We Love Recycling!

Our school has been designated a “green school” because of the many environmental projects that we do! Here are a couple of things we have done this week:

Every year before Christmas we have a Recycled Shopping event. Families donate new and gently used items to the school and our amazing PAC group helps to set them up in the gym. Students in every class make tags (out of old Christmas cards) for their family members and get to visit the gym to shop. Thank you so much to all of our parent volunteers for making this event a great success every year!

IMG_0140 IMG_0141 IMG_0143 IMG_0144IMG_0145Another activity I like to do every year with our class is to make an ornament. This year we made our ornaments from frozen juice lids (thanks Mrs. Burgess for saving them!) and the rings from our jars of applesauce that we made in October. I think they worked out very nicely! Good work grade 2’s and 3’s!



Paper Lanterns and Christmas in the Summertime!

At the beginning of this week we travelled to China and Australia! 

In China, Evan’s parents made us a cool video to learn about their traditions. Later, we got to make paper lanterns and hang them around our classroom!

IMG_0119 IMG_0118 IMG_0117In Australia, we had a special tour guide, Ava’s mom, who grew up in Australia! She told us about life in Australia and all of the different animals they have there.

IMG_0120We also checked out Christopher’s Travels Down Under. Christopher was a student in Mrs. Kostiuk’s class two years ago who went to Australia during December. He made a video to show us what it is like during Christmas in Australia.

What did you learn about China and Australia? 



Stopping in to visit Japan and Croatia

We are busy preparing for our Christmas concert coming up, so we only had time to make it to a couple of countries last week. Tsuyoshi and his mom brought us some yummy Japanese treats as they told us some traditions from Japan.

IMG_0109We even got to enjoy some of it on our plane ride!

IMG_0106 IMG_0107 IMG_0108Our next stop was Croatia! We learned that Mrs. Wiebe was born in Croatia and moved to Canada with her family when she was 5. She shared some of her family’s traditions with us and baked us some cookies. We got to try some figs also!

IMG_0110 IMG_0111Next, Viktor shared with us that his family is part Croatian, too. He had a cool flag to show how his family is part Canadian and part Croatian.

IMG_0115Viktor also brought in some Croatian coins and souvenirs!

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What did you learn about Croatia?



Gingerbread Houses and Wooden Shoes

We ended our week taking a few short “flights” around Europe to Germany and the Netherlands.

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In Germany we learned how to say some phrases in German and that most of their toys are made out of wood.

We agreed that we also share the Germans love of candy and created gingerbread houses!

IMG_0093 IMG_0096 IMG_0097In the Netherlands we found out that there are more bicycles there than people! We talked about how a lot of this country has been built below sea level! We also learned that on December 5, which happened to be the day we flew to the Netherlands, children clean and polish their wooden shoes. They leave them out by the door in hopes that Sinterklaas will stop by and fill them with something. We decided it would be nice to give our school shoes a good scrub and leave them by our door. I wonder what we will find when we return to school?

Which country do you think we will visit next? Do you think it will be in Europe or a different continent?


Around the World to France and Poland

We have been busy “travelling” around this week. On Tuesday we visited France and learned about the many tourist attractions and interesting facts about winter, Christmas, and French. Here are some shots of our trip:

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What was your favourite part of France?

Today we boarded our plane once again and had a short flight over to Poland. We were lucky to have a special tour guide, Mrs. Mohnssen, who talked to us about their Christmas Eve traditions. She even offered us a special treat they often have with their Christmas Eve dinner – perogies!

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What did you learn about Christmas traditions in Poland?

Which country do you think we will visit next?