April 4, 2019



March 8, 2019

The 100th day of school is more than just a milestone – it’s a rich learning opportunity. Celebrating the 100th day has become a classroom tradition in many schools.

The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year.  From the very first day of school, SKILL 1 have been keeping track of the days by counting straws which become a “ten bundle,” providing ongoing opportunities for counting by tens and ones and developing number and place value concepts. We have also used the 100th day as a time to think, explore, communicate, make choices, problem solve, and to challenge ourselves.

The 100th day of school is not only about math.  We incorporated reading, writing, science, art, and social skills, not only on the actual day itself but throughout the week.  Look at all we accomplished


During our morning reading we are learning to use story boards to help our students develop and demonstrate an understanding of reading comprehension. These adaptive story books have a visual story board that students can show their understanding by using picture cues. We have been working on “Who, What, Where and Why” questions. We are currently working on the story Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch.

February 2019

Wow has it ever been a busy month in SKILL! I would just like to take a moment to introduce myself, as I will continue to be in for Mrs. Rowntree until she returns. I have been a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for almost 20 years. I have held many positions, most of which have been with Division 2. For the past 5 years however I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to mostly stay at home with my busy family. Last year I started to casually sub with the board and have been into this school many of times, mostly with the PLP class. At home, I have three very active boys. A 13-year-old, Nikolas, and twin’s boys, Sebastian and Lucas, who will be 6 in April. I am anxiously waiting for the weather to warm up as one of my favorite hobbies is gardening. I am really enjoying getting to know all your children and love learning all I can from them. They have been so wonderful during this transition to a new teacher and the different ways I do some things. They have been teaching me all about their daily routines and schedule which we have tried to keep consistent.

This month our learning has been centered around a variety of themes based on the world around us. We have celebrated Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Yew and Valentine’s Day. We have been fortunate to participate in the One World Drumming Residency and learned about the sport of curling with Rocks and Rings. We went on a field trip to Canada Olympic Park and spent the day in the Canadian Sports Museum. Here is a look at some of the learning activities we have been engaged in over the past month.

February 2, 2019 was Ground Hog Day. We worked with our buddies on literacy and math activities. In literacy we worked on building vocabulary associated with Ground Hog Day. In our math activity we worked on adding and subtracting single digits.

The entire school participated in a drumming residency with One World Drumming. During this residency we got to learn about the different types of African drums. The drum we got to play was called a Djembe drum. We learned about different rhythms and beats. At the end of the week we preformed a song called “Walk and Roll”.

February 5, 2019 was the start of the Chinese New Year. We learned about the history, traditions, and dishes that are an important part of China’s most important holiday. We used our senses to explore the textures, smells and tastes of spring rolls and noodles. We worked on our fine motor skills by trying to eat with various chopstick like utensils.

Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to engage in a math learning activity. We used candy hearts to practice sorting and learned about graphing our results.

Rocks and Rings came into the school to expose the students to the sport of curling. We learned the vocabulary that is associated with curling. We had the opportunity to ‘throw a rock’ into the House and using the broom to sweep in a fun game of red light, green light. This was a great introduction into winter sports for our field trip to Canada Olympic Park to the Sports Museum. While we were there we listened to stories of Olympic athletes, investigate different sports artifacts, and engage in interactive activities.

We look forward to all the upcoming events. - Mrs. Myroniuk

Upcoming Events

March 1 – Non-instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency 

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting 

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1 

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI 

March 22 – non-instructional 

March 25-29 – Spring Break 


January 14-18, 2019

What an exciting week in SKILL 1.  Our class started integration in grade 1 and also began new units in math.  Please enjoy the pictures below of the wonderful learning that took place as a result.

The opportunity to spend time with our grade 1 peers allows SKILL 1 students to build relationships, model from one another as well as learn through new games and activities.  The grade 1 teacher, Ms. Greenwood, sets up centres for us to work through along with a few of her students.  Then, we have been invited to stay for part of circle time, which we all enjoy.  Ms. Crawford ensures that we all practice good manners, and supports us while using vocabulary from a Speech Device.  How wonderful that we all get this chance to be upstairs with our new friends.

Our new units in math have also allowed some of us to explore addition while others focused on geometric shapes.  We had lots of fun using various math manipulatives to explore these newer concepts and also completing work in our math duotangs.  We have been utilizing many of starfall.com's awesome math games to further enhance our learning of these concepts.

For addition, please click the link below:

http://more.starfall.com/m/mat...

For geometric shapes, please click the link below:

http://more.starfall.com/m/mat...



In order to bring these two math themes together, we all worked on a snowman art project.  As we completed the snowman, we were able to speak about the shapes that make up the snowman.  Also, we added pom-poms together to make the buttons on the snowman's body. We proudly displayed this artwork on our hallway bullentin board for all to enjoy. 



Finally, we worked on new vocabulary words with our Speech Therapist, Jenna.  We played the game Candy Land to help reinforce these new words, while also enjoying the game.  Then, when our grade 6 buddies came, we practiced applying what we learned with our individual buddies.  The phrase that most of our students were using was, "Go to a (colour of card) square".

Practice with our Speech Therapist:


Implementing what we learned with our Grade 6 Buddies:



UPCOMING:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting          

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22 – non instructional

March 25-29 – Spring Break

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January 7-11, 2019

Happy New Year to all of our SKILL 1 families!  We hope that you all had a lovely break.

We had a successful first week back at school and returned to our routines as well as reviewed expectations.  One way that we help students to remain calm and focused is through practicing "stretch and breathe" exercises. We areso pleased that many children can follow the steps and sequences of many of the poses. Teaching breathing at the beginning and end of these exercises help us to keep our mind quiet and present.


We would also like to share what fun we have when attending music class with Ms. Dafoe along the SKILL 2 class.  Ms. Dafoe plays many different instruments and shares her talents when teaching us fun and engaging songs.  This is also such a nice time to be with SKILL 2 as they are great, older role models for us.  It is also great that previous classmates can spend time together. 


