Ms. Katyal & Ms. Myroniuk

April 19-23

 Hello EES families,

 We would like to welcome Mrs. Melanie Tempel to our EES classroom. Mrs. T has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for almost 4 years since moving to Canada from South Africa. She is excited to get to know all the students. 

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In EES, we spent the week celebrating Earth Day by learning how we can help make our planet Earth happy. During our self-regulation activities, we talk a lot about being in the 'Green Zone'. When our body and brain is happy, healthy and ready to learn we are in the Green Zone. We learned about different ways we could help Earth be in the Green Zone.  We learned we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We sorted what makes the Earth happy and sad. We created beautiful artwork along with an I CAN promise that helps us protect our Earth!

 Learning Intention: I can celebrate Earth Day 

 


Ms. Stacy, our Physiotherapist visited this week. She integrated movement activities into our Plant and Animal Inquiry learning. We learned to move our bodies safely like growing seeds, wiggling worms, fluttering butterflies and more. We always have fun when Ms. Stacy comes to visit!

 

Next week we are looking forward to continuing our learning about Plants. We are going to be starting to grow our own garden soon! Please remember there is no school on Monday.

 

Important Dates to Remember

 

                                                April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2021

  • Apr. 22 – Earth Day
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

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

April 12-16, 2021

 Hello EES Families,

 We are so excited to be back in the classroom! Thanks again to the families that were able to join us online last week. We are so proud how well our students worked to settle back into our regular classroom routines!

 This week we started an inquiry unit on Plants and Animals. We have been learning all about the difference between Living and Non-Living things. We learned that living things need food, water and air. Living things can grow and make more of themselves by reproducing. Here are a few links to songs we learned this week!


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Learning Intention: I can describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things.

 

During our shared story time, we started looking at the book A Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. This book follows the journey of a little seed that grows to be a big flower.  We are creating beautiful artwork to go along with this story! We can’t wait to show you the final product. Here is just a little peek at all the work that is going into this art project.

 

 

 

 

 Next week we are looking forward to learning more about the Parts of a Plant and the Plant Life Cycle.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 2021

                                 April Is World Autism Month

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

May 2021

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

March 15-19, 2021

Hello EES Families,

Did you know that World Down Syndrome Day is March 21? This is a celebration and global awareness day officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. March 21 (3/21) was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On Monday March 22, we are encouraging our students to participate in the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign. All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed - they might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colourful pair of socks! For more information on WDSD and the Lots of Socks campaign please click on the link.

https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/take-action

 

We want to take an opportunity to thank our families that were able to take time to meet with us last week for our Student Conferences. We are so proud of the learning we are seeing with all our students and enjoyed sharing these successes with our families.  If you were not able to book a time to chat, please feel free to email rlmyroniuk@cbe.ab.ca to book an alternate time to meet.

Our focus this week during our shared learning time was on Predictable Chart Writing. Predictable chart writing is a shared writing activity that supports emergent and conventional writers and readers. It is a way of providing some structure, while allowing students to generate their own ideas. This week we worked on Day 1-3. We can’t wait to share Day’s 4 and 5 with you.

               Learning Intention: I can participate in predictable chart writing

 Day 1: Write the Chart

Day 2: Reread the sentence



Day 3: Working with the Sentence


Day 4: Be the sentence

Day 5: Make a book


Important Upcoming Dates:

March 2021

·       March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day

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

 

April 2021

·       Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School

·       Apr. 6 - Classes Resume

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

·       Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 1-5, 2021

Hello EES Families

Our day in EES starts out with some choice time using teacher selected puzzles, books and sensory tools, while all our students are arriving from the buses. After all our friends have arrived at school, we participate in big gross motor movement in the gym. During gym, we get to explore lots of different equipment and play a variety of cooperative games. This week we started learning some parachute games.   

 

After gym, we all gather together for our first whole group learning activity. We start our learning participating in some guided breathing. This is important to help students with regulation, how to bring us to the “green zone”. In the Zones of Regulation, the green zone is the optimal zone for learning to take place.

After our breathing activities, students participate in a read aloud. During the read aloud, we are starting to focus on identifying different elements of a story. Our stories are linked to the current Inquiry theme.

