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30October

November News - Grade 3

November News

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet with you during Parent/Teacher conferences.  We welcome and value your feedback as the year progresses.  We are well into the swing of things in all of our subjects.  Here are some of the things we will be focussing on this month:

Language Arts (Reading/Writing)-  We have just begun our Guided Reading groups.  In our small groups, we will be practicing our decoding, predicting and visualizing skills.

Writing: We would love to see the Grade 3s become confident and prolific writers! With that in mind, we are beginning a new writing routine where we go through these steps: PLAN, DRAFT and REVISE, each week. Students will be able to plan ideas, share and develop their ideas, then write and edit.  About once a month, we will go through a publishing process where a ‘final’ copy will be written. We will learn to keep in mind that when we write, we write for an audience and need to convey information, ideas and/or entertain the reader! 

Math- In the next two weeks, we will begin our unit on Place Value skills (NUMBER SENSE). We will be practicing counting numbers using a number line to compare and round numbers. We will learn how to group and count by 10’s and 100’s, and find ordinal numbers. Students have been using Base Ten materials to model 2 digit and 3 digit numbers and recording the number in a place value chart. They will be exploring ways to represent numbers and investigating and describing numbers to 1000.  Place Value is the foundation to number sense.  A solid understanding of place value is essential to develop a strong number sense and an understanding of all computational methods. These skills will come in handy in many mathematical situations as it directly enhances skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Therefore, we will keep at working on improving quick recall of these skills throughout the school year.

Data Management: Students are also learning how to collect and organize information in a tally chart, pictograph, and bar graph in our Data Management unit.

Social Studies- We will be working on our Haida group projects (note taking, paragraph writing, putting together a poster board display, making a model and presenting information to the class)

Bible:  Students have just completed a unit on Bible Heroes. This month we will be focussing on God`s peace as well as on who we are in the eyes of God.  Our memory verse this month is:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Philippians 4:7

Students should practice this verse at home so that they will be ready to say it during chapel at the end of the month.  Stay tuned for the exact date.

Health and Career Education (HCE): We are continuing to study how to recognize our own feelings and emotions, as well of the feelings and emotions of others.  We are currently participating in the Zones of Regulation program.  Please read the attached information regarding the program.

Halloween Candy: Some of you may have received treats this Halloween, however, it is appreciated if you limit your child to one small treat at school per day.  More than that may lead to unnecessary hyperactivity, among other things. Thank you in advance!  Did we mention, thank you in advance?! 

We have started learning the songs for the school Christmas play this week.  Students will be presenting `Christmas in Black and White`` on December 14th.  Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales and costume needs.

Photo retakes:  If you would like your child to get his/her photo taken again, please ensure that he/she wear his/her formal uniform on Thursday November 2nd.   

Important Dates:

Thurs 2- Photo retakes

Fri 3- FALL FUN FAIR at LGCA

Fri 10 Non-instructional Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

Mon 13 Remembrance Day – SCHOOL CLOSED

Fri 24 Curriculum Implementation Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Mon 27- PURDY’S ORDERS DUE

LGCA Fall Fun Fair

Parent/Student Fall Fair Community Event – Friday, November 3rd - 7pm-9pm

Have you bought your child’s ticket yet for the Parent/Student Community Event – November 3rd? Instructions for Ordering Fall Fun Fair Tickets – Cost: $5.00 per student (No cost for adults)

NOTE: DEADLINE for ordering is Friday, November 3rd at noon. The cost of the tickets is to cover the activities for the evening not for raising funds. Tickets are purchased through the Munch a Lunch program.  Please refer to the LGCA Thursday weekly newsletters for info on how to login to this website.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education!  

 

Blessings,

Andrea Flett and Holly Lasko

Published in Grade 3

17October

Grade 4 October 16- 20

Grade 4 News

A few things to remember for this week (October 16 -20):
 
Early Dismissal- Wednesday @1:30pm
 
No School for students Thursday and Friday
 
Parent/teacher interviews -  Wednesday (2pm-7pm) and Thursday (8:30am-3pm)
 
Science World Field Trip and Permission slip - sent home today due Thursday October 26th. Field trip on November 3rd 2017
 
Scholastics - Due October 26th
 
Christmas Play auditions - October 23rd - Students who are interested have already attended a meeting with  Mrs. Lasko and myself and have their 'audition' lines.
 
Over the next few weeks we will be administering the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) during class time. A brochure was sent home yesterday providing you with information regarding the assessment. If you have any questions please connect with either Mr. Tsui or myself.
 
 

Published in Grade 4

12October

Grade 4 Notes

This week in Grade 4 October 10-13th

What's happening in Grade 4?
 
