We continue to sew our button blankets!

Dear Parents of Division 8:

Our button blanket project continues in our class and it is most definitely a sight to see! Here are some more pictures as we continue our sewing journey. What a calm and focused classroom we have! Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who continue to help us with our project. Your help has been invaluable! As you can see from these pictures, the students have learned many skills and are becoming more independent by the day. Our last sewing day at school will be next Tuesday after recess. Please join us if you would like!

Your child has prepared an assessment in relation to the creation of her/his button blanket, using the Positive Personal & Cultural Identity Core Competency. You will see the link at the end of your child’s report card and many of you will have already read her/his first draft online. Next week we will be adding a picture to go along with the assessment, once we have added more buttons to our blankets.  

One of the reasons we chose to use digital portfolios in our class this year is that it gives parents the ability to have conversations with your child about her/his learning. The simple act of parents leaving comments on a child’s portfolio cannot be overstated. It serves to highlight accomplishments, connect real evidence of learning and areas which may need focus. However, most importantly, it shows your child the importance and value of learning from the parent’s perspective. Once your child posts her/his picture of their button blanket, we encourage you to have this conversation with your child and leave a comment on their eportfolio. Thank you for your support with your child’s learning. 

New Gilmore Mural Project

Parents of Division 8:

We hope you will come by to see the new murals the school and community have designed and created. Last week, we practiced first on paper by designing what would go around the mandala. We then did a print of a random mandala onto the mural (each child in the primary classes created a mandala). After rubbing the print onto  wall, we painted around the print with our own design. These pictures represent the process. Come to the school to see all of the new murals up close!


Picnic At Confederation Park – Mon. June 26th

Dear Parents:

We have decided to have a picnic at Confederation Park on Monday June 26th with Mrs Stolb, Mrs Pears and Mrs Sokugawa’s classes. We will leave for the picnic just after recess and return to the school around “2ish”. We will be playing and eating our lunch at the park. Feel free to send your child with food to share with others as long as it is peanut free. We will purchase watermelon and freezies for our class. Send your child to school wearing her/his bathing suit, or in a bag to change into at the park. S/he will also need a towel to dry off with and a towel or blanket to sit on. Feel free to send frisbees, balls, and anything else your child would like to play with at the park (but no water guns). Please ensure that your child has a hat and sunscreen if it is a sunny day. We will go to the park if it is cloudy. However if it is raining, we will have an “in-school picnic” and have our lunch and do fun activities in the activity room together. If you are available, we would love it if you could come join us at the park.

Mrs Kovac and Ms Shellard


Beautiful Button Blankets

Hello parents of Division 8;

We had a very productive day of gluing felt and sewing buttons on our button blankets. They are already looking fantastic and the students really enjoyed themselves.  A big thank you to the parents, grandparent and Mrs D. for helping out on our big production day!  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Just in case any of you are free tomorrow morning, we will be sewing again from 9:00 to 10:00…



Museum of Anthropology field trip

We had a fantastic field trip to the Museum of Anthropology! We learned so much about how totem poles are made and what they symbolize for the First Nations people of BC.  The students spent time sketching one totem animal from one of the totem poles inside.  These sketches are displayed in our room if you would like to see them.  We then got to tour the rest of the museum and saw their incredible collection.  The students were very engaged and excited.  They also got to spend their lunch time exploring the “Haida Village” outside of the museum.  Our guides commented on the students’ knowledge of totem poles and on their excellent behaviour while at the museum!  Thank you to all of the parents who drove and spent the day discovering the museum with the students.

*  Please note, despite working on this slideshow for three straight nights, some of the students who were originally in some pictures are now cut out…. sorry! Remember, I am a beginner at this! 

Primary Days of Music

A few pictures of our Primary Days of Music.  Some are a bit blurry I realize, but the kids were so animated that I wanted to include the shots.  Also, I needed to be careful to only include students from our division as much as possible.  They sang beautifully.  Thanks to Jeremy Brandlmayr for uploading the shots for me.

