June 17 – 21

THANK YOU!

A heartfelt thank you to all of you parents and parent council for our staff appreciation lunch that took place on Friday. It was absolutely delicious and really, really appreciated!

  • Sports day rescheduled! We will hopefully (weather permitting) hold sports day on Monday June 24 in the AM. Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside to participate in various ‘active living’ activities. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes, bug spray and/or a warm jacket if it is cooler out.

·       Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.

·       All home reading and library books were due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.

Important Dates:

June 26 – Last day of school (half day) and report cards sent home

A peek at our learning...

Math

We played some math games online (see abcya.com) and did some practice problems to work on our fact fluency. One of the games was called LEGO MATH. We rolled the dice, counted out that many lego blocks, recorded the number sentence, and built a structure which we later drew in our math notebooks.


Science

We read a story about a ‘Mixed up Chameleon’ who wanted to be many different animals. We created our own ‘mixed up’ animal and will do some writing about it next week to describe its adaptations and habitat.


Language Arts

We finished our ‘feelings journals’ on Friday. Everyday for the last 2 weeks during our writing block we have been reflecting on a different feeling and a memory or situation when we felt that way. We discussed: embarrassed, proud, sad, angry, and excited to name a few.

Looking ahead: Next week we will host our ‘teacher for the day’ presentations. Please practice over the weekend :)

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June 10 – 14

·       Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.

·       All home reading and library books were due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.

·       Monday June 17 is the teachers vs. students cup stacking competition! Students may purchase raffle tickets to go into a draw for Canyon Meadow movie passes. We are giving away 4 prizes, each with 2 tickets. Tickets are $1 or 3 for $2. All money raised will add to the money that we have raised for clean water in Rural China.

Important Upcoming Dates:

June 21 – Sports Day 

June 26 – Last day of classes


June 10 – 14 A peek at our learning...

Language Arts Writing

This week we began our feelings journal. We have been reading picture books and discussing different situations where we feel/have felt happy, sad, excited, and mad with a focus on adding detail. Next week we will finish up our feelings journals.

Social Studies

In social studies we continue to discuss the past and the impact of past events, stories, and people on present day way of life. We discussed changes in our own lives in the past and how they have impacted ourselves and our families today. We created visual representations by making a timeline of significant events.


Science

We completed our observations and drew some conclusions about the plants we grew. We discussed the reasons why the plants with no water, soil, or sun did not grow. We also learned more about how plants use soil and made some educated guesses as to why some of the plants did not grow.

“Maybe the seeds were already dead”

“Maybe there was too much water”

“Maybe someone dropped it [the cup]”

From our observations and experiment we had more questions “Why do plants need air?” “why are they green?” “Why do they need stuff that humans need?” “Why don’t they eat the same food as people?”

Looking ahead:

Students will be invited to be teacher for the “day”. 

Students will be asked to come in and present (no longer than 5 minutes) and teach the class how to do something. Please practice at home before presenting.

Some suggestions could include: how to tie your shoes, tell us about a special tradition in your family, how to draw something, teach us about a place, etc.

Students will be asked (stay tuned for the exact dates) to bring in all the materials needed except for paper/pencils and other school supplies but everything else will need to be brought in if necessary. You may bring in props, pictures, or craft items. Try to avoid food as there are a variety of allergies in the classroom.

We have worked on procedural writing this year – writing that involves: a title, a list of materials, and the steps to complete the activity using the words first, then, next, last. I would encourage you to work with your child to write a plan for their presentation.

This is an optional activity. Thank you for your continued support.
If you have any questions please email me at: ralamb@cbe.ab.ca


June 3 - 7

Announcements: 

  • Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.
  • All home reading and library books are due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.
  • A Great Opportunity: All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   Click to find out more: https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

Important Upcoming Dates:
June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 21 - Sports Day - dress for the weather! (e.g., sunscreen, bug spray)

June 26 - Last day of classes

June 3 – 7 

A peek at our learning...

Language Arts Writing

This week we wrote letters to the kindergarteners to tell them about grade one and also to our next year’s grade two teacher to tell him/her about ourselves as students. Everyone did a great job!


Science

We continued on with the scientific method to observe our plants. Some plants are still not growing but most have begun to sprout quite tall! We will finish up our observations next week and draw some conclusions.


Math

We continue to review concepts introduced and practiced throughout the year. We worked on word problems, mental math strategies (counting on and back, using doubles up to 9 +9, recalling addition facts to a sum of 5 and their related subtraction facts), and representing and describing numbers to 20 concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

Next week is the last week for new words of the week: zero, nine, six, ten, twenty. The remaining weeks will be used to review the sight words introduced since the beginning of the year with a focus on words not yet mastered.

May 27 – 31

Pokemon Cards

Please discourage your child(ren) from bringing pokemon cards to school. While school policy allows pokemon cards for the purpose of positive social interactions, they are causing hurt feelings and conflict in grade one. Please consider the following:

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyone’s bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the student’s 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 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

A peek at our learning...

May 27 – 31

Science

This week we planted bean seeds and planned an experiment. We are investigating the question: How can we help plants grow big and tall? We made a hypothesis that, IF we give plants air, soil, sun, and water, THEN they will grow big and tall.

To test our hypothesis, we planted some beans with one of the elements missing: one cup has no soil, one will be given no sun, and one will be given no water. We have recorded our preliminary observations and will do so again next week! Stay tuned for updates.

Math

We have continued to review the concepts we have been working on through the year by playing math games that help us with ways to make 10, practice the concepts of more/less, as well as practiced strategies to solve equations with missing addends.

Reading

The black group has been working on reader’s theatre to help with fluency and expression. They were working with a story by Robert Munsch called, “PIGS!” and just began, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.

Writing

This week we revisited some mini-lessons on the editing process. Students in grade one need to edit for missing words, spelling, and finger spaces.

Next week’s words of the week are: eight, five, three, four, one


May 21- 24

Important Upcoming Dates:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

A peek at our learning...

Language Arts

We read some books from the Piggie and Gerald series with partners, discussed what we liked about the book, the plot, the problem, and did a book review.

We also wrote in our journals about things, feelings, people, and memories that are significant for us.

Math

We completed some word problems and began some math assessments reviewing the concepts we have covered over the year.

Science

In Science we discussed wild vs. domestic animals. We also discussed animal adaptations: a behavioral or physical feature that helps them survive in their environment.


Next week’s words of the week are: them, when, would, two, seven


May 13 - 16
Important Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 22 - Bake sale - students can bring 1$ to buy a tasty treat

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

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

May 13 – 16

A peek at our learning...

On Monday we had a lock down drill. The students did an excellent job going to our meeting place in the classroom and being silent until the police officer unlocked our door. Way to go grade ones!

Language Arts Writing

This week in language arts writing, we finished up our research about sharks and also did some reading from experience. 


We wrote about the weekend and what we did for Mother’s day. Students were reminded of our rubric for how to do a good job on the picture as well as the editing process after writing our ideas.


We worked on adding detail to our sentences by answering who, what, and where questions.


Math

We continue to review the skills and concepts introduced this year. We are especially focusing on word problems to practice identifying the language used that help us understand what operation to use to solve the problem.


We also continued on with ‘math talk’ to share our mathematical thinking with others. Students were presented with 3 numbers and had to justify which number did not belong.

Language Arts Reading

In guided reading, some groups tried a new strategy to use before reading a non-fiction book. After a brief introduction of the book and a picture walk, students brainstorm a list of words that we might encounter while reading and write them on a whiteboard. During reading if we notice one of the words we put a check mark beside it. This strategy helps students activate prior knowledge as well as gets them thinking about topic-specific vocabulary they might run into while reading. That way, when students reach an unknown or difficult word, they can check the list or think about the brainstorm and see if any make sense.

One of the groups read about a rainy day and a sunny day. We brainstormed words like wet, worm, mud, and puddle and when we reached the word in the book we were able to put a check mark beside them.


Next week there will be no words of the week due to a short week. We also miss our scheduled library block on Monday but feel free to send library books on Tuesday and students will get a chance to exchange their books whenever possible during the week.


Have a great long weekend!!

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May 6 -10

Jump Rope for Heart

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

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

Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

A peek at our learning...

Science/Literacy/Social Studies

We started the week off discussing the value of and uses for plants and animals. We discussed how every part of the buffalo can be used for a variety of purposes: clothing, tools, food, shelter.

We have continued on with the research process:

I can find information from pictures, words, and videos.

I can write and explain key facts in my own words.

I can use text features to help me understand and find information.

I can ask questions to get additional ideas and information.

We learned about different sharks this week: the great white shark and the hammerhead shark. We also began to explore the nurse shark, angel shark, lemon shark and many more! We will finish up our exploration of sharks next week.



Math

This week we continued to practice our skills and build our number sense with word problems and ‘number pathways’. Number pathways are puzzles that offer opportunities for students to compose and decompose numbers. These puzzles help develop efficiency in math thinking.

Art

We painted some beautiful flowers for mother's day. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  

"To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world" - unknown

"There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood" - Elder M. Russell Ballard

Next week’s words of the week are: round, fly, live, let, may

April 29 – May 3

Jump Rope for Heart

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

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

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

A Peek at Our Learning...

It’s Time for Our Home Reading Celebration!

During our final months of school, grade one will celebrate being readers! Parents play an important role towards building successful readers. You can help at home by supporting your child to read for at least 10 minutes each day and recording the books they read at home with you. Students will have daily opportunities to share and recommend favourite books to their classmates as one way to continue to build our reading community.

What can you read at home?

Option A: Leveled books are available to bring home from school. These books build your child’s decoding skills, fluency and their confidence. Leveled books are meant to be read multiple times, over a couple of days. Rereading is a research-based strategy to improve reading skills. Once your child has practiced their book multiple times and can talk about the main ideas, they can celebrate by bringing the book back and reading to their classmates. 

Option B: Library books are available for students to sign out on a weekly basis. You can read these books with your child. If the book is fiction, you can talk about the main story elements such as the characters, setting, problem, solution, and the beginning/middle/end of the story. If the book is non-fiction, have a conversation about the topic (what the book is about), the main idea (what the author is trying to teach you), and important details from the books (ex. interesting facts). Reading to your child and talking about the book together helps build their vocabulary and develops a love of reading.

Option C: Books from home can also be read as part of this reading celebration. Your child can bring in familiar and loved books to share.

Thank you for supporting your child to read and record their reading at home each night! If you have any questions please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca.

Math

We focused on word problems this week reviewing various skills that we have learned this year. We had subtraction word problems as well as word problems about patterns.



Literacy/Science

We continued on this week with non-fiction writing. We wrote about an animal of our choice and discussed the diet, habitat, body covering, and whether it was a prey or predator. We also began our exploration into sharks! Next week is shark week!! Stay tuned to hear about the many different types of sharks we will be learning about.



Next week’s words of the week are: people, sister, brother, ask, every


Apr. 23 – 26 

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

Book Fair

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

Important upcoming dates:

May 2 - Spring Concert for Grades 4,5,6 and Spring Choir

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade ⅔’s

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

A peek at our learning...

*Please note: on Monday April 29 students are invited to bring money to buy books at the book fair. Our normal library time is used to shop the bookfair. If you prefer, you can visit the book fair May 2 in the evening during the Spring concert when grade 4, 5, 6 and Spring Choir are performing

Literacy/Science/Social Studies

I can find information from pictures, words, and videos.

I can write and explain facts and ideas in my own words.

I can use text features to find information.

This week’s focus was on comprehension of non-fiction texts. Through exploring non-fiction books and videos, we engaged in the research process (social studies), found information, and put the information into our own words. We continued to use text features (headings, labels, diagrams, captions) to help us find the information. Our focus was on what we can do to save the earth (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Art

I can use basic shapes to create an image.

I can make choices on how to make my art.

We used tissue paper squares to make our own version of the earth.


Math

We continued on with measurement exploring capacity, area, height, length, and weight. We practiced using non-standard measurement tools to measure length, height, and area. We used comparative statements to describe weight and capacity, e.g. ____ is heavier than _____ and _____ holds more than _____.



Next week’s words of the week are: thank, school, why, again, any


April 15 – 18

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

A peek at our learning...

Science/Language Arts/Social Studies

Although we have been reading non-fiction books all year, this week we really focused on finding information from books, pictures, and videos. Engaging in the research process, we examined videos, books, and pictures to find information and put it into our own words. We learned a lot of new words including text features: captions, bold words, headings, diagrams, and labels. We also focused on living things (animals) and discussed their habitat, diet, appearance, and adaptations.


Math

We invited Ms. Hillier into our room this week to engage in various measurement activities. We practiced measuring things in the classroom using string. We also participated in different centers that involved filling, matching, covering, and balancing (all curricular outcomes required for grade one mathematicians!) A big thanks to Ms. Hillier for all her hard work and creativity!


Literacy – Guided Reading

This week in guided reading our focus was also non-fiction books focusing on identifying the topic, main idea, and interesting details.


Looking ahead: no words of the week for next week. It is a short week and are continuing on with non-fiction reading and writing as well as earth day activities. 

April 8 - 12

Important Upcoming 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.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3
April 17 – Class photos
April 19 – Good Friday – No school
April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students
April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)
April 25 - Spring Carnival

A peek at our learning...

Math
In math, we have continued on with measurement, equality, and making statements of comparison. We worked on comparing objects in the classroom and recording if they are taller or shorter. We also compared objects that are shorter and longer. Lastly, we compared objects that are heavier and lighter.

We made shape monsters and measured them using a non-standard measurement tool. Some students used craft sticks, others used links, or paperclips, or lego, or cubes.


Science/Social Studies
We completed our project this week! Through using cooperation, communication, creativity, problem-solving, innovation, and discovery we practiced many skills while reaching a variety of curricular outcomes across all subject areas.

Science – Seasons and Colour
In art/science, we used watercolours to paint a spring picture. We drew spring flowers on a background of mixed colours.

Literacy - Writing

This week we wrote about swimming. We tried to use everything we have learned so far this year to write about our experience. We used sounds at the beginning to create a ‘bold beginning’. We discussed the who, what, when, and where of our experience. We added some feelings and used the editing process to check our work for spelling, capitals, and periods.



Next week’s words of the week are: use, very, animal, girl, pretty

April 1 – 5

Next week is swimming! A note went home with some reminders on Friday. You can read the information again below:

Reminder Note for Swimming Lessons

Dear Parents,

Here are a few reminders about swimming lessons for next week:

1. We swim Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12

2. Students usually wear their swimsuits under their clothes before swimming. They will need to bring a towel and underwear (if wearing swimsuit under clothes) and a plastic bag every day. The bag is used to put the wet towel and swimsuit in after the lessons. If your child wants to bring a brush/comb they can. There will not be time for the students to blow dry their hair.

3. There are vending machines there but we will not be using them. Please do not send money!

4. A big thank you to the parents who are volunteering! We could not go without you!

5. Putting on tights is really hard with slightly wet legs after swimming so it is best to avoid wearing tights on swim days. Clothes that are easy to take on and off are helpful due to short time available for changing at the pool.

6. If you signed up to volunteer, thank you! You can meet us at the school at 9:25am and accompany us on the bus, or drive yourself and meet us at the pool. You can help in the change room before and after the lessons and watch the children from the seats above the pool. No photography is allowed. The lessons themselves are from 9:40 – 10:20 am. We get picked up from the pool at 10:40 to head back to the school.

Important upcoming 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 -*information will go home Monday April 8*

A peek at our learning...

This week’s words of the week were: pull, much, off, zip, our. We played some games to help us practice. Pictured below: sight word bowling and word glasses


In writing we learned about ‘bold beginnings’ = interesting ways to start our writing. We learned how to use sounds to hook the reader to want to read our work. Students wrote about sounds from their spring break, sounds of spring (with connections to the science curriculum and seasons), as well as sounds we would hear in the buildings we made in our social studies/science project.

