Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Events and More!

My oh my where have the weeks gone?! I can’t believe there are 2 days until the Easter Break! We’ve been working hard to finish up some things in class, as well as prepare for Thursday. In Math, we’re working on  our Numbers 1-100 unit. We’ve been practising counting to 100 in many different ways all year, and now students are trying out some strategies for how to count out objects between numbers 50-100. Sometimes we count in 10s, 5s, or 2s depending on how many there are. 

In Social Studies we’ve been talking about taking care of our Earth, as the season changes to spring and we prepare for Earth Day. There are some really great conversations about what we can do to protect our environment along with some creative new Boom De Yada lyrics!

Thursday is going to be a super busy day. Here’s what’s happening: First off, it’s Dress Like Easter day. I told the kids if they don’t have anything ‘Easter’ to wear, think springtime! Anything with bright spring colours, polka dots, stripes, etc. Remember though, that they should be comfortable and able to freely move around as we will have our Sock Hoplater that day. If you’re around the school around 8:30please feel free to stick around for our Spirit Assembly in the gym. Then, at 12:30, families are invited to come watch our Easter Sock Hop. We will be in the gym at 12:30 with the Grade 2s, performing a number of circle and line dances that we’ve been working so hard on! Then, after the pm recess, we’ll enjoy snacks in our room with a little Easter video. Thanks again to the families who signed up to provide snacks!

We also have a number of field trips that are booked, which I will email reminders out closer to the dates, but I thought I would tell you now in case you’d like to join and have to make arrangements. Here are our field trip dates/ times for the rest of the year:
Monday June 9: The Galt Museum- We will take a bus from MMH that leaves at 9:00. We will be at the Museum until 10:50. If you would like to catch the bus with us, you are more than welcome. Or you could just meet us at the museum. Due to the nature of this field trip, we ask that you do not bring younger siblings. Please email me if you’re interested in joining us!
Thursday May 22: The SAAG- We will be visiting the Art Gallery, and will need parent volunteers to drive us. If you’re able to help supervise and / or drive, we will be leaving MMH at 10:15. We will return just after 12. If you’re able to drive for this field trip, please email me asap!
Tuesday June 3rd- Pancake Breakfast- this a school wide event where families are invited to come and have a pancake breakfast. The breakfast is from 7-8:15.
Wednesday June 11th- Grades K-2 Sports Day! This is an awesome event that is WEATHER DEPENDANT! We are looking for 2-4 parents to help run stations outside. Please email me if this is something you’re interested in!
Wednesday June 18th- Mr. Bryant’s Retirement Assembly. This will be sometime in the afternoon, and we will let you know when the time is set. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Thursday June 19th- This is our back up day for Sports Day in case we get rained out on the 11th.
Monday June 23rd- This is our Farewell Assembly, where we say goodbye to any staff members who are leaving our school. This assembly is from 9-10am.
Tuesday June 24th-This is the date we have set for our Grade 1 Year End Picnic. The details of this event are still in the works, but parents will be invited to come have a picnic lunch with the Grade One students. This is an awesome event and you’ll definitely want to mark this one on your calendars!
Thank you for reading! As always, email me if you have any questions! Have a wonderful Easter Break with your families!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April Newsletter

Important Dates to Remember

April 2- World Autism Day at MMH Please wear blue today! 

April 3 5:30-7:30 Spring Dance in the Gym: Fairytale Theme!           

April 4- Professional Learning Day/No School for students

April8-10-Dental Screening Days

April 9- 9:00-10:00 Drumming          

April 4, 10, 17 Spelling Test Days

April 3, 10,17, Sharing Days  

April 16-AirBand 12:30 in gym 

April 17-8:30 Dress Like Easter Spirit Assembly/ Easter Sock Hop 12:30-2:00

April 18- 27: Easter Break

April 28-First day back after break

April 29-Hot Lunch Day for gr. 1-3
Words of The Week
April 1-3          our, round, how, now, know 
April 7-11        boy, there, then, them, of  
April 14-17      over, under, after, her, yesterday 
We will be finishing up our Building Unit and starting a plant/animal unit very soon! The children get to grow their very own plants and learn which parts of a plant we like to eat and what plants need to survive and much more!
Easter Sock Hop!
The kids have been working on their dances and are excited to get together with all the ones and twos to boogie
Language Arts
We will continue writing & editing with our Fairytale Unit until Easter and I have posted the spelling lists on Spelling City so you can preview over the break if you like. We’ll be looking at ou/ow, oi/oy,and the er sisters! The kids are  always working on reading strategies and zipping along with Daily Five!
We will be starting a quick little unit on caring for our environment that ties in nicely with Earth Day! After the break  we dive into a big unit called Moving Forward With the Past! This unit will include a fieldtrip to the Galt Museum and bussing will be provided. 
Skip-a-thon mini unit has started along with our Dance unit.
We will soon be starting a BIG unit called Numbers to 100.  This unit includes place value, using the mental math strategy of making 10 for adding and subtracting,  grouping numbers to 100  by 2, 5, and 10 , comparing, representing and , describing numbers to 100 and so much more!
MMH is having a skip-a-thon which is a school wide fundraiser to help provide extra-curricular activities, learning resources, and other items for MMH students. More information and pledge forms will be coming home soon