Student Advocacy in Learning
Last year our school development plan focused on the use of student inquiry, presenting students with authentic and worthwhile tasks and being thoughtful and creative in the ways we assess student understanding. One important part of this work was when we asked students four questions about their learning:
This year as we sat in on a few student-led conferences, it was obvious that many of our students are able to speak about themselves as learners. They are coming to understand that each of them has their own best way to learn. As learners, it is their job to share how they learn best. As teachers and parents, it is ours to help them advocate and use those strengths to continue to be learners for the rest of their lives.
Family Community Walk
A question that I am frequently asked is "what opportunities there are in our area to support my child?" This blog is one way that I attempt to respond to that question. This is an amazing community filled with loving, supportive parents and you are your child's best teacher. They learn from listening and watching everything you do. They will learn to value what you value and if you demonstrate that you value their education, and a love of reading by being involved at school and by letting them see you read, you will have taught them some very valuable skills for life.
This week we have the opportunity as a community to take the short walk together to Village Square Leisure Center! There is no charge for this guided walk, and we will point out several of the community's landmarks and playgrounds along the way. Students who bring their families will receive a free backpack with some surprises inside. When we arrive at the Leisure Center, children will be invited to play while parents meet with all of the great providers of services that operate out of that space. They will share their programs as we all share some snacks together.
Please join us - come and check out the neighbourhood, make a few new friends and spend some time with some old friends! We hope to see you there.
Indigo Adopt-a-School Update
Last year we participated for the first time in Indigo's Adopt-a-School program. We were very lucky and received hundreds of books through this amazing initiative. If you, your family or friends would like to donate a book to the Learning Commons, this is a great way to do so. Indigo will match every two book donation with a third book, to a maximum of 40 books. They will also donate a book for every story they receive to a maximum of 10 books, so you can make a gift without donating money! SO FAR WE HAVE RECEIVED 72 BOOKS!
Last year Mrs. Mah, Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Wickland went on a huge shopping trip to purchase new books and as we selected books, we thought of particular students who we knew would love each one. We would LOVE to be able to do that again. Would you consider making a donation, or sharing this link with your friends?
News from Our Grade One/Two Team
In Grade 1 & 2 we are exploring our five senses. We used our taste sense to distinguish between sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Many of us liked sweet the best. We used our sense of smell to figure out which clear liquid is peppermint extract, vinegar and water. With our touch sense we held balloons filled with different textures and guessed what might be inside (none of us guessed correctly)! There are many more opportunities for us to explore our senses in the classroom and world around us. There will be a celebration of learning on October 25th and we are excited to share what we have learned about our senses with our parents!
“It feels hard and the shape is like a line, it looks like rice” – U
“I think I have foam, it feels soft” – S
“It tastes bitter, I like it” - H
PE FOCUS - Scoops and Balls / Lacrosse
Monday, September 26
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