Thursday March 20, 2020

Good morning parents and my "kids" at work.  I wanted to check in with you all.  Going to work on Monday was extremely difficult for me, as I was missing my days with my students.  I know that this is a time that is very stressful for all of us adults and that can put anxiety and stress on our kids as well.  I wanted to let you know that I am open to students emailing me.  This is a good skill to have and it can provide some normality in a time of uncertainty.  At this time, we are not providing any programming, but I will definitely be here to accept and answer any emails from students.  Please stay safe!

Love,  Mrs. Byciuk


Friday March 13, 2020

A reminder that student-led conferences have been cancelled.  An email from the school was sent out last night.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies.

-we learned how St. Patrick's Day started and we did work on 2 Leprechaun poems.  

-we worked on our parent letters to you.

-we had lots of Ketchup time and were able to finsh our Polar Bear art and type lots of our stories!  

-we had a class meeting.


Wednesday March 11, 20200

The sign up for student led conferences is open.  There will be 4 families in the classroom at a time.  The students will share some of their learning with you in this time.

Today:

-we wondered How Boats Float.

-we used a number line to find the difference between 2 numbers.

-we had gym and music.

-we read a book called"A Beam of Light" which was all about Albert Einstein and we learned about Einstein.

-we worked so hard on our Chalk stories.  We finished them and edited them by ourselves and with a partner.  Tomorrow we will start publishing them.

-we chose our preferred double digit addition strategy to start working through some practice questions.  Ask me what my favourite strategy is.

-we had an afternoon of art.  We finished painting our "Mona Lisa" backgrounds and worked on our Mona Lisa robes.  We finished our Ted Harrison art.


Monday March 9, 2020

The sign up for student led conferences opened up today.  Please remember that our classes times are slightly different from the rest of the school:  3-8 pm on Thursday March 19 and 8-10 Friday March 20.  These conferences are a chance for your children to celebrate their learning with you and show you some work.  Spring break is from March 21-28.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug we wondered how germs spread.  It gave us a chance to talk about staying healthy in the classroom.

-we wrote the second last part of Chalk and Mrs. Byciuk modelled some editing of capitals, periods and uppercase letters.

-in gym, we worked on badminton skills.

-in math message, we drew our own number lines and compared 2 numbers.

-we reviewed the open number line strategy for adding double digit numbers and tried a few questions.  We learned the decomposition (expanded form) strategy.  Many of us prefer this strategy to the others.  This is how it works and we can show you.  45+32=. 40+5

                                30+2

                                 70+7=77

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we finished our art project and can't wait to share it with you.




Friday March 6, 2020

Scholastic book orders due on Monday!  Thank you for helping your children make their trunk.  They look amazing!  We have been working through different strategies to add double digit numbers in class.  This week, we learned 2 strategies and had a chance to try each 1.  We learned the Base 10 strategy and the open number line strategy.  Some of us are working toward seeing the pattern when counting by 10.  This is an important skill in grade 2 and we need to understand it in order to try the open number line strategy.  Can you help us practice.  For example, start at 23 and count by 10's.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies.

-we have 2 poems to share with you about the water cycle.

-we wrote a letter to you.

-we did some ketchup work on our "Boats page", our "Frosty page", our Chalk story and the art work that we started yesterday afternoon.


Wednesday March 4, 2020

Trunks due on Friday!  

Today:

-we wondered why ice floats in water.

-we worked with number lines from 0-10 and wrote the matching addition and subtraction number sentences.

-in writing, we wrote and edited part 4 of the Chalk story.

-in math, we did an estimystery and learned a new game called Streets and Sidewalks.  The object of the game was to get 4 in a row.  We rolled 2 die and added them together.  We should be using efficient strategies to do this.

-in Social Studies, we continued our talk about Pangea (the supercontinent).  We talked about how cool DNA is and how scientists can tell that the Inuit migrated from Asia many many years ago.  How did the continents move?  I can explain this to you.  We followed the directions to create our Pangea map, shading continents, making a legend, colouring the ocean.  We compared the Pangea map to our world map.  What are the similarities and differences?

-we reviewed things that float and things that sink.  We reviewed density.  Density is the amount of mass something has relative to its volume.  We watched some videos to have a better understanding of this and made our own creative journal page.



Monday March 2, 2020

Thank you so much to the parents who sent in extra shoeboxes.  Some of the children who expressed that they didn't have a shoebox at home are bringing one home today.  Please send in "trunk" on or before March 6th.

Today:

-we wondered why we cry when we are sad.

-we observed Frosty.  He turned into water vapour and all that is left is his nose, eyes and buttons.  We drew pictures of the changes in state that Frosty made:  solid, liquid and gas.

-in math message, we continued our work with number lines.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a number line and we had to show the addition and subtraction sentence that went with the number line.

-we talked about the next 3 pages in Chalk and continued writing the words to the story.  We are using similes and triple scoop words and editing for conventions as we go.

-we learned our first strategy for double digit addition.  It grade 2, we need to know how to add and subtract double digit numbers without regrouping using a strategy that works for us.  Mrs. Byciuk is going to teach us some different strategies and we are going to try them all.  Then we will pick our favourite.  Math is very creative and it is important that we have a lot a different strategies, as they will help us as math gets more complicated.  We built numbers with Base 10 Blocks together as a class and used them to add double digit numbers.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some questions to try and we drew the Base 10 Blocks in our math books.  You can give me a question at home and I can show you how this strategy works.  Many of us were even able to do regrouping questions with the manipulatives.

-we had gym and music.

-one of the students in our class brought in some Cree artifacts from her family and shared them with us.  They were so cool.

-we reviewed some Inuit artifacts , looked at some pictures and video.  Then we made a little artifact book for our trunks!



Friday February 28, 2020

If you have any extra shoeboxes that can be used for our "trunk", please send with your child on Monday!  Trunks due on or before March 6th.  

Today:

-we watched Friday funnies

-we have 2 poems to share with you about gas and the water cycle.

-we wrote parent letters and had some Ketchup time.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday February 26, 2020

Please see yesterdays blog for information about "trunk" due on March 6th.  Student led conferences on March 19th and March 20th.  The purpose of this conference is for your child to show learning through different stations in the classroom.  On each hour booking, there may be up to 3 other families in the room.  Our classroom schedule is a bit different from the rest of the school due to a scheduling conflict.  March 19th is 1/2 a day.  Our classroom's conferences will start a bit earlier than the rest of the school that day (3-8).  Friday, there will be only 2 time slots available (8-10).  Thank you so much for your understanding.

Today:

-we learned about Pink Shirt Day.  We learned how it started and read. abook about being unique.  We talked about the IMATT strategy (Ignore, Move Away, Ask the person to stop, Tell the person to stop, Tell an adult).  We made It's cool to be kind bracelets.  This was a great chance to remind each other that we are a 'family' in the classroom and how important it is to be kind.

-in math message, we continued working with number lines and finding the differnce between 2 numbers.

-we had the Museo Kits and looked at artifacts cards to find out what each artifact is, what it was used for and an interesting fact about it.  WE compared the moccasin to the Kamik.  Ask me how they are different.  We also compared the Beaded Stone pounder to the Blubber Pounder.  The beaded stone pounder was used to crush berries on the prairies and the blubber pounder was used to break down seal blubber.  The inuit people used the blubber in a soapstone lamp for heat and light in the cold arctic.  WE watched a video to learn how the soapstone lamp works.

-we talked about all the things we learned about boats and buoyancy yesterday and brainstormed.  We made a creative journal page..

-in math, Mrs. Byciuk gave us a place value puzzle to solve.  We had to figure out where each digit from 0-9 went in order to find each target:  Largest even number, largest odd number, smallest odd number, largest multiple of 5, number closest to 50.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday February 25, 2020

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before March 6th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Thank you so much to our parents that helped out today!  We couldn't do it without you!


Monday February 24, 2020

Our in-school field trip starts tomorrow at 9:00.  Thank you to the parents who are helping out with this.

Today:

-we wondered why there are Leap Years.

-we used number lines to find subtraction sentences.

-we sketched some artifacts from the museo kit and wrote Davichi notes around our sketches.

-we had gym.

-we learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch.  It made us so sad to see this.  We can teach you all about it.  Even though we are only young, we can help to make a difference.  We brainstormed how we can help the world and made our own page about the things that we can do to make a difference.

-we did a number talk:  20-5, 20-6, 20-7, 20-8.

-we worked on a math task.  We were given 6 beads and a abacus and imagined that some beads could be tens and some could be ones.  How many different numbers could we make.  For example, if I put all the beads on the tens, I can mke 60.

-we had music.

-we read the Land of Stories.

Thursday February 20, 2020

Thank you to the 3 volunteers coming for our in-school field trip.  The field trip begins at 9.  Please sign in at the office and come approximately 15 minutes before our program begins.

Today:

-we wondered why rainforests are so important.  

-we read about the Importance of Water and made our own creative journal page to explain some cool facts about water.

-we looked in closer detail at Leonardo Da Vinchi's journal and how he sketched, wrote his observations, thoughts and wonders.  We sketched some old artifacts and practiced our Da Vichi sketching and notes.  

-we read about the water cycle and reviewed the parts of the water cycle.  I can tell you about "The Water Cycle in a bag".  We drew the water cycle in our journals.

-we had gym.

-we did a "Raincoat" Experiment and learned about absorbancy.  Ask me what that means and what type of material works best for a raincoat.

-we read The Land of Stories.




Tuesday February 18, 2020

Today:

-we wondered why snakes shed their skin.

-when we came into the classroom, there was a snowman in the classroom.  First we named him "Frosty".  We talked about our snowman experiment:  What will happen to Frosty in the classroom? and we made a Hypothesis.  Throughout the day, we observed what was changing with Frosty.  Ask me to tell you what we saw today!  Our experiment isn't even over!!

-we read the book "The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal".  We learned about the water cycle:  Ask me to explain Precipitation, Condensation and Evaporation.

-we learned all about Leonardo Da Vinci.  He was an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a mathematician.  We learned how he invented things way before they were actually invented and we looked at some of his famous paintings.  I can tell you about so many things I learned.   We watched some videos and read some books and watched a slide show.

-we had gym.

-we exchanged books in the library.

-we did an experiment to learn some more about surface tension.  Surface tension is like an elastic surface on water.  We used an eye dropper to drop water onto a penny.  Ask me how many drops of water the penny held and what the water looked like  on the penny.

-we read Land of Stories.


Wednesday February 12, 2020

No school tomorrow, Friday or Monday.

Scholastic book orders due on Tuesday.

Today:

-we wondered about Lovebirds.

-we have 4 new Valentines Day poems to share with you.  We worked on making one of the poems fluent with a partner.  I can present it to you.

-we had gym.

-we wrote a new parent letter for you.

-we decorated our Valentine's Day bags and handed out cards.  For our party, we chose 1 grade 2 room to spend some time in this afternoon.  Ask me what I did.

Thank you to the families for the extra treats this afternoon.


Monday February 10, 2020

We will be having a "Valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon and will exchange cards (for those students who would like to). Please send an extra snack.  

No school on Thursday, Friday or Monday.

Scholastic Book orders coming home today.  Due on Tuesday!

-Today we:

-wondered how our heart pumps blood.

-we had Ketchup time from last week!

-we did a number talk:  24-4, 24-5, 24-8, 24-9.  Ask me what strategies I used.

-we did a math task:  "A 2 digit number has more tens than ones.  What could the number be?"  Our biggest challenge was to figure out how we could follow a pattern to find all the possible answers.  The pattern on the 100's chart was really neat!

-we did an experiment "Racing Liquids".  We learned about viscosity.  Ask me what viscosity means.  Ask me which liquid came in last.  

-we had gym and music.

-in Social Studies, we finished our trip around Canada and did some reflecting of our favourite places and things we learned.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday February 7, 2020

We will be having a "Valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon and will exchange cards (for those students who would like to). Please send an extra snack.  

Today:

-we watched Friday funnies!

-we have 3 little poems to share with you!  We worked on rhyming and personification.

-we performed our dance for the school and watched their performances.

-we wrote our parent letters. 

-we had our class meeting!


Wednesday February 6, 2020

Valentine's Day lists went home for those students who would like to make cards.  We will be having a "valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon. Please send an extra snack.  Thank you to the parents who volunteered for our in school field trip.  I now have enought parents to help out that morning.

Our students have been working hard and enjoying our 2 week Sound Kreations Hip Hop Residency with Josh. This Friday will be a chance for classes to informally share their new skills and celebrate with their peers in a 1-2 minute dance. In order to fit a dance floor and all the student audience, there is not sufficient room in our gym to invite parents to the live performance. Not to worry though! The performance will be videotaped and shared with parents at the upcoming Student Led Conferences. 

Thank you to Parent Council for supporting this residency and to all the students for their incredible energy and enthusiasm during this program!

Ms Roworth and Mr. Josh


Today:

-we learned about palindromes.  Ask me what that means!

-we worked with 10 frames.  We made 2 addition number sentences and found the difference between the 2 sums.

-we continued publishing our story and doing a step by step drawing of our arctic animals (our illustration).

-in math, we did an estimystery.  We learned a new game called Break the Bank tens and ones.  We can play this at home!  Today we used the Base 10 blocks as manipulatives, but all of us know how to draw them in a simple way in order to count them.  The object of the game is to get as close to 100 as possible without going over.  All we need is a die and a piece of paper/pencil.  We can show you tonight how to play.  It is a great way to practice counting base 10 blocks.

-we had Sound Kreations.

-we continued our travel in Nunavut.  Did you know that Nunavut has 80% Inuits.  We learned about how hard it is to travel to and from and in Nunavut and how expensive groceries are there.  We learned about some Inuit traditions and some of the unique foods that are common.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we started talking about Liquids and made a creative journal page for our experiment tomorrow.  We are going to compare water with other liquids.


Monday February 3, 2020

Valentine's Day lists coming home today for those students who would like to make cards.  We will be having a "valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon. Please send an extra snack.  We finally have Raz Kids and students are coming home with their login information today.

Today:

-we wondered how toys are invented.

-in math message, we used the numbers on 2 dominos to make 2 addition number sentences.  We then found the difference between our 2 answers.  

-we continued publishing our stories.  Most of us are doing a realistic drawing of our animal.

-we did a number talk.  We are concentrating on subtraction in number talks.  Our talk today was:  35-5, 35-6, 35-8, 35-9.  Ask me what my strategies were.

-we built Base 10 Monsters with the base 10 blocks.  We used representations of the blocks to make our monsters in our creative journals.  We then found the value of our monsters and wrote the value in words, expanded form and the numeral.  Ask me the value of my monster.

-we had Sound Kreations!

-we had music with Miss Bell. 

-we talked about Groundhog day because yesterday was GroundHog Day.  What is it?  Is spring coming early?

-we finished our travelling to the North west Territories. Ask me what my favourite things were!

Wednesday January 29, 2020

No school on Friday.  I am still looking for 2 more volunteers for our in school field trip on February 25th from 9-11.  Please let me know if you have a clearance and are able to help out.

Today:

-we wondered how bird know where they are going when flying south for the winter.

-in math message, we continued working on "using addition for subtraction".  I can practice at home.

-we worked on our reflections for our inventions.  We all did such a great job, but only 1 ice cube lasted all day.  What worked best?  What would I change next time?

-we had Sound Kreations.

-we finished our travel journal for Yukon and began travelling to North West Territories.

-we finished working on our Base 10 Structures from yesterday.  We built a structure with base 10 blocks.  We then figured out its value..... ___ hundreds +___ tens+ ______ ones=

The hardest part was exchanging the blocks.  For example, if my structure had 12 tens, I could exchange ten of the rods (tens) for a hundred block.  The value of my structure would be 1 hundred +2 tens.  We then learned how to decompose the number or break it into its parts in order to write the expanded for.  eg. 100+20.  We were very challenged!




Monday January 27, 2020

A note is coming home today regarding some of our in-school experiences coming up and their cost.  Our Boats and Buoyancy in school field trip is on February 25th from 9-11.  I am in need of 3 volunteers with their clearance in order to help that day.  Volunteering will consist of running a centre.  Thanks in advance to anyone able to help.

Today:

-we wondered what it is like to be a twin.

-in math message, we continued learning about using addition for subtraction.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some subtraction number sentences and we used addition in order to figure out the answer.  For example:  13-3= .   3+____=13.  