Socials:
We have started our new unit on explorers; in particular we will be learning about explorers who came to North America as well as early contact, trade, cooperation, and conflict between First Peoples and European peoples.
Language Arts:
We are continuing with our reading unit on Charlottes Web. Students have also researched a spider and are now writing a descriptive and informative paragraph on their spider.
Bible:
Continuing with our "Fruits of the Spirit" unit
Math:
We have started a new unit on numeration - students have been reviewing place value. They  received a homework sheet on place value on Tuesday which is due tomorrow. We will be having a mini unit review on Tuesday October 17th.
P.E:
Please remember that PE days are a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Students are allowed to come to school on a Tuesday in their gym strip as they have PE first thing. However, they have to change into their school uniforms afterwards. On the other days, they change into their gym strip at school.
 
Things to Remember:
  • Parent teacher interviews are next Wednesday and Thursday
  • Sign up sheets are outside the classroom
  • Early dismissal Wednesday Oct 18th @ 1:30pm
  • No school for students Thursday and Friday (October 19th & 20th)
We will be having a Multiplication Madness month for the month of November. Details to follow - but if you want to get a head start practicing those multiplication tables - that would be great!

Published in Grade 4

30September

Highland Dancing Lessons

Lessons start Mon, October 2nd

Highland Dancing Lessons with Ms. Munro

Thank you for all the registrations that have come in. Lessons start Monday, October 2nd.

If your child rides the school bus in the afternoon, please advise the office that they will not be taking the bus home. All dancers in the afternoon classes are now expected to have proper highland dancing slippers. Tartantown has a fantastic sale on until September 30th for 'Highlander Highland Dancing Slippers', priced at $30 from $39. This is the only store to purchase dancing slippers from and the store is located 5 minutes north of Lougheed Mall. Please reference their website https://www.tartantown.com for directions and hours.

Thank you. Ms. Munro

19September

GRADE 6 GENERAL INFORMATION

What to know for grade 6!

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We are excited to teach your child and look forward to all that lies ahead!  We are committed to making this one of the best social, emotional, spiritual, and academic years for your child.  Below are some guidelines to help them get the most out of their Grade 6 experience:

Being an INDEPENDENT LEARNER

Being an independent learner means that students will need to take RESPONSILIBITYfor their learning within the classroom.  Our role, in partnership with the home, is to teach students to become more independent in preparation for Grade 7 and high school.  While students are learning to be independent we are always here to support them through the process.  Our expectation is that students will try their best at all times.  Taking risks is essential to learning new things and we challenge students to be stretched beyond their comfort zone at times.  Taking small steps will allow them to grow throughout the year.

COMMUNICATION

It is important that communication between home and school is strong.  You know your child best, so please contact us if you have any concerns about your child’s academic, emotional, or social needs.  We have a number of ways to maintain the lines of communication:

  • Google Classroom– students (& parents) can use Edmodo to download assignment sheets, find updates and reminders and connect with their classmates about school related topics. *Mrs.Friesen will demo Google Classroom on the BBQ night
  • Email– if you have concerns or questions please contact us through email.  We both check our email regularly.
  • Parent/Teacher interviews– throughout the year parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled.  We are able to schedule a face-to-face meeting outside of those times to discuss any concerns regarding your child.

 

 DAILY ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS

  • Each assignment will contribute to the overall letter grade for the term.  It is important that students use their class time wisely to ensure they understand the assignment and complete their work.
  • At the beginning of each project, criteria and expectations will be discussed with the class (a project sheet and grading rubric will be handed out at that time).
  • Due dates for projects will be known in advance and indicated in the planner and on the website.  Students should not leave their project until the night before it is due!  We will help the students create a guideline to break the project into manageable chunks.
  • Quizzes happen for Bible memory verses, Math and occasionally for Social Studies and Science.  Tests will usually occur at the end of a unit in Math, Social Studies, and Science.  A study sheet will be given out prior to the test as well as posted on Google Classroom.

 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK

We believe that students should work hard at school and use their out-of-school time to focus on things that contribute success in life: eat dinner as a family, participate in extra-curricular activities (sports, arts, youth group), play outdoors and READ!  Therefore, we will not be assigning nightly “homework”.  Students will have project work and be expected to review for tests.  They should also read at least 30 minutes a day. Every. Single. Day.

