June 21, 2019

In Mrs. Percy's LA Class we used our 5 senses to describe summer. For example, summer smells like cotton candy, summer looks like blue skies, summer feels like warm sandy beaches, summer tastes like watermelon and summer sounds like birds chirping. We also created a summer bucket list of what we look forward to doing in July and August. 


In Mrs. Percy's Math class, we have been learning about odd and even numbers. We had fun practicing our new skills by playing the game Odd and Even Treehouse. We also watched this video to help us remember odd and even numbers:  


We have enjoyed filling up our visual journals with art this week. We completed a zoo field trip reflection, which included a photo of our favourite animal. We drew a cactus after reading the book, "Jump." This book is about Barb the cactus who goes on an amazing adventure. To end the week, we created a beautiful beach scene by ripping up tissue paper.  


A special thank-you to our wonderful parents for organizing and hosting an amazing, Staff Appreciation lunch on Friday afternoon. It was greatly appreciated and very much enjoyed. :) 

GRADE 6 CELEBRATION 

We are looking forward to the Grade 6 celebration on Monday at 1.00pm in the school gymnasium. Parents of grade 6 students are encouraged to attend and children are free to leave with parents at the end of the celebration.  

Important Dates:

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling in the am and lunch in the pm

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


June 14th, 2019


Important Dates:

June 17- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

June 21 - Sports Day at EMJ 

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

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling and lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes


June 7th, 2019

Hello Families!

We were very excited to begin this week as we are now in the last month of school…but who is counting? Room 4 & 5! There are only 13 days of school left. We have plenty of learning activities and exciting things planned for the next couple of weeks.

We started our week off with a marvelous field trip to the Calgary Zoo. Some of our favourite animals were the Giant Pandas, Red Pandas, wolves, tigers, lions and bears … oh my!

This week concluded our Power 4 Bones program. We had so much fun creating our Public Service Announcements, using the P4B website. We can’t wait to share our knowledge with you and continue to promote bone health.

The grade 6 students started lessons this week to prepare them for Junior High. Part of this was visiting their Junior High School. They were thrilled and this is what they had to say:

“I liked seeing old friends.”

“I liked the building. It was big.”

“I liked doing the Scavenger Hunt and playing the Camouflage game with my new friends.”

“I liked meeting my new teachers.”

Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling and lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 31, 2019

Hello Families!

Here is a peek of our learning this week in Room 4 & 5.

Learning the concept of Subtraction in Mrs. Percy's math class through dice games.

Our documentation panel showing the steps taken to create our Circle Stories. 

Pokémon Cards

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

Pokémon cards to school:

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

  2. Pokémon 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 3- PLP Calgary Zoo Field Trip- Please wear a hat and sunscreen. Also, a water bottle and a bagged lunch (no microwave). :)  

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

June 6- Volunteer Tea

June 6- Wilma Hansen and Sam Shaw Junior High Open House- Information sent home this week.

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 24, 2019



Important Dates:

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip

June 6 - Sam Shaw Open House - PLP 1:30-3:00pm (notice going home next week)

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 16th, 2019

Important Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip



May 10th, 2019

Hello Families!

In Mrs. Peterson’s L.A. group, we continued to learn about circle stories. We liked reading the Laura Numeroff books, “If You Give Mouse a Cookie”, “If You Give a Dog a Doughnut”, and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”. These stories inspired us to write our own circle story called “If You Give a T-Rex a Steak”.  We are looking forward to writing another circle story in our small groups next week. 


In Mrs. Percy's language arts class, we finished the first draft of our circle stories. Next, we will type up our stories and create the illustrations for each page. We continue to split into our groups to do guided reading. We are focusing on re-reading text so that we can find more information and answer comprehension questions correctly. We enjoy using readtheory.org once per week to practice this skill. 


This week in math, Mrs. Peterson’s groups started multiplication.  We are reviewing what multiplication is by playing a game called Circle and Starts.  We are using pictures and repeated adding to show the different multiplication equations. 


In Mrs. Percy' math class, we focused mainly on skip counting by 2, 5, & 10 to help us count coins. We played a game similar to hot potato. We passed a coin around and skip counted by that amount. It is a fun, warm up game to get our Math Brains ready. We were split into groups to practice counting toonies, nickels and dimes. Also, some of us are beginning to count groups of mixed coins. We also enjoy going on to iknowit.com to practice our math skills. We enjoy the challenge. We are looking forward to moving on and developing our subtraction skills soon. 


Today we made something very special for our Moms for Mother’s Day. We connected our gift to our unit on Earth Science.  This week, we are learning about being stewards of the earth and are trying our very best to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We hope you like your gift! Happy Mother’s Day!


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- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip


May 3rd, 2019

Hello Families! 

This was a very exciting week! We were so thrilled to be able to perform during the Spring Concert on Thursday. We did an amazing job presenting the Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle through acting, singing, and playing instruments. We all did our very best and showed courage. Thank-you to those who came and supported us in the audience.

 

This week in Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we began planning our own Circle Stories. We used a character map to organize information such as our story title, our setting and our main character. Next week, we will begin to describe our main character’s physical features and personality.

 

In Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts class, we read the story Mattland. Afterwards, we made a map of our own imaginary place. We sketched our own land and then wrote descriptive sentences to complement our illustration.


Students have been very enthusiastic about our Dan's Burger and Fries money game.  Students take turns placing an order including a burger, side dish, drink, and dessert.  Their partner who is serving them then takes the order and adds up the total for the bill.  Students have a given amount of money from which they need to pay the bill. The server checks to ensure the full amount of money is there. Some students were given menus with prices that included decimals. This has been a fantastic way to work on our money sense! 


We ended our week with a presentation from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We learned about FAST to recognize the signs of a stroke.

F- Facial droopiness

A- Arms: Can you raise them?

S- Speech: Is it mumbling?

T- Time: call 911 immediately

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. We learned the importance of staying healthy and being physically active every day.



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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip


April 26th, 2019

Hello Families! 

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts class we are learning about the elements of a story.  We created our own ‘Parts of a Story Rope’, this includes the Setting, Characters, Problem, Feelings, Action, Solution, and Wrap Up. We will use the ropes to help us learn the proper vocabulary and identify the different elements in stories we read.  The rope will also help us when we are retelling the main parts of a story. 

In Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class we continued our study of circle stories. We started the week off reading, If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. We completed a sequencing activity to complement the book and our task was to put the illustrations in order. We collaborated in our guided reading groups to create three different circle stories. Next week, we will present our circle stories. We will also begin developing our characters and setting to prepare us for writing our individual narratives.

We have been putting forth great effort preparing for our upcoming Spring Concert on May 2nd.  Enclosed in your child’s agenda is an important message regarding the performance. There will be both a morning and an evening performance. It is very important that your child attend both concerts to ensure a smooth performance for all. The morning concert will begin as close to 9.00am. The evening performance will begin at 6:30pm. However, it is important your child be dropped off in the classroom at 6.00pm on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend both concerts. We are very proud of our hard work and can’t wait to see you there.      

Story Ropes

Group Circle Stories

Blurt out Blue- This week's Art project

Important Dates:

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

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.

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart


April 18th, 2019


Hello Families!

We were very excited this week to begin playing restaurant in Mrs. Percy’s math class. We were each given a menu and had to write down the food we wanted to order. We used a calculator to find the total cost of our meal and then we chose the correct amount of loonies/toonies to pay for our order. We also had fun using a play cash register. Next week, we will continue practicing our money and adding skills. We will have the opportunity to play different roles during restaurant such as the waiter/waitress, customer and cashier.


This week in Mrs. Peterson’s class, we reviewed money.  We played a variety of games where we needed to count different quantities of coins.  We played Dominos, Go Fish, and worked on skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 25s. We will continue to practice our money skills next week with adding and subtracting of decimals. We encourage students to sort and count money at home too. 

To end the week, we had a wonderful time creating baby chicks in a nest, using clay. This was an excellent activity to improve our fine motor skills as well as a calming strategy for many of us. We were excited to bring our creations home and share them with our family. We ended the day with a lovely walk to Tim Hortons and a special Timbit treat.

 Have a wonderful long weekend! See you Tuesday. 

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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart



April 12th, 2019

Hello Families!

We had an incredible week! Although we were not following our regular daily schedule, as we spent part of each morning swimming, we had fun continuing to learn about social-thinking. We are learning to be flexible thinkers and this week focused on how our brain controls our emotions. Here is an excellent video we watched in class to explain this concept https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc.

We delved deeper into our social-thinking superhero, SUPERFLEX and the Unthinkable characters, who Superflex is constantly trying to defeat! We are really trying to focus on strategies that help us be flexible thinkers in a fun and positive way. Next week, we look forward to learning SUPERFLEX strategies to think about others and to recognize expected behaviour in various social situations. We would appreciate if the concepts and strategies we are learning about in class could carry over at home. Below we have attached some of the characters we are focusing on so that you may discuss this with your child. 


We had a fantastic time swimming at Canyon Meadows Pool. We learned about water safety and enjoyed the physical fitness. At the end of the week, many of us felt like we had improved our swimming skills. We had fun jumping off the diving board and sliding down the slide. Now that swimming is over and the weather is improving, we are looking forward to more regular community walks and outdoor creative play. 


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 17 – Class photos*

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – 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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart


April 5th, 2019

Hello Families,

During Technology, we have continued to learn how to put properly place our hands on the ‘home row’ when we are typing. We also learned how to open a Microsoft Word document. We practiced typing our personal information, which included our full name, our address, our phone and our birthday. We also practiced typing the days of the week. We brainstormed vocabulary related to the season Spring, and used a program called Edwordle, http://www.edwordle.net/ to create Spring posters. We learned how to use typing shortcuts such as, command a, command c, and command v. 

During Social Skills, we have been working on social thinking in a fun way using a superhero named Superflex! We are improving our social skills and learning how to be flexible thinkers and learning expected behaviour during various social situations.

We have had the opportunity to have Phys Ed. outside this week. We really enjoy getting outside any opportunity we can. Some of our favourite activities have been soccer, basketball, skipping, tetherball and using a variety of gym equipment. We are really looking forward to incorporating swimming next week as part of our daily physical activity. A reminder was sent home today regarding this. We swim Monday, April 8th- Friday, April 12th. Please have your child wear their swimsuit under their clothing. They will need a towel, underwear and a plastic bag to put wet items in each day. We will be leaving for Canyon Meadows Pool shortly after attendance each morning. The lessons themselves are from 9:00-9:40am.





March 15th, 2019

Hello Families!

We had a busy week in PLP.  We continued to practice our computer skills, which included logging into our own accounts on Typing.com. We are trying our best to keep our fingers sitting on ‘home row’. We have also learned that it is important to keep our feet on the floor and to sit with our back straight. Inside the front cover of our agendas, you will find our username and password for Typing.com, so we can practice at home. We really enjoy spending time on the computers and improving our skills. Next week, we will continue to practice our typing.

In Mrs. Peterson’s math group, we have been practicing our money sense by subtracting with decimals.  We were each given 50 pretend dollars to shop with.  We cut out items from flyers and subtracted the amount from our $50. We were challenged to buy 3 different items and stay within budget. Next week, we will play some new subtraction games!

In Mrs. Percy’s math class this week, we continued learning about the Canadian coins. We had fun practicing our skills by taking pretend trips to the zoo. We were responsible for choosing the correct coin(s) to purchase tickets to see our favourite animals. This was a real fun way to improve our money sense. We are looking forward to playing restaurant in the near future and using calculators to add money together.  

In Mrs. Peterson’s L.A. group, we read some St. Patrick’s Day stories.  We were inspired to write our own short story, about how we would set a trap to catch a leprechaun, who would grant us a wish. 

In Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups, we continue to improve our understanding of books we read. We are learning to sequence stories and to re-read passages so we are able answer questions correctly. Our comprehension passages this week were related to St. Patrick’s Day. Some of us learned about Ireland, rainbows and leprechauns. This week we also completed a sequence activity on how to make a banana split and pizza. We are learning to use transition words in our writing, which include, first, next, then and lastly. Next week, we will continue to sequence stories using pictures and sentences, including a book from our school’s Mock Caldecott selection called, The Rabbit Listened.  

On Friday, we started our day with a dance party in the gym.  Many of us were dressed in green and danced like leprechauns! 

To end the week, our big project was building leprechaun traps. We have set them around the classroom over the weekend to see if we can catch ourselves a wee leprechaun, who will grant us some wishes! Check out our irresistible designs!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 18 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 19/20- Community walk for Room 4 and 5

March 18-22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming (forms/payment due on March 21st)

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


March 8th, 2019


Hello Families, 

We had Sound Kreations visit our school this week. Our dance instructor was Alexa and she taught us some very cool dance moves, including the robot dance. We played a variety of games to build our dance skills such as Dance Phone, Hip Hip Hop, and Freeze Dance. We learned that Hip Hop originated in the Bronx, in 1973. We had an epic performance on Friday in the gymnasium. Thank you to our families who supported us in the audience!

This week we spent time learning about internet safety. We have learned that you should never give out personal information online, you should never meet anyone in person that you have chatted with online, never open emails or messages from people you do not know, and if something inappropriate shows up on the screen, you should close the screen and tell an adult right away. 

We have visited a couple of neat websites this week. We checked out Dance Mat to practice our typing skills, and we explored two educational websites called ABCya and Starfall. We are looking forward to creating digital word art as well as word documents.

Have a fantastic weekend! :) 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 11 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 11-22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP classes 

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


March 1, 2019

We had a fantastic week working on our volcanoes! With a few scoops of baking soda and then pouring in the vinegar, we hope you enjoy our explosive experiment at home! 

We have been practicing our money sense! We are sorting, identifying, and counting different amounts of money.  This is a great activity we can do at home such as counting how much we have in our piggybanks or even what we can find in the car. We are also learning about the different value of things.  Some of us use a quarter at the pool for the lockers, others like to buy a treat for a dollar, and we see our mom's and dad's buy groceries using cash and debit cards (How much did they spend?!). Let's talk about money!  

