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Feb. 24-28 February 24, 2014

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Well, last week sure didn’t turn out like I’d thought! With only 2 days of school, I have decided to keep it simple for this week. Many of the activities we began last week will continue into this week.

In literacy we will be reading the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Because Eric Carle is such a distinctive illustrator for many of our books, we may do some exploring around how he creates his art.

We will focus on the words do, and, as well as come, look, here

We are all doing really well with our guided reading. You may have noticed the children brought some sight word cards home with their books last week. When I first introduce their new book, we look through it to see if there is a word that we see over and over. Then we write that word down and keep it with that book. This is a great way to reinforce the sight word that goes with that book. When they bring the book home on Tuesday, let them tell you what the word(s) is/are, and they can find them in the book. These words might be different than the words we are focussing on as a class because they are unique to that book. Knowing the sight words is a great skill, but to have them in conjunction with their weekly reading solidifies their importance.

In math we are still working on the number concepts for 6-10, particularly part/part/whole. The easiest way to think about this concept is knowing a number can be broken into 2 parts. For instance, 10 can be 6&4, 7&3 etc. Understanding this concept is very important for understanding the concepts of addition and subtraction. One way we emphasize this concept is by giving the students a certain number of two sided chips. By turning them over 1 at a time, we can see how many different combinations of a number can make the whole number. It’s hard to explain over a blog, but easy for the children to see when we do it together- trust me!

Pleas make note of these:

Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day. It is a day set aside to “say no to bullying”. We will be wearing pink shirts that day.

Slips for Parent/Teacher Interviews will go home Monday. Grade 3 is doing their parent/teacher interviews slightly differently than the rest of the grades. Because of this, some of the interview times for your kindergarten student may not coordinate with the grade 3’s. If this will be a problem for you, let me know.

Book Fair Our second Book Fair will be held March 5, 6 and the morning of March 7. Please stop by the library early next week to sign up for a class visit.

Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru- Project by former bus driver Tiger:

Over the past 6 years I have been visiting Peru and noticing how drastic the poverty is. Children roam the streets lacking many essential necessities that we take for granted. Approximately 11% of Peru’s children will die before they reach the age of five. Almost 20% of the children are forced to work as child laborers to help their family survive. Half the population of Peru lives below the poverty line-surviving on less than $2 per day and more than 570,000 orphans roam the streets of Peru with nowhere to go and no one to help them. These devastating facts are the main reason that I have been starting up this project once again. I have been collecting items for the children for the past year since I returned from Peru. My current goal for this trip to Peru is to provide 500 kids or more with some basic necessities such as medical supplies, soccer balls, shoes, clothes, t-shirts, pencils, and so on. I presently have all the items in my house prepared, but I am now collecting cash donations to raise money for the transportation and the freight cost for all the items. I am asking for your help on this project. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. I am a non-registered, non profit organization with the name “Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru.” You can write a cheque to “Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru” or you can transfer money to PayPal under the name nemer.melhem@eastlink.ca. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tiger at tigermelhem1@gmial.com.

 

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Elephant and Piggie February 13, 2014

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Parents,

One of my favourite book series for kindergarten are the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. We have been reading some of these in class over the past few weeks and have enjoyed the fun, humour, and message that they have. When I went in to my local library last night to order more books to share with the class, I found out that the Stratford Library is having a party on Saturday for Mo Willems. I thought I would share that information with you in case you were interested in taking your children to the event. Here is what I have from the library website:

Mo Willems Birthday Bash
Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. Come and celebrate the creator of Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, Cat the Cat, and don’t forget Pigeon! We’ll have lots of fun with crafts, stories and cupcakes!

If you get a chance to go I hope you enjoy it,  and tell Ashley hi for me!

Mrs. Marshall

PS, if for some reason the storm is harder than anticipated and we end up having classes cancelled tomorrow, we will have our Valentine’s Party on Tuesday (remember no school Monday because of Islander Day).

 

February 10-14 February 9, 2014

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Here’s what’s up for the week:

Letters: X, V

Sight Words: Yes, No

Story: Dan the Flying Man 

Math: Part/Part/Whole for number 7

On Friday is Valentine’s Day. We will be having our party that day. If you are interested in sending some treats, please feel free! We will be passing out Valentine’s and doing some activities around the Valentine’s theme.

Here are other dates to note:

Pancake Breakfast
Stratford and Area Lions Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 22 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. If you are interested in tickets, please see the office. They are $6.00 for adults, $3 for under 10, and $18 for a family.

Monday February 17: Islander Day- No Classes

March 4- Report cards go home

March 6-7 Parent Teacher Interviews (your parent teacher times will be the same as they were in the fall unless you need a different time. Please let me know if you need to change times)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall

 

Tyrannosaurus-Rex February 6, 2014

Filed under: Learning Stories — mrsmarshallkd @ 9:49 pm

Sorry to post something with a link that led nowhere! I guess I’ll stick with what I know for now. I wanted to get this out today, because the kids were so excited about this.

We had some fun today talking about the T-Rex, and we learned a few things along the way. I told them about a T-Rex fossil I saw in Chicago named Sue. Sue is the most complete T-Rex fossil ever found, and scientists have learned a few things about the T-rex that they didn’t know before. For instance, the T-Rex didn’t stand up on like many of our toys show us. Instead, they leaned forward more like a bird, which led us to the next item, dinosaurs were probably more like birds than lizards.

Today, we measured out the length of a T-Rex and compared it to different places in the school:

We learned the T-Rex wouldn’t fit in our classroom!

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The hallway by the library might work, of course the ceiling might get in the way:

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The hallway by the bathrooms works for length:

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But the best fit was the hallway from the doors by the shoe rack to the wall with the mural:

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We had some thoughts about the T-Rex:

-It’s NOT SMALL!

-Does not stand up straight, but leans forward, like a bird

-12 Meters long!

-Longer than our classroom!

 

 

 

February 3-7 February 4, 2014

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The first week of February is here! Lots to do this week, here we go:

Letters Z, K; sight words And, Go

Our book is To Town.

Math: working on part/part/whole with the number 6

We continue to work on writing and guided reading. Books will begin to be sent home next week!

Just a few extra classroom notes:

Please note that the morning school bell rings at 8:20 and class begins at 8:35. For those of you dropping off your child in the morning, it is important that they be here on time each day. There are many learning opportunities happening the first part of the day, and to miss out on any part of these truly impacts the success of your child for the day. To come in late many times begins to negatively impact on their year as well.

Also, toys for recess and show and share are absolutely fine, but when they start to interfere with your child’s learning they will be put away until the end of the day. We have had some incidents where students are playing with their toys instead of getting ready for the day, or playing with them when they should be working on their daily assignments. If you could remind your child about this it would be greatly appreciated.

Speaking of Show and Share, make sure you check your child’s back pack as the calendar was sent home yesterday!

Other things to be mindful of:

Spirit Day
Winter Olympics are quickly approaching.  We are going to have a school spirit day on Friday, February 7th to help kick off the Olympics. It will be dress in red/white colors or any other Canada day attire.

Pancake Breakfast
Stratford and Area Lions Club will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 22 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. If you are interested in tickets, please see the office. They are $6.00 for adults, $3 for under 10, and $18 for a family.

February 17- Islander Day- No School

February 28- PD day, no classes

Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall