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Feb 22

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, please send a labelled USB with your child to school so that I can download the video on it.   

The student-led conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 27.  During the half-hour session that you can sign up for online, 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 math game 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 also watched a video interview of him describing his usual work day and how he likes to always carry a pencil and some paper around to write down his ideas for new books.   

We introduced another reading strategy, Flippy dolphin, to help students read unfamiliar words.  The following is a video illustrating this strategy: 

This week we celebrated our 100th day of school. We rotated through to 1N to work on an art activity related to 100, to 1D to put together a 100-piece puzzle, 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 15

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.  

Just a reminder that 1C’s Chapel presentation is next Friday, February 22.  We encourage you to come and support your child.  The video for the Chapel presentation will be made available to you after the presentation. 

We will be celebrating our 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 20.  Students will be rotating through the different grade one classrooms that day to work on activities that are related to 100.  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Message from the office: 

Signup for student-led conferences is now open. If you haven’t signed up yet, please CLICK HERE to sign up.  Signup closes on Wednesday.

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Feb 8

Dear Parents, 

During literacy centres this week, the students practiced their independent reading skills, looked for patterns with their Words Their Way sorts, and worked on their handwriting and creative stories. Over the next few weeks, we will begin to discuss how good writers use “voice” to make their writing unique. This week, we began by impressing on the students that we write for a specific audience.  Depending on the audience, we may adjust our writing to express our “voice”.   We also continued to practice asking questions before, during and after we read to enhance our understanding of the text.  

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 with her telling us that reading books can teach us lots of new concepts as well as taking us on many exciting adventures.  

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.  

We have completed our Inquiry unit on Patterns in the Sky.  Students will be bringing home a booklet that they have worked on over the last few weeks.  Please take some time this weekend to talk to them about what they have learned.  We will not be starting another Inquiry unit until after the student-led conference (Feb 27) as we will be spending time in class to prepare the students for that date.   

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 help us stay safe.   

We concluded our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky by inviting High Touch High Tech to come to our class to answer some of the questions that the students have about this unit.  They explored why we have seasons, how seasons affect all living things, how to read a thermometer, and how to make “snow”.   

We would like to thank Annabelle, her brother, Justin, and her mom and dad for coming in this week to tell us what makes their family unique.  They talked about how they like to celebrate Christmas by building gingerbread houses and decorating their house as well as the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Annabelle is involved with her church activities, Awana, art and dance classes.  She likes to ski, travel, bake, and play Chess with her family as well! 

A quick reminder that next Thursday, February 14, will be Red, Pink and White Day.  Your child is encouraged to come to school wearing those colours to celebrate Valentine’s Day.   

Have a wonderful weekend!