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April 08
​Weekly What’s Up: April 8-12, 2019

Thank you to everyone who made the time to come to student led conferences last week.  I know it meant a lot to your children that you cared about and celebrated their learning.

Please remember to send an extra pair of socks and mitts with your child as I foresee a lot of soggy recesses in the future.  Students are also welcome to leave a change of clothes in the classroom.

Please remember to complete the report card reflection page and return it in the report card envelop as soon as possible.

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds. 

We are reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives during word work. We are also revisiting the long and short vowel sounds during mini lessons.

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  We are also working on editing our writing pieces. 

Math:  This week our numbers will be 121-125.  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. 

Some students are working on adding two digit numbers while others are continuing to work on building their mental math strength with sums to 20.  We are also practicing subtraction strategies. In addition to finding the correct answer students should also be able to explain their thinking and show the strategy they used.  We’re beginning to work on solving and writing our own word problems.  We will continue working on our measurement unit.  This week we will be creating our bar and pictographs based on the data we collected last week.

YAYW: We will be learning about the life cycles of animals such as frogs, butterflies and birds and the life cycles of plants.  We will also continue learning about bees.  I am looking to gather some examples of older technology to share during our unit on changes in technology.  Things that I’m looking for include: record player, Walkman, corded phone (rotary dial if possible), film camera, etc.

Dates to Remember

Monday, April 8: Papa John’s

Tuesday, April 9: Tots n Taters, breakfast program   

Wednesday, April 10: Library books due, Movie night form and money due

Thursday, April 11: Great Canadian Bagel

Friday, April 12:  Tots n Taters, Book orders due, Family Movie Night: Hop 6:00

Have a great week!​

April 01
​Weekly What’s Up: April 1-5, 2019

Bring on the April showers.  Please remember to send an extra pair of socks and mitts with your child as I foresee a lot of soggy recesses in the future.  Students are also welcome to leave a change of clothes in the classroom.

The students have been working hard to prepare for their student led conference with you.  They will be sharing work samples and demonstrating their learning.  If you are unable to make it during your assigned conference time, please let me know and we can look at rescheduling.

Please take the time to read over the report card with your child and discuss their strengths and next steps.  Remember to complete the comment sheet and return it in the envelop.  The report card is yours to keep.

We are excited to have a new classmate join us this week.  Welcome to MAS Kelsie!

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds. 

We are reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives during word work. 

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  We are also working on editing our writing pieces.  During Student Led conferences you will be introduced to Eetchy. Students are continuing to practice using this tool to describe things and demonstrate their knowledge.  Last week we used it to write about bees and we realized we knew more about bees than we thought we did.  Hunter brought in a book about bees to share with us.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 117-120.  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. 

Some students are working on adding two digit numbers while others are continuing to work on building their mental math strength with sums to 20.  We are also practicing subtraction strategies. We’re beginning to work on solving and writing our own word problems.  We will continue working on our measurement unit.  This week we will be visiting the other classes to ask them a question that students wrote last week.  We will use the results to create a bar and a pictograph to display our results. 

YAYW: Last week we wrapped up our unit on states of matter and the water cycle.  Next we will be learning about the life cycles of animals such as frogs, butterflies and birds and the life cycles of plants.  We will also continue learning about bees.  We decorated beehive box has been returned to the apiary and we are looking forward to getting updates on ‘our bees’ once the flowers blossom.

Dates to Remember

Monday, April 1: Papa John’s, report cards go home

Tuesday, April 2: Tots n Taters, breakfast program   

Wednesday, April 3: There will be no library today so students can keep their books at home.

Thursday, April 4: Great Canadian Bagel, Student Led Conferences in the evening                            

 Friday, April 5:  No school for students, Student Led Conferences in the morning

Have a great week!​

March 22
Weekly What’s Up: March 25-29 , 2019

Weekly What’s Up: March 25-29 , 2019

It’s so nice to see the snow melting!  Please remember to send an extra pair of socks and mitts with your child as I foresee a lot of soggy recesses in the future.  Students are also welcome to leave a change of clothes in the classroom.

This week and next we will be working on self-assessing and goal setting in preparation for Student Led Conferences.  Your child will have a selection of their work to share with you as they discuss their learning. Appointment confirmation slips will be sent home in the report card envelop.  I look forward to seeing you and your child.

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds.  Does the story remind of something that has happened to you?  Do the characters remind you of anyone you know? 

We are reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives during word work. 

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  We are also working on editing our writing pieces.  Last week I introduced the students to a new tool that we’ll be using in literacy.  Eetchy the Caterpillar is designed to help students expand their vocabulary and knowledge.  We are using Eetchy during read alouds and will begin using him during writing this week.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 112-116.  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 representing numbers to 100 in several different ways.  Please practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. Students are continuing to work on identifying coins by their name and value.  Some students are working on adding two digit numbers while others are continuing to work on building their mental math strength with sums to 20.  We’re beginning to work on solving and writing our own word problems.  We will continue working on our measurement unit. 

