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January 27, 2023


Dear McKenzie Towne School Family,


Looking for:

  • Yellow Forms completed and returned for grade 4 school attendance plans

  • TWAS to be returned weekly

  • Flashlights to come back that went home during the break for new batteries


At School: 


In phonics, we reviewed magic e. When the letter 'e' is at the end of a word, it's usually silent and 'tells' the other vowel or vowels in the word to “say their own name” or pronounce a long vowel sound. The letter 'e' goes to the end of a word to give power to the preceding vowel, giving up its own power and pronunciation.


In literacy, we completed our non-fiction text features project.  We even added some fun facts about ourselves to make the project really pop! We got to share them with our classmates.  Ask me who I shared mine with.  Ask me who shared theirs with me.  Ask me what I learned about my classmates! These will be sent home in the coming weeks. Students are so excited to share all their hard work with you!


In math, continued our work with arrays.  We discovered that arrays, for the most part, were suitable for small numbers but when we got to larger numbers, it was sometimes difficult to keep our groups organized.  We introduced the concept of repeated addition alongside arrays to keep track of our thinking. 


In health, we continued our work around showing expected behaviour and hidden rules. We also continued our work around self-regulation.  Ask me how I can take care of myself. Ask me what C.A.R.E. stands for to help me. 


In social studies, we began exploring Peru. Ask me what I discovered about how people in Peru may live.  Ask me what food people in Peru may eat. 



Messages from the School

Please continue to check your emails for important messages from the school. For example, this week a message was sent home. Often the subject line is “Upcoming Events at MTS” as it is filled with information that may be important to you. 

The email that was sent home included: 


Report Cards 

By the end of January, your child’s report card will be available to view in your MyCBE account. The report card is one of the ways teachers communicate how your child is progressing in their learning. Teachers may also communicate learning progress through parent/teacher conferences, your child’s daily work and assignments, and other ongoing communication with you. In October, families received communication (K-6 New Curriculum | Revised Report Card) about changes to this year’s report card, which included information about updated reporting Stems. Click Me - Curriculum Letter to review the curriculum expectations we have covered since September in grade 3. Please visit Mr. Van Sluys and Ms. Morgan’s Music Blog for the PE curriculum they have covered.


What to Expect in Your Child’s Report Card 

This fall, the CBE began implementing the new curriculum in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literature (K-3) and Physical Education and Wellness (K-6). Some of the learning outcomes in the new curriculum are new or may have previously been taught in later grades. This means that students may be learning a new curriculum without having had instruction in related outcomes in the previous grade and may see grades lower than what they might previously have achieved. This is to be expected whenever a new curriculum is introduced. It may take more than one school year to build these foundational skills. While the curriculum is grade-specific, many concepts are revisited each year, giving students the opportunity to build on their previous knowledge and achieve success. Teachers work to plan the delivery of curriculum content in ways that are engaging, creative and inspiring and will continue to respond to the needs of students as we work through this transition together. As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s learning please connect with their teacher. 


Dogs on School Grounds

We would like to thank our dog owners who are walking their dogs to school on a leash and saying their goodbyes from the sidewalk or school ground boundaries. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that some parents continue to meet their children at the entrance doors accompanied by their dog. Children who are not familiar with pets, often are fearful. As well, city bylaws exist that do not allow dogs on school grounds. Thank you so much for your cooperation and for engaging with each other in a respectful manner when reminded that your dog is not allowed on school property- leashed or unleashed. 

Fun Lunch 

The next Fun Lunch will be on February 22 with SUBWAY. Visit Health Hunger to register for fun lunches for the year. 

Year Book Orders

McKenzie Towne School 2022/23 Yearbook ordering is now live!

To order go to: https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/

Use Yearbook ID code: 10614123

Early Bird Pricing: $25 (Now until Feb 28, 2023)

Regular Pricing: $29 (March 1 - May 19, 2023)

Last day to order: May 19, 2023


We would like to invite parents to submit photos of their child for the yearbook by emailing them to yearbook@mtsparents.com. Submissions can include pictures from the first day of school, Halloween, Orange Shirt Day, Festive Sweater Day etc.


Looking Forward

  • February 3                PD Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 16-17     Teacher Convention - NO SCHOOL

  • February 20              Family Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 22              Fun Lunch (Subway)

  • March 9                    Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • March 10                  Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL for all students

  • March 22                  Fun Lunch (Extreme Pita)

  • March 27-31             SPRING BREAK



Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz






January 20, 2023


Dear McKenzie Towne School Family,


This week was drastically different from our first in the best possible way! Thank you for responding to the emails I sent home last week.  Our ongoing, open communication makes a major difference in our classroom.  Thank you for the positive, ongoing support!


Looking for:

  • Flashlights to come back that went home during the break for new batteries


At School: 


In phonics, we worked on the panther rule.  As with most grammar rules, students approached it with a little apprehension on Monday. As per usual, everyone rose to the occasion and were Panther Rule Rockstars by the end of the week! The panther rule tells us that we typically divide words with three consonants between two vowels after the first consonant. After all our work around blends, students now know that we keep blends and digraphs together, which will occasionally mean the word is divided after the second consonant (like in pump.kin and ath.lete).


In literacy, we used pictures we drew as inspiration for our writing. Ask me what we drew.  Ask me what I wrote about it.  We also continued working on our non-fiction text features project and created good copies of our “about me”, “my favourites” and “my big dreams” sections. 


In math, continued our work with arrays. An array is an arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in rows and columns is called an array.  Ask me to show you what an array is (show me 5x2).  Ask me which number goes first, the row or the column.  


