Week of June 17 – 21

We would like to say a special thank-you to all parents who helped with the staff appreciation lunch on Friday. It was delicious and we really enjoyed it!

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, if you haven’t already.

This week…

         We had a special presentation this week from Google. Students were given the chance to practice their coding skills and made their very own Google illustrations on the computer. They also had a glimpse at virtual reality when they tried the Google Cardboard.

         In language arts, this week we took time to review kindness and respecting each other. One lesson demonstrated how rumors can spread quickly and once something is said to another person, it can never be taken back.

         The grade fours went outside to do some math review questions. Students were put into groups and participated in The Amazing Race Math Review! Groups were challenged with different questions that focused on different outcomes that were taught this year.


         We wrapped up our science unit with a review and a Kahoot quiz about plants. Ask your child how they did on the test!

Next week…

         Students will complete their paper bag books on Alberta and will do their last observation on the radish plants before taking them home. Students will be taking the majority of their materials at home on Tuesday and are encouraged to bring an extra bag to bring their things home.

         Sports day has been rescheduled due to weather for Monday morning. Please make sure students are dressed for the weather.

Important dates…

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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


Week of June 10-14

Sports Day At EMJ

 Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

This week…

            We had the privilege of having a Roughneck’s player Dan Taylor introduce skills required for Lacrosse. Students had an amazing time on Monday and Tuesday this week practicing with the balls and learning some tricks. We ended each lesson with different game relays.


            In math this week students reviewed area of different rectangular shapes by measuring objects around the classroom and outside in the field and playground.

            In science students have continued to explore the different parts of a plant and looked at the life cycle of plants. We went outside to identify the different life cycles of a dandelion. Ask your child if they can remember which part of the life cycle these pictures represent.


Looking forward…

            We will continue building our Touring Alberta Paperbag Book. This explores the different attractions, and celebrations that happen within Alberta.

            The teachers have planned a special activity to review what students have learned this year 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 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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


Week of June 3-7

This week…

            In ELA students did a reading response to a Currents4Kids article about the Toronto Raptors. The response included what they visualized, felt, and words that stood out to them within the article.

            Students had an opportunity to share their Heritage Figures with the class. Some choice to share and talk about the different symbols they chose to use and what culture or country they represented.


            Mrs. Shank’s math group worked on an “Extreme Home Makeover” project. Students were architects this week, as they made the blue prints illustrating their dream home. Once the blue prints were made, students analyzed their work by identifying the area and perimeter of most rooms.


Looking forward…

            Next week, students will continue examining plants in science and will look into what happens to plants when their water gets polluted.

            Our focus in ELA next week will be on reviewing books we have read this year.

Important dates…

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 27 – 31

Pokemon Cards

Many students have been enjoying 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:

  • Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.
  • 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.
  • Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

This week…

         We had a great time in-line skating this week! Many students improved greatly throughout the week and they got to play a couple games like “battleship”.

         Mrs. Higgs’ math group worked with Venn Diagrams this week. Students selected two categories and displayed the diagram. The rest of the group needed to guess the categories. Can you figure out these categories? Look carefully it may not be what you think…


         Students in Mrs. Shank’s math group used Carroll Diagrams to answer logic problems. They read clues and used the diagram to keep track.


Looking forward…

         In science, we will continue examining plants and their parts. For social studies, we will be looking into the celebrations around Alberta.

Important dates…

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 everyones 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!!!

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 21-24

Inline skating starts Monday. Anyone who has not returned the permission form needs to bring it on Monday in order to participate.

This week…

            Friday was our wrap-up event for Jump-Rope-for-Heart fundraising. Students celebrated by skipping together as a whole school.

            In science students learned about the different parts of a flower. Ask your child what they can remember.

            Math groups have been wrapping up fractions and decimals units. We have looked at solving riddles to identify decimals and fractions. Students also played matching games to relate fractions to decimals.





            Our art project this week gave students a chance to learn about 3D shapes. Students made both rectangular prisms and triangular prisms using card stock and yarn!


Looking forward…

            Next week students will continue their work on their heritage figure in social studies. We will look into how multiculturalism relates to the values and attitudes of people living in Alberta.

            Students will be doing a final assignment for our poetry unit next week.

Important dates…

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 6-10

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!

This week…

Students have been continuing their work with fractions and have been introduced to decimals. Some math groups have looked at how factions and decimals are related. Other students worked on identifying the place values of different decimal numbers up to hundredths.


            We have started our next science unit learning about plant life. Students analyzed basic needs of humans and compared that to the basic needs of plants.


            In art this week, students created a piece that was symmetrical. For this project, students used Miras to trace the reflection of their drawing.


            Ask your child what they know about one room schoolhouses.

Looking forward…

            In social studies, we will be moving into our unit of Alberta’s Celebrations and Challenges.

Important dates…

May 13 – Grade 4 guest speaker

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

            


Week of April 29 – May 3

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!

This week…

Students had an amazing week demonstrating all the hard work that they did for the past few months in music class. The Spring Concert was a great success. Thank-you to all of our students, you did a fabulous job!

In science, students displayed their final projects this week. Each Rube Goldberg system needed to include 3 simple machines and work independently (without a person helping). Ask your child how their machine came together in the end.

We played the second round of our Fur Trade Game in Social Studies. This gave the students a chance to learn from their previous experience, and involved an unexpected twist! Ask your child about how this game was played.

Looking forward…

We will continue our work with fractions and some math groups will move on to decimals.

In language arts, we will be starting our unit on figurative language and poetry.

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


Week of April 23-26

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.

The Spring Concert is this Thursday May 2nd! Our class is performing a short play that they created with Ms. Dafoe in music class. Show times are at 9am and 6:30pm. All students need to arrive at school for 6pm for the evening performance. They will need to meet in our classroom ready to perform.

This week…

Here are some examples of activities that students may be doing during our word work time. At the beginning of each day students work independently of a set of words that are categorized in a certain way. These tasks are designed to help students identify the patterns within words.


Our math groups are moving on from division into factions and decimals. Mrs. Shank’s math group started by matching pictures to the proper fraction.

This student is sorting the fraction cards into equivalent fractions.

Students continue their work in science to create a Rube Goldberg Machine. Many have been faced with problems that they have had to solve as a group. Make sure to ask your child how their project is going!


Looking forward…

Our current read aloud book, Frindle, will be our inspiration for a writing piece in language arts.

In social studies, we will be playing the Fur Trade Game one more time next week.

Important dates…

May 2 - Spring Concert - Show times 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

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 twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


Week of April 15-18th

This week…

Students go a good start on their Rube Goldberg task. Make sure to look at the blog next week for some the finished products! Thank-you to those who have brought in materials for their group and others. Students can still bring in anything they may need for the project.

In math, many students have practiced the steps in completing long division! Each question has had a 2-digit dividend and 1-digit divisor.

In Language Arts students have been focusing on the skill of researching. They used the search engine Kiddle to ask questions about their chosen topic. Students were to find 5 new facts about the topic and created their own questions to guide the research.

Looking forward…

The information that students collected during research will be put into a report or presentation of their choice. A few students plan to do a piece of writing on the topic, while others plan to complete a Google Slide presentation.

In social studies, we will be looking into Alberta’s past during the Fur Trade. Students will get a firsthand idea about what it was like to barter and trade between the Indigenous communities that were here and the new comer Europeans.

Important dates…

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


Week of April 8 – 12

This week…

            Students did a scavenger hunt to identify the different simple machines that can be found around the school. They used the pictures to create a display to label the type of simple machine.


            In math, this week we continued to work on our basic facts in division. Mrs. Higgs group worked with different manipulatives to divide in a variety of ways. Students divided the objects into group and recorded what they did using a division equation. Students who were with Mrs. Shank this week practiced division by completing four different centers. In one of these centers, students worked through a number of word problems where they needed to decide whether they needed to divide or multiply to get the answer.


            In gym students learned the basic skills in badminton. They practiced serving and hitting the birdie to a partner. Finally, our class got to practice rallies with doubles across the nets.

Looking forward…

            Next week in science students will be starting their Rube Goldberg projects. Students are encouraged to bring any needed materials on Tuesday.

            In language arts, students will be working on independent research projects. Once they have done the research they will presenting their findings.

