Friday, 16 March 2018

Celebration of Learning

It was wonderful to see such a great turn out at our "Celebration of Learning."  Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting our students.

A few highlights from this week:

Students - 
  • completed their Google slide shows.
  • increased their reading stamina during Read-to-Self and Read-to-Someone activities (20 min.).
  • completed, finalized, and presented their limerick poems.
  • worked in groups to complete their recreational/sport safety charts.
  • attended the Grade 7/8 Heritage Fair.
  • learned how to estimate and measure area in square centimetres.
  • created paper models of square metres.
  • finished their Lucky Leprechaun drawings.
  • helped to set up the classroom for our "Celebration of Learning."
Thank You to Hudson and family for the moose sausage!

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Monday:  Learn about Lacrosse in Health and begin new unit in Social Studies on Government
  • Wednesday:  Sp. Test
  • Thursday:  Weekly Nutrition Challenge Week #2 paper due (optional)
  • Friday:  Jack MacKenzie School Clothing Day
  • The tentative date for the Unit 4 Math Test is March 27th.  More information to follow this week.  Please stay tuned!
Also, during "March Milk Madness" (Nutrition Month), students at our school are invited to"Design a Milk Poster!"  Here are the details:  Design a poster that advertises drinking milk.  One winner will be selected per pod and will be awarded a small ice cream sundae.  Posters must handed in to Mrs. Riou by March 26th (individual entries only).

Have a nice weekend.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Animals and Their Habitats!

Congratulations to all of the Grade Fours on a job well done at our Science Fair!  Thank you to all of the parents and families that were able to attend. 

Weekly Highlights:

Students - 
  • presented their projects to students and families at the Science Fair.
  • worked on their slideshow presentations with their Gr. 7/8 Technology Buddies.
  • learned how to write a limerick poem.
  • worked on writing sentences with dialogue.
  • followed instructions to create a lucky Leprechaun drawing.
  • practiced measuring area in square centimetres.
  • attended a fun-swim at the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.
    Working with our Gr. 7/8 Tech. Buddies

    Thank you Maya and family for the deer sausage!
Events and Reminders for Next Week:
  • Monday:  "Celebration of Learning" forms due; Gr. 7/8 Tech. Buddies (AM)
  • Tuesday:  Book Fair preview (tentative)
  • Wednesday:  Sp. Test; Slideshow presentation practice
  • Thursday:  Week #1 Nutrition Challenge due (optional); Wear Green Spirit Day; Celebration of Learning Conference (4-7 pm); Book Fair Open @ 4-7 pm
  • Friday:  "Celebration of Learning Conference" from 9 - 11:45 am. (Students do not come to school today unless they are scheduled to participate in the "Celebration of Learning" stations with a parent.); Book Fair (all day).
Friendly Reminder:  Kindly return the "Celebration of Learning Conference" form on Monday, indicating which day you and your child will be attending.  Thank you for your cooperation.  

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Pink Shirt Day

Students had an eventful week at school.  Please read below for a few of the highlights:

Highlights from this past week:
Students - 
  • went skating at the Balfour Arena.
  • listened to a presentation about Pink Shirt Day organized by the SLC.
  • attended the Red Cross Roughriders' Anti-Bullying presentation with Spencer Moore (#80).
  • had their first Technology Buddies class with Mr. Dumont's Grade 7/8 students.
  • practiced writing dialogue sentences with alternate tags.
  • worked on their speaking and presentation skills.
  • participated in Read-to-Someone and Read-to-Self.
  • started learning about measuring area in square units in math.
  • prepared for the Science Fair!
Events to look forward to this coming week:
  • Monday:  Science Fair @ 2:30 pm in Room 205
  • Tuesday:  Sp. Test; Tech. Buddies
  • Wednesday:  Tech. Buddies
  • Thursday:  School Clothing Day; Tech. Buddies; Swimming (PM)
  • Friday:  PD (No school for students)
    Coming Soon...March 5th!
Please Note:  Information about our "Celebration of Learning Conferences" will be coming home soon.  They will take place on Thursday, March 15th from 4:00-7:00 pm and Friday, March 16th from 9:00 am - 12 noon.  Please look for the "Celebration of Learning Conference Invitation/Letter" in your child's agenda.  

Your continued support with classroom and school activities is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!  

Sunday, 25 February 2018

You Are Cordially Invited...

The Grade 4's are excited to showcase their research projects about animals!  Families are invited to attend our Grade 4 Science Fair about animals on Monday, March 5th.  A formal invitation was sent home before the break.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!  Cookies will be served!
Animal Research Posters

A few highlights from before the break:

  • learned about elapsed time and telling time to the minute on the 12 hr clock.  They should practice these concepts at home.  We will learn about the 24 hr clock this coming week.
  • conducted online research about places they would like to visit in Saskatchewan and why.
  • worked on "Choosing Your Own Partner" for Read-to-Someone during Daily 5.
  • identified how writers may incorporate different forms of messages into cartoon strips/graphic novels.
  • practiced writing entertaining examples of sentences containing dialogue.
  • started a new unit in Health on Recreational Safety.
    Telling Time to the Minute
 A few items to note for the coming week:
  • Monday:  Candy Guesses will be held all week; Skating (PM)
  • Tuesday: Sp. Test
  • Wednesday: Red Cross Pink Day-Wear PINK!; SLC Anti-Bullying presentation
  • Thursday:  Red Cross Roughrider Presentation (Anti-Bullying) at 12:45 pm
  • Friday:  Work with Grade 7/8 Technology Buddies (AM)
  • Review telling time on the 12 hr clock at home for practice. We will work on the 24 hr clock this week.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Print It Out!

