Friday, December 17, 2010


Wow, what a fun day today. SMARTboard games, a video and Secret Santa. Lots of noise and lots of fun! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

- I will try to check in on mathletics over the holidays and assign some tasks to the children.

See you on January 4th!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


What a wonderful Christmas concert tonight!!! All the students did such an amazing job! So proud of all of them. Get a good sleep tonight. Tomorrow we are having a PJ day, so come and be comfortable. No pillows please, but blankets are okay. We will have games and the movie in the morning and Secret Santa and locker clean outs in the afternoon. Have a great rest of the night!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Today we used the clickers on the SMARTboard for the first time. I have never seen the students enjoy a test so much! Tomorrow is the Christmas Concert. Please make sure that you have everything with you that you will need. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics
- practise for the concert
- Eagle Bay money

Have a good night!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


We had a crazy day today: mathletics, concert practise, getting ready for the holidays...
Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics
- good luck to the band students at their concert tonight at SKSS
- practise for Thursday concert
- Secret Santa - gifts here for Thursday please (to hand out Friday)

Have a good night!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The last Monday of 2010

The year 6's had a lot of fun making snowflakes on the SMARTboard today while the fine arts group was doing Christmas Concert practise. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics
- concert practise

Have a good night!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday December 10

We continued to practise the Thriller dance today, the children are starting to show improvement, although more practise will be needed. The students are excited that there is only one week left of school. Homework:

- home reading
- mathletics (please work on the tasks that have been assigned. I will not assign any new ones for this weekend)
- practise for the Concert on Thursday (notices coming home with the fine arts group)
- year 6 ski notices
- the children chose their Secret Santa today (please bring for Thursday next week)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


The students really enjoyed watching the primary Christmas concert this afternoon. It was very well choreographed and we all enjoyed the sing along. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- grammar worksheet (if not complete)
- cell title page (if not complete)
- food items (the food drive ends tomorrow)
- mathletics

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


We had fun doing Christmas Mad Libs on the SMARTboard and then singing them! A reminder that poinsettia orders will be available for pickup tomorrow, Thursday December 9th from 2:30-4:30 in the community room. (It may be helpful to bring some plastic bags to cover for protection from the cold). Homework tonight:

- home reading
- practise for concert which is Thursday December 16th at 7pm
- mathletics (I have assigned work, please let me know if it doesn't work, I am still learning this program!)
- food bank items. In past years our school has donated over 1000 pounds of food. Currently we are just over 300 pounds. Please keep the donations coming in!
- return signed report card envelopes

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday December 7, 2010

As this week is a short week, filled with concert practise, we will not be doing spelling this week.
Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics (I will assign a lesson for the children to do)
- food drive
- concert practise
- cell activity
- library books

Have a good night.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Today we watched a great play "A Christmas Carol." The children really enjoyed it (and the adults did too!). Report cards go home today. Homework:

- home reading
- mathletics
- items for food drive

A reminder that there is no school on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Today we used our SMARTboard to learn the Thriller dance. It was a lot of fun, black eyes and all! Today is the first school dance of the year, I hope all the students had fun. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- tomorrow we go to WCTC's production of A Christmas Carol. Drivers please make sure to be here around 10:10 so we can leave by 10:15. The play starts at 11:00 but we have been asked to arrive 30 minutes before.
- cell activity (if not completed)
- spelling (if not completed)
- winter word web (if not completed)
- food for the food drive

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday December 1, 2010

We really enjoyed using the SMARTboard for lessons today! We used it for French, grammar, science and are now doing our agenda while blogging!!!! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- mathletics
- spelling (dictionary words due tomorrow)
- hot dog forms are due tomorrow
- Scholastic forms due Friday
- School dance tomorrow from 2:30 - 4:30. Cost is $2.50 or $2 and food donation
- items for food bank - the school is doing a food drive. Please donate non perishable food items such as tuna/canned meat, noodles, canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, rice, oatmeal, soup, mac and cheese, crackers, spaghetti sauce, beans, cereal, toilet paper, baby food, baby formula, etc.

Have a good night!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Yay!!! We finally have our SMARTboard up and running!!!! We are all looking forward to using it for lessons tomorrow! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- penguin comic (if not complete)
- science (if not complete)
- hot dog orders (due Thursday)

Have a great night!

Reading Lists/Battle of the Books List

The Battle list for this year is the same as our classroom reading list. Some have been asking for another copy so I will put them on here!

Year Four Reading List

Because of Winn-Dixie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dragon in the Sock Drawer
Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
Harriet's Hare
Jack, The Story of a Beaver
James and the Giant Peach
Lost and Found
Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts
Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid
War with Grandpa

Year Five Reading List

Among the Hidden
Castle in the Attic
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Home Child
Into the Wild
Jennifer Murdley's Toad
Kensuke's Kingdom
Music of the Dolphins
Secret of Grim Hill

Year Six Reading List

Belle Prater's Boy
City of Ember
Dark Ground
Face on the Milk Carton
Fire Within
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates
Northern Exposures
Secret Letters from 0-10
We All Fall Down
Westing Game
Where the Red Fern Grows

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday November 29, 2010

I can't believe how fast today went! Hard to believe only one more day left and we are into December! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling (all children have the same cell science words this week)
- science, if not completed today
- hot dog form to be returned Thursday
- Scholastic orders due Friday
- french games on line for 15 min. tonight, website of their choice

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Brrrrr!!! Another cold day out there today. The children stayed in today and had fun playing games in the classroom at both recess and lunch. We started a multiplication unit today and had a class meeting where the children helped to pick topics for the next units in science, social studies and health. Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling (my apologies for some of the American spellings on the list, I usually try to catch them before putting the lists up. For these words I will accept American and/or Canadian spellings)
- mathletics

I understand that for spellodrome you need sound, if you don't have this, it is not a worry. It was a program that came with the mathletics that I thought the children might enjoy.

Have a good night. Stay warm!

Friday, November 19, 2010


A good day today. We had lots of fun making dough bear ornaments with our little buddies this morning. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- math cards if unfinished
- mathletics
- Christmas Carol permission slip if not returned

Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday November 18, 2010

1/3 of the students did not have gym strip today. Can you please check with your child to make sure that they have gym strip in their locker and if they don't, that they please pack some. While on the subject of clothes the weather has turned cold so please make sure that your child is dressed to be outside at recess and lunch. I was pleased to see lots of warm coats, but gloves and hats are a good idea too. Tomorrow we are encouraging all of the students to wear pink for anti bullying week. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study microscope for quiz tomorrow
- any unfinished work
- (15 min.)