Important dates…

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


Week of April 1-5:

The grade 4 teacher team will be doing a short demonstration during the School Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th. We will be giving an example of one math activity that we have done with the grade 4 classes.

This week…

It was a very busy first week back at school. On Monday, we had a presentation in the morning on internet safety. This presentation brought to light many misconceptions about the internet and how to stay safe. It also covered awareness about internet citizenship and responsibility.  

In science, students tested their catapults on accuracy and distance. Students learned they type of simple machine a catapult is and labeled the different parts.

Students demonstrated knowledge they acquired during our Alberta Indigenous unit in social studies. Before spring break students has started a paragraph that highlighted some of the information that they learned. This past week they created a triorama that reflected the information within the paragraph.


Our art lesson explored the element of line and how lines create depth and texture. Students also applied our daily mindful practice during the lesson. Individuals worked independently and created a piece of art using only lines. They did this while listening to calming music and working in a quiet space.


Looking forward…

In social studies, we will be taking some time to look at the current events within Alberta. We will take a close look at the election and the platform that the major parties are proposing. For this we will be using the website www.icanparty.ca as well as the party’s independent websites for information.

Students have been continued to be encouraged to practice basic multiplication facts as it will help them with the corresponding division facts. Next week we will continue to work on division facts and will be going into questions with higher 2-digit dividends.

Important dates…

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

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

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


Week of March 11-15

Please be aware that Parent-Teacher Interviews are on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. Thursday is early dismissal and Friday there is no school for students. See below for the link to book an interview. If your child has an IPP please book for a half-hour, otherwise all appointments are 15 minutes. If you have any questions or concerns please email us.

Emails:

jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In language arts we are working on making connections through writing. We started this by writing an identifying emotions paragraph. Students would write a situation when they felt a certain emotion without specifying the exact emotion.

We explored levers in science. Students were given an opportunity to use a small lever to life a book and were challenged in finding how fulcrum placement can make the work harder or easier. Ask your child about the levers you can find in our everyday lives.

All math groups worked on the skills and steps for 2 to 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication equations. Students were provided with two strategies to solve these types of questions and were given the opportunity to pick the one they feel is most successful for them.

Looking forward…

Next week in social studies, students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning about the traditional Blackfoot culture and ways of life.

All students will be assessed on multiplication basic facts and 2 to 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication equations. It would be beneficial for all students to review basic multiplication facts.

Important dates…

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 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


Week of March 4 – 8

This week…

We started off the week by looking at an article about Canada’s new food guide that was released in January. The article came from Currents4Kids.com, which is a website that provides current events articles at a level in which our students are able to understand. As a class, we explored the main idea within the article and students spent time examining unknown vocabulary. After reading this text for a third time, students wrote a reflection and identified connections they had made. Ask your child about the new Food Guide.

In social studies this week, students were given the opportunity to examine the importance of the land to the Blackfoot people.

Our gym class this week was full of excitement and loud music! Sound Kreations came in to teach a dance to the students and play some games. We had a great time and it was wonderful to see so many parents at the performance on Friday morning.


Looking forward…

In math, all groups will be practicing the skills and steps needed to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit equations and 3-digit by 1-digit equations.

Students will be learning about levers next week in science.

Important dates…

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

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


Week of Feb. 24 – 28

Next Week

Sound Creation is going to be at our school all next week.  The students will be learning some Hip Hop dance moves.  Room 6 will be performing their dance on Friday morning at 11:00am in the gym.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the show. 

This week…

The students enjoyed the coding workshop they participated in on Wednesday afternoon.  They learned how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights.  They had the opportunity to program a “monster” to perform dance moves.

Here is the website they were using:   makecode.microbit.org


In science, students continued to learn about gears by building with Lego Kits. They looked at the direction in which gears turn in relation to each other and how the number of gears can affect the speed. 



On Thursday, we had an opportunity to meet with our buddies in the library. At this time, we discussed books that both classes have been critiquing. Leading up to this time, students were meeting in groups to participate in a Mock Caldecott, and choosing the top three out of ten books. Students examined and compared books based on the illustrations, the artistic medium that was used and how the illustrations helped support the story.


Students participated in a number of cooperative games this week in gym. They worked in groups and were faced with different challenges, such as moving a ball from one end of the gym to the other without using hands.





Looking forward…

In social studies, we will continue to build our researching skills on the computer. Students will be taking a closer look at the importance of the land in the eyes of the Blackfoot culture.

We are moving forward in math, as we will begin multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. Students will be introduced to a couple strategies and will be encouraged to pick one they are most comfortable with.

Important dates…

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 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume


Week of February 19 – 22

This week…

Please be aware that a form was sent home with your child on Friday that gives information about our upcoming unit in Health.

Students were very excited and focused on Tuesday this week when Artfelt Studio’s taught us about felting. For this project students demonstrated their understanding of Alberta’s landscape to create a work of art.


In language arts, students have been discussing a variety of picture books and comparing them based on specific criteria. We have talked about how pictures can help move a story and appeal to kids. We have also explored the different types of mediums used in art and how illustrators use those mediums in different ways.

Looking forward…

Next week students will be given an opportunity to be introduced to the concept of coding. We will finish our work with analyzing picture books and will be discussing these with our buddies.

Important dates…

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


Week of February 11 – 13

This week…

Students had a wonderful opportunity to learning about curling. Rocks ‘n Rings came to the school and brought equipment that allowed students to try out the game and learn the rules.


In science this week students used specialty lego kits to construct different simple machines. They started with a pulley and will continue to explore with these materials next week.

Our math groups continue to practice and develop strategies to solve basic fact multiplication questions. Students are encourage to start review basic facts up to 9 X 9 at home.

Looking forward…

On Tuesday Artfelt Studios are coming to our classroom. This activity will allow students to explore with a different medium in art, wool. It will also be a good review of the different landforms that are found in Alberta.

Our focus for social studies next week will be on the Blackfoot Nation within Alberta and specifically how they hunted and used the buffalo.

In language arts students will be evaluating books based on the illustrations and vote for which one they think is best to win our school’s Mock Caldecott Award.

Important dates…

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

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


Week of February 4-8

This week…

Drumming! We had an exciting week with three sessions of drumming and a performance on Friday morning. Thank-you to all the parents that were able to make it out for the drumming.

Students have been reviewing and examining what it means to be a friend. We have talked about the different qualities that we look for in our friends and why we continue to be friends. Students created a mind map that highlighted a particular friend. They used these mind maps to help them write a paragraph about that particular friend.


In social studies, students worked on their researching skills. Students worked with a group to find the answers to the questions that they developed about the Indigenous groups within Alberta.


In math, students continue to work on multiplication. We have been looking at arrays and Mrs. Shank’s math group worked on a problem that involved designing different boxes of chocolate. Here are some of the attempts at solving it.




Looking Forward…

Next week in gym we will have an opportunity to try curling with the company Rocks and Rings.

Monday the Me to We club at our school is having a bake sale. They are raising money for Strong Kids, which is an organization that sends kids to camp.

In science, students will continue to explore different types of simple machines. They will be given the opportunity to put these machines into action. Make sure to check the blog next week to see pictures of their creations!

Important dates…

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

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 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 28 – 31

Notifications…

Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

One World Drumming will be coming to our school this coming week. We will be having a small performance on Friday, February 8th. Parents are welcome to attend.

This week…

In math students explored how array can help to solve multiplication facts. Mrs. Shank’s group used different manipulatives to represent all the different arrays that can be made with a given number. We used this information to sort and discover prime numbers and composite numbers. These new terms have been added to our word wall in math.


Students were given the opportunity to discover how pulleys make work easier. We used scales to determine how much work is needed to lift a load. Students then attached the load to a pulley and used the scale to measure the effort needed to lift the load. Ask your child what happened when they used a pulley.


In gym, we finished Mission Impossible. Ask your child if they were able to do the impossible and get through the whole course.

Looking forward…

Next week in language arts we will be looking deeply into friendships and what it means to be friendly. From this we will construct reflective writing pieces about our friends and our own abilities to be a good friend.

In social studies we will be focusing on our inquiry and research skills. Students have worked with other to develop a question about Alberta’s Indigenous culture from the past. Next week they will work together to find the answers to their questions and will use Google Slides to present their findings.

