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October 19
Week of October 22 - 26, 2018

​​​Hi Everyone!

We had a great week here in K/1! The children are all learning so much with their classmates both in the classroom and on the playground. We are learning not only new letters and their sounds but how to work with each other.

In literacy we will introduce a couple of new letters to the Kindergarten students as well as review and extend the learning on these letters for the grade ones. We are always writing which helps us tell our stories (the children are always excited to tell me their stories). We are even learning new sight words. This week I will be introducing the new words on, us, up, an, at. Some of these words are repeated from Kindergarten but identifying them right away helps with their reading fluency and writing. 

In math, we are working on recognizing a familiar arrangment of objects quickly still and I will be introducing some 2D and 3D shapes this week. For now, we are just sorting them and seeing how some are the same and some are different.

Our purposeful play time is going well and the children are doing very well learning to work with each other and resolving any conflict that they may have. The goal here is that they extend these skills to other areas of their life and are well-equipped to handle the little problems and, eventually, the bigger problems. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Penney

October 16
Extra Practice Updated

​Here are some new links for extra practice students can complete at home. 

Math:

These are some great math games for representing numbers in different ways. Students will have to create base ten representations of numbers shown. Students should be doing the most difficult level but it can be adjusted as needed. 

http://www.abcya.com/base_ten_fun.htm

http://www.abcya.com/base_ten_bingo.htm

Literacy:

Students should be reading every night for about 15-20 minutes. If you have the time please ask your child about what they are reading to help them reflect. 

French: 

We are continuing to work on vocabulary to describe people, school supplies and halloween. Even if you do not speak french get students to discuss what they are learning in french class. 

http://www.french-games.net/

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me, 

Maggie Estabrooks

October 15
​Weekly What’s Up: October 15-19, 2018

It was certainly a blustery weekend and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change for the rest of the week.  Please make sure your child is coming to school each day prepared for the changing weather.

This is safe schools weeks so we will be practicing our safety procedures throughout the week. 

 I will be away on Friday, October 19 and Monday, October 22 and Ms. Robins will be the supply teacher. I will have access to my email, but if anything urgent arises please contact Mrs. Yerxa directly.

We are looking for take-out menus and grocery flyers that we can incorporate into our kitchen center once we have it built.  If you have either around the house that you would be willing to send it the class would appreciate it.

Literacy:   Please remember to record the title of the book that your child reads each night. 

Our No Excuses spelling words for the week are: you, with, they, or and had.  These are words that we are reviewing from the grade 1 list.  We practice them throughout the week in variety of ways.  Students are expected to spell these words correctly in their writing.

This week we are practicing retelling the beginning, middle and end of our read aloud stories.  You can ask your child to do this after reading at home as well.  We are working on retelling only the key parts of the story rather than reciting the story word for word.

Math:  This week our numbers will be 29-33.  You can ask your child to show you a representation that we came up with in class or you can have them create their own representation.  Understanding place value and the different ways a number can be represented lead to a stronger understanding of addition and subtraction.

We are continuing to work on repeating patterns, identifying even and odd numbers and are revisiting 10 partners (numbers that add to make 10).  Making 10 is a valuable mental math strategy and one that we practice often.  The Halloween fun continues in math this week with foam stickers for pattern making.  Ask your child to tell you about the 10 partner Scoot! activity that we did in the gym last Friday.

Dates to Remember

Monday, October 15:  

Tuesday, October 16: Tots n Taters hot lunch

Wednesday, October 17: Library Books due

Thursday, October 18: Great Canadian Bagel hot lunch, picture order forms due back. Please let me know if you would like to have retakes done.

Friday, October 19: Tots n Taters hot lunch, LHHS leadership groups start, Ms. Robins in to supply

Have a great week!​

October 15
Week at a glance October 15th-19th

Dear Parent and Guardians, 

This is a very exciting week for our school because it is Safe Schools Week. All week long students will participate in emergency practices such as fire drills, lockdown, site evacuation, and bus evacuation. These plans are very important and I encourage you to discuss them with your children this week. 

Reminders: 
School photo forms are due back on Thursday, October 18. Our picture retake day will be on November 2. 
Santa's Little Helper Fundraiser- Reminder to please send in order forms and money by October 22.

Career Week- October 31 to November 4th is Atlantic Canada Career Week. We are looking for parents (relatives or friends) that would be willing to come in and share what you do. Please contact the office if you would like to volunteer some time and enrich the learning of our students here at MAS

What we are learning this week:

Literacy: Students will be working on using illustrations as prompts for writing. As a class, we will also begin to look at book reviews and having students give their opinions about texts they read. 

Math: We are beginning a new unit in math class this week, whole numbers. We will be looking at representing and describing numbers. As well and comparing and ordering numbers. 

