Let’s make this short and sweet so we can all enjoy this beautiful Saturday!!!
As you know, our Outdoor Classroom day has been postponed until Tuesday, May 22. We all agreed that it would be much more enjoyable to be outdoors when the weather cooperated AND we really did need that rain!
Here is the ‘plan’ for Tuesday (Note: plans are subject to change 😉 )
9:00-9:30:Planting with 126
*IF you have not brought in your seeds and Ziploc bag please do so on Tuesday or you will not have much of a choice of what you plant. I have soil (and some extra seeds and bags if needed)
9:30-10:00: Math with 122. We have a list of things to find and measure!
10:00-10:30: Observation station with 122 & 126
10:45-12:00: Community clean up/walk and choice time with 122 & 126
1:00-1:15: Mediation with 122 & 126
1:15-1:45: French with 122 & 126
2:30-3:00: Learning Buddies with 124
3:00-3:30: Choir with 122&126
Please be dressed for the weather, bring a water bottle and if you are able… try to bike or walk to school today!!
I’m really looking forward to this exciting day of outdoor learning 🙂
Also this week…
-We will continue with our plant/soil/environmental inquiry research
I found a Tweet about waste reduction/recycling/compost that put a smile on my face! I can only hope we follow suit!
-We will continue to read Wishtree. This week we had to take a bit of a break from reading when I lost my voice! We will make up for it next week for sure!
-We will continue our focus of editing, printing, handwriting and typing! We are really working on these skills that we use regularly in our lives!
-Book clubs are coming to an end! It is our second last week! Some groups are creating movie trailers to promote their book, some are ready to start the ‘maker’ project, some are finishing their books and some have a few more chapters to read. Once we are ready, we will do a group share and be ready to start some Drama!!
-We will do Genius Hour on Thursday! Please be ready to create/make/present 🙂
*This weekend’s Ask Me question is to comment about something you have done outside this weekend! Leave me an oral or written comment through Seesaw!! BONUS-post something you did that was kind!
*Let’s keep Conscious Kindness going! This includes being kind to yourself! We found these great ideas to try when you are feeling stress in your life. We know these things work, but sometimes we just need a little reminder 🙂
I hope that you find time to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful spring weather this weekend! Let us know what you’ve been up to via the Ask Me question on Seesaw or the Home Reading folder!
We have completed the first ten days of our 30 outdoor challenge at school!! We’ve been lucky to have had some gorgeous weather but let’s be honest…I think we need some rain to help get the dusty streets and sidewalks under control! Reminder: there is no school on Monday so Day 11 of our outdoor learning will not take place until Tuesday!
Tuesday is also our 3rd running club meeting. As you know, we’ve decided to change things up and have run club in the mornings this year (8:10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays). We have had about 40 kids join us so far but would love even more! This run club is about developing/maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting some fresh air. Being outside before school has actually helped those of us involved get a great start to the day! It’s not too late to join! Students in the run club in grades 4-6 do not have to participate in the Fit Run in June. So if that’s holding you back…don’t worry. You can be new to running to join or you can also walk and work your way up to running. Parents: Thank you for joining us! You don’t need to commit to coming each session or even each week. You can choose to help supervise, you can walk or you can run. We’ve had at least 5 parents out to each session so far and we really love the community feel that it creates having students, parents, daycare and teachers out together. We hope to see you soon!!!
Here’s a recap of last week at school!
-We finished A Boy Called Bat and have started a new book called The Wishtree. On Friday we actually sat outside our window near a tree which might just become our very own Wishtree! I also finished pre-reading The Wild Robot Escapes and have decided (by request) that it will become our next (and possibly final) read aloud choice. Some students have already chosen to purchase and read their own copy of the book and are aware that there was a chance I’d be reading it to the class. Those students are welcome to bring in their copy and read along with me when the time comes!
