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  • smaclach 11:28 am on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Story Response Prompts 

    How do you think Henry felt at these points in the story:

    • When he first stepped out on the ice and his feet got in a muddle?
    • When Sally yelled at him?
    • When his mother said he could go to the ice dancing competition?
    • When he first saw the ice dancing?
    • When his father said “We’re a hockey family, Henry . . . a HOCKEY FAMILY!”
    • When his grandmother showed him the photo?
    • When his grandmother gave him her old skates?
    • When his dad introduced him to his coach?

    It took Henry sixty-nine tries before he could dash like down the ice, spin like a top, and finish with one foot high in the air.

    • Do you think Henry ever felt like giving up?
    • Why do you think he kept trying?
    • How do you think he felt when he succeeded?
    • Have you ever really wanted to do something that was difficult?
    • Did you feel like giving up but you kept on trying?
    • What kept you going?
    • How did you feel when you accomplished your goal?
     
  • apuley 2:22 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: famous people, hockey players, , Wayne Gretzky   

    Why is Wayne Gretzky Known as ‘The Great One’? 

    Wayne Gretzky

    Wayne Gretzky

    Wayne Gretzky, famous number 99, has been known as ‘The Great One’ for as long as I can remember.

    Why?

    Do some research and share your findings either by replying to this post or by starting your own. You may even choose to create a picture, a poster, a presentation, etc. to share your learning.

    Extension: Who else would you consider to be ‘Great’? Why?

     
  • apuley 2:05 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    What Makes Someone ‘Great’? 

    The story you are reading this year, The Magic Hockey Stick, is about a young girl who comes into possession of Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick after her parents win it at an auction. She becomes her hockey’s team’s star player with it. Meanwhile, “The Great One” goes into the greatest slump of his career.

    What makes someone great?

     
    • Miss Cianciolo 12:44 pm on January 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Our grade 4/5 class at Sir Isaac Brock brainstormed today about what makes someone important. From there, we talked about different people in history and sports who have blazed a path.

  • apuley 2:02 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: auctions,   

    Have You Ever Been to an Auction? Did You or Your Family Buy Something? 

    An auction can be a very interesting experience! Have you ever been to one? Did you or your family buy something? If so, share your experience and what was bought. Perhaps even share a picture if you can. How is buying something at an auction different from buying it in a store? There are lots of videos of auctions on YouTube you can watch if you’ve never been to one or seen one in action.

     
    • aeltaha4285 9:23 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have never been to an auction before but I think it would be a cool experience. It’s different than a store because you don’t find it randomly and buy it,you have a sign that says a number and the guy that does the auction picks somebody and sells the object to them.Sometimes the thing that you are auctioning is the normal price or it might be a lower price or rarely a higher price.

  • apuley 2:00 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hockey pucks, inquiry, lessons,   

    How Many Hockey Pucks Will Fit In Your Classroom? 

    One of the activities provided this year is an inquiry into how many hockey pucks would fit in your classroom. After working through this activity in class share what you discovered. Be sure to explain your process and how you came to your conclusions. Share pictures, too!

     
    • Romeo 9:46 am on February 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Christian and I found the perimeter of our classroom to be 400 hockey pucks.

    • ekosempe 5:48 pm on February 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We found out that 6422 hockey pucks will fit in a 1m3 box. That’s a lot of hockey pucks.
      The dimensions of a puck are roughly 2.5x7x7. We rounded the measurements.
      Then we found out that 13 pucks will cover the length of a metre and that 38 pucks stacked one on top of the other is the height. So we multiplied length(13)x width(13) x height(38) to find the volume.
      Our classroom dimensions are 10m x 7m x 3m. We are still working on finding out how many pucks we need to fill the room!
      Grade 4/5K Greensville.

  • apuley 9:46 pm on November 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: first game, , personal stories,   

    Hamilton Bulldogs Early Hockey Memories. What Yours? 

    What’s your earliest memory of attending a hockey game? Is this your first one? Share your memories with us by replying to this post.

     
    • scrumble 10:33 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I remember growing up at the hockey rink, cheering my brother on as he played several times a week. We made noise makers and special cheers. I had a lot of friends at the arena.

      • kprezave0569 7:23 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        hi mrs.crumblehume lol:)

      • lsimic4952 6:21 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This was my first hockey game ever so I was pretty exited! After the game finished, I was so happy that this was my first time watching a real hockey game. I was so thrilled that the Bulldogs won 1-6 against the Rochester Americans.