Important dates…

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 - One World Drum Performances - 8:30 am and 10:30 am - All Welcome!

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

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 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of Jan. 21 -25

This week…

Our class started a number of different units this week. In social studies we started exploring the history and stories of people in Alberta’s past. This week we learned about Writing on Stone Provincial Park and how the First Nation group in that area told stories by carving and drawing pictures on the stone. We created our own stories through pictures and attempted to use paint to tell our stories. It was not as easy as it looked!


In science, we started our unit on wheels and levers. Students were challenged to move a book across the desk with as little effort as possible. They discovered that pencil crayons could be used as a roller. The next challenge was to move a student using a large tub and broom handles.


Our new unit in math is multiplication! We started the unit by defining multiplication and using “groups of” to solve equations. Miss. Mercier’s and Mrs. Shank’s groups both played a dice game called “In the Dog House” to practice this skill. Mrs. Higgs’ math group used pictures to explore doubles and double, doubles!












We also had a chance to be with our buddies this week. We helped our little buddies to login into the computers and introduced them to Mathletics.


Looking Forward…

In gym next week students will be very happy to hear that we have Mission Impossible to wrap-up our gymnastics unit. This is one of the most popular events in gym all year. Many students enjoy the challenge and set personal goals and need to do problem solving to get through the course.

Our topic for language arts next week will be on friendships and writing paragraphs that readers can make connections too.

Important dates…

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

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly x2

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 14 – 18

This week…

Students have continued to work on balance and shapes in gym this week as we continue our gymnastics unit. We used balances and the science concept of shadows to complete an art project. Students used aluminum foil and paper to create a sculpture of person in a gymnastic balance. We then used flashlights to shade in the shadow of the figure. 














This week students came home with an artifact that demonstrates how shadows change throughout the day. Ask your child how this works.

We also looked at optical illusions. Do you see an old lady or a young lady? 

In language arts, students were given the opportunity to watch The Secret of Nimh after we finished the novel. As a class, we have been brainstorming how these pieces of media are the same and different. Next week we will continue this work by sorting and constructing a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the book and movie.

Looking Forward…

In math students will be placed into their new math groups for the multiplication unit. We will begin the unit by defining multiplication and some groups may begin working with arrays.

Students will be introduced to the new unit in social studies where we will explore the stories and history of people in Alberta.

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 x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 7 - 11

This week…

We had a wonderful first week back at school. Students got busy right way with many different activities and tasks.

In science this week students were introduced to the terms translucent, transparent, and opaque. We used a flashlight to explore the meanings of the words and demonstrated our understanding by create a piece of abstract art.



In social studies we took a closer look at Natural Resources that can be found in Alberta and explored ways that we use them everyday. Students worked together to brainstorm how we use the different resources. 


Mrs. Shank’s math class was working with money this week. We counted money, made change and even learned how to include tax with a calculator. Students practiced these skills by creating a booth for a classroom “market








Looking Forward…

In gym we are continuing with gymnastics. Students will work on the matts with balances, bridges, and ways to travel. Please make sure to help your child remember to wear the proper clothing.

Students will be exploring how shadows are formed in science and in language arts students will be doing a comparative writing piece.

Important dates…

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens

January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

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 x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of December 10 – 14

I apologize for the late post this week. I was having some tech difficulties this weekend. Remember that Friday morning is our last day before winter break and we will be celebrating with pajama day.

Please remember to send in donations for the food drive. This year we are accepting both food and cash donations.

This week…

A number of our students were a part of the Winter concert in a Choir or Handbells. It was a wonderful performance as the students’ hard work paid off.

In Social Studies students were excited to start planning their “trip” to an Alberta National Park. For this project students learn about the different activities that are available in Banff and Jasper National Parks. They are introduced to the number of ways that National parks protect the land and animals within the park. This project also links to math, as students are given a budget of $10 000 to spend.

Students studied the effects of concave and convex lenses. 

Looking forward…

Next week in math we hope to continue with subtraction and wrapped it up by the end of the week. We also hope to complete our story writing unit.

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


Week of November 26 -30

 Reminders…

*Box Cards were due on Thursday. Please send any unwanted boxes or orders back to school as soon as possible.

*Please note that Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th not 7th as the 7th is a PD Day and there is no school for students.

This week…

During language arts this we used our skills in paragraph writing to write a book recommendations. Each student chose a book that they personally read or a book that has been read to them.

Science this week was very exciting as student explored the concept of refraction. Ask your child to show you a “magic trick” with a glass of water and a drawn arrow.

Today we spent a lot of time with our buddies. We invited our buddies to join us in gym to do Go Noodle. Our buddies then came to our class to start an art project. The grade 1’s explored what happens when white or black is added to a colour; while the grade 4’s learned the terms monochromatic and tone.

Looking forward…

Mrs. Shank’s math group, as well as Ms. Mercier’s math group, will continue to explore and practice subtraction questions that involve regrouping.

Students are excited to view their commercials about a region of their choice.

Important dates…

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

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


Week of November 19 – 22

This week…

Thank-you to all the parents that were able to make it out for Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was good to touch base about your child. If you were unable to make it and are interested in meeting, please send us an email so we can set-up a time. jmshank@cbe.ab.ca jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week in Language Arts students practiced writing in paragraph form. We looked a number of paragraphs and had an opportunity to organize a set of sentences into a paragraph. Our paragraph this week was about Basketball.


We started our next unit in science, Light and Shadows. Ask your child about the math room…

Students explored the concept of intersecting lines during art.


Looking forward…

Students are excited to record their commercials next week for the Alberta regions. In science we will be exploring how light travels. Mrs. Shank’s group for math will be moving into subtraction. Mrs. Higgs’ math group will be working towards 3-digit addition.

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


Week of November 12 – 17

This week…

In math, students continue to work on basic fact addition and subtraction questions. Groups have started to talk about math vocabulary that is related to this unit and Mrs. Higgs math group has started to build their math word wall. If you are wondering how you can help out with your child’s math skills, ask them to teach you a few games that help with basic fact recall in addition. Some of these games include Addition War, Nine Plus, Guess My Number, and Go Fish to 10.

Earlier in the week we wrapped up our science unit of Waste in Our World with students creating paper quilting squares that promoted ways that others can help our world. This activity allowed students to apply their knowledge that they acquired during the unit.

Later in the week, students were introduced to the next unit in science, which is Light and Shadows. In order to get an idea about what students already know about this unit we went into the library as a class and were the first ones to use the whiteboard tables! Students wrote down thoughts on what they “know” about light, as well as any “questions” they had about the unit. 


Looking Forward…

In social studies, students are excited to continue their work on the regions. They started the next project on the regions where they demonstrate what they have learned through the creation of a commercial. Students work in groups to write a script, practice acting out the advertisement, and then we will help to record the finished products in front of the green screen!

As we move forward in language arts, students will be applying the skill of writing complete sentences that we have been learning and will begin to write a paragraph. We will continue to review and revise our work looking for complete sentences while we explore different parts and forms of writing.

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


Week of November 5 – 9

This week…

Our highlight of the week was our field trip to Heritage Park on Thursday. Students enjoyed learning about parts of Calgary’s history and how people use to do things in the past. The students got a chance to use some creativity by designing and assembling a quilting square. This involved some mathematical thought as they used shapes and fractions to complete the task.  Next students were given the chance to try an old-fashioned tool, a hand-powered drill to make a toy. Lastly, students worked in groups to develop cars that would drive with only an elastic band to power it. Ask your child what they learned from this experience.


Students in grade 4 have been participating in daily Math Talks. During this activity students are posed with a question or problem to solve or think about. They are then encouraged to share their thoughts or understanding with others. Students may do this to by sharing a strategy, adding-on to someone else’s explanation, or revoice what another student has shared. As a team we are participating in this activity in hopes to develop student’s understanding of math concepts through deeper thinking and active participation. 

In social studies this week students played a version of Jeopardy. This game tested their knowledge of the natural regions of Alberta. It included information about the land, animals, plants, and location of these regions.

Looking forward…

In language arts next week we will be looking into topics related to health outcomes that are within the program of studies. We will be talking about friendships and healthy ways to deal with different feelings, such as anger.