In Mrs. Percy's ELA class, we have been working on comprehension of passages we read. We are learning that good readers slow down and re-read over and over so they have a good understanding of the text. We are working on answering comprehension questions and going back to the text to find the answers. We have used highlighters to highlight important information as we read. We have had fun playing a couple of cool comprehension games on Room Recess. Here are the links to the games  http://www.roomrecess.com/mobi... and http://www.roomrecess.com/mobi...We have been introduced to Read Theory, a program that we can use to practice reading comprehension. In the next couple of weeks, we will send home a student login and password so we can access the program at home as part of our home reading.

This week in Mrs. Peterson's Language Arts class, we read a series of stories and discussed the main events and elements.  We are learning to be detectives by examining the pictures and the word the author uses to find evidence to answer a variety of questions.  This week, we read Beekle, Fox and Chick...The Party, and This is Not My Hat.  We also illustrated the sequence of events from the books followed with a sentence that explains our pictures.  After hearing each story, we rated how much we enjoyed them using a 5-point scale.  We are big fans of these wonderful stories that made us feel a mix of emotions and engaged us in conversations! See our results! 



Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (Dance)

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP classes 

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


February 22, 2019

Hello Families,

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had the privilege to sort and count the money raised from the ME to WE Bake Sale.  This unique opportunity allowed us to practice our money skills and support the ME to WE program.  We are pleased to announce that this fundraising event raised $398.45! Excellent job EMJ!   

We had a blast on Thursday during our field trip to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Museum. We were able to explore the 60 different types of sports exhibits and some of the 600 athletes represented there. We were intrigued by many of the athletes but were particularly interested in Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen, the grandfather of cross country skiing and “Canada’s Sweetheart,” Barbara-Ann Scott, a world champion figure skater. We were able to handle some interesting sport artifacts including the 1988 Olympic Torch and skates that were used in the early 1900s. We also learned the legend of the “lucky Olympic loonie” and saw the replica of the Bluenose Schooner, which is on the dime. We had a classroom vote after our adventure, and all agreed we would like to visit this museum again in the future.

Next week, we are looking forward to continuing our study of volcanoes. We will create our own volcano out of modeling clay and if the weather cooperates, we will attempt to make a snow volcano. On Wednesday, we will participate in Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink attire. Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 25 – Library

February 27 – Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – No School

March 4-8 – Artist in Residence: SoundKreations

March 8 – SoundKreations Students’ Performance

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Conferences

March 22 – No School March 25-29 – Spring Break


February 8, 2019

Hello Families,

Here are a few of the things we have done this week.

Ms. Nicole joined us for our 3rd lesson about healthy friendships. This week, we learned about the difference between healthy friends and toxic friends.  We also sat with a classmate and interviewed them. We asked our friends about their family and the activities they enjoy doing.

Checkout this link: 10 Differences Between Healthy Friends and Toxic Friends

https://ca.video.search.yahoo....

This week, some of us reviewed the Zones of Regulation. We are very good at understanding which moods and emotions belong to which Zone. We came up with a Self-Regulation Plan for when we are in the Blue Zone (low energy), Yellow Zone (high energy), and Red Zone (out of control). We included strategies to get back it to the Green Zone (just right). We also talked about being respectful.  We are learning to value other peoples’ different opinions.

In Math, we have explored money. Some of us have worked on sorting coins through games and are working on recognizing coins and learning the correct names. We have played games such as “Money Match” and “What coin am I?” Others have been learning to add decimals and add money. We are learning that decimals are part of a whole. We will continue to focus on money in the coming weeks. 

Another highlight of our week, was having the opportunity to play West African hand drums called Djembes. Our instructor Roger, from One World Drumming, taught us how to use this neat instrument. On Friday, we all performed and did an excellent job! When asked, one student described the experience as, “epic because playing drums is fun!” Another student stated the experience was “excellent because you could hear the beat of the drum.”

On Monday, there is a school wide bake sale. Each item will be worth $1.00. If you would like to buy a delicious treat, don’t forget your money.

On Wednesday, we are celebrating the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day. You are reminded to count out 100 items of your choice and bring them to school for Wednesday in a Ziploc bag. If your items are too large to bring to school, you have the option of counting out 100 and bringing a photo of your hundred items to share with the class. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 11 – Me to We Bake Sale (Bring a dollar)

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (Intro to curling in the gym)

February 11 – Library for Room 4 and 5

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 21 – Field Trip: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for Room 4 and 5 

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break



January 31st, 2019

Hello Families!

This week, we all demonstrated perseverance and enthusiasm as we participated in Mission Impossible. We were very excited to complete the mission and sign our names on the Mission Completed poster. A couple of students stated, “Mission impossible is really fun and challenging!” and “It is incredible going through the obstacles!” Great job everyone!

Next week, we are looking forward to two special events. We have One World Drumming residency beginning on Monday for the week. Families are invited to attend our drumming performance on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8.30am in the school gymnasium. We also have another special event happening. Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6. Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting. Please ensure you are dressed for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

This week in Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we began reading poems to build fluency and reading with expression. Each student received a poetry book that can be taken home each night for home reading and returned to school each day. We also continued working on our comics. We really love the writing process and this week we focused on narration as well as speech bubbles. We are hoping to complete our comics by the end of next week. We cannot wait to share them with you!

In Mrs. Peterson’s Literacy class, we were given a new poem to read this week. It is about the 100th day of school, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. We were also given new reading books such as, The Cake, Tim and The Tin Man.

In Mrs. Percy’s Math class, we practiced our addition skills this week by playing Tic Tac Toe Addition Facts game. Some of us are working on single digit addition, while others are working on double digit addition. We are becoming more and more efficient using calculators to check our work. We are looking forward to increasing our knowledge of money in the coming weeks. We will learn about coins and even get to use our addition knowledge to count coins.  

In Peterson’s Math class, we used flyers to cut out items we would purchase and glued them on a paper to practice addition of decimals. We learned that lining up the decimals is important so that we get the correct answer. We also practiced using calculators.

In Science, we have had started our Extreme Weather unit. We have started by studying tornadoes. We have learned what causes tornadoes, that tornadoes can be called twisters or cyclones, and we drew a picture of a tornado and a house.

Report Cards were sent home on Thursday. We are so very proud of all the hard work. We hope you have a great weekend as there is no school on Friday. We will see you all on Monday and please don’t forget to return your library books.

February 1- No school

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm/ Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 22 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 25-29 – Spring Break


Friday, January 25, 2019

Hello Families!

In Mrs. Percy’s LA groups this week, we have focused on creating our own Comics. Our amazing imaginations have been hard at work! Each of us have illustrated 2 characters, which include a hero type character as well as a villain. We have sketched the main setting of our comic and completed the first draft of our title panel. We have watched many video clips to get ideas for our own comics. We will create a Fridge Door Comic similar to the one explained in this video: 

Fridge Door Comic

In Mrs. Peterson's LA group, we have been practicing our poems. Poetry helps readers with the flow and rhythm of language.  It also helps students learn to read with expression. Here is a short video of a poem titled, "January". 

January - Poem.mp4

We ended our Celebrations Around the World unit this week with the Chinese New Year. We had fun playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire- Chinese New Year 2019 edition. You can test your knowledge again and play the game by clicking this link.

Millionaire Game

On Wednesday afternoon, we had Ms. Nicole visit our classroom and discuss important qualities that make someone a great friend. We made our own Friendship Soup in our Visual Journals. We brainstormed and listed various qualities true friends should have including being kind, respectful, caring, honest, and of course we should have fun and be goofy when we spend time with our friends.

Friendship Soup 



Friday, January 18, 2019

Hi Families!

This week during Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we were introduced to Comics and Graphic Novels. We read a couple in class, explored the characters, setting and problem. Next week, we will begin creating our own characters for our own comics. We will use our imaginations and each draw a superhero and a villain. In Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts groups, we have been reading poems. We have read poems on the SMART board in a large group, and have our own Poetry Folders to practice reading them independently and at home. Some of us have been using fingertip lights to track while we read. 

In Gym, we have had fun doing Funtastics. We are all following the Head to Toe checklist before beginning Gym class so we can participate in the movements and activities safely.  We have learned to do the bridge, to stretch our bodies, and a variety of animal movements such as the bear, frog, rabbit, seal and the crab. We are looking forward to using new equipment next week.

As part of our Healthy Living focus, we had our Physiotherapist Ms. Stacy visit our classroom. She discussed the importance of exercise. We learned that we should exercise daily to have strong muscles, to be healthy and have a strong heart. Most importantly we should exercise to have fun and lead an active life! Ms. Stacy also taught us a fun body break game playing Rock, Paper, Scissors.

As part of our Social Skills, we have started a new unit around friendship, with support from our OT Ms. Nicole. This week, we were introduced to Tabby Cat and Tom Cat. The two characters have a series of problems that we discuss and work together to solve. The social stories also allow us to role play by demonstrating the expected behaviors. This week’s story was about the importance of taking turns and sharing.

On Friday, we made mountain paintings during Art class. We used purple and blue as well as orange and red paint to create the background. We sprinkled salt on the wet paint to give our picture texture. We then cut out and shaded the mountains and we used black paper to create shadowed trees.  

Here are Upcoming Dates to Note:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm/ Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 22 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 25-29 – Spring Break



Friday, January 11th, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello Families,

Here are a few of the things we have done this week. 

This week, we read a book called, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

This book is about how everyone has an invisible bucket. When our buckets are full we feel happy but when they are empty we feel sad.  Our bucket are most full when people are nice to us.  We can also fill our own buckets by filling others’ buckets. Sometimes we all make mistakes and can dip from other people’s buckets. When this happens, we need to say sorry.

The last celebration, we are learning about is the Chinese New Year. In the legend, there are 12 different animals, which represent each year. The legend states that the animals were arguing because they each wanted the year to be named after themselves. The Emperor came and decided to settle the argument by having a race.  The first animal to cross the line would have the year named after them.  The Rat was the first to finish so the first year is named after the rat! Red and gold are the special colours for Chinese New Years. The red represents luck and gold represents wealth. The celebration lasts for 15 days and begins with a special feast and ends with the lantern festival.

This week in math, Mrs. Percy’s group has been learning to use calculators to check their work.  They also played 2 new games including Love Bug Addition and Calculator Path. Calculator Path was so popular we asked to have a copy to take home.  In Mrs. Peterson’s class, we played a card game called Adding War.  We also started to add large digits together where we had to carry over (regrouping). We learned that adding is when we put groups together to get a total.  We are using our Math Word Wall to help remember terms like sum.

Next week, we will be looking at setting personal goals.  We will also be learning about being a good friend and how to identify and deal with toxic friends.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break


Friday, December 14th, 2018


Hi Families,

We have had a very exciting week!

Early in the week, we had our big walk to visit the man in red at Southcentre Mall.  Santa gave each of us a puzzle, treat, and juice box.  We even decorated cookies! It was fun to eat our lunch in the food court.  We had a bird flying around us while we ate, INDOORS! We were pretty tired when we got back to school!  

We continue to learn about celebrations around the world. This week, we have learned about Hanukkah. We’ve read stories, listened to songs, and even had a special guest, Ms. Helen teach us about how she celebrates Hanukkah.  We really enjoyed playing dreidel. We continue to discover more about Christmas traditions in Scotland with our online interactive advent calendar. Next week, we look forward to playing more of the traditional Jewish dreidel game.

This week, we played some floor hockey in the gym.  It was fun to also play while on scooters with small sticks. We did a good job spreading out and passing to our classmates.

Ms. Nicole our OT and Ms. Stacy our PT came to our class to discuss healthy eating and polite table manners.  We reviewed the Canadian Food Guide before we broke into smaller table groups.  We washed our hands then we started to chop up a variety of fruit including, apples, oranges, pears, banana, grapes, and pomegranate. We made three big bowls of fruit salad.  We took turns scooping a just right serving and passing it to the next person.  After second and third helpings, we were full! Many of us showed courage by trying new fruits.

This was such a special week, we even enjoyed the Christmas Concert on Thursday. Many of our classmates were in the Winter Choir.  They did a fabulous job singing, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Polar Express”! Way to go Choir Friends!

A notice was sent home today along with a piece of cardstock for the Family Celebrations poster. (Information below)

Dear Families,

Our December Social Studies focus has been around Traditions and Celebrations Around the World.  We have been learning about how people celebrate in a variety of ways and now it is your child’s turn to share their Traditions and Celebrations. 

Your child can use words, drawings, pictures, and decorations to demonstrate the ways your family celebrates together.  Please have your child respond to the following:

  1. People involved in your celebrations
  2. Special activities/cultural traditions you take part in
  3. Others: special foods, gifts, games, songs

We will have a few students each day share their poster with the class between Wednesday, Dec. 19th – Friday, Dec. 21st.  Poster due date is Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Thank you,

Caroline Peterson & Janet Percy


Here are more pictures from our fabulous week! 



Friday, December 7th, 2018 


Hi Families,

This week seemed to fly on by! It is because we are having so much fun learning. This week we were excited to start our Jacquie Lawson, Advent Calendar. This year the scene takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. We had fun taking a look at the globe and seeing how far we would have to travel. If we went on a field trip to Scotland, it would be almost 12 hours of travel!

In Literacy this week, all groups began Reader’s Theatre. We have learned what it sounds like to read with expression and the importance of attending to punctuation as we read. We are reminded to not read like a robot and to make our voices sound interesting to our audience. Here are a couple of neat videos we watched about reading with expression, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjtPMiumixA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dnJ74xtJTQ.

In math this week, Mrs. Percy’s group focused on addition. Some of us have been working on addition to 10 using ten frames and manipulatives. We have played Shake & Spill to practice these skills. Others have been introduced to double digit addition. We are learning to start in the ones column first and then move to the tens column. We are practicing the strategy of counting on by putting the greatest number in our head and counting on using our fingers. Here is a fun song we watched, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAL8XxyGVow. This week in Mrs. Peterson’s math group, we worked on a mental math strategy of adding numbers that end in zero.  Many students were able to add in their head and some students found it helpful to use a numberline or hundreds chart. We also finished our posters that we created using flyers.  We cut out and glued items that were around $10 and items that were $100.  When we discussed our findings, we were surprised by how little and by how much some items were.

