WANTED: Recyclable materials for the Makerspace!
We have started visiting the Makerspace to work through some STEM challenges. These challenges have students use different materials to build, construct and code within small groups. We are often on the look our for materials such as:
- apple sauce/yogurt screw on/off tops,
- bottle caps (off water bottles, milk cartons, pop bottles etc.),
- toilet paper & paper towel rolls,
- egg cartons,
- large yogurt, sour cream, margarine, cream cheese containers WITH lids,
- baby wipe containers with lids (plastic ones), and
If you can collect any of these items and send them to school it would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome back for another exciting school year! Over the coming weeks I will be working on updating our website to reflect our learning and discoveries. Please check back often!
Weekly parent communications can be found under the Parent Communication tab.
I have created a dedicated page just for the Parent Communications that I send home via email outlining our upcoming learning objectives, important dates and reminders for the coming week(s). Please bookmark this page so that it is a quick reference for you to remain up to date with the learning opportunities we are sharing in the classroom.
I have just signed us up for a new online resource to help with the foundational skills in mathematics. TenMarks is an online math platform that students will be assigned weekly or biweekly assignments geared around the foundations of all areas of mathematics. Just like Teach Your Monster to Read, I will be sending home a letter with the login information and password.
I will be able to track the students' progress and struggles and provide feedback in class to help improve their foundational skills. This program is free of cost and can be accessed on a home computer or tablet.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Hope you are enjoying the start of an extra long Family Day weekend. We have been busy with our own PD sessions and I just wanted to let you know I updated a fantastic and exciting online resource for the kids.
I have just created each students' logins for Teach Your Monster to Read. It is an online game, song, music (and so much more) tool to help with the beginning stages of reading. I will be sending home each student's individual login and password information on Tuesday.
Please take the time to take advantage of this resource. Students are expected to be reading for a minimum of 10-20 minutes each night.
If you have any questions about this resource, please do not hesitate to communicate with me.
I sincerely apologize for not updating the site since school has started. We have been so busy learning and discovering that I haven't had time to share it with you. I am hoping to get caught up on some of the big ideas and learning that we have made so that it helps put everything in context.
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU you everyone who attended Parent-Teacher interviews these last few days. It was my pleasure to host you and have an opportunity to talk about the progress of each student. I hope that you left with a picture of what is happening in the classroom and how we can continue to work together so that your child can continue to grow and develop. If you still have any questions, or need further clarification on anything that we talked about (or didn't get to talk about), please do note hesitate to contact me.
I wish you a wonderful long weekend of discovery and discussion.
It was so nice to meet a number of families last Thursday night for Meet the Teacher Night. While the event was of an informal setting, it gave both you and I a chance to get to know each other a little bit. I sent home the handouts from the event last week to all families that were unable to make it to the school. Please read over them and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Last week we started our first official look into the Science expectations of both the grade 1 & 2 curriculum. We are currently looking at seasonal changes, the importance of the sun and how the sun affects living things. We will be continuing to look at a variety of topics and questions that shoot off of the above ideas.
We are continuing to practice the rules and expectations around entering and exiting the building (i.e. walking at all times), during eating times (i.e. staying seated, cleaning up after ourselves), how to transition from one activity to another (i.e. clean up when asked the first time). These expectations are reinforced with practice, consistent direction and redirection as well as praise when completed well.
I will be attempting to post updates as regularly as possible. Please bear with me as I try to make this a new routine for our class this year.
I have spend the last 3 days where no teacher likes to go at the beginning of August...back to their classroom. This year is an exciting year at #EPPS because it is our last year in the EP neighbourhood before the new school in FC opens in time for the 2017-18 school year. It is also exciting because almost every teacher has moved classrooms this year, meaning lots of packing, moving and unpacking. I went in to get ahead of the game and to get things organized before the masses head back the last week before classes start...it was a hot week to be in the classroom with no air conditioning!
At the end of Day 3, if school started on Day 4, I would be adequately ready for everyone to arrive. I have plenty of more ideas of what needs to be hung up on the walls and what needs to be put out so that it is ready for the first bell, but overall I am happy.
I have spent all of my spare time this summer reading up on new methods and lesson ideas as well as prepping materials to be used throughout the year. I am excited to get things organized and to start using the materials so that I can adjust to the eager learning.
Here's a sneak peak at our classroom set up thus far. The walls are pretty bare and just waiting for personalization from students!