Category Archives: Academics

Grade 4 Adaptation Research!

If you’re in Grade 4, read on!

By now you have identified a question about your animal that you would like to research more in-depth. These are the sources you should use:

  1. ARKive
  2. BBC Nature: Adaptations
  3. Destiny Quest
  4. World Book Student

Some of your questions are very challenging, and you might not find an answer right away. Don’t get frustrated if that happens! Not getting the answer easily or immediately just means that you’ve asked a very good question, so you should be proud of yourself!

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Graphic Design!

Some boys in Grade 6 Genius Hour are interested in learning about graphic design. We’re lucky at Saints because we have an in-house graphic designer who the boys will have a chance to interview next week! Until then, they will be using web-based resources such as this one to help them learn a bit more about the theories and practices of this skill. Click on the picture to go to the site!

graphic design

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Grade 6 Japan Research

Every year, the Grade 6 students learn all about Japan in their Social Studies classes. Ms. Walker has created this guide to help them select and use reliable websites for their research projects.

Click on the image to go to the site!

Click on the image to go to the site!

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Geocaching 101

ge·o·cach·ing (ˈjēōˌkaSHiNG/)

noun: geocaching

  1. The recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.


The grade 5 classes are bursting at the seams to tell you about Geochaching. Today, Ms. Howe and Ms. DeLancey took 5MH and 5DC to participate in the worldwide craze that is Geocaching. I wish I had GoPro footage to show (maybe next time). Both classes successfully found the Cache which was hidden in Chaldecott Park on 25th avenue. We got to log about our journey online and also got to take something from the Cache as long as we put something in. We took the purple ring and gave our miniature Hawaiian dancer!


We encourage you and your family to try this recreational activity. You can download the FREE Geocaching app on your phone.


If you are interested in learning more about Geocaching please comment on this post, see Ms. DeLancey or ask any of the grade 5 students.

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Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse 2014

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Last night we had a lunar eclipse! Did anyone see it?

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth casts a shadow that blocks sunlight that normally reflects off of the moon. A total lunar eclipse can only happen when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned. During the time of total eclipse, the moon will often look reddish due to red and orange light being scattered by the atmosphere. This eerie, harmless effect has earned the tongue-in-cheek nickname “blood moon.”
Click on the link below to watch a short clip about the eclipse.

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Coolest Job in the World

Our “human book” has the coolest job! Introducing……. Ms. Emily Colombo, slide-path engineer for the largest waterslide company in the world, White Water West. Here is a little information about her:

“My name is Emily Colombo, and I am a Waterslide Engineer for the largest Waterpark company in the World! We have installed over 5000 slides and rides all over the world. I graduated from Civil Engineering, with the idea that I would build bridges, and buildings. After spending a day at the Waterpark, I said “boy, wouldn’t that be a cool job!”  After 2 years’ time, I have designed over 350 waterslide complexes! I design rides for new waterparks, existing parks adding new cool attractions, and even rides through the jungle!! I create, analyze, simulate, and most importantly test waterslides, all in a day’s work.”

Overheard in the library today:

“What is the craziest waterslide you have ever built?”

“Do you get to test your waterslides?”

“What is the coolest part of your job?”

“Where does the water come from?”

“How did you decide to be a waterslide engineer?”

“Is it your job to make it safe?”

“What kind of education do you have?”


Thank you Ms. Colombo for being our first Human Book for the 2014-15 school year!




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Experiments Gone Wild!

Some Grade 7 students approached Mr. Weber this morning, telling him about 2 different research projects they’d developed: one regarding eating habits of fish in the aquarium, and one regarding reading and perception.  The experiments that these boys have been conducting were not assigned as part of a class; in fact, Mr. Weber wasn’t even aware of what the boys had been doing!  This makes us feel that the Wonder Expo has had a lasting impact on the Grade 7s.

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Both projects are in progress, and as the students wrap up the collection of their data, they have agreed to write a reflection about what they learned to be posted on Curious[St.]George.  Stay tuned for more information …

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