Friday, December 19, 2014

Cultural Celebration in Room 130

written by Hailey
Our class has been researching different countries.  We have been working on it for 3 weeks.  This week, we had a cultural celebration.  We shared our projects and then we had a feast.  We are so thankful for our parents who helped prepare the food for our celebration!  We had so many different kinds of food for our feast.  It made our bellies so full!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Creating Gingerbread Houses in Kindergarten!

written by Solomon, Rebecca, Dylan and Benna
We created gingerbread houses last week.  The big kids came to help us.  We used icing and M&Ms.  We used chocolates and marshmallows on the the roof.  Then we needed lights!  We used licorice.  We used candy men and some jujubes.  Our gingerbread houses were colorful like a rainbow.  We used crackers, not gingerbread.  The tricky part was decorating on the inside.  Another tricky part was when all the candy fell down.  The icing was hard to do.  The roof was hard to put on because you had to be careful not to squish it!  When we got home, we ate it!  Our families loved our gingerbread houses!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SSES Annual Food Drive 2014

written by Troy and Hughe
Our class did the food drive.  We made days to give ideas of what to bring.  Each day, we went to classrooms and collected all of the food.  We put the food in boxes and then put it on the table.  We sorted it out on the tables.  At the end of the week we started to box all of the food.  People from Evergreen Basic needs came with a truck and picked up all of the food.  We had 37 boxes of food and one box of toys for kids that need toys at Christmas.  We collected 892.8 lbs of food, that's 206.8 lbs more than last year!  Wow!  We felt grateful to do the food drive.  We loved doing it!  The food will make people feel joyful and healthy!

Thank you to all of the people that donated.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Making Pumpkin Pie in Ms. Shamanski's class

written by Jake and Elin

We had pumpkins in our gardens, but these pumpkins came from the store.  We started by opening up the pumpkin.  We took out the goop, it felt gushy.  We counted all of the seeds in the pumpkin to see how many there were.  We had roasted seeds for our party.  There were 499 seeds!!!  We had to cut the pumpkin, piece by piece.  Then we cooked it to make it nice and smushy.  Once it was smushy, we took the hot stuff from the middle of the pumpkin out.  We mixed it with a blender.  We put some of the outside skin in the blender too.  We had to add white creamy stuff like milk into the pumpkin mix.  We needed ginger too!  Then we added cinnamon. Next, we poured it into tart shells to make mini pumpkin pies!  We made whipped cream too, you need whipped cream for the top of your pumpkin pie!

It tasted good!  It tasted fantastic as well!  It was fun and yummy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our Nature Playground

written by Mackenzie and Adam
We were discovering and launching our nature playground!  There were many families from the school and also important community members.  Adam and I did a little talk about what we were doing.  All of the children at the event helped unveil the drawings by opening the curtain.  It was very exciting!  It was fun decorating for the occasion.  We used natural materials, plants, special lights and trees from our classrooms to help make it look like the outdoors.  We have been working really hard on this very big masterpiece!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Natural Playground Launch

SSES is thrilled to announce the launch of our Natural Playground Project!!!
Please join us for the official unveiling of this exciting journey on Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30-7:30 in our school gym.

Plastic Bag Round-Up

SSES collected 2715 bags for the Plastic Bag Round-Up coordinated by Take Pride Winnipeg!
Thank you to all of the families that sent in bags to keep them from our landfill.  These bags will be used to create a garden box for our gardens!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Grade 7s visit Mrs. Michaluk's class

Mrs. Grimolfson's grade 7 class visited in October to share their Science books with us.  They were very interesting.  We love learning about animals and we really LOVE Science!  When we were finished reading the books, we showed some of the grade 7s our exploration spaces.  We hope they come back to visit us for Exploration time!

Monday, November 10, 2014

My First Poppy

Mrs. Magnusson's class created a beautiful video to share the Remembrance Day story, "My First Poppy."
My First Poppy

inspired by "Mark's First Poppy" written by Carole Crawford (

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Discoveries!

Throughout the month of October, each of the classrooms has been making pumpkin discoveries!  We have been measuring, sketching, carving, painting and creating with pumpkins!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sharing our harvest....

