Ms. Percy

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

“We're going through changes!” Our 9 chubby caterpillars are officially metamorphosing. They are all growing inside their chrysalis and we are extra patient as we observe our little creatures transform. We are looking forward to next week (give or take a day or two), as they will emerge as butterflies. We will release them before the last day of school. We continue to document each stage of growth in our Butterfly Journals and look forward to sharing the process with our families.  

We were lucky enough to have a couple of visits this week with the little ducklings, which the grade 3 students are raising. Using a Venn Diagram, we took a look at the life cycle of a duck and butterfly, to see how they are the same and how they are different. 

We are really enjoying our last weeks of school with our friends. We are spending plenty of time with our nine grade 6 friends who will be moving on to Junior High. Grade 6 students will spend time next week chatting about Junior High. We will discuss how to make new friends, meeting new teachers, what the first day might look like, looking at our school websites, and even taking a look at how to organize a locker (in case we get to use one). 

We had another fun water day on Thursday. It might be our favourite activity of the year. 

We continue to work on Google Classroom completing various activities. We are becoming very tech savvy! Computer activities we complete are very engaging, personalized and based on our interests. We love the Chromebooks!

If you have not returned your library books yet, please return them. Mrs. B is working hard to collect all the books so they are ready for the fall. Also, please ensure you review your child’s IPP that was sent home on Wednesday. Please sign and return as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.  

On Monday, June 21st, we will recognize and celebrate the Indigenous peoples of Canada. We will acknowledge the contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples through art and storytelling. 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday, June 11th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

We are excited to announce that our caterpillars are healthy and growing into chubby caterpillars. This week, we watched them eat, grow and move their way to the top of their habitat to form a ‘J’ shape. We are watching our little black caterpillars eat and grow each day. We documented their growth in our Butterfly Journal. We are excited to watch them transform into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. 

We continue to read our How to Train Your Dragon novel. This week, we had to create a dragon party invitation. We also had to plan a schedule for a dragon initiation event, using Google Slides. 

We continue to learn about 3-D Shapes in math. We created 3-D nets and were able to draw pictures and designs on them. We are very creative! We look forward to making more 3-D shapes next week.

If you have not returned your library books yet, please bring them back for Monday. It is important that Mrs. B has all the books back by June 14th. Thanks for your support with this.

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday, June 4th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

We cannot believe that we only have 16 1/2 days left of school until summer vacation! Our week was fantastic! 

We continued our  learning of butterflies. This week, we finally received our Butterfly Rearing Kit. We are watching our little black caterpillars eat and grow each day. We created our own Butterfly Journal. We will continue to observe our little friends as they go through metamorphosis. We will document their growth in our journals.  

We are loving the novel, How to Train Your Dragon. This week, we created a map to show the setting of the book. The story takes place on the Isle of Berk. We were introduced to new dragon characters. Using Google Classroom, we had to compare and describe each of the main dragons. We also used plasticine to make the main dragon character, Toothless. We ended the week with a comprehension quiz to test our understanding. 


We had a blast soaking each other on Thursday in the heat! We used water blasters and played Drip, Drip Drop. We have planned to do this again before the end of the year. 


Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday, May 28th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

We cannot believe that we only have 22 days left of school until summer vacation! 

In Math, we continued our learning on 2 & 3-D Shapes. We had a lovely community walk where we went on a Shape Scavenger Hunt. We had to look for shapes in the environment. We found rectangles, circles, semi-circles, spheres, triangles, cylinders, and rectangular prisms in the community of Southwood. We had fun practicing our skills by playing a Shape Bingo game. There are plenty of Shape games that can be accessed on our Google Classroom. We had fun playing some of those as well. Next week, we will begin making 3-D Shapes, using nets.

We are learning plenty about butterflies, moths, and metamorphosis. This week, we read the book, Diary of a Moth, at the park. We learned the differences between moths and butterflies: 1.) Moths have feathery feelers and butterflies have straight antennae with a bulb at the end, 2.) Moths have cocoons and butterflies have chrysalis, and 3.) Butterflies fly around during the day and moths fly around at night. We ended the week with a science and art lesson on the Blue Morpho butterfly. It is one of the largest butterflies in the world and only lives for about 2-3 weeks. We will have our butterfly pupa joining our class on Wednesday. We are looking forward to keeping our own butterfly diary to track their growth, and document their changes. 

We are very engaged in our novel study, How to Train Your Dragon. We begin each day with reading a passage from the book. This week, we learned how to speak Dragonese- the dragon language. It is a very difficult language to learn and funny to hear others speak it. This week we were inspired to create our own How to Train Your Dragon book cover, and came up with 3 things we would train our own dragons to do. We had a blast and then shared our Google Slide presentations with the class. 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Friday, May 20th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

We had an awesome week in Room 4! We started the week off with a walk around the field where we discovered a caterpillar. We observed the little creature and then placed it safely back in a tree. 

For Science and Art, we used clay to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. We included an egg on a leaf, a caterpillar, a chrysalis and an adult butterfly. We look forward to welcoming our classroom chrysalis’ on June 3rd. We have already agreed on names for each of them: Godzilla, Zoom, Woody, A Capella, Flash, Cian, Cory and Ginny.

In Math, we used tangrams to trace and create our very own 2-D Robots. We then typed about our robot using Google Classroom. We had to give it a name, tell what it could do and where one could find it. In the next while, we will try to re-create our robots using 3-D nets. We also played a partner game called Roll a Robot. 

