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Sunday, January 3, 2016

2nd Annual Great Canadian Valentine Swap 2016: Sign Ups are Open

UPDATE: Sign up for the Great Canadian Valentine Swap English version is now closed. 189 classes have signed up. Information will be emailed to participants the week of January 11, 2016. 

It's that time again! It's time for the 2nd Annual Great Canadian Valentine Swap. The 2016 edition! Last year we had over 60 classes from across Canada participate. I'm hoping that this year will be even bigger and better!

Do I have some exciting news! Julie from Plaisirs du primaire have joined forces to bring you a FRENCH version of the same great swap! All the same rules apply.
What is a Valentine Swap? 
It is a way for K-6 classes to connect with other classes from across Canada and to learn about their communities. Each class will be responsible for making and decorating 20 valentines. Please, no store bought cards. Classes are encouraged to write a letter describing their community and school. You can photocopy the letter to save on time, especially for younger grades.

If you are looking for Valentine art ideas ideas make sure you check out my Pinterest Board.

These are the cards that my grade one class made last year.

 A coworker made these adorable bees with her grade ones.

By Wednesday, February 3rd, you will need to mail all 20 of your Valentines to the 20 different classes from around Canada. Then, keep your eyes on the mail! I can't wait to see how excited my kiddos are to get 20 Valentines from around Canada this year! 

We mapped where our Valentines came from last year.(Yes I know my map is super old and no longer correct.) We also looked up the different communities on Google Earth. 

Here are some other displays.

Sign Up Information

Sign ups will be open until January 11th or until the maximum number of participants has been reached. 

Inscrivez-vous ici pour recevoir des valentins en fran├žais.

By Signing up, you are committing to:
  • making 20 valentines with your class
  • mailing all of the valentines by Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
  • paying for the postage
More details will be sent out the week of January 11, but you can start making your Valentines right away if you want. If you have any questions please comment below or email me before signing up. 

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  1. I'd love to participate!! We are a grade 1 class in Calgary, Alberta!!

    1. Hi Niki, I just wanted to make sure that your filled out the form. You can find it above if you haven't filled it in already.

      Thanks so much for participating.


    2. Hello,
      I filled out the form, thanks!
      So I just wait for an email now?

    3. Hi Niki,
      Once I make groups I will send you and email early next week.


  2. I would love to participate! Grade 3/4 Chelmsford, Ontario.

  3. Cool! I'm in:). Just filled out your form. Thanks!

  4. Just filled out the form twice, as I teach both a morning and afternoon kindergarten class. What an awesome idea!

  5. Before I sign up, just wondering how do we know which schools / towns to send them to? Will we be given a list of who we are supposed to send to?

    1. Hi. I will send you a list of the 20 schools from around Canada for you to mail them to. I will give you everything you. You just need to make the Valentines and of course mail them.

      P.S. Sorry I didn't respond sooner. It was a crazy busy day back to work. :)

  6. Hi Emily! I had signed up a few days ago but I haven't received any notifications in my email? I'm very excited for my students to participate in this!

    1. Hi Melanie,
      I will send out an email early next week, once I have made the groups. I'm so glad you are participating.
      Let me know if you have any other questions.