Upcoming school events are in our monthly Evergreen School calendar.

Summer Break 

Thank you everyone for a great year.  Your support has been wonderful!  I wish all families an enjoyable summer break.  First day of classes are after Labour Day on Tues. Sept. 3rd. 

If you are looking for summer read aloud with your child here are some suggestions. 

   

Last Day tomorrow - Early Dismissal

We had a super fun active morning playing outside.  There were so many different favourite stations - badminton, bouncy balls, water race, curling, bubbles and big favourite was Crack the Code.  Today we took home most of our items.  Please have your child bring their blue communication folder to put their report cards in tomorrow.  Their indoor shoes along with a few other items will be sent home too. 

Please send in any books from the Learning Commons, home reading books and media release form for the Zoo Blog if not sent in already. 

This afternoon we enjoyed drawing a milkshake on Arts for Kids Hub.  If you want to do more projects throughout the summer, here is the link...



Sports Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is Sports Day!  Students will be active outside for Sports Day in the morning from ~9:00 -11:00 am if the weather permits.  Please have your child wear clothes and footwear to be outside. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are good idea too if needed.  

Last day of school is Thursday. It is an early dismissal day and reports cards will be sent home then. 

If your child will be absent your child's report can be picked up at the office Thursday or Friday.  


Last Friday of Grade 1 

This week (and year) has flown by.  We were busy finishing up work to add to our scrapbooks.  We also enjoyed creating our 'Happy Place' boxes with many different materials.  We have been learning a variety of Barbara Reid techniques using plasticine.  This week we also continued our exploration of 3D shapes and learned about faces, edges and vertices with Mrs. Roworth. Here are some of our 3D shapes and the work we did in partners. 


Upcoming dates:

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)


2nd last week

This week is our last week of new 'popcorn' words. Words this week are:

* each   * never     *don't    * first    * second  * third  *thank   *their  * them   * always

Over the next week and half we will be using a variety of mediums (paints, paper, sand, plasticine, markers, cotton balls, feathers, shells, rocks etc) to create a 'Happy Place' box to take home at the end of the year.  They will be experimenting with creating 3D shapes and joining different materials.  

If your child wants to bring an extra shoebox from home to use they can do so.  Otherwise, Mrs. McLarty has a lot of boxes :) 

Upcoming dates:

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)

Gifts

Thank you for your "gift of time' last night coming to our Grade 1 Celebration.  Your children were so proud of their accomplishments and loved having family listen to their songs and see our videos highlighting our learning journey.  They did such a fantastic job - not only last night but throughout our Zoo inquiry project!

Enjoy the 'gift' they made and grew.



Celebration tonight!

Doors open at 5:45 and our program starts at 6:00pm. Please plan to arrive at 5:45 and have students go to their classrooms before you grab a seat in the gym.

Invitations

Today your child brought home an invitation for our Grade 1 celebration sharing on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  We are excited for families to join us.  

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* taste, feel, Spring, gave, take, how, tell, think, ever, every

In gym we have been practicing our racquet skills. Last week we practiced using a badminton racquet with birdies and today we used foam paddles with balloons.  

Upcoming dates:

Thursday June 13th  6:00 -7:00 pm.    Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 

Students will have an opportunity to share their learning, specifically the Zoo inquiry projects. 

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)


Wiggly Worms 

Today we looked at the worms in our classroom compost.  All year they have been munching on our banana and orange peels, apple cores and other fruits / vegetables. There was lots of excitement touching the worms and noticing how they felt.  They were many different sizes and even eggs.  

Upcoming dates:

Thursday June 13th  6:00 -7:00 pm.    Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 

Students will have an opportunity to share their learning, specifically the Zoo inquiry projects. 

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)



Animal Projects

We have been working so hard on our zoo animal projects.  We are excited to be sharing them at the zoo this Thursday!  Thank you in advance to all the volunteers who are helping. 

The different parts of our project are: 

* researching, writing and organizing facts 

* drawing scientific labelled drawings

* identifying different adaptations that are important for the animal we are studying 

* drawing / painting a close up part of the animal

* explaining why the animal is important and what we can do to help them

 The following Thursday June 13th we will have an evening sharing night at Evergreen at 6:00 pm.   

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* eyes  *nose  * ears   * hair   * arms    * hands   * feet    * legs    * hear    * smell

Sunny Week Ahead  

The forecast is for a sunny and warm week.  Please plan for your child to be outside for gym, music and both recess breaks.  A hat, sunscreen (applied prior to coming to school) and a water bottle will be needed.  

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

*  isn't   * can't   * won't    * left   * right   * goes   * talk  * head   * body   * mouth

Important information:

Last day to sign out books from the Learning Commons will be June 5th. We won't be able to go as a class for the new few weeks.  If your child wants to do an exchange they can bring their book any day (except Fridays).  They can exchange it on their own.   

Archaeology 

This morning we were immersed with artifacts and ecofacts with Mr. F and learned the difference. We explored different bones looking for similarities between human and bison bones.  We also learned how archaeologist's catalogue artifacts by weighing, measuring and describing each object.  We followed a diagram of a bison along with real bones to build a bison. The students asked excellent questions and we learned that 'Billy the Bison' was found in 1950 south of Okotoks. The bones are ~140 years old!


Zoo field trips forms

New popcorn words this week are:

now, why, before, does, dragon, huge, tiny, cave, forest, it's 

Here's our new gym challenge!


Important notes:

1) Zoo field trip forms sent home today. We will need lots of volunteers! 

2) Newspapers are needed to some building challenges.  Please send anytime. 

3) Fun Lunch on Thursday - Subway


Book exchange & Newspapers needed

We will be going to the Learning Commons to exchange books tomorrow.  There will only be a few more weeks until Mrs. Schuman needs books returned.  

We would like to do some building challenges and need newspapers.  If you have any extras please send them in.  Thank you in advance. 

Remember: No school this Friday May 17 and Monday May 20

This week we've had a variety of challenges in gym.  See below...


Math game 

Today Mrs. Roworth taught us a new math game using a game board like tic tac toe with 9 sections.  We rolled a dice and strategically placed 9 numbers.  The goal was to make as many doubles to add up to the greatest total.  The double numbers needed to touch horizontally and vertically (not diagonally) to be able to add them together. We used our knowledge of doubles, making ten and adding several numbers together.  Here are some of our results... With the same numbers we got 10, 12 and 18!


Our Beanstalk 

Look how big our beanstalk is growing!


Today we listened to different versions of the classic story Jack and the Beanstalk.  We also solved a related math problem. 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

nine,  ten, very, pink, black, purple, ask, asked, question, because

On the Horizon 


Upcoming dates:

1) No school next Friday May 17th and Mon. May 20th.

2) Volunteer Tea - Friday May 24th 

3) Calgary Zoo trip - All Grade one classes - Thursday June 6th.  

We will need lots of volunteers! 

Learning Commons tomorrow

Please have your child bring their Learning Commons book to exchange.  We only have a few more weeks until Mrs. Schuman needs all books returned.  Students will be able to continue taking home reading books that are at their reading level until the end of June.  It has been exciting to listen to students practice their poetry and enjoy books with partners. All students are showing more confidence reading in their guided reading groups.  We have been working on ensuring understanding, applying efficient strategies to decode unfamiliar words and read with expression by imagining how the characters are feeling.  

This week, we have also been working on a "secret" writing / art project that will be enjoyed this weekend :) Our Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' work has continued this week with Ms. Broomfield. We have been replicating his famous art piece using pastel.  In math, we are continuing to deepen our understanding of subtraction by comparing the difference between 2 numbers.  We looked a series of slides and brainstormed different possibilities. 



At this point possible ideas were 10 and 18 -  11 and 19 -  12 and 20. 

Then we continued looking at clues ...

This clue really helped!  

PROBLEM SOLVED!  

Class photos 

Please look in your child's blue folder for their class photo.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* cold  * if   * any   * only   * an    * give   * round   * six   * seven   * eight 

We have been meeting regularly in our animals writing facts about the animal we are studying.  Today we began categorizing our facts.  Some of the ideas for the groupings are Food, Family, Habitat and Body (Appearance).  

Ozobots 

Today we were very fortunate to have Mr. Wilcox teach our class how to use Ozobots. Our school Parent Council generously purchased them for Evergreen this year.  We learned how to draw a pathway for the Ozobot to travel and add various codes that communicate different ways and speeds to travel.  Below is an example of a pathway that was successful because the messages (lines, dots) were clearly communicated to the Ozobot.  The students did an excellent job working together and problem solving.  


Hats on for Mental Health 

Tomorrow is Hats on for Mental Health which is optional for students.  They may wear a hat in school if they would like.  The purpose is to increase awareness about taking care of ourselves and others well being.  We will be talking about the importance of practicing positive self talk so that we can focus on growing and learning. Below is a link if you would like more information on Mental Health. http://canwetalk.ca 

Today we continued working on a "Garden" math problem.  We are looking at different combinations of 2 numbers that equal 20.  

________ family wanted to plant 20 flowers in their 

garden.  They decided to plant 2 different colours: _____________and __________

How many different ways could their garden look?

Puppet show today 

Today we enjoyed a school wide puppet show presented by Cassie and Friends about Juvenile Arthritis.  It is a show about ability, difference and friendship. We learned about the importance of listening to our friends and trying to understand that we may have different needs / challenges than each other.   

http://cassieandfriends.ca/pro...

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* hour  * minute  * us  * work   * been  * both  * off  * best  * or  * not

Please continue to read regularly with your child and supporting them with their home reading and mastering popcorn sight words.  Their growth at school is apparent.  Students are recognizing rhymes quicker, reading more fluently, as well as, making connections with other books and experiences. The next few months until summer break are important to enhance their  skills, confidence and stamina. READ:)  READ:)  READ :)  


Zoo trip tomorrow

Most students in our class will be going to the zoo tomorrow.  Groups going will be Bears, Wolves, Bison and River Otters.  Please have your child dress appropriately for the weather (it might rain!). Dressing in layers will be helpful as it can be cool in the mornings.  Also please remember they need a lunch, snack and water bottle.  Students will not be allowed to purchase food / drinks.  

There will be no new popcorn words this week given our short week and zoo schedule.  

Photos & skating tomorrow

We will also be going to the Learning Commons for a book exchange so that students have new books for long weekend.  Remember no school Friday April 19 and Monday April 22. 

In math we have been practicing subtracting numbers between 0 and 20 by making up word problems.  Different strategies have been used to solve the problems such as: using counters, beads, a number line, drawing pictures or tallies and thinking addition for subtraction.  We have been practicing writing number sentences (equations).  As well, we have been playing games in partners and small groups to practice our addition and subtraction skills.

 

Animal groups 

Today in our animal groups we watched a short video that shows how students help each other improve their work by providing specific feedback in a positive way.  Below is a picture showing how one student drew 6 different drafts of a butterfly to create a scientific realistic drawing.   In our groups students have been identifying body parts that help their chosen animal adapt and survive. Students then had the opportunity to draw a body part of the animal they are studying.  Some of the body parts students are choosing to focus on are:  eyes, nose, ears, jaws, teeth, fur, antlers, horns, legs, tail, feet, claws, wings and whiskers.    

Short week 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* breakfast    * lunch     * dinner     * fruit    * vegetables    

* recess    * read    * write    * math     * sleep 

Today we noticed our bean seeds are really starting to grow.  We can see the seed coat splitting, many roots going down and the stem going up.  There are even some leaves starting to grow.  

Upcoming movie night

It's another Movie Night! On Thursday, April 18, we will be showing "The Peanuts Movie." Doors will open at 6pm, and the movie will start by 6:30pm. Please come in your PJ's and enjoy one last movie night this school year!

Tickets are available through your child's Healthy Hunger account.  www.healthyhunger.ca
We hope to see you there!
Evergreen School Council
evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Other important dates

1) In-Line skating on Monday April 15 and Thursday April 18th

2) Calgary Zoo trip - forms sent home today. Please return asap.

*  Wed. April 24 - Bears, Wolf / Bison, River Otters groups 

* Thurs. April 25 - Cougar / Crane, Moose / Owl / Prairie Dog groups

3) No school next Friday April 19th (Good Friday)

4) No school Monday April 22nd (Non-instructional day)

 

In Line Skating & Jersey day & Book exchange too

Our class will be In Line Skating tomorrow morning.  Please send in a helmet if your child has one (no helmets with cages).  Our other skating days are next Monday April 15 and Thursday April 18th.  Students are also invited to wear a jersey in support of the Calgary Flames.  We will also have the opportunity to exchange books at the Learning Commons.  

In math we have been working with number lines from 0 to 20 to add and subtract.  With Mrs. Roworth we created our own number lines with a partner.  Then we played a card game using ace, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to add or subtract starting at 10.  Red cards were for subtraction and black cards were for addition. The player that reached 0 or 20 was the winner.  We also recorded our thinking on paper.   

Last week began growing bean seeds in a bag.   Take a look at one that is starting to grow!


Van Gogh

Today we began a new project with Ms. Broomfield. We are learning about another famous artist - Vincent Van Gogh.  We will be looking very closely at one of his paintings - The Starry Night and then making replicas using a variety of mediums.  Below is a very fascinating interactive animation of Starry Night. 

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* over    * under    * again   * pet    * toy   * game   * music   * present  * eat   * ate

Our literacy rotations are:

* Guided reading and writing with Mrs. McLarty focusing on increasing stamina, looking for words inside of words, mastering long and short vowels, as well as learning endings and new spelling patterns. (e.g., ing, ed, igh, ew, ow). 

* Learning a new poem - April Rain Dance 

* Practicing our new popcorn words doing Rainbow spelling 

* Writing our new popcorn words in sentences using a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence and a period at the end.  All the popcorn words need to be spelled correctly too. 

* Practicing our reading independently using RazKids 

Recognizing rhymes and opposites are very important skills that help students anticipate / predict words when reading.  The poem this week can help to build these skills.  

April Rain Dance 

Pitter!  Patter! Drops of rain

Dancing in the windowpane!

Sometimes fast and sometimes slow

Up and down the glass they go,

Making their own music sweet

With the patter of their feet.


In Line Skating

Thank you for returning the Alien Inline Skating forms. Our In Line skating days will be:

Thursday April 11th

Monday April 15th

Thursday April 18th

Skating will be in our gym at school.  All equipment is provided.  However, if you would like to send a personal helmet to school for use during the program, please do so!  Also ensure that the helmet fits properly before sending it to school.

Welcome back 

I hope all families enjoyed their Spring Break holiday.  Thank you to everyone for coming to Student Led Conferences and allowing your child to share their learning.  It was exciting to observe their engagement.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:  

* night  * afternoon   * could   * would   * should   * after   * thing  * lots    * nice  * many 

Our new poem this week is:

Springtime

  A small green frog on a big brown log.

A black and yellow bee in a little green tree.

A red and yellow snake by a blue-green lake.

All sat and listened to red bird sing, 

"Wake up everybody!  It's Spring! It's Spring!"

Reminders:

1) Please return any work that was taken home for the break. 

2) Photo day - Thurs. April 18 


Early Dismissal Thursday

Our popcorn words this week are:

* call  * called * then  * soon  * once  * upon  * time  * story  * may  * morning

Upcoming conferences

Student Led Conferences are next week on Thursday March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Friday March 22, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Please sign up for a time so that your child can share their learning.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with me to discuss your child's progress. 

As well, Thursday is an early dismissal day at 11:50 am.

Beautiful story 

Today we listened to the story Lotus and Feather which is about a young girl and her grandfather rescuing and healing an injured crane.  Students did a fantastic job thinking beyond the facts and events in the story.  They were able to infer what mattered about the story and  identify the big ideas such as: 

* friendship, love and freedom

* taking care of the bird so it can survive

* Lotus should let the bird go back to it's family

* Lotus loves the bird and the bird loves Lotus


Swimming tomorrow and Thursday

Conference Booking opens today 

Student Led Conferences are next week on Thursday March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Friday March 22, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Please sign up for a time so that your child can share their learning.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with me to discuss your child's progress. 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* I'm  * birthday  * who  * brother  *sister  * town  * city  * number * happy  * baby 

Our literacy rotations this week are:

* Guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on mastering different vowels sounds (e.g., ea, ee, igh, ay, ai, ow).

* Practicing independent reading skills on RazKids / Starfall

* Organizing our weekly popcorn words in ABC order 

* Matching different contractions 

* Learning a new poem called Daylight Savings Time

* Practicing our popcorn words doing play dough spelling 

* Writing in our journals focusing on including all important sounds, spelling popcorn words correctly, leaving spaces, using lower case letters and adding punctuation. 

