May 22-25, 2018 Weekly Update

From one short week into another, I hope you enjoyed the May long weekend. Our weekly highlights:

  • We concluded our experiment with our three plants to find out what plants, (and animals we concluded), need to survive. With one plant that went in the dark but got water, one that went in the light but did not get water and one that had both both light and water, we discovered some interesting results. Ask your child what the happened and what they think plants need to live.
  • Vivienne and Josh were the receipents of the the 8th Habit certificate at our student assembly held Wednesday morning. The 8th habit is Find Your Voice and Help Others Find Theirs. Congratulations!
  • The Jump Rope for Heart Celebration on Wednesday afternoon was fantastic!  Each grade had a chance to showcase their skipping skills.
  • “Building Things” is our final topic in science and it has started off with discovery!  The students had a chance to share what they know about bulding things, and what they would like to learn . Then they looked through books to peek their interest. I predict lots of blocks, lego, and popscicle sticks in our future!
  • MicroVillage is finished for another year.  End of the year celebrations were held on Friday afternoon as each venture choose an activity to host.  The Government and Police Force, which I am the faciliator of, hosted a Dance Party, completed with balloon, streamers, a “disco ball” and popcorn. Everyone enjoyed the fun!
  • Our spelling/sight words this week are: six, seven, eight, nine, ten. The test will be on Friday.
  • Our Literacy Community Connections Activity is to practice sight (dolch) words.  Use housefold items to write  out the sights words.  Some examples are shaving cream, rice or sugar.  Lay it out a baking sheet, then use your finger to write the words.
  • This Wednesday is our field trip to the Children’s Festival in St. Albert.  All students MUST be at school that day by 8:15 AM so we can be on the busses by 8:30 AM. We will be going to the festival RAIN or SHINE so please dress your child accordingly, with a HAT.  Also send a bag lunch and water bottle.
  • Please fill out the sheet in your child’s Friday Folder that asks for information about your family and send in a 4 by 6 (ish) photo of your family as well.  If you could send these items in no later than this Friday, June 1, that would be fantastic.


May 14-17, 2018 Weekly Update

A short week into a long weekend and the weather is amazing – life is good!  Our highlights:

  • The Spring Concert and Silent Auction on Wednesday was a huge success. Our kids did an amazing job and I was so proud of their confidence and strong presence with our “Skateboard Rider” moves!  We rocked it!
  • Our focus in math has moved from estimating to number stories and sentences.  It was an interesting conversation with the students when they realized that math could have stories too!
  • We harvested the green beans from our classroom garden and enjoyed a sampling.  It was a wonderful project and perhaps will encourage some future gardening in your house!
  • We introduced a new app on our Ipads called Epic.  It is an app that contains books of different genres and the students are excited to add it to their Daily 5 activities. As teachers we get free access to it but it is available to try for free for 30 days.  You can check it out at
  • The great weather contributed to a wonderful hunt in nature to look for signs of seasonal changes.
  • Our MicroVillage Year End Celebration will take place on Friday.  The students can look forward to travelling to different ventures to partake in activites of all sorts.
  • Jump Rope for Heart forms are due this Tuesday, May 22.  Our Jump Rope for Heart Activity will take place this Wednesday.
  • Spelling/sight words this week are: one, two, three, four, five.  The test will be on Friday.
  • Our Community Connections Literacy Activity is called Letter Stack.  I will send home the information on Tuesday but you can also find the actitvity under the menu Community Connections Literacy Activities just above.

