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January 14
Week at a Glance January 14th-18th

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

Hope everyone has been getting out enjoying all the snow we got last week.  Please remember to dress for the weather. It has been cold out lately and we do not keep students inside until its -20 degrees outside.

Reminders:

Book orders: January book orders have gone home and they are due back January 25th 2019.

 

Intensive French: For those who were wondering we are not beginning out intensive French block until February 4th.

 

Mr. Squire- As many of you may have heard it is Mr. Squire's last day on Wednesday, January 16th after 28 long years at MAS.  If you see him around next week, be sure to wish him well in Retirement.

 

This Week-

Tuesday January 15- Tots N Taters. Breakfast program 7:50-8:15am. February Hot Lunch order forms go home.

Wednesday January 16- STAR student assembly

Thursday January 17- Great Canadian Bagel Hot Lunch. Home and School Meeting 6:15pm. DEC meeting letters to go home. 

Friday January 18- Tots N Taters

What we are learning this week:

 

Literacy: We are continuing to improve our persuasive writing. Students are completing their first piece of persuasive writing and today we began debates. These debates are a fun way for students to back up their opinions with reasons/facts (similar to what they do in persuasive writing). It also helps to practice their speaking and listening among their peers.

 

Math: In math, we are working on area and perimeter. Right now, we are looking at squares and rectangles but we will move into abnormal shapes as well.

If you have any graph paper at home, takes turns with your child drawing shapes on the graph paper while finding the area and perimeter of the shape.

 

Science: We will be doing one last fun science experiment with Oobleck (cornstarch and water), on Thursday this week. This will finish off our properties of matter unit. We will be looking at if it is a solid or a liquid by performing various tests.

 

French: French we are continuing our unit with family/friends and how to describe people (both physical and personality characteristics).


Health-In health we are discussing the effects smoking and other drugs have on your body/health. We will be learning about abuse, misuse, addiction and proper use of legal drugs.

If you have any questions please let me know. Have a wonderful week!

-Maggie Estabrooks

January 14
​Weekly What’s Up: January 14-18, 2019

We certainly kicked the new year off with a snowy week!  Lots of fun was had on the playground in all the fresh snow we received.

We will have our STAR student assembly on Wednesday and will be focusing on A for accountability.

We had good news and sad news last week.  Brock was excited to welcome a new baby brother over the Christmas break!  This will be Bentley’s last week with our class as he will be moving to a new school.  We will miss him, but we know he’ll have a great time at his new school.

This week we are going to try something new during purposeful play.  We will be joining with the Ks and 1s for a social emotional lesson and then students will have the opportunity to break into multi age groups: outdoor play, dramatic play, art and construction toys.  We will have these groups two days a week with the other two days being in our classrooms.  We are excited to try something new!

Literacy:   I have decided not to continue with the reading log calendars.  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  The goal is not only to build their skills as a reader, but also to build on their love of reading.  The students loved read Laura Numeroff’s “If you Give…” books last week.  If You Give A Pig A Pancake was the perfect read aloud after our pancake breakfast.

Our No Excuses words for this week are: all, going, him, see and where.  We practice spelling these words correctly and also how to use them correctly in sentences.  This week we will start learning about contractions.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 76-80.  You can ask your child to show you the number as tens and ones, get them to skip count to that number, make an addition or subtraction equation with that number as the answer, etc. 

We are continuing to work on doubles and doubles plus one facts and on representing numbers to 100 in several different ways.  Please practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s as I will be introducing coins this week.  There has been a lot of interest in the play money during purposeful play so I think they are ready.  I will be adding a cash register to our play resources so hopefully we can have a restaurant opening in the future.  We practiced our mental math last week and played a game on abcya.com that had us adding 4 dice together to find the sum.  They loved the challenge and it was great to hear them share their strategies with each other.  “I added the 3+3 first because they are doubles and that made 6.  3+1 makes 4 and 6 and 4 are ten partners.  So 3+3+1+3 =10”.  Some students are beginning to work on adding two digit numbers while others are continuing to work on building their mental math strength with sums to 20.  We are also working on answering questions about the calendar.

Dates to Remember

Monday, January 14: Papa John’s

Tuesday, January 15: Tots n Taters, Tuesday breakfast program begins

Wednesday, January 16: Library Books due

Thursday, January 17: Great Canadian Bagel

Friday, January 18: Tots n Taters                                         

Have a great week (with hopefully less shovelling)!​

January 08
​Weekly What’s Up: January 7-11, 2019

Welcome 2019!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break and that you were able to make lots of memories.

