Wednesday, December 4th.

**Please have all book orders sent in by Friday so I can place before the weekend. 

In the morning we spent some time working on our traditions and celebrations slideshows on Google Slides.  If you would like to see what your child and their partner have been working on please get them to login to their Google account at home so you can take a peak.  They can also work on their slideshow at home, provided they are completing the work independently. 

During language arts we learned about verbs.  We had to identify which words were verb from a series of sentences and then choose which verb would best complete a sentence form a list.  I am always impressed to see the growth in our writing and editing ability at this point in the year. 

During math we spent some time reviewing subtraction and addition facts and word problems.  Most of us made it to the word problems but a few of us are still getting mixed up on our subtraction regrouping.  A little extra practice at home might be helpful if you find your child is struggling.  Feel free to email me if you need some resources. 

We read a little bit of The One and Only Ivan this afternoon.  It's a great story that teaches the children about a lot of different social issues.  If you are looking for great gift ideas this holiday season it is a terrific book.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, December 2nd. 

**Please get December Book Orders in by the end of this week so I can make sure they arrive before the winter break.

We have a very busy day in room 70.  In the morning, we continued to work on our celebration slide shows.  You can check out what we have been working on by looking at at google slides account.  

We also started to finish up our graphing assignment.  Most of us are working on our questions about our data.  

We may have had a backpack go home to the wrong person by accident.  Please check to see if you got it. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 28th. 

We had a busy day in room 80.  In the morning we began a graphing assignment that required us to display our data in 3 different ways including a tally chart, a pictograph and a bar graph. We will finish these assignments tomorrow.  

In the afternoon we also started a social studies project about traditions and celebrations exploring the four countries we are studying.  The children will have an opportunity to share their research and findings by using Google Slides to display their work.  Today they had some time to begin researching their topics as well as spending some time getting used to the problem.  

We have a lot to take up tomorrow and work on so be ready for a really busy morning. 

Regards.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 27th.  

I am not sure why the last two days of blogs did not save.  We have been really busy over the last few days so I will try to give you a breakdown on what we have been working on.

Some of us have started coding on the ipads using a Blockly coding language.  If you have logged in it means that you will be able to practice coding at home as well. 

We have been working on graphing and word problems during  math.  We have made pictographs and bar graphs during statistics using data we collected as a class.  We have also worked on some review addition and subtraction word problems today.  We probably cannot get enough practice doing that.  

During literacy we have been working on nouns in our grammar and words in handwriting.  Many of the students have made the transition from printing to handwriting in their daily work.  We have also been focussing on topic and concluding sentences in our journal writing. 

During social studies we have started looking at our family traditions and customs.  We will begin to study traditions and customs in other countries next week. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 20th. 

**Everyone has signed up for a conference.  Thank you. 

We had another very busy day in room 70. In the morning we played science jeopardy to get ready for our rocks and minerals test tomorrow.  Some of the topics that will be covered include; soil, types of rocks, the rock cycle, layers of the earth, rock testing and how rocks look, the difference between rocks and minerals and some different rocks and minerals we learned about and what they might be used for.

We also started some statistics and data this morning by creating a survey and using the data to make a bar graph.  

In the afternoon we had book club, gym and journal writing for the group that didn't go down to work with Ms. Broomfield and Ms. Roworth. 

Study hard but play harder.  

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, November 19th. 

**Conferences are on Thursday and Friday this week.  If you haven't scheduled a time online please do so. 

We had a math quiz this morning which went pretty well for the most part.  It seems the areas of difficulty include subtraction with regrouping and word problems.  I can talk with parents during conferences about areas of focus and talk about some activities to practice at home.  

In the afternoon we explored some different minerals and had a bit of a review about all of the concepts in rocks and minerals we talked about this year.  We will have a team game of Jeopardy tomorrow in preparation for our test on Thursday.  

Have a great night in the snow. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, November 18th. 

**Most of you have signed up for Parent Conferences already.  A reminder that sign-ups are available online. 

Today we worked on our Rock Lifecycle comics.  They will be on display during Parent Teacher Conferences.  The purpose of them was to show our knowledge fo the rock lifecycle through the use of comics.  We had a lot of vocabulary that we were expected to use in creating the writing for this comic which was outlined on our rubrics. 

During math, we took up some multi step problems that we have been working on for the past couple of days.  These are pretty challenging for a lot of the students, and they require careful reading to answer successfully.  Tomorrow, we will be having a quiz on addition and subtraction which will include addition and subtraction as well as a series of word problems with a varying level of difficulties.  Take a look at the questions that were sent home today an review them with your child to see if they understand how to solve them.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 13th. 

**Book Orders due this Friday.  Parent Conference sign up is now available online.  

We had a great trip to the Glenbow Museum today.  In the morning we learned all about the Rock Cycle and ways to identify different types of rocks by looking at them.  It was great.  

In the afternoon we had a chance to visit a variety of different galleries and do some sketching and reflecting.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made our excursion run so smoothly.  

Have a great night.  Be ready to write about rocks tomorrow.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, November 12th. 

**Field trip to the Glenbow Museum is tomorrow.  The bus leaves at 8:45 am.  We will be there all day.  Parent volunteers feel free to just wait outside our room after sign in. Thank you.  AS well could you please get book orders in by this Friday.  

Today we had a pretty typical literacy morning with handwriting, book club and editing a what's wrong assignment.  Overall the students have been doing quite well with the editing activities.  

During math we spent some time working on multi step word problems and reading them carefully to see if they need addition or subtraction strategies to solve them.  

Int he afternoon we played a cool math game called Closest To.  You need a 10 sided die to play the game but you can find a random number generator online if you don't have one at home.  

Have a great night.  I am looking forward to tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 8th. 

**Remembrance Day Assembly Tomorrow. Students were encouraged to wear solid colours tomorrow like white, black, grey, red, dark blue.  Parents are invited to join in our assembly at 10:30.  We will be giving the students poppies to wear tomorrow.  Any donations would be gladly accepted. 

Today we spent the entire morning working on our triple piece of art for Remembrance Day.  They will be on display tomorrow as well as out posters that we made.  In the afternoon we had a rehearsal and we completely finished off the City of Ember.  Thank you to anyone who participated in the fundraiser for Stephen's Backpacks today.  Great job.

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, November 6th.

** Tomorrow is our Stephen's Backpacks sales at our school.  All items are between $1 and $5.  Any other gently used toys and books would still be accepted tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 5th. 

**Drive carefully out there tonight. 

Today we learned to classify rocks based on their different properties.  Some of these properties included lustre, colour, hardness, shape and texture.  We also continued to work on our capital letters during handwriting and have now made it all the way to M.  During math we worked on our Word problems.  We will have a chance to share our solutions tomorrow. We are about to read the last chapter of The City of Ember.  It has been thoroughly enjoyed by our class.  

I will send home parent volunteer forms for those parents that get selected randomly in our class for the field trip.  I wish I could bring all of you but we are limited in our numbers.  

Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, November 4th. 

**Book orders and a notice about knitting club went home today.  Only pay online for knitting club if your child is planning on joining otherwise ignore the payment for it. Please have book orders in by next Friday.  I am still awaiting about 5 kids field trips forms for next week.  Please get them in ASAP. 

Today was a busy day as usual.  During mathematics we started to work on word problems focussed around addition and subtraction, looking for clues on what type of problem they are, if there were any tricks to the problem and if they required more than one step.  During science we got an opportunity to draw a soil profile of the earth from the humus on the top all the way down to the bedrock and learned the role of each layer and why they are like that.  

In the afternoon two of our groups got to work on a project and the rest of us stayed back and worked on our journal writing.  Today was thinking about whether we would rather visit outer space or the bottom of the ocean. 

Have a great night.

Remember to send in any gently used toys or books for Backpacks for Steven.

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, October 31st

**Happy Hallowe'en everyone.  Be safe out there tonight.  Please remember to get field trip forms on Monday if you haven't done so yet.  I have an overwhelming response of volunteers for this trips but unfortunately we are limited to just 3 parents so I will have to draw names.  If anyone would rather not go but volunteered to come please just shoot me an email and I can take you out. 

Have a great long weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, October 30th. 

**Hallowe'en tomorrow. Same rules as always. No masks, no weapons.  

Today was a really busy day (They all are).   We started working on subtraction and a couple of the students have a firm grasp on it but many of us are working on the regrouping problems.  We will continue to practice tomorrow.  We also started subtraction during Mental Math.  

In the morning we also started to make our poster about why we wear a poppy.  I will select a couple students from our class to read they're composition out during our assembly next week. 

In the afternoon we started to look at soil samples.  Its really cool to see how different the soil compositions are from soils that are literally  2 cm deeper.  

Have a good night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, October 28th.

**Hallowe'en this Thursday if your child is choosing to wear a costume to school.

We had a really busy day.  I was super impressed with the student's addition ability overall.  For the most part the student's were able to add 2 and 3 digit numbers with regrouping without much trouble at all.  For student's that finished early they got to work on a challenge math problem.  Try it at home. 

The faces of a cube are numbered consecutively.  What might the sum of the faces be? 

In the afternoon we did a little bit of grammar work on using apostrophes to show possessives.  On Thursday we will compare possessives to plurals to make sure that the kids know when to use an apostrophe and when they don't need one. 

Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 24th. 

**HALLOWE'EN HOWL TONGHT. 6-8.  

Swimming is all finished up now.  They kids did great and I got some great shots of them at the pool for the yearbook.  We also wrote our first journal in about 3 weeks since we have had so many irregular weeks of school.  Today we wrote abotu what we would do if we could communicate with animals. 

In the afternoon we finished up some science work about the rock samples that we brought in.  We tried to predict what kind of rocks we had based on the properties that we have learned about other rocks so far.  We also came up with a variety fo questions that we still have about the rocks we brought in. 

Have a wonderful night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday October 23rd.


**Pictures went home but I remembered last minute so I have a bout 7 kids photos here on my desk that I will send home with them tomorrow. Please try to insist on some home reading time (20 minutes a night).  A few students have been mentioning how they never read at home.  To help with that I will be sending home passwords for RAZ kids as soon as we get them back.  

Another great morning at the pool followed up by some addition work when we got back to school.  In the afternoon we had handwriting, gym and science.  During science we talked about our rock.  We sketched it, described it and tried to make predictions about what kind of a rock it is.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, October 21st. 

**Swimming tomorrow and please make sure You bring in your rocks.  I book in the book orders today. They should be in next week. 

Today we went swimming to get the day started.  We also wrote our Math Test on Patterns and Number Sense.  I should have it marked by Wednesday and sent home.  In the afternoon we continued learning about rocks and minerals and the different properties of igneous and sedimentary rocks. 

Happy Voting

Mr. McLaren


Friday, October 18th.

**Swimming starts on Monday.  Parent volunteers if you could meet outside my room by 8:40am that would be awesome.  Please also make sure that your child has brought in their own rock or mineral for Monday as we begin our studies of Rocks and Minerals.  

We will also be having a math test on number sense and patterns on Monday.  Students brought home a review which will cover most of the items on the test.  

Have a great weekend.

Mr. M

Thursday,October 17th.

**Swimming volunteers can meet just outside my classroom on Monday - Thursday morning.  We will be leaving for the pool right at 8:45am.  Thank you.

We had a great day. In the afternoon we started learning about the rock cycle and the three different types of rocks.  We also learned how they were formed.  It was a lot of informations so we will begin going into each one in detail tomorrow.  During math we worked on a challenging math problem that made us use our organizational skills and our number sense knowledge to solve a problem.  We also started a review for the test on Friday.  We will take it up tomorrow. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 15th. 

**Book orders sent in or ordered online by this Friday please.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a busy day and didn't quite make it to science at the end of the day.  Tomorrow will be the beginning of our Rocks and Minerals unit and I am asking each student to bring in a rock that they would like to explore or that is special to them and they want to find out more about it. 

This morning after quiet reading and handwriting we worked on finishing up our postcards.  We should be done them tomorrow. During math we worked on comparing and ordering numbers.  I think the students have demonstrated a firm grasp of this and I will look at scheduling a math test this Thursday after we review tomorrow and Wednesday. 

In the afternoon we continued with our watercolour leaf art project. They are looking so colourful and amazing. 

Enjoy the leftovers.

Mr. M

Thursday, October 10th.

**Thanksgiving weekend. School starts on Tuesday.  Book orders in by next Friday please. 

I am thankful to have such a wonderful class that works hard everyday and treats each other with respect.  I feel like our class is really coming together and that is having a positive effect on everyone's learning.  

We started an awesome fall art project that we will finish up next week.  It's a collage using leaves, watercolour pencil crayons sharpies and paint. 

During math we started to compare and order numbers but all of our work on place value is making this task very easy.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 9th. 

