Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween in the Playschool class

The Playschool class is celebrating the spooky season of Halloween!
This Playschool friend is visiting the pumpkin patch.

Playing in the bog water table is fun, especially if you catch a frog!

These playschool friends are hammering  golf tees into pumpkins.

Squeezing paint, makes these pumpkins look pretty.

The haunted house-box is fun to colour in!

This friend found a worm in the rice table, eeks!

While sifting through the sand she found spiders, flies, and mice, oh my!

Painting bats is very fun indeed.

This friend is beading a very festive bracelet.

The I-Spy Halloween puzzle is challenging, but not too hard for this Playschool friend.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Olivet School at Private School Expo

Olivet School was well represented at the Private School Expo this past Saturday. We had some good conversations with inquiring parents, some of whom we hope to see at our November 20th open house.
This year in addition to Olivet Staff members (Mr. Smith, Mrs. Bradfield, Ms. Williams and Miss Mueller), Dmitry Petrakov (one of our elementary school parents) and Vitan and Yoan Pravtchev (alumni) joined us for the whole time. They were invaluable additions -  both in speaking to inquiring parents and giving valuable feedback on how to present the booth in the future.
Thanks very much for the support!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We Found a Snake!

The students found a garter snake in the field by the school. They were playing in the trees when one of the students came shrieking out with excitement. The snake had loitered into their fortress! The snake was eagerly shown around to the other students before being released back into the field.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is a natural human tendency to look for and talk about the petty annoyances in our lives.  If we’re not careful, this can get in the way of our being able to see the many blessings we enjoy in this beautiful and peaceful land.  That’s why it’s such a good idea for us to have a national day of Thanksgiving – it gives everyone an opportunity to take a fresh look at their situation and instead of looking for things to complain about, begin to see and be reminded of the things that are good and useful.

We should remember the natural blessings of life in Canada, and the blessings that come from the protection of our rights as citizens, especially the freedom of thought and speech.  Let’s take it up one more step.  Let’s also try to be thankful for our Divine blessings.  These are the blessings that are most important of all, because they provide nourishment and protection for our eternal soul. 

One of the reasons that Olivet New Church School has been around for more than a hundred years is because there are people who are dedicated to the idea that there should be a place where children can be educated in a loving environment, where their natural, mental, and spiritual needs are all taken into consideration in everything they do.  To live in this world in a way that prepares one for eternal life in the next is one of the greatest blessings, and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great work.

Rev. James P. Cooper
Pastor, Olivet Church

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Playschool Goes to the Orchard

“A” was for apple in Playschool last week. The students and their parents went to Carl Laidlaw Orchards to learn about apples from the farmers.

During our time at the orchard Playschool enjoyed several sensory activities.
These students had fun playing with tractors in corn and grain.
Romping in piles of hay was fun!

Before going out to the orchard we had the opportunity to try different apples.
It was a gorgeous day for a tractor ride to the orchard to pick apples.

Some families made pies. 
Making pies required some effort, as the students had to peel, break apart the apples,
mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
before preparing the pie crusts.
Here is a pie before it goes into the oven.

Doesn’t it look delicious!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Taking soil samples at school

Soil samples are being taken around the school this week and the kids are enjoying being able to watch these mighty machines at work. They were so interested in fact that the engineer in charge of the job offered to speak to the students in KG to Grade 6 and answer any questions they might have about what they have seen the crew doing. It was a learning experience for all!

The Junior Room students watch as the drilling machine is being prepped for boring the first hole.

The first drill piece is put in place.

The first step is for the machine to dig past the asphalt so that is can get to the soil to collect samples. 

The engineer speaking to the students about the job.

The engineer drew a diagram showing the different components of the job. The picture of the far left shows the soil composition from the first sample set they took. The picture at the top of the page is a cross cut diagram of the building and what they think is under the foundation. The bottom picture is a top view of the school showing all the different areas the machines will be taking samples. The last picture on the right is the drilling machine, showing how is sends its drill 15 feet into the ground and collects samples as it goes.

The students enjoyed his talk and gave him a round of applause when he had finished.

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