December 2017

Fruit Salad was a success!  Thank you for sending the fruit to school!  Div. 6 students had a wonderful time drawing/writing the recipe and then making the fruit salad together.


Upcoming events for Dec:

Dec 5 – Kindergarten Hearing Screening (am)

Dec 13 – Cookie Factory (9am) – please arrive to school on time because we are the first class to make cookies at the Cookie Factory! – in the gym

Dec 18 to 22 (morning)

– Cookie & card sales

– Sing-a-long – No family reading this week. Instead, families are invited to stay for some holiday singing – in the library open area

Communicating Student Learning (CSL)

This year Div. 1,2,4,5 and 6 will be participating in a Vancouver School District Pilot project designed to align reporting practices with the redesigned BC curriculum. The project, Communicating Student Learning (or CSL), will result in three significant changes to reporting for the 2017-2018 school year for children in these divisions.

  1. A shift from primarily focussing on summative assessment to primarily focussing on formative assessment

These changes in communicating with parents are part of the redesigned BC Curriculum.  Based on current assessment research, ongoing personal feedback which embedded in daily instruction, along with examples of student work, are more beneficial in supporting student learning than simply reporting on student results. Thus, the shift in practice. The communication of student learning to parents is based on clear standards and expectations, and is intended to make learning visible. Students are encouraged to think of the questions:

~Where am I now?

~Where am I going?

~What do I need to do to get here?

2. 4 required communications with parents within a calendar year:

  • a minimum of two ongoing communications of student learning throughout the school year
  • one written progress report at the end of January
  • one written summative report at the end of June

A. Ongoing communication with parents (a minimum of twice a year, timing at the teacher’s discretion)

  • based on authentic evidence of student learning from a variety of sources (see over)
  • based on clear standards and expectations with the intention of making learning visible
  • can occur in different ways (student-led conferences, parent-teacher meetings, reflections on student work, on-line platforms, telephone conversations, interim written reports)

B. Written Progress Reports – end of January and end of June

  • a written progress report will be sent to parents on February 2nd, 2018. This report will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations at the mid-year point
  • a written summative report will be sent home to parents on June 28th, 2018.  This report will indicate where the child is in relation to the age/grade expectations and will include a student self-assessment of the Core Competencies (Communication, Thinking and Personal and Social)
  • where applicable, a summary of the progress toward the goals in the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be provided

All 4 communications with parents can include:

  • descriptive information bout the child’s learning
  • samples of student work
  • show and shares
  • written summaries
  • ways to further support the child’s learning at shcool and at home
  • the child’s contributions to the classroom, school and community
  • how the child interacts with others

3. Student Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies with the written summative report in June

  • began June 2017

By participating in this process, students are provided with meaningful information about their learning so that they can monitor their progress towards the learning goals they have set. Parents are involved as partners ina  dialogue about their child’s progress and the best way to support and improve learning. We look forward to working with you as we continue to focus on your child’s learning. As always, feel free to contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions.


Erin Gibbs

Vice Principal, Dickens Annex

Fruit Salad on Thursday

We will be making a Div. 6 community fruit salad on Thursday for our families and community helpers unit for Social Studies (working together as a community) and for the healthy living part of the curriculum.  Families, please help by sending a piece of fruit with your child to school on either Wednesday or Thursday so we can add it to the fruit salad!


  • The kindergarten hearing screening is on Dec 5th in the morning!
  • I have one volunteer to make cookie dough for our class so far.  I’m still looking for one more volunteer!  Please talk to Ms. Lui if you can help!


Our elf has finally arrived in the classroom!  We have been getting hints of her arrival for two days!  Here is a summary of what we found!

Day 1

Div. 6 walked into the classroom to find that it was decorated with winter holiday things! During Calendar Time, we found a note inside a mitten telling us to find a moose!

After the students looked around the room, we found the moose (reindeer?) with a note inside its belly!

Here is what the first note said!

The elf brought us some alphabet strips to help us with our letter recognition and writing!  Students were so happy!

Day 2

On Day 2, Elf got us a book called “The Elf on the Shelf.”

