Designing Musical Instruments

On Tuesday, February 26, the Grade 3 classes will be wrapping up our Sound and Hearing unit with a day of design.  Students will be planning, designing and constructing an instrument that will demonstrate methods for controlling the loudness, pitch and quality of sound produced.

This project will be constructed entirely at school on Tuesday.  We will have some supplies and materials available, but if possible please gather and send what your child’s needed supplies.  As we are being intentional with using the design thinking process, we will be starting from scratch on Tuesday morning with our plans. If you have any materials (coffee cans, solo cups, smaller boxes, balloons, paper clips, popsicle sticks, jars, bells, tubes, tin plates, blocks, dowels, elastics, shaker items like popcorn, dried beans, bottle caps, plastic cutlery, plastic easter eggs, etc.) you think would work well as part of an instrument, please send them to school on Monday. Any additional materials to be shared would be greatly appreciated by the Grade 3 classes.

Watching this video, Honk If You Love Someone is sure to bring a smile to your face. Our students loved it!

After seeing this video, and hearing that last year’s student were inspired to create a Prescott version of Honk, our class wanted to make a difference too. They will create signs and work collaboratively to help our community feel good and come together.

On Thursday, February 14 we will celebrate Valentine’s Day in several ways:

  • Students are encouraged to wear their favourite red/pink clothing.
  • We will be passing out valentines earlier in the day. Please check that they have included everyone in the class. (see the link for names)
  • To add some sweetness to our day, we will enjoy a yummy Pancake Party.  I will supply pancakes, plates and spoons.  If you are able to contribute some toppings (fruit, sauces, sprinkles, etc.) they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to the Meyer and Chalk families for the syrup and whipped cream!
  • Grade 3 classes will walk over to Jubilee Park.  We will be waving our signs from the sidewalk, west of the Park entrance for Honk if You Love Someone, weather permitting. If the weather is too cold for that walk, we will head out just in front of the school.  STUDENTS MUST BE WEARING SNOW PANTS, COATS, MITTS, BOOTS AND HATS to participate.
  • We will also be celebrating with some Olympic themed activities – more details to come.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Revised Week Ahead Feb. 11 – 15

I realized there were a few items to add to this week.

Monday – special Valentines activity with Mrs. Omand and Mrs. Zakresky

Tuesday – Library

Wednesday – videoconference with the Denver Museum of History & Science. We are fortunate to be one of the few classes selected to be on camera and able to ask questions of Dr. James Hagadorn, Curator of Geology

Fundraising Meeting – 6:30 pm

Thursday – Happy Valentines Day! We will be celebrating with a Pancake Party. I will supply the pancakes, plates and cutlery.  If you are able to contribute some pancake toppings (fruit, syrup, sauces, sprinkles, etc.) they would be greatly appreciated.

  • We will be having a video conference with students from Paul First Nation to celebrate Valentines Day and extend our activities from Monday with Mrs. Zakresky.
  • We will be passing out valentines earlier in the day. Please check that they have included everyone in the class (see this link for names).
  • Weather permitting, we will have a special outdoors activity in the afternoon. More details will be posted Monday.
  • Students are welcome to wear their favourite red/pink clothing. 

Thursday is also a Junior ATB Banking Day. Information and applications were sent home last week, but I have more applications. Please send me an email if you would like one sent home.

Friday – Flashlight Friday

Prescott Valentines Family Dance – 5:30-8:30 pm

Week Ahead Feb. 11 – 15

Brrr! I am looking forward to seeing everybody again after our break. I especially can’t wait to work on some of the new activities and ideas I picked up at Convention.

Monday – special Valentines activity with Mrs. Omand and Mrs. Zakresky

Tuesday – Library

Wednesday – videoconference with the Denver Museum of History & Science. We are fortunate to be one of the few classes selected to be on camera and able to ask questions of Dr. James Hagadorn, Curator of Geology

Thursday – Happy Valentines Day! We will be celebrating with a Pancake Party. I will supply the pancakes, plates and cutlery.  If you are able to contribute some pancake toppings (fruit, syrup, sauces, sprinkles, etc.) they would be greatly appreciated.

  • We will be having a video conference with students from Paul First Nation to celebrate Valentines Day and extend our activities from Monday with Mrs. Zakresky.
  • We will be passing out valentines earlier in the day. Please check that they have included everyone in the class (see this link for names).
  • Weather permitting, we will have a special outdoors activity in the afternoon. More details will be posted Monday.
  • Students are welcome to wear their favourite red/pink clothing. 

