Ms. Johansen | Grade 2/3

October 1st

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Last week was pretty busy! We participated in the Terry Fox run and went all the way down to Fish Creek park on the 3.4km route. They all did a super job and were determined to be the first one finished ; ) Terry Fox would be very proud of the effort they put forth and it is amazing that our school raised over $2000!

๐Ÿงก On Thursday, our school recognized Orange Shirt Day, which is actually on Friday, September 30th. Thank you to all the students for wearing orange, listening to stories and acknowledging the history of how residential school have affected many Canadians to this day!

Here is a look at our learning from last week:

๐Ÿ“ Writing

-       My Hero ~ Terry Fox is a Canadian Hero but would you say is your hero and why? 

~ Terry Fox & Me by Mary Beth Leatherdale 

-       Orange Shirt Day: decorating a t-shirt (worksheet) 

~  Stolen Words by Melanie Florence 

~ When I was eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Olemaun

~ Molly of Denali Episode: Grandpa's Drum 

-       Fall and Terry Fox Wordsearch

๐Ÿ”ข Math

-       Place Value Continued

๐Ÿ“– Reading

-       Last week of silently reading for 3 minutes!

3 groups of students switch books each week based on the month they were born:

-       January, February, March, April: Change Books on Monday

-       May, June, July, August: Change Books on Tuesday

-       September, October, November, December: Change Books on Thursday

-       There is no Read to Self on Wednesday as we have Music on our schedule 

๐ŸŒŽ Social Studies

-       This is my province! ~ Alberta

~ Why I love Alberta by Daniel Howarth 

~ Alberta Bound by Paul Brandt 

-       This is my country! ~ Canada

~ Why I love Canada by Daniel Howarth 

~ Good Morning Canada by Andrea Lynn Beck 

๐Ÿ’ป Computers

-       Practicing how to log into our emails

-       Students were allowed to log into their own Raz Kids, Math Prodigy accounts

-       They were also given the option to log onto website

โœ๏ธ Art

-       Orange Shirt Day: How to draw a buffalo and a feather (continued next week)

๐Ÿฅณ Birthdays

-       We celebrated our September Birthdays on Thursday with a song and some slime

-       Happy Birthday to Hannah in our class๐Ÿ’œ ~ September 26th


๐Ÿ“Œ Important Dates to Remember in October 2022 ๐Ÿ‚


Tuesday, October 11th


Friday, October 7th ~ System Indigenous Education Professional Learning Day

Monday, October 10th ~ Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Friday, October 28th  ~ Professional Development Day for Teachers


September 27th

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธTerry Fox Run Tomorrow

Remember to check the weather and dress appropriately. 

Wear comfortable shoes for the walk. ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

Bring a water bottle to keep us hydrated ๐Ÿ’ฆ

If needed, a hat and or sunglasses to protect us from the heat ๐Ÿงข ๐Ÿ•ถ

We will be heading out in the afternoon to accomplish what Terry started ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

As a school, we are continuing to raise money to support this amazing foundation.  Last year we raised $1500.  This year we are hoping to beat our goal! 

Do not forget to donate if you can, please visit this link. 

๐Ÿงก Orange Shirt Day ~ Thursday, September 29th 

We are recognizing Orange Shirt day this Thursday! If you can please wear something Orange to acknowledge the memories of those children, women and men that have been and still are affected by the legacy of residental schools. 

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Terry Fox Run ~ Wednesday, September 28th 

This coming Wednesday is our Terry Fox Run/Walk and we have the opportunity to complete our loop through Fish Creek.  As a school we are hoping to raise money to support this amazing foundation.  Last year we raised $1500.  This year we are hoping to beat our goal.  

If you would like to donate, please visit this link. 

September 25th


Thank you so much families for coming to visit whether it was in-person or online during Meet The Teacher on Thursday or Friday! It was a pleasure to meet all of you ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

If you were unable to come in or meet me online, please message me and we can set up a time to talk:


Last week, the students were working on:

โœ๏ธ Writing ~ Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (a few choices based on completion)

-       Writing about the theme of the book

-       Creating a Freckle Juice recipe of their own

-       What do you wish you could have and be willing to drink something disgusting for

This work is currently displayed on our bulletin board!

๐Ÿ“– Reading ~ Read to Self

-       3 minutes only

-       Continuing to build Stamina

-       Everyone is doing a GREAT job at following expectations!

