Home Quest Schedule

Third Term of the

2018-2019 School Year

at Home Quest


Our theme is Storytelling.

We will focus on learning about the district’s Story Studio initiative with a field trip to the hive and visits during class times from district specialists, as well as Indigenous connections and visitors. The term will culminate with our first Home Quest sharing fair. The structure this year will be an “Open Mic”. Students will be encouraged to sign up for an opportunity to share a story they created at home or at school this term. They may share in person, on “stage” or through some other presentable format (recorded video?). More details will come part way through the term, but you can mark your calendars for May 30.


Tuesday Workshops:

10-11:30 AM, K-2 with Mrs. Dyck will focus on exploring a story (basic structure and sequence) and different ways of retelling, responding to and sharing stories. Each session will include a parent sharing time for the last 20 minutes so that students have an audience for their stories and/or support in writing down a story they have been creating that day. If your child comes to this workshop, please plan to come in for the last 20 minutes.

10-11:30 AM, 3+ with Mr. Stee will be an oral, theatrical storytelling workshop. Students should be motivated to create and share stories through active participation.

12:30-2:30 PM 3+ with Mr. Stee will be an outdoor education, team building workshop in which students work to create and complete obstacle courses.

Our first session will be at Wild Play on April 9th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Starting the following week, for 6 weeks, we will meet at various parks to hike and do outdoor challenges together. The first one or two challenges will be designed for the group, and then we will be looking for input from the group members for the challenges of the following weeks.

Please make sure your child(ren) dressed appropriately for the weather and wear layers. They should carry a light backpack to carry their water and snack and any layers they might take off depending on weather. They should also bring a compass (if they have one) and a notebook along with them.

Here is a list of the locations for the following 4 weeks:
Our second session on April 16, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Deas Island

Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ the far end of Deas Island Road where it is blocked off by a gate and there’s a big parking lot, Delta

Our third session on April 23, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Green Timbers Urban Forest

Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ 14600 100 Ave, Surrey

Our fourth session on April 30, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Richmond Nature Park

Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Our fifth session on May 7, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Delta Watershed Park

Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ 11600 Kittson Parkway, Delta

Our sixth session on May 14, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Surrey Lake Park
Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ 7500 152nd Street, Surrey


Our seventh session on May 21, 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Redwood Park
Dropoff and Pickup at the parking lot @ 17900 20th Ave, Surrey

12:30-2:30pm, 8+ Study Hall. Come, check in with a teacher and get some support or just a quiet place to work for a couple hours.

Wednesday and Thursday Classes (9:15-2:45):

Wednesday Grades 5+ with Mr. Stee will encourage exploration of stories and offer opportunities to create and share stories.

Thursday Grades K-1 with Mrs. Dyck will explore stories about the ocean. This will include a variety of fiction and non-fiction all connected to learning about the ocean and the creatures therein.

Thursday Grades 2-4 with Ms. Malhi will infuse Stories connected to Social Studies; Exploring Culture through Story and the Story of your own Culture; Origin Stories and Myths/Fables; Telling stories to the other class and helping the younger class create/compose their stories; A look at Culture through the stories of Artists.

STEM Workshops

This is a hands-on, interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop created because of your feedback on the last two surveys. We’ve worked with STEM ACES to bring you an enthusiastic expert that will guide your child through the scientific design process and weave in various areas of the curriculum. Please have a look through the details and let me know if your child will be attending.

7 Session Dates and Times (to be held at Home Quest)

Grades 6+ 10am to 12pm

Kindergarten to Grade 3 12:30pm to about 1:45pm (between an hour and an hour and a half, we’ll see how they do!)

  • Friday, April 12
  • Friday, April 26
  • Monday, April 29
  • Friday, May 10
  • Monday, May 13
  • Friday, May 24
  • Friday, May 31
GOALS of the STEM Workshop

First 3 Sessions – Science in Engineering

1. What is integrated STEM /STEAM?

2. Scientists practice engineering whenever they design new experiments to test hypothesis, students will:

  • Give an example of a hypothesis that is based on an observation of a natural phenomenon.
  • Provide an example of an experiment designed to address a specific hypothesis.
  • Distinguish between the variable and controlled conditions in an experiment.
  • Describe why a control is important in a scientific experiment.

Next 4 Sessions – Engineering Design Creativity

Engage Engineering approaches—teamwork, brainstorming, problem defining with requirements and constraints, the cycle of product design, testing and analysis, prototyping, production and communication.

  • Identify the need for a specific engineering design project.
  • Describe the design project context.
  • Identify and differentiate the design project constraints and requirements.
  • Gather and organize background information related to a design challenge.
  • Conduct an information search to find existing solutions or products related to a problem.
  • Use brainstorming as a technique to generate many ideas.
  • Describe the role of analysis in engineering.
  • Evaluate alternatives using an interaction matrix analysis.
  • Compare and contrast design alternatives to select the most promising idea.
  • Explore design alternatives through the creation of prototypes.
  • Explain the difference between prototypes and models.
  • Compare and contrast the use of different construction materials in the development of prototypes.
  • Evaluate the most successful aspects of a prototype and extend these to the manufacture of a final product.
  • Describe how engineering drawings are the communication between engineers and manufacturers.
  • Create a product according to specifications while working with more advanced building tools and materials.

Last 2 Sessions – Pop Culture STEM (this will be tweaked for the younger grades)

Incorporation of popular culture into the classroom via interactive, hands-on /movie-themed lessons and activities.

  • Describe how engineers use acids and bases.
  • Articulate concepts related to genetics
  • Describe nanotechnology research and engineering in genetics.
  • Articulate concepts related to force and motion through direct immersive interaction based on the theme

Plan of Action – activities based

1. Pre-Activities Engineering design process cycle lesson.

2. Post-Activity Assessment on how students understand Integrated STEM/STEAM.

3. Extend project: Challenge decided with the teacher to solve a problem so that students can create other STEM projects.

Field Trips and Outside Workshops:

On Mondays and Fridays, Home Quest offers a variety of opportunities to enhance the curriculum and connect with others throughout the term. Term 3 field trips will include:

  • Carousel Theatre
  • Delta’s “Hive” Story Workshop
  • Wild Play
  • Museum of Vancouver

Home Quest families can get the details for these trips and download the forms here.

Besides the programming that Home Quest offers, families are also involved in their own activities with the community and other groups, as well as independent learning at home. The best part of Home Quest is the flexibility. Every class, workshop and trip is optional and should be attended when it fits with the student’s learning plan and the family’s other activities.