    • ekotyk3469 10:50 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I remember when I was 8 and in grade 3 I went to a Bulldogs game with my family and the Bulldogs won!

    • wong3333 10:54 am on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I remember that last year bulldogs didn’t win but luckily I met really good friends in the mean time. I even met Tarandeep who was in the hockey game!

    • cnugent0747 12:36 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      my first hockey game was last yaer and it was fun and cool.

    • apuley 10:20 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t really remember the first hockey game I ever watched but I will always remember this years Bulldogs Literacy game as it was the first game my daughter ever watched and that, for me, is a cool memory!

  • apuley 4:10 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Moths and Ending 

    Okay, so here’s the ending of the piece. What “insects” could be at the beginning of this track?

    “The Hockey Sweater” by Abigail Richardson-Schulte

     
  • apuley 4:08 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    We received the sweater. 

    Hear the whistle in this? Guess who is “playing” it?

    “The Hockey Sweater” by Abigail Richardson-Schulte

     
  • apuley 4:04 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Is this a concert hall or a hockey arena? 


    Do you hear the sound of the blades on the ice?

    Any guesses as to what makes that sound?

    “The Hockey Sweater” by Abigail Richardson-Schulte

     
  • apuley 4:55 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: math problem, ,   

    How might the seats in FirstOntario Centre be Organized? 

    The First Ontario Centre has a capacity of approximately 17,300 seats.

    How might the seats in the stadium be organized/arranged?

    Take a picture and upload your thinking using the ‘Add Media’ button.

    Teachers: refer to the Grade 4, 5, 6 Open Question – THE BULLDOGS ARE COMING! activity in your curriculum package for process and context.

     
  • apuley 12:10 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What is Bruiser Thinking? 

    Ever wonder what Bruiser is thinking? Why don’t you ask him! Write your questions here and maybe Bruiser will answer your question!

     
    • ghamill4581 12:32 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Brusier do you like meeting your fans

      • Bruiser 1:31 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I love meeting my fans and I especially like it when they ask to take a photo with me.

      • Bruiser 2:06 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I love meeting my fans and I especially like it when they ask if they can have a photo with me.

    • jmowatt4259 12:34 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      i wounder if i take my suit off will, what people think of me and how will they treat me then compared to now if they found out i was Bruiser???

    • ssabti6533 12:54 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What was his favourite game? And what crowd did he like the most?

      • Bruiser 1:33 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        My favourite Bulldogs game ever was the final game in the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs. We won that game and I got to lift the Calder Cup up way over my head. It was an amazing feeling to hear over 17,000 people cheering.

    • sbarron5941 6:06 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      is it fun to be the bulldog mascot?

      • Bruiser 1:33 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I love being the Bulldogs mascot. It is so much fun and you get to meet so many incredible people too.

    • xalexand6918 9:21 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Brusier do you like being with your team and fans?

      • Bruiser 1:35 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I like hanging out with my Bulldogs teammates and seeing my fans at all our home games. We have a lot of fun together and make lots of noise cheering on the team.

    • akhan8797 9:30 am on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      how did you got in the bulidogs program?

      • Bruiser 1:36 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        All of our staff members have their name and photo in the program, but because I am the team mascot I also get a whole page all to myself with my photo and bio.

    • agross1572 7:32 pm on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Bursier knows me and I know him and I bet he is thinking about the game with all the kids and fans

      • ssabti6533 9:39 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know bruiser personally?

      • Bruiser 1:37 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I can’t wait until the kids day game again this year. It is one of my favourite games and I look forward to it every year.

    • astorey9547 2:40 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      is your suit stinky ?!

      • ssabti6533 9:38 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I think that his suit is probably stinky

      • Bruiser 1:39 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Just like anyone else, my jersey gets a little stinky if I don’t wash it. Luckily for me we have an industrial washing machine here at the arena and I use it all the time to keep my jersey fresh and clean.

    • kstencil8661 2:41 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Bruiser, what is your favourite movie?

      • Bruiser 1:40 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, that is a tough question. I really like hockey movies such as Might Ducks and Mystery Alaska, but I also like dog movies such as Beethoven and Air Bud.

        • zali3304 5:09 pm on November 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          BRUISER your team has to win k bruiser all of your fans are connting on u you have to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Bruiser 3:11 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Well the Bulldogs sure did win for you yesterday. 6-1 was that good enough? haha.

    • eesbeit4154 2:50 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Bruiser,if you were picked to the NHL what team would you be on?

