Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a classroom management tool where each student is represented on the screen by a cute monster avatar. Each avatar has a bubble with total points accumulated weekly. The avatars are displayed occasionally on the Smartboard so that students can celebrate their achievements. I sent home notices with registration instructions for parents, if yours has been misplaced simply jot me a note in the agenda and I’ll print a new one for you. Instructions were also included to allow students to go in and modify their avatars.

I encourage all parents to sign up and take advantage of this great tool. Throughout the day, students are awarded positive points for helping friends, working hard, participating in discussions. Occasionally, negative points are registered for organizational issues, misbehaviours and not using class-time wisely.  A weekly report is automatically generated by the program on Fridays. Parents, however, have access to their child’s data 24/7. Grade 2 students are very motivated by seeing their tally increase and you can hear a pin drop in the classroom when I am awarding points for on-task and hardworking behaviours.

Taken right from the Class Dojo sight:

ClassDojo deepens understanding between teachers, parents and students. In the classroom, teachers use ClassDojo to encourage positive behaviors like curiosity and perseverance. Teachers can also send real-time messages to parents using ClassDojo Messaging to give updates on what is happening at school.

At home, parents are able to review their child’s progress with Student Reports and also communicate simply and safely with their child’s teacher.

ClassDojo is 100% free for teachers, parents and students to use anywhere in the world.

January-February 2015 – Important Dates

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday January 20, Duffield-Keephills Ski day1 @ Rabbit Hill (register by Friday)

Thursday January 22, Assembly – Gr 1-3 – 12:45, Gr 4-6 – 2pm

Friday January 30, Professional Development Day – NO School for students!

Wednesday February 4, Interim Report Card #2

Thurs/Fri February 5/6, Teachers’ Convention – NO School for students!

Friday February 13, 100 Days in School Celebration and Valentines’ Day Party

Monday February 16, Family Day Stat Holiday – NO School!

Wednesday February 18, Duffield-Keephills Ski day2 @ Rabbit Hill (register by Feb 13)

Thursday February 26, Talent Show @ 12:45

September in Alberta

So on Sat. Sept. 6, I went for a drive in the country and took some pretty pictures of fields. IMG_1367IMG_1386

Then on Mon. Sept. 8, we woke up to this! I took a few more field photos on the drive to school and then I took a couple at morning recess. The students were delighted and took full advantage, creating several snow figures!

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Summer’s Over Half-done!

Wow, already the 10th of August, 2 weeks from now I will be getting into bed in preparation for my first day back to school after summer holidays. The staff at Duffield will be having 2 days of professional development before the rest of the division heads back on Wednesday. We have many exciting changes beginning this year and our August teacher time will help us to prepare for them. Over the last/next 2 weeks I plan to spend plenty of time in my classroom beginning to prepare for the new school year.

Traditionally I upload a few pictures from my summer adventures. Last summer my daughter got married, no news that huge this summer!

Here are a few of the wonderful memories I have already made this summer:

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I had the pleasure of spending time down at the river with some of my favourite people (my teen and adult children); I went for a hike in Jasper and soaked in the Miette Hot Springs with a good friend;  I went to the Edmonton Heritage Festival and ate all kinds of interesting cultural foods and watched drumming and dancing; I got 2 different henna tattoos and a pedicure;  I renovated my back yard and added a fire pit. Whew!

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Darwell Farm Field Trip

The grade 2 and 3 classes visited a great new fieldtrip site on Friday June 6.

37 students, 4 staff and 9 parents traveled to Darwell. The “Darwell Country Gardens Adventure Farm” is a new petting zoo located 3km North of Darwell on HWY 765. What a great day we had! The weather was lovely, the staff was attentive and very knowledgeable, the students were engaged and enthralled all day long! I’ll venture a guess  that all participants slept exceptionally well Friday night! :)

Contact information for the farm:

Diana Richardson and Shelly Reid (780)892-3084

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Although the farm’s literature offered only a half day program, when we wondered about a whole day, they brought a great program offer back to us! What a full day it turned out to be:

Rotation #1: The students were able to enter some of the pens and get right up close to many of the available goats (and kids), chickens (and chicks), pigs, sheep (and lambs), llamas, alpacas, horses, ponies, cows (and calves), rabbits, ducks, geese, and a turtle, etc… I feel as though I’m missing some.

Rotation #2: Each student built a bird house which they were able to take home. The wooden pieces were pre-cut and had pilot holes drilled for building convenience. There were several hammers and screwdrivers and many, many nails!  Groups that finished early were treated to a brief lesson, with posters, about insects, their life-cycles and habitats.

Rotation #3: A huge hit was the wagon ride behind the quad and the “unnature” walk where the students  were challenged to notice about 15 things that did not belong in nature.

Rotation #4: The students were toured through the greenhouse and garden where plant life-cycles and other gardening details were discussed. Each student planted a bean in a Styrofoam cup and information regarding the nurturing of a bean plant was provided. During this rotation they also examined pond water collected in a kiddy pool and learned about frog life-cycles and pond plants. The students were given the opportunity to feed the geese and ducks grain from outside the fence around the actual duck pond.


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The Duffield-Keephills Connection

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Here are the present grade 2 students from both Keephills and Duffield, sorted into a graph according to school and gender. We had such a great time meeting our new friends that will come to Duffield on Tuesdays and Thursdays next year. We played a “get to know you” game where each student needed to come up with an animal that started with the same sound as their name. Then they also had to name all the previous students and the animals that they chose!

Haley remembers that Hannah chose horse just like she did.  Daniel remembers that Marcus chose a monkey just like Maria did.  Ethan remembers that Aiden chose an anteater.  Alysha remembers that Taylor chose a tiger and so did Tanner. Xander remembers that Seth chose snake just like him. Nyana remembers that Acacia chose appaloosa, Autumn remembers that Keaton chose cougar. Avalyn remembers that Ashlyn chose alligator like she did. Owen remembers that Landon chose a lion.


Celebrating Education Week at Duffield


  • Duffield School bookmarks for all students
  • Staff “little known facts” match up distributed
  • Grade 3s and 5s swimming at the Tri all week

Tuesday:  School-wide Mathematics scavenger hunt, 2:45.

Grade 2 – What am I?

1.  My color is like the sky on a clear, sunny day.

2.  I can be found on the playground, but my purpose is not play!

3.  I have 6 faces, 8 vertices (corners) and 12 edges.

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  • “Hats on for Mental Health”
  • Parents invited to eat with their child in the library, 11:45

Thursday: School-wide DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) 2:45




  • Grand Trunk High School rock band, 8:45

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  • Staff “little known facts” matches revealed
  • Volunteer Tea, all parents welcome 1:30

Traditions – Grade 2 Social Studies


 noun \trə-ˈdi-shən\

A way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.

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We are just finishing up our study of traditions in Grade 2. Each student was asked to write about a family tradition. With some input from home, the students created great examples of activities that they have practiced regularly (ie, annually) for many years.

Every Christmas Eve, my children gather after our turkey dinner and read a Christmas story. Sometimes it is the bible version, other years it might be ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (sometimes both). After the story, we hang our stockings and put out a snack for Santa. Then off to bed so Santa comes! As a mom, I have always loved this tradition!

Check out the student blogs for a peek at their favourite traditions!