Mrs. Higgs and Mrs. Shank

Week of June 14 - 18

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Students continue to be hard at work here at school. In writing this week we have been focusing on the different parts and structure of a letter. We practiced writing letters to different people with a purpose in mind. A highlight of the week was when students wrote to inanimate objects.


In math this week, students worked the visual spatial parts of their brains. They were given the opportunity to work with tangrams. Students were challenged to solve puzzle and create their own puzzles for others to solve. 

In social this week students explored some of Alberta’s symbols and created a page in their visual journals to represent these symbols. 

Important dates…

June 2021

·       June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

·       June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

·       June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Week of June 7 - 11

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

This week in science we are doing a plant experiment. The experiment is to test which plant can survive the longest. One is without oxygen, one is without sunlight, and one is without water. This experiment will tell us what happens when plants don’t get the things they need.


On Monday in science we planet some flowers in the garden at the front of the school.

In gym we are doing skipping. We have tried some partner skipping and independent skipping. We have been trying different tricks for example, while jumping independently, some people can do crossed arms or skipping while turning around. Some tricks with partners are jumping in the same rope or holding each other’s rope while jumping.

In math we are learning about 3-D shapes. One activity we did was take 2 hula hoops to sort different 3-D shapes. We sorted by faces, vertices, edges, or size. We have been naming 3-D shapes by identify the base and determining if it is a prisms or pyramid. 

 

By: Stone, Lilly, Jiwon, Jack, Kelsea

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important dates…

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Week of May 25-28

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math this week student finished up the measurement unit on Area. The week started off with estimating the area of shapes using cm and m. Students worked together to estimate the area of the front garden where they will soon be planting in science. The class concluded that the estimated area of the garden is about 14 m2.

During writing this week, students continued to work on researching information about a city or town in Alberta. Most students have started to construct an advertisement that they will present to the class.

Students had a great time playing kickball these last couple weeks in gym. We saw great skills and sportsmanship in this class. Next week we will start our final unit in gym, skipping!

Important dates…

June 2021

·       June 14 - All library books due back

·       June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

·       June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary

·       June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Week of May 25-28

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

In science we made detailed drawings of small plants, like dandelions, that we found outside in front of the school. Our unit in science is plants, and by drawing parts of plants and small plants we were able to paying attention to the details of these objects. We wanted to explore plants in great detail that we never noticed before. This is something that scientists do. They carefully observe and draw every single detail. 

In math we are continuing to learn about area. We used the geoboards for an area math game. In this game we rolled double dice, the sum of the dice was the area that each player needed to create on the geoboards. Each player made as many different shapes with the same area. The shapes could not be congruent. A player scored points for how many shapes they created. 

In social we reviewed European history in Alberta. We did a kahoot on this topic. Next week we will be doing a quiz on European history in Alberta.

 

Important Dates…

Wheel day at EMJ School: On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be hosting a ‘Wheel to school day’.  This day is to help promote active methods of transportation on the way to school.  Research shows that being active before school can stimulate student’s engagement in their learning.  Students can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards to school.  We will be closing the gym for the day and students can safely store their ‘wheels’ there until the end of the day.  Please remember to wear your helmet!  We look forward to seeing you on your ‘wheels’ on June 2nd.

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.

Week of April 27-30

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

This week in gym our new subject is soccer. We are learning how to dribble and pass the ball with in inside of our foot.

In math we have been learning how to tell time in different ways. For example, quarter to, quarter past or half past. Those are different ways of saying 15 minutes to an hour, 15 minutes past the hour, and 30 minutes past the hour. We have learned about ante meridiem (am) and post meridiem (pm).

In social studies we are learning about the Métis. Some of the things we have learned is that they use to translate between the First Nations people and the European fur traders. We learned one of their symbols is the sash. They would use this sash as many things like a blanket, scarf, or rope.

 

Our plants are growing really tall.

 

By: James, Cleo, Mya, Blake, and Luke

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important Dates:

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. EMJ will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students will also participate in classroom discussions around understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.  

