Grade 4 | Ms. Kim Crone, Ms. Pam Blanchard


Friday, March 5

The weather warmed up for us this week and we all enjoyed our time outside, especially with the new soccer nets and balls that Mrs.Hadden purchased for the Grade 4's to play with.  Just a reminder that it's wet out there, so bringing an extra pair of pants to school just in case they get soaked outside might be a good idea!


This Week at School the Students:

- continued working on their simple machines research projects: please check in with your child to see where they are at.  Projects should be completed by Monday if possible.  All project info is in Google Classroom.

- continued working on Genius Hour projects and presentations for these will begin in 2 weeks

- investigated division with remainders and equations in math 

- began learning about the updated Canada Food Guide in Health https://food-guide.canada.ca/e...

- painted funky self-portraits in art with water colour paint


Looking Ahead:

- students will begin learning about Human Sexuality in Health during the next few weeks.  An email was sent out by our admin to all families regarding this.  Please let Mrs.Blanchard know ASAP if you did not receive this email!

- we will continue to focus on division and also solving equations in math

- on Wednesday we will be doing an online math session/virtual field trip with Telus Spark and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks called Math in Motion!  

- students will be presenting their Simple Machines projects this week in science

- in Gym students will be going offsite for short walks around the neighbourhood with Mrs.Prangnell (Please make sure they are dressed for the weather)


Reminders:

- It's important so it's on the blog twice! Students will begin learning about Human Sexuality in Health during the next few weeks.  An email was sent out last week by our admin to all families regarding this.  Please let Mrs.Blanchard know ASAP if you did not receive this email!

- please remind students to charge their devices at home before bringing to school

- Ideally students should be practicing their math skills daily such as working on basic fact recall with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  This could be with flashcards, dice, dominoes, games, online sites such as Mathletics or Greg Tang Math has some great games including this one called Kakooma - https://gregtangmath.com/kakoo...

- March 10 - Telus Spark and DJD workshop 'Math in Motion'

 - March 12 - Professional Development Day - No school for students

- March 29 - April 5 - Spring Break

- April 6 - Classes resume


Around Town:

Bridgeland has some fun things going on right now including this neighbourhood scavenger hunt called the Arctic Adventure - https://www.brcacalgary.org/ar...

Also a new Village Ice Cream just opened up in Bridgeland too!  Phil and Sebastian is right beside it as well.  Don't miss Lil' Empire Burger too if you get hungry.....


Friday, February 26

The students enjoyed several special activities this week!  On Monday morning, the students had a virtual visit with Mr. Pocock, Rideau Park's Junior High P.E. teacher and author of Christmas Evie, and were able to ask him questions about how he started writing, the writing process and how he got his book published.  Mr. Pocock stressed the importance of persevering to achieve one's goals.  On Wednesday, the students participated virtually in several Pink Shirt Day events.  Andrew Fung, a Calgary-born actor that stars in Kim's Convenience, sent an important message to the Rideau Park students - work hard, follow your dreams and be kind to others. The students participated in the Telus Be Brave event hosted by Randy Chevrier, a Calgary Firefighter, former Calgary Stampeder and anti-bullying spokesperson and Elise Morden, a singer/songwriter from Halifax that shared her experiences of being bullied most of her school years.  The students then listened to Grayson Smith, a Vancouver Police Officer and children's author, read his book about bullying called, There's a Norseman in the Classroom. On Friday, the students chose a special activity for earning their 30 pompoms as a class, which are awarded for diligent, cooperative, responsible and respectful behaviour.

In addition to these learning activities, this week at school the students:

- continued learning about the fur trade in Canada

- continued the novel study of Wonder  

- worked on their book commercials

- wrote a French Vocabulary Quiz on "All About Me"

- wrote a Math quiz on decimals, fractions and 3 digit multiplication

- began learning about long division with remainders 

- went over our POTW and discussed the importance of turning things in on time :)

- began investigating simple machines in Science and working on individual research projects

- worked on our sketching skills in Art

- continued with Genius Hour: 1-2 more classes left to finish 

- focused on kindness goals in Health tied in to Pink Shirt Day

Looking Ahead: Next week the students will be:

- continuing the novel study of Wonder

- presenting their book commercials

- learning about early settlement in Alberta

- learning French vocabulary for parts of the body

Reminders:

- if you ordered a copy of Street Shadows for your child, please remember to pay the $13.00. fee on your CBE account.

  The book has arrived, but will not be distributed until after spring break when the students have completed the novel study of Wonder 

- please remind students to charge their devices at home before bringing to school

- it's the last weekend to check out YYC Hot Chocolate Festival - https://yychotchocolate.com/ and also Chinook Blast - https://www.chinookblast.ca/

- March 12 - Professional Development Day - No school for students

- March 29 - April 5 - Spring Break

- April 6 - Classes resume








Friday, February 19

Some of our work this week:

Printmaking
Design Thinking Challenge

This week at school the students:

- continued learning about decimals and reviewed fractions and multiplication 

- started learning about the fur trade in Canada

- played “Capture the Flag” in gym

- worked on their book commercials

- read Mr. Pocock’s (Rideau Park's Junior High PE teacher) book called Christmas Evie for “Read Canadian Day” on Wednesday

- participated in “Stomp It” - ask your child if he/she can remember some of the moves!

- continued reading Wonder

- had a Google Meet with the Grade 3’s in which Hunar spoke and answered the students' questions about India

- did their family tree in French

- drew an Ewok

 Reminders:

Math quiz on Monday, Feb. 22

Pink Shirt Day – Wed., Feb. 24

French quiz on Thursday, Feb. 25 - students will bring a review sheet home on Tuesday

 

Have a great weekend!  Thank goodness we can get out and enjoy the weather!

 

Thursday, February 11

It was a short but good week!  We hope everyone enjoys this extra long weekend and that this chilly weather begins to warm up.  

This week at school the students:

- investigated growth mindset and found some ways to go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset

- did a STEM challenge where we interviewed a partner and re-designed their morning routine for them.  Ask your child about how it went.

- went over our estimation jar POTW and were surprised that there were 320 beads in it

- continued working on Genius Hour projects

- created a unique printmaking style art piece inspired by Indigenous artist Alex Janvier (see picture above!)

- learned more about simple machines and their importance in our everyday lives

- continued with our novel study of Wonder - please ask your child if his/her perspective of people with differences has changed

- completed their personal narrative of "Life in 2020"

- shared their new ending to Charlotte's Web stories

- had a virtual visit with Elder Goodstriker from Kainai Nation  - she spoke to the students about the Indigenous groups that belong to the Blackfoot Confederacy, how one becomes an elder, the role of an elder and the importance of oral tradition.  She told the students a traditional story of how the Milky Way came to be.