-we continued typing our author arctic stories.

-Mrs. Byciuk gave us a pre-assessment about place value.  This will help her to assess what we already know and what we need to work on.

-we started Sound Kreations.  We are dancing everyday for 2 weeks.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we travelled to Yukon.  Some of our favourite things were:  learning about the gold rush, the amazing Northern lights, the "midnight sun", Emerald Lake and the beauty of nature there.  We completed our travel journals for the Yukon.


Friday January 24, 2020

Today:

-we loved Friday funnies!

-we have some poems to share with you about nouns, verbs and adjectives!  I have written some examples of each!

-we wrote our letters to you!

-we finished our Polar bear art from yesterday.  We tried a different medium "chalk"

-we had some Ketchup time 

-we had a class meeting.  Ask me what I shared.


Thursday January 23, 2020

I apologize for missing blog yesterday, so decided to do an update instead today.  Some of the children are coming home with a basketball form today for an optional club starting on Monday.  If your child has brought home a form and would like to attend, please sign and return by Monday.  Next Friday January 31st is a PD day.

Today:

-we wondered when math was invented.

-we continued working on fact families and using addition for subtraction in math message.

-we spent a lot of our morning going through the first 3 steps to finish our arctic story that we worked on with the author in residence.  Almost all of us were able to get onto the computers and start typing out our stories.  We will be working on this all of next week.

-we finished building our insulation invention.  WE will be doing the experiment on Monday to see how well our invention worked and make sure we followed the criteria.

-we had gym.

-we started a new art project.  We reviewed all of the facts we have learned about the polar bear and we began to draw and outline our polar bears.



Tuesday January 21, 2020

We would like to solve a math task with you.  We need 100 bandaids!  They come in boxes of 12.  How many boxes of bandaids do we need to buy?


Monday January 20, 2020

Please have all materials for our insulating invention here by tomorrow, as we as doing our plan and starting to build.  I am missing 3 report card envelopes.  Please bring them in by tomorrow.  

Today:

-we wondered what the biggest number is.  The biggest number with a name is googol . Ask me to describe this number.

-in math message, we started working on 'fact families' and turning subtraction into addition.  We can used this strategy to figure out the answers to subtraction questions.  For example, if given 10-8=2, we can turn it into an addition question:  8+2=10.  

-we worked on getting caught up on the beginning of our story and our 4 frame to work with the author this afternoon.

-we worked with the basketballs in gym.

-we finished travelling to B.C. and filled our our travel journals.  We began our journey to the Yukon.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we had our last day with the author and worked on the middle of our story.  We are going to take the next week or so to type our stories and publish them.


Friday January 17, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the amount of students away yesterday, we had to put our invention planning on hold until Monday.  Students who have been away, please make sure you have brought in all of the materials for Monday.  See previous blog for information.  Please send in report card envelopes for Monday.  We have had a couple of Parent letter books missing in the last couple of weeks.  Please remember that parent letter books NEED to come back every week.  We write every Friday and the students really love reading their letters back from you!

Today:

-we did Friday funnies!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning the meaning of new vocabulary, finding examples of personification and rhyming words.

-we wrote you a letter.

-we worked on catching up on our writing for our author in residence.  Monday is our last hour working with her.


Wednesday January 15, 2020  

Tomorrow we will be starting our planning for our inventions.  Students should have their 500 ml container and some insulating materials in order to complete this.  As a reminder, please see below:

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Book orders due on Friday!

I am missing some report card envelopes.  Please send them in ASAP.

Today:

-we wondered about conductors and insulators.  I can explain this by talking about how a kettle works.

-in math message, we subitized the 10 frames and found the difference between the 2 numbers.

-we had gym.

-we worked with our author in residence and wrote the beginnings of our stories using our 'triple scoop words' about our arctic animals.

-in math, it was our "Esti Mystery" and game day.  We used clues to estimate how many beads were in the pile.  We reviewed vocabulary such as 'digit', 'greater than' and 'less than'.  Mrs. Byciuk introduced us to a strategy game called 'dots and boxes'.  You probably know this game.  The object of the game is to make the most squares.  Today we learned the simple version using 5X5 and 4X4 dot grids.  Next week, we will try some harder versions of this game.

-we did an experiment about blubber.  There was a bowl of icy water.  We were told that we would put one hand in and the other hand (with blubber) in at the same time.  We made predictions about what would happen.  Then we tried it.  Ask me about this.  This showed us how blubber helps arctic animals adapt to the cold.  

-we had music.

-we made hot and cold fortune tellers.

-we read Land of Stories.




Monday January 13, 2020

Materials for our invention are to be brought in for Wednesday at the latest.  Please remember that we will be making our inventions at school.

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

"Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at

I am missing a number of report card envelopes.  Please send these back to the school ASAP.

Today:

-we wondered if animals laugh.

-in math message, we started practicing 'finding the difference' between 2 numbers.  Ask me what that means.

-we finished our travel journal for Alberta and started travelling around BC.  Some of our favourite things so far are:  the beautiful mountains, Okanogan Lake, the spiral train tunnels (ask me why they did this), the Salmon run and Vancouver.  Ask me my favourite so far.

-we had our first session with our author in residence.  We talked about 2 important things in order to make our writing stronger:  Specifics and Sensory.  We brainstormed sensory words for 'see', 'hear' and 'touch'.  Ask me my favourite part.

-in gym, we started working on skills for basketball.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we continued learning about Hot and Cold and watched some videos/had some discussion about temperature, safety with temperature, body temperature and how arctic animals survive in cold weather.


Friday January 10, 2010

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

"Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at


Today:

-we watched Friday Funnies

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We have been working a lot on New Years REsolutions this week and one of our poems is about New Years Resolutions.  You can look at my New Years Resolution on the poem.  Our other poem is about January.  We found the personification.  I can show you some examples.  We also found words that we don't know the meaning of and learned about what they mean.

-we wrote our Friday letter to you. 

-we worked on Ketchup work from the week.

-we had a class meeting.


Wednesday January 8, 2020

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

Today:

-we learned about the adaptations of 2 different arctic animals:  the Snowy Owl and the Beluga Whale.

-we continued our work in math message this week about the compensation strategy.  We focused on describing our strategies.

-we read "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" and continued talking about what a resolution is.  We chose a goal word, described why we chose the word and wrote our action steps.  We worked with Mrs. Byciuk on hers.   Her word was Balance.  She chose this word because she doesn't have a very good balance between work and family life.  We helped her to come up with an action plan:  #1.  Always plan to have dinner with your family.  #2.  Write down how you will spend your time and follow your plan.  #3.  Stay organized at work and do things ahead of time to keep on track.  Ask me what I chose for my goal word.  Do you think my goal word is a good resolution for me?

-it was our game and Esti-Mystery day in math.  We had to estimate how many beads were on a string and some of them were hidden.  We used math vocabulary such as "less than" "digit" and "even numbers".

-we learned 2 games:  Fill the Stairs and Addition war.  We had a chance to play 1 with a partner and will try the other tomorrow.  In fill the stairs, we used a regular die and a ten sided die with double digits to make double digit numbers.  The bottom staircase had a 0 and the top had 100.  The object of the game was to fill in all the stairs in between (9). We learned it took a lot of strategy because each number filled in could only have numbers less than it on stairs below and greater than it on stairs above.  I can tell you all about it.  Addition war can be played with 10 frame cards or regular cards.  Each person  flips 2 numbers and adds them together.  The person with the greatest sum wins the cards.  The object of the game is to win all of the cards . I can show you how to play at home and what to do if we have a tie.

-we continued our journey through Alberta.  We will finish tomorrow.


Tuesday January 7, 2020

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.



Monday January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a break full of laughter and love.  We had a great day back.  As a reminder to parents, we are collecting items for our building (hopefully everyone remembered to keep packaging from the holidays.  Please send in good insulating materials such as newspaper, syrofoam, bubble pack, foil and extra cloth (such as ripped socks, pieces of cloth).  Book orders coming home today.

Today:

-we talked about our break and some highlights from our break.

-we wondered where the biggest trees in the world are found.

-in math message, we focused on answering addition questions and explaining our strategy.  This week, we are practicing the "compensation strategy" which means, moving a number from 1 addend to the other addend to make an easier number sentence.  For example, for the number sentence, 8+9, we can imagine that we remove 1 from 8 to make 7+10 OR we can imagine that we remove 1 from 9 to make 8+8 (a double).  Becoming efficient will help us as we move to place value and double digit addition.

-we followed the criteria to work through the January Chicken soup poem.

-we did a number talk to continue our practice with "compensation".

-we worked on a math task:  There are 10 marbles in a box.  Some are green.  Some are yellow.  There are 2 more yellow marbles than green marbles.  How many yellow marbles are there?  After music, we worked on an additional task:  There are 11 balloons in a bag.  Some are red and some are purple.  There are 3 fewer purple balloons than red balloons.  How many purple balloons are there?  This was very difficult for us.  Can you please let me share my strategy to figuring out the answer.

-we learned about the Muskox and some of their adaptations to the arctic.  Ask me if I can remember some of their adaptations.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories



Thursday December 19, 2019

Today is the last day of school until January 6th.  Report cards and gifts will be coming home today!  May your holiday be filled with love and happiness.  Thank you to parents and families for all of your hard work with your kids everyday!  Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and thank you for all of your generous gifts.  



Monday December 16, 2019

This is the last week of school.  Thursday is 1/2 day and student are off at 11:50.  Thursday is pj day as well with carolling at 10:30.  No school on Friday.  Our final Polar Express party is on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be watching The Polar Express!  Over the holidays, please hold on to materials that are good insulators such as newspaper, syrofoam, bubble pack, foil and extra cloth (such as ripped socks, pieces of cloth).  We will be using these materials in January.  

Today:  

-we wondered why bears hibernate.

-we did a number talk:  16+4, 19+4, 6+19, 19+3 . Ask me what strategies I used to solve these.

-we did a Polar Express task:  we had to add up the number of treats on the train.  Some of us solved the challenge which was to figure out how many treats there would be on 5 trains.  We had to add 18+18+18+18+18.  We went over some strategies on how to do this in an easier way. *Hint:  adding 10's is much easier.

-we read a Christmas story and wrote about our wish.

-we had skipping in gym.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we learned how to Macrame!  We watched a video and then Mrs. Byciuk showed us step by step how to do the knots.  We are going to attach our Polar Express Bells when we are done.

-we started the first step on a special surprise for our family and our buddies.

-we read Land of Stories.


Friday December 13, 2019

Next week, we will have our final Polar Express celebration and watch the movie on Wednesday afternoon.  Students are welcome to bring an extra snack or treat.  Please let me know if you are sending in treats for the class.  Thursday is a 1/2 day.  Students will be off at 11:50 and we are doing carolling from 10:30-11:30.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will also recieve their report cards on this day.

Today:

-we took a picture of our class with our 10 Stephen's Backpacks and then took a picture with all of the grade 2's with all 50 backpacks.  What a great opportunity for the students in grade 2 to give back to the community!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on rhyming and labelling thermometers.

-we wrote our parent letter to you.  You should see me improving every week on my parent letter.  We had a discussion today on the ways we should be improving.

-we had Ketchup.

-we had Friday Funnies and watched Copper open Christmas presents.  Mrs. Byciuk's dog loves Christmas.

-we laughed at Jingle's antics today!  



Wednesday December 11, 2019

Our concert is tonight at 7:00.  Children can arrive between 6:30 and 6:40.  Please drop them off at the classroom and find a seat in the gym.  Students are excited to share all of their hard work.  Our afternoon performance is tomorrow at 2:00 for anyone unable to come tonight.  Actors must be here tonight.

Today:

-we learned about the polar bear.  Ask me some things I learned.  

-in math message, we used dominos and found the value of the 2 numbers.  We then had to figure out how to make 20.

-we had a math day.  We did a Polar Express task.  There were 4 tasks to solve that became more and more challenging.  Our first 2 tasks were:  The polar express has 20 seats.  There were 17 filled.  How many seats are empty?  

Each seat can hold 2 children.  How many children can ride at once.

Ask me what strategy I used to solve the tasks.  Ask me about the challenges.

-we did an esti-mystery.  We reviewed the vocabulary "digits" and "greater than".

-we learned a new math game called PIG.  It is so easy to play and a great way to practice our addition skills.  All you need is a dice and a place to add up numbers.  The object of the game is to get to 50.  On your turn, you can roll the die as many times as you want.  2,3,4,5, 6 can be added to the total.  1 erases your total.  I can show you how to play.

-we had practices for the concert.

-we reviewed how to read a thermometer.

-we read Land of Stories.


Monday December 9, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Please have your child to schoolEarly Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Today:

-we worked hard for most of the day on our "From the Train Window" art and our writing and typing.  We learned how to use the watercolour paintbrushes to paint our art and we learned how to get into google docs and type out and share our typing with Mrs. Byciuk.  With practice, we will get really good at this.  We took turns on the computers throughout the day.  Some of us got sometime to go on Dance Mat with a partner.

-we wondered why we have blood.

-in math message we subitized dice and had to. make 20.  For example, if the die showed 4, then we wrote 4+16=20.  We learned that making 20 isn't much harder than making 10.

-we had a practice in the gym for our musical.  The actors had an extract practice in the afternoon.

-we read Land of Stories at the end of the day!


Wednesday December 4, 2019

No school on Friday!

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 



Today:  

-we continued with our Polar Express activities.  We loved our kick off yesterday!

-we learned about the Narwhal.  Ask me what I learned.

-in math message, we found the value of 2 10 frames.  We then had to figure out what to add or subtract to make 10.  For example, if one 10 frame showed 7 and one showed 2, we add the numbers to find the value:  7+2=9 and then 9+1=10.

-in gym, we continued practicing skipping.

-we finished our sketch of what we saw from the train window (Polar Express).  We worked on a descriptive paragraph using triple scoop words and similes to describe our scene.  We are hoping to be able to type our paragraphs on the computer so you can read them when you drop us off in the classroom for the performance.

-we started our good copies of our beautiful snowy scenes.  We drew in pencil and then worked with watercolour pencils to colour.  Tomorrow we will add water.

-actors had a practice with Miss Bell and then we had a full show practice in the afternoon.

-we learned how to log on to computers and we changed our passwords.  Some of us got to try Dance Mat to practice typing.

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk




Monday December 2, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, TOMORROW room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG (with name)  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!


Today:

-we wondered which place is the coldest in the world.

-in math message, Mrs. Byciuk gave us a die and we had to figure out what number to add to it to make 10.  For example if the die said 2 then we wrote the number sentence 2+8=10.  We added all of the 10s together for the challenge.

-we coloured our Polar Express tickets for tomorrow when we will be boarding the train!

-we read the chicken soup poem for December and worked on our creative journal page.  We followed all of the criteria.

-we had a whole bunch of Ketchup time to catch up on things that we were not finished from last week.

-in gym, we did the skipping challenge.

-we had an afternoon of art.  We finished our moose project from last week and started working on our snowman project that will be displayed in the gym for our concert next week.

-in music we practiced our songs for the performance.





Thursday November 28, 2019

Scholastic book orders due on Monday! 

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG (with name)  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!


Wednesday November 27, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!

Today:

-we wondered about why cold air seems crisp.

-in math message, we worked with 10 frames to add 10 more.  We added up the 2 numbers on the 10 frames and then added 10 more.  In grade 2, we need to know how to count by 10's from anywhere on the hundreds chart.

-we read the Eric Carle book "The Hermit Crab".  The hermit crab thought his house was too plain, so he added details to it to make it more interesting.  This is just like our writing.  We need to begin to add more detail in order to make our writing more interesting and grab the reader's attention.  Mrs. Byciuk drew a simple house and each of us got to add a detail.  Then we wrote a descriptive paragraph together including all the details.  We used 'triple scoop' words and a variety of sentence starters and lengths.  We are going to be practicing this lots.

-we continued our journey though Saskatchewan.  Some of our favourite things were:  Moosejaw's underground tunnels and murals, The Athabasca Sand Dunes, Big Muddy and how Saskatchewan Roughriders fans wear watermelons on their heads.  We began our travel journal for Saskatchewan.

-we continued working on our hot and cold page that we started yesterday.  We need to understand the language, "_______ is hotter than _________" and "________ is colder than _________".

