Friday, 24 March 2017

A Time to Celebrate!

Welcome Spring!  It was a pleasure seeing students and their families at our Celebration of Learning Conferences.  We hope you enjoyed visiting our class and working through the stations with your child.  The class welcomed back Miss Mamela and Miss Boyd, our student teachers from the University of Regina, this week.  We wrapped things up with a trip to the Santa Maria Seniors' Home on Thursday afternoon.  What a wonderful way to greet the Spring season!
Craft created with the seniors at Santa Maria
In Math, students continue to work through their Measurement units.  The Grade 3's learned about measuring perimeter in centimetres.  Next week, they will look at measuring perimeter in metres and measuring mass in grams.  The Grade 4's learned about telling time to the minute and the 24-hour clock.  Next week, they will begin to explore area (square units).

In Health-Sciences, Miss Boyd introduced students to the Medicine Wheel.  They looked at the different components of the Medicine Wheel and how it will be used to examine the students' own holistic health.  The class focused on the "Physical" quadrant this week as they used Canada's Food Guide to examine their eating habits.  Students created Food Plates to demonstrate the variety of foods they should be eating daily and the appropriate portion sizes for their age group.  Students also began their investigation of the different nutrients found in the foods they eat through a Nutrition Puzzle activity.  Next week, the class will finish up their focus on nutrition and begin their investigation of the immune system.
~submitted by Miss Boyd
In Social Studies, Miss Mamela worked with the students to learn about the Wants and Needs of people living in various communities.  This week, the class made Mosaic Art pieces that distinguished between students' wants and needs.  The students also took a "trip" to outer space to a planet they named "Kidtopia!"  Upon NASA's request, the class had to narrow down their lists of wants and needs for their suitcases in order to establish a new community on Kidtopia.  In addition, students started looking at different cultures and communities from around the world.  They participated in a sing-song activity called "Hello to All the Children of the World" and used a world map to locate some of the countries that were mentioned in the song.  Students had an opportunity to share their knowledge of other cultures by explaining how to say words as hello, good-bye, grandma, and grandpa in a different language.
~submitted by Miss Mamela
A special thank you goes out to Mr. Dumont and his Grade 7/8 students for working with the Grade 3/4's on their Forest Fire Slide Show Projects.  The senior students were fantastic leaders and the slideshow presentations turned out great!  The Grade 3/4's are now able to produce and teach others how to create this type of presentation.   

Please note:  Students may access their slideshow presentations on Google Classroom to share with other family members. Their school division accounts may only be used for school assignments.  Please remind students not to share their usernames and passwords with others.  Thank you for your help!

New milk punch cards will be distributed to students that take part in the milk program next week.  It is recommended that students keep their milk cards in their lunch kits.

The Lion King Musical will be held on April 11th and 12th at 7:00 pm at Jack MacKenzie School.  Tickets are as follows:  $10 per individual or $20 per family.  A family ticket includes parents and their children only.  All other individuals pay separately.  Tickets go on sale next week.  See you there!

Our class will be going on a field trip to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on April 5th, in the afternoon.  A note will be going home with more information next week.  Please stay tuned.  Thank you!

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Mar. 28 - Wear a Hat for $1
  • Mar. 29 - Chew Gum for $1; Sp. Test
  • Mar. 30 - Popcorn for $2; Zones of Regulation workshop (AM)
  • Mar. 31 - Spring Oratory (12:45 - 3:30 PM) -Good luck to Taylor Schmalenberg and Cael Scollan, our class representatives, at the Spring Oratory!
  • Please check your child's agenda on a daily basis for notices and homework reminders that may not be listed on our website.  Thank you.

Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Short Week

Students started their week with a special visit from Mr. Bartlett, the head facility operator here at Jack MacKenzie School.  The class enjoyed learning about his job and took a special trip down to the boiler room for a closer look at the mechanics of the school!  It was a cool experience to say the least. 
Mr. Bartlett - Head Facility Operator
In Math, the class continued learning about various measurement concepts.  The grade 3's are focusing on estimating and measuring centimetres and metres.  The grade 4's are taking a look at elapsed time and telling time to the minute.  Our measurement unit will go by quickly.  It is recommended that students review lessons at home and go onto the Mathletics website to get the extra practice they need.

Literacy Groups ended this week.  Students practiced many decoding and comprehension strategies during this intensive block of reading time.  We thank all of the volunteers who helped with this valuable reading initiative.

