June 17-21, 2019

Our final full week of school is already over and although we are excited for summertime, we are so sad that our time with our kiddo's is over! :(


Our last full week is always busy and full of fun things. This week was no different. We wrapped up health, finished math, started taking our classroom art down...my goodness!! We did several science experiments to brush up on our prediction skills. They were fun and we got to do one outside! We used skittles in our first experiment and just barely covered them with water. Slowly, the colour from the skittles started to mix with the water and made a pretty rainbow!

The second experiment we did used a bottle of Pepsi and a pack of Mentho's mints. We dumped the mints into the pop outside and saw a mini explosion as the mint reacted with the liquid. It was lots of fun!


This week we also went on a field trip with our buddies to Humpty's! We went for the buddy lunch to celebrate all the great work students have done with their grade 5/6 buddies this year. The students had a great time walking there, enjoying lunch, and even getting to make ice cream sundaes once we got back. What a great day!!


Report cards will come home next week. We are looking forward to celebrating our grade sixes on Monday in a special assembly just for them. The assembly starts at 1 pm and we hope to see the families of our graduating sixes at the assembly! Sports Day has been postponed to Monday so please help students dress 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


It has been such a pleasure working with all of our SKILL families and we are fortunate to have known each of you. Thank you for letting us enjoy your children this year-it has been one of the best!!! For our families who are returning we look forward to seeing you in the Fall. For our families who are moving on, please stay in touch and let us know how your kiddo's are doing-we will miss you!!


Have a great summer holiday, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



June 10-14, 2019

This has been a fun week in SKILL learning some new things! We got a chance to learn lacrosse in the gym this week with a lacrosse player. We practiced trapping the ball, throwing it up and trying to catch it, and even got to spin the racquet with the ball in it. This was so tricky but we felt so proud of ourselves once we were able to do it- it felt like we were doing magic!!

                                                          


We have finished our unit on money and got to go to the “No Frills” store to make a purchase! We made a grocery list before we went of things we needed for a recipe and some items we need for the rest of our school year. Once we got to the store we had some students hold baskets while others students had to look for our items. After we found all our items we took them to the cashier and he helped us ring the items through. Our total was $24.00 but we only had $21.00. We had to identify which value was greater to see if we had enough money-turns out we were short a few dollars. This is when we learned how to use a debit or credit card! We just tapped the card on the machine and it charged us. This was so cool. Before we came back to school we decided to stop at Tim Horton’s for a special treat. Once we were there we had to practice using good table manners in preparation for our buddy lunch to Humpty’s on Thursday, June 20!

                                              


We had a lot of fun today doing a guided art lesson. One of the things we learned to draw was a dog. One of our students made a dog with a small head and a chubby body. It was very well done and we started talking about how funny it would be if animals were so round and chubby. We watched a couple silly videos of what it would look like if animals were round. You can laugh along just like we did by watching the video below.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltlJEdSAHw


We are looking forward to many different things next week!! We have a cup stacking competition on Monday which will be students vs. teachers, our buddy lunch at Humpty’s will be on Thursday, and on Friday is Sports Day!! Can you believe there are only 7 more school days left?!?!


Important Dates:

-Hello Grade 6 Parents,

Can you believe we have just about 2 weeks left of school??  Our time is counting down and we have many important events coming up.  One of those events is the Grade 6 Celebration Lunch that will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  Students will arrive back to school after our Bowling trip to the Bowladrome at Chinook, and we traditionally have parents organize and set up a pizza lunch for them to enjoy.  We have had 3 parents volunteer their time and are currently looking for a few more.  If you are able to help us out, please contact Naomi Mabbott directly at nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca or you can contact your classroom teacher.

Thank you again for your support.  We look forward to a fantastic final 2 weeks with your child!

Sincerely,

Grade 6 Team


-Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21st 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.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee


-Pokemon Club

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

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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

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

Grades 4, 5 and 6

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

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

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

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


June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



June 3-7, 2019

On Monday our SKILL class went to the zoo!! We saw many different animals like the penguins and panda's, roamed with the dinosaurs, and saw tigers being trained. We had a wonderful day finding the animals around the zoo and using our eye spy eyes to find the animals that were hiding in their homes. 


                                      
                                                                



We learned about Japanese schools in social studies this week. Did you know students in Japan wear uniforms and their school rules are different than ours. You can watch the video below with your cihld to see how different schooling is in Japan. 



We are looking forward to wrapping up our major academic tasks and starting science experiments that will not only help us learn more about making predictions and scientific processes, but will also take us outside to enjoy the warm weather!



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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


May 27-31, 2019

This week we have started to wrap some things up and dive into other new learning opportunities. We are finishing up our unit on emotions and have had so much fun practicing and pretending to be in situations where we would experience different emotions. Our students have learned many new words for some emotions such as knowing joyful is the same as being happy or being in a rage means someone is extremely angry!


We are moving through our unit on poems. We did a lot of work with rhyming poems by learning word families and identifying rhyming pairs. Now we have moved onto poems that do not rhyme. One poem we looked at this week is called an acrostic poem. It is a describing poem and we got to make one for our own names!! The buddies came on Thursday and they helped us come up with words for each letter of our names that describe us. It was great to see our students working so hard with their buddies to come up with great describing words.


In math we continue to look at money, recognizing their value, identifying what each coin is called and will be working up to combining different coins to generate a certain value. Once we practice doing this we will start making small classroom purchases. Students will be able to buy pencils, erasers, and maybe even a treat!


This week has been so beautiful and although the smoke rolled in towards the end of the week, we certainly enjoyed the sunshine the first few days. One of our students very thoughtfully brought in some cupcakes for their classmates that they baked and decorated at home. We took them outside on Monday and enjoyed a picnic before playing on the playground. On Wednesday we also got to walk to a park that we haven’t been to in a while. We enjoyed playing and the warm sun shining on us! What a great week!


We are so excited for our field trip to the zoo on Monday (June 3)! We cannot wait to see all the animals, but are especially excited to see the panda’s. We had a discussion in class on Friday about expectations and what are some good things to bring with us. Parents please help your child make sure they are prepared for our trip by having the following with them on Monday:

-comfortable walking shoes

-a light sweater in case of weather changes

-a brown bag lunch (we will not have access to a microwave-sandwiches are best)

-extra snacks for the day

-extra juice boxes if desired

-water bottles **


Important Dates:

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:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.
  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.
  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

Ride to School Day

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 3 – SKILL/PLP - Zoo

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



May 13-16, 2019

SKILL students have been diving into several different math concepts this week. We are learning how to identify even and odd numbers. We learned that no matter how a number gets we only look at the value in the ones place value to tell if the number is even or odd. We watched a great video that explained the difference between the two types of values. You can watch it at home with your child by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kHtGbnYKGc

We have also started learning about money. We are looking at the names of the different coins, distinguishing marks on each one, and the value of each. Our students have already shown a strong understanding of coins and are eager to learn more so they can make small purchases in the classroom and throughout the school. Help your child practice at home while singing along to this video below. Get your child to tell you an interesting fact about the penny!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5wlXd1y3MA

We learned more about Japan this week and took a look at traditional clothing from the country. We know that usually they wear similar clothes that we wear in Canada but they also have very special clothes they wear for important celebrations and events. The traditional dress we looked at is called a Kimono. We found out that men wear solid coloured Kimonos and women’s Kimonos are more colourful and have more designs. We watched a video that showed us how people walk in Kimono’s. They have to point their toes inwards and then walk straight while keeping their feet that way. It was so tricky to do that and our legs hurt after!

We saw something really neat from our classroom window on Thursday! There was a squirrel sitting on the bench outside our classroom and we got to watch it eat a pinecone. It took it apart by taking off the shells so it could eat the delicious insides. We had to be very quiet so we didn’t scare it away. It was so neat to watch the squirrel eating on a rainy spring day. 

Next week we are very excited about our Jump Rope for Heart event. Please return your fundraising forms to the school latest by Friday, May 24, 2019. We have been learning some skipping songs and poems that we can sing along to when we are skipping next week.

Important Dates:

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

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



May 6-10, 2019

This week has been busy as usual. We are starting to do guided reading in our classroom and had our first reading group lesson this week. We are working together as a group to help our peers sound out unfamiliar groups and encourage comprehension and recall skills. Students are excited about doing their reading in small groups and showcasing how much they have learned this year.

In math we are winding down with subtraction. We have gotten quite good at recognizing taking one away from any given value is just like counting down. We played a fun game that helped our students visualize what it means to take something away. You can play the game with your child at home by clicking on the link below!

https://www.abcya.com/games/subtraction_game

We also introduced “Odd Todd and Even Steven” this week. We know that when you have a number you can split with a friend and you both have the same amount that is an even number. A number you can’t share equally with a friend is an odd number. Listen to the song below to see what we know about odd and even numbers.


In social we looked at some Japanese characters and sounds. We found out that the Japanese sounds do not have a sound that is the same as the “L” sound in English, so when they say certain English words they make an “R” sound instead. We found a website that would translate our first and last names into how they would sound using Japanese characters. See the list below!! We thought some of our names sounded so silly!

We had a very cool experience this week. A guest who was coming to our classroom has a service dog and we got to meet her when she came to visit. We had to make sure that we were very careful when the service dog came in to make sure that we let her do her job; the dog was actually at work!! We had to remember not to pet the dog, not call out to her, or feed her anything. It was hard to not pet her because she was so cute but we all did an amazing job letting her do her job.

We also celebrated one of our friends birthdays this week!!! We want to thank our student and their family for bringing in treats for us!

Today we made macaroni and cheese! We are such good chef’s. We boiled our water and cooked our noodles. Then we added some special ingredients to make the sauce. Ask your child what they got to do to help make our meal today. 


Important Dates:

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!

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

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


April 29-May 3, 2019

This week in SKILL we are looking closely at subtraction in preparation for our money unit. We are learning to identify that when you subtract you end up with less than what you started with. We are focusing on subtracting one from a particular value between numbers 1-20. This is helping us strengthen our counting backwards skills as well! Watch the video below to practice with your child at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6UPVZRYGTM

Thank you to parents and families who came to the Spring Concert on Thursday. It was such a great show and our students worked so hard! Since we had many classes practicing this week for the Spring Concert we weren’t able to see our music teacher Ms. DaFoe. On Wednesday in our own class we got a little surprise! After we were finished our work we got to play with some handbells where you press the tops to make music. It was lots of fun. We made a song together as a class by taking turns and then one by one we got to make songs using all the bells! 


April 23-26, 2019

We have been busy as usual in SKILL 2 this week. We have been working on subtraction in math this week, focusing on subtracting equations that use the same values. For example, if you have 10-10 your answer is 0. Every time you subtract the same numbers we realized that we always got 0!! You can look at the problem we worked on in class this week, the case of the missing birthday candles. 


In social studies we learned about some national symbols of Japan. We learned about a special bird, a special tree, and a very different symbol. Ask your child about what they learned!




This week our buddies held a special “Play and Learn” carnival for us!! We got to go outside and participate in different activities. There was a parachute station, sack races, chalk drawings, and hurdle jumping. We had so much fun with them and are so lucky to have such great buddies!!




Next week we are looking forward to watching the Spring Concert on Thursday! We know our friends at school have been working so hard and can’t wait to see all their hard work on stage. 


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


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


May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



April 15-18, 2019

This week in SKILL 2 we learned more about adding details to our sentences. We learned that some sentences although important can sound kind of boring and that if we add more details we can make our sentences so exciting!! We learned some “W” questions this week like who and what so we grew sentences that included these. We started with a simple sentence of something we can do, then added how we do it, who we like to do it with, and why we can do it. Sentences are tricky but we will continue practicing to develop this skill. Ask your child what their sentence was.

In social we started learning about Japan. We looked at its landscape and learned it has forest areas, mountains, water all around, and even volcanoes! It has a little bit of everything. We learned the name of the highest volcano in Japan which actually has some snow on the top for part of the year. Ask your child to tell you the name of this volcano.

We listened to the anthem and it sounded very different from Canada’s National Anthem. You can watch a video that we watched at school below. It gave us a quick look of all the cool things to know about Japan.


Visit Japan! www.youtube.com Japan is often overlooked by Westerners as a travel destination. But Japan is a wonderful place to visit! Great food, beautiful natural wonders, and adventure abounds! Whether you desire an exciting adventure or peaceful relaxing getaway, Japan can accommodate your desires. Filmed by CinematixHD www.CinematixHD.com 770-938-7077

 Next week in math we will be spending a short time revisiting adding and subtracting before we jump into money, time, and some data entry fun before the end of the year!

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

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


May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

 

Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


April 8-12, 2019

Skill has learned so many words during word of the day that we have started a new challenge…sentences of the week! We are working to expand and “grow” sentences by adding more detail, information and description. For example, we looked at foods we liked and started with a simple sentence such as “I like _______”. One student said they liked grapes and so instead of saying “I like grapes” we tried making this sentence more interesting….what if we said “I like juicy grapes” instead or “I like big, juicy green grapes”.



Our occupational therapist and speech and language pathologist have been talking with us about a “group plan”. What this means is that when our class or group is doing one activity we have to work on making sure we are thinking about and staying focused on that group plan. If we are thinking about something else then we aren’t focused on the group plan anymore, we are thinking about our own plan. It is important to be part of the group plan when expected so we know what is happening around us and can participate in activities with our friends. This week we worked together to complete a group task of building a town that was bigger than some of our students!!



This week we did some cooking with an item we all probably have in our cupboards at home. We had potatoes that we washed to get all the dirt off of them. Then we had to be very careful while we used sharp knives to cut the potatoes into smaller pieces. Once the potatoes were cut we put oil on them and some salt and pepper to season. We put them in the over to cook. Can you guess what we made??? They were delicious!

                              

                                                            



Next week on Wednesday it is class picture day! We are excited to get our picture taken together with the best kids ever!! We have started to learn a little bit about Japan. Stay tuned for more as we make our way through this beautiful country.



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 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.


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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



April 1-5, 2019

Welcome back to school after spring break! We are excited to see our students back fully rested and ready to go for the last part of this year. We’ve already gotten a bit sad realizing we only have three more months of school left with our awesome kiddos. Where has the time gone???


We jumped right back into all the wonderful things we were doing before the break. We are continuing to look at rhyming words and identifying rhyming pairs. Through rhyming we are looking at word families, ending sounds, beginning sounds, and blending sounds to create words. This is a skill that will take some time as it is challenging but we will continue to practice.

