Ms. Percy

Friday, June 24th, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families,

We started the week acknowledging and celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. We revisited the story, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story. We studied the author and illustrator, Leah Dorion and were inspired to create our own Métis Dot Art illustrations.

We also had fun reviewing and learning about 2 and 3-D Shapes through books, songs, and videos. 


Our grade 6 students celebrated this Thursday with bowling, pizza, cupcakes and a farewell assembly! Thank-you to Parent Council for the lovely day! We are so very sad to see our Grade 6 friends move on as they will be dearly missed.

However, we know they will do wonderful things in Junior High and beyond! 

Next week, we will celebrate all of our hard work with Sports Day on Monday morning and our Schoolwide Farewell Assembly on Tuesday. 

We have had an incredible year in Room 4 full of fun, learning, and growing together. Thank-you families for all your support. 

Important Items and Dates to Note:

Sports Day At EMJ

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

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes (regular, full day)

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Friday, June 17th, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families, 

We had a fun and great week of learning in Room 4! 

We continued to learn about the 5 senses. We learned about the parts of the human ear. Did you know that cochlea means snail? We also listened to the book, If I had an Animal Nose. We then drew an animal of our choice and drew it on our photos. 

We learned and reviewed some concepts related to time. We practiced ordering the days of the week and months of the year. Additionally, we played a Time Bingo game to practice telling time to the hour and half hour using an analog clock. We also had fun playing our pop-it math games, which are always a hit. 

We ended the week with creating a card, and a gift for the special guy(s) in our life. We hope you enjoy your special day and have a wonderful Father’s Day.

Next week, we will continue our learning on the senses, and also recognize and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Tuesday. Additionally, we have our Grade 6 Bowling, & Farewell Assembly on Thursday, as well as Sports Day on Friday (weather permitting).  

Important Items and Dates to Note:

Sports Day At EMJ

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

Grade 6 Bowling:

We will be taking the students to the Bowladrome at Chinook Mall the morning of Thursday, June 23rd. Students will be away the full morning but will return around noon. A field trip form will be sent in the next week or so. We will have enough staff to support this event so there is no need for parent volunteers.

Grade 6 Farewell Celebration:

We are hosting a Grade 6 celebration on Thursday, June 23rd at 1:15pm. All families are welcome to join us in the gym for a final farewell to our group. The dress will be casual so there is no need for students to get fully dressed up. However, if they would like to wear a nice dress or dress pants and shirt, it is always welcomed. Students can bring their items to change into when they return from bowling.

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farewell Events (Bowling & assembly- Please see email sent to Gr. 6 parents for more details)

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes


Friday, June 10th, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families,

We began the week building our Alberta animal habitats. First, we planned our animal’s habitat by sketching it. Then, we had to make a list of items we needed to create our masterpiece. Next, we went to the art supply room to gather our required materials. Finally, we went to work using our box and materials to create our super awesome dioramas.  

 

This week, we explored a Mystery Science activity related to bears. We learned why they hibernate in the winter (difficult access to food), and what types of foods they prefer to eat. We played a partner game where we had to match food items. One player was a brown bear, and the other player was the black bear. The player who collected the most food items was the winner! We really enjoyed playing this game. 

 

To end the week, we did some work on one of our five senses- hearing. We learned parts of the human ear and how it works. We listened to the book, If I had Animal Ears. We then chose what animal ears we would want to have. Next week, we will continue learning about the human ear, and learn to label the ear parts. Additionally, we will move on to another one of our five senses- smell. 


GRADE 6 Families: 

Bowling:

We will be taking the students to the Bowladrome at Chinook Mall the morning of Thursday, June 23rd. Students will be away the full morning but will return around noon. A field trip form will be sent in the next week or so. We will have enough staff to support this event so there is no need for parent volunteers.

Grade 6 Farewell Celebration:

We are hosting a Grade 6 celebration on Thursday, June 23rd at 1:15pm. All families are welcome to join us in the gym for a final farewell to our group. The dress will be casual so there is no need for students to get fully dressed up. However, if they would like to wear a nice dress or dress pants and shirt, it is always welcomed. Students can bring their items to change into when they return from bowling.

Baby Photos Needed for the Celebration:  

We need a baby photo of each of the grade 6 students. We are putting together a slideshow and need a high-resolution baby or small toddler photo. You can email the picture digitally. Please send in your picture by Friday, June 17th.

Important Dates:

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farewell Events (Bowling & assembly- Please see email sent to Gr. 6 parents for more details)

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes


Friday, June 3, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families,

We had a great week in Room 4! 

We put great effort into our Animal Research projects, and were excited to share our presentations with the class. We learned a great deal about animals who are native to Alberta and were amazed at many of the animal's lifespans. We particularly enjoyed watching the fun fact videos that our classmates included in their Google Slides presentations. We were a respectful audience, and showed full body listening when our classmates showed their work. We all gave each other compliments and asked questions. 

Here are some of the compliments we gave our classmates:

  • “I really like your raccoon presentation!”
  • “I like how you used the pointer to help us follow along.”
  • “You did so beautiful!”
  • “I really like all your pictures and how you read out aloud.”
  • “I really like your video about skunk facts.”
  • “Your animal video is amazing- all those reindeer! Congratulations!” 

Next week, we are going to build our animal’s habitat using the shoeboxes we brought from home. We will have to create a plan first, make a list of items we need to create our animal habitat, and then we will get started! We cannot wait to share our finished product with you when complete!

