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Ramps and Such January 27, 2014

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From the beginning of the school year, many of us have been fascinated by ramps and building ramps. At first, I thought that would make a wonderful project for us. However, as I continued to observe, I realized there really wasn’t anything else I could add to the discovery. The children, on a daily basis, have helped each other build their knowledge of ramps, and what ramps can do. As I spoke with the children, I learned that they already knew a lot about ramps. They had already figured out which ramps made the cars go farther, faster, and how to build one with the proper incline for what they neededImage


At first, our ramps started out being built from the floor.




As time went on, the floor ramps became steeper, allowing for more force behind our vehicles.Image




Now, we have added a “blueprint wall”. Basically, I have put paper on the back side of the Kitchen centre and on an easel. Now, when we have finished building a ramp, we draw it on to the paper and we have a “blueprint” to copy for the next time.


The more we work on this, the more complex our ramps are becoming. Through all of this, the students are learning not only about force and motion and gravity, but about problem solving. About team work. About trial and error. These are what we call “21 Century Skills.” These are the skills we will need as we grow and mature, not only for school, but for life. 




January 27-31 January 24, 2014

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OK, since I didn’t get the blog update up last week, I am trying to do it on Friday afternoon. We’ll see how it works!

Here’s what’s on tap for next week:
We have shown an interest in Dinosaurs, so we are going to devote some of our afternoon STEM time to studying Dinosaurs. So far we have already seen whether or not a T-Rex could eat us in one bite. We will do some more measurement activities around this topic, should be interesting!

In math we have begun studying numbers 6-10. So far we have worked  on printing the numbers and making sets of the numbers. Beginning next week we will begin looking at other concepts of number, particularly “part-part-whole” which is knowing that a number is made up of two parts (5 and 5 is 10, so is 6 and 4, 7 and 3, etc.).

In literacy we will add “it”, “and”, and “in” to our word bank. We will also cover letters Y and Z.

Our writing continues to develop as well. Some ideas for encouraging writing at home can be: writing the grocery list together, or a to do list, have them write about what they are playing, or even telling make believe stories to give us ideas for our writing.

Guided Reading is going well.  I like the students to have a solid understanding of the books, so that when they are at home they can be confident in what they are reading. We will be bringing books home in February, so be on the look out!


I think that is it for now!

Have a great weekend and will see the kids on Monday!

Mrs. Marshall

Here are some items to be aware of:
January 30- PJ day!

January 31- Professional Development day- NO SCHOOL!

 “A reminder to parents who drop their children off in the morning that if you are walking your child into the school, you are to use the parent/visitor parking lot located directly in front of the playground. If you are dropping your child off and they are walking into school on their own, you may use the drop off/drive through zone which is located along Glen Stewart Dr. Cars should not be left unattended in the drop off/drive through zone, nor should they be diagonally parked. In addition if you are bringing your child into the school, the expectation is that you bring them to the front lobby or their door and then the child goes to their class independently. Parents should not be standing around the boot rack areas.”

Report Cards will be going home March 4, with Parent Teacher interviews on the 6/7th. Typically we schedule these parent teacher interview times for the same time you had in the fall. If that will be a problem, please let me know and we can work together to find a time that suits you.


January 13-17 January 13, 2014

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Our first full week has been finished and we are ready to go for this week!

In literacy- Letter: H, L.  Sight Words- To, Is, In Story for the week is The Hat by Jan Brett. 

Guided Reading also begins this week! Very exciting for all of us! Towards the end of the month we will be bringing our books home to read for homework. There will be more information as the time gets closer.

In Math we will begin numbers 6-10. 

Monday is Day 3- Library Day.

Here is a special note regarding our parent literacy night this Thursday:

Due to a very large response to our parent literacy night, we have to make a slight change so that we can accommodate all those who want to attend. We are asking those parents of students in Kindergarten and grade 1 to attend a session from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and those parents of students in Grade 2 and 3 to attend a session from 7:15-8:15 p.m. We apologize but we are unable to provide childcare for this event. The sessions have been designed/created for parents.

Other dates to remember:

January 30- PJ day

January 31- No School/Professional Development Day

Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall


January 6-10 January 8, 2014

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Hello Parents,

It has been great getting back to school and getting back into a routine. Great for all of us! Here is what is happening this week:
Literacy- Letters T, J  Sight Words to, is 

We are reading the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. We have been having a lot of fun with the story, acting it out and talking about the different animals. This is always a fun story to read.

We will begin our guided reading groups next week. This is always an exciting time in kindergarten when we take those first steps into reading. More information about this will be going home at the beginning of next week.

In math we will be finishing up patterns.

Other notes to be aware of:

January 16 is our Literacy Night:

You are your child’s first teacher and an important part of your child’s education.   You are invited to join us for an informative and interactive evening hosted by Glen Stewart’s Literacy Team.  We will be discussing topics such as reading/comprehension strategies, websites/apps and word work/spelling ideas.  We hope you will join us January 16th at 6pm.  Please RSVP by completing the form distributed by your child’s homeroom teacher.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall