September and October

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Catching the first raindrops of fall!

The first two months at Coyote were eventful indeed. Settling into classes, exploration of new concepts, Orange Shirt Day, Terry Fox Run, assemblies, cross country, volleyball, and our grand Halloween parade are just some of what made this a very busy start.

In almost all grades, patterning is the start to the year in numeracy. Students’ ability to recognize and create patterns help them make predictions based on their observations;  an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations. Here, students in grade one are demonstrating their knowledge of patterns.

Students in grade 3/4 built rockets and fired them off during the first few weeks of September.

With a few blocks and letters, these students demonstrated their creativity!

Students in our K/1 class shared their thanks with our staff by making apple tarts. What a wonderful treat!

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Orange shirt day is recognized each September. Orange Shirt Day is an event that started in 2013. It was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indigenous residential school system and the impact this system had on communities for more than a century in Canada, and still does today.

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt.

The ADST (Applied Designs, Skills and Technologies) curriculum is alive and well at Coyote. Students learn to use many tools to create projects in class.

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Our welcome back assembly means a packed house. Wonderful to have everyone back for a new school year!


Nature bugs

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Students school wide learn the Zones of Regulation. The Zones of regulation are a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities.

Library classes are about more than simply choosing a new book. Students explore learning through physical and hands-on activities too.

Our walls have begun to fill up with art.

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The Munsch pit is a great place to read.

Our annual Terry Fox run was held at the end of September. Together we raised $731.75.

We adults weren’t the only ones caught up in election fever. Coyote Creek students took part as well by participating in a student vote.

Now who doesn’t love paper maché?

Congratulations to our Cross Country team! We had a great turn out this year!

Mask making

Volleyball season has begun. Here the boys play one of their early season games.

DSC_2152For many of our teachers, lunch is rarely just lunch. A group of our teachers meet regularly over lunch as part of a professional book club. Here, teachers are learning new techniques for teaching writing.

This year we have added Primary and Intermediate assemblies to our schedule. As our school has grown to such a great size, it is nice to meet on occasion as a smaller group. This is our very first intermediate assembly. We learned a new indigenous greeting, learned how we can better recycle, and ended with a wonderful Diwali presentation and dance performance. Our first primary assembly is in November.

Happy Halloween! On Halloween, we start our day with a costume parade to the gym where we dance together to a few Halloween songs. This year, our band joined in and taught us a school cheer!

There is nothing more exciting than student initiative. These two students approached me in late September asking if they could write and perform a rap for the school at lunch. Tentative approval given, the boys embarked on writing the rap, translating lyrics and submitting them for approval, creating advertisement posters, and arranging for a microphone and speaker. When they day came, they had quite the crowd gathered for the performance. Well done!   We are quite sure, there will be more performances to come!

Looking forward to the next months, we are planning our first Multicultural week at the end of November, the opening of our new playground and beginning to practice for our Winter concert. As always, I like to end our post by sharing some of the beautiful art that lines the walls of our classrooms and hallways. Enjoy!

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