This week we had our second set of student-led conferences for the year. Many students and their parents attended and hopefully had the chance to see lots of examples of the great learning students at our school are doing in all areas. If you weren't able to make it, please contact your child's teacher to set up a time to meet to discuss your child's learning. Our next sharing of student progress will be through written report cards that will come home on January 27, 2017.
During conferences, teachers shared several important documents; curriculum newsletters, 2015 - 16 fee and school reports and instructions on how to access our school's digital information sharing. If this is the first time you are visiting the blog, welcome. Please visit weekly.
Learning Commons Update
Last week we asked parents to provide feedback about our Learning Commons to add to what we had already received from students and staff. We heard from almost 100 families and we appreciate your input! We will be making some decisions quite quickly and will keep you informed about what is happening!
Why is Math about Problem Solving?
We use math to solve problems every day; from measuring in the kitchen, calculating our speed and distances as we drive, to estimating. We experience math in the real world, even as infants. If you doubt that toddlers do math, try putting a few goldfish in front of them and then cover them with your hand and remove several. Watch the reaction on the toddler's face. While they may not have the language to explain what has happened, their faces will register surprise and usually displeasure at having the treat size reduced.
Since math is a real life skill, we teach it in a real life way ~ through solving problems. When solving problems we all usually engage in lots of conversation about what is happening and the way we are working through solving the problem. Parents can support their children's mathematical understanding through playing board games, sharing their own mathematical thinking, and through pointing out all of the ways that math is involved in their daily life. When you are watching a sporting event, talk about the score, the difference between the scores of two teams or even the time remaining in the game. While at the grocery store you can discuss and compare items by weight, size, and price.
This week we will send home an information sheet from Alberta Learning about problem solving in Math. It has more suggestions about how to support your children at home.
Last Week's Math Solutions
This Week's Math Challenges
How many ways can you add cubes?
How can you record your thinking?
What could a Wag Worm look like when it is 5 years old? Or 20?
Have students work in a group and add the face to a block using whiteboard marker.
Updates from Grade 1/2
In grade one and two we have been engaging in conversations about our community, school and our families. We shared our knowledge about rights and responsibilities. We brainstormed various rights and responsibilities we have; making our bed, reading every night, going to school, have clean water to drink, etc. Collectively we made a list of community helpers and came up with ideas on how we can be responsible community helpers. We also spent some time sharing our knowledge of family traditions, celebrations, clothing and food.
The Winter Concert is on December 1st- we hope to see you there.
On December 15th there will be a community walk to Village Square Leisure Center. There will be an outdoor fire pit, hot chocolate and marshmallows and lots of great activities for the students. However, we will need volunteers, if you are able to volunteer please let us know!
On Friday the City of Calgary placed curb extensions by our crosswalk to slow traffic down and keep our crosswalk safer after parents raised concerns with the City. These have a significant impact on the road in front of the school and hopefully will help keep our students safe as they cross the road at the crosswalk to come to school.
PE FOCUS – Basketball skills
Playground schedule - Division 1 on playground before school and at recess and Division 2 on the playground at lunch time.
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