January is Winter Rec. Month

We have some amazing learning activities happening this month from the design of Rube Goldberg’s and “On The Move Car Rally” creations to book reviews, great writing, challenging numeracy and art projects. As well our school basketball program begins with both boys and girls teams. One of our January highlights is always our annual Winter Recreation program that features skating, snowshoeing and cross country or downhill skiing. The event your child participates in is largely dependent on their grade. The program focusses on exposing children to local, affordable outside winter activities. Parent involvement is always important in making this program a success so feel very welcome to join us on our Winter Rec. days.

Grade 1/2s Visit Kingfisher

Today our grade 1/2 class ventured out to the Kingfisher Interpretive Center to learn about the traditional winter home of our local Indigenous Peoples: the Kekuli.  The students also explored the local forest trails and river’s edge where they will release the salmon they are raising at the school.  Although the weather was a bit bleak, the students and staff reported the trip was a big success!  They will return in the spring where their “Grindrod grown” fish are ready for release into the Shuswap River.  

                              Enjoying the heat of the fire in the Kekuli.

Goal Setting Conferences Well Attended

On November 20th, students, staff and parents met to discuss the specific goals each student feels they wish to work on in term 2.  The staff was very pleased with the participation and support of the parents and the thoughtful goal setting of the children.  We look forward to support our students as they work to achieve these goals.  IMG_1872.JPG

We Scare Hunger Campaign

Our community set a We Scare Hunger Campaign goal to raise 600 non-perishable food items for our local Enderby Food Bank this fall.  Our families really rose to the challenge donating 639 food items, breaking our school record!  The classes challenged each other to bring in the most items and in the end it was Mrs. Chambers’ grade 3/4 class who were our top donors.  They brought in a whopping 208 items of food!  This class is featured in the picture below.  Thank you to all our families for their generous support!IMG_0414 (1)

Egg Drop Challenge Tests Creative Thinking Skills

Grindrod’s division 1,2 and 3 students were challenged to build a flying machine that would allow an egg to drop slowly to the ground from the roof of the school without breaking.  The design task had two goals, to protect the egg and to keep the egg in the air as long as possible.  Students worked in teams of 2-3 to build their flying machines, demonstrating their ingenuity, teamwork and creativity.  Students gave their aircraft great names such as “Double Black”, a design using two black garbage bags, “The Mary Poppins”, a design that utilized an umbrella and the “The Popcorn Machine” that used popcorn to absorb the impact of the fall.  These represent only a few of the 34 designs created for this project.   Part of the Applied Design, Skills and Technology methodology is to test, refine/redesign and retest process so students will go back to the drawing board to improve their aircraft before the retest next Tuesday.

The picture below shows Anson and Nathan with their winning entry “Rough Rider.”

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Top designs from each class were (division 3) Anson’s and Nathan’s “Rough Rider” which stayed in the air for 2.79 seconds, (division 2) Payton’s and Justise’s “Helium Balloon Mobile” that stayed in the air for 2.81 seconds, and Ben’s, Quinten’s and Jay’s “Care Package” that stayed airborne for 2.89.  Honourable mention goes to Zack’s and Connor’s “SS Eggs Beni” that flew for 2.78 seconds.