Ms. Katyal & Ms. Myroniuk

June 20-24, 2022

Room 2: What a busy busy week!! We had a ton of fun this week and made a big “splash”! Students learned about water activities and what better way to begin our mini unit than to talk about a day at the beach! Students made a list of all the things they need to pack when they’re going to the beach and how to keep ourselves safe too. Sometimes the sun can feel too hot and we can get sick so it’s important to protect ourselves by using sun screen, taking an umbrella for shade, and drinking lots of water when we’re outside. We also looked at different water games such as water balloons, water gun fights, and playing with toy boats in a bin of water. Students got to play a fun game outside where we all got wet! Thank you to our families for sending in extra clothes. We played “Duck Duck Goose” but with a sponge and bucket of water. Whenever it was someone’s turn to be the goose the sponge was squeezed on top of their heads so they knew it was their turn! Students were laughing and running around the circle as fast as they could. We all had so much fun!


To end our week we brought the beach to us and had an indoor beach day! We had to dig through sand to find hidden critters, saw boats “floating at sea”, and some of our kiddos even dunked their legs or head into the water like they would at the beach. We had a wonderful time pretending it was a real beach day even with the cold and rainy weather outside.


Room 2 also got to visit a grade three classroom that hatched ducks! The ducklings were so little. We made sure to keep calm bodies, quiet voices, and to be very gentle with our hands so we didn’t scare the ducklings.


We had a very big milestone to celebrate some of our students this week as well. EMJ hosted a Grade 6 Farewell for our grade six students who are going to new schools next year. The grade sixes went bowling, had a pizza party, ate cake, and had an assembly to recognize their hard work! We are so excited for our friends and the amazing things they will be doing as they continue to grow, but we are going to miss them SO MUCH!! Congratulations Grade 6!!!


Wow, I can’t believe there are only a few more days of this school year. All the students in Room 3 have worked so hard in establishing school routines, increasing stamina for academic tasks, participating in whole group learning and increasing social interactions with others. I am so proud of each one of you! It has been so wonderful to watch each and every student grow this year.

 This week, for National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, Room 3 took the opportunity to reflect on our 7 Sacred Grandfathers learning. We have used the sacred teachings to guide our learning about love, courage, wisdom, humility, honesty, respect and truth throughout this year. We have learned about how these values can connect us to our Earth and its people. We have learned to thank the caretakers of this planet through participating in The Land Acknowledgment. This week we participated in another Trail Tales story about the land we live on, our province of Alberta. We also took time to sit with nature in our forest ‘Dip’.

 

We finished our Pond inquiry with learning more about fish and a special trip to visit the grade 3’s in Room 6. It was exciting to meet the ducks they have been raising in their classroom; Max, Mr. Fluff, Bright Bill and Ron. We all had a chance to hold, pet and cuddle these amazing ducks!


Important Reminders and Dates:

Sports Day At EMJ

Monday, June 27th is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day. Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 10:30 am to participate in various ‘Fun Day’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray. Thank- you to parent council for providing a small treat for after our ‘Sports Day’ activities.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee


June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


 With only a couple days left next week this will be our final blog of the year! We have had such an amazing year together full of learning, laughter, and growth. All students have made so many gains in their learning and we could not be more proud of them. Thank you to all of our families for your ongoing support! We couldn’t have made this year such a big success without you! We wish everyone a happy and safe summer, good luck to those moving on, and we can’t wait to see you back in September! Happy summer!!!


Have a great summer,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal



June 13 -17, 2022

 Room 3 has had so much fun this week working with some of our amazing grade 6 students. Our focus this week has been on playing cooperative games using different board and card games. We have used social stories and visual picture cues to build our turn-taking vocabulary. Our grade 6 students have been learning how picture visuals help us communicate and how to use them to support our learning.

This week in our Pond Inquiry we have been learning all about fish. We have completed another labeling activity. Reading and labeling parts of an animal is an example of the functional writing skills that we learn throughout the year. Our students first learn about the animal through songs, stories and books. Then as a class, we use our interactive SmartBoard to practice the vocabulary and learn where the labels go. Finally, students work individually to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned. All our students have demonstrated so much progress in this skill throughout our inquiry units.

 This week we also had a chance to revisit earlier conversations about the people in our lives that are important and care for us.  All year we have learned about the teaching of the 7 Sacred Grandfathers; honesty, respect, courage, love, humility, wisdom and truth. This week the students in room 3 created a very lovely gift for someone special in their lives that help them learn and grow! Happy Father’s Day to our Dads, care givers, uncles, brothers, cousins and all other important people in our lives! 

With all the excitement working with the grade 6 students, we didn’t get to finish wrapping up our Pond Inquiry. Next week we will be visiting the grade 3 class to see and hear all about the ducks they have been raising from eggs. We are also looking forward to our Sports Day on Friday!


Room 2: This week due to the change in weather room two had to wait to learn about water related summer activities. Instead we got to spend time with some grade six students playing, learning, and interacting together! Our grade six students helped us play in cooperative games, supported us in taking turns, and got us to practice sharing materials of a shared activity, such as lego.

 

Students in room were focused on completing a very special project this week. We have been learning more about Father’s Day and how this special day is for anyone who protects us, loves us, helps us learn, and grow. Our grade six buddies came on a walk with us to gather some supplies from the land. Students worked hard all week to make their special gifts and are excited to bring them home today. Happy Father’s Day to all the important father figures in our lives!  

Next week we will wrap up our unit on summer activities, have Grade 6 Farewell, and Sports Day on Friday!


Important Dates and Reminders:

Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 24th is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day. Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 10:30 am to participate in various ‘Fun Day’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray. Thank- you to parent council for providing a small treat for after our ‘Sports Day’ activities.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee


June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farewell Events

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



June 6-10, 2022

 Room 3 dived back into our Pond inquiry this week learning all about the fast flying dragonfly. Dragonflies are similar to frogs in that the babies don’t resemble the adult. Baby dragonfly larvae are called Nymphs. Nymphs live in the water for up to 5 years before they are big and strong enough to climb up out of the water, on the stem of a plant and molt, shedding their larvae skin to reveal a dragonfly. Our focus this week was on being able to name the stages in the lifecycle of the dragonfly. Students engaged their fine motor skills to cut out the circular pictures of the stages and put them in the correct order. Cutting out a circle can be fairly tricky, having to navigate cutting with one hand and moving the paper in a circular motion with the other.  Students activated those fine motor skills again for the art project for the week. To create the dragonflies the students had to thread the bead onto a pipe cleaner to create the abdomen, the long skinny part of the dragonfly, and the thorax, the part of their body that the wings attach to. The final steps were using more pipe cleaners to add the 4 wings, 6 legs and 2 big huge eyes.

The theme of our targeted morning tasks has changed and what better way to celebrate the last few weeks of school than with ice cream, lots of ice cream! These tasks target skills such as shape recognition, upper and lowercase alphabet recognition, 1 to 1 counting and phonemic awareness. Skills such as blended letter sounds, word families and sight words help our emerging readers to develop their reading skills.

Next week we look forward to wrapping up our Pond Inquiry and our Money unit in math!


What a week it has been in room two! We have been having too much fun exploring summer activities, wrapping up our mini unit on camping. This week we learned how to make s’mores to prepare for our big “campfire” cookout! We learned to read a recipe, made a list of ingredients we needed, and then Ms. K mixed up the instructions so we had to sequence the recipe and make sure the steps were in order! 


Next we made a campfire to prepare for the cookout. We learned that we can also cook hot dogs over a fire with a stick or a skewer. We knew that when it is cold at night, the campfire helps keep you warm, but we didn’t know you could use the fire to cook food as well! Room two also talked about going to a restaurant when you’re camping. If you run out of food, or it’s a little too cold, you can always hop into your car and drive to the closest restaurant. In class we learned how we should act in a restaurant, how loud our voices should be, what kinds of manner word we need to know, and how to patiently wait after we’ve ordered food.



Lastly, we finally had our cookout. We were so excited to cook over a campfire but we know it’s not safe to have a fire inside the school, so we used a microwave and the oven instead. Did you know we got to cook in the staff room today?! We laid out all our ingredients, we remembered that we had to start by washing our hands, and we recalled what we had learned about kitchen safety when you’re using an oven. Students took turns using the microwave to cook our hotdogs. Once everything was finished cooking we took it outside to eat at the picnic tables. It was such an exciting day.



Next week we are looking forward to starting a ne summer activity mini unit that might have something to do with getting wet…do you have any guesses?


Important Dates:

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farewell Events

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



May 30 - June 3, 2022

Deadline for 2022-23 Transportation Pre-Registration is June 8

The 2022-23 transportation service levels and fees are now posted. All families considering using school bus transportation for the next school year must register by Wednesday, June 8 to be part of planning for next year’s routes. There is no financial obligation for registration and families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. Please visit website below for instructions on how to register.

https://cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/general-transportation.aspx


Room 3 had so much fun with the last Amazing Race Challenge! The Challenge was a continuation from last week. We traveled to Qatar to learn all about the World Cup in soccer and about Camel Racing.

 We had to compete in different challenges with the soccer ball, some of the challenges were very difficult and we swapped out the soccer ball for a balloon. We played soccer in the gym and outside in our field. We read an adapted soccer book with pictures to highlight key vocabulary.

In Camel Racing they use low-tech Robots, made out of homemade materials to sit on the camel while the camels run up to 10km during a race. Did you know that camels can run up to 65km per hour?  The robots have walkie-talkies so the trainers that drive alongside the racetrack can communicate with their camels.  The winning camel has Saffron rubbed on it’s neck as a reward for their hard work! As a class our creative challenge was to create a robot. Together we made our Robot Happy. 

To complete this week’s challenge, we had to extend an invitation to another class in our school. Our grade 6’s stepped up to help us out! We came together with our grade 6 friends to create a human camel to carry the robot in a race.  There were so many smiles and laughter as two teams raced against the clock and while other students cheered us on!

It was such an action-packed week that we had to put a pause on our Pond Inquiry. We look forward to continuing next week!


This week room two learned some important camping vocabulary. As we learn more words we will add them to our word wall. We also tied in our last inquiry unit about our 5 senses and thought of how we use these senses when we go camping in the forest. Students came up with a list of different things we see, smell, feel, taste, and hear. Students created their own Camping 5 Senses books to include the information they had learned. Students also learned what we need to pack in our backpacks when we go camping. We thought of warm clothing, flashlights or lanterns, food, and things to keep us safe from animals like bear spray and loud horns.


Students in room 2 also traveled to Qatar for the final Amazing Race challenges this week! Students participated in the camel race without letting our human camel fall apart as we walked. We thought the best way to do this was by using a skipping rope to guide us. Everyone held on to the skipping rope as we took our race around the neighbourhood. We made sure we held on to the rope and stopped for little breaks whenever any of our team mates needed a few minutes. Students did a great work working together as a team!  


Important Dates:

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farwell Events

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



May 24-27, 2022

Room 2 has continued to learn about summer activities and all the fun things we can do in this season. This week our focus was on the season and when it will change from spring to summer. We learned that in the middle of June we will say goodbye to spring and welcome summer. We have already seen many signs of spring when we are outside which include warmer weather, greener grass, leaves sprouting on tree branches, and even flowers blooming on the tree outside our school! Students have been spending more time outdoors extending their classroom learning to their environment. Students are playing on the playground, digging in the rocks together as a team, have been playing in small groups with a ball, and some students even enjoyed participating in mini competitions to see who could get to the playground the fastest. We moved our bodies in different ways such as walking, running, and even rolling on the grass.  We are excited to be taking a closer look at camping next week.