Finally, we continue to work on strengthening our fine-motor skills.  An easy task that really helps with this skill is lacing.  This week, we used various winter pictures and students were encouraged to choose their favourite winter activity to lace around.  It was so nice to see all children really working their fine-motor skills.  

Please see school-wide information below regarding our upcoming gymnastics unit in gym:

Dear Parent/guardian:

We have just begun our gymnastic unit in our regularly scheduled physical education classes. This unit lasts 3 weeks. To begin this unit, we review safety procedures with each class. Students in elementary school are no

t expected to change for physical education. When participating in gymnastics we ask students to be dressed and prepared to participate.

We ask you to consider the following:

Clothing that allows freedom of movement (no special uniforms or outfits are required – sweats and a t-shirt work best).

Loose fitting/baggy clothing may get caught on equipment when climbing.

Tucking shirts in may help to prevent an accident.

All jewellery that could get caught on equipment should be removed (left in classrooms or left at home). e.g. watches, rings, necklaces, etc.

Students with long hair should have their hair tied back. Tying hair back with elastics (scrunchies) is recommended.

Students may wear shorts under clothing if they wish.

Students may also participate in bare feet or with running shoes. Should you have any questions, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for your understanding in helping to assist with the safety of our students.

Sincerely,

Staff at Ethel M Johnson School

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December 10-14, 2018

We would like to share our pictures from the South Centre Mall Field trip last week.  What a great day and opportunity for all of our students to practice their manners, safety in the community as well as appropriate behaviour.  Seeing Santa was so much fun and he was very kind to each and every one of us.  Families can enjoy the group picture that we took with Santa today when they come to watch us in the Christmas concert.



We are learning lots of new Christmas vocabulary and played a picture/word matching game that all students are enjoying.  We also received a letter back from Santa and took turns reading it sentence, by sentence.  We were all very excited to open an envelope all the way from the North Pole!

We had discussions this week about the Christmas season and how some families can have find it difficult to buy presents or food.  As a class, we chose two tags off the school Christmas tree to give presents to a family in need.  Mrs. Rowntree bought those gifts and then we wrapped them together as a class.  In addition, Ms. Chik brought in 2 bags of canned goods and we each placed one in the school's Food Bank box which will be donated to the local chapter.  Well done, everyone!

Finally, our community walks on Friday have been very successful.  We always take a speech device with us so our students can practice ordering their treat from Tim Hortons.  The more we practice this skill, the more confident and comfortable students will become with using their devices in an unfamiliar setting.  

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention


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December 3-6, 2018

What an exciting and busy week in SKILL 1!

On Monday, all students enjoyed decorating our classroom for the Christmas season.  When we work together as a team on a fun project, we are building a sense of community in our classroom.  Students also take pride in helping to create a cozy and welcoming environment where learning can easily take place.



We are fortunate enough to have a few grade 5 peers come to our classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for our hygiene/sensory time.  These students require some extra practice being leaders and have done an exceptional job so far working in our classroom.  In addition, they are wonderful role models and helpers for all students in the SKILL 1 program.  The photos below show some of the awesome sensory tools that we have available to help our students' ability to self-regulate.  


Our Speech Therapist, Jenna, joins us on Tuesday afternoons and works to support our students' communication needs.  This is also a great opportunity for Ms. Crawford and Mrs. Rowntree to observe and learn skills that will further assist our students throughout the school week.  

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November 26-30, 2018

Building our fine motor strength is a skill that we practice daily.  Having strong fine motor skills helps us with such daily activities as printing, cutting, zipping up our coats and opening our lunch items, to name just a few.  Please see some engaging and fun centres that we have created to help our students further build their fine motor abilities.



In addition, this week we created a Rice Bin where children are encouraged to use their fingers to search for various items hidden in the rice.  This idea could easily be done at home as it captured our students interest while fostering creative play.  

Finally, would like to share some of the awesome work that we see students completing daily.  All work will be sent home at the end of June, however, the process and learning along the way is so wonderful to observe.  Well done, everyone!


Some of our students were so proud building this "snow baby" outside at lunch recess this week.  They thought that it was very funny that we added this photo to our blog.  

Just a friendly reminder that the Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th not 7th as the 7th is a PD Day.  

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school


 

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November 19-22, 2018

Our students have been practicing the skill of accurately counting objects as part of our numeracy unit in math.  As a fun and engaging way to assess this skill, we used two 10 grids and glued them onto a mug.  We then had mini-marshmallows that we placed into glue and counted out numbers 11-20.  All students thought that using marshmallows to count with was so cool, and we even had the chance to eat a few once we were finished.  



We have displayed these colouring counting mugs on our classroom bullentin board for all families to view at parent/teacher conferences.  

We also have recorded and posted our brand new nutrition projects onto IRIS.  For families that are new to IRIS, we will be reviewing this at your conference.  As a class, we watched each students' recording and were so pleased at how well everyone did.  What a great way to showcase our learning as we complete our unit on nutrition.

As part of our life skills practice, we made playdoh together as a class.  We first had to read the recipe and spoke about what we needed to best prepare for making the playdoh.  Each child helped to measure and stir in ingredients and enjoyed choosing food colouring for the the playdoh.  Playing with playdoh helps us to be creative while strengthening our fine motor skills.  



We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday and Friday and sharing the wonderful growth made by each and every student.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences 

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

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 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional Day (No School)

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November 12-16, 2018

We are so fortunate to have a math coach at our school who was able to come to our class and support our learning about common shapes. Ms. Hillier helped us to better understand how shapes our everywhere in our world, if we just take the time to look!   We started our lesson off with an excellent video that introduced the concept of shapes in our world.  Please click the link, turn up the volume and enjoy : )


Next, we created a concept map as a class using picture symbols. Students could choose from the pictures in order to match common objects they may see everyday to a shape.  


Finally, we went on a walk within our school to actually look for shapes that we recognized.  All students did a fabulous job.  Please see if your child can name the shape of the following objects that we found:



Perhaps you can look around your own home and find some common shapes in our everyday objects!

