Baibombeh Updates and Stories – Issue 2, November 2018

Grade 4 Geography of Canada Poster Project

By: Michael Tokarz, Grade 4 Teacher

During the month of October, Grade 4 students completed a social studies unit on Canada. They learned about the different regions in Canada and completed a poster research project based on one province or territory in which they then presented to the rest of the class.

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Teagan Lowe and Jazlyn Copenace putting their poster on display (Photo credit: Michael Tokarz)

Sagaate Ranville completed his project on British Columbia. “I learned that British Columbia is the third largest province and the most westerly province in Canada,” he said.

I’m very proud of the effort they put forth into researching some of the basic facts of their province/territory.

 

Grade 5 Pumpkin Carving

By: Lillianna Taylor White

It was a gushy day in the Gr. 5 classroom on October 23rd as we carved out pumpkins. We used a big spoon, our hands and knives to remove the insides.

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A student displays the viscosity of a pumpkins interior (Photo Credit: Charlene White)

We were separated into groups because there were only four pumpkins.

The pumpkin was slimy inside. It was gross. Our teacher, Charlene White, asked Breanna and Cody to cut out the top for us.

There was a lot of pumpkin guts but we kept the seeds, washing them in water.

The seeds were going to be cooked, but that never happened because it was so busy. We were all over the place and our teachers were busy so we had to clean all by ourselves.

In an interview, Ms. White said the idea came from when she taught grade 4 a few years back. She says it was to see what pumpkin can offer us.

She said she was disappointed that we ran out of time that day and couldn’t roast the pumpkin seeds. “It would have been an opportunity to let them try it,” she said. “You can put flavor on pumpkin seeds like salt and vinegar or ketchup flavor.”      

We did do a draw to see who got to take the pumpkin home.

 

Halloween Costumes

By: Jerrah Chesson

On Halloween, the costumes were cool and scary at Baibombeh School, when participants met in the gym for a costume contest.

In grade 5, Lilli was Samara from The Ring, Charlie was Pennywise the dancing clown, Hayden and Dominika were skeleton figures. I was in a black suit with glowing glasses. We also watched a movie and it was really scary.

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Principal Eric Wilson and two teachers dress as pirates (Photo Credit: Caidy Indian)

“This year there was a zombie walk and I was one of the zombies,” said Dominika Oshie. “It was really awesome and really fun.”

 

Grade 6

The Emotionless Girl  

By Emma Tom Paypompee

Gr. 6

Raina is emotionless. She makes a lot of fake smiles.

She is 17 years old. She wants to make people happy so she pretends she has emotions.

When she was 13, people called her a freak because she was emotionless. When she was 15 she made four friends. Her friends would bully her and some didn’t want her to be her friend anymore. When she was about 16, she stopped acting that she had emotions. This made her parents sad.

She is 17 now – almost 18. She has a boyfriend now and he is kind. He teaches her two emotions, sadness and happiness. She told her parents and they are happy. She is happy. She is making new friends. She now has about six friends. Her boyfriend is happy that she has made a lot of friends. They teach her how to not be shy.

Her mother bought a house for her and her boyfriend. Her dad gave her money to buy food.

She is almost 19. When she is 19, she is going to look for a job.

She wants kids. She hopes her kids are not emotionless. She will try to teach her or him emotions.

Three years later, she is 21. Now she has a kid who is one year old. The kid is not emotionless, but she can read minds.

She is 30 and her kid is now nine. Her kids’ names are Kate, Jack and Sky. Kate is oldest, Jack is six, and Sky is two years old.

People call Kate a freak because she can read minds. Raina told her people called her a freak because she was emotionless.

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Emma’s original drawing

 

 

Gr. 6 Poetry

One Wish

By Virginia Loon

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Virginia’s original drawing

 

If I had one wish, I’d wish for thirst of knowledge unequaled by anything in my life.

Then I’d study, and nothing would stop me.

I’d learn French, German, Latin and Greek. I’d know a bit of Japanese and some Spanish, enough to get by.

I’d study molecular biology and physics, simply because they interest me.

I’d take judo, yoga, and taekwondo and the philosophies behind them.

I’d learn as much geography as I could but not the names: economics, industry, politics, religion.

I’d read about history, but not just the what and when, the who, the why, the how.

And no one would know. It would be me on my own, behind my jester’s mask.

I’d be happy.

 

The Story of Misuzu Sempai

By: Gwen Paypompee, Gr. 6

My name is Sempai-Chan. I am 17 years old.  I am known as the bookworm. My story is about my powers.  Funny, eh? No one really wanted to be friends with me just because of my powers.

My powers are mind-reading and I can actually read your mind!  I really hope we can be friends. I actually have blue hair, with bright green eyes.

Everyone at the Akademi has brown, blonde, black, any type of normal hair colors (unless if they dye their hair, it’s still normal) and normal eye colors too! Oh, did I tell you?  I’m half wolf! No, eh? Well, I really am half wolf!