 

    Learning Intention: I can identify character (who), setting (where) and event (what) in a story.

 

Students in one of our flexible learning groups are working to extend their knowledge of story elements. They are engaging in individual guided reading sessions where the focus is on identifying the who, where and what in the story. Students are also learning to author their own stories. Currently, we are focused on oral story-telling while having the story scribed by an adult. We will eventually work on having the students print their own stories. Look at a few of our amazing stories!

 

 

Family conferences are coming up next week. While booking your conference, please remember to select two back-to-back time slots as our families are provided 30min per conference. If you are unable to book a time either Thursday March 11 from 1:30-7:00pm or Friday March 12 from 8:30am-12:30pm please email me and we can arrange an alternative time. 

Upcoming Important Dates

 March 2021

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

April 2021

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

Have a great weekend!

 

Mrs. Myroniuk and Ms. Emily


February 22 – 26, 2021

 Hello EES Families,

 This week we started our Penguin inquiry! Inquiry based learning integrates multiple traditional subject areas. Students are encouraged to apply what they have learned in subject areas including literacy, numeracy and science.  

 

                      Learning Intention: I can engage in Penguin Inquiry

 

Just look at all the different ways we incorporate Penguin learning into our day! During our task bin time we use our inquiry Penguin theme in many different ways.

 In math, we use different sized penguins to sort according to small, medium and large, we use penguins as manipulatives to help us count and recognize quantity on a 10’s frame.

 

In Language Arts, we use penguins themed books during our read aloud, we use penguins to help learn word families and letter sound blends.

 

In science we learn to classify and label penguins based on observable characteristics; e.g., beak, flipper, tail. 

In digital literacy, we are learning that there are many different species of penguins and what characteristics make them different and unique by reading and listening to information on the website Pebblego.


We look forward to learning and sharing more about Penguins!


Important dates to remember

 March 2021

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

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Myroniuk and Ms. Emily

 

Feb 16-19, 2021 

This week our focus has been on turn taking. Ms. Gen, our SLP, worked with small groups on developing turn taking language through a fun game. Taking turns is an important part of communication development for young children. When students learn to take turns, they learn the basic rhythm of communication, that back-and-forth exchange between people. Turn Taking also works on other important skills such as impulse control, the skill of waiting, and sharing common materials. We highlighted words such as I, My, You, Your, and Turn.

 

                        Learning Intention: I can Take Turns

Outside students worked on continuing their turn taking by pushing a car to one another.

This weekend we encourage our families to take a moment to play a turn taking game. One great way to do this, is taking turns together to build a tower.


In your students backpack, you will find fundraising information from our School Council. The funds raised help support all our students here at Ethel M Johnson.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

March 2021

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

Have a great weekend!

February 8 - 12, 2021

Hello EES families,

My name is Ms. Emily, and I will be filling in for Ms. Katyal while she is away.  I am excited to join the EES team here at EMJ.  I am a first-year teacher with a background in working with children who have complex needs.  I am excited to be working with your kids to help them learn and grow over the next little while.  I have had a great first week getting to know everyone and I look forward to the fun weeks ahead.

We had fun celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom. Please check your child's backpack for their Valentine's Day cards and a very special card for you!


Have a great long weekend, and we will see you all on Tuesday!

Ms. Emily and Mrs Myroniuk

Important Dates

  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying

  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day


March 2021

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

February 1-5, 2021

 Hello EES families,

 Unfortunately, the cold weather is finally here! We have been so lucky to have been able to go outside almost every day so far this school year.  We all love to spend time outside building on our skills such as gross motor, peer relations, problem solving and inquiry. A few of our past blog posts have been dedicated to the benefits of outdoor learning. Thank you to all our families for supplying clothing that is winter ready. We have a few extra pairs of mitts and snow pants for students for when they are needed.

 You might be wondering how we handle the colder weather in EES? All students can go outside until a temperature of -20 degrees (with Windchill). An announcement is made prior to recess if the weather is too cold to go outdoors. We know that with this weather, some of our students can be outside for longer than others. This is another example of our flexible groupings (another past blog post!). While some students will remain outside, we bring students inside as needed to engage in some supported play. On days, like today, when the temperature does not allow for outdoor play we engage in Choice Play. Just like outdoor play, our choice play is also intentionally planned to help build skills such as gross and fine motor, social play, and problem-solving.  Today a few of our student used their fine motor skills to connect all of the links to create a super long chain that stretched all the way down the hallway!

