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Jun 14

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we continued to reinforce some of the key reading and writing strategies that the students have been introduced to.  We also learned about a few new authors from the picture books that your child brought in to share.   Please also check your child’s Back and Forth Book for a present that they made for their dads.

As we continued our unit on Measurement in Math, we defined weight as how heavy something is and how knowing the weight of something can help us, such as in cooking or baking.  The students noticed that something can be big but weighs very little, yet something can be small but weighs a lot.  They also said that some materials are heavier than others.  As well, we examined and learned how to use some of the equipment for measuring weight, such as a bathroom scale, kitchen scale, and a balance.  Finally, we investigated the topic of capacity and compare the volume of different containers.  

In Bible, we learned that following Paul’s conversion, he went on many journeys to spread the good news.  He was also put in jail for furthering God’s Kingdom.  We talked about how he was able to find joy even when he was suffering for Jesus.  The students reflected in their Bible writing book ways that they can spread the Good News to others.  They suggested that we can invite non-believers to church, tell them stories from the Bible, and pray for them.  

We concluded our Inquiry unit of Now and Then.  Students looked at pictures of Richmond from long ago and noticed that there were less buildings, cars, and people before.  Some thought that it would be nice to live in the old Richmond because it was less crowded, more space for cars to drive through, and more room to play outside.  After contrasting the school, home, and Richmond from the past and present, some students said that it is better to live in the past, while others thought they prefer to live in the present.  But most agreed that some changes are good, and some are not so good. 

For the last week of school, we will not be enforcing the indoor and outdoor shoes rule. Students should have already brought home their indoor shoes.   

A reminder that the Grade Twelve convocation is on this Saturday.  This will be the last chance for the prayer buddies to meet up.  It will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (22680 Westminster Hwy, Richmond).  Students will be expected to dress up for this event (e.g. dresses for girls and shirts for boys).

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all your support and encouragement this school year.  It was my pleasure to partner with you in this phase of your child’s life.  The students had a great year of learning from each other as well as building friendships.  This week, we reflected on our school year and watched a video that I had put together about 1C.  You can follow the link below to watch or download it.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bUvmwohVZM&feature=youtu.be 

For privacy reasons, it will only be online privately for one week.  I am also happy to copy it onto your USB if that is easier.  You can send in your labelled USB next week and I will return them to you on the same day.  I hope you will enjoy the video!  

Have a great weekend celebrating Father’s Day and a fruitful summer holiday! 

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Jun 7

Dear Parents, 

As we embark on a new learning journey with the BC curriculum, four facets within its core competencies were highlighted since the start of your child’s school year.  As part of our class rules, the students were expected to learn to be problem solvers (social responsibility), communicators (communication), reflective thinkers (personal awareness and responsibility) and caring (social responsibility).   I believe that these learning attributes can help your child succeed in the 21st century.  In May, we unpacked these core competencies and asked the students to reflect and choose two that describes them best.  They were also asked to decide on the core competency that they wish to improve on.  The artifact that we are sending home next Wednesday, Jun 12 (in your child’s Back and Forth book) is their self-reflection of the kind of learner that they believe they are at this point and no doubt may change as they grow.  Hopefully, this will begin a dialogue that you will continue to have with your child in helping him/her become a life-long learner. 

Thank you for helping your child choose and bring in their favourite picture book.  We were able to learn about new authors and enjoy many different stories.  Hopefully over the summer, the students will continue to visit the public library wherever they are and revisit books by these authors, as well as continuing to discover their own favourite writers.  We continued to read books by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett and practiced how to infer.   

In Math, we discussed how we can use nonstandard units, such as unifix cubes, paper clips, or links to measure the length of objects around us.  We reinforced the idea that when using nonstandard units, we need to ensure that the nonstandard unit is lined up so that there is no overlapping or space between them.  The students noticed that the shorter the nonstandard units, the higher the answer becomes as compare to using longer nonstandard units (e.g. a pencil is about 8 unifix cubes long or about 5 large paper clips long).  The students also went on a “measure hunt” to find objects around the classroom that matches specific nonstandard units (e.g. find something around the room that is about 8 unifix cubes long).   