We worked hard on our cross-curricular project in social studies and science to build our community. Under the topic of “Building Things’ students are expected to fold, pile, cut, and join objects together to make a model. We hope to completely finish up next week!


One of our other curricular outcomes in Science is to learn about seasons so we did some art in our visual journal after watching videos and reading picture books about the signs of spring.

In math, we talked about equality and measurement. We used scales to show how to make equations equal and we completed some word problems.


Next week’s words of the week are: friend, what, under, because, before


Mar 11- 15

Upcoming dates to note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book
March 19 – AM presentation on building things (Teacher’s Pet)
March 19- PM – Special guest presentation from an architect and interior designer
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 Spring Break - No school
April 1 – Classes resume

A peek at our learning:

Literacy:

This week we focused on the WH diagraph and made a cat with WHiskers. Each whisker had a WH word written on it. Once we completed our art, we asked each other “WH” questions about their cats. E.g. WHat colour is your cat? WHere does your cat live? WHy does your cat have stripes? Etc...

Cross-curricular Building Things Project:

(literacy, shape/space awareness, building things, social studies communities)

This week students read a variety of picture books on buildings, architects, city planning, communities, and neighbourhoods to support their learning. We made a list of buildings we need in our community based on the needs, rights, and responsibilities of people. Next, we looked at buildings in books from around the world and discussed the shapes that we see. We also looked at buildings in Calgary. We began to discuss the criteria for making our blueprints next week.

We have accumulated a lot of boxes so far!! Thanks to everyone who brought some in. Look for a list of materials that will come home with your child next week (or the first week after spring break) – then it will be building time!

Math

In math we practiced skip counting by 5’s and 10’s using nickels and dimes! We also practiced by 2’s using toonies. We also did a bit of review of numbers from 11-20, word problems, and basic addition and subtraction facts to 19.



Looking ahead: Next week is interviews –please make sure to sign up, can’t wait to sit and discuss your child’s strengths and future learning goals.

After spring break: we will be swimming! We need volunteers in the change rooms (men and women!) to help any or all of the days. Please fill out the swim forms by Thursday and indicate which days you are available to volunteer. 


Mar 4 – 8

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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 14 – Fun Lunch
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)
March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 Spring Break - No school
April 1 – Classes resume

A peek at our learning:

Math

This week we did a large variety of activities to build number sense and read numbers to 100. We examined the 100 chart to notice patterns, we practiced place value concepts using the base 10 blocks, we explored some word problems that allowed us to skip count by 10’s beginning at any number to 100, and we also used the 100 chart to help us count by 5’s and 2’s. Can your child skip count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s?


Literacy/Science/Social Studies

The grade ones have been exploring the over-arching question: how is a community built and designed to meet the needs of everyone (including plants, animals, and people).

Over the past few months we have been learning about social studies (SS) outcomes: identifying characteristics of urban and rural communities, ways we belong and contribute to communities, ways to solve problems peacefully, the rights and responsibilities of the child, distinguish geographical features in communities, and exploring landmarks with the hopes of transferring all our learning into answering our over-arching inquiry question.

With all this content in mind, we are expanding our investigation to:

-        create and use simple maps (see below the example of a student's first draft of their community map)


as well as practicing the skills and processes in SS including:

-       making connections based on various information

-       accurately communicating our learning

-       contribute to decision making and problem-solving

These SS outcomes combined with the science outcomes on living things
(I can name some common living things and identify their needs.) 


and building things (I can make objects using different materials and I can describe and compare the objects I create) will allow us to create a 3D model of our very own community.

In the upcoming week/week(s) we will be sending home a list of materials your child would like to use for their building.

Every student will be asked to bring in 2-4 boxes (examples of good boxes to send to school include: cereal boxes, cracker/granola bar/Kleenex/ boxes, small shoe boxes, etc. try not to send boxes that are made of thick cardboard as they are difficult for grade one hands to cut/fold/shape. Other materials you may wish to send in include: decorative duct tape, paper towel rolls, and any other clean, recyclable material that your child expresses an interest in using.
Examples:


Please do not feel you need to go out and buy anything specific for this project as the intent is to use recyclable materials. If you are able to donate any extra boxes or materials for students who were unable to bring anything in that would be much appreciated. We are also looking for donations of brown and white paper bags (larger size) if you are able to donate.

Upcoming:  There are no words of the week for the next two weeks. Please use this time to review the words sent home over the course of the term. In addition, use this time to read home reading books. If you do not know where the home reading book is, please let me know. There is a small charge for any books that are lost or damaged.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning. We are super excited to share our learning with you throughout our inquiry investigation into communities and building things. 


Feb 25 – Mar 1

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 – Forms went home this week regarding the time and topic. Please sign the form and return to indicate your permission for your child to participate in the activities. In addition we are still looking for 3 volunteers.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 25 – Mar 1: A peek at our learning:

This week we explored the sound AR makes: “ARRRgh” like a pirate. We made hats with AR words on them to take home to practice with our families. We also brainstormed some AR words to put on a pirate’s treasure


Battle of the Books!

The tournament has come to an end and the winner is… BLUE! By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I was really impressed by the thought processes and explanations the students provided during our discussions. One student said, “I think kids will like this book the best because it teaches you how to grow up." Ask your child about his/her favourite book in the tournament.

Science/Writing

We explored living things in science this week. We began by distinguishing between living and nonliving things. We wrote in our journals about how we know something is living or not living (does it breathe? Grow? Reproduce? Eat?)

We also discussed the needs of plants. Up next we will delve deeper into the needs (vs. wants) of humans.

Math

We continued to explore 3D shapes and their characteristics, specifically cylinders and cubes.

We worked with the 100 chart this week, practicing writing, reading, and making numbers. We used tens and ones to help us understand that the value of a digit depends on the place it is in as it is common for students to write 14 for 41 or vise versa.


We also engaged in some math word problems where we had to use our knowledge of skip counting by 10’s (and/or the patterns in the 100 chart) to solve the problem.

Next week’s words of the week are: best, him, think, talk, as

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Feb 19 – 22

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 - We need volunteers - please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca if you are available for 12:25 - 2:30 to run a station/center.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 19- 22

A peek at our learning…

Literacy

This week we read a non-fiction book called, ‘Ice Bear’. We practiced taking information from the book and writing about polar bears. E.g., Polar bears can, have, and are _______.


We also made connections by discussing how polar bears can camouflage and other animals/insects can camouflage. We wrote about our opinion on whether or not we would like to live in the Arctic.


We are having a “Battle of the Books!” in our class. Most of the books are selected from the Caldecott Medal nominees for 2018 and 2019. After we read the book we discuss our opinions and feelings as well as text features such as the plot, characters, and setting. Some questions we answered were: What did you like/dislike about the story? How did the story and illustrations make you feel? Do you think kids would like this book, why or why not?  

Math

We practiced fact families and learned about related facts. Fact families help us understand the concept of conservation of number. E.g. if I have 2 objects and then get 5 more, I have 7. I also have 7 if I have 5 objects first and then get 2 more. We also did a word problem to challenge our thinking.




Social Studies/Wellness

We finished our pictures/writing about kind words to describe ourselves.

Gym

In gym we have been doing parachute games to emphasize cooperation. We had lots of fun.

Next week’s words of the week are: end, soon, car, their, nice

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Feb 11- 13

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (dance unit in gym)

March 12 – School Council Meeting              

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1 –(in-class field trip) we need 4 volunteers to run a center. Please email me if you are available.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 11-13 

A peek at our learning... 

Literacy
This week we practiced the ‘ing’ chunk. ING can be part of a word like ring, sing, swing, sling or it can be a word ending like in running, chasing, sleeping.


We read a story called, “Love Monster and the Last Chocolate”. On Monday and Tuesday, we visualized which chocolates could be in the mystery box of chocolates he found in the story.


On Wednesday we practiced retelling the story. Orally first then writing our ideas.


Math
In Math, we practiced more subtraction questions using a variety of strategies. On Monday we played a racing math game and we had to use mental math to quickly find the answer. We also worked on the strategy of use adding to subtract with EMJ’s math coach Ms. Hillier.

Social Studies
Kk is for Kindness. Last week we began drawing some pictures in our visual journals of things that made us happy, things we like about ourselves, and things that remind us of kindness. We talked about how it is important to be kind to yourself and use kind words to describe yourself. We will finish them next week. Stay tuned for pictures.

Art
We made some valentines cards with a cute bunny on the front!


Next week’s words of the week: once, won’t, too, many, from

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Feb 4 - 8

Important Dates:

February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Feb 4-8

Literacy

This week we read the story: ‘The Snowy Day’ by Ezra Jack Keats. We practiced the strategies we learned last week: visualizing, inferring, making connections, writing about our opinion, and we were introduced to a new strategy: retell. Readers can retell stories to help others understand what the story is about. We retold the story using pictures. Some students started their writing to retell the story.

Visualizing:


Inferring and Connecting:

Retelling:


At the same time as practicing the skill of retelling, we were introduced to the concept of ‘focused listening’ – What does it look like and sound like? How do we know our partner is actually listening to us while we are sharing? This is an important skill to have for communication and collaboration.

Since the story was about snow, we focused on learning ‘ow’ can say O like in grow, snow, blow, mow, tow. We practiced building words with letter tiles.

Math

We practiced some more tricky (open ended) subtraction word problems this week. We also learned about 3D shapes and their characteristics. We discussed the terms: edges, faces, vertices, apex, stack, roll, length, width, and height.


On Friday, we worked on the computers to practice patterns, adding, subtracting, shapes, and numbers to 100 using mathletics. Log-in information for mathletics went home last week. Please use this wonderful resource to practice all the math concepts learned in class.

Art/Social Studies

We reviewed some landmarks in Calgary and painted our pictures.

They turned out so well!

Drumming

Drumming was fantastic! I really hope you had a chance to come and view the performance. The students really enjoyed themselves :)

Next week’s words of the week are: red, pick, more, last, us

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Important Dates:

January 31 – Report Cards Went Home
Feb 1 - No school
February 6 - Winter Walk Day - 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.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e., coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).
February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One World Drum Assembly – Our performance is at 8:30 – please come if you can!!
February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

January 28 – 31

A peek at our learning…

Literacy

This week we learned that OW and OU say /OWWW/ like you say when you’re hurt. We wore bandaids on Monday with the letters written on them to remind us. We did a bandaid ‘craft’ and wrote out many of the common words using this spelling pattern.


Comprehension Reading Strategies

We read the story: Snowmen at Night and practiced the strategies good readers use: connect, infer, visualize, and opinion. On Monday we wrote a connection: when have you ever made something that didn’t last? We inferred: why do you think the snowmen were drinking cold cocoa instead of hot? We visualized (without peeking at the pictures first): what tricks were the snowmen doing on the ice? On Thursday we wrote our opinion on whether hot chocolate or chocolate milk is the better drink. If you are looking for things to talk about with your child after reading a book – try these strategies.

pictured below: connection

Pictured below: opinions



Math

We worked on subtraction, word problems, and 2D shapes this week. We sorted shapes according to corners or sides. We completed a really tricky open ended word problem on Wednesday.


Social Studies

We discussed urban, rural, and suburban communities. We also discussed some landmarks in our city and community (Calgary tower, bow tower, saddledome etc). We did a directed drawing and will paint them next week.


Next week’s words of the week: were, know, new, hear, some

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Jan 21- 25

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 Assembly – 8:30 am performance
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 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 21 – 25
A peek at our learning

Literacy
This week we practiced the 3 sounds ‘ed’ makes when it comes at the end of a word: t, d, and ed (or id) for example, in the word missed – the ed says /t/, in the word hugged it says /d/, and in the word rested it says /id/. See if your child can find any ‘ed’ words in their home reading book(s).

In writing, we practiced the editing process this week. Grade One students in Alberta are expected to:

1.     Check for obvious spelling errors, e.g. if a student accidentally writes form instead of from

2.    Rephrase by adding or deleting words

3.    Use sensory detail in writing to improve and enhance ‘artistry’

We worked on some practice sentences and then in pairs to edit our own writing. We helped each other find spelling errors, punctuation, and uppercase letters in the wrong spots.


Math

In Math we practiced subtraction, word problems, and discussed 2-D shapes characteristics. We also went on a shape hunt around the classroom to look for shapes in our world. Can your child find some 2-D shapes in your house?

This week the students went online to practice some of the math skills introduced so far this year. A log-in card was sent home on Friday with a username and password. Please go to www.mathletics.com and help your child sign into Mathletics. The activities are directly related to the math that is being completed in the classroom and I am able to log in to view your child’s completion of the assignments. :)

Social Studies
In Social Studies we are discussing communities and learned some new words: rural, urban, and suburban. We discussed the features of each community and did an art page in our journals to represent urban and rural communities. We read some picture books and watched some videos on how life in the country is different from life in the city.


Health and Life Skills
Part of being healthy is having healthy relationships. When conflicts arise between peers we follow these steps:

1.     Say “Please Stop I don’t like __________”

If that doesn’t help try to…

2.    Ignore the behavior

3.    Walk Away

4.    Get help from a grown up.

Students are taught that their first step should be asking the person to stop. If it is a more serious conflict (such as someone is hurting them) they say stop and if they do not stop, they get an adult immediately. All other conflicts should try to be solved through the above mentioned steps before getting an adult involved.


Next week’s words of the week are: walk, house, had, just, after


Jan  14– 18

January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly Performance at 8:30
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (gym unit)
February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 &15 – Teacher’s Convention – no school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 14-18

A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods. I can share information and ideas. I can set goals for future learning.

We  wrote about our weekend activities, more goals for 2019, and we wrote a critical reflection in art. We discussed how different colours, shapes, and lines in pieces of art (paintings, drawings etc.) make us feel.

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We learned about the ‘r controlled vowels’ (ur, ir, er) superheros! We brainstormed words that contain ur, ir, er – unscrambled some letters, wrote some sentences, and practiced making the sounds. 

More word work activities...

Some groups worked with short ‘I’ word families and others with words beginning with the /g/ sound.

Math

I can understand subtraction to 20.

This week we learned about subtraction!

We discussed some new words that help us with subtraction: take away, minus, and difference. We also discussed the strategies we could use to help us solve subtraction problems. We played a lot of different games to help us practice our basic subtraction facts.


I can describe the characteristics of 2D shapes.

We also were introduced to 2-D shapes and discussed that 2-D shapes are flat and have sides and corners. We practiced making patterns with different shape blocks.

Health

I can demonstrate and describe positive hygiene and health care habits.

We continued on this week talking about healthy habits. We discussed the benefits of eating nutritious foods, exercising, and washing our hands and bodies. Ask your child what they learned about healthy habits.


Next week’s words of the week are: open, boy, please, need, her


Jan 7 – 11

Important Upcoming 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 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 &15 – Teacher’s Convention – no school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 7 -11

Welcome Back! I hope you had a fabulous winter break!

A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods. I can share information and ideas. I can set goals for future learning.

This week we wrote about our winter break and our goals for 2019.


I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We also practiced the ‘in’ word family. 

During reading centers, some groups were introduced to different spelling patterns: words that end with: ck, k, or ke and other groups worked on sorting word families with the short ‘u’. Other groups practiced sorting pictures according to their beginning sounds: b, m, r, s.



Math
I can recognize the numbers from 1 – 20 and represent them using a 10 frame.

We reviewed numbers 11 – 20 discussing how they are 1 group of ten and ___ ones, or 2 groups of 10. These booklets went home Monday, does your child know how to use the 10 frame to represent the numbers from 11-20?

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.

We also reviewed the addition strategies we learned before the break and practiced demonstrating how to use more than one strategy to solve basic addition facts. We also played some new addition math games- both individually and with a partner.