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The students will be having a parts of the microscope quiz on Friday to get their "Microscope License." They need to make sure they are spending the next couple of nights studying for this. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- unfinished (if any)
- study parts of microscope
- poinsettia orders due tomorrow
- Write Traits (if unfinished)

Have a great night!

Monday, November 15, 2010


We are one step closer to our SMART board today. The board itself was installed and now we just have to wait on the computer hook up. So exciting. I hope that your child was able to get everything home that needed to get there, we were not allowed in our room for the afternoon while the board was being installed. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- mathletics
- microscope quiz Friday

There will be no spelling this week as there are still many outstanding assignments and my priority is getting them in so that we can get first term all wrapped up. Have a good evening.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Carrot Cookies

Carrot Cookies (makes around 6 cookies)

1 tablespoon margarine
2 tablespoons sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
4 tablespoons grated raw carrot
6 tablespoons self-raising flour (or plain flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder added)
1 tablespoon of water

Cream the margarine and the sugar together with the vanilla essence.
Beat in the grated carrot.
Fold in the flour. If mixture very dry then add a little water.
Drop spoonfuls onto greased tray and press down just a little.
Sprinkle tops with sugar and cook in an oven at 200 °C for about 20 minutes.


We did our first cooking activity today. We made carrot cookies from a wartime recipe. The children really seemed to enjoy them. For homework this weekend I asked the children to think about what they had coming up that was due, so some may be bringing home more than others. Also, if any had unfinished work outstanding I asked them to make sure that was turned in on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


We had an amazing assembly today to celebrate Remembrance Day tomorrow. I hope that everyone remembers tomorrow to pause at 11:00 for a moment of silence and remembrance. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- science test
- Year 4 projects due
- Eagle Bay $25 deposit due Monday
- mathletics and french web games (if they do not have a lot of other homework)

Enjoy the day tomorrow. See you Friday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


We got hooked back up to Mathletics today. I have asked all the children to have placed their log in names and passwords in the front of their agendas. This is something that they will have for the next year. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- spelling sentences to 10
- study science
- 5/6 projects due tomorrow
- library
- reading response if unfinished
- for 15 min.

Have a wonderful night.

Monday, November 8, 2010


As each of the years has a science quiz this Friday I have told the children that this week their home reading can be reading their science books to study. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- study science
- cookie sheets (we will be doing some baking on Friday and if you have any cookie sheets you could donate to the classroom they would be appreciated!)

Have a great evening.

Home Access

A few children have been asking about getting a home access form to link their school accounts to their home computer. I have given some out but will post the information here as well in case they have gotten lost or need to be done again.

Install Free NX
1.This program works on Windows, Linux and some Mac's.
2.Open a web browser and go to
3.Download NX Client
4.Open the file that you just downloaded.
5.Click “Next”, “Next”, “Next”, “Install” and “Finish”. (you do not need to change anything)

Free NX is now installed.
Setup School Connection
1.Click “Start” => “All Programs” => “NX Client for Windows” => “NX Connection Wizard”
2.Click Next >
3.Type in the Session box: Aberdeen
4.Type in the Host box:
5.Type in the Port box: 55557
6.Adjust the slide bar to match your home Internet connection. ADSL=Shaw; MODEM=dial-up
7.Click Next >
8.Click Next >
9.Check “Create shortcut on desktop”.
10.Click Finish.

You will now see a quick connect icon on your desktop.
Login to Aberdeen
1.Open the Aberdeen link on your desktop.
2.Type in your Login and Password that you use at the school.
3.Click Login

*** When you are finished your work, please remember to logout by clicking “K” => “Log Out...”
*** You may have to reboot your workstation after you install NX Client.

If you have any questions please contact the helpdesk: 377-4357

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Criteria for Continent Assignment (Year 4)

Criteria for Continent Assignment

· Where is it located?
· What is the population?
· Animals/species that live there?
· Countries/Flags
· Capitals of Countries
· Where did the people living there come from?
· Types of food
· Crops and vegetation
· Resources
· Industry
· Weather/Seasons
· Climate
· Time Zones (hours before or after us)
· Bodies of Water
· Mountains
· Pictures (including a map that I will provide to be coloured in Montessori map colours)
· You will need to complete a Montessori puzzle map as well

You need to include all of the information listed above, if you would like to include any other information that would be wonderful. The presentation will be no longer than ten minutes long. I will also expect a written report to be handed in as well. If you have any further questions please let me know as soon as possible.

Friday, November 5, 2010


What a sticky way to end the week! I think the children all enjoyed watching myself and 8 other staff members take a pie to the face today because of the Terry Fox fundraiser. Homework today:

- home reading
- research (projects due this week)

If any parents are wanting to come to WCTC with us could you please let me know by Monday so that I can order the tickets. Thanks!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday November 4, 2010

We had another good day today. The children all worked really hard and got a lot done. One thing that we worked on was Postcards for Peace. Each one of the children wrote a postcard thanking a veteran for their service for our country. We will be sending those off to Legions across Canada tomorrow. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- math test tomorrow (review of addition and number patterns)
- spelling dictionary words
- unfinished work
- scholastic orders due
- Eagle Bay deposit due by Nov. 15

Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


It was a fun day today. Being away yesterday no note went home to remind everyone that today was the class pizza party that we won for selling the most Entertainment Books in the school. Thank you to the PAC for providing pizza, juice and cupcakes! Yummy! Also we had a fun French lesson in the lab today learning about some websites that are available. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- research projects (due next week)
- 15 min. of French games
- Christmas Carol field trip notice

Have a great night!

