Canterbury was bursting with energy on Friday morning with a brief visit from the High School Marching Band! The purpose of the assembly is to energize students and staff and remind students to try their best each and every day. I hope your child(ren) came home to tell you about the exciting event! Each trimester Canterbury teachers want to surprise students with an energizing reward to remind us all how fortunate we are to be at Canterbury.
In September, Canterbury’s Building Leadership team, consisting of a teacher from each grade level, presented to instructional leaders from the Board of Education. The BLT (Building Leadership Team) reviewed our instructional IB strategies and performed walkthroughs with the board through Canterbury’s classroom. The BLT and Board were so impressed with students’ behavior and kindness towards each other the instructional practices taking place in the classrooms.
Lastly, I hope your child was able to share about their learning or goals during their parent teacher conference. I can't reiterate enough how important it is for children to be reading nightly. Thank you for everything you do to support your children in their educational journey.
In October, the second grade students took place in a very special interdisciplinary project called "Journey North." In Spanish, students learned about how monarch's migrate from the United States and Canada throughout the fall, arriving in Mexico by November. They learned vocabulary related to monarch migration and played an authentic hand clapping game called “Mariposa." In art class, students created individual monarch butterflies by dripping water color paint on diffusion paper, and then using a sharpie to draw the pattern on the butterflies' wings. The students also created a composite "Ambassador" butterfly, and compiled postcards, a flag, a letter, and other gifts. The package then made a "symbolic migration" to an elementary school in Mexico near the monarch sanctuary, where the students' work will be displayed throughout the fall and winter. The second graders will be able to track the real monarchs (and the symbolic ones!) in Spanish, art, their homerooms, and at home using the learner.org website until they return north in the spring. Then, they will receive monarchs from another school in North America.
The year is moving so quickly, and our students have been focusing on specific IB attributes and attitudes. Check out all the Tiger Paws on the bulletin board as evidence to the principled learners we have in our building! Besides showing great character, our students are learning interesting things in engaging ways! Kindergarteners learned all about communities, safety signs, and why rules are a good thing and how even Lake Farm Park had rules that they follow to keep the animals safe, the visitors safe, and the place looking terrific. Our first graders have kicked off their #2 planner with the adventures of Flat Stanley and are eagerly awaiting word on his journeys. Our 2nd and 4th graders enjoyed learning about the past and exploring fossils, along with asking questions on how we can help the earth. Speaking of helping, our 4th graders showed empathy to the residents impacted by the wildfires in California. They created care packages to send to an IB school where over 70% of staff and students lost their homes. Our 3rd graders had fun adding information into their IB portfolios using Google sites while learning about life cycles and reflected on things they learned in planner #1. Lastly, our 5th graders have learned so much about our interdependency- whether in ecosystems or communities. Their study of biomes and meeting needs can be found lining the hallways and in portfolios.
Both Canterbury and Roxboro are using See Saw in grades K-2 and Google Sites in grades 3-5 to showcase the learning happening in school. If you haven’t seen anything from these lessons, please ask your child to share.
Third Graders Planting Tulips!
Mrs. Bergson, while walking her dog and talking with a neighbor, learned of a great opportunity for our students - plant tulips, record data, share the results with the world; and that's exactly what Canterbury 3rd graders did! October 25, 2017 was planting day! The students formulated a hypothesis, began their observations, will continue to collect evidence, and report to a data collection web-site the spring growth results. We will compare our plants' progress with other children in the world and make reflections about the project in our online IB portfolios.
Tiger Council is excited to announce the following tigers as the official officers of the school:
Robbie Caldwell President
Olivia Bruening Treasurer
Jacob Holmes Spirit Ambassador
Zion Pettway Secretary
Ryan Harris Homeroom rep
Le'Toya Russell younger grade rep
Hazel Krisman homeroom rep
Gavin McIntyre homeroom rep
Bernard Stevens younger grade rep
Lina Spazk homeroom rep
Mckenna Van Leuven homeroom rep
Madison Crump homeroom rep
Samyah Gracia homeroom rep
Damon Loretz homeroom rep
Kendall Thompson homeroom rep
We are looking forward to a bright and successful year and implementing the officers' ideas to make Canterbury the best school possible!