Ms. Katyal & Ms. Myroniuk

November 16-19, 2020

What does EES look like???

One of our fundamental beliefs about learning in an EES classroom is based on flexible groupings. By grouping students according to strengths and abilities we are able to target their learning needs to help them continue their growth.

 

Students will start the day in their homeroom classes. In this space they begin their morning routine by storing their belongings and then beginning a work task. After a short period of time in the classroom, students come together in the gym to participate in different activities that work on gross motor skills, listening, and cooperative group games. After gym is when we have our first flexible grouping where students work on their targeted IPP goals. Some students are working to develop their functional skills such as practicing morning routines and focusing of hygiene to increase their level of independence. Other students are working on tasks that focus on fine motor building, literacy, numeracy, and printing practice. Students have a work card that they use for task bin time where they choose the activities they want to practice for the day and then select a preferred activity that they are working towards. 


After this focused task time, some students continue working on functional skills while another group is working on focused literacy or numeracy. A large part of our literacy program is through the use of predictable chart writing, where students complete a predictable sentence based on a story. This practice increases student exposure to frequently used words, introduces new words, and furthers their printing practice. In numeracy students are participating in number talks and learning how to represent different numbers in different ways.

After morning academic time students are ready for their snacks which they eat in their respective homeroom classes. Once again, all students get together for recess which we love to spend outside as often as possible. When students return after recess they focus on further building literacy skills. This is a time of the day that all students gather together in one of our homeroom classes and we are learning about the alphabet and letter sounds. There are different ways we engage students through music and dance, and even learning how to sign each letter. Letter tasks are modified to each students abilities and although they work together to learn the letters of the alphabet, the tasks are organized to reach our flexible groupings. Our next block is social skills building where students have the opportunity to get together and participate in play with each other. We are encouraging students to participate in parallel play and moving students further to social play. After students have worked so hard they are ready for lunch!

 

Stay tuned next week to find out what our afternoon looks like!

 

Important Information and 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 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)

December 2020

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

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 9-13, 2020

This week in EES we learned about Remembrance Day and why it is so important. We learned that soldiers went to a far so we could be free. Together we brainstormed some things that we are grateful for. Our list includes being able to go to school, wearing what ever clothes we like, being able to talk in different languages, and being friends with all the different special people in our class!

We had our first online assembly on Tuesday and observed a moment of silence in our classroom. Students did a wonderful job maintaining the moment of silence and honouring the soldiers.


Next week we are looking forward to talking with our EES for family conferences. They will be held on Thursday and Friday. A gentle reminder that students will finish school early at 12:15 pm on Thursday and there is no school for students on Friday. 

Families an important reminder that our classrooms are a nut free zone. To make our space a safe place for all students we are unable to accommodate nut products such as peanut butter sandwiches. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


We would like to thank parent council for allotting classes funds to purchase new books for our students to enjoy! Thank you so much for adding to all classroom libraries and helping students explore different worlds!

 

Important Information and 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 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)

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 2-6, 2020

Happy Friday EES Families! This week our SLP and OT introduced us to Mat Man! Mat Man is from a program called Handwriting Without Tears and supports students in learning and developing skills related to promote body awareness, socializing, and sharing with peers. Mat Man is made from wooden pieces and students work together to build him on a blue mat.


In EES Mat Man is building on knowledge students have been gaining about their own sense of self and is a great way to introduce the senses. Here is a link to a Mat Man song if you would like to sing it at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O_vUHG7440

You can also click on this link to learn more and gather materials around your home to make your own Mat Man!

https://www.lwtears.com/blog/meet-mat-man


Important Information and Dates:

1)    If you have not already done so, please sign the last two pages of the IPP document that went home last week and return to school.

2)    There is no school on November 11.

3)    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)

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

 

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October 25-30

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere! This week our Inquiry group learned all about Pumpkins. We learned about how pumpkins grow and the different parts through songs, stories, interactive SmartBoard activities and labeling diagrams.  Here is a link to one of the songs we enjoyed singing. https://youtu.be/tU-GwFHQZI8

We extended our pumpkin inquiry theme and Halloween theme into our literacy, numeracy and fine motor tasks. One of the favorite learning tasks was “Witches Brew” where we had to follow a specific recipe, developing both literacy and numeracy skills, to create a special witches brew in the big cauldron!

 


Our foundational literacy group continues to explore the letters of the alphabet through songs, stories, movement, ASL Sign, interactive SmartBoard activities and fine motor tasks. We finished up our letter /D d/ learning and are moving onto letter /E e/ next week. Here is a link to our favorite alphabet song https://youtu.be/rjmKJKG5Nx0 and our targeted Letter D song https://youtu.be/SizYpeJL_UE .


Every Thursday we have a special visit from our out-of-this-world music specialist, Ms. Dafoe. This week we got an opportunity to play the Wooden Spoons, learning to keep beat and tempo!



We ended our busy week with a special movie treat. We watched “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” This movie helped us better understand the different emotions and feeling in the Zones of Regulation.  During the movie we looked at the times when Spookley was feeling sad (blue zone), angry (red zone), silly (yellow zone) and happy (green zone).  This movie also reminded us of the important lesson, never judge a pumpkin by its shape!

