Author Archives: Jan Smith

A Poem of Remembrance

Lest We Forget

Today, November 11th, Canada recognizes the courage of men and women who have served our country in the Air Force, Army, and Navy of the past, and those who serve today.  Abbey shared this beautiful poem on her blog. I have included the questions that she added following her post because I know they’ll get you thinking.

We Will Always Remember Them

For those who fought,
for those who died,
for those who lived,
for those who tried,
and for those who saved our Canadian lives,
we will always remember them.  

For those who risked their courageous lives,
who left their daughters and their wives,
who fought at war and gave us peace,
we will always remember them.

I hoped you liked my poem as much as I liked writing it!  Please tell me in the comments if you have any favorite poems about Remembrance Day, if you made up any poems, or comment on what Remembrance Day means to you! (Just some suggestions on what to comment )   ; )

Goodbye and have a nice day!

Sincerely, Abbey

You can comment directly on Abbey’s blog post here

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Posts are Popping Up!

The students of Smartlandia (long story, that) are new bloggers here at Huzzah! Well, except for four of them who are veterans. To get a taste of their writing, click on the Flipboard below, scroll down, and click again to read some fresh writing that includes poetry, narrative, and humour. Please leave a comment to encourage these young writers.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

Meet the Class of 2017-2018!

We have been living and learning together for over a month, but this is our first blog post on our class blog.  Here we are!

Sunglasses on or off–what do you seen in your future?

You might look years ahead to a career you’re thinking of, to travelling you wish to do, or the place you hope to live. Perhaps you have plans for future learning–what do you want to explore? Or maybe you are think of your near future: is something coming up in the next few months that has you curious or excited? Are you in the process of creating something you hope to complete?

Please leave a comment and tell us about your future, and if you are from beyond our class, leave your blog url and we will visit you.

 

A Little Alphabet Soup

Welcome, new visitors from this year’s Student Blogging Challenge!  To help you learn more about us, Huzzahnians are starting to publish their ABC of Me posts on their blogs.

[Missing links are from unpublished posts.]

Follow the links to find out who…

  • thinks artichokes look and smell weird;
  • is a fan of Messi from Argentina;
  • has driven in a Mustang convertible;
  • absolutely loves playing the guitar;
  • is a master of DIY;
  • knows what a katana is;
  • likes the colour of eggplants but not their taste;
  • is a Ravenclaw;
  • thinks Umbridge and Voldemort are jerks;
  • knows something about the octopus that I didn’t know;
  • hates zombies;
  • traps her brother at the top of the teeter-totter;
  • loves hashbrowns;
  • doesn’t like vanilla ice cream;
  • hopes to visit Italy one day;
  • thinks that the Xenomorph looks both creepy and cool;
  • knows that quail eggs are quite small;
  • has a unique collection of a certain reptile;
  • is a fan of bacon;
  • hates how onions make it look like you are crying when you chop them;
  • has held a baby kangaroo;
  • would love to meet a quokka;  
  • likes the quality of Rawlings baseball gloves;
  • knows sign language;
  • has seen elephants in Florida;
  • likes opening presents at Christmas;
  • thinks the Hubble telescope is mind-blowing;
  • is interested in a new gadget called Popsockets;
  • is curious about zebras: are they black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Aren’t we an interesting bunch? Please follow the links, read the posts, and comment with a few ABCs of your own.

Happy blogging!

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The ABC of Me

As a new school year begins in the southern hemisphere, we north-of-the-equator types are heading into spring. Time for a shiny new Student Blogging Challenge! In the first week, Miss Wyatt is suggesting we reintroduce ourselves. We are drawing inspiration from Brianna’s Alphabet Post and writing our own.

Me first!

This lovely Mason Bee hatched in my backyard and enjoyed my rosemary.

I love watching people in the airport arrivals lounge. The anticipation and then the hugs when family and friends reconnect–that makes me happy. I am fascinated by bees and take pictures of them whenever I can. Mason bees in particular fascinate me. Chocolate is my favourite treat. Dark, of course.  I admire Queen Elizabeth II for her lifetime of service. I find felines far too finicky. Spring, summer and fall…you’ll find me in the garden. I have a bad habit of losing my keys. Not infrequently, either. My real first name is Janet. I come from a long line of knitters and people who laugh a lot. My mediocre superpower is that I can tell you when milk is about to go bad. I have never bungee jumped, and don’t regret it one bit. I like old things, so I collect vintage Pyrex, quilts, and rare Christmas ornaments. I would like to travel to Scotland and take part in an archaeological dig at Hadrian’s Wall.

Isn’t this a beautiful bowl? We have popcorn in a bowl like this.

In 2004-05 I sailed around the globe on a tall ship with my husband, our two kids, and  65 students and adult crew. It was a unique experience, very challenging and immensely rewarding. I learned the world is a beautiful place, and that I live x-actly where I want be. To remain young at heart, I will stay curious about people, places, and new experiences. Perhaps I will even revisit Zanzibar again after I retire!

 

And there you have it, all about me, A to Z. If you’d like to comment, why not leave a letter or three about you.

Soon, Huzzahnians’ alphabet posts will be popping up on their blogs. I hope you’ll take time to learn their ABC’s!

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My Students Have Mad (Snow) Dance Skillz

Snow Dance

Canada is called the Great White North by some because of the blanket of snow that covers our country in the winter months. Neighouring provinces have already had their first blizzards and people are dealing with snow and cold weather. Our local ski resort, Mount Washington, already has 1.5 m of snow at the top.

Here in the valley, though, snow is a rarity, and snow days that close the schools are rarer still.

But the power of Snow Dance came through! A bit of wiggling, hand twinkling, turning in circles, and squinching of the eyes….and taa daa! Snow Day! I hope all my students get out, make snowmen, build snow forts, and have a snowball fight with family and friends today.

And thank you for your dance moves, Division 12.

Emergency!

Are you prepared for the Zombie apocalypse?

This silly video (aside from ArhArhArh meme that has taken over our classroom) reminds us of the three rules of emergency planning:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Create an emergency kit

Here in coastal British Columbia we don’t prepare for tornadoes (or zombies, for that matter), but we do anticipate earthquakes. We do regular drills where we drop-cover-hold-on-20mmacg

then evacuate the building. At our school we have first aid kits, a large emergency preparedness container, and organized plans for students to stay safe and be reunited with their families. Our staff train often to be prepared for a variety of emergency situations. Doing drills means we will stay safe, feel calmer, and be able to help each other through a difficult time.

Our Canadian neighbours in Fort McMurray, Alberta know that preparedness saves lives. Last year a devastating wildfire destroyed buildings and property in and around their community. Yet 88,000 people were safely evacuated in a very short time thanks to government organizations, local businesses (from gas stations to airlines), emergency responders, and individuals stepping up and helping.

Readers from the Student Blogging Challenge, here are your possible choices this week:

Activity #1
Readers, what natural disasters or emergencies are factors where you live? How have you prepared? If you have faced a large-scale emergency, how did you deal with it? Do you have any advice for us? Please let us know in a comment (and please leave your blog URL!).

Activity #2
Write a list post of items that a student can put in an emergency bedside kit. If you had to leave in a hurry, what could you have ready to grab-and-go? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).

Activity #3
Write a post describing a natural or human-caused emergency that has happened in your community. What were the consequences? How did you, your family, or emergency responders deal with it? (Come back when you are done and leave your URL so we can read your post).

Activity #4
Please take our Emergency Preparedness Survey. We will share the results and our conclusions by mid-November. Thanks!

Stay safe, fellow bloggers!

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