Upcoming dates:

1) Swimming this week on Wed. and Thursday afternoon.  Volunteers please meet in our classroom at 12:55.

2) Early dismissal next Thursday at 11:50 am.

3) Student Led conferences next Thurs. March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm & Fri. March, 22 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

4) Spring Break holidays March 23 - April 2nd (Monday April 1st is a Non-Instructional day).


Upcoming Book Fair

The Usborne Literacy Fair is coming!

Thursday, March 21stand Friday, March 22nd  

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles. We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later.Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca

Swimming again

Wow!  Our children did fantastic today swimming.  They were brave, respectful and tried their best.  We will be swimming again tomorrow afternoon - leaving the school at 1:00.  

Tomorrow we won't be going as a class to the Learning Commons for a book exchange.  However, if your child wants to get a new book they can see Mrs. Schuman in the morning between 8:30 - 10:00.  

This week we have been trying to solve the Mystery Word which is made up of the following letters -  a o u y   d g l n p r s.  We are finding many small words which will lead us to figure out what the word is when all the letters are unscrambled. 

Swimming tomorrow and Thursday

Our class is swimming tomorrow afternoon and Thursday.  Please ensure your child has a swim suit, towel, goggles (optional).  An extra snack is a good idea too as swimming can be quite tiring. We also appreciate it if you talk with your child about being calm during our bus rides, in the changing room and during their lessons.  Thank you in advance.  Volunteers please meet us in our class room at 12:55.  

Math scales 

Today we explored what the equal sign means in math.  We used scales to show how weights (numbers)on each side of the scale balance each other.  We made many different number sentences.                    8+5+5+2 = 10+10  


Our new popcorn words are:  

* walk  * sheep  * duck  * goose  * away   * about  * just  * open   * live   *old

Our literacy rotations are:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on comprehending and responding to the books through guided writing 

* Practicing reading skills independently using Razkids / Starfall  

* Learning and new poem / song - swimming 

* Making words with letter / rhyme cubes 

* Printing popcorn words on whiteboards focusing on using tall (sky) letters, short (grass) letters and fishing (dirt) letters

* Senses word search 

* Writing tastes I like ... tastes I don't ,like 

* Write the Room - finding interesting words to record 


No School Friday 

Today our room was filled with a 'Sea of Pink' with so many pink shirts.  We talked about the importance of choosing kindness.  One way we learned to show kindness is to think about our actions before reacting.  In particular, we discussed and watched a video by Wondergrove- Habits of Mind called Managing our Impulsivity.

In math, we have been working with Cuisnenaire rods and comparing the different colours and assigning numbers to the colors and lengths. Today we combined the colours in many ways to make 20.  For instance, 2 orange rods = 20, 4 yellow rods = 20, 2 blue rods + 1 red = 20 

Important reminders:

1) Book exchange at the Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Movie night tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm (optional)

Mystery Doug Monday

Every Monday we get an email from Mystery Doug.  He sends a video about different science ideas.  On his website we vote as a class on which idea / mystery we want to know more about.  For instance, last week he explained why cats purr.  This week he taught us why Pluto is considered a minor planet whereas the other 8 planets in our solar system are major planets.

This week are new popcorn words are: 

* from   * sit   * stand  *skip  * hop   * animal  * horse  * cow  * pig  * goat 

Our new literacy rotations are: 

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on developing greater fluency and expression when reading out loud 

* Reading to self using RazKids / Starfall

* Building words focusing on mastering vowel sounds playing a dice game

* Creating a word search for a peer to solve

* Working cooperatively on sense of sound tasks to identify, list and write different sounds 

Reminders:

1) No school - Friday March 1st (Professional Learning Day for teachers)

2) Pink Shirt Day -  Wednesday Feb. 27th 

3) Family Movie Night - Thursday Feb. 28th  

Pink Shirt Day 

For more information how the day began see below link.  

https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/ab...

Swimming Forms

Please look in your child's blue communication folder.  There are many forms about swimming. If you are able to volunteer, please indicate on the tear off section which days you are available or you can email Mrs. McLarty with the information if preferred.  

Today we continued developing our number sense of 100 through songs, counting and estimating.  We estimated how many times we could count to 10 in 100 sec.  First we estimated and then tallied how many times on a whiteboard.  Many us of were really close to our estimations.  We also estimated how many gems were in a vase.  We adjusted our estimations after clues were given such as: the number is less than 100, it is an even number, it is not a multiple of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) and it does not have the digits 2, 4 or 6.  

Reminders

Fun Lunch tomorrow.

Learning Commons visit - bring books to exchange

100th day of School

Today is our 100th day of school in Grade 1!  This week, we will be exploring the concept of 100 in many ways.  For instance... How long does it take to do different fitness activities? (see below) How many of our popcorn words can fill a 100 chart? Can we count to 100 by 5s and 10s?  How long is a 100 word poem?  How does the size / shape of 100 objects differ? 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* there  * friend  * family  * people  * home  * put   * when   * has   * saw   * by 

Creative Kids 

We are half way through our February Sharing on Creations.  We have been enjoying many different creations such as:  LEGO planes and towns, a  ferris wheel made out of K'Nex, a paper mache orca whale, a dragon painting, drawings, a life sized paper cut out and a paper roll telescope.  We look forward to more wonderful creations in the upcoming weeks.  

Swimming in March

Grade 1 classes will be swimming on: 

*  Wed. March 7th & Thurs. March 8th 

* Wed. March 13th & Thurs. March 14th 

Our class will be leaving Evergreen at 1:00.  Our lesson time will be 1:30- 2:15.

Volunteers will be needed to support in the changing rooms. Forms will be sent home next week.

More math

Yesterday we listened to the story One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab which led to thinking about numbers and how we can combine numbers in multiple ways when adding.  Yesterday we brainstormed many ideas and recorded our thinking on whiteboards using pictures, words and numbers.  Today we shared more ideas and recorded our best ideas in our notebooks.  

Short week

There will be no school this Thurs. Feb. 14 &  Fri. Feb. 15 due to Teacher Convention and Mon. Feb. 18 (Family Day).

Our new popcorn words this week are:  

* were  * stop  * fast  * ride  * him  * please  * your  * new  * must  * our 

Our literacy rotations are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on attending to our reading and self-correcting 

* identifying the difference between vowels and consonants 

* reviewing our popcorn words by cooperating in a small group playing "Popcorn" Memory 

* writing a 'Friendship' recipe

* practicing our reading skills on RazKids / Starfall and learning a new poem called Hearts 

Hearts 

Red hearts, white hearts, 

Pink hearts, too.

I love purple hearts.

How about you?

Green hearts, yellow hearts, 

Blue hearts, too.

I love rainbow hearts.

How about you?

Upcoming dates:

Grade 1 classes will be swimming on:

*  Wed. March 7th & Thurs. March 8th

* Wed. March 13th & Thurs. March 14th

Volunteers will be needed to support in the changing rooms.  Specific swim times and forms will be sent home in a few weeks.  


Triangle math problem

In Math, Mrs. Roworth worked with us on a triangle problem. We made the shape of a triangle with counters.  We showed with counters, pictures and numbers how numbers can be broken into parts.  It is exciting to see growth in our organization and understanding of how to represent number parts into number sentences.  Below is some of our thinking ...

Learning Commons book exchange 

Tomorrow we will be going as a class to the Learning Commons for a book exchange and to enjoy a story with Mrs. Schuman.  Please have your child bring their books if they have had them for more than 2 weeks. 

Tomorrow if it is warm enough we will go outside. Please ensure your child has snow pants, a hat and mitts. Thank you!  

In math we often have number talks and discuss our mathematical thinking.  Yesterday we estimated how many diamond pattern blocks could fit in our estimation cup. After we counted 30 we made another estimation.  Our refinements helped us to estimate more accurately.  

Today we did a SPLAT number talk.  The pictures are shown one at a time and students are given time to "count and think."  We discuss their ideas before moving on to the next slide. 

 

Upcoming Movie Night 

Cold Winter Day

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* of  * had  * bike  * boat  * plane  * this  * made  * his  * her * they 

Literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty working on applying our knowledge of "popcorn" words increasing our stamina by reading longer texts

* learning a new poem called Groundhog Day. (According to Balzac Billy who didn't see his shadow we are looking at an early spring.  Hmm ... time will tell :))

* finding words in a word search related to Chinese New Year 

* building our writing skills by creating an acrostic poem

* comparing words with & without a silent /e/ at the end of a words such as: cub-cube, can-cane

* practicing our new popcorn words doing spiral spelling and scrabble (Add it Up!) 

Zoo Skype - day 2

Today was our last day to Skype with Jen at the Calgary Zoo.  The River Otter and the Prairie Dog / Owls / Moose groups had a virtual tourof the animals except they didn't see the Prairie Dogs because they were hibernating!  Over the past few days many groups have created acrostic poems about their animal. Today's group wrote:

Today we recognized Bell Let's Talk by discussing the importance of caring for ourselves with respect to our thoughts and feelings.  We listened to the story / song Pete the Cat and highlighted how he stayed positive even when things didn't always go the way he expected / wanted.  At the end of the day we enjoyed the book I Like Myself which emphasizes celebrating ourselves and our uniqueness. 



Music concert 

This morning we were fortunate to have Foothills Brass come to Evergreen to perform and teach students about the different building blocks of music.  They are Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and Tone.  The brass instruments were the trumpet, trombone, tuba and French horn.  The musicians played songs from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Little Mermaid as well as William Tell Overture. 

Important Reminders:

1) No School Friday 

2) Students can return their Learning Commons books any day (Mon. - Thurs.) to do a book exchange.

Zoo Skype - day 1 

Today was our first of 2 days that we are learning from Jen at the Calgary Zoo via Skype.  The groups that Skyped today were: Bears, Cougars / Cranes and Wolves / Bison.  She taught us about: 1) their stories and how they came to the zoo, 2) different body adaptations that help them survive, 3) their predators and prey and so much more!  The students rotated to different teachers and explored animals in different ways.  The rotations were:

* Mrs. McLarty - creating Acrostic poems about their animal

* Mrs. Maronese - learning about snakes

* Mrs. Frampton - learning about turtles

* Mrs. Stuart - creating over and under the ground pictures 

* Mrs. Stanford - exploring different animal adaptations

We look forward to our next Skype day on Thursday.

No school Friday 

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * girl  * into    * well    * good    * mother  * father   

* grandma     * grandpa   * got   * let 

Our literacy rotations are:

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on trying different strategies when stuck reading an  unfamiliar word

* creating webs to show related ideas / words 

* practicing our popcorn words using rainbow spelling 

* matching 2 words to make a compound word i.e., sunlight

* practicing our reading on iPads using Razkids / Starfall

* making words using Boggle letters




Robot Dance

Your children did a fantastic job performing their Robot Hip Hop Dance for half of their Evergreen peers. They danced with confidence and enjoyed sharing their Hip Hop style.  

Your child's poetry folder was sent home today to share with family.  Please support your child with reading the poems, as well as, identifying rhymes and popcorn words.  The folders need to be returned next Thursday so that we can add more poems in the weeks to come. 

Upcoming dates:

1) Zoo Skype sessions with various groups next Tuesday and Thursday.

2) No School next Friday Feb. 1st.


Zoo Skype Preparation

Next week we will have a Skype session with Jen from the Calgary Zoo to learn more about animals from the Canadian Wilds.  Today we met with our groups to gather questions about our an animal of our interest. We have mixed up students based on their interests. The groups are: 

Bears with Mrs. Stuart , River Otters with Mrs. Stanford, Wolves & Bison with Mrs. McLarty, Cougars & Cranes with Mrs. Maronese and Prairie Dogs, Moose & Owls with Mrs. Frampton.  

Today the students generated many interesting questions for Jen to talk with us next week.  The questions focused around food, predators and prey, hibernation, surviving through the winter,  their teeth, horns and fur. 

Sound Kreations - Hip Hop

A message from Mrs. Roworth:

Evergreen School is having a blast with Mr. Josh as our Sound Kreations Residency continues. This program has been a supplement to the regular Phys. Ed program to explore different forms of dance. The SHARING on Friday is for students to celebrate with each other and show small (90 second) samples of what they have been working on in class. This is not a polished performance. If they haven't already, please ask your child to share some of their moves and choreography with you at home.

Reading Strategies 

Many students indicated that their goal is to improve their reading by practicing at school and home.  Some of the reading strategies we focus in class on are:

1) Looking for word chunks inside of words like 'art' in 'start.'

2) Flipping between long and short vowels such as 'mad' and 'made'.

We are also reviewing digraphs such as: /ch/ /sh/ /th/  /wh/

Rhyming

Throughout our days in Grade 1, we regularly listen for rhymes when reading stories and poems.  While reading our poem this week we noticed has 4 rhyming words: air, there, bear, lair.  We also learned about compound words such as 'snowflakes' and 'footprints.

Snowflakes 

Snowflakes are filling, 

Are filling the air. 

Look at the footprints 

I see over there. 

Was it a rabbit 

Or was it a bear? 

Come let us follow it

Back to it's lair.

Our new popcorn words are:

* say   * mom  * dad  * name  * want   * too  * have  * fun  * five * boy 

Our literacy rotations include:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on blending sounds, looking for word chunks and rhymes

* Practicing our reading skills using Razkids / Starfall on the iPads

* Sequencing events from the story The Mitten 

* Unscrambling tiles popcorn words (r,e,a = are) 

* Writing rhymes for the words: say, dad, boy

* Printing our new popcorn words using sailboat spelling 

* Finding words with the Boggle letters below:

Matisse 

Today we learned about a famous artist - Henri Matisse. We listened to a silly story called Pigasso and Mootisse which is about the artists: Picasso & Matisse. Both were impressionist artists that created abstract artwork.  In particular, Matisse cut shapes out of large pieces of paper and designed his work as a collage.  We looked at a variety of Matisse's pictures, in particular students commented about the colors - both warm and cool.  As well, they shared what shapes were noticed or what the picture made us think of.  Near the end of the day, we made a plan for our own abstract art, selected a background colour to compliment our paper cut outs.  Tomorrow we will continue our Matisse inspired creations by cutting, designing and glueing.


Representing numbers 

We have been working on representing numbers 10 - 20 in variety of ways.  We are in the process of showing our thinking in numbers booklets.  We are using words, tally marks, ten frames, pictures, number sentences, pictures and other creative ways like Roman numerals, clocks and number lines.  

Here is some examples for the number 10.


Dance Residency - Day 2

Today, students continued to practice the dance moves introduced in the previous class. Mr. Josh talked a lot about how dancing should be unique and everyone can put their own twist on their style of dance. Each group worked on starting a Hip Hop routine with Mr. Josh. The students will continue to work on and build these dance routines in the next few classes.

Some of the dance moves are:

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style


Dance Residency

We are very fortunate to have Josh from Sound Creations teach our students Hip Hop dance. 

We are learning hip hop poses, to have a bounce in our step and to show some 'swag.'

* make   * will  * was  * where * ran  * four  * day  * today  * yesterday  * tomorrow

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty

* Learning a new poem - Warm Mittens

* Sequencing steps (first, next, then, last) in a How To ... book 

* Writing sentences using this week's popcorn words 

* Making paper chains using this week's popcorn words 

* Making words by playing Zingo in a small group 

* Organizing popcorn words in ABC order

* Practicing our reading using RazKids or Starfall on the iPads

Important notes:

1) Please ask your child if their indoor shoes still fit.  Some may be too small or worn out

More Estimating 

Today Mrs. Roworth worked with our class to further develop our estimation skills.  

We looked at one glass at a time. When we looked at the first glass we made an estimation which we called a 'thinking guess.'  Many students counted how many they could see and then added on the amount they thought was in the middle and in the back of the glass.  For the other glasses we compared our estimations with the other glasses. Students explained their thinking using math vocabulary such as more, less, half, compare.  

Important reminder:  

1) Please sign and return the report card envelope. 


Book Exchange Tomorrow

We wil be going to the Learning Commons tomorrow as a class.  Please have your child return their book from before the holidays so they can exchange it for another wonderful book.

Today we enjoyed listening to the rhymes in Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  Below is link if your child wants to enjoy it at home too.  The book has so many of our popcorn words in it.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

 

Upcoming dates:

1) Fun Lunch - Little Caesars next Thursday Jan. 17th - last day to order is tomorrow

2) Sound Creations Dance Residency Jan. 14 - 15 


Happy New Year 

It was wonderful to be together as a class again and hear about everyone's break. Today we also welcomed a new student! Your children were so friendly and helpful.  Thank you! 

