Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 17-21...

I want to say again how much I enjoyed teaching your children this year. They are fantastic kids and I am proud of each and every one of them. Thanks again to all of the parents for your amazing support. I have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of parents. Your continued support and positivity has helped myself and your child have a successful year. I also want to thank the parents in our school community for providing lunch for the staff on Friday. It was delicious and greatly appreciated by all of us! It is always a day staff looks forward to so thank you all!

We had a special guest artist in our class this week to teach us about the art of felting with lamb's wool. We created a lighthouse inspired by the Maritimes.








We are finishing up our non-fiction book about bees.




Reminders:

June 24 - Alternate Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am if it's not raining

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes - Dismissal at 12:15 pm




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 10-14...

The students learned about the game of lacrosse from Calgary Roughnecks player Dan Taylor.




The students patterned art with various materials. Together they created a honeycomb.





The students glued their realistic bee drawings onto honeycombs they made by tracing a hexagon block and painting it.



The students continue to work on their non-fiction book about bees.


The students created 3D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks.


The students learned about animal adaptations at the Calgary Zoo.






Looking forward...

  • please return all library books and home reading books
  • if your child will not be attending EMJ in September please let us know ASAP
  • we will be learning about the food and attractions of PEI
  • we will continue creating our non-fiction bee books
  • we will be working on measurement in math

Important Dates:

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 3 - 7...


  • Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.
  • A Great Opportunity: All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   Click to find out more: https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day


In gym the students worked on their soccer skills including dribbling, trapping and passing. 

"We can play a soccer game."



In math he students have been learning about the attributes of 3D shapes.

"We can identify 2D shapes in 3D shapes."


"We can identify the similarities and differences between a pyramid and a prism."


The students read the book "Bee Dance" Rick Chrustowski. It is about a honeybee doing a waggle dance to the other bees to let them know where and how far away the pollen is. This is a realistic fiction book so this happens in real life. The students noticed a math pattern problem in the book and figured it out using a T-Chart. The honey bee dances one second for every 3000 feet away the pollen is. If the honey bee dances for 5 seconds, how far away is the pollen?

Bee Dance

"We can use a T-Chart to figure out a real life problem."


The students learned how to draw a realistic bee. They followed along a website called Art for Kids Hub Website. Here is the video:

How to Draw a Realistic Bee

"We can draw a bee."



Looking forward...

  • please return all library books
  • zoo field trip on Thursday - dress appropriately - no sandals please
  • we will be finishing our realistic bee art 
  • we will be making patterned hexagons to form a honeycomb
  • we will be continuing to learn about 3D shapes
  • we will be continuing to work on the rough copy of our paragraphs about bees
  • we will be learning how to play lacrosse in gym


Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead Field Trip

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes - 12:15 DISMISSAL




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 22 - 31...

***We will be needing a few volunteers for two special days in June.***

1. Thursday, June 13 we are going to the Calgary Zoo all day. Volunteers will be needed from 8:30 - 2:30.

2.  Wednesday, June 19 we are going to have an artist in for the kids to create their own felt art. We will need a few volunteers in the afternoon (12:30 - 2:30). 

Many thanks if you can help out!!! Look for a note to come home early next week.

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyone's bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!


The students started a new math unit on shape and space. This week the focus was on 2 D shapes. They described, compared and constructed 2-D shapes with various materials.

"We can cut out shapes to put up in our classroom."


"We can create shapes on the geoboards."





"We can create figures from tangram puzzle shape pieces."






This week the students wrote a story inspired by a picture prompt. This piece of writing will be passed on to their grade three teacher!"

"We can create a story from a picture.





The students have finished their research on bees. Next step will be turning their jot notes into paragraphs and then publish their own non fiction book that will include a table of contents, glossary, bibliography, headings, subheadings and captions.

"We can independently search for important information from the internet and books."



Looking forward...

  • no more library exchanges. Please return all library books this week.
  • Tuesday - Ride to School Day
  • we will turn our jot notes into paragraphs
  • we will be starting 3D shapes in math
  • we will be creating some bee art
  • please send an empty can (size of a soup can) for a Father's Day gift we are making : )


Pokemon Cards

Many students have been bringing and sharing their Pokemon cards. To support positive peer interactions and maintain instructional time in classrooms, please review the following considerations with your child if they choose to bring Pokemon cards to school:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.

  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.

  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.


Important Dates:

June 4 - Wheel Week - Ride your bike/scooter/skateboard to school!

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 19 - Felting art for Rm. 12 and 15

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 21 - 25...

It's all about the bees here in Room 12 this week! The students are learning about honey bees and their importance in our world. 

"We can draw and describe the life cycle of an insect."


"We can search for bee facts on the computer." 


"We can take jot notes."


"We can use a graphic organizer to organize our information." 


"We can learn about bees from a real life bee keeper."


"We can explore a honeycomb."


"We can try on a beekeeper's gloves!"


'We can explore bumblebee hives."


"We can try on a beekeeper's protective suit."


In Social Studies the students are learning about Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island.

"We can create a brochure about PEI."


"We can describe the landforms of PEI."


We finished our unit on skipping this week.

"We can skip to rhymes in gym like MISSISSIPPI!"


"One, two, three, four, together, apart, together, on top!"


We finished off the week with our school wide participation in Jump Rope for Heart.

"We can skip to keep healthy and active."


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be continuing to learn about Prince Edward Island
  • we will continue our bee research which we will be turning into our own non-fiction book
  • we will be starting 2D and 3 D shapes in math

Upcoming events:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr. 4/5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 19 - Rm 12/15 Guest Artist - Felting 

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes (12:15 DISMISSAL)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 6 - 10...

In science the students are learning about small crawling and flying animals.

"We can create insect art out of painted paper collage."




The students have been working on solving increasing patterns story problems.

"I can create an increasing pattern. The top was increasing by two and the bottom was increasing by one."



The students created beautiful Mother's Day art and cards.

"We can paint Mother's Day pictures with water colour paints on a magnetic canvas."




"We can write to someone special in our lives."






The students learned about the parts of an insect.

"We can draw and label a diagram of an insect."



The students continue to learn about the features of fiction and non fiction text.

"We can sort fiction and non fiction features in a Venn Diagram."


The students started to learn about bees. They recorded what they already know and what they want to know on a class chart.

"We can make a KWL chart and think of questions about bees."



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting to learn about the Maritimes
  • we will be working on paragraph writing with a topic sentence, supporting details and a concluding sentence
  • we will start to do our own research about bees
  • we will be doing outside gym as much as possible so please wear hats and sunscreen on sunny days
  • please make sure your child has a pair of runners for gym. Sandals and flip flops are dangerous. Thank you!


Upcoming events:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 29 - May 3...

This week was "Hats On! for Mental Health". This is a day to spend more time focusing on the mental health of students in Alberta. We had great conversations about how we not only have to take care of our physical health but our mental health as well. We focused on positive self talk and how to turn a negative thought into the positive.


The students read the book "Raven, A Trickster Tale From The Pacific Northwest". They worked on a cross curricular project.


"We can create patterned art based on a First Nations legend."





The students continue to distinguish between fiction and non-fiction text.

"We can sort pictures between fiction and non-fiction"



In math the students are learning how to sort blocks according to attribute. 

"We can compare blocks according to colour, size, shape, and thickness. We picked a block to put into each circle on the poster and then compared them. Each line we drew means the blocks have the same attribute."


"Then we took the blocks off but left the lines. We switched spots to a new poster and had to figure out what blocks would make the lines work. It is tricky but we are getting it!" 


"Success! We solved the problem!"


The students reflected on the boats and buoyancy challenge.

"I can journal about my science project."



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will finish off our sorting and patterning unit this week
  • we will be learning about the parts of an insect
  • we will be working on a special project for a special person in the students' lives : )


Upcoming events:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes(beekeeper)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr. 4/5

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 22 - 26...

The students learned a new type of poetry this week called Diamante poems. They had to carefully select words to convey their message in their poetry.

“We can write a Diamante poem. We wrote poems about nature for Earth Day. Diamante poems are about two opposite things and we use nouns, verbs and adjectives. We read a story called Dear Mother Earth and talked about why it’s important to respect the earth and take care of it. We painted coffee filters blue for water and green for land to make an earth to go with our poems."




The students created and extended increasing patterns in math.

"We can create increasing patterns with manipulatives."


 

They also solved problems and created increasing patterns based on the book,"Rooster's Off to See the World" by Eric Carle.

"We can draw pictures and write equations to solve a problem. We can create increasing patterns with pictures."




Two turtles and three fish, three turtles and four fish, four turtles and five fish...

Two cats and three frogs, three cats and four frogs, four cats and five frogs (not quite finished!)...


The students created a flotation device that could carry a load without sinking or taking on water.

"We can make a boat that does not sink or take on water. Some of us had time to make a propeller to make it move in the water. We got to bring a toy to school as our load on the boat. We tested our boats with the water table from Kindergarten."







Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will work on number patterns to 100 in math
  • we will be starting to learn about insects
  • we will be practicing "Zooming In" on important information in non-fiction text

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade 2/3’s

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 15 - 19...

We had another extremely busy week in Room 12. This week it was particularly hard to choose which pictures to put on the blog as there were so many amazing ones to choose from! 

The students continued to create and extend repeating patterns and continued to work on identifying the core of the pattern. They also worked on pattern problems.




The students looked for patterns in the classroom, the school and outside. They stayed outside to finish math as it was such a glorious day!



The students worked outside for writing as well as it was so nice! Outside classroom on Thursday!



Writing conference!


This week was very special as we had Inuit author Michael Kusugak come and talk with the students about his childhood in Rankin Island and told traditional Inuit stories in both English and Inuktitut (the Inuit language). He was mesmerizing!



In science the students did several experiments about sinking and floating as well as water displacement.

Challenge: Can you design a boat out of plasticine that will float?



Water displacement:


Challenge: Can you make a cork sink and a nail float using various materials?




Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be working on increasing patterns and number patterns in math
  • we will be designing a flotation device to hold up a toy
  • we will be focusing on comprehension of non-fiction text

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 8-12...


Dear Parents,

Would you be able to send headphones or earbuds for your child to use on the computers at school? We will be doing a few projects on the computers and will be needing them. The dollar stores carry them and they are very inexpensive.

Thank you very much!


The students have been working on their keyboarding skills. Here is a link to a website for practice at home:

Dance Mat Typing

"We can type using the home row on the computers."


The students described, reproduced, extended and created repeating patterns.

"We can create patterns using manipulatives."



"We can create a pattern that has a core that starts the same as it ends."



"We can identify the core of a pattern and name the pattern."


"We can identify a pattern rule."


The students worked on an integrated art/math project based on the book "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris. Here is the link for the story if you want to watch it. We also read and discussed the book "Pattern Bugs" by the same author.

Pattern Fish Book on You Tube

Pattern Bugs Book on You Tube


"We can show a pattern in different ways like colour, shape, size and direction."




The students participated in off-site physical education this week with swimming lessons. This is such an important and potentially life saving skill. Thank you to all the volunteers who came and helped us!

"We can swim!!!"



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • guest speaker, Michael Kusugak (Inuit storyteller and author) on Tuesday
  • class photos on Wednesday
  • we will be continuing patterns in math
  • we will continue our new topic in science, "Boats and Buoyancy
  • no school on Friday (Good Friday) and the following Monday, April 22 (Professional Day)

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 1-5...

It was so nice to see the students this week! It sounded like everyone had a wonderful break. The weather was nice and there was a lot of riding bikes and playing on playgrounds. We quickly got back into the swing of things in Room 12!


Here is the link for the Claymation project of the Inuit legend, The Polar Bear Son that the students in Room 12 and 15 worked so hard on:


Polar Bear Son Claymation


In language arts the students learned about compound words.

"We can make compound words by putting two words together to make one new word."



The students engage in guided reading every day and it occurred to me that I have not included a picture of this important part of our day. Decoding words and comprehension are worked on in a small group basis.

"We can read out loud in a group and discuss the story."


"We can do word work to help read words."


In math the students continued to practice double digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping as well as worked on a few problems. We worked on a rubric together to show how to fully answer a story problem to earn full marks. Showing work, writing the equation and answering in a complete sentence is what we are looking for.




In science the students learned about things that sink and float as an introduction to the topic of "Boats and Buoyancy".

Sink and Float Video

"We can experiment with things that sink and float. We were surprised the domino floated. We can make a paperclip float or sink depending on how we put it in the water, sideways or up and down."



In gym the students used paddles to engage in badminton type activities.

"We can throw birdies in the air and hit them with a racquet".


"We can hit the birdie with a partner."


The students logged onto Chromebooks for the first time with the help of their buddies.

"We can get onto Google Drive."


Looking forward...

  • we swim every day, don't forget your swimsuit and towel : )
  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting patterns in math
  • we will continue our new topic in science, "Boats and Buoyancy"
  • we will be working on our keyboarding skills on the Chromebooks

Upcoming events:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 18 - special presentation for Rooms 12 and 15 - Inuit storyteller and author Michael Kusugak

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating Gr. 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of March 11-15...