Websites password - 74ecf62e

Monday, November 1, 2010


What a good day today was! We had a good time at our first YPC of the year. We also are going to try out some new seating arrangements that hopefully will help the focus and volume level in the room. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- french quiz
- scholastic due Friday
- any outstanding assignments are now past due (students who do not have them handed in will have to stay in at lunch time until they are completed)

Have a good night.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

French Quiz now TUESDAY

Hello everyone,
While thinking about all we have going on Monday - fine arts, YPC, gym - I realized that we will not have time for the French quiz for the year 5/6's. So the French quiz will now take place on TUESDAY instead of Monday.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday October 29

What a fun day today. First off a big thank you to the two moms who came in to help with painting today. It was nice to have a couple of extra sets of hands in the classroom. We had fun painting pumpkins and turning them into Montessori globes. Unfortunately the paint started to peel off some by the end of the day. I told the children that the positive side of that was that since they were real pumpkins they would have to be thrown away in a few days anyways.
Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- unfinished work
- Stay Safe on Halloween
- French quiz Monday

We also have our first YPC on Monday next week. Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


It was a short day, but a productive day! Lots of amazing work was taking place in the classroom on a variety of different work from science to French to cultural studies.
Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- spelling story (if not completed)
- science
- French
- What in the World/Canadian Reader

A reminder that the children will be doing some painting tomorrow so please keep that in mind as it is also a costume day at the school tomorrow. There will be smocks, but I would hate for anyone to be upset if paint got on their costume.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hello. I tried to post earlier in the week and it would not let me on the blog. I hope this has not been a problem for anyone. We have been working really well during work blocks this week making sure that everyone has all of their assignments done for the due date on Friday. I think that everyone's favourite assignment right now is the Halloween French poster.
Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- spelling story
- YPC notices need to be returned or your child will not be able to go on Monday
- Eagle Bay $25 deposit. Thank you to those who have paid
- early dismissal tomorrow and Friday 12:30 for interviews
- Yr. 6's had their shots today

Have a great evening, see some of you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


A Thursday that feels like a Friday! A busy day today. We had a lot of fun with our Kindergarten Buddies making cats this morning. They sure do work well with the smaller children. Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow it is a ProD day. I am off to Vancouver for a Montessori conference. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- any work they feel that they need to catch up on (Science, What in the World)

Have a great three days. See you Monday!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Research Information

A few parents have written to me in the last little bit on the topic of research. The students all have assignments on the go right now that require some research. I have told the students many times that the first source for this is World Book online. This site has much of the information that they require for these assignments. Please make sure that you have checked with your child if they have used World Book before they are off looking for other sites. They can access this from home by going through our school site and going in to the library links. They have the user name and password in their agendas, handwritten in on the first page. If they need help with other sites and you cannot help them or do not know where to start, please let me know and I can give them some sites. Thanks!

Wednesday October 20

Sorry I have not posted on here in a few days, I have been away for a couple of days and the end of last week was crazy! It was a good day today, the grade fours started their first puzzle maps which is always exciting! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation tomorrow as no school Friday
- pizza day tomorrow
- Commonwealth games article due tomorrow
- spelling sentences due tomorrow
- band homework due tomorrow
- parent teacher sign up now in hallway outside the office

Have a good night!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Oct. 12

I think that a lot of the children still were tired after the long weekend today. Too much turkey! Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling (the list may seem easy, but make sure they can use each word properly in a sentence, too many mistakes are being made in daily work)
- library tomorrow, please return books
- picture orders, due Thursday
- pizza orders, due Thursday
- worry book (if not done)
- reading response (if not done)
- grammar booklet (if far behind, booklet due on Friday)

Have a good night!

Tomorrow's Child

Our school has purchased the online version of Tomorrow's Child Magazine.

You can access the 2010/2011 Sept/Oct electronic version of Tomorrow's Child Magazine by logging into Tomorrow's Child OnLine at Your user name is aelementary and your password is aelementarypw.

It is in the first section under "recent issues of "Tomorrow's Child."

Thursday, October 7, 2010


What a fantastic day at the salmon run today. The weather was amazing and thank goodness it didn't smell too bad! I think everyone had a lot of fun today and will be very tired tonight. Remember to bring your work back to the school with you tomorrow and we will finish it as a class. Have a good sleep!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday Oct. 5

A good day today, the students were chatty today, but it was a productive chatty! We spent a large portion of the morning working on a writing assignment where they are focusing on helping each other edit their work. It is nice to see them aware of the individual areas they all need work!

Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling
- Yr. 4 - need to bring in 5 leaves for science
- reading response - if not complete
- library books - book exchange is tomorrow

A reminder that Thursday is the salmon run, the students will be taking the bus, any parent volunteers will be driving out on their own. Please meet in the classroom at 8:30 to get your student group and information for the day.

Have a great night!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday October 4

Another busy Monday, having switches sure makes the day fly by! Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling
- 4/5 unfinished art projects due to Mrs. Steenson tomorrow

We are going on our field trip to the Adams River Salmon Run on Thursday, some parents have expressed interest in coming, but haven't told me for sure yes or no. If you could please send a note in your child's agenda if you will be coming with the class on Thursday. Parents will have to drive their own vehicles out and there is a $3 parking charge.

Have a good night!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday October 1

Sorry I have not been on here all week, after school has been crazy and then I end up at home and have forgotten. My apologies!!! It has been a good day today. We focused on evaluating our writing today, the children now know the areas they each need to work on.
Homework tonight:

- home reading
- W.I.T.W./Canadian Reader - all due if not complete
- reading response - if not complete
- worry books - if not complete.

Have a fantastic weekend, enjoy the weather!

Friday, September 24, 2010


What a chatty group today, you could tell it was Friday! No homework for the weekend other than home reading and any unfinished work that they may need to catch up. There is no school on Monday as it is a professional development day. If there are any outstanding Entertainment Books out there they need to be turned in by Tuesday - it will be the last day volunteers will be collecting them. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


A good day today. We had our second band switch this morning and it all seemed to go really well. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- spelling dictation (test) tomorrow
- math if unfinished
- Entertainment Books due tomorrow
- Scholastic orders due tomorrow
- whale adoption money $3
- salmon run field trip form

Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday September 21, 2010

Today was International Peace Day and our class led the other Montessori classes in celebrating this this morning. The students all created pinwheels and wished for peace in a variety of countries around the world. We also had a practise lock down drill this afternoon. They all did a good job of this. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- math (most children have some due to the lock down drill taking up time in the afternoon)
- Scholastic due Friday
- Entertainment books - our class has currently sold the most and if this keeps up our students win a pizza party!
- health - pictures complete if not already
- picture day tomorrow, please try to avoid wearing white and green, it causes problems with the background

Have a great night!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Crazy Monday!