During academic times students have been accessing different tools to support their learning. These tools can include items such as calculators, alphabet strips, or number lines. This week room 2 would like to highlight a number chart. Students use the number chart to support them in their knowledge of counting forwards and backwards, identifying missing numbers, learning to skip count, and for many other concepts. Students are constantly being exposed to a number of different learning tools to find the ones that best meet their learning needs.


 

As part of Room 3’s Inquiry unit, we have been working hard to create a pond ecosystem in the display case at the front of the school. This week we added ducks! We have heard from some of the teachers in our school community that their students really look forward to seeing how our pond grows each week! We love sharing our learning with our families through our classroom blog and helping our friends learn more through sharing our work in the school. We also like seeing all the other classes learning journeys through their documentation panels and displays.

Again this week, we used our handprints in our art project.  Our duck’s body was created with our handprint and we referred back to our Part of a Duck labeling work we did last week to complete the rest of the duck with a head, eye, bill (beak), webbed feet and feathers!

 This week’s Amazing Race Challenge has us traveling to Qatar for a World Cup Soccer physical challenge and the creative challenge to create a robot for Camel Racing. Due to the long weekend we have until Monday to complete these before moving onto another location. We can’t wait to share our progress on this difficult challenge with you next week!



Important Dates:

Deadline for 2022-23 Transportation Pre-Registration is June 8

The 2022-23 transportation service levels and fees are now posted. All families considering using school bus transportation for the next school year must register by Wednesday, June 8 to be part of planning for next year’s routes. There is no financial obligation for registration and families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. Please visit website below for instructions on how to register.

https://cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/general-transportation.aspx


June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



May 15 – 19, 2022

 Room 3 continued our pond inquiry this week with a focus on ducks. We read a book that highlighted one attribute of a duck on each page. We then compared what we knew about frogs to what we just learned about ducks. Did you know that frogs and ducks actually have things in common?

 

We had so much fun with Week 1’s CBE Amazing Race Challenge. This week we were in Cusco Peru. Our Amazing Race challenge focused on the Chasqui’s of the Ancient Inca Empire. These were people who had to run to deliver messages throughout the empire, sometimes to the top of Manchu Picchu, where Royalty was believed to have lived. The Chasqui’s delivered their messages through a series of runners, who had to be physically strong to run to the next messenger. What made their job even more difficult was that they had to remember the messages as there were no phones, emails, texts or even pen and paper to write the messages down. This week the students of room 3 had to train hard to avoid obstacles such as Alpaca’s and Condors as well as climbing the steep steps of the mountain.  Students then had to deliver the message from one-to-another so that the message was properly delivered to Her Royal Highness at the top of Manchu Picchu! Be sure to ask your student what the special message was! (hint…Anything is Possible)


 The second challenge was the Who Knew Rainbow Challenge. Did you know that Peru is not only famous for Manchu Picchu but also for the Rainbow Mountain Range, part of the Andes? Our challenge was to create a rainbow of our own. For this challenge we created a hand print Rainbow that incorporated the animals and qualities of the 7 Sacred Teaching of the Grandfathers. Our Rainbow turned out beautifully! 

We are excited to participate in next week’s CBE Amazing Race Challenge! I wonder where we will go? We will also continue to build on our Pond in the school’s display case through our learning inquiry.


Students in room two have begun exploring a new inquiry unit. We are learning about summer activities, beginning with camping. Students have been looking into what types of camping someone could do, such as camping in a tent or using a trailer. We also discussed what kind of things we have to pack with us if we are going camping. It is important to be prepared for anything when you’re camping so we know we have to pack clothing for warm and cool weather, we have to make sure we pack food and something to cook it on, we have to bring flashlights so we can see at night, and sleeping bags to keep us warm when we sleep. We watched a short video about what camping looks like and how we can prepare before we go. Visit the link below to watch it with your student at home.


Room 2 is also participating in the CBE wide Amazing Race Challenge! This week we were in Cusco Peru, and had two challenges that we accepted and successfully completed. The first was the Chasqui Dash. Students learned that Chasqui's were important messengers who would run from one place to another to deliver messages. It was believed that there was royalty living on top of Machu Picchu and the Chasqui's had to run across the trails to get to the royal families with their message. The Chasqui's all worked together as a team in order to get the messages to these families in the fastest way possible. Students heard a secret message and had to work together in our own Chasqui dash to deliver our message to the top of Machu Picchu.


We also had to create a rainbow in the “Who Knew Rainbow Challenge” which is inspired by the Rainbow Mountain which has 14 different colours in the Andes. For this challenge we had to create a rainbow using any materials, and we could get extra point if we used parts of ourselves to create the rainbow. So of course we challenged ourselves to use our bodies as part of our rainbow! We are excited for the next challenge next week and to share what we had to do!


Important Dates:

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Ms. Katyal



May 9-13, 2022

Students in room 2 started wrapping up our inquiry on the 5 senses by creating our very own predictable writing book! We thought of different things that we could touch, hear, smell, taste, and see. Students wrote their sentences, cut them up, and then had to rearrange each sentence before gluing it on a larger piece of paper for our book. Room two has been working hard and we can’t wait to share the final product with you!


 On Friday we did a fun activity that used all of our senses at once! We made something that used all 5 senses, here are some clues to help you guess! We could see this item change its form and become bigger from the little seed it started as, we could smell the buttery flavour as it cooked, we could hear lots of popping, we could taste the saltiness of this delicious snack, and we could feel how soft and bumpy it was when we ate it. Can you guess what we made?? You’re right, we made popcorn! All of our senses were tingling when we made our snack, our popcorn investigation was a success!


We are so excited to share our new inquiry unit with you as we start next week. Stay tuned to find out more.

 

A few students are also beginning to explore calculators and learning how to use this functional tool. Students have been learning where the numbers are, the symbols, and how to clear the calculator before beginning a new equation. During math students have been using the calculator to help them find the correct answer to an addition question, they have used to calculator to help check if their answer is correct, and some have begun to use the calculator to add larger numbers in the 100’s!


This week room 3 has continued learning more about frogs during our Pond inquiry. Students started by gathering information during shared learning through the use of books and online resources (such as our favorite PebbleGo). We sang songs and participated in movements that highlight key concepts, and completed different interactive activities. As a way to demonstrate our learning we completed a Frogs Can, Have and Are Chart. To start this learning activity the students had to cut out the different characteristics presented in words with a small supporting picture or in pictures with a single supporting word. During the cutting part of this task, students are given the most appropriate type of scissor for their current ability. Further developing fine motor skills and challenging students with next level skills is done during our morning work. We have 4 types of scissors to aid students with these types of tasks. Our mounted table top scissor is great for our students that are learning grip. This scissor allows students to use an open hand, by pressing the top of the handle down, and when released it will automatically return to the open position for the next snip. Once students have established their grip, they move onto using a loop scissor.  With this adapted scissor they gently squeeze their hand together to cut then the scissor will spring back open for the next snip. This reduces tension in the hands and fingers and helps build accuracy and confidence.  Once they are proficient with these scissors, they will move onto using a training scissor or a traditional scissor, the difference is the training scissor has a hinge that opens the blade after each cut.

 

 

Outdoor learning continues to be a very important part of our EES program. Outdoor learning has numerous benefits such as developing environment awareness, connecting to nature, promoting mental health and increasing physical health. This week was one of our wild Calgary weather weeks! We started our week by enjoying some fun in the snow and ended with a beautiful community walk, where we saw 2 ducks crossing the road in front of the school! At the community playground, students played on the equipment but also engaged in a choice of other games and activities from reading and drawing to bowling and ring toss. Our students are always happy to enjoy time outside, regardless of the weather!

 

Our art for this week was creating a visual representation of the frog life cycle. Painting is always a fun activity! Each student created a tadpole, the next stage either a tadpole with legs or a froglet and the final stage of an adult frog. We then took our frogs and acted out one of our favorite songs, 5 Green and Speckled Frogs! Each student took a turn helping the frogs jump off the log or using our voice recorded button to play the predictable part of the song “one jumped in the pool, where it was nice and cool” while the rest of us sang and did the hand actions that we have been practicing. Students had to really focus to the words during this activity to time both the frogs jumping off the log and pushing the button at the appropriate time in the song! Our pond in the schools display case is growing and we can’t wait to add more to it next week when we continue our pond learning.

 

 

Next week we will also be starting a CBE school wide event, The Amazing Race. Families might remember this event from last year. This event is full of challenging and fun movement activities, learning connections and special art activities. We can’t wait to share this fun event with you in our blog!


Important Dates to Remember:

 

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

 

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



May 2-6, 2022

This week Room 3's pond inquiry focus was on the lifecycle of a frog.  Did you know that a baby frog looks nothing like an adult frog?  The lifecycle of a frog from egg to adult is called metamorphosis. Students worked through each of the stage of the lifecycle through song, interactive activities, and sensory play.  We will continue to look at lifecycles next week, comparing the lifecycle of a frog to other animals found in a pond such as a ducks and dragonflies. Our morning work in literacy, numeracy, and fine motor skills continues to focus on our Pond theme.

In honour of Mother’s Day this week, Room 3 talked a lot about the people that care for us at home. On this Sunday, we take time to celebrate our Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, Sisters, Foster Families, or any other special person that cares for us. Our students worked extremely hard to create a beautiful card to say thanks to that special person in their lives! This multi-step project combined fine motors skills by tearing paper into small pieces, pouring water into a bowl, carefully using kitchen tools to blend paper and using a spoon to scoop the blend into heart shaped forms. Some of our students used a 10 second timed button switch to operate the blender, highlighting the words ‘off’ and ‘on’. We hope you enjoy your special gift and have somewhere to plant the wild flower seeds together and watch them grow!


 

 



This week Room 2 had a blast exploring our fifth sense of sight with Ms. MacAuly! We realized how important our eyes are and that we actually use them every single day. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep our eyes are helping us all day long! Students learned the value of our eye-sight and how sometimes people’s eyes don’t work that well either. When we need help with our eyes we go to a doctor who can give us glasses. Many of our friends and grown ups in EES wear glasses! We read a story called “Look Book” that only showed parts of the picture on the next page and we had to guess before we turned the page what the picture would be.  

Students played several games to learn how we use our eyes. One game involved being blindfolded to see what if we were able to write or draw without our sight. Another game we played was sitting in a circle and Ms. MacAulay showed us a group of objects from our classroom. She asked kiddos to close their eyes before taking an item away. Students have to use their working memory to try guessing which item had been removed.   

To wrap up our sense of sight this week students went on a scavenger hunt walk in the neighbourhood. They had to look for items around the community that were a particular colour. Ask your students what they found on our walk that was blue, green, or orange!  


Important Dates:

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 11 - Jersey Day

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



April 25-29, 2022

Students in room 2 learned about our sense of taste this week. We learned about the different parts of our mouth that help us when we eat, our tongues have taste buds that help us taste different foods, and that most flavours can be described as sweet, salty, sour, bitter, or spicy. We looked at what is safe to eat like fruits and sometimes cookies, but also things that are not safe, like anything we get from a stranger.