-we did 2 experiments to learn about thermometers.  We blew air on the bulb to see what happens and we put our finger on the bulb to see what happens.  Ask me what the conclusion was.  We learned how to read a thermometer.  The hardest part is the negative numbers and figuring out how many each line is going up by.

-we continued on our math task.  Yesterday we read, the Napping house and had to figure out how many "legs" were in the bed.  We made our own beds and decided which creatures and humans would be in the bed.  Then we had to figure out how many legs were in the bed.  We made houses out of paper and solved the task "How many legs are in my house?"  Ask me about this.

Monday November 25, 2019

Thank you to all of the parents that were able to come for p/t interviews.  It was great to sit down and talk about your children.

Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!

Today:

-we wondered why we eat turkey for Thanksgiving and why the Americans have their Thanksgiving later than us.

-we worked on 10 more than the dice in math message.

-we had some Ketchup time to catch up on things from last week.

-we read the Napping House and had to figure out "How many legs were in the bed?"  Ask me about this.  We did a number talk.

-WE talked about things that are hot and cold and worked on a SMART Board activity where we put hot and cold things in the correct category.  We made our own creative journal page and focused on the words, "_______ is hotter than ________" and "______________ is colder than ______________"

-we played Ringette in gym.

-we had music.



Wednesday November 20, 2019

No school on Friday.  P/t interviews tomorrow night and on Friday.  Actors should keep their script in their communication bags so that we can practice at school.  I worked with the actors on memorizing lines, speaking slowly and clearly and using expression (becoming the character).

Today:

-we wondered what the plural of moose is.  

-we worked with 10 frames and had to follow the direction 1 less, 2 less, 1 more, 2 more

-in writing, we talked about "Great Beginnings" .  A story has a great beginning if it:  1) starts with a sound 2)starts with dialogue 3) starts with a question or a thought 4) jumps right into the action.  We looked though the books in the classroom and found examples of great beginnings.  It is important to start with a great beginning in order to capture the reader's attention.  We watched a Disney short about birds.  Then, we used our imaginations to think of what could happen next.  We started our story with a great beginning.

-in math, we worked on an Esti-Mystery.  At interviews, you can see an example of one in the hallway.

-we worked on the increasing pattern problem from yesterday.  There were 2 challenges.  Ask me about it.

-we had gym and played spaghetti hockey.

-we had music.

-we travelled to Manitoba.  Some of our favourite things were:  Churchill to see the polar bears, The Forks in Winnipeg, The Royal Canadian Mint and Fort Gary




Monday November 18, 2019

Parent-teacher interviews are on Thursday night and Friday morning.  Please sign up through your parent account if you haven't already.  This is a chance for us to talk about your child's learning in the first few months of school.  No school on Friday.

Today:

-we wondered what the red part of a turkey is.

-in math message, we used dominoes and followed the instruction 1 less, 2 less, 1 more, 2 more.

-in writing we read the story "I Need My Monster."  We loved it.  We created our own monsters and wrote about them using triple scoop words and similes.  Ask me about my monsterr.

-we did a number talk.  We continued working on making 10.  We should recognize the numbers that make 10.  We worked on an increasing patterns task with blocks.  It was very challenging.  We went over the task and used the rule to find the 10th case.  Ask me about this.

-we had gym and music.

-we travelled to Ontario.  It is soooo big that we have to continue tomorrow!  We loved learning about The Great Lakes, Ottawa, Toronto and the many things to see!

-we read Land of Stories.



Thursday November 14, 2019

Thank you for your support with our Stephen’s Backpack toy and book sale.  We have raised approximately $800.  This year, the grade 2’s volunteered to fill 50 backpacks, giving us the opportunity make 50 homeless children very happy.  Unfortunately, this year we have only raised enough to fill 32 backpacks and are short approximately $400.  This is why we need your help!  If all the students in our school donated $1, then we would be able to fill all 50 backpacks!  We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 15th!  Thank you in advance for your help! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKqfm858SQQ

Grade 2 Team

Today:

-we wondered how people can tell the age of animals.

-we worked on 2 less with the dominos.

-we did an esti mystery that included, estimation, increasing patterns and math vocabulary (digit, ones and tens place, less than).

-we worked on an increasing patterns task about smoke stacks on a boat.

-we had gym.

-we read the book The Something.  In grade 2, we are trying to expand our imagination, add detail to our stories and use triple scoop words.  We brainstormed with 3 elbow buddies.  Then we started by drawing our ideas.  We began writing our stories and talked about great beginnings.  Ask me about "The Something" and what my ideas are for my story.

-we finished the day with Land of Stories.




Tuesday November 12, 2019

Book orders due tomorrow!

Thank you for your support with our Stephen’s Backpack toy and book sale.  We have raised approximately $800.  This year, the grade 2’s volunteered to fill 50 backpacks, giving us the opportunity make 50 homeless children very happy.  Unfortunately, this year we have only raised enough to fill 32 backpacks and are short approximately $400.  This is why we need your help!  If all the students in our school donated $1, then we would be able to fill all 50 backpacks!  We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 15th!  Thank you in advance for your help! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKqfm858SQQ

Grade 2 Team

Today, students who have brought in their signed forms and are actors for the winter musical are bringing their parts home.  Parts are highlighted.  Please keep the scripts in the communication bag so we can practice at school and home.

Today:

-we wondered why people don't eat ostrich eggs.

-in math message, we worked with dominos to find 2 less.  

-we worked in groups to count the Stephen's Backpack money.  It was so challenging but fun.

-we finished working on the leaf increasing pattern task.  It was challenging for us because there were 2 patterns to figure out (a repeating pattern and an increasing pattern).

-we went and exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we presented our toy/game to our classmates.  We talked about whether we had met the criteria, out favourite part and 1 thing we would change.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.



Friday November 8, 2019

No school on Monday.  Please send signed forms for actors back by Monday.  I will be sending scripts on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday Funnies.

-we had our Remembrance Day assembly.  It was very well done.  Thank you grade 3's.

-we have 3 new poems to share about Remembrance Day.  We talked about new vocabulary, rhyming words and learned how to draw poppies.

-we have a letter to share with you about our week.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had class meeting and read some of Land of Stories.


Wednesday November 6, 2019

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Tomorrow is the sale for Stephen's Backpacks.  We are going to the sale at 9:00 am.  Students are welcome to bring money to buy toys and books or for donation.

Today we discussed acting parts for the winter musical.  Our class needs a total of 17 actors.  Please ask your child if they would like to be an actor.  Actors are required to memorize about 2 sentences and be able to attend the performances on Dec 11th (7:00 pm) and December 12 (afternoon).  I will send home form to sign tomorrow.

Today:

-we learned about and talked about Remembrance Day.  We made flowers for our wreath with our buddies.

-we worked with 10 frames to find 1 less than in math message.

-we worked on a really challenging Esti-Mystery in math.

-we read "The Scarecrows Wedding" By:  Julia Donaldson

-we travelled to so many places in Quebec.  There were so many things to see.  Somo of our favourites were:  Perce Rock, Chateau Frontenac, Old Quebec City, the Citadel, Bonhomme, Montreal and the Biodome.  We loved learning about Maple Syrup.

-we had gym and music.


Monday November 4, 2019

Thank you so much to the parents that were able to volunteer last week for swimming.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

The grade 2's are looking for parent volunteers with their clearance to help out for our Toy and book sale on Thursday.  The shifts will be from 9-12 pm or 1-3 pm.  Please let me know if you are able to help out.

Today:

-we wondered who made up the constellations.

-we started working on 1 less in math message.  We also started working on the "difference" between 2 numbers.  Ask me what that means in math.

-we went through the chicken soup criteria and worked on our chicken soup poems.

-we did a number talk in math and continued our work with making 10.

-we worked on an increasing number task.  We had to figure out what the pattern was growing by and extend it.

-Stephen's mother from Stephen's Backpack Society came to talk to us about Stephen's backpacks and how we can "Dream Aloud".  It was so great.

-we had gym and music.

-we continued our work on our swimming art.



Friday November 1, 2019

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

The grade 2's are looking for parent volunteers with their clearance to help out for our Toy and book sale on Thursday.  The shifts will be from 9-12 pm or 1-3 pm.  Please let me know if you are able to help out.



Wednesday October 30, 2019

On Thursday, we swim in the morning.  Students can bring their Halloween Costumes to change into in the afternoon.  Please send an extra treat(s) as we will be having our Halloween party with different stations to choose from in the afternoon.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

Today:

-we talked about Stephen's Backpacks and how it was started.  It is so exciting that we can make a difference in Calgary.

-in math message, we reviewed yesterday's math message and worked with 10 frames to find 2 more.

-WE WENT SWIMMING!

-we were given the writing prompt, "If I were locked in a Toy Store overnight, what would I do?"  We were so excited about the writing that some of us wrote 3 pages.  We had "elbow buddy" brainstorming time and then wrote and wrote.

-we had music.

-we started a new art project.  We learned about an artist named David Hockney.  Hockney is a British artist who was very involved in the pop movement in the 1960's.  He is famous for his swimming pool paintings.  We talked about how we look different under water.  Ask me to tell you about this.  Mrs. Byciuk introduced our new art project.  We are making ourselves underwater.  We started drawing ourselves keeping in mind what we learned about how we look underwater.  We are going to finish our art projects next week.

-we read Land of Stories.




Monday October 28, 2019

A reminder that swimming continues all of this week.  Please send a bag everyday this week with a towel and underwear.  Students can wear a swimsuit underneath their clothes.  PD day on Friday.  No school.  Please send in any light cardboard for our magnet building tomorrow.  

Today:

-in mystery doug, we wondered whether a mountain can change to a volcano.

-in math message, we started working on "2 more" with dice, dominoes, 10 frames and abacus.   I can practice this at home by answering questions like "What is 2 more than 15?"

-we read "Room on the Broom" by:  Julia Donaldson.  We designed our own broom and wrote about all of the things we would have on our broom.

-in math, we learned about increasing patterns.  We worked through some examples together.  Ask me what an increasing pattern is.  How is it different from a repeating pattern?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we worked on our travel journal for New Brunswick.  Some of our favourite things were:  The Bay of Fundy, Fredericton, Magnetic Hill, and the covered bridges.


Friday October 25, 2019

Swimming starts on Monday.  Please bring a separate waterproof bag with towel and underwear.  Please wear swimming suit under clothes.  We will be leaving everyday at 9:30 and coming back at approximately 11:30.  Volunteers are welcome to join us on the bus or meet us at the pool.  Please let me know whether you plan to come with us or not.

Today:

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning new vocabulary, rhyming, picking out the simile and word families.

-we wrote you a letter about our week.

-we had some Ketchup time to plan our science project and finish our travel journal for NFL.  Some of us would like to look for materials at home for our project.

-we had Friday Funnies.

-we continued our trip in New Brunswick.  There are so many things to see.




Wednesday October 23, 2019

Today:

-we wondered why leaves change colour in the fall.

-we continued working with an abacus in math message.

-we had gym and did throwing and catching centres.

-in writing, we chose something to write about from our brain pockets.  We had to use at least 1 simile in our writing and also worked on changing our single scoop words to triple scoop words.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+1, 9+7+1, 1+6+9.  Ask me what my strategies were today.

-we did a pattern task.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a certain amount of blocks of different colours and we had to make a pattern where the core repeats 3 times and no blocks are left over.

-we read a Halloween story called "Skeleton Hiccups"

-we watched the magnet magician RICHARD YOUNG!  We loved the show.  Most of Richard's Young's tricks were with magnets and he even shared his secrets.  Ask me what my favourite trick was.  I brought home his card in my communication bag.

-we had music.

-we travelled to New Brunswick.  Ask me what the capital is?  What is special about the Bay of Fundy?  How many bridges does New Brunswick have?  Do I want to travel to New Brunswick in real life?

-we finished the day with the Land of Stories.



Monday October 21, 2019

Richard the Magician is coming on Wednesday to perform a "magnet magic show" for us.  This can be paid for on your cbe account along with swimming!

Today:

-we wondered why we have a skull.

-we started working with the abacus in math message.  Some of us have never seen an abacus before.  We are working with an abacus with a total of 20 beads.  The 2 different colours make it easy for us to subitize.

-we read a story called "The Word Collector" and talked about icecream.  Would I rather have a single scoop or a triple scoop.  There are single scoop words like nice and sad.  We can make them into triple scoop words that are more exciting in our writing.  We worked with a partner to start working on a "triple scoop word bank" that we can use when writing.

-we did a number talk.  We can work on getting to know numbers that make 10.  

-we had a pattern task about fall leaf colours.  We had to use all 4 colours to make a repeating pattern.

-we travelled to PEI.  First we read "Hey Canada" then we learned about all of the cool things to see in PEI.  Some of our favourites were:  The singing sand, Founders' Hall, The red sand, the Anne of Green Gables house and confederation bridge.  Ask me why the sand is red in PEI?  How old is the Confederation Bridge?  How many different types of potatoes are grown here?  What is the capital of Charlottetown?

-we had a Ketchup time for our magnet centres and finished up any centres we were unable to complete.



Friday October 18, 2019

We will be starting to plan our magnet project next week and be writing a material list.  We will be in need of thin cardboard (like the type found in a cereal box).  If you have any, please send to school with your child.

Today:

-was "Friday Funnies"

-we have 2 new magnet poems to share with you.  We did work on rhyming and illustrating our poems.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we spend time writing our Friday letters to you.

-we had a class meeting.



Wednesday October 16, 2019

Swimming forms went home yesterday.  Please send in all forms asap.  

Today:

-we wondered about how a hoverboard works.

-we worked on subitizing 10 frames and adding them together.

-we read a story about similes.  Ask me what a simile is.  We started brainstorming similes for our writing folders.

-we did an esti-mystery as a warm up for math.  We practiced estimating.  We made up our own repeating pattern problems and had a friend try to solve our problem.

-we finished our fall perspective art project.  Yesterday we learned about an artist called Vincent Van Gogh and we have recreated our own version of one of his paintings.  It was so challenging and had many steps.

-we continued our trip in Nova Scotia.  Ask me what the capital is?  The provincial bird and plant?  We especially liked learning about Cabot Trail, The Bluenose 11, Fortress Louisbourg and Peggy's Cove.  We worked on our travel journals for Nova Scotia.


Wednesday October 9, 2019

Tomorrow morning is picture day!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  No school on Friday and Monday!  Thank you for making sure that letter books and poem duotangs are returned tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered how a compass works.

-in math message we continued our work with dominoes.   Do I have dominoes at home?  If so, I can show you what we've been working on.

-In Social Studies, we continued our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.  You can ask me these questions:  What is the capital?  What are "jellybean houses"?  What is the provincial bird and flower?  What do I know about icebergs?  What is the "edge"?  Ask me if I would like to go to Newfoundland.

-in science, we read about Magnets and started setting up our next experiment.

-we had gym and music.

-we also got to travel to Nova Scotia.  We learned what a ferry is because we took it from NFL to Nova Scotia.  Some of us have been on a ferry.  So far in Nova Scotia, we explored Fort Louisbourg and the Cabot Trail.

-we started getting to the exciting part of Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened. 



Monday October 7, 2019

2 Notices coming home today:  Halloween Howl notice and another tip sheet for reading at home and the reading strategies that I will be using with the students.  Scholastic book orders due on Thursday.  Friday is a PD day and Monday is Thanksgiving (no school).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about "who invented the alphabet?"

-we talked about the Brain memory pocket and we started to add to it.

-we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+9, 7+5.  Many of us are counting up on our fingers.  We are working at recalling our doubles and using our doubles to figure out near double facts.

-we did a repeating pattern task.  We were given 3 colours and had to make vertical coloured patterns to make flags.

-in science, we worked on the next centre.  Ask me what centre I did today.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday October 4, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful letters back to your children in our Friday letter books.  The students were so excited to write you back today.  Please remember to send back poem duotangs and letter books on Monday.  Today we are bringing home a picture day reminder and the October scholastic book order which will be due on Thursday before the long weekend.  PD day on Friday and no school on Monday due to Thanksgiving.

Today:

-it was Friday funnies!

-we worked on one poem about magnets to share with you.  On Fridays, it is our choice to bring home a book for home reading.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we wrote letters to you.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday October 2, 2019

Please continue to send reading logs back to school daily.  Thank you so much for your support with the reading program.  School pictures on October 10.

Today:

-we wondered about magnets.

-we played a throwing game in gym.

