Weekly Happenings Archieves

Monday, April 16th, 2018

I am sure that we are all hoping that spring begins soon!  What I thought would be a quiet month is proving to be a busy one!  We celebrate earth week this week.  The eco club at school has suggested the following activities:
  • Monday - wear blue or green
  • Tuesday - We will be turning off the power for at least one hour - you are also encouraged to do this at home as well.
  • Wednesday - Take a walk outside 
  • Thursday - meatless lunch 
  • Friday - Earth day cleanup - This is weather permitting - we need to get rid of the snow and freezing rain first!  If it is a go, please have your child bring a pair of gloves.  Boots are also a good idea for this activity!
Thank you to everyone who was able to come out for the Common Cents Financial Literacy Night hosted by our school council!  This year, our school council has helped to purchase ball bins for outside, two robot kits, Chromebooks, and are providing a drama learning opportunity in May.  Thank you to all who help make this possible!

Here are some ways that you can help your child at home:
  • Practise multiplication - even grade two students are learning that multiplication is repeated addition are are learning how to multiply.
  • Adding and subtracting double digit (grade 2) and triple digit (grade 3) numbers is needed to consolidate this skill. 
  • We are really working on printing legibly, using proper spacing and capitalization.  We are also working on answering questions in complete sentences.  Reinforcing this at home will help (Ex.  Will you help set the table please?  Student:  Instead of answering a simple yes, could be encouraged to answer - Yes, I will help set the table.).
  • Continue to practise the weekly words and talk about the word patterns.
  • Read nightly - many students are not changing STARS books.  
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

I hope that you all had a Blessed Easter Weekend.

It is amazing how quickly this year is flying by!  It certainly has been busy with March Break and Easter following soon after.  

April promises to be a little quieter on the calendar with a few dates to be aware of:
  • April 9th - School Council meeting @6:30 p.m.   Please consider joining school council!
  • April 11th - NED show presentation at 10:30.
  • April 12th - Common Cents Financial Literacy Night in the gym 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • April 18th - Rosary Team
In Math, we are working on multiplication and division and then moving on to fractions.  Students could also definitely use some practise at home with counting money and making change.  Grade two learn money to the $1, and grade three learn money to $10.  Working on these concepts at home would be very helpful.

All families are invited to Common Cents Financial Literacy Night sponsored by school council.  This event is on Thursday, April 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A flyer will be sent home soon.

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Thank you so much for helping your child to prepare his/her poem for public speaking.  Students did an excellent job of presenting last week.  Eliza and Noah L. will be representing our class at the school public speaking contest on Friday this week.  

Term One report cards will be going home on Wednesday of this week.  Please take the time to review them with your child.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Also this week, the St. Mary Leadership Team will be leading a Winter Activity Day with an Olympic theme.  Please make sure that your child is dressed to be outside for the majority of the day on Thursday.

In Math, we have begun adding with regrouping.  Grade two students add double digits with double digits (46+39) and grade three add triple digits (374 + 395).  Additional review of this at home is needed as many students are having difficulty with the concept of regrouping.  We will be moving on the subtraction this week as well.

Please continue to consider reading with your child homework each night.  Many students have not been changing their STARS books each day.  I will make sure to remind them to do this.

I would like to ask, that if you know that you will be picking up your child at the end of the day, please try to write a note in the agenda ahead of time instead of calling the school.  We have many interruptions at the end of the day with announcements that student bus arrangements are changing.  At the end of the day, we are busy with agenda, prayer, handing out notes and tidying up.  Also, if you know ahead of time that your child will be absent on a certain day, I would appreciate a note letting me know.  It helps me with planning.

I hope that you all had a fabulous Family Day together!  Enjoy your week.

Monday, January 29th, 2018

It is hard to believe that it is the end of January already!

Don't forget about our field trip on Tuesday to Tawingo.  A note will go home tomorrow about this, but here is a copy just in case:

Dear Parents,


This is reminder of our field trip to Tawingo tomorrow - Tuesday, January 30th.

