This year in Chapel, we are continuing to learn about God’s story and how God uses different people in the Bible to teach us about His son. This month Mrs. Beaman, former JK teacher, spoke about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, is changed by Jesus and is committed to the mission of Jesus.
The more we draw near to him (ie. reading the Word of God and praying) the more he changes us to be more like him and the more people see him in our lives. She compared flat water to bubbly water and reminded us that as Christians our love for Jesus should bubble over into every area of our life!
Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His holy
Upcoming Winterluve Event
We hope you can join us for our annual Winterluve event on February 14. Students are looking forward to participating in winter events in mixed grade teams in the morning, skating in the afternoon and enjoying hot chocolate and a snack following the skating.
Student Pick Up Reminders
Parents are asked to check in at the front desk when picking up their child. Parents are not to go directly to the classroom as it can interrupt the learning and is distracting to teachers and students.
The grade 5 class spent the month of January investigating the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We talked about how our lives would change if we encountered God in such a way, and how we might live out our lives differently. The class opted to present the story in a live TV show format, interviewing the key characters. The lesson we were trying to convey was that when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego decided to rebel against King Nebuchadnezzar, they did so in obedience to the one true God and they were willing to risk their lives to do so. Obedience may cost us everything, but our God is worth it.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to
him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need
to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If
we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the
God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and
he will deliver us] from Your Majesty’s hand. But
even if he does not, we want you to know,
Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods
or worship the image of gold you have set up.
Daniel 3:16-18 ”
The JK students are exploring the coldest regions on earth and the animals who live there. This cross curricular study includes measurement and geometric shapes in math; weather and animal biology in science; and many books and animal names in language.
BCA basketball teams have been practicing hard for some upcoming tournaments. The girls’ team is pictured below following an exhibition game against Trinity Christian School. Their big tournament takes place February 20. Thanks to Kristin P., Lucas’ mom, for coaching the boys’ team and Mrs. Smith for coaching the girls.
EA Professional Development
Our wonderful Educational Assistants participated in a R and D session tailored to their unique role in the classrooms. We considered the question “What does it take to motivate students who struggle with learning, when traditional methods are ineffective?”
The video we watched, “The Motivation Breakthrough” by educator Rick LaVoie, addresses the myths about student motivation, why traditional methods are unsuccessful, the importance of meeting student needs, and 6 motivational strategies that can help struggling students become more engaged in their learning.
A great discussion followed, where we considered the unique motivations of our different students, and strategies that can help them be more successful in the classroom. It was a good opportunity for fellowship and learning together.
Grade 6 Projects
In a recent unit on the Haida people, the Grade 6 class explored the tribal importance of the totem pole. Students learned about the significance of certain animals to the Haida people and the stories that each family would tell about every face on the totem pole. To finish this unit, the class worked in small groups to
create a totem pole of their own. They were tasked with crafting a traditional totem pole with 3-4 animal figures and 3 watchmen at the top of the pole. They
also created a story about the animal figures featured on the pole. The finished totem poles look amazing and their accompanying stories were entertaining and relevant to the animal faces they chose. We are so proud of the work that the class did on this project!
Some fabulous visual art on display in the hallways. Jensen in JK made a beautiful snowflake with strips of construction paper. Ben in Grade 2 painted a cityscape using watercolours. Reese in Grade 3 inserted herself into this lovely mixed media picture. Malachi and Luc in JK used shapes to make Arctic animals.
February 5 – Kindergarten Discovery Day
February 11 – Term 1 Report Cards
February 12 – Parent Teacher Interviews
February 14 – Winterluve and Ice Skating
February 17 – Family Day
February 18 – Grade 6-8 Ski Day
February 19 – PTA Meeting 3:30 p.m.
February 20 – CAASO Basketball
February 22 – Coldest Night of the Year Walk a Thon
February 25 – HDCH Basketball
February 26 – Open House, Bring a Friend Day, Pink Shirt Day
February 27 – Speech Competition, Grades 5-8
March 4 – Town Hall Meeting 7:30 p.m.
March 16-27 – March Break
March 30 – Senior Program Service Week