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Friday May 13,  2022

Important Dates:

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

We started our Book Clubs this week.  Each student is required to complete their weekly assigned reading and writing task.  Each book club group will meet on Thursdays to talk about the novel they are reading.  The students did a good job being ready to meet with their group this week.  Next week we are going to be reading and writing some Poetry.

We continued working with fractions during math this week.  The students are learning how to find a fraction of a whole number.  For example:  ⅔  of 9 = 6.  Many students found it helpful to draw a picture to make this calculation.  Next week we are going to start working with decimals and comparing them to fractions.

We played more badminton this week in gym class along with a dodgeball game and a kickball game outside on Friday.  The weather was perfect for our game outside.

In Social, we have been looking at important people in Canadian history.  This week we starting looking at important women who helped form Canada

We finished up our learning about Classroom Chemistry this week, and had an open book quiz for the students to show their understanding of the information and organization of their notes.  Our next topic in Science is the Wetlands.

Friday May 6,  2022

Important Dates:

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 11 - Jersey Day (Flames or your favourite team).

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

We finished writing our Fairy Tale stories from a different point of view.  We had the pleasure of hearing some of their creations.  Many students added humour to their stories which was quite entertaining.  Some students are planning on writing a second story.  Next week we are going to be starting 'Book Club' where each student will be reading a book with a small group of classmates and meeting weekly to discuss what they read.

In math this week we started looking at equivalent fractions.  The students are learning how to create equivalent fractions by multiplying and dividing the numerator and the denominator by the same number.

We finished up our Science unit on Classroom Chemistry by learning how to identify whether a liquid is an acid, base or neutral by doing the litmus paper test.  We also looked at a pH scale to see what number (1 - 14) a certain liquid is.  Next week we will be having an open book quiz that will give the students the opportunity to show what they learned during Classroom Chemistry.

Our focus in gym is now badminton.  The students were practising the forehand and backhand shots while rallying with a partner.  They also worked on perfecting their aim of a serve by attempting to land the birdie into a hula hoop on the floor.

Friday April 29,  2022

Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats on for Mental Health

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

In LA this week we continued to talk about stories written from different points of view.  We read the stories ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs’ told from the wolf’s point of view.  We made a list of Fairy Tales that the students felt they knew very well.  Then they met with a partner and discussed which story they were going to use to write it from a different perspective.  They started a story plan and will start the writing process next week.

In math we worked on using the formulas to convert metric measurements (g, kg, mL & L).

We also started looking at fractions in our world.  Next week we will be making sets of equivalent fractions.

In gym this week the students enjoyed ‘Mission Impossible’.  A lot of fun was had by all as they tried to complete the obstacle course.

We completed testing white powders in Science and recorded the results.  Then the students had to test a mystery powder and use their data to figure out what the powder was.

Friday April 22,  2022

Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats on for Mental Health

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

In LA this week we continued to talk about stories written from different points of view.  The students met with a partner to discuss what would be the point of view/perspective of a pencil sharpener in our classroom.  After that they had the opportunity to choose any inanimate object and write a short piece about what that object may be thinking or feeling.  Some of the students shared their writing with the class.

In math we worked at converting milliliters to liters and grams to kilograms.  The students looked at different objects and containers of liquid to determine which unit of measurement should be used.

In gym the students had the opportunity to work on 7 different stations.  Two of them included the climbing wall.  Next week the Mission Impossible obstacle course will be the focus, where the students try to get through the course from start to finish.

We are making crystals in Science class. The students had the choice of saturating water with sugar, salt or borax.  Now we will have to wait and see how they turn out.  We also did an experiment to see how water, vinegar and iodine would react with baking powder and cornstarch.  This was a simple test to record the reactions and be able to determine what white powder it is.  Next week we will include baking soda and baby powder.  Then the students will have the opportunity to discover which white powder is given to them (mystery) according to the recorded notes.

Friday April 15,  2022

Important Dates:

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

April 22 - Class Photos

In Writing this week, we focused on perspective and point of view. The students wrote about the point of view of one of the characters after watching the video “For The Birds”.  Some of the students shared their writing, which was fun to listen to.

