Please return all photo orders tomorrow.  My apologies for not getting them to you sooner!

We are very proud to support our Grade 2 classes in their We Scare Hunger campaign.  They have provided us with a beautifully decorated box to fill with much needed items for the Parkland Food Bank.  Please help us help them!

These are their most needed items:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Condensed Soup
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Coffee
  • 100 % Juice boxes
  • Dry Soup Noodles
  • Canned pasta
  • Size 4 and 5 Diapers
  • Flour

Some information from our local Food Bank

*Works with agencies throughout Parkland County, such as Auggies Café and Boys and Girls Club Wabamun After School Program. These agencies receive food to assist with their programming

*Provide food to four schools for either breakfast, lunch or snack programs

*Serves more than 2100 people per month through our hamper program * Approximately 40% of our clients are children under the age of 18

*Collected, sorted, repackaged, and redistributed over 335,446 kg‘s of food in 2015. The approximated value of this food is $838,615.00

We are excited to celebrate our first Halloween at Prescott on Monday, October 31!  Please remember our Costume Criteria:

  • Appropriate and Respectful for a K-8 School
  • Fun
  • Faces need to be visible at all times for identification purposes.  (no masks)
    • (We need to be able to identify our students at all times, it’s a safety concern)
    • Blood, Guts, Gore are not appropriate
  • Costumes need to be respectful and appropriate for school –
  • short skirts, revealing tops etc is not appropriate

On Monday, we ask that students come to school already dressed.

  • The Student Leadership Team will be putting on a carnival for K-5 students from 9:00-12:00.
  • The school-wide Halloween parade will occur during first recess (10:35 AM) in the large gym.
  • Our afternoon will consist of various centres within the classrooms in our hallway that the students have suggested.
  • A good party always has food!  We very much appreciate any contributions provided.

October 23 Learning Update

We are all excited about our Grand Opening Ceremony Monday morning and singing about our favorite things at Prescott Learning Centre!

We begin each day with our Morning Meeting and students have been sharing the things they are thankful for.  Mrs. Palmer and I have been very impressed with how their focus has been on what really matters, and not material items.  I know that parents would be very pleased to know how many of them mention their families, homes and love as their most important gifts.  I continue to be thankful to work with them all, and touched by their thoughtfulness.  It is so wonderful to start my day by finding smiles, notes and poems:


So the day begins

Cool winds blow at recess

Have a morning meeting

Oh, oohh having Music

Oh, going to Library

Love School

By Rowan


Read to Self is one of our favorite times of the day!  Students are really showing their skills in picking just right books that hold their attention for longer periods as we continue to build our reading stamina. We continue to enjoy our read aloud of “The BFG” as well as the connections we are making with the story and new friends on Twitter!

We worked hard on our Monster descriptive paragraphs last week.  They have been shared with our California partners.  This week we will be using their paragraphs to draw what we believe the monsters look like.  We are excited to Skype with the class next week to see the final results!


Students have been rotating in the math groupings all week. They have been working on basics review with fact families, directed Prodigy targets, data management and problem solving.

The students have been working on their numberless problem solving skills because it is essential that they understand what the problem is asking of them. Most of the time, they see numbers and automatically assume they need to apply either addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. This is detrimental when it comes to multi-step problems or problems with missing integers.

We have worked through various number-less problems last week and have started focusing on the following which ties in directly with the strand focus of data management and algebraic understanding :

Students have been working in groups and some independently to try and find a strategy to solve this problem. They are being assessed not on just the correct answer but also on the following reflection questions because communication is an area we need to work on extensively:

Problem-Solving Checklist

  • Have I identified the question that I am being asked?

The question that I was asked to solve was…

  • Have I chosen the best strategy to use? Was there a better one? Why or why not?

