Friday, 16 February 2018

Week# 22

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda each evening.
*Please return signed report card slip and envelope.
*Pathways to French Form due Thu. Mar. 1, 2018
*Pizza Orders due Thu. Feb. 22
*Next Skating Day: Feb. 26 (2:00-3:00pm) 
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Mar. 1)

Looking Ahead to This Week:

It's Olympic Spirit Week at St. Martin de Porres. Let's see your spirit!!

*Tue. Feb. 20 Library Visit, Team Canada Spirit Day (wear red and white)
*Wed. Feb. 21 Pizza, Jersey Spirit Day (wear your favourite jersey)
*Thu. Feb. 22 St. Martin de Porres  Spirit Day (wear red and black)
*Fri. Feb. 23 Team France Spirit Day (wear blue, white, red)


Friday, 9 February 2018

Week #21 Update

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda every evening.
*Pathways to French Form due Thu. Mar. 1, 2018
*Popcorn order and payment due Thu. Feb. 15, 2018
*Pizza order and payment due Thu. Feb. 22, 2018
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Mar. 1)

Looking Ahead to this Week:

*Mon. Feb. 12 we welcome Ms. Fraser (Teacher Candidate from Queen's University) to our class.
Ms. Fraser will be with our class for the next 4 weeks leading up to March Break.
*Tue. Feb. 13 library visit, Outdoor Olympic Play Day in am for grades 1-3
*Wed. Feb. 14 Valentines Day, Ash Wednesday Liturgy
*Thu. Feb. 15 Term 1 Report Cards go home (please return signed slips as soon as possible)
*Fri. Feb.16 WWW sentences due, practice EQAO hwk due

Monthly Update on our Learning!

Math:  The students really enjoyed measuring the area and perimeter of their names using grid paper. We have also been working on time concepts: relating minutes to hours, hours to days, days to weeks, and weeks to years. Telling time to the nearest 5 minutes will be our focus for next week. Have your child work on this at home. Randomly ask them to tell the time on an analog clock. Geometry will be our next unit.

Writing: The students are finishing up their persuasive writing assignment. Boy, are they persuasive! Please accept my apologies... some parents might be receiving a letter asking for various pets etc. Next, we will be working on report writing of famous structures. This writing assignment will be a collaborative activity with Mrs. Charland's Grade 3 students.

Reading:  We are currently working on the reading comprehension strategy: Determining Importance (see picture below). In guided reading groups, the students are reading nonfiction texts and are learning to summarize the main ideas and determine the text features that help them comprehend what they read.  In addition, as we are preparing for the EQAO testing, the students are working on using evidence/information from the text to support their thoughts and ideas when answering questions.
Thank you for making time to read with your child each night. The next completed Log is due on Thu. Mar.1, 2018.


Science: We have been investigating the forces of nature. Students have a solid understanding of how these forces can harm us (i.e. flooding can cause water damage to foundations etc) we are learning how these forces can actually help us (i.e. volcanic soil contain minerals that are beneficial to plants). Next unit will be Strong and Stable Structures.

Religion/Family Life: We have been investigating the power of the Holy Spirit and how It guides us throughout our everyday lives. We will be discussing the 10 Commandments focusing on the first three- God's great love for us.
In Family Life, we have been discussing the decisions family have to make and that sometimes we need help to make important decisions.

The Arts: We will be working with the elements of drama in collaborative skits and hopefully a larger school production (stations of the cross).

Physical Education/Health: The students have been working applying a variety of simple tactics to increase their chances of success during physical activities (i.e. assume a ready position in preparation to receive the ball).
In Health, the students created a healthy eating plate/a meal using flyers. The meals were required to include at least 3 of the food groups found in Canada's Food Guide. We also incorporated math in the activity by recording the cost of all the foods on the healthy eating plates.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Week #20

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda every evening.
*Pathways to French Form due Thu. Mar.1, 2018
*Skating Day: Feb. 5, Feb. Feb. 26, Mar. 5  (2:00-3:00pm) 
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Mar. 1)

Looking Ahead:

*Tue. Feb. 6 library visit
*Wed. Feb. 7 pizza, valentine list being sent home
*Thu. Feb. 8 Olympic Opening Ceremonies at St. Martin de Porres
*Fri. Feb. 9 WWW sentences due, practice EQAO hwk due, complete Prodigy assignment

Follow along and keep up to date with Team Canada (& Team France our school team)!
2018 Olympic Games Website

Monday, 29 January 2018

Week #19

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda every evening.
*Last Swim to Survive Session: Fri. Feb. 2 (1:00-2:00pm)
*First Skating Day: Mon. Feb. 5, (2:00-3:00pm) Please return permission form as soon as possible.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Feb.1)

