Saturday, 24 September 2016

Weekly Update - September 26 - 30

Autumn is here! If you get an opportunity, encourage your child to take note of the changing colours of the leaves. Hopefully everyone is out enjoying this beautiful weather! 

Week three was full with the family Blessing and dessert night, a lockdown practice and our first guest reader for Walking Toward Literacy. One of our many areas of focus this week was building up stamina in our Read to Self activity (There is a side link with information of Daily 5). The students are currently able to stay engaged in reading behaviours for seven minutes! After they finish reading, we graph the stamina minutes...they become very motivated to beat their own record!

For the Word Work section, I have created activities using the October spelling words. Students will have many opportunities to practice their spelling words and group working skills while working with various classmates on fun activities. Our first spelling test will occur on October 6th. Please assure your child that they are just learning to spell and write and all I ask is that they do their best. The words for the first test are: a   the  big  can  up. All of the spelling words and test dates are listed on the spelling lists link.

We began our Work on Writing activities with the students last week. The first is a book called My House All Year. In this book, each student writes a sentence about each month of the year and draws a picture to accompany the sentence. This book provides students with writing practice and a math/science focus(time, months of the year and seasons). We will only do one page every month and I am really encouraging each student to do their best, because we will show these books to their parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences. The second activity is a follow up sheet after we listen to our guest readers. Students learn to attend to and identify the title, author, characters and sequence of events in a story.
Dates to remember:
  • Sept 26 - School Picture Day
  • Sept 27 - School council meeting - 7:00 pm
  • Sept 29 - Wear your running shoes!! The entire school will be running for the Terry Fox Run.Team colour day
  • Sept 30 - Site based P.D. Day - no school for students

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