browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Battalion HAWKS Come TOGETHER to Show Their TRUE Colours for Q’enqo!

Posted by on February 27, 2012

Para Usted Q'enqo - For YOU, Q'enqo!

On February 15, 2012, the Grade Threes brought the ENTIRE school together for a SPIRIT day!  “What is THAT?” you might be asking yourselves.  Well … Spirit Days can be a LOT of different things.  For example, our Terry Fox Run, every September, is a special day where we celebrate the life of Terry Fox, and help him to continue to raise money for cancer research!  Spirit Days are celebrations that bring the WHOLE school together to participate in SPECIAL events!

We called our Spirit Day “True Colours for Q’enqo” and asked everyone in the school to wear their HAWK colours, and to donate a toonie, or MORE, to help us with our Global Citizenship Initiative to build a library in Q’enqo, Peru.  Our school is divided into four different colour groups.  These colours are red, orange, yellow and green.

For a whole ENTIRE week BEFORE our Spirit Day, the Grade Threes in our CLASSROOM did announcements over the intercom.  We did this to get the whole school READY for our SPIRIT day.  Our announcements told everyone about the amazing information we are learning about Q’enqo … and we even shared lots of great details about HOW the work on the library is PROGRESSING!  For example, we talked about how HARD Ashli and the volunteers, in Peru, were working just to sand the WALLS, replace eighty broken window panes and a great big HOLE in the floor … that building is in pretty BAD shape!  We thought it was IMPORTANT to SHARE our knowledge with the rest of the school.

Some of the Grade Threes got BUTTERFLIES in their stomachs at the thought of talking in front of the whole school, even though it was only into the P. A. system in the office WITHOUT a big audience!  It was a little scary because this was a FIRST time for some of us doing an announcement like that!  SOME people were the exact OPPOSITE!!!  Butterflies in our stomachs?!?  NO!  It was more like … EXCITEMENT … because some of us LOVE to speak in front of BIG groups … even audiences of 700 PEOPLE!


A SEA of TRUE Colours during our Spirit Assembly - Being the Best FOR the World!

The morning of our Spirit Day Fund-raiser, when everyone arrived in the classroom, and hung up their coats and backpacks … the room became a FOUNTAIN of COLOUR!  There was red, and orange, green and yellow EVERYWHERE we looked!  THAT was just in our CLASSROOM!  IMAGINE what it looked like when we all arrived in the GYM for our Spirit Day Assembly … and EVERYONE was in their HAWK colours!  WOW!  WHAT a sight!

At the assembly, Grade Threes shared a MAGNIFICENT video that Ms. Emann made to show EVERYONE where Q’enqo, Peru is on Google Earth, and many, MANY pictures of our library project.  We all felt SO proud of all the work we are doing … but … we also felt SO grateful to our school mates because they helped US to make a difference on this spirit day!

Please click the image to watch the "True Colours" video

You should have seen the MONEY that classrooms donated during this special event to help us with our work on the library.  Every time we turned AROUND, there was MORE money being delivered to our room to help a country across the globe!  We felt GIDDY every time another classroom dropped off their donations!  And, we frequently heard the jingling of coins as another excited student arrived with a bag FULL of money!

Sorting the money into piles to help with the counting process - PHEW! This is a LOT of WORK!

We decided that we needed to COUNT all that cash … to share a rough amount during the assembly.  So … picture it … we DUMPED the bags of money into a BIG pile onto the carpet.  We worked in THREE groups to come up with an amount. We quickly discovered that counting money is really easy if you sort it by the bills, then put all the toonies together into a group, and do the same with the loonies, quarters, dimes, nickels and PENNIES!  Our classroom sounded like the Royal Canadian MINT … or MAYBE even the Bank of Montreal!!!  (Also known as BMO!)

Wow - sorting actually DOES help!

Each group’s amount was written on the whiteboard.  We had to add THESE three 3-digit numbers up.  You should have SEEN us.  Some students could even do this in their HEADS!  How do they DO that?!?  Some of us added the numbers in columns on scrap paper.

Oh my GOODNESS - some people are SO comfortable with adding HUGE numbers on paper!

Others even tried to count on their FINGERS … and kept on asking … “Can I borrow your TOES?!?”

When I am done using all my FINGERS ... do you MIND if I borrow your TOES?!?

Five or six of us even got out the Place Value blocks … and worked it out with hundreds, tens, and ones. Man!  It was like MEGA math for the BRAIN!  Just when we thought the money had all been added up … there would be MORE delivered to the door!

Gosh ... the Place Value Blocks sure come in HANDY!

Altogether … do you know what our HAWKS managed to RAISE, by wearing their team colours and coming together for Q’enqo?  Over $1 200.00!  Wow!  That’s AMAZING!  Do you know what is even MORE amazing?  Our class is SO passionate about it … that we raise over 200 dollars of this all by ourselves!

We really discovered that “Individually, we are one drop.  Together, we are an OCEAN!”  Ryunosuke Satoro was SURE right when he said that!

