Genius Hour

Dear Families,

Our class has been working on Genius Hour projects for the last few weeks and most students are in the beginning stages of putting together their presentations. For those of you not familiar with Genius Hour I’ve included some basic information. I strongly encourage you to talk with your child about their project. Talking with others will help them discover areas they might need to research more and give them more ideas on how they might present their information.

What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study a new idea or skill that they choose and are passionate about once a week for a set amount of time.

Why is Genius Hour important?

Students take ownership of their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages lifelong learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.

How will Genius Hour work in my classroom?

Students will participate in Genius Hour once a week, each Wednesday, for approximately 1 hr. Students will choose a topic to study with teacher approval.  Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a facilitator.  They  will be provided research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) to explore.  One of the grade nine classes have partnered with us to guide our class in the beginning stages of research. As an end project, students must present their topic to an audience.

How does this fit with the curriculum?

The great thing about Genius Hour is, not only do students get to pick something they are passionate about to work on, the work they do on the project and the presentation of their work also naturally ties in with a selection of curriculum objectives and expectations!

The presentations are being made and our class is in need of the following:

  • large pieces of cardboard for Genius Hour projects (appliance boxes would be great)
  • Tri-Fold Display Boards (they can be used, we will recover them!)

Thank you for your support at home!

Jump Rope for Heart

Hi there!

We are currently raising money for the Heart and Stroke foundation through an event called Jump Rope for Heart.  We would like to acknowledge all the people who have donated money to your cause!  We are asking that students collect the names of the people from whom they have collected donations.  They will be writing these names on paper hearts and we will be posting them on our Jump Rope bulletin board. If possible, please send the names associated with each donation to your child’s teacher so that we may display them with gratitude!
Muir Lake Leadership

Grade 4 to 6 Track Meet

On Tuesday, May 16 Muir Lake School will be holding our grade 4 to 6 Track Meet. It will start around 8:30 and end at 12:30. Rain-out day has been set for Wednesday May 17th.

We are trying something a little new. We will be having an outdoor concession for the WHOLE school. Parents have volunteered to do this and we would like the whole school to enjoy this treat. Junior high students will have access to the concession at lunch recess. Concession items include the following:

  • hot dog $2
  • drinks $1
  • chips $1
  • popcorn $2
  • candy bag $1

Thank you to our parent volunteers for running the concession and a special thank you to the grade 4 to 6 staff for making this a fun day for our students.