This week we had fun painting our Jellybean Row houses for our Celebrations Around the World board that we will display outside our classroom. It is going to look so great! We have also been discussing 30 Acts of Kindness. Each day we are discussing ways we can help others. We have been learning to give compliments, to be mindful of sharing and offering words of encouragement.

Next week on Tuesday, we are looking forward to taking a community walk to Southcentre Mall to visit Santa. We plan on taking our lunches and eating in the food court. Please be sure to send a picnic lunch as we will not have access to a microwave that day. Your child will also need $1.00 in order to decorate a cookie during our visit with Santa.

As part of our healthy living focus this term, Ms. Nicole our Occupational Therapist will be visiting our classroom on Wednesday, December 12th. Students will learn healthy eating habits consistent with Canada's Food Guide and will be making a fruit salad. Please have your child bring an item of fruit to school that day to share. Your child will still need a lunch and snack for recess.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 11 – School Council Meeting & PLP to Southcentre Mall to visit Santa. *Please bring $1.00* 

December 12- Please bring an item of fruit to share in order to create our fruit salad

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day of classes before winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 30th, 2018 

Hi Families,

While the Grade 6 students were away…the rest of us students from Room 4 and 5 learned and played! We had an extremely fun week learning through many hands-on activities.

During Language Arts, we read aloud the book, Flat Stanley’s Christmas Adventure. We had fun learning about how Flat Stanley became flat (a bulletin board fell on him while he was sleeping). In this book, Flat Stanley and his family visit the North Pole to help save Christmas. We learned the importance of giving to others. We also did a couple of fun writing activities this week. We learned how to address envelopes (to Santa) and we also wrote a letter to Santa. Each of us created our own Flat Stanley to include in our envelopes to the North Pole.

We continued our study of Mummers and we each created our very own Ugly Stick. The Ugly Stick is a musical instrument used in Newfoundland. It is made from noise makers attached to a stick with some sort of head and a boot for the foot. We used bells and wool to create ours.

In Math, we used our knowledge of numbers and played a game of Bingo. We also reviewed the Canadian Coins. We are creating our own coin flip book. We started with the nickel, dime and quarter. We watched a video about coins to help us remember the value and the symbols on each one. You can watch it here: https://tvokids.com/school-age/canada-crew/videos/canadian-money

In Art this week, we created Grinch Slime. We reviewed the recipe and each had an opportunity to add an ingredient as well as help mix the ingredients together. The best part was we were able to play with our slime and take some home in a Ziploc bag. We also had the opportunity to spray paint snow mummers outside using snow, food colouring and spray bottles.

In Life Skills, we continued to learn about self-regulation strategies. We practiced Spaghetti Toes. We discussed that when we are dealing with difficult or stressful situations, we feel tense like uncooked spaghetti. We learned to tell ourselves to relax, calm our bodies and be like soft, cooked spaghetti. Another relaxation technique we learned was Jelly Belly. We learned to relax by controlling our breathing. We created a fire breathing dragon craft to compare how our breathing changes when we are stressed (quick, short breaths), compared to when we are relaxed (slower, longer and more relaxed breaths). We also discussed our Special Place. We imagined a calm and safe place that we can visualize when we are feeling anxious or stressed. We drew our special place in our Visual Journals. We can use this drawing and visit our “special place” anytime we are feeling upset.

Next week, we are looking forward to getting into our regular routines and schedule now that our grade 6 friends have returned from camp. We will continue learning about addition and money, begin Reader’s Theatre in Language Arts, learn how to give compliments to others during Life Skills and paint our clay mummers. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day- No school for students.

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day of classes before winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Wednesday, November 28, 2018         CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 



Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 3:

Hello Families, 

Today was hike day, back to the great outdoors.  We planned our route with the councilors, packed bagged lunches with pita sandwiches, fruit, veggies and granola bars.  We discovered many exciting things in the forest and foraged for edible berries including the Juniper Berries and the Bearberries. The weather was fair and the mountains were picturesque! At our lunch stop, we played some epic rounds of a game called Gaga Ball.  Mrs. McKay has some serious skills and was the one take down.  We were able to finish our hike at the Wilderness Playground, a favourite place of ours for creative play. We then participated in improvisation drama games back by the main lodge.  How great to see the kids step outside their comfort zone. After drama, we ate a tasty dinner of shepherds pie. Tonight was our last classroom meeting followed by free choice activities then we ended the day with campfire and songs. We had sleepy campers tonight! We are very excited to see our families tomorrow.  We are expected back at EMJ around 1:30-2:00 pm tomorrow. See you there! 

Mrs. Peterson 


Tuesday, November 27, 2018               CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 



Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 2:

Good evening! We have had another full day in the great outdoors. This morning we enjoyed team-building games including Splat and Wax Museum.  The highlight of the morning was a big game of Predator vs. Prey where Mr. Stringer and myself made good on our promise to, “take down the prey”. Today was shower day! All our students had showers and some well deserved downtime in their bunkrooms.  Just before dinner we played another fantastic group game called ECOnomy. A few students coloured and drew with me for a little break. The kids raved about the food today.  Breakfast consisted of French toast, turkey sausages, cereal, and oatmeal.  For lunch, we had mac & cheese and veggies and dip.  Many of the kids also ate bananas and apples throughout the day.  They served lasagna and garlic bread for dinner.  This evening after our classroom/teacher meetings, we had our Assistant Principal Heather McKay share an Iroquois creation myth. The kids followed along and created a bracelet with beads that represent the elements of the story. This story has been an EMJ Outdoor School tradition.

Mrs. Peterson                                                        

                                                   Grade 6's Camp Schedule 



Monday, November 26, 2018        CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 

Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 1:

Hello Families, 

The kids have all left to head back to their respective sleeping quarters.  We had a full day with lots of laughs, adventures, and trying new things.  We ate lunch at 12:30 pm, Sloppy Joes and veggies and dip were served. Our students played at the Wild Playground and the Challenge Course. The Wild Playground allowed for free play on large rocks and logs, which were laid out to test their balance.  The Challenge Course is a teamwork activity where students worked to get through an obstacle course of platforms, tires, and logs.  The kids particularly enjoyed the large teeter-totter and tightrope.  We all worked up an appetite by 5:30 pm when dinner was served.  We enjoyed chicken thighs, rice, and rice crispy treats. Students met with me to share about their day followed by games, reading, and art activities. The day ended with an indoor campfire full songs and lots of laughs.  We were excited to see new friendships forming, positive attitudes, and growing confidence in your child.   

I am happy to report that all of your children have had a great day! There were a few murmurs of missing home but all have now settled into bed. 

Mrs. Peterson


Friday, November 23, 2018


Hi Families,

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s LA group, we used the computers to type our animal report. We enjoyed typing and then printed our work off. We are learning to log on and log off the computers. This week in Mrs. Percy’s LA group, we began reading new books in each of our groups. We are reading, The Magical Ms. Plum, The Mitten, and The Bottle of Light. We are learning to read more smoothly and with expression as well as expanding our vocabulary by paying attention to and recording interesting words.

In Mrs. Peterson’s Math group, we played Bingo to practice our number recognition. We also started learning about money. We did an “Inside Out” circle where students paired up and shared what they would buy if they had $10.00. We also cut pictures out of flyers, which included prices, to create a poster. In Mrs. Percy’s Math group, we learned about Addition Addy. We played the game Shake and Spill using double-sided counters to practice our addition skills. We had to count the red and the yellow counters and then add them together to find the sum (i.e. if 6 counters landed on the red side and 4 on the yellow side students wrote the number sentence 6+4=10). We also played the game, “How Many are Hiding?” on the SMARTboard.

In Social Studies, we continued our Celebrations Around the World unit. We created our own mummer out of clay, which we will paint and display outside our classroom. We learned about the Ugly Stick instrument that mummers use to make music as they march during the Mummer’s Parade.

During Life Skills, Mrs. Peterson’s class became secret PDI (Protect Do Not Infect) Agents. We are protecting ourselves and others from germs so we do not get sick. We have to keep our hands away from our face. In Mrs. Percy’s class, we learned the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. We discussed how they contain nutrients and vitamins that boost our immune systems to keep illnesses away.

On Wednesday afternoon we had Ms. Nicole, our OT, visit our class again and teach us about hygiene. We learned how to take care of our physical space (i.e our classroom, our bedroom, etc). We had to pick up garbage, clean up our desks, pick up items off the floor, put items back in place and straighten our classroom furniture.  

In Music, we sang the My Buttons song. We are using the resonator bells, the xylophones, and the boom whackers.

We ended our week with a presentation from the Grade 6 students. They came to our class to teach us all about Traffic Safety.  We have to look both ways when we cross the road and learned that chimpanzees have a natural instinct to look both ways before they cross the road.

Next week, we wish our Grade 6 students and Mrs. Peterson a wonderful week at Outdoor School. They will have so much fun! The rest of us will be here at school with Mrs. Percy and we are looking forward to a great week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 26- Please return Library books and Gingerbread Decorating Night forms due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night 

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 16th, 2018

                               

                              

                                

                                                     

 


Hi Families, 

In Mrs. Percy's Literacy this week, we presented our animal reports. We all took a chance and showed courage as we read in front of the entire class. We all did an amazing job! We enjoyed learning about a variety of animals! We also completed a writing activity titled, "If I were trapped in a snow globe..." We really have some great imaginations. Next week, we will begin new books in our Guided Reading groups as well as get a new list of Word Work words to practice.

In Mrs. Peterson's Literacy group, we started our animal report.  We worked in small groups to collect information about our chosen animal.  We wrote about the animals physical features, habitat, diet, and other interesting facts. Next week, we will be typing out our work and drawing a picture of our animal. 

This week in Mrs. Peterson's Math group, we were working on adding 10s and 100s to a number.  We have been doing this with Math Quest Mazes (see photo).  Earlier in the week we counted up the Poppy Money and the grand total was $80.  Next week, we will be having Math Talks about what we can buy for $10 and for $100.  We will also continue to practice adding 10s and 100s.  

This week in Mrs. Percy's Math group, we completed our unit on Place Value. We will revisit Place Value throughout the year as we are introduced to new concepts. We started learning about addition this week. We learned that adding means putting items together to make a larger group. We also discussed different strategies we can use to help us add numbers together. We can use our fingers, we can count on and/ or we can use a numberline. Next week, we will learn more about addition and participate in new Math games. 

In gym, we started our basketball unit.  We are practicing dribbling and passing skills. Some of us are able to switch hands and keep our eyes up when dribbling.  Next week, we will be taking shots on the net and playing some keep away games.

In Social Studies, we began our unit on Celebrations around the World. We started off with an interesting tradition all the way from Newfoundland and Labrador called Mummering. This event takes place during Christmas each year and seems quite fun! Community members dress up in costume and have fun by visiting people's houses to sing and dance. The homeowners try and figure out who is behind all the silly masks.

We had a wonderful community walk on Tuesday. The weather was beautiful and we practiced walking part of the way to Southcentre Mall to prepare us for our walk in the coming weeks to visit Santa. We practiced our, "Stop, look and listen" as we crossed the streets. 

On Wednesday, Ms. Nicole our Occupational Therapist taught us about the importance of personal hygiene. She brought in paper cutouts of a black tooth.  We had 2 minutes to paint it all white using small paintbrushes and toothbrushes. We discussed the length of time we should be spending on cleaning our teeth. We also learned about washing our hands and that we should wash for the same amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday. 

We completed 2 art lessons this week!  First, we drew snow globes with 2 snowmen inside. This was a directed drawing from Art Hub for Kids.  Today as part of our social studies unit we drew and coloured Jellybean Row Houses from St. John’s, Newfoundland.  We like that we got to colour the houses all sorts of different colours. We also had fun discussing what coloured house we would like to live in.  

*We are going for a community walk on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 19 - Room 4 and 5 have Library book exchange 

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm (Thursday)

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 9th, 2018


Hi Families,

This has been another busy week in Room 4 & 5. We kicked off the week with our Healthy Snack Challenge! We are well on our way to surpassing our healthy goal by the end of the month. Next week, we challenge ourselves to bring in more veggie type snacks.

During social studies this week we focused on Remembrance. We discussed why we commemorate Remembrance Day and the significance of poppies. We used our cutting and folding skills to create giant poppies to be displayed on the school’s ‘Wall of Honour’. We also sketched beautiful poppies in our visual journals. All students collaborated and painted poppies using egg cartons to create our classroom wreath for the Remembrance Assembly. We ended Friday by performing the song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” Our teachers were very proud that we were willing to take a chance and sing in front of such a big audience. We did great!

During math this week we continued our focus on Place Value. In Mrs. Percy’s group we worked on representing place value by drawing pictures or making numbers using base ten blocks. We played the games ‘Roll it’ and ‘Flip it’.  We also made the greatest and smallest number possible using a set of digits. In Mrs. Peterson’s math group we also built numbers using Base 10 Blocks. We then went around the room and read out other students Base 10 numbers. During math we also counted out the poppies for each class and delivered them to the rooms. We wrapped up our Place Value unit on Thursday with a game of Farkle. Next week we will be starting our addition unit including skip counting by 10s, 100s, and 1000s.

During Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts, we worked on new words with our word work activities. We also started reading some new books. Next week we will be starting an animal report. In Mrs. Percy’s literacy group, we worked very hard to put our research information into paragraphs. Then we took time to type our animal reports and find a photo to compliment our writing. You can look forward to seeing our completed reports as they will be displayed outside our classroom.

Next week, we will really focus our life skills lessons on healthy living. We will take a closer look at Canada’s Food Guide. We appreciate your support in our mission to become the healthiest we can be.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov.12 – Room 4 and 5 have Library

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


Friday, November 2, 2018

Hello Families,

This has been a particularly exciting week in Room 4 and 5 with Halloween happenings. We started the week with a school wide Pumpkin Carving contest. Room 4 students voted for a scary jack-o’-lantern and decided to create a Gremlin pumpkin. Room 5 students decided to create their own jack-o’-lantern face and voted on a specific student’s design.

