Enjoy the break! Safe journeys to all who are traveling!

It was a Super Day! Thank you for helping your child dress in red, white or pink today. 

Friendship Cards – Thank you for helping your child with the friendship cards. The students really enjoyed getting them today. We hope you have time to sit down with your child and share them together. Thanks to families who sent in treats as well!

How the World Works – Matter – For families that have some extra time at home next week, how about allowing your child some freedom in the kitchen to predict, mix materials, and observe results. Are the materials we started with different after mixing? What happens when we heat or freeze our mixture? We encourage you to photograph or record any experiments or investigations you do to share with the class.  

Writing – A week away from school is a great time to begin writing a journal, but of course this is optional. If you are traveling, tape/glue in your boarding pass or ticket stubs. Write about the journey next to the pass or tell about your souvenir or the reason for your ticket. This is my train ticket for the metro we took to the museum. It was a hot and crowded train. We were glad to get out! Or This is my ticket to the museum. I really liked trying the experiments myself. We put our hands in a box and had to guess what was inside. The children are encouraged to share their journals when we return.

Math – Travelling provides great opportunities to play with math. Look at the time on your boarding pass. What part shows the hour? Minutes? How many minutes is it after the hour? How long will we be in the air? Will there be enough time for a movie? Two movies? When you have arrived, play with coins. Is there a ten? Ones? Can you show 36 using tens and ones? Can you add up the coins we have? How can we share this snack equally for 2 people? 4 people? So many possibilities to build number sense!!

After School Activities – New activities begin on Monday, February 24 – the first day back after the break! This may mean different pickup schedules. Please make sure all concerned, particularly bus companies, are aware of your child’s schedule changes after the break.

Save this date! Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences for elementary students. Please plan to attend this opportunity for your child to share his/her learning. There will be no make up sessions for parents who miss this particular conference.  The classroom is set up for the conferences and it is difficult to replicate the whole process on another day.

Message from the PE DepartmentOur new unit for Grade 1 is Where We Are in Place and Time, with a Central Idea of:  Games, activities, and performance arts help us evolve and connect to the world.  Essentially we are talking with the students about how games, activities, and performance arts help us connect to each other. We know our students and families come from many different countries, cultures, and backgrounds and we want to share some things that help us all connect while also celebrating unique histories and differences.  (Ex: A dance, childhood tag game, cultural game from your home country)

This is where you come in! We’re hoping that some of you might want to come in and share/teach a game, activity, or performance art that you grew up playing with our grade 1 classes! It could be something you still do, something popular from your home country, something you used to play as a kid. Our space would be the gym or outdoor space (weather dependent). We have lots of different equipment if needed.  

If you think you have a game, activity, or performance art that you would like to share/teach to Grade 1, please fill in the form that was sent home and/or contact your PE teacher.

Ms. Collins, Mr. Wohlberg, and Mr. Weaver would like to thank you in advance! 

 

Important Dates:

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

Monday,February 24 – School resumes

Monday, February 24 – New activities begin

Monday, March 9 – No school

Tuesday, March 10 – No school for students (PD for teachers)

Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences

The Blog will be updated every Friday. Please subscribe to get notifications.