Students made a special art project that we hoped to make last week but didn’t get the chance to. The art used glue and jello powder to create a scratch and sniff painting which appealed to our sense of smell, but also something students enjoyed tasting while creating their art.


Towards the end of the week we used what we learned about our sense of taste to do a science experiment. Students were shown some foods and they made predictions about whether each food would be sour, sweet, salty, bitter, or spicy. After making our predictions we got to taste the different foods! Students were requested to taste everything at least one time, and then they were welcome to spit it out into a garbage bin if they didn’t like it. Take a look at our pictures below to see whether our predictions were correct!


















Next week Ms. K is away and we are lucky to have Ms. MacAulay in for the week! We will be learning about our sense of sight as we explore things that we see indoors and outdoors.


This week was the last week of gymnastics. The students in Room 3 loved this week’s Mission Impossible! During Mission Impossible, students are challenged to use the gross motor skills they developed during the weeks leading up, to carefully navigate many different challenges and obstacles. We were so impressed with all our students during the gymnastics unit and how they all demonstrated one of the 7 Sacred Teachings, courage like the bear, to attempt many challenges that at first frightened them, like climbing across the high ladder and balance beam.

  

 

During our Pond inquiry we looked at plants and animals that can be found at the pond. Students sorted pictures of animals that can be found in a pond from those that don’t belong in the pond. Our art project this week was creating Cattails, a plant that can be found at the pond. We had an opportunity to examine real Cattails and found that they are quite soft and fuzzy. When they open they have fluff that comes out and the fluff are the way a cattail sends out its seeds to make more of itself.  Room 3 is using one of the school’s display cases at the front of the school to share the progress of our Pond learning with the rest of our school community. Each week we will add more of our learning to create a Pond habitat. Next week we are going to take a closer look at the lifecycle of a frog.

 

Students continue to complete morning task work. Some of the activities are related to our Pond Inquiry, such as practicing printing and matching letters of the alphabet. Some of our students are exploring adaptive switches during this time. The red switch pictured in the photo below is a voice recorded switch. Recorded onto the switch is the predictable part of the 5 Little Ducks song, “mother duck said quack, quack, quack, quack”.  When watching the video, the supporting adult will mute the video at that moment and the student will press the button at the correct time to continue the song. In numeracy, students are using base ten blocks to build numbers greater than 10, up to 100. During our shared math lessons, students are learning to skip count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as a part of our money unit.  


 

With the beautiful weather on Friday, we had the opportunity to go for a long community walk. Our focus on the walk was discussing the importance of street safety. At every crosswalk and alley, we would stop and talk about how important it is to stop, wait, look and listen for moving vehicles and any other important safety hazards.  On our walk, we stopped at our local Tim Hortons for a little treat. This was a great opportunity for us to incorporate our money unit into our daily lives. We talked about how many TimBits we would need so that everyone got one, how much money we would need, and named the coins we used to purchase our TimBits.  Our students did such an amazing job demonstrating appropriate restaurant behavior like using our waiting hands for our treat, using quiet voices, sitting calmly at the table and using important manner words such as please and thank you.



Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



April 19-22, 2022

Students in room two have been exploring writing through different forms in the classroom. We have been learning about how writing can be functional in our world when we create things such as lists, write our letters to Santa, and take point form notes to remember important things, like we did to record everyone’s science predictions. This week students participated in a predictable chart writing activity. The purpose of predictable chart writing is for students to participate in a shared group writing activity that uses repetitive/predictable sentence prompts. Predictable chart writing exposes students to familiar and frequently used sight words, allows them to explore writing at what ever level they are at, and encourages all types of communicators to participate including verbal and Assisted Augmentative Communication (AAC) device users. Click on the attached document to read a more in depth about predictable chart writing. Predictable-Chart-Writing-Overview-2020.pdf

We read the story “Five Little Ducks” and tried to make predictions about where the ducks went each time they went far away. That prompted us to use our own sentence started “I went”. Students thought of the different places that they go and used their devices, knowledge of letter sounds, or adult support to help complete their sentence.


Students who were not yet ready to participate in predictable chart writing tried a different activity where they explored writing utensils and made marks on a page. As students are beginning to demonstrate an understanding of writing an adult supports their printing by pointing to the marks they are making that may resemble letters of the alphabet. With time and continued practice students may begin to demonstrate a more controlled ability to make marks on paper that closer resemble the letters that have been pointed out to them. At this time these students are specifically targeting the letters of their own names. 


Room two also explored another sense this week, our sense of smell! We use our sense of smell all the time without even realizing it. Did you know that before we even taste our food our noses smell it, which sometimes can make our mouth water! We watched a video that showed us different scents and we had to decide whether they were good smells or yucky smells. Students got to explore different smells when we did yogurt painting. Students had a bowl of yogurt and mixed different spices to create different colours. We tried using cinnamon to make brown, curry powder and turmeric to make yellow, and grape jello powder to make purple. We swirled the spices in the yogurt using our fingers, and some of us even used our sense of taste to explore what each spice tasted like. The curry powder smelled strong!


Towards the end of the week we did another experiment where we smelled different cotton balls and had to make predictions about what scent was on each of them. Some of them smelled sweet like flowers, and some smelled strong like mint. We then made scratch and smell art using glue and different flavoured jello powder.


Next week we are learning about our sense of taste and can’t wait to see all the fun things we can do to explore this fourth sense.


Happy Earth Day! This week our focus in Room 3 was all about our planet Earth and what we can do to help protect it. We started our Earth inquiry learning about the fact that Earth is one of the 8 planets that revolve around the sun, and the only planet in our solar system with liquid water and organic life. Students learned that the Earth has 4 different spheres, the atmosphere (air we breathe), geosphere (ground we walk on), hydrosphere (water around us) and biosphere (life on the planet, including us!). We learned a special help the planet earth song, I encourage families to sing this song together.


During our shared learning we also looked at different earth related movement activities. Our morning task work had an Earthy theme as well. Students used visuals to complete different reading comprehension activities that focused on the different things we can do to protect our planet. Students sorted actions that make our Earth happy and sad using printed or visual descriptions.

The saying good things come to people who wait was definitely true about our art project for this week. We actually started our art project last week! Last week we created a special glue mixture that we used to create the Earth’s “crust”, outer layer that we walk on. We then let the crust dry for the weekend. Then we used glue to create the earth’s atmosphere. At this time, we used small dots of blue paint for the water and green to represent the land. Students used toothpicks to swirl together the different colour paints to create a representation of Earth from space. Our Earths took a few days to dry. Although there is only one planet Earth, students made three different sized planets. There is one of their planets in an envelope in their backpacks for them to hand somewhere special! We will transfer the remaining ones onto trees around our playground for all to enjoy, after the snow melts, of course!

Exploring the equipment in the gym has been a highlight of the week for many! This week students were introduced to the Canadian Climber, crash mats, benches on different inclines and ladders at different heights. Next week we will finish off our gymnastics unit with a week of Mission Impossible.

Next week students in room 3 will start a new inquiry unit on Animal Habitats, with a special focus on Pond and Wetland life.


Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Have a great  weekend!

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



April 11-13, 2022

With a shorter week, Room 3 sure accomplished a lot! As a part of our Celebrations Around the World and continuing our look into Spring, we spent this week learning all about Rabbits for Easter. We completed a mini rabbit research project through some non-fictional reading about the different types of rabbits and hares, what they need to survive and the different parts of a rabbit. We labeled a diagram of a rabbit and completed a Rabbits Can, Have and Are chart.

In math we started our Money unit. This week we looked at the different coins and how to recognize their unique characteristics. Some students used a Canadian currency mat to sort the different coins while others worked on their fine motor skills putting coins into a “piggy bank”. Next week we will start to learn about the value of each coin.

 Gym has been so much fun. This week we introduced benches and trestles. Students continued to build on their movement routines, using balance cards and used the benches and trestles to add movement, high and low traveling on and across equipment, into their routines. 

 To end the week, students created Easter Eggs with very small beads. Putting the beads onto the egg forms was extremely tough and time consuming, I am so proud how the students perservered through this challenging art project. Once all the beads were on, students got to watch as the beads were melted with a hot iron. This was a great opportunity to talk to students about how an iron can be very hot and dangerous to touch. We talked about how there are some student jobs and then jobs that can only be completed by an adult, adult jobs.

 


Room two looked at our sense of hearing this week. We realized that our ears are working all the time every day! We started off the week by playing some games like “Ms. K Says” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. We had to listen very carefully to know what the instructions were and what we were supposed to be doing. We also took a quiz!! We watched a video where we had to rely on our sense of hearing to make a prediction of what animal sound we heard. Watch the video at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucuXAYMYttc with your student and see how many you can predict correctly.

We talked about predictions again and looked at the difference between correct and incorrect predictions. We learned that when we make a prediction that doesn’t come true, that doesn’t mean our guess was wrong. It simply means that what we thought would happen did not. We did two science experiments this week. For the first one we had four cups covered with tin foil so we couldn’t see what was inside, and then we got to shake the cups. Once we heard the sounds coming from inside the cup we had to predict what was making that noise. Students made some great predictions about the sounds coming from the cups. Then we got to drumroll before taking off the tin foil to reveal what was actually inside! Ask your student what kinds of things were hidden inside our mystery sound cups. Our second experiment used three glasses filled with different amounts of water. We made predictions about which glass we thought would make the loudest sound; room two predicted it would be the glass with the most water. Students took turns to gently hit the side of the glass using a spoon. We were surprised to find out that the glass with the least amount of water was the loudest! We are looking forward to learning about our other three senses in the next few weeks.


In gym we are having so much fun! This week we got to explore new equipment in gymnastics. We climbed, balanced, and told stories using our bodies and picture cards. Students started off by learning how to climb the trestles safely, and how to keep our bodies in control. Next week there will be different stations to explore and we are excited!!




Important Dates:

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

 

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Have a great extra long weekend!

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



April 4-8, 2022

We have reached the end of this week and with that comes the time to say goodbye to Mrs.McKay…

Students in room two created a special gift to give Mrs. McKay, something to remember us all and for her to know how much we are going to miss her. Students completed a predictable sentence to tell Mrs. McKay what they liked about her. Our sentences read “I like Mrs. McKay. She is________.” Once students completed their writing we compiled all our work to create a little book. This book was added to a gift basket that was given to Mrs. McKay with gifts from different classes in our school.


On Thursday we gathered for our first assembly of the year. Students learned about assembly manners and learned about the importance of our national anthem, “O’ Canada.” We practiced all week. When we were in the gym for the assembly our students got to sit on benches and did a wonderful job standing and singing “O’ Canada” with pride! If you would like to practice with your student at home, please visit the link below to use the video we used in our classroom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehOZC52thsA

During our assembly one of our students was chosen to select a verse to sing in “Down By the Bay”. They got to pick a verse from a can, read it into a microphone for the school to hear, but instead SANG it for all the students to hear! At the end we got to say goodbye to Mrs. McKay, give her our gift basket from the school, and have a dance party with all the kids and staff from EMJ!

Our school has been so lucky to learn with, teach with, and know Mrs. McKay. We are going to miss her, but we wish her all the best as she steps into her new adventure. Good luck Mrs. McKay!!!