Please make sure that your child is prepared for the day by ensuring that your child has:

  • A helmet for tobogganing (either hockey, bicycle or ski).  Your child will not be able to do this event if he/she does not have a helmet.  We do have a few at the school, please let your teacher know if this is an issue.

  • Snacks, a lunch and plenty of water.  We will be away for the entire day.  Students need to bring food items with them (no milk on this day).

  • Warm clothing in layers.  The forecast right now says sunny and -12.  All activities will take place outside.  Sending extra socks and mittens is a good idea.  Please make sure that your children are prepared to be out in the cold all day (with the exception of lunch).

  • It is also a good time to clean out the backpack to make sure that only needed items are in it.  Students will be carrying their own backpacks.


Thank you to all parents who are going to join us.  We have had a fabulous response by parents.  It will be a fabulous day!


This week, students will begin a research project in social studies.  This will be completed at school.  We are learning how to research and present our findings!

Please do not forget to practise your poems at home for the public speaking contest.  The poems went home last week.  Please talk to your children about their choice.  We talk about books/poems that are "just right" for them - challenging, yet within limits.  

Many students have not been changing their STARS books.  This is a reminder that reading "just right" books should also be included each night as homework.  If you read other books than STARS books, that is alright also.  The point is to practise reading!

In Math, we are learning about time on analogue and digital clocks.  Students in grade 2 learn time to the quarter and half hour.  Grade three students tell time to the five minutes.  

Enjoy your week!  

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Oh my, it has been a while since I have updated our page!  Please forgive me.  The month leading up to Christmas gets ridiculously busy!  Things have settled down a little bit, but time is going quickly.  Term one will soon be over.  

With the new year, comes some new year's resolutions.  I am always looking for more efficient, better ways to teach the curriculum so that it makes it better for the kids.  Part of this will be revamping some of the ways that we do Language (Daily 5).  You may have noticed last week, that students had ten words to learn for the week.  I will be implementing weekly spelling words with a quiz on Fridays.  I will also be watching for students to use these words when writing (that is really what it is about!).  Please help your child review these words each week.  I try to base half of the words on a pattern or word family.

Curriculum Corner:
  • Math - We are working on two dimensional geometry.  Geometry is so much more than recognizing shapes.  It is being able to put shapes together, manipulate them and make them into something new.  It is seeing relationships.  We will continue to work on Geometry this week.  Last week, students rotated through five geometry centres to learn different concepts.
  • Language - Please practise weekly words and have your child read each night.  Even hearing reading teaches comprehension and models good reading behaviour.  Don't be afraid to point out your own reading "mistakes" and talk about what strategy you used to help you understand better!
  • Social Studies - Grade twos are learning about Global Communities and Grade threes are learning about Living and Working in Ontario.  Both grades will be using research skills in an individual project to be completed at school.  If we get a little behind, some work may be sent home.
  • Religion - We will finish up talking about stories related to Christmas.
  • Library - A reminder to please return library books on Mondays.  This is the day that we exchange books.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, January 15th:  School Council Meeting @ 6:30.  All are welcome to attend.  We would like to thank School Council for their purchase of 16 new sets of ski equipment for the school and for the ski team!
  • Wednesday, January 17th:  Rosary Team
  • Friday, January 26th:  Blast from the Past spirit day - Dress up as your favourite thing from the past.
  • Tuesday, January 30th:  Winter elective for grades 1/2/3 - Trip to Tawingo.  Forms will be going home on Monday.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, November 27th, 2017

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the Three Way conferences!  The education of your child is truly a partnership between teachers, parents and students.  Today we will be welcoming a new student into our class.  Welcome to our classroom Milie-Jo!

We are coming into the busy month of December.  Advent begins next Sunday, but we began the food drive a week early.  Our class is in charge of the Advent Food Drive.  You should have received information about this last week.  So far we have created posters, written announcements and are beginning to collect the donations. Students will also be painting the boxes that the food gets delivered in. We ask that you give what you can.