In the new year we will be learning 10 new popcorn words a week to help increase student's sight word recognition and continue to grow our reading skills.  New cards and a ring were sent home today.  The new popcorn words are:

* looking  * playing  * with  * doing  * flying  * came  * something  * get  * so  * that

In literacy we noticed there are a lot of 'ing' words.  Our rotations this week are:

- guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on recognizing our 'popcorn' words and thinking about the meaning of words 

- practicing spelling our words doing shape spelling 

- writing in our journal about our holidays

- sequencing the steps to build a snowman in a mini book

- locating winter words in a word search

- learning a new poem called 'Let's Build a Snowman' 

- practicing reading using Razkids / Starfall

In math we surveyed our classmates about their favorite winter activities by recording their responses using tally marks.  We then graphed and compared the results.  We noticed that a lot of our classmates like to go skating. 


PJ day tomorrow

Tomorrow we will be gathering as an Evergreen school community for caroling and handbells at 10:45 am.  Families are welcome to join.  Students are also invited to wear their PJs which is optional.  

Report cards will be sent home tomorrow.  Please keep the report card documents for your records and return the signed envelope in the new year.  

 Our first day back is on Tuesday January 8th.  

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe winter break! See below for some winter activity suggestions from our school Physiotherapist.  

'Tis the Season 

Today your child came home with a new book, Giraffe and Bird, that has been generously donated to all Grade 1 students by TD Bank and Canadian Children's Book Centre.  The book is your child's to keep and enjoy.  

Other generous donations this season includes food for Calgary Food Bank.  As a class we collected 73 items. The meeting area near the gyml is overflowing with food from our Evergreen school community. Thank you!!

Over the past week we have been enjoying the story 100 Snowmen.  On every page there is a math problem to solve.  Today we created our own snowman math word problem.  Did you know that ... 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1=100?

Upcoming event:

On Friday there will be holiday caroling at 10:45 and students are invited to wear their PJs to school. 

Cookie Dough pick up Tuesday

Message from School Council: 

Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

Our popcorn words this week are:  * out  * see  * likes  * plays  * looks

Today we learned a new poem about gingerbread. There were 22 popcorn words and 2 rhyming pairs (man - pan, chin - grin).  We also discussed a math gingerbread problem we worked on last week and shared different ways to show our thinking.  Today we worked on a new "Would you rather..." problem and explained our reason mathematically. 


Wonderful concerts

Thank you to all families who were able to join us for our 'On with the Snow' concert(s).  Your children did a fantastic job remembering the lyrics, actions and to enjoy performing.  This week we have continued to grow our literacy skills through daily reading and writing practice.  Today we wrote in our journals about our experiences at the concerts.  We are improving our awareness to use appropriate spacing and sound out unknown words.  Using the 'popcorn' sight words we have studied is becoming easier.  In math, we had Mrs. Roworth work with us on  'Frosty's Magic Hat' problem.  Using mini-whiteboards and markers helped us to record and erase our ideas as there was a lot of guessing and checking. 

Important notes:

1) Book exchange at the Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Please return home reading books regularly (1-2 days)

Concert tomorrow - arrive 5:10

Our new popcorn words this week are: * for  * up  * down  * on * in 

Our literacy rotations are: 

* Guided reading with Mrs. McLarty - We are focusing on developing our stamina to read longer text and recognizing familiar popcorn words.  We are also learning how to slowly sound out words by covering up parts of the words.

* Practicing our reading using RazKids on the iPads 

* Writing opposites 

* Gingerbread man writing (steps to catch a gingerbread man) 

* Elf writing (If I were an elf ...) 

* Scribble spelling and Secret code spelling 


Concert Update from Miss Bell

Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present On With the Snow! There are four different performances on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12, so please look at the chart below for your child’s class. Each class will perform in one show on the evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it! Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!


8 Tally Marks 

We have 8 items of our total 50 needed to complete the Food Bank class mission.  Thank you for your donations to date!

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * swim * run  * jump  * fly  *not

Our literacy rotations are:

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty

* Wordsearch - Action words (verbs) 

* Magnet & wiki sticks spelling of our popcorn words 

* Rhymes & Animal actions

Food Bank Drive

As a school we are doing a drive for the Calgary Food Bank.  Our challenge is to bring in these 50 items per class.  If your family can help, it would be wonderful and generous!


Yesterday we listened to the story Mix it Up! which is a playful story about splotches of colours getting mixed up.  It teaches in a fun way how secondary colours (orange, green, purple) are made from primary colours (red, blue, yellow).   Afterwards we painted our own colour wheel.  Today we created our own ‘Mix it up!’ paintings.  


December sharing calendars were sent home today.  The topic is Family Celebrations & /or Traditions.  We brainstormed possible ideas to share such as: Christmas, Hannukah, Halloween, birthdays, family movie night, hanging decorations, baking cookies etc. If emailing or sending in pictures please limit the amount to a maximum of 3.  

Upcoming dates:

1) No school Friday Dec. 7th

2) Winter concert - Tues. Dec. 11th - 5:30pm & Wed. Dec. 12th- 10:30am.  Students are to dress 'wintery.'


3) Movie night Thurs. Dec. 6th (optional)


Parent Council Updates

Movie Night

Next week Thursday is our much anticipated movie night. Be sure to secure your spot and purchase tickets at www.healthyhunger.ca by this week Thursday November 29th. To make this night a success, we are also looking for volunteers to help out, if you can spare 30 minutes, please sign up online at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8MHCW.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie dough orders need to be in by Tuesday December 4th. Also ordered through your Healthy Hunger account.

Geese 

We have been learning about the Canada Goose.  Yesterday we looked a variety of pictures showing different adaptations like webbed feet for swimming, sharp beaks for eating and wings for flying.  Students noticed that the adult geese protect their eggs and young goslings from predators.  We have also been learning that geese migrate to warmer places.  Today at recess we were so fortunate to see geese above honking and flying in a v-shape over the field. 


Winter concert fast approaching 

Our Winter concert dates and times are:

Tuesday December 11th - 5:30 pm 

Wednesday December 12th - 10:30 am

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * fish  * orange  * green  * brown  * white

Our popcorn words this week are great for practicing the /sh/ sound, 2 /ee/ make a long e sound, /ow/ sound can sound differently in "brown" and "snow" and sometimes an /e/ at the end of a word is silent like in "orange" and "white."

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty 

* sort words that have /sh/ at the beginning and at the end like "fish" and "shoes"

* RazKids on iPads

* Poem called Jelly Beans that has a lot of colour words

* organizing our popcorn words in ABC order

* writing a list of GREEN things 

* practicing our popcorn words doing Spiral Spelling


No School Friday

Today we worked on another math problem that helped us problem solve and practice adding numbers to 25.  We figured how that we can add more than 2 numbers to create a larger number.  We used counters and beads if we needed.  Writing our ideas took more time and concentration.   

Important notes: 

1) Cobs Fun Lunch tomorrow

2) Parent Teacher interviews Thurs. Nov. 22nd (4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Please log on to PowerSchool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.


Estimating 

Today Mrs. Roworth worked with our class on an estimation problem.  There was good conversation about what makes a 'good' estimation vs a 'poor' estimation.  We looked closely at what the problem was asking so that we could make a reasonable estimation. As we watched the video (see below) we adjusted our estimates.

http://www.estimation180.com/d...

Grade 1 students had the opportunity to participate in Grade 1 Intramurals at lunch hour.  Many students chose to stay inside and play games they made up with a variety of gym equipment.  There were many creative ideas such as balancing balls, aiming at targets, playing catch with a peer and many other fun ways of playing. 

Winter concert soon ...

Today we also had Music and Gym. We are getting very excited and prepared for our upcoming concert. Our class concert times are: 

Tuesday December 11th - 5:30 pm 

Wednesday December 12th - 10:30 am 

Our popcorn words this week are: * some * went * cat * dog *  bird 

Our literacy rotations are: 
- guided reading with Mrs. McLarty
- practicing our new popcorn words using stamps and doing shape spelling
- writing a creative animal story 
- practicing our reading on Razkids
- sorting picture cards of wild cats, dogs and birds 
- animal wordsearch 

In math we used our 100 carpet to create a graph about our ‘Smarts.’ We noticed that ‘Music Smart’ had the most names and ‘Self Smart’ had the least. We compared the data and learned a variety of math language such as: more than, less than, how many more, how many less? 

Parent Teacher interviews Thurs. Nov. 22nd (4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.
Please log on to PowerSchool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

 Raz-Kids

Today we practiced our reading skills on Raz-kids.  Thanks to parent council we have a license for Raz-Kids for students to use at school and home.  On Raz-Kids students can read a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories and answer comprehension questions too.  Information for logins was sent home in your child’s folder.  

1)   Parent Teacher Booking opens today at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

2)   Parent Teacher interviews are next Thurs. Nov. 22nd(4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Adapting Animals 

In Science we have been learning about animals and how they adapt to the changing seasons.  While we were at the zoo, our Edu-Trek leader Jen, reviewed and taught is about animals that migrate, hibernate or camouflage to as ways of surviving through our cold Canadian winter.  We’ve been working on a mini-book ‘Getting Ready for Winter’ and today we got more ideas from a song.   


Today we also had our first lockdown practice and did a very good job being serious, silent and safe!

1)    Parent Teacher Booking Opens tomorrow at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

2)    Parent Teacher interviews are next Thurs. Nov. 22nd(4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd  (8:00 am – 12:00 pm).  Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Lockdown practice tomorrow 

Tomorrow we will be having a lockdown practice.  Please speak with your child about the importance of staying quiet.  As a school we need to be silent, serious and safe.  Today we did a very good job practicing how to do a fire drill without notice.  Students immediately stopped what they were doing and calmly left the building.

In music we have been active practicing for our upcoming concert in December called On with the Snow!  In gym we are improving our hand-eye coordination by using pickle ball racquets and balls.  We are also working on our accuracy skills by aiming at a target.

Important reminders:

1) Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow.  Home reading book exchanges are strongly encouraged every day.

2) Last day to order FUN Lunch (Cobs Bread) is on Thurs. Nov. 15th

3) Parent Teacher Booking Opens Fri. Nov. 16th at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews

Calgary Zoo trip 

Thank you once again to our wonderful volunteers who came to the zoo today and helped us have a super day.  Also thank you for you help at home preparing your children for our trip.  They were energetic and engaged throughout the day.  Our Edu-Trek through the Canadian Wilds was very informative.  We started our trek at the cougars and learned that they are carnivores.  Our leader, Jenn, showed us many bio-facts including the skull of different animals.  We noticed that carnivorous animals have very sharp teeth.  We also learned that the black and grizzly bears are in torpor which is similar to hibernating.  It is different in that the bears are rest and not fully asleep.  Sometimes on warm winter chinook days the bears at the zoo come out of their dens.  Today they were hiding away. We were also fascinated to learn about an endangered species - The Whopping Crane. With conservation efforts around the world, including the Calgary Zoo, the whooping crane population in the wild has dramatically increased to hundreds from only 21 in 1940s.  

Zoo trip tomorrow

Tomorrow we are going on our Calgary Zoo field trip.  We will be leaving at 8:45 so please ensure that your child is at school on time.  As well, please help your child dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch / water bottle.  We will be outside for a large portion of the day.   

Our new popcorn words this week are: * can  * big * little * as * find 

New cards for popcorn words are in your child’s folder.  They can be added to the popcorn word ring for regular review.  

Important notes:

1) Last day to order FUN Lunch (Cobs Bread) is on Thurs. Nov. 15th

2) Parent Teacher Booking Opens Fri. Nov. 16th at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews

Remembrance Day 

The Grade 3 students did a beautiful job leading our Evergreen's Remembrance Day assembly. Thank you to all children for being respectful throughout the assembly. 

Upcoming Book Bank

Poppy donations  

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose. Each student will receive a poppy as a symbol to remember the sacrifices of many so that we can live in a peaceful country. Donations are encouraged and will go towards the Legion Poppy Fund which supports Canadian Veterans and their families.  

Animals Matter

Today we talked about why animals are important.  In preparation for our Calgary Zoo trip we looked at the map and the Zoo website to see which animals are at the zoo.  In particular we shared ideas about why animals matter.  Different ideas were:

* They give us food and milk 

* They can help people - dogs help blind people 

* They make good pets - you can hug them.  They act like it's the very first time you've seen them.

* You can ride a horse and you can see a lot of things when riding 

* They can save us. Dalmatians can save us in a fire.

When we meet with our leader for our Edu-Trek tour through the Canadian Wilds we will explore why animals matter.   

https://www.calgaryzoo.com/why...

Important info: 

1) Book exchange in Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose. 

3) Please return field trip forms. We are needing more volunteers in order to go.  

4) When using iPads and computers in class it is best for students to use headphones.  If your child has a pair to keep at school, it would be very helpful.

Mixed up socks problem

Today Mrs. Roworth joined our class for math.  We worked on a problem about mixed up socks.  

It was similar to the jack-o-lantern problem where we needed to find different combinations.  We  figured out ways to stay organized drawing our ideas.  Once we recorded our solutions we checked with classmates to see if we had same or different combinations. 

Important info:

1) Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose.

2) Please return field trip forms. We are needing more volunteers in order to go. 

3) When using iPads and computers in class it is best for students to use headphones.  If your child has a pair to keep at school, it would be very helpful.  

Upcoming Zoo trip

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * one * two  * three  * look * what 

Our literacy rotations this week are:  

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty

* writing in our journals – I feel peaceful when …

* writing descriptive words (adjective) in a mini 1,  2, 3 book

* writing a list of words that are RED

* practicing printing and spelling our popcorn words using whiteboards and pipe cleaners

* cooperating in a small group to learn new words by playing ZINGO and MEMORY 

In math we counted our pumpkin seeds again to increase and check our accuracy.  We used a variety of strategies including:

  • counting by 1s and keep track of our amounts on paper
  • counting by 1s to 10 and putting 10 in a cup.  Then counting by 10s to 100. 
  • Using a 100 chart to remember numbers  especially to help with transition numbers such as 39, 40  - 49, 50 etc.

Important info:

Please return Calgary Zoo forms.  Several families have asked about having a Calgary Zoo pass.  Unfortunately, the fee for the trip can not be waived if children have a zoo pass as the cost covers 3 trips which includes bussing and program costs.  Thank you for your understanding.   

Happy Halloween

Today we worked on a jack-o-lantern math problem. We cut out shapes and placed them on a 2-D pumpkin to create many different combinations.  How many do you think we found?

        Wishing all families a safe and happy Halloween!

Art Hub for Kids

New Popcorn words this week are:   * said   * book  * car   * house  * but 

Today we learned more about Bats.  We know and have learned that: 

* Bats are nocturnal. 

* Bats are mammals and have wings.

* Bats can hang upside down.  

* They can have patterns on their faces.  

We also drew a sketch of a Bat with the help of the website: Art Hub for Kids

Important information: 

1)Halloween – Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes on Wednesday. Our daily activities will remain similar to other days. 

2)Upcoming Calgary Zoo field trip on Tuesday November 13th.  We will need volunteers.  Forms will be coming home soon.

Pumpkin Donations

If you are able to donate a pumpkin for our class please email Mrs. McLarty so she can plan how many pumpkins to buy.  We will need them next week from Monday to Wednesday.  We will be observing, comparing, sketching, measuring and counting the seeds.  The pumpkin will be returned to the student on Wednesday as a jack-o-lantern if the child desires.

Families - Present and Past 

In Social Studies we have learning about our families.  This week we’ve been discussing different needs of families.  Some of the needs we identified are:

  • food, water, shelter, clothes, hospitals, money
  • air, love, help, to speak and be heard

We had a good discussion about what we may need money for and how needs and wants are different. 


  

For the next few weeks we are fortunate to have a Museokit from the Glenbow Museum that is helping us learn about life and traditions of the Blackfoot people.  We are comparing how our lives are similar and different.  We have been looking at many artifacts that give us clues to how families met their basic needs for food, clothes and shelter.   We are also learning how Blackfoot families passed down their traditions from elders to children and how some traditions have changed over time while others have remained the same.  