May 7-11, 2018 Weekly Update

It has been a wonderful week of learning. Here are our highlights:

  • We are having a great time estimating everything we can get our hands on!  From our cooking and baking items (51 items, by the way – THANK YOU!), to cheerio necklaces, we continue to make our best guesses on “how many” we can see.
  • Our writing skills keep growing as we are writing about plants, trees, mothers, and many other topics that interest us.  Plus we each continue to focus on what we need to do improve our writing, whether it be finger spaces between words, or adding more details in our sentences.
  • Our experimental plants are proving to be a bit of a heartwrenching experience.  After week one, some of our plants have yellow leaves and are not looking that healthy.  The students have such tender hearts;  responses to seeing the yellow leaves have been filled with sadness.
  • Inferencing asks, “What conclusions can you draw about what is happening now?”   It uses facts, observations, and logic or reasoning to come to an assumption or conclusion.  It is not stating the obvious (stating the obvious: that girl is wearing a fancy dress and carrying a bouquet of flowers. inference: that girl is a flower girl in a wedding).  We have been focusing on this concept in class and it would be very beneficial if you could work on it at home as well. One simple way to do that is before you read your child a story , ask the your child what they can learn from the pictures.
  • The Lions Club presented the grade ones with a flag, coloring book and certificate for Canada Day. Have fun on July 1st and wave those flags proudly.
  • Our Jump Rope for Heart kicking off was very inspiring!  Our school leadership group demonstrated some basic skipping skills and then showed us some cool tricks too.  The pledge forms for Jump Rope for Heart are due back on Tuesday, May 22.
  • The Pedestrian Parade was so much fun!  We enjoyed our bag lunch in Brookwood Park before we had a chance to explore and play with a variety of actitvites to encourage mental health.  Then everyone particpated in a walk around the park, all for mental health.  A big thank you to Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Wensley for joining us that afternoon. 
  • Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers near and far! We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day gift.
  • The Spring Concert is this Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 PM.  Please make sure to dress your child in a plain t-shirt and a ball cap for our costume. If you do not have a plain t-shirt, simply turn a t-shirt inside out and the graphics on the front will now be inside the shirt, leaving a plain t-shirt on the outside.
  • Spelling/sight words this week: with, they, orange, purple, green. The test will be on Thursday.
  • There is no school on Friday, May 18 or Monday, May 21. Happy long weekend!
  • The Community Literacy Challange this week is to make an acrostic poem for Mother’s Day.  Please send me a picture to

April 30 – May 4, 2018 Weekly Update

Marvelous May is finally here!  Hooray!! Our Welcome Spring bulletin board is a thing of beauty. (We do have two bulletin boards with these flowers and butterflies but I just took a picture of one of them.)

  • Our Daily 5 is amazing!  Our students are independently choosing their rotations and loving it!!

  • In science, we are experimenting to find out what plants need to survive.  We have three plants in our experiment – one that stays in the dark and gets water, one that is in the light and gets no water and one that is in the light and does get water.  So now we wait and watch!
  • A picture says a thousand words – here’s what our math classes look like!
  • Our Spring Concert & Silent Auction will take place on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 PM.  Our class is performing the song Skateboard Rider. Below is a link to the words.  If your child isn’t already singing it non stop, let’s get them practicing!  For the concert, please have your child wear a plain t-shirt and a ball cap – it’s our costume!
  • Thank you for all of the donations to our “Cooking and Baking” themed basket for the Parent Council Silent Auction.  FYI – the final day for donations in May 9.
  • Our spelling/sight words this week are:  say, was, these, yellow, have. The test will be on Friday.
  • Our Community Connections Literacy Activity is Boggle!  Find as many words in the square provided as you can. This activity went home in the Friday Folder but it is here as well. Please send a picture of your child doing this optional activity to


April 23-27, 2018 Weekly Update

Our last full week of April was greeted with amazing weather.  Hello spring!