May 2021

  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Week of April 19-23

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

We acted like voyageurs in social this week. Voyageurs were people who delivered things like pots and tools to the fur trading posts and would bring back furs to the eastern parts of Canada. We pretended to be voyageurs. We used a sack as a canoe and pillo polo sticks as paddle. We had to portage the canoe, which means to carry it over our heads. We also pretended to paddle the canoe through rapids and even fell off a waterfall! 

In art we have continue to learn about elements of art. So far, we learned about texture, colour and value. Last week we created shades of a colour by adding white and black. We used the paint to make a beautiful mountain landscape. 

We made catapults this week in science. Catapults are a good example of levers. We used popsicle sticks, elastic bands and plastic spoons to build the ultimate throwing machines! We tested our catapults’ accuracy by shooting fraction tiles at different sized bins. 

 

By: Bauman, Brooklynn, Chase, Ethan, Josie D, Morgan

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important Dates…

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Week of April 12 - 16

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

This week in science we planted beans, basil, and marigolds. We did this now to get ready for our next unit in science. For the beans, we planted them in paper towel and we had to make sure that the bean seed was not touching the bottom of the cup. The bean seeds where brown with a white dot on them. The marigold seed were purple and looked like little wood shavings. The basil looked like little turquoise beads. We are now ready for our next unit Plants and Plant life, which will officially begin in May. 

In social this week we were learning about the fur trade in Alberta. In order to learn about this, we played a game that involved trading. We were put into groups, the First Nations and European Travelers. The First Nation brought hides to trade like bison, beaver and deer. The European’s brought goods like jewellery, pots, and firearms. The first time we played we had point cards that told us how much our own goods were worth. We did not know the points of the other teams’ goods. The second time we played the game Mrs. Shank gave the European Travelers both point cards, so they knew the points for all of the goods. Through playing this game we learned that when fur trading first started in Canada it was fair but as it moved to Alberta the European Travelers had an advantage over fur trading.

Every Friday we normally write a “Free Write Friday” but half of the students normally don’t know what to write. So, the teachers changed it up to “Fun Write Friday”. They choose a topic for us to write about. Last Friday we wrote about “The Most Disgusting Sandwich” and this week we wrote “If I was invisible for a whole day.” 

 By: Kiane, Emily, Josie A, Kiera

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important Dates…

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Week of April 6 - 9

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

In gym this week we have been playing floor hockey. We learned how to handle a stick and dribble the puck. We played this game where you had to keep the puck away from you partner and it’s called “Keep Away”. On Thursday, we practiced shooting into the net.

In math we started the week by practicing larger multiplication and division equations. We then had a test on greater multiplication and division. On Thursday, we used the Chromebooks to solve the mobiles on the Solve Me website and we also had some time to build our own. We did this to explore different types of equations. We also used Jamboard to learn that equations can be written in different ways for example, 4x3=3x4, 4x3=6x2, or 4x3=1x12.

This week in LA we learned about Realistic Fiction and wrote our own stories. Realistic Fiction is a story that is fiction but only has parts that could be real. Before writing we brainstormed common activities and asked ourselves “What could go wrong?” while doing that activity. These ideas became the problem for our stories.

By: Hijab, Caleb, Savanna, Cody

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important Dates…

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Week of Mar. 15 - 19

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

This week in science we learned about gears. There are three different types of gears worm gears, 90-degree angel gears, and side by side gears. We used the Lego kits to build stands with gears and tested them to see how they functioned. We tested the movements of the gears for direction and speed.


We played a game called badminton golf. In this game you use a racket to hit a birdie into a hula hoop. Each player starts at the cone and tries to hit the birdie into the hoop. If you don’t get it in on the first shot you can take the next one where it landed. You count how many hits it takes to get into the hoop. 

In math this week we started long division and learned all the steps. We used the anagram “Does McDonalds Serve Cheese Burgers” to help us remember all the steps of long division. The steps are: divide, multiply, subtract, check, and bring down. Long division is easier to say than to do.