Important updates:

1) Book exchange at Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Halloween Howl tomorrow evening (optional)

3) No School Friday 

Math 100 Chart 

Today your child brought home a 100 chart that can stay at home for extra practice.  It can be put in a page protector sleeve to help it last longer.  Students completed the chart by counting by 5s focusing on forming numbers correctly without reversals.  We played a game Race to 100 using dice.  Throughout the year, we will continue to use a variety of tools to develop their number sense.

By the end of Grade 1, students are expected to be able to say the number sequence 0 to 100 by:

• 1s forward between any two given numbers

• 1s backward from 20 to 0 

• 2s forward from 0 to 20 

• 5s and 10s forward from 0 to 100.

4 Day School week 

New popcorn words this week are : * ball  * you  * do  * did  * help

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading  

* Fish Creek senses mini book 

* Making popcorn words with tiles 

* Sailboat spelling 

* Organizing popcorn words in ABC order 

* Journal and list writing 

Upcoming dates: 

1)Halloween Howl – Thursday October 25 6:00- 8:00 pm (optional) 

2)No school Friday October 26th 

Pumpkin Donations?
If you are able to donate a pumpkin for our class please email Mrs. McLarty.  We will need them next week from Monday to Wednesday.  We will be observing,  comparing, sketching, measuring and counting the seeds.  The pumpkin will be returned to the student on Wednesday as a jack-o-lantern if the child desires.


Fish Creek walk tomorrow

Please have your child wear good shoes for walking to Fish Creek.  They will also need a snack and water bottle.  We will be leaving at about 9:00 and returning close to 10:30.  

Today we brainstormed different animals we have seen at Fish Creek or think we will see tomorrow.  We learned about Chickadee birds and learned how to draw them.  The students showed excellent focus and perseverance by following the steps.  


Fish Creek Friday 

We would like to go to Fish Creek Park on Friday October 19th from 9 - 10:30.  We need at least 2 volunteers.  If you are available and have a current volunteer clearance with the school please email Mrs. McLarty. 

Yesterday we enjoyed the glorious weather and sketched our class tree in Fall time.  We noticed that most of the leaves have turned yellow / golden.  There are still a few green leaves closer to the trunk.  With the snowy, cold, windy weather many of the leaves at the end of the branches have blown off.  Students looked carefully at the tree while sketching like artists and scientists. 

Marvelous Monday

Today was so warm and marvelous for the students to enjoy Fall time.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:   * park  * yes  * no  * come  * all 

In our literacy rotations we are practicing opposites like yes and no. We are also learning about the -all word family like fall, call, wall, ball.  Rhyming is a really important foundational skills for reading. 

Last week we enjoyed the story Have you Filled a Bucket?  We've been talking a lot about how we can be kind, caring Bucket Fillers.  Today we worked on pages for our Class Bucket Filling book.


Poetry folders 

Your child brought home their blue poetry folder to share with family.  Enjoy taking time reading them together and celebrating their successes recognizing popcorn (sight) words, rhymes and new words.  Please have your child return their poetry folders by Wednesday (October 17 th) next week. 

Important information:

1) Please look to our October monthly sharing calendar for your child's sharing day. 

2) New cards for popcorn words will be sent home on Monday. Please add them to the ring and keep at home.  Regular practice is appreciated. 


School Photos & Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow

Our new popcorn words this week are: * she  * are  * go  * going * at.  During literacy we are learning more about rhymes and the -at word family (at, bat, cat, mat, rat etc).  We are making words using stamps and tiles.  In literacy we are practicing our writing in our journals focusing on representing the sounds we hear and forming letters correctly by looking at an alphabet line.  

Fun Lunch Information

Fun lunches for this year are now available on www.healthyhunger.ca. Please note that if you have an account from a previous year you will have to re-add your children under their new classroom teacher. Deadline to order for this month’s Subway meal is Thursday, October 11th. If you have any questions please email 

evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com.



Long weekend - no school Monday and Tuesday


Please look inside your child's folder for their Thankful leaf.  We shared many ideas for what they are thankful for including: friends, food, water, Canada, toys, sports, school, books, music, art.  By far, the most important thing everyone was thankful for was FAMILY.  Enjoy the extra days together.   

Apple Tasting 

Today we tasted red and green apples.  We discussed the differences and noticed that the red apples were sweet and green apples were sour.  We created a graph and made comparisons by looking closely at the graph.  We used math language such as how many, more, less and altogether to interpret the data.  For instance:

How many people liked green apples?   How many people like red apples? 

How many people like green and red apples?   How many more people liked red than green apples?


Important information:

1) No school Monday & Tuesday next week.

2) Please have your child return their home reading in the plastic bag in their blue communication folder every 1-3 days. 

3) School photos next Thursday Oct. 11th.

4) Please look at our Evergreen website / calendar regularly for school -wide events.   

Monthly Sharing 

Please look in your child's folder about our monthly sharing related to our Social Studies curriculum.  The topic for October is My Family & Pets.  If you would like to email  Mrs. McLarty a picture, we can share it on the Smartboard.  This week in gym we have been learning a variety of Indigenous games that have focused on teamwork, speed and accuracy.  As well, we listened to a wonderful story called The Water Walker which is a true story about Nokomis Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe grandmother, who walked to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi (water) for future generations, and for all life on the planet.


Important info:

Learning Commons - Book Exchange tomorrow

Fun Lunch due date is October 11th. Order online through HealthyHunger.ca.

Snow snow snow!

Wow - what a winter wonderland outside.  Once again thank you for sending your child prepared for the weather.  We enjoyed being outside in the morning and at lunch recess.  Having extra socks, pants and underwear are helpful to keep in your child's backpack or they can be kept in a plastic bag hanging on their hook.   Waterproof mitts are also great so that your child can play in the snow without having wet, cold hands.

This morning in Literacy time, students have been working with Mrs. McLarty during guided reading to read simple, patterned text by tracking words with our finger, looking at the pictures are trying to sound out words.  Below are some of the strategies that have been introduced and will be used a lot this year.  

Cold October 

Thank you for helping your child be prepared for our cold weather! 

The popcorn words this week are:  * blue   * me   * we   * be   * he 

In literacy we talked about how 4 of our popcorn words rhyme and how to slowing sound out words. We also began literacy centres which we rotate through over the week.  The rotations are:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty

* ABC - sight word puzzle

* Red, yellow, blue booklet - draw and label 

* iPads - ABCya

* computers - Starfall

* Wikki sticks & playdough - practicing the popcorn words 

Upcoming dates: 

1) No school next Monday October 8th & Tuesday October 9th


Orange Shirt Day - October 1st

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  Your child is encouraged to wear an orange shirt or a shirt with orange on it. 

Our Terry Fox Run / Walk today a big success despite the cool, rainy weather.  Thank you for preparing your child and sending in donations.  Your children showed excellent perseverance and tried their best.  After our run / walk we enjoyed yummy oranges thanks to parent council.    

Terry Fox Run / Walk tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 we will gathering in the gym and then outside to our field for our annual Terry Fox Run / Walk.  Parents are welcome to join us.  Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather and exercise.  

This morning during Literacy we began transitioning to centres where groups are doing different tasks.  Maintaining focus and taking responsibility to complete the assigned task was important.  The different tasks were: 

1) forming popcorn words using play dough 

2) spelling our popcorn words using tiles 

3) Starfall app on ipads

In the afternoon we learned more about apples and the purpose of each of their parts.  We then followed specific steps to draw an apple.  Another day we will paint our sketch and then label it to include the skin, flesh, stem, leaf, seeds.   

Important notes:

1) Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow. 

2) If your child has a pair of headphones to use in class for ipads & computers we would appreciate having them stay in the class to minimize class volume and increase focus.  

Home reading & Popcorn words

Today your child selected with guidance a home reading book which is inside their blue folder in a plastic bag.  When it has been practiced please have your child return it in the plastic bag in the blue folder for exchanging.  The letter and ring of words can stay at home.  

What a beautiful fall day! We talked about some of the changes in the seasons from cooler days, less sunshine, falling leaves and plants that are ready for harvesting like potatoes, carrots and apples.  We observed and sketched a variety of apples.  We made comparisons to how apples as a living thing is similar to people in that they are all similar but different.  We also learned about the life cycle of the apple and how it grows from seeds to seedlings to a tree with buds then blossoms.  Finally the fruit (apple) grows from the flower.  


Important notes:

1) Walk and wheel Wednesday tomorrow. 

2) Terry Fox walk / run Thursday afternoon.  It will be around our school field.  Your child will receive a sticker that says " I  am running for ..."  If you could talk with your child about ideas for who / what they are running for it would be helpful.  You could also write their idea on a piece of paper and put it in their blue folder to copy.  THANKS!

Fall time 

Thank you to all families for coming to  Parent - Teacher conferences last week.  It was great to learn more about your child.

Our popcorn words this week are:  * and      * the       * school     * red      * yellow  

Today we used wikki sticks to practice spelling our popcorn words.  We also wrote in our journals and many students are using some of the popcorn words we've already studied.   

Science - Signs of Fall

On our way in from recess we explored some of the trees on our playground.  We looked at some of the differences between the deciduous and coniferous trees.  We noticed that some of the trees have green leaves while others have yellow leaves or no leaves.  Our class tree still has lots of green leaves.  We wonder when it will start to turn yellow.  

Items to bring from home:

1) Students can bring in different leaves from their yard or neighbourhood for our class to observe. 


No school on Friday 

Tomorrow evening and Friday morning are Parent - Teacher conferences.  Therefore there will be no school on Friday.  Your child is welcome to come to our meeting.  

In class we have been learning about Terry Fox and will continue to discuss why he is such an important Canadian hero.  Today we created a page for our class "Feel Good" book similar to the author Todd Parr.  Some of the student's ideas for what makes us feel good are:

* playing Lego 

* playing with my grandma

* having my cousin come to my house to play 

* mom's hugs 

* swimming

Important notes:

1) Book exchange in the Learning Commons tomorrow.

2) Scholastic orders due Thursday.

  

Birthday treats - optional 

Today we had our first student with a birthday.  Muffins were generously sent in for the students.  Please note that sending in a birthday treat is optional. If you choose to send in any food, we please ask that it is peanut / nut free.  The routine is that the food item will be handed out at dismissal and then your child is to ask their adult picking them up if they are allowed to eat it.  Students are encouraged to say "no thank you" if they do not want it or are not allowed for various reasons.  Thank you for helping to keep our students with food allergies safe and healthy.

Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences

Important notes:

1) Conference booking is open.  Please sign up if you haven't already as I am looking forward to meeting with all families.  

2) Vaccinations are tomorrow if you received and returned a signed form.  

3) Please remind your child to leave toys at home. Thank you!

4) If you have an extra sock to use as an eraser for whiteboard, please send it in.  

We have been learning new sight words which we call "popcorn" words because they "pop" up a lot while we are reading.  Today we practiced printing them neatly and usign them in a sentence for journal writing.  We will be learning 5 new words a week.  Last weeks popcorn words are:  I, am, like, to, play.  This week our words are: a, my, here, it, is.   

Toonies for Terry 

Our Terry Fox run / walk with be on Thursday September 27th.  We are asking families to send in Toonies for Terry over the next 2 weeks in support of Cancer Research.  

Today we practiced our math skills by playing a dice game called Dice Baseball.  We practiced adding up 2 dice.  For some numbers we knew what they were at a glance.  For other numbers we needed to count each dot.  The goal is to recognize all numbers 1-6 on a dice quickly and add the lower number onto the greater number. We did a great job cooperating and taking turns with our partner.

Upcoming Conferences

Time slots for Meet the Teacher Conferences on September 20 and 21 are opening soon. Please note that the start date for parent’s booking is 12:00 PM (Sep 14, 2018), and booking ends at 15:00 PM (Sep 20, 2018).  Looking forward to seeing you!

Today we had our first visit to the Learning Commons this year.  Mrs. Schuman read us a silly, imaginative story called What if Everything had Legs?  We brainstormed many ideas and wondered how life would be different!  Afterwards we were able to sign out 2 books.  As a class we will go weekly.  However, students can return books and exchange them regularly when they are ready. 

Important notes:

1) Grade one vaccinations are next Tuesday, September 18th. If your child is having vaccinations done, please discuss this with them beforehand so they are prepared.

2) Scholastic book flyers were sent home today.  Ordering is optional.  If interested please return order forms by next Thursday Sept. 20 or ordering on-line is possible too. 


A Message from our Health Nurse

Alberta Dental Association and College's (ADA&C) Start School Smiling campaign!

Start School Smiling is designed to promote dental health to all Grade One students. Volunteer ADA&C member dentists will provide a free examination, with bitewing x-rays if needed, from September 15 to October 31, 2018.

 

www.dentalhealthalberta.ca/ind...


"Me" Bags 

Today a paper bag was sent home describing our new "Me" bag sharing.  Mrs. McLarty shared 5 things about herself as an example.  Inside her bag was a golf ball, Kanoodle puzzle, a homemade bookmark, tea bag and a charm bracelet.  The bags can be returned for sharing any day over the next 2 weeks.  We look forward to learning more about the interests of our classmates.

Today we also finished our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees which helped us practice our tracing and cutting fine motor skills.  We needed to sort through many letters to find the letters to our names.  We also finished our summer writing by using our "kid spelling" by sounding out words and using an alphabet line to help us form the letters.  

Music Monday  

 We began the day with a riddle from Mr. Wilcox which we still haven't figured out.  Perhaps families have ideas. The riddle is ... What 4 days of the week start with the letter T?

Today we had our first day with Ms. Bell in Music. In gym on Mondays our partner class is Grade 2.  It was fun to meet more new friends.  In class we learned a new poem called I am Me.

I am Me

I am not a monkey.

I am not a bee. 

I am not a alligator.

I am me!


Important information:

1) A Digital Citizenship form was sent home in folders today which can be reviewed, signed and returned. 

2) Please send a water bottle with your child daily.  

2) We will be going outside for recess and lunch times when it is rainy, snowy and cold unless it is extreme.    

Friday Early Dismissal

Our early dismissal on Fridays is at 11:50 am.  Please send a snack with students as we will take time for a nutrition break.  

Today we began our day creating patterns using unifix cubes.  Some of the patterns created were AB AB AB, ABC ABC ABC and ABB ABB ABB.  We also practiced writing our upper and lower case letters.  Singing the alphabet helped us to remember and accurately sequence the letters.  In the afternoon, we drew a self portrait for our birthday graph.  We used small mirrors to help us see the shape of our face, ears, eyes, eye brows, nose and mouth.  Adding extra details such as our hair and clothing brought our pictures to life.  


Second Day of Grade 1

Today we had another great day with our new class learning about our summer holiday, interests and what we want to learn in Grade 1.  We began our day using pattern blocks to create different animal shapes. During our morning meeting we learned about different feelings and Zones of Regulation.  Throughout, the students were very attentive and in the Green Zone. 

We also learned a variety of songs to help us organize and remember the days of the week and months.  When we graphed our birthdays in a large group, we noticed that the majority of birthdays are in November, December and January.  Please help your child remember their birthday month if they are unsure.  

Thank you to all who returned the white envelope with the completed forms. The outside of the envelope does not need to be signed.  

First Day of Grade 1 

We had a great first day of Grade 1!  Thank you for helping your child get settled this morning and ease the transition. I am very excited to get to know your child and support them with their learning throughout the year.  

Today we learned about different routines in our class and school - especially for recess and lunch.  At lunch time our class will be playing outside for the first part (12:00- 12:24) and eating inside afterwards (12:24-12:48).  

We listened to two stories today - First Day Jitters and Franklin Goes to School.  Both books were about the different feelings that we may have when experiencing new things for the first time such as: nervousness, fear, worry, excitement and feeling proud.  We also drew and wrote about our play dough creations. In math, we practiced counting to 100! 

Please send the blue communication folder back and forth to school daily.  Inside today was a white envelope with forms that can be returned in the folder when completed.  

My email for communication is: dlmclarty@cbe.ab.ca


Mrs. McLarty

Upcoming school events are in our monthly Evergreen School calendar.

Summer Break 

Thank you everyone for a great year.  Your support has been wonderful!  I wish all families an enjoyable summer break.  First day of classes are after Labour Day on Tues. Sept. 3rd. 

If you are looking for summer read aloud with your child here are some suggestions. 

   

Last Day tomorrow - Early Dismissal

We had a super fun active morning playing outside.  There were so many different favourite stations - badminton, bouncy balls, water race, curling, bubbles and big favourite was Crack the Code.  Today we took home most of our items.  Please have your child bring their blue communication folder to put their report cards in tomorrow.  Their indoor shoes along with a few other items will be sent home too. 

