Dear students and families,
Welcome to December and the last three weeks of the 2018 part of the school year. We have much planned and I am looking forward to an exciting finish to this year! At this busy time, do check the “Upcoming Events” sticky post found at the top of the home page – I update it weekly.
With all the interruptions to regular programming over the next few weeks, we just don’t have time for everything. 🙁 Here are some changes to this week’s plans:
- Spelling: There will be no new spelling lesson assigned this week – we will catch up on unfinished work and corrections.
- Math facts: We will start multiplication math facts 1-2 weeks later than planned. I will create new math fact planner records over the next week to show this change. Please refer to the homework page on this blog for up-to-date information about math fact dates – not student planners.
- Math class and number talks: We will use this week to continue to review our mental math subtraction strategies of “adding up” and “removal” as well as our paper and pencil subtraction algorithm with multi-digit numbers (with and without regrouping).
We had a delightful time reading with our care partners on Thursday afternoon. See the slide show below for photos of some of the class members reading:
Ozobot Coding Trip
- It is exciting that our Ozobot coding trip on Tuesday morning coincides with the international “Hour of Code” week that promotes computer science!
- Note: The bus leaves our school at 9:10 a.m. and will most likely return to school between 11:30 and 11:40 a.m.
- I recommend that students who normally go home over the lunch period bring a lunch on Tuesday as the eating period will be a little shorter.
- For the students who ordered Dairy Queen lunch, it will be waiting for us when we return. 😀
- Please watch the video below for a little more information about computer coding.
Holiday Concert Preparations
Our “Stable Stomp” is coming along nicely. Students are learning their parts remarkably quickly.
- Students participating in the performance need to know the actions and words by heart; students involved in holding up pictures to add to the visual effect of the performance do not need to know the body percussion parts and words.
- A copy of the score (in student planners) can be used to help practice at home at the discretion of families; this week, we will continue to refine the parts of the stomp we know and learn the rest of the piece.
- Families, friends and relatives are welcome to join us for either of the 2 performances on Thursday, December 13 at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
- Students may wear whatever they like for the performances keeping in mind that clothing must allow easy movement. We will perform on the stage which has a mostly black background so lighter coloured clothing may show up better against the backdrop.
- Performers always look best to an audience with hair off the face – please accommodate if possible.
Grade 3 1910 Christmas Program
On the afternoon of Monday, December 10 all our grade 3s will travel to the WDM for the annual grade 3 1910 Christmas Program.
- Students are encouraged to dress in clothing of the day such as: bow ties, suspenders, aprons and ribbons.
- The cost of this program will be covered by our class account.
- Grade 4s will stay at the school for regular classes on this afternoon.
The trip includes:
- Shopping Spree: students take an imaginary shopping trip through certain stores in the museum
- Craft: students create a seasonal craft with materials that people in our city would have had available in 1910
- Once Upon a Christmas exhibit: students will be led through the show and focus on what life was like in our city in 1910 at this time of year
- Snack: juice and a nut-free cookie will be served
Here’s a look at week 14 . . .
- no school for students; staff professional development
- short arts ed. a.m.
- Ozobot class trip a.m.
- Dairy Queen hot lunch
- phys. ed. p.m.
- just another day… 😀
- library a.m.
- phys. ed. a.m.
- marble rewards?
- arts ed. p.m.