  • Students are provided with a planner to keep track of assignments that are due and important information.  They may also take a photo of the due date board on their device.
  • Assignments should be handed-in at the beginning of the day it is due.  Work turned in after that time willhave marks deducted.  *Part of the CE mark will include handing in work on time.
  • We understand that circumstances can make it difficult to complete an assignment or project.  Please have your child email us ahead of time to let us know about these circumstances and we can extend grace by working out an extension, extra help, etc.  Excuses on the due date are not acceptable.
  • Students that continue to have incomplete work will be required to stay in at lunch or recess to complete the assignments.

 

EXTRA HELP

Students who need extra help can come before school or request to stay after school.   However, we are not tutors and strongly encourage students to ask questions during class time.    Most evenings we are able to reply to emails/ Google Classroom messages regarding assignments.

PUNCTUALITY & ABSENCES

It is important that students arrive on time and have the necessary supplies for each day (PE clothes, Band instrument, USB stick, etc.).  The work load in Grade 6 makes it difficult for students to catch up if they are late, and is not good stewardship of everyone’s time if we need to spend time repeating instructions/assignments for late students.

When a student is absent it is their RESPONSIBILITY to find out what work they have missed.  They should check the class blog, Edmodo, email or call a friend, or email the teachers.

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a written note or email to the office regarding the absence.  These notes are audited and used for our school funding.

 

 

 

 

UNIFORMS

Students are required to wear their formal uniform everyday. We ask that you assist us in making sure your child is properly dressed when they leave the house each morning, that means:

  • all black shoes (notboots)
  • navy/black socks or tights (girls)
  • and their shirt tucked in (golf shirts may be worn untucked)
  • The students should keep their PE uniform (navy shorts, gray t-shirt and running shoes) at school EVERYDAY for participation in PE or DPA (Daily Physical Activity).  But please…take it home for regular washing! We also ask that all students keep deodorant at school for after PE class.  (Please, NO SPRAY DEODORANTS)
  • Please note- intermediate students do not need to have all black running shoes.  They may wear any colour of athletic shoes.  It is important that the shoes provide good support for active play (and fit a family’s budget).

 

SNACKS/WATER

Proper nutrition and proper hydration help fuel students’ bodies for learning.  Each student should have a reusable waterbottle to keep at their desk.  Please label it and send one that is made of a heavy material so that it does not constantly drop off their desk.  We know that hungry students do not learn effectively so we allow students to snack on fresh fruit and vegetables in class. Please do not send chips or snacks with a high sugar content (NO soda pop!).

  • A “hot” lunch will be available weekly by pre-order through the PAC “Munch a Lunch” program.  Keep you eyes out for the order forms in early September.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS

The Grade 6 students will have the opportunity to participate in Scholastic Book Clubs.  Flyers will be sent home throughout the year.  Scholastic provides a variety of reading material at a very reasonable price.  When you order the class earns coupons towards the purchase of books and resources for the class.  Please do not feel that you need to purchase these books.

 As educators we know that parents have the greatest insight into their child.  To allow us to get to know your child please email both of us the following information:

  • At home my child enjoys….
  • My child excels at…
  • In 5 words (or less) I would describe my child’s temperament as…
  • My biggest concern(s) about my child in Gr.6 are…
  • Any other information you think we should know about your child.

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Published in Grade 6

14September

Welcome To Grade 6

September 15th

Welcome To Grade 6

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy two weeks it has been in grade 6.  We have hiked, drawn pictures, written sentences, solved complex math problems and learned how to have a growth mindset.  Stay tuned for more on (What is a growth mindset?)

 

Google Classroom:  The grade 6 students have been assigned the task of setting up google classroom on their home computer and/or device.  (parents you are encouraged to check their google classroom nightly) Our goal this year is for all grade 6 students to use google docs and google classroom.  Their school gmail account allows them access to both google docs and google classroom.  NOTE, since it is a school email address it should ONLY be used for school related purposes.  

 

Meet The Teacher Barbeque:  Sadly, Mrs. Hodgins will not be at the meet the teacher barbeque. She is working that evening at her other teaching job in Delta. However, if you would like to meet Mrs. Hodgins she will open her door before and after school on Tuesdays in September.  So, stop in and say Hi.

Mrs. Friesen will be at the barbeque and is looking forward to meeting everyone’s parents or guardians.  From 7-8pm I will be in the grade 6 classroom doing demo’s on google classroom and stressing our #1 goal for grade 6...responsibility.  

 

Communication:  We will be using google classroom nightly to communicate with the students.  All homework, assignments and announcements will be posted on there.  If you have any questions please email us immediately.  We are always available via email.

Also, we will try to post weekly updates on the school blog (will be done on the weekend) so please check back Sunday nights.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hodgins and Mrs. Friesen

 

 

Published in Grade 6

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