Friday, 20th September, 2019

Conferences – It was great to meet with families at our goal-setting conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to share information and set goals for your child. 

Unit of Inquiry – If you have not had the chance to send in an item made from a plant, please help your child to choose something from home to bring in.  For instance, a cork, items made from cotton, etc., will have the kids thinking beyond direct plant products to those made from plants.

Reading Homework – So how are the “just right” book readings going for your family? Did you read in the same place and at the same time each day to begin to build a reading habit? Just like any healthy routine you are trying to start, missing one day, makes it easier to miss a second and third day and no habit develops. Although we would like your child to initiate this, it may not happen at first. Please ask about the book and declare a “reading time” at home. Thank you for your help with this.

Happy reading!

Writing –  As we are writing personal narratives, it can be difficult for students to think of experiences they believe are worthy of putting down in writing. Although we know stories are everywhere and nearly any experience when told with detail and emotion is a good idea, this can be a challenge for some writers. How about providing a bit of inspiration for your child? Aside from talking about possible writing subjects or events, you can send in some photos that could inspire personal narratives. Students will keep the photos in their writing folders and refer to them when they need an idea to write about. One photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – Here’s a game to try at home to help your child become more efficient with number combinations. Use playing cards to play Turn Over Ten. Remove the jacks and kings (queens become zeros). Lay the cards face down, in four rows of four. Players take turns turning over 2 cards, looking for pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3). If they find a pair they keep it and use the extra cards to fill the vacant spaces. When all of the cards are paired, the player with the most “tens” wins. Some families may want to begin with Turn Over Five. When your child is feeling comfortable with the pairs that make five, move on to six and seven. Need more challenge: Use the jacks (11), queens (12), kings (13) and jokers (zero) and try Turn Over Thirteen.

Important Dates:

Thursday/Friday, October 3 & 4 – PD for teachers / No School for Students

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break


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