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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

It was lovely getting to chat with the students in the last couple of days! Seeing their happy smiles and connecting with them once again had really made my day!

I just want to let you know that our class blog will be closed from now on for Off-Site Learning. All updates and information regarding Off-Site Learning will be found in MS Office 365 Teams starting on Monday, April 6th

Looking forward to connecting with you and your child through Zoom and MS Teams!

Blessings,

Ms. Tsang

Week of March 9th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 16, 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a good start of the Spring Break with your child and are enjoying the sunshine these couple of days.

Last week had no doubt been a tough week for me but I am so thankful for wonderful colleagues who had taken great care of 1T while I was away. Here are some highlights of the past week:

Bible: The students read about Jonah and learned about how God is forgiving and merciful. The students also recited the Bible memory verse to Ms. Lei. 

Language Arts: The students focused on the setting of stories this week. They learned that setting is the time and place stories happen. After reading, the students were encouraged to identify the setting of different stories. They then worked on creating their own stories using some of the ideas they collected. The 1T authors are getting many practices in writing their own stories, presenting the stories to others, and listening and giving their peers feedback. 

Math: The students continued to practice explaining their mathematical thinking and creating real-life subtraction problems for their classmates to solve. They are beginning to independently look for tools to help them work out problems. 

Inquiry: 1T kickstarted the Social Studies Unit-“Diversity”. The students paired up with a partner and took turns to interview each other using a Venn Diagram. The students practiced communicating clearly as well as listening to others. They wrote down their similarities and differences in the diagram. 

The report cards have been released online on Friday.  Please take a few minutes 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.  Thank you for your home support!

Praying that you will enjoy some wonderful family time with your child this Spring Break! Stay healthy and strong! 🙂

Here are a few beautiful photos taken by Ms. Lei during one of the recesses last week. Enjoy!

Blessings,

Ms. Tsang

Week of March 2nd

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thanks for taking the time to read our class blog.

Here are some highlights of this week:

Bible: We read about Elisha and how God healed Neeman’s leprosy and pride. We also discussed how Neeman’s servant girl showed love and kindness instead of hatred and revenge toward her enemy. We will be asking the students to recite the Bible Memory Verse to us next week. Thanks for your home support!

Language Arts: Using our mentor texts, we reviewed how all stories need a beginning, middle, and end. We also spent time describing characters in our mentor texts and creating our own interesting characters for our third story. 

Math: We practiced using different strategies and tools to help us subtract numbers. We were also challenged to think of different ways to make a number (i.e. 5=1+4/2+3/6-2/2+2+1). It was a good exercise to stretch our brains and play with numbers. 

Art: We made our first one-point perspective drawing this week. Ask your child to tell you about the line of horizon and vanishing point. They were very enthusiastic about using the ruler to make the lines and drawing objects from big to small to create the effect. The students did a fantastic job! Take a look at how engaged they were and also some of their finished pieces:

 

Inquiry: When you have a chance to visit 1T, be sure to check out the outside bulletin board with their pictures, biomimicry projects and unit reflections. We will begin our unit on Diversity next week. Thanks in advance for helping your child gather pictures and putting them in the online folder. 🙂

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • March 16-27th: Spring Break 🙂
  • April 10th-13th: Good Friday & Easter Holiday

Have a fantastic weekend!

Blessings,

Ms. Tsang

Week of February 24th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to come to the Student-Led Conferences on Thursday. I hope you enjoyed listening to your child’s sharing and have had a chance to acknowledge their effort and celebrate some of their learning.

Here are some highlights of this week:

Bible: we read about Elijah and how he confronted Ahab for worshipping idols. We learned how Elijah was honest with God about his frustration and fear, and God was understanding and provided for his needs. We also discussed how it can be difficult and challenging to stand up for what is right, especially when others disagree with us. We prayed and asked God for the courage to help us be His light. 

