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Ukuleles, Marathons & Zombies

September 29th, 2017

What do ukuleles, running and Zombies have in common? Well at ASIA, everything!

This week on the mountain Grade 6 students have been learning, no scratch that, have been immersed in all that is the ukulele from ukulele master, Mr. Luongo. Did you know that Mr. Luongo grew up around music and specifically the ukulele with his father, Peter Luongo as the founder of the Langley Ukulele Association? Peter has retired from the association and now our’ Music teacher, Paul Luongo splits his time mentoring the new generation of ukulele players as well as enriching our own program with his expertise. Unlike any other music program in Abbotsford, we have committed to having all students in Grade 6 experience the little instrument that could.  Students are already learning notes, chords, how to read music and how to learn by ear, in just three very short weeks. Parents at home, take a moment to ask your student all of the parts of the ukulele. Ask them to name the strings and always, always encourage them to practice.

On Thursday our school took part in a tradition that promotes community and at the same time raises money for cancer research.  The Terry Fox Run began with the whole school meeting in the gym to first watch a short video about Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope. Parents, you may remember also taking part in the run through your time at school and the slogan ‘Toonie for Terry’. We doubled our efforts from last year, bringing the total to date at $313. Students are still encouraged to bring in their toonies to the office so we can send a larger donation to the fight against cancer. As is becoming tradition, students were encouraged to chase our unicorn, Gr 9 student Tristan, up the hill and eastward along Lower Sumas Mountain Road, where they had their hands stamped and made the return trip to the school. Acting as our sweeper van, was  extra special Bryce the Turtle who made sure that the event was fun for everyone.  Once students finished the run, they were rewarded with a homemade chocolate chip cookie, baked by our leadership class, a bottle of water and all the plums they could eat! Prizes were handed out to the fastest secondary student, Gr 11 Brennan, and fastest middle school student Gr 7, Anilee.  For most enthusiastic runner, Gr 11 student, Josh and Gr 6 student Talveer took the prize! We look forward to more events like this during our PAL blocks on Thursdays to enhance our whole school community. For the awesome video thanks to our students see it on our website at:

Finally zombies! For our first Artist in Residence event, we have welcomed director/actor Andy Thompson to work with our Secondary Creative Writing, Drama, Theatre Production, DMA and Leadership classes to put on the immersive Halloween themed event on October 27th and 28th. Our students have written a role playing event where teams of 10 players will be challenged to determine what has happened at the school where zombies have taken over and how to get out of situations together, similar to an escape room environment, but with the whole school as our playground. To date, Creative Writers have finished the script. They will now hand over this to the Drama classes who will add their own touches. Theatre Production is working on costumes, props and as you can see makeup. DMA class is creating the marketing posters and Leadership will be involved in production and publication.  Watch for the advertisement and get your tickets quickly. We will run the show for two nights only, Friday Oct 27th and Saturday, Oct 28th. Trust me when I say, come ready to play, come ready to be entertained.

You would think with all this going on we wouldn’t have time for anything else, and you would be so wrong. Here is what is coming up at Sumas Mtn.

    Tues, Oct 3rd - Grade 6 Family Games Night 7-8pm

    Thurs, Oct 5th - World Teachers’ Day

    Fri, Oct 6th - Cardboard Challenge

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