There is a lot going on this week so I thought I would blog a few reminders. Tuesday and Thursday are Student- Led conferences. It is not too late to book one online if you have not done so already. Friday afternoon is our first Play Parkland event of the year. We will be going swimming as well as play games on the indoor field. Hope this helps!
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event, held in the spring of 2013 in William’s Lake, B.C. It grew out of a former student’s account of having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission. The orange shirt is meant to recognize the harm done to residential school students and show a commitment to the principle that every child matters! Children were taken from their homes to residential schools and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti- bullying policies for the coming year. We will be wearing our orange shirts on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in support of this historic day!
Please go online to receive the school newsletter. I am sending my classroom newsletter home this Monday, Oct. 2. There is important information in both these newsletters so please read them!!
The conferences are being scheduled for October 17th and 19th. Starting Monday, October 2, you will be able to go online to book an appointment
A letter is being sent home on Monday with further information.
The assembly and run is tomorrow at 2:15. Parents are welcome! Please have a discussion with your child as to who they are going to run for.
It’s the third week in and the students have shown progress in so many skills already. I just thought I would go over a few things that I think help every child succeed in school. Here are the top five:
- participate in the home reading program and listen to your child read every night
- read and sign your child’s agenda every evening- I leave special notes!
- ask your child questions about their day
- limit their screen time during the week- we spend a lot of time on the chromebook
- build a trusting relationship between school and home- your child needs to see we are a team
Thank you so much for the work you are doing with your child. All the students have improved in the area of mastering the addition basic facts. Thank you for working on this at home. Home reading begins on Monday!!
It was very nice to meet and talk with everyone at Meet the Teacher Night. I just want to remind everyone to check your child’s agenda every evening for special notes and messages. I wrote in everyone’s agenda on Friday. This Monday, your child will have in their agenda all the topics we will be learning in the upcoming week. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
I am excited to be starting a new year with the students in my class. Please note that there will be a “Meet the Teacher Night” on September 13 6-7 pm. I look forward to visiting with both the students and their families on that evening. The following is a copy of the first newsletter that will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, September 5th.
I would like to welcome you and your child to our class! I am excited about the new school year and all that we will experience together. I know how important your child is to you and I want you to know that they are very important to me, too. I care about their social and academic growth and will treat each child as the important individual that they are!
This year will be a very busy one for all of us and it is important for teachers and families to communicate for the benefit of the child. The home-school connection plays a vital role in every child’s success at school. I am writing to ask you to become a partner with me in your child’s education. I will only have your child for one fleeting year and I want to make a contribution that lasts a lifetime.
My teaching begins with making your child feel at home in our classroom. All of us come together and make a learning community filled with different interests, abilities, talents, histories and hopes.
Would you help me get to know your child by taking a quick moment to write about them? Knowing their interests in and out of school will help me tap into their strengths and help them with their areas for growth. Please return the attached form at your earliest convenience. Thanks for your time!
Agendas: We will be using agendas this year as a form of communication between home and school. Please check your child’s agenda and initial it every night.
Contact me: The best way to contact me is through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), I am able to check my email at lunch and during any breaks. If email doesn’t work for you, you can write in your child’s agenda, as I check them every morning at school.
Class Blog: This is another way for you to see what is happening in our classroom. Your child will also be blogging about their learning. A link to their blog is on this site. I encourage you to regularly read your child’s blog and respond back to them to encourage them in their learning.
Monthly Class Newsletter: Along with the monthly school newsletter which will be posted on the school website http://parklandvillage.psd70.ab.ca/ , I will be sending home a copy of our monthly class newsletter. The class newsletter will also be posted on the class blog. The first class newsletter will be available the beginning of October.
Homework: I believe that students spend a significant portion of their day in school and they do need a break when they get home. I understand how precious the few hours you have with your child are after school. Therefore, I am only asking that you spend a little time each evening to read. There will be home reading sent home every day. It should be quick and easy as the book will be at their reading level. Each night, students are encouraged to read for about 20 minutes and have a parent initial the home reading log.
Library: We have library once a week on Monday. The students are able to sign out two books, one at their level and one free choice book. They are free to keep it until the next library day.
Lunch and Snacks: The children have a 50-minute lunch break; the first 25 minutes will be spent playing on the playground and the last 25 minutes will be for eating lunch. We also have a morning snack break. Please help us promote health and wellness by packing nutritious lunch and snacks. I will remind students to eat their healthy snack first and save the treat for after lunch.
Money: When your child is asked to bring money to school (i.e. for field trips) please place the money in a sealed envelope or plastic bag with your child’s name, amount, and the purpose clearly stated on the front of the envelope.
Toys: I suggest that students do not bring toys to school. Issues around toys (losing them, breaking them, sharing/not sharing them) can take up a considerable amount of learning time.
Birthdays: Birthdays are a special day in the life of a young child. We will be briefly celebrating each child’s birthday at school. It is acceptable for your child to celebrate his or her birthday by bringing in treats to share. We will have an “un-birthday” celebration in June for the summer birthday students. I understand that it is not possible to invite the whole class for birthday parties; however, it is hurtful to children when they are left out. Please give birthday party invitations to students outside of school time or privately.
Water Bottles: Drinking water promotes good health and learning. Please supply a short, sturdy, spill proof water bottle that your child can keep on his/her desk. Children will be asked to take their water bottles home every day to be cleaned and refilled.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Meet the Staff Night: September 13 @ 6:00-7:00- I look forword to meeting with you!
Student name: _______________________________
Parent’s names: _______________________ email: _____________________________________
Please put a * by the primary caregiver(s)
- Pick Up
- After School Care
- Other: _____________________________________________________________________
What is your child’s biggest strength?
What is a goal you have for your child this year?
(see the back)
Does your child have any hobbies or extracurricular activities?
Any other information I should know about your child?
**Please Fill out the following form and send it back to Mrs. Eidick by September 15th, 2016.**
In science, we are finishing the culminating unit on “Wheels and Levers” with a student project. The project is a homework assignment it will not be given class time to complete. We are asking that the parents guide their child with their ideas and final project.
Students will have an opportunity to create a machine incorporating at least 3 simple machines. The goal is to build something that will make their life easier. For example, they could create a bed making machine so that it is faster and easier to make their bed. Student’s can create a machine that would be helpful in the garden/farm, kitchen, office, school, garage, boat, playground or anywhere else in the home. The following is a site that gives further examples:
They will be marked on their invention as follows:
/1 was a plan made and handed in for approval?
/3 does it include AT LEAST 3 simple machines?
/2 does it work (this may require some reworking and perseverance)?
/6 can you explain what the different simple machines are and how they work?
On Monday, April 10th your child will bring home an idea/simple plan for this project.
Please help your child by discussing with them whether or not their plan/idea meets the criteria set for them by the teacher. The plan for the project is to be brought back to school for approval by Wednesday, April 12. Finally, please write a note in your child’s agenda indicating that you have discussed the science project with him/her. This will help us as a teachers to know whether or not discussion and further planning is needed at school.
Projects are asked to be completed and brought back to school by April 27th.
Thank you in advance,
Mrs. Eidick and Ms. Walton
Please remember that On February 9,10 there will be no school due to Teacher’s Convention.