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10 Good Things to Talk About – Jan 27

Families:    Here’s something to talk about with your child or with each other! (please click on the links for more info and on the image to enlarge)

  1. Family Literacy Day  Today is National Family Literacy Day – families of Kent school were invited to come into the library for an open house that showcased literacy at Kent School!
  2. Family Dance Tonight!  Mrs. Di Rezze invites you and your family to another Family Dance in the Kent Gym from 7-8:30.  Bring a water bottle and non-marking shoes… and your sweet dance moves.  Also, both choirs have started learning songs for our 21st Annual Spring Concert with the theme of “Work and Play”
  3. CHOICES  Kids were pumped as they left the school on Wednesday just coming out of activities like Sculpting, Dance, Origami, Lego Design, Canoe Building and many more!  The effort that Kent staff puts into this program is so inspiring! What did your child choose?
  4. Students Perform "The Story of Rosa Parks"

    Plays and Peace  Ms. Home’s reading group read The Story of Rosa Parks and then put on a play for other grades that helped people understand the struggles that occurred following Rosa Parks’ decision to sit at the front of the bus as well as the resulting movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King.  The little Kent actors and actresses were well prepared for their big performance.

  5. A Natural Playground With the success of the school garden Kent is looking to add a hill to the playground with long grass and many areas to explore for kids.  Please come to the planning meeting next Thursday, February 2 at 6:30pm to learn more and add your input!
  6. Would have made for a great tunnel.

    Snow Days  Thank you for your communication and support during the challenges that were faced last week.  A big thank you to our custodians Stephanie Eckstein and Donna Henry as well as maintenance support Andy Brink and Dan Landrath for coming to work and looking after our school.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Dumas for coming in each day in case students arrived at school.

  7. Another Penner!  Congrats to Mr. Penner on the birth of his 2nd child – a baby boy!
  8. Melting snow is no barrier for our sledders

    Snow Pile Fun! Although the snow has melted in most of the field, our large snow pile remains.  Students have been sledding, sliding, and smiling all week long.  Mrs. Dove’s class enjoyed their annual long winter walk today – complete with a little snow.
  9. Loving the Read Aloud  I always enjoy seeing all our students captivated by a good story read aloud by their teacher.  Kids are never too old to enjoy a great book read aloud.
  10. Student take local caanic grain and grind it into flour.

    Food Revolution at Kent  Chefs Miel Bernstein and Carmen Swaine are coming each Friday to cook with a small group of kids and teach the value of nutrition.  They often uses local, caanic ingredients in their recipes.  Watch for the recipes on our blog and Facebook Page. So great to have our community come and work with our kids!

    Have a great weekend and, as always, feedback is appreciated and can be left in the comments section below.

Another Round of CHOICES at Kent

A student learns how to build a canoe in CHOICES.

Teachers have chosen areas of their passion and/or areas in which they feel kids would love to learn.  Students have made their selections.  Another round of our highly successful CHOICES program has begun!

Part of our school vision is for us to recognize students’ strengths and interests; this term, we are offering the following activities for our students on Wednesday afternoons:


  • Art Like The Masters
  • Sculpting With Stone
  • Puzzle Mania
  • Lego Architecture
  • Ball Hockey
  • Canoe Building
  • Just Dance!
  • Winter Art
  • Knitting
  • Sign Language
  • Drama and Plays


  • Basketball Skills and Drills
  • Origami
  • Drama
  • Website Design
  • 2-Way Radio Communication
  • Just Dance!
  • Canoe Building
  • Lego Design
  • Film Studies (Developing Film Critics)
  • Board Games Strategy

Thank you to all our hard-working staff for continuing to make CHOICES such a great experience for our students.

For a post that describes CHOICES – please read “Giving Students CHOICES” on the Connected Principals Website.

Family Literacy Day – January 27 in Kent Library


We invite you to join us in the Kent Library on Friday, January 27 from 1:00-2:30 for some informal family reading activities.

For more info, please read Mrs. Dumas’s post by clicking here.  You can also email Mrs. Dumas for more info here.

Stay tuned for more exciting literacy events in February!

10 Good Things To Talk About – Jan 13

Families: Here’s something to talk about with your child or with each other!