We continued our novel study on How to Train Your Dragon. We are working on our listening comprehension skills and also learning about character traits. We made a 3-D pop up card of the main character Hiccup and had to write a couple of sentences to describe him. Also, we completed a directed drawing of the other main character, a dragon named Toothless. Some of us also designed a paper plane dragon that can fly. We will continue our novel study next week.

Have a wonderful long weekend and see you all on Tuesday!

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning
  • May 24- No Classes 
  • May 25 - Return to in-person classes for K-6 students not in Specialized Settings

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Friday, May 14th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

We had a quiet week at EMJ with only our EES friends in school with us. We love the flexibility of going outside to the play structure when we need fresh air, and a body break. We are also taking advantage of having a classroom set of Chromebooks since no other classes are here to use them. We continue to develop our technology skills and are becoming tech wizards! 

We started the week drawing a picture of a caterpillar and continuing our learning of butterflies. To complement our drawings we wrote a short note about caterpillars. 

In math, we moved on to learning about 2 & 3-D Shapes. We read the book, Shaping Up Summer and then explored various 2 & 3-D Shapes. We painted a summer scene using 2-D shapes, and made our own shapes using plasticine and toothpicks. We love hands-on activities! Next week, we will look for shapes during our community walk.

In reading, we started a novel study. We are reading the book, How to Train Your Dragon. Using the computers, we each designed our own dragon. We were responsible for naming our dragon, naming where it lives, what it eats, and other characteristics. We look forward to reading a little bit each day and completing more engaging activities! 

**Please be sure to wear sunblock and a hat to school. They days are getting hotter and we will be spending more time outside.** 

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning
  • May 24- No Classes- Holiday
  • May 25 - Return to in-person classes for K-6 students not in Specialized Settings

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Friday, May 7, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families! 

We had a marvelous week learning about metamorphosis in science, reading, writing and art. We were inspired by Mystery Doug’s video, “Are butterflies the only animals that start out as caterpillars? 

We drew the life cycle of a butterfly and labeled the parts. We then researched metamorphosis to discover what other living things go through this type of change. We each created a Google Slide on a creature of our choice and presented it to the class. We will continue learning about butterflies and take a closer look at what they require to survive. 

We continue to work on various skills in guided reading groups. This week, some of us completed a Text Feature Scavenger Hunt. We are learning the various components of nonfiction text, which provides us with information to develop our reading comprehension. This will continue to be a focus. 

In Life Skills, we continued our learning of Internet Safety. We further explored the website, NetSmartz Kids to learn more about Internet safety and discussed what we should do if we ever encountered a problem or issue.

We put forth great effort creating a craft for the special caregivers in our lives. We hope you enjoy your handmade gift and watercolour painting. Have a Happy Mother’s Day! 

Important Dates:

May 2021

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

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Friday, April 30, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a wonderful week in Room 4. We embraced the beautiful weather and spent plenty of time outside enjoying nature, socializing, exercising and even doing our guided reading groups.

 

We began the week with a read aloud at the park, related to our learning on butterflies. We read the book, The Very Impatient Caterpillar. It is about a caterpillar that is not enjoying the process of metamorphosis. We also discussed the importance of being patient in our own daily lives.

We continued our focus on letter writing this week. We used a graphic organizer to learn how to structure the body of a friendly letter by stating something about ourself and then asking a question to the letter recipient. We did this on paper as well as a digital copy on Google Classroom. Our letter writing skills are really developing and this will continue to be a focus.

 

We are eager to be outside and complete learning activities in nature. Please ensure you are prepared for the weather (i.e. sunblock, hat, layers, water bottle, etc.) as we will be outside learning as much as the weather allows.

 

Important Dates:

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. EMJ will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students will also participate in classroom discussions around understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.   

May 2021

  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Friday, April 23, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families! 

This week, we really focused our work on Earth Day. We were thrilled to explore our planet and learned how we could do our part to restore the Earth. 

We started the week with learning about the significance of Earth Day. We did some research on PebbleGo and then completed a writing activity on Google Classroom. Our technology skills are very impressive and we were eager to use the school Chromebooks to extend and demonstrate our learning. 

We learned all about the 3 Rs- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and how we can do all 3 to help restore and protect our beautiful planet. We completed a file folder task to demonstrate and record our learning and we were excited to take this work home to share with you over the weekend. 

We completed some hands-on activities into our learning. We read a recipe and followed the instructions to make both puff paint and Earth Day slime. We really enjoyed these activities and did an excellent job listening to instructions. We also completed a directed drawing of the globe, which we included in our visual journals. 


Have a wonderful long weekend and remember, make every day Earth Day! 

Important Dates:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

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

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Friday, April 16, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families! 

This week was a full week of learning in Room 4. I am so very proud of each and every one of you. You should be very proud of yourselves because you work extremely hard each day. 

This week, we continued our learning on how to compose a friendly letter. We had fun playing Friendly Letter Bingo, designing our own postage stamp, reading the book, The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters, and helping the Jolly Postman deliver letters to various fairytale characters. Additionally, we worked on typing our own letters to our favourite characters. Some of us used Google Docs while others used ABCYa. We will continue to work on these skills to become more independent and efficient. 

In Math, we worked on developing our money skills. We are enjoying practicing our skills through games such as Money Bingo, Connect 4 and interactive SMARTboard games. We are practicing our skip counting skills to count groups of the same coins and then also mixed coins. If you have loose change at home, counting the coins to find the total amount would be great practice. This area will continue to be a focus. 

