1. On November 17th we had the Dream-rider theatre team come and perform at Richard Bulpitt. The productions are about taking care of our planet and cover topics such as recycling, reducing, litter-less lunches and taking care of our environment. The Township of Langley sponsors these plays and we are always grateful when they come to our school.
2. In our Learning Commons, our teacher librarian has collected all the awesome things that we can be! At Richard Bulpitt Elementary you an be anything you want.
3. Buddy Reading is a great way to share a favourite book! We are also happy to have Mr. Flack teach chess to the grade three, fours and fives!
4. During our last collaboration and inquiry day, teachers had the opportunity to go much deeper with their learning. Brainstorming techniques were used to explore topics. Mrs. Lenko loves it when she is featured in a book that a student has written.
5. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Our grade five classes are practising their Christmas Concert Songs in the multi-purpose room in preparation for the Christmas Concert. Thanks Mrs. Merkle and Mr. Kernanen for your hard work in this.
6. A proud moment for Yorkson Middle School. They officially opened on November 28th. The third brand new school on the Willoughby slope.
7. Jersey day was a lot of fun! Many classes wore their team jerseys, their favourite teams or their Richard Bulpitt spirit wear!
8. Love these owls in the hallway! Mrs. Barr did an exceptionally nice job with these individual Owls. Another great week of learning at Richard Bulpitt Elementary school.
1. On Wednesday our students were treated to popcorn from our wonderful Parent Advisory Committee. Students who have not pre-ordered for the next popcorn sale can bring their loonies to school as popcorn will be sold at recess.
Our music classes serenaded our parents with "The Popcorn" song. Thanks to Mrs. Merkel for her fast thinking and having this song available.
2. Welcome to the Mobile Dairy Classroom who came to visit Richard Bupitt on Friday morning. Children were excited to see the grown-up dairy cow as well as her small calf. The calf was one week old. The large cow weighed over 1500 pounds. The classroom had to leave early because the milk machine was frozen and therefore the older cow could not be milked. They have promised that they will return in the Spring and stay the whole morning.
3. Students in division three were working with a different type of COWS. These are our laptops or our computers on wheels. Students use the COWS for many different parts of their learning. Often they work in pairs or alone. Division three is also producing an imaginative book by hand. This includes illustrations and a written story.
4. The students in Division seven were working on their super flex powers. These powers give them control over their regulation and emotions.
Well done Bulpitt Bulldogs!! Another awesome week.
1. It is awesome to see our kindergarten students learn their alphabet letters. Individual whiteboards and markers with an old sock as an eraser work very well for practising printing. Some students like to sit on the floor, some students "sprawl" on the floor. It is important to realize that all of our learners are different and at different stages of their educational journey.
Since we are now at the end of week six of school, our kindergarten students are settling into routine and learning how school works. It is a big change for some of our littlest students.
2. Our grade one students also like to use the whiteboards. Our students are learning to put the letters together to make words and sentences. Whiteboards are easy to use because you can erase them forever without making a hole in your paper.
Again developmentally some students in grade one still need practise with the individual letters, some students are learning words and stringing the letters together, some students are creating sentences that are meaningful. The primary curriculum allows students to progress at their own rate. It is amazing to see the growth of tees youngsters as they mature in their self-regulation skills and developmental levels.
3. Thanks to Mrs. Friesen (one of our PAC Moms) who volunteered to go to primary classes and teach students the proper way to wash your hands. After hand washing, students then held their hands under the "blue" light to see if all the "germs" had been washed off.
During the cold and flu season, it is extremely important that all of us follow proper hand washing techniques. With almost 400 children in the building, it is very easy for germs to spread quickly. If your youngster(s) is sick, please keep them at home until they are well. Please do not share your cold or flu with others.
When a child is sick in the classroom, the custodians do an extra "deep clean" that night. We are all trying to stay healthy until Christmas holidays.
4. We had an extremely successful Scholastic Book fair this past week. The book fair sold over $5200.00 worth of books and items. Students and parents are very generous in our community. Students loved seeing the new titles and were eager to scoop up new graphic novels, chapter books and early reading books.
Also popular were the bookmarks, posters and craft books. The school benefits form these sales because Scholastic shares the profit. Which means Richard Bulpitt will be able to buy more books for its Learning Commons.
Last year we also had a book fair in the Spring. It was also well attended. Stay tuned for news on books! Thanks everyone for supporting the book fair!
5. Country Bumkins Daycare and pre-school always have some fun activities happening. The other day students were dipping their car wheels into different colour paint. Then on a large sheet of white paper, they "drove" tracks and designs everywhere.
I had never seen this method of painting. Afterwards all the cars went to the "car-wash". Their wheels were scrubbed and cars were ready for another day of play.
6. There were lots of wonderful things on display in the halls having to do with Remembrance Day. The kindergarten classes made their kindness recipes, and division 1 and 2 created beautiful pastel coloured poppies.
1. On Monday October 27th, RBES staff had their first collaboration session. All staff met in the library at 8:30am and were led through a series of exercises by Ms. Macdonald. The focus of our collaboration sessions is based on forming a question that will improve our teaching practise through the process of inquiry. Studies have shown that when teaching practice improves, so does student achievement.
For the first part of the session, we learned about what inquiry was and how it's not always easy to formulate a question. The second part of the session had groups brainstorming about some of the factors around the process of inquiry. At the end, we all tried to begin to formulate a question that we could begin to work with. Hard work! Good for the adults to learn what the students go through.
2. On Tuesday morning, we have Kindergarten PE with Ms. Macdonald in the gym. In this photo, the children were playing musical hola-hoops. When the music stopped, everyone had to run into a hoop. Luckily there were lots of hoops so no-one was ever without a spot to be in.
It is very important that students have physical activity every day. With the rainy season here, we try to send the children out even if it is wet, but sometimes when the rain is just too heavy we do call an "in" day. That's when we try to make sure that lots of steam is run off in the gym.
3. Ms. Friesen took the opportunity to do some reading with one of her students. It is great to see adults and children read anywhere in the school. Whether it is on the floor, in a desk, in the learning commons or in the hall. Reading is one of those activities you can do anywhere.
4. We have had lots of pumpkins in the school all week. Students have been weighing, measuring, scooping, and eating pumpkin seeds for the past two weeks. Division 2 and 3 carved class sets of pumpkins. I am sure they looked fantastic on Halloween night.
6. Way to go Mrs. Muuren for completing your half marathon this weekend! We are all very proud of you!
Go Bulldogs go!
Mrs. Lenko: Principal of Richard Bulpitt Elementary School.