In health, Mrs. Blake talked to us about expected behaviour and hidden rules.  Ask me what expected behaviour is at school.  Ask me how expected behaviour can change based on our environment.  Ask me what hidden rules are and how those could change based on where we are. We also talked about self-regulation.  Ask me what that means.


In science, we continued with our unit on Hearing and Sound.  We explored how animals hear.  Ask me about echolocation and what animals use it to hear.  Ask me about my research project.  Ask me what animal I chose to research. 


As the lunar new year approaches on Sunday, January 22, we learned about what that is and what cultures celebrate this event.  Ask me what the lunar new year is.  Ask me who celebrates.  Ask me what animal is being represented this year. 


Report Cards 

Report Cards will be available on MyCBE during the week of January 30. Report cards are for Grades 1-4 and EES (no kindergarten report cards this term). Please follow up with your child’s teacher should you have questions. 

Looking Forward

  • January 25                Fun Lunch (Little Caesars Pizza)

  • January 30           Report Cards available on MyCBE

  • February 3                PD Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 16 & 17     Teacher Convention - NO SCHOOL

  • February 20              Family Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 22              Fun Lunch (Subway)

  • March 9                    Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • March 10                  Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL for all students

  • March 22                  Fun Lunch (Extreme Pita)

  • March 27-31             SPRING BREAK



Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Wishing a joyous Lunar New Year to the families who are celebrating on Sunday! 


Mrs. Siarkiewicz






January 13, 2023


Dear McKenzie Towne School Family,


We had a busy first week back to getting into the swing of things. We shared about our winter break and reviewed classroom expectations.  We set goals for ourselves for 2023.  Ask me what my goals are for this year.


At School: 


In phonics, we continued our work on blends on triple blends this week. A triple blend consists of three adjoining consonants at the beginning of a word that makes their own sound.  We focused on str, spl, scr, and spr. Ask me to give you examples of each blend.


In literacy, we continued working on our non-fiction text features project and started to put together some of the elements we worked on before the break.  Ask me what words I added to the glossary about myself.  Ask me what events I included in my timeline.


In math, started to explore multiplication through the use of arrays. An array is an arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in rows and columns is called an array.  Ask me to show you what an array is (show me 4x3).  Ask me which number goes first, the row or the column.  Ask me about the new game we learned to play called Battle of Arrays.  


In health, Mrs. Blake came in and talked to us about our focus of the Body in the Group.  Ask me what that means, why it is important and how it helps everyone in the group. 


In science, we continued with our unit on Hearing and Sound.  We explored the inner workings of the ear.  Ask me to name any of the parts within the human ear.  Ask me what the cochlea looks like and what is inside of it.  Ask me why it is important to protect our ears and how we can do so. 


Messages from the School

Please continue to check your emails for important messages from the school. Often the subject line is “Upcoming Events at MTS” or in this case “January New Year "News" as it is filled with information that may be important to you. 

The email that was sent home included: 


Report Cards 

Report Cards will be available on MyCBE during the week of January 30. Report cards are for Grades 1-4 and EES (no kindergarten report cards this term). Please follow up with your child’s teacher should you have questions. 


Staffing Update- Learning Disruption Support 

CBE received funds from the provincial government to provide additional support for students identified as at risk based on Alberta Education Literacy assessment data gathered in the spring of 2022 (students currently in grades 2, 3 and 4). These funds will be utilized for learning intervention commencing Jan. 9, 2023 and ending March 24, 2023. McKenzie Towne School received a part-time teacher allocation to support this learning intervention. We are pleased to announce that we have hired Breanna Massey to fill this position. Ms. Massey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Honours), from Mount Royal University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge. She has experience teaching K- grade 12, and is also fluent in French. Obviously, literacy and language are a passion and area of expertise for Ms. Massey. We are thrilled to have her involved in the literacy intervention support. Parents will be informed if their child will be receiving this additional support for the 3-month time period. 

Looking Forward

  • January 25                Fun Lunch (Little Caesars Pizza)

  • February 3                PD Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 16 & 17     Teacher Convention - NO SCHOOL

  • February 20              Family Day - NO SCHOOL

  • February 22              Fun Lunch (Subway)

  • March 9                    Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • March 10                  Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL for all students

  • March 22                  Fun Lunch (Extreme Pita)

  • March 27-31             SPRING BREAK



Wishing you all a lovely weekend.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz



- Winter Break -



December 22, 2022


Ho Ho Hello McKenzie Towne School Family,


I can’t believe that this was the last week of school in 2022.  Our week was filled with cheer and joy and lots of blue days! We celebrated our last week of school before the holidays by carolling and listening to a story narrated to us by Dr. Slater.  Ask me what the story was about!


At School: 


In literacy, we continued working on our non-fiction text features project and wrote about big dreams we have for the future.  We also practiced our letter writing skills when we created cards for seniors who may be spending their holidays alone this year.  Ask me what I wrote. 


In math, we focused on organizing information into a chart and converting that information into a bar graph.  Ask me what the graph was about. 


In health, Mrs. Blake came in and talked to us about thinking with our eyes.  Ask me what that means and how I can practice this skills everyday at school and at home. 


In science, we continued a new unit on Hearing and Sound.  We made guitars and discovered that vibration influences sound and how sound can travel. Ask me what I found out. 


In social studies, we explored four international cities through the magic of Google Maps. Ask me where we visited and what we saw!


Looking Forward

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume



Wishing you all a beautiful holiday break filled with laughter, memory making and relaxation. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 9th!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz



December 16, 2022


Hello McKenzie Towne School Family,


Another great week of learning has come and gone.  On Wednesday we were given the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal for “The Big Chill” put on by MTS grade 1 and 2 students. We had an amazing time getting to watch our schoolmates shine!  