  • The amazing weather made our fire drill practice that much more enjoyable!  The students did a great job exiting the school safely on Tuesday. Later that day we wrote in our journals about things to do in a fire drill.  We will practice again several more times before the year is through (plus we get to enjoy some nice weather again when we are outside!)
  • Our student assembly featured the 7th Habit which was “Sharpen the Saw”. Sophie, Aliyah and Riann (plus Sam from last month) received their awards. We were also able to enjoy a dance performance from a group of students who have been practice together who just love to dance. They nailed it!
  • That afternoon, as well, we had a band perform for us, featuring instrumental and choral music.  The musicians were amazing – what a great afternoon we had.
  • We continue to do lots of partner work in math to support our development of the concept “more and less”.
  • I set up a balancing obstacle course in gym this week! We rolled. tossed and zigzagged our way around, all the while practicing our balancing skills.
  • Our tissue paper butterflies are finished and they have joined our tissue paper flowers on the bulletin board outside our room. It’s our welcome to spring! I will take a picture and add it later this week.
  • Thank you to anyone who has been able to donate to our baking/cooking basket for the school council fundraiser. If you can send something to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Our spelling/sight words this week are: to, over, there, would, no. Spelling test will be Friday.
  • Our Community Connections Literacy Activity this week is to make your own word search using weather-related words. You will find a copy of it in the link above but a copy had also been sent in the Friday Folder. Please remember to send a picture of your child working on the activity to The students love to see their pictures up on our community connections bulletin board.

April 16-20, 2018 Weekly Update

April showers bring May flowers, or at least no snow!  The playground is slowly drying up – expect wet clothes for a while if your child decides to venture into the puddles!

  • Mrs. Taylor’s last day was on Wednesday. She will be moving to Northern California to join her husband who is already situated there.  We are happy to have Mrs. Adams joining us until the end of the year.
  • Our Piecing Plants Together flip book is finished.  The students did an amazing job drawing and describing the parts of a plant.
  • In social studies we have started examining how our community looked in the past and in the present. We will be doing a variety of activities as we explore this topic.
  •  We continue to play with comparing numbers in math. Encourage your child  to count items in your house and use the words “more” and “less” to compare them.
  • Our skipping skills are improving as we practice our “turn then jump” technique.  I have purchased a few skipping ropes for our classroom so once the tarmac is dry out back, the students have the option to sign out a skipping rope and skip, skip, skip!
  • Together we came up with a criteria to improve our writing skills.
  • 1. Capital letters start a sentence.
  • 2. Periods end a sentence.
  • 3. There is a finger space between my words.
  • 4.  I try to sound out or spell words on my own.
  • Encourage your child to write something for you. Then go over their writing with them. Point out which of the four criteria they are doing and which ones they can add to their writing next time to continue growing as a writer.
  • Our spelling/sight words this week are: went, not, school, we, put.  The test will be on Friday.

April 9-13/18 Weekly Update

We are all looking forward to some warm weather but in the meantime, the playground is wet and soggy and it’s still chilly.  Please dress your child in weather-appropriate clothing.  Thank you!!

  • Spring break/Easter activities provided a perfect opportunity to write and draw a story about what we were up to.  From Easter egg hunting to trips to Jasper, there was lots to share.
  • It is all about plants in grade one!  In science we are working on a flip book about parts of a plant.  It’s exciting to see the book starting to come to life. In art, we are using tissue paper to create a flower display. To help our bodies refocus with a movement break, we re-enact the growth of a plant from seed to plant, swaying in the wind. Plants = fun!
  • To improve our understanding of more and less, we are building block towers and playing games with partners.  The students are getting quite efficient with this concept.
  • We have been learning how to use a skipping rope in preparation for our Jump Rope for Heart event  in May. What a wonderful way to move and be healthy.
  • Our spelling /sight words this week will be : are, for, into, now, see.  The test will be on Friday.
  • The community literacy activity for this week was send home on Friday. Your child needs to rebuild the poem on the green sheet using the phrases on the second page.  If you didn’t get your child’s Friday Folder, it will come home on Monday (sorry about that!)
  • We have all the volunteers we need for the two upcoming field trips.  Thank you!!  I will send out more information about which field trip I need you to attend as we get closer to the dates.
  • If you have not sent back the word ring that went home over the break, please send it back immediately. Thank you.

