Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2022

Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2022

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

HELLO 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR! We are super excited to have everyone back at it once again. We really hit the ground running and could not be more impressed with everyone’s willingness and eagerness to grow, adapt and learn this term! Let’s take a look back at a few highlights from the start of the year!

SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

In September P.A.C.E. held its 2022-2023 student council elections! We are so proud of all candidates. Congratulations to all!

Our students began the annual competition for the coveted House Cup in a special school event called, “House Day”. A sea of colours could be found across campus as students proudly sported their assigned house colour [Delta (blue) Theta (yellow), Sigma (Purple), Omega (red)], with each team hoping to earn house points through friendly competition against their friends on the other side. The sound of energetic music, laughter and cheering filled the school and our grounds instilling a contagious sense of school spirit. The student council executive, along with multiple high school volunteers, organized yet another incredibly successful House Day complete with outdoor sports, trivia, minute-to-win-it, huckle buckle, dodgeball and the much-loved teachers versus students basketball game.It was a fabulous fun-filled morning for staff and students!

P.A.C.E. hosted its 22nd annual Terry Fox Run! Since 1995, P.A.C.E. has proudly raised over $100,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. We’re grateful for all of the support from the P.A.C.E community to help us continue to donate to this meaningful cause.

Pendant la session de français, les élèves de la dixième année ont fait le résumé de La Belle au Bois Dormant de Charles Perrault et ont fait des illustrations qui représentaient ce conte de fées.

During French class, the grade 10 students did the summary of The Sleeping Beauty of Charles Perrault and complemented their work with beautiful illustrations. Check out Lauren Brown’s!

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Our Elementary Ultimate Frisbee team played in their first SSAF tournament of the year. It was a cool day, but the team showed dedication and perseverance and placed 3rd in a very competitive tournament. Well done!

And congratulations to the U20 P.A.C.E. Ultimate Frisbee team for finishing in 1st place at the SSAF U20 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament!

In our extracurricular sketching program, students have been learning about shadows and light through the sketching of 3D shapes. Check out their cubes!

The grade 3s visited Forsythe Farms to expand upon what they’re learning in their Soils Unit in Science class. Students had the opportunity to feed animals and learn about how manure is used to add nutrients to soil; compared properties of the soil at the farm compared to the soil found in the nearby forest; and examined the rate at which different soils drain water.

The grade 8 science students participated in a Botany field study at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. They collected soil and leaf samples to analyze the health of ecosystems, and took to the trees for some tree top trekking. It was in-tree-guing!

The grade 9 students are studying Ecology in science! To complement the unit, the students visited Bond Lake, an important part of the watershed system on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Using a map as their guide, they located different sites and landmarks around the lake, and collected soil and water samples to determine the impact of urbanization on the environment. Did you know that the Oak Ridges Moraine was created 15000 years ago from continental glaciers, spans 160 km, is a natural filter of rain water and feeds 65 different rivers with clean water? And lucky for us, only a 10 minute hike from our school.

The grade 6s took a field trip to Black Creek Pioneer Village to complement their study on the Victorian Era. Students participated in activities that are reminiscent of the Victorian Era and experienced a day in the life of a student during that time in history.

SETTING THE PACE

What a start to the 2022/2023 year! We have achievements to be proud of but still have work to do! As we look ahead to November and December we are excited for: 

  • November 2- Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall (grades 7-11)
  • November 7 – Beaver Computing Contest (grades 7-9)
  • November 10 – American Mathematics Contest (AMC10 and AMC12 – by invitation only)
  • November 10  Grade 12 parent evening (university applications)
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day Assembly
  • November 16 – Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests (Grades 10 and 12 by invitation only)
  • November 17 – Awards Assembly
  • November 17 – Gray Jay Contest (grade 8)
  • November 18 – Term 2 begins
  • November 23 – Vaccination Clinic (grades 7 and 8)
  • November 25 – Famous PEOPLE Players (grade 4)
  • November 25 – Term 1 Report Cards Distributed
  • November 29 – Science Odyssey (grade 5)
  • December 1-2 – Parent and Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • December 7 – Music Concert
  • December 8 – Financial Literacy Test (by invitation only)
  • December 9 – January 2 – Winter Break (school closes on December 9 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • January 3 – School Resumes

 

Keep pace with what’s going on with our students with our bi-monthly blog updates. For an insider’s view into your child’s enriched learning experience, join the P.A.C.E. community on Instagram.

Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2021

Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2021

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

School is back in session at P.A.C.E. and we are off to a fun-tastic start! We absolutely love when our halls are filled with eager young minds ready to learn! 

We are excited to announce that starting in September 2022, P.A.C.E. will be introducing SK!. We could not be more excited to offer our unique educational experience to some of Ontario’s youngest students!

Without further adieu let’s jump into our fall highlights and see what our amazing students have been up to!

SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER  HIGHLIGHTS

Our grade 1 Logic class began learning about word search strategies! The students became word detectives and searched the room for various words on their list. They used their detective skills and worked together to find all the words around their classroom. Way to ‘quack’ the case grade 1s!

Our grade 8 science students are studying Botany. In their first activity, the students are using microscopes to observe phytoplankton and algae in water systems. Algae are a fundamental part of the marine ecosystem and essential to all other life in the oceans! They really ‘krilled it.’

In September, P.A.C.E held a virtual election for its 2021-2022 student council.

Our grade 2 students thoroughly enjoyed delivering their superhero presentations this month, and sharing their superpower in front of the class.

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, after learning about the history of Indigenous children and residential schools and reading the story “Stolen Words” by Melanie Florence, students had the opportunity to design and create their own talking sticks. We discussed the importance and meaning of Sharing Circles to the Indigenous culture, and then participated in our own. Students listened respectfully, with open ears and hearts, while they each shared their thoughts and feelings on all that they had learned about the history of Orange Shirt Day. It truly was a moving and emotional day for the students.

Our grade 3s are learning to crack their friends’ coded messages in Logic class! First, the students created a “class code” and then they each shared their messages. Way to go grade 3s – what a bunch of wise-quackers!

Our grade 3s worked in pairs and groups to study and prepare for their upcoming Theme test on the Phylogenetic Tree. With the use of their whiteboards, students had the opportunity to practice labelling and drawing different types of bird beaks, feet, and bones. So ‘egg-sighting!’

Our grade 8 students participated in a unique botany experiment! The students climbed the trees at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park for a Treetop Trekking experience. The students sampled the river to identify organisms that feed on algae, they identified different species of trees in the area and tested soil to determine the health of the ecosystem.

On October 14, P.A.C.E. hosted its 22nd Terry Fox Run to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. Over the years, P.A.C.E. has raised over $91,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and 2021 was just as much of a success as previous years! Way to go P.A.C.E community!

Our grade 5s also received a virtual visit from Terry’s brother, Fred. Fred Fox met with our grade 5s through a live streaming event to provide words of encouragement and some exclusive information on Terry Fox and his dream of making a lasting impact.

SETTING THE PACE

As we look ahead to the end of 2021 we are excited for the following: 

  • November 7 – Commencement (class of 2021)
  • November 8 – Beaver Computing Challenge (grade 9)
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day Assembly (virtual)
  • November 16 – American Math Contest (by invitation only)
  • November 18 – Awards Assembly
  • November 19 – Term 2 begins
  • December 2&3 – Parent/Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • December 10 – School Closes at 12 p.m.
  • December 13-31 – Winter Break (school closed)
Keep pace with what’s going on with our students with our bi-monthly blog updates. For an insider’s view into your child’s enriched learning experience, join the P.A.C.E. community on Instagram.

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