Thursday, 26 June 2014

Our Amazing Last Day

Our school year came to an end last Friday.  We had an amazing last day full of magic, friendship and fun.  Here are some pictures from our last day together.

The morning began with a magic show!

The children were mesmerized.

Mrs. V.'s grandson M. helped to magically create a pirate flag.

When Christopher Starr popped the balloon.....

there was a dove inside!

These two children helped Christopher 'cook up' .....

another dove!

Somehow, the two doves became a bunny.

After the magic show, we went outside for a snack and some fun in the sun.

Snack Time

Looking For Snails

Some of the snails the girls found.

More snails found by the girls.

We also had a get together for parents to say goodbye to Miss N. who is moving overseas.

Miss N. With The Children

Here are some presents that the parents made for her.  They are beautiful!

Thank you, children, parents and teachers for a wonderful school year.  Have a fantastic summer.  We look forward to seeing you in September!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Our Annual Concert and Graduation Part 3 ~ Thank You

As we are all aware, Miss N. will be leaving us after eight years together as she is moving overseas.  She was not able to be at our graduation and had the following message for all of us.

Miss N. and The Children

Dear Children, Parents and Teachers,

I wish I was here today to meet with all of you and say goodbye.  My best wishes to the students of this school.  I wish all the graduates very bright futures ahead.  Thank you all for the love and support you have given me over the last eight years.  I will cherish the beautiful memories of this little yellow school forever.  Thanks also to all the teachers for their lovely friendship and warmth always.

I will miss all of you a lot and wish everyone the best for the future.  Goodbye to all until we meet again.

With lots of love,

Miss N.

Thank you, families, for supporting the work of your children and the teachers at our little yellow school.  In coming tonight you are communicating to your children how important the work is that they do at school.  Your children love to shine and they especially love to shine for you.  We feel privileged to work with all of you.

A special thank you to all the grandparents who are here and whom we have seen throughout the year.  You may not know it, but you are the stars that shine bright in the eyes of your grandchildren.  Your interest means the world to them.

Thank you teachers for your dedication to making our students all that they can be.

Thank you students.  You make us feel proud of you each day, and on evenings like this, our hearts positively swell with pride.  Your accomplishments are the reasons that we enjoy coming to school each day.

When you think of the little yellow school in the future, we hope you will remember the memories that we created together.  I would like to share one last thing.  One of last year's graduates, Christopher, was asked by his mom which school he liked better.  Did he like his new Catholic school or the little yellow school? Christopher quickly replied that he liked the little yellow school best.  She asked him why as his new school had things like a gym and a library.

Christopher - Last Year's Graduate

He looked at her and said, "Mom, you don't understand.  We were a family."

Thank you for being part of our family at the little yellow school.

The Cake

Our Graduates

Our Graduates

Our Annual Concert and Graduation Part 2 ~ Our Graduates

The second part  of the evening was a time to celebrate our graduates who will be beginning grade one in September.

The Graduation Caps

Our Graduates

While our graduates have learned many things in their years with us, they have also taught us many things.


Sofia ~ Thank you for your compassion.  Sofia came to our school three years ago with very little English.  She experienced many sad moments when she could not understand all that was going on around her.  Over the years, we have watched Sofia translate for her sister and fellow classmates who also did not understand English so that they would feel included.


Ria ~ Thank you for your friendliness and for always showing us the bright side of life.  As soon as Ria walked through the door three years ago, she was 'home'.  Ria has been a friendly presence in the classroom, cheering up her classmates and welcoming visitors into our school.  She is the best Welcome Committee we could have hoped for.  Even when she experienced difficult moments, Ria always picked herself up and was able to see the bright side of life.


Andrew ~ Thank you for your passion.  Andrew has such a passion for arithmetic and is happiest when solving difficult sums.  He has a very close relationship with his siblings and shares his passion for his family with all those around him.


Zoe ~ Thank you for your helpfulness.  Friendly and helpful Zoe was the 'Mother Hen' in our classroom.  In keeping an eye on her younger brother S., who joined us this year, Zoe made it a point to look after all of our youngest students. She made sure they were happy in the classroom and following the rules and was always there to help them or teach them a new lesson.  Our youngest students were drawn to Zoe and looked up to her. 


Evangeline ~ Thank you for your tenacity.  Evangeline is a girl with a big personality.  She loves learning and was our busy bee in the classroom, always pushing herself to do more. She did everything in a big way, including printing letters. We watched as she worked and worked at keeping her letters within the lines through many, many printing books.  She is now on the narrower blue lined paper and her printing is so beautiful that we often mistake it for a teacher's printing.


Dante ~ Thank you for sharing your hunger for knowledge. Dante was continually busy in the classroom and over the years has amazed us with his wealth of knowledge on a variety of subjects.  He is a voracious reader and story writer. His classmates were in awe of the stories Dante wrote and the information he shared with them.  They enjoyed observing the work he did and looked to him for help with their own work if they needed it. 

Alyssa ~ Thank you for your integrity.  Alyssa is a very friendly, kind and honest girl.  She possesses a strong sense of self and was a calming influence in the classroom.  She rarely had conflicts with her classmates and was a genuine friend to all.   She always inspired us to be the best people we could be.

Our Annual Concert and Graduation Part 1 ~ Born to Be On The Stage

On Wednesday evening, we held our annual end of year concert and graduation.  It is a night our little yellow school community looks forward to.  We come together on this night as teachers, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and family members,  to celebrate the wonderful year that we have spent together with a medley of songs chosen by the children. 

I don't believe we have ever had a group of children more ready to perform on the stage.  They were fearless and extremely entertaining.  It was a fantastic concert.  Here are some pictures from the evening.

 Getting ready to go on stage.  Our audience awaits!

Here we are, ready to begin.

Singing Our French Songs With Madame D.

Singing The Planets Song

Our Captive Audience

At the end of our concert, the graduates remain on stage while the rest of our lovely little students sit with their families in the audience.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Father's Day

Today is Father's Day.  For Father's Day, we asked the children the same series of questions we asked for Mother's Day and typed out the answers.

The questions were:

How old is your dad?

What colour is his hair?  What colour are his eyes?

What does your dad love to cook?

What does your dad always tell you?

What makes your dad happy?

What do you really love about your dad?

Each child drew a picture of their dad to go along with the responses.  Here are some of the responses.  You can click on the images to make them larger.

When I asked three year old M. if I could ask him some questions about his dad, he immediately replied "Of course, my dad is #1!"  It was so sweet.  You will notice that M.'s picture of his dad is very similar to the one he drew of his mom.

We all liked five year old L.'s response to "What makes your dad happy?"

Four year old M.'s dad does not have hair.  Her explanation as to why he doesn't have any hair is priceless!

This is four year old A.'s present for her dad.

Four year old N. is very competitive.  Read his answer to the last question.

The illustrations were very beautiful.

Five year old L.'s dad really does have very long legs!

Four year old C. has drawn his whole family - mom, dad, C. and his little sister.

Five year old E.'s dad is painting a picture for her family.

Four year old K.'s dad loves pears.

Newly four year old V. has drawn a lovely picture of herself with her mom and dad.

Happy Father's Day!