      • knguyen4768 9:37 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I think that he would think about how his fans would be asking him like omg I love u when he shows who he actually is people may think different

      • Bruiser 1:42 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Well, since we are the farm team for the Montreal Canadiens, I would probably want to be on their team.

    • ssabti6533 9:36 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Would you want to be another mascot for a day?

      • Bruiser 1:42 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        No, never. I love the Bulldogs and since I am a Bulldog I think it would be weird if I had to wear a different jersey.

    • ssabti6533 9:40 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What does bruiser say to himself everyday in the morning?

      • Bruiser 1:43 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Every morning I look in the mirror and say to myself… “Woof, Woof, Woof I sure am one good looking dog”.

    • ssabti6533 9:41 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What makes bruiser happy?

      • Bruiser 1:44 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        What makes me happy? Whenever the Bulldogs win! that’s what makes me happy.

        • amrdjen4676 12:07 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          do you like being to bulldogs mascot?

          • Bruiser 3:16 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, it’s the best job ever! I get to meet so many amazing people and I get to see every Bulldogs home game for FREE!

    • knguyen4768 9:45 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If people found out who you really were do you think they would treat you differently?

      • Bruiser 1:45 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        What do you mean? I am Bruiser. That is who I am and everyone treats me awesome.

    • ssabti6533 9:57 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Do you ever think you’re bruiser instead of the person you actually are?

      • Bruiser 1:46 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I still don’t understand the question, I am Bruiser from the moment I wake-up until the moment I go to sleep. How about you? Do you change into different people each day?

    • ssabti6533 9:58 am on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Do you work at another job?

      • Bruiser 1:49 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Being the Bulldogs mascot is a full-time job. There are different community events almost every day. I have to make sure everyone in the office is working hard and selling tickets. I need to check-up on the team constantly to make sure they are practicing everyday and I also have to work on my dance moves as well. That is a lot of work for one dog, don’t you think?

        • amrdjen4676 12:06 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          hi bruiser i love the bulldogs and my favourite game was 2 years ago. if you loose or win it dosent matter as long as you know you played a great game. mt friend charlette won last year but she dident go to meet you because she was too shy but then she regreted it anyways i hope you reply and that we chat together bye – – – – -!!!!!!!!

          • Bruiser 3:15 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for posting your story. I love hearing from my fans. I hope you enjoyed the School Day game yesterday. It was one of the best games ever!

    • rkim2029 9:53 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      when you were little did you want to be a mascot?

      • Bruiser 3:11 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I always wanted to be a mascot ever since I was a little puppy 🙂

    • agross1572 12:12 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Bruiser I shrinking of all the kids going to chase him around or chilling out so have fun

    • ghamill4581 12:17 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Do you like to be on the jumbo tron

      • Bruiser 3:13 pm on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Of course I like being on the jumbotron, it’s just like be on one BIG HUGE TV.

    • ghamill4581 12:18 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see you at the game will you be all happy when you see all your fans

    • esingh1080 12:19 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What are you being for Halloween?

    • mturner3771 12:07 pm on October 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      amasing just wonderful
      hope you guys win nov 4 hope i get great seats you guys are the best ever

  • apuley 11:56 am on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , opinion, quotation, ,   

    The Maple Leaf sweater weighed on my shoulders 

    The Maple Leaf sweater weighed on my shoulders like a mountain.

    Explain what Roch meant by this.

     
    • kkoeppe1592 12:58 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      i think roger ment by the maple leafs swetter wheighed me down like a moutain is that the swetter wasent light and that he was walking low and slow

    • astorey9547 2:38 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      i think Roch meant he was getting humiliated by wearing the leafs sweeter at his game because his hole team liked the Montreal Canadians

    • rkim2029 9:45 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I think Roch meant that the sweater was maybe thick and heavy or because he “was weighed down” emotionally as in he was upset.

  • azorzett 5:23 am on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Have you ever been to a hockey game… 

    Have you ever been to a hockey game? Was there a fight on the ice? Why does it happen? What happens to players who fight? Why do they fight? Is it right? How do you feel about it? Should it continue or should they not allow it at all?

    Wow! That’s a lot of questions! We would love to hear your thoughts about fighting in Hockey. Please write your ideas and thoughts below by clicking the Reply link.

    Please keep in mind that others may have a different point of view than you and that is okay! We will need to make sure that the words that we use to state our different point of views are appropriate and polite.