Dates to Remember

Monday, March 25: Papa John’s

Tuesday, March 26: Tots n Taters, breakfast program, I will be out of the classroom, but at the school for the day as part of our purposeful play/extended day study.  Ms. Hallett will be the supply teacher.  

Wednesday, March 27: Library Books Due

Thursday, March 28: Great Canadian Bagel                                                                         

Friday, March 29:  Tots n Taters, York Care visit

Monday, April 1:  Report cards will be issued at the end of the day

 

Have a great week!​

March 18
​Weekly What’s Up: March 18-22, 2019

I think it’s safe to say that spring in finally in the air.  I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

Please remember to send an extra pair of socks and mitts with your child as I foresee a lot of soggy recesses in the future.  Students are also welcome to leave a change of clothes in the classroom.

Happy Birthday to Jayden on Tuesday!

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds.  Does the story remind of something that has happened to you?  Do the characters remind you of anyone you know? 

We have made it through all of the No Excuses spelling words for grade 2!  This week I will be assessing students for the Words Their Way program.    We will continue learning about contractions.  While you are reading you can have your child look for contractions and ask them what words were put together to make that contraction. 

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  We are also working on editing our writing pieces.  They are loving writing ‘stretch sentences’.  I give them a simple sentence and they write their own detailed version.  When we share with the class we can see how different people can interpret the same thing in different ways.     

Math:  This week our numbers will be 108-111.  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 representing numbers to 100 in several different ways.  Please practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. Students are continuing to work on identifying coins by their name and value.  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 will continue working on our measurement unit.  What can we use to measure how long/tall something is?  A shoe?  A paper clip? 

Dates to Remember

Monday, March 18: Papa John’s

Tuesday, March 19: Tots n Taters, breakfast program, Razzamatazz performance at Royal Rd

Wednesday, March 20: Library Books Due, Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 21: Great Canadian Bagel        I will be away for the day as part of our purposeful play/extended day study.  Ms. Hallett will be the supply teacher.                                                             

Friday, March 22: No School for students, PL day for teachers

Have a great week!​

March 11
​Weekly What’s Up: March 11-15, 2019

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable break (once the shovelling was done).  It’s nice to be back to our routine ant to finally have a Monday together.

We want to welcome Jayden to our grade 2 family.  The rest of the class has been eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Please remember to send an extra pair of socks and mitts with your child as I foresee a lot of soggy recesses in the future.  Students are also welcome to leave a change of clothes in the classroom.

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds. 

Our No Excuses words for this week are: came, how, mother, saw and were.  We will continue learning about contractions.  While you are reading you can have your child look for contractions and ask them what words were put together to make that contraction. 

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  They are loving writing ‘stretch sentences’.  I give them a simple sentence and they write their own detailed version.  When we share with the class we can see how different people can interpret the same thing in different ways.     

Ex: The girl ate.      The little girl ate breakfast with her mom in the early morning at a hotel. 

Math:  This week our numbers will be 103-107.  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 representing numbers to 100 in several different ways.  Please practice skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. Students are continuing to work on identifying coins by their name and value.  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 will begin working on our measurement unit this week by talking about non standard units, how to use them and what challenges we might encounter.  What can we use to measure how long/tall something is?  A shoe?  A paper clip?  Mrs. Thomas is also working with us to practice asking questions in math.  If the answer is 27, what could the question be?  We are working toward making our own board games (with math task cards) as a math project.

Our math lead Mrs. Thomas introduced us to a website that the class loved!  Gregtangmath.com has several games that are at our level and the website will work on a tablet. 

Dates to Remember

Monday, March 11: Papa John’s

Tuesday, March 12: No Tots n Taters, Tuesday breakfast program, Home and School meeting 7pm Wednesday, March 13: Library Books Due

Thursday, March 14: Great Canadian Bagel                                                                         

Friday, March 15: No Tots n Taters, Book Orders are due

Have a great week!​

March 10
Week at a Glance March 11th- 15th

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great march break. I am excited to see everyone again and begin some new and exciting activities. Here is some information and reminders for the week ahead.

Reminders:


Book Orders: March book orders are due back March 22nd.

 

Gr. 3-5 Chapters Visit- Our grade 3-5 students will be visiting Chapters to book shop for the school library. This is possible from the generous donation to our Library by Mike Richard in memory of Jackie Clark. 

Hot Lunch- Please note Tots n’ Taters Kitchen is closed from March 4th through March 15th, 2019.

This week:

Monday Mar. 11 - Papa John's Hot Lunch. Year Book order forms go home today. 

