January 18

January 18

Dear Parents,

The snow made for a very exciting week. Mrs.Fok and I had a lot of fun taking the kids outside yesterday for most of the afternoon to play! They built snowmen, snow forts, snow balls, snow angels. Others just had fun running through it, while listening to the snow crunch with each step.

In Word Work this week, we continued to reinforce some of the concepts that we have covered before Christmas.  As well, we read more books by Kevin Henkes.

In Math, we reviewed the different addition strategies that can be used to help us add numbers. The students shared their ideas as to which strategy may be more efficient for a given set of addends (e.g. using double facts may be more efficient for 7+6).  As their number sense continued to develop, it is important for young children to discern addition strategies that are most efficient to use to solve a given problem.  When possible, continue to ask your child to solve authentic math problems involving addition (e.g. we had 3 oranges at home, now we have 9 in total, how many did we buy?).  Over the next few weeks, we will switch gears to learning about different subtraction strategies.

In Bible, we continued to look at the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges.  This week, we learned about Othniel, the first judge that God had sent to deliver the Israelites from the king of Aram.  Students wrote about the cycle of disobedience in their writing books.

In our Inquiry unit of Amazing animals, we talked about animals that are important to the First People’s on the Northwest coast. Students were then paired up and given an animal to find some information about. They learned that animals need food, water, shelter and a habitat to survive.

In Art, students ripped up paper to make a snowman at night.

Below are some pictures from Exploration Time this week! Once or twice a week we clean up early so the kids can present to the class what they made.

Extra notes!

  • Next week will be Dance week.  All specialist (Music, French, PE) classes will be cancelled.  Students will be attending 30 minutes dance classes taught by a dancing instructor from Monday to Friday.  Please note that Library will be moved to Wednesday!
  • The Grade 12 students will be coming to pray and play with the Grade 1s on Wednesday, January 29th over lunch.
  • Scholastic orders will be submitted next Friday

Have a great weekend!

January 12

January 12

It was nice to see the students come back from the holiday refreshed and ready to begin learning again. The students reconnected with their friends and exchanged stories of what they did over their Christmas break. With pajama day and snow on Friday, it was an exciting day!

When it snows, the students will be playing outside throughout the day. Please also help your child come to school prepared for outdoor play (i.e. with boots, mittens, hat, scarf, snow pants). Please also check backpacks for wet clothes after school and send back a change for the next day. It might also help to have an extra pair of socks in student backpacks as well. Thank you for your help!

The reading strategy we talked about this week was visualizing. I explained to the students that visualizing is like creating a movie in their mind. They closed their eyes, I said a word (ex. ice-cream, flower, crayon), they imagined a picture in their brain and then shared what they saw. The students realized that they all saw different things in their brain and that’s okay!

The author that we will be looking at for the next couple of weeks is Kevin Henkes.  He is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books and novels.  This week, we watched a short video interview with Kevin Henkes discussing his writing process.

In math, students took what they know about doubles and applied it to doubles plus one (ex. I know that 2+2 =4 so when I see 2+3, I just add 1 more and it is 5).

Over the next couple of months we will be reading from Judges. Students will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, oppressed by their neighbours, and plead to God for a deliverer.  This week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and our new memory verse, 2 Corinthians 6:16.

We started our new Inquiry unit of Amazing Adaptations.  Students are expected to learn how animals adapt to their environment to meet their basic needs.  This week, we launched the unit by introducing the big idea to this unit: animals adapt and change to live.

A reminder that Club begins next week.

Upcoming dates

  • Tuesday, January 28th: Grade 1 Ice Skating (10:15-12:15). Please email me if you will be able to join us. Thank you! 
  • Friday, January 31st: Teacher’s Professional Development Day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.
  • Monday, February 17th: Family Day. NO SCHOOL.
  • Tuesday, February 18th: Vancouver Aquarium 8:45-2:4. Please email me if you are able to join us!
  • Thursday, February 27th: Student-led Conferences
December 15

December 14

I can’t believe Term 1 is over and Christmas break is here! Thank you for your thoughtful cards and generous gifts this week. Thank you also for your prayers, encouragement and support as we were finishing off the year and preparing for chapel. They all did an amazing job. I’m so proud of them!

Our class was blessed this week by the thoughtfulness and generosity of other teachers and students in the school. On Thursday, the students from K3 brought them a box of smarties. Yesterday you might have found a gift in your child’s backpack. The students of 5HN were going to have a gift exchange within their class. Instead, in thinking about showing love and kindness to others, the Grade 5 students gave their gifts to the Grade 1s. They were very surprised and excited. Some of the students in our class were able to visit other classes to distribute crafts they had been working hard on during Exploration Time.

We had a slow week. Most of it consisted of chapel practice, finishing up activities, listening to Christmas stories and a lot of playing.