-The grade 4 book club was a success. We had 20 kids join us!! I think we have time for one more book… then it’ll be summer book club time! We will let the grades 4-6 kids know ASAP about the book choice and the meet/eat/treat time. Grade 3s you will get your chance at a book club in the summer. That one will be open to all students (tell your friends in the other classrooms) 🙂
-Book Clubs with 122 and 126 are going well too! We will finish our books by the end of the month and present a maker piece to the other groups. After that…we will keep this time slot to do some drama!!
-We have been doing a daily edit to help develop editing skills. Each morning the students are greeted by a message on the board. It’s a letter that outlines what is taking place on that day. They get a chance to fix an error before the announcements begin. After the announcements we finish up any corrections as a class until the letter makes sense. The kids love being detectives! Give it a try at home! We are looking for: uppercase letters in the correct spots, punctuation, homophones, contractions and spelling of commonly used words.
Looking for a weekend edit?! Copy this out (be mindful of proper letter formation) and bring it to school on Tuesday. Good luck finding all the errors!
-Multiplication is going pretty well. Some students would benefit from at home practice of skip counting and basic facts. This can be done anywhere and anytime! Out for a walk or in the car or during the intermission of the Jets game…just ask some questions! Example: skip count by 4s to 40, name the doubles facts to 20+20, explain how any factor multiplied by 4 is related to doubles, use flashcards, etc. Throw in some addition/subtraction/compatible numbers too!! This will all help to develop recall and 5 minutes if regular practice can go a long way 🙂
-Our first We Belong Day with our vertical teams was great! We (123,124,125 and PM Nursery) listened to a great story, did some dancing with Mrs. Silk and then wrote down a word that described how dancing made us feel! Next time the kids will change stations and the teachers will repeat the same activity with a new group of students! Great job on remembering to wear clothing that reflected who you are. We loved hearing all the stories about why you chose your outfit 🙂
What’s happening this week/month?!
-May 17 is Outdoor Classroom Day and May 18 is Planting Day so we are thinking of combining these two themes and spending the day outside (Friday, May 18). Any ideas?! We have some ideas but would love to hear what you’re thinking!
-This week we will choose our plant/soil/environment inquiry topic. I will be asking the students to write down their top 5 wonderings and we will go from there!
-We will also continue our research on provinces and territories
-Monday is Day 2 and because there is no school there is also no Genius Hour. I’m thinking about giving the kids time on Friday instead. There are a number of students/groups ready to present their work. So we will make time for that and for a work period as well
-Don’t forget to get your book order in if you plan on making an order this month. I’ll be sending that in this week. After that you’ll have one more chance to order before summer!
-As many of you already know, Murray is taking a team of Grade 6 students to the Global Finals for Destination Imagination!! If you are interested in supporting this exciting opportunity please visit the GoFundMe page below!
-I hope you all enjoyed the production of We Are Monsters last week!! So much goes on “behind the scenes” for these musicals to take place and all the hard work by students, staff and parent volunteers is greatly appreciated! Those catchy songs are still in my head!!
-Our 30 Day Outdoor Challenge is in full swing! This past week we: did our observation stations with 122 & 126 (twice), had Yoga with Murray, Phys.Ed with Mr. Strachan, writer’s notebook time, math and a scavenger hunt! I’m excited to see what this week will bring for us! Please remember to dress for the weather. We are going out rain or shine!
-The 30 Day Outdoor Challenge is the Ask Me question for this week too! Continue to track the time you spend outside before/after school. What kinds of things are you doing? How does committing to more time outdoors make you feel? Let me know by either posting a comment on Seesaw or writing a comment in the Home Reading folder
-We are looking forward to a more ‘normal’ week at school! Last week was full of interruptions and special events. This week we will go about business as usual!