Science: We are looking at how technology affects habitats both positive and negative ways. 
Health: We will continue to look at elements of a healthy lifestyle. We will also begin to look at body image and self-esteem. 

French: The students are learning vocabulary to describe themselves and the members of their family. Given the time of year, we will also be discussing Halloween. 

This week: Safe Schools Week 
Monday, Oct. 15- Fire Drill. Halloween Howl Letter to come home. 
Tuesday, Oct. 16- Lockdown. Hot lunch Tots n Taters. Choir at 9:45am. Estey Afterschool Art program. ‘November’ Hot Lunch Order Forms go home.
 Wednesday, Oct. 17- Site Evacuation 
Thursday, Oct. 18- Bus Evacuation. Picture order forms are due. Hot Lunch Great Canadian Bagel. PSSC and Home and School Meeting. Second DEC meeting notice to come home. 
Friday, Oct. 19- LHHS Clubs begin.

Have a great week!
October 15
Week at a Glance October 15-19,  2018

Week at a Glance     October 15-19, 2018                                                                       Grade ¾

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Hopefully you had a chance to explore your child’s Show What You Know binder on te weekend. If you haven’t already done so, please sign the front page and return as soon as possible. This binder will be coming home at various times throughout the year showing you what your child has learned in class. It may contain: math assessments, a record of your child’s current reading level, a piece of writing, science worksheets and other pieces of your child’s work for you to celebrate your child’s learning and academic growth. (Please do not remove any of the work from the binder.)

This week is Safe Schools Week and we will be practicing fire drills and lock down and evacuation procedures. See the schedule below for details.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Coes

Important Dates:

This week: Safe Schools Week

Monday, Oct. 15- Fire Drill

Tuesday, Oct. 16- Lockdown practice. Hot lunch Tots n Taters. Choir at 9:45am. Estey Afterschool Art program. 

Wednesday, Oct. 17- Site Evacuation practice

Thursday, Oct. 18- Bus Evacuation. Picture order forms are due. Hot Lunch Great Canadian Bagel.  PSSC and Home and School Meeting. Second DEC meeting notice to come home. 

Friday, Oct. 19- LHHS Clubs begin.

School website  à maes.nbed.nb.ca            Click the “Teacher Pages” tab at the top of the page.

 

                                    Areas of Focus for October 15-19, 2018 

Writing- This week, students will continue to work on their Persuasive Writing piece as we explore the use of linking words in their writing. We will also complete whole-class activities using the resources in their Writer’s Toolkit. 

Reading- Students will meet with me in small groups during Guided Reading, as we read and complete activities using levelled books that match each students’ reading level. Students receive new books at their reading level and one level above on Tuesday. Please practice at home and complete the Reading Log.

Word Work- This week, students begin using the Words Their Way program. Each student will complete sorting activities related to their own differentiated list of words. This child-centered approach replaces traditional spelling tests and helps students recognize and learn how to apply sound, pattern, and meaning in their word sorts and other text forms.

 

Numeracy-  Our whole-class lessons this week will focus on understanding place value and representing numbers using base ten blocks. Students will meet with me in small groups during Guided Math as we finish up math assessment #1. Grade 3 students will be focusing on: fluency of math facts and place value to 100s. Grade 4s are working on fluency of math facts and place value to 1000s.

Science- This week we continue our exploration of Sound. Students will read, watch videos and complete experiments related to the question: what would happen if we screamed in outer space?

Homework

The homework assigned is an extension of class instruction and is meant for extra practice. Completed activities can be kept at home. However, if there is an activity you would like to share with me, please do so! :)

Reading- Inside your child’s Communication Bag are two levelled books based on their current reading level. Students should read for 15 minutes each night. Books at their reading level are in their Communication Bag. They should complete the reading log each night; please remember to sign it and place in the Communication Bag. Talk to your child about what they read and any Connections they made when reading (memories of experiences, related books they have read, questions they have etc.)

 

Numeracy- Grade 3- write out some 3 digit numbers for your child and have them: A) read the number correctly (note: we are working on avoiding the use of “and” when naming a number. For example: 324= three hundred twenty four, not three hundred AND twenty four). B) explain the value of each digit. For example: 324= three hundred, 2 tens, 4 ones. For grade 4- follow the same procedure but use 4 digit numbers (to ten thousand). Practice skip counting by 3s and 4s from a number other than zero.

Writing- Have your child write about their plans for Halloween and include an illustrated drawing.​

October 13
Week of Oct. 15 - 19, 2018

​I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Get outside and enjoy this fall (sweater) weather!

In literacy, we learned (and learned more) about the letters Kk and Ee. We talked about the sounds they make (the short vowel sound of e) and some workds that start with these sounds. Kindergarten students learned the words IT and AT. I'll be introducing the words I and SEE this week. Working at home on the sounds we have covered as well as the words will help your child gain this knowledge quicker. 