 

This week we clued up our Across Canada Tour. Our Alberta animal research was our big project but we also completed a digital assessment on Google Classroom to demonstrate our learning. We all did really well and the adults in the classroom could not believe how much we could remember! We “knocked their socks off!”

 

To end the week, we worked on social skills. We read the book, Being Frank, and discussed the importance of keeping some things in our head, especially if it will hurt another person’s feelings. We understand that we should always tell the truth, however it is important to focus on the positive things about others. 


Important Dates:

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23 – Grade 6 Farewell Events

June 24 – Sports Day

June 27 – Alternative Sports Day

June 28 - Last day of classes


Friday, May 27th, 2022 

Dear Room 4 Families,

It seemed to be a very short week in Room 4! However, plenty of learning occurred. 

We spent much of our time this week working on our social studies project on animals that call Alberta their home. We explored various animals as a class and then we each chose a specific animal that we wanted to learn more about. Some of the animals native to Alberta that we chose are wolves, skunks, racoons, deer, blue jays, and so on. 


We first recorded information using a graphic organizer. When that was complete, we used Google Slides to create a presentation. We were tasked to include photos of our animals that corresponded with each section (i.e. habitat, predators, fun facts, etc.), and to include a short educational video. We will begin presenting next week to the class.


We continue to work on our comprehension skills, decoding skills, vocabulary skills and so on in our literacy groupings. Some of us are reading the chapter book, Bat and the Waiting Game, while others are reading short decodable stories. Each of us continue to increase our reading fluency through choral reading and echo reading of fun poems. 


We took the opportunity Thursday afternoon to revisit the Calgary Public Library to exchange our books. It is such a wonderful time and we really enjoy the vast amount of books to choose from. There is something for everyone. We will visit again on Wednesday, June 1st. If your child has any library books at home, either from the public library or school library, please have your child return them ASAP.

Important Dates

  • May 31 - School Library Book exchange day
  • June 1- Community Walk to Public Library to exchange books
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes





Friday, May 20, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families, 

We had a wonderful short-week of learning in Room 4. The time that we are spending outside during our community walks have not only provided us with opportunities to develop our life/social skills, but also a chance to regulate, and remain regulated during the school day so we are better able to focus on our academic tasks. 

In Math we are becoming subtraction wizards! We are each utilizing our preferred strategy to compute single and double-digit subtraction problems more efficiently. This week we also focused on estimating, and data collection related to the Flames games and who we predicted would win. Turns out the majority of the class are rooting for the Flames! GO FLAMES GO! 

In literacy we continued guided reading groups. We are all working on various skills such as decoding the digraphs /ch/, /sh/, and /th/. We are working on reading fluency and with expression through daily poetry reading tasks, and of course, comprehension, with a specific focus on vocabulary and identifying important story elements. 


The most exciting part of our week was visiting the Southwood Public Library. We learned how to use the computer search system to find books we were interested in, interacted with the librarians who kindly helped us find books on topics of interest, and learned expected behaviour when in the library. We also explored how to take care of our library books to ensure we keep them in the condition they were when we received them so other children will get to enjoy them after us. Our visit to the library will become a weekly event for the remainder of the year. We each choose 2-3 books to check out for the week and will exchange them on a weekly basis during our visit. We will visit again on Wednesday morning (May 25th). 

Important Dates

  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day 
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria Day 
  • May 24 - School Library Book exchange day
  • May 25- Community Walk to Public Library to exchange books
  • June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 28 - Last day of classes


Friday, May 13, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families, 

We had an excellent week in Room 4!

In literacy we focused on Story Elements, specifically, character traits. We completed various read alouds, including our novel study book, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. We learned how to describe characters by their physical traits as well as their personalities. Next week, we will continue to focus on character traits and describe ourselves and our classmates.

In math we continued learning about subtraction and we are becoming more efficient solving these types of problems. We played a new partner game this week called, Greatest Difference Showdown. We continue to use various strategies to subtract such as a numberline, counters, our fingers, counting on in our head, and so on. 

We had a wonderful community walk and picnic lunch at the Southwood Library park. During these walks we practice our pedestrian safety skills, socialize with our peers and community members, and of course get plenty of daily physical activity. We are planning on walking to Southwood Library on Monday, May 16th, in the morning. We plan to visit the library and have lunch outside nearby.

Important Dates

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day



Friday, May, 6, 2022

Dear Room 4 Families, 

This week we focused on the importance of farming as we continue to learn about the prairie provinces. We learned all about where the foods we consume each day come from. We took a ‘road trip’ across Alberta and listened to the book, ‘I Met an Elk in Edson Once’.  We learned about Alberta animals such as elk, mountain goats, and buffalo. We also took a look at the world heritage sight here in Alberta- Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump. 

 In literacy, we focused on list making, and were inspired to write about why farmers are so important. Two of the literacy groups were very excited to start reading new chapter books this week. 

We have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and are enjoying eating lunch outside and taking longer community walks to explore Southwood and some of its treasures. 

 We worked especially hard this week for the special ladies in our life. We hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day and enjoy your day. 

Important Dates

May 10 - Library Exchange Day & School Council Meeting

May 11 - Wear your favourite Jersey

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Friday, April 29th, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We had a lovely week enjoying the beautiful weather. We went on numerous community walks and particularly enjoyed visiting the Anderson Train Station on Thursday. We plan on taking daily community walks when the weather is nice so it is important that we each have a water bottle, hat and sunscreen (if you would like your child to wear it). Some of the places we are hoping to walk to are the Southland Train Station, Tim Hortons, and maybe even the Public Library. We will also begin doing some journaling and reading at the park as well.

