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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