Before the break we began a unit on emotions/feelings and the different words we can use to describe those different feelings. Our speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist are both working with us in this area as well. We are learning to keep our brains focused on the “group plan” rather than our own plan/own thoughts when we are doing group activities. It is so important for our students to be able to name what they are feeling in order to apply strategies to help their self-regulation in particular situations. As they say “you need to be able to name it to tame it”.



Since the weather has been so nice since we have come back to school we have been taking advantage and spending as much as we can outside when possible. We have taken a couple walks this week, had some extra outside play time, and even got to roll down our school hill which was so much fun!

            



We are so excited for class pictures which is coming up on April 17! We will also be starting a new unit in social studies, learning about the country Japan!! We will look at family, lifestyle, culture, make our own Japanese inspired crafts, and the best part-eat some delicious food!!



Important Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



March 11-15, 2019

This week in SKILL we have taken a look at poems, specifically rhyming poems. We are thinking of rhyming words and what that means. We know that rhyming words have a different beginning sound but their endings sound the same. Give your child a word like dog or tree and ask them to tell you a rhyming word. Here is a silly poem we listened to with rhyming words in it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AaFtT_M39Q

In math we have continued to look at different values to determine which one is greater than and which one is less than. Students are showing their understanding when we play games and talk about numbers on their own. Many have started recognizing that place value can be used to help them determine which number is bigger or smaller. This is a challenging concept to grasp and we are very proud of our students as they build this knowledge! You can click on the link below to play a game we played this week.

http://www.abcya.com/comparing_number_values_jr.htm

We are just about ready to wrap up our unit on penguins. We have learned a lot and students are so proud of how much knowledge they have gained. This week we looked at penguins falling in love! We learned that the male penguin will find a pebble for the female penguin and keep bringing her pebbles until she accepts one. If she does not like the pebbles the male penguin is bringing her she will ignore him until she likes one! Two of our students did a little skit to show the pebble exchange and how they built their pebble nest together once they fell in love.

We also learned about penguins tongues and the special feature on them to help them catch fish. Ask your child what is special about the penguin’s mouth and why this helps them catch their dinner.

Students have also learned about a penguin’s feathers and that there is oil on them that helps keep them dry. If the penguins got wet they would not be able to stay warm without this oil and would need to move somewhere warmer. We did a science experiment where we covered a picture of a penguin with white crayon which acted like the oil on the penguin’s feathers. Then we sprayed water and saw what happened.


The oil helps the water roll off the penguin’s feathers when they get out of the water, and so it helps keep them dry and warm.

On Friday we had something crazy happen in our classroom!! A silly leprechaun visited the classroom after everyone went home on Thursday and made such a big mess!! We found out that leprechauns are mischievous and like to play tricks on people; well the one that came to our class sure played a trick on us! It had moved all our calendar and weather boards, changed the year to 9012, put up August as the month, spilled cereal everywhere, and even jumped into paint before walking all around our classroom!! That silly leprechaun!


We are looking forward to seeing parents/guardians next week for parent/teacher conferences. If you have not sent the sign up sheet back yet for appointment times please do so early next week. A reminder that Thursday is a half day and students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm before the start of spring break!!!

Important Dates:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


March 4-8, 2019

We are working hard in SKILL 2 and have started so many new things in our classroom. We have been learning a special dance during our time with our Sound Kreations residency instructor. We presented our dance on Friday in the gym and are so thankful to all the families that came to see us! We got to play freeze dance, moved our bodies to the beat, and had a great time dancing. Music and dancing is one of our favourite activities in SKILL 2 and we were so happy to do it a little more this week. 



We have started to learn about different emotions and feelings with our speech and occupational therapist which ties in to our own classroom unit on emotions. We started to name the different emotions we might feel and look at different words we can use for emotions we already know. We learned the words ecstatic, joyful, and thrilled mean the same thing as saying we are happy and will look at more emotions next week. 



In math we are looking at place value and how we can use this knowledge to determine which numbers are greater than or less than another. We listened to a song that talked about an alligator that only likes to chomp on bigger numbers. We talked about how the alligator gets so hungry and greedy that it only wants to eat the bigger number. 

We looked at different values to practice using what we know about place value too. We know that we start looking at numbers on the left and move over to the next place value column if the numbers in the first column are the same. Students are showing their understanding of place value AND greater/less than and we've only just started learning this new concept. We couldn't be more proud of our kiddo's in SKILL 2! Click on the link below to play a greater/less than game with your child at home. The second link leads to a game that also uses the equal to symbol to show when two numbers are the same! Are you up for the challenge??

http://www.softschools.com/mat...

https://www.education.com/game...



Thank you to parents who have already had a chance to help us celebrate our students of the month. This is a great way for students in our class to learn more about each other, find common interests and create deeper relationships with their peers, and an opportunity for them to practice their literacy skills through asking relevant on topic questions, and working on their writing skills as we create a special keepsake for our student of the month. This month we have two students in the spotlight and want to thank both families for sending in pictures, memory books, and artifacts for them to share with us! One artifact in particular was a students very first outfit. Their peers could not believe that there was a time when their friend used to fit into tiny little baby outfits!




Next week we are going to be diving into another new topic and looking at poems in literacy. We will look at rhyming words, make a penguin poem book, and look at some fun Dr. Seuss books we already love! It's a great time to be in SKILL 2! We will also be sending home a parent/teacher conference sign up sheet next week. Please pick your first three preferred times and we will get back to you with your finalized conference appointment. We are looking forward to meeting with you on March 21 and 22!



Important Dates:

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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 25-28, 2019

We have had a busy week getting to know our new friends in SKILL 2. We have been participating in many activities that would help us get to know our new students better and for them to get to know us better. Games and turn taking have been a big focus this week to encourage student participation in unfamiliar environments and settings. As we celebrated Pink Shirt Day this week it was a great way to encourage students to create new friendships and make new members of our classroom feel welcome. Our students are getting excited learning about their new friends and the new little ones are becoming more comfortable in their classroom. 



This week we finished up our 100 days of school activities. We wrote our 100 year old goals, put up pictures of what we would look like at 100 years, and completed math activities. We are already great at skip counting by 10's all the way up to 100 but we are practicing skip counting by 5! It is tricky but we know we'll get there. We did an activity this week where we had 10 different sections and had to figure out how many dots would go in each section to make 100. We already knew there were 10 sections and knowing that we can skip count by 10's we counted up to 100. We found out that in 10 spaces you can put 10 dots in each and then you would get to 100! We used paint to show our dots and our thinking and they look great! 



Students have continued learning new words and one particular fun word we learned this week was "reminders". Ask your child what a reminder is and what reminders they need throughout the day. We talked about how our students are great at reminding teachers important things that help them learn and grow. Students remind each other to keep their classroom tidy or to make good choices, they also discussed how an alarm clock is their reminder to wake up for school every morning. As we continue building our vocabulary students are further developing their reading skills. We had another student who was able to read a story to his classmates this week and we are so proud of the progress they are all making!



Next week we are excited for the Sound Kreations Residency that is coming to our school! We will have a show on Friday, March 8 at 11 am in the school gym. We certainly hope you can make it to see what we will be working on next week. We are also coming to the end of our penguin unit and have lots of fun stuff planned for the months ahead. We can't believe it is already March and that summer break is only four months away...where has the time gone??? Time sure does fly when you are having fun! 


Important Dates:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.      March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 19-22, 2019

This week in SKILL we have had a slightly different week than what we usually do. We have had so many new and exciting this happening in our class we couldn’t wait to tell you about. We got a chance to meet another new friend on Tuesday who will be joining us on Monday. We are looking forward to getting to know him better and having him get to know us. We have been excited about meeting new friends this year.


Last week we celebrated our 100th day of school!! Thank you to families who were able to count out and bring in 100 objects of their choice. We counted many different things to make groups of 100. For example each student had to count out 10 popcorn kernels and then we skip counted each group of 10 until we counted up to 100. We counted out and ate 100 snacks, we saw what we would look like at 100 years old using a funny photo app, and many of us dressed up like we were 100 years old-it was such a blast! We will continue to finish up our 100 days activities next week. This week when we came back to school we counted out 100 jellybeans, then counted how many days of school are left till summer break, and then got to eat the extra jellybeans!! We are counting down now and can’t believe how little time there is left!!


On Thursday we got to go to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. We cannot tell you what an incredible field trip this was. It was so great to see our students so engaged and having so much fun exploring the facility. We started with a motivational movie about the Olympics and our students were so excited after watching this. We then got to explore sports artifacts and had to try and figure out what all the artifacts were and were used for. After lunch we got to play some fun games and did a scavenger hunt before we had some free exploration time. Ask your child what their favourite part of the day was and why they enjoyed it!

                                                                            



Next week we will work on completing our 100 days of school activities and enjoying having a new friend in our classroom. We have a SoundKreations Residency starting soon and we can’t wait to share what we are doing with you.


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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 4-8, 2019

February is always such a busy month and this week was surely telling of that!!  We have been working on so many different skills and in so many different areas. A big highlight of this week was our drumming residency!! We had three sessions with Roger where we got to explore the drum and play games with it, then we learned a song that we performed today! Thank you to parents who were able to make it for the students performance, they were so excited to see you! We enjoyed learning about rhythms, beats, and being able to create our own drum patterns!

                                                   


This week we also celebrated Chinese New Year which was on Tuesday, February 5- Happy year of the pig! We learned why Chinese New Year is celebrated, why it is important, and even found out what our zodiac sign is!!! Ask your child what animal they are…most of us were an ox, a rat, a pig, or a dragon! We made noise maker drums that make loud noise and are used to scare away the creature!! Click on the link below to watch the story to find out what creature we are talking about. 

On Tuesday SKILL 1 made spring rolls and invited us to celebrate with them. We had to read the instructions to know how to cook and went over important things to remember when using a big oven. Some of us had never tried a spring roll before and weren’t sure we would like them but after taking a bite we found out they were delicious!! Today in our own classroom we made noodles and invited SKILL 1 to come celebrate with us this time! We had to try using chopsticks to eat the noodles and it was so tricky! Some of us tried using one stick to wrap noodles around it and some of us found it easier to use our fingers. We were so relieved when we were finally able to use a fork.


We have been practicing the literacy skills we are learning at so many different times throughout the day. We continue to add more words to our words books and are almost out of pages. Very soon we are going to need to add another book because of all the words we have learned! This week we learned one, two, name, and month. We are getting really good at sounding out letters to identify unfamiliar words and often we can sound out the word when Ms. K asks us to guess the letter of the day. We have also been using this skill to have more student readers during story time. We had some amazing readers this week who took their time and were able to sound out tricky words to read a story to their classmates. One day we even did a kind of readers theater! We had a student reader who was our narrator and our other friends were the actors. We acted out the story of “5 Little Monkey’s” and had costumes and everything. It was so much fun!


In science we are making a penguin information book and are excited to show you what it will look like when it is done. We are also creating a documentation panel outside our classroom with all of the things we have learned about penguins so far. Other students have already stopped to take a peek and see what our class has been up to.


Next week we are really looking forward to meeting a new friend who will be joining our class. We can’t wait to show her around our school and have her be part of all the fun things we do in our classroom. We are also really looking forward to having a curling lesson in gym on Monday and a top secret field trip coming up on February 21! Our teachers won’t tell us what the field trip is yet and are keeping it a surprise until next week when field trip forms go home. They know we are going to be so excited about where we get to go!


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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


January 28-31, 2019

Although this has been a short week it has been absolutely jam-packed with so many things to do!! We have also been missing some of our friends! There has been lots going on outside of school for some of us so we have not had a full class at all this week. We are looking forward to having all our friends back next week.

Parents just a reminder there is no school tomorrow on Friday, February 1, 2019.


In reading we learned many new words. We learned rage, away, day, come, and here. Learning so many new words has really helped us with our reading and decoding skills and this could be seen when students were being assessed in literacy. All our students showed their ability to recognize new words and identify them independently. This is truly something to celebrate!! Listening to the sounds in the new words has helped us strengthen our knowledge of letter sounds so we can try spelling words by ourselves now! We have also been doing a lot of printing practice as we write our new words and think of sentences to use them in. Way to go SKILL 2 students!!


In math we are continuing to learn how to use a number line. For some of us it has helped with our counting and adding and for some we just need to keep practicing. There are some fun games on StarFall that we played this week using number lines and we have had fun moving our own bodies to make a “student number line”.


In science we did a fun experiment to learn how blubber works in a penguins body. We know how important blubber is and how this helps keep penguins warm. We know that other animals have fat in their body they use for energy and warmth. We had a bucket full of water, and two plastic zip lock bags. In one bag we put a bunch of margarine, and the other bag we put inside the margarine. We stuck our hands into the empty bag and buried our fingers into the margarine. Ask your child what they felt when their fingers were all covered…could they feel the water temperature or not?




We learned how to make toast this week. We popped some slices of bread into a toaster, then we put butter and jam on it. It was a lot of fun and a super easy recipe that we can even make at home. Get your child to help you make toast for breakfast this weekend.

                                              
                                                                                       



Our buddies have helped us finish our research project on penguins and we started our presentations today. Students have done a fantastic job finding their important information and using such good presenting voices. Students were brave and shared their information with their classmates. We are so proud of how well the audience members listened and how well our presenters gave their presentations. Good job SKILL and Buddies!!


This week we have been thoroughly enjoying Mission Impossible in the gym. Students have been doing a great job working on balance, crawling, jumping, and other gymnastics related skills. We even get to turn on the Mission Impossible theme music while we make our way through the obstacle course. It has been so much fun and we will be sad to see it go.

                                



We also learned about Groundhog Day which is coming up this weekend on February 2, 2019. We learned what a groundhog is and what it looks like, and what the story is behind it seeing its shadow on Saturday. We learned what it means to make a prediction and then made our predictions as a class. We have five people who predicted the groundhog will not see its shadow and three people who predict the groundhog will see its shadow. We will have to wait till we come back to school to find out if our predictions was correct!


Next week we are looking forward to drumming and the winter walk. We will have three drumming lessons and then we will be part of the 10:30 am presentation to show what we have been learning! We would love for you to join us if you can to see how hard your child has been working.

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).


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 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


Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



January 21-25, 2019

We have learning many new things in SKILL this week. In literacy Mrs. Doyle taught us a game that she loves to play all about words. In a circle you write a few letters and then you try to make as many words as you can using those letters. We are having lots of fun coming up with words we know, new words, and even silly words! You could play this easy game at home with your child. This game also comes as an app that you could download to a device so your child can play anytime and continue building their reading skills. 



In math we introduced number lines and what they are. We haven't started using them yet and that will be something we look at next week, but so far we are understanding what they are and how they can help us count, add numbers, and so much more. You can watch the video we watched in class below with your child and try to brainstorm different places in our world that we might encounter them. 