Language Arts: We worked hard and published our stories this week! We hope you enjoyed reading them at the Student-Led Conference. We will be reading more stories in the coming weeks and applying new strategies to our upcoming story creations. Stay tuned!

The Word Work spelling test will be postponed to the 2nd week of March (before Spring Break) since there are only 2 weeks of school before the break. We will not be sending a new list in the month of March.

Math: We wrote subtraction stories/problems for others to solve. The students had the freedom to choose numbers that they feel comfortable working with while continues to have the opportunity to practice subtraction skills using the manipulatives given. The students were enthusiastic about sharing their stories and the strategies they used. We will continue to practice communicating clearly our mathematical thinking. 

Inquiry (Science): We wrapped up our Animal Adaptations unit. The students reflected on what they learned and recorded that on the worksheet. They also wrote down a wondering they still have about animals to encourage them to stay curious and keep asking questions. 

Yesterday, we were invited to the 4L carnival! The creative grade four students made arcade games using cardboard.  Just like at an arcade, the students were able to win prizes (gently used toys donated by the grade four students) for playing the games.  This was a great way for 4L to share their learning with their younger peers. We earned tickets and got prizes. The students said the grade 4’s inspired them to create their own games.

And as promised, here are the 100th-day photos from the week before.

Upcoming Dates & Reminders:

March 16th-27th: Spring Break (No School)

Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

Ms. Tsang

 

 

Week of February 17th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 22, 2020

Dear Parents,

We have had a fun week. On Tuesday, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium. Thanks again to the parent volunteers who led small groups around the aquarium and made learning fun and engaging. They also took some photos; please check them out here: Aquarium Photos. Please note that the folder will be taken down after a week.

On Wednesday, Grade 1’s celebrated the 100th day of school. We rotated through to 1N to listen to a 100th-day story, 1C to play 1010 Puzzles on their iPads, and 1T to make a creative picture using the number 100. The pictures of that day will be posted next week! 

We continued to explore how stories begin and what problems and solutions each story has during our read alouds. As authors, we learned from other authors and applied what we learned in our own stories. We talked about how writing is a process, which includes planning, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing. We practiced using the CUPS checklist to help us with editing our writing, which stands for Capitals, Understanding, Punctuation, and Spacing & Spelling. The students are excited about teaching you the writing process and showcasing what they have practiced and learned through their writing process at the student-led conferences!

In addition to their creative stories, the students have also been working diligently on their biomimicry projects. They are creating a model that could solve a problem using what they know about animal “superpowers” (adaptations). The project has enabled the students to practice communication, thinking, and personal-social skills as their work with their partner and with the class through listening to others, giving suggestions, asking questions, and providing each other feedback throughout the process. Thanks again for bringing in the recycled materials. Some students are finding that they still need some additional materials for their model and may ask you to help them in finding more materials from home. Thanks in advance for your support and encouragement as they practice taking ownership and responsibility for their learning!

The student-led conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Feb 27.  During the half-hour session, your child will have a chance to share with you what they have learned using their portfolio. The students will get to enjoy being a teacher and teach you about story writing, talk about their addition strategies, share their biomimicry challenge with you, and guide you through a “Popcorn Prayer” session. The students will use roughly 5-8 minutes for each of these items and will wrap up the conference by self-assessing their “teaching” using the Core Competencies. 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

February 27th: Student-led Conferences (12:00pm-8:00pm)

March 16th-27th: Spring Break (No School)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Ms. Tsang

Week of February 10th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 15, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! 😀

Here are the highlights of this past week:

Bible: We read about King Saul and how his disobedience led him to make poor choices. We compared King Saul to David and talked about how David followed God’s heart and made choices that were kind and loving to those around him, even his enemy (i.e. Saul, who was trying to kill him). We also learned how David wrote many of the psalms in the Bible, including Psalm 23. We had “popcorn prayer” as a class and prayed to God about whatever that was on our hearts. We practiced lifting up our worries and fears to God, trusting that He is our good Shepherd and recognizing that we are His sheep. 