๐Ÿ”ข Math ~ Math Mystery: The Case of the Bad Superhero

-       Finishing up some of the Numeracy Tests

-       Simple Addition and Subtraction

-       Place Value 

๐Ÿง—๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Science ~ Rocks & Minerals

-       Sorting and classifying types of rocks

*If possible, please remind your child to bring in some rocks so that they can participate in certain activities*

๐ŸŒŽ Social Studies ~ Me on a Map

-       This is Me!

-       Talking about what makes you special and where you are in the world.

-       This is my City!

-       Reviewing important landmarks that are in our own city, Calgary!

๐Ÿ– Health & Wellness ~ Bucket Filling

-       Have you filled a bucket today? By Carol McCloud

-       What is bucket dipping and bucket filling?

-       Defining what behaviours are appropriate and inappropriate at school

๐Ÿ“Œ Important Dates Coming Up

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธTerry Fox Run ~ Wednesday, September 28th

๐Ÿงก Orange Shirt Day ~ Thursday, September 29th

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ NO SCHOOL ~ Friday, September 30th: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 16, 2022

 Hereโ€™s a look at some of the work students are doing in Room 11!

โœ๏ธ Language Arts ~ The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

Writing about a representation of feelings:

Who is your colour monster?

What colour is your monster?

When do they feel this way?

How can we possible change our colours?

Why does your monster have these colours?

๐Ÿ”ข Math

I Spy Educational things

Around the Room ~ Double Digit Addition

Completing all of our Numeracy assessments and working on Mystery pictures using a 100 or 120 chart.

๐ŸŒŽ Social Studies

An introduction to the Frank Slide and how we or other things affects the land.

๐Ÿง—๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Science

Introduction to Rocks ~ What do we know about them, what do we wonder, what do you think we will do with our Rocks & Minerals topic

Trudyโ€™s Rock Story by Trudy Spiller

Everybody needs a rock by Byrd Baylor

If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

I have asked students to bring in some rocks to share in class and to be used for sorting. Please follow the list provided on the side!

๐Ÿ“š Read to Self ~ Increased to 3 minutes because they ARE SO EAGER to read

However, we are still practicing how to maintain and build stamina by following certain rules:

1.     Stay at your desk in an appropriate position (no laying down or tapping noises)

2.     Not looking at another personโ€™s book

3.     Reading the whole time and re-reading your books

4.     No bathroom breaks (unless itโ€™s an emergency)

5.     Refrain from drinking water at this time

They are doing a great job so far only a few times I have needed to remind students

๐Ÿ“– Chapter Book

Finished Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom and will be working on some writing activities next week. 


Students were able to visit and check out books from the Library on Thursday with Mrs. D. They were all very excited! Library is not a set time or day for our Grade 2/3s and they may return their book on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and check out a new book when they can during the day. 

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Fun OR Finish Friday

I forgot to mention last week that I do make a list of work that needs to be completed. If they complete all their work in the time provided then on Fridays they will be allowed a 30-minute free choice time. We have Lego, reading, games or at times the computers or ipads to use. I do provide plenty of time in the week for students to catch up on work and this is usually a great motivator for them


๐Ÿ’ป Reminder to SIGN UP for Meet the Teacher next week! The system is down so please continue to try over the weekend.

Thursday, September 22nd ~ 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday, September 23rd ~ 8:00am to 12:00pm


๐Ÿ“Œ Next Friday, September 23rd ~ NO SCHOOL due to Meet the Teacher conferences

Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 15, 2022 ~ Parent Teacher Conference Booking Has Begun! 

How to book a Parent/Teacher Conferences via MyCBE 

The Conference Manager booking system for Parent/Teacher Conferences opened at 6:00 am on Thursday, September 15th and will close at midnight on Wednesday, September 21st. 
As per the instructions below, the booking system will be accessed via the PowerSchool Parent Portal MyCBE. Please note that Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held according to your preferred format โ€“ either online using Microsoft Teams (virtual conference) or you are also welcome to meet with teachers in-person (please indicate your choice of in-person or online conference when you book your appointment).
Steps to Follow: 
ยท         Log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal at MyCBE > myCBE Apps > my School Conferences
ยท         Click on โ€œBook a new Conference nowโ€
ยท         Select your student
ยท         Select the correct conference
ยท         The default teacher will auto-populate โ€“ select a different one from the drop-down if needed
ยท         Choose how you will attend the conference โ€“ ONLINE or IN-PERSON
ยท         Select the date and time
ยท         Select the option to receive a reminder the day before the meeting.  Type in the cell phone number and cell phone provider
ยท         Select BOOK CONFERENCE โ€“ Important โ€“ As this is a live environment, another user may have booked the same selected time already.  If this is the case, a message will display.  Refresh and book another time
ยท         Once the booking is successful the booking dashboard will display a summary of your conference booking
ยท         You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, re-schedule or cancel appointments etc.
If you booked an online conference an email confirmation will be sent to the legal guardian.  Save the e-mail and read the full instructions.   Note โ€“ the link to connect to your conference is โ€œJoin Microsoft Teams Meetingโ€. 
We ask that you arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled Teams Meeting and take the time to test your audio and video setting. 
lf you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 403-777-8630.

