Jan 24

We’re trying something new and we’re hoping you can help …….


Over the course of 6 Fridays, between now and the end of the year, we’re going to be getting multi-age groups of classes together, for the first block of the day, for some good old fashioned  board games and we’re looking for some parent volunteers to assist.

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Why are we doing this, you might



The purpose is twofold:

1) Teacher Collaboration Time: as the board games sessions will be facilitated by our non-enrolling staff members (eg. Mr. Riddick, Mrs. Hoffinger, Mme Greenhalgh), along with (hopefully) a few parent volunteers, teachers will be free to work collaboratively on our school-wide goal of improving student writing.

During these sessions, teachers will be able to work together to examine student work, create shared criteria for what good writing looks like, develop tools for assessing writing that provide students with descriptive feedback to move learning forward, and more!


2) Student Collaboration Time:  Board games are a fun and interactive way for kids to practice various academic skills such as:Image result for kids playing board games

  • number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting

  • letter recognition and reading

  • visual perception and color recognition

  • eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity

  • using a variety of strategies

Beyond strictly “academics”, playing board games can also teach important social-emotional and self regulation skills such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others (while not intruding into their space).

Creating more ways for our learners to practice these social-emotional and self regulation skills will help us reach our school goals around Social Emotional Learning and Self Regulation.

Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer “real life” learning: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse!  The message, inherent in board games, is also that of “growth mindset”: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, your luck can turn or your strategy might pay off! And if your luck doesn’t turn, then you get to practice facing failure in a safe space!  Image result for board games

These sessions will also offer older students the chance to practice their leadership skills as they work with younger students.

Here’s where you come in.

We are looking for:

  • parent volunteers who could be available from 9:00 – 10:30 (includes set-up and clean-up time) on one or more of the following Friday mornings:

    •  January 26th – K-2 students & Grades 6/7 students

    • March 2nd – Grades 3-5 students (includes 2/3 classes and 5/6 classes)

    • March 9th – K-2 students & Grades 6/7 students

    • April 13th – Grades 3-5 students (includes 2/3 classes and 5/6 classes)

    • April 27th – K-2 students & Grades 6/7 students

    • May 25th – Grades 3-5 students (includes 2/3 classes and 5/6 classes)

  •  Age appropriate board games (that won’t take too long to play) to borrow.  Or, keep if you’d like to donate!   Through the generosity of our PAC, we have been able to purchase some board games already, but we don’t have enough for such a large group of students.    Students will also be encouraged to bring board games from home on their “games days”.

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If you are able to assist by volunteering and/or donating or lending games, please contact Mr. Riddick with the details.  He can be reached by email at