My Awesome Parents

I have the best, most awesome, coolest, nicest, kindest, and smartest parents you will ever find. They take us on trips, let us go to amazing schools like St. Michaels University School, educate us in areas teachers can’t, they write books, and they make me laugh.

I love my parents because they care about me when I am upset or hurt. I feel very grateful to have loving parents because some people don’t have any. When I first got my braces on, my mom gave me ice cream and my dad made me soup for dinner. No matter what the case is, they always care about me.

I love my parents because they come to my sports events, musical events, school events, rehearsals or practices, you name it, they come to it. An example of this is when I went the VISSA regional track meet. My dad took time out of his day to watch me win the 100 m sprints. My mom always dropped me off and picked me up from weekend and afternoon opera rehearsals when I could have just walked home. My parents are very kind to take time out of their busy days for me.

Finally, I love my parents because they help me learn. For example, last year I was having trouble memorizing my timetables so my dad and my mom tried as hard as they could to help me. Now I have them memorized. During the summer, my parents buy us all work books to do. Mine has some grade 6 math in it, so it is a little tricky but I always count on them to help me. My parents love helping me learn.

In conclusion, I love my parents very much because they care about me, come to my events, and help me learn. I could not ask for new parents because I know that nothing is much better than them. I love you mom and dad!

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Grade 5 Reflection

In this post I will be writing a reflection about my amazing year in Grade 5 and final year at the SMUS Junior School because next year I am going up to the middle school!

Term 1
This term went from September to December. At school, we learned about multiplication, division, the fur trade, the gold rush, the human body, soccer, cross country running, gymnastics, French, Japanese, life skills, choir, and strings. We also got kindergarten buddies! My buddy’s name is Sammy, there is never a moment where she isn’t adorable!

I really enjoyed studying the fur trade because it was interesting to see how people in the 1600-1800′s traded. I thought that killing beavers just to use their fur for beaver pelt hats was animal cruelty. In October we took a trip to Fort Langley in Vancouver. We got to school at 7:00 am to leave by 7:10 am. We took the 9:00 am ferry to get there by 11:00 (it took about 2 hours to drive there). Then we left at 3:00 to catch the 5:00 pm ferry, we ate at the buffet! We got back by 8:00. That was a trip I will never forget.

Term 2
This term was the shortest, but one of the greatest! This term went from January to March. We learned about long division, more multiplication, fractions, jet toys and gravity, explorers, the Canadian Pacific Railway, basket ball, badminton, French, Japanese, choir, and strings.

I really enjoyed learning about the Canadian Pacific Railway because I never knew how hard people worked, maybe even losing their lives, to build something that really put Canada together as a country. We split up into groups of 3. I was with 2 of my friends. We were chosen to study the Decision, join USA or Canada? We each chose a person to research and play in a tableu. I chose William Seward, Secretary of State for the Unitied States of America. My friend Tori, who was in my group chose Amor de Cosmos (changed his name from William Smith to Amor de Cosmos) and the third person in my group, Theo chose John Macdonald. It was really fun making the tableau’s, we even made beards out of felt! Now I know not to take life for granted, people had to suffer way more than just having a bad hair day!

Term 3
When we got to this term, I couldn’t believe the year was almost done! This term was my favourite. We learned about Decimals, volume, fractions, our environment, our resources, greek mythology, politics, track and field, French, Japanese, the opera, and strings.

Besides the Opera, my favourite thing that we learned this term was politics. I found it very interesting to learn what the different parties think about class size, pipelines, pine beetles, minimum wage, lunch programs, university fees, programs for special needs, and so on. After we got the basic facts about the different parties. We got put into groups that were different party inspired. I was in a group with Logan, Carson, Tori (again), and Emily. We called our group Echo. We were Green inspired so we tried hard to put a lot of thought into environment. We had a budget of 1 million dollars for each ministry. We had 4 different ministries: Child and Family Development, Environment, Education, and Health. I was in Education. I got 27% of the budget which is $27,000. We had to do some research on our ministry to have a prepared speech.

On Election Day, each group needed to have a song, a slogan, a jingle, a logo, a short commercial, and each person needed a speech. Our leader (Tori) gave an intro at the beginning of our time to present, then health (Emily), then education (me), then child and family development (Carson), then environment (Logan), and finally the conclusion from the leader. Our group came second by only 2 votes! It’s amazing how one single vote can change the whole country. It was really fun and a great learning experience!

