Sunday, October 20, 2013

Welcome Twinkle!

We have adopted a snowy owl to enhance our literacy and science program.  We voted on names and have elected to call our female owl, Twinkle.  She will be visiting each student's home for a week.  We draw a name each week to see who will take her home.  This will commence after we complete our first non-fiction report about Snowy Owls.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Welcome Back!

With school starting soon, I wanted to send out a welcome greeting to all our students!
I have been at school throughout the summer getting our classroom ready for September 3.  I will be posting some photos of the classroom so if you would like a 'sneak peak', you can have a look.

We will be creating a 'community of learners' when we begin school next Tuesday.  Because we share our classroom supplies within the classroom, you won't need to label anything other than your nutrition break snack pack and containers.  I would also like you to keep your ruler and markers at home for use there.  I provide rulers for use in the classroom for measurement activities.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the school when the office opens next week.  I can't wait to see everyone on September 3!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Year-End Celebration

Just a reminder that we are going to be enjoying a morning on Lundy's Lane on Monday to celebrate the end of our school year together.  The children will be enjoying activities in small groups of 4 supervised by lots of parents and teachers!

Remember to WEAR SOCKS!

When we return to school, we will have our lunch and then get busy with some fun math activities.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Where is the homework?

I wanted to let everyone know that we have added all the Grade One and Grade Two words to our word wall.  The students also completed the Developmental Spelling Inventory last week.  I am using the results of that assessment to 'customize' your child's weekly word work activities.  Every Wednesday your child completes a word sort activity that works on a particular spelling skill at his/her current developmental level.  If you would like an extra copy for home practice, please let me know in your child's agenda. 

We will continue to review, through Word Work activities, the words that continue to be commonly misspelled in students' work.  We will also have a weekly spelling theme that we will practice.  This week we are working on regular plurals.  Next week, we will add irregular plurals.

I truly appreciate how diligent the students AND PARENTS have been in completing weekly spelling homework this year!  I will send homework books home TO KEEP next week.

Thanks for all your support!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful March Break!
We will be continuing to work on our biography (recount) writing this week.  The students are going to be working on adding supporting details to their writing and sharing their biographies of their book buddies on Wednesday.  We will be doing some 'surgery' or revisions this week, so your child may want to tell you how we revise without having to redo or reprint the entire piece of writing.
I will try to post some photos after our mini lesson!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Welcome Mr. Willemsen

I wanted to let everyone know that we have a new teacher in our classroom.  Mr. Willemsen, a teacher candidate from Brock University, will be taking over 70% of the teaching in our classroom commencing March 5.  He observed our class on Friday.  He will also be observing this week on Thursday and Friday.  His final observation day will be February 28.  Mr. Willemsen will gradually be taking over more responsibilities for leading the class, under my supervision, beginning with 70% of teaching time to increase to 100% by the end of his practicum on April 30.  We look forward to learning with Mr. Willemsen!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day is Thursday

Some parents have asked for a list of names of students, so that their child can address their valentines.
If you wish to address your valentines, the names in our class this year are:
If you wish to just sign your valentines and bring 19 to school without names (but that you can put into our valentine mailbags), that is fine, too!

Friday, February 8, 2013

SNOW on the 100th Day of School! Oh no!

I still can't believe it!  Today the schools are closed and it has been declared a SNOW DAY!
We were planning on celebrating the 100th day of school today.  Just so students are aware, we will carry over our special 100th day festivities to Monday.  Monday isn't my preferred day for celebrations, but we will enjoy our activities related to the very special and friendly number 100 anyway!

As I gaze out my kitchen window while writing today, it looks like a hundred snowflakes are landing on my deck every second!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend playing in all this white stuff and I will see you on Monday!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Who is Antonio?

Ask your child who Antonio is?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our Next Mathematics Investigation

This week we will begin our study of SHAPES AND THEIR PROPERTIES.  Both groups/grades will be working on the BIG IDEAS:
  • Some attributes of shapes are quantitative (the fact that a triangle has three vertices is quantitative), others are qualitative (the fact that a circle is round is qualitative);
  • Many of the properties and attributes that apply to 2-dimensional shapes also apply to 3-dimensional shapes;
  • Many geometric properties and attributes of shapes are related to measurement (Group 2 will be revisiting AREA when we focus on 2-dimensional shapes)
(from Marian Small's Big Ideas from Dr. Small - Creating a Comfort Zone for Teaching Mathematics Grades Kindergarten to Grade 3, page 63)

This week, we will begin our study by focusing on 3-dimensional geometry.  You can support your child's learning at home by trying these activities with your child:
  • Ask your child to describe the shape of an object, for example, whether it is like a sphere, a cylinder, or a rectangular prism.
  • Challenge your child to check several shapes to see which ones will roll, slide, or stack.
  • Ask your child to explain how two shapes are similar and different (encourage the use of "math words")
  • Challenge your child to sort shapes into group, then to try sorting them a different way.
  • Describe the shape of an object and ask your child to guess the object; then switch roles.
  • Have a 'shape hunt' at home - find examples of cubes, triangular prisms, pyramids, etc.
  • Use playdough to model various 3-dimensional shapes. Count the number of faces, edges, and vertices on each shape.
  • Invite your child to help you put away the groceries.  Talk about why you place particular packages and supplies together.
Ideas from Math Makes Sense Grade 2 (Pearson Education Canada) and Mathematics 1(Nelson)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lunch Lady Orders

The Lunch Lady hot lunch forms are due on January 9.
Our HOT LUNCH day is January 16. 
I am going to try the Potato and Cheese Perogies - sounds yummy!
Remember you can order on-line, too. (click order here)

Back to School

Just a reminder that I am looking forward to seeing everyone at school tomorrow!
I am excited to hear about everyone's break!
We have gym tomorrow.  If you brought your running shoes home for the break, make sure you bring them back to school.  You are probably ready for a Take-Home Reading Book exchange as well!