Ms. Hordyk

Welcome to Grade 2!

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Today students started a new art project. Inspired by our study of the oceans and boats, we are trying to show the depth and movement in the ocean. Students used their encyclopedia of lines from earlier this week and decided to use wavy lines to separate their pages into six sections. In each section students then chose a different kind of line to show texture and movement. The next step is painting!

Students also read a poem called "Together We Are Canada" by Leanne Guenther. We discussed different symbols of Canada and watched a short animation, Canada Coast to Coast. How many symbols can you find?

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Early dismissal at 11:50 am on Thursday, March 19th.
  • Due to recent events, Student-Led Conferences have been cancelled. Please check your email for more information.

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, March 12, 2020

When designing a boat, it is important to know the parts and the role each part plays. Students watched a video that gave a step by step instruction of how to draw a detailed sketch of a sailboat. We then labeled the various parts with their definitions. This will be referred to numerous times throughout our unit.

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Early dismissal at 11:50 am on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings are now open. See link at the top of the blog. 

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Today students were challenged with an Esti-Mystery! Looking at a picture, what is your best estimate? Is there a referent to use? After students made their first estimate, they were given 5 clues. Each clue made them go back and revise their estimate until we only had two estimates left as a class! Ask your student, was their estimate correct? Why or why not!

Students are going to begin a new art project that looks at different ways to use line to create texture and depth! Students discussed what is line? What kind of lines are there? Ask your student what is their favourite! (Ms. Bell's favourite are scalloped lines).

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Scholastic Orders are due back on Thursday, March 12th
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings are now open. See link at the top of the blog. 

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, March 9, 2020

During science, students were given a variety of key vocabulary they will be required to know about boats and buoyancy. To  kick off the unit, students used the colors, green, yellow and red to identify how well they know each of the terms. Green being that they definitely know the word, yellow, sort of, while red they don't know it yet. This was a great opportunity to discuss the terms and provide focus for the terms they don't quite know yet.

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Scholastic Orders are due back on Thursday, March 12th
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, March 6, 2020

Today students continued working on a variety of art projects, including our non-standard measurement flowers! 

Students have been focused on double-digit addition for the past few weeks, and have brainstormed a list of strategies they can use to solve any problem. Our strategies include using an open number line, base 10 blocks, expanded form and the hundreds chart. Ask your student which strategy they prefer! We continued reading 365 Penguins and encountered a problem with what to feed all of these penguins! If I have 9 penguins at home, and each penguin eats 2 fish for breakfast, 3 fish for lunch and 4 fish for dinner, how many fish will I need for a day? What about a week?

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Scholastic Orders are due back on Thursday, March 12th
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, March 2, 2020

What a jammed packed day! Students finished watching the video Take Flight for writing. We had an opportunity to conference and provide feedback to each other to both edit and revise our work. 

In the afternoon we put our Blaster Laster to work. Students shared their insulators with each other explained what materials they used along with why they chose those specific materials. They were each given an ice cube and put it into their creations at the same time. We documented at 5, 10 and 15 minutes what their ice cubes looked like and reasoning behind it. Some had no change! We had a discussion as to why this may be the case. Students were given the choice to take it home and continue to monitor their ice cube or to leave it at school and to check it in the morning. Here are a few designs.

 Quick Reminders:.

  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, February 28, 2020

Today students read a new page of 365 Penguins and learned that on April 1st there were 100 penguins! The students were then given a challenge - how many ways are there to make 100? We have set a class goal to find 100 unique ways. Some examples include 60+40, 103-3, 87+13 and 50x2! Today we found 58, how many more to go?

Today we also discussed how tomorrow is the Leap Day! This is an extra day that happens every four years in February. That means when students come back to school on Monday it is officially almost spring! I hope that the beautiful weather lasts!

 Quick Reminders:

  • Blaster Laster - Cold Insulator project due Monday, March 2.
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, February 27, 2020

We travelled to our last territory, Nunavut. Students were amazed at the weather, architecture and landscape. They were also surprised to learn how expensive food cost are and the lack of boxed stores, such as Walmart. Ms. Hordyk continually reminded them that although life seems quite different, Nunavut is still a part of Canada.