Today we got to make spaghetti! We boiled our noodles until they were soft, had to use a can opener again to open our can of sauce, we put the sauce over the noodles and thought we made a pretty delicious dish. We are excited to cook more often and try easy recipes we could even make at home with our families. 


Next week we are looking forward to learning how to use number lines and practicing using them when we add. We are also excited for drumming! From February 4-8 we have a drumming residency coming to our school to work with all the different classes. There will be a performance on Friday, February 8 and SKILL will be presenting at the 10:30 show time. We hope you can make it!


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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



January 14-18, 2019

This week students have worked really hard even with a disturbance in their week. Ms. K had to attend a workshop for two days so we had a sub for both days. Luckily it was Mrs. Perry who the students already know and is so great in our classroom!


Even with Mrs. K away we still kept going and learning new and exciting things. We are adding more words to our word books and this week we focused on the words ‘good’, ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, and ‘yesterday’ since these are words we encounter every day when we are doing weather. Our books are getting so full and soon we will have to start another book!


In math we are continuing to build our addition skills. We are confident that students have understand what it means to add zero to any number and are now working to add one more. We are learning all the words that mean the same thing such as add one more, what would come next, and one more is. This has been a challenging concept to grasp and we are working on introducing many strategies students can use to help them. We are using manipulatives, using our fingers to help us count, and next week we will start learning to use a number line. We played a game that helped us practice adding one. We used a dice or a deck of cards and either rolled the dice or drew a card from the pile. Whatever number we got we had to add 1 more to. It was a fun way to practice that students did very well with; an easy game you can play with your student at home.


In science we are learning more about penguins. This week we learned about penguin habitats, we found out they have blubber under their skin, and we learned a word called “regurgitate”. Penguins will eat fish and swallow it and then bring it back up or regurgitate it for their chicks. Ask your child to tell you why this is something penguins do. When we saw our buddies we started to make posters based on the information we researched last week. We have to list what they eat, where they live, any special marks they have, and who their predators are.

                                                                                      


On Friday we got to do some cooking and made something that was delicious and simple! We made vegetable soup! We got to use a can opener that was definitely tricky to use but we all got a chance to practice. Then we put our soup in a pot with some water and heated it on a hot plate. It was a lot of fun to get the soup out of the can and we can’t wait to cook again.

                                        
                                                                                            



We are excited to start learning about number lines next week and getting ready to present our penguin posters to our classmates.


Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


January 7-11 2019

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a restful winter break and enjoyed family time. Students in SKILL 2 came back to school this week with so many great stories about what they did over the break. A lot of our students were able to spend quality time with their families, spend time outdoors, and just relax playing toys and games they enjoy. We are so glad to hear everyone had a great time off.

This week we jumped back into all the great learning that happens in SKILL 2 and are so proud of how hard our students are working. We played hangman to review some of the words we have learned so far this year and were so excited that students remembered so many words!! We are learning more words now that we are back, and this week our words were new, home, use, and because. When we learned the word ‘use’ we talked about “Magic E”. We started with the word us and listened to the sound that ‘u’ made. Then we added the ‘e’ onto the end to make use and listened to the sound ‘u’ made. We were surprised to hear that it was different! We found out that ‘e’ at the end of a word has a lot of power and how it helps the vowel that comes before it. Let your child teach you why magic e is so important and what its big job is! After your student teaches you the importance of magic e watch the video below that we watched in class with them. Can you think of your own words that change by adding ‘e’ at the end?



In math we are doing some addition review. Students are working on adding 0; “When you add zero the number doesn’t change, it stays the same, it says its name.” This is a bit of a tricky concept to understand but we will keep practicing at school and you can help your child practice at home. For example, if your child is helping set the table for dinner at home you can give them the required number of utensils to lay out and ask them what would happen if you added zero to that number. So if a student has 4 forks and you add 0 more, how many forks would you still have on the table??



In science we are starting a new unit on penguins. With our buddies this week we got the name of one type of penguin and we had to do our own research! We had to find out what the penguin eats, where it lives, and what special marks it has on its body. Next week we are going to create presentations using the information that we found before we present our findings to the rest of our classmates. Our buddies were such great helpers and brought laptops for us to use to do our research. We didn’t know there were so many different species of penguins!


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 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



December 10-14, 2018

We know every week feels like a busy week but oh my goodness, this week was truly a busy one! SKILL 2 has been working non-stop in so many different areas and on so many different projects. One major highlight of this week was our walking field trip to South Center Mall. Students did such a good job on our longer walk and being mindful of others at the mall throughout the day. They displayed their best manners, were good at making sure we stuck together, and it made for such a fun day. We got to meet Santa and he was equally as excited to meet us as we were to meet him! We got to practice talking with different people at the mall when we were visiting different stores, ordering food, and passing people on our walk. Our favourite store to visit is the Disney store!! When some of us were ordering food at lunch time we had to use our knowledge of money to make sure we had enough to order what we wanted and get back change if we had more money than we needed. It was such a fun day we couldn't believe how quickly it went by but we sure were tired by the time we got back to school. We had a great time exploring, decorating cookies, meeting Santa, and visiting different stores. 

                                                  

                                                                                      



Another major highlight of this year is the Winter Concert!! We did such a good job with our morning and evening performance and the entire school community was so excited to see SKILL showcasing their hard work. We had a transition rehearsal on Tuesday, a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, and ofcourse both shows on Thursday! We practiced a lot in music class and were so ready to dance and sing our hearts out! Ask your performer what their favourite part of being in the concert was. 

                                         

 

We continue to love spending time with our buddies. This week we made a craft that looked like a tree with lights on it. We had to practice our cutting and gluing skills and organizational skills well. Our buddies are so patient and helpful and they are so good at letting us be as independent as we can. 

                                



Today we made salt dough ornaments to take home next week before winter break. Students had to read and follow a recipe and accurately measure out each ingredient. We then used a rolling pin and our hands to flatten the dough before using cookie cutters to cut out winter themed shapes. We need to let them dry before we can decorate them next week. Ask your child what shape ornaments they made!



Next week we are excited to do caroling in the gym with our whole school community. We have so many crafts to make and a special parent gift we are working on to bring home before the break. The winter concert really put us in the holiday spirit and next week is going to be all about holiday cheer!



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


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



December 3-6, 2018

SKILL 2 has been so busy this week. We are trying to finish many different things before winter break and can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. In science we are finishing off our solar system unit by looking at stars and the most popular constellations. After we looked at the big dipper and Orion we made our own night sky in a bag. Ask your kids to show you their night sky!



We have continued to practice adding zero to any number and remembering that the number doesn’t change, it says its name. Students have been further their understanding and showing their learning during class. One student got a few jellybeans for doing a great job during reading and said “I have two jellybeans and if I don’t add anymore I still have two.” It is so great to see students showing their learning at different times throughout the day-it is so exciting!

As we keep adding new words to our dictionaries students have been identifying more words throughout the day. They are recognizing words in their environments and identifying words they have learned during reading times. We are now focusing on winter words such as snow, holidays, and family. Our students are blowing us away with their ability to spell new words based on their letter sound understanding.



Our OT Nicole came to visit us and this week we practice our pencil grip and creating pictures step by step. For example we had to draw a present but we had to start with drawing a box, next we got to draw the ribbon on the box, and last we drew the bow on top. Students did very well and Nicole was very happy with all the drawings.

We also practiced our fine motor skills by creating art with our buddies this week. We had to use pushpins to poke holes through a drawing on a piece of paper to make a picture on another piece of paper. We put our finished pictures on the window so they could catch the light from outside and we could see our secret pictures. Ask your student what picture they made!



We decorated our classroom Christmas tree today and the students had such a blast deciding where to put all the ornaments. We had to work together to determine where the ornaments should go and had to work as a team when it came to putting the garlands around the tree. We played seasonal songs and had a fireplace video going on the SmartBoard and it felt like the holidays have truly arrived.

                                                                                                                        

                                           


Next week we are so excited because our Winter Concert is happening on Thursday!!! Students have been practicing so much and are really looking forward to sharing their work with you. There will be two shows on Thursday, one at 9:00 am and another at 6:30 pm. Students must be at school by 6 pm and will be required to stay until all performers have had a chance to showcase their hard work. You can pick your child up from their classroom after the show is over. Students are asked to wear Christmas colours or dress up in something fancy! We couldn't be more excited. 
We are also going to meet Santa on Monday!! We will leave for SouthCenter Mall around 9:00 am and hope to beat the rush to meet our 'Man of the Hour". We will return to school before the buses at the end of the day. A reminder to please pack easy brown bag lunches that do not require a microwave, or money with your child's food order so they can make a purchase from the food court. 



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



Have a great long weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 26-30, 2018

Students are practicing adding 0. We learned a fun poem about Zoe’s Zero and how when you add zero to a number the number doesn’t change but instead “it says its name”. Below is a YouTube video we watched that had some questions we called out answers for. Watch the video with your child and try answering the questions together.



We are reading Flat Stanley and students love hearing all the silly adventures Stanley is having now that he is flat. We enjoyed thinking about how Stanley could travel through the space underneath the door and how he could fly like a kite. We are going to be creating our own flat Stanley’s once we finish the book and will be looking at all the different jobs that are listed in the book. We will look at doctors like the one Stanley had to visit, the postman who helped send Stanley to his friend’s house, and the police officers who are helping find the paintings that went missing from the art museum. Ask your child what their favourite part of the story is so far!



SKILL 2 students made a fun craft this week getting ready for the winter season. Kids made paper link snowmen and they turned out so cute!! We counted how many days we have until winter break and we couldn’t believe it’s just around the corner! There are only 14 more school days in December before the are off. We have so much to do before then and are looking forward to finishing off our solar system unit before the break. Our winter concert is also coming up soon; we just can’t believe how quickly this year is going!



Important Dates:

Parents a reminder that Adopt-A-Family donations must be in by December 6th, not December 7th, as the 7th is a PD Day and there are no classes for students. 

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 19-22, 2018

I would like to thank all the parents who were able to come for interviews these last two days. It is always such a pleasure to meet with you and share all the wonderful things your children are doing in our classroom. We love to celebrate their achievements with you and know you are all proud of your children!! Parents who were unable to make it I hope that we can find a time in the next month to reschedule a meeting! We would love to share the great things your SKILL student is doing!


This week students have been focusing on printing. Last week we learned about short, tall, and basement letters and this week students have been really mindful of remembering that during their printing. We are seeing students printing on their lines, slowing down, and really concentrating to do their best work. What a treat to see how neat their printing has already become in one short week!



We learned three new words this week: stop, do not/don’t, and stomp. When we looked at the word do not we talked about how it is such a long word because it is made up of two different ways. We wanted to see if there was a way we could shorten it to save time…in comes the apostrophe! This was a bit of a challenging concept to understand but our students keep working hard and I’m sure we will be able to practice it with many other words. Ask your child which letter we took out of ‘do not’ so we could add the apostrophe. We played a new game called popcorn on Thursday to practice some of the words we have learned so far. Everyone gets a turn and you pick a piece of ‘popcorn’ from the popcorn box. If you recognize the word you say it, if not a friend gets a chance to say the word. Whoever knows the word gets to keep that piece of popcorn. However if you get a piece of popcorn that says ‘POP’ on it you have to put all your popcorn pieces back in the box and start again!



In math we have started to add 0 to a value. This is a bit tricky but since we’ve just started we will have plenty of time to practice. We played a game with Uno cards where we had to order numbers 0-9 and the group that ordered them the quickest yelled out UNO! Once everyone had their numbers in a row, we took out the zero and tried adding it to each number. We realized there was a pattern!! Whenever we add zero to any number that number does not change!! Ask your child some addition questions using numbers 1-9 and practice adding zero to them.  



Next week we are looking forward to doing more work with zero and continuing to read our new novel study read "Flat Stanley"! There is also a Gingerbread House night coming up November 29 that we are looking forward to. The holidays are just around the corner can you believe it!


Important Dates:

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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



November 12-16, 2018

This week we have focused on printing and science in SKILL 2. Students learned how to print lower case letters by checking which letters are tall, which are short, and which ones are basement letters that have some kind of a tail. SKILL 2 has been practicing writing daily and we are now focusing on making sure our letter sizes are just right. This is helping students whose writing curves up at the end, writing words without capital letters in the middle, and making our writing look neater. 


In science we are coming close to finish up our unit on the solar system. This week students worked hard to build our documentation panel outside our classroom. We want to showcase student learning and are excited for you to see their hard work during conferences next week. Students used shaving cream and paint to create marble painted planets. When we saw our buddies this week they helped us write down some of the facts that we have learned and we added our facts to the panel when they were ready. The students work is looking great and they are looking forward to having their parents see all they have learned!



Students in SKILL 2 are becoming subitizing experts! Ask your child to explain what subitizing means. You can watch the video below together and even subitize as a team at home!

We are building a math word wall in our classroom that students can reference when they need. It has been a great tool so far to look at when we forget something or just need some extra help to understand a concept. 



SKILL is counting up to 100 days of school and you wouldn't believe it, today we reached 50; we are half way there!! We talked about 100 having four quarters and each quarter represents 25 days. A student said we know each quarter is 25 days because 25 added together four times makes 100. We played some fun games to celebrate this important day like Race to 50, making a mixed up puzzle, counting rocket candies, and a missing numbers game. It was such a fun day and we can't wait to keep counting up to 100!

                                                                                    
                                                                      
                                                                                        



Next week we are going to start looking at adding 'one more'. We are continuing to add words to our dictionaries and our 'word of the day' activities have been lots of fun. Who know what words we will learn next week! Parents please note that next week is Parent/Teacher Conferences. Students will be dismissed early on Thursday, November 22 at 12:15 pm and Friday, November 23 there will be no classes due to conferences. A sign-up sheet went home today. Please select your top three time choices and we will try our best to accommodate your requests. We will let you know next week what time your appointment will be. We are looking forward to meeting with you next week and sharing all the wonderful things the SKILL 2 students have been working on and achieving. 


Important Dates:

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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 5-9, 2018

SKILL 2 worked hard this week preparing for our Remembrance Day Assembly today. We read a poem together called "Little Poppy" and talked about why poppies are important. We have been thinking of all the reasons we remember those who fought for our freedom. We are thankful that we live in a free country where we can speak different languages, kids have a right to go to school, and we are free to be who we are. After students were familiar with the poem they each got a line and practiced it until we remembered it without having the paper in front of us. Students said their lines while being recorded on the iPad. We put all the clips together to make a video that was played in today's assembly! We can't wait to show you the video at Parent Teacher Conferences. Read "Little Poppy" below with your child and ask them which was their line. 