Tuesday Mar. 12- NO Tot's and Taters Hot Lunch. Mad Science afterschool program. Home and School Meeting 6pm and PSSC meeting 7pm. 

Wednesday Mar. 13- Gr 3-5 chapters book shopping trip. 

Thursday Mar. 14- Great Canadian Bagel hot lunch.   

Friday Mar. 15NO Tots n' Taters hot lunch. LHHS Clubs. 

What we are learning this week:


French: In French, we are continuing our food unit with some new class projects. We will be creating menus and recipes in French. We will create a restaurant menu together as a class and use that to practice ordering meals (in preparation for our trip later this month). We will also be reading/ writing our own recipes in French. This will allow students we learn new vocabulary and share their favorite foods with the rest of the class.

 

Math: This week during our math lessons, we will be finishing our unit on decimals. We will continue to compare/ order decimals and begin to add and subtract decimals. This will tie in well to our French unit as we add and subtract prices on our menus.

 

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me,

-Maggie Estabrooks​

February 26
​Weekly What’s Up: February 25- March 1, 2019

Another short week last week!  I guess we just weren’t meant to have a full week of school in February L  While we have missed several days this year, there is still lots of the school year left and we are on track curriculum wise.

We are excited to welcome Bentley back to our class this week.  When we return from March Break we will be welcoming a new student, Jayden, to our little family.

We had a great time last week at the Superstore.  We learned about the 3 star rating system, which body parts/systems benefit from the different colours of produce and the importance of making informed food choices.  We bought ingredients for blueberry muffins, which we baked and shared with the rest of the school the next day.  During baking we talked about fractions and the importance of reading a recipe accurately.  Real life application of literacy and math lessons are the best!

Literacy:  Please continue to listen to your child read/read to them each night.  When you are reading with your child try stopping throughout the book to ask them questions about what is happening, how they think the characters are feeling and if there are words that they don’t understand.  We are focusing on making personal connections to the story during our read alouds. 

Our No Excuses words for this week are: after, before, could, some and when.  We will continue learning about contractions.  While you are reading you can have your child look for contractions and ask them what words were put together to make that contraction.  We will be reading books about Valentine’s Day this week.

In writing we are working on adding details to our writing using adjectives.  We want to paint a picture in the reader’s head.  They are loving writing ‘stretch sentences’.  I give them a simple sentence and they write their own detailed version.  When we share with the class we can see how different people can interpret the same thing in different ways.      Ex: The girl ate.

The little girl ate breakfast with her mom in the early morning at a hotel.  This would be a great activity to practice over the break as it’s quick and can even be done verbally while you wait in line at the grocery store.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 99-102.  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 have started using coins to represent our number of the day as well. 

We decided to celebrate the 100th day of school today (even though it’s only day 99).  We estimated quantities, did activities with the hundreds chart and had a special scavenger hunt.

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. Students are continuing to work on identifying coins by their name and value.  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. 

Our math lead Mrs. Thomas introduced us to a website that the class loved!  Gregtangmath.com has several games that are at our level and the website will work on a tablet.  If you’re looking for extra practice over the break you can also play abcya.com on a desktop/laptop.  It’s another favourite.

Dates to Remember

Monday, February 25: Papa John’s

Tuesday, February 26: Tots n Taters,Tuesday breakfast program

                                           Cat in the Hat Day

Wednesday, February 27: Library Books due

                                                   Pink Shirt Day, Wacky Wednesday (formerly Mixed Up Monday)

Thursday, February 28: Great Canadian Bagel

                                             Lorax Day- Wear orange/moustache (they have stick ons at Dollarama)

                                             Outside activities- Dress to be outside for the afternoon.

Friday, March 1: Tots n Taters

The Sleep Book Day- Wear a fresh pair of PJs, skating.  If students don’t want to wear their PJs to the rink they are welcome to bring a pair to school to change into after we get back.

Dr Seuss movie with the whole school in the afternoon.

Monday, March 4: March Break!  Have a great week with your child!

Have a great week!​

February 25
Week of February 25 - March 1, 2019

​Hi Everyone!

Here we go again! Another snow day. This moves our 100th day of school to Wednesday. The children are very excited about our 100th day of school and I have some fun activities planned for them. I can't wait!

This is also our Seusstastic Week. On Friday we will be going skating at York Arena. If you can help out with tying skates we would really appreciate it. This is a fun time for students and a great opportunity for great pictures.

In math the grade ones are working on addition and the strategies that help us. The kindergarten students are working on part/part/whole (which is a precursor to addition). eg. the whole is 5 and the parts could 3 and 2 or 4 and 1, etc.

Our new Word Wall words for this week are ​your, were, have, they, saw. We are still working on letter blends and this week we are looking at -er-, -ir-, -ur- or bossy r sound. 

