Early Childhood Development Committee
Hey, My Brain Doesn’t Work That Way!
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00
Kent Elementary School
7285 McCullough, Agassiz
Register by Friday, April 26, 2013 (please use contact info below for reg questions)
Child Care Resource Referral
1-888-826-6194 or 604-826-6194
Sensory processing is complex and individualized. In this workshop you will learn about:
- Brain function, brain differences
- How sensory processing changes from person to person and how it affects how we feel and how we act
- How to identify and meet a child’s sensory needs
- Teaching Self Regulation (the Alert Program) and how it differs from “emotional regulation”
- How you can help children to be calmer and alert
Marc Landry is a registered occupational therapist with over 26 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings – public schools, early childhood settings, families’ homes. Much of this experience is with children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Marc has developed and delivers workshops and training to caregivers, parents, OT’s and other professionals.
Agassiz/Harrison ECD Committee Members:
- Agassiz Christian School
- Agassiz Family Place
- Agassiz Library
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Harrison Hotsprings Preschool & Child Care
- Kim Verigen, ECD Coordinator
- CALL (Community Access to Literacy and Learning)
Funded by The Ministry of Children and Family Development
Deborah Hodge Visits We were excited to host and learn from BC author Deborah Hodge last week. She shared her stories of how she writes and researches for her books. She even brought in animal skulls and furs to engage the students that much more! For more info on Deborah Hodge, please check out Mrs. Dumas’s blog here.
Student Book Picks Many of our students are picking their book of the month and creating a poster to promote others to read it. Be sure to check out the primary bulletin boards to see their favourite books!
- Run For Water We had Randall Peters come in last week and share the powerful stories of the impact that the fundraising efforts of Run For Water have had on villages in Ethiopia. Our school run will happen on May 10th.
Book Swap Students donated a huge volume of books as part of our book swap. Students were delighted to swap their old books for some new ones!
- Seabird Education Agreement The school district signed the new Education Agreement with Seabird. Kent School truly appreciates the relationship we have with our Seabird community.
Kent Musical The students performed the musical “Family Fuood” in front of our school last week. We are all so proud of the efforts and talent of these students. What a memorable performance!
Fish for our Fence The students have been working hard with Mrs. Cardinal to each paint a fish that will decorate our fences. This is part of our Earth Day/week activities. Thank you, again, to Gerry Chappell for donating the fish!
- Celebrating Our Strengths We honoured two more sets of students last week for their strengths and interest as part of our monthly COS assemblies. It’s always great to hear about the strengths within our students.
- Ladybugs! What kind of ladybug would you create? How would you describe it? Check out Mrs. Roste’s bulletin board to see the types of ladybugs our K/1 students have created.
HTML Coding Mr. Gallamore’s class works on problem solving and technology as they create their own webpages using html coding. It is always interesting to see the collaborative environment as students help each other out to add flair to their web pages.
For a video of images of the February and March at Kent, please click here.
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- VIP Readers – we were honoured and thrilled to have our VIP Readers come and read to our students this week as part of our “Spring Into Reading” promotion. Thank you to Dr. Karen Nelson (superintendent of schools), Adam Palmer (Youth Inclusion Program), Roxanne Watson (former principal, counsellor, teacher at Kent), Fran Froehlich (former teacher and teacher-librarian at Kent), Constable Rob Scott (RCMP), Mrs. McRae (grandmother of a Kent student), Patsy Graham (AESS Principal), John Van Laerhoven (mayor of District of Kent), Cathy Van Laerhoven (former teacher of Kent), Al Fraser (trustee and former vice principal of Kent), Ron Johnstone (trustee), Terrill Scott (FVRL librarian), Holger Schwichtenberg (Kent parent and councillor of District of Kent). Please check out Mrs. Dumas’s library blog for more photos and info on our VIP Readers.
- Family “Fuood” Our intermediate musical theatre students put on a wonderful performance of Family Fuood in Harrison last weekend. The production was written and choreographed by Kent students and staff and will be performed in front of our school next week. Thank you to Mrs. Di Rezze, Mr. Mills and the students for all their efforts with this event.
Jumping for a Good Cause Lead by our grade 6 students, our whole school participated in a variety of fitness activities throughout the day to encourage awareness of health and also fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you to Mrs. Gallamore for organizing this.
- Heritage Fair 11 of our intermediate students travelled to Abbotsford this week to represent Kent School at the Regional Heritage Fair. Mrs. Dumas, Mr. Mills, and Mrs. Gallamore were so proud of their efforts. Congratulations to all those who attended as well as the four students who came home with a medal. Please check out Mrs. Dumas’s post on it here.
- Basketball Our boys and girls’ teams travelled to FG Leary this week to continue their hot streaks and strong efforts in the Chilliwack District Basketball league.
- Reading Link Challenge Another team represented our school this week as they went to Hope to participate in the FVRL Reading Link Challenge. Students in Mr. Mills’ class worked with Mrs. Faulkner to read 6 different books and then answer questions on these books for the challenge.
- Rube Goldberg Projects Mr. Gallamore’s class has been using their knowledge of simple machines to create Rube Goldberg projects to get the ball rolling through a planned course to eventually create an action at the end.
- Salmon Release Mr. and Mrs. Gallamore’s classes travelled to the Chehalis River to release the salmon that have been growing in our division 1 classroom. Click here to check out the video of images of the trip!
CHOICES We are off to another great round of CHOICES at Kent School! From “Young Naturalist” to “the Fantastic FVRL” to “Raven Tales”, students are given new opportunities to learn some new skills.
Arctic Blanket Project As part of the unit on the Arctic, Ms. Exley’s students each created a stitched panel to go into a blanket. With the help of Mrs. Backman, the students create their own unique Arctic blanket that they can each take home for a night.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out our new SD78 App!
Ms. Exley’s grade 3/4 class has been eagerly learning about life in the Arctic. To help them share their learning, they were asked to each create an artistic representation of life in the arctic by doing some basic stitch work. Following this, the class tapped into the talent, efforts and experience of Kent Parent Virginia Backman to stitch it all into one beautiful blanket (pictured above).
As part of the experience, each student will get the blanket for one evening and will be able to sleep on/under it.
Thank you so much to the efforts of Ms. Exley and her students as well as Mrs. Backman!