Thursday, October 13, 2016

Collection for the Food Bank

Part of the Grade One Social Studies Curriculum is an introduction to responsible citizenship and community.  As a result our classroom in participating in a school wide drive for the Lethbridge Food Bank.  We will be keeping a runny tally of how many items our classroom collects.  The classroom that collects the most items by October 26 will have the privilege of helping load the food bank truck!  Please continue to bring in items over the coming weeks and be sure your child understands WHY they are bringing the items in.  Thanks so much!

Sight Words

We continue to work hard on new sight words.  This week we have shifted our focus a bit and are learning to read our number words 0-10.  A great way to practice is to put them on flash cards and have your child match the number words to numerals.  If you'd like me to provide you with flashcards to use at home please don't hesitate to ask!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are October 17.  Please let me know if your child is needing retakes.

RAZ Kids

What an overwhelmingly positive response to RAZ Kids!  I'm so glad your child is enjoying the program.  Just a reminder to please record the title of the book your child reads each night.  I can check the website but it's much easier for me to just quickly glance in the agenda.  Please also let me know when you feel your child needs a bit more of a challenge and we can try moving up a level.  Thanks so much for supporting your child!

No School Reminders

Just a reminder that school will dismiss at 11:35am on October 20 and there is NO SCHOOL on October 21 due to Professional Learning Days.

Halloween Helpers

If you would like to spend the afternoon with us on October 31 please let me know.  I know I'll be grateful for the help getting costumes on and children ready for the parade.  Following the parade we will have some halloween centers set up (crafts etc.), will have a party snack and will finish off the day with clean up and a Halloween video.  Please let me know if you'd like to come join in the fun!  Siblings are welcome.  :)

Halloween Snacks
Thank you so much to the following people for volunteering to bring snacks to our party on the 31st.  Snacks can come to school in the morning or at lunch, whichever works best for you.  

Cheese and Crackers:  Emmy
Fruit: Jack
Veggies and Dip: Jackson B.
Cookies or Muffins: Morgan
Meat and Pickles: Kallie
Napkins and Plates: Riley

MMH Dress Up Days

Here's a heads up!  (Ofcourse these dress up days are optional for students!)  Oh... and if the Blue Jays make it to the World Series our classroom will be having a blue and red day!!  I'll keep you posted.  If your child hasn't shared with you already, I'm a MAJOR fan.

October - Monday, Oct. 31: Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume
November – Thursday, Nov. 17: Dress like your favourite book character (after our School's Book Fair
December – Friday, Dec. 23: Dress up in your favourite Christmas Day Sweater
January – Thursday, Jan. 19: Dress up in your PJs
February – Thursday, Feb. 9: Come to school with crazy hair
March – Thursday, Mar. 2: Dress like a Dr. Seuss Character
April – Thursday, April 13: Fancy Dress up Day
May – Thursday, May 4: Come to school with your favourite hat
June – Thursday, Jun. 1: Dress up with Canada colours. It's our 150th birthday in one month!

After School Skating

Beginning Oct. 18th at 3:30pm – 4:30pm we will have our “After School Skating” at the new ATB Centre here on the Westside.

Traditionally we have always had After School Skating at the Nicholas Sheran Ice Arena but not this year!
All students are invited.

Here are a few gentle, yet firm, reminders:

·         Students must wear a helmet.
·         Students must bring their own skates.
·         Students must find their own way to the rink. It is strongly recommended that students attend with their caregivers or parents.
·         Location is the new ATB Centre - 74 Mauretania Road West – by Chinook High School.
·         Here is the schedule for all 6 skating times: 
o   Tuesday, Oct. 18th – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 1st  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 8th  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 15th  – 3:30pm-4:30pm
o   Tuesday, Nov. 22nd  – 3:30pm-4:30pm

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome to October!

Please check out the school newsletter for October! It has lots of good information about our upcoming book fair, casino fundraiser etc.
Click Here

Welcome to Home Reading
We have launched our Home Reading program.  Welcome to RAZ Kids.  It is a great program for ensuring that your child has access to books at his or her instructional level.  
This means they need a tiny bit of assistance with the text but not too much or too little.  
Please take the time to read through the green letter your child brought home today.  If you have questions at any time regarding reading with your child, please do not hesitate to ask.  
If for some reason online reading is not going to work for you please come and see me and we can make alternate arrangements.  Thanks so much!

Halloween will be celebrated at MMH on Monday, October 31.  Tradition at MMH is that children change in to their costumes after they've eaten lunch.  (We will eat a bit early on this day.)  This helps to keep costumes clean and save some of the excitement for the afternoon.  Parents are welcome to join us as lunch to help their child into their costumes.  I'm also willing to help children get ready if parents can't make it, but it would be GREATLY appreciated if the costume your child brings to school is relatively easy to put on.  Thanks so much!  
We will have a huge school wide parade after lunch followed by a Halloween party in our classroom.    
Please do not send any toy weapons along with your child's costume.  

Sight Words
Your child glued a second set of sight words in to their agenda yesterday.  Please practice these at home until they can be recalled quickly.