 

By: Mya, Luke, James, Cleo, and Blake

Assisted by Mrs. Shank

Important Dates…

March 2021

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

·       Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School

·       Apr. 6 - Classes Resume

·       Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

May 2021

·       May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

 

June 2021

·       June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes

·       June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Week of Mar. 8 - 11

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

This week in art we learned about warm and cool colours. We used these colours to make a moon and sun face. On the sun side of the face, we used the warm colours red, yellow, and orange. We used the cool colours (blue, purple, and green) on the moon side of the face. 

The novel Mrs. Higgs is reading to us is call “Finding Serendipity” by Angelica Banks. We are making a story map that outlines the major events that have happened in the novel so far. For instance, some of us mentioned how Tuesday went to a writing world by writing something on a typewriter. As she was typing the letters “slipped” off the page and “wrapped around her”, carrying her out the window and into the new world. 

In math this week we went into Mathletics and practiced division. We learned a new way to write division equations that will help us to learn long division. We learned something new this week, when you can’t evenly divide a number the answer will have a remainder.

By: Lilly, Jack, Alessia, Kelsea, and Mark

Assisted by: Mrs. Shank

 

Important dates…

March 2021

  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

 

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Mar. 1-5

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this, we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

This week we made some pulleys in science. Pulleys are simple machines that have a wheel and axle. The wheel has a groove that allows the rope to stay on the wheel. A person pulls on one end of the rope and a load is attached to the other. We combined movable and fixed pulleys. A movable pulley is when the pulley moves with the load and a fixed pulley stays in one spot and the load is the only thing that moves.

In math we are doing multiplication. We learned two ways to multiply 3 by 1 digit equations, the box method and the standard algorithm. One of the activities we did was a multiplication Emoji Mystery colouring sheet. We had to find the answers to multiplication question and find the product on the sheet. Next, we had to look above to find what colour to colour the box. Once we answered all the question it revealed an emoji. 

In social studies we are learning about the First Nations of Alberta and the buffalo. We learned that they used all the parts of the buffalo. For instance, they used the tail as a fly swatter. To find this information we went outside and found clipboards with information about the uses of the buffalo, and recorded this on a small piece of paper. Afterward, we glued it down to the textured buffalo we made earlier in our Visual Journals. 

Here are some pictures of our published poems that are currently posted by the gym for all EMJ students to view.

 By: Lachlan, Kai, Daymeion, and Maggie

Assisted by: Mrs. Shank

Important dates…

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Week of Feb. 22-26

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In honour of Pink Shirt Day, our major focus in writing this week was anti-bullying. Students were given the opportunity to explore what different people might feel, think, wonder, and dream if they were a bully, a person being bullied, a bystander, or someone who has shown bravery in the face of bullying. Each student was assigned one of these roles to write about. Check back next week to view some of the remarkable poems that students created, and their Pink Shirt Day designs. 


We carried this theme into our art this week. The class created a community art piece on the importance of Kindness. This is the tree that we created. 

In math students learned one of the ways to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. In class, we continue to practice multiplying numbers up to 7x7 and strongly encouraged students to continue this practice at home. Ask your child how to play “Multiplication War”.

Students explored the parts of pulley’s and their function. Here is an example of an experiment at work.






We continued with cup stacking this week and learned a new game called “Reverse Bowling”. Students had to roll the ball then run ahead of it to stack up the cups into a pyramid. It was not easy! 

Important dates…

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Feb. 16-19

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

In gym we started a new subject called cup staking/speed stacking. It is stacking up cups into a pyramid. We have races and competitions about who can build the cups up into a pyramid the fastest, and take them down.

In language arts we have been doing “Explode the Moment”. This is a planning sheet that gives us ideas to write in our stories. In order to make writing more exciting we wrote two truths and a lie this week. We wrote a paragraph about two truths and one lie. So we had to be pretty good at lying.


We used Lego wheels and axles and connected them together. For example, we tried to make a device that would move and roll fast. We did this to learn about wheels and the functions of axles in science.

 

By: Josie, Ethan, Morgan, Brooklynn, Baumen, and Chase

Assisted by: Mrs. Shank

Important dates… 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes


Week of Feb. 16-19

This week's blog team was unable to finish the message before the end of the day Friday. They will work on it next week and we will post it when it is complete. So check back later next week for the next blog post. 

