Ms. Katyal & Ms. Myroniuk

September 20 – September 24, 2021 

It has been a pleasure connecting with our EES families this week. Thank you for making time to talk to us about your students and how we can best meet their needs and prepare for a successful year!

This week we participated in the Terry Fox Run. Students learned why this run is important and many were excited to get started. We ran, walked and wheeled around the baseball diamond and imagined we were running with Terry.


Students practiced their basketball skills this week. Controlling the ball builds on hand-eye coordination, recognizing the space around you, being aware of others, and also encourages students to work as a team.


Room 3 is wrapping up our Inquiry focus – All about the Farm. We had so much fun with this Inquiry Unit. Students enjoyed engaging in Farm themed play with various toy animals and barns. Every day we started our shared inquiry theme with singing and movement. We focused on what types of animals we could see on a farm and used the theme to look at different directional words such as on, above, front, back, in and out. Students matched animals to their pictures and words. They used animals as math manipulatives to count out different quantities.  During each lesson, we focus on shared reading. Students listen to a variety of farm stories and then are encouraged to reread those books throughout the week. During this time, we focus on various aspects of reading comprehension such as detail recall, characters, events in the story and unfamiliar words. 


During our focused literacy time, we are taking a close look at the Alphabet. We sing and dance to Alphabet songs and take an in-depth look at a new letter everyday few days.  So far, we have looked at the letter Mm and Aa. We are not learning the letters in alphabetical order, but in order of what letters appear most often in our classroom! We focus on identifying and learning to print both upper and lowercase letters.  We look at the sounds the letters make and finding those sounds in different words. We are focusing on finding the sounds at the beginning and end of words.


Next week is Truth and Reconciliation week at EMJ. We are looking forward to spending time building our relationship with nature and honouring everyone’s stories. We cannot wait to share our learning with you next week.


This week’s spotlight shines on Mr. Birch, our Facility Operator! He is so busy making our school beautiful and helping in each classroom that we can’t even catch him for a photo!


Important Reminders and Dates:

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



September 13-17, 2021

This week we got to visit the library for the very first time!! Students checked out books and were excited about taking them home. The EES class will be visiting the library on Tuesdays and will check out new books after returning their previous ones. Please ensure your library books are back to school every Monday.

 

As part of our EES Team spotlight, this week we want to highlight our librarian, Ms. B! Ms. B always a smile when we visit her and she reads us some of the best stories!


Students in room three are starting our inquiry learning all about farms. This inquiry theme will guide different aspects of our classroom learning. Students participate in shared reading using a variety of farm stories, and participate in specific academic tasks such as matching, reading comprehension, and letter recognition. We use barns and animals during our free play where students are encouraged and supported to engage in social play. This week one of our focuses was on learning opposite words using clean and dirty. We did this through two art activities. The first activity focused on fine motor skills with an emphasis on cutting and gluing. The second was a sensory based activity where we used shaving cream and brown paint to create our pigs in the mud. For our early communicators we focused on the visuals of clean and dirty.

 

Students in room two have been learning about feelings and emotions. We focused on feeling happy this week and what kinds of things make us happy. Using the Zones of Regulation language, we learned that when our body is calm our faces look happy and our brains feel ready to learn. This is when we are in the green zone. We practiced strategies during the week that help put our bodies and minds in the green zone such as taking a drink of water, deep breathing, and daily regulation.


Next week we are excited about the Terry Fox Run which will be happening on Monday, September 19th. Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th. You can either donate on-line http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

 

Important Reminders:

1)    Parent teacher conferences will be happening on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24. A link will go out September 18 where you can sign up for an appointment. Please ensure you book TWO 15 minute blocks for your interview time.

2)    With the cooler weather please ensure your student is dressed for the weather. We enjoy extending our learning to the outdoors and will continue going outside as long as the weather permits. Please ensure students have jackets, proper footwear, and anything else they may need.

3)    Please complete and return student demographic forms as soon as possible.

 

Important Dates: 

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Ms. Katyal



September 7-10, 2021

EES has been busy this week! Students have done a great job working on classroom routines. In the EES program movement is a huge focus of our day. Body breaks, gym, and designated relaxation times help students regulate throughout their busy days. During relaxation students use blankets and pillows, or classroom yoga mats, to find a space where they can relax their bodies. Students begin by learning and practicing a breathing technique and then focus on allowing their body and brain to take a break. Regulation happens both inside and outside. While outside students also get the opportunity to develop a relationship with the land. 

 

This week we went on our first community walk. Before leaving each class learned street safety. We talked about walking in the crosswalks, looking both ways before walking, and always keeping our eyes and ears open for cars. We walked to a nearby playground and explored a new park. Students also listened to some learning songs and were dancing along with them!

 

In the gym we have been enjoying exploring the Gaga Ball pits. If you’d like to read more about Gaga Ball visit the link below to read about what it is and the rules of the game. https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/

Students are able to explore the Gaga pit and play a modified game of Gaga ball that accommodates all our kiddos. We are also exploring different equipment such as scooters, basketballs, and soft rackets with balls.


We would like to spotlight different members of the EES team and our first spotlight is Mrs. Milkert! If you have phoned or come in to the office you have talked to Mrs. Milkert! She is our school administrative secretary and can always be seen with a smile and a warm welcome for all!

                                                              


Important Dates:

September 16 – School Photos

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1 - CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Ms. Katyal

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