The students learned how to subtract two digit numbers with and without regrouping.

"We can subtract two digit numbers. We know when we have to borrow a ten and when we don't have to borrow a ten."


The students participated in a variety of dances in gym.

"We can do the Cha Cha Slide, the Bunny Hop, Lollipop, African Dancing, Cotton Eyed Joe and the Chicken Dance."



The students finished their Hot and Cold Insulation Challenge in science.

"We can make an insulator that stops an ice cube from melting for one hour. The ice cubes melted on the first try. We adjusted it and it worked! We needed to add more layers."




The students finished their Claymation project. It should be ready for viewing for Parent Teacher Conferences!

"We can retell an Inuit legend using plasticine."


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be continuing to add and subtract two digit numbers
  • we will be learning about food instability in Nunavut
  • Parent Teacher Conferences next Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday 


Upcoming events:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 19 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of March 4-8...

The students have been reading Inuit legends including "The Polar Bear Son". They each had a part in a Reader's Theatre version of the story.

"We can read a Reader's Theatre script and record our voices into the microphone."

Image result for the polar bear son



The students participated in various dances and games with the SoundKreations dance residency all week.

"We can do Hip Hop dancing! We learned the five elements of Hip Hop. We learned the Robot Dance. We played some games like Hip/ Hip/ Hop, Dance Phone and Dance Circle."




In Science the students participated in a final project for our Hot and Cold unit. It is an insulation Challenge: "Can you design an insulator that will prevent an ice cube from melting for one hour?" Step 1: Planning with a partner.

"We can draw an insulator that we think will keep the ice cube from melting."




Insulation Challenge - Step 2: Build it from the blueprint.

"We can use different materials to build our invention so the ice cube doesn't melt in an hour. We can self assess on how well we worked with our partner."




The students have been researching the Snowy Owls of the Arctic. They learned about their habitat, appearance, enemies, young, and adaptations. They dissected an owl pellet and found many animal bones, teeth and feathers from the animals the owl had eaten.

"We can dissect an owl pellet and draw and a label a realistic picture. At the beginning it sounded disgusting but then we got into it and it was cool and exciting to find bones."





Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be making our claymation based on "The Polar Bear Son"
  • we will be testing our insulator for our Hot and Cold Challenge
  • we will be learning about double digit subtraction
  • we will be learning more about Inuit clothing and throat singing
  • special guest coming on Wednesday to talk to us about water in the world


Upcoming events:

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.     

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22  -  Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 25 - 28...

Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day...


In math the students are learning how to add numbers to 100.

"We can use base ten blocks to add bigger numbers. We can add with and without regrouping. We always start with adding the ones!"



In their ongoing studies about the Inuit culture, the students learned about the game Iyaga that Inuit children play. A hollow piece of bone is attached to another piece of bone by a sinew cord. The bone that's shaped like a stick is held in the hand and the hollow bone is tossed in the air. The player must catch the hollow bone on the stick.

"We can make a game and try to get the solid bone into the hollow bone."





In science the students learned how animals are insulated from the cold weather through fur, feathers and blubber. The students participated in a blubber lab where they experienced cold water with and without blubber insulation (lard!)

"We can keep our blubber layered hand in the ice water a long time. The blubber trapped our body heat. Without the blubber our other hand was cold and we had to take it out right away. We could keep the blubber hand in for a lot longer!"



Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting double digit subtraction
  • we will be working on an insulation project
  • we will be recording our Reader's Theatre project based on the book "Polar Bear Son"
  • SoundKreations Dance Residency
  • SoundKreations Assembly Friday, March 8 - 9:30 am for our class


Upcoming Dates:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

March 8 - Student Performances (9:30 am or 11:00 am) Sound Kreations

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.   

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book   

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 19 - 22...

The students learned how and why the Inuit build igloos. They had fun in the snow trying to replicate an igloo.

"We built igloos out of snow. Igloos are a type of shelter of the Inuit people. You need a certain kind of snow to build it - hard and sticky"

We can work cooperatively in groups to build igloos...




In science the students learned about the the role of insulation in keeping things hot or cold.

"Insulation keeps our houses warm. In the winter it keeps the heat in and the cold out. In the summer it keeps the heat out. Insulation helps decrease our heating bills. Thermoses keep the heat inside it and keeps hot things hot like hot chocolate or soup. Coolers keep things cold. Clothes are insulation for us. On cold days we wear things like jackets, scarves, gloves, boots, hats, snow pants to insulate us and keep us warm."

We can decide what outdoor clothes are better insulators than others...


In gym the students participated in parachute games including the Wave, Nascar, Popcorn, Colour Group Switch and Mushroom. The parachute is a very good workout for the arm muscles!

"We made waves in different levels. We made a mushroom cloud and we sat in it. The shape is called a dome. We lifted up the parachute and Mrs. Farrell called the colour groups and we all ran under it. That game was called Colour Groups. We played Popcorn and made balls bounce on the parachute like popcorn popping."

We can do the wave...


We can make "The Mushroom". Yes, we are all in there!


We can make balls pop like popcorn!


The students have been listening and discussing Caldecott winning books for the last few weeks. These are books that won awards for the illustrations. This week the students were given a Caldecott nominated book to read in small groups. Then they had to judge the book based on certain criteria. They summarized the story to the class and justified why they gave the book the scores.

"The book "Dreamers" had artwork as colourful as a rainbow. The pictures were detailed. They helped tell the story of what was going on. We gave it a 4 in all areas".

We can read a story to a group...


We can listen to a peer read a story...


We can assess s story based on specific criteria...


We can summarize a story and justify our judging...


Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting double digit addition
  • we will be making an Inuit craft
  • we will be learning about animal insulation
  • we will be starting an insulation project


Upcoming Dates:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day (wear pink to support anti bullying day)

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Dance Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Dance performance (9:30 for our class)

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 11 - 15...

The students made Valentine's Day bags to collect their valentines during our party.

"Making our Valentine's Day bags made us feel happy and it was really fun to do. Valentine's Day is about kindness, friendship and love."

We can cut and draw hearts...



In gym the students learned about the sport of Curling. They learned how to sweep, throw a rock, and how to keep score.

"We try to put the rock into the house and get it closest to the middle which is called the Button. We were playing a game where we were sweeping the floor with curling brooms and whenever Ms. Farrell put up the green sign that said "HURRY" we would sweep, and when she held up the sign that said "WHOA" we would stop." 

We can sweep...


We can run relays with a broom...


We can throw the rock into the house...



The students have been working on "Painting Word Pictures" during writing lessons to help readers visualize what is happening in the text they are writing. They wrote a class poem together and added verbs, adverbs and adjectives to make it more detailed. 

"We all wrote a poem together about winter. We edited it three times to add more details."


I knew it was winter because...

On Monday, I saw one big white snowman throwing snowballs at the old house.

On Tuesday I saw two teenaged boys sledding down a steep, bumpy hill.

On Wednesday I saw three fast skiers flying and crashing into a snowy pine tree.

On Thursday I saw four white, lacy snowflakes falling down on my tongue.

On Friday I saw five shiny snow forts slowly melting in the hot, shining sun.

On Saturday I saw six big snowballs being thrown at the giant snowman.

On Sunday I saw seven Canadian geese flying south for the winter.

And that's how I knew it was winter!


The students learned about Inuit games.

"We played Inuit games -  walrus races, seal races, back push and elbow pull. The games are about strength. You have to be strong to survive in the Arctic".


We can do the Back Push...



We can do the Elbow Pull...


We can do seal and walrus races...



Looking forward...

  • Monday Feb. 18 - Family Day -  No School
  • Library on Tuesday
  • we will be talking about insulation in science
  • we will be doing a Reader's Theatre Inuit legend


Upcoming dates:

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (Hip Hop Dance)

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly (9:30 for our class)

March 12 – School Council Meeting  

March 14 - Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

 



Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 4 - 8...

The students represented their learning of the Inuit culture through various art materials.

"The umiak is a big boat the Inuit people use to hunt big animals like walruses and whales. They also use it to travel to places to visit other people and trade with them. The frame of the umiak is made from driftwood or whale bones and it was covered with walrus skin. Umiaks can hold up to twenty people. The kayak is a small boat for one person. The Inuit use it to fish and hunt  animals like seals sea birds and caribou. The kayak is made out of seal skin, driftwood and  whale bones."


We can understand how the land influences the way of life of the Inuit people...







The gymnasium was being used for our One World Drum Residency so we had gym in our classroom this week. 

"We were throwing and catching scarves with different body parts".

We can throw and catch...




The students learned about the Caldecott award given for illustrations in books. They learned about the history of the award and read Caldecott award winning books. They watched last year's winner, "The Wolf in the Snow".  The students decided it won the award because:

"The pictures told the story. There were almost no words, just some sound effects. The pictures really described what was happening in the story and how the characters felt. The illustrator was very talented at drawing. The wolf was realistic. Everything was white except the red parka. It looked cool"


We can think critically about the illustrations in a book...


The students participated in a "One World Drum" residency at school. 

"We learned that there are many types of drums in Africa and we played the drum from West Africa, the Djembe. It is a type of hand drum. We learned  how to play the drums keeping the beat. Our instructor played his Finger Drum for us from North Africa".

We can keep the beat on a drum...




In math the students worked on estimating quantities when given a collection of items. They made sets of 5 to find the actual amount.

We can estimate and we can count by 5's...





Looking forward...

  • bake sale Monday at recess. Items $1.00
  • library on Tuesday
  • we are going to learn how to curl in gym
  • we will do a few more surveys and graphs in math
  • Valentine's Day party Wednesday afternoon
  • Teacher's Convention Thursday and Friday - No School
  • Family Day Monday - No School


Upcoming Dates...

February 11  – Curling - Rocks and Rings 

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 28 - 31...

In science the students identified ways in which the temperature in homes and buildings can be adjusted and learned how heat is circulated through the school building and through their own homes. They went on an "In-School Field Trip" to the boiler room. Don't worry, they did not go in, they just looked!



Also in science the students described how heating and cooling materials can often change them. This week the focus was on heating materials - chocolate chips!


The students performed basic gymnastic skills in an obstacle course using various equipment. Mission Impossible is definitely a highlight of the year!





The students are practicing applying mental mathematics strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18 in a variety of ways. The students had just a few seconds to look at different arrays of dots and figure out how many there were altogether (subitize). Afterwards they shared their strategies to show how they came up with their answers.

Double fives plus two equals twelve...


Six twos equals twelve...


Looking forward...

  • Library on Tuesday
  • Winter Walk on Wednesday - dress for the weather
  • One World Drum residency, we hope you can come see us at our performance at 8:30 am
  • we will be reading Inuit legends
  • we will be learning about line plots in math
  • we will be juggling scarves and doing yoga in gym
  • Mathletics login information came home today. Please look in your child's backpack for it.
  • please send back the white report card envelopes to be reused in June


Upcoming dates:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly (8:30 am for our class)

February 11 – Curling - Rocks and Rings 

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly 

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 21 - 25...

The students continue to learn about the geography and culture of the Inuit community. 

"The Nunavut flag has an Inukshuk on it. The red is for Canada and the blue is for the sky and the ocean and the gold represents the land and the white represents the snow.



The students continue to engage in a variety of writing activities to represent their ideas. This week they learned about Cinquain poetry. Cinquain poems have five lines. The first line is the topic, the second consists of two adjectives, the third has three verbs, the fourth is a four word phrase that conveys a feeling and the last line describes the topic again with one word. As a class they created cinquain poem and then planned and wrote their own. Here is the class poem:


Hockey

Fast game

Scoring, skating, flying

Exciting to watch Johnny

Flames


"We wrote cinquain poems about pineapples, puppies, space, sports, and kittens. We could choose to write about whatever we wanted."

We are poets...




In science the students are exploring the question, "Does heating or cooling materials change them?"  

"We added food colouring to water, poured it into ice cube trays and put them in the freezer. The next day they were ice. We went outside to the front of the school and we built Inukshuks with them."






The students continued to learn different locomotor and non locomotor skills in our unit on gymnastics. This week we added equipment such as mats, tressles, and ladders for the students to participate in station work.

"In gymnastics we had stations and we added the climber stations on Thursday. We went on bars and ropes. We went on the ladders, tressles and benches. The crash mat was one of our favourites."

We can balance on a beam...


We can climb over a tressle...


We can travel on a ladder...


We can use a bead board...


We can jump in the air...


Looking Forward...

  • we will start Mission Impossible in gym
  • we will play Inuit games and learn about the Inuktitut language
  • we will continue to work on data collecting and graphing in math


Important Dates:

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - 8:30 am for us (Room 12) 

February 11 – Rocks and Rings - special guest to teach us about curling

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 14 - 18...

The students continue to work through the writing process through Writer's Workshop. This format allows students work at their own pace while creating stories with characters, settings, problems, events and solutions.

"There were two people that finished their stories and they got their stories published. We love Writer's Workshop because we can think of our own ideas."