In Life Skills, we are learning about Internet Safety. We read the book, Internet Safety and also visited a couple of websites to learn how to stay safe online. You can check out the website, NetSmartz Kids to learn more about Internet safety. 

In Science, we have begun to learn about butterflies. We ended the week by completing a short research project in Google Classroom. We used PebbleGo to explore butterflies and then presented the information to the class. We are looking forward to watching the metamorphosis of butterflies in our classroom during the month of May. Stay tuned! 


Important Dates:

April 202

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

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

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Friday, April 9th, 2021

Dear Room 4 Families,

It has been a great week back after our spring break. There was plenty of learning in our classroom this week! 

In writing, we began our work on how to write a friendly letter. We learned that there are 5 parts to a letter. The heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. We did a couple of fun activities to help us remember each part. Next week, we will practice writing the heading and greeting of a letter. We will write a letter to our favourite movie character. 

In math, we worked on our money skills. We played Money Bingo, outside at the park. We had to count groups of coins and match them to the correct amount. We will continue our learning of money through game-based activities.

In reading, we split into our guided reading groups. Some of us are learning about text features, such as the Title, Table of Contents, Glossary, etc. We continue to practice reading fluently through our daily poem readings. We have enjoyed reading our money poem and our friendly letter poem. These are also included in our red Poetry Folders that we bring home. 

We had a wonderful time enjoying nature this week. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent much of our time at the park. We really like hanging out by the trees. We find it very calming. 

Important Dates:

April 2021

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

May 2021

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

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Friday, March 19, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families, 

In Math this week we focused on money. We reviewed the names of the Canadian coins as well as their values. We played the game Roll and GO! with a partner and also had a game of Roll and Cover. Money will continue to be a focus for the next while. 

 

We had fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We started the week with building our leprechaun traps that we designed on paper first. We used various materials such as pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, cardboard boxes, paper grass, paint, glue, tape, plastic containers, plasticine, glitter, etc.

Staying with the St. Patrick’s day theme, for art, we created a watercolour painting of a rainbow. We lured a leprechaun to our classroom and it left behind a huge mess and forgot his hat. He also left behind some gold coins for each of us. 

For literacy and social studies, we focused on the desert and learned how to create a Google Slide. We each logged on to our Google Classroom and had to write about our favourite part of the desert. We also had to search for illustrations to complement our typed sentences. As a classroom we each shared our Google Slide presentation on the SMARTboard. We were brave and did an excellent job.

We ended the week with practicing our Reader’s Theatre in our Guided Reading groups. This will be a focus next week. 

Important Dates:   (EVERY TUESDAY IS OUR LIBRARY DAY. PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOOKS.)

March 2021

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

April 2021

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

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

Although it was a shorter school week, there was plenty of fun to be had in Room 4.

We have been working so hard towards our learning targets. We are cluing up addition and focusing more on our money skills. We will get to use all of our knowledge about numbers and addition to explore the concept of  money. We will learn the coins names and each of their values. We will use our skip counting skills to count groups of coins. 

In reading, we have enjoyed our daily poetry reading. We have brought home our red poetry folders to practice with our families. Our confidence in reading aloud has really improved and we are reading more smoothly and with expression. This will continue to be a focus, as well as developing our comprehension skills. 

In writing, we have been working on becoming more independent. We are really trying hard to spell words phonetically by sounding out the letter sounds. We are so very proud of our accomplishments. The next big focus in writing is how to compose a friendly letter. We will learn the parts of a friendly letter (heading, body, closing) and learn how to sequence a letter correctly. This is going to be plenty of fun. Towards the end of our writing unit, our grade 6 students will write a letter to send to their Junior High teachers.

We will clue up our unit on deserts in the next couple of weeks. We took a break this last week to focus more on St. Patrick's Day. We had fun reading, drawing and writing about this special day. This upcoming week, we will learn about Ireland and build our leprechaun traps on Tuesday. It will be another fun filled week of exploring and learning in Room 4.

Important Dates:   (EVERY TUESDAY IS OUR LIBRARY DAY. PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOOKS.)

March 2021

  • Mar. 17- If you'd like, wear green for St. Patrick's Day :) 
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

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

March 5th, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had an excellent week in Room 4. We were very thrilled with the warmer weather this week and had plenty of fresh air at the park and during our community walks. Some of us are really enjoying the puddles. Rubber boots and extra socks have come in handy!

We started the week with a written comprehension activity. After listening to the Alice and Wonderland chapter book, we had to write the correct response to “wh” questions (who? where? what? when?). This activity really helps develop our reading comprehension by responding to questions about texts we read. Afterwards, we drew a picture of our favourite character from the book.

We continue to split into ourGuided Reading groups. We have been reading passages at our instructional level and independent level. We are learning to make connections to books we read and also focusing on reading with fluency and expression. We continue to thoroughly enjoy our daily poetry reading. Many of us look forward to coming to the SMARTboard, being the leader and echo reading the poems with our classmates. This will continue to be a part of our morning routine.

In math, we are having fun playing game-based activities. Bingo, with prizes of course, continues to be our favourite. It really helps with our number recognition, our listening comprehension and writing numbers. We split into smaller groups for math this week, to focus on our specific addition skills. We will begin focusing on money in the coming weeks.


With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we spent time this week reading text about leprechauns. We decided to design our own traps using paper and pencil. We also had to describe our plan and the materials we need to build them. As we get closer to March 17th, we will use various materials to build our designs and see if we can catch a clever leprechaun.

In science, we did a ‘fossil dig’ with Mystery Doug. We tried to find the answer to, “Where do you find whales in the desert?” If you ask, we should be able to tell you that some deserts were once ocean. Many whale fossils have been found in the Sahara Desert.