On Tuesday afternoon, the class went on a field trip to the Mackenzie Art Gallery for a guided tour of the exhibition Across the Turtle's Back.  Students learned more about First Nations, Inuit, and Metis art.  They had an opportunity to learn how to do a basic weave in the studio.  The exhibition Across the Turtle's Back will end in April.
Celebration of Learning Conferences will take place next week.  The format of these conferences follow a station approach where children lead their parents through various activities set up in our classroom. Typically, families would spend approximately 1/2 hour in the classroom with their children.  You may choose one of the following dates to attend with your child:
  • Wednesday, March 22nd from 4-7pm  OR
  • Friday, March 24th from 9-11 am
*Please send me an email (a note will also go home) indicating which day you will be attending with your child.* 

Also, as a part of our Celebration of Learning, Mrs. Hinz will be hosting "Drum the Village" on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5-7 pm in the music room.  All grades and families are welcome to join Mrs. Hinz in the jam!

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Monday:  Welcome back Miss Boyd and Miss Mamela; Teddy Bears Anonymous letters sent home; Celebration of Learning note sent home
  • Tuesday:  Return Celebration of Learning note indicating attendance (or email teacher)
  • Wednesday:  Celebration of Learning Conferences (4-7pm)
  • Thursday:  Gr. K - 4 Toy Day for $1; Santa Maria (PM)
  • Friday:  Celebration of Learning Conferences (9-11 am for Gr. 3/4) - NO CLASSES TODAY
  • Please check your child's agenda on a daily basis for notices and homework reminders that may not be listed on our website.  Thank you.
Have a nice weekend.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Building Community

Students learned more about Community through a variety of activities this past week.  The class worked with senior students to learn a new skill, attended a pod "harvest" activity, and learned through experienced volunteers how agriculture and sharing go hand-in-hand. 

Our Grade 3/4 class participated in the Junior Achievement program titled "Our Community" with Donna McCreery.   They learned how jobs help a community and require a specific set of skills.  Thank you for helping your children complete their interviews!

This month is Agriculture Literacy Month!  Debbie Bailey, Specialist with Agriculture More Than Ever, visited our class and shared her knowledge and love of agriculture!  Students enjoyed learning about farming communities in Saskatchewan and the different types of crops and livestock found in our province.

Our class has partnered up with Mr. Dumont's Grade 7/8 students to learn more about creating slide show presentations on Google Docs.  The Grade 3/4's will be working hard to finalize their Forest Fire Slide Show Projects this week.

The Grade 3/4's enjoyed taking part in "Fresh Food Friday," an event hosted by Mrs. McMurtry's class.  Students had an opportunity to enjoy a variety of leafy greens and vegetables.  The students were fantastic guests and had a very yummy time!
Events to look forward to this week:
  • Monday:  Special visit from Mr. Bartlett (our school custodian); Sp. Test
  • Tuesday:  Mackenzie Art Gallery (PM); Forest Fire Project with Gr. 7/8's; Literacy Groups
  • Wednesday:  Special Lunch; Green Spirit Day; Last day of Literacy Groups
  • Thursday:  PD - No School for students
  • Friday:  Teacher's Convention - No School for students
  • Please check your child's agenda on a daily basis for additional updates and homework reminders.  Thank you!
Have a great week.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Hello March

Students said goodbye to February and welcomed March with a smile.  They enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by our SCC for being the top fundraisers of the Jack MacKenzie School Read-a-Thon.  Students participated in several anti-bullying "Pink Day" awareness activities including presentations put on by the Roughriders and our very own SLC.  It was a fun and busy week!

On Tuesday afternoon, the Grade 3's and 3/4's went on their monthly visit to the Santa Maria Seniors' Care Home.  They enjoyed working with the lovely seniors living there.  This week, our classes made a St. Patrick's Day craft for the seniors to display in their living quarters.

In Social Studies, the class continues to learn about the First Nations People of Saskatchewan.  Many of our discussions and stories have centered around the significance of the Buffalo and the role that it played in the lives of the Aboriginal people.  Next week, the class will focus on the importance of symbols in the First Nations culture.

Times flies when you're having fun!  In math, both grades have started a unit on Measurement.  We explored the passage of time using pendulum timers and learned more about analog and digital clocks.  Please encourage your child to access the Measurement unit on Mathletics for additional practice.

