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Friday, January 24, 2020

Today students started exploring measurement. We discussed what measurement is (such as who would use measurement and when would measurement be used). Students identified many different places we find measurement, including when building and baking! Students were then told about Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer, who believed that a human's height was THE SAME as their arm span (the distance from fingertip to fingertip). Students then chose their own measurement tool in the classroom (such as cards, counters and books) and worked in partners to measure their heights and arm spans. When we looked at our data afterwards, students noticed that there was no easy way to see who was the tallest in the class, and that the data was full of inconsistencies. On Monday students will choose a COMMON tool, and we will see who is truly Vitruvian!

We also began our next art project - scratch art! Today students used oil pastels to fill paper with different swatches of colour. The important part was to make sure there is no space between the colours! Next week we will paint over the colours with black paint, and then use wooden toothpicks to scratch off the top layer of paint as we draw. Students are very excited to experiment with this technique!

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 30
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today students learned a big word, INVERSE! Can you guess what it means? Here's a clue - the inverse of hot is cold, and the inverse addition is subtraction! Inverse means opposite! We talked about how we can use addition to help us with subtraction questions, like in fact families! A fact family is a group of math facts that use the same numbers. For example, the numbers 9, 5 and 4 can be used to make FOUR math sentences: 5+4=9, 4+5=9, 9-5=4 and 9-4=5. Ask your student how they could turn a subtraction math sentence into an addition one!

We also took the final value of our base 10 monsters and put them on one number line. Ask your student what happened if a number was repeated more than once?

Quick Reminders:

  • Fun Lunch on Thursday, January 23!
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 20, 2020

Today was our last day with our Author In Residence. Students rode down their slide and transported to the Arctic where they went on their adventures. Students used the 4 S's to create their description. We will be compiling the stories and putting them together into a book. 

In the afternoon, students made predictions of which will evaporate first, a contain with water with no lid or one with. Tomorrow we will be looking back to see which one is it. We also began an independent exploration of the water cycle. They will be creating a visual explaining how the water cycle works.

Quick Reminders:

  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 17, 2020

Today students finished their grain elevator artwork using a wide variety of techniques. First we added a horizon line, and discussed how it separates the earth from the sky. Students mixed different shades of blue to create a stormy sky, used sponges to create clouds, and then used forks or cardboard to create waving wheat on the ground. 

Students also answered a would you rather question. Would you rather have 10 minutes of free time at 9:00am, and 15 minutes at 10:00am, OR, 30 minutes of free time at 10:00am? Ask your student which they decided and why! Mrs. Roworth then challenged students to a game of 16 Squares. This is a strategy game that asks students to use addition strategies (such as making tens and doubles) and adding multiple two-digit numbers. It was very fun!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk




Thursday, January 16, 2020

Every story contains a beginning, middle and end. Students continue to work with our Author in Residence. Today we focused on the middle by having a problem, creating suspense and making it more descriptive. Students used their arctic animal as part of their problem.


In the afternoon, we explored Yukon. Students learned that Mrs. Hordyk's cousin is the mayor of Dawson City! We are hoping to ask him some more questions about the Yukon to get a better understanding of life in Northern Canada. Students learned about the gold rush and explored various aspects of nature in the Yukon. 

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Today students continued exploring base 10 blocks! We discussed how one is a unit (or block), and if we add 10 blocks together then we have a rod! We talked about how it is easier when we're solving math problems to not have to count out 10 blocks every time, so the rods are more efficient. Students were very excited to notice the pattern that 10 units make a rod, 10 rods make a hundred (a flat), and 10 flats make a thousand cube! Students then built their own base 10 monsters to record in their books. Tomorrow we will add the total values of their monsters! 

In music today students decided the rhythms for the repeated sentence in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and chose instruments to add! Later this week we will add instruments to Fifty Below Zero

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, January 13, 2020

This morning we began our first session with the author in residence. She brainstormed and shared various ways in which authors add description into their writing. As a class, students developed an extensive list of various vocabulary words we can use in our writing. For example, instead of saying white, we could say marshmallow or cloud. We also created words to describe our five senses. We will have the author with us this week.

A word from Parent Council:

Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7

Thank you!