Students also began a new inquiry unit this week looking at our five senses. This week we focused on our sense of touch. Students learned the different parts of our body that help us touch and explore different sensations, like our hands, our feet, and our skin. When we started learning about our sense of touch we thought of many things we could feel and words to describe them. Some things can be soft, squishy, hard, prickly, rough, smooth, and even ‘pokey’. Sometimes if we touch things that are dangerous, like hot water, we can hurt ourselves, so we made sure to spend some time learning about what is safe or unsafe to touch with our bodies. We took advantage of the warm weather and took our sense of touch outside. Students took their shoes off so they could feel the grass. We laid on the ground and felt the ground with our hands. We found tree bark, sticks, and rocks. There were so many things we could touch outside! While we were laying on the ground we thought about what other senses we were using in that moment. Students knew they used their sight to look up at the clear blue sky. They could use their sense of smell to pick up the scent of the fresh ground. We realized we were also using our sense of hearing to listen to the wind and the calm music on Ms. K’s phone. Then we realized we were also using our sense of touch again because we could feel a warm breeze on our skin. We even completed an art project using puffy paint, which is made from equal parts white glue and shaving cream! The paint isn’t flat on the paper like it usually is, we could still feel it even after it dried!!


Next week we will highlight another of the five senses to explore.


On Thursday, EMJ hosted a whole school assembly for the first time in since March 2020! Students in room 3 spent the beginning of the week learning about and practicing expected assembly behaviours. We talked about whole body listening, https://youtu.be/pQ77Nr6TgZo,  standing and singing Oh Canada with The Wiggles, https://youtu.be/ehOZC52thsA and The Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgment from the Calgary Public Library, https://youtu.be/9Jqskc3man4. We were so proud of our students during the assembly! They demonstrated whole body listening, clapped after student performances and participated in singing. During the assembly we had a chance to meet and say hello to our new principal, Mrs. Clark. We also said farewell to Mrs. McKay with a wonderful song that students have been practicing in Music with Ms. Dafoe.


As part of our farewell students presented Mrs. McKay with special gifts to remember us by and to wish her good luck in her new position. Room 3 authored another beautiful book telling Mrs.McKay how we feel about her using our 7 Sacred Teachings and created a special art piece that combined our fingerprints with sprigs of dry lavender. Not only did it look beautiful, it smelled wonderful!

 With the wonderful weather on Thursday and Friday, we tried to spend as much time outside as possible. During outside time, students work on furthering skills such as social play, independence, gross and fine motor skills through a variety of playground activities. Learning activities included a community walk, where attention is brought to reading street signs, learning about road safety and, noticing signs of animal activity and spring. We read a story Forest, I Can Hear You in our little school forest near the playground and painted a Spring picture. The students are always happy when learning takes place outside.

 

 In the gym some of our students worked on telling movement stories on the mats, or routines as they are called in Gymnastics. Every good story has a beginning, middle and end. Our routines focused on using a different balances, at different levels (low, middle and high) with different ways to travel (rolling, bear crawling, running and jumping) from balance to balance. Next week we are looking forward to the introduction of trestles and benches.


Important Dates:

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

 

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



March 28-April 1, 2022

The first week back after a break from school is spent reintegrating back into the classroom environment, adjusting to routine expectations, and building our stamina back up to make it through our full and busy days. That is exactly what students in room 2 spent the week doing. After spring break students worked their way through the week at a slower pace to help with the transition back to school. We spent much of our time this week focusing on classroom routines such as morning entry, interacting with fine motor bins, and spent time outside enjoying the beautiful weather.


Students have been so excited for the arrival of spring and it was all we could talk about before the break! We were counting down the days and couldn’t wait to change our weather board from winter to spring. During our outdoor learning times we have been exploring the environment to look for signs that spring is finally here. Students have discovered that the snow has melted, we have been able to hear some birds singing their beautiful songs, the breeze is warmer, and some days this week we felt so hot while wearing our jackets outside. We took advantage of the warmer weather to go on a community walk to wrap up our inquiry unit about the community. We have learned so much about community helpers, our school community, our family, and were so excited to go on a community scavenger hunt. We found so many different community locations  such as a park, a school, a grocery store, a doctor’s office, a library, and so much more. Before we went on our walk students learned about community safety. We watched a video that taught us four important things we have to remember when walking. Watch the video below to practice with your student at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e7AFLlzVjA


 


















Our next inquiry unit is all about our five senses. Stay tuned to see all the hands on ways we will explore our different senses.



 In Room 3, we embraced Spring through a number of different classroom activities. We enjoyed spending lots of time this week engaged in outdoor play and searching for signs of Spring. 

This week we started talking about the difference between living and non-living things. Living things have specific needs such as food, water and air. Plants, animal and people are all examples of living things. One sign of Spring is the growth of new plants. We looked at the first plants that we can see in the spring such as tulips and daffodils. Our art activity for this week was creating some of those first flowers.

 

Our morning work theme changed from St. Patrick’s Day to Spring and Easter.  Students are working on different concepts in math such as placing numbers on a 100’s chart, shape recognition, sorting, and following different patterning sets with coloured eggs. In literacy, students are working on printing skills, upper and lowercase letter recognition and reading comprehension skills.

Adult modeling is an important tool used when introducing students to new concepts during our morning work. When introducing a new concept or skill with students, the supporting adult will use specific and targeted language that helps them understand the goal of the activity.  This language may often be supported with visual picture symbols. When using this targeted language, the adult will also demonstrate the expected action, matching words and actions. After demonstrating the expected outcome, the supporting adult will assist the student to complete the activity with varying levels of assistance from hand-over-hand support to verbal prompting and gesturing. The activity will be practiced multiple times during the learning session and over multiple days.

 

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month beginning with Autism Awareness Day on April 2? During this month we will continue to celebrate our inclusive community here at EMJ. We encourage all our students to show their EMJ pride by wearing their school shirts on each Friday of the month.   

Next week we look forward to starting our movement education (gymnastics) unit in the gym. Students will start with different types of movement on the mats such as safe rolls (log rolls), crawls, balances and stretches. Please help us be ready for this unit by wearing clothing appropriate for movement.

 

Important Dates: 

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



March 14 -18, 2022

It's been another busy week in Room 3 full of many accomplishments! Our focus this week was on tasks related to our St. Patrick's Day theme. Strengthening existing skills and developing new understandings in literacy, numeracy, and fine motor are an integral part of our morning. Every week the students develop more stamina for this important work. Tasks are specifically designed to target individual student needs. It is important that we meet our students where they are and build from there. All students are at a different spot in their educational journey and our morning work has something for everyone to help them learn and grow! For example in literacy some students are working on reading comprehension passages while others are working on letter and sound recognition to develop those foundational prereading skills. 


This week we said goodbye to our student teacher Ms. Malorey. Ms. Malorey has been with us for one day every week since October. She has been a wonderful addition to the EES team and we wish her much success in her future teaching career. Students used predictable chart writing to author an I like Ms. Malorey because book as a going away gift. Look at all the amazing sentences about Ms. Malorey. We will definitely miss her!


Thursday morning students were greeted to things looking a little different in the classroom, thanks to a mischievous little Leprechaun! Through a variety of shared reading we learned all about the Leprechaun and his pot of gold. The Leprechaun left our classroom in quite a mess and even hid our shoes too! 

During the week students worked on a couple different art activities. Students are working on enhancing their colouring skills. They are working on different colouring techniques such as choosing colours that represent what is seen in the real world, using control to stay within the lines, and colouring in shapes to minimize the white space in an object. Students created lucky four leaf stain glass Clovers. Students coloured a coffee filter using the different colours in the rainbow. Students then got to have some fun using a spray bottle to spray water to blend the colours together, resembling patterns seen on stain glass. Did you know that using a spray bottle is an amazing way for little hands to practice strengthening grip?


We look forward to learning about Spring when we return together.  


There was so much happening in room 2 this week, let us tell you all about it! We have been talking a lot about spring coming! We know the season is changing soon because the snow is melting, it doesn’t feel as cold outside, and we can already see birds flying and singing! We went for a walk to explore and find as many signs of spring as we could. The snow has melted and there were so many puddles to jump in. We learned that we can put away our snow boots when the snow is gone, but when we see puddles we can wear our rain boots. On Sunday we are excited to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring!


As students have been learning about the community, we decided to go for a community walk within our school. Even though we have our own classroom we belong to a bigger community, that is Ethel M. Johnson School. In our school we looked for different spaces that make up our larger community, such as the gym, library, office, and music room.


On Thursday we were excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Ms. K told us about how the leprechaun usually comes to our classroom at night and plays tricks for us to find the next day, but when we got to school nothing had happened. We were a little disappointed because it seemed that the leprechaun forgot about us. We went about our day, followed our morning schedule, and went outside after lunch recess. You wouldn’t believe what happened while we were outside…the leprechaun came to our classroom and made such a big mess!!! He left green footprints all over the classroom, had a dance party on the white board, and left us his good luck chocolate coins in our shoes. What a silly leprechaun!


We will be taking what we have learned about the community, community helpers, and community safety into the community of Southwood when we return from spring break, and exploring different places in our community.

Thank you to families that have been so flexible in postponing conferences. I have enjoyed connecting with some families this week and I look forward to connecting with the rest of our families once we return from the break. Thank you so much to everyone for making the time to chat about your student’s progress!


Important Dates to Remember

·       March 18 - Last Day of Classes

·       March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

·       March 28 – Classes Resume

·       April 2 – World Autism Day

·       April 12 – School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

·       April 15 – No School – Good Friday


Have a great break! 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



 March 7 – 11, 2022

Thank you to all Room 3 families for taking the time to chat with me about your child. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you were unable to attend student conferences, please don’t hesitate to email me so we can set up an alternate time. rlmyroniuk@cbe.ab.ca

Student are continuously building on prior knowledge and developing new skills during our morning work. This week the theme of our morning work changed to St. Patrick’s Day. Some of the specific skills being targeted are the same, except the manipulatives being used are different.  Morning tasks continue to focus on literacy, numeracy, fine motor skills and functional life skills. When students complete three targeted tasks, they have a break in the sensory room, where the focus is on sensory play, social skills development and gross motor skills.

 

This week we wrapped up our Winter theme focusing on the sport of curling. Students also learned about the Paralympic athletes with a focus on learning about adapted equipment that allows wheelchair athletes to compete in hockey and skiing. We finished our week by creating Canada flags to help cheer on our Canadian athletes!

 

Next week we will continue to celebrate St.Patricks Day with more theme based learning activites! Students are encouraged to wear green on Thursday March 17th and on Friday March 18th students will be celebrating our differences for World Down Syndrome Day (officially March 21). On Friday students are encouraged to Rock Their Socks, and raise awareness for Down Syndrome by wearing their brightest mismatched socks.

 

Important Dates to Remember

 

·       March 18 - Last Day of Classes

·       March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

·       March 28 – Classes Resume

·       April 2 – World Autism Day

·       April 12 – School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

·       April 15 – No School – Good Friday

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



February 28-March 4, 2022

This week room two would like to highlight something new students are starting. Introducing fine motor task bins! In the morning when students first come to school, after completing their morning routine, they are being asked to pick three task bins to complete. These bins include many different activities that work to build and strengthen fine motor skills such as pincer grip, finger strength, pressure when printing, and hand eye coordination. Fine motor activities also include cross-curricular connections to literacy and numeracy tasks. Currently students are being supported to select a bin, work through the activity, and then select a new bin until they have completed three activities. The goal is for students to build their independence in completing these three tasks with reduced support while staff is working with small groups in literacy and numeracy. Students have been excited to begin using the bins and exploring the variety of engaging activities.

