 Quick Reminders:

  • Blaster Laster - Cold Insulator project due Monday, March 2.
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, February 22, 2020

What a fun filled and exciting day!

Today students finished their challenge of arranging 60 penguins into groups! How many different groups could we make (for example, 30 groups of 2)? Students also noticed that they could organize their thinking into a list - what patterns were in the list (for example, what inverse numbers were there?). Students then tried to arrange the penguins into pyramids! How many penguins does it take to make a pyramid? Is it always the same number? If I have 3 penguins, how many ROWS will my pyramid have? 

This afternoon was our very exciting Boats and Buoyancy Adventure! Students visited 3 stations in which their captains (volunteers) helped them explore various aspects of boats and how they work. If they weren't with a captain, they were working building and designing their own boat. We will be using the boats for further experiments. Ask your child what is one thing they learned. 


 Quick Reminders:

  • Pink Shirt Day - Tomorrow
  • Early dismissal on Thursday, March 19th due to Student-Led Conferences.
  • Student-Led Conferences are on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. Bookings will open on Monday, March 9th

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, February 21, 2020

Today's math challenge asked: When were you younger - when you were 11 weeks old or when you were 3 months old? Students were challenged to justify their answer in days. This was a challenge for students as they had to calculate how many days are in 11 weeks and how many there are in three months! Ask your student how they calculated these numbers, did they use doubles or the hundreds chart? Students also learned a new math game focused on double-digit addition. In partners students rolled a 9-sided dice 4 times and make two two-digit numbers. Each partner may end up with different numbers! Add your numbers together and find out who is closer to 100? Whoever is closest to 100 gets a point!

Students also began a new art project. Students are very excited for student-led conferences in March show that they can show off all of the wonderful art projects they have created to their families!

 Quick Reminders:

  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25 in the afternoon. Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Pink Shirt Day is on Wednesday, February 26! Please wear pink to school to support anti-bullying!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered how the school is heated? That is the question the students were given. The answered ranged greatly. Mr. Fred our custodian gave the students an extra special tour of the "boiler room". Students learned about the various components used to heat our school and how each piece works. Who knew that our school was heated by water!? Students were fascinated by all and amazed!

In the afternoon students continue to work towards using descriptive language to create their arctic animal picture book page with Mrs. Broomfield.

Students are bringing home two forms today. The first one explains a creative science task around insulation. The second contains information about their RAZ kids account that they can access from home too!

 Quick Reminders:

  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25 in the afternoon. Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Pink Shirt Day is on February 26!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Welcome back! Students returned to school rested and ready to learn! In math this morning we started reading the book 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental. This family received one penguin anonymously in the mail every day in the month of January. How many penguins did they receive in one month? Then we read that they received one penguin every day in February as well (and it was not a leap year), so how many penguins all together? For an extra challenge, we imagined what would have happened if the family received one penguin on the 1st day, TWO penguins on the 2nd day, THREE penguins on the 3rd day. If the pattern continued to the 14th day, how many penguins would there be! What about in a whole month? Try it at home!

Today in music students started playing the xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels! We discussed how each is made of different materials, what their names mean (for example, glocken is bell and spiel is play), as well as the different sizes.

   Quick Reminders:

  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25 in the afternoon. Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Pink Shirt Day is on February 26!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Happy (early) Valentine's Day! This afternoon students celebrated by decorating bags to hold all of their cards, and handing out cards and treats to everyone in the class. It was a wonderful day to spend with the students!

We have also begun using our scratch cards to draw a skyline! The class looked at images of skylines from Canadian cities (such as Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto). We discussed what common features there were and what made each skyline different. Students noticed that the buildings were usually rectangular with many windows, and were all varying heights. Some skylines had a tower, and others had a bridge! Students then created a skyline on their scratch card and filled in windows and doors. The next challenge was counting all of them! Students will continue to represent this number in a variety of ways (such as tally marks, pictures, ten frames, number sentences and expanded form) when we return from the short break!

                                                

   Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25 in the afternoon. Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18
  • Pink Shirt Day is on February 26!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and Family Day! We will see you on Tuesday, February 18! 