In grade 1 I will introduce 5 new sight words my, out, in, one, not. We also review the letters and the sounds along with the Kindergarten students. This helps to build their vocabulary. 

In math, we worked on, and continue to work on, counting forwards and backwards and on subitizing (recognizing arrangements of items quickly). Some websites we used this week are 

https://www.education.com/game/11-20-cloud-catcher/


http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/counting2/interactive/countbackf20/
countbackf20.htm

We talked about fire safety and had a visit from the Fire Chief who told us lots of things about how to keep us safe in our homes. Next week is Safe Schools week and we will be talking about and practicing safety drills including fire drills, lockdown, bus evacuation, and a site evacuation We evacuate to the church that is next door to the school and we walk as a school. We try to reassure the children that we are practicing fo something that may never happen. Please take some time to speak with your child to let them know that this is practice. Some childre worry about these safety drills even with all of our reassurances.

Take a look at the pictures from our apple picking trip. The children had a wonderful time and I think you can see it in their faces.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Penney
October 09
​ Weekly What’s Up: October 8-12, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a great time at the apple orchard on our field trip. It’s safe to say that a lot of apples were consumed!

Literacy:   Please remember to record the title of the book that your child reads each night.  Between last week’s field trip and the long weekend we will have lots to write about this week!  The students were excited to see some Halloween books appearing on the bookshelf. 

Math:  This week our numbers will be 25-28.  You can ask your child to show you a representation that we came up with in class or you can have them create their own representation.  You can also show them a representation (addition or subtraction equation, picture, tally marks) and ask them if it is correct or not.  If they decide you made a mistake ask them to show you how to correct it.  This not only teaches children to be analytical, it also provides an opportunity to model that we all make mistakes.

We are continuing to work on repeating patterns, identifying even and odd numbers and are revisiting 10 partners (numbers that add to make 10).  Making 10 is a valuable mental math strategy and one that we practice often.  The students are having lots of fun using our pumpkin ten frames to practice (pumpkin ice cube trays from the dollar store).  Add some eye ball ping pong balls and math is a lot more fun!

​Purposeful Play:  Today students worked in groups to make a plan for constructing a play kitchen for the classroom.  We learned about sharing our ideas and listening to the ideas of our groupmates.  Once we finalize our list of needed materials I'll let you know what items we are in need of.

Dates to Remember

Monday, October 8: No School, Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 9: Tots n Taters hot lunch

Wednesday, October 10: Library Books due

Thursday, October 11: Great Canadian Bagel hot lunch, Picture Day J

Friday, October 12:  Book Orders Due, Fire Safety/STAR student assembly:  Wear blue and white

Have a great week!

October 09
Week at a glance Oct 9-12th

Dear Parents/guardians,

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving long weekend. Here are some reminders for this week. Be sure to check communication bags for notes and homework. Students should be reading 15-20 minutes per night and if you can, ask them about what they are reading.

Cross-country: The district final run is Wednesday at Nasis Middle school. Students are to meet there at 1pm.

Picture Day- Reminder that Thursday is school picture day!

Fire Safety Week- This week is fire safety week. Activity magazines provided by our local fire department will be coming home. We will also be having a fire safety presentation on Friday.

School Spirit STAR student Assembly- On Friday we will also be having our STAR student assembly. Each class will be selecting 2-3 students that have been exemplifying our school Code of Conduct- Be Safe, Be a Team Player, Be Accountable, and Be Respectful. On this day we also ask students to dress in our school colors (royal blue) or to wear school clothing if they have it.

Clothing Swap- Coming up in mid November we will be having our free winter clothing swap for families. We will be looking for donations of winter clothing, boots, etc., so please keep this in mind as you clean out closets and/or start looking for winter clothing. During our parent teacher interview night and day clothes will be laid out in the gymnasium for families to take.

Baby photo: As part of an activity for French class (describing physical characteristics), I am asking students to bring in a baby/toddler picture of themselves by Thursday. They will be returned once the activity is through.

Here are some important dates for this week (Kindergarten Registration for 2019)

Tuesday, Oct. 9- Hot lunch Tots n Taters. Choir at 9:45am. Estey Afterschool Art program. Wednesday, Oct. 10- Cross country 1:15pm at Nasis Middle School.

Thursday, Oct. 11- Picture Day. Hot Lunch Great Canadian Bagel.

Friday, Oct. 12- Hot Lunch Tots n Taters. School Spirit day. STAR student assembly. Fire Safety presentation.

 

Extra practice

Here are some ideas for games you can play at home with your child to practice the skills we are currently learning.

