Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2022

May 1, 20220 comments

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Spring has definitely sprung here at P.A.C.E. and our brilliant student body is keeping us on our toes. We have been honoured to have several thought-provoking guest speakers and lots of innovative class units. We are so excited to step into the final two months of the 2021/2022 school year! 

Let’s explore what has been happening at P.A.C.E. this spring!

MARCH + APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

Our grade 3 logic class, learned about the art of folding. By learning origami techniques and symbols, they were able to fold themselves some friendly critters to play with!

Our grade 3s also went back in time to the markets of Ancient Egypt in order to practice the art of bartering. After making lists of a variety of items, from food and clothing, to toys and tools, students had the opportunity to barter with one another and trade those necessary items!
The grade 5 and 6 music students had the opportunity to hear and see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra classroom concert. This was an exclusive virtual presentation for P.A.C.E.! Featured musicians were: Camille Watts on Flute, and John Rudolph on Percussion. Our music students were inspired and amazed with each of the musicians performing music ranging from Classical, Movie Soundtracks, Jazz and Cultural music, just to name a few. Students also had the opportunity to ask Camille and John questions related to music, instruments, and memorable music experiences.
Leading up to the March break, things started heating up for our grade 8 science students as they explored principles of physics and thermodynamics! Students investigated the specific heat capacity of different substances. After graphing their data, they calculated the amount of energy required to heat each of the substances to 90 degrees Celsius.
Our grade 7 science students participated in the “Let’s Talk Sciencechallenge offered to students across Canada. Students needed to use their analytical and problem-solving skills to perform a variety of STEM activities. In this first challenge, the students were asked to create a car out of recycled material that would move from a chemical reaction. The students designed and tested their vehicles and used excellent problem-solving skills to determine how to meet the goal of the challenge.

The grade 5s also wrote “thank you” cards to the people who helped them organize their charity events. Gratitude can move mountains in this world and we are so proud of the grade 5s.

On March 31 and April 1, P.A.C.E. high school students from all grades participated in the art of rhetoric, decision-making and resolution writing by using the structure of Model UN for scenarios written by students based on Harry Potter and the Marvel Universe!
For the grade 3’s Space Unit in Theme, students participated in the Tomatosphere Project being put on by Let’s Talk Science: Live STEM Broadcasts. They thoroughly enjoyed the three live presentations, where students had the opportunity to observe tomato seeds using their senses and record their findings.
Congratulations to Pallas (grade 8) on being selected for the highly prestigious program to serve as a Legislative Page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Page Program is a full-time, supplementary education program to engage young students in the parliamentary and political process.
Our Improv Team had the opportunity to attend an online workshop with Canadian Improv Games coach Spencer Dunn! #didyouknow the first rule of improvisation is AGREE! Always agree and say yes, if you can open yourself up to anything you are sure to have a great time!
The grade 2s were busy trying to correctly place the value of each of the digits that make up this 18-digit long decimal-digit number!

SETTING THE PACE

We have had a wonderfully stimulating start to spring with amazing curriculum, guest speakers and student accomplishments. We are excited as we head into the final two months of the 2021/2022 school year at P.A.C.E! As we approach May and June we look forward to the following:

  • May 2-12 – AP Examinations (grades 11 and 12)
  • May 6 – Music Festival Rehearsal
  • May 11 – Music Festival Recording
  • May 12 – University of Waterloo Chem 13 News Exam (grade 12 by invitation only)
  • May 18 – University of Waterloo Gauss Mathematics Contest (grades 7 and 8)
  • May 19 – University of Waterloo Avogadro Exam (grade 11)
  • May 20 – P.A.C.E.Masquerade (student council formal)
  • May 23 – Victoria Day (school closed)
  • May 26 – Medieval Times (grade 4)
  • May 27 – House Day (grades 1-8)
  • June 6 – Canada’s Wonderland Music Festival (grades 7-11)
  • June 9-15 – Final Examinations (grades 9-12)
  • June 14 – Year-end Field Trips (grades 1-8)
  • June 15 – School Year Ends (school closes at 12:00 p.m.)
  • June 20 – Final Examinations Takeup Day (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – grades 9-12)
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