We took part in Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday and the students had a lot of ideas about how to stand up to bullying behaviour and get help when we need it. Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 when a student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It has since been recognized annually worldwide as a day to stand against bullying. We read some books about making school a welcome environment, and the students brainstormed ideas of how we can make Millgrove an inclusive environment for everyone and wrote their personal plans on silhouettes of their hands. You can watch the story The Invisible Boy below for an example of why Pink Shirt Day is so important!
The class was thrilled to have Mrs. Weisienburger back in our class this week to continue our lessons on feelings. This week we reflected on how to listen to our feelings and give them what they need, and we learned about the concept of resilience. The class had a blast learning with Mrs. Weisenburger as usual!
In the true spirit of this season, a local mom is organizing support for some of the long-term care centres by sending cards to the residents. Our class happily pitched in this week by writing cards to the seniors with notes of encouragement, and sweet tidbits of information about the students' favourite Christmas traditions and their artwork. In a year that has been particularly challenging for our community's older citizens, we hope it can brighten their Christmas!
We're learning about empathy this month at Millgrove, and some of the tangible ways we've put our empathy into practice included contributing to our school's giving tree to provide warm clothes to families in need, donating toys and gift cards to the Christmas hampers, and writing cards to seniors in our community. You can watch a couple of the videos below for more thoughts on empathy!
This week with the Safety Lady we learned about fire safety. We practiced leaving a burning building, learned about making an evacuation plan with our families, and got to see how firefighters stay safe and help people in emergencies You can watch the video above to learn more about fire safety.
We've been very lucky to have the Safety Lady visiting our classroom over the past couple of weeks to teach us about safety around our homes and school, along with first aid. She is a true safety expert and she has made her Wednesday visits to our classroom extremely engaging and informative. This upcoming week she's coming to teach us all about fire safety. You can expect the students of 2B to be extra vigilant about their own safety and the safety of those around them now!
We ran our annual Terry Fox run today and Millgrove is still counting all our fundraising to see if we raised enough for Mr. Lillico to get a pie-in-the-face! The students were very inspired by the story of Terry and how he put others first. They ran hard in the run, and showed great concern for the people they were running for!
Our school is lucky to be participating again in the eight week Rainbow Connection program sponsored by Save On Foods and TransAlta Bri Leisure Centre. The Rainbow Connection was created to increase the amount of vegetables and fruit consumed daily by children. The program encourages students to try diverse fruits and vegetables while learning about healthy eating for life. The program also includes a daily exercise guide to promote the benefits of daily physical activity. Participants will learn nutrition awareness and why physical activity is important for overall wellness.
If you would like to receive weekly emails with a recipe that includes the fruit or vegetable they tried, as well as a family activity, and wellness tips, please register by clicking here. During the program students will be encouraged to eat more vegetables and fruit through education, taste testing, and tracking. We are now having weekly samples of vegetables or fruit delivered to our classroom (this week we got to try out oranges!).
Mrs. Barker is a grade three teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.