A gentle reminder to complete your child's Weekend News for every Monday.  Not only is this a lovely sharing time for our students, but it encourages appropriate ways to communicate with one another while practicing our speech goals.  We also have programmed our classroom speech device specifically with weekend news vocabulary to support students who may need it.  Asking and answering questions is an additional skill that we practice at this time. Thank you for your continued support of this activity.  


Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences 

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

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


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November 5-9, 2018

With assessments for upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences happening this week, Ms. Crawford and I were so pleased with many of the results.  It is amazing how much our students have learned since September.  

In particular, some children are starting to read common sight words, also known as Dolch words, and applying this knowledge when reading short sentences.  Sight words are important but we also look at letter sounds and how these sounds come together to create words.  This week, one group used three-letter word puzzle cards that used pictures to support our learning.  What a fun and engaging way to understand this important literacy concept.  

On Tuesday our Speech Language Pathologist, Jenna, came to our room early in order to work with the grade 6 buddies at lunch time.  This "lunch and learn" was an excellent opportunity for our buddies to better understand the communication needs of our students, especially those who use Augmentative Speech Devices.  Jenna and I hope to continue this learning by creating a "Lunch Bunch" where our buddies come once a month to SKILL 1 at lunch time. This valuable experience will encourage all students to communicate together on common topics of interest.  Please stay tuned for updates on this valuable learning time. 

Finally, we had many discussions about Remembrance Day prior to our Friday morning assembly.  We read, "The Peace Book", by Todd Pearce in order to better understand why it is so important to have a peaceful world.  We also cut, painted and created a poppy wreath for two of our students to carry at the assembly.  We each got to wear a poppy sticker to this assembly and remembered how to sit quietly and respectfully.  Thank you to our wreath bearers, David and Braeden for doing an excellent job in front of the entire school.  Another thank you to the parents who sent in a family member to be posted on our Wall of Remembrance in our school.  This wall helped make soldiers and their sacrifices very real and visible to our students.


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 Conferences

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

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October 29-November 2, 2018

What a fun week full of lots of Halloween excitement!

We were so pleased with the effort that some of our students made while completing their, "Five Little Pumpkins" booklets.  Not only were we learning new sight words but we were able to review some words that we already know.  Daily review of words at school and home help to build our overall sight word retrieval.  This project also helped us to practice our fine motor skills as we had to cut out sentences and then glue them into our book


On Tuesday, our school's Me to We club hosted a Jack-o-lantern contest for all classroom to participate in.  What a functional way to encourage students to increase their sensory awareness while touching the insides of a pumpkin.  Students absolutely loved being able to watch and hold (hand-over-hand) an actual drill.  We used the drill to make holes in our pumpkin that we put lollipops in.  That was our most favourite part!!

On the morning of October 31st, we all enjoyed working through five different Halloween-themed centres with our friends from SKILL 2 as well as PLP.  All students were integrated together within small groups and moved through the centres with the support of an Education Assistant.  What a great morning of doing art, cookie-decorating, math and science!

Finally, our grade 6 buddies joined us in the afternoon to have a "spooktacular" Halloween party. These students helped us work through a Halloween-themed Bingo game and then we enjoyed some healthy snacks together.  What a great way to end our day at school!


Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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October 22-26, 2018

The students in SKILL 1 were so excited to start exploring new Halloween-themed literature in our classroom this week.  Our spooky Halloween

poem motivated students to look at pictures, letters, words, sentences and for predictable patterns and rhymes.

Looking at a poem together, as a group, allows students to experience looking at printed words in a different format. Also, when a peer is asked to come and read the poem, with support, we are practicing such important skills as leadership, public speaking as well as being a good audience member.  We always clap and cheer when a student finishes reading in front of the class, building confidence and self-esteem.

Although our focus in math this term is on number concepts, we also practice and review other mathematical areas with our students.  These areas are typically presented to a small math group in the form of a game or by using manipulatives to further our learning.  The math resource shown below uses 6 basic geometric shapes that are 4 colours  and vary in large and small sizes.  Students need to successfully find, match and build various designs while using these shapes.  We always utilize any Speech Device that a student may have to allow a child to communicate what they are working on.  

On Thursday afternoon, our Grade 6 buddies come to our classroom from 12:30-1:00pm.  We enjoy having our buddies while working on building relationships, practicing being a good friend and enjoying a variety of activities.  This week, our buddies helped us to complete a Bat craft that we made for Halloween. We also had fun playing a matching game on the Smart Board. Our Grade 6 students can be such excellent role models for us!

Important Dates:

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 Conferences 

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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October 15-19, 2018

Our morning circle time includes many functional math skills that students will apply throughout their lives.  One these areas include the daily calendar which we find on:

https://www.starfall.com

All students improve their understanding of the functionality and purpose that  a calendar has in our everyday lives. Ask your child to sing the days of the week song as this is a helpful rhyme that supports our learning of what day of the week it is, what yesterday was and what tomorrow will be.  The calendar also allows us to count orally by 1's to 30 or 31, (depending on the month) and to practice making predictions as we see "what comes next" in a number sequence.  

In addition to the calendar, we also increase our number sense by counting how many days we have been in school.  We make 100 days of school as our goal and when we reach this day, we will have a big celebration.  As a class, we take a closer look at the numbers that we put up each and every day.  We then use straws to represent place value concepts to give further the meaning of our numbers up to 100.  

We continued to practice our math skills this week in art where we made a scary witch who had different coloured paper links for her hair.  The links helped us to create patterns and we described these patterns to each other.  These fabulous witches are presented on our hallway bullentin board for everyone to enjoy.

Finally, we practiced representing quantities up to 20 by counting scary plastic spiders and printing the number representation beside them.  This project helped us to strengthen our fine motor and math skills.  You can find this work in our school display cases in the front hallway.

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 Conferences

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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October 9-12, 2018

One of our daily routines after lunch is practicing positive health care habits.  Every students has their very own comb in a bag, face and hand cloth as well as toothbrush.  We demonstrate proper hygiene by combing our hair, brushing our teeth, as well as washing our faces.  Some students require hand-over-hand support, while others are very independent with these tasks. This important time helps to develop a life skill that is crucial to keeping our bodies clean and healthy.



