Sunday, 10 December 2017

Properly Fitting Shoes...Good-Fit Books!

It's hard to believe it's already December and the New Year is just around the corner.  The class continued working hard this week to wrap up various activities already in progress.

In Math, students completed the Unit 2 Math Test and started a new unit on Multiplication and Division Facts.  In Lesson 1, we learned about using arrays and doubles to multiply.  Next week, the class will focus on multiplying by 1, 0, and 0.  We will also look at skip counting strategies to determine products.

In Science, students have had several classes to conduct internet research on on animal and habitat of their choice.  Their research folders have been sent home so they may conclude their research and return it school.  This work is due on Tuesday, December 12th.

In Social Studies, the class is learning about Saskatchewan.  We will continue learning about various plants found in our province next week. 

The class has enjoyed their Writer's Workshop time.  Students have put effort into writing beautifully crafted stories from a story spine arrangement.  We are hoping to finalize our drafts and title pages next week.

During Daily 5, students were introduced to the I PICK Trick.  The I PICK Trick is a method students can use to select "Good-Fit Books."  Selecting good-fit books doesn't have to be a daunting task.  The I PICK Trick is one way to help your child select books they will enjoy and benefit from reading.  The acronym stands for the following:
  1. I choose a book
  2. P urpose - Why do I want to read it?
  3. I nterest - Does it interest me?
  4. C omprehend - Am I understanding what I am reading?
  5. K now - I know most of the words (think about the "5 Finger Rule")
The class compared good-fit books to properly-fitting footwear!  Please help your child practice the I PICK Good-Fit Books concept at home and at the library. 

Gingerbread House Reminder:  Please remember to have your child bring a 2L washed out milk CARTON to school by Friday, December 15th.  All other items, including the cardboard base wrapped in tin foil and candy decorations, should be brought to school on December 18th.

Thank you to all families who have already returned the Christmas Dinner Hamper Items.  Just a reminder to send all non-perishable items by December 15th and perishable items on December 19th.

Our Santa's Workshop collection area is starting to gain headway.  Please continue to send your gently used or new items to school with your child.  We will continue to collect items for Seven Stones School until December 15th.

Christmas Concert Ticket Request forms were sent home with youngest and only last week.  Please refer to this form and return your requests by the date indicated.  Thank you.

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Monday: Pictures with Santa ($2)
  • Tuesday: Science research due (return all copies); Book Club at noon
  • Wednesday:  Emotional Regulation Workshop (AM)
  • Thursday:  Concert Ticket Requests due; Book Club at noon; Snowman Craft with Mrs. MacDonald in the PM (Kyrah's mom).
  • Friday:  Sp. Test; Non-perishable Food Hamper Items due; Santa's Workshop items due; Return washed out 2L Milk Carton; Subway Lunch
  • Please refer to and sign the student agenda daily.  Thank you.    

Sunday, 3 December 2017

End of November

It is hard to believe how quickly we have reached the end of November.  Next week marks the first school week of December.  The last month of the year is going to be busy and fun, too!

Students spent time last week continuing on with learning activities already in progress.  In Social Studies, they worked on organizing the events of Agribition onto a timeline.  The students practiced their role plays in drama on the myth Orpheus and Eurydice.  In math, the class focused on addition and subtraction story problems.  Please note: The Unit 2 Math Test will be moved to Wednesday, December 6th!

The class continued working on their story writing skills in English Language Arts.  Students spent time almost every day conferencing with peers, editing or revising their work, and meeting with the teacher in order to improve their writing pieces.

Also, a note will be going home regarding Gingerbread Houses soon.  A few volunteers would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Events to look forward this week:
  • Dec. 4 - 8th - Candy Cane Sales
  • Dec. 4 - Math homework due; Link Up Concert online fee due; Christmas Hamper reminder
  • Dec. 5 - Math homework due (see agenda); Book Club at noon (lunch and coat to Rm. 301)
  • Dec. 6 - Unit 2 Math Test
  • Dec. 7 - Book Club at noon (lunch and coat to Rm. 301)
  • Dec. 8 - Sp. Test; Jack MacKenzie School Spirit Day (wear school clothing)
  • Kindly refer to your child's agenda daily to in order to remain up-to-date with events and reminders.  Thank you!

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Sights and Smells of Agribition

Students had fun taking in the sights, sounds and even smells at Agribition.  They participated in various learning activities at the Family Ag and Indigenous Pavilion.  The milking demonstration and auction will remain unforgettable.  Our class made the highest bid for the bees at the auction!  Thank you to Mr. Taylor, Mr. Steadman, Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Gloade, and Ms. Post for volunteering on our trip.  