Language Arts: Story workshop-we had our third Story Workshop this week. We completed our first story and began creating a second story using the manipulatives given. Using what we have learned about stories (i.e. story elements, good sentence starters/hooks), we began writing our second story with new characters, setting, problem, and resolution. I am very proud of the way we are taking risks and applying new strategies in our learning! 

Math: we explored how addition and subtraction are related by looking at Fact Families and Number Bonds. We identified the vocabularies we hear when we do subtraction problems (i.e. minus, differences, taking away). We also reviewed addition strategies and practiced explaining how a certain strategy helps us solve a problem. 

Inquiry (Science): Animal Adaptations-we did a fun experiment while learning about penguins and their “superpowers”. We tried to find out how penguins stay warm in their cold habitat. Learning that the feathers of penguins produce a special oil that makes their feather waxy and water-repellent, we tried colouring our own paper penguins with crayons and sprayed them with water to see how that works. The students had a fantastic time realizing that the wax makes their paper become water-repellent. 

We also learned about the characteristics of different habitats (Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Grasslands, Ocean), what animals live there, how the animals adapt in these habitats, what problems these habitats are facing, and the ways we can help take care of our environment. 

These two days, we learned about what biomimicry means (looking to nature to solve human problems) and examined how some of the products we use (i.e. velcro, airplane, helmets, wet suits) are inspired by animals and their features. Today, we combined our knowledge of animals, our awareness of everyday problems, and our imagination and creativity to come up with ideas on what we could build to help us solve problems. We brainstormed ideas with our partner and wrote them down on our planning sheet. Next week, we will begin using recycled material to make the models. If you still have things like bottles, tissue boxes, cups, paper rolls that you don’t need, please bring them in so we can use them for our Biomimicry Challenge! Thanks! 🙂

Reminders & Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, February 17th: Family Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, February 18th: Field Trip-Vancouver Aquarium (A gentle reminder to please pack a disposable lunch for your child. We will go on the school bus at 8:45 sharp. Please come to school on-time. Thank you!)
  • Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences

Have a great long weekend!

Ms. Tsang

 

Week of February 3rd

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 8, 2020

Hi Parents,

Thanks for spending the time to read our class blog. Here are the highlights of this week in 1T:

Bible: We read about David and Goliath and talked about the “giants” in our lives, such as our fears and worries. We prayed together as a class and asked God to help us fight our giants.

English Language Arts: We continued to practice getting ideas from the world around us to create stories. During our read alouds, we practiced identifying the main characters, setting, problem, and resolution, and we learned that every story has these elements. On Tuesday in the computer lab, each of us created a picture to tell a story by coming up with our own characters and conflict. Then, we wrote down the story elements using a Story Map. Today, we looked through books to find out how every story begins with an interesting sentence to hook the audience. We tried some of these techniques in our own creative story and many of us shared by reading our story (or part of our story) to the class. Despite the fact that we are in different stages of writing (some are brainstorming, some are drafting), we are aware that writing is a process and each stage is worth celebrating. When you come to 1T in the morning, feel free to ask your child to share their story map, picture, or story with you. Be sure to encourage these amazing authors and celebrate the progress and new learning they are making as a writer! 

Word Work: A new Word List is sent home today. Thank you for your home support! 

Math: we reviewed using the number line as a tool to help us with adding and subtracting. We also practiced double facts, adding by counting on, and solving word problems. We continue to encourage each other to explain our mathematical thinking and learn the various strategies to work out a problem. 

Inquiry: In science, we did a fun activity learning about hibernation. As junior scientists, we practice asking questions and finding answers. We wondered why bears need to hibernate and tried to come up with our own hypothesis. Some of us guessed that the bear’s fur isn’t thick enough for them to survive through the winter. However, as we continued with our inquiry, we learned that bears hibernate because their food become inaccessible during winter, thus they need to eat and store up all the energy before winter arrives. We played a game to learn about the types of food bears eat.

