To the students of Division 1 2014/15,
I know that at certain points in a year it can feel like time is standing still. But for the most part this year flew by and I would like to pull it back and do it again. You all worked so hard in your learning; it is amazing to think back to where you began and to how far you have come. All of you need to be proud of how you have matured and grown over the past 10 months. There are so many great moments that it is absolutely impossible to pick out a favorite few. Watching the animoto video below brings back the memories of the year and reminds me how special each of you are.
To the grade 6s - I am so excited to know that I still get another year with you, and what a year it will be.
To the grade 7s - it is time to say farewell but not good bye. Think back to the beginning of September 2013 - can you remember how nervous some of you were (well maybe many) of entering the grade 6/7 zone? Can you remember how unsure you felt especially entering a class that already had grade 7s from the previous year? Some of you were oh so shy, scared to take a risk in your learning, yet you have learned to take that leap. Some were oh so silly, trying to draw attention away from your own insecurities, yet you have come to believe in yourself and your potential. And some of you were ready to take on the world and be leaders, you just needed a little guidance and reassurance.
To be a teacher is one of the greatest professions to have. Even the days that I wake up and would rather hang out in bed, I know that when I get to school and see each of you, my day will be brightened.
To Neon Cookies - I learned from you that I need to laugh at myself more often, as when we laugh, the weight on our shoulders becomes lighter.
To Ringpop - Your work ethic and commitment to improve yourself as a learner reminded me to never take the easy route out.
To Mind Boggler - From you I have learned to never step aside and watch when a hand is needed. Whether it be a simple job in the classroom, or coming to the rescue of another student, you taught us all to always do what is right.
To Lane 4 - I learned to never judge a book by its cover, as inside may lie the most beautiful story!
To Cat - I learned that taking the time to uncover what is hidden underneath the layers is the most important aspect of my working with kids. You taught me to look more closely and take more time as every child deserves this.
To Happy Face - You inspired me to learn more and to always be inquisitive and curious. You inspired me to vary my interests and look outside my box more often.
To Mr. Gummy Bear - You taught me to never under estimate the influence I have on the students I teach. The importance of believing in the potential of each child will be the legacy you leave with me - always believe in your ability and your potential - I do!
To Shaggy - You reminded me that choice in learning is what is central for success. Being open to non-traditional ways of learning such as standing up when restless or plugging in to music, can make all the difference.
To Tinkerbell - From you I learned to be patient and be still. At times the importance of simply listening allows us to truly hear what others have to say.
To Fluffy Bunny - You taught me to arrive each day with a smile on my face as even when we don't feel like being positive, by looking positive the world becomes a better place.
To King of the Ice - You have taught me to love life, to love all the smallest parts of life, and to laugh - laugh often and laugh hard so that my cheeks hurt!
To Red Coat - You taught me to accept everyone equally, to include all and to never judge those around you. You also reminded me to give hugs more often. I will truly miss your end of the day hugs.
To Athena - I have learned that a great belly laugh is required each and every day. You taught me to simply enjoy life and not sweat the small stuff.
To Lucky Raspberry - I learned from you that I need to slow down, that not everything has to be done in a rush. If I were to slow down I could enjoy the small things more often and I be more present with those around me.
To Patrick - I learned to be more relaxed, to listen more carefully and to be more observant of the world. It is important once in awhile to step aside and let others take the lead.
I wish each and everyone of you the very best in the years to come. I know that you will all make me very proud!
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Congratulations to our grade 7s of 2014/15 - you are truly a remarkable group.I have had the pleasure of working with most of you for the past two years and embraced our newbies in September. I often marvel at how far you have come and how mature you now are. You have built a solid foundation that will be relied on in the good and difficult times. You should all be very proud of what you have accomplished and excited on what is to come. I will miss the laughter, and boy there was laughter, all the inside jokes, all the quit witted responses and the great discussions we would get into on random topics (great diversion tactics to get away from the work lol).
I wish each of you all the very best in your future! Set your goals high as anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard. Remember GRIT and "NOT YET".
All the best,
Mrs. A. Middleton
Class begins at the usual time tomorrow and will dismiss at 12:00.
What a whirlwind of a day. From pancake breakfast to setting up the gym for the assembly tomorrow, to family life, to Yearbooks, to setting up 300 chairs in the gym - there was not a time to breathe.
We did enjoy 30 minutes with our little buddies tough and ate ice cream sundaes - what a treat on a hot day (and it ended up being my lunch).
Tomorrow is a big day for the grade 7s. Please make sure everyone is at school on time as we don't want to be tracking students down.
Grade 7s remember to dress for the occasion!
After lunch we will be watching "Pursuit of happiness with some of the other students.
Thursday is our last day. It is early dismissal at noon. The focus of the day is to say good bye to our grade 7s in a school wide assembly, as well as say good bye to Mrs. Jensen and Mr. Lewis, and have some time as a class to also have our final farewells as a group. It is important to take the time to bring things to a close.
All - please check your homes, under your bed, etc. for any classroom library books and textbooks.
Great day for the grade 7s at Playland. Lots of smiles and a few green faces by the end.Always a favorite day for these students.