**Picture day tomorrow.  

We had a great and busy day.  We spent a lot fo the morning finishing up some social studies research and our scarecrow stories.  We also took up a What's Wrong that we did last week which is in your child's backpack.  

In the afternoon we spent a lot of time working on our postcards.  It was a creative writing assignment about writing a letter to a person in our life about a pretend trip to one of the four countries we have been studying.  Having done the research ahead of time made our assignment much easier to write about.  

Some of the students asked me to post a What's Wrong online so they could edit at home.  Here is the one we did last week. 

What’s Wrong with Mr. McLaren 

Mr. McLaren got up early this morning so he  

could get to evergreen skool rite away.   he  made  

a quick breakfast of toast, eggs and bacon before  

he left   As he was walkin out the dore he smelled  

sumthing terrible.   

“What is that smell“ he said out lowd 

It didn’t tak him long to notice a blak and white  

creature racing threw the gras.  It was a skunk.    

He quickly grabbed his dog lacey and whent back  

 inside the howse 

“Maybe today wud be a good day to stay home  

frum work,” mr. mclaren thought to himself.  he  

went bak upstairs and hoped in to bed 


Have a great evening. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, October 8th.

**October Book Orders and Hallowe'en Howl forms went home today.  Please have book orders returned by next Friday. 

Today most of us were able to finish our Scarecrow Stories completely.  A few of us need a little more time to finish which we will have on Friday.  During math we continued to study patterns over 100 including skip counting by 25s and 100s.  

In the afternoon we worked on our research for the postcards that we are making for visiting one of the 4 countries that we are studying this year.  We also had book club, learned more handwriting, went to gym and music today.  Quite the busy day. 

Mr. M

Monday, October 7th.

**Picture day is on Thursday.  Notice went home today but some students didn't get one. 

Today was our last day with our Author in Residence and from what I have seen so far I am quite happy with the stories that were created by my class.  You will have an opportunity to read the stories when you come in for conferences next month.  I am still waiting on a few swimming forms to come back in.  Please get them in by Thursday as I need to get the paperwork into Acadia Pool.

During math today we worked on number patters beyond 100.  The students did great on this and are really grasping the concepts of number patterns.  Mental math has now been divided into 3 groups to really challenge each student to their own ability.  Not one student received a perfect score today so I think the challenge is on. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, October 2nd. 

**Swimming forms went home today.  Please get them back as soon as possible.  I am also looking for volunteers for those days so please check off any days you are available. 

Tomorrow we have our final Math SLA so please try to make sure your child is here. We will also continue our writing workshop with our Author in Residence Cathy Beverage.  

During math we did a lot of work with place value.  We also had a great challenge problem.

"How many numbers can you make using the digits 1,2,3, and 4? You can only use each digit once per number."  Some of the students didn't get to play around with the question that much so they could try it at home tonight. 

**Book orders should be in by now.  They were ordered 10 days ago. Hopefully by tomorrow. 

Have a good night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 1st.

Another great day with our author in residence.  Today our focus was on the use of strong verbs. We basically found ways for animals, weather and people to destroy some scarecrows.  I am really curious where the final product is gonna wind up but its sounds pretty cool so far and the children are learning lots of good writing techniques. 

During math we worked a little bit more with base ten blocks and the representation of 3 digit numbers.  I have a feeling that the students have a fairly good grasp of this concept and that its almost time to move on to addition. 

Remember that tomorrow is Library exchange and I will send home the forms tomorrow. 

Have a great night. 

Mr.McLaren

Monday, September 30th.

Tomorrow marks the first day of October, but looking outside you would think that it's at least December.  Thanks to the parent volunteers that helped out this morning with our author in residence Kathy Beverage. Always nice to have lots of hands on deck to get the most out of these programs.  

I thought the students did a great job adding descriptive vocabulary to their pictures of unique scarecrows.  During our math session today we worked on place value by creating some math robots.  We made them out of Base Ten blocks and calculated the values of each given robots.  We got as far as some of us being able to calculate the sum of a group of four robots.  Great work. 

In the afternoon we started learning some cursive writing and had our first Book Club of the year.  We also had some time to work on our Passports.  Tomorrow will be our last day to work on passports during class time. 

Have a great night. Go make a snowman. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, September 25th.

What a great Terry Fox Run in the afternoon.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped out with the event's success. 

Today in the morning the students completed the online literacy portion of the SLA.  It took about 60-90 minutes to complete so I thought the students did a great job staying focussed. We didn't have a chance to do a book exchange today so I am hoping that we can get down to the library for 15 minutes tomorrow. 

During math we continued to work on placing numbers on a number line.  Next week we will get into place value before starting operations in a couple weeks. 

In the afternoon we had some time to work on our passports.  We are starting to add information to them about things about the country including language, food, climate, clothes etc. 

Have a great night. 

Mr M

Tuesday, September 24th.

**Terry Fox Run tomorrow morning. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring in some Toonies for Terry if you can.

We had another busy day, with a lot of it completing some of the Student Learning Assessments.  This morning we finished off the reflection portion of the written assessment.  We also completed the written math assessment today.  Thank you to the students for taking their time and being patient through this process. We also completed a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren editing activity that we will take up and send home tomorrow.

In the afternoon we started to make passports to record information that we are learning about the different countries that we are studying this year. We will have some more time this week to complete our passports. We also visited Ms. Bell for a music class. 

Have a great night.


Monday, September 23rd.

**Terry Fox run on Wednesday.  We are collecting Toonies for Terry if you would like to donate.

The students worked amazingly today.  They completed the English written portion of the SLA assessment which required them to plan and write about what they would teach if they were a teacher for a day.  We also spent some time this moring working with number lines and number patterns.  They are really understanding the concept of where a number actually fits on a line and how to use intervals to help.

We continued practicing for the Terry Fox Run in gym.  We also had a fire drill in the afternoon.  I really like how serious our class was during this practice.  We started a new book for our class read aloud called City of Ember.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Thursday, September 19th.

**Open house tonight from 6:00 - 7:30. No School tomorrow. 

Wednesday, September 18th. 

**Please make sure book orders are handed in tomorrow or ordered online by tomorrow night. I will put the order through on Friday morning. 

We had a great day.  In the morning we finished up some projects were were working on about Quality of Life in other Countries as well as our Rip Art people.  Those of us that finished both of those activities were working on our Artis Statements for our rip art on Google Docs. You can sneak a peak at your child's progress at home. 

During math we spent a bunch of time working on increasing and decreasing patterns. We are becoming number experts and really understanding how numbers fit on a number line. 