We had a quiz on area and perimeter in math this week.  Then we went on to learn about the capacity of liquids (mL & L).  The students looked at different situations where they had to choose if mL would be used or L.

In gym we worked on routines using mats, benches and tressles.  Next week the students will have the opportunity to work through stations.  One of the stations includes the climbing wall which the students are very excited about.

In Science we continued looking at the surface tension of water.  The students had to float a paperclip on the surface of the water.  Many students were able to do this with more than one paperclip.  Then they experimented with how a Q-tip dipped in dish soap could break the surface tension so the paperclip would fall or food colouring dropped into milk would rush away from the dish soap.

Friday April 8,  2022

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

On Thursday morning we had an assembly to say goodbye to Mrs. McKay and to welcome our new principal Ms Clark.  It was great to all be back together for the first time in a very long time.  The students sang the song ‘Down By The Bay’ with many funny verses.  Mr. Aylesworth and Ms Clark also entertained us with some magic tricks.

This week in LA we started looking at the different points of view that a piece of text can be written in.  1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person.  The students looked in the books they have been reading, and some of the books in the classroom to find books written from different points of view.

In math this week the students worked on calculating the area and perimeter of rectangles.  They were given a homework assignment to calculate the area and perimeter of their bedroom (or any other room in their home).  Many students did not have the chance to finish this assignment, so they should work on it over the weekend.

We completed our Social projects about an Indigenous tribe.  Each group then presented to the class.  Many students have really improved in their ability to speak in front of their classmates.

In gym this week we worked on some gymnastic moves.  Low movements on the mat from one end to the other.  We also worked on balances where the students held a balance for 5 seconds either on their own or with a small group or partner.  On Thursday we played a kickball game outside to continue learning all the rules and work on our kicking and catching skills.

In Science we are learning how to add information on a Scientific Method sheet.  We came up with different variables that could dissolve a tic tac faster than just letting it sit in water.  We also learned the terms surface tension and cohesion.  The students did an experiment where they had to predict how many drops of water they could put on a penny before it spilled over.  Water has a very strong surface tension.

Friday April 1,  2022

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

In LA this week everyone finished their stories and had the opportunity to share it with the class.  The students also wrote a book review on the book that they read over Spring Break.   We displayed the reviews in our classroom so that everyone can have a chance to read about some good books they could choose to read in the future.

In gym  this week we played some new dodgeball games and are learning how to play baseball and kickball.  Friday’s weather made for some fun kickball practise outside.  Next week we will be starting our gymnastic unit.  Week one will be working on balances and rolls on the mats.  Students should come to school in comfortable clothes and remove all jewelry.  Bringing a hair elastic to pull hair back would also be really helpful.

We continued to practise finding the perimeter of different shapes in math this week.  We also started learning how to calculate the area of a shape.

In Science this week the focus was on liquids.  The students mixed different liquids together to see what would happen.  Did they separate after they stopped stirring or did they create a new solution.

Friday March 18,  2022

Important Dates:

March 18 - Last Day of Classes - Spring 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

Everyone in class has chosen a book to read over Spring Break.  When we return each student will have the opportunity to give a book review of what they read.  This will be a good time to share a book that other students may want to read.

In LA this week the students started typing the good copy of their story on a Google document.  Some students were able to finish and started writing another story.   We will finish up our stories and get the chance to share them with the class when we return after Spring Break.

We worked on perimeter in math this week.  The students calculated the perimeter of different rectangles on paper.  Some students measured the perimeter of larger objects in and around our classroom (example:  our door, bulletin board).

We played a variety of games in gym class this week.  To practise our throwing and catching skills, the students partnered up and played catch with a scoop and a wiffle ball.

In social we continued working on our projects of an Indigenous tribe and will be presenting the final product to the class after spring break.

In Science we learned the words:  solution, solvent and solute by making a glass of lemonade and recording what we saw when we added the solid to the liquid.

Friday March 11, 2022

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

Everyone completed their story plans this week and have started up writing their rough copies.  Next week the students will have the opportunity to write up their good copies on a Google document to make the editing process easier.

