We hope everyone had a well rested February Break and that we will all stay “Healthy” for the month of March!
We have a few things we’d like to report about this month. The first one is that we will have “Wear a Hat for a $1” Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The students can pay $1 to wear any type of hat for the day. All of the proceeds will go to the Z99 Radiothon. The JLT have been fundraising since the beginning of the year – holding one event per month. This is the last event as they will be presenting a cheque on Friday, March 17th at 9:10 a.m.
We will be holding our 3rd Annual Learn-a-thon at Henry Janzen School. The Kick-Off will be Friday, March 10th. Your child will come home with a Formal letter, pledge form and a note from us explaining what our “Show What You Know” assessment will be about.
We are almost finished our Health Unit on Anger Management. Our next unit will be about “Invisible Forces”. We will learn about this through a really cool Science website that we have a membership to titled Mystery Science. I am going to need your help in order to have ALL the students get a chance to participate in these “Hands-On” activities.
I need every student to bring at least one piece of 3″x6″ light chipboard; available at craft or office supply stores – maybe even The Dollarama. This chipboard is about as thick as the cardboard used for Cereal Boxes – so you have the option of just using that.
Every student also needs a piece of stiff cardboard measuring at least 12″by 16″ (The lid of a cardboard file storage box is perfect).
Some other materials I would appreciate if you happen to have available are:
1″ sandpaper squares
1″ craft foam or styrofoam squares
big plastic buttons or plastic bottle caps
a few large coins or metal bottle caps
Thank you in advance. Donating these supplies makes it possible for everyone to do the experiments rather than just the Teacher do a demonstration.
The students are coming home with their assignment today. I explained it to them thoroughly. We needed to cross off the due date of December 10th and change it to December 12th.
I showed them examples from the previous years to give them some creative ideas!
The JLT came and talked to the kids about Candy Cane Sales and the Santa Store Collection both starting this Monday, December 5th. Candy Canes will cost a $1 and they can buy them for themselves or send them to a friend. All proceeds will be donated to the Z99 Radiothon happening March.
The Santa Toy Collection will happen once again this year. The JLT is also in charge of this. We are collecting items for Imperial School. You are welcome to drop things off between December 5th to December 9th. We would prefer you putting things in boxes ahead of time if possible. Either way, please drop off in the front foyer hallway. They are primarily looking for used games and toys (for all ages), Christmas decorative items, gifts that can be given to adult family members like wallets, mugs, household items, purses, jewellery, tools, etc. The kids at Imperial try to shop for everyone in their families so finding something for adults is sometimes limited. The kids seem to enjoy any type of toys from stuffed to action figures to building stuff. Again, thanks so much for any donations.
We would also like to bring awareness to our upcoming food drive. After an ACT presentation, many activities inspired our student body to do more for our community and those in need. To begin our goal, we will be holding a food drive from 7th – 21st of December. During these days we invite food donations to be brought to our school to help families in need of food and nutrition. A food bank bin will be displayed in front of the office and all your donations can go in there. We ask that the food be not expired and all donations will go straight to the Food Bank and to families in need. We are also accepting donations at the Christmas concert. All donations will be dropped off at the food bank on December 21st. Here are some suggestions:
● Canned food (beans, corn, soup, etc.)
● Cereal (other whole grain items)
● Canned meats
● Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauce We look forward to your kind donations!
We have just sent home our November Book Project with your child. We will sometimes do these rather than a reading log. We went over the projects in more depth today as I felt that some of them were confused about what was expected. Here is the rubric that we will use to grade your child’s finished project. This should help you understand what our expectations are.
Please make sure you include Title of the Book, Author and your name somewhere on the Book Project!!
We are now in a routine of doing both Math and Language Arts with our Daily 5 groups. Each child has been assigned a certain colour and rotate accordingly during Daily 5 Language Arts and Daily 5 Math.
The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:
students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
the framework adapts flawlessly to our curriculum;
improves school-wide literacy achievement; and
behaviours of independence transfer to other content areas.
How does it work?
Students select from five reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group (Daily 5 Mini-Lesson) and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include:
Read to Self –students bring their book boxes to the carpet and read independently. They should have “Good Fit” books. Ask your child what this means.
Work on Words – Students independently practice their coloured list words by doing worksheet activities.