The strategy I chose to use was…

It was the best strategy because…

It wasn’t the best strategy because…

  • Have I used mathematical terms/vocabulary appropriately and logically?
  • Have I used diagrams, symbols, graphs etc. to support my answer?
  • Have I provided several reasons/examples to support my ideas?
  • Have I explained how this problem relates to other problems and/or real-life?

Students have also been working on data management:

  • When working with data, you usually organize or classify the data into meaningful categories
  • There are always many ways to sort or organize data
  • To collect good data, you must decide on the most suitable collection method and how to best phrase questions to collect the data

They have begun to work on a data assignment for all of the grade 3-4s. and to check that they will get the information they need, students brainstormed possible answers.  We began the process of sorting the data and realized that we need to categorize and label the groups for it to make sense.  We are using these groups to determine the best way to format our Google Form that will be given to all the students on Friday.  Once administered, we will be able to evaluate the information for next week.

Any additional at home review of basic calculations and facts is always beneficial, as well as monitored Prodigy time.


This week we will be working on our Straw Tower Challenge.  Students have been challenged to build the tallest, free-standing straw tower! They must only use tape and straws to accomplish their goal. The winning tower will not only be the tallest, but also hold a ball for 5 seconds at the top. May the best group win!


We have been working in class on identifying the 7 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antartica and Australia as well as the oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic on a world map. We have worked on reviewing locating our Canadian provinces and territories on the map as well.

They will have a quiz on these on Thursday so any at home review would greatly help them out.

Here is a copy of what their assessment will look like, however they will also have bonus questions about adding the equator, northern and southern hemispheres and explaining what these are.



Bus Safety

Today our students enjoyed a bus safety presentation.  After watching a video about the importance of bus safety, we practiced how to be safe on the bus and how to evacuate.  We learned

  • Use a library voice to avoid distractions
  • Look both ways crossing the road
  • Remember the danger zone 10 feet surrounding the bus.
  • Some people ignore the stop signs and it is a problem.
  • Stay away from the back of the bus.
  • Stay out of the bus zones at school.
  • Stay well back from the bus as it arrives
  • How to do a rear door evacuation
  • Hold arms out like ski poles
  • Don’t jump, no spaghetti arms
  • Don’t jump out the back door.
  • Safest when we are sitting back to the back, eyes to the front
  • Best way out the bus is the front door
  • Other ways out are through emergency windows and roof hatch
  • Windows have handles that should not be touched except in an emergency. Do not play with the windows

We hope you enjoy some of our safety reminders!


Genius Projects

It is our hope that their Genius Projects provide our children with a deep desire to explore and investigate ideas, issues, problems or questions.  This work is personally relevant and links to the world beyond school. During our Genius Project time this week, we shared the book “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield which showed us the power of a dream.  We also saw how his dream came true, and even watched him brushing his teeth in space.

We were very fortunate to have Mr. Oldham come speak to us on Wednesday.  He shared his story of how his questions took him on a journey that have changed his life through the creation of the organization The Children of Ecuador.  After hearing Mr. Oldham’s story, students took time to reflect and share.

We learned that

  • Mr. Oldham taught them English and they taught him Spanish
  • Their soccer ball went off a HUGE cliff beside the school, which was scary and unsafe
  • There were tarantulas
  • They didn’t have a bathroom at the school and had to use a tree
  • Mr. Oldham built them a park and they LOVED it, and hanged out there
  • They didn’t have a floor so when it rains it was all mud
  • They had no idea what they looked like
  • They had no devices, only a chalkboard that makes a lot of noise when the teacher rubs white chalk on it
  • They have to walk to school
  • Mr. Oldham was not alone, he had his sister and then all their friends

Students spent some time thinking about the important messages, and how it might impact their personal thinking.

