Sunday, 15 October 2017

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for participating in the QSP Fundraiser and the FCC Drive Away Hunger.  Jack MacKenzie School raised approximately $8,588.00 that will be used to support art programs, the library, athletic programs, extra school resources, and special celebrations/events.  The second place seller was our very own Drake Robertson who will get to enjoy a lunch with Mr. Jack MacKenzie! 
Loading the FCC Food Trucks
 Also, the FCC Drive Away Hunger was a success.  Once again, our school community was able to gather enough food donations for over 600 meals for families in need.  Thank you so very much for your generosity!

In ELA, the class has been learning more about making-meaning strategies and identifying the main ideas and supporting details in selections they read.  Students have enjoyed reading about various animal habitats.  This past week, we learned about life in a pond and how frogs live and survive this type of environment.
Practicing "Orpheus and Eurydice"

Group Work:  "Orpheus and Eurydice" Play
In Math, the class continues to focus on whole number concepts.  We have learned about the different ways we can represent numbers.  Some of these ways include Base-Ten Blocks, drawing a picture, standard form, expanded form and place-value charts.  Please note: Unit 1 math tests will be sent home this week.  Kindly sign and return your child's test on the following school day.  Thank you.

Our Board Games Social was postponed and has been rescheduled for Friday, October 20th.  If possible, please have your child bring a board game or a card game to school this coming Friday.

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Oct. 17 - Seed Survivor Trailer (AM)
  • Oct. 18 - Sp. Test
  • Oct. 20 - Board Games Social (PM); Green Spirit Day
  • TBA - Sign and return Unit 1 Math Test
  • Please refer to your child's agenda for further notices and homework reminders.  Thank you.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  A chill is in the air but thankfulness and gratitude surround our community and school with warmth and kindness. 

Last week, the student body celebrated and participated in Mr. Jack MacKenzie's 90th Birthday and associated festivities.  Thank you to everyone who helped organize the pancake breakfast.  Mr. MacKenzie and his family were touched and pleased to be able to celebrate with all of us, his "extended family."  In addition, Grades 4-8 students enjoyed a wonderful day at the Track and Field Meet.  They demonstrated school spirit and good sportsmanship at Douglas Park.
Happy 90th Birthday Mr. Jack MacKenzie!
The class completed their Unit 1 Math Test and has already started Unit 2 on Whole Numbers.  Test results will be coming home in the next few weeks.  Please take note when the test comes home so that it may be signed by a parent and then returned to school the following day.  Thank you.

The students have earned a "Half Hour Board Games Social" as a part of our bi-weekly Yes/No Draw.  They are asked to bring a board game or a card game to school on Thursday, October 12th (no electronics or computer games, please) to play with classmates.  The more games, the merrier.  Please ensure your child knows how to explain the instructions. Kindly note: We may not have time to play ALL of the games in a half-hour.

No One Should Go Hungry

The FCC website states, "When it comes to the basics, food is at the top of the list.  While most of us are fortunate to have enough to eat, not everyone is so lucky.  In fact, children make up over a third of those who rely on Canadian food banks."

Jack MacKenzie School will be holding the FCC Drive Away Hunger food drive from October 10-12th.  Brown paper bags were sent home with students last week to collect needed items.  Food donations are to be dropped off in the front foyer.  Thank you for your generosity towards this worthy project.

Congratulations to Kingston Isaac for participating in the Top 50 City-Wide Cross-Country Race last week!  He and all Jack MacKenzie students did a fantastic job of representing our school. 

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Oct. 10-12:  FCC Drive Away Hunger
  • Oct. 11:  Sp. Test; Picture Orders due (Retakes on Oct. 24th - note will come home)
  • Oct. 12:  Half-Hour Board Games Social in the afternoon (Bring a board/card game!)
  • Please see your child's agenda for further notices and homework assignments. 
Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Only One You

Students enjoyed a variety of activities during the final week of September.  They participated in the school's Orange Shirt Day Assembly earlier in the week and learned a little more about the history of residential schools in Canada.  The students created thoughtful artwork inspired by the book Only One You by Linda Kranz and our very own Mr. MacKenzie.  We wrapped up our week with a Hula Hooping session and a fun-swim at the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.  Thank you to our parent volunteers Mrs. Steadman, Mrs. Borisko, Ms. Garcia, and Mr. Taylor for assisting us at the pool!
The "Show What You Know" section at the end of each unit in the math textbook provides questions to help students review all the lessons they learned throughout their unit of study.  Students were asked to take their math textbooks home on Friday to finish "Show What You Know "questions #1-4 on page 28 as homework.  Textbooks will be sent home on Monday afternoon so they can study for their math test on Tuesday.  They may have a few review questions to complete as homework.  Thank you for your assistance.