What a crazy day it was today!!! We have a set schedule in place now and it started this morning, so first thing at 8:30 this morning the children were off running to band and fine arts, I don't think we stopped after that! I did not have a chance to help some students run off projects today, but not to worry I will do so tomorrow. We had a nice talk today about some things about school that are making us anxious. I let them know that they are all doing a WONDERFUL job getting settled into the school year and that if they are worried about something that coming and talking with me can usually settle the problem. Homework tonight:

- home reading (we went to the library to sign out books today - we have one library time booked so far - on Mondays, but I would rather use this block for research with Ms. Carter so I am going to try to book another day for book exchanges - perhaps Thursday???).
- study spelling
- French
- Health

Schedule update:
- band/fine arts - first thing Monday and Thursday morning
- P.E. - Monday and Thursday afternoon
- Library - Monday (and hopefully Thursday)
- Computer Lab (Thursday - more often if I can book other lab time if we need it)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday September 17, 2010

Wow, we made it through the first full week! It feels like we have been back at it for ages the children are so settled already. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- Montessori project due Monday
- Reading Response (if not completed in class so that all are caught up)
- French

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Looking for items

I just thought I would add a post on here to let you know of some items I am looking for in the classroom this year. Sometimes people have things around the house that they no longer need/want and if anyone has any of the following items and can donate them, they would be greatly appreciated!

- boggle game
- old blender or food processor (I want to do some paper making this year. The blades don't need to be sharp, it just has to blend wet paper)
- set of mixing bowls
- cookie sheets
- mixing spoons, spatulas, etc.
- hand blender

Thursday September 16, 2010

It is such a change having a bigger group of boys in the class this year. When we have a French sing off you can actually hear the boys group! The children seem to be having a lot of fun with the French songs we have been learning in the last week (numbers, colours, days of the week, months of the year), have them sing them for you at home! Homework tonight:

- home reading (a reminder that we will get library time next week)
- study spelling (our first dictation (test) will be tomorrow)
- math - any unfinished math from the week needs to be finished as we will be moving on tomorrow
- French - sheet due Monday
- W.I.T.W./Canadian Reader - article due tomorrow (Tamil Migrants/Governor General)

Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday September 14, 2010

I placed the students into assigned groups today. It has really seemed to make a difference on the noise level in the room! We had a great day today with our first real work blocks of the year. All the students seemed to do really well with organizing their day, there were not many that needed my help, congratulations Year Fours! Homework today:

- home reading (we should be getting our first library time next week)
- study spelling
- open house tonight at 6:30 (I will be giving a small talk to start the night, it would be great if you are a Year Four parent to attend - not long, only 10 min. or so)
- gym strip
- 5's - Math if not finished

Have a wonderful night, I hope to see some of you at the Open House tonight.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

Another good day today. I think the children were tired by the end of the day, make sure you go to bed early tonight! We worked on math, French and started a small research project on Maria Montessori. Homework tonight:
- home reading
- math (due Monday)
- French (due Monday)

Have a wonderful night!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Full Day!

What a fantastic first day! I hope that all the children had as much fun as I did. The Year Fours did amazing in their first day as intermediate students! We jumped right to work today and did some work with grammar: exclamatory, imperative, declarative and interrogative sentences as well as subject and predicate. Tomorrow we will start some math and social studies. Homework tonight:
- home reading
- verification form - please complete this and return to the school as soon as possible
- school fees - $64 is the total cost owing this year including YPC
- Newsletter - this will be my last monthly class newsletter in paper form, from here on out information will be on the blog or by email
- email - even though your verification form has an email section to it, please have your child write an email address that I can reach you at in their agenda so I can create my own list on my own computer
- Scholastic orders - dates for handing in are on the back
- Owl orders - even if you are not ordering can you please send the page back marked NO, they send gifts for returning the orders even if the NO box is marked
Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Welcome Back!

Wow! It's hard to believe that summer is over and we are back to school. I am really looking forward to the year this year. It was great to see last years class today and I am looking forward to having my new class tomorrow! For those Year Sevens moving on, please come back and visit, I will miss you!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Final Friday!

Wow, it is the final Friday of the school year! What a day! Not much homework this weekend:

- home reading
- Mathletics (Monday is the final day to bring in your $5 for the summer use)
- Swimming Monday
- P.J. day Monday, feel free to bring in a pillow and snacks to watch the movie

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


What an amazing band concert today!!! If you have a chance to see it tonight I highly suggest going. It starts at 7pm. Not much homework (since we are winding down)
- home reading
- Mathletics (bring in $5 if you would like to be signed up for the summer)
- swimming form with $1.25

Have a great night.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Items for next year

I just thought that I would post this while I am thinking of things now. Throughout the summer if you see any of these things during your travels (garage sales or have them at home and are looking to get rid of them) our class would greatly appreciate them. If you can donate them could you please post a response on here so that others know as well, or let me know and I can update the list.

- boggle game
- scrabble game
- old blender or food processor (I want to do some paper making next year. The blades don't need to be sharp, it just has to blend wet paper)
- set of mixing bowls
- cookie sheets
- mixing spoons, spatulas, etc.
- hand blender

I figured many sets of eyes on the lookout are better than just mine!

Wednesday June 23, 2010

Not much homework tonight as we are winding down.

- home reading
- bake sale tomorrow
- Mathletics (if you are interested in signing your child up for the summer for $5 please send the money to school and I will arrange it)

Have a great night.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday June 22, 2010

The children were all very excited today, can you tell there is only one week left?

- home reading
- mathletics
- reading comprehension (if not complete)
- reading response (if not complete)

Have a great night!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday June 18th

Hard to believe only one Friday left!
Wow is the only word that comes to my mind to describe the WONDERFUL presentations the children made today on their Create a Culture project. Such though went into these, they were a joy to listen to.

Homework this weekend:
- home reading
- Mathletics

I know that many of the children are enjoying Mathletics right now. Just a reminder that it is only $5 to buy the program for the remainder of the summer. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday June 16th

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." Maria Montessori

This thought passed through my head many times today as I watched the children working. Such a lovely productive day today. It was nice to see many of you at the Parent Tea today.

