Sunday, December 17, 2017

Last week before Christmas break

We have a busy week ahead, here is a look at our week:
Monday - trip to Simcoe Museum for Christmas traditions workshop
Tuesday - Business Fair
Wednesday - fairy tale play presentations - students need their costumes.
Thursday - 9:15 assembly and staff vs students volleyball game and red, green and white day.
Friday - PJ and movie day (school wide) and class party.
 Santa visits Nottawa at 1A/B as well, and students are welcome to visit Santa with a donation to My Friends house.

Families who are welcome to bring in a treat to share are: Mason, Parker, Nash, Cameron. Thank you!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11th

A huge thank you for the amazing participation in our Grinch day last Friday! Students looked amazing and we had an excellent day celebrating all things Grinchy!

A reminder to please send in a jar by Wednesday this week. Thank you!

Also, our concert is Wednesday at 6:30, please have your child arrive at 6:15. There is no dress code for our class, so students may wear what they like.

Thursday is our presentation of our Fairy Tale plays. Students are to look for costumes from home that would match their character in the play. For example, a bear could wear all brown with homemade ears or a hat. Please do not go and purchase costumes.

Friday is Polar Express Day in our class. We will be doing all things Polar Express and children are encouraged to wear their PJs if they would like!

If you have not returned the form for our field trip on Monday December 18th, please do so as soon as possible.

In Math this week we are learning subtraction strategies and solving word problems that involve subtraction. Please use Mathletics as a tool to practice or play card games that encourage subtraction.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Grinch's Heart Slime Recipe

3/4 cup cold water
1 cup white glue
food colouring
Mix these materials in one bowl.
1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp borax
Mix these two materials in a separate bowl
Then combine both bowls and stir. It will become jelly-like so use your hands to kneed it and it will dry up into slime!
Add a confetti heart for the Grinch's heart.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6th

It's a busy week around Nottawa! Here is a list of events and things to note for the next few weeks:
Dec. 8 - the Grinch day in Mrs. Hammond's and Mrs. McTaggart's classes, dress in green or like your favourite Grinch character!
Dec. 13 - Primary Concert - students please arrive at 6:15, concert starts at 6:30
Dec. 14- Fairy tale play presentations - please have costumes at school
Dec. 15 - Polar Express Day in Mrs. Hammond and Mrs. McTaggart's classes- wear your PJs
Dec. 18- Simcoe Museum trip
Dec. 19- Business Fair
Dec. 20 - Santa's workshop in Mrs. Hammond and Mrs. McTaggart's classes - dress in Santa or Elf hats and festive colours
Dec. 22- Nottawa Movie Day and class party. Mason, Parker, Nash and Cameron and invited to bring in a healthy treat to share if you would like to.

In Language we continue to work on our good copies of our Fairy Tales and will be illustrating them and getting them ready to be published next week. 
In Math we continue to practice mental math strategies for adding two numbers; using doubles or making tens to add. Students have learned 2 card games to practice making tens you can practice at home.

Also, students have been asked to bring in a jar for a craft next week. Please send in jars that have no label and that you can see through nicely. Thanks! The Nottawa Toy and Food drive is continuing until the holidays. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Final week of November

This week in Language we continue to read various Fairy Tales and compare them to their fractured fairy tale.
Today we read the 3 Little pigs, but then read the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and compared them in a venn diagram.

For spelling practice, students were able to choose one activity from the spelling tic tac toe board to work on their words for the week.

In writing, we continue to work on our fairy tales, with the goal of finishing our rough copies by the end of the week. Students will be using the voice typing tool to type out their good copies when they have conferenced about their rough copy.

Please note, we will begin learning about letter writing this week and will be writing letters to Santa. We will be mailing these letters from school, but there will be copies of our letters with Mrs. Hammond on file.

In math, we continued practicing skip counting to 200 by 1s, 2,s, 5s, 10s, and 25, and practiced counting backwards from 50 by the same. 

In Science, we are studying the Properties of Solids and Liquids and we rotated through various centres to study the properties of liquids and solids.

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20th

Thank you again to all parents for attending the conferences last week.

Tomorrow is our Patterning test and so students were encouraged to spend 15 minutes on Mathletics tonight to review.

In Language we have started our story planning for our own fairy tales. Please discuss with your child their ideas for their story and have them tell you the beginning, middle and end of the story they are creating. Talking about these ideas often will help them in the story planning.

In addition, students received the play that they will be working on with their group. They are allowed to bring their script home to practice, but need to ensure it comes back to school to practice with at school.

This Friday is our Green Team assembly, students are encouraged to wear green!

Our Health discussion today was about "Filling others' buckets" in response to the story "How full is your bucket". We discussed what kinds of words and actions help to fill the buckets of others in our class.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Conference week

I look forward to seeing all of the parents and students at the conferences this week. Please ensure you have signed up on the school website for a time slot.

This week in Language, we continue our study of fairy tales! We are learning about the formula for a fairy tale:
We have read the Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and students are learning to pull out the elements of a fairy tale in each story we read. For fun, we are reading a fractured fairy tale as well in which we get to see the funny twist on the original tale! As a writing activity, students wrote about what they would do if they had a fairy godmother!

In Math we are studying patterning. Students have learned how to write a pattern rule and are learning about growing and shrinking patterns this week.