January 7, 2019

Welcome to the new year. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday time with your family and had lots of fun together.  We've got lots of events and projects planned for the new school year including lego robotics and a trip to GISS in late January for a creative project activity with other classes from the district.  If you have any questions about happenings at school or suggestions for activities please let me know. 


Subjects

Math:  We continue practicing multiplication facts and learning some strategies for multiplying numbers.  
Reading:    Our class reading group continues reading Charlotte's Web. We're halfway through it now and students are really enjoying it.  
Writing:   Our focus for the next few weeks will be writing paragraphs starting with explanatory writing such as giving directions and explanations about how to do something.  
Tech: The class will be doing more coding this week and starting a lego robotics projects with a small group.  
Science: We will be investigating sound for the next few weeks.    
Art:   This week we'll be having fun doing some pixel art and also another animal drawing.   
PE:    In PE we will be starting to do some basketball skills and continue with fitness training once a week.     We will also do some square dancing.  
French:   We continue with simple phrases, directions, numbers, and colours.  



December 10, 2018

This week Mr. MacQueen and I are taking our classes to Victoria to visit the museum and then go skating at Panorama Leisure Center.  Students need to be at Fulford Ferry at about 7:20 and they can be picked up at Fulford School at 3:30.  Students will need to bring enough food and drink for the day and a helmet for skating.  It should be a lot of fun.

Our class is practicing for the Christmas concert on December 18th.  We have created a play called, "Christmas in Hawaii."  We hope you will enjoy it.

Subjects

Math:  This week we will be finishing off subtraction and beginning to look at multiplication.  We will practice basic multiplication facts and learn different strategies for multiplying.
  "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    Our class reading group is reading Charlotte's Web. It is a great story with lots of great characters, humour, and pathos.    
Writing:   Students completed a Christmas story last week that I took to the Driftwood for their annual Christmas story contest.  Let's hope some of the students are winners.
Tech: Students will be learning to use some Google apps for the next two weeks.
Science: We had a great time using the microscopes and finish up with them this week.  
Art:   We will be doing some Christmas art for the next two weeks.  
PE:    In PE we are doing some fitness activities and learning volleyball skills.   We continue with folk dance learning the Virginia Reel and a hula dance called the Hukilau.  
French:   I continue introducing some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 



November 19, 2018

This week we have photo retakes on the 19th and Quentin comes to our class to do some first nations art on Wednesday.  I will be sending everyone an email this week with a sign up for student/parent/teacher conferences that will take place on Nov. 28th.  If you are unable to make it that day we can arrange to meet another time. 

Subjects

Math:  This week we are investigating adding and subtracting strategies.  We are starting with patterns for adding and subtracting and I will be sending home some practice for students as homework.    "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    Our class reading group is continuing reading short stories from a collection in a book.  Students read, read out loud, and also answer comprehension questions.  We continue to do word sorts twice a week.  
Writing:   We are focussing on writing descriptive sentences--using "spicy" words and more details to make sentences more interesting.  I am also hoping to start the students on creating a blog this week.  
Tech: Students have been assigned to make a stopmotion movie of at least 1 minute.  They can work on their own or with a partner.  They are all really excited to be involved with this project
Science: This week we start a unit on using microscopes.  
Art:   Students are creating a fantasy map and we continue to do some animal drawing. 
PE:    In PE we are doing some fitness activities and learning volleyball skills.   We continue with folk dance learning the Virginia Reel and a hula dance called the Hukilau.  
French:   I continue introducing some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 




November 5, 2018

Everyone seemed to  have a great time on Halloween.  Costumes were great!  This Thursday we will be going to GISS for their Remembrance Day Ceremony and afterwards we will be going to Rainbow Pool for a swim. 
 