We will be closing the unit of Alberta’s natural regions with a small group project where students will be creating a commercial for a region. Students are not aware of this project yet but will be given the details on Monday.

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)


October 29 - November 2

Picture Retakes are on Tuesday, November 6th.

This week...

We had a busy and exciting week! The students enjoyed carving our pumpkin for the school-wide pumpkin carving contest. Everyone created a “mini me” to place in our jack-o-lantern’s mouth. Our’s won the prize for “most unique”.Halloween was lots of fun!

In science we learned about symbols that identify hazardous waste.The homework that was sent home is due on Tuesday. Please help your child search for products around your home where you can find these symbols.

In math we continued doing games, songs, and activities to help the students round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Ask your child to help you round prices at the grocery store or round numbers to make estimates for how many people are at a Flames game or in our school. Giving them real life experience with this skill will help them see the importance of learning how to do it correctly.We are looking forward to beginning addition and subtraction next week.

Looking forward...

Next Thursday is our field trip to Heritage Park. Please ensure your forms are back to school on Monday. Pack an extra large lunch for your child on that day. Students are often more hungry when we are on field trips. We will be participating in 2 programs, Auto Motion and Building Connections to Our Past.

Friday is our Remembrance Day assembly at 9:00. You are welcome to join us as we honour men and women who have fought for our freedom.

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. 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)



October 22 – 25

Picture orders are due Monday, October 29, 2018

This Week…

Students participated in a simulation activity during science class this week. Students represented different animals and they needed to gather paper pieces from around the room; that represented food. Students did a number of rounds and were hindered in different ways to represent how plastic can affect wild animals. After the activity students were posed with the question “What does this teach us about the dangers of plastics in our environment?” Ask your child about the game and what they learned from doing the activity. 

We have been constructing complex sentences in language arts this week. Students are acting as detectives that are given a clue that answers one of the five w’s that are answered in a sentence. They create the other clues and use them to create a sentence as their Case Summary. Ask your child if they can recall the 5W’s?

In math we have continued with our Place Value unit. Mrs. Shank’s group has explored rounding through a Math Talk and a rounding game called round it. Check this link to hear the rounding song that students in Ms. Mercier’s group learned.

Looking forward…

Wednesday is Halloween! EMJ students are welcome to bring their costumes to school to dress-up for the afternoon portion of the day. All students need to be aware that they are not allowed to wear their masks or bring any sort of weapon that may come with the costume. We suggest that students may bring the mask to show others, but will need to keep it off their face to ensure they can move around safely. If you have any questions please email one of us. jmshank@cbe.ab.ca jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

In language arts, students will build their vocabulary by taking part in activities around using strong verbs. These will help students become more descriptive in their writing and give them variety in word choice. 

Math groups will be moving into more addition and subtraction based questions and problems. Students will review how to regroup and borrow, and will be adding and subtracting numbers into the thousands by the end of the unit.

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:

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 - 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. 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)


October 15-19th

Make sure to check your child’s backpack to check-out their pictures!

This Week…

We continued with our Waste In Our World unit in science. Students created and presented a presentation that they went to other classes to introduce the recycling program that we have decided to start. Each classroom got a shoebox to put old markers, pens, and mechanical pencils. 

Art this week involved symmetry. The line of symmetry is a concept that students will be exploring more with later in the year in math. Ask your child about what symmetry means!

This week we spent time on writing about a special place. For this piece of writing students worked on describing their own special place by referring to different senses. For example they wrote about things they could see, hear, and touch in their special place.

Looking forward…

On November 8th the grade 4’s will be taking a field trip to Heritage Park! We will let you know when we send home the forms for this trip, so please keep checking the blog. For this trip we will need some parent volunteers to assist us. If you have clearance with the school and are available to help out on that day, please contact us and we will send home a form for you to complete.

Next week students will be given the opportunity to continue to add details to their writing. We will introduce “authors chair” where students will have the option of sharing their work with the rest of the class.

In math, groups will continue to explore numbers in a variety of ways. Mrs.Higgs’ group will be comparing and ordering numbers, while Mrs. Shank’s group will be rounding numbers and making estimations.

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!

Orders for pictures need to be in by October 29th.

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



Week of October 9-12

This week…

This week students started to create posters, presentations and shoeboxes to help with our class project in Science. As a class we have decided to take action and try to reduce the waste that is thrown out in our school. We plan to give a shoebox to each classroom and encourage teachers and students to put old markers and mechanical pencils in the box. We will later bring the filled boxes into staples to be recycled.

In gym we are focusing quick reactions, footwork, and throwing skills through popular games such as dodgeball. Ask your child about “Walk the Plank Dodgeball”!


Mrs. Shank’s group in math explored with different number lines. Students worked together with a partner to place given numbers along a string that represented the number line. The students where asked to determine where the number line would begin and end.

Looking forward…

Next week students will be using Google Slides to past pictures of different places in Alberta. These pictures will be used to make a interactive map showcasing the regions of Alberta.

We will be exploring concepts in writing with the focus on using our senses to add details.

Important Dates:

Please help your child remember to bring the clear folder to school everyday. This is where you will find any homework or notices that we send home. We continue to encourage all students to do home reading for at least 20 minutes everyday.

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)


Week of October 1-4

Please remember that Tuesday is Picture Day!

This week…

We have now explored all of the Reading Super Powers! While we read we make connections, visualize what is going on in the story, question the author, make inferences, and transform our thinking. Throughout the year we will continue to refer to these Super Powers and build our skills these area

Our class was also able to finish our research this week on the different regions of Alberta. Ask me what I can remember about the regions.


This week in math we started a new unit of Place Value. During this unit we will be looking at the different values of numbers in a variety of ways. Students will be using base ten blocks, pictures, and words to identify numbers up to 10 000.


Looking forward…

Next week students will be able to demonstrate their learning about waste when they complete a poster about reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. Students have been using technology this week to work on this assignment. Make sure to keep check the blog to look at an example of the students’ work.

In math next week, some students will be looking at number line, while others explore numbers using the base ten blocks.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

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



Sept. 28

This Week:


It was great to see all the enthusiasm and support that both our students and parents have given this week for Terry Fox. It is always wonderful when our school community can come together to support an amazing cause. If any students forgot to being in a donation, we will still be accepting money next week.


Last week our class made a special trip outside during science looking for different waste from around the school. This week students used what they found to sort and create a poster to represent their learning. Ask me what the difference is between natural waste and man-made waste?


"If trees were cotton candy..."

A storybook that we read this week during English Language Arts was the inspiration for our art project this week. We read the story “If” by Sarah Perry and created our own ideas based on the book. Click here to hear the book by Sarah Perry.

"If rain was money..."








Looking Forward:

In social studies next week, students will be putting researching skills to use as they discover about the different physical regions of Alberta. Later students will use this information to complete a small project.

Early next week students will be getting their first set of words for Word Work. This is something that students will be doing everyday in order to improve spelling and decoding skills. The program we use in our class is called Words Their Way and it is an individualized program designed to target parts of words that each student needs to work on. 

Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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


Sept. 22

This week:

In Math we all practiced telling time. Some of us practiced counting by fives using different items. Some of us worked on am and pm times.

In Science we took a walk on our field to find examples of natural and man made waste. We will sort and classify this waste next week.

We had fun doing Just Dance in our classroom one day this week for gym.


Looking Forward:

Next week we will be taking a closer look at the natural regions of Alberta.

We will be finishing up our time unit. It would be a good idea for all students to practice telling time at home.

Important dates to remember:

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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




We have had an exciting first two weeks! It has been great getting to know all of our new grade 4's. 

This week we started learning about our "Reading Super Powers". The first super power that we discussed was connect. When we read a story it reminds us of different things (people, memories, places), that is how we connect to the story. We read a story called "Courage". The students compared an event in the story to an event in their lives. Ask your child about their connection to the story. 

Looking Forward:

Next week we will be looking at the super powers of Visualization and Questioning.

We will be exploring telling time and practicing using analog clocks. Check in with your child next week to see if they can remember any important times. 

In Science we will continue with our unit of Waste and Our World. We will be looking at different types of waste and how we can reduce what we throw away. 


