Week 35 – (June 17-21)

Happy Last full week of school!! A special thanks for the wonderful Teacher appreciation lunch provided by the parents today.

In literacy, this week we finished writing our Non-Fiction book about Bees.  We worked on writing the good copy of our paragraphs, a table of contents, a glossary, an index and finally our bibliography.  The books look amazing and the students in room 15 are very proud of them.  Today is National Indigenous People Day!  We learned about the contributions First Nation, Inuit and Metis people have made to our country.  We read a book called 'Buffalo Jump' and the students partnered up to read a selection of aboriginal legends.


In math, this week we continued our work with measurement.  We learned about the distance around and choosing the correct unit of measure.  We also learned about mass and weight. We compared the mass of different objects around our classroom and put them in order from lightest to heaviest.  Finally, on Friday we measured our favorite stuffy.



In Art, this week the we were so fortunate to get the opportunity to discover wet felting.  Thanks again to all the parents who were able to help volunteer!  The students learned lots about where sheep’s wool comes from and how to create art with it.  We used lots and lots of water, rolling and rubbing to ‘agitate’ the wool and felt out lighthouses into beautiful pieces of art.


Looking ahead…

  • We will be cleaning up our room and bringing home our various art projects
  • We will be finishing off our measurement unit in math

Please bring back any library books and home reading books still at home.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration & Alternate Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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

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Week 34 (June 10-14)

A quick look at what we have been doing this week….  The work never stops in Room 15!  This week we worked on our Father’s Day gifts for our dads.  



The students also went on a very exciting field trip to the zoo.  Read below to find out what else we did this week!


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In writing, we have continued to work on researching and writing about bees.  The students have been focusing on using correct paragraph structure-- topic sentences, details, concluding sentence-- as they wrote.



In Science, the students learned about some of the challenges bee populations are facing and how we can work to save bees. They wrote about this and their paragraphs are up in the hall to read.

Some things they learned... (in their own words!)

“We can help bees by not using pesticides.”

“ We can help bees by planting more flowers and not killing bees.” 

“ Also, by leaving dandelions for the bees in the spring when there aren’t other flowers.”

“We learned that bees are important because they pollinate plants and flowers that we use for food. For example, bees pollinate cotton plants and we use cotton to make clothes. Without the bees help we couldn’t make clothes from cotton because there would be no cotton plants.”

“Bees are losing some habitat to human development.”

“We need to plant a larger variety of flowers for bees to pollinate.”



In art, students worked on creating a beehive as a class.  They created a hexagon on yellow paper and then used beans and pasta to make a design inside of it.  Hexagons are the shape of the compartments inside a hive.  Altogether, it looks a bit like the inside of a beehive.


At the zoo, students worked in groups to answer questions about the Canadian Wilds exhibit. They also learned that the zoo is building a bee enclosure that will open in 2020 and went to many other exhibits.











On Friday, the students spent some time reflecting on their trip and wrote about some highlights in their visual journals.



In math, we began looking at measurement.  We brainstormed what measurement is and examples of things that we can measure.  The students read a book called “How Big is a Foot?”.  They learned that when we measure we need to use the same unit or our answers will be different.  Students have begun to look more in depth at length.  They are practicing how to measure and compare objects (using non-standard units of measurement such as paperclips or snap cubes) accurately.



In gym, we learned about lacrosse from one of the Calgary Roughnecks team members. They learned how to properly hold the stick, scoop balls, toss and catch and shoot on goal.  The students had a fantastic time learning about one of Canada's national sports!



We want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day!  Rest, Relax and Enjoy!  You've earned it!



Next week...

  • Students will continue to look at different types of measurement-- height, width etc.
  • Students will finish the good copies of their bee research
  • Students will work on P.E.I. brochures in Social Studies


Notes & Reminders:

  • All LIBRARY BOOKS are due by a.s.a.p. (These were to be returned this past Monday)
  • All Home Reading books due a.s.a.p. We will not be sending home any more books this year.
  • Father’s Day gifts came home today : ) 
  • Me to We - Cup Stacking Competition (Monday). Students and teachers will be competing to see who is better at cup stacking. There will be tickets for sale at the door ($1/ticket or $2 for 3 tickets).  The money raised will go to providing clean water for people living in rural China.  Students who buy tickets will have their name put in a draw for free movie tickets to the Canyon Meadows theatre.


Sports Day At EMJ

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


Pokemon Club

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

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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

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

Grades 4, 5 and 6

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

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

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

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


Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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



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Week 33 – (June 3-7)

We were busy as Bee’s week in Grade 2….  14 days left until the end of the year and so much to do yet!!!!

In literacy, this week we completed our ‘Friendly letter’ to our pen pals in Edmonton.  We also learned how to take our ‘jot notes’ from our Bee research and write them into an informational paragraph about bees.  Making sure we have used all of our jot notes and included a topic and concluding sentence.


In math, this week we completed our unit on 2-D and 3- shapes and completed our assessment demonstrating what we learned.  We also began to build our Geometric city out of the 3-D shapes that we constructed from nets.  As well since it is the beginning of June we created our June calendar page and completed different problem-solving questions based on the calendar.


In Science, we concluded our Bee Research on the computers.  We also talked and wrote about 2 important questions regarding Bee’s.  We talked about ‘’Bees are important because’’ and “We can help the bee by?’’  The grade 2’s did a great job talking and writing about all the different ways we can save bees.  Ask they at home, they know many different ways to Save the Bees?

In Art, this week the students drew the most amazing realistic bees.  They added all 3 body parts with details and even learned how to use pencil crayons to add texture to their bees.  We will be adding these bees to the honey combs we painted to add to our documentation panel outside of our classroom.


In Gym, this week we continued working on our soccer skills outside and inside the gym.  We learned how to ‘battle’ for the ball and work as a team to get the ball past the goalie and into the nets. 


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue taking on our research notes and writing them into paragraphs.
  2. We will continue with some Bee art projects.
  3. We will begin our last unit measurement in math.

Thank for bringing in soup cans for our special art project. We are still looking for a couple more for Monday.

Also, our field trip to the Calgary Zoo is this Thursday, June 13th. Please return your signed permission forms as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


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Week 32 - (May 27 - 31st)

We have been as busy as worker bees this week as we approach the month of June!!!! It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. Here’s a peak at what we’ve been learning….


In Language Arts, the students were very excited to receive letters back from our penpals! We have begun writing back and hoped to finish by this Friday, but alas we did not. We will continue on Monday and hopefully be ready to mail them by Tuesday.

We also worked on writing using a story prompt. The students were given a picture of a girl walking in the woods. Behind a tree is a fluffy, monster watching her. They were to use the picture to come up with a character, setting and problem for their story.  Then they had to think of three ways to solve their problem before providing the solution. The students worked on this independently at their desks. 


In Science, we continued researching about bees. They continue to learn how to use the table of contents and index to find information. Here are some interesting facts they have learned so far. Did you know…

  • Honeybees can only sting once
  • Bumblebees can sting many times
  • Worker bees are only girls
  • Boy bees die in winter because they don’t get any food
  • Boy bees are called drones
  • Only female bees have stingers
  • The stingers on boy bees are inside them


In Math, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  The students are learning to identify the different types of shapes by name and also how to describe shapes using their sides/faces, vertices/corners and edges.  The students used geoboards to build different 2D shapes and paper nets to build 3D shapes.  The nets are cut out and folded and then taped together to form different 3D shapes. The students were given 4 or so nets to fold and make into “buildings” which we will then make into a Geocity!







In Social, we continued to learn about P.E.I. The students watched a powerpoint about P.E.I.’s natural resources. They learned what natural resources are-- anything in nature that can be used by people to meet their needs. Then we looked at the most important natural resources in P.E.I.-- namely seafood and potatoes! They added this information to their brochure being sure to use proper format when writing their paragraphs.




In Gym, we began a new unit on soccer skills.  The students have worked on passing and dribbling so far. They are learning to use the inside of their foot when passing and how to control the ball when dribbling so it doesn’t roll away.



Looking ahead…

  • We will finish our unit on 2D and 3D shapes
  • We will complete our penpal letters
  • We will continue our brochure about P.E.I.


IMPORTANT!!

A note went home today requesting soup cans for a class project. If you could send them back by Monday or Tuesday at the latest that would be great.  Thank you!


REMINDER!!!

Our class celebration for filling our bucket is on Monday. If your child has a game that he/she would like to bring to school please bring it then. Students may also bring a snack to share. No nuts or peanuts please!


UPCOMING EVENTS!!!

The Volunteer Tea is on Thursday, June 6 from 10:15-11:00am. If you volunteered this year, but did not receive an invitation, please let us know a.s.a.p.


RIDE YOUR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!!  (http://calgarybiketoschool.weebly.com/)

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyones bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!

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Please see below for a message from our Admin. about Pokemon cards at school:

Pokemon Cards

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

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

Important Dates:

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

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

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Week 31 – (May 21-24th)

A sneak peek at the BUZZ! happening this week in Grade 2….

We began to learn about our final Canadian community, the Maritimes in Social Studies. We watched a video about PEI and read a story about a Lighthouse. We also used our knowledge of paragraph writing to write about what we have learned about PEI.  We have begun creating a tourist pamphlet with important facts about PEI.


In math, this week we began our work with 3-D shapes.  We learned how to identify, describe and construct 3-D shapes.  We found objects around our classroom that were different 3-D shapes and wrote about them in our math journals.  Then on Friday we build 3-D shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows.


In Science, we began our Bee Research.  We worked on uploading a google doc file onto our computers and navigated our new website created just for our grade 2’s about Bees.  The students watched videos, and read websites to learn new things about Bees and to answer their questions they had about them.  For Example: Why are they black and Yellow and why do they die after they sting someone?  We also learned from an expert, a Bee keeper guest speaker.


In Gym, this week we worked in stations practicing our skipping moves for our Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday.  We jumped on our own or with a partner, in a group with a big long rope or with our jump bands.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue our research on Bees.
  2. We will continue our pamphlet about PEI
  3. We will begin our unit on 2D and 3D shapes next week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes




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Week 30 (May 6-10)

Another peek at our fantastic learning this past week!  This week we finally started to see the weather warming hopefully for good!  In Science, this coincided with a new unit on Small Crawling and Flying Insects.  The students learned many intersesting facts about insects, such as....

          -"Insects have six legs and three body parts." - K. M.

          - "Insects have a head, body and thorax." - C. D.

          - "Only the female mosquitos bite." - D. H.

          - "Insects have an exoskeleton." - F. B.

          - "Bees help plants." - J. P.


The students also had an opportunity to create some insects for our bulletin board in the style of Eric Carle art.  First they painted some large sheets of paper with bold colours and then added some texture by using the end of the paint brush to create designs in the paint.  

Next, they selected an insect to create using a variety of different coloured paint sheets.  This created a sort of collage effect.  


After that, the students labelled their insect.  They also worked on a labelled drawing of an insect in their visual journals.

In math, the students have been working on solving mistakes in patterns and also on solving word problems involving growing patterns.  For example, If Mrs. Stringer reads 2 books on the first day of the week, 5 books on the second day of the week and 8 books on the third day, how many books will she read on the 6th day?  The students learned how to use a t-chart to help them organized the important information in the problem, determine how much the pattern is growing by and then solve it.  

In L.A., the students learned about another poetry technique called onomatopoeia.  Onomatopoeia are words that sound like the sounds they make.  For example:   BANG!   THUMP!   CRASH!  The students first watched a video explaining what it is.  After that they got to create their own speech bubble and write a word in it that uses onomatopoeia.  They also continued to work on their Haiku and Colour poems.


In gym, we have continued using the skipping ropes.  This week we focused on using the long ropes with two people turning and one jumping in the middle.  The students learned to cooperate and develop their coordination so that they were turning the rope at the same time and speed.  



The students have also prepared a special gift for their mom's this week in honour of Mother's Day.  They are very excited to share them with you!  We want to thank all of our moms for their hard work and wish them a very Happy Mother's Day.  Enjoy your weeked!

Looking ahead....

             Students will:

  • begin researching a bug/insect in Science
  • learn about sorting in math
  • begin learning about the Maritimes in Social Studies

Events & Dates to Note:

Jump Rope for Heart

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


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


Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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Week 29 (Apr. 30 – May 3)

A quick look at what we have been doing this week….

This week was a busy and exhausting one!  The students in the choir and all the classes that performed in this week’s Spring Concert did a fantastic job!  It was a lot of extra practices and changing of schedules to accommodate Miss Dafoe and the students working so hard to get ready.  Excitement was high and at times our focus was a little off, but all-in-all the kids worked hard and got lots done.

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In writing, we have been learning about poetry and the different kinds of techniques that poets use.  We have talked about rhyme and repetition and using comparisons in our poems.  The students have learned 4 different types of poems: cinquain, diamonte, haiku and colour poems.  The haiku poem was especially tricky because for each line of the poem they can only use 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables in the last line. 



In reading, we are learning about Fiction vs. Non-Fiction texts.  The students can define what a fiction book is and what a non-fiction book is. The students are learning to recognize the features of fiction books (i.e. setting, characters, problem, events, illustrations, make-believe etc.) and non-fiction books (i.e. table of contents, glossary, index, headings, chapters etc.). They did a fun activity where each student was given some books and they had to present their books to the class explaining if it was fiction or non-fiction and put them into the correct category.




In math, we continue our exploration of patterns.  The students are learning about growing patterns.  We read the book, “Rooster’s Off to See the World” in which a rooster goes on a journey around the world.  As he goes, he invites various animals to join him—two cats, three frogs, four turtles and five fish.  The students recognized that there was a pattern to the number of animals added each time.  


They used this information to solve a number of problem solving questions and created their own growing patterns using pictures or pattern blocks.  They have also been leaning how to predict the next or a later term in a pattern and looking for number patterns in math.  For example,  "A number pattern is 3, 6, 9 etc.  Can you predict what the 10th term will be?"





In art, we worked on creating some West Coast native art using mosaics after reading the book “The Raven:  A Trickster Story".  Students developed an appreciation for a different style of art and understanding of the technique of creating a mosaic.  They also incorporated their knowledge of patterns into their artwork to create visually interesting compositions.



At the end of the day today, students had a special assembly for Jump Rope 4 Heart.  They watched some cool videos of people doing amazing stunts with skipping ropes and learned how jump rope can help to strengthen their heart and lungs. They also learned about the signs of a stroke using the acronym F.A.S.T.  Ask your child what the letters stand for!  Finally, they are bringing home an envelope and information explaining how to fundraise to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and win cool prize while they are at it!  We hope everyone will take part in this worthwhile endeavour!



Looking ahead....

             Students will:

  • begin learning about small crawling and flying animals in Science
  • create some cool Eric Carle style art of an insect of their choosing
  • continue to develop knowledge of patterns looking for mistakes in patterns and making corrections


Events & Dates to Note:

Jump Rope for Heart

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


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


Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Week 28 – (April 23-26)

A sneak peek at the learning happing this week in Grade 2….