On Wednesday, our school health nurse, Laura, came to our class to give a presentation all about the four food group on Canada's food guide.  Laura brought a variety of food items with her and students were encouraged to place these items into the correct food group.  Laura also reinforced the idea of healthy eating with our students and how it helps us to grow strong.


Our Occupational Therapist, Nicole, came to our classroom on Wednesday afternoon.  Nicole continues to work on building and strengthening our fine motor skills which help us to print.  Some ways that we can continue this work at home is through using play-doh, colouring, cutting and even ripping up paper!  Having strong fine motor skills is an important part of having good printing ability.

Finally, since the Terry Fox run in September, our class has been learning all about what it means to have courage.  A book that the entire school has enjoyed reading in their classes is called "What Do You Do With A Chance?" by Kobi Yamada.  This book beautifully demonstrates courage and how our life shrinks or expands with or without it.  We discussed what kinds of chances that we take as children. Some of the ideas that  we came up with included, play with a new friend or trying to practice a new math skill.  We will continue to develop our courage and our ability to take chances throughout the school year. 


Important Dates:

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

Upcoming:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Confereneces 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School


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October 1-5, 2018

All students in SKILL 1 have been working on common sight words.  One of the ways that we make learning sight words fun and engaging is through rhymes and poems.  This week we enjoyed singing the Thanksgiving song found below.  Some of the words in this song are from the Dolch list.  Having children see these words in common text makes them both meaningful and useful in their world.  In addition, the food items mentioned fit nicely into our understanding of fruits and vegetables.  

On Thursday afternoon we made pumpkin tarts as a class.  Students practiced their life skills by using a can opener (hand-over-hand), mixing, pouring and best of all...eating!   Some children liked the whipped cream on the top of their tart the best.  We also practiced our math by counting out how many teaspoons of cinnamon and tablespoons of brown sugar that we needed. There is math in everything!

A gentle reminder that Tuesday is Picture Day.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  

Important Dates:

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

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

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


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September 24-28, 2018

Our health unit on nutrition began this week with our class learning about, "making responsible and informed choices to maintain their health".  Our focus on fruits and vegetables from the Canada food guide provided us the opportunity to recognize that nutritious foods are needed for growth.  After a week of engaging centres with a fruit and vegetable theme, we had an actual tasting of some the foods we have been learning about.  All students were encouraged to try a fruit or vegetable and everyone did a great job.  



We also learned a fun poem that you can practice at home:

ANNA BANANA 

Anna Banana jump into the stew

___________ and ___________ are good for you (insert 2 different fruits or vegetables)

Good for your ____________ and your ___________ too  (insert 2 different body parts)

So, Anna Banana jump into the stew!

We also enjoyed learning about Terry Fox this week. As a class, we focused on such important characteristics as hope, courage and never giving up.  In gym, we practiced running and building our strength and endurance.  This morning, we used our school field to participate in the Terry Fox Run.  It was a great event and our entire school ran 1,527 laps which equals 509 km's!  We spoke about how big of a number 1,527 is and we all felt proud of this accomplishment.

Have a great weekend!


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September 17-20, 2018

Our math academic groups for this term are focusing on recognizing and applying whole numbers in a variety of settings.  Some groups are counting the number of objects 0-20, while others are learning to build and order sets of numbers 0-50.  Our math groups always involve manipulatives, relevant games and even the use of technology to further understand and explore mathematical concepts.  The group below is using a huge white board that sticks to the table like a post-it note.  This simple tool provided an amazing opportunity for some children to practice printing their numbers. 

Our Speech Language Pathologist, Jenna and Occupational Therapist, Nicole also visited our classroom this week.  Jenna will be here Tuesday afternoons and Nicole will see us Wednesday afternoons.  We look forward to strengthening our communication and life skills with their support.

We have wonderful things to tell you about your child at Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday and Friday.  

See you then!

Important Dates:

Early dismissal 12:15 pm

Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9

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Welcome to the first Blog of the 2018/2019 School Year!

We have had a very successful first two weeks of school and our new SKILL students have settled in nicely.  We all enjoyed the pancake breakfast last Friday, September 14th.  It was a beautiful morning and a great chance for us to gather as a school community.

Our first science unit of the school year will have an emphasis on seasonal changes as well as the needs of animals and plants.  We are utilizing our community walks to support our learning of these concepts.  Last week on our walk, we looked at leaves on the trees and noted the various colours that they are turning.  In addition, we visited the garden at South Wood Library and saw so many different vegetables and flowers growing.  We were lucky enough to be offered to try a tomato from the garden. Most children enjoyed tasting it.  Some of the pictures that you will see below are also posted on our classroom bullentin board. All students have enjoyed looking at them throughout the school day.  

We look forward to seeing everyone at parent/teacher conferences next Thursday and Friday.  Thank you for completing your child's questionnaire and have a great weekend!

Dates:

Early dismissal 12:15 pm

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

  • Sept. 21st Interviews from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

    No School for Students

    • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

    • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

    Photo Day - October 9

    Ms. Rowntree

    April 4, 2019



    March 8, 2019

    The 100th day of school is more than just a milestone – it’s a rich learning opportunity. Celebrating the 100th day has become a classroom tradition in many schools.

    The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year.  From the very first day of school, SKILL 1 have been keeping track of the days by counting straws which become a “ten bundle,” providing ongoing opportunities for counting by tens and ones and developing number and place value concepts. We have also used the 100th day as a time to think, explore, communicate, make choices, problem solve, and to challenge ourselves.

    The 100th day of school is not only about math.  We incorporated reading, writing, science, art, and social skills, not only on the actual day itself but throughout the week.  Look at all we accomplished


    During our morning reading we are learning to use story boards to help our students develop and demonstrate an understanding of reading comprehension. These adaptive story books have a visual story board that students can show their understanding by using picture cues. We have been working on “Who, What, Where and Why” questions. We are currently working on the story Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch.

