Our JK class is in the middle of their Toy Unit, and a highlight of the learning is doing carpentry work to make a toy. Together with the SK class and several parents, Jk hammered and worked away until they had created their very own toy!
GR 6 Author Visit
Our Parent Association sponsors author visits for our students. This week Deborah Ellis, Author of The Breadwinner series visited our GR 6 class. They have been studying Parvanna's Journey and were fascinated to hear Doborah Ellis speak about her experiences with Afghani children. It is a sobering while also inspiring to hear her speak about her experiences in Bolivia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Our students had some very probing questions for her as they tried to understand their role in a changing world.
Our thanks to the SPA for mking this event possible, and to Deborah Ellis for returning to share her wisdom with our students.
JK/SK celebrate Nowruz
At SBS we enjoy sharing celebrations with our families. This year for the first time parents shared Nowruz with the JK and SK classes. This Persian tradition is a celebration of spring; eggs are decorated, sweets are enjoyed, seeds are planted and to cleanse for the new year, people jump over fire. Teachers and students enjoyed learning new celebrations; the highlight was definitely jumping over the fire!
Springtime thanks to our parents who enriched our experience by sharing their traditions!
A highlight of the Spring Term at Sunnybrook is the Annual SBS Geography Challenge, which will take place in April. Before the break we gather all our students from Grades Four, Five and Six to participate in the qualifying round.
Our geographers had great results, and the final was a nail biter. In the end, Jacob/GR 4, Tarek, GR 5 and Ethan, GR 6 are our finalists for the big inter school Geography Challenge. Congratualtions to all of you!
Throughout the Winter Term our Grade Six students work on their PYP Exhibition. The Exhibition allows our senior students to apply their skills and learning from their years in the IB Primary Years Program to this project, and demonstrate their learning to our school community.
Students begin by choosing a topic under the transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the Planet. This year they chose water issues for their inquiry. In groups they selected an area of water use and spent 7 weeks learning, researching, exploring, preparing their presentations and practising for the big day.
On Student Led Conference Day the Grade Six class presented their research and learning to the entire school. We also had visits students from 2 other local IB schools. It was a tremendous experience and we are so proud of our students. Well done Grade Six!
Student Led Conferences
Last Friday was a special day in the school. Student Led Conferences offer a meaningful and powerful way for parents to learn about their children's progress. Beginning in JK students and parents sit together for up to an hour. During this time the students share their learning in all areas of the curriculum. This includes their regular studio work such as math, language and Units of Inquiry. They also demonstrate their learning in French, Music and Phys Ed during their conference.
This is a powerful way for parents to experience the progress their children make during the school year.
During the SLC day, our Grade Six class holds it's PYP Exhibition. This is always a wonderful days in the school, a true celebration of student learning.
SBS at the Symphony
As part of our music curriculum, our students in GR 4, 5 and 6 attended the Toronto Symphony Youth Concert. Our students enjoyed listening to the movie music particularly with our focus on John Williams this month. We also had an opportunity to see a Canadian premiere of an animated short with live music. What a thrill!
A big thank you to the SPA for supporting SBS at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and to our parent volunteers for joining us.
Skating is an element of our Phys Ed program in GR 1, 2 and 3. This year we are having great weather and lots of fun at the rink. The winter term is easier when we fill the days with great winter sports, and skating is a highlight for the kids.
Our thanks to our parent volunteers who help with lacing skates and on the ice. And to our teachers for sharing their enthusiasm for winter fun with their students!