April 26: Super kindness

Mother’s day tea: is happening on Friday, May 1oth at 1:30-2:30PM.  Please save the date, more information to come!

Math: we will be finishing up our unit on money by buying and selling things at our class grocery store.  This week students will write up a receipt using their math skills to demonstrate their addition skills.

Sociograms: as we begin looking forward to the next school year, grade 2 class placements are on our minds.  On Wednesday, students will be completing a sociogram to let teachers know who they enjoy playing and learning with.  We will use this information to inform our class placement decisions, along with balancing academic, behavioural and other needs.  Please help your child to remember that this a private process and should not be discussed with others.

Watches: this week we have had a little problem with watches in our class.  Some students have been wearing fun watches to school that are very attractive to their classmates.  They have become a bit of a distraction during class time.  I have been taking watches away during class time and giving them back during play time.  However, this is becoming a management issue, so I would like to ask parents for your assistance in keeping these time devices at home.  Thank you.

Superhero power of kindness: we are reading a book called “What Should Danny Do?”.  It is a choose-your-own-adventure book where students get to pick what Danny does throughout the course of his school day.  Each decision leads to a different outcome.  Throughout the book, Danny has the choice to use his superhero power of kindness or not.  Next week we will be talking about our own superhero power of kindness and what that would look like during class time and play time.  On Wednesday, please send a pillowcase to school with your child.  (Please don’t tell them why they’re bringing it. I will tell them on Tuesday afternoon that we all need a pillowcase for a project on Wednesday. We will be using them as superhero capes!)  Thank you.

April 18

Happy Easter everyone!  May you have a meaningful and thankful celebration this weekend with our families.

No school: a reminder that there is no school on Friday, April 19 or Monday, April 22.

Grandparents day: is coming up on Wednesday, April 24th.  We are very excited to showcase what grade 1 looks like to our grand-friends.  Students will be conducting a short interview of their grand-friend, serving them cookies and doing some grade 1 activities with them.  Afterwards, there is a short music program in the gym for grandparents to watch.  It promises to be a wonderful morning!

Spring: as we move into spring, please consider the changing weather as you help your child get dressed in the mornings.  Layers are an excellent way to help them stay warm during the cool mornings and still be able to take off a long sleeve in the warm afternoons.  It may be a good idea to talk to your child about what their body might feel like when it gets warm (e.g. sweating, panting, thirsty, hot, faces are red, etc.) and to know that these are the signals their body is giving them to take off some layers.

Extra clothes: please remember to refill your child’s extra clothes box during this wet and rainy season.

April 5

iCare for our classroom: our class is really getting the idea of caring for our room.  Everyday at the end of class, students are busily cleaning, tidying and sorting our classroom space to make it spotless for the next day.  I hope you see the fruits of this labour at home as well!

iCare for the World: today we started learning about International China Concern (ICC).  Today we watched a video that introduced this organization and what good works they do in China to help abandoned children.  Throughout next week, we will be doing other activities that help us learn more about the children in China and what we can do to help.  Students brought home a donation envelope today, along with information about ICC.  Please take some time to look through this together and to set up an online donation account (if you wish).  On Monday, our class will be brainstorming ways to that they can “donate” to ICC by sacrificing something personally, such as doing extra chores to earn money or being brave to tell someone about ICC.

Bible: we began learning about Jesus’ ministry on earth through the miracles he performed.  As we read from the Bible and create a Miracle booklet to retell the stories, students learn that Jesus’ life on earth was a life of service.  We are also learning how we can serve each other in small and big ways, such as speaking in kind voices and using kind words, and doing small jobs such as picking up garbage and pushing in chairs.

Math: we started a new math unit on money!  This week we learned the different names and value of Canadian coins, and will be using that knowledge with our addition and subtraction skills next week.  We will have a class store, and students will act as shopkeepers and customers to buy and sell items to practice their skills in real life situations.

Grandparents day: is coming up on Wednesday, April 24th, from 8:45-11AM.  Invitations will be coming home next week.  If grandparents are not able to make this occasion, a grand-friend can come in their place.

Mother’s day tea: we will be holding our Mother’s Day Tea on Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45.  It would be wonderful if you can take time out to join us that day.  This is a special time for you and your child, so please find alternate arrangements for younger siblings.  More information regarding Mother’s Day Tea to come.  

April 1: Welcome back

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful, restful 2 weeks with your family!  It was lovely to see all their cheerful, excited faces as they came back to school this morning.  For term 3, we will be trying something new for Special Friend, prayer time and classroom clean up.

Special Friend: we will continue to have a special friend each day, however, there will be no show-and-tell portion.  Instead, the special friend will be in charge of writing our morning message and each day our class will pray for them.  It has also been on my heart to find time to spend with each child, to get to know them better.  So each day at lunch, I will be chatting with the special friend and praying for them.

Prayer time: this month we will be using a devotion book called “What Happens When I Talk to God?”.  As we go through the lessons in this book, we will be doing different prayer activities each day to help us develop our prayer lives: prayer circles, prayer journals, prayer partners and praying for the world.  I hope to instill in our class an understanding of how prayer is vital to our lives and to practice different ways of talking to God.

iCare for Our Classroom: as we learn about this month’s theme of Easter, we will be focusing on Jesus’ life of service on earth.  We will also learn about how we can serve others.  Today we began by watching a video about Japanese students who clean their own classrooms everyday as an act of service and care.  Then we created an “iCare for Our Classroom” wall with class jobs that we will do each day to show care for our room.  Students were very excited to use spray bottles and mini-dustpans as they scoured the room for garbage and dirt!  By cleaning our classroom together this teaches us to show care for what God has blessed us with and to cooperate with one another.