Grade 1 & 2 News

Happy Spring! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday with your families! I can’t believe that we are already in the middle of April; time sure flies when you’re having fun! We are still plugging away on a lot of the same units in grade one/two. We continue to have our ELA centers and readers workshop, and are starting an author study on Eric Carl with Mrs. Burgess, our teacher librarian. In math, the grade one’s have finished their unit on numbers to one hundred and are starting to learn about geometry. The grade two’s are still adding and subtracting to one hundred with Mr. Woods-Fehr. In science we are about half way through our unit on air and water in the environment. What amazing wind devices the kids have made at home! They are so creative! Thanks for your help with that! We are still working on safety for health as well.

Grade 1 & 2 News

Well I am sad to say my time in Grade 1/2 and at Hanley School has come to an end. It’s hard to believe 5 and a half months have al- ready passed since the start of this school year. The Grade 1/2s are a busy, energetic, fun and imaginative group of students. They have kept me busy and made the days fly by! Here are a few of the fun things we have en- joyed together during our last few weeks together… Making groundhogs, drinking OJ while listening to OJ (orange juice during Oliver Jeffers stories read by Ms. Burgess), swimming lessons, skating, 100th day party, Valentine’s Day party, and even a visit from a 100 year old Grandma Adelman! I’m sure they will have many more busy times and they will have a great end of their year with Mrs. (Stacey) Romanchuk.

I have had such an amazing time teaching the Grade 1/2s this year and I will miss seeing their smiling faces every day. Thank you so much for all of the support along the way. I will miss this class, school and community very much. Best wishes to all of you.

Take care,
Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

Hello Parents!

It always seems to sur- prise me how fast time flies. Hard to believe November has come and almost gone!

Here is what the Grade 1/2 class has been up to for the last little while! We continue to explore reading strategies during our Reader’s Workshop time. The grade 1s are really starting to develop some great strategies for independent reading. As well, our reading stamina is growing! In Math, the grade 1s are continuing their work with numbers to 20. They are also getting time to work on IXL computer math, as well as with Mrs. Martineau playing a variety of math games. The grade 2s continue their work with numbers to 100. In Science the grade 1s have been exploring the five senses with Mrs. Martineau, while the grade 2s and I continue experimenting with the motion of objects. Social Studies has found us exploring families and traditions and in Health we are exploring healthy relationships. Always lots going on in the Grade 1/2 class!

I would like to remind everyone that the cold weather has shown up and it appears to be sticking around! Please remember to send your child with proper outside attire, as we will not have indoor recesses unless the weather gets to be – 25 degrees with the wind chill. As always, feel free to contact me anytime about any questions or concerns you have by phone or email!

Stay warm!
Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and got a chance to enjoy some time with family and friends. I sure got my fill of turkey!

Let me bring you all up to date on what has been happening in our classroom over the past month. In ELA, the grade 1s continue working with Mrs. McGregor on letters and letter sounds using the LIPS program and the grade 2s have been working independently on a variety of computer programs working on reading, spelling, and even typing. We have also been getting more set up in our Reader’s Workshop routines. We are currently working on building our reading stamina. In Math, the grade 1s are working on numbers to 20 and the grade 2s are extending their knowledge of numbers to 100. Science for the grade 1s has been a time for exploring living things and the grade 2s are learning all about position and motion of objects. We have also been excited about the addition of the vermicomposting system to our classroom (which will be shared amongst a few different classes). In Art, we got a chance to make some nature pictures while using items from nature as our materials for painting. They turned out great!

I would like to remind everyone that Tri-Conferences are coming up soon and you can book a time with Carey to come meet with me. I would love opportunity to meet with each of you and your child to show you a little more about what our grade 1/2 class is doing. As always, feel free to contact me anytime about any questions or concerns you have by phone or email! Take Care!

Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

Wow! Our time in the Grade 1/2 class just keeps flying by!
Here are some of the highlights from the month!
Our Reader’s Workshop has us looking deeper into our reading stamina and we have started setting personal goals about how long we want to be able to read without stopping. We have also just started talking about activating our schema as we read (ask your child about it!). In Math, the Grade 2’s have started a measurement unit and are practicing measuring items using different units of measurement (paper clips, snap cubes, straws, etc.). In Science, we have started a new unit on liquids and solids and have been doing all sorts of cool experiments with liquids! We are having lots of fun in Science! Everyone is working hard and enjoying their time at school.

We have a very busy next couple of weeks coming up and here are a few items to take note of:

  • Grade 1/2 Field Trip to Wet Paint and Eastview Bowl in Saskatoon – Wednesday, May 28
  • Swimming Lessons for Try-All-A-Thon – May 29 and June 11
  • Farm Safety – June 9
  • Tri-Clinic – June 18

Please return signed Try-All-A-Thon permission forms to the school ASAP!
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or just for an update
Wow! Our time in the Grade 1/2 class just keeps flying by!

