Mr. Woloshyn's Blog http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn Just another PSD Blogs site Tue, 21 May 2013 19:13:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.psdblogs.ca/?v=3.4.1 After the Loooooong Weekend http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/21/after-the-loooooong-weekend/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/21/after-the-loooooong-weekend/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 18:54:40 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=402 Hi again,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend! I had an absolute blast in Phoenix, the wedding was a huge success (minus the dripping sweat off all the groomsmen), we went to the zoo, shopping, and an outdoor water park.  I will try to get some pictures up here soon!

Now that we have had our last little break until the end of the year we are back at the daily grind.  I have heard a lot of great stories about how the field trip went and I hope that those resonated at home as well.

In science we have been making some awesome observations about our new caterpillars that have taken up a piece of our desk as their home.  There has been lots of growth, shedding of skin, and of course the hot topic, the pooping.  The caterpillars are going to start to pupate soon and we are really excited to watch them move into the next phase of their life cycle.  I am also attaching a picture of all the students with their projects from the last unit.

It is that dreaded time again, math test time.  We will be having our math test tomorrow for the unit of Geometry.  The test will focus on naming objects, understanding the difference between prism and pyramid, sorting objects based on a given set of rules, and identifying edges, faces, and vertices.  Please watch for a few things to be coming home in the next few days.   We will be starting our next, and final unit, Patterning later in the week.

- Unit rubric

- Math test

- Patterning Extra Practice booklet

Social is going really well here in grade three where I feel we are building strong global citizens.  We are continuing with the great pencil challenge, where we did our most recent check in today.  There were a few who had lost their pencils, but still no where near the amount that we had seen previously.  We are also still learning about the different geographical regions and how the affect quality of life of the people that live there.   We are looking at the food, climate, basic needs, and how they are met in the different regions.

Finally, in Language arts we have been practicing our reading strategies that we have learned throughout the year so that we can use them on our Reading PAT.  The strategies are excellent at helping the students comprehend the books they read, and can easily be practiced at home.  Discuss the following strategies with your children and make them explain them to you so they are getting reinforcement at home.  Visualization, schema, making connections, making inferences, and asking questions are all strategies that we use, sometimes subliminally, that help us greatly understand what we read.

Until next time!

Andrew

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Spelling and Recorders http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/16/spelling-and-recorders/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/16/spelling-and-recorders/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 20:51:30 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=400 Dear Parents/Guardians:

As part of the Grade 3 Elementary Music Program, your child will be participating in recorder lessons.  Traditionally, these lessons have started in September of grade four, but this year we will be starting at the end of May in order to get a head start.

If you have a soprano recorder at home that your child can use from now until grade six, please send it in as soon as possible.  If you have another child currently in grade six and would like your grade three child to use his/her recorder you may arrange to do so, since the grade six students will not be using their recorders for much longer.

If you need to purchase a new recorder, you can do so through the school.  We receive an educational discount and can purchase them for less than what you would pay on your own at a music store.  You may purchase a recorder from the school for \$8.00.  If you choose to buy a recorder on your own, please try to buy an “Aulos” or “Yamaha” recorder.  Please do not buy a recorder from a dollar or toy store or from the Scholastic book orders.  These recorders are merely toys, and do not have a very good sound to them and quite often have a different fingering for notes, which makes it difficult for your child to play.

I would like to begin recorder class by the last week of May, therefore I ask that your child have their recorder at school by this time. If you are purchasing a recorder from school, please send your \$8.00 cash or cheque to school with your child no later than May 24, 2013.  Cheques can be made payable to Parkland School Division.  If you cannot send in money for a new recorder at this time, please just let me know and I will provide your child with a recorder for this year.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school 963-5035 or kkenwell@psd70.ab.ca.  Thank you for your support with the Elementary Music Program.

