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March Newsletter

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March 2014 Newsletter

Please note that the time the parking lot is unavailable should read from 8:10 – 8:25am and 2:30 – 2:45pm.  Thanks

School Closed – March 3rd

School is closed today due to a Snow Day!  See you tomorrow

School Closed February 25

Due to the power outage Kent Elementary School will be closed for the day. We will see you all tomorrow.

February Newsletter

Please take a look at our February Newsletter. We are trying to go paperless, so would love to have you subscribe to our newsletter.

February 2014 Newsletter

January Celebrating Our Strengths

We had a great assembly today to celebrate the strengths of some of our students. Please check out the video that was shared with the students. http://animoto.com/play/Zdz10ZKBoFhMBX4VMEL6KQ

School District Calendar Options

The School District is currently reviewing our school calendar and would like input from our school community. Please visit sd78.bc.ca and take the survey on the front page.

Please Help One of Our Families Who Recently Lost Everything

Image credit: Jess Peters of The Observer http://bit.ly/1bY3Sd1

Image credit: Jess Peters of The Observer http://bit.ly/1bY3Sd1

Families of Kent and beyond,

This was originally posted on Facebook but with the outpouring of support and shares, I felt it would be best to have one place in which we could update the status of the family.

Original message:

Important message – please read and share. One of our families needs our help. Yesterday, one of our families’ homes on a farm burnt down. They are all safe but sadly lost everything. They are currently living in a hotel until Thursday but are looking for a place to live/rent on a farm. Also, they are in need of clothing and household necessities. The family has 4 children: a 9 year old boy, twin 7 year old girls, and a (big) 4 year-old boy. Please drop off any gently used clothing and household items at the school and we will pass on to the family. Please share on your page and contact the school if you have any questions. Thank you. CW

You can see the original post on the Facebook Page by clicking here. You can also read the article from the local media here.

I do want to share a comment by a gentleman in Langley that shows that the support extends beyond our wonderful community of Kent School and Agassiz:

From Facebook

From Facebook

Updates:

  • I spoke to the mother today (December 11) and they are still looking for a home.  If you know of any homes on a farm that are for rent, please let me know (as they do have animals – chickens, a pony, dog, and cat).
  • The children’s sizes: The twins are a size 7/8, the older boy is a size 10 and the younger boy is a size 6/7. (update: no more clothes are needed at this time)
  • The parents’ sizes: father – 38 pant, XXL shirt; mother 11/30 pant, M shirt (update: no more clothes are needed at this time)
  • They will likely be needing household items.  At this point, please hold off on large donations as once they find a home, we will know more (but they will need everything).  We will then create a list of needs and have people sign up to donate so we better know the needs of the family.
  • We have been accepting cash, gift cards, and cheques at the school.  The family will be popping in to collect each day.  I will ask her today about setting up and account as people have been asking about transferring funds through their bank.
  • Dec 12: I have set up an online fundraising page (accepting paypal and credit card).  Click here to donate.
  • Dec 13: Please note that we have  had many bags of clothing donated so we are good for clothes right now.  The family is still looking for a home.
  • Dec 14:  The family has found a home and will move in on Sunday/Monday.    They will then go through the items and create a list of needs that will be shared with us.
  • Dec 15:  The Province wrote an article to try to gain more support for the family.  Click here to read.

Please comment below if you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share with the family.  To contact the school, email cwejr@sd78.bc.ca or call 604-796-2161.

Thank you again and please check back here for updates.

Regards,

Chris Wejr (on behalf of the community of Kent School).

10 Good Things to Talk About – Dec 6

Winter view from atop our hill

Winter view from atop our hill

  1. Michael Bortolotto

    Michael Bortolotto

    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.

  2. 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.
  3. Paper mache

    Paper mache

    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.

  4. Eric Wong of FNESC

    Eric Wong of FNESC

    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.

  5. 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.
  6. Space in Division 5

    Space in Division 5

    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.

  7. Canned Food Drive  Ms. Home’s class is collecting donations of canned food in their classrooms so they can donate to community services.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. “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!

 

10 Good Things To Talk About – Nov 15

Senior-Teen Luncheon

Senior-Teen Luncheon

  1. Welcome to Mr. Watchorn!  We are thrilled to announce that the principal of Kent starting in January will be Mr. Stan Watchorn.  Mr. Watchorn is currently the district’s Director of Instruction and comes with a wealth of experience both as a teacher as well as an administrator.  Be sure to keep an eye out for him at our school and take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome him to the Kent Community.
  2. Laying wreaths

    Laying wreaths

     

    Remembrance Day Assembly  We invited the community into our gym last Friday to participate in our Aboriginal Veterans Day/Remembrance Day assembly.  Cpl Dwayne Farlin of the Agassiz RCMP and Terry Blaker of the local Legion were honoured guests for the important event.  We are so proud of our students for the respect that was shown during this important school event.  Students sang beautiful songs, stood for a moment of silence, and helped to lay classroom wreaths to honour those who have served our country as we strive for more peace.

