December Highlights

All students worked very hard on their bullying posters for the school wide contest during Bullying Prevention and Awareness week.  Such a creative and talented bunch of students spreading positive messages and showing such kindness and respect towards others.   I am very proud of you all.

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Students and staff are in the Christmas spirit and reflecting on the true meaning of this Holy season of Advent.  We are all preparing and anticipating the birth of Jesus.

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Triple Digit Subtraction with regrouping…..watch out!!

Students are working collaboratively to solve math subtraction problems in class.  I heard lots of math talk and sharing of math strategies. Well done grade 3s and 4s.

 

 

Swim to Survive lessons have come to an end.  Congratulations to all grade 3 students who participated in this very important life saving program.  You learned new skills and rules to keep you safe around water while having a ton of fun with friends too!

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October and November Highlights

Students are busy reading, writing, crunching numbers, doing science experiments, and having lots of fun doing it!

 

Curriculum Updates

In class we are currently learning about:

  • Number Sense- Rounding numbers, estimation, addition, subtraction, mental math, and problem solving.
  • Literacy- Descriptive Writing, Visualization,  and Determining Important Ideas
  • Science- Habitats and Soil
  • Religion- Being part of Catholic Community
  • Health-  Healthy Eating and Food Labels

 

On Friday, October 27th, after phys.ed class we returned to find out that our class had been GHOSTED!!  It was very surprising and exciting; the students were  super sleuth candy detectives and came up with some very interesting scenarios as to who ghosted us.  Here is picture of our class with a “ghosted” look!

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The Monster Mash was an incredible dance party! The kids were very enthusiastic and participated fully with their ghoulish dance moves.

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Last week we planted the lettuce and basil seedling plants in the hydroponic tower gardens.  These students have real green thumbs and are looking forward to the first harvest in a few weeks. Pesto anyone???

Students are great role models to younger students and really enjoy sharing and learning together with our weekly kindergarten partnership with Mme D’ Angelo’s Kindergarten class.

Remembrance Day Bulletin Board

Thanks to everyone for their beautiful artwork which created this meaningful display of remembrance and reflection.

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Treaty Recognition Week was from November 6 – 10. Students learned about and reflected on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, they contributed to the making of a Wampum Belt Painting, and learned the recipe for a perfect Treat-Tea!!! Have your child explain this special activity to you at home. This year, we will be deepen our learning and understanding of Canadian Indigenous History.

 

Music Mondays

The students have been practising really hard and have recorded their version of One Day and Humble and Kind.  Thanks to Ms. Cherie for playing the piano and guitar for us.

Unfortunately, I am unable to post the audio recording here on the blog, rather I have sent the recordings to your child’s school board Gmail account which can be accessed from the Student Portal on our school website.  Please let me know if you have difficulty accessing the audio file. Enjoy!

 

December Highlights coming soon…

 

 

September and October Highlights

Here is the grade 3/4 gang!

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We had an excellent start to the new school year with many wonderful learning experiences.  We had a few extremely hot days in September so we decided to take our learning outdoors into the fresh air and cool green grass.  The grade 2 class joined us for some outdoor literacy activities and fun!

 

Curriculum Updates

Mathematics– Patterning and problem solving.  We will begin Number Sense Addition and Subtraction and Whole Numbers next week.

Literacy– recount writing, spelling, grammar, reader response. Next week we will focus on Descriptive Writing.

Science– soil, habitats, hydroponic tower gardens

Arts-music singing, playing instruments, music appreciation

Phys.Ed– various cooperative games, skill development

Health- Personal Hygiene and Healthy Habits

Religion– Samaritans on a Digital Road,  Focus on the Gospel Values and WITS program

 

Math Talks

Students enjoy sharing their math thinking during our weekly math talk. Very interesting to see so many different math solutions to one equation.  Ask your child to explain how we do a math talk in the classroom.

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Hydroponic Tower Gardens

Once again this year our class is fortunate to be involved with the Tower Garden Hydroponics sponsored by ONFE The Ontario Network for Education.  Last week the lead scientist Simon McMillan visited our class and he helped the students plants basil seeds and several varieties of lettuce.  With a little water, warmth, and light, our seedlings should be ready for transplanting into the towers next week. Next time you are in the front lobby of the school, check our the tower gardens.

 

Give Thanks!

Students are thankful for many, many things. Check out our colourful Thanksgiving bulletin board that students created. An amazing collection of things to be grateful for!

 

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Music in the Air

Thank you to Ms. Cherie our educational assistant for teaching the students the various parts of the guitar and performing for the  class.  We will be learning to sing a few songs in the next several weeks so stay tuned for a performance video soon.

 

The Gospel Value focus for the next three weeks is on Community.  Teachers are looking to award students that demonstrate this virtue in their daily lives at school. Award winners will be recognized at the school assembly in mid November.  Students were very creative in designing their own personal piece of artwork to help create our bulletin board.  Looks like community to me!!

 

 

 

Digital Learning

On Monday morning our class participated in a live streaming event with Field Trip  Zoom.  This stream was hosted by Eileen Peters and it was entitled ‘The World of Computers and Computer Coding”.  The kids learned about the evolution of computers and how to use a coding program called Scratch. We also learned an interesting fact about the first computer “bug”.  Ask you child to tell you about it.

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Reading Buddies with Kindergarten

Today our class paired up with Mrs. D’Angelo’s Kindergarten class to interview each other and get to know one another better.  Every Wednesday the buddies will get together to read, write, and do math while enjoying each other’s company.  Kids and teachers are really looking forward to it. Fun times ahead!

 

Multi Step Math Problem Solving

Students worked cooperatively today with their classmates solving a multi-step math problem.  Students were engaged and really enjoyed sharing their math thinking with classmates.