The afternoon was a blast. We had the SOGO adventure running at Fish Creek Park. It was a blast. We will also have it tomorrow afternoon. Make sure proper footwear is worn to school. 

Have a big sleep tonight...you earned it. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, September 17th. 

Another very busy day.  We learned about the quality of life in India this morning and spent some time researching and documenting the different qualities of life in different countries.  We also had another outdoor session of SOGO this morning. 

In the afternoon we started to finish our rip art people and had music with Ms. Bell.  

Remember to wear proper footwear for our visit to Fish Creek Park tomorrow afternoon.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, September 16th. 

** I am waiting on parent viewpoints from 5 parents still.  These would be helpful as we are not having a sit down meet the teacher on Thursday.  It was on the orange sheet that came home last Tuesday.

We had a great first day back.  In the morning we continued to build up our writing endurance working on a journal entry explaining how to brush your teeth.  I used this exercise to help the students work on different sentence staters to make their writing more interesting and to replace the never ending sentences that begin with then.  What a difference a day makes.  Great work everyone.

During math, we learned what a range and interval are in relation to a number line.  We also had a chance to do skip counting patterns on a number line and estimate the value of a position on a number like given a range. It was also our first day of SOGO where all the students had a chance to participate in adventure running outside.  I saw some real red faces after that so great work. 

In the afternoon we spent some time learning about the quality of life in the Ukraine and making comparisons to our own quality of life.  We finished the day of working on rip art.  We could only use our hands and glue to make our compositions.  We can't wait to show you on Thursday. 

Book orders in by this Friday please. 

MR. M


Wednesday, September 11th.

**Today forms went home for Handbells.  Your child only took a form if they were interested in being a part of a handbell choir.  As well, parent viewpoint forms went home today.  Please try to get those filled out and returned by Monday so I can read them all. 

In the morning we did an editing assignment called What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  They weren't marked today and were completed in partners to help get the students familiar with the editing process and to help them identify some pretty common mistakes.  In the future these are typically marked and sent home so keep an eye out for them and give them a little extra practice if you notice that they are struggling.  

Got just over half of our Artist Statements done today.  Looking at finishing up with those who aren't done yet during an upcoming recess period.  

During math we worked on increasing and decreasing patterns by 2, 5 and 10 today starting from any number within 100. 

In the afternoon we finished exploring the 4 countries we ares studying this year on Google Earth.  It was pretty cool to zoom right in and check our the differences in houses, buildings and climate.  If you wanted to do some extra Google Earth searches tonight the four countries are Peru, India, Tunisia and Ukraine. 

**Phys Ed will be outside tomorrow so please dress appropriately for the weather. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 10th.

**I have been emailed by a couple of parents that couldn't find my name on the Scholastic Website.  I had that issue fixed today so you should be able to find me online now to order book orders.  Thanks for your patience. 

Today we had a great day.  We continued working on our Artist Statements for our Adjective Art. A couple of us have finished and most of us are in the editing project.  You can go online to see the feedback and comments that your child has been working on.  

During math we completed a MIPI assessment to test the children's math skills from last year.  I can share this information with any parents during our meet the teacher night next week.  

In the afternoon we worked on some journaling and some social studies.  We had a chance to sketch and label our very own boxcars from the book we have been reading during our read aloud. 

To finish the day we had an opportunity to hear another story from one of our classmates.  It was very entertaining and we are enjoying the enthusiasm from our young writers. 

Have a great night.  

Mr. M

Monday, September 9th.

**We had a pair of the wrong size rain boots go home today if your child took them by accident. I saw three of the same pairs in this class so I am thinking that putting names on them is a good idea.  

Awesome start to the week here in room 70.  Started off with a brainstorm about fruits ad vegetable followed up by journal writing about our favourite season.  

During math we started to look for number patterns in a hundreds chart, looking vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  

In the afternoon we all got onto Google Docs and started our first Artist Statement.  You should be able to see what your child came up with so far when they come home by logging into their google.  I told them they could work on it at home tonight if they wanted.  

Quick reminder to return any opening forms and that book orders need to be in by next Friday or ordered online by then . 

Have a good night. 

Mr. McLaren

Friday, September 6th, 2019.

We had a great first week at Evergreen School and it was great getting to know all of your kiddos.  We had a get back to school assembly today to celebrate our school.  

In the class we worked on learning about Quality of Life and what makes our life better.  We also worked on number representation.  Some of the topics we explored including using words, numbers, base ten blocks and expanded form.  

We also started working on logging onto google docs but some of us could not remember our passwords from last year.  We will work on getting everyone back online by next week. 

Remember to send back in from packages as soon as possible and book orders by Friday 2 weeks from now. 

Have a great weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, September 5th, 2019.

We have almost made to the end of our first week.  It's been great getting to know this group of positive, hard-working individuals.  We have an assembly tomorrow to welcome everyone back to school in the morning.  Remember that it is a half day.  

Today form packages went home that need to be filled out and returned.  As well, book orders went home that can be returned no later than Friday, September 20th.  You can send them in in person or sign up to pay and order online.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.

Well, we got right back at it this morning.  After some quiet reading time we did a team assignment called Word Makers.  We used the letters in the names of all the people in our table groups to try to come up with as many words as we can.  We then added the scores fo the different words up to see how high of totals we could get.  

In the afternoon we completed our first assignment of the year.  We brainstormed a huge list of adjectives and the kids chose the ones that they though best described them.  We used watercolour paints to really make the lists stand out.  You will get a chance to see them during Meet the Teacher night. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.

I want to make sure everyone is enjoying their first week at school. 

Regards, 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

Welcome back students. We had a tremendous first day in room 70.  In the morning, we played a game of back to school bingo with our new classmates to get to know them better.  We also went over our classroom expectations and made some name tags for the coat hooks in our room. 

We spent sometime working on a page in our visual journal called Me by the Numbers, highlighting and illustrating some meaningful numbers in our life.  To stimulate our brains a little we looked at some patterns in Pascal's Triangle.  I was impressed with some of the mental math skills of our beginner grade 3s.  We finished off the day reading a story and playing Tails in gym.

Remember to bring a pair of indoor shoes if you forgot to today. 

Thanks for a great first day. 

Mr. McLaren

Mr. Mclaren

Wednesday, December 4th.

**Please have all book orders sent in by Friday so I can place before the weekend. 

In the morning we spent some time working on our traditions and celebrations slideshows on Google Slides.  If you would like to see what your child and their partner have been working on please get them to login to their Google account at home so you can take a peak.  They can also work on their slideshow at home, provided they are completing the work independently. 

