A fun day was had by Division 7 at the Walkathon this morning. Most of the class was able to run for the full hour (at various paces, with varying amounts of breaks). The cooler weather certainly helped, as many runners in the class made it over 30 laps! Some more than 40! As a reward for a great day, the class enjoyed popsicles just before recess! Thank you to the PAC and all of the parents volunteers who made this event (and all the other ones) such a huge success.
The iRide bicycle program will be running at Mackenzie next week. Our class has afternoon time slots for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the end of the day.
Bicycles and helmets are supplied, but if you have your own, they can be brought to school. Bicycles can be locked in the areas provided surrounding the school. Should bringing the bike be too difficult, bringing just a helmet is fine and a bike can be provided, or both can be provided if needed. Bikes must be locked in one of the racks outside of the school and cannot be stored in the school.
Waivers must be completed by all students to participate. The waiver must be completed online, or you will not be able to participate. You can find it here:
Under the iRide School tab, we are listed as Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary. After choosing the school, you would click register. From there, it will bring you to a log in page. You will need to click create an account This is free to do. Fill in your (parent) name, email address and a password and click create an account. From there, you will be able to log in and fill in a waiver for your child. I'm not a student, and therefore have not actually filled one out before myself, but if you run into any hiccups in the waiver process, please let me know in the comments for this post and I will try to help you out with a fast reply.
Hopefully we get some nice weather and have a fun week!
Hoppy Easter to all who celebrate! I had an excellent ham dinner at my wife's aunt's house yesterday and I am making turkey dinner for tonight. The Easter bunny visited and left lots of chocolate eggs for the boys and I decorated some binders for them to store their Pokemon cards as a little Easter gift (plus it means they don't keep their cards on the floor anymore).
Has everyone remembered to take/narrow it down to 1 picture from Spring Break that shows a place that was important to their Spring Break (and doesn't have people/you as the focus of the picture)? Make sure you either upload it to your own website, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
2 more days!!! AHHH!!!!!!
We have made it to the first weekend! Things haven't exactly been busy, but we have been having a lot of fun. While still sunny, we went on scooter rides to the playground and played hockey outside. Since it cooled down a bit, we have gone to the library, fed the ducks, watched Star Wars for the first time and done some art. Zack has just recently started to draw more than scribbles. In fact, The picture of the face with a beard was the first person he has ever drawn! But do not be fooled into thinking it is a beard! It is not. That is the shirt. And the two lines underneath? Those are his legs! It's really cool how little kids interpret things when they draw. Of course, Zack drew a picture of me - I think he nailed the hair! Jon drew a couple pictures as well and it shocks me how much better at art he is than I was at his age and older. Practice makes perfect I guess, and he is drawing all the time! I hope you are all having a fun time on your break. Including the rest of today - 10 days left!!! See you all soon!
It feels like a real Spring Break for me now. The weekend just felt like a weekend. Monday felt like maybe a long weekend. Today I noticed that things were really different. I'm not doing anything too major, or going anywhere fancy, but am definitely enjoying some free time. I'm really just hoping to enjoy the extra time to play around with my boys. We have had some extra playground time and have visited with some friends - just things we never really have enough time to do normally. I've started teaching Jon (my oldest) how to play Super Mario games. We started with Super Mario Brothers for the Wii, mainly for reason that we can all play at the same time (and the surprise bonus feature that I can use Mario to pick up other characters, so I can carry Jon through the harder parts of some of the levels). Not too sure about what we will do for the rest of the break, but I will keep you posted. How have the first few days been treating all of you? Any ideas for things I should do with Jonny and Zack?
This Blog will provide updates on what is happening in the classroom, as well as a small peak into the life of the teacher outside of school.
Welcome Students and Parents of Division 7!
I hope that this will be a place where we can better open the lines of communication between myself, the students and the parents/guardians. I also hope to use this space as part of my general encouragement to use various forms of technology to help us learn in different and meaningful ways.