Room two also learned about different community helpers this week. We looked at what we wanted to be when we grew up and there were so many exciting options! Some of our students said they wanted to be ballerina’s, one said a ninja, and another student wants to be a chef! We are excited to share our outdoor community learning with you in the coming weeks.


This week Room 3 continued our inquiry on the Winter Olympic learning. We looked at different sports, such as skating and skiing. Using paper as skates, the students had fun skating around the classroom, this was a great way to practice our gross motor movements! Our art project this week was creating an Olympic torch. During this task students used a double pincer grip to pinch and squish tissue paper in orange, red and yellow to create the flame of the torch.

 


This week in our literacy learning we focused on Predictable Chart Writing, a structured 5-step process created by Dr. Patricia Cunningham.  Predictable Chart Writing is a way to differentiate the writing process so all students can feel successful. Students learn concepts from print has meaning, what we say can be represented in words, to print reads from left to right, top to bottom. Students work with the individual pre-printed words or printing the words themselves to cut and arrange them in a predictable sentence.  Taking inspiration from the Eric Carle's classic book  Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? students created an “I see a” sentence using their favorite colours and animals to create a classroom book. During this week, students read and reread the book, using moveable pieces to highlight specific words, worked with interactive activities that reinforced the story and used visuals to assist in comprehension. We are so proud of the book the students created and can’t wait to reread the classroom story next week!

 


Next week we will wrap up our inquiry on the Winter Olympics and participate in a mini inquiry on St.Patricks Day until the upcoming break.

Booking for Student Conferences starts this weekend. When booking a conference, please remember to book 2 back-to-back conferences as students in EES are allotted 30min per conference.  


Important Dates:

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day

March 28 – Classes Resume

  

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



February 22-25, 2022

 What a busy week in Room 3! We continued our Winter theme by learning about the Winter Olympics, focusing this week on the Olympic Rings. In gym, we explored playing hockey! 


This week we participated in Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day, last Wednesday in February, was inspired by two Nova Scotia high school students who organized other students to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. This week our shared literacy focused on stories that promoted friendship and kindness. We sorted kind and unkind acts and made connections to the 7 Sacred Teachings. 


This week we had a fun sensory lesson lead by our SSIL Therapy Team (OT, PT and SLP). Students participated in making and playing with slime. Playing with slime is an innovative and fun way to get children to practice strength, fine motor control, and dexterity. Some of our students enjoyed getting their hands in the slime and other preferred to use different kitchen tools to scoop, cut and transfer slime to different sized bowls and cups. During this activity we also revisited the steps of following directions.

 

Next week we will learn more about the Winter Olympics and explore some more Olympic Sports!


Room 2 has had a busy couple of weeks to share with you! Last week we celebrated Valentine’s Day by incorporating the holiday into many different parts of our learning including literacy, numeracy, art, sensory play, and this led into this week’s important Pink Shirt Day. Students talked about the importance of showing each other love and kindness, and that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. This week students learned about Pink Shirt Day and why it is important to stand up for a friend in need. Students looked at different ways we can show love and care for others. Our overarching theme this year has been kindness and students in room two continue to find ways to show their kindness for others each and every day.


Room two also had the opportunity to participate in a sensory lesson led by our SSIL Therapy Team. Students had to follow directions in order to make slime before they were able to enjoy exploring it using their hands and kitchen utensils such as a rolling pin. Making and playing with slime is a great way to practice and strengthen fine motor skills through a fun hands on activity.


Next week we will continue on our learning of the community by taking a look at the different services available in Southwood.


Important Dates:

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day

March 28 – Classes Resume

  

Have a great extra long weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



February 14 - 16, 2022

Room 3 was all heart this week! We incorporated Valentine’s Day into many aspects of our short week at school. Students continue to target specific skills, such as numeracy, literacy, fine motor skills, and visual patterning during our morning work.  Our shared story time focused on stories that highlighted the qualities of being a kind and caring friend. During movement breaks we looked at different Valentine’s day songs and dances.  

Our artwork this week was another activity that works to strengthen bilateral coordination by weaving yarn across the midline to create a beautiful heart. 

The students also completed a project for Mrs. Dafoe, our music teacher. Mrs. Dafoe has created a student documentation panel entitled “Music is for Everyone” with a heart from each student in the school. Students used a variety of visual picture symbols to explain how they positively connect to music, with sentences such as I like to listen to music, I like to play instruments, and I dance to music.


Next week we will be wrapping up our Winter Theme, taking a special look at the Winter Olympics. We can’t wait to share our learning with you.


Important Dates:

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

  

Have a great extra long weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



February 7-11, 2022

Students in room 2 took a closer look at our classroom community this week. We have been trying to understand what it means to have a community in our classroom and how you create one. We know that classroom community means showing kindness to your classmates and friends. We work together in our classroom, just like a team, because we belong to our very own room 2 community. We read a story called “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. Click on the link below to listen to the story with your student at home. The story talked about what it means to have a bucket and how we can fill buckets by doing nice things for others. We all have buckets and when we have nice things done for us and work together with our friends, our bucket gets full of things that make us feel good inside. When we fill someone’s bucket we are bucket fillers. However, there are also bucket dippers, and when you dip into someone else’s bucket to take something this can make them sad. Being unkind, using hurting hands, or not listening to each other are some of the ways we dip into others buckets. This week we had a challenge. A picture of a bucket was put up on the board where we could see it every day. Students were challenged to fill the bucket by creating and strengthening their classroom community through working together, finding ways to help each other, and bringing kindness in to every day. If we filled the bucket with stickers then we decided to celebrate on Friday by having a pyjama party. Students worked together as a team all week to share materials or toys so they could play together, they helped each other clean up toys they might not have even played with, they helped each other find missing mittens or shoes, and they even held hand with a buddy to make sure we all got to the park safely! We even got to play musical chairs and we cheered on our winner. Room 2 went above and beyond to build their classroom community and make everyone feel like they were a welcome and important part of room 2. We celebrated our community and all our acts of kindness on Friday by wearing our pyjamas to school!


We have some big news to share with you. I’m sure everyone has received the news already, it was Mr. Radu’s last week at EMJ! We are so excited for him as he heads on to his new adventure but we are sad to see him leaving Ethel M. Johnson. Students thought of all the different things we like about Mr. Radu and decided to put all those ideas together into a little book for him. Something that he can remember us by. We will miss how helpful, kind, funny, and silly Mr. Radu can be. Congratulations Mr. Radu!!


Next week is a short week and we get to celebrate Valentine’s Day! We are looking forward to sharing all the fun Valentine’s Day themed activities we will be doing.


This week room 3 has continued with our Winter learning. Our focus was learning what animals do during the winter, inspired by the story Animals in Winter. Key concepts, highlighted by visual pictures, for this week were the concepts of migrate and hibernate. Students learned that some animals, like birds and butterflies, will migrate, that means move to a different location, in search of warmer weather, food, or a safe place to have their young. Some animals will stay in the same location but will go into a deep sleep or hibernate for many months, like bats and bears. These animal’s breathing will slow down, they don’t move, they don’t eat and live off of stored food. In one activity students used their blankets to create a den for hibernation and practiced slowing their breathing! Some animals will not migrate or hibernate, these animals will adapt to the winter conditions and will have to look/hunt for food all winter long. We will have a closer look at animals that adapt to winter next week. 

 

This week we also revisited our 7 Sacred Teachings to create a special farewell book for Mr. Radu. Students followed the steps of Predictable Chart Writing to create repeated sentences highlighting Mr. Radu’s best characteristics! We are sad to see him leave, and wish him the very best in his new adventure!



Room 3 is looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day next week, with a focus on what it means to be a good friend. Students are welcome to bring in Valentine’s cards on Monday to share with their school friends. Following the current Covid safety protocols, we ask that students refrain from bringing in any food items to share.

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Important Dates:

February 15 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

  

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



Feb 1-4, 2022

Room two took a little break from our community inquiry unit to look at some special days that were happening in our new month! Tuesday was Chinese New Year and Wednesday was Groundhog Day! Students learned that Chinese New Year is a special holiday celebrated by some people and it is a big celebration! Each year there is an animal that is tied to that new year, and this year we celebrate the Year of the Tiger. The celebration includes fireworks, dragon dances, lots of family and friends coming together, and delicious food. Did you know the legend of Chinese New Year started with a big scary beast named Nian, whose name means year. On the darkest night of the year he would go to the village and scare everyone in sight. There were only three things that could scare Nian away. You can watch the video below to find out what they were. Students learned one of the most famous traditional greetings for Chinese New Year, “Kung Hey Fat Choi”. This means greetings, or become rich, and with the new year brings good fortune and good luck for our loved ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

 

We also learned about Groundhog Day. Students read the story of the little groundhog who came out of his home to see his shadow. Once he saw his shadow he ran back into his home and it was predicted there would be six more weeks of winter. Did you know though, that the groundhog doesn’t actually predict the weather? The reason the groundhog hides when it sees its shadow is because it is scared of the shadow! Students looked at the connection between the weather and whether our very own groundhog, Balzac Billy, would see his shadow. We know that when the sun is shining the groundhog has a shadow, but when it is cloudy we don’t have shadows. We need the sun to see a shadow. Students made their own predictions on Wednesday looking at the weather, whether it would be sunny or cloudy and what that meant for Balzac Billy. Next week we will continue learning about our school community before we start looking at the community of Southwood, where our school is located.

 

Kung Hey Fat Choi!

This week in Room 3, as part of our Celebrations Around the World, we learned all about Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year. We incorporated this celebration into many different aspects of our daily learning in literacy, math, movement and art.

In literacy we worked on further building our vocabulary using a picture board and created a repeating “Come and See’ book. 

We incorporated the celebration into our movement by reading The Great Race, about the Chinese Zodiac, and then participating in our own great race. Students thought it was so much fun to be able to race down the school hallway!

In the zodiac calendar, 2022 is the year of the Tiger. In art, to celebrate the year of the tiger we created our own tigers. The focus this week was on cutting and colouring skills. We revisited following step by step instructions to complete this art project.

In math, we worked on one-to-one correspondence by counting gold coins on a tens frame.  

This week,  students also learned the Dragon Dance. I encourage our families to do the dragon dance together this weekend! https://youtu.be/i2l9p0fmFSU

 

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



January 24-28, 2022

Room 2 has been learning about families! Thank you to all our families for sending in pictures of your families. Students were so excited to see their pictures up on the SmartBoard and were proud to introduce us to the members of their families. This week we looked at how each family can look different. Some of us live with parents, some of us have brothers and sisters, some of us have pets, some of us live with mom and dad on different days, and some of us live with grandparents. All families look different but we all have love in common. We know that families love each other and we do things to help each other and work as a team. Students thought of what some wants and needs are of a family. They came up with a great list of needs which included love, helping each other, and feeling safe. Some of the wants we came up with were wanting to go to the park together, or wanting to watch a movie. We are looking forward to continuing to learn more about our community and will be taking a closer look at our school community next. 


Students have been taking time each afternoon to work on tasks specifically designed to meet their goals. Some students are working to recognize the letters of their names, some are working on fine motor tasks, while other students may be learning their address. Students have done a phenomenal job of practicing these important skills and continue to demonstrate perseverance while learning new and unfamiliar things. Take a look at some of our tasks from this week!


