Welcome back! 
We hope you all had a wonderful and restful February break! Thank you again for all coming to the Grade 4 Expo. It was a huge success and students were so proud to show off all they’d learned to their parents.

From the office: Student Usage of Personal Devices Before and After School
Recently, a few students have begun pulling out their digital devices (phones, computers etc.) to play games in the gym, hallway or playground. To clarify our policy, for ES students, personal devices are not to be used at school. If children are with their parents/guardian on campus, their parents/guardian can override this rule. Aside from that circumstance, these devices are not to be used when on campus and should be turned off and put away during the school day. As for working on school projects, that would need to occur under teacher supervision.  

Student-Led Conferences:
On Thursday, March 27 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.

What is a Student-Led Conference?
The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her learning journey. Evidence of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Conferences will last for up to one hour.

Why Student-Led Conferences?
–> Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference. 
–>Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability. 
–>Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
–>Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
–>Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
–>Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
–>Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.

The student’s role
To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

The teacher’s role
To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate.  You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress. 

The parent’s role
To attend the conference with your child. It is important that you are there for them.

To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.

In Unit of Inquiry (UoI) we are diving into our next unit, How We Organize Ourselves.  We will be looking at the Central Idea:  Technology and innovation impact human-made systems.  Students will be analyzing different systems in our world (ie: traffic systems, airport systems, etc) and looking at how technology is used to automate, improve, and make those systems run efficiently..  Additionally, students will be learning and using coding language to program robots as an age-appropriate introduction to programming technology.

In Math, we continue our unit on identifying and measuring angles. We will be focusing on decomposing angles using pattern blocks. In class students will use concrete examples to discover the additive nature of angle measure. Working with pattern blocks, they see that the measures of all the angles at a point, with no overlaps or gaps, add up to 360 degrees, and they use this fact to find the measure of the pattern blocks’ angles.

Students continue to get excited about reading and writing fantasy stories. They are working on learning about  the different fantasy characters, plots, settings, problems and adventures to help them create their own Fantasy stories. Writers are also learning to organize their ideas into a beginning, middle, and end so that they can have a clear plan before writing their fantasy story/ies.