Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Maronese

Upcoming events are in our calendar.

Our email:

Mrs. Stuart - jlstuart@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Maronese - lamccormick@cbe.ab.ca

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Mar. 11, 12 - Swimming

Mar. 9 - Author in Residence

Mar. 19 -Early Dismissal @ 11:50

Mar. 19 Student Led Conferences (4:00-8:00)

Mar. 20 Student Led Conferences (8:00-12:00)

March 13

Student-Led Conferences for Thursday evening and Friday have been postponed.  

There is still NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on Thursday afternoon or Friday.

The book fair set to take place on Thursday and Friday has also been postponed.

Please check your email for any updates.  Any important information from the CBE will be communicated to parents through email.  

As a reminder, your child has access to RAZ Kids at home.  There are levelled readers tailored to your child abilities available.  The app is free to download.  Students should know their passwords, but please refer to the notices we sent home several weeks ago should you need it.

Our logins are:

lmaronese1

jstuart19

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

March 12

So proud of your kiddos!  They did great at swimming lessons!  Ask your child if they went down the slide today.

A note on hand washing...

If you ask your child, they will tell you that the teacher's first job at school is to keep them safe.  Today we reviewed (because we have taught this before, but a reminder is always good!) how to properly wash our hands.  Students are being reminded to wash their hands when we see them touching their face, before eating and after going to the washroom.  Ask your child to show you how they wash their hands.  They particularly like singing happy birthday to themselves in a dramatic fashion.  Or maybe that was just me.

Feel free to send in hand sanitizer or cream for their hands if all the washing is making their hands feel irritated.

Here is an awesome resource from PBS kids that can help talk to your kids about Coronavirus, if you choose:

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus?utm_campaign&utm_content=1583591280&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

It can be helpful to get some tips about how to talk to kids in an age appropriate way and ease an anxieties that they may have.  We didn't share it at school, but feel free to share at home.

Hope this gives you lots to chat about at home and that they can share some swimming memories with you.

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

March 9

Swimming on Wednesday and Thursday this week!  Don't forget your bathing suits!

Conferences are now open to book!  

These conferences are student-led.  This means that your child will be guided you through their work and activities and need to come you for the chosen time slot.  You will also have a chance to touch base with us!

New popcorn words:

- right, left, tiny, huge, does, goes, isn't, won't, can't, it's

Author in Residence

We had our first session with our author in residence, Cathy Beveridge!  The students are developing vocabulary words to make their writing specific and strong.  Ask your child about some of the activities we did today.


The Usborne Literacy Fair is Coming!

Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th    

Throughout parent-teacher conferences

We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences.  Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens!  The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles.  We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum.  There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue.  Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.

Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.

FREE BOOK DRAW!

Check out our website at www.usbornebooksathome.ca

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

March 4

Swimming was a blast!  Have some extra food and sleep tonight please! :)

We have a visitor in our classroom right now!  Meet Mr. Great Grey Owl!

In honour of our visitor, we are learning a little about owls and their super senses!  Check out the video we watched today and ask them about their awesome ears.

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation (and not the creeps!)

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

March 2 

Swimming on Wednesday and Thursday this week!  Please have your child wear their bathing suit under their clothes on these days to save some time at the pool.  Your child will need to bring a brush, towel, underwear and a plastic bag for the pool.  We will not have time for shampoo and conditioner!  Thank you for your help!

New popcorn words:

- ask, asked, question, why, because, before, now, only, round, found

We had so much fun in Fish Creek!  Students were learning to "read" the forest and find clues of animals and plants in Calgary in winter.  Check out our nature clues below:

Moss and Lichen

Burr

Tree stump a beaver cut down!  Check out the teeth marks!

Woodpecker holes

We loved seeing the beaver stumps and lodge!  Ask your child about the pictures.  Our two classes took two different routes and were able to experience different clues.  