In literacy, this week we began exploring poetry.  We read some funny poems, some sad poems and some serious poems.  We also wrote our first poem, called a Diamonte poem and added it to our visual journals.  A Diamonte poem focuses on opposites, like light and dark.  It also uses parts of speech such as nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Our theme for our poems was about nature to connect with Earth Day that was on Monday, April 21st.  We also began our focus on non-fiction texts. We determined the difference between fiction and non-fiction, we began to ‘zoom in’ on their features in preparation for writing our own non-fiction.


During our reading time, this week we focused on explaining and sharing what we read.  After the students read independently they shared two facts that they learned from reading.


In math, this week we learned several new key understandings about patterns.  First, we learned that the same pattern can be described in many different ways.  For example, numbers, shapes, and colors.  We also learned how to predict terms or elements in patterns.  We worked with partners creating and predicting patterns as well as working on story problems finding the 18th term in a bracelet pattern.



From the kids, “In Science I learned that I can make my own boat using our own hands and I made a propeller to move my boat.  Some of our boats went slow, some went fast and some went backwards.

This is a cool YouTube about making your own toy boats.

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




From the kids, “Today in computers we learned how to share a file with Mrs. Stringer on Google docs.”   “It was so cool to see my file pop up on the Smartboard.”

Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue to write new poetry, maybe a Haiku poem.
  2. We will introduce our new unit in Science – Flying and Crawling insects!
  3. We will begin our work with growing patterns.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

Book Fair

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

Important 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 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

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Week 27 – (April 15-18)

A sneak peek at the ‘buoyant’ learning happing this week in Grade 2….

We started our week with a visit from a Canadian author, Micheal Kusugak.  He is a story writer who has written many books based on his life growing up in the Arctic, such as ‘A promise is a promise’ and ‘Northern Lights’.  He showed us many Inuit toys and talked about what life was like growing up in Nunavat.  This was a wonderful conclusion to our Social Studies unit on the Inuit people in Canada and how their way of life is tightly tied to the land.

In math this week, we continued our work with repeating patterns.  We worked on more ‘I can statements’ such as I can describe patterns, I can find the pattern rule and I can find patterns in real life by going on a pattern hunt around the school and outside.  We also completed a little Easter Egg hunt to find hidden word problems around our classroom.


In Science, we continued our new unit, Boats and Buoyancy.  We learned about displacement this week.  On Wednesday, we discussed what makes boats float, such as displacement, hollow hulls and the different shapes on boats.  We used plasticine to experiment with different shapes of boats to discover which ones floated the best.  On Thursday, we worked on a challenge, students needed to make a cork sink and a nail float.  They were given various materials and worked in a group to create a device to help the cork and nail sink or float.

During writing this week students were introduced to the concept of paragraph writing.  We talked about a paragraph being like a hamburger, it has the introduction paragraph (the bun), the details on the inside (the meat and toppings) and then the main idea stated again (the bottom bun).  Students practiced their paragraph writing by writing about their experience swimming at the Canyon Meadow’s pool last week.


For gym class, we have been working on balls and scoops.  As well, we have been taking advantage of the warm weather and spending lots of time outside.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin work on poetry in literacy.
  2. We will be designing a floatation device in Science.
  3. We will finish our work on repeating patterns and begin using our knowledge of patterns to solve word problems.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

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Hello, Parents!  We missed putting the link to the Reader's Theatre video the students did for the book "The Polar Bear Son".  It is below.  Please let us know if for some reason the link does not work.  Enjoy!


The Polar Bear Son:    https://drive.google.com/file/...


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Week 26  (Apr. 8-12)

Another wonderful (but wet!) week of learning in Room 15!

This week we finished our unit on two-digit addition and subtraction.  The students completed a short assessment on this concept Tuesday and worked on corrections on Friday.  We will continue to review this concept from time to time until the end of the year.  We also began a new unit in math on Patterning.  We read the book the ‘Pattern Fish’ and ‘Pattern bugs’ by Trudy Harris.  These books are beautifully illustrated and wonderfully introduce the topic of patterns to students.  Then the students worked on a pattern fish drawing of their own.  Next week will finish colouring and painting our drawings.  

Students also reviewed various concepts related to patterns such as finding the core of a pattern and naming patterns using letters. The students also worked on developing “I can…” statements in relation to their work and learning.  For example, they wrote statements such as, “I can find the core of a pattern” and “I can label a pattern using ABAB or ABCABC.” etc.  This helps students to clearly identify what they are learning and how they know if they have met the learning goals for the lesson. 




The students also worked on developing their drawing skills in art.  They worked on creating a still life picture of tulips in a vase.  Next, they coloured them using oil pastel and then we mounted them onto black paper to display in the hall.  This involved careful observation of the plant to create a life-like sketch.

The students had a wonderful time swimming and saw their skills really improve over the week.  They were responsible and respectful at the pool and a great representation for EMJ

                       

On Friday, the students also had an opportunity to work on typing and Mathletics on the computers.  They are becoming more skilled at logging into the computer and using Google search to find the correct website.

                                    


Last, but not least, we have begun reading the novel, “Charlotte’s Web” to the class.  As we read, we stop to talk about new vocabulary words, infer information about the characters and the story, make predictions, ask questions and share connections.   As this is a novel—and not a picture book—students have a greater opportunity to develop their ability to visualize the text as we read—another important reading skill.  


                                                 

Looking ahead…

  1. We will look at poetry in writing
  2. We will continue with patterning in math looking at patterns rules
  3. We will have a special guest speaker on Tuesday-- Inuit Author and Storyteller Michael Kusugak!!!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5


Week 25 – (April 1-5)

A sneak peek at the ‘Springy’ learning happing this week in Grade 2….

We started our week with a little April Fools fun!!  The students in grade 2 got Brown E’s from Mrs. Vanderwel.  There was lots of confusion and wide eyes before she handed out the real ‘brownies’ at recess time.

During our gym classes this week we began learning about racket sports.  We learned about different ways to hit a bean bag up into the air.  Then we moved on to birdies and discussed the difference between hitting a bean bag compared to hitting a birdie.  We also worked with partners.  We finished a week off with a dance party in the gym, to celebrate Mrs. Farrell’s student Ed assistant’s last day.


In math this week, we continued our work with solving story problems using double digit addition and subtraction. We created a 4-point rubric to assess our work on how we should answer each story problem. We decided that to get a 4 out of 4 we needed to show our math work and thinking, then write a complete sentence using words from the question.

In Science, we began our new unit.  Boats and Buoyancy.  We learned about sinking and floating.  We tested different objects in water to see if they floated or sank. After our experiment we discussed our findings and the grade 2’s began second guessing their results, because if most of our objects that were made or metal sank, then why are boats that are made of metal float? We will continue to explore this question to discover what makes boats float.


Spring is in the air and we finished our Friday morning with some quiet sketching of tulips. We then took our oil pastels and colored in our sketches.  These drawings will brighten up our room and our visual journals.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin our work on patterning in math
  2. We will continue our work with inferring as our reading power
  3. We will begin our swimming lessons at the pool – don’t’ forget your suit!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5



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Week 24 (Mar. 11-15)

Another sneak peak at our learning this week!

In math, the students have been learning about subtracting 2-digit numbers both with a without regrouping.  The students practiced with manipulatives and place value charts first using concrete materials to build the numbers and then subtract by taking blocks away. They were able to see visually what happens when we “carry” (or regroup) ones and tens blocks. Then they progressed to writing this in a subtraction problem so that they understood how to notate the carrying/borrowing in their work. They also played a number of subtractions games to further apply their learning! 

           

In social studies, we had the pleasure of having one of student’s parent come in and help us to record the Claymation video of the Reader’s Theatre story we have been practicing.  The students got a behind-the-scenes look at the process involved in filming a stop-motion video.  They are very excited to see the final product when it all comes together and to show their parents at Parent-Teacher conferences next week.

We also learned about the clothing of the Inuit people—how it was made, what materials were used and other interesting facts. For example, did you know that the Inuit were the first to create a type of sunglasses?  They are called “snowgoggles” and they’re unique design allowed only a small amount of light in to protect against snowblindness.  Ask your child to draw them for you.



In science, the students have been learning about insulation and were tasked with creating an insulator that would keep an ice cube from melting.  They built their devices and drew observations showing the before and after.  If they were not successful the first time, they were given an opportunity to adjust their design and re-test it.  After the first trial session, most students decided that they needed a better or different material to help insulate the ice cube better.  They had been learning that snow is a good insulator so they tested their design again, this time including snow in the materials and made their observations.  Ask your child what happened and if they snow kept the ice from melting.


     

In writing, we are almost finished another story.  The students continue to work on adding details about the setting and using descriptive vocabulary. We have been brainstorming other words for happy, sad, big, small, said, went, etc. that students can use in their writing. 



This week in gym has been a continuation of the work and learning we started during the SoundKreations residency with dance.  The students learned a number of different dances, such as, the Chicken Dance, Cotton-eye Joe (line dance) and others.  They built on their coordination skills and keeping time.  This culminated in a little Green Day Dance Party Celebration!


Looking Ahead…

  • In social studies, we will be learning about Food Security in Nunavut
  • In math we will continue to learn about subtraction w/ regrouping and problem solving with 2-digit numbers
  • In writing, we will publish our stories to share at conferences


Important Reminders: Please note that next Thursday is a ½ day for students and Friday there is No School.  Parent-Teacher Conferences begin Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm and all day Friday (8-1pm).  You will be able to book conferences starting Saturday morning.  Also, Swimming Forms are due by next Thursday, March 21st. 


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival



Week 23 – (March 4 -8)

A sneak peek at the fantastic learning happening this week in Grade 2….

On Tuesday, this week we got to record our voices for our readers theatre and animation project.  We got to use a special recording device and we can’t wait to hear what our voices sound like.

During our gym classes this week we welcomed the dance group, Sound Kreations.  We learned to listen carefully to the music and move out body to the music.  We created a dance about robots ‘activating and being shocked by electricity’.  We also played many games like ‘dance telephone’ and ‘hip hop dance’. Thanks to all those parents who were able to come and see our final performance this Friday!


In math this week, we continued to explore adding 2 digit by 2 digit numbers by using an algorithm strategy. We also continued our work solving and explaining our math understanding through problem solving.  Four students shared their work and explained how they solved the story problem. Then we discussed as a class that even though there were many different ways to solve the problem, each student was able to get the same answer.


In Science, we began our challenge.  Can you build an insulation device that can keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?  We sketched our blueprints and made a materials list with our partner.  Then we created a rubric together for good partner and group work.  As the students worked with their partners to build their device we also kept in mind what it looks like to work with a partner. 


To conclude our research of Snowy Owls, on Friday we had the opportunity to dissect owl pellets.  It was a great opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and become ‘real’ scientists and discover what animals the owl ate by looking at their bones. The students we all engaged pulling apart the owl pellets and removing the hair from the bones. Then we used magnifying glasses to match the bone with the different prey of the owl.




Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin our work on strategies for subtracting large numbers
  2. We will do our animation for our readers theatre project
  3. We will test our insulation devices in Science

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Week 22 – (Feb 25-28)

A sneak peak at our learning this week….

On Wednesday, this week we celebrated a very important day, Pink Shirt Day.  We discussed the importance of Anti-bullying and read a book called ‘Enemy Pie’ to further our discussion about acceptance and kindness.  We also created our own pink shirts with Anti Bullying slogans on them.


In literacy, this week we began our work with Non-Fiction or factual text. To connect with our work on Inuit culture and our work in Science around hot and cold be began research on the Snowy Owl.  We are learning how to use text features to gain information about the Snowy Owl and how to organize that information into ‘jot notes’ in our visual journals.  We also learned about contractions and how some words are  CONTRACTED together to create smaller words.  These words are created using an apostrophe.  We watched a great video called the 'invasion of the apostrophes' and played some contraction Bingo.



To continue our work with our readers theatres project, the students created their characters from the Legend with clay.  These 3-D characters will then be used in our animation of the Inuit Legend.  We also learned about toys that the Inuit made to practice their skills for hunting and fishing.  This week we made Iyaga’s out of toilet paper roles and pencils.  The students then tried to swing the pencils into the toilet paper roles.  It was much more difficult than it looks!!




In Science, we continued looking at the concept of Insulation.  These week we explored how animals have adapted to either environments that are too hot or too cold.  Animals use fur, feathers and blubber to keep warm in Arctic environments.  We got to see first-hand how Blubber can keep sea creatures such as Walrus, Polar bears and seals warm in freezing water by using a blubber hand.  Students put one of their bare hands in icy cold water and other into the water that was covered by the blubber.  We discovered that “blubber really keeps our hands warm”.  The students were also introduced to our Science Challenge: Can you build a device to keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue our work with regrouping for addition
  2. We will participate in the Sound Kreations unit for gym
  3. We will begin an inquiry project in science.  Can you build a device to keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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We have had another wonderful week of learning in Room 15! 

In Social Studies, we learned about how the Inuit met their need for shelter.  We learned some facts about igloos and watched a video of a young Inuit boy learning to build an igloo with his father.  Then we went outside and tried to build some igloos ourselves.  The students worked in groups to plan and build their igloos together.  While they ran out of time to finish, they had an excellent start and demonstrated real skill and cooperation in working as a team!  The students developed an appreciation for how difficult it is to build a house out of snow!



In Math, we began learning how to add two-digit by two-digit numbers without regrouping.  For example, 21 + 33 or 45 +12 etc.  The students used mats and base ten blocks to build and then add the numbers together to get the answer.


In Science, we talked about insulation and how it keeps heat or cool from escaping.  We talked about materials that make good insulators such as wood, plastic, hay and ceramics.   Then we dressed up 2 students in different types of winter clothing and talked about which one would keep us warmer.  We discussed that heat leaves our body the quickest through our head and our fingers and toes.

In gym, we began working with the parachute.  The students had a chance to develop a variety of skills using the parachute and play some fun games.  Ask your child to explain the games they have learned. 

In writing, the students finished their Valentine poems and continued working on their stories.  They continue to learn to incorporate description and dialogue into their stories using juicy words to enhance their sentences.  


Looking Ahead....

- We will begin learning about two-digit x two-digit addition with regrouping

- We will begin a reasearch project about an arctic animal

- We will work on the creating animals out of plasticine in art


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 20 – (Feb 11-13)

A sneak peak at our learning this short week….

A big thank you to all the parents and students who brought treats to share with the class for our Valentines celebration today, it was a lovely afternoon!

In math, this week we celebrated our 100th day of school.  We have been keeping track of how many days of school we have had by making tally marks and in our 100’s chart.  We also came up with a list of the 100 things we have learned so far, this year.  This week we also worked on counting collections, graphing and a little bit on preparing for our unit on adding double digit numbers. 

In literacy, we continue reading with our STAMINA everyday while small groups work with the teachers to focus in on their reading skills.  It is very important that we practice reading every day to keep up on our reading skills.  We are continuing with our Writer’s Workshop and we have begun an Arctic story.  This week we also worked on our first Acrostic poem about Valentines’ Day.


In gym, this week we learned how to curl with a special guest from the “Rocks and Rings’ group and then on Wednesday we continued with our Inuit games, walrus and seal relays.  Followed by some strength games such as the back push and elbow grip. 