-Reminder: The Grade 4 Book Club (Flora & Ulysses) will meet tomorrow at lunch in Room 123. We will provide a little treat for the group, however feel free to bring your own treat if you’d rather. Please be mindful of allergies when you pack your lunch as we have students with dairy, egg, nut, kiwi and fish allergies within our group
-May Book Orders have been sent home. Please have any orders you’d like to make sent in (to me or through the Scholastic website) by May 8
-On Friday we are having our first of 3 “We Belong” vertical group activities. An email was sent on about a special request for the May 4 meeting:
-There is no Day 2 this week so that means no Genius Hour. We will however be sharing our projects with our buddies on Thursday to help them get started on their own Genius Hour journey!
-Our 30 day pledges have been very well received! The WSD has been sharing our project which has helped the tweet I made to promote our project reach more than 1500 people! Great job guys!!
-Run Club starts on Tuesday, May 1!! If your child showed an interest in joining they were sent home with a note on Friday. Please sign and return that note ASAP. Need a note? Just ask! If you’re interested in joining us (walking, running, helping with supervision) please come out! Hope to see you at 8:10 Tuesday morning!
I love that it isn’t even 7:00 and the sun is shining and it is currently 4 degrees (on its way to a high of 18 degrees!!). Maybe we are in the clear and Spring is finally here!!
Thank you so much for all your support throughout our 30 for 30 challenge and Environmental Inquiry! I have spoken to so many parents, received emails, comments on the blog and Instagram about how families are enjoying the fact that we are dong this at school AND are sharing what is happening at home for the 30 for 30! You are awesome #BAM!!!!
Being outside with my class is always something I’ve wanted to do more of. In the past I didn’t feel fully supported to take my class out regularly. I am so glad that being outdoors is something that the school and parent communities believe in. Thank you to one of our parents (a Public Health Nurse) for sharing some resources with me…which I will now share with you!
The information below (from the Winnipeg in Motion website) really stuck with me. It’s isn’t new information, but I felt like the reminder was valuable for myself and therefore I decided to share it too:) It affirms the reasons why the 30 for 30 challenge is so important.
Benefits of being a Healthy School in motion
Physical activity has many benefits and it affects all aspects of a child’s growth and development. Regular physical activity is an important part of every child’s daily life. Schools that promote physical activity not only benefit the health and wellbeing of their students, but also encourage and benefit their staff and community. It is important to educate, encourage, and motivate children to participate in regular physical activity. The benefits of physical activity stay with children as they become adults and the positive behavioural traits of active children may also transfer to adulthood. For children, being regularly active:
enhances academic performance. Basic classroom skills including arithmetic, reading, memorization, and categorization improve with sufficient physical activity.
is beneficial psychologically, regardless of weight. It is associated positively with self-esteem and self-concept, and associated negatively with anxiety and depression.
improves skeletal health, which in turn reduces their risk of developing osteoporosis in the future. Daily weight-bearing activities, of even brief duration during adolescence, are critical for enhancing bone development that affects skeletal health throughout life.
has a positive impact on behaviour and healthy lifestyles. Among young people, high levels of fitness are associated with healthier eating habits.
I think that sometimes going outside at school can be associated with Physical Education class or free time or as a reward. I think that building this outdoor time into our day is so much more!