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

February 27 | Fish Creek Park Walk

We are so excited to be heading down to Fish Creek tomorrow morning! We will be leaving at 8:45 and heading back for shortly after 11. Just a reminder to dress your kiddo for the weather. It is a slippery walk down into Marshall Springs and will probably be a little wet and muddy. Please keep that in mind! We are not bringing backpacks on our walk and therefore ask that you pack a snack for your child that fits into their pocket (granola bar, etc.) We will be leaving water bottles at the school (no public washrooms!). If you would like to join us for our walk, and have police clearance, please sign in through the office at the bell. Thank you so much for your support!! We are excited!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

February 24

Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday!  Feel free to share the love and wear pink!

If you have bottles, we are STILL collecting!  (I know... what could they possibly need them all for?)

Please return swimming forms as soon as possible!

Fun Lunch on Thursday

New Popcorn words:

- pink, black, purple, very, give, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

100 DAY!

We are 100 days smarter!  This week, students are going to be working on a variety of activities related to 100.  One of our math centers is 100 pieces of lego.  Students have to accurately count and prove that they have 100 pieces before they can build.  What activity did your child do today?

Hope this gives you some dinner table (counting) conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart


February 19

Raz Kids login information is coming home today!  

This is a leveled reading system for your child.  They can listen to, read and answer questions about a story online or with the app.  Information in your child's book bag.

Swimming field trip forms home today!  

Please return as soon as possible.  If you have a volunteer clearance, we would love to have you with us!

Check out the problem that we worked on today in class.  Students were given whiteboards and worked with a partner to see if they could find a solution.  Oh, the adding!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

February 18

Welcome back after the long weekend!  We hope you enjoyed your time with your family.

New Popcorn Words:

- hot, cold, been, both, an, hour, minute, best, any, off

Students have been learning all about bears! Recently, we pretended to be bears and Mrs. Maronese let us loose in the school.  Pictures of food had been posted through the hallways and gathering space for the bears to find.  What else did they find? Food, but not the kind they were expecting.  Students found lots of food by a garbage can and lots of yummy human food at a campsite.  We then learned about Skoki the bear, a grizzly that currently lives at the Calgary Zoo.

How can humans help to protect bears and their needs?  Talk about it with your child!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

February 10

A note on Valentine's Day

If you would like to bring valentines for school, you may!  We are asking that if you choose to bring them to do the following things:

- Make sure there is enough for everyone, 43 students!

- Do not write individual student's names on them. To: a Friend or leaving that spot blank is just fine!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

February 3

We have our swimming field trip quickly approaching on March 4,5 and 11, 12 at Acadia Pool. Swimming Ability forms are coming home today. Please fill out and return to the school as soon as possible, so that the pool can program for lessons.  Permission forms will be sent home soon.

We will be looking for volunteers for each of these days.  If you have a current police clearance with the CBE and are able to volunteer these days, please email me with your availability.  We are in particular need of male volunteers to supervise in the boys change room. Volunteers are only needed to supervise in the change rooms and will NOT be swimming.

New popcorn words:

- eat, ate, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pet, music, toy, game, present

Today we continued our artist study of Dale Chihuly.  The students are learning about how colours look together, and how Chihuly uses contrasting colours when designing his pieces.

We will be working on an installation piece ourselves!  Check it out!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 28

Please continue to send in any plastic bottles you would like to donate to our next art project! We have 31 bottles so far... We need 88!  Please help!  2 L ... 1L... green, white, WHATEVER!  Thank you!

Guess what we are continuing to work on in class?

This week students are engaging in a variety of activities to learn and develop automaticity with their doubles facts.  We are making books, finding sums for a colouring activity, playing a doubles game and working in small groups with the teacher to further our understanding.

Make your own doubles board game at home!  Roll the die and take turns covering the double fact.

What centre did your child do today?  

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 27

Our dance residency with Sound Kreations started today!
Please continue to send in any plastic bottles you would like to donate to our next art project!

New Popcorn words:

- morning, afternoon, night, over, under, lots, again, nice, funny, think

We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day!

Today we went for a hunt through the trees on our playground looking for bear clues. Eight different pictures were hidden in the trees for the students to find.  What did they learn from watching these bears "in the wild"?  Ask your child about the difference between a black bear and a grizzly!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 24

Thank you to T.L. for the lucky candies and our New Year banner.  Thank you to H.J. and E.Z. for sharing their traditions and showing us traditional clothing.  You have helped by being our teachers this week!  

