Monday, 31 October 2016

November Newsletter

Thanks so much to everyone who sent treats for our party yesterday! They were delicious. The kids had fun parading through the halls and I’m sure they had a great night of trick or treating! Also, thank you to the many parent volunteers who drove and helped supervise our swimming fieldtrip!  Here’s a look at our month of November!

LA: A Sense of Place Inquiry Unit/ Read Across Canada continues

Reading Strategies: Setting goals and tracking progress, Picture of the Day: Inference vs Observation/Reading longer and stronger/set up systems for finding & sharing great books

Math: November Math Daily Warm Ups, Number Sense: Numbers to 1000 Unit

Science: Testing Materials and Designs Unit

Social: India Unit (Celebrations, geography, climate, clothing, resources, foods and more!)

Themes:  Remembrance Day, Canada

Words of the Week: humorous, remembrance

Spelling Program Update!
WOW! What an amazing group of spellers we have! The kids have been doing very well on their Friday tests and came home last night with a NEW ORANGE NOVEMBER spelling menu glued into their yellow spelling scribblers. Please continue to choose an activity each night from the menu and return books on Friday to be checked. I told the kids they could have a free night off for Halloween and to go ahead and choose T-Th.  There were a few yellow books that had gone missing so I handed out some new ones and asked the kids to take good care of them.
How to Book Your Parent Teacher Interview
November is always an exciting time with the opportunity for teachers and parents to celebrate student learning through the interview process.  Parent Teacher Interviews will take place at MMH in November.   Grade 1 to 5 interviews are scheduled for November 24 and 25.  Instructions on how to book your parent teacher interview are here! 
Step 1:  Open to Parents Tuesday, November 1.  To register, please click on the “Parent Teacher Interview” button on the home page or under the “Quick Links” section of our website Please click the “Register for an account” link
Step 2: Enter all the information into the required fields.  Please make sure to select Parent in the “Tell us who you are?” drop down menu and then hit submit.
Step 3:  Once you have successfully logged in please select the date you wish to schedule a time.
Step 4: Book Your Parent-Teacher Interview - You will see the teacher’s schedule.  From the times listed please select one and click the “Book” button.  After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule.   You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or reschedule appointments by going to the specific day you have booked and at the bottom of the page view your appointment time by clicking on “View my Parent Teacher Interview Schedule”.  You can also book additional appointments with other teachers as well.

Important Dates to Remember!
Nov. 1 Start scheduling your interviews

Nov. 1 - Dec. 14 Sock it to ‘em. Please donate new socks for local charities for Christmas. 

Nov. 1, 8, 15,22, 29, Junior Choir 3:10

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 After School Skate: Free at the ATB Centre 3:30-4:30

Nov. 4 Deadline for Hot Lunch Orders

Nov. 7 Deadline to order MMH Clothing: use Cash online

Nov. 9 School Council Meeting at 7pm

Nov. 9 Remembrance Day Assembly 10:30am

Nov. 10 Professional Learning Day/ No School for students

Nov. 11 Remembrance Day/ No School

Nov. 15 Hot Lunch Day (gr. 1, 2,3 )

Nov. 16th Swimming at Nicholas Sheran 10-11 (leaving at 9:40) drivers needed see below

Nov. 17 Dress Up Like Your Favourite Book Character / Spirit Assembly 9:00am Rock Your Mocs

Nov. 21 Report Cards Come home/ 2:00 Earth Rangers Assembly in the gym!

Nov. 24 Regular classes dismissed at 11:35/ No school in afternoon due to P/T interviews

Nov. 25 No School for students/ Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 28 Beef Jerky pick up day

Monday, 24 October 2016

Spelling Lists for the week of Oct 24

Green Group

Red Group

Blue Group

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Swimming Day October 25, 2016

Dear Parents,                                                              
The Grade 3 Team has decided to take the kids swimming. Our class will be going on October 25 from 10:00-11:00 at Nicholas Sheran Pool.

In order for every child to be transported to the swimming pool, we will need to have parent volunteers. Our class will be leaving the school at 9:40 in order to be at the pool and ready to swim by 10:00. 

If you are able to help with the driving please send me a quick email! A hard copy of this will be coming home tomorrow as well if you prefer to send in the form!

Thanks so much for your support! Have a great night!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Strings in Schools

MMH is lucky to be welcoming the Strings in Schools program from the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music into our building this year. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

October Newsletter 2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October! The first month of Grade 3 has flown by! We’ve been working hard on learning routines and have jumped into all of our beginning units.  Here’s a quick peek at what’s been going on in the four cores!

LA: Daily 5, Reading Across Canada Challenge

Reading Strategies: Read like books are gold! / Choose within reach books/Make Predictions

Math: Patterning Unit

Science: Scientific Method/ Hearing and Sound Unit

Social: Mapping Unit

Themes: Terry Fox, Roald Dahl, Orange Shirt Day, Fire Prevention Week, Bats

Words of the Week: Ethical Citizen and Engaged Thinker

Spelling Program
We are starting our spelling patterns program this month and you will see some spelling homework coming home tonight!  The spelling books will come home every Monday with a new word list written by your child. The students will be working on these words in school but will also have a list of activities to choose from each night. Please take 10-15 minutes each night Monday through Thursday to help your child choose which activity they want to try out and to complete the work in the spelling book provided.
These books will come back to school on Friday for me to look at and a spelling test will also happen every Friday (unless there is no school, then we will have it on Thursday). I have completed a spelling inventory of your child’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to spelling patterns and have grouped them so each child is getting instruction on the patterns they struggled with. We do word sorts and hunts with these patterns throughout the week with the goal to help your child recognize these spelling patterns and to apply them to other words rather than just memorizing for the test and then forgetting when applying during real world writing or typing. Each Friday your child will be tested on the 5 new words, 5 old words (to keep them mastered) and 2 surprise words that fall within the same spelling pattern to see if they are able to generalize the pattern to new words.
Thanks so much for your help getting this program up and running! Your time at home is greatly appreciated and I hope to see some great gains for our spellers this year!
Important Dates to Remember
Oct. 4, 18, 25 Junior Choir
Oct. 10-14 Fire Prevention Week “Don’t Wait Check the Date!” Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
Oct. 10 Thanksgiving: no school
Oct. 11 Professional Learning: no school /Minister David Eggen visits MMH 1:00-1:30

Oct. 12 Mission Impossible starts in the gym 

Oct. 13-18th Scholastic Book Fair 8:00 – 4:00 / except Friday 14th 8:00 – 12:00.   

Oct. 14 Deadline for hot lunch orders
Oct. 17 Picture retake day
Oct. 20 Dismissal at 11:35 today/ no school in afternoon due to Professional Learning Da
Oct. 21 Professional Learning day: no school
Oct. 25 Hot lunch gr. 1-3
Oct. 31 Halloween parade 12:45 (students will change into costumes at noon) (Thanks for volunteering to send treats for our party, if you signed up you will be receiving an email soon! We have 26 students and no nut allergies!)