June 20

Buzzing About Bees!

Turkey Jay, Mrs. Sullivan’s husband, is a bee-keeper ‘on the side’. He just loves bees and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. There’s always so much to learn about bees. They truly are an incredible insect and are not to be feared.

He couldn’t visit with us today, so he sent me with some of his bee-keeping tools and gadgets to share with my students.

We watched some cool videos, learning a little bit about bees, including their waggle dance!

Students loved painting their designs on the bee boxes and Turkey Jay can’t wait to use these homes for the bees this summer! The bees will be happy and are thankful for beautifying their homes!

Here are 10 Fun Facts about Bees that

maybe you didn’t know:

1. There are 3 categories of honey bees: the males (drones), the females are the worker bees, and the queen

2. The only purpose of the male bees is to mate with the queen

3. In the Fall, the female bees kick out the drones from the hive because they are not needed over the winter time.

4. Drone bees do not have stinger

5. The queen bee has a bigger abdomen than the other bees

6. The queen lays 1500 eggs each day. It takes 21 days for the eggs to hatch.

7. When the queen lays an egg, she chooses to fertilize it or not. A non-fertilized egg turns into a drone (male bee). A fertilized egg turns into a worker bee (female).

8. The honey bee is the only insect in the world that makes food that we eat

9. Honey bees produce many things including propolys which is like a glue that bees use to seal cracks and secures things. If a mouse dies in the hive, the bees cannot drag it out, so they entomb the mouse in propolys so the dead body does not contaminate the hive. Smart!

10. Bees don’t sleep. Ever! They are not dormant in the winter. Their wings beat together and they produce heat this way.

June 18

A Visit to McCormick Home

Today our students spent the morning engaging with the residents of the McCormick Home. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain understanding and compassion for seniors in our own community.  The seniors appreciated the companionship and time that the students spent reading stories and playing Bingo.

It was a great day outside and we were blessed to have been able to visit the residents outside in their beautiful courtyard.

A big thank-you goes out to Sabrina who organized the morning for us.

June 17

A Visit to Hogwarts

It was a special day for our students as they handed in their tickets and traveled to Hogwarts, passing through Platform 9 & 3/4 and into the wonderful world of Harry Potter.

Students embraced their characters, posed for photos, ate some delicious goodies, drank some Polyjuice Potion, and enjoyed the movie for the afternoon. We left with certificates in hand as graduates of Hogwarts and will go home to talk about our fun for days to come.

A celebration like this couldn’t have happened without the help and support of parents, so a BIG thank-you from all of us!


June 17

Inspirational Posters

Recently, the students were able to take home their beautiful posters that have been hanging in our classroom for many months. They self-selected their quote that was meaningful to them and then were asked to draw the accompanying picture.

Aren’t they lovely? Great job, Grade 3s!

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

June 6

Sharing our Talents with Others

Our published stories were so great that they must be shared with others! We invited Mr. K’s class to come and let us read to them. The Grade 1s enjoyed listening to the stories read aloud. Great job everyone!

Our puppet shows were a hit with our Kindergarten buddies on Tuesday. They were such a great audience and the Grade 3s performed so well. It was so fun to watch all the hard work. Our students not only created their puppets from scratch, they also wrote their own scripts.  Wow! Some of the topics they presented about included protecting the earth, treating others the way you want to be treated, and respect.

Do you own a puppet?

May 29

Celebrating Our Authors–Camp Style!

Snuggling up around the campfire, nibbling on s’mores and reading really great stories was a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon…after EQAO is all done.

Flashlights in hand, we had a fun afternoon of reading, celebrating, and praising each other for all the hard work with our published realistic fiction stories.

I have personally thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one and am SO proud of everyone’s efforts. Wow!

There is so much involved in the writing process–planning, drafting, editing, revising, publishing. There were stories about getting lost in a mall, in the woods, making new friends, surviving a camping disaster, overcoming a fear of dogs, ocean, clowns, spiders…and so much more!

Congratulations to each and every one of you for the wonderful work you created!  I am so proud of you!



May 29

A Special Invitation

Dear Fellow Muggles,

As you know, a very special delivery was made today from Hedwig the Owl. Mrs. Barnes noticed her swooping in through the office window, dropping off a basket of envelopes to the students of Room 117 at our school. She even captured this photograph:

These letters are a special invite for you to attend a…

Harry Potter Party

 on Monday June 17, 2019

*Please reply to this invitation by leaving a comment on this post*


May 6

A Classroom Shopping Spree

What can one buy with only $10.00 to spend on various items around the classroom? That’s exactly what students had to decide when shopping around the room for various items with price tags. The rules were they had to spend more than $4.00 but no more than $10. Some students commented on the bargains to be had! It’s interesting to see the shopping habits of these young students already emerging 🙂 With clipboards and pencils poised, students carefully tabulated their totals. When we gathered back together to discuss and share, we also learned how to calculate change with a subtraction strategy.

We discussed what we could buy for  $10.00 outside of the classroom and the fact that in reality there is tax to be included in most things as well.

How would you spend $10…or would you save it?

May 1

Grandparents Day

Today was a special day as we celebrated our grandparents! While some grandparents were far away or not able to come, we did have a terrific turnout overall. Our students welcomed our visitors warmly and were eager to show them their various projects “on the go” and give them a tour of the classroom. Some students read together with their grandparent or worked on some math problems. Some even gave an impromptu puppet show!

After the classroom visit, grandparents were ushered into the gym to watch a few performances from our school show, Shrek Jr.

Thank you to our grandparents (and parents) who helped make today extra special for us all.