     
  • akaramat 9:14 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #bellmoore, #bellmoorebulldogs, citizenship, gender, global citizen, , social justice,   

    Our intermediates are looking at how professional athletes/celebrities can make a difference in the world or in their community.
    ” How/why might a star athlete/celebrity be recognized as a GLOBAL CITIZEN?”

    With respect to the Splinters text by K. Sylvester our class looked at the discourses built into the text— gender related issues, social justice issues (bullying), economic status, access to sport, life lessons etc.

    Excellent text!

     
    • apuley 2:28 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing @akaramat! It is amazing to see how many levels of meaning can be pulled from a text. Have your students post their discoveries here. I’d love to see what they’re thinking.

    • tjacobs4949 9:27 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      hi

    • fcarver9916 9:31 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hockey is a unisex sport and girls should NOT be made fun of or thought as horrible players for participating in the sport. It doesn’t matter what you have or wear, you shouldn’t be made fun of or bullied. -Maddie&Faith 🙂

    • ovanryn4747 9:36 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You shouldn’t be judged on what your uniform looks like (new or old) it only matters for your love of the sport and how you play. If you have really bad equipment and you are a star player you shouldn’t be judged on how you play by how much money you have. – Caitlin & Olivia

    • rrioux4046 9:39 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This text is related to Economic status because the story is about how the girl likes to play hockey but her family doesn’t have much money so she has to raise money so she can play. also she didn’t have enough money for equipment so she had to use her moms old stuff and she got teased which ties in with bullying. Does it take the newest equipment to be recognized? Rachel& Taylor 😛

    • ndesilva7666 9:46 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      In the text even though Cindy didn’t have the best equipment she still worked towards her goal of being on a hockey team. With all the put downs and bullying she persevered through her struggles. This shows what you can do if you set your mind to it and don’t give up no matter what people say about you. #bellmoorebulldogs
      Nicolas D.& Zachary K. 😉

    • lmoses9918 9:51 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This text is related to the Disney movie “Cinderella”. First of all Cindy’s family doesn’t have enough money to pay for her to be on a hockey team. When she tries out, the Blister sisters make fun of her, call her names and lower her self-esteem. She went through many obstacles, had the determination, and the Blister sister’s knocked her down but Cindy just got back up. She made the team and was made the team captain with little help from her “FairyGoalTender”. This book teaches us many life lessons like how to never give up and stay determined, not to judge a book by its cover, and equality.
      ~Olivia&Leshae :*
      #bellmoorerocks #love #peace #nutella

    • tjacobs4949 9:52 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      In any sport it SHOULD not matter what the players gender is or what their financial situation that they are in. Those players that are bullyng people for any reason should realize that it is not there fault if they do not have enough money and hockey is not just a male sport its for both both genders. They should not judge those people because they are a girl or they are poor, they should be judged on how well they play. – Noah & Trent

    • apedro3139 10:02 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      No one should be judged. Not based on gender or even what you wear. in “Splinters”Cindy is made fun of and thought of as less just because of what she wore and because it was outdated and not the “best”equipment. You should never be discouraged because of what people say, just try your best and be judged on how you play not because of what you wear.
      -Adam P & Andrew

    • rgarden9950 10:10 am on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      They should not be judging her she wore old clothes but she was better they were judging her to quickly, they actually should not be JUDGING her at all. She did her best she rocked at it she was good with or without her good equipment. that made her amazing. Dont judge anyone even if they r mean to u like cindys team was. In the end u should just be nice to the people u work or play with.:):):):):):):):):):):):)

      “Ryan Garden”

  • azorzett 2:42 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Are you the one that should drop the puck? 

    The  dropping of the puck at the beginning of a hockey game signals the excitement is about to begin!

    Would you like to be the one that drops the puck?  Be sure to post a comment somewhere on the blog to win!

     
    • jlavende6319 8:40 pm on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ah yeah that would totally be awesome. Dropping the puck would be so cool! I would give anything just to drop the puck on the ice once in my life! It would be the best day ever! GO BULLDOGS GO!!!!

  • azorzett 1:31 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Ever wonder what Bruiser is thinking? Why don’t you ask him! Write your questions here and maybe Bruiser will answer your question!

     
    • jlavende6319 3:12 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think Bruiser in thinking that his team will win the hockey game on November 1st!

      • amartin0990 5:22 pm on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        why do people in the stands like to watch the fitting so much when they know that someone is getting hurt?????? 🙄

  • azorzett 8:09 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    What would you ask the author of SPLINTERS, Kevin Sylvester? Write your question here. The author, Kevin Sylvester, will be checking here to see the questions that you want answered and will respond to you! Think about what a good question includes and try to create a question that is open ended (not just a yes or no answer).

