North West – Is the Best!


Our class was so lucky this week to get to visit the National Historic Site at Rocky Mountain House.  Our interpreters led us on an adventure like no other!

We started off as members of the North West Company. We learned a ton about the lives that these voyageurs must have led.

How did they keep clean?  How did they feel about their rivals, the Hudson’s Bay Company?  How did they travel?  What kinds of relationships did they build during Canada’s fur trade?

All these questions (and more) were answered when we were able to be part of a large re-enactment of an actual trade.  There were 2 groups of First Nations people, The HBC men, the Metis, and our NWC men — all represented by a grade four class from IREC.  It was amazing. If you get a chance to visit this spot — it’s definitely worth your time!



Spring and Celebration of Learning

Well spring is finally here!  There are skippers among us.  If the pics below don’t make you smile – I don’t know what will.

We’re having a celebration of learning next week!  Pop by between any of the following times and have your child show you a little about what they’ve been up to.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Tuesday, April 14th – 3:00 – 6:30pm

Thursday, April 16th – 4:00 – 7:30pm

The book fair will also be open during these times.

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Halloween in 4Wo

Halloween is almost here!  This year, our students will be allowed to wear costumes to school for the entire day.  Students may also choose to participate in Halloween by dressing up in black and orange if they would prefer.  Please remember that no weapons of any kind are permitted at school (even if they are plastic and seem harmless).  Also, we advise that any small parts of the costume be left at home so they will not get lost or broken at school.  (Some examples are plastic fingernails or false eyelashes.)  If students choose not to dress up, that is perfectly fine too!

If anyone would like to send snacks for the class, that would be fine.  Students will be able to share their treats with their classmates throughout the day.  If anyone would like to contribute a healthy class snack (like cheese, meat, fruit or veggies) that would be great. Again, there is no obligation to send anything to school.

Last, we try to limit the sweet snacks sent to school for the school days following Halloween.  We try to limit treats to 1-2 to be eaten after the healthy part of their lunches. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Miss Woitas


Grade 4 Farewell 1314

It’s time to say goodbye to this year’s grade fours.

It’s an exciting time because we’ve been able to watch them grow here at IREC, and they’re ready for this next step. It’s bittersweet because  we don’t get to see them much after they leave here in June – and we’ll miss their smiling faces around these hallways.

Best of luck in your new adventure fours!

Click below to revisit their time with us!


Grade 4 Farewell 1314.


We’ve Lent Our Community a Helping Hand

This is Brandon.  Imagine his delight at finding this hidden treasure during our “Pitch In” community clean up today.  “Can I please take it home?”

Miss Woitas would like to thank her students for their contribution to a cleaner community today.  They didn’t hesitate to pick up even the teeny-tiniest piece of trash.  Way to go, 4Wo!

Brandon and Hand


Book Buddies Bonanza!

We had a fantastic bit of time this afternoon reading with grade one buddies. We can learn a whole lot from them!

This is how it works:

1. We (the grade fours) partner up a grade one student.

2.  The grade one student brings their “GOOD FIT” books with them and reads a page to us.

3.  We listen to and coach the new reader – offering strategies when needed.

4.  The grade one student then listens to us read with fluency and expression. 

5.  Every time a page is completed – the listener summarizes the events and characters that they’ve learned about.

It was fantastic. We practice active listening, summarizing of main events, and fluent reading. The grade ones have a super cool friend to read to and get helpful tips from.

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