  3. Visual De-Cluttering  Our self-regulation team met this week and the topic was on the physical environment in our classrooms. We discussed ways to reduce visual and auditory “clutter” in the classrooms as this can lead to increased stress and less regulation of our students.  Be sure to ask Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Peters, Mr. Turner, Ms. Garrioch and Mrs. Reich about some of the strategies we are using to increase self-regulation skills with our students.  For parent resources, go to www.self-regulation.ca
  4. by Maggie deVries

    by Maggie deVries

    Author Visit  We were delighted to host Canadian author Maggie deVries last week as she came to share her passion for writing with our students.  Thank you to FVRL librarian Terrill Scott for organizing this.  You can read more on Mrs. Dumas’ blog http://bit.ly/1gS4JO8

  5. Atom project

    Atom project

    Up and Atom  Mrs. Peters’ class has been learning about the parts of the atom and their charges.  Stop by to check out their projects on attraction and repulsion.

  6. Scholastic Book Fair  Mrs. Dumas is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair from November 19-22 in our library.
  7. Community readers

    Community readers

    Early Morning Readers  Our successful community reading program continues to draw primary students in on Tuesdays and Thursdays as our local volunteers read to and with students.

  8. Self-Portrait Sketches  Our intermediate teachers worked together to develop a theme and criteria for art for the students.  This past week, the students worked on self-portrait sketches… check them out on the boards in our hallway!
  9. Sr-Teen Luncheon  A few of our grade 6’s worked with students from ACE to prepare and serve yummy ACE burgers to our local seniors at the legion hall this past week.
  10. Be Polite  We had our Celebrating Our Strengths assembly today in which we honoured our 2nd set of students this year.  We also introduced our focus for the next month: BE POLITE.  Ask your child what being polite means to them.

Click here to view our latest video of images from October and November.

10 Good Things To Talk About – Nov 1, 2013

Decorated pumpkins from Ms. Exley's class

Decorated pumpkins from Ms. Exley’s class

  1. Actors from the haunted house

    Actors from the haunted house

    Haunted House at Kent  Mrs. Gallamore’s grade 6 class turned our portable into a wonderfully “haunted” house for this week at Kent.  Students were tricked and treated to theatre, reading, poetry, and science!

  2. Pumpkin Patch  Students in Mrs. Smith, Ms. Findlay, Ms. Garrioch, and Mrs. Roste’s classes travelled to the pumpkin patch to learn more about how pumpkins are grown and used at this time of year.
  3. Maple leaf art

    Maple leaf art

    Maple Leaf Art  Mr. Mills’ class has been working on perspective and overlap by using fall leaves as inspiration for their artwork.

  4. Sight word watches!

    Sight word watches!

    Sight Word Excitement  Ms. Findlay’s readers are taking their sight words and doing some very creative activities like “sight word bracelets” and “sight word basketball” to enhance their learning.

  5. Kent Music Website  Mrs. Direzze has been putting in a ton of time to create a website to increase parent communication and share the stories of learning in her classes.  Although it is a work in progress, you can go to http://mrsdirezze.wordpress.com/ and download the songs kids are singing and see videos used to inspire the students. Check out the site to download and play the Songs of Peace that students will be singing next week at our Remembrance Day Assembly.
  6. Making a Difference  Students in Ms. Home’s class continue to focus on making a difference at the school as well as in the world.  To find out who’s making a difference starts with, check out the board outside of their class (hint: it involves a mirror J)
  7. Remembrance Day Assembly  Next Friday, November 8, we invite you to attend our Remembrance Day ceremony when we pay tribute to those who have fallen or risked their lives for our country.  Members of the Royal Canadian Legion as well as the RCMP will join us during this important event.
  8. Soccer Tourney  Mr. Mills took our soccer squad up to Sts’ailes for a chance to play some friendly competitors from our neighbour schools.  Our students played hard, played well, and demonstrated respectful game play during the event.
  9. Hallowe’en at Kent  We had many smiles in some very creative costumes this week as students dressed up to have a little fun on Hallowe’en. In addition to classroom activities, a few students from Mrs. Peters’ class organized a lunch time intermediate dance, Mrs. Gallamore’s class led us on a Pumpkin Run, and some classes traveled to the Agassiz Centre for Education (ACE) to walk through their haunted house.
  10. Food For Thought Luncheon  As a culminating activity for the past 4 weeks of efforts and learning about preparing nutritious, local, and mostly organic foods, Miel Bernstein, Susan Bohonos and our Food For Thought crew put on a semi-formal luncheon for some special guests.  Guests were treated to Greek salad, chicken with potatoes and kale, and cheesecake .  Mmmmmm!

    The cooks in Food For Thought.

    The cooks in Food For Thought.