Weekly Update April 2-6/18

Welcome April!  Warm days are on their way (we hope!) Some highlights of this very short week are:

  • A new student, Riann, joined our class this week.  The students were incredibly welcoming and are excited to show her all the things Parkland Village School has to offer.
  • Over the break our bean plants grew three beans, with more on the way!
  • We are playing a new game in gym called “Sink the Ship!”  The students work in groups of six and need to collaborate in order to “sink” another team’s “ship”.  So fun!!
  • We love our volunteers so we are saying “thank you!” with a tea this Thursday.
  • Speaking of volunteers, in the Friday Folder I included a request for  volunteers for two upcoming field trips. Please fill out the form if you can volunteer and send the form back for Monday. We need a total of 5 adults for each field trip. We will be going to the St. Albert Children’s Festival (all day) on May 30 and to Fort Edmonton (all day) on June 13.
  • On Thursday, April 12 we are will join schools across our country in a show of support for the Humbolt Broncos by wearing a jersey to school.  If you are able to send your child in a jersey, please do.
  • Spelling/sight words this week: this, you call, he, make   The test will be on Friday. I am adding a few extra words on the test that that we have already learned.  They will be picked at random.
  • Our community connections literacy activity for this week went home over spring break, therefore you have an extra week to continue looking around your house and find things that start with the letters of the alphabet, then write them down. You can find a copy of the sheet to record the words on the Community Connections Literacy Activities at the top of this page. Please send a picture of your child completing this activity to

March 19-22/18 Weekly Update

Happy Spring Break and Easter weekend!  I hope the break has been restful and rejuvenating. I have spent the week hanging out with my family, baking and reading but my thoughts always return to the classroom.  You can take the teacher out of the classroom but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher!

  • We have wrapped up a section of our math unit on numbers.  We will continue to review the concepts of seeing numbers in different ways but will now focus on comparing numbers.
  • Our Daily 5 activities continue to help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.  Your child is able to choose the activities that they work on which gives students a sense of ownership that becomes one of the reasons to read.
  • Thank you for helping your child practice their word ring over the break.  Please remember to send their word ring back to school on Wednesday, April 4.
  • Our student assembly last Wednesday recognized Landon Nichol and Sam Jacques for their work with Synergizing (together is better).  Our video featured the kids teaching the other classes how to play a game in gym that focuses on working together. We call the game “Build It, Break It” and already other classes have been seen playing the game in their gym class!
  • The first day of spring was celebrated with spring-themed activities and a sugar cookie!


  • Our spelling/sight words this week: so, when, some, here, pull. The test will be on Friday.
  • Our next literacy community connections activity will be send home next week.


March 12-16, 2018 Weekly Update

  • Our week began with an amazing field trip!  Special thank you to Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Wensley, and Mrs. McIntosh who volunteered that afternoon and were excellent leaders for their groups. There were so many amazing sights to see at the zoo.  From hedgehogs to owls, a snow leopard to an elephant – it was a field trip we will never forget!


  • With the grade 1/2 class we planted our seedlings into a large container.  There are purple flowers on the bean plants so beans are definitely in our future.
  • We are making word wheels. The aim is to make as many words as you can of two letters or more from the letters in the wheel, using each letter in each word only once, and always using the letter in the centre of the wheel. Tons of fun!
  • A leprechaun appears to have visited our classroom when we were listening to a story in Ms. Lynds class! There was green confetti everywhere and he left a note behind with  a pot full of chocolate coins, saying he dropped by but we weren’t there so he left some of his gold to share! Happy St.Patrick’s Day (one day late.)
  • Our last week prior to Spring Break and Easter is going to be busy.  Our student assembly is on Wednesday at 9:40 and our class is hosting. The choir will be also be singing.  You are welcome to attend.
  • Our spelling/sight words are: will, at, from, it, off.  The test will be on Thursday, the last day of school for the week.
  • Our community connections literacy activity was sent home on Friday. Please remember to send pictures of your child working on the activity to  The activity is optional so do not feel pressure to complete it!
  • Our first day back after our break will be Wednesday, April 4.