-in math message, we worked on subitizing 2 dice.  We showed the number using an addition sentence.

-we wrote a story from our imagination pocket.  Some of us shared our stories in author's chair.

-we did a number talk.  We are continuing to work on doubles and near doubles.  If I know my doubles to 20, then I can easily solve near double number sentences.  For example 5+6 is 5+5 and adding 1 more.

-we continued on repeating pattern work.  We repeated our patterns 3 X, circled the core and named the patterns using letters.

-we worked on our first science centre and experiment.  Ask me what I did in my first centre.

-we had music with Miss Bell in the afternoon.



Tuesday October 1, 2019

Please have students bring reading logs to school EVERYDAY!  Students are  trying to learn routine and responsibility and need your help to keep on track with reading logs.  Even if your child has not had a chance to read, they still need to bring their reading log everyday.  It took a lot of time to get student set up with a reading log and reading level.  Books should seem fairly easy, as it is important that the students are gaining in their confidence and feeling successful when reading with you at home.  Thank you so much for your support!


Monday September 30, 2019

Today is the first day that students will be bringing their reading log home.  They have picked a book at their level today and wrote in their reading log.  Please initial nightly and return communication bag with the reading log and book back to school everyday.  Some students also have a list of sight words to practice.  For these students, I will review the sight words on Fridays.  Also, on Mondays, poem duotangs and letter books need to be returned.  

Today:

we wondered if a meteor has ever hit a person.

-we started 2 new morning routines:  our reading logs and math message.  In math message this week, we are working on subitizing dice.  Subitizing means to recognize numbers right away.  We can practice this by playing dice games.  Can I instantly recognize the numbers on a dice?  Can I recognize the numbers on 2 dice and add them together?

-we chose a topic from our fact pocket and wrote about it.

-in gym, we played indiginous games because today is orange shirt day.

-in math, we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+8, 7+6. We should know our doubles up to 10+10.  If we do, we can use the near double strategy.

-we started talking about patterns.  A pattern is something that follows a rule.  We practiced naming patterns and talked about the core of a pattern.

-we watched a Brain Pop Video about magnets.

-We did a science experiment to test "What happens when you put magnetic poles together?"  What happened when I put North and South together?  What happened when I put South and South together?  What happened when I put North and North together?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read a Pug book.  It was so funny!


Friday September 27, 2019

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at https://healthyhunger.ca/

Monday is orange shirt day.  We talked about what orange shirt day is for.  See link:  https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day

A reminder that every Monday Blue Poem Duotangs and Letter books need to be returned every Monday.  Can you please write back to us in our letter book every week.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies. We saw a video of Roo and a picture of Copper and our funny video was about birds.  We love Friday Funnies.

-we talked about Orange Shirt Day.

-we have 2 new poems to . share with you.  We continued working on rhyming and learning new vocabulary in poems.

-we read a story "Can I Be Your Dog?"  It was a book full of letters from and to a dog named Arfy.  We learned how to set up a letter and we wrote our first letter to you.  Please see the instructions inside our letter book and return on Monday.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had a class meeting.



Thursday September 26, 2019

Today our math task was a patterning task with blocks.  All of us were able to get to the challenge question, but none of us solved it.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us how we could use an idea from the first task in order to solve the second task.  Can I find the answer tonight?  Using 4 coloured blocks, how many different towers can I make?



Wednesday September 25, 2019

The Terry Fox run was great today!  Thank you for your donations and filling the sticker out with your children!  We raised over $1000 at the school.

Today:

-we counted the money we raised for the Terry Fox run.  We raised $39.90 as a class.  How many twoonies make $10?  We made 10's in order to make counting easier.

-we wondered how long a marathon is.  We watched another video about Terry Fox.  We have learned so much about Terry Fox.

-was the 16th day of school.  How many more days until the 20th day of school?  What will be the 20th day of school?

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we read another story about the brain that Mrs. Byciuk just bought.  It was great.

-we reviewed the parts of the brain and started making our brain hats.  We will finish them tomorrow.

-we talked about what magnets are attracted to?  Iron, Cobalt, Nickel and Steel (has iron in it).  We made a creative journal page to remember.

-we did the Terry Fox run and had oranges after.


Tuesday September 24, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon is the Terry Fox run.  I am send the "I'm running for" stickers to fill out at home.  You can fill them in and I will help the students put them on before the run. Please have your children dress appropriately for the run and bring a twoonie for Terry!


Monday September 23, 2019

Thank you to all the families that were able to drop by on Thursday night.  It was great meeting all of you.  If you were unable to make it, I will be sending home the curriculum letter with your child.  We will be swimming from October 28th-31st in the mornings.  I am looking for a few volunteers, especially dads to help with getting the children changed before and after swimming.  Volunteers need a current police check through the school.  Please let me know if you are able to help out any or all of the days.

Today:

-we read the Dr. Seuss story "What Pet Should I Get?"  We made predictions of the pet the kids chose.  We wrote about the pet we would get.  We worked on adding details:  What, why, how

-in math, we watched the You Cubed video "The Importance of Struggle".  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 12 square tiles and we had to build as many different rectangles as we could.  We drew them on grid paper.  We got back together and talked about how we could make sure to find all of the answers.  What pattern could we follow?  Following the pattern, we were able to find 16 different rectangles.

-we had gym and practiced for the Terry Fox run.  The run will be on Wednesday afternoon.

-we had music with Mrs. Bell.

-we talked about the different types of magnets and made a title page with them.  We can't wait to learn about magnets.

-we had a firedrill.  We are working on being silent and serious.



Wednesday September 18, 2019

A reminder that tomorrow morning we will be walking down to Fish Creek for SOGO.  Students should be dressed for running  with proper shoes and clothing and a water bottle.  Tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 is the school's open house.  This is something that the school is trying instead of a sit down meet the teacher time.  You are welcome to come anytime during this time period with your child.  This is a chance to tour our space, check out our amazing art work and class books and see some pictures of the things we have been doing in the last 3 weeks.  You will also recieve a curriculum letter for the next 3 months.  I am looking forward to meeting all the families.

Today:

-we wondered if tv affects the brain.

-we finished our EST classroom writing.

-we finished our Bioglyphs and can wait to show you tomorrow.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+9, 9+8, 9+8.  Students can work on learning doubles up to 20 if they can't recall them already. 

-we did some You Cubed Math.  First we watched a video "Math is Not Speed".  Did you know that some of the most famous mathematicians were slow doing math.  What is important in math is to think carefully, deeply and to make connections. We worked with cuisenaire rods.  We noticed that they are different lengths and different colours.  Each colour is a certain length.  Mrs. Byciuk made a train out of 3 rods and we had to make a train of the same length only using one colour for each train.  We used grid paper to draw each train and write a number sentence.  For example:  yellow, red, white:  1+2+5=8 . white, white white, white, white, white, white, white 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=8 red, red, red, red 2+2+2+2=8.  

Then we got to make our own train using 3 or 4 different coloured rods and find equivalent trains.  We are going to continue this tomorrow.

-we had music



Monday September 16, 2019

I'm extending the due date for the book orders until tomorrow as my online order page wasn't working over the weekend.  Please let me know if you have any issues with this.  A reminder that our open house is on Thursday night from 6-7:30.  This is different than a regular "meet the teacher night".  Parents can come with their children sometime during the open house to tour the classroom, receive the curriculum letter and check out our art work in the hallway.  This is not a sit down meeting, but I will be here to answer any questions you have about the upcoming year.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Today:

-we had our first Adventure running day.  Ask me about my first 2 stations.  Tomorrow morning we are having our second day of SOGO.

-we started talking about place value---ones and tens.  Today was the 10th day of school.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us the place value blocks---the units (ones) and the rods (tens) and talked to us about how they represent number.  Ask me how we represented the 10th day of school and what happened with our school straws.

-Mystery Doug was about the biggest apple in the world.

-we read a book called "Things that are Most in the World".  We started working on our own page of the class book.  We can't wait for you to see on Thursday.  

-we tried using the "quiet creatures".  We worked so quietly.  Mrs. Byciuk was impressed.

-we finished our animal parades in math and shared all of our different number sentences.  There are so many ways to make 12 using the numbers 8,6,4, 2 and/or 1.  Ask me about my animal parade and my number sentence.

-we shared the rest of our "Me In A Paper Bag".  It was so fun to listen to everyone's stories over the last week!

-we finished our Art projects and started a new art project.  It is a bioglyph.  Ask me what that means.


Friday September 13, 2019

Next week students will be participating in SOGO adventure running. Our times are Monday and Tuesday morning first thing, so please dress for the weather and wear proper runners.  Bring water bottles.  On Thursday, the grade 2's will be walking down to Fish Creek for adventure running.  This is a special program for the whole school. Scholastic book orders are due on Monday.  We were unable to finish paper bags today and will finish on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday funnies about sloths!

-we have a new poem about brains to share with you.  A reminder that duotangs should come back on Monday.

-we had Ketchup time.  Our class is working on focusing on getting our tasks done.  We are way too chatty.

-some of us worked on our art project.

-we had class meeting for the week.


Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019

Please continue to send in all forms.  Scholastic book orders coming home.  You are welcome to order online or send in a check with your order.  Due on Monday.

Today:

-we continued to review the calendar, days of school (10 Frames).

-our Wonder was about how we can wake our brains in the morning.  Ask me something that I can do.

-we shared 5 paper bags throughout the day.  The students are doing a great jobs sharing the items in their bags.  We are learning a lot about each other.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk 6+6, 6+5, 6+7.  WE need to practice our doubles at home.  We should be able to recall these doubles.  We shared our strategies and worked on "near double" facts.

-we continued a You Cubed activity from yesterday.  For the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on stretching our brains, having a growth mindset, sharing our thinking in math and working together.  Jo Boaler ( a mathematician from Stanford) created the You Cubed activities.   Today we talked about how important fingers are in math.  See article https://qz.com/668828/a-stanford-professor-says-counting-on-your-fingers-is-critical-to-understanding-math/.  We played a game using our fingers.  We had to use both our right and left hand and different fingers to move counters.  We were challenged with a harder game board.

-we started another You Cubed activity called the animal parade.  We first watched a video about believing in ourself and the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us a picture of some animals and asked us how many feet they have.  Our challenge was to make an animal parade with 12 feet.  We cut pictures out of the animals and glued them in a parade.  We then wrote the number sentence to go with it.  We are going to finish our parades tomorrow.

-we had music with Ms. Bell.

-we started working on statements for our art.  We art so excited to share our art with you on "open house" night.


Monday Sept 9, 2019

There were a few students who didn't bring their "Me In a Paper Bag" today.  Please send in tomorrow.  Please continue to send in parentview points and form envelopes.  Poem duotangs are to come back on Mondays.  If  this was forgotten today, please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we learned what causes the Northern lights.  WE also learned about some other glowing things.

-we continued reviewing the calendar.  We have been talking about 7 days=a week.  Today is Monday.  What will next Monday be.....9+7=16.

-we signed our class contract.  A contract is an agreement.  Mrs. Byciuk wrote our class contract based on all of the ideas we came up with last week.

-we shared numerous Paper Bags today.  We were really good at explaining why each object was in our bag.  We are working on our audience manners and respecting others by listening when they are sharing.

-we read the book "The School Year Will Be The Best!"  WE wrote about a wish that we have for the school year.  We could write a silly exaggerated wish like "This year I want a chocolate water fountain." or we could write a serious wish like "This year I hope to make new friends."  

-we did our very first number talk.  We will be doing a number talk almost everyday.  We are learning to explain our strategies and listen to the strategies of our peers.  Our number talk today was....3+3, 3+4, 3+2.  In grade 2 we should recall our doubles up to 10+10.  We talked about near doubles and the near double strategy.  For example, for the number sentence 3+4, we can recall the double 3+3 and add 1 more.  

-we talked about how we will be sharing our ideas and strategies in math and working a lot with others.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a special team activity.  We each got a highlighter.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 3 minutes to take turns highlighting the numbers in order from 1-100.  At first it was really challenging, but we talked as groups, figured out strategies and got better in each round.  Some of us even figured out the pattern.  It was so fun.

-we had gym and music.




Friday September 6, 2019

We are bringing our poem duotang home for the weekend.  On Fridays, we do work with poems and bring these poems home to share with you.  Duotangs need to be sent back to school on Mondays.  Me in a Paper Bag is due on Monday.  Please send in form envelope and parent viewpoint.

Today:

-we had a Welcome assembly.

-we had Friday funnies.  Ask me what the video was.

-we worked on poems, focusing on rhyming and illustrating our favourite things from our first week of school.

-we had Ketchup time to finish 3 things that we have worked on this week.  As a class, we are working on focusing on our jobs and keeping our voices at a "6-inch" level.


Thursday September 5, 2019

We are bringing home 3 things today:  an envelope with forms to fill out and return to the school, a parent viewpoint so Mrs. Byciuk can get to know us better (please send back ASAP) and our homework due on Monday.  Our "Me In a Paper Bag" has instructions glued to it with a due date (Monday Sept 9).  Mrs. Byciuk shared her paper bag with us today.  Ask me about it.

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Today:

-we started our daily morning routine.  We did calendar and talked about the days of school.  We watched Mystery Doug and learned why Pluto is not considered a Planet.  We also learned about some REALLY small things.  Ask me to tell you one of the really small things.

-We really 2 "Unbelievable Summer" books.  We thought they were really funny.  We wrote 2 truths and a lie about our summers.  Some of us shared and we tried to guess the "lie".  

-we glued in our first day of grade 2 photo and learned/reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  Ask me what zone I should be in at school.  We made a creative journal page about the zones and had to glue the pictures under the proper colour.

-we started working on our "Math and Me" page.  We talked about how to properly draw eyes, nose and a mouth and made ourselves for the page.  

-we read "The Fantastic Elastic Brain" and started learning about all the different parts of the brain.


Welcome Back!

What a great first day!  It was great meeting you and starting to get to know your children today.

Today we:

-made our coat tags and helper tags.

-read the story "First Day Jitters".  Did you know that teachers are also nervous on the first day of school?

-Read "Where I belong" and did a classmate scavenger hunt.  You can see it in my bag.

-Read "Decibella" and brainstormed what we want our classroom to look like, sound like and feel like.  We used Post-it-Notes to record our ideas.

-we worked on a classroom wordsearch.

-we took a tour of the school and talked about expectations for the washroom and the lunchroom.

-we went outside and took "First Day of grade 2" Photos.

-we were given a challenge with our group:  "Who can stack the tallest tower with the cups?"  Ask me about it.

Mrs. Byciuk

Thursday March 20, 2020

Good morning parents and my "kids" at work.  I wanted to check in with you all.  Going to work on Monday was extremely difficult for me, as I was missing my days with my students.  I know that this is a time that is very stressful for all of us adults and that can put anxiety and stress on our kids as well.  I wanted to let you know that I am open to students emailing me.  This is a good skill to have and it can provide some normality in a time of uncertainty.  At this time, we are not providing any programming, but I will definitely be here to accept and answer any emails from students.  Please stay safe!

Love,  Mrs. Byciuk


Friday March 13, 2020

A reminder that student-led conferences have been cancelled.  An email from the school was sent out last night.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies.

-we learned how St. Patrick's Day started and we did work on 2 Leprechaun poems.  

-we worked on our parent letters to you.

-we had lots of Ketchup time and were able to finsh our Polar Bear art and type lots of our stories!  

-we had a class meeting.


Wednesday March 11, 20200

The sign up for student led conferences is open.  There will be 4 families in the classroom at a time.  The students will share some of their learning with you in this time.

Today:

-we wondered How Boats Float.

-we used a number line to find the difference between 2 numbers.

-we had gym and music.

-we read a book called"A Beam of Light" which was all about Albert Einstein and we learned about Einstein.

-we worked so hard on our Chalk stories.  We finished them and edited them by ourselves and with a partner.  Tomorrow we will start publishing them.

-we chose our preferred double digit addition strategy to start working through some practice questions.  Ask me what my favourite strategy is.

-we had an afternoon of art.  We finished painting our "Mona Lisa" backgrounds and worked on our Mona Lisa robes.  We finished our Ted Harrison art.


Monday March 9, 2020

The sign up for student led conferences opened up today.  Please remember that our classes times are slightly different from the rest of the school:  3-8 pm on Thursday March 19 and 8-10 Friday March 20.  These conferences are a chance for your children to celebrate their learning with you and show you some work.  Spring break is from March 21-28.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug we wondered how germs spread.  It gave us a chance to talk about staying healthy in the classroom.