In math we have started reviewing perimeter.  Next week we will continue working on the perimeter of different shapes and will be starting to learn about the area of rectangles.  At the start of each week the students complete a quiz MMMQ (Monday Morning Math Quiz) which includes questions to help them remember the important steps for subtraction, multiplication and division.  See the example below.

We have been playing more soccer in gym class.  The picture below shows a game we played with 6 nets.  Many great saves and goals happened in this fast paced game.

In social we continued working on our projects of an Indigenous tribe.  In Science we started the Classroom Chemistry unit and will be looking at different ways to separate solids and liquids next week.

Friday March 4, 2022

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 - Break

March 28 – Classes Resume

We worked on creating problems for stories this week.  The students listened to the story ‘Walter the Farting Dog’ and then wrote out the key elements of the story.  For more story building practice the students created a 1 minute story after they were given some of the details (penguin, city street and a pickle).  They were working on including a problem with a solution after at least two tries.  Some of their stories were very entertaining.  Next week we will start writing our stories.  The students will be able to keep the story plan that they already created, or they can start a new one.

This week in math we continued to work on long division.  Our focus was to learn how to work with remainders.  We practiced this by solving a few word problems and then shared answers with the class.  To practice our division skills we played a game called Don’t Duck Division.  We also took some time this week to play Quick Draw.  This is where the students practice drawing different shapes and describe what they are seeing using Geometric terms.

In gym we worked on our soccer skills through some fun foot juggling.  The students first juggled a balloon in the gym and on Friday played some hacky sack in the classroom.  Next week we will try to juggle a soccer ball.

Everyone was at school on Tuesday to write the Electricity Quiz.  Their marked quizzes and flashlight project marks were returned on Thursday. Overall everyone did well.   Next week we will be starting a new unit in Science called Classroom Chemistry.

Friday February 25, 2022

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 before Spring Break

March 28 – Classes Resume

In math this week we continued to work on remembering all the steps to long division.  We also did some work on solving different word problems.  Next week we are going to continue working on word problems to determine if we should add, subtract, multiply or divide to solve the problem.

We started looking at settings within a story in LA this week.  We read different stories and talked about how the author described each setting when there was more than one.  Then the students practiced writing a setting that could be used in a story.

Wednesday February 23 was Pink Shirt Day.  We watched a video about the differences between being rude, being mean or being a bully.  After discussing their thoughts and sharing some stories, the students created pink shirts/dresses with positive messages to share with the EMJ community.

In gym we have started playing soccer.  The students have been working on their passes skills and had a sideline soccer game on Friday.

We  have started working on a group project in Social.  Each group is researching a different Indigenous tribe within Canada and will be gathering information to present to the class.

We have finished our unit on Electricity in Science.  The students completed making their flashlights and will be having a quiz next week.

Friday February 11, 2022

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

In math this week we have moved up to a three-digit dividend while learning long division.  There is a video and a song in Google Classroom for students to review.  Practicing daily is the best way to remember all the steps.

The students have been working hard on building their flashlights in Science class this week.  Some students have finished and are helping their classmates with some of the building challenges.  We should be wrapping this up next week.

We played some more hockey games in gym class.  In between games the students participated in passing relays to increase their stick handling skills.

In LA we are continuing to look at the different elements of a story.  This week we focused on character description and making a problem bigger.  The students wrote out a plan of how to make an everyday problem even bigger.  Then we read different character descriptions.  Giving physical feature descriptions helps the reader picture what your character looks like.  The students heard about the description of a character in the story ‘Whingdingdilly’.  Then they drew a picture of what they thought the character looked like.

For art this week the students made a Valentine’s card holder in preparation for our party on Monday.  We will be having a little party of Monday afternoon.  Students can bring a special treat for themselves and pop will be allowed for this special day.  Please keep the amount to 355mL or less.  If students are planning to give out Valentine’s cards they need to give one to every member of the class.  Class lists were given out to help with correct spelling of names.

Friday February 4, 2022

Important Dates:

February 8 - School Council Meeting

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

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

The students were given a choice for art this week.  They could finish the 3D drawing by completing the last step of shading, or they could watch a video and follow the instructions to draw a character.  The link is in Google Classroom if anyone wants to try drawing at home.

