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Wall to Wall Percussion with VSO

The Elementary and Senior Elementary students attended the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Wall to Wall Percussion concert at the Orpheum this Thursday morning. It was a very entertaining and educational concert that had all of us captivated for the entire time. We were introduced to percussion instruments from around the world and those that can be found in the kitchen of any Canadian home too. We heard the Star Wars theme song, the Mission Impossible theme song and so many others. It was so much fun!

Place des Arts Afterschool Program: Art Show


This fall, Place des Arts offered an afterschool program, Imagination Station, to our 4-5 year olds.  This program was held every Thursday after school for six weeks.  Students enrolled were encouragd to use their imagination for this fun, creative journey into the visual arts. Each week, they explored a new art medium including: paints, pastels, printmaking, papier-mâché and more, while developing their own creativity using tools such as  colour mixing, mark making and collage.  To end this program, the children held a small Art Show during their final class and displayed some of their favorite work for their families and friends to see! 

Thank you to our Casa Parent, Marie, for planning, organizing and supervising our afterschool programs this fall!


Noons Creek Hatchery Visit: Preschool and Casa

Last Thursday, our Preschool and Casa children visited Noons Creek Hatchery at the Port Moody Ecological Society.  The hatchery provides refuge for thousands of young coho and chum salmon before they embark on their perilous journey to the Pacific Ocean. 

We were pleasantly surprised with the mystical mist that hovered the inlet.  As we walked the trails around the hatchery, we watched a flock of Canada Geese soaring above us.  We spotted two salmon in the water!  Our tour guide was sharing with us the life cycle of the salmon.  It is during this time of the year that salmon come to spawn their eggs and then die.  The waves pull them to the shoreline and birds, seals and other animals come to eat them.  We even got to see a tooth from a Chum fish!

Once we returned back to the learning centre, our tour guide shared with us the impact the hatchery has on salmon returning to spawn and the protection for salmon fry.  We were shown pictures of different types of salmon such as Chinook, Coho and Chum, to name a few, and observed small test tubes with samples of eggs to fry.

The children’s favourite part: feeding the small fry in the large pool!  We were visited by the tour guide’s two pet crows who came to eat the remains of the fish food!  A perfect ending to a wonderful morning!

Photos by: Michael Rendulic


We all had so much fun learning about fire safety from Coquitlam firefighters, Kim and her team. The children got to role play, play games, have fun answering Kim’s ‘tricky’ questions, and help new firefighter, young Matt, get into his gear quickly and orderly. The children had many stories to share and thankfully Kim requested that stories be shared around the fire truck – she knew what she was getting into with our little talkative group!

Firefighter Kevin took the children all around the fire truck and went through all the contents while describing the purpose for each one. They even got to go inside the fire truck and sit in the driver seat! It was a perfect day, and we all felt full of knowledge.  It was fun as we watched the firemen put on the firetruck lights and the siren before driving away.

Perfect ending to a perfect day? Kim gave each child a coloring book and other paperwork to enjoy. With all the excitement, the children enjoyed the last half an hour peacefully and joyfully at our circle, going through the coloring books and sharing ideas with one another.

Our gratitude goes out to the Coquitlam Fire Rescue team! They did an incredible job teaching the children about fire safety. We were more than impressed by the presentation and are proud to know that our community is in great hands!

K/1 students visit Maplewood Farm

Once we arrived to Maplewood Farm, the children gathered to get their nametags on.  They were ready to do some of the chores on the farm for the next hour: gathering eggs from the chicken coop and carefully washing them to put into egg cartons, brushing the sheep and miniature horses, feeding the ducks, rabbits and the Vietnamese pot-belly pigs, Petunia and Peggy.  After lunch, we got to see how Lima, the cow, is hand-milked each day. The children enjoyed their trip immensely and fun was had by all! Thank you to all the parents who took the day off work to attend!

Staff at COI renew Child Care First Aid and CPR

On our most recent Professional Day, Staff at COI spent their day renewing their Red Cross Child Care First Aid and CPR certification.  Over 9 long hours of practise was endured as the staff worked with a variety of training materials to develop skills, such as using mannequins for practising CPR, AED trainers, bandages, splinting materials, barrier devices, first aid kits, epinephrine auto-injector trainers, Metered Dose Inhalers and spacers, to name a few.  The course covered topics such as:

  • How to respond to emergencies
  • The EMS system
  • The 3 key principles in First Aid – Check, Call, Care
  • How to deal with Airway, Breathing, and Circulation Emergencies (ABC)
  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Wound Care
  • Sudden Medical Conditions
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Keeping Children Safe

All these skills and knowledge are also applicable to every individual’s daily life. First Aid and CPR empowers our Staff to act on, prevent, and manage life’s emergencies.