We can edit our own story...


We can illustrate our own story...


In Social Studies the students have started to learn about the Arctic and the Inuit people through the inquiry question "How does the land influence the way of life of the Inuit people?". They learned where the Arctic was on the map and learned all about the iconic landmark, the Inukshuk.

"We made our own paintings of an Inukshuk. Mrs. Farrell brought a sculpture of an Inukshuk to our class for us to see. The Inukshuk helps the Inuit people find their way home and where the good hunting is. The land of the arctic is very white. Pure land, nothing in it's way. There are caribou, seals, walruses, polar bears, orcas, wolves and arctic char."


We can draw an Arctic landscape...


We can paint with watercolour...


We can create Inukshuk art out of paint, pastel and paper...



In Science the students learned that thermometers provide a helpful way to measure and describe the hotness or coldness of things.

"We learned that there is a stem and a bulb on a thermometer and there is red liquid called mercury. We used the thermometer to put into hot water and the mercury went up and when we put it in the cold water the mercury went down. We made our own thermometers that we can move."

We can measure in degrees Celcius...


We can make a thermometer...


Almost done, just need to write in the negative sign for the numbers below zero...


We watched a video about temperature...


Looking Forward...

  • we will be working on surveys and graphing in Math
  • we will be measuring the temperature of different rooms in our school
  • we will be learning more about Iqaluit, Nunavut and the climate and geography of the region


Important Dates:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - 8:30 am for Room 12!!! Please plan on joining us if you can.

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (there will be a guest in the school to teach us about curling)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teacher's Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch




Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Our first week of 2019 was a busy one. Here is a peek at our learning...

In Math the students have been working with manipulatives called "Cuisenaire Rods" to further develop their number sense. 

"Cuisenaire rods have specific colours with different lengths. Each one has a value from 1 - 10. We made addition equations with them and then we did equivalent equations with them, where you need to make one equation that equals another one."

We can explore with manipulatives...


We can add one and two...


We can make part, part, whole...


We can add...


We can make equivalent equations...


In Science the students started a new unit on Hot and Cold Temperatures. They brainstormed what they already knew about the topic, watched a few videos, and worked on a page in their visual journal about things that are hot and things that are cold.

We can identify hot and cold items...



Here is one of the videos they watched about Hot and Cold:


In Gym the students started a new unit on educational gymnastics.

“We made bridges with our bodies, facing the ceiling and facing the floor. We travelled on the mats in different sizes like high, medium and low. We did animal  travels like frogs, bears, gorillas, crabs, and mules. We have been balancing on different body parts. We’ve been doing stretching like Superman, flagpole, butterfly and plank to warm up."

We can do the plank...


We can make a bridge on four body parts facing the floor...


We can do a mule kick...


In Language Arts the students have been working on identifying characters, feelings, settings, problems, events and solutions in stories. They used a new tool, called "The Braidy", to help remember all of these elements when retelling a story.

We can retell a story...


Looking Forward...

  • we will be working on estimating, skip counting, fact families, and missing addends in Math
  • we will start to learn about the Inuit culture
  • we will be working on mats and benches in gymnastics
  • we will write a Cinquain poem


Important Dates:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - Information to come home next week

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (there will be a guest in school to teach us about curling)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teacher's Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch




Room 12 wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Dec. 10 - 14.

The students have been engaged in listening to different versions of the "Gingerbread Man" including "The Gingerbread Baby", "The Gingerbread Cowboy", and "The Gingerbread Boy". They compared and contrasted characters, setting, plot and solutions. To celebrate the stories we made our own gingerbread people.

"Today we decorated gingerbread cookies with M and M’s and icing. Mrs. Farrell’s mom, Grandma Judy, made them for us. She came to our classroom this morning to help us. We saved them to eat at home."


In Math the students continue to solve problems that involve addition and subtraction.

"We got a big piece of paper and worked with a partner to solve math problems Mrs. Farrell gave us. The paper was sticky at the back and we stuck it on the wall and worked there. One of the problems was that there were 20 legs at the North Pole. We had to figure out who we saw. The choices were Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus, elves and reindeer. There were many solutions to this problem. The other problem was that we were given some money and we had to figure out what we could buy with it. We could buy cocoa, chocolate Santas, sugar cookies, candy canes, rice Krispies, and gingerbread men but we only had $20.00."



We also continue to use personal strategies for adding and subtracting and compare and order numbers up to 100. Our buddies helped us get on to the website "Mathletics" to practice these skills and concepts. Login information will go home in January so you can be access the website at home.



The students did a wonderful job singing in the Winter Concert. I am very proud of them!

"We sang two songs at the Christmas Concert. One of them was “We are Santa’s Elves” and the other was “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year”. The songs are from the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Some of us were nervous, but when we performed we weren’t nervous anymore. We were excellent!!!"


With the gym set up for the concert, we did some yoga to get some exercise with Room 15. Check out the link...

Cosmic Yoga


Looking forward...

  • we will be having Christmas centres in math to practice number concepts
  • we will finish our magnet project in Science
  • we will finish our parent gift
  • we will do a craft with our buddies
  • we will make a gingerbread house on Thursday
  • we will be caroling in the gym this week 
  • PJ day on Friday


Important Dates:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day - No School




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Dec. 3 - 7.

We are working on our final magnet project. The students are creating posters of some type of village with a roadway going through it. Most of them are making some sort of "Gingerbread Candy Land" or "Winter Wonderland". They will create their own magnet wand next week and be able to manipulate a car (or reindeer or Santa's sleigh!) through the paper around their village. Their creative juices are flowing and are adding amazing details to their work.



We started Writer's Workshop this week in order to create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends, settings, and main characters that perform actions. Writer's Workshop allows students to personalize their writing using their own ideas and work at their own pace through the writing process (planning, rough copy, editing, conferencing, good copy, illustrating and publishing).

As a class we created a story plan together called "The Night the Reindeer Went Missing". The students had amazing ideas as how to find the reindeer. At last Santa used a big magnet to attract the reindeers sleigh bells. I love that they incorporated their Science learning in our story! We have been using our plan to write a class story with paragraphs, juicy words and details.

The students then started their own story plan and have started to write their rough copy.





We started floor hockey in gym. The students were practicing their stick handling, passing and shooting skills.



Looking forward...

  • book fair next week
  • we will finish our magnet project
  • we will continue to practice strategies for basic facts and work on some Christmas problems in math
  • we will continue with our story writing
  • we will have our Christmas concert on Thursday. Please plan on coming to either the 9:00 am or 6:30 pm performance. Please have your child at school at 6:00 pm Thursday night for the concert. They can come up to our room at that time.


Upcoming Dates:

December 10 to 13 - Book Fair (students can purchase books during the day)

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 18 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assemblies - more info to come in January




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 26 - 30.

We did several experiments with magnets this week in order to learn that magnets can attract through materials like paper and cardboard, magnets have south and north poles, and magnets have different strengths.

"We learned that magnets are strong enough to go through cardboard and paper. South and south poles repel each other and north and north repel but north and south attract each other. The wand magnet is the strongest magnet."

We created art using magnetic marbles on top of a piece of cardboard and a magnet wand underneath the cardboard to move the marbles through the paint.



Testing magnet strength




Making a suspended magnet move, jiggle and shake with other magnets! It's all about north and south poles!



We learned how to put words in order by first and second letter. We brainstormed how we use alphabetical order in every day life. The students were surprised how often it is used every day like books in libraries, attendance and even the mailboxes in our classroom.




This week we participated in a new activity to learn spelling patterns in words and become better decoders. It is called Making  Words. 



In gym we blended the scooter boards with our basketball skills. What fun!


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting to create a final project for our magnet unit 
  • we will be learning about odd and even in math
  • we will be starting Reader's Theater in our guided reading 


Upcoming Dates:

December 7 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

December 10  - Please bring in candy for our gingerbread houses and math activities

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 - Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 - Vaccinations #2

December 21 - Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 - Winter Break

January 7 - classes resume




Sunrise Wednesday morning. We certainly have a lovely view upstairs at EMJ!


Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 19-23...

In Science the students distinguished materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not.

"We did an experiment to find out what things are magnetic and what aren’t. We made a fishing rod out of a piece of string, a pencil and a horseshoe magnet. We made a prediction if it would attract or not and then we fished for objects. We recorded our results. We were surprised that some of the keys we fished for were not magnetic and some were. We were also surprised that the tab from a pop can was not magnetic."



In Social Studies we continued to learn and appreciate how our city emerged. 

"We finished our research about Calgary’s history. Then we made a timeline of the special events on the bulletin board in our classroom. We put up our research, dates and pictures. Calgary is called the sandstone city because after the great fire of 1886 buildings were built with sandstone from the Bow and Elbow rivers instead of wood."



We had a few presentations from the grade five and sixes from Rm. 17/18 this week. They worked hard on creating informative presentations on Google Slides. We listened to two presentations, one on bullying and one on littering. The students asked thoughtful questions including "Why do people bully in the first place?" and "What should we do when we see bullying?" 




In gym we finished our basketball unit...

...and started our scooter board unit!


We started to read Mrs. Farrell's all time favourite book,  Charlotte's Web! 


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will continue to experiment with magnets
  • we will continue to work on story problems in math as well as work on doubles and doubles plus one 
  • we will start Writer's Workshop and start creating our own stories


Important Dates:

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - No School

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert  - we will be performing! 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 12-16...

This week in math the students created story problems that involved addition and subtraction. We had problems about unicorns, rainbows, guacamole, cats, dogs, hockey and all sorts of other things the imaginative students of Room 12 thought of!






In Social Studies, the students started their first research project of the year. They were partnered up and given information and artifacts about important people and events in Calgary's history. They read for important information and recorded their findings. This week we focused on Calgary's history up to the Canadian Pacific Railway being built. Next week we will continue researching Calgary's major events up until present day.

Research...



 A few of examples of their learning...

"In 1875 a troop of North West Mounted Police came to the prairies to bring law and order to all the fighting that was going on. They found two rivers (the Bow and Elbow) and thought it would be a nice place to build a fort. So they built a fort and called it Fort Brisebois after Inspector Brisebois, the head of the North West Mounted Police."

"Sam Livingston was one of the first settlers in Calgary. He and his family had big gardens and sold vegetables to the Mounties in Fort Calgary. He had a very large family of 14 children and his wife was Metis. There is a school named after him in Calgary. We visited their actual house at Heritage Park."

"Fort Calgary was built in 1876. It was first called Fort Brisebois because the captain’s name was Ephrem Brisebois and he named it after himself. People didn't like him so they changed the name to Fort Calgary two years later. There is a street in Calgary called Brisebois Drive named after him."



We learned about another Reading Power this week. It is called visualizing. It is when we see pictures in our heads when we listen to or read stories. This helps us have a better understanding of what we read. The students were read a story but were not shown the pictures. They had to draw their visualizations throughout the story. 



Visualizing based on the book "Mushroom in the Rain" by Mirra Ginsburg



Looking Forward...

  • we will have Library on Tuesday
  • we will continue exploring magnets
  • we will complete our research of Calgary's history and create a timeline in our classroom
  • we will continue our work on story problems in math as well as continue to commit to memory our basic facts


Important Dates:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm - Parent Teacher Conferences 4 - 8 pm

Nov. 22 - NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferences 8 am - 1pm

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - No School

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 5 - 9...

The students continue to learn about our great country Canada. We started a few projects this week to increase our understanding of the country we live in. One of them is having PEN PALS!!! Mrs. Farrell's cousin is a grade three teacher in New Maryland, New Brunswick. The students are staring to write to each other to find out about each other, find out about each other's cities, how we are similar and different and of course to master the art of letter writing. We are also going to SKYPE this year so we can see each other in person. We received their letters this week and have been writing back to them. The kids couldn't wait to work on their letters during writing times this week. We know they read our blog so we want to say "HI!!!" to our pen pals : )


A letter from a New Brunswick student and a letter back.


We also painted and labeled a Canada map.



We started a new Science unit on magnets this week. We have not stopped our water project but we have other Science units to cover. This week we had free exploration discovering properties of magnets. Some questions we had about magnets were, "How do they stick together? How come some metal doesn't stick? Why do magnets follow you? Why are some magnets stronger than others?"





We had a guest speaker from the City of Calgary Water Services this week... one of our students' dads!!! He came and talked to us about Calgary's drinking and waste water. 

“We learned that there are only three things that can go down the toilet. The three P’s – poo, pee, and toilet paper. There are three plants that clean Calgary’s water from the Bow and the Elbow rivers. Baby wipes are actually not flushable. They get stuck in the pipes and the machines get overloaded. There are so many wipes removed from the water plants that they would weigh as much as 60 T-Rex's!!! Nothing but the three P’s down the toilet!"



Looking Forward...

  • we will be starting a Flat Stanley Canada Project
  • we will be staring a research project on Calgary's history and creating a timeline of Calgary in our class
  • we will be doing magnet experiments
  • we will continue to work on addition and subtraction story problems
  • we will have library on Tuesday


Important Dates:

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 29 - Nov. 2...

