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