Room 3 has spent this week diving deep into the snow, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, that is! We have been exploring this story using an adapted book. Adapted books are books that have been modified to make reading accessible to all learners. The adapted version of The Snowy Day uses moveable picture symbols, attached with Velcro, to make the book more engaging, to bring special attention to key vocabulary, especially for our AAC users, and highlight critical reading skills, such as story sequence, retelling and reading comprehension.

 Students finished this week by creating beautiful 3D sensory artwork.  This artwork combined shaving cream and glue to make a puffy paint. Using our hands, we spread the puffy paint to create their very own winter pictures. Students loved squeezing the paint in their hands. Students then cut out the main character Peter, with his red snowsuit, and added it to the painting. They look and feel like masterpieces fit for a museum!

 Next week we will explore more adapted books when our focus shifts to what animals do in the winter. We can’t wait to share all our learning with you!

 

Important Dates and Reminders:

Student IPP’s are coming home today. Please read through your student’s IPP and return the signature page at your earliest convenience.

 

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day 

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day


 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



January 17-21, 2022

Room 2 would like to highlight our linear calendar wall this week. During calendar we practice many different skills including, but not limited to, teaching weather concepts, learning to make predictions about weather forecasts, teaching daily or weekly routines, calendar vocabulary such as the days of the week or months of the year, and using the calendar to teach number concepts. Calendar skills are important for daily living therefore we dedicate time every day to looking at and updating our classroom calendar. We supplement learning through educational videos and songs that engage students, as well as interactive SmartBoard activities. Everyday students will determine what the date is, what the weather looks like outside, we count up or down to important dates, and review the visual schedule. Throughout the day we return to our schedule to place a check mark beside activities that have been completed.





Using a linear calendar wall is a way to make our learning during calendar meaningful and authentic, creating personal connections through photographs to document the passing of time. Through visualizing our school year on our calendar wall students are learning to recognize how time has passed since their birthdays, or how many more months until it is their birthday! We have kept track of the changing seasons, special school events, and important holidays. At the end of each month we put up photos of everything that was accomplished in that month.


We have begun to learn about communities and cannot wait to share our learning with you. Stay tuned!


Room 3 has started our new inquiry focus on Winter. Our highlighted stories for this week were about one of the best things to do in Winter, making a snowman. In The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming, the students had so much fun with this book as it is written to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas. We learned that some books are just more fun when we sing them!  The second book was, The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler.  In this book we learned that even when we are small, with the help of friends we can do big things! We spent time sequencing how to make a snowman using the words First, Then, Next and Finally.

 Our winter theme starts first thing in the morning, with our independent table work. Students work on targeted learning tasks such as matching, building core vocabulary through different adapted books, number fluency, and visual perception through fun and engaging winter tasks. 

During our focused inquiry learning, students spent this week learning about what makes it winter. We learned about how winter in the northern and southern hemispheres are different. In the southern hemisphere it is warm and rarely snows. In the northern hemisphere, where we live, it is cold. When it is cold we need to wear special clothes to help keep up warm. We asked the question, what is snow? We learned a little about the water cycle and that snow forms in the clouds. When the clouds get really heavy then precipitation happens. If the air is cold, snowflakes form.  This week in our art, we created snowflakes. This art project focused on our hand eye coordination and fine motor skills by gluing tiny pieces of paper inside a snowflake. Sometimes the tiny pieces of paper were difficult to pick up off the table!

Next week we are looking forward to continuing our Winter inquiry through more stories and winter activities.


Important Dates:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal


Jan 10 – 14, 2022

Happy 2022! We are so happy to be together after the extended winter break. Room 3 celebrated the New Year with a special art project. We learned the importance of reading and following instructions. Instructions are step-by-step directions that help us complete a task.  Look how well we all followed the instructions!

Three weeks can be a long time, so this week we focused on getting back into our daily routine. Our daily visual schedule is a very important tool in our classroom. Each of our daily activities are visible for all students to see and we refer to it often throughout the day. When we complete one of the activities we will flip the card over to assist students in understanding what we have done and what we still have to do.

We start the mornings with students completing their arrival/ morning routine of taking off boots, hanging up their backpacks and jackets, putting on their indoor shoes and starting their morning work. Morning work has been a focus of previous blogs. During our morning work students complete both independent and supported tasks. These tasks are targeted to help develop both academic and IPP goals. Activities such as our special library time with Mrs. B and music with Ms. Dafoe will also be highlighted on the calendar. Circle time is our first opportunity to come together as a class. During circle time we do a lot of targeted learning songs and go through our calendar. We also work on various skills such as name recognition, number talks, shapes, colours, movement and more! During our shared story time, students work on listening skills, reading readiness and reading comprehension. These stories usually support our inquiry unit, regulation or social skills.  During our Literacy centers students work on letter recognition and reading skills. Our theme study is our inquiry time. During this time, we focus our learning on topics in science, social studies, math, and art.

 

This week we have wrapped up our 7 Sacred Teachings of the Grandfathers. We finished our inquiry with the teachings of the Truthful Turtle. In the Sacred Teachings, truth is to know and understand. When people know and understand all the values of the 7 Sacred Teachings, they are set to live the good way of life.  Our turtle art project required students to use their fine motor skills by sharpening crayons to create some coloured shavings. These shavings were then melted to form unique patterns for the shell of their turtles. Each turtle is special and unique just like each of us and together we become one community here at Ethel M Johnson!


Room 3 is looking forward to a new inquiry theme next week. We will be taking an in-depth look at Winter and can’t wait to share what we learn!


Room 2 has also been focusing on getting back into our daily routine this week. After longer breaks students and staff spend extra time reviewing classroom routines and expectations to ease the transition back to school. Part of our daily routine is numeracy. This week students learned more about patterns in our world. We focused on basic AB and ABC patterns, students extended patterns, we used our bodies to create our own patterns, and some students even extended their learning to creating patterns while they were outside! We learned how patterns have a set that simply continue over and over again to continue the pattern. We kept our eyes open to see if we could find patterns in our classroom and school. Did you know we found a pattern on our classroom floor! The tiles are organized in lines and they are two different colours, grey and white. We practiced only stepping on the grey tiles to make our way to the classroom door this week.





Room 2 is beginning a new inquiry unit. We are learning all about our community! Before we can dive into the community it was important for students to understand the importance of themselves. A theme this year has been how we are all special in our own ways. We took that learning and continued it this week to share many details about ourselves, such as our eye colour, hair colour, when our birthdays are, what we like to do, and so much more. We all might look different and think differently in room 2 but that is what makes each of us special. Next week we will begin to look at our family and school community.








Upcoming Dates:

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day


February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



December 6-10, 2021 

Room two has been making a lot of holiday themed art this week while tying in several math concepts. Students began the week looking at simple AB and ABC patterns then made their own patterned holiday lights. During math we have been looking at more or less, bigger and smaller, and started talking about longer and shorter this week. Using what we know about long and short students created a holiday tree that started with the shortest piece and ended with the longest piece. Our next project was making our own gingerbread dough ornaments. Students had to follow a recipe and measure out the ingredients that were needed to make the dough. Then they rolled the dough out and used cookie cutters to make shapes. Once they are dry we will decorate them!

 

Students also practiced their fine motor skills through a fun holiday activity. We had to thread string into the tops of ornaments before we could decorate our classroom tree. Students had to look carefully to line up the string and then with steady hands had to push the string through the small spaces on top of the ornaments. It took us a lot of concentration but we finished the job and finally got to decorate our tree!


Next week we are looking forward to making some special holiday gifts for the special people in our lives such as our families and our bus drivers who get us to school and home safely. We have focused on kindness this year and we are excited do something kind for others.


Room 3 has been busy the past few weeks. We are almost finished learning about the Seven Sacred Teaching of the Grandfathers. This week students looked at the trait of humility. Humility is represented by the wolf. During our shared reading we looked at the story The Rainbow Fish. In this story the Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the sea. Rainbow Fish learns that sharing his scales with others makes him happy. Students researched information about wolves, learning they live and play together in packs, just like how students in room 3 work and play together.  We finished our learning with an art project that focused on colour mixing theory. Students experimented with mixing black and white paint to make grey for the full moon. Students used tinfoil to create textures to their moon painting.  

 

Students started learning about different celebrations around the world, starting in early November with Diwali. Students continued their learning with the celebration of Hanukkah.  During the 8 days of Hanukkah, families light a candle for each day. Students learned the song, along with the actions, to Candle Chase by Laurie Berkner.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVlFBG6ExbU

 

During our learning student 's use a visual core board to support thier communication and language  development.

We learned how the dreidel game is played and the meaning of each of the symbols.


Students finished their Hanukkah learning creating beautiful Menorahs.

 


 Next week we look forward to learning about the last of the Seven Sacred Teaching of the Grandfather, the Truthful Turtle. We will also take a look at two more celebrations from around the world, Christmas and Kwanzaa.


Important Dates:

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pyjama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break 

January 4 - Classes Resume

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



Nov 29-Dec 3, 2021

Room 2 has been learning about humility and recognizing that we are all special, nobody is better than someone else. We all have special skills that are important and each of us is celebrated for who we are. Students learned that the wolf is the animal that represents humility because it is always worried about its pack. Nobody is left behind, everyone is taken care of, and each wolf is important in the pack. We tried to show humility this week by spreading kindness. Students brainstormed some of the ways we show kindness in our classroom, which included  inviting friends to sit with us at lunch, playing together with our peers and sharing toys, and by using kind hands and gentle bodies. In our school we wanted to show kindness by thanking the staff at our school who help us when we need and who always stop to say hello! We made special care packages that included a special treat and a note to say thank you for all your hard work. Students also made a special gift that they mailed to their own addresses to share kindness at home. Keep an eye on your mailboxes! 


Room 2 has been focusing on different skills in literacy. Some students are working on letter recognition, others are targeting letter sounds, and some students are working on word recognition as well as reading comprehension. This week we want to highlight how students are learning the letters of the alphabet. Students who are focusing on learning the alphabet target this skill in a small focused group during academic times. They are also participating in whole class interactive activities as well. During these whole class sessions students will listen to a song about the letter we are learning and then try to find it at the beginning or end of a word. Students are also learning to write the letters by using their fingers to write the letter in the air before we get to practice on the SmartBoard. Students have been doing a wonderful job trying to hold their pencil with a pincer grip and practicing upper and lower case letters. This week we learned the letters ‘T’ and ‘S’. Click the link below to hear a fun song about the letter ‘T’. 

  

Important Information and Dates: 

EMJ's Winter 2021 Scholastic Book Fair

You can help EMJ raise money to add books to our school library! EMJ is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 10th. There will be an opportunity for students to shop in person during school hours (Monday through Thursday) and also an opportunity for family and friends to order online (Friday to Friday).

