Remembrance Day 2016

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Poppy Poem… Author Unknown

Poppy, Poppy, what do you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy, Poppy, what do you tell?
That many soldiers in battle fell.
Poppy, Poppy, what do you know?
That peace on earth should grow and grow.

Poppy, we are but children small,
We are too little to do it all.

Children, you may do your part.
Love one another is how you start.
Play without fighting,
Share your games and toys.
Be kind and thoughtful to all girls and boys.

We ALL have a part in making the WORLD a Place of Peace.

Our school had a special Remembrance Day ceremony.  Each class created its own wreath. These wreaths were placed, one by one, on stands at the front of the Assembly.  We had presentations of songs and poetry by students and the choir, and we were fortunate to have a Pinetree Secondary student, Colin, play “Reverie” on the trumpet to begin our minute of silence.

In our class, we learned how the Poppy came to symbolize the great sacrifices made in war times.  We  read “In Flanders Fieldsand were proud to learn that its author, Dr. John McCrae, was a Canadian soldier

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The Veterans Affairs Canada sent us bookmarks and newspapers about Animals in War.  Animals can sometimes be heros too!  http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=activities/kidszone     

A very IMPORTANT part of Remembrance Day is thinking about how WE can make the world a better, kinder place.  “Make the World a Little Bit Better” is a song by Charlotte Diamond that gives us some good ideas like “if I listen to you, and you listen too, soon there’ll be others like me and you“.   We got together with our Gr. 5 Buddy Class to make a Postcard Display of ways we can appreciate our  Veterans or the Unknown Soldier. We read the poem “Poppy, Poppy” and wrote our favourite ways that “Children Can Help“. 

Here are our ideas  (with the most popular ones are at the top):

   Children can…
be thoughtful
share their toys
be kind to others
be nice instead of bullying
can help people when they need help
play together
listen when someone is talking
be helpful and friendly
love each other
be responsible
wear a poppy
help when someone is sick
encourage others
be happy
line up nicely

Remembrance Day
is only one day…
please keep the spirit alive all year!

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Remembrance Day

poppy

 

Poppy Poem… Author Unknown

Poppy, Poppy, what do you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy, Poppy, what do you tell?
That many soldiers in battle fell.
Poppy, Poppy, what do you know?
That peace on earth should grow and grow.

Poppy, we are but children small,
We are too little to do it all.

Children, you may do your part.
Love one another is how you start.
Play without fighting,
Share your games and toys.
Be kind and thoughtful to all girls and boys.

We ALL have a part in making the WORLD a Place of Peace.

Terry Fox Spirit

Like so many people all around the world, we participated in a Terry Fox Run to show our support for the need to find a cure for cancer.  Actually, our school has grown so much in the last couple years that we had 3 separate runs! 

Almost everyone in the class knew someone in their family or a family friend who has had cancer.  Some were lucky enough to survive but many did not.  We all thought about who we were running for.  Mrs. Boekhout had three special people to run for this year.  Dear Mrs. Raabe, a past Nestor teacher and a personal mentor for Mrs. Boekhout, sadly lost her 2 1/2 year battle this year; Ashley Brear, the 20 year old daughter of a fellow teacher, who still managed to create a wonderful annual fund raiser called “Keep on Swimming”;  and Brekke Harrison,  one of Mrs B’s students who dearly hoped to get to go to grade 3 (and she did!), you can see her special plaque in our Sanctuary courtyard.

Running around the school or making donations (we collected over $55 in our class!) are not the only ways we can honor the memory of Terry Fox though.  It was the SPIRIT of this brave young man that we should keep with us!  No matter what we are doing, we should always TRY OUT BEST!

Mr. Della Vedova taught the school a special song to remember Terry’s spirit.  When Terry was asked how he could possibly run when it was so difficult, he replied, “A step at a time, a mile at a time, a corner at a time, just take another step and keep on going! ” 

What great spirit!