-we wrote the second last part of Chalk and Mrs. Byciuk modelled some editing of capitals, periods and uppercase letters.

-in gym, we worked on badminton skills.

-in math message, we drew our own number lines and compared 2 numbers.

-we reviewed the open number line strategy for adding double digit numbers and tried a few questions.  We learned the decomposition (expanded form) strategy.  Many of us prefer this strategy to the others.  This is how it works and we can show you.  45+32=. 40+5

                                30+2

                                 70+7=77

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we finished our art project and can't wait to share it with you.




Friday March 6, 2020

Scholastic book orders due on Monday!  Thank you for helping your children make their trunk.  They look amazing!  We have been working through different strategies to add double digit numbers in class.  This week, we learned 2 strategies and had a chance to try each 1.  We learned the Base 10 strategy and the open number line strategy.  Some of us are working toward seeing the pattern when counting by 10.  This is an important skill in grade 2 and we need to understand it in order to try the open number line strategy.  Can you help us practice.  For example, start at 23 and count by 10's.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies.

-we have 2 poems to share with you about the water cycle.

-we wrote a letter to you.

-we did some ketchup work on our "Boats page", our "Frosty page", our Chalk story and the art work that we started yesterday afternoon.


Wednesday March 4, 2020

Trunks due on Friday!  

Today:

-we wondered why ice floats in water.

-we worked with number lines from 0-10 and wrote the matching addition and subtraction number sentences.

-in writing, we wrote and edited part 4 of the Chalk story.

-in math, we did an estimystery and learned a new game called Streets and Sidewalks.  The object of the game was to get 4 in a row.  We rolled 2 die and added them together.  We should be using efficient strategies to do this.

-in Social Studies, we continued our talk about Pangea (the supercontinent).  We talked about how cool DNA is and how scientists can tell that the Inuit migrated from Asia many many years ago.  How did the continents move?  I can explain this to you.  We followed the directions to create our Pangea map, shading continents, making a legend, colouring the ocean.  We compared the Pangea map to our world map.  What are the similarities and differences?

-we reviewed things that float and things that sink.  We reviewed density.  Density is the amount of mass something has relative to its volume.  We watched some videos to have a better understanding of this and made our own creative journal page.



Monday March 2, 2020

Thank you so much to the parents who sent in extra shoeboxes.  Some of the children who expressed that they didn't have a shoebox at home are bringing one home today.  Please send in "trunk" on or before March 6th.

Today:

-we wondered why we cry when we are sad.

-we observed Frosty.  He turned into water vapour and all that is left is his nose, eyes and buttons.  We drew pictures of the changes in state that Frosty made:  solid, liquid and gas.

-in math message, we continued our work with number lines.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a number line and we had to show the addition and subtraction sentence that went with the number line.

-we talked about the next 3 pages in Chalk and continued writing the words to the story.  We are using similes and triple scoop words and editing for conventions as we go.

-we learned our first strategy for double digit addition.  It grade 2, we need to know how to add and subtract double digit numbers without regrouping using a strategy that works for us.  Mrs. Byciuk is going to teach us some different strategies and we are going to try them all.  Then we will pick our favourite.  Math is very creative and it is important that we have a lot a different strategies, as they will help us as math gets more complicated.  We built numbers with Base 10 Blocks together as a class and used them to add double digit numbers.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some questions to try and we drew the Base 10 Blocks in our math books.  You can give me a question at home and I can show you how this strategy works.  Many of us were even able to do regrouping questions with the manipulatives.

-we had gym and music.

-one of the students in our class brought in some Cree artifacts from her family and shared them with us.  They were so cool.

-we reviewed some Inuit artifacts , looked at some pictures and video.  Then we made a little artifact book for our trunks!



Friday February 28, 2020

If you have any extra shoeboxes that can be used for our "trunk", please send with your child on Monday!  Trunks due on or before March 6th.  

Today:

-we watched Friday funnies

-we have 2 poems to share with you about gas and the water cycle.

-we wrote parent letters and had some Ketchup time.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday February 26, 2020

Please see yesterdays blog for information about "trunk" due on March 6th.  Student led conferences on March 19th and March 20th.  The purpose of this conference is for your child to show learning through different stations in the classroom.  On each hour booking, there may be up to 3 other families in the room.  Our classroom schedule is a bit different from the rest of the school due to a scheduling conflict.  March 19th is 1/2 a day.  Our classroom's conferences will start a bit earlier than the rest of the school that day (3-8).  Friday, there will be only 2 time slots available (8-10).  Thank you so much for your understanding.

Today:

-we learned about Pink Shirt Day.  We learned how it started and read. abook about being unique.  We talked about the IMATT strategy (Ignore, Move Away, Ask the person to stop, Tell the person to stop, Tell an adult).  We made It's cool to be kind bracelets.  This was a great chance to remind each other that we are a 'family' in the classroom and how important it is to be kind.

-in math message, we continued working with number lines and finding the differnce between 2 numbers.

-we had the Museo Kits and looked at artifacts cards to find out what each artifact is, what it was used for and an interesting fact about it.  WE compared the moccasin to the Kamik.  Ask me how they are different.  We also compared the Beaded Stone pounder to the Blubber Pounder.  The beaded stone pounder was used to crush berries on the prairies and the blubber pounder was used to break down seal blubber.  The inuit people used the blubber in a soapstone lamp for heat and light in the cold arctic.  WE watched a video to learn how the soapstone lamp works.

-we talked about all the things we learned about boats and buoyancy yesterday and brainstormed.  We made a creative journal page..

-in math, Mrs. Byciuk gave us a place value puzzle to solve.  We had to figure out where each digit from 0-9 went in order to find each target:  Largest even number, largest odd number, smallest odd number, largest multiple of 5, number closest to 50.

-we read Land of Stories.


Tuesday February 25, 2020

The grade 2’s in Mrs. Byciuk’s class are learning about communities in Canada in the past and present and differences/similarities between the communities.  Students will be exploring the lives of the Blackfoot, Acadians, Pioneers and Inuit.  As we learn about the different communities, we will be collecting artifacts to represent the lives of the people in each community.  This is where we need your help!! When people immigrated to Canada, they stored their belongings in trunks.  Students are asked to make their own “trunk” at home.  A shoebox works great as a trunk and can be designed in many different ways.  There are many ideas on Pinterest for reference.  See a few below!  We are asking students to bring their completed trunk to school on or before March 6th.  Thank you in advance for your help with this!

Thank you so much to our parents that helped out today!  We couldn't do it without you!


Monday February 24, 2020

Our in-school field trip starts tomorrow at 9:00.  Thank you to the parents who are helping out with this.

Today:

-we wondered why there are Leap Years.

-we used number lines to find subtraction sentences.

-we sketched some artifacts from the museo kit and wrote Davichi notes around our sketches.

-we had gym.

-we learned about the Pacific Garbage Patch.  It made us so sad to see this.  We can teach you all about it.  Even though we are only young, we can help to make a difference.  We brainstormed how we can help the world and made our own page about the things that we can do to make a difference.

-we did a number talk:  20-5, 20-6, 20-7, 20-8.

-we worked on a math task.  We were given 6 beads and a abacus and imagined that some beads could be tens and some could be ones.  How many different numbers could we make.  For example, if I put all the beads on the tens, I can mke 60.

-we had music.

-we read the Land of Stories.

Thursday February 20, 2020

Thank you to the 3 volunteers coming for our in-school field trip.  The field trip begins at 9.  Please sign in at the office and come approximately 15 minutes before our program begins.

Today:

-we wondered why rainforests are so important.  

-we read about the Importance of Water and made our own creative journal page to explain some cool facts about water.

-we looked in closer detail at Leonardo Da Vinchi's journal and how he sketched, wrote his observations, thoughts and wonders.  We sketched some old artifacts and practiced our Da Vichi sketching and notes.  

-we read about the water cycle and reviewed the parts of the water cycle.  I can tell you about "The Water Cycle in a bag".  We drew the water cycle in our journals.

-we had gym.

-we did a "Raincoat" Experiment and learned about absorbancy.  Ask me what that means and what type of material works best for a raincoat.

-we read The Land of Stories.




Tuesday February 18, 2020

Today:

-we wondered why snakes shed their skin.

-when we came into the classroom, there was a snowman in the classroom.  First we named him "Frosty".  We talked about our snowman experiment:  What will happen to Frosty in the classroom? and we made a Hypothesis.  Throughout the day, we observed what was changing with Frosty.  Ask me to tell you what we saw today!  Our experiment isn't even over!!

-we read the book "The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal".  We learned about the water cycle:  Ask me to explain Precipitation, Condensation and Evaporation.

-we learned all about Leonardo Da Vinci.  He was an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a mathematician.  We learned how he invented things way before they were actually invented and we looked at some of his famous paintings.  I can tell you about so many things I learned.   We watched some videos and read some books and watched a slide show.

-we had gym.

-we exchanged books in the library.

-we did an experiment to learn some more about surface tension.  Surface tension is like an elastic surface on water.  We used an eye dropper to drop water onto a penny.  Ask me how many drops of water the penny held and what the water looked like  on the penny.

-we read Land of Stories.


Wednesday February 12, 2020

No school tomorrow, Friday or Monday.

Scholastic book orders due on Tuesday.

Today:

-we wondered about Lovebirds.

-we have 4 new Valentines Day poems to share with you.  We worked on making one of the poems fluent with a partner.  I can present it to you.

-we had gym.

-we wrote a new parent letter for you.

-we decorated our Valentine's Day bags and handed out cards.  For our party, we chose 1 grade 2 room to spend some time in this afternoon.  Ask me what I did.

Thank you to the families for the extra treats this afternoon.


Monday February 10, 2020

We will be having a "Valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon and will exchange cards (for those students who would like to). Please send an extra snack.  

No school on Thursday, Friday or Monday.

Scholastic Book orders coming home today.  Due on Tuesday!

-Today we:

-wondered how our heart pumps blood.

-we had Ketchup time from last week!

-we did a number talk:  24-4, 24-5, 24-8, 24-9.  Ask me what strategies I used.

-we did a math task:  "A 2 digit number has more tens than ones.  What could the number be?"  Our biggest challenge was to figure out how we could follow a pattern to find all the possible answers.  The pattern on the 100's chart was really neat!

-we did an experiment "Racing Liquids".  We learned about viscosity.  Ask me what viscosity means.  Ask me which liquid came in last.  

-we had gym and music.

-in Social Studies, we finished our trip around Canada and did some reflecting of our favourite places and things we learned.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday February 7, 2020

We will be having a "Valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon and will exchange cards (for those students who would like to). Please send an extra snack.  

Today:

-we watched Friday funnies!

-we have 3 little poems to share with you!  We worked on rhyming and personification.

-we performed our dance for the school and watched their performances.

-we wrote our parent letters. 

-we had our class meeting!


Wednesday February 6, 2020

Valentine's Day lists went home for those students who would like to make cards.  We will be having a "valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon. Please send an extra snack.  Thank you to the parents who volunteered for our in school field trip.  I now have enought parents to help out that morning.

Our students have been working hard and enjoying our 2 week Sound Kreations Hip Hop Residency with Josh. This Friday will be a chance for classes to informally share their new skills and celebrate with their peers in a 1-2 minute dance. In order to fit a dance floor and all the student audience, there is not sufficient room in our gym to invite parents to the live performance. Not to worry though! The performance will be videotaped and shared with parents at the upcoming Student Led Conferences. 

Thank you to Parent Council for supporting this residency and to all the students for their incredible energy and enthusiasm during this program!

Ms Roworth and Mr. Josh


Today:

-we learned about palindromes.  Ask me what that means!

-we worked with 10 frames.  We made 2 addition number sentences and found the difference between the 2 sums.

-we continued publishing our story and doing a step by step drawing of our arctic animals (our illustration).

-in math, we did an estimystery.  We learned a new game called Break the Bank tens and ones.  We can play this at home!  Today we used the Base 10 blocks as manipulatives, but all of us know how to draw them in a simple way in order to count them.  The object of the game is to get as close to 100 as possible without going over.  All we need is a die and a piece of paper/pencil.  We can show you tonight how to play.  It is a great way to practice counting base 10 blocks.

-we had Sound Kreations.

-we continued our travel in Nunavut.  Did you know that Nunavut has 80% Inuits.  We learned about how hard it is to travel to and from and in Nunavut and how expensive groceries are there.  We learned about some Inuit traditions and some of the unique foods that are common.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we started talking about Liquids and made a creative journal page for our experiment tomorrow.  We are going to compare water with other liquids.


Monday February 3, 2020

Valentine's Day lists coming home today for those students who would like to make cards.  We will be having a "valentine's party" on February 12th in the afternoon. Please send an extra snack.  We finally have Raz Kids and students are coming home with their login information today.

Today:

-we wondered how toys are invented.

-in math message, we used the numbers on 2 dominos to make 2 addition number sentences.  We then found the difference between our 2 answers.  

-we continued publishing our stories.  Most of us are doing a realistic drawing of our animal.

-we did a number talk.  We are concentrating on subtraction in number talks.  Our talk today was:  35-5, 35-6, 35-8, 35-9.  Ask me what my strategies were.

-we built Base 10 Monsters with the base 10 blocks.  We used representations of the blocks to make our monsters in our creative journals.  We then found the value of our monsters and wrote the value in words, expanded form and the numeral.  Ask me the value of my monster.

-we had Sound Kreations!

-we had music with Miss Bell. 

-we talked about Groundhog day because yesterday was GroundHog Day.  What is it?  Is spring coming early?

-we finished our travelling to the North west Territories. Ask me what my favourite things were!

Wednesday January 29, 2020

No school on Friday.  I am still looking for 2 more volunteers for our in school field trip on February 25th from 9-11.  Please let me know if you have a clearance and are able to help out.

Today:

-we wondered how bird know where they are going when flying south for the winter.

-in math message, we continued working on "using addition for subtraction".  I can practice at home.

-we worked on our reflections for our inventions.  We all did such a great job, but only 1 ice cube lasted all day.  What worked best?  What would I change next time?

-we had Sound Kreations.

-we finished our travel journal for Yukon and began travelling to North West Territories.

-we finished working on our Base 10 Structures from yesterday.  We built a structure with base 10 blocks.  We then figured out its value..... ___ hundreds +___ tens+ ______ ones=

The hardest part was exchanging the blocks.  For example, if my structure had 12 tens, I could exchange ten of the rods (tens) for a hundred block.  The value of my structure would be 1 hundred +2 tens.  We then learned how to decompose the number or break it into its parts in order to write the expanded for.  eg. 100+20.  We were very challenged!




Monday January 27, 2020

A note is coming home today regarding some of our in-school experiences coming up and their cost.  Our Boats and Buoyancy in school field trip is on February 25th from 9-11.  I am in need of 3 volunteers with their clearance in order to help that day.  Volunteering will consist of running a centre.  Thanks in advance to anyone able to help.

Today:

-we wondered what it is like to be a twin.

-in math message, we continued learning about using addition for subtraction.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us some subtraction number sentences and we used addition in order to figure out the answer.  For example:  13-3= .   3+____=13.  

-we continued typing our author arctic stories.

-Mrs. Byciuk gave us a pre-assessment about place value.  This will help her to assess what we already know and what we need to work on.

-we started Sound Kreations.  We are dancing everyday for 2 weeks.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we travelled to Yukon.  Some of our favourite things were:  learning about the gold rush, the amazing Northern lights, the "midnight sun", Emerald Lake and the beauty of nature there.  We completed our travel journals for the Yukon.


Friday January 24, 2020

Today:

-we loved Friday funnies!

-we have some poems to share with you about nouns, verbs and adjectives!  I have written some examples of each!

-we wrote our letters to you!

-we finished our Polar bear art from yesterday.  We tried a different medium "chalk"

-we had some Ketchup time 

-we had a class meeting.  Ask me what I shared.


Thursday January 23, 2020

I apologize for missing blog yesterday, so decided to do an update instead today.  Some of the children are coming home with a basketball form today for an optional club starting on Monday.  If your child has brought home a form and would like to attend, please sign and return by Monday.  Next Friday January 31st is a PD day.

Today:

-we wondered when math was invented.

-we continued working on fact families and using addition for subtraction in math message.