Family and Friends can access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair starting Friday, December 3 and up until Friday, December 10 using this link: 

EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste this web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Scholastic will deliver all online orders to EMJ between Dec. 13th and 16th. We will send the orders home with students unless alternate arrangements are made with the school. Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

Shopify URL:  EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair and Featured Books


December 3 to December 10 Scholastic Winter 2021 Book Fair

December 10- School Spirit Day - Sweater Day (red/green or holiday sweater)

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pyjama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break 

January 4 - Classes Resume

 

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal   

 


November 22-25, 2021

Each week EES gets a visit from our multidisciplinary team which consists of speech, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. The team does different activities with students in EES to target their different goals. This week room 2 focused on People Games. These games are used to target sensory needs, build communication, work on gross motor skills, and develop positive interactions between students and staff and between peers. The games encourage social engagement at the students levels and some particularly target students who are developing their social awareness and interaction skills. We had a lot of fun playing games like Row Your Boat, Ring Around the Rosie, and making kid sandwiches! If you would like to learn more about the benefits of people games and how to incorporate some games at home please visit the link below.

http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/R-O-C-K--in-People-Games--For-Children-with-ASD-or.aspx


Next week room 2 will be completing our inquiry unit learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings. We have begun to learn about humility, and although this is a tough concept, students have been looking at how we can demonstrate humility through kindness. We will be doing random acts of kindness around the school next week and are looking forward to showing you all the kind things we will be doing.


The students in room 3 also welcomed our multidisciplinary team, that consists of our Speech and Language Pathologist, Ms. Genevieve, our Physical Therapist, Ms. Stacy and our Occupational Therapist, Ms. Erin into our classroom for our first whole class activity. They introduced us to some fun PEOPLE GAMES. People games are fun and engaging games that promote and foster interaction and communication. For more information on the benefits of People Games, please click on the link from the Hanen Organization.

http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/R-O-C-K--in-People-Games--For-Children-with-ASD-or.aspx

 People games are great activities to play at home with your child. You can click on the links to find videos of adults engaging in these games with children.  The main goal of these games is the child’s interaction with you.

 Beehive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INoZvI0STRg

 Row, Row, Row, Your Boat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WphumMGa7Ms

 Zoom Zoom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBpdcChwSp4

 Kid Sandwich is a game that gives many of our students the deep pressure and sensory sensation that they seek. In this activity you can use the following materials such as Cushions/stuffies, a blanket or yoga mat.

You play the game by first rolling your child in blanket/mat or placing them in the middle of two cushions and then put ingredient to make a “sandwich” by pressing hands on body.

 

To aid in facilitation of these games at home, especially for our non-verbal and early learners, you can print out a copy of the visual game mat. This mat has many different types of people games that your child can point to as a way to request specific games. For our early learners you can also point to the game, say the game name and then play the game.

 



Thank you to all our families that booked conferences. It was great to be able to chat with each of you about your students success at school!


Important Information and Dates:

 This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.   

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076 

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021. 

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name.  

Shopify URL

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 

 

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 

Have a great weekend,

 Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



November 14-19, 2021

 Last week students in room 3 spent time learning about Remembrance Day. As a way to show our respect, which is one of the Seven Sacred Teachings, students honoured those that have fought and died for us in many different ways throughout the week. Students learned about the significance of the poppy through the visually supported poem, In Flanders Field by John McRae. During art, we painted coffee filters with red paint, then blow dried, crumbled and layered the filters to create beautiful three-dimensional poppies.  Remembrance Day vocabulary was further supported with visual picture symbols. Student learned that poppy wreaths are laid at memorials and cenotaphs as a way to honour soldiers and veterans. Students participated in our virtual Remembrance Day by observing the minute of silence and listening to the Last Post and Reveille. During our shared reading, we focused on the concept of peace through three different stories The Peace Book, Can You Say Peace, and What Does Peace Feel Like. Students used writing and visual prompts to communicate what peace feels like to them. We learned everyone has something different that makes them feel peace!



This week we continued learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings. Our focus was on wisdom and the beaver that represented it. This teaching shows us that we all have gifts that make us special. The beaver’s special gift is its sharp teeth. While trying to better understand wisdom we also talked a lot about our word of the week ‘thinking brain’.  When we use our thinking brain we are taking in and processing information. We used our thinking brains to learn more about a beaver. We used a graphic organizer to practice our literacy writing skills to group our new understandings into beavers have, beavers are and beavers can. We finished the week off with a beaver inspired art project.


Everyday students in room 3 participate in a shared learning circle. Our blog has highlighted many different parts of our learning circle. Along with daily practice of social greetings, going over the calendar, and engaging in small number talks, students have also been learning to identify their printed name and respond to the question ‘What is your name?’ In many interactive activities, students printed names were matched with their picture. As some students demonstrate individual readiness for next steps, their pictures were gradually removed, leaving only their printed name. Some students are now learning to identify both their printed first and last name. One activity we do every day is our name tree. In this activity students’ names are on different leaves. Students come and pick their name and sort them into first and last name baskets. To further support this functional skill, students work on different activities such as writing and building their first and last names during morning independent work. Students will move from learning their first and last names to practicing other personal information such as their birthdate and address.


Room 3 would like to introduce our families to our student teacher, from Mount Royal University, Ms. Malory. Ms. Malory joins us every Tuesday morning and has a special focus on literacy. This week Ms. Malory’s lesson focused on exploring a wide variety of emotions through the characters in the story The Way I Feel. Students connected the characters emotions to The Zones of Regulation, which is common language used around self-regulation.









Last week students in Room 2 learned about the importance of Remembrance Day. We talked about how the poppy is a symbol of respect to those who sacrificed their lives to fight for our freedom and we wear one in honour of the soldiers. We tied our Sacred Teaching of respect to Remembrance Day and discussed why we observe this day. Students connected that we respect what the soldiers did for us and that is why we have the freedom to be who we are today. A part of our learning also focused on peace and how we all have a chance to bring peace to the world by being kind to others. Students also looked at what brings them peace. We thought of some wonderful things that bring us peace like reading a story, playing with friends, or getting a hug from a family member. 


During our academic block we focus on literacy and numeracy. This week our blog highlight is on literacy work. During this time students are working on tasks that target specific goals. Students are divided into ability groups and work with an adult on several tasks. One group is working on matching the letters of their name to a name strip, fine motor tasks such as sorting cutlery and opening/closing jar lids, and learning the letters of the alphabet. The second group is working on letter sounds and recognition as well as printing practice. Students are working to identify letter sounds at the beginning and end of a word as well as learning sight words. Students practice printing sight words, finding the word in a story, and using different manipulatives to create the word. The third group is working on reading comprehension, printing practice, and predictable chart writing. To learn more about predictable chart writing please visit the website below.

https://literacyforallinstruction.ca/shared-writing/















Next week room 2 will be learning the last Sacred teaching of humility. We are looking forward to sharing our learning around this last important character trait.



Important Reminders and Dates:

A link will be emailed to families tomorrow so you can book an appointment time for conferences on November 25 and 26th. Please make sure to book two back to back slots for your student’s appointment. If you are having troubles please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher at rlmyroniuk@cbe.ab.ca or shkatyal@cbe.ab.ca


November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Have a great weekend

Mrs. Rachel and Ms. Katyal



November 1-5, 2021

Students in room 2 have been learning about the next Sacred Teaching of bravery which is represented by the bear. The bear symbolizes bravery because of its strength and its ability to survive in nature. The bear has to know what it needs to hunt and gather before it goes into hibernation, and it needs to keep itself and its family safe in the forest. Students looked at different situations where we need to be brave. When we try new things, when we are scared of something, when we meet new people, or even when we are learning new things we have to be brave and show courage. We wrote down all the situations we have to show courage in and added it to room two’s tree of courage. To understand what it really means to have courage we played a few games. The first activity was a trust fall. Students had to trust that an adult would catch them when they fell backwards, but they couldn’t see us so they have to be brave. We then created a tree of courage of all the things we have to be brave for.

Another game we played was Flashlight Fear! Students had to navigate their way around a messy classroom using a flashlight. We knew there were objects around the classroom that would make traveling in the dark unsafe, but when we showed courage together and used our flashlight, we found our way around the room without getting hurt. Students were brave when all the lights were turned off!

The last game we played was Blow Out Fear. Students had learned that when we are scared we have to be brave to still try. When we let our fear get louder and louder in our head we might miss out doing something we might actually really like. We lit a candle and talked about how fires can get out of control and become very dangerous. If we let our fear get bigger and bigger it can spread like a fire. We blew out the candle just like when we get rid of fear any time we try something that scares us.

Next week Room 2 will be learning about the importance of Remembrance Day and why it is so important to honour those who fought for our freedom.


This week Room 3 focused on the teaching of Honesty, represented by the Sabe. The Sabe teaches us to be honest with ourselves and others. We are all different and unique. We talked about embracing our differences to be the best that we can be. Aside from the Sabe, each character trait is matched with animals that exist in real life; bear, eagle, turtle, buffalo, beaver, and wolf. To help students understand that the Sabe is not a living creature we looked at sorting things that are real (things that we can see, hear and touch) and things that are not real or pretend. In the story, If I Had a Gryphon, the main character got a hamster as a pet. She thought the hamster was a ‘boring’ pet so she pretended to have different mythical creatures as pets instead. She realized that those pets would be too hard to keep and that her hamster was the perfect pet for her. Our artwork for this week focused on creating a subject using negative space. By painting around the Sabe silhouette template, students were able to explore the use of colours and negative space to create an image.

Every day, first thing in the morning, students engage in specific task learning. This learning helps to further develop goals on students Individual Program Plans. Tasks are designed to target fine motor skills such as developing a pincer grasp, literacy skills such as pre-reading and writing, letter and sight word recognition, numeracy skills, functional living skills such as knowing the days of the week and communication. Rotating through different morning work also helps to develop work independence and task completion.

Students in room 3 will be learning about different celebrations around the world. This week we learned about Diwali, the festival of light. Diwali started on Thursday November 4 and lasts for 5 days. Diwali is celebrated by many people around the world. It is a harvest festival that started in India to celebrate new beginnings, good over evil, and light over darkness. It is an important holiday for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.  Together, students made paper plate Diya’s, an oil lamp usually made from clay, and coloured Rangoli’s, designs using coloured powder and rice, that are created on the floor at entrances of houses. Happy Diwali to all our friends 


Next week students will be learning about Remembrance Day and what peace looks like to them. The school will be participating in a virtual Remembrance Day assembly on Wednesday morning.


As the weather is starting to be cooler, especially for our morning recess, please send a warm jacket, pair of gloves or mitts and a winter hat. With frost on the ground some morning, please also send a pair of snow pants. If you have an extra that can be left at school, that would be wonderful. If you require assistance gathering any of these items, please let us know so that we can help.


Important Dates:

November 8 - Indigenous Veterans Day

November 9 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

November 10 - EMJ’s Remembrance Day virtual assembly 

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 15 - ADmazing coupon sales close - last day to order

November 15 - 19  Alberta’s Metis Week

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Have a good weekend

Mrs. Rachel and Ms. Katyal



October 25-29, 2021

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Let us tell you all about pumpkins!

Room 2 has been learning all about pumpkins as our cross-curricular theme this week. We explored the pumpkins and other Halloween characters in literacy and numeracy and during inquiry we put on our research hats to think of all the things we already know about pumpkins, we learned about the different parts of a pumpkin, and even looked at its life cycle. We also did a science experiment and made predictions about whether we thought a pumpkin would float or sink in a tub of water. Students learned that a prediction is a very good guess, and even if our guess was different than what really happened that doesn’t make our prediction wrong.   

             

We had so much fun in the gym moving our bodies and participating in different Halloween stations like the witch hat ring toss, jumping over hurdles to get away from monsters, and escaping the haunted teachers! On Wednesday we went for a Halloween themed community scavenger hunt. We walked around our neighbourhood looking at all the decorations so we could find all the items on our list. We found almost everything!

