Ms. Katyal & Ms. Myroniuk

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.