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Jan 19

Dear Parents,  

It was another week of settling into our new Literacy centers routines and expectations.  It is quite amazing to see how quickly the students were able to work independently on different literacy tasks each day ranging from word study/work (Words Their Way), writing, handwriting, listening to stories (iPads), and reading to self at the class library.  During this time, I conference with individual students on their story or journal writing and review some of the reading strategies that we have covered so far.  We continued to learn more about Kevin Henkes and some students begin to notice that a lot of his stories tend to teach us a moral lesson (e.g. “Chrysanthemum” teaches us to be kind to others even if they have a name that sounds funny).  

In Math, we reviewed the different addition strategies that can be used to help us add numbers. The students shared their ideas as to which strategy may be more efficient for a given set of addends (e.g. using double facts may be more efficient for 7+6).  As their number sense continued to develop, it is important for young children to discover on their own adding strategies which are most efficient to use to solve a given problem.  When possible, continue to ask your child to solve authentic math problems involving addition (e.g. we had 3 oranges at home, now we have 9 in total, how many did we buy?) over the weekend.  Over the next few weeks, we will switch gears to learning about different subtraction strategies.   

In Bible, we continued to look at the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges.  This week, we learned about Othniel, the first judge that God had sent to deliver the Israelites from the king of Aram.  Students drew a picture in their Bible workbook to illustrate this cycle of disobedience.   

In our Theme unit of Patterns in the Sky, we examined how winter affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see.  The students thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats.  They also noticed that we can go skiing, play in the snow, and see birds migrating during this season. 

In Health, we continued to discuss ways to be safe at home, school or out and about.  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 reminder that we will be going ice skating again next Wednesday, January 24.  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 are able to come and help.  You are welcomed to come and skate with us for free at the Minoru Ice Rink.  

A special thank you to Marcellus’ mom and dad for sharing about their family.  We watched videos of Marcellus doing some of his favourite activities, such as biking, playing the piano and drums.  As a family, they like to go traveling with Marcellus’ favourite stuffy to different places like Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, and Kelowna.  Their family Bible verse is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. 

Have a fruitful weekend!  

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Jan 12

Dear Parents,  

It was nice to see the students coming back from the holiday refreshed and readied to begin the second term.  The students reconnected with their friends and exchanged stories of what they did over their Christmas break.  Here are some pictures that we took for today’s Pajama Day: 

Now that the students are more independent, have a good understanding of class expectations, and have learned to solve problems on their own, our Language Arts lessons will take on a rotating centre format.  Students will go through four literacy centres each day while spending about 20 minutes at each station.  The centres are chosen to expose the children to various literacy activities such as word work (Words Their Way), listening to stories (iPad), handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears), read to self, and writing (creative stories or journal writing).  While the students are working at their centres, I will be teaching and conferencing with small groups of students on their word sorts, handwriting, reading and writing strategies.  A reading strategy that we introduced this week is “Chunky Monkey”.  When a student sees a longer unknown word, he/she is encouraged to look for a chunk of word that is embedded within that unfamiliar word.  The following video illustrates that strategy: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u3Y6T6AoNg

The author that we will be looking at for the next few weeks is Kevin Henkes.  He is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books and novels.  This week, we watched a short video interview with Kevin Henkes discussing his writing process with books like Chester’s WayKitten’s First Moon, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  Some students noted that he likes to use mice as his main characters, and uses lots of sentences to describe his characters at the beginning of the story.  

In Math, we reviewed some of the adding strategies that we have covered before the break such as “Count on”, “Make ten”, and “Double facts”.  I also introduced the “Up and Down” strategy (e.g. the traditional way of addition with adding the numbers up and down) for addition but I cautioned the students that this is only one of the many ways to add numbers.  In order to develop our number sense, we need to be flexible and be able to use many different strategies to add numbers.  The vertical algorithm tends to be more mechanical and may not enhance young children’s number sense.   

Over the next two months, the students will be looking at the lives of five judges: Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson.  They will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, oppress by their neighbors, and plead to God for a deliverer.  This week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and our new memory verse, 2 Corinthians 6:16.  Just for your information, 1C will be presenting Chapel on April 13.   

In Theme, we introduced the big idea that patterns and cycles help us understand the natural world.  This week, we began to explore the idea that seasons affects all living things.  We will be looking at why we have seasons, and how they affect our daily lives.  Students were asked to brainstorm some questions that they would like to find out more about.  The students wondered why the days are longer in the summer, why does the earth spin, and why does the sky change?  We also found out that we have seasons because of how the earth tilts towards the sun.   