This week we used our 5 senses during our community walk. We had fun doing a scavenger hunt to search for signs of Spring. Additionally, we created an Acrostic Poem for Spring. 

We started learning about the prairie provinces this week. We learned about the Polar Bears in Churchill Manitoba as well as the importance of agriculture. We learned about Grain bins and are looking forward to finally reaching our home province of Alberta in the coming weeks. 

In math, we continued to learn about subtraction and money. We played a Subtraction Dice Game to develop skills. We also played interactive money games on the SMARTboard. 

Important Dates

April 3 - Library Books Exchange

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health (Community walk to Southland Train Station) 

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Friday, April 22, 2022 

Hi Room 4 Families, 

This week, we focused much of our learning on Earth Day in each of the subject areas.

We began the week by reading the book, How to Help the Earth by the LORAX.  Later in the week, we completed Earth Day inspired drawings on Art Hub for Kids. To end the week, we created Earth art using our watercolour markers, a coffee filter and a spray bottle filled with water. We played Earth Day bingo to learn about how we can help take care of our planet. We read the book, I am Earth and then completed a writing response related to why we love our planet. Lastly, we created the character from the I am Earth book using plasticine. 

We continued gymnastics in P.E and are looking forward to Mission Impossible beginning next week. Remember to wear appropriate clothing required to be safe for gymnastics as we still do a head to toe check before entering the gym. This includes having long hair pulled back. 

In Math, we continued working on subtraction. We played Lego Subtraction with a partner and also played, Head Full of Numbers. We completed digital subtraction tasks on the Chromebooks that were assigned via Google Classroom. Subtraction will continue to be a focus next week. 

On Monday of next week, the weather is looking quite enjoyable. We will plan to go for a longer community walk. Please dress for the weather (layers) and bring a hat and water bottle.

Important Dates

April 26 - Library Books Exchange

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Friday, April 15, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families,

Although it was a short school week, the students in Room 4 had a wonderful week of learning. 

We started our week with a read aloud of the book, How to Catch the Easter Bunny. We then split into our literacy groups and completed a sequencing and written comprehension activity related to the book. We continued our novel study of The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. We stop and pause frequently while reading this book to visualize the characters, setting, events, etc. to ensure we understand what is being read. 

In writing, we completed a special letter for a classmate. One of our classmates wrote us an email from Disney World. We each wrote a friendly letter to give to our classmate when she returns next week. We really enjoyed this activity and cannot wait to deliver our letters on Tuesday. 

In numeracy, we played games such as Number Bingo as well as Money Bingo. Each day we practice our subtraction skills. We also spent some time doing puzzles and playing board games to develop our problem solving skills, memory and social skills. 

In Science, we made observations of baby animals and their parents. We learned about animal traits and gathered evidence to identify which adult bird was the parent of each baby bird based on similar physical characteristics. 

We ended the week with a couple of fun art activities related to baby animals. This included a directed drawing of a bunny and a plasticine chick. 

We have really enjoyed getting to know Ms. Clark and Mr. Aylesworth. We love when they spend time visiting our classroom. We are always eager to ask them questions and to share our interests with them.

Next week, we look forward to completing some Earth Day related activities as well as continuing working on our literacy and numeracy skills. If the spring weather returns, we will continue our daily community walks. 

Important Dates

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos and Earth Day

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Friday, April 8, 2022 

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We had a lovely week in Room 4 and were busy bees! 

We spent time reviewing and practicing assembly rules and expectations this week. We were so thrilled to finally gather as a school to welcome our new principal, Ms. Clark and to say farewell to Mrs. McKay. We were so very respectful, and demonstrated excellent manners during the assembly. It was such a wonderful time to connect as a school, and we cannot wait until the next school wide gathering!

We reviewed the concept of subtraction and had fun listening to subtraction songs on the SMARTboard. We will continue this next week through games and also continue our study of money. 

In literacy we continued our literacy groups. We worked on comprehension, decoding (vowel teams, digraphs, blends, etc.), and writing. We also completed some digital literacy activities on Google Classroom. Some of us learned how to use the speech-to-text option on the Chromebooks. We had excellent classroom leaders that helped their peers learn how to use this tool. It allows many of us to be more independent completing written assignments. 


We started our new novel study, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews. As we work through the book, we record important events and story elements to develop our comprehension.

 

Next week, we will complete some Spring themed activities in all subject areas. We will also continue our trip across Canada as we leave Ontario and move on to Manitoba. We will take a look at the polar bears who call the town of Churchill their home and the various landscapes that make up this central part of Canada. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Important Dates: 

April 12 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

April 22 - Class Photos



Friday, April 1, 2022 

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We had a busy week back after Spring Break. It took us some time to get back into the swing of things. We scheduled more body breaks and enjoyed the spring air by taking a few community walks. We continue to work on identifying tools that allow us to regulate throughout the school day. Spending time in nature makes us all feel happy. We spend time reviewing and discussing social etiquette during community outings. We are learning how to interact with others and to demonstrate expected behaviour when we are around people we do not know. Additionally, we discuss road safety.

Earlier in the week, we completed a few spring themed read alouds. We compared the winter season with spring, and completed a writing activity. After reading the book, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, we created these colorful, magical gardens. We imagined that we could see both above and below the ground. Check out our blossoming beauties! 


We spent time this week reviewing the importance of manners. We completed a couple of read alouds as well as a couple of digital activities in our Google Classroom. We had to identify ways we can show manners at school and during lunchroom. We will continue this learning next week as we explore manners on the playground and on the school bus. 