- completed their "All About Me" books in French in which they learned vocabulary for family members and their favourite things 



Looking Ahead for Next Week the Students Will:

- continue working on Genius Hour

- have a POTW due for math by Friday morning before school begins (please help your child ensure that this homework is competed each week)

- work on a new project in science focused on Wheel and Levers (if you have any cardboard around, especially thinner pieces like cereal boxes please send in)

- continue with our Growth Mindset work in Health

- continue the book study of Wonder

- preparing and presenting a "Book Commercial" for a book that they read during independent reading time

- begin learning about the Fur Trade and the arrival of European settlers in Alberta

- learn the names of parts of the body in French




Friday, February 5

We hope that you have had a chance to view your child's report card and discuss his/her next steps for learning with him/her.  Please be sure to email us if you have any questions or concerns.

This week at school the students:
- continued reading Wonder- ask your child what his/her favourite part is so far

- played kickball in gym

- participated in “Winter Walk Day” on Wednesday

- listened to a virtual read aloud with the superintendent of the CBE for “World Read Aloud Day” on Wednesday

- made predictions about whether Billy Balzac would see his shadow - He did :)

- were given another spelling word list - ask your child how he/she is doing on his/her spelling words.  The students made a personal dictionary to record trouble words.  I recommended that students take their dictionaries home to practice if they are getting three or more errors, as the words are high frequency words, which the students be able to spell.                    

- learned about the First Peoples of Alberta and historic sites such as Medicine Wheels, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Writing-On-Stone 

- made and designed paper tipis, using pictographs

- finished their STEM projects

- started a new genius project
- learned about fractions and decimals

Looking Ahead:  Next week is a short week.  The students will:

- continue reading Wonder

- be having a virtual visit with an Elder on Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

- be completing their personal narratives on "Life in 2020"

- start preparing a book commercial

- begin learning about the Fur Trade and the arrival of European settlers in Alberta

Reminders:
- February 11, 12 - Teachers’ Convention - no school 
- February 15 - Family Day – no school
- February 24 - Pink Shirt Day

- Valentine card/gifts are not to be exchanged at school due to health protocols.  We are planning a special activity for the students.

- please remind your child to complete the rough draft of his/her personal narrative of "Life in 2020", if he/she has not already done so.  It is due on Monday.

Have a great weekend!  Stay warm!!



Friday, January 29

Can you believe that we are already halfway through the school year?  Your child's Term 1 report card will be available for viewing in PowerSchool on Tuesday, Feb. 2.  Please make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Well, we had our first real taste of winter this week!  The students did a great job of weathering the cold!  Please ensure that your child is always dressed to go outside, as it is necessary for them to get out for mask breaks, exercise and gym. 

This week at school the students:

- continued the novel study of Wonder - ask your child to summarize what we've read so far

- began learning about the First Peoples of Alberta.  Ask your child if he/she can tell you who the First Peoples of Alberta were and what we've learned about them from Writing-On-Stone and Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump  

- continued writing their personal narrative of "Life in 2020"

- had a diagnostic spelling test - Each Monday morning, twenty high frequency words will be dictated to the students to spell.  Students are creating a personal spelling dictionary for high frequency words that they misspell. (High frequency words that are words that are used often and that they should know how to spell by Grade 4)  The personal dictionary is intended to serve as a resource for them when they are unsure of the spelling of commonly used words.  It would be useful for students who misspell several of the words, to practice them at home.  Students needing extra practice will bring their spelling books home each Monday to practice for the week.  If you could ensure that your child returns his/her spelling dictionary every Monday, that'd be greatly appreciated!   

- continued working on their "All About Me" book in French, learning the words of family members and their favourite things in French

- analyzed a piece of art by Alex Janvier and created our own sketching of it

- continued learning about fractions and decimals.  We learned that adding with decimals isn't too hard!

- went over our POTW yesterday, please check in with your child during the week to make sure it gets turned in on Thursday's to Google Classroom

- had a good discussion about mental health for Bell Let's Talk Day

- went over report card expectations and focused on the stem about 'engages in learning with persistence'.  We talked about independence, growth mindset and how we can learn from our mistakes. 

- we watched a part of a Ted Talk from the author of The Book of Awesome and turned our classroom door into the Door of Awesome covered with the little things in life that can make us feel awesome.  Like the cold side of the pillow, remembering it's Fun Lunch, finding money in your pocket that you forgot about.....


Looking Ahead: The students will:

- continue reading the novel Wonder

- continue learning about the First Peoples of Alberta and the beginning of the Fur Trade

- be completing their personal narratives of "Life in 2020"

- complete reading the book they have chosen for independent reading and preparing a book commercial

- be having a virtual visit with an elder from Calgary Central Library on Feb. 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. to learn about  Indigenous history through Oral Tradition(storytelling) and Reconciliation

- continue learning about fractions and decimals

- begin a new Genius Hour Project 

- dive into our next science topic on Wheels and Levers

- continue with our artist study on Alex Janvier

- Wednesday, February 3rd is Winter Walk Day. During Phys. Ed, Mrs. Prangnell will be taking students on a community walk. Please enusre that they are dressed for the weather and have suitable walking footwear. They will be exploring walking routes to and from school as well as learning pedestrian safety tips. Going for an outdoor walk is one more way to stay active and improve physical & mental health while exploring our community.


A few reminders:

- PD Day January 29 - No School

- we are finding that some of the students have "misplaced" some of their supplies that were issued to them at the beginning of the year and are asking to borrow items from others.  According to safety protocols, the students are not to be sharing materials with others. The students made a list of items in their TWAS books that they are missing.  If your child is missing an item/s, could you please assist your child in either bringing these items from home or purchasing, if necessary.  In particular, some students are needing glue sticks, thick markers (Mr.Sketch), thin markers for colouring (Crayola), a manual pencil sharpener, scissors and a ruler.  Other optional items that would be helpful: thin non-smudging gel pens or or Papermate Flair style of marker for when we do jot notes in our visual journals.  

-For this same reason of not being permitted to share items, we are not able to allow students to bring and exchange Valentine cards this year; unfortunately, yet another disappointment for the students!  

- I (Mrs. Crone) sent an email to all parents regarding the purchase of a copy of the book Street Shadows for our next class novel study.  If you could please let me know by Monday, Feb. 1 if you are purchasing a copy of the book for your child, that'd be greatly appreciated!  The cost of the book ($13) will be be charged to your CBE account. 

- Teacher's Convention - Feb. 11 & 12 - No School For Students

- Family Day - Feb. 15 - No School


Friday, January 22

This week at school the students:

- finished presenting their animal research projects

- began writing a personal narrative about "Life in 2020".  Students are practicing the writing process to enhance their writing - brainstorming ideas, using a story map to organize ideas, writing, revising, editing and publishing.  The students are learning to add detail and descriptive vocabulary to extend and enhance their writing.

