Friday, 23 October 2015

Costume time is almost here! Oct 26-30

I can't wait to see all the students in their costumes on Friday! It is guaranteed to be a great week ahead. Not only do we have Halloween festivities, there are lots of other exciting things happening.

Week at a Glance
Monday, October 26, 2015
  • I am away today. Students will have a guest teacher.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  • University of Lethbridge nursing students present "Do Bugs Need Drugs" - a program about germs and proper hand washing. 
  • Picture retakes are today.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • Taco Time hot lunch is served! Thanks Parent Council! 
  • It is "Backwards" day, so mix it up today. Thanks to our Grade 5 class for organizing this!
Thursday, October 29, 2015 
  • Halloween Spooktacular Carnival put on by parent council in the evening from 6:00-8:00pm. They would love some more volunteers so if you're able to help sign up at the Parent Council board in the school lobby, or drop a note in the office.
Friday, October 30, 2015 
  • School Halloween Parade at 8:45 am and class Halloween party for the rest of the morning.
    Parents who are helping provide our snack should have received an email reminder this weekend.
Upcoming Events
Monday, November 2, 2015 - No school for students
Friday, November 6, 2015 - Report Cards go home.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - Remembrance Day - No school.
Thursday, November 12-13, 2015 - No school for students. Parent - Teacher interviews.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Swimming. Volunteers needed! Parent Council meeting at 7:00pm.

A Peek at Last Week
We've been working on our reading strategies, and introduced 2 new strategies this week. Home reading will be introduced at Parent-Teacher interviews coming up in November, and these strategies are a great way to encourage your young readers! The strategies this week are two beginning strategies to help readers decode words. We will be adding many other kinds of strategies throughout the year, including many to help with comprehension.

When you are reading with your child, see if they can tell you about these strategies, and show you how to use them!

What is a Bucket Filler Party? The idea comes from books such as "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" and "How Full is your Bucket?", which we introduced at the beginning of the year. This year students work as a class to earn buckets by the kind things that they do and say. They can do this by lining up quietly, all listening to instructions the first time, keeping the classroom clean after lunch, or moving between classroom transitions in a orderly fashion, to name a few. The goal of this is to build a team atmosphere as we are working towards a common goal, while building our leadership skills.

We had such a fun time at our first Bucket Fillers swimming party. I can't say a big enough thank you to the many volunteers who came to help us for the afternoon! You were outstanding! I also need to give a shout out to the students as they did a great job of representing Park Meadows School in a positive way. These are tricky pictures to capture clearly, as I don't think students stop moving the second they hit the water! What a great afternoon of exercise and celebration!

Secret Blog Task: Have students tell you what the Bucket Filler poem is. Give them this hint: We are Bucket Fillers by Ashley Reed.
Once they say the poem, write in their agenda: I have a bucket filler!
Here is the poem so you can follow along and check in :)
We are bucket fillers, today and everyday.
We fill others buckets, with the things we do and say.
Kind words, helpful acts, make for happy hearts. 
We are bucket fillers, we all do our part.