Monday, 11 December 2017

December Update

I am sure you are busy with the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas holidays.  We are also quite busy here at school, preparing for the birth of Jesus and opening our hearts to our community.  Our ongoing Can Food Drive will help to support some families in need this holiday season and so will the coins donated on our past Pajama Day and our upcoming Hat Day, this Thursday, December 14th and Christmas colours and accessories Day on Tuesday, December 19th.  We are so proud of our students for their donations and pride in helping our own community. 

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Last week and this week (Tuesday), we have been blessed to participate in a Musical Theatre Workshop where we are learning to sing and move to the music.  Once it is complete, I will post the video so you can see the amazing talent we have in our class.

We have begun harvesting our Tower Garden and the students were able to participate in a Caesar Salad lunch and this week, we will learn to make basil pesto (nut-free) and have the opportunity to try some on bread.  What an amazing experience for our students to get to plant, grow, care for, harvest, and then prepare and eat the fruits of our labour.  I always encourage the students to try these new foods and see if their taste buds are open to new flavours.  In the new year, we will have the students bring some of the herbs and vegetables home to cook with their families.

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Our Addition and Subtraction Test is this Friday.  Please have your child practice on Dreambox, Prodigy, and to work on their number facts.  Having your child work on 3-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping is what they will be asked to do on the test.  There will be a 2-step problem, like the one that went home to be signed.

Upcoming Days to Remember:

Thursday 14 - Hat Day (bring in a coin or 2)

Friday 15 - Advent Mass 9:30am

Tuesday 19 - Christmas colours & Accessories Day (bring in a coin or 2)

Wednesday 20 - Christmas Craft Day 1:00pm

Thursday 21 - Snowflake Sale (buy gently used items to use as Christmas presents for loved ones,                              wrapping available)

Friday 22 - Last Day before holidays

Monday, 13 November 2017

Adding and Subtracting Learning Goals

Here are the expectations for our new unit on addition and subtraction!

Number Sense - Addition & Subtraction
  • I can solve problems involving addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers, using a variety of mental strategies
  • I can add and subtract 3-digit numbers 
  • I can use estimation when solving problems using addition and subtraction 
Encourage your child to go on and practise their math facts or quiz them while you are in the car on numbers that you see on license plates.  Ask them to estimate how much two items at the store will cost altogether.  When planning for Christmas get togethers, ask them how many plates, or buns, or cookies, etc, you will need altogether.  

Adding and Subtracting Games

Monday, 6 November 2017

Patterning Learning Goals

We have started our new unit on patterning! Here are our learning goals and tips for you to practise at home! There are also a couple of links to some online games. Thank you for your support in your child's learning.

  • I can identify, extend, and create a repeating pattern involving two attributes 
  • I can identify and describe number patterns on a number line, on a calendar, and on a hundreds chart
Look for patterns in your everyday life at home or when out doing errands (ex. Fences, wallpaper, when setting the table, in fabrics/materials, and when playing with toys). Have them describe what the attributes are (what changes in the pattern - ex. Size, colour, shape). Involve your child when adding events to calendars and when counting how many days until birthdays, holidays or special events.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Booking a Parent Teacher Interview

This year we are going to try booking our Parent Teacher Interviews online.  Please follow the link below to choose a 10 minute time slot that works best for you.  Please make sure you are booking on the correct day:  Thursday, November 9th, 2017.  You can use the icon of the calendar to click the correct day.  Let me know if you are having any problems with the website.  See you there!

Online Parent Teacher Interview Booking

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Just a few reminders:

  • Student fee is $25 per student or $40 for a family - please pay online or by cash or cheque
  • Students will require headphones for the whole school year.  If you have not brought some in yet, let me know if you need some help to get some for your child.
  • Please remember to sign and return rubrics that are sent home.  This is a good way for me to communicate to you how your child is doing so that there are no surprises come Progress Report time.
  • Photo Day changed to Monday, October 23rd.
Hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Data Management learning goals


As we begin our next math unit on Data Management - here are the new learning expectations and some tips on how you can practise at home!  

  • I can organize, sort, and classify objects into categories using two or more attributes
  • I can collect data by conducting a simple survey
  • I can collect and organize data and display the data in charts, tables and graphs, with appropriate titles and labels 
  • I can read data presented in charts, tables, and graphs, then describe the data using comparative language
  • I can interpret and draw conclusions from data 
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of mode and identify the mode in a set of data

Some ways that you practise at home:
Sort objects at home (sort fruit and veggies into the fridge after shopping, sort coins in different ways), take surveys at home (who likes to eat chicken better than beef, who likes olives on their pizza), if you see a graph or table in a book, newspaper, magazine, social media - ask your child to show you the labels, ask which is most popular, or least popular, what does the graph tell you? 

Here is also a fun math game you can use to make a graph!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

October News

October is here and with it comes cooler mornings.  Please remember if your child is bringing hats or mitts to school on these crisp mornings to write their names inside all belongings as they tend to take them off once warmed up by running around.  We are quickly already creating a pile in the Lost and Found. 

This Thursday we will be having a Place Value quiz.  Please review any items that come home with your child and sign and return so that I know you are seeing how they are doing in class.  Feel free to contact me through the agenda or by calling the school if you have any concerns or questions.

Photo Day is next Friday, October 13th. 

Our photocopier is down right now and so we were not able to prepare this week's homework as of yet.  We will let you know once it is ready to go home when it must be returned.  Thanks to all students who have presented your Shoebox Presentations, it was so nice to get to hear from all of you about your likes, talents, and important mementos.

This Friday is a PD Day for the children with Thanksgiving Monday off as well.  Please enjoy your long weekend and have a Happy Thanksgiving!