Dates to Remember:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • 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

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

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

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9


Ms. Higgs and Ms. Shank

Week of June 17 – 21

We would like to say a special thank-you to all parents who helped with the staff appreciation lunch on Friday. It was delicious and we really enjoyed it!

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, if you haven’t already.

This week…

         We had a special presentation this week from Google. Students were given the chance to practice their coding skills and made their very own Google illustrations on the computer. They also had a glimpse at virtual reality when they tried the Google Cardboard.

         In language arts, this week we took time to review kindness and respecting each other. One lesson demonstrated how rumors can spread quickly and once something is said to another person, it can never be taken back.

         The grade fours went outside to do some math review questions. Students were put into groups and participated in The Amazing Race Math Review! Groups were challenged with different questions that focused on different outcomes that were taught this year.


         We wrapped up our science unit with a review and a Kahoot quiz about plants. Ask your child how they did on the test!

Next week…

         Students will complete their paper bag books on Alberta and will do their last observation on the radish plants before taking them home. Students will be taking the majority of their materials at home on Tuesday and are encouraged to bring an extra bag to bring their things home.

         Sports day has been rescheduled due to weather for Monday morning. Please make sure students are dressed for the weather.

Important dates…

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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


Week of June 10-14

Sports Day At EMJ

 Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

This week…

            We had the privilege of having a Roughneck’s player Dan Taylor introduce skills required for Lacrosse. Students had an amazing time on Monday and Tuesday this week practicing with the balls and learning some tricks. We ended each lesson with different game relays.


            In math this week students reviewed area of different rectangular shapes by measuring objects around the classroom and outside in the field and playground.

            In science students have continued to explore the different parts of a plant and looked at the life cycle of plants. We went outside to identify the different life cycles of a dandelion. Ask your child if they can remember which part of the life cycle these pictures represent.


Looking forward…

            We will continue building our Touring Alberta Paperbag Book. This explores the different attractions, and celebrations that happen within Alberta.

            The teachers have planned a special activity to review what students have learned this year 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 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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


Week of June 3-7

This week…

            In ELA students did a reading response to a Currents4Kids article about the Toronto Raptors. The response included what they visualized, felt, and words that stood out to them within the article.

            Students had an opportunity to share their Heritage Figures with the class. Some choice to share and talk about the different symbols they chose to use and what culture or country they represented.


            Mrs. Shank’s math group worked on an “Extreme Home Makeover” project. Students were architects this week, as they made the blue prints illustrating their dream home. Once the blue prints were made, students analyzed their work by identifying the area and perimeter of most rooms.


Looking forward…

            Next week, students will continue examining plants in science and will look into what happens to plants when their water gets polluted.

            Our focus in ELA next week will be on reviewing books we have read this year.

Important dates…

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 27 – 31

Pokemon Cards

Many students have been enjoying 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:

  • Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.
  • 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.
  • Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

This week…

         We had a great time in-line skating this week! Many students improved greatly throughout the week and they got to play a couple games like “battleship”.

         Mrs. Higgs’ math group worked with Venn Diagrams this week. Students selected two categories and displayed the diagram. The rest of the group needed to guess the categories. Can you figure out these categories? Look carefully it may not be what you think…


         Students in Mrs. Shank’s math group used Carroll Diagrams to answer logic problems. They read clues and used the diagram to keep track.


Looking forward…

         In science, we will continue examining plants and their parts. For social studies, we will be looking into the celebrations around Alberta.

Important dates…

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 everyones 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!!!

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 21-24

Inline skating starts Monday. Anyone who has not returned the permission form needs to bring it on Monday in order to participate.

This week…

            Friday was our wrap-up event for Jump-Rope-for-Heart fundraising. Students celebrated by skipping together as a whole school.

            In science students learned about the different parts of a flower. Ask your child what they can remember.

            Math groups have been wrapping up fractions and decimals units. We have looked at solving riddles to identify decimals and fractions. Students also played matching games to relate fractions to decimals.





            Our art project this week gave students a chance to learn about 3D shapes. Students made both rectangular prisms and triangular prisms using card stock and yarn!


Looking forward…

            Next week students will continue their work on their heritage figure in social studies. We will look into how multiculturalism relates to the values and attitudes of people living in Alberta.

            Students will be doing a final assignment for our poetry unit next week.

Important dates…

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Week of May 6-10

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!

This week…

Students have been continuing their work with fractions and have been introduced to decimals. Some math groups have looked at how factions and decimals are related. Other students worked on identifying the place values of different decimal numbers up to hundredths.


            We have started our next science unit learning about plant life. Students analyzed basic needs of humans and compared that to the basic needs of plants.


            In art this week, students created a piece that was symmetrical. For this project, students used Miras to trace the reflection of their drawing.


            Ask your child what they know about one room schoolhouses.

Looking forward…

            In social studies, we will be moving into our unit of Alberta’s Celebrations and Challenges.

Important dates…

May 13 – Grade 4 guest speaker

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

            


Week of April 29 – May 3

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!

This week…

Students had an amazing week demonstrating all the hard work that they did for the past few months in music class. The Spring Concert was a great success. Thank-you to all of our students, you did a fabulous job!

In science, students displayed their final projects this week. Each Rube Goldberg system needed to include 3 simple machines and work independently (without a person helping). Ask your child how their machine came together in the end.

We played the second round of our Fur Trade Game in Social Studies. This gave the students a chance to learn from their previous experience, and involved an unexpected twist! Ask your child about how this game was played.

Looking forward…

We will continue our work with fractions and some math groups will move on to decimals.

In language arts, we will be starting our unit on figurative language and poetry.

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


Week of April 23-26

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.

The Spring Concert is this Thursday May 2nd! Our class is performing a short play that they created with Ms. Dafoe in music class. Show times are at 9am and 6:30pm. All students need to arrive at school for 6pm for the evening performance. They will need to meet in our classroom ready to perform.

This week…

Here are some examples of activities that students may be doing during our word work time. At the beginning of each day students work independently of a set of words that are categorized in a certain way. These tasks are designed to help students identify the patterns within words.


Our math groups are moving on from division into factions and decimals. Mrs. Shank’s math group started by matching pictures to the proper fraction.

This student is sorting the fraction cards into equivalent fractions.

Students continue their work in science to create a Rube Goldberg Machine. Many have been faced with problems that they have had to solve as a group. Make sure to ask your child how their project is going!


Looking forward…

Our current read aloud book, Frindle, will be our inspiration for a writing piece in language arts.

In social studies, we will be playing the Fur Trade Game one more time next week.

Important dates…

May 2 - Spring Concert - Show times 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

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 twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


Week of April 15-18th

This week…

Students go a good start on their Rube Goldberg task. Make sure to look at the blog next week for some the finished products! Thank-you to those who have brought in materials for their group and others. Students can still bring in anything they may need for the project.

In math, many students have practiced the steps in completing long division! Each question has had a 2-digit dividend and 1-digit divisor.

In Language Arts students have been focusing on the skill of researching. They used the search engine Kiddle to ask questions about their chosen topic. Students were to find 5 new facts about the topic and created their own questions to guide the research.

Looking forward…

The information that students collected during research will be put into a report or presentation of their choice. A few students plan to do a piece of writing on the topic, while others plan to complete a Google Slide presentation.

In social studies, we will be looking into Alberta’s past during the Fur Trade. Students will get a firsthand idea about what it was like to barter and trade between the Indigenous communities that were here and the new comer Europeans.

Important dates…

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


Week of April 8 – 12

This week…

            Students did a scavenger hunt to identify the different simple machines that can be found around the school. They used the pictures to create a display to label the type of simple machine.


            In math, this week we continued to work on our basic facts in division. Mrs. Higgs group worked with different manipulatives to divide in a variety of ways. Students divided the objects into group and recorded what they did using a division equation. Students who were with Mrs. Shank this week practiced division by completing four different centers. In one of these centers, students worked through a number of word problems where they needed to decide whether they needed to divide or multiply to get the answer.


            In gym students learned the basic skills in badminton. They practiced serving and hitting the birdie to a partner. Finally, our class got to practice rallies with doubles across the nets.

Looking forward…

            Next week in science students will be starting their Rube Goldberg projects. Students are encouraged to bring any needed materials on Tuesday.

            In language arts, students will be working on independent research projects. Once they have done the research they will presenting their findings.

