Monday, 29 February 2016


 Important Dates!
March 1: Conference Manager Opens today!

March 7: Report Cards come home!

March 10 Celebration of Learning night  5:30-7:00PM/ conference manager closes today

March 10-Hot Lunch Orders due-please use ONLY school cash online

March 11 No classes P/T interviews

March 21 Fieldtrip to Galt Museum @10:50

March 22: Hot Lunch day 

March 24: Fancy Dress Up day!

March 25: Good Friday: no classes 
Pink Shirt Day sparkles!
Words  Of The Week
Feb 29-Mar 4 fly from going give had
March 7-10 has her him his

March 14-18  how just let know live   

March 21-25 once may old of
Our class has been all about Magic Tricks and Riddles lately! I think they must KNOW that fairy tales are coming soon and that every fairy tale has a magical element! This little guy started it all! 

Report Cards
Report cards will be coming home on Monday March 7.  We are  having a Celebration of Learning on Thursday March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. This will be a drop in evening where your child can show what they know and update you on their latest projects and progress!  Hope to see you there! Sign up using   
conference manager. 

Conference Mangager How To!
Step 1 – You can Pre-Register at (DO NOT include “www” in the url) You can set up a Parent Account by following the link below. Click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration form. Your login credentials (email and password) will remain in the system to make it easy to access the Conference Manager in the future. If you pre-registered in November 2015, you do not need to do so again. Please note that in order to enhance functionality and security, the Conference Manager requires you to use Internet Explorer 7 (or above), Firefox 3 (or above) or Safari 4 (or above). If you are using an older browser, the Conference Manager will automatically prompt you to update your browser and provide you with a link. This is a one-time process and only takes a couple of minutes. In order to ensure that your email program does not block emails sent from the Conference Manager, we suggest adding to your address book. 

Step 2 – Conference Manager Opens to Parents – Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 am. You can access the Parent Login Page using the link in the Confirmation Email. If you do not receive a Confirmation Email, you can login by going directly to

Step 3 – Book your Time at the “Celebration of Learning/Parent Teacher Interview” Select the teachers of the classrooms you want to visit. You will see each teacher’s schedule. After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email containing the teacher name, time and location of the visit. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule your “Celebration of Learning” time. You have the option of submitting comments or questions to the teacher as part of the booking process. If you do not have Internet access, you are welcome to contact the office and we will schedule your conferences on your behalf. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school at 403-381-2211. 

We are diving into our building unit in science and the kids are starting to use terms like materials, tools, and fasteners! Each project we build is designed to help the children choose materials wisely and understand that everything they make has a purpose and a function.  This unit ties together nicely with our Fairytale unit as we will test our bridges to see if they can support the weight of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and will see if our houses from the Three Little Pigs can withstand an earthquake or windstorm!   The kids are encouraged to talk about their projects afterward and decide what materials worked best and what designs they would modify and try again.  A huge thank you to everyone who has collected and sent building materials! 

Bought this book last summer in Montana! Can't wait to read it to the kids!

We have so many things to do and learn this month and they all revolve around Fairytales.  We are starting out with Rapunzel and Three Billy Goats and will be meeting The Three Little Pigs plus a few more over the next few weeks.  The kids will be writing some  fairytales of their own  and our focus is making sure we have all story elements character, setting, problem and solution!     

Once we finish Doubles Facts, our new unit in Math is Geometry which ties in nicely with our Science Building and LA Fairytales! One of the big ideas in the geometry unit is that 2D items are called shapes and 3D items are called objects. The kids learn to use geometrical language and to describe, sort, and compare both 2D shapes and 3D objects. And of course, we get to build by replicating a design that is given and by problem solving the best way to fit pieces together. And of course we continue to reinforce the basic skills of number operation and number sense every day during our morning calendar time.

We will be heading to the Galt Museum on Monday March 21 for the Blackfoot Peoples Voices Program which starts at 10:50. Busses are provided so parent drivers will not be requested, however if you would like to meet us their or ride on the bus with us to help supervise and join your child for the presentation please send me a quick email. :) 

That's all folks! Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Hard copies coming home tomorrow!  Also, a big thank you to all our reading volunteers, snack moms, and special day helpers! You are so appreciated!