Health
I can demonstrate and describe positive hygiene and health care habits.

We talked a lot this week about healthy habits. Specifically, we discussed teeth health and sleep habits. Did you know that school-aged children should get on average 10-12 hours per night? And some need even more?

We discussed how important sleep is for growing, giving us energy, and resting our eyes and muscles. We also discussed how our teeth should be brushed twice a day – once in the morning and once at night for optimal health benefits. Please support your child at home with practicing healthy habits. Next week we will discuss exercise and nutritious food.


Next week’s words of the week are: little, give, eat, there, take

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December 10- 14

December 17 – Vaccinations #2
December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym
December 21 – Last day of school before winter break
December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break
January 7 – classes resume
January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

December 10 – 14

A peek at our learning...

A big congratulations to all the students who performed in the winter concert. The students worked so hard and did such a fantastic job! 

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods.

This week we continued to write about Christmas and had fun with directed drawings. We drew some Christmas elves, gave them a describing word, e.g. crazy, silly, wild and then wrote a ‘story’ about why they were crazy/silly/wild.

We were also introduced to letter writing. We participated in a shared writing experience to write Ms. Dafoe a letter. Then we practiced letter writing by writing to a friend!


 Comprehension

I can tell what I liked/disliked about a book.

We read Pete the Cat saves Christmas and picked a part we liked (or disliked) and provided a reason why.

Math

I can draw pictures to represent thinking and understanding.

This week we concentrated on word problems. We discussed the important parts of the word problem, drew a picture, and finished off with a sentence.



Social Studies

I can solve problems peacefully.

We discussed different options on how to solve problems. Options include: vote; take turns; pick a number between 1 and 10; rock, paper, scissors; and share.

Art

We completed some directed drawings and painted them.


Next week’s words of the week are: could, want, who, saw, have


Dec. 3 - 6

* Please note – there will be no library next week because of the book fair
* There will be no library the last week before Christmas break - you can bring the books back to school or you can keep them for the break until January

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

Dec 3 – 6
A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters and periods.

This week we had lots of fun drawing Christmas items and writing sentences. On Monday we wrote about a Christmas tree and using the word of the week ‘put’ we wrote about what we put on the tree to decorate it. On Tuesday we drew Rudolph and used the word of the week ‘jump’ to tell a story about Rudolph jumping over sleighs, milk and cookies, Santa and more! Wednesday we drew an elf and used the word 'said', Thursday we voted and decided to draw a penguin and continued to use the word said in a sentence - because said is a tricky word!


We learned that Y is a crazy guy! He sometimes thinks he’s an E and he sometimes thinks he’s an I. So we thought he must have stole the sounds from E and I! We made wanted posters and put them up around the school! for example he says E in happy, family, pretty. He says I in my, sky, fry.


Math

We were introduced to number bonds this week (part-part-whole) and played some games to practice. Number bonds help us build our number sense. By mastering number bonds early on students are able to develop mental strategies and mathematical fluency. We will be using number bonds in the future when we learn our make 10 strategy.

We continued to challenge ourselves using mathematical language and strategies to agree or disagree with others.


Art

We worked cooperatively to rip paper, glue, and cut out triangles to build our mural! Our buddies will add snowflakes and some circle decorations. Pictures to come :)

Science

I can name colours in natural and manufactured objects.
Students were given objects and had to sort into natural and manufactured objects.


Next week’s words of the week: old, are, thing, make, ate


Nov. 26 - Nov. 30

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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


Nov. 26 – Nov 30 A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.
This week we wrote some sentences using the word of the week: made. We drew pictures of gingerbread people and a gingerbread house. We wrote about the candies we put on our gingerbread. Students are using their knowledge of letters and sounds to phonetically sound out words. They are doing amazing!!

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.
We learned about the /ch/ sound and made a snowman decorated with ch words. Some groups made some booklets with /ch/ words and they were sent home early in the week – please read these with your child :)

We also explored words with the letters ai which says /a/ as in rain.


Science

I can predict and tell about what happens when white, black, or grey is added to a colour.
In science we continued our exploration into colour. We predicted and tested our predictions about what would happen when we add grey, white, or black to a colour. We used plasticine to create different shades then we teamed up with our big buddy class to make step one of a beautiful mural showcasing our learning about colour (stay tuned for pictures!).


Math

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.
This week we practiced using the number line in math to help us solve math equations. We did some activities on the smartboard, played some games, and completed some questions. Some groups were challenged to find the missing addend using the number line.


We were also introduced to 'target numbers'. Students are given a target and some other numbers and they need to make the target number.  This is a great activity for differentiation because some students will choose 2 numbers that equal the target while others take it to the next level and break down the numbers even further. See examples below.




I can use mathematical language to clearly explain my thinking.

Students 'graduated' to level 3 of math talk! - They have to solve a math word problem using a strategy of choice. They are given two different answers and must agree or disagree and explain why.

Social Studies

This week we were introduced to rights and responsibilities. We discussed what we deserve (our rights) including: food, shelter, and learning. We also discussed our jobs or responsibilities that come along with them: don’t litter, help clean the house, and work hard.

How is home reading going? Please be sure to send the books back to school so your child can get a new book as needed.

Next week's words of the week: put, said, your, with, jump - We will send home a copy on Monday!

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Nov. 19 – 22
Important Dates
Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School
Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz
Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (forms went home, due back Nov. 26)
November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 19- 22
A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write about my experiences and ideas.

This week we worked on our recipes and discussed other ‘how to...’ writing, examples include: how to make cheese and crackers, how to make spaghetti. Students were challenged to use their knowledge of sentences combined with their letters and sounds to phonetically sound out unknown words. It was tricky!!

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We also learned about the ‘th’ sound this week. We stick our tongues out whenever we need to make the th sound! Can your child name some words that begin or end with /th/?

Math

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.

We practiced using the counting on strategy as well as the doubles strategy. We learned a rhyming song to help us remember the answers, 0+ 0= 0 oh! 1 +1 = 2 ooo! 2 +2= 4, more! 3 + 3 = 6, kicks! 4 + 4 = 8, that’s great ...etc

We also practiced our doubles to 12 with some fun games (and doubles + 1 for those who needed a bit more of a challenge).


Science

I can ask questions to help me understand.

I can describe materials and objects I observe.

I can identify ways to make colours.

We were so fortunate to have a presentation on Tuesday about the five senses. We used questions to help us understand and we learned new words to help us describe tastes, sounds, textures, sights, and smells. Thanks again to the moms who volunteered! We could not have done it without you.

We combined art and science as we learned about the colour wheel and practiced mixing colours to make the secondary colours in art to make some watercolour birds.

Next week’s word of the week are: rain, out, then, up, made

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Nov. 12 - 16 
Important Dates:

Nov. 20 - Teacher's Pet - Grade 1. ****** Forms (that went home Nov. 12) must be signed to allow your child to participate in the tasting center. We are still looking for 2 volunteers!!!!

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 - Fun Lunch
Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night - Forms go out on Monday Nov. 19


Nov 12- 16

A Peek at our learning

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.

We started the week off with directed drawings of a plane and a race car. We used one of our words of the week – ride – to write some patterned sentences. Some students are able to challenge themselves to go beyond patterned sentences and tell more information about their picture.



We were introduced to a new type of writing this week. Procedural writing is also referred to as ‘how to’ writing. We practiced this type of writing by writing recipes. We started with pictures, orally explained our writing to at least 3 different friends, and the next day we wrote our steps/directions using sequencing words: First, then, next, last.



“Bossy E”

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week instead of a word family, we were introduced to the bossy e. The bossy e comes at the end of a word, skips over the consonant and bosses the vowel around. He says: say your own name! We did a variety of activities and read a short book to help us practice. We even acted it out! We had lots of fun.


Science and Literacy

We drew a rainbow and wrote sentences about the rainbow. One of the learning outcomes for colour requires students to put colours in order according to a criterion.


Math

After practicing decomposing numbers to 10, we are ready to learn the strategies we can use to help us solve addition equations. This week in our math toolkit we learned:

0 + a number = the same number! We also learned that we can draw a picture to help us solve math equations. And lastly, Count Dracula helps us with counting on! -  Starting with the biggest number and continuing to count up... 



Next week’s words of the week: day, are, sent, good, name. Please practice these at home :)

Looking forward to meeting with everyone next week! If you cannot make it on Thursday or Friday, please call me and we can set up an alternative and/or we can discuss your child’s strengths and future learning goals over the phone. 


Nov 5 – 9

Important Dates:

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

Nov. 20 – Teacher’s Pet. A consent form will be coming home on Monday, November 12. Please read, sign, and return. There is no cost for this presentation. We still need volunteers. If you know anyone that has security clearance and is available please email me right away ralamb@cbe.ab.ca. We would hate to have to cancel due to a lack of volunteers. 

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)

Nov 5 – 9

A Peek at Our Learning

Math

I can show ways to make 10.

We did a few different activities this week to help us learn the combinations to make 10. One example went home on Thursday – Rainbow Math!

We also had Ms. Julia Hillier in to help us develop our mathematical language and thinking, which we refer to as, Math Talk. She also taught us some fun new math games! 

We worked on addition stories this week. Using manipulatives and/or drawing them in our math journals. Students could use any number they wanted.

To increase our math literacy we read a book twice this week called, The Mission of Addition, to try and help us build our understanding of mathematical language. For example, we learned that “equals” can be used interchangeably with “is” or “makes”. We also discussed what a “plus” sign means. The following are some student quotes in response to the question about what a plus sign/addition means: “more”, “the numbers get bigger and bigger”, “they go up”, “numbers get higher”. We began our math word wall by illustrating some of these concepts.


Try to reinforce this language at home if you are working on addition facts.

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.

Some students worked on focusing their writing this week: choosing 1 topic and writing sentences about the 1 topic. Some students divided their paper into 4 sections and drew 4 pictures and wrote a sentence about each picture. Others drew one picture and wrote multiple sentences. Some chose to use patterned sentences and some worked on starting sentences in different ways.



Other students continued on using sentence frames, e.g.' Peace is _______'. And 'They go _________' (they is one of our words of the week :)). Students are still provided with some vocabulary cards but are also encouraged to choose a topic ‘from the heart’ and write about whatever they wish. Students sound out unknown words by beginning with the first letter, then figuring out the last, and returning to stretch the sounds in the middle to try and spell the whole word.


Word Family

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week’s word family was the OP family – shop, drop, shot, cot, and lot. Can your child tell you about the OP family words?

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

Depending on the group, some students were introduced to flippy the dolphin reading strategy (he helps us to remember vowels make 2 sounds and that we should try both to see which makes sense). Other groups were introduced to Skippy the Frog who reminds us that some words cannot be sounded out and sometimes we need to skip the word, read to the end of the sentence and then come back and try a word that makes sense based on the context of the sentence/story.

Science
I can predict and tell about what happens when primary colours are mixed.

Show what you know. We were introduced to colour this week and students had to show what they knew about the primary and secondary colours before we could begin our exploration of colour and colour mixing.

Next we made predictions about what would happen if we mixed the primary colours and then checked to see if our predictions were right.

Remembrance Day

The assembly was on Friday and it was amazing! The students and staff part of the Remembrance Day Committee at EMJ did a fantastic job of honouring those who fought for our peace and freedom. Thank you to those families who sent in a photo and information on a loved one.

Next week’s words of the week: over, don’t, ride, my, was. Please practice at home.

I hope you are enjoying home reading! Please email me with any comments, questions, or concerns! ralamb@cbe.ab.ca


October 29 - Nov 2

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 29- Nov 2

**We are still looking for 3 volunteers for Nov. 20. We will need 5 parent volunteers for our Teacher’s Pet presentation on the 5 Senses, each volunteer will be responsible for running a center/station. The presenter will provide information about your center upon arrival. If you have your security clearance already and are free for the hours of 8:45- 11:35 please contact me right away :) thanks!

A Peek at Our Learning:

Math

I can show ways to make 9.

We worked on an open-ended math problem: I have 9 balloons, some are red, some are blue. How many could be blue? How many could be red?

We also played shake and spill using double-sided counters. Students take 9 counters, shake their cup and spill! They record their answers in their math notebooks. e.g. if 5 counters landed on the red side and 4 on the yellow side students drew a picture and wrote the number sentence 5+4=9. 


We had Ms. Julia Hillier (EMJ’s math coach) in a few times this week to help us develop our mathematical thinking/language to explain how we reach an answer. The process is just as important- if not more- than the answer :)


Writing

I can write a simple sentence.
We worked on using the word ‘this’ in our writing this week. This is a _______. We also wrote about our costumes on Wednesday.


Word Family
I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We learned about the ot family this week: tot, cot, rot, lot, dot, spot, shot etc. We made word family booklets, built words, read real words vs nonsense words, wrote sentences, and matched words and pictures. Students also made an OT Family spider on Halloween!

Social Studies
All about Me: I can examine how I belong and I am connected to my world.

This week we wrote about ourselves and drew a picture. We discussed what we like to do, what colour we like, and what we love.



Next week: Home reading begins! Stay tuned for information

Next week's words are: help, but, of, run, they.

October 22- 25

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 the form that was sent home last week 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. If you need another form please let me know :)

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween --> Students are invited to bring their costumes to school and put them on after lunch (after they eat, they will go outside, the bell rings at 12:20, they will come inside and I will take attendance, then they will get into their costumes). We will have big buddies help us put on our costumes. Please do not send weapons or face paint. We are unable to paint our faces at school so save this for trick-or-treating :). 

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 22- 25

** We are still looking for 3 volunteers for Nov. 20 – please scroll down and read last week’s post for more information**

A Peek at Our Learning

Math

I can show ways to make 8.

We had Ms. Julia Hillier (EMJ’s math coach) in this week to show us ways to make 8 using cuisenaire rods. We also played “how many are hiding?” and solved a word problem.


Language Arts

Writing

I can write simple sentences.

This week we used some of our words of the week to make sentences. We started with, I see ______. and did a directed drawing of a vampire.



Next week there is a pumpkin carving contest so we drew pictures of a jack-o-lantern and labeled the shapes and parts of the face.

We also wrote about our ‘ideal’ lunch and drew a picture of ourselves with a lunch kit of 3 or more delicious foods.

Word family

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week our word family was the ‘and’ family. Can your child tell you the words in the and family? Students completed different activities focusing on decoding, word building, and matching.

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

We moved along with guided reading and “stretchy the snake” was introduced to us! Does your child know what stretchy the snake helps us do? (Stretch out the sounds in words). Some groups worked with simple patterned books focusing on the sight words we have already practiced in class and others are working on decoding more complex words. All students do a follow-up activity as a response to reading. 

For more information about the reading strategies click here: https://www.teacherspayteacher...


Social Studies

I can name groups I belong to and explain why they are important.

We finished up discussing the groups we belong to at school and in our community.



Next week’s words of the week: will it this yes do. Upcoming the week of Nov 5-9: Home Reading!

Pictured below: Build a sight word game to help practice the words of the week. Students choose a word, build it (use a tall or short block to show a tall or short letter), and then write it.

October 15-19

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

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 20 - Grade one Teacher's Pet Presentation (**** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED :)*****)

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 15-19

*** We are looking for 5 volunteers for our (in-class) presentation November 20th. You will be needed at 8:45 and free to leave at 11:05am. You will be running a center with a small group of students. The presenter will tell you about your center upon arrival. If you already have your security clearance and are able to come, please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca Thanks for your support!***

A Peek at Our Learning...

Math
I can subitize dots.

The students were introduced to subitizing using dots this week. Subitizing means the student is able to recognize an arrangement (of dots) without counting. On Tuesday the students were shown a dot arrangement and shared their thinking. Some saw a group of 4 and 3 and knew it was 7, others counted by 1’s, others saw 3 + 3 + 1. Discussing how our brains see an arrangement helps develop mathematical thinking and language as well as helps others explain their thinking.


