"Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children - and the dogs? They know what snow's made for."
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and restful Fall break. We return on Monday, October 17 and are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
With the changed weather since we began our break, it is vital that all students are prepared for the weather. Students will continue to go outside every day, unless the temperature is below -20 C. This determination is made just before students go outside, based on weather conditions from Environment Canada.
That means that all students will need warm winter clothing, including gloves or mittens and hats. When entering the building, students remove their outside footwear and put on inside shoes. This is particularly important during this season, since water on the floor not only means more cleanup, but also increases the risk of trips and falls within the hallways and classrooms. Our school website has a link to a weather forecast that includes tips about what outdoor clothing students will need that day. If your child does not have the right clothing for the weather, please have them come to the office. We have outdoor clothing and boots available in our Community Closet.
Crosswalks and Student Safety
Every year we are asked about our school's policy about Halloween. Students (and staff) are encouraged to dress up at our school, however we do have some restrictions about the costumes that they wear to school. We have very young children as part of our school community as well as students who might be frightened, so we do not permit scary costumes, weapons or blood makeup. We will have a school walk to share our costumes in the afternoon as we listen to Halloween music. Please watch for more details in next week's blog.
Dressing up is completely optional, but please be sure that if your child does dress up, they are comfortable wearing their costume all day, including during gym and outside for recess.
Please be mindful when sending candy with your child to school. We appreciate that students are excited and want to bring candy for recess, and just request that you limit their treats to one or two items per day. Please also remind your children that it is their responsibility to be sure that the packaging from their snacks be placed in garbage cans.
News from Grade Five/Six
Speaking of weather conditions, the week before October break the grade 5/6s spent some time outside in our schoolyard observing and sketching the weather. There were so many questions that were brought up, particularly about the Chinook Arches and how they are caused, as well as other cloud formations that came and went so quickly in our sky! We also began to explore the states of matter, so that we can gain an understanding of how water occurs in our world in all three states. We will be taking this knowledge to further explore the water cycle and how that influences our weather!
As we learned in our recent Pineridge Community Walk, our Village Square Library has so many resources for our students to access and our Grade 5/6s had an opportunity to explore this first hand with a walking field trip on October 5th. During this trip, we had a chance to listen to a book talk from a librarian who shared some amazing and interesting new books for our students to check out followed by the opportunity for our students with library cards to sign out some books for the break. In our subsequent visits, which we are hoping to do during the first week of every month (so please come and volunteer!), our expert at Village Square, Anne Hill, will be showing us many more resources and books for our students to access!
During the last days before break, our students also spent some time finishing some amazing artwork that they had been working on for the last 2 weeks. For story writing, we learned that one way to begin a story in an exciting and engaging way was through the use of onomatopoeia, or sound effects. After dabbling with sound effects in their writing, the grade 5/6s then created “Onomatopoeia Art”, influenced by the art techniques of pointillism and pop art by Roy Lichtenstein.
PE FOCUS - Scooters
Playground schedule - Division 2 on playground before school and at recess and Division 1 on the playground at lunch time
Remember to check out our school website - http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b347