During language arts we learned about verbs.  We had to identify which words were verb from a series of sentences and then choose which verb would best complete a sentence form a list.  I am always impressed to see the growth in our writing and editing ability at this point in the year. 

During math we spent some time reviewing subtraction and addition facts and word problems.  Most of us made it to the word problems but a few of us are still getting mixed up on our subtraction regrouping.  A little extra practice at home might be helpful if you find your child is struggling.  Feel free to email me if you need some resources. 

We read a little bit of The One and Only Ivan this afternoon.  It's a great story that teaches the children about a lot of different social issues.  If you are looking for great gift ideas this holiday season it is a terrific book.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, December 2nd. 

**Please get December Book Orders in by the end of this week so I can make sure they arrive before the winter break.

We have a very busy day in room 70.  In the morning, we continued to work on our celebration slide shows.  You can check out what we have been working on by looking at at google slides account.  

We also started to finish up our graphing assignment.  Most of us are working on our questions about our data.  

We may have had a backpack go home to the wrong person by accident.  Please check to see if you got it. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 28th. 

We had a busy day in room 80.  In the morning we began a graphing assignment that required us to display our data in 3 different ways including a tally chart, a pictograph and a bar graph. We will finish these assignments tomorrow.  

In the afternoon we also started a social studies project about traditions and celebrations exploring the four countries we are studying.  The children will have an opportunity to share their research and findings by using Google Slides to display their work.  Today they had some time to begin researching their topics as well as spending some time getting used to the problem.  

We have a lot to take up tomorrow and work on so be ready for a really busy morning. 

Regards.

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 27th.  

I am not sure why the last two days of blogs did not save.  We have been really busy over the last few days so I will try to give you a breakdown on what we have been working on.

Some of us have started coding on the ipads using a Blockly coding language.  If you have logged in it means that you will be able to practice coding at home as well. 

We have been working on graphing and word problems during  math.  We have made pictographs and bar graphs during statistics using data we collected as a class.  We have also worked on some review addition and subtraction word problems today.  We probably cannot get enough practice doing that.  

During literacy we have been working on nouns in our grammar and words in handwriting.  Many of the students have made the transition from printing to handwriting in their daily work.  We have also been focussing on topic and concluding sentences in our journal writing. 

During social studies we have started looking at our family traditions and customs.  We will begin to study traditions and customs in other countries next week. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 20th. 

**Everyone has signed up for a conference.  Thank you. 

We had another very busy day in room 70. In the morning we played science jeopardy to get ready for our rocks and minerals test tomorrow.  Some of the topics that will be covered include; soil, types of rocks, the rock cycle, layers of the earth, rock testing and how rocks look, the difference between rocks and minerals and some different rocks and minerals we learned about and what they might be used for.

We also started some statistics and data this morning by creating a survey and using the data to make a bar graph.  

In the afternoon we had book club, gym and journal writing for the group that didn't go down to work with Ms. Broomfield and Ms. Roworth. 

Study hard but play harder.  

Mr. McLaren


Tuesday, November 19th. 

**Conferences are on Thursday and Friday this week.  If you haven't scheduled a time online please do so. 

We had a math quiz this morning which went pretty well for the most part.  It seems the areas of difficulty include subtraction with regrouping and word problems.  I can talk with parents during conferences about areas of focus and talk about some activities to practice at home.  

In the afternoon we explored some different minerals and had a bit of a review about all of the concepts in rocks and minerals we talked about this year.  We will have a team game of Jeopardy tomorrow in preparation for our test on Thursday.  

Have a great night in the snow. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, November 18th. 

**Most of you have signed up for Parent Conferences already.  A reminder that sign-ups are available online. 

Today we worked on our Rock Lifecycle comics.  They will be on display during Parent Teacher Conferences.  The purpose of them was to show our knowledge fo the rock lifecycle through the use of comics.  We had a lot of vocabulary that we were expected to use in creating the writing for this comic which was outlined on our rubrics. 

During math, we took up some multi step problems that we have been working on for the past couple of days.  These are pretty challenging for a lot of the students, and they require careful reading to answer successfully.  Tomorrow, we will be having a quiz on addition and subtraction which will include addition and subtraction as well as a series of word problems with a varying level of difficulties.  Take a look at the questions that were sent home today an review them with your child to see if they understand how to solve them.

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, November 13th. 

**Book Orders due this Friday.  Parent Conference sign up is now available online.  

We had a great trip to the Glenbow Museum today.  In the morning we learned all about the Rock Cycle and ways to identify different types of rocks by looking at them.  It was great.  

In the afternoon we had a chance to visit a variety of different galleries and do some sketching and reflecting.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made our excursion run so smoothly.  

Have a great night.  Be ready to write about rocks tomorrow.  

Mr. M

Tuesday, November 12th. 

**Field trip to the Glenbow Museum is tomorrow.  The bus leaves at 8:45 am.  We will be there all day.  Parent volunteers feel free to just wait outside our room after sign in. Thank you.  AS well could you please get book orders in by this Friday.  

Today we had a pretty typical literacy morning with handwriting, book club and editing a what's wrong assignment.  Overall the students have been doing quite well with the editing activities.  

During math we spent some time working on multi step word problems and reading them carefully to see if they need addition or subtraction strategies to solve them.  

Int he afternoon we played a cool math game called Closest To.  You need a 10 sided die to play the game but you can find a random number generator online if you don't have one at home.  

Have a great night.  I am looking forward to tomorrow. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, November 8th. 

**Remembrance Day Assembly Tomorrow. Students were encouraged to wear solid colours tomorrow like white, black, grey, red, dark blue.  Parents are invited to join in our assembly at 10:30.  We will be giving the students poppies to wear tomorrow.  Any donations would be gladly accepted. 

Today we spent the entire morning working on our triple piece of art for Remembrance Day.  They will be on display tomorrow as well as out posters that we made.  In the afternoon we had a rehearsal and we completely finished off the City of Ember.  Thank you to anyone who participated in the fundraiser for Stephen's Backpacks today.  Great job.

Allan McLaren

Wednesday, November 6th.

** Tomorrow is our Stephen's Backpacks sales at our school.  All items are between $1 and $5.  Any other gently used toys and books would still be accepted tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 5th. 

