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Nov 29

Dear Parents, 

The fourth author that we are focusing on this year is Leo Lionni.  He was an award-winning children’s author and illustrator of more than 40 books.  Some of his books include Inch by InchAlexander and the Wind-up Mouse, and Swimmy.  The students noticed that his books are similar in style to Eric Carle’s in how he uses collages for illustrations.  Some students suggested that his books are not as funny as Mo Willems’ or Robert Munsch’s books, while others thought that his books have a beginning that introduces the characters, a middle that tells us there is a problem, and an ending where there is a solution.   

Since we started exploring different addition strategies in Math several weeks ago, we have covered strategies such as “count on”, and “make ten”.  This week, we discussed how we can add by using “double facts” or near doubles.  The students rotated through various math centres to reinforce their addition skills using the iPads, worksheets, and games. 

In Bible, we reviewed the ways that Moses and Joshua trusted God and asked the students to reflect what they have learned from them.  We will be looking at the birth of Jesus over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas.  It is our hope that students will understand the true meaning of Christmas and what a precious gift God has given us.   

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the sky, we examined how spring and summer affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see.  The students thought that we need to wear light jacket, pants, and long sleeve T-shirt during spring; while we need to wear shorts, short sleeve T-shirts, and sandals in the summer.  They also noticed that we can see flowers and plants bloom during spring and lots of sunshine in the summer. 

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at medical conditions that are relevant to young children, such as the common cold and flu, allergies, and asthma in Health. This week, we talked about what happens when you lose a tooth and the difference between the baby teeth and the adult teeth. We also learned about our mouth: teeth, roots, gums, and jaw.    

Report cards will be made available online next Monday, December 2.  Do take some time to go over the report card with your child.  Let them know what they are doing well in and what are some areas that they need to work on.    

A reminder that your child will need to bring a small bag (about a quarter of a cup or enough to partially cover two gingerbread cookies) of nut-free candy to decorate their cookies during our annual gingerbread cookie decorations next Friday during our family group meeting. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Message from the library: 

During the last couple of weeks before the Christmas break, we have a few after school library closures. These are in addition to our regular Wednesday afternoons. 

The library will be closed after school on: 

Tuesday, December 3rd 

Thursday, December 12th 

Friday, December 13th 

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Nov 21

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we reviewed some of the observations that the students have of our featured author, Robert Munsch.  They noticed that his books are always about young children, that there is usually a repeating pattern and that he makes children laugh by being silly.  We also contrasted some of his books and found that some can leave us with a surprised ending (e.g. The Paper Bag Princess) and some can leave us a bit sad (e.g. Love You Forever).  

In Math, we continued to explore different addition strategies, such as Count On (e.g. What is 3+2? I count from 3 then 2 more) and Make Ten (e.g. What is 9+5? I can take 1 from the 5 and add it to the 9 to make 10, then add the 10 to the 4) using math tools, such as the number line, ten frame, fingers, and 100chart.  They were given a chance to apply those skills with math (word) problems to solve.  The students also completed the December calendar by putting in dates that are important to them.  Again, please help your child place the calendar in a location where he/she can see and make plans for the week.    

In Bible, we continued to look at the message of trusting God.  This week, we reviewed the story of Moses and looked at the life of Joshua.  We discussed how God spoke to Moses and chose him because of his faith to lead his people into Canaan.  We learned that Joshua was initially hesitant to lead the Israelites after Moses died, but trusted that God can lead them to a victory over the Canaanites.   

In Health, we continued to look at common illnesses and medical conditions affecting young children.  This week, we talked about the causes of asthma and ways that we can control it. 

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we examined how winter affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see.  The students thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats.  They also noticed that we can go skiing, play in the snow, and see birds migrating during this season. 

1C will be celebrating Christmas with activity centres on Wednesday, Dec 11 from 9:00-10:30.  We are asking for parent volunteers to come and run different centres, such as games in the small gym, bingo, and crafts.  If you could help, please email me by December 6.  Thank you in advance for your help.   

Have a restful weekend! 

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Nov 15

Dear Parents, 

Today, we celebrated different kinds of heroes.  Biblical heroes, comic book heroes, and community heroes.  We talked about how heroes sacrifice themselves for others.  Whether it is by helping others, serving others, respecting others, or loving others, we all have a hero within ourselves.

We introduced the reading strategy of visualization to the students this week.  Visualization enables students to be more aware of the descriptive languages that good writers use in their text.  We practiced a simple visualization exercise by me calling out a single word and asking them to make a picture in their heads.  We decided that some words (e.g. objects) are much easier for visualization and other words like “the” or “at” are more difficult to visualize.  We discussed how we could use our different senses when visualizing the text.   

In addition to the “c vs. K” rule that we talked about two weeks ago, we introduced another spelling rule to the students called “Buzz Off Miss Pill”.  When students try to spell a one syllable word with a short vowel and ends with “z, f, s, l”, the last letter should be doubled (e.g. frizz, stuff, less, bell).   

We continued to read books and watch interviews online by Robert Munsch.  Students noticed that his books are like Mo Willems because they are humorous and encourage children to read aloud together. 

In Math, students rotated through Math centers to work independently on different math skills related to number sense and addition.  Students are grouped during this time based on their specific math needs.  The groupings are flexible and can be changed depending on what we are working on that week.  There are four centers that the students rotate through every 15-20 minutes.  At the iPad center, students work on a specific app to enhance their number sense.  At the Game center, students play math games related to addition.  At the Practice Work center, students work on math drills or worksheets to reinforce their addition and subtraction skills.  At the last center, students work with me and practice articulating their mathematical thinking through various math tasks.  This week, we explored the ways that we can add numbers, such as counting all and counting on by using tools such as the number line, ten frame, fingers, and 100chart.  It is our intent to move the students from the counting stage to the reasoning stage of addition and eventually to the mastery stage where students can do addition mentally without the aid of manipulatives. 

