This week has been amazing! Our school community came together to share a special evening with our storytelling artist in residence, Karen Gummo. Thank you to all of the families that were able to make it. We have frequently shared the importance of stories, particularly those that tell family history. We have amazing families with unique stories and sharing them with children so they can teach others is very important.
The sunny, warm weather brings the opportunity for games outdoors that involve skipping, running, and water! This week I am sharing some of those activities that are simple but are endless fun for kids! The first activity allows children to experience the fun of sending secret messages that disappear quickly.
This is the easiest activity so far - just open the back door and invite your children to paint a picture or words on the fence. The warmer the day the shorter the messages will last, and the best part is that there is no clean up at all!
I found this game online at http://fun.familyeducation.com/games/outdoor-games/45762.html?page=_2 and can't wait to try it with my family. A steady stream of water is aimed across the yard and player (or players) try to lean over backwards and go under the water without getting wet. As they are successful, the stream of water is lowered until all players fall or get wet except the winner.
Button, Button, Who has the Button?
There is a variation to this game where the guesser stands in the middle of the circle and players pass the button behind their backs.
Have players find items that look like letters of the alphabet. We played this game with teacher teams and required teams to take photos of the objects that they found. In the case of these folks, we added that they couldn't manipulate the objects - they had to be found and photographed as they were.
Have players find objects in a certain category: things with four legs, things with two legs, things that move on their own, things that can't move, etc.
Hula hoops are a great investment that you can find easily at dollar stores. They can be used as bases for kickball, very large frisbees, marking spaces, or targets (for games like beanbag toss), not to mention the obvious game of hula hooping itself!
These great toys come in various sizes and with variations like beads inside to make sounds as you use it.
Who is the person in your home that can hula the longest? Who can move it up and down their body while hula-ing? Who can hula around their wrist? Or their foot? Or their neck? Who can spin it and make it roll down a hill or in a straight line without the hoop falling?
News from the Office
Learning Commons Ambassadors begin supporting the LC
This week our LC ambassadors began their many jobs within the school. They are doing a great job supporting the learning of all students.
Crazy Hat day is Friday!
Students are invited to spend some time creating a novel hat to wear during school on Friday. We are celebrating our taking care of this place, so try to include some recycled materials!
We are happy to see that many of our students are riding their bikes to school! With lots of new riders it is a good time to review the rules of the road for everyone so that our students can stay safe. Please remember that bicycle riders must follow traffic laws. There are many courses that teach safe bike riding, and they are outlined in this document that can be downloaded from the City of Calgary website.
To learn about important bike laws, check out this site. Remember that in Alberta, bike helmets are required by law for all riders under 18. If your child is riding to school, please be sure that they are wearing a helmet. They are welcome to bring their bike helmets inside school during the day. Riders are also required to walk their bikes when on school property. If your child rides their bike to school, they should lock it to the racks on either side of the school.
To help us with this lifesaving safety message, School Council is co-sponsoring a Bike Safety Assembly on Thursday, May 12 at 1:30. This assembly will feature our S4 Calgary Police Officer and our School Patrollers. School Council places such importance on this issue that they are hosting a contest for students to share why wearing helmets is important. The prizes for this contest will be two bike helmets. Prizes will be announced at the assembly. We will also be providing contact information for an association that will provide bike helmets for children. They ask for a donation of what the parent can afford for this service.
Grade Six Provincial Achievement Tests
This week our grade 6 students will write the first of their PATs. Students prepare for these tests at school and no at home study is required. To help your child achieve on these tests please ensure that they have a good night's sleep and that they eat a good breakfast. As always, students are welcome to come to Breakfast Club on those days. On Thursday morning students will write the Writing component of the English Language Arts PAT.
Next week we will have a special focus on Math. Time will be set aside for math games between different classes and grades and students will have extra time to explore math in the real world. More details will be provided next week!
Remember to check out our school website - http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b347