In Bible, the students learned about the amazing conversion of Paul and how he went from persecuting Christians to preaching the Good News.  We talked about how God can use anyone to spread the Good News of His kingdom. 

In our Inquiry unit of Now and Then, we discussed what school was like in the past.  We looked at pictures of schools from the past and asked the students to contrast between schools now and before.  They suggested that the students from the past tend to sit in rows as compare to groups, and that it may be harder to learn from each other.  As well, to develop the students’ critical thinking skills, we asked them to justify or give evidence to support their thinking.  They feel that the schools now are better than before because there are fewer students, more space to play, more teachers who are less strict, and more technology being used.   We also looked at some pictures of homes and items within a home from the past.  We discussed what the students found out about their parents’ homes when they were young.  The students thought that homes now are better.  They justified their thinking by saying that there was less technology, and more chores to do at homes from the past.  In order to help develop your child’s critical thinking skills, continue to prompt your child to give reasons or evidence to support their thinking.   

In Health, we talked about the last core competency of social awareness/responsibility.  We discussed how when we make good choices, we can help others learned, feel loved and be safe.  In order to be more aware of others, we need to listen to others, think about the perspective of others and encourage those around us.   

I will begin to send home the students’ workbooks and belongings over the next week and a half.  Please take some time to go over your child’s work and free feel to email me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Have a restful weekend!

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May 31

Dear Parents, 

We met up with our Grade twelve prayer buddies for lunch at the secondary campus on Tuesday.  Here are some pictures from our visit: 

In Language Arts, we continued our Literacy centres with students reading to themselves, creating their own stories, sorting their Words Their Way words, using the iPad to listen to stories, and practicing their handwriting skills.  As well, the students practiced their comprehension strategy of using inference when reading books written by our featured author Jon Klassen.  He is an award-winning writer and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat.  The students found out from a video interview that he is from Canada.  They also discovered that he tries to keep his stories simple and let the readers use their power of inference to interpret them.       

In Math, we began a new unit on Measurement.  Students will be expected to use nonstandard units to measure length as well as to explore the concept of capacity and volume.  This week, we launched the unit by defining how we can use nonstandard units such as paper clips, unifix cubes or links to measure the length of a given object.  We discussed that to measure using a nonstandard unit, we need to begin at one end of an object, and not leaving any space between the nonstandard units that we are using.  We also practiced how to estimate the length of an object using nonstandard units.   

We launched our new Inquiry unit of Now and Then this week.  Students will be expected to contrast the difference between schools, homes, and Richmond from the past.  It is our goal that the students will be able to ask questions and analyze information.  This week, we launched the unit by looking at the big idea of this unit and some of the questions that we may have about it. 

In your child’s Back and Forth book today, you will find a parent interview form.  The students will be asking you some questions about your school and home from the past.  Please help your child fill out the form and bring it back by next Tuesday so that we can discuss what they have learned. 

In Health, we continued to discuss the core competencies.  This week, we turned our attention to personal awareness.  We talked about being aware of who we are as a person as well as things that we are good at and things that we need to work on.  To be aware of yourself, you need to think deeply and reflect on your own actions consistently.   

David’s family came in this week to share with us what makes their family unique.  We learned that David was born in Hong Kong, but his family immigrated to Canada when he was two months old.  At home, David enjoys building Lego and marble run and playing with his nerf guns.  Sometimes, he may even combine different activities together.  As a family, they thank God for always protecting them, and providing them with grace and love. 

