October 29 Week at a Peek

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Dear students and families,

This proves to be a busy week with our student blogging launch, our dance performance on Tuesday morning and Halloween on Wednesday.

Students in our classroom will wear costumes all day on Wednesday because of our “Halloween Who Are You?” project and the photography going on in the morning.  Please see last week’s blog post for a review of Halloween costume guidelines and Halloween treat expectations.

Let’s have a peaceful and productive yet “spooktacular” week!

Ms B.  😀

Student Blogs

Internet Safety

As we worked through internet safety activities with the 3 Cyberpigs, I was very impressed with student knowledge and good judgment about cyber-safety.

This Week in Class

I have ambitious writing plans for us this week!


  • We will write a group story (paragraph) about a giant – includes prewriting, drafting, revision and publishing.
  • Story includes these elements:  1)  character (looks like?)/setting (where does story happen?), 2) action (what did giant do?  what happened to giant?  what was problem?) and conclusion (what happened last?  how does it end?).
  • Look for a blog post of our “giant” group story early this week!
  • Students will write their first posts on Monday, when student blogs go live!  Students will begin decorating their blogs by choosing themes and adding widgets.
  • Students will work through the writing process modelled in our “giant” story post as they write their own “Halloween Who Are You?” stories on Wednesday.  See these stories published after Halloween.
  • See last week’s post for more information about “Halloween Who Are You?” project.
  • Students will learn how to add a picture to their blog post with the “Halloween Who Are You?” project.
  • We are grateful to have the help of our care partners and some grade 8 students as we work through our writing and blogging.

Student Blogging at Home

  • Once students have their blog addresses and passwords, they are welcome to blog at home – with parent permission/supervision.  There will be a widget in the right sidebar with links to student blogs.
  • I do not assign blog homework.  However, students are welcome to create as many posts as they wish on their blogs or just work on them in school.
  • All posts and comments are approved by me before they are published.   🙂
  • I invite parents, family members and staff to comment on student and teacher blog posts.
  • Student commenting will be taught after our student blog launch.
  • See commenting guidelines here.

Math Update

This week, we did number talks that encouraged the “adding up in chunks” addition strategy (this week’s number talks pictured above).

  • Subtraction math fact home practice books go home to stay with students on Monday.
  • This practice book includes 1) subtraction math fact vocabulary page (minuend, subtrahend, difference), 2) answer key at the back (some of the subtraction facts are more difficult; the answer key can be used to check the practice pages or when doing an oral quiz with a sibling/family member) and 3) mental math subtraction strategies taught/encouraged in class (on the back page of the book).
  • I find students have the most difficulty with subtraction as shown from my action research, years of in class observations and results from years of student math screeners/standardized tests.
  • We will work hard to move student abilities forward with subtraction over the next month.
  • Thank you for all the work you are doing at home to support student learning!   🙂

Printing and Handwriting

We had change our schedule with “letter of the day” for printing last week.  You will notice our schedule this week has some letters that we had hoped to focus on last week reappearing this week.

In handwriting, many students need one-on-one time with me to get them on the correct path with the clock climbers.  We will move forward as a group with handwriting again after I conference with every student who needs help.

Spelling this Week

I had personal commitments outside of school this week which had me fall a little behind on keeping up with marking student spelling and printing on Wednesday and Thursday.  Students will resume with corrections on Monday and may have some spelling correction homework early in the week.

This week’s assignments are due Thursday with tests on Thursday also.  Students will copy their spelling list into their planners on Tuesday.  Here is a preview for those of you who like to prepare early!

Here’s a look at week  9. . .


  • comprehensive addition whiz quiz (+0 to +10)
  • dance rehearsal 8:30 a.m.
  • printing letter of the day Nn
  • phys. ed. p.m.
  • computers p.m.
  • student blog launch day!
  • subtraction math fact practice books go home today


  • assembly 8:30 a.m. (3 class dance performance – including ours! – led by Mrs. Sansom)
  • perogy hot lunch
  • S1 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Oo
  • introduction to spelling words
  • computers a.m.
  • phys. ed. p.m.


  • Halloween costumes may be worn all day; “Halloween Who Are You?” photographs taken a.m.
  • S2 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Pp
  • grade 3-5 sock hop in gym led by SLC (11:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • school costume parade p.m.
  • “Halloween Who Are You?” writing project big part of our day


  • S3 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Qq
  • spelling tests and this week’s spelling assignments due
  • library exchange a.m.
  • phys. ed. a.m.
  • marble rewards p.m.?


  • S4 math fact quiz
  • printing letter of the day Rr
  • arts ed. p.m.

What are you looking forward to this week at school?

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