In Science, the class is learning about the "Earth Beneath Us."  This week, we looked at a cross-section of the Earth and discovered that it is made up of several layers, like an onion.  Scientists have put these layers into three groups:  the crust, the mantle and the core.  We will continue our journey to the centre of the Earth in the coming weeks.
Students learned more about solving everyday "people problems" by using Stop~Think and Pick-a-Plan in our Zones of Regulation workshop this week.  In many of the problems they encounter, they can choose to stay or walk away.  If they choose to stay instead of walk away they can try ignore the problem (in a respectful way), use an "I" statement to express their feelings, make a deal to compromise, use a game of chance to solve a disagreement (ie. rock, paper, scissors), and/or apologize.  Walking away from a problem may involve a period of cooling down, doing something else instead, or getting help/reporting the problem.  The students were also reminded that they are not to compromise on their safety or the safety of others when trying to deal with a problem or when they see a conflict.  In these types of situations, they always report to a trusted adult.  The class will revisit these concepts and work on a group assignment next week. 

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Monday:  Junior Achievement Program with Donna McCreery (AM); Zones of Regulation workshop (PM); Gallery permission/fees due; Sp. Test
  • Tuesday:  Literacy Groups (AM)
  • Wednesday:  Literacy Groups (AM); Canadian Ag Literacy Program with Debbie Bailey (PM)
  • Thursday:  Literacy Groups (AM)
  • Friday:  Jack MacKenzie School Clothing Day; Literacy Groups (AM)
  • Please check your child's agenda on a daily basis for additional updates and homework reminders.  Thank you.

Have a delicious weekend!

Monday, 20 February 2017

A Zillion Valentine's

The Grade 3/4's had a busy Valentine's Day week at school.  Giving and exchanging Valentine's cards earmarked this special week in February as did beginning new units of study.

In Social Studies, the class started learning more about the history of the First Nations People in Saskatchewan.  An interesting discussion took place around the "Land Bridge" Theory and how migration into North America may have taken place.  Students read about why the city of Regina used to be known as "Pile O' Bones."  They viewed a map showing the main linguistic groups of First Nations in our province.  Over the next month or so, the class will also learn more about the Treaties that exist in our province.

In Science, students received great reviews from other classes and teachers about their oral presentations and posters on Forest Fires.  Good work, Grade 3/4!  Also, the class started a new unit of study on "The Earth Beneath Us."  We will be studying the Earth's layers and learning more about Rocks and Minerals in the coming weeks. 

In Math, the Grade 3/4's completed the unit 3 Math test and started a new unit on Measurement.  They worked on creating a monthly calendar of their own in class.  More information will follow after the February break.

Thank you to all families that have already paid and signed the online permission for the Mackenzie Art Gallery trip on March 14th.  Permission and fees are due by March 6th. 

Events to look forward to after the February break:
  • February 27 - Sp. Test
  • February 28 - Trip to Santa Maria
  • March 2 - Day of Pink:  Roughriders Anti-Bullying Presentation (AM)
  • March 3 - Read-a-Thon Breakfast (more information to follow); Zones of Regulation workshop
Have a nice Family Week vacation.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

In Other News...

The Jack MacKenzie School Read-a-Thon 2017 results are in.  The top classroom with the most money raised is...our very own Grade 3/4 classroom!  The students in our class raised over $800 for the Read-a-Thon.  Eli Michell, a Grade 3 student in our class, also won 3rd prize for the most money fundraised at the school.  The SCC (School Community Council) is going to prepare a breakfast for our class on Friday, March 3rd as a result of being the top fundraisers at Jack MacKenzie School.  A note will be sent home about the breakfast this week.  Congratulations, Grade 3/4!

(Chinese New Year fun)

Students took part in a variety of Chinese New Year activities this week.  Students enjoyed traditional food items during the noon hour at our pot luck and journeyed through four activity stations in the afternoon.  They participated in martial arts, lantern making, good luck sign making, and fortune cookie baking.  The grade 4's were fantastic group leaders.  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to prepare a meal, help set-up the lunch, and lead at activity stations.  In addition, students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 had a chance to watch a Lion Dance performance in our school gym put on by the Kung Fu School of Regina.  They fed the lion for good luck and good fortune in the coming year.  What a fun and festive week!
(our most excellent grade 4 group leaders)

In Math, the class has reached the end of Unit 3.  Students will complete wrap-up and review activities this week and have a unit test on Thursday, February 16th.