 

Important Dates:  

March 2021

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

April 2021

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

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had another outstanding week of learning in Room 4.

With Pink Shirt Day this week, we spent a large chunk of time talking about kindness and acceptance. We read books related to this theme and completed a writing activity of how we spread kindness. We understand how important it is to accept others for who they are and that everyone is different. We learned that two little word can change the world- BE KIND. The students in Room 4 demonstrate acts of kinds each and everyday. They are very empathetic and caring towards others. We are blessed to spend each school day with such wonderful friends.


We spent time this week working on our addition skills. Some of us are learning single-digit addition, some of us are learning double-digit addition and others are working on three-digit addition problems. We continue to utilize tools such as our beaded numberlines, counters, and counting on in our heads. For example, “I put ten in my head and count on six more.”

In social studies this week, we continued our study of the Sonoran Desert. Since we cannot visit an actual desert, we decided to make our own, using various materials. Using cornmeal, we made the sand base. We included snake and lizard miniatures to make it look more realistic. We used plasticine to create other desert animals and cacti. We also studied how cacti survive the harsh, desert conditions.

 

Next week, we will continue to work on our addition skills. In literacy, we will continue our guided reading groups and also read poems related to Spring and St. Patrick’s Day. We are doing an excellent job learning to read with more expression, and more smoothly. In March, we are looking forward to participating in Springtime in the Desert!,  which is a live activity that is hosted by the Desert Museum in Arizona.


March 2021

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

April 2021

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


Friday, February 19, 2021

Hello Room 4 Families,

We had a very eventful week in Room 4. We celebrated the 100th day of school, and participated in a livestream video. We watched Perseverance the Rover land on Mars!


We began the week by discussing all that we have accomplished in the last 100 days of school. We brainstormed our ideas and then used sentence starters to complete a writing task. We chose 3 items that would be on our ‘bucket list’, which we need to complete before we turn 100 years old. In reading, we practiced reading fluently and with expression by doing a shared reading of the poem, 100 Days of School.

In Math, it was all about 100! We skip counted by 2s, 5s, and 10s. We played the game, Would you Rather?- The 100th Day of School! We practiced representing 100 using Base-10 blocks and participated in 100 exercises. We also had fun playing Snakes and Ladders in small groups.

In Social Studies, we have been engaged during our lessons on the desert. We focused this week on the Sonoran Desert. We took a virtual field trip to observe the Kangaroo Rat and how it navigates the harsh conditions of the Arizona desert. We completed an assignment in our Google Classroom. We watched video clips and used PebbleGo! to research the various animals found in the desert.  

Next week, we will continue our work on addition.  We will learn about different types of animals that call the desert home and have fun creating a desert diorama, using various materials. We will also spend time learning about Pink Shirt Day.

Important Dates

February 2021

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your support for anti-bullying

March 2021

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

April 2021

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


Friday, February 5, 2021

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a wonderful week of exploration! We began the week with a video from Mystery Doug, What's the tallest skyscraper anyone can build? It sparked curiosity and lead us to read the book, Iggy Peck Architect. We explored various skyscrapers around the world and also discussed some of the tallest buildings here in Calgary, which included The Bow, and Brookfield Place. We then designed our own structure, which we illustrated, labeled, and described, in writing.

We had such an exciting time on Tuesday morning, watching Billy Balzac emerge from his burrow during a live stream video. He unfortunately saw his shadow, so that means 6 more weeks of winter for us! We did some predictions ourselves, which we graphed. We read books, completed addition activities related to Groundhog Day, and created our very own groundhog using plasticine.  

On Wednesday, it was World Read Aloud day. We were invited to take part in a virtual read aloud led by Chief Superintendent of the CBE, Mr. Usih. He read us the book, When We Are Kind by author, Monique Gray Smith. We were thrilled to participate in this live event. It was an excellent message of how being kind to others makes us feel good and connected. We then shared how we are kind to others.

We clued up our dinosaur unit this week and began learning about deserts. This was an area of interest from some of the students in our class. We read the book, Jump, about a very adventurous cactus named Barb. We completed activities through our Google Classroom. We explored PebbleGo! and other websites. We then had to type various facts about the desert. This will continue to be an area of focus for the next month. We will explore desert animals and how they adapt to live in such harsh conditions. We are really looking forward to making our own desert dioramas.

We will have a little Valentine’s Day celebration on Wednesday. It will of course look a little different this year, as we are unable to share treats and snacks. But we will have a wonderful day nonetheless! It is a short week next week and we are all looking forward to the long weekend!

 

IPPs were sent home on Thursday. Please review, sign and return the IPP signature page :) 

IMPORTANT DATES:  

February 2021

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

 

March 2021

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

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Hi Families,

This week was another busy week in PLP.

We continue to learn about social/emotional awareness. We had fun this week acting out the Unthinkable characters and then having our classmates try to guess which Unthinkable we were. We also practiced using regulation strategies and learning how to use them in an appropriate manner. We recognize that if a fidgit becomes a distraction, that it may not be the best tool to use when feeling dysregulated.

In literacy, we participated in Guided Reading groups. We read books about Dog Breeds, personalized books that we created with the teacher and fictional books. We enjoyed the read aloud, Love Splat. We are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day. It will of course look a little different this year. If you would like to hand out Valentine’s Day cards to the class, please have them in by Feb. 5th, to allow them to quarantine. :) 

 In math, we are having fun working on our addition skills. We played Valentine’s Addition bump this week, which we loved! This will continue to be a focus next week.

