Saturday, February 25, 2012

Plant a Truffula Tree!

Mrs. Phillip (the ELP teacher) is planning an excursion for the Primary Division to see the movie, The Lorax!  The Lorax will also be our next 'story-bit story' so we will reading and discussing the book in the upcoming weeks.  This story is a great introduction to the need for environmental conservation and the severe consequences when forests are depleted.
I would like to work on some critical thinking skills with the students, so I am hoping that families will wait to read the book and see the movie (again) after we are finished our study.
In the meantime, if you would like to plant a virtual Truffula seed, please click on this link:-)

Monday, February 6, 2012


Just in case some of you have started to work on your February Homework Calendar, I wanted to let you know that the Making Words activity is missing a letter.  Thanks to Charles for working so diligently on trying to figure out the mystery word!

The missing letter is: V

Do you know what the mystery word is now?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February News

Thank you to all the parents who have been working so hard with their child since our return to school in January. Your commitment to helping your child succeed is greatly appreciated. The children continue to improve in all areas of the curriculum! Keep up the good work!
The 20 minutes you spend with your child reading each night makes a difference. Please continue read and reread the leveled book your child brings home and review word wall words.
We have been focusing on “point of view”. When your child is reading to you at home, occasionally ask your child to stop and reflect on what s/he is reading. Ask questions such as, “How do you think the character feels?” or “What do you think the author is trying to tell us?” Encourage your child to “look at the marks (punctuation) and font” and reread using appropriate inflection in his/her voice.

Dates to Remember This Month
 February 1 – Roots of Empathy – Baby Visit with Anthony (theme: Caring and Planning for Baby)
 February 2 – Groundhog Day – will you see YOUR shadow today?
 February 2 – Early Learning Program Open House
 February 9 – 100th Day of School! We will have some special numeracy activities to do today.
 February 9 – Term One report cards sent home today
 February 9 Sweater Day – we turn down our thermostat and wear sweaters today to help save energy!
 February 14 – Our classroom celebration of Valentines Day – wear something/anything red and white today, if you would like to participate!
 February 17 Early Release Day
 February 20 – Family Day – enjoy your time together!
 February 21 – 24 Make Change for Kids Week – we will be collecting change this week to help a local charity

The 100th Day of School
We have been counting the days to the 100th day of school since our first day together in September. We will have some special activities throughout the day to celebrate this special number.

Note about Valentines Day
We are making special mailboxes for Valentines Day. Please try to send an empty tissue box to school by Friday (February 10).
The children can bring their own cards for their friends on the Friday before Valentines Day. If you wish to send something to school for the children to enjoy during our 2nd nutrition break, please send something healthy and nut-free.

Valentines Day Snack Suggestions:
red apples
red pepper slices
red grapes
watermelon cubes
dried cranberries

Our Grade One/Two Friends


Additional Reminders
INDOOR SHOES – the children need to remember to bring indoor shoes to school everyday.
WARM OUTDOOR WEAR – we need warm mittens, hats, boots, and snow pants everyday. An extra pair OR TWO of socks would be great, too
Reminder to Families
Please try to check your child’s agenda everyday. Sometimes announcements are made in the morning that the office would like us to communicate to the school community using the agendas.