     
    • smatsell1000 10:13 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      why did you make splinters hockey themed

      • apuley 7:54 pm on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a good question. I’m wondering that too.

      • smatsell1000 9:48 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        why did you make it about Cinderella

      • kevin sylvester 5:07 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I love hockey, and I thought it would be fun to do a book about a girl who just loves hockey more than anything else. Then I thought of Cinderella, who faced similar problems – and I just kind of mashed them together.

        • jprincip8617 11:50 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          why did you want to make the book splinter?

          • Kevin sylvester 9:30 pm on November 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            The term “splinters” is a hockey insult. If someone is no good, then they sit on the wooden bench all game. They get splinters in their posteriors.

        • dcheswor6553 11:48 am on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          how long did it take to make the book?

      • kevin sylvester 12:57 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I should also say that, as an illustrator, hockey is a great subject. The players flow and flash across the pages. It’s fun to draw people in motion.

    • dcheswor6553 9:52 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      if you choose any other princess story what would you choose for splinter

      • kevin sylvester 5:07 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Snow White. Maybe the 7 dwarves could be her team mates!

        • dcheswor6553 11:45 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          if you made another book like splinter but for a different sport what would you choose…

          • kevin sylvester 12:06 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            I think I’d choose baseball. It’s my second favourite sports, and it’s a sport where you really need to think. ALL THE TIME. You can be the most gifted athlete in the world, but if you aren’t concentrating you can get burned.

        • atisma3937 11:51 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          do you have any experience in hockey like the characters in your book do?

          • kevin sylvester 12:06 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            Yes. Hockey makes my feet tingle and my heart race. I am happiest on a winter day on my backyard rink.

    • mpalfi6563 12:13 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      why did you make the book about hockey and not about another sport

    • kszalai9728 12:15 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Why did you write the book about hockey?

      • yimran0639 4:57 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Were you inspired by anything? What was your main focus about Splinters?

      • kevin sylvester 12:09 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll let you in on a secret. I bought a jacket when I was at the University of Toronto, and you were supposed to get the name of your faculty on the sleeve (ENG for English, HIS for history and so on) I chose HKY for Hockey!

    • acook3602 8:23 pm on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Do you like to play hockey?

      • Kevin sylvester 9:31 pm on November 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I do play a lot of hockey. I’ve been a goalie since I was 10 and I still play 5 times a week.

        • yimran0639 4:56 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          If you were to write another book, what would it be about?

          • kevin sylvester 1:07 pm on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            I’ve got lots of books out there. I love cooking, so my Neil Flambe series is all about a chef. I’m also working on a a baseball book right now.

            • yimran0639 4:37 pm on November 13, 2013 Permalink

              I’ve read all the neil flambe books! Great! I saw you draw at the Bulldogs game 🙂

            • yimran0639 8:19 pm on December 6, 2013 Permalink

              Let me guess… next year our trip will be to the Toronto Blue Jays stadium? 😆

      • malshaib5281 11:52 am on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        yes hockey is really fun!!

    • ahashmi4391 6:32 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If you made this book what you have named it?

    • malshaib5281 11:47 am on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what was your favorite part of making splinters?

      • kevin sylvester 3:39 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I had a lot of fun drawing her playing the game. I play a lot and I tried to make the pictures give you a sense of the speed, and fun, of the game.

        • mmullin9814 4:38 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          i love hockey but i am bad at drawing. are you gonna be at the game?

          • kevin sylvester 4:33 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            Yes! And I’ll be drawing, so you can ask me any questions about drawing that you would like to ask.

            • kevin sylvester 4:34 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink

              I should also add that the best “how to draw” book I’ve ever read is How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Check it out.

    • jnicu1216 3:04 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      why did you call this book splinters?

      • kevin sylvester 4:33 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When you are not a good hockey player, you sit on the bench. It’s made of wood, so you say that someone gets Splinters (in their behinds)

    • jlavende6319 3:13 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What inspired you to write this book and why did you call it splinters and not something else?

      • kevin sylvester 4:36 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Splinters is a good hockey insult. My nickname (I am a goalie) was Pylon – because when I started I was so bad that players just skated around me.

    • onegrino2850 3:43 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      how old is cindy?

      • kevin sylvester 4:35 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        As old as you’d like her to be. Younger kids see her as their own age (7 or 8) bit she could also be 12 or even older.