Today, we also learned about why animals migrate. Next week, we will be starting a STEM project that requires recycled materials. If you have any extra bottles, paper boxes, milk and egg cartons, masking tape, strings, etc. please send them in. Thanks a lot! 🙂

Upcoming Dates & Reminders

  • February 17th: Family Day (no school)
  • February 18th: Field trip to the Vancouver Aquarium (Please help your child pack a disposable lunch for the field trip. Thank you!)
  • February 27th: Student-led Conferences

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Ms. Tsang

Week of January 27th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 1, 2020

Dear Parents,

It was definitely not the most exciting week for me as I got sick and needed to stay home for two days this week. 🙁 However, I am glad 1T had fun nevertheless! Here are the highlights this week:

The students went skating on Tuesday! Thanks, Ruth (Hayley’s mom), for these beautiful photos. Look at those proud and happy faces! 😀

On Wednesday, the students met with their grade twelve prayer buddies!  They came to our campus to eat lunch, pray, and play with their grade one buddies at recess.  Each child in grade one has been matched with a grade twelve student so that they can pray for each other for the rest of this school year.  We plan to visit the prayer buddies at their campus in Spring and sing for them during their convocation in June. 

Bible: we read about Samuel and how he was ready to listen and respond to God. Next week, we will learn about David and Goliath. Also, we will start to practice a new Bible verse next week. To coincide with Valentine’s Day, we will be studying Luke 10:27.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbour as yourself.  The students will be asked to recite the verse during the last week of February.

Language Arts: the students got to enjoy doing some creative writing this week. In addition to writing their weekend news, the students were encouraged to use their imagination to write creative pieces. This week, the students were asked what they would do if they had a pair of wings. Feel free to ask your child to share their creative idea with you. Next week, we will have our second Story Workshop where students will begin writing their own stories. 

You may have noticed a spelling assessment in your child’s Back and Forth folder yesterday.  This assessment is intended to help us gather information on what we need to focus on with your child.  We discussed as a class that it’s okay to make a mistake, as our brains get stretched and we try to learn from it.  Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: we will be wrapping up our addition unit and begin exploring subtraction next week. The students have had practices using various strategies to add (i.e. double facts, counting on, using manipulatives, using numberline).

Science: we tried to find out why polar bears are white. We watched several clips showing how various animals used camouflage to protect themselves in their habitat. We learned how both prey and predators can use camouflage to help them, and a few students were able to explain how animals could hide from predators so they don’t get eaten easily and how predators can also hide so they could catch their prey. We also tried making a camouflage pattern for our assigned moth and hid it from our classmates. The students had fun playing “hide-and-seek” with their moths! See if you can spot any when you come into our classroom! 😀

Upcoming Dates & Reminders:

Tuesday, February 18th: Vancouver Aquarium. Please email me if you will be available to come and help! Thanks!

Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences

P.S. At school, we use old socks as whiteboard erasers and some have needed to be thrown away. If you have any you are getting rid of, we can help reuse them at school! Also, many of the students required a change of clothes this past week after playing outdoors during recess. Please ensure your child has some extra clothes in their box at school. We would also appreciate extra plastic bags if you have any so we can send wet clothes home when necessary. Thank you! 🙂 

Have a fabulous weekend! God bless!

Ms. Tsang

Week of January 20th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 25, 2020

1T has shown great participation and enthusiasm for Dance this week. I am proud of the way they have shown resilience and perseverance, taken risks, tried new things, and stepped out of their comfort zone to participate actively in Dance!

In addition to Dance, here are the other highlights of this week:

Bible: read about Naomi and Ruth. We talked about how Ruth put the needs of Naomi before her own and reflected on ways we could be more selfless. 