Subjects

Math:  We continue with number theory which looks at place value, comparing numbers, integers, and rounding numbers.   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   We continue with Reading A to Z.  Our class reading groups is reading short stories from a collection in a book.  Students read, read out loud, and also answer comprehension questions.  We continue to do word sorts twice a week.  
Writing:   After completing a Halloween story last week, we will now be investigating how to make interesting sentences by using descriptive words.  
Tech: Students are using iStopmotion to create stopmotion movies on their iPads.  It is very creative and everyone is learning how to use the app in different ways.  
Social Studies:  In mapping this week we will be looking at Saltspring Island--home and where the students live.
Art:  We continue to focus on patterns in art along with some animal drawing. 
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.  We continue with folk dance learning the Virginia Reel and a hula dance called the Hukilau.  
French:   I continue introducing some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 





October 22, 2018

This week we have photos on Tuesday and Pizza on Thursday.  I've started teaching the students how to use the scroll and they've seen how easy it can be to be creative cutting wood.  Our first project will be to make some jigsaw puzzles.  If you have any thin plywood, door skins, or 1x4, 1x6 cedar we can use it for wood projects. 

Subjects

Math:  The next few weeks our focus is number theory which looks at place value, comparing numbers, integers, and rounding numbers.  
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   We continue with Reading A to Z.  Our class reading groups is reading short stories from a collection in a book.  Students read, read out loud, and also answer comprehension questions.  We continue to do word sorts twice a week.  
Writing:   This first story the students have done was begun with a story starter.  I give the students the first sentence and then the write a story.  "I woke up and was not in my bed."  It's amazing how may different ideas the students came up with from this simple start.
Tech: Students are all now logged into their Google accounts.   I am teaching them how to email, sent links, and make attachments.  Also, I am showing them how to use Google apps.  The first two apps are Google docs and Google drive.  Students can create documents and save them to their drive.   Students can share their work and access their account anywhere.  I've already had a couple of students send me their stories from home.
Social Studies:  In mapping we will focus this week on BC--both geography and places.  Students continue to practice with a compass.
Art:  We continue to focus on patterns in art along with some animal drawing. 
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.  We continue with folk dance.   Students have nearly learned Michael Jackson's Thriller.  We hope to perform it for a Halloween assembly.
French:   I continue introducing some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 




October 9, 2018

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.  This week Quentin is coming on Wednesday to do some first nations' art with the class.  Also, we're starting to use compasses this week and students will be writing a story about a time when they were afraid or brave as part of our School Wide write.  Everyone in the school will be writing about the same theme and then teachers will be meeting together to discuss the results of the writing and how to address writing needs throughout the year.  Remember that there is school on Friday.


Subjects

Math:  We continue to look at patterns: students drawing patterns, converting the pattern numbers to a T-table and then graphing the results.  Students continue to learn about plotting coordinates.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   We continue with Reading A to Z.  Students read aloud to me regularly so I can check for  fluency and expression.  This week we start Word Sorts which is a spelling program to help students learn word patterns to help with spelling. 
Writing:   This week students complete a story for the School Wide Write.  Our focus continues to be sentences: capitals, punctuation and meaning.  
Social Studies:  Our focus remains mapping for a few weeks with a major focus on Canada and the provinces. Students will learn how to use a compass.
Art:  We continue to focus on  patterns in art.  
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.  We have a dance class weekly with our focus currently on folk dance.  I will also be teaching the class a dance for Michael Jackson's Thriller.  They really will enjoy it!
French:   I continue introducing some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 


October 1, 2018

What a great camping trip last week!  Everyone had a wonderful time camping and going through the caves.  We'll have lots of great memories of this event together.   Thanks to the wonderful parents and students who made the trip so memorable. Here's a link to pictures of the class.
Class photos






On Monday we are going to Burgoyne Bay and will be there for the day completing nature stations with SS Conservancy. Students should bring a large lunch and dress for wet weather.




Subjects

Math:  We will continue to look at patterns with students drawing patterns, converting the numbers to a T-table and then graphing the results.  Students will also begin learning about plotting coordinates.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   We continue with Reading A to Z.  Students read aloud to me regularly so I can check for  fluency and expression.  This week we start a spelling program using word sorts to help students learn word patterns to help them with their spelling. 
Writing:   Our focus continues to be about sentences: capitals, punctuation and meaning.  
Social Studies:  Our remains mapping for a few weeks with a major focus on Canada. Students will learn how to draw a compass rose.
Art:  We continue investigating patterns in art.  
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.  We continue dance with 2 folk dances and we will practice them again on Monday. 