Students will have an announcement to say over the PA system.  The date is indicated on the paper.  Students brought these home on Friday.  Please help your child practise his/her part so that it sounds like a conversation with the other student.  It would be great if the paper could be returned on the date.  Announcements are said first thing in the morning, so being on time for school is important.

Curriculum Corner

  • Math - We are working on data management - graphing, takings surveys and representing information visually.  
  • Language - We continue to work on reading, daily five, STARS and writer's workshop.
  • Religion - Focus will be on the story of Advent and Mary's role in the church.
  • Library - Please remember to return your Library books on Mondays.
Upcoming Dates
  • November 27th - Advent Food Drive begins.
  • December 7th - Family Movie Night.  Movie begins at 6:00
  • December 8th - Advent Mass at 9:15 in the gym
  • December 12th - Reconciliation in the library for grade three students
  • December 14th - Christmas concert begins at 6:30
  • December 21st - Class Christmas Pizza Party - Mrs. Webster to purchase pizza as gift for students.
Monday, November 6th, 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already at progress report time!  I am looking forward to meeting with you to share in your child's success.  If for some reason you are not able to make it Thursday night or the Friday during the day, please let me know and I can try my best to arrange another time to meet with you.  When reviewing the progress report, please discuss with your child about the learning skills.  These skills transfer to every subject area and are incredibly important for learning.

HALLOWEEN CANDY - Please make sure that your child does not bring lunch and snack items that contain peanuts or say "may contain peanuts". We have some children in the school who are allergic and we want all rooms in the school to be safe spaces.

EXTRA CLOTHING - It is that time of year when our yard gets a little muddy and slippery with all of the rain.  If you can send some extra clothes in your child's backpack, then they have the option of changing if they get muddy.

Curriculum Corner

  • Math - We are working on addition and subtraction strategies.  Talk to your child about what your brain does when you solve an addition or subtraction problem.  Pointing out to them when you are using math at home, in the car, at the grocery store, will help them to gain an understanding of when math is used in "real life" situations.
  • Language - We continue to work on reading, daily five, STARS and writer's workshop.
  • Science - We are finishing up our units.
  • Religion - We are talking about the Beatitudes and how we can live the Beatitudes in our daily life.
Upcoming Dates:
  • November 6th - School Council @ 6:30 in library
  • November 7th - Bus evacuation drills
  • November 15th - Rosary Team
  • November 16th and 17th - Three way conferences (yes you can bring your child!)
  • November 17th - PA day
  • December 4th - Advent Food Drive begins.
Monday, October 23rd, 2017

We are off to a great start to the year.  We have almost completed a science unit and the STARS reading program has begun!

Curriculum Corner

  • Math - We will be developing number sense this week.  Grade twos will investigate numbers to 100, and grade threes will investigate numbers to 1000.  It is a great time to talk about numbers, even counting will help develop number sense.  Especially important crossing the 10s (from 20 to 21 for example).
  • Language - The STARS home reading program has begun  Thank you for sending in your permission forms.  Just a few notes on the way that I run the program in class.  Students make their own choices within a bin of levelled books.  I find it important for students to take ownership of making choices that they are interested in - within a limit.  For chapter books, students can record each chapter on the record card.  You do not have to return a chapter book in one evening!  This program is meant to give your child reading practise at home.  You should only be spending 15 to 20 minutes on it each night.  It is meant to be a fun time reading together, so if you find that your child has chosen a "Papa Bear Book - too hard", then feel free to read it together or to read it to your child.  There is value in modelling good reading behaviour.
  • Science - We are finishing up our units.
  • Religion - We are talking about the Ten Commandments, All Saints' and All Souls' Day.
Upcoming Dates:
  • November 2nd, - Come and celebrate Mass with us at 10:45 in the gym.  It will be led by Mrs. Smith's class.
  • Halloween - Students are welcome to wear a costume or dress in orange and black this day.  There will be a notice from the school about expectations for costumes.  This will be a day of learning for your child, so please make sure that your child can move around freely.  We will be doing some Halloween pumpkin Math in our classroom on that day.
Monday, October 09, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  It certainly was a beautiful weekend!  

