Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, October 26th (40th Day of School)

Grade 2 Spelling words:
run
pie
note
biking
today
hiding
many
school
moon
bring
strong
cry
red
making
stood

Today is the 40th day of school. Please remind your son or daughter to fill in their 100 chart each day after school.

Just a reminder that Grade 1 students should be practicing their I Can Read books every night and reviewing previous stories, sounds and words too.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Education Week: Oct 17-23 Valuing Diversity

In celebration of education week, we took the time today to talk about diversity in our classroom, school and community. We even took part in some activities to help us better understand diversity. We did a drawing activity where we drew a picture with our eyes open and we coloured it. It seemed pretty easy at first. Then our partner had to cover our eyes and we had to draw that exact same picture and colour it again. This time it didn't seem so easy. This helps us understand a little bit, what it would be like for someone who wasn't able to see. We had lots of fun with this activity, but it also taught us a lot too. Here are some pictures of us working with our star buddies in our classroom today:





Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday, October 19th (35th Day of School)

This week is education week! We have lots of exciting things going on in our school in celebration of education.
Monday we had hot lunch from Subway. The boys and girls volleyball teams played a few matches after school in preparation for their games with Saltcoats next week.
Tuesday is open house from 6:30-8:30pm. Come in and check out your son or daughter's classroom!
Wednesday we will have a student teacher volleyball game during period 7.
Thursday we will spend some time with our star buddies going to different stations throughout the school that focus on diversity in our schools.
Friday is wacky hat day! There will be a prize for the craziest hat for the K-Gr.4 students and another for Gr.5-Gr.8.

Grade 1 students are continuing I Can Read. Please practice the I Can Read sounds, words and stories with your son or daughter each night, along with their home reading.

Grade 2 spelling words for the week are:
bang
king
wing
swing
ring
long
bring
spring
hang
sing
song
strong

In science this week we started our unit about our five senses. We took a walk outside today to talk about what kinds of things we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch around us. Ask us about them at home!

Today is the 35th day of school. Please be sure you are filling in the days on your 100 chart at home!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday, October 12th (30th Day of School)

Congratulations to all the Grade One and Two students who have received the "Caught You Caring" award at school already. It's great to see everyone helping out at school and caring for our classmates. Keep up the great work!

Last Thursday while Ms. Holtkamp was at cross country, Mrs. Wlock came in to be our sub. We sang songs at the piano and made corn. We had lots of fun last week!

Grade One students are learning more sight words and stories this week. Please make sure you are practicing all the previous stories, words and sounds with them each night, as well as the current ones too. This week we are learning about the colour brown. Jade and Shae-Lyn will take the colour bag home and bring it back with 5 or 6 brown things in it to share with the class.

Grade Two spelling words this week are:
boot
fool
school
pool
room
noon
moon
loose
food
tooth
zoo
too

Please remember to fill in the days of school on the 100 chart each school day. We are currently on the 30th day of school. Please remember that it is important that an adult listens to your child read their home reading each night to help them with it. This ensures that all words are being pronounced correctly as students become familiar with new words. Thank you again for supporting your child's learning at home!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Week Before Thanksgiving

This morning we had a busy morning. The Kindergarten to Grade 2 students worked together to make a special Thanksgiving craft. We talked about all the things we were thankful for while we were working hard. Here are some pictures of us working and some videos of some things we are thankful for too.





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video

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday, October 4th (25th Day of School)

Last Friday we ended the week by celebrating Terry Fox Day. The entire school participated in the walk/run where all students were paired up with their star buddies as they made the trip around town. We also did some research on Terry Fox during class last week. We learned that Terry had an aritificial leg that he designed to help him run and we also looked on the map of Canada to see how far he ran. We found out that he ran over 3000km and he ended his run in Ontario. We enjoyed the walk/run on Friday, and when we finished, we snacked on Smarties and juice.

Today in art we made scarecrows to display in our classroom. We had lots of fun making them and we're excited about our Thanksgiving craft that we will make tomorrow and bring home Friday to share with our families.

We also finished our letters to our pen pals today. We are writing to our pen pals who are in Grade 2 at St. Paul's School in Yorkton. We hope you enjoyed our letters from our pen pals that we brought home to share with you!

Grade 2 spelling words for this week are:
book
look
took
cook
hook
brook
good
hood
wood
stood
wool
foot

Grade 1 students are still working on their I Can Read books. Please continue to keep reading out of the I Can Read books each night, along with home reading. There will not be a sound test this week for Grade 1.

Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

September's Star of the Month

This year at Springside School, we are recognizing stars of the month. Last year, each classroom recognized a star of the week, giving each student at least one opportunity throughout the year to be highlighted. As a staff, we have chosen to recognize one student each month instead. This encourages students to go above and beyond our expectations and recognizing them when they do so.

As a reward, each star of the month will be given one free hot lunch and a write up about them will be posted on the star of the month board in the main hallway.

The star of the month for September is Ana O'Neill! Ana is star of the month because she is a really good friend to all of her classmates on the playground as well as in school. Ana also does her best work in class at all times and is very helpful to others. Congratulations Ana!