  • I might donate money to build a whole playground because there were only monkey bars.
  • I want to help them but I don’t know how, well maybe I do. I would like to donate money for them, I could make a Lemonade Stand.
  • I might do the same thing when I am older but in a different  place.
  • I wish I can help them, I would give them a nice shelter and a concrete field so kids can enjoy school.
  • When it rained I would like to work when it didn’t rain because my paper would be all wet and I couldn’t write.  It wouldn’t be comfortable.  And I wouldn’t want to buy a new soccer ball every time it fell off the cliff.
  • This presentation makes me think of helping others and also trying to make the world a way better place for other kind people and maybe even animals

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we loved seeing Mr. Oldham’s presentation that he was so generous in sharing.

There are many so called ordinary people, like Mr. Oldham who do extraordinary things, and we are very appreciative of the people who are taking time to come share their stories with us.  We are looking forward to meeting a police officer who designed a special part to help keep the SWAT team safe soon, as well as some local women whose passion for family history led to writing a book and their work to preserve the past at the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator.  We will also be learning about structures and living off the grid from a professional engineer.

All of these stories not only support our Science, Social, Art and Health curriculums, but provide students with living examples of what wonder and perseverance can do. As one student declared on Wednesday, “This is real learning!”  If you, or anyone you know, has a story to share please let us know!


October 16 Update


It may have been a short week, but we managed to pack in lots of learning!  Some highlights included:

Our Gratitude Assembly on Tuesday where our students were highlighted as they presented their thoughts on what they are grateful for at Prescott. We were excited to for the reveal of the Prescott mascot – the Pumas!

On Wednesday we met with our Grade 3/4 team to start on our Genius Hour/Passion Projects. It was wonderful to watch the excitement as students discussed their interests and passions.  We will be meeting and working on these projects on a weekly basis.  

As a class we have been discussing the importance of wondering, asking questions and creativity.  The students have brainstormed and shared lists of their own talents, interests and passions.  Now they have created a driving question about one of their passions/interests/talents.  Creating this question is likely the most challenging aspect, as it should ideally not be one that can be easily answered with Google.  This question should involve research and the project needs to be shared with others. Regarding the question making process, let’s say the child is passionate about dogs.  Consider how posing the question, “Which breed of dog is best for  my family and why?” will lead to different research than simply doing a report on Dogs.  Another example, let’s say your child loves trains.  Their question may sound like this, “If there was a high speed train between Edmonton and Calgary what would it be like?”  or  “What are the advantages of taking a train rather than a car to Jasper?”

Creativity takes time and that will be provided each Wednesday.  Some students will want to do some work at home and that is okay, but not totally necessary.  Using class time wisely will be a goal.

Please recognize this is a first attempt at Genius Hour/Passion  Projects and is seen as just that- a first attempt. The learning goals are:

*to promote, support and model creative, innovative thinking and inventiveness

*to allow students an opportunity to discover/investigate one of their passions

*to provide an opportunity to develop skill sets that are valuable in any learning situation (research, experimentation, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking)

*to provide an opportunity to share their Genius/Passion Projects with others

If you, or someone you know has a particular interest in a topic or project please let me know.  We are hoping to have some guest speakers share their passions with our students, and inspire them to pursue theirs.

In Literacy we have been focused on using powerful words in our writing, and noticing vocabulary in our reading.  Of course, author Roald Dahl is a master with words, and our reading of “The BFG” is providing us many opportunities to identify some squidjiggling words!  We are among almost a million students around the world reading “The BFG” as part of the Global Read Aloud project right now, and will be making connections and sharing ideas with some of the others this week. We’re also excited about our Monster writing project.  Students created a monster this week and are now writing a description we will be sharing with students in California. Based on this descriptive writing, Mr. Randall’s class will try to draw an accurate picture of the monster.  We will also be drawing their monsters based on their writing.  We can’t wait for the Skype with California to see the results (and find out what their weather is like!)

This week we were very excited to start our collaborative Math centres. The students had the opportunity to visit each of the five grade three and four classrooms during Math to spend one full block focussing on a different strand of Math each day. They worked on place value, mental math strategies, problem solving, and data analysis!

