Do you know what beavers do in winter? How do turtles survive the cold? Our SK students study these questions as part of their unit of inquiry, The Reason for Seasons, and this morning they presented their findings to their parents. With small diaramas in boxes, drawings of animals, and fact sheets, they talked about what happens in each season, with the animal they were studying. Parents had a great time. Well done, SK, we learned so much from you!
Our JK class proudly presented their learning in French and Music to their parents yesterday. Singing and performing was followed by story time with the principal, and a fun activity with their parents.
This new format for our first JK concert is less formal, and allows our youngest students to perform for their parents in a more familiar setting. They did a wonderful job, singing and reciting, and sharing with their families.
Our Kids Can Too action club holds a clothing drive each year. The donations are delivered to New Circles, a local organisation the provides a clothing bank and other services to newly arrived immigrant families.
Students collect the clothing over a week in November, assisting parents dropping off in the morning, storing the bags, and keeping everything organised. At the end of the collection period, the bags are loaded into a school bus by a chain of kids passing them through the school and out the front walk to be packed onto the bus. When they arrive at New Circles, Kids Can Too kids unload the bags, and spend the afternoon sorting clothes for the clothing bank.
Kids Can Too delivered 101 bags of clothing this year, just in time for winter!
We are proud of our students' efforts to take action locally and to know that SBS is able to make a difference for New Circles.
As the days get shorter our students spend more time indoors in our After Care program. This is a good time for students from different grades to spend time playing, creating, connecting and having a good time together.
The photo above is a great snapshot of the great mood and the kind of activity among these students in SK and Grade 5.
Kids watching a movie in pyjamas, relaxing with their stuffies and sleeping bags, enjoying pizza and popcorn, and having a great time with friends on a Friday night - that is Movie Night at Sunnybrook. A super time for everyone, provided by the Sunnybrook Parents Association and their team of fearless volunteers who make movie night so special that 115 kids signed up to be there! Finding Dory was a great choice for the evening.
Thanks to everyone who made the night such a memorable community event.
As always, the short, dark days herald the arrival of December. At school, however, this is a great month of learning, singing, playing and giving, lending extra cheer to the coming weeks, as we end our first term. With our families from many diverse backgrounds, traditions at this time of year are varied. But however your family spends the holidays, we have in common festivities that bring light and joy into this dark season.
Sometimes busy December days can make it hard to find a way to make holiday anticipation meaningful for ourselves and the children in our lives. Rushing about, visiting malls, getting everything 'just right' can take the fun out of the best moments of the season. Chatting recently with parents who asked about strategies, we tried to come up with a few ways to make preparing for the holiday, however you may spend it, more relaxed, easy going, and focused on people rather than things.
I thought I would share some of the ideas we came up with – I hope you find them of value as the bustle of December gets started:
- Baking, creating fun sweets for gifts and family dinners;
- Crafts - making cards, wrapping paper, gifts or decorations (there are many excellent books, magazines and websites with fun ideas for creating with your kids!);
- Sharing time with friends and family - such as a games night - where you might pull out those old favourites you always loved playing;
- Reading special books with your children, perhaps old favourites of your own;
- Singing with your kids;
- Visiting somewhere like the Distillery District, the Winter Market at the Brickworks, or Black Creek Pioneer Village for a family outing.
Building great memories is one of the best parts of being a parent. Your children will treasure the special times spent growing traditions that will help them remember the togetherness more than the busyness.
Speaking of traditions, Movie Night has become one of our SBS December traditions; a special time for SBS students and their friends, and a great start to this special time of the year. We are looking forward to another fun night at the movies tomorrow!
I wish everyone the very best that December has to offer.
- Irene Davy, Principal
Music is a big part of life at Sunnybrook; our December Concert gives everyone an opportunity to share in the joy of making and hearing music. Our theme this year is Swingin' Holiday, and rehearsals have begun in earnest. This morning Grades 1 - 6 practised in our Arts Studio, and they sound fantastic!
The class of 2016 celebrated their graduation on Thursday evening. Each one of them gave a speech and received their Grade Six diplomas and IB PYP certificates.
Congratulations to each and every one of you, we are so proud of you!
Bringing the many pieces together that create a cohesive school experience is like a working on a huge puzzle. This past month the pieces included field trips, a return of skating, an Open House, a visit to the Symphony, an interesting SPA coffee morning, great studio learning...and a flood. Mr Hoff and I are working on piecing things together to bring the kitchen back to full functionality. If the trades are able to work according to schedule, we hope to have everything finished by the end of March Break. Keep your fingers crossed!
We had our first catered lunch yesterday, and everyone seems to have enjoyed it. The process went smoothly, and we are happy to have a solution to take us through until the kitchen is restored. Thanks again for your support throughout this challenging episode of life at SBS.
This week brings with it a very special day: Student Led Conferences and the PYP Exhibition. Our students from JK to GR 5 are preparing their presentations for their parents, and our GR 6 class will share their learning with the entire school. The GR 6 PYP Exhibition, Fueling the Fire: Climate Change and Human Impact, explores many aspects of climate change. Don't miss a great presentation on Friday, and be sure to make time to visit the Arts Studio.
Music from Peter Pan is beginning to fill our halls as students prepare for auditions next week. In the fall we asked our students about the process and listened to their feedback in preparation for the auditions. They had some very thoughtful suggestions which we believe will improve the experience for all our actors and we have incorporated them into our plans for auditions. We are very proud of each and every student who takes a risk and tries out for a part in the play. Good luck - we can't wait to see you all on stage!
March Break begins at the end of the day on March 11th, and I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing time. Wherever you are during the break, I hope that you and your children enjoy some delightful family time together.
Friendships are one of the most important experiences at school. We like to take advantage of every opportunity to help our students understand the value of their school friendships; Valentines Day gives us one of those moments.
Kids love to celebrate their friendships with Valentines. This year our Action/Service club, Kids Can Too, added to the fun with a special 'friendify' event. Everyone at school drew a name of a colleague or peer, and found some small, special way to recognize and 'friendify' them. We all wore Valentines colours, had a lot of fun, and enjoyed some wonderful moments with SBS friends.
JK and SK really enjoy this event, and celbrated with their special hats and a great party!