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin using the parachute in gym.
  2. We will continue our work on our Reader Theatre project of an Inuit Legend.
  3. We will begin an inquiry project in science about ‘Blubber’.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 19 - (Feb. 4- 8)

This week in math we worked on problem solving using subtraction and also multi-step problems.  The students worked with a partner to read and identify the important information in the problem, select the appropriate operation or operations and solve the problem.  Below are some examples of the problems that they worked on and the different ways in which they reached their solutions. 


                     


                    


In Science, the students continued to learn about hot and cold by examining the heating and cooling systems within the school.  They took a "field trip" to the boiler room and also the fan room to see how the heating and cooling systems within the school work.  We also discussed body temperature.

                                       


In Social Studies, the students learned about the Inuktitut language and tried writing their own names using the Inuktitut characters-- known as syllabics.  They also discovered that there are some words in English derived from the Inuit language and culture.  For example, igloo, parka (anarak) and kayak (qajaq).  In social, the students are completing an inquiry based on the question, "How does the land influence the way of life of the Inuit people?".  As we learn about each aspect of Inuit culture, the students reflect on how the environment has influenced the various practices of the Inuit people.  For example, we learned about Inuksuks this week and observed that the Inuit used rocks to build them-- and not some other material-- because that is what they had available to them.  The students had fun making and writing about Inuksuks and these are now on display in the main foyer of the school.  


                                   




                                   


We also had an exciting week of drumming with the One World Drumming Residency at our school.  The students learned the names of some different African drums and how to "talk" or "make a sentence" using various drumbeats and rhythms.  They gained an appreciation for music as a means of communication and developed their rhythmic skills.


                                    

                                     


             

                                      

Last by not least, we tried juggling in gym class using scarves.  The students began with one scarf and tried throwing it and catching, spinning around and catching it and catching it using different body parts.  Then they moved on to two scarves doing many of the same things and learning how to toss one scarf in the air and pass the other scarf to their throwing hand.  Finally, we tried juggling with three scarves.  This worked on developing coordination and concentration.

                                              


                                                

Looking ahead...

- Next week, we will begin our exploration of adding and subtracting using 2-digit numbers

- In Writer's Workshop we will continue to work on adding details and description to our stories

- We will also begin looking at insulation and blubber as part of our unit on Hot & Cold in Science


Important Dates:

Monday - Me to We Bake Sale (All items $1.00) and Curling in P.E.

Wednesday - Valentine's Day Party (see sheet sent home this week for class list)

Thursday & Friday - No School/Teacher's Convention


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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

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

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 18 – (Jan 28-31)

A sneak peak at our learning this week….

This week in math we continued our work with subtraction.  We reviewed how to solve word problems by; looking for clue words, underlining the number words, using pictures to show our thinking and writing a number sentence to solve the problems.  We finished our week by playing some math games, ‘Race Track’ & ‘4 in a row’ to keep practicing on our mental math skills.

In Science, we continued learning about hot and cold.  We talked about changing materials by heating and cooling them.  We watched as snow melted in a beaker, changing from a solid into a liquid and we heated up chocolate chips and watched them change from a solid to a liquid.  On Thursday, we brainstormed ways to heat or cool our homes.  Then we compared it to heating and cooling our school and ventured out for an in-school field trip to the boiler room.  Thanks to Mr. Mallet for helping us to see how our school is heated.



In Social Studies, we learned different Inuit games and even got to practice a few on our own. 

This week was our ‘Mission Impossible’ in the gym.  To finish off our gymnastics’ unit the students used their skills to move around a giant obstacle course in our gym.

Report cards came home today, please remember to return your white envelopes!

Looking ahead…

  • 1.We have a drumming residency with our performance on Friday, February 8th at 10:30.
  • We will continue our work on our Reader Theatre project of an Inuit Legend.
  • We will continue to look at heating and cooling our school.

Important Dates:

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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

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

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 17 (Jan. 21-25)

This week we began a new unit in Social Studies about the Inuit. So far the students have created and learned about the flag of Nunavut.  (Ask your child what the colours and symbols stand for). They also watched a short video talking about the geography and climate of Nunavut and did some writing about it.

Today they worked on some Ted Harrison inspired art which—when finished-- will include an inuksuk.  Students learned about the importance and symbolism of the inukshuk in Inuit culture. We are exploring how the environment of the arctic influences and effects the Inuit way of life.  

We also read a story called “The Polar Bear Son”.  This is an Inuit legend about an old woman who adopts a polar bear cub. We talked about how legends have two main purposes—to teach a lesson or to explain the nature of things.  We discussed which type of legend this book is and why.  

In Math, we continued working on subtraction strategies.  The students reviewed and practiced Making 10, Counting Back, Think Add for Sub, Use a similar problem and other strategies. Next week we will review these some more and then move on to problem solving. 

In Science, we are exploring the question, "Does heating or cooling materials change them?"  We froze coloured water in ice cube trays to change water to ice. We built Inuksuks with them outside the next day to integrate some of our social studies learning.



In writing, the students completed their penpal letters and continued with their story plan for their next story.  They continue to work on adding “juicy” words—i.e. more descriptive vocabulary—and adding detail to their stories to create a picture in the reader’s mind using the 5 senses.  We are starting to create a list of words that describe different words for colour, texture, sounds and more—to use in our writing. 





In gym, we worked on gymnastics stations in preparation for Mission Impossible.  The students learned the correct way to move on a trestle using proper safety (3-in-a-tree—i.e. 3 body parts must be touching) and on other equipment. They also learned how to use the Canadian climber which incorporates rope/ladder climbing and the uneven bars


Looking Ahead…

  • In social studies, we will start practicing a Reader’s Theatre (Inuit legend)
  • In math we will look at problem solving with subtraction and larger numbers
  • In gym we will begin Mission Impossible!!!!

Important Reminders: Our Flat Stanley letters came home today.  Please read the important note sent with it. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Week 16 – (Jan 14-18)

This week in math we continued our work with addition and subtraction strategies.  We worked with Cuisenaire rods again, learning about fact families and how they can help us to solve addition and subtraction problems.  On Wednesday, we worked on a little math assessment to show what we have learned and what we still need to focus on.  Then on Thursday and Friday we began working on making equal equations.  For example, 12 = 6 +6 and 10 + 2 = 6 + 3 +3, using our Cuisenaire rods to see what was equal and what was not.


In Science, we learned about a new tool we can use to measure hot and cold temperatures. We learned about how a thermometer works, the different parts of a thermometer and how to read the scale.  We experimented with hot and cold water, to see which would make the liquid in the thermometer go up and which one would make it go down.  We also created our own thermometer with red and white yarn.    



We continued our work with the gymnastics mats in gym class.  This week we focused on creating routines with all the skills we learned.  Then we added in using the benches beside and mats and used them to move different ways.  Balancing on the benches, traveling across and under the benches.  On Friday, we practiced climbing a trestle and using ‘3 in a tree’ to be safe while climbing.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue working on a new story about the Arctic.
  2. We will begin looking closely at the Inuit people and how they life was shaped by the land they lived on.
  3. We will continue to use thermometers to compare hot and cold temperatures.

Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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


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Week 16 (Jan. 7-11)

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break!  The kids were very excited to share the different things they did over their holiday.  Read on to see some highlights from this week!

This week we began our unit in gym on gymnastics.  In gymnastics, we focus on developing our strength, flexibility and balance.  The students also learn about safety when moving in the gym and executing the different movements.  So far, the students have learned to do a number of different animal movements such as, moving like a gorilla, an inchworm, a bear, a crab and a mule.  They also learned how to make shapes at different levels—i.e. high, medium and low and how to make bridges and balances. Finally, they learned how to build a “sentence” or a routine by starting with a balance, traveling down the mat and then ending with a bridge position.  The students begin each class with a some stretches.  

            

In Science, we began a new unit on hot and cold.  We drew a picture of things we could think of that are either hot or cold.

                         

In Language Arts, the students have been sharing the stories that they wrote before the break and learning to provide each other with some feedback.  We also completed a self-assessment of our writing looking for the different parts we needed to include.  We wrote a few sentences telling what we did well in our stories and what we would like to work on for next time.

In Social Studies, we read a book entitled, Flat Stanley, about a boy who gets flattened and then goes in the mail to visit different places.  We are writing our own Flat Stanley letter to a friend or family member who lives elsewhere in Canada.  We hope to mail these letters to them and have them write back about where they live so that we can learn a little bit about other communities in Canada.  

In math, we have been working on developing our speed and accuracy when answering basic facts questions.  The students have been monitoring their progress and adjusting the time and/or difficulty of the questions to provide further challenge as they improve.  We also used the cuisenaire rods to develop our number sense.  We built a “staircase” using the blocks by ordering them from biggest to smallest.  Then we assigned a value to each up to 10.   After that we began to look at how the blocks are related to each other.  For example one orange block (the longest block) is the same as a green and purple block put together.  We drew pictures and wrote math sentences to show the relationships between the different sized blocks—or the parts (smaller blocks) and the whole (larger block).

Looking Ahead…

  • We will continue to explore the concept of part-part-whole in math using cuisenaire rods
  • We will complete our Flat Stanley letters to send in the mail
  • We will work on writing friendly letters to our penpals

Important Reminders:  Please remember that we will be doing gymnastics throughout the month of January.  Students need to be appropriately dressed, with hair pulled back and no jewelry.  See below for further information.

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 not 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 jewelry 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.

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 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Week 15 (Dec. 10-14)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. La, de, da, da, da….  Hello Parents!  The students in Room 15 have been as busy as elves this week!  First, let us just say congratulations to all the students who performed in the Winter Concert this week!  They did a fabulous job and can be very proud of their efforts!

In Math, we continued with our work on doubles and extended our learning to use doubles+1 to solve related addition questions.  For example, if I wanted to know what 7+8 is I could use the double 7+7 to help me.  I would just think: “If 7+7=14 then 7+8 must equal 15 because it is one more than 7+7”.

We also worked on problem solving.  The students were given the following problem:

You visited the North Pole and noticed 20 legs. 

There were reindeer, elves, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Who could you have seen?

The students worked in partners to identify the important information in the problem and also the clue words that would tell them whether to add or subtract to solve the problem.  Then they drew pictures of all the different solutions they could think of to the problem. 

In Social Studies, the students finished up their work on their Pioneer Journal.  In each journal entry they had to incorporate information they learned about early Calgary and how the settlers had to adapt to the prairie environment which was very dry.  They wrote about leaving for Calgary, building a sod house, digging a well, daily life and fighting prairie grass fires.  They also had to include and explain important vocabulary such as—conservation, adapt, protect and scarce—to describe and explain life on the prairie a long time ago.  This was related to our ongoing inquiry about water and its importance in nature and to our daily lives.  

This week we also worked on a number of art projects.  We created some fun Christmas/Winter prints using foam and paint.  First, the students had to scratch a design or drawing into some foam.  Next, they had to paint over their design.  Lastly, they had to press the foam onto a piece of paper to transfer their design onto the paper.   They turned out great.  This was another great lesson in how positive and negative space can be used to create visually interesting artwork. 



Students also had a chance to decorate gingerbread cookies and decorate the classroom door for Christmas.  They are also working on a special surprise for their parents to give them at Christmas.  Shhh!  Don’t tell!  It’s a surprise!!!!! ; ) 


In gym we continued with floor hockey.  The students also participated in our 12 Days of Exercise activity.  Each day the students complete some physical activities during a movement break in class.  They started with one exercise on the first day and then add a new exercise each day.  So far they have had to run on the spot for 1 minute, do 2 chair pushups, 3 flosses, 4 walking lunges, 5 airplane balances and 6 push-ups. 


Looking Ahead…

  • The students will continue with story writing working through the writing process
  • The students will engage in some math stations focused on adding, doubles +1, geometry and number recognition
  • The students will continue with problem solving

Important reminders! 

Gingerbread project- Please continuing helping us great ready of our Gingerbread house math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs.  

Donations for the food bank- we will be collecting donations for the Calgary food either food items or cash donations beginning Monday.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional


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Week 14 – (Dec 3-5)

Check out what we have been doing in Room 15!

This week in math we began our work with addition strategies.  We watched a video about ‘Doubles, Doubles I can add doubles.’  Then we worked on a booklet representing what adding doubles are that we took home to practice.  We practiced those doubling skills by playing a ‘hopping doubles’ game. The Grade 2’s rolled a dice, doubled it and covered that number on the board. 

In Science, we are finishing up our study of Magnets with a final project.  The students were challenged to create a race track that uses magnets to race their characters around their mat.  We began drawing and coloring our race track with a winter theme, either a candy land, gingerbread houses or the North pole. 

We began another new unit in our gym class.  This week we began learning the basic skills needed to play floor hockey.  We began with how to hold a stick properly, stick handling, shooting the puck and then passing with a partner.  We also brainstormed things we can do to stay healthy such as exercise, eating healthy food, drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep.

Looking ahead…

  1. We will finish designing our magnet Gingerbread Race!!
  2. We will be using our problem-solving skills in math and continue our work with addition strategies using doubles plus one.
  3. We will be publishing our first story in our Writer’s Workshop.

Important things coming up!

Gingerbread project- Please continuing helping us great ready of our Gingerbread house math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs

Book fair – next week the we will be visiting the book fair on Tuesday during our library time.  The fair will be open during the week to purchase books as well as Thursday night during Our Winter concert

Donations for the food bank- we will be collecting donations for the Calgary food either food items or cash donations beginning Monday.

Winter Concert- our Grade two’s will be participating in our Winter concert on Thursday, December 13th.  We will be performing in 2 performances, 9:00am and 6:30pm.  Please return to the school at 6:00pm on Thursday night and drop your child off in our classroom for the concert.

Important Dates:

December 10 to 13 - Book Fair (students can purchase books during the day)

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non-Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch

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Week 13 – (Nov 26-30)

From the kids:

“ In Science we learned about magnets and we were wondering if they stick to gold?

“We learned that magnets have a force field around them and that all magnets have north and south poles.”  We also experimented with hanging magnets and wand magnets to make a magnet ‘dance on a string’.

In Science this week we discovered that not all magnets have the same strength.  During our experiment we learned that wand magnets were the strongest because they can pick up over 30 paperclips.  We also discovered that like poles repel each other and that opposite poles attract.  These skills and knowledge should help us in creating and designing our Gingerbread man race next week!

“We learned about alphabetical order so we can use our dictionaries as we are writing.”

“Today in gym was our first try with dodge ball.”

“We used computers and learned about Mathletics, and we will try it at home this weekend.”

We used the computers again this Friday and learned how to assess Mathletics.  Each student brought home their username and password to assess this wonderful resource at home.  Give it a try!!

This week we began our Writers Workshop.  The kids were so very excited about publishing their own story to share with the class.  We will continue working through the process of writing from picking our topic to writing a story plan and individual conferences with an adult to write their very own stories.  We learned how to add details to our beginnings by adding in what is feels like, what we hear and what we see into the beginnings of our stories.

Please check help us great ready of our Gingerbread math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs.  A notice was sent home today with your child.  Thanks for your help!

Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue learning about magnets and designing a magnet Gingerbread Race!!
  2. We will be learning about DOUBLES in math, an addition strategy
  3. We will be working continue writing a story in our Writer’s Workshop and in our Pioneer journals.

Important Dates:

Scholastic book orders for Room 15 due on Monday, December 3rd

Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th 

Big Box Fundraiser was due November 29th

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch


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Week 12 – (Nov 19-22)

Thank you to all the parents for meeting with us during Parent Teacher conferences this week!

This week we have been working on our Reading Power of Visualizing.  We have been learning about thinking about what we are reading.  Visualizing is drawing the pictures that are created in our mind as we are reading from a book.  This helps us understand what they are reading.

In Science we continued with our exploration about Magnets.  We built fishing lines and fished for items that are magnetic or non-magnetic. We discovered that not all magnets are magnetic!  Some items made with aluminum are not magnetic.


In gym this week we began working with the scooter boards.  We reviewed some safety rules and explored moving in different ways on the scooter board, including on our knees, tummies, and bottoms.  We moved in curvy, zigzag and sideway directions.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will be learning more about magnets.
  2. We will be talking about the importance of water during the Pioneer time.
  3. We will be working on writing a story beginning in our Writer’s Workshop.

Important Dates:

Big Box Fundraiser due November 29th

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)

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


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Week 11: (Nov. 12-16)

This week in Social Studies we began our work on a timeline of Calgary. We identified the important events in Calgary’s history and took some notes summarizing each. Next week we will work on writing our good copy of our summary and putting the timeline together.

Last week we also made a map of Canada and labeled all the provinces and territories.  We will be using this to learn about the different parts of Canada and also for a special project in the coming weeks so stay tuned to find out more!

In math, we continued our study of place value.  We also worked on our “Math Talk”.  We are learning to explain our thinking in math using drawings, writing and verbally.  Next week, we will have a chance to share our learning with a partner and practice “revoicing” what our partner has said.  The students also completed a math assessment reviewing the topics we have covered so far this year.  

In Health, we read a book entitled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?.  In the story we learned that everyone has a “bucket” that they carry around with them everyday.  Their bucket is where they carry their feelings.  We can be a bucket filler by saying and doing kind things for one another or a bucket dipper by being unkind.  We talked about ways that we can be a bucket filler in our classroom.  The students came up with many examples, like working quietly, raising our hand, helping our classmates, speaking kindly etc.  We are working on filling our own ‘Class Bucket’.  

In writing, we completed a picture prompt about a bear in a suitcase.  We could write about the picture, create a story about the picture or write about something the picture reminds us of.  We continue to work on remembering the mechanics of our writing (i.e. capitals, periods, spaces etc.).

In Science we are learning about magnets.  We even learned that there are magnets in us!

Lastly, we got together with our Buddy class and went on the computers.  We are learning to log in and navigate on the internet.  We used a new website called Raz-Kids that has online reading books.  We got to read with our buddies and practice our reading skills.  

BIG BOX FUNDRAISER

Please note that your child—or a child in your family-- has brought home the a bag for the Big Box Fundraiser today.  There is a letter explaining what the fundraiser is about along with the box.  If you are interested in selling the boxes to friends and family to help raise money for our school all the information you need will be on the enclosed letter.  If not, please send the boxes back to school a.s.a.p.  Thank you.

Information regarding the Gingerbread House night will be coming home next week.

Looking ahead….

            - We will be completing our timeline in Social Studies

            - We will be continuing to learn about magnets

             - We will work on our reading power lessons using visualizing to help improve our comprehension of what we are                 reading.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break



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Week 10 – (Nov. 5-9)

Another busy and productive week in Room 15!! 

This week we spent our carpet times in the morning reading books, talking about Remembrance Day and why it is important to remember.  We shared stories and photographs about our relatives who served in the military.  To represent our learning we wrote a poem about Remembrance Day and illustrated it.

On Wednesday we had a Special Guest, Nicole.  She talked to us about “Expected and Unexpected” behaviors in our class.  For example is it expected to lay on the carpet when listening to a lesson or is it unexpected?  We talked about many different examples of what is expected behavior here at school.  We will continue to use these words throughout our year in grade 2.  We also decided to celebrate students who demonstrate ‘Expected behavior’ by having a “Star Student”.  Each day we will recognize one student who is demonstrating those behaviors.

In Science we began another unit about magnets.  Students explored magnets at different centers and discovered that magnets stick to many things.  We came up with many questions for magnets; for example “Can magnets stick to gold?”

We also had a water expert from the City of Calgary (Reid’s Dad) come to talk with us about how the city’s water is cleaned before it is put back into the river.

Looking ahead…

  1. We will be talking about what we can do to help keep our water clean.
  2. We will be creating a timeline in Social Studies.
  3. We will be working more on our story writing in Writer’s Workshop.

Important Dates:

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Week 9: (Oct. 29-Nov. 2)

In Social Studies we learned about what everyday life in a prairie community would have been like.  We learned that people had to be resourceful and make or grow many of the things they needed.  We baked some bread and also learned how to make butter using a jar and some cream.  If you shake the bottle hard enough and long enough it will first turn into whipping cream and eventually into butter.  Then we enjoyed a nice snack of homemade butter, homemade bread and some jam.  


In Science, we did two experiments with Mrs. Farrell’s class.  We put water at the bottom of a cup and put some shaving cream on top of the water.  Then we added drops of blue food colouring to the shaving cream.  When the cloud (i.e. shaving cream) became full of water (food colouring) it would “rain” down into the water.

In the second experiment, we used ice and put it over some warm water.  Then it started to evaporate and then it would stick to the top of the cup when it cooled.  It formed water droplets on the top.  This is another way that shows how clouds form.

During Language Arts, we began our exploration of story writing.  We read a story called the “Big Pumpkin”.  The students created a story map of the characters, setting, problem and the events.  Then they began a story plan of their own for a similar story.  We created a rubric with the students outlining what they would need to do to get a 1, 2, 3 or 4.  

During math, we took some seeds out of a pumpkin.  Before counting we estimated the number of seeds in our pumpkin.  We learned that estimating is smart guess not a random guess.  We also learned to use a sample—or visual reference—to help us when we estimate.  We talked about why estimating is an important skill, too.  Then we counted the seeds by 2s, 5s and 10s using a special counting mat.   We found out that our pumpkin had 326 seeds in it!

To wrap up our learning, we documented the work we did on our bulletin board showing each step of the process and also some writing and artwork we created to go along with it.  

We also talked a little about Remembrance Day and started some art work for next weeks assembly.

In gym, we began our dribbling skills for basketball.   The kids are doing an excellent job of controlled dribbling and are developing good hand-eye coordination.

Coming up…

  • Remembrance Day artwork
  • Remembrance Day Assembly - Nov. 9 @ 9:00 am
  • Story writing – adding details (eg. description, dialogue etc.)
  • Math – more place value practice

Important Reminders & Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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Week 8 – (Oct. 22-25)

On Tuesday this week the Grade 2’s got the opportunity to go to Heritage Park for our first Field Trip for a hand’s on experience connecting to our Social Studies unit on a prairie community.  They had a wonderful time exploring the day-to-day life of Settlers in Alberta.  They got to play with all different types of toys from the olden days, role played the different roles of women, men and children in a settler family, made bannock and traded fur for goods.

In math this week we continued our work with illustrating the meaning of place value for numerals to 100. We build our own base ten blocks with beans and popsicle sticks, so we could see that 10 ones make 1 group of 10.  Then we practiced building and representing the numbers.


In Science we continued our work with exploring and discovering about water.  We began talking about States of matter and the Water Cycle.  Students began working on visual representation of the Water cycle in their visual journals.  To discover about evaporation on going experiment in our classroom is: Which container will evaporate more water?  The closed or open container? We also made a Water Cycle in a bag.  You can follow this link to try it at home!!

https://vimeo.com/174382047

Looking ahead…

  1. It’s Halloween on Wednesday, you may wear your costumes in the afternoons and bring a snack to share with the class.
  2. We will be investigating pumpkins and how many seeds are in a pumpkin
  3. We will begin looking at important figures from our prairie past.

Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

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)



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Week 7 – (Oct.15-19)

From the kids:

“In Science this week we did experiments with liquids, we went to different stations, vinegar, dish soap, water, corn syrup and oil.  Then we raced the liquids and we learned that vinegar and water were the fastest and corn syrup & dish soap were the slowest because gravity was pulling them down and they were too dense.”

“In math we built number lines on the floor to help us add.”

We finished off our week by painting a water scene based on Frank Asch's artwork.  The kids choose a scene about water and painted using watercolors.


Looking ahead…

  1. On Tuesday this week we will be heading to Heritage Park for our field trip.  Please dress for the weather and pack your child a litter less lunch.
  2. We will continue our work with place value in math
  3. In Science we will be exploring States of Matter and the Water cycle!

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. 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)


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Week 6:  (Oct.9-11)

On Thursday this week we had a guest speaker from the Science Network come and do a presentation with our class about liquids.  This connects with our Grade 2 Science unit on Exploring liquids.  The kids learned many interesting facts about liquids.

What the students said:

“salt water can float a small potato”    “ a liquid is something you can pour”

“ it takes the shape of it’s container”      “ water and oil do not mix”

During our writing Stamina time we have been focusing on making spaces between our words, using capital letters in the correct places and adding periods at the end of our ideas. We wrote about our guest speaker from Science and what we learned about liquids.

In Social Studies, we are learning about a prairie community.  Students have reviewed what a community is—a place where people live, work and play together.  And looked at the different types of communities—i.e. urban and rural.

We are also learning about what makes a prairie community unique from any other community.  Friday we read a book called “If You’re Not From the Prairie”.  It said “If you’re not from the prairie you don’t know.... the wind…. the sun…. the sound the grass makes… the snow... the cold... the flat ground… etc.   We brainstormed the different characteristics of the prairie.  Then we watched a video about a very special prairie landmark—the grain elevator.  

In art, we learned that lines-- along with shape, colour, value, texture, form and space-- make up the 7 elements of art.  We learned that lines can be zigzags, straight, dotted, curvy, diagonal, horizontal and vertical.  We also began a line drawing of a grain elevator.  Stay tuned next week to see how they turned out!   

Looking ahead…

  • We will prepare for our field trip to Heritage Park
  • We will continue to work on our drawings in art
  • We will continue to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction

Reminders….

  • Dental Consent forms - due Monday
  • Fluoride Varnish (AHS) – Monday
  • Field Trip forms due Oct. 19
  • Heritage Park - Oct. 23
  • Library is on Tuesday
  • Fun Lunch – Oct. 25 (go to Healthy Hunger to order)

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


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Week 5 – (Oct. 1-4)

In math this week we worked through lots of different stations reviewing and practicing our addition skills.  We worked with partners and moved around the classroom to each station.  Students recorded their work in their math journals.


In Gym, we learned a new game called ‘The RPS Game”.  We reviewed the rules of rock, paper and scissors with our partner and added in some running and rolling the ball.  We really enjoyed playing this game and cooperated well with our partner!

Looking ahead…

  • We will be reviewing subtracting numbers from 1-10
  • We will continue to explore the surface tension of water with pennies & paperclips

Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 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. 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

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Week 4 – (Sept. 24-28)

This week we began our work in Science, exploring liquids, with a focus on water.  Students began recognizing and describing things they noticed about water.  These are some of room 15’s observations about water:

“I observed that water vibrates when you blow on it.”

“If you move around a straw fast in water you can make a shape of a speed boat.”

“If you fill up one cup with water you can squeeze it into a water fountain with another cup.”

 

  

Friday was our Terry Fox run and we ran many laps around our field in support of cancer research in our country.


We received our first books for our home reading on Thursday and it was so lovely and encouraging seeing 7 students returned them on Friday. Keep up that reading!!

Looking ahead…

  • We will be discussing the importance of Orange shirt Day
  • We will continue to explore liquids in Science
  • We will be finishing up our maps of Canada

Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

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Week 3 – (Sept. 17-20) 

It was so wonderful meeting all the parents at interviews this week and we look forward to helping your children reach their learning goals this year!

This week we in math we reviewed some concepts from grade one.  Reading, writing and recognizing numbers from 

1-20.  The students in room 15 worked in partners to match the word with the digit and a picture representing that number.

Our first Library day was this Thursday, remembered to bring your books back next Thursday!


Looking ahead…

  • We will be making maps of Canada
  • We will be exploring liquids in Science
  • We will be introducing numbers from 20-100

Important Dates:

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

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Welcome to our Blog!  We have had a couple of busy and jam-packed weeks here in Room 15!  Each week we will be posting some pictures and writing about what we are learning in class and some of the highlights from our week.  We will also include some important dates and information about upcoming events to help you stay on top of what is happening here at EMJ.  We’ve got a long way to go and we are just getting started so come along and take this journey with us!  Enjoy!

Week 1: (Sept. 4-7)

We learned what a “chance” is.  We read a book called “What do you do with a chance?”.  In the book the little boy wanted a chance but at first he was scared. Then he decided to take a risk and grab his chance.  We learned that chances don’t always work out but we can always try again.  Then we made some butterfly chances out of yellow paper.  This will be an on-going and school-wide focus of student’s personal learning and development throughout the year.

We made an All About Me page in our visual journals.  We drew pictures of our hobbies, our favourite things and ourselves!  We also used our best writing to label our pictures.  We are learning to sound out words in our writing and to use print in the environment to help us with words we do not know. 

This week we also had a pancake breakfast.  It was really delicious.  We think we ate more than 50 pancakes altogether!! 

Week 2:  (Sept. 10 -14)

This week we have continued to work on developing our independent reading skills.  We are learning that there are 3 ways to read a book.  We can “read” the pictures, read the words and retell stories we have already read.  We practiced building our reading stamina and were able to read quietly for 10 minutes during Read to Self!

We did lots of math.  We are reviewing our knowledge of numbers to 20 and practicing reading, writing and counting--sets of objects-- to 20.  We practiced representing numbers on a ten frame using bingo chips and matching numbers to sets of objects.  We also made a pictograph using cupcakes with our birthdates on them so now we can see what month each student has his or her birthday in.  We compared the number of birthdays in each month and discovered that more kids in our class have birthdays in July than in any other month.

In Health we are working on understanding our emotions.  We learned about Ninja Bob.  He is a pop bottle that can show different emotions.  By shaking him we can show that he is mad.  When he is really mad he explodes.  If he is sad he leans to one side.  If he is happy he just stands with a smile on his face.  Next we will learn about how to handle our feelings in positive ways.  (Sorry no pic!  We’ll put one in another week)

Looking ahead…

  • -We will be making self-portraits in art
  • -We will learn more about maps and create a classroom map of our own
  • -We will continue our study of the 5 Reading Powers and how they can help us to become better readers!

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 


Ms. Vanderwel and Ms. Stringer

Week 35 – (June 17-21)

Happy Last full week of school!! A special thanks for the wonderful Teacher appreciation lunch provided by the parents today.