On Wednesday, we partnered with our SKILL friends and participated in Halloween themed centres. The centres included Math- pumpkin measuring, Science- pumpkin buoyancy, Language Arts- Halloween themed stories, Art- rock painting, tree cookie painting, colouring and cookie decorating. Lastly, during Music with Ms. Dafoe we sang Halloween songs.

This week during Mrs. Peterson’s math lessons we practiced writing and reading numbers in the thousands, ten thousands, and hundred thousand.  We sat back to back with a classmate; one student used a deck of cards to make a number they then had to accurately read it out loud. The other student had a whiteboard and would listen very carefully and would write down the number.  Students were very good about recalling the pattern when reading larger numbers.  In Mrs. Percy’s math groups we focused on Halloween themed activities. We played Roll a Pumpkin to practice our numbers, spooky place value puzzles to practice 2 digit numbers and some of us created place value mansions to practice numbers to 500. We also played Place Value bingo in our groups using colourful gel pens to match the numbers with the correct base ten blocks. Next week we will continue our study of Place Value and learn new cards games to solidify our knowledge of numbers.

In Mrs. Peterson’s literacy groups, we have been working on writing proper sentences with a capital at the beginning and period at the end.  We have also been practicing using and spelling our sight words in our sentences. During Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups, we researched our chosen animals for our animal reports. We have each used a graphic organizer to search and organize information about our animals such as habitat, interactions and physical characteristics. We are looking forward to putting this information into paragraphs and presenting our reports to our classmates.

Students are being more responsible for ensuring they have books to read at home.  We invite them to choose books from our classroom library that they can read with few errors and they find interesting. Parents, please write a note in the agenda if your child has had the same books and you would like them to choose new ones.

Next week we are looking forward to singing the song we have been practicing during Friday’s Remembrance Assembly. We will also discuss the significance of Remembrance Day. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 5- Please remember your library books and your healthy snack for our Healthy Snack Challenge in Room 4 & 5.

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

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. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hello Families,

We had a great week in PLP! This week in science we studied the various sizes of bats. We analyzed a graph that included data about the wingspans of different species of bats.  We drew the different lengths with chalk and meter sticks outside on the basketball court.  The Flying Fox had the longest wingspan at 160 cm and the Bumblebee Bat was only 5 cm.

We started to learn a new song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” to sing at our Remembrance Day assembly.  We have changed the words to, “Where Have All the Poppies Gone”. Everyone is doing a fantastic job learning the words and we are looking forward to performing on November 9th. 

We did 3 mini paintings for Halloween. We created Frankenstein, ghosts and a mummy. We used many different techniques and materials to produce these creations which included paint, eyedroppers, salt, tissue, and tape.

On Wednesday we went for a community walk with Mrs. Perry.  She told us to collect a few leaves while we were walking around the block for a fun project.  When we returned to the classroom we used wax crayons and did rubbings of the leaves onto paper.  They look very cool!

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 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. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Friday, October 19th, 2018

Hello Families,

This week we studied different animal adaptations. Adaptations are special features animals have to survive in the wild.  We learned about the different adaptations bats have including their wings, feet, ears, and eyes.  For example, a bat’s wings are very strong and they are more like hands.  They also wrap their wings around their body when they sleep upside down. While learning about adaptations, we took the time to explore another animal, the mountain goat. They can walk on very steep cliffs and mountainsides without falling. They have special hooves that are flexible and also act like suction cups. Mountain goats’ horns also act like helmets by protecting their head. 

This week has been awesome! In Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups we have been creating Haiku poems about bats. Haiku poems are about nature and are made up of syllables. There are three lines in Haiku poems, which consist of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables on the last line. Once our final product was complete, we read each of our poems to the class. In Mrs. Peterson’s literacy groups we have been writing about ourselves. We are also becoming more confident with our spelling words and our phonics blends. This week we learned about “King Ed”.  This is the ‘silent e’ at the end of words such as hope, kite, and make.   

We have been enjoying the beautiful fall weather by going outside for gym and out for two community walks this week. Our first community walk, we went to Tim Horton’s for a special treat.  We each went to the counter to politely order our preferred Timbit. We used very good manners by saying, “May I please have a ______ Timbit” and “Thank you”. We did some math skills by identifying which kind of Timbit was the most popular in our class.  The Birthday Cake Timbit was the winner. Today we went around the block for a short walk. 

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s math class, we worked on identifying which number belongs to which place value including ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, or ten thousands. Some students worked with numbers in the millions. We also practiced reading and writing numbers in word form. In Mrs. Percy’s Math groups we have continued our study on Place Value. We have played dice games to create 2 & 3 digit numbers as well as a board game called, Collect the Most. Next week we will focus on Halloween themed Math games. 

Many of us enjoyed the Halloween Dance on Thursday night.  We had fun running into many of our friends and dancing to the music. We also really liked the pizza and candy bags. There were so many awesome costumes including 2 inflatable T-Rexes, 2 Venoms, and many more. 

Important Dates:

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

Oct. 22 - School Photos go home and Library books due for Room 4 and 5

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. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Friday, October 12th, 2018


Hello Families,

This week we continued to learn about bats in science.  We learned about echolocation and nocturnal animals. Bats were our inspiration for art. We used watercolour paints and learned about tints and shades.  When you add white to a colour it is a tint and when you add black to a colour it is a shade.  We used the paints to make a nighttime sky. We also drew bats on black paper to put on our watercolour. 

We started Friday morning with a Dance party in the gymnasium. We did Halloween Just Dance songs like Ghostbusters, Thriller, and Monster Mash. We love dance party because it is fun! 

We ended our week with a Community Walk. The weather was beautiful and it was +9 degrees. However, on the way back it was quite windy. During our Community Walks we make sure to practice pedestrian safety. We use, “Stop, Look and Listen” when we are crossing roads and alleyways. We also put our hands straight out to let vehicles know we are getting ready to cross the road. We are not allowed to talk while we are crossing the road to ensure we are paying attention and being very safe. We visited a special playground during our walk near the Southland C-Train Station. 

During Math this week in Mrs. Peterson’s class, we played Race to 1000 and 10 000. We are doing an excellent job reading these numbers. In Mrs. Percy’s class we enjoyed counting bats in Math and writing our numbers. We played Race to 50 in partners and we have also enjoyed listening to the Place Value song. We have been using our Base 10 blocks to represent numbers and we have practice writing numbers. We also loved playing Place Value Bingo on the computer.  

In Mrs. Percy’s Literacy group we have been learning about syllables. We are learning about Haiku poems, which are 3 lined poems that have 5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the middle line, and 5 syllables on the last line. We are using the vocabulary from Science to create Bat Haikus. In Mrs. Peterson’s Literacy groups we have been learning to write about ourselves.  We are working on printing neatly and making sure we have capitals and periods. 

This week two extra curricular clubs started. Some of our grade six students decided to join Me to We. This will run every Wednesday for the remainder of the year. Also this past Wednesday our winter choir began. This is available to students in grades 4-6. 


Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 17 - Grade 2 - Science Network Presentation

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Hello Families, 

We had another busy week in PLP! 

In Language Arts, Mrs. Percy’s group learned about syllables.  If you put your hand under your chin you can feel how many syllables are in a word by how many times your mouth opens. We also learned how to clap it out. Next week, we are going to write a poem about bats. In Mrs. Peterson’s group, we learned about when  2 vowels go walking. When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. We have also been working on putting letter sounds together and stretching words out. 

This week we had fun playing games in math! Mrs. Peterson’s math group continued to play Farkle up to 10 000.  This week we had to keep track of our own score and add it up. Mrs. Percy’s math group played a few different games including, Race to 50, Race to 100, and Place Value Bingo.  We also played on the SMARTboard and listened to math songs.

We are starting to learn about bats. We have watched a few videos showing leaving their roosts in huge colonies. The biggest bat colony is in Texas! There are many great videos on the Internet about this colony. We have learned some important vocabulary about bats including, roosts (their homes), colony (a group of bats), echolocation (a special way to see at night), hibernation (sleeping), and migration (moving to warmer climates). We also learned how to draw bats in our visual journals. We had a few students share with the class their toy bats from home. One was a very cool robotic bat and the other had great details showing the bone structure of the arms and fingers on the wings. Thank you for sharing! 

Today we wrote about Thanksgiving. Mrs. Peterson’s group wrote from the perspective of a turkey who is listing alternative dinner suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner.  In Mrs. Percy’s L.A. group, each student wrote about what they are thankful for. We turned our writing into a fun turkey art project. At the end of the day we enjoyed Thanksgiving Turkey Tag in gym. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Important Dates:

This week your child brought home an order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and makes school events such as Grade 6 Outdoor Camp possible. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 26. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

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

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Friday, September 28th, 2018

Hello Families, 

We have had another fantastic week in Room 4 & 5. Here is a snapshot of what we have done :) 

In Math, we have really enjoed completing fun number activities. In Mrs. Peterson’s group, we have been playing a game called ‘Farkle’. In partners, we roll dice, record our numbers and have to add them up. Whoever gets to 10 000 first is the winner! It helps us practice our numbers and addition skills. In Mrs. Percy’s group, we have continued learning about place value. We are learning about the Ones House and the Tens House. We have been using playing cards to make 2 digit numbers and using Base Tens blocks to represent these numbers. Some of us have also been practicing tracing numbers and counting beads to make bracelets.   

During Literacy, we have continued to build our stamina during quiet reading time. We are working very hard to train our brains and bodies to read quietly. Eventually we hope to reach 20 minutes of quiet reading. During Guided Reading, some of us have been reading fiction and non-fiction books. We have all continued our Word Work activities and have learned new games. Some of our favourites are Crazy Shapes and Silly Sentences. Next week, we will get our new list of words to practice. Lastly, some of us have earned 14 tickets for completing home reading and have chosen prizes!

We have completed our Science Unit on Insects. We ended the unit by taking a closer look at ladybugs. We discovered that there can be different coloured ladybeetles. We thought the blue coloured ladybug was particularly neat! We discovered that ladybugs are helpful insects because they eat aphids. Aphids are insects that destroy our trees, and ruin farmers crops. We created 3-D ladybugs in our Visual Journals and we also painted ladybug rocks. Next week we will begin a unit on Bats.

This week we discussed Terry Fox and the disease Cancer. We learned that it is important to make healthy choices each day. We need to eat healthy foods, drink water and exercise daily to be our best, healthy selves. We ended our week with our annual Terry Fox Run. It was a cool morning. The sun was shining for a little bit and the Fall colours were beautiful! We all did an excellent job running and walking. So far we have raised approximately $50.00 in Room 4 & 5. We will continue to collect Toonies for Terry on Monday.  

Have a wonderful weekend. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Oct. 1- Orange Shirt Day 

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 – School 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


Friday, September 21st, 2018 

Hello Families, 

This week we continued our unit on Insects by studying the Rhino Beetle. We learned that their life cycle is called metamorphosis and that their eggs are white and yellow. Did you know that Rhino Beetles can lift 850 times their own weight?! Next week, we will take a closer look at ladybugs. 

In Math, we were split into our groups. We have started learning about numbers and place value. We have played fun games that help us practice our new skills. 

We have also started our Guided Reading groups. We have been completing Word Work activities, which are fun ways for us to practice our spelling. In partners, we played Tic Tac Toe and a Race Game. 

In Music, we are learning new songs. We have had fun singing our "Hello song" and "Leaves are Falling". We have learned to keep a beat to songs and have focused on how pianos work.

Next week, we have our Terry Fox Run on Friday. We will be collecting Toonies for Terry. We have been running each morning during our "Good Morning Energizer" to prepare us for the big day! 

Lastly, just a friendly reminder. Please make sure home reading minutes are recorded in the agenda and agendas are signed each night. We are working towards earning tickets that we can trade in for cool prizes! 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Every Monday- Library books must be returned in order to check out new books each week 

Sept. 27- Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Friday, September 7th, 2018 



Hello Families,

We had an amazing first 2 weeks of school.  We met our teachers, educational assistants, and new classmates. We learned our routines and new schedules. 

We have been participating in life skills centres including, calendar, communication skills, and self-regulation. This week we reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  It helps us identify how we are feeling and how to manage different moods.           

            Blue Zone: feeling sad, sick, tired, or bored

            Green Zone: feeling happy, focused, confident, or proud

            Yellow Zone: feeling, silly, worried, nervous, or excited

            Red Zone: feeling angry, terrified, aggressive, or mean

Next week we will be looking at different strategies to get us back into the Green Zone, which is the zone we need to be in for learning and completing different tasks. We are eager to show you the Anger Catchers we have made, which help us regulate our emotions.

In Language Arts, we have been learning how to choose just right books for us.  Our teachers compared books to shoes. We want to choose books we understand, books that we can read the words in, and books we find interesting.  We are also working on building our independent reading stamina. We are learning to train our brains and bodies to read quietly for longer periods of time. We are having fun tracking our results on a graph.

We have begun a Science Unit on Insects. We have learned the 3 major parts of an insect with a focus on ants this past week. On Wednesday, we used magnifying glasses to discover and study ants in our schoolyard. As an art project, we created our own ants using spoons, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. We also examined many different types of bug specimens. We had to be detectives to identify which bugs were actual insects. We used a chart to identify bugs by names and to see if they passed the insect test (having a head, thorax and abdomen). As a group, we decided we are interested in taking a closer look at beetles, specifically the rhinoceros beetle and ladybeetle.

In Math we have been exploring different centres. These have included playing card games, identifying coins and values, telling time, group Smartboard games (counting and graphing), and using Tangrams. We will begin building our number sense in the coming weeks.

We ended our first week with Pancake Breakfast. It was AWESOME! We also went for a community walk to observe construction at the intersection of Anderson Road and Elbow Drive.  This week ended with our Friday Dance Party and a snowy walk around the block.  We ended up with some wet shoes!

Important Dates:               

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

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

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day
  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9 


Ms. Peterson and Ms. Percy

June 21, 2019

In Mrs. Percy's LA Class we used our 5 senses to describe summer. For example, summer smells like cotton candy, summer looks like blue skies, summer feels like warm sandy beaches, summer tastes like watermelon and summer sounds like birds chirping. We also created a summer bucket list of what we look forward to doing in July and August. 