In math we continued to learn about the concept of money. We are learning to identify the names of coins as well as counting coins by skip counting. We also watched a video about how money is made. To end the week, we reviewed the concept of subtraction and learned about Linus the Minus, who takes things away. Both money and subtraction will be our numeracy focus for the next while. 

We will continue to spend more time outside. Now that the weather is nice, we are looking forward to having our sharing circles outside. Additionally, we will complete some nature journaling and other outdoor learning activities. Please ensure you are dressed appropriately each day. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Important Dates: 

April 12 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

April 22 - Class Photos


Friday, March 11, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had an excellent week of learning in Room 4. It was wonderful to connect with families this week and to celebrate your child's amazing accomplishments! Thank-you for all your support!  

We started our week listening to the story, The Luckiest Leprechaun. After we read the story, we logged on to our Google Classroom and completed a digital, comprehension activity. We answered questions as well as learned new vocabulary. We continue to complete sequencing activities, multisensory phonics activities (i.e. songs, magic pen tracing, using sound boxes and manipulatives, etc) and exploring story elements during guided reading.

In math, we are cluing up our addition unit. We have all developed our ability to use strategies to solve addition problems. This week we discussed what strategy works best for us when we add numbers. We also began exploring money. We reviewed the names of the coins, and how much each coin is worth. 

In social studies, we used PebbleGo to learn about Canada. We documented our learning first in writing. Then we used this information to create a Google Slide presentation. We searched and chose images to include in our powerpoint. Next week, we will have the opportunity to share our presentations with the class on the SMARTboard. We will also continue our tour across Canada. We are still in Ontario and to connect our learning to money concepts we are exploring in math, we will take a virtual tour of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa to see how coins are made. 

We ended the week by reading the book, Sam’s Pet Temper. This book is about how we all get frustrated and angry at times and how we need to take responsibility for our actions. It also teaches us how we need to practice patience and perseverance when solving problems. We created our own Pet Temper and wrote about how we feel when he visits us during times of frustration.

Next week, we will have some fun learning about leprechauns and tie this into math, reading, writing and art. We are looking forward to creating a leprechaun themed sensory bin. If the weather is fine, we will also take some community walks. 

Important Dates: 

March 18 - Last Day of Classes - Break

March 28 – Classes Resume

April 12 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

April 22 - Class Photos


Friday, March 4th, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a busy week in Room 4! 

In literacy, we did a sequencing activity related to the story, A Sneezy Snowman. We had to put the parts of the story in order from beginning to end, using visuals. We also read the book, The Trouble with Time Travel. This inspired a journal writing activity where we designed our own time machine and then had to write about where we would go: into the future or back into the past. We also focused on word work activities related to silent ⟨e⟩. We practice building these words, reading them in isolation, and then reading them in sentences. We have really enjoyed using the creative pen on the classroom SMARTboard to write these words. We also began reading poems to practice reading with expression and fluently. Our favourite poem is, The Leprechauns are Coming! 

In Math, we play ‘Friends of Ten’ using a dice. We had fun playing with a partner and practicing our addition skills. Also in Math, we studied the March calendar since we are in a brand new month with plenty of exciting things happening. We each received our own March calendar and had to record the numbers, special days and answer solve questions related to time.


In Social Studies, we began our trek to Ontario. We learned about the 5 Great Lakes and learned the acronym HOMES, to remember the names of the great lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. We also took a look at the capital city of Ontario, which is Toronto and the nation’s capital, Ottawa. We were amazed by Niagara Falls and thought the CN Tower in Toronto was super cool! 

Next week, we look forward to focusing more on sequencing activities in relation to our daily lives. We will continue with poetry and if the weather cooperates, we will go on some community walks.

Important Dates: 

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Friday, February 25th, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families,

Although the last 2 weeks of school have been short, there was plenty of learning and fun happening in Room 4. We had a couple of guest teachers and we did an excellent job of being flexible and helpful for our classroom visitors.

We continue to work on our addition skills in math. We are keen to play game-based activities to practice these skills with our classmates. We also spend much of our weather and calendar time each day working on various math skills such as estimating, representing numbers, skip counting, adding, identifying odd and even numbers and so on. The frequent practice of these skills help us become more efficient and confident in our overall math abilities.  

In language arts, we continue to split into our guiding reading groups. We rotate through 3 groups per day and the activities are geared toward our individual levels. We complete writing prompts, develop our decoding skills through word games, read passages and complete comprehension activities, et cetera. 

Our Valentine’s celebration was filled with fun activities around kindness, acceptance, and of course some fun love themed activities. Additionally, we participated in Pink Shirt Day and had some very meaningful conversations about speaking up when we see others being treated unfairly and what we can do to help if we see this type of behaviour. We also read the book Speak Up by Miranda Paul, which related to this year’s Pink Shirt Day theme: Lift Each Other Up.

We had fun on Friday celebration our 100th Day of School with our Guest Teacher. We read the book 100 School Days. We then brainstormed things we would like to do before we turn 100 years old. We then recorded our ideas and drew a picture of what we think we will look like at 100!

Next week we will move on to the province of Ontario in our Across Canada Tour. In writing, we will focus on sequencing personal events and stories, and we will also begin Reader’s Theater to develop our fluency skills. 

Important Dates:

March 1 - Library book exchange

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Friday, February 11, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families, 

 All you need is…KINDNESS! 

We spent much of our learning this week around what it means to be kind and what that may look like at school, at home and in our community. We focused on acts of kindness we can each do. Together, we set a goal of doing 100 acts of kindness by the end of the month.  

