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Yearly Archives: 2012
- Kent Musical! Our musical theatre production “The Good Old Days” was a huge success! Although this was kind of a rehearsal for an upcoming weekend show in January, “these kids rocked”! The production was written and choreographed by students, Mrs. Di Rezze, and Mr. Mills. Congratulations to all those involved!
Identity Day What a powerful day! Students and staff learned so much about each other through their identity projects and presentations. Students took a big risk putting themselves out there and it paid off as we all know so much more about each other. Thank you to staff, students, and families for all their efforts! A video of images can be seen in the embedded video below or by clicking here.
Community Carol Evening Many of our intermediate students participated in the community carol festival with a number of local choral groups. They sang 2 songs for a packed house at the Ag-Rec Hall.
- Pajama Day Slippers, sleepers and jammies were everywhere on Thursday as some of our grade 3 students caanized a pajama day for the school.
- Report Cards Term 1 report cards will be coming home today. Please check your child’s backpack and contact the teacher with any questions.
- Cereal Drive We are doing our annual cereal drive again this year. Please bring any unopened boxes of cereal to the school to donate them to community services.
- Food Drive Ms. Home’s class is leading our food drive as well. Please bring in any cans/non-perishable food items. Our goal is 245 (one per student).
- Festive Lunch Every child and staff member will sit down for a catered turkey lunch on Tuesday, December 18. This has been a valued tradition at Kent School for over 20 years. Families are encouraged to help decorate the gym by making a homemade (recycled materials are encouraged) snowflake decoration. Please see the info sent home by the PAC.
Christmas Trees Community volunteer and member of our school community, Jim Johnson, came in to work with Mrs. Gallamore’s class to make Christmas trees out of wire hangers and decorations.
Legion Contest Winners A number of our grade 6 students placed high in the Legion Remembrance Day poetry, essay, and art contest. Congrats to all those who participated!
IDENTITY DAY IMAGES
- Kent Musical! Our musical theatre production “The Good Old Days” has been moved until next Friday, December 7th at 1:00pm. UPDATE: DUE TO SOME CONFLICTING SCHEDULING OF THE CAST, THE MUSICAL IS NOW ON THURSDAY, DEC 6th at 1:00pm.
- Identity Day This exciting school-wide project day is coming December 4th. Each student will to do a project on themselves – on their family or culture, a passion or an area of interest. What is your child doing for ID Day? For information and examples of projects from 2011, please go to http://bit.ly/U1fRK1.
Supporting Movember Our grade 6 students all helped to make and sell fruit kabobs with all proceeds going to prostate cancer research and men’s health.
- Pajama Day Some of our grade 3 students have caanized a pajama day for next Thursday, Dec 6.
A Day to Discuss Reading Kent teachers all met and discussed how we could improve on the consistency in how we teach and assess reading. It was a powerful day led by Kent teachers.
- Destination Conservation Some grade 5 students, with the help of Mrs. Eckstein and Mrs. Powell, attended a workshop a few weeks ago to learn ways to conserve energy at Kent School. Since then, they have been busy doing energy audits on our school.
- Community Carol Festival Our Kent Choir will be performing at the Community Carol Festival next Thursday at 7:00. Come out and support the kids and the community.
- Sounding Out Their Notes Mrs. Roste’s grade 1’s are making reading and writing relevant as they work on sounding out words by writing (and then reading) friendly notes to each other.
- SMART Board Projects Mr. Gallamore’s class has started to present their SMART Board projects that they have created. They chose a topic of interest, worked on their research skills and used the technology to help them present.
- Parent Readers Ms. Home’s class welcomes family readers into their classroom every Friday morning to read with them. The students are always so excited to read with the parents!
PAC FUNDRAISER: Holiday Poinsettias: choices include 4″ poinsettias to 12″ tricolors and beautiful dishgardens. Please see the forms sent home last week for order info.
A reminder that Report Cards come home Friday. Blog comments are always welcome and a reminder that if you would like to view the photos in a larger view, just click the image.
The students and staff of Kent Elementary School will be celebrating Identity Day on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Teachers and students will be showcasing their individual projects throughout the day in various locations around the school.