Math- If you have a deck of cards you can play multiplication war. This is great practice for multiplication facts. Split the deck in half, each person flips one card. Whoever can multiply the two cards that are flipped gets the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins. Ex: If you flip over a 5, your child flips over a 4, whoever says 20 first wins.

French- We are working on describing yourself/others right now. This website is a great resource. http://www.french-games.net/

There are various descriptive words on this website that students use in class, such as hair color/texture, eye color, and height.

Have a great week!

-Maggie Estabrooks​​

October 08
Week at a Glance October 9-12, 2018

Week at a Glance     October 9-12, 2018                                                                          Grade ¾

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Students had a fabulous time on our apple picking field trip Friday and I’m hopeful everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Don’t forget that Thursday is SCHOOL PICTURE DAY.

On Friday this week, please check your child’s Communication Bag for their Show What You Know Binder. This binder will be coming home at various times throughout the year showing YOU what your child has learned in class. It may contain: math assessments, a record of your child’s current reading level, a piece of writing, science worksheets and other pieces of your child’s work for you to celebrate your child’s learning and academic growth. Please sign the pages at the front of the binder and return the binder to school on Monday. Also PLEASE do not remove any of the work from this binder.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Coes

Important Dates:

Monday, Oct. 8- No School. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, Oct. 9- Hot lunch Tots n Taters. Choir at 9:45am. Estey Afterschool Art program.

Wednesday, Oct. 10- Cross country 1:15pm at Nasis Middle School.

Thursday, Oct. 11- Picture Day. Hot Lunch Great Canadian Bagel. 

Friday, Oct. 12- Hot Lunch Tots n Taters. School Spirit day. STAR student assembly. Fire Safety presentation.

School website  à maes.nbed.nb.ca            Click the “Teacher Pages” tab at the top of the page.

 

                                    Areas of Focus for October 9-12, 2018 

Writing- This week, students will begin working on a Persuasive Writing piece and will complete whole-class activities using the resources in their Writer’s Toolkit.  Students are also finishing up their All About Me books. If you would like to see these, please drop me a line and I will send them home in the Communication Bag. (shaneen.coes@nbed.nb.ca)

Reading- Students will meet with me in small groups during Guided Reading, as we read and complete activities using levelled books that match each students’ reading level. Students receive new books at their reading level and one level above on Tuesday. Please practice at home and complete the Reading Log.

Word Work- Each student will choose from a variety of activities related to their differentiated word list for the week. This child-centered approach replaces traditional spelling tests.

 

Numeracy-  Our whole-class lessons this week will focus on using a variety of strategies to add/subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. Students will meet with me in small groups during Guided math as we complete math assessment #1. Grade 3 students will be focusing on: fluency of math facts and place value to 100s. Grade 4s are working on fluency of math facts and place value to 1000s. Everyone will also have lots of chances to play math games with classmates; our focus during games this week will be skip counting and place value.

Science- This week we begin our unit on Sound. Students will read, watch videos and complete experiments related to the question: how are sound and vibration related/connected?

Homework

The homework assigned is an extension of class instruction and is meant for extra practice. Completed activities can be kept at home. However, if there is an activity you would like to share with me, please do so! :)

Reading- Inside your child’s Communication Bag are two levelled books based on their current reading level. Students should read aloud (even to themselves!) for 15 minutes each night. Books at their reading level are in their Communication Bag. They should complete the reading log each night; please remember to sign it and place in the Communication Bag. Talk to your child about what they read and any Connections they made when reading (memories of experiences, related books they have read, questions they have etc.)

 

Numeracy- Grade 3- write out some 3 digit numbers for your child and have them: A) read the number correctly (note: we are working on avoiding the use of “and” when naming a number. For example: 324= three hundred twenty four, not three hundred AND twenty four). B) explain the value of each digit. For example: 324= three hundred, 2 tens, 4 ones. For grade 4- follow the same procedure but use 4 digit numbers (to ten thousand). Practice skip counting by 10s and 5s from a number other than zero.

Writing- Have your child write about their plans for Halloween and include an illustrated drawing.

 ​

October 04
Riverview Apple Orchard Field Trip

​​Hi Everyone!

As you all know, we will be going to the apple orchard tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 5). The children and I are very excited! 

The temperature is supposed to reach a high of only 13 degrees tomorrow; that means it will be cold in the morning. Please make sure your child has some warm layers for the day, as well as, rubber boots (since it's been raining) and some mittens to keep their little hands warm. Also, since we will not be here for lunch please remember to pack a bag lunch for them. We will be having a picnic at the orchard. Also, we will bring our milk with us for those that have ordered milk.

We will be leaving the school at 9:30 and will be back at the school by 1:30​.

I plan to take lots of pictures!

Mrs. Penney

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