Arrowwood Community School
Upcoming Important Dates
February 4 - XMovement Extravaganza
February 4 - Mac and Cheese with Salad
February 8 - Winter Olympic Activites Day
February 11- Flex Friday
February 18 - Ham and Hashbrown Casserole and Salad
February 21-25 - No School (Family Day, Day in Lieu of interviews and Teachers Convention)
February 28 - One School, One Book Starting
Welcome our new Making Connections Worker Auburn Phillips
Hi Folks! My name is Auburn Phillips and I am excited to be the Making Connections Worker for the County of Vulcan region. I will serve Arrowwood Community School, Champion School, County Central High School, Milo Community School, and Vulcan Prairieview Elementary School. Previously, I worked in post-secondary supporting students through mental health concerns and promoting mental wellness on campus, and I look forward to applying that knowledge as I support students in this area. I have a B.A. from the University of Victoria and an M.A. from the University of Lethbridge, but I had a rural upbringing and am very happy to be back to small town life.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, my three dogs (Trigger, Enzo, and Diego; all rescues) and three cats (Gracie, Meatballs, and Spaghetti). I enjoy practicing and teaching yoga, travelling, dragonboating, and hiking.
Students and staff will be practicing gratitude for the month of February. Did you know that studies on kids and teens have shown that : Gratitude practice is linked to enhanced happiness, optimism, and social support as well as overall satisfaction with school, family, community, friends and self.Focusing on what you have to be grateful for decreases stress and negative thinking, increases happiness, and promotes social intelligence. It makes us more resilient and helps us feel more satisfied with our lives. You can read more about the science of gratitude HERE.
Arrowwood Music Notes
Playing/Singing: The focus of the music program this fall was singing and rhythmic activities. It was wonderful to be able to sing after over a year of not being able to use our voices in music. Students did some Halloween music activities as well as several songs around the Remembrance Day theme. We did sign language for "Just One Candle", a favourite for many of the students, and choral speech with movement for "In Flanders Fields", another hit. In November and December we also sang Christmas music, some with rhythm instruments and boomwhackers, and I was pleased to see that students were improving in reading music. The new unit for music will focus on developing rhythm and melody reading skills using rhythm instruments and voices for Grades 1 - 6 as well as bells/recorders for Grades 3 to 6.
Instruments of the Orchestra and Music Appreciation: Students have reviewed the instruments of the orchestra and have studied Grieg's Peer Gynt with each student doing an art depiction of "morning". We are currently studying Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals. Students drew a title cover while watching the entire performance, and now will be doing a more in-depth study of each animal every second week which will include a discussion of the instruments used, a listening map to explore the form, matching movement to the music, and a short art response.
Band: Junior High students studied Grieg's Morning and reviewed the instruments of the orchestra. Much of the fall involved lessons on exploring the band instruments we have at Arrowwood: flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones. Since students could not try out the instruments due to COVID restrictions, we watched recordings of the sounds of the instruments. After students practised putting the instruments together and learned about the care and chacteristics of all four instruments, they were allowed to pick the instrument they wanted to learn. Recently, most students were able to play three notes, which was exciting, indeed! I am especially pleased to see some students taking their instruments home to practise.
One School, One Book
Arrowwood School can hardly wait to share with you the novel that we are going to be studying together as a whole school. We don't want to give too many details away just yet, but what we are going to be doing is called One School, One Book. Each Arrowwood School family will receive the same book with a reading schedule to be completed at home. As a school we will support you along the way with recorded readings that you'd be able to access from home.
The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning - plus much more.
When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book increases these benefits. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond.