Bulldog Boastings

  • Volcano! June 8, 2021- Miss Gard’s students showed me their excellent landform projects today. They built everything from ponds to plains, from canyons to caves, and from valleys to volcanoes. I was impressed when they could tell me why they had placed things where they did, and how some of those interacted. One student described beautifully how valleys belong... Read more »
  • It’s not a math drill! April 16, 2021- Sorry, bad pun. Mrs. Makaroff’s class have been learning about some woodworking this year. Right now, they’re making pencil holders for themselves out of cedar. They prepare and then decorate a block of wood, plan their pencil holding spots, and then use a drill press to make perfect spaces for the pencils. They connected this... Read more »
  • Dirty Learning April 16, 2021- Ms. Desjardins’ class took advantage of the spectacular weather and our nearby greenway, and got outside to do some learning this week. The went out together, fully equipped for learning about matter – what is living and what is non-living – and for describing the objects they found. They also planned their trip around lunchtime... Read more »
  • Extra! Extra! Read all about it! March 13, 2021- Our grade 5s have made a newspaper, The New Bark Times. Well, news electrons and pixels, I guess. As part of their learning in the Learning Commons this term, they’ve built a wide-ranging e-book filled with spotlights on staff, student art, book reviews, news bits and more. There are comics which kids will understand better... Read more »
  • Multicultural Day February 27, 2021- Every year before this one, Richard Bulpitt Elementary has had an amazing Multicultural Day where family members and students work together and showcase the many diverse cultures that form our wonderful learning community. Obviously, with COVID-19, we couldn’t put hundreds of people in the gym for such an event. One class of this year’s grade... Read more »
  • Diversity & Respect February 27, 2021- At RBE, we are lucky to be an incredibly diverse community of learners. Throughout last week, we learned together about diversity in family structure, history, and culture. We shared languages, found common interests and celebrated differences. We talked about all the different ways we can be different, and how fantastic that is! We read books... Read more »
  • Pink Shirt Day! February 24, 2021- Today was Pink Shirt Day, and all through the school we were wearing pink. But this wasn’t just about the colour of our shirts. In fact, the people wearing blue and black and red were just as much in the spirit. The guy wearing camouflage was also in the spirit, but I couldn’t seem to... Read more »
  • How long is a slide? Or a hallway? February 23, 2021- A while back, Ms. O’Mahony’s class were practising estimating the size of things, and then worked on measuring those things exactly. They tried some outside things, like the slide, and some inside things, like doormats, hallways and classrooms. I tried a couple, too, and found that I’m not a very good estimatorof sizes in metres.... Read more »
  • Prominent Black Canadians February 23, 2021- As part of our recognition of Black History Month, and in time for Diversity & Respect week, Ms. Smith, Ms. Paradis, and the grade 1s of Division 21 have been learning about prominent Black Canadians. They learned about people like Peter Butler III, Canada’s first black police officer; and Portia White, the first Black Canadian... Read more »
  • Force and Motion in Kindergarten February 19, 2021- Today I got to visit Ms. Desjardins’ class while the students were exploring forces and motion. They warned me as I headed down that ‘things are pretty messy,’ and what a fantastic kind of messy it was! Students were exploring kinetic energy, friction, gravity, force and more. They built structures like ramps and bridges. They... Read more »