We read the books, A World of Kindness, Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler, and Kindness Gets A Thumbs Up!  We also listened to some songs related to kindness that we really enjoyed such as Never Gonna Let you Down by Colbie Calliat, and Try a Little Kindness by Tori Kelly. We documented how we will spread kindness at school, at home and in our community. We spread a little kindness to Mr. Radu as it was his last day on Friday. We created beautiful cards, which included kind words and beautiful illustrations of some of his favourite things. They will be delivered to him next week. 

We also explored Québec a little further and learned how maple syrup is tapped. We took a virtual field trip to a Québec farm where they make maple syrup. It was really neat! We will spend a couple of more lessons learning about Québec before we move on to Ontario. 

 In math we played Love Bug addition as well as some interactive games on the SMARTboard. This will continue to be a focus next week. We are also looking forward to a little Valentine’s Day celebration on Monday where we will exchange valentines, read Valentine’s Day themed books, complete some fun crafts and play some of our favourite games such as Valentine’s Day Bingo. 


Important Dates:

February 14- Valentine’s Day

February 15 - School Council Meeting

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

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes prior to Spring Break

March 28 – Classes Resume


Friday, February 4, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We had an excellent week in Room 4! Much of our learning was connected to Groundhog Day. The results:  we can expect 6 more weeks of winter!


We utilized the Chromebooks to access information about groundhogs on Pebble Go. We then completed a digital activity on Google Classroom to demonstrate our learning. Additionally, we each completed a short animal research to further demonstrate our learning of groundhogs.  In our reports, we included: where they live, what they consume, their lifecycle, and how they protect themselves from predators. 

In Math, we did make our own prediction of whether or not the groundhog would see its shadow. The classroom census was that it would not see its shadow and we would have an early spring. Turns out our prediction was incorrect as 3 out of 4 of the most well known groundhogs. Punxsutawney Phil, Balzac Billy, and Shubenacadie Sam each saw their shadows. However, Wiarton Willie from Ontario did not see his shadow and believes we will have an early Spring.  


In Social Studies, we moved our way towards Québec . We learned that French is the first spoken language and had fun learning new French words such as ‘Bonjour’, ‘Merci’ and ‘Soleil’. We took a look at Québec  City and learned all about Bonhomme Carnaval. We were very intrigued by Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel). We will spend more time next week learning about more Québec traditions and popular landmarks.  

We will continue to work on our addition skills in math through game-based activities, songs and through digital activities on Google Classroom and in writing, we will complete daily journal writing activities. 

Important Dates:

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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume



Friday, January 28, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We had a great week of exploring and learning in our classroom this week. 

We continued our tour across Canada in social studies and sketched a beautiful picture of Hopewell Rocks in our visual journals. We also read the book, Me on the Map to understand how maps work. We learned how to find our own country, province, city, and our street address. We practiced recording this personal information. We are moving on to the province  of Québec next week. We will take a look at Québec City and the Québec Winter Carnival, which runs this year from February 4th- 13th. 

In literacy we worked on sequencing. We listened to the story, Carla’s Sandwich. The main character Carla makes unique sandwiches to bring to school for lunch. We decided to design our own fun sandwiches. We had to write, in sequenced order, how to make our sandwiches. We also learned how to write a Cinquain poem this week. We chose to write about something or someone that we loved. We are excited to share these with the class next week. 

We spent time this week revisiting our Superflex social awareness curriculum to develop our social awareness skills. We read the book, A Little Spot of Flexible Thinking. We discussed various strategies that we can utilize when we become inflexible. We will continue to work on this in the coming weeks. 

Next week, we will spend some time completing activities related to Groundhog Day. One of our reading groups is looking forward to presenting a Groundhog Day book to the class. We will make some predictions in math about whether or not the Groundhog will see his shadow on Wednesday morning. We are also looking forward to the Winter Olympics that will begin on February 4th, and will integrate this into our learning in the next couple of weeks. 

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Tuesday.

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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Friday, January 21st, 2022

Hi Room 4 Families, 

This week we continued our learning of P.E.I. We drew a P.E.I landscape in our visual journals and wrote about P.E.I in our writing group. We learned that the provincial bird is the blue jay and the provincial flower is the lady slipper. Towards the end of the week, we began our travels to New Brunswick. We took a look at the Bay of Fundy, and thought it was super interesting how the tides work. 

In reading groups, we learned more about the elements of a story (characters, problem, the setting, the solution). We read a story and had to use a graphic organizer to record the story elements. We are also learning about sequencing stories and events in our lives. 

In Math we continued to practice our addition skills. We did addition word problems and we watched a Brainpop Video explaining how to regroup. We also completed some math talks, which really allowed us to talk about math and learn different ways to solve problems. 

Next week, we will continue our exploration of New Brunswick and begin to sequence personal events in our writing journals. 

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday! 

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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Friday, January 14th, 2022.

Happy New Year Room 4 Families,

We have had an incredible week back to school! We started the week by splitting into our guided literacy groups. In reading, we are working on various learning targets. We are learning to sequence stories we read to develop our comprehension skills. We are learning about Magic E words, and words that include the vowel team- ‘ai’, which helps us decode new words in passages we read. This will continue to be a focus throughout the next while. 

In numeracy, we are working on our addition skills. We have had fun using our beaded numberline to complete colour by number activities and to solve math code activities. We have explored some math addition games this week in small groups. We will continue to play math games to work on our addition skills next week. 

In social studies we have moved on to Prince Edward Island. We are learning about Acadian culture, the landscape of the smallest province, the Mi'kmaq, and potato farming. We have also been learning about Anne of Green Gables. Next week, we will continue our journey and head to New Brunswick. 