Next week, we will have some fun learning about Groundhog’s Day. We will incorporate this event in art, writing, reading and math activities.

 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the warmer temperatures. 

 February 2021

·       Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!

·       Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool

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

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

Friday, January 21st, 2021

Dear Families,

We have done plenty of learning in Room 4 this week. We have really been focusing on regulation, social awareness and mindfulness. This week we read the book, Superflex Takes on Braineater. We are learning strategies on how to stay focused and to not get distracted. We practiced using our preferred fidgits this week such as our Playdoh, calm jars and small toys. We also made Superflex Distracter Shields. They can be placed in areas or on items that really distract us from doing our jobs.

In literacy this week, we read the book, What if you had Animal Feet?. During technology time, we used the website PebbleGo! to choose an animal and then wrote about if we had that animal’s feet. We are looking forward to reading more of these books (i.e. What if you had Animal Teeth? What if you had Animal Eyes? etc.) in the coming weeks and completing more writing activities related to these texts.

In Art this week, we began a drawing an illustration from the book, Little Red Shed. We learned all about the setting of the book and then began drawing the setting and characters from the book. We are taking our time completing this artwork, as it is a challenging piece. We cannot wait to paint our finished product and share it with you.

In Math, we focused on our addition skills through game-based activities. Some of us were introduced to regrouping this week. We played Tic Tac Toe addition and Love Bug Addition. We really enjoy practicing our Math skills through fun games!

Next week, we will work towards cluing up our dinosaur unit. We took a little break from dinosaurs. We decided together that we would research a few more dinosaurs and then move on to learning about deserts.  

*** The weather is much colder next week. We will continue to be outside and go on our daily community walks, as long as the weather does not dip below -20 degrees. Please ensure you are dressed for the weather each day so that your outdoor time is enjoyable. :) ***

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Important Dates and Reminders:

January 2021

  • Friday, January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

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


Friday, January 15th, 2021

Happy New Year! 

We have had a great two weeks back to school! In literacy we have really focused on listening and reading comprehension. We are listening to and reading passages then discussing the stories to ensure we understand what we have read. We focus on answering the questions, who, what, when and where. We verbalize our understanding together as a class and then individually, we write and/or draw about what we have read. 

In math we are developing our addition skills through game-based activities, songs and visuals. We have reviewed Addy the Addition guy. We have made beaded number lines to allow us to manipulate the beads to help solve addition facts up to 100. It is also an excellent way to skip count. Addition will continue to be a focus this term. 

To develop our social awareness, we have started learning about Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables. We have read a book about Rock Brain as well as Brain Eater. We have fun playing games to practice our social skills and are learning new strategies to defeat the Unthinkables when they invade our brain. We are learning to be flexible and regulate in various social situations. We will continue learning about Superflex and the Unthinkables and brainstorming new ways to defeat them when they take over our brain. 

Important Dates: 

January 2021

  • January 4 to 8 -  At-home learning through Google Classroom
  • January 11 - Students return to in-person learning at school
  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


Friday, December 11th, 2020

Hi Families,

I have to start of today’s blog by saying THANK-YOU so much for your participation in our week of online learning. I am always proud and admire the resiliency that each of you have. I look forward to seeing you in-person Monday morning. Meet you at the flag pole with plenty of air hugs! I cannot wait to see your holiday attire!

We did plenty of work online this week. We practiced and reviewed many math concepts such as skip counting, place value, using a numberline, estimation, addition and subtraction, reading and recognizing numbers. Next week, we will use all of these skills to play some holiday themed math games.

In literacy, we used our reading skills to read levelled books on Epic, listening to various read alouds and responding to these texts. We used our writing skills to create cards for seniors and to make a list of acts of kindness that we will do over the holidays. We integrated art into many of these activities.

We also explored some celebrations around the world such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. We used PebbleGo to explore more about these celebrations. We will continue our learning of winter holidays next week.

We will continue our daily community walks to our local park. Please dress for the cooler weather.

Special Dates and Reminders:

December 2020

·       Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive

·       December 14th -Wear your favorite holiday attire

·       December 18th- PJ day

·       December 18-Last day of classes before winter break


Friday, December 4th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a wonderful week of learning and really embraced the season and the magnificent weather. We started the week by completing our Santa letters and learning the format of a friendly letter. We dropped off our letters at the community mail box on Tuesday afternoon. We look forward to receiving a classroom letter from Santa in the next couple of weeks. Very exciting!

We continued our study of dinosaurs in Science. We explored the different types of fossils (i.e. mold, cast, trace, etc.). that can be discovered. We completed a Fossil Relay in gym class and also created our own mold fossils using mini dinosaur toys and salt dough. We also drew a T-Rex skeleton. 

During our morning circle time, we learned about the different celebrations that take place this time of year, all around the world. We learned about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas. We will take a break from learning about Dinosaurs and focus on these Winter Holidays for the next couple of weeks. We will do some writing, crafts and games to learn more about how various cultures celebrate this season.

In Math, we are having fun learning about numbers. We have really become excellent at building numbers using place value blocks. We can also read 2, 3, 4, and 5-digit numbers. This week we began to create place value light bulbs where we chose a number, wrote it and next we will have to represent this number using place value blocks. Once complete, we will hang our string of lightbulbs in our classroom. We will also move on to creating beaded numberlines and learn how to use these to develop our addition skills.

We had fun this week reviewing the Zones of Regulation. We are doing this through the movie characters from Inside Out. We are using the characters to describe what zone we are in and our emotions. This will continue to be a focus next week.

