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Mar 13

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for coming in today to support your child during Chapel.  The students worked hard these last two weeks in preparation for this presentation.  If you are interested in obtaining the Chapel video that we made, you can view or download it from the following link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO-FOKzsJU4&feature=youtu.be 

This link will only be available for the next two weeks for privacy reasons.  You can also send a labelled USB with your child to school after Spring Break so that I can download the video on to it.   

The report cards have been released online today.  Please take a few minutes over the weekend to discuss with your child what they have done well in and what they need to improve on.  Regular reflections enable students to be more aware of their thinking and learning.  

In Language Arts, students continued to rotate through different literacy centers to write creative stories, practice their handwriting, study/analyze words, and listen to reading.  They also listened to their peers present their creative stories and learned to ask questions and provide relevant feedback. 

In Math, students were given another chance to apply their addition and subtraction skills in our mock shopping centre.  They were also introduced to the other coins in the Canadian money system (e.g. nickel, dime, and quarter).  We also practiced how we can efficiently add groups of coins quickly using 10 as an anchor or putting them into groups of tens.  Over the holidays, when possible, allow your child to use money to buy small items at a convenience store to consolidate their mental math strategies.  As well, if you are traveling overseas, let your child contrast and compare the money from that country in terms of the denominations used and the pictures on the money.  The students also completed their April calendar by putting in dates that are meaningful to them. 

In Bible, we continued with the story of David and Saul.  This week, the students discovered that David restrained himself from harming Saul because he was anointed by God.  God was with David and kept him safe from Saul.   

In our Inquiry unit on Diversity, the students shared the kinds of food that they make at home or enjoy eating as a family.  We continued to reinforce the idea that even though we are different, we are the same as we are created in the image of God. 

After the Spring Break, we will begin a Health unit on Ways to Succeed.  Students will be expected to learn strategies/core competencies that can help them achieve their goals.  

Have a great Spring Break! 

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Mar 6

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we introduced a new reading strategy – predict.  This strategy involves students making predictions to what will happen next in a story as they read and using the text to confirm their predictions.  We read two books by Oliver Jeffers.  We contrasted his books and the students thought that The Incredible Book Eating Boy is funny like his other books.  As well, they suggested that he used a different first sentence in The Moose Belongs to Me to hook the audience than his usual “Once there was a boy…”.  The students were given a chance to share the writing that they did throughout the week with the class and practice giving meaningful feedback to their classmates.  

To integrate our unit on Addition and Subtraction in Math with the concept of money, we put together a mock shopping centre in our classroom for students to put their math skills in action.   

Students were divided into two groups, shopkeepers and shoppers. Shopkeepers worked in groups of twos or threes to sell their goods (e.g. rulers, markers, pencils, etc.) to the shoppers who began with $10.  After the shopping period ended, we examined the materials bought by each shopper and see if the materials, including any change, added up to $10.  Once students were able to get the right amount, they were given an extra $10 to spend during the next round of shopping.  Students alternated being shopkeepers and shoppers each day.   

We will be looking at the consequence of disobedience through Saul and David this week and next.  This week, we learned how the Israelites asked God for a king even though they already have God.  We discovered that Samuel crowned Saul to be their first king. But Saul was proud of his own achievements and failed to listen to God. Then we found out how Samuel anointed David as the new king because of Saul’s transgressions.  He filled David with the Holy Spirit and gave him the ability to defeat Goliath and the Philistines.  King Saul became jealous of David and decided to harm David.    

In our Inquiry unit of Diversity, we identified some of the cultures that represents this class as well as the languages that are spoken at home.  We discovered that English, Cantonese, and Mandarin are used in the homes of the students in this class.  In addition, we looked at some of the pictures that you have sent in and focused this week on the activities that 1C’s families like to be engaged with.  We hope that the students will see that we are different and yet have many similarities.   

In Health, we picked up on our theme of Ways to be Safe at home, school, and out and about. We watched a video on the safe usage of medicine.  The students discovered that there are specific ways to use each medicine.  Some are meant to be swallowed, while others are inhaled, injected, applied topically as well as placed into our ears or eyes.  They also learned that we need to ask an adult before taking medicine, always read the direction on the bottle, and to never share our medicine with others. 

