Subway Lunch:

Kindergarten A and Grade 1-4 Subway Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th!!

We are going to be placing the orders through Healthy Hunger again for this hot lunch. Please proceed to the Health Hunger website (www.healthyhunger.ca) and enter your account to place your order. If you are new and have not created an account click the green Learn more button under Parents and then signup a free account.

Cost is $6.50 per student and includes: 1 sub from Subway, a bag of chips and a juice box (*Flavours will vary). At the end of your order there will be an additional processing fee.

If you mistakenly order a sub for a student that is NOT in Kindergarten A or Grades 1-4, your order will be deleted (and your money refunded).

Subs are ordered in advance, late orders cannot be accepted after December 7th. Nutritional Guide available upon request.

If you have any questions about the lunch, please contact Denaye Merz at dmerz@sasktel.net. You can also call Healthy Hunger if you have any questions about the site at 1-800-818-6260.

All proceeds will be going to the SCC Initiatives

Pajama Day Tomorrow:

It has come to my attention that I am no fun. Apparently other teachers have had pajama day and I have been a bit of a slacker in this area (so I am told). After a bit of a lecture (yes, I was on the receiving end), I have learned my lesson and hereby declare tomorrow pajama day for 3C.

Netsmartz Learning Samples:

The bulk of our safety unit in health class has been about internet safety. The students have learned four important Netsmart rules and many other internet safety ideas. The final project for this unit is a poster that shows their learning. They worked hard and did a great job. The students also learned about making good passwords by viewing a password rap video. They made jot notes as they listened to the song. Later, they wrote a paragraph about what they learned. Over the next week or so, these two pieces of work will be coming home for you to see.

Student Blogs:

It took a few tries, but I have finally been able to create blogs for the students. They will use the blogs to share their learning with you, each other, and the world. You will want to know that all posts and comments are submitted to me and I have to approve them before they appear. People can’t interact with the students through their blog. Please check out the new Blogging 101 tab at the top of the page. It has most of the information needed to have a successful student blogging experience.

Visualizing:

The latest comprehension strategy we have been learning is visualizing.

When Readers visualize while reading:

  • they are using words they hear or read in a text to create visual images or “movies in the mind”.
  • they can turn on their brains just as they would turn on their TVs, to enjoy the many images they create.
  • they’re training their brains for when they begin to read books that don’t include pictures with text.
  • they are encouraged to activate their imaginations as they read
  • they combine their own background knowledge with the words of the author to create mental images that enhance understanding of the text and bring reading to life.
  • they are able to activate all their senses to create mental images.
  • it is most likely when reading books about places, weather, or seasons that are filled with rich, descriptive, and vivid language.”
    Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

Counting Coins:

We are practicing counting coins for a couple lessons in math. It always seem like it should be an easy task for the kids, but for many it is not. We looked at pictures of coins and practiced naming and counting them. I sent home some practice pages to help us out. Please work at them when you have time and send them back when they are done. If you have time to count real coins that would be great too.  Thanks a bunch for the help!

Book Orders:

November Scholastic book orders will be do on Thursday, Nov. 8th. Parents sometimes order Christmas presents through the November and December book orders. If you are interested in doing this, I am happy to help you out. Please clearly mark that the order is a secret and send it in a sealed envelope. The order system works really well these days so, you could also send me an email to indicate what you would like to purchase. If you do this, you must make sure you have the item number and description clearly typed out for me. When the order comes in I will contact you and you can arrange to pick it up. Please remember that I can only accept cheques or on-line payments. Have a great day!

 

Writing Samples:

By now, you should have seen your child’s “walking story” sample come home. Thanks for signing and returning them so quickly. Over the next few days you should receive two paragraphs to have a look at. One we called our “Expert” writing because the students made jot notes about something they know a lot about. They used those jot notes as the details in their paragraph. The second paragraph we called “Me” writing because it is all about themselves. For the “Me” paragraph, students were guided through a planning phase before they began writing. The planning seems to have paid off. Many of the paragraphs have a lot detail and are their best writing samples so far this year.  Good job grade three! Each paragraph has a checklist attached. The checklist for the “Expert” paragraph was completed by the author and a helpful partner. I completed the assessment checklist and made comments for the “Me” paragraph. If you feel you can help by editing one of the paragraphs with your child, please do. This one-on-one teaching time is very valuable. Your insight and support for your child’s learning experiences is very valuable. If you decide to go through an editing process please remember we are trying to keep writing experiences as positive as we can. Some children are very reluctant to write and getting over that anxiety is our first goal. You know your children best and I know you will be able to provide a great supportive critique of their work. Thanks for all of your efforts and support!