**Drive carefully out there tonight. 

Today we learned to classify rocks based on their different properties.  Some of these properties included lustre, colour, hardness, shape and texture.  We also continued to work on our capital letters during handwriting and have now made it all the way to M.  During math we worked on our Word problems.  We will have a chance to share our solutions tomorrow. We are about to read the last chapter of The City of Ember.  It has been thoroughly enjoyed by our class.  

I will send home parent volunteer forms for those parents that get selected randomly in our class for the field trip.  I wish I could bring all of you but we are limited in our numbers.  

Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Monday, November 4th. 

**Book orders and a notice about knitting club went home today.  Only pay online for knitting club if your child is planning on joining otherwise ignore the payment for it. Please have book orders in by next Friday.  I am still awaiting about 5 kids field trips forms for next week.  Please get them in ASAP. 

Today was a busy day as usual.  During mathematics we started to work on word problems focussed around addition and subtraction, looking for clues on what type of problem they are, if there were any tricks to the problem and if they required more than one step.  During science we got an opportunity to draw a soil profile of the earth from the humus on the top all the way down to the bedrock and learned the role of each layer and why they are like that.  

In the afternoon two of our groups got to work on a project and the rest of us stayed back and worked on our journal writing.  Today was thinking about whether we would rather visit outer space or the bottom of the ocean. 

Have a great night.

Remember to send in any gently used toys or books for Backpacks for Steven.

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, October 31st

**Happy Hallowe'en everyone.  Be safe out there tonight.  Please remember to get field trip forms on Monday if you haven't done so yet.  I have an overwhelming response of volunteers for this trips but unfortunately we are limited to just 3 parents so I will have to draw names.  If anyone would rather not go but volunteered to come please just shoot me an email and I can take you out. 

Have a great long weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, October 30th. 

**Hallowe'en tomorrow. Same rules as always. No masks, no weapons.  

Today was a really busy day (They all are).   We started working on subtraction and a couple of the students have a firm grasp on it but many of us are working on the regrouping problems.  We will continue to practice tomorrow.  We also started subtraction during Mental Math.  

In the morning we also started to make our poster about why we wear a poppy.  I will select a couple students from our class to read they're composition out during our assembly next week. 

In the afternoon we started to look at soil samples.  Its really cool to see how different the soil compositions are from soils that are literally  2 cm deeper.  

Have a good night. 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, October 28th.

**Hallowe'en this Thursday if your child is choosing to wear a costume to school.

We had a really busy day.  I was super impressed with the student's addition ability overall.  For the most part the student's were able to add 2 and 3 digit numbers with regrouping without much trouble at all.  For student's that finished early they got to work on a challenge math problem.  Try it at home. 

The faces of a cube are numbered consecutively.  What might the sum of the faces be? 

In the afternoon we did a little bit of grammar work on using apostrophes to show possessives.  On Thursday we will compare possessives to plurals to make sure that the kids know when to use an apostrophe and when they don't need one. 

Have a great night. 

Allan McLaren

Thursday, October 24th. 

**HALLOWE'EN HOWL TONGHT. 6-8.  

Swimming is all finished up now.  They kids did great and I got some great shots of them at the pool for the yearbook.  We also wrote our first journal in about 3 weeks since we have had so many irregular weeks of school.  Today we wrote abotu what we would do if we could communicate with animals. 

In the afternoon we finished up some science work about the rock samples that we brought in.  We tried to predict what kind of rocks we had based on the properties that we have learned about other rocks so far.  We also came up with a variety fo questions that we still have about the rocks we brought in. 

Have a wonderful night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday October 23rd.


**Pictures went home but I remembered last minute so I have a bout 7 kids photos here on my desk that I will send home with them tomorrow. Please try to insist on some home reading time (20 minutes a night).  A few students have been mentioning how they never read at home.  To help with that I will be sending home passwords for RAZ kids as soon as we get them back.  

Another great morning at the pool followed up by some addition work when we got back to school.  In the afternoon we had handwriting, gym and science.  During science we talked about our rock.  We sketched it, described it and tried to make predictions about what kind of a rock it is.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Monday, October 21st. 

**Swimming tomorrow and please make sure You bring in your rocks.  I book in the book orders today. They should be in next week. 

Today we went swimming to get the day started.  We also wrote our Math Test on Patterns and Number Sense.  I should have it marked by Wednesday and sent home.  In the afternoon we continued learning about rocks and minerals and the different properties of igneous and sedimentary rocks. 

Happy Voting

Mr. McLaren


Friday, October 18th.

**Swimming starts on Monday.  Parent volunteers if you could meet outside my room by 8:40am that would be awesome.  Please also make sure that your child has brought in their own rock or mineral for Monday as we begin our studies of Rocks and Minerals.  

We will also be having a math test on number sense and patterns on Monday.  Students brought home a review which will cover most of the items on the test.  

Have a great weekend.

Mr. M

Thursday,October 17th.

**Swimming volunteers can meet just outside my classroom on Monday - Thursday morning.  We will be leaving for the pool right at 8:45am.  Thank you.

We had a great day. In the afternoon we started learning about the rock cycle and the three different types of rocks.  We also learned how they were formed.  It was a lot of informations so we will begin going into each one in detail tomorrow.  During math we worked on a challenging math problem that made us use our organizational skills and our number sense knowledge to solve a problem.  We also started a review for the test on Friday.  We will take it up tomorrow. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 15th. 

**Book orders sent in or ordered online by this Friday please.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a busy day and didn't quite make it to science at the end of the day.  Tomorrow will be the beginning of our Rocks and Minerals unit and I am asking each student to bring in a rock that they would like to explore or that is special to them and they want to find out more about it. 

This morning after quiet reading and handwriting we worked on finishing up our postcards.  We should be done them tomorrow. During math we worked on comparing and ordering numbers.  I think the students have demonstrated a firm grasp of this and I will look at scheduling a math test this Thursday after we review tomorrow and Wednesday. 

In the afternoon we continued with our watercolour leaf art project. They are looking so colourful and amazing. 

Enjoy the leftovers.

Mr. M

Thursday, October 10th.

**Thanksgiving weekend. School starts on Tuesday.  Book orders in by next Friday please. 

I am thankful to have such a wonderful class that works hard everyday and treats each other with respect.  I feel like our class is really coming together and that is having a positive effect on everyone's learning.  

We started an awesome fall art project that we will finish up next week.  It's a collage using leaves, watercolour pencil crayons sharpies and paint. 

During math we started to compare and order numbers but all of our work on place value is making this task very easy.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 9th. 