In Mrs. Percy's Math class, we have been learning about odd and even numbers. We had fun practicing our new skills by playing the game Odd and Even Treehouse. We also watched this video to help us remember odd and even numbers:  


We have enjoyed filling up our visual journals with art this week. We completed a zoo field trip reflection, which included a photo of our favourite animal. We drew a cactus after reading the book, "Jump." This book is about Barb the cactus who goes on an amazing adventure. To end the week, we created a beautiful beach scene by ripping up tissue paper.  


A special thank-you to our wonderful parents for organizing and hosting an amazing, Staff Appreciation lunch on Friday afternoon. It was greatly appreciated and very much enjoyed. :) 

GRADE 6 CELEBRATION 

We are looking forward to the Grade 6 celebration on Monday at 1.00pm in the school gymnasium. Parents of grade 6 students are encouraged to attend and children are free to leave with parents at the end of the celebration.  

Important Dates:

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling in the am and lunch in the pm

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


June 14th, 2019


Important Dates:

June 17- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

June 21 - Sports Day at EMJ 

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

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling and lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes


June 7th, 2019

Hello Families!

We were very excited to begin this week as we are now in the last month of school…but who is counting? Room 4 & 5! There are only 13 days of school left. We have plenty of learning activities and exciting things planned for the next couple of weeks.

We started our week off with a marvelous field trip to the Calgary Zoo. Some of our favourite animals were the Giant Pandas, Red Pandas, wolves, tigers, lions and bears … oh my!

This week concluded our Power 4 Bones program. We had so much fun creating our Public Service Announcements, using the P4B website. We can’t wait to share our knowledge with you and continue to promote bone health.

The grade 6 students started lessons this week to prepare them for Junior High. Part of this was visiting their Junior High School. They were thrilled and this is what they had to say:

“I liked seeing old friends.”

“I liked the building. It was big.”

“I liked doing the Scavenger Hunt and playing the Camouflage game with my new friends.”

“I liked meeting my new teachers.”

Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24- Grade 6 Farewell Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 – Bowling and lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 31, 2019

Hello Families!

Here is a peek of our learning this week in Room 4 & 5.

Learning the concept of Subtraction in Mrs. Percy's math class through dice games.

Our documentation panel showing the steps taken to create our Circle Stories. 

Pokémon Cards

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

Pokémon cards to school:

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

  2. Pokémon 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 3- PLP Calgary Zoo Field Trip- Please wear a hat and sunscreen. Also, a water bottle and a bagged lunch (no microwave). :)  

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

June 6- Volunteer Tea

June 6- Wilma Hansen and Sam Shaw Junior High Open House- Information sent home this week.

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 24, 2019



Important Dates:

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip

June 6 - Sam Shaw Open House - PLP 1:30-3:00pm (notice going home next week)

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 16th, 2019

Important Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip



May 10th, 2019

Hello Families!

In Mrs. Peterson’s L.A. group, we continued to learn about circle stories. We liked reading the Laura Numeroff books, “If You Give Mouse a Cookie”, “If You Give a Dog a Doughnut”, and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”. These stories inspired us to write our own circle story called “If You Give a T-Rex a Steak”.  We are looking forward to writing another circle story in our small groups next week. 


In Mrs. Percy's language arts class, we finished the first draft of our circle stories. Next, we will type up our stories and create the illustrations for each page. We continue to split into our groups to do guided reading. We are focusing on re-reading text so that we can find more information and answer comprehension questions correctly. We enjoy using readtheory.org once per week to practice this skill. 


This week in math, Mrs. Peterson’s groups started multiplication.  We are reviewing what multiplication is by playing a game called Circle and Starts.  We are using pictures and repeated adding to show the different multiplication equations. 


In Mrs. Percy' math class, we focused mainly on skip counting by 2, 5, & 10 to help us count coins. We played a game similar to hot potato. We passed a coin around and skip counted by that amount. It is a fun, warm up game to get our Math Brains ready. We were split into groups to practice counting toonies, nickels and dimes. Also, some of us are beginning to count groups of mixed coins. We also enjoy going on to iknowit.com to practice our math skills. We enjoy the challenge. We are looking forward to moving on and developing our subtraction skills soon. 


Today we made something very special for our Moms for Mother’s Day. We connected our gift to our unit on Earth Science.  This week, we are learning about being stewards of the earth and are trying our very best to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We hope you like your gift! Happy Mother’s Day!


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- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip


May 3rd, 2019

Hello Families! 

This was a very exciting week! We were so thrilled to be able to perform during the Spring Concert on Thursday. We did an amazing job presenting the Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle through acting, singing, and playing instruments. We all did our very best and showed courage. Thank-you to those who came and supported us in the audience.

 

This week in Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we began planning our own Circle Stories. We used a character map to organize information such as our story title, our setting and our main character. Next week, we will begin to describe our main character’s physical features and personality.

 

In Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts class, we read the story Mattland. Afterwards, we made a map of our own imaginary place. We sketched our own land and then wrote descriptive sentences to complement our illustration.


Students have been very enthusiastic about our Dan's Burger and Fries money game.  Students take turns placing an order including a burger, side dish, drink, and dessert.  Their partner who is serving them then takes the order and adds up the total for the bill.  Students have a given amount of money from which they need to pay the bill. The server checks to ensure the full amount of money is there. Some students were given menus with prices that included decimals. This has been a fantastic way to work on our money sense! 


We ended our week with a presentation from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We learned about FAST to recognize the signs of a stroke.

F- Facial droopiness

A- Arms: Can you raise them?

S- Speech: Is it mumbling?

T- Time: call 911 immediately

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. We learned the importance of staying healthy and being physically active every day.



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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 30- Fun Lunch

June 3 - PLP Zoo Field Trip


April 26th, 2019

Hello Families! 

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts class we are learning about the elements of a story.  We created our own ‘Parts of a Story Rope’, this includes the Setting, Characters, Problem, Feelings, Action, Solution, and Wrap Up. We will use the ropes to help us learn the proper vocabulary and identify the different elements in stories we read.  The rope will also help us when we are retelling the main parts of a story. 

In Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class we continued our study of circle stories. We started the week off reading, If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. We completed a sequencing activity to complement the book and our task was to put the illustrations in order. We collaborated in our guided reading groups to create three different circle stories. Next week, we will present our circle stories. We will also begin developing our characters and setting to prepare us for writing our individual narratives.

We have been putting forth great effort preparing for our upcoming Spring Concert on May 2nd.  Enclosed in your child’s agenda is an important message regarding the performance. There will be both a morning and an evening performance. It is very important that your child attend both concerts to ensure a smooth performance for all. The morning concert will begin as close to 9.00am. The evening performance will begin at 6:30pm. However, it is important your child be dropped off in the classroom at 6.00pm on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend both concerts. We are very proud of our hard work and can’t wait to see you there.      

Story Ropes

Group Circle Stories

Blurt out Blue- This week's Art project

Important Dates:

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

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.

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart


April 18th, 2019


Hello Families!

We were very excited this week to begin playing restaurant in Mrs. Percy’s math class. We were each given a menu and had to write down the food we wanted to order. We used a calculator to find the total cost of our meal and then we chose the correct amount of loonies/toonies to pay for our order. We also had fun using a play cash register. Next week, we will continue practicing our money and adding skills. We will have the opportunity to play different roles during restaurant such as the waiter/waitress, customer and cashier.


This week in Mrs. Peterson’s class, we reviewed money.  We played a variety of games where we needed to count different quantities of coins.  We played Dominos, Go Fish, and worked on skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 25s. We will continue to practice our money skills next week with adding and subtracting of decimals. We encourage students to sort and count money at home too. 

To end the week, we had a wonderful time creating baby chicks in a nest, using clay. This was an excellent activity to improve our fine motor skills as well as a calming strategy for many of us. We were excited to bring our creations home and share them with our family. We ended the day with a lovely walk to Tim Hortons and a special Timbit treat.

 Have a wonderful long weekend! See you Tuesday. 

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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart



April 12th, 2019

Hello Families!

We had an incredible week! Although we were not following our regular daily schedule, as we spent part of each morning swimming, we had fun continuing to learn about social-thinking. We are learning to be flexible thinkers and this week focused on how our brain controls our emotions. Here is an excellent video we watched in class to explain this concept https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc.

We delved deeper into our social-thinking superhero, SUPERFLEX and the Unthinkable characters, who Superflex is constantly trying to defeat! We are really trying to focus on strategies that help us be flexible thinkers in a fun and positive way. Next week, we look forward to learning SUPERFLEX strategies to think about others and to recognize expected behaviour in various social situations. We would appreciate if the concepts and strategies we are learning about in class could carry over at home. Below we have attached some of the characters we are focusing on so that you may discuss this with your child. 


We had a fantastic time swimming at Canyon Meadows Pool. We learned about water safety and enjoyed the physical fitness. At the end of the week, many of us felt like we had improved our swimming skills. We had fun jumping off the diving board and sliding down the slide. Now that swimming is over and the weather is improving, we are looking forward to more regular community walks and outdoor creative play. 


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 17 – Class photos*

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – 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 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart


April 5th, 2019

Hello Families,

During Technology, we have continued to learn how to put properly place our hands on the ‘home row’ when we are typing. We also learned how to open a Microsoft Word document. We practiced typing our personal information, which included our full name, our address, our phone and our birthday. We also practiced typing the days of the week. We brainstormed vocabulary related to the season Spring, and used a program called Edwordle, http://www.edwordle.net/ to create Spring posters. We learned how to use typing shortcuts such as, command a, command c, and command v. 

During Social Skills, we have been working on social thinking in a fun way using a superhero named Superflex! We are improving our social skills and learning how to be flexible thinkers and learning expected behaviour during various social situations.

We have had the opportunity to have Phys Ed. outside this week. We really enjoy getting outside any opportunity we can. Some of our favourite activities have been soccer, basketball, skipping, tetherball and using a variety of gym equipment. We are really looking forward to incorporating swimming next week as part of our daily physical activity. A reminder was sent home today regarding this. We swim Monday, April 8th- Friday, April 12th. Please have your child wear their swimsuit under their clothing. They will need a towel, underwear and a plastic bag to put wet items in each day. We will be leaving for Canyon Meadows Pool shortly after attendance each morning. The lessons themselves are from 9:00-9:40am.





March 15th, 2019

Hello Families!

We had a busy week in PLP.  We continued to practice our computer skills, which included logging into our own accounts on Typing.com. We are trying our best to keep our fingers sitting on ‘home row’. We have also learned that it is important to keep our feet on the floor and to sit with our back straight. Inside the front cover of our agendas, you will find our username and password for Typing.com, so we can practice at home. We really enjoy spending time on the computers and improving our skills. Next week, we will continue to practice our typing.

In Mrs. Peterson’s math group, we have been practicing our money sense by subtracting with decimals.  We were each given 50 pretend dollars to shop with.  We cut out items from flyers and subtracted the amount from our $50. We were challenged to buy 3 different items and stay within budget. Next week, we will play some new subtraction games!

In Mrs. Percy’s math class this week, we continued learning about the Canadian coins. We had fun practicing our skills by taking pretend trips to the zoo. We were responsible for choosing the correct coin(s) to purchase tickets to see our favourite animals. This was a real fun way to improve our money sense. We are looking forward to playing restaurant in the near future and using calculators to add money together.  

In Mrs. Peterson’s L.A. group, we read some St. Patrick’s Day stories.  We were inspired to write our own short story, about how we would set a trap to catch a leprechaun, who would grant us a wish. 

In Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups, we continue to improve our understanding of books we read. We are learning to sequence stories and to re-read passages so we are able answer questions correctly. Our comprehension passages this week were related to St. Patrick’s Day. Some of us learned about Ireland, rainbows and leprechauns. This week we also completed a sequence activity on how to make a banana split and pizza. We are learning to use transition words in our writing, which include, first, next, then and lastly. Next week, we will continue to sequence stories using pictures and sentences, including a book from our school’s Mock Caldecott selection called, The Rabbit Listened.  

On Friday, we started our day with a dance party in the gym.  Many of us were dressed in green and danced like leprechauns! 

To end the week, our big project was building leprechaun traps. We have set them around the classroom over the weekend to see if we can catch ourselves a wee leprechaun, who will grant us some wishes! Check out our irresistible designs!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 18 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 19/20- Community walk for Room 4 and 5

March 18-22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming (forms/payment due on March 21st)

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


March 8th, 2019


Hello Families, 

We had Sound Kreations visit our school this week. Our dance instructor was Alexa and she taught us some very cool dance moves, including the robot dance. We played a variety of games to build our dance skills such as Dance Phone, Hip Hip Hop, and Freeze Dance. We learned that Hip Hop originated in the Bronx, in 1973. We had an epic performance on Friday in the gymnasium. Thank you to our families who supported us in the audience!

This week we spent time learning about internet safety. We have learned that you should never give out personal information online, you should never meet anyone in person that you have chatted with online, never open emails or messages from people you do not know, and if something inappropriate shows up on the screen, you should close the screen and tell an adult right away. 

We have visited a couple of neat websites this week. We checked out Dance Mat to practice our typing skills, and we explored two educational websites called ABCya and Starfall. We are looking forward to creating digital word art as well as word documents.

Have a fantastic weekend! :) 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 11 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 11-22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP classes 

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


March 1, 2019

We had a fantastic week working on our volcanoes! With a few scoops of baking soda and then pouring in the vinegar, we hope you enjoy our explosive experiment at home! 

We have been practicing our money sense! We are sorting, identifying, and counting different amounts of money.  This is a great activity we can do at home such as counting how much we have in our piggybanks or even what we can find in the car. We are also learning about the different value of things.  Some of us use a quarter at the pool for the lockers, others like to buy a treat for a dollar, and we see our mom's and dad's buy groceries using cash and debit cards (How much did they spend?!). Let's talk about money!  