In the afternoon, we finished exploring British Columbia. It was amazing to explore Stanley Park!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 10, 2020

This morning began with our first 'Would You Rather' challenge of 2020! Would you rather go to Disney Land EVERY DAY for one month, OR would you rather go ONCE every WEEK for a year? Students tried many strategies to find how many weeks there are in the year, including counting Sundays, counting 7s (because there are 7 days in a week). Ask your student what strategy worked for them, and how many weeks there are in a year!

Today we started a new Alberta art project. We looked at a variety of Prairie landscapes and noticed that there was a large building in many of them - a grain elevator! We discussed how a grain elevator was a "beacon" in the community, just like a lighthouse in the east! We also watched how grain elevators were filled by trucks bringing wheat, then unloading the grain into a pit under the building. Today we created the grain elevator out of cardboard, and painted it red or green. Next week students will create the background, and add lots of waving wheat!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • Curriculum newsletters went home today. Please take a look to find out what our academic focus will be for the next few months!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We have started discussing number lines! A number line can be horizontal (like a ruler or our class number line on the wall) or vertical (like a thermometer). Number lines can have all sorts of numbers on them, like negative numbers and fractions as well. We also discussed how number lines never end, and can go all the way to infinity! Ask your student what the mathematical symbol for infinity looks like. Students have been practicing making number lines out of a set of numbers. We also learned a game today called Tug of War with number lines and a deck of cards! Both partners start at 50, and decide if their goal is to make it to 100 or to 0. One at a time each partner flips a card over from the deck and moves their counter along the number line - if the card is red you move DOWN towards 0. If the card is black you move UP towards 100. We will continue using number lines throughout the year!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home today. They are due back by Monday, January 20

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 6, 2020

Welcome back! Can you believe that it is 2020 already?! Today we had a brief discussion of some significant events in 2020 (leap year and Olympics). We had a conversation about why do we have an extra day during a leap year. After the discussion, students created a goal sheet outlining some things they would like to improve upon as well as areas in which they would like to learn. 

In the afternoon we discussed a new vocabulary word: viscosity. Students predicted what they thought it meant and then we traveled to the science room where we test out various liquids and their viscosity. Many were amazed as to how slowly or quickly things flowed.

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Today was wonderful, with lots of excitement from all students! Students enjoyed going to the caroling performance - singing songs, watching the lovely handbell choirs (and laughing at the staff handbell choir!), and enjoying time together!

Have a wonderful winter break - gets lots of rest and family time! See you in January!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, December 16, 2019

Today students continued their pentomino challenge! Last week we solved the question: using 5 squares how many  shapes are there? As a class we discussed how there were 12 unique shapes, and all of the others were slides, flips or rotations. This week, students created their OWN large set of these 12 shapes using graph paper. It was a challenge drawing all 12 shapes and cutting them out carefully! Students then tried to use their shapes to create rectangle. Some have made smaller rectangles, but no one has made a full rectangle with all 12 shapes yet! 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, December 13, 2019

We were so excited by the wonderful performances that today we spent some time exploring snowFLAKES! We read Snowflake Bentley, about Wilson Bentley, a scientist and farmer who took some of the first photographs of snowflakes. Ms. Bell has ordered a book of his photographs to explore on Monday! Students then read a poem about snow and talked about how poetry creates a mood using descriptive words (adjectives). We also played snowflake tag in gym. 

As you know, over the past few weeks students have been busy raising money for Stephen's Backpacks, and then deciding how to spend the money. Ms. Bell went shopping on Tuesday, and we filled the backpacks yesterday. Today all of the grade 2s met and placed their backpacks under the tree! It was a wonderful way for students to see how much they have helped children across Calgary. 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Flakes! Flakes! SNIRT! The students did a fantastic job both last night and today of their performance of Flakes. Thank you for coming and watching them. They really enjoyed putting it on for you.

This afternoon students had the opportunity to watch the other group perform theirs too. 

A note was sent home about next Thursday. We will be having a Polar Express Morning!

Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

This morning students had a math challenge - using 5 squares, how many unique shapes could be made? The criteria was the each square had to touch another using a FULL side. We discussed why these 5 squares are called pentominos, and noticed that it was a similar word to pentagon! Students also had a challenge making UNIQUE shapes, and noticed that many shapes they made were the same. Ask your student to show you a shape at home! How many unique shapes are there? In science today students explored different liquids and words that could describe them. For example, honey and maple syrup are sticky, or water is transparent. How many different adjectives can your student think of to describe liquids at home?

