Sunday, January 10, 2020
We have started a new science unit on Classroom Chemistry. We will be describing the properties and interactions of various household liquids and solids. Students are being regularly reminded not to mix materials at home unless supervised by an adult. Some household substances should definitely not be mixed together.
Our opening activity was observing what happens when salt is sprinkled on ice. Students each had 2 ice cubes to compare - one with salt, and one without. Salt causes the ice to melt very quickly, and students were able to recognize why Canadian cities use salt on roads in the winter!
Some of the outcomes include:
1. Recognize and identify examples of the following kinds of mixtures:
- two or more solids; e.g., sand and sugar
- a solid and a liquid; e.g., sugar and water
- two or more liquids; e.g., milk and tea.
2. Distinguish substances that will dissolve in a liquid from those that will not, and demonstrate a way of recovering a material from solution.
3. Recognize that the surface of water has distinctive properties, and describe the interaction of water with other liquids and solids.
4. Distinguish reversible from irreversible changes of materials, and give examples of each.
Friday, January 29 is a Professional Development Day. There will be no school.
Report cards will be going home during the week of February 1.
Teachers' Convention - February 11, 12 (No school)
Family Day - February 15 (No school)
We are working on goal setting as we begin a new year. Each student is being asked to set 2 goals - one academic, and one growth mindset. To help us with goal setting, we are trying out cup stacking. It is a fun and challenging way to develop concentration, coordination, following directions, and persistence. Here is a sample of what speed stacking looks like:
Sunday, December 13
We have been informed that our PLP class will be returning to school in person on January 4th.
This is the last week of school before the Winter Break. Don't forget that we have some school-wide activities this coming week. (See below.)
There are lots of online activities on our Google Classroom for anyone who wants to do extra math and reading practice over the break.
Our class was very generous in supporting the RMS Mayor's Food Drive. The items form our school will be picked up early this week.
Here's a cloud in a jar:
Monday, December 7
There are only 2 weeks left of school before Winter Break. We are still awaiting news of when we will return in person to school after the break.
For the last week of school, we have some activities for the whole school to join into:
Tuesday: class door decoration
Wednesday: Sweater Day (can be Christmas, winter, funny, etc)
Thursday: Head ornament Day - hats, headbands, etc
Friday: PJ Day
Students can participate in all, some, or none, as they wish.
If you are able, please send in items for our food drive.
This week, the students are writing letters to include in their ink-printed cards made last week. One letter will be sent to a member of the Canadian Military, and the students will choose 2 other recipients.
Sunday, November 29
There will be no school on Friday, December 4.
The Winter Break starts in 3 weeks. At this time, we do not know if our class will be returning to school on January 4 or January 11, as the CBE has not made this decision yet.
Our annual food drive starts on Tuesday, December 1. Food items may be sent to school, or you may send a donation at:
We are working on non-fiction reading and writing in guided reading groups and in our weather unit. Students will be doing a project on one type of extreme weather. This can be done from home through our Google Classroom if students have to be at home. There are many resources on our Google Classroom for reading and math that can be accessed from home as well.
This week, each student received a t-shirt from Mrs. Morrow's brother David, who works for the Ottawa Race Weekend organization. A number of students sent an email for Remembrance Day to David's son Eric, who is in the Canadian military, stationed in Ukraine. Eric replied to everyone who sent him an email, and we are now in the process of making cards to send to the men and women stationed in Ukraine over the Christmas holidays.
Some students have taken up the challenge of not playing electronic games for a few days. While the games can be lots of fun, it is important to also get outside, and to play other kinds of games that are not electronic!
Monday, November 9
**There will be no school this Wednesday because of Remembrance Day. We will be observing this important day tomorrow at school with a virtual assembly. Ms Butner, our Music teacher, has taught all of the students the American Sign Language words to O Canada, which will be part of the assembly. We will also be observing a minute of silence.
The weather is turning cold again, so please come dressed for it.
The idea of a "Growth Mindset" is one that we learn about and practice daily to help us conquer challenges. Each student has created a piece of art that includes thought bubbles to help them recall words they can use to help when they're feeling stuck on a problem. It takes time and practice to develop a Growth Mindset!
