Mar 1

Dear Parents, 

Thank you again for taking time out to come and celebrate your child’s learning on Wednesday 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 discuss how we can use our “voice” to improve our writing. This week, we discussed how our writing voice is unique like our speaking voice. If we say what we think and how we feel, our writing voice will come through loud and clear. As well, we continued to practice our reading strategy of Ask Questions.  Students practiced how to ask questions before, during, and after reading using a book that we have read before. When reading with your child, you can employ this strategy to help him/her increase engagement and comprehension of the text. We read The 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 is popular and traditions that we celebrate from our own culture.   

The students were invited to 4L on Thursday to play arcade games that the grade four students made using cardboard 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.   

We found out from Charles this week during his family presentation that his Chinese name, Tian-Ze, means blessing from God.  He showed us pictures of his family including his older sister and baby brother going on trips to China, Mexico, and Australia as well as local trips to hiking, rock climbing and the park.  We also discovered that his mom, dad, grandpa and grandma were baptized over the last 7 years.   

Clubs have ended this week.  If your child was involved this term with after-school clubs, please be sure to pick them up at their usual dismissal time from our classroom next week.   

On Friday, March 8th our chapel theme will be “Incredible Companion” so bring your special friend who has been with you through thick and thin, also known as your favourite stuffy! We will have our annual stuffy toss at the end of the chapel.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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