September 30 Week at a Peek

Dear students and families,
Thank you everyone for getting this year off to a great start!  It was nice to meet many of you at the “Meet the Families” morning this week!  It will be interesting to see if the weather predictions are correct and we will enjoy some snow this week.  Please remember to dress for the weather everyone!
Week 4 was another full week for our class:
  • grade 4s completed the Insight test while grade 3s had a morning with Mme Morrison on Wednesday.  Moving into October, I look forward to personal one-on-one reading with each student.
  • Thank you class for bringing money to give for Terry Fox cancer research.  Our class contributed over $40 to the school total!
  • We continued with our positive 4-letter word project:  Students started their “No Rules Idea Book.”  Students reviewed line and colour temperature before our first painting project.  Students learned about making paintbrushes “dance with ballerina toes.”  I’m excited to see this project evolve over the next few weeks!

Successes this week!

Establishment of student organization and routines

  • Outdoor shoes are being left neatly on boot room shelves when students enter.  Indoor shoes are left in student lockers every time they go outside.
  • Students continue to work on quietly entering the classroom, greeting the teacher and classmates with eye contact, visiting lockers quickly, zipping backpacks up, taking down chairs, putting on indoor shoes, reading the morning message/daily schedule, listening to announcements on the intercom and standing for “O Canada.”
  • As a class, students continue to work on lining up quickly/silently and walking in a stealthy line around the school.
  • Students continue to show great respect for equipment in the classroom.
  • We have had our first two fire drill practices and will continue to work on increasing our efficiency with emergency procedures.

Class climate

marble rewards collaborative colouring choice
  • Students are showing incredible kindness, consideration and inclusiveness towards classmates.
  • The class successfully participated in their first few “marble rewards” sessions on Thursdays with choices of games, art activities or reading

Class goals for the next few weeks

  • Students will continue to work on improving routines and learning skills.
  • Students will become more skilled at number talks and make the “making 10s” strategy of addition the first choice when looking at a counting or addition problem.
  • We will look at book “genres” and non-fiction text features in science (grade 4 habitats and grade 3 plants).


  • Individual reading assessments are underway for grade 3s and will continue with grade 4s after the grade 3s are complete.
  • Here are some guidelines based on my early observations:  students benefit from reading at home everyday – I recommend at least 20 minutes per day.
  • We visit the library once per week.  I have asked students to select “just right” books now.  Students may choose to take library books home.  What goes home needs to return to school the next day.
  • Every student in our class can benefit by reading out loud every night.  When reading out loud, students can focus on pausing after final punctuation, using phonetics to sound out new and longer words and reading expressively.
  • Students also benefit from reading silently every night.
  • Parents and caregivers can take part by listening to their child read out loud.  Please ask children to tell you about their reading to help with their comprehension (For example:  retell the story – what happened first?  then what?  What is the message in this book?)

Orange Shirt Day

In social studies, students are learning about Orange Shirt Day.  Please remember to wear an orange shirt day on Monday.  Here’s a video that tells the story of Orange Shirt Day.

September Summary from Mrs. Sansom

Here is a message from Mrs. Sansom who teaches the class fine arts once a week:

Visual Art: We are currently working a Metis beadwork activity.  We will participate in visual art occasionally.  Ms Boychuk will be doing most of the visual art with the class and she will also assess that part of report cards.  I will supplement it with lessons from dance.

Dance:  We have been focusing on shadow dancing.  We are currently learning some simple hip hop moves that we will be combining to choreograph a final dance piece.  Our next study of dance will be Metis jigging and dance.


This week we will begin our weekly spelling routine.

  • The words will be introduced Tuesday with time to work on an assignment on Wednesday.
  • This week’s assignments are due Thursday with tests on Thursday also.
  • Spelling assignments that do not get finished on Wednesday in class become homework that is due Thursday.

Here is a preview for those of you who like to prepare ahead of time!

Note:  The sentences will be dictated as well as the words.  Students new to English may do a reduced number of words.  We will adjust as needed in class.

The results of this week’s spelling will help me start students in the best spelling group for them.

Here’s a look at week 5 . . .


  • Orange Shirt Day
  • phys. ed. a.m.


  • D.Q. hot lunch for those who pre-ordered
  • library a.m.
  • introduction to this week’s spelling list
  • music p.m.


  • Ms B. away
  • time to work on spelling assignment in class
  • fine arts with Mrs. Sansom p.m.


  • Ms B. away
  • spelling test
  • phys. ed. p.m.
  • marble rewards p.m.?


  • Ms B. away
  • picture orders due
  • phys. ed. a.m.

What are you most looking forward to this week?

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