I love it in the winter times, all the white snow, the cherry trees covered up in snow, so much more! But sadly, almost everyone at the Akademi bullies me. It became a bit physical ever since I got to middle school. Back in Italy I made friends. Now back here in Japan.

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Gwen’s original drawing

 

Make Sure Your Student Has Set a Goal

By: Ian Crow

First day of high school sets the path for all students. Registration isn’t just a day to sign up to attend. Registration could be the most important day for a student. When transitioning from junior high to high school, students have to have a goal in place. A student should be able to describe to the registration staff his or her learning objectives.

Starting school with a blank transcript only happens once. Grades have yet to be given. Grades given for each course at the end of the semester could have a positive or negative impact on a student’s career choice.

Perhaps a student enters into an elective in the third I am not sure what Ian means by the third semester semester and realizes, when it’s too late, that he or she is in the wrong course. They may find that they do not meet the criteria for entering their preferred program when they register for post-secondary programs. This is why it’s important for a student to know what they want to do in life.

When a student receives 30 consecutive credits in high school, he or she will have graduated “on-time”. These could be students who know what they want to do in life and have prepared themselves for further studies and ultimately a career.  

Students may, at times, decide to take a slow and steady path, stretching their time spent in school. There is nothing wrong with that, as long he or she is pondering life choices and are headed in the right direction. Students have until the age of 21 to graduate conventional school. Accelerated education is preferred amongst most educators, simply for quality of life purposes. Time spent in school should be kept at a minimum. Youth should experience more in life rather than staying in high school for an extended amount of time.

It is in the best interest of the student that they have a goal. Educators work well with students who have a plan. Deciding what work to assign and courses to offer is paramount to any educator.  To stray off a student’s chosen path would be a waste of everyone’s time and efforts.

Equipping a student with the necessary tools to continue his or her educational path is a priority for Baibombeh Anishinaabe School. We wish to provide confidence in their choices and inspire them to work hard on a regular basis.  We wish to open their minds and provide them guidance when it comes to choosing a path. A student’s journey begins with their aspirations. Doors are opening all the time. Students must grasp their dreams and work towards them.

 

Veteran George Crow

By Damon Hunter

For this year’s Remembrance Day, Cody Crow submitted photos and information about his father, George Crow. A poster hangs in the school in his honour. His father, George, was born on March 12, 1940 in Morson, Ontario.

At the age of 29, George signed up with the US Army. Stationed in Germany, he trained recruits to operate tanks. After the war he came back a hero. He was elected chief, and had also taken on the duties of councilor.

He enjoyed singing alongside the community country music club and was regarded as a talented artist.

 

Girls Wanted: 2018-2019 Curling Season has Begun

By: Sharia Yomi

We had our first curling practice on Tuesday, November 13th. Team members Danton Monias, Corban Crow, Connor Kakeeway, Drayston White and myself are trying out our first year in NORWOSSA Curling League.

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Members of the Curling Club await practice for this year’s league (Photo Credit: Roland White)

As for the rest of the team members, Ireland Bird, Xavier Ranville, and Adam Skead, this will be their third year in the League.

Our coaches, Brooke Swoffer and Jordan Marchand, have taught some of our new members how to slide with sliders. It was not easy at first, but the team got the hang of it.

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Members of the Curling Club warm up (Photo Credit: Roland White)

We only have two girls on our team. I suggest more girls or women should come on out and join our junior and senior curling teams.

 

Music Club 2018/2019

By: Mike Tokarz

Baibombeh Grade 4 Teacher/Music Coordinator

This school year, Baibombeh Anishinabe School is proud to be able to offer a musical program to our students. Through funding over the last couple of years, we were able to purchase a wide assortment of instruments, from trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, violins, guitars, drums, percussion, and keyboards.

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Jazlyn Copenace plays the saxophone (Photo Credit: Michael Tokarz)

The Grade 4 classroom is home to all of these instruments and they can often be heard in the afternoon from both ends of the school. The program is available to students from Grades 4 to 12. Students are currently working on learning to operate the instrument as well as proper posturing. We are also preparing for this year’s Christmas Concert.

I myself have played Alto Saxophone all my life and I look forward to passing on my knowledge of classical music to future generations and helping this program continue to grow and thrive in our school.

Jazlyn Copenace is working on learning how to play keyboard and alto saxophone in Music Club.  “Music Club is really fun. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument,” she said. “I hope to start a band in the future.”

All members of the community are welcome.

Music Club Weekly Schedule

Monday – Grade 4 Music Club – 12:20 to 12:50pm

Wednesday – Grade 5 Music Club – 12:20 to 12:50pm

Thursday – Grade 6 to 12 Music Club 12:20 to 12:50pm  – Grade 4 to 12 Music Club 3:30 to 4:30pm

 

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