Due to the rain, we will be postponing the skating to a later date. We will be calling Britannia and will get back to you as soon as a new date is secured.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
As you know, we will be going skating tomorrow at Britannia.
The plan is to walk to the rink, but we will be postponing the field trip to a later date if the rain is too hard. Last year, my students were soaked on the walk and were unable to enjoy their time skating. If this is the case, we will be contacting the rink to look at other possible dates.
- Warm, waterproof coat
- Thick socks
- Warm pants (e.g. ski pants)
- Good walking shoes or boots
- Helmet (helmets are available at the rink, but we recommend that you bring your own..bike helmets are fine!)
**Please make sure your child has a SNACK in a disposable wrapper that fits in their coat pocket.
**Please DO NOT send your child with any money (students will not be permitted to buy anything at the rink).
**Your child is welcome to bring their own skates, but will be responsible for carrying them on the walk. Skates are available at the rink.
Here is the schedule for the conferences next week. Thank you all for your patience with the Google Document. If there are any conflicts, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can find you another time.
Wednesday, January 25th
|2:40 – 2:55||Anna|
|3:00 – 3:15||December||Micah|
|3:20 – 3:35||Rocco||Azhar|
|3:40 – 3:55||Ewen||Stellan|
|4:00 – 4:15||Clement||Aksel|
|5:30 – 5:45||Sebastian||Anuk|
|5:50 – 6:05||Max. B.||Ruby|
|6:10 – 6:20||Emmi||Lara|
|6:25 – 6:40||Donya||Stella|
Thursday, January 26th
|3:00 – 3:15||Zackary||Alexander|
|3:20 – 3:35|
|3:40 – 3:55|
|4:00 – 4:15||Silas||William|
We are going to make a slight change to the pick-up routine as it is not working for me to dismiss the students from outside.
Starting today, please come inside to the main foyer at 2:55pm and I will dismiss the students from there. This way I will be able to keep an eye on the classroom door and if students forget things, they can go back in. I ask that you please stay in the open area (near to the outside doors). Please do not come around the corner to the classroom door as it will be too crowded with everyone coming out (I also do not want to get in the way of the Kindergarten class who will also be leaving at that time).
Please make sure you give me a nod or wave before leaving (this includes older siblings!).
We will try this out and see if it works.
We will keep the morning routine the same with students waiting outside until we come to get them.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!
Tomorrow will be our first Dictée. I will be saying the words out loud one by one and the students will write them down on the sheet provided. I will not be doing a “surprise sentence” tomorrow as it our first dictée.
The dictée sheets will be marked and sent home at the end of the day. You do not need to send these back to school.
Today, some students may have brought home a photo of how they practice their dictée words in class. In addition to practicing these words on their whiteboard every morning, students have the opportunity to practice these words during our Daily 5 literacy program (e.g. wiki stix, rainbow writing, magnetic letters, letter stamps, play dough, etc.). Once they have finished making all of the words, they take a photo of their work with the class iPad. This is a way to motivate them to complete their work to the best of their ability, and it also gives them the opportunity to share it with you at home. You do not need to send these back to school.
Another way we practice our dictée words in class is through songs. This week, we learned the song “J’ai faim, j’ai soif” by Alain le Lait.
The students filled in the missing dictée words in their songbooks which should be coming home at the end of the day tomorrow.
Here are a few other songs that contain the dictée words. It is important for students to learn these words in context as well as to be able to recognize them in isolation (which is why we search for them in songs, reading books, and in our writing).
You may wish to practice these songs tonight to get the words in their head – every time they hear a word in the song, they can write it down. Or they can write all the words down and then make a tally of how many times they hear each word in the song. We will be doing something similar in class first thing tomorrow as a warm-up.
I just discovered that if you do not have a gmail address, you will only be able to access the google doc by clicking on the original link sent to your e-mail (not the link from the blog post). From there, you will be able to create a google account. You will then be sent an e-mail verification which will connect you to the google doc. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes.
If you are still having trouble getting in, you can comment below or put a note in your child’s pochette. Just let me know the times that work best for you, and I will add their name to the sign-up. Please put a 1st and 2nd choice just in case!
Thank you for your patience!