Happy 100 days of school!!!!

Thank you to Div. 6 families for the support last week when I encountered the car accident on the way to school and then got really sick on the weekend. It was definitely circumstances beyond my control and I am so sad to have missed so many special activities with Div. 6.  On a happier note, Div. 6 students were able to be flexible with the changes and the teachers-on-call all reported that students had a great couple of days.

Today is our class’s 100 days of school.  Thank you to all the families that sent in your trail mix ingredients!  It’s been an amazing 100 days of learning so far and I am so proud of everyone in Div. 6!  We did it! 100 days of social and emotional skills learning, writing, counting, reading, friendship skills, exploring, measuring, inquiring and so much more. We will be spending today celebrating and using the things that we have learned to play games and complete whole class activities!

Stayed tuned to a blog post later with details of what we did! Have a wonderful Friday and happy weekend!

Valentine’s Day in Div. 6

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  Here is some information about Valentine’s day at Dickens Annex.


If students choose to give out cards, please ensure that they give one to every student in our class.  This is to ensure that students don’t feel left out or hurt when we open the bags on Valentine’s Day.

Students can make their own cards or buy them from stores.  But we ask that they do not attach candy or snacks to the Valentine’s Day cards because of our school goals for students to have a healthy and balanced diet. They are welcome to attach other non-edible items to their cards.

We will be making Valentine’s Day mail bags then students can put their cards into the bags any time after.

Here is a list of student names in Div. 6:

  1. Ayla
  2. Caleb
  3. Carson
  4. Fischer
  5. Jacky
  6. Jannik
  7. Josie
  8. Kyra
  9. Kuzay
  10. Lawrence
  11. Makayla
  12. Mary
  13. Nathan
  14. Nihal
  15. Penny
  16. Sophie
  17. Zack

Lego Build and Write

One of our writing lessons last week was a Lego build and write!  We put the whole box of Lego bricks on the floor and invited students to build anything they wanted.  Students were super excited and started building right away!  After the building was completed, students wrote a sentence in their writing books about what they wrote.  Ms. Lui even challenged some students to try to write two sentences! The lesson was a success and we all had lots of fun building, writing and reading!

February 2018 Updates

Reminder that the at home project (name posters) is due tomorrow.  Students need to bring it to school and put it in the hand-in box for Ms. Lui.  Thanks!  We are looking forward to reading each others’ stories about how we got our names.

What have we been doing?

Language Arts – We are studying the letter Qq this week.  Students are working on writing short sentences and practicing reading poetry.  We will be learning about rhyming words in February!

Math – We are learning about measurement!  We have already started learning to measure length using nonstandard units of measure (ex., This table is 25 cubes long. This box is 3 sticks long.). After a couple more lessons to measure length, students will learn about weight and capacity.

Measuring our heights using string.

PM Program – We started PM Program with Div. 5 and we are learning about polar bears.

Science – We are learning about the 5 senses.  We have been exploring the 4 tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter) by discussing taste and sorting foods into the taste groups.

Social Studies – We learned about personal and social responsibility.  Students brainstormed different personal and social responsibilities.  We will have a couple more Group Language Lessons with the whole school about this.

Art – Have you seen the new art we have been doing around the room?  We will do a Groundhog Day art activity tomorrow!  Div. 6 students have also been learning about rhythm and beat in music and taking part in drama games and activities.

February Reminders

Feb 2 – Mid-year reports are going home

Feb 7 – Skating – 8:40am arrive to school

Feb 12 – Family Day – No school for everyone

Feb 14 – Skating and Valentine’s Day – 8:40am arrive to school (another blog post about Valentine’s Day is coming up)

Feb 15 – Noodle making in Div. 6 for Lunar New Year

Feb 19 – District Wide Pro-D – No school for students

Feb 28 – Pink Shirt Day – wear pink to school on this day if students want

Reminder: No school today

Today is Curricular Implementation Day.  There is no school for students.  Have a great day!

