Sunday, 17 December 2017

Week 16: Dec 18-22 The Third Week of Advent

Today marks the third week of Advent, when we celebrate the joy of the impending birth of our Lord! We are hopeful, we are peaceful, and now we are also joyful. The students will participate in our third Advent Celebration on Monday at 1:30 p.m., and our fourth Advent Celebration (Love) on Thursday morning at 10:00. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday, and safe travels.

We have a few special events planned for this week, and a few things to wrap up before the holidays. On Tuesday morning, we will be having a Christmas Craft morning, and volunteers are most welcome to join us to help the children assemble crafts. If you can spare an hour or 2 to help out, we would really appreciate it! We will start around 9:30 a.m. and be all cleaned up by noon. Thank you!

On Wednesday, we have a science test on the properties of light planned. If we don't get it out of the way before the break, some of the information might be forgotten in the Christmas excitement! Here's a quick study guide:

Light is a form of energy we can see.
The 5 properties of light are:
Here are the experiments we did to demonstrate each property:
1. We set up cue cards, 3 with holes in the middle and one with a target at the end. Then we aimed a flashlight through the holes to hit the target. We could only do it if the holes were lined up correctly, showing that light travels in a straight line.
2. We build a light maze with mirrors in a shoe box. Light went in one side of the shoe box, reflected around the box inside, and came out the same side. We could predict where the light would reflect to, because it was a regular reflection pattern.
3. We reflected light off smooth and crumpled tin foil, and compared the reflections of each.
4. We experimented with different coloured filters on our flashlights, and with colours and filters on here to discover the primary colours of light are red, green and blue.
5. We put a pencil in a cup of water, and observed that it looked bent. We also built magnifiers out of plastic cups, plastic wrap, and water drops.
We also used prisms to break white light into the colours of the rainbow - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. We talked about natural (fireflies, the sun) vs. manmade or artificial (flashlights, tv) sources of light; and light that gives off heat (fire, stovetop) vs. light that gives off little to no heat (glowsticks, LED bulbs).

On Thursday, we have a Christmas Sing-Along for all students. We have been practicing the actions to "Must Be Santa" as the song that we will lead, and we will join Mrs. Rayner's class in leading "Frosty the Snowman". It should be fun! 

On Friday, we may possibly have a pajama day!

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