    • onegrino2850 3:45 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      how long did it take you to make this book?

      • kevin sylvester 4:36 pm on November 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        10 years. I had to re-write the book over and over to make sure it had just the words that I wanted. A shorter book takes longer, in fact, than a novel. My first Neil Flambe book took 3 years.

        • onegrino2850 4:15 pm on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          wow did you ever feel like giving up?

          • kevin sylvester 7:11 pm on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            Of course. But one of the things that you need to keep going is passion. Not giving up is what separates people with a hobby or job from people who NEED to do what they do – firefighter, librarian, hockey player or author.

    • onegrino2850 4:18 pm on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      would you ever want to be anything other than an author and what would that be?

    • kevin sylvester 7:09 pm on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      An NHL goalie. But I’m not good enough… so maybe a chef!

  • azorzett 8:07 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    What would you ask a Bulldogs player? Write your question here! One student will be chosen to interview a Bulldogs player using the questions posted on this blog! It could be you!

     
    • malshaib5281 9:57 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what are your hobbies other than playing hockey?

      • Ben Duffy 5:30 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When I am not playing hockey for the Bulldogs I like to work out and hang out with friends.

      • Joonas Nattinen 1:32 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I love to watch movies when I am not on the ice.

      • Gabriel Dumont 1:50 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        One of my favourite hobbies that I do a lot in the summer is fishing.

        • jmonkhou 1:54 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          James MacDonald Room 5 students want to know…What was the largest fish you ever caught? What kind of fish was it?

    • malshaib5281 9:57 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what other sports do you like?

    • malshaib5281 10:10 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what does it take to be a hockey player!

      • jprincip8617 10:24 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        everthing

      • Ben Duffy 5:32 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        To become a professional hockey player you have to be committed and be willing to work hard and give 110% every day!

      • Joonas Nattinen 1:35 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        To become a professional hockey player you have to be willing to work hard, have a passion for the game and be dedicated to improving each and every time you step on the ice.

      • Gabriel Dumont 1:51 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Passion for the game and a lot of determination!

    • smatsell1000 10:14 am on October 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      when did you start hockey

    • thosten5778 12:10 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Why did you choose hockey, what if you didn’t make the team, what would you do , what would you choose for a career?

      • Joonas Nattinen 1:38 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        If I were not a hockey player I would be a pilot. It has always been a dream of mine to be a pilot so that is what I would want to pursue career wise.

        • jmonkhou 1:45 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          The students at James MacDonald School want to know…would you want to fly large jets and take people on vacation or just fly small planes to enjoy the view and travel on your own?

          • Joonas Nattinen 1:59 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

            Good question…..probably big planes so I could take people all over the world.

    • thosten5778 12:15 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What do you like to do in your spare time?

    • anastos8555 12:25 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What other sport would you have chose.

    • mclough5284 12:28 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Why do you where hockey uniforms in hockey?

    • yimran0639 4:58 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If you had adaughter and your daughters wedding was on the same day as the championship, where would you go?

    • oward7891 9:12 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      i would ask why hockey why not baseball or basketball

    • jgifford8287 9:16 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      i would ask: why do you play hockey why dident you choose another sport?

    • nyee2672 11:40 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      i would ask is it fun to be a bulldog and how long he has played for

      • Ben Duffy 5:37 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes it is really fun being a Bulldog player. This is my first season with the Bulldogs. Last year I played junior hockey for the P.E.I Rockets.

      • Joonas Nattinen 1:40 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes it is a lot of fun playing for the Bulldogs. I get along well with my teammates and the fans are great too. This is my third season with the Bulldogs. Last year was a tough season for me as I was hurt for the majority of the year. Hopefully this year will be a bounce back year for me.

      • Gabriel Dumont 1:54 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes it is great to be a Bulldogs player because I get to do what I love every day….hockey!

        • Gabriel Dumont 1:56 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          I forgot to mention this is my fourth full season on the Bulldogs. I have also played up with the Montreal Canadiens last season and two seasons ago.

    • acook3602 8:24 pm on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Were you scared when you tried out for the Bulldogs?

    • acook3602 8:35 pm on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      how old did you start playing hockey

      • acook3602 8:23 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        did what made u want to play hockey

      • Gabriel Dumont 1:57 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old for my hometown team out of Degelis, QB.

    • onegrino2850 4:58 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      dose hockey ever get in the way of your normal life?

    • onegrino2850 5:09 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what is the mot embarrassing thing that happen to you on ice?