Students had a busy and productive week at school this past week.  They attended a Mindfulness workshop with Trina Markusson, participated in a Symphony Artist visit, and went skating on Friday afternoon.  They created interesting prints inspired by the expressionist Edvard Munch and learned how to effectively select partners for Read-to-Someone activities.  The class worked on telling time in math and will learn about elapsed time and the 24 hour clock this coming week.  More information about our new literacy unit will be coming home in the near future.
Science Posters

Thank you to all of our wonderful parent volunteers for helping out at skating on Friday afternoon.  If you happen to have size 3 boys' skates that you are willing to lend out for our last skating class at the end of February, please email me to let me know.  
Events to look forward to this week:
  • Monday:  Science Animal Research poster due; Sp. Test; Candy Guesses all week ($1 for 4 tickets)
  • Tuesday:  Book Journal due
  • Wednesday: Wear Pink, Red and White (Valentine's Day)
  • Friday:  Teacher's Convention (No school for students)
  • Feb. 19 - 23 (inclusive) - Family Day/February Break (Vacation)
  • *Please refer to your child's agenda for further reminders and notices.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

If I Were An Olympian...

Students enjoyed learning about the Winter Olympics this week and had an opportunity to meet a true Olympian!  Joan McCusker and her teammates won a Gold Medal in the sport of curling at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.  It was the first year curling was in the Winter Olympic Games.  One of Joan McCusker's teammates was a very well-known and inspirational individual by the name of Sandra Schmirler.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Olympics first-hand from Joan McCusker and to try on her beautiful Olympic Gold Medal!

In English Language Arts, the class took some time to "Remember the Titanic!"  They learned interesting facts and information about the tragedy that took place on April 14th, 1912.  Students heard music that was played by the orchestra on the Titanic, as well.  They held discussions about what could have been done to prevent the tragedy of the "Unsinkable Titanic."
Students will be receiving their first independent Book Journal assignment as homework this week.  A sample assignment has been left in the Book Journal duo-tang from Term 1 as a frame of reference.  The due date will be indicated directly on the assignment and in the agenda.  A rough copy is recommended.  Students may wish to complete their work on the computer and then print it out, although this is not mandatory.

In Math, the class started a new unit on Measurement.  We have learned about reading the date using metric notation and have now moved on to telling time on digital and analog clocks.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  A note regarding our new unit will be coming home this week.
Mathletics is a great way to practice math skills and promote understanding.  The Grade Fours are encouraged to use this program at home on a regular basis for additional math practice.  I have currently assigned a few activities for students to complete.  Please encourage your child to use the program when possible.  Thank you!

The class has been working on their animal research posters in Science.  Most have started their good copies on bristol board.  Students wishing to add some finishing touches or those who haven't finished their posters by the end of the week can take them home to complete at that time.

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Monday: Return Progress Report envelopes (sign please); Mindfulness with Trina Markusson (bring stuffie); Sp. Test
  • Wednesday: Symphony Artist visit
  • Friday: Skating (PM) 
  • TBA - Book Journal Assignment #1 sent home (due date indicated on the assignment)
Thank you for all of your support and help throughout Term 1!  Now...onto Term 2!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Favourite Animals, Cars, and Asteroids?

As Term 1 comes to an end, the class is getting ready to begin a few new units of study...and a few new adventures!

The class completed Unit 3 in math on Multiplication and Division Facts and wrote the unit test this past week.  The tests will be sent home on Monday.  Kindly sign and return the test on Tuesday for filing.  Students had fun learning about the calendar and how to record dates in metric notation during our Unit 4 launch lesson on Measurement this past week.

Students have been participating in "quick practice" writing lessons every morning.  They have been following a great routine that takes approximately 15 minutes.  We hold a draw in the morning to select our writing topics.  Some of the topics students have written about include favourite animals, fast cars, and asteroids! 

The school Read-A-Thon fundraiser kick-off will be held on Monday, January 29th with a bagel and books breakfast from 7:30-8:45 am.  The Read-A-Thon will run from Jan. 29 - Feb. 11th.  The goal is to raise $8000 to purchase refrigerated water bottle refilling fountains for the school.  Please look for the packages that will be sent home with students on Monday.  Also, thank you to all families for submitting pictures of their children reading for the display!

Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Friday, February 2nd.  Please remember to sign and return only the exterior brown envelope to school with your child.  The Progress Report/contents of the envelope are yours to keep.

On Wednesday, January 31st, our Grade 2-4 Pod, will take part in a presentation with Olympian, Joan McCusker.  Mrs. McCusker will talk about her experiences and involvement in the Winter Olympics and bring her medals, too.

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Monday: Book and Bagel Breakfast (7:30-8:45 am); Sp. Test; Math test sent home to be signed; Read-A-Thon packages sent home
  • Tuesday: Return Un. 3 Math test (signed); Dress As Your Favourite Book Character Day
  • Wednesday:  Skating permission/fee due; GOPDR/Relaxation Strategies workshop; Presentation with Olympian, Joan McCusker (PM)
  • Friday:  Progress Reports sent home

Have a great week!