This week the students participated in a school wide pumpkin carving contest. We turned it into an afternoon of literacy and mathematical opportunities. We learned about adjectives when we described both the inside and outside of the pumpkin, estimated how many seeds were in the pumpkin and then counted them by fives as we scooped them out. 

"We won Best Family in our school’s pumpkin carving contest. We had five pumpkins and we worked in groups. We brainstormed adjectives to describe the inside and outside of pumpkins.  Gooey, smooth, slimy, sticky, oozy, yucky and fruity were some of the words we came up with. Then we designed the face we wanted with our group, we compromised and came up with a plan everyone agreed to. Then Mrs. Farrell cut the top off and we scooped out the seeds, putting them in groups of 5 and counting them. Then we carved the face. We put our pumpkins in the hallway and we named them Farrell’s Frankenstein Family."

Designing our pumpkin face with our group


Counting the seeds by grouping them in 5's


Pulling out the pumpkin Mrs. Farrell cut out


Our pumpkin display


Winner of "Best Family"



In Social Studies we continue to learn about the life of the early settlers in Calgary. We made butter from cream and all the students had a turn shaking it. Then we tired it on rolls. Delicious! The students would like to make butter every day : )




We started to talk about Remembrance Day and the significance of this day. The students made poppies using paper and sharpies.






Looking forward:

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting a special project involving letter writing
  • we will be having a Remembrance Day assembly on Friday
  • we will start to learn about magnets
  • we will be reading the story "Flat Stanley" and doing a project about it

Important Dates

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Fun Lunch orders due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct 22 - 26...

This week the we went  to Heritage Park to continue our learning about the history of Calgary. We heard stories of fur traders, First Nations peoples, and early settlers. We learned how communities developed and grew on the prairies. We tasted fresh bannock made on the open fire in the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort, felt different types of fur pelts and saw a lot of interesting artifacts in a trading post. We visited the original log home of Sam Livingston and his wife Jane and compared home life then and now. We explored other historical buildings and learned about jobs people did and the goods and services they relied upon. Our favourite building was the Blacksmith shop.


Trading Fort


Making bannock


Beaver pelt


Trading post


Sam Livingston's log house


Inside Sam Livingston's house


Blacksmith Shop


Sandstone building



In Science we learned about the states of matter and the water cycle. We did many experiments including making the water cycle in a baggie, making condensation with a kettle and a cold spoon, and we have on ongoing experiment about water evaporation. Ask your child to describe the water cycle to you : )




The water cycle in action in our window!


Evaporation!


States of matter video we watched:


Water cycle video we watched:

http://studyjams.scholastic.co...


Looking Forward...

  • Halloween on Wednesday. Costumes and party in afternoon
  • we will continue to work on place value in math
  • we will have some fun literacy and numeracy pumpkin activities and carve a pumpkin


Important Dates:

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - afternoon dress up and party

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23 - Fun Lunch orders due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct 15 - 19...

The students worked an art project based on our water unit in Science. 

"Our art was based on the book called "Water" by Frank Asch. The book was about different places where we find water. We used water colour paints to paint our own pictures of water. We used colourful paints on our pictures just like the book."

The storm...


Going on a boat ride in the ocean...


In Math, the students are learning about the meaning of place value to one hundred.

"We were using the tens and ones blocks this week in Math. They tell us the value of numbers. We built numbers. We learned to switch ones for a ten when we had ten ones. We played the game “Race to 100”. In this game you roll a die and build the number and keep adding every time you roll. We kept switching ones for tens when we could. The first person to 100 won the game."





This week we had buddies again and they helped up set up our passwords on the computers

"This was the best day ever!!!"


Looking forward...

  • Field trip to Heritage Park on Tuesday : ) Please make sure to send a lunch with the students. We will be there all day. We will be inside and outside throughout the day and the weather looks great!
  • Library is usually Tuesday but we will miss it due to our field trip. We will try to squeeze a book exchange in between other classes on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • we will continue our learning about place value in Math
  • we will be learning about the states of water and the water cycle in Science

Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!


Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 25 - last day to bring in Amazing Savings fundraiser order forms

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - party in the afternoon

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 9-12...

The students have been learning about water in Science this week. They compared the amount of water absorbed by different materials and discovered that water takes the shape of the container it is in. We learned new vocabulary like dissolve, opaque, translucent, viscous, density, molecules, cohesion, and surface tension. We had a guest speaker from The Alberta Science Network come to our class to talk to us and lead some experiments. 

"We had a guest speaker come to our class and taught us about water. She is hydro geologist, a scientist who looks for water under the ground. She uses drills to find the water and we were able to hold one. We got to see a screen, which gets sand and dirt out of water to make it fresh. We learned that water takes the shape of whatever it is put into. Water likes itself and it tries to stay together. She layered water, corn oil and rubbing alcohol into a glass. The water was the heaviest and stayed on the bottom, the oil was lighter than the water and stayed on top of it, and then she added rubbing alcohol and that was the lightest because it stayed on top of everything. We did two experiments. We stirred salt into water and then put sand in another cup of water and they we put a potato in each container. The potato sank in the sand water and floated in the salt water. The potato floated because the salt dissolved into the water and helped hold up the potato. In the next experiment we tested what materials absorb and which don’t absorb water. We tried foil, paper, paper towel, cloth, styrofoam, cardboard and wax paper."






In Math the students have been practicing strategies for addition and subtraction such as counting on, counting back and using a chart.

"We played a game called BUMP. We rolled dice and added them together. Then we took that number and subtracted it from 13. We put a counter on the answer. We could bump off our partner's counter if we got the same answer. If we got to put a second counter on our own counter we got to make a double like checkers and couldn't be bumped off. Whoever had the most doubles won the game".






We started buddies with Ms. Mercier's grade four class today. We will have buddy time twice a month helping us with reading, computers and other projects in our class.




Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • please return field trip forms by Friday at the latest
  • we will be starting to do place value in math
  • we will start to learn about the Settlers coming to Calgary
  • we will welcome a student from Bow Valley College who is studying to become an education assistant. She will be with us Tuesdays until December.

Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

If you are able to volunteer for the Halloween Dance on October 18th, you can sign up here. We look forward to a great evening with all of our families!

Oct. 15 and 16 - Alberta Health Services - Dentist Visit (K-2)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 1-5... 

The students have been working on developing their locomotor skills and playing games with body and space awareness in gym. Here's what they said...

"We have been playing games in gym this week. We have learned how to play Car Tag, Safety Zone Tag, Turtle Tag and the RPS game. RPS game stands for Rock, Paper, Scissors Game. This is how you play. You start off by playing rock, paper scissors with a partner. If you lose you have to turn around and sprint to the end of the gym. If you win, you take a ball and roll it, trying to hit your partner’s foot. If you hit your partner’s foot, you get a point. If you are running and don’t get hit by the ball, you get a point. The first person to five points wins the game. It's our favourite game!"

RPS GAME




Turtle Tag




Monday was Orange Shirt Day and we read a few stories and had discussions about Residential Schools and the impact these have had. Here are their thoughts...

"Monday was Orange Shirt Day. It is about Residential Schools. For many years, First Nations children were taken from their homes and put into residential schools. They weren’t allowed to speak their own language. They had to speak English and they were given new English names. If they spoke their own language, they would be punished. They didn’t have a lot of medicine; they didn’t have a lot of food. The teachers got a lot more food and better food then they did. Their hair was cut. Some children died from being sick. They were separated from their brothers and sisters. They were not treated nicely at the residential schools. The children felt like they didn’t matter. A lady from BC, Phyllis Webstad, decided to create Orange Shirt Day because before she went to Residential school she bought a new shiny orange shirt and when she went to the Residential School the teachers took all of her clothing including her new shirt and she never got it back. She missed her family very much. A few years ago she started Orange Shirt day so that people would learn about what happened at Residential Schools and the hurt that people feel. We made orange shirts and wrote why every child matters."


Phyllis Webstad


Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be having a guest speaker from the Alberta Science Network to come and talk to us about water on Wednesday
  • we will continue to work on "how many more than and how many less than" in math
  • we will start to learn about Writer's Workshop
  • we will focus on bowling skills in gym

Important Dates:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.


Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 10 - Room  12 Science Network Presentation

Oct. 11 - Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Outdoor Camp - 6:00 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 (Rooms 12 and 15)  Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween 

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet Presentation

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 24-28...

The students began to learn about the topic of "Exploring Liquids" in Science. They learned that water is our most important liquid, we use water in many ways, and that water is essential to life. Here are their reflections about it.

"This week we learned about water. We brainstormed on a big piece of paper with smelly markers and we wrote about what we knew about water. The next day we had ten science centres. There was a bucket of water at each station with different things we could explore with like tubes, funnels, syringes, cups, teaspoons, straws, bottles and eyedroppers. We noticed that when you pour water quickly out of a syringe it makes bubbles. When you shoot water up, it looks like a geyser. When you slowly squeeze an eyedropper full of water, you make a little bubble of water at the top. You can keep water still in the middle of a straw by holding both ends closed with our fingers. Some questions about water we wondered about were: How do floods happen? How do we get clean water? How does water help human and animal bodies? Why is water wet? How do waterfalls keep on going?"





We had a week full of Terry Fox activities to celebrate this Canadian hero. Here are the students' thoughts:

"We learned about Terry Fox this week. We watched a video and learned that he had surgery on his leg because had had cancer. They removed his leg when he was 18. He had a prosthetic leg so he could walk. He decided to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada but near Thunder Bay he had to stop because the cancer had spread to his lungs. He passed away when he was 22 but the Terry Fox run continues every September and so far 750 million dollars has been raised. He took a chance and never gave up. We wrote and drew pictures about Terry Fox this week and on Friday we ran in the Terry Fox run at school. The whole school ran 500 kilometers in total! Here is a song we sang about Terry Fox,"


Terry Fox Run at EMJ


Looking forward...

  • we will be working on how many more than and how many less than in math
  • we will be be doing science experiments about water
  • we will start to learn about Indigenous culture 
  • Monday is  "Orange Shirt Day", a day for us to acknowledge and learn about Indigenous children taken from their homes and put into residential schools. Please wear an orange shirt if you can on Monday.
  • Library on Tuesday

Important dates...

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day - wear orange

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

 


                                             

Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 17-20...

In Math the students worked on reading number words and matching quantities to twenty. Here are some of their thoughts:

"Yesterday we played the game WAR with the ten frames to twenty with a partner. Today we played another game. We matched a numeral (a new word we learned this week) with the number word and the amount. We also learned about subitizing (another new word), which is when you look at a number and know right away how many it is without counting!”



In Health we are focusing on developing effective interpersonal skills that demonstrate responsibility, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions. We learned about self-regulation through the Zones of Regulation program. This is what the students had to say:

"The zones of regulation are feelings that we feel. We learned about emotions in the four zones. The green zone is when we are happy and doing what we are supposed to do. The blue zone is when we are tired or sick. The yellow zone is when we get silly, frustrated, grouchy or annoyed. The red zone is when we lose control and get mad or angry or aggressive. We drew pictures to show each zone and made a bulletin board. We also wrote about the zones in our visual journals.


Looking forward...

  • we will be learning about Terry Fox
  • we will be starting an inquiry project about water
  • we will be making our own connections to stories read in class and writing about them
  • we will be starting our Home Reading program
  • we will be going to library on Tuesday

Important Dates...

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 10-14...

In Math the students worked on ordering numbers to 100. Here are some of their thoughts:

"We worked with the hundreds carpet this week to review our numbers to 100. The hundreds carpet is a carpet with a hundred grid. We have the numbers 1-100 that we put in their proper places. Everyone was given 4 or 5 different numbers and Mrs. Farrell timed us putting them in order on the blank hundreds carpet. It took us 13 minutes! Another game we played was when we threw an eraser on the blank hundred carpet and we had to figure out what number it landed on. We only had the number 5 on the carpet to figure it out! We had four carpets in our room and played in groups. It was a lot of fun!"



In Social Studies the students learned about cardinal directions. Here are some of their thoughts:

"We learned that Social Studies is learning about maps and people and places in the world. This week we started to learn about maps. We learned about compass roses and directions, North, South, East,  West, NW, NE, SE SW. We learned about symbols and legends and keys. We made a compass rose by cutting out pieces of magazines and putting them together like a collage. We glued them in our visual journals."


Looking forward...

Next week we are going to be learning how to spell number words to twenty and build numbers to twenty. We will continue to learn about self regulation, and strategies to be ready to learn and get along with others. We will reflect on the story we read on the first day of school, "What Do You Do With a Chance?" and write about how we have taken a chance at school this year. We'll also be doing another art project to put up on the bulletin board in our classroom.

Important Dates...

  • Thurs. Sept. 20th - Early dismissal 12:15 pm 
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9


Ms. Farrell

Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 17-21...