In Mrs. Percy's ELA class, we have been working on comprehension of passages we read. We are learning that good readers slow down and re-read over and over so they have a good understanding of the text. We are working on answering comprehension questions and going back to the text to find the answers. We have used highlighters to highlight important information as we read. We have had fun playing a couple of cool comprehension games on Room Recess. Here are the links to the games  http://www.roomrecess.com/mobi... and http://www.roomrecess.com/mobi...We have been introduced to Read Theory, a program that we can use to practice reading comprehension. In the next couple of weeks, we will send home a student login and password so we can access the program at home as part of our home reading.

This week in Mrs. Peterson's Language Arts class, we read a series of stories and discussed the main events and elements.  We are learning to be detectives by examining the pictures and the word the author uses to find evidence to answer a variety of questions.  This week, we read Beekle, Fox and Chick...The Party, and This is Not My Hat.  We also illustrated the sequence of events from the books followed with a sentence that explains our pictures.  After hearing each story, we rated how much we enjoyed them using a 5-point scale.  We are big fans of these wonderful stories that made us feel a mix of emotions and engaged us in conversations! See our results! 



Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - Library for Room 4 and 5 

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency (Dance)

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP classes 

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


February 22, 2019

Hello Families,

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had the privilege to sort and count the money raised from the ME to WE Bake Sale.  This unique opportunity allowed us to practice our money skills and support the ME to WE program.  We are pleased to announce that this fundraising event raised $398.45! Excellent job EMJ!   

We had a blast on Thursday during our field trip to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Museum. We were able to explore the 60 different types of sports exhibits and some of the 600 athletes represented there. We were intrigued by many of the athletes but were particularly interested in Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen, the grandfather of cross country skiing and “Canada’s Sweetheart,” Barbara-Ann Scott, a world champion figure skater. We were able to handle some interesting sport artifacts including the 1988 Olympic Torch and skates that were used in the early 1900s. We also learned the legend of the “lucky Olympic loonie” and saw the replica of the Bluenose Schooner, which is on the dime. We had a classroom vote after our adventure, and all agreed we would like to visit this museum again in the future.

Next week, we are looking forward to continuing our study of volcanoes. We will create our own volcano out of modeling clay and if the weather cooperates, we will attempt to make a snow volcano. On Wednesday, we will participate in Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink attire. Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 25 – Library

February 27 – Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – No School

March 4-8 – Artist in Residence: SoundKreations

March 8 – SoundKreations Students’ Performance

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Conferences

March 22 – No School March 25-29 – Spring Break


February 8, 2019

Hello Families,

Here are a few of the things we have done this week.

Ms. Nicole joined us for our 3rd lesson about healthy friendships. This week, we learned about the difference between healthy friends and toxic friends.  We also sat with a classmate and interviewed them. We asked our friends about their family and the activities they enjoy doing.

Checkout this link: 10 Differences Between Healthy Friends and Toxic Friends

https://ca.video.search.yahoo....

This week, some of us reviewed the Zones of Regulation. We are very good at understanding which moods and emotions belong to which Zone. We came up with a Self-Regulation Plan for when we are in the Blue Zone (low energy), Yellow Zone (high energy), and Red Zone (out of control). We included strategies to get back it to the Green Zone (just right). We also talked about being respectful.  We are learning to value other peoples’ different opinions.

In Math, we have explored money. Some of us have worked on sorting coins through games and are working on recognizing coins and learning the correct names. We have played games such as “Money Match” and “What coin am I?” Others have been learning to add decimals and add money. We are learning that decimals are part of a whole. We will continue to focus on money in the coming weeks. 

Another highlight of our week, was having the opportunity to play West African hand drums called Djembes. Our instructor Roger, from One World Drumming, taught us how to use this neat instrument. On Friday, we all performed and did an excellent job! When asked, one student described the experience as, “epic because playing drums is fun!” Another student stated the experience was “excellent because you could hear the beat of the drum.”

On Monday, there is a school wide bake sale. Each item will be worth $1.00. If you would like to buy a delicious treat, don’t forget your money.

On Wednesday, we are celebrating the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day. You are reminded to count out 100 items of your choice and bring them to school for Wednesday in a Ziploc bag. If your items are too large to bring to school, you have the option of counting out 100 and bringing a photo of your hundred items to share with the class. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 11 – Me to We Bake Sale (Bring a dollar)

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (Intro to curling in the gym)

February 11 – Library for Room 4 and 5

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 21 – Field Trip: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for Room 4 and 5 

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break



January 31st, 2019

Hello Families!

This week, we all demonstrated perseverance and enthusiasm as we participated in Mission Impossible. We were very excited to complete the mission and sign our names on the Mission Completed poster. A couple of students stated, “Mission impossible is really fun and challenging!” and “It is incredible going through the obstacles!” Great job everyone!

Next week, we are looking forward to two special events. We have One World Drumming residency beginning on Monday for the week. Families are invited to attend our drumming performance on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8.30am in the school gymnasium. We also have another special event happening. Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6. Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting. Please ensure you are dressed for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

This week in Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we began reading poems to build fluency and reading with expression. Each student received a poetry book that can be taken home each night for home reading and returned to school each day. We also continued working on our comics. We really love the writing process and this week we focused on narration as well as speech bubbles. We are hoping to complete our comics by the end of next week. We cannot wait to share them with you!

In Mrs. Peterson’s Literacy class, we were given a new poem to read this week. It is about the 100th day of school, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. We were also given new reading books such as, The Cake, Tim and The Tin Man.

In Mrs. Percy’s Math class, we practiced our addition skills this week by playing Tic Tac Toe Addition Facts game. Some of us are working on single digit addition, while others are working on double digit addition. We are becoming more and more efficient using calculators to check our work. We are looking forward to increasing our knowledge of money in the coming weeks. We will learn about coins and even get to use our addition knowledge to count coins.  

In Peterson’s Math class, we used flyers to cut out items we would purchase and glued them on a paper to practice addition of decimals. We learned that lining up the decimals is important so that we get the correct answer. We also practiced using calculators.

In Science, we have had started our Extreme Weather unit. We have started by studying tornadoes. We have learned what causes tornadoes, that tornadoes can be called twisters or cyclones, and we drew a picture of a tornado and a house.

Report Cards were sent home on Thursday. We are so very proud of all the hard work. We hope you have a great weekend as there is no school on Friday. We will see you all on Monday and please don’t forget to return your library books.

February 1- No school

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm/ Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 22 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 25-29 – Spring Break


Friday, January 25, 2019

Hello Families!

In Mrs. Percy’s LA groups this week, we have focused on creating our own Comics. Our amazing imaginations have been hard at work! Each of us have illustrated 2 characters, which include a hero type character as well as a villain. We have sketched the main setting of our comic and completed the first draft of our title panel. We have watched many video clips to get ideas for our own comics. We will create a Fridge Door Comic similar to the one explained in this video: 

Fridge Door Comic

In Mrs. Peterson's LA group, we have been practicing our poems. Poetry helps readers with the flow and rhythm of language.  It also helps students learn to read with expression. Here is a short video of a poem titled, "January". 

January - Poem.mp4

We ended our Celebrations Around the World unit this week with the Chinese New Year. We had fun playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire- Chinese New Year 2019 edition. You can test your knowledge again and play the game by clicking this link.

Millionaire Game

On Wednesday afternoon, we had Ms. Nicole visit our classroom and discuss important qualities that make someone a great friend. We made our own Friendship Soup in our Visual Journals. We brainstormed and listed various qualities true friends should have including being kind, respectful, caring, honest, and of course we should have fun and be goofy when we spend time with our friends.

Friendship Soup 



Friday, January 18, 2019

Hi Families!

This week during Mrs. Percy’s Language Arts class, we were introduced to Comics and Graphic Novels. We read a couple in class, explored the characters, setting and problem. Next week, we will begin creating our own characters for our own comics. We will use our imaginations and each draw a superhero and a villain. In Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts groups, we have been reading poems. We have read poems on the SMART board in a large group, and have our own Poetry Folders to practice reading them independently and at home. Some of us have been using fingertip lights to track while we read. 

In Gym, we have had fun doing Funtastics. We are all following the Head to Toe checklist before beginning Gym class so we can participate in the movements and activities safely.  We have learned to do the bridge, to stretch our bodies, and a variety of animal movements such as the bear, frog, rabbit, seal and the crab. We are looking forward to using new equipment next week.

As part of our Healthy Living focus, we had our Physiotherapist Ms. Stacy visit our classroom. She discussed the importance of exercise. We learned that we should exercise daily to have strong muscles, to be healthy and have a strong heart. Most importantly we should exercise to have fun and lead an active life! Ms. Stacy also taught us a fun body break game playing Rock, Paper, Scissors.

As part of our Social Skills, we have started a new unit around friendship, with support from our OT Ms. Nicole. This week, we were introduced to Tabby Cat and Tom Cat. The two characters have a series of problems that we discuss and work together to solve. The social stories also allow us to role play by demonstrating the expected behaviors. This week’s story was about the importance of taking turns and sharing.

On Friday, we made mountain paintings during Art class. We used purple and blue as well as orange and red paint to create the background. We sprinkled salt on the wet paint to give our picture texture. We then cut out and shaded the mountains and we used black paper to create shadowed trees.  

Here are Upcoming Dates to Note:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm/ Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 22 – Non-Instructional Day- No School

March 25-29 – Spring Break



Friday, January 11th, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello Families,

Here are a few of the things we have done this week. 

This week, we read a book called, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

This book is about how everyone has an invisible bucket. When our buckets are full we feel happy but when they are empty we feel sad.  Our bucket are most full when people are nice to us.  We can also fill our own buckets by filling others’ buckets. Sometimes we all make mistakes and can dip from other people’s buckets. When this happens, we need to say sorry.

The last celebration, we are learning about is the Chinese New Year. In the legend, there are 12 different animals, which represent each year. The legend states that the animals were arguing because they each wanted the year to be named after themselves. The Emperor came and decided to settle the argument by having a race.  The first animal to cross the line would have the year named after them.  The Rat was the first to finish so the first year is named after the rat! Red and gold are the special colours for Chinese New Years. The red represents luck and gold represents wealth. The celebration lasts for 15 days and begins with a special feast and ends with the lantern festival.

This week in math, Mrs. Percy’s group has been learning to use calculators to check their work.  They also played 2 new games including Love Bug Addition and Calculator Path. Calculator Path was so popular we asked to have a copy to take home.  In Mrs. Peterson’s class, we played a card game called Adding War.  We also started to add large digits together where we had to carry over (regrouping). We learned that adding is when we put groups together to get a total.  We are using our Math Word Wall to help remember terms like sum.

Next week, we will be looking at setting personal goals.  We will also be learning about being a good friend and how to identify and deal with toxic friends.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Teachers’ Convention (no school)

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break


Friday, December 14th, 2018


Hi Families,

We have had a very exciting week!

Early in the week, we had our big walk to visit the man in red at Southcentre Mall.  Santa gave each of us a puzzle, treat, and juice box.  We even decorated cookies! It was fun to eat our lunch in the food court.  We had a bird flying around us while we ate, INDOORS! We were pretty tired when we got back to school!  

We continue to learn about celebrations around the world. This week, we have learned about Hanukkah. We’ve read stories, listened to songs, and even had a special guest, Ms. Helen teach us about how she celebrates Hanukkah.  We really enjoyed playing dreidel. We continue to discover more about Christmas traditions in Scotland with our online interactive advent calendar. Next week, we look forward to playing more of the traditional Jewish dreidel game.

This week, we played some floor hockey in the gym.  It was fun to also play while on scooters with small sticks. We did a good job spreading out and passing to our classmates.

Ms. Nicole our OT and Ms. Stacy our PT came to our class to discuss healthy eating and polite table manners.  We reviewed the Canadian Food Guide before we broke into smaller table groups.  We washed our hands then we started to chop up a variety of fruit including, apples, oranges, pears, banana, grapes, and pomegranate. We made three big bowls of fruit salad.  We took turns scooping a just right serving and passing it to the next person.  After second and third helpings, we were full! Many of us showed courage by trying new fruits.

This was such a special week, we even enjoyed the Christmas Concert on Thursday. Many of our classmates were in the Winter Choir.  They did a fabulous job singing, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Polar Express”! Way to go Choir Friends!

A notice was sent home today along with a piece of cardstock for the Family Celebrations poster. (Information below)

Dear Families,

Our December Social Studies focus has been around Traditions and Celebrations Around the World.  We have been learning about how people celebrate in a variety of ways and now it is your child’s turn to share their Traditions and Celebrations. 

Your child can use words, drawings, pictures, and decorations to demonstrate the ways your family celebrates together.  Please have your child respond to the following:

  1. People involved in your celebrations
  2. Special activities/cultural traditions you take part in
  3. Others: special foods, gifts, games, songs

We will have a few students each day share their poster with the class between Wednesday, Dec. 19th – Friday, Dec. 21st.  Poster due date is Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Thank you,

Caroline Peterson & Janet Percy


Here are more pictures from our fabulous week! 



Friday, December 7th, 2018 


Hi Families,

This week seemed to fly on by! It is because we are having so much fun learning. This week we were excited to start our Jacquie Lawson, Advent Calendar. This year the scene takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. We had fun taking a look at the globe and seeing how far we would have to travel. If we went on a field trip to Scotland, it would be almost 12 hours of travel!

In Literacy this week, all groups began Reader’s Theatre. We have learned what it sounds like to read with expression and the importance of attending to punctuation as we read. We are reminded to not read like a robot and to make our voices sound interesting to our audience. Here are a couple of neat videos we watched about reading with expression, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjtPMiumixA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dnJ74xtJTQ.

In math this week, Mrs. Percy’s group focused on addition. Some of us have been working on addition to 10 using ten frames and manipulatives. We have played Shake & Spill to practice these skills. Others have been introduced to double digit addition. We are learning to start in the ones column first and then move to the tens column. We are practicing the strategy of counting on by putting the greatest number in our head and counting on using our fingers. Here is a fun song we watched, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAL8XxyGVow. This week in Mrs. Peterson’s math group, we worked on a mental math strategy of adding numbers that end in zero.  Many students were able to add in their head and some students found it helpful to use a numberline or hundreds chart. We also finished our posters that we created using flyers.  We cut out and glued items that were around $10 and items that were $100.  When we discussed our findings, we were surprised by how little and by how much some items were.