    February 2019

    Wow has it ever been a busy month in SKILL! I would just like to take a moment to introduce myself, as I will continue to be in for Mrs. Rowntree until she returns. I have been a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for almost 20 years. I have held many positions, most of which have been with Division 2. For the past 5 years however I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to mostly stay at home with my busy family. Last year I started to casually sub with the board and have been into this school many of times, mostly with the PLP class. At home, I have three very active boys. A 13-year-old, Nikolas, and twin’s boys, Sebastian and Lucas, who will be 6 in April. I am anxiously waiting for the weather to warm up as one of my favorite hobbies is gardening. I am really enjoying getting to know all your children and love learning all I can from them. They have been so wonderful during this transition to a new teacher and the different ways I do some things. They have been teaching me all about their daily routines and schedule which we have tried to keep consistent.

    This month our learning has been centered around a variety of themes based on the world around us. We have celebrated Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Yew and Valentine’s Day. We have been fortunate to participate in the One World Drumming Residency and learned about the sport of curling with Rocks and Rings. We went on a field trip to Canada Olympic Park and spent the day in the Canadian Sports Museum. Here is a look at some of the learning activities we have been engaged in over the past month.

    February 2, 2019 was Ground Hog Day. We worked with our buddies on literacy and math activities. In literacy we worked on building vocabulary associated with Ground Hog Day. In our math activity we worked on adding and subtracting single digits.

    The entire school participated in a drumming residency with One World Drumming. During this residency we got to learn about the different types of African drums. The drum we got to play was called a Djembe drum. We learned about different rhythms and beats. At the end of the week we preformed a song called “Walk and Roll”.

    February 5, 2019 was the start of the Chinese New Year. We learned about the history, traditions, and dishes that are an important part of China’s most important holiday. We used our senses to explore the textures, smells and tastes of spring rolls and noodles. We worked on our fine motor skills by trying to eat with various chopstick like utensils.

    Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to engage in a math learning activity. We used candy hearts to practice sorting and learned about graphing our results.

    Rocks and Rings came into the school to expose the students to the sport of curling. We learned the vocabulary that is associated with curling. We had the opportunity to ‘throw a rock’ into the House and using the broom to sweep in a fun game of red light, green light. This was a great introduction into winter sports for our field trip to Canada Olympic Park to the Sports Museum. While we were there we listened to stories of Olympic athletes, investigate different sports artifacts, and engage in interactive activities.

    We look forward to all the upcoming events. - Mrs. Myroniuk

    Upcoming Events

    March 1 – Non-instructional Day

    March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency 

    March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

    March 12 – School Council Meeting 

    March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

    March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1 

    March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    March 21 – PTI 

    March 22 – non-instructional 

    March 25-29 – Spring Break 


    January 14-18, 2019

    What an exciting week in SKILL 1.  Our class started integration in grade 1 and also began new units in math.  Please enjoy the pictures below of the wonderful learning that took place as a result.

    The opportunity to spend time with our grade 1 peers allows SKILL 1 students to build relationships, model from one another as well as learn through new games and activities.  The grade 1 teacher, Ms. Greenwood, sets up centres for us to work through along with a few of her students.  Then, we have been invited to stay for part of circle time, which we all enjoy.  Ms. Crawford ensures that we all practice good manners, and supports us while using vocabulary from a Speech Device.  How wonderful that we all get this chance to be upstairs with our new friends.

    Our new units in math have also allowed some of us to explore addition while others focused on geometric shapes.  We had lots of fun using various math manipulatives to explore these newer concepts and also completing work in our math duotangs.  We have been utilizing many of starfall.com's awesome math games to further enhance our learning of these concepts.

    For addition, please click the link below:

    http://more.starfall.com/m/mat...

    For geometric shapes, please click the link below:

    http://more.starfall.com/m/mat...



    In order to bring these two math themes together, we all worked on a snowman art project.  As we completed the snowman, we were able to speak about the shapes that make up the snowman.  Also, we added pom-poms together to make the buttons on the snowman's body. We proudly displayed this artwork on our hallway bullentin board for all to enjoy. 



    Finally, we worked on new vocabulary words with our Speech Therapist, Jenna.  We played the game Candy Land to help reinforce these new words, while also enjoying the game.  Then, when our grade 6 buddies came, we practiced applying what we learned with our individual buddies.  The phrase that most of our students were using was, "Go to a (colour of card) square".

    Practice with our Speech Therapist:


    Implementing what we learned with our Grade 6 Buddies:



    UPCOMING:

    January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

    January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

    January 31 – Report cards go home

    February 1 – Non Instructional

    February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

    February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

    February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

    February 14 & 15 – Convention

    February 18 – Family day – no school

    February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

    March 1 – Non Instructional Day

    March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

    March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)

    March 12 – School Council Meeting          

    March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

    March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences

    March 22 – non instructional

    March 25-29 – Spring Break

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    January 7-11, 2019

    Happy New Year to all of our SKILL 1 families!  We hope that you all had a lovely break.

    We had a successful first week back at school and returned to our routines as well as reviewed expectations.  One way that we help students to remain calm and focused is through practicing "stretch and breathe" exercises. We areso pleased that many children can follow the steps and sequences of many of the poses. Teaching breathing at the beginning and end of these exercises help us to keep our mind quiet and present.


    We would also like to share what fun we have when attending music class with Ms. Dafoe along the SKILL 2 class.  Ms. Dafoe plays many different instruments and shares her talents when teaching us fun and engaging songs.  This is also such a nice time to be with SKILL 2 as they are great, older role models for us.  It is also great that previous classmates can spend time together. 


    Finally, we continue to work on strengthening our fine-motor skills.  An easy task that really helps with this skill is lacing.  This week, we used various winter pictures and students were encouraged to choose their favourite winter activity to lace around.  It was so nice to see all children really working their fine-motor skills.  

    Please see school-wide information below regarding our upcoming gymnastics unit in gym:

    Dear Parent/guardian:

    We have just begun our gymnastic unit in our regularly scheduled physical education classes. This unit lasts 3 weeks. To begin this unit, we review safety procedures with each class. Students in elementary school are no

    t expected to change for physical education. When participating in gymnastics we ask students to be dressed and prepared to participate.