In Science this week we have started to build our flashlights.  We will be working on these next week too.

We completed all the steps for a long division question.  The students will need to practice every day to help them remember all the steps involved.  It is tricky, but everyone is having success.  Next week will be using a 3-digit number as a dividend.

This week in LA we read different stories together and identified each key element.  We discussed how the problem in a story is important.  Then we came up with a list of everyday problems that can happen and would make a good story.  Next week we will look at these problems and see how we could make the problem even bigger.

In gym class we have started floor hockey.  Many of the students are very excited about this.  We practiced some passing skills and had a mini game on Friday.

Friday January 28, 2022

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 23 - Pink Shirt Day

In LA this week we started talking about story writing.  The students shared their knowledge of the parts of a story and we created the poster below.

When looking at parts of the key elements, we focused on the characters and the problem.  After reading a story the students completed the ‘Summarizing’ chart to show their understanding of what the problem in the story was.  They did this with a partner first and then worked on completing the summarizing chart on their own.

We are starting to plan our Science project for Electricity.  The students will be making a flashlight.  They started the project by choosing how they would make their flashlight, and made a list of the materials that they would need.  A video and plan were given to them to choose from.  They could do some research on their own if they would like to follow a different plan.  The flashlight needs to be made at school. More information can be found on Google Classroom.

In social, the students are starting to learn about how life would be different for Indigenous people and compared the past and the present.  For example, they recorded their thoughts about what fishing would look like now and in the past.

This week in math we starting learning the first few steps to long division and how to record an answer that contains a remainder.  Next week will learn the next steps in long division, working toward dividing a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number.

The students completed colouring in their 3D art project.  It took a steady hand, time and patience to complete.

Friday January 21, 2022

In math this week we continued to look at how multiplication and division are related.  The students were able to use a multiplication table to help them solve division equations.  Next week we will be learning the steps to complete a long division question.

In social, the students recorded information about the Blackfoot people.  The students first started by remembering information that they learned in grade 4.  Then they did some research on a given website to help them include more information.  Next week we will be comparing the Blackfoot and the Anishinaabe tribe that the students learned about while exploring the Educational Mine Craft game.

In science the students learned about conductors and insulators of electricity.  They made a test circuit to see what kind of objects would or would not allow the flow of electricity to light a light bulb.  Then they recorded their results.

In art we have started a 3D drawing project.  There are many steps involved.  The week the students completed the first step.  Next week we will start to add some colour to the picture.

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

Friday January 14, 2022

This week in math the students completed the Monday Morning Math Quiz (three questions: addition, subtraction and multiplication) and created a bar graph displaying favourite sports to practice their skills.  We have starting looking at division and how it is related to multiplication.  We also learned some new math terms shown below.

In LA we having been working with figures of speech.  The students are making a chart to record the definitions and examples.  We have look at ‘simile’ and ‘onomatopoeia’ so far.

The students used their knowledge of onomatopoeia words to create a picture during Art this week.

In Science we have continued to work on learning about electricity.  Below are pictures of the two different kinds of circuits the students build this week (series and parallel).  We also learned about how short circuits can be dangerous and cause fires.

In Gym we are playing all kinds of different Dodgeball games.  The students are encouraged to create and new game, or bring the rules for a game we have not played yet to school next week.

Next week we will be learning about long division.  Having accurate recall of multiplication facts is the best way to be prepared for the many steps of long division.

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

Friday December 10, 2021

In Social we are doing Minecraft Education to learn about different Indigenous people. We have explored the map of the Anishinaabe Nation.  The students had to listen to different Indigenous people to find answers to the questions they were given.  Next week we will continue to explore and create objects within the Anishinaabe Nation Minecraft world.

In math this week we continued to work on becoming experts in multiplying a 2 digit number by a 2 digit number.  The students will be participating in a weekly quiz (Monday Morning Math Quiz) that will include 3 questions.  Addition, subtraction and multiplication will be included.  This will start on Monday and continue for the remainder of the year.  We also worked on reading and creating bar graphs.  Next week’s focus will be on reading and creating double bar graphs.