Please send in any books from the Learning Commons, home reading books and media release form for the Zoo Blog if not sent in already. 

This afternoon we enjoyed drawing a milkshake on Arts for Kids Hub.  If you want to do more projects throughout the summer, here is the link...



Sports Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is Sports Day!  Students will be active outside for Sports Day in the morning from ~9:00 -11:00 am if the weather permits.  Please have your child wear clothes and footwear to be outside. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are good idea too if needed.  

Last day of school is Thursday. It is an early dismissal day and reports cards will be sent home then. 

If your child will be absent your child's report can be picked up at the office Thursday or Friday.  


Last Friday of Grade 1 

This week (and year) has flown by.  We were busy finishing up work to add to our scrapbooks.  We also enjoyed creating our 'Happy Place' boxes with many different materials.  We have been learning a variety of Barbara Reid techniques using plasticine.  This week we also continued our exploration of 3D shapes and learned about faces, edges and vertices with Mrs. Roworth. Here are some of our 3D shapes and the work we did in partners. 


Upcoming dates:

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)


2nd last week

This week is our last week of new 'popcorn' words. Words this week are:

* each   * never     *don't    * first    * second  * third  *thank   *their  * them   * always

Over the next week and half we will be using a variety of mediums (paints, paper, sand, plasticine, markers, cotton balls, feathers, shells, rocks etc) to create a 'Happy Place' box to take home at the end of the year.  They will be experimenting with creating 3D shapes and joining different materials.  

If your child wants to bring an extra shoebox from home to use they can do so.  Otherwise, Mrs. McLarty has a lot of boxes :) 

Upcoming dates:

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)

Gifts

Thank you for your "gift of time' last night coming to our Grade 1 Celebration.  Your children were so proud of their accomplishments and loved having family listen to their songs and see our videos highlighting our learning journey.  They did such a fantastic job - not only last night but throughout our Zoo inquiry project!

Enjoy the 'gift' they made and grew.



Celebration tonight!

Doors open at 5:45 and our program starts at 6:00pm. Please plan to arrive at 5:45 and have students go to their classrooms before you grab a seat in the gym.

Invitations

Today your child brought home an invitation for our Grade 1 celebration sharing on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  We are excited for families to join us.  

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* taste, feel, Spring, gave, take, how, tell, think, ever, every

In gym we have been practicing our racquet skills. Last week we practiced using a badminton racquet with birdies and today we used foam paddles with balloons.  

Upcoming dates:

Thursday June 13th  6:00 -7:00 pm.    Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 

Students will have an opportunity to share their learning, specifically the Zoo inquiry projects. 

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)


Wiggly Worms 

Today we looked at the worms in our classroom compost.  All year they have been munching on our banana and orange peels, apple cores and other fruits / vegetables. There was lots of excitement touching the worms and noticing how they felt.  They were many different sizes and even eggs.  

Upcoming dates:

Thursday June 13th  6:00 -7:00 pm.    Grade 1 Celebration of Learning 

Students will have an opportunity to share their learning, specifically the Zoo inquiry projects. 

June 19th - Last day to order Fun lunch

June 20th - Spring Fling!

June 26th - Sports Day and Fun Snack

June 27th - Last day of classes (early dismissal)



Animal Projects

We have been working so hard on our zoo animal projects.  We are excited to be sharing them at the zoo this Thursday!  Thank you in advance to all the volunteers who are helping. 

The different parts of our project are: 

* researching, writing and organizing facts 

* drawing scientific labelled drawings

* identifying different adaptations that are important for the animal we are studying 

* drawing / painting a close up part of the animal

* explaining why the animal is important and what we can do to help them

 The following Thursday June 13th we will have an evening sharing night at Evergreen at 6:00 pm.   

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* eyes  *nose  * ears   * hair   * arms    * hands   * feet    * legs    * hear    * smell

Sunny Week Ahead  

The forecast is for a sunny and warm week.  Please plan for your child to be outside for gym, music and both recess breaks.  A hat, sunscreen (applied prior to coming to school) and a water bottle will be needed.  

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

*  isn't   * can't   * won't    * left   * right   * goes   * talk  * head   * body   * mouth

Important information:

Last day to sign out books from the Learning Commons will be June 5th. We won't be able to go as a class for the new few weeks.  If your child wants to do an exchange they can bring their book any day (except Fridays).  They can exchange it on their own.   

Archaeology 

This morning we were immersed with artifacts and ecofacts with Mr. F and learned the difference. We explored different bones looking for similarities between human and bison bones.  We also learned how archaeologist's catalogue artifacts by weighing, measuring and describing each object.  We followed a diagram of a bison along with real bones to build a bison. The students asked excellent questions and we learned that 'Billy the Bison' was found in 1950 south of Okotoks. The bones are ~140 years old!


Zoo field trips forms

New popcorn words this week are:

now, why, before, does, dragon, huge, tiny, cave, forest, it's 

Here's our new gym challenge!


Important notes:

1) Zoo field trip forms sent home today. We will need lots of volunteers! 

2) Newspapers are needed to some building challenges.  Please send anytime. 

3) Fun Lunch on Thursday - Subway


Book exchange & Newspapers needed

We will be going to the Learning Commons to exchange books tomorrow.  There will only be a few more weeks until Mrs. Schuman needs books returned.  

We would like to do some building challenges and need newspapers.  If you have any extras please send them in.  Thank you in advance. 

Remember: No school this Friday May 17 and Monday May 20

This week we've had a variety of challenges in gym.  See below...


Math game 

Today Mrs. Roworth taught us a new math game using a game board like tic tac toe with 9 sections.  We rolled a dice and strategically placed 9 numbers.  The goal was to make as many doubles to add up to the greatest total.  The double numbers needed to touch horizontally and vertically (not diagonally) to be able to add them together. We used our knowledge of doubles, making ten and adding several numbers together.  Here are some of our results... With the same numbers we got 10, 12 and 18!


Our Beanstalk 

Look how big our beanstalk is growing!


Today we listened to different versions of the classic story Jack and the Beanstalk.  We also solved a related math problem. 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

nine,  ten, very, pink, black, purple, ask, asked, question, because

On the Horizon 


Upcoming dates:

1) No school next Friday May 17th and Mon. May 20th.

2) Volunteer Tea - Friday May 24th 

3) Calgary Zoo trip - All Grade one classes - Thursday June 6th.  

We will need lots of volunteers! 

Learning Commons tomorrow

Please have your child bring their Learning Commons book to exchange.  We only have a few more weeks until Mrs. Schuman needs all books returned.  Students will be able to continue taking home reading books that are at their reading level until the end of June.  It has been exciting to listen to students practice their poetry and enjoy books with partners. All students are showing more confidence reading in their guided reading groups.  We have been working on ensuring understanding, applying efficient strategies to decode unfamiliar words and read with expression by imagining how the characters are feeling.  

This week, we have also been working on a "secret" writing / art project that will be enjoyed this weekend :) Our Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' work has continued this week with Ms. Broomfield. We have been replicating his famous art piece using pastel.  In math, we are continuing to deepen our understanding of subtraction by comparing the difference between 2 numbers.  We looked a series of slides and brainstormed different possibilities. 



At this point possible ideas were 10 and 18 -  11 and 19 -  12 and 20. 

Then we continued looking at clues ...

This clue really helped!  

PROBLEM SOLVED!  

Class photos 

Please look in your child's blue folder for their class photo.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* cold  * if   * any   * only   * an    * give   * round   * six   * seven   * eight 

We have been meeting regularly in our animals writing facts about the animal we are studying.  Today we began categorizing our facts.  Some of the ideas for the groupings are Food, Family, Habitat and Body (Appearance).  

Ozobots 

Today we were very fortunate to have Mr. Wilcox teach our class how to use Ozobots. Our school Parent Council generously purchased them for Evergreen this year.  We learned how to draw a pathway for the Ozobot to travel and add various codes that communicate different ways and speeds to travel.  Below is an example of a pathway that was successful because the messages (lines, dots) were clearly communicated to the Ozobot.  The students did an excellent job working together and problem solving.  


Hats on for Mental Health 

Tomorrow is Hats on for Mental Health which is optional for students.  They may wear a hat in school if they would like.  The purpose is to increase awareness about taking care of ourselves and others well being.  We will be talking about the importance of practicing positive self talk so that we can focus on growing and learning. Below is a link if you would like more information on Mental Health. http://canwetalk.ca 

Today we continued working on a "Garden" math problem.  We are looking at different combinations of 2 numbers that equal 20.  

________ family wanted to plant 20 flowers in their 

garden.  They decided to plant 2 different colours: _____________and __________

How many different ways could their garden look?

Puppet show today 

Today we enjoyed a school wide puppet show presented by Cassie and Friends about Juvenile Arthritis.  It is a show about ability, difference and friendship. We learned about the importance of listening to our friends and trying to understand that we may have different needs / challenges than each other.   

http://cassieandfriends.ca/pro...

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* hour  * minute  * us  * work   * been  * both  * off  * best  * or  * not

Please continue to read regularly with your child and supporting them with their home reading and mastering popcorn sight words.  Their growth at school is apparent.  Students are recognizing rhymes quicker, reading more fluently, as well as, making connections with other books and experiences. The next few months until summer break are important to enhance their  skills, confidence and stamina. READ:)  READ:)  READ :)  


Zoo trip tomorrow

Most students in our class will be going to the zoo tomorrow.  Groups going will be Bears, Wolves, Bison and River Otters.  Please have your child dress appropriately for the weather (it might rain!). Dressing in layers will be helpful as it can be cool in the mornings.  Also please remember they need a lunch, snack and water bottle.  Students will not be allowed to purchase food / drinks.  

There will be no new popcorn words this week given our short week and zoo schedule.  

Photos & skating tomorrow

We will also be going to the Learning Commons for a book exchange so that students have new books for long weekend.  Remember no school Friday April 19 and Monday April 22. 

In math we have been practicing subtracting numbers between 0 and 20 by making up word problems.  Different strategies have been used to solve the problems such as: using counters, beads, a number line, drawing pictures or tallies and thinking addition for subtraction.  We have been practicing writing number sentences (equations).  As well, we have been playing games in partners and small groups to practice our addition and subtraction skills.

 

Animal groups 

Today in our animal groups we watched a short video that shows how students help each other improve their work by providing specific feedback in a positive way.  Below is a picture showing how one student drew 6 different drafts of a butterfly to create a scientific realistic drawing.   In our groups students have been identifying body parts that help their chosen animal adapt and survive. Students then had the opportunity to draw a body part of the animal they are studying.  Some of the body parts students are choosing to focus on are:  eyes, nose, ears, jaws, teeth, fur, antlers, horns, legs, tail, feet, claws, wings and whiskers.    

Short week 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* breakfast    * lunch     * dinner     * fruit    * vegetables    

* recess    * read    * write    * math     * sleep 

Today we noticed our bean seeds are really starting to grow.  We can see the seed coat splitting, many roots going down and the stem going up.  There are even some leaves starting to grow.  

Upcoming movie night

It's another Movie Night! On Thursday, April 18, we will be showing "The Peanuts Movie." Doors will open at 6pm, and the movie will start by 6:30pm. Please come in your PJ's and enjoy one last movie night this school year!

Tickets are available through your child's Healthy Hunger account.  www.healthyhunger.ca
We hope to see you there!
Evergreen School Council
evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Other important dates

1) In-Line skating on Monday April 15 and Thursday April 18th

2) Calgary Zoo trip - forms sent home today. Please return asap.

*  Wed. April 24 - Bears, Wolf / Bison, River Otters groups 

* Thurs. April 25 - Cougar / Crane, Moose / Owl / Prairie Dog groups

3) No school next Friday April 19th (Good Friday)

4) No school Monday April 22nd (Non-instructional day)

 

In Line Skating & Jersey day & Book exchange too

Our class will be In Line Skating tomorrow morning.  Please send in a helmet if your child has one (no helmets with cages).  Our other skating days are next Monday April 15 and Thursday April 18th.  Students are also invited to wear a jersey in support of the Calgary Flames.  We will also have the opportunity to exchange books at the Learning Commons.  

In math we have been working with number lines from 0 to 20 to add and subtract.  With Mrs. Roworth we created our own number lines with a partner.  Then we played a card game using ace, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to add or subtract starting at 10.  Red cards were for subtraction and black cards were for addition. The player that reached 0 or 20 was the winner.  We also recorded our thinking on paper.   

Last week began growing bean seeds in a bag.   Take a look at one that is starting to grow!


Van Gogh

Today we began a new project with Ms. Broomfield. We are learning about another famous artist - Vincent Van Gogh.  We will be looking very closely at one of his paintings - The Starry Night and then making replicas using a variety of mediums.  Below is a very fascinating interactive animation of Starry Night. 

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* over    * under    * again   * pet    * toy   * game   * music   * present  * eat   * ate

Our literacy rotations are:

* Guided reading and writing with Mrs. McLarty focusing on increasing stamina, looking for words inside of words, mastering long and short vowels, as well as learning endings and new spelling patterns. (e.g., ing, ed, igh, ew, ow). 

* Learning a new poem - April Rain Dance 

* Practicing our new popcorn words doing Rainbow spelling 

* Writing our new popcorn words in sentences using a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence and a period at the end.  All the popcorn words need to be spelled correctly too. 

* Practicing our reading independently using RazKids 

Recognizing rhymes and opposites are very important skills that help students anticipate / predict words when reading.  The poem this week can help to build these skills.  

April Rain Dance 

Pitter!  Patter! Drops of rain

Dancing in the windowpane!

Sometimes fast and sometimes slow

Up and down the glass they go,

Making their own music sweet

With the patter of their feet.


In Line Skating

Thank you for returning the Alien Inline Skating forms. Our In Line skating days will be:

Thursday April 11th

Monday April 15th

Thursday April 18th

Skating will be in our gym at school.  All equipment is provided.  However, if you would like to send a personal helmet to school for use during the program, please do so!  Also ensure that the helmet fits properly before sending it to school.

Welcome back 

I hope all families enjoyed their Spring Break holiday.  Thank you to everyone for coming to Student Led Conferences and allowing your child to share their learning.  It was exciting to observe their engagement.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:  

* night  * afternoon   * could   * would   * should   * after   * thing  * lots    * nice  * many 

Our new poem this week is:

Springtime

  A small green frog on a big brown log.

A black and yellow bee in a little green tree.

A red and yellow snake by a blue-green lake.

All sat and listened to red bird sing, 

"Wake up everybody!  It's Spring! It's Spring!"

Reminders:

1) Please return any work that was taken home for the break. 

2) Photo day - Thurs. April 18 


Early Dismissal Thursday

Our popcorn words this week are:

* call  * called * then  * soon  * once  * upon  * time  * story  * may  * morning

Upcoming conferences

Student Led Conferences are next week on Thursday March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Friday March 22, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Please sign up for a time so that your child can share their learning.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with me to discuss your child's progress. 

As well, Thursday is an early dismissal day at 11:50 am.

Beautiful story 

Today we listened to the story Lotus and Feather which is about a young girl and her grandfather rescuing and healing an injured crane.  Students did a fantastic job thinking beyond the facts and events in the story.  They were able to infer what mattered about the story and  identify the big ideas such as: 

* friendship, love and freedom

* taking care of the bird so it can survive

* Lotus should let the bird go back to it's family

* Lotus loves the bird and the bird loves Lotus


Swimming tomorrow and Thursday

Conference Booking opens today 

Student Led Conferences are next week on Thursday March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Friday March 22, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Please sign up for a time so that your child can share their learning.  There will also be an opportunity to meet with me to discuss your child's progress. 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* I'm  * birthday  * who  * brother  *sister  * town  * city  * number * happy  * baby 

Our literacy rotations this week are:

* Guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on mastering different vowels sounds (e.g., ea, ee, igh, ay, ai, ow).

* Practicing independent reading skills on RazKids / Starfall

* Organizing our weekly popcorn words in ABC order 

* Matching different contractions 

* Learning a new poem called Daylight Savings Time

* Practicing our popcorn words doing play dough spelling 

* Writing in our journals focusing on including all important sounds, spelling popcorn words correctly, leaving spaces, using lower case letters and adding punctuation. 

Upcoming dates:

1) Swimming this week on Wed. and Thursday afternoon.  Volunteers please meet in our classroom at 12:55.

2) Early dismissal next Thursday at 11:50 am.

3) Student Led conferences next Thurs. March 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm & Fri. March, 22 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

4) Spring Break holidays March 23 - April 2nd (Monday April 1st is a Non-Instructional day).