Week of Feb. 1-5

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

Reminders…

Next week is Teacher’s Convention, therefore there is no school for students on Thursday or Friday. Family Day is on the following Monday as well.

Valentines Day cards that were brought in this week will be passed out on Wednesday, February 10th (before the long weekend). Please remember we are not permitted to share any food or treats, so please keep them at home.

This week…

We wanted to give students’ voice in our weekly blogs. In order to do this we have created six different “Blog Teams”. Each week one team will work with Mrs. Shank to write the blog message about what students did and the purpose of the activities. Blow is what this week’s Blog Team wrote:

 

We were having LA in both classes when in room 12 Ms. McKay barged in and in room 14 Mr. Radu did the same. Ms. McKay said “Flip over your desks before it’s too late” and everybody flipped over their desks in room 12. In room 14 Mr. Radu was wearing a sombrero and was yelling “WHERE IS IT?!”. All of this happened because Mrs. Higgs and Mrs. Shank told Mr. Radu and Mrs. McKay to come in and do whatever they want so we could write about it. Here is some of the writing we did. 

We are learning about wheels and levers in science. Mrs. Higgs and two of our classmates got pushed in a recycling box on broomsticks (rollers). We did this because we were learning if it’s easier to push the classmates and Mrs. Higgs with rollers or without.

In social we are showing what we appreciate about Alberta. We made collages and postcards to show what’s good about Alberta. We also wrote a paragraph about this. 

Important dates…

February 2021

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

Week of Jan. 25- 28

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

Reminders…

As we head into February we have a busy month ahead with Valentines Day, Teachers Convention, and Family Day. Please continue check the blog for updates and these important dates.

This year’s Valentines Day is going to look a little different. Students are welcome to bring a valentine for everyone if they wish, however it is not necessary. In order to follow the current restrictions, students need to bring in Valentines by Friday, February 5th. This allows us the time to quarantine the cards before passing them out to the students.

Students will be starting a new science unit, ‘Wheels and Levers’, this week. One item that students will need for this unit is a clean, empty pop can. Please put your child’s name on the washed can and place it into a Ziploc bag with their name on the bag as well.

This week…

In math we moved to learning about decimals. We discovered the tenths and hundredths place values that are to the right of the ones. We worked quickly in naming different decimal numbers and brainstormed where we see decimals every day. By then end of the week, students were ready to relate fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.

The focus in health for the last couple weeks have been about respect. Students have defined what respect means and how we can show others respect. The photo below shows some of their ideas. 

The focus in French has shifted to learning the names of body parts. Students have labeled the parts of the body and have participated in actions songs, like the French version of “Head and Shoulders”. They also spent time playing “Simon Says” in French.  

Important dates…

February 2021

·       Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

Week of Jan. 18 – 22

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math we continued to work with fractions. Our main focus this week was comparing and order fractions with the same denominator or the same numerator. To finish off the week we solved some word problems and played a “Guess What?” game. Friday’s art was fraction inspired. We used a circle to trace different colour circles and cut the circles into different fractions. After cutting out the fractions we created pictures from the pieces. 

Students continued to explore with light and shadows this week in science. They had an opportunity to create shadow puppets this week. Take a look at the many creatures they made. 

Important dates…

January 2021

·       January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

·       Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes. 

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist. 

Important dates…

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes.

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist.

Important dates…

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Welcome back to the blog! Between isolating, holidays, and online learning it has been a while since our last blog post. We couldn’t be happier to be back in the classroom with everyone this week. We worked hard this week and had a lot of fun!

Our writing focused on the literary devices of onomatopoeia’s and alliteration’s. We began the week identifying onomatopoeia’s within text and then illustrated some of these sound words. Later in the week, students created an alliteration acrostic poem.

In math we started our fractions unit by identifying fractions of a shape and fractions as sets. Students used the pattern blocks to determine the different ways they could divide different shapes.

Art this week connected to our science unit of light and shadow. We examined the work of the artist Alberto Giacometti. Check out the links in our Google Classroom to learn more about the artist.