The students independently wrote an opinion paragraph in LA this week.  They started by creating jot notes with their ideas and then wrote out sentences.  They completed their good copy on Thursday and used a checklist to assist them in making sure they included everything needed within their paragraph.

In Science the students are learning how to make a lightbulb light up by using a battery and one or two wires.  They are starting to see how the flow of electricity creates a circuit to deliver the needed power to light up the bulb.

We played a variety of tag games in gym this week and included the 12 Days of Fitness in our warm up.  We also played Castle dodgeball where the students had to make a castle out of hula hoops and protect it while they tried to knock down their opponents’ castles.

We made snowflakes in art this week and incorporated some measurement skills in order to cut the pipe cleaners to the correct length.  It took persistence to create these, but they turned out really great.

Important Dates:

December 14 -School Council Meeting 6:30pm- Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama & Stuffy Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume

Friday December 3, 2021

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

The students in room 9 will be shopping at the Book Fair on Wednesday December 8th from 9:30 - 10:00am.

All students have some math practice homework to complete to help keep their math calculations strong.  Please remind them to return their work on Monday. We continued to work on multiplication this week and also completed our double line graph on temperature.  We also made a bar graph to display room 9 birthdays.

In LA we worked on writing up our opinions on a chosen question.  The students complete a  graphic organizer (OREO) to record their thoughts and opinions and then put their ideas into sentences to create a paragraph.

We completed our Electricity Title pages and labeled a bulb and battery in science.

We learned about the flow of electricity and did a simple experiment with a battery and a wire so the students could feel the connection heat up.

In art this week we painted pictures inspired by the artist Maude Lewis.  The students had to mix different colours of paint together to create the colours they wanted to use.  Then they cut out shapes from coloured paper to create a lighthouse and other objects they wanted to include in their painting.

Important Dates:

December 6-10  Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 -School Council Meeting 6:30pm- Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 10- School Spirit Day - Sweater Day (red/green or holiday sweater)

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume

Friday November 26, 2021

Thank you to all the parents that we able to make time to have a coversation with me about your child's progress in their learning.  It was great to talk to you and share your child's accomplishments so far this year.

This week in math we learned one more method to multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number.  It is called the Lattice method.  All the students learned to do this calculation, and some of them really liked it.

After looking at all three ways to multiply, the students made a choice of which one they will be using.

Well also did some work on graphing where the students looked at graphs and answered questions to show their understanding.  They started to create a double line graph to display the temperature in Calgary using the data that the students have been collecting.  Next week we will be adding the October data to the graph.

In Science we have started learning about Electricity.  The focus this week was on electricity safety. We are starting the learn about Canadian history in Social.  The students watched a short video and recorded some of the facts they found interesting about Canadian history.  Next week we will share their facts.

In LA this week we started talking about how to share our opinions.  We will be doing some opinion writing in the future.  To prepare for this, the students verbally shared their opinion about a given question with a partner or small group.  Below are the questions the students could choose from to start their conversations.

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Important Dates:

December 6-10  Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 -School Council Meeting 6:30pm- Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume

Friday November 19, 2021

We are having parent/teacher conferences next week on Thursday evening and Friday during the day.  Conference bookings will be open on Saturday November 20th.  Please take time to book your meeting.

This week we celebrated the culture and history of the Metis people.  The students read about the different symbols and parts of the Metis culture, looking for the main ideas and shared this with the class. We also watched a video that taught us how to do the Red River Jig.  That was a work out for everyone. Two of our students shared their Metis culture by bringing in moccasins made by their Grandmother and explained the significance of a dream catcher.

In Science we wrapped up our unit on Weather by having a quiz.  The students were able to use their notebooks to help them share their knowledge about weather.  We also finished our projects on Canadian regions in Social.  Some of the students shared their Google slide project  or the brochure they created on the region that they chose.

We are learning how to multiply a 2 digit number by a 2 digit number in math class.  We started by reviewing basic multiplication facts and have learned two different ways to complete this calculation.  The basic algorithm was the first one we learned, then we looked at the box method.  Next week we will learn the lattice method.  Then the students will choose which method they will become an expert with.