- continued with the novel study, "Wonder"

- learned how to write and respond to common greetings and are working on an "All About Me" book in French

- learned more about fractions and decimals using tenths and hundredths in Math.  Students also had their first Problem of the Week (POTW) that will be posted in Google Classroom on Monday's and due on Thursday's by turning it in through Google Classroom. This will be a weekly homework activity for students to work on at home independently and turn in by the due date

- had a science quiz on Light and Shadows and finished presenting their shadow puppet projects

- learned about Alex Janvier, an indigenous artist from Alberta and his beautiful abstract art.  We analyzed a few pieces of his art .  We then felted with wool and created designs inspired by Alex Janvier

- our STEM challenge was to build a prototype of an inclusive playground that could be used by anyone including children with mobility challenges such as a wheelchair.  Ask your child about what they part they created for this challenge

- created 2 Truths and a Fib as a way to get to know our classroom friends more and learn about their unique personalities for Health.  We also had a class meeting and talked about any challenges that happened this week and tried to solve them.  We gave shout outs to our peers too!

Looking ahead - Next week the students will be:

- learning about the First Peoples of Alberta

- continuing with the novel study of "Wonder"

- completing their personal narratives of "Life in 2020"

- continue learning about fractions and decimals

- beginning a new Science unit on Wheels and Levers


Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 15

It was wonderful to be back in class with the students again!  Very happy birthday wishes to both Matthew and Zachary, who are celebrating their birthdays today!  This week at school the students:

- presented their research projects on animals native to Alberta.  They did an awesome job of researching their projects and preparing their slide presentations at home last week!

- completed writing their new middle and ending for Charlotte's Web

- began a new novel study for the book Wonder

- learned about patterns and T-charts in math

- presented their Shadow Puppet shows

- did a watercolour painting of chinooks and mountains

Looking ahead - Next week the students will be:

- finishing up Animals of Alberta presentations 

- writing about their thoughts/memories of 2020

- learning about how Alberta became a province

- continuing with the novel study for Wonder


Friday, January 8

We did it!  One week of online learning went pretty smoothly. We're really proud of the great job all the students did working online this week!   Thank you very much parents for supporting your child and all that you did to make this week successful.  

Please remind students to bring back all the items they'll need for class again - textbooks, visual journals, duo tangs etc..


Looking ahead - Next week the students will be:

- completing, editing, and presenting their stories and animal projects

- starting a novel study for the book, "Wonder"

- presenting their shadow puppet shows (please have these competed and turned into Google Classroom by Thurs)

- working on patterns and problem solving math

- beginning a new artist of the month study 


Reminders:  

Please remind your child to:

- bring all of his/her books, rough copy of his/her story and device to school on Monday

- remember to bring a book for independent reading time. 

January 29 - PD Day - no school for students 



Have a great weekend and we are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!



Monday, January 4, 2021

A very happy New Year and welcome back! We hope that you all had an enjoyable break and we're very excited to see the students again!

Please review your child's schedule for the week of Jan. 5 - 8 on the  following link Grade 4 Online Learning (1).  It is expected that your child is present for all Google Meet times and completing work on schedule.  Please email us if your child is going to be absent due to illness or an appointment or does not have access to technology at all times.  Your child will log into Google Classroom to access assignments and for the link to Google Meets.  Your child logs into Google Classroom using his/her CBE email address and password.  If students are meeting with Mrs. Blanchard, they are to click on the Google meet link on the Math banner and if students are meeting with Mrs. Crone, Mrs. Prangnell or Mr. Siemens they click on the Google Meet link on the Humanities banner.  Students may be required to upload work to myBlueprint, as well.  Students log into myBlueprint using their CBE student number and password.




December 18

It was a busy, but super fun week!  This week at school the students:

- did a fantastic job of their dioramas of the Natural Regions of Alberta.  Your child uploaded a picture of his/her diorama in myBlueprint, in case it didn’t come home intact (see a few examples below)

- worked on their reader responses for Charlotte’s Web.

- watched the Alberta Theatre Project’s production of “Wizard of Oz”

- were the teachers for the afternoon on Thursday.  The students taught super great lessons!  We practiced our multiplication facts, learned how to draw a face, did a fun partner drawing activity, learned some words in Japanese, and learned about Australia.  The students also learned that teaching can be challenging!  

-  really enjoyed PJ Day and watching Theatre Calgary’s production of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday

- did Math Mash Up's where they learned how to solve equations

- created symmetrees in math while learning about symmetry and making a holiday tree

- had individual math chats with Mrs.Blanchard to assess their math field trip projects.  Conversations are currently written in Google Classroom in each student's math field trip project comment section

- continued with our Genius Hour presentations

-learned about #spreadgoodyyc.  Ask your child about it!  

- began to think about shadow puppet theatre ideas for our new STEM project that will take place during online learning.  Note: January 5 we will be building shadow puppet theatres and creating shadow puppet shows.  Your child will need a variety of items ready to use on January 5 such as cardboard box, white paper or white sheets, a source of light such as flashlights or lamps and opaque items to use as puppets (possibly black paper and popsicle or stir sticks if they wish to make their own)  The do not need to start this over the holiday break but students are welcome to being the build and experiment with light and shadow.  This will be an activity that they work on during online learning so please don't finish it over the holidays.  More info and instructions will be posted in Google Classroom on January 5th!

- created elf on the shelf inspired art cards for seniors!  Zaeden's family is connected with a centre and were delivering cookies for seniors and they also delivered our cards!  Thanks for helping with that act of kindness :)  

- received cookies from our school administration team today to say Happy Holidays

 

Special wishes for a very happy birthday to Vivian, Alex S. and Hudson P. who will be celebrating their birthdays over the holidays!

 Thank you very much for all of your support, kind words, cards and gifts of appreciation.  We are so grateful that we have all remained healthy and were able to be in school with the students.  We are also thankful for a truly amazing group of students to work with each day. 

The students will be learning online at home from Jan. 5-8.  (January 4th is a PD day for teachers). In-person classes will resume on Jan. 11.  Please see the schedule in the attachment on the right.  It is expected that your child is present for all Google Meet times and completing work on schedule.  Please email us if your child is going to be absent due to illness or an appointment.  Your child will log into Google Classroom to access assignments and for the link to Google Meets.  Your child logs into Google Classroom using his/her CBE email address and password.  Students may be required to upload work to myBlueprint, as well.  Students log into myBlueprint using their CBE student number and password.

 

Have a restful and peaceful holiday.  We look very forward to seeing all of you again in 2021!

 

 









December 10

We had a really busy week, finishing up all of our work before the winter break.  A very big thank you to parents for helping your child bring all of the materials needed for making his/her diorama.  They were very excited to create their dioramas.  They are almost finished and they look fantastic!  