      • Ben Duffy 5:38 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The most embarrassing thing that happened to me when I was playing hockey was back when I was young playing minor hockey. I was playing in a tournament and I had a bit of a flu bug but I still really wanted to play. So I played but I ended up sick to my stomach on the ice and on the bench.

      • Joonas Nattinen 1:41 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When I was young playing minor hockey, I was on the bench and my grandma threw me a bag of candy. It was the middle of the game so I was embarrassed.

      • Gabriel Dumont 1:58 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        It was hard to think of something for this but one time I jumped on the ice and I had my skate guards on so I wiped out as soon as my skates hit the ice.

    • vskinner5264 5:31 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What if their was no hockey what would you do? What be your life be like? How is it to be a hockey player? What make you to be a hockey player?

      • Ben Duffy 5:39 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        If I wasn’t playing hockey I would like to be a police officer or a firefighter. I have always had an interest in those careers. I like the idea of being able to make a difference in people’s lives everyday!

      • Gabriel Dumont 2:01 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I would probably be a construction worker because I love the manual work and I love doing different things every day.

    • jlavende6319 3:10 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What is it like being a hockey player? What is your second favorite sport? What inspires you to play hockey? What made you think hockey could be your true talent? how old were you when you started playing hockey?

    • onegrino2850 3:27 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      what made you think you wanted to play hockey?

    • onegrino2850 3:55 pm on November 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      would you rather play hockey on skates or roller blades?

    • tpocuca8505 10:29 am on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What insipred you to dream of being a hockey player?

  • azorzett 8:41 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discussions, , point of view, self-reflection   

    I try my best… 

    In the book, The Greatest Goal, Paul’s Dad says, “I try my best but it doesn’t always work out the way I would like.” Has there been a time when you tried your best but it hasn’t worked out the way you wanted it to?

     
    • Kyle Hagel 9:40 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Last season things did not go the way that I wanted them too. I signed my first two-way NHL contract with St. Louis and spent all summer training to try and get my shot at the NHL. I knew that I would be in the AHL most of the year, but if I worked hard and stayed healthy I’d have a chance of getting called up. Seven games into the season a injured my shoulder badly and had to miss the whole year. I had two surgeries. It sucked and I was disappointed but looking back now, it afforded me new opportunities. My shoulder was hurt but my legs were fine, so I trained for a marathon and ran one in April. That was a “bucket list” check mark that I’ve always wanted. Then this summer I got great news that I was getting a fresh start in my hometown of Hamilton playing for the Bulldogs. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but like the Rolling Stones song says:”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find…you get what you need.”

      • lhayes0990 4:59 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        i agree!!!!

        • mhenders4945 5:26 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          me to

        • Kyle Hagel 5:29 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Oh boy, I just re-read that last post. I should’ve given it a proofread. Kids please don’t make the same grammatical mistakes. First sentence should be *to not *too. There’s another spot in there where I typed the indefinite article ‘a’ when it should be the personal pronoun ‘I.’ Let this be a lesson: always proofread to ensure the best possible grades.

          All apologies. Need to set a better example lol.

      • jlavende6319 3:15 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I think you are right

    • sellabib4361 11:36 am on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yes when I thought I could be better at ice skating it didnt work I kept on falling but I did not give up .

      • cbahadur1832 11:53 am on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Me to, like when I`m studing for a test and I do ok.That could happen even if I study very hard somethings don`t go my way.

        • asumar6955 12:47 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          when I tryed to learn how to skate but I always fell down the one day I went skating with my dad and I just got it and it was all because my dad made me never give up and he helped me.

          • jsumar0711 12:51 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            In art, its so fusterating but so much fun I love it but my friends helped me and
            everything worked out

            • dresijan 10:44 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink

              Hi Jenna,
              Do you still like when your friend’s help you with your artwork?

          • dresijan 10:43 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            Hi Aliyah,
            Do you still like ice skating?

        • dresijan 10:41 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Chalisa,
          What did you like about the story?

          • cbahadur1832 6:37 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            Hi,Mr.R I liked when the Paul`s mom said not to lose hope in the Canadians when they lost their game. What was your favourite part Mr.R?

      • dresijan 10:39 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Shima,
        Do you still like ice skating?

    • nzarac5877 5:35 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      in art same here i make a great painting of a man who was walking in a tight rop with a back
      round with trees for my school and then glue spills allllll over it

    • mphillip5352 9:40 am on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      YES when i teid to came first in cross crouthy and i came 6

    • ryee7090 1:00 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      it always happens to me like when i learned to ride my bike i always got hurt

    • emastrom6947 2:28 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      why did you name the team bulldogs?