What is Identity Day?
- Students complete a project about something meaningful to THEM!
- The project can be on (almost) ANYTHING
- A passion, an interest, family, a strength, culture (does not need to have personal info)
- The project can be done in any way the student wants!
- Poster, display, demonstration, video, etc (Please include a “why” statement of the reason the topic was chosen)
- Families are encouraged to help!
- Every child will see every other project in the school
Please go to http://bit.ly/hXHZCQ for a presentation that includes Images and Videos from other schools that have done Identity Day.
Please help your child to prepare for this event by completing their project by December 3rd. Students may be given some class time but most of the project should be done at home with the family. Each class will be hosting their projects at a specific time during the day. Please see the schedule attached below. Parents and siblings are very welcome to come and view the projects when their child is scheduled.
|Blocks 1-2||8:40 – 10:20||Mrs. Smith
|Blocks 3-4||10:40 – 12:10||Ms. Home
|Blocks 5-6||1:05 – 2:35||Mrs. Roste
Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile and exciting new venture. If you have any further questions I would love to answer them; please contact me at the school.
There will be a family lounge with refreshments set up in the library. We hope to see you at our Identity Day event!
- Kent Musical! Our musical theatre students have been working many hours with Mr. Mills and Mrs. Di Rezze in preparation for their production, “The Good Old Days”, happening next Friday, November 30th at 1:00. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Identity Day This exciting school-wide project day is coming December 4th. Each student is encouraged to do a project on themselves – on their family or culture, a passion or an area of interest. For information and examples of projects from 2011, please go to http://bit.ly/U1fRK1
Remembrance Day Assembly Our school honoured those who have served and continue to serve our country at a moving assembly at Kent School. Local artists added some beautiful music to help our students sing songs about peace. Thank you to Cst. Crampton of the RCMP and Mr. Jim Johnson of the local Legion for attending and supporting our school during this important event.
Happy Movember! Miss Martinson’s class completed some very creative art projects to support Movember and awareness of men’s health. Check out the board outside their class.
Success Criteria in Writing Mrs. Cardinal and Ms. Exley’s classes are using a hamburger image for criteria in writing effective paragraphs. Do you know what parts of a paragraph the bun represents?
Senior-Teen Luncheon Agassiz Centre for Education (ACE) has been working with the senior’s community since 2009 to put on 4 luncheons a year to help build better generational relationships. This year, Kent has become a partner in this fantastic idea. 12 grade 6 students spent 3 hours on Tuesday having lunch and playing games with many important members of our community. Thank you so much to Sandy Balascak and Monica Campbell (and all the great ACE students) for including us in this important partnership.
- FN Culture Class Our Wednesday classes have started up again so your child may come home with a permission form to be part of this class that will learn about local First Nation culture. If your child comes home with the form and you have any questions, please contact Kasey at the school.
- Drama of Current Events Mr. Mills’ passion for theatre really carries over to his students as he often encourages students to act out and learn about local and global current events.
- Knitting The rainy days have begun and this means Mr. Turner’s room is full of students teaching and learning about spool knitting. It’s always wonderful to see our students wearing their self-made hats!
- Basketball Begins Both intermediate boys and girls have started basketball practices after school. The season starts in the new year but the players and coaches, Mrs. Gallamore and Mr. Grieshaber-Otto, are both excited to get going.
Comments are always welcome in the area below. Click on the photos to enlarge.
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY (curriculum implementation day for staff)
Kent School is proud to put on another exciting event this year. Our 2nd Identity Day will be on December 4th and we invite you to come to the school and check it out! What is Identity Day?
- Students complete a project about THEM!
- The project can be on (almost) ANYTHING
- A passion, an interest, family, a strength, culture
- The project can be done in any way the student wants!
- Poster, display, demonstration, video, etc
- Every child will present to every student in the school
Please go to http://bit.ly/hXHZCQ for a presentation that includes Images and Videos from Kent and other schools that have done Identity Day. Also, for a review of our last Identity Day, please go to http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
More information will come out next week. Over the weekend, help your child to decide what they would like to teach others about him/her!