**Picture day tomorrow.  

We had a great and busy day.  We spent a lot fo the morning finishing up some social studies research and our scarecrow stories.  We also took up a What's Wrong that we did last week which is in your child's backpack.  

In the afternoon we spent a lot of time working on our postcards.  It was a creative writing assignment about writing a letter to a person in our life about a pretend trip to one of the four countries we have been studying.  Having done the research ahead of time made our assignment much easier to write about.  

Some of the students asked me to post a What's Wrong online so they could edit at home.  Here is the one we did last week. 

What’s Wrong with Mr. McLaren 

Mr. McLaren got up early this morning so he  

could get to evergreen skool rite away.   he  made  

a quick breakfast of toast, eggs and bacon before  

he left   As he was walkin out the dore he smelled  

sumthing terrible.   

“What is that smell“ he said out lowd 

It didn’t tak him long to notice a blak and white  

creature racing threw the gras.  It was a skunk.    

He quickly grabbed his dog lacey and whent back  

 inside the howse 

“Maybe today wud be a good day to stay home  

frum work,” mr. mclaren thought to himself.  he  

went bak upstairs and hoped in to bed 


Have a great evening. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, October 8th.

**October Book Orders and Hallowe'en Howl forms went home today.  Please have book orders returned by next Friday. 

Today most of us were able to finish our Scarecrow Stories completely.  A few of us need a little more time to finish which we will have on Friday.  During math we continued to study patterns over 100 including skip counting by 25s and 100s.  

In the afternoon we worked on our research for the postcards that we are making for visiting one of the 4 countries that we are studying this year.  We also had book club, learned more handwriting, went to gym and music today.  Quite the busy day. 

Mr. M

Monday, October 7th.

**Picture day is on Thursday.  Notice went home today but some students didn't get one. 

Today was our last day with our Author in Residence and from what I have seen so far I am quite happy with the stories that were created by my class.  You will have an opportunity to read the stories when you come in for conferences next month.  I am still waiting on a few swimming forms to come back in.  Please get them in by Thursday as I need to get the paperwork into Acadia Pool.

During math today we worked on number patters beyond 100.  The students did great on this and are really grasping the concepts of number patterns.  Mental math has now been divided into 3 groups to really challenge each student to their own ability.  Not one student received a perfect score today so I think the challenge is on. 

Have a great night. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, October 2nd. 

**Swimming forms went home today.  Please get them back as soon as possible.  I am also looking for volunteers for those days so please check off any days you are available. 

Tomorrow we have our final Math SLA so please try to make sure your child is here. We will also continue our writing workshop with our Author in Residence Cathy Beverage.  

During math we did a lot of work with place value.  We also had a great challenge problem.

"How many numbers can you make using the digits 1,2,3, and 4? You can only use each digit once per number."  Some of the students didn't get to play around with the question that much so they could try it at home tonight. 

**Book orders should be in by now.  They were ordered 10 days ago. Hopefully by tomorrow. 

Have a good night. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, October 1st.

Another great day with our author in residence.  Today our focus was on the use of strong verbs. We basically found ways for animals, weather and people to destroy some scarecrows.  I am really curious where the final product is gonna wind up but its sounds pretty cool so far and the children are learning lots of good writing techniques. 

During math we worked a little bit more with base ten blocks and the representation of 3 digit numbers.  I have a feeling that the students have a fairly good grasp of this concept and that its almost time to move on to addition. 

Remember that tomorrow is Library exchange and I will send home the forms tomorrow. 

Have a great night. 

Mr.McLaren

Monday, September 30th.

Tomorrow marks the first day of October, but looking outside you would think that it's at least December.  Thanks to the parent volunteers that helped out this morning with our author in residence Kathy Beverage. Always nice to have lots of hands on deck to get the most out of these programs.  

I thought the students did a great job adding descriptive vocabulary to their pictures of unique scarecrows.  During our math session today we worked on place value by creating some math robots.  We made them out of Base Ten blocks and calculated the values of each given robots.  We got as far as some of us being able to calculate the sum of a group of four robots.  Great work. 

In the afternoon we started learning some cursive writing and had our first Book Club of the year.  We also had some time to work on our Passports.  Tomorrow will be our last day to work on passports during class time. 

Have a great night. Go make a snowman. 

Mr. McLaren

Wednesday, September 25th.

What a great Terry Fox Run in the afternoon.  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped out with the event's success. 

Today in the morning the students completed the online literacy portion of the SLA.  It took about 60-90 minutes to complete so I thought the students did a great job staying focussed. We didn't have a chance to do a book exchange today so I am hoping that we can get down to the library for 15 minutes tomorrow. 

During math we continued to work on placing numbers on a number line.  Next week we will get into place value before starting operations in a couple weeks. 

In the afternoon we had some time to work on our passports.  We are starting to add information to them about things about the country including language, food, climate, clothes etc. 

Have a great night. 

Mr M

Tuesday, September 24th.

**Terry Fox Run tomorrow morning. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring in some Toonies for Terry if you can.

We had another busy day, with a lot of it completing some of the Student Learning Assessments.  This morning we finished off the reflection portion of the written assessment.  We also completed the written math assessment today.  Thank you to the students for taking their time and being patient through this process. We also completed a What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren editing activity that we will take up and send home tomorrow.

In the afternoon we started to make passports to record information that we are learning about the different countries that we are studying this year. We will have some more time this week to complete our passports. We also visited Ms. Bell for a music class. 

Have a great night.


Monday, September 23rd.

**Terry Fox run on Wednesday.  We are collecting Toonies for Terry if you would like to donate.

The students worked amazingly today.  They completed the English written portion of the SLA assessment which required them to plan and write about what they would teach if they were a teacher for a day.  We also spent some time this moring working with number lines and number patterns.  They are really understanding the concept of where a number actually fits on a line and how to use intervals to help.

We continued practicing for the Terry Fox Run in gym.  We also had a fire drill in the afternoon.  I really like how serious our class was during this practice.  We started a new book for our class read aloud called City of Ember.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Thursday, September 19th.

**Open house tonight from 6:00 - 7:30. No School tomorrow. 

Wednesday, September 18th. 

**Please make sure book orders are handed in tomorrow or ordered online by tomorrow night. I will put the order through on Friday morning. 

We had a great day.  In the morning we finished up some projects were were working on about Quality of Life in other Countries as well as our Rip Art people.  Those of us that finished both of those activities were working on our Artis Statements for our rip art on Google Docs. You can sneak a peak at your child's progress at home. 

During math we spent a bunch of time working on increasing and decreasing patterns. We are becoming number experts and really understanding how numbers fit on a number line. 