French:   This week we start French and I begin with some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 


September 24, 2018

This week is a very busy one!  On Monday and Tuesday we are getting ready for the camping trip.  By now you should have received the camping supply list with items your child should bring as well as food supplies for each group.  I will be going over the list with the students and I will also send home a reminder note with them on Tuesday.  It's sure to be an exciting and adventurous trip.

On Tuesday morning our class is participating in a live broadcast called ORCA Live.  About one hundred schools in the province will be watching a live stream video of team of scientists who track and research our resident pod of killer whales.  They will give information and we will be able to ask questions through a Twitter feed.  This should be lots of fun and very interesting.  During the rest of the day we will be working with a hiphop dance performance group called Luv 2 Groove.  Each class will practice a hiphop routine and then perform it for the school at 2:15.  We did this last year and we had a great time.  Come see it if you can.  


Subjects

Math:  We will continue to look at number patterns this week.  Bar graphs have been completed and are on display.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   We continue with Reading A to Z.  Students read aloud to me regularly so I can check for  fluency and expression.
Writing:   Our focus continues to be about sentences: capitals, punctuation and meaning.  
Social Studies:  Our theme is mapping for a few weeks with a major focus on Canada. 
Art:  We are looking at lines and patterns in art.  
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.  We started dance last week with 2 folk dances and we will practice them again on Monday. 


French:   This week we start French and I begin with some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 


September 17, 2018

This week you will receive the information package about our trip to Horne Lake on Sept. 26.  There is a detailed itinerary and a permission slip that must be returned to school.  We will be making camping groups this week and students will be planning tenting and eating for the trip.  Students will bring home a list of camp and food supplies later in the week.  Please read it over to ensure supplies are appropriate.
On Wednesday there is an early dismissal at 11:30 so that parents can meet with me to discuss their child.   There is a sign up sheet outside the classroom.  If you cannot make the meeting please let me know and we can arrange to meet another time.


Subjects

Math:  We will continue to look at number patterns this week.  Also, students will have completed a survey and be making a bar graph of the results.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   I have introduced a levelled reading program with my class called Reading A to Z.  Students have been reading to me and I have been finding "just right" reading levels for each student.  Students read out loud and practice fluency and expression.
Writing:   Our focus is learning about sentences: capitals, punctuation and meaning.  
Social Studies:  Our theme is mapping for a few weeks. 
Art:  We are looking at lines and patterns in art.  
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor/indoor games and fitness activities.
French:   This week we start French and I begin with some simple phrases: greetings and days of the week. 


Welcome to the new school year!


It’s the start of a new school year and everyone is excited to be back with old friends and looking forward to meet new ones.  I know it’s going to be a great year and I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year.

Parent info night


On Wednesday, October 12 there will be  a parent information night starting at 6:30.  It will be a chance for me to introduce myself to you and chat about  subjects, class routines, and expectations for students.  It will also give me a chance for you to ask questions about events and activities in the class. I hope you will be able to make it.   

Parent/Teacher Interviews (Sept.19)

I will be putting up a sign-up sheet for parent/teacher interviews outside my door next week.  This is a chance for you to tell me about your child and let me know how I can begin to meet their needs for the year.  If you are unable to make that day, let me know and we can arrange another time to meet.

Horne Lake trip


Our class is planning  a trip to Horne Lake Caves on Sept. 26/27th.  We will be camping at Horne lake and visiting the caves as well as other activities.  I will let you know the details and cost in a note next week.  If you are interesting in coming with us that would be great!  Remember that you have to have a criminal record check as well as a driver’s check completed before you can join us on any trips.  You can find the links/info on the school web site

Subjects

Math: patterns
Art: lines, shapes, using different media
Writing: sentences, journals, spelling
Reading: short stories
PE: jogging, intro to games, folk dance
Socials: mapping