Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hi parents/guardians and students from Division 7!  I can't believe it's already October and this is my first post of the year.  Busy doesn't even begin to describe September this year!

I think I've met most of you now, and thank-you for taking the time to attend our Open House evening and parent-teacher interviews.  It has been so valuable to get input on your child.

We have had a very good beginning.  The children are really settling in, and are getting better with routines and expectations.  Just a reminder:  your child is expected to read daily for 30 minutes at home.  Please sign planners to indicate that this has been completed each evening.

We have organized students in our class according to a spelling inventory we did a few weeks ago.  Your child is studying words and patterns that s/he will benefit from studying.  Each week your child will get a new group of words (to be kept in a Ziploc baggie in the planner).  It would be very beneficial to practice the word sorts each day (this should only take about 5 minutes), as well as to quiz your child on the ten starred words (which will be on the test).

 In math, the students have been working on place value and estimation in addition and subtraction with Mrs. Kollen and I, and will be having a math quiz on Tuesday, October 9th.  Please have you child review the concepts learned (in their red and orange duotangs).

In Social Studies, we are studying Canada and are looking at its geographic diversity.  Students are creating posters that, in pictures, shows the varied geography (as well as wildlife and outdoor activities) of our nation, divided by region.  Please ask your child to show you the criteria sheet for more information on this project, due Friday, October 12th.

Also, for an upcoming Socials activity, students need to know their cultural backgrounds.  Please talk to your child about his or her cultural background (if there are many, as is becoming common, perhaps just choose a couple of the major cultures, such as "British and French" or "Italian and Finnish" or "First Nations and Polish.")  For this activity your child also needs to know which language(s) are spoken in the home and which religion is followed ("none" is acceptable also).  Finally, your child needs to know how long your family has lived in their neighborhood.

Other important dates:

Friday, October 5th--Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous meeting in library at noon

Oct. 5th--Hot lunch order form (green) is due

October 10th--photo orders are due

November 16th--raffle donations are due (PAC)


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