As I am new to Martha Currie I thought this might be a fun way to welcome students to the Learning Commons. In their school mailbox, teachers will find a short introduction note with a parcel to be opened with their class. The parcel contains a book or two for their classroom library. Here’s how I did it…
Most books were gathered from thrift stores. Value Village has small paperbacks for about a dollar. I used some left over school library funds for additional French titles.
As you wrap each parcel, make sure they are labelled as to the contents – this time of year divisions and grade level assignments can change.
I used up old wrapping paper and added a short note to each parcel.
One note for K and K/1, one for classes that have library prep and one for upper intermediates.
Woot! Lots of fun. Next time I will be able to make the project more cost efficient and with more selection by gathering the French books throughout the year.
This week we invited parents and guardians to an appreciation tea held in the Learning Commons. We celebrated our work with The Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier with a video showing how we completed our project. We decorated the tables with vases of salmon perched in pebbles and colourful salmon art and, coordinated our tables and table cloths to match the red and blue of Mr. Gauthier’s art.
Students who were sharing a bhangra dance at the school variety show were also invited to perform for our guests.
Ms. Perry’s class created some wonderful clay salmon inspired by Mr. Gauthier’s art. Check them out in the hallway display case.
As part of our start up Kindness theme, students in the Learning Commons thought about how to be kind and created a display to share their ideas. some classes used Doodle Buddy app to show their thinking.
Origami paper from the Dollar Store made for easy display.
Grade 2 student gives a refresher tutorial on the features of the app.
Our Kindness ideas inspired by The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.
I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.
Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.
This week Kindergarten students have been designing structures. We have been exploring with cups to figure out how creative we can be with our building. The focus is to cooperate as a group, to share the materials and to be respectful of each other’s ideas and work.
‘Stuff the Learning Commons’ is in full swing! There is still time to join in with a labelled plush toy. This is an activity that brings lots of joy and that everyone can participate in.
At Georges Vanier, the Learning Commons is a shared space that is used by staff and students for lots of great activities. We are helping further a sense of ownership by inviting students to bring a plush toy to hang out on the shelves in the LC for a couple of weeks. Please label stuffies with your child’s name and division. No sentimental favourites, just in case…
We are continuing to create some wonderful #KindnessCounts buttons. Students and staff are designing a self portrait with a big smile. We will wear them at the Year End Celebration Assembly on June 13th.
Woot! We are proud of our Vanier Community. Here’s a video made by Grade 3 students using CraftWorld App.
GEORGES VANIER COMMUNITY from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Getting Excited about Reading from the Vanier Learning Commons: Everybody Just Read from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
We have a great collection of books in the Vanier LC with new titles arriving through the year. Students danced their way into sharing how we love to read.
At Vanier we are conscientious Digital Citizens. Students in this video have both school and other website media consents that have been received in writing by the classroom teacher and confirmed with the Teacher Librarian in advance. Students who have not been confirmed at the time of filming cannot be included.
UnRead Book Parody of Bruno Mars’ UpTown Funk by Adam Kalma and David May
This week we celebrated September by recognizing that “Each of Us is a Work of Art. Together We Are a Masterpiece.” We talked about how we all contribute to the learning community at Vanier and how each one of us makes valuable contributions. Continue reading