I will be replacing the content of your child’s Back and Forth book next Friday. If you wish to retain the old pages, please email me and let me know.  Otherwise, they will be shredded and recycled. 

In addition, a reminder that 1C will be hosting Chapel next Friday from 8:35-9:10.   

Have a great weekend! 

Message from Ms. Huber:

Next week, due to a school event, the library will be closed on Thursday after school. Therefore, the library will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school next week. Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up at 2:45pm.

Library and AR will be open Monday and Tuesday as usual.

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Feb 28

Dear Parents,  

The students were invited to 4L today to play arcade games that the grade four students made using cardboards and a whole lot of imagination and creativity.  Just like at an arcade, the students were able to win prizes (gently used toys donated by the grade four students) for playing the games.  This was a great way for 4L to share their learning with their younger peers.   

Thank you again for taking time out to come and celebrate your child’s learning on Thursday during our student led conference.  Hopefully, it provided you with a glimpse of what your child is learning and doing in class. It was also a great reminder of how much the students have grown since the start of the school year.  Children are naturally curious, and it is our job to cultivate that sense of wonder and help them become lifelong learners.     

In Language Arts, we continued to practice our reading strategy of Ask Questions.   When reading with your child, you can employ this strategy to help him/her increase engagement and comprehension of the text. We read StuckThe Way Back Home and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers. The students reflected on his books and said that he always has a human character, he began most of his story with “Once there was a boy”, and he likes to stretch out the problem in his stories. 

This week, we started our Inquiry unit on Diversity.  Students are expected to see how each person is valued as we are made in the image of God.  We presented some of the questions that we will be inquiring into such as the different home languages that we speak, food that are popular and traditions that we celebrate from our own culture.   

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Feb 21

Dear Parents, 

During our literacy centres this week, we talked about how we can learn from good writers and examined ways that you can wrap up a story by rereading some of the books that we have read as a class this year.  Students noticed that some books end when there is a solution to the problem (e.g Swimmy by Leo Lionni), the main character learns a lesson (e.g. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes), or a surprise (e.g. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch).   

The student-led conference is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 27.  During the half hour session, your child will take you around to different centres in the classroom.  There will be a Language Arts centre where your child will discuss their reading and writing progress with you. There will be a Math centre where your child will talk about their addition and subtraction strategies as well as teach you their favourite card and iPad game.  The final centre that your child will take you to will highlight some of their learning in Bible, French, and Exploration Time.  About ten minutes will be allotted for each of the three centres 

We began to feature books by award winning writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.  His works include Lost and FoundUp and Down, and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.  We watched a video interview of him describing his usual workday and how he likes to always carry a pencil and some paper around to write down his ideas for new books.   

This week we celebrated our 100th day of school. We rotated through to 1N to listen to a 100th day story, 1T to work on a 100th day of school craft, and finally to 1C to play 1010 Puzzles on their iPads.  

In Bible, we reviewed the cycle of misery through the stories of the judges.  The students reflected on what they have learned so far.  Some suggested that we need to always remember God, pray to God if we need help and that God is always by our side. 

Have a fantastic weekend! 

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Feb 14

Dear Parents, 

The students continued to get ready for our Student-led conference during our literacy centers.  They reflected on their reading and writing by coming up with some things that they do well in and some things that they need to improve on.   

In Math, we reviewed some of the subtraction strategies that we have been learning over the last few weeks. We also introduced the traditional vertical algorithm (Up and Down strategy) to the students and asked them to reflect and think about which strategy may be most efficient for a given set of minuend and subtrahend. For example, some students said that using the “count back” strategy is useful for 6-2 because you only have to count back two times. Whereas others said that using the “think addition” strategy is how they like to solve 15-7 because they are good with addition facts and this is a good way to help with subtraction.  