Working as a TEAM … Grade Threes brought an ENTIRE school together … sorted and counted the MONEY … and made a HUGE difference to the people of Q’enqo! Together we ARE strong!

(Written by Alexia, Ava, Brenden, Eric, Julia, Kaylee, Natasha, Sophie G., and Rijul … with a little help from Mrs. Renton!)

We LOVE it when people comment on our blog … so, if you have ANY questions, they are SURE to be answered!  Please keep checking back … you don’t just learn from US … we learn from you, TOO!!

We wonder:

  • Does your school have spirit days?  If so, what kinds of events do you celebrate?
  • Have you ever worked together as a team to accomplish something that would have been challenging to do on your own?  Tell us about it!

10 Responses to Battalion HAWKS Come TOGETHER to Show Their TRUE Colours for Q’enqo!

  1. Sarah

    This post brought tears to my eyes! The photo of everyone in the gymnasium in their colours is just breathtaking! Way to go, Grade 3s and all of Battalion Park school!!

    Counting up that money looked so complicated. Math like that makes my eyes cross! I am proud that you were able to do it!

    My daughter’s school here has spirit days when they get to wear costumes to school or have crazy hair, but it is rarely connected to a charity or fundraising project. After reading about your success, I think I will talk with the school to see if we can have spirit days with a real purpose! The students do collect powdered milk (that’s what everyone drinks in Brazil) for day care centres in one of the poorer areas of the city. Also they collect toys and clothing and books for them too.

    Amazing what everyone can do to help! Well done for your spirit day!

  2. may johnston

    from buba. I am really glad to see how excited you all are trying to get the library going. It sure takes a lot of work and they sure have lots left to do. I can hardly wait to see the finished project. Keep up the great work.

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi May. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! We are very excited about this project and it has been so good for us to see that, even though we are eight and nine years old, we CAN make a difference! The people working in Q’enqo, through Mosqoy, have been working VERY hard and it has been so neat to watch the community of Q’enqo come together to help with this project. Have a library, complete with books, furniture and shelving, is truly a blessing to this community. Keep checking back – we have another post to write about LAST weekend’s FINAL clean up. On Monday, they will be having their grand OPENING – it is the first day back at school for these children! We will write a post about THAT too!!! The Grade Three Bloggers 🙂

  3. Karen Campbell

    Hello Grade 3 students!
    I have really enjoyed reading your coverage of our Spirit Day Celebration held a few weeks ago. The energy was so positive in the gym and I particularly enjoyed watching all the students bop into the gym wearing their house colours and groovin’ to the song, “True Colours”. How appropriate!! The upbeat beginning of the assembly simply set the tone for hearing the story of the inspirational friendship developing between Battalion Park grade 3 students and the students in Q’enqo, Peru. Though there are many compelling differences between our lives in Signal Hill and the lives of those students living in a remote and rural part of Peru, I am fascinated by our shared values of caring deeply about learning. Thank you for being the best for the world.
    I have subscribed to your blog and I will recieve regular updates. Thank you <3

  4. Brant Parker

    I just finished reading through your blog. What an amazing group of grade 3s and what great work you are doing, both in terms of your learning and also in terms of your the difference you are making in the lives of others. Your actions, such as your Spirit Day, demonstrate your sense of being a global citizen and also genuine desire to make the world a better place for others. I am proud of your work and think it is a great example of how learning, making a real difference in the world, and using a blog can combine in a very powerful way!

    I look forward to following the work you are doing through your blog!

    Well done Grade 3s (and teachers)!

    Brant Parker
    Director, Innovation and Learning Technology
    Calgary Board of Education

  5. Ross Mannell

    Hello Global Grade 3,

    What an amazing job you have been doing. Raising over $1 200 in your school is quite an accomplishment and to over $200 of that amount was raised by you alone. You are most obviously members of the global classroom. 🙂

    Brilliant work, Grade 3.

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  6. Wm Chamberlain

    I continue to be impressed by your students. They must be a joy to teach 🙂

    • Laurie Renton

      You are SO right! They are an absolute JOY to work with! Tannis and I have watched them grow in SO many ways since beginning this classroom blog. The meaningful opportunities to engage with experts around the world, the authentic writing for REAL audience … the collaboration skills that are growing through group writing experiences… the list could go on and on. Wow! We feel SO blessed on SO many levels – to be piloting a blog for our system, to watch our students grow, to feel OURSELVES growing as educators … EVERY class should be so blessed! Have an amazing day! Laurie 🙂

  7. louise

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Top 10 Blog Award. Stop by my blog to check it out.

    • Laurie Renton

      Louise – THANK you! Wow – I just got in from grocery shopping and, of course … the FIRST thing I do when I walk in the door is hit “refresh” on the laptop because we are SO excited about this blogging business!!! To see your comment sent goosebumps down BOTH my partner’s and my arms when I sent her the link! You have absolutely made our DAY! I love the “pay it forward” concept … and love the concept behind the Top 10 Blog Award. Thank you so much for thinking of us – our kids will be over the MOON! Laurie 🙂

Leave a Reply