Thanks to the students who participated in Student as the Teacher Day today.  We had some really engaging lessons on art, Minecraft, math, STEM challenges and I think the students have a new understanding of the patience it can take to teach :)

This week the students:

- wrote their quiz on the last three geographic regions of Alberta 

- worked on their dioramas of a region of Alberta

- continued working on follow-up activities for Charlotte's Web

- listened to the read-aloud of "A Christmas Carol"

- learned some Christmas vocabulary in French

- played a game in Gym called numbers

- did bar graphs and 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication

- started our genius hour 2 presentations


Looking ahead: Next week the students will:

- be viewing the virtual production of "Wizard of Oz" by Alberta Theatre Projects on Monday

- writing a quiz on the days of the week and months of the year in French

- continuing to work on multiplication and division concepts

- finishing their dioramas

- finishing their reader responses for Charlotte's Web

- be "Kids as Teachers" on Thursday afternoon

- Fri., Dec. 18, is the last day of classes before winter break.  It is Pajama Day and the students will be viewing the production of, "A Christmas Carol", by Theatre Calgary

 

Reminders:

- French quiz on days of the week and months of the year on Wednesday

- math quiz on bar graphs and pictographs on Tuesday

- oral French quiz on numbers 1-31 (for students who have not yet completed it)

- Dec. 18 - PJ Day/Last day of classes

- Jan. 4 - Professional Development Day

-Jan. 5-8 - Students Learning online.  All students should be in our Google Classrooms now and familiar with how to use Google Meet.  We will do a refresher this week for them just in case.


 




December 3

It is hard to believe that it's December already and the beautiful weather makes it even more difficult to believe it's December!  In recognition of the students' hard work and respectful, cooperative behaviour, they were able to choose a special activity.  They chose to be "Teacher for a Day" . Each student will have 10-15 minutes to teach something to the class.  Please talk to your child about what he/she is planning to teach the class.  They are to let us know next week what they are planning.  We are really excited to learn from each other!

This week at school the students:

- did donut art inspired by our artist of the month Andy Warhol- ask your child about the project and check out the picture above!

- had a French quiz on numbers 1-31

- finished learning about the geography of the Canadian Shield Region of Canada

- learned how to play Imposter in gym

- learned about light and shadows in science and took shadow selfies outside in the sun

- listened to a read-aloud of the book A Christmas Carol

- worked on follow-up activities for Charlotte's Web

- did pictographs and bar graphs about our favourite places to eat in Calgary during math

Looking ahead:  Next week the students will:

- have a quiz on the Parkland, Boreal Forest and Canadian Shield Regions of Alberta on Thursday, Dec. 10

- continue with follow- up activities for Charlotte's Web

 - make a diorama of one of the Natural Regions of Alberta 

- have an oral quiz on numbers 1-31 in French

- work on 2 digit multiplication in math and review our fact families 

- last class to work on Genius Hour projects this week

- coding on Scratch

- learn more about pop art

Reminders:

- no school tomorrow

- bring materials for diorama – shoebox, branches, grass, pictures, rocks

- Social Studies quiz on Parklands, Boreal Forest and Canadian Shield on Thursday, Dec. 10

- practice reciting the numbers 1-31 in French

- “Kids as Teacher Day” – Dec. 11 and the afternoon of Dec. 17

- Dec. 18 is the last day of classes

- Online learning Jan. 5-8

- In-class learning resumes Jan. 11

 

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!


November 27

It was somewhat of a stressful week with the uncertainty of not knowing what restrictions were going to be put in place for us.  We are very happy that the K-6 students are able to remain in school.  We are sad that our Junior High students have to learn from home, but hopefully, this will help reduce the spread of COVID and keep everyone healthy, safe and learning.  This week at school the students:

- finished reading Charlotte’s Web and watched the movie

- learned about the Boreal Forest Region and the Canadian Shield Region of Alberta

- learned how to write and say the date in French

- did a city skyline array and learned about bar graphs in Math

 - designed a mask in STEM

Looking Ahead:  Next week the students will be:

- completing follow-up writing activities for Charlotte's Web

- completing learning about the geography of the Canadian Shield Region of Alberta

- reviewing the Parkland, Boreal Forest Region and Canadian Shield Regions of Alberta - Quiz next Thurs., Dec. 10

- writing a French quiz for the numbers 1-31 on Thurs., Dec. 3

Reminders:

Friday, Dec. 4 - PD Day - no school for students

Friday, Dec. 18 - Last day of classes before winter break

Tuesday, January 5 - Classes resume with online learning.  Students and parents will be given more information prior to the break.

 Have a great weekend!


November 20

We had great week and enjoyed the nicer weather outside.  We are working on learning some new games to play outside during lunch recess as there have been discussions this week with some of our class members about social distancing during this play time. Our wishes to Ben for a very happy birthday today and to Alex A. tomorrow! 


This week at school we:

-read further into Charlotte's Web and competed questions about understanding

-learned more about Andy Warhol and created our own pop art 

-worked on our multiplication facts (keep practicing those facts with the 8's and 9's at home) reviewed division and facts families with multiplication, read The Doorbell Rang about division

-Learned about light and colours in our new science unit on Light and Shadows

-STEM: we began Genius Hour part 2! 

-learned about the Boreal Forest Region of Alberta

-learned the days of week and how to pronounce them in French 




Reminders:

Nov. 9 - Nov. 22 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair : If you wish to purchase books for your child's classroom, the following would be great additions: Meet Terry Fox, Space, The One and Only Ivan, Wings of Fire - The Winglets Quartet, Rescue Dogs #3- Jet, The Ickabog and I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic - 1912 Graphic Novel


Homework - please have students pratice their basic facts at home daily.  Specifically multiplication in the 7's, 8's and 9's up to 10x10.  Mathletics is also a great option or Prodigy.  Read every day - both independently and shared.  Try some of the spelling activities on the websites recommended last week.

Looking ahead: 

-graphing in math

-inquiry at-home project for light and shadow

 -learning about the geography of the Canadian Shield Region of Alberta

-finishing the reading of Charlotte's Web and completing follow up activities

-learning the months of the year and how to pronounce them in French and how to say and write the date in French 



November 13

It was very nice to meet with all of you and your children yesterday!  We always wish we had more time to chat with you!  A few parents had inquired about "homework" for Grade 4 students.  It is expected that students read at home for at least fifteen minutes every day.  Although the children are reading independently, it is still important to read with your child to monitor and nurture their reading development.  Shared reading is a pleasurable and invaluable activity for you and your child!  Below is a link to some suggestions for excellent books.  Also, some links have been included for some free online spelling websites for your child to do extra spelling practice at home.  Although the students are not given weekly spelling tests, spelling is taught through the daily edit, novel studies and students' independent writing.  Students can practice their math skills at home through their Mathletics account.  Occasionally, students will be required to work on projects and prepare for quizzes at home.   As always, please email us if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful weekend! Wishes for a very happy birthday to Audrey, who's celebrating her birthday on Sunday!

