A Sneak-peek of Summer

Hello OSC families, 

This past week has shown a sneak peek of sunny summer weather. On Monday, the children had a chance to make their own hacky sack to enjoy indoors or outdoors. It started with fabric or felt that was cut out using a template. Then, using a glue gun, it was glued tight only leaving a small hole to put the rice inside. Once filled with rice, it was glued closed so that none of the rice was to escape. It turned out to be a success! The children enjoyed throwing, rolling and catching these fun hacky sacks.

On Wednesday, OSC took advantage of the weather and organized a large game of capture the flag. The game was filled with excitement as capture the flag never fails to please the children. I saw the children use teamwork and strategies to out-think their opponents in order to get the flags. It was a tiring game that ended up in a tie but from my perspective, both sides won as they enjoyed the game outside.

Until next time, 


'A day in the life of...'

Hey everyone,

For my blog this week, I decided to flip the script and ask some kids at OSC a series of questions in an interview format. No surprise that their answers were full of surprises! I interviewed 10 kids and wanted to share some of their responses:


Name: 'Bob' 
Grade: 5
Favourite school topic:  Language arts because I love writing
Favourite OSC snack: Lemon Loaf
Favourite OSC activity: Reading at the couches
What's something you want to be when you grow up:  An actor
If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be:  Knife- Because cutting stuff with a spoon or fork is too tough 
If you were an OSC leader, what rule would you make up:  More desserts as snack 


Name: 'Nothing'
Grade:  0
Favourite school topic:  Social Studies- I like to learn about the world
Favourite OSC snack: Cheese & Crackers
Favourite OSC activity: Building houses
What's something you want to be when you grow up:  Spongebob & August (like the month)
If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be:  A fork- so I can poke salad in the face
If you were an OSC leader, what rule would you make up:  We would all live in Candyland


Name: '?'
Grade: 5
Favourite school topic:  Gym- I can play with my friends
Favourite OSC snack: Cinnamon Buns
Favourite OSC activity: Gym & Park
What's something you want to be when you grow up:  A Disneyland employee- of any kind 
If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be:  Spatula- so people would run around hitting other people with me
If you were an OSC leader, what rule would you make up:  Allowed video games @ OSC


Name: 'Mom'
Grade:  Past University
Favourite school topic:  Parenting
Favourite OSC snack: Raspberry lemon loaf
Favourite OSC activity: Big & small park
What's something you want to be when you grow up: A mom
If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be:  Spatula- it has an awesome name
If you were an OSC leader, what rule would you make up:  Parents can only pick up their kids after 5 pm


Name: 'Jeff'
Grade: Kindergarden 
Favourite school topic:  Gym- I'm athletic 
Favourite OSC snack: Anything sugary 
Favourite OSC activity: Capture the flag
What's something you want to be when you grow up:  I want to be a 'jeff'...
If you were a kitchen utensil, which one would you be:  Fork- so i can eat EVERYTHING
If you were an OSC leader, what rule would you make up:  Eat high-chews all day

Thanks for checking in and and checking out some of the great answers!

Matt The Bat

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Doodle for Google Project

For the past three weeks, some of the children at Senior have been working tirelessly on their Doodle for Google projects.  This a nation wide contest hosted by google promoting children across Canada to answer this question:

However, the catch is their answer has to be illustrated through a Google Doodle.  Below are some examples created by the professional doodlers at google.
Lantern Festival 2017

Seven Earth-Sized Exoplanets Discovered!

Doodle for Google 2017 Winner - US 
Cole's First Draft

To get the children on board with this project I started off by showing them a few videos featuring doodlers from google.  These videos seemed to inspire the group to participate in the contest.  Soon everyone was doodling "google" over and over trying to create the best design.  Some of the children wanted to see past winners because they were curious.  

Cole's Second Draft
Over the past 3 weeks everyone has been making draft after draft until they were satisfied with their work.  Some of the children like Emma and Cole are using a digital sketch program to draw their final project while others like Andrew and Trenton are using professional markers to color their final copy.  The due date for this project is Tuesday, May 2nd and I can't wait to see how everyone's turned out! 

Stay turned for final images. 

Cole's Third Draft

Emma's Final Draft

Trenton's Final Draft

Andrew's Final Draft

Doodle for Google Canada


Egg-cellent Afternoon Activity

Hello OSC families, 

Tegan recently organized an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. There were over 70 eggs filled with all sorts of candy such as sour keys, Hi-Chews, and Skittles. As an added challenge, there were two golden eggs which contained a huge amount of Starbursts. While the kids were kept busy outside, Tegan and Sarah hid the smaller eggs while Carolyn had the task of hiding the golden eggs. The eggs were hidden all over the multi-purpose room, the nearby hallways and the equipment room. Carolyn hid one of the golden eggs in lego table and another in a case of girl guide cookies. To make it challenging to find, Carolyn placed a sheet of cardboard over the golden eggs and then covered it up with either the lego or girl guide cookies. Therefore, when the kids went looking in those areas, they often stopped when they reached the cardboard thinking that they hit the bottom of the box. 

During the hunt, the kids had a lot of fun running around and grabbing as many eggs as they could while also keeping an eye out for the golden eggs. While many of the kids got close to the golden eggs, it was Emma (grade 6) and Trenton (grade 3) who finally found them.

It was great to see all of the kids enjoying the activity and I know that the leaders definitely enjoyed watching.

Hope everyone had a egg-cellent  long weekend!


Spring Break Fun at Terra Nova Park!

Spring Break flew by so quickly, however, the two weeks were filled with creative themed in-days such as Colour Wars and Fantastical Beasts to exciting out-trips to Eileen Dailly Pool and Science World. On the last day of our Spring Break camps, we had a bike trip to Terra Nova Park. On our way to the park, we saw a Heron on the dyke and the kids were amazed to see this beautiful bird. 
Despite the chilly weather, this did not stop the kids from having a blast. Even though the big slide is always a hit, the most popular attraction at the park was the zip line. The kids spent at least an hour, taking turns going down the zip line and every time I would look over, I saw the biggest smiles on their faces. Instead of the kids asking the leaders to pull them on the zip line, Cole, Emma and Andrew made up their own airline called C. E. A.  Together, they pushed countless children and even some of the leaders! Our kids also like to stand at the end of the zip line and when a child gets to the end, they all fall over like dominos. It was great to see all the kids playing together and having a lot of fun.

The bike ride back to Gilmore OSC was a little harder because the kids were tired from playing at the park for so long. But with some inspirational Disney music playing, we did not “give up until we reached the end.”

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Spring Break!

Until next time,

Sarah A 
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