In You and Your World last week we talked a lot about washing our hands and keeping the germs at bay. You might hear the children counting to 20 or singing the ABC song while washing their hands. Haha but it works!

I hope you are enjoying this snow and making the best of it. After this week is March Break and we'll all enjoy some down time.

Have a great week!

Cheryll Penney

February 24
Week at a Glance Feb 25th-March 1st

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I hope the students got to share stories from our recent trip to York Care. The residents loved seeing the students and everyone was on their best behavior, I was so impressed!

This week is a very exciting one; we have a lot of fun theme days and activities. It is our Dr. Seuss week; we will celebrate anti-bullying day and the 100th day of school. Take a look at the list below so all the students can join the fun J

Reminders:


Book Orders: March book orders are due back March 22nd.

 

Superstore Visit: Our class will be heading to the Superstore to learn about healthy eating. We will be there from 9am-10am.

 

Pink Shirt day- Wednesday, February 27th is Pink Shirt day. Students are encouraged to wear pink shirts to show their support to anti-bullying. This day was inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia and is now intended to raise awareness and support for anti-bullying programs.

 

Skating- On March 1st we will be going skating. The location has changed- we will now be at York Arena. K-2s skate 9-10am and 3-5s skate 10-11am. Parents are welcome to join us at the arena. 

 

This week:

Monday Feb 25- Mixed Up Monday- "Why fit in, when you were born to stand out". Crazy hair and outfit day. Papa John's Hot Lunch. 

Tuesday Feb 26- Top Hat Tuesday- Cat in the Hat day- Wear a crazy/favorite hat. Outdoor Activities Day and 100th Day of School. Tot's and Taters Hot Lunch. Hot Lunch Orders due back for March.  Mad Science afterschool program. 

Wednesday Feb 27- We Care Wednesday- "A person's a person no matter how small". Anti-Bullying Day- wear pink. STAR Student assembly. 

Thursday Feb 28- Lorax Day- Wear Orange and a Mustache. Great Canadian Bagel hot lunch.  Grade 4/5 Superstore visit. 

Friday March 1- Sleep Book day- Wear your favorite PJs, skating day, and Seuss movie. Tots n' Taters hot lunch. LHHS Clubs. 

What we are learning this week:

 

French: In French, we are continuing with our food unit. We will be looking at Canada’s new food guide, learning new vocabulary, how to express our likes and dislikes when it comes to food. We will be reading books about food and writing a few short paragraphs on this topic as well. This week I am going to have students record what they eat in a week (for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack). This will go along well with our Superstore visit, which will be in French as well. When we come back, we will use our new knowledge of healthy food to make a snack for the school.

 

Math: In math, we will continue to work on decimals. We have looked at place value and are continuing to compare and order fractions. If students are ready to move forward, we will be working on adding and subtracting decimals. This week we will also be working on 100 day of school activities by relating fractions and decimals.

 

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me,

-Maggie Estabrooks​

February 19
Week at a glance February 18th-22nd

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

I hope everyone had a lovely family day. It is hard to believe February is almost over. We have many fun events coming up so here are some reminders.


Reminders:


Show what you know binder: These binders were sent home about a week ago, if you have not already looked through it with your child please do. Once you have gone through it signed it and send it back in as soon as possible.


Book Orders: March book orders will go home tomorrow (Wednesday February 20th) and are due March 22nd.

 

Family Movie Night- This Friday, February 22 we will be hosting a family movie night. We will be watching Christopher Robin. Movie night form was sent home on Thursday and are due back by Wednesday, February 20th. Hope to see you there!

 

Hot Lunch: March hot lunch order forms are going home today.

 

York Care: We will be going to York Care on Thursday from 10:30-11:30am.

This week:

Monday February 18 – Family Day- no school. 

Tuesday Feb. 19- Breakfast program 7:50-8:15am. K-2 visit the superstore. Grade 3/4 visit York Care. Tot's N Taters Hot lunch. Hot lunch order forms go home. 

Wednesday Feb. 20- 

Thursday Feb. 21- Great Canadian Bagel Hot Lunch. Grade 3/4 visit Superstore.

Friday Feb. 22- Tots N Taters. Grade 4/5 Visit York Care. Family Movie Night. 

What we are learning this week:

 

French: This week we are starting our unit on food. We will be learning all sorts of new vocabulary for food and meals. We will read of books that are food centered and the students will write about their food preferences. We will touch a bit on healthy/ unhealthy foods. This will prepare us for our superstore visit next week where we hope they can do part of our presentation in French.

 

Math: This week we are continuing with fractions as well and starting to work with decimals. We will review place value and introduce the new values that come after the decimal point. Once students are ready, we will begin to order/compare decimals as well as relate fractions and decimals.

 

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me,

-Maggie Estabrooks​

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