Link to Suggested Books - https://rmba.info

Free Online Spelling Websites - Spelling Bee - Games to Learn English

                                                  - Spelling City

                                                  - Education.com

                                                 - A+ Spelling Test

Reminders:

Friday, Nov. 20 - Professional Development Day - no school for students

Nov. 9 - Nov. 22 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair : If you wish to purchase books for your child's classroom, the following would be great additions: Meet Terry Fox, Space, The One and Only Ivan, Wings of Fire - The Winglets Quartet, Rescue Dogs #3- Jet, The Ickabog and I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic - 1912 Graphic Novel


Looking Ahead: Next week the students will be:

- continuing the novel study of Charlotte's Web

- learning about the Boreal Forest Region of Alberta

     

November 6

It sounds like everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!  We were sure lucky to squeeze in another wonderful week of weather.  Next week doesn't sound as great!  This week at school the students:

- did calm time(mindfulness) in gym

- wrote a Social Studies quiz - marks will be posted in PowerSchool 

- read chapters 10-12 in Charlotte’s Web and completed reader responses

- played a game they invented called Baby Apocalypse

- made an object out of the things they had in their desk in STEM - ask your child about his/her creation!  Thanks to Alex for the maker space idea and Max for creating the challenge :)

- continued their math field trip presentations.  If you're child isn't finished this, they can also work on it at home

- practiced saying and writing numbers 1-31 in French

- were assigned lockers

- listened to a story called, My Secret Bully in Health

-learned about Andy Warhol and pop art.  We created watercolour cats inspired by his piece 'Red Sam'

 Reminders:

- no school Nov. 11, 12, or 13

- parent-teacher-student conferences Thursday, Nov. 12 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Please make sure you have booked a conference.

- please have your child share his/her work in myBlueprint and PowerSchool with you before your child's conference

- Scholastic Book Fair starts next week. The Scholastic Book Fair is going online from November 9 to 22. Every purchase supports our Learning Commons and keeps students reading! Orders can be placed online and books will be shipped to your home address. Here’s the link to start shopping: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5148637

Looking Ahead:

Next week will be a short week for the students.  They will be:

- viewing and discussing the meaning of Remembrance Day through videos, stories and participating in the virtual Remembrance Day ceremony at school on Tuesday morning.

- continuing with the novel study of Charlotte's Web

- learning about the Boreal Forest Region of Alberta

- continuing on our math field trip projects while learning about decimals and percentages

- creating a piece of Remembrance Day art

- finishing up and reviewing our science unit on Waste and Our World


October 29

Can you believe that it's already Halloween?  We enjoyed the warmer weather this week but we know that it's only a matter of time before we're back into the winter weather!  Wishes for a very happy birthday to Drew, who is celebrating his birthday on Sunday, Nov.1.  We hope that everyone has a very safe and happy Halloween! (Remember to turn back your clocks on Sunday!)  

This week at school the students:

- continued the novel study of Charlotte's Web

- learned about the Parkland Region of Alberta 

- participated in several Halloween themed activities today.  The children were challenged to write as many words as they could using the letters from the word "Halloween".  The student with the most number of words found thirty-nine.! How many words can you find?   The students also searched for Halloween words in a word search. (they were not given a word list) and they made a spider web craft that they took home for a decoration.  The students were reading about how spiders make webs in Charlotte's Web, so it tied in nicely for a Halloween craft.  The students did not complete their T.W.A.S. this week, due to Halloween activities.

-watched more Genius Hour presentations and were so impressed with what students learned

-began a Dream Math Field Trip project in math where students design their dream field trip to anywhere in the world and total all costs for the trip.  Students will create a Google Slideshow for this and are welcome to work on it at home too.

-learned about hazardous waste symbols and ways to reduce packaging in science

-read a book about being kind and created a grade 4 kindness challenge 

-learned how to draw some spooky Halloween characters in art


Looking Ahead:  Next week the students will:

- continue with the novel study of Charlotte's Web

- be writing a quiz on the Rocky Mountain, Foothills and Grasslands Regions of Alberta on Friday, Nov. 6.  They will be given a practice test next week, which they will bring home to review for the quiz, but please spend a few minutes on Wednesday and Thursday evening helping your child prepare for the quiz.

-continue with their math field trip projects and begin presenting them

-finish our last week of Waste and our World in science

-continue with our kindness challenge 


Reminders:

Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day - No School

Nov. 12 & 13 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - No School for students

Nov. 20 - Professional Development Day - No School for students


October 23

Well, we managed to get through a pretty cold, snowy week!  Thank you very much for ensuring that your child had warm clothing and was prepared for outdoor activities!  Hopefully next week we'll have a reprieve with some warmer weather! We have made a change in teaching assignment for French.  Ms. Martin, the Grade 1 teacher, will no longer be teaching French.  Mrs. Crone will now be teaching French to the Grade 4 students.  This change was made so that we teach just our cohort class. Wishes for a very happy birthday to Hunar, who's celebrating her ninth birthday tomorrow!!

 This week at school the students:

- did their STEM projects and created unique inventions to help the earth.  Please have your child share his/her invention with you. 

- completed a school survey 

- played soccer in gym

- finished learning about the Grassland Region of Alberta - the students were surprised to learn that there are rattlesnakes, scorpions and black widow spiders in the Badlands!

- learned Halloween words in French

- played multiplication BINGO in math

- continued reading and responding to 

-watched Genius Hour presentations and were amazed at what students made, created and shared with us.  Thanks to Hudson, we are all craving Kraft Dinner :)

-made haunted Halloween house art

Looking ahead - Next week the students will be:

- learning about the geography of the Parkland Region of Alberta

- continuing with the novel study of Charlotte’s Web

- participating in Halloween themed activities on Thursday

 

Reminders:

Oct. 28 – Picture Retakes - If your child was absent for picture day, he/she will have his/her picture taken during retakes.  If you would like to have your child have a retake, please return the picture package.

Oct. 29 – Black and Orange Day - your child is encouraged to wear black and orange

              -  Fun Lunch Day

Oct. 30 - Professional Development Day - no school for students

Nov. 12/13 - No School for students.Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - more information will follow regarding dates and procedures for booking conferences

 

October 16, 2020

We had a great week at school!  Mrs.Blanchard was in all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while Mrs.Crone recovered from her hand surgery.  She is doing well and plans to be back on Tuesday.

This week at school we…..