We are working on spelling patterns in Literacy, and will be starting guided reading groups soon.
In Science, we are continuing to learn about weather. We have learned about air and are now learning about heat and cold. We use demonstrations to help with understanding these concepts.
A lot of students are complaining about being tired. Please make sure that you go to bed early enough so that you get lots of sleep. And don't overdo playing electronic games!
Friday, October 23, 2020
It was a very cold and snowy week. Just a reminder that students need clothing to keep them warm outside, including mitts.
Also due to the cold, students will need extra masks because the masks get very wet from condensation. Thank you in advance. We have provided each student with a mask extender, which helps to make masks more comfortable.
This week we continued learning about weather. We did a demonstration on air pressure using a piece of newspaper and a ruler. We learned that wind is caused by air moving from an area of high pressure into an area of low pressure. We used balloons to see how this works.
On Wednesdays, we have been practicing online learning. In the event that we have to move to online learning, students will have experience in working online. Each Wednesday, we do Dance Mat Typing, a writing task, Mathletics, and Raz Kids. Each child has a page of usernames and passwords that has been sent home. Please keep it in a safe place so that in case we have to go to online learning, they will be ready.
Friday, October 16, 2020
With the weather getting colder, this is a good time to think about snowpants and snowboots for playing outside. Everyone has much more fun if they are able to stay dry during outdoor play. A pair of mitts and a hat and neckwarmer help when playing in the cold.
We had a lockdown drill this week, which went very well. I reassured the students that the likelihood of such an event is very small, but it is important to be prepared.
Everyone has been working in their own Jump Math workbook this week, and everyone is getting into the routine. A game that you can play at home is called "what's my number?", and you can ask your child how to play.
We've also been working at identifying which one out of 4 things does not belong. For example, when given the 4 words: sock, shoe, mitten, boot; the one that doesn't belong is the mitten, because all of the others are worn on feet. The more language we use with children, especially in fun ways, the more they learn.
In terms of reading, all of the students have access to Raz Kids at home. They can get there through our Google Classroom, or just search for Raz Kids, and then use rmorrowi as the teacher name. All of the students know their passwords.
We created art today that will be turned into unique cards by Staples that can be purchased closer to the winter/Christmas break. See today's Rollie Review.
Parent-teacher conferences are coming up on the 29th of October, between 8:30am and 7 pm. Thursday conferences must be booked online, and will happen online. The booking app goes live on October 22nd. Ms Haniak, our Office Admin Secretary has sent the information about how to book a conference in today's Rollie Review.
Thank you for sending your child to school with extra masks. As the weather cools, masks are more likely to get wet outside, so one or two extra masks makes it much safer and more comfortable for everyone.
Friday, October 2, 2020
We have spent much of this week learning about Orange Shirt Day, which is a recognition of the impact of Residential Schools on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people. The Orange Shirt was written by Phyllis Webstad. We learned from her experience as a young child having to move away from her grandmother to go to a residential school. There, she had her special orange shirt taken away, her hair cut short, and she was no longer allowed to speak her own language. Many thousands of children suffered in similar and worse ways. The Government of Canada has apologized for their part in so-called Indian Residential Schools, and is to be working towards reconciliation with FNMI communities.
Also this week, we have been working at improving following routines and expectations. This is very important for helping everyone to learn and have a shared sense of belonging. Please reinforce with your child the importance of doing their best, and maintaining a growth mindset!
I encourage all families to read with your child each day. Reading is a critical life skill, and like anything, improves with practice. The Calgary Public Library is free to all users, and they have bags of books for quick and easy pickup.
Next week is a short week - there is no school on Friday.
Monday, October 12 is Thanksgiving, and there is also no school.
Thursday, October 29, there is no school for Parent-Teacher Conferences, and October 30 is a PD day.
Have a good weekend, and try to get outside while the days are still so warm!
Tuesday, September 22
Dear Parents/Guardians: Please note the new COVID checklist sent by Alberta Health: (When you click on it, the link will show up.) Please note that this should be done daily. Many thanks.
COVID Screening Tool
Friday, September 18, 2020
Our Tuesday fire drill had to be cancelled, but we did have one on Thursday. It lasted longer than normal, because the alarm wouldn't shut off, but students did their best to wait patiently.
