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Mar 13

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for coming in today to support your child during Chapel.  The students worked hard these last two weeks in preparation for this presentation.  If you are interested in obtaining the Chapel video that we made, you can view or download it from the following link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO-FOKzsJU4&feature=youtu.be 

This link will only be available for the next two weeks for privacy reasons.  You can also send a labelled USB with your child to school after Spring Break so that I can download the video on to it.   

The report cards have been released online today.  Please take a few minutes over the weekend to discuss with your child what they have done well in and what they need to improve on.  Regular reflections enable students to be more aware of their thinking and learning.  

In Language Arts, students continued to rotate through different literacy centers to write creative stories, practice their handwriting, study/analyze words, and listen to reading.  They also listened to their peers present their creative stories and learned to ask questions and provide relevant feedback. 

In Math, students were given another chance to apply their addition and subtraction skills in our mock shopping centre.  They were also introduced to the other coins in the Canadian money system (e.g. nickel, dime, and quarter).  We also practiced how we can efficiently add groups of coins quickly using 10 as an anchor or putting them into groups of tens.  Over the holidays, when possible, allow your child to use money to buy small items at a convenience store to consolidate their mental math strategies.  As well, if you are traveling overseas, let your child contrast and compare the money from that country in terms of the denominations used and the pictures on the money.  The students also completed their April calendar by putting in dates that are meaningful to them. 

In Bible, we continued with the story of David and Saul.  This week, the students discovered that David restrained himself from harming Saul because he was anointed by God.  God was with David and kept him safe from Saul.   

In our Inquiry unit on Diversity, the students shared the kinds of food that they make at home or enjoy eating as a family.  We continued to reinforce the idea that even though we are different, we are the same as we are created in the image of God. 

After the Spring Break, we will begin a Health unit on Ways to Succeed.  Students will be expected to learn strategies/core competencies that can help them achieve their goals.  

Have a great Spring Break! 

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Mar 6

Dear Parents, 

In Language Arts, we introduced a new reading strategy – predict.  This strategy involves students making predictions to what will happen next in a story as they read and using the text to confirm their predictions.  We read two books by Oliver Jeffers.  We contrasted his books and the students thought that The Incredible Book Eating Boy is funny like his other books.  As well, they suggested that he used a different first sentence in The Moose Belongs to Me to hook the audience than his usual “Once there was a boy…”.  The students were given a chance to share the writing that they did throughout the week with the class and practice giving meaningful feedback to their classmates.  

To integrate our unit on Addition and Subtraction in Math with the concept of money, we put together a mock shopping centre in our classroom for students to put their math skills in action.   

Students were divided into two groups, shopkeepers and shoppers. Shopkeepers worked in groups of twos or threes to sell their goods (e.g. rulers, markers, pencils, etc.) to the shoppers who began with $10.  After the shopping period ended, we examined the materials bought by each shopper and see if the materials, including any change, added up to $10.  Once students were able to get the right amount, they were given an extra $10 to spend during the next round of shopping.  Students alternated being shopkeepers and shoppers each day.   

We will be looking at the consequence of disobedience through Saul and David this week and next.  This week, we learned how the Israelites asked God for a king even though they already have God.  We discovered that Samuel crowned Saul to be their first king. But Saul was proud of his own achievements and failed to listen to God. Then we found out how Samuel anointed David as the new king because of Saul’s transgressions.  He filled David with the Holy Spirit and gave him the ability to defeat Goliath and the Philistines.  King Saul became jealous of David and decided to harm David.    

In our Inquiry unit of Diversity, we identified some of the cultures that represents this class as well as the languages that are spoken at home.  We discovered that English, Cantonese, and Mandarin are used in the homes of the students in this class.  In addition, we looked at some of the pictures that you have sent in and focused this week on the activities that 1C’s families like to be engaged with.  We hope that the students will see that we are different and yet have many similarities.   

In Health, we picked up on our theme of Ways to be Safe at home, school, and out and about. We watched a video on the safe usage of medicine.  The students discovered that there are specific ways to use each medicine.  Some are meant to be swallowed, while others are inhaled, injected, applied topically as well as placed into our ears or eyes.  They also learned that we need to ask an adult before taking medicine, always read the direction on the bottle, and to never share our medicine with others. 

I will be replacing the content of your child’s Back and Forth book next Friday. If you wish to retain the old pages, please email me and let me know.  Otherwise, they will be shredded and recycled. 

In addition, a reminder that 1C will be hosting Chapel next Friday from 8:35-9:10.   

Have a great weekend! 

Message from Ms. Huber:

Next week, due to a school event, the library will be closed on Thursday after school. Therefore, the library will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school next week. Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up at 2:45pm.

Library and AR will be open Monday and Tuesday as usual.