BRE Friday Communicator – April 17, 2020

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Mr. Zigar contributes to our community – Mr. Zigar is making ear savers using his class 3-D printer. These gadgets help prevent chafing and sores caused by the elastic on the protective face masks worn by our health care workers.  He has made 42 with the supplies we have in the school.  Mr. Zigar, Roy (our custodian) and Mrs. Hackett have given the ear savers to staff at Hilltop House, the long-term residential care home in Squamish, and to nurses at the Squamish General Hospital.  Thank you Mr. Zigar! Thank you to PAC for funding the 3-D printer!  If anyone has a spool of filament to donate for this community contribution project please email

Family Smart Video Presentation for Parents and Guardians –  “Erupting Angst: Understanding the Collision Between Anger & Aggression in the World of Anxiety” Anxiety in children can often show itself as anger, aggression, or sadness. By learning how these emotions are connected, we can better respond to the needs of our children. This video presentation, by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Registered Psychologist, will elaborate on this theme and highlight what parents can do about it. Thursday April 23th, 6:30pm to 7:15pm  RSVP:

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

These windy clear skies are perfect for kite flying or so we thought! 

Supplied with construction paper, felts, glue and string Lauryn and Jenna were busy at work designing their own kites.  They began by brainstorming what they knew about flight; everything from paper airplanes to the wings of birds came to mind and then busily they set to create prototypes. When at first attempt,  kites dropped flightless, it gave them the opportunity to think critically about our design and revise! Finally, success!

Here are the step by step instructions for their kites. 

  1. Take a piece of construction paper and fold it lengthwise. 
  2. Gently bend (don’t fold) both sides down to the center fold and secure with glue, tape or staples. 
  3. Attach a string mid-way on the lengthwise fold, we used a strip of tape and hole punched through it to prevent tearing. 
  4. Lastly decorate, Lauryn suitably chose a bird! 

STEM Challenge provided by Ms. Cornish – Design your own kites and try these experiments: 

  • predict and test which of these materials make better kites: reusable plastics, newspaper, straws and sticks?
  • measure how high your kites can reach (i.e. what is the length of the string at full flight) and reflect on which design features (i.e. variables) seem to be most important: the materials used, the size of your kite, how fast you run, or the strength of the wind?
  • use a timer to measure how long you can keep your kite in the air and set a goal; for instance, can your kite stay suspended in one spot for 3 seconds?

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