Back to School Pep Talk

Welcome to Grade 1/2!

I am so excited about the new school year.  I can’t wait to meet you all and learn about new things with you this year.

I wanted to share with you some of the amazing opportunities we will be having this year.  We have been very lucky to have been chosen to participate in a program called Classroom Champions   this year.  Classroom Championis a year long program that is;

A kind of 21st century pen-pal, each athlete mentor adopts 3-10 classrooms per year. Focusing on their own personal journey, athletes teach about the hard work of training, goal setting, competition and perseverance. Using video lessons and live video chats, students are engaged with their athlete mentor several times per month. Our organization supports teachers by helping them incorporate these activities into their curricula, focusing on letter writing, reading, geography, math, technology, goal setting and leadership.

We have been assigned a Classroom Mentor who is an extremely accomplished athlete and has participated in this program last year.  Who is our mentor you ask?

Well it’s a surprise!!  

You will be finding out who our Athlete Mentor will be in September, see you then.

King Penguins

Things to think about:
What are the important pieces of information that you learned from this video?
How could you write an interesting first sentence to hook a reader?

Vincent van Gogh

We will be learning about famous artists in history.  The first artist we will learn about and is Vincent van Gogh.  We will learn about his life and his painting style then we will attempt to create art in his style.


This is a story that was inspired by van Gogh.

The Yukon Quest Has Begun!

yukon quest logo

The Yukon Quest is a 1 600 km dog sled race between Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory to Fairbanks, Alaska and will last 10 to 16 days.

yukon quest mapYou can follow the race standings live HERE


The organizers of the Yukon Quest take great care to make sure the mushers are ready for the trip.  You can read about how they prepare for the race HERE.

We will be learning all about this race and different types of breeds of dogs who pull these sleds for the next 3 weeks in class.  Come by the school and check out the bulletin board outside our classroom for updated information.



We are learning about the different types of landforms as we drive across the provinces on our road trip from Port Hardy to Halifax.  Today we will watch this video and then use atlases to find the various landforms in Canada.

Once we have reached Halifax we will be using the app


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to create our multimedia scrapbook about our trip and what we have learned about Canada