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!


Adventure Awaits

We are so thrilled to welcome our new students to IRIC! Grade 4 is going to be a memorable and wonderful year – adventure awaits!

Grade 4 Teaching Team 2018-19: Mrs. Walton, Mrs. O’Neill, Mr. Libby, Miss Woitas


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.

Fours Outdoors

Today we enjoyed the November edition of #foursoutdoors, our monthly outside activity. It’s a great chance to breathe the fresh air, soak up the sunshine, and laugh with our friends! Can’t wait til next month…

Arctic Light

Today our school had the lucky experience of listening to John Dunn. He shared his love of all things Arctic with us, and he wowed us with some spectacular pictures of Canada’s North.

After the presentation, we reflected on all of the things he shared that are connected to our Grade 4 learning. It was a powerful way to remind us that our world really isn’t very big after all.

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