This week we had fun painting our Jellybean Row houses for our Celebrations Around the World board that we will display outside our classroom. It is going to look so great! We have also been discussing 30 Acts of Kindness. Each day we are discussing ways we can help others. We have been learning to give compliments, to be mindful of sharing and offering words of encouragement.

Next week on Tuesday, we are looking forward to taking a community walk to Southcentre Mall to visit Santa. We plan on taking our lunches and eating in the food court. Please be sure to send a picnic lunch as we will not have access to a microwave that day. Your child will also need $1.00 in order to decorate a cookie during our visit with Santa.

As part of our healthy living focus this term, Ms. Nicole our Occupational Therapist will be visiting our classroom on Wednesday, December 12th. Students will learn healthy eating habits consistent with Canada's Food Guide and will be making a fruit salad. Please have your child bring an item of fruit to school that day to share. Your child will still need a lunch and snack for recess.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 11 – School Council Meeting & PLP to Southcentre Mall to visit Santa. *Please bring $1.00* 

December 12- Please bring an item of fruit to share in order to create our fruit salad

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day of classes before winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 30th, 2018 

Hi Families,

While the Grade 6 students were away…the rest of us students from Room 4 and 5 learned and played! We had an extremely fun week learning through many hands-on activities.

During Language Arts, we read aloud the book, Flat Stanley’s Christmas Adventure. We had fun learning about how Flat Stanley became flat (a bulletin board fell on him while he was sleeping). In this book, Flat Stanley and his family visit the North Pole to help save Christmas. We learned the importance of giving to others. We also did a couple of fun writing activities this week. We learned how to address envelopes (to Santa) and we also wrote a letter to Santa. Each of us created our own Flat Stanley to include in our envelopes to the North Pole.

We continued our study of Mummers and we each created our very own Ugly Stick. The Ugly Stick is a musical instrument used in Newfoundland. It is made from noise makers attached to a stick with some sort of head and a boot for the foot. We used bells and wool to create ours.

In Math, we used our knowledge of numbers and played a game of Bingo. We also reviewed the Canadian Coins. We are creating our own coin flip book. We started with the nickel, dime and quarter. We watched a video about coins to help us remember the value and the symbols on each one. You can watch it here: https://tvokids.com/school-age/canada-crew/videos/canadian-money

In Art this week, we created Grinch Slime. We reviewed the recipe and each had an opportunity to add an ingredient as well as help mix the ingredients together. The best part was we were able to play with our slime and take some home in a Ziploc bag. We also had the opportunity to spray paint snow mummers outside using snow, food colouring and spray bottles.

In Life Skills, we continued to learn about self-regulation strategies. We practiced Spaghetti Toes. We discussed that when we are dealing with difficult or stressful situations, we feel tense like uncooked spaghetti. We learned to tell ourselves to relax, calm our bodies and be like soft, cooked spaghetti. Another relaxation technique we learned was Jelly Belly. We learned to relax by controlling our breathing. We created a fire breathing dragon craft to compare how our breathing changes when we are stressed (quick, short breaths), compared to when we are relaxed (slower, longer and more relaxed breaths). We also discussed our Special Place. We imagined a calm and safe place that we can visualize when we are feeling anxious or stressed. We drew our special place in our Visual Journals. We can use this drawing and visit our “special place” anytime we are feeling upset.

Next week, we are looking forward to getting into our regular routines and schedule now that our grade 6 friends have returned from camp. We will continue learning about addition and money, begin Reader’s Theatre in Language Arts, learn how to give compliments to others during Life Skills and paint our clay mummers. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day- No school for students.

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day of classes before winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Wednesday, November 28, 2018         CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 



Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 3:

Hello Families, 

Today was hike day, back to the great outdoors.  We planned our route with the councilors, packed bagged lunches with pita sandwiches, fruit, veggies and granola bars.  We discovered many exciting things in the forest and foraged for edible berries including the Juniper Berries and the Bearberries. The weather was fair and the mountains were picturesque! At our lunch stop, we played some epic rounds of a game called Gaga Ball.  Mrs. McKay has some serious skills and was the one take down.  We were able to finish our hike at the Wilderness Playground, a favourite place of ours for creative play. We then participated in improvisation drama games back by the main lodge.  How great to see the kids step outside their comfort zone. After drama, we ate a tasty dinner of shepherds pie. Tonight was our last classroom meeting followed by free choice activities then we ended the day with campfire and songs. We had sleepy campers tonight! We are very excited to see our families tomorrow.  We are expected back at EMJ around 1:30-2:00 pm tomorrow. See you there! 

Mrs. Peterson 


Tuesday, November 27, 2018               CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 



Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 2:

Good evening! We have had another full day in the great outdoors. This morning we enjoyed team-building games including Splat and Wax Museum.  The highlight of the morning was a big game of Predator vs. Prey where Mr. Stringer and myself made good on our promise to, “take down the prey”. Today was shower day! All our students had showers and some well deserved downtime in their bunkrooms.  Just before dinner we played another fantastic group game called ECOnomy. A few students coloured and drew with me for a little break. The kids raved about the food today.  Breakfast consisted of French toast, turkey sausages, cereal, and oatmeal.  For lunch, we had mac & cheese and veggies and dip.  Many of the kids also ate bananas and apples throughout the day.  They served lasagna and garlic bread for dinner.  This evening after our classroom/teacher meetings, we had our Assistant Principal Heather McKay share an Iroquois creation myth. The kids followed along and created a bracelet with beads that represent the elements of the story. This story has been an EMJ Outdoor School tradition.

Mrs. Peterson                                                        

                                                   Grade 6's Camp Schedule 



Monday, November 26, 2018        CAMP CHIEF HECTOR 

Grade 6 Outdoor School Day 1:

Hello Families, 

The kids have all left to head back to their respective sleeping quarters.  We had a full day with lots of laughs, adventures, and trying new things.  We ate lunch at 12:30 pm, Sloppy Joes and veggies and dip were served. Our students played at the Wild Playground and the Challenge Course. The Wild Playground allowed for free play on large rocks and logs, which were laid out to test their balance.  The Challenge Course is a teamwork activity where students worked to get through an obstacle course of platforms, tires, and logs.  The kids particularly enjoyed the large teeter-totter and tightrope.  We all worked up an appetite by 5:30 pm when dinner was served.  We enjoyed chicken thighs, rice, and rice crispy treats. Students met with me to share about their day followed by games, reading, and art activities. The day ended with an indoor campfire full songs and lots of laughs.  We were excited to see new friendships forming, positive attitudes, and growing confidence in your child.   

I am happy to report that all of your children have had a great day! There were a few murmurs of missing home but all have now settled into bed. 

Mrs. Peterson


Friday, November 23, 2018


Hi Families,

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s LA group, we used the computers to type our animal report. We enjoyed typing and then printed our work off. We are learning to log on and log off the computers. This week in Mrs. Percy’s LA group, we began reading new books in each of our groups. We are reading, The Magical Ms. Plum, The Mitten, and The Bottle of Light. We are learning to read more smoothly and with expression as well as expanding our vocabulary by paying attention to and recording interesting words.

In Mrs. Peterson’s Math group, we played Bingo to practice our number recognition. We also started learning about money. We did an “Inside Out” circle where students paired up and shared what they would buy if they had $10.00. We also cut pictures out of flyers, which included prices, to create a poster. In Mrs. Percy’s Math group, we learned about Addition Addy. We played the game Shake and Spill using double-sided counters to practice our addition skills. We had to count the red and the yellow counters and then add them together to find the sum (i.e. if 6 counters landed on the red side and 4 on the yellow side students wrote the number sentence 6+4=10). We also played the game, “How Many are Hiding?” on the SMARTboard.

In Social Studies, we continued our Celebrations Around the World unit. We created our own mummer out of clay, which we will paint and display outside our classroom. We learned about the Ugly Stick instrument that mummers use to make music as they march during the Mummer’s Parade.

During Life Skills, Mrs. Peterson’s class became secret PDI (Protect Do Not Infect) Agents. We are protecting ourselves and others from germs so we do not get sick. We have to keep our hands away from our face. In Mrs. Percy’s class, we learned the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. We discussed how they contain nutrients and vitamins that boost our immune systems to keep illnesses away.

On Wednesday afternoon we had Ms. Nicole, our OT, visit our class again and teach us about hygiene. We learned how to take care of our physical space (i.e our classroom, our bedroom, etc). We had to pick up garbage, clean up our desks, pick up items off the floor, put items back in place and straighten our classroom furniture.  

In Music, we sang the My Buttons song. We are using the resonator bells, the xylophones, and the boom whackers.

We ended our week with a presentation from the Grade 6 students. They came to our class to teach us all about Traffic Safety.  We have to look both ways when we cross the road and learned that chimpanzees have a natural instinct to look both ways before they cross the road.

Next week, we wish our Grade 6 students and Mrs. Peterson a wonderful week at Outdoor School. They will have so much fun! The rest of us will be here at school with Mrs. Percy and we are looking forward to a great week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 26- Please return Library books and Gingerbread Decorating Night forms due

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27- PLP Community Walk in the afternoon

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night 

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 16th, 2018

                               

                              

                                

                                                     

 


Hi Families, 

In Mrs. Percy's Literacy this week, we presented our animal reports. We all took a chance and showed courage as we read in front of the entire class. We all did an amazing job! We enjoyed learning about a variety of animals! We also completed a writing activity titled, "If I were trapped in a snow globe..." We really have some great imaginations. Next week, we will begin new books in our Guided Reading groups as well as get a new list of Word Work words to practice.

In Mrs. Peterson's Literacy group, we started our animal report.  We worked in small groups to collect information about our chosen animal.  We wrote about the animals physical features, habitat, diet, and other interesting facts. Next week, we will be typing out our work and drawing a picture of our animal. 

This week in Mrs. Peterson's Math group, we were working on adding 10s and 100s to a number.  We have been doing this with Math Quest Mazes (see photo).  Earlier in the week we counted up the Poppy Money and the grand total was $80.  Next week, we will be having Math Talks about what we can buy for $10 and for $100.  We will also continue to practice adding 10s and 100s.  

This week in Mrs. Percy's Math group, we completed our unit on Place Value. We will revisit Place Value throughout the year as we are introduced to new concepts. We started learning about addition this week. We learned that adding means putting items together to make a larger group. We also discussed different strategies we can use to help us add numbers together. We can use our fingers, we can count on and/ or we can use a numberline. Next week, we will learn more about addition and participate in new Math games. 

In gym, we started our basketball unit.  We are practicing dribbling and passing skills. Some of us are able to switch hands and keep our eyes up when dribbling.  Next week, we will be taking shots on the net and playing some keep away games.

In Social Studies, we began our unit on Celebrations around the World. We started off with an interesting tradition all the way from Newfoundland and Labrador called Mummering. This event takes place during Christmas each year and seems quite fun! Community members dress up in costume and have fun by visiting people's houses to sing and dance. The homeowners try and figure out who is behind all the silly masks.

We had a wonderful community walk on Tuesday. The weather was beautiful and we practiced walking part of the way to Southcentre Mall to prepare us for our walk in the coming weeks to visit Santa. We practiced our, "Stop, look and listen" as we crossed the streets. 

On Wednesday, Ms. Nicole our Occupational Therapist taught us about the importance of personal hygiene. She brought in paper cutouts of a black tooth.  We had 2 minutes to paint it all white using small paintbrushes and toothbrushes. We discussed the length of time we should be spending on cleaning our teeth. We also learned about washing our hands and that we should wash for the same amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday. 

We completed 2 art lessons this week!  First, we drew snow globes with 2 snowmen inside. This was a directed drawing from Art Hub for Kids.  Today as part of our social studies unit we drew and coloured Jellybean Row Houses from St. John’s, Newfoundland.  We like that we got to colour the houses all sorts of different colours. We also had fun discussing what coloured house we would like to live in.  

*We are going for a community walk on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 19 - Room 4 and 5 have Library book exchange 

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm (Thursday)

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume


Friday, November 9th, 2018


Hi Families,

This has been another busy week in Room 4 & 5. We kicked off the week with our Healthy Snack Challenge! We are well on our way to surpassing our healthy goal by the end of the month. Next week, we challenge ourselves to bring in more veggie type snacks.

During social studies this week we focused on Remembrance. We discussed why we commemorate Remembrance Day and the significance of poppies. We used our cutting and folding skills to create giant poppies to be displayed on the school’s ‘Wall of Honour’. We also sketched beautiful poppies in our visual journals. All students collaborated and painted poppies using egg cartons to create our classroom wreath for the Remembrance Assembly. We ended Friday by performing the song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” Our teachers were very proud that we were willing to take a chance and sing in front of such a big audience. We did great!

During math this week we continued our focus on Place Value. In Mrs. Percy’s group we worked on representing place value by drawing pictures or making numbers using base ten blocks. We played the games ‘Roll it’ and ‘Flip it’.  We also made the greatest and smallest number possible using a set of digits. In Mrs. Peterson’s math group we also built numbers using Base 10 Blocks. We then went around the room and read out other students Base 10 numbers. During math we also counted out the poppies for each class and delivered them to the rooms. We wrapped up our Place Value unit on Thursday with a game of Farkle. Next week we will be starting our addition unit including skip counting by 10s, 100s, and 1000s.

During Mrs. Peterson’s Language Arts, we worked on new words with our word work activities. We also started reading some new books. Next week we will be starting an animal report. In Mrs. Percy’s literacy group, we worked very hard to put our research information into paragraphs. Then we took time to type our animal reports and find a photo to compliment our writing. You can look forward to seeing our completed reports as they will be displayed outside our classroom.

Next week, we will really focus our life skills lessons on healthy living. We will take a closer look at Canada’s Food Guide. We appreciate your support in our mission to become the healthiest we can be.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov.12 – Room 4 and 5 have Library

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


Friday, November 2, 2018

Hello Families,

This has been a particularly exciting week in Room 4 and 5 with Halloween happenings. We started the week with a school wide Pumpkin Carving contest. Room 4 students voted for a scary jack-o’-lantern and decided to create a Gremlin pumpkin. Room 5 students decided to create their own jack-o’-lantern face and voted on a specific student’s design.