 

Your child’s Individual Program Plan (IPP) was sent home on Thursday in their red folders. Goals on your child’s IPP are specifically developed for your child within a 6-week timeline. In the first week of February you will receive an EES specific report focusing on the following; Functional Academics, Regulation, Social Skills, Functional Living Skills, Communication and Leisure Skills.  Please read over the IPP, sign the two last pages, and return the school copy in the envelope provided. If there is any information that you would like to update on these documents please feel free to add it directly on the copy that you return to the school. These are working documents and will be updated throughout the year. If you have any questions about the IPP please feel free to contact us.

 

Upcoming Important Dates:

·       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)

 

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween

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October 19 – 23

We would like to introduce our families to our EES Specialized Support Team. They support our growth and development in the classroom in many different ways. 

Ms. Stacy taught us all the safe way to use our classroom mini-trampoline. The mini-trampoline is a great way to support regulation and can be found in the sensory room. She helps us with moving our bodies in safe ways. 

Ms. Genevieve and Ms. Nicole have been supporting us in activities that build our self-regulation, social awareness and social language skills. Through these fun and engaging activities, we are learning valuable skills such as building awareness of our environment, learning how to be a part of a group and understanding underlying language concepts such as self-identity (I, me) learning early emotion words, being part of a group, and using people names. Our students get really excited to see our special friends come into the classroom to work with us! 

Our first focus has been on developing a sense of identity and learning to use I and me when seeing pictures our ourselves and learning the names of others in our classroom. 

 

 

Next week we are looking forward to Halloween! Students can bring their costumes to school and we will assist them changing at lunch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we cannot currently share snacks. Students can bring a special snack for themselves to enjoy at an afternoon Halloween party. 

Thank you to all our families for gathering the necessary items needed for the colder weather. We spend time outdoors each day, as the playground is one of our students’ favorite place! If you need assistance with any items for the weather please let us know, we are happy to help!

 

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

October 12-16

Students in EES will explore different inquiry units this year and have started off with an apple exploration. Inquiry projects allow students to develop and explore their interests and hands on learning results in greater engagement. 

During our inquiry unit on apples students learned about the parts of an apple, the apple life cycle, and what a prediction is. After learning about predictions students had to make their own before our two experiments. We learned that a prediction is never wrong, but just a really good guess based on what we know. 

Our first experiment looked at what liquid would keep apples fresh. We tried using oil, vinegar, and water. Many of us predicted water or vinegar would be best but it turns out the oil kept the apple slice most fresh! 


For our second experiment students had to predict which colour apple they would like the best. Many predicted green or red. After we did a taste test, which of course followed all safety and health measures, we found out that most of us liked the yellow apples! 

We are looking forward to our next inquiry unit and sharing what we will learn with you.

Next week we look forward to sharing some of the learning we are doing with our SLP and OT on self and others.

Important Dates:

·       October 21 Take Me Outside Day

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

-      November 11 - No School for Students


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik  


October 5-8, 2020

This week in EES our focus is our task bins! Students spend a majority of their morning working on different tasks that develop skills such as number sense, literacy skills, fine motor, and pre-printing work. Students rotate through tasks so they have a chance to explore multiple activities and develop different skills sets. Students will work on these task bins for a given amount of time before new bins are added. This allows time to strengthen the different skills that students are learning.  


Next week we look forward to sharing more about our inquiry unit on apples! 

A form went home yesterday regarding technology use at school. Please read through, sign, and return to school. 

 

Important Dates:

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik  

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September 28-October 2, 2020

A focus in our EES program is developing literacy skills at every ability level. One group in particular is targeting beginning literacy skills including introduction to the letters of the alphabet, printing practice, and letter based activities. Students learn through songs, movement and SmartBoard activities.

 

On Wednesday we celebrated Orange Shirt Day! We were excited to see many of our students wearing an orange shirt or their favourite shirt. We talked about students who were not able to wear their favourite shirts and our kiddos thought that was not ok. To honour the importance of the day students learned how to sign parts of the Acknowledgement of the Land. You can visit this link to watch the video at home.

 

We are looking forward to beginning community walks! We will be going on our walks some Friday’s during our ‘Fun Friday’ time. We would be exploring spots within our community with a limit of 2 km and would be going between the hours of 9:30-11:30 am. A letter went home earlier this year with more information regarding community walks.

 

Important Dates:

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

 

Have a great weekend,

 Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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September 21-24, 2020

We want to start by saying thank you to all the families that booked time to conference with us. We love being able to chat with all our families about the wonderful kiddos in our program. We are so excited about the successes and progressions we are seeing, and it is only the first month of school!  If you haven't yet had the opportunity to book an appointment, please reach out and we will find a time to chat. 

This week's blog will be all about the outdoors! You might have noticed your kiddo coming home a little dirtier than usual! That's because we have been enjoying the beautiful weather and spending a lot of time outside. Why outside? Many studies have proven there are numerous benefits from spending time outside and that many children are not getting enough outside time. 

Just take a look at all we are accomplishing with our outdoor learning and play!