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, February 10, 2020

Students watched a Pixar short in writing. After watching the short, we discussed the various components the directors and writers used to create various images. For the next couple of weeks, we will be rewatching the short several times to create our own stories representing the short. This includes using descriptive language beyond basic words such as beautiful and big. After today's writing period, students found a partner, shared their writing and received feedback of how they could add greater description.

In the afternoon, we continued with our unit of Hot and Cold. We had a "special guest" from Australia appear on our Smartboard who wasn't quite prepared for the winter weather. We discussed how technology has changed over time to provide insulation and warmth without the bulkiness. We then compared it to how animals keeps warm in the winter time.

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25 in the afternoon. We are in need of 1 more volunteer! Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18
  • Pink Shirt Day is on February 26!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, February 7, 2020

Today we practiced using calendars! For example, if you take the garbage out once a week, what will the date be when you've taken it out 12 times? The class then had time to 'ketchup' on some of their work in their visual journal. When they had finished their ketchup they finally used their scratch art boards. These boards with oil pastel and acrylic paint were created over the past several weeks. Students used scratching tools to practice making different kinds of lines and shapes. Some students are taking them home today, keep an eye out over the next week! 

Our class also performed their SoundKreations dance for the school today. The class had a wonderful time watching the other classes, cheering on their friends and siblings, and raising the roof with Friend Like Me!  

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25. We are in need of 1 more volunteer! Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18
  • Pink Shirt Day is on February 26!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, February 6, 2020

Measuring temperature is a lot of fun! Today students went on a scavenger hunt around the school looking for different thermometers to measure their temperatures. We had a discussion about important numbers to remember when it comes to reading temperatures, such as 0, 100 and 37. Ask your child what each one might mean.

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25. We are in need of 1 more volunteer! Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Today students tried a few esti-mysteries! Students see an image and try to make an estimate - your best reasonable guess - of how many items there are! Today we talked about a referent, an item on the outside that helps give an idea of how many items there are. We also continued to work on our understanding of the hundreds chart by playing 100s Chart Tic-Tac-Toe and noticing the patterns - what do all the columns have in common? What do all the rows have in common?

A message from Mrs. Roworth:

Our students have been working hard and enjoying our 2 week Sound Kreations Hip Hop Residency with Josh. This Friday will be a chance for classes to informally share their new skills and celebrate with their peers in a 1-2 minute dance. In order to fit a dance floor and all the student audience, there is not sufficient room in our gym to invite parents to the live performance. Not to worry though! The performance will be videotaped and shared with parents at the upcoming Student Led Conferences. 
Thank you to Parent Council for supporting this residency and to all the students for their incredible energy and enthusiasm during this program!

Ms Roworth and Mr. Josh


Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25. We are in need of 1 more volunteer! Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, February 3, 2020

The start of a new month is a great time to reflect and look back to see what is working and changes that need to be made. We had a special guest come to our class about goal setting. She discussed each step and we had an opportunity to create a class goal. We will be using the steps, Goal, Plan, Do and Check. It was amazing how helpful it was for us to organize our time and use it more efficiently.

Student names were sent home for Valentine's. We will be handing them out on the 12 of February. It is optional.

We finished our investigation of the NWT and began creating our summary in our creative journal pages. Students were fascinated by the diamond mines.

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Thursday, February 13, Friday, February 14, and Monday, February 17.
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class experience is on February 25. We are in need of 1 more volunteer! Please pay the necessary fees on your MyCBE Account. 
  • Book orders were sent home. Please order by Tuesday, February 18

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Students have completed their first week of Sound Kreations. They are super excited to practice and show their different hip hop moves. Next week we will be their final week of Sound Kreations. Ask your child to show you their favourite move.

This afternoon we travelled to the Northwest Territories. We learned that they value greatly the land and have made many attempts to protect it. Although the Northwest Territories has the second largest national park in the world, it only has around 1,000 visitors per year!