When we finally got to carve our pumpkin students had the most fun using the pumpkin guts for sensory play. We cut the top off and put our hands inside to feel the guts, then we put some in our pumpkin bags to keep for later. After that we all shared our ideas of what kind of jack o’ lantern we wanted to make. After many great ideas we created our spooky pumpkin! This week we have also spent some time talking about stranger danger. With special holidays or times when we might be around people we don’t know, we learned it is important to keep ourselves safe by staying with safe people we know and never going anywhere with a stranger!

Next week room 2 will return to the Seven Sacred Teachings and will be focusing on the teaching of bravery which is represented by the bear.


This week Room 3 has paused our current inquiry learning on the Seven Sacred Teachings for a short mini-unit on Pumpkins. We immersed ourselves in everything pumpkins! During our morning work we engaged in tasks such as matching pumpkin numbers to their corresponding 10 frames, tracing pumpkins using a static tripod grip, furthering our fine motor skills by putting on and taking off elastics around small gourds, practicing our cutting skills, labeling the parts of a pumpkin and developing our emerging reading skills. We also used the Halloween theme to create Witches Brew by following different recipes and putting big google eyes into a variety of containers.

Thanks to the donation of pumpkins by our Parent Council, we were able to dissect a pumpkin and learn all about what is inside. Before dissecting our pumpkins, we learned all about the lifecycle of a pumpkin, students loved to sing along to the song ‘Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow’.  https://youtu.be/tU-GwFHQZI8 Each student had the opportunity to feel the inside of the pumpkin, scope out and sort what they found inside. Students then labeled their findings. 


During our outdoor learning, we had the opportunity to go on a community walk to spot all the different decorations people place out for Halloween. On community walks, we focus on safety skills such as looking and listening for traffic, especially before crossing the road. We read different street signs and talk about their meaning and identify common items in all communities such as fire hydrants, crosswalks, mailboxes and street lights. We found lots of spooky decorations in the community. We were all amazed at one house in particular that has numerous blow up decorations!  

Next week we will be returning to our inquiry unit on the Seven Sacred Teachings and learning about Honesty and the Sabe that represents it. You might recognize a Sabe, by its other names, Sasquatch or Bigfoot. We look forward to sharing our learning with you!


Our EES spotlight this week is on our team’s Halloween Costumes! This year we all choose to dress-up as our favourite educational character that we sing and move our bodies to everyday. Here are a few of our favourite educational and movement songs. See if you can spot the adult dressed up like the character!  

https://youtu.be/JxOMEUYKzvs

https://youtu.be/B7sEtc326kM

https://youtu.be/WP1blVh1ZQM

https://youtu.be/GxKb_VHCYdc


Important Dates:

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Katyal



October 18 – 22, 2021

 EES students have been having a blast outside this week! A big mound of sand just appeared one day in our school field. We are not sure what the sand will be used for, but we do know we have been having lots and lots of fun with it. The students have been using many skills while playing in the sand. They have independently demonstrated cooperative play as they dig and shovel sand together into buckets, caring and respect as they help one another up, and navigating the shared space at the top of the sand castle.  Our students have also discovered the joy in rolling down the small hill by our larger playground. This is an amazing way to work on some gross motor and spatial skills. It has been so wonderful to hear all the laughter that outdoor play brings to our students.


Students in room 2 have been having number talks to build our number sense. Students are learning to name numbers, subitize when they see a group of dots without counting each dot (rolling a dice and being able to identify the number without having to count each dot), representing the number using pictures, and are learning where numbers fall on a number line. Students have also been working on identifying missing numbers and being able to count up from any given number. We will spend the majority of our year developing and building number sense, challenging students where they are to ensure all students feel successful in their exploration of numbers!

Room 2 has continued our learning of the Seven Sacred Teachings, and this week focused on the teaching of love which is represented by the eagle. We looked at the different ways we can show love. Students came up with some great ideas such as giving moms and dads kisses, playing with friends, using gentle hands with others, and helping a friend in need.

Students also connected our learning of love to our appreciation of the Earth and all that it gives us. As we have continued developing our relationship with nature we looked at how we can show our home, the Earth, love. When we look outside we often see garbage in our school field and what better way to show the Earth we love it than to help clean up?? Students tried wearing gloves and took turns using the trash grabber to pick up garbage. We were surprised how much trash we collected. We filled up a whole bag! We are going to show love to the Earth by going out regularly to pick up garbage and keep our planet clean.


Students in room 3 have continued to look at The Sacred Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. This week our focus has been on the character trait of Courage and the bear that represents it. We have read stories and sung songs on what it means to be strong and brave when faced with things that scare or frighten us. Our Words of the Week tie into our learning and focus on the feeling of being “Scared/Frightened” when things are “hard/difficult” and on the concepts of “I/me/my” and “You”. Our art activity this week targeted developing bilateral coordination. Wrapping yarn around a cardboard bear shape required students to coordinate both hands working together at the midline and crossing the midline, while also targeting eye-hand coordination.

A big part of our morning in Room 3 centers around our Morning Circle. This is a dynamic learning time where students engage in social, academic and regulation learning. Students move in and out of the whole group shared learning to individualized or small group focused activities. One activity in our morning circle is our small group Number Talks. We warm-up our math brains by singing and moving to different number songs. After the song(s), students take part in a structured mini-lesson that focuses on number fluency. Everyday a different number will appear on the dice. Students look at and practice the many different ways that the given number can be represented. Next week we will highlight another activity in our Morning Circle.


EES is looking forward to having some fun next week with Pumpkin and Halloween themed learning activities.  A special thanks to our Parent Council for donating pumpkins to all of our classes. We can’t wait to share our Pumpkin learning with you!


Our EES spotlight for this week is our Birthday Bear! The birthday bear makes a special appearance to those students celebrating a special birthday. The students get so excited to sing and dance along with our musical bear. Happy birthday to our two EES friends celebrating their birthdays this week! 


Important Dates:

October 26 - Library Book Exchange

October 29 - Students welcome to wear costumes for Halloween 

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 10 - No School – School-based PL Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel, and Mrs. Katyal



October 11 - 15, 2021

Room 3 is continuing our learning on the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. This week our focus has been on love and how we show love to ourselves and others. Through a number of different story books, we looked at character traits such as being kind, caring and a good friend. Inspired by the song What I Am (https://youtu.be/cyVzjoj96vs) we looked at being the best ME that we can be. We decided that we are smart, strong, friendly, funny, special and more. In the Seven Sacred Teachings the trait of love is paired with the Eagle. Using the online research resource, PebbleGo, we learned more about the eagle such as its physical traits, habitat, food, and life cycle. As a part of our functional writing, we worked on labeling the different parts of an eagle. We finished the week off with some beautiful Eagle artwork.


Every day, through our task bins and shared learning, we work towards building independence in foundational skills such as letter, colour and shape recognition, letter sounds, number sense, reading, writing, fine motor skills, and functional living skills. Each of these tasks are designed to help students work on different aspects of their Individual Program Plan (IPP) goals. An envelope with your student's IPP can be found in their backpack today. In the envelope, you will find two copies of their IPP, one copy is for you to keep and one copy will need to be signed and returned to school as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding your student’s IPP, please feel free to contact me at rlmyroniuk@cbe.ab.ca

 


As students in room 2 continue to build on the celebration of different stories, we learned about two more of the sacred teachings that guide how humans should behave towards others. This week we focused on the teaching of honesty, represented by the raven, and wisdom, represented by the beaver.

Students looked at the importance of telling the truth. The raven accepts itself the way it is and uses its gifts to survive. It only tells the truth about what it can do and does not lie about the things it cannot do. Sometimes telling the truth can be hard or scary, especially when we think it might get us into trouble. We know that even when it is hard, telling the truth is always the right thing to do.


Wisdom can come in many different ways. We learn from others, we can share our wisdom with others, and we gain wisdom as we keep learning. We learned about how we gain wisdom in our brains when we learn new things and figure out difficult things, like putting our shoes on the right feet or putting our jackets on. However, we also learned about having heart wisdom. Sometimes we can feel upset/sad/mad/frustrated. During these times we know that we can do deep breathing, take a break, or use another strategy that helps our hearts feel happy again.

 

This week room 2 started functional word of the week! This week’s word was “help”. We all need help sometimes and it is important to know how to ask for it. We can say “I need help please” and we can sign it. Students are using their words or their signs to tell an adult when they need help during the day.


IPP’s are coming home in a brown envelope today. Parents in room 2 please sign the signature page and return this page as soon as possible. The IPP document itself is for you to keep. If you have any questions please contact me at shkatyal@cbe.ab.ca.


Stay tuned next week when we showcase our next sacred teaching. 


This week’s staff spotlight is on the super fabulous Ms. Dafoe, our music specialist. Ms. Dafoe works with all of our students once a week. Students enjoy singing and moving their bodies to new and familiar songs. This week, students were using the tune to a practiced and familiar song Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and changing the words to fit in with a Halloween theme, Pumpkin, Pumpkin, what do you See? Ms. Dafoe also works with a small group of students once a week on basic rhythm skills such as keeping a steady beat and a simple pattern,  with instruments such as rhythm sticks.


Important Reminders and Dates:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day 

October 19 - Library exchange, please return books

October 29 - Students are welcome to dress up in costumes for Halloween

November 2 - Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School - PD Day


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Rachel, and Mrs. Katyal



October 4 - 7, 2021

Room 3 has started a new Inquiry unit focusing on The Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Teaching of the Seven Grandfathers.  These teachings derive from the Indigenous Anishinaabe community. They are important character traits that focus on how people should interact and treat themselves, each other, and the world around us.  The traits of respect, love, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth are paired with an animal that represents the teaching.

This week we looked at respect, represented by the buffalo. We read stories about caring and giving to others, to the land, and sung songs that taught us about the word respect.  We talked about different ways we can show respect in our school community, such as walking quietly down the hallway so our friends in other classrooms can continue learning and by helping to cleanup when we hear the cleanup song. We can show respect to the land by not littering and recycling.

During our morning circle we spend time learning about the days of the week, months of the year, weather and seasons. We look at our calendar every day, count the number of days that have passed, and look at what special events and holidays there are in the month. This week we focused on Thanksgiving. We read the stories Bear Says Thanks and How to Catch a Turkey.  We collected fallen leaves from our outdoor learning space and created our own Thanksgiving Turkeys.  Creating our turkeys was not only fun but a perfect way to practice our fine motor skills of cutting, colouring, and gluing!


Next week room 3 is looking forward to learning more about The Seven Sacred Teachings, focusing on the character trait of Love and learning more about the eagle that represents it. We will be learning new Fall related task activities that build on our skills such as colour matching, letter recognition, sight words, sequencing and number sense.


Room 2 focused on the sacred teaching of truth this week. Truth is represented by the turtle as this animal is an important symbol in the Indigenous culture.  The turtle represents being true to yourself, others and being truthful in everything you do. We revisited last week’s learning about how we are all different and unique and these differences make each of us special. When we embrace our differences, accept ourselves, and feel proud of who we are we are being truthful to who we are. We listened to stories about how we are all unique and sang songs that taught us we are all special and to be proud of what makes us different. Students used their fine motor skills to cut the turtle out, they counted out the number of beads they wanted to use, used a pincer grip to pick up the beads, and glued the beads onto the turtles back.