Monday 4 December 2023

The Count Down to Winter Break Begins

 Lots of fun activities take place in December at Moody Elementary; students can search for Elf on the Shelf and practice their song for our Winter Concert, "A Warm December Night."  Our class will be performing on Tuesday, December 12th at 1:15 and 6:30 pm.  Due to fire regulations, seating is limited for the evening concert time.  Tickets will be going home for families.

On December 4th, in honour of National Cookie Day, we illustrated and wrote sentences about our favourite or ultimate cookie.  Then students were invited to take one of Mrs. Elie's homemade cookies.  This complimented our Science learning about our senses, particularly, taste.

On December 15th, our school is celebrating Sweater Day and students are invited to wear a sweater of their choice.  Report cards will be available through myed on December 20th.  Make sure you can access your myed account.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

December 22nd, the last day of school before Winter Break, we will be having a comfy clothes/PJ day.  There may even be a hot chocolate treat that day too.

There are other special celebrations in December too...

For many Christians, the season of Advent began on Sunday, December 3rd.

Hanukkah(Chanukah) begins on December 7th and continues until December 15th

Winter Solstice is on December 21st this year.  For many people, including Indigenous people, this is a meaningful celebration.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are holidays observed in BC that occur during our Winter Break.  

Many celebrations in December include candles and lights.  What ways does your family celebrate in December? Did you remember to send a photo to the office to include in our school display?

Thursday 9 November 2023

 Wow! It's November already!

Hello Everyone!  We have been very busy learning and having fun.  Since the Halloween Parade on Oct 31, we have learned about Indigenous Veteran's Day, memorized a musical version of the "In Flanders Fields" poem and presented our learning about the Coast Salish Anthem to the school for our Remembrance Day Assembly today.  We received our first postcard from a class in Toronto who is also reading "A Rover's Story, " as part of the Global Read Aloud.

In Science we are working on a Unit, "Sensing and Responding."  So far, we tried to determine how much our nose, knows.  In Social Studies, we were reading about some of the contributions of Indigenous Veterans.  Also, we have been using resources from the First Nation's Caring Society to learn about Jordan's Principle and how kids can make a difference, no matter how small.

We have started to meet with our Kindergarten Buddies.  We are practicing our oral reading and leadership skills.  Being a Big Buddy is a lot of fun and we are really showing a lot of kindness and caring when we meet with Ms. Dunbar's class.

In Math, we practiced the traditional algorithms for addition and subtraction of multidigit numbers and worked on our addition and subtraction fact fluency.  We also played with patterns, and input & output machines, Algebra, here we come!

Congratulations to Scarlett for winning the Diwali Writing Contest put on by the Port Moody Museum.  Scarlett will be turning on the winter lights at the Museum to mark the start of Diwali on Sunday, November 12 at 6:30 pm.  The POMO Museum would like to invite families to come and experience the magic.  There will be a Hot Chocolate reception on the 1921 train car afterwards.  

Stay tuned for information about our Winter Concert.


Wednesday 4 October 2023

Welcome to Division 2 - 2023-2024 School Year

 It is hard to believe it is already October.  September was very busy this year.  We had our Welcome Back Assembly, Terry Fox Assembly, and our Truth and Reconciliation Honouring Gathering where we listened to the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day.  In addition, we created our Class Charter, participated in the school Terry Fox run, enjoyed an Open House with BBQ for families, and introduced the school to our Ambearrister when our class led the Truth and Reconciliation Honouring Gathering.

October is also filled with fun events.  We start with our first ever "Turkey Trot," on October 5th complete with Pie Draw Assembly.  Next we will have a Ho Down and a "Surprise" event on October 25th.  Please remember to bring a sturdy bag.  Finally our annual Halloween parade on Oct 31 after the morning announcements.  Grade 4s will also complete FSAs and we should begin the Global Read Aloud book, A Rover's Story.  Finally, during this month, interim reports will be sent home and there will be early dismissal days for parents who want to meet with Mrs. Elie.  Details will be sent home soon!

Monday 27 March 2023

Term 3 - The Final Stretch

Welcome Back from Spring Break!  Hopefully you were able to do some things that you like to do.  I know many were looking forward to sleeping in.  We have many activities and exciting things to learn during Term 3.  Stay tuned and check planners for details about upcoming fieldtrips and special events at school.  For example: April is National Poetry Month, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and our school will be celebrating Diversity Week from April 24-28.

Also, Ramadan Kareem for those who observe.  Here is a link to some information to explain one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims throughout the globe. Ramadan: Be good to yourself; be good to others.  This year, Ramadan is observed from March 22-April 20th.

Wednesday 7 December 2022

Canada Learning Code Week

We are working on the Canada Learning Code - Design your own Emoji challenge with scratch.

Here are some helpful links:

We used the downloaded version on the school computers; however, there is an online version and those of us who returned our permission forms will be given scratch accounts. Scratch online

tweetmoji download

The lesson we tried on scratch


Wednesday 21 September 2022

Welcome to another school year for Division 2

September at Moody Elementary started with our schoolwide read of the book, We Move Together, created by the author-illustrator team of Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, and Eduardo Trejos.  You can learn more about the team here.  We learned that it is everyone's responsibility to make sure that everybody is included.  This means we need to pay attention to accessibility so that we can all move together with no one left behind.  Inspired by the book, many of us created interesting visual art with textures so that our art could be enjoyed even if a person is blind or has limited sight.  This helped us to think about how our art feels to the audience looking at it as well as to those touching it.

On September 12, we became a class and we have been working on creating a Class Charter so that we can learn together in a way that works for all of us.  We decided that at school, we want to feel: safe, respected, creative, calm, independent, comfortable and joyful.  In order for all of us to be able to experience these feelings, we have some responsibilities too.

To help us find a way when things aren't working, we "watched" the wordless book, "I Forgive Alex.'  We are working to create text to describe this story.

This month, we also learned about Terry Fox, attended our school's Terry Fox assembly, designed our own Terry Fox sneaker, and participated in our school run on September 16.  We were very thankful for the beautiful weather for our run.

We are looking forward to our Open House, PAC BBQ, Truth and Reconciliation Week and our Orange Shirt Day Assembly as some of the final highlights for September 2022.

For those who celebrate, L'shanah tovah (say “le- sha-NAH to-VAH”). If you want to know what that means and other fun facts about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur click here.

Wednesday 22 June 2022

The Final Countdown

 Well, this school year is almost finished.  There are a few exciting events happening so make sure to check student planners.  Students were provided with an online course to review word and number skills for grades 4-6.  The course is called Summer Slugger and students can access it with their Everfi account here: SUMMER SLUGGER LOGIN.  From cookie archaeology to hatching ducklings, students have participated in a variety of fun activities this year.  On Friday, we will officially celebrate the Grade 5s as they get ready to move on to Middle School adventures in the 2022-2023 school year.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer break!  Grade 4s, we look forward to welcoming you back next year!