Students are VERY excited for their show, Flakes!, coming up TOMORROW! We can't wait to share our show with everyone!

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, December 9, 2019

Oh the weather outside is really reflecting our upcoming Winter Concert! Being that we are the early show, students are asked to be dropped off at the school to head to their classrooms for 5:10pm. The show will begin at 5:30pm.

This afternoon students were given the opportunity to complete unfinished work. We also had a chance to log into computers, setting our new passwords and practice going in and out of our accounts. This was definitely a new experience for many!

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Has your child come home and talked about our newest member in the class named, Johnny? Well... he came and has left! Johnny was our class snowman. It was part of our exploration of liquids. Using the scientific method, we created a sketch 4 separate times, wrote down our observations and made predictions of what would happen next. Of course Johnny melted! When asked what happens when we apply heat to him, it brought on a whole new discussion! Ask your child what happened and what the word evaporate means.

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Today students had more conversations about how to use the doubles strategy when solving mental math problems, and how each problem could use two different doubles! For example, to solve 7+8 students could use 7+7 OR 8+8 and get the right answer. Some students are also starting to look at how addition questions can help solve subtraction questions as well. For example, when solving 12-6, it helps to know that 6+6 is 12! Today we also tried a math questions that asked students to count by 2s, 4s and 5s. Ask your student which they prefer to count by! Why? 

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, December 2, 2019

It is hard to believe the December is already here! Please review the calendar as there are several upcoming events.

Have you ever tried to spell Saskatchewan without looking at the word? Try looking for the hidden words. Today in Social Studies we moved from Manitoba to Saskatchewan. Students made observations that it is quite flat and primarily farmland. 

Tomorrow we will be exploring liquids in Science. Our resident snowman of ice will make an appearance sometime this week in which we will observe what happens when it begins in the frozen state and goes through the others states.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, November 29, 2019

Today students learned a new and exciting math game, PIG! The goal of the game is to get to 50. You do this by rolling a dice. If you roll a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 you add that to your total. You then choose to BANK your total and give your partner a turn, or ROLL AGAIN. If you roll a 1 then the pig gets ALL your points and you go bankrupt! Students really enjoyed this game, and were very disappointed when they went bankrupt! Try this game at home!

We then had a conversation about Stephen's Backpack! Students were told that we have $25 to spend on each backpack. Students talked about what items they would like to see in a backpack, and remembering who is going to receive the backpacks. We talked about how things like hats, gloves, toothbrushes and toothpaste are always appreciated, as well as Lego and markers. Students then used a "menu" of items to plan what they would fill a backpack with! We will continue this next week as well. 

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, November 28, 2019

To connect our study of Manitoba and our upcoming Winter Concert, students have been working on a mixed medium polar bear art project. We first watched several videos about how to draw polar bears, selected one that worked best and applied it to make our own. We then created a background using watercolor, inspired by the Northern Lights. You'll have to take a look at the concert.

Please read Tuesday's blog about more details for our Winter Concert.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This week students are exploring the hundreds chart! We have been looking at patterns on the hundreds chart (for example, how counting by tens happens in columns) as well as solving some hundreds chart mysteries. If you started at 21 and counted by 10s, will you reach 62? How do you know? 

In music students are continuing to prepare for our winter concert! Thank you to everyone who is singing at home or listening to your student practice lines!

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 and 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 student to school 20 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

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, November 25, 2019

During our writing time, students were given the sentence, "A dog ran". As a group we improved the sentence by adding greater description. We weren't allowed to change the concept of the sentence, but rather create more specific details. After working together, we went back to our "The Something" writing and editing for where we needed to add description.

Manitoba has proven to be a very exciting province! From the polar bears to the Royal Canadian Mint. Students have been fascinated by how diverse and different Manitoba is. Today we talked about the Metis people and also discussed how we all have a story that makes who we are. I encouraged the students to ask their parents their story.

