Sunday, 15 November 2015

5 Day Week! Nov 16-20

After a short little school week, and some great parent-teaching interviews last week, we are ready for a full 5-day week of learning!

Week at a Glance
Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Rock Your Mocs - Mrs. Well's is our FNMI liaison at Park Meadows. A few weeks ago she came in and shared with us about the First Nation tradition of moccasins. Each student made a pair of paper moccasins with Mrs. Wells. Today we will Rock our Mocs, and if your child owns a pair of moccasins, we encourage them to bring them in to wear and share today!
  • Home Reading starts today!! We will have a little reading celebration at the end of the day to kick off a great year of home reading. If you ever have questions concerning your child's R.E.D folder, please don't hesitate to contact me. I have lots of ideas and tips to make home reading an enjoyable and valuable time in your home! 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
  • Swimming - the weather is looking promising, however I highly suggest sending a hat or toque for students to keep their heads warm on the way back from the pool. A huge thanks to all our volunteers for coming out swimming with us! 
  • Fitness Club for students that are signed up.
  • Parent Council Meeting is at 7:00pm. Please come out and participate in the great things Parent Council is doing at Park Meadows! 
Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • Library Books are due. Let's see if everyone can bring back library books and surprise Mrs. Veurink this week! We will be heading out to the Book Mobile today, so please make sure you bring your public library books back too.
Friday, November 20, 2015
  • Genius in Me runs from 10:20-11:20am this morning. 
Upcoming Events
Monday, November 23, 2015 - The "Angel Tree" campaign kicks off at Park Meadows
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - Booster Juice hot lunch is served for those that pre-ordered.
       - Grade 1-2 Fitness club is happening for those that signed up.
       - Park Meadows Spirit Day - Silly Sock Day!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Celebration of Learning assembly is at 9:00 am featuring Mrs. McCrady and Miss Appleton's class.
Friday, November 27, 2015 - Last Genius in Me for this round. A new round will start after Christmas.
Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Christmas Concert
We are very excited to be having our "Twinkle and Shine" Christmas concert over these 2 days at Park Meadows. Students with a last name starting with A-J will perform on December 9, and last names starting with K-Z will perform on December 10. Mark your calendars, and tell your family now!

A Peek at our Week
In reading we are working on our Chunky Monkey strategy for decoding words this week.
Chunky monkey is similar to Stretchy Snake, however this time we aren't sounding out each letter independently. We are trying to find chunks in words. That could be noticing there are consonants together, which will make a blended sound. For example in the word chapter, we know ch makes the 'ch' sound, and that 'pt' blends together. We also know 'er' makes one sound together. The only letter we sound out in isolation is the 'a'. 'Ch' - 'a' - 'pt' - 'er' = chapter. Students could also look for little words inside big words that we know. For example 'and', 'old', 'at', 'in', as well as things like 'ing'.

In Science we are beginning our unit on Creating Colour. We have already worked on our colour words this year, but will now begin to scientifically look at colours. This will give us an opportunity to officially introduce the scientific process. If your child comes home using words like hypothesis, results, and conclusion they are paying close attention! We will be looking at mixing colours, different shades, primary and secondary colours, and how light affects colour.

In math we have wrapped up with patterns and shapes at this time, and will begin to work on numbers. We are starting with #'s 1-10 in order to build a strong foundation. We will be working on forming our numbers properly, writing our number words, and showing our numbers in a variety of ways such as base tens, ten frames, and tallies.

Monday was the kick off to home reading. This is such as exciting time as through our home and school team work we often see students reading take off! Below is a video I found about home reading. It's about 5 mins in length, but I encourage you to find a few minutes to watch it this week.

This website has a little more information for anyone who is looking to take extra steps to really make the most of this home reading time. 

Secret Blog Task: 2 parts this week. Write the answers to #1 and #2 in your agenda.
1. This one is for student. What was the treat in your home reading kit? 
2. This one is for parents. What was helpful from the video?

Have a wonderful week!