Looking back on this year… I must say that it’s been another amazing and innovative year! My JKE inspiring highlights were: our bi-annual Coding & Innovation Club, Inspire Showcases, making soapsicles with the JK Kids Company, IDEA Summit, Diversity Week, sharing at TIE-BC and the Surrey Girls Conferences, Wheelchair Basketball, Orange Shirt Day, Rick Hansen Foundation presentation on Diversity, our JK Inspire team presenting at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Provincial School, Spirit Days, Talent Show, All Wheels Event and welcoming international guests to see our talented JKE kids! So grateful for such a talented and amazing community at James Kennedy… from the kids to the admin to the Special Ed Assistants to the teachers to the families! Here’s to an unforgettable year and more adventures to come.
We have had an amazing May! From doing Inspire Robotic workshops with our JKE Team at the BC School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to the Star Wars Day with everything from Microbits to showcase to the IDEA Summit selling Soapsicles… it’s been an unforgettable May so far! So grateful to the amazing team that made all these opportunities of inclusion happen for children of all abilities!!!!
This month of March is a month of preparation. We have our inspiring Coding and Innovation Club sign-up this Friday to launch the start of our Club in April! As well, we are preparing for the IDEA Summit which Langley School district is hosting on May 8th. Our JK Kids Company (aka our talented Life Skills group) will be hosting two booths. One booth will be selling handmade Soapiscles and the other is an altruistic booth where the children will share that part of our Soapiscles sales will go to the Kidney Foundation and our growing community garden. Thanks to Mr. Radford and Layla from Walnut Grove Secondary for taking our team’s rough draft logo and making it even more amazing! Appreciation also goes to Lenny Yun and Dawne Tomlinson for the selecting our group as well as for your support, direction and leadership to make the IDEA Summit happen. Inspiration is in the Spring air!
This February has held many beauties! We have been able to discover the love of soapmaking to Parents of Primary Students Literacy Evening to sharing Robot, Innovation and Inclusion joy at the TIE-BC Conference to celebrating Diversity Week at James Kennedy! It’s beautiful to see than when we get innovating and inquiring we step into ‘Inclusive Curiosity’!
Let the makers make… So a small group of James Kennedy Elementary kids made soap-iscles! Yes, soap like a popsicle! Each child got to create their own soap with a variety of colours, scents, flowers, glycerine and goats milk We had a wonderful time making the soap from scratch and our wonderful soap expert Pauline Albert and her team Gabrielle and Joshua were great coaches.
We have applied to our Langley School District to get grant for a Socialprenuer intiative where students create a business to promote kindness in our community. So we are hoping to nurture our school garden to grow herbs and flowers (lovely for our community to see). Then we will put our grown herbs and flowers into our soapiscles to sell and to make our school sweet smelling with smiles! A portion of our proceeds will go towards the Kidney Foundation of Canada since one of our students have been richly supported by this Foundation.
From our Langley School District displaying our Inspire Project’s Coding Club in the district cabinet to coded bracelets to Ozobots delivering Christmas presents in a Grade 3 class to our Coding Club sharing some of their inspiration… Winter has been full of wonders.
Yesterday, we had a fantastic time with an amazing inspirational crew! We had wonderful workshops from Ms.Lockhart and Tristan from Walnut Grove Secondary School, Don from Lighthouse Labs, Mayra and Erika from Kids Code Jeunesse, and Ben, Connor, Prashant and Srilekha from Left of the Dot. There were unplugged coding workshops, Coding Club and an Inspire Showcase with lots of amazing masterpieces (and robots)! Let the Inspiration continue…