Thank you to our Evergreen families and parent council...because of you...the grade 2s were able to reach their goal of raising $1200 to fill 50 children's backpacks with mittens, toys, craft supplies, etc. for Stephen's Backpack Society.  These backpacks will be picked up and delivered to children living at the numerous shelters in and around Calgary.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • Winter Concert - December 11 (evening 5:30 pm) and 12 (during the day; 10:30 am)

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Students have been reviewing increasing patterns, and applying their knowledge to solve a variety of word problems. Students have also been trying to organize their thinking in different ways, including drawing a picture and making a table/organized list. Ask your student why it is important to have organized information! 

Students have almost finished their swimming art, and are excited to share it with their families at our parent-teacher conferences tomorrow and Friday!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Fair will be at the school during interviews on Thursday and Friday.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up this week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 6 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, November 18, 2019

Receiving feedback is a very helpful tool. It is a way to identify strengths and areas in which we can improve on with suggestions. Today during writing and social studies, students provided feedback to each other of how they are using their time, their quality of their work and ways to improve in both areas. Many took the feedback in a positive way and applied it right away! 

During our read aloud, we focused on being detectives and determining the meaning of unfamiliar words. We practiced putting in words we knew and thought would make sense to figure out what the new word might mean. 

We concluded our day with a student of the day. This is an opportunity for a student to receive various compliments from their peers. It is a great way to build community and show kindness towards each other.

For their exit question students were shown the following image and asked to make a prediction of what they think it is. There were all sorts of guesses! Ask your child what they guessed. What do you think?

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Fair will be at the school during interviews on Thursday and Friday.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up this week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 6 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, November 15, 2019

Today we had a new Would You Rather Challenge! 

Why? How did you know which you would rather have? Ask your student how they would prove it. 

We also began a new art project. Students are drawing what they looked like swimming from a birds eye perspective. We discussed how floating in the water would change our hair and our hands and feet. Students were excited to add extra details, such as flippers, goggles and designs to their swimsuits! Next week students will use oil pastel to colour in their people, and then we will use magic to add in water and waves!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up next week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Scholastic Book Fair is next week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Check it out!

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, November 14, 2019

What a busy day of learning!

Students started their new writing project. It is called: The Something. After our previous writing piece, we recognized the area we needed to work on was adding great description and with purpose. The next project and mini lessons will be specifically targeting this. Our first step after reading the book was to create our visual of what we think is in the hole. Our next step will be to complete a descriptive writing.

In the morning we also had our practice of internal lockdown. Students followed being Safe, Silent and Serious very well! 

In the afternoon, we completed our look at the province of Ontario. Many shared this was their favourite province. Ask your child what were some of the things they saw along their way. On Monday we will be completing our creative journal page for Ontario.

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • Parent - Teacher Conferences - Thursday, November 21 in the evening and Friday, November 22.
  • 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! 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Welcome back! Students were rested and ready for a new week of school! This morning we started with math message and a new Which One Doesn't Belong (check some out at wodb.ca). Students found reasons to justify that all of the shapes don't belong! What do you think? 

We also learned a new math game, Addition Battle. Students divide a deck of cards equally in half, then flip over the top 2 cards. What is the sum of the two cards? If your sum is higher then your partner's, you get to keep all 4 cards! Try this at home! For an extra challenge, try Jack=11, Queen=12 and King=13!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • 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! 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, November 8, 2019

Today we honoured our veterans with a Remembrance Day Assembly. The students did a wonderful job listening and demonstrating respect throughout the ceremony. Students were also excited to see our special guests, RCMP Constable Holt who accepted the wreaths, and a former student playing the trumpet for "Last Post" and "Reveille". 

Today's math challenge was a Would You Rather question. Would you rather have 4 baskets of 10 apples or 3 baskets of 12 apples? Our conversation centred around how to prove your answer, and show your thinking. Ask your student how they organized their information (did they draw a picture or use number sentences?) and which they would choose! We also extended the challenge, would you rather have 40 baskets of 10 apples, or 38 baskets of 12? 

