Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Updates and Remembrance Day

     Hello! The last two weeks we have been working on patterning.  The children have had many hands on opportunities to create patterns.  We are now working on number patterns and learning to explain, in words, what the pattern is - for example, counting by 2's is adding 2 each time.

     In Language Arts, we are continuing to learn how to make connections, be it text-to-self or text-to-text.  The children have also just finished their third, independent recount writing piece.  It is always wonderful to watch as the children take feedback and apply it to their next piece of writing.

     Our Religion this week and last, has focussed on Remembrance Day.  We have talked extensively about what Remembrance Day means and how we can make this world a better place by being peacemakers.  Since Remembrance Day falls on Sunday this year, our school will be having our annual service this Friday, November 9th.  You are all welcome to attend.

     Lastly, as part of our Visual Arts curriculum, the children were made aware of different types of lines.  Using these various lines and Remembrance Day symbols, they created some beautiful pieces of art.  Take a look!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Hallowe'en Fun!

     With Hallowe'en fast approaching, we have been having some fun in class!  Take a look at our original skeletons - each one is unique!  The children also made some pretty cool patterns using pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns before working together to carve our class pumpkin...introducing Pumpkinlena :)

Monday, 29 October 2018

Two Very Special Visitors

     Today we were very lucky to have 2 very special visitors!  Since we are now learning about reptiles, Catherine's big brother, Michael, brought in his gecko.  The children were very respectful and listened intently to Michael as he shared his knoweldge and then they had a chance to ask him questions.  We all learned some new reptile information today!  Thanks for visiting us, Michael.  Hard to believe this fine young man used to be in my class way back in grade one :)


Sunday, 21 October 2018

Art, Math and Poem Presentations

     I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend...despite those white flurries :)  Last week the children made beautiful fall tree crafts which are now on display in the hallway.

     We also continued with our sorting unit, learning about 'sorting circles', also known as Venn diagrams.  We have done several of these particular sorting activities as a whole group, working hard at verbalizing the information.

     This Wednesday, your child is going to be bringing home a Hallowe'en poem which they will be expected to present infront of the class on Hallowe'en, Wednesday, October 31st. I will staple a rubric into their agenda.  This rubric will make it very clear what your child will need to do to achieve a certain mark.  We will be reviewing the expectations for this little presentation, in class, but the children will be expected to practice at home.  Body language and expression are a must!

     Lastly, I wanted to mention that Mrs. Gregory will no longer be with us in the afternoon.  She has accepted a job at another school.  Miss Spencer will now be with us for 3 of the 4 blocks.  During  fourth block, we will now have Mrs. Sevigny.  We will certainly miss Mrs. Gregory, but we wish her all the very best.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Sorting Rules

     Last week we began a new unit in Math.  The children are working on their sorting skills. So far they have come to the realization that you can sort by colour, size, shape and by type.  Sometimes a sorting rule can have 2 groups only (ie. the smooth shells vs the bumpy shells), and sometimes there can be more than 2 groups (ie. buttons with no holes on the top, buttons with 2 holes and buttons with 4 holes).  The children have had a chance to sort themselves and many small objects.  Take a look!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Terry Fox Walk and Orange Shirt Day

        Today was an incredible day!  A huge thank you to our awesome parent volunteers who accompanied us on our annual Terry Fox Walk - thank you, Mrs. Chiumera and Mrs. Pereira!  The children were very well-behaved on our walk. It was wonderful to hear them chatting with each other, and not to have to ask them to stop! We talked about Terry quite a bit last week, so it made me feel so proud when a couple of our little friends admitted to me that they were a little tired, BUT, they weren’t going to complain because they had 2 healthy legs, unlike Terry Fox.

    Today was also a very special day because it was ‘Orange Shirt Day’.  A day to honour the children who survived Residential Schools and to remember those who did not.  We began our discussion by reading, Not My Girl, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.  It is a powerful story based on the experiences of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.  The children were very receptive. We talked about how God had made each of us unique, and it wasn’t a good idea to try and make people change their whole way of life, even if others thought it was a good idea. Never before, as an educator, have I even mentioned this topic in class, but I am glad I did.  As so often is the case, the children were ready to listen, to learn and to be empathetic. In honour of all of those children, who were taken from their family, your child was proud to wear an orange swatch for the day.