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 31
  • Boats and Buoyancy in class - Feb. 25 - We are in need of 2 more volunteers
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Today students decided to use blocks as their measuring tool, and determined how many blocks tall they are. They then used colourful paper to record the number. We discussed if this was an accurate measure, and how we could tell. Students decided that to ensure accuracy they would stand up and hold the paper beside them. Ask your student what they would do if the paper was taller or shorter than them!

Last week we learned how to play 100s chart tic-tac-toe! Using a tic-tac-toe board, can you put three of your own numbers in a row? Try at home!

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 31
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 27, 2020

As part of the concluding piece of our Author in Residence, students will be compiling their story to create a larger story. In order for them to look similar we are typing our stories up. Today was a very successful day! Students were able to log into their Google accounts and begin typing. If you would like to see how much they typed today, ask your child to log into their account. 

A form was sent home today outlining some exciting upcoming events for the grade 2's. If you are able to volunteer we would love to have you come and join us! Our class scheduled time is February 25 beginning at 1:00pm and for the remainder of the afternoon. 

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 31
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 24, 2020

Today students started exploring measurement. We discussed what measurement is (such as who would use measurement and when would measurement be used). Students identified many different places we find measurement, including when building and baking! Students were then told about Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer, who believed that a human's height was THE SAME as their arm span (the distance from fingertip to fingertip). Students then chose their own measurement tool in the classroom (such as cards, counters and books) and worked in partners to measure their heights and arm spans. When we looked at our data afterwards, students noticed that there was no easy way to see who was the tallest in the class, and that the data was full of inconsistencies. On Monday students will choose a COMMON tool, and we will see who is truly Vitruvian!

We also began our next art project - scratch art! Today students used oil pastels to fill paper with different swatches of colour. The important part was to make sure there is no space between the colours! Next week we will paint over the colours with black paint, and then use wooden toothpicks to scratch off the top layer of paint as we draw. Students are very excited to experiment with this technique!

Quick Reminders:

  • There is no school on Friday, January 31
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today students learned a big word, INVERSE! Can you guess what it means? Here's a clue - the inverse of hot is cold, and the inverse addition is subtraction! Inverse means opposite! We talked about how we can use addition to help us with subtraction questions, like in fact families! A fact family is a group of math facts that use the same numbers. For example, the numbers 9, 5 and 4 can be used to make FOUR math sentences: 5+4=9, 4+5=9, 9-5=4 and 9-4=5. Ask your student how they could turn a subtraction math sentence into an addition one!

We also took the final value of our base 10 monsters and put them on one number line. Ask your student what happened if a number was repeated more than once?

Quick Reminders:

  • Fun Lunch on Thursday, January 23!
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 20, 2020

Today was our last day with our Author In Residence. Students rode down their slide and transported to the Arctic where they went on their adventures. Students used the 4 S's to create their description. We will be compiling the stories and putting them together into a book. 

In the afternoon, students made predictions of which will evaporate first, a contain with water with no lid or one with. Tomorrow we will be looking back to see which one is it. We also began an independent exploration of the water cycle. They will be creating a visual explaining how the water cycle works.

Quick Reminders:

  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 17, 2020

Today students finished their grain elevator artwork using a wide variety of techniques. First we added a horizon line, and discussed how it separates the earth from the sky. Students mixed different shades of blue to create a stormy sky, used sponges to create clouds, and then used forks or cardboard to create waving wheat on the ground. 

Students also answered a would you rather question. Would you rather have 10 minutes of free time at 9:00am, and 15 minutes at 10:00am, OR, 30 minutes of free time at 10:00am? Ask your student which they decided and why! Mrs. Roworth then challenged students to a game of 16 Squares. This is a strategy game that asks students to use addition strategies (such as making tens and doubles) and adding multiple two-digit numbers. It was very fun!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk




Thursday, January 16, 2020

Every story contains a beginning, middle and end. Students continue to work with our Author in Residence. Today we focused on the middle by having a problem, creating suspense and making it more descriptive. Students used their arctic animal as part of their problem.


In the afternoon, we explored Yukon. Students learned that Mrs. Hordyk's cousin is the mayor of Dawson City! We are hoping to ask him some more questions about the Yukon to get a better understanding of life in Northern Canada. Students learned about the gold rush and explored various aspects of nature in the Yukon. 