Also, thank you for promptly submitting your online payments for trips and class activities.  We appreciate it!

Events to look forward to this coming week:
  • Monday - Sp. Test; Math homework due
  • Tuesday - Mr. MacKenzie's 90th Birthday Pancake Breakfast (7:30 - 8:30 am); Wear Jack MacKenzie School clothing; Unit 1 Math Test
  • Wednesday - Gr. 4 - 8 Track and Field Meet (all day); Cross Country Qualifier's Race
  • Friday - PD - No School for students
  • Please refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework reminders.  


*For more information about Orange Shirt Day, please go to http://www.orangeshirtday.org/
Have a wonderful evening!

 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Marathon of Hope

Students took part in the Terry Fox Walk this week.  Thank you for your generous donations towards cancer research.  Our school will continue taking donations until September 29th.

In math, the class learned about solving addition and subtraction equations with an unknown variable.  This coming week, we will look at solving multiplication and division equations with unknown variables. The tentative date for our first unit test is on Tuesday, October 3rd.  Students should review Unit 1 and study for their test at home.  The "Show What You Know" is a great review and practice for the test.   

*Please note:  Students went home on the weekend with their math duo-tangs and were asked to complete the Lesson 4 worksheet as homework.  Kindly ask your child to show you his or her work and to return the worksheet on Monday.  Thank you!

In ELA, the class is working on reading and understanding non-fiction selections in Science.  The first article we looked at was on the grey wolf.  As a group, we were able to identify the main idea and key points of the article, something that can be a challenging task. We will continue to work on this concept over the next few lessons.

The Grade 4-8 Track and Field Meet has been rescheduled for October 4th.  Please stay tuned for more information.

Also, Mr. Jack MacKenzie's 90th Birthday Pancake Breakfast has been set for October 3rd at 7:30 - 8:30 am.  A note went home about the breakfast.  Please return this from by September 28th if you are able to volunteer.  Thank you. 

Things to look forward to this week:
  • Monday:  Sp. Test; Math Less. 4 worksheet due; Orange Shirt Day Assembly
  • Tuesday:  New Sp. List goes home
  • Thursday:  QSP Sales Cut-Off
  • Friday:  Wear an Orange Shirt (Orange Shirt Day); Swim at Schmirler PM - Thank you to Mrs. Borisko, Mrs. Rodrigue, Mrs. Steadman, and Ms. Garcia for volunteering.
  • Please refer to and initial your child's agenda on a daily basis in order to view further announcements and homework reminders.
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

First Full Week

Students had a busy first full week of school.  They started new units in various subjects areas and continued learning classroom routines and procedures. 

In Math, the class started Unit 1 on patterns and equations.  We worked on identifying various number patterns and recording their pattern rules.

In ELA and Science, the students started their units on habitats. The classes will focus on plant and animal homes and the adaptations that help animals survive in their habitats.

Students will have their first spelling test on Monday afternoon.  Spelling lists will go home every Day 1 and spelling tests will take place every Day 5 along with a Bonus Edit question.  Thank you, in advance, for helping your children prepare for and study for their spelling tests on a weekly basis.

The QSP Kick-Off Assembly took place this past week.  A package with information about our annual online magazine and gift fundraiser went home with your children.  We thank our Jack MacKenzie SCC for all of their hard work in putting this worthwhile event together for our school and students.

Also, please note, that if you wish to contact our new Arts Education itinerant, Mrs. Alicia Reschny, you may do so via email at alicia.reschny@rbe.sk.ca.  Please refer to her blog spot which can be found at http://jackmackartsed.blogspot.ca/.  Thank you!

Events to look forward to this coming week:
  • Monday:  Spelling test
  • Tuesday:  Track and Field Meet (all day @ Douglas Meet) - Dress in layers, bring a brown bag lunch and lots of water!
  • Wednesday:  School photos; Cross Country Run (after school for those involved)
  • Thursday:  School Clothing orders due
  • Friday:  Terry Fox Walk (bring a toonie for Terry); Swim permission/fee due
  • Please refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework reminders.  Thank you.
Have a wonderful day!

Kindly contact me at maria.aiginitis@rbe.sk.ca if any errors in dates and notices are observed.  Thank you for your assistance.  

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Fantastic Start!


What a great first week we have had in Grade 4.  We spent the week getting settled in our classroom and learning more about one another.  The 24 students in our class continue to learn the procedures and routines of our classroom.  The students are cooperative and engaged in the lessons and the discussions.  It would be helpful for families to review the expectations chart (above) with their children.  It will be a great and productive year!

