Happy Weekend Everyone!
When I woke up at saw that it was only 1 degree out this morning I thought about how I am not prepared for the weather to change! There are parts of fall that I love….the layers, the scarves, digging out some of those warmer clothes and boots that have been packed away, but the brisk mornings are hard to get used to! I will need to be extra motivated to take Hudson for a walk before school moving forward! However, it turned out to be a gorgeous fall day and I hope you were all able to enjoy it
Let’s take a look at what we did at school this week:
-We are more than half way through Bat and the Waiting Game AND one of our students found out there IS a third book in the series! We will have to see if we want to read Bat and the End of Everything as a class, or maybe we’ll have a mini book club within the class. I do know that reading and discussing our read aloud books has helped the students to understand and appreciate other people’s differences. I have noticed students being more active with including others in their play and some kids are forming a “kindness club” at recess to check in on kids who look sad or lonely.
-We’ve had our first two Common Learning Sessions with 122 & 126! Our third and final session of the first rotation will take place on Monday. Round two was planned for Wednesday, but with our upcoming field trip we will have to reschedule!
-Thank you for getting field trip permission slips signed and returned so quickly! We are hoping that the final slips will be returned on Monday and we will be ready to go for Wednesday!
-We had our first visit to the library! Our library time will be on Day 4 at 9:00, so please have books that need to be returned ready to go for then (or before). There are a few students who need to return books from last year. Please take a look at home and see if you can find them! I’ve spoken to each student who has outstanding books and they all seem to know where the books might be. I can also print out a copy of the missing books if that is required.
-We are continuing our work with place value and representing numbers in standard and non standard ways. Want to practice at home?!
Give your child an amount of money to represent (example: $547 OR $5.47). Ask them how they could make that amount using the fewest amount of bills/coins (standard) and then ask them other ways they can represent that amount of money (non standard).
Example: $547 could be represented with five $100 bills, two $20 bills, one $5 bill and a toonie (standard), but also with four $100 bills, five $20 bills, four $10 bills and seven loonies (non standard)!
Example: $5.47 could be represented with one $5 bill, one quarter, two dimes and two pennies (standard), but also with two toonies, five quarters, four nickels and two pennies (non standard)!
Give it a try!
-We wrote some Haiku poems about Fall (while being outside for Friluftsliv with Erin) and about any other topic we wanted (the next day in class). Haikus are fun to write and serve as a good reminder about syllables! Can you write a Haiku poem together at home?! Just remember
Line 1=5 syllables
Line 2=7 syllables
Line 3=5 syllables
It’s finally fall
Leaves are changing and falling
Fall is here to stay!
-We had a fantastic Friluftsliv Friday! When the students wrote me a persuasive letter a few weeks ago I told them I would read them all and choose to do something I was persuaded by! The most persuasive letter was a visit to Pan Am Park with room 122! Friday was a perfect day to head over to the park! The students had a blast playing on the structure. We also spent time with Erin exploring with dance outside. It is really important for us to spend lots of time outside and understand that we can learn a lot while we are out there! We use the outdoors as an extension of our physical school building and will never take our outdoor space for granted 🙂 *This is what our Ask Me question on Seesaw is all about this weekend. Be sure to check it out and post your response!
-You may have noticed a few extra Seesaw posts this week! Each month we post (or try to post) a reading and writing sample on Seesaw. This serves as a portfolio piece because we can see and hear the growth we make as we learn and practice our skills. It is really important for students to read orally. If they only read in their head they will not know when they are making errors. Hearing the students read might help you decide if what they read is not at an appropriate level, or if they need to work on fluency or expression. Have a listen on a regular basis!
What’s happening next week…
-Monday is our annual Terry Fox Run! (Please see the email Jocelyn sent out last week for full details.) We are asking the students to donate $1 to the Terry Fox Foundation…so if you are able, please send in your donations on Monday. If you’d like to join us please feel free! The run will take place around 11:15/11:30 and last until about 12:00. On Friday we had a discussion about Terry and how his determination has led to amazing things for cancer research. Terry Fox will always be a Canadian HERO!
-Monday is also Orange Shirt Day. On Friday we read The Orange Shirt Story and When I Was Eight and talked about the reason we have Orange shirt day. We talked about what Truth and Reconciliation means and the very important message that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.
-Wednesday is FIELD TRIP DAY! Please remember that we are leaving at 8:45. Students should arrive around 8:35 (the classroom will be open then) and make sure to use the washroom before we go. The bus ride will be long…but worth it! If we need to, we can make a bathroom stop along the way. Students will need to bring their backpacks and wear clothing to be outside all day. We ask that students bring a litter-less lunch so the impact we make is as little as possible. This will be my first visit to the Petroforms AND I’m very excited 🙂
-We will continue working with 122 & 126 for Common Learning Times. After 3 sessions the groups will rotate to a different adult and work on a different target (for another 3 sessions).
-The October book order will be sent home next week!
I think that is all for now!
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Until next time,
Danielle (& Hudson)