Guest Post from Olivia on Tonsils

Olivia in our class has been away for the last couple of weeks, recovering from having her tonsils removed. Tonsils are lumps of tissue in your mouth that act as germ fighters for your body. Sometimes they get infected, though, and need to be taken out. I asked Olivia to write to us so that we could hear what she has learned.

Dear Mrs. Kostiuk & Class,

So you wanted me to tell you about tonsils. Well first I want to tell where your tonsils are, they are in your throat:


If you open your mouth really wide you may see them.

What you can eat while recovering is soup but it cannot be very hot or else your scabs on your throat will come off and you do not want that to happen. You can also eat popsicles, ice cream, jello and pudding but nothing red because you might mistake it as blood and that is not good.

The reason that I got my tonsils out is because my throat would hurt a lot.

From your friend,


Thank you for sharing, Olivia! If you want to learn more about tonsils, check out this link: Kid’s Health – Having Your Tonsils Taken Out

Earth Walk 2014

This Friday our school and the other K-3 school in our area set out to meet at a park. Over the past few weeks we have been busy sanding, oiling, and decorating our own walking sticks – they are beautiful! We had a great walk to the park and filmed along the way with our LearnPads.

We also sang a song for Mr. A. that fits in with Earth Day. We sang and did sign language to “Colours of the Wind” while Ms. Trish played on the piano. I hope to upload a video of it soon!

Reading with Expression

Today we started “Listening to Reading”. Over the next few weeks, we will be listening to some audio books that demonstrate reading with expression. One of the greatest storytellers that reads with AWESOME expression is Robert Munsch. Here is one of Mrs. Kostiuk’s favourite Robert Munsch books, “The Paper Bag Princess”, being read by the author himself!

In May, students will have the opportunity to bring a favourite book of their own from home to read with expression to the class!

Do you like listening to other people read? How do you think this can make you a better reader?

Do you have a favourite Robert Munsch book? If so, what is it?

Egg Marbling

This afternoon we had an Easter party and marbled some boiled eggs with Mrs. Sharpe’s class. Here is the recipe if you want to make your own at home:

Into one cup or bowl put equal parts of oil and vinegar. Next add 1 tbsp. food colouring and an equal part of water (same amount as oil and vinegar). Stir. Make 1 or 2 other colours. Immerse boiled egg into one mixture. Take out with a spoon and polish lightly with a cloth. Allow egg to dry (approximately 5 minutes). Redip in another colour and repeat steps of polishing and drying. You can repeat one more time if desired.

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See you on Tuesday. Happy Easter :)!

Our Solar System

We have been busy creating our own Solar System in our classroom complete with planets and dwarf planets, the sun, and our moon!

After spring break, students created their own Solar System models to share with the class and the school. I was so impressed with the creativity in our class, well done grade 2’s and 3’s!!


What have you learned about the Solar System?

How did you make your own Solar System?

Light It Up Blue

April is Autism Awareness Month!

This year our school is recognizing April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism. Our class has enjoyed several lessons presented by Mrs. Pakenham from the We CAN  (Canucks Autism Network) Be Friends program.

On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, our school wore blue and went on a walk to support Autism Awareness. 

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We have started a Gymnastics unit in gym!

Over the next few weeks we will be learning many new skills such as forward rolls, cartwheels, bridges, handstands, and more!

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What would you like to learn during our gymnastics unit?