December 3 Week at a Peek

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:

Upcoming Events

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

Stable Stomp

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:

  1. Shopping Spree:  students take an imaginary shopping trip through certain stores in the museum
  2. Craft:  students create a seasonal craft with materials that people in our city would have had available in 1910
  3. 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
  4. 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.

What are you looking forward to this week at school?

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December 3 Week at a Peek

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