Archives (Previous Week at School Updates)

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Thank you to all parents who were able to make it to the three way conferences. I was so glad to meet you and talk about the progress that your child has made so far this year!

There are some busy weeks ahead and I wanted you to be aware of some important dates:

  • December 3rd: Our class is in charge of the Advent Mass on this day. You are welcome to join us at 9:50 for Mass in the school gym. Some students will be bringing home Prayers of the Faithful to practise for this Mass.
  • December 3rd: The Advent Food Drive begins. Our class is organizing this for the Knights Of Columbus. Students will be making posters and doing daily announcements. Please be generous. I am encouraging students to "earn" the food to donate by doing extra around the house to help out.
  • December 13: Saint Mary Christmas concert @6:00.
  • December 13: Grade 2 Family Traditions Project is due. This will go home this week.

Please remember that our library day is Wednesday. Please return your child's library books on this day. Many students have overdue books. Also, homework should be completed by the student with the help of a parent or sibling. For Math Before Bed, both the student and the parent may record the way the problem was solved on the sheet.

Have a fabulous week!


Monday, November 12th, 2018

Curriculum Notes:

  • Language: Please continue to work on reading with your children at home to develop confidence. The STARS reading program has begun and many students are diligently changing their books. Please make sure to record the books that are read. If you need a new form, please let me know and I will send one home. These books are an excellent way to get "just right" books. Each child is given a bin of books to choose from. Each bin has a few different reading levels in them, so if you find that your child has chosen a "Papa Bear" book (too hard), don't worry, read the book together. A good idea is to have your child do a "picture walk" through the book before you begin so that your child gets a sense of what the book is about. This is also a good time for you to point out any words that might be difficult. (I see a glacier, can you find the word glacier on the page?)
  • MATH BEFORE BED - Each Monday, students will be bringing a "Math Before Bed" duotang home. It will contain a math question to solve and return by Thursday. There is a parent information sheet in the duotang. This is meant to be a conversation between you and your child about how you both solve math problems. Please take time to read the parent information sheet for instructions.

Have a fabulous week!


Monday, November 5th, 2018

We made it through Halloween week! The kids looked adorable in their costumes. We had lots of fun doing some pumpkin math and science experiments. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Valdez for providing the McDonald's lunch for the students on Friday!

A week ago, we said "see you soon" to Ms. Hammond. She finished her placement, but will return to us at the end of February. We wish her well at teacher's college.

Curriculum Notes:

  • Language: Please continue to work on reading with your children at home to develop confidence. The STARS reading program has begun and many students are diligently changing their books. Please make sure to record the books that are read. If you need a new form, please let me know and I will send one home. These books are an excellent way to get "just right" books. Each child is given a bin of books to choose from. Each bin has a few different reading levels in them, so if you find that your child has chosen a "Papa Bear" book (too hard), don't worry, read the book together. A good idea is to have your child do a "picture walk" through the book before you begin so that your child gets a sense of what the book is about. This is also a good time for you to point out any words that might be difficult. (I see a glacier, can you find the word glacier on the page?)
  • Word wall words: Each Monday, students bring home ten words to work on for the week. We do work on these in class, but extra practise at home is necessary. The students do have a test on the words on Friday. More importantly, I add these words to our class word wall and see if student transfer the learning to their writing. Five of the words each week are based on a word family or grammar point.
  • Math - We continue to work on numbers and patterns. Many students are having difficulties with counting by 2s, 5s and 10s from various numbers (Count by 2s starting at 35).
  • MATH BEFORE BED - Each Monday, students will be bringing a "Math Before Bed" duotang home. It will contain a math question to solve and return by Thursday. There is a parent information sheet in the duotang. This is meant to be a conversation between you and your child about how you both solve math problems. Please take time to read the parent information sheet for instructions. It is quite interesting to me when we do math talks a few times a week and a student comes up with a logical way to solve a problem that I might not have thought of!

Have a fabulous week!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Please forgive me for not updating in the past few weeks. We certainly were busy. Ms. Hammond is back and will be here until the end of this week. She has begun to teach lessons in Art, Science and Writing. It is great to have her.

Curriculum Notes:

  • Science: Grade 3 students continue to learn about soils and grade 2 are learning properties of air and water.
  • Language: We have begun our daily 5 rotations. Students will have words each week. Half of the words focus on either a word family or grammar point, the other half are sight words. Please practise these words with your child each night. It doesn't just have to be pencil and paper tasks - write it in sand, soap in the bathtub, magnetic letters, make them out of playdoh!
  • STaRS reading program has begun. The form was sent home on Friday. The way it is run in our class is students make a choice from a bin (I ask them to choose from a certain bin that it at or near their level of reading. We call these "just right" books. These books help us to become a better reader. On the information sheet, there are some tips for how to help your child. I completely understand that this may not be done every night as there are extracurricular activities that take up time. However, reading each night is important. Please call if you have any questions about this program. If your child happens to choose a "papa bear" (too hard) book, feel free to read it to them and indicate on the record card that it was read to them. Modelling reading and reading strategies is important too!
  • Please note that Friday is a PA Day and there is no school.

