard?

Sociograms

  • Yesterday, students filled out their sociograms to help us give them the best possible fit in grade 4 here at RCS. I look forward to praying over and planning this great puzzle piece with the team next week.

Volunteer Hours

  • Thank you for all the various ways and hours of support you already give to our little community.
  • If any of you are still looking for ways to fulfill hours this year, please let me know. I always have tasks that could use an extra hand around the classroom.

As always, your questions, comments, and presence is more than welcomed. Please call, drop by, or e-mail me about anything you’d like to discuss.

April 20

Running Low on Kleenex!

With spring comes pollen, and with pollen comes runny noses. If there are any families who would like to bring in 1-2 more boxes of tissue for the class, that would be much appreciated.

We also have some avid hockey fans in the class. They have been sharing one “class hockey stick” very well. However, this week the stick finally broke. If there are any families who have an extra kids’ hockey stick at home that they wouldn’t mind lending to the class, that would make some boys really happy.

Thank you for your flexibility for our nature walk this week. Here is a photo of our kids hard at work studying the wonders of nature that are hidden all around us.

Railway Nature Walk: learning about D I V E R S I T Y in our local ecosystems 

April 14

Updates for the Week

Starting this week, instead of having PE on Tuesdays, students will have Music. In other words, 3 music classes per week and only 2 PE classes this term. So, recorders need to be brought back to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. This is part of the normal rotation that happens throughout the year to even out the amount of time students in all classes spend on each subject.
Also, in order to help students and staff prepare for the evening musical, the library and computer lab will be closed after school on Thursday, April 18th. Please arrange to pick up your child at 2:45.
April 7

Welcome Back!

It has been a joyful reunion, and a full first week back, for everyone in 3N. Thank you for all your support in giving  gifts to the people at UGM. Below is a photo of what all 3 classes were able to do together:

Our class alone gave $15 out of their own pockets, which was matched (doubled) twice by anonymous donors. So for each child who gave $1 or $2 of their own money, they were able to see that toonie become $60 which provides almost 20 festive Easter meals for someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to celebrate Easter with an abundance of freshly prepared food.

Here are some photos from our recent field trips for you to enjoy, along with the rest of your Sunday afternoons.

Q&A in the bunkers.

“They get the whole room to themselves??”

After men and women graduate from the drug recovery program, UGM provides some transitional housing.

3N: Part of the view from the top of UGM’s downtown location

VSO Field Trip

Mrs. Ng’s Visit with Adam

We were all also very grateful for Mrs. Hesmert, who gave an enthralling presentation on what life was like in the prairies when she was a kid. We learned some jaw dropping, eye-opening things!

Records from the Past – Hesmert Family Artifacts

And, of course, our most recent trip to the Burnbay Village Museum: a follow-up to Mrs. Hesmert’s presentation, and a lead in to our own grade 3 artifact gallery walk this Friday. The tram ride “dress up interviews” was a smash hit amongst our little ones.

March 8

Stuffy Toss Tomorrow!

Hi all,

just a reminder that at the end of tomorrow’s chapel, we will have our annual “stuffy toss”! This coincides with the unveiling of our next chapel theme word, “Incredible Companion!”

So bring your special friend who has been with you through thick and thin, also known as your favourite stuffy! (But don’t wear your pajamas.)

February 19

Happy Family Day!

Dear 3N Families,

my warmest wishes to all of you. How blessed are we to have a day set aside just to be together!  I hope you all had a restful weekend.

Yesterday, my family celebrated my sister’s birthday by cooking a fancy meal together, with prepped ingredients and recipes ordered online. It was delicious. Today, I had a mountain of dim sum today with my grandparents and cousins.

Here are some photos from past field trips for you to enjoy.

And from our Old Testament Activities trip courtesy of our grade 11s:

Apologies that I don’t have great photos of all our kids for each event. Thank you to everyone who shared their photos with me already. If you still have some, please pass those along so they can either be included in our school yearbook or in our blog for parents who may not have access to the photos shared via Whatsapp.

January 18

Special Event (updated with photos)

Today, during lunchtime, the Grade Threes participated in an experiential activity. They were divided into 3 different groups:

  • The Blue Group was served pizza and juice. They sat at tables and were allowed to have seconds. They were also invited to line up first.
  • The Yellow Group was given water and rice with meat. They sat on chairs and were served second.
  • The Red group was only given rice. They sat on the floor and if they were thirsty, they were asked to walk to the water fountain. They were not allowed seconds.

The room was silent and the students were encouraged to write down what they were observing, wondering and feeling. When we discussed what happened back in the classroom, the one word that summed up the event was “unfair”.

We discussed how their experience is similar to the real world. What students experienced for 30 minutes is what some people feel their whole lives. There are people in the world with more than enough (abundance), some people with just enough (surviving), and people in the world who never have enough (scarcity). We made connections to our learning with fractions: just like our class has 25 equal parts to make up 1 whole, the world has 7 billion equal parts that make up 1 world. And, even though there is enough food in the world for everyone to have enough, most of the world never has enough because the world’s resources are not shared equally.

We will continue talking about these themes of abundance and scarcity this term, and connecting it to God’s heart for us and for others. Please continue this conversation with your child at home. Thank you for your support!

If you have any questions, please send me an email!

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One of our parent volunteers was able to take some superb photos from our special activity last week. Thanks and credit to her! Here are some of my personal favourites:

A pizza devouring machine, a studious student, and an onlooking fellow pizza lover wanting a piece of the action! All in one photo.

January 8

One Spirit

Dear parents,

Happy New Year!

Thank you for entrusting your beautiful children into my care for 6 precious hours a day.  I have thoroughly enjoyed their smiles and thoughts today. I must say you are all doing incredible jobs as parents. Parenting is a labor of love that never ceases to both inspire and “floor” me.  I have really appreciated the gracious gifts I’ve received from you through your kids already. I was told I am very lucky to have this group of students and their moms and dads and after looking at the “parent availability” excel sheet that Mrs. Ng left for me I wholeheartedly agree.

Just wanted to say a quick hello before the week gets too far ahead of me. My name is Nick.  I am a “freshly” trained teacher from UBC, and was greatly blessed for several years through the RCS community as an EA in the past. The kids call me Mr. Agon. Perhaps our kids can tell you a little more about me until we can meet in person.

My hope is that we, at school, and you, at home, would all experience God’s great care and wisdom as “one body” during our time at RCS.

Please keep an eye out for our first newsletter of 2019. Looking forward to all the Father has in store for us!