In Bible, we continued to study the recurring cycle of disobedience of the Israelites in the Old Testament by looking at the life of Samson.  We learned how Samson lost the trust of God by revealing the secret to his strength.  However, as he repented, God restored his strength and help him defeat the Philistines. 

To conclude our unit on Amazing Animals, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium to reinforce and expand on some of the learning that we have done in the classroom.  Here are some pictures of our trip: 

We will be celebrating our 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 19.  Students will be rotating through the different grade one classrooms that day to work on activities that are related to 100.  

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Feb 11

Message from Mr. Paul:

Let’s celebrate friendship on Valentine’s Day. February 14th is Red / White / Pink dress up day. Dress-up in as much Red, White and Pink as possible. Hats, hair bows, bowties, shirts, pants, dresses, socks and shoes! Be a little crazy! Be a little fun & creative!

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Feb 7

Dear Parents, 

During our literacy centres this week, we talked about how we can learn from good writers and examined ways that you can add details such as a problem and a solution to a story.  We reviewed a few books from our featured authors and identified the problems in those stories.  We also introduced another reading strategy called Flippy dolphin.  When reading an unknow word, a student can “flip” a long vowel to a short one or vice versa to see which makes more sense.  The following is a video illustrating this strategy: 

We read Zero and Two by our featured author, Kathryn Otoshi.  In the book Two, we discussed how the main character “Three” came in between “One” and “Two” who were good friends.  We talked about how sometimes friendships may go through ups and downs, and how friends will always talk about their feelings with each other when they are sad.  We also watched another interview by her telling us that reading books can teach us lots of new concepts as well as taking us on many exciting adventures.  In addition, you will find in your child’s Back and Forth book today, a list of words and spelling concepts that we hope can be reinforced at home.  When reading with your child, you can point out or ask your child to find words that matches some of the spelling concepts that we have put in the letter.  The students will be assessed on 10 of the words on the list in March.  Again, our goal is for students to begin to apply these spelling concepts in their daily writing tasks rather than just on a spelling quiz.  

In Math, we continued to practice different subtraction strategies such as Count back, and Back Over Ten.  We also talked about how we can subtract numbers by “thinking addition” (7-2=? can be thought of as: ?+2=7).  Students were given some math (word) problems to work on to see if they could apply some of the subtraction strategies that we have looked at.  

In Bible, we examined the story of Gideon and how God reassured him that He would be with them in their battle against the Midianites.  We talked about how Gideon questioned his ability to lead but eventually his faith in God helped him defeat his enemies even though he was badly outnumbered. 

In our inquiry unit of Amazing Animals this week, we discussed where we can get information on a given topic.  The students suggested that we can learn more about something by reading books, searching the internet, asking an adult, and being in the actual environment.  With that in mind, we will be reinforcing this unit by visiting the Vancouver Aquarium next Tuesday.  Please help your child pack a snack, cold lunch (e.g. sandwiches), and a water bottle that day.  It would be helpful if they put those items in a smaller backpack (if you have one) as the students will be moving around the aquarium with their backpacks for part of the day.  There is no need to bring their Back and Forth book.  If you wish to pass along a message to me, just email me that morning.

In Health, we continued to discuss ways to be safe at home, school or out and about.  This week we looked at how different signs outside of our home that may have pictures and words that can warn us of danger or to help us stay safe.   

A quick reminder that our library class will be moved to Thursday next week to accommodate our Vancouver Aquarium field trip on Tuesday.   

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Jan 30

Dear Parents, 

The students met with their grade twelve prayer buddies today.  They came to our campus to eat lunch, pray, and play with their grade one buddies at recess.  Each child in grade one has been matched with a grade twelve student so that they can pray for each other for the rest of this school year.  We plan to visit the prayer buddies at their campus in Spring and sing for them during their convocation in June. 

In Language Arts, I took some time to touch base and conference with the students on their writing over the last few weeks.  We talked about things that they are doing well and things that they can improve on. We continued to examine the reading strategy that we introduced last week, Ask question and Skippy frog.  We talked about how asking questions before, during and after we read is a way to help us understand our text better.  In addition, you will find a spelling assessment in your child’s Back and Forth book today.  This assessment is intended to help us gather information on what we need to focus on with your child.  We discussed as a class that it’s okay to make a mistake, our brains get stretched and we try to learn from it.  