We continue to go on daily community walks to our local park. We are really taking advantage of the beautiful weather and will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks. :)

Mrs. Percy is away on Monday and Mrs. M will be our guest teacher.  Mrs. Percy will be back on Tuesday with BIG air hugs for everyone!

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 11 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

 

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume


Friday, November 27th, 2020

Hi Families,

We have done MARVELOUS things in Room 4! We started the week off by completing our, How to Build a Snowman, sequencing activity. We then used our writing to inspire us to create our own Snowperson. We ended the week with planning our letters to Santa Claus. We had to choose 3 items that we want Santa to bring: 1 item that we need, 1 item that we want and 1 item for another person. We will learn about letter writing next week and complete our letter to Santa.

We split into our guided reading groups this week. Some of us practiced our short vowel sounds by reading, The Wig. We then completed a comprehension activity. Another group read, Meg and Jim’s Sled Trip. We learned about the vowel digraph ‘ee’. Lastly, the third group read, A Sled Dog Morning. We worked on sequencing the story and discussing the story elements to build our comprehension. We will continue reading these texts next week and practicing these skills.

In Math, we continue to develop our number sense. We are eager to play partner type games and of course, our all-time favourite, Bingo. This week we participated in an activity called, Watch, Think, Colour! ­We listened to numbers being called out and then coloured in each number on our 120 Chart. If we listened and coloured correctly, we created a picture. We continue to work on Skip Counting each day. These are our favourite Skip Counting songs.

Skip Counting by Ten

Skip Counting by Five

Skip Counting by Two

We are becoming more efficient at reading, comparing and building numbers, using place value blocks. We will soon focus more on addition.  

In Science, we continued exploring dinosaurs. We discussed the differences between the pterodactyl and stegosaurus. We then used a Venn Diagram to compare the two. We will continue studying dinosaurs next week. We will take a closer look at fossils and why they are so important.  

Important Dates and Reminders:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

November 19th, 2020

Hi Families,

This week, we focused on dinosaurs in science and art. We learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We explored how some dinosaurs were bipedal (i.e. T-Rex) and other dinosaurs were quadrupedal (i.e. Triceratops). We particularly enjoyed watching video clips of dinosaurs.

 

In literacy, we continued our guided reading groups. We focused on sequencing in writing. We wrote, How to Build a Snowman. Next week, we will begin to plan our letters to Santa. We will also take a look at the book, Happy Narwhalidays (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #5). We love this series!  

 

In Math, we continued our study of place and writing numbers in expanded form. We had a blast playing the partner game, Santa Place Value to practice our number skills.


Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a great week in Room 4. We focused the first part of the week on Remembrance Day. We listened to songs, watched video clips, read books and drew pictures to demonstrate our learning. We were particularly interested in learning about the various roles that animals had during war. 

We continue to focus on place value in math. This week we spent time building numbers with virtual, Base-ten blocks and also identifying the correct number when given a group of Base-ten blocks. We will complete more work on this next week.

In literacy, we were divided into our guided reading groups. Some of us are reading patterned books and others are reading short, chapter books. We practiced various skills such as letter sound recognition and word building. Others worked on building their comprehension through sequencing activities and discussing story elements (i.e. characters, setting, problem, and solution).

In science, we are excited to be exploring dinosaurs. This week we created dinosaur art work using water colour paints and dinosaur silhouettes. We also researched dinosaurs on Pebble Go! and recorded our information using a report template.  


Next week is a short week. Thursday is a half day and there is no school on Friday. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held those days and will take place online or over the phone. Please ensure you book online as we will not be sending home a sign-up sheet.

Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

November 2020

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

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Hi Families,

The students of Room 4 would like to send a big THANK- YOU out to Student Council. Student Council provided us funds to purchase new books for our classroom library. Each of us made a book ‘wish list’ and Mrs. Percy then used this list to purchase books. We spent part of Thursday morning exploring our new classroom books. We were able to choose 3 books to have at our desk space for the next week. The books will then quarantine so that we can choose another 3 books for independent reading time.

In Literacy, we split into our guided reading groups and read books at our levels. Many of us continue to work on sequencing stories. While others are working with the short vowel sounds and reading patterned books. Next week, we will focus on Remembrance Day during our Literacy block.

In Math, we focused on place value. We read the book, How Much is a Million?, By David M. Schwartz. We practiced reading and building numbers. We particularly enjoyed playing the game, Spin the Wheel, against Mrs. Percy. We will continue these types of game-based math tasks next week.


In Science, we began taking a look at dinosaurs. We learned that scientists used fossils to determine dinosaurs were part of the reptile family. 

1.) They had scales.

2.) They had extra holes in their skull.

3. They laid eggs.

We will continue our exploration of dinosaurs next week.

To develop our social skills, we read the book, You are a Social Detective! We learned that we use our brain, eyes, ears, and heart to make smart guesses when we are in different social situations. On Friday, we brought home our Social Detective Toolbox. We should practice using these tools, when at home or in the community, to ensure we are showing expected behaviour in various social situations. We will continue learning about social skills and strategies we can use when in different social settings.

Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

November 2020

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

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


Friday, October 30th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a spooooooky week in Room 4! We integrated Halloween into all of our learning activities. We worked on developing our listening and reading comprehension skills. We read the books, The Gruffalo and The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Many of us are visual learners so we read the books, and then watched the videos for each. We spent time sequencing the events (i.e. what happened first, next, then and finally) and discussing the story elements such as the characters, the problem and the solution. We drew an illustration of the main character in, The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Finally, we used plasticine to make a story artifact to help us remember the story. 


