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Community Connexions News

In My Opinion...

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Grade 5 students have recently been working on opinion writing. Making a case for something they feel passionate about, students wrote an article and shared it with a person of influence.

"We discussed audience and for whom we write. Some students picked Mr. Wray, Ms. Mitchell, and other school-based people," explains Iliana Sucre, G5 teacher. "Other students chose to go much bigger and have written to the NBA, Mayor Booth, the Minister of Education, and the makers of Minecraft!"

Jamie B laid out a persuasive argument for why kids should have their own room (less noise being one reason!) while Mia Z tackled the hot topic of getting a phone. Jamie sent her article to John Wray who provided constructive feedback about incorporating and acknowledging the space constraints faced by many families. Her second draft embraced this input and delved deeper into some of the barriers that families might face with her idea. You can read her final article here.

Mia logically laid out three solid arguments for getting a phone in Grade 6 in her piece: emergencies, friends, and responsibilities. She reflects that "having a phone means you have to be trustworthy though, so make sure you can prove that you’re capable of gaining your parents' trust with a cell phone first!" Read more here.

Not only was the exercise of this writing piece important learning, so was the process of taking a bit of a risk to send it out to a wider audience. "Students are all really proud of having a 'real' person read their work, instead of just me!" adds Ms. Sucre.

Cutting Edge Design

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A Middle School Creative Arts LEAP elective recently created imaginative laser-cut signage for our library. After interviewing the librarians and researching book covers, students dove into the design and production phases. 

Nancy L, G7, chose the mystery genre, drawing inspiration from Sherlock Holmes. “I brainstormed the layout based on aesthetics, materials, and usability. I made a final sketch on paper, and then chose acrylic materials to make my sign.” 

A great big thank you to last year’s Momentum donors for funding the laser cutter that made this project, and many others, possible. Annual giving is vital to enhancing the student experience beyond what tuition and government grants can support. Each contribution makes a difference, and this specialised tool has opened doors for students to express their creativity and develop project coordination skills.

Congrats To Our Book Lovers!

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Since November Break, students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have been involved in one of the term's most-loved activities: our annual Bookmark and Cover Design Contest.

While many students took the time to create entries (such as Kimmy M's Merry Poppins cover above), just over 250 also voted for their favourites. This year, in alignment with our Book Fair partnership with Edgemont Kidsbooks, winners scored gift certificates to the local shop to further nurture their love of reading.

Many thanks to MVP volunteers Chia and Helen for making this event possible, year after year. Their countless hours of organisation meant that even with COVID restrictions, students could view all of the entries and cast their votes. 

Click here to view the entries and winners.

Get Ready For Snow

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Forecasters predict a snowy winter on the west coast this year and the frost this week is a good reminder that the white stuff could come any time!

Please remember that we strongly recommend snow tires if you come to campus, even in a light dusting. While our Facilities team works very hard to clear the hill up to school, it can still be slippery. The school bus is always a great, safe option on these days and helps reduce traffic congestion.

In the event of inclement weather, we will communicate with parents via text message, email, and our website. Our preferred option is a late start to allow extra time to safely get to school, but in the case of unsafe travel conditions, we could cancel school for the day. While we have the technology and experience to pivot quickly to online delivery, we will only go that route if the closure looks to be more than a day or two. 

Sale at the MStore

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The M Store has great products to help keep students and parents cozy and dry and in the lead-up to the holidays they are on sale!

Until Winter Break, you can save 20% on fleece blankets, umbrellas, emergency car tools, house scarves, parent hoodies, and powerbanks. 

Titans toques have also just arrived and are sure to be popular this winter.

To make your shopping (and stocking stuffing!) easier, you can now purchase these items on the M Store's new e-commerce website. Volunteers will process orders for pick up and can also assist with gently-used uniform items via email.

If you're cleaning out your closets over the holidays, the M Store also welcomes most uniform items in good condition. Click here for the list.