The class took part in a workshop on Emotional Regulation with our school counselor, Mrs. Gilliane Renwick this week.  Students learned about the zones of regulation and how the most effective learning takes place when we are in the "green zone." Mrs. Renwick will continue next week.

In Math, the class is working on 3-digit and 4-digit subtraction using the traditional regrouping and borrowing method.  Please review these skills at home with your child, especially focusing on questions where they need to regroup using zeros.  The tentative date for our Unit 2 test is Tuesday, December 5th.

It was wonderful meeting with students and their families during our Three-Way Conferences.  We look forward to putting the goals we set into action. 

Thank you for signing up to bring an item for the Christmas Dinner Hamper.  Perishable items are to be returned on December 19th.

Events to look forward to next week:
  • Nov. 27 - New Sp. List goes home
  • Nov. 29 - Library; Emotional Regulation workshop
  • Nov. 30 - Sp. Test
  • Dec. 1 - PD/No school for students
  • Please sign and refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework reminders.  Thank you. 
Have a nice weekend.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Once Upon a Time...

Fairy tales, mud balls, mental math and more!  It was a week filled with a variety of learning activities in Grade 4!

Students enjoyed participating in a series of back-to-back CREATE drama classes.  On the very last day, students used the skills they had learned to put together fairy tale performances with peaceful endings!

The class took part in an Outdoor Education presentation called "Species at Risk."  They learned about many animals that are endangered in Saskatchewan and much more.  Students created mud balls with special seeds that Monarch butterflies love to eat.  These mud balls can be a source of food for the butterflies before and after their long journey to Mexico in the spring and fall.

This week, students will be working on 3-digit and 4-digit subtraction.  Please help your child practice and learn his or her math facts for automatic recall at home.  A unit test will take place in early December.

Our class is scheduled to go on a field trip to Agribition on Tuesday, November 21st. Thank you for completing the on-line payment for busing and returning the permission form.  We have a generous number of parent volunteers.  Please ensure your child comes prepared with a brown bag lunch and a their backpack to school, and a bottle of water.  Not all children have returned $6 for a treat to school.  If you would like your child to get a treat at Agribition, you may send $6 in a labelled ziplock on the day of the trip.  Thank you.

Each classroom will be participating in our annual Christmas Dinner Hamper for families in need.  Students will sign up for a particular food item they wish to bring to school.  Non-perishable food items should be returned by December 15th and perishable items on December 19th (no earlier, please).  Food Hamper delivery will take place on December 19th.

Please see the green note that was sent home with students last week for more information on school and SLC activities.  Thank you for your support.

Events to look forward to:
  • Tuesday: Agribtion (all day trip); Western Wear Spirit Day
  • Wednesday: Emotional Regulation Review with Mrs. Renwick (school counselor) @ 2:30 pm
  • Thursday: Sp. Test
  • Friday: Conferences and School Viewing of "Truth and Reconciliation" Postcards (regular classes do not take place)
  • *Please refer to your child's agenda daily for further notices and homework assignments.  Kindly initial your child's agenda so I know you have seen the daily message.  Thank you!

Have a nice Sunday.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Lest We Forget

I hope everyone enjoyed the Remembrance Day long weekend.  Last week, the class spent time learning about this special day, attended the Remembrance Day ceremony, and completed a reflective activity about poppies.  Bella Gerolami and Logan Borisko did a wonderful job representing our class as wreath bearers at the assembly.

In math, the class is learning about estimating differences.  This week, students will focus on strategies for subtracting 3-digit numbers.  It is important for them to know their subtraction facts for automatic recall.  Please help your child practice his or her basic facts at home.

In Science, students are researching animal habitats.  We will continue with this research project in the coming weeks.
"Life of Beavers" Presentation

"Life of Beavers" Presentation

The class enjoyed their Fun Swim at the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre last week.  Thank you to Mrs. Panko, Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Borisko for helping us out.

This week, our class will participate in a series of three CREATE Drama classes with artist Sierra Haynes.  Sessions will take place in the morning on November 14th, 15th, and 16th.

Just a reminder that Agribition permission and online fees for the trip are due on November 15th.  Please consider volunteering on our trip to Agribition, providing that you have completed a CRC.  A few more volunteers would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Tuesday:  Conference form due; CREATE #1 @ 10:30 am
  • Wednesday:  Agribition permission and online fee due; CREATE #2 @ 9:00 am; Menchies' Day
  • Thursday:  CREATE #3 @ 10:30 am; Sp. Test
  • Friday:  "Species at Risk" Class Presentation @ 12:45 pm
Have a great week.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Back to the Basics

Students spent some time this week reviewing a few basic routines and skills.  Classroom rules were revisited and basic addition facts were emphasized.  The class wrapped up the week with a better understanding of the valuable role each and everyone of them plays as seniors in our pod.  It was an important and reflective week.