Not to sound modest or anything, but I am going to share my achievements. The last four went in my record of achievement that the grade 5′s got at the closing ceremonies!

Always came first in Track and Cross country
Participated in most after school sports
Participated in service club, red cedar book club, tech club, French club, and dance club,
Honour roll (A average)
Alumni Association Award (in honour roll, in sports teams, good sportsman ship, supports school arts programmes, kind and considerate, respectful)
Slegg bowl (in honour roll, responsible, outstanding contribution in class)
M.A.W Bridgman Memorial Award (demonstrated artistic and creative ability in art, strings, choir, and drama)

This year has definitely been one of the greatest and it was so hard to say good bye to the Junior School! I have made some really good friends and met some really nice and funny teachers that have made my learning experience stand out from my other schools. Thank you Junior School teachers!

My Opera Performance – The Gypsy Baron

In my last post about the opera, it was only about the audition and the part I got. Last week we performed ‘The Gypsy Baron’ at the Royal Theater. It was a super fun time to perform it and I hope that those of you who got to see it enjoyed the performance.

We started rehearsing mid April but those rehearsals were for about 30 minutes with only a few people at a time, so not long and tiring. At that point I was practicing my duet with a person in my class. At about mid May we started rehearsing all together, but only for short periods of time. 2 weeks before the production was when we started having either half day rehearsals or full day rehearsals every single day. This is what our schedule would be:

  • Act 1 rehearsal
  • Recess
  • Act 1 (again) rehearsal
  • Lunch
  • Act 2 and 3 rehearsal
  • Home room

It would be very long and tiring because some times we would have to do certain scenes over and over again. At one point in the opera we have to be mad at each other, but I am a very giggly and smiley person so I kept cracking up and couldn’t stay mad but it all worked out in the end!

As you may know, we got to play with an orchestra. We had one rehearsal at 6:30 pm with the orchestra at our school. It’s hard singing with 17 instruments because you can’t even hear yourself.

IMG_2822There were several days where we got pulled out of rehearsals to get makeup and/or hair (wigs). In the production I was a gypsy, so I had very dark skin, purple/red eye shadow, bright red lips, and crazy eyelashes. I had a long black wig with a golden head piece. At the performance, right before I was supposed to be on my golden head piece broke so I had everyone in my dressing room trying to fix it! I managed to get on stage on time thankfully. It was so funny to look in the mirror and see someone you don’t even recognize.

Other times we got pulled out for costumes. My costume included a long black skirt, a blue ruffly shirt, a silver scarf/stash, a gold belt over top the stash. It was very hot underneath all of the layers!

At the actual performance, I had so much adrenaline rushing through me when I was getting into my costume, it was crazy. Everyone was saying there lines and singing songs, it was mayhem in the dressing rooms. We had different stations for hair and makeup, 2 staircases one leading to stage left, the other to stage right, a TV to see what was happening on stage, everything we needed was there.

At one point in Act 1, I have to give a wedding cake to someone on stage right then sprint through the dressing rooms to get to stage left for my friends solo. That was so much fun, seeing that I love to sprint.

IMG_2823My duet is right after the intermission after Act 1 (opening song for Act 2). First I went to go get my mic taped on (it is very hard to sing with tape on your face!) but after that, I was practicing my song and lines, talking to my friends, biting my nails, I was so nervous! When we had the 20 second count down until the curtain rose I wanted to scream of excitement!when the curtain rose, I was taking deep breaths. Then I realized my mic was on so I stopped. I heard the intro and found myself singing the song I had rehearsed and sung over and over again. Right then I realized that all this effort we put into this performance had paid off. I realized why our choir teacher had asked for perfection. Before I knew it, my song was done and everyone was clapping. I was supposed to look sad, but inside I wanted to jump up and down and cheer! At the very end of the opera we had to waltz in to bow and that got a lot of laughs! When my duet partner and I bowed, everyone got to their feet and applauded. It was a feeling I wanted to keep on going forever.

I hope now you realize how this experience has affected me. Next time I audition for something, I will walk into that audition standing tall and proud, feeling happy, not nervous.

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Mothers Day

Today is Mother’s Day. It’s important that we celebrate Mother’s Day because moms do so much work, and they don’t always get the appreciation they deserve.

Last weekend, I bought my mom some gifts. I got her 2 smelly candles, Chocolate, and a strawberry face mask. In art class at school I made her a clay oyster with 3 pearls, one for each child. In class I made her a card.