Musically yours,

Mrs. K. Kenwell

Elementary Music Teacher

Here are the spelling words for next week:
New words:
maybe
point
turn
ways

Review words:
January
angry
February
world
words

Tricky words:
geometry
hexagon
polygon
cylinder

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Warm Weather!!! http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/15/warm-weather/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/15/warm-weather/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 18:35:18 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=396 It has been great to finally get some nice weather and be able to be outside after school. Hopefully this upcoming long weekend will be beautiful as well. I am off to Phoenix on Friday morning, where the current temperature is a balmy 39 degrees.  That three piece suit for the wedding won’t look as good drenched in sweat…..

Language Arts:
This morning, students in Grade 3 all over Alberta wrote the Provincial Achievement Test for Writing. They had 100 minutes to complete a story based on a picture prompt. I am looking forward to reading all the fabulous stories! This now brings our story writing unit to a wrap. We will be spending our Language Arts time now focusing on preparing for the Reading portion of the PAT’s. Please stay tuned to the blog for more information on what that test entails.

Math:
We are nearing the end of our very short Geometry Unit. Students will write their unit test on Wednesday, May 22nd. This week we have been looking at the differences between prisms and pyramids. We have been exploring all sorts of 3D shapes and have learned how we name them (according to the shape of their base). Yesterday students learned some important vocabulary… faces, vertices, edges. Today we will continue practicing how to classify these objects according to those three terms.

Science:
This week, we will have a fabulous day learning science, science and more science on Friday! We will be spending the day at West Edmonton Mall’s Marine Life Education Center where students will:
- Tour the Sea Life Caverns (and even touch Stingrays!)
- Enjoy a Penguin Presentation
- Take a Behind the Scenes Tour and get to feed turtles
- Watch the Sea Lion Training Session
- Learn about animal classification
- Watch a frog presentation

This is by far my favourite field trip and I hope the kids will enjoy it as much as I do!

Social:
We are pleased to report that only 1 student out of 42 lost their pencil this week! Not only did we not pick up any pencils, we noticed a huge decrease in the amount of other supplies laying around since we started The Great Pencil Challenge. Yesterday at the pencil check in it was great to hear “the reason we didn’t leave our pencils laying around is because we knew we didn’t have more. We needed to take care of what little amount of pencils we have.” How true…!

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a fun long weekend!

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Spelling and a Special Guest http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/09/spelling-and-a-special-guest/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/09/spelling-and-a-special-guest/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 20:10:13 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=389 Next week is spelling review week. As we have our field trip to WEM Marine Life Center on Friday, the test will be on THURSDAY, MAY 16th.
20 words will be chosen.

Regular words:
care
square
does
done
enough
ground
hour
sound
town
young
been
between
though
thought
several
alone
book
circle
group
sentence

Tricky Words:
inspired
catastrophe
truss
triangle
division
design
multiplication
building
eventually
development
organization
expected

We also had a special visitor today! Mr. Neumeier who is part of the Edmonton Police Service SWAT team came in to show our students some of the equipment that he uses in his job.  It was really awesome to see and hear about how his tools help him do his job.  Here are some pictures from the morning.

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Who Needs Spring? http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/07/who-needs-spring/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/07/who-needs-spring/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 15:38:01 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=386 Well we had quite the scorcher yesterday and our beautiful view of the cow farm across Graminia road led to a lovely smell in the afternoon heat.  Some education, city kids just don’t get.

We are only a week away from our first PAT, the writing portion of the Language Arts.  We have been preparing for this all year with different styles of writing, lessons on sentences, paragraphs, detail, and editing.  Our focus lately has been on story writing and the components that we need to see in a story.  We have also had lessons on dialogue and how to use it effectively to help our readers understand more about who our characters are.  The field test that was administered last week went really well and gave the students an idea of what to expect.  From the stories that I was able to read before he left the school we are doing really well.

