Hi Division 7!
It is 6:30 pm on Friday evening as I post this LONG weekend’s blog. My day was FANTASTIC and SUPER PRODUCTIVE as I spent the day at the school co-planning with Mrs. Nielsen. I hope you had a fun day away from school as you kicked off your 4 day long weekend. The weather was pretty crazy with bouncing rain, wind, and the occasional hail storm too!! I hope you didn’t get caught in it!
Our week was, once again, jammed packed with learning. We welcomed Matt (your newest grade 5 classmate) and you all made him feel very comfortable and took extra time to get him involved and connected into Division 7. Thank you!
You also had your first TOC day as a class and Mr. Wilm agreed with my assessment of you… LOVELY! Thank you for making his day enjoyable! My day at WE Day was already great, but coming back to a positive report from the TOC made the day EVEN better! I really appreciate that!! Thanks Div.7!
We continued in our study of Rick Hansen this week as well. I hope all of you have watched all the videos I put on the symbaloo about Rick and have learned even more about what Rick’s life, his determination, and what he has accomplished. This week you compared Terry Fox with Rick Hansen and then wrote about how they are unique and what they both have in common. Rick was injured in a car accident which resulted in him being paralyzed from the waist down. That didn’t stop him; however, and the word “can’t” ( which he was never allowed to use as a young boy) didn’t enter his vocabulary even after he lost the use of his legs. Three years after the accident ( by the time he was 18) Rick was a decorated champion in several wheel chair sports. Rick and Terry were FRIENDS and they played wheelchair basketball together . Rick was INSPIRED by Terry’s Marathon of Hope… which led Rick to his “Man in Motion” world tour. Rick’s dream, which he did realize and complete, was to travel around the world in a wheel chair to raise money for spinal cord injury research AND to highlight the importance of wheel chair accessibility for those who need it. Rick traveled to 34 countries spanning 4 continents, and took over 2 years to complete that goal. WOW!! Rick is still alive, lives in Richmond, and is still an inspiration to many.
The FSA’s started this week as well. The government requires that grade 4’s and 7’s all across the province take these assessments. So far, we have done the reading passages and the writing segment. We still have the problem solving (math) to do as well as two online segments in math and reading. We are aiming to be finished these before Halloween. I asked you Grade 4’s to practice the online portion of the FSA this weekend, but I ran out of time to show you how to access it. Here are the instructions:
1.Go to the school website.
2.Look along the right hand side bars… scroll down to FAS links. 3.Click on E-FSA SAMPLE. That will take you to another page. 4.Choose Burnaby (41) for the school district.
5. PEN is “123456789” and your PASSWORD is either READ4PR or NUM4PR. That will take you to each sample. Then just work your way through it. Good luck 🙂
Something I forgot to mention in previous posts is how impressed and proud I am of you for how quickly you raised the “megabuck” goal to earn a party. Through the donation of coats (for “coats for kids”) and food bank items, you EASILY raised the 120 megabucks required for the party. In total so far you have donated 21 coats and over 47 items of food. We will be planning our party on Friday this upcoming week. Keep on donating food items… your generosity is hugely appreciated!
Speaking of donating…. the donation of recyclable items has been incredible too! We are over-flowing and have an amazing collection of lots of different things that we will be using in the “Great Re-Purpose Project”. On Tuesday, we will start our planning process, but you can certainly start thinking about what you would like to create and whether or not you want to work alone or with a partner or small team ( no more than 3 people in a team). I have put new tiles on the symbaloo ( the thinking emojis) that may inspire some of your ideas. You can also look up ideas on YouTube or Pinterest as well 🙂
Here is your question for the weekend. What do you think you would like to create for the “RePurpose Project” ? Do you think you will work alone? With a partner? or In a small team?
Have a great weekend Div.7! I will see you on Tuesday!