Friday, 6 November 2015

We Remember in November 9-13

We have a wacky week in terms of in school and out of school time. Please be sure to check over this carefully.
I really look forward to seeing all of you at Parent-Teacher interviews on Thursday or Friday this week. This is a time we meet to discuss concerns, and ultimately celebrate your child! Please bring any questions you have regarding report cards, or general questions. I will also take some time to show you samples of your child's work, as well as highlight our Home Reading program. Home Reading will start up Monday, November 16.

Week at a Glance
Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Hot Lunch forms for Booster Juice lunch on November 24, 2015 are due.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
  • Remembrance Day assembly: students are asked to wear all black, with a poppy. We can attach the poppies before the assembly if you send a poppy in their agenda or a baggie. Grade 1-2 students will be performing O Canada in sign language. The assembly is starting at 10:30am, and we welcome you to join us for this assembly of remembrance.
  • Today is our classes day to view the book fair! Your child is welcome to bring money to use today, or they can bring it later in the week. Book fair will also be open during parent-teacher interviews on Thursday and Friday; I've added the Book Fair schedule below.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
  • No school: Remembrance Day holiday
Thursday, November 12 - Friday, November 13, 2015
  • No School for students
  • We are having Parent-Teacher Interviews on these days. Your interview time was put in your child's report card that was sent home last Friday. If you have any questions about that time, please contact me ASAP so we can make sure you are accommodated. 
A Couple Friendly Reminders:
  • As the weather is cooling off, please have a chat with your child about proper clothing. I have asked students to wear coats for all recesses at this point in the seasonal changes. As it gets colder, please ensure they have proper outdoor footwear, mitts, and something to cover their head. They play hard, and I think often feel they are sweating, however, by removing that warm clothing they cool off fast and can catch a cold quicker. Please chat with your child about these realities. We've already been working on enforcing indoor/gym shoes, and outdoor shoes. Students MUST have indoor shoes, that stay inside at school, and a separate pair to go outside, preferably boots as the weather gets cold and wet. Thanks for your assistance. 
  • Weekly Lice checks - we read the humorous book "Bugs in my Hair" by David Shannon last week in order to remind students about the realities of lice, and schools. I encouraged students to go home and ask for a head check. Please try and give your child's head a check appr. once a week. This way if they ever were to have bugs in their hair, you would catch it while the nuisance is still very manageable.
  • the November school newsletter is available on Park Meadows website now. There are a number of interesting and important things to read this month. The is a section about our upcoming Christmas concert! Make sure you check the newsletter to stay up to date on school happenings.  November School Newsletter
Scholastic Book Fair Hours:
Monday, November 9: 9:00am-3:30pm
Tuesday, November 10: 9:00am-3:30pm
Wednesday, November 11: closed for Remembrance Day
Thursday, November 12: 9:00am-7:00pm
Friday, November 13: 9:00am-12:00pm LAST DAY!

Upcoming Events
Monday, November 16, 2015 - Rock Your Moc day - students are encouraged to bring their moccasins to wear during class on this day.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Swimming. Volunteers needed! Please let me know ASAP if you are able to join us for swimming. A quick note in your child's agenda would be greatly appreciated!
           Parent Council meeting at 7:00pm.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - School Spirit Day - Silly Sock Day. Hot Lunch from Booster Juice is served!

A Peek at Last Week
Reading Highlights: Since September we've been working on building our Read to Self stamina, and this past week students began picking their own spots around the classroom to read. We continue to work on our reading strategies, and added the strategy Stretchy Snake last week. It was part of their agenda homework to demonstrate how this strategy works.
They should be stretching out each sound slowly, and then increasing that sound speed to put the word together.
Example: hat = hhhhh-aaaaa-ttttt --> h-a-t --> hat
Secret Blog Task: have your child tell you about a reading spot they've tried, or would like to try in our classroom. Write their answer in the agenda.

We began to talk about Remembrance Day and peace this week. Students worked extremely hard on a beautiful poppy art project, and while my intentions were to capture the hard work and focus, I missed my chance! However, here is a sneak peak at out updated bulletin board. We will be adding some Remembrance Day writing to this next week. Be sure to check out your child's work at interviews next week!

Thanks for checking in! See you on Thursday or Friday!