 -worked on our Genius Hour projects and some students presented theirs today.  Such creative and inspiring projects so far!  An elastic powered rocket, an erupting volcano, fashion sketches and the history of fashion, a stop motion Star Wars film and a LEGO project.  We also saw a trailer for a Genius Hour film that is in the making.

 -read Charlotte’s Web chapters 1-3 

 -we learned about the Grasslands region in SS. Calgary is located in this region!

 -we had Mrs.Blanchard for a few extra days.  We hope Mrs.Crone is recovering nicely from her hand surgery!

 -for STEM we went on code.org and tried the dance coding challenge

 -learned about producers, consumers and decomposers in science

 -in health we read How Are You Peeling?  We talked about feelings and mental health.  We also read The Name Jar about welcoming new students and making new friends.

 -in French we learned about months of the year

- in Music we tried a new instrument.  Ask me about it!

 -we learned how to draw a pumpkin and a ghost

 -in math we had check-up assessment on place value and addition/subtraction with 5 digit numbers.  We reviewed multiplication and strategies for multiplying by 0 & 1.

 

 Reminders:

 -picture orders are due online Oct 22

-retakes are Oct 28

-no school Oct 30

-dress for the weather...please send in gloves, toques, snow pants etc...for the winter weather ahead

 

Looking Ahead....

-continuing with Charlotte's Web as our class novel study

-learn about the geography of the Parkland region

-continue learning about natural waste in science

-investigate multiplication with 2 or more digits and work on basic multiplication strategies up to 9x9

-finish up our Genius Hour projects



October 9, 2020

This week at school the students:

- did 3-4 digit subtraction in math

- played soccer in gym

- played kahoot in French

- finished reading Fatty Legs and had a quiz

- worked on their genius hour projects

- completed a writing assessment

- completed the daily edit and worked on cursive handwriting

- learned about the Foothills Region of Alberta

- did nature art

- played xylophones in music

- did mathletics

- had a fire drill

- wrote about what they are thankful for


Looking Ahead:  Next week the students will be:

- starting a new novel study of Charlotte's Web

- learning about the Grasslands Region of Alberta


Reminders:

October 9 - Professional Development Day - No School

October 12 - Thanksgiving - No School

October 28 - Picture Retakes (also for students that were absent for picture day)

October 30 - Professional Development Day - No School


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoying your family and all of the many wonderful things we have to be thankful for in our lives!



 


October 2, 2020

This week at school, the children recognized and honoured two very important events in Canada's history.  Firstly, the students discussed Terry Fox's life and Marathon of Hope.  They participated in their own Terry Fox run during gym class on Tuesday to honour Terry Fox.  The students discussed the qualities of a hero and wrote a paragraph about a hero in their lives.  Please read your child's paragraph, which is published in myBlueprint.  On Wednesday, September 30, the students wore their orange shirts in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.  The students learned the Land Acknowledgement for Treaty Seven and the reason why Land Acknowledgements are performed. The students also learned who the term, "Indigenous", refers to in Canada.  They watched a video by Phyllis Webstad, a Residential School survivor and founder of Orange Shirt Day.  Through our class novel, "Fatty Legs", and Phyllis Webstad's story of her experience in a Residential School, the students gained an understanding of the significance and importance of Orange Shirt Day.  The students were introduced to the term, "assimilation" and provided examples from the book and the video of how  Indigenous children were assimilated in Residential Schools.  The students were also introduced to the term "reconciliation" and discussed ways in which they could contribute to reconciliation. 

In math we worked with 5 digit numbers using addition and subtraction with regrouping skills.  We also logged into Mathletics and completed a few challenges.

For science we continued working on our recycle raps/songs using what we've learned so far about reducing waste in our city and how we can help.  Ask your child about their project and how it's coming along!  

We finished our last activity on our artist of the month - Pablo Picasso while learning about his 'blue period' of painting and we used watercolour to paint our own blue portraits

Students also learned about Zen Tangling and mindful doodling techniques

Our Genius Hour projects are coming along with a lot of passion and excitement!

We had a class meeting today to talk about challenges and give shout outs to our peers.  Building empathy and showing kindness are goals for this year.


Looking ahead:  Next week the students will be:

- continuing their study of the Natural Regions of Alberta

- continuing the novel study of "Fatty Legs"

- writing a paragraph about what they are thankful for in their lives

- preparing a "Book Commercial" to present to the class

- using number lines for quick recall of addition in math and addition strategies

- investigating waste in nature


Reminders:

October 9 - Professional Development Day - No School

October 12 - Thanksgiving - No School

October 28 - Picture Retakes (also for students that were absent for picture day)

October 30 - Professional Development Day - No School

We still have not received all of the beginning of the year forms.  Please complete and upload them ASAP into your child's myBlueprint account, if you have not already done so.  Please email us if you have questions. 

The instructions for doing so are:                                                               

Log into your child's myBlueprint account  (Click on "Log in With School Account.  Select "Calgary Board of Education.  Sign in with your child's username, which is their CBE student number, and password)

There are 8 forms.  Separate "Activities" (assignments) have been created for each form. Here is the best way to upload each form:

1. Print the form off and fill it out by hand.
2. Take a picture of the form.
3. In MyBlueprint, click on "Activities" and find the corresponding activity box.
4. Click "Start Activity". Then, click "Take Photo" or "Add File" (if you already have the photo taken) and then upload it.


Have a great weekend!  Enjoy the warm weather and fall colours

Pam Blanchard and Kim Crone



September 25, 2020

It was lovely to connect with those of you that were able to join us at Meet-the-Teacher last night.   If you were not able to attend the meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions/concerns.  This week at school the students:

- started playing instruments (xylophone)

- ran in Stanley Park during P.E. class

- completed 40 second obstacle courses in gym in honour of the 40th Terry Fox Run

- began learning about the geography of the Foothills Region

- continued the novel study of “Fatty Legs”

- created math games

- began "Genius Hour"

- learned French vocabulary words for school items

Next week the students will be:

- learning about Terry Fox's life and legacy and participating in the Terry Fox Run

- writing a paragraph about their hero

- acknowledging and learning about the history of Orange Shirt Day

- continuing with the novel study of "Fatty Legs"

- continuing with the geography of the Foothills Region of Alberta  

 Reminders:

- Picture Day on Mon., Sept. 28

- Terry Fox Run on Tues., Sept 29 (students will be running during their P.E. class)  If you would like to contribute to our schools fundraising in honour of Terry fox, the link is: http://www.terryfox.ca/RideauParkSchoolCalgary

 - Orange Shirt Day Wed., Sept. 30 

- if you have not uploaded your child's consent forms into myBlueprint, we'd appreciate them completed ASAP. The instructions for doing so are:                                                               

Log into your child's myBlueprint account (Click on "Log in With School Account.  Select "Calgary Board of Education.  Sign in with your child's username, which is their CBE student number, and password)

There are 8 forms.  Separate "Activities" (assignments) have been created for each form. Here is the best way to upload each form:

1. Print the form off and fill it out by hand.
2. Take a picture of the form.
3. In MyBlueprint, click on "Activities" and find the corresponding activity box.
4. Click "Start Activity". Then, click "Take Photo" or "Add File" (if you already have the photo taken) and then upload it.