Please click on the links for more info:

  1. HOJA! Our students were thoroughly entertained Wednesday by the A Cappella group HOJA out of Calgary.  The students sang along as they were treated to Top 40 songs that spanned the ages. Click here for more…
  2. Skype Play  Ms. Garrioch’s kindergarten class has linked up with other classes from around North America through Skype.  The students played and learned with a class from Abbotsford this week.  A whole new method of Pen Pals! Click here for more info…
  3. CHOICES  It’s back! CHOICES will begin again next Wednesday.  Teachers and staff are facilitating activities such as sculpting, website design, film studies, drama, origami, sign language, sports, games, canoe building, dance, Lego, knitting, 2-way radio communication, and  art.
  4. More fundraising for Lilee  Students donated books and toys and sold them to raise money for Lilee-Jean, a child who is fighting brain cancer.  Another great example of Kent Students thinking far beyond themselves!
  5. Basketball Season  Kent School has been taken over by the thunderous sounds of

    Morning shoot around

    bouncing basketballs once again as Mrs. Gallamore and Mr. Penner gear up for another season.

  6. Talent Show Students are planning a talent show for the evening of February 23rd.  Please see the back of this page for more info.  All proceeds go to the family of Lilee-Jean.
  7. Face-off between students and teachers

    Teachers Survive Avalanche  A group of teachers challenged the boys floor hockey house games champion Avalanche in a friendly game yesterday.  The students packed the gym to cheer on their peers but it was not quite enough to overtake the ‘powerful’ Kent Staff.  Lots of smiles and lots of high 5’s were the highlights of the game. Click here for more info…

  8. Staff’s Hot Picks  Have you seen the staff book recommendations around the school?  Outside of some classrooms, you will find a staff member’s hot pick – a book they recommend.  Ask them why they recommend it and then check it out! Just another way that our staff encourages reading at our school.
  9. Twin Day Students caanized a day in which we all dressed up like someone else in the school… they hope to do more spirit days in the future!
  10. Run and Read  Each Friday, Mrs. Gallamore’s grade 6’s and Mrs. V’s grade 1’s buddy up for their “Read and Run” program.  The goal is for the students to exercise both the body and the mind as they buddy up for some physical fitness and then some reading.  What a great program!

A reminder that next Friday is a Pro-D Day so no school for kids!

Kindies Use Skype to Play With School in Abby

Kindies meeting their new friends for the first time.

Remember having pen pals when you were a kid?  Ms. Garroch’s class is connecting with classes from around North America using a program that kindergarten teachers have created called Skype Play.

The teachers have all met through social media (ie. Twitter) and have collaborated on a project to try to get their kids playing and learning from each other using technology.

Wednesday was the first time and I would say it was a huge success as the classes met, asked some great questions, and then Skype was used as a small centre in which the kids shared their lego creations with each other.

The plan is to have the students join with their skype play friends a couple times per week.

The best question was asked by a student in Abbotsford, “When do we get to play with them in real life?”.  The classes are planning a picnic together in the spring.

Avalanche vs Teachers in Floor Hockey Challenge!

A friendly game of hockey at Kent School

The house games champion Avalanche faced off against the teachers in a friendly game of floor hockey today at lunch in the Kent gym.

The “Goal-Scoring” Gallamores captained the teachers to a narrow victory in the spirited affair.  Jim “the Wall” Turner was let very little by him other than a few “Visser”ian snapshots by a boy named Blake; also, I am sure that Mr. T felt like it was “Reynen” pucks every time Sam took one of his lethal slapshots.  The teachers struggled to score as the acrobatic “Levee Lees” was tough to break but eventually put enough by young Spencer to seal the win in the end.

Teachers intensely envisioning their game plan

All in all, the packed gym enjoyed the efforts of both teams and some good ole handshakes finished the event.

Other Teacher players:

  • Nancy “Puck magnet” Pennier
  • Stacey “the Grinder” Garrioch
  • Greg “the Machine” Mills
  • Diane “Excellence and Effort” Exley
  • Amy “Sick Moves” Smith
  • Kathie “Crazy-legs” Cardinal
  • Duane “Powerhouse” Penner

Thank you to Mr. Gallamore for caanizing this event and to the entire Avalanche team (and the student referees) for their sportsmanship and effort!

HOJA Wows Kent Students

HOJA Performs for Kent Students

Our students are being treated to some amazing A Cappella music from the band HOJA out of Calgary.

The trio uses only their voices, and a little dance choreography, to perform top 40 songs for their audiences. Lots of singing and clapping at Kent School today!

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