Spelling Words for January 19

Debt – something that is owed

Ascend – to go up

Autumn – season (fall)

Guardian – defender or protector

Nickel – coin worth 5 cents or a metal

Doubt – a feeling of uncertainty

Scenic – beautiful view of nature

Column – upright pillar

Intrigue – fascinating or awaken curiosity

Pocket – a small bag sewn into clothing

Subtle – not obvious

Science – study of many things

Solemn – serious

League – collection of people, countries or groups

Rocket – going fast or a projectile

T.U.S.C. Roles for January 21

These descriptions are to be used as guidelines. Students do not need to answer every suggested question. Creativity and new ideas are encouraged! 

  1. Art Curator (LILY): Show us a piece of Art! Tell us why you think this Artwork is awesome!  What do you like / dislike about it? Who made it? When was it made? What Elements of Art can be seen in this work?  How does this piece of Art reflect God’s goodness and/or the beauty of his creation? OR how does it reflect our broken world? How does this piece of Art make you feel? How do you think the artist made it? 
  2. Guess Who (NASZ): Provide a series of questions that will eventually cause us to guess who the person is! It could be someone in our school community or someone famous! For example: This person is awesome. He is a man. He’s lived in Alberta and also Northern BC.  This person loves sports! He’s a great leader!  You guessed it…it’s Mr. Brandsma! 
  3. Fashion Advisor (DAXS): You may choose to showcase a particular fashion trend / style.  It could be a modern day example or an example from the past. This could also include trends from Ancient Civilizations and /or other cultures! You could sew an item to show to the class, have the class participate in a quiz to “find their style”, etc. The options are endless! 
  4. Sports Broadcaster (CALEB): Maybe you show us “Sports Fails”, or the greatest goals of all time!  Perhaps you share with us the highlights of your favourite team’s recent game.  You might like to take some time to describe to us why your team is the best! Perhaps we’ll convert and become fans too! Please limit your presentation to five minutes or less. 
  5. Song Reviewer (ALEX): Pick a song, any song! (It must have appropriate language and content). Tell us why it’s your favourite or why it’s hilarious / ridiculous, etc. Tell us who wrote it, who sings it and the date that it was produced. Unless you have a musical talent…in which case, you’re welcome to sing / play for us! 
  6. Free Pass (ISAAC): Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!  Just this once!  
  7. Historian / Fun Fact Presenter (OWEN): Share a fun fact with us.  Do you know something unbelievable?! We’d like to know too!  Or you can share a cool moment / hero / antagonist form history with us. 
  8. Mad Scientist (EDEN): Prepare to be amazed! In the past, students have conducted experiments right in our class!  You can also share a video of you doing an experiment at home, or someone else conducting an awesome experiment! This is a really fun T.U.S.C. role! *No explosives at school!
  9. News Reporter (SUNNEE): Pick a current event to share with and explain to us.  Be ready to answer a few questions and share your opinion about it! 
  10. Weather Wiz (KAYLEE): Share a crazy weather story with us! In books, or on the internet, you can find crazy weather catastrophes that have happened in recent and ancient history! 
  11. Architect / World’s Craziest Buildings (JAYCEE): Choose ONE awesome example of architecture to share with us!  (We want to leave some for other students to present later). Tell us why it’s amazing, how it was built, where it’s located, who made it and for what purpose, etc. Be sure to show lots of pictures! 
  12. Pastor (ISAIAH): Share a devotion, a Bible Verse or part of a sermon with us. Tell us why it’s special to you and please share with us what you think God wants us to learn from it.  Thank you for encouraging us! 
  13. Organizer (VICTORIA): You choose the order of the T.U.S.C. presenters!  This helps us to keep things moving along nicely.
  14. Movie Critic (JESSE): Share a trailer (must be rated appropriately) of a movie with us.  Tell us why you think this will be an awesome movie or why you think it might be a bust. Highlight some of the actors / actresses in it.  Tell us the general theme.  Please limit to 5 minutes or less. 
  15. Book Reviewer (SYDNEY): Share a great book with us! Tell us about the theme and lesson (if applicable). Tell us about the main characters, problem, solution, setting, etc. Maybe share some facts about the author too. Let us know why you would recommend or not recommend this book. 
  16. Techie (IAN): You’re in charge of the computer and projector! You can help each student to get his or her video cued up, open files from his or her USB stick, as needed. 
  17. Secretary (ELLA): You keep a list of the presentations. Include the following information for each: Student name, T.U.S.C. role, brief description of what they shared. 
  18. Health Tip / Nutritionist (MATTHEW): Share some tips with us! This could include sharing your thoughts on eating plans, essential oils, healthy habits, hygiene tips, good lifestyle choices, etc. You could also choose to share your thoughts on something you’re skeptical about, as long as you do it in a respectful manner. 
  19. Fitness Coach (ELI): Lead us in a simple exercise! You could also share a short (5 minutes or less) exercise video with us! You can find one, or make your own. 
  20. Master Chef (ASPEN): Share an awesome recipe with us!  You can try to make it at home and make a video of you cooking it.  You could also share a video of someone else cooking something delicious.  Perhaps you’d like to demonstrate for us, right in our own class!  Unfortunately, we can’t share snacks at this time. 
  21. Riddler / Mathlete (CANAAN): See if you can stump us with a riddle or a tricky Math problem! 
  22. Poet : Share a poem with us. Tell us why you think this poem is awesome or weird! What do you like / dislike about it?  Who wrote it? When was it written? How does this poem reflect God’s goodness and / or the beauty of His creation? OR how does it reflect our broken world? How does this poem make you feel?   
  23. Artist (DANTE): Share a piece of your own, personal Art with us or teach us how to draw / make something! 
  24. Corny Jokester (AVA): Share some funny jokes with us! They can be hilarious or cheesy! 