September 11th ~ A little bit about Room 11

 Hello Families,

 We have been in school for 6 days now! Our class is establishing some routines and ways to show respect during the day. Everyone is being kind and working super hard on tasks. I am very proud of them all! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


Here are a few things that have happened in our classroom last week: 

๐Ÿ“š Read to Self ~ Building Stamina by reading for 2 minutes

Ask your child what are the rules during Read to Self that they need to follow to ensure success! I do like to build this up by adding 2 minutes to each month and aim for 20 minutes of reading time in June 2023. However, every classroom is different just like it might be for your childโ€™s need too! ๐Ÿค“

๐Ÿ“– Chapter Book ~ Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom

Everyone has been great at giving suggestions about the characters or predicting what will happen next. It is a very short chapter book so we might be able to finish it this week!

๐Ÿ“ Back to School Interview & All about Me!

We have done some writing about ourselves in both Math and Language Arts.

They answered questions about what goals they want to achieve in Grade 2 or 3 or what is different this year than last. Students also were asked specific questions about themselves like โ€œhow many letters are in your name?โ€. Then asked to show these numbers in different ways, for example, using ten frames, pictures, words or tally marks.

๐Ÿ”ข Numeracy

Students have started working on a few math sheets that will be discussed at your โ€œMeet the Teacherโ€ time on September 22nd or September 23rd. More details will come regarding these times in the following week.


For Future Reference:

๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐ŸฅœAllergies

We do have a peanut allergy in the classroom. Please ONLY provide Peanut/Nut Free snacks and lunch items with your child each day!

 ๐Ÿฅณ Birthdays

In my classroom, I prefer to celebrate a student birthday at the end of the month. I typically leave a time on the last school day of the month to sing โ€œHappy Birthdayโ€ and offer a small gift to your child! If you would like to provide something for your childโ€™s birthday then I encourage you to bring in something for EVERYONE (25) and your child must hand it out themselves. I prefer them to not be food but items like stickers, pencils or erasers. This is NOT an expectation but only a suggestion if you wish to!

๐Ÿ–๐Ÿผ Fidgets

I do allow students to bring in a "pop it" or small fidget toy if they feel that they need it. However, I am not stating you must bring one or buy something for your child. It is ONLY a personal choice! Our class has talked about how some students benefit from a fidget to help them focus and not everyone needs these things. We continue to talk about how to use them properly and when are the appropriate times to utilize them. Students are responsible for their own fidget toy if they choose to bring it in and are not allowed to exchange it or play with others.

๐ŸŽง Technology

We will be working on setting up student in our Google Classroom, Raz Kids and a Math Prodigy account soon. You will be given all the computer codes during our Meet the Teacher time. If you are able to provide a pair of headphones for your child to use in order to reduce noise in the classroom, it would be appreciated๐Ÿ˜‰  They do not have to be expensive and even Dollar Store ones work very well!


Thanks Everyone!

See you all tomorrow on Monday, September 12th ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

August 31, 2022 ~ Welcome to Room 11! 

Please check out my Welcome Letter in the Resources Tab โžก๏ธ

๐Ÿ– First Day of School ~ Thursday, September 1, 2022

Finding Your New Teacher at 8:40am 

Bell Rings at 8:55am 

School Begins at 9:00am 

Grade 2/3 Recess at 10:30am 

Lunch at 12:35pm 

Bell Rings at 1:00pm 

Dismissal at 3:40pm 

Remember to bring: 

๐Ÿ’ง a water bottle 

๐Ÿฅ’ ๐ŸŒ healthy snacks for morning and afternoon(if needed) 

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ indoor shoes (to remain at school) 

๐Ÿฅช ๐Ÿงƒ ๐Ÿช a delicious lunch *๐ŸฅœNut Free Please, we DO have a peanut allery in our class*


Supervision starts at 8:40am 

Bell Rings at 8:55am 

School Starts at 9:00am 

Grade 2/3 Recess at 10:30am 

Early Dismissal at 12:50pm 

๐Ÿ“Œ Reminder ~ Long Weekend 

NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 5, 2022 

Back to school on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 8:55am ๐ŸŽ’


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