We are well on our way into the third quarter of the year! The year is flying by. We had a fabulous time at Table Mountain in January – great weather, awesome kids, fabulous chaperones, and a wonderful bus driver! Thank you to all who attended and/or contributed to the day. I know the class and I are already looking forward to our Blue Mountain trip in June.
Academically, we have been busy! Math has our class exploring Decimals, and in English, we are just beginning our Challenges Literature Circles. In social class, we are doing a comparative study between Russia and Canada. We are currently focusing on the physical geography aspect of this study. Finally, in science, we are investigating Mixtures and Solutions!
Tri-Conferences are to be held in March. If you would like to see me regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to call the office for an appointment. As always, please call me if you have any questions or concerns (544-2511).
We have been busy adding and subtracting decimals. Students are catching on quickly. Our flight unit in science is really taking off so to speak. Trying to figure out the most aerodynamic shape, the students are really coming up with some creative designs as well as some flops but we all learn from our mistakes. If you get a chance to come to the grade 6 room come and see our origami scenes. We have done some cooperative games in Phys. Ed. Can you guess what activity they like the best? If you said floor hockey you would be right. The potluck meal we had during the “no bus” days was enjoyed and we will have another when we are sure the weather will cooperate. We went on a field trip with Dundurn grade 6’s to get to know them as we will be together in grade 7. It was a lot of fun.
From Mr. Vedress grade 6 class.
Wow, months seem to be flying by! We have kept busy in our classroom since Christmas. Our Titanic projects turned out to be a really amazing learning experience! I think I learned more than the students during this mini unit! What a blast it was! We have started a new novel study recently and are reading Bridge to Terabithia. It is a very adventurous and imaginative story that I think many of our classmates will enjoy! We are learning about Canada in Social Studies, everything from geography to Canadian stereotypes! We have an extremely curious group of kids in our class which makes our learning explore into the unknown and is taking us to places we never thought we would end up! I like to think of us as the non-magical version of The Magic School Bus.
Please feel free to stop in any time!
The February break is just around the corner! I would like to welcome Ms. Baylee Gabora who will be covering my maternity leave for the remainder of the school year. It has been a joy teaching the 2/3’s and I will thoroughly miss them!
In math, the grade two’s have just finished learning about measurement and will begin addition and subtraction to one hundred after the winter break. The grade three’s are also learning about measurement. In ELA, we have been continuing to read several short stories and are working on various reading strategies to support our reading skills. We have also been focusing on word choice with our writing skills, learning about nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs to assist us when we write. We have finally finished our HUGE unit on communities in social studies! In science, we have learned about different animal classifications, such as amphibians, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, insects, mammals, and birds and in health we have been discussing friendship.
The K/1 class has had a busy start to February. We kicked off the month with Jump Rope for Heart and had a blast! We celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 9th. We did lots of math, art and language activities that day. Thanks for sending your child’s 100 objects! Thank you to our parent volunteers who came on our field trip. We had a great day at the Forestry Farm and mini-golfing. Another thanks to everyone for sending their potluck lunch items for Valentine’s Day! A special thanks for those who came to make pancakes! Our class dog Licorice has gone missing and it’s been quite the mystery as to who he is. There have been lots of clues and we definitely have a list of suspects. Hopefully he will return soon! The students have put up posters around the school letting others know about our missing friend. They will also be sketching possible suspects! After the break we will be going skating during the afternoon of the Kindergarten days. Please see you calendars. Have a fantastic break!
We are busy into the semester. In math, we just wrote an exam on the properties of angles and triangles. In History, we are researching personal projects. In PAA, we are learning about international foods. In IA, we are looking at the theory of building houses. We also, have just started building saw horses. In Chemistry, we are examining the functions of the Lab, including scientific method, lab equipment and safety in the lab. In Visual Arts, we are exploring world cultural art. Have a great Feb break!
First semester is slowly coming to an end which means finals are slowly creeping up on us. In English and History, we are learning bout the history of our great prairie provinces and the hard times they went through. We are finishing up our last unit on “The need for proof” and new getting ready for our big final exam in Math. In Chemistry we are lighting things up by learning about Electrochemistry, which is harder than you think. In Home Ec. We are getting ready to live on our own by learning how to cook inexpensive meals and live on a budget. The Life Trans. students just returned from a field trip to the Food bank, where they learned about the benefits of volunteering. In I.A. they are working hard to finish their projects.
It is a very busy time of year, as we finish up in our class and prepare for our first set of final exams. In Math, we are working on our last chapter which is Linear and Quadratic Inequalities. In Physics, we are working on a Heat Unit where we are calculating linear expansion and the quantity of heat. In Biology, we are just finishing our Animala Unit where we are dissecting crayfish and Lubber grasshoppers. In Phys. Ed., we are beginning badminton. In ELA, we are watching videos on how gender is represented by the media.
Good Luck on Final Exams Everyone!
Christmas is over, the geese start to relax, the grade 10’s are busy solving problems, learning facts. In English class they’re busy reading Lord of the Flies. Math is trigonometry, find an angle, measure sides. Wildlife examines winter animals’ survivals. Chemistry is finished, no more chemicals in vials. In Social, it’s the British expansion in India. Fitness tests in Wellness, out of breath and bruised fibulas. (Ok, I really stretched that one.) In IA it’s cabinet finishing, the crowns and the kicks. Home Ec is photography – just point and click!
Happy Final Exams, everyone!