Emily Carr

Emily Carr

Hi kids,

We are going to be studying about Emily Carr this month.  I found this super-great video that highlights almost all of her paintings.  The music that accompanies it is quite relaxing.  Please bring headphones to school so that we can watch it on our laptops.

Some of the words are in French, but don’t mind that… the pictures speak any language.




The Top Ten things that children REALLY want

I found this article by Erin Kurt and was moved to share.  It was a reminder to me about how I parent and how I teach.  What would happen if we just spent more time being present and aware of our kids’ needs?  I think we’d have a revolution on our hands!

Keep on being.

mrs. ve

The Top Ten things that Children Really Want their Parents to do with Them

What do you think matters most to your children? You driving them to lessons and practices, or is it the smile and hug you greet them with after school? If you guessed the latter, you are correct.

Sixteen years of teaching and giving the same assignment every Mother’s Day has led me to the exact same conclusion. You see, every Mother’s Day I would ask my students to give me advice on being a mother. They were to think about things their mother or guardian did for or with them that made them feel happy or loved. The classroom would go silent as the students wrote intensely for longer than they had ever written before. Often smiles would appear on their faces as they reflected on the happy experiences they were remembering. After reading their responses I would add to my list all the ideas they mentioned. Surprisingly, many of the responses were the same. Year after year, in every country I taught, and in every type of demographic, the students were saying the same things and had the same message: It’s the small things that their mothers did that meant the most and that they remembered.

Many moms today feel as if they are not good mothers unless they are racing around, shuttling their children from lessons, to practices and back to lessons again. I’ve had mothers tell me that they want to give their children every opportunity they did not have. While this thinking might bring the mother some comfort, it really does not do the same for their child who is potentially feeling overextended, stressed and tired.

After speaking endlessly about this topic with my students, it became clear to me that children today are involved in too many activities and are in turn becoming less in touch with themselves and their families. In addition, my students told me they really wished for more time to “just play”. Of course many of them enjoy their extra curricular activities, but it is not necessary they said to be allowed to do everything. What they enjoyed most, and what made their hearts happiest was when their mothers did simple things for or with them.

Here is a list of the top ten things students around the world said they remembered and loved most about their mothers.

  1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.
  2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
  3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
  4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
  5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
  6. At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc.
  7. Let me play outside a lot.
  8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
  9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.
  10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.

Children are incredibly wise and tend to see the world more simply than we do. Perhaps it is time we start taking their advice. Maybe we would all feel a little less stressed and be satisfied with the fact that doing little things really is… good enough.

-Erin Kurt


Practice your Math Facts!

Hi kids!
We’re at the point of the school year where we are moving from Place Value and Number Sense to Operations. That’s fancy teacher-talk for– PRACTICE YOUR MATH FACTS!

You should be able to recall all your addition and subtraction facts up to and including these strategies:

1. “Powers of 10”– Find the friendly number, Ten is your friend, How many more to make 10?
2. Doubles– You should remember all your doubles and your near doubles
3. Compensation– remember that all numbers can be moved around so that you can find the friendly number when you need it. For example: 47+33, when you use compensation, you should see that it is the same as 50+30 . Well, that makes it easy, huh?

I found some unique online games to help you practice your adding and subtraction:

Place Value Practice:

Balloon invaders:

A little of everything:

Keep practising!!



Welcome to a brand-new school year! 

This is a place for you to see what’s happening at Alexander Elementary and in Division 1.

-mrs. ve