Homework tonight:

- home reading
- Mathletics 20 min.
- field trip form
- culture project materials

Have a great night!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday June 14

Wow, hard to believe that there are only two Mondays left in the school year! So much to do and so much going on. . .it's going to fly by! We had a great day today with our third and final Eureka! visit. We also go to see our Voicethreads that we have been working on. They are very cool and I encourage everyone to check them out. The link is

Homework tonight:

- home reading
- family life homework if not already completed
- French quiz
- Write Traits 20
- Culture project - presentations Friday
- W.I.T.W/Canadian Reader articles if not handed in

Just a reminder that there will be a concession tomorrow because of the primary fun day taking place. Have a great night!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Sorry I didn't post yesterday, with all the excitement of the dance and the duck it was a little crazy around here! Another good day today, although a sad one as we said goodbye to a student who is moving away. We will miss you!!! Some homework over the weekend:

- home reading
- French
- French quiz Tuesday
- any unfinished work needs to be handed in Monday morning at 8:30 or it will be given a zero

Have a great weekend. See you Monday!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010

Three weeks left? Where has the year gone? Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling (last week)
- French (if not completed during class)
- 4/5 math quiz tomorrow
- practise song for parent thank you tea
- unfinished work

I have told the students that if they have any outstanding work by Thursday that they will not be able to attend the dance. In order to go, all work must be completed.

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

A good Monday today. We started Family Life this afternoon and all the children have homework tonight. Please go over what we send home with your child so you are aware what we are covering.

Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- family life
- Yr. 6 math (if not completed)
- Yr. 4/5 math quiz on Wednesday
- any unfinished/past due work

Have a great night!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday! Already?

Wow, that seemed like a super fast week, although a very tiring one! We got to see another butterfly emerge today, such a neat experience. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- any unfinished work including W.I.T.W
- Eureka notice
- parent thank you tea invitation
- family life starts Monday
- remember to bring your climate conservation sheet in

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Back to work!

We are back to work today. What a wonderful past three days we have had at Eagle Bay. I think that everyone made some memories that will last them a lifetime! It was so much fun we were all sad to go. Everyone seemed a little tired today (myself included)! We had a good day in the classroom today. The highlight - we got to see a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- novel study (these should be complete, we will finish marking tomorrow)
- some still have to hand in their good copy (typed) spinner paragraph
- W.I.T.W. (due tomorrow)
- Eagle Bay/Painted Lady Butterfly journals
- year 4 cursive book (have had over a month to complete this, it is past due)
- climate change papers - all need to be brought back signed

Have a great night and get lots of sleep!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eagle Bay Information

Information on the Montessori 4/5/6 Eagle Bay Trip

Dear Parents:

Here are a few points to keep in mind about our trip to Eagle Bay on Monday.

1.We ask that no parents come out to the camp unless you have been organized as an overnight chaperone. You can appreciate how difficult it will be for camp staff to have unexpected parents show up at the camp. All events are run by camp counsellors, and thus, parent assistance beyond what we have asked for is not necessary.

2.Dress code: Please be reminded that this is a school district function, and as a result, dress code expectations still apply. With that being said, we would like to ask the children to refrain from wearing spaghetti strapped tops.

3.On Monday May 31st the students will arrive at the school at the regular time. They can drop their supplies in their classrooms (clearly marked with their name on everything) and will attend class until around 10:00. We ask that any parent chaperone be at the school for a meeting by 9:15 am. On June 2nd, students will return to the school around 12:00pm and then will be dismissed to go home. Please arrange for someone to be at the school to pick up you son or daughter.

4.School Rules: Again, as this is a school function, proper behaviour is expected and those who do not abide by the school rules will be dealt with accordingly. Students are expected to respect and obey not only the teachers, but the camp counsellors and parent helpers.

5.Emergency Contact: If parents need to contact their child, please call the camp office @ 250-675-2122

6.If your child requires specific medication to be administered while he/she is at the camp, please have it, in its original container if possible, clearly marked with instructions and your son or daughter's name. All medication will be kept in the possession of the teachers and given out accordingly. You also need to make sure you fill out a form at the office giving us permission to distribute medication to your child if you have not already done so this year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. We know that we will all have a wonderful time during our visit to Eagle Bay.

School Group Retreats 2010

Day # 1

11:30am Arrive
12:00pm Lunch (Bag lunch brought by group)
1:00pm Skill Session # 1
2:10pm Skill Session # 2
3:15pm Free Time – Waterfront open
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Wide Game # 1
8:30pm Mug Up
9:00pm Campfire
10:00pm Get Ready for Bed
10:30pm Lights out

Day # 2

8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Skill Session # 3
10:45am Skill Session # 4
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Skill Session # 5
2:30pm Skill Session # 6
3:30pm Free Time - Waterfront open
5:15pm Waterfront Closed
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Wide Game # 2
9:00pm Mug Up
9:15pm Dance
10:15pm “Mission Impossible Night Game”
12:00pm Lights out

Day # 3

8:30am Breakfast
9:30am Clean up cabins/bathrooms
10:30pm Leave for Home

At each skill session we offer:

*Climbing Wall,
*Basketball or Blobbing

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


As some children still have assignments that are now going on 3-4 weeks late, I have decided that any homework not completed will result in an email sent home to notify parents. We are getting into the busiest time of the year and not completing homework and handing assignments in on time is holding up the class. Please talk with your child and find out if they have any assignments that they have not handed in.

Homework tonight:

- home reading
- Write Traits lesson 17 (and 16 for those who have not finished it from yesterday)
- Math Year 6 has a test tomorrow
- Novel Study due tomorrow (they have known about this due date for 2 weeks)

Have a good night.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday May 25, 2010

It's the end of May already? Where has the year gone? It will be a busy couple of weeks. Many of the students were gone to the zone track meet today, I hope they all had a good time and tried their best. Eagle Bay is also coming up on Monday, there will be some more information sent home this week about that. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- Write Traits 16
- Math
- Novel Study

There will be no spelling for two weeks as there were so many away today, and with Eagle Bay next week it will be a short week.

Again, I would like to mention the lack of homework being done. Many children are getting behind in assignments, please make sure your child has his/her homework completed every night, this time of year it is very important not to fall behind!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Eagle Bay Packing List

It's hard to believe it is only two weeks away! Here is the Eagle Bay packing list.

