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.
Next week our classroom schedule will be changing slightly. Instead of beginning our day with devotions, six students will be going to A.R. immediately at 8:30. Everyone else will be starting with read to self. To support our students with the new routine and start to prepare them for the beginning of grade two, after Easter, I will ask families to assist by letting students come into the classroom and do their morning jobs by themselves on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Parents and caregivers can drop students off at our door, but please do not come in. We will continue with noisy reading on Friday mornings before chapel if you (and younger siblings!) would like to come in and read. I am sorry to take away your noisy reading time in the morning, but I trust that you will be able to find other times during the day to read together. The students do not know about the change yet as I will be discussing it with them on Monday.
In Devotions this week we sang two songs to reflect about Easter coming up. I have included the links below if you would like to sing them at home. In Bible over the next couple of weeks we will focus on Easter and preparing for our chapel on April 18th.
In Language Arts, we started reading books by Robert Munsch. The students love his sense of humor! We discussed that sometimes, he uses words that we don’t use when we are talking at school such as “stupid”. Students also worked on a “Spring Break News” report and brainstormed words about spring to create an acrostic poem.
In Math, students were given another chance to apply their addition and subtraction skills in our mock shopping centre. Half the class was assigned to be shoppers and everyone else was a store keeper. The shoppers were given $10 to go and purchase items that were either $1, $2, $5 or $10. Then they switched jobs.
In Art, students used their finger to dab paint on a scene of the cross.
We will resume with Inquiry (our theme units) after Easter.
iCare for the World week will begin on April 9. Each year we raise money for International China Concern (ICC), an organization that cares for abandoned and disabled children in China. We will be doing various activities in class to reinforce the idea of making sacrifices for others. Your child will receive a donation envelope today. If you wish to participate, you can donate either online or offline using the directions on the envelope. Please return all donations by Monday, April 15.
We will be holding our Mother’s Day Tea on Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45. It would be great if you can take time out to join us that day. Please send me a picture of you and your child (just the two of you if possible) by Friday, April 26th. Because this is a special time for you and your child, please find alternative childcare for younger siblings that day. More information regarding the Mother’s Day Tea to come.
Earlier this year, Ms.Huber found a youtube channel of two comedians who love reading children’s books and spreading the joy of reading. Our class LOVES to listen to them tell stories. Your child may have even introduced you to them. In October they started a “library loan” program where you could send them a book, they would read it, mention your names, sign the book and send it back. Ms.Huber and I gave it a try to see what would happen. Yesterday another class in the school realized that our story was read! If you would like to listen to the story, the link is below.
Notes and Reminders
- Please hand in scholastic forms or order online by Thursday, April 18th.
- Our class gets very warm, especially in the afternoon. Wearing layers helps students to listen to their bodies and take one off or put one on when they feel warm or cold.
- Clubs start next week and go until May 31st.
- Lucas, Tyler (hockey club Fridays at lunch)
- Elliot (Lego club Friday after school)