Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thank you to Best Buy

A huge thank you to Jordan at Best Buy for helping outift us out with 20 amazing headphones.  They are being well used and thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Camp Kraft Party Rocks!

Recently our very own Camp Kraft Kids treated us to a dance performance.  Wow, do these students ever have some great dance moves (I believe I even spotted the "sprinkler"). Well done Div. 9!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Yoga Demonstration by Mrs. Galloway's Class

Last Friday, Kindergarten through Grade 3/4 were treated to a wonderful display of both active and quiet yoga poses, told through story, by Mrs. Galloway's grade 4/5 class. 

The students in Mrs. Galloway's class feel very fortunate to have received yoga instruction this year from Mrs. Brooks.  Though yoga they developed their fitness, flexibility, body and self awareness.  They learned to use breathing to relax and calm themselves. In order for the students to be successful, they needed to listen, observe and co-operate ... which they did beautifully!

Here is the story they told through movement ...

One day a group of warriors were on a journey in a boat.  The warriors found an island that was covered in forest.  The forest had a lot of different types of trees, some of them were big and others rather small.  The forest also had many types of flowers.  The warriors really liked one large flower called the "Friendship Flower". The warriors continued to explore the mountains on the island.  One day they found a very tall, majestic mountain.  On the other side of the tall mountain they saw a large flock of sparrows.  The warriors also told of many animals they found on the island.  For example there was a pack of dogs who howled at night. They had to be careful as the island had cobra snakes.  One day a warrior found a cobra egg.  The island was very popular with bees as it had so many flowers.  There was always a buzzing in the air. To celebrate their journey all the warriors came together and chanted oooaiaiaia.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Div. 1 & 2 Earth Fair

On May 28, our grade sixes and sevens shared their Earth science projects with the rest of the school.  Volcanoes exploded, the Earth moved and water trickled. Here are some pictures that capture the excitement of the morning.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

iMovie Poems

The following poems were created by some of our intermediate students using iMovie on the iPods we were fortunate enought to borrow from the district.  The students wrote about their favourite things...

Summertime by Jaime:

Cougars by Mattia:

Cats by Abby:

My Family by Lauren:

Weekend by Grayson:
Cookies by: Brooklyn

Soccer by: Mya

There are still three more that will be added this week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chess Club Celebration

Ribbons, medals, popcorn, juice and applause for all ... Coal Tyee's Chess Club celebrates another successful year! A huge thank you goes to Mr. Skala, our Chess Club Coordinator, as well as Mrs. Mize and Mrs. Chapotelle for making this club possible.

The club met every Wednesday afterschool in the library and if I'm not mistaken, not a Wednesday was missed! Something new this year was the opportunity for students to view and learn from instructional DVDs narrated by Polgar, a four time women's world champion. One of the things that struck me as an observer, is just how inclusive and supportive the members of this group are.  The game of chess brought students from all the grades together to share their passion for the game.

Twenty of our students took part in this year's tournament. Special recognition goes to ...

Primary Division
Tyler R.  - 1st place
Devon C. - 2nd place
Dorian B. - 3rd place

Intermediate Division
Liam K. - 1st place
Wenddy B. - 2nd place
Devin C. - 3rd place

Alliah M., a member of the chess club shares, "I like that all the students in chess club got along and had fun.  The most important thing is to have fun,  I am really glad my my mom helped out with everything."  Briana M., also a member of the club believes, "Chess club is a very inspiring club and I think it might even change people's lives because it is a difficult game to learn and you have to believe in yourself and not give up when you are learning how to play."

Aboriginal Cultural Day from a Students' Perspective

On Aboriginal Cultural Day, I started the drumming in front of the school leading the dancers.  I really liked that I got an opportunity to drum.  I wore the vest that I made with Ms. Walls' help.  I chose the design of a bear for the back of my vest.  Then I went outside to help at the fish table.  I put salmon on crackers for the classes to sample.  After that I was rewarded by having pizza for lunch. It was a wonderful day. ~Owen~

On Aboriginal Cultural Day, we got to play the Bone Game in the gym.  We learned that they used this game to teach young Aboriginal people how to go out on the ocean.  We ate bannock and fish.  At the beginning of the day, we all joined the dance and danced around the gym. We really liked making the bracelets.  We loved being able to see and touch the animal pelts.  Thank you Mrs. Walls for organizing this wonderful day for us.  ~Kolten and Lucas~