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

It was a BUSY WEEK getting all our WRITING and RECORDING and CONSTRUCTING and DRAWING ready to go home on Friday… but we DID IT!  The last thing to do is….

say…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Listen to why we love our Dads on our Voicethread!

Here are a few photos of our “construction” in action!

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Remembrance Day

We have been busy reading and learning about Remembrance Day. The book “A Poppy is to Remember” helped us understand why the poppy is such an important symbol for Remembrance Day.  We were honoured to hear that the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields” was written by a Canadian army doctor. His poem is very sad and the illustrations in this book really touched our hearts.

Lots of the children in our class have relatives who have been in a war.  Some of them died in the war, but many of them came home, with terrible memories of what it is like to be in a war. Some of them were in the army, some were in the navy and some may have been in the airforce.  One student in our class has a brother who is a soldier in Afganistan right now.  That makes us all feel worried for him, but proud that he is helping to make the world free and safe.

 

 
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We also learned about how animals have made a contribution to war efforts.  Veterns Affairs Canada sent us their “Animals in War” newspapers.  This year’s paper was called “Archway of Remembrance”.    Our Grade 5 Buddy class read the newspapers with us and then we all got to take our own copies home.
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We have been thinking about how “Children Can Help.   The poem “Poppy, Poppy” reminds us that even children can do their part to make the world a happier, kinder place. We made big PEACE posters with ways that children can care, share, and cooperate. We read Todd Parr’s book, “Peace” and talked about how lucky we are here in Canada. Then we did our own pictures of things that are special to us and what would happen to them if we were at war.  At Primary Sing-Along, we all sang “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” (Peter, Paul, and Mary) and “Make the World a Little Bit Better” with sign language (Charlotte Diamond).  Our class also watched the video “A Pittance in Time”, a moving reminder from Nova Scotia, Canada, to take the time to observe the 2 minutes of silence on Nov. 11.

 

The Remembrance Day ceremony at school was very moving.  There were presentations by students, songs by the choir, and placing of wreaths by the K/1 students. Mr. Della Vedova shared a memory of his own Grandfather.

Today, in 2011, on the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month, an emotional service was performed at Victory Square in Vancouver. One of the poems read was from a plaque in Stanley Park. It reminds us that WE are the LIVING SPIRIT of those who gave their lives for us.

 The Vancouver Junior Bach Choir performed the Canadian poem, “In Flanders Field”, in song.  Here is a video of this beautiful song from the 2009 ceremony.

 

We created our own video of the poem “Poppy, Poppy”.  Mrs. Boekhout copied this poem off a Vancouver school display board over 20 years ago, but has never been able to find the name of the poet.  She hopes that this year’s class will always remember to be children who SHARE, CARE, and  COOPERATE.

You can watch our  POPPY POEM VIDEO here.

 

Children, you may do your part
Love one another
is how you start!

 

Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope

NEVER GIVE UP!

That’s the spirit of Terry Fox, a brave young man who lost his leg to cancer at the young age of 19. Instead of pitying himself for this cruel turn of fate, he trained his body to run a marathon across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. Sadly, he died at the age of just 24, only part way along on his journey. His parting hope was that we must not let the dream die, we must continue the fight to find a cure for cancer. It rained on our Terry Fox School Run this year… but did we give up and stay inside… NO!

WE KEPT ON RUNNING!

Did you know that Terry Fox went to the elementary school just a few blocks from our school?  He also went to high school in the neighbouring municipality! Whenever we go for a walk or play at a local park, we might be following in Terry’s footsteps!

Terry left us a wonderful dream, that someday we might find a cure for cancer. He gave us something more though… he gave us his incredible courage and determination. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or how hard it sometimes seems… 

BE LIKE TERRY FOX
NEVER STOP TRYING!

 

–>Watch our  Terry Fox Run VIDEO  here! <–

 

You can read some more information about this brave young man 
at Mrs. Boekhout’s Terry Fox links.