Outdoor Learning at AES

Mrs. Brown’s and Ms. Tassie’s grade 3 classes participate in weekly outdoor learning lessons. These lessons include a multitude of hands on learning activities that ignite student curiosity, develop critical and creative thinking skills, and expand communication skills. Over time Mrs. Brown has gathered and organized a massive stick library needed for these fascinating projects.

This week students explored the relationship between Secwepemc people and the winter environment. A Big Idea in grade 3 Social Studies is that: learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.  In small groups students created miniature Secwepemc winter homes called pit houses. Next all the students worked together to build a life size pit house and learned how to lash sticks together to build ladders. Each class, with over 25 pairs of helping hands, completed a life size pit house in a few hours. The structures were just large enough for a class of 24 to fit within.  Students took apart the pit houses the same day and later, students recorded their learning experiences in their outdoor learning journals.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferencesparent teacher connect

Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-5:00pm and early dismissal Thursday, November 8th  at 11:10 and conferences from 11:20am – 5:00pm

Rationale for K-8 Early Dismissal Model

AES will have early dismissal on Thursday, November 8th at 11:10 and buses will run early at 11:15 so there is more time to meet with parents and students for our parent/student/teacher conferences.

The BC Ministry of Education and our School District are in the midst of developing curriculum and reporting documents that better meet the needs of families. Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey.

Part of this change involves increased opportunities for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. To accommodate this change, AES will schedule an early dismissal day on Thursday, November 8th at 11:10 to provide some time for scheduled parent/student/teacher conferences. Additional conferences and times will be scheduled outside school hours on Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00-5:00 pm and on Thursday, November 8th from 11:20am -5:00 pm.

These conferences will provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s areas of strength and needs and set a learning goal for their child’s continued academic and behavioral growth.

We know that community-building and establishing strong relationships between home and school are what promotes learning in the most fundamental way. Therefore, dedicating two hours of learning time over the course of a school year to parent/student/teacher meetings is a valuable use of instructional time. Research indicates that this method of reporting was found to be more meaningful and informative for teachers, parents, and students.

Last year we piloted these conferences in twelve schools and received over 80% positive feedback from parents. We again this year will be checking in with parents to ensure that this is a good use of learning time, and is supportive of your child’s learning.  A parent survey will be available for you to provide feedback approximately a week after the conferences.

Parent Middle School Math Night

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AES “Owns it with Kindness!”

A huge thank you to student’s in Mrs. James’ class. They are working on our school theme “Own it with Kindness” and helped a classmate whose mom is battling a cancer called Multiple Myeloma. In August, the Morning Star wrote an article on Lora Bensmiller and the GoFundMe page set up for the family. The students in Mrs. James’ class brought baking and held a bake sale on Oct. 11. The AES community helped raise $550 from this bake sale. Thank You !

 

Joey