We were sad that we didn’t get to say a final goodbye to Twinkle before Christmas.  During the last week of school she brought little gift bags that I labelled with the students’ names.  When they had a free moment the students were able to write a kind note and put it in someone’s bag to give the gift of kindness.

I introduced the class to Kerplunk and a new strategy game called OK Play today.  Both were a hit!  I know we just had Christmas, but there is a sale on games at Toys R Us this week ;)  Children learn so much while playing board/card games (plus it’s a great family activity).

Literacy:   I have decided not to continue with the reading log calendars.  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  The goal is not only to build their skills as a reader, but also to build on their love of reading.

The class voted for our next class novel to be The Mouse and the Motorcycle.  It’s always one of my favourite novels to read.

We will wait till next week to start new No Excuses words.  In writing this week we will be writing about our Christmas break and finishing up our Christmas tradition writing.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 72-75.  You can ask your child to show you the number as tens and ones, get them to skip count to that number, make and addition or subtraction equation with that number as the answer, etc. 

We are continuing to work on doubles and doubles plus one facts and on representing numbers to 100 in several different ways.  We are also learning about equality and inequality and how to represent equal and not equal groups.  Please practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s at home as I’ll be introducing coins soon.

Dates to Remember

Monday, January 7: PL day

Tuesday, January 8: Tots n Taters

Wednesday, January 9: Library Books due

Thursday, January 10: Great Canadian Bagel

Friday, January 11: Pancake breakfast  We have rescheduled our pancakes breakfast that  we missed due to the last storm day.

                                   Tots n Taters, Book Orders due

                                          

Have a great first full week of 2019!​

January 08
Week of January 7 - 11, 2019

Holy Smokes! It's already the new year! I seriously cannot believe we have made it through 72 days of school and we are now in 2019. I tried to post over the holidays from my phone but, well, that didn't work very well. So I hope that your break was as wonderful as it could be and that you were able to spend lots of quality time with your families. The children were sooo excited to tell me what they got for Christmas this morning. The excitement is infectious! 

We had an easy start back this morning with lots of stories and some math games. Music this afternoon (which they love) and purposeful play time. Tomorrow I will introduce our new WW words - going, too, little, with, was. The words are getting a little longer and a little more difficult but they are learning right along with it.  

In writing, we are working on adding some more details to our stories. For Kindergarten, that means we are adding some words to our stories (using beginning sounds and spelling words that we know). For grade 1, that means we are adding some more sentences.

In math, we are working on counting backwards (from 10 for Kindergarten and from 50 for grade 1). 

A song we played today to practice counting backwards was this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6a2W8UQP5w The children loved it!

I will be sending books home tomorrow for you and your child to read together. Please keep them at home all week and return them at the end of the week, in the bag. The children will replace them for the following week. Thank you for spending this very important time together and showing them the importance of reading.

Have a wonderful week!

Cheryll Penney

January 08
Week at a Glance January 7-11

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I am very excited to get back to learning this week.

Reminders:

Cold weather- Please be sure to send your child dressed appropriately for outside- hat, mitts (extra in back pack), boots, scarf, and snow pants. The wind chill cut off to stay in is -20, so up to that we will be outside for recess. We try our very best to get outside for fresh air as often as we can even during cold weather.

 

Book orders: January book orders have gone home. Just a reminder that they are due back January 25th 2019.

 

This Week-

Monday January 7- No School for students

Tuesday January 8- First day back for students. Tots N Taters

Wednesday January 9-

Thursday January 10- Great Canadian Bagel Hot Lunch

Friday January 11- LHHS Clubs. Tots N Taters

What we are learning this week:

 

Literacy: This week we will be beginning to work on persuasive writing. Students will learn how to give reasons to support their points within their writing.

 

Math: In math, we will be working on the measurement unit. We will be looking at telling time in a variety of ways (analog clock/24 clock) and measuring various lengths.

 

Science: In science, we will be finishing off our properties of matter unit by looking at and experimenting with physical and chemical changes.

 

French: French we are continuing our unit with family/friends and how to describe people (both physical and personality characteristics).

 

If you have any questions please let me know. Have a great week!

-Maggie Estabrooks​

December 17
​Weekly What’s Up: December 17-21, 2018

Where has December gone???  The last week before Christmas break is always an exciting one with lots of learning disguised as Christmas fun ;)

I am so proud of the wonderful singing that I heard at the Christmas concert!  Thank you to all of the family members who were able to join us last Wednesday.  I hope to see lots of families at our inaugural caroling event tomorrow night.

