Monday, January 9, 2012

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone enjoyed the two week holiday! It is great to be back and ready to start the new year off with some exciting activities. We are also nearing the end of Term One; report cards will be sent home in February.

This month we will continue reading and writing BIOGRAPHIES. The children are currently writing about a friend. Their next task will be to write about a family member. Prepare to be interviewed!
We will resume the “Take-Home Reading program” today. If you have not already done so, please make the commitment to read with your child at home every night. It is the most worthwhile 20 minutes you can spend with your child and the payoff in your child’s reading ability will be tangible! I have already seen the difference – reading and daily practice of the new “word wall words” has had so far this year.
Dates to Remember
Jan. 9 Back to School!
Jan. 20 P.D. Day (no school for students)
Jan. 23 Chinese New Year
Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day
From their website:
All Canadians are invited to take a learning journey for Family Literacy Day 2012. Learning happens everywhere, and it's easy to make learning part of your daily life. Just download the Journey to Learning Passport and complete as many activities as you can leading up to Family Literacy Day on January 27, 2012. You can complete the passport as a family, individually or in groups at a Family Literacy Day event.

Please Help!
I know that once the snow is here that students will be wearing their winter boots outside. In the meantime, please help us keep our classroom clean by sending your child with indoor shoes. Mrs. Vaccaro asked me to remind everyone to bring appropriate footwear on our gym days, too. Gym days are listed on our calendar.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Welcome back tomorrow!

Tomorrow we will be sitting in our new tribes with a slightly different arrangement of classroom furniture.  Even though our Smartboard isn't functional yet (we are still waiting for some essential components and for the computer outlet on the side wall to be activated), I have rearranged our tables and classroom furniture so that our meeting place is in front of the Smartboard. Even though we will be sharing the Smartboard with the other Primary classes, we will probably keep this new arrangement for the duration of the school year.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!