Monday, 16 October 2017

Happy Monday!

Today we were fortunate to welcome Carter and Victor to our classroom!  They will be here for the next two weeks joining us from China.  I'm very proud of all of the great peer helpers and groupmates in our classroom that helped to show these boys around and made them to feel welcome.

Coming home tonight should be the wind vane that we made last week and tested today.  Please have your child explain this device to you and how they designed it.

Dates this week:

  • Tomorrow (Tuesday) book orders are due
  • Wednesday - small tin cans are needed for Science (clean and the labels removed please)
  • Thursday - Reading records are due (parents, please sign these once you have looked through them with your child)
  • Friday - math weekly #3 is due
Also - Parent-teacher-student interviews are coming up the end of this month.  Thank you to all of you that have send in requests for your time slots.  I have confirmed and sent all of these home, you should have seen the same form with your confirmed time written on it.  If you have not, please let me know.

Thank you!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Please help us to welcome two exchange students from China to our classroom from Oct. 16 - 26! These two young gentlemen, Dongyue (gr.5) and Guanyang (gr.4) will be joining our classrooms each morning, then heading out with the other exchange students in their group for activities in the afternoon. I'm sure their time here will give us all many opportunities for growth and better understanding of each other and our cultures!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Coming home tonight - forms for booking parent-teacher-student interviews.  I will be filling slots on a first come, first serve basis.  Please feel free to return the paper form to me, or send me an email with your top 3 time choices.  I'll do my best to accommodate everyone.

If your family requires two separate interview times, please let me know and I can send an additional form or email.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

We will be doing Scholastic book orders in our classroom this year.  I usually send out an order about every two months.  Did you know that classroom teachers earn points for all of the dollars that you spend through Scholastic?  That is the main way that I grow our classroom library by spending those points to buy more books for us to share.

If you are interested in ordering I recommend paying online and sending me the order form with the reference code and order clearly filled in.  If paying online isn't an option, please make cheques payable directly to Scholastic Canada.

You should see a flyer coming home tonight.  Orders with payment to be completed by Oct.17th.  If you have any questions, please let me know and thank you.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Happy Tuesday.  I hope that everyone had a great long weekend!

Important dates coming up this week:

Wednesday - art projects are due (3D word pop).  A handful of these projects haven't yet been completed. Finished projects can be found on lockers helping to brighten up our hallway :)

Friday(full day) - Spelling test and assignment #2.  A number of students forgot to complete the spelling homework assignment last time.  As well as practicing their words students have 1 short brain activity assignment to complete in their spelling duotangs.  This week is assignment #2 as shown below.

10:30 - Storytelling at the public library.  Along with 4A and 4B we will be heading to the public    library to participate in a storytelling activity.
It's Science Fair time in the Bow Valley!  Please follow the links below for more information.
Science Fair Information Booklet
2018 Registration Package

Friday, 6 October 2017

Hmmm.  Perhaps those videos are a little too large. They looked pixelated when I took a look. If the same thing happens for you try them this way instead.  Follow the link to see the video.

Gr.4s reading numbers
Gr. 5 The Wizard, the Fairy and the Magic Chicken
Gr.5 The Magic Flamingo
Happy Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are a few quick update videos from things that we did today! (I'm not sure if these will work from your email, but if not please check them out on our blog).

I am thankful every day for the wonderful class that we have this year.  I hope that you all have many things to be thankful for as well and that you are able to take a minute to reflect on them.  See everyone Tuesday.

Our fabulous 4s ordering and reading really big numbers!

And our fantastic 5s showing off their reader's theater skills.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

We have started 2 new practice sites at school this week.  One is an app that our class is doing a trial of called Fluency Tutor.  It helps students to gain confidence reading out loud and they can record their readings for me to hear and give feedback on.  The other is called Study Ladder and this is a site that students can access from home as well.  By going to assigned tasks students access things I have assigned to them (currently just reading comprehension), but they can also choose practice in other subjects as well.  Whatever work they are completing I have access to see how they are doing.  Login information and passwords were handed out today.  Many students chose to attach them to their agenda so that they have access at school and home.

Also - just a final reminder that this week's homework, math weekly #2 is dues by Friday at the latests.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Thanks to everyone that had supplies to send in to help us build our weather devices this week.  We now have lots of cups and straws.  If you have pen lids, straight pins, cardboard or string though we could still use those!

So far this week:
Wednesday: Reading Records and maps of Canada are due.  Also it is Walk to School Day and gr.5 first round of innoculations
Friday: Math weekly #2 is due, half day Friday