Woodhaven Trackmeet is tomorrow!

Students are quite excited to have their first competitive trackmeet at Woodhaven School tomorrow.  Please ensure that your child has a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and running shoes with them tomorrow.  Students should pack a healthy lunch as they will be using lots of energy!  A concession will be available.  If students are bringing money with them, please put it in a labelled ziplock (greatly improving chances of finding lost money!). Picnic blankets are also welcome to provide a home base for the day.

Your child is bringing home a copy of their individual schedule.  Parents are welcome to come cheer us on!  Please remember that times are approximate, but students have been asked to be at their event at that time.  Better to be early than late! Student name tags will have the schedule as well, so that they are always able to identify where they need to be.  In between events, they are welcome to socialize and cheer on their friends and classmates.

We have also discussed that track events take priority over field events.  If a student is double booked, they are to check in at the field event and then run their race before heading back to finish the field event.


Tomorrow is Millgrove Track Day!

Students are very eager to participate in our Millgrove Track Day tomorrow.  In addition to practising the regular track events in a competitive format, there will be a number of events centered around jumping, running and throwing.

Please be sure that your children is prepared with

  • a hat
  • sunscreen
  • runners
  • appropriate clothing
  • water bottle (labelled)

Students are welcome to bring their regular lunch.  A concession will be available as well with granola bars, Gatorade, muffins, hotdogs, hamburgers, freezies and chips. All proceeds will be used for purchasing outdoor equipment and storage.


Support for Fort MacMurray

This morning as we gathered for our Monday morning meeting, several students expressed concern over the forest fires that are challenging so many in our province.  We were very proud to hear that Brookelynn and her family held a lemonade sale over the weekend and raised $312!  Several other students shared stories of their personal connections to the fires, and of their fundraising efforts.  It is wonderful to see so many examples of kindness, empathy and compassion in our community.  This week, Millgrove will be accepting donations for the Red Cross, and we greatly appreciate any and all contributions.

Happy Earth Day!

Our class was very excited to be invited to the Grade 1 room to share what we knew about Waste and Our World for Earth Day. We are looking forward to bringing a garbageless lunch tomorrow, and saving energy tomorrow by going without lights and powered devices for an hour!

Here is the message we shared with the Grade 1’s.

Why is it important to celebrate Earth Day?
It shows that we care. The Earth is very important. Just imagine if the Earth was a big pile of waste, wouldn’t that be hard to live in? Earth Day is a day that we get to celebrate the Earth and recycling and reusing.

There are some choices you can make that help the Earth.
Turn off electricity – turn off lights if you aren’t using them or just use one light, not all of them
If you like playing video games, try not playing them because it saves power (and then Mom and Dad don’t have to pay for them).
If you love TV, try to stay off it to save power. Play outside or play a board game instead
Don’t throw garbage in the water because it can kill fish
It is important to not litter because if you do it might hurt the animals, like when little animals get their heads stuck in those things that pop cans come in.
Please don’t litter because we don’t want our Earth to be a giant dumpster
Always buy in bulk because packages can increase the amount of things in the landfill (and the Earth would turn into WallE’s World).
Everyone can help the Earth stay healthy by not using your car. Try walking or riding your bike to school!
Turn off the tap
Reuse bags
The pollution is killing bees, so we should plant more flowers to encourage them.

Did you know that carbon dioxide gets stuck in our atmosphere and makes more heat, which will melt all the polar icecaps and leave us with global warming?
Lots of waste in our world will decompose. For example apple cores, banana peels and more. Decompose means that it will basically turn into dirt to grow more plants.

Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Tower Garden Salad

It was an exciting day because we got our first harvest from our Tower Garden!  Check out our responses to our Tower Garden Salad below:

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We are the luckiest class in the world to have a Tower Garden!

Today we got to pick lettuce.  I did it with my hands by grabbing the lettuce and then I put it in the bin.  We made a salad that smelled like freshly cut grass. As soon as i put the first bite of salad in my mouth it tasted fresh and crunchy, which made the salad  just a little bit better.

The lettuce was soft and crunchy with a smooth texture. I felt like I was eating straight from the ground. It tasted way better than lettuce from the store because it wasn’t all packaged up and shipped to a store, Instead it was grown here and made into a salad and it was homemade. The tower garden salad tasted delectable.  I would have eaten that a million times before I ate packaged lettuce. Hopefully next time the cucumber and tomato are going to be from the Tower Garden because that would taste even better.

The Tower Garden is very good because it provides fresh and clean food unlike buying food from a store.  We think the Tower Garden is cool because you can see and find all the plants easily.  And the water sounds cool!  The best part is that we get to plant vegetables in our school .I think that it is cool!  We love that when you come in the morning you can smell all the vegetables.  It is amazing seeing all the food grow, and also seeing the stage’s of the plant life cycle.