Looking for:

  • Plastic bags (old grocery store bags) for indoor shoes to be sent home during the holiday break

  • TWAS - read and replied to weekly


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘w’. This is very similar to the ‘i’ and ‘u’ that we practiced the past two weeks.  Ask me to show you my handwriting practice sheet. 


In phonics, we continued our work on blends on end blends this week. An ending blend consists of two adjoining consonants at the end of a word that each make their own sound. 


In literacy, we started a nonfiction project about ourselves. Our project features nonfiction text features such as a map, diagram, timeline, headings, subheadings, glossary, table of contents and many more. Ask me what I have included so far! We also continued our morning writing practice and created some amazing writing pieces about a creature with superpowers.  Ask me about my creature.


In math, went back to spiral math.  This week we focused on reading analog clocks and converting the time into digital; estimating and rounding to the nearest hundred.  Ask me how a number line would with estimation. We continued our work with word problems.  We also focused on complex number patterns that involved addition and subtraction.  

Ask me to show you how I solved the following pattern: 112   115   105  108  ___


In health, Mrs. Blake came in and talked to us about the group plan and gave us the challenge of building a Christmas tree with items from a bin.  Ask me how we did the first time my group tried. Ask me why it didn’t work. Later on, in the week, students were given two more opportunities to try building the Christmas tree. Ask me what my group did. Ask me if it turned out better than the first time. Ask me why it worked better. 


In science, we continued a new unit on Hearing and Sound. Ask me how sound travels and if it can travel through substances like gas (air), liquid (water), solid (desk). Ask me which one is the best conductor of sound wave energy. Ask me what pitch and loudness are.  



Looking Forward

  • Dec 19 - Schoolwide Carolling (morning)

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 21 - Schoolwide Carolling (afternoon)

  • Dec 22 - PJ Day

  • Dec 22 - Story with Dr. Slater

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume


Happy Hanukkah to the families who begin their celebrations on Sunday! I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday for our last week together in 2022!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz






December 9, 2022


Hello McKenzie Towne School Family,


We had a fabulous trip to Studio Bell and the Central Public Library. A massive thank you goes out to the parent volunteers who were able to join us.   We couldn’t have done it without your support!  If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom or joining us on future field trips, please reach out to me as soon as possible.  We would love to have you!  


As an extension of our schoolwide, ​We Can Light Up the World With Kindness initiative, we also have a daily "Light Up Challenge". Ask me what we are counting down to. Ask me what kinds of challenges we have engaged in throughout our week so far. Ask me why it is important to spread kindness like confetti! ​


Looking for:

  • Empty kleenex boxes or small empty coffee tins *used for instrument making*

  • Plastic bags (old grocery store bags)


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘u’. This is very similar to “i” that we practiced last week.  Ask me to show you my handwriting practice page.


In phonics, we continued our work on blends with a focus on end blends this week. An ending blend consists of two adjoining consonants at the end of a word that each make their own sound. Ask me about the hunt we went on. Ask me to name at least 4 out of the 6 end blends we have worked on.


In literacy, our morning writing task has taken on a life of its own with students absolutely loving the prompts and even working on it throughout the day!  Ask them what they wrote about this week.  


In math, took a break from spiral math to focus on measurement.  Ask me which is bigger a cm or a m. Ask me how many centimetres are in a meter. Ask me about the open-ended math problem we helped Mrs. Siarkiewicz solve about how she could decorate a wall using different items.


In health, Mrs. Blake came in and talked to us about our feelings can affect our thoughts.  We also used the book “what do feelings do when no one is looking” to create fabulous works of art after brainstorming our own versions of what feelings do. Some personal favourites are “anger boils in red water” “sadness tries to pretend” and “love fixes broken things”. 


In science, we continued our work around Hearing and Sound with a focus on pitch and loudness. ​Ask me to tell you how I can tell if something is loud or soft simply by looking at a sound wave.


Looking Forward

  • Dec 16 - Festive Sweater Day 

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - PJ Day

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

We Can Light Up the World With Kindness

This holiday season, McKenzie Towne students and staff will be lighting up the front foyer of our school by supporting The Magic of Christmas.  Every Christmas Eve, The Magic of Christmas loads up Calgary Transit buses that are magically transformed into “reindeer buses”, with hundreds of gifts and volunteers dressed as Santa and his elves.  Then they deliver Christmas spirit into the homes and hearts of those who need it most.  From Dec. 5th to Dec. 19th, please bring in new, unwrapped donation items (not food) and place them in the boxes located in the front foyer. For every item donated, students will receive a paper lightbulb to add to our light display in the front foyer. Let’s light up the world with kindness!

Please visit https://www.themagicofchristmas.org/donate-items/christmas-wish-list/ for ideas of items to donate. For more information or to make a monetary donation, please visit  www.themagicofchristmas.org/donate

Thanks for your support!




Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz







December 2, 2022


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family,


Thank you so much for all the amazing conversations we shared last week during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  I am so grateful to be alongside your family this year.  Your child has shown growth in so many ways and I can’t wait to see all the magic that is coming their way in the next few months. 


After our conversations, we are all on the same page about writing being a major focus in our classroom moving forward. Ask your child about our new morning "eye-opener" writing tasks. ​


Looking for:

  • Permission Forms for Studio Bell - signed and completed

  • Empty kleenex boxes or small empty coffee tins *used for instrument making*

  • Yellow Math books from conferences need to be returned

  • TWAS to be returned weekly


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘i’. It is our first letter in the “kite-string” series. I send home our practice sheet every week and ask your child to share their work with you. 


