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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