Ice Skating Field Trip Reminder:

Group 1 will be Div. 1,2 and 6

Students please arrive to school at 8:40am

We leave on a school bus at 8:45am

We skate from 9:15-10:15

We will return to school at 10:30

How I got my name poster

Hello Div. 6 families,

We have been working on learning about social and personal responsibilities in Social Studies (part of the core competencies).  Our next unit of study will be about personal and cultural identities! We know that all families are different and diverse. Each family has their own unique traditions and stories to share!

Div. 6 students listened to the adapted story, “How Names Were Given”. This is a story based on an Okanagan First Nation Legend – Spirit Chief Names the Animal People. Students are bringing home a chart paper to complete a poster at home called, “How Names were Given.” Students will interview their family members to understand how they got their name, if it has a meaning or a story. On the poster, students will colour and decorate each letter in their name. Then, students with the help from their family will write some sentences explaining the story of how they got their name! These posters will later be posted up around the classroom to be shared at an All About Me Fair!

Thank you!




We have been working on writing short sentences in Div. 6. Students have been following these steps when writing in their writing books.

  1. Students say the sentence they want to write.
  2. Count the number of words in the sentence.
  3. Draw a line for every word.
  4. Stretch out each word.
  5. Write letter sounds they can hear.
  6. Put a period at the end.

Here are some sentences that Div. 6 students made this week!

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What have we been doing?

Language Arts – This week we have arrived at the letter Oo in our Letter of the Week Study. We are learning to write some words in class.  Students draw a line for every word they want to write and then stretch the word out and write a letter for every sound they hear.

Example.      I hd a fn weknd.

(I had a fun weekend.)

Math – We have been practicing 10 frames and the decomposition of numbers to 10.

Social Studies – We are learning about rights and responsibilities at home and at school.  Students have brainstormed two responsibilities at school so far.  

  • Be a good sport.
  • Keep your hands to yourself.

Science – We finished our penguin study and will start our next unit with Div. 5 soon!  We will be learning about polar bears together!  In addition, Div. 6 students are learning about the 5 senses.

Upcoming activities:

Jan 29 – Curriculum Implementation Day for teachers and staff – no school for students

Jan 31 – Ice Skating field trip 1 – Arrive to school at 8:40am!

Feb 7 – Ice Skating field trip 2- Arrive to school at 8:40am!

Feb 12 – Family Day – No school

Feb 14 – Ice Skating field trip 3- Arrive to school at 8:40am!

Art: Our windows of a winter scene!

Show and Tell Schedule


Date Students
Jan 17 Zack and Sophie
Jan 24 Penny and Nihal
Jan 31 Nathan and Mary
Feb 7 Makayla and Lawrence
Feb 14 Kyra and Kuzay
Feb 21 Josie and Jannik
Feb 28 Jacky and Fischer
March 7 Carson and Caleb
March 14 Ayla
  Spring Break
April 4 Zack and Sophie
April 11 Penny and Nihal
April 18 Nathan and Mary
April 26 Makayla and Lawrence
May 2 Kyra and Kuzay
May 9 Josie and Jannik
May 16 Jacky and Fischer
May 23 Carson and Caleb
May 30 Ayla

Welcome back!

It’s 2018!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends!  I’m looking forward to the start of the new term and planning many exciting new activities for Div. 6!  Just a reminder that we are part of the CSL pilot project and Div. 6 families will be receiving a written progress report for your child at the end of January. Stay tuned! If you have any questions about your child’s progress before that, feel free to set up a meeting with me at any time!

The extra change of clothes for Div. 6 students were sent home before the holidays.  Please send a fresh bag of clothes back to school with your child on Monday for them to keep inside their cubbies! Thanks!


JAN 8 – 9:15 a.m. Theatrical production: How Raven Stole the Sun – Family reading will end a couple of minutes early so we can go to the gym for this theatre production!

JAN 17 – Volunteer Conduct Meeting – Another chance to sign the volunteer form so parents can volunteer on upcoming school field trips! We will have an ice skating field trip coming up soon.