In phonics, we explored and continued our work on blends with a focus on R blends this week. 'R' blend words are words which include a two-letter consonant blend where the second letter is 'r'. There are seven of these different blends: 'br', 'cr', 'dr', 'fr', 'gr', 'pr' and 'tr'. Some common examples of 'r' blend words include 'tree', 'crab' and 'drain'.


In literacy, we continued to explore genres but with a focus on non-fiction texts and their features.  Ask me what a non-fiction text is and why they are important. Ask me what a table of contents is.  Ask me where I can find it.  Ask me what an index is and where I can find it. Ask me about the “cheat sheet” we created in our visual journals.  Ask me about the hunt we went on!


In math, we continued this week with spiralling our math concepts.  This week we revisited time on an analog clock, place value and expanded form.  Ask your child to show you how to expand the number 7386.  We continued to work with reading graphs and multi-step word problems. 


In health, Mrs. Blake came in and talked to us about our thoughts.  Ask me what a thought bubble is. Ask me how it helps in a classroom to use my thought bubble instead of my mouth.  


In science, we started a new unit on Hearing and Sound. Ask me what we talked about.  Ask me about the pictures I included in my digital collage of things that make sounds. I am looking for empty kleenex boxes and small coffee tins to be sent to school.



Looking Forward

  • Dec 8 - Field Trip - Studio Bell 

  • Dec 16 - Festive Sweater Day 

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - PJ Day

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume


Wishing you all a beautiful weekend! Bring on the “warmer weather” next week.  The “blue week” has been an adventure for sure! 


Mrs. Siarkiewicz







November 24, 2022


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family,


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog! I look forward to connecting with families tonight and tomorrow morning.


Looking for:

  • TWAS - please write back to your child. They love reading what you wrote!

  • Interview Project Sheet - due by Monday *if this page is missing, please email me and I will gladly send you an electronic copy.


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘c’.  Ask me to show you what this letter looks like. Ask me how this letter is similar to the ‘a’ formation we learned to do our first week. Ask me to show you what c, q, g, d and a look like in handwriting.


In phonics, we explored l blends and the many different ways the English language loves to use these sounds. 'L' blends are consonant blends where the second letter is 'l'. There are six different 'l' blends, and these are bl, cl, fl, pl, gl and sl.  Ask me to give you examples of each.  Ask me to spell words like sloth, clasp, planet, blast, flower and glass. 


In literacy, we continued to explore genres.  We also continued our work of expanding our thoughts with examples.  Ask me what I think the best part of me is and why.  Ask me about specific examples of why I think so and how, where, why, and what I use it for. 


In math, we continued this week with spiralling our math concepts.  This week we continued to work with concepts we introduced last week - repeating patterns and word problems that had information not needed to solve the problem.  We also reviewed some place value concepts from a month ago.


In health, we talked about the different roles we hold and how they change based on where we are.  Ask me what some of my roles are. **Please note that I sent home a "Role Interview" sheet on Tuesday that needs to be completed by Monday** Thank you to those who have returned it already.



Looking Forward


  • ​​Nov 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Nov 25 - No School for Student - AM Parent-Teacher conferences 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Nov 28 - Dec 2 - Dance Residency - Mumbai Moves

  • Dec 8 - Full Day - Off-site Field Trip - Studio Bell 

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume


If you missed conferences or the dates did not work for you, please reach out to me. I would love to connect with you and give you an update on your child’s progress - particularly their general grades for the upcoming January report card!  


Mrs. Siarkiewicz








November 18, 2022


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family,


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog! Please note that due to our “Trip to Peru” today there will be no TWAS this week although I am sure your child will have LOTS to share!


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘q’.  Ask me to show you what this letter looks like. Ask me how this letter is similar to the ‘g’ formation we learned to do last week. Ask me to show you what q, g, d and a look like in handwriting.


In phonics, we explored s blends and the many different ways the English language loves to use these sounds. A blend is a group of 2 or 3 consonants whose sounds blend together.  S blends are pairs of consonants that have the letter s in them such as sl, st, sc, sm, sn, sp, sw, and sk. 


In literacy, we started to explore genre.  Ask me about our book tasting.  Ask me where I can find books of interest in the library and what system we use to organize books.  Ask me what my favourite genre of books are!  We also started talking and exploring ways we can explain our writing.  Ask me how we made the sentence “This is a cat” interesting!


In math, we continued this week with spiralling our math concepts.  This week we continued to work with concepts we introduced last week - repeating patterns, subtraction, money and word problems that had information not needed to solve the problem.  We explored likelihood and how to predict the probability of something happening.  Ask me to give you an example of probability and what effects the chances of something happening. 


In social studies, we continued our work around children’s rights. Ask me what rights I have! We also kick-started our new unit with a trip to Peru.  Ask me what I did, what I made, where we climbed, what I saw! 



Virtual Conferences

In light of our school being declared to be on outbreak status, it was decided that it would be best to limit non-essential interactions and exposures in the school. I am looking forward to our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences and I encourage all families to book an appointment to connect virtually. Conferences are happening virtually next week on Thursday November 24 from 4pm to 8pm and on Friday, November 25 from 8am to 12pm. Bookings will open tomorrow Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 AM through your MyCBE account.  A virtual link will be available through PowerSchool on the day of the conference and will also be e-mailed out from the system in advance.