 

We have been learning about the importance of impulse control. We read the book, What Were you Thinking? When we feel frustrated, furious or about to ‘flip our lids’ we are learning to stop, think about what we are doing, decide if it is going to make things better or worse and then choose the better choice. We brought home a little visual with these steps on it so we can practice this at home. 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the milder temperatures. 

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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume

 

Friday, December 9, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

This week really flew by as we were very busy learning about a new province in social studies, exploring new tools in mathematics, creating fun writing pieces, and focusing on our targeted reading skills in literacy. 

We began the week with learning about the province of Nova Scotia. We took a virtual field trip to Peggy’s Cove to see what it is like inside a lighthouse. We read the book, Hello Lighthouse, written by Sophie Blackall. We learned how fishermen and fisherwomen catch lobsters and the variety of lobsters that exist in the Atlantic Ocean. We noticed many similarities between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. 

In mathematics, we continued our learning of addition. We were each given a beaded number line along with 2 clothespins. We practiced using a beaded number line to solve addition sentences. We practiced different ways to make ten, and we practiced skip counting by 10s and 2s. We will utilize this tool next week as we continue developing our addition skills.

In literacy we chose to do a number of readings related to a Canadian Christmas since we are learning about the provinces and territories. We read A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Santa is Coming to Calgary and A Puffin Playing by the Sea: A Newfoundland 12 Days of Christmas. Next week, we will create our own version of the 12 Days of Christmas using what we have learned about Canada thus far.

Important Information & Dates: 

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pyjama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break 

January 4 - Classes Resume


Friday, December 3, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families, 

We have worked very hard in Room 4 this week, and we are very excited it is the weekend!

This week in math we spent time focusing on addition. From now until Winter Break we will practice developing our subitizing skills. We played a card game called Friends of Ten with a partner, and also played Shake and Spill. Click this link to learn how to play Friends of Ten at home with your family. 

In Literacy, we worked on various skills in our guided literacy groups. Some of us worked on multisyllabic words, others focused on story elements and some of us learnt about the vowel teams. We did a read aloud this week of the book, How to Catch Santa. We then used a graphic organizer to plan how we would try and catch Santa. Next week, we will write sentences to describe our plan. We will also create a short, holiday themed story. 

In Social Studies we focused more on Newfoundland and Labrador and studied icebergs. We learned that icebergs are thousands of years old, they can be dangerous, and that they are humongous! We also completed a winter drawing and watercolour painting of a typical outport community in Newfoundland. Next week, we will begin to travel westward and move on to learning about the maritime provinces. 

A reminder that next week is our Scholastic book fair. Our time to visit will be on Tuesday, during our regular library time. Students can shop and purchase items during our schedule time. 

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


Friday, November 26, 2021

The students in Room 4 had a busy and exciting week. We started the week by creating a list  of items we wanted to include in our letters to Santa. To prepare for our letters, we used the following criteria to create our list:

1.) Ask Santa a question 

2.) Tell Santa something about myself

3.) Ask Santa another question

4.) Ask Santa for one item that I need

5.) Ask Santa for one item that I want 

6.) Ask Santa to bring something to a special person in my life

After we created our personalized lists in our writing journals we then had to organize the information into sentences and create a friendly letter. We included a greeting, the body and a closing. On Thursday, during our community walk we dropped our Santa letters off at the community mailbox. We cannot wait to hear back from Santa in the next couple of weeks! 

We continued our tour across Canada and are still visiting Newfoundland. We learned more about the puffin and began reading the book, P is for Puffin. We listened to traditional Newfoundland music and took a look at the accordion. We learned about the indigenous people of Newfoundland, the Beothuk. We will continue our tour in Newfoundland and then move onto the Maritimes. 

In math, we are moving on from number recognition and place value to developing our computation skills. We will begin with addition and take a look at ‘number pairs’- numbers that when you add them together equal 10. We call these, “Friends of ten”. This will help us become more efficient at adding larger numbers. 

It was lovely to connect with families during Conferences this week. Room 4 students have done an incredible job in their learning and they should be very proud of themselves. Thank-you for your wonderful support.

Important Dates: 

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

Friday, November 19, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families, 

Our week was full of learning and fun! 

We are having a blast learning about the territories and provinces of Canada. We imagine that we are on a plane and are travelling from one place to another. We have finished our work this week on the 3 territories. We completed an animal report project where we chose an arctic animal and researched it. We will present these to the class at a later date. 

During Social Studies, we studied an Inuit artist named Danny Aaluk, who is known for his wildlife drawing. He uses black ink to create beautiful nature scenes of his home territory, Nunavut. We recreated our version of one of his art pieces. 

Next week, we will continue our travels on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. We will take a closer look at the provincial bird, the Atlantic Puffin. We will also learn about icebergs and the island culture through videos, songs, books and art. 


Important Dates:

November 25- P-T Conferences in the evening. Please book online.

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences 

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

Friday, November 5th, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a busy week in Room 4!

We started the week with learning new concepts in Social Studies as well as developing our Social Awareness skills. 

We read the book, What do you do with a problem? to introduce the concept of the Size of the Problem. After discussing and watching video clips, we were provided with various social stories that included problems. We had to identify if the problems were small, medium or big. We are learning to match our reactions to the size of our problems. We are encouraged to solve little problems ourselves (i.e. A classmate skips the line when you are lining up for music). We are also learning what steps we need to take when we experience medium or big problems. This will continue to be a focus to ensure we have time to practice this skill and become Social Problem Solvers! 