Students presented their forest fire posters in front of classmates this past week.  They learned about providing constructive feedback to one another.  This week, students will present their posters in front of other classrooms.

Although we will not be having a Valentine's Day party, students may bring Valentine's cards for their classmates if they wish to do so.  They will have an opportunity to distribute their Valentine's items at the end of the day on February 14th.

Also, thank you for contacting the office and the teacher about your child's absences and for letting us know in advance about upcoming absences due to family vacation plans, etc.

Our class has been scheduled to go a on trip to the Mackenzie Art Gallery on March 14th for a school tour of Across the Turtle's Back.  A note will go home this week regarding parent volunteers and the cost for this trip.  Online payment and online permission will be set up soon.  Please stay tuned for more information.  Thank you.

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Monday:  Spelling Test; Forest Fire Oral presentations
  • Tuesday:  Pink, Red, & White Day; Literacy Groups
  • Wednesday:  Literacy Groups
  • Thursday:  Literacy Groups; Unit 3 Math Test
  • Friday:  Literacy Groups; Jack MacKenzie School Spirit Day
  • Family Week Holiday:  February 20th - 24th inclusive.  School resumes on February 27th.
  • *Please see your child's agenda for further notices and homework reminders.

Have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Welcome February

Students is Grade 3/4 welcomed February with a plethora of fun learning opportunities.  Progress Reports went out and Guided Literacy Groups transitioned into our daily routines.  The class visited the Santa Maria Seniors' Care Home, participated in a book reading activity organized by the SLC, and ended the week with a fun leisure swim at the Sandra Schmirler Centre.  February is definitely off to a great start!
(Thank you card from the daughter of one of the residents at Santa Maria.)
(Valentine's Day craft made with seniors at Santa Maria)

Approximately 150 students from Grades 1 - 3/4 have been organized into Guided and Leveled Literacy Groups.  Over 14 adults are working to help support the children's reading skills in a smaller group setting.  Guided Literacy Groups take place every Day 1 - 4 from 9:15 - 10:05 am and will continue until March 15th.  Students are off to a good start.  We thank everyone involved for their help and cooperation in this important literacy initiative.
Both grades in our class are approaching the end of Unit 3 in math.  Students in grade 3 continue to work on adding and subtracting up to 3-digit numbers.  They have been working on mental math strategies as well as counting up, counting back, and place value (traditional algorithm) to calculate sums and differences.  The grade 4's are working on using and drawing arrays to solve division equations and math problems.  A unit test for both grades will take place this month.  It is important that students complete and keep up with any unfinished class work at home so that they do not get behind in our math class.  

The class has completed their Forest Fires posters in Science.  Groups are now preparing for their oral presentations.  We are working on good speaking skills when presenting information in front of an audience.  Some of the areas of speaking we are focusing on include:  voice and expression, eye contact, body language/facial expression, and accurate pronunciation and enunciation.
On Monday, students in Mrs. McMurtry's class and the students in our class will participate in Chinese New Year learning activities.  The grade 4's in our class will serve as group leaders for each of the four groups that students will be placed in.  Several parents have volunteered to help in many different capacities and we thank them for this!  If you have volunteered to prepare a meal, please remember to drop it off in our pod by 11:15 am.  Please label the food item and attach an ingredients list.  Kindly ensure the meal is already cooked so that all it needs is to be reheated in the microwave.  Also, if your child has specific dietary needs that you feel cannot be accommodated during the noon hour potluck, please ensure that an alternate lunch is provided or other meal arrangements have been made.  Thank you for your understanding.
On Tuesday morning, students from Kindergarten to Grade 3/4 will attend a Kung Fu School Lion Dance performance in the gymnasium.  Please make an online payment of $2.00 to assist with the cost of this performance.  The children may also bring a red envelope with change to feed the Lion during the show!
(SLC Grade 7/8 students reading to class on "Dress As Your Favourite Book Character Day")

Events to look forward during the week of February 6th:
  • Monday:  Chinese New Year Learning Stations & Potluck Lunch; Read-a-Thon Packages due
  • Tuesday:  Kung Fu School Lion Dance Performance (AM)
  • Thursday:  Zones of Regulation workshop (AM)
  • Friday:  PD (No school for students)
  • Please refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for homework reminders and further announcements.  Thank you.
Enjoy your evening!