Monday, 1 February 2016

February Newsletter 2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s already February! We had a lot of fun learning about penguins and had some amazing research reports to conclude our unit. Our next big theme will be snowmen, including writing the directions to build one and what might happen if they come to life at night!  Our phonics focus continues to be long vowels and we are buzzing along with sight words. Thanks for your continued support with the home reading program! The kids are jumping up levels and it is exciting to see the light come on!  Report cards will be coming up soon in March and we will be looking closely at reading behaviours and practising, practising, practising the newly acquired strategy of Chunky Monkey (looking for small chunks that we already know in words to help us decode) and introducing Flippy Dolphin (trying the short vowel sound and if it doesn’t make sense flipping to the long vowel sound).  

We have started our Science building unit with some fun building centres and will continue our learning by making cabins, towers, bridges, and so much more! If you have any small styro foam plates, tin pie plates, plastic containers, or cardboard tubes, please send them to school up until Friday Feb. 5th.  

This month we have two  big days to celebrate: The 100th day of school and Valentines on Friday Feb. 12th.  We will be having  a combined party on the afternoon of Feb. 11th which is the day to send valentines. We have 24 students and I’ve enclosed a class list.  Thanks once again to our generous party snack moms! 

Our focus in Math is our big numbers to 100 unit!  The kids have really got the idea of counting on and counting back and our next strategy will be doubles facts coming soon. We also started a new schedule of stations called CAMPP where C=computers, A=alone, M=Manipulatives, P=partners, and P=problem solving. The kids are doing really well working within this framework to practise number skills to 100. They’re working on maintenance of counting skills by 1,2, 5, and 10 to 20+ , ordering numbers to 100, filling in missing numbers to 100, 1 more/1 less , addition & subtraction!

Feb. 2 Happy Groundhog Day!
Feb. 3 Library day is every Wednesday
Feb. 3 Winter Walk 2:05pm
Feb. 5 Show and tell day is every Friday
Feb. 11 8:30 Spirit Assembly WEAR RED!
Classroom Valentines party pm/Valentine exchange
Feb. 12 100th Day Celebration in the gym at 8:45-11:15
Feb. 8-12th Random Acts of Kindness Week
Feb. 23 Hot  Lunch Day Gr. 1-3

February Sight Words 


Feb 8-12

Feb 15-19
No school

Feb 22-26

Valentines Day Class List

11 boys + 13 girls* =24total

Sight Word Mastery List 
(have your child read this list to you and practise words he/she find challenging-remember these words are to be recognized by sight and not sounded out)
and away         a                      say
big blue can         soon
come         down         find she
for funny         go so
help here         in that
it jump         little there
Look         make         me they
My not went         this
One         play red to
Run said see well
The three         to under
Two we up want
Where yellow you was
All I is
but did eat
Came         do four
Get good         have
He into like
Must        new no
Now        on out
Our please pretty
Ran ride saw

Doubles are a great mental math strategy to help children quickly recall addition facts. Once they learn doubles, it’s an easy jump to doubles plus one or doubles minus one. Here’s a little poem to help them remember! We will be starting these near the end of the month, so if you want a jump start, here they are!

1+1=2  Two balloons 1 pink, 1 blue
2+2=4  Four seashells on the seashore
3+3=6  Six houses made of bricks
4+4=8  Four wheels on each roller skate
5+5=10 Ten fingers digging in the garden
6+6=12 Six plus six equals a dozen, painting easter eggs with my cousin!
7+7=14 Fourteen jewels for the queen
8+8=16 The legs on 2 spiders for Halloween!
9+9=18 9 blue and 9 green jellybeans!
10+10=20 The double of 10 will give you plenty!

My name is ____________________and yes! I can come on the Winter Walk on Feb. 3rd at 2:05.

My name is __________________________and yes! I can help supervise 100th day stations on Feb. 12 from 8:45-11:15 in the gym.  Our stations are Lego Building 100/ and 100 Day Crowns.  We need 2 supervisors for this day, more are welcome if you’d like to share the time with another parent.