I hope everyone has survived the arrival of the winter weather. It is an adjustment all around from driving conditions to getting everyone dressed and out the door on time. We have had lots of practice the last few days in getting all of our outdoor gear on and I am hopeful that we will get better (and faster) at getting dressed.
This week is a short week for students as teachers are hosting parent meetings on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Please check your child's communication book for a confirmation notice with the date, time and room location. All meetings will be 15 minutes in length. Please be prompt for your meeting time as the schedule is full. If you are unable to make the time indicated on your confirmation notice, please communicate with me as soon as possible.
Topics by Subject:
Language Arts: -at family of words; reading comprehension strategy of beginning, middle and end; writing full and complete sentences (without focusing on correct spelling of thematic or special words)
Math: mental math strategies of adding to 5 and 10, adding doubles; introduction to group work; using math tools in our problem solving; patterning (identifying the core of a pattern, what makes a pattern, and naming patterns)
Science: How animals deal with seasonal changes (hibernation, adaptation, migrations, gathering & borrowing)
Health: how do we stay healthy (mentally, physically, emotionally)
Other Important Reminders
1. Student Activity Fee: a letter outlining most of the events and activities for this year was sent home with your child's report card. An activity fee of $20 is being asked from all students in kindergarten to grade 3 to cover the costs of workshops and field trips for the students. Please submit all activity fees ASAP. Thank you to those that have already sent the money in. Without these funds, workshops and field trips will not be able to be offered.
2. Outdoor clothing: now that the winter weather is literally upon us, please make sure to dress your child appropriately to enjoy recesses outside. Extra mittens, gloves and socks are always in high demand, especially in the afternoons. Please pack an extra pair or two in your child's bag because we have no way of drying mittens/gloves throughout the day.
3. Family Photo: We will be continuing our segment on Families in social studies and would like all students to bring in a family photo in a small frame to share with the class. Students will be asked to identify their family by name and if their siblings are older or younger. We would like to display the family photos on our science/social studies table so that students have an opportunity to look at other photos and read materials related to families. A frame is requested as we do not have wall space to hang the photos, therefore a small frame would allow the photos to be displayed on the table.
4. Lunches: Just a reminder that students have 2 snack times and a lunch time each day. Packing a balanced lunch bag with fruit, vegetables, yogurt, crackers etc will allow students to have multiple healthy options. If you have packed yogurt, pudding, soup, rice, noodles etc., please remember to pack a fork or spoon. We have gone through over 150 plastic spoons and forks thus far and it is a cost that is not covered by the school.
5. Extra Clothing: When you come for your parent meeting at the end of this week, please take the time to check your child's ziplock bag of extra clothing to ensure that it is weather/season appropriate and that it still fits.
I am attempting to find time to upload a large number of photos about our learning in the classroom over the past several weeks. Once they are posted, please ask your child what the photo is about or what we were talking about when I took the picture. They are the best source of information as to what we are learning in the classroom. Often we hear the response of "nothing" or " I don't remember", but showing them a photo may help jog their memory as to what happened throughout the day. Here is a good list of questions to ask instead of "how was your day today?" or "what did you learn today".
I look forward to meeting everyone this week during our parent teacher meetings. As always, if you have any questions in the mean time, please do not hesitate to communicate with me.