In literacy, this week we finished writing our Non-Fiction book about Bees.  We worked on writing the good copy of our paragraphs, a table of contents, a glossary, an index and finally our bibliography.  The books look amazing and the students in room 15 are very proud of them.  Today is National Indigenous People Day!  We learned about the contributions First Nation, Inuit and Metis people have made to our country.  We read a book called 'Buffalo Jump' and the students partnered up to read a selection of aboriginal legends.


In math, this week we continued our work with measurement.  We learned about the distance around and choosing the correct unit of measure.  We also learned about mass and weight. We compared the mass of different objects around our classroom and put them in order from lightest to heaviest.  Finally, on Friday we measured our favorite stuffy.



In Art, this week the we were so fortunate to get the opportunity to discover wet felting.  Thanks again to all the parents who were able to help volunteer!  The students learned lots about where sheep’s wool comes from and how to create art with it.  We used lots and lots of water, rolling and rubbing to ‘agitate’ the wool and felt out lighthouses into beautiful pieces of art.


Looking ahead…

  • We will be cleaning up our room and bringing home our various art projects
  • We will be finishing off our measurement unit in math

Please bring back any library books and home reading books still at home.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration & Alternate Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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

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Week 34 (June 10-14)

A quick look at what we have been doing this week….  The work never stops in Room 15!  This week we worked on our Father’s Day gifts for our dads.  



The students also went on a very exciting field trip to the zoo.  Read below to find out what else we did this week!


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In writing, we have continued to work on researching and writing about bees.  The students have been focusing on using correct paragraph structure-- topic sentences, details, concluding sentence-- as they wrote.



In Science, the students learned about some of the challenges bee populations are facing and how we can work to save bees. They wrote about this and their paragraphs are up in the hall to read.

Some things they learned... (in their own words!)

“We can help bees by not using pesticides.”

“ We can help bees by planting more flowers and not killing bees.” 

“ Also, by leaving dandelions for the bees in the spring when there aren’t other flowers.”

“We learned that bees are important because they pollinate plants and flowers that we use for food. For example, bees pollinate cotton plants and we use cotton to make clothes. Without the bees help we couldn’t make clothes from cotton because there would be no cotton plants.”

“Bees are losing some habitat to human development.”

“We need to plant a larger variety of flowers for bees to pollinate.”



In art, students worked on creating a beehive as a class.  They created a hexagon on yellow paper and then used beans and pasta to make a design inside of it.  Hexagons are the shape of the compartments inside a hive.  Altogether, it looks a bit like the inside of a beehive.


At the zoo, students worked in groups to answer questions about the Canadian Wilds exhibit. They also learned that the zoo is building a bee enclosure that will open in 2020 and went to many other exhibits.











On Friday, the students spent some time reflecting on their trip and wrote about some highlights in their visual journals.



In math, we began looking at measurement.  We brainstormed what measurement is and examples of things that we can measure.  The students read a book called “How Big is a Foot?”.  They learned that when we measure we need to use the same unit or our answers will be different.  Students have begun to look more in depth at length.  They are practicing how to measure and compare objects (using non-standard units of measurement such as paperclips or snap cubes) accurately.



In gym, we learned about lacrosse from one of the Calgary Roughnecks team members. They learned how to properly hold the stick, scoop balls, toss and catch and shoot on goal.  The students had a fantastic time learning about one of Canada's national sports!



We want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day!  Rest, Relax and Enjoy!  You've earned it!



Next week...

  • Students will continue to look at different types of measurement-- height, width etc.
  • Students will finish the good copies of their bee research
  • Students will work on P.E.I. brochures in Social Studies


Notes & Reminders:

  • All LIBRARY BOOKS are due by a.s.a.p. (These were to be returned this past Monday)
  • All Home Reading books due a.s.a.p. We will not be sending home any more books this year.
  • Father’s Day gifts came home today : ) 
  • Me to We - Cup Stacking Competition (Monday). Students and teachers will be competing to see who is better at cup stacking. There will be tickets for sale at the door ($1/ticket or $2 for 3 tickets).  The money raised will go to providing clean water for people living in rural China.  Students who buy tickets will have their name put in a draw for free movie tickets to the Canyon Meadows theatre.


Sports Day At EMJ

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


Pokemon Club

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

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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

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

Grades 4, 5 and 6

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

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

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

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


Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

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



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Week 33 – (June 3-7)

We were busy as Bee’s week in Grade 2….  14 days left until the end of the year and so much to do yet!!!!

In literacy, this week we completed our ‘Friendly letter’ to our pen pals in Edmonton.  We also learned how to take our ‘jot notes’ from our Bee research and write them into an informational paragraph about bees.  Making sure we have used all of our jot notes and included a topic and concluding sentence.


In math, this week we completed our unit on 2-D and 3- shapes and completed our assessment demonstrating what we learned.  We also began to build our Geometric city out of the 3-D shapes that we constructed from nets.  As well since it is the beginning of June we created our June calendar page and completed different problem-solving questions based on the calendar.


In Science, we concluded our Bee Research on the computers.  We also talked and wrote about 2 important questions regarding Bee’s.  We talked about ‘’Bees are important because’’ and “We can help the bee by?’’  The grade 2’s did a great job talking and writing about all the different ways we can save bees.  Ask they at home, they know many different ways to Save the Bees?

In Art, this week the students drew the most amazing realistic bees.  They added all 3 body parts with details and even learned how to use pencil crayons to add texture to their bees.  We will be adding these bees to the honey combs we painted to add to our documentation panel outside of our classroom.


In Gym, this week we continued working on our soccer skills outside and inside the gym.  We learned how to ‘battle’ for the ball and work as a team to get the ball past the goalie and into the nets. 


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue taking on our research notes and writing them into paragraphs.
  2. We will continue with some Bee art projects.
  3. We will begin our last unit measurement in math.

Thank for bringing in soup cans for our special art project. We are still looking for a couple more for Monday.

Also, our field trip to the Calgary Zoo is this Thursday, June 13th. Please return your signed permission forms as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


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Week 32 - (May 27 - 31st)

We have been as busy as worker bees this week as we approach the month of June!!!! It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. Here’s a peak at what we’ve been learning….


In Language Arts, the students were very excited to receive letters back from our penpals! We have begun writing back and hoped to finish by this Friday, but alas we did not. We will continue on Monday and hopefully be ready to mail them by Tuesday.

We also worked on writing using a story prompt. The students were given a picture of a girl walking in the woods. Behind a tree is a fluffy, monster watching her. They were to use the picture to come up with a character, setting and problem for their story.  Then they had to think of three ways to solve their problem before providing the solution. The students worked on this independently at their desks. 


In Science, we continued researching about bees. They continue to learn how to use the table of contents and index to find information. Here are some interesting facts they have learned so far. Did you know…

  • Honeybees can only sting once
  • Bumblebees can sting many times
  • Worker bees are only girls
  • Boy bees die in winter because they don’t get any food
  • Boy bees are called drones
  • Only female bees have stingers
  • The stingers on boy bees are inside them


In Math, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  The students are learning to identify the different types of shapes by name and also how to describe shapes using their sides/faces, vertices/corners and edges.  The students used geoboards to build different 2D shapes and paper nets to build 3D shapes.  The nets are cut out and folded and then taped together to form different 3D shapes. The students were given 4 or so nets to fold and make into “buildings” which we will then make into a Geocity!







In Social, we continued to learn about P.E.I. The students watched a powerpoint about P.E.I.’s natural resources. They learned what natural resources are-- anything in nature that can be used by people to meet their needs. Then we looked at the most important natural resources in P.E.I.-- namely seafood and potatoes! They added this information to their brochure being sure to use proper format when writing their paragraphs.




In Gym, we began a new unit on soccer skills.  The students have worked on passing and dribbling so far. They are learning to use the inside of their foot when passing and how to control the ball when dribbling so it doesn’t roll away.



Looking ahead…

  • We will finish our unit on 2D and 3D shapes
  • We will complete our penpal letters
  • We will continue our brochure about P.E.I.


IMPORTANT!!

A note went home today requesting soup cans for a class project. If you could send them back by Monday or Tuesday at the latest that would be great.  Thank you!


REMINDER!!!

Our class celebration for filling our bucket is on Monday. If your child has a game that he/she would like to bring to school please bring it then. Students may also bring a snack to share. No nuts or peanuts please!


UPCOMING EVENTS!!!

The Volunteer Tea is on Thursday, June 6 from 10:15-11:00am. If you volunteered this year, but did not receive an invitation, please let us know a.s.a.p.


RIDE YOUR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!!  (http://calgarybiketoschool.weebly.com/)

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyones bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!

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Please see below for a message from our Admin. about Pokemon cards at school:

Pokemon Cards

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

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

Important Dates:

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

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes

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Week 31 – (May 21-24th)

A sneak peek at the BUZZ! happening this week in Grade 2….

We began to learn about our final Canadian community, the Maritimes in Social Studies. We watched a video about PEI and read a story about a Lighthouse. We also used our knowledge of paragraph writing to write about what we have learned about PEI.  We have begun creating a tourist pamphlet with important facts about PEI.


In math, this week we began our work with 3-D shapes.  We learned how to identify, describe and construct 3-D shapes.  We found objects around our classroom that were different 3-D shapes and wrote about them in our math journals.  Then on Friday we build 3-D shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows.


In Science, we began our Bee Research.  We worked on uploading a google doc file onto our computers and navigated our new website created just for our grade 2’s about Bees.  The students watched videos, and read websites to learn new things about Bees and to answer their questions they had about them.  For Example: Why are they black and Yellow and why do they die after they sting someone?  We also learned from an expert, a Bee keeper guest speaker.


In Gym, this week we worked in stations practicing our skipping moves for our Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday.  We jumped on our own or with a partner, in a group with a big long rope or with our jump bands.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue our research on Bees.
  2. We will continue our pamphlet about PEI
  3. We will begin our unit on 2D and 3D shapes next week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

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

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes




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Week 30 (May 6-10)

Another peek at our fantastic learning this past week!  This week we finally started to see the weather warming hopefully for good!  In Science, this coincided with a new unit on Small Crawling and Flying Insects.  The students learned many intersesting facts about insects, such as....

          -"Insects have six legs and three body parts." - K. M.

          - "Insects have a head, body and thorax." - C. D.

          - "Only the female mosquitos bite." - D. H.

          - "Insects have an exoskeleton." - F. B.

          - "Bees help plants." - J. P.


The students also had an opportunity to create some insects for our bulletin board in the style of Eric Carle art.  First they painted some large sheets of paper with bold colours and then added some texture by using the end of the paint brush to create designs in the paint.  

Next, they selected an insect to create using a variety of different coloured paint sheets.  This created a sort of collage effect.  


After that, the students labelled their insect.  They also worked on a labelled drawing of an insect in their visual journals.

In math, the students have been working on solving mistakes in patterns and also on solving word problems involving growing patterns.  For example, If Mrs. Stringer reads 2 books on the first day of the week, 5 books on the second day of the week and 8 books on the third day, how many books will she read on the 6th day?  The students learned how to use a t-chart to help them organized the important information in the problem, determine how much the pattern is growing by and then solve it.  

In L.A., the students learned about another poetry technique called onomatopoeia.  Onomatopoeia are words that sound like the sounds they make.  For example:   BANG!   THUMP!   CRASH!  The students first watched a video explaining what it is.  After that they got to create their own speech bubble and write a word in it that uses onomatopoeia.  They also continued to work on their Haiku and Colour poems.


In gym, we have continued using the skipping ropes.  This week we focused on using the long ropes with two people turning and one jumping in the middle.  The students learned to cooperate and develop their coordination so that they were turning the rope at the same time and speed.  



The students have also prepared a special gift for their mom's this week in honour of Mother's Day.  They are very excited to share them with you!  We want to thank all of our moms for their hard work and wish them a very Happy Mother's Day.  Enjoy your weeked!

Looking ahead....

             Students will:

  • begin researching a bug/insect in Science
  • learn about sorting in math
  • begin learning about the Maritimes in Social Studies

Events & Dates to Note:

Jump Rope for Heart

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


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


Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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Week 29 (Apr. 30 – May 3)

A quick look at what we have been doing this week….

This week was a busy and exhausting one!  The students in the choir and all the classes that performed in this week’s Spring Concert did a fantastic job!  It was a lot of extra practices and changing of schedules to accommodate Miss Dafoe and the students working so hard to get ready.  Excitement was high and at times our focus was a little off, but all-in-all the kids worked hard and got lots done.

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In writing, we have been learning about poetry and the different kinds of techniques that poets use.  We have talked about rhyme and repetition and using comparisons in our poems.  The students have learned 4 different types of poems: cinquain, diamonte, haiku and colour poems.  The haiku poem was especially tricky because for each line of the poem they can only use 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables in the last line. 



In reading, we are learning about Fiction vs. Non-Fiction texts.  The students can define what a fiction book is and what a non-fiction book is. The students are learning to recognize the features of fiction books (i.e. setting, characters, problem, events, illustrations, make-believe etc.) and non-fiction books (i.e. table of contents, glossary, index, headings, chapters etc.). They did a fun activity where each student was given some books and they had to present their books to the class explaining if it was fiction or non-fiction and put them into the correct category.




In math, we continue our exploration of patterns.  The students are learning about growing patterns.  We read the book, “Rooster’s Off to See the World” in which a rooster goes on a journey around the world.  As he goes, he invites various animals to join him—two cats, three frogs, four turtles and five fish.  The students recognized that there was a pattern to the number of animals added each time.  


They used this information to solve a number of problem solving questions and created their own growing patterns using pictures or pattern blocks.  They have also been leaning how to predict the next or a later term in a pattern and looking for number patterns in math.  For example,  "A number pattern is 3, 6, 9 etc.  Can you predict what the 10th term will be?"





In art, we worked on creating some West Coast native art using mosaics after reading the book “The Raven:  A Trickster Story".  Students developed an appreciation for a different style of art and understanding of the technique of creating a mosaic.  They also incorporated their knowledge of patterns into their artwork to create visually interesting compositions.



At the end of the day today, students had a special assembly for Jump Rope 4 Heart.  They watched some cool videos of people doing amazing stunts with skipping ropes and learned how jump rope can help to strengthen their heart and lungs. They also learned about the signs of a stroke using the acronym F.A.S.T.  Ask your child what the letters stand for!  Finally, they are bringing home an envelope and information explaining how to fundraise to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and win cool prize while they are at it!  We hope everyone will take part in this worthwhile endeavour!



Looking ahead....

             Students will:

  • begin learning about small crawling and flying animals in Science
  • create some cool Eric Carle style art of an insect of their choosing
  • continue to develop knowledge of patterns looking for mistakes in patterns and making corrections


Events & Dates to Note:

Jump Rope for Heart

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


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


Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Week 28 – (April 23-26)

A sneak peek at the learning happing this week in Grade 2….

In literacy, this week we began exploring poetry.  We read some funny poems, some sad poems and some serious poems.  We also wrote our first poem, called a Diamonte poem and added it to our visual journals.  A Diamonte poem focuses on opposites, like light and dark.  It also uses parts of speech such as nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Our theme for our poems was about nature to connect with Earth Day that was on Monday, April 21st.  We also began our focus on non-fiction texts. We determined the difference between fiction and non-fiction, we began to ‘zoom in’ on their features in preparation for writing our own non-fiction.