In Social Studies this week, we began exploring the map of Canada. We are traveling across Canada to learn about the 10 provinces, and 3 territories. We will learn about the Indigenous Peoples who inhabit these regions, the significant landmarks and symbols, and various cultures and traditions. We started learning about the Territories first. We learned about the landscapes, the climate, the Inuit, and the significance of the Inukshuk. We read the story, The Gift of the Inukshuk. We also learned about artist Ted Harrison, who is known for his colourful Yukon landscape paintings. He inspired us to create our own art pieces. 


In Phys. Ed, we began our short unit on basketball. We have quite a few basketball fans that are eager to participate in dribbling, shooting, and passing activities. During Choice Time, some of us choose to head outside to the basketball court to practice these skills with peers. 

We began our learning on Remembrance Day. We were introduced to the song, Where have all the flowers gone? We recorded ourselves singing this song, which will be included as part of our Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony. Next week, we will learn more about the significance of poppies, what a veteran is, and the important roles animals played in war. We will also write postcards for peace, which will include messages of peace that will hang on our classroom “Peace Tree”. 

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 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 

Friday, October 29th, 2021 

 Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a SPOOKTACULAR week of learning! 

We embraced the Halloween spirit in all subject areas. In Phys. Ed, we had fun playing a Witches' Brew Relay. We had to collect creepy ingredients at one end of the gymnasium and bring them back to our team using a scooter. We played Zombie Tag as well as, "Don’t drop the Pumpkin” using orange balloons. 

In Literacy, our daily read alouds focused on spooky themes. We read the book, The Halloween House, which inspired us to create our own short, Halloween stories. We discussed  the elements of a story, created a class story and then in our literacy groups, created our own short stories using character, setting and event cards. On Friday, we had the opportunity to share our stories with the class.

We were excited to use our classroom pumpkin, donated by our amazing school council, to develop our numeracy and science skills. We explored the life cycle of a pumpkin, the parts of a pumpkin and learned that the more ribs a pumpkin has and the darker it is, the more seeds it will contain. We made a smart guess as to how many pumpkin seeds we thought were in the pumpkin, then used our skip counting skills to count the seeds. We had fun cleaning and carving to create a Pokémon themed pumpkin. 


Next week, we will spend time learning about "The Size of the Problem". We will explore books and social stories to identify types of unexpected events and how we can react in an appropriate way. We will also spend time learning about the significance of Remembrance Day. 

Important Dates: 

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity- Please let me know if you want your child to have retakes. 

November 2- Library book exchange day :) Please return your books.

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 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break



Friday, October 22nd, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a short, yet wonderful week of learning in Room 4. 

We started the week off by discussing the importance of personal space. We read the book, Harrison Spader, Personal Space Invader.  We discussed our personal bubble and how we should not invade or burst another person’s space bubble. It can cause others to become frustrated or uncomfortable. We ended the week by reading the book,  Personal Space Camp. We completed a sorting activity to become “personal space experts”. We successfully identified when it is okay to be in someone’s personal space (i.e. giving a family member a hug) and when it is not okay (i.e touching others at school without permission).

We continue to work on Place Value in Math. This week we spent time completing place value puzzles in our numeracy groups. We had to match the Base-10 blocks to the correct amount. Some of us also worked on identifying decimals and comparing decimal numbers (greater than, less than).

In literacy, we have begun planning a Halloween story. We have identified the main character, the setting (where and when) and the problem in our stories. 

THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR WEEK:

Next week, we look forward to completing some Halloween themed activities in Reading, Writing, Math, Life Skills, Gym & Science. This includes developing our Halloween stories, pumpkin math, carving a class pumpkin (thanks to our School Council for the class pumpkins), Halloween safety tips, and wearing our Halloween costumes on Friday, October 29th. 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, October 26 - Library Book Exchange Day

Friday, October 29 - Students may wear their Halloween costumes 

**Reminder: no sharing of Halloween treats this year.**

Tuesday, November 2 – School Photo Retake Day

Tuesday, November 9 - School Council Meeting

Thursday, November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

Friday, November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, December 14 - School Council Meeting

Friday, December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Friday, October 8th, 2021 

 Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a fantastic week of learning in Room 4. We are putting forth great effort to improve our reading, writing and math abilities. We also continue to increase our social-emotional awareness skills through discussing our emotions, learning about Superflex and the Unthinkables and identifying ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’ behaviour in various social situations. 

We are learning new strategies and skills to decode words in passages we read. Some of us are working on our letter sounds.  Others are learning to decode CVC words, and words that include blends and digraphs. Some of us are working on identifying words in text to expand our vocabulary and better comprehend books we read. 

In writing, we focused on the parts of a sentence. We use our new skills to complete daily writing tasks in our journals. This week we focused on writing about Thanksgiving. We completed a sequencing activity on, “How to Catch a Turkey”. This writing activity was inspired by the book, How to Catch a Turkey. We also read the book, Turkey Trouble and completed a drawing and cloze sentence activity to complement our picture. 

In Math, we continue to learn about Place Value. We are all being appropriately challenged and enjoy practicing our skills through game-based activities. 

Next week, we are looking forward to Ms. M. being our guest teacher for the week. Mrs. Percy will be back on Oct. 20th. Ms. M. will follow our daily routines and activities. We will learn more about the different species of bats, work on our reading and writing skills and spend time completing various math activities, including spending time on the laptops using SplashLearn. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, you can contact the office.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend :) 

Important Dates: 

  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving
  • October 12- Library Book exchange day (every Tuesday)
  • October 12-19- Mrs. Percy away- Ms. M is in. 
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

Friday, October 1st, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families,

This week we spent much of our learning time focusing on Truth and Reconciliation. We started  Monday with reading the book, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story. First, we read the book digitally on the SMARTboard. We then had the opportunity to participate in Trail Tales, which was set up in the nature area of our school ground. We were able to do a storytelling walk through. We made a self-to-text connection and documented our writing in our journals. We wrote what we would give to the Giving Tree to spread kindness and to help others.