Yesterday was our Stephen's Backpack Sale. Thank you for all of the wonderful donations! Students enjoyed checking out all of the items, and making some small purchases. We will be using the money raised to fill backpacks with essentials for children living in shelters in Calgary.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Monday, November 11 due to Remembrance Day. 
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Today students started exploring measurement. We discussed what measurement is (such as who would use measurement and when would measurement be used). Students identified many different places we find measurement, including when building and baking! Students were then told about Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer, who believed that a human's height was THE SAME as their arm span (the distance from fingertip to fingertip). Students then chose their own measurement tool in the classroom (such as cards, counters and books) and worked in partners to measure their heights and arm spans. When we looked at our data afterwards, students noticed that there was no easy way to see who was the tallest in the class, and that the data was full of inconsistencies. On Monday students will choose a COMMON tool, and we will see who is truly Vitruvian!

We also began our next art project - scratch art! Today students used oil pastels to fill paper with different swatches of colour. The important part was to make sure there is no space between the colours! Next week we will paint over the colours with black paint, and then use wooden toothpicks to scratch off the top layer of paint as we draw. Students are very excited to experiment with this technique!

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 30
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today students learned a big word, INVERSE! Can you guess what it means? Here's a clue - the inverse of hot is cold, and the inverse addition is subtraction! Inverse means opposite! We talked about how we can use addition to help us with subtraction questions, like in fact families! A fact family is a group of math facts that use the same numbers. For example, the numbers 9, 5 and 4 can be used to make FOUR math sentences: 5+4=9, 4+5=9, 9-5=4 and 9-4=5. Ask your student how they could turn a subtraction math sentence into an addition one!

We also took the final value of our base 10 monsters and put them on one number line. Ask your student what happened if a number was repeated more than once?

Quick Reminders:

  • Fun Lunch on Thursday, January 23!
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 20, 2020

Today was our last day with our Author In Residence. Students rode down their slide and transported to the Arctic where they went on their adventures. Students used the 4 S's to create their description. We will be compiling the stories and putting them together into a book. 

In the afternoon, students made predictions of which will evaporate first, a contain with water with no lid or one with. Tomorrow we will be looking back to see which one is it. We also began an independent exploration of the water cycle. They will be creating a visual explaining how the water cycle works.

Quick Reminders:

  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 17, 2020

Today students finished their grain elevator artwork using a wide variety of techniques. First we added a horizon line, and discussed how it separates the earth from the sky. Students mixed different shades of blue to create a stormy sky, used sponges to create clouds, and then used forks or cardboard to create waving wheat on the ground. 

Students also answered a would you rather question. Would you rather have 10 minutes of free time at 9:00am, and 15 minutes at 10:00am, OR, 30 minutes of free time at 10:00am? Ask your student which they decided and why! Mrs. Roworth then challenged students to a game of 16 Squares. This is a strategy game that asks students to use addition strategies (such as making tens and doubles) and adding multiple two-digit numbers. It was very fun!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk




Thursday, January 16, 2020

Every story contains a beginning, middle and end. Students continue to work with our Author in Residence. Today we focused on the middle by having a problem, creating suspense and making it more descriptive. Students used their arctic animal as part of their problem.


In the afternoon, we explored Yukon. Students learned that Mrs. Hordyk's cousin is the mayor of Dawson City! We are hoping to ask him some more questions about the Yukon to get a better understanding of life in Northern Canada. Students learned about the gold rush and explored various aspects of nature in the Yukon. 

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Today students continued exploring base 10 blocks! We discussed how one is a unit (or block), and if we add 10 blocks together then we have a rod! We talked about how it is easier when we're solving math problems to not have to count out 10 blocks every time, so the rods are more efficient. Students were very excited to notice the pattern that 10 units make a rod, 10 rods make a hundred (a flat), and 10 flats make a thousand cube! Students then built their own base 10 monsters to record in their books. Tomorrow we will add the total values of their monsters! 

In music today students decided the rhythms for the repeated sentence in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and chose instruments to add! Later this week we will add instruments to Fifty Below Zero

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, January 13, 2020

This morning we began our first session with the author in residence. She brainstormed and shared various ways in which authors add description into their writing. As a class, students developed an extensive list of various vocabulary words we can use in our writing. For example, instead of saying white, we could say marshmallow or cloud. We also created words to describe our five senses. We will have the author with us this week.

A word from Parent Council:

Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7

Thank you!

In the afternoon, we finished exploring British Columbia. It was amazing to explore Stanley Park!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 10, 2020

This morning began with our first 'Would You Rather' challenge of 2020! Would you rather go to Disney Land EVERY DAY for one month, OR would you rather go ONCE every WEEK for a year? Students tried many strategies to find how many weeks there are in the year, including counting Sundays, counting 7s (because there are 7 days in a week). Ask your student what strategy worked for them, and how many weeks there are in a year!

Today we started a new Alberta art project. We looked at a variety of Prairie landscapes and noticed that there was a large building in many of them - a grain elevator! We discussed how a grain elevator was a "beacon" in the community, just like a lighthouse in the east! We also watched how grain elevators were filled by trucks bringing wheat, then unloading the grain into a pit under the building. Today we created the grain elevator out of cardboard, and painted it red or green. Next week students will create the background, and add lots of waving wheat!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • Curriculum newsletters went home today. Please take a look to find out what our academic focus will be for the next few months!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We have started discussing number lines! A number line can be horizontal (like a ruler or our class number line on the wall) or vertical (like a thermometer). Number lines can have all sorts of numbers on them, like negative numbers and fractions as well. We also discussed how number lines never end, and can go all the way to infinity! Ask your student what the mathematical symbol for infinity looks like. Students have been practicing making number lines out of a set of numbers. We also learned a game today called Tug of War with number lines and a deck of cards! Both partners start at 50, and decide if their goal is to make it to 100 or to 0. One at a time each partner flips a card over from the deck and moves their counter along the number line - if the card is red you move DOWN towards 0. If the card is black you move UP towards 100. We will continue using number lines throughout the year!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home today. They are due back by Monday, January 20

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 6, 2020

Welcome back! Can you believe that it is 2020 already?! Today we had a brief discussion of some significant events in 2020 (leap year and Olympics). We had a conversation about why do we have an extra day during a leap year. After the discussion, students created a goal sheet outlining some things they would like to improve upon as well as areas in which they would like to learn. 

In the afternoon we discussed a new vocabulary word: viscosity. Students predicted what they thought it meant and then we traveled to the science room where we test out various liquids and their viscosity. Many were amazed as to how slowly or quickly things flowed.

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Today was wonderful, with lots of excitement from all students! Students enjoyed going to the caroling performance - singing songs, watching the lovely handbell choirs (and laughing at the staff handbell choir!), and enjoying time together!

Have a wonderful winter break - gets lots of rest and family time! See you in January!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, December 16, 2019

Today students continued their pentomino challenge! Last week we solved the question: using 5 squares how many  shapes are there? As a class we discussed how there were 12 unique shapes, and all of the others were slides, flips or rotations. This week, students created their OWN large set of these 12 shapes using graph paper. It was a challenge drawing all 12 shapes and cutting them out carefully! Students then tried to use their shapes to create rectangle. Some have made smaller rectangles, but no one has made a full rectangle with all 12 shapes yet! 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, December 13, 2019

We were so excited by the wonderful performances that today we spent some time exploring snowFLAKES! We read Snowflake Bentley, about Wilson Bentley, a scientist and farmer who took some of the first photographs of snowflakes. Ms. Bell has ordered a book of his photographs to explore on Monday! Students then read a poem about snow and talked about how poetry creates a mood using descriptive words (adjectives). We also played snowflake tag in gym. 

As you know, over the past few weeks students have been busy raising money for Stephen's Backpacks, and then deciding how to spend the money. Ms. Bell went shopping on Tuesday, and we filled the backpacks yesterday. Today all of the grade 2s met and placed their backpacks under the tree! It was a wonderful way for students to see how much they have helped children across Calgary. 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Flakes! Flakes! SNIRT! The students did a fantastic job both last night and today of their performance of Flakes. Thank you for coming and watching them. They really enjoyed putting it on for you.

This afternoon students had the opportunity to watch the other group perform theirs too. 

A note was sent home about next Thursday. We will be having a Polar Express Morning!

Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

This morning students had a math challenge - using 5 squares, how many unique shapes could be made? The criteria was the each square had to touch another using a FULL side. We discussed why these 5 squares are called pentominos, and noticed that it was a similar word to pentagon! Students also had a challenge making UNIQUE shapes, and noticed that many shapes they made were the same. Ask your student to show you a shape at home! How many unique shapes are there? In science today students explored different liquids and words that could describe them. For example, honey and maple syrup are sticky, or water is transparent. How many different adjectives can your student think of to describe liquids at home?