During our reading time, this week we focused on explaining and sharing what we read.  After the students read independently they shared two facts that they learned from reading.


In math, this week we learned several new key understandings about patterns.  First, we learned that the same pattern can be described in many different ways.  For example, numbers, shapes, and colors.  We also learned how to predict terms or elements in patterns.  We worked with partners creating and predicting patterns as well as working on story problems finding the 18th term in a bracelet pattern.



From the kids, “In Science I learned that I can make my own boat using our own hands and I made a propeller to move my boat.  Some of our boats went slow, some went fast and some went backwards.

This is a cool YouTube about making your own toy boats.

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




From the kids, “Today in computers we learned how to share a file with Mrs. Stringer on Google docs.”   “It was so cool to see my file pop up on the Smartboard.”

Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue to write new poetry, maybe a Haiku poem.
  2. We will introduce our new unit in Science – Flying and Crawling insects!
  3. We will begin our work with growing patterns.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

Book Fair

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

Important 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 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

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

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part A

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part B

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

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Week 27 – (April 15-18)

A sneak peek at the ‘buoyant’ learning happing this week in Grade 2….

We started our week with a visit from a Canadian author, Micheal Kusugak.  He is a story writer who has written many books based on his life growing up in the Arctic, such as ‘A promise is a promise’ and ‘Northern Lights’.  He showed us many Inuit toys and talked about what life was like growing up in Nunavat.  This was a wonderful conclusion to our Social Studies unit on the Inuit people in Canada and how their way of life is tightly tied to the land.

In math this week, we continued our work with repeating patterns.  We worked on more ‘I can statements’ such as I can describe patterns, I can find the pattern rule and I can find patterns in real life by going on a pattern hunt around the school and outside.  We also completed a little Easter Egg hunt to find hidden word problems around our classroom.


In Science, we continued our new unit, Boats and Buoyancy.  We learned about displacement this week.  On Wednesday, we discussed what makes boats float, such as displacement, hollow hulls and the different shapes on boats.  We used plasticine to experiment with different shapes of boats to discover which ones floated the best.  On Thursday, we worked on a challenge, students needed to make a cork sink and a nail float.  They were given various materials and worked in a group to create a device to help the cork and nail sink or float.

During writing this week students were introduced to the concept of paragraph writing.  We talked about a paragraph being like a hamburger, it has the introduction paragraph (the bun), the details on the inside (the meat and toppings) and then the main idea stated again (the bottom bun).  Students practiced their paragraph writing by writing about their experience swimming at the Canyon Meadow’s pool last week.


For gym class, we have been working on balls and scoops.  As well, we have been taking advantage of the warm weather and spending lots of time outside.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin work on poetry in literacy.
  2. We will be designing a floatation device in Science.
  3. We will finish our work on repeating patterns and begin using our knowledge of patterns to solve word problems.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

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Hello, Parents!  We missed putting the link to the Reader's Theatre video the students did for the book "The Polar Bear Son".  It is below.  Please let us know if for some reason the link does not work.  Enjoy!


The Polar Bear Son:    https://drive.google.com/file/...


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Week 26  (Apr. 8-12)

Another wonderful (but wet!) week of learning in Room 15!

This week we finished our unit on two-digit addition and subtraction.  The students completed a short assessment on this concept Tuesday and worked on corrections on Friday.  We will continue to review this concept from time to time until the end of the year.  We also began a new unit in math on Patterning.  We read the book the ‘Pattern Fish’ and ‘Pattern bugs’ by Trudy Harris.  These books are beautifully illustrated and wonderfully introduce the topic of patterns to students.  Then the students worked on a pattern fish drawing of their own.  Next week will finish colouring and painting our drawings.  

Students also reviewed various concepts related to patterns such as finding the core of a pattern and naming patterns using letters. The students also worked on developing “I can…” statements in relation to their work and learning.  For example, they wrote statements such as, “I can find the core of a pattern” and “I can label a pattern using ABAB or ABCABC.” etc.  This helps students to clearly identify what they are learning and how they know if they have met the learning goals for the lesson. 




The students also worked on developing their drawing skills in art.  They worked on creating a still life picture of tulips in a vase.  Next, they coloured them using oil pastel and then we mounted them onto black paper to display in the hall.  This involved careful observation of the plant to create a life-like sketch.

The students had a wonderful time swimming and saw their skills really improve over the week.  They were responsible and respectful at the pool and a great representation for EMJ

                       

On Friday, the students also had an opportunity to work on typing and Mathletics on the computers.  They are becoming more skilled at logging into the computer and using Google search to find the correct website.

                                    


Last, but not least, we have begun reading the novel, “Charlotte’s Web” to the class.  As we read, we stop to talk about new vocabulary words, infer information about the characters and the story, make predictions, ask questions and share connections.   As this is a novel—and not a picture book—students have a greater opportunity to develop their ability to visualize the text as we read—another important reading skill.  


                                                 

Looking ahead…

  1. We will look at poetry in writing
  2. We will continue with patterning in math looking at patterns rules
  3. We will have a special guest speaker on Tuesday-- Inuit Author and Storyteller Michael Kusugak!!!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5


Week 25 – (April 1-5)

A sneak peek at the ‘Springy’ learning happing this week in Grade 2….

We started our week with a little April Fools fun!!  The students in grade 2 got Brown E’s from Mrs. Vanderwel.  There was lots of confusion and wide eyes before she handed out the real ‘brownies’ at recess time.

During our gym classes this week we began learning about racket sports.  We learned about different ways to hit a bean bag up into the air.  Then we moved on to birdies and discussed the difference between hitting a bean bag compared to hitting a birdie.  We also worked with partners.  We finished a week off with a dance party in the gym, to celebrate Mrs. Farrell’s student Ed assistant’s last day.


In math this week, we continued our work with solving story problems using double digit addition and subtraction. We created a 4-point rubric to assess our work on how we should answer each story problem. We decided that to get a 4 out of 4 we needed to show our math work and thinking, then write a complete sentence using words from the question.

In Science, we began our new unit.  Boats and Buoyancy.  We learned about sinking and floating.  We tested different objects in water to see if they floated or sank. After our experiment we discussed our findings and the grade 2’s began second guessing their results, because if most of our objects that were made or metal sank, then why are boats that are made of metal float? We will continue to explore this question to discover what makes boats float.


Spring is in the air and we finished our Friday morning with some quiet sketching of tulips. We then took our oil pastels and colored in our sketches.  These drawings will brighten up our room and our visual journals.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin our work on patterning in math
  2. We will continue our work with inferring as our reading power
  3. We will begin our swimming lessons at the pool – don’t’ forget your suit!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5



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Week 24 (Mar. 11-15)

Another sneak peak at our learning this week!

In math, the students have been learning about subtracting 2-digit numbers both with a without regrouping.  The students practiced with manipulatives and place value charts first using concrete materials to build the numbers and then subtract by taking blocks away. They were able to see visually what happens when we “carry” (or regroup) ones and tens blocks. Then they progressed to writing this in a subtraction problem so that they understood how to notate the carrying/borrowing in their work. They also played a number of subtractions games to further apply their learning! 

           

In social studies, we had the pleasure of having one of student’s parent come in and help us to record the Claymation video of the Reader’s Theatre story we have been practicing.  The students got a behind-the-scenes look at the process involved in filming a stop-motion video.  They are very excited to see the final product when it all comes together and to show their parents at Parent-Teacher conferences next week.

We also learned about the clothing of the Inuit people—how it was made, what materials were used and other interesting facts. For example, did you know that the Inuit were the first to create a type of sunglasses?  They are called “snowgoggles” and they’re unique design allowed only a small amount of light in to protect against snowblindness.  Ask your child to draw them for you.



In science, the students have been learning about insulation and were tasked with creating an insulator that would keep an ice cube from melting.  They built their devices and drew observations showing the before and after.  If they were not successful the first time, they were given an opportunity to adjust their design and re-test it.  After the first trial session, most students decided that they needed a better or different material to help insulate the ice cube better.  They had been learning that snow is a good insulator so they tested their design again, this time including snow in the materials and made their observations.  Ask your child what happened and if they snow kept the ice from melting.


     

In writing, we are almost finished another story.  The students continue to work on adding details about the setting and using descriptive vocabulary. We have been brainstorming other words for happy, sad, big, small, said, went, etc. that students can use in their writing. 



This week in gym has been a continuation of the work and learning we started during the SoundKreations residency with dance.  The students learned a number of different dances, such as, the Chicken Dance, Cotton-eye Joe (line dance) and others.  They built on their coordination skills and keeping time.  This culminated in a little Green Day Dance Party Celebration!


Looking Ahead…

  • In social studies, we will be learning about Food Security in Nunavut
  • In math we will continue to learn about subtraction w/ regrouping and problem solving with 2-digit numbers
  • In writing, we will publish our stories to share at conferences


Important Reminders: Please note that next Thursday is a ½ day for students and Friday there is No School.  Parent-Teacher Conferences begin Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm and all day Friday (8-1pm).  You will be able to book conferences starting Saturday morning.  Also, Swimming Forms are due by next Thursday, March 21st. 


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival



Week 23 – (March 4 -8)

A sneak peek at the fantastic learning happening this week in Grade 2….

On Tuesday, this week we got to record our voices for our readers theatre and animation project.  We got to use a special recording device and we can’t wait to hear what our voices sound like.

During our gym classes this week we welcomed the dance group, Sound Kreations.  We learned to listen carefully to the music and move out body to the music.  We created a dance about robots ‘activating and being shocked by electricity’.  We also played many games like ‘dance telephone’ and ‘hip hop dance’. Thanks to all those parents who were able to come and see our final performance this Friday!


In math this week, we continued to explore adding 2 digit by 2 digit numbers by using an algorithm strategy. We also continued our work solving and explaining our math understanding through problem solving.  Four students shared their work and explained how they solved the story problem. Then we discussed as a class that even though there were many different ways to solve the problem, each student was able to get the same answer.


In Science, we began our challenge.  Can you build an insulation device that can keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?  We sketched our blueprints and made a materials list with our partner.  Then we created a rubric together for good partner and group work.  As the students worked with their partners to build their device we also kept in mind what it looks like to work with a partner. 


To conclude our research of Snowy Owls, on Friday we had the opportunity to dissect owl pellets.  It was a great opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and become ‘real’ scientists and discover what animals the owl ate by looking at their bones. The students we all engaged pulling apart the owl pellets and removing the hair from the bones. Then we used magnifying glasses to match the bone with the different prey of the owl.




Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin our work on strategies for subtracting large numbers
  2. We will do our animation for our readers theatre project
  3. We will test our insulation devices in Science

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Week 22 – (Feb 25-28)

A sneak peak at our learning this week….

On Wednesday, this week we celebrated a very important day, Pink Shirt Day.  We discussed the importance of Anti-bullying and read a book called ‘Enemy Pie’ to further our discussion about acceptance and kindness.  We also created our own pink shirts with Anti Bullying slogans on them.


In literacy, this week we began our work with Non-Fiction or factual text. To connect with our work on Inuit culture and our work in Science around hot and cold be began research on the Snowy Owl.  We are learning how to use text features to gain information about the Snowy Owl and how to organize that information into ‘jot notes’ in our visual journals.  We also learned about contractions and how some words are  CONTRACTED together to create smaller words.  These words are created using an apostrophe.  We watched a great video called the 'invasion of the apostrophes' and played some contraction Bingo.



To continue our work with our readers theatres project, the students created their characters from the Legend with clay.  These 3-D characters will then be used in our animation of the Inuit Legend.  We also learned about toys that the Inuit made to practice their skills for hunting and fishing.  This week we made Iyaga’s out of toilet paper roles and pencils.  The students then tried to swing the pencils into the toilet paper roles.  It was much more difficult than it looks!!




In Science, we continued looking at the concept of Insulation.  These week we explored how animals have adapted to either environments that are too hot or too cold.  Animals use fur, feathers and blubber to keep warm in Arctic environments.  We got to see first-hand how Blubber can keep sea creatures such as Walrus, Polar bears and seals warm in freezing water by using a blubber hand.  Students put one of their bare hands in icy cold water and other into the water that was covered by the blubber.  We discovered that “blubber really keeps our hands warm”.  The students were also introduced to our Science Challenge: Can you build a device to keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue our work with regrouping for addition
  2. We will participate in the Sound Kreations unit for gym
  3. We will begin an inquiry project in science.  Can you build a device to keep an ice cube from melting for 1 hour?

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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We have had another wonderful week of learning in Room 15! 

In Social Studies, we learned about how the Inuit met their need for shelter.  We learned some facts about igloos and watched a video of a young Inuit boy learning to build an igloo with his father.  Then we went outside and tried to build some igloos ourselves.  The students worked in groups to plan and build their igloos together.  While they ran out of time to finish, they had an excellent start and demonstrated real skill and cooperation in working as a team!  The students developed an appreciation for how difficult it is to build a house out of snow!



In Math, we began learning how to add two-digit by two-digit numbers without regrouping.  For example, 21 + 33 or 45 +12 etc.  The students used mats and base ten blocks to build and then add the numbers together to get the answer.


In Science, we talked about insulation and how it keeps heat or cool from escaping.  We talked about materials that make good insulators such as wood, plastic, hay and ceramics.   Then we dressed up 2 students in different types of winter clothing and talked about which one would keep us warmer.  We discussed that heat leaves our body the quickest through our head and our fingers and toes.

In gym, we began working with the parachute.  The students had a chance to develop a variety of skills using the parachute and play some fun games.  Ask your child to explain the games they have learned. 

In writing, the students finished their Valentine poems and continued working on their stories.  They continue to learn to incorporate description and dialogue into their stories using juicy words to enhance their sentences.  


Looking Ahead....

- We will begin learning about two-digit x two-digit addition with regrouping

- We will begin a reasearch project about an arctic animal

- We will work on the creating animals out of plasticine in art


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 20 – (Feb 11-13)

A sneak peak at our learning this short week….

A big thank you to all the parents and students who brought treats to share with the class for our Valentines celebration today, it was a lovely afternoon!

In math, this week we celebrated our 100th day of school.  We have been keeping track of how many days of school we have had by making tally marks and in our 100’s chart.  We also came up with a list of the 100 things we have learned so far, this year.  This week we also worked on counting collections, graphing and a little bit on preparing for our unit on adding double digit numbers. 

In literacy, we continue reading with our STAMINA everyday while small groups work with the teachers to focus in on their reading skills.  It is very important that we practice reading every day to keep up on our reading skills.  We are continuing with our Writer’s Workshop and we have begun an Arctic story.  This week we also worked on our first Acrostic poem about Valentines’ Day.


In gym, this week we learned how to curl with a special guest from the “Rocks and Rings’ group and then on Wednesday we continued with our Inuit games, walrus and seal relays.  Followed by some strength games such as the back push and elbow grip. 


