November 3


Our first term of the school year is almost complete. Elementary classes have completed their F.M.A (Fundamental Movement Assessment) and have been learning/practicing basic movement and fitness skills as well as some sport specific skills. The junior highs have completed tennis and fitness testing units and are currently learning about volleyball.


Our intramural program is now in full swing. Participation has been great but just to remind everyone, our grade 6-8 students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The grade 4-5 students come on Wednesdays. Intramurals begin at 12:20 in the gym and students can stay right to 12:55.


The girls’ volleyball team has enjoyed some success during their season and are learning the not only the skills of volleyball but also how to work together as a team. This is the second year the school division has played Triple Ball. Triple Ball is a modified version of volleyball designed to better teach the skills of volleyball. The season ends November 20th with their final home game; come and watch!


If you would like to talk to me about anything regarding your child’s physical education experience, please phone me at school or send me an email (!


Mr. Armstrong




Fun Facts:

  • The first volleyballs were the bladders of basketballs until Spalding Company invented a separate volleyball in 1898. ​
  • Volleyball was originally called Mintonette, because of its similarity to Badminton. It also has some elements of tennis and handball and even baseball because in the original set of rules there were 9 innings with three outs (serves).
  • Colorful terminology is no stranger to volleyball as evident by such terms as a pancake – when the palm is flat on the floor and the ball pops up and play continues; a kong – when a player gets a one-handed block: goofy – when a player jumps with wrong foot first (while attacking); and joust – when the ball is falling directly on top of the net, two opposing players jump and push against the ball, trying to force it on their opponent’s side.
November 3


A typical day starts with us meeting our friends outside in the cold waiting for the bell to ring. Once we get to our lockers, we get our stuff and head to our classrooms. Most days in junior high begin with either Math or E.L.A.

In Math, the Grade 7’s are working on adding and subtracting mixed and improper fractions while the Grade 8’s are working on multiplying and dividing mixed and improper fractions. The hardest part for all of us has been to draw a picture to show our mathematical thinking.

In E.L.A. we are reading the book “Refugee” as part of the Global Read Aloud. So far, we are enjoying the book and are looking forward to starting book clubs later this month. We recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about a child’s perspective of some of the historical events that have shaped our world as we now it today. We have been learning how to interact with the text by learning how to annotate/markup the text. We have also been working on the literary elements and devices and how authors use them in their writing.

Lunch time involves eating our lunch of course, but for many of us it means more time to spend with our friends until classes start once again in the afternoon.

In Science we have been working on forces and structures. Recently, we were challenged to work with a partner to build a sturdy structure out of straws and paper clips that would support the most weight.\

In Social Studies, we have been learning the qualities of a good map. We were asked to create our own island and to use everything we have learned to map it.

The day usually ends with students in either Spanish, Dance, Music or Technology. On day 5’s, we have Genius Hour in the afternoon and on day 6’s we all go to shops classes at Kelvin

Yesterday, we had a Halloween Dance organized by the Earl Grey Eagles for Equality (E.E.E.) and last night, the majority of us went tricking or treating with our friends.

November 3

Introducing…Earl Grey School’s Student Librarians

We have many Grade 4/5/6 students helping in the library this year! Students meet Thursdays at lunch to help organize and shelve books in the library. We create book displays together, discuss needs of the library, and of course we always take some time to share our love of reading! We truly value our Student Librarians and appreciate the time they spend volunteering in the library!

November 3

Room 22 is Wondering……Would you like to learn about Culture?

Would you like to learn about culture? We have been learning that culture is a part of who we are. We used to think that you make something out of culture. Now we know that culture includes things you make like interesting sculptures, beautiful paintings and delicious food. We used to think that culture was moving onto the next grade. Now we know that in Canada there are many cultures from around the world. We call that being multicultural. Did you know that sports are a part of culture? Soccer is the most popular sport in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! Did you know that basketball was invented by a Canadian professor? We didn’t before, but we do now! For more information on culture please visit Room 22. We would be happy to share more with you!


Shared writing by Room 22

November 2

Room 26 Looks Inside a Heart

Room 26 has been learning all about the systems of the human body.  To help us with our learning, we participated in workshops from WISE Kid-Netic Energy.  First we learned about our eyes by exploring a sheep’s eye through dissection.  It was very interesting and surprising to learn what the inside of an eye looks like.  Next, we learned about the heart by examining a pig’s heart and investigating the many different parts.  The inside of a heart looks pretty spectacular.  It was amazing to learn about the human body in this way!