-we spent a lot of our morning going through the first 3 steps to finish our arctic story that we worked on with the author in residence.  Almost all of us were able to get onto the computers and start typing out our stories.  We will be working on this all of next week.

-we finished building our insulation invention.  WE will be doing the experiment on Monday to see how well our invention worked and make sure we followed the criteria.

-we had gym.

-we started a new art project.  We reviewed all of the facts we have learned about the polar bear and we began to draw and outline our polar bears.



Tuesday January 21, 2020

We would like to solve a math task with you.  We need 100 bandaids!  They come in boxes of 12.  How many boxes of bandaids do we need to buy?


Monday January 20, 2020

Please have all materials for our insulating invention here by tomorrow, as we as doing our plan and starting to build.  I am missing 3 report card envelopes.  Please bring them in by tomorrow.  

Today:

-we wondered what the biggest number is.  The biggest number with a name is googol . Ask me to describe this number.

-in math message, we started working on 'fact families' and turning subtraction into addition.  We can used this strategy to figure out the answers to subtraction questions.  For example, if given 10-8=2, we can turn it into an addition question:  8+2=10.  

-we worked on getting caught up on the beginning of our story and our 4 frame to work with the author this afternoon.

-we worked with the basketballs in gym.

-we finished travelling to B.C. and filled our our travel journals.  We began our journey to the Yukon.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we had our last day with the author and worked on the middle of our story.  We are going to take the next week or so to type our stories and publish them.


Friday January 17, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the amount of students away yesterday, we had to put our invention planning on hold until Monday.  Students who have been away, please make sure you have brought in all of the materials for Monday.  See previous blog for information.  Please send in report card envelopes for Monday.  We have had a couple of Parent letter books missing in the last couple of weeks.  Please remember that parent letter books NEED to come back every week.  We write every Friday and the students really love reading their letters back from you!

Today:

-we did Friday funnies!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning the meaning of new vocabulary, finding examples of personification and rhyming words.

-we wrote you a letter.

-we worked on catching up on our writing for our author in residence.  Monday is our last hour working with her.


Wednesday January 15, 2020  

Tomorrow we will be starting our planning for our inventions.  Students should have their 500 ml container and some insulating materials in order to complete this.  As a reminder, please see below:

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Book orders due on Friday!

I am missing some report card envelopes.  Please send them in ASAP.

Today:

-we wondered about conductors and insulators.  I can explain this by talking about how a kettle works.

-in math message, we subitized the 10 frames and found the difference between the 2 numbers.

-we had gym.

-we worked with our author in residence and wrote the beginnings of our stories using our 'triple scoop words' about our arctic animals.

-in math, it was our "Esti Mystery" and game day.  We used clues to estimate how many beads were in the pile.  We reviewed vocabulary such as 'digit', 'greater than' and 'less than'.  Mrs. Byciuk introduced us to a strategy game called 'dots and boxes'.  You probably know this game.  The object of the game is to make the most squares.  Today we learned the simple version using 5X5 and 4X4 dot grids.  Next week, we will try some harder versions of this game.

-we did an experiment about blubber.  There was a bowl of icy water.  We were told that we would put one hand in and the other hand (with blubber) in at the same time.  We made predictions about what would happen.  Then we tried it.  Ask me about this.  This showed us how blubber helps arctic animals adapt to the cold.  

-we had music.

-we made hot and cold fortune tellers.

-we read Land of Stories.




Monday January 13, 2020

Materials for our invention are to be brought in for Wednesday at the latest.  Please remember that we will be making our inventions at school.

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

"Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at

I am missing a number of report card envelopes.  Please send these back to the school ASAP.

Today:

-we wondered if animals laugh.

-in math message, we started practicing 'finding the difference' between 2 numbers.  Ask me what that means.

-we finished our travel journal for Alberta and started travelling around BC.  Some of our favourite things so far are:  the beautiful mountains, Okanogan Lake, the spiral train tunnels (ask me why they did this), the Salmon run and Vancouver.  Ask me my favourite so far.

-we had our first session with our author in residence.  We talked about 2 important things in order to make our writing stronger:  Specifics and Sensory.  We brainstormed sensory words for 'see', 'hear' and 'touch'.  Ask me my favourite part.

-in gym, we started working on skills for basketball.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we continued learning about Hot and Cold and watched some videos/had some discussion about temperature, safety with temperature, body temperature and how arctic animals survive in cold weather.


Friday January 10, 2010

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

"Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at


Today:

-we watched Friday Funnies

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We have been working a lot on New Years REsolutions this week and one of our poems is about New Years Resolutions.  You can look at my New Years Resolution on the poem.  Our other poem is about January.  We found the personification.  I can show you some examples.  We also found words that we don't know the meaning of and learned about what they mean.

-we wrote our Friday letter to you. 

-we worked on Ketchup work from the week.

-we had a class meeting.


Wednesday January 8, 2020

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.  We are collecting items for our invention that we will be working on next week.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.

Scholastic book orders due next Friday.

Today:

-we learned about the adaptations of 2 different arctic animals:  the Snowy Owl and the Beluga Whale.

-we continued our work in math message this week about the compensation strategy.  We focused on describing our strategies.

-we read "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" and continued talking about what a resolution is.  We chose a goal word, described why we chose the word and wrote our action steps.  We worked with Mrs. Byciuk on hers.   Her word was Balance.  She chose this word because she doesn't have a very good balance between work and family life.  We helped her to come up with an action plan:  #1.  Always plan to have dinner with your family.  #2.  Write down how you will spend your time and follow your plan.  #3.  Stay organized at work and do things ahead of time to keep on track.  Ask me what I chose for my goal word.  Do you think my goal word is a good resolution for me?

-it was our game and Esti-Mystery day in math.  We had to estimate how many beads were on a string and some of them were hidden.  We used math vocabulary such as "less than" "digit" and "even numbers".

-we learned 2 games:  Fill the Stairs and Addition war.  We had a chance to play 1 with a partner and will try the other tomorrow.  In fill the stairs, we used a regular die and a ten sided die with double digits to make double digit numbers.  The bottom staircase had a 0 and the top had 100.  The object of the game was to fill in all the stairs in between (9). We learned it took a lot of strategy because each number filled in could only have numbers less than it on stairs below and greater than it on stairs above.  I can tell you all about it.  Addition war can be played with 10 frame cards or regular cards.  Each person  flips 2 numbers and adds them together.  The person with the greatest sum wins the cards.  The object of the game is to win all of the cards . I can show you how to play at home and what to do if we have a tie.

-we continued our journey through Alberta.  We will finish tomorrow.


Tuesday January 7, 2020

Dear Families,

We would like to invite you to help our budding scientists.

The Activity (to be done at school)

  • Students must conduct an invention that is effective in keeping an ice cube frozen.
  • They must provide a description of how the invention insulates.
  • They must provide an explanation of the invention’s strengths and weaknesses.

Possible Materials:

paper     styrofoam      cardboard            paper towels      cloth

plastic          popsicle sticks       paper bags   newspaper wool        foil        cotton balls          wax paper

Have your child choose a few insulating materials and send them to school. Also, send along a 500ml container, with a lid (plastic tub or milk container or jar)

Please send to school by Monday January 13th.

If your child has already brought in insulating materials, we will make sure to label these at school.



Monday January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a break full of laughter and love.  We had a great day back.  As a reminder to parents, we are collecting items for our building (hopefully everyone remembered to keep packaging from the holidays.  Please send in good insulating materials such as newspaper, syrofoam, bubble pack, foil and extra cloth (such as ripped socks, pieces of cloth).  Book orders coming home today.

Today:

-we talked about our break and some highlights from our break.

-we wondered where the biggest trees in the world are found.

-in math message, we focused on answering addition questions and explaining our strategy.  This week, we are practicing the "compensation strategy" which means, moving a number from 1 addend to the other addend to make an easier number sentence.  For example, for the number sentence, 8+9, we can imagine that we remove 1 from 8 to make 7+10 OR we can imagine that we remove 1 from 9 to make 8+8 (a double).  Becoming efficient will help us as we move to place value and double digit addition.

-we followed the criteria to work through the January Chicken soup poem.

-we did a number talk to continue our practice with "compensation".

-we worked on a math task:  There are 10 marbles in a box.  Some are green.  Some are yellow.  There are 2 more yellow marbles than green marbles.  How many yellow marbles are there?  After music, we worked on an additional task:  There are 11 balloons in a bag.  Some are red and some are purple.  There are 3 fewer purple balloons than red balloons.  How many purple balloons are there?  This was very difficult for us.  Can you please let me share my strategy to figuring out the answer.

-we learned about the Muskox and some of their adaptations to the arctic.  Ask me if I can remember some of their adaptations.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories



Thursday December 19, 2019

Today is the last day of school until January 6th.  Report cards and gifts will be coming home today!  May your holiday be filled with love and happiness.  Thank you to parents and families for all of your hard work with your kids everyday!  Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and thank you for all of your generous gifts.  



Monday December 16, 2019

This is the last week of school.  Thursday is 1/2 day and student are off at 11:50.  Thursday is pj day as well with carolling at 10:30.  No school on Friday.  Our final Polar Express party is on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be watching The Polar Express!  Over the holidays, please hold on to materials that are good insulators such as newspaper, syrofoam, bubble pack, foil and extra cloth (such as ripped socks, pieces of cloth).  We will be using these materials in January.  

Today:  

-we wondered why bears hibernate.

-we did a number talk:  16+4, 19+4, 6+19, 19+3 . Ask me what strategies I used to solve these.

-we did a Polar Express task:  we had to add up the number of treats on the train.  Some of us solved the challenge which was to figure out how many treats there would be on 5 trains.  We had to add 18+18+18+18+18.  We went over some strategies on how to do this in an easier way. *Hint:  adding 10's is much easier.

-we read a Christmas story and wrote about our wish.

-we had skipping in gym.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we learned how to Macrame!  We watched a video and then Mrs. Byciuk showed us step by step how to do the knots.  We are going to attach our Polar Express Bells when we are done.

-we started the first step on a special surprise for our family and our buddies.

-we read Land of Stories.


Friday December 13, 2019

Next week, we will have our final Polar Express celebration and watch the movie on Wednesday afternoon.  Students are welcome to bring an extra snack or treat.  Please let me know if you are sending in treats for the class.  Thursday is a 1/2 day.  Students will be off at 11:50 and we are doing carolling from 10:30-11:30.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will also recieve their report cards on this day.

Today:

-we took a picture of our class with our 10 Stephen's Backpacks and then took a picture with all of the grade 2's with all 50 backpacks.  What a great opportunity for the students in grade 2 to give back to the community!

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on rhyming and labelling thermometers.

-we wrote our parent letter to you.  You should see me improving every week on my parent letter.  We had a discussion today on the ways we should be improving.

-we had Ketchup.

-we had Friday Funnies and watched Copper open Christmas presents.  Mrs. Byciuk's dog loves Christmas.

-we laughed at Jingle's antics today!  



Wednesday December 11, 2019

Our concert is tonight at 7:00.  Children can arrive between 6:30 and 6:40.  Please drop them off at the classroom and find a seat in the gym.  Students are excited to share all of their hard work.  Our afternoon performance is tomorrow at 2:00 for anyone unable to come tonight.  Actors must be here tonight.

Today:

-we learned about the polar bear.  Ask me some things I learned.  

-in math message, we used dominos and found the value of the 2 numbers.  We then had to figure out how to make 20.

-we had a math day.  We did a Polar Express task.  There were 4 tasks to solve that became more and more challenging.  Our first 2 tasks were:  The polar express has 20 seats.  There were 17 filled.  How many seats are empty?  

Each seat can hold 2 children.  How many children can ride at once.

Ask me what strategy I used to solve the tasks.  Ask me about the challenges.

-we did an esti-mystery.  We reviewed the vocabulary "digits" and "greater than".

-we learned a new math game called PIG.  It is so easy to play and a great way to practice our addition skills.  All you need is a dice and a place to add up numbers.  The object of the game is to get to 50.  On your turn, you can roll the die as many times as you want.  2,3,4,5, 6 can be added to the total.  1 erases your total.  I can show you how to play.

-we had practices for the concert.

-we reviewed how to read a thermometer.

-we read Land of Stories.


Monday December 9, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11evening on December 11, and one show during the day on December 12. Please have your child to schoolEarly Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Today:

-we worked hard for most of the day on our "From the Train Window" art and our writing and typing.  We learned how to use the watercolour paintbrushes to paint our art and we learned how to get into google docs and type out and share our typing with Mrs. Byciuk.  With practice, we will get really good at this.  We took turns on the computers throughout the day.  Some of us got sometime to go on Dance Mat with a partner.

-we wondered why we have blood.

-in math message we subitized dice and had to. make 20.  For example, if the die showed 4, then we wrote 4+16=20.  We learned that making 20 isn't much harder than making 10.

-we had a practice in the gym for our musical.  The actors had an extract practice in the afternoon.

-we read Land of Stories at the end of the day!


Wednesday December 4, 2019

No school on Friday!

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 



Today:  

-we continued with our Polar Express activities.  We loved our kick off yesterday!

-we learned about the Narwhal.  Ask me what I learned.

-in math message, we found the value of 2 10 frames.  We then had to figure out what to add or subtract to make 10.  For example, if one 10 frame showed 7 and one showed 2, we add the numbers to find the value:  7+2=9 and then 9+1=10.

-in gym, we continued practicing skipping.

-we finished our sketch of what we saw from the train window (Polar Express).  We worked on a descriptive paragraph using triple scoop words and similes to describe our scene.  We are hoping to be able to type our paragraphs on the computer so you can read them when you drop us off in the classroom for the performance.

-we started our good copies of our beautiful snowy scenes.  We drew in pencil and then worked with watercolour pencils to colour.  Tomorrow we will add water.

-actors had a practice with Miss Bell and then we had a full show practice in the afternoon.

-we learned how to log on to computers and we changed our passwords.  Some of us got to try Dance Mat to practice typing.

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk




Monday December 2, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, TOMORROW room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG (with name)  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!


Today:

-we wondered which place is the coldest in the world.

-in math message, Mrs. Byciuk gave us a die and we had to figure out what number to add to it to make 10.  For example if the die said 2 then we wrote the number sentence 2+8=10.  We added all of the 10s together for the challenge.

-we coloured our Polar Express tickets for tomorrow when we will be boarding the train!

-we read the chicken soup poem for December and worked on our creative journal page.  We followed all of the criteria.

-we had a whole bunch of Ketchup time to catch up on things that we were not finished from last week.

-in gym, we did the skipping challenge.

-we had an afternoon of art.  We finished our moose project from last week and started working on our snowman project that will be displayed in the gym for our concert next week.

-in music we practiced our songs for the performance.





Thursday November 28, 2019

Scholastic book orders due on Monday! 

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG (with name)  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!


Wednesday November 27, 2019

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 Flakes! There are four different performances on Wednesday, December 11 Thursday, 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. Please have your child to school20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!

 

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

Early Show (5:30pm)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Early Show (10:30am)

AM Kinder

Stuart/Maronese

McNabb/Patterson/Hordyk

Late Show (7:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk

Late Show (2:00pm)

PM Kinder

Stanford/Leonard/McLarty

Welechuk/Byciuk


Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!

Today:

-we wondered about why cold air seems crisp.

-in math message, we worked with 10 frames to add 10 more.  We added up the 2 numbers on the 10 frames and then added 10 more.  In grade 2, we need to know how to count by 10's from anywhere on the hundreds chart.

-we read the Eric Carle book "The Hermit Crab".  The hermit crab thought his house was too plain, so he added details to it to make it more interesting.  This is just like our writing.  We need to begin to add more detail in order to make our writing more interesting and grab the reader's attention.  Mrs. Byciuk drew a simple house and each of us got to add a detail.  Then we wrote a descriptive paragraph together including all the details.  We used 'triple scoop' words and a variety of sentence starters and lengths.  We are going to be practicing this lots.

-we continued our journey though Saskatchewan.  Some of our favourite things were:  Moosejaw's underground tunnels and murals, The Athabasca Sand Dunes, Big Muddy and how Saskatchewan Roughriders fans wear watermelons on their heads.  We began our travel journal for Saskatchewan.

-we continued working on our hot and cold page that we started yesterday.  We need to understand the language, "_______ is hotter than _________" and "________ is colder than _________".