Campers What to Bring List:

Sleeping bag and Pillow
Jacket or sweater
Water bottle
Clothes (mark your important items)
Swim suit (Girls a one piece would be best)
Soap and shampoo
Rain gear
Toothbrush and toothpaste (keep all bathroom items in a waterproof bag)
Good running shoes
Sunscreen lotion
Bug lotion
Maximum $10 for camp store
Book for evening reading
A good attitude, A healthy appetite, A smile
Lots of energy

Please remember to pack a bag-lunch for when you arrive. The first camp meal is not until dinner.

Tuesday May 18th

What a fantastic day we had to day, it was the school track meet today. All the kids seemed to have a great time and I saw many ribbons heading home at the end of the day. As I am sure they will be quite tired I told them just to do some reading and practise spelling tonight. I hope everyone will be rested and ready to go for tennis in the morning. Please make sure you have on sunscreen and have a hat and water bottle with you. Have a great night!

Friday, May 14, 2010


Sorry that I have not posted this week. It has been a bit hectic in the afternoons. The kids have had a great week. We have been working on editing our work closely, having tennis lessons and some ran the 1500m today. Homework for the weekend:
- home reading
- voice thread (needs to be complete for Monday to be ready for editing)

Just a reminder about the Montessori Meeting on Monday night at 7pm in the library, please RSVP to the email provided on the notice sent home today. Also the intermediate track meet takes place at the school on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday. Homework for the weekend:

- home reading
- novel study
- any unfinished class work

Have a great weekend and I hope all the Mom's have a great Mother's Day. See you Tuesday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Mmmmm. . .ice cream! We had a great time making hand cranked ice cream this afternoon. Sorry if you were one of the students that was away and missed it, that just meant more for the rest of us!

Homework today:

- home reading
- spelling dictation
- novel study
- math
- wear green tomorrow for Gratitude day

Have a great night!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


It was a cold, yet fun morning today for our first tennis lesson. The children all seemed to really enjoy themselves. Homework today:

- home reading
- study spelling
- math
- novel study
- spelling sheet
- energy homework

Many of the students are not doing their homework every night. It is getting to a point where I am no longer going to accept late assignments without valid reasons. Some students still have work outstanding that is a couple of weeks late. And today, half of the class did not get their homework completed last night. The students are given ample class time to do homework and should need no more than one hour to do any work that may be needed to be brought home. If your child seems to be bringing a lot of work home, perhaps you need to have a discussion about proper usage of class time. Have a good night!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday May 4, 2010

Happy Star Wars Day everyone (May the Fourth be with you)! The kids always get a kick out of that one. We had a good day today. We started a social studies project today that the children seem to be really excited about, creating a culture. We are off to our first tennis lesson tomorrow morning, please make sure you are dressed in running shoes and comfortable clothing. Homework today:

- home reading
- study spelling
- math including test corrections
- Write Traits
- unfinished work
- tennis lessons tomorrow morning - wear appropriate clothing
- items for the coffee/tea PAC basket
- Scholastic due Friday

There has been a bear seen in the area over the last couple of days. Please review being Bear Aware with your child. Have a great night!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Fiesta Friday!

What a fun day today was. We had a BLAST making our Mexican lunch today. I love hearing comments like some of the ones I heard today, "Who knew vegetables could taste so good," and "Food tastes so much better when you cook it yourself." All these little chefs in the making! I hope you are taking advantage of the cooking skills that they are learning here at home! I am so happy that they are willing to try new things to eat and that most do it with an open mind. Homework this weekend:

- home reading
- study for math test Monday

Have a great weekend, see some of you on Sunday for Boogie!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday April 27

What a busy day, it seems like the days are going faster and faster the closer to the end of the year we get. Perhaps it is just because we are so busy? Hmmm. . . To add to the chaos we are going to cook again this week! We are having a Fiesta Friday with some homemade tacos and salsa this week. The children should be bringing their ingredient list home tonight, if for any reason you are unable to pick up the food, please just let me know and I can pick it up. They will need to make sure that they have a plate, fork or spoon and a cup this week (I will be providing a surprise drink and dessert). Homework today:

- Write Traits Lesson 14 (if not completed)
- Home Reading
- Study spelling
- math (if unfinished)
- Novel study
- field trip form x2
- shopping item(s)

Each child should also be brining two field trip forms home tonight for our Eagle Bay trip as well as tennis lessons that I have booked coming up for three Wednesdays in May. We need drivers for the tennis lessons and will need some parents still for Eagle Bay. These parents will be chosen based on a draw (as we know there are many who want to attend). Have a great night everyone!

Friday, April 23, 2010


We had a nice day in the classroom today with no interruptions! This rarely happens and it was nice to have all of the students for the whole day! We started our Genre projects today, I was pleased to see the detail that the children were adding to their work. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- science p.11 (if not already finished)
- Year 6 - math booklets due Monday morning
- as we didn't run today they need to make sure that for a half an hour they do a 3x3 run (walk three minutes, run three minutes)

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Homework tonight:

- Genre book/home reading 1/2 hour
- study spelling (50 word dictation on Friday)
- Novel study
- year 6 make sure math is caught up
- following directions activity
- french
- title page for fine arts
- shorts tomorrow for our run

Have a great evening, enjoy the sunshine!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday April 19th

We watched an amazing performance for our YPC today. Make sure you ask the children to tell you about it. The students really need to be reading their Genre Study books and should be finished or close to being finished with them. Homework tonight:

- genre reading or any reading if completed 1/2 hour
- study spelling - review week this week, 50 words
- math
- journal (if not completed from today)
- my fine arts group - Shakespeare sheet

Have a great night.