Today, we tried some new and different food today while we learned about Lunar New Year traditions in Korea, China and Vietnam.  Ask your child if they like the new food.  We gave out seconds (and thirds... and fourths) and ran out of supplies!  

Some of the students were asking so here is a quick link for some ideas for celebrating this weekend in Calgary.  https://www.visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/stories-from-calgary/lunar-new-year?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIif7gys6c5wIVUSCtBh33SA5iEAAYASAAEgKk3vD_BwE

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart


January 22

Lunar New Year is almost here!  If you your family celebrates this tradition, feel free to email pictures or send in objects, clothing or even food associated with this holiday.  We love to celebrate!

THANK YOU for all of the plastic bottles coming in.  Keep them coming!

Today we continued exploring doubles with "Two of Everything"

Students are practicing their doubles facts and counting by fives.  This was a tricky question and will be continued tomorrow.  No spoilers at home!  ;)

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 20

New popcorn words:

- could, would, should, may, number, once, upon, time, story, after

Lunar New Year is almost here!  If you your family celebrates this tradition, feel free to email pictures or send in objects or clothing associated with this holiday.  We love to celebrate!

Today we started our math investigation into doubles.  Check out our story below!

Oh the problems that are coming their way!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 17

Sorry families!  I have been ill for a few days and so there has not been a blog this week!

This week's popcorn words:

- brother, sister, baby, call, called, city, town, happy, soon, where

We have started a new artist of study that we will be investigating over the next month.  Dale Chihuly creates large scale glass sculptures as well as paintings and other smaller glass pieces.  Check out the video below about his life and how he studied to become the well known artist he is today!

On this note, we will soon be created a large piece of art for the school.  If you have any plastic bottles, please rinse them out and send them in!  We can't wait to share what we will be creating.

In literacy, now that we are readers, we are focusing more on creating more descriptive pieces of writing and developing stamina to produce more writing.  In one activity, students chose a picture of a character to describe, they were then given the opportunity to read their piece to the class and have their peers guess which character they had chosen.  Ask your child about this activity.  What character did they pick?  What kind of words did they choose to help illustrate their character for their peers?

Hope this gives you some insight into our week!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 10

Bob Ross is our artist of study for the past month.  As a pop icon, he may seem an odd choice, but we love the way he believed that ANYONE can paint.  Including Grade Ones with subpar brushes, tempra paint and tin foil for palettes.  We have created two different scenes: fall and winter.  The students have been experimenting with different brush strokes and have been learning to create a variety of colours for their landscape using their palettes.  We have been learning how to mix paint to create light and shadow.  Our winter scene was created with only white, black and blue paint.  Check out a few samples.  We are so proud of these!  The students worked so hard!

By: P.H.

By: S.S.

By: R.B.

By: M.B.

Have an amazing weekend!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart


January 8

Winter is here (officially)!

With the cold weather headed our way, please make sure that students have everything they need to stay warm.  A second pair of mitts isn't a bad idea, so that if they get wet at lunch, the kiddos don't have wet mitts for recess.  Please also make sure that ALL items are labeled.  It makes it much easier to find the owner.

On this wintry note, we also have a new set of "morning tubs" out for the students.  We have learned a little about Wilson Bentley, also known as "Snowflake Bentley".  Check out his story below!

Students have winter non-fiction books to peruse, snowflake math to do and are designing snowflakes while making observations from Wilson Bentley's book.

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

January 6

Welcome back!  We are so excited to see all of our little people again.  We hope you had a restful break with friends and family, but now... back to work!

Over the next few weeks students will be beginning to to develop an understanding of addition facts for sums of ten.  We will be reviewing these basic facts in a variety of ways, including raw numbers, hands-on materials and problem solving opportunities. 

Check out our Peg + Cat video we watched today (we started at 12:30)!  We stopped the video part way through.  Now you have seen two ways the ten friends hide in two different places, what other ways can you find?

Tomorrow we will be playing with "bean bags".  The students can manipulate the beans inside a plastic baggie and write equations to match.  Try it at home!

Hope this gives you some interesting dinner table conversation!

Best,

Mrs. Maronese and Mrs. Stuart

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