We concluded our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky by inviting High Touch High Tech to come to our class to answer some of the questions we have about this unit. They explored why we have seasons, how seasons affect all living things, how to read a thermometer, and how to make “snow”.

On Thursday, the kids were really excited to do Christmas activities. They made cards, played with play dough, played a Christmas math game and made a craft.

I pray that you will have a fabulous Christmas break and have an enjoyable time with your family and friends. May God’s presence bring you peace, joy, and love during this season and always! Merry Christmas! See you all in 2020!

December 7

December 6

Below is all the details for next week and chapel. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please pray that I will recover from a cold. I lost my voice yesterday and that makes teaching a challenge. Please also pray that the students stay healthy. They are so excited to share with you what they have been practicing and learning about. Thank you for your support!  

Chapel Practice: Monday- Thursday we will be practicing in the gym each morning. Please try to be on time as we will be leaving the class after attendance at 8:30 so students can practice and be comfortable with the microphones and space on the stage.

Chapel Morning: At 8:15 on Friday morning, I will open the outside classroom door so that students can come in, get their costumes on and have some time to settle into the class. It also gives time for Mrs.Fok and I to take students to the bathroom.

Costumes: Yesterday the students were excited to try on their costumes. From past Christmas chapels we have costumes for all the actors. I have listed below what they can wear from home, if possible. Please don’t go out and buy anything- we can make it work! You can also send a change of clothes for after chapel if needed.

Readers (Luke, Emma, Aaron, Sophia, Theo, Katie, Boaz, Esther): They can choose something nice to wear

Speakers (Isabella, Naomi, Kaitlyn): They can choose something nice to wear

Sheep (Damien & Caroline): white or grey shirt

Donkey (Summer) all grey

Leo: Short sleeve shirt, dark pants

Abby: white or grey shirt and pants

Ian: Dark pants and shirt

William and Jenson: light shirt, any pants

Josie, Evan, Hanna: long sleeve shirt, any pants

Rachel: light shirt and pants

This past week:

We had a busy week with the matinee and Christmas concert.

Our family groups met today to decorate gingerbread cookies. 

On Wednesday, the Grade 1s were excited to read with Grade 5 students.

For home reading, students will still be bringing in their package to exchange new books next week. I will send books home again but students are not required to be reading the leveled books over Christmas. Any unread books can be used after we come back from the holidays.

In Math, this week, we reviewed doubles facts. Students also learned how to “Make 10” using drawings and manipulatives. For example, 7+5 are “unfriendly numbers”. Moving 3 manipulatives over from the 5, makes the equation 10 +2 which is easier for students to add.

 

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we explored how summer affects us in what we need to wear, as well as what we can see and do. 

December 5

Family Groups Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year! Gingerbread Day! It’s busy, messy and lots of fun 🙂

-Please send a small bag (about 1/4 cup) of nut free candy so your child can decorate their cookie.

-Please try to be on time as we have to get name tags on the students and lined up in order so Mrs.Fok can drop them off at their family group

Thank you!

November 30

November 30

1N will be celebrating Christmas with activity centres on Thursday, December 12th from 11:00-12:15. If you are able to come help run a centre (craft, bingo, play doh etc.) please let me know by December 6th. Thank you!   

1N students are very excited about their upcoming Chapel on December 13th! We will be starting to practice next week.

For our “growth mindset” videos this week, we discussed about the power of “yet”. When we can’t do something or don’t know about something, it is perfectly okay to ask for help. Instead of saying “I can’t do this”, we can actually say “I can’t do this…yet!”. The students then wrote a sentence and drew a picture of something they are still learning to do. They thought it was funny that I am still learning as well!

This week in Word Work, we reviewed what syllables are and also learned that a closed syllable usually has one short vowel that is followed by one or more consonants. The students practiced identifying words that have a closed syllable (i.e. math, hen, him, hot, cup).

After learning about Moses last week, we read about Joshua this week. We discussed how Joshua walked by faith and not by sight–that although the spies saw how much stronger and bigger their enemies seemed, Joshua trusted God and was not afraid. And of course, the students loved hearing about the way God powerfully brought down the walls of Jericho.

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”. The students learned a new game and we listened to a doubles rap. 

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the sky, we examined how spring 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 jackets, pants, and long sleeve shirts during spring. They also noticed that we can see flowers and plants bloom during spring. 

A reminder that your child will need to bring a small bag (1/4 cup) of nut-free candy to decorate their cookies during our annual gingerbread cookie decorations next Friday during our family group meeting. 

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 

Hope you have a good weekend!

November 24

November 24

In Language Arts, I introduced a new author, Jan Brett. She is known for her colourful and detailed pictures and wrote stories such as “The Gingerbread baby” and “The Mitten”.  