Curriculum Corner

  • Math - We continue to work on number patterning.  You can support your child's learning by counting by 2, 5, 10 or even 3, 4, etc;  Being able to skip count helps with many different concepts in math.
  • Language - The STARS reading program will be beginning soon.  I hope to have it organized for our classroom this week.  Please watch for the permission form.  We continue to work on Daily 5 reading and writing.  Ask your child what this is!
  • Science - Grade 3s have begun a unit on Soil and Grade 2 students have started learning about air and water.  Grade 3s will need to bring in a clean, clear jar for a science experiment please.
Upcoming Dates
  • School Photo Day is Monday, October 16th
  • Money and Left over chocolate bars are due on Friday, October 13th for the School Council Fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone for supporting this fundraiser.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Now that the reorganization has happened, I just wanted you to be aware that your class remained the same at twenty grade 2/3 students.  One thing has changed though, your child will also have Mrs. Gelderbloem teaching them Health on Thursdays.  Students also have Mrs. Park for Gym (Monday, Wednesday and A Fridays) and Mr. Gravel for French (Tuesday, Thursday and B Fridays).

Curriculum Corner

In Math we are working on developing a growth mindset and learning how to become good problem solvers by not giving up, seeking alternate solutions and thinking about the problem.  We will begin using this knowledge to solve patterning problems.  Patterning will be our first official unit.  To support this at home, parents can point out patterns in the environment - numbers or pictures.

In Language, we are working on building our reading stamina.  Currently we can read silently for 10 minutes!  This will be one of the centres for our Daily 5.  We have also learned about "Working on Writing" and will continue to develop this skill this week.  Much of what is written will be the students' choice.  Students also learned how to choose a "just right" book for them.  Ask your child what this is!

We will be beginning a science unit of the needs of living things very soon.

In Religion, we are learning about what makes us unique.

Important Dates

  • Monday, September 18th - School Council Meeting at 6:30 in the library.  All are welcome!
  • Thursday, September 21 - Meet the Teacher BBQ and Book Fair - 4:30 - 6:30
  • Tuesday, September 19th - School Mass @ 10:45 - You are welcome to join us.

Events

  • Our school council is again doing their big chocolate bar fundraiser.  Please fill out the sheet that went home with your child on Friday.  This fundraiser helps with projects around the school.  Thank you school council.
  • Cross Country Running club has begun.  We run on Tuesday and Thursday at school.  Students are also invited to practise at home, as we only have a little over a week before the meet.
  • Book Fair -  Students will have the opportunity to go to the book fair as a class on Wednesday.  You are welcome to send money with your child.  I always encourage them to spend the money on books instead of the other "treats".  Students will write their "wish list" during the visit on Wednesday and can visit the book fair on Thursday if money is brought or you can visit as a family during the BBQ.   Monies raised help to purchase books for the library and classrooms.
  • Terry Fox Run - Please refer to the note that went home on Friday for information.
First Week of School

Welcome to our class website!  I hope to use this site to communicate what is happening in our classroom and at St. Mary school.  If you have any suggestions for improving the site, or if you find that I can add other helpful information, please let me know.

This week we will be getting to know each other and doing some introductory activities in each of the curriculum areas.

There will be a large amount of information coming home Tuesday.  Please make sure to return it to the school as soon as possible.  I look forward to a fabulous year together!

Please do not be afraid to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Cheri Webster

P.S.  I saw this great link from facebook on 50 Questions to ask your kids instead of asking "How was your day".  It was full of great suggestions.  Here is the link if you would like to check it out!

https://herviewfromhome.com/50-questions-to-ask-your-kids-instead-of-asking-how-was-your-day/