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Book Fair

Now that conferences have gone online, we will be allowing students to purchase items from the Book Fair on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Students will have a chance to view the Book Fair on Monday and Tuesday and create a wish list. Students can bring money on Wednesday and Thursday to make their purchases with the help from their teacher and librarian. There will be an option to shop online as well. The link will be active from November 21 - 28. (Please see the link below)

MTS Virtual Book Fair

Any purchases made online will be delivered the week of December 5. If you have any questions about the Book Fair, please contact Tera McLean at tlmclean@cbe.ab.ca

 

Attendance Line

If your child is sick, is coughing profusely or has a very stuffed nose, please keep them at home. Please call the Attendance Line in the morning before 9:00 am. Dial 403-777-6185, press "1" for the Attendance Line and leave a message with your child's name, my name and the reason for their absence.



Looking Forward

  • Nov 19 - 8:00 am - Conference bookings open via MyCBE account

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • ​​Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 2 - 10:15 - 11:30 - Sound Kreations Dance Performance - Mumbai Moves

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

 


Wishing everyone a warm weekend. I look forward to connecting with everyone next week during virtual conferences! 


Mrs. Siarkiewicz




November 10, 2022


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


We survived a week of blue days!


Looking for:

  • TWAS *Please read what your child wrote, write back to them and return the notebook back to school.


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘g’.  Ask me to show you what this letter looks like. Ask me how this letter is similar to the ‘a’ formation we learned to do two weeks ago. Ask me to show you what g, d and a look like in handwriting.


In phonics, we introduced and explored a new grammar rule to continue to help us with our spelling. The rule is called the Floss Rule.  This means that if a one-syllable word ends in f, l or s, we need to double the final letter again. For example, fluff, ball and glass.


In literacy, we used a picture prompt to write what we thought might be happening. Ask me what the picture was of.  Ask me what I wrote.  We also used descriptive words to describe a delicious meal we had without naming the food.  Ask me what was challenging about this task!


In math, we continued this week with spiralling our math concepts.  This week we continued to work with concepts we introduced last week - number patterns, fractions, money and word problems that had information not needed to solve the problem.  We explored calendar math and how to calculate the date in the past or future. 


With Remembrance Day happening this week, we learned about 6 different animals and their roles in the war. Ask me what the dog, bear, pigeon, elephant, horse and cat did during the war. We also talked about indigenous veteran Tommy Price and his contribution to Canadian History. We talked about the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, particularly the rights children have.  Ask me what rights I have.  Ask me what responsibilities I have at school. 




Messages from the School

Please check your emails for important messages from the school. This week an email was sent home entitled “November Principal Message”. The email included information about: 

​​1. Lates

We have had an increased number of late arrivals in the mornings. When students are late, it disrupts their class and the learning that is underway. Coming late to school is also a difficult transition for the late student- it can be stressful for them. When students arrive late at the front door, in the office, we do our best to greet students with a smile, a welcome slip, and an adult to walk them to class when we have administration available. In the event that your child needs to arrive late to school, we would ask that only the student enters the building. Adults do not need to come into the office to check their child in. This is especially important first thing in the morning when there is a high volume of traffic in the office.

For your convenience, we have relaxed/soft entry every morning starting at 7:50 am. We recommend trying to arrive anytime between 7:50 - 8:00 am so that your child has time to settle in class before starting their day of learning. Grade team teachers will always be at designated grade entry/exit doors at this time to welcome students into the school.

 

2. Conferences

We look forward to our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences and we encourage all families to book an appointment to visit your child(ren)’s teachers. We plan to host in-person meetings on Thursday evening (November 24) from 4 pm – 8 pm and on Friday (November 25) from 8 am-12 pm. Bookings will open on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 AM through your MyCBE account. Please note that this is your opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping as the school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair during conference times.

3. Attendance Line

If your child is not attending school, please call the Attendance Line in the morning before 9:00 am. Dial 403-777-6185, press "1" for the Attendance Line and leave a message with your child's name, teacher's name and the reason for their absence.



Looking Forward

  • Nov 11 - No School - Remembrance Day 

  • Nov 19 - 8:00 am - Parent Teacher Conference bookings open via MyCBE account

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • ​​Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 2 - Sound Kreations Dance Performance - Mumbai Moves

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

 


Wishing everyone a cozy long weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz



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November 4, 20222 


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. November already?! Time sure does fly when you are having fun!


Looking for:

  • TWAS *Check your child’s backpack. Read what they wrote and write them back. They love reading your responses!


At School: 

In handwriting, we worked on the letter ‘d’.  Ask me to show you what this letter looks like. Ask me how this letter is similar to the ‘a’ formation we learned to do last week. 


In phonics, we introduce a new grammar rule to help us with spelling and reading. The rule is called the Rabbit Rule (some kids have been calling it the bunny rule which is totally fine). This rule tells us that when two consonants stand between two vowels, we divide the syllable between the consonants. Rabbit words are words with two syllables. For example, butter - we divide the syllable between the two consonants but.ter. 


In literacy, we continued our monster writing and had an opportunity to receive peer feedback on what we might still want to include.  We were also given the opportunity to implement some of this feedback into our work to make our writing that much more descriptive. 


In math, we started something called spiral math whereby we have 5 questions a day that touches on different curricular expectations. This will allow students to show their understanding of concepts more frequently by giving me a rich body of evidence to assess. This will also help me target gaps and in turn, allow me to give parents a better understanding of what they can focus on at home. Students have risen to the challenge and are excelling in ways I could not have imagined! 