I want to say again how much I enjoyed teaching your children this year. They are fantastic kids and I am proud of each and every one of them. Thanks again to all of the parents for your amazing support. I have been truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of parents. Your continued support and positivity has helped myself and your child have a successful year. I also want to thank the parents in our school community for providing lunch for the staff on Friday. It was delicious and greatly appreciated by all of us! It is always a day staff looks forward to so thank you all!

We had a special guest artist in our class this week to teach us about the art of felting with lamb's wool. We created a lighthouse inspired by the Maritimes.








We are finishing up our non-fiction book about bees.




Reminders:

June 24 - Alternate Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am if it's not raining

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes - Dismissal at 12:15 pm




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 10-14...

The students learned about the game of lacrosse from Calgary Roughnecks player Dan Taylor.




The students patterned art with various materials. Together they created a honeycomb.





The students glued their realistic bee drawings onto honeycombs they made by tracing a hexagon block and painting it.



The students continue to work on their non-fiction book about bees.


The students created 3D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks.


The students learned about animal adaptations at the Calgary Zoo.






Looking forward...

  • please return all library books and home reading books
  • if your child will not be attending EMJ in September please let us know ASAP
  • we will be learning about the food and attractions of PEI
  • we will continue creating our non-fiction bee books
  • we will be working on measurement in math

Important Dates:

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of June 3 - 7...


  • Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.
  • A Great Opportunity: All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   Click to find out more: https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day


In gym the students worked on their soccer skills including dribbling, trapping and passing. 

"We can play a soccer game."



In math he students have been learning about the attributes of 3D shapes.

"We can identify 2D shapes in 3D shapes."


"We can identify the similarities and differences between a pyramid and a prism."


The students read the book "Bee Dance" Rick Chrustowski. It is about a honeybee doing a waggle dance to the other bees to let them know where and how far away the pollen is. This is a realistic fiction book so this happens in real life. The students noticed a math pattern problem in the book and figured it out using a T-Chart. The honey bee dances one second for every 3000 feet away the pollen is. If the honey bee dances for 5 seconds, how far away is the pollen?

Bee Dance

"We can use a T-Chart to figure out a real life problem."


The students learned how to draw a realistic bee. They followed along a website called Art for Kids Hub Website. Here is the video:

How to Draw a Realistic Bee

"We can draw a bee."



Looking forward...

  • please return all library books
  • zoo field trip on Thursday - dress appropriately - no sandals please
  • we will be finishing our realistic bee art 
  • we will be making patterned hexagons to form a honeycomb
  • we will be continuing to learn about 3D shapes
  • we will be continuing to work on the rough copy of our paragraphs about bees
  • we will be learning how to play lacrosse in gym


Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead Field Trip

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes - 12:15 DISMISSAL




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 22 - 31...

***We will be needing a few volunteers for two special days in June.***

1. Thursday, June 13 we are going to the Calgary Zoo all day. Volunteers will be needed from 8:30 - 2:30.

2.  Wednesday, June 19 we are going to have an artist in for the kids to create their own felt art. We will need a few volunteers in the afternoon (12:30 - 2:30). 

Many thanks if you can help out!!! Look for a note to come home early next week.

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyone's bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!


The students started a new math unit on shape and space. This week the focus was on 2 D shapes. They described, compared and constructed 2-D shapes with various materials.

"We can cut out shapes to put up in our classroom."


"We can create shapes on the geoboards."





"We can create figures from tangram puzzle shape pieces."






This week the students wrote a story inspired by a picture prompt. This piece of writing will be passed on to their grade three teacher!"

"We can create a story from a picture.





The students have finished their research on bees. Next step will be turning their jot notes into paragraphs and then publish their own non fiction book that will include a table of contents, glossary, bibliography, headings, subheadings and captions.

"We can independently search for important information from the internet and books."



Looking forward...

  • no more library exchanges. Please return all library books this week.
  • Tuesday - Ride to School Day
  • we will turn our jot notes into paragraphs
  • we will be starting 3D shapes in math
  • we will be creating some bee art
  • please send an empty can (size of a soup can) for a Father's Day gift we are making : )


Pokemon Cards

Many students have been bringing and sharing their Pokemon cards. To support positive peer interactions and maintain instructional time in classrooms, please review the following considerations with your child if they choose to bring Pokemon cards to school:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.

  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.

  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.


Important Dates:

June 4 - Wheel Week - Ride your bike/scooter/skateboard to school!

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 19 - Felting art for Rm. 12 and 15

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 21 - 25...

It's all about the bees here in Room 12 this week! The students are learning about honey bees and their importance in our world. 

"We can draw and describe the life cycle of an insect."


"We can search for bee facts on the computer." 


"We can take jot notes."


"We can use a graphic organizer to organize our information." 


"We can learn about bees from a real life bee keeper."


"We can explore a honeycomb."


"We can try on a beekeeper's gloves!"


'We can explore bumblebee hives."


"We can try on a beekeeper's protective suit."


In Social Studies the students are learning about Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island.

"We can create a brochure about PEI."


"We can describe the landforms of PEI."


We finished our unit on skipping this week.

"We can skip to rhymes in gym like MISSISSIPPI!"


"One, two, three, four, together, apart, together, on top!"


We finished off the week with our school wide participation in Jump Rope for Heart.

"We can skip to keep healthy and active."


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be continuing to learn about Prince Edward Island
  • we will continue our bee research which we will be turning into our own non-fiction book
  • we will be starting 2D and 3 D shapes in math

Upcoming events:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr. 4/5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 19 - Rm 12/15 Guest Artist - Felting 

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes (12:15 DISMISSAL)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of May 6 - 10...

In science the students are learning about small crawling and flying animals.

"We can create insect art out of painted paper collage."




The students have been working on solving increasing patterns story problems.

"I can create an increasing pattern. The top was increasing by two and the bottom was increasing by one."



The students created beautiful Mother's Day art and cards.

"We can paint Mother's Day pictures with water colour paints on a magnetic canvas."




"We can write to someone special in our lives."






The students learned about the parts of an insect.

"We can draw and label a diagram of an insect."



The students continue to learn about the features of fiction and non fiction text.

"We can sort fiction and non fiction features in a Venn Diagram."


The students started to learn about bees. They recorded what they already know and what they want to know on a class chart.

"We can make a KWL chart and think of questions about bees."



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting to learn about the Maritimes
  • we will be working on paragraph writing with a topic sentence, supporting details and a concluding sentence
  • we will start to do our own research about bees
  • we will be doing outside gym as much as possible so please wear hats and sunscreen on sunny days
  • please make sure your child has a pair of runners for gym. Sandals and flip flops are dangerous. Thank you!


Upcoming events:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 29 - May 3...

This week was "Hats On! for Mental Health". This is a day to spend more time focusing on the mental health of students in Alberta. We had great conversations about how we not only have to take care of our physical health but our mental health as well. We focused on positive self talk and how to turn a negative thought into the positive.


The students read the book "Raven, A Trickster Tale From The Pacific Northwest". They worked on a cross curricular project.


"We can create patterned art based on a First Nations legend."





The students continue to distinguish between fiction and non-fiction text.

"We can sort pictures between fiction and non-fiction"



In math the students are learning how to sort blocks according to attribute. 

"We can compare blocks according to colour, size, shape, and thickness. We picked a block to put into each circle on the poster and then compared them. Each line we drew means the blocks have the same attribute."


"Then we took the blocks off but left the lines. We switched spots to a new poster and had to figure out what blocks would make the lines work. It is tricky but we are getting it!" 


"Success! We solved the problem!"


The students reflected on the boats and buoyancy challenge.

"I can journal about my science project."



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will finish off our sorting and patterning unit this week
  • we will be learning about the parts of an insect
  • we will be working on a special project for a special person in the students' lives : )


Upcoming events:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes(beekeeper)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr. 4/5

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 22 - 26...

The students learned a new type of poetry this week called Diamante poems. They had to carefully select words to convey their message in their poetry.

“We can write a Diamante poem. We wrote poems about nature for Earth Day. Diamante poems are about two opposite things and we use nouns, verbs and adjectives. We read a story called Dear Mother Earth and talked about why it’s important to respect the earth and take care of it. We painted coffee filters blue for water and green for land to make an earth to go with our poems."




The students created and extended increasing patterns in math.

"We can create increasing patterns with manipulatives."


 

They also solved problems and created increasing patterns based on the book,"Rooster's Off to See the World" by Eric Carle.

"We can draw pictures and write equations to solve a problem. We can create increasing patterns with pictures."




Two turtles and three fish, three turtles and four fish, four turtles and five fish...

Two cats and three frogs, three cats and four frogs, four cats and five frogs (not quite finished!)...


The students created a flotation device that could carry a load without sinking or taking on water.

"We can make a boat that does not sink or take on water. Some of us had time to make a propeller to make it move in the water. We got to bring a toy to school as our load on the boat. We tested our boats with the water table from Kindergarten."







Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will work on number patterns to 100 in math
  • we will be starting to learn about insects
  • we will be practicing "Zooming In" on important information in non-fiction text

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade 2/3’s

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 15 - 19...

We had another extremely busy week in Room 12. This week it was particularly hard to choose which pictures to put on the blog as there were so many amazing ones to choose from! 

The students continued to create and extend repeating patterns and continued to work on identifying the core of the pattern. They also worked on pattern problems.




The students looked for patterns in the classroom, the school and outside. They stayed outside to finish math as it was such a glorious day!



The students worked outside for writing as well as it was so nice! Outside classroom on Thursday!



Writing conference!


This week was very special as we had Inuit author Michael Kusugak come and talk with the students about his childhood in Rankin Island and told traditional Inuit stories in both English and Inuktitut (the Inuit language). He was mesmerizing!



In science the students did several experiments about sinking and floating as well as water displacement.

Challenge: Can you design a boat out of plasticine that will float?



Water displacement:


Challenge: Can you make a cork sink and a nail float using various materials?




Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be working on increasing patterns and number patterns in math
  • we will be designing a flotation device to hold up a toy
  • we will be focusing on comprehension of non-fiction text

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 8-12...


Dear Parents,

Would you be able to send headphones or earbuds for your child to use on the computers at school? We will be doing a few projects on the computers and will be needing them. The dollar stores carry them and they are very inexpensive.

Thank you very much!


The students have been working on their keyboarding skills. Here is a link to a website for practice at home:

Dance Mat Typing

"We can type using the home row on the computers."


The students described, reproduced, extended and created repeating patterns.

"We can create patterns using manipulatives."



"We can create a pattern that has a core that starts the same as it ends."



"We can identify the core of a pattern and name the pattern."


"We can identify a pattern rule."


The students worked on an integrated art/math project based on the book "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris. Here is the link for the story if you want to watch it. We also read and discussed the book "Pattern Bugs" by the same author.

Pattern Fish Book on You Tube

Pattern Bugs Book on You Tube


"We can show a pattern in different ways like colour, shape, size and direction."




The students participated in off-site physical education this week with swimming lessons. This is such an important and potentially life saving skill. Thank you to all the volunteers who came and helped us!

"We can swim!!!"



Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • guest speaker, Michael Kusugak (Inuit storyteller and author) on Tuesday
  • class photos on Wednesday
  • we will be continuing patterns in math
  • we will continue our new topic in science, "Boats and Buoyancy
  • no school on Friday (Good Friday) and the following Monday, April 22 (Professional Day)

Upcoming events:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of April 1-5...

It was so nice to see the students this week! It sounded like everyone had a wonderful break. The weather was nice and there was a lot of riding bikes and playing on playgrounds. We quickly got back into the swing of things in Room 12!


Here is the link for the Claymation project of the Inuit legend, The Polar Bear Son that the students in Room 12 and 15 worked so hard on:


Polar Bear Son Claymation


In language arts the students learned about compound words.

"We can make compound words by putting two words together to make one new word."



The students engage in guided reading every day and it occurred to me that I have not included a picture of this important part of our day. Decoding words and comprehension are worked on in a small group basis.

"We can read out loud in a group and discuss the story."


"We can do word work to help read words."


In math the students continued to practice double digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping as well as worked on a few problems. We worked on a rubric together to show how to fully answer a story problem to earn full marks. Showing work, writing the equation and answering in a complete sentence is what we are looking for.




In science the students learned about things that sink and float as an introduction to the topic of "Boats and Buoyancy".

Sink and Float Video

"We can experiment with things that sink and float. We were surprised the domino floated. We can make a paperclip float or sink depending on how we put it in the water, sideways or up and down."



In gym the students used paddles to engage in badminton type activities.

"We can throw birdies in the air and hit them with a racquet".


"We can hit the birdie with a partner."


The students logged onto Chromebooks for the first time with the help of their buddies.

"We can get onto Google Drive."


Looking forward...

  • we swim every day, don't forget your swimsuit and towel : )
  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting patterns in math
  • we will continue our new topic in science, "Boats and Buoyancy"
  • we will be working on our keyboarding skills on the Chromebooks

Upcoming events:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 18 - special presentation for Rooms 12 and 15 - Inuit storyteller and author Michael Kusugak

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating Gr. 4/5




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of March 11-15...

