Just a reminder that the hot lunch forms and money are due back tomorrow.
To clarify about the recycled materials…you can start collecting and sending them any time. We will begin our community building on October 11th:)
Enjoy the sun today!
We will be having a very exciting day this friday, September 30th! Prairie View is hosting the grade 5/6 soccer tournament and we get to join in on some of the fun! We will be having a HOT LUNCH for grade k-4 (order form coming home today and due on WEDNESDAY!) and we will be having a WEAR BLUE DAY to support the BLUE JAYS:) My son is coming to play, so I will be taking our class out to cheer him on! It should be a fun day for all of us! Keep your fingers crossed that this beautiful weather hangs on!
The kids have been working on choosing books that are a good fit for them over the past few weeks. The books that they choose for their green bag should be at an independent level, which means they are not too hard and can be read fluently. We spend class time working on ways to improve their instructional level. Home reading should not be stressful, but a nice time to spend time together celebrating their love of reading. I have been trying to check in on them when I can to add comments in their reading log and may not get to everyone each week. Please talk with them about their book selections, but have them decide which level they feel the most comfortable with. Encourage them to challenge themselves when they feel ready.
Here are a few upcoming dates to remember…
Sept 16***NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS…(Ms. O PD/PREP)
Happy Happy Birthday to Brooklyn and Marcus!
Sept 21***PICTURE DAY! dress in your best:)
Sept 23***WELCOME BACK PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND TERRY FOX WALK!
Please come and have some pancakes with me and reintroduce yourself!! The first day was so so so busy and I would love an opportunity to get to know everyone’s family better!
We will be walking with our care buddies for the Terry Fox Walk, but we welcome our families to join us as well! Please keep the donations coming…every little bit helps:)
I am sending home a class directory today with a phone number for every kid. I thought this might help with arranging play dates and such.
Enjoy the beautiful weekend and always…my door/email/phone is always open!
Here is a peak into our first few weeks in 2 “O”…..
Flexible Seating- This is going unbelievably well! The kids have really done well in becoming mindful of where they learn best and are really enjoying it. They seem happy and comfortable in their environment…and are getting their work done…yahoo!
Morning Meeting- We come together as a group to share some special time together each day. It is a time where we discuss what our day will entail, share exciting things that are happening in our lives, take part in a community building activity and set goals (academic and behavior) for our day.
Word Study- Each week we will focus on a spelling pattern that we will practice in our daily reading and writing. Our focus for September is short vowels. We begin our practice on the white boards which has been an instant hit! Next comes a quick paper and pencil activity followed by hands on word building of the skill we are focusing on. There will be no weekly tests to study for as I believe that the best practice is done in context. We will be transferring the skills we learn and reflecting them in how we are growing as readers and writers. (Ms. O will be very picky with our writing:)
Reader’s Workshop- This is a focused time of our day where we learn and practice decoding and comprehension strategies. September will consist of learning the routine and expectations that go along with RW.
Writer’s Workshop- In WW we will be learning and practicing the nuts and bolts of the writing process. We are in the midst of learning the routine right now and have begun talking and learning about how a sentence is put together. We will be focusing on capitals, punctuation, finger spaces and word choice over the weeks to come. Illustrations are also a fun part of creating our written pieces, so we will be taking part in many guided drawing exercises to learn how to draw people, places and things:)
Arts Ed- Fun guided drawings, fall art and of course painting are on the agenda for the next few weeks! The kids have spent one period so far with Miss. F learning about music and will enjoy a weekly session with her all year! Drama and Dance activities occur weekly as well during our activity portion of our morning meeting. We will also be learning about other curricular outcomes through arts ed as well. (ex. learning about motion (science) through dance)
Health- Respect is a very important character trait which we are learning about right now, but will be an everyday practice all year. We are also learning about healthy eating habits and are trying really hard to eat our healthiest snack from our lunch kit in the morning to help fuel our brain for learning.
Social- We are exploring community in social including our school, Dalmeny and other communities that we are a part of. We are also reading and reporting on different kinds of communities that you can find all over Canada. (ex…cities, towns, suburbs, northern communities).
Science- We are beginning our Position and Motion unit tomorrow and will take part in some really cool activities.
Phys Ed- We are enjoying the gym 3 times a week, but will be taking part in phys ed on a daily basis as well as many “in motion” breaks throughout our day. When we are not in the gym we will be enjoying a morning walk as well as taking part in “Cosmic Kids” via YouTube on Friday mornings. Cosmic Kids is yoga for kids that focuses on mindfulness, relaxation and stretching. Take a peak and see what you think:)
I try my absolute best to have the kids learn as a community in our classroom by involving them in the process as much as possible. We experience rich, hands on learning experiences everyday which engage the kids and give them ownership over their learning. I am very excited to get the kids set up on the digital portfolio app “Fresh Grade” in the next couple weeks. This tool helps me capture their learning through pictures and videos as the learning is happening. I will be sending home information on the app shortly that explains more.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I know it was long, but I want my families to be as informed and involved in our classroom as much as possible.
My door/pnone/email is always open:)
Ms. O (email@example.com
We have an exciting day tomorrow…
- Wear your rider greens to show support for the game on Saturday!
- We will meet our care buddies tomorrow morning and will spend some time together reading! We are hoping to use flashlights during our reading time, so if you have one we can borrow we would really appreciate that:)
Today marks the first day of our “At Home Reading” program. The kids have all selected a book or two based on the level they finished grade one at. I am hoping to get through reading with all of them by the end of Friday. I have enclosed a Reading Log with a place for the book titles read that week, along with a space for parent and teacher comments. This will be our communication between home and school about how things are going. Let me know if you have any questions:)
Hello Grade Two Families!
I have so enjoyed the first few days meeting all of you and your kiddos. You have made me feel so welcome as a new member of the school community and I am very excited for what this year will bring. I value open communication between home and school, so please email or call me with any questions and concerns. My email address has now changed over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the kids and I were organizing school supplies I noticed that I somehow did not notice that MARKERS were not on the list!!! I am so sorry for not catching that! Please pick some up the next time you are at the store and send them to school. I just ask that they are washable:)
I will post all of the information you need to know here including important monthly events, learning updates and reminders, so please check in often and I hope you enjoy our blog!