Monday, February 28, 2011

Olivet Students meet Author Jody Nyasha Warner

The grades 2 to 4 went to the Eatonville library to meet Jody Nyasha Warner, the author who wrote the book “Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged”. This is a very interesting book about a piece of Canadian history which took place in Nova Scotia in 1946, when a woman by the name of Viola Desmond was told she could not sit in the front seat section of the theatre because only white people could sit there. This was not fair, and Viola Desmond fought to have this injustice changed. We asked Ms. Warner to sign our school copy of her book and soon it will be in the library for everyone to read!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

In Full Bloom

Jasmine and Kaylin planted an amaryllis bulb before Christmas. It bloomed in the first week of February. Isn't it awesome??

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The combined grades 2 through 5 enjoyed a Chinese meal in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Welcome to the year of the rabbit! Gung hay fat choy!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hockey Anyone?

The boys try out a little hockey during gym class.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Over the winter months the grades 2 through 5 are going skating once a week. Sometimes it is really cold, but it is perfect winter fun!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine's Day Cookies

On Valentine's Day the grades 2-4 made cookies to take home to their families. As you can see, it was great fun and the cookies, including the Canadian Valentine's Moose, turned out perfectly!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mt. Sinai

Reverend Coleman Glenn and the students have built a model of Mt. Sinai. It is located on the desk in the hall, to the left of the office; when you are in the building, come and see it!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The Primary Room is studying the Arctic in Social Studies. We decided to try making an igloo and the whole school is getting in on the fun! We are learning about the best way to make the square blocks, the type of snow that works best and lots and lots about teamwork and cooperation!! The children have also made up a work song that they have been singing as they shovel and pat and shovel and pat.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Forest of Reading

Every year Olivet participates in the “Forest of Reading” program put on by the Ontario Library Association (OLA). An OLA selection committee chooses 10 books for each reading category; this list is made available, by late fall, to schools and libraries across the province. The children then start to read! Read! Read!! In April the children vote for their favourite book(s) and finally, in a special ceremony at Harbourfront in May, the awards are given to the winners.

The entire process is so exciting! The children look forward to the new crop of books as though it were Christmas! The books fly in and out of the library as the children take them to the classrooms and home to read. The children’s conversations and the chatter about books is music to a teacher’s ears!

This year we have a special bulletin board to encourage and track the children’s reading. It is located just to the left of the main office. If you are in the building, please come and see it!! For the rest of you, we will post photos of the board as the children progress in their reading; you will notice that the tree will sprout more and more leaves!