The students learned how to subtract two digit numbers with and without regrouping.

"We can subtract two digit numbers. We know when we have to borrow a ten and when we don't have to borrow a ten."


The students participated in a variety of dances in gym.

"We can do the Cha Cha Slide, the Bunny Hop, Lollipop, African Dancing, Cotton Eyed Joe and the Chicken Dance."



The students finished their Hot and Cold Insulation Challenge in science.

"We can make an insulator that stops an ice cube from melting for one hour. The ice cubes melted on the first try. We adjusted it and it worked! We needed to add more layers."




The students finished their Claymation project. It should be ready for viewing for Parent Teacher Conferences!

"We can retell an Inuit legend using plasticine."


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be continuing to add and subtract two digit numbers
  • we will be learning about food instability in Nunavut
  • Parent Teacher Conferences next Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday 


Upcoming events:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 19 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of March 4-8...

The students have been reading Inuit legends including "The Polar Bear Son". They each had a part in a Reader's Theatre version of the story.

"We can read a Reader's Theatre script and record our voices into the microphone."

Image result for the polar bear son



The students participated in various dances and games with the SoundKreations dance residency all week.

"We can do Hip Hop dancing! We learned the five elements of Hip Hop. We learned the Robot Dance. We played some games like Hip/ Hip/ Hop, Dance Phone and Dance Circle."




In Science the students participated in a final project for our Hot and Cold unit. It is an insulation Challenge: "Can you design an insulator that will prevent an ice cube from melting for one hour?" Step 1: Planning with a partner.

"We can draw an insulator that we think will keep the ice cube from melting."




Insulation Challenge - Step 2: Build it from the blueprint.

"We can use different materials to build our invention so the ice cube doesn't melt in an hour. We can self assess on how well we worked with our partner."




The students have been researching the Snowy Owls of the Arctic. They learned about their habitat, appearance, enemies, young, and adaptations. They dissected an owl pellet and found many animal bones, teeth and feathers from the animals the owl had eaten.

"We can dissect an owl pellet and draw and a label a realistic picture. At the beginning it sounded disgusting but then we got into it and it was cool and exciting to find bones."





Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be making our claymation based on "The Polar Bear Son"
  • we will be testing our insulator for our Hot and Cold Challenge
  • we will be learning about double digit subtraction
  • we will be learning more about Inuit clothing and throat singing
  • special guest coming on Wednesday to talk to us about water in the world


Upcoming events:

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.     

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22  -  Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 25 - 28...

Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day...


In math the students are learning how to add numbers to 100.

"We can use base ten blocks to add bigger numbers. We can add with and without regrouping. We always start with adding the ones!"



In their ongoing studies about the Inuit culture, the students learned about the game Iyaga that Inuit children play. A hollow piece of bone is attached to another piece of bone by a sinew cord. The bone that's shaped like a stick is held in the hand and the hollow bone is tossed in the air. The player must catch the hollow bone on the stick.

"We can make a game and try to get the solid bone into the hollow bone."





In science the students learned how animals are insulated from the cold weather through fur, feathers and blubber. The students participated in a blubber lab where they experienced cold water with and without blubber insulation (lard!)

"We can keep our blubber layered hand in the ice water a long time. The blubber trapped our body heat. Without the blubber our other hand was cold and we had to take it out right away. We could keep the blubber hand in for a lot longer!"



Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting double digit subtraction
  • we will be working on an insulation project
  • we will be recording our Reader's Theatre project based on the book "Polar Bear Son"
  • SoundKreations Dance Residency
  • SoundKreations Assembly Friday, March 8 - 9:30 am for our class


Upcoming Dates:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

March 8 - Student Performances (9:30 am or 11:00 am) Sound Kreations

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.   

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book   

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 19 - 22...

The students learned how and why the Inuit build igloos. They had fun in the snow trying to replicate an igloo.

"We built igloos out of snow. Igloos are a type of shelter of the Inuit people. You need a certain kind of snow to build it - hard and sticky"

We can work cooperatively in groups to build igloos...




In science the students learned about the the role of insulation in keeping things hot or cold.

"Insulation keeps our houses warm. In the winter it keeps the heat in and the cold out. In the summer it keeps the heat out. Insulation helps decrease our heating bills. Thermoses keep the heat inside it and keeps hot things hot like hot chocolate or soup. Coolers keep things cold. Clothes are insulation for us. On cold days we wear things like jackets, scarves, gloves, boots, hats, snow pants to insulate us and keep us warm."

We can decide what outdoor clothes are better insulators than others...


In gym the students participated in parachute games including the Wave, Nascar, Popcorn, Colour Group Switch and Mushroom. The parachute is a very good workout for the arm muscles!

"We made waves in different levels. We made a mushroom cloud and we sat in it. The shape is called a dome. We lifted up the parachute and Mrs. Farrell called the colour groups and we all ran under it. That game was called Colour Groups. We played Popcorn and made balls bounce on the parachute like popcorn popping."

We can do the wave...


We can make "The Mushroom". Yes, we are all in there!


We can make balls pop like popcorn!


The students have been listening and discussing Caldecott winning books for the last few weeks. These are books that won awards for the illustrations. This week the students were given a Caldecott nominated book to read in small groups. Then they had to judge the book based on certain criteria. They summarized the story to the class and justified why they gave the book the scores.

"The book "Dreamers" had artwork as colourful as a rainbow. The pictures were detailed. They helped tell the story of what was going on. We gave it a 4 in all areas".

We can read a story to a group...


We can listen to a peer read a story...


We can assess s story based on specific criteria...


We can summarize a story and justify our judging...


Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting double digit addition
  • we will be making an Inuit craft
  • we will be learning about animal insulation
  • we will be starting an insulation project


Upcoming Dates:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day (wear pink to support anti bullying day)

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Dance Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Dance performance (9:30 for our class)

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 11 - 15...

The students made Valentine's Day bags to collect their valentines during our party.

"Making our Valentine's Day bags made us feel happy and it was really fun to do. Valentine's Day is about kindness, friendship and love."

We can cut and draw hearts...



In gym the students learned about the sport of Curling. They learned how to sweep, throw a rock, and how to keep score.

"We try to put the rock into the house and get it closest to the middle which is called the Button. We were playing a game where we were sweeping the floor with curling brooms and whenever Ms. Farrell put up the green sign that said "HURRY" we would sweep, and when she held up the sign that said "WHOA" we would stop." 

We can sweep...


We can run relays with a broom...


We can throw the rock into the house...



The students have been working on "Painting Word Pictures" during writing lessons to help readers visualize what is happening in the text they are writing. They wrote a class poem together and added verbs, adverbs and adjectives to make it more detailed. 

"We all wrote a poem together about winter. We edited it three times to add more details."


I knew it was winter because...

On Monday, I saw one big white snowman throwing snowballs at the old house.

On Tuesday I saw two teenaged boys sledding down a steep, bumpy hill.

On Wednesday I saw three fast skiers flying and crashing into a snowy pine tree.

On Thursday I saw four white, lacy snowflakes falling down on my tongue.

On Friday I saw five shiny snow forts slowly melting in the hot, shining sun.

On Saturday I saw six big snowballs being thrown at the giant snowman.

On Sunday I saw seven Canadian geese flying south for the winter.

And that's how I knew it was winter!


The students learned about Inuit games.

"We played Inuit games -  walrus races, seal races, back push and elbow pull. The games are about strength. You have to be strong to survive in the Arctic".


We can do the Back Push...



We can do the Elbow Pull...


We can do seal and walrus races...



Looking forward...

  • Monday Feb. 18 - Family Day -  No School
  • Library on Tuesday
  • we will be talking about insulation in science
  • we will be doing a Reader's Theatre Inuit legend


Upcoming dates:

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (Hip Hop Dance)

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly (9:30 for our class)

March 12 – School Council Meeting  

March 14 - Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm

 



Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Feb. 4 - 8...

The students represented their learning of the Inuit culture through various art materials.

"The umiak is a big boat the Inuit people use to hunt big animals like walruses and whales. They also use it to travel to places to visit other people and trade with them. The frame of the umiak is made from driftwood or whale bones and it was covered with walrus skin. Umiaks can hold up to twenty people. The kayak is a small boat for one person. The Inuit use it to fish and hunt  animals like seals sea birds and caribou. The kayak is made out of seal skin, driftwood and  whale bones."


We can understand how the land influences the way of life of the Inuit people...







The gymnasium was being used for our One World Drum Residency so we had gym in our classroom this week. 

"We were throwing and catching scarves with different body parts".

We can throw and catch...




The students learned about the Caldecott award given for illustrations in books. They learned about the history of the award and read Caldecott award winning books. They watched last year's winner, "The Wolf in the Snow".  The students decided it won the award because:

"The pictures told the story. There were almost no words, just some sound effects. The pictures really described what was happening in the story and how the characters felt. The illustrator was very talented at drawing. The wolf was realistic. Everything was white except the red parka. It looked cool"


We can think critically about the illustrations in a book...


The students participated in a "One World Drum" residency at school. 

"We learned that there are many types of drums in Africa and we played the drum from West Africa, the Djembe. It is a type of hand drum. We learned  how to play the drums keeping the beat. Our instructor played his Finger Drum for us from North Africa".

We can keep the beat on a drum...




In math the students worked on estimating quantities when given a collection of items. They made sets of 5 to find the actual amount.

We can estimate and we can count by 5's...





Looking forward...

  • bake sale Monday at recess. Items $1.00
  • library on Tuesday
  • we are going to learn how to curl in gym
  • we will do a few more surveys and graphs in math
  • Valentine's Day party Wednesday afternoon
  • Teacher's Convention Thursday and Friday - No School
  • Family Day Monday - No School


Upcoming Dates...

February 11  – Curling - Rocks and Rings 

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 28 - 31...

In science the students identified ways in which the temperature in homes and buildings can be adjusted and learned how heat is circulated through the school building and through their own homes. They went on an "In-School Field Trip" to the boiler room. Don't worry, they did not go in, they just looked!



Also in science the students described how heating and cooling materials can often change them. This week the focus was on heating materials - chocolate chips!


The students performed basic gymnastic skills in an obstacle course using various equipment. Mission Impossible is definitely a highlight of the year!





The students are practicing applying mental mathematics strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts to 18 in a variety of ways. The students had just a few seconds to look at different arrays of dots and figure out how many there were altogether (subitize). Afterwards they shared their strategies to show how they came up with their answers.

Double fives plus two equals twelve...


Six twos equals twelve...


Looking forward...

  • Library on Tuesday
  • Winter Walk on Wednesday - dress for the weather
  • One World Drum residency, we hope you can come see us at our performance at 8:30 am
  • we will be reading Inuit legends
  • we will be learning about line plots in math
  • we will be juggling scarves and doing yoga in gym
  • Mathletics login information came home today. Please look in your child's backpack for it.
  • please send back the white report card envelopes to be reused in June


Upcoming dates:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly (8:30 am for our class)

February 11 – Curling - Rocks and Rings 

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 8 - SoundKreations Assembly 

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 21 - 25...

The students continue to learn about the geography and culture of the Inuit community. 

"The Nunavut flag has an Inukshuk on it. The red is for Canada and the blue is for the sky and the ocean and the gold represents the land and the white represents the snow.



The students continue to engage in a variety of writing activities to represent their ideas. This week they learned about Cinquain poetry. Cinquain poems have five lines. The first line is the topic, the second consists of two adjectives, the third has three verbs, the fourth is a four word phrase that conveys a feeling and the last line describes the topic again with one word. As a class they created cinquain poem and then planned and wrote their own. Here is the class poem:


Hockey

Fast game

Scoring, skating, flying

Exciting to watch Johnny

Flames


"We wrote cinquain poems about pineapples, puppies, space, sports, and kittens. We could choose to write about whatever we wanted."

We are poets...




In science the students are exploring the question, "Does heating or cooling materials change them?"  

"We added food colouring to water, poured it into ice cube trays and put them in the freezer. The next day they were ice. We went outside to the front of the school and we built Inukshuks with them."






The students continued to learn different locomotor and non locomotor skills in our unit on gymnastics. This week we added equipment such as mats, tressles, and ladders for the students to participate in station work.

"In gymnastics we had stations and we added the climber stations on Thursday. We went on bars and ropes. We went on the ladders, tressles and benches. The crash mat was one of our favourites."

We can balance on a beam...


We can climb over a tressle...


We can travel on a ladder...


We can use a bead board...


We can jump in the air...


Looking Forward...

  • we will start Mission Impossible in gym
  • we will play Inuit games and learn about the Inuktitut language
  • we will continue to work on data collecting and graphing in math


Important Dates:

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - 8:30 am for us (Room 12) 

February 11 – Rocks and Rings - special guest to teach us about curling

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Jan. 14 - 18...

The students continue to work through the writing process through Writer's Workshop. This format allows students work at their own pace while creating stories with characters, settings, problems, events and solutions.

"There were two people that finished their stories and they got their stories published. We love Writer's Workshop because we can think of our own ideas."