    We ask you to consider the following:

    Clothing that allows freedom of movement (no special uniforms or outfits are required – sweats and a t-shirt work best).

    Loose fitting/baggy clothing may get caught on equipment when climbing.

    Tucking shirts in may help to prevent an accident.

    All jewellery that could get caught on equipment should be removed (left in classrooms or left at home). e.g. watches, rings, necklaces, etc.

    Students with long hair should have their hair tied back. Tying hair back with elastics (scrunchies) is recommended.

    Students may wear shorts under clothing if they wish.

    Students may also participate in bare feet or with running shoes. Should you have any questions, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for your understanding in helping to assist with the safety of our students.

    Sincerely,

    Staff at Ethel M Johnson School

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    December 10-14, 2018

    We would like to share our pictures from the South Centre Mall Field trip last week.  What a great day and opportunity for all of our students to practice their manners, safety in the community as well as appropriate behaviour.  Seeing Santa was so much fun and he was very kind to each and every one of us.  Families can enjoy the group picture that we took with Santa today when they come to watch us in the Christmas concert.



    We are learning lots of new Christmas vocabulary and played a picture/word matching game that all students are enjoying.  We also received a letter back from Santa and took turns reading it sentence, by sentence.  We were all very excited to open an envelope all the way from the North Pole!

    We had discussions this week about the Christmas season and how some families can have find it difficult to buy presents or food.  As a class, we chose two tags off the school Christmas tree to give presents to a family in need.  Mrs. Rowntree bought those gifts and then we wrapped them together as a class.  In addition, Ms. Chik brought in 2 bags of canned goods and we each placed one in the school's Food Bank box which will be donated to the local chapter.  Well done, everyone!

    Finally, our community walks on Friday have been very successful.  We always take a speech device with us so our students can practice ordering their treat from Tim Hortons.  The more we practice this skill, the more confident and comfortable students will become with using their devices in an unfamiliar setting.  

    December 21 – Last day for winter break

    December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

    January 7 – classes resume

    January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

    Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

    January 24 – Fun Lunch

    February 1 – Non Instructional Day

    February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

    February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

    February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

    February 14 &15 – Convention


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    December 3-6, 2018

    What an exciting and busy week in SKILL 1!

    On Monday, all students enjoyed decorating our classroom for the Christmas season.  When we work together as a team on a fun project, we are building a sense of community in our classroom.  Students also take pride in helping to create a cozy and welcoming environment where learning can easily take place.



    We are fortunate enough to have a few grade 5 peers come to our classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for our hygiene/sensory time.  These students require some extra practice being leaders and have done an exceptional job so far working in our classroom.  In addition, they are wonderful role models and helpers for all students in the SKILL 1 program.  The photos below show some of the awesome sensory tools that we have available to help our students' ability to self-regulate.  


    Our Speech Therapist, Jenna, joins us on Tuesday afternoons and works to support our students' communication needs.  This is also a great opportunity for Ms. Crawford and Mrs. Rowntree to observe and learn skills that will further assist our students throughout the school week.  

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    November 26-30, 2018

    Building our fine motor strength is a skill that we practice daily.  Having strong fine motor skills helps us with such daily activities as printing, cutting, zipping up our coats and opening our lunch items, to name just a few.  Please see some engaging and fun centres that we have created to help our students further build their fine motor abilities.



    In addition, this week we created a Rice Bin where children are encouraged to use their fingers to search for various items hidden in the rice.  This idea could easily be done at home as it captured our students interest while fostering creative play.  

    Finally, would like to share some of the awesome work that we see students completing daily.  All work will be sent home at the end of June, however, the process and learning along the way is so wonderful to observe.  Well done, everyone!


    Some of our students were so proud building this "snow baby" outside at lunch recess this week.  They thought that it was very funny that we added this photo to our blog.  

    Just a friendly reminder that the Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th not 7th as the 7th is a PD Day.  

    Upcoming Dates to Note:

    December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

    December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

    December 13 – Winter Concert

    December 17 – Vaccinations #2

    December 21 – Last day for winter break

    December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

    January 7 – classes resume

    January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

    Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

    January 24 – Fun Lunch

    February 1 – Non Instructional Day

    February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

    February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

    February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

    February 14 &15 – Convention

    February 18 – Family day – no school


     

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    November 19-22, 2018

    Our students have been practicing the skill of accurately counting objects as part of our numeracy unit in math.  As a fun and engaging way to assess this skill, we used two 10 grids and glued them onto a mug.  We then had mini-marshmallows that we placed into glue and counted out numbers 11-20.  All students thought that using marshmallows to count with was so cool, and we even had the chance to eat a few once we were finished.  



    We have displayed these colouring counting mugs on our classroom bullentin board for all families to view at parent/teacher conferences.  

    We also have recorded and posted our brand new nutrition projects onto IRIS.  For families that are new to IRIS, we will be reviewing this at your conference.  As a class, we watched each students' recording and were so pleased at how well everyone did.  What a great way to showcase our learning as we complete our unit on nutrition.

    As part of our life skills practice, we made playdoh together as a class.  We first had to read the recipe and spoke about what we needed to best prepare for making the playdoh.  Each child helped to measure and stir in ingredients and enjoyed choosing food colouring for the the playdoh.  Playing with playdoh helps us to be creative while strengthening our fine motor skills.  



    We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday and Friday and sharing the wonderful growth made by each and every student.

    Upcoming Dates to Note:

    Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences 

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

    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 17 – Vaccinations #2

    December 21 – Last day for winter break

    December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

    January 7 – classes resume

    January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

    Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

    January 24 – Fun Lunch

    February 1 – Non Instructional Day (No School)

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    November 12-16, 2018

    We are so fortunate to have a math coach at our school who was able to come to our class and support our learning about common shapes. Ms. Hillier helped us to better understand how shapes our everywhere in our world, if we just take the time to look!   We started our lesson off with an excellent video that introduced the concept of shapes in our world.  Please click the link, turn up the volume and enjoy : )


    Next, we created a concept map as a class using picture symbols. Students could choose from the pictures in order to match common objects they may see everyday to a shape.  