Looking ahead…

  1. We will begin using the parachute in gym.
  2. We will continue our work on our Reader Theatre project of an Inuit Legend.
  3. We will begin an inquiry project in science about ‘Blubber’.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 19 - (Feb. 4- 8)

This week in math we worked on problem solving using subtraction and also multi-step problems.  The students worked with a partner to read and identify the important information in the problem, select the appropriate operation or operations and solve the problem.  Below are some examples of the problems that they worked on and the different ways in which they reached their solutions. 


                     


                    


In Science, the students continued to learn about hot and cold by examining the heating and cooling systems within the school.  They took a "field trip" to the boiler room and also the fan room to see how the heating and cooling systems within the school work.  We also discussed body temperature.

                                       


In Social Studies, the students learned about the Inuktitut language and tried writing their own names using the Inuktitut characters-- known as syllabics.  They also discovered that there are some words in English derived from the Inuit language and culture.  For example, igloo, parka (anarak) and kayak (qajaq).  In social, the students are completing an inquiry based on the question, "How does the land influence the way of life of the Inuit people?".  As we learn about each aspect of Inuit culture, the students reflect on how the environment has influenced the various practices of the Inuit people.  For example, we learned about Inuksuks this week and observed that the Inuit used rocks to build them-- and not some other material-- because that is what they had available to them.  The students had fun making and writing about Inuksuks and these are now on display in the main foyer of the school.  


                                   




                                   


We also had an exciting week of drumming with the One World Drumming Residency at our school.  The students learned the names of some different African drums and how to "talk" or "make a sentence" using various drumbeats and rhythms.  They gained an appreciation for music as a means of communication and developed their rhythmic skills.


                                    

                                     


             

                                      

Last by not least, we tried juggling in gym class using scarves.  The students began with one scarf and tried throwing it and catching, spinning around and catching it and catching it using different body parts.  Then they moved on to two scarves doing many of the same things and learning how to toss one scarf in the air and pass the other scarf to their throwing hand.  Finally, we tried juggling with three scarves.  This worked on developing coordination and concentration.

                                              


                                                

Looking ahead...

- Next week, we will begin our exploration of adding and subtracting using 2-digit numbers

- In Writer's Workshop we will continue to work on adding details and description to our stories

- We will also begin looking at insulation and blubber as part of our unit on Hot & Cold in Science


Important Dates:

Monday - Me to We Bake Sale (All items $1.00) and Curling in P.E.

Wednesday - Valentine's Day Party (see sheet sent home this week for class list)

Thursday & Friday - No School/Teacher's Convention


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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

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

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 18 – (Jan 28-31)

A sneak peak at our learning this week….

This week in math we continued our work with subtraction.  We reviewed how to solve word problems by; looking for clue words, underlining the number words, using pictures to show our thinking and writing a number sentence to solve the problems.  We finished our week by playing some math games, ‘Race Track’ & ‘4 in a row’ to keep practicing on our mental math skills.

In Science, we continued learning about hot and cold.  We talked about changing materials by heating and cooling them.  We watched as snow melted in a beaker, changing from a solid into a liquid and we heated up chocolate chips and watched them change from a solid to a liquid.  On Thursday, we brainstormed ways to heat or cool our homes.  Then we compared it to heating and cooling our school and ventured out for an in-school field trip to the boiler room.  Thanks to Mr. Mallet for helping us to see how our school is heated.



In Social Studies, we learned different Inuit games and even got to practice a few on our own. 

This week was our ‘Mission Impossible’ in the gym.  To finish off our gymnastics’ unit the students used their skills to move around a giant obstacle course in our gym.

Report cards came home today, please remember to return your white envelopes!

Looking ahead…

  • 1.We have a drumming residency with our performance on Friday, February 8th at 10:30.
  • We will continue our work on our Reader Theatre project of an Inuit Legend.
  • We will continue to look at heating and cooling our school.

Important Dates:

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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

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

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

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

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


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Week 17 (Jan. 21-25)

This week we began a new unit in Social Studies about the Inuit. So far the students have created and learned about the flag of Nunavut.  (Ask your child what the colours and symbols stand for). They also watched a short video talking about the geography and climate of Nunavut and did some writing about it.

Today they worked on some Ted Harrison inspired art which—when finished-- will include an inuksuk.  Students learned about the importance and symbolism of the inukshuk in Inuit culture. We are exploring how the environment of the arctic influences and effects the Inuit way of life.  

We also read a story called “The Polar Bear Son”.  This is an Inuit legend about an old woman who adopts a polar bear cub. We talked about how legends have two main purposes—to teach a lesson or to explain the nature of things.  We discussed which type of legend this book is and why.  

In Math, we continued working on subtraction strategies.  The students reviewed and practiced Making 10, Counting Back, Think Add for Sub, Use a similar problem and other strategies. Next week we will review these some more and then move on to problem solving. 

In Science, we are exploring the question, "Does heating or cooling materials change them?"  We froze coloured water in ice cube trays to change water to ice. We built Inuksuks with them outside the next day to integrate some of our social studies learning.



In writing, the students completed their penpal letters and continued with their story plan for their next story.  They continue to work on adding “juicy” words—i.e. more descriptive vocabulary—and adding detail to their stories to create a picture in the reader’s mind using the 5 senses.  We are starting to create a list of words that describe different words for colour, texture, sounds and more—to use in our writing. 





In gym, we worked on gymnastics stations in preparation for Mission Impossible.  The students learned the correct way to move on a trestle using proper safety (3-in-a-tree—i.e. 3 body parts must be touching) and on other equipment. They also learned how to use the Canadian climber which incorporates rope/ladder climbing and the uneven bars


Looking Ahead…

  • In social studies, we will start practicing a Reader’s Theatre (Inuit legend)
  • In math we will look at problem solving with subtraction and larger numbers
  • In gym we will begin Mission Impossible!!!!

Important Reminders: Our Flat Stanley letters came home today.  Please read the important note sent with it. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Week 16 – (Jan 14-18)

This week in math we continued our work with addition and subtraction strategies.  We worked with Cuisenaire rods again, learning about fact families and how they can help us to solve addition and subtraction problems.  On Wednesday, we worked on a little math assessment to show what we have learned and what we still need to focus on.  Then on Thursday and Friday we began working on making equal equations.  For example, 12 = 6 +6 and 10 + 2 = 6 + 3 +3, using our Cuisenaire rods to see what was equal and what was not.


In Science, we learned about a new tool we can use to measure hot and cold temperatures. We learned about how a thermometer works, the different parts of a thermometer and how to read the scale.  We experimented with hot and cold water, to see which would make the liquid in the thermometer go up and which one would make it go down.  We also created our own thermometer with red and white yarn.    



We continued our work with the gymnastics mats in gym class.  This week we focused on creating routines with all the skills we learned.  Then we added in using the benches beside and mats and used them to move different ways.  Balancing on the benches, traveling across and under the benches.  On Friday, we practiced climbing a trestle and using ‘3 in a tree’ to be safe while climbing.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue working on a new story about the Arctic.
  2. We will begin looking closely at the Inuit people and how they life was shaped by the land they lived on.
  3. We will continue to use thermometers to compare hot and cold temperatures.

Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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


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Week 16 (Jan. 7-11)

Happy New Year!  We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break!  The kids were very excited to share the different things they did over their holiday.  Read on to see some highlights from this week!

This week we began our unit in gym on gymnastics.  In gymnastics, we focus on developing our strength, flexibility and balance.  The students also learn about safety when moving in the gym and executing the different movements.  So far, the students have learned to do a number of different animal movements such as, moving like a gorilla, an inchworm, a bear, a crab and a mule.  They also learned how to make shapes at different levels—i.e. high, medium and low and how to make bridges and balances. Finally, they learned how to build a “sentence” or a routine by starting with a balance, traveling down the mat and then ending with a bridge position.  The students begin each class with a some stretches.  

            

In Science, we began a new unit on hot and cold.  We drew a picture of things we could think of that are either hot or cold.

                         

In Language Arts, the students have been sharing the stories that they wrote before the break and learning to provide each other with some feedback.  We also completed a self-assessment of our writing looking for the different parts we needed to include.  We wrote a few sentences telling what we did well in our stories and what we would like to work on for next time.

In Social Studies, we read a book entitled, Flat Stanley, about a boy who gets flattened and then goes in the mail to visit different places.  We are writing our own Flat Stanley letter to a friend or family member who lives elsewhere in Canada.  We hope to mail these letters to them and have them write back about where they live so that we can learn a little bit about other communities in Canada.  

In math, we have been working on developing our speed and accuracy when answering basic facts questions.  The students have been monitoring their progress and adjusting the time and/or difficulty of the questions to provide further challenge as they improve.  We also used the cuisenaire rods to develop our number sense.  We built a “staircase” using the blocks by ordering them from biggest to smallest.  Then we assigned a value to each up to 10.   After that we began to look at how the blocks are related to each other.  For example one orange block (the longest block) is the same as a green and purple block put together.  We drew pictures and wrote math sentences to show the relationships between the different sized blocks—or the parts (smaller blocks) and the whole (larger block).

Looking Ahead…

  • We will continue to explore the concept of part-part-whole in math using cuisenaire rods
  • We will complete our Flat Stanley letters to send in the mail
  • We will work on writing friendly letters to our penpals

Important Reminders:  Please remember that we will be doing gymnastics throughout the month of January.  Students need to be appropriately dressed, with hair pulled back and no jewelry.  See below for further information.

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 not 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 jewelry 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.

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 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Week 15 (Dec. 10-14)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. La, de, da, da, da….  Hello Parents!  The students in Room 15 have been as busy as elves this week!  First, let us just say congratulations to all the students who performed in the Winter Concert this week!  They did a fabulous job and can be very proud of their efforts!

In Math, we continued with our work on doubles and extended our learning to use doubles+1 to solve related addition questions.  For example, if I wanted to know what 7+8 is I could use the double 7+7 to help me.  I would just think: “If 7+7=14 then 7+8 must equal 15 because it is one more than 7+7”.

We also worked on problem solving.  The students were given the following problem:

You visited the North Pole and noticed 20 legs. 

There were reindeer, elves, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Who could you have seen?

The students worked in partners to identify the important information in the problem and also the clue words that would tell them whether to add or subtract to solve the problem.  Then they drew pictures of all the different solutions they could think of to the problem. 

In Social Studies, the students finished up their work on their Pioneer Journal.  In each journal entry they had to incorporate information they learned about early Calgary and how the settlers had to adapt to the prairie environment which was very dry.  They wrote about leaving for Calgary, building a sod house, digging a well, daily life and fighting prairie grass fires.  They also had to include and explain important vocabulary such as—conservation, adapt, protect and scarce—to describe and explain life on the prairie a long time ago.  This was related to our ongoing inquiry about water and its importance in nature and to our daily lives.  

This week we also worked on a number of art projects.  We created some fun Christmas/Winter prints using foam and paint.  First, the students had to scratch a design or drawing into some foam.  Next, they had to paint over their design.  Lastly, they had to press the foam onto a piece of paper to transfer their design onto the paper.   They turned out great.  This was another great lesson in how positive and negative space can be used to create visually interesting artwork. 



Students also had a chance to decorate gingerbread cookies and decorate the classroom door for Christmas.  They are also working on a special surprise for their parents to give them at Christmas.  Shhh!  Don’t tell!  It’s a surprise!!!!! ; ) 


In gym we continued with floor hockey.  The students also participated in our 12 Days of Exercise activity.  Each day the students complete some physical activities during a movement break in class.  They started with one exercise on the first day and then add a new exercise each day.  So far they have had to run on the spot for 1 minute, do 2 chair pushups, 3 flosses, 4 walking lunges, 5 airplane balances and 6 push-ups. 


Looking Ahead…

  • The students will continue with story writing working through the writing process
  • The students will engage in some math stations focused on adding, doubles +1, geometry and number recognition
  • The students will continue with problem solving

Important reminders! 

Gingerbread project- Please continuing helping us great ready of our Gingerbread house math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs.  

Donations for the food bank- we will be collecting donations for the Calgary food either food items or cash donations beginning Monday.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional


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Week 14 – (Dec 3-5)

Check out what we have been doing in Room 15!

This week in math we began our work with addition strategies.  We watched a video about ‘Doubles, Doubles I can add doubles.’  Then we worked on a booklet representing what adding doubles are that we took home to practice.  We practiced those doubling skills by playing a ‘hopping doubles’ game. The Grade 2’s rolled a dice, doubled it and covered that number on the board. 

In Science, we are finishing up our study of Magnets with a final project.  The students were challenged to create a race track that uses magnets to race their characters around their mat.  We began drawing and coloring our race track with a winter theme, either a candy land, gingerbread houses or the North pole. 

We began another new unit in our gym class.  This week we began learning the basic skills needed to play floor hockey.  We began with how to hold a stick properly, stick handling, shooting the puck and then passing with a partner.  We also brainstormed things we can do to stay healthy such as exercise, eating healthy food, drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep.

Looking ahead…

  1. We will finish designing our magnet Gingerbread Race!!
  2. We will be using our problem-solving skills in math and continue our work with addition strategies using doubles plus one.
  3. We will be publishing our first story in our Writer’s Workshop.

Important things coming up!

Gingerbread project- Please continuing helping us great ready of our Gingerbread house math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs

Book fair – next week the we will be visiting the book fair on Tuesday during our library time.  The fair will be open during the week to purchase books as well as Thursday night during Our Winter concert

Donations for the food bank- we will be collecting donations for the Calgary food either food items or cash donations beginning Monday.

Winter Concert- our Grade two’s will be participating in our Winter concert on Thursday, December 13th.  We will be performing in 2 performances, 9:00am and 6:30pm.  Please return to the school at 6:00pm on Thursday night and drop your child off in our classroom for the concert.

Important Dates:

December 10 to 13 - Book Fair (students can purchase books during the day)

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non-Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 &15 – Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

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

February 28 – Fun Lunch

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Week 13 – (Nov 26-30)

From the kids:

“ In Science we learned about magnets and we were wondering if they stick to gold?

“We learned that magnets have a force field around them and that all magnets have north and south poles.”  We also experimented with hanging magnets and wand magnets to make a magnet ‘dance on a string’.

In Science this week we discovered that not all magnets have the same strength.  During our experiment we learned that wand magnets were the strongest because they can pick up over 30 paperclips.  We also discovered that like poles repel each other and that opposite poles attract.  These skills and knowledge should help us in creating and designing our Gingerbread man race next week!

“We learned about alphabetical order so we can use our dictionaries as we are writing.”

“Today in gym was our first try with dodge ball.”

“We used computers and learned about Mathletics, and we will try it at home this weekend.”

We used the computers again this Friday and learned how to assess Mathletics.  Each student brought home their username and password to assess this wonderful resource at home.  Give it a try!!

This week we began our Writers Workshop.  The kids were so very excited about publishing their own story to share with the class.  We will continue working through the process of writing from picking our topic to writing a story plan and individual conferences with an adult to write their very own stories.  We learned how to add details to our beginnings by adding in what is feels like, what we hear and what we see into the beginnings of our stories.

Please check help us great ready of our Gingerbread math project by bringing in candy and empty 250ml milk jugs.  A notice was sent home today with your child.  Thanks for your help!