In Health, we will be looking at ways to stay safe while we are at home, school or out and about. This week, we explored how we can prepare for a fire, and what are our emergency plans at home and school.  

Thank you to Brayden’s Mom and sister, Lauren, for coming in to tell us something about their family.  We learned that Brayden’s dad is a sheriff that keeps us safe in Richmond, Brayden likes to go on bike rides with his mom, and build Lego with his sister.  Brayden enjoys playing many sports such as soccer, floor, and ice hockey as well as swimming in his grandparents’ pool in Palm Springs.  A Bible verse that is special to Brayden and his family is “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14.   

A reminder that Club begins next week.  The following students are involved this term (Jan 15-Mar 2):  

Tuesday Science Club (lunch): Kaleb, Siew Hoon, and Tomori 

Tuesday Games in the Big Gym Club (after school in the big gym): Redd 

Have a great weekend! 

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Dec 15

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we talked about being aware of using periods to end a sentence and beginning a sentence with a capital letter.  For most young children, writing is a very cognitively intensive task that entails forming the letters, leaving space between words, thinking about how to spell a word properly, what to write, and knowing the audience that they are writing for. Therefore, we often see children forgetting to use their capital and punctuation marks, and it is something that we will continue to work on throughout the year.  

This week, we concluded our look at our featured author, Leo Lionni.  The students suggested that his books have a beginning that introduces the characters, a middle that has a problem, and an ending that resolves the problem.  Some enjoyed the way that he uses collages to illustrate his books. They also noticed that he only uses animal characters and that his books are not as funny as Robert Munsch’s and Mo Willems’.   

In Math, we reviewed the different addition strategies, such as “Count On”, “Make Ten”, and “Double Facts”, that we have explored this year and how they can be used to help us add 2-digits to 1-digit numbers.  We also discussed how some strategies may be more efficient given the set of addends (e.g. using a double fact like 4+4=8 can help us find the sum for 5+4 quickly).  The students also completed their January calendar and wrote down dates that are important to them.  

In Bible, we continued to explore the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.  We sang Christmas songs and discussed what the lyrics mean.  We also wrote Christmas cards for our friends and families. 

We concluded our Theme unit on Amazing Animals by looking at another adaptation that animal makes in order to survive – hibernation.  We learned why animals hibernate and how they prepare themselves beforehand.  Students also drew a picture of an animal that can survive in an environment of their choice to illustrate their understanding of animal adaptations.  It is our goal that students will begin to be curious as to how amazing God’s creations are. 

A big thank you to Philip and his mom for sharing with us things that interest him, such as playing with his sister Annie, playing chess, playing different sports, traveling, making things with Lego, enjoying nature and God’s creations, playing different musical instruments, and even making dumplings.    He thanked God for giving him his interests and his family.  He appreciates the Bible verse, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. 

On a more personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the presents and cards that I have received.  As well, a big thank you for all your prayers and support for the students of 1C, whether it is working with your child at home or coming into the class to help.  I know that they have all grown much since the start of the school year.    

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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Dec 8

Dear Parents, 

Today, 1C and 2Ch brought the Christmas spirit to Rosewood Manor and sang Christmas songs to the seniors living there.  Here are some pictures of their trip: 

 

In Language Arts, we contrasted the different books that we have read so far from Leo Lionni. The students thought that his books are usually structured to have a problem and a solution, such as “Swimmy” and “Little Blue and Little Yellow”.  As well, they noticed that he likes to use mice as his characters in books such as “Frederick” and “Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse”.  We also discussed how his stories often teach us a lesson. 

The students have been working hard on their Words Their Way (WTW) sorts over the last few weeks.  Therefore, we will be taking a break from this program next week.  Your child will not be receiving any WTW sorts next Monday.   

As for the home reading program, students should still be bringing in their package to exchange for new books next week, but we do not expect the students to be reading the leveled books during the Christmas holidays.  Any unread books can be used after we come back from the holidays. 

In Math, students explored more addition strategies this week.  We talked about how we can use “double facts” to help us add “near doubles”.  As well, we looked at some important addition properties such as the commutative property (e.g. 4+5=5+4) and zero property (e.g. any number plus zero is itself).  At this developmental stage, some students are beginning to transfer these strategies mentally while some are using manipulatives (e.g. unifix cubes, counters, fingers) to help them visualize their math problems.   

