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Green School in Grade 4

As part of their green school experience this week, grade 4 took part in a wide range of activities on campus and in a local forest. Students completed challenges in order to collect pins, which included demonstrations of entomology and botany knowledge, outdoor skills, mycology and photography among others. They spent the night on campus in tents that they put up themselves, and had a refreshing water fight to finish up the activity!

ASW's First PYP Exhibition


ASW held its first ever PYP Exhibition in the school library. Student delegates in grade 5 displayed the culmination of their personal project. Themes to emerge included society, the environment, nature, art, sport and technology. Elementary School Principal Jen Munnerlyn said "History has been made. Congratulations and thank you to the Grade 5 teachers, students, and parents. You did it! The first-ever PYP Exhibition was a great success!"

For more information about the PYP at ASW, download our series of articles written by our own teachers.

G5 Literacy Workshops
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Over the past few weeks, our grade 5 learners had the unique opportunity to select and attend different literacy workshops. The workshops focused on various forms of oral presentations and skills through the use of movies, slideshows, posters, and TED-Style talks. 

In the workshops, learners focused on several literary techniques employed in creating effective media. These techniques included targeting a specific audience, leads and attention grabbers, perspective, bias, and main ideas. They worked to identify these techniques in mainstream media, and then produced their own. These unique explorations were not only a part of their current unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, but a great way to begin exploring the options they have for their upcoming exhibition on May 17th.


McGoldrick Colleen, Grade 5 Teacher

By Colleen McGoldrick, Grade 5 Teacher

Family Build Day
Family Build Day

As the culmination of the Grade 2 science unit of inquiry on forces and motion under the theme, "How the World Works," students joined together with their parents to make a Rube Goldberg machine on Family Build Day! They used recycled materials and combined simple machines with forces such as gravity, friction, and magnetism, to create their finished products. It was a wonderful day of invention and ingenuity! 


By Melody Phipps, Grade 2 Teacher

Math Inquiry
Math Inquiry

We had a great turn out last week for our Grade 1 Math Inquiry Showcase.  Parents were able to experience how ASW is using a hands-on, play-based approach to address academic standards.  Parents began by reflecting on their experiences with math and their feelings toward it. Children then took the lead by sharing some of the ways they use math to be problem solvers. The activities the first graders chose were hands-on, encouraged sharing and communicating their thinking, involved making connections, and included identifying different strategies to solve problems. Students did an excellent job showcasing how they learn math in grade 1 at ASW. As we continue this partnership, we encourage parents to share their thoughts and questions about this new way of learning. We are excited to continue this open dialogue as our learners delve deeper into critical thinking.



By Ms. Aubri Barnes, Grade 1 PYP Teacher