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Monday, December 10

Tuesday, December 11

Wednesday, December 12
  • French movie field trip tomorrow
Thursday, December 13

Friday, December 14


Christmas Concert 2018

Thursday, December 20

We will be having one concert  in the morning and one in the evening which begins at 6:00 pm that will be divided into three parts with two intermissions: K-1 at 6:00-6:30, Gr. 2-3 at 6:45-7:15 and Gr. 4-5 at 7:30-8:00.  

Part 1  K-1

Time:  6:00-6:30 (approx.)

Grade K-1 arrive at their classrooms between 5:30 and 5:45

During intermission, families who are not staying for the rest of the concert are welcome to pick up their children from their classes and head home.













Part 2   Gr. 2-3                        

Time:  6:45-7:15 (approx.)

Gr. 2-3 students arrive in their classrooms between 6:15 and 6:30 and families take their places in the gym during intermission.

Families who are not staying for the rest of the  concert are welcome to meet their gr. 1-2 children at the end in their classrooms to head home.













Part 3  Gr. 4,5 & Choir

Time: 7:30- 8:00 (approx.)

Grade 4 and 5 students arrive in their classrooms between 7:00 and 7:15 and families take their places in the gym during intermission.

Parents meet their children at the end in their classrooms to head home.


Ms. Johnstone and Mrs. Oprenchok will be collaborative team teaching this year. We have not made a video of what this looks like but below is 6 types of approaches we will be using and the video shows the approaches in an American school.


The Importance of Growth Mindset!

Our beliefs, conscious and unconscious, play an important role in our success. Every time the brain learns something, new neural pathways are formed, thus developing intellectual abilities. 


What Is Growth Mindset?

YouTube Video

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

YouTube Video

Contact Information
Email: nancy.johnstone@rdpsd.ab.ca
Phone: 403-348-0050

Email: arlee.oprenchok@rdpsd.ab.ca
Phone: 403-348-0050

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Skating After Christmas-

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Skating is part of the Alberta Physical Education curriculum in the Alternative Environments section of the program.  It is the intention that ALL children at Ecole Barrie Wilson will be involved in skating after Christmas holidays as part of Physical Education.  

Physical Education Safety Guidelines requires that all students MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet for all ice skating activities.  Bicycle helmets are not permitted as they are not deemed to be safe.

In addition, children MUST wear mitts or gloves and snow pants while skating.

Helmets and ice skates make wonderful Christmas presents for children as Red Deer has an abundance of skating facilities such as outdoor rinks, Bower Ponds and indoor arenas.  Be sure that the helmet has a sticker that says CSA approved.

Classroom skating begins the first week after the Christmas break, and runs until the end of February/beginning of March weather and ice permitting.  Please check your child’s agenda and/or their teacher’s web page for skating times.

Please be advised that if your child rides the bus, they are required to have their skates in a canvas type bag for safety reasons.  

Also, if you have any skates or helmets that you would like to donate to our school, please drop them off at the school’s main office.  

******If you can help tie and/or untie skates during your child’s skating time****** Your help would be GREATLY appreciated!!  

Thank you and we look forward to our skating time!    

Mrs. McKeage

Physical Education Teacher

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Polar Bandit Club

The Polar Bandit Club is for days when the temperature outside is between -20 C and -30 C.  Currently all students go outside when the temperature is warmer than -20 C with or without the windchill.  Students whose parents have signed the Polar Bandit Club permission form and have the appropriate winter gear, will go outside for recess time when the temperature is between -20 C and -30 C (with or without the windchill) for some much needed movement.  The remainder of the students will go to the gymnasium at this time to get their much needed movement by walking laps.  Remember the McKeage Mantra:  "Outside is the best side!"  We are Canadian!  We are Polar Bandits!

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What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Essential Elements of PBL include:

  1. Key Knowledge, Understanding and Success Skills - At its core, the project is focused on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from key concepts at the heart of academic subjects. Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation, which are explicitly taught and assessed.
  2. Challenging Problem or Question - Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing, which captures their task or frames their exploration. It is also known as Driving Question.
  3. Sustained Inquiry - Students are engaged in an extended, rigorous process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers. It should take place over an extended period of time.
  4. Authenticity - Students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the Driving Question and create project products. Authenticity increases student motivation and learning. How real-world is the project?
  5. Student Voice and Choice - Students are allowed to make some choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher and depending on age level and PBL experience.
  6. Reflection - Students should reflect on what they’re learning, how they’re learning, and what they have accomplished in a project.
  7. Critique and Revision - The project includes processes for students to give and receive feedback on the quality of their work, leading them to make revisions or conduct further inquiry.
  8. Public Product - Students can display projects online, on a wall, or provide a product or service that is actually used by people in the real world. Students may chose to present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher.

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The Wilson Ways

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Resilient

We are learning how we can make our brains stronger with Growth Mindset!

To build strong neural pathways I participate.

To build strong neural pathways I practice.

To build strong neural pathways I persevere.

To build strong neural pathways it takes time and effort.

To build strong neural pathways, I know mistakes are good and part of learning. 

To build strong neural pathways, I can ask an expert for help.