One thing that I love about my mom is that she shows commitment. For example, my mom is training for a marathon so she has been going on a lot of runs. Instead of drinking a hot cup of coffee in her pyjamas, this morning she got up to go on a 20 km run at 8:00 am. That shows commitment.

Another thing that I love about my mom is that she takes me to all of my many activities. Track, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, violin, yoga, music festival, people’s houses, orthodontist, physiotherapy, she takes me to them all. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be the person I am now.

The last and most important thing that I love about my mom is that she is fun. Prior example last night when we were eating dinner and discussing something that made everyone stressed out, she sat in her chair and started humming and eventually chair dancing. That definitely brought our happy moods back.

I hope after you read this you realize how special my mom is to me and my whole family! I love you mom. 😘

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(By the way, I am not taller then my mom in this photo, I am standing on a stool!😊)

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Red Cedar Book Club

This term there was a club called Red Cedar. It is basically a book club with 10 non fiction books and 10 fiction books for Grade 5′s to read. If you read at least 5 and report on 5 then you get to vote for which book was your favourite and go to BookFest.

Every 10 days our group would meet and you could report on a book with other people that have read it while eating Oreo cookies and sipping apple cider!

I read 9 books and my favourite that I voted for was Encyclopedia of Me. It is about a girl who has a diary sort of thing in the style of an encyclopedia. I’m not going to tell you too much about the book because it is too easy to spoil!

On Saturday May 3rd 2014, 16 kids (including me) woke up at 6:00 am to go on a 3 hour bus ride to Nanaimo for Book Fest. This was our schedule:

7:15 leave for Nanaimo
10:00 Snack time! We had gummy packs and juice boxes
10:15 meet Sarah Ellis
11:15 meet Kevin Sylvester
12:15 eat lunch
1:00 buy a book, face paint, bookmark making
1:30 meet Synthia Nugent
2:30 book and bookmark signing by authors and illustrators.
3:00 Drive to Duncan for dinner at Romeos Pizza
4:30 dinner at Romeos Pizza!
6:00 drive home
7:30 return to school for pick up

I learned a lot from all the authors but one thing that has helped me with my drawing is author and illustrator Kevin Sylvester because he said to just loosen up your hand and don’t expect it to be perfect. He taught me a lot.

So as you can see it was a pretty packed day but it was worth the long bus rides and long waits to meet these fantastic and funny authors and illustrators. This has been one of my favourite ‘out trips’ ever!

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This is Synthia Nugent (yes, Synthia)

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This is Kevin Sylvester

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This is Sarah Ellis

Rainbow Loom

Since Christmas, my friends and family have been obsessing over Rainbow Loom. If you haven’t heard of it, rainbow loom is a craft that allows you to make rubber band bracelets and charms. I have made a cupcake, several people, different types of bracelets, penguins, music notes, a reindeer, an owl, a turtle, and much more!

To figure out how to make,

 

it I go on You tube and search ‘Rainbow loom charms and bracelets’ and so many videos pop up!

I enjoy making Rainbow loom because it is a challenge to see if you can loop each elastic because if one elastic doesn’t work, the whole project falls apart.

I think that whoever came up with the idea of rainbow loom is a genius because when you buy the kit it comes with everything you need like a hook, the loom, some elastics, and the instructions of course.

I am offering to sell 3 of my many charms. I am offering a gymnast for $5, a ladder bracelet with a plastic charm attached to it for $2, and a cupcake for $3. To contact me about buying them, you can leave a comment or email me at clairecanada10@gmail.com.

Here are some pictures of the charms:

THE GYMNAST

THE GYMNAST

THE CUPCAKE

THE CUPCAKE

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THE BRACELET

The Grade 5 Operetta

As I have mentioned in a few posts before, the grade fives are doing an operetta called “The Gypsy Baron”. In this Operetta (an Operetta is when there is mostly singing and some talking) Arsena -a farm girl- falls in love with a farm boy and when a rich man says to Arsena’s father (Zuspan) that if I marry your daughter then I will give you money, Arsena has to make a tough decision.

In the operetta I am Arsena’s care taker and I help her with the tough decisions. I have 2 solos and 1 duet with Arsena. My name is Katinka (try saying Katinka, it sounds so cool!). Katinka is a half lead.

The audition for the opera was very nerve-racking because I knew that I was singing alone, in front of the choir teacher. He complimented me on my high notes which felt very nice. We found out our parts on the last day of school before Christmas break. I was literally singing and skipping after that day because I was so proud of myself! I can’t wait to get started on the rehearsals!Microphone

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