Upcoming Book Fair

The Usborne Literacy Fair is coming!

Thursday, March 21stand Friday, March 22nd  

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles. We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later.Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca

Swimming again

Wow!  Our children did fantastic today swimming.  They were brave, respectful and tried their best.  We will be swimming again tomorrow afternoon - leaving the school at 1:00.  

Tomorrow we won't be going as a class to the Learning Commons for a book exchange.  However, if your child wants to get a new book they can see Mrs. Schuman in the morning between 8:30 - 10:00.  

This week we have been trying to solve the Mystery Word which is made up of the following letters -  a o u y   d g l n p r s.  We are finding many small words which will lead us to figure out what the word is when all the letters are unscrambled. 

Swimming tomorrow and Thursday

Our class is swimming tomorrow afternoon and Thursday.  Please ensure your child has a swim suit, towel, goggles (optional).  An extra snack is a good idea too as swimming can be quite tiring. We also appreciate it if you talk with your child about being calm during our bus rides, in the changing room and during their lessons.  Thank you in advance.  Volunteers please meet us in our class room at 12:55.  

Math scales 

Today we explored what the equal sign means in math.  We used scales to show how weights (numbers)on each side of the scale balance each other.  We made many different number sentences.                    8+5+5+2 = 10+10  


Our new popcorn words are:  

* walk  * sheep  * duck  * goose  * away   * about  * just  * open   * live   *old

Our literacy rotations are:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on comprehending and responding to the books through guided writing 

* Practicing reading skills independently using Razkids / Starfall  

* Learning and new poem / song - swimming 

* Making words with letter / rhyme cubes 

* Printing popcorn words on whiteboards focusing on using tall (sky) letters, short (grass) letters and fishing (dirt) letters

* Senses word search 

* Writing tastes I like ... tastes I don't ,like 

* Write the Room - finding interesting words to record 


No School Friday 

Today our room was filled with a 'Sea of Pink' with so many pink shirts.  We talked about the importance of choosing kindness.  One way we learned to show kindness is to think about our actions before reacting.  In particular, we discussed and watched a video by Wondergrove- Habits of Mind called Managing our Impulsivity.

In math, we have been working with Cuisnenaire rods and comparing the different colours and assigning numbers to the colors and lengths. Today we combined the colours in many ways to make 20.  For instance, 2 orange rods = 20, 4 yellow rods = 20, 2 blue rods + 1 red = 20 

Important reminders:

1) Book exchange at the Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Movie night tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm (optional)

Mystery Doug Monday

Every Monday we get an email from Mystery Doug.  He sends a video about different science ideas.  On his website we vote as a class on which idea / mystery we want to know more about.  For instance, last week he explained why cats purr.  This week he taught us why Pluto is considered a minor planet whereas the other 8 planets in our solar system are major planets.

This week are new popcorn words are: 

* from   * sit   * stand  *skip  * hop   * animal  * horse  * cow  * pig  * goat 

Our new literacy rotations are: 

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on developing greater fluency and expression when reading out loud 

* Reading to self using RazKids / Starfall

* Building words focusing on mastering vowel sounds playing a dice game

* Creating a word search for a peer to solve

* Working cooperatively on sense of sound tasks to identify, list and write different sounds 

Reminders:

1) No school - Friday March 1st (Professional Learning Day for teachers)

2) Pink Shirt Day -  Wednesday Feb. 27th 

3) Family Movie Night - Thursday Feb. 28th  

Pink Shirt Day 

For more information how the day began see below link.  

https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/ab...

Swimming Forms

Please look in your child's blue communication folder.  There are many forms about swimming. If you are able to volunteer, please indicate on the tear off section which days you are available or you can email Mrs. McLarty with the information if preferred.  

Today we continued developing our number sense of 100 through songs, counting and estimating.  We estimated how many times we could count to 10 in 100 sec.  First we estimated and then tallied how many times on a whiteboard.  Many us of were really close to our estimations.  We also estimated how many gems were in a vase.  We adjusted our estimations after clues were given such as: the number is less than 100, it is an even number, it is not a multiple of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90) and it does not have the digits 2, 4 or 6.  

Reminders

Fun Lunch tomorrow.

Learning Commons visit - bring books to exchange

100th day of School

Today is our 100th day of school in Grade 1!  This week, we will be exploring the concept of 100 in many ways.  For instance... How long does it take to do different fitness activities? (see below) How many of our popcorn words can fill a 100 chart? Can we count to 100 by 5s and 10s?  How long is a 100 word poem?  How does the size / shape of 100 objects differ? 

Our new popcorn words this week are:

* there  * friend  * family  * people  * home  * put   * when   * has   * saw   * by 

Creative Kids 

We are half way through our February Sharing on Creations.  We have been enjoying many different creations such as:  LEGO planes and towns, a  ferris wheel made out of K'Nex, a paper mache orca whale, a dragon painting, drawings, a life sized paper cut out and a paper roll telescope.  We look forward to more wonderful creations in the upcoming weeks.  

Swimming in March

Grade 1 classes will be swimming on: 

*  Wed. March 7th & Thurs. March 8th 

* Wed. March 13th & Thurs. March 14th 

Our class will be leaving Evergreen at 1:00.  Our lesson time will be 1:30- 2:15.

Volunteers will be needed to support in the changing rooms. Forms will be sent home next week.

More math

Yesterday we listened to the story One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab which led to thinking about numbers and how we can combine numbers in multiple ways when adding.  Yesterday we brainstormed many ideas and recorded our thinking on whiteboards using pictures, words and numbers.  Today we shared more ideas and recorded our best ideas in our notebooks.  

Short week

There will be no school this Thurs. Feb. 14 &  Fri. Feb. 15 due to Teacher Convention and Mon. Feb. 18 (Family Day).

Our new popcorn words this week are:  

* were  * stop  * fast  * ride  * him  * please  * your  * new  * must  * our 

Our literacy rotations are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on attending to our reading and self-correcting 

* identifying the difference between vowels and consonants 

* reviewing our popcorn words by cooperating in a small group playing "Popcorn" Memory 

* writing a 'Friendship' recipe

* practicing our reading skills on RazKids / Starfall and learning a new poem called Hearts 

Hearts 

Red hearts, white hearts, 

Pink hearts, too.

I love purple hearts.

How about you?

Green hearts, yellow hearts, 

Blue hearts, too.

I love rainbow hearts.

How about you?

Upcoming dates:

Grade 1 classes will be swimming on:

*  Wed. March 7th & Thurs. March 8th

* Wed. March 13th & Thurs. March 14th

Volunteers will be needed to support in the changing rooms.  Specific swim times and forms will be sent home in a few weeks.  


Triangle math problem

In Math, Mrs. Roworth worked with us on a triangle problem. We made the shape of a triangle with counters.  We showed with counters, pictures and numbers how numbers can be broken into parts.  It is exciting to see growth in our organization and understanding of how to represent number parts into number sentences.  Below is some of our thinking ...

Learning Commons book exchange 

Tomorrow we will be going as a class to the Learning Commons for a book exchange and to enjoy a story with Mrs. Schuman.  Please have your child bring their books if they have had them for more than 2 weeks. 

Tomorrow if it is warm enough we will go outside. Please ensure your child has snow pants, a hat and mitts. Thank you!  

In math we often have number talks and discuss our mathematical thinking.  Yesterday we estimated how many diamond pattern blocks could fit in our estimation cup. After we counted 30 we made another estimation.  Our refinements helped us to estimate more accurately.  

Today we did a SPLAT number talk.  The pictures are shown one at a time and students are given time to "count and think."  We discuss their ideas before moving on to the next slide. 

 

Upcoming Movie Night 

Cold Winter Day

Our new popcorn words this week are: 

* of  * had  * bike  * boat  * plane  * this  * made  * his  * her * they 

Literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty working on applying our knowledge of "popcorn" words increasing our stamina by reading longer texts

* learning a new poem called Groundhog Day. (According to Balzac Billy who didn't see his shadow we are looking at an early spring.  Hmm ... time will tell :))

* finding words in a word search related to Chinese New Year 

* building our writing skills by creating an acrostic poem

* comparing words with & without a silent /e/ at the end of a words such as: cub-cube, can-cane

* practicing our new popcorn words doing spiral spelling and scrabble (Add it Up!) 

Zoo Skype - day 2

Today was our last day to Skype with Jen at the Calgary Zoo.  The River Otter and the Prairie Dog / Owls / Moose groups had a virtual tourof the animals except they didn't see the Prairie Dogs because they were hibernating!  Over the past few days many groups have created acrostic poems about their animal. Today's group wrote:

Today we recognized Bell Let's Talk by discussing the importance of caring for ourselves with respect to our thoughts and feelings.  We listened to the story / song Pete the Cat and highlighted how he stayed positive even when things didn't always go the way he expected / wanted.  At the end of the day we enjoyed the book I Like Myself which emphasizes celebrating ourselves and our uniqueness. 



Music concert 

This morning we were fortunate to have Foothills Brass come to Evergreen to perform and teach students about the different building blocks of music.  They are Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and Tone.  The brass instruments were the trumpet, trombone, tuba and French horn.  The musicians played songs from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Little Mermaid as well as William Tell Overture. 

Important Reminders:

1) No School Friday 

2) Students can return their Learning Commons books any day (Mon. - Thurs.) to do a book exchange.

Zoo Skype - day 1 

Today was our first of 2 days that we are learning from Jen at the Calgary Zoo via Skype.  The groups that Skyped today were: Bears, Cougars / Cranes and Wolves / Bison.  She taught us about: 1) their stories and how they came to the zoo, 2) different body adaptations that help them survive, 3) their predators and prey and so much more!  The students rotated to different teachers and explored animals in different ways.  The rotations were:

* Mrs. McLarty - creating Acrostic poems about their animal

* Mrs. Maronese - learning about snakes

* Mrs. Frampton - learning about turtles

* Mrs. Stuart - creating over and under the ground pictures 

* Mrs. Stanford - exploring different animal adaptations

We look forward to our next Skype day on Thursday.

No school Friday 

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * girl  * into    * well    * good    * mother  * father   

* grandma     * grandpa   * got   * let 

Our literacy rotations are:

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on trying different strategies when stuck reading an  unfamiliar word

* creating webs to show related ideas / words 

* practicing our popcorn words using rainbow spelling 

* matching 2 words to make a compound word i.e., sunlight

* practicing our reading on iPads using Razkids / Starfall

* making words using Boggle letters




Robot Dance

Your children did a fantastic job performing their Robot Hip Hop Dance for half of their Evergreen peers. They danced with confidence and enjoyed sharing their Hip Hop style.  

Your child's poetry folder was sent home today to share with family.  Please support your child with reading the poems, as well as, identifying rhymes and popcorn words.  The folders need to be returned next Thursday so that we can add more poems in the weeks to come. 

Upcoming dates:

1) Zoo Skype sessions with various groups next Tuesday and Thursday.

2) No School next Friday Feb. 1st.


Zoo Skype Preparation

Next week we will have a Skype session with Jen from the Calgary Zoo to learn more about animals from the Canadian Wilds.  Today we met with our groups to gather questions about our an animal of our interest. We have mixed up students based on their interests. The groups are: 

Bears with Mrs. Stuart , River Otters with Mrs. Stanford, Wolves & Bison with Mrs. McLarty, Cougars & Cranes with Mrs. Maronese and Prairie Dogs, Moose & Owls with Mrs. Frampton.  

Today the students generated many interesting questions for Jen to talk with us next week.  The questions focused around food, predators and prey, hibernation, surviving through the winter,  their teeth, horns and fur. 

Sound Kreations - Hip Hop

A message from Mrs. Roworth:

Evergreen School is having a blast with Mr. Josh as our Sound Kreations Residency continues. This program has been a supplement to the regular Phys. Ed program to explore different forms of dance. The SHARING on Friday is for students to celebrate with each other and show small (90 second) samples of what they have been working on in class. This is not a polished performance. If they haven't already, please ask your child to share some of their moves and choreography with you at home.

Reading Strategies 

Many students indicated that their goal is to improve their reading by practicing at school and home.  Some of the reading strategies we focus in class on are:

1) Looking for word chunks inside of words like 'art' in 'start.'

2) Flipping between long and short vowels such as 'mad' and 'made'.

We are also reviewing digraphs such as: /ch/ /sh/ /th/  /wh/

Rhyming

Throughout our days in Grade 1, we regularly listen for rhymes when reading stories and poems.  While reading our poem this week we noticed has 4 rhyming words: air, there, bear, lair.  We also learned about compound words such as 'snowflakes' and 'footprints.

Snowflakes 

Snowflakes are filling, 

Are filling the air. 

Look at the footprints 

I see over there. 

Was it a rabbit 

Or was it a bear? 

Come let us follow it

Back to it's lair.

Our new popcorn words are:

* say   * mom  * dad  * name  * want   * too  * have  * fun  * five * boy 

Our literacy rotations include:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on blending sounds, looking for word chunks and rhymes

* Practicing our reading skills using Razkids / Starfall on the iPads

* Sequencing events from the story The Mitten 

* Unscrambling tiles popcorn words (r,e,a = are) 

* Writing rhymes for the words: say, dad, boy

* Printing our new popcorn words using sailboat spelling 

* Finding words with the Boggle letters below:

Matisse 

Today we learned about a famous artist - Henri Matisse. We listened to a silly story called Pigasso and Mootisse which is about the artists: Picasso & Matisse. Both were impressionist artists that created abstract artwork.  In particular, Matisse cut shapes out of large pieces of paper and designed his work as a collage.  We looked at a variety of Matisse's pictures, in particular students commented about the colors - both warm and cool.  As well, they shared what shapes were noticed or what the picture made us think of.  Near the end of the day, we made a plan for our own abstract art, selected a background colour to compliment our paper cut outs.  Tomorrow we will continue our Matisse inspired creations by cutting, designing and glueing.


Representing numbers 

We have been working on representing numbers 10 - 20 in variety of ways.  We are in the process of showing our thinking in numbers booklets.  We are using words, tally marks, ten frames, pictures, number sentences, pictures and other creative ways like Roman numerals, clocks and number lines.  

Here is some examples for the number 10.


Dance Residency - Day 2

Today, students continued to practice the dance moves introduced in the previous class. Mr. Josh talked a lot about how dancing should be unique and everyone can put their own twist on their style of dance. Each group worked on starting a Hip Hop routine with Mr. Josh. The students will continue to work on and build these dance routines in the next few classes.

Some of the dance moves are:

  • Hip Hop Ready Pose
  • Swag  (finding your own style of `cool')
  • Prep
  • Patty Duke
  • Aunt Jackie
  • DJ (Wicka Wicka Whaaaa)
  • MC (Yo Yo!)
  • Free Style


Dance Residency

We are very fortunate to have Josh from Sound Creations teach our students Hip Hop dance. 

We are learning hip hop poses, to have a bounce in our step and to show some 'swag.'

* make   * will  * was  * where * ran  * four  * day  * today  * yesterday  * tomorrow

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty

* Learning a new poem - Warm Mittens

* Sequencing steps (first, next, then, last) in a How To ... book 

* Writing sentences using this week's popcorn words 

* Making paper chains using this week's popcorn words 

* Making words by playing Zingo in a small group 

* Organizing popcorn words in ABC order

* Practicing our reading using RazKids or Starfall on the iPads

Important notes:

1) Please ask your child if their indoor shoes still fit.  Some may be too small or worn out

More Estimating 

Today Mrs. Roworth worked with our class to further develop our estimation skills.  

We looked at one glass at a time. When we looked at the first glass we made an estimation which we called a 'thinking guess.'  Many students counted how many they could see and then added on the amount they thought was in the middle and in the back of the glass.  For the other glasses we compared our estimations with the other glasses. Students explained their thinking using math vocabulary such as more, less, half, compare.  

Important reminder:  

1) Please sign and return the report card envelope. 


Book Exchange Tomorrow

We wil be going to the Learning Commons tomorrow as a class.  Please have your child return their book from before the holidays so they can exchange it for another wonderful book.

Today we enjoyed listening to the rhymes in Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  Below is link if your child wants to enjoy it at home too.  The book has so many of our popcorn words in it.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

 

Upcoming dates:

1) Fun Lunch - Little Caesars next Thursday Jan. 17th - last day to order is tomorrow

2) Sound Creations Dance Residency Jan. 14 - 15 


Happy New Year 

It was wonderful to be together as a class again and hear about everyone's break. Today we also welcomed a new student! Your children were so friendly and helpful.  Thank you! 