We also worked on an art project for the assembly. We used newspaper, pain, and different materials to create poppies. We had tissue paper and cellophane wrapping paper and folded it to create the poppy and worked on our fine motor skills this way. We all worked so hard and are proud of how our art turned out. 


This week there was a great learning opportunity for our grade six buddies. Our SLP Jenna came in one day at lunch and did a 'lunch and learn' with them. Some of the students in our class use augmentative communication voices to communicate their thoughts, wants, and needs. Jenna was able to teach our buddies more about using these devices so we can best communicate with each other. They practice making sentences and finding different objects or words. It was a great way for our buddies to see how some of our students communicate every day, and allowed them a chance to practice using the devices for when we spend time together. 


                                                             

                                                                                   

                                                   

On Wednesday we spent some time in the community. We went for a walk to Tim Horton's! Students used their best table manners that they have been learning and enjoyed spending time talking to friends about what they like, things we do after school, and other conversational topics. Each child is practicing greeting people when they first see them and continue to work on asking relevant questions when talking with others. 



We learned five new words in SKILL 2 this week: yes, no, can, up, down. Students have been developing their spelling skills and their reading is getting better every day! We are so proud of how hard everyone is working. Many students have said that they love doing word of the day because it helps them to learn and spell new words. Today we played a fun game that included all the words we have learned so far. Both adults acted out the words we have learned and the students had to guess what the word was. One of our words was 'run' so Mrs. Doyle acted like the was running all around the room. Another word was 'want' so Mrs. K acted like she wanted something that Mrs. Doyle wouldn't let her have and then threw a pretend tantrum! The clues were funny and we were able to guess each one!! 


Next week we are looking forward to working through the rest of our science unit about the solar system and creating a bulletin board of all the planets we have learned about. We are excited to showing you the hard work that has been going on in room 2 when we meet at conferences. 


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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 29-November 2, 2018

Happy Halloween!!! Our week was filled with Halloween activities and we had so much fun getting ready for the big day. We finished carving our pumpkin, we completed our shrunken apple heads, and we even got to make cupcakes for our Halloween party! The pumpkin carving competition was lots of fun. Together as a class we decided what we wanted to do with our pumpkin and then worked as a team to carve it out just the way we wanted. We won two prizes!!! We won "hairiest pumpkin" and we even won first prize overall!!! We were happy because we worked very hard and supported each other. Take a look at our silly creations below!

                                       



On Halloween day we got to work with our friends in SKILL 1 and PLP and travelled to different stations for lots of great activities. There was a wood cookie decorating station, rock painting, pumpkin measuring, pumpkin buoyancy, decorating cookies station, and a dance party in music! The kids were so excited to be with their peers and interact with new friends. Here are some pictures from our day!

                                                                   

                                                                      



This morning we had a student who organized a tub of teddy bears by colour and size. He said: "I put the big ones first because they are the biggest, then the medium ones, and then the small ones because they are little." We all took some time to talk about estimation. We made our best guesses as to how many teddy bears they were. We guessed there might be 100 bears, one student thought there were 120 bears, and another thought maybe there were 2000 bears! How many bears do you think there are?
                                                   
When they were all counted we found out there were 138 bears!! Our estimates were really close!

Next week we will continue learning about Remembrance Day. We have already talked about how important it is to remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom. We thank them for risking their lives so we could be safe. As a class we are putting together a video with our buddies to play at the Remembrance Day assembly on Friday. We are reciting the poem "Little Poppy" and each student has their own line. Everyone has been working hard and really understanding how important this day is. 


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 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)


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



October 22-25, 2018

We are enjoying the warmer weather because it means we get to go outside to play before we catch our buses in the afternoon! We have been able to spend some of our gym outside this week as well and it has been so wonderful. It has been great to get outside and get some fresh air. 


We learned some Halloween words this week! It was fun focusing on these theme words like "boo", "bat", "spooky", and "candy". We are getting really good at finding vowels in a word and recognizing when "y" is being a sneaky vowel. We are using the words we are learning to practice writing sentences with capitals and periods. 


In math we are learning something new called "subitizing". It's a tricky word but we are getting good at saying it and doing lots of practice. Subitizing is where we see a group of objects such as dots, fingers, or ten frames and we have to figure out what the number is without having to count. So if we see a hand with two fingers up we know that is two without having to count. We watched a fun video that you can watch below and yelled out the answers with our friends. See if you can tell how many are in the groups with your child at home!

One student saw a picture of a group of dots and was able to tell us the total in the group was six. When asked how he knew this he gave the perfect answer!

He said: "I know that the dots on the right make five and there is one extra dot on the other side, so five plus one more is six." We have a class full of smart little cookies!!!!


With Halloween just around the corner we are really getting excited now. We have to finish our apples once they dry out a little bit more and can't wait to show you what they look like when they're finished. As a school we are all participating in a pumpkin carving contest! This week we cut our pumpkin at the top to scoop out all the "goo" and seeds. We saved the seeds so we could roast them and we had a blast getting all the goo out. 



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. 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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 15-19, 2018

We are getting excited for Halloween! We have including many different Halloween activities and books into our classroom. We created place value skeletons in math this week using cotton swabs and then had to count how many swabs we used. Once we knew how many we had to figure out which values was in the tens and ones place. We are getting better at identifying what value is in each place value and have been practicing which numbers added together make 10.


           

                                       


The words of this week are “I”, “and”, “my”, and “is”. We have been playing games like hangman, spelling races, and missing vowels to remember our words. In class the kids are on a team and the teachers on another. No matter how much the teachers try to trick the students we cannot-they are too smart! On Friday we tried to take all the vowels out of the words and we know that vowels are the glue that hold words together. Our students had to determine which vowels were missing and some words even had two vowel letters missing. Even then the students won!! Good job SKILL 2!! Ask your students to tell you what vowels are missing when you take them out of words.

                          

Next week we are excited to learn some Halloween themed words to get ready for the big day!


On Wednesday we went to the No Frills store to buy apples. We are using the apples to make a special Halloween craft. Ask your child to tell you what we did with the apples today! We’ll show you our finished apples next week.


We have started “Star of the Month” in our classroom. Each month we will send a note home with a particular student to remind them to bring in something like a poster, picture, or an artifact that is all about them! We share this and what makes us special with our peers and then we make a special book all about the student of the month.


Important Dates:

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 8-12, 2018

In SKILL 2 this week we have worked really hard during math time. We are building a strong sense of numbers to 10 and what numbers added together give us a sum of 10. We are using ten frames, songs, videos, blocks, little teddy bear manipulatives and as many other things we can get out hands on to solidify our “power of 10” knowledge. Parents, you can use a ten frame like the one below to help your child practice at home. Have your student place a certain number of objects from 0-9 and then see how many more are needed to make 10. Using what they have created ask them what two numbers added together made 10!


In literacy we learned four new words of the week! They are ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘love’, and ‘me’. When we went over our words on Friday we challenged ourselves to use all the words in one big sentence. Our students are so smart and came up with “dad and mom love me”! Way to go room 2!!


We had some fun things happen this week. We got to meet our buddies for the first time this week and got to know them a little. We are excited to work with them this year and are looking forward to all the fun we will have. We also did a fun circus game in our classroom when our physiotherapist came to visit! At one point we were lying on our backs and pretending to ride a unicycle with our legs in the air! It was so silly.


This week in science we learned about Venus. We found out that Venus used to have water on it like Earth, but because it is so hot the air “evaporated” and there is no water left. Ask your child if they remember what the word evaporated means and to tell you one more thing they learned about this planet. We did a fun experiment to see how rocks on Venus melt and reform. We poured melted butter over a bowl that was covered with flour and let the butter cool. Get your child to tell you what happened to the butter once it cooled…was it still a liquid? Did it turn into a solid?


Of course we wrapped up our week with a dance party!


Next week there is a Halloween Dance and we hope you will come! It is going to be “spooktacular!”


Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 17 - Grade 2 - Science Network Presentation

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 1-4, 2018

In SKILL 2 this week we have continued to work on many new concepts in math and science and are enjoying our words of the week. Students are taking chances and trying things that they aren’t completely comfortable with but we love that their willingness to try!


We started off our week by talking about something very serious. Monday was Orange Shirt Day and some of our class was not too sure why orange shirts were so special. We watched a video that explained how a young girl who was excited to go to school and was looking forward to learning new things got a shirt from her grandma for her first day that was orange. However, when she got to the school her shirt was taken away from her and she never saw it again. We talked about these Residential Schools and what happened to the kids who went to that school. It was very different at that school than it is at our school and we are relieved that we can be proud of who we are at our school. We watched the story video below called “When I Was Eight” that followed a girl who went to a residential school. The people at the school took her clothes she brought from home, cut her hair, and they were not very nice to the kids. You can watch it with your child and have them tell you why they thought these schools were unfair.


In math we worked on building our “power of 10” knowledge. We are building this skill in order to better understand place value and what it all means. Students have been exploring numbers between 0-9 to try and create their own equations that would equal a sum of 10. We came up with many different combinations and realized there was a pattern…we could make a combination and if we flipped the addends we created a new equation, but we still got a sum of 10!! Ask your student to tell you the different ways we could make 10!


In science we looked at why our planet has different seasons. We knew it had something to do with the sun but weren’t exactly sure what was going on. We made a model in class that helped us understand this. The Earth is not straight and actually spins on its axis, so it kind of sits sideways. As the Earth keeps moving around the sun it keeps spinning on its axis and that means the Earth is closer to the sun for part of the year and a little farther away for half the year. When we face closer to the sun it is spring and summer, but when we are farther away it is fall and winter. Being closer means more heat and warmer weather and being farther away means it is colder.


We talked a lot about what we are thankful for in our lives this week. With Thanksgiving coming up on Monday we wanted to think about what is special to us in our life and what are things that we could not live without. We made a great list as a class. See some of our ideas below and talk to your child about what they are thankful for.

Our students made some beautiful Thanksgiving candle holders that we hope you will enjoy on your table this holiday season as you spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. 


Next week in math we are looking forward to using different tools such as paint to create our power of 10 addition questions. We are excited to show you our work!! We are going to start learning about the other planets in our solar system as well know that we know so much about the Earth. Don't forget, Tuesday is picture day! We are so excited!!


Important Dates:

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

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

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

           

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 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


Have a great long weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 24-28, 2018

SKILL 2 has been a busy place to be this week. We have continued working in areas we already started and introduced some new activities as well! Our students have been rock stars rising up to meet different challenges this week. We learned about Terry Fox and how he took a chance and had determination and have seen so many kids in our class take a chance with something new such as learning a new concept, helping out a friend, and trying to make good choices for themselves! Well done SKILL 2!!

In math we have taken a step back from numbers 100-1000 to first focus on the basics and understanding place value up to the tens digit. We are using different manipulatives, songs, and dancing to try and learn this tricky concept.

We listened to a fun song this week that helped us figure out how many ones we need to make a group of 10….ask your child if they can tell you!! You can also watch the song below at home this weekend and talk about it some more with your student.

In reading we introduced a “Word of the Day”. Each day we look at a new word and at the end of the week we use the new words we learned to play fun games like a spelling race on the white board. This week we learned ‘look’, ‘run’, ‘big’, and ‘little’. Keep checking back to see what words we learn next week! Our students are even practicing their reading so they can read a story to their peers during quiet reading. It is great to hear our friends reading because it motivates the rest of us to keep practicing!

On our community walk this week we took a stroll to a neighbourhood park close to our school. We enjoyed playing on the park but also noticed a huge pile of fallen leaves on the ground. Not only did we take a look at the different patterns on the leaves and their different colours but we also had a big leaf fight!! It was lots of fun and everyone was having such a great time. We were throwing leaves all around, taking turns covering our friends in them, and even making ‘leaf angels.’ We are looking forward to more community walks this year.

Next week we are going to strengthen our “Power of 10” knowledge and see if we can find all the different ways you can get a sum of 10! We will also be starting a unit in Health on healthy eating. We are excited to learn what we can do to make sure we grow up to be big and strong!


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


Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 17-20, 2018

We have been very busy in SKILL 2 this week with many different things. In math we are focusing on numbers between 100 and 1000. We started to work on skip counting by 100 which our students were rock stars at! Get your child to skip count by 100 with you up to 1000. We are also working on being able to order numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least. Students have been working to identify the clues that tell them whether a certain number is less than another or greater. They are doing a great job at looking at the place values to determine value of the number. We danced to a fun video that helped us skip count by 100’s that you can dance to at home by clicking on the video below. You can also help your child practice the skills they developed this week by playing a balloon pop game that deals with ordering three digit numbers by visiting the link below.

  http://www.sheppardsoftware.co...

In science we continue to learn about the solar system. This week we introduced the moon and the earth, and next week we will be learning about the special characteristics that make each planet unique!

Next week is the Terry Fox Run. Some of our students have been preparing for this by joining “Club Rub’ in the mornings. This club focuses on short circuit activities that encourage running and movement. We are working as a school to raise money for this great cause, so if you can please bring “a Toonie for Terry” by Friday.

Important Dates:        

Parent Teacher Interviews

·       Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

·       Sept. 20th Interviews from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

·       Sept. 21st Interviews 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 


We are looking forward to meeting you all during conferences today and tomorrow. 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 10-14, 2018

Welcome to a new year of school! We have had so many exciting things happen already and we are jumping in and getting our feet wet right away.

The first week of school we learned and practiced new routines in the SKILL 2 class. We worked hard to follow these routines such as brushing our teeth and now we are already “pro’s.” 


We did some activities with our friends in SKILL 1. We made play-dough and did center activities together. It was a lot of fun meeting new friends and seeing old ones, and we enjoyed interacting with them.  We enjoyed moving our bodies in different ways through dancing, yoga, and tag games in the gym.


This week we started learning about the solar system. We learned there are eight planets and their names. Ask your child to tell you the planets they know of. We also learned some neat facts about the sun…ask your child to tell you two things they learned this week!


Today we made a masterpiece for one of the walls in our classroom. We are excited to share this with you at parent teacher conferences next week. We used paint and all the students got to add a special touch. Ask your child what they added to our masterpiece!


Next week we are looking forward to learning more about the solar system focusing on the Earth because that’s the planet we live on. We will also be working on numbers 100-1000. Our students have shown us how bright they are this week and already know all numbers from 0-100. Time for a challenge!