    Finally, we went on a walk within our school to actually look for shapes that we recognized.  All students did a fabulous job.  Please see if your child can name the shape of the following objects that we found:



    Perhaps you can look around your own home and find some common shapes in our everyday objects!

    A gentle reminder to complete your child's Weekend News for every Monday.  Not only is this a lovely sharing time for our students, but it encourages appropriate ways to communicate with one another while practicing our speech goals.  We also have programmed our classroom speech device specifically with weekend news vocabulary to support students who may need it.  Asking and answering questions is an additional skill that we practice at this time. Thank you for your continued support of this activity.  


    Upcoming Dates to Note:

    Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences 

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

    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


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    November 5-9, 2018

    With assessments for upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences happening this week, Ms. Crawford and I were so pleased with many of the results.  It is amazing how much our students have learned since September.  

    In particular, some children are starting to read common sight words, also known as Dolch words, and applying this knowledge when reading short sentences.  Sight words are important but we also look at letter sounds and how these sounds come together to create words.  This week, one group used three-letter word puzzle cards that used pictures to support our learning.  What a fun and engaging way to understand this important literacy concept.  

    On Tuesday our Speech Language Pathologist, Jenna, came to our room early in order to work with the grade 6 buddies at lunch time.  This "lunch and learn" was an excellent opportunity for our buddies to better understand the communication needs of our students, especially those who use Augmentative Speech Devices.  Jenna and I hope to continue this learning by creating a "Lunch Bunch" where our buddies come once a month to SKILL 1 at lunch time. This valuable experience will encourage all students to communicate together on common topics of interest.  Please stay tuned for updates on this valuable learning time. 

    Finally, we had many discussions about Remembrance Day prior to our Friday morning assembly.  We read, "The Peace Book", by Todd Pearce in order to better understand why it is so important to have a peaceful world.  We also cut, painted and created a poppy wreath for two of our students to carry at the assembly.  We each got to wear a poppy sticker to this assembly and remembered how to sit quietly and respectfully.  Thank you to our wreath bearers, David and Braeden for doing an excellent job in front of the entire school.  Another thank you to the parents who sent in a family member to be posted on our Wall of Remembrance in our school.  This wall helped make soldiers and their sacrifices very real and visible to our students.


    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 Conferences

    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

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    October 29-November 2, 2018

    What a fun week full of lots of Halloween excitement!

    We were so pleased with the effort that some of our students made while completing their, "Five Little Pumpkins" booklets.  Not only were we learning new sight words but we were able to review some words that we already know.  Daily review of words at school and home help to build our overall sight word retrieval.  This project also helped us to practice our fine motor skills as we had to cut out sentences and then glue them into our book


    On Tuesday, our school's Me to We club hosted a Jack-o-lantern contest for all classroom to participate in.  What a functional way to encourage students to increase their sensory awareness while touching the insides of a pumpkin.  Students absolutely loved being able to watch and hold (hand-over-hand) an actual drill.  We used the drill to make holes in our pumpkin that we put lollipops in.  That was our most favourite part!!

    On the morning of October 31st, we all enjoyed working through five different Halloween-themed centres with our friends from SKILL 2 as well as PLP.  All students were integrated together within small groups and moved through the centres with the support of an Education Assistant.  What a great morning of doing art, cookie-decorating, math and science!

    Finally, our grade 6 buddies joined us in the afternoon to have a "spooktacular" Halloween party. These students helped us work through a Halloween-themed Bingo game and then we enjoyed some healthy snacks together.  What a great way to end our day at school!


    Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

    * A photocopy of the person’s photo

    * Their full name

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

    * When and where they served in the military

    * Their regiment name

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

    Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

    Oct. 31 - Halloween

    Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

    Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

    Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

    Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

    Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

    Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

    November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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    October 22-26, 2018

    The students in SKILL 1 were so excited to start exploring new Halloween-themed literature in our classroom this week.  Our spooky Halloween

    poem motivated students to look at pictures, letters, words, sentences and for predictable patterns and rhymes.

    Looking at a poem together, as a group, allows students to experience looking at printed words in a different format. Also, when a peer is asked to come and read the poem, with support, we are practicing such important skills as leadership, public speaking as well as being a good audience member.  We always clap and cheer when a student finishes reading in front of the class, building confidence and self-esteem.

    Although our focus in math this term is on number concepts, we also practice and review other mathematical areas with our students.  These areas are typically presented to a small math group in the form of a game or by using manipulatives to further our learning.  The math resource shown below uses 6 basic geometric shapes that are 4 colours  and vary in large and small sizes.  Students need to successfully find, match and build various designs while using these shapes.  We always utilize any Speech Device that a student may have to allow a child to communicate what they are working on.  

    On Thursday afternoon, our Grade 6 buddies come to our classroom from 12:30-1:00pm.  We enjoy having our buddies while working on building relationships, practicing being a good friend and enjoying a variety of activities.  This week, our buddies helped us to complete a Bat craft that we made for Halloween. We also had fun playing a matching game on the Smart Board. Our Grade 6 students can be such excellent role models for us!

    Important Dates:

    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 Conferences 

    Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

    Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

    November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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    October 15-19, 2018

    Our morning circle time includes many functional math skills that students will apply throughout their lives.  One these areas include the daily calendar which we find on:

    https://www.starfall.com

    All students improve their understanding of the functionality and purpose that  a calendar has in our everyday lives. Ask your child to sing the days of the week song as this is a helpful rhyme that supports our learning of what day of the week it is, what yesterday was and what tomorrow will be.  The calendar also allows us to count orally by 1's to 30 or 31, (depending on the month) and to practice making predictions as we see "what comes next" in a number sequence.  

    In addition to the calendar, we also increase our number sense by counting how many days we have been in school.  We make 100 days of school as our goal and when we reach this day, we will have a big celebration.  As a class, we take a closer look at the numbers that we put up each and every day.  We then use straws to represent place value concepts to give further the meaning of our numbers up to 100.  

