En Garde!

Here at IRIC, we are embracing the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer with open arms. We’ve had a torch relay, celebrated our multiple smarts, welcomed Tammy Cunnington to our opening ceremonies, and attended a hockey game at the Centrium. Next week we will have residency programs and our own Winter Games Carnival!

Today was extra special. Fencing is one of the 21 sports in the Canada Winter Games, and not many of us are familiar with it. The Red Deer Fencing Club came in today to teach us about fencing and let us try a few moves. We all just loved it! The Canada Games are bringing all kinds of memories, opportunities, and new experiences to IRIC students – it’s just extraordinary!


What’s In Our Trash?

The Grade 4’s are beginning their PBL journey this week by exploring an important question: How can we reduce the amount of waste that goes into the garbage cans at IRIC?

For the next several weeks, we will investigate what’s in the trash, where that trash goes, and then decide what we can do about it. Your child may begin to question a few things in your home garbage cans as well.  It’s a bit of a dirty job… and we can’t wait to get started!

May Flowers, Inspired by O’Keeffe

Today we learned about the American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. We have done several projects this year with oil pastels, but this is our first attempt at using chalk pastels. We are LOVING the way they blend!

Here are our works in progress. We cannot wait to see how beautiful they are when they’re finished!

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With Glowing Hearts

Our class is all caught up in Olympic Spirit this week! We kicked off the 2018 Pyeong Chang Games with a Canada dress-up day last week, and we’ve been eagerly watching the action at our break times. So far we love the daring snowboarders the best!

Check out our Winter Olympic Art from this week. Isn’t it extraordinary?


We are all extraordinary…

Today’s author visit with Corky Larsen-Jonasson, a First Nations elder, was just extraordinary. She taught us a little about her Cree culture, sharing circles, and smudging. She was moved to tears by the welcome she received here at IRIC, and she shared that our Cree Welcoming Song “Waniska”, which we use to open every music class, is one that her Kookum (grandmother) used to sing to her. We learned from her that the eagle, our IRIC mascot, is an important symbol in her culture for its strength, peace, and its connection to the creator. It soars high above the rest… we strive to do the same!

Thank you, Corky, for inspiring and teaching us today. It was a very special, memorable morning.