A Note From the Teacher... Apr. 11
The last week at the Annex!
Monday > Mr. Grant will be in for the day, as I will be at the new school unpacking.
Wednesday > We will be walking to the main school to attend an assembly with the rest of the Katzie school and then the kids will eat lunch with their grade 4 buddies and head outside for another play. We'll leave the annex around 10:45am and return around 1:00pm.
Thursday > Our last day at the Annex. I will be finishing packing everything up these last few days and on Thursday, I am going to have the kids put their school supplies into a plastic bag, label it, and I will have it ready in their new desks when they arrive on our first day.
** I am going to send their inside shoes home with them though. I thought this might give you the chance to check them and make sure everything still fits fine. Please make sure you send them back on that first day though, as I really would like them to have inside shoes to change into for our new school.
A notice should be going home this week about what to expect during our first week!
A Sneak Peak Of Our New School!!
See Our Classroom > New pictures were added Feb. 24
Calendar > Updated calendars for Feb./Mar./Apr. added Jan. 26
Homework > New YouTube videos added Dec. 11
My Pets > New pictures added Dec. 10
Every day after school I hear a parent ask their child, "How was your day?" The child responds, "Fine". The parent then asks, "What did you do?" and the child responds with, "I don't know" or "Nothing".
I assure you, we are not "doing nothing" in school!!!!
Here is a look at some of the things we are working on.
If you have any questions about these things, please don't hesitate to ask and please remember that you are more than welcome, at any time after school, to pop in and let your child show you some of their work.
April - in class:
Home Reading > Students will begin taking books home each night to read. These stories are short and are meant to be read multiple times to help with fluency. You may feel that the books are too easy, but it is important that children do not struggle with these books at home. We want them to be fairly independent, which helps with their confidence. It is also important that your child be able to comprehend what they are reading - one of the easiest ways to do this, is at the end of the story, to close the book and get them to tell you in their own words what happened in the story and ask them questions that ask about how people are 'feeling' and even 'why' they might have done something etc...
Word Wall Words > Please continue practicing the word wall words with your children each week and review the old ones. Children should be able to read these words without sounding them out. If they are confident reading them, begin working on how to spell them and writing them in sentences.
Word Families > We are continuing to learn a new word family each week. Word families are very important for teaching kids to read and find patterns in words (ie. if you can read 'cat', then you can also read 'rat'.) These word family words will now become a weekly Spelling test for the kids. We will brainstorm 10 words on Monday and on Friday the kids will be tested on the words. The first five words on the list will be easier words and the next five will be somewhat challenging.
I do not put a lot of emphasis on Spelling Tests at the Grade One level. I do them only for a few reasons: 1. It helps to start teaching kids good study habits at home and gets them into a routine of doing homework.
2. Children are proud of themselves when they do well.
From a teacher's perspective, I value these two things highly and that is why we do the tests. I put little stress on the kids and ask that you make it as stress-free as possible. I don't want kids to stress just because the word 'test' is being used. This is a word they are going to hear throughout their school careers and I don't want it to stress them out now. Celebrate with your kids how well they did, not necessarily only when they get a perfect score. Some kids may never get perfect, but they are still doing their best and that needs to be acknowledged.
Journal Writing > Focus for February is to continue to work on sounding out words and on adding details to their writing. There will now be a focus on making sure the kids are using the words from the Word Wall more consistently in their writing. We will also start looking at using capitals and periods more consistently. We will begin some more story writing this month.
Visualization and giving opinions (I liked the story because... I did not like the story because...)
Predicting what may happen in a story.
Retelling stories by telling the Beginning/Middle/End of stories.
Numeracy > Addition and Subtraction / Measurement
Themes: Spring / Community / Easter / Earth Day
New Bell Schedule For Katzie
8:33 First Bell
8:38 Morning instruction begins
10:15 Recess begins
10:30 Recess ends
11:45 Lunch > students play outside
12:10 Lunch > students inside to eat
12:30 Afternoon instruction begins
Walk to School!
Because we have a geographically small catchment area, we are encouraging everyone to walk to school.
It's also fun to start a "Walking School Bus" on your street or in your area, where students join as you walk to school and the group gets bigger and bigger.
The Grade 7 Katzie Leadership Team will be keeping track of how many cars are dropping kids off.
SO - If you can walk, PLEASE WALK TO SCHOOL!!
Happy Birthday to our...
Apr. 3 > Annalise
Apr. 14 > Bennett
Apr. 16 > Sarah
Apr. 17 > Santiago
Apr. 27 > Kaia
Apr. 18 > Good Friday (No School)
Apr. 21 > Easter Monday (No School)
Apr. 22 > WELCOME TO KATZIE
Mrs. Powell, our librarian has a blog that lets you know what's been going on in the Library, as well as around the school. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!!!
A great reading website:
Thanks for all your support from home!
Feel free to email me or stop in if you have any questions or concerns.
Miss Sveinson's Classroom Facebook Page
I know that many parents are on Facebook and find it such an easy way to stay in touch and communicate with each other. I have created a classroom page for parents that will hopefully allow for a simple and effective means of communication and a way of sharing ideas with you.