Other reminders for next week:  

  • All library books are due back by Thursday, June 6.  Return all home reading books next week as our home reading program has concluded
  • Help your child select and bring a picture book to share with the class so that we can learn about more authors from each other
  • There will be an early dismissal for Sports Day next Friday at 12:30

Students were given a carnival wrist band at the end of school today to promote our school carnival at the secondary campus.  The wrist band can be redeemed for food and carnival games. 

Have a great weekend and see you at the school carnival! 

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May 24

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we continued to discuss how good writers think about their word choices. We brainstormed words that are overused or “tired”, such as “and” or “then”, and came up with other words that can be used to replace them.  We also read two different books by our featured author, Melanie Watt, and contrasted them with her other books.   

We will be concluding our Home Reading program next Friday, May 31.  Please return all home reading books/booklets after that date.  In its place, I would like the students to each bring in a favourite picture book that they have read recently.  Each day from Monday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 18, two to three students will read their books to the class and tell us something interesting about the author (e.g. information from the inside of the book cover or the back of the book) and why they enjoy reading the book.  These books can be from home or the public library.  Please bring the books sometime next week and help your child label the books so that I can return them to you.  Hopefully, we can learn about some new authors from each other. 

As well, our last day for library class is Thursday, May 30.  Please help your child bring his/her library books and bag to school that day.  The library will be closed for inventory taking after May 31 and all books should be returned by Thursday, Jun 6. 

In Math, we finished our unit on Shapes.  Students learned to sort 2D shapes and 3D objects by using different attributes such as corners, sides, edges and faces.  They also discovered how to compose and decompose shapes using tangrams, pattern blocks, and geoboards as well as finding 2D shapes within 3D objects using nets.   

We concluded our Inquiry unit on Light and Sound by asking the students to compare their cup-a-phone (a simple listening device made of a string attached between two paper cups) when made with different materials.  The students continued to use their power of observation to draw a conclusion on a given hypothesis.  We talked about how even if our hypothesis is wrong, we can still learn lots from the experiments.  Please check out the Science Journal that I am sending home today to see what they have learned and our display board to see what the students are still wondering about on light and sound. 

This week, Boaz’s mom and dad came in to talk to us about their family.  We learned that they love to go bird watching, hiking, do gardening, play squash, golf, fish, ski and play the piano.  His family believes in sharing the love of God with others by serving at Awana and visiting seniors home.  A Bible verse that is important to his family is Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. 

In order to help your child develop their sense of independence and get ready for grade two, you may consider simply saying your goodbyes at the classroom door starting next week. This will be voluntary.  Please have a conversation with your child to see what they are comfortable with.   

Please let us know the number and type of pizza that you wish to order for our year-end celebration on the afternoon of Friday, Jun 14.  Each slice of pizza costs $1.50 and you can pass the payment to me or Julie (Elias’ mom).  Keep in mind that this date also coincides with the school’s Munch-a-lunch program and that we will be bringing the lunch that you had ordered to the picnic as well.   

A reminder that there is early dismissal at 2 pm next Friday, May 31 to enable students and staff to attend the school carnival at the high school campus starting at 2:30 pm.   

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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May 17

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we examined more books written by our featured author, Melanie Watt.  The students thought that her books are both funny and try to teach us a lesson at the same time. During literacy centres, we continued to practice how to infer with another wordless picture book, The Line by Suzy Lee. 

This week in Math, we explored how we can compose 2-D shapes using pattern blocks (e.g. using three equilateral triangles to make a trapezoid).  The students were introduced to how we can use pattern blocks to compose tessellation (a pattern made of identical shapes that must fit together without any gaps) and to make their own artwork that is put up outside the classroom.  

As well, students were given tangrams (a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces, two large triangles, one medium triangle, two small triangles, one square, and one parallelogram) to explore and make into various shapes such as a square, triangle, and rectangle while using all 7 tangram pieces.  These challenges and activities are intended to help students compose and decompose 2-D shapes as well as develop their spatial sense (e.g. being able to flip, rotate, and slide 2-D shapes).   