I hope you all enjoyed a great May long weekend!
Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

Hello Parents!

Another month has passed us by and we are enjoying warmer weather as well as some lovely puddles!

In ELA we are continuing to practice our reading and thinking our during reader’s workshop time. As well, we just finished up our Robert Munsch author study with a Munchy party! Thank you to Ms. Burgess for helping us learn all about Robert Munsch! In Math the Grade 1s are practicing skip counting and the Grade 2s we are working on adding numbers from 1 to 100. Our animal unit is nearly complete in Science and we have enjoyed our time learning about all sorts of animals!

A few exciting things we did this month included a field trip to the Destination Imagination film festival at the Broadway theatre in Saskatoon, leprechaun trap building, cleaning up leprechaun messes in our classroom and other fun St. Patrick’s Day art!

I am looking forward to seeing and meeting some of you during our Parent- Teacher Conferences this week!

Hope to see you all soon!

Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

Well another month has passed us by and the Grade 1/2 class has been very busy!! Here is a look at some of what this month has brought us!

  • Coooooold weather
  • Indoor recesses (with many paper airplanes!)
  • More animal research 100 Day fun
  • Groundhogs day
  • Heart art
  • Olympics Homemade ice cream with our buddies (YUM!)
  • Reading Writing Skating
  • And Valentine’s Day!

As I already mentioned, it was a busy month but we also had a lot of fun. We are all looking forward to a week off and hopefully some warmer temperatures! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Grade 1 & 2 News

For those of you that I have never met, I would like to introduce myself! My name is Janet Adelman and I am currently covering Stacey Romanchuk’s maternity leave. I am so excited to be working with this Grade 1/2 class for the rest of the 2014 school

Here are a few things we are currently working on at school. In Math, the Grade 1’s have started a new unit on measurement and they are comparing and ordering lengths and comparing area, capacities and masses. The Grade 2’s finished up their unit on Adding and Subtracting to 18 and are now working on geometry! We are
learning lots about all sorts of different shapes. In ELA, our class has been doing more work with centers and we have recently added a listening center. Soon we will be starting an author study on Robert Munsch with Ms. Burgess in the library. In Science we have been learning about different animals and which animal group they belong to (Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Insects or other). Feel free to test your child at home to see what they have learned. Social has got our class learning about different kinds of maps and soon we will be learning about our community. In Art we have been experimenting with water colour paint and pastels and in Health we are learning about how to keep ourselves healthy!

We have been very busy in the two weeks back from the break but we have been having a lot of fun! I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two weeks with this class and I am looking forward to what the rest of this year has to bring! Always feel free to contact me any time about any questions, concerns or anything!

Janet Adelman

Grade 1 & 2 News

Wow, what a busy time of year! We are in the middle of wrapping up several units and beginning new ones. The grade ones are starting a unit on adding and subtracting to twelve with Mr. Woods-Fehr, while the grade two’s are starting a unit on adding and subtracting to eighteen with me. In Language Arts, the grade ones have finally finished their review of the alphabet letters and sounds, and are starting spelling. Their first spelling test will be this Friday.

We are also currently working on a nursery rhymes unit for the month of November. We have been making connections to what we are reading and are starting to answer the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) as we read stories. These are both great strategies to discuss with your child as you read stories at home as well. We are continuing to work on sentence structure in writing and will soon write letters to Santa! Our guided reading centers are going

well and the students seem to enjoy rotating through various activities during this time. We are just wrapping up our units in science, social studies, and health. Our new units that we will begin are on animals for science, communities of the past for social studies, as well as making healthy choices for health.

Grade 1 & 2 News

What a great autumn; I can’t believe that October is half over already! Hopefully everyone can make it out to the “Meet the Staff” BBQ on Tuesday, which kicks off our student, parent, and teacher conferences for the fall. Please remember to contact Mrs. Block in the office to book your conference time with your child. It would be nice to see everyone there!

Just a reminder that the Halloween parade will start at 1:00pm on the 31st if you were interested in coming to watch. We will start getting the kids in their costumes around 12:45pm.

The students are very excited about learning and have settled down into our class routines. In math, the grade one’s are learning about numbers to twenty with Mr. Woods-Fehr, while the grade two’s are learning about numbers to one hundred with me. In ELA, we are about halfway through reviewing the alphabet letters and sounds with the grade one’s. I hope to finish this up in the next month or so and then they will begin spelling with the grade two’s. The two’s have done awesome with the spelling program so far. We are starting to talk about making connections as we read, so that is something that you could also focus on at home. Please remember to review the weekly sight words for grade one’s as it helps reinforce what we are learning at school. We are continuing to talk about safety in health, the senses in science, as well as belonging in our world for social studies. As always, please feel free to pop in or send me a message if there are any questions or concerns that may arise. I look forward to seeing everyone next week at the BBQ!