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Today students continued exploring base 10 blocks! We discussed how one is a unit (or block), and if we add 10 blocks together then we have a rod! We talked about how it is easier when we're solving math problems to not have to count out 10 blocks every time, so the rods are more efficient. Students were very excited to notice the pattern that 10 units make a rod, 10 rods make a hundred (a flat), and 10 flats make a thousand cube! Students then built their own base 10 monsters to record in their books. Tomorrow we will add the total values of their monsters! 

In music today students decided the rhythms for the repeated sentence in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and chose instruments to add! Later this week we will add instruments to Fifty Below Zero

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • A word from Parent Council:
    Movie Night! Come in your pyjamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7.  Thank you!
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, January 13, 2020

This morning we began our first session with the author in residence. She brainstormed and shared various ways in which authors add description into their writing. As a class, students developed an extensive list of various vocabulary words we can use in our writing. For example, instead of saying white, we could say marshmallow or cloud. We also created words to describe our five senses. We will have the author with us this week.

A word from Parent Council:

Movie Night! Come in your pajamas and join us for the movie "Abominable" on Thursday, January 30! Tickets available through your healthy hunger account https://healthyhunger.ca/ Doors open at 6pm, the movie starts at 6:30pm. A candy concession will be available. All children must come with adult supervision. If you're able to volunteer please sign up at volunteersignup.org/YAYT7

Thank you!

In the afternoon, we finished exploring British Columbia. It was amazing to explore Stanley Park!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • PD day - January 31 - No School

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Friday, January 10, 2020

This morning began with our first 'Would You Rather' challenge of 2020! Would you rather go to Disney Land EVERY DAY for one month, OR would you rather go ONCE every WEEK for a year? Students tried many strategies to find how many weeks there are in the year, including counting Sundays, counting 7s (because there are 7 days in a week). Ask your student what strategy worked for them, and how many weeks there are in a year!

Today we started a new Alberta art project. We looked at a variety of Prairie landscapes and noticed that there was a large building in many of them - a grain elevator! We discussed how a grain elevator was a "beacon" in the community, just like a lighthouse in the east! We also watched how grain elevators were filled by trucks bringing wheat, then unloading the grain into a pit under the building. Today we created the grain elevator out of cardboard, and painted it red or green. Next week students will create the background, and add lots of waving wheat!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home on Tuesday. They are due back by Monday, January 20
  • Curriculum newsletters went home today. Please take a look to find out what our academic focus will be for the next few months!

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We have started discussing number lines! A number line can be horizontal (like a ruler or our class number line on the wall) or vertical (like a thermometer). Number lines can have all sorts of numbers on them, like negative numbers and fractions as well. We also discussed how number lines never end, and can go all the way to infinity! Ask your student what the mathematical symbol for infinity looks like. Students have been practicing making number lines out of a set of numbers. We also learned a game today called Tug of War with number lines and a deck of cards! Both partners start at 50, and decide if their goal is to make it to 100 or to 0. One at a time each partner flips a card over from the deck and moves their counter along the number line - if the card is red you move DOWN towards 0. If the card is black you move UP towards 100. We will continue using number lines throughout the year!

Quick Reminders:

  • Scholastic orders went home today. They are due back by Monday, January 20

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, January 6, 2020

Welcome back! Can you believe that it is 2020 already?! Today we had a brief discussion of some significant events in 2020 (leap year and Olympics). We had a conversation about why do we have an extra day during a leap year. After the discussion, students created a goal sheet outlining some things they would like to improve upon as well as areas in which they would like to learn. 

In the afternoon we discussed a new vocabulary word: viscosity. Students predicted what they thought it meant and then we traveled to the science room where we test out various liquids and their viscosity. Many were amazed as to how slowly or quickly things flowed.

Have a wonderful evening!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Today was wonderful, with lots of excitement from all students! Students enjoyed going to the caroling performance - singing songs, watching the lovely handbell choirs (and laughing at the staff handbell choir!), and enjoying time together!

Have a wonderful winter break - gets lots of rest and family time! See you in January!

- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Monday, December 16, 2019

Today students continued their pentomino challenge! Last week we solved the question: using 5 squares how many  shapes are there? As a class we discussed how there were 12 unique shapes, and all of the others were slides, flips or rotations. This week, students created their OWN large set of these 12 shapes using graph paper. It was a challenge drawing all 12 shapes and cutting them out carefully! Students then tried to use their shapes to create rectangle. Some have made smaller rectangles, but no one has made a full rectangle with all 12 shapes yet! 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Friday, December 13, 2019

We were so excited by the wonderful performances that today we spent some time exploring snowFLAKES! We read Snowflake Bentley, about Wilson Bentley, a scientist and farmer who took some of the first photographs of snowflakes. Ms. Bell has ordered a book of his photographs to explore on Monday! Students then read a poem about snow and talked about how poetry creates a mood using descriptive words (adjectives). We also played snowflake tag in gym. 

As you know, over the past few weeks students have been busy raising money for Stephen's Backpacks, and then deciding how to spend the money. Ms. Bell went shopping on Tuesday, and we filled the backpacks yesterday. Today all of the grade 2s met and placed their backpacks under the tree! It was a wonderful way for students to see how much they have helped children across Calgary. 


Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 is the last day of school before Winter Break. There is an EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.
  • Report Cards will go home with students on December 19. 
  • We are having a pyjama and Polar Express morning on December 19! A note went home concerning this yesterday. 

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Flakes! Flakes! SNIRT! The students did a fantastic job both last night and today of their performance of Flakes. Thank you for coming and watching them. They really enjoyed putting it on for you.

This afternoon students had the opportunity to watch the other group perform theirs too. 

A note was sent home about next Thursday. We will be having a Polar Express Morning!

Quick Reminders!

  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

This morning students had a math challenge - using 5 squares, how many unique shapes could be made? The criteria was the each square had to touch another using a FULL side. We discussed why these 5 squares are called pentominos, and noticed that it was a similar word to pentagon! Students also had a challenge making UNIQUE shapes, and noticed that many shapes they made were the same. Ask your student to show you a shape at home! How many unique shapes are there? In science today students explored different liquids and words that could describe them. For example, honey and maple syrup are sticky, or water is transparent. How many different adjectives can your student think of to describe liquids at home?

Students are VERY excited for their show, Flakes!, coming up TOMORROW! We can't wait to share our show with everyone!

Quick Reminders!

  • Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time at 11:50.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Monday, December 9, 2019

Oh the weather outside is really reflecting our upcoming Winter Concert! Being that we are the early show, students are asked to be dropped off at the school to head to their classrooms for 5:10pm. The show will begin at 5:30pm.

This afternoon students were given the opportunity to complete unfinished work. We also had a chance to log into computers, setting our new passwords and practice going in and out of our accounts. This was definitely a new experience for many!

Quick Reminders!

  • Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Has your child come home and talked about our newest member in the class named, Johnny? Well... he came and has left! Johnny was our class snowman. It was part of our exploration of liquids. Using the scientific method, we created a sketch 4 separate times, wrote down our observations and made predictions of what would happen next. Of course Johnny melted! When asked what happens when we apply heat to him, it brought on a whole new discussion! Ask your child what happened and what the word evaporate means.

Quick Reminders!

  • Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.
  • December 19 - EARLY dismissal time.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Today students had more conversations about how to use the doubles strategy when solving mental math problems, and how each problem could use two different doubles! For example, to solve 7+8 students could use 7+7 OR 8+8 and get the right answer. Some students are also starting to look at how addition questions can help solve subtraction questions as well. For example, when solving 12-6, it helps to know that 6+6 is 12! Today we also tried a math questions that asked students to count by 2s, 4s and 5s. Ask your student which they prefer to count by! Why? 

Quick Reminders!

  • There is no school on Friday, December 6 
  • Scholastic Orders are due back by Thursday, December 5. This is so we can get orders back before the winter break!
  • Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present FlakesBELL/HORDYK is performing on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10:30am. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Continue to do Take Home Reading, this is a great opportunity to see how your child is doing in their reading.

Have a wonderful evening!

Ms. Bell and Mrs. Hordyk

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