We spent the day Wednesday getting our logins and passwords updated, so in the event that we have to move to online learning, everyone is ready. This Wednesday, we will again spend time focusing on how to do work within our Google Classroom.
In Science, we did a diagram of the atmosphere. We learned that the atmosphere has a number of very important jobs, including protecting us from harmful rays of the sun and from meteorites, as well as keeping our earth at a livable temperature. The closest layer (the troposphere) is where all of the weather happens.
On Friday, we had individual photos taken. If your child was not here, there will be another opportunity later in the year.
Coming Up This Week:
Thursday: School Conference - by phone. 4-7:45 pm. You must sign up online:
Friday, September 25: PD Day - No school.
How to Book a School Conference
1. Log-in to MyCBE / PowerSchool (www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe).
If you do not have an account, follow the Create a MyCBE Account instructions.
2. Click on the My School Conferences icon.
3. Click on the time slot that is available and convenient for you. Ensure pop-up windows are allowed.
4. In the pop-up window, you will choose your child (you have the option to enter the student's name), the name of the parent / guardian is pre-filled, but can also be changed.
Create a MyCBE/PowerSchool Account
1. Go to www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe and click on the “Create Parent Account” link.
Important: the email that you are using to create your account must be the same one you have provided to the school. If you are unsure, please contact the school office.
2. Once you have created an account, you will receive a confirmation email.
3. After your account is confirmed, you can login to the system.
Have a good week.
Friday, September 11, 2020
We are starting to get into a routine. This week Music classes started. They have to be held in our classroom, and for now, singing is not permitted.
This week we continued the temperature graphing, using hoola hoops, challenged each other to the game of 7s, and did a sun and moon art project using warm and cool colours. Photos to come!
We have started some thinking about Growth Mindset, and have done a page of accomplishments. We have used 100 charts and dice to add to 100, and taken turns leading "Guess My Number". We watched a Mystery Doug segment on why cats purr. We also donned gloves, and cleaned up our schoolyard. It looks a whole lot better now!
Mrs. Palmer gave each student a backpack with supplies that had been donated to our school. We still ask that backpacks aren't brought to school, but feel free to use these for hiking or swimming bags.
*Watch for a note that is going home about what to do if child is showing symptoms of illness.
Coming Up this week:
-Fire drills on Tuesday and Thursday are planned
-Picture Day is on Friday
We are changing our recess location from the climber to the east soccer field and pavement for this week at least.
Have a good weekend.
Friday, September 4, 2020
We have had a good first week together. Here are some activities that we have done:
-washed or sanitized our hands - a lot!
-practiced all of the COVID 19 protocols
-created a class chant of the months of the year, and learned how the seasons and the months overlap
-learned the game of 7s
-practiced hoola hoop tricks
-brainstormed uses for math, and completed a page of Math About Me
-drew a self portrait, and learned that our eyes are in the middle of our face, not on our foreheads!
-started our 180 Days (of school) Calendar
-began a graph of the daily temperatures
-drew faces showing emotions
-watched 2 episodes of Mystery Doug: one about how germs spread, and one about the purpose of eyebrows
-created warm and cool colours using red/yellow/white paint, and blue/green/white paint
Have a great long weekend!
September 1, 2020 Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
It has been a long while since students and school staff were altogether, and it will take some time to adjust. There are a number of new expectations in schools that are important for all parents and students to be aware of before coming back.
Please watch the following video about the Elementary School Re-entry Plan:
There is also a video to watch about protocols for riding the bus: https://drive.google.com/file/...
We will be spending time going over all of the new routines and expectations. One very important daily expectation is to go over the checklist for COVID symptoms before sending your child to school. The screening tool is below, and is available in a number of languages.
Also, please note that we are asking students NOT to bring backpacks to school. As we have to distance students' materials, we need to limit that number of belongings that come into the school. We thank you in advance for helping us in this way. Lunch kits and water bottles will both be welcome.
Our class has 2 Educational Assistants: Miss Maya and Mrs. Williams. They are both experienced EAs and are looking forward to this school year with all of our students.
Please feel free to contact me by email or at the school at 403-777-8240.