Friday, April 16, 2010


What an amazing end to the week. The Year 4/5 students did a FANTASTIC job preforming their Shakespeare plays today. Good job everyone! Homework this weekend is to try to finish up reading their genre books. Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The day ended on a rather sad note for the students today. . .the dance tomorrow has been cancelled. No new date posted yet. Homework tonight:

- genre reading (books should be getting close to being finished)
- spelling dictation tomorrow
- French
- Write Traits - Lesson 13
- Novel Study
- Electricity following directions activity sheet
- fine arts students Shakespeare plays tomorrow at 1pm

Hope to see you at the plays tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


A beautiful day to enjoy our run today. Some students who want to take part in the Boogie are bringing home registration forms today. They need to be back to the school tomorrow. Homework tonight:
- genre reading (should be thinking about title page)
- study spelling
- Boogie form
- Novel study

Parents of year 4/5 students are reminded of the Shakespeare plays taking part on Friday at 1pm in the Community room.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday April 7

Sorry that this is being posted so late, such a busy day today. We had three new additions to our classroom today. We now have three Black Moors in our fish tank. The students all voted on names and they are: Coconut-Hades, Perseus and April. One of our Year Four Students participated in the zone Battle of the Books today and her team placed first. Congratulations Eden and best of luck at the District level next Wednesday! Homework tonight:
- genre reading - 1/2 hr
- study spelling
- spelling package due tomorrow
- yr. 6 math booklet
- yr. 5 fraction subtraction sheet
Have a great night!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday April 6

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. Homework for today:

- genre reading - 1/2 hour
- study spelling
- math - year 4 - mixed number activity
- year 5 - adding fractions activity
- gym strip - running tomorrow
- Eagle Bay - all payments need to be made by April 15, some still owe for past payments

Many students have not had their agenda lately. This plays a large part of their Health and Career mark. This needs to be with them and signed every day. Please make sure that your child/you are coming to school with what you need. Thank you!

Have a good night.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

We had a really nice day to end the week. I think that most of the children managed to get all projects and assignments finished and caught up this week so there should not be much going home this weekend. If they still have outstanding assignments then they will have to be finished up. Otherwise, they just have to read their genre books for a half hour each day. Enjoy the long weekend, see you all Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


It's hard to believe the week is half over already! Homework tonight:

- genre reading 1/2 hour
- study spelling
- first page of spelling, due to the short week this will make sure you are not scrambling
- yr. 4 math page 192
- yr. 5/6 work through as much as you can in your fraction booklet so that we can go over unknown concepts tomorrow
- french, any unfinished work from this morning
- Novel Study, if needed
- W.I.T.W., if needed

Have a good night.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday March 29

What a fun Monday! We worked with circuits in science today and overheard one student remark that "this was the most fun in Science I have ever had!" A comment like that starts the week off on such a positive note! Homework tonight:
- genre reading
- study spelling
- yr. 5 fraction sheets - do what you can so we can work with what you don't know
- circuit activity - if you have not finished the writing to go along with this afternoons activity this needed to be completed for homework.
- novel study - only if you feel you are behind

Have a great evening!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday March 25/10

We had so much fun with our Little Buddies doing spring crafts today. Homework tonight:

- 1/2 hour of reading for genre study
- spelling dictation tomorrow
- spelling sheet - was due today some are not finished still
- math fraction sheet - first two sides of book
- running tomorrow - the students are allowed to bring mp3 or ipod
- novel study - second set of questions due tomorrow morning
- Senior Froggy lunch tomorrow

Have a good night!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


The students are working on a genre study in the library right now. It is really important that they read the books that they have chosen each night for at least a half an hour. Homework tonight:
- genre reading
- study spelling
- spelling package
- What in the World - at least two articles completed
A new Scholastic order also went home today.

Have a great night. Good luck to those running tonight in the relay meet!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday March 22

What a great start to the week. Not much homework tonight. We have started a genre study in the library so all the children have a novel to read, at least half an hour. Also studying their spelling words for this week. The Year 6's have band tomorrow so they are to dress in concert dress and not forget early morning band practice. They also have a math test on Wednesday on division. Have a great night.

Friday, March 19, 2010


What a fun end to a busy week. We did lots of fun, yet messy, art/craft/drama projects today. Some did not get a chance to participate because they had too much unfinished work for the week. Remember, if you do not get something done during the day it is YOUR job to take it home and finish it so that when we do fun art projects like we did today, that you get to take part. Homework:
- home reading
- novel study chapter(s) 1(1-2, depending on the group you are in) are due 8:30 Monday
- notice re: weekly running
- homework catch up, any unfinished work needs to be caught up on the weekend.
- a notice was emailed home today from the school as well.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine out there today!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


What fun we had with our Kindergarten buddies doing string and glue art today. Yep, it was as messy as you are thinking, but so much fun!!!!
Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling
- F.A. group has prop making tomorrow
- 6's math is due tomorrow
- Write Traits Lesson 10 if not already completed
- Some children still have some notices to bring back

We are doing more art tomorrow so don't wear your best clothes! Have a good night!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Report cards went home today, please make sure that the envelopes get signed and returned as soon as possible. Homework today:

- home reading
- study spelling
- MS Forms
- Write Traits (if not completed in class)
- Popcorn day tomorrow
- 4/5 division math test tomorrow

Have a great night!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break. I know that everyone was expecting report cards to come home today, but I have not gotten them back from Mr. Rempel yet. As soon as I do they will be coming home. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- lunch order form
- Eagle Bay March payment
- Montessori notice

Have a great night!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Friday!

Wow, we made it to Spring Break! What a great week this was, Science Fair was amazing! The students did a great job with their projects. Congratulations to Bailey and Allisa who's project was one of the projects chosen from our school to go to the District Science Fair with their project on How High Fat Foods Affect Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetics. A few might have homework over the break.

- home reading. This should be done every day (don't forget to add up your minutes for MS)
- fine arts - some of the students will have a drawing to finish for fine arts
- math. Some of the year 4/5 students have not finished their division journals for math. This must be done before you come back.

Have a great holiday, see you on the 15th!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday March 1

Wow! March already! Where has the time gone? We had a FANTASTIC time at McQueen Lake last week. I think we all felt that it went by way too fast and that we could have stayed for another day or two. Getting back into the swing of things this week. . .Homework
- home reading
- study spelling
- short (less than 1 min.) presentation on science fair project

Spelling Lists
Green - notice, recess, advice, spruce, twice, sentence, prance, device, surface, princess, faucet, slice, chance, office, prince, splice, iceberg, spice, brace, price
Blue - pour, artist, force, parcel, adore, carve, mortal, market, popcorn, tardy, afford, starve, chart, warm, carpet, normal, target, orbit, barber, doorbell
Purple - illegal, nonstandard, illiterate, impossible, impartial, illegible, imperfect, illogical, inactive, nonskid, independent, nonliving, incorrect, irrational, irregular, impatient, nonprofit, insecure, indigestion, nonviolent.