Language Arts: we had our first Story Workshop this week. We talked about how we are all authors with stories to share and tell. With manipulatives and materials provided, the students were encouraged to use them to create their own stories. The students had a fabulous time! All of the students were very engaged and had creative ideas to share. Feel free to ask your child to share their story with you this weekend. Here are some photos taken during our Story Workshops this week:

For reading, we practiced the visualizing reading strategy. Visualizing helps us to make text-to-self connections by leading us to connect what we are reading to our past experiences and representing them in our own imagination. It also encourages us to pay attention to the details of the book. Here are some snapshots of the students drawing their mental images on their whiteboards during one of our read alouds and when they read with their reading buddies:

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Math: we continued to practice addition strategies, focusing on using doubles and up-and-down method this week. The students also practiced explaining their mathematical thinking by sharing how they got their answers. As an extension, some students were challenged to come up with different ways to get a number using addition and subtraction. 

Science: continuing with our study on animal adaptations, we explored how animal features help them survive in the environment. The students did an experiment to test how warbler beaks (folded straw) compare with duck beaks (folded cup). Through the experiment, they realized the birds’ pointy beaks allow them to pick out food amongst rocks and pebbles, while ducks’ flat beaks enable them to scoop up food in the water quickly like a spoon. The students also watched videos to learn about the beaks of hummingbirds and pelicans and how they help them to find food. Here are some pictures taken during their experiment:

Reminders & Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, January 28th: Grade 1 Ice Skating  (10:15-12:30). Please email me if you will be available to come and help! Thanks!

Friday, January 31st: Pro-D Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Tuesday, February 18th: Vancouver Aquarium. Please email me if you will be available to come and help! Thanks!

Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences

Have a restful weekend!

Ms. Tsang

Week of January 13th

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Posted by etsang | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 18, 2020

It feels like a very short week with the snow day and a late start this week. Nevertheless, there was lots of learning going on and here’s a little recap:

Respect: we completed the video series on respect with a discussion of what the Golden Rule is and what it looks like to treat others the way we want to be treated. We will continue to practice this in and outside of class. 

Bible: This week we read about Samson and learned how God was ready to forgive when Samson repented and asked for forgiveness. After reflecting on our wrongdoings, I invited the class to join me in saying a “popcorn prayer” where we sat in a circle and joined hands together to pray. I was very touched by a number of students who courageously admitted something they did wrong this week and said a heartfelt sorry to God in front of the whole class! Next week, we will learn about Naomi and Ruth.

English Language Arts: An email was sent out yesterday from Mrs. Laing regarding Word Work. In your child’s backpack, you should find a list of words for your child to review. The words on this list represent the phonograms and spelling concepts that we are working on in their small group this month. In the last week of January, your child will be assessed on some of these words, plus two-three other words that include the same concepts. Thanks for helping your child to reinforce these spelling concepts at home.

Math: We worked on math riddles together as a class. We discovered that there are multiple strategies to find an answer. The students practiced explaining their thinking by sharing with others how they got their answers. We learned from each other’s strategies and were inspired to try different methods to solve math problems. 

Science: After learning how animals use their tail to help them in their environment, the students imagined what they would use their tail for if they also had an animal tail of their choice. The students had an enjoyable time using different materials to make their tail. Come and see their lovely creations on the bulletin board outside of our classroom when you have a chance!

Reminders and Upcoming Dates:

It’s Dance Week! Starting Monday, we will be participating in dance sessions every day with Nando, the dance instructor from last year, who will teach us all about the “Beat Street” dance style (a combination of hip hop, stomp, and dub-step (robot animation)).

Tuesday, January 28th: Grade 1 Ice Skating  (10:15-12:30). Please email me if you will be available to come and help! Thanks!

Friday, January 31st: Pro-D Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Tuesday, February 18th: Vancouver Aquarium. Please email me if you will be available to come and help! Thanks!

Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences

 

 

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