Important Dates:        

Parent Teacher Interviews

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Interviews from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Interviews 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 


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


Ms. Katyal

June 17-21, 2019

Our final full week of school is already over and although we are excited for summertime, we are so sad that our time with our kiddo's is over! :(


Our last full week is always busy and full of fun things. This week was no different. We wrapped up health, finished math, started taking our classroom art down...my goodness!! We did several science experiments to brush up on our prediction skills. They were fun and we got to do one outside! We used skittles in our first experiment and just barely covered them with water. Slowly, the colour from the skittles started to mix with the water and made a pretty rainbow!

The second experiment we did used a bottle of Pepsi and a pack of Mentho's mints. We dumped the mints into the pop outside and saw a mini explosion as the mint reacted with the liquid. It was lots of fun!


This week we also went on a field trip with our buddies to Humpty's! We went for the buddy lunch to celebrate all the great work students have done with their grade 5/6 buddies this year. The students had a great time walking there, enjoying lunch, and even getting to make ice cream sundaes once we got back. What a great day!!


Report cards will come home next week. We are looking forward to celebrating our grade sixes on Monday in a special assembly just for them. The assembly starts at 1 pm and we hope to see the families of our graduating sixes at the assembly! Sports Day has been postponed to Monday so please help students dress 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


It has been such a pleasure working with all of our SKILL families and we are fortunate to have known each of you. Thank you for letting us enjoy your children this year-it has been one of the best!!! For our families who are returning we look forward to seeing you in the Fall. For our families who are moving on, please stay in touch and let us know how your kiddo's are doing-we will miss you!!


Have a great summer holiday, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



June 10-14, 2019

This has been a fun week in SKILL learning some new things! We got a chance to learn lacrosse in the gym this week with a lacrosse player. We practiced trapping the ball, throwing it up and trying to catch it, and even got to spin the racquet with the ball in it. This was so tricky but we felt so proud of ourselves once we were able to do it- it felt like we were doing magic!!

                                                          


We have finished our unit on money and got to go to the “No Frills” store to make a purchase! We made a grocery list before we went of things we needed for a recipe and some items we need for the rest of our school year. Once we got to the store we had some students hold baskets while others students had to look for our items. After we found all our items we took them to the cashier and he helped us ring the items through. Our total was $24.00 but we only had $21.00. We had to identify which value was greater to see if we had enough money-turns out we were short a few dollars. This is when we learned how to use a debit or credit card! We just tapped the card on the machine and it charged us. This was so cool. Before we came back to school we decided to stop at Tim Horton’s for a special treat. Once we were there we had to practice using good table manners in preparation for our buddy lunch to Humpty’s on Thursday, June 20!

                                              


We had a lot of fun today doing a guided art lesson. One of the things we learned to draw was a dog. One of our students made a dog with a small head and a chubby body. It was very well done and we started talking about how funny it would be if animals were so round and chubby. We watched a couple silly videos of what it would look like if animals were round. You can laugh along just like we did by watching the video below.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yltlJEdSAHw


We are looking forward to many different things next week!! We have a cup stacking competition on Monday which will be students vs. teachers, our buddy lunch at Humpty’s will be on Thursday, and on Friday is Sports Day!! Can you believe there are only 7 more school days left?!?!


Important Dates:

-Hello Grade 6 Parents,

Can you believe we have just about 2 weeks left of school??  Our time is counting down and we have many important events coming up.  One of those events is the Grade 6 Celebration Lunch that will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  Students will arrive back to school after our Bowling trip to the Bowladrome at Chinook, and we traditionally have parents organize and set up a pizza lunch for them to enjoy.  We have had 3 parents volunteer their time and are currently looking for a few more.  If you are able to help us out, please contact Naomi Mabbott directly at nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca or you can contact your classroom teacher.

Thank you again for your support.  We look forward to a fantastic final 2 weeks with your child!

Sincerely,

Grade 6 Team


-Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21st 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.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee


-Pokemon Club

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

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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

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

Grades 4, 5 and 6

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

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

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

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


June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



June 3-7, 2019

On Monday our SKILL class went to the zoo!! We saw many different animals like the penguins and panda's, roamed with the dinosaurs, and saw tigers being trained. We had a wonderful day finding the animals around the zoo and using our eye spy eyes to find the animals that were hiding in their homes. 


                                      
                                                                



We learned about Japanese schools in social studies this week. Did you know students in Japan wear uniforms and their school rules are different than ours. You can watch the video below with your cihld to see how different schooling is in Japan. 



We are looking forward to wrapping up our major academic tasks and starting science experiments that will not only help us learn more about making predictions and scientific processes, but will also take us outside to enjoy the warm weather!



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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


May 27-31, 2019

This week we have started to wrap some things up and dive into other new learning opportunities. We are finishing up our unit on emotions and have had so much fun practicing and pretending to be in situations where we would experience different emotions. Our students have learned many new words for some emotions such as knowing joyful is the same as being happy or being in a rage means someone is extremely angry!


We are moving through our unit on poems. We did a lot of work with rhyming poems by learning word families and identifying rhyming pairs. Now we have moved onto poems that do not rhyme. One poem we looked at this week is called an acrostic poem. It is a describing poem and we got to make one for our own names!! The buddies came on Thursday and they helped us come up with words for each letter of our names that describe us. It was great to see our students working so hard with their buddies to come up with great describing words.


In math we continue to look at money, recognizing their value, identifying what each coin is called and will be working up to combining different coins to generate a certain value. Once we practice doing this we will start making small classroom purchases. Students will be able to buy pencils, erasers, and maybe even a treat!


This week has been so beautiful and although the smoke rolled in towards the end of the week, we certainly enjoyed the sunshine the first few days. One of our students very thoughtfully brought in some cupcakes for their classmates that they baked and decorated at home. We took them outside on Monday and enjoyed a picnic before playing on the playground. On Wednesday we also got to walk to a park that we haven’t been to in a while. We enjoyed playing and the warm sun shining on us! What a great week!


We are so excited for our field trip to the zoo on Monday (June 3)! We cannot wait to see all the animals, but are especially excited to see the panda’s. We had a discussion in class on Friday about expectations and what are some good things to bring with us. Parents please help your child make sure they are prepared for our trip by having the following with them on Monday:

-comfortable walking shoes

-a light sweater in case of weather changes

-a brown bag lunch (we will not have access to a microwave-sandwiches are best)

-extra snacks for the day

-extra juice boxes if desired

-water bottles **


Important Dates:

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:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.
  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.
  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

Ride to School Day

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 3 – SKILL/PLP - Zoo

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



May 13-16, 2019

SKILL students have been diving into several different math concepts this week. We are learning how to identify even and odd numbers. We learned that no matter how a number gets we only look at the value in the ones place value to tell if the number is even or odd. We watched a great video that explained the difference between the two types of values. You can watch it at home with your child by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kHtGbnYKGc

We have also started learning about money. We are looking at the names of the different coins, distinguishing marks on each one, and the value of each. Our students have already shown a strong understanding of coins and are eager to learn more so they can make small purchases in the classroom and throughout the school. Help your child practice at home while singing along to this video below. Get your child to tell you an interesting fact about the penny!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5wlXd1y3MA

We learned more about Japan this week and took a look at traditional clothing from the country. We know that usually they wear similar clothes that we wear in Canada but they also have very special clothes they wear for important celebrations and events. The traditional dress we looked at is called a Kimono. We found out that men wear solid coloured Kimonos and women’s Kimonos are more colourful and have more designs. We watched a video that showed us how people walk in Kimono’s. They have to point their toes inwards and then walk straight while keeping their feet that way. It was so tricky to do that and our legs hurt after!

We saw something really neat from our classroom window on Thursday! There was a squirrel sitting on the bench outside our classroom and we got to watch it eat a pinecone. It took it apart by taking off the shells so it could eat the delicious insides. We had to be very quiet so we didn’t scare it away. It was so neat to watch the squirrel eating on a rainy spring day. 

Next week we are very excited about our Jump Rope for Heart event. Please return your fundraising forms to the school latest by Friday, May 24, 2019. We have been learning some skipping songs and poems that we can sing along to when we are skipping next week.

Important Dates:

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

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



May 6-10, 2019

This week has been busy as usual. We are starting to do guided reading in our classroom and had our first reading group lesson this week. We are working together as a group to help our peers sound out unfamiliar groups and encourage comprehension and recall skills. Students are excited about doing their reading in small groups and showcasing how much they have learned this year.

In math we are winding down with subtraction. We have gotten quite good at recognizing taking one away from any given value is just like counting down. We played a fun game that helped our students visualize what it means to take something away. You can play the game with your child at home by clicking on the link below!

https://www.abcya.com/games/subtraction_game

We also introduced “Odd Todd and Even Steven” this week. We know that when you have a number you can split with a friend and you both have the same amount that is an even number. A number you can’t share equally with a friend is an odd number. Listen to the song below to see what we know about odd and even numbers.


In social we looked at some Japanese characters and sounds. We found out that the Japanese sounds do not have a sound that is the same as the “L” sound in English, so when they say certain English words they make an “R” sound instead. We found a website that would translate our first and last names into how they would sound using Japanese characters. See the list below!! We thought some of our names sounded so silly!

We had a very cool experience this week. A guest who was coming to our classroom has a service dog and we got to meet her when she came to visit. We had to make sure that we were very careful when the service dog came in to make sure that we let her do her job; the dog was actually at work!! We had to remember not to pet the dog, not call out to her, or feed her anything. It was hard to not pet her because she was so cute but we all did an amazing job letting her do her job.

We also celebrated one of our friends birthdays this week!!! We want to thank our student and their family for bringing in treats for us!

Today we made macaroni and cheese! We are such good chef’s. We boiled our water and cooked our noodles. Then we added some special ingredients to make the sauce. Ask your child what they got to do to help make our meal today. 


Important Dates:

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!

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

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


April 29-May 3, 2019

This week in SKILL we are looking closely at subtraction in preparation for our money unit. We are learning to identify that when you subtract you end up with less than what you started with. We are focusing on subtracting one from a particular value between numbers 1-20. This is helping us strengthen our counting backwards skills as well! Watch the video below to practice with your child at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6UPVZRYGTM

Thank you to parents and families who came to the Spring Concert on Thursday. It was such a great show and our students worked so hard! Since we had many classes practicing this week for the Spring Concert we weren’t able to see our music teacher Ms. DaFoe. On Wednesday in our own class we got a little surprise! After we were finished our work we got to play with some handbells where you press the tops to make music. It was lots of fun. We made a song together as a class by taking turns and then one by one we got to make songs using all the bells! 


April 23-26, 2019

We have been busy as usual in SKILL 2 this week. We have been working on subtraction in math this week, focusing on subtracting equations that use the same values. For example, if you have 10-10 your answer is 0. Every time you subtract the same numbers we realized that we always got 0!! You can look at the problem we worked on in class this week, the case of the missing birthday candles. 


In social studies we learned about some national symbols of Japan. We learned about a special bird, a special tree, and a very different symbol. Ask your child about what they learned!




This week our buddies held a special “Play and Learn” carnival for us!! We got to go outside and participate in different activities. There was a parachute station, sack races, chalk drawings, and hurdle jumping. We had so much fun with them and are so lucky to have such great buddies!!




Next week we are looking forward to watching the Spring Concert on Thursday! We know our friends at school have been working so hard and can’t wait to see all their hard work on stage. 


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


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


May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



April 15-18, 2019

This week in SKILL 2 we learned more about adding details to our sentences. We learned that some sentences although important can sound kind of boring and that if we add more details we can make our sentences so exciting!! We learned some “W” questions this week like who and what so we grew sentences that included these. We started with a simple sentence of something we can do, then added how we do it, who we like to do it with, and why we can do it. Sentences are tricky but we will continue practicing to develop this skill. Ask your child what their sentence was.

In social we started learning about Japan. We looked at its landscape and learned it has forest areas, mountains, water all around, and even volcanoes! It has a little bit of everything. We learned the name of the highest volcano in Japan which actually has some snow on the top for part of the year. Ask your child to tell you the name of this volcano.

We listened to the anthem and it sounded very different from Canada’s National Anthem. You can watch a video that we watched at school below. It gave us a quick look of all the cool things to know about Japan.


Visit Japan! www.youtube.com Japan is often overlooked by Westerners as a travel destination. But Japan is a wonderful place to visit! Great food, beautiful natural wonders, and adventure abounds! Whether you desire an exciting adventure or peaceful relaxing getaway, Japan can accommodate your desires. Filmed by CinematixHD www.CinematixHD.com 770-938-7077

 Next week in math we will be spending a short time revisiting adding and subtracting before we jump into money, time, and some data entry fun before the end of the year!

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

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


May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

 

Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


April 8-12, 2019

Skill has learned so many words during word of the day that we have started a new challenge…sentences of the week! We are working to expand and “grow” sentences by adding more detail, information and description. For example, we looked at foods we liked and started with a simple sentence such as “I like _______”. One student said they liked grapes and so instead of saying “I like grapes” we tried making this sentence more interesting….what if we said “I like juicy grapes” instead or “I like big, juicy green grapes”.



Our occupational therapist and speech and language pathologist have been talking with us about a “group plan”. What this means is that when our class or group is doing one activity we have to work on making sure we are thinking about and staying focused on that group plan. If we are thinking about something else then we aren’t focused on the group plan anymore, we are thinking about our own plan. It is important to be part of the group plan when expected so we know what is happening around us and can participate in activities with our friends. This week we worked together to complete a group task of building a town that was bigger than some of our students!!



This week we did some cooking with an item we all probably have in our cupboards at home. We had potatoes that we washed to get all the dirt off of them. Then we had to be very careful while we used sharp knives to cut the potatoes into smaller pieces. Once the potatoes were cut we put oil on them and some salt and pepper to season. We put them in the over to cook. Can you guess what we made??? They were delicious!

                              

                                                            



Next week on Wednesday it is class picture day! We are excited to get our picture taken together with the best kids ever!! We have started to learn a little bit about Japan. Stay tuned for more as we make our way through this beautiful country.



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 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.


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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



April 1-5, 2019

Welcome back to school after spring break! We are excited to see our students back fully rested and ready to go for the last part of this year. We’ve already gotten a bit sad realizing we only have three more months of school left with our awesome kiddos. Where has the time gone???


We jumped right back into all the wonderful things we were doing before the break. We are continuing to look at rhyming words and identifying rhyming pairs. Through rhyming we are looking at word families, ending sounds, beginning sounds, and blending sounds to create words. This is a skill that will take some time as it is challenging but we will continue to practice.

