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January Newsletter

Posted on January 11

PRINCIPAL'S PERSPECTIVE

                 

Welcome to January 2017 - Happy New Year to all Sunnybrook families and friends! From the school perspective, the winter term provides a time of focus and renewal and a fresh beginning for students and teachers as we proceed through the program and the year. After relaxing holidays filled with family time, reading, and some work, I'm glad to be back to my routines, writing for the Newsletter, and getting the term off to a splendid start.

Our team returned from winter break refreshed and ready for a great term and we kicked off with two productive and inspiring PD days. Monday was set aside for the Avenue Road Art School to present a delightful workshop. While creating artwork ourselves, we reviewed the Elements of Art, in preparation for further work on our written Arts curriculum. It certainly was a lovely way to begin the new year together. Tuesday was devoted to further in-depth work on the 6 + 1 Writing Traits and assessment strategies, as well as yearbook prep and time in our studios to prepare for our students’ return. In all, the two days gave our team a strong base for our journey through the coming term.
 
I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing holiday. It’s fabulous to welcome everyone back to a great new term of living and learning at SBS.
- Irene Davy, Principal
 
                 

Singing for Seniors

Posted on December 23

Our Grade 5 and 6 classes walked to our local retirement residence to sing some holiday songs for the residents of Meighan Lodge.  After singing for their audience, students share Christmas cards with the residents, and chat with them about their experiences, memories, and hopes for the holidays. This action is a highlight of December activities every year at SBS.

SK presents Seasons

Posted on December 22

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!

Swingin' Holiday Concert

Posted on December 21

Our annual holiday concert was a hit again this year. The jazzy theme this year had everyone rocking to the music. Grades 5 and 6 students performed beautifully on their recorders and the Junior and Senior Choirs entertained us with some beautiful music. The whole school choir sang magnificently, and everyone especially enjoyed the scat singing in the closing song - We Wish you a Singing Holiday.

Traditions like the December Concert are highlights of the year for the SBS community. This year's music put us all in the mood for a wonderful holiday!

JK Winter Showcase

Posted on December 16

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.

SK Concert

Posted on December 16

On Thursday, December 15, SK presented The Littlest Christmas Tree. In spite of the dreadful weather, the concert was well attended, and we were so proud of our students' performances. The show was spectacular; the SK students sang their hearts out and adted their roles beautifully. The costumes were wonderful, making for a splendid show full of holiday spirit. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success.

Concert Rehearsal

Posted on December 6

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!

Movie Night

Posted on December 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.

 

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