Important dates…

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Week of Nov. 30- Dec. 4

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In language arts we continued to explore different ways to make connections. We started the week with connecting to a Pixar Short called “The Present”. Later, students listened to read aloud of a picture book and eventually read a picture book on their own. Each day we wrote a reflection based on our connection. To end the week, students chose one of piece of writing to publish in Google docs. Here are some samples of their work. Login in to Google Classroom to see what your child submitted.

We started our next mini unit in social studies this week. For the next couple weeks, we will be taking a close look at Dinosaur Provincial Park with the focus on fossils. Students were introduced to new vocabulary such as paleontology and geology. We also learned about the different types of fossils. You can review these types of fossils with your child by watching the following video.


Important dates…

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 11 Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume

Week of November 23 – 27

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

Students are playing a game called "Salute" to practice facts.

In math we reviewed division and explored different strategies we can use to solve equations. One strategy we used was separating objects into groups and looking at arrays. We also reviewed fact families and how multiplication can help us solve division equations. Lastly, we compared division and multiplication word problems and used key words to determine which operation was needed to solve the problems. 








During language arts, we explored different ways we can make connections. We discussed how we can connect to characters, music, and pictures. After sharing some of the connections, we wrote about the connections. Next week we will continue to make connections.


 

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020 

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Week of November 16 – 19

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

We would like to extend our greatest thanks to Parent Council for the amazing new books we received this week!

 

Thank-you to all parents who were able to meet with us on Thursday and Friday. It was nice to see so many faces via Mircosoft Teams. If you were unable to make it or missed your appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime to set up a time to meet.

This week…

In math we continued with multiplication basic facts. We explored some strategies we can use for the 2 times tables and 4 times tables. One strategy we tried was doubling for the 2’s and double, double for the 4’s. Ask your child about these strategies. We ask all students to practice multiplication facts up to 7x7, as they are expected to have recall of these facts by the end of grade 4.

We continued with the light and shadows unit in science this week. Students used flashlights to test whether objects were translucent, transparent, or opaque. Below are some photos of the experiment.

 

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Week of November 9 – 13

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

We had our first virtual assembly on Tuesday to acknowledge Remembrance Day. In preparation for this day we reflected on what peace means to us and how we can contribute to a peaceful school environment. Students completed a C.S.I on peace, where they thought of a colour, a symbol, and an image that represented peace for them. Next, students wrote a paragraph stating actions they plan to take to make EMJ peaceful.


In math this week we started with multiplication facts. Students explored different strategies that can be used to find the product of a basic fact. Students also used a multiplication chart to create fact cards from 2x2 to 7x7. These cards will not only be used as a way to practice these facts, but students have also used them to sort and explore the relationship between multiplication equations. Here are some examples of how students sorted their cards.

Sorted by common product.
Sorted by least to greatest product.
Sorted by common factor.

Our focus in social studies this week continued with provincial parks. Students read an article about the history and importance of provincial parks. As they read the article, students used annotated notes to identify connections, facts, and words or phrases that were confusing. After conferencing with others in the class, students wrote what they identified on sticky notes and posted them on the chart paper.

 

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

 

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

 

November 2020

  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of November 2-6

Teacher emails…

Mrs. Higgs: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Shank: jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math students were able to use their own deck of cards to play the game “What’s the difference?” This game reinforces the skills to subtract large numbers, sometimes with regrouping. It also allows students to create and compare numbers in order to develop equations with the smallest difference.

Students used flashlights this week to explore the way in which light travels. Ask your child how light travels (curved or straight) and how they know. Below is a picture of the experiment.

 

Important dates…

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

·       November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of October 26 – 29

Reminders…

Thank-you for everyone who has been able to bring a flashlight and a deck of cards to keep at school for now. Anyone who has not brought these items yet, please do so for Monday. The flashlight will be needed for Science on Monday! If you are unable to send these please email us and we will be happy to provide them.

Teacher emails: jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca and jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

 

This week…

It was another busy week at school for students. Students completed their writing paragraphs about Halloween Safety and wrote another informative paragraph about how to celebrate Halloween. After writing and editing this paragraph, students used the Chromebooks to publish and drew an illustration. 

