We are learning all about measurement in Room 21. Did you know that the tip of your pinky finger is about 1 centimetre wide? This fact has helped us with our estimation skills. We have also been learning the difference between reasonable estimates and unreasonable estimates. The more experience we have measuring objects, the more reasonable our estimates are. The best part of learning about measurement is working with partners and measuring objects outside. Things get a little tricky when it is windy outside, but we get to work in teams and enjoy the fresh air! If you need help measuring something, come see the students in Room 21!
On the tenth some of our amazing students participated in the Honor Choir, and I’m sure wedid an amazing job! The next day we had a soapstone carving session with Michael Many Eagles. We made carvings that we could wear as necklaces. It made a lot of white dust on the floor when we sanded the soapstone. Everyone really liked doing it. It was a fun time!
We’ve also been trying to get outside more this month. We’ve been taking our books outside to read, and learning about directions and space topics while sitting by the trees in the dog park. We are hoping to do an Outdoor Challenge day in June where we spend all day learning outside.
Room 28 also participated in Mini Olympics. Not everyone won but I hope everyone
had fun! The next day was the closing ceremonies that Room 28 also went to. A few of Room 28 students went to the divisional track meet. Hopefully people found that fun too.
We hope Rhianna, Aynsley, Callum, and John had great birthdays this month. The month of May has been a fun one and hopefully June will also be!
During the month of April, our class learned all about Community Helpers! The morning class got a visit from a Winnipeg Transit bus driver and a Canada Post worker. Mrs. Kanaski forgot to take any pictures because she was so excited and interested in what our visitors had to say! The afternoon class got a visit from a City of Winnipeg paramedic driving the Major Incident Response Vehicle. We had a fun time exploring all of the different materials that paramedics use.
- In June our physical education classes get outdoors as much as possible. We will be continuing our softball and t-ball units and end the year with a variety of outdoor activities. The Earl Grey Running Club has been well attended and the Gr. 4, 5, and 6 students who qualify will spend a morning at the annual Fit Run, June 5thm. at Assiniboine Park. With nearly 30 students expected to attend the event, this is one of our largest group of representatives ever! Congratulations to all of our runners! Running club members will compete against other students from all over the division. The Running Club is a great opportunity to increase fitness, make new friends, and learn the joys of both recreational jogging and competitive racing.
- The Gr. 5 – 8 Mini-Olympics was a great success. Team Japan claimed the championship with strong gold medal performances but also a complete team effort. Qualified students in Gr. 6 – 8 also received an invitation to attend the divisional track meet at the end of May. Earl Grey had its best showing ever at the Divisional Track Meet, bringing home 11 ribbons. Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Earl Grey School!
- The K-4 track and field day is scheduled for the afternoon of June 20 (weather permitting). It is a great opportunity for the students to participate in track and field themed events. They will have a great time learning and competing while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Please remember to dress appropriately for the conditions. Running shoes are a necessity and hats and sunscreen are strongly recommended. Parents are welcome to join us that afternoon as well!
- I would also like to remind students and parents that although the weather outside is nice and sandals and flip-flops are comfortable, it is extremely important for students to wear good running shoes for gym classes – safety is the number one concern but, in addition, students wearing sandals tend to not put in as great an effort during class. Also, students are reminded that although it is likely that they are wearing shorts and t-shirts to school it is still important to have a change of clothes for gym class. Poor hygiene (such as smelly clothes) plays a big part in the way our peers perceive us.
- Finally, I would like to wish all students and parents a great summer vacation. Stay active, stay safe, and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year (even our Gr. 8 graduates who like to come back to visit).
Room 22 has been asking some questions about water recently. We’ve learned that rivers, lakes and streams contain freshwater and oceans and seas have saltwater. We read about how when water evaporates and the salt stays in the oceans and it only rains freshwater. We wanted to know what happens to objects in saltwater and freshwater? It turns out many objects end up floating when they are placed in saltwater. Our next question is why??