Following our Hot Potato Day, we decided to share our harvest with Evergreen Basic Needs.  We were able to donate potatoes and pumpkins!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fresh from our Garden ~ Mrs. Johannesson's class

The children in Room 115 have been very busy!!!  After we picked our carrots from the garden, we created a survey to graph what we wanted to do with the produce.  It was a tie!  We decided to try carrots & dip and to make carrot muffins!  Many families shared their favorite carrot cake/muffin recipe with us.  We loved grocery shopping, preparing the carrots, making the muffins and sharing them with our friends in Room 116.
Thank you to everyone who shared recipes with us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Potato Project 2014

This spring, the grade 2s & 3s planted potatoes with Mrs. Chapnick in our garden beds.  Now in grade 3 & 4, the children helped Mrs. Chapnick dig and harvest the potatoes.  We celebrated with Hot Potato Day on Friday, October 9th.  Each child in the school washed potato and wrapped a potato for baking.  Our chefs, Mr. Kustiak and Mr. Ostapchuk baked the potatoes and prepared the sour cream, onions and cheese for us with Mrs. Chapnick.  Right before lunch, the potatoes arrived ready to enjoy.  They were delicious!  We harvested almost 200 potatoes this fall.  After our hot potato feast, we had leftover potatoes.  These potatoes are being donated to Evergreen Basic Needs for families in our community to enjoy!
A special thank you to Mrs. Chapnick, Mr. Ostapchuk and Mr. Kustiak for making Hot Potato Day such a success!

From Seed to Salsa

We have been on a Tomato Journey over the past few months in Room 132!  We planted our seeds and plants in June and harvested them in September.  We decided to make salsa with our tomato harvest and last week we celebrated with chips and our homemade salsa!  What an amazing journey this has been!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bag it Up Challenge at SSES

We were counting up bags this week!  Putting the bags into groups of ten became the best solution to counting over 300 bags!  Great problem solving, girls!
Thank you to all of our families who have sent in bags for our Bag it Up Challenge.  We will continue to collect bags until the end of October.

Creating with Nature in Kindergarten!

In Kindergarten we have been talking about beautiful things in nature.  The students brought in their own bag of beautiful things in nature.  We read the book Leaf Man by Lois Elhert and discussed how she used leaves to create pictures that tell a story.  We then made our own creations using leaves, pine cones, seeds, acorns, rocks, grass and branches that tell our story.

written by Mrs. Gibson's class

I think it was very nice!  Mine was Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc. ~ Raymond
I made the eyes out of pine cones. ~ Kaitlyn
The leaves were very colourful. ~ Kaz
My leaf man was a unicorn. ~ Madison
My unicorn eats carrots. ~ Talia
The leaf man making was very fun! ~ Danyx
The leaf man were very kind ~ Dillon
The leaf man has to go where the wind blows. ~ Gage
The wind blows and when the wind is gone the leaves fall to the ground. ~ Isaiah
My leaf man is like a human. ~ Kalea
I like the leaf man I made ~ Laura
I made my leaf man with leaves and glue. ~ Matheson
I like my leaf man because I made two of them ~ Gunnar
I love my leaf man so much and I love the wings on it. ~ Jaylee
My leaf man is just a leaf man, but when I take it home I am going to put it in my closet. ~ Sarah
Mine is pretty! ~ Rebecca
I love my leaf man! ~ Faith
I like it so much that I am going to hang it up on my Christmas tree! ~ Oliver

written by Mrs. Bergman's class

Alaska ~ I used leaves, flowers and acorns.
Benna ~ He’s going for a sunny walk.
Berlyn ~ Little pieces of leaves were his mouth and eyes.  The pinecones are arms and legs.
Chloe ~ It’s special because I made it.
Christian ~ The leaf man is the orange thing.  There’s his favourite leaf, his cousin, friend and tail bomber.
Emma ~ It’s a bunny because I have bunnies at home.  I used 4 pinecones, 2 leaves and 2 seeds.
Jack ~ I used a sunflower stem for the neck, leaves for the body, and wild berries for the eyes.
Julianna ~ It’s like a circle, a dog with 2 grapes in the middle.
Kaiden ~ I made a pattern with petals, leaves and stems.
Katelyn ~ I had 5 green leaves and bunny arms and leaves for the arms.
Kolton ~ He looks like an acorn with grass at the bottom.
Kylie ~ I used leaves and pinecones.
Madeleine ~ I used pine cones.
Madison ~ I used leaves and seeds.
Marlo ~ I used leaves, bark, an acorn and apples.
Raya ~ I used leaves for eyes, pinecones for arms and the mouth was part of a flower.
Samuel ~ I used a Christmas tree, feather, leaves and flower.
Solomon ~ I used leaves.
Ty ~ I used leaves.
Vilena ~ I used leaves, pinecones, acorns, grass and bark.
Amelia ~ I had a rock for a head, 2 leaves for arms, 2 leaves for legs.  I used a sticker for a belly button and an eyeball.
Kaleb ~ I used a stem of a bull rush for the arm.  I used a leaf for the body.  I used a tree for a tree.  The other arm has a shield.