Students completed the pages for The Important Thing Book: Alberta Regions group book. Ask your child what region they wrote about and some facts. We also played Jeopardy to review facts about Alberta’s regions. Students will be completing a final assessment on the information we reviewed, early this week. 


In science, our class started the Light and Shadow’s unit. Ask your child about natural versus artificial light sources.

 

Important dates…

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Week of October 19 -23

Reminders…

There are a few things that we ask for students to bring to school:

-       Indoor shoes

-       Headphones (most students have been doing this)

-       A flashlight (for our next science unit)

-       A deck of cards (to keep at school for math)

We realize this may be a lot for some, so if you do not have any of these items or if you are not able to locate an item please let us know and we can help.

 

This week…

Our writing this week focused on paragraph structure. We used a hamburger reference to explain the parts of a paragraph. The pieces that students wrote this week focused on fact based paragraphs where they gave information on topics they now. Next week we will continue to write these types of paragraphs and give opportunities for students to write about things they know about Halloween.


Students began their work on a group project in social studies where they are co-creating a book about Alberta’s natural regions. The title of the book will be The Important Thing Book: Alberta Regions. Click here to view the book that inspired this project. Next week students will complete the illustrations for their own page and each group will get the book.

During art, we examined the work of Jessica Anne Bruke. We took note of how she used lines and shading to create geographical features found in Alberta.  We then used her work to create our own, with hoodoos as our focus.




Important Dates…

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week of October 13 – 16

Reminders…

As the snow has begun to fall, students are encouraged to bring a pair of indoor shoes to keep at school.

We have noticed that some students have been bring personal objects from home such as toys or stuffed animals. Unfortunately, under the new regulations students are not allowed to bring these things to school, even if they plan to keep them in their backpacks. Please make sure your child is not bringing anything they do not need to school.  

This week…

In math, we spent time practicing our rounding skills and played a game called ‘Roll It’. Students rolled 3 dice and created a 3-digit number. They then rounded the number to the nearest tens and crossed off the rounded number on the game board. The first one to get 4 in a row was the winner. We ended to week with a review of numbers up to 10 000.

Next week is Waste Reduction Week. The grade 4’s created Public Service Announcements to let all of EMJ know how they can reduce waste. Some students did a Flipgrid, other created posters, and a few will be doing announcements for the school next week.

 



Important Dates…

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week on October 5 – 8

Reminders…

There are a couple things that some students still need to remember to bring. We are still looking for earbuds for all students and Ms. Dafoe is waiting for a few more containers for music. Please help your child remember to bring these two things to school.

Please help to make sure students are wearing a fresh clean mask every day. Masks should only be warn once and then washed.

This Week…

In math, we have started to explore number lines. Students’ brainstormed where we see number lines in our lives and different ways they are useful. We went outside to build numbers lines in groups. We discussed the term intervals and considered spacing while constructing the number lines.

 

Our writing this week focused on making connections to text to personal experiences. As a class, we read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst as our focus for connection. This book allowed students to remember a moment in time when something bad happened. Some of the examples we heard about were, stubbing a toe, tripping on a skateboard, or getting gum stuck in hair. Students took these small moments and developed a personal narrative that included details such as who, what, when, and where.

 

Students began researching information about the different regions in Alberta in Social Studies. They have started working with a group digitally. Each group is sharing a Google Doc and each member is responsible for one category, such as wildlife, vegetation, or climate.

 

Important Dates…

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

Week of Sept. 28- Oct. 2

 Reminders...

Please make sure that your child brings headphones or earbuds to school as we will be using them throughout the year.

If your child is away for an extended period of time, please check in with our Google Classroom and have them complete the outlined tasks while at home. If your child needs assistance with longing into Google Classroom, please send us an email and we can help.

Teacher Emails...

jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

This week…

In math we continued our work on numbers to 10 000. We played a game called Freeze and Compare. The students wrote a 4-digit number on their whiteboard. We played music and they danced or moved around the room. When the music stopped, they had to find 2 friends to compare numbers with. They then had to write them in either increasing or decreasing order.