In Math, the only "homework" for the time being is for students to spend some time every day practicing their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division facts. These are essential to the work we will do this year.
Saskatchewan Reads…
“The K-12 aim of the Saskatchewan English Language Arts curricula is to help students understand and appreciate language, and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for learning, communication, work, life and personal satisfaction.”
                                      (Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, 2010a, p. 5)
   
Thank you to all families for returning forms and slips this week.  I ask that you continue to check your child's agenda daily and our class website and weekly blog for further reminders and notices. Also, please note, administration, office personnel, and teaching staff prefer that payments for trips, supplies, etc. be made ONLINE this year.  Cash is not the preferred method of payment.  Please see the school website and our class homepage for quick and easy links.  Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

Book orders will be sent home once a month this year, depending on interest shown.  Should your family choose to place a book order from Scholastic, please make cheques payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd.  Kindly do not send cash for book orders.  Our first book order is due on Friday, September 15th.

Jack MacKenzie School is running a school track and field meet for Grades 4 – 8 students, which will be taking place at Douglas Park on September 19th.  Students will be transported by bus to and from Douglas Park at 9:00 am and return to school around 3:30 pm for dismissal.  Please sign and return the form that was sent home on Friday and make your online payment for this trip by September 15th.  Thank you.

A few reminders for the upcoming week:  
  • Monday – Milk program begins; Return Consent and Release form
  • Wednesday – Back to School BBQ/Meet-the-Teacher Night (Food Truck 5-7 pm; Meet-the-Teacher 5:30-6:30 pm)
  • Thursday – QSP Kick-Off
  • Friday – Track Meet permission and online payment due; Book orders due
  • Green Spirit Day every Friday
  • Please check (sign) your child’s agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework assignments.
We are looking forward to a great year.  See you all at the Back-to-School BBQ and Open House on Wednesday, September 13th!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Aiginitis

*Blog posts will be made weekly.  Kindly contact me at maria.aiginitis@rbe.sk.ca if any errors in dates and notices are observed.  Thank you for your assistance.  

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Welcome Back

Welcome to our Grade 4 Class!

Dear Families,

I look forward to working with your family and being your child's homeroom teacher this year. Also, your child with have an opportunity to work with and get to know many wonderful and caring staff members at our school.  We look forward to an enjoyable and productive year!

Please ask to see your son or daughter’s agenda today.  The time table has been inserted into the front pouch of the agenda and should remain there.  Please review this as well as the Handbook which can be found by clicking on the "Handbook" tab above.  I would invite you to review the Saskatchewan Curriculum Guide for Grade 4 which can be found on the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum website.

The class learned a little bit about me today when I introduced myself with pictures and stories about the summer.  Ask your son or daughter what he or she knows about his or her new teacher! I learned a little bit about them today as well!  Also, students received several forms and permission slips that need to be returned to school.  I ask that the email request form, Laptop/IPad use contract, and lunchroom form (should be available for distribution to students later in the week) be returned to school by Fri., Sept. 8.  Please look for these notes and other important information in your child's agenda this week and return them as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Communication between home and school is integral to student success.  The class website will be used to share weekly highlights and upcoming events.  Students will also use their agendas on a daily basis to record important dates, events (tests, field trips) and other information.  Agendas will be initialed each morning by the teacher.  Please initial the agenda at home every evening and ensure that it is returned to school on a DAILY basis.  Thank you.

Regina Public Schools implemented an e-wallet or online payment for school related trips and items.  If you have not signed up yet, I strongly encourage you to do so.  Making payments online is extremely helpful for both myself and the school office.  Thank you in advance for this.  Our class website will also have a link to the e-wallet.  Please make your first online payment for the student agenda that your child brought home today ($4.50). 

For Physical Education classes, your child will be required to wear indoor runners with non-marking soles.  The hardwood floors were completely replaced last summer.  Extra care must be taken during all events that take place in the gymnasium.  Food is not allowed in the gymnasium.

A few dates to remember in September:
  • September 5 - First Day of School; First school assembly (AM)
  • September 8 - Email request form due/other school forms due
  • September 11 - Milk available this week
  • September 13 - SCC BBQ & School Open House
  • September 14 - QSP Fundraiser Kick-Off Assembly
  • September 20 - School Photos; Cross Country Run @ Douglas Park
  • September 22 - Terry Fox Walk (Toonie for Terry donation)
  • September 29 - Orange Shirt Day; Swimming at Sandra Schmirler Centre (PM)
Please check the student agenda on a daily basis for further announcements, notices, and homework assignments.  Thank you for your help and cooperation!

I look forward to meeting with you at our Meet-the-Teacher BBQ/Open House on September 13th and working with you and your child this year.  Of course, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at maria.aiginitis@rbe.sk.ca.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Aiginitis
Grade 4 Teacher
Jack MacKenzie School
(306)791-8585
maria.aiginitis@rbe.sk.ca