Students Shine at School Track Meet

Our Grade 5 girls race in the 400 meters during our track meet.

Today we held our annual school track meet with intermediate level students. Athletes participated in long jump, sprints, 400m run, long jump and high jump. In training they have also been practicing the 4×100 meter relay. After the dust settled at our meet, 27 students qualified for the district track meet to be held next Tuesday, June 4th at Little Mountain Sport Complex in Salmon Arm. This is the largest contingency of athletes we have sent to the districts in years and we are very proud of our athletes and coaches for their efforts in training.

Family Fun Fair this Friday

On Friday, May 24th beginning at 4:30 our school is hosting its annual Family Fun Fair. The event boasts a great taco dinner, Carnival games and bouncy houses, a community supported silent auction, raffles, cake walk and draws. In keeping with our farming heritage, Mr. Richardson will organize a chicken plop! The three hour event is one of our school’s main fundraisers with proceeds supporting wonderful extracurricular events and projects. We thank our many community donors and volunteers for their generous support of our school this year!

Seeking Parent Input

On Friday, May 17th, our Grindrod staff is hosting an opportunity for parents to join us to discuss our school goals and ways to enhance learning opportunities at Grindrod Elementary. We are very proud of our little school, our students, staff and supportive community. We value your input and know that together we can build even more opportunities for students and families to thrive. Everyone is welcome. Please join us this Friday, from 10:00-11:30am at the school. Free childminding is available by our staff.

On Thursday, May 16th, beginning at 12:45, we invite our parents to our annual Parent Appreciation Tea. With such a supportive community, we have much to be thankful for and we hope you will attend this celebration event. Coffee, tea, treats and student entertainment will be provided.

Math Workshop For Parents

Math instruction has changed significantly from when many of us went to school. The goal is not just to memorize math process but to have a deeper understand of numeracy concepts. In order for educators to achieve this, they must instruct students using manipulatives, games and a variety of other strategies.

Torin and Colton work with math manipulatives to solve problems.

We know that parents are our partners in your child’s educational journey, and it is important that you know how we teach numeracy now. To help our families more fully understand the changes to our instruction, we are hosting a Math Night on April 24th from 6:00-7:00pm. Three of our school staff, as well as our district Numeracy Coordinating Teacher, will be here to demonstrate what we do to teach students addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and if time permits, factions. Babysitting will be provided. Please join us for this one hour workshop. You will be so much more able to support your child’s learning in math.

Students Explore Their Creativity

Oceanna’s Northern Landscape pastel smudge picture. This was part of a Ted Harrison style art lesson done with the grade 5-7 age level.

Our students have been challenged to work creatively in many areas of the curriculum this term. In Applied Design, Skills and Technologies a class was challenged to build Gravity propelled cars for the On the Move Car Rally, Another class designed Rube Goldberg machines and incorporated the knowledge of Global Warming and animal adaptations to create super bogs from clay. On 100s day our younger students build castles, edible necklaces and a variety of other creations to represent the number 100. Students have also created puppet shows and are preparing for our annual “Grindrod’s Got Talent” show to be held on Thursday, March 14th beginning at 12:30 in our gym. Everyone is welcome to join us for this show.

This week, if you go to Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm, you will see our students’ artwork displayed along with many other school from our district. This is an annual elementary art extraveganza which is highlighted on Wednesday when we will send our Grindrod contingent of students to workshops hosted by regional art experts. Over 300 students participate in these workshops and all of our elementary schools display art in the mall so it is well worth a visit.