 

All families should be able to access their students report cards online and would have received a paper copy of their IPP. After you have had a chance to review the IPP, please send back just the signature page. If you have any questions regarding the report card or IPP please do not hesitate to contact us. The next round of Conferences is scheduled for March 11 and 12. More information regarding booking a conference will be available at a later date.

Important Dates and Reminders

 February 2021

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

·       Feb. 10 – Valentine’s sent home

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

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 


Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

January 24-27, 2021 

EES students have music class once a week.  During their time together with Ms. DaFoe they have been enjoying a variety of musical activities including greeting each other with hello songs, responding individually to hello songs and poems, learning to sing simple songs together, keeping a steady beat, playing basic rhythm instruments, enjoying music stories, and doing various movement activities. Students look forward to music every week and can’t wait to learn more about music with Ms. DaFoe every Thursday!


Next week on Feb 3 is our Winter Walk Day!! Please ensure students have snow pants, jackets, hats, mitts, boots, etc. We will be going on our walk as long as it is not too cold outside.

 

Important Reminders and Dates

1)    There is no school for students tomorrow as it is a Professional Learning Day.

2)    Report Cards and IPP’s will be available for families next week. IPP’s will be coming home with your student and report cards will be available online through PowerSchool.

 

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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January 18-22, 2021

A large focus point in EES is helping students develop and build on their social interaction skills with adults and peers. Students are encouraged and supported in play with peers both inside and outside the classroom. They engage in socially and situationally appropriate conversations, are able to problem solve together, and learn to play cooperatively when using the same materials. Students build on their language and communication skills, and are better able to recognize different feelings and emotions in themselves and others.


We are looking forward to our winter walk which is coming up soon. We can’t wait to share pictures from our day!

 

Important Dates

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

 

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January 11-15, 2021

EES has been taking advantage of the warmer weather and extending our classroom learning to the outdoors. There are so many things we are able to target when we are exploring outside. Students are working on social interactions, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, and participating in outdoor inquiry. 

Although we spend as much time as we can outside, this time has been scheduled thoughtfully and intentionally to continue the learning that is happening inside our classrooms. Student enjoy being outside in the fresh air and often times some students are even more engaged outside than inside

 

This week we were able to engage with another class while maintaining social distancing. We were very excited to run into a class that was returning from their community walk as we were beginning ours! They had created something in the park we were headed to and challenged us to find their creation. Once we reached the park students were excited and were searching high and low for this secret creation. Ask your student what they found at the park!! 


We have been spending time in and out of the classroom building on fine motor skills. This week we focused on colouring. Students are learning to refine their pincer group and using their thumb and pointer fingers to grasp their writing utensil. Students were encouraged to take their time and to do their neatest colouring. We have so many works of art hanging in our classes now!


Important Information and Dates

·       February 3 EMJ is participating in a Winter Walk on February. This is a day to encourage students to enjoy spending time outside. If you would like more information you can visit this website: https://shapeab.com/winter-walk-day/

·       January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

 

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December 7-11, 2020

Our OT and SLP have been coming into our class to teach us more about our sense of self, and this has tied in with our science unit on our senses! This week we talked about things we could hear. We watched a video that had different animal sounds and had to figure out what animal it was. After, Ms. Gen our SLP, had animals hidden in a bag and we had to listen to their noise and tell her “I can hear a ___”. We have been practicing many different sentences that teach us more about ourselves including I can see, I can hear, and I am.

 

With the change in weather this week and our new snowfall, students thoroughly enjoyed playing outside! When the snow first fell students were so excited to build snowmen, dig trenches in the snow, and to throw little snowballs at all the grownups! Some students worked together to build different size snowballs to make a big snowman. We all worked together to make one giant snowball that students were excited to climb up and sit on! Everyone took a turn rolling and helping to push the giant snowball and all got a turn to sit on top as well.

