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Introducing Mystery Class # 4
Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada 45.433 N, 65.950 W
Lakefield Elementary School 4th grade
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We are a class of 32 grade 4th grade students at Lakefield Elementary School, in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada,
near the city of Saint John, on the Bay of Fundy. Quispamsis is an Indian
word for "little lake in the woods".
Our province is the only officially bilingual one in Canada, which means many of our people speak English and French.
English is our first language and we are taking 30 minutes of French every day here at school.
New Brunswick is one of ten provinces in Canada. Our province's
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capital city is Fredericton. Some of our "Claims to Fame" include:
- We are the second largest exporter of peat moss.
- The inventor of the ice cream cone came from here.
The largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere lies off the shores of our southwestern mainland. It's called
- Nackawic has the biggest axe in the world (15 metres high).
- In 1910 Arthur Ganong got tired of cleaning
up the mess of melted chocolate in his pockets so he invented the world's first chocolate bar.
- The foghorn was invented here as well.
- We have the highest tides in the world. Our tides rise and fall by as much as 15 metres twice a day. A boat
bobbing by a wharf at one point in the day, six hours later could be lying on the ocean floor.
- We are typical 9 and 10 years old from anyplace around the world. We spend our spare time in sports--hockey,
basketball, soccer, biking, baseball, skating and swimming mostly. We go to church groups, Girl Guides of Canada
and Boy Scouts (Cubs). We listen to Our Lady of Peace, Spice Girls, Nirvana, Hanson and Back Street Boys. We play
Nintendo and Play Station Games.
Our school has 560 students from kindergarten to grade 5. Our teacher is Mrs. Seamans. We have 5 computers in our
classroom now, but we usually only have two. We are growing canola seeds under grow lights. Some seeds, the experimental
ones, flew into space with Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk aboard the space shuttle Columbia in June, 1996. The
others, the control group, did not. We are seeing if there is any difference in the way in which the two groups
We have four distinct seasons here. We are into spring now. We have many rainy days with temperatures ranging from
5 to 15 degrees Celsius. Late May and early June we start getting nicer days--time to think of planting the gardens.
Summer temperatures average around 22 degrees with temperatures being cooler in the evenings.
Towards fall the temperatures drop and we can expect frost in October. Snow doesn't usually come to stay until
late November or December. In January, the temperatures may average around -5 degrees. It is colder further inland
than along the coast where we live.
This is the first time we have participated in Journey North. We are enjoying the Monarch Butterfly Migration as
well as the Mystery Class project!
We invite anyone to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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