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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. 

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Apr 5

Dear Parents, 

The students came back and had lots to share with the class about what they did over the holidays.  As we begin the last term of the school year, we will continue to push forward with the students’ learning, so that they will have a good start to grade two.  

In Language Arts, we reviewed ways that you can add voice to your writing.  We continued to practice how to ask relevant questions and make predictions when reading a book.   Students have begun their training on using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program.  This will be integrated into our literacy centres starting next week.   

In Math, we discussed and practiced how we can efficiently add a group of coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarters) using 10 and 25 as anchors.  As the students move from the reasoning stage of addition to the mastery stage (mental math), continue to provide an authentic experience where your child can make use of their mental math skills, such as giving them a group of coins to add or practicing giving change.   

In Bible, we reviewed the Easter story by watching a short video in class. Students reflected on what it means for Jesus to die for us and completed the display outside of our room. They suggested that he took away our sins and that Easter is about spending time with God 

iCare for the World week will begin on April 9.  Each year we raise money for International China Concern (ICC), an organization that cares for abandoned and disabled children in China.  We will be doing various activities in class to reinforce the idea of making sacrifices for others.  Your child will receive a donation envelope today.  If you wish to participate, you can donate either online or offline using the directions on the envelope.  Please return all donations by Monday, April 15.   

We will be holding our Mother’s Day Tea on Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45.  It would be great if you can take time out to join us that day.  More information regarding the Mother’s Day Tea to come.   

A reminder that Club begins next week.  The following students are involved this term (Apr 8-May 31):  

Monday iMovie Club (lunch): Kirsten, Emma, Amelie, Evan 

Friday Hockey Club (lunch): David 

Friday Lego Challenge Club (after school in Mrs. Sanders’ room): Charles 

Have a great weekend!