Kindergarten & Grade 1 News

Hi K/1 Families,

We’re loving this turn to warmer weather and we’ve been enjoying lots of time outside! We have been very busy!

Ks- working on patterns and learning to make our own.
1s- working on writing numbers 1-20 (one-twenty) as numbers and as words.
Ks- Reader’s Workshop and beginning our Hand- writing Without Tears pro- gram
1s- Writer’s and Reader’s Workshop
Phys. Ed:
K/1- Respecting each other’s space/locomotor skills
Ks- Colours
1s: The 5 Senses
K/1: Being a good friend and solving friendship problems
Ks: Fall/Halloween Invitations
1s: Famous Artist’s Study (Currently working on Claude Monet)

As always, feel free to pop in to see us any time!
The K/1s & Mrs. Martineau

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 3 & 4 News

The 3/4 class has had an awesome month! Last Tuesday, we went to the AG-Exhibition at Prairieland. The students learned about all the different types of farming, took part in a cookie auction, and watched a sheep herding and a milking demonstration! Thanks to the parent volunteers who came with us! In math the 4s are studying whole numbers to 10 000 and the 3s are studying whole numbers to 1000. The students have created beautiful fall art pieces and continue to study the different elements of art. Up next are colour and printmaking! Miss Simonson will begin teaching Social Studies this month and in science we continue to study habitats. We have been learning about carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Next we will learn about predators, prey, and scavengers. It is Fire Safety month, so students will be learning about the devastating effects of forest fires and ways to prevent them. I look forward to seeing everyone at Tri Conferences!

Grade 5 & 6 News

During the month of October, the grade 5/6 class will continue to learn about the First Nations and how Canada has become a multicultural nation. As a class we will be going outside with Mr. Anderson to learn about building fires and how the First Nations lived long ago. We will be cooking bannock over the fire and enjoying a delicious snack. In ELA we are learning about heroes and what makes someone a hero. We have begun new units in both grade 5 and 6 math. We are learning about place value and whole numbers. In Science we are finishing up a unit about the Solar System. The students are presenting information about planets as well as vehicles built for space. In health we are learning about choices, decisions and setting goals. I hope to see you and your child at the Tri-conferences that are coming up.

Ms. Bishop Moisan and the grade 5/6 class.

Grade 7 News

As the days get shorter and the weather cools off, we still find our- selves busy and productive in Grade 7! In ELA, we have continued to explore the theme of science fiction. Soon, our intern, Miss Simonson, will begin a novel study on Tuck Everlasting. Math has the class beginning to look at some pre-algebra concepts in patterns and relations. Social has had the class looking at some mapping skills, while in science, the Grade 7s have been studying rocks and minerals. The students are currently wrapping up their unit in science, so they can soon expect a unit exam. In Home Ec. They are learning about kitchen basics.

On October 16, the Grades 5-12 will begin a magazine sale fundraiser. The proceeds of the event will be allocated to the SRC. The SRC provides activities and opportunities for the students at Hanley school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.

In the following weeks, it is the intention of Miss Simonson and myself to plan a field trip for the Grade 7s. We have a few ideas, but nothing has been set in stone as of yet. When our plans come together, we will send a letter home.

Finally, Tri-conferences are just around the corner. If you would like to book a time to with us, please call the office and book a time with Mrs. Block. Thanks for everything you do for your child and for the support you have shown the school so far this year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Grade 8 News

In Math, the grade 8’s are cur- rently studying integers! In ELA the students are working through a novel study of The Outsiders. While in Art, the students are working on Mask- making. In Science we are wrapping up the first three sec- tions of our unit about “Water Systems on Earth”, specifically; the geological forces that create fresh and salt water systems. We will finish this unit in early

November. In Health the students are working on their understanding of Self-Concept. PE is busy with Volleyball, and a variety of other games which include fitness components. We are getting ready for fitness testing that starts right away. In Social Studies we are looking at Multiculturalism and Immigration. In Home Ec. the grade eights have begun to sew their pajama pants and will learn the importance and develop their skills in proper fitting and pattern alterations. Finally, in IA the grade 8’s are finishing their use of the Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) unit. Some 8’s are moving into the refurbished woodworking shop and are having their first chance to design their own project.

Grade 9 News

What a great start to the year! The students have been busy and the year is going by so fast. The grade 9 students are busy studying interesting topics and learning lots. In social studies the students continue to learn about the ancient world and the rise of societies. Our art classes to continue to learn about the influence visual art has on raising awareness on issues that affect our world. We are working our way toward a visual art composition to showcase what we have learned about art. In ELA the students are working on a novel study of Theories of Relativity. The Home Ec. students are working on a giving back project for all the staff at the school.

Grade 10 News

Well, we all blinked and September is gone. Time flies when you’re busy! In between all the extra-curricular activities, the Grade 10’s are still managing to learn some things. In ELA, each student is analyzing a book of their choice. In Science they’ve been studying organisms and bio- diversity. Wellness has been a welcome relief from the stresses of their young lives as they play some dodge ball and volleyball. The Commercial Cooking class has started serving some fine meals like Spaghetti with meat sauce, and Chicken Noodle Soup. And after some preliminary work, individual projects are starting to shape up in Industrial Arts. And finally in math, they’ve been studying payroll deductions and are now starting in on unit conversions in both Imperial and Metric. Go Sabers!

Grade 11 News

The year is off in full swing and we are busier than ever. In English/History we are studying WWI and working on our independent projects. In Physics, we have just begun the Waves Unit, and studying the properties of waves. In Health Science, are learning about different body systems with our focus being on the skeletal and muscular system. Mr. Anderson came in and discussed sports injuries with us, as well as showed us a video of his knee surgery. In PE 20 we are spending as much time participating in outdoor games as possible prior to the snow – slo-pitch, kickball, soccer/ Frisbee Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, football, etc. Lastly in Robotics 20, we are making figure eights with our robots and examining the question “Who Am I” in Psych 20.

Grade 12 News

So far the Grade Twelves have been working very hard this year. In Chemistry, we are fin- ishing up our Reaction Rates unit, while in English/Social Studies, we are continuing to read Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden. In Pre-Calculus, we are currently working on Polynomic Division, and in Workplace Math we are playing Risk. In Home Ec we are making quilts, and lastly in IA we are making our personal projects.