Monthly Archives: December 2012

Reaching Out

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Here are three of of my favourite Bible passages.  Find a Bible and look one (or all of them) up.

  • Micah 6:8
  • James 1:27
  • Matthew 25:31-46

Do you see a theme?  If you can explain what these verses are about, you will be given recognition and a standing ovation from the entire 6E class.:)

Toyia Sekento, 6, holds a goat that her family is raising. Her family received the goat because her father is part the Najile, Kenya, self-help group, supported by Mennonite Central Committee. The goats are an incentive for the formation of 60 self-help groups among the Maasai people in Kenya who each work together to do community projects.  (MCC Photo/Matthew Kistler)

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Toddlers Ester Keji (left) and Emmanuel Kenyi sit on their mother’s laps while their mothers, Jerisa Muro and Hellen Poni, talk with tailoring instructor, Mustafa Atrima. (photo from

All of us have one life to live, or “one coin to spend”, how will you live yours?

photo from Unicef

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Here are some organizations that are made of people who are passionate about spending their lives to give hope to others.  You will be researching these charities in class and sharing what you learn with your classmates:

Plan Canada

Free the Children

Canadian Red Cross

Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child)

Unicef Canada


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Merry Christmas!!

It has been an interesting, sometimes loud, sometimes focused, sometimes loud AND focused, exciting year so far.  I hope you all enjoy the holidays and come back ready for more school! 🙂





Stuffing your stockings…
Who felt good after reading your notes?


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Writing ourselves around the world

Assignment description (given Wed., Dec 19; due date to be announced)

Imagine you are an exchange student arriving at a different country.  Describe your first few days in your new home.  What do you do?  Who are you with?  What are your first impressions?

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Design Your Own Christmas Stocking

Objective:  Design an attention-grabbing Christmas stocking.  Consider different Christmas symbols and techniques (adding texture to imitate fabric, adding “stitches, etc) to give your stocking some personality.  The cowboy boots, on the wall in the hallway, are a good example of design and use of space.  Do not leave any unfinished, uncoloured spaces, unless you specifically want that area to be white.

Christmas Stocking Evaluation:

Is your design unique and interesting?  (4 possible points)

How careful were you when you drew and decorated your stocking?  Does your work display good craftsmanship?    (4 possible points)

Did you submit your artwork on time?  (marked out of 2)


Look at the following pictures to get your creative juices flowing…

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Immigrant Discussion Panel

Who:  People who have immigrated from the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, India, and South Africa…

What:  will be sharing their stories and answering interview questions…

Where:  in our classroom

When: on Friday, December 14 at 1 pm

Parents, please join us if you are interested!

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Brazil, Here We Come…

Can you imagine how your life would be different if you were born on the other side of the world (and stayed there)?  For example, who would you be if you lived in  Brazil?  What kind of clothes would hang in your closet?  Would you have the same personality?  I know I feel like I am a slightly different person when I speak in Spanish.  This is because  our surroundings, and the language we use, influence how we think and behave.

The next time you push through the heavy school doors, and the cold wind takes your breath away, think about Brazil.  Perhaps if you picture yourself on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or floating down the Amazon river, you won’t feel the bite in the weather…

Ipanema Beach; photo from

These links may help your imagination:

  • Capoeira is a unique Brazilian dance that incorporates the martial arts.  The first video is more showy; the second video has better music and sound quality and also shows the two dancers interacting.

On Friday, December 14, we will have a woman from Brazil visit our classroom.  You can start thinking of questions for her…


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Café: Wednesday, December 19 at 1:30 pm

It’s time to start thinking about a special book you would like to bring to the CAFE!  Also, if you play a musical instrument and would be willing to provide some live background music, please see me!  In between the drinks, conversation and music we will also have some special readings/performances.  Do you have a brief story, riddle, or dramatic reading that you would like to perform?
Be sure to remind your parents that they are invited to join us!  (If your parents are interested in helping out they can email me at

Lastly, don’t forget to bring your own mug!  There will be no styrofoam at this cool café.  🙂

A sidewalk café in New York (photo from


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