For the next few weeks, our featured author will be Kathryn Otoshi.  Some of her books that we will be reading aloud in class are ZeroOne and Two.  We watched a video interview of her telling us how she remembered spending lots of time in the library when she was young, how she usually gets ideas for her books from real life experiences, and how she usually writes first and draws after to let the picture also tell part of the story in her books.  

In Math, we continued to discuss ways that you can subtract numbers.  We discussed and practiced a new subtraction strategy, Back Over Ten (e.g. 13-4 can be thought of as 13-3 to get to 10 first, then take away one more to get to 9).  For students to use this efficient strategy to subtract, however, students must master (being able to recall without prompting) a good number of addition facts before hand.  Something that you could do while driving with your child is to ask him/her the sum of any given two addends.  When presented as a game, young children often find solving simple addition question engaging.     

In Bible, we looked at the story of another judge, Deborah, from the Book of Judges.  We learned how she was sent by God to deliver the Israelites from King Jabin and the Canaanites. Some students began to comment on how the Israelites keep forgetting about God.    

We also went skating this week and here are some pictures of the students having fun on ice! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Jan 24

Dear Parents, 

This week was Dance week and students had a chance to learn some dance moves from our instructor Nando.  Here are some pictures and videos of our young dancers!

Dance Week video 1

Dance Week video 2

During our literacy centres this week, the students reread some of the books that we have read this year and tried to find interesting first sentences that made them want to read on.  We compiled these into an anchor chart for the students to refer to when they are writing.  We also introduced two reading strategies, Ask questions and Skippy frog, to the students.  We talked about how asking questions can help us understand the text better and that there are two types of questions, quick and deep-thinking questions.  Quick questions are quick to ask, quick to answer, and is right there in the book.  While the answers to deep-thinking questions are not directly in the book and are more inferential, help us think beyond the story, and the answer can differ from one person to the next.  As for Skippy frog, I have included a short video to illustrate this decoding strategy: 

In Math, we discussed where we can use our subtraction skills (e.g. helps us when we are shopping) and introduced some math vocabularies to help us describe a subtraction number sentence such as minuend, subtrahend and minus.  Most students have suggested that you can use manipulatives (e.g. fingers, counters) or count back on a number line to subtract numbers.  We worked on a few questions using these methods and asked the students to apply them on their math worksheets.  It is our goal to move students from the counting stage to the reasoning stage (students can explain with reasons how they got the answer) and eventually to the mastery stage (instant recall of answer) over the next year or two. 

In Bible, as we continued to look at the Book of Judges, we examined the story of Ehud and how he led the Israelites to defeat their oppressors, the Moabites.  We played Freeze Frame to reinforce the story. 

In our Inquiry unit of Amazing Animals, we looked at two adaptations that animals make to live – migration and hibernation.  The students found out that animals migrate to find food, water, and shelter.  They also learned why animals hibernate and how they prepare themselves beforehand. 

As we continued to discuss ways to be safe in Health with the students, we examined the topic of bullying. We defined a bully as someone who says or does hurtful things repeatedly to another person.  When being bullied, we should not feel embarrassed and tell an adult immediately.  We can also tell the bully how you feel calmly or stay with friends who can help us.  When seeing someone being bullied, we should help by telling an adult about what happened.   

A reminder that we will be going ice skating next Tuesday, January 28.  We will be leaving school at 10:15 (student will have a quick snack before we go on the school bus) and begin skating at 10:45. The skating session will end at 11:45 and we should be boarding the school bus at 12:00 so that we can come back for lunch.  Please either email me or make a note in your child’s Back and Forth book if you can come and help.  If you are available, meet us at the Minoru Ice Rink by 10:30.  You can skate with us for free, but siblings will not be allowed to go on the ice. 

Wishing you and your family good health this Chinese New Year!