In Bible, we continued to discuss the birth of Jesus.  The students responded in their Bible exercise book about why we celebrate Christmas.  Some of them said it is because Jesus is born on that day, while others said that Jesus came to take our sins away.   

In our Theme unit of Amazing Animals, we have been discussing about 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 also being in the actual environment. With that in mind, we visited the Vancouver Aquarium this Wednesday to experience how animals adapt to live. Here are some pictures of our visit: 

In Health, we continued to look at dental health related to young children.  We discussed what happens when we go to a dentist (e.g. getting our teeth cleaned and taking x-rays to see if there are any problems) and why a regular checkup is important. 

Thank you to Ellen’s family for coming in to tell us about their family.  Through the slide show that they put together, we found out that as a family, they like to go traveling, fishing, biking, and skiing.  Ellen’s mom and dad also explained about their work by bringing in a robot that moves through coding.  They told the students that coding is a way to write instructions for machines.   

Noah did a great job telling us about his family.  We learned that he likes to laugh, get into arguments, and cry along with his younger brother, Micah, and older sister, Jubilee.  As for Noah, he likes to explore the outdoors and collect lots of treasures (rocks) like a pirate.  They also shared how they feel so blessed by being a family of 5.   

I will be replacing the content of the Back and Forth Book next Friday.  If you would like to keep the pages, please email me by next Friday.  Otherwise, I will shred and recycle the pages. 

Have a restful weekend! 

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Dec 1

Dear Parents, 

Today, we met with our Family Groups and decorated gingerbread cookies.  Here are some pictures of the event: 

 

The fourth author that we are focusing on this year is Leo Lionni.  He was an award-winning children’s author and illustrator of more than 40 books.  Some of his books include “Inch by Inch”, “Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse”, and “Swimmy”.  The students noticed that his books are similar to Eric Carle in how he uses collages for illustrations.  Some students suggested that his books are not as funny as Mo Willems’ or Robert Munsch’s books, while others thought that his books have a beginning that introduces the characters, a middle that tells us there is a problem, and an ending where there is a solution.  We also practiced our handwriting, touch-typing, and Words Their Way sorts throughout the week.  

Since we started exploring different addition strategies in Math several weeks ago, we have covered strategies such as “count on”, and “make ten”.  This week, we discussed how we can add by using “double facts”.  The students rotated through various math centres to reinforce their addition skills using the iPads, worksheets, and games. 

We watched a nativity video and discussed the true meaning of Christmas during our Bible lessons.  We also talked about the meaning of our new memory verse, Isaiah 9:6 

In our Theme unit of Amazing Animals, we looked at another adaptation that animals make to live, migration.  The students found out that animals migrate to find food, water, and shelter.  They also learned how animals prepare for migration. 

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at medical conditions that are relevant to young children, such as the common cold and flu, allergies, and asthma in Health. This week, we talked about what happens when you lose a tooth and the difference between the baby teeth and the adult teeth. We also learned about our mouth: teeth, roots, gums, and jaw.    

We will be having centres on Thursday, December 14, to celebrate Christmas as a class.  Students will rotate through different centres to make Christmas craft, snack, and play games. We will need a few parent volunteers to come in to help run those centres.  If you wish to volunteer and can come in from 8:30-10:15, please email me by Friday, December 8 

A reminder that next Tuesday, December 5, 1C students will be going to the Vancouver Aquarium.  We will be leaving school at around 9:00 and arrive back at around 2:30. In order to minimize what the students need to carry to and around the aquarium, your child only need to bring a small snack, a cold lunch and a small water bottle to school that day, preferably in a small backpack (If you have order Nova lunch that day, please call them to cancel the order).  There is no need to bring the Back and Forth book.  If you have a message for me that day, you can email me the night before.  However, if you child usually exchanges their home readers on Tuesday, please continue to bring that to school.  We will do the exchange in the morning and leave the package at school.  This is a normal school day where you will drop off your child to school at the usual time.  If you wish to take your child home directly from the aquarium, please email me so that I can help make the necessary arrangement ahead of time.  Otherwise, students will come back to school to get their belongings and be dismissed at 2:45pm.   

Report cards will be made available online next Monday, December 4.  Do take some time to go over the report card with your child.  Let them know what they are doing well in and what are some areas that they need to work on.    

Finally, clubs for term 1 has ended.  If your child has an after-school club, please come to our classroom to pick up your child at the usual time starting next week.   

Have a joyful weekend!  