It is a surprise of what vegetable we grow since we sometimes don’t know how some of the vegetables will taste like, like the dill and spicy greens.

The most difficult part was putting the tower garden together, about 5 times until we made it properly.  It was worth it! When I’m older I think I will have one. Maybe I can give my mom one too!



Kindergarten Needs Our Help!

Thursday, April 14th is the Millgrove Kindergarten Open House from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Mrs. Madge will have her hands full (and then some!) and has asked if students from 4H would be willing to help out that night.  Students will be acting as tour guides, and taking new students and their families around the school to introduce them to Millgrove.

Students will need to be dropped off at Millgrove at 6:00 pm to set up, then will help out until the Open House finishes at 7:30.  They will have to be picked up at 7:30 pm to head back home.

We appreciate the assistance, and know that the good manners, and polite respect of our Grade 4 students will bring a great deal of pride to Millgrove!

If your child is able to help out, please send a note in their agenda so that we know you are aware of the drop off and pick up times.  Thank you!

Our Alberta Story

My Alberta Story: Due Monday April 25 to Friday April 29.

All of us are now living in Alberta, but we all have a unique story about how our family came to call Alberta/Canada “home”. For some of us, our families have been in Alberta/Canada forever, some for 100 years, and for others our family has only recently come to call Alberta/Canada home. We’ve had a chance to hear about my Alberta story, and think about our own.

Over the next few weeks, I would like you to talk to your parents, your aunties and uncles and especially your grandparents and great grandparents to find out more about your family history. Hopefully, you have a historian in your family who can fill you in on the details.I would like you to try and find out how, why and when your family arrived in Alberta/Canada and what it was like for them compared to where they originally came from.

My Grandma's family came west to Alberta on a "Homeseekers Excursion" in 1911.

My Grandma’s family came west to Alberta on a “Homeseekers Excursion” in 1911.

My Grandma’s family came west to Alberta on a “Homeseekers Excursion” in 1911.

This information will be presented to the class beginning Monday, April 25. In your presentation, remember to give your information in an interesting and interactive way. Please keep the information personally interesting and meaningful. (In the past, students who have presented only a family tree have difficulty maintaining audience interest). We will develop a rubric together in class, but a copy of last year’s rubric can be accessed here.Alberta story rubric (1)

Some presentation ideas include: a play, a diorama, a poster, real objects, stories, a speech, a family tree, PowerPoint, computer presentation or a combination of some of these ideas. I encourage you to be creative and to keep in mind the goal of the project is to help us understand your family’s “coming to Alberta/ Canada” experience and how that compared to their previous home.

This is a home project simply because I cannot provide the necessary information. I do appreciate that this can be a challenging assignment if you do not have a family historian, but I hope it is a valuable and meaningful activity for all families. Time will be provided at school on April 18-21 for students to work on their projects. Assistance and direction with presentation ideas will also be available. Students need to have done some research and gathered information by this point. Although there needs to be many interesting details the entire family history is not necessary. You are only in Grade Four, so consider your Alberta Story an “appetizer ” to your family history.

Many thanks to Mrs. Korte for her description of this project!

Spring League

We were very pleased to have staff from Greystone and Woodhaven Middle Schools come visit us in March and present Spring League information. Over the years, we have seen many benefits from participating in Spring League. It greatly eases the transition into Middle School for all students, not just those who enjoy basketball. Students get to

  • enjoy themselves
  • meet a variety of people
  • familiarize themselves with a new school setting
  • make new friends
  • learn new skills
  • get the benefit of physical activity
  • and much more

For students who are participating in other activities such as soccer and baseball and concerned about the time committment, we’ve been assured that it is also ok to participate when you can.

I’ve seen firsthand the time and effort staff put into making our students feel welcome and at ease, especially those who may not be as skilled. I hope that many of our students can take advantage of this great opportunity.

Forms are due by Friday. If you need an additional copy, you can print the Woodhaven form or let us know for a Greystone form.

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Using Remind

Remind is a wonderful app that lets teachers communicate with students and parents, and many parents have told me how much they appreciate it. This year, the service changed to allow messages to the teacher. Please know that I do not check these messages regularly, and that the most efficient form of communication with me continues to be your child’s agenda, email (kholden@psd70.ab.ca) and phone. Thank you!

Remember to Return Permission Forms!

We are looking forward to participating in a hands on archeological dig in our classroom Monday afternoon. Our students are fortunate to be provided with this free opportunity from MacEwan University as part of a research project focusing on learning about Alberta’s past and First Nations peoples.
In order to participate, each student must return the signed permission form Monday morning. If your form has gone missing, feel free to print it off here. student consent Doing Bodo Without Bodo

Also, if any adults are able to assist Tuesday afternoon with preparations for our Millgrove Cabane A Sucre, please send a note in your child’s agenda. We would really appreciate some extra hands for flipping pancakes and stirring maple syrup!