Before the break we began a unit on emotions/feelings and the different words we can use to describe those different feelings. Our speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist are both working with us in this area as well. We are learning to keep our brains focused on the “group plan” rather than our own plan/own thoughts when we are doing group activities. It is so important for our students to be able to name what they are feeling in order to apply strategies to help their self-regulation in particular situations. As they say “you need to be able to name it to tame it”.



Since the weather has been so nice since we have come back to school we have been taking advantage and spending as much as we can outside when possible. We have taken a couple walks this week, had some extra outside play time, and even got to roll down our school hill which was so much fun!

            



We are so excited for class pictures which is coming up on April 17! We will also be starting a new unit in social studies, learning about the country Japan!! We will look at family, lifestyle, culture, make our own Japanese inspired crafts, and the best part-eat some delicious food!!



Important Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



March 11-15, 2019

This week in SKILL we have taken a look at poems, specifically rhyming poems. We are thinking of rhyming words and what that means. We know that rhyming words have a different beginning sound but their endings sound the same. Give your child a word like dog or tree and ask them to tell you a rhyming word. Here is a silly poem we listened to with rhyming words in it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AaFtT_M39Q

In math we have continued to look at different values to determine which one is greater than and which one is less than. Students are showing their understanding when we play games and talk about numbers on their own. Many have started recognizing that place value can be used to help them determine which number is bigger or smaller. This is a challenging concept to grasp and we are very proud of our students as they build this knowledge! You can click on the link below to play a game we played this week.

http://www.abcya.com/comparing_number_values_jr.htm

We are just about ready to wrap up our unit on penguins. We have learned a lot and students are so proud of how much knowledge they have gained. This week we looked at penguins falling in love! We learned that the male penguin will find a pebble for the female penguin and keep bringing her pebbles until she accepts one. If she does not like the pebbles the male penguin is bringing her she will ignore him until she likes one! Two of our students did a little skit to show the pebble exchange and how they built their pebble nest together once they fell in love.

We also learned about penguins tongues and the special feature on them to help them catch fish. Ask your child what is special about the penguin’s mouth and why this helps them catch their dinner.

Students have also learned about a penguin’s feathers and that there is oil on them that helps keep them dry. If the penguins got wet they would not be able to stay warm without this oil and would need to move somewhere warmer. We did a science experiment where we covered a picture of a penguin with white crayon which acted like the oil on the penguin’s feathers. Then we sprayed water and saw what happened.


The oil helps the water roll off the penguin’s feathers when they get out of the water, and so it helps keep them dry and warm.

On Friday we had something crazy happen in our classroom!! A silly leprechaun visited the classroom after everyone went home on Thursday and made such a big mess!! We found out that leprechauns are mischievous and like to play tricks on people; well the one that came to our class sure played a trick on us! It had moved all our calendar and weather boards, changed the year to 9012, put up August as the month, spilled cereal everywhere, and even jumped into paint before walking all around our classroom!! That silly leprechaun!


We are looking forward to seeing parents/guardians next week for parent/teacher conferences. If you have not sent the sign up sheet back yet for appointment times please do so early next week. A reminder that Thursday is a half day and students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm before the start of spring break!!!

Important Dates:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


March 4-8, 2019

We are working hard in SKILL 2 and have started so many new things in our classroom. We have been learning a special dance during our time with our Sound Kreations residency instructor. We presented our dance on Friday in the gym and are so thankful to all the families that came to see us! We got to play freeze dance, moved our bodies to the beat, and had a great time dancing. Music and dancing is one of our favourite activities in SKILL 2 and we were so happy to do it a little more this week. 



We have started to learn about different emotions and feelings with our speech and occupational therapist which ties in to our own classroom unit on emotions. We started to name the different emotions we might feel and look at different words we can use for emotions we already know. We learned the words ecstatic, joyful, and thrilled mean the same thing as saying we are happy and will look at more emotions next week. 



In math we are looking at place value and how we can use this knowledge to determine which numbers are greater than or less than another. We listened to a song that talked about an alligator that only likes to chomp on bigger numbers. We talked about how the alligator gets so hungry and greedy that it only wants to eat the bigger number. 

We looked at different values to practice using what we know about place value too. We know that we start looking at numbers on the left and move over to the next place value column if the numbers in the first column are the same. Students are showing their understanding of place value AND greater/less than and we've only just started learning this new concept. We couldn't be more proud of our kiddo's in SKILL 2! Click on the link below to play a greater/less than game with your child at home. The second link leads to a game that also uses the equal to symbol to show when two numbers are the same! Are you up for the challenge??

http://www.softschools.com/mat...

https://www.education.com/game...



Thank you to parents who have already had a chance to help us celebrate our students of the month. This is a great way for students in our class to learn more about each other, find common interests and create deeper relationships with their peers, and an opportunity for them to practice their literacy skills through asking relevant on topic questions, and working on their writing skills as we create a special keepsake for our student of the month. This month we have two students in the spotlight and want to thank both families for sending in pictures, memory books, and artifacts for them to share with us! One artifact in particular was a students very first outfit. Their peers could not believe that there was a time when their friend used to fit into tiny little baby outfits!




Next week we are going to be diving into another new topic and looking at poems in literacy. We will look at rhyming words, make a penguin poem book, and look at some fun Dr. Seuss books we already love! It's a great time to be in SKILL 2! We will also be sending home a parent/teacher conference sign up sheet next week. Please pick your first three preferred times and we will get back to you with your finalized conference appointment. We are looking forward to meeting with you on March 21 and 22!



Important Dates:

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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 25-28, 2019

We have had a busy week getting to know our new friends in SKILL 2. We have been participating in many activities that would help us get to know our new students better and for them to get to know us better. Games and turn taking have been a big focus this week to encourage student participation in unfamiliar environments and settings. As we celebrated Pink Shirt Day this week it was a great way to encourage students to create new friendships and make new members of our classroom feel welcome. Our students are getting excited learning about their new friends and the new little ones are becoming more comfortable in their classroom. 



This week we finished up our 100 days of school activities. We wrote our 100 year old goals, put up pictures of what we would look like at 100 years, and completed math activities. We are already great at skip counting by 10's all the way up to 100 but we are practicing skip counting by 5! It is tricky but we know we'll get there. We did an activity this week where we had 10 different sections and had to figure out how many dots would go in each section to make 100. We already knew there were 10 sections and knowing that we can skip count by 10's we counted up to 100. We found out that in 10 spaces you can put 10 dots in each and then you would get to 100! We used paint to show our dots and our thinking and they look great! 



Students have continued learning new words and one particular fun word we learned this week was "reminders". Ask your child what a reminder is and what reminders they need throughout the day. We talked about how our students are great at reminding teachers important things that help them learn and grow. Students remind each other to keep their classroom tidy or to make good choices, they also discussed how an alarm clock is their reminder to wake up for school every morning. As we continue building our vocabulary students are further developing their reading skills. We had another student who was able to read a story to his classmates this week and we are so proud of the progress they are all making!



Next week we are excited for the Sound Kreations Residency that is coming to our school! We will have a show on Friday, March 8 at 11 am in the school gym. We certainly hope you can make it to see what we will be working on next week. We are also coming to the end of our penguin unit and have lots of fun stuff planned for the months ahead. We can't believe it is already March and that summer break is only four months away...where has the time gone??? Time sure does fly when you are having fun! 


Important Dates:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.      March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 19-22, 2019

This week in SKILL we have had a slightly different week than what we usually do. We have had so many new and exciting this happening in our class we couldn’t wait to tell you about. We got a chance to meet another new friend on Tuesday who will be joining us on Monday. We are looking forward to getting to know him better and having him get to know us. We have been excited about meeting new friends this year.


Last week we celebrated our 100th day of school!! Thank you to families who were able to count out and bring in 100 objects of their choice. We counted many different things to make groups of 100. For example each student had to count out 10 popcorn kernels and then we skip counted each group of 10 until we counted up to 100. We counted out and ate 100 snacks, we saw what we would look like at 100 years old using a funny photo app, and many of us dressed up like we were 100 years old-it was such a blast! We will continue to finish up our 100 days activities next week. This week when we came back to school we counted out 100 jellybeans, then counted how many days of school are left till summer break, and then got to eat the extra jellybeans!! We are counting down now and can’t believe how little time there is left!!


On Thursday we got to go to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. We cannot tell you what an incredible field trip this was. It was so great to see our students so engaged and having so much fun exploring the facility. We started with a motivational movie about the Olympics and our students were so excited after watching this. We then got to explore sports artifacts and had to try and figure out what all the artifacts were and were used for. After lunch we got to play some fun games and did a scavenger hunt before we had some free exploration time. Ask your child what their favourite part of the day was and why they enjoyed it!

                                                                            



Next week we will work on completing our 100 days of school activities and enjoying having a new friend in our classroom. We have a SoundKreations Residency starting soon and we can’t wait to share what we are doing with you.


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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



February 4-8, 2019

February is always such a busy month and this week was surely telling of that!!  We have been working on so many different skills and in so many different areas. A big highlight of this week was our drumming residency!! We had three sessions with Roger where we got to explore the drum and play games with it, then we learned a song that we performed today! Thank you to parents who were able to make it for the students performance, they were so excited to see you! We enjoyed learning about rhythms, beats, and being able to create our own drum patterns!

                                                   


This week we also celebrated Chinese New Year which was on Tuesday, February 5- Happy year of the pig! We learned why Chinese New Year is celebrated, why it is important, and even found out what our zodiac sign is!!! Ask your child what animal they are…most of us were an ox, a rat, a pig, or a dragon! We made noise maker drums that make loud noise and are used to scare away the creature!! Click on the link below to watch the story to find out what creature we are talking about. 

On Tuesday SKILL 1 made spring rolls and invited us to celebrate with them. We had to read the instructions to know how to cook and went over important things to remember when using a big oven. Some of us had never tried a spring roll before and weren’t sure we would like them but after taking a bite we found out they were delicious!! Today in our own classroom we made noodles and invited SKILL 1 to come celebrate with us this time! We had to try using chopsticks to eat the noodles and it was so tricky! Some of us tried using one stick to wrap noodles around it and some of us found it easier to use our fingers. We were so relieved when we were finally able to use a fork.


We have been practicing the literacy skills we are learning at so many different times throughout the day. We continue to add more words to our words books and are almost out of pages. Very soon we are going to need to add another book because of all the words we have learned! This week we learned one, two, name, and month. We are getting really good at sounding out letters to identify unfamiliar words and often we can sound out the word when Ms. K asks us to guess the letter of the day. We have also been using this skill to have more student readers during story time. We had some amazing readers this week who took their time and were able to sound out tricky words to read a story to their classmates. One day we even did a kind of readers theater! We had a student reader who was our narrator and our other friends were the actors. We acted out the story of “5 Little Monkey’s” and had costumes and everything. It was so much fun!


In science we are making a penguin information book and are excited to show you what it will look like when it is done. We are also creating a documentation panel outside our classroom with all of the things we have learned about penguins so far. Other students have already stopped to take a peek and see what our class has been up to.


Next week we are really looking forward to meeting a new friend who will be joining our class. We can’t wait to show her around our school and have her be part of all the fun things we do in our classroom. We are also really looking forward to having a curling lesson in gym on Monday and a top secret field trip coming up on February 21! Our teachers won’t tell us what the field trip is yet and are keeping it a surprise until next week when field trip forms go home. They know we are going to be so excited about where we get to go!


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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


January 28-31, 2019

Although this has been a short week it has been absolutely jam-packed with so many things to do!! We have also been missing some of our friends! There has been lots going on outside of school for some of us so we have not had a full class at all this week. We are looking forward to having all our friends back next week.

Parents just a reminder there is no school tomorrow on Friday, February 1, 2019.


In reading we learned many new words. We learned rage, away, day, come, and here. Learning so many new words has really helped us with our reading and decoding skills and this could be seen when students were being assessed in literacy. All our students showed their ability to recognize new words and identify them independently. This is truly something to celebrate!! Listening to the sounds in the new words has helped us strengthen our knowledge of letter sounds so we can try spelling words by ourselves now! We have also been doing a lot of printing practice as we write our new words and think of sentences to use them in. Way to go SKILL 2 students!!


In math we are continuing to learn how to use a number line. For some of us it has helped with our counting and adding and for some we just need to keep practicing. There are some fun games on StarFall that we played this week using number lines and we have had fun moving our own bodies to make a “student number line”.


In science we did a fun experiment to learn how blubber works in a penguins body. We know how important blubber is and how this helps keep penguins warm. We know that other animals have fat in their body they use for energy and warmth. We had a bucket full of water, and two plastic zip lock bags. In one bag we put a bunch of margarine, and the other bag we put inside the margarine. We stuck our hands into the empty bag and buried our fingers into the margarine. Ask your child what they felt when their fingers were all covered…could they feel the water temperature or not?




We learned how to make toast this week. We popped some slices of bread into a toaster, then we put butter and jam on it. It was a lot of fun and a super easy recipe that we can even make at home. Get your child to help you make toast for breakfast this weekend.

                                              
                                                                                       



Our buddies have helped us finish our research project on penguins and we started our presentations today. Students have done a fantastic job finding their important information and using such good presenting voices. Students were brave and shared their information with their classmates. We are so proud of how well the audience members listened and how well our presenters gave their presentations. Good job SKILL and Buddies!!


This week we have been thoroughly enjoying Mission Impossible in the gym. Students have been doing a great job working on balance, crawling, jumping, and other gymnastics related skills. We even get to turn on the Mission Impossible theme music while we make our way through the obstacle course. It has been so much fun and we will be sad to see it go.

                                



We also learned about Groundhog Day which is coming up this weekend on February 2, 2019. We learned what a groundhog is and what it looks like, and what the story is behind it seeing its shadow on Saturday. We learned what it means to make a prediction and then made our predictions as a class. We have five people who predicted the groundhog will not see its shadow and three people who predict the groundhog will see its shadow. We will have to wait till we come back to school to find out if our predictions was correct!


Next week we are looking forward to drumming and the winter walk. We will have three drumming lessons and then we will be part of the 10:30 am presentation to show what we have been learning! We would love for you to join us if you can to see how hard your child has been working.

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).


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 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


Have a great long weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



January 21-25, 2019

We have learning many new things in SKILL this week. In literacy Mrs. Doyle taught us a game that she loves to play all about words. In a circle you write a few letters and then you try to make as many words as you can using those letters. We are having lots of fun coming up with words we know, new words, and even silly words! You could play this easy game at home with your child. This game also comes as an app that you could download to a device so your child can play anytime and continue building their reading skills. 



In math we introduced number lines and what they are. We haven't started using them yet and that will be something we look at next week, but so far we are understanding what they are and how they can help us count, add numbers, and so much more. You can watch the video we watched in class below with your child and try to brainstorm different places in our world that we might encounter them. 



