Mrs. Peterson

*Every Wednesday and/or Friday, we will plan to go for a community walk. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. 

Nov. 16 - 19


This week, we have been learning about India. We watched a short video about a boy who lives and goes to school in India. We noticed how the buildings, clothing, food, and vehicles are different. The boy rode on a bus that was small and only had 3 wheels it is called a rickshaw. He also didn't wear shoes all day long. We are going to continue to learn about Indian culture and how it is different and similar to life in Canada. 

PARADE OF ELEPHANTS - Art inspired by India's love of elephants, bright colours, and designs. 


We have been enjoying a huge selection of new books that we bought from money given to us by Parent Council! Some of our favourites are graphic novels, Geronimo Stilton, Piggy and Elephant, Bad Guys, Princess in Black, as well as a selection of non-fiction books. 



Nov. 9 - 13






We read the book, One Grain of Rice. It is a mathematical Indian folktale. It is about a resourceful village girl who outsmarts a greedy Raja. After she does a good deed for the Raja, she is offered a reward. She requests, "Today, you will give me a single grain of rice. Then, each day for thirty days you will give me double the rice you gave me the day before." After reading the story we were surprised by the amount the girl receives and started to solve the math problems. After a few equations, we realized our numbers were becoming very large and could understand how doubling can quickly add up. Below is the link to the story. 


Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

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

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

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

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

November 2020

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

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume


Nov. 2-6      Important dates are listed at the bottom of today's blog. 



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 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)

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume

Oct. 23-29



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)

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

January 2021


Oct. 19-23

We have enjoyed our snowy outdoor time this week. 

We are working on expository writing which is writing that explains something. We have been learning about the parts of a paragraph including a topic sentence, 3 supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. We started using a graphic organizer that looks like a hamburger. The top bun and the bottom bun are similar the same goes with the topic sentence and concluding sentence. The inside of the burger is where we add the juicy details. We are writing about things we know a lot about such as recess when it's snowy, Roblox, pets, and places like Banff. We are also working on including common contractions in our sentences. 


In Math, we are moving into patterns. First, we needed to review parts of a repeating pattern. A repeating pattern has 2 main parts: the term and the core. The term can be based on: movements, sounds, colours, sizes, or shapes. The core is the part of the pattern that repeats. We read the book, "Pattern Fish" which has many examples of different types of repeating patterns. We then created our own pattern fish with at least 3 different terms and identify the core. 

Over the next few weeks we are focusing on non-fiction books which tie into our Animal Life Cycle unit in Science and our mapping skills which is preparing us to learn about different countries around the world. In Epic Books students can access book about mapping and animals by using the search bar once logged in. (See Google Classroom) 

Parts of a Nonfiction Book (based on facts)

Snowy Community Walk - Southwood


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)

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume


Oct. 5 - 9th

Hello Families, 

You child has been working hard at school! We have started to explore elements of a story by using picture prompts and and visual organizer to come up with possible problems and solutions. We worked on first describing the setting using descriptive words then introducing the main character. We will be exploring story writing throughout the year. We will also be learning about research writing in connection to our science unit in the next few weeks. Below are some pictures of our week and some activity ideas. 


*We are planning a small community walk on Friday. It will be around the inner block of Ethel M. Johnson School and Panabaker School.


Note: The next blog message will be in two weeks. I will be away next week. If you have an important message please contact the office. 


Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

Happy October! 

This past Wednesday was Orange Shirt Day. We wore orange to show our understanding of reconciliation. We spent time discussing and reading about residential schools and the harm they caused indigenous children. We came up with words that described how all kids should feel when at school.  We have also been learning about oral storytelling and the rich culture the indigenous people of Canada have.  Below is a link to one of the stories we read. 


This past week, we have been enjoying the beautiful fall colours and warm temperatures.  The season has inspired our writing. We came up with descriptive sentences using all our sense. We have also created small moment stories based on real experiences we have had.



In math, we are working on skip counting by review counting by 2s, 5s, 10s and becoming familiar with counting by 3s. We use these skills when we explore increasing and decreasing patterns as well as multiply. This is a skill that can be practiced at home by counting groups of objects or practicing verbally.  We have also been working on adding and subtracting 1, 10, and 100 to a given number. Next week, we will be focusing on counting by 4s as well as continuing to with mental math strategies and place value.


New home reading books will go home on Monday. Some students have stated that the books were easy. That is good feedback. At times, some books may be easier but the vocabulary, style of writing, or genre might be a new experience for them. For example, I am excited to share some traditional indigenous stories written in a more modern format such as graphic novels. 


Have a fantastic weekend! 



Important Dates 

October 2020

  • October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

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

December 2020

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume



Sept. 21-24

Hello Families, 

It was great to connect with many of you over the past few days. Please contact me anytime with your questions, concerns, or updates. My email is the best way to contact me.   cjpeterson@cbe.ab.ca


Home Reading

Starting next week, students will be sent an assigned book to read at home.  These books will provide students with different genres and subject matters that they might not have chosen on their own.  It will also support their development in reading by expanding their vocabulary and understanding of more complex plots. A new book will go home at the beginning of each week as long as the previous book has been returned. Please note, it will be only one book per week as each book requires a 3-day quarantine. This will also allow more time for students to read books of their choosing from our classroom or school library selection as well as books from home. Daily home reading will not be tracked at school but it is encouraged that students read each day. Some families have been in contact with me regarding additional reading programming. If after a few weeks, you feel your child requires more books or different book selection please contact me. 


Dinner Question: Do you have a favourite book? Do you remember your favourite childhood book? 


Metal Math Practice, 

One of the math targets for Grade 3 Students is to say the number sequence forwards and backwards by 5s, 10s, or 100s using any starting point. Another target is to counting by 3s, 4s, and 25s based on their multiple sequence. (3, 6, 9...etc.) This week, we focused on mental math adding using friendly numbers as well as comparing and ordering number.





Sept. 14-18

Hello Families, 

This week, we wrote about, "My Favourite Treasure".  After group discussion, we understood this assignment could be something valuable or something that we treasure. We had a lot of great ideas including special diamonds and crystals, stuffies, jewellery, blankets, and even a very important pug! We came up with a list of questions to help inspire our writing including: Where did we get it? How do we take care of it? What does it look like? Why is it special? Have you ever lost it? Do you have special memories connected to it? Is it a collection?  See below for some examples of our writing. 

Dinner Questions: Do you have something special that you treasure? Was it when you were a child and do you still have it? 




Here are some more pictures from our week.


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 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
  • 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

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

December 2020

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume



Hello Grade 3 Families, 

We have had a busy week adjusting to a new school year. We are enjoying more outdoor time especially for gym. This week in math, we have been working on reading, writing, saying, and making 3 digit numbers. See below for some examples of our math work. This will continue to be our focus next week as well. We have been writing quite a bit over the past few days. We wrote about all the features we could dream up if we built our own school. This was based on the book, If I Built a School, by Chris Van Dusen. We also wrote about what it would be like to have a wild animal or even a mystical creature as a pet. Our inspiration came from the book, If I Had a Gryphon, by Vikki VanSickle. 

Dinner Question: What wild animal would you choose for a pet? Why?

I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU, to our students. They have been adjusting to all the changes in the classroom with patience, bravery, and positivity. It is difficult to keep physical distance when we want to connect and share with our friends. We are on this journey together. Please let me know if your child is having some concerns. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Mrs. Peterson 



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

October 2020

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

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

December 2020

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

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume


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