Important dates…

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


Week of April 1-5:

The grade 4 teacher team will be doing a short demonstration during the School Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th. We will be giving an example of one math activity that we have done with the grade 4 classes.

This week…

It was a very busy first week back at school. On Monday, we had a presentation in the morning on internet safety. This presentation brought to light many misconceptions about the internet and how to stay safe. It also covered awareness about internet citizenship and responsibility.  

In science, students tested their catapults on accuracy and distance. Students learned they type of simple machine a catapult is and labeled the different parts.

Students demonstrated knowledge they acquired during our Alberta Indigenous unit in social studies. Before spring break students has started a paragraph that highlighted some of the information that they learned. This past week they created a triorama that reflected the information within the paragraph.


Our art lesson explored the element of line and how lines create depth and texture. Students also applied our daily mindful practice during the lesson. Individuals worked independently and created a piece of art using only lines. They did this while listening to calming music and working in a quiet space.


Looking forward…

In social studies, we will be taking some time to look at the current events within Alberta. We will take a close look at the election and the platform that the major parties are proposing. For this we will be using the website www.icanparty.ca as well as the party’s independent websites for information.

Students have been continued to be encouraged to practice basic multiplication facts as it will help them with the corresponding division facts. Next week we will continue to work on division facts and will be going into questions with higher 2-digit dividends.

Important dates…

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

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

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


Week of March 11-15

Please be aware that Parent-Teacher Interviews are on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. Thursday is early dismissal and Friday there is no school for students. See below for the link to book an interview. If your child has an IPP please book for a half-hour, otherwise all appointments are 15 minutes. If you have any questions or concerns please email us.

Emails:

jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In language arts we are working on making connections through writing. We started this by writing an identifying emotions paragraph. Students would write a situation when they felt a certain emotion without specifying the exact emotion.

We explored levers in science. Students were given an opportunity to use a small lever to life a book and were challenged in finding how fulcrum placement can make the work harder or easier. Ask your child about the levers you can find in our everyday lives.

All math groups worked on the skills and steps for 2 to 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication equations. Students were provided with two strategies to solve these types of questions and were given the opportunity to pick the one they feel is most successful for them.

Looking forward…

Next week in social studies, students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning about the traditional Blackfoot culture and ways of life.

All students will be assessed on multiplication basic facts and 2 to 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication equations. It would be beneficial for all students to review basic multiplication facts.

Important dates…

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 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


Week of March 4 – 8

This week…

We started off the week by looking at an article about Canada’s new food guide that was released in January. The article came from Currents4Kids.com, which is a website that provides current events articles at a level in which our students are able to understand. As a class, we explored the main idea within the article and students spent time examining unknown vocabulary. After reading this text for a third time, students wrote a reflection and identified connections they had made. Ask your child about the new Food Guide.

In social studies this week, students were given the opportunity to examine the importance of the land to the Blackfoot people.

Our gym class this week was full of excitement and loud music! Sound Kreations came in to teach a dance to the students and play some games. We had a great time and it was wonderful to see so many parents at the performance on Friday morning.


Looking forward…

In math, all groups will be practicing the skills and steps needed to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit equations and 3-digit by 1-digit equations.

Students will be learning about levers next week in science.

Important dates…

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

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


Week of Feb. 24 – 28

Next Week

Sound Creation is going to be at our school all next week.  The students will be learning some Hip Hop dance moves.  Room 6 will be performing their dance on Friday morning at 11:00am in the gym.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the show. 

This week…

The students enjoyed the coding workshop they participated in on Wednesday afternoon.  They learned how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights.  They had the opportunity to program a “monster” to perform dance moves.

Here is the website they were using:   makecode.microbit.org


In science, students continued to learn about gears by building with Lego Kits. They looked at the direction in which gears turn in relation to each other and how the number of gears can affect the speed. 



On Thursday, we had an opportunity to meet with our buddies in the library. At this time, we discussed books that both classes have been critiquing. Leading up to this time, students were meeting in groups to participate in a Mock Caldecott, and choosing the top three out of ten books. Students examined and compared books based on the illustrations, the artistic medium that was used and how the illustrations helped support the story.


Students participated in a number of cooperative games this week in gym. They worked in groups and were faced with different challenges, such as moving a ball from one end of the gym to the other without using hands.





Looking forward…

In social studies, we will continue to build our researching skills on the computer. Students will be taking a closer look at the importance of the land in the eyes of the Blackfoot culture.

We are moving forward in math, as we will begin multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. Students will be introduced to a couple strategies and will be encouraged to pick one they are most comfortable with.

Important dates…

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 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume


Week of February 19 – 22

This week…

Please be aware that a form was sent home with your child on Friday that gives information about our upcoming unit in Health.

Students were very excited and focused on Tuesday this week when Artfelt Studio’s taught us about felting. For this project students demonstrated their understanding of Alberta’s landscape to create a work of art.


In language arts, students have been discussing a variety of picture books and comparing them based on specific criteria. We have talked about how pictures can help move a story and appeal to kids. We have also explored the different types of mediums used in art and how illustrators use those mediums in different ways.

Looking forward…

Next week students will be given an opportunity to be introduced to the concept of coding. We will finish our work with analyzing picture books and will be discussing these with our buddies.

Important dates…

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


Week of February 11 – 13

This week…

Students had a wonderful opportunity to learning about curling. Rocks ‘n Rings came to the school and brought equipment that allowed students to try out the game and learn the rules.


In science this week students used specialty lego kits to construct different simple machines. They started with a pulley and will continue to explore with these materials next week.

Our math groups continue to practice and develop strategies to solve basic fact multiplication questions. Students are encourage to start review basic facts up to 9 X 9 at home.

Looking forward…

On Tuesday Artfelt Studios are coming to our classroom. This activity will allow students to explore with a different medium in art, wool. It will also be a good review of the different landforms that are found in Alberta.

Our focus for social studies next week will be on the Blackfoot Nation within Alberta and specifically how they hunted and used the buffalo.

In language arts students will be evaluating books based on the illustrations and vote for which one they think is best to win our school’s Mock Caldecott Award.

Important dates…

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

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


Week of February 4-8

This week…

Drumming! We had an exciting week with three sessions of drumming and a performance on Friday morning. Thank-you to all the parents that were able to make it out for the drumming.

Students have been reviewing and examining what it means to be a friend. We have talked about the different qualities that we look for in our friends and why we continue to be friends. Students created a mind map that highlighted a particular friend. They used these mind maps to help them write a paragraph about that particular friend.


In social studies, students worked on their researching skills. Students worked with a group to find the answers to the questions that they developed about the Indigenous groups within Alberta.


In math, students continue to work on multiplication. We have been looking at arrays and Mrs. Shank’s math group worked on a problem that involved designing different boxes of chocolate. Here are some of the attempts at solving it.




Looking Forward…

Next week in gym we will have an opportunity to try curling with the company Rocks and Rings.

Monday the Me to We club at our school is having a bake sale. They are raising money for Strong Kids, which is an organization that sends kids to camp.

In science, students will continue to explore different types of simple machines. They will be given the opportunity to put these machines into action. Make sure to check the blog next week to see pictures of their creations!

Important dates…

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

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 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 28 – 31

Notifications…

Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

One World Drumming will be coming to our school this coming week. We will be having a small performance on Friday, February 8th. Parents are welcome to attend.

This week…

In math students explored how array can help to solve multiplication facts. Mrs. Shank’s group used different manipulatives to represent all the different arrays that can be made with a given number. We used this information to sort and discover prime numbers and composite numbers. These new terms have been added to our word wall in math.


Students were given the opportunity to discover how pulleys make work easier. We used scales to determine how much work is needed to lift a load. Students then attached the load to a pulley and used the scale to measure the effort needed to lift the load. Ask your child what happened when they used a pulley.


In gym, we finished Mission Impossible. Ask your child if they were able to do the impossible and get through the whole course.

Looking forward…

Next week in language arts we will be looking deeply into friendships and what it means to be friendly. From this we will construct reflective writing pieces about our friends and our own abilities to be a good friend.

In social studies we will be focusing on our inquiry and research skills. Students have worked with other to develop a question about Alberta’s Indigenous culture from the past. Next week they will work together to find the answers to their questions and will use Google Slides to present their findings.