We learned all about how Elf flies back to the North Pole every night and comes back every morning!  Elf wants us to give her a name!

Day 3

Our elf arrived today!  She got us another letter and also a sheet to help us decide a name for her. We also did some Language Arts for Star (our elf)!

I wonder what Star will do tomorrow?

Wishing Stars~

We made salt dough wishing stars in art last week!  They were sent home yesterday with a recipe for salt dough art that the students illustrated with pictures!

After the stars were baked in the oven, students painted it with different colours and sprinkled on some glitter.  The next day, we wrote in our writing books about our wish. The sentence starter was: I wish…

We will be sending home the writing sample for families to look at.  An assessment for, “What I know so far…” will also be sent home soon.

Please feel free to set up a meeting time with Ms. Lui if you have questions about your child’s learning.

Thank you!

November Update

What have we been doing?

Buddy Reading

Div. 6 has started doing Buddy Reading with Mrs. C’s grade 3 students! We are meeting every Monday morning after Calendar time.  After the winter vacation, we will start to meet twice a week.  Having older buddies reading and sharing their reading tips and experience with the kindergarten students is tremendously valuable.

Language Arts

We are now studying the letter Jj this week!  Please continue to practice letter formation and letter recognition at home with your child whenever you can!

Upcoming school activities

District Pro-D Day (No School) – Dec 1

Hearing Screening for Ks – Dec 5

Cookie Factory Dough Making

Every year, students make cookies at school to be sold during the week of Dec 18.  Parents are invited to help us by making cookie dough at home and then sending it to school for us to use during the Cookie Factory. We will need the cookie dough on or before Dec 13. If you would like to volunteer to make cookie dough for us, please talk to Ms. Lui and she will give you a recipe.  You do not need to have attended the volunteer conduct meeting in order to do this.

Winter Assembly

The winter assembly is Friday, Dec 22 (time to be confirmed later but should be around 2:15pm).  Div. 6 will be performing a song at the assembly!  Families are invited to attend.

Students will be practicing this song at school!

Reindeer Pokey (Tune: Hokey Pokey)

You put your antlers in.

You put your antlers out,

You put your antlers in and you shake it all about.

You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!



You put your hooves in.

You put your hooves out,

You put your hooves in and you shake it all about.

You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!



You put your whole self in.

You put your whole self out,

You put your whole self in and you shake it all about.

You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!


That’s what it’s all about!




Remembrance Day Assembly

Div 5 and 6 will be reciting a poem at the Remembrance Day Assembly this Thursday at 11am.  Families are invited to attend this assembly.

Poppy, Poppy

Poppy, poppy. What do you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.

Poppy, poppy. What do you tell?
Many soldiers in battle fell.

Poppy, poppy. What should we know?
That peace on earth should grow, grow, grow. 

Poppy, we are but children small.
We are too little to do it all.
Children you may do your part.
Love each other is how to start.
Play without fighting.
Share your games and toys.
Be kind and thoughtful
to all girls and boys

Halloween Activities

Halloween is next week!  We have some special activities planned at the Annex!


Spooky Reading

It is on Monday, Oct 30 and Tuesday, Oct 31 during Family Reading time.  It takes place in Div. 3 and 4’s classrooms (the two classrooms near our coat room area). The classrooms will be dark and the teacher will be reading spooky stories to students on the carpet! We will be starting Math Monday (families are invited to play a math game with their child) in our classroom on Monday and will still have regular Family Reading time in the Div. 6 classroom on Tuesday.


Halloween Stations

Students will take part in Halloween Stations on Tuesday.  This is a whole school activity where students can chose to go to any classroom in the school to do a Halloween activity!


Halloween Costumes

Students are invited to wear a Halloween costume to school on Oct 31.  It is a fun experience for students coming to school dressed in a costume.  Please make sure that any toy weapons that go with the costumes are left at home.  Also, please make sure that you label the costume with your child’s name. In previous years, we’ve had students dressed in the same costume. Then, when students decided to change out of their costume at recess/lunch, they got mixed up in the coat room area.

Have a wonderful weekend!