Students are VERY excited for their show, Flakes!, coming up TOMORROW! We can't wait to share our show with everyone!

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, December 9, 2019

Oh the weather outside is really reflecting our upcoming Winter Concert! Being that we are the early show, students are asked to be dropped off at the school to head to their classrooms for 5:10pm. The show will begin at 5:30pm.

This afternoon students were given the opportunity to complete unfinished work. We also had a chance to log into computers, setting our new passwords and practice going in and out of our accounts. This was definitely a new experience for many!

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Has your child come home and talked about our newest member in the class named, Johnny? Well... he came and has left! Johnny was our class snowman. It was part of our exploration of liquids. Using the scientific method, we created a sketch 4 separate times, wrote down our observations and made predictions of what would happen next. Of course Johnny melted! When asked what happens when we apply heat to him, it brought on a whole new discussion! Ask your child what happened and what the word evaporate means.

Quick Reminders!

  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Today students had more conversations about how to use the doubles strategy when solving mental math problems, and how each problem could use two different doubles! For example, to solve 7+8 students could use 7+7 OR 8+8 and get the right answer. Some students are also starting to look at how addition questions can help solve subtraction questions as well. For example, when solving 12-6, it helps to know that 6+6 is 12! Today we also tried a math questions that asked students to count by 2s, 4s and 5s. Ask your student which they prefer to count by! Why? 

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, December 2, 2019

It is hard to believe the December is already here! Please review the calendar as there are several upcoming events.

Have you ever tried to spell Saskatchewan without looking at the word? Try looking for the hidden words. Today in Social Studies we moved from Manitoba to Saskatchewan. Students made observations that it is quite flat and primarily farmland. 

Tomorrow we will be exploring liquids in Science. Our resident snowman of ice will make an appearance sometime this week in which we will observe what happens when it begins in the frozen state and goes through the others states.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, November 29, 2019

Today students learned a new and exciting math game, PIG! The goal of the game is to get to 50. You do this by rolling a dice. If you roll a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 you add that to your total. You then choose to BANK your total and give your partner a turn, or ROLL AGAIN. If you roll a 1 then the pig gets ALL your points and you go bankrupt! Students really enjoyed this game, and were very disappointed when they went bankrupt! Try this game at home!

We then had a conversation about Stephen's Backpack! Students were told that we have $25 to spend on each backpack. Students talked about what items they would like to see in a backpack, and remembering who is going to receive the backpacks. We talked about how things like hats, gloves, toothbrushes and toothpaste are always appreciated, as well as Lego and markers. Students then used a "menu" of items to plan what they would fill a backpack with! We will continue this next week as well. 

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • 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 FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, November 28, 2019

To connect our study of Manitoba and our upcoming Winter Concert, students have been working on a mixed medium polar bear art project. We first watched several videos about how to draw polar bears, selected one that worked best and applied it to make our own. We then created a background using watercolor, inspired by the Northern Lights. You'll have to take a look at the concert.

Please read Tuesday's blog about more details for our Winter Concert.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This week students are exploring the hundreds chart! We have been looking at patterns on the hundreds chart (for example, how counting by tens happens in columns) as well as solving some hundreds chart mysteries. If you started at 21 and counted by 10s, will you reach 62? How do you know? 

In music students are continuing to prepare for our winter concert! Thank you to everyone who is singing at home or listening to your student practice lines!

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 and 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 student to school 20 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

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, November 25, 2019

During our writing time, students were given the sentence, "A dog ran". As a group we improved the sentence by adding greater description. We weren't allowed to change the concept of the sentence, but rather create more specific details. After working together, we went back to our "The Something" writing and editing for where we needed to add description.

Manitoba has proven to be a very exciting province! From the polar bears to the Royal Canadian Mint. Students have been fascinated by how diverse and different Manitoba is. Today we talked about the Metis people and also discussed how we all have a story that makes who we are. I encouraged the students to ask their parents their story.