We can edit our own story...


We can illustrate our own story...


In Social Studies the students have started to learn about the Arctic and the Inuit people through the inquiry question "How does the land influence the way of life of the Inuit people?". They learned where the Arctic was on the map and learned all about the iconic landmark, the Inukshuk.

"We made our own paintings of an Inukshuk. Mrs. Farrell brought a sculpture of an Inukshuk to our class for us to see. The Inukshuk helps the Inuit people find their way home and where the good hunting is. The land of the arctic is very white. Pure land, nothing in it's way. There are caribou, seals, walruses, polar bears, orcas, wolves and arctic char."


We can draw an Arctic landscape...


We can paint with watercolour...


We can create Inukshuk art out of paint, pastel and paper...



In Science the students learned that thermometers provide a helpful way to measure and describe the hotness or coldness of things.

"We learned that there is a stem and a bulb on a thermometer and there is red liquid called mercury. We used the thermometer to put into hot water and the mercury went up and when we put it in the cold water the mercury went down. We made our own thermometers that we can move."

We can measure in degrees Celcius...


We can make a thermometer...


Almost done, just need to write in the negative sign for the numbers below zero...


We watched a video about temperature...


Looking Forward...

  • we will be working on surveys and graphing in Math
  • we will be measuring the temperature of different rooms in our school
  • we will be learning more about Iqaluit, Nunavut and the climate and geography of the region


Important Dates:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - 8:30 am for Room 12!!! Please plan on joining us if you can.

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (there will be a guest in the school to teach us about curling)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teacher's Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch




Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Our first week of 2019 was a busy one. Here is a peek at our learning...

In Math the students have been working with manipulatives called "Cuisenaire Rods" to further develop their number sense. 

"Cuisenaire rods have specific colours with different lengths. Each one has a value from 1 - 10. We made addition equations with them and then we did equivalent equations with them, where you need to make one equation that equals another one."

We can explore with manipulatives...


We can add one and two...


We can make part, part, whole...


We can add...


We can make equivalent equations...


In Science the students started a new unit on Hot and Cold Temperatures. They brainstormed what they already knew about the topic, watched a few videos, and worked on a page in their visual journal about things that are hot and things that are cold.

We can identify hot and cold items...



Here is one of the videos they watched about Hot and Cold:


In Gym the students started a new unit on educational gymnastics.

“We made bridges with our bodies, facing the ceiling and facing the floor. We travelled on the mats in different sizes like high, medium and low. We did animal  travels like frogs, bears, gorillas, crabs, and mules. We have been balancing on different body parts. We’ve been doing stretching like Superman, flagpole, butterfly and plank to warm up."

We can do the plank...


We can make a bridge on four body parts facing the floor...


We can do a mule kick...


In Language Arts the students have been working on identifying characters, feelings, settings, problems, events and solutions in stories. They used a new tool, called "The Braidy", to help remember all of these elements when retelling a story.

We can retell a story...


Looking Forward...

  • we will be working on estimating, skip counting, fact families, and missing addends in Math
  • we will start to learn about the Inuit culture
  • we will be working on mats and benches in gymnastics
  • we will write a Cinquain poem


Important Dates:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly - Information to come home next week

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (there will be a guest in school to teach us about curling)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teacher's Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch




Room 12 wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Dec. 10 - 14.

The students have been engaged in listening to different versions of the "Gingerbread Man" including "The Gingerbread Baby", "The Gingerbread Cowboy", and "The Gingerbread Boy". They compared and contrasted characters, setting, plot and solutions. To celebrate the stories we made our own gingerbread people.

"Today we decorated gingerbread cookies with M and M’s and icing. Mrs. Farrell’s mom, Grandma Judy, made them for us. She came to our classroom this morning to help us. We saved them to eat at home."


In Math the students continue to solve problems that involve addition and subtraction.

"We got a big piece of paper and worked with a partner to solve math problems Mrs. Farrell gave us. The paper was sticky at the back and we stuck it on the wall and worked there. One of the problems was that there were 20 legs at the North Pole. We had to figure out who we saw. The choices were Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus, elves and reindeer. There were many solutions to this problem. The other problem was that we were given some money and we had to figure out what we could buy with it. We could buy cocoa, chocolate Santas, sugar cookies, candy canes, rice Krispies, and gingerbread men but we only had $20.00."



We also continue to use personal strategies for adding and subtracting and compare and order numbers up to 100. Our buddies helped us get on to the website "Mathletics" to practice these skills and concepts. Login information will go home in January so you can be access the website at home.



The students did a wonderful job singing in the Winter Concert. I am very proud of them!

"We sang two songs at the Christmas Concert. One of them was “We are Santa’s Elves” and the other was “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year”. The songs are from the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Some of us were nervous, but when we performed we weren’t nervous anymore. We were excellent!!!"


With the gym set up for the concert, we did some yoga to get some exercise with Room 15. Check out the link...

Cosmic Yoga


Looking forward...

  • we will be having Christmas centres in math to practice number concepts
  • we will finish our magnet project in Science
  • we will finish our parent gift
  • we will do a craft with our buddies
  • we will make a gingerbread house on Thursday
  • we will be caroling in the gym this week 
  • PJ day on Friday


Important Dates:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day - No School




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Dec. 3 - 7.

We are working on our final magnet project. The students are creating posters of some type of village with a roadway going through it. Most of them are making some sort of "Gingerbread Candy Land" or "Winter Wonderland". They will create their own magnet wand next week and be able to manipulate a car (or reindeer or Santa's sleigh!) through the paper around their village. Their creative juices are flowing and are adding amazing details to their work.



We started Writer's Workshop this week in order to create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends, settings, and main characters that perform actions. Writer's Workshop allows students to personalize their writing using their own ideas and work at their own pace through the writing process (planning, rough copy, editing, conferencing, good copy, illustrating and publishing).

As a class we created a story plan together called "The Night the Reindeer Went Missing". The students had amazing ideas as how to find the reindeer. At last Santa used a big magnet to attract the reindeers sleigh bells. I love that they incorporated their Science learning in our story! We have been using our plan to write a class story with paragraphs, juicy words and details.

The students then started their own story plan and have started to write their rough copy.





We started floor hockey in gym. The students were practicing their stick handling, passing and shooting skills.



Looking forward...

  • book fair next week
  • we will finish our magnet project
  • we will continue to practice strategies for basic facts and work on some Christmas problems in math
  • we will continue with our story writing
  • we will have our Christmas concert on Thursday. Please plan on coming to either the 9:00 am or 6:30 pm performance. Please have your child at school at 6:00 pm Thursday night for the concert. They can come up to our room at that time.


Upcoming Dates:

December 10 to 13 - Book Fair (students can purchase books during the day)

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 18 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assemblies - more info to come in January




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 26 - 30.

We did several experiments with magnets this week in order to learn that magnets can attract through materials like paper and cardboard, magnets have south and north poles, and magnets have different strengths.

"We learned that magnets are strong enough to go through cardboard and paper. South and south poles repel each other and north and north repel but north and south attract each other. The wand magnet is the strongest magnet."

We created art using magnetic marbles on top of a piece of cardboard and a magnet wand underneath the cardboard to move the marbles through the paint.



Testing magnet strength




Making a suspended magnet move, jiggle and shake with other magnets! It's all about north and south poles!



We learned how to put words in order by first and second letter. We brainstormed how we use alphabetical order in every day life. The students were surprised how often it is used every day like books in libraries, attendance and even the mailboxes in our classroom.




This week we participated in a new activity to learn spelling patterns in words and become better decoders. It is called Making  Words. 



In gym we blended the scooter boards with our basketball skills. What fun!


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting to create a final project for our magnet unit 
  • we will be learning about odd and even in math
  • we will be starting Reader's Theater in our guided reading 


Upcoming Dates:

December 7 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

December 10  - Please bring in candy for our gingerbread houses and math activities

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 - Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 - Vaccinations #2

December 21 - Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 - Winter Break

January 7 - classes resume




Sunrise Wednesday morning. We certainly have a lovely view upstairs at EMJ!


Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 19-23...

In Science the students distinguished materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not.

"We did an experiment to find out what things are magnetic and what aren’t. We made a fishing rod out of a piece of string, a pencil and a horseshoe magnet. We made a prediction if it would attract or not and then we fished for objects. We recorded our results. We were surprised that some of the keys we fished for were not magnetic and some were. We were also surprised that the tab from a pop can was not magnetic."



In Social Studies we continued to learn and appreciate how our city emerged. 

"We finished our research about Calgary’s history. Then we made a timeline of the special events on the bulletin board in our classroom. We put up our research, dates and pictures. Calgary is called the sandstone city because after the great fire of 1886 buildings were built with sandstone from the Bow and Elbow rivers instead of wood."



We had a few presentations from the grade five and sixes from Rm. 17/18 this week. They worked hard on creating informative presentations on Google Slides. We listened to two presentations, one on bullying and one on littering. The students asked thoughtful questions including "Why do people bully in the first place?" and "What should we do when we see bullying?" 




In gym we finished our basketball unit...

...and started our scooter board unit!


We started to read Mrs. Farrell's all time favourite book,  Charlotte's Web! 


Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will continue to experiment with magnets
  • we will continue to work on story problems in math as well as work on doubles and doubles plus one 
  • we will start Writer's Workshop and start creating our own stories


Important Dates:

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - No School

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert  - we will be performing! 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 12-16...

This week in math the students created story problems that involved addition and subtraction. We had problems about unicorns, rainbows, guacamole, cats, dogs, hockey and all sorts of other things the imaginative students of Room 12 thought of!






In Social Studies, the students started their first research project of the year. They were partnered up and given information and artifacts about important people and events in Calgary's history. They read for important information and recorded their findings. This week we focused on Calgary's history up to the Canadian Pacific Railway being built. Next week we will continue researching Calgary's major events up until present day.

Research...



 A few of examples of their learning...

"In 1875 a troop of North West Mounted Police came to the prairies to bring law and order to all the fighting that was going on. They found two rivers (the Bow and Elbow) and thought it would be a nice place to build a fort. So they built a fort and called it Fort Brisebois after Inspector Brisebois, the head of the North West Mounted Police."

"Sam Livingston was one of the first settlers in Calgary. He and his family had big gardens and sold vegetables to the Mounties in Fort Calgary. He had a very large family of 14 children and his wife was Metis. There is a school named after him in Calgary. We visited their actual house at Heritage Park."

"Fort Calgary was built in 1876. It was first called Fort Brisebois because the captain’s name was Ephrem Brisebois and he named it after himself. People didn't like him so they changed the name to Fort Calgary two years later. There is a street in Calgary called Brisebois Drive named after him."



We learned about another Reading Power this week. It is called visualizing. It is when we see pictures in our heads when we listen to or read stories. This helps us have a better understanding of what we read. The students were read a story but were not shown the pictures. They had to draw their visualizations throughout the story. 



Visualizing based on the book "Mushroom in the Rain" by Mirra Ginsburg



Looking Forward...

  • we will have Library on Tuesday
  • we will continue exploring magnets
  • we will complete our research of Calgary's history and create a timeline in our classroom
  • we will continue our work on story problems in math as well as continue to commit to memory our basic facts


Important Dates:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm - Parent Teacher Conferences 4 - 8 pm

Nov. 22 - NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferences 8 am - 1pm

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - No School

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Nov. 5 - 9...

The students continue to learn about our great country Canada. We started a few projects this week to increase our understanding of the country we live in. One of them is having PEN PALS!!! Mrs. Farrell's cousin is a grade three teacher in New Maryland, New Brunswick. The students are staring to write to each other to find out about each other, find out about each other's cities, how we are similar and different and of course to master the art of letter writing. We are also going to SKYPE this year so we can see each other in person. We received their letters this week and have been writing back to them. The kids couldn't wait to work on their letters during writing times this week. We know they read our blog so we want to say "HI!!!" to our pen pals : )


A letter from a New Brunswick student and a letter back.


We also painted and labeled a Canada map.



We started a new Science unit on magnets this week. We have not stopped our water project but we have other Science units to cover. This week we had free exploration discovering properties of magnets. Some questions we had about magnets were, "How do they stick together? How come some metal doesn't stick? Why do magnets follow you? Why are some magnets stronger than others?"





We had a guest speaker from the City of Calgary Water Services this week... one of our students' dads!!! He came and talked to us about Calgary's drinking and waste water. 

“We learned that there are only three things that can go down the toilet. The three P’s – poo, pee, and toilet paper. There are three plants that clean Calgary’s water from the Bow and the Elbow rivers. Baby wipes are actually not flushable. They get stuck in the pipes and the machines get overloaded. There are so many wipes removed from the water plants that they would weigh as much as 60 T-Rex's!!! Nothing but the three P’s down the toilet!"



Looking Forward...

  • we will be starting a Flat Stanley Canada Project
  • we will be staring a research project on Calgary's history and creating a timeline of Calgary in our class
  • we will be doing magnet experiments
  • we will continue to work on addition and subtraction story problems
  • we will have library on Tuesday


Important Dates:

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 29 - Nov. 2...

