Thank you for coming to see me.

To all parents of 5D,

I just wanted to say a brief thank you for coming out last week to see me to talk about your child’s progress this term.   I hope it was an informative day.  I just wanted to remind everyone that I do have an open door policy in case anyone still has any concerns.  I know that a couple of parents have seen me throughout the term and have come in to chat a little and have been very helpful.

I also want to thank all the parents who help out at the Grade 5 Pre – Halloween Party.  The children had a lot fun and I was definitely full.  And to all parents who came to the “official” Halloween costume parade it was fun to see the entire school abuzz with excitement.

Finally, I had a talk with my parent rep.  She had told me that some parents expressed concern over the blog.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing my due diligence in updating it.  I will do my best in keeping everyone appraised to the best of my ability.  I consider myself a “geek”, however, I’m not really a blogging kind of person.  I have a Facebook account and I haven’t looked at it in months.  However, this is a part of my job so I will put more of an effort in this area.  As I stated to my students, it comes with practice so I am hoping to take a more proactive approach.

I will update soon with the newsletter.

Have a great day.

Mr. Dela Luna

Thank you to all 5D Parents


To all parents of 5D,

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for supporting this year’s SFX Bazaar.  All of the students attended and their performance was successful and also a lot of fun to do.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time spending it as a family, but also as a parish and school community.  Looking forward to finishing the last month with everyone here.  Let’s finish strong!

Vivat Jesus

Mr. Dela Luna

Upcoming Religion Student Lead Prayer Service

Hello everyone,

For these upcoming weeks each student has been assigned a date when they are to lead the class of 5D in a prayer service.  Here are the critieria for the prayer service.

Length:  4 – 8 min

Group # – 3 / group

What do they need to prepare:

1.  A theme for the prayer -  Examples: God’s Love, Easter, Ressurection, and Forgiveness

2.  To prepare their own prayer with the theme in mind.  The student(s) may write the prayer on index cards and read them aloud.

3.  They need to “decorate” the class prayer table in any way they see fit to lead the prayer service.

4. Each member of the group must do something within the prayer service.

5.  Other than the first 4 points the group must do at least 2 of the following:

  • Read a passage from the bible dealing with the theme.  The group can do more than 1 passage.
  • They can use music as part of their prayer service.
    • The music could be lead by the group (Words of the song need to be prepared.  They could ask Mr. D to help with computer overhead)
    • It could be set as a background to the prayer
    • The group could sing by themselves (maybe with Mr. Ds help)
  • They can do a class lead meditation
  • They can use a variety of pre-written prayers ex:  The Act of Hope, Our Father, or the Memorare.  Note:  They need to have the prayers written out if members of the class do not know the prayer
  • They can say a decade of the rosary or maybe do 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be
  • Read a short bio on a Saint or the importance of the theme as it pertains to them.

IF the students need help they can talk with Mr. D at anytime for ideas or with music.

Each student has been picked for this week and all of the following weeks.


Thank you all.

Mr. D

Found another link from Victoria From the Vancouver Sun

To all parents and kids,

Here is a link to the Vancouver Sun.  However, you can also see a “class” picture only.  No video.  Enjoy.

Just paste the above to your address bar to go to site.


Mr. Dela Luna

Links to various TV articles about the BC Legislature (Victoria Field Trip)

Good evening everyone,

First I’d like to say thank you to all parents who came out and volunteered for the Grade 5 class’ field trip to Victoria.  Second, even though there was a great tragedy in our nation’s capital, Ottawa and Parliament, nothing bad happened at the “mini” Parliament buildings.  Actually, for those of you who don’t know, the place where the students went to is officially called The Legislature – where the Legislative Assembly and the Premier as part of the Provincial Government NOT the FEDERAL government meet.  The Federal government is in Ottawa in Parliament.

Many parents are asking for links of various newsreels that include details of the students of SFX.  So on behalf of all of the interested parents and students, I’ve compiled a list of links that include video footage of the students when they went to the BC Legislature.  Please keep in mind that some of the footage might be a little long so you might have to use your mouse to “fast forward” to where the students are.  I will try to add the “rough” timeline on each link to look for.  Also depending on the link you will see footage of the shooting in Parliament in Ottawa.  Again the students were all safe.

Even though it was a tragic event in Ottawa, the students themselves enjoyed their visit to the BC Legislature…the cameras just made it more exciting.  I would like to personally thank Marcus’ mom, Mrs. Chow for one of the links.  Also if anyone here looked at either the Vancouver Metro Newspaper or the Vancouver Sun, there is a picture of the class in it, however, they actually printed out that the classes were turned away from their tour which is categorically untrue.  We just went around the side of the building to another entrance that was more secure.  As soon as I have time, I will scan the article and re-publish here on this blog.

Now here are the following links:


This is from CBC news.  The part of the kids is around time index 0:36


This is from News Hour GlobalTV.  The part of the kids is around time index 12:20 (I would start at 12:15 to hear Premier Christy Clark’s speech) -<Thanks Mrs. Chow.>


This is from CTV News.  The kids part is around time index 0:58


This last one was from CHEK TV news.  The part of the kids is around time index 0:15.  In my personal opinion, this is the best clip of them all…but don’t just take my word for it. :-)

Anyway, I hope all the links work.  In case they don’t maybe just copy the address and paste it onto the above address bar and it should send you to that site.  Second, people are wondering how long will the articles be up, I personally don’t know.  Also I don’t know how to copy the video footage themselves.  If someone does know, can you send to the school or to me the video so I can have a copy???

Enjoy the videos.  I can’t promise that the other field trips will be as “exciting” however, they will be fun and educational for the students.

Pax Christi and Proud to be Canadian.

Mr. Dela Luna

Grade 5 Science Project – Due Dates

To all the parents and students of 5D and 5J,

All the students were told about their due dates for the upcoming Science Project – Simple Machines.  The due dates for the following classes are:


5D -  Tuesday – Nov. 4th in the morning

5J – Tuesday – Nov. 4th in the afternoon


The following items are needed for the project that day:

  1. Compound Machine – “MOUSE TRAP”
  2. Poster
  3. Presentational materials – ex.  cue cards


If anyone has a concern please let me know at the school.


Welcome to 5D 2014 – 2015 School Year

Hello everyone in 5D,

Welcome to another exciting school year.  In Grade 5D, I will be doing something new and different.  Not only is the school getting an UPDATED WEBSITE, but Mr. D is going to be hosting a BLOG for 5D.   

Just for everyone’s information, I’ve never done “blogging” before.  I don’t even read blogs.  However, I have taken it upon myself to learn as much as possible and try something new.  If the students see that I am trying to learn something outside my comfort zone, the students will be more willing to try something different.

What are the plans for this blog?

For now just general updates about what is coming up, possibly notices of field trips / special events, and important news.  I will post group project dates and criteria forms in order to help students remember.  Other than that the skies the limit.

Possible other plans

  • Various Student work / stories / poems
  • Pictures of work and students
  • Field Trip Notices and Pictures

I guess that’s it for now.  If any of you parents or students have any ideas that you would like to see in this 5D BLOG please feel free to speak to me at the school.  Until next time…Excelsior!!!


[Hopefully this will post normally and everything works. :-) ]