I can create a pattern.

We moved along with repeating patterns to discuss sound and action patterns. We also made a Halloween pattern using pictures. Thanks again for sending in all the pictures of patterns in our world!

Language Arts
I can write simple sentences.

Students completed more directed drawings and worked on sentences using our words of the week, e.g. Look at the _______. We are getting really good at writing patterned sentences, I am very proud! Some students are ready to write sentences that are not patterned or sentences with more detail. For example, instead of saying, “Look at the ghost.” – some students are writing, “Look at the scary ghost." or "The squirrel is brown". 



We also wrote using the sentence frame: “Here is a ______.” Students practiced filling in the blank with vocabulary cards provided. On Thursday, students were given the option to write from the heart- that is, about anything they wanted. They were provided the sentence frame “Here is a _____” but this time they were encouraged to sound out the words to complete the sentence frame e.g. Here is a snoman.


I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

Our word family this week was the ag family – not to be confused with egg because they sound similar! Can your child tell you some of the ag family words?

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

Guided reading began this week- yay! Students are in small groups and take turns reading with the teacher. This week we learned 2 reading strategies that go together: Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish. Does your child know what these strategies mean? (eagle eye – look at the pictures for help reading the words. Lips the fish – get your lips ready to make the sounds). Some students are still working on letter sounds. These students began their alphabet books with the vowels a and e. While I am with a reading group the other students are working on building words, working on writing, doing a follow up activity to the book they read with me, or another ABC center that reinforces letters, letter sounds, and/or words. The students know when I am with a group I am 'invisible' and they only bother me when it is a "B emergency" see if your child can tell you what a B emergency is!


me: "Everyone look down so I can put a picture on the internet"


Printing/Spelling

Students practiced the qu, z, x, and e this week. Each time a new letter is introduced the students receive a poem to match. We read the poem together, find all of the target letter and then find the rhyming words. In the future our song and poem book will come home for your child to share their favourites with you.

Next week’s words of the week: on, all, get, down, see. Please practice these at home :)

October 9 – 12

Important Dates:

Oct. 15 - Fluoride consent forms due

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

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Upcoming:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

A peek at our learning October 9 – 12

Language Arts Writing

I can write a complete sentence.

Students are continuing to practice writing patterned sentences (sentences that all begin the same way)

On Tuesday we wrote about words from the AN family – This is a man. This is a pan. Some students continued their writing to add a sentence of their choice.




On Wednesday we read a book about pumpkins and brainstormed describing words. We did a directed drawing (and colouring) of a pumpkin and students wrote sentences about their pumpkin.



I can identify, print, and make the sounds of k, v, u, y.

Math

I can make a repeating pattern.

On Tuesday students were fashion designers and designed their own t-shirt with patterns of their choice.

*** For homework, please take a picture of a pattern in the real world, examples can include pattern on clothing, patterns on buildings, patterns in nature etc. Be creative :) Please print out the picture in colour or email it to ralamb@cbe.ab.ca *** thank you for your support

Word problem Wednesday has begun

Every Wednesday students will be given a word problem to solve. Every time we have a word problem students will be expected to complete the following steps:

  • Highlight/colour the important information
  • Draw a picture of the information
  • Write a number sentence
  • Answer in a sentence

As it is the beginning of the year, not all of us will not be writing in sentences just yet.

Social Studies

I can find my city on a map.

Aa is for Alberta. In their visual journals, students placed Calgary on a map of Alberta.




I can name groups that I belong to.

Bb is for belonging- students began talking about the groups they belong to, They began with themselves and their families. Next week we will discuss groups they belong to in the school (i.e. clubs/classroom) and in the community (e.g. dance, soccer)

Next week’s spelling words are: am look come here go

pictured below: a student practicing the words of the week in a game called caught in a web

October 1 - 5

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. It is not recommended you return the envelope in your child's backpack but rather hand it directly to me or the office, thank you! 
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.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 – Thanksgiving Day – No School

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 15 – Fluoride Varnish Dental Consents Due – (went home Monday Oct. 1)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm (information and ticket form went home Friday October 4 in the brown fundraising envelope)

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


Upcoming:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet (in class presentation - Volunteers needed! :) )

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

Please note:

With the wonderful winter weather that came to us early in the week, comes more outside clothing and opportunities for learning proper sequencing of how to dress for winter. Please go through the routine with your child at home. It is difficult for me to put on 21 pairs of gloves, boots, and jackets at recess, lunch, and after school. Of course sometimes zippers don’t zip and I will definitely support the best I can but when 21 children need support at the same time, children might miss a lot of their break waiting to be helped. Please encourage your child to put their winter clothes on in the following sequence and practice at home.

1. Snow pants
2. Jacket (and zip it up)
3. Boots
4. GLOVES/MITTS

People often encourage their child to wear their gloves inside their jacket sleeves. This is a great strategy for keeping the snow out, however, I will not always have the opportunity to tuck in the gloves for them. Please practice this at home, or choose a style of gloves that do not need to be tucked into the jacket sleeve. 

In the future we will have timed challenges to see if we can get faster :)
Thank you!

A peek at our learning: Oct 1-5

I can read and print the ap family.

This week’s word family was the ap family – rap, tap, snap, lap, cap, map etc. Can your child tell you the ap family words?

We made our word family booklet and some students wrote sentences using the ap family words. Other students cut out the beginning sounds of the words to spell the ap word and the last group of students cut out the pictures to match the words. 

I can show different combinations of 5. (or 10 and beyond).

In math we are working on both patterns and composing/decomposing numbers. Some students worked on ways to make 5, 6, and 7 using pictures, manipulatives (e.g. cubes), and number sentences while other students used the number 10 and/or beyond.


I can identify, print, and make the sounds of n,w,i,h,j.

Students continue to practice identifying the beginning, middle, and end sounds of words and spelling them on their whiteboards.

I can write patterned sentences.

Last week students learned to write labels. This week students are learning to use those labels to write pattern sentences. For example, on Tuesday students learned to write about an elephant using the sentence frame: He has _______. (an elephant was chosen because we were discussing the words of the week (big) and brainstorming things that are big). See examples below.

Students were introduced to how to get a 3 star sentence:

  • sentence isn’t missing words
  • The sentence begins with a green uppercase letter
  • The sentence ends with 1 red period
  • The sentence has finger spaces.

Ask your child if he/she can tell you why we begin with a green uppercase and end with a red period.


We also discussed what we were thankful for and wrote patterned sentences.


Next week’s words of the week: and, in, did, is, at

Pictured below: Students practicing the words of the week at the playdough word center.

Have a fantastic long weekend!!! :) 

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Sept. 24- 28
Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day – communities coming together in spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters. Wear an orange shirt today if you have one.

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. 15 - Flouride Varnish Dental Consents Due (went home Monday Oct. 1)

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

A Peek at Our Learning... Sept. 24- 28

I can show numbers in different ways: I can show numbers using a 10 frame.

Students were asked to write the numbers from 1-10 (or trace) and cut out the correct 10 frame that matches the numeral. Last week we matched a picture to a numeral, this week we are matching 10 frames. Both pictures and 10 frames are ways to represent numbers. Early finishers or those students who needed more of a challenge were asked to write a number sentence that matches the number, for example if the number was 3, students could write 1 + 2 = 3 or 0 + 3 = 3.

Math centers – when students are finished their activity in their math journals, they go to math centers. Math centers are games and activities that reinforce the skills already taught. See examples below


I can copy print: I can write labels.

The students continue to explore ways/reasons to write. Last week we wrote lists, this week we are labeling our pictures. Labels tell us more information about the pictures. Students copy words from the board or a card on their desk.

We followed a directed drawing of a bat, cat, and rat (words part of the ‘at’ family) and labeled them once we were done. They turned out amazing!!

See examples of student work below

I can sort objects according to a rule: I can make my own sorting rule that makes sense.

Students were given blank leaves of different shapes and sizes and asked to come up with their own rule and sort them in their math journals. This was tricky for some students. It is a different skill to be able to sort according to colour when asked to and another to be able to choose your own rule and sort the leaves.

I can read and write the ‘at’ family words.

Students made an ‘at’ family booklet to help read the words of the ‘at’ family. Later on in the week different groups of students were given different activities to practice their at family words. Some groups built words and others used the words in a sentence.


I can identify, print, and make the sounds of p, o, d, g.

Students are continuing to build their confidence as writers as we go through the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. Daily, words are dictated to students and students expected to write the correct letter(s) on their whiteboard.

Students are working towards blending the sounds to discover if the target sound is at the beginning of the word or the end. For example, if the letter of the day was m and the word was ‘mat’ students repeat the word, segment the word (sound it out or stretch out the sounds) mmmmm-aahhhh—ttttt. And then write the m on the first line if they hear the mmmm sound at the beginning of the word.

Some students stop at beginning sounds: m   __

Some students write the beginning and the end sound: m    t

Some students write the whole word: mt

Thursday we had a fire drill. The students did amazing! We discussed the 3 S words: Safe, Silent, Serious. It is important to be looking forward to watch where your class is going (safe), to be silent in order to hear directions, and be serious – not laughing, jumping, or waving at friends in other classes.

Friday was the Terry Fox Run - everyone put their best effort forward to run around the field to remember Terry and his legacy. If you have not yet brought in your toonie for Terry - please do! If we reach our school goal we get a special surprise.

Next week’s words of the week are: big, like, me, for, you. 

Pictured below: a student playing "Roll a Sight Word" to help practice our words of the week.

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Important Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 24-28 Bring a Toonie for Terry Fox

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch (an email about FunLunch went home Sept. 14- if you did not get the email please contact the office for further details) :)

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

A Peek at our learning ...Sept. 17 – 21

It was a short week but with lots of learning :)

Thank you to those parents who signed up and attended Parent-Teacher conferences. It was so wonderful to discuss your child’s passions, strengths, and future goals.

Some reminders/items discussed:

  • Monday is Library Day
  • Please check the blog weekly (to be updated by Saturday of each week)
  • Birthdays – Please do not send birthday treats – if you wish to send something to celebrate your child’s birthday other options besides food include: stickers, pencils, erasers, and dollar store items
  • We have two students with nut allergies (one to tree nuts and the other to all nuts) – just so you are aware :)
  • Home Reading will begin in October/November – stay tuned for information
  • Shoes – Please make sure your child has indoor shoes that he/she can put on independently (Velcro if they are not (yet) able to tie their shoes)
  • It is a good idea to send your child with a water bottle so they do not need to leave the class frequently to get a drink. Water bottles that are spill proof are recommended. (See example below). Water bottles that fully open at the top are very easily spilled.


  • Student demographic information sheets need to be returned early next week – if you did not come to interviews/ did not sign the student demographic sheets they will come home with your child on Monday, please return Tuesday.

If you did not get a chance to sign up for a conference, please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca to discuss a later time, it is very important we touch base to discuss your child and ways we can help him/her be successful this year

Learning Intentions this week:

Math - I can sort.

On Monday we continued sorting according to a rule. We used leaves and made different groups. Some of us really worked hard to understand that in each group something must be the same about everything in the group.



I can match numerals to a picture.

We also practiced 1:1 correspondance - we matched the numeral to the correct quantity.

Writing – I can copy print.

We began writing a list of things at school. See examples of student work below.


Printing/Letter sounds- I can identify, print, and make the sounds of: c,a,r,l.


Reading – I can make predictions. I can read the pictures.

We read more stories by David Shannon. His books about the character david have few words on each page and the pictures really help tell the story. Even if we can’t read the words (yet) we can tell a story by reading the pictures. Try this at home!

Science – I can tell about the changes in sunlight and weather in fall.

Students listened to a read aloud and watched some clips on Pebble Go – an alberta learning approved site. Students listened to the reasons for seasons as well as some insight into why days get shorter in the fall and what happens to the weather. Students copied a sentence about fall and began their fall trees. We will continue next week to add our leaves using the fall colours.





Coming up: We are starting our words of the week next week. Next week’s words are: I, has, can, not, the. You are not required to practice these at home but if you are looking for ways to support learning you can:

Make 2 sets of words - one set beginning with an uppercase, the other with a lowercase to play:

  •  Memory – Mix the cards face down. Play the “memory” game by turning 2 cards over. Say the words. If they match, keep them. If not, turn them back over. 
  • Starts With/Ends With – find words that start or end with a specific sound or letter. (use both to reinforce the sound/letter relationship)   
  • Rhymes With – Say a word that rhymes with one of the week’s spelling words. Example: “Find me the word that rhymes with Jan” (can). Comment on words that rhyme, but may be spelled differently.   
  • Make up sentences or word puzzles and riddles (More advanced).   
  • Write out the words- (helps to practice printing as well).

A peek at our learning... Sept 10 – 14

Important upcoming dates:

Sept. 20 Early Dismissal at 12:15pm for Parent Teacher Conferences
Sept. 20 Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm - 8pm (by appointment only)
Sept. 21 No school. Parent Teacher Conferences 8am - 1 pm (by appointment only)

Learning intentions:

I can read sight words: like, can, I

I can copy print.
I can add a word to finish a sentence frame.

Students were provided with sentence frames: I can ________. I like _________. Students were asked to choose something that they can do when they are in grade one. Words were also provided for students to choose from to complete the sentence (see below). Students were encouraged to think of the first letter of the word and then look for the picture in order to find the correct word. For example, if a student wanted to say, I can paint. He/she was encouraged to make the beginning sound of paint- /p/ and find a word that starts with p. From there students were given support to stretch (sound out) the rest of the word to see if it was the correct word and look at the picture attached for help.

Examples of student work:

I can sort objects according to a rule.

Students were given a variety of materials and asked to sort the objects into groups according to a rule. Sorting by colour, shape, and size are the most common attributes in grade one. Can your child sort objects at home and explain their rule? E.g. Ask them to sort socks by colour or pattern

Pictured below: A student sorting candles by colour.


I can show numbers in different ways.

Students explored the number 1 and different ways to represent the number one. We discussed the number word, the numeral, pictures, dice, and a 10 frame. Work went home with the students last week.

I can identify, print, and make the sounds of m, s, b, f, t. 

We are reviewing the alphabet. We started with the consonants m,s,b,f, and t because those are the five most common consonants in the English language. Students practice printing, saying the sound, and brainstorming words that begin with that letter. In their song and poem books, students find the words that start with the chosen letter in the ABC poem and highlight with a crayon.

Up next: Students will continue to explore reasons why we write. This week we learned people write to share ideas. Next week students will learn to write lists.

A Peek at our learning... Sept 4-7

Students are faced with the challenge of managing rules and routines in a full-day setting. Along with learning classroom expectations, students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities. September is a month to review the basics and complete assessments to inform next steps in learning.

Learning intentions:

I can follow directions.

I can name the preprinting shapes.

Mastering the name and proper formation of each shape makes printing letters and drawing pictures a lot easier. Does your child know the names of the following pre-printing shapes? | ― O + /  \ Δ x ☐ (straight line down, straight line across, circle,  't',   diagonal line down (both directions), triangle, X, and square. I also introduce ‘rainbow over’ for a curved line- see image)

This month students are reviewing the alphabet, assessments on what students already know is important in order to move learning forward. Students were asked to write what letters and numbers they knew.

Fine motor skills are important! Students were asked to rip pieces of paper and glue them onto their name. We ended up with beautiful works of art while at the same time improving fine motor skills. Example below.

We read stories about rules at responsibilities at school. We read a story called No David and learned about good choices and poor choices.

Ms. Lamb

June 17 – 21

THANK YOU!

A heartfelt thank you to all of you parents and parent council for our staff appreciation lunch that took place on Friday. It was absolutely delicious and really, really appreciated!

  • Sports day rescheduled! We will hopefully (weather permitting) hold sports day on Monday June 24 in the AM. Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside to participate in various ‘active living’ activities. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes, bug spray and/or a warm jacket if it is cooler out.