Finally, I continue to enjoy working with this wonderful group of children.  I know that I have commented before on their caring and kindness towards others, and this week we were very proud to have Mrs. Badry come and compliment them on their behavior.  Mrs. Lillico also spoke very highly of their behavior and respect while using the Collaboration Centre. 3C are excellent role models for others, and consistently show their thoughtfulness and respect with the good manners they take everywhere. They were thrilled to celebrate with Mrs. Palmer by throwing her a surprise baby shower Friday afternoon.  Not an easy task for 25 excited students to quietly hide and wait until she returned to the classroom, but they did it!  I love this picture because it shows the pure joy they felt as they spontaneously ran to give her a group hug.  I hope it makes you smile too!



October 10 Update

Happy Thanksgiving! It was wonderful to meet so many parents this week and share stories about the wonderful group of children I am so fortunate to work with.

A reminder that Tuesday is our School Assembly (remember to wear school colours – green/blue/gray).  We are looking forward to finding out what our school mascot is!  Our Grade ¾ team will also be presenting our ideas on Gratitude.  For a sneak peek, see the end of this post!

During conferences, several points came up as reminders or in need of clarification:

  • Our Library Day is Wednesdays
  • On the last day of the school week, students will write about This Week At School (TWAS) and bring their writing home in their backpack.  Please take a moment to read your child’s message and write back to them. The children are so excited and motivated to write!
  • Our first Parent Advisory meeting will be on October 24, and all parents are encouraged to attend and get involved!

Our week started off with some exciting news, as Mrs. Palmer became a grandmother!  Congratulations to her and her family as they welcomed baby Easton!  Thanks so much to Mrs. Murray for her help this week as well.

Our Caine’s Arcade Day of Play was Tuesday, and was a resounding success!  Students were able to demonstrate their games and activities to the rest of the school, and had a great time playing the other games throughout the school.  It was wonderful to see the many conversations, and connections made as they shared in the fun.  We were also very excited to have Caines Arcade actually tweet us several times!



Several parents were interested in learning more about our Math program, and ways to support children at home.  I can’t say enough good things about  which provides a daily story and suggestions for problem discussions at a variety of levels.  This makes it easy to make Math a regular part of our day, just as many families already do with reading and bedtime stories.


Thank you to the Howarth family for giving us an opportunity for some hands on Science this week!  I have to admit, when I was first asked if I was interested in having a slug in the classroom, my squeamish side shouted no!  But then I realized that it was a perfect chance to gain an understanding of Animal Life Cycles, one of our Science topics.  I am so glad that we had our class pet for the week.  Students were very keen to observe the slug (as you can see below) and were very motivated to research slugs and their life cycle. They were able to come up with a variety of meaningful names (Greeny – because slug’s blood is green, Footy because it is a gastropod, Slimyshtropod and more!).

I learned more about slugs this week than I knew was possible.  As a result of their research I also realized Friday night that the change in weather meant our slimy friend needed to find some decomposing leaves and matter if he was going to be able to hibernate and overwinter.  I brought him home and found him a cozy home in the woods behind my house.


Language Arts

Although the majority of our week was taken up with the SLA assessments, students were excited to begin reading The BFG by one of our favorite authors, Roald Dahl.  We are joining almost a million students worldwide in the Global Readaloud Project, and looking forward to connecting with new friends.

Last week in preparation for our school assembly on Tuesday we took some time to reflect on what we are grateful for at Prescott.  I know that I am thankful to work with such a wonderful group of children. I so appreciate their thoughtfulness and generosity on a daily basis.  I am also very thankful that we now have all our FOIP forms in!  (There are a few students with the CASL and Tech Use permissions outstanding, and they will be bringing home a reminder Tuesday). As a result, I can share these photos with you.  Enjoy!

October 4 Reminders

Tuesday is a busy day for us!  We will be sure to bring our smiles for our school photos tomorrow.  We’ll also be busy with the finishing touches for our Caine’s Arcade projects before setting them up for the rest of the school to play tomorrow afternoon.  Our games will be on display for the evening during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please be sure to stop by, check them out and then take your child’s home with you!