On Sept. 30 we wore orange shirts in honor of Orange Shirt day. We discussed residential schools and listened to a story Called “When I Was Eight”. We brainstormed words and phrases that described how we thought children should feel at school and created our own orange shirts.


In art, we explored symmetry in a new way. The students wrote their name and cut it out along a fold to create a symmetrical creature with a line of symmetry down the center. It was a lot of fun creating these unique creatures! 

Important Dates to Remember:

October 2020

  • October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

December 2020

  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break



Week of September 21 – 24

Thank-you to all the parents who were able to meet with us this week for our first phone conferences. If we did not get a chance to talk, please feel free to send us an email to set up a time that we can call.

Reminders…

We ask that all students bring a pair of earbuds or headphones to school each day. These may stay in their backpacks or stay in their desk.

Students will need a small container for music class next week.

Please help to ensure that students are bring and wearing clean masks every day. It is best to bring two each day, in case one gets lost or dirty.

 This week…

As a school, we participated in the Terry Fox Run this past Wednesday. This year we ran with just our class during gym. Our class ran a total of 169 laps around the field! We used inspiration from Terry Fox and his family to #tryliketerry. Students reflected on things they wanted to work on and set goals for the school year.



In science, students sorted waste based on the guidelines set out by the City of Calgary. Visit our Google Classroom to watch a short video and play a sorting game.  

 

Looking forward…

Next week in math we will continue to explore numbers to 10 000. Students will begin to compare large numbers and demonstrate their understanding of numbers by using a number line.

Students will begin to work with words next week. Each student will be given a specific list of words based on individual needs.

Important dates…

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

 

September 2020

·       September 23 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 

October 2020

·       October 7 - School Council 6:30 pm

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

Week of September 14 -18

This Week…

In math, we explored how to represent a four-digit number in a variety of ways. Students were asked to represent a given number using one dollar coins, ten dollar bills, hundred dollar bills, and imaginary thousand dollar bills. Later, students were challenged to represent the same number, but only using the hundreds, tens, and ones.  This activity allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of regrouping.

 

Students used their visual journals this week to identify landforms, animals and bodies of water that they have seen in Alberta. Next week we will review what students know about Alberta’s plants, climate, and natural resources.

 

Our art project for this week touched on concepts in math and science. We gathered some of the natural waste that we found around the school. We looked for natural lines of symmetry and found that leaves on the ground that were symmetrical. Once back in the classroom we cut the leaves, glued them on some paper, and used mira’s to sketch the other side. Students then coloured the leaves.

 

Here is a picture of students enjoying Friday’s weather as they read and have their snacks.

Looking forward…

Next week in language arts we will concentrate on word choice and sentence structure. In math we will continue with representing numbers up to 10 000.

 

Important dates…

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

 

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

 

September 2020

·       September 23 Terry Fox Run

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 


Week of September 8-11

Welcome to our weekly blog! Look here every Sunday for updates on what we did in class and what is coming up. School is very different this year, but we are very excited to be back with students!

 

These pictures show our two classrooms. We are one class that is spread out into two classrooms.

 

This Week:

In science this week, students went out to explore the different kinds of natural waste that can be found around the school. We are beginning the year with the Waste in Our World unit.

 

In math this week, students were introduced to analog clocks. They created their own clocks and used them to tell time to the nearest five minutes. Student were challenged by the teacher and each other to identify the time on an analog clock. If you have an analog clock at home or a watch, ask your child to read the clock. This will be reinforced all year in hopes that students will become fluent in reading time.

 

Looking Forward:

Next week in math we will begin our number sense unit with place value up to 10 000. In language arts, we will begin to explore ways to improve our writing based on word choice. We will explore Alberta’s landforms, bodies of water, and animals that are found throughout the province, in social studies.

 

Teacher Emails:

jmshank@cbe.ab.ca

jghiggs@cbe.ab.ca

 

Important Dates:

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

 

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

 

September 2020

·       September 17 School Photos

·       September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

·       September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)

·       September 30 Orange Shirt Day

 

October 2020

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

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