Good News February 22, 2011 Burnaby Mountain Improv Team Wins Lower Mainland Championships Burnaby Mountain has once again won the Lower Mainland Canadian Improv Games that took place February 5 at Waterfront Theatre. Thanks to the team’s excellent ensemble skills, they overcame the second place contender by 35 points. This nine-member senior team had strong support during the intense competition from parents, fellow students and teachers. The team will represent Burnaby Mountain and Western Canada at the National Tournament in Ottawa this April. Break a leg! Math Challengers Competition The Lower Mainland Regional Math Challengers Competition took place at UBC on February 5. The Burnaby School District was represented by students from Moscrop, North, South, Mountain and Alpha secondary schools. Math Challengers is an enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes mathematics achievement among students in Grades 8 and 9. Moscrop took home 12 awards, coming in first in their pool for both grades 8 and 9. Burnaby South also came first in the grade 8 and 9 competition in their pool with strong individual showings. Burnaby North’s grade 8 team also took first place in its pool and Mountain's Grade 9 team placed third. These students will participate in the provincial competition on March 5 at Simon Fraser University. Speed Book Dating at Burnaby North Pounding hearts and nervous anticipation were some of the emotions felt by 120 participants at Burnaby North’s fifth annual Speed Book Dating event held in the library on Valentine’s Day. Instead of seeking the ideal soul mate, participants were on the lookout for the ideal book. Partners each took one minute to share highlights of their chosen book before moving on to new partners to repeat the process. Begun by teacher-librarian Odie Kaplan in 2006, the event, promotes literacy skills and the love of reading to the entire school community using an engaging, interactive format. …2 2 Second Street Community School Knitting Club Students spin yarn and clack needles in Second Street’s Community Room at lunchtime three days a week. The school knitting club has attracted over 20 boys and girls from Grade 1 to 7 since this fun lunch-hour program began a year ago. Long-time Second Street residents, Irene Desrosiers and Georgie Cole, volunteer their time to teach children the “almost lost art” of knitting and crocheting. The knitting club recently completed a school blanket where each square demonstrates the uniqueness of an individual student. Pink Shirt Day Burnaby Schools are hosting special events all week to acknowledge Pink Shirt Day and raise awareness to end bullying. These include a student-run assembly at Kitchener and Random Acts of Kindness Week at Burnaby North. In addition motivational speaker, Jim Jordan, visited six secondary schools and Marlborough Elementary to deliver a provocative, interactive presentation that examined the role of bystanders in a bullying situation and demonstrated ways to stop fuelling the bully. These events were made possible through a sponsorship from Metropolis at Metrotown. February 23 is Pink Shirt Day.