I posted a few pictures to Twitter last week and there will be more to come this week.  You can follow myself @Mrs_MandyDavis or the school @AveMcadam.

Happy birthday on Tuesday to Pippa!

I want to wish all of my grade 2 families a Christmas that is filled with special memories and family time.  Thank you for all of the ways you have supported myself and your child in 2018.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year has in store!

Literacy:   Remember to continue reading and writing over the Christmas break.

Our read alouds this week will focus on the true spirit of Christmas: sharing kindness with others.  There is much more to the holiday season than getting presents and we are going to make that a priority this week.  I have a feeling Twinkle will be helping us out with this!

We have finished reading A Ghost at Christmas Time and will be watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol later this week as a connection activity.  I have noticed an increased interest in our collection of Magic Treehouse books since we began our novel!

Math:  This week our numbers will be 69-73.  You can ask your child to show you a representation that we came up with in class or you can have them create their own representation.  You can also practice skip counting to that number. 

We are continuing to work on doubles and doubles plus one facts and on representing numbers to 50 in several different ways.  We are also learning about equality and inequality and how to represent equal and not equal groups.  Students are enjoying using popsicle sticks to make tally marks and playing lots of Christmas themed games to practice doubles, adding and subtracting.  Using some of the down time over the holidays to play board/card games is a great way to practice math skills.

Dates to Remember

Monday, December 10: Papa John’s

Tuesday, December 11: Caroling at 6:00, cookies and hot chocolate to follow back at the school

Wednesday, December 12: Shopping spree

Thursday, December 13: Christmas clothing day: wear your holiday sweaters and accessories

                                        Cupcake decorating with our grade 5 learning buddies.  If you would like to send in some candy that we can use for decorating (skittles, smarties, gummy candies, sprinkles, etc), plates or plastic knives it would be greatly appreciated.                   Great Canadian Bagel

Friday, December 14: PJ day!  Wear a fresh pair of jammies and we’ll start the day with a pancake breakfast.  Students will participate in a variety of Christmas activities during the morning.

Have a great week, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 16
Week at a Glance December 17th-21st

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

I want to congratulate all the students on two amazing Christmas concerts. They worked hard and we are all so proud. This week is our final week before Christmas break. We have some special activities going on throughout the week.

Reminders: 

MAS Clothing- Our clothing order has arrived. We will be sending orders home on Monday. If the order is a gift, please be sure to let me know.

Christmas Angel Tree- Thank you to our school community for being so kind and generous during the holiday season. Every angel has been taken off the tree. When you return the gift, we ask that it come back wrapped with the angel tree tag attached to the gift. Please have wrapped gifts back to the school no later than December 20th.

Tots and Taters- Reminder there is NO hot lunch orders this week on Tuesday and Friday. Please be sure to send a lunch with your child if they normally order.

MAS Christmas Caroling- Reminder on Tuesday December 18th we are inviting students and parents back to the school to spread some Christmas cheer around the neighborhood. We will meet here at 6pm and break into groups to go caroling. We will then return to the school around 7pm for hot chocolate and cookies. Feel free to wear a Christmas hat.

This week:  

Monday, Dec. 17- Pizza hot lunch. MAS clothing order coming home. 

Tuesday, Dec. 18- String Quartet visit. Christmas Caroling 6pm. 

Wednesday, Dec. 19- Christmas shopping spree.  Milk forms due.

Thursday, Dec. 20 - Hot lunch Great Canadian Bagel.  Wear fun Christmas Clothing (sweaters, shirts, etc)

Friday, Dec. 21- Christmas PJ day. Come dressed in your favorite Christmas jammies. Pancake breakfast for all. Multi-age Christmas stations.  Reminder this is the last day before Christmas break and it is a full day.

What we are learning this week:

 

Literacy: This week we will be continuing our work with poetry. We will be focusing on rhyming poems and limericks. Students will be reading poems as well as creating their own.

 

Math: This week we will be doing math review of measurement to prepare for our next unit. We will also be reviewing all math concepts we have covered so far in our math stations.

 

Science: In science, we will be looking at and experimenting with physical and chemical changes in matter.  

 

Health: This week we are continuing our discussion on safety and how students can play a role in keeping themselves safe in a variety of different situations.