“My favourite part was when we got to see blood coming out of the tubes in the heart”


October 10

Hello from our Parent Council

Dear Earl Grey Community,


We wanted to provide information on ways to volunteer your time. Please see the description of below of specific areas within Parent Advisory Committee, as well as our school. If there is something that isn’t listed here that you’d like to be involved in, please feel free to share your ideas because we’d love to see many of you involved.


  1. PAC Secretary

Time commitment – attendance at EG PAC meetings. If you are not able to attend every month, someone will be able to fill in for you.

Role – taking minutes at the meeting (a computer can be provided for use at the meeting).


  1. South District Advisory Committee member

Time commitment – four meetings a year (in addition to regular EG PAC meetings), usually 7:00 p.m. on a week night.

Role – attendance at the informal meetings, which provide the opportunity for committee members to discuss school, parent council, and Division-wide activities and initiatives with Trustees. Agenda and minutes are provided for you to report back to EG PAC.


  1. Fundraising Committee

Time commitment – helping before and during fundraisers, email and/or in person meetings outside of PAC meetings

Role – supporting the fundraising efforts of EG PAC

Additional Role – finding and/or helping teachers or PAC to apply for various school grants


  1. Lunch program Committee

Time commitment – brief meetings every 4-6 weeks outside of PAC meetings

Role – supporting and giving guidance for the Lunch Program


  1. Volunteer recruitment for teachers


Please consider how you can be involved at Earl Grey. Looking forward to hearing from you. You can email myself at or contact Lisa Smit-Beiko.



Kathy Heppner

EG PAC Chair

September 28

Room 15 Reflects

Orange Shirt Day


We wear orange shirts to remember the girl that could not wear her bright clothes to residential school. – Maggie


We read a story about residential school. You could only wear dark clothes that looked the same. No bright colours. It was a sad school. – Lily


The children couldn’t have long hair. – Ruth


I would be sad if I was away from my family. – Sage


It was so sad for the kids that went to residential school. They lived far away from their family. – Alexa


They didn’t get to play trains at residential school. – Dmitrii


I am happy to go to Earl Grey and not residential school. – Talon


I like Kindergarten. I get dressed in anything I want. – Jaxson


Residential schools are closed. You had to speak the wrong words and couldn’t speak your own words. – Saya

September 28

Room 27: The Amazing Agriculture Adventure



Once upon a Tuesday there were three classrooms that boarded a bus headed to Kelburn Farm.  On the bus some of the windows were open and it was cold.  Our driver kept stopping and turning and was a bit lost. Thankfully he found his and way and delivered us to the farm. The three classrooms were off to begin a day of learning.


One of the first stations that Room 27 visited was the Weather Game!  The game taught how weather can affect crops. Some of the things we learned from this game were that crops need rain and sun but not too much of each.  Too little rain can cause drought conditions and crops can die.  Too much rain can cause plants to rot and not grow properly.  A farmer’s successful crop is dependent on weather.


A few stations later it was time to be a farmer!  In the game students who acted as the farmer borrowed money from the bank to buy seed, fertilizer, fuel, herbicides and insurance,  Did you know farmers buy insurance for their crops?   After harvest the farmer sells the crops and pays the bank back.  The money left over is how the farmer pays for his home and family.  Farming is an expensive business!


Lunch was fun!  There was a cookie auction.  The students made money as they worked through the stations by asking questions, giving ideas and participating in any way.  The money was used to purchase cookies for the class.  A real auctioneer took the bids.  Room 27 had over two thousand dollars to spend and got the first box of cookies.  They were chocolate chip and they were delicious.


After lunch the three classes boarded the bus again and headed to the University of Manitoba Research Farm.  The first thing Room 27 noticed was the smell.  What a nice smell of poop!  The classes learned about all kinds of livestock such a chickens, pigs and cows.  Room 27 enjoyed the dairy cows and learned that a machine milks them.  The cows have a computer chip on a collar.  When the cow goes to be milked (and get a treat) the chip only allows that cow to be milked if she should be.  The classes were surprised that farming is so high tech!


Our day came to end and the three classes returned to school by bus.  It was a great day of learning and fun.


Shared writing by Room 27



September 27

Room 13 Loves Show and Tell!

This month, Room 13 has been learning about the rules of the classroom.  We are beginning to explore different activities at centre time, such as puzzles, play-doh, counting and printing.  We have also begun to learn about letters and their sounds.  So far we have learned the letters B and M. Our favourite thing to do is have Show and Tell on Fridays!