In writing, we were inspired by a directed drawing of a haunted house that we completed. We used our five senses to describe what we could smell, feel, touch, taste and hear at a haunted house. We also took a community walk, which gave up some ideas of what we could write about. We brainstormed and created a wordlist to help us write our sentences.


As part of life skills and health this week, we discussed our emotions. We read the book , It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff. We discussed our feelings, our facial expressions, and body language. We learned that we can tell how others are feeling just by observing. We then played Pumpkin Bingo to practice identifying facial expressions.

In math, we continue our work on place value and building and comparing numbers. We used a number spinner to build and compare numbers with a partner. The played who built the greatest number, was the winner of the round. 


Next week, we will clue up our unit on outer space. We will then take some time to further develop our social skills by exploring, Superflex and the Unthinkables. This is a fun, social curriculum that really helps us learn expected and unexpected behaviours in various social situations. 

Have a wonderful, safe Halloween! See you on Monday! 

November 2020

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

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

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

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Hi Families! 

We had another amazing week of learning in Room 4.

As part of Science and Literacy, we had the opportunity to research a planet of our choice with a parter. We used the website, PebbleGo! We each recorded  information using a provided template. We also read a book about Mercury. We used this book as inspiration to create our own classroom book about Mercury.

In Math, we had fun doing Halloween Place Value using dice and a recording sheet. We had to see how many vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches and mummies we would invite to our party. We created 3-digit numbers for each. We also played our favourite game, B-I-N-G-O! When we play Bingo, we listen for the numbers, then watch for the numbers to be recorded on the SMARTboard as we play. As an extra challenge, we are quizzed about how many tens and ones are in the numbers, or if numbers are odd or even.

We finished the week with a read aloud of the book, Room on the Broom. We then watched a video of the book. Finally, we had to sequence the story, using pictures.

Next week, leading up to Halloween, we will have plenty of spooky fun! We will incorporate Halloween activities into math and literacy. On Thursday, we will celebrate Halloween. We can wear our costumes all day. We are not allowed to bring snacks to share that day. There is also no school on Friday! 

Reminder: If you have not done so already, please bring a pair of indoor shoes so your feet and shoes are not wet and uncomfortable during the school day. Also, remember to dress in warm clothing for our daily community walks to the park. 

October 2020

October 29- Halloween Celebration- Costumes welcome :) 

October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

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

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

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

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 16th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had an amazing week of learning in Room 4! We are really enjoying our Outer Space unit. We transformed into astronauts this week and completed a writing activity in Science. First we listened to the book, If I were an Astronaut, which was read by a real astronaut from outer space. We then brainstormed our own ideas of what we would do if we each became an astronaut. We used photos of our face and an astronaut template to illustrate our writing.  

In Art, we created a painting of the moon. We used both watercolour and acrylic paint to complete our masterpieces. We also used the technique of blotting, to give our moons a more realistic look. We then splattered paint, to add stars to our painting.

 


We worked very hard on our reading this week. Some of us worked on our comprehension skills by sequencing stories we read. We had fun playing these sequencing games: Sequencing Train and Solar Sequence. Some others were working with letters and sounds as well as manipulating letter sets to create consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words. We will continue developing these skills next week. 

In Math, we studied Place Value. We built numbers using manipulatives and then compared them to find which number was greater. Each day, we do much of our math during our Weather and Calendar time. We played the game, Build and Compare this week. We will continue to focus on developing our number sense through books, games, songs and videos. We watched this short, Numberblock video about place value to 100 000.

Important Dates:

October 2020

October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

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

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

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

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 9th, 2020

Hi Families,

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Here are some of the learning activities that took place in Room 4 this week.

We played Candy Corn Solve and Cover in Math. We had so much fun playing this game and practicing our place value skills. We listened to hints such as, “3 tens and 7 ones”. If you had the number 37 on your card, you had to cover it. The first person to cover all 9 numbers on their board was the winner. We also played a couple of place value games on the computer. We had fun playing, Base Ten Bingo and Base Ten Fun.

During Guided Reading groups this week, we focused on decoding and comprehension. We read books aloud in our groups and then had to complete activities to demonstrate our understanding. Some of us practiced letter sounds, and some of us had to underline evidence in passages we read. We also added more sight words to our Word Wall. We then used these words to complete word work activities (i.e. Tic Tac Toe and Word Race).

In Science, we painted rocket ships. We displayed out artwork on the bulletin board outside our classroom. We also completed a writing activity about the sun. We read a book about the sun and then brainstormed words to describe the sun. We then wrote complete sentences and complemented our writing with illustrations.

Next week, we will continue on with our guided reading groups. We will further explore place value in Math and spend some time exploring Splash Math on the classroom computers. In writing, we will study astronauts and describe what they need in order to travel to outer space.  

Important Dates:

October 2020

  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Hi Families,

Room 4 had another full week of learning and excitement. This week, we read a book called, Our Moon. You can check it out here on Getepic!(Class code CCM1066). This inspired us to create our own classroom book about the moon. We brainstormed adjectives to describe the moon and then made our own sentences. To complement our writing, we created illustrations. We also practiced our sight words by playing the game, Heads Up, 7-up. It is a great way to practice our reading and to have a well-deserved body break. We included each of the words on our new Word Wall. Next week, we will read and write about the sun. We will also add more words to our Word Wall.