September 18, 2020

Another week has flown by!  All of the students that brought their own devices were connected to the school wifi and technology is up and running.  Happy birthday wishes to Hudson L., who is celebrating his birthday on Sunday!

 This week at school the students:

- learned what the six Natural Regions of Alberta are (see if your child can remember them)

- learned what geography is and what elements are examined when studying the geography of an area

- learned about the Rocky Mountain Region of Alberta

- continued our novel study of "Fatty Legs"

- completed a journal entry in myBlueprint (please have your child share their writing with you

- learned how to write Egyptian numbers in math and relate it to place value

- did our Daily Edit and Cursive writing practice

- went outside and did a nature sketch

- drew “Grumpy Cat” and created lists of things that make us happy when we're feeling a bit grumpy

- investigated recycling in Calgary and made posters inspiring our classmates to recycle

-  played soccer in gym

-  played body percussion in Music

-  wrote “All About Me” in myBlueprint


Reminders:

- please complete and upload the required beginning of the year documents on myBlueprint.  Log in with your child's username (their CBE student number) and password.  Students logged in at school today, so they should be able to do this at home.  Please let us know if you have any questions or problems logging in.

- students will be running in Stanley Park during their Physical Education classes next week .  Please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor running shoes and is dressed for the weather.

- Scholastic book orders can be made and must be paid online @ scholastic.ca. Use the Class Code RC222197

- please ensure your child brings his/her device and charger to school everyday

- please ensure your child has a book of their choice to read.  Your child can go to the link on the side to fill in a book request form or bring a book from home or borrowed from the Calgary Public Library.

- please continue to email both of us by 8:45 a.m. (kacrone@cbe.ab.ca and pablanchard@cbe.ab.ca) if your child is going to be absent or going home for lunch    

- meet with Mrs. Crone and Mrs. Blanchard on Thursday, Sept. 24 @ 7:00 p.m. via TEAMS  You should have received an email from Ms. Hadden with a link to join the meeting.  Please let us know if you did not receive the email.  We look forward to meeting with you next week. 

- Friday, Sept. 25 is a Professional Development Day for Teachers - no school for students


Looking Ahead: Next week the students will be:

- learning about the geography of the Foothills Region of Alberta

- learning the correct structure for writing a paragraph and writing about Terry Fox

- continuing with the novel study of "Fatty Legs"

- completing their Daily Edit and cursive writing practice

- reading independently

- focusing on addition and subtraction with numbers into ten thousand

- creating their own math game using cards

- beginning Genius Hour (an independent research project and presentation all about a topic of interest)

- continuing to learn about waste in our world with a focus on waste in nature

- creating another Picasso inspired self-portrait




September 14, 2020

We have uploaded the forms that need to be completed at the beginning of each school year into your child's myBlueprint account.

These include:
1. The Consent for CBE Use of Student Information
2. The Consent for Use of Student Information by News Media and Outside Groups (Third Party)
3. Digital Citizenship Agreement
4. School District Use of Personal Information
5. Student Health Emergency Response Protocol
6. Student Health Plan
7. Walking Distance Field Trip Form
8. Annual Volunteer Registration Form

Separate "Activities" (assignments) have been created for each form. Here is the best way to upload each form:
1. Print the form off and fill it out by hand.
2. Take a picture of the form.
3. In MyBlueprint, click on "Activities" and find the corresponding activity box.
4. Click "Start Activity". Then, click "Take Photo" or "Add File" (if you already have the photo taken) and then upload it.


September 11, 2020

We had another great week!  Students came to school excited to learn and see their peers this week.  

This week at school the students:

- had a fire drill (ask your child if he/she can remember the 3 S’s (silent, socially distanced, single file)

- began the study of Alberta – ask your child if he/she can tell you at least 3 facts about Alberta

- finished their maps of Canada

- learned greetings in French

- continued listening to the read aloud of Fatty Legs - ask your child if he/she can summarize what has happened in the story so far

- learned about body percussion in music- ask your child to show you

- worked on our place value skills and learned a new game with cards.  Ask your child how to play!

- learned about our recycling program in Calgary and what goes in our blue bins.  We watched a video that showed the recycling facility in Calgary and were amazed at how all the different materials are sorted

- created cubist self-portraits inspired by our artist of the month - Pablo Picasso

- our kindness challenge this week was to create an inspirational piece of chalk art around the front of our school.  If you get a chance, stop by the school and check them out!

Next week the students will:        

- begin learning about the Natural Regions of Alberta

- continue the novel study of “Fatty Legs”

- continue practicing spelling, punctuation and grammar through their Daily Edit

and practicing their cursive handwriting

- learn about composting in science

- continue developing place value skills with numbers into the ten thousands

- review basic facts with addition and subtraction up to 18


 Reminders:

  • Please ensure your child has a book to read at school – our library book exchange program is still being organized
  • Please email both of us if your child is going to be absent, has to leave school early or to let us know if your child is going home for lunch (unless you have informed us that your child is going home for lunch every day).  Please email us by 9am that day if possible if your child is going home for lunch
  • If you have a piece of technology for your child to use at school, you can start sending it in daily.  We suggested tablets/iPads if you are looking for something to send but laptops are great too if that's what you have.  A protective cover would be helpful for protecting those devices from getting damaged in their backpacks and at school.  Another suggestion would be to not put water bottles in the backpacks with the technology in case of spillage.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Mrs.Crone and Mrs.Blanchard 



September 4, 2020

It was a fantastic first week in Grade Four.  Even though things are a little bit different, we are all so happy and thankful to be back at school!  This week at school the students:

- used hula hoops in P.E.

- began learning the provinces, territories and capital cities of Canada

- did a daily edit

- wrote a letter to their future selves 

- made a heart with all of the things that are important to them

- did magic squares in math

- practiced cursive writing

- listened to the read aloud of a book called,  “Fatty Legs”, which is a woman's true account of her experience at a Residential School - this will lead us in to this year's overarching concept of reconciliation  

- had French with Ms. Martin.

Reminders:

-      please read your child's T.W.A.S.(This Week At School) and write a question for your child to respond to next week.

