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

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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