Our Lady of Pompei: Comic Book Creation Program Inspires Writing

Two of B.A.S.E. Daycare Grade 3 students at Our Lady of Pompei Elementary thrive on creating their own comic books after participating in the B.A.S.E. Comic Book Adventure Creation program and getting inspired.

By Pietro and Trevor, Grade 3

We like comics! Drawing is fun and is a way for us to express ourselves. When we come into daycare every morning, we get our comics from our lockers and start to draw. First we draw our boxes, then our characters, and then we write what the characters say, but only if we want them to talk.

In Ms. Jodi’s Comic Book Adventure Creation program, we learned that every story has to have a problem. Now we use this information to help us write our own stories. “I start with the bad guy and the problem in the story. Then I add in hero and see how he can fix it,” explained Trevor. “I made a bunch of comic books and I read them when I’m bored,” he continued. Continue reading

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St. Monica: Green Club Seedlings

The B.A.S.E. Daycare garden at St. Monica Elementary has played an active role in the school and community for the last 5 years. Green Club students over the years have had the wonderful opportunity to spend many hours outdoors in their garden after school, tending to the seedlings they grew indoors during the winter and harvesting their fruits and vegetables come Fall.

Today, June 5, 2017, is World Environment Day, so why not celebrate B.A.S.E. Green Club students connecting #WithNature, not just today but every week!


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Play it Fair! Community Action Projects

For the second year in a row, B.A.S.E. daycare students in the “Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair!” program identified an issue they would like to work on in their school community and used new leadership skills to complete their Play it Fair! Community Action Projects (CAPS).

These projects focused on creating iMovie trailers and photo slideshows that would encourage others in their daycare community to make the school environment more caring, inclusive and safe for all. Continue reading

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John Caboto Academy: E-Choose Your Own Adventure Creation Collaboration

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor

Choose Your Own Adventure E-Book storybooks were all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s. After school on Wednesdays, John Caboto Academy B.A.S.E. Daycare students in Ms. Mary and Ms. Rose’s groups in cycle 2 and 3 brought them back, this time into the digital age though a website called Twine.

Students created a collaborative story that had the choice of multiple possible endings. This program enforced interactivity, because while readers traveled through the story they had to click on their choice of what should happen next, and the website brought them to the appropriate page to continue reading, which determined how the story unfolded. Every time someone reread the story, it led somewhere different!  Continue reading

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Play it Fair! Celebrations

Approximately 200 B.A.S.E. Daycare students spent the year learning about and then applying their human rights through the “Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair! program. At the end of April, Gerald McShane, Michelangelo International and John Caboto Academy students celebrated all their hard work with their fellow students, families and Play it Fair! Leaders from Vincent Massey Collegiate. The high school students completed community service hours by leading the daycare students in Play it Fair! games and creating Community Action Projects. Check out the video for a little summary of the celebrations!

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B.A.S.E. Food Revolution Day Celebration

The EMSB’s B.A.S.E. Daycare Program brought together its Green Clubs and Cooking Clubs for a Food Revolution Day event to celebrate a year’s worth of cooking and environmental learning. Below you will get a taste of how the day went!

Congrats to all participants and a great big thank you to St. Pius X for hosting the day, our chefs, Sergio, Diyar and Adam, for donating their time and skills, our vendors, especially Lufa Farms who donated the beautiful produce for our pantry, and our B.A.S.E. students and staff!

For even more on the event, read the article in our Touching B.A.S.E. Spring 2017.

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Our Lady of Pompei: Daycare Week Fun!

B.A.S.E. Daycare students at Our Lady of Pompei had a great time during Daycare Week with a plethora of activities. From an “Engineers in the Making” project, to lots of physical activity, a dance performance and a fun-filled carnival day, students definitely celebrated daycare being a part of their everyday. Continue reading

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