Library Visit


We will be visiting the McGill Public Library on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 5th. We will be walking and we need a parent to accompany us on our visit. Please let us know if you are able to join us.  If your child does not yet have a library card, please put a note in her/his planner and I will send you the form needed to sign up for a card. We ask that you send your child to school on the 5th with their library card. 

Since our art will have been taken down by then, we remind you to visit the library in March to see our Roy Henry Vickers art display.  This would also be a good time to find a book for your child’s upcoming oral storytelling presentation, if s/he has not already chosen one.  The librarians in the children’s section will be able to help your child pick a perfect book!

Have a great Spring Break!

Ms Shellard and Mrs Kovac


A Journey into Time Immemorial

In your child’s planner today you will see a website that we are hoping your family will visit at home on your computers.  The SFU designed website called “A Journey Into Time Immemorial” contains a 360 degree virtual reality tour of a Fraser Valley First Nation’s village and what it might have been like in the past.  The website is very detailed and rich with content.  It has layers of information embedded within.  When hovering over something, it becomes highlighted and this means that you can access further information by double clicking on that object/person.  Additional information appears in a menu of related topics and sometimes images that link to videos.  We spent 30 minutes on the site today with our big buddies taking the lead.  Some of the language is more difficult and will require some explanation and help for your child. 

There are five main areas of the website that can be explored.  They are as follows:

  1. on the river bank (where it begins)
  2. around the outside of the longhouse
  3. inside the main area of the longhouse
  4. in the cooking area within the longhouse
  5. in the work area within the longhouse
  6. in the backyard
  7. in the pit house

If there is another area that you discover that we have missed please let us know! There is a detailed sitemap that can be accessed from the landing page of the site.  It is in small font near the bottom of the screen.  Please take your time over the next few weeks and have fun exploring the depths of this site with your child.   

The website is: www.sfu.museum/time/en/flash/

Ms Shellard and Mrs Kovac


Roy Henry Vickers Art

Dear Parents of Division 8:

Regarding Roy Henry Vickers Art and eportfolios

Here are some pictures of your talented artists.  If you haven’t seen your child’s eportfolio, these pictures will entice you to take a look.  (Despite my best effort, some of the paintings were cut off when downloaded to a smaller size – please remember I am new to this and am learning [slowly].)  We invite you to be partners in your child’s learning throughout the year while we embark on this journey of eportfolios.  S/he will be sharing her/his thinking and learning, her/his reflections of process or products as well as voicing what is personally important.  This process accesses the Core Competencies of Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal Responsibility and Self-Regulation.  We encourage you (both parents together when appropriate, or each one individually) to be a part of your child’s learning and post a comment on her/his work:

  • Notice thought, capacities and growth.
  • Connect with your child’s opinions, stories and ideas.
  • Share your intellectual curiosity; wonder aloud.
  • Encourage.
  • Co-inspire… “You are interested in art? Me too, here’s an interesting website I’m reading about art.”
  • I noticed you…
  • The part I found most interesting…
  • A few things you did really well here are…
  • One thing I’m seeing about your work is…
  • Have you considered…

We thank you in advance for taking part in your child’s learning.

Just to let you know, this art will also be featured in the children’s section of the McGill Public Library during the month of March.  Please pop in to see it there.

Valentine’s Day Cards

On Tuesday, February 14th we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.  We encourage the students to make a Valentine’s card for each member of our class so that no one will feel left out.  A list of the class is attached to help your child with the spelling of the names.  We are sending this letter home today so that the children will have plenty of time to address their own cards.  It is a great opportunity for children to use printing in a real life situation.  The children will be delivering and opening their cards together during the day on February 14th, which is the day after the Family day long weekend.  Thank you in advance for your help.  Please remember that Mr Anchor’s class will be hosting the Valentine’s party and providing the food this time.  They are aware that we are a nut free classroom.

Airah                                                                          Dash

Dylan                                                                         Ethan

Gabriella                                                                   Isabel

Jasmine                                                                     Joey

Kiera                                                                          Lexie

Lucas                                                                          Lyla

Mai-Linh                                                                   Natalia

Ricky                                                                          Ryan

Sabrina                                                                      Sasha

Tyler K                                                                       Tyler

Ms Shellard                                                              Mrs Kovac