Friday, December 8, 2017

Final Two Weeks before the Holiday Break

Season's Greetings!

Our 'Christmas Presence' is requested at school this week! Students, if you haven't packaged up your items and wrapped them in Christmas paper to set under our tree, please do it soon! We will begin opening later this week!

Sneak Peek at the Next Two Weeks:

*It’s our Christmas Concert on Tuesday! Students are encouraged to be at the College Drive Church at 6pm. Our rehearsals are at school on Tuesday afternoon; extra guests (those who did not get tickets) are welcome to come watch in the gym beginning at 12:30!

*We hope to finish our stockings this Friday. Thank you to all our helpers who have joined us and plan to join us this week. We couldn’t do it without you!

*Next week (final week before Christmas) will be busy with carolling and mini-assemblies in the gym every day (mornings: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at 12:30 on Tuesday afternoon in combination with the Spirit Assembly).

* Tuesday, December 19th is Red and Green Day! Students are encouraged to dress in Christmas attire or anything red and green!

*The evening of Tuesday December 19th is ‘The Magic of Christmas’. This is a mini-concert showcasing the efforts of our choirs and hand bell performers. It begins at 6:30 in our gymnasium.

*It’s hot lunch on Wednesday, December 20th!

*We are looking forward to going swimming at the U of L on the afternoon of Thursday, December 21st! Thank you to all the parents who have already responded, we are looking for one or two more. (If you sent your note back last week, we are absolutely taking you up on your offer! Thanks!)

*Friday December 22nd is our final day before the Christmas holidays. Students have the option of wearing their pajamas as we will enjoy the carolling and then will watch our Chris Van Allsburg movie to wrap up our author study. It will be interesting to see how the books and movies are similar and how they are different. (If you haven’t already done so, please return the permission note as soon as possible.)

Language Arts:

We will continue exploring the works of Chris Van Allsburg with special focus on spotting figurative language. We will also be doing a special writing project using The Polar Express. If your family owns a copy of this book and is willing to lend it for our use this week, we would love to have as many copies as possible. Please send it to school on Monday or Tuesday (with your name on it) and we will return it to you as soon as we are finished this week. Thanks!


Our Geometry unit began last week with students becoming familiar with a lot of tricky vocabulary (horizontal, vertical, parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines, opposite and adjacent sides, right angles and congruent shapes as well as specific shapes including: square, rhombus, trapezoid, parallelogram, rectangle and kite). Students, to prove you've read the blog this week: before O'Canada on Monday morning, present Ms. B. with a note explaining what shape the tables in our classroom are AND how you know they are that shape (what attributes prove this?) After a review of shapes and their attributes, we will focus on sorting shapes according to their attributes, we will look at symmetry and then hope to leap into 3-D objects right before Christmas!

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Social Studies:

Our introduction to the Arctic Region began last week and students will be continuing to explore this region through a scavenger hunt and study of the inuksuk.

Check out the following clip explaining what inuksuit (plural form of inuksuk) are:


Soon we will be turning our attention to the Christmas season learning some vocabulaire de noel (Christmas vocabulary) in order to allow us to do some fun activities next week!

Christmas Party Snack Reminder:

Thanks to those who have offered to bring snacks on the morning of Friday December 22nd:

Muffins: Anabelle and Trevor

Fruit Platters: Brynley and Parker G.

Juice and Napkins: Taylor

Goodies: Maxwell

Have a wonderful couple of weeks!