In Inquiry, we introduced the big idea that patterns help us understand our world.  This week, we began to explore the idea that seasons affects all living things.  We will be looking at why we have seasons, and how they affect our daily lives.  Students were asked to brainstorm some questions that they would like to find out more about.  The students wondered why the days are longer in the summer, why does the earth spin, and why does the sky change?  We also found out that we have seasons because of how the earth tilts towards the sun.   

I came across an interesting TED Talk video by Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker, and educational advisor, on creating an education system that nurtures creativity – one of the core competencies in our new BC curriculum.  The video is about 20 minutes long.  

We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium as part of our Inquiry unit on Animal Adaptation on Tuesday, February 11.  Please email me if you can volunteer to be a group leader that day.  You will be taking care of a small group of students around the aquarium.  We will be requiring your assistance from 8:45 to 2:45.   A special admission fee will be charged to you unless you have a season pass at the aquarium.  There will be spaces on the school bus for parent volunteers. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Nov 8

Dear Parents,  

Today, we talked about the meaning behind the poppies that people wear during Remembrance Day.  The students discovered that this is a day where we remember all the heroes and soldiers who have made sacrifices for our country.   

We started the week by featuring a new author, Robert Munsch.  He is a best-selling Canadian author of over 70 books.  The students watched a video interview on him and discovered that he finds inspirations in his stories through interactions with real children.  Some initial impressions that the students have of him are that there seems to be a repeating pattern within his books and that he writes to make children laugh.  

In Math, we explored Ten Frame Mania and Num Tanga Junior on the iPads, to give the students more practice on their subitization skills.  We did practice work (e.g. worksheets) using the number line, as well as using it as another strategy to show how students get their answers when solving math problems. 

In Bible, we finished looking at the life of Joseph.  The students responded in their Bible exercise book about what they have learned from his story.  Some students said that you need to trust God even when things are hard or unfair, and that we need to follow God’s plan.   

We completed our Inquiry unit of Me to We by asking the students to contributto a book about ways that we can help in a classroom.  Some students said that we can help 1C by being caring to others, solving problems when they arise, listening to instructions, and modeling good choices to their friends.  

In Health, we continued to explore some common illnesses that young children may encounter. This week, we talked about what is an allergy and some of its causes, as well as what happens during an allergic reaction and ways that we can prevent it.   

Have a restful weekend! 

Message from Mr. Paul: 

Boom! Zap! Pow! Put on your capes, because November 15th is RCS Elementary Hero Day! Come dressed up as your favourite hero — a Bible hero, a comic book hero, or a community hero, the possibilities are endless. This is your chance to get creative and honour all the superheroes in our lives — both fictional and the real-life. 

 

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Nov 4

Message from Mr. Paul:

Dear Parents,

This Friday, Chapel will be focusing on Remembrance Day. Each student will be given the opportunity to wear a poppy. These poppies are from the Royal Canadian Legion and a small donation is encouraged for the Legion that supplied RCS with these poppies. We encourage you to talk with your child about Remembrance Day and its significance. If you desire, please have your child bring a small coin donation for the poppies that they will be receiving on Friday. We look forward to supporting those that have sacrificed in a meaningful manner for our freedoms as we honour our veterans.

 Please visit this page for more information: https://www.legion.ca/remembrance

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Nov 1

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we continued to reinforce some of the reading strategies that we have introduced to the students so far while reading aloud books by our featured author, Mo Willems, as well as during our weekly individual reading conferences.   

We also discussed that in our writing, we need to place a period at the end of an idea or sentence.  When writing, young students need to attend to forming letters, leaving finger spaces between words, spelling, and deciding on the content.  Quite often, however, using punctuation may not be something that they place a high priority on.  In addition, we discussed how to choose between the letter “c” or “k” when spelling an unknown word that begins with a hard “c” sound.  The students discovered that we use “k” with a stick vowel (e and i) and “c” with a round vowel (a, o, u).  For example, kit instead of cit, cap instead of kap.   

In Math, we continued to model how to use the number line to add and subtract numbers.  We explained that the number line is one of many tools that we can use to add and subtract numbers along with the ten frame, 100 chart, fingers, or mental math.  As well, we introduced to the students to the proper usage of the iPads and further their understanding of subitization with the introduction of the Ten Frame Mania apand Num Tanga Junior.  They also played various math games aimed to develop their number sense.  

In Bible, we will be examining the lives of Joseph and Joshua and how they trusted God.  This week, we looked at the way that Joseph trusted God even when he was sold into slavery by his brothers.   

In our inquiry unit of Me to We, we continued to work in small groups to come up with ways that we can contribute to our church community.  Some students said that we can keep the church clean, pray for others, listen to the speaker, and follow the rules.   

In Health, we will begin to look at some common illnesses or medical conditions related to young children, such as asthma, allergy, cold and flu as well as losing their teeth. We hope that students can understand more about their bodies through these topics. This week, we discussed ways that we can prevent ourselves from getting a cold or flu, such as getting enough rest, getting regular exercise and consuming a healthy diet to improve our immune system as well as washing our hands regularly. 

Individual photo retake is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 7.  If you wish for your child to retake his/her individual picture, please email me or write in the Back and Forth book to let me know. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Messages from Mr, Paul

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00pm for our Elementary Deeper Learning Parent Night. This will be an important evening of learning and information that we encourage parents to attend. 

We kindly request that you use this link to RSVP. We want to ensure that we have prepared sufficient materials for those in attendance.

Please note that there will be no childcare provided and that the evening is not suitable for children.

If you would like more information about the evening, you can watch this video.

We hope to see you there!