In Bible, we began to look at the early church after Jesus had died.  The students learned that on Pentecost, God sent his Holy Spirits to his followers.  It gave them the courage and power to spread the good news.  The students suggested that the Holy Spirit can help us overcome what we can’t by ourselves. 

In our Inquiry unit of Light and Sound, students compare how foil and cling wrap vibrates and affects the pitches of their kazoos.  They continue to make a hypothesis, record their observations and draw conclusions in their science journal. 

In Health, we looked into another core competency, critical thinking.  The students thought that being a critical thinker means you ask good questions to learn.  We discussed that we can be a critical thinker by thinking deeply about what we do, judging our actions, and changing our mind if necessary.   

Evan’s mom, dad, and brother, Derek, came in this week to share with us the top five things that they like to do as a family.  We found out that they like to go to farmer’s markets, beaches, parks, explore Seattle, play UNO, and read books.  Evan showed us his favourite book, Ninjago: Lloyd vs. Lord Garmadon.  A word that is special to his family is “providence” as it reminds them of how God put their family together and how He had watched over them when they were sick. 

Have a fantastic weekend! 

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May 10

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for being part of the Mother’s Day celebration today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the moms (and dads!) for their support this year and all the countless hours of sacrifices that you make each day. Indeed, you have all contributed greatly to your child’s growth this year.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the video that we showed at the beginning, please pass a USB to me for downloading.

In Language Arts, we continued to practice how to ask relevant questions, make predictions and inferences as we read books to help with our reading comprehension.  We also had individual writing conferences to discuss different writing strategies that we have been introduced to this year.  We began featuring books by Melanie Watt, the award-winning author of the Scaredy Squirrel series.  From her video interview, we found out that she wrote Scaredy Squirrel to help children to be brave and take good risks.  We also found out that she likes to use animals as her story characters, was born in Quebec, and learned to speak English when she was 8 years old.  

In Math, the students practiced how to read time on their own self-made clocks to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour, while some students began to practice and apply their addition strategies to tell time to the minutes.  We also began a new unit on Shapes and Objects.  Students will explore how 2-D shapes and 3-D objects are alike and different.  They will be expected to sort shapes and objects using at least one attribute or description and replicate a 2-D shape (e.g. square) using other 2-D shapes (e.g. two triangles), as well as to develop their spatial sense by flipping, rotating, and sliding shapes. This week, the students sorted various 2-D shapes into groups by describing their own sorting rules.  

In Bible, the students learned that David’s son, Solomon, became the next king of Israel. He asked God to give him wisdom to rule over Israel so that he can be a good king.  But soon he turned away from God.  Just like Saul though, he failed to repent and acknowledge God for his sins.  We reinforced the importance of obeying God’s commandments and what we should do if we make mistakes.  

In our Inquiry unit of Light and Sound, the students made their own kazoo (a small, simple musical instrument consisting of a hollow pipe with a hole in it, over which is a thin covering that vibrates and produces a buzzing sound when the player sings or hums into the pipe) using the toilet paper roll that they brought in.  They discovered that vibrations make sound by touching the covered end of the kazoo when they blow into it. 

In Health, we continued to focus on the different core competencies highlighted in the new BC curriculum.  This week, we looked at creative thinking and how we can get ideas from around us.   The students reflected on the components of the core competencies that they are doing well in as well as parts that they need to work on.   

Happy Mother’s Day! 

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May 3

Dear Parents, 

During our literacy centres, we discussed how good readers, in addition to using connection, visualization, and questioning, use inference to help them be more engaged with and understand what they are reading.  As readers, we can use inference to fill in what is not written on the page.  This week, we practiced how to look for clues in the pictures by using wordless picture books such as That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares 

In Math, we began to discuss ways to read an analog clock to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour.  We talkeabout how each number on the clock not only represents the hour but can also help us tell time to the minute.  Like most math concepts, some students will be more ready than others.  If you feel your child is ready to tell time to the minute, when possible, ask your child to approximate or tell time so that they can practice and reinforce some of the concepts taught in class.   