In social studies, we started talking about Remembrance Day which lead perfectly to the beginning of a new social studies unit.  This week, we explored the Quality of Life in Canada.  Ask me what quality of life means.  Ask me why our Quality of Life in Canada is good! We also collaborated with Mr. Klawson's grade 4 class in making Poppy Art for Remembrance Day. Ask me what we did and what smudging technique we learned!


In health, we continued our work with Growth Mindset. We created growth mindset phrases that we can refer to when we are feeling down about ourselves. These phrases will be used when creating our growth mindset art pieces that will be showcased during teacher-led conferences happening at the end of the month. 


Messages from the School

Please check your emails for important messages from the school. For example, last week a message was sent home about how to access your child’s pictures online should you want them to have their picture retaken. Often the subject line is “Upcoming Events at MTS” as it is filled with information that may be important to you. 

This week, an email that was sent home included: 


​​1. School Closures 

CBE schools rarely, if ever, close down regardless of the weather as they are a safe, secure and warm place for children. Assume that schools are open unless you hear otherwise from your school. Information regarding any school closures due to weather will be posted on the CBE website and shared with local news media.

 

2. Being Prepared

Children should be well prepared and dressed for the weather. Students will continue to go outside for recess unless the temperature is below -20. Please label all outdoor wear to help with lost items.

  • Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when their school books and lunches are carried in a backpack.

  • Children should not be left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances. They should have clear instructions on how long to wait for the bus and what to do if it does not arrive.

  • Families should ensure that they have backup care arrangements if transportation is delayed.

3. Attendance Line

If your child is not attending school, please call the Attendance Line in the morning before 9:00 am. Dial 403-777-6185, press "1" for the Attendance Line and leave a message with your child's name, teacher's name and the reason for their absence.



Looking Forward

  • Nov 6 - Turn clocks back an hour

  • Nov 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

  • Nov 11 - No School - Remembrance Day 

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • ​​Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

 


Wishing everyone a cozy, warm weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone well-rested with their extra hour of sleep on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz






October 27, 2022


Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


We had a busy week of learning. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog!


Looking for:

  • Flashlights labelled with your child's name (these are meant to stay at school)

  • TWAS *Check your child’s backpack - read what they wrote and please respond. Students love to see what you wrote back!

  • Weekly home reading books to be returned and exchanged 


At School: ​

In phonics, we worked on syllables, specifically open and closed syllables.  I must say that every student was amazing at identifying open and closed syllables by the end of the week. Open and closed syllables help us with our reading and spelling! Ask me how I know if a syllable is open or closed.  If a syllable is open, ask me what kind of sound the vowel makes (long sound - it says its own name *my personal favourite kind of vowel). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3j3YVocNxk <Here is a quick video to help parents understand our work this week.  It’s really neat!


In literacy, we started handwriting practice with the letter a. Ask me so show you what it looks like.  We created monsters and made a plan for our descriptive writing in our visual journals.  Ask me why a plan before writing is important.  Ask me about my monster.  What does it look like? Where does it live? What kind of traits does it have? 


In math, we completed our place value unit with a quiz. We will continue to revisit this concept throughout the year.  


In science, we concluded our rock unit this week.  After our erosion experiment last week, we divided into the world of soil.  Ask me about the different types of soil. Ask me how many layers of soil there are until we hit bedrock. We discussed the many ways humans use rocks. Ask me to name one. 


In health, we continued to build our classroom community.   We talked about adding and taking away from our classroom and why this matters.  Ask me how I can add to our classroom and how I take away. We also had a powerful lesson on equity and needs versus wants. Our understanding of each other as classmates came to the forefront and it feels like a much-needed shift happened in our room.  The room feels more at harmony and I can’t wait to see what grows from it. 


 

HALLOWEEN at MTS 

Monday is Halloween. Students in K-4 can wear their costumes to school.  This a reminder to all participants to please leave any weapons or gory accessories that may go with your costume at home.  Costumes must be non-violent in nature (no guns, no swords, no fake blood). If a mask is part of their Halloween costume, we ask that students not wear the mask at school as it may be disruptive to student learning.  Please do not send any treats with your child to share due to allergies and other medical concerns. Students will be participating in classroom-based Halloween-themed learning activities that are sure to be fun and engaging. 

 

BOOK FAIR

Our next Book Fair will be held on November 24 & 25 during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 


Looking Forward


  • Oct 31 - Halloween - Students may wear school-appropriate costumes

  • Nov 1 - Picture Retake Day 

  • Nov 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

  • Nov 11 - No School - Remembrance Day 

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • ​​Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

 


Have a spooktacular weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone in their costumes on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz



October 21, 2022

Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


We had a wonderful week of learning. We had our first flashlight Friday! YAY!


Looking for:

  • Flashlights labelled with your child's name

  • TWAS to be returned weekly

  • Home reading books to be returned and exchanged 


At School: 

In phonics, we continued our work on diagraphs with a focus on ending sounds - sh, ch, th, and ph while introducing ck, gh, and ng. Ask me what words end in ck, gh and ng. Ask me what a word chain is.


In literacy, we started work on sequencing the beginning, middle and end of the story Creepy Carrots. Ask me what I thought was important to add in the beginning, middle and end of retelling.  In order to work on independence with writing and spelling, ask me where I can find a word bank and personal word bank in our classroom!


In math, we continued our work with place value and showing numbers in more than one way.  So far, we can show numbers using standard form - ask me what that looks like; expanded form - ask me what that looks like; ask me what a place value chart is and what it looks like; ask me what written form is and where I can find a “cheat sheet” to help me with the spelling of these words. We also were taught a game using base ten blocks - ask me how to play. 