In Math, we continued our exploration of numbers. We read two books about Place Value called, The Blast off Kid and What’s the Place Value? (These can also be found on Getepic.com). We learned about the hundreds, tens, and ones place. We also reviewed the “teenage numbers”. As part of our number routine each day, we practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s so we can become more efficient at counting. This can be practiced at home too. Next week, we will continue place value by reading a new book and playing a new game to practice our skills. 

In Science, we had fun creating our own solar system out of clay. It was a great, hands-on activity to help us remember the order of the planets. We also read the book, Stargazing. Next week, we will further explore the planets, we will draw and paint a rocket ship in our visual journals and check out Pebble Go Kids, during technology time.

On Wednesday, we honoured Orange Shirt Day. We read the book, Phyllis's Orange Shirt. We brainstormed words about how we feel all students should feel at school. We then painted orange kindness rocks, which we placed in the school garden for others to enjoy. 

We have really loved the beautiful, fall weather. We will continue to spend plenty of time in nature. Please ensure you are dressed for the weather. Having gloves and a hat in your backpack would be great!

Home reading information was sent home today. Home reading should be enjoyable and students should choose books they find interesting. If you require any further information and support, please let me know.

Important Dates:

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a wonderful week! Despite it being a short week, we did amazing work in Room 4!

In Literacy, we enjoyed the read aloud, Terry Fox and Me by Mary Beth Leatherdale. This story was written from the perspective of Doug, Terry’s best friend. As a class, we discussed words that we would use to describe Terry Fox. We then completed a doodle art activity and we had to choose five descriptive words from our wordlist that we thought best described Terry Fox.

In Math, we continued to explore numbers. We did some nature math outside where we collected leaves, pine cones, and sticks to help us skip count. We also used tally marks to record how many laps we did around the field, during our Terry Fox run. We ran 54 laps as a class. We then picked apart that number and identified how many tens and ones were in the number. We also had to decide if it was an odd or even number.

On September 22nd, we learned about the significance of the local Treaty 7 land acknowledgment. This recognizes the history of the lands in southern Alberta, including Calgary. We learned a new rhyme to remember the land acknowledgment. We also listened to the book, “A’pistotooki kii Ihkitsik Kaawa’pomaahkaa” (Creator and the Seven Animals, why are we here?)" by Crystal Many Fingers. It is a traditional tale about animals, why they are special and why they were put on the earth. It was fun to learn the traditional Blackfoot language. 

Next week, we will continue our outer space unit in Science. We will further explore the 8 planets of our solar system through songs, videos and crafts. We will continue our guided reading groups at the park with a focus on comprehension and decoding. In Math, we will continue to explore numbers and learn more about place value. On September 30th, we will also honour Orange Shirt day. 

  

Important Dates: 

September 2020

  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

September 18th, 2020

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a busy week in Room 4. We started the week completing a writing task using the prompt, "My special treasure is ...". We began by drawing a picture and then described our special treasure by answering the questions "Where did I get it?", "What do I use it for?" and "Why is it special?" We used a writing checklist to ensure we were doing our very best writing. When our writing was complete, we shared our finished product, by reading it aloud to our classmates at the park.


In Math, we continued to develop our knowledge of numbers and their value. We played even and odd games, practiced skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s and completed a, "Math About Me" activity. The highlight this week was playing Bingo. We practiced reading and identifying both single and double-digit numbers. As an extra challenge, we had to identify which numbers on our Bingo cards were odd and even.

In Science, we continue to learn about outer space. We like learning about the planets through videos and songs. Here are a couple of songs we really enjoy:  The Planet Song and Order of the Planets.

Choice Time continues to be one of the best parts of our day. We have enjoyed exploring activities such computer games, building with Lego, solving puzzles and creating art using melty beads. We use this time to socialize with our friends and to share common interests.  

Next week, we will continue our Guided Reading groups at the park, complete writing activities related to outer space, practice our number skills through game based activities and develop our knowledge of pedestrian safety during our daily community walks.

Important Dates:

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

September 2020

  • September 23 Terry Fox Run
  • September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm/ September 25- No school for students
  • September 24 & 25 PLP Parent-Teacher Phone Conferences (A letter with more information will come home on Monday, Sept. 21st with your child. Please read and return.)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day


Friday, September 11th, 2020 

Hi Room 4 Families,

We have had a wonderful 2 weeks back to school! We have enjoyed reconnecting with friends and welcoming new classmates into our program. We have all settled in really well and are following new rules and routines. Our teachers say that we are doing a phenomenal job keeping our masks on, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

Here are some highlights from the last week:

“I had fun doing a scavenger hunt for math.”

 “I made a moon rock and drew an astronaut!

 “I am happy and excited to be back to school! I like school!”

 “I like learning with Mystery Doug.”

 “I like being with my friends."

"I like spending time with my teachers.”

“Choice time is my favourite. I love the computers.” 

This week, we started daily community walks to a local park. While at the park we completed literacy activities. We each read aloud our ‘just right’ books. We took a break from reading to socialize with our friends, self-regulate and explore the play structure. We ended with a writing/sketching activity in our visual journals to document our learning and to practice our writing skills. We have been delighted to spend extra time outside, enjoying nature. 

Next week, we will continue learning about outer space through songs, books, games, art and videos. In math, we will participate in game based activities to review and expand our numbersense. We will continue to spend part of our mornings reading and writing at the park. Please dress for the weather :). To develop our literacy skills, we will read a book called, Finding Treasure, A Collection of Collections. Afterwards, we will complete an activity where we write and describe our own treasures. 


Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

Important Dates:

September 2020

  • September 17 School Photos
  • September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day
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