Have a fabulous week!


Monday, October 1st, 2018

I hope that everyone enjoyed the first PA Day of the year! Teachers were busy learning about how to keep the workplace safe! It certainly was a very busy week with the Terry Fox Run, Picture Day, Cross Country Run and PA Day!

The St. Mary Cross Country Team was the biggest team yet with 63 students attending the event at Arrowhead Park! It was a spectacular autumn day, and Saint Mary students performed well and represented our school to the highest standards! Congratulations to everyone who went to the event!

We are putting the finishing touches on our class book "What If Everybody Did That?". It will be uploaded on this page as soon as it is finished. We are ready to begin Daily 5 in Language and are learning to rotate through five centres: Work on Writing, Read to self, Read to Someone, Word Work and Listen to Reading (done with Epic Reading online).

We will beginning new science units this week. Grade two students will be learning about Air and Water. Grade Three students will be learning about soils.

The STARS reading program will be beginning soon. It is always encouraged that you read with your child each night.

We have Mass on Thursday this week. Mrs. Shisko's students will be leading us. You are welcome to join us. We only have one more week until Ms. Hammond is back with us! She will start to teach some lessons in her second week. We are excited to have her back.

Have a fabulous week!


Monday, September 24th, 2018

This promises to be a very busy, shortened week! Here is a reminder of this week's events:

Monday: We will have our in class toonie toss for the Terry Fox Foundation. Please send in your toonies!

Tuesday: School Terry Fox Run. Wear your Terry Fox t-shirt, or your country/western gear to support Mrs. Jenkinson! Please send in the pledge forms ASAP. There is also a bake sale this day sponsored by Mrs. Bunker's grade 7/8 class.

Wednesday: Photo Day!

Thursday: Cross Country Run (for those one the team and have forms). Mrs. Webster will be taking the team to the race. Students will have a supply teacher this day.

Friday: This is a PA Day. There is no school for students on this day! Have a great long weekend!


Monday, September 17th, 2018

We are settling in and adjusting to the balanced day. Students do start the day with a quick snack each day while doing their bell work, so they have a change to eat before 10:45. We are all learning to eat one small snack (healthy) at this time, and divide the rest of the food in the lunch between these two breaks. It might help in the beginning if you talk to your child about when they eat the different items.

Here are a few upcoming events at the school:

  • School Council Meeting is Monday 17th at 6:30 in the school library. Please consider becoming involved with the school council.
  • Meet the Teacher BBQ and Book Fair is Thursday, 20th @4:30. The Knights of Columbus serve up a delicious BBQ. Come in a visit the classroom!

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the BBQ. I will be around helping out in different areas, so please come an introduce yourself! The classroom will be open for you to see where your child's desk is and what our classroom looks like.

Keep looking below to see what we have been learning in math class!

Have a fabulous week!

Fun with Math!

We have been having fun doing growth mindset activities in Math using youcubed "Week of Inspirational Math" activities! In this activity, students were given different shapes and challenged to: only change one attribute at a time (colour or shape), use all shapes, start with a red circle and end with a blue triangle. Students were challenged to solve the challenge in as many ways possible. Students rose to the challenge and demonstrated that with effort and perseverance, anything is possible!









Monday, September 10th, 2018

It was an exciting first week! We got to know each other a little bit, learned some classroom routines and talked about the importance of rules in our classroom and school. Ms. Hammond helped out in our classroom this week and she will be back after Thanksgiving. We are all starting to get used to the balanced day.

Thank you to those of you who have already written to tell me about your child. The information that you give helps me to get to know your child much better. When you share strengths and needs, it gives me valuable information to help your child succeed.

Here are a few upcoming events at the school:

  • Thursday is Mass in the gym @ 9:00. You are more than welcome to join us for this first school Mass.
  • There is a meeting at the church today (Monday) regarding interest in the sacraments of reconciliation and communion. A note went home about this last week.
  • Cross Country Running team: Many students have signed up for the cross country running team. We practise on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at first nutrition break. Students will need to make sure that they have proper running shoes.

Thank you for submitting your forms. I know that there is a lot of information to fill out at the beginning of the year!

Have a fabulous week!


Welcome to the first week of school!

Welcome to our class website. I hope to use this site to communicate what is happening in our classroom, school and church. Please make sure to check out the contact page if you wish to find out how to contact me. I will send home periodic paper copies of updates, however, I try to go paperless as much as possible and find that a website is a quick and easy way to send current information.

In the first week of class, we will be getting to know each other and doing some introductory activities in each of the curriculum areas. We will also be establishing routines.

There will be a large amount of information going home in the first week of school. Please make sure to return it to the school as soon as possible. I am looking forward to a fabulous year!