Narrative Reading & Writing in Grade 2!

Grade 2 students and teachers are a couple of weeks into the Narrative reading & Writing units. Students are learning about and reading narrative stories and writing narrative stories about their lives. 

Narrative Writing: 
Big idea: Personal narratives describe true events from your life.

Guiding Questions:
-How do people get ideas from their lives for sharing personal narratives
-How do people make decisions about which stories to tell?
-How do people develop their stories?
-How do we read like writers? (all year-long)
-What do good writers do


Narrative Reading: 
Big Idea: Narratives stories have different parts and meanings that we can make connections to and enjoy.

Guiding Questions:
-What are the components of a narrative text? (setting, characters, events, structure)
-How do we make meaning from narratives?
-Why do we read stories? Why do you like a story? Why do we return to particular stories?
-How are stories organized?
-How do characters reflect real people?

From the Art Department

Thank you for your donations and please keep them coming! Here is a photo of the objects which are drawing greatest attention at the moment. We seek small items which are interesting in shape, color, or texture. Students are fascinated by nature, and also small toys, plastic jewellery, and replica treasures from ancient civilisations.  Many thanks for your continued donations!

AAS 70th Anniversary Dress Up Days

During the week of October 7th-11th, the entire school will have various ways to celebrate the 70th anniversary of AAS (the school was founded in 1949).  One of the ways that the elementary school students will celebrate is by dressing up each day in clothing from the designated decades in the school’s history.

Here are the decades that the students may dress up as each day:

  • Monday (Oct. 7th): 1940s and 1950s
  • Tuesday (Oct. 8th): 1960s and 1970s
  • Wednesday (Oct. 9th): Pinktober (dress up in anything pink to bring attention to cancer)
  • Thursday (Oct. 10th): 1980s and 1990s
  • Friday (Oct. 11th): 2000s and 2010s

If students do not wish to participate in the dress up days, they must wear their regular school uniform.

New Grade 2 Math unit: Sums & Differences to 100

Math: Eureka Unit 1: Sums & Differences to 100

From Eureka: In this unit, students work with sums and differences to 20. They will then apply these skills to fluently add one-digit to two-digit numbers up through 100, using place value understanding, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

The focus of G2 math standards for this unit
– Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
– Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems
– Add and subtract within 20
– Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies
– Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
– Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction

Please see below for Unit 1 documentation.

Click here for Eureka Unit 1: Parent Tips
Click the blue links for Eureka Unit 1: Topic ATopic B and Topic C information

Recycling Junk into Art

A message from Helen Arnold – ES Art Teacher

The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc. Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room) With many thanks!

Class Parents Needed

A message from the PTO:


  • Our elementary school students love it when their parents get involved in school!
  • Becoming a class parent is a great way to participate in your child’s class, build stronger relationships with teachers, meet other parents, and get involved with the PTO.
  • We are looking for two parents per classroom.
  • No experience necessary!  Training and support will be provided.
  • More information and the sign-up link will be in next week’s newsletter.  In the meantime, please email Liz Kirkwood at with any questions.

Grade 2 Swimming Information

Dear Parents,

Please see linked information below from the PE/Swimming dept. regarding the upcoming swimming lessons.

Your child’s teacher will let you know when your child’s class is scheduled to begin their lessons.

Link: Swimming Information for Parents
Link: ES Swim Club Pre Evaluation

For questions about the swimming program, please contact Kirby Boychuk and/or Tatiana Goncharenko .


Severe Nut Allergies in Grade 2

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the first week of school!  This year we have multiple students with severe nut allergies.  To ensure we offer a safe environment for all students, we request that all families refrain from sending in food that contains nuts.  We appreciate your thoughtful support.

Thank you for your consideration,

The Grade 2 Team