Saturday, 25 February 2017


Hope everyone had a nice reading week! I picked up a ton of great new books for the kids at teacher convention and had time to make some exciting materials for a big PBL project happening later in March called The Amazing Race with a Social Studies theme! Stay tuned for more information! Our launch day will be March 21st!

Also, we have invited a new student into our classroom from Syria and had a presentation by our District ESL teacher David Fuller and his friend Mohammed to help everyone with the transition.

Now our that we have the basics of materials and designs down, we get to start our big building projects as part of our Building With a Variety of Materials Science Unit! We'll be building everything from hanging cup holders and basketball towers, to playgrounds and famous landmarks! Thanks to everyone who sent in building materials! Keep'em coming!

In Social we are learning about Peru and the kids were so excited to make their woven bookmarks for Valentine's day! They did such a good job and some even made extras for their brothers and sisters! This week we are making a woven bowl so I am asking that everyone brings a ball of coloured yarn to school for Wednesday.  If your child would like to do more than one colour, feel free to send a few.

In Math, we are deep into double and even triple digit addition with regrouping! We keep practising our Monday Mad Minute facts as the kids should know addition to 18 fluently by the end of grade three.

In LA, we are wrapping up our study of the novel Stone Fox and of course Crenshaw! Next we have an author study of Patricia Polacco who is an American author and illustrator. She struggled in school because she was unable to read until age 14 due to dyslexia; she found happiness expressing herself through art. For a list of her books check our her website at

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

One School One Book Donations to YWCA Harbour House

Greetings Mike Mountain Horse families!
We sincerely hope that you are enjoying our One School, One Book selection: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. A great many themes surface in this remarkable read, and, as you may have already noticed, there are also some very sensitive topics addressed. Though sometimes difficult to discuss, hardship and homelessness are realities in today’s world and we encourage you to take these opportunities to engage in conversation with your child (children) about these concepts. What better way to learn than through quality literature?
 With awareness of poverty and homelessness growing, we invite our school population to participate in two charity efforts for local individuals and families in need: 
1) Donations of personal care items and/or packages for YWCA Harbour House. YWCA Harbour House provides shelter and care for families in crisis.  Items to donate or include in a large Ziploc freezer bag: (see display case across from the office)

*full size shampoo and conditioner  *soap *first aid supplies (i.e. band-aids and ointment)  *toothbrushes and toothpaste  *deodorant/antiperspirant  *hand lotion  *slippers for women and children 


 2) Monetary donations in the form of sponsorship as our school participates in the ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ walk taking place on the afternoon of February 15th (held in conjunction with our annual ‘Winter Walk)’. This fundraising effort will benefit Streets Alive Mission which battles poverty in Lethbridge and the surrounding communities by offering free services, clothing and aid to anyone who needs it. 

 *Donations will be presented to YWCA Harbour House and Streets Alive Mission at the One School, One Book Closing Assembly taking place in our gymnasium on Thursday, February 16th beginning at 2:15pm.