Looking ahead…

  1. We will continue learning about magnets and designing a magnet Gingerbread Race!!
  2. We will be learning about DOUBLES in math, an addition strategy
  3. We will be working continue writing a story in our Writer’s Workshop and in our Pioneer journals.

Important Dates:

Scholastic book orders for Room 15 due on Monday, December 3rd

Adopt-a-Family donations need to be in by Thursday, Dec 6th 

Big Box Fundraiser was due November 29th

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch


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Week 12 – (Nov 19-22)

Thank you to all the parents for meeting with us during Parent Teacher conferences this week!

This week we have been working on our Reading Power of Visualizing.  We have been learning about thinking about what we are reading.  Visualizing is drawing the pictures that are created in our mind as we are reading from a book.  This helps us understand what they are reading.

In Science we continued with our exploration about Magnets.  We built fishing lines and fished for items that are magnetic or non-magnetic. We discovered that not all magnets are magnetic!  Some items made with aluminum are not magnetic.


In gym this week we began working with the scooter boards.  We reviewed some safety rules and explored moving in different ways on the scooter board, including on our knees, tummies, and bottoms.  We moved in curvy, zigzag and sideway directions.


Looking ahead…

  1. We will be learning more about magnets.
  2. We will be talking about the importance of water during the Pioneer time.
  3. We will be working on writing a story beginning in our Writer’s Workshop.

Important Dates:

Big Box Fundraiser due November 29th

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)

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


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Week 11: (Nov. 12-16)

This week in Social Studies we began our work on a timeline of Calgary. We identified the important events in Calgary’s history and took some notes summarizing each. Next week we will work on writing our good copy of our summary and putting the timeline together.

Last week we also made a map of Canada and labeled all the provinces and territories.  We will be using this to learn about the different parts of Canada and also for a special project in the coming weeks so stay tuned to find out more!

In math, we continued our study of place value.  We also worked on our “Math Talk”.  We are learning to explain our thinking in math using drawings, writing and verbally.  Next week, we will have a chance to share our learning with a partner and practice “revoicing” what our partner has said.  The students also completed a math assessment reviewing the topics we have covered so far this year.  

In Health, we read a book entitled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?.  In the story we learned that everyone has a “bucket” that they carry around with them everyday.  Their bucket is where they carry their feelings.  We can be a bucket filler by saying and doing kind things for one another or a bucket dipper by being unkind.  We talked about ways that we can be a bucket filler in our classroom.  The students came up with many examples, like working quietly, raising our hand, helping our classmates, speaking kindly etc.  We are working on filling our own ‘Class Bucket’.  

In writing, we completed a picture prompt about a bear in a suitcase.  We could write about the picture, create a story about the picture or write about something the picture reminds us of.  We continue to work on remembering the mechanics of our writing (i.e. capitals, periods, spaces etc.).

In Science we are learning about magnets.  We even learned that there are magnets in us!

Lastly, we got together with our Buddy class and went on the computers.  We are learning to log in and navigate on the internet.  We used a new website called Raz-Kids that has online reading books.  We got to read with our buddies and practice our reading skills.  

BIG BOX FUNDRAISER

Please note that your child—or a child in your family-- has brought home the a bag for the Big Box Fundraiser today.  There is a letter explaining what the fundraiser is about along with the box.  If you are interested in selling the boxes to friends and family to help raise money for our school all the information you need will be on the enclosed letter.  If not, please send the boxes back to school a.s.a.p.  Thank you.

Information regarding the Gingerbread House night will be coming home next week.

Looking ahead….

            - We will be completing our timeline in Social Studies

            - We will be continuing to learn about magnets

             - We will work on our reading power lessons using visualizing to help improve our comprehension of what we are                 reading.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break



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Week 10 – (Nov. 5-9)

Another busy and productive week in Room 15!! 

This week we spent our carpet times in the morning reading books, talking about Remembrance Day and why it is important to remember.  We shared stories and photographs about our relatives who served in the military.  To represent our learning we wrote a poem about Remembrance Day and illustrated it.

On Wednesday we had a Special Guest, Nicole.  She talked to us about “Expected and Unexpected” behaviors in our class.  For example is it expected to lay on the carpet when listening to a lesson or is it unexpected?  We talked about many different examples of what is expected behavior here at school.  We will continue to use these words throughout our year in grade 2.  We also decided to celebrate students who demonstrate ‘Expected behavior’ by having a “Star Student”.  Each day we will recognize one student who is demonstrating those behaviors.

In Science we began another unit about magnets.  Students explored magnets at different centers and discovered that magnets stick to many things.  We came up with many questions for magnets; for example “Can magnets stick to gold?”

We also had a water expert from the City of Calgary (Reid’s Dad) come to talk with us about how the city’s water is cleaned before it is put back into the river.

Looking ahead…

  1. We will be talking about what we can do to help keep our water clean.
  2. We will be creating a timeline in Social Studies.
  3. We will be working more on our story writing in Writer’s Workshop.

Important Dates:

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

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

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

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

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Week 9: (Oct. 29-Nov. 2)

In Social Studies we learned about what everyday life in a prairie community would have been like.  We learned that people had to be resourceful and make or grow many of the things they needed.  We baked some bread and also learned how to make butter using a jar and some cream.  If you shake the bottle hard enough and long enough it will first turn into whipping cream and eventually into butter.  Then we enjoyed a nice snack of homemade butter, homemade bread and some jam.  


In Science, we did two experiments with Mrs. Farrell’s class.  We put water at the bottom of a cup and put some shaving cream on top of the water.  Then we added drops of blue food colouring to the shaving cream.  When the cloud (i.e. shaving cream) became full of water (food colouring) it would “rain” down into the water.

In the second experiment, we used ice and put it over some warm water.  Then it started to evaporate and then it would stick to the top of the cup when it cooled.  It formed water droplets on the top.  This is another way that shows how clouds form.

During Language Arts, we began our exploration of story writing.  We read a story called the “Big Pumpkin”.  The students created a story map of the characters, setting, problem and the events.  Then they began a story plan of their own for a similar story.  We created a rubric with the students outlining what they would need to do to get a 1, 2, 3 or 4.  

During math, we took some seeds out of a pumpkin.  Before counting we estimated the number of seeds in our pumpkin.  We learned that estimating is smart guess not a random guess.  We also learned to use a sample—or visual reference—to help us when we estimate.  We talked about why estimating is an important skill, too.  Then we counted the seeds by 2s, 5s and 10s using a special counting mat.   We found out that our pumpkin had 326 seeds in it!

To wrap up our learning, we documented the work we did on our bulletin board showing each step of the process and also some writing and artwork we created to go along with it.  

We also talked a little about Remembrance Day and started some art work for next weeks assembly.

In gym, we began our dribbling skills for basketball.   The kids are doing an excellent job of controlled dribbling and are developing good hand-eye coordination.

Coming up…

  • Remembrance Day artwork
  • Remembrance Day Assembly - Nov. 9 @ 9:00 am
  • Story writing – adding details (eg. description, dialogue etc.)
  • Math – more place value practice

Important Reminders & Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

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

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

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

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Week 8 – (Oct. 22-25)

On Tuesday this week the Grade 2’s got the opportunity to go to Heritage Park for our first Field Trip for a hand’s on experience connecting to our Social Studies unit on a prairie community.  They had a wonderful time exploring the day-to-day life of Settlers in Alberta.  They got to play with all different types of toys from the olden days, role played the different roles of women, men and children in a settler family, made bannock and traded fur for goods.

In math this week we continued our work with illustrating the meaning of place value for numerals to 100. We build our own base ten blocks with beans and popsicle sticks, so we could see that 10 ones make 1 group of 10.  Then we practiced building and representing the numbers.


In Science we continued our work with exploring and discovering about water.  We began talking about States of matter and the Water Cycle.  Students began working on visual representation of the Water cycle in their visual journals.  To discover about evaporation on going experiment in our classroom is: Which container will evaporate more water?  The closed or open container? We also made a Water Cycle in a bag.  You can follow this link to try it at home!!

https://vimeo.com/174382047

Looking ahead…

  1. It’s Halloween on Wednesday, you may wear your costumes in the afternoons and bring a snack to share with the class.
  2. We will be investigating pumpkins and how many seeds are in a pumpkin
  3. We will begin looking at important figures from our prairie past.

Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

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

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

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

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

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

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

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)



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Week 7 – (Oct.15-19)

From the kids:

“In Science this week we did experiments with liquids, we went to different stations, vinegar, dish soap, water, corn syrup and oil.  Then we raced the liquids and we learned that vinegar and water were the fastest and corn syrup & dish soap were the slowest because gravity was pulling them down and they were too dense.”

“In math we built number lines on the floor to help us add.”

We finished off our week by painting a water scene based on Frank Asch's artwork.  The kids choose a scene about water and painted using watercolors.


Looking ahead…

  1. On Tuesday this week we will be heading to Heritage Park for our field trip.  Please dress for the weather and pack your child a litter less lunch.
  2. We will continue our work with place value in math
  3. In Science we will be exploring States of Matter and the Water cycle!

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. 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)


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Week 6:  (Oct.9-11)

On Thursday this week we had a guest speaker from the Science Network come and do a presentation with our class about liquids.  This connects with our Grade 2 Science unit on Exploring liquids.  The kids learned many interesting facts about liquids.

What the students said:

“salt water can float a small potato”    “ a liquid is something you can pour”

“ it takes the shape of it’s container”      “ water and oil do not mix”

During our writing Stamina time we have been focusing on making spaces between our words, using capital letters in the correct places and adding periods at the end of our ideas. We wrote about our guest speaker from Science and what we learned about liquids.

In Social Studies, we are learning about a prairie community.  Students have reviewed what a community is—a place where people live, work and play together.  And looked at the different types of communities—i.e. urban and rural.

We are also learning about what makes a prairie community unique from any other community.  Friday we read a book called “If You’re Not From the Prairie”.  It said “If you’re not from the prairie you don’t know.... the wind…. the sun…. the sound the grass makes… the snow... the cold... the flat ground… etc.   We brainstormed the different characteristics of the prairie.  Then we watched a video about a very special prairie landmark—the grain elevator.  

In art, we learned that lines-- along with shape, colour, value, texture, form and space-- make up the 7 elements of art.  We learned that lines can be zigzags, straight, dotted, curvy, diagonal, horizontal and vertical.  We also began a line drawing of a grain elevator.  Stay tuned next week to see how they turned out!   

Looking ahead…

  • We will prepare for our field trip to Heritage Park
  • We will continue to work on our drawings in art
  • We will continue to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction

Reminders….

  • Dental Consent forms - due Monday
  • Fluoride Varnish (AHS) – Monday
  • Field Trip forms due Oct. 19
  • Heritage Park - Oct. 23
  • Library is on Tuesday
  • Fun Lunch – Oct. 25 (go to Healthy Hunger to order)

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


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Week 5 – (Oct. 1-4)

In math this week we worked through lots of different stations reviewing and practicing our addition skills.  We worked with partners and moved around the classroom to each station.  Students recorded their work in their math journals.


In Gym, we learned a new game called ‘The RPS Game”.  We reviewed the rules of rock, paper and scissors with our partner and added in some running and rolling the ball.  We really enjoyed playing this game and cooperated well with our partner!

Looking ahead…

  • We will be reviewing subtracting numbers from 1-10
  • We will continue to explore the surface tension of water with pennies & paperclips

Important Dates:

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

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

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

Oct. 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. 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

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Week 4 – (Sept. 24-28)

This week we began our work in Science, exploring liquids, with a focus on water.  Students began recognizing and describing things they noticed about water.  These are some of room 15’s observations about water:

“I observed that water vibrates when you blow on it.”

“If you move around a straw fast in water you can make a shape of a speed boat.”

“If you fill up one cup with water you can squeeze it into a water fountain with another cup.”

 

  

Friday was our Terry Fox run and we ran many laps around our field in support of cancer research in our country.


We received our first books for our home reading on Thursday and it was so lovely and encouraging seeing 7 students returned them on Friday. Keep up that reading!!

Looking ahead…

  • We will be discussing the importance of Orange shirt Day
  • We will continue to explore liquids in Science
  • We will be finishing up our maps of Canada

Important Dates:

Oct.1 - Orange Shirt Day

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

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween

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Week 3 – (Sept. 17-20) 

It was so wonderful meeting all the parents at interviews this week and we look forward to helping your children reach their learning goals this year!

This week we in math we reviewed some concepts from grade one.  Reading, writing and recognizing numbers from 

1-20.  The students in room 15 worked in partners to match the word with the digit and a picture representing that number.

Our first Library day was this Thursday, remembered to bring your books back next Thursday!


Looking ahead…

  • We will be making maps of Canada
  • We will be exploring liquids in Science
  • We will be introducing numbers from 20-100

Important Dates:

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

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Welcome to our Blog!  We have had a couple of busy and jam-packed weeks here in Room 15!  Each week we will be posting some pictures and writing about what we are learning in class and some of the highlights from our week.  We will also include some important dates and information about upcoming events to help you stay on top of what is happening here at EMJ.  We’ve got a long way to go and we are just getting started so come along and take this journey with us!  Enjoy!

Week 1: (Sept. 4-7)

We learned what a “chance” is.  We read a book called “What do you do with a chance?”.  In the book the little boy wanted a chance but at first he was scared. Then he decided to take a risk and grab his chance.  We learned that chances don’t always work out but we can always try again.  Then we made some butterfly chances out of yellow paper.  This will be an on-going and school-wide focus of student’s personal learning and development throughout the year.

We made an All About Me page in our visual journals.  We drew pictures of our hobbies, our favourite things and ourselves!  We also used our best writing to label our pictures.  We are learning to sound out words in our writing and to use print in the environment to help us with words we do not know. 

This week we also had a pancake breakfast.  It was really delicious.  We think we ate more than 50 pancakes altogether!! 

Week 2:  (Sept. 10 -14)

This week we have continued to work on developing our independent reading skills.  We are learning that there are 3 ways to read a book.  We can “read” the pictures, read the words and retell stories we have already read.  We practiced building our reading stamina and were able to read quietly for 10 minutes during Read to Self!

We did lots of math.  We are reviewing our knowledge of numbers to 20 and practicing reading, writing and counting--sets of objects-- to 20.  We practiced representing numbers on a ten frame using bingo chips and matching numbers to sets of objects.  We also made a pictograph using cupcakes with our birthdates on them so now we can see what month each student has his or her birthday in.  We compared the number of birthdays in each month and discovered that more kids in our class have birthdays in July than in any other month.

In Health we are working on understanding our emotions.  We learned about Ninja Bob.  He is a pop bottle that can show different emotions.  By shaking him we can show that he is mad.  When he is really mad he explodes.  If he is sad he leans to one side.  If he is happy he just stands with a smile on his face.  Next we will learn about how to handle our feelings in positive ways.  (Sorry no pic!  We’ll put one in another week)

Looking ahead…

  • -We will be making self-portraits in art
  • -We will learn more about maps and create a classroom map of our own
  • -We will continue our study of the 5 Reading Powers and how they can help us to become better readers!

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm
  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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