December Newsletter

The holidays are upon us.  It is a time of reflection and gratitude.  I am personally grateful to teach these awesome children.  I am grateful for the people I work with, my family and for good health.  Holidays can be a very challenging time .  I hope all of you enjoy some moments of peace and joy during this time.  

We have had a busy month and the last couple weeks promise to be just as eventful.  We have been working diligently on our reading and writing skills.  We have been reading the book Wonder and were able to go the movie this past week.  I believe all the students were touched by this heartwarming story.

Today we enjoyed a lovely walk to the post office to send letters to Santa.  We then walked to the lake and saw how the ice can move, shift and stack up in places.  It is funny that in the morning I was talking to a student about plate tectonics and we got to see the ice do similar things that the plates do.

Last week our first reports cards went home.  This is a new format.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

During the next couple of weeks, we will be doing lots of various crafts and special activities including the Gingerbread Challenge.  There has been a note sent home with a list of supplies that are needed.   We greatly appreciate any items that you can send to support our activities.

We have been enjoying the Roots of Empathy program and our adorable little baby Adaline will be coming to visit this week.  The students are always so excited to see her.  If you have not yet sent your release form, please do so as soon as possible.

To accommodate the scheduling for Roots of Empathy, we have switched our library book exchange to Wednesdays.  Students are keeping their books at school so they can read them during daily read to self.  If you have any library books at home, please return them to the school.

We have had a low percentage of students bringing back their home reading and math packages.  It can be challenging to find time to do this work 4 times a week, but it can significantly contribute to a child’s progress.  Please return them on Thursdays so they can be prepared to send back home for the weekend.  Thank you for your support.

We continue to enjoy the lovely weather, but know that it could change any day.  Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather (coat, hat, mittens, snow pants, winter boots, layers), especially those colder mornings.  We are running short on mittens for kids to borrow so please be sure to send them with your child.  We do a mitten check on all the students before they go out to be sure that they can enjoy their time outside.

The Christmas Concert is on Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing all our families.

November News

Greetings to all our Grade 3 and 4 families!

October has been a very busy month. We enjoyed our Thanksgiving and Halloween celebrations.  A huge thank you to the families who sent Halloween items and treats to help us enjoy the day.

This month we have been:  Working on our word families, paragraph and poem writing, printing practice, vocabulary, and reading.  I am delighted to see gains for all students.  We are doing a novel study on the book Wonder.  You may want to ask your child about the book.  The movie comes out later this month and we are in the process of arranging a viewing.   In math we worked on patterns and are now working on our addition and subtraction strategies and being confident working with numbers.  In social studies we are almost finished our unit on mapping, continents, oceans, features of continents, etc.  In health we have talked about a growth mindset and we continue to work on our belief in our abilities and building our capacity to not give up when faced with a challenge.  The self talk is “I may not be able to do it YET!!”


We go outside every morning and for 3 recess periods during the day.  We go out unless temps go below -22.   

At this time of year we can have some significant temperature swings.  Please ensure that children come prepared with mitts, hats, scarves, boots, thicker socks, snowpants, a warm coat, perhaps a hoodie or sweater for an extra layer or to wear if it warms during the day.

Remembrance Day and Fall Break

All families are invited to join us for our Remembrance Day observations on Thursday, Nov. 9th.  There will be a notice coming home with students.  Students are off for Fall break from Nov. 10-14.  Looking forwarding to seeing everyone on the 15th all rested and recharged.

For Your Information:


November 6 and 7:  Parent/Teacher Interviews.  Please book your time if you have not already done so.  Information is on the Seba Beach School website.

November 16:  Picture retake day

Today:  If you are not yet connected:  We are using “remind” as another form of communication.  You may use your phone or computer to sign up.  Please use this link  You will receive messages and reminders as well as be able to reply to messages.

Keep warm and cozy and have a great month!!







Pajama Day

October 20th – Pajama Day!!    Our Student Leadership group is inviting all students to come in their cozy jammies and fuzzy slippers.  Can’t wait!

Home Reading and Math Program Begins

The home reading and math program is being sent home tomorrow.  Look for the package in your child’s backpack.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I hope this becomes not only a learning experience for the students, but also a positive relationship building experience for you and the child.  All the best!



Happy Thanksgiving to all our Families!

 I hope all of you enjoyed a safe, happy and peaceful Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend some special time with friends and family. 

Thank you to those families that were able to come to our Cardboard Challenge Showcase.  This can be a very challenging week for our students and they had a fabulous time sharing their ideas and testing all the games.

This week we will be setting up the home reading and math practice program.  Please look for that in your child’s backpack later in the week.  All the instructions and materials will be included.  They are to be returned one week later.  You can keep everything together in the bag so parts don’t go missing.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this program. 

September Classroom Update


Greetings to all our grade 3 and 4 families.  

September has been an amazing month of getting reacquainted, meeting new friends, learning new routines, building relationships and demonstrating our knowledge.

Meet the Family Night was very nice.  Thank you to all the families that came out to enjoy some school community spirit.  We look forward to seeing you and many more at our future events.  

School Council is up and running.  This is a wonderful way to be involved with the school and your child’s education.  Check out the website for information and opportunities to participate.   

In our class this year, we are promoting a growth mindset and working to help ourselves by replacing negative self talk with more positive, motivating words and phrases.  Our word of the year is “yet”.  We all face many challenges and the word yet can be powerful to help us shift from stopping to moving forward.

Communication between home and school is very important.  We have been sending home a weekly self assessment. This is one method of communication between home and school as well as a critical piece of learning for our students.  If they are not getting home, please check with your child.  We will also be using “remind” as another form of communication.  You may use your phone or computer to sign up.  Please use this link  You will receive messages and reminders as well as be able to reply to messages.

****Outdoor Activities****

Be prepared for the weather!!  Our students go outside every morning for daily physical activity.  They also go out for 3 more recesses.  This time is crucial to help them be more focused and able to concentrate on their learning.  It also allows for some amazing creativity, collaboration and language building.  Please send your child prepared to go outside in all types of weather.  They are welcome to keep extra hats, mittens, socks, scarves, sweaters, etc. in their lockers.   

October will mark the beginning of our home reading and math program.  A package will come home each week with 2 books (the idea is to read to mastery not just once or twice), check for comprehension with the questions provided and some math facts to do for less than 5 minutes.  I appreciate that there are challenges to getting this work done, but I have witnessed first hand how doing this work can really bolster their learning.  After the week, the package is returned to school to be replaced for the next week.  Be sure to log your work.  Please keep the package in a safe place in your home so your child is able to care for it and participate fully in the program.  

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your child’s learning.  You can contact me via email at

Hope to see you at the cardboard challenge showcase!

Mrs. R. Schumm