Week of January 10th

I can’t wait to see everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some new units we will be starting over the next few weeks:
– Bible: Continuing our study called “Forged: Truth”, focusing on the truth of God’s word
– Language Arts: a mini short story unit (Thank You, Ma’am!), Winter Descriptive writing and then a novel study (Bud, Not Buddy) as well as continuing with spelling and mini grammar lessons
– Social Studies: Ancient Greece (starting with a general overview, moving onto a personal research project and looking at some Greek myths)

What’s on this week in Grade 7…

  • Please remember CLEAN and DRY shoes for indoors – especially for PE!
  • Silver Star – Please be sure to have completed registration forms (see email) by FRIDAY… though the code is currently not working, so I have reached out to Silver Star and am waiting for their response. I will update you when it is working.
  • Band (Wednesday) – don’t forget your instrument!
  • Spelling – new word list will be given out this week for a test on January 19th
  • DEVO (Tuesday) – Jaycee
  • DEVO (Friday) – Ian
  • BMV (Friday) – Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Just in case you were wondering… our chicken mummification project worked!!!! Here is “McNugget” all wrapped up and ready for the sarcophagus…

Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas break.

I miss all the students! It’s unfortunate that we won’t be all together as a class this week (if a student is a child of an essential service worker and will be attending school this week, please contact the office or myself to let us know if you haven’t already done so). It will be great to see everyone on January 10th.

May we focus on the One who is always in control… and who never changes. May we be reminded that God is always faithful and through this past year and into next, He has been always been with us and will be with us, and He has been working in our lives – even when we may not realize it! Let us remember our HOPE in Christ.

Lamentations 2:22-23 ~

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.”

Week of December 13th…

It was really great to meet so many of you on Friday during Parent-Teacher interviews. It’s always great to put a face to names! I am so thankful for this fun and lively class and also for your support.

This week there are some fun activities planned.


  • Wear a Christmas sweater / shirt (Grades K-7)


  • Meikle Art Studios (1-3pm)
  • Last day to submit donations for Refugee family in Salmon Arm


  • No spelling test
  • Bring instruments and practice logs for Mrs. Vander Kooi
  • Bring Secret Santa Gifts for under our classroom tree (labeled with who they are “TO”, but not who they are “from” so that students can guess!) – $10-$15 limit


  • In-house Christmas concert (no parents allowed, unfortunately, but it will be video taped) – BRING INSTRUMENTS TODAY too! Dress nicely!


  • Last day of school before the break (full day) with games and possibly a MOVIE! They are so close to earning it in our classroom challenge…
  • BMV (Philippians 2:3) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Week of December 6th in Grade 7…


Students were quite excited to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange. Names have been chosen and students decided that the $ budget will be $10-$15. Gifts should be brought to school on December 15th.

HALF DAY / PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS – December 10th (sign-up info was sent to your email on Monday, Nov. 29th)

SPELLING / Vocab (Wednesday, Dec. 8th)

  1. realized – to become aware of
  2. ominously – in a way that indicates something bad is going to happen
  3. callous – showing or having cruel disregard for others
  4. noticeably – in a way that is easily seen or noticed ; clearly
  5. snatched – to quickly seize in a rude or eager way
  6. taxed – to make heavy demands on
  7. futile – incapable of producing any useful result ; pointless
  8. cautiously – in a way that deliberately avoids problems or dangers

Student Devo (Friday): Ava

Bible Memory Verse (Friday, December 10th):

Psalm 23 (Part 2): verses 4-6 (students are welcome and encouraged to quote all of Psalm 23)

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Field Trip:

We will be taking a field trip to Meikle Art Studio on Tuesday, December 14th to create a beautiful Christmas gift. Permission slip and information will be sent home on Monday.

Week of Nov. 29 in Grade 7

Only 3 weeks left until Christmas Break! Time is flying! We have been enjoying a new novel study called “The Golden Goblet” while completing our unit about Ancient Egypt. Our mummified chickens are coming along well!

The Grade 10 Peer Mentoring class is doing a fundraiser for a family of refugees who have recently moved to Salmon Arm and are in need of a vehicle. The goal is $2500. Donations can be brought to class until December 14th.

Next week:

A) Spelling / Vocab on Wednesday – these are using words from The Golden Goblet. Students will need to know how to use these words in a sentence.

  1. composedly = to do something calmly and deliberately 
  1. doubtless = indicating belief that a statement is certain to be true given what is known about the situation 
  1. ingot = a block of gold 
  1. elusive = difficult to find, catch or achieve
  1. haste = excessive speed or urgency 
  1. jubilant = feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph 
  1. illustrious = well-known and respected; noteworthy  
  1. drollest = amusingly odd or whimsically comical 


Psalm 23 (part 1) – Verses 1-3:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

C) DEVOTION (Friday) – Eden

D) Term 1 Report Cards sent out (online) on Friday

Week of November 22nd…

  1. Please ensure your child has brought back all of their work from their at home time. Final deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 23.
  2. NO Spelling Test this week
  3. Devo (Friday) – Sydney
  4. BMV (Friday) –
    Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

We will be starting a novel study (“The Golden Goblet”) as we wrap up some final activities in our Ancient Egypt unit over the next 2-3 weeks, including completing a class mural, doing some pyramid building challenges, a digital escape room as well as continuing the mummification process on our chickens.