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Peace is all around us


is not a gap between times of fighting,

or a space where nothing is happening,


is something that



spreads –

and needs to be looked after.

~Peace Begins with You     By Katherine Scholes

This week we have been reading, writing and learning about Peace within us. We read the book A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson and talked about the symbolism of the poppy on Remembrance Day. The students were very fascinated by the poppy and the dove as symbols of Peace and Remembrance.  We talked about remembering War times and honouring our Veterans those that have died, and those that are still alive. We talked a lot about not wanting War to happen again – wanting peace and what that looks like, feels like, smells like. We wrote about Peace, first as a class and then on our own. Here is our class poem:

Peace Within Us

Peace is love

Peace is to be loved

Peace is  calm

Peace is joyful

Peace is strong

Peace is having a fun time

Peace is having a friend

Peace is having a poppy

Peace is sharing and caring

Peace is seeing beauty

~By Room 129

Yesterday afternoon Montrose had their Remembrance Day service and the Grade 1/2 pints sang This is why we sing (the whole song is linked at the top of the blog). Below I have posted a quick video of Room 129 singing. There are no words to describe how truly beautiful it was to hear their voices singing this song. I hope you enjoy the quick glimpse and be sure to ask your child to sing it for you.





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Oh, River Heights Community Glows

September was the beginning of school, the addition of new classmates and with these few changes came changes to our classroom community. We spent a lot of time developing a great, kind and understanding classroom community (The Important Thing About Us, The Important Things About Room 129), as well as really understanding our Montrose School community.

Now, we are beginning to really look at the community (ies) we live in.

Montrose school is in the community of River Heights. It is a beautiful community. During our Autumn walks one of the things we really noticed was the beautiful trees all around us. The streets are lined with Oak trees, Elm trees, Evergreen trees and Maple trees.

Now we are reading lots of books about community and this week we have been going deeper into:

  • What makes River Heights special
  • How do we get around River Heights
  • Where are the places to have fun in River Heights
  • Who are the people who protect in River Heights
  • Where are the places that help in River Heights

We are asking you, our followers if there are any community experts who could come and speak with us about what they do in the community and how they help or serve our community, we would love to hear from you!

We look forward to learning more about our own community (ies). And of course we will continue to share our learning with you!


The students worked in small groups and each had an opportunity to add to our classroom community brainstorm session. This is an efficient way to get everyone’s ideas down on paper – so everyone’s voice is truly heard. 


Room 129 students love working together. Often when student’s hear their peers ideas it helps them to come up with connected ideas. Working together always brings out the best! 



Cheers to learning,

The tiny citizens of River Heights Community

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