Keeping P.A.C.E. | January + February 2024

Mar 5, 20240 comments

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

P.A.C.E. – can you believe we are two months into 2024? So far it has been an intriguing and enriching experience to learn alongside our amazing student body. We cannot wait to see what is in store and what achievements will be unlocked as we move into this new year, but first let’s take a look at the highlights from January and February!

JANUARY + FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

On January 31, our extracurricular Musical Theatre students did an incredible job performing in the Wizard of Oz. Congratulations to all of our performers!

Our U14 girls volleyball team played their first regular season games on January 12. Although losing to RHMS, the girls persevered and achieved a win against Aurora Preparatory Academy. Looking forward to a great season ahead!

As part of their Science Unit on Chemistry, our grade 4s conducted their very own lab! Students used their understanding of the periodic table and subatomic particles to analyze and describe different chemical compounds. Well done grade 4s!

Our grade 8 science students observed how electrons can jump into higher energy levels!

The Future City Engineering experience has begun! Our grade 8s have been challenged to design a city that will be adapted to climate change 100 years in the future. They will need to give consideration to matters such as zoning, infrastructure, energy, transportation, food and agriculture when creating their future city. Working in teams, students will eventually create a model of their city and present their ideas to a panel of engineers!

To complement their theme unit on everyday materials, buildings, structures and transportation, our grade 1s took a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. The students had the opportunity to explore different exhibits and experience a workshop on strong and stable structures where they got the opportunity to build and test their bridges and buildings.

Jan Jang, author and illustrator of Pirate Poetry: A Playful Adventure, visited the Grade 3 Classroom to share her fun story about friendship and imagination. Jan shared her knowledge on various types of poems, from haikus and limericks to odes and cinquain poems, using her book to help students visualize the poem rules and formats. Through the creativity of a pirate outfit, and the playing of cheerful songs on her guitar, students were transported to the world of pirate poetry!

The U12 co-ed basketball team played in the SSAF tournament on February 12 at the Hoop Dome. The team showed excellent skills, sportsmanship and teamwork. Great work team!

On February 16, our grade 8 students participated in First Aid and CPR training! Students were recognised for completion of the First Responder Emergency First Aid AED Level C CPR course as an extension activity for their studies in Health and Physical Education.

Our grade 2s enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day at Kortright Centre for Conservation to complement their Theme unit on Indigenous Studies. Students tried using a bow drill to make fire, grinded corn, played different games that enhanced many areas of skill including eye-hand co-ordination. Students also went on a wonderful nature hike, stopping to smell the lovely scent of cedar tea, and the sweet smell of sap being released from the trees. It was a wonderful field trip and learning experience!

SETTING THE PACE

We are off to a great start for 2024! We have achievements to be proud of but still have work to do. As we look ahead we are excited for:

  • March 1 – School closes at 12:00 p.m.
  • March 2-17 – March Break (school closed)
  • March 18 – School resumes
  • March 19 – Model UN Training Session (grade 8)
  • March 20 – YRP Cyberbullying Prevention Presentation (grades 5-8)
  • March 21-22 – Parent and Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • March 26 – Elementary Girls Volleyball Finals
  • March 29 – Good Friday (school closed)
  • April 1 – Easter Monday (school closed)
  • April 2 – Earth Rangers Conservation Assembly (grades 1-5)
  • April 16-19 – Quebec City (grade 7)
  • April 24 – Spelling Bee (grades 4-6)
  • April 25 – Spelling Bee (grades 7-8)
  • April 26 – Spelling Bee (grades 1-2)

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