The afternoon was a blast. We had the SOGO adventure running at Fish Creek Park. It was a blast. We will also have it tomorrow afternoon. Make sure proper footwear is worn to school. 

Have a big sleep tonight...you earned it. 

Mr. McLaren

Tuesday, September 17th. 

Another very busy day.  We learned about the quality of life in India this morning and spent some time researching and documenting the different qualities of life in different countries.  We also had another outdoor session of SOGO this morning. 

In the afternoon we started to finish our rip art people and had music with Ms. Bell.  

Remember to wear proper footwear for our visit to Fish Creek Park tomorrow afternoon.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Monday, September 16th. 

** I am waiting on parent viewpoints from 5 parents still.  These would be helpful as we are not having a sit down meet the teacher on Thursday.  It was on the orange sheet that came home last Tuesday.

We had a great first day back.  In the morning we continued to build up our writing endurance working on a journal entry explaining how to brush your teeth.  I used this exercise to help the students work on different sentence staters to make their writing more interesting and to replace the never ending sentences that begin with then.  What a difference a day makes.  Great work everyone.

During math, we learned what a range and interval are in relation to a number line.  We also had a chance to do skip counting patterns on a number line and estimate the value of a position on a number like given a range. It was also our first day of SOGO where all the students had a chance to participate in adventure running outside.  I saw some real red faces after that so great work. 

In the afternoon we spent some time learning about the quality of life in the Ukraine and making comparisons to our own quality of life.  We finished the day of working on rip art.  We could only use our hands and glue to make our compositions.  We can't wait to show you on Thursday. 

Book orders in by this Friday please. 

MR. M


Wednesday, September 11th.

**Today forms went home for Handbells.  Your child only took a form if they were interested in being a part of a handbell choir.  As well, parent viewpoint forms went home today.  Please try to get those filled out and returned by Monday so I can read them all. 

In the morning we did an editing assignment called What's Wrong with Mr. McLaren.  They weren't marked today and were completed in partners to help get the students familiar with the editing process and to help them identify some pretty common mistakes.  In the future these are typically marked and sent home so keep an eye out for them and give them a little extra practice if you notice that they are struggling.  

Got just over half of our Artist Statements done today.  Looking at finishing up with those who aren't done yet during an upcoming recess period.  

During math we worked on increasing and decreasing patterns by 2, 5 and 10 today starting from any number within 100. 

In the afternoon we finished exploring the 4 countries we ares studying this year on Google Earth.  It was pretty cool to zoom right in and check our the differences in houses, buildings and climate.  If you wanted to do some extra Google Earth searches tonight the four countries are Peru, India, Tunisia and Ukraine. 

**Phys Ed will be outside tomorrow so please dress appropriately for the weather. 

Mr. M

Tuesday, September 10th.

**I have been emailed by a couple of parents that couldn't find my name on the Scholastic Website.  I had that issue fixed today so you should be able to find me online now to order book orders.  Thanks for your patience. 

Today we had a great day.  We continued working on our Artist Statements for our Adjective Art. A couple of us have finished and most of us are in the editing project.  You can go online to see the feedback and comments that your child has been working on.  

During math we completed a MIPI assessment to test the children's math skills from last year.  I can share this information with any parents during our meet the teacher night next week.  

In the afternoon we worked on some journaling and some social studies.  We had a chance to sketch and label our very own boxcars from the book we have been reading during our read aloud. 

To finish the day we had an opportunity to hear another story from one of our classmates.  It was very entertaining and we are enjoying the enthusiasm from our young writers. 

Have a great night.  

Mr. M

Monday, September 9th.

**We had a pair of the wrong size rain boots go home today if your child took them by accident. I saw three of the same pairs in this class so I am thinking that putting names on them is a good idea.  

Awesome start to the week here in room 70.  Started off with a brainstorm about fruits ad vegetable followed up by journal writing about our favourite season.  

During math we started to look for number patterns in a hundreds chart, looking vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  

In the afternoon we all got onto Google Docs and started our first Artist Statement.  You should be able to see what your child came up with so far when they come home by logging into their google.  I told them they could work on it at home tonight if they wanted.  

Quick reminder to return any opening forms and that book orders need to be in by next Friday or ordered online by then . 

Have a good night. 

Mr. McLaren

Friday, September 6th, 2019.

We had a great first week at Evergreen School and it was great getting to know all of your kiddos.  We had a get back to school assembly today to celebrate our school.  

In the class we worked on learning about Quality of Life and what makes our life better.  We also worked on number representation.  Some of the topics we explored including using words, numbers, base ten blocks and expanded form.  

We also started working on logging onto google docs but some of us could not remember our passwords from last year.  We will work on getting everyone back online by next week. 

Remember to send back in from packages as soon as possible and book orders by Friday 2 weeks from now. 

Have a great weekend. 

Mr. McLaren

Thursday, September 5th, 2019.

We have almost made to the end of our first week.  It's been great getting to know this group of positive, hard-working individuals.  We have an assembly tomorrow to welcome everyone back to school in the morning.  Remember that it is a half day.  

Today form packages went home that need to be filled out and returned.  As well, book orders went home that can be returned no later than Friday, September 20th.  You can send them in in person or sign up to pay and order online.  

Have a great night. 

Mr. M

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.

Well, we got right back at it this morning.  After some quiet reading time we did a team assignment called Word Makers.  We used the letters in the names of all the people in our table groups to try to come up with as many words as we can.  We then added the scores fo the different words up to see how high of totals we could get.  

In the afternoon we completed our first assignment of the year.  We brainstormed a huge list of adjectives and the kids chose the ones that they though best described them.  We used watercolour paints to really make the lists stand out.  You will get a chance to see them during Meet the Teacher night. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.

I want to make sure everyone is enjoying their first week at school. 

Regards, 

Allan McLaren

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

Welcome back students. We had a tremendous first day in room 70.  In the morning, we played a game of back to school bingo with our new classmates to get to know them better.  We also went over our classroom expectations and made some name tags for the coat hooks in our room. 

We spent sometime working on a page in our visual journal called Me by the Numbers, highlighting and illustrating some meaningful numbers in our life.  To stimulate our brains a little we looked at some patterns in Pascal's Triangle.  I was impressed with some of the mental math skills of our beginner grade 3s.  We finished off the day reading a story and playing Tails in gym.

Remember to bring a pair of indoor shoes if you forgot to today. 

Thanks for a great first day. 

Mr. McLaren

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