Please click on the images to enlarge and feel free to comment below.
A Haunting Experience Division 1 students redesigned our vacated portable as a haunted house for all the students to walk through. The house had tricks for all ages and was a huge hit at the school. Thanks for all the efforts!
Costumes galore! Many staff and students showed their Halloween “spirit” on Wednesday and also had the chance to enjoy classroom parties and an intermediate dance put on by Division 2.
- Pumpkin Patch – Mrs. Roste, Mrs. Smith, and Ms. Garrioch’s classes braved the rain and mud as they searched for their pumpkins in Chilliwack. Not only did they find pumpkins that they could barely lift… they even spotted some blue sky.
Hallway Decor Our hallways are filled with beautiful fall artwork – please come and check out our student work!
- Soccer Tourney at Sts’ailes Mr. Penner took 2 teams up to Sts’ailes last Friday as the teams competed against other local schools. Thank you to Mr. Penner and his team for their efforts in a great season.
- Music Classes are preparing for the Remembrance Day Assembly by learning 2 beautiful songs. Please check out the recordings for I have a Dream by Justin Rule and Al Shlosha D’varim by University of Washington Choirs on YouTube to practice.
- Remembrance Day We invite family members to join us on Friday, November 9th at 11:00 for our Remembrance Day assembly.
Bear Aware – Divisions 1 and 4 learned how to stay safe in bear country last week. Chris from Bear Aware came and gave an interested presentation that included images and stories of bears in BC.
Celebrating Our Strengths Our first group of students was honoured last Friday in our Celebrating Our Strengths assembly. Students in Mrs. DiRezze’s grade 6 music class performed a body percussion routine. Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Roste, and Ms Garrioch’s classes performed poems and songs they have learned.
- Identity Day This exciting school-wide project day is coming November 20th. Each student is encouraged to do a project on themselves – on their family or culture, a passion or an area of interest. Click here for information and examples of projects from 2011.
Click here for a video of images from September and October at Kent School.
We will be transitioning to using this new site some time this year.
Families: Here’s something to talk about with your child or with each other!
*click on the photos to view in a larger size
iWalk to School/Work Week Many students, staff and community volunteers joined in the International Walk to School Week last week as our students walked together from AESS to help promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
Happy Sto:lo New Year We invited many parents and elders into our school to watch a performance of Little Bear’s Vision Quest put on by the grade 4 students. Students from ACE also came to support our kids in a friendly game of Slahal.
- FFFFFantastic! The letter F was all the talk in our K classes this week. Be sure to ask your kids to point out any letter F’s they see around town.
- Gone Fishin’ Ms. Exley and Mrs. Cardinal’s classes traveled to Hicks Lake to take part in a local program that teaches kids how to fish.
- Inuit Art Mr. Mills’ class has been working on using traditional shapes to complete artwork inspired by the Inuit of Canada.
- Kent Athletics Our intermediate co-ed soccer team travelled to Promontory Elementary this week and our cross-country team travelled to Chilliwack to run at Twin Rinks. Once again, we are proud of their effort and attitude!
CHOICES is On! Art, musical theatre, science, technology, building, puppetry, beadwork, legends, fitness, readers’ theatre, knitting and chess have taken over our school on Wednesday afternoon. This is a fairly unique program and we are proud to offer it again this year. Thanks to all the staff for all their hard work in preparing for this round of CHOICES.
- Identity Day – November 20 Students and staff will all be doing a project on themselves – their strengths, interests, family, culture, etc – for November 20th as part of our 2nd Identity Day. More info will be coming out soon but if you would like info from our last one, go to: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
- Safe and Caring School There has been much talk recently around bullying with kids. I was proud to hear a comment made by a parent at the PAC meeting when she stated. “I think Kent is doing the right thing by helping students celebrate and be proud of who they are.” We will continue to work hard with our students on this to ensure that our school models safety, care, and empathy with our kids.
- Drop Everything and Read! Our school will be participating in yet another activity to promote reading with our kids. On Monday afternoon, students will be invited to take part in a “read-in” in our library with comfy cushions and a good book. This is part of the provincial D.E.A.R. event.