Important Information and Dates:

1)    Monday, December 14, is crazy holiday sweater/crazy hat/green-red day! Wear your silliest hats or sweaters or dress up in holiday colours!

2)    Friday, December 18, is PJ day! Wear your pyjamas to school, slippers, robes, anything you need to make your PJ look complete!

3)    We know this is the season of gift giving and spreading cheer. In the past we have sent students home with little gifts from the adults in their room. Unfortunately, since this year we are following different protocols this will not be a possibility. We thank you all for your continuous support and appreciate you thinking of us at this time. In lieu of any staff gifts we would appreciate if you could make a small donation to our school food drive!

 

December 2020

·       Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

·       December 14 - Wear your favourite holiday sweater

·       December 18 PJ day

·       December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 30-December 3, 2020

EES Birthday Bear!!!

In EES we love to celebrate our students successes and achievements and that of course includes celebrating another circle around the sun! When it is a student’s birthday we have a very special visitor come to our classroom. It’s our singing Birthday Bear! Our Birthday Bear has already made four visits to our classroom and looks forward to making more!

 

We want our students to feel special on their special day and Birthday Bear always puts a smile on our kid’s faces. Our birthday celebrations look a little different this year but Birthday Bear is still here to spread smiles and cheer.


Important Information and Dates: 

1. Today is the last day to order from EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair. Click on the link below to place your order.

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 

December 2020

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

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 23-27, 2020

What does EES look like????? Part 2

This week we are excited to share what an EES afternoon looks like! Students in EES gather together in one classroom to have lunch together in a large group. We believe eating together creates a sense of community and belonging within our EES class. After they have finished eating students get ready to spend some time outside and get fresh air. When they return we break into our flexible groupings again. These flexible grouping may not be the same as the group students were part of in the morning. One group continues to focus on building independence in hygiene tasks, participate in center activities, followed by choice time where students engage in high interest tasks. The second group works on hygiene as well which includes brushing our teeth, washing our faces, and of course washing our hands. Adults call students over one at a time to complete hygiene tasks while other students are working on a short breathing activity to calm our bodies after we come in from playing. After hygiene students go through the calendar to determine the date, weather, and answer a question of the day. Following that we take time exploring an inquiry unit. Currently we are looking at our five senses! Stay tuned next week to find out more. 

Students in both groups end the day by participating in relaxation/regulation time. We are encouraging students to spend some time laying in the classroom with their pillows and blankets if they have them, or using a yoga mat. Students are learning to relax their bodies through listening to soothing music. We talk about letting our mind and body rest and strategies we can use to help us, such as relaxation. After this, students have one final snack before getting ready to go home.

 

We want to thank all our families for taking time to meet with us or chat with us last week during conferences. We were so grateful to be able to share all the success our students are having, with you!

 

Important Information and Dates:

1. A friendly reminder that on December 4 (next Friday) is a Professional Day and therefore no school for students.

2. Lastly, we thank you for sending in diapers for your child when requested. We have now run out of wipes and are requesting families who require these supplies to please send in a package of wipes.

3. Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to

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

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

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

 

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

December 2020

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

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 16-19, 2020

What does EES look like???

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

 

Important Information and Dates: 

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

 

November 2020

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

December 2020

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

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 9-13, 2020

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

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


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

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


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

 

Important Information and Dates:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

 

November 2020:

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

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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November 2-6, 2020

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


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

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

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


Important Information and Dates:

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

2)    There is no school on November 11.

3)    Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

 

November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

 

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October 25-30

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

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

 


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


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



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

 

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

 

Upcoming Important Dates:

·       November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

·       November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

·       November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

·       November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

·       November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

·       November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

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

·       November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

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

 

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween

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October 19 – 23

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Important Dates:

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

October 12-16

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

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

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


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

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

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

Important Dates:

·       October 21 Take Me Outside Day

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

-      November 11 - No School for Students


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik  


October 5-8, 2020

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


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

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

 

Important Dates:

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Have a great weekend, 

Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik  

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September 28-October 2, 2020

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

 

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

 

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

 

Important Dates:

October 2020

·       October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm

·       October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

·       October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 

·       October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

 

Have a great weekend,

 Mrs. Myroniuk and Mrs. Katyal-Malik

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September 21-24, 2020

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

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

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