In Bible, we found out that after years of chasing after David, Saul was killed by the Philistines. When David was told of this news, instead of being happy, he cried and was sad.  We contrasted the lives of David and Saul.  We discovered that they both became king, were a soldier, and loved Jonathan.  But David trusted God and was blessed, while Saul didn’t trust God and had a hard life.  Later in David’s reign as king, we learned that David forgot about God and sinned against Him.  We discussed how David repented and asked God for forgiveness.  However, even though God forgave David, there was still a consequence to his sin.   

In our Inquiry unit of Light and Sound, the students tested the hypothesis that they can change the size of the shadow by either bringing the flashlight closer to or further away from an object.  They recorded what they saw, made a conclusion about their experiment, and shared what they learned with the class. 

In Health, we continued to discuss how good communicators need to be able to share their ideas with others.  We talked about how we should think about what we need to say, speak confidently, and listen to others’ ideas.  We role-played some situations where we need to share our thoughts with others. 

This week, we planned and brainstormed about what we should do for our Mother’s Day Tea celebration in class next Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45. We decided on dividing the class into three different centres.  The students wanted a game centre where they will be playing card games, an art centre where they can work on a craft, and a snack centre where they can make and serve sandwiches for their moms.  If you are unable to attend, please email me by next Tuesday so that I can make alternate arrangement for your child (e.g. being my special helper) that afternoon.  We look forward to seeing you then. 

A reminder that class photo will be taken on Mon, May 6.  Please help your child to dress accordingly. 

Have a restful weekend! 

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Apr 26

Dear Parents, 

It was great to see the grandparents come and visit their grandchildren in class on Wednesday.  The students took the time to explain to their grandparents what they are learning during our literacy centres.  They showed their grandparents their Words Their Way sorts, and how to use the iPads to listen to stories as well as shared their writings and read stories from our class library.  The students were also prompted to ask their grandparents what school was like before.    

In Language Arts, we continued to read books, such as Ish and Sky Color, by our featured author, Peter H. Reynolds and emphasize the importance of learning from our mistakes, being creative and using our imagination on things that we write, draw or make.  We also introduced several wordless picture books to students to spark their imagination and provide them with writing ideas.   

In Math, the students made their own analog clock using paper plates and we will be using them in class for the duration of the Time unit.  Having students make their own clock reinforces the concept of time which can be difficult for some young children.  We also continued to work on word problems and provide opportunities for the students to apply their place value, addition and subtraction strategies.  As well, they completed their May calendar with dates and events that are meaningful to them. 

In our Inquiry unit of Light and Sound, we introduced the idea that some material can be transparent, translucent, or opaque.  Students experimented with different materials to see how light interacts with them and recorded their observations in their science journal. 

In Health, we talked about how being a communicator can help us.  We discussed that being a communicator means that we need to first listen carefully to what our friends are saying, think about what is being said, and respond in a kind and gentle manner.  We role-played some situations where the students need to make use of their communication skills to work with others. 

Have a great weekend! 

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Apr 18

Dear Parents, 

We will be featuring books by Peter H. Reynolds over the next few weeks.  He is the award-winning author/illustrator of The DotIsh and Sky Color and writes stories to inspire young children to be more creative. This week, we watched a video by him telling us how he created his books and the importance of using our imagination.  The students then used their creativity and turned their simple dots into various scenes for our display board outside.   

In Math, we began our unit on Time.  Students will be expected to tell time on an analog clock to the hour, quarter-hour, and half-hour.  Students will be encouraged to apply their mental addition and subtraction skills to reading time.  This week, we launched the unit by asking the students why we need to learn time.  Some suggested that knowing time lets us know when to do something, not be late, and how much time is left to do something.  We brainstormed events that take seconds, minutes, hours, or days.  As well, the students were taught a card game called Guess My Card.  It helps to reinforce their ability to add numbers to twenty by using mental math as well as the idea that numbers can be decomposed into parts.  This is another card game that you can play with your child at home to improve their understanding of part-part-whole relationships (e.g. 11 is the whole and 7 and 4 are the parts), a key component in developing a young child’s number sense.  More recent research has suggested the use of games over drilling practices to help students master their number facts.   

