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2012 Kent School Growth Plan

I recently had the honour of presenting, on behalf of our School Planning Council and Staff, our 2012 version of our Kent School Growth Plan to the SD78 Board of Education.  This presentation is designed to share the stories behind the numbers and words of our growth plan.  The actual growth plan document will be available next week.
View more PowerPoint from Chris Wejr
As always, please leave you comments and feedback in the sections below.

Food For Thought

One example of the many healthy, delicious recipes that the Food For Thought program has used.

As many of you are aware, we have a couple of local chefs volunteer their time every Friday to help teach small groups of students cooking skills the importance of health, nutrition, and using local foods.  Miel Bernstein and Carmen Swaine have had a great impact on our kids and we look forward to continuing the program next year.

The program also happens at Harrison and was recently featured by Shaw TV on their Good News Story (the program was also featured in the Agassiz Observer here).  Check it out:

The ladies are looking to expand the program so more students and families could be involved. If you can support this program in any way (time, donations, locally grown food, kitchen utensils and appliances, etc), please email us.

10 Good Things To Talk About – June 15

A great day for creativity in our sandbox.

  1. A gr. 4 student’s longhouse model.

    Long Houses and Pit Houses  Mrs. Smith’s class is learning about local Sto:lo culture and as a way to demonstrate their learning, they created some amazing models of Pit Houses and Long Houses.

  2. 2012’s first butterfly in grade 1.

    Butterflies!  The first butterflies have grown from the Chrysalis stage and arrived in Mrs. V’s grade 1 class! The students were so excited for the learning and the growth happening right before their eyes.

  3. Flight  Students in Mrs. Gallamore’s students are exploring the history of air transportation and the many ways humans have attempted flight.  Be sure to come check out the projects lining our intermediate hallways.
  4. Mr. Leon braves the cold.

    Dunked!  Many staff members (and AESS Leadership Students) braved the cold water and cold weather to help fundraise for the grade 6 camp trip.  Students lined up throughout the day to have their shot at getting their chosen staff members a wee bit wet (and freezing cold).

  5. Year End Honouring Assembly  Our year end assembly, in which we honour each grade 6 student, is set for Tuesday, June 26 at 1:05.  All families are invited to attend this event.
  6. Reading Kindies!  Mr. Wejr had the privilege of having each student in Mrs. Dove’s kindergarten class read to him.  The students were so excited to grab their favourite book and showcase their new reading skills.
  7. Mini-Performances in Music  Mrs. Di Rezze invites you to come and watch the students perform in their music classes.
June 18 9:45  Mrs. Smith10:45  Mr. Mills June 19 9:00  Ms. Garrioch9:45  Mrs. Dove

10:45  Mrs. V

11:30  Ms. Home1:10  Ms Exley

1:55 Mrs. Cardinal

June 20 9:40  Mr. Gallamore10:45  Mr. Penner

11:30  Mrs. Gallamore

  1. CE Barry gr. 7 band performs.

    (8) CE Barry Band Performs  Our students listened to the grade 7 band from CE Barry Middle School in Hope perform as they stopped in Thursday for a brief set.

  2. (9) Miniature Art:  Students in Ms. Exley’s class have created some wonderful miniature art of objects and scenery.  Please check out the display across from room 6!
  3. (10) Blogging with Kindies  Ms. Garrioch’s class is working on their reading and writing skills by reading and commenting on blogs from students from all over the world.

To enlarge photos, click on the image.  Comments are always welcome (in the comments sections below).

Note: Last day of classes for students is Thursday, June 28.  Early dismissal at 9:45.

10 Good Things to Talk About – June 8

Trucks have begun to haul the soil for the Kent Hill.

  1. Celebrating Our Strengths  We welcomed families to the school and honoured another group of students for their strengths and interests.  It was the best turn out of the year for our families!  To watch the video of images of Kent Students in May, please click here.
  2. Intermediate choir performs.

    Choir Concert  The choir students performed songs of work and play for a packed gym last week.  Congratulations to Mrs. Di Rezze and the students for a performance that showcased the result of all their efforts!

  3. Intermediate drummers play a welcome song.

    FN Honouring Ceremony  Our intermediate First Nation students and families participated in our honouring ceremony this past week.  Thank you to Kasey, Nelson, and Mrs. Pennier (along with the student cooks and helpers) for putting on another amazing event. A team from the First Nation Education Steering Committee was here to highlight some of the work that our school and the communities are doing for family-school relationships.

  4. Bring on the Hill!  The trucks have started to dump the soil that will be used to create our Natural Play area for our students.  A special thank you to Kafi Landscaping and Collin Johnson of Wedler Engineering for volunteering their services.  Amazing to see a group work together to get something like this all donated from our great community!!! The hill will be open for students in the fall.
  5. Year End Honouring Assembly  Our year end assembly, in which we honour each grade 6 student, is set for Tuesday, June 26 at 1:05.  All families are invited to attend this event.
  6. Othello Tunnels and Hope Slide  Students in Mr. Penner’s class travelled to the Hope Slide and Othello Tunnels to check out some local history (The Slide, the Railway… and Rambo!)
  7. Kindergarten Orientation  We had the honour of meeting the families of our next year’s kindergarten students at the kindergarten orientation last week.  If you know of any family looking to register their child please have them call or stop by the school.
  8. Pennies for Charity  Ms. Home’s grade 1/2 class is collecting pennies to donate to a 3rd world country.  Since the penny will soon be discontinued, why not bring it in and place it in the big jug near the library?
  9. Mrs. Cardinal reads to her students.

    Reading With Imagery  Both Mrs. Cardinal and Mr. Gallamore’s classes have been working on creating images while reading.  Students draw their images while reading (or being read to) only the text.

  10. Joy in Reading  A key goal for our staff this year has been to try to create an environment that encourages a love of reading.  In a recent survey of intermediate students, 97% of students said they enjoyed reading.  Congratulations to staff, students and families of Kent School!

Primary students honoured this month.

Intermediate students honoured this month.

FUNDRAISER:  Some parents have caanized a fundraiser for next Thursday that includes the chance to send some teachers for a dip in the dunk tank.

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