In gym class we are playing volleyball.  We are practicing our skills in serving and the forearm pass (the bump).

Important Dates:

November 20 - Booking for Parent/Teacher Conferences open

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6-10  Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 -School Council Meeting 6:30pm

December 17 Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

Friday November 5, 2021

Throughout the week we have been reading about Remembrance Day, and the significance of wearing a poppy.  In art the students made a picture which included crosses and poppies to show respect to all of the soldiers and military personal who protect our country.  They used painter’s tape to make the crosses and sponges to apply the paint.  When they peeled off the tape the crosses were revealed.

In math we continued to work on multiplication.  We are reviewing how to calculate 2 and 3 digit numbers multiplied by a one digit number.  Next week we will be learning how to multiply a 2 digit number by a 2 digit number.  The students played a multiplication game to help with fast and accurate recall of single digit multiplication facts.

We are getting near the end of completing our projects about the Canadian regions.  Students are working on a brochure or a Google slide presentation about the region they chose to do research on.

Important Dates:

November 8 - Indigenous Veterans Day

November 9 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

November 10 - EMJ’s Remembrance Day virtual assembly

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School for students– School-based PL Day

November 15 - ADmazing coupon sales close - last day to order

November 15 - 19  Alberta’s Metis Week

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday October 29, 2021

The students created our classroom pumpkin which was inspired by Romero Britto’s work.  We made pumpkin drawings last week using his colourful style.  These drawings were used as a blue print to create the classroom pumpkin.  Every student had a part in the process. Cleaning, carving and painting created an amazing end result.

In LA this week we continued working on taking jot notes from an article to create a piece of writing in our own words.  The latest article was about Natural Disasters.  We also worked on our editing skills by correcting a piece of writing about pumpkins.

We continued to focus on multiplication in math this week.  We played some games to help improve recall of multiplication facts.  The students also used a spinner to create multiplication equations for them to solve.  As part of our Halloween celebration the students solved a mystery picture by colouring in squares from given coordinates on a grid. The mystery picture was a pumpkin.

In gym class we started to play handball.  One of the games involved playing with a partner and taking turns at hitting a ball against the wall.   They tried to keep the rally going as long as possible.

Learning about and looking at clouds was our focus in Science this week.  We watched a video that explained the different types of clouds and then made a ‘Cloud Finder’ to help identify clouds in the sky.  Next week we will be going outside to use the cloud finder to identify the clouds we can see.  With the news of snow coming, the students recorded the different types of precipitation.

Important Dates:

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday October 22, 2021

On Friday October 29 the students in room 9 have decided to celebrate Halloween.  They can wear their costume to school and bring an extra special snack.  We cannot share food, so this snack has to be something just for themselves. Pop will be allowed for this day only. Props for their costumes should be items that will not interfere with their school day and must be allowed to be at school (no weapons please).

Multiplication was our focus in math this week.  We played some games that involved fast recall of single digit multiplication facts.  One of the games was multiplication war.  We also reviewed how to multiply a 2- or 3-digit number to 1-digit number where regrouping is involved.  Many students remembered some of the steps but will need more practise with this concept.  All students are encouraged to practice single digit multiplication at home so they become more accurate with multiplication facts.

In LA this week we worked on comprehension skills while reading on the Read Theory website.  With writing the students met in partners or a group of three and gave each other feedback on the piece of writing they completed from dash notes/jot notes.  Each student also had the opportunity to write on a topic of their choice, incorporating some of the new skills they are learning.  They will have the opportunity to share their writing with the class next week.

We take 20-30 minutes on Friday’s to enjoy reading with a classmate.  During ‘Fun Friday Reading’ the students are encouraged to bring a book of their choice that they would like to share by reading with a partner.

We completed our basketball unit in gym class with a game and some different warm up activities.  One of the activities involved playing tic tac toe while they had to dribble a basketball.

In art this week we completed the Seasons tree that we started last week.  The students added colour using pastels and then did some etching of different images you would see during the different seasons.  We also created a pumpkin using different patterns to complete each section.  This piece of art was inspired by the artist Romero Britto.

