February 7

Free to Be Potluck

Our themed potluck Free to Be” was such a success! This was a special celebration to culminate our learning in our Social Studies unit which was all about the diverse communities within Canada. It also complimented our Family Life unit where each student researched and recognized their unique cultural backgrounds.

A big thank you to all the families who helped prepare the delicious treats and eats for our class. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the interesting and unique dishes some of our students prepared. We each made a small flag to  represent our cultures and waved them with pride!

February 1

What’s Your Family History?

In Family Life, we were learning about the importance of our heritage and how it shapes us and influences who we are. Students were asked to gather research by interviewing their family members about their history. Afterwards, they began to think of symbols that would represent various elements or parts of their history. Finally, they designed and built a totem pole to share their results.

Have a look at all the hard work and thought that went into building these totem poles. Well done Grade 6s!

December 4

Advent

Advent is one of the 7 Catholic church seasons and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year (2015) it started on Sunday, November 29th and will end on Thursday, December 24th which is Christmas eve.

Do you know what the word Advent means? Advent

Well if you didn’t it means “coming” or “arrival.” During Advent we as Christians focus on preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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The season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, preparation and longing. There is wanting a for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves of Egypt.

The main colour of Advent is purple. This is the colour of penitence, fasting and royalty welcoming the Advent king, Jesus.

At the beginning of Advent we normally put up an Advent wreath with 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle decorated with a purple ribbon or bow around it. The Advent wreath is a circle to show that God’s love has no beginning and no end. Wreaths are made out of fake or real pine needles from an evergreen tree because they never lose their needles and are always the same. This shows that God’s love will always be the same and never change. 

What are some ways you celebrate Advent?

What does Advent mean to you?

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November 25

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a time to come together and remember the men and women who fought so bravely for our freedom. Our school had a great Remembrance Day Ceremony.  We had two special guests, one a veteran, and the other a current serving member, Sergeant Frank Guadio, and Sergeant White-Dinkel.

We began our liturgy in prayer, song, and one of our classmates, Emma, performed a special dance. We also performed a choral reading of In Flander’s Fields.

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They both had some amazing things to say. Thank you to all the Armed Forces members current and in the past who keep fighting for our freedom and that this nation and other nations might live.

Have a look at some of the pictures from our special celebration.

 

 

November 23

CHRISTMAS OR X-MAS?

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What a wonderful season… Christmas. When you think of Christmas, what do you think of? Presents?… Santa?… Christmas Trees?… Decorations?… Did you think of Christ? The real question is what do you call this season, Christmas or X-Mas?

I call it Christmas! I mean, the word Christmas has Christ in it (CHRISTmas). Christ is what Christmas is all about. If you think X-Mas, why?…

The word Christmas means the Lord’s Blessing, and the celebration of the Eucharist. Did you know that?

“I celebrate the day… That YOU were born to die… So I could one day pray for YOU to save my life.” (Relient K – I Celebrate The Day)

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Sometimes you have to think back and remember what Christmas is actually about and why we celebrate it every year. On Christmas morning, when you first look under your tree, think about what day this day is really all about…

Now, after reading my post, what do you call this season? Why?

What special way do celebrate the “Christ” in the Christmas season?

 

November 4

We Will Follow

How can you follow Jesus?

Well, as a class we came up with many ideas, because on Wednesday, Emma, Gabi, and Calvin led our class in a prayer service all about following Jesus.

IMG_4887 IMG_4888 IMG_4889We began with an opening prayer. After, we read two bible readings that reflected on following Jesus. We had the class do an activity where they coloured a footstep one colour and then wrote an example of how you can follow Jesus. This craft had a twist which was with whatever colour you chose (example, red) you wrote the idea using the colours first letter (example, respect).

We finished with a beautiful song and a prayer that we made. We hoped that everyone enjoyed and learned something during our prayer service.

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Have you ever led a prayer service?

When were some times you have followed in Jesus’ footsteps?

November 1

Lighting the Way with Lanterns

Lanterns may be considered an old fashioned way of lighting up the dark. Some may be lit with a flame, gas, light bulb, oil, and some are decorative. There are many different kinds of lanterns. Some can float on the water, while others float into the sky.

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Why did we make lanterns you ask? We made them because they are a symbol of Jesus’ light and remind us that we are a light for others. We wanted to show that Jesus truly lights the way for us. Have a look at us making our lanterns and see our finished product!lantern-making IMG_0092 IMG_0093 IMG_0094 IMG_0095 IMG_0096

 How can you be a light for others?