Friday, 28 February 2014

Linwood Supports Siloam Mission

Recently we wrote about the Giving Tree's initiative to help Siloam Mission.  We wanted to provide an update on the results of their hard work. They collected:

42 packages of pasta
17 blankets
26 pairs of mittens
23 boxes of crackers
29 hats and scarves
40 pairs of socks

62 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste

Thanks to all students and families who contributed.  Your generosity will benefit many people!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Roots of Empathy

The students in Room 18 always enjoy the family visit of the Roots of Empathy program. The program aims to help students learn about empathy and emotions through the loving connection between parent and child. We are so proud of River and how he is growing and learning! The students explored the topic of sleep and how some babies can use a transition object, such as a soother or sleep sack, to help them sleep. The smiles are wide in Room 18 when we greet River with a welcome song and each child gets to say a special "hello" to our baby!  Thanks to Mrs. and Mr. Janzen for bringing River to Linwood for our family visit each month.

Friday, 21 February 2014

More Olympic Reading Fun!

The week has rounded out with lots of fun at Linwood.  Olympic trivia has continued all week.  Students have entered their answers on ballots for a draw to win a prize.  Congratulations to all our winners!

On Wednesday we learned about the Olympic torch and had two guest readers, Toby from 103.1 Virgin Radio and MLA Deanne Crothers.  Big thanks to both guests for spending your time with us!

On Thursday we did our torch run - all classes made their own torches and blazed a trail through the halls.  We ran so fast all the photos turned out too blurry to publish!

To finish the week off, we had student athletes from St. James Collegiate come to read to us today.  Thank you to Mr. Kangas and his students Abby, Artfel, Joseph and Mikaela!

After our guest readers, we began our own Olympic games.  Classes rotated through eight fun stations.  One station was a healthy snack while hearing a story - thanks to McDonalds Restaurants for their generous donation of parfaits!  Two stations, Biathlon and Skeleton are pictured below.

Our Olympic themed "I Love to Read" activities have been enjoyed by all.  Special thanks to the staff for putting on such a special week!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Going to the Olympics!

Every February schools celebrate "I Love to Read" month.  This year at Linwood, we are celebrating with an Olympics theme.  We are doing a special school wide Read-A-Thon.  We are tracking how many minutes we read each day and awarding medals for progress.  So far we have all earned gold every day!

Today we were lucky enough to have two guest readers.  Canadian Olympian Susan Auch was here with us this morning.  She showed us the torch she carried in the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics and she let Ms. Palsson hold the bronze and silver medals she earned speed skating.

Finally, this afternoon we had Mr. Ross, who is our school division's Physical Education coordinator, come to read to our primary classes.  He dazzled us with his reading and with his dance moves!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Thank You, Parents!

The staff at Linwood would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our parents for spoiling us during Staff Appreciation week.  Parent Council organized a fantastic week of treats, culminating with a special luncheon today.  We are so fortunate to work in such a supportive and generous community.  Thank you!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Project Fair

Today is an exciting day at Linwood!  We have 40 projects entered in our school Project Fair in both the Science and Heritage categories.  All participants presented their projects to our judges in the morning.  In the afternoon, all classes will have the opportunity to visit the Fair and view the projects.  Finally, at the end of the day, we will announce which ribbon (participant, bronze, silver or gold) each project received.  Congratulations to all students who participated in the Project Fair!  Special thanks to Mrs. Mager and the committee for organizing this event!