    We continued to practice our math skills this week in art where we made a scary witch who had different coloured paper links for her hair.  The links helped us to create patterns and we described these patterns to each other.  These fabulous witches are presented on our hallway bullentin board for everyone to enjoy.

    Finally, we practiced representing quantities up to 20 by counting scary plastic spiders and printing the number representation beside them.  This project helped us to strengthen our fine motor and math skills.  You can find this work in our school display cases in the front hallway.

    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 Conferences

    Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

    Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

    Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

    November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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    October 9-12, 2018

    One of our daily routines after lunch is practicing positive health care habits.  Every students has their very own comb in a bag, face and hand cloth as well as toothbrush.  We demonstrate proper hygiene by combing our hair, brushing our teeth, as well as washing our faces.  Some students require hand-over-hand support, while others are very independent with these tasks. This important time helps to develop a life skill that is crucial to keeping our bodies clean and healthy.



    On Wednesday, our school health nurse, Laura, came to our class to give a presentation all about the four food group on Canada's food guide.  Laura brought a variety of food items with her and students were encouraged to place these items into the correct food group.  Laura also reinforced the idea of healthy eating with our students and how it helps us to grow strong.


    Our Occupational Therapist, Nicole, came to our classroom on Wednesday afternoon.  Nicole continues to work on building and strengthening our fine motor skills which help us to print.  Some ways that we can continue this work at home is through using play-doh, colouring, cutting and even ripping up paper!  Having strong fine motor skills is an important part of having good printing ability.

    Finally, since the Terry Fox run in September, our class has been learning all about what it means to have courage.  A book that the entire school has enjoyed reading in their classes is called "What Do You Do With A Chance?" by Kobi Yamada.  This book beautifully demonstrates courage and how our life shrinks or expands with or without it.  We discussed what kinds of chances that we take as children. Some of the ideas that  we came up with included, play with a new friend or trying to practice a new math skill.  We will continue to develop our courage and our ability to take chances throughout the school year. 


    Important Dates:

    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

    Upcoming:

    November 6 – Photo Retake day

    November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

    November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

    November 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8pm

    November 23 – Parent Teacher Confereneces 8-1pm

    November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School


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    October 1-5, 2018

    All students in SKILL 1 have been working on common sight words.  One of the ways that we make learning sight words fun and engaging is through rhymes and poems.  This week we enjoyed singing the Thanksgiving song found below.  Some of the words in this song are from the Dolch list.  Having children see these words in common text makes them both meaningful and useful in their world.  In addition, the food items mentioned fit nicely into our understanding of fruits and vegetables.  

    On Thursday afternoon we made pumpkin tarts as a class.  Students practiced their life skills by using a can opener (hand-over-hand), mixing, pouring and best of all...eating!   Some children liked the whipped cream on the top of their tart the best.  We also practiced our math by counting out how many teaspoons of cinnamon and tablespoons of brown sugar that we needed. There is math in everything!

    A gentle reminder that Tuesday is Picture Day.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  

    Important Dates:

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

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

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


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    September 24-28, 2018

    Our health unit on nutrition began this week with our class learning about, "making responsible and informed choices to maintain their health".  Our focus on fruits and vegetables from the Canada food guide provided us the opportunity to recognize that nutritious foods are needed for growth.  After a week of engaging centres with a fruit and vegetable theme, we had an actual tasting of some the foods we have been learning about.  All students were encouraged to try a fruit or vegetable and everyone did a great job.  



    We also learned a fun poem that you can practice at home:

    ANNA BANANA 

    Anna Banana jump into the stew

    ___________ and ___________ are good for you (insert 2 different fruits or vegetables)

    Good for your ____________ and your ___________ too  (insert 2 different body parts)

    So, Anna Banana jump into the stew!

    We also enjoyed learning about Terry Fox this week. As a class, we focused on such important characteristics as hope, courage and never giving up.  In gym, we practiced running and building our strength and endurance.  This morning, we used our school field to participate in the Terry Fox Run.  It was a great event and our entire school ran 1,527 laps which equals 509 km's!  We spoke about how big of a number 1,527 is and we all felt proud of this accomplishment.

    Have a great weekend!


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    September 17-20, 2018

    Our math academic groups for this term are focusing on recognizing and applying whole numbers in a variety of settings.  Some groups are counting the number of objects 0-20, while others are learning to build and order sets of numbers 0-50.  Our math groups always involve manipulatives, relevant games and even the use of technology to further understand and explore mathematical concepts.  The group below is using a huge white board that sticks to the table like a post-it note.  This simple tool provided an amazing opportunity for some children to practice printing their numbers. 

    Our Speech Language Pathologist, Jenna and Occupational Therapist, Nicole also visited our classroom this week.  Jenna will be here Tuesday afternoons and Nicole will see us Wednesday afternoons.  We look forward to strengthening our communication and life skills with their support.

    We have wonderful things to tell you about your child at Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday and Friday.  

    See you then!

    Important Dates:

    Early dismissal 12:15 pm

    Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

    No School for Students

    • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

    • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

    Photo Day - October 9

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    Welcome to the first Blog of the 2018/2019 School Year!

    We have had a very successful first two weeks of school and our new SKILL students have settled in nicely.  We all enjoyed the pancake breakfast last Friday, September 14th.  It was a beautiful morning and a great chance for us to gather as a school community.

    Our first science unit of the school year will have an emphasis on seasonal changes as well as the needs of animals and plants.  We are utilizing our community walks to support our learning of these concepts.  Last week on our walk, we looked at leaves on the trees and noted the various colours that they are turning.  In addition, we visited the garden at South Wood Library and saw so many different vegetables and flowers growing.  We were lucky enough to be offered to try a tomato from the garden. Most children enjoyed tasting it.  Some of the pictures that you will see below are also posted on our classroom bullentin board. All students have enjoyed looking at them throughout the school day.  

    We look forward to seeing everyone at parent/teacher conferences next Thursday and Friday.  Thank you for completing your child's questionnaire and have a great weekend!

    Dates:

    Early dismissal 12:15 pm

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

  • Sept. 21st Interviews from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

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

    No School for Students

    • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

    • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

    Photo Day - October 9

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