Looking Ahead:

*Tue. Jan. 30 Library Visit,
*Thu. Feb. 1 Popcorn


*Fri. Feb. 2 Swim to Survive, WWW Sentences due

Monday, 22 January 2018

Week#18

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda every evening.
*Last Swim to Survive Session: Fri. Feb. 2 (1:00-2:00pm)
*First Skating Day: Mon. Feb. 5, (2:00-3:00pm) Please return permission form as soon as possible.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Feb.1)

Looking Ahead:

*Tue. Jan. 23 Library Visit, EIR (Engineer in Residence) workshop
*Wed. Jan. 24 Pizza Day
*Thu. Jan. 25 WWW Sentences due, EQAO Practice Work due
*Fri. Jan. 26 PD Day- No school for students

Monday, 15 January 2018

Week #17 Update

Reminders:

*Please verify and sign your child's agenda every evening.
*Swim to Survive Dates: This Fri. Jan. 19 (1:00-2:00pm)
*Skating Dates: Mon. Feb. 5, Mon. Feb. 26, Mon. Mar. 5 (2:00-3:00pm) Please return permission form as soon as possible.
*Read With Me Club (Next Reading Log due Thu. Feb.1)

Looking Ahead:

*Mon. Jan. 15 - Fri. Jan. 19 Kindergarten Registration
*Tue. Jan.16 Library Visit
*Fri. Jan. 19 Swim to Survive Session #2

Homework Update:

Students are asked to continue reading every night for at least 20 minutes and continue to fill out their Read With Me Club forms.
We have been working on preparing for the EQAO assessment in class. This month, I will begin to send home some practice EQAO questions. Students will be given a week to complete the questions. The first set will go home next week.

Monthly Update on our Learning!

Math: We continue to work on our mental math computational skills with Number Talks. We are now working on transferring the various strategies learned into our work and with problem-solving. Ask your child about the strategies that they feel comfortable using when adding and subtracting double digits numbers. Practise mental math at home, in the car, in the grocery store!
Before Christmas, the students were designing appropriate survey questions (with options), analyzing the data, and creating bar graphs to display the data. Currently, we are working on measuring lengths in mm, cm, m, km.

Writing: Before the Christmas Break, the students worked on writing friendly letters and planning and drafting descriptive narratives. Next, we will be working identifying facts and statements which will lead to our next writing form: persuasive writing.
The students are always encouraged to reread their writing and use our Editing Checklist to help them edit all writing.

Reading: Before Chrismas, during our silent reading time, the students and I were working in smaller guided reading groups. We were working on making deeper connections to help us as readers comprehend the text better. We were also identifying the features of a narrative to help us with our writing form. The students continue to read books at their "just right" level on a daily basis. Thank you for making time to read with your child nightly. This will help them fill up their Read With Me Club Log. The next completed Log is due on Thu. Feb.1, 2018.

Science: The students have been enjoying identifying many forces around us causing movement (i.e. push, pull, friction, gravity, compression, tension, magnetism). They will be constructing a mouse trap (Rube Goldberg-like) based on the forces we have studied.

Religion/Family Life: In addition to our weekly Community Circles we have been working on identifying and promoting calming techniques in the classroom. Calming music is one technique that really works with the students in the class.Give it a try at home, maybe just before bedtime.
Last week we read about and discussed the significance of the Epiphany. We've made the connection with the Epiphany story and how we are asked to spread the Good News.
In Family Life, we have been discussing our families and the commitments family members have to one another.

The Arts: Our focus for the next little while will be music. We have been identifying and listening to the various families of instruments. The students have also been experimenting with the standard notation (1/4 not, 1/2/ note) with the use of the interactive smartboard.

Physical Education/Health: The students have been working on their movement skills with and without equipment. We have also been stressing the importance of collaboration and cooperation in terms of working as part of a team.
In Health, we have been investigating Canada's Food Guide and its role in helping us choose healthy snack and meals. We will be exploring various cultural foods over the next few weeks.

Have a great week!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Week #16

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 I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas Break together with their loved ones! I'm so glad to be back!

Reminders:

*Please return Swim to Survive permission form by Tue. Jan. 9
*Next Reading Log due Thu. Feb.1

Looking Ahead to This Week:

*Sun. Dec. 17 Third Sunday of Advent!
*Tue. Jan. 9 Library visit
*Wed. Jan. 10 Pizza
*Fri. Jan 12 Swim to Survive (1:00pm-2:00pm)