On Wednesday, we began the morning by doing a land acknowledgement. We learned a rhyme, which included hand gestures, that we can use to remember the land acknowledgment. Next, we read the book, Phyllis’s Orange Shirt. We designed our own orange shirts and completed a writing response.

We had the incredible opportunity to participate in an Orange Shirt Day Live Event. This event included a read aloud from Coast Salish Author, Courtney Defriend. She read us her book, If Instead of a Person. We shared with her that we live on Treaty 7 land.  

This week, our sharing circle focused on communicating our emotions and how we want to be treated by classmates. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and felt very fortunate to have our sharing circle outside, connected with nature. 

Next week, we will continue our learning of bats in Science. We will focus on the various types of bats. We will continue to split into our literacy groups to develop our reading and writing skills. Additionally, we will continue developing our number sense by learning about place value. 

Important Dates:

October 5- Library Book Exchange Day- Please return your book

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day


Friday, September 24th, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families

It was lovely to connect with families on Thursday and Friday during P-T Conferences. 

We had an excellent four days of learning in Room 4. We started on Monday learning about Terry Fox ‘s legacy. We then ran for Terry around the school field. Can you believe that together in our class we ran over 140 laps in just 30 minutes?  We were amazed at our accomplishment. 

We spent some time welcoming the fall season. We read books, learned why leaves change colour and discovered all the various types of pumpkins that exist. We also completed an autumn writing activity during our literacy block. We brainstormed and recorded our favourite things about fall. 

This week we read the book, The Sharing Circle. We then discussed the importance of the sharing circle and why it is significant in the indigenous culture. We have decided to have our own sharing circle each week. We understand that it is a time to communicate with our peers in a safe and trusted space. We started our first sharing circle by sharing an area we are really great at in school and also an area that we would like to improve on this year. 

We had fun learning more about place value and played the game, Place Value Roll with a partner.

We continued our study of bats, specifically the bumblebee bat. We can’t wait to share the drawing of our flying fox bat next week with you.

Next week, we will spend more time honouring the indigenous culture and recognize the incredibly important day on September 30th. Students are encouraged to wear orange or their favourite shirt on Wednesday, September 29th. 

Important Dates:

September 27- October 1st - Truth and Reconciliation Week

September 30thTruth & Reconciliation Day- No School

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day


Friday, September 17th, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families

We had a busy week in Room 4. We started our literacy groups this week. Each day we split into three groups and rotate through three centres. An adult supports each group of 4-5 students. We are currently working on various concepts such as breaking words into sounds, learning about consonants and vowels, learning about digraphs and blends, etc. Additionally, we work on comprehension activities each day. 


We complete writing tasks during these centres and we are currently working on an animal report. We are using the computer to research information on PebbleGo. When our report is complete, we look forward to sharing our finished product, by reading it aloud to our classmates. 

In Math, we continue to develop our knowledge of numbers and their value. We have done math as a whole class this week but will soon begin splitting into numeracy groups. We have learned about place value through games, songs, during our community walks, and during our Number of the Day routine.

In Science, we began our unit on bats. We are keen to learn about bats through videos, visuals and completing tasks in our visual journals. We will continue exploring the various types of bats that exist and what makes each of them unique. 


Choice Time continues to be one of the best parts of our day. We have enjoyed exploring various activities such as teacher approved games on the laptop, building with Lego, solving puzzles and sketching. We use this time to socialize with our friends and to share common interests.  

Next week, we will continue our Guided Reading groups, complete our animal report, and practice our number skills through game- based activities. 

Important Dates:

September 19-Terry Fox Run (in classroom cohorts)

September 22nd-signing of Treaty 7

September 23/24-Conferences. P-T Conferences. Please book your 30 minute time slot online. This will be an excellent opportunity to collaborate and create your child’s Individualized Program Plan goals and for you to share information about your child. 

September 27-October 1st-Truth and Reconciliation Week

September 30th- Truth & Reconciliation Day- No School


Friday, September 10th, 2021 

Hi Room 4 Families,

Welcome to our weekly blog. Each week we will post highlights to keep our families up to date on all the exciting learning that is happening in our classroom. 

We have had a wonderful 2 weeks at school! We have enjoyed reconnecting with friends and welcoming ten new classmates into our program. We are settling in really well and becoming more independent in following the daily routines. 

We have spent an abundance of time participating in team building activities and completing group tasks. We are learning more about each other such as personal interests and how we are all connected. We have documented our journey on our documentation panel outside of our classroom. 

We have been eager to learn and review the Zones of Regulation and to identify our emotions. We are learning to be emotion detectives. To develop our social skills and to create a safe, calm and welcoming learning environment, we are learning about expected and unexpected behaviour in different social situations. We are also using our social filters to identify if we should 'think it' in our brains or 'say it' out loud. 

We are completing various activities in our visual journals to document our learning and are learning to utilize the school Chromebooks to complete reading and writing tasks. 

Next week, we will delve deeper into number sense during numeracy and begin our guided literacy centres.  

Important Dates: 

**Tuesday of every week will be our library book exchange day**

  • September 16 - School Photos
  • September 19 - Terry Fox Run
  • September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7
  • September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School
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