·       Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.

·       All home reading and library books were due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.

Important Dates:

June 26 – Last day of school (half day) and report cards sent home

A peek at our learning...

Math

We played some math games online (see abcya.com) and did some practice problems to work on our fact fluency. One of the games was called LEGO MATH. We rolled the dice, counted out that many lego blocks, recorded the number sentence, and built a structure which we later drew in our math notebooks.


Science

We read a story about a ‘Mixed up Chameleon’ who wanted to be many different animals. We created our own ‘mixed up’ animal and will do some writing about it next week to describe its adaptations and habitat.


Language Arts

We finished our ‘feelings journals’ on Friday. Everyday for the last 2 weeks during our writing block we have been reflecting on a different feeling and a memory or situation when we felt that way. We discussed: embarrassed, proud, sad, angry, and excited to name a few.

Looking ahead: Next week we will host our ‘teacher for the day’ presentations. Please practice over the weekend :)

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June 10 – 14

·       Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.

·       All home reading and library books were due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.

·       Monday June 17 is the teachers vs. students cup stacking competition! Students may purchase raffle tickets to go into a draw for Canyon Meadow movie passes. We are giving away 4 prizes, each with 2 tickets. Tickets are $1 or 3 for $2. All money raised will add to the money that we have raised for clean water in Rural China.

Important Upcoming Dates:

June 21 – Sports Day 

June 26 – Last day of classes


June 10 – 14 A peek at our learning...

Language Arts Writing

This week we began our feelings journal. We have been reading picture books and discussing different situations where we feel/have felt happy, sad, excited, and mad with a focus on adding detail. Next week we will finish up our feelings journals.

Social Studies

In social studies we continue to discuss the past and the impact of past events, stories, and people on present day way of life. We discussed changes in our own lives in the past and how they have impacted ourselves and our families today. We created visual representations by making a timeline of significant events.


Science

We completed our observations and drew some conclusions about the plants we grew. We discussed the reasons why the plants with no water, soil, or sun did not grow. We also learned more about how plants use soil and made some educated guesses as to why some of the plants did not grow.

“Maybe the seeds were already dead”

“Maybe there was too much water”

“Maybe someone dropped it [the cup]”

From our observations and experiment we had more questions “Why do plants need air?” “why are they green?” “Why do they need stuff that humans need?” “Why don’t they eat the same food as people?”

Looking ahead:

Students will be invited to be teacher for the “day”. 

Students will be asked to come in and present (no longer than 5 minutes) and teach the class how to do something. Please practice at home before presenting.

Some suggestions could include: how to tie your shoes, tell us about a special tradition in your family, how to draw something, teach us about a place, etc.

Students will be asked (stay tuned for the exact dates) to bring in all the materials needed except for paper/pencils and other school supplies but everything else will need to be brought in if necessary. You may bring in props, pictures, or craft items. Try to avoid food as there are a variety of allergies in the classroom.

We have worked on procedural writing this year – writing that involves: a title, a list of materials, and the steps to complete the activity using the words first, then, next, last. I would encourage you to work with your child to write a plan for their presentation.

This is an optional activity. Thank you for your continued support.
If you have any questions please email me at: ralamb@cbe.ab.ca


June 3 - 7

Announcements: 

  • Are you moving or will your child be going to a new school next year? As we begin to plan for next year we ask that you let the office know if your child will not be attending EMJ next year.
  • All home reading and library books are due back Monday June 10, 2019. If you have lost or damaged a home reading or library book, there will be a charge. The cost of a home reading book is $7.00 and the cost of library books vary.
  • A Great Opportunity: All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   Click to find out more: https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

Important Upcoming Dates:
June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 21 - Sports Day - dress for the weather! (e.g., sunscreen, bug spray)

June 26 - Last day of classes

June 3 – 7 

A peek at our learning...

Language Arts Writing

This week we wrote letters to the kindergarteners to tell them about grade one and also to our next year’s grade two teacher to tell him/her about ourselves as students. Everyone did a great job!


Science

We continued on with the scientific method to observe our plants. Some plants are still not growing but most have begun to sprout quite tall! We will finish up our observations next week and draw some conclusions.


Math

We continue to review concepts introduced and practiced throughout the year. We worked on word problems, mental math strategies (counting on and back, using doubles up to 9 +9, recalling addition facts to a sum of 5 and their related subtraction facts), and representing and describing numbers to 20 concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

Next week is the last week for new words of the week: zero, nine, six, ten, twenty. The remaining weeks will be used to review the sight words introduced since the beginning of the year with a focus on words not yet mastered.

May 27 – 31

Pokemon Cards

Please discourage your child(ren) from bringing pokemon cards to school. While school policy allows pokemon cards for the purpose of positive social interactions, they are causing hurt feelings and conflict in grade one. Please consider the following:

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyone’s bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the student’s 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 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

A peek at our learning...

May 27 – 31

Science

This week we planted bean seeds and planned an experiment. We are investigating the question: How can we help plants grow big and tall? We made a hypothesis that, IF we give plants air, soil, sun, and water, THEN they will grow big and tall.

To test our hypothesis, we planted some beans with one of the elements missing: one cup has no soil, one will be given no sun, and one will be given no water. We have recorded our preliminary observations and will do so again next week! Stay tuned for updates.

Math

We have continued to review the concepts we have been working on through the year by playing math games that help us with ways to make 10, practice the concepts of more/less, as well as practiced strategies to solve equations with missing addends.

Reading

The black group has been working on reader’s theatre to help with fluency and expression. They were working with a story by Robert Munsch called, “PIGS!” and just began, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.

Writing

This week we revisited some mini-lessons on the editing process. Students in grade one need to edit for missing words, spelling, and finger spaces.

Next week’s words of the week are: eight, five, three, four, one


May 21- 24

Important Upcoming Dates:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

A peek at our learning...

Language Arts

We read some books from the Piggie and Gerald series with partners, discussed what we liked about the book, the plot, the problem, and did a book review.

We also wrote in our journals about things, feelings, people, and memories that are significant for us.

Math

We completed some word problems and began some math assessments reviewing the concepts we have covered over the year.

Science

In Science we discussed wild vs. domestic animals. We also discussed animal adaptations: a behavioral or physical feature that helps them survive in their environment.


Next week’s words of the week are: them, when, would, two, seven


May 13 - 16
Important Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 22 - Bake sale - students can bring 1$ to buy a tasty treat

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

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

May 13 – 16

A peek at our learning...

On Monday we had a lock down drill. The students did an excellent job going to our meeting place in the classroom and being silent until the police officer unlocked our door. Way to go grade ones!

Language Arts Writing

This week in language arts writing, we finished up our research about sharks and also did some reading from experience. 


We wrote about the weekend and what we did for Mother’s day. Students were reminded of our rubric for how to do a good job on the picture as well as the editing process after writing our ideas.


We worked on adding detail to our sentences by answering who, what, and where questions.


Math

We continue to review the skills and concepts introduced this year. We are especially focusing on word problems to practice identifying the language used that help us understand what operation to use to solve the problem.


We also continued on with ‘math talk’ to share our mathematical thinking with others. Students were presented with 3 numbers and had to justify which number did not belong.

Language Arts Reading

In guided reading, some groups tried a new strategy to use before reading a non-fiction book. After a brief introduction of the book and a picture walk, students brainstorm a list of words that we might encounter while reading and write them on a whiteboard. During reading if we notice one of the words we put a check mark beside it. This strategy helps students activate prior knowledge as well as gets them thinking about topic-specific vocabulary they might run into while reading. That way, when students reach an unknown or difficult word, they can check the list or think about the brainstorm and see if any make sense.

One of the groups read about a rainy day and a sunny day. We brainstormed words like wet, worm, mud, and puddle and when we reached the word in the book we were able to put a check mark beside them.


Next week there will be no words of the week due to a short week. We also miss our scheduled library block on Monday but feel free to send library books on Tuesday and students will get a chance to exchange their books whenever possible during the week.


Have a great long weekend!!

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May 6 -10

Jump Rope for Heart

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

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

Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

A peek at our learning...

Science/Literacy/Social Studies

We started the week off discussing the value of and uses for plants and animals. We discussed how every part of the buffalo can be used for a variety of purposes: clothing, tools, food, shelter.

We have continued on with the research process:

I can find information from pictures, words, and videos.

I can write and explain key facts in my own words.

I can use text features to help me understand and find information.

I can ask questions to get additional ideas and information.

We learned about different sharks this week: the great white shark and the hammerhead shark. We also began to explore the nurse shark, angel shark, lemon shark and many more! We will finish up our exploration of sharks next week.



Math

This week we continued to practice our skills and build our number sense with word problems and ‘number pathways’. Number pathways are puzzles that offer opportunities for students to compose and decompose numbers. These puzzles help develop efficiency in math thinking.

Art

We painted some beautiful flowers for mother's day. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  

"To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world" - unknown

"There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood" - Elder M. Russell Ballard

Next week’s words of the week are: round, fly, live, let, may

April 29 – May 3

Jump Rope for Heart

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

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

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

A Peek at Our Learning...

It’s Time for Our Home Reading Celebration!

During our final months of school, grade one will celebrate being readers! Parents play an important role towards building successful readers. You can help at home by supporting your child to read for at least 10 minutes each day and recording the books they read at home with you. Students will have daily opportunities to share and recommend favourite books to their classmates as one way to continue to build our reading community.

What can you read at home?

Option A: Leveled books are available to bring home from school. These books build your child’s decoding skills, fluency and their confidence. Leveled books are meant to be read multiple times, over a couple of days. Rereading is a research-based strategy to improve reading skills. Once your child has practiced their book multiple times and can talk about the main ideas, they can celebrate by bringing the book back and reading to their classmates. 

Option B: Library books are available for students to sign out on a weekly basis. You can read these books with your child. If the book is fiction, you can talk about the main story elements such as the characters, setting, problem, solution, and the beginning/middle/end of the story. If the book is non-fiction, have a conversation about the topic (what the book is about), the main idea (what the author is trying to teach you), and important details from the books (ex. interesting facts). Reading to your child and talking about the book together helps build their vocabulary and develops a love of reading.

Option C: Books from home can also be read as part of this reading celebration. Your child can bring in familiar and loved books to share.

Thank you for supporting your child to read and record their reading at home each night! If you have any questions please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca.

Math

We focused on word problems this week reviewing various skills that we have learned this year. We had subtraction word problems as well as word problems about patterns.



Literacy/Science

We continued on this week with non-fiction writing. We wrote about an animal of our choice and discussed the diet, habitat, body covering, and whether it was a prey or predator. We also began our exploration into sharks! Next week is shark week!! Stay tuned to hear about the many different types of sharks we will be learning about.



Next week’s words of the week are: people, sister, brother, ask, every


Apr. 23 – 26 

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

Book Fair

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

Important upcoming dates:

May 2 - Spring Concert for Grades 4,5,6 and Spring Choir

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

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade ⅔’s

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

A peek at our learning...

*Please note: on Monday April 29 students are invited to bring money to buy books at the book fair. Our normal library time is used to shop the bookfair. If you prefer, you can visit the book fair May 2 in the evening during the Spring concert when grade 4, 5, 6 and Spring Choir are performing

Literacy/Science/Social Studies

I can find information from pictures, words, and videos.

I can write and explain facts and ideas in my own words.

I can use text features to find information.

This week’s focus was on comprehension of non-fiction texts. Through exploring non-fiction books and videos, we engaged in the research process (social studies), found information, and put the information into our own words. We continued to use text features (headings, labels, diagrams, captions) to help us find the information. Our focus was on what we can do to save the earth (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Art

I can use basic shapes to create an image.

I can make choices on how to make my art.

We used tissue paper squares to make our own version of the earth.


Math

We continued on with measurement exploring capacity, area, height, length, and weight. We practiced using non-standard measurement tools to measure length, height, and area. We used comparative statements to describe weight and capacity, e.g. ____ is heavier than _____ and _____ holds more than _____.



Next week’s words of the week are: thank, school, why, again, any


April 15 – 18

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

A peek at our learning...

Science/Language Arts/Social Studies

Although we have been reading non-fiction books all year, this week we really focused on finding information from books, pictures, and videos. Engaging in the research process, we examined videos, books, and pictures to find information and put it into our own words. We learned a lot of new words including text features: captions, bold words, headings, diagrams, and labels. We also focused on living things (animals) and discussed their habitat, diet, appearance, and adaptations.


Math

We invited Ms. Hillier into our room this week to engage in various measurement activities. We practiced measuring things in the classroom using string. We also participated in different centers that involved filling, matching, covering, and balancing (all curricular outcomes required for grade one mathematicians!) A big thanks to Ms. Hillier for all her hard work and creativity!


Literacy – Guided Reading

This week in guided reading our focus was also non-fiction books focusing on identifying the topic, main idea, and interesting details.


Looking ahead: no words of the week for next week. It is a short week and are continuing on with non-fiction reading and writing as well as earth day activities. 

April 8 - 12

Important Upcoming 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.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3
April 17 – Class photos
April 19 – Good Friday – No school
April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students
April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)
April 25 - Spring Carnival

A peek at our learning...

Math
In math, we have continued on with measurement, equality, and making statements of comparison. We worked on comparing objects in the classroom and recording if they are taller or shorter. We also compared objects that are shorter and longer. Lastly, we compared objects that are heavier and lighter.

We made shape monsters and measured them using a non-standard measurement tool. Some students used craft sticks, others used links, or paperclips, or lego, or cubes.


Science/Social Studies
We completed our project this week! Through using cooperation, communication, creativity, problem-solving, innovation, and discovery we practiced many skills while reaching a variety of curricular outcomes across all subject areas.

Science – Seasons and Colour
In art/science, we used watercolours to paint a spring picture. We drew spring flowers on a background of mixed colours.

Literacy - Writing

This week we wrote about swimming. We tried to use everything we have learned so far this year to write about our experience. We used sounds at the beginning to create a ‘bold beginning’. We discussed the who, what, when, and where of our experience. We added some feelings and used the editing process to check our work for spelling, capitals, and periods.



Next week’s words of the week are: use, very, animal, girl, pretty

April 1 – 5

Next week is swimming! A note went home with some reminders on Friday. You can read the information again below:

Reminder Note for Swimming Lessons

Dear Parents,

Here are a few reminders about swimming lessons for next week:

1. We swim Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12

2. Students usually wear their swimsuits under their clothes before swimming. They will need to bring a towel and underwear (if wearing swimsuit under clothes) and a plastic bag every day. The bag is used to put the wet towel and swimsuit in after the lessons. If your child wants to bring a brush/comb they can. There will not be time for the students to blow dry their hair.

3. There are vending machines there but we will not be using them. Please do not send money!

4. A big thank you to the parents who are volunteering! We could not go without you!

5. Putting on tights is really hard with slightly wet legs after swimming so it is best to avoid wearing tights on swim days. Clothes that are easy to take on and off are helpful due to short time available for changing at the pool.

6. If you signed up to volunteer, thank you! You can meet us at the school at 9:25am and accompany us on the bus, or drive yourself and meet us at the pool. You can help in the change room before and after the lessons and watch the children from the seats above the pool. No photography is allowed. The lessons themselves are from 9:40 – 10:20 am. We get picked up from the pool at 10:40 to head back to the school.

Important upcoming 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 -*information will go home Monday April 8*

A peek at our learning...

This week’s words of the week were: pull, much, off, zip, our. We played some games to help us practice. Pictured below: sight word bowling and word glasses


In writing we learned about ‘bold beginnings’ = interesting ways to start our writing. We learned how to use sounds to hook the reader to want to read our work. Students wrote about sounds from their spring break, sounds of spring (with connections to the science curriculum and seasons), as well as sounds we would hear in the buildings we made in our social studies/science project.