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Nov 23

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we reviewed some of the observations that the students have of our featured author, Robert Munsch.  They noticed that his books are always about young children, that there is usually a repeating pattern and that he makes children laugh by being silly.  We also contrasted some of his books and found that some can leave us with a surprised ending (e.g. The Paper Bag Princess) and some can actually leave us a bit sad (e.g. Love You Forever).  

In Math, we continued to explore different addition strategies, such as Count On (e.g. What is 3+2? I count from 3 then 2 more) and Make Ten (e.g. What is 9+5? I can take 1 from the 5 and add it to the 9 to make 10, then add the 10 to the 4) using the number line, ten frame, and 100 chart.  They were given a chance to apply those skills with math (word) problems to solve.  The students also completed the December calendar by putting in dates that are important to them.  Again, please help your child place the calendar in a location where he/she can see and make plans for the week.    

In Bible, we continued to look at the message of trusting God.  This week, we reviewed the story of Moses and talked about the life of Joshua.  We discussed how God spoke to him and chose him because of his faith to lead his people into Canaan.  We learned that he was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses to scout out Canaan and came back confident that the Israelites could defeat the enemy.  We will be looking at the birth of Jesus over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas.  It is our hope that students will understand the true meaning of Christmas and what a precious gift God has given us.   

In our Theme unit of Amazing animals, we inquired into ways that animals adapt to their environment by using mimicry and camouflage.  We found out that animals use camouflage to either hide from its predator or its prey.  Animals change colour to blend into their environment (e.g. chameleon), stay in places that looks like them (e.g. leaf insect), or travel in groups to confuse their predators (e.g. zebras). 

In Health, we continued to look at common illnesses and medical conditions affecting young children.  This week, we talked about the causes of asthma and ways that we can control it. 

A reminder that your child will need to bring a small bag (about a quarter cup) of nut-free candy to decorate their cookies during our annual Christmas cookie decorations next Friday during our family group meeting. 

A special thank you to Hayes’ mom and dad, for coming in to share with us what makes their family unique.  We found out that Hayes has a 12-year-old dog named Wong Wang.  Hayes likes to play piano, board games and eat noodles.  This past summer, they went to Banff and Hayes went to a hot spring for the very first time.  A verse that is important to their family is “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.   

Have a lovely weekend! 

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Nov 17

Dear Parents, 

We have completed another set of Words Their Way (WTW) sorts this week in Language Arts.  As mentioned before, this is a spelling/phonics program that focuses on the word patterns within the English language.  The students work in small groups on individualized sorts in class during the week.  The following are some ways that you can help your child with the sort that is sent home every Monday:  

Regular and speed sort: ask your child to read aloud each word and place the word under the appropriate heading.  As your child become more fluent, you can challenge him/her to do the sort faster.  Here is a video of how this can be done.

Blind sort: lay down the headings for the sort.  Then you read out each word without your child seeing the word.  Ask your child which heading it belongs to and why it should be there. Here is a video of how this can be done. 

Word hunt: ask your child to find three or four other words that fall under the same headings in books or magazines at home.     

Since there is no school next Friday, our next WTW quiz and Library class will be on Thursday, November 23.   

We introduced the Reading Power of visualization to the students this week.  The Reading Power to visualize enables students to be more aware of the descriptive languages that good writers use in their text.  We practiced a simple visualization exercise by me calling out a single word and asking them to make a picture in their heads of that word.  We decided that some words (e.g. objects) are much easier for visualization and other words like “the” or “at” are more difficult to visualize.  We also discussed how we could use our different senses when visualizing the text.  

We continued to read books and watch interviews online by Robert Munsch.  Students noticed that his books are like Mo Willems because they are humorous and encourage children to read aloud together. 

In Math, students rotated through Math centers to work independently on different math skills related to number sense and addition.  Students are grouped during this time based on their specific math needs.  The groupings are flexible and can be changed depending on what we are working on that week.  There are four centers that the students rotate through every 15-20 minutes.  At the iPad center, students work on a specific app to enhance their number sense.  At the Game center, students play math games related to addition.  At the Practice Work center, students work on math drills or worksheets to reinforce their addition and subtraction skills.  At the last center, students work with me on specific skills.  This week, we explored the ways that we can add numbers, such as counting all and counting on by using the number line, ten frame, and 100 chart.  It is our intent to move the students from the counting stage to the reasoning stage of addition and eventually to the mastery stage where students can do addition mentally without the aid of manipulatives.  