 

French: In French will be doing holiday activities to learn new vocabulary. We will be discussing traditions around the holidays and learning many new words.

 

If you have any questions please let me know. Have a great week!

-Maggie Estabrooks​
December 10
​Weekly What’s Up: December 10-14, 2018

It’s hard to believe that there are only two weeks of school left before our Christmas break.  The excitement is definitely starting to build!  Our science lead, Mrs. Hirst, visited out class today.  We made baking soda snowmen then she showed us how to use pipettes to drop vinegar onto them.  Our snowmen dissolved!

The class loved learning about Hanukkah last week.  This week we are focusing on the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the world.  We will also be learning about the religious and secular aspects of Christmas.

Literacy:   Please remember to record the title of the book that your child reads each night. Your child should be bringing home a book to read each night.

There will be no new No Excuses words this week or next.  We will use this time to review the words we have covered so far.  New words will resume in the new year. 

Students will be sharing their family traditions with one another this week and will then be completing a writing activity about their traditions.  We have also been writing letters and cards to Twinkle the reindeer.  She came from the North Pole last week to keep an eye on us.  She is watching for all the ways that we show Christmas spirit to one another.

The class is loving our novel, A Ghost at Christmas Time.  We are learning lots about the differences between modern and Victorian times as the story involves the writing of A Christmas Carol.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 64-68.  You can ask your child to show you a representation that we came up with in class or you can have them create their own representation.  You can also practice skip counting to that number. 

We are continuing to work on doubles and doubles plus one facts and on representing numbers to 50 in several different ways.  We are also learning about equality and inequality and how to represent equal and not equal groups.  Students are enjoying using popsicle sticks to make tally marks and playing lots of Christmas themed games to practice doubles, adding and subtracting.

Dates to Remember

Monday, December 10: Papa John’s

Tuesday, December 11: Turkey Dinner at Moco

Wednesday, December 12: Christmas concert at 10:00  Doors will open at 9:30

Thursday, December 13: Great Canadian Bagel, January hot lunch orders due

Friday, December 14: Tots n Taters, concert at York Care, LHHS clubs

Have a festive week!

December 09
Week at a Glance December 10th-14th

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

We have a very busy week ahead. On Tuesday (Dec 11th) we are heading to MOCO for our turkey dinner. Please remember if your child will not eat the turkey dinner, they must bring their own lunch. Wednesday (Dec 12th) I hope everyone can join us at 10am for our Christmas concert. The students are very excited to show you the songs they have been practicing. Friday (Dec 14th) our students will be bringing their Christmas show to York Manor down the road.

Reminders: 

Christmas Angel Tree- We only have a few angels left. If you would like to take one to support our Christmas families, please stop by and take an angel or two. When you return the gift we ask that it come back wrapped with the angel tree tag attached to the gift. Please have wrapped gifts back to the school no later than December 20th. 

 

Santa's Little Helper- The orders have arrived. Volunteers are coming in Monday to sort the orders and they will be sent home with students at the end of the day. Thank you again for all your support. 

 

Volunteers for Breakfast Program- A letter will be coming home Monday. The staff and Home and School would like to offer a breakfast program to the whole student body one day a week. We are seeking volunteers that can help out on Tuesday mornings and donations. Please fill out volunteer form and return it to school. 

 

Milk Orders- We will be sending home a milk notice on Monday. This will give milk buyers the option to change to chocolate milk and for those that do not currently get milk to sign up.  Order forms are due back on December 19 to begin ordering chocolate milk for January. 

 

This week:  

Monday, Dec. 10- Pizza hot lunch. Santa's Little Helpers order sent home. Milk notice, breakfast program volunteers letter, and Caroling information sent home. 

Tuesday, Dec. 11- Christmas concert rehearsal. MOCO turkey dinner trip for students and staff. Etsey After School Art (last session)

Wednesday, Dec. 12- Christmas Concert @ 10:00am

Thursday, Dec. 13 - Hot lunch Great Canadian Bagel.  January Hot lunch orders due. 

Friday, Dec. 14- Christmas concert performance at York Care. Tot's N taters hot lunch. LHHS Clubs. Caroling slips due back.

 

What we are learning this week:

 

Literacy: This week we will be learning about poetry! We will be looking at a variety of poems (haiku, cinquain, limerick, rhyming, acrostic…etc) as well as creating their own.

 

Math: We will begin to finish out multiplication and division unit (which we will be reviewing throughout the rest of the year). We will be reviewing division strategies. Also how to relate division and multiplication. Some students have begun learning long division.