In science, we continued our rock unit. We learned about the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley - ask me what that is and how scientists discovered the rocks were moving.  We also explored rock properties and compared two rocks we brought in from home.  Ask me some of the different properties of rocks we used to compare our rocks (colour, lustre, texture, transparency and hardness). We were also introduced to earth materials like boulders, gravel, minerals, clay, sand and soil. We did an experiment on erosion - Ask me what happened! Will mountains last forever?


In health, we introduced the concept of a “Growth Mindset”.  Ask me what that is and why it is important to our everyday lives.  Ask me how I can move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset by simply adding ONE word. Ask me what the magic of yet is. 

 

HALLOWEEN at MTS 

Halloween is on Monday, October 31, students in K-4 can wear their costumes to school.  

This a reminder to all participants to please leave any weapons or gory accessories that may go with your costume at home.  Costumes must be non-violent in nature (no guns, swords, fake blood). If a mask is part of their Halloween costume, we ask that students not wear the mask at school as it may be disruptive to student learning.  Please do not send any treats with your child to share due to allergies and other medica​​​​l concerns. Students will be participating in classroom-based Halloween-themed learning activities that are sure to be fun and engaging. 

 

BOOK FAIR

Our next Book Fair will be held on November 24 & 25 during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 


Looking Forward


  • Oct 26 - Fun Lunch 

  • Oct 28 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

  • Oct 31 - Halloween - Students may wear school-appropriate costumes

  • Nov 1 - Picture Retake Day 

  • Nov 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

  • Nov 11 - No School - Remembrance Day 

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

  • ​​Nov 30 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 21 - Fun Lunch

  • Dec 22 - Last Day of School before Holiday Break

  • Jan 9 - Classes Resume

 


Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing e​veryone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz

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October 17, 2022

Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


We had a week filled with adventure and learning. Everyone came to school wearing their best smile on Wednesday for picture day.  We should have these pictures within the next few weeks.  I also wanted to thank parents for sending back the BLUE digital citizenship forms. We, unfortunately, can not do anything tech related until I receive all the forms back. **I am looking for parents to send in labelled flashlights with their child.  A massive thank you goes out to the few families who have done so already.


In phonics, we worked on diagraphs - sh, wh, ch, ph, and th.  Ask me words that contain these sounds. Ask me what a word chain is. Ask me how I can map sounds and how this helps with my spelling.  Ask me a rule we reviewed for how e makes other vowels say their own name!


In literacy, we wrote about our long weekend. We also continued our work with sentences and introduce the concept of fragment sentences.  Ask me what a sentence must have.  Ask me what a fragment sentence is and how I can fix it. Ask me what punctuation is and what it controls. 


In math, we began work with place value.  Ask me why place value is important. Ask me which is bigger ones or tens, tens or hundreds, hundreds or thousands, thousands or ten thousands. Ask me how to play the place value card game we learned this week!


In science, we continued our rock unit. Ask me what kind of rocks we can find in Alberta. Ask me what a mine is. Ask me about the rock cycle. Ask me what experiment we did with starbursts that helped us understand the rock cycle. Ask me all about what we did!


In health, we focused on making friends.  We found out that there were 4 tricks that learned this week.  Ask me how I would introduce myself and what I would say.  Ask me what “ask and pass” is.  Ask me what my “quick question” would be.  Ask me how I can be a magnet. We used some of these tricks to help us make some new friends in our classroom.  Ask me the name of a new person I spoke with this week. 


Please take the time to write back to your child in their TWAS notebook. These books should be returned to school on Monday so that we have them ready to use again at the end of the week.

 

HALLOWEEN at MTS 

Halloween is on Monday, October 31, students in K-4 can wear their costumes to school.  

This a reminder to all participants to please leave any weapons or gory accessories that may go with your costume at home.  Costumes must be non-violent in nature (no guns, swords, fake blood). If a mask is part of their Halloween costume, we ask that students not wear the mask at school as it may be disruptive to student learning.  Please do not send any treats with your child to share due to allergies and other medical concerns. Students will be participating in classroom-based Halloween-themed learning activities that are sure to be fun and engaging. 

 

BOOK FAIR

Our next Book Fair will be held on November 24 & 25 during Parent/Teacher Conferences.

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER - The Mixing Spoon

This week, students brought home a form regarding a new fundraiser organized by Parent Council. Please return your order form and money to the school no later than Friday October 28th. (Cash or cheque made out to MTSPA) Orders will arrive to the school in the middle of November. If you have any questions, please email fundraising@mtsparents.com


Looking Forward


  • Oct 26 - Fun Lunch 

  • Oct 28 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

  • Nov 1 - Picture Retake Day 

  • Nov 11 - No School - Remembrance Day 

  • Nov 24 & 25  - Parent/Teacher Conferences 


Have a fabulous weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday for our first full week as a class!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz


October 6, 2022

Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


We had a week filled with learning and wonder. There was a BLUE FORM that was sent home this week titled MTS Contract for Using Technology.  Once you have read and discussed the roles and responsibilities of using technology at school, this form is to be signed by your child and yourself. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. 


I am still looking for labelled flashlights to be sent in with your child. These are to remain at school and be used on Fridays for reading. I, unfortunately, can not begin our “flashlight Friday” buddy reading until each student has their own flashlight. 


In phonics, we continued our work on short vowel sounds.  Ask me what short sounds /e/ /i/ /o/ and /u/ make and some words that contain these sounds.


In literacy, we worked on a classroom story that was based on the mentor text “There was an old lady who swallowed a pie”. Ask me what my group decided to have the Old Turkey swallow.  Ask me how I helped in the creation of our classroom book. 