We worked hard on our cross-curricular project in social studies and science to build our community. Under the topic of “Building Things’ students are expected to fold, pile, cut, and join objects together to make a model. We hope to completely finish up next week!


One of our other curricular outcomes in Science is to learn about seasons so we did some art in our visual journal after watching videos and reading picture books about the signs of spring.

In math, we talked about equality and measurement. We used scales to show how to make equations equal and we completed some word problems.


Next week’s words of the week are: friend, what, under, because, before


Mar 11- 15

Upcoming dates to note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book
March 19 – AM presentation on building things (Teacher’s Pet)
March 19- PM – Special guest presentation from an architect and interior designer
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 Spring Break - No school
April 1 – Classes resume

A peek at our learning:

Literacy:

This week we focused on the WH diagraph and made a cat with WHiskers. Each whisker had a WH word written on it. Once we completed our art, we asked each other “WH” questions about their cats. E.g. WHat colour is your cat? WHere does your cat live? WHy does your cat have stripes? Etc...

Cross-curricular Building Things Project:

(literacy, shape/space awareness, building things, social studies communities)

This week students read a variety of picture books on buildings, architects, city planning, communities, and neighbourhoods to support their learning. We made a list of buildings we need in our community based on the needs, rights, and responsibilities of people. Next, we looked at buildings in books from around the world and discussed the shapes that we see. We also looked at buildings in Calgary. We began to discuss the criteria for making our blueprints next week.

We have accumulated a lot of boxes so far!! Thanks to everyone who brought some in. Look for a list of materials that will come home with your child next week (or the first week after spring break) – then it will be building time!

Math

In math we practiced skip counting by 5’s and 10’s using nickels and dimes! We also practiced by 2’s using toonies. We also did a bit of review of numbers from 11-20, word problems, and basic addition and subtraction facts to 19.



Looking ahead: Next week is interviews –please make sure to sign up, can’t wait to sit and discuss your child’s strengths and future learning goals.

After spring break: we will be swimming! We need volunteers in the change rooms (men and women!) to help any or all of the days. Please fill out the swim forms by Thursday and indicate which days you are available to volunteer. 


Mar 4 – 8

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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 14 – Fun Lunch
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)
March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 Spring Break - No school
April 1 – Classes resume

A peek at our learning:

Math

This week we did a large variety of activities to build number sense and read numbers to 100. We examined the 100 chart to notice patterns, we practiced place value concepts using the base 10 blocks, we explored some word problems that allowed us to skip count by 10’s beginning at any number to 100, and we also used the 100 chart to help us count by 5’s and 2’s. Can your child skip count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s?


Literacy/Science/Social Studies

The grade ones have been exploring the over-arching question: how is a community built and designed to meet the needs of everyone (including plants, animals, and people).

Over the past few months we have been learning about social studies (SS) outcomes: identifying characteristics of urban and rural communities, ways we belong and contribute to communities, ways to solve problems peacefully, the rights and responsibilities of the child, distinguish geographical features in communities, and exploring landmarks with the hopes of transferring all our learning into answering our over-arching inquiry question.

With all this content in mind, we are expanding our investigation to:

-        create and use simple maps (see below the example of a student's first draft of their community map)


as well as practicing the skills and processes in SS including:

-       making connections based on various information

-       accurately communicating our learning

-       contribute to decision making and problem-solving

These SS outcomes combined with the science outcomes on living things
(I can name some common living things and identify their needs.) 


and building things (I can make objects using different materials and I can describe and compare the objects I create) will allow us to create a 3D model of our very own community.

In the upcoming week/week(s) we will be sending home a list of materials your child would like to use for their building.

Every student will be asked to bring in 2-4 boxes (examples of good boxes to send to school include: cereal boxes, cracker/granola bar/Kleenex/ boxes, small shoe boxes, etc. try not to send boxes that are made of thick cardboard as they are difficult for grade one hands to cut/fold/shape. Other materials you may wish to send in include: decorative duct tape, paper towel rolls, and any other clean, recyclable material that your child expresses an interest in using.
Examples:


Please do not feel you need to go out and buy anything specific for this project as the intent is to use recyclable materials. If you are able to donate any extra boxes or materials for students who were unable to bring anything in that would be much appreciated. We are also looking for donations of brown and white paper bags (larger size) if you are able to donate.

Upcoming:  There are no words of the week for the next two weeks. Please use this time to review the words sent home over the course of the term. In addition, use this time to read home reading books. If you do not know where the home reading book is, please let me know. There is a small charge for any books that are lost or damaged.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning. We are super excited to share our learning with you throughout our inquiry investigation into communities and building things. 


Feb 25 – Mar 1

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 – Forms went home this week regarding the time and topic. Please sign the form and return to indicate your permission for your child to participate in the activities. In addition we are still looking for 3 volunteers.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 25 – Mar 1: A peek at our learning:

This week we explored the sound AR makes: “ARRRgh” like a pirate. We made hats with AR words on them to take home to practice with our families. We also brainstormed some AR words to put on a pirate’s treasure


Battle of the Books!

The tournament has come to an end and the winner is… BLUE! By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I was really impressed by the thought processes and explanations the students provided during our discussions. One student said, “I think kids will like this book the best because it teaches you how to grow up." Ask your child about his/her favourite book in the tournament.

Science/Writing

We explored living things in science this week. We began by distinguishing between living and nonliving things. We wrote in our journals about how we know something is living or not living (does it breathe? Grow? Reproduce? Eat?)

We also discussed the needs of plants. Up next we will delve deeper into the needs (vs. wants) of humans.

Math

We continued to explore 3D shapes and their characteristics, specifically cylinders and cubes.

We worked with the 100 chart this week, practicing writing, reading, and making numbers. We used tens and ones to help us understand that the value of a digit depends on the place it is in as it is common for students to write 14 for 41 or vise versa.


We also engaged in some math word problems where we had to use our knowledge of skip counting by 10’s (and/or the patterns in the 100 chart) to solve the problem.

Next week’s words of the week are: best, him, think, talk, as

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Feb 19 – 22

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 - We need volunteers - please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca if you are available for 12:25 - 2:30 to run a station/center.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 19- 22

A peek at our learning…

Literacy

This week we read a non-fiction book called, ‘Ice Bear’. We practiced taking information from the book and writing about polar bears. E.g., Polar bears can, have, and are _______.


We also made connections by discussing how polar bears can camouflage and other animals/insects can camouflage. We wrote about our opinion on whether or not we would like to live in the Arctic.


We are having a “Battle of the Books!” in our class. Most of the books are selected from the Caldecott Medal nominees for 2018 and 2019. After we read the book we discuss our opinions and feelings as well as text features such as the plot, characters, and setting. Some questions we answered were: What did you like/dislike about the story? How did the story and illustrations make you feel? Do you think kids would like this book, why or why not?  

Math

We practiced fact families and learned about related facts. Fact families help us understand the concept of conservation of number. E.g. if I have 2 objects and then get 5 more, I have 7. I also have 7 if I have 5 objects first and then get 2 more. We also did a word problem to challenge our thinking.




Social Studies/Wellness

We finished our pictures/writing about kind words to describe ourselves.

Gym

In gym we have been doing parachute games to emphasize cooperation. We had lots of fun.

Next week’s words of the week are: end, soon, car, their, nice

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Feb 11- 13

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (dance unit in gym)

March 12 – School Council Meeting              

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1 –(in-class field trip) we need 4 volunteers to run a center. Please email me if you are available.

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school

Feb 11-13 

A peek at our learning... 

Literacy
This week we practiced the ‘ing’ chunk. ING can be part of a word like ring, sing, swing, sling or it can be a word ending like in running, chasing, sleeping.


We read a story called, “Love Monster and the Last Chocolate”. On Monday and Tuesday, we visualized which chocolates could be in the mystery box of chocolates he found in the story.


On Wednesday we practiced retelling the story. Orally first then writing our ideas.


Math
In Math, we practiced more subtraction questions using a variety of strategies. On Monday we played a racing math game and we had to use mental math to quickly find the answer. We also worked on the strategy of use adding to subtract with EMJ’s math coach Ms. Hillier.

Social Studies
Kk is for Kindness. Last week we began drawing some pictures in our visual journals of things that made us happy, things we like about ourselves, and things that remind us of kindness. We talked about how it is important to be kind to yourself and use kind words to describe yourself. We will finish them next week. Stay tuned for pictures.

Art
We made some valentines cards with a cute bunny on the front!


Next week’s words of the week: once, won’t, too, many, from

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Feb 4 - 8

Important Dates:

February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Feb 4-8

Literacy

This week we read the story: ‘The Snowy Day’ by Ezra Jack Keats. We practiced the strategies we learned last week: visualizing, inferring, making connections, writing about our opinion, and we were introduced to a new strategy: retell. Readers can retell stories to help others understand what the story is about. We retold the story using pictures. Some students started their writing to retell the story.

Visualizing:


Inferring and Connecting:

Retelling:


At the same time as practicing the skill of retelling, we were introduced to the concept of ‘focused listening’ – What does it look like and sound like? How do we know our partner is actually listening to us while we are sharing? This is an important skill to have for communication and collaboration.

Since the story was about snow, we focused on learning ‘ow’ can say O like in grow, snow, blow, mow, tow. We practiced building words with letter tiles.

Math

We practiced some more tricky (open ended) subtraction word problems this week. We also learned about 3D shapes and their characteristics. We discussed the terms: edges, faces, vertices, apex, stack, roll, length, width, and height.


On Friday, we worked on the computers to practice patterns, adding, subtracting, shapes, and numbers to 100 using mathletics. Log-in information for mathletics went home last week. Please use this wonderful resource to practice all the math concepts learned in class.

Art/Social Studies

We reviewed some landmarks in Calgary and painted our pictures.

They turned out so well!

Drumming

Drumming was fantastic! I really hope you had a chance to come and view the performance. The students really enjoyed themselves :)

Next week’s words of the week are: red, pick, more, last, us

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Important Dates:

January 31 – Report Cards Went Home
Feb 1 - No school
February 6 - Winter Walk Day - 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.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e., coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).
February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One World Drum Assembly – Our performance is at 8:30 – please come if you can!!
February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

January 28 – 31

A peek at our learning…

Literacy

This week we learned that OW and OU say /OWWW/ like you say when you’re hurt. We wore bandaids on Monday with the letters written on them to remind us. We did a bandaid ‘craft’ and wrote out many of the common words using this spelling pattern.


Comprehension Reading Strategies

We read the story: Snowmen at Night and practiced the strategies good readers use: connect, infer, visualize, and opinion. On Monday we wrote a connection: when have you ever made something that didn’t last? We inferred: why do you think the snowmen were drinking cold cocoa instead of hot? We visualized (without peeking at the pictures first): what tricks were the snowmen doing on the ice? On Thursday we wrote our opinion on whether hot chocolate or chocolate milk is the better drink. If you are looking for things to talk about with your child after reading a book – try these strategies.

pictured below: connection

Pictured below: opinions



Math

We worked on subtraction, word problems, and 2D shapes this week. We sorted shapes according to corners or sides. We completed a really tricky open ended word problem on Wednesday.


Social Studies

We discussed urban, rural, and suburban communities. We also discussed some landmarks in our city and community (Calgary tower, bow tower, saddledome etc). We did a directed drawing and will paint them next week.


Next week’s words of the week: were, know, new, hear, some

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Jan 21- 25

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 Assembly – 8:30 am performance
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 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 21 – 25
A peek at our learning

Literacy
This week we practiced the 3 sounds ‘ed’ makes when it comes at the end of a word: t, d, and ed (or id) for example, in the word missed – the ed says /t/, in the word hugged it says /d/, and in the word rested it says /id/. See if your child can find any ‘ed’ words in their home reading book(s).

In writing, we practiced the editing process this week. Grade One students in Alberta are expected to:

1.     Check for obvious spelling errors, e.g. if a student accidentally writes form instead of from

2.    Rephrase by adding or deleting words

3.    Use sensory detail in writing to improve and enhance ‘artistry’

We worked on some practice sentences and then in pairs to edit our own writing. We helped each other find spelling errors, punctuation, and uppercase letters in the wrong spots.


Math

In Math we practiced subtraction, word problems, and discussed 2-D shapes characteristics. We also went on a shape hunt around the classroom to look for shapes in our world. Can your child find some 2-D shapes in your house?

This week the students went online to practice some of the math skills introduced so far this year. A log-in card was sent home on Friday with a username and password. Please go to www.mathletics.com and help your child sign into Mathletics. The activities are directly related to the math that is being completed in the classroom and I am able to log in to view your child’s completion of the assignments. :)

Social Studies
In Social Studies we are discussing communities and learned some new words: rural, urban, and suburban. We discussed the features of each community and did an art page in our journals to represent urban and rural communities. We read some picture books and watched some videos on how life in the country is different from life in the city.


Health and Life Skills
Part of being healthy is having healthy relationships. When conflicts arise between peers we follow these steps:

1.     Say “Please Stop I don’t like __________”

If that doesn’t help try to…

2.    Ignore the behavior

3.    Walk Away

4.    Get help from a grown up.

Students are taught that their first step should be asking the person to stop. If it is a more serious conflict (such as someone is hurting them) they say stop and if they do not stop, they get an adult immediately. All other conflicts should try to be solved through the above mentioned steps before getting an adult involved.


Next week’s words of the week are: walk, house, had, just, after


Jan  14– 18

January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly Performance at 8:30
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (gym unit)
February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 &15 – Teacher’s Convention – no school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 14-18

A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods. I can share information and ideas. I can set goals for future learning.

We  wrote about our weekend activities, more goals for 2019, and we wrote a critical reflection in art. We discussed how different colours, shapes, and lines in pieces of art (paintings, drawings etc.) make us feel.

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We learned about the ‘r controlled vowels’ (ur, ir, er) superheros! We brainstormed words that contain ur, ir, er – unscrambled some letters, wrote some sentences, and practiced making the sounds. 

More word work activities...

Some groups worked with short ‘I’ word families and others with words beginning with the /g/ sound.

Math

I can understand subtraction to 20.

This week we learned about subtraction!

We discussed some new words that help us with subtraction: take away, minus, and difference. We also discussed the strategies we could use to help us solve subtraction problems. We played a lot of different games to help us practice our basic subtraction facts.


I can describe the characteristics of 2D shapes.

We also were introduced to 2-D shapes and discussed that 2-D shapes are flat and have sides and corners. We practiced making patterns with different shape blocks.

Health

I can demonstrate and describe positive hygiene and health care habits.

We continued on this week talking about healthy habits. We discussed the benefits of eating nutritious foods, exercising, and washing our hands and bodies. Ask your child what they learned about healthy habits.


Next week’s words of the week are: open, boy, please, need, her


Jan 7 – 11

Important Upcoming 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 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 &15 – Teacher’s Convention – no school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 28 – Fun Lunch

Jan 7 -11

Welcome Back! I hope you had a fabulous winter break!

A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods. I can share information and ideas. I can set goals for future learning.

This week we wrote about our winter break and our goals for 2019.


I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We also practiced the ‘in’ word family. 

During reading centers, some groups were introduced to different spelling patterns: words that end with: ck, k, or ke and other groups worked on sorting word families with the short ‘u’. Other groups practiced sorting pictures according to their beginning sounds: b, m, r, s.



Math
I can recognize the numbers from 1 – 20 and represent them using a 10 frame.

We reviewed numbers 11 – 20 discussing how they are 1 group of ten and ___ ones, or 2 groups of 10. These booklets went home Monday, does your child know how to use the 10 frame to represent the numbers from 11-20?

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.

We also reviewed the addition strategies we learned before the break and practiced demonstrating how to use more than one strategy to solve basic addition facts. We also played some new addition math games- both individually and with a partner.


