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.)

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. | January + February 2024

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

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)

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. | March + April 2023

Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2023

THE PACE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

April showers bring May flowers and a ton of community engagement, exciting learning experiences and personal growth and development! From the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, a Science Odyssey, Badminton and French Speech Competitions to designing and building amusement park rides, we have been very busy bees! We cannot wait to see what’s in-store for the remainder of the year, but let’s recap some of March and April highlights.

MARCH + APRIL  HIGHLIGHTS

On March 3rd, 2023, P.A.C.E. competed in a French speech competition that took place at Branksome Hall at a regional level and was able to score first place in the core French category. P.A.C.E.’s representatives will compete once more on May 6th at a provincial level at Glendon campus. Best of luck to the participants.

Le 3 mars dernier, P.A.C.E. a participé à une compétition régionale d’art oratoire à Branksome Hall au centre-ville. Les deux élèves de P.A.C.E. Yustina et Lauren ont réussi à obtenir la première place au concours en Français de base. Les deux participantes vont représenter notre école à Glendon le 6 mai prochain au niveau provincial. Bonne chance aux deux participantes et à notre école!

Our grade 2s celebrated the end of their unit on Indigenous Studies! Students worked together to reach a common goal of brainstorming and recording facts about a specific animal. At the same time, they practiced group-work skills of listening and respecting the ideas of each other and took turns speaking as each student held the “talking stick”.

Our grades 1-5 students visited the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts for a cultural experience! Students saw the show Afrique en Cirque by Cirque Kalabante – a show that symbolizes the strength, agility and joy of life found in African youth. Students thoroughly enjoyed experiencing different African cultures through music.

For their Space Unit in Theme, our grade 3 students explored and investigated the effects that outer space can have on the growth of tomato seeds. With the help of their five senses, students used their investigative skills to observe tomatoes and their seeds. They created inquiry questions and made predictions about which pack of tomato seeds have gone to space, and how that environment might have an impact on the way the seeds grow.

On April 12, the P.A.C.E. U12 badminton team competed in the SSAF North Qualifier. All team members are to be commended for displaying great sportsmanship throughout a tournament full of competitive matches. Special mention to:

  • Phyllis who came placed second in the girls’ singles 
  • Owen who placed second in the boys’ singles

And big congratulations to the following players who placed first in their division and went undefeated during the day:

  • Ayden and Shawn in boys’ doubles.
  • Michael and Marie in mixed doubles.
  • Zachary in boys’ singles.

Good luck to all players when they compete in the championship tournament in May.

A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Rovet for organizing and convening this qualifying round, and to the coach, Ms. Pajak, for her time and dedication to the team.

Our grade 7 science students have been using their engineering skills to design and build amusement park rides in their Structure and Design unit. Students presented their projects to the class and discussed the forces involved in maintaining a strong and stable structure.

P.A.C.E.’s Science Odyssey proved to be a wonderful success, with students sharing their discoveries in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We had 80 exhibits, approximately 75 judges and a total of 400 evaluations! Parents, faculty members and senior science students volunteered their time to serve as judges. April 14th marked the culmination of months worth of work on the part of our burgeoning scientists who predicted, designed, executed and analyzed findings from a physical experiment or working model of their own interest. Congratulations to all on an outstanding celebration of the world of science.

Our grade 1s practiced their food vocabulary in French by creating menus for their very own restaurants! They had a blast practicing learned vocabulary in a creative and fun way!

From April 18-21, our grade 7s traveled to Quebec City 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 found the program to be challenging, enjoyable and memorable!

Our grade 8 science students embarked on a journey to space! The students spent 3 days at a space camp in Laval, Quebec, training to be astronauts by using simulators to mimic space walks, learning about the science behind surviving in space and conducting space simulated missions to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. The experience was out of this world!

SETTING THE PACE

What a fantastic couple of months! We have achievements to be proud of but still have work to do. As we look ahead to May and June, we are excited for: 

  • May 1-12 – AP Exams (grades 11-12)
  • May 3-5 – Albion Hills Overnight Field Trip (grade 5)
  • May 9 – U12 Badminton Finals
  • May 10 – Music Festival at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
  • May 11 – U14 Badminton Finals
  • May 11 – Chem 13 Contest (grade 12)
  • May 12- Field Trip to Medieval Times (grade 4)
  • May 17 – Gauss Contest (grades 7-8)
  • May 17 – Jr. Reach for the Top Tournament
  • May 18 – Field Trip to the ROM (grade 3)
  • May 18 – Avogadro (grade 11)
  • May 19 – Formal
  • May 22 – Victoria Day (school closed)
  • May 23 – Canada’s Wonderland Music Festival
  • May 26 – U10 Track and Field Meet
  • May 31 – Matilda Performance
  • June 2 – House Day
  • June 8-9 – Fire Safety Workshops (grades 1-8)
  • June 14-20 – Final Exams (grades 9-12)
  • June 19 – Year-end Field Trips (grades 1-8)
  • June 20 – Last Day of School (school closed at 12pm)

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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