Each student has selected the Canadian region that they will be creating a brochure for.  We will be starting this project next week.

Important Dates:

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday October 15, 2021

This week in Social we continued researching the facts about the Canadian regions.  We should be finishing this work next week and be ready to choose a region to start our project.

The students recorded jot notes/dash facts from a non-fiction piece of writing and started turning this information into sentences using the notes to put the information into their own words.  Next week, some students need to complete this task and others will practise using a different piece of non-fiction writing.

Our focus in basketball this week was passing and shooting.  Working in small groups or with a partner helped the students get faster at passing and more accurate when shooting at the basket.  We ended the week with a game that was much faster and fun to watch.

This week in math the students completed a quiz about their knowledge of number sense.  We are now working on multiplication. Each student needs to work on becoming accurate and quick at single digit multiplication facts, which help them when we start to learn the 2 digit to 2 digit multiplication steps.

In Science we looked at why we have Seasons.  We watched a video that explained the ‘Reason for Seasons’.  This brought about a big discussion about why the Earth’s axis is tilted. We incorporated the seasons into an Art project. This projcet is half way there with drawing a tree.  Next week we will fill the four sections into the different seasons.  Below are some great tree drawings that the students completed.

Important Dates:

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday October 8, 2021

This week in LA and Social we were working on taking jot notes/dash facts from a piece of non-fiction writing.  When doing this kind of research, the students are looking for important facts to record.  Then they will use these facts to create their own piece of writing, putting the facts in their own words.

In math this week we worked on rounding numbers.  This skill is used to make numbers easier to work with and make estimations quickly.  Next week we will be having a quiz about number sense.  We also learned a new math warm up games called ‘Strike It Out’.  This game works on addition and subtraction facts.

In science we looked at why hot air rises.  We watched a demonstration with water to show how warm water is less dense than cold water.  The warm water rises to the top, while the cold water sinks to the bottom.  We used red coloured hot water and blue ice cubes. This works the same with air.  This demonstration helped the students understand the dust devil that we saw last week.

We have started basketball in gym this week.  We worked on some passing and dribbling skills and had a game on Thursday.  Next week we will continue to work on passing skills and start learning about good shooting technique.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

Friday October 1, 2021

This week at school we were recognizing Truth and Reconciliation through hearing stories and having many discussions.  We watched a video of Phyllis Websted telling her story of how she went to residential school and had her orange shirt taken away.  We discussed what we would do if we did something wrong, and how we could go about making it right. The students painted rocks with a message for reconciliation.

We also read the story ‘The Giving Tree - A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story’ which emphasized the Metis core values such as strength, kindness, respect, caring and most important the connection with the creator and Mother Earth.  This story was placed outside on posters in the dip on the north side of the school - called Trail Tales.  The students did some sketching of some of their favourite parts of the story. We also read the story ‘Shi-shi-etko’  which tells the story of a young Indigenous girl who creates a Memory Bag to help her remember the most important things around her before she has to leave her family for residential school.  The students are creating their own memory bag of things they find important in their life.

In Science this week we learned how to read a thermometer in Celsius and Fahrenheit.  While outside going through the Trail Tales story, the students observed a dust devil blowing across the school yard.  The leaves were twirling around showing a great example of how warm air rises.  We will be learning more about how and why air moves next week.

In math the students reviewed how to use the greater than and less than symbols.  Then had the opportunity to practice using these symbols to compare numbers.  We have started learning how to round numbers up to hundred thousand.  This skill makes working with numbers easier when estimating calculations.  We will continue working on rounding for part of next week.

We had a flag football game to end our football unit.  Next week we will be starting basketball.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

Friday September 24, 2021

Thank you to all the parents that were able to participate in conferences on Thursday and Friday.  It was great to talk to you about your child and establish some goals for them to work on.  If you were unable to attend conferences I will be contacting you next week to set up an alternate time.  Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

We started the week off on Monday with the students in Room 9 participating in the Terry Fox Run.  Before the run, we watched a short video about Terry Fox where he spoke about some of the goals he set for himself. The students then wrote some goals for themselves.  We used our math skills to record how far the students were able to run in a 30-minute time frame.  They totalled up their amount my keeping track with tally marks.  Each tally mark represented 100 meters.  After each group had their total, we converted this amount into kilometers and recorded the results on a chart.