In the new year we will be learning 10 new popcorn words a week to help increase student's sight word recognition and continue to grow our reading skills.  New cards and a ring were sent home today.  The new popcorn words are:

* looking  * playing  * with  * doing  * flying  * came  * something  * get  * so  * that

In literacy we noticed there are a lot of 'ing' words.  Our rotations this week are:

- guided reading with Mrs. McLarty focusing on recognizing our 'popcorn' words and thinking about the meaning of words 

- practicing spelling our words doing shape spelling 

- writing in our journal about our holidays

- sequencing the steps to build a snowman in a mini book

- locating winter words in a word search

- learning a new poem called 'Let's Build a Snowman' 

- practicing reading using Razkids / Starfall

In math we surveyed our classmates about their favorite winter activities by recording their responses using tally marks.  We then graphed and compared the results.  We noticed that a lot of our classmates like to go skating. 


PJ day tomorrow

Tomorrow we will be gathering as an Evergreen school community for caroling and handbells at 10:45 am.  Families are welcome to join.  Students are also invited to wear their PJs which is optional.  

Report cards will be sent home tomorrow.  Please keep the report card documents for your records and return the signed envelope in the new year.  

 Our first day back is on Tuesday January 8th.  

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe winter break! See below for some winter activity suggestions from our school Physiotherapist.  

'Tis the Season 

Today your child came home with a new book, Giraffe and Bird, that has been generously donated to all Grade 1 students by TD Bank and Canadian Children's Book Centre.  The book is your child's to keep and enjoy.  

Other generous donations this season includes food for Calgary Food Bank.  As a class we collected 73 items. The meeting area near the gyml is overflowing with food from our Evergreen school community. Thank you!!

Over the past week we have been enjoying the story 100 Snowmen.  On every page there is a math problem to solve.  Today we created our own snowman math word problem.  Did you know that ... 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1=100?

Upcoming event:

On Friday there will be holiday caroling at 10:45 and students are invited to wear their PJs to school. 

Cookie Dough pick up Tuesday

Message from School Council: 

Tuesday December 18th between 5pm and 6pm. Please ensure all products are collected. Send someone on your behalf if you are unable to make it. The delivery will arrive just before 5pm and will be dropped at the front of the school. School Council does not have the ability to transport or store any remaining products. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

Our popcorn words this week are:  * out  * see  * likes  * plays  * looks

Today we learned a new poem about gingerbread. There were 22 popcorn words and 2 rhyming pairs (man - pan, chin - grin).  We also discussed a math gingerbread problem we worked on last week and shared different ways to show our thinking.  Today we worked on a new "Would you rather..." problem and explained our reason mathematically. 


Wonderful concerts

Thank you to all families who were able to join us for our 'On with the Snow' concert(s).  Your children did a fantastic job remembering the lyrics, actions and to enjoy performing.  This week we have continued to grow our literacy skills through daily reading and writing practice.  Today we wrote in our journals about our experiences at the concerts.  We are improving our awareness to use appropriate spacing and sound out unknown words.  Using the 'popcorn' sight words we have studied is becoming easier.  In math, we had Mrs. Roworth work with us on  'Frosty's Magic Hat' problem.  Using mini-whiteboards and markers helped us to record and erase our ideas as there was a lot of guessing and checking. 

Important notes:

1) Book exchange at the Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Please return home reading books regularly (1-2 days)

Concert tomorrow - arrive 5:10

Our new popcorn words this week are: * for  * up  * down  * on * in 

Our literacy rotations are: 

* Guided reading with Mrs. McLarty - We are focusing on developing our stamina to read longer text and recognizing familiar popcorn words.  We are also learning how to slowly sound out words by covering up parts of the words.

* Practicing our reading using RazKids on the iPads 

* Writing opposites 

* Gingerbread man writing (steps to catch a gingerbread man) 

* Elf writing (If I were an elf ...) 

* Scribble spelling and Secret code spelling 


Concert Update from Miss Bell

Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present On With the Snow! There are four different performances on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12, so please look at the chart below for your child’s class. Each class will perform in one show on the evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it! Students should wear black, white and blue, or a fancy outfit if they prefer!


8 Tally Marks 

We have 8 items of our total 50 needed to complete the Food Bank class mission.  Thank you for your donations to date!

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * swim * run  * jump  * fly  *not

Our literacy rotations are:

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty

* Wordsearch - Action words (verbs) 

* Magnet & wiki sticks spelling of our popcorn words 

* Rhymes & Animal actions

Food Bank Drive

As a school we are doing a drive for the Calgary Food Bank.  Our challenge is to bring in these 50 items per class.  If your family can help, it would be wonderful and generous!


Yesterday we listened to the story Mix it Up! which is a playful story about splotches of colours getting mixed up.  It teaches in a fun way how secondary colours (orange, green, purple) are made from primary colours (red, blue, yellow).   Afterwards we painted our own colour wheel.  Today we created our own ‘Mix it up!’ paintings.  


December sharing calendars were sent home today.  The topic is Family Celebrations & /or Traditions.  We brainstormed possible ideas to share such as: Christmas, Hannukah, Halloween, birthdays, family movie night, hanging decorations, baking cookies etc. If emailing or sending in pictures please limit the amount to a maximum of 3.  

Upcoming dates:

1) No school Friday Dec. 7th

2) Winter concert - Tues. Dec. 11th - 5:30pm & Wed. Dec. 12th- 10:30am.  Students are to dress 'wintery.'


3) Movie night Thurs. Dec. 6th (optional)


Parent Council Updates

Movie Night

Next week Thursday is our much anticipated movie night. Be sure to secure your spot and purchase tickets at www.healthyhunger.ca by this week Thursday November 29th. To make this night a success, we are also looking for volunteers to help out, if you can spare 30 minutes, please sign up online at https://www.volunteersignup.org/8MHCW.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie dough orders need to be in by Tuesday December 4th. Also ordered through your Healthy Hunger account.

Geese 

We have been learning about the Canada Goose.  Yesterday we looked a variety of pictures showing different adaptations like webbed feet for swimming, sharp beaks for eating and wings for flying.  Students noticed that the adult geese protect their eggs and young goslings from predators.  We have also been learning that geese migrate to warmer places.  Today at recess we were so fortunate to see geese above honking and flying in a v-shape over the field. 


Winter concert fast approaching 

Our Winter concert dates and times are:

Tuesday December 11th - 5:30 pm 

Wednesday December 12th - 10:30 am

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * fish  * orange  * green  * brown  * white

Our popcorn words this week are great for practicing the /sh/ sound, 2 /ee/ make a long e sound, /ow/ sound can sound differently in "brown" and "snow" and sometimes an /e/ at the end of a word is silent like in "orange" and "white."

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty 

* sort words that have /sh/ at the beginning and at the end like "fish" and "shoes"

* RazKids on iPads

* Poem called Jelly Beans that has a lot of colour words

* organizing our popcorn words in ABC order

* writing a list of GREEN things 

* practicing our popcorn words doing Spiral Spelling


No School Friday

Today we worked on another math problem that helped us problem solve and practice adding numbers to 25.  We figured how that we can add more than 2 numbers to create a larger number.  We used counters and beads if we needed.  Writing our ideas took more time and concentration.   

Important notes: 

1) Cobs Fun Lunch tomorrow

2) Parent Teacher interviews Thurs. Nov. 22nd (4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Please log on to PowerSchool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.


Estimating 

Today Mrs. Roworth worked with our class on an estimation problem.  There was good conversation about what makes a 'good' estimation vs a 'poor' estimation.  We looked closely at what the problem was asking so that we could make a reasonable estimation. As we watched the video (see below) we adjusted our estimates.

http://www.estimation180.com/d...

Grade 1 students had the opportunity to participate in Grade 1 Intramurals at lunch hour.  Many students chose to stay inside and play games they made up with a variety of gym equipment.  There were many creative ideas such as balancing balls, aiming at targets, playing catch with a peer and many other fun ways of playing. 

Winter concert soon ...

Today we also had Music and Gym. We are getting very excited and prepared for our upcoming concert. Our class concert times are: 

Tuesday December 11th - 5:30 pm 

Wednesday December 12th - 10:30 am 

Our popcorn words this week are: * some * went * cat * dog *  bird 

Our literacy rotations are: 
- guided reading with Mrs. McLarty
- practicing our new popcorn words using stamps and doing shape spelling
- writing a creative animal story 
- practicing our reading on Razkids
- sorting picture cards of wild cats, dogs and birds 
- animal wordsearch 

In math we used our 100 carpet to create a graph about our ‘Smarts.’ We noticed that ‘Music Smart’ had the most names and ‘Self Smart’ had the least. We compared the data and learned a variety of math language such as: more than, less than, how many more, how many less? 

Parent Teacher interviews Thurs. Nov. 22nd (4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.
Please log on to PowerSchool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

 Raz-Kids

Today we practiced our reading skills on Raz-kids.  Thanks to parent council we have a license for Raz-Kids for students to use at school and home.  On Raz-Kids students can read a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories and answer comprehension questions too.  Information for logins was sent home in your child’s folder.  

1)   Parent Teacher Booking opens today at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

2)   Parent Teacher interviews are next Thurs. Nov. 22nd(4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd (8:00 am – 12:00 pm). Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Adapting Animals 

In Science we have been learning about animals and how they adapt to the changing seasons.  While we were at the zoo, our Edu-Trek leader Jen, reviewed and taught is about animals that migrate, hibernate or camouflage to as ways of surviving through our cold Canadian winter.  We’ve been working on a mini-book ‘Getting Ready for Winter’ and today we got more ideas from a song.   


Today we also had our first lockdown practice and did a very good job being serious, silent and safe!

1)    Parent Teacher Booking Opens tomorrow at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews.

2)    Parent Teacher interviews are next Thurs. Nov. 22nd(4:00 – 8:00 pm) and Fri. Nov. 23rd  (8:00 am – 12:00 pm).  Therefore there will be no school on Friday Nov. 23rd.

Lockdown practice tomorrow 

Tomorrow we will be having a lockdown practice.  Please speak with your child about the importance of staying quiet.  As a school we need to be silent, serious and safe.  Today we did a very good job practicing how to do a fire drill without notice.  Students immediately stopped what they were doing and calmly left the building.

In music we have been active practicing for our upcoming concert in December called On with the Snow!  In gym we are improving our hand-eye coordination by using pickle ball racquets and balls.  We are also working on our accuracy skills by aiming at a target.

Important reminders:

1) Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow.  Home reading book exchanges are strongly encouraged every day.

2) Last day to order FUN Lunch (Cobs Bread) is on Thurs. Nov. 15th

3) Parent Teacher Booking Opens Fri. Nov. 16th at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews

Calgary Zoo trip 

Thank you once again to our wonderful volunteers who came to the zoo today and helped us have a super day.  Also thank you for you help at home preparing your children for our trip.  They were energetic and engaged throughout the day.  Our Edu-Trek through the Canadian Wilds was very informative.  We started our trek at the cougars and learned that they are carnivores.  Our leader, Jenn, showed us many bio-facts including the skull of different animals.  We noticed that carnivorous animals have very sharp teeth.  We also learned that the black and grizzly bears are in torpor which is similar to hibernating.  It is different in that the bears are rest and not fully asleep.  Sometimes on warm winter chinook days the bears at the zoo come out of their dens.  Today they were hiding away. We were also fascinated to learn about an endangered species - The Whopping Crane. With conservation efforts around the world, including the Calgary Zoo, the whooping crane population in the wild has dramatically increased to hundreds from only 21 in 1940s.  

Zoo trip tomorrow

Tomorrow we are going on our Calgary Zoo field trip.  We will be leaving at 8:45 so please ensure that your child is at school on time.  As well, please help your child dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch / water bottle.  We will be outside for a large portion of the day.   

Our new popcorn words this week are: * can  * big * little * as * find 

New cards for popcorn words are in your child’s folder.  They can be added to the popcorn word ring for regular review.  

Important notes:

1) Last day to order FUN Lunch (Cobs Bread) is on Thurs. Nov. 15th

2) Parent Teacher Booking Opens Fri. Nov. 16th at 6:00pm. Please log on to Powerschool to book your child's parent teacher interviews

Remembrance Day 

The Grade 3 students did a beautiful job leading our Evergreen's Remembrance Day assembly. Thank you to all children for being respectful throughout the assembly. 

Upcoming Book Bank

Poppy donations  

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose. Each student will receive a poppy as a symbol to remember the sacrifices of many so that we can live in a peaceful country. Donations are encouraged and will go towards the Legion Poppy Fund which supports Canadian Veterans and their families.  

Animals Matter

Today we talked about why animals are important.  In preparation for our Calgary Zoo trip we looked at the map and the Zoo website to see which animals are at the zoo.  In particular we shared ideas about why animals matter.  Different ideas were:

* They give us food and milk 

* They can help people - dogs help blind people 

* They make good pets - you can hug them.  They act like it's the very first time you've seen them.

* You can ride a horse and you can see a lot of things when riding 

* They can save us. Dalmatians can save us in a fire.

When we meet with our leader for our Edu-Trek tour through the Canadian Wilds we will explore why animals matter.   

https://www.calgaryzoo.com/why...

Important info: 

1) Book exchange in Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose. 

3) Please return field trip forms. We are needing more volunteers in order to go.  

4) When using iPads and computers in class it is best for students to use headphones.  If your child has a pair to keep at school, it would be very helpful.

Mixed up socks problem

Today Mrs. Roworth joined our class for math.  We worked on a problem about mixed up socks.  

It was similar to the jack-o-lantern problem where we needed to find different combinations.  We  figured out ways to stay organized drawing our ideas.  Once we recorded our solutions we checked with classmates to see if we had same or different combinations. 

Important info:

1) Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 9th at 10:45am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers uniforms if they choose.

2) Please return field trip forms. We are needing more volunteers in order to go. 

3) When using iPads and computers in class it is best for students to use headphones.  If your child has a pair to keep at school, it would be very helpful.  

Upcoming Zoo trip

Our new popcorn words this week are:  * one * two  * three  * look * what 

Our literacy rotations this week are:  

* guided reading with Mrs. McLarty

* writing in our journals – I feel peaceful when …

* writing descriptive words (adjective) in a mini 1,  2, 3 book

* writing a list of words that are RED

* practicing printing and spelling our popcorn words using whiteboards and pipe cleaners

* cooperating in a small group to learn new words by playing ZINGO and MEMORY 

In math we counted our pumpkin seeds again to increase and check our accuracy.  We used a variety of strategies including:

  • counting by 1s and keep track of our amounts on paper
  • counting by 1s to 10 and putting 10 in a cup.  Then counting by 10s to 100. 
  • Using a 100 chart to remember numbers  especially to help with transition numbers such as 39, 40  - 49, 50 etc.

Important info:

Please return Calgary Zoo forms.  Several families have asked about having a Calgary Zoo pass.  Unfortunately, the fee for the trip can not be waived if children have a zoo pass as the cost covers 3 trips which includes bussing and program costs.  Thank you for your understanding.   

Happy Halloween

Today we worked on a jack-o-lantern math problem. We cut out shapes and placed them on a 2-D pumpkin to create many different combinations.  How many do you think we found?

        Wishing all families a safe and happy Halloween!

Art Hub for Kids

New Popcorn words this week are:   * said   * book  * car   * house  * but 

Today we learned more about Bats.  We know and have learned that: 

* Bats are nocturnal. 

* Bats are mammals and have wings.

* Bats can hang upside down.  

* They can have patterns on their faces.  

We also drew a sketch of a Bat with the help of the website: Art Hub for Kids

Important information: 

1)Halloween – Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes on Wednesday. Our daily activities will remain similar to other days. 

2)Upcoming Calgary Zoo field trip on Tuesday November 13th.  We will need volunteers.  Forms will be coming home soon.

Pumpkin Donations

If you are able to donate a pumpkin for our class please email Mrs. McLarty so she can plan how many pumpkins to buy.  We will need them next week from Monday to Wednesday.  We will be observing, comparing, sketching, measuring and counting the seeds.  The pumpkin will be returned to the student on Wednesday as a jack-o-lantern if the child desires.

Families - Present and Past 

In Social Studies we have learning about our families.  This week we’ve been discussing different needs of families.  Some of the needs we identified are:

  • food, water, shelter, clothes, hospitals, money
  • air, love, help, to speak and be heard

We had a good discussion about what we may need money for and how needs and wants are different. 