Friday – Flashlight Friday

We were a smaller group last week, but enjoyed the opportunity for some one on one time working through activities. My highlight of the week was the chance to play Spoons with everyone on Wednesday as we celebrated the Global School Day of Play.  Not only did we have a great time, everyone learned life lessons about sportsmanship, manners and lots of math!

Playing board games provides practice in reading skills, cooperation, patience and conversation.

Students recognized that activities like Pick Up sticks and card houses give opportunities for quiet thinking, patience and perseverance.

Building led to experiments in motion and colour, design challenges and collaboration.

 

Wednesday, February 6

Due to continued cold weather, busses will not be running on Wednesday, February 6. Schools will be open.

Hot lunch and Club Moo will still be delivered to classrooms unless you contact hotlunch@plcff.com or clubmoo@plcff.com before 10 am Wednesday morning. No refunds will be given.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!

Rafiki Bracelet Sales

The students from the We Team are excited to let you all know that they will be selling beaded Rafiki bracelets.  Did you know that “rafiki” is the Swahili word for “friend”? Bracelets will be selling for $10 each. This will take place on February 11-15 at lunch. The money that we make will all be donated to Local and Global charities.

 

Week Ahead February 4-6

Hard to believe that we are already in February! A reminder that all our Play Parkland activities are finished, so no more Play Parkland.

Events this week include

Tuesday

  • Library

Wednesday 

  • Rotary presentation about the Amarok program
  • Global School Play Day (Please click on the link for more information)
  • This is also Winter Walk Day across Alberta. Weather permitting we will participate.

Thursday/Friday are Teachers’ Convention. We will be busy learning about new ideas and gathering ideas to bring back to school – please enjoy this break from school.

A few highlights from last week:

On Thursday morning we were fortunate to have Dave Oldham visit us and share his story about the organization Children of Ecuador. Among some of his messages were

  • Grade 3’s are the same all over the world but what’s different are their circumstances
  • Always try to keep learning in your life
  • Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in somebody’s life
  • The most important thing is to have the intent to make a difference in someone’s life
  • It is the small little things that matter – they start to build an attitude of helping others, and your life will be better off

We very much appreciate Mr. Oldham’s time and message. Our students were definitely inspired and went out of their way to help others in all sorts of little ways this week. Next week we will be finding out more about the Rotary organization and a program they sponsor in Bangladesh teaching mothers to read who then teach the children in their areas. We will continue our research into several helping organizations to help us determine the best places to donate the money we raised through our candygrams.

We celebrated World Read Aloud Day Friday with a number of activities.  Thanks to our special guest readers, Marion Buday and Lindsey Buchanan Toft. The class really enjoyed listening to these special stories.

We also enjoyed a snack of milk and cookies in our forts during an extra special version of Flashlight Friday!

 

SlapJack – Practicing Subtraction

We learned a new subtraction game this week and it was an instant ‘hit’!

Split a deck of cards into halves (does not have to be a complete deck). Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, Kings = 13 and Jokers = 20

Each player takes half the deck and shuffles.

Player #1 and Player #2 turn over a card. They write (or say) the subtraction sentence for those numbers.

If there is a difference of 2, players get to slap hands up over their hands and yell “SlapJack!

Tech Free February at Prescott

What is “Tech Free February”?

  • No student mobile/personal devices (phones, iPods, tablets) out during the day (unless directed by teacher for learning)
    • Students may bring devices to school
    • Devices put in lockers from 8:15 to 3:00
    • If device is out during the day, students will be asked to put them in their lockers
  • No student tech at all (personal devices/chromebooks) during break times (lunch, snack, recess, before school)
    • Use the time to eat, play, talk, imagine,…

Why “Tech Free February”?

    • Social Wellness – Building Community
    • Physical Wellness – Being Active
    • Emotional Wellness – Being “Present”
    • Responsible Use of Technology Agreement – tech is to be used as tool for learning

Communicating to Students

Teachers have communicated this plan to students.  We would appreciate your support by also having the discussion with your children.

Our goal, as always, is to ensure the academic, social and emotional well-being of our students.

Feel free to send any school appropriate board/card games for kids to play during breaks.