-we did 2 experiments to learn about thermometers.  We blew air on the bulb to see what happens and we put our finger on the bulb to see what happens.  Ask me what the conclusion was.  We learned how to read a thermometer.  The hardest part is the negative numbers and figuring out how many each line is going up by.

-we continued on our math task.  Yesterday we read, the Napping house and had to figure out how many "legs" were in the bed.  We made our own beds and decided which creatures and humans would be in the bed.  Then we had to figure out how many legs were in the bed.  We made houses out of paper and solved the task "How many legs are in my house?"  Ask me about this.

Monday November 25, 2019

Thank you to all of the parents that were able to come for p/t interviews.  It was great to sit down and talk about your children.

Dear Parents,

On December 3rd, room 23 plans to kick off our “Polar Express” unit for December.  For this unit, the students will be doing all types of activities in art, writing and math.  On December 3rd, please send your child to school in their pajamas with a CLOSED MUG  for hot chocolate.  We will be boarding our Polar Express train as the boy does in the book!  Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know if your child can not drink hot chocolate and we will find an alternative for the morning!

Today:

-we wondered why we eat turkey for Thanksgiving and why the Americans have their Thanksgiving later than us.

-we worked on 10 more than the dice in math message.

-we had some Ketchup time to catch up on things from last week.

-we read the Napping House and had to figure out "How many legs were in the bed?"  Ask me about this.  We did a number talk.

-WE talked about things that are hot and cold and worked on a SMART Board activity where we put hot and cold things in the correct category.  We made our own creative journal page and focused on the words, "_______ is hotter than ________" and "______________ is colder than ______________"

-we played Ringette in gym.

-we had music.



Wednesday November 20, 2019

No school on Friday.  P/t interviews tomorrow night and on Friday.  Actors should keep their script in their communication bags so that we can practice at school.  I worked with the actors on memorizing lines, speaking slowly and clearly and using expression (becoming the character).

Today:

-we wondered what the plural of moose is.  

-we worked with 10 frames and had to follow the direction 1 less, 2 less, 1 more, 2 more

-in writing, we talked about "Great Beginnings" .  A story has a great beginning if it:  1) starts with a sound 2)starts with dialogue 3) starts with a question or a thought 4) jumps right into the action.  We looked though the books in the classroom and found examples of great beginnings.  It is important to start with a great beginning in order to capture the reader's attention.  We watched a Disney short about birds.  Then, we used our imaginations to think of what could happen next.  We started our story with a great beginning.

-in math, we worked on an Esti-Mystery.  At interviews, you can see an example of one in the hallway.

-we worked on the increasing pattern problem from yesterday.  There were 2 challenges.  Ask me about it.

-we had gym and played spaghetti hockey.

-we had music.

-we travelled to Manitoba.  Some of our favourite things were:  Churchill to see the polar bears, The Forks in Winnipeg, The Royal Canadian Mint and Fort Gary




Monday November 18, 2019

Parent-teacher interviews are on Thursday night and Friday morning.  Please sign up through your parent account if you haven't already.  This is a chance for us to talk about your child's learning in the first few months of school.  No school on Friday.

Today:

-we wondered what the red part of a turkey is.

-in math message, we used dominoes and followed the instruction 1 less, 2 less, 1 more, 2 more.

-in writing we read the story "I Need My Monster."  We loved it.  We created our own monsters and wrote about them using triple scoop words and similes.  Ask me about my monsterr.

-we did a number talk.  We continued working on making 10.  We should recognize the numbers that make 10.  We worked on an increasing patterns task with blocks.  It was very challenging.  We went over the task and used the rule to find the 10th case.  Ask me about this.

-we had gym and music.

-we travelled to Ontario.  It is soooo big that we have to continue tomorrow!  We loved learning about The Great Lakes, Ottawa, Toronto and the many things to see!

-we read Land of Stories.



Thursday November 14, 2019

Thank you for your support with our Stephen’s Backpack toy and book sale.  We have raised approximately $800.  This year, the grade 2’s volunteered to fill 50 backpacks, giving us the opportunity make 50 homeless children very happy.  Unfortunately, this year we have only raised enough to fill 32 backpacks and are short approximately $400.  This is why we need your help!  If all the students in our school donated $1, then we would be able to fill all 50 backpacks!  We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 15th!  Thank you in advance for your help! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKqfm858SQQ

Grade 2 Team

Today:

-we wondered how people can tell the age of animals.

-we worked on 2 less with the dominos.

-we did an esti mystery that included, estimation, increasing patterns and math vocabulary (digit, ones and tens place, less than).

-we worked on an increasing patterns task about smoke stacks on a boat.

-we had gym.

-we read the book The Something.  In grade 2, we are trying to expand our imagination, add detail to our stories and use triple scoop words.  We brainstormed with 3 elbow buddies.  Then we started by drawing our ideas.  We began writing our stories and talked about great beginnings.  Ask me about "The Something" and what my ideas are for my story.

-we finished the day with Land of Stories.




Tuesday November 12, 2019

Book orders due tomorrow!

Thank you for your support with our Stephen’s Backpack toy and book sale.  We have raised approximately $800.  This year, the grade 2’s volunteered to fill 50 backpacks, giving us the opportunity make 50 homeless children very happy.  Unfortunately, this year we have only raised enough to fill 32 backpacks and are short approximately $400.  This is why we need your help!  If all the students in our school donated $1, then we would be able to fill all 50 backpacks!  We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 15th!  Thank you in advance for your help! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKqfm858SQQ

Grade 2 Team

Today, students who have brought in their signed forms and are actors for the winter musical are bringing their parts home.  Parts are highlighted.  Please keep the scripts in the communication bag so we can practice at school and home.

Today:

-we wondered why people don't eat ostrich eggs.

-in math message, we worked with dominos to find 2 less.  

-we worked in groups to count the Stephen's Backpack money.  It was so challenging but fun.

-we finished working on the leaf increasing pattern task.  It was challenging for us because there were 2 patterns to figure out (a repeating pattern and an increasing pattern).

-we went and exchanged books in the learning commons.

-we presented our toy/game to our classmates.  We talked about whether we had met the criteria, out favourite part and 1 thing we would change.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.



Friday November 8, 2019

No school on Monday.  Please send signed forms for actors back by Monday.  I will be sending scripts on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday Funnies.

-we had our Remembrance Day assembly.  It was very well done.  Thank you grade 3's.

-we have 3 new poems to share about Remembrance Day.  We talked about new vocabulary, rhyming words and learned how to draw poppies.

-we have a letter to share with you about our week.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had class meeting and read some of Land of Stories.


Wednesday November 6, 2019

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Tomorrow is the sale for Stephen's Backpacks.  We are going to the sale at 9:00 am.  Students are welcome to bring money to buy toys and books or for donation.

Today we discussed acting parts for the winter musical.  Our class needs a total of 17 actors.  Please ask your child if they would like to be an actor.  Actors are required to memorize about 2 sentences and be able to attend the performances on Dec 11th (7:00 pm) and December 12 (afternoon).  I will send home form to sign tomorrow.

Today:

-we learned about and talked about Remembrance Day.  We made flowers for our wreath with our buddies.

-we worked with 10 frames to find 1 less than in math message.

-we worked on a really challenging Esti-Mystery in math.

-we read "The Scarecrows Wedding" By:  Julia Donaldson

-we travelled to so many places in Quebec.  There were so many things to see.  Somo of our favourites were:  Perce Rock, Chateau Frontenac, Old Quebec City, the Citadel, Bonhomme, Montreal and the Biodome.  We loved learning about Maple Syrup.

-we had gym and music.


Monday November 4, 2019

Thank you so much to the parents that were able to volunteer last week for swimming.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

The grade 2's are looking for parent volunteers with their clearance to help out for our Toy and book sale on Thursday.  The shifts will be from 9-12 pm or 1-3 pm.  Please let me know if you are able to help out.

Today:

-we wondered who made up the constellations.

-we started working on 1 less in math message.  We also started working on the "difference" between 2 numbers.  Ask me what that means in math.

-we went through the chicken soup criteria and worked on our chicken soup poems.

-we did a number talk in math and continued our work with making 10.

-we worked on an increasing number task.  We had to figure out what the pattern was growing by and extend it.

-Stephen's mother from Stephen's Backpack Society came to talk to us about Stephen's backpacks and how we can "Dream Aloud".  It was so great.

-we had gym and music.

-we continued our work on our swimming art.



Friday November 1, 2019

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

The grade 2's are looking for parent volunteers with their clearance to help out for our Toy and book sale on Thursday.  The shifts will be from 9-12 pm or 1-3 pm.  Please let me know if you are able to help out.



Wednesday October 30, 2019

On Thursday, we swim in the morning.  Students can bring their Halloween Costumes to change into in the afternoon.  Please send an extra treat(s) as we will be having our Halloween party with different stations to choose from in the afternoon.

Evergreen School will have a Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th at 10:40am. Families are welcome to attend, and students are welcome to wear their Spark/Beavers/Brownie/Scout uniforms if they choose.  

Starting Nov. 4 the grade 2s will be collecting gently used toys and books for their toy sale on Nov. 7. The money that they raise from this sale will be used to buy new items to fill 50 backpacks for Stephen's Backpack Society.  The backpacks will be distributed to children living in shelters in Calgary on Christmas. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfblLuBySds#action=share.  

Today:

-we talked about Stephen's Backpacks and how it was started.  It is so exciting that we can make a difference in Calgary.

-in math message, we reviewed yesterday's math message and worked with 10 frames to find 2 more.

-WE WENT SWIMMING!

-we were given the writing prompt, "If I were locked in a Toy Store overnight, what would I do?"  We were so excited about the writing that some of us wrote 3 pages.  We had "elbow buddy" brainstorming time and then wrote and wrote.

-we had music.

-we started a new art project.  We learned about an artist named David Hockney.  Hockney is a British artist who was very involved in the pop movement in the 1960's.  He is famous for his swimming pool paintings.  We talked about how we look different under water.  Ask me to tell you about this.  Mrs. Byciuk introduced our new art project.  We are making ourselves underwater.  We started drawing ourselves keeping in mind what we learned about how we look underwater.  We are going to finish our art projects next week.

-we read Land of Stories.




Monday October 28, 2019

A reminder that swimming continues all of this week.  Please send a bag everyday this week with a towel and underwear.  Students can wear a swimsuit underneath their clothes.  PD day on Friday.  No school.  Please send in any light cardboard for our magnet building tomorrow.  

Today:

-in mystery doug, we wondered whether a mountain can change to a volcano.

-in math message, we started working on "2 more" with dice, dominoes, 10 frames and abacus.   I can practice this at home by answering questions like "What is 2 more than 15?"

-we read "Room on the Broom" by:  Julia Donaldson.  We designed our own broom and wrote about all of the things we would have on our broom.

-in math, we learned about increasing patterns.  We worked through some examples together.  Ask me what an increasing pattern is.  How is it different from a repeating pattern?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we worked on our travel journal for New Brunswick.  Some of our favourite things were:  The Bay of Fundy, Fredericton, Magnetic Hill, and the covered bridges.


Friday October 25, 2019

Swimming starts on Monday.  Please bring a separate waterproof bag with towel and underwear.  Please wear swimming suit under clothes.  We will be leaving everyday at 9:30 and coming back at approximately 11:30.  Volunteers are welcome to join us on the bus or meet us at the pool.  Please let me know whether you plan to come with us or not.

Today:

-we have 2 poems to share with you.  We worked on learning new vocabulary, rhyming, picking out the simile and word families.

-we wrote you a letter about our week.

-we had some Ketchup time to plan our science project and finish our travel journal for NFL.  Some of us would like to look for materials at home for our project.

-we had Friday Funnies.

-we continued our trip in New Brunswick.  There are so many things to see.




Wednesday October 23, 2019

Today:

-we wondered why leaves change colour in the fall.

-we continued working with an abacus in math message.

-we had gym and did throwing and catching centres.

-in writing, we chose something to write about from our brain pockets.  We had to use at least 1 simile in our writing and also worked on changing our single scoop words to triple scoop words.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+1, 9+7+1, 1+6+9.  Ask me what my strategies were today.

-we did a pattern task.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a certain amount of blocks of different colours and we had to make a pattern where the core repeats 3 times and no blocks are left over.

-we read a Halloween story called "Skeleton Hiccups"

-we watched the magnet magician RICHARD YOUNG!  We loved the show.  Most of Richard's Young's tricks were with magnets and he even shared his secrets.  Ask me what my favourite trick was.  I brought home his card in my communication bag.

-we had music.

-we travelled to New Brunswick.  Ask me what the capital is?  What is special about the Bay of Fundy?  How many bridges does New Brunswick have?  Do I want to travel to New Brunswick in real life?

-we finished the day with the Land of Stories.



Monday October 21, 2019

Richard the Magician is coming on Wednesday to perform a "magnet magic show" for us.  This can be paid for on your cbe account along with swimming!

Today:

-we wondered why we have a skull.

-we started working with the abacus in math message.  Some of us have never seen an abacus before.  We are working with an abacus with a total of 20 beads.  The 2 different colours make it easy for us to subitize.

-we read a story called "The Word Collector" and talked about icecream.  Would I rather have a single scoop or a triple scoop.  There are single scoop words like nice and sad.  We can make them into triple scoop words that are more exciting in our writing.  We worked with a partner to start working on a "triple scoop word bank" that we can use when writing.

-we did a number talk.  We can work on getting to know numbers that make 10.  

-we had a pattern task about fall leaf colours.  We had to use all 4 colours to make a repeating pattern.

-we travelled to PEI.  First we read "Hey Canada" then we learned about all of the cool things to see in PEI.  Some of our favourites were:  The singing sand, Founders' Hall, The red sand, the Anne of Green Gables house and confederation bridge.  Ask me why the sand is red in PEI?  How old is the Confederation Bridge?  How many different types of potatoes are grown here?  What is the capital of Charlottetown?

-we had a Ketchup time for our magnet centres and finished up any centres we were unable to complete.



Friday October 18, 2019

We will be starting to plan our magnet project next week and be writing a material list.  We will be in need of thin cardboard (like the type found in a cereal box).  If you have any, please send to school with your child.

Today:

-was "Friday Funnies"

-we have 2 new magnet poems to share with you.  We did work on rhyming and illustrating our poems.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we spend time writing our Friday letters to you.

-we had a class meeting.



Wednesday October 16, 2019

Swimming forms went home yesterday.  Please send in all forms asap.  

Today:

-we wondered about how a hoverboard works.

-we worked on subitizing 10 frames and adding them together.

-we read a story about similes.  Ask me what a simile is.  We started brainstorming similes for our writing folders.

-we did an esti-mystery as a warm up for math.  We practiced estimating.  We made up our own repeating pattern problems and had a friend try to solve our problem.

-we finished our fall perspective art project.  Yesterday we learned about an artist called Vincent Van Gogh and we have recreated our own version of one of his paintings.  It was so challenging and had many steps.

-we continued our trip in Nova Scotia.  Ask me what the capital is?  The provincial bird and plant?  We especially liked learning about Cabot Trail, The Bluenose 11, Fortress Louisbourg and Peggy's Cove.  We worked on our travel journals for Nova Scotia.


Wednesday October 9, 2019

Tomorrow morning is picture day!  Scholastic book orders due tomorrow.  No school on Friday and Monday!  Thank you for making sure that letter books and poem duotangs are returned tomorrow.

Today:

-we wondered how a compass works.

-in math message we continued our work with dominoes.   Do I have dominoes at home?  If so, I can show you what we've been working on.

-In Social Studies, we continued our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.  You can ask me these questions:  What is the capital?  What are "jellybean houses"?  What is the provincial bird and flower?  What do I know about icebergs?  What is the "edge"?  Ask me if I would like to go to Newfoundland.

-in science, we read about Magnets and started setting up our next experiment.

-we had gym and music.

-we also got to travel to Nova Scotia.  We learned what a ferry is because we took it from NFL to Nova Scotia.  Some of us have been on a ferry.  So far in Nova Scotia, we explored Fort Louisbourg and the Cabot Trail.

-we started getting to the exciting part of Land of Stories.  Ask me what happened. 



Monday October 7, 2019

2 Notices coming home today:  Halloween Howl notice and another tip sheet for reading at home and the reading strategies that I will be using with the students.  Scholastic book orders due on Thursday.  Friday is a PD day and Monday is Thanksgiving (no school).

Today:

-Mystery Doug was about "who invented the alphabet?"