  

For the next few weeks we are fortunate to have a Museokit from the Glenbow Museum that is helping us learn about life and traditions of the Blackfoot people.  We are comparing how our lives are similar and different.  We have been looking at many artifacts that give us clues to how families met their basic needs for food, clothes and shelter.   We are also learning how Blackfoot families passed down their traditions from elders to children and how some traditions have changed over time while others have remained the same.  

Important updates:

1) Book exchange at Learning Commons tomorrow

2) Halloween Howl tomorrow evening (optional)

3) No School Friday 

Math 100 Chart 

Today your child brought home a 100 chart that can stay at home for extra practice.  It can be put in a page protector sleeve to help it last longer.  Students completed the chart by counting by 5s focusing on forming numbers correctly without reversals.  We played a game Race to 100 using dice.  Throughout the year, we will continue to use a variety of tools to develop their number sense.

By the end of Grade 1, students are expected to be able to say the number sequence 0 to 100 by:

• 1s forward between any two given numbers

• 1s backward from 20 to 0 

• 2s forward from 0 to 20 

• 5s and 10s forward from 0 to 100.

4 Day School week 

New popcorn words this week are : * ball  * you  * do  * did  * help

Our literacy rotations this week are: 

* guided reading  

* Fish Creek senses mini book 

* Making popcorn words with tiles 

* Sailboat spelling 

* Organizing popcorn words in ABC order 

* Journal and list writing 

Upcoming dates: 

1)Halloween Howl – Thursday October 25 6:00- 8:00 pm (optional) 

2)No school Friday October 26th 

Pumpkin Donations?
If you are able to donate a pumpkin for our class please email Mrs. McLarty.  We will need them next week from Monday to Wednesday.  We will be observing,  comparing, sketching, measuring and counting the seeds.  The pumpkin will be returned to the student on Wednesday as a jack-o-lantern if the child desires.


Fish Creek walk tomorrow

Please have your child wear good shoes for walking to Fish Creek.  They will also need a snack and water bottle.  We will be leaving at about 9:00 and returning close to 10:30.  

Today we brainstormed different animals we have seen at Fish Creek or think we will see tomorrow.  We learned about Chickadee birds and learned how to draw them.  The students showed excellent focus and perseverance by following the steps.  


Fish Creek Friday 

We would like to go to Fish Creek Park on Friday October 19th from 9 - 10:30.  We need at least 2 volunteers.  If you are available and have a current volunteer clearance with the school please email Mrs. McLarty. 

Yesterday we enjoyed the glorious weather and sketched our class tree in Fall time.  We noticed that most of the leaves have turned yellow / golden.  There are still a few green leaves closer to the trunk.  With the snowy, cold, windy weather many of the leaves at the end of the branches have blown off.  Students looked carefully at the tree while sketching like artists and scientists. 

Marvelous Monday

Today was so warm and marvelous for the students to enjoy Fall time.  

Our new popcorn words this week are:   * park  * yes  * no  * come  * all 

In our literacy rotations we are practicing opposites like yes and no. We are also learning about the -all word family like fall, call, wall, ball.  Rhyming is a really important foundational skills for reading. 

Last week we enjoyed the story Have you Filled a Bucket?  We've been talking a lot about how we can be kind, caring Bucket Fillers.  Today we worked on pages for our Class Bucket Filling book.


Poetry folders 

Your child brought home their blue poetry folder to share with family.  Enjoy taking time reading them together and celebrating their successes recognizing popcorn (sight) words, rhymes and new words.  Please have your child return their poetry folders by Wednesday (October 17 th) next week. 

Important information:

1) Please look to our October monthly sharing calendar for your child's sharing day. 

2) New cards for popcorn words will be sent home on Monday. Please add them to the ring and keep at home.  Regular practice is appreciated. 


School Photos & Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow

Our new popcorn words this week are: * she  * are  * go  * going * at.  During literacy we are learning more about rhymes and the -at word family (at, bat, cat, mat, rat etc).  We are making words using stamps and tiles.  In literacy we are practicing our writing in our journals focusing on representing the sounds we hear and forming letters correctly by looking at an alphabet line.  

Fun Lunch Information

Fun lunches for this year are now available on www.healthyhunger.ca. Please note that if you have an account from a previous year you will have to re-add your children under their new classroom teacher. Deadline to order for this month’s Subway meal is Thursday, October 11th. If you have any questions please email 

evergreenschoolcouncil@gmail.com.



Long weekend - no school Monday and Tuesday


Please look inside your child's folder for their Thankful leaf.  We shared many ideas for what they are thankful for including: friends, food, water, Canada, toys, sports, school, books, music, art.  By far, the most important thing everyone was thankful for was FAMILY.  Enjoy the extra days together.   

Apple Tasting 

Today we tasted red and green apples.  We discussed the differences and noticed that the red apples were sweet and green apples were sour.  We created a graph and made comparisons by looking closely at the graph.  We used math language such as how many, more, less and altogether to interpret the data.  For instance:

How many people liked green apples?   How many people like red apples? 

How many people like green and red apples?   How many more people liked red than green apples?


Important information:

1) No school Monday & Tuesday next week.

2) Please have your child return their home reading in the plastic bag in their blue communication folder every 1-3 days. 

3) School photos next Thursday Oct. 11th.

4) Please look at our Evergreen website / calendar regularly for school -wide events.   

Monthly Sharing 

Please look in your child's folder about our monthly sharing related to our Social Studies curriculum.  The topic for October is My Family & Pets.  If you would like to email  Mrs. McLarty a picture, we can share it on the Smartboard.  This week in gym we have been learning a variety of Indigenous games that have focused on teamwork, speed and accuracy.  As well, we listened to a wonderful story called The Water Walker which is a true story about Nokomis Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe grandmother, who walked to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi (water) for future generations, and for all life on the planet.


Important info:

Learning Commons - Book Exchange tomorrow

Fun Lunch due date is October 11th. Order online through HealthyHunger.ca.

Snow snow snow!

Wow - what a winter wonderland outside.  Once again thank you for sending your child prepared for the weather.  We enjoyed being outside in the morning and at lunch recess.  Having extra socks, pants and underwear are helpful to keep in your child's backpack or they can be kept in a plastic bag hanging on their hook.   Waterproof mitts are also great so that your child can play in the snow without having wet, cold hands.

This morning in Literacy time, students have been working with Mrs. McLarty during guided reading to read simple, patterned text by tracking words with our finger, looking at the pictures are trying to sound out words.  Below are some of the strategies that have been introduced and will be used a lot this year.  

Cold October 

Thank you for helping your child be prepared for our cold weather! 

The popcorn words this week are:  * blue   * me   * we   * be   * he 

In literacy we talked about how 4 of our popcorn words rhyme and how to slowing sound out words. We also began literacy centres which we rotate through over the week.  The rotations are:

* Guided Reading with Mrs. McLarty

* ABC - sight word puzzle

* Red, yellow, blue booklet - draw and label 

* iPads - ABCya

* computers - Starfall

* Wikki sticks & playdough - practicing the popcorn words 

Upcoming dates: 

1) No school next Monday October 8th & Tuesday October 9th


Orange Shirt Day - October 1st

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  Your child is encouraged to wear an orange shirt or a shirt with orange on it. 

Our Terry Fox Run / Walk today a big success despite the cool, rainy weather.  Thank you for preparing your child and sending in donations.  Your children showed excellent perseverance and tried their best.  After our run / walk we enjoyed yummy oranges thanks to parent council.    

Terry Fox Run / Walk tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 we will gathering in the gym and then outside to our field for our annual Terry Fox Run / Walk.  Parents are welcome to join us.  Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather and exercise.  

This morning during Literacy we began transitioning to centres where groups are doing different tasks.  Maintaining focus and taking responsibility to complete the assigned task was important.  The different tasks were: 

1) forming popcorn words using play dough 

2) spelling our popcorn words using tiles 

3) Starfall app on ipads

In the afternoon we learned more about apples and the purpose of each of their parts.  We then followed specific steps to draw an apple.  Another day we will paint our sketch and then label it to include the skin, flesh, stem, leaf, seeds.   

Important notes:

1) Learning Commons book exchange tomorrow. 

2) If your child has a pair of headphones to use in class for ipads & computers we would appreciate having them stay in the class to minimize class volume and increase focus.  

Home reading & Popcorn words

Today your child selected with guidance a home reading book which is inside their blue folder in a plastic bag.  When it has been practiced please have your child return it in the plastic bag in the blue folder for exchanging.  The letter and ring of words can stay at home.  

What a beautiful fall day! We talked about some of the changes in the seasons from cooler days, less sunshine, falling leaves and plants that are ready for harvesting like potatoes, carrots and apples.  We observed and sketched a variety of apples.  We made comparisons to how apples as a living thing is similar to people in that they are all similar but different.  We also learned about the life cycle of the apple and how it grows from seeds to seedlings to a tree with buds then blossoms.  Finally the fruit (apple) grows from the flower.  


Important notes:

1) Walk and wheel Wednesday tomorrow. 

2) Terry Fox walk / run Thursday afternoon.  It will be around our school field.  Your child will receive a sticker that says " I  am running for ..."  If you could talk with your child about ideas for who / what they are running for it would be helpful.  You could also write their idea on a piece of paper and put it in their blue folder to copy.  THANKS!

Fall time 

Thank you to all families for coming to  Parent - Teacher conferences last week.  It was great to learn more about your child.

Our popcorn words this week are:  * and      * the       * school     * red      * yellow  

Today we used wikki sticks to practice spelling our popcorn words.  We also wrote in our journals and many students are using some of the popcorn words we've already studied.   

Science - Signs of Fall

On our way in from recess we explored some of the trees on our playground.  We looked at some of the differences between the deciduous and coniferous trees.  We noticed that some of the trees have green leaves while others have yellow leaves or no leaves.  Our class tree still has lots of green leaves.  We wonder when it will start to turn yellow.  

Items to bring from home:

1) Students can bring in different leaves from their yard or neighbourhood for our class to observe. 


No school on Friday 

Tomorrow evening and Friday morning are Parent - Teacher conferences.  Therefore there will be no school on Friday.  Your child is welcome to come to our meeting.  

In class we have been learning about Terry Fox and will continue to discuss why he is such an important Canadian hero.  Today we created a page for our class "Feel Good" book similar to the author Todd Parr.  Some of the student's ideas for what makes us feel good are:

* playing Lego 

* playing with my grandma

* having my cousin come to my house to play 

* mom's hugs 

* swimming

Important notes:

1) Book exchange in the Learning Commons tomorrow.

2) Scholastic orders due Thursday.

  

Birthday treats - optional 

Today we had our first student with a birthday.  Muffins were generously sent in for the students.  Please note that sending in a birthday treat is optional. If you choose to send in any food, we please ask that it is peanut / nut free.  The routine is that the food item will be handed out at dismissal and then your child is to ask their adult picking them up if they are allowed to eat it.  Students are encouraged to say "no thank you" if they do not want it or are not allowed for various reasons.  Thank you for helping to keep our students with food allergies safe and healthy.

Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences

Important notes:

1) Conference booking is open.  Please sign up if you haven't already as I am looking forward to meeting with all families.  

2) Vaccinations are tomorrow if you received and returned a signed form.  

3) Please remind your child to leave toys at home. Thank you!

4) If you have an extra sock to use as an eraser for whiteboard, please send it in.  

We have been learning new sight words which we call "popcorn" words because they "pop" up a lot while we are reading.  Today we practiced printing them neatly and usign them in a sentence for journal writing.  We will be learning 5 new words a week.  Last weeks popcorn words are:  I, am, like, to, play.  This week our words are: a, my, here, it, is.   

Toonies for Terry 

Our Terry Fox run / walk with be on Thursday September 27th.  We are asking families to send in Toonies for Terry over the next 2 weeks in support of Cancer Research.  

Today we practiced our math skills by playing a dice game called Dice Baseball.  We practiced adding up 2 dice.  For some numbers we knew what they were at a glance.  For other numbers we needed to count each dot.  The goal is to recognize all numbers 1-6 on a dice quickly and add the lower number onto the greater number. We did a great job cooperating and taking turns with our partner.

Upcoming Conferences

Time slots for Meet the Teacher Conferences on September 20 and 21 are opening soon. Please note that the start date for parent’s booking is 12:00 PM (Sep 14, 2018), and booking ends at 15:00 PM (Sep 20, 2018).  Looking forward to seeing you!

Today we had our first visit to the Learning Commons this year.  Mrs. Schuman read us a silly, imaginative story called What if Everything had Legs?  We brainstormed many ideas and wondered how life would be different!  Afterwards we were able to sign out 2 books.  As a class we will go weekly.  However, students can return books and exchange them regularly when they are ready. 

Important notes:

1) Grade one vaccinations are next Tuesday, September 18th. If your child is having vaccinations done, please discuss this with them beforehand so they are prepared.

2) Scholastic book flyers were sent home today.  Ordering is optional.  If interested please return order forms by next Thursday Sept. 20 or ordering on-line is possible too. 


A Message from our Health Nurse

Alberta Dental Association and College's (ADA&C) Start School Smiling campaign!

Start School Smiling is designed to promote dental health to all Grade One students. Volunteer ADA&C member dentists will provide a free examination, with bitewing x-rays if needed, from September 15 to October 31, 2018.

 

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"Me" Bags 

Today a paper bag was sent home describing our new "Me" bag sharing.  Mrs. McLarty shared 5 things about herself as an example.  Inside her bag was a golf ball, Kanoodle puzzle, a homemade bookmark, tea bag and a charm bracelet.  The bags can be returned for sharing any day over the next 2 weeks.  We look forward to learning more about the interests of our classmates.

Today we also finished our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees which helped us practice our tracing and cutting fine motor skills.  We needed to sort through many letters to find the letters to our names.  We also finished our summer writing by using our "kid spelling" by sounding out words and using an alphabet line to help us form the letters.  

Music Monday  

 We began the day with a riddle from Mr. Wilcox which we still haven't figured out.  Perhaps families have ideas. The riddle is ... What 4 days of the week start with the letter T?

Today we had our first day with Ms. Bell in Music. In gym on Mondays our partner class is Grade 2.  It was fun to meet more new friends.  In class we learned a new poem called I am Me.

I am Me

I am not a monkey.

I am not a bee. 

I am not a alligator.

I am me!


Important information:

1) A Digital Citizenship form was sent home in folders today which can be reviewed, signed and returned. 

2) Please send a water bottle with your child daily.  

2) We will be going outside for recess and lunch times when it is rainy, snowy and cold unless it is extreme.    

Friday Early Dismissal

Our early dismissal on Fridays is at 11:50 am.  Please send a snack with students as we will take time for a nutrition break.  

Today we began our day creating patterns using unifix cubes.  Some of the patterns created were AB AB AB, ABC ABC ABC and ABB ABB ABB.  We also practiced writing our upper and lower case letters.  Singing the alphabet helped us to remember and accurately sequence the letters.  In the afternoon, we drew a self portrait for our birthday graph.  We used small mirrors to help us see the shape of our face, ears, eyes, eye brows, nose and mouth.  Adding extra details such as our hair and clothing brought our pictures to life.  


Second Day of Grade 1

Today we had another great day with our new class learning about our summer holiday, interests and what we want to learn in Grade 1.  We began our day using pattern blocks to create different animal shapes. During our morning meeting we learned about different feelings and Zones of Regulation.  Throughout, the students were very attentive and in the Green Zone. 

We also learned a variety of songs to help us organize and remember the days of the week and months.  When we graphed our birthdays in a large group, we noticed that the majority of birthdays are in November, December and January.  Please help your child remember their birthday month if they are unsure.  

Thank you to all who returned the white envelope with the completed forms. The outside of the envelope does not need to be signed.  

First Day of Grade 1 

We had a great first day of Grade 1!  Thank you for helping your child get settled this morning and ease the transition. I am very excited to get to know your child and support them with their learning throughout the year.  

Today we learned about different routines in our class and school - especially for recess and lunch.  At lunch time our class will be playing outside for the first part (12:00- 12:24) and eating inside afterwards (12:24-12:48).  

We listened to two stories today - First Day Jitters and Franklin Goes to School.  Both books were about the different feelings that we may have when experiencing new things for the first time such as: nervousness, fear, worry, excitement and feeling proud.  We also drew and wrote about our play dough creations. In math, we practiced counting to 100! 

Please send the blue communication folder back and forth to school daily.  Inside today was a white envelope with forms that can be returned in the folder when completed.  

My email for communication is: dlmclarty@cbe.ab.ca


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