On Wednesday, we partnered with our SKILL friends and participated in Halloween themed centres. The centres included Math- pumpkin measuring, Science- pumpkin buoyancy, Language Arts- Halloween themed stories, Art- rock painting, tree cookie painting, colouring and cookie decorating. Lastly, during Music with Ms. Dafoe we sang Halloween songs.

This week during Mrs. Peterson’s math lessons we practiced writing and reading numbers in the thousands, ten thousands, and hundred thousand.  We sat back to back with a classmate; one student used a deck of cards to make a number they then had to accurately read it out loud. The other student had a whiteboard and would listen very carefully and would write down the number.  Students were very good about recalling the pattern when reading larger numbers.  In Mrs. Percy’s math groups we focused on Halloween themed activities. We played Roll a Pumpkin to practice our numbers, spooky place value puzzles to practice 2 digit numbers and some of us created place value mansions to practice numbers to 500. We also played Place Value bingo in our groups using colourful gel pens to match the numbers with the correct base ten blocks. Next week we will continue our study of Place Value and learn new cards games to solidify our knowledge of numbers.

In Mrs. Peterson’s literacy groups, we have been working on writing proper sentences with a capital at the beginning and period at the end.  We have also been practicing using and spelling our sight words in our sentences. During Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups, we researched our chosen animals for our animal reports. We have each used a graphic organizer to search and organize information about our animals such as habitat, interactions and physical characteristics. We are looking forward to putting this information into paragraphs and presenting our reports to our classmates.

Students are being more responsible for ensuring they have books to read at home.  We invite them to choose books from our classroom library that they can read with few errors and they find interesting. Parents, please write a note in the agenda if your child has had the same books and you would like them to choose new ones.

Next week we are looking forward to singing the song we have been practicing during Friday’s Remembrance Assembly. We will also discuss the significance of Remembrance Day. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 5- Please remember your library books and your healthy snack for our Healthy Snack Challenge in Room 4 & 5.

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

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. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hello Families,

We had a great week in PLP! This week in science we studied the various sizes of bats. We analyzed a graph that included data about the wingspans of different species of bats.  We drew the different lengths with chalk and meter sticks outside on the basketball court.  The Flying Fox had the longest wingspan at 160 cm and the Bumblebee Bat was only 5 cm.

We started to learn a new song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” to sing at our Remembrance Day assembly.  We have changed the words to, “Where Have All the Poppies Gone”. Everyone is doing a fantastic job learning the words and we are looking forward to performing on November 9th. 

We did 3 mini paintings for Halloween. We created Frankenstein, ghosts and a mummy. We used many different techniques and materials to produce these creations which included paint, eyedroppers, salt, tissue, and tape.

On Wednesday we went for a community walk with Mrs. Perry.  She told us to collect a few leaves while we were walking around the block for a fun project.  When we returned to the classroom we used wax crayons and did rubbings of the leaves onto paper.  They look very cool!

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 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. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Friday, October 19th, 2018

Hello Families,

This week we studied different animal adaptations. Adaptations are special features animals have to survive in the wild.  We learned about the different adaptations bats have including their wings, feet, ears, and eyes.  For example, a bat’s wings are very strong and they are more like hands.  They also wrap their wings around their body when they sleep upside down. While learning about adaptations, we took the time to explore another animal, the mountain goat. They can walk on very steep cliffs and mountainsides without falling. They have special hooves that are flexible and also act like suction cups. Mountain goats’ horns also act like helmets by protecting their head. 

This week has been awesome! In Mrs. Percy’s literacy groups we have been creating Haiku poems about bats. Haiku poems are about nature and are made up of syllables. There are three lines in Haiku poems, which consist of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables on the last line. Once our final product was complete, we read each of our poems to the class. In Mrs. Peterson’s literacy groups we have been writing about ourselves. We are also becoming more confident with our spelling words and our phonics blends. This week we learned about “King Ed”.  This is the ‘silent e’ at the end of words such as hope, kite, and make.   

We have been enjoying the beautiful fall weather by going outside for gym and out for two community walks this week. Our first community walk, we went to Tim Horton’s for a special treat.  We each went to the counter to politely order our preferred Timbit. We used very good manners by saying, “May I please have a ______ Timbit” and “Thank you”. We did some math skills by identifying which kind of Timbit was the most popular in our class.  The Birthday Cake Timbit was the winner. Today we went around the block for a short walk. 

This week in Mrs. Peterson’s math class, we worked on identifying which number belongs to which place value including ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, or ten thousands. Some students worked with numbers in the millions. We also practiced reading and writing numbers in word form. In Mrs. Percy’s Math groups we have continued our study on Place Value. We have played dice games to create 2 & 3 digit numbers as well as a board game called, Collect the Most. Next week we will focus on Halloween themed Math games. 

Many of us enjoyed the Halloween Dance on Thursday night.  We had fun running into many of our friends and dancing to the music. We also really liked the pizza and candy bags. There were so many awesome costumes including 2 inflatable T-Rexes, 2 Venoms, and many more. 

Important Dates:

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

Oct. 22 - School Photos go home and Library books due for Room 4 and 5

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. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Friday, October 12th, 2018


Hello Families,

This week we continued to learn about bats in science.  We learned about echolocation and nocturnal animals. Bats were our inspiration for art. We used watercolour paints and learned about tints and shades.  When you add white to a colour it is a tint and when you add black to a colour it is a shade.  We used the paints to make a nighttime sky. We also drew bats on black paper to put on our watercolour. 

We started Friday morning with a Dance party in the gymnasium. We did Halloween Just Dance songs like Ghostbusters, Thriller, and Monster Mash. We love dance party because it is fun! 

We ended our week with a Community Walk. The weather was beautiful and it was +9 degrees. However, on the way back it was quite windy. During our Community Walks we make sure to practice pedestrian safety. We use, “Stop, Look and Listen” when we are crossing roads and alleyways. We also put our hands straight out to let vehicles know we are getting ready to cross the road. We are not allowed to talk while we are crossing the road to ensure we are paying attention and being very safe. We visited a special playground during our walk near the Southland C-Train Station. 

During Math this week in Mrs. Peterson’s class, we played Race to 1000 and 10 000. We are doing an excellent job reading these numbers. In Mrs. Percy’s class we enjoyed counting bats in Math and writing our numbers. We played Race to 50 in partners and we have also enjoyed listening to the Place Value song. We have been using our Base 10 blocks to represent numbers and we have practice writing numbers. We also loved playing Place Value Bingo on the computer.  

In Mrs. Percy’s Literacy group we have been learning about syllables. We are learning about Haiku poems, which are 3 lined poems that have 5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the middle line, and 5 syllables on the last line. We are using the vocabulary from Science to create Bat Haikus. In Mrs. Peterson’s Literacy groups we have been learning to write about ourselves.  We are working on printing neatly and making sure we have capitals and periods. 

This week two extra curricular clubs started. Some of our grade six students decided to join Me to We. This will run every Wednesday for the remainder of the year. Also this past Wednesday our winter choir began. This is available to students in grades 4-6. 


Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 17 - Grade 2 - Science Network Presentation

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)


Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Hello Families, 

We had another busy week in PLP! 

In Language Arts, Mrs. Percy’s group learned about syllables.  If you put your hand under your chin you can feel how many syllables are in a word by how many times your mouth opens. We also learned how to clap it out. Next week, we are going to write a poem about bats. In Mrs. Peterson’s group, we learned about when  2 vowels go walking. When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. We have also been working on putting letter sounds together and stretching words out. 

This week we had fun playing games in math! Mrs. Peterson’s math group continued to play Farkle up to 10 000.  This week we had to keep track of our own score and add it up. Mrs. Percy’s math group played a few different games including, Race to 50, Race to 100, and Place Value Bingo.  We also played on the SMARTboard and listened to math songs.

We are starting to learn about bats. We have watched a few videos showing leaving their roosts in huge colonies. The biggest bat colony is in Texas! There are many great videos on the Internet about this colony. We have learned some important vocabulary about bats including, roosts (their homes), colony (a group of bats), echolocation (a special way to see at night), hibernation (sleeping), and migration (moving to warmer climates). We also learned how to draw bats in our visual journals. We had a few students share with the class their toy bats from home. One was a very cool robotic bat and the other had great details showing the bone structure of the arms and fingers on the wings. Thank you for sharing! 

Today we wrote about Thanksgiving. Mrs. Peterson’s group wrote from the perspective of a turkey who is listing alternative dinner suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner.  In Mrs. Percy’s L.A. group, each student wrote about what they are thankful for. We turned our writing into a fun turkey art project. At the end of the day we enjoyed Thanksgiving Turkey Tag in gym. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Important Dates:

This week your child brought home an order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and makes school events such as Grade 6 Outdoor Camp possible. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 26. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

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

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Friday, September 28th, 2018

Hello Families, 

We have had another fantastic week in Room 4 & 5. Here is a snapshot of what we have done :) 

In Math, we have really enjoed completing fun number activities. In Mrs. Peterson’s group, we have been playing a game called ‘Farkle’. In partners, we roll dice, record our numbers and have to add them up. Whoever gets to 10 000 first is the winner! It helps us practice our numbers and addition skills. In Mrs. Percy’s group, we have continued learning about place value. We are learning about the Ones House and the Tens House. We have been using playing cards to make 2 digit numbers and using Base Tens blocks to represent these numbers. Some of us have also been practicing tracing numbers and counting beads to make bracelets.   

During Literacy, we have continued to build our stamina during quiet reading time. We are working very hard to train our brains and bodies to read quietly. Eventually we hope to reach 20 minutes of quiet reading. During Guided Reading, some of us have been reading fiction and non-fiction books. We have all continued our Word Work activities and have learned new games. Some of our favourites are Crazy Shapes and Silly Sentences. Next week, we will get our new list of words to practice. Lastly, some of us have earned 14 tickets for completing home reading and have chosen prizes!

We have completed our Science Unit on Insects. We ended the unit by taking a closer look at ladybugs. We discovered that there can be different coloured ladybeetles. We thought the blue coloured ladybug was particularly neat! We discovered that ladybugs are helpful insects because they eat aphids. Aphids are insects that destroy our trees, and ruin farmers crops. We created 3-D ladybugs in our Visual Journals and we also painted ladybug rocks. Next week we will begin a unit on Bats.

This week we discussed Terry Fox and the disease Cancer. We learned that it is important to make healthy choices each day. We need to eat healthy foods, drink water and exercise daily to be our best, healthy selves. We ended our week with our annual Terry Fox Run. It was a cool morning. The sun was shining for a little bit and the Fall colours were beautiful! We all did an excellent job running and walking. So far we have raised approximately $50.00 in Room 4 & 5. We will continue to collect Toonies for Terry on Monday.  

Have a wonderful weekend. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Oct. 1- Orange Shirt Day 

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 – School 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


Friday, September 21st, 2018 

Hello Families, 

This week we continued our unit on Insects by studying the Rhino Beetle. We learned that their life cycle is called metamorphosis and that their eggs are white and yellow. Did you know that Rhino Beetles can lift 850 times their own weight?! Next week, we will take a closer look at ladybugs. 

In Math, we were split into our groups. We have started learning about numbers and place value. We have played fun games that help us practice our new skills. 

We have also started our Guided Reading groups. We have been completing Word Work activities, which are fun ways for us to practice our spelling. In partners, we played Tic Tac Toe and a Race Game. 

In Music, we are learning new songs. We have had fun singing our "Hello song" and "Leaves are Falling". We have learned to keep a beat to songs and have focused on how pianos work.

Next week, we have our Terry Fox Run on Friday. We will be collecting Toonies for Terry. We have been running each morning during our "Good Morning Energizer" to prepare us for the big day! 

Lastly, just a friendly reminder. Please make sure home reading minutes are recorded in the agenda and agendas are signed each night. We are working towards earning tickets that we can trade in for cool prizes! 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Every Monday- Library books must be returned in order to check out new books each week 

Sept. 27- Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Friday, September 7th, 2018 



Hello Families,

We had an amazing first 2 weeks of school.  We met our teachers, educational assistants, and new classmates. We learned our routines and new schedules. 

We have been participating in life skills centres including, calendar, communication skills, and self-regulation. This week we reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  It helps us identify how we are feeling and how to manage different moods.           

            Blue Zone: feeling sad, sick, tired, or bored

            Green Zone: feeling happy, focused, confident, or proud

            Yellow Zone: feeling, silly, worried, nervous, or excited

            Red Zone: feeling angry, terrified, aggressive, or mean

Next week we will be looking at different strategies to get us back into the Green Zone, which is the zone we need to be in for learning and completing different tasks. We are eager to show you the Anger Catchers we have made, which help us regulate our emotions.

In Language Arts, we have been learning how to choose just right books for us.  Our teachers compared books to shoes. We want to choose books we understand, books that we can read the words in, and books we find interesting.  We are also working on building our independent reading stamina. We are learning to train our brains and bodies to read quietly for longer periods of time. We are having fun tracking our results on a graph.

We have begun a Science Unit on Insects. We have learned the 3 major parts of an insect with a focus on ants this past week. On Wednesday, we used magnifying glasses to discover and study ants in our schoolyard. As an art project, we created our own ants using spoons, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. We also examined many different types of bug specimens. We had to be detectives to identify which bugs were actual insects. We used a chart to identify bugs by names and to see if they passed the insect test (having a head, thorax and abdomen). As a group, we decided we are interested in taking a closer look at beetles, specifically the rhinoceros beetle and ladybeetle.

In Math we have been exploring different centres. These have included playing card games, identifying coins and values, telling time, group Smartboard games (counting and graphing), and using Tangrams. We will begin building our number sense in the coming weeks.

We ended our first week with Pancake Breakfast. It was AWESOME! We also went for a community walk to observe construction at the intersection of Anderson Road and Elbow Drive.  This week ended with our Friday Dance Party and a snowy walk around the block.  We ended up with some wet shoes!

Important Dates:               

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

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

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day
  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9 


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