In Social Studies, the students individualized their very own island maps by incorporating the skills we have been learning about in class.  Next week, we will turn our focus to learning more about the province of Saskatchewan.

The class began their first Book Journal assignment on the book Shi-shi-etko.  The assignment involved making connections to our reading.  Once graded, this work may be used as a basis for upcoming Book Journal homework.  Please refer to the ELA tab on our class website for more information.

On Friday, the class was provided with usernames and passwords for the their school accounts, Pearson online texts, and Mathletics.  A sheet with all of this information has been glued into the front of the student agenda.  The class started using the Mathletics program on Friday afternoon.  When you have a moment, ask your child to show you how Mathletics works.  Encourage him or her to get onto Mathletics during their spare time.  It's a great way to get them practicing their math skills.  

Our class is scheduled to participate in the Canadian Western Agribition on November 21st.  This is an all-day field trip.  A note will be sent home on Monday.  Volunteers with up-to-date Criminal Record Checks are needed and would be greatly appreciated for this trip.  Please check your schedules and let me know if you are able to help out.  The online fee, hard copy permission form (paper permission slip this time), and volunteer form are due back by November 15th.  Thank you. 

Starting on Monday, the noon hour lunch schedule will be switching to the "Winter Schedule."  This means that students will go outside from 11:45 to 12:00 pm, eat lunch in their lunchrooms from 12-12:30 pm, and then go outside from 12:30-12:45 pm.  Please ensure the children come prepared to school with warm winter clothing.

All next week, and while supplies last, the SLC will be selling leftover canteen items from the dance.  Items will be sold for $1 or $2 each.

A note went home on Friday about the Jack MacKenzie School clothing drive for Arcola School.  If you have any clothes you would like to donate, please bring them to school and place them in the front foyer between November 6-10th. Thank you.

On Remembrance Day, we honour those who fought in various conflicts, so we are able to live in a free and safe Canada.  Students will be provided with a poppy to wear during our Remembrance Day Ceremony Friday, November 10th.  Please consider donating $2.00 for the poppy that your child will be given.  The funds generated will be donated to our Veterans.

Three-Way Conferences will be taking place on November 24th.  Regular classes will not take place on that day.  A note will be sent home advising you of your conference time.  The office will be scheduling families with multiple children.  If you have more than one child at the school and have a preference for a morning or afternoon conference time on November 24th, please email me as soon as possible so I can let the office know.  Thank you.

Events and reminders for this week:
  • Monday:  Special Lunch orders due; SLC Canteen Sales begin; Arcola School Clothing Drive begins; "Tell Them From Me Survey" (AM) together with Mrs. Embury
  • Wednesday:  Sp. Test; "Life of Beavers" Outdoor Ed. class presentation
  • Thursday:  French Review
  • Friday:  Remembrance Day Assembly; DQ Special Lunch;  Swim @ Schmirler (parent volunteers will be contacted to confirm)
  • Please refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework reminders.  Thank you for initialing each day to indicate you have seen the agenda.
Have a nice day.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Spooktacular Week

Students had a fun-filled week of "spooktacular" activities.  The were able to participate various contests and draws.  The class attended the Halloween Howl Dance on Friday afternoon.  What a great way to wrap up the week!
In Math, the class has been focusing on estimating sums using the strategies "closest 100" and "front-end estimation."  Ask your child to explain which strategy he or she prefers and why.  If you find that they are not able to do this or cannot provide you with an example, some additional review is recommended.

In Social Studies, students are developing their map reading skills.  This coming week, they will become cartographers by creating and personalizing their very own maps and grids!

In ELA, we have been working on Read-to-Self as a part of our Daily 5 activities.  Each time we have Read-to-Self time, we add one minute to the clock of sustained silent reading.  The class has been working hard and is already up to 10 minutes!  We will continue to add minutes to clock to improve our reading stamina during each class.

Student Book Journal homework assignments will begin soon.  This week, we will complete a practice assignment at school.  Our first assignment will involve "making connections" in order to better understand and remember the content of what we read.  More information will follow soon.

Congratulations to our very own Vicky Chen for winning the Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Events to look forward to this week:
  • Oct. 31 - Haunted House (optional-$2); Wear black and orange; Library
  • Nov. 1 - Sp. Test
  • Nov. 2 - New Sp. List goes home
  • Please refer to your child's agenda on a daily basis for further announcements and homework reminders.  Thank you.