# Colleen Ronan

03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day Room 19!!!!

Well guess what, since you couldn't come to school, the Leprechaun didn't come either and I didn't find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Maybe next year!!! I think I will try to upload pictures of you guys on here since it feels so lonely here without you. Stay tuned!!!

Mrs. Ronan - 26 of her favourite students.

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03/02/2020

We are in need of small glass jars for an art activity. We have about half of the jars we need.

We still need about 14 more if you have any clean, jars with lids, please send them our way!

Thank you :)

Just a reminder that we are looking for Parents to complete their accountability pillar.

Students brought home notes to be signed when they are complete. We have been

challenged by the Grade 4TLC's to see who can have more Parent's complete

I have added some information that students can study from in Geometry. We

have been doing a lot of activities using geometric shapes and learning about

lines, polygons, parallel sides, perpendicular lines, etc. We are working towards

using geometric shapes in building.

We are so engaged in our learning :)

Mrs. Ronan

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Good Afternoon,

We are very fortunate to have such a generous Parent Council ! They have brought us Scientists' in Schools to present Light Up Your Life with the topic of Light and Shadows. In this optical adventure, we will learn and discover how to see around corners and over walls. Discover the law of reflection. Explore how light travels, and split light into the colours of the rainbow. We may get to check out interesting optical devices like periscopes, binoculars, and kaleidoscopes. We may even get to meet Ralph the very pink optical illusion. It is going to be a great learning experience!!

Mrs. Ronan

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Accountability Pillar

Students will do this survey at school.

Parents, you will receive a package from Alberta Education that will have a random access code to complete the survey.

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We are also growing potatoes for the Mustard Seed. We are learning that it is important to given back to the community. We are all part of the community and it is our responsibility to help others if we can. When our potatoes are grown we will donate them and grow somethings else. The Mustard Seed is a great place to donate to because they feed homeless people who need a good nourishing meal. When the potatoes are gone we will have to plant something else maybe some Spring Flowers to brighten up our hallways?!?

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We have been focusing on Mindfulness as part of our Health Curriculum. Our work has involved daily lessons to help students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills building resilience to stress and to develop a positive mind set. We have learned from the book Mind Up, how there are three parts of the brain that help them think and react to what around The Pre-frontal cortex, the amygdala and hippocampus work together to make us a happier, healthier person.

Mrs. Ronan

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In Reading we have been working on our Joyful Literacy in many ways. Each day we practice, D.E.A.R., which is drop everything and read. We do this to practice our fluency, expand our vocabulary, increase our comprehension and accuracy of words. We listen to a daily to an Award-Winning new mystery adventure for the whole family podcast called 6 Minutes, where we use our listening skills to follow along this adventure. After listening, the students share their reactions to that days’ stories and predictions to what they think is going to happen next. We are just beginning Book Battles where students will be put into groups, read the same story together, each of whom have specific roles in the group, in the end present their book to the rest of the class in any fashion they choose to try and convince the rest of the class to choose their book. These are just a few of the things we are working hard on as well as Guided Reading and personal reading time in room19.

Mrs. Ronan

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Please bring your jars for our Science Art Projects :) Thank you, Mrs. Ronan

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Now that we are out of the "deep freeze" here are a few reminders:

* We have writing homework every Tuesday. Students will be given a passage to respond to based on something we are doing in class. I ask that they write 5 to 6 sentences but if you know that you can write more, then please do so. If you are a writer that struggles to make 6, do your best. We all improve with practice :)

** We have math homework most Thursdays. I say that because sometimes I will assign a project that might take more than one week. If you have any questions about the homework, please feel free to ask.

*** We are collecting small, glass jars for an art project! If you have any clean ones to spare please send them our way. They will go along with the Lights and Shadows unit we have just begun.

Bye for now :)

Mrs. Ronan

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Welcome back!!! Happy 2020 :)

As we go off on our Winter Break, just a few reminders. First, please continue to read

at least 20 minutes every day, We are working on becoming veracious readers in our CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary) time and we don't want to lose momentum. I have included some Parent Pipeline tips that

The focus is that the begin to get into their books and are able to talk about what they are

time together and make sure they are enjoying what they read. Ask them:

