Spirit Day! Aaargh! It was a pirate-y kind of day. Thanks for helping them show their school spirit by dressing up today.
Holiday Concert – Hope to see you next week! – Wednesday, December 14 9:30am for the grade 1-4 holiday concert.
Getting Ready to hit the ice! – First grade skate check is Monday and Tuesday.
ALL STUDENTS are required to bring in their ice skates and a hat with no tassle that will fit under the skate helmet.
We will NOT be skating. Students will be fitted for helmets and practice putting on skates. We will check the sharpness of blades. Please have new skates ready with laces in eyelets ready for lacing up. We will be on the ice when school begins in January! (Weather permitting)
Here are the first grade skate-check days next week (our actual skating days may differ):
Monday – 1WL, 1HM, 1HA bring skates and hats
Tuesday – 1AO, 1DC bring skates and hats
How We Organize Ourselves – The students participated in group building projects and soon discovered the importance of working cooperatively and having everyone fulfill his/her role. They are making connections between this work and the roles and responsibilities necessary for organizations, like our school, to function effectively.
Looking Ahead – Our next unit of inquiry is Where We Are in Place and Time – with a focus on Journeys. Although it doesn’t begin until January, we are thinking about it as many of us are preparing to travel over the holidays. We request that each child bring an artifact from their journey. This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. We are also collecting maps of any kind – could be a city map, park map, zoo map, mall map. As we tend to rely on electronic maps these days, if you have some paper maps that you don’t need back, we would love to have them. Encourage your child to keep a travel diary or journal of souvenirs, ticket stubs, stories, poems, photos or drawings of his/her experiences. This can be in electronic form if you like using apps such as Book Creator, Storykit, etc. We would love to share these when we return to school. They would serve as a great jumping off point for our inquiry into journeys.
Writing – As we wrap up our ‘How to’ writing next week, many students will be bringing home their work to share with their families. We hope you get a chance to read and enjoy your child’s ‘how to’ writing.
Math – Enjoy family time over the holidays and help your child continue to develop number sense confidence by playing games with cards, dominoes, dice, coins, etc.
Leaving early? – Please let the teacher know if your child will miss any of our final week of school or be late returning in January. Also, if your family is moving and your child will not be returning to AAS in January, please let the office and teacher know. We would like to say goodbye to our classmates who are leaving.
Taganka gift bags – Thank you to all of the first grade families who have filled and returned their Taganka gift bags already. Our Elementary Student Council are hoping more will take the time to help those in need. Thank you for your time and efforts. Bags must be returned by Tuesday.
December 12-15 – Bring ice skates to school for a skate check and practice putting them on (Skating begins January 9)
Tuesday, December 13 – Taganka gift bags returned on or before this date
Wednesday, December 14 – Holiday Concert gr 1-4 9:30am
Thursday, December 15 – Last day of after school activities
Friday, December 16 – Class holiday parties – Holiday begins at 3:30!
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