-      please make sure your child returns his/her T.W.A.S. book every Monday (or Tuesday if it's a long weekend)   

-      have your child bring a baby picture and a fanny pack

-      begin regular entry procedures and times on Tuesday -  enter through the front doors between 8:40 – 9:00.  Students are expected to be in their classrooms no later than 9:05.  Students will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:45 through the front doors

- please remember to email both of us (kacrone@cbe.ab.ca and pablanchard@cbe.ab.ca) us by 8:45 a.m. if your child will be absent or is staying for lunch that day

- we will let you know next week when students may start bringing their devices

- no school Monday, Sept. 7 (Labour Day) or Friday, Sept. 25 (PD Day)


Looking Ahead:

Next week the students will be engaging in the following learning intentions:

Math - pre-assessment of number sense, representing numbers to 10000, place value and addition strategies

Science - Waste and Our World

Language Arts - Daily Edit, Novel Study of "Fatty Legs", Cursive Handwriting, Independent Reading, T.W.A.S.

Social Studies - Introduction to the Natural Geographic Regions of Alberta

Art - Picasso, artist of the month study, and self-portraits


                                                           Have a fantastic long weekend!


September 3, 2020

We had another wonderful day in Grade 4!  Tomorrow the students will bring home their T.W.A.S (This Week At School) to communicate to you what they learned this week.  A couple of reminders: Please ensure your child has a book to read at school for their independent reading time.  Students are not able to sign out books from the learning commons yet.  Ms. Lane is working on procedures for students to sign out books.  We'll let you know when book sign out is up and running.  Students will meet Mrs. Crone on the field at 9:15 a.m. and  be dismissed through the front doors at 12:35 p.m. tomorrow.  Next week we will begin our regular entry and exit procedures.  Have a great evening!


September 2, 2020

We had another fantastic day in grade 4.  Ask your child about their 'map of my heart' project - students did a great job showing what was meaningful to them such as family, friends, ice cream and sushi!

We are asking students to bring in a baby photo of themselves for a display in our classroom and a guessing game.  Please label the back of the photo with your child's name and send in an envelope by this Tuesday.  We will try to guess which photo belongs to each student.  All photos will be returned in a few weeks.  If possible please keep it to a 5x7 photo or smaller (not poster size!).  We will try our best to take good care of them.

We have an idea for better storage of masks: if students had their own waist pouches/belt bag type storage than they can wear those and store their masks in that when we go outside for lunch, gym, outdoor learning etc...and also has room to carry a little hand sanitizer too.  Definitely not mandatory but could be helpful.

Some students have breakaway lanyards to hold their masks and those seem to work well too.


Thanks again for your support this week and helping to keep us all safe and healthy...

Pam Blanchard and Kim Crone




September 1, 2020

We had a great first day of school!  It was lovely to see all the familiar and new faces.  We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Just a few reminders and notes:

If your child is going home for lunch just on an occasional basis, please email us before 9:00 a.m. to let us know.  Also a big thank you to parents for helping your child be prepared and providing supplies.  

Students did a fantastic job following new protocols and keeping their masks on inside.  Students received two masks, which they put in their backpacks.  You may want to wash them.  It is recommended that students keep an extra clean mask in a plastic bag in their backpacks.  

Double check the list we posted yesterday - some items that may be helpful for each student are little packages of tissues for their desks, their own mini unscented hand sanitizers, and a small towel/blanket/cushion to sit on outside – waterproof would be great or place inside a plastic bag

If possible, please refrain from sending indoor shoes that have flashing lights on them.  Mrs.Blanchard has a sensitivity to lights and the flashing lights will trigger migraines.  Thanks so much for understanding!


Have a restful night and we will see everyone tomorrow,

Mrs.Blanchard and Mrs.Crone


 




Dear Rideau Park Grade 4 Students of 2020/21 and Parents,

 Welcome to Grade 4!!

We hope that you all had an enjoyable summer!  We are looking very forward to working with all of you this year!  We job share the Grade 4 classroom.  Mrs. Crone teaches on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Mrs. Blanchard teaches on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  We alternate teaching on Fridays.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1, is our first day of school!   We will be following a staggered entry and exit for the week of Sept. 1- 4. Grade 4 students are to arrive at 9:15 a.m. and will meet either Mrs. Crone or Mrs. Blanchard behind the school in the field by the playground.  Students will be dismissed through the front doors at 3:35 p.m.

Please be sure the following items are in your child’s backpacks on the first day:

- a mask  (It is recommended that students keep an extra clean mask in their backpacks.  Students will receive 2 masks on the first day.)

- indoor shoes 

- outdoor running shoes (Please note that Physical Education will take place outside, so students need to have outdoor running shoes and be dressed appropriately for the weather each day)

- snack and lunch

- water bottle

- items that were posted on the supply list

- "Me Bag" as outlined on the supply list  [Required: A book to read, dice, deck of cards, small notepad or doodling book; Optional activities: colouring book, puzzle books(such as Sudoku, word searches and/or crossword puzzles), letter tile games (such as Scrabble and Bananagrams), kanoodle, a small ziplock bag of lego, kanoodle, small puzzles].   These items should fit in and be enclosed in a large ziploc bag.

- a small towel/blanket/cushion to sit on outside – waterproof would be great or place inside a plastic bag

- 2 small packages of kleenex

- own technology, if possible (Please do not send any technology this week)

- please note that a recorder is not required at this time

Each student will be provided with individual supplies such as: notebooks, pencils, erasers, duotangs and loose-leaf paper, markers, pencil crayons, a pencil sharpener and a visual journal.

School Messenger is an important tool for staying informed and to receive information from the CBE and Rideau Park School. Here is the link to subscribe:

 http://calgary.schoolmessenger.com/cbe_subscribe

All student consent forms will be sent and returned via myBlueprint.  More details of how this process works will be sent home this week.  If your child will be going home for lunch, please send an email to us, granting your permission for your child to do so.  

The classroom is ready (see photos below) and we’re so excited to see you tomorrow! 

Sincerely,

Kim Crone & Pam Blanchard

kacrone@cbe.ab.ca

pablanchard@cbe.ab.ca

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Elsie Morden’s motivational words and performance on the Hitmen’s ‘Telus Be Brave’ live stream was a personal and poignant conversation that we couldn’t stop watching. Thank you for sharing your story💕@elsiemorden @WHLHitmen @TELUSBeBrave to #EndBullying @7sRideau #WeAreRideau https://t.co/oNn6DHyZwk

Thank you Andrew Phung for your encouraging words and recognition of our students at Rideau Park💗#PinkShirtDay2021 #antibullying @andrewphung @mrs_prangnell @rideaupark1 @3Rideau @blanchardyyc https://t.co/FfXZ5dfM3l

RT @CalgFoundation: Don't forget to wear your brightest 💕 PINK shirt tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 24, for #PinkShirtDay! Let's choose kindness and stand against bullying in all forms. https://t.co/ZseYBxTKQO