1. Could this story be true? Why or why not?
2. Where is the setting of this story?
4. What words would you use to describe the main character?
5. Do you like the main character? Why or why not?
6. Does the main character have a problem? What is it?
7. How is the problem solved? (What is the solution?)
8. What is the scariest, funniest, saddest, most interesting, or most funny
part of the story? Read it aloud.
9. Do you like this story? Why or why not?
10. Do you know any real people who are like the characters in this story?
Who are the people? How are they the same? How are the different?
11.Did anything in the story happen that has happened to you? Tell about it.
12. Who is telling this story? Is there a narrator?
13. Why do you think the author chose the title for this story? How does it
relate to the story?
14. Would you like to be a character from the story? Why or why not?
15. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

They were given a journal and a mechanical pencil as a gift from me on the last day. My

hope is that they will use it to write stories, create characters in drawings, put down their

thoughts or whatever they choose. I also thank those who were able to give gifts to me as

well. My favourites were the hugs. :)

The other thing that I would ask the students to complete is their 2nd writing task. It is due

on January 7th.

I hope that everyone has the opportunity to spend time with people they enjoy and get that

extra sleep many of the students said they look forward to having. I look forward to seeing

you all back on January 6, 2020.

Mrs. Colleen Ronan

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Our planting is coming along with cucumbers and tomatoes sprouting. We have learned in

an experiment of planting with no sunlight that potatoes will not grow. We are going to research

other plants and see what we can grow without sunlight. Our Living Garden is really coming to

Life!!! Many colours are coming to life.  We are creating a garden of life.

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Exciting things are happening in the planting world of room 19. We have added some more

plants to our Living Wall and its looking so inviting!!!! We had some surprises this week with

both our tomatoes and cucumbers beginning to sprout!!! It is really exciting because last year

we planted the same seeds and they never even germinated!!! You can follow along with our

:) Mrs. Ronan

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Students will be participating in Reading Give It A Shot. Students will have the opportunity to earn Wildlife Animal Cards from the Calgary Flames in return for reading each day. You are to download the reading log and to write down when you read, how long you read for and then Parents will initial each time you hand it in. Each time you read a chapter book you will earn 2 cards, each picture book will earn one. We are reading to earn a chance to have Calgary Flames Hockey players come to our assembly.

Mrs. Ronan

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Effective December 9, 2019

Please read with, to and listen to your child each day for at least 20 minutes if you can. I know life happens but ALL the research backs up that daily reading increases your reading level if that is supported at home.

** I will put comprehension questions on the Teacher Page as well that you can use to ask your child questions about the story as you read them.

Tuesdays: Once a week your child will bring home a scribbler and it will have a question or an idea that I want them to write about. It could have them interview someone and write the results, it could have them giving their opinions on things or that of their family, it could be a chance for them to write a blog about something in the news. It could also include their opinions or thoughts on our learning in Social Studies or Science. Each week they will come home with this scribbler, with the assignment written in it. They have until the next Monday to bring it back. That next Monday, they will share their writing with a partner and then I will read it as well. It is really important that they bring it back Monday, otherwise they will not get to share or get it marked by me because the next one goes home on Tuesday.

Thursday: Once a week your child will come home with some math problem solving to do. It may be something we are working on at school. It may be math word problem questions that some of your children may need help reading and that’s okay to help them. (With the word problem ones, remind them to write a sentence to answer the question at the end.) It may be some Math that you as a Family will have to work together to solve. This Math will be given out on Thursday and it is due Wednesday.

There may be days that we need to finish up things that were not finished in class. If that happens, I will add it to my Teacher page.

Mrs. Ronan

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December 6, 2019

A big Thank You to all the families who attended Parent Teacher Interviews the past two days. So many wonderful things were discussed, it makes me so excited about the year to come!!! So much to learn!!! As I said in the interviews, now that my Teacher Page is up and going, please look for me to be adding things weekly concerning what we are doing in class, strategies to help your child with reading and writing, as well as work that they can do at home. Please know that each time I write something that the information will scroll down and you will need to look for the information below. As promised, look for me to add some more things this week end when I have a chance.

I hope you have a wonderful week end,

Mrs. Ronan

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It's been a busy first week of November! Here are just a few things that we have been up to this week.

We began our Science Unit this week with great, interactive Science experiment with beets and radishes. We learned about roots, stems and flowers. We will be learning seeds germinate this week. Hopefully, the seeds we have will all germinate. You can see their learning on twitter @learningnature.

We used our mapping skills to create the ABC's of Alberta in Social Studies this week. We came up with the name of a City, Town, River, Mountain, etc for every letter of the alphabet with the exception of Q, X and Z. So, if you notice one on your travels please write it down for our learning list.

Just a reminder that we are to be practicing our "Joy of Reading" each night for at least 20 minutes.

No school on Monday so we will see you on Tuesday.

Have a great week end,

Mrs. Ronan