Pancake Breakfast for Grade 7s: do not arrive early as you will not be allowed in the gym until 8:45.
Grade 7 assembly on Wednesday - start time is at 9:30.
Lots going on these final days - stay tuned - be prepared and hang in!
Things to know:
Monday - Grade 7s to Playland - bring spending money, water, food, backpack to carry these items in. We will be arriving back to the school around 3:30 please make sure younger siblings are not depending on you to pick them up.
Grade 6s will be placed in different classrooms with assigned work.
Tuesday - Pancake breakfast for the grade 7s - start time 8:45. Practise for the celebration assembly will follow.
Wednesday - Grade 7s celebration Assembly - start time 9:30. Grade 7 after school event begins at 6:00.
- Report cards go home
Thursday - early dismissal - 12:00. Farewell Assembly
Friday - Summer holidays officially begin!
Happy Father's Day to our dads. I hope you have an amazing day!
Poetry, photography, Science - all activities kept on going today. The grade 7s going to Clayton Heights in the fall had a chance to head up to the school, do a Scavenger Hunt, eat hot dogs and meet new friends. What a great way to end the year.
Dates to Remember
June 22 Playland (gr 7 only)
June 23 Pancake breakfast for Grade 7s
June 24 Grade 7 final assembly 9:30am
June 25 - report cards go home; dismissal at 11:50
Grade 7 - We will be taking your head shot photo for the year end celebration. The theme is hollywood so bring sunglasses or fedora hats if you want them in your photo.
Comment: Find 5 descriptive words or phrases that represent your dad. We will be using these words for a project for Father's Day. The more accurate and meaningful your words are the more of an impact your gift will be for your Dad. Record them in the comments tonight.
So unbelievably great to watch the kids run, run, run and run some more today. It was a beautiful day at Clayton Park where students had a chance to be with their friends, be active, eat and get very very tired. From baseball, to parachute games, to tennis and the favorite - Man Tracker - everyone kept busy and had smiles on their faces for the entire day.
Last question that was asked of me, "Can we do this again next year?"
1) Practise using Pic Monkey as an editing tool for photos. Become familiar with what you can do with the tools available with this programs to enhance your photos.
Grade 7s - on Friday please bring a hat and a pair of sun glasses. The hat should not be a ball cap but something a Movie Star might wear. Don't worry if you do not have a hat, sun glasses will do.
Fun Night tomorrow!
Sorry I posted late. I will not track the comments tonight. If you wish to post - your choice of topic.
Photography was the focus of our afternoon today. Prior to setting out and 'playing with a purpose' students learned four important techniques of taking good photos: perspective, rule of thirds, busy background, leading and converging lines. Once those were discussed students chose two to practise and headed outside. Getting down low, looking up, focussing in on significant and insignificant things allowed students to find their inner photographer. I cannot wait to see the first shots, giving feedback and setting them outside for round two!
2) Fish - there are a couple of fish that still need final coats of white or black paint on their backs. Please come to school a bit early to do this (should not take more than 5 minutes or so).
Clayton Park field trip:
Comment: After viewing your photos from today, what did you notice about the photos that turned out the best? Which technique was used to create this shot? What did you notice about your pictures in relation to the angle of the sun? Basically, share what you learned about taking pictures once you look at the ones you took
It was a hot one today. So happy that the kids are able to manage the heat and still focus on the last few items.
The Science projects were handed in this morning. I will begin the marking process and can't wait to read their work. This was a project that the students really invested their time and energy into.
Things to bring to school:
Comment: Each of your novels has focussed on poverty in some small way. Beyond that, what is a theme that has come out of the book? Share two pieces of evidence to help convince me that this is a theme.
June 17 Clayton Park - leave at recess
June 18 Grade 7s to Clayton for scavenger hunt 11:30 - 12:30 / Fun Night
June 22 Playland (Grade 7s only)
June 23 Pancake breakfast for Grade 7s
June 24 Grade 7 final assembly 9:30 start (parents should come around 9:00), Report Cards home
June 25 Last day of school (noon)
Another Sports Day done. By the looks of the kids everyone came to play and have fun. I hope the day went well for all.
1) LA - read your novel - complete for Monday
2) Science - complete project for Monday
3) Return Clayton Park notice
Grade 7s return the Playland notice
This is how I spent my afternoon:
Share your highlight(s) of Sports Day 2015.
I am a grade 7 teacher who has been teaching in the Surrey School District for over 28 years. I love to read, garden, walk, and spend time with family, friends and my golden retriever Kona.
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Find Grampy Difficult
Batter's Up Baseball
Division without decimals
Math Antics - Percentages
Finding a Percent
Percent Word Problems
Percent of a Whole Number
Khan Academy - more on Percents
Parts of A Microscope
Wet Mount Microscopy
San Diego Zoo
Gorillas in Rwanda
Classification of Life
CNN for Kids
Time for Kids
Pencil Crayon Shading and Blending
Creativity Requires Time
Moon Shot Thinking
Obvious To You, Amazing To Others
A Pep Talk from Kid President
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