We started our new Theme unit of Amazing Adaptations.  Students are expected to learn how animals adapt to their environment to meet their basic needs.  This week, we launched the unit by introducing the big idea to this unit: animals adapt and change to live.  We also discussed what animals need to survive.  The students suggested that animals need shelter, food, water, and air to live.   

This week, Ilys’ family came in and shared with us what makes their family unique.  Ilys and her brother, Iain, love working, playing, reading and eating together.  We also found out that Ilys’ name stands for “I Love You So”.  Their family verse is “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Nov 10

Dear Parents,  

This week, we talked about the meaning behind the poppies that people wear during Remembrance Day.  The students discovered that this is a day where we remember all the heroes and soldiers who have made sacrifices for our country.   

We started the week by featuring a new author, Robert Munsch.  He is a best-selling Canadian author of over 70 books.  The students watched a video interview on him and discovered that he finds inspirations in his stories through interactions with real children.  Some initial impressions that the students have of him are that there seems to be a repeating pattern within his books and that he writes to make children laugh.  

In Math, we explored another iPad app, Num Tanga, to give the students more practice on their subitization skills.  We did practice work (e.g. worksheets) using the number line, as well as using it as another strategy to show how students get their answers when solving math (word) problems.    

In Bible, we finished looking at the life of Joseph.  The students responded in their Bible exercise book about what they have learned from his story.  Some students said that you need to trust God even though when things are hard and that God has a plan for us.  We will be looking at the life of Joshua next week.   

We completed our Theme unit of Me to We by asking the students to make a book about ways that we can help in a classroom.  Some students said that we can help 1C by being caring to others, solving problems when they arise, listening to instructions, and modeling good choices to their friends.  

In Health, we continued to explore some common illnesses that young children may encounter. This week, we talked about what is an allergy and some of its causes, as well as what happens during an allergic reaction and ways that we can prevent it.   

A special thank you to Shawn and his family for coming to tell us something about their family.  We learned that Shawn not only likes to play basketball, soccer, and hockey, but also likes to talk about them.  He also enjoys playing video games and sleeping over at this grandparents’ place.  Their family felt blessed by God as they have 3 boys in the family.  They also felt that God has answered their prayer by putting Shawn in RCS this year.   

A reminder that our class will be going to the Minoru Ice Rink for ice skating next Friday, November 17.  All parents can come to help out and skate for free.  As we have a high number of parents coming, we will not be appointing specific parents as supervisors for the trip.  Rather, we will just ask that you help out where needed that day.  Students will be leaving school via a school bus at 10:15 and should arrive at the ice rink by 10:30.  The actual skating time is from 10:45-11:45.  We will be back at school for lunch.  You will have to make your way there if you are coming to help.  Please wait at the entrance of the ice rink and pick up your child as we go in.  You may be asked to help one other child to put on and take off their skates during the day.  Remember to log in your volunteering hours in the black binder next to Rowena at the school office.    

Due to the ice skating field trip next week, our library time and WTW quiz will be moved to Thursday, November 16 instead. 

Have a restful weekend! 

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Nov 3

Dear Parents, 

The students celebrated the end of the Book Fair with Superhero Day!  We gathered together in our family groups this morning and played Jesus Bingo.   

We have been working on the routines of our spelling program, Words Their Way (WTW), over the last few weeks.  Students have been learning how to prepare their sorts and look for patterns within the set of words that is given to them.  As students have different needs to work on, they will be receiving different sets of words to practice during the week.  The focus of WTW is on the patterns in the English language, rather than the memorization of individual words.  Next Monday, each student will receive an individualized list of words to take home to work on.  Your child will be practicing these words at school and should be able to tell you how the words are sorted based on specific patterns.  During the last day of the week (usually Friday), the students will be tested on their understanding of the patterns of these words with a spelling quiz.  I will choose 10 words from the sort randomly to test the students. The quiz will be sent home for you to keep and to monitor your child’s progress.  I have included a video made by our literacy coach, Angela Laing, answering some commonly asked questions regarding this program. 

In Math, we continued to model how to use the number line to add and subtract numbers.  As well, we introduced to the students to the proper usage of the iPads and further their understanding of subitization with the introduction of the Ten Frame Mania and Num Tanga app.  They also played various math games aimed to develop their number sense.  

In Bible, we will be examining the lives of Joseph and Joshua and how they trusted God.  This week, we looked at the way that Joseph trusted God even when he was sold into slavery by his brothers.   

