In January we held an assembly where the students demonstrated their newly acquired Ukulele skills for the parents and said thanks and goodbye to Ulli Abentung as EA and welcomed by Lynn Tiedemann as our EA for the next 5 months.
During the January In-service day, we spent time as a staff discussing the Core Competencies and the importance of routines and scaffolds to assist our students in developing their Executive Functioning skills.
The school year rushes on and the students have moved from winter to spring outdoor activities.
In addition to the regular academic curriculum other highlights include the following:
In the fall, we applied for and received a Farm to School Grant to purchase a Tower Garden for the school. Due to back orders it was only just received in April, so students are eager to harvest once the produce is growing.
Our English 12 student wrote his provincial English 12 exam on April 25th. He has only a few more things to complete before successfully completing all of his graduation requirements.
Students in Grades 8 and 9 Humanities conducted via distance by Northern BC Distance Education- Key Learning were offered a special art opportunity and we were able to have all the Toad students participate. During the online session they were instructed along with other Distance Education students in Zentangle techniques. Here is a small sample of their work.
We have a number of very talented Artists at our school. Not only did the students win awards in the Rendezvous colouring contest, but recently, 2 elementary students were recognized by the Legion for winning the BC Regional Remembrance Day poster contest. A late afternoon assembly was held, so that the parents and guests could attend to celebrate this recognition. The students were surprised to receive not only special recognition but a monetary award. Way to go students!
On April 10/11 students, staff and chaperones boarded a school bus for an overnight Field trip to Fort Nelson. This busy trip included two swim lessons and time to practice their swimming. On April 11 the grade 8-11 students participated in the Expose and Inspire Event, while the Elementary students were buddied up with Mrs. Power’s Grade 2/3 class and Mrs. Dogherty’s Grade 6 class for the morning for an opportunity to learn with other students in a larger classroom setting and see how things are the same or different from Toad River School. After lunch, these students visited the Public Library and then the Municipal Offices, where they learned a bit about local government.
When asked about the trip, they said “it was pretty fun to be with lot of other kids”, but they all noted that the highlight was swimming.
Students are looking forward to another Field trip to Fort Nelson planned for May 8/9 to join in the ARTSSTARTs Music activity; Piano 6, additional activities planned for this trip include; Maker Activities in the FNSS shop, a tour of the Museum and learning about Indigenous Culture during a visit to Chalo School, as well as, 2 more swimming lessons and practice sessions.
Community Christmas Dinner and Concert- December 18, 2019
The Annual Toad River Christmas Dinner and School Concert was once again a hit, with many family and friends attending the event on December 18th. As always, there was a terrific turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Santa stopped by for a visit following the students’ performance of North Pole’s Got Talent.
Thanks to the PAC who helped to coordinate and assist with the evening. The next morning, I was able to share some Christmas stories and activities with the students.
Leaves have gone, and winter has arrived. Late fall and early winter have been busy at Toad River School. Course work is in full swing with students engaged in a lessons, hands on learning Distance Learning, Applied Skills Design Technology (ASDT), Fine Arts, PE and outdoors activities.
On October 18ththe Toad River School staff and students participated in the “Great Shake-Out” BC’s annual earthquake awareness drill.
Also, in October, student/parent/teacher interviews took place. At this time Ms. Cole discussed the student’s progress goals for each student. She also held an info session for the parents to help their understanding of the new curriculum outcomes and Core Competencies.
Family and friends join the students for a pumpkin-carving activity and “Trick or Treating” event. Thanks to Save on Foods for the donation of a pumpkin for each child.
On November 10th many parents were able to attend the Remembrance Day program that included: a story, a slideshow highlighting student created posters and a recitation of “In Flanders’s Field”.
Students have been engaged with hands on learning and critical thinking. Students in all grades were studying Plate Tectonics and participated in multi-age activity to simulate the movement of the Earth’s plates; using graham crackers and fruit rollups. During the activity, one student noted “Hey, it looks like Folding Mountain.”
During October, 2 families moved away from Toad River to other districts. Before they left, we had an opportunity to get a few pictures of all of this years’ students.
Returning to school is always an exciting time of the year, a time to look forward to learning new things and return to familiar routines. This year we welcomed some new students/families to Toad River School and currently have 17 students attending our school.
We also welcomed our new teacher Ms. Melanie Cole. This fall, she is working with Mrs. Ulli Abentung our Educational Assistant to ensure a safe and caring learning environment at Toad River School.
To enhance student learning we continue to be focused on our students’ math and literacy skills. It has been a busy place both indoors and out. The older students are challenging themselves on the recently installed outdoor exercise structure.
Our high school students assisted in the planning of the Toad River, Terry Fox School Walk on Wednesday September 26. They began with a small presentation on Terry Fox followed by the walk on a pretty challenging route.
Earth Sciences is the common theme for all the students this fall. Ms. Cole learned of 2 Geologists / Research scientists with the Geological Survey of Canada, who had been working in the area during the summer. Wanting to incorporate place-based learning into her lessons she contacted them and arranged for them to come to share their passion and knowledge with the students at Toad River School. On Friday September 28th not only did they give an introduction to geology, share some rock samples and other information but led the students into the field for some hands-on learning in the local area; viewing various rock formation, outcrops and gathering rock specimens.