We spent some time today identifying goals to share with our families during each conference.  Students play an important role in the discussions, so please bring them with you if possible.


Ready to play!


Under Construction

We had a great day in 3B!  After our planning, discussion and shopping we got started on our Caines Arcade projects.  I was so impressed with the problem solving and critical thinking skills shown by all this morning.  While walking through the room, I overheard phrases like

“I was inspired by ****”

“Hmm, how can I solve this problem?”

“Let’s work together!”

“Look at all that fun waiting to happen!”

When it came time to clean up, everyone pitched in to tidy, organize and pick up all the scraps.  They truly demonstrated how team work makes the dream work. We are so excited to see the final projects come to life next week!


This pile of cardboard is undergoing a magical transformation!

Feeling Lucky?

Just finishing off the final touches to our classroom in preparation for tonight’s Meet the Staff night!  I am looking forward to seeing many of you tonight.

For those of you who have not yet completed the online FOIP/CASL Tech Use forms, we will be happy to walk you through the process.  As added incentive, anyone who has their online consents completed tonight will be entered in a draw for 50% off your school photos this year!

Emergency Response Procedures

Today, we practiced our first Lock-Down drill and our students and staff did AMAZING! Throughout the school year, we will continue to practice Lock-Down Drills, Shelter-in-Place Drills as well as Fire Drills.

Parkland School Division’s first priority is the safety, security, and well being of our students and staff. While we hope that Prescott Learning Centre is never faced with an emergency situation, we are prepared to respond to an incident if one should occur.

What happens during a Lock-Down or Shelter-in-Place?

In the event of a lock-down or shelter-in-place, the school will be locked with NO arrivals or departures of anyone including staff, students or parents. You will not be allowed to pick-up your child until after an “all-clear” is given and established student release procedures are in order. This procedure will be strictly adhered to under all circumstances. Please do not go to the school until instructed to do so.

In The Event Of An Emergency:

Do not call the school or your child’s cell phone

We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the phone systems be available for emergency communications. If you call the school you will tie up lines and systems required for communicating with emergency responders and may inhibit our ability to send or receive critical information.

By calling your child’s cell phone, you could potentially put them in harms way, depending on the nature of the crisis. Please do not call, we will ensure that you get the information you need by contacting you.

Note: It is imperative that the information on your child’s Emergency Information Card is current.

The quickest way to receive emergency information

There are many ways for you to quickly and accurately receive emergency announcements and status reports without having to call your child’s school.

  • Visit this website for updated notifications, the latest news will be posted on the front page.
  • Call the Centre for Education at 780-963-4010.
  • Tune into a local radio or television station.

What if the school is evacuated?

It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lot clear for emergency vehicles.

If it’s necessary to evacuate the school, students will gather at a primary assembly location, pre-determined by each school, to ensure their safety. Students will remain at the assembly location until they are returned to the school or released to their parent/guardian.

Depending on the severity of the situation, students may be transported to a secondary assembly location away from the school.  You will be notified of this via the Division website and the media.

How do I reunite with or pick up my child during or after an emergency?

Should circumstances merit, the school may activate a student release procedure. This allows the school to do a controlled release of students to their parent/guardian. Should it be necessary to activate the student release procedure, instructions on where and when to pick up your child will be posted on the Division website. Students will remain at either the primary or secondary assembly location until they return to the school or are released to their parent/guardian.

Instructions on where, how and when you are able to pick up your child will be posted on the front page of this website.  Please also read the Procedures for Parent-Child Reunion.

Procedures for Parent-Child Reunion

Carefully read all information you receive from the school regarding emergency procedures as assembly locations are different at each school. Talk to your children and emphasize how important it is for them to follow instructions from their teachers and school officials during any emergency.

For more information contact:
The Centre for Education
Phone: 780-963-4010