Health
I can demonstrate and describe positive hygiene and health care habits.

We talked a lot this week about healthy habits. Specifically, we discussed teeth health and sleep habits. Did you know that school-aged children should get on average 10-12 hours per night? And some need even more?

We discussed how important sleep is for growing, giving us energy, and resting our eyes and muscles. We also discussed how our teeth should be brushed twice a day – once in the morning and once at night for optimal health benefits. Please support your child at home with practicing healthy habits. Next week we will discuss exercise and nutritious food.


Next week’s words of the week are: little, give, eat, there, take

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December 10- 14

December 17 – Vaccinations #2
December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym
December 21 – Last day of school before winter break
December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break
January 7 – classes resume
January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

December 10 – 14

A peek at our learning...

A big congratulations to all the students who performed in the winter concert. The students worked so hard and did such a fantastic job! 

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters, finger spaces, and periods.

This week we continued to write about Christmas and had fun with directed drawings. We drew some Christmas elves, gave them a describing word, e.g. crazy, silly, wild and then wrote a ‘story’ about why they were crazy/silly/wild.

We were also introduced to letter writing. We participated in a shared writing experience to write Ms. Dafoe a letter. Then we practiced letter writing by writing to a friend!


 Comprehension

I can tell what I liked/disliked about a book.

We read Pete the Cat saves Christmas and picked a part we liked (or disliked) and provided a reason why.

Math

I can draw pictures to represent thinking and understanding.

This week we concentrated on word problems. We discussed the important parts of the word problem, drew a picture, and finished off with a sentence.



Social Studies

I can solve problems peacefully.

We discussed different options on how to solve problems. Options include: vote; take turns; pick a number between 1 and 10; rock, paper, scissors; and share.

Art

We completed some directed drawings and painted them.


Next week’s words of the week are: could, want, who, saw, have


Dec. 3 - 6

* Please note – there will be no library next week because of the book fair
* There will be no library the last week before Christmas break - you can bring the books back to school or you can keep them for the break until January

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

Dec 3 – 6
A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write simple statements, using capital letters and periods.

This week we had lots of fun drawing Christmas items and writing sentences. On Monday we wrote about a Christmas tree and using the word of the week ‘put’ we wrote about what we put on the tree to decorate it. On Tuesday we drew Rudolph and used the word of the week ‘jump’ to tell a story about Rudolph jumping over sleighs, milk and cookies, Santa and more! Wednesday we drew an elf and used the word 'said', Thursday we voted and decided to draw a penguin and continued to use the word said in a sentence - because said is a tricky word!


We learned that Y is a crazy guy! He sometimes thinks he’s an E and he sometimes thinks he’s an I. So we thought he must have stole the sounds from E and I! We made wanted posters and put them up around the school! for example he says E in happy, family, pretty. He says I in my, sky, fry.


Math

We were introduced to number bonds this week (part-part-whole) and played some games to practice. Number bonds help us build our number sense. By mastering number bonds early on students are able to develop mental strategies and mathematical fluency. We will be using number bonds in the future when we learn our make 10 strategy.

We continued to challenge ourselves using mathematical language and strategies to agree or disagree with others.


Art

We worked cooperatively to rip paper, glue, and cut out triangles to build our mural! Our buddies will add snowflakes and some circle decorations. Pictures to come :)

Science

I can name colours in natural and manufactured objects.
Students were given objects and had to sort into natural and manufactured objects.


Next week’s words of the week: old, are, thing, make, ate


Nov. 26 - Nov. 30

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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


Nov. 26 – Nov 30 A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.
This week we wrote some sentences using the word of the week: made. We drew pictures of gingerbread people and a gingerbread house. We wrote about the candies we put on our gingerbread. Students are using their knowledge of letters and sounds to phonetically sound out words. They are doing amazing!!

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.
We learned about the /ch/ sound and made a snowman decorated with ch words. Some groups made some booklets with /ch/ words and they were sent home early in the week – please read these with your child :)

We also explored words with the letters ai which says /a/ as in rain.


Science

I can predict and tell about what happens when white, black, or grey is added to a colour.
In science we continued our exploration into colour. We predicted and tested our predictions about what would happen when we add grey, white, or black to a colour. We used plasticine to create different shades then we teamed up with our big buddy class to make step one of a beautiful mural showcasing our learning about colour (stay tuned for pictures!).


Math

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.
This week we practiced using the number line in math to help us solve math equations. We did some activities on the smartboard, played some games, and completed some questions. Some groups were challenged to find the missing addend using the number line.


We were also introduced to 'target numbers'. Students are given a target and some other numbers and they need to make the target number.  This is a great activity for differentiation because some students will choose 2 numbers that equal the target while others take it to the next level and break down the numbers even further. See examples below.




I can use mathematical language to clearly explain my thinking.

Students 'graduated' to level 3 of math talk! - They have to solve a math word problem using a strategy of choice. They are given two different answers and must agree or disagree and explain why.

Social Studies

This week we were introduced to rights and responsibilities. We discussed what we deserve (our rights) including: food, shelter, and learning. We also discussed our jobs or responsibilities that come along with them: don’t litter, help clean the house, and work hard.

How is home reading going? Please be sure to send the books back to school so your child can get a new book as needed.

Next week's words of the week: put, said, your, with, jump - We will send home a copy on Monday!

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Nov. 19 – 22
Important Dates
Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School
Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz
Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (forms went home, due back Nov. 26)
November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 19- 22
A peek at our learning...

Literacy

I can write about my experiences and ideas.

This week we worked on our recipes and discussed other ‘how to...’ writing, examples include: how to make cheese and crackers, how to make spaghetti. Students were challenged to use their knowledge of sentences combined with their letters and sounds to phonetically sound out unknown words. It was tricky!!

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We also learned about the ‘th’ sound this week. We stick our tongues out whenever we need to make the th sound! Can your child name some words that begin or end with /th/?

Math

I can demonstrate an understanding of addition.

We practiced using the counting on strategy as well as the doubles strategy. We learned a rhyming song to help us remember the answers, 0+ 0= 0 oh! 1 +1 = 2 ooo! 2 +2= 4, more! 3 + 3 = 6, kicks! 4 + 4 = 8, that’s great ...etc

We also practiced our doubles to 12 with some fun games (and doubles + 1 for those who needed a bit more of a challenge).


Science

I can ask questions to help me understand.

I can describe materials and objects I observe.

I can identify ways to make colours.

We were so fortunate to have a presentation on Tuesday about the five senses. We used questions to help us understand and we learned new words to help us describe tastes, sounds, textures, sights, and smells. Thanks again to the moms who volunteered! We could not have done it without you.

We combined art and science as we learned about the colour wheel and practiced mixing colours to make the secondary colours in art to make some watercolour birds.

Next week’s word of the week are: rain, out, then, up, made

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Nov. 12 - 16 
Important Dates:

Nov. 20 - Teacher's Pet - Grade 1. ****** Forms (that went home Nov. 12) must be signed to allow your child to participate in the tasting center. We are still looking for 2 volunteers!!!!

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 - Fun Lunch
Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night - Forms go out on Monday Nov. 19


Nov 12- 16

A Peek at our learning

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.

We started the week off with directed drawings of a plane and a race car. We used one of our words of the week – ride – to write some patterned sentences. Some students are able to challenge themselves to go beyond patterned sentences and tell more information about their picture.



We were introduced to a new type of writing this week. Procedural writing is also referred to as ‘how to’ writing. We practiced this type of writing by writing recipes. We started with pictures, orally explained our writing to at least 3 different friends, and the next day we wrote our steps/directions using sequencing words: First, then, next, last.



“Bossy E”

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week instead of a word family, we were introduced to the bossy e. The bossy e comes at the end of a word, skips over the consonant and bosses the vowel around. He says: say your own name! We did a variety of activities and read a short book to help us practice. We even acted it out! We had lots of fun.


Science and Literacy

We drew a rainbow and wrote sentences about the rainbow. One of the learning outcomes for colour requires students to put colours in order according to a criterion.


Math

After practicing decomposing numbers to 10, we are ready to learn the strategies we can use to help us solve addition equations. This week in our math toolkit we learned:

0 + a number = the same number! We also learned that we can draw a picture to help us solve math equations. And lastly, Count Dracula helps us with counting on! -  Starting with the biggest number and continuing to count up... 



Next week’s words of the week: day, are, sent, good, name. Please practice these at home :)

Looking forward to meeting with everyone next week! If you cannot make it on Thursday or Friday, please call me and we can set up an alternative and/or we can discuss your child’s strengths and future learning goals over the phone. 


Nov 5 – 9

Important Dates:

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

Nov. 20 – Teacher’s Pet. A consent form will be coming home on Monday, November 12. Please read, sign, and return. There is no cost for this presentation. We still need volunteers. If you know anyone that has security clearance and is available please email me right away ralamb@cbe.ab.ca. We would hate to have to cancel due to a lack of volunteers. 

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)

Nov 5 – 9

A Peek at Our Learning

Math

I can show ways to make 10.

We did a few different activities this week to help us learn the combinations to make 10. One example went home on Thursday – Rainbow Math!

We also had Ms. Julia Hillier in to help us develop our mathematical language and thinking, which we refer to as, Math Talk. She also taught us some fun new math games! 

We worked on addition stories this week. Using manipulatives and/or drawing them in our math journals. Students could use any number they wanted.

To increase our math literacy we read a book twice this week called, The Mission of Addition, to try and help us build our understanding of mathematical language. For example, we learned that “equals” can be used interchangeably with “is” or “makes”. We also discussed what a “plus” sign means. The following are some student quotes in response to the question about what a plus sign/addition means: “more”, “the numbers get bigger and bigger”, “they go up”, “numbers get higher”. We began our math word wall by illustrating some of these concepts.


Try to reinforce this language at home if you are working on addition facts.

Literacy

I can write a simple sentence.

Some students worked on focusing their writing this week: choosing 1 topic and writing sentences about the 1 topic. Some students divided their paper into 4 sections and drew 4 pictures and wrote a sentence about each picture. Others drew one picture and wrote multiple sentences. Some chose to use patterned sentences and some worked on starting sentences in different ways.



Other students continued on using sentence frames, e.g.' Peace is _______'. And 'They go _________' (they is one of our words of the week :)). Students are still provided with some vocabulary cards but are also encouraged to choose a topic ‘from the heart’ and write about whatever they wish. Students sound out unknown words by beginning with the first letter, then figuring out the last, and returning to stretch the sounds in the middle to try and spell the whole word.


Word Family

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week’s word family was the OP family – shop, drop, shot, cot, and lot. Can your child tell you about the OP family words?

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

Depending on the group, some students were introduced to flippy the dolphin reading strategy (he helps us to remember vowels make 2 sounds and that we should try both to see which makes sense). Other groups were introduced to Skippy the Frog who reminds us that some words cannot be sounded out and sometimes we need to skip the word, read to the end of the sentence and then come back and try a word that makes sense based on the context of the sentence/story.

Science
I can predict and tell about what happens when primary colours are mixed.

Show what you know. We were introduced to colour this week and students had to show what they knew about the primary and secondary colours before we could begin our exploration of colour and colour mixing.

Next we made predictions about what would happen if we mixed the primary colours and then checked to see if our predictions were right.

Remembrance Day

The assembly was on Friday and it was amazing! The students and staff part of the Remembrance Day Committee at EMJ did a fantastic job of honouring those who fought for our peace and freedom. Thank you to those families who sent in a photo and information on a loved one.

Next week’s words of the week: over, don’t, ride, my, was. Please practice at home.

I hope you are enjoying home reading! Please email me with any comments, questions, or concerns! ralamb@cbe.ab.ca


October 29 - Nov 2

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 29- Nov 2

**We are still looking for 3 volunteers for Nov. 20. We will need 5 parent volunteers for our Teacher’s Pet presentation on the 5 Senses, each volunteer will be responsible for running a center/station. The presenter will provide information about your center upon arrival. If you have your security clearance already and are free for the hours of 8:45- 11:35 please contact me right away :) thanks!

A Peek at Our Learning:

Math

I can show ways to make 9.

We worked on an open-ended math problem: I have 9 balloons, some are red, some are blue. How many could be blue? How many could be red?

We also played shake and spill using double-sided counters. Students take 9 counters, shake their cup and spill! They record their answers in their math notebooks. e.g. if 5 counters landed on the red side and 4 on the yellow side students drew a picture and wrote the number sentence 5+4=9. 


We had Ms. Julia Hillier (EMJ’s math coach) in a few times this week to help us develop our mathematical thinking/language to explain how we reach an answer. The process is just as important- if not more- than the answer :)


Writing

I can write a simple sentence.
We worked on using the word ‘this’ in our writing this week. This is a _______. We also wrote about our costumes on Wednesday.


Word Family
I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

We learned about the ot family this week: tot, cot, rot, lot, dot, spot, shot etc. We made word family booklets, built words, read real words vs nonsense words, wrote sentences, and matched words and pictures. Students also made an OT Family spider on Halloween!

Social Studies
All about Me: I can examine how I belong and I am connected to my world.

This week we wrote about ourselves and drew a picture. We discussed what we like to do, what colour we like, and what we love.



Next week: Home reading begins! Stay tuned for information

Next week's words are: help, but, of, run, they.

October 22- 25

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 the form that was sent home last week 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. If you need another form please let me know :)

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween --> Students are invited to bring their costumes to school and put them on after lunch (after they eat, they will go outside, the bell rings at 12:20, they will come inside and I will take attendance, then they will get into their costumes). We will have big buddies help us put on our costumes. Please do not send weapons or face paint. We are unable to paint our faces at school so save this for trick-or-treating :). 

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 22- 25

** We are still looking for 3 volunteers for Nov. 20 – please scroll down and read last week’s post for more information**

A Peek at Our Learning

Math

I can show ways to make 8.

We had Ms. Julia Hillier (EMJ’s math coach) in this week to show us ways to make 8 using cuisenaire rods. We also played “how many are hiding?” and solved a word problem.


Language Arts

Writing

I can write simple sentences.

This week we used some of our words of the week to make sentences. We started with, I see ______. and did a directed drawing of a vampire.



Next week there is a pumpkin carving contest so we drew pictures of a jack-o-lantern and labeled the shapes and parts of the face.

We also wrote about our ‘ideal’ lunch and drew a picture of ourselves with a lunch kit of 3 or more delicious foods.

Word family

I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

This week our word family was the ‘and’ family. Can your child tell you the words in the and family? Students completed different activities focusing on decoding, word building, and matching.

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

We moved along with guided reading and “stretchy the snake” was introduced to us! Does your child know what stretchy the snake helps us do? (Stretch out the sounds in words). Some groups worked with simple patterned books focusing on the sight words we have already practiced in class and others are working on decoding more complex words. All students do a follow-up activity as a response to reading. 

For more information about the reading strategies click here: https://www.teacherspayteacher...


Social Studies

I can name groups I belong to and explain why they are important.

We finished up discussing the groups we belong to at school and in our community.



Next week’s words of the week: will it this yes do. Upcoming the week of Nov 5-9: Home Reading!

Pictured below: Build a sight word game to help practice the words of the week. Students choose a word, build it (use a tall or short block to show a tall or short letter), and then write it.

October 15-19

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

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 20 - Grade one Teacher's Pet Presentation (**** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED :)*****)

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

October 15-19

*** We are looking for 5 volunteers for our (in-class) presentation November 20th. You will be needed at 8:45 and free to leave at 11:05am. You will be running a center with a small group of students. The presenter will tell you about your center upon arrival. If you already have your security clearance and are able to come, please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca Thanks for your support!***

A Peek at Our Learning...

Math
I can subitize dots.