This week the students participated in a school wide pumpkin carving contest. We turned it into an afternoon of literacy and mathematical opportunities. We learned about adjectives when we described both the inside and outside of the pumpkin, estimated how many seeds were in the pumpkin and then counted them by fives as we scooped them out. 

"We won Best Family in our school’s pumpkin carving contest. We had five pumpkins and we worked in groups. We brainstormed adjectives to describe the inside and outside of pumpkins.  Gooey, smooth, slimy, sticky, oozy, yucky and fruity were some of the words we came up with. Then we designed the face we wanted with our group, we compromised and came up with a plan everyone agreed to. Then Mrs. Farrell cut the top off and we scooped out the seeds, putting them in groups of 5 and counting them. Then we carved the face. We put our pumpkins in the hallway and we named them Farrell’s Frankenstein Family."

Designing our pumpkin face with our group


Counting the seeds by grouping them in 5's


Pulling out the pumpkin Mrs. Farrell cut out


Our pumpkin display


Winner of "Best Family"



In Social Studies we continue to learn about the life of the early settlers in Calgary. We made butter from cream and all the students had a turn shaking it. Then we tired it on rolls. Delicious! The students would like to make butter every day : )




We started to talk about Remembrance Day and the significance of this day. The students made poppies using paper and sharpies.






Looking forward:

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be starting a special project involving letter writing
  • we will be having a Remembrance Day assembly on Friday
  • we will start to learn about magnets
  • we will be reading the story "Flat Stanley" and doing a project about it

Important Dates

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Fun Lunch orders due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct 22 - 26...

This week the we went  to Heritage Park to continue our learning about the history of Calgary. We heard stories of fur traders, First Nations peoples, and early settlers. We learned how communities developed and grew on the prairies. We tasted fresh bannock made on the open fire in the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort, felt different types of fur pelts and saw a lot of interesting artifacts in a trading post. We visited the original log home of Sam Livingston and his wife Jane and compared home life then and now. We explored other historical buildings and learned about jobs people did and the goods and services they relied upon. Our favourite building was the Blacksmith shop.


Trading Fort


Making bannock


Beaver pelt


Trading post


Sam Livingston's log house


Inside Sam Livingston's house


Blacksmith Shop


Sandstone building



In Science we learned about the states of matter and the water cycle. We did many experiments including making the water cycle in a baggie, making condensation with a kettle and a cold spoon, and we have on ongoing experiment about water evaporation. Ask your child to describe the water cycle to you : )




The water cycle in action in our window!


Evaporation!


States of matter video we watched:


Water cycle video we watched:

http://studyjams.scholastic.co...


Looking Forward...

  • Halloween on Wednesday. Costumes and party in afternoon
  • we will continue to work on place value in math
  • we will have some fun literacy and numeracy pumpkin activities and carve a pumpkin


Important Dates:

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - afternoon dress up and party

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23 - Fun Lunch orders due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct 15 - 19...

The students worked an art project based on our water unit in Science. 

"Our art was based on the book called "Water" by Frank Asch. The book was about different places where we find water. We used water colour paints to paint our own pictures of water. We used colourful paints on our pictures just like the book."

The storm...


Going on a boat ride in the ocean...


In Math, the students are learning about the meaning of place value to one hundred.

"We were using the tens and ones blocks this week in Math. They tell us the value of numbers. We built numbers. We learned to switch ones for a ten when we had ten ones. We played the game “Race to 100”. In this game you roll a die and build the number and keep adding every time you roll. We kept switching ones for tens when we could. The first person to 100 won the game."





This week we had buddies again and they helped up set up our passwords on the computers

"This was the best day ever!!!"


Looking forward...

  • Field trip to Heritage Park on Tuesday : ) Please make sure to send a lunch with the students. We will be there all day. We will be inside and outside throughout the day and the weather looks great!
  • Library is usually Tuesday but we will miss it due to our field trip. We will try to squeeze a book exchange in between other classes on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • we will continue our learning about place value in Math
  • we will be learning about the states of water and the water cycle in Science

Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!


Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 25 - last day to bring in Amazing Savings fundraiser order forms

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - party in the afternoon

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 9-12...

The students have been learning about water in Science this week. They compared the amount of water absorbed by different materials and discovered that water takes the shape of the container it is in. We learned new vocabulary like dissolve, opaque, translucent, viscous, density, molecules, cohesion, and surface tension. We had a guest speaker from The Alberta Science Network come to our class to talk to us and lead some experiments. 

"We had a guest speaker come to our class and taught us about water. She is hydro geologist, a scientist who looks for water under the ground. She uses drills to find the water and we were able to hold one. We got to see a screen, which gets sand and dirt out of water to make it fresh. We learned that water takes the shape of whatever it is put into. Water likes itself and it tries to stay together. She layered water, corn oil and rubbing alcohol into a glass. The water was the heaviest and stayed on the bottom, the oil was lighter than the water and stayed on top of it, and then she added rubbing alcohol and that was the lightest because it stayed on top of everything. We did two experiments. We stirred salt into water and then put sand in another cup of water and they we put a potato in each container. The potato sank in the sand water and floated in the salt water. The potato floated because the salt dissolved into the water and helped hold up the potato. In the next experiment we tested what materials absorb and which don’t absorb water. We tried foil, paper, paper towel, cloth, styrofoam, cardboard and wax paper."






In Math the students have been practicing strategies for addition and subtraction such as counting on, counting back and using a chart.

"We played a game called BUMP. We rolled dice and added them together. Then we took that number and subtracted it from 13. We put a counter on the answer. We could bump off our partner's counter if we got the same answer. If we got to put a second counter on our own counter we got to make a double like checkers and couldn't be bumped off. Whoever had the most doubles won the game".






We started buddies with Ms. Mercier's grade four class today. We will have buddy time twice a month helping us with reading, computers and other projects in our class.




Looking forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • please return field trip forms by Friday at the latest
  • we will be starting to do place value in math
  • we will start to learn about the Settlers coming to Calgary
  • we will welcome a student from Bow Valley College who is studying to become an education assistant. She will be with us Tuesdays until December.

Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

If you are able to volunteer for the Halloween Dance on October 18th, you can sign up here. We look forward to a great evening with all of our families!

Oct. 15 and 16 - Alberta Health Services - Dentist Visit (K-2)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Oct. 1-5... 

The students have been working on developing their locomotor skills and playing games with body and space awareness in gym. Here's what they said...

"We have been playing games in gym this week. We have learned how to play Car Tag, Safety Zone Tag, Turtle Tag and the RPS game. RPS game stands for Rock, Paper, Scissors Game. This is how you play. You start off by playing rock, paper scissors with a partner. If you lose you have to turn around and sprint to the end of the gym. If you win, you take a ball and roll it, trying to hit your partner’s foot. If you hit your partner’s foot, you get a point. If you are running and don’t get hit by the ball, you get a point. The first person to five points wins the game. It's our favourite game!"

RPS GAME




Turtle Tag




Monday was Orange Shirt Day and we read a few stories and had discussions about Residential Schools and the impact these have had. Here are their thoughts...

"Monday was Orange Shirt Day. It is about Residential Schools. For many years, First Nations children were taken from their homes and put into residential schools. They weren’t allowed to speak their own language. They had to speak English and they were given new English names. If they spoke their own language, they would be punished. They didn’t have a lot of medicine; they didn’t have a lot of food. The teachers got a lot more food and better food then they did. Their hair was cut. Some children died from being sick. They were separated from their brothers and sisters. They were not treated nicely at the residential schools. The children felt like they didn’t matter. A lady from BC, Phyllis Webstad, decided to create Orange Shirt Day because before she went to Residential school she bought a new shiny orange shirt and when she went to the Residential School the teachers took all of her clothing including her new shirt and she never got it back. She missed her family very much. A few years ago she started Orange Shirt day so that people would learn about what happened at Residential Schools and the hurt that people feel. We made orange shirts and wrote why every child matters."


Phyllis Webstad


Looking Forward...

  • library on Tuesday
  • we will be having a guest speaker from the Alberta Science Network to come and talk to us about water on Wednesday
  • we will continue to work on "how many more than and how many less than" in math
  • we will start to learn about Writer's Workshop
  • we will focus on bowling skills in gym

Important Dates:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.


Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 10 - Room  12 Science Network Presentation

Oct. 11 - Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Outdoor Camp - 6:00 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 (Rooms 12 and 15)  Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween 

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet Presentation

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 24-28...

The students began to learn about the topic of "Exploring Liquids" in Science. They learned that water is our most important liquid, we use water in many ways, and that water is essential to life. Here are their reflections about it.

"This week we learned about water. We brainstormed on a big piece of paper with smelly markers and we wrote about what we knew about water. The next day we had ten science centres. There was a bucket of water at each station with different things we could explore with like tubes, funnels, syringes, cups, teaspoons, straws, bottles and eyedroppers. We noticed that when you pour water quickly out of a syringe it makes bubbles. When you shoot water up, it looks like a geyser. When you slowly squeeze an eyedropper full of water, you make a little bubble of water at the top. You can keep water still in the middle of a straw by holding both ends closed with our fingers. Some questions about water we wondered about were: How do floods happen? How do we get clean water? How does water help human and animal bodies? Why is water wet? How do waterfalls keep on going?"





We had a week full of Terry Fox activities to celebrate this Canadian hero. Here are the students' thoughts:

"We learned about Terry Fox this week. We watched a video and learned that he had surgery on his leg because had had cancer. They removed his leg when he was 18. He had a prosthetic leg so he could walk. He decided to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada but near Thunder Bay he had to stop because the cancer had spread to his lungs. He passed away when he was 22 but the Terry Fox run continues every September and so far 750 million dollars has been raised. He took a chance and never gave up. We wrote and drew pictures about Terry Fox this week and on Friday we ran in the Terry Fox run at school. The whole school ran 500 kilometers in total! Here is a song we sang about Terry Fox,"


Terry Fox Run at EMJ


Looking forward...

  • we will be working on how many more than and how many less than in math
  • we will be be doing science experiments about water
  • we will start to learn about Indigenous culture 
  • Monday is  "Orange Shirt Day", a day for us to acknowledge and learn about Indigenous children taken from their homes and put into residential schools. Please wear an orange shirt if you can on Monday.
  • Library on Tuesday

Important dates...

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day - wear orange

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

 


                                             

Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 17-20...

In Math the students worked on reading number words and matching quantities to twenty. Here are some of their thoughts:

"Yesterday we played the game WAR with the ten frames to twenty with a partner. Today we played another game. We matched a numeral (a new word we learned this week) with the number word and the amount. We also learned about subitizing (another new word), which is when you look at a number and know right away how many it is without counting!”



In Health we are focusing on developing effective interpersonal skills that demonstrate responsibility, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions. We learned about self-regulation through the Zones of Regulation program. This is what the students had to say:

"The zones of regulation are feelings that we feel. We learned about emotions in the four zones. The green zone is when we are happy and doing what we are supposed to do. The blue zone is when we are tired or sick. The yellow zone is when we get silly, frustrated, grouchy or annoyed. The red zone is when we lose control and get mad or angry or aggressive. We drew pictures to show each zone and made a bulletin board. We also wrote about the zones in our visual journals.


Looking forward...

  • we will be learning about Terry Fox
  • we will be starting an inquiry project about water
  • we will be making our own connections to stories read in class and writing about them
  • we will be starting our Home Reading program
  • we will be going to library on Tuesday

Important Dates...

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween




Here is a peek at our learning for the week of Sept. 10-14...

In Math the students worked on ordering numbers to 100. Here are some of their thoughts:

"We worked with the hundreds carpet this week to review our numbers to 100. The hundreds carpet is a carpet with a hundred grid. We have the numbers 1-100 that we put in their proper places. Everyone was given 4 or 5 different numbers and Mrs. Farrell timed us putting them in order on the blank hundreds carpet. It took us 13 minutes! Another game we played was when we threw an eraser on the blank hundred carpet and we had to figure out what number it landed on. We only had the number 5 on the carpet to figure it out! We had four carpets in our room and played in groups. It was a lot of fun!"



In Social Studies the students learned about cardinal directions. Here are some of their thoughts:

"We learned that Social Studies is learning about maps and people and places in the world. This week we started to learn about maps. We learned about compass roses and directions, North, South, East,  West, NW, NE, SE SW. We learned about symbols and legends and keys. We made a compass rose by cutting out pieces of magazines and putting them together like a collage. We glued them in our visual journals."


Looking forward...

Next week we are going to be learning how to spell number words to twenty and build numbers to twenty. We will continue to learn about self regulation, and strategies to be ready to learn and get along with others. We will reflect on the story we read on the first day of school, "What Do You Do With a Chance?" and write about how we have taken a chance at school this year. We'll also be doing another art project to put up on the bulletin board in our classroom.

Important Dates...

  • Thurs. Sept. 20th - Early dismissal 12:15 pm 
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9


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Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0