There have been a lot of fun with elastics and geo boards happening in math.  We are learning about different polygons, what they actually are, and how to name them.  The students have been creating their own in all sorts of creative ways and then sharing with partners to see if they can decipher which polygon it is.  We will be working with sorting polygons next.

One of my favorite units in science is underway and we started off with a little research on different types of animals. We looked at mammals, insects, amphibians, molluscs, spiders, fish, and birds.  We learned about the differences between invertebrates, and vertebrates  and what an exoskeleton vs endoskelton means.  We will continue to look at the different types of animals and how we differentiate between them.  Our butterflies should be arriving this week which will be really exciting!

In social we have been looking at the different geographical regions in the four countries that we are studying.  We are trying to get the students to understand that different regions affect how people live, for example how people in the desert live is different than people on the coast.  We will be diving into the different regions in lots of detail looking at how they use the land, how they adapt to the environments, and how they protect the environment.

We have also started a fun little project to continue on with our global citizenship unit, something very close to mine and Miss. L’s hearts.  We feel this is the most important unit of the year and love to come up with new ideas to keep it going throughout the year.  Knowing that we bought school supplies for the kids in Laos and that we were planning on doing something along those lines for a few months now, we started collecting pencils off the ground at the end of the day.  Our purpose in doing this was to show the students just how much we take for granted and that when you have a lot it is easy to be wasteful.  Over the two months of collecting the picture below shows exactly how many pencils, markers, erasers, and glue sticks were just left on the ground.  What we have decided to do is have “The Great Pencil Challenge”.  We took away all the pencils that they had in their desks (some had over 30 pencils of various lengths) and gave them each one brand new pencil with a sticker on it.  They put their names on the pencil as well.  The challenge is to see who can go the longest without losing their pencil or leaving it on the ground.  If they do lose it they come to us and we cross their name off the list for the week, and take a new pencil.  It will be interesting to see what happens now that they are aware of exactly how much goes to waste.  Stay tuned for updates!!!

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Missing Container/Spelling http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/03/missing-containerspelling/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/03/missing-containerspelling/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 19:05:05 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=384 Hi everyone,

We seem to be missing a container from the bake sale we had.  I am thinking I either gave it to the wrong student or they might have grabbed it thinking it was theirs.  The container is clear and has a red top on it.   If you have it at home can you please send it back for me.  Thanks so much!

Just a reminder next week is a short week with May 10th being a PD day. The spelling words for next week are:

New Words:
angry
January
February
world
words

Review Words:
alone
book
circle
group
sentence

Tricky Words:
catastrophe
inspired

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Message from the G.C.S.F http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/01/message-from-the-g-c-s-f/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/05/01/message-from-the-g-c-s-f/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 15:27:48 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=382 “Hey everyone,

I was hoping that we could all celebrate the beginning of spring!!!  But if we do skip spring and go straight to summer I think we will all enjoy that as well.  I guess the message is, do not worry about things you can not change and that is the weather!!

But we all CAN make positive changes in our children’s lives.  And one of the biggest and important roles in your child’s life is school.  I realize that we are all so very busy with homework, sports, music, work and of course trying to have a family life. It is becoming very difficult to balance it all.  Then you have the Foundation asking for more time from you!  I know that every one wants to help in some way but who has all this time???

Our school is committed to work 12 Bingos a year.  This brings our school about \$15,000 – \$18,000 a year which benefits our children in many ways; music programs, swimming, sports, leader in me, new computers and much more….

To fulfill these Bingo’s we need 12 volunteers a month.   Sounds easy enough right?  We are currently seeking volunteers for our next Bingo which is….

MAY 12 from 11:00 to 3:30 in Spruce Grove.

If you can help please call Denise Waller, another busy parent, who will be super pleased to hear from you.

680-686-5277″

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May is Here! http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/30/may-is-here/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/30/may-is-here/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:55:12 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=380 Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a good start to your week. I am hoping that by turning the calendar tomorrow we will start to see some nice weather. We are busy here in Grade 3, so here is an update as to what we are doing!