Thank you to our Evergreen families and parent council...because of you...the grade 2s were able to reach their goal of raising $1200 to fill 50 children's backpacks with mittens, toys, craft supplies, etc. for Stephen's Backpack Society.  These backpacks will be picked up and delivered to children living at the numerous shelters in and around Calgary.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • Winter Concert - December 11 (evening 5:30 pm) and 12 (during the day; 10:30 am)

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Students have been reviewing increasing patterns, and applying their knowledge to solve a variety of word problems. Students have also been trying to organize their thinking in different ways, including drawing a picture and making a table/organized list. Ask your student why it is important to have organized information! 

Students have almost finished their swimming art, and are excited to share it with their families at our parent-teacher conferences tomorrow and Friday!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Fair will be at the school during interviews on Thursday and Friday.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up this week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 6 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, November 18, 2019

Receiving feedback is a very helpful tool. It is a way to identify strengths and areas in which we can improve on with suggestions. Today during writing and social studies, students provided feedback to each other of how they are using their time, their quality of their work and ways to improve in both areas. Many took the feedback in a positive way and applied it right away! 

During our read aloud, we focused on being detectives and determining the meaning of unfamiliar words. We practiced putting in words we knew and thought would make sense to figure out what the new word might mean. 

We concluded our day with a student of the day. This is an opportunity for a student to receive various compliments from their peers. It is a great way to build community and show kindness towards each other.

For their exit question students were shown the following image and asked to make a prediction of what they think it is. There were all sorts of guesses! Ask your child what they guessed. What do you think?

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Fair will be at the school during interviews on Thursday and Friday.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up this week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 6 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, November 15, 2019

Today we had a new Would You Rather Challenge! 

Why? How did you know which you would rather have? Ask your student how they would prove it. 

We also began a new art project. Students are drawing what they looked like swimming from a birds eye perspective. We discussed how floating in the water would change our hair and our hands and feet. Students were excited to add extra details, such as flippers, goggles and designs to their swimsuits! Next week students will use oil pastel to colour in their people, and then we will use magic to add in water and waves!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up next week on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 and Friday, November 22 from 8:00-12:00. Please book your time online. 
  • There is no school on Friday, November 22 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Scholastic Book Fair is next week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Check it out!

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, November 14, 2019

What a busy day of learning!

Students started their new writing project. It is called: The Something. After our previous writing piece, we recognized the area we needed to work on was adding great description and with purpose. The next project and mini lessons will be specifically targeting this. Our first step after reading the book was to create our visual of what we think is in the hole. Our next step will be to complete a descriptive writing.

In the morning we also had our practice of internal lockdown. Students followed being Safe, Silent and Serious very well! 

In the afternoon, we completed our look at the province of Ontario. Many shared this was their favourite province. Ask your child what were some of the things they saw along their way. On Monday we will be completing our creative journal page for Ontario.

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • Parent - Teacher Conferences - Thursday, November 21 in the evening and Friday, November 22.
  • 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! 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Welcome back! Students were rested and ready for a new week of school! This morning we started with math message and a new Which One Doesn't Belong (check some out at wodb.ca). Students found reasons to justify that all of the shapes don't belong! What do you think? 

We also learned a new math game, Addition Battle. Students divide a deck of cards equally in half, then flip over the top 2 cards. What is the sum of the two cards? If your sum is higher then your partner's, you get to keep all 4 cards! Try this at home! For an extra challenge, try Jack=11, Queen=12 and King=13!

Quick Reminders!

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.
  • 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! 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, November 8, 2019

Today we honoured our veterans with a Remembrance Day Assembly. The students did a wonderful job listening and demonstrating respect throughout the ceremony. Students were also excited to see our special guests, RCMP Constable Holt who accepted the wreaths, and a former student playing the trumpet for "Last Post" and "Reveille". 

Today's math challenge was a Would You Rather question. Would you rather have 4 baskets of 10 apples or 3 baskets of 12 apples? Our conversation centred around how to prove your answer, and show your thinking. Ask your student how they organized their information (did they draw a picture or use number sentences?) and which they would choose! We also extended the challenge, would you rather have 40 baskets of 10 apples, or 38 baskets of 12? 

Yesterday was our Stephen's Backpack Sale. Thank you for all of the wonderful donations! Students enjoyed checking out all of the items, and making some small purchases. We will be using the money raised to fill backpacks with essentials for children living in shelters in Calgary.

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Monday, November 11 due to Remembrance Day. 
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due back on Monday, November 18.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk

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