Things are always busy at Connect, but things get especially busy and exciting as we march towards the holiday season and Winter Break. A number of outreach campaigns are under way to help those people less fortunate. Our school is undertaking the Stephen's Backpack challenge. Our classes will be filling a backpack which will go to a child between the ages of 11-15. This worthwhile project will require students to bring one item for the backpack. Teachers will help organize the list of "ingredients" as well as the roster for bringing this items in . Mr. Fawcett visited the Stephen's Backpack headquarters downtown over the weekend, and it was buzzing with excitement. If you would like to learn more about Stephen's backpacks, you can visit their website here. In addition to this initiative, the school sponsored "Canstruction" last Friday. Each family group class collected non-perishable food items and used the items to construct sculptures based around this year's theme of food. Here are a few photos from Mr. Fawcett's family group that decided to construct a supermarket. As you can see, the food boxes in our lobby were absolutely overflowing following Friday's "Canstruction" event.
Be sure to ask your child what amazing food rations they sculpted in their family group.
Language Arts Articles Complete
The vast majority of students in 6.1 and 6.2 have completed and submitted their news article assignments. These articles are being published on a special page of this website called "FNN: Fawcett News Network". As a final step in the article writing process, students were asked what they would like to be assessed on. The results of that discussion are now being converted into a rubric and each student will receive personalized feedback according to it. Here is a photo of the board after that discussion. Students and teacher have decided that special attention will be paid to assessing the effectiveness of:
1. The vocabulary (how appropriate and sophisticated were the words used in the article?)
2. Sentence fluency (how sophisticated was sentence structure in the article?)
3. Writing conventions (how accurate was the punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc.)
4. Article format (how effectively did the article adhere to the format studied in class? )
Please take time to visit the FNN page here.
Students in 6.1 and 6.2 had the opportunity to participate in a "Mindfullness Workshop" offered by Mr. Derek Luk of Mimentra. Mimentra is an organization that is committed to helping students learn and utilize mindfulness skills to grow resilience and emotional regulation. It was an interesting workshop and there is a possibility our school partners with Mimentra in the future.
Our Grade 5 Band performance at Bethany Chapel is taking place on Thursday of this week. Mr. Bolen and the team of PVA teachers have been working very hard to prepare our Grade 6 musicians for the big day. If you haven't signed and returned your child's permission form, please do so as soon as possible. Students will be off-campus at Bethany Chapel from 9:00 to 3:00 that day.
We will continue to update this page with new and exiting news from the 6.1 and 6.2 pod!