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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!