    • ssolimka3725 2:40 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      darwing i tried my best to draw a tree but it turnd out to be awful and i didn’t like it.

    • jtravis0177 2:43 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i love the bulldogs!

    • jtravis0177 2:47 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i draw a poster of the bulldogs!! its sssoooo cool!!!

    • emastrom6947 2:48 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i tryed hard on many different sports like basketball baseball and many others when i tryed golf i thought i was going to be ok but it went terribly wrong

    • zmilliga5003 2:52 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      yes i tri so hard at all the stuff i do like karaty all the sports i do walliking talking running

    • jtravis0177 2:52 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      hi emastrom6947! do you like dogs. bulldogs.

    • jtravis0177 2:54 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      hmmmm… why bulldogs. please tell me!!

      • sdockray9760 1:18 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        One time when I was five years old I entered my first singing contest and it was infront of maybe 100 people and I was so scared! I was singing Frosty the Snowman and I wasn’t very good at all so I just started doing them more often and now I am great!

    • mrussell1097 2:55 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i tried shooting more baskets in a row then my papa but it didnt really work

    • mearn2968 4:06 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Once I had a sleepover with 3 friends and I planned it all out but my friends went crazy and dident do anything I planned.

    • kxiong3947 7:01 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      O.K. I have made millions of mistakes and sometimes I try to do my best. One time I was trying to get on my older sister’s bike and I tried my best to get on. Once I got on I told my sister, once she came, I tried to get on her bike, I got on I rubbed it in my sister face because we had a bet that if I got on the bike she would have to do the chicken dance until my parents came home. After 10 seconds I fell off the bike hard on to the floor. My sister and I were laughing so hard, but I was still in pain. That is how I tried my best but did not plan in the right way.

    • cbott6521 10:50 am on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i was playing hockey and got pulled of the ice because the wistle went because i fell and my legs came over my head and broke my arm!!!

    • jshanlin9324 12:54 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      my connection is i play hockey and i almost stopped the waterloo player but he scored

    • fkhan1459 1:15 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      ME TO

      • trafid4189 4:36 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for saying a Waterloo layer score. I love Waterloo.

    • mpocuca7887 1:17 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      usually when something doesnt work out like i want it to i just keep trying till i get it right!

    • iabduali4075 7:19 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Almost every night i try to scare my sister but it never turns out the way I want it to be and my sister always ends up scaring me even when i know it’s coming.

    • rchen5484 9:51 am on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      For example, I try to try my best in hockey or basketball and it doesn’t always work. For example, we might lose. Although things might not work, it great to be trying your best.

  • azorzett 8:40 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cities, facts, ,   

    Across Canada! 

    The four games played in Canada in the 1972 Canada-Soviet Union series were played in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Can you share an interesting fact about one of these cities?

     
    • Kyle Hagel 9:48 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The corner of Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg is unofficially known as “the coldest corner in all of Canada.” It deserves that tile, trust me. If you ever visit Winnipeg in January, you’ll know why.

      • azorzett 10:06 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Kyle for getting us started with such a great fact about Winnipeg. I think I’ll take your word for it!

        Anybody else have anything to share about these cities?

      • apuley 10:11 am on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kyle. It is super amazing that you are doing this for the kids. I haven’t been to Winnipeg but I have been to Montreal a few years back. I love how the historic area of the city has buildings dating back to the 17th Century with traditional cobblestone streets. You feel as if you have gone back in time a few hundred years when walking around.

        • Kyle Hagel 5:22 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I have not spent much time in Montreal. We are going there for a game this weekend so I am excited to check out the old parts of the city.

    • emastrom6947 2:40 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      winnipeg is a city of cold winter wounder with there own pastrie a dough ball cooked and filled with jelly and also the polar bears come out and there is a turiest place where you can see and touch the polar bears

    • emastrom6947 2:44 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      vancover is a city of rockey mountains and trees but also a small corner of frosen tundra.vancover is a place of sking in the cold winter

    • zmilliga5003 5:15 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      vancover hosted the last winter Olympics games Toronto has the tallest free standing structure in canada, the C.N Tower montreal is home to the motreal canadians

    • iabduali4075 7:27 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Almost every where you go in Toronto you can see different cultures from different countries like little Italy or china town and more

    • ahanson0875 10:28 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Toronto Zoo is the largest in Canada. It is home to over 16,000 animals representing 491 species.

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