Apples and Pineapples: Our intermediate students had the complete honour of listening to Michael Bortolotto share his message on the importance of respect and friendship. Michael grew up being teased and bullied because of his disability (cerebral palsy). His life changed when some classmates reached out one day and asked him to play football with him; from that point on, people started to see him for the person he was on the inside. He used the analogy of being a “pineapple” compared to an “apple”… different on the outside but equally wonderful on the inside. Please check out his book that is on display in our library.
- Choir: Mrs. Di Rezze and our choirs are gearing up for a busy and entertaining Christmas schedule. The intermediates are performing in Harrison at the Memorial Hall tomorrow (Sat.) from 9-10:15am. They will also be participating in the Community Carol Festival on the 12th. Both choirs will be travelling to care homes to share the joy of music with the elders in our communities.
Paper Mache Insects: Miss Martinson’s class teamed up with Mrs. Peters’ class to expand on their science unit on insects by using paper mache art to create their own insects and demonstrate their knowledge of insect body parts.
Treating Others With Respect: Eric Wong of the First Nation Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was here to work with Mr. Mills and Mr. Gallamore’s students on understanding and treating others with respect. He shared stories of his upbringing as well as some stories of others on the impact of judgments from others.
- Cereal Drive Our annual cereal drive is underway. Please bring any unopened boxes of cereal and drop them off outside of the library so we can donate these to those in need this Christmas.
Spaced Out! Space is everywhere in Ms. Exley’s class. They are learning about the solar system in science and the interest in this carries over into their art, math, writing, and reading. Be sure to check out Venus in the sky tonight as it is at one of it’s brightest phases.
- Canned Food Drive Ms. Home’s class is collecting donations of canned food in their classrooms so they can donate to community services.
- Kent Staff Learns! On November 25, we had our staff in the library working with educator and presenter Jim Skinner on how to work with students with challenging behaviours. A key message from Jim was that students want and need to belong; therefore, we need to reflect on how we can help them with this.
- Inclusion is how we do it. At Kent, all our students are in classes for the majority of the day. Students with a variety of physical, emotional, social and academic needs are purposefully placed with support in our classrooms. We all know this is supported by strong research as the best for the development of all students as this helps to build understanding, empathy, and, most importantly, friendships.
- “Meet the new principal” night On Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30-7:30, we invite you to stop by the library for some desserts and refreshments and a chance to meet our new principal, Stan Watchorn.
Please note – due to some family illness, report cards will go home on Tuesday, December 10. Have a great weekend!