Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Dear Families of Mrs. Fallwell’s Class:

As teachers, we are always so very grateful to receive such wonderful gifts and cards at Christmas time.  This year, Mrs. Fleming and I would like to present another option for you during this special time of year.  Not only will it bring joy to some very special children in need, it will no doubt help to reinforce to your own children, the “True Meaning of Christmas”. 

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is a most amazing place that is very near and dear to my heart, as my oldest daughter Lucy spent a length of time there as a newborn and will have heart surgery there in the future.  When I read of the following project a few days ago, I immediately wanted to be a part of it.  In lieu of a teacher gift this year, please consider PROJECT CHETHAN’S FRIENDS!

As you no doubt know, Chethan is a very special friend and member of our class.  He brings a hug and a smile to each one of his friends and teachers each day.  As you may or may not know, he is nothing less than a medical miracle.   During Chethan’s many, many stays at both the Alberta Children’s Hospital and LRH, he received exceptional care.
Since that time, his family has been donating money to ACH at Christmas time every year. This year, they will have the opportunity to be in Calgary right before Christmas and feel it is a perfect time to play 'Santa'!
It is hard enough for a child to be in hospital for extended periods of time and for parent(s) to witness their child's suffering. It is even harder during Christmas time.
Chethan’s family’s intent is to donate gifts/items for the children and adults in UNIT 3 and the INTENSIVE CARE UNIT of ACH this year. These families would be in similar situation as they were, in acute crisis situations where there is no time to prepare and little opportunity to access basic necessities.

You can participate in the form of a monetary donation, or even better, a small care package for parents or gift item for a child.  Even if you can spare a TOONIE or two, it would go toward a great cause!

For the parents, they would like to make packages of things such as toothbrushes, shampoo, notepads and pens, things that might help make their stay easier so they can focus on their ill child.
Any ideas would be appreciated!

Gift ideas for children are usually easy, however, there are restrictions of gifts, so if you would like to donate an item, please see below:

Here is a summarized list of 'gift restrictions' for Alberta Children's Hospital and Chinook Regional Hospital:
- do NOT gift wrap
- toys must be new, not used
- non-breakable and safe (e.g., no sharp edges, made of non-toxic materials)
- easy to disinfect (should have hard surfaces, I.e., plastic, vinyl, painted wood or metal)
- non-aggressive (no toy weapons, no violent action figures or books/comics
Ideas: They accept colouring materials, books, DVDs rated PG, baby toys, kits, puzzles, playing cards, Hot Wheels, play doh, Lego, and board games!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Anjana, at anjanasburgess@hotmail.com.
Donations of $ or items can be sent directly to me at the school or can be given to Chethan’s mom, Anjana Sawhney-Burgess prior to December 12. 

Thank you so much!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Welcome Back

November 16, 2015

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a great break!  We are well in to the swing of things, post report cards and are jumping feet first into a new theme.  BEARS!!  We are going to become bear experts over the next few weeks and are so excited to get started.  
A few things to mention:

1.  A sight word review page was sent home today.  Please review these with your child.  At the beginning of December there will be a second "Sight Word Check-in", to see how your child has progressed.  

2.  If you weren't able to make it to Parent Teacher Interviews and would still like to see me, please let me know.  I gave away many resources to some parents at the interviews and I wouldn't want anyone to miss out.  Thanks!

3.  Hot lunch forms went home in your child's agenda today.  They are due Friday.

4.  December Scholastic book orders are coming home soon.  If you would like to place an order as a Christmas gift, please CLEARLY state this somewhere on your order form.  When the books arrive I will contact you directly for pick up. 

5.  Home Reading:  Thanks for continuing to write the names of the books your child is reading in his/her agenda!  

6.  Please be sure to clearly label all mitts, snow pants, hats and boots.  It's such a big help when we have 4 or 5 pairs/items that look alike.  Remember, students will continue to go outside for recess until it is -20 outside.  I give students LOTS of time to get dressed prior to going out, so please send the items they'll need to stay warm.  

Thanks so much, and as always, if there are any questions, please feel free to email me at any time.  

Click HERE to read the MMH November newsletter.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Parent Teacher Interviews

Hello Parents/Guardians!

Just a gentle reminder that the monthly Newsletter and Calendar is posted to our website each month.  In November you will see that Parent Teacher Interviews are scheduled and there is a page in our Newsletter that explains how to book your interview time. 

To see the Monthly Newsletter and Calendar on our Website

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Click on the green sphere that says “Parents”

Click on Newsletter

Click on “Download” for November 2015 Newsletter and Calendar

To have the website send the monthly Newsletter and Calendar to your email address:

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Click on the green sphere that says “Parents”


Under “Subscribe for Updates” and under “List” click the down arrow and select “Newsletter”

Enter your email address

Click “Subscribe”


Thanks, all!