Last week we took a walk around the schoolyard checking on the garbage situation. We realized that there are only garbage bins at the far park and NO recycling bins. Therefore there was ‘stuff’ in the garbage bin that should have been recycled. This led to a conversation about what we can do about that. How can we express that either a) We need recycling bins at the park (and if it is like this at our park, how many other parks need recycling bins too) or b) Encourage people to take their recycling home or to the nearest bin to recycle instead of just throwing it in the garbage…because it is easier to just toss it. This was a great conversation that came from a 15 minute walk. For the other 15 minutes we played a game that Cathy Woods had taught us earlier in the year. The weather wasn’t super kind to us last week, but it didn’t stop us! We chose activities that kept us moving and kept us warm! The slogan was #coldairdontcare lol. On Tuesday we all played Hide and Go Seek Tag. Not one student complained about the choice of game (we talked about the fact that not everyone would have their top choice each day but if we give it a chance they will have fun). This allowed us to practice our 4C skills along with being totally active for 30 minutes. We had to collaborate on creating ‘rules’, communicate the ‘rules’ so everyone was on the same page, think critically about how many people would be ‘it’, what to do when the Nursery class came out, how we would know when the game was over, etc. and then be creative with our ‘hiding spots’ and with strategy. SO…this game was so much more than kids just running around. On Wednesday we did some math at the playground. Some students played a math game (multiplication battleship) and others continued to work on their number puzzles. It was chilly, but it didn’t stop us! For the last 10 minutes we ran around to warm up. Just getting some fresh air and a change of scenery is good for our brains. We could have easily stayed inside for this activity, but we are trying to think of things that we can do outside instead. We brought what we needed (clipboards, writing tools, etc.) so we didn’t need to be inside! On Thursday we went to the far park and searched for things in nature to become makers with! We could only use what was already on the ground (no breaking branches, etc.) and had to work with a partner or group, then just make! ‘Making’ practices so many skills! The class had a blast and created some pretty cool nature art :). Finally on Friday we saw the SUN! We played outside with Room 126. There were 2 options: 1) Play a game called Follow The Leader or 2) Use chalk to create (games, drawings, math questions, etc.). A third option came up when the kids realized that the sun was allowing for some perfect conditions for shadows! It is nice to come out with another class because we build new friendships, rekindle old friendships, learn to practice the 4Cs with other people which can be a very useful skill. I am so happy with how this first week went 🙂
*Play with our buddies outside (we can read outside just as easily as we can inside!). This is happening on Monday. We are also planning on doing some planting. I have a parent volunteer (thank goodness!) to come and help. The kids want to have a planter outside of our window. We had thought about making one out of pallets, but if anyone would like to help us out with that let me know! If you’d like to join us on any of the days we will be outdoors, please don’t hesitate to schedule a time and maybe an activity with us!
*Please remember that we need kids to wear their “Musical” outfits on Monday (dress rehearsal!) and Wednesday (performance day!) *Below is the email that was sent home on Thursday about costumes.
REMINDER: Costume requirements for Dress Rehearsal day(Monday, May 1st) AND Concert Day (Wednesday, May 3rd)
Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 3/4 Students,
The Spring Musical is coming soon to Montrose School! We have an exciting show for you…. “The Emperor’s New Clothes!” Students in grade 3/4 will be a part of the chorus and will need to wear the following for the dress rehearsal on Monday May 1st and for the performance day, Wednesday May 3rd (three shows):
– white sleeved shirt (long or short sleeve)
– dark pants
Please note: Students will be wearing a light weight tunic over top of their clothes.
Thank you so much for your cooperation. We are looking forward to seeing you at the performances.
Regards,The Costume Committee
This week’s Ask Me.. task was for your child to play Multiplication Battleship (this can be changed to Addition Battleship if you need to). Each student was sent home with 2 ‘boards for playing’ (which were double sided so you can play more than once!) and an instruction sheet. Let me know how it went!
*Our “All The Water In The World” art is nearly complete. It is currently on the bulletin board, which I did so we could see how it looks and then each student is deciding whether their work is ‘finished’ and if not, we are adding to it. Here are a few pics I took quickly before they went up!
They are very striking…and are even more powerful as a group piece.
*This week we also talked about being difference makers. I love the quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” by Gandhi. First we talked a bit about what a quote is and how to find meaning in a quote. Then I asked the kids to use this quote (or another if they were more drawn to something else, or even create their own quote) and represent it in a way that was meaningful to them. Here is a glimpse of what they came up with!
My next idea is to talk about this one…
This makes an impact on me each time I see it:)
The Manitoba Teacher’s Society is doing wellness week and our staff is doing a little kindness campaign amongst ourselves…I say this is a perfect opportunity to share with the class what we as a staff are doing too. Kindness is for everyone…not just kids 😉
*Enjoy your week! I hope to see you at the Musical on Wednesday. There will be a magnificent performance as always. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this production possible. Your hard work and dedication to the students is inspiring and very appreciated.