Important dates…

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 - One World Drum Performances - 8:30 am and 10:30 am - All Welcome!

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

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 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of Jan. 21 -25

This week…

Our class started a number of different units this week. In social studies we started exploring the history and stories of people in Alberta’s past. This week we learned about Writing on Stone Provincial Park and how the First Nation group in that area told stories by carving and drawing pictures on the stone. We created our own stories through pictures and attempted to use paint to tell our stories. It was not as easy as it looked!


In science, we started our unit on wheels and levers. Students were challenged to move a book across the desk with as little effort as possible. They discovered that pencil crayons could be used as a roller. The next challenge was to move a student using a large tub and broom handles.


Our new unit in math is multiplication! We started the unit by defining multiplication and using “groups of” to solve equations. Miss. Mercier’s and Mrs. Shank’s groups both played a dice game called “In the Dog House” to practice this skill. Mrs. Higgs’ math group used pictures to explore doubles and double, doubles!












We also had a chance to be with our buddies this week. We helped our little buddies to login into the computers and introduced them to Mathletics.


Looking Forward…

In gym next week students will be very happy to hear that we have Mission Impossible to wrap-up our gymnastics unit. This is one of the most popular events in gym all year. Many students enjoy the challenge and set personal goals and need to do problem solving to get through the course.

Our topic for language arts next week will be on friendships and writing paragraphs that readers can make connections too.

Important dates…

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

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly x2

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 14 – 18

This week…

Students have continued to work on balance and shapes in gym this week as we continue our gymnastics unit. We used balances and the science concept of shadows to complete an art project. Students used aluminum foil and paper to create a sculpture of person in a gymnastic balance. We then used flashlights to shade in the shadow of the figure. 














This week students came home with an artifact that demonstrates how shadows change throughout the day. Ask your child how this works.

We also looked at optical illusions. Do you see an old lady or a young lady? 

In language arts, students were given the opportunity to watch The Secret of Nimh after we finished the novel. As a class, we have been brainstorming how these pieces of media are the same and different. Next week we will continue this work by sorting and constructing a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the book and movie.

Looking Forward…

In math students will be placed into their new math groups for the multiplication unit. We will begin the unit by defining multiplication and some groups may begin working with arrays.

Students will be introduced to the new unit in social studies where we will explore the stories and history of people in Alberta.

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 x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of January 7 - 11

This week…

We had a wonderful first week back at school. Students got busy right way with many different activities and tasks.

In science this week students were introduced to the terms translucent, transparent, and opaque. We used a flashlight to explore the meanings of the words and demonstrated our understanding by create a piece of abstract art.



In social studies we took a closer look at Natural Resources that can be found in Alberta and explored ways that we use them everyday. Students worked together to brainstorm how we use the different resources. 


Mrs. Shank’s math class was working with money this week. We counted money, made change and even learned how to include tax with a calculator. Students practiced these skills by creating a booth for a classroom “market








Looking Forward…

In gym we are continuing with gymnastics. Students will work on the matts with balances, bridges, and ways to travel. Please make sure to help your child remember to wear the proper clothing.

Students will be exploring how shadows are formed in science and in language arts students will be doing a comparative writing piece.

Important dates…

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens

January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

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 x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Week of December 10 – 14

I apologize for the late post this week. I was having some tech difficulties this weekend. Remember that Friday morning is our last day before winter break and we will be celebrating with pajama day.

Please remember to send in donations for the food drive. This year we are accepting both food and cash donations.

This week…

A number of our students were a part of the Winter concert in a Choir or Handbells. It was a wonderful performance as the students’ hard work paid off.

In Social Studies students were excited to start planning their “trip” to an Alberta National Park. For this project students learn about the different activities that are available in Banff and Jasper National Parks. They are introduced to the number of ways that National parks protect the land and animals within the park. This project also links to math, as students are given a budget of $10 000 to spend.

Students studied the effects of concave and convex lenses. 

Looking forward…

Next week in math we hope to continue with subtraction and wrapped it up by the end of the week. We also hope to complete our story writing unit.

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


Week of November 26 -30

 Reminders…

*Box Cards were due on Thursday. Please send any unwanted boxes or orders back to school as soon as possible.

*Please note that Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th not 7th as the 7th is a PD Day and there is no school for students.

This week…

During language arts this we used our skills in paragraph writing to write a book recommendations. Each student chose a book that they personally read or a book that has been read to them.

Science this week was very exciting as student explored the concept of refraction. Ask your child to show you a “magic trick” with a glass of water and a drawn arrow.

Today we spent a lot of time with our buddies. We invited our buddies to join us in gym to do Go Noodle. Our buddies then came to our class to start an art project. The grade 1’s explored what happens when white or black is added to a colour; while the grade 4’s learned the terms monochromatic and tone.

Looking forward…

Mrs. Shank’s math group, as well as Ms. Mercier’s math group, will continue to explore and practice subtraction questions that involve regrouping.

Students are excited to view their commercials about a region of their choice.

Important dates…

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

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


Week of November 19 – 22

This week…

Thank-you to all the parents that were able to make it out for Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was good to touch base about your child. If you were unable to make it and are interested in meeting, please send us an email so we can set-up a time. jmshank@cbe.ab.ca jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week in Language Arts students practiced writing in paragraph form. We looked a number of paragraphs and had an opportunity to organize a set of sentences into a paragraph. Our paragraph this week was about Basketball.


We started our next unit in science, Light and Shadows. Ask your child about the math room…

Students explored the concept of intersecting lines during art.


Looking forward…

Students are excited to record their commercials next week for the Alberta regions. In science we will be exploring how light travels. Mrs. Shank’s group for math will be moving into subtraction. Mrs. Higgs’ math group will be working towards 3-digit addition.

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


Week of November 12 – 17

This week…

In math, students continue to work on basic fact addition and subtraction questions. Groups have started to talk about math vocabulary that is related to this unit and Mrs. Higgs math group has started to build their math word wall. If you are wondering how you can help out with your child’s math skills, ask them to teach you a few games that help with basic fact recall in addition. Some of these games include Addition War, Nine Plus, Guess My Number, and Go Fish to 10.

Earlier in the week we wrapped up our science unit of Waste in Our World with students creating paper quilting squares that promoted ways that others can help our world. This activity allowed students to apply their knowledge that they acquired during the unit.

Later in the week, students were introduced to the next unit in science, which is Light and Shadows. In order to get an idea about what students already know about this unit we went into the library as a class and were the first ones to use the whiteboard tables! Students wrote down thoughts on what they “know” about light, as well as any “questions” they had about the unit. 


Looking Forward…

In social studies, students are excited to continue their work on the regions. They started the next project on the regions where they demonstrate what they have learned through the creation of a commercial. Students work in groups to write a script, practice acting out the advertisement, and then we will help to record the finished products in front of the green screen!

As we move forward in language arts, students will be applying the skill of writing complete sentences that we have been learning and will begin to write a paragraph. We will continue to review and revise our work looking for complete sentences while we explore different parts and forms of writing.

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


Week of November 5 – 9

This week…

Our highlight of the week was our field trip to Heritage Park on Thursday. Students enjoyed learning about parts of Calgary’s history and how people use to do things in the past. The students got a chance to use some creativity by designing and assembling a quilting square. This involved some mathematical thought as they used shapes and fractions to complete the task.  Next students were given the chance to try an old-fashioned tool, a hand-powered drill to make a toy. Lastly, students worked in groups to develop cars that would drive with only an elastic band to power it. Ask your child what they learned from this experience.


Students in grade 4 have been participating in daily Math Talks. During this activity students are posed with a question or problem to solve or think about. They are then encouraged to share their thoughts or understanding with others. Students may do this to by sharing a strategy, adding-on to someone else’s explanation, or revoice what another student has shared. As a team we are participating in this activity in hopes to develop student’s understanding of math concepts through deeper thinking and active participation. 

In social studies this week students played a version of Jeopardy. This game tested their knowledge of the natural regions of Alberta. It included information about the land, animals, plants, and location of these regions.

Looking forward…

In language arts next week we will be looking into topics related to health outcomes that are within the program of studies. We will be talking about friendships and healthy ways to deal with different feelings, such as anger.