Work on Writing –Students pick a prompt from a bin of choices. They have to create their own paragraph while practicing the Writing Process they have been taught.
Read to Someone – students pick a partner from their coloured groups and take their book boxes into the hallway. They need to practice using expression, good volume and a clear voice.
Listen to Reading – thanks to the SCC we have Raz Reading accounts again this year. Students log into their personalized account and listen to a story based on the level they are reading at.
How does it work?
Students select from five math choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group (Mini-Lesson – based on our unit) and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include:
Math on my own: Students work in their booklets at their tables independently. They get lot’s of one on one time with the teacher(s) as their is only 10 of them. Until Christmas they have 4 of us to choose from.
Mathletics: Students go on the iPads and log into their personal Mathletic accounts. They work on the strand we are presently learning at the time.
Math with Partner – Students go get a calculator and a worksheet. They have a different “Number of the Week”. They need to create as many math equations that equal the sum of the number.
Mad Minutes –
Each student independently works on a Mad Minute on the carpet. The Mad Minute consists of 50 addition and 50 subtraction questions. Once we’ve covered the addition and subtraction unit in math (November and December) we will be checking their speed on a monthly basis. We expect our grade 3’s to be accurately completing 30 questions on each side by the end of the year to be meeting expectations. This daily practice will help with their accuracy and speed.
Math Games – During this time the students pick a game out of a bin we have created. The type of math games will usually reflect the math concept we are currently learning. For example we are currently learning about Place Value. So all of our games our focused on Place Value. The kids are really enjoying this station as they are practicing their math and having fun at the same time!
We are looking forward to building a strong partnership with you. We are going to have a fantastic year! This note is intended to highlight some of the important aspects of our classroom. Hopefully it will answer some of the questions you may have.
Each day your child will write in their agenda to communicate an important note, event, or homework assignment etc. Please encourage your child to show you their agenda daily. After you have read it, please initial it in the signature spot provided so that I know you have read our daily note or reminder. The fee for this agenda is $4.00. This can be paid using the online cash system on the Henry Janzen home page. You can find it on the left hand side under online payments.
Attendance and Illness
Our school day begins at 8:53 and ends at 3:37. Please try to have your child at school by 8:45 each day. Regular school attendance is critical to school success. When your child is absent, he or she will miss valuable instruction. If your child is ill or going to be away please let the school know prior to the start of the day. The office phone number is 306-791-8523. Students will most likely be given missed work when they return however they will need to spend time at home to complete it.
Your child will have several assignments during the school day which he or she is responsible for. If they are unable to complete an assignment during school hours, this will become homework to be completed at home and returned to school the following day. It is their responsibility to hand in this work.
Reading is the cornerstone to success in school. Establishing a routine in your home that encourages your child to read every night for 20 minutes is a great place to start. The more opportunities your child has to experience text, the stronger reader they will become. We will be sending home a reading log for your child to keep track of their reading each month or a reading assignment. More information about the reading assignment will come home at a later date. Please note that reading for 20 minutes a day is a homework expectation for Grade 3.
We can’t believe we are already in the month of April – the time is really flying by!
We are kicking off this month with our Learn-a-Thon! All of the students were sent home with a note and “test” that they will need to know by next Thursday, April 14th. Each day in class we will be practicing the provinces, capitals and the SPELLING! The test will be out of 28 points. We would like all the money returned by April 19th. Of course it can come in sooner, but incase people have sponsored an amount per question – they will need to know the test results. Teachers are expected to hand back the “tests” no later than Monday, April 18th.
We will be doing some really fun “Art Projects” this month. Our class will be working with Mrs. Chow on a Clay project and with a Create Artist focusing on the “Layers of Soil” to cover our outcomes in Science.
Science – After we have finished practicing the Provinces and Capitals in Canada we will continue with our Science unit on “The Birth of Rocks”. We have done 2 Mystery Lessons so far and the students have really enjoyed doing them. The next mystery lesson is titled “Will a Mountain Last Forever?” For this lesson I am going to ask you to help me with the supplies if you have them available. We need 5 sugar cubes per pair and plastic containers with lids like these :
Since our Reading Log was quite popular with both the students and the parents we have decided to try it again for this month. However, we have some expectations to make sure that each student will hand them back and read approximately 15 minutes a night. These are due on May 2nd.