Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2024

Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2024

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Spring reminds us of new growth, beginnings and of course the success of our students’ development and learning experiences! We are grateful for your open, curious minds and eagerness to push forward with new beginnings everyday.

MARCH + APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

March brought Police constable Lacey Dunning of the York Regional Police, 2 District, to P.A.C.E. to address our grades 5-8 students on cybercrime and the legal consequences of bullying, both online and in person. The presentation was aimed at helping youth realize that their actions can have consequences outside the school and the home. It also highlighted how what you say and do can affect your future.

As an introduction to their mechanical engineering unit, our grade 7s were challenged to design the tallest, free-standing tower with only two pieces of paper and tape. The students applied their problem solving skills and creativity to design their tower. Congratulations to one group that designed a tower that stood 1.24 metres! A new record!

In April, students turned their grade 3 classroom into an ancient egyptian market where they bartered, traded and negotiated their way through various vendors. Students first created lists of food, tools, household items, clothing and toys. They then used their bartering skills to try and make equal value trades.

Congratulations to our boys basketball team on their SSAF championship win against Khalsa Community School on Friday, April 5th! Thank you to our coaching staff, Mr. Krelove and Mr. De Lara, to our athletic director, Ms. Abela, for their support of P.A.C.E.’s athletic program. We can’t wait to hang another championship banner in our gym!

Our grade 7 students visited Quèbec City from April 16th – 19th to enhance their French cultural experiences as well as to complement the grade 7 History curriculum which deals with, among other things, “Building the Canadian Nation.”

Students had the opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the Dufferin Terrace, Rue de Tresor “Artist Alley”, and the iconic Château Frontenac. They made use of the technique of “repoussé” with a hands-on copper workshop to create their own works of art. Students walked alongside the Montmorency Falls, touched rays and sea stars during their visit to the Aquarium du Quebec, and learned about Quebec City’s rich history while at the Musée de la Civilisation, and through their visit to an authentic sugar shack.

P.A.C.E. recently hosted its Spelling Bees! Our top twenty four spellers from grades 4-6; top sixteen spellers from grades 7 and 8; and top twenty four spellers from grades 1-3 competed in P.A.C.E.’s Junior Division Spelling Bee, Intermediate Division Spelling Bee and Primary Division Spelling Bee, respectively! Congratulations to all of our spellers on a fabulous showing at this year’s spelling bees!

Our grade 8s have been busy completing their “City of the Future” which must take into account climate change 100 years from now. Students met with our mentor engineer, John, to discuss their ideas and models for their future city. Good luck to our P.A.C.E. teams in the final competition where the students will present their models and ideas to a panel of professional engineers.

SETTING THE PACE

We are really moving through 2024! We have achievements to be proud of but still have work to do. As we look ahead we are excited for: 

  • May 1-4 – Albion Hills Overnight Field Trip (grade 5)
  • May 3 – YRPH Vaccine Clinic (grades 7-8)
  • May 7 – Panther Pit (grade 6)
  • May 8 – Engineering Design Challenge (grade 8)
  • May 9 – Cultural Event (grades 1-3)
  • May 15 – Music Festival (7:00 p.m. at the RHCPA)
  • May 20 – Victoria Day (school closed)
  • May 21 – Elementary Boys Soccer Tournament
  • May 22 – Music Festival at Canada’s Wonderland
  • May 23 – U10 Track and Field; Let’s Talk Science Challenge (grade 7)
  • May 28 – Field Trip to the ROM (grade 3)
  • May 29 – Japanese Cultural Event (grade 5)
  • June 6 – Blue Jays Day
  • June 7 – House Day
  • June 12- Musical Theatre Performance
  • June 20 – Year-end Field Trips (grades 1-8)
  • June 21 – Last Day of School (school closes at 12:00 p.m.)

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