Language Arts
Our focus has been on Story Writing in preparation for Part A of the Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test which is on May 14th. Students are given 70 minutes (plus an additional 30 minutes for anyone who needs it) to plan, write and edit a story based on a picture prompt. We have been doing a lot of work and now know exactly what needs to be included in an excellent story. The students are writing a field test this morning with a gentleman from Alberta Education in order to prepare them for the actual test. It is a good opportunity for them to see what it will be like. We will be using the next few weeks leading up to the test to continue to develop strong stories, learn how to include proper dialogue, and how to edit.

Math
As you know, we finished our Multiplication and Division unit yesterday. Please watch for your childs rubric coming home today. I will also be sending home the Extra Practice booklet tomorrow for our next unit – Geometry. This will be a very short unit, but we will have a lot of fun doing hands on activities.

Science
We are wrapping up our Testing and Building units right now. As you know, Part 2 of the project is due on Tuesday, May 7th. I am really excited to see what the kids build using their knowledge from the units we completed. We had a great time at the Telus World of Science last week. The kids really enjoyed building their own roller coasters in groups. A special thank you to the parents who assisted us. We will be starting our final Science unit later this week – Animal Life Cycles.

Social
A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who supported our Bake Sale by supplying food, pricing and setting up the tables, selling items and sending money with your child to buy a yummy treat! We raised an incredible \$684.00!! This money purchased enough school supplies (pencils, erasers, pens, 2 notebooks and pencil sharpeners) for 650 students at the Suan Luang orphanage in Laos. The remaining amount of money will be used to purchase Butterflies for our classroom to go along with our Animal Life Cycle Unit in Science. I have to share a heartwarming story with you…. this is the reason that Ms. L and I feel so strongly about doing this global citizenship project. As we were preparing for the bake sale last week, we talked to the kids about the fact that they had all brought money but we weren’t sure when they should go to buy their items, being the hosts. We were sooooooo impressed when THEY told us that when someone hosts something they go after their guests… they don’t eat half the food and then invite their guests to eat. It was a unanimous decision by all 42 kids. They insisted that this wasn’t for “us” but rather to raise money for kids who need it. Amazing work Grade 3, we are so proud of you for the decision you made!

Reminders
- Coming home with your child will be a fieldtrip permission form for West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center. Watch for that the next few days.  We will be looking for volunteers again for this trip.  It will be on May 17th.  I will be gone to pull best man duties at my friends wedding in Phoenix, but we have Mr. Danielsen (grade 9 teacher)’s wife, Sarah Danielsen in subbing! She was also in while I was gone for the Sun Run and did an amazing job.

Have a great week!

Andrew

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Volunteer Appreciation and Spelling http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/29/volunteer-appreciation-and-spelling/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/29/volunteer-appreciation-and-spelling/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:33:55 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=378 Volunteer Appreciation:
Please come and join us on Friday May 3rd, 2013 to celebrate and recognize our Parent Volunteers!
The celebration will begin at 10:45 am in the large gym with a lunch to follow in the multi- purpose room at 11:30am-1:00pm
Hope to see you there!

Spelling:

New Words:
alone
book
circle
group
sentence

Review Words:
been
between
though
thought
several

Tricky Words:
truss
triangle
division
multiplication

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Spelling Week 26 http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/18/spelling-week-26/ http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/2013/04/18/spelling-week-26/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:30:33 +0000 Andrew Woloshyn http://www.psdblogs.ca/awoloshyn/?p=376 Hi Everyone,

Since I will be gone Friday through Monday trying to keep up with the junior highs in Vancouver, I am posting the spelling words for next week right now.

The new words are:

1) been

2)between

3) though

4)thought

5) several

Tricky Words:

1) fraction                    3)design

2) character                4) Building

Review Words:

1) care

2)square

3)does

4)done

5)enough

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