The students were introduced to subitizing using dots this week. Subitizing means the student is able to recognize an arrangement (of dots) without counting. On Tuesday the students were shown a dot arrangement and shared their thinking. Some saw a group of 4 and 3 and knew it was 7, others counted by 1’s, others saw 3 + 3 + 1. Discussing how our brains see an arrangement helps develop mathematical thinking and language as well as helps others explain their thinking.


I can create a pattern.

We moved along with repeating patterns to discuss sound and action patterns. We also made a Halloween pattern using pictures. Thanks again for sending in all the pictures of patterns in our world!

Language Arts
I can write simple sentences.

Students completed more directed drawings and worked on sentences using our words of the week, e.g. Look at the _______. We are getting really good at writing patterned sentences, I am very proud! Some students are ready to write sentences that are not patterned or sentences with more detail. For example, instead of saying, “Look at the ghost.” – some students are writing, “Look at the scary ghost." or "The squirrel is brown". 



We also wrote using the sentence frame: “Here is a ______.” Students practiced filling in the blank with vocabulary cards provided. On Thursday, students were given the option to write from the heart- that is, about anything they wanted. They were provided the sentence frame “Here is a _____” but this time they were encouraged to sound out the words to complete the sentence frame e.g. Here is a snoman.


I can experiment with word patterns to learn new words.

Our word family this week was the ag family – not to be confused with egg because they sound similar! Can your child tell you some of the ag family words?

Reading

I can use strategies to read unfamiliar words.

Guided reading began this week- yay! Students are in small groups and take turns reading with the teacher. This week we learned 2 reading strategies that go together: Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish. Does your child know what these strategies mean? (eagle eye – look at the pictures for help reading the words. Lips the fish – get your lips ready to make the sounds). Some students are still working on letter sounds. These students began their alphabet books with the vowels a and e. While I am with a reading group the other students are working on building words, working on writing, doing a follow up activity to the book they read with me, or another ABC center that reinforces letters, letter sounds, and/or words. The students know when I am with a group I am 'invisible' and they only bother me when it is a "B emergency" see if your child can tell you what a B emergency is!


me: "Everyone look down so I can put a picture on the internet"


Printing/Spelling

Students practiced the qu, z, x, and e this week. Each time a new letter is introduced the students receive a poem to match. We read the poem together, find all of the target letter and then find the rhyming words. In the future our song and poem book will come home for your child to share their favourites with you.

Next week’s words of the week: on, all, get, down, see. Please practice these at home :)

October 9 – 12

Important Dates:

Oct. 15 - Fluoride consent forms due

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

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Upcoming:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

A peek at our learning October 9 – 12

Language Arts Writing

I can write a complete sentence.

Students are continuing to practice writing patterned sentences (sentences that all begin the same way)

On Tuesday we wrote about words from the AN family – This is a man. This is a pan. Some students continued their writing to add a sentence of their choice.




On Wednesday we read a book about pumpkins and brainstormed describing words. We did a directed drawing (and colouring) of a pumpkin and students wrote sentences about their pumpkin.



I can identify, print, and make the sounds of k, v, u, y.

Math

I can make a repeating pattern.

On Tuesday students were fashion designers and designed their own t-shirt with patterns of their choice.

*** For homework, please take a picture of a pattern in the real world, examples can include pattern on clothing, patterns on buildings, patterns in nature etc. Be creative :) Please print out the picture in colour or email it to ralamb@cbe.ab.ca *** thank you for your support

Word problem Wednesday has begun

Every Wednesday students will be given a word problem to solve. Every time we have a word problem students will be expected to complete the following steps:

  • Highlight/colour the important information
  • Draw a picture of the information
  • Write a number sentence
  • Answer in a sentence

As it is the beginning of the year, not all of us will not be writing in sentences just yet.

Social Studies

I can find my city on a map.

Aa is for Alberta. In their visual journals, students placed Calgary on a map of Alberta.




I can name groups that I belong to.

Bb is for belonging- students began talking about the groups they belong to, They began with themselves and their families. Next week we will discuss groups they belong to in the school (i.e. clubs/classroom) and in the community (e.g. dance, soccer)

Next week’s spelling words are: am look come here go

pictured below: a student practicing the words of the week in a game called caught in a web

October 1 - 5

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. It is not recommended you return the envelope in your child's backpack but rather hand it directly to me or the office, thank you! 
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.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 – Thanksgiving Day – No School

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 15 – Fluoride Varnish Dental Consents Due – (went home Monday Oct. 1)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm (information and ticket form went home Friday October 4 in the brown fundraising envelope)

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


Upcoming:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet (in class presentation - Volunteers needed! :) )

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

Please note:

With the wonderful winter weather that came to us early in the week, comes more outside clothing and opportunities for learning proper sequencing of how to dress for winter. Please go through the routine with your child at home. It is difficult for me to put on 21 pairs of gloves, boots, and jackets at recess, lunch, and after school. Of course sometimes zippers don’t zip and I will definitely support the best I can but when 21 children need support at the same time, children might miss a lot of their break waiting to be helped. Please encourage your child to put their winter clothes on in the following sequence and practice at home.

1. Snow pants
2. Jacket (and zip it up)
3. Boots
4. GLOVES/MITTS

People often encourage their child to wear their gloves inside their jacket sleeves. This is a great strategy for keeping the snow out, however, I will not always have the opportunity to tuck in the gloves for them. Please practice this at home, or choose a style of gloves that do not need to be tucked into the jacket sleeve. 

In the future we will have timed challenges to see if we can get faster :)
Thank you!

A peek at our learning: Oct 1-5

I can read and print the ap family.

This week’s word family was the ap family – rap, tap, snap, lap, cap, map etc. Can your child tell you the ap family words?

We made our word family booklet and some students wrote sentences using the ap family words. Other students cut out the beginning sounds of the words to spell the ap word and the last group of students cut out the pictures to match the words. 

I can show different combinations of 5. (or 10 and beyond).

In math we are working on both patterns and composing/decomposing numbers. Some students worked on ways to make 5, 6, and 7 using pictures, manipulatives (e.g. cubes), and number sentences while other students used the number 10 and/or beyond.


I can identify, print, and make the sounds of n,w,i,h,j.

Students continue to practice identifying the beginning, middle, and end sounds of words and spelling them on their whiteboards.

I can write patterned sentences.

Last week students learned to write labels. This week students are learning to use those labels to write pattern sentences. For example, on Tuesday students learned to write about an elephant using the sentence frame: He has _______. (an elephant was chosen because we were discussing the words of the week (big) and brainstorming things that are big). See examples below.

Students were introduced to how to get a 3 star sentence:

  • sentence isn’t missing words
  • The sentence begins with a green uppercase letter
  • The sentence ends with 1 red period
  • The sentence has finger spaces.

Ask your child if he/she can tell you why we begin with a green uppercase and end with a red period.


We also discussed what we were thankful for and wrote patterned sentences.


Next week’s words of the week: and, in, did, is, at

Pictured below: Students practicing the words of the week at the playdough word center.

Have a fantastic long weekend!!! :) 

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Sept. 24- 28
Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day – communities coming together in spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters. Wear an orange shirt today if you have one.

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. 15 - Flouride Varnish Dental Consents Due (went home Monday Oct. 1)

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

A Peek at Our Learning... Sept. 24- 28

I can show numbers in different ways: I can show numbers using a 10 frame.

Students were asked to write the numbers from 1-10 (or trace) and cut out the correct 10 frame that matches the numeral. Last week we matched a picture to a numeral, this week we are matching 10 frames. Both pictures and 10 frames are ways to represent numbers. Early finishers or those students who needed more of a challenge were asked to write a number sentence that matches the number, for example if the number was 3, students could write 1 + 2 = 3 or 0 + 3 = 3.

Math centers – when students are finished their activity in their math journals, they go to math centers. Math centers are games and activities that reinforce the skills already taught. See examples below


I can copy print: I can write labels.

The students continue to explore ways/reasons to write. Last week we wrote lists, this week we are labeling our pictures. Labels tell us more information about the pictures. Students copy words from the board or a card on their desk.

We followed a directed drawing of a bat, cat, and rat (words part of the ‘at’ family) and labeled them once we were done. They turned out amazing!!

See examples of student work below

I can sort objects according to a rule: I can make my own sorting rule that makes sense.

Students were given blank leaves of different shapes and sizes and asked to come up with their own rule and sort them in their math journals. This was tricky for some students. It is a different skill to be able to sort according to colour when asked to and another to be able to choose your own rule and sort the leaves.

I can read and write the ‘at’ family words.

Students made an ‘at’ family booklet to help read the words of the ‘at’ family. Later on in the week different groups of students were given different activities to practice their at family words. Some groups built words and others used the words in a sentence.


I can identify, print, and make the sounds of p, o, d, g.

Students are continuing to build their confidence as writers as we go through the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. Daily, words are dictated to students and students expected to write the correct letter(s) on their whiteboard.

Students are working towards blending the sounds to discover if the target sound is at the beginning of the word or the end. For example, if the letter of the day was m and the word was ‘mat’ students repeat the word, segment the word (sound it out or stretch out the sounds) mmmmm-aahhhh—ttttt. And then write the m on the first line if they hear the mmmm sound at the beginning of the word.

Some students stop at beginning sounds: m   __

Some students write the beginning and the end sound: m    t

Some students write the whole word: mt

Thursday we had a fire drill. The students did amazing! We discussed the 3 S words: Safe, Silent, Serious. It is important to be looking forward to watch where your class is going (safe), to be silent in order to hear directions, and be serious – not laughing, jumping, or waving at friends in other classes.

Friday was the Terry Fox Run - everyone put their best effort forward to run around the field to remember Terry and his legacy. If you have not yet brought in your toonie for Terry - please do! If we reach our school goal we get a special surprise.

Next week’s words of the week are: big, like, me, for, you. 

Pictured below: a student playing "Roll a Sight Word" to help practice our words of the week.

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Important Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 24-28 Bring a Toonie for Terry Fox

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch (an email about FunLunch went home Sept. 14- if you did not get the email please contact the office for further details) :)

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

A Peek at our learning ...Sept. 17 – 21

It was a short week but with lots of learning :)

Thank you to those parents who signed up and attended Parent-Teacher conferences. It was so wonderful to discuss your child’s passions, strengths, and future goals.

Some reminders/items discussed:

  • Monday is Library Day
  • Please check the blog weekly (to be updated by Saturday of each week)
  • Birthdays – Please do not send birthday treats – if you wish to send something to celebrate your child’s birthday other options besides food include: stickers, pencils, erasers, and dollar store items
  • We have two students with nut allergies (one to tree nuts and the other to all nuts) – just so you are aware :)
  • Home Reading will begin in October/November – stay tuned for information
  • Shoes – Please make sure your child has indoor shoes that he/she can put on independently (Velcro if they are not (yet) able to tie their shoes)
  • It is a good idea to send your child with a water bottle so they do not need to leave the class frequently to get a drink. Water bottles that are spill proof are recommended. (See example below). Water bottles that fully open at the top are very easily spilled.


  • Student demographic information sheets need to be returned early next week – if you did not come to interviews/ did not sign the student demographic sheets they will come home with your child on Monday, please return Tuesday.

If you did not get a chance to sign up for a conference, please email me at ralamb@cbe.ab.ca to discuss a later time, it is very important we touch base to discuss your child and ways we can help him/her be successful this year

Learning Intentions this week:

Math - I can sort.

On Monday we continued sorting according to a rule. We used leaves and made different groups. Some of us really worked hard to understand that in each group something must be the same about everything in the group.



I can match numerals to a picture.

We also practiced 1:1 correspondance - we matched the numeral to the correct quantity.

Writing – I can copy print.

We began writing a list of things at school. See examples of student work below.


Printing/Letter sounds- I can identify, print, and make the sounds of: c,a,r,l.


Reading – I can make predictions. I can read the pictures.

We read more stories by David Shannon. His books about the character david have few words on each page and the pictures really help tell the story. Even if we can’t read the words (yet) we can tell a story by reading the pictures. Try this at home!

Science – I can tell about the changes in sunlight and weather in fall.

Students listened to a read aloud and watched some clips on Pebble Go – an alberta learning approved site. Students listened to the reasons for seasons as well as some insight into why days get shorter in the fall and what happens to the weather. Students copied a sentence about fall and began their fall trees. We will continue next week to add our leaves using the fall colours.





Coming up: We are starting our words of the week next week. Next week’s words are: I, has, can, not, the. You are not required to practice these at home but if you are looking for ways to support learning you can:

Make 2 sets of words - one set beginning with an uppercase, the other with a lowercase to play:

  •  Memory – Mix the cards face down. Play the “memory” game by turning 2 cards over. Say the words. If they match, keep them. If not, turn them back over. 
  • Starts With/Ends With – find words that start or end with a specific sound or letter. (use both to reinforce the sound/letter relationship)   
  • Rhymes With – Say a word that rhymes with one of the week’s spelling words. Example: “Find me the word that rhymes with Jan” (can). Comment on words that rhyme, but may be spelled differently.   
  • Make up sentences or word puzzles and riddles (More advanced).   
  • Write out the words- (helps to practice printing as well).

A peek at our learning... Sept 10 – 14

Important upcoming dates:

Sept. 20 Early Dismissal at 12:15pm for Parent Teacher Conferences
Sept. 20 Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm - 8pm (by appointment only)
Sept. 21 No school. Parent Teacher Conferences 8am - 1 pm (by appointment only)

Learning intentions:

I can read sight words: like, can, I

I can copy print.
I can add a word to finish a sentence frame.

Students were provided with sentence frames: I can ________. I like _________. Students were asked to choose something that they can do when they are in grade one. Words were also provided for students to choose from to complete the sentence (see below). Students were encouraged to think of the first letter of the word and then look for the picture in order to find the correct word. For example, if a student wanted to say, I can paint. He/she was encouraged to make the beginning sound of paint- /p/ and find a word that starts with p. From there students were given support to stretch (sound out) the rest of the word to see if it was the correct word and look at the picture attached for help.

Examples of student work:

I can sort objects according to a rule.

Students were given a variety of materials and asked to sort the objects into groups according to a rule. Sorting by colour, shape, and size are the most common attributes in grade one. Can your child sort objects at home and explain their rule? E.g. Ask them to sort socks by colour or pattern

Pictured below: A student sorting candles by colour.


I can show numbers in different ways.

Students explored the number 1 and different ways to represent the number one. We discussed the number word, the numeral, pictures, dice, and a 10 frame. Work went home with the students last week.

I can identify, print, and make the sounds of m, s, b, f, t. 

We are reviewing the alphabet. We started with the consonants m,s,b,f, and t because those are the five most common consonants in the English language. Students practice printing, saying the sound, and brainstorming words that begin with that letter. In their song and poem books, students find the words that start with the chosen letter in the ABC poem and highlight with a crayon.

Up next: Students will continue to explore reasons why we write. This week we learned people write to share ideas. Next week students will learn to write lists.

A Peek at our learning... Sept 4-7

Students are faced with the challenge of managing rules and routines in a full-day setting. Along with learning classroom expectations, students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities. September is a month to review the basics and complete assessments to inform next steps in learning.

Learning intentions:

I can follow directions.

I can name the preprinting shapes.

Mastering the name and proper formation of each shape makes printing letters and drawing pictures a lot easier. Does your child know the names of the following pre-printing shapes? | ― O + /  \ Δ x ☐ (straight line down, straight line across, circle,  't',   diagonal line down (both directions), triangle, X, and square. I also introduce ‘rainbow over’ for a curved line- see image)

This month students are reviewing the alphabet, assessments on what students already know is important in order to move learning forward. Students were asked to write what letters and numbers they knew.

Fine motor skills are important! Students were asked to rip pieces of paper and glue them onto their name. We ended up with beautiful works of art while at the same time improving fine motor skills. Example below.

We read stories about rules at responsibilities at school. We read a story called No David and learned about good choices and poor choices.

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