This week in 1N, we started talking about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is saying things like “mistakes help me learn”, “let me try another way”, or “this may take some effort”. We learned that neuroscientists studied the brain for years and discovered that the brain is like a muscle. Quoting from the video we watched, “when we try challenging things, like hard math problems, we are giving our brain the exercise it needs to get stronger”. We will continue with this video series on helping students to develop a growth mindset over the next couple of weeks.  

In Math, we talked about two addition strategies this week. Students practiced them through songs, games and worksheets. The first is friends of 10 (i.e. 1+9, 2+8, 3+7). The second is the use of manipulatives such as blocks. When students see an addition problem they don’t understand, they can use counters and ten frames to see a representation of the equation.  

In Bible, we continued to look at the message of trusting God.  This week, we reviewed the story of Moses.  We discussed how God spoke to Moses and chose him because of his faith to lead his people into Canaan. Below are the two songs we sang this week. 

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. 

Since there are only two weeks of school in December, we will begin to practice our next Bible memory verse next week. The next Bible memory verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

We are collecting items for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. Each classroom has received a black and white box to collect new items that a baby/family could benefit from. As we show kindness through our gifts, our dull box will be unwrapped to reveal the bright colour underneath as we live out colouring our world.  

 

December 3rd: Christmas concert 6pm-8pm @ Chan Center 

December 10th: High Touch High Tech: In-house field trip 

December 12th: Class Christmas Party 11:00-12:15  

***Parent volunteers are needed! Please email me if you are interested! We will have 4-5 stations, and you will be asked to help lead one of the stations (i.e. Christmas craft, bingo game, art, game, etc.) Thanks!*** 

December 16th – January 3rd: Christmas and New Year Holidays 

January 28th: Skating @ Minoru ice rink 10:45-11:45 (Parent volunteers welcomed) 

February 18th: Aquarium  

November 16

November 16

Yesterday, we celebrated different kinds of heroes.  Biblical heroes, comic book heroes, and community heroes.

I introduced two new reading strategies this week. Lips the Fish and Chunky Monkey.

 

In addition to the “c vs. K” rule that we talked about two weeks ago, Mrs. Chan 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).   

In Math, students rotated through Math centers to work independently on different math skills related to number sense and addition. At practice, students used number lines to add and subtract. At the iPad centre, students learned a new game called “NumTanga”. At the game centre, they played a card game in partners called “Make Ten”  

In Inquiry, we introduced the big idea that patterns help us understand our world.  This week, we began to explore the idea that seasons affect all living things.  We will be looking at why we have seasons, and how they affect our daily lives.  

We will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium as part of our Inquiry unit on Animal Adaptations on Tuesday, February 18. 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 (probably 5) around the aquarium.  We will be leaving the school at 8:45 and returning at 2:30.   A special admission fee will be charged to you unless you have a season pass at the aquarium.  There will hopefully be room on the bus. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

November 9

November 9

This week, 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. Yesterday, Mrs.Fok led a painting activity where students used potatoes to make a poppy stamp.

In Math, students continued to explore Ten Frame Mania and Math Limbo on the iPads, to give the students more practice on their subitization skills.  They did practice work (e.g. worksheets) using the number line and learned a new card game called make 10. Students play in partners, lay out 5 cards in front of them and look for a match (6+4). Every morning, we also practice how to skip count by 2, 5, and 10 to songs by Jack Hartman. The kids love him!

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, while others said it is wrong to be jealous and to lie. The new memory verse will be Proverbs 3:5-6. Below are the songs we sang this week.

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

This week, I watched as students began to blossom more with their writing! Grade 1 is so exciting! Some are beginning to stretch their brains to add more ideas while others are growing more aware of conventions (capital letters, punctuation marks, finger spaces).

During Exploration Time this week, I had students:

1. Make a building choice of where they wanted to play (Lego, tinker toys, blocks)

2. They had to stay there for 30 minutes to build something with the other students who were there (after 30 minutes they could switch)

3. At the end of the day, their “group” shared what they built

Below are some pictures. It was exciting to watch them work together by communicating and thinking of ideas. Some also made new friends!

Notes and reminders

  • I am beginning to plan for chapel. If you leaving for holidays early, please let me know so I can take that into consideration when assigning acting parts. Thank you!
  • Please support your child in helping them to remember their home reading books on their assigned day. Thank you!
  • Boom! Zap! Pow! Put on your capes, because November 15this 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. 
  • Sometimes students might bring home a colouring page or worksheet that is not complete, but they do not need to finish it and bring it back. There are extra activities available to them when they are finished their work and often they like to take them home.
November 8

Bookmark

Today students brought home a book mark that has reading strategies on it. I have only taught them Eagle Eye, Stretchy Snake, Skippy Frog and Flippy Dolphin so far. I keep it on the table when I am conferencing with students for both of us to refer to and figured it might be helpful for you to have at home as well for reference when reading together.