In our Theme unit of Me to We, we continued to work in small groups to come up with ways that we can contribute to our church community.  Some students said that we can keep the church clean, care for others, listen to the speaker, follow the rules, and be on time.   

In Health, we will begin to look at some common illnesses or medical conditions related to young children, such as asthma, allergy, cold and flu as well as losing their teeth. We hope that students can understand more about their bodies through these topics. This week, we discussed ways that we can prevent ourselves from getting a cold or flu, such as getting enough rest, getting regular exercise and consuming a healthy diet to improve our immune system as well as washing our hands regularly. 

A big thank you to Siew Hoon’s family for coming in to tell us something about their family.  We learned that their family came to Canada from Singapore 8 years ago.  They enjoy traveling when they have time and try different foods as well.  We also found out their family’s Bible verse: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 1:4). 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Oct 27

Dear Parents, 

Since the start of school, students have been writing in their Writing books about one interesting thing that they have done over the weekend.  Keeping their writing focused and exploding a small moment (adding details to one event) are skills that we will continue to reinforce this year.  We also read a number of books written by Mo Willems, our featured author, and contrasted his different stories.  The students reflected and thought that the Pigeon series and the Elephant and Piggie series have fewer words and are funnier than his Knuffle Bunny books. They also thought that Knuffle Bunny could be based on his own experience as a dad and that writers can get ideas from their own experiences.  Students continued to work on their handwriting, touch typing, and routines for Words Their Way program.    

We introduced two reading strategies this week that some students probably already use when reading: 

1) Back up and reread  

2) Eagle eye  

With the first strategy, students are encouraged to reread parts of the text that they may not understand to improve on their comprehension of the story.  On the other hand, Eagle eye is a strategy that encourages students to use the pictures to confirm or decode unfamiliar words.  If possible, when reading with your child, you can use the same terminology that we use to describe the reading strategies that we have covered. 

Our school book fair is scheduled for Oct 30 to Nov 2.  If you are interested in buying books for your child, you can visit the fair at these times:  

Monday 9:00am-3:15pm  

Tuesday 8:30am-3:15pm   

Wednesday 8:30am-6:00pm  

Thursday 12:00am-8:00pm  

You are also welcome to purchase books for our classroom library.  A wish list will be compiled by Tuesday.    

In Math, students worked on different activities to develop their number sense this week.  They made their own number line to reinforce their understanding of number sequence.  Being able to see and work with a number line enhances their mental math strategies for adding and subtracting numbers.  We will be referring to this tool throughout the school year.  Students also filled in and decorated their own November calendar with dates that are important to them.  We will be completing a monthly calendar each month going forward.  Please help your child put the calendar in a place where they can see and make use of it to reinforce the concept of time. Some suggested that they would like to tape it to their doors, inside their room or on the refrigerator door.  We discussed how the calendar can help us organize our routines.   

In Bible, we continued to review the stories of Noah, Abraham and Isaac and discuss rules that we need to follow in school and at home.  Some of the students said that we need to follow class rules such as putting their hands up before speaking, staying on task, and cleaning up their desk after completing a task.  Some also suggested that they need to obey rules at home such as not jumping on their beds and keeping their room tidy.  We talked about how these rules help to keep us safe and help us learn in school. 

In our Theme unit of Me to We, we continued to look at the different groups that the students belong to and how they can contribute to them.  Some students suggested that we need to be caring, cheer for and listen to our friends when we are part of a sports team.  They also suggested that you can help your family by doing chores, listening to their parents, and following their rules. 

In Health, we summarized the healthy lifestyle choices that we can make, such as good diet, exercise, sleep, and hygienic practices to keep germs away.  Next week, we will be looking at some of the more common illnesses or medical conditions that children may experience, such as the cold, the flu, asthma and allergies as well as what happens when we go to the doctor and dentist. 

We would like to thank Chloe C.’s family for their presentation this week.  We learned that Chloe’s dad enjoys fishing and her mom likes to cook.  On the other hand, Chloe likes many different activities such as ballet, skating, playing the violin, and drawing.  They traveled to Okanagan over the summer and went to many U-pick farms, Adventure Park, and Kangaroo Farm.  They also shared about their family verse “We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19. 

Next Friday, Nov 3 is Superhero day.  Students are encouraged to come dress in their favourite superhero outfit.  We discussed that a superhero can be someone who does great work for their community such as a doctor, dentist, nurse, or chef as well. 

Have a good weekend and I look forward to meeting you next week during our Parent-teacher conferences!