We will be closing the unit of Alberta’s natural regions with a small group project where students will be creating a commercial for a region. Students are not aware of this project yet but will be given the details on Monday.

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)


October 29 - November 2

Picture Retakes are on Tuesday, November 6th.

This week...

We had a busy and exciting week! The students enjoyed carving our pumpkin for the school-wide pumpkin carving contest. Everyone created a “mini me” to place in our jack-o-lantern’s mouth. Our’s won the prize for “most unique”.Halloween was lots of fun!

In science we learned about symbols that identify hazardous waste.The homework that was sent home is due on Tuesday. Please help your child search for products around your home where you can find these symbols.

In math we continued doing games, songs, and activities to help the students round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Ask your child to help you round prices at the grocery store or round numbers to make estimates for how many people are at a Flames game or in our school. Giving them real life experience with this skill will help them see the importance of learning how to do it correctly.We are looking forward to beginning addition and subtraction next week.

Looking forward...

Next Thursday is our field trip to Heritage Park. Please ensure your forms are back to school on Monday. Pack an extra large lunch for your child on that day. Students are often more hungry when we are on field trips. We will be participating in 2 programs, Auto Motion and Building Connections to Our Past.

Friday is our Remembrance Day assembly at 9:00. You are welcome to join us as we honour men and women who have fought for our freedom.

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. 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)



October 22 – 25

Picture orders are due Monday, October 29, 2018

This Week…

Students participated in a simulation activity during science class this week. Students represented different animals and they needed to gather paper pieces from around the room; that represented food. Students did a number of rounds and were hindered in different ways to represent how plastic can affect wild animals. After the activity students were posed with the question “What does this teach us about the dangers of plastics in our environment?” Ask your child about the game and what they learned from doing the activity. 

We have been constructing complex sentences in language arts this week. Students are acting as detectives that are given a clue that answers one of the five w’s that are answered in a sentence. They create the other clues and use them to create a sentence as their Case Summary. Ask your child if they can recall the 5W’s?

In math we have continued with our Place Value unit. Mrs. Shank’s group has explored rounding through a Math Talk and a rounding game called round it. Check this link to hear the rounding song that students in Ms. Mercier’s group learned.

Looking forward…

Wednesday is Halloween! EMJ students are welcome to bring their costumes to school to dress-up for the afternoon portion of the day. All students need to be aware that they are not allowed to wear their masks or bring any sort of weapon that may come with the costume. We suggest that students may bring the mask to show others, but will need to keep it off their face to ensure they can move around safely. If you have any questions please email one of us. jmshank@cbe.ab.ca jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

In language arts, students will build their vocabulary by taking part in activities around using strong verbs. These will help students become more descriptive in their writing and give them variety in word choice. 

Math groups will be moving into more addition and subtraction based questions and problems. Students will review how to regroup and borrow, and will be adding and subtracting numbers into the thousands by the end of the unit.

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:

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 - 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. 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)


October 15-19th

Make sure to check your child’s backpack to check-out their pictures!

This Week…

We continued with our Waste In Our World unit in science. Students created and presented a presentation that they went to other classes to introduce the recycling program that we have decided to start. Each classroom got a shoebox to put old markers, pens, and mechanical pencils. 

Art this week involved symmetry. The line of symmetry is a concept that students will be exploring more with later in the year in math. Ask your child about what symmetry means!

This week we spent time on writing about a special place. For this piece of writing students worked on describing their own special place by referring to different senses. For example they wrote about things they could see, hear, and touch in their special place.

Looking forward…

On November 8th the grade 4’s will be taking a field trip to Heritage Park! We will let you know when we send home the forms for this trip, so please keep checking the blog. For this trip we will need some parent volunteers to assist us. If you have clearance with the school and are available to help out on that day, please contact us and we will send home a form for you to complete.

Next week students will be given the opportunity to continue to add details to their writing. We will introduce “authors chair” where students will have the option of sharing their work with the rest of the class.

In math, groups will continue to explore numbers in a variety of ways. Mrs.Higgs’ group will be comparing and ordering numbers, while Mrs. Shank’s group will be rounding numbers and making estimations.

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!

Orders for pictures need to be in by October 29th.

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



Week of October 9-12

This week…

This week students started to create posters, presentations and shoeboxes to help with our class project in Science. As a class we have decided to take action and try to reduce the waste that is thrown out in our school. We plan to give a shoebox to each classroom and encourage teachers and students to put old markers and mechanical pencils in the box. We will later bring the filled boxes into staples to be recycled.

In gym we are focusing quick reactions, footwork, and throwing skills through popular games such as dodgeball. Ask your child about “Walk the Plank Dodgeball”!


Mrs. Shank’s group in math explored with different number lines. Students worked together with a partner to place given numbers along a string that represented the number line. The students where asked to determine where the number line would begin and end.

Looking forward…

Next week students will be using Google Slides to past pictures of different places in Alberta. These pictures will be used to make a interactive map showcasing the regions of Alberta.

We will be exploring concepts in writing with the focus on using our senses to add details.

Important Dates:

Please help your child remember to bring the clear folder to school everyday. This is where you will find any homework or notices that we send home. We continue to encourage all students to do home reading for at least 20 minutes everyday.

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)


Week of October 1-4

Please remember that Tuesday is Picture Day!

This week…

We have now explored all of the Reading Super Powers! While we read we make connections, visualize what is going on in the story, question the author, make inferences, and transform our thinking. Throughout the year we will continue to refer to these Super Powers and build our skills these area

Our class was also able to finish our research this week on the different regions of Alberta. Ask me what I can remember about the regions.


This week in math we started a new unit of Place Value. During this unit we will be looking at the different values of numbers in a variety of ways. Students will be using base ten blocks, pictures, and words to identify numbers up to 10 000.


Looking forward…

Next week students will be able to demonstrate their learning about waste when they complete a poster about reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. Students have been using technology this week to work on this assignment. Make sure to keep check the blog to look at an example of the students’ work.

In math next week, some students will be looking at number line, while others explore numbers using the base ten blocks.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

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



Sept. 28

This Week:


It was great to see all the enthusiasm and support that both our students and parents have given this week for Terry Fox. It is always wonderful when our school community can come together to support an amazing cause. If any students forgot to being in a donation, we will still be accepting money next week.


Last week our class made a special trip outside during science looking for different waste from around the school. This week students used what they found to sort and create a poster to represent their learning. Ask me what the difference is between natural waste and man-made waste?


"If trees were cotton candy..."

A storybook that we read this week during English Language Arts was the inspiration for our art project this week. We read the story “If” by Sarah Perry and created our own ideas based on the book. Click here to hear the book by Sarah Perry.

"If rain was money..."








Looking Forward:

In social studies next week, students will be putting researching skills to use as they discover about the different physical regions of Alberta. Later students will use this information to complete a small project.

Early next week students will be getting their first set of words for Word Work. This is something that students will be doing everyday in order to improve spelling and decoding skills. The program we use in our class is called Words Their Way and it is an individualized program designed to target parts of words that each student needs to work on. 

Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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


Sept. 22

This week:

In Math we all practiced telling time. Some of us practiced counting by fives using different items. Some of us worked on am and pm times.

In Science we took a walk on our field to find examples of natural and man made waste. We will sort and classify this waste next week.

We had fun doing Just Dance in our classroom one day this week for gym.


Looking Forward:

Next week we will be taking a closer look at the natural regions of Alberta.

We will be finishing up our time unit. It would be a good idea for all students to practice telling time at home.

Important dates to remember:

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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




We have had an exciting first two weeks! It has been great getting to know all of our new grade 4's. 

This week we started learning about our "Reading Super Powers". The first super power that we discussed was connect. When we read a story it reminds us of different things (people, memories, places), that is how we connect to the story. We read a story called "Courage". The students compared an event in the story to an event in their lives. Ask your child about their connection to the story. 

Looking Forward:

Next week we will be looking at the super powers of Visualization and Questioning.

We will be exploring telling time and practicing using analog clocks. Check in with your child next week to see if they can remember any important times. 

In Science we will continue with our unit of Waste and Our World. We will be looking at different types of waste and how we can reduce what we throw away. 


Dates to Remember:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • 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

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

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

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9


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