New Year’s Resolutions

Food Bank Drive

Our Food Project has brought many great opportunities to our school.  We’ve had guest speakers, Project CHEF and now a food drive.  Guest speakers from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank have come to our school to talk to us about food waste.

After their first visit, they’ve asked us to start a pilot project with them.  Together, we are asking for “The 4 Most Wanted Foods”.  They include canned vegetables and fruit, canned beans, powdered milk and whole grain pasta.  The school has been divided into 4 groups for each category.

From now until December 16th, each class will be collecting food from the category they were assigned.  All the food collected will be given to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Did you know that banana peels can be used as shoe polish?

by SlapShot18


Our Student Teacher Becky came to our class on October the 31 which is Hallowe’en.  We are thanking Becky that she came to our class.

She taught us about French food and how to say “where is”? Also she did this game where she put a fruit name or dairy or veggies on our back.  She drew on the paper and taped it to our backs. We needed to ask questions like “is it yellow?” or “is it dairy” and we answered “oui” or “non”.  It was very complicated but fun.

Becky helped me with everything and she was very kind and she was always happy.

by Flying Mandarin

Food Story Map

Div. 16 17 and 18 did an interesting thing called a Story Map for part of our Food Project.  It shows the cycle of a certain type of fruit. First we watched a video about a strawberry that gets wasted.  It talked about the cost of food in fuel, water, money, love and labour.  Then we made the story map. It tells how the story of how the fruit was born and then where it goes through its life until it gets wasted or eaten.

It didn’t have to be a fruit, it can also be meat dairy or veggies. the story map is fun to do all you had to do is brainstorm write and color it’s fun and simple. It’s important because we learned about the  fruit life cycle and how they grow and how they are used it was interesting to see how different each food journey was!

by French Waffles

Engineers Without Borders


November 25, 2016

Dear Ilakkiyan,

Thank you for coming and sharing your great ideas with us. We really enjoyed your presentation.

Thank you for taking the time out of your studies to come talk with us about your learning and your work. We liked how you said that there were no perfect answers to many of the world’s problems, and that you gave pros and cons to each situation that you talked about.

We felt like you really wanted to come and present to us instead of being asked to and agreeing, it felt like you really wanted to do it.  That’s important because it makes the presentation more interesting and it gives us more information about the topic when presenters are passionate like you. It’s a gift to have such a passionate presentation style.

Some of us had heard of Doctors Without Borders but not Engineers Without Borders. We think it’s a good idea because people aren’t prioritizing issues that are more urgent and so people like you address them and try to solve the problem by going further, by making it so that the problem doesn’t have to be addressed again at a future time.

We really liked how the program is basically a program for the creative and uses new thinking.  We thought the questions really got us thinking about stuff and feeling strongly about things before asking the hard questions. We enjoyed how your questions kept us engaged, and started easy and worked towards harder concepts.

Your presentation let us remember that you have to look at issues from different perspectives and make a decision based on how you feel about it.  We hadn’t really thought about climate in food production and had thought that it was always better to grow local food than to ship food around the world.  It changed our perspectives about what you buy.  Instead of always looking for the most locally grown product, after this, we could look at what’s more sustainable for other economies.

We thought it was interesting to connect back to the economy because of how important it is to have export for the economy and also for countries who don’t have the climate or farmland to grow their own food, that they need to import in order to sustain themselves.

When you talked about pollution from growing your own food or buying it locally, it changed our thinking about the 100 mile diet, in that it may be healthy personally but not always for everyone in the community and also for the environment of the world.

Thanks a lot for sharing your interesting view on the world’s problems.  I think you’ve changed some of our views as well.  You broadened our minds about engineering and many of us want to learn more.


Division 16, Charles Dickens Elementary

Virtues Project


Virtues are something that you’re made of. Virtues are different from Values because Values are something you cherish or treasure.  Values can be specific to a particular religion, country or people, but Virtues are your qualities and they are true in all cultures.  Virtues are something you can show or reflect.

Virtues make lots of things easier, especially when you’re talking to others.  They also may help others respect you more. It’s kind of like treat others how you would like to be treated.  When you look at the list above, you can reflect on your own strengths or Virtues and start to recognize them in others and yourself.


We also learned that we have some virtues and others have different virtues and that we need help with other Virtues or just a little more practice with them. We started Virtues Project on Wednesday afternoons two weeks and we will have 7 sessions total. We also are doing weekly blog assignments on the Virtues Project.


Naslishah, thank you for your generosity coming in to teach us about Virtues on your own time.

by S.P.E.W. and apple-juice injuryABC123