We began our new Inquiry unit on Light and Sound this week.  Students are expected to explore the properties of light (e.g. colour, brightness) and sound (e.g. pitch, volume) and how they can be manipulated, as well as ways that light and sound help us in our daily lives.  We will also be introducing the scientific method (e.g. asking a question and making a hypothesis, deciding on the method to test the hypothesis, recording and evaluating results) through the various experiments that we have planned for this unit.  This week, we launched the unit by introducing the big idea that light and sound help us understand our world, the difference between natural and artificial light, and ways that light can travel. Students were also given pictures of natural and artificial light to sort.  They discovered that natural light comes from nature while artificial light is man-made.  We watched a BrainPOP video on how light travels and things that it can pass through. 

In order to perform some of the experiments planned for this unit, we are asking each child to bring in two toilet paper rolls by next Friday.  Thank you for your help in advance! 

A gentle reminder that next Wednesday, Apr 24 is Grandparents Day.  All grandparents are encouraged to come to watch their grandchildren perform in the gym and circulate into the classroom to see how their grandchildren learn. 

Trafford’s mom and dad came in this week to share about their family.  We discovered that Trafford likes penguins, turtles, the Power Rangers as well as to build Lego, read Who Would Win books, and play ice hockey.  He also likes to cook, swim, play Beyblade, and go to the beach with his brother Henrik.  A Bible verse that is special to them is from Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. 

Happy Easter! 

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Apr 12

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we continued to review ways that you can add voice to your writing such as telling the audience how you or the character in the story feels and adding details to liven up their writing.  We also talked about how you can use capital letters and exclamation marks to show excitement or strong feelings.  Students are also beginning to use Accelerated Reader (AR) during our literacy center time with Mrs. Mung.   

In Math, we completed our unit on Addition and Subtraction.  Students have been exposed to a host of addition and subtraction strategies and have begun to choose strategies that are more efficient given the numbers that they need to work with.  As students continue to move from the counting stage, to the reasoning (being able to reason out an answer) stage, and to the mastery (recall within 3 seconds) stage, provide your child with authentic opportunities to use their addition and subtraction skills to help them see how math is all around us! 

In Bible, the students reflected in their Bible writing book about what Easter means to them.  They suggested that Easter reminded them of how Jesus died and rose again, what he did for us, and of the need to spend time with Jesus.   

We will be examining ways to help students achieve their goals using the core competencies in Health during this last term. They will be discussing what it means to be a communicator, thinker, as well as being aware of themselves and others and how these attributes can help them next school year.  This week, we brainstormed some jobs that the students would like to do when they grow up.  They discovered that they need to use all their core competencies on every job that we talked about. 

iCare for the World Week began this week.  We talked about the different sacrifices that we can make for International Child Concern (ICC) such as giving up part of our recess time to pray for ICC.  We also discussed how Jesus sacrificed his life for us as an example of how we can help others.  A reminder that the donation envelopes should be returned next Monday, April 15.   

A special thank you to Ella’s mom and dad for coming in this week to share about their family.  We learned that Ella’s English name means a bright, shining light, while her Chinese name means “to shine in harmony”.  Ella has donated her hair twice for cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital.  As a family, they like to cook, try out different restaurants, camp, snowboard, fish, go biking, and travel.  The verse that they chose for Ella and her brother, Lucas, is from Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 

Have a good weekend! 

Message from Ms. Huber:
To help students and staff prepare for the evening musical, the library and computer lab will be closed after school on Thursday, April 18th. Please arrange to pick up your child at 2:45.