-we talked about the Brain memory pocket and we started to add to it.

-we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+9, 7+5.  Many of us are counting up on our fingers.  We are working at recalling our doubles and using our doubles to figure out near double facts.

-we did a repeating pattern task.  We were given 3 colours and had to make vertical coloured patterns to make flags.

-in science, we worked on the next centre.  Ask me what centre I did today.

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read Land of Stories!


Friday October 4, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful letters back to your children in our Friday letter books.  The students were so excited to write you back today.  Please remember to send back poem duotangs and letter books on Monday.  Today we are bringing home a picture day reminder and the October scholastic book order which will be due on Thursday before the long weekend.  PD day on Friday and no school on Monday due to Thanksgiving.

Today:

-it was Friday funnies!

-we worked on one poem about magnets to share with you.  On Fridays, it is our choice to bring home a book for home reading.

-we had Ketchup time.

-we wrote letters to you.

-we had our class meeting.


Wednesday October 2, 2019

Please continue to send reading logs back to school daily.  Thank you so much for your support with the reading program.  School pictures on October 10.

Today:

-we wondered about magnets.

-we played a throwing game in gym.

-in math message, we worked on subitizing 2 dice.  We showed the number using an addition sentence.

-we wrote a story from our imagination pocket.  Some of us shared our stories in author's chair.

-we did a number talk.  We are continuing to work on doubles and near doubles.  If I know my doubles to 20, then I can easily solve near double number sentences.  For example 5+6 is 5+5 and adding 1 more.

-we continued on repeating pattern work.  We repeated our patterns 3 X, circled the core and named the patterns using letters.

-we worked on our first science centre and experiment.  Ask me what I did in my first centre.

-we had music with Miss Bell in the afternoon.



Tuesday October 1, 2019

Please have students bring reading logs to school EVERYDAY!  Students are  trying to learn routine and responsibility and need your help to keep on track with reading logs.  Even if your child has not had a chance to read, they still need to bring their reading log everyday.  It took a lot of time to get student set up with a reading log and reading level.  Books should seem fairly easy, as it is important that the students are gaining in their confidence and feeling successful when reading with you at home.  Thank you so much for your support!


Monday September 30, 2019

Today is the first day that students will be bringing their reading log home.  They have picked a book at their level today and wrote in their reading log.  Please initial nightly and return communication bag with the reading log and book back to school everyday.  Some students also have a list of sight words to practice.  For these students, I will review the sight words on Fridays.  Also, on Mondays, poem duotangs and letter books need to be returned.  

Today:

we wondered if a meteor has ever hit a person.

-we started 2 new morning routines:  our reading logs and math message.  In math message this week, we are working on subitizing dice.  Subitizing means to recognize numbers right away.  We can practice this by playing dice games.  Can I instantly recognize the numbers on a dice?  Can I recognize the numbers on 2 dice and add them together?

-we chose a topic from our fact pocket and wrote about it.

-in gym, we played indiginous games because today is orange shirt day.

-in math, we did a number talk:  7+7, 7+8, 7+6. We should know our doubles up to 10+10.  If we do, we can use the near double strategy.

-we started talking about patterns.  A pattern is something that follows a rule.  We practiced naming patterns and talked about the core of a pattern.

-we watched a Brain Pop Video about magnets.

-We did a science experiment to test "What happens when you put magnetic poles together?"  What happened when I put North and South together?  What happened when I put South and South together?  What happened when I put North and North together?

-we had music with Miss Bell.

-we read a Pug book.  It was so funny!


Friday September 27, 2019

“Healthy Hunger is happening again this year. Sign up to order lunches for your child(ren) on the selected days. Orders can be done for the year, or month to month. Healthy Hunger is also where you will register for some school events like Movie Night (first one is Toy Story 4 on Oct 10!)

Please sign up at https://healthyhunger.ca/

Monday is orange shirt day.  We talked about what orange shirt day is for.  See link:  https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day

A reminder that every Monday Blue Poem Duotangs and Letter books need to be returned every Monday.  Can you please write back to us in our letter book every week.

Today:

-we had Friday funnies. We saw a video of Roo and a picture of Copper and our funny video was about birds.  We love Friday Funnies.

-we talked about Orange Shirt Day.

-we have 2 new poems to . share with you.  We continued working on rhyming and learning new vocabulary in poems.

-we read a story "Can I Be Your Dog?"  It was a book full of letters from and to a dog named Arfy.  We learned how to set up a letter and we wrote our first letter to you.  Please see the instructions inside our letter book and return on Monday.

-we had some Ketchup time.

-we had a class meeting.



Thursday September 26, 2019

Today our math task was a patterning task with blocks.  All of us were able to get to the challenge question, but none of us solved it.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us how we could use an idea from the first task in order to solve the second task.  Can I find the answer tonight?  Using 4 coloured blocks, how many different towers can I make?



Wednesday September 25, 2019

The Terry Fox run was great today!  Thank you for your donations and filling the sticker out with your children!  We raised over $1000 at the school.

Today:

-we counted the money we raised for the Terry Fox run.  We raised $39.90 as a class.  How many twoonies make $10?  We made 10's in order to make counting easier.

-we wondered how long a marathon is.  We watched another video about Terry Fox.  We have learned so much about Terry Fox.

-was the 16th day of school.  How many more days until the 20th day of school?  What will be the 20th day of school?

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we read another story about the brain that Mrs. Byciuk just bought.  It was great.

-we reviewed the parts of the brain and started making our brain hats.  We will finish them tomorrow.

-we talked about what magnets are attracted to?  Iron, Cobalt, Nickel and Steel (has iron in it).  We made a creative journal page to remember.

-we did the Terry Fox run and had oranges after.


Tuesday September 24, 2019

Tomorrow afternoon is the Terry Fox run.  I am send the "I'm running for" stickers to fill out at home.  You can fill them in and I will help the students put them on before the run. Please have your children dress appropriately for the run and bring a twoonie for Terry!


Monday September 23, 2019

Thank you to all the families that were able to drop by on Thursday night.  It was great meeting all of you.  If you were unable to make it, I will be sending home the curriculum letter with your child.  We will be swimming from October 28th-31st in the mornings.  I am looking for a few volunteers, especially dads to help with getting the children changed before and after swimming.  Volunteers need a current police check through the school.  Please let me know if you are able to help out any or all of the days.

Today:

-we read the Dr. Seuss story "What Pet Should I Get?"  We made predictions of the pet the kids chose.  We wrote about the pet we would get.  We worked on adding details:  What, why, how

-in math, we watched the You Cubed video "The Importance of Struggle".  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 12 square tiles and we had to build as many different rectangles as we could.  We drew them on grid paper.  We got back together and talked about how we could make sure to find all of the answers.  What pattern could we follow?  Following the pattern, we were able to find 16 different rectangles.

-we had gym and practiced for the Terry Fox run.  The run will be on Wednesday afternoon.

-we had music with Mrs. Bell.

-we talked about the different types of magnets and made a title page with them.  We can't wait to learn about magnets.

-we had a firedrill.  We are working on being silent and serious.



Wednesday September 18, 2019

A reminder that tomorrow morning we will be walking down to Fish Creek for SOGO.  Students should be dressed for running  with proper shoes and clothing and a water bottle.  Tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 is the school's open house.  This is something that the school is trying instead of a sit down meet the teacher time.  You are welcome to come anytime during this time period with your child.  This is a chance to tour our space, check out our amazing art work and class books and see some pictures of the things we have been doing in the last 3 weeks.  You will also recieve a curriculum letter for the next 3 months.  I am looking forward to meeting all the families.

Today:

-we wondered if tv affects the brain.

-we finished our EST classroom writing.

-we finished our Bioglyphs and can wait to show you tomorrow.

-we did a number talk in math:  9+9, 9+8, 9+8.  Students can work on learning doubles up to 20 if they can't recall them already. 

-we did some You Cubed Math.  First we watched a video "Math is Not Speed".  Did you know that some of the most famous mathematicians were slow doing math.  What is important in math is to think carefully, deeply and to make connections. We worked with cuisenaire rods.  We noticed that they are different lengths and different colours.  Each colour is a certain length.  Mrs. Byciuk made a train out of 3 rods and we had to make a train of the same length only using one colour for each train.  We used grid paper to draw each train and write a number sentence.  For example:  yellow, red, white:  1+2+5=8 . white, white white, white, white, white, white, white 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=8 red, red, red, red 2+2+2+2=8.  

Then we got to make our own train using 3 or 4 different coloured rods and find equivalent trains.  We are going to continue this tomorrow.

-we had music



Monday September 16, 2019

I'm extending the due date for the book orders until tomorrow as my online order page wasn't working over the weekend.  Please let me know if you have any issues with this.  A reminder that our open house is on Thursday night from 6-7:30.  This is different than a regular "meet the teacher night".  Parents can come with their children sometime during the open house to tour the classroom, receive the curriculum letter and check out our art work in the hallway.  This is not a sit down meeting, but I will be here to answer any questions you have about the upcoming year.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Today:

-we had our first Adventure running day.  Ask me about my first 2 stations.  Tomorrow morning we are having our second day of SOGO.

-we started talking about place value---ones and tens.  Today was the 10th day of school.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us the place value blocks---the units (ones) and the rods (tens) and talked to us about how they represent number.  Ask me how we represented the 10th day of school and what happened with our school straws.

-Mystery Doug was about the biggest apple in the world.

-we read a book called "Things that are Most in the World".  We started working on our own page of the class book.  We can't wait for you to see on Thursday.  

-we tried using the "quiet creatures".  We worked so quietly.  Mrs. Byciuk was impressed.

-we finished our animal parades in math and shared all of our different number sentences.  There are so many ways to make 12 using the numbers 8,6,4, 2 and/or 1.  Ask me about my animal parade and my number sentence.

-we shared the rest of our "Me In A Paper Bag".  It was so fun to listen to everyone's stories over the last week!

-we finished our Art projects and started a new art project.  It is a bioglyph.  Ask me what that means.


Friday September 13, 2019

Next week students will be participating in SOGO adventure running. Our times are Monday and Tuesday morning first thing, so please dress for the weather and wear proper runners.  Bring water bottles.  On Thursday, the grade 2's will be walking down to Fish Creek for adventure running.  This is a special program for the whole school. Scholastic book orders are due on Monday.  We were unable to finish paper bags today and will finish on Monday.

Today:

-was Friday funnies about sloths!

-we have a new poem about brains to share with you.  A reminder that duotangs should come back on Monday.

-we had Ketchup time.  Our class is working on focusing on getting our tasks done.  We are way too chatty.

-some of us worked on our art project.

-we had class meeting for the week.


Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019

Please continue to send in all forms.  Scholastic book orders coming home.  You are welcome to order online or send in a check with your order.  Due on Monday.

Today:

-we continued to review the calendar, days of school (10 Frames).

-our Wonder was about how we can wake our brains in the morning.  Ask me something that I can do.

-we shared 5 paper bags throughout the day.  The students are doing a great jobs sharing the items in their bags.  We are learning a lot about each other.

-we had gym with Mrs. Rowarth.

-we did a number talk 6+6, 6+5, 6+7.  WE need to practice our doubles at home.  We should be able to recall these doubles.  We shared our strategies and worked on "near double" facts.

-we continued a You Cubed activity from yesterday.  For the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on stretching our brains, having a growth mindset, sharing our thinking in math and working together.  Jo Boaler ( a mathematician from Stanford) created the You Cubed activities.   Today we talked about how important fingers are in math.  See article https://qz.com/668828/a-stanford-professor-says-counting-on-your-fingers-is-critical-to-understanding-math/.  We played a game using our fingers.  We had to use both our right and left hand and different fingers to move counters.  We were challenged with a harder game board.

-we started another You Cubed activity called the animal parade.  We first watched a video about believing in ourself and the difference between growth mindset and fixed mindset.  Mrs. Byciuk showed us a picture of some animals and asked us how many feet they have.  Our challenge was to make an animal parade with 12 feet.  We cut pictures out of the animals and glued them in a parade.  We then wrote the number sentence to go with it.  We are going to finish our parades tomorrow.

-we had music with Ms. Bell.

-we started working on statements for our art.  We art so excited to share our art with you on "open house" night.


Monday Sept 9, 2019

There were a few students who didn't bring their "Me In a Paper Bag" today.  Please send in tomorrow.  Please continue to send in parentview points and form envelopes.  Poem duotangs are to come back on Mondays.  If  this was forgotten today, please send in tomorrow.

Today:

-in Mystery Doug, we learned what causes the Northern lights.  WE also learned about some other glowing things.

-we continued reviewing the calendar.  We have been talking about 7 days=a week.  Today is Monday.  What will next Monday be.....9+7=16.

-we signed our class contract.  A contract is an agreement.  Mrs. Byciuk wrote our class contract based on all of the ideas we came up with last week.

-we shared numerous Paper Bags today.  We were really good at explaining why each object was in our bag.  We are working on our audience manners and respecting others by listening when they are sharing.

-we read the book "The School Year Will Be The Best!"  WE wrote about a wish that we have for the school year.  We could write a silly exaggerated wish like "This year I want a chocolate water fountain." or we could write a serious wish like "This year I hope to make new friends."  

-we did our very first number talk.  We will be doing a number talk almost everyday.  We are learning to explain our strategies and listen to the strategies of our peers.  Our number talk today was....3+3, 3+4, 3+2.  In grade 2 we should recall our doubles up to 10+10.  We talked about near doubles and the near double strategy.  For example, for the number sentence 3+4, we can recall the double 3+3 and add 1 more.  

-we talked about how we will be sharing our ideas and strategies in math and working a lot with others.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us a special team activity.  We each got a highlighter.  Mrs. Byciuk gave us 3 minutes to take turns highlighting the numbers in order from 1-100.  At first it was really challenging, but we talked as groups, figured out strategies and got better in each round.  Some of us even figured out the pattern.  It was so fun.

-we had gym and music.




Friday September 6, 2019

We are bringing our poem duotang home for the weekend.  On Fridays, we do work with poems and bring these poems home to share with you.  Duotangs need to be sent back to school on Mondays.  Me in a Paper Bag is due on Monday.  Please send in form envelope and parent viewpoint.

Today:

-we had a Welcome assembly.

-we had Friday funnies.  Ask me what the video was.

-we worked on poems, focusing on rhyming and illustrating our favourite things from our first week of school.

-we had Ketchup time to finish 3 things that we have worked on this week.  As a class, we are working on focusing on our jobs and keeping our voices at a "6-inch" level.


Thursday September 5, 2019

We are bringing home 3 things today:  an envelope with forms to fill out and return to the school, a parent viewpoint so Mrs. Byciuk can get to know us better (please send back ASAP) and our homework due on Monday.  Our "Me In a Paper Bag" has instructions glued to it with a due date (Monday Sept 9).  Mrs. Byciuk shared her paper bag with us today.  Ask me about it.

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Today:

-we started our daily morning routine.  We did calendar and talked about the days of school.  We watched Mystery Doug and learned why Pluto is not considered a Planet.  We also learned about some REALLY small things.  Ask me to tell you one of the really small things.

-We really 2 "Unbelievable Summer" books.  We thought they were really funny.  We wrote 2 truths and a lie about our summers.  Some of us shared and we tried to guess the "lie".  

-we glued in our first day of grade 2 photo and learned/reviewed the Zones of Regulation.  Ask me what zone I should be in at school.  We made a creative journal page about the zones and had to glue the pictures under the proper colour.

-we started working on our "Math and Me" page.  We talked about how to properly draw eyes, nose and a mouth and made ourselves for the page.  

-we read "The Fantastic Elastic Brain" and started learning about all the different parts of the brain.


Welcome Back!

What a great first day!  It was great meeting you and starting to get to know your children today.

Today we:

-made our coat tags and helper tags.

-read the story "First Day Jitters".  Did you know that teachers are also nervous on the first day of school?

-Read "Where I belong" and did a classmate scavenger hunt.  You can see it in my bag.

-Read "Decibella" and brainstormed what we want our classroom to look like, sound like and feel like.  We used Post-it-Notes to record our ideas.

-we worked on a classroom wordsearch.

-we took a tour of the school and talked about expectations for the washroom and the lunchroom.

-we went outside and took "First Day of grade 2" Photos.

-we were given a challenge with our group:  "Who can stack the tallest tower with the cups?"  Ask me about it.

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