Today we got to make spaghetti! We boiled our noodles until they were soft, had to use a can opener again to open our can of sauce, we put the sauce over the noodles and thought we made a pretty delicious dish. We are excited to cook more often and try easy recipes we could even make at home with our families. 


Next week we are looking forward to learning how to use number lines and practicing using them when we add. We are also excited for drumming! From February 4-8 we have a drumming residency coming to our school to work with all the different classes. There will be a performance on Friday, February 8 and SKILL will be presenting at the 10:30 show time. We hope you can make it!


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


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



January 14-18, 2019

This week students have worked really hard even with a disturbance in their week. Ms. K had to attend a workshop for two days so we had a sub for both days. Luckily it was Mrs. Perry who the students already know and is so great in our classroom!


Even with Mrs. K away we still kept going and learning new and exciting things. We are adding more words to our word books and this week we focused on the words ‘good’, ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, and ‘yesterday’ since these are words we encounter every day when we are doing weather. Our books are getting so full and soon we will have to start another book!


In math we are continuing to build our addition skills. We are confident that students have understand what it means to add zero to any number and are now working to add one more. We are learning all the words that mean the same thing such as add one more, what would come next, and one more is. This has been a challenging concept to grasp and we are working on introducing many strategies students can use to help them. We are using manipulatives, using our fingers to help us count, and next week we will start learning to use a number line. We played a game that helped us practice adding one. We used a dice or a deck of cards and either rolled the dice or drew a card from the pile. Whatever number we got we had to add 1 more to. It was a fun way to practice that students did very well with; an easy game you can play with your student at home.


In science we are learning more about penguins. This week we learned about penguin habitats, we found out they have blubber under their skin, and we learned a word called “regurgitate”. Penguins will eat fish and swallow it and then bring it back up or regurgitate it for their chicks. Ask your child to tell you why this is something penguins do. When we saw our buddies we started to make posters based on the information we researched last week. We have to list what they eat, where they live, any special marks they have, and who their predators are.

                                                                                      


On Friday we got to do some cooking and made something that was delicious and simple! We made vegetable soup! We got to use a can opener that was definitely tricky to use but we all got a chance to practice. Then we put our soup in a pot with some water and heated it on a hot plate. It was a lot of fun to get the soup out of the can and we can’t wait to cook again.

                                        
                                                                                            



We are excited to start learning about number lines next week and getting ready to present our penguin posters to our classmates.


Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


January 7-11 2019

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a restful winter break and enjoyed family time. Students in SKILL 2 came back to school this week with so many great stories about what they did over the break. A lot of our students were able to spend quality time with their families, spend time outdoors, and just relax playing toys and games they enjoy. We are so glad to hear everyone had a great time off.

This week we jumped back into all the great learning that happens in SKILL 2 and are so proud of how hard our students are working. We played hangman to review some of the words we have learned so far this year and were so excited that students remembered so many words!! We are learning more words now that we are back, and this week our words were new, home, use, and because. When we learned the word ‘use’ we talked about “Magic E”. We started with the word us and listened to the sound that ‘u’ made. Then we added the ‘e’ onto the end to make use and listened to the sound ‘u’ made. We were surprised to hear that it was different! We found out that ‘e’ at the end of a word has a lot of power and how it helps the vowel that comes before it. Let your child teach you why magic e is so important and what its big job is! After your student teaches you the importance of magic e watch the video below that we watched in class with them. Can you think of your own words that change by adding ‘e’ at the end?



In math we are doing some addition review. Students are working on adding 0; “When you add zero the number doesn’t change, it stays the same, it says its name.” This is a bit of a tricky concept to understand but we will keep practicing at school and you can help your child practice at home. For example, if your child is helping set the table for dinner at home you can give them the required number of utensils to lay out and ask them what would happen if you added zero to that number. So if a student has 4 forks and you add 0 more, how many forks would you still have on the table??



In science we are starting a new unit on penguins. With our buddies this week we got the name of one type of penguin and we had to do our own research! We had to find out what the penguin eats, where it lives, and what special marks it has on its body. Next week we are going to create presentations using the information that we found before we present our findings to the rest of our classmates. Our buddies were such great helpers and brought laptops for us to use to do our research. We didn’t know there were so many different species of penguins!


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 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



December 10-14, 2018

We know every week feels like a busy week but oh my goodness, this week was truly a busy one! SKILL 2 has been working non-stop in so many different areas and on so many different projects. One major highlight of this week was our walking field trip to South Center Mall. Students did such a good job on our longer walk and being mindful of others at the mall throughout the day. They displayed their best manners, were good at making sure we stuck together, and it made for such a fun day. We got to meet Santa and he was equally as excited to meet us as we were to meet him! We got to practice talking with different people at the mall when we were visiting different stores, ordering food, and passing people on our walk. Our favourite store to visit is the Disney store!! When some of us were ordering food at lunch time we had to use our knowledge of money to make sure we had enough to order what we wanted and get back change if we had more money than we needed. It was such a fun day we couldn't believe how quickly it went by but we sure were tired by the time we got back to school. We had a great time exploring, decorating cookies, meeting Santa, and visiting different stores. 

                                                  

                                                                                      



Another major highlight of this year is the Winter Concert!! We did such a good job with our morning and evening performance and the entire school community was so excited to see SKILL showcasing their hard work. We had a transition rehearsal on Tuesday, a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, and ofcourse both shows on Thursday! We practiced a lot in music class and were so ready to dance and sing our hearts out! Ask your performer what their favourite part of being in the concert was. 

                                         

 

We continue to love spending time with our buddies. This week we made a craft that looked like a tree with lights on it. We had to practice our cutting and gluing skills and organizational skills well. Our buddies are so patient and helpful and they are so good at letting us be as independent as we can. 

                                



Today we made salt dough ornaments to take home next week before winter break. Students had to read and follow a recipe and accurately measure out each ingredient. We then used a rolling pin and our hands to flatten the dough before using cookie cutters to cut out winter themed shapes. We need to let them dry before we can decorate them next week. Ask your child what shape ornaments they made!



Next week we are excited to do caroling in the gym with our whole school community. We have so many crafts to make and a special parent gift we are working on to bring home before the break. The winter concert really put us in the holiday spirit and next week is going to be all about holiday cheer!



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


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



December 3-6, 2018

SKILL 2 has been so busy this week. We are trying to finish many different things before winter break and can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. In science we are finishing off our solar system unit by looking at stars and the most popular constellations. After we looked at the big dipper and Orion we made our own night sky in a bag. Ask your kids to show you their night sky!



We have continued to practice adding zero to any number and remembering that the number doesn’t change, it says its name. Students have been further their understanding and showing their learning during class. One student got a few jellybeans for doing a great job during reading and said “I have two jellybeans and if I don’t add anymore I still have two.” It is so great to see students showing their learning at different times throughout the day-it is so exciting!

As we keep adding new words to our dictionaries students have been identifying more words throughout the day. They are recognizing words in their environments and identifying words they have learned during reading times. We are now focusing on winter words such as snow, holidays, and family. Our students are blowing us away with their ability to spell new words based on their letter sound understanding.



Our OT Nicole came to visit us and this week we practice our pencil grip and creating pictures step by step. For example we had to draw a present but we had to start with drawing a box, next we got to draw the ribbon on the box, and last we drew the bow on top. Students did very well and Nicole was very happy with all the drawings.

We also practiced our fine motor skills by creating art with our buddies this week. We had to use pushpins to poke holes through a drawing on a piece of paper to make a picture on another piece of paper. We put our finished pictures on the window so they could catch the light from outside and we could see our secret pictures. Ask your student what picture they made!



We decorated our classroom Christmas tree today and the students had such a blast deciding where to put all the ornaments. We had to work together to determine where the ornaments should go and had to work as a team when it came to putting the garlands around the tree. We played seasonal songs and had a fireplace video going on the SmartBoard and it felt like the holidays have truly arrived.

                                                                                                                        

                                           


Next week we are so excited because our Winter Concert is happening on Thursday!!! Students have been practicing so much and are really looking forward to sharing their work with you. There will be two shows on Thursday, one at 9:00 am and another at 6:30 pm. Students must be at school by 6 pm and will be required to stay until all performers have had a chance to showcase their hard work. You can pick your child up from their classroom after the show is over. Students are asked to wear Christmas colours or dress up in something fancy! We couldn't be more excited. 
We are also going to meet Santa on Monday!! We will leave for SouthCenter Mall around 9:00 am and hope to beat the rush to meet our 'Man of the Hour". We will return to school before the buses at the end of the day. A reminder to please pack easy brown bag lunches that do not require a microwave, or money with your child's food order so they can make a purchase from the food court. 



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



Have a great long weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 26-30, 2018

Students are practicing adding 0. We learned a fun poem about Zoe’s Zero and how when you add zero to a number the number doesn’t change but instead “it says its name”. Below is a YouTube video we watched that had some questions we called out answers for. Watch the video with your child and try answering the questions together.



We are reading Flat Stanley and students love hearing all the silly adventures Stanley is having now that he is flat. We enjoyed thinking about how Stanley could travel through the space underneath the door and how he could fly like a kite. We are going to be creating our own flat Stanley’s once we finish the book and will be looking at all the different jobs that are listed in the book. We will look at doctors like the one Stanley had to visit, the postman who helped send Stanley to his friend’s house, and the police officers who are helping find the paintings that went missing from the art museum. Ask your child what their favourite part of the story is so far!



SKILL 2 students made a fun craft this week getting ready for the winter season. Kids made paper link snowmen and they turned out so cute!! We counted how many days we have until winter break and we couldn’t believe it’s just around the corner! There are only 14 more school days in December before the are off. We have so much to do before then and are looking forward to finishing off our solar system unit before the break. Our winter concert is also coming up soon; we just can’t believe how quickly this year is going!



Important Dates:

Parents a reminder that Adopt-A-Family donations must be in by December 6th, not December 7th, as the 7th is a PD Day and there are no classes for students. 

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 19-22, 2018

I would like to thank all the parents who were able to come for interviews these last two days. It is always such a pleasure to meet with you and share all the wonderful things your children are doing in our classroom. We love to celebrate their achievements with you and know you are all proud of your children!! Parents who were unable to make it I hope that we can find a time in the next month to reschedule a meeting! We would love to share the great things your SKILL student is doing!


This week students have been focusing on printing. Last week we learned about short, tall, and basement letters and this week students have been really mindful of remembering that during their printing. We are seeing students printing on their lines, slowing down, and really concentrating to do their best work. What a treat to see how neat their printing has already become in one short week!



We learned three new words this week: stop, do not/don’t, and stomp. When we looked at the word do not we talked about how it is such a long word because it is made up of two different ways. We wanted to see if there was a way we could shorten it to save time…in comes the apostrophe! This was a bit of a challenging concept to understand but our students keep working hard and I’m sure we will be able to practice it with many other words. Ask your child which letter we took out of ‘do not’ so we could add the apostrophe. We played a new game called popcorn on Thursday to practice some of the words we have learned so far. Everyone gets a turn and you pick a piece of ‘popcorn’ from the popcorn box. If you recognize the word you say it, if not a friend gets a chance to say the word. Whoever knows the word gets to keep that piece of popcorn. However if you get a piece of popcorn that says ‘POP’ on it you have to put all your popcorn pieces back in the box and start again!



In math we have started to add 0 to a value. This is a bit tricky but since we’ve just started we will have plenty of time to practice. We played a game with Uno cards where we had to order numbers 0-9 and the group that ordered them the quickest yelled out UNO! Once everyone had their numbers in a row, we took out the zero and tried adding it to each number. We realized there was a pattern!! Whenever we add zero to any number that number does not change!! Ask your child some addition questions using numbers 1-9 and practice adding zero to them.  



Next week we are looking forward to doing more work with zero and continuing to read our new novel study read "Flat Stanley"! There is also a Gingerbread House night coming up November 29 that we are looking forward to. The holidays are just around the corner can you believe it!


Important Dates:

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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



November 12-16, 2018

This week we have focused on printing and science in SKILL 2. Students learned how to print lower case letters by checking which letters are tall, which are short, and which ones are basement letters that have some kind of a tail. SKILL 2 has been practicing writing daily and we are now focusing on making sure our letter sizes are just right. This is helping students whose writing curves up at the end, writing words without capital letters in the middle, and making our writing look neater. 


In science we are coming close to finish up our unit on the solar system. This week students worked hard to build our documentation panel outside our classroom. We want to showcase student learning and are excited for you to see their hard work during conferences next week. Students used shaving cream and paint to create marble painted planets. When we saw our buddies this week they helped us write down some of the facts that we have learned and we added our facts to the panel when they were ready. The students work is looking great and they are looking forward to having their parents see all they have learned!



Students in SKILL 2 are becoming subitizing experts! Ask your child to explain what subitizing means. You can watch the video below together and even subitize as a team at home!

We are building a math word wall in our classroom that students can reference when they need. It has been a great tool so far to look at when we forget something or just need some extra help to understand a concept. 



SKILL is counting up to 100 days of school and you wouldn't believe it, today we reached 50; we are half way there!! We talked about 100 having four quarters and each quarter represents 25 days. A student said we know each quarter is 25 days because 25 added together four times makes 100. We played some fun games to celebrate this important day like Race to 50, making a mixed up puzzle, counting rocket candies, and a missing numbers game. It was such a fun day and we can't wait to keep counting up to 100!

                                                                                    
                                                                      
                                                                                        



Next week we are going to start looking at adding 'one more'. We are continuing to add words to our dictionaries and our 'word of the day' activities have been lots of fun. Who know what words we will learn next week! Parents please note that next week is Parent/Teacher Conferences. Students will be dismissed early on Thursday, November 22 at 12:15 pm and Friday, November 23 there will be no classes due to conferences. A sign-up sheet went home today. Please select your top three time choices and we will try our best to accommodate your requests. We will let you know next week what time your appointment will be. We are looking forward to meeting with you next week and sharing all the wonderful things the SKILL 2 students have been working on and achieving. 


Important Dates:

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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


November 5-9, 2018

SKILL 2 worked hard this week preparing for our Remembrance Day Assembly today. We read a poem together called "Little Poppy" and talked about why poppies are important. We have been thinking of all the reasons we remember those who fought for our freedom. We are thankful that we live in a free country where we can speak different languages, kids have a right to go to school, and we are free to be who we are. After students were familiar with the poem they each got a line and practiced it until we remembered it without having the paper in front of us. Students said their lines while being recorded on the iPad. We put all the clips together to make a video that was played in today's assembly! We can't wait to show you the video at Parent Teacher Conferences. Read "Little Poppy" below with your child and ask them which was their line. 

