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So the plan is to carve pumpkins on Wednesday, October 30th. I will have all the tools and supplies and (hopefully) every student can bring a pumpkin. I'll cut the lid, but students can do all of the cleaning and carving as the tools are all small and safe.
The idea would be to create or use a stencil to use for carving onto the pumpkin. The top three pictures show what my kids were able to do 2 years ago. They drew their own design and it was applied to a pumpkin for stencilling before we carved. They were very pleased with the results.
The rest of the pictures are pumpkins that I have carved in the past to show some examples of what can be accomplished with some time, patience and practice (and an example of the types of tools we will use for carving). Some of these stencils might not be too difficult for members of the class to attempt, so I will have some ability-appropriate stencil options available for Wednesday as well.
If anyone has any issues getting a pumpkin to school for Wednesday next week, please contact me, as I can try to have a selection of extras just in case.
What a great season! The Mackenzie Cross Country season seemed short, but it was packed with great practices, 4 mini-meets at Douglas Park and a final district meet at Trout Lake yesterday! Despite the rainy weather, a fun time was had competing with almost 2800 other students from Vancouver schools. Special congratulations to division 7 members Cam, Genelle, Madelyn and Miriam on an excellent season!
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Today we ran a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activity to save Fred, the gummy worm, from certain death due to negligence while boating. We needed to get his life jacket out from under the capsized boat and put it around Fred without him falling into the water below, as Fred is unable to swim. This of course had to be done without touching the boat, life preserver or Fred with our hands - instead using only the 4 paper clips provided. Knowing that we couldn't impale Fred or damage the life preserver, the class then came up with many creative uses for their paper clip tools and all groups were ultimately successful. I've posted a few pictures here, but there are MANY more in the Pictures section of this website (just remember the bonus word from today's spelling test for the password).
The Terry Fox Run on Friday was a huge success. Division 7 did an excellent job collecting the donations and participating on the intermediate course for the first time. I was very proud of their effort. As a school, we raised just over $500, with many of those donations coming from our class. Thanks everyone!
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