In Social this week we were learning about the signing of Treaty 7, when and why this agreement was made.  The students were given a map of Canada with the location of the 11 different treaties.  They located and coloured in the area of Treaty 7 and noticed that Calgary is in the Treaty 7 area.  Last week we listened to the Elder Randy Bottle speak about Indigenous ways of learning and that it is important to listen to the land.  He suggested that we go out on the first day of fall and listen and look at what they land is telling us.  The students took their Visual Journals outside and did some sketching about what the land was telling them.

In LA this week the students completed a piece of writing about how they would use an empty space in our school yard.  The question was what would they design to make it a positive place for everyone.  They had the opportunity to plan their writing while talking with a partner.  Many interesting ideas were then written about.

In gym we continued working on our football skills. We focused on passing, running with the ball and placing it on the ground.

Next week we will be learning more about Indigenous ways of learning as CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation.

Important Dates:

Sept. 27 - Oct. 1 - CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

Friday September 17, 2021

We have a student in our class that has a peanut allergy.  For their safety, please do not bring snacks and other food items that contain peanuts to school.

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 20th . Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th . You can either donate on-line

http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ... or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

In math this week we continued to work on number patterns.  The students learned how to calculate for missing numbers on a T-Table.

To increase our number sense, we have been working on a variety of puzzles and number mobiles.  Below is an example of a number mobile that one of the students provided to their classmates to solve.  It was a tricky one.

In LA we worked on making our writing more interesting by adding more details within a sentence.  The students were given short sentences such as ‘The tree is tall.’  Then they added details to make the sentence more interesting and shared their writing with the class.

We have been learning about Canada’s geography in Social.  The students located and recorded the different provinces, territories and capital cities on a Canada map.  Next week we are going to be learning about the different characteristics of Canada’s 6 regions.

While learning about weather in Science, the students were able to go outside and use a weather vane and anemometer to record wind speed and wind direction.

Football has been our focus this week in gym class.  The students practiced throwing and catching a football.  We also had a fun tag game using pinnies to practice for a potential flag football game in the future.

Important Dates:

Sept. 20 - Terry Fox Run

Sept. 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Sept. 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (8-1pm) - No school for students.

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No school.

Friday September 10, 2021

Welcome to the Room 9 Blog!

On Friday the students wrote their first letter in their Home & School Journal.  This letter is a place for the students to write to their parents about what they did in school throughout the week.  They will write a letter each week to share their thoughts and improve their writing skills. Please help your child remember to bring their Home & School Journal back to school on Monday.

Last week we started and word challenge called ‘Dollar Word’.  Each letter of the alphabet is given a value.  The challenge is to find a word that has a value of 100 (dollar word).  This is something the students can work on at home and at school.  We are trying to find at least 50 dollar words. We have three words so far.

In LA we started a collection of possible writing topics.  The students placed their ideas into a Brain Pocket that included three sections:  Fact Pocket, Memory Pocket and Imagination Pocket.  We placed two ideas into each pocket and then chose one of the ideas to write about.  The students can keep adding ideas to their Brain Pocket so they will have more ideas to choose from.

In math we looked at the different ways to write numbers (standard form, expanded form, word form and base ten).  Then we looked at different number patterns where the students had to find the missing number, or solve the pattern rule to continue the sequence.

We had more fun in the gym playing Gaga ball and some tag games.  The students played a couple of variations of Gaga ball.  Their favourite was playing in teams.

In Science we are studying Weather.  We have been recording the daily temperature on a chart that we will make into a graph after we have a couple of months of data recorded.  The students used an anemometer made from a ruler, protractor, string and a ping pong ball to calculate the wind speed.  Next week we will be making a weather vane out of straws and paper to help the students determine the direction of the wind.

Important Dates:

Sept. 16 - Picture Day

Sept. 20 - Terry Fox Run

Sept. 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Sept. 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (8-1pm) - No school for students.

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No school.