We also worked on an art project for the assembly. We used newspaper, pain, and different materials to create poppies. We had tissue paper and cellophane wrapping paper and folded it to create the poppy and worked on our fine motor skills this way. We all worked so hard and are proud of how our art turned out. 


This week there was a great learning opportunity for our grade six buddies. Our SLP Jenna came in one day at lunch and did a 'lunch and learn' with them. Some of the students in our class use augmentative communication voices to communicate their thoughts, wants, and needs. Jenna was able to teach our buddies more about using these devices so we can best communicate with each other. They practice making sentences and finding different objects or words. It was a great way for our buddies to see how some of our students communicate every day, and allowed them a chance to practice using the devices for when we spend time together. 


                                                             

                                                                                   

                                                   

On Wednesday we spent some time in the community. We went for a walk to Tim Horton's! Students used their best table manners that they have been learning and enjoyed spending time talking to friends about what they like, things we do after school, and other conversational topics. Each child is practicing greeting people when they first see them and continue to work on asking relevant questions when talking with others. 



We learned five new words in SKILL 2 this week: yes, no, can, up, down. Students have been developing their spelling skills and their reading is getting better every day! We are so proud of how hard everyone is working. Many students have said that they love doing word of the day because it helps them to learn and spell new words. Today we played a fun game that included all the words we have learned so far. Both adults acted out the words we have learned and the students had to guess what the word was. One of our words was 'run' so Mrs. Doyle acted like the was running all around the room. Another word was 'want' so Mrs. K acted like she wanted something that Mrs. Doyle wouldn't let her have and then threw a pretend tantrum! The clues were funny and we were able to guess each one!! 


Next week we are looking forward to working through the rest of our science unit about the solar system and creating a bulletin board of all the planets we have learned about. We are excited to showing you the hard work that has been going on in room 2 when we meet at conferences. 


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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 29-November 2, 2018

Happy Halloween!!! Our week was filled with Halloween activities and we had so much fun getting ready for the big day. We finished carving our pumpkin, we completed our shrunken apple heads, and we even got to make cupcakes for our Halloween party! The pumpkin carving competition was lots of fun. Together as a class we decided what we wanted to do with our pumpkin and then worked as a team to carve it out just the way we wanted. We won two prizes!!! We won "hairiest pumpkin" and we even won first prize overall!!! We were happy because we worked very hard and supported each other. Take a look at our silly creations below!

                                       



On Halloween day we got to work with our friends in SKILL 1 and PLP and travelled to different stations for lots of great activities. There was a wood cookie decorating station, rock painting, pumpkin measuring, pumpkin buoyancy, decorating cookies station, and a dance party in music! The kids were so excited to be with their peers and interact with new friends. Here are some pictures from our day!

                                                                   

                                                                      



This morning we had a student who organized a tub of teddy bears by colour and size. He said: "I put the big ones first because they are the biggest, then the medium ones, and then the small ones because they are little." We all took some time to talk about estimation. We made our best guesses as to how many teddy bears they were. We guessed there might be 100 bears, one student thought there were 120 bears, and another thought maybe there were 2000 bears! How many bears do you think there are?
                                                   
When they were all counted we found out there were 138 bears!! Our estimates were really close!

Next week we will continue learning about Remembrance Day. We have already talked about how important it is to remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom. We thank them for risking their lives so we could be safe. As a class we are putting together a video with our buddies to play at the Remembrance Day assembly on Friday. We are reciting the poem "Little Poppy" and each student has their own line. Everyone has been working hard and really understanding how important this day is. 


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 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)


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik



October 22-25, 2018

We are enjoying the warmer weather because it means we get to go outside to play before we catch our buses in the afternoon! We have been able to spend some of our gym outside this week as well and it has been so wonderful. It has been great to get outside and get some fresh air. 


We learned some Halloween words this week! It was fun focusing on these theme words like "boo", "bat", "spooky", and "candy". We are getting really good at finding vowels in a word and recognizing when "y" is being a sneaky vowel. We are using the words we are learning to practice writing sentences with capitals and periods. 


In math we are learning something new called "subitizing". It's a tricky word but we are getting good at saying it and doing lots of practice. Subitizing is where we see a group of objects such as dots, fingers, or ten frames and we have to figure out what the number is without having to count. So if we see a hand with two fingers up we know that is two without having to count. We watched a fun video that you can watch below and yelled out the answers with our friends. See if you can tell how many are in the groups with your child at home!

One student saw a picture of a group of dots and was able to tell us the total in the group was six. When asked how he knew this he gave the perfect answer!

He said: "I know that the dots on the right make five and there is one extra dot on the other side, so five plus one more is six." We have a class full of smart little cookies!!!!


With Halloween just around the corner we are really getting excited now. We have to finish our apples once they dry out a little bit more and can't wait to show you what they look like when they're finished. As a school we are all participating in a pumpkin carving contest! This week we cut our pumpkin at the top to scoop out all the "goo" and seeds. We saved the seeds so we could roast them and we had a blast getting all the goo out. 



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. 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)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 15-19, 2018

We are getting excited for Halloween! We have including many different Halloween activities and books into our classroom. We created place value skeletons in math this week using cotton swabs and then had to count how many swabs we used. Once we knew how many we had to figure out which values was in the tens and ones place. We are getting better at identifying what value is in each place value and have been practicing which numbers added together make 10.


           

                                       


The words of this week are “I”, “and”, “my”, and “is”. We have been playing games like hangman, spelling races, and missing vowels to remember our words. In class the kids are on a team and the teachers on another. No matter how much the teachers try to trick the students we cannot-they are too smart! On Friday we tried to take all the vowels out of the words and we know that vowels are the glue that hold words together. Our students had to determine which vowels were missing and some words even had two vowel letters missing. Even then the students won!! Good job SKILL 2!! Ask your students to tell you what vowels are missing when you take them out of words.

                          

Next week we are excited to learn some Halloween themed words to get ready for the big day!


On Wednesday we went to the No Frills store to buy apples. We are using the apples to make a special Halloween craft. Ask your child to tell you what we did with the apples today! We’ll show you our finished apples next week.


We have started “Star of the Month” in our classroom. Each month we will send a note home with a particular student to remind them to bring in something like a poster, picture, or an artifact that is all about them! We share this and what makes us special with our peers and then we make a special book all about the student of the month.


Important Dates:

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 8-12, 2018

In SKILL 2 this week we have worked really hard during math time. We are building a strong sense of numbers to 10 and what numbers added together give us a sum of 10. We are using ten frames, songs, videos, blocks, little teddy bear manipulatives and as many other things we can get out hands on to solidify our “power of 10” knowledge. Parents, you can use a ten frame like the one below to help your child practice at home. Have your student place a certain number of objects from 0-9 and then see how many more are needed to make 10. Using what they have created ask them what two numbers added together made 10!


In literacy we learned four new words of the week! They are ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘love’, and ‘me’. When we went over our words on Friday we challenged ourselves to use all the words in one big sentence. Our students are so smart and came up with “dad and mom love me”! Way to go room 2!!


We had some fun things happen this week. We got to meet our buddies for the first time this week and got to know them a little. We are excited to work with them this year and are looking forward to all the fun we will have. We also did a fun circus game in our classroom when our physiotherapist came to visit! At one point we were lying on our backs and pretending to ride a unicycle with our legs in the air! It was so silly.


This week in science we learned about Venus. We found out that Venus used to have water on it like Earth, but because it is so hot the air “evaporated” and there is no water left. Ask your child if they remember what the word evaporated means and to tell you one more thing they learned about this planet. We did a fun experiment to see how rocks on Venus melt and reform. We poured melted butter over a bowl that was covered with flour and let the butter cool. Get your child to tell you what happened to the butter once it cooled…was it still a liquid? Did it turn into a solid?


Of course we wrapped up our week with a dance party!


Next week there is a Halloween Dance and we hope you will come! It is going to be “spooktacular!”


Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 17 - Grade 2 - Science Network Presentation

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


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


October 1-4, 2018

In SKILL 2 this week we have continued to work on many new concepts in math and science and are enjoying our words of the week. Students are taking chances and trying things that they aren’t completely comfortable with but we love that their willingness to try!


We started off our week by talking about something very serious. Monday was Orange Shirt Day and some of our class was not too sure why orange shirts were so special. We watched a video that explained how a young girl who was excited to go to school and was looking forward to learning new things got a shirt from her grandma for her first day that was orange. However, when she got to the school her shirt was taken away from her and she never saw it again. We talked about these Residential Schools and what happened to the kids who went to that school. It was very different at that school than it is at our school and we are relieved that we can be proud of who we are at our school. We watched the story video below called “When I Was Eight” that followed a girl who went to a residential school. The people at the school took her clothes she brought from home, cut her hair, and they were not very nice to the kids. You can watch it with your child and have them tell you why they thought these schools were unfair.


In math we worked on building our “power of 10” knowledge. We are building this skill in order to better understand place value and what it all means. Students have been exploring numbers between 0-9 to try and create their own equations that would equal a sum of 10. We came up with many different combinations and realized there was a pattern…we could make a combination and if we flipped the addends we created a new equation, but we still got a sum of 10!! Ask your student to tell you the different ways we could make 10!


In science we looked at why our planet has different seasons. We knew it had something to do with the sun but weren’t exactly sure what was going on. We made a model in class that helped us understand this. The Earth is not straight and actually spins on its axis, so it kind of sits sideways. As the Earth keeps moving around the sun it keeps spinning on its axis and that means the Earth is closer to the sun for part of the year and a little farther away for half the year. When we face closer to the sun it is spring and summer, but when we are farther away it is fall and winter. Being closer means more heat and warmer weather and being farther away means it is colder.


We talked a lot about what we are thankful for in our lives this week. With Thanksgiving coming up on Monday we wanted to think about what is special to us in our life and what are things that we could not live without. We made a great list as a class. See some of our ideas below and talk to your child about what they are thankful for.

Our students made some beautiful Thanksgiving candle holders that we hope you will enjoy on your table this holiday season as you spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. 


Next week in math we are looking forward to using different tools such as paint to create our power of 10 addition questions. We are excited to show you our work!! We are going to start learning about the other planets in our solar system as well know that we know so much about the Earth. Don't forget, Tuesday is picture day! We are so excited!!


Important Dates:

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

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

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

           

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 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


Have a great long weekend, 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 24-28, 2018

SKILL 2 has been a busy place to be this week. We have continued working in areas we already started and introduced some new activities as well! Our students have been rock stars rising up to meet different challenges this week. We learned about Terry Fox and how he took a chance and had determination and have seen so many kids in our class take a chance with something new such as learning a new concept, helping out a friend, and trying to make good choices for themselves! Well done SKILL 2!!

In math we have taken a step back from numbers 100-1000 to first focus on the basics and understanding place value up to the tens digit. We are using different manipulatives, songs, and dancing to try and learn this tricky concept.

We listened to a fun song this week that helped us figure out how many ones we need to make a group of 10….ask your child if they can tell you!! You can also watch the song below at home this weekend and talk about it some more with your student.

In reading we introduced a “Word of the Day”. Each day we look at a new word and at the end of the week we use the new words we learned to play fun games like a spelling race on the white board. This week we learned ‘look’, ‘run’, ‘big’, and ‘little’. Keep checking back to see what words we learn next week! Our students are even practicing their reading so they can read a story to their peers during quiet reading. It is great to hear our friends reading because it motivates the rest of us to keep practicing!

On our community walk this week we took a stroll to a neighbourhood park close to our school. We enjoyed playing on the park but also noticed a huge pile of fallen leaves on the ground. Not only did we take a look at the different patterns on the leaves and their different colours but we also had a big leaf fight!! It was lots of fun and everyone was having such a great time. We were throwing leaves all around, taking turns covering our friends in them, and even making ‘leaf angels.’ We are looking forward to more community walks this year.

Next week we are going to strengthen our “Power of 10” knowledge and see if we can find all the different ways you can get a sum of 10! We will also be starting a unit in Health on healthy eating. We are excited to learn what we can do to make sure we grow up to be big and strong!


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


Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 17-20, 2018

We have been very busy in SKILL 2 this week with many different things. In math we are focusing on numbers between 100 and 1000. We started to work on skip counting by 100 which our students were rock stars at! Get your child to skip count by 100 with you up to 1000. We are also working on being able to order numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least. Students have been working to identify the clues that tell them whether a certain number is less than another or greater. They are doing a great job at looking at the place values to determine value of the number. We danced to a fun video that helped us skip count by 100’s that you can dance to at home by clicking on the video below. You can also help your child practice the skills they developed this week by playing a balloon pop game that deals with ordering three digit numbers by visiting the link below.

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In science we continue to learn about the solar system. This week we introduced the moon and the earth, and next week we will be learning about the special characteristics that make each planet unique!

Next week is the Terry Fox Run. Some of our students have been preparing for this by joining “Club Rub’ in the mornings. This club focuses on short circuit activities that encourage running and movement. We are working as a school to raise money for this great cause, so if you can please bring “a Toonie for Terry” by Friday.

Important Dates:        

Parent Teacher Interviews

·       Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

·       Sept. 20th Interviews from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

·       Sept. 21st Interviews 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 


We are looking forward to meeting you all during conferences today and tomorrow. 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


September 10-14, 2018

Welcome to a new year of school! We have had so many exciting things happen already and we are jumping in and getting our feet wet right away.

The first week of school we learned and practiced new routines in the SKILL 2 class. We worked hard to follow these routines such as brushing our teeth and now we are already “pro’s.” 


We did some activities with our friends in SKILL 1. We made play-dough and did center activities together. It was a lot of fun meeting new friends and seeing old ones, and we enjoyed interacting with them.  We enjoyed moving our bodies in different ways through dancing, yoga, and tag games in the gym.


This week we started learning about the solar system. We learned there are eight planets and their names. Ask your child to tell you the planets they know of. We also learned some neat facts about the sun…ask your child to tell you two things they learned this week!


Today we made a masterpiece for one of the walls in our classroom. We are excited to share this with you at parent teacher conferences next week. We used paint and all the students got to add a special touch. Ask your child what they added to our masterpiece!


Next week we are looking forward to learning more about the solar system focusing on the Earth because that’s the planet we live on. We will also be working on numbers 100-1000. Our students have shown us how bright they are this week and already know all numbers from 0-100. Time for a challenge!

Important Dates:        

Parent Teacher Interviews

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Interviews from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Interviews 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 


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Katyal-Malik


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