February 21

Coming to Canada

I came to Canada on February 5th, 2015.The person on the far right is my Aunt Nahrin who came to Canada 2 years before us and she helped us get to Canada from Syria. What surprised me the most was the harsh weather because where I came from it was not as cold. Also the nicest thing I realized was that Canadians were very polite and caring.Now I love Canada.

What do you like the most about Canada?




February 19

It’s Like Looking in a Mirror

60% of how we express ourselves is through the body, 30% is the tone of voice, and only the last 10% is what you say says Mark Hill, a physical theatre artist and a famous visiting educator at International Schools around the world.

In Drama, students have recently presented their mirror image skits which involved expressing themselves through movement. They have done a lot of preparing, practicing, and planning with their partners. Each partnership created the context for their performance, whether that be waking up in the morning, going to a pool, or going to a movie theatre. Ideas were very diverse! It was a lot of fun to watch the performances and witness the synchronicity and calculated movements the partnerships made. Awesome!


February 13


When setting up my classroom each September, I get the inevitable question from at least one person that asks…

My answer is: a teacher can never have enough books! We had the pleasure of adding even more new books to our class library. After opening the packages, the students noticed a theme with these new books…Biographies!

We were introduced to what a biography is and read one together. After several days of reading and sharing the books, students have finally selected one person they are interested in learning more about. The goal is to complete a presentation called Biography in a Bag and teach the class all about their person of interest. Check out the students exploring the huge selection of biographies…


February 13

My grandparents are here!!!

Not long ago, I was so excited to meet my grandparents at the Toronto airport. On the way to the airport  we had a terrible snow storm.But finally we made it!

We waited at the airport and it seemed like forever. Suddenly, the sliding doors opened and I saw my grandma and grandpa come out. I ran towards them and we started hugging. I felt so joyful

When we left the airport, my grandparents were surprised to see snow. It was their first time in the snow! My grandpa’s shoes were not for snow!

Now, the question is How do I convince my grandparents to move to Canada forever?

By: J.F.


February 5

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Pig. The Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th.

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.

Also known as the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by countries across Asia.

The pig, one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and hard work.

Fireworks, special clothes, red lanterns and lots of food will mark the occasion.

In our classroom, we learned a little bit about chopsticks and even tried using them in the classroom and at lunch! Some students are already experts and some of us are still learning. Did you know there are different kinds of chopsticks?

Check out the video below to learn more about them!

Click here to learn more about traditional Chinese New Year foods. Which one do you think you’d like to try? Noodles for me, please!

We began making paper lanterns and will hang them in our classroom for the next few weeks. They look wonderful! I’ll post pictures here when we finish them.

Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? If so, what do you do?


February 3

Welcome to February!

I don’t know about you, but it seems the school year is flying by. March Break is around the corner and Wiarton Willie has predicted an early Spring! Yippee! You can read a little bit about the history of Wiarton Willie here.

Check out some of the happenings in our classroom these days…

January 31

Science Rules!

It’s been amazingly cold outside this past week. It’s been so cold that we’ve had indoor recesses because it’s quite dangerous to stay outside too long. Brrr!

Take a look at this video I made several years ago (before my name change!) when school was cancelled because of extreme temperatures (and probably lots of snow).

What do you think about it? Leave me a comment and tell me!

January 31

Playing in the snow

I love snow!There are so many fun activities to do in the snow like making snow angels,making forts, going tubing, and making snowmen! In south western Ontario we often get lots of snow, especially in December,January and February. Having my brother play in the snow with me is fun because we have snow ball fights!

by: C.P.

What’s your favourite activity to do in the snow?