May 22-26

Sun, sun sun, here we come!

There are only FOUR more weeks left of our term, can you believe that?! We have an action-packed month ahead:

  • Sunday, May 28th 12-5 Party: Open House and Big Block Party at Valleyview (10 Year Anniversary of Drumroaster!)
  • Tuesday, May 30th 7-9 Meetup: Right-Brain Learning Strategies Info Night (Valleyview location)
  • Sunday, June 4th 12:45 Workshop: Homeschooling: It Takes a Village @ the Homestead Fair (Watson Ave)
  • Tuesday, June 20th 7-9 Various Topics: Mom’s Meet Up (Valleyview location)

We are planning a trip to Science World for June 12th. The Senior Science Class will reserve the first seats, but if you are interested in this fieldtrip, whether you attend on Monday or not, Senior OR Junior, please sign up ASAP. The cost will be $25.00 (depending on how many go!), for transportation and ferry. Entry fee is $18.75-22.00. IMAX is additional $6.00. This is a ONE DAY TRIP. Leaving at 6:00 and returning… late.

On the last day of class, Friday June 23rd, the Theatre Class will be putting on their performance of Frozen. We are going to perform at Zoma Farm, at 5:00pm, followed by a potluck and campover! If you are staying for the campover, bring a tent and bag. If you cannot stay but your child wants to NO PROBLEM. We have a tent for 6 and another for 4, so we will bunk up. On Saturday morning, as per tradition, we will have a breakfast fit for a farmer… they eat more (and better!) than kings, as everyone knows. Did someone say Maple syrup from our trees, yup!

This week Junior Kids had one PBL class. We performed three awesome syphonexperiments, staring with the Truth Serum test. Students asked a question and dropped in the Magic Serum. If it turned red the answer was yes… which means we don’t just have a student with a tail. We have a mermaid AND a dragon in our midst, as well as some future success stories… the vials have spoken!

prussian blueWe looked at the Syphon Coffee Maker as an example of the States of Matter. We worked on our molecule models and then finished up class with an incredible experiment from Svea’s kit: Prussian Blue.

In Reading and Math we started work on our Griffen and Sabine inspired letter stories. They were incredible. My favourite was the one about a person who was writing in the forest about murder! Wow… imagine getting that letter by accident!

When we finish we are hoping Nick Bantock with see our work and come visit us to teach us his incredible skills!



In farm school the students worked on their fairy houses. They are going to be magical!

The kids made the most incredible Batik in Art/Science Class. We made falafels and tzaziki in Cooking Class. Look at how these Master Chefs set up their table!!

set upfalafle

Our play really got going on Friday. We practiced dances, singing and acting using the whole stage. In the afternoon we ran down to the thrift store and got some more costumes together! I am really looking forward to the play next month!

Senior Students hit the road running, literally, again this week. We are getting a reputation on Cobble Hill Mountain! A good one too! Next week the carpentry and mechanics class starts their own version of the go kart. We picked up some old engines and parts and Matteus is thinking about how to put it all together with the kids.


In Math we stared work on Coordinate Planes. I am teaching the kids how to hunt for treasure! And prep for linear graphing and relations. This is a fun unit! We made pop-up settings for our novel study.

Another incredible week! See you Monday (or tomorrow at the Party)


Published by zomacreative

While I have always looked towards teaching for my profession, it was the two years as I spent in Japan an ESL teacher that convinced me I had found my calling. I enjoy the challenges we face in the classroom—the variety of learning styles, the creative versus the scientific mind—and see the day-to-day impact that teachers have on students’ lives. In my own classroom I try to create a sense of excitement and adventure. I strongly advocate for Multiple Intelligence as a central pedagogy.

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