In math, we continued our focus on time.  Ask me what we made to help us tell the time.  Ask me how many we skip count by when reading the minute hand. Ask me why 12 and 6 are so important on a clock and what they always tell us about our minutes.


In science, we continued our rock unit. Ask me what a geologist is. Ask me what a rock is and what it is made out of. Ask me what the three main categories of rocks are. Ask me what diamonds are made of.


In health, we focused on big emotions and friendship. Ask me what a friendship rollercoaster is.  Ask me what can I control and what is out of my control.  Ask me how I can be a best friend to myself.  


Please check your child’s backpack for their TWAS Book. Please take the time to write back to your child as they are so excited to formally share what we have done during the week. These books should be returned to school on Tuesday so that we have them ready to use again at the end of the week.

 

Toys at School - No!

As per the email from Dr. Slater, we would like to remind parents that it is not advisable for children to bring toys to school. Toys are a diversion from the focus on learning at school and can become an issue/conflict if they are lost or taken by another child. We encourage our students to be active during their recess and lunch breaks and to engage with the physical activity resources that are available at the school such as basketballs and soccer balls, Please note that trading cards such as POKEMON are not allowed at the school, outside at recess or lunch, or on the bus.

 


Next Week:

  • Picture Day is on Wednesday - come wearing your biggest smile


Looking Forward


  • Oct 7 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

  • Oct 10 - Thanksgiving - No School

  • Oct 12 - Picture Day

  • Oct 28 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students


Have a fabulous long filled with togetherness and gratitude weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz


September 29, 2022

Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


I wanted to start off by saying THANK YOU for the heartfelt connections, big laughs and meaningful conversations we shared over Parent-Led Conferences last week.  I am so grateful to be surrounded by such incredibly supportive families.  We are going to have a magical year together!


This week, our class strongly focused on Indigenous Education as we led up to Orange Shirt Day.  Ask me what stories we read, what we did and where we went! Ask me what we did as a school to show that we all belong! Ask me what we did during our community walk.


In literacy, we worked on what a sentence is.  Ask me what elements every sentence needs! *Capital​ letter​ at the beginning, punctuation at the end, a subject (noun) and action (verb) and most importantly, does it make sense? We showcased these skills in our TWAS book.


In math, we focused on time.  Ask me what the long hand tells me.  Ask me what the shorthand tells me.  Ask me how animals know time has passed. Ask me how I know it is AM or PM.


In social, we mapped our new classroom.  Ask me what we added to our map.  Ask me what we left out. Ask me what I added to mine.


Please check your child’s backpack for their TWAS Book. Please take the time to write back to your child as they are so excited to formally share what we have done during the week. These books should be returned to school on Monday so that we have them ready to use again at the end of the week.


Fun Lunch 

Our school will be participating in the Fun Lunch Program. This will be happening on the last Wednesday of every month.  If this is something of interest to you, the website is: healthhunger.ca


Active Transportation Day

Wednesday, October 5th is Active Transportation Day. We encourage students to walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, ANYTHING to get to school in an active way! Students can store their bikes or scooters at the bike racks at the front of the school


Next Week:

  • There will be a strong focus on being thankful.  Gratitude is the best attitude.


Needed:
** labelled flashlight with your child's name that we will use for reading on Fridays. I will start this as soon as I have enough flashlights.

Looking Forward

  • Sept 30 - Truth and Reconciliation - No School

  • Oct 5 - Active Transportation Day

  • Oct 7 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

  • Oct 10 - Thanksgiving - No School

  • Oct 28 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students


Have a fabulous long weekend.  I hope your family has a moment to enjoy some time in nature and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz





September 22, 2022


​Hello Beloved McKenzie Towne School Family!


Thank you for the fabulous first week together!  Thank you for embracing me into your community with open arms. We had so much fun getting to know each other and settling into our new space. Each and every one of your children has shown resilience and thoughtfulness.  I am so honoured to be a part of their growth. This week we mainly focused on collaboration and navigating our new normal.


In literacy, we wrote a letter to our future self. These letters are proudly displayed in our classroom and I can’t wait to return these to students on our last day together so they can see all their growth this year! We will be turning our focus to phonetic awareness next week.


In math, we created all about me math that gave me a glimpse into who they are and their addition abilities. We also did some fun Terry Fox math.  Ask me how we decided to organize our lap information and how we figured out how many laps our class completed as a whole. We will be turning our focus on time next week.


In science, we kicked off our Rocks and Minerals unit with a game of hangman and a story.  Ask me why a Rock is NOT boring. Next week we will dive into the fascinating world of rocks! 


TWAS Book - Please check your child’s backpack for a notebook entitled TWAS (This Week At School). In it, you will find some information about what we have done in class this week from your child. There is a letter at the front of the notebook outlining expectations for TWAS. Please take the time to write back to your child. They love to open up their books and read what their parents have written back to them!


Next Week:

  • Next week we will be doing a community walk as a part of our Social Studies unit as well as to part take in our commitment to Indigenous Education with Orange Shirt Day happening next week on Thursday.

  • I am looking for families to please send in 1 flashlight that is labelled with your child's name.  On Fridays, I like to treat students to a special buddy reading opportunity using flashlights. I hope to get this started as soon as I have enough labelled flashlights. 


Looking Forward


  • Sept 29 - Orange Shirt Day Assembly - Wear Orange

  • Sept 30 - Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School

  • Oct 7 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

  • Oct 10 - Thanksgiving - No School

  • Oct 28 - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students


Have a beautiful weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone next week!


Mrs. Siarkiewicz




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