 

Science: We have our science lead visiting with us this week. She will be helping us out with our unit on changes in matter. We will be doing an experiment and deciding if it is a fair test. We will also begin to look at different properties of matter. Finally, we will begin to look at physical and chemical changes in matter.  

 

Health: This week we are continuing our discussion on safety and how students can play a role in keeping themselves safe in a variety of different situations.

 

French: In French, we will continue our discussions of family but I am also going to be introducing some holiday vocabulary as well. We will be discussing traditions around the holidays and learning many new words.

 

Have a great week!

-Maggie Estabrooks

December 09
Week at a Glance December 10-14, 2018

Week at a Glance December 10-14, 2018                                                                       Grade ¾

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have lots of great activities happening at school this week. On Tuesday, we travel to MOCO for our annual Christmas dinner. Please join us this Wednesday at 10:00am for our Christmas concert. Students have been working hard to prepare and would love to see you there! On Friday, MAS travels to York Manor to perform Christmas songs for the residents, and Leo Hayes Clubs will be happening as well.

            Math assessment #2 will be coming home this week. Please review and celebrate successes with your child, then sign and return in the Communication Bag.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Coes

Important Dates:

Monday, Dec. 10- Pizza hot lunch. Santa's Little Helpers order sent home. Milk notice, breakfast program volunteer letter, and Caroling information sent home. 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 11- Christmas concert rehearsal. MOCO turkey dinner trip for students and staff. Etsey After School Art (last session)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 12- Christmas Concert @ 10:00am

 

Thursday, Dec. 13 - Hot lunch Great Canadian Bagel.  January Hot lunch orders due. 

 

Friday, Dec. 14- Christmas concert performance at York Care. Tot's N taters hot lunch. LHHS Clubs. Caroling slips due back.

 

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                                    Areas of Focus for December 10-14, 2018 

Writing- This week, students are working on their Procedural (Step by Step) Writing. We will continue to review key features of this type of writing.

Reading- This week, students will continue to explore reading strategies and how to apply them when they read. We will review what we’ve learned about “Checking for Understanding”, “Making Pictures in our Minds”, “Back up and Re-Read” and “Asking Questions While We Read”. Students will have also be introduced to a new reading strategy: Predicting what will happen next and using text to confirm.

Word Work- Students continue using the Words Their Way program this week. Each student will complete sorting activities related to their own differentiated list of words. This child-centered approach replaces traditional spelling tests and helps students recognize and learn how to apply sound, pattern, and meaning in their word sorts and other text forms. A copy of their word list will be in their Communication Bag. If you would like a new copy of the “suggested activities” about how to use them, please drop me a line.

 

Numeracy- This week students will have a chance to show what they know about measurement and fractions as they work on Math Assessment #3. We will wrap up our exploration of measurement and personal referents as well as fractions.

Social Studies- This week students will review what the know about Canada, our provinces and territories and where Canada is in relation to other places in the world.

Homework

The homework assigned is an extension of class instruction and is meant for extra practice. Completed activities can be kept at home. However, if there is an activity you would like to share with me, please do so! :)

Reading- Students should read for 15-20 minutes each night. Books at their reading level are in their Communication Bag. They should complete the reading log each night; please remember to sign it and place in the Communication Bag. Talk to your child about what they read and any Connections they made when reading (memories of experiences, related books they have read, questions they have etc.) BOOKS SHOULD ALWAYS BE STORED IN THE COMMUNICATION BAG.

 

Numeracy- If you have a ruler or measuring tape at home, try this game. You will need two coins or blocks, a measuring tape or ruler and pencil and paper. One at a time, each of you places the two coins at a distance from each other. You say your estimation for the distance apart then write it down. Now you measure to see the actual distance. Subtract to find the difference. Now the other person does the same. Whoever was closer in their estimate (has the smallest difference) gets a point. Decide upon a goal to win (ex: 5 points) and play until someone reaches that score.

Writing- Have your child practice writing at home. They should choose a topic they care about and are interested in. The following steps can completed at a pace that works for your schedule. Start by creating a mind-web of ideas to write about and then choose 1-3 possibilities. Next, make a list of what you know or want to write about that topic. Third, narrow the topic to one choice. Fourth, sketch out what you will write about in the beginning, middle and end. Start the rough draft and write freely. Work on editing for spelling, organization, word choice, etc. Create a finished/good copy and share.​

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