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…
WOW! This Friday, November 24th is our SuperHero and Jersey Spirit Day at James Kennedy, and guess what else is launching on that day? It’s a plane? It’s a bird? Nope… we are launching our Robot-Sitting and Inspire-Sitting in our Library Learning Commons. Yes, families of James Kennedy Elementary School will be able to bring home robots and inspiring tools of innovation!
Click on the following to learn about our new program.
Our amazing crew that will be lent out:
Last week, I journeyed out to Chilliwack for Provincial Computational Thinking Training Part 2. It was great to collaborate with other educators and administrators in the Fraser Valley about Coding. We were given workshops on the Microbit, Scratch and learned Java Script through Tynker. The amazing teaching team was from Lighthouse Labs and Kids Code Jeunesse. It’s so thrilling to learn and engage with others who are seeing the amazing opportunities of innovation in our province!
Again I am so blessed to have the privilege to work at James Kennedy Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia. We have an amazing crew of staff and wonderful community that steps into creating innovative learning for kids. So here is what we’ve been up too!
From teacher workshops to students delving into critical thinking with robots to using ‘codeable’ art to create a masterpiece! This must be the most exciting time ever to be an educator and a student in the British Columbian 21st Century classroom…
Wow! What a fantastic time of learning at the 4 day Science World ‘STEAM Days’ teacher workshops last week. The STEAM Days were structured around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math which were a blast. From tie-dye to robots to agar agar creations… it was one amazing week.
Here’s a fun ‘vid’ I made under the wonderful coaching and training of Karen at Science World. We had over 10 different types of specialists come in to talk about their passions!
These Spring months we have had the wonderful opportunity to share our joy of inclusive tools for education as well as see wonderful opportunities to allow creativity to flourish! The five main highlights were Annie Charron and I sharing our love for robots to the Langley City Rotary (Thanks Trisha for encouraging us), Langley Foundation’s article about our May the 4th Star Wars Day (Thanks Susan Cairns), Network of Innovation and Inquiry sharing event, MakersFaire Vancouver and finally our All Wheels JKE events (Thanks to one of our amazing Grade 3’s for pioneering this!)
What an amazing Spring… What an Inspiring Year!