Have a great night!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday Homework

Not too much homework for the weekend. I would really like them to be working on their Science Fair projects as we only have two class days next week before we go to McQueen Lake. I would like them to check this weekend that they have winter clothes that fit and are comfortable at McQueen Lake. They also need to make sure that they have bedding (foamy, sleeping bag, pillow/pillow substitute) and plastic cup, bowl, plate as well as fork, spoon and knife. I don't want these things left until the last minute. If you do need to borrow anything, please let me know and I will ask the class if anyone has extras. Have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday Homework

Homework for tonight:
- home reading (count up those minutes for the MS Read-a-thon!)
- spelling dictation tomorrow
- science work block tomorrow afternoon

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spelling Lists - Week of Feb. 15

Green - ferries, crutches, monkeys, leashes, blueberries, taxes, dollars, countries, inches, trolleys, radishes, suitcases, brushes, eagles, umbrellas, ashes, numbers, shoelaces, sandwiches, bicycles.

Blue - title, final, level, petal, middle, sandal, dial, waffle, carnival, barrel, model, stable, trial, noble, local, cable, signal, baffle, mammal, marvel.

Purple - bouquet, schedule, opaque, monarchy, technique, chameleon, chrome, chord, chemistry, chlorine, character, chorus, chaos, chronic, headache, mechanic, plaque, orchestra, mosquito, scheme.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Feb. 15

What a busy day we had today! We watched some amazing hip hop dancing at the Sagebrush today as part of the Young People's Concert series. Then in the afternoon we had a Me to We presentation in the gym. Homework for tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling
- Haiti What in the World if not already completed
- science test Wednesday
- skating tomorrow from 10-12
- M.S. Read-a-thon forms home
- 2 notices
Have a great night!

Friday, February 12, 2010


What an amazing day!!! We had a fantastic time at the Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt exhibit today. The children did some amazing artwork. It was not all dry by the time we were ready to go, so I will pick it up this weekend, and then display some of it at school before I send it home. No major homework for the weekend, home reading and working on their science fair projects. Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Homework

A busy work day today. Homework tonight:
- home reading - read to a parent
- spelling dictation tomorrow
- spelling sentences to be completed if not handed in today
- French Valentine's Day diagram to be completed if not handed in today
- science forces and simple machines worksheets to be handed in tomorrow
- egg drop projects due tomorrow (we will probably not drop them until next week due to the field trip tomorrow)
- field trip tomorrow

We are all looking forward to our visit to the art gallery to see the Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt exhibit tomorrow. Thank you in advance to those parents who are signed up to help drive.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Homework

It was so nice to have the whole class together today without any interruptions! Homework today:

- home reading
- study spelling
- spelling sentences to 15 (hand in for Thursday)
- Eagle Bay money due by Feb. 15th
- Scholastic order due Friday
- research needs to be here to work on Science Fair projects tomorrow afternoon

Have a great night!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday February 9

This week seems to be flying by already. Homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling
- spelling sentences done to 10 to make sure all will be completed by Thursday
- Write Traits Lesson 8 if not completed in class
- Math review sheet
- Scholastic Book orders due Friday
- Eagle Bay payments are due by Monday the 15th.

There are no band switches for the rest of the week, so we will be having both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon set aside for the students to work on their science fair projects.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Wow, the week seemed to fly by!!! We had a lot of fun dancing and playing tag with our kindergarten buddies at the end of the day today. Sorry I have not kept the posts up this week, a lot of after school activities had me on the run straight away. The children should be working on their science fair projects, and should be finishing up their egg drop class experiment. I will give them a bit more time on Monday to finish up making these containers. Homework for the weekend:
- home reading
- some year 5/6 may have some math to finish up
- year 4/5 should be doing some work on their Shakespeare paragraphs that are due on Tuesday
- if they have not returned their art gallery or McQueen Lake field trips they are past due
- the second $50 Eagle Bay payment is due in by the 15th, if you would like to pay for the remainder of the trip it is $150

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday Feb. 1/10

A busy day today, the students had fun working on their Egg Drop projects. Homework tonight:
- home reading
- study spelling
- Eagle Bay - $50 due by Feb. 15th if not already paid
- 4/5 fine arts colouring due tomorrow morning
- Science Fair - section A due Wednesday
- $2 for cinnamon bun sale tomorrow

Spelling Lists
Green - fetch, pinch, drench, couch, watch, clutch, torch, ranch, scratch, reach, hutch, perch, hunch, stretch, branch, twitch, church, thatch, patch, sketch
Blue - cruel, clinic, profit, cleats, greedy, steeple, clover, blister, cloudburst, stubborn, broken, plywood, sparkle, startle, clothing, stumble, flavour/flavor, swallow, stress, throat
Purple - numbness, gnash, wholly, herb, guide, khaki, guardian, knelt, gnome, knuckle, salmon, solemn, hustle, guard, knapsack, guest, knead, wholesome, honesty, whom

Have a great night!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Friday!

It was both a great, yet sad day today. We had a fantastic day celebrating the final day of one of the students in our class. We wish him nothing but the best as his family moves back to Saskatchewan. We had so much fun making our own pizza's today. Rolling out the dough was a lot of fun and as one student student said "it feels like memory foam!" I was very impressed that all of the children tried something new on their pizza's today, many vegetables were eaten. I was very proud! Not much homework for the weekend - home reading and we are going to have a couple of hours of work time on Monday to work on our Egg Drop projects so they need to bring materials in to work on that. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Homework

Hard to believe that tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? It sure was quiet in the room today with the year sixes off skiing. Not too much homework tonight:

- home reading
- study spelling (dictation tomorrow)
- ingredient for our lunch
- plate and fork to eat with

Just a reminder that the next Eagle Bay deposit ($50) is coming due soon - February 15th. Have a great night everyone.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Jan. 25

What a great way to start the week! The children all worked very hard and very quietly all day today!

Homework for the week

- home reading
- study spelling
- notice
- February Scholastic orders handed out
- $2 for the bread sale tomorrow
- lunch item

We have a student moving away at the end of this week. So we are going to have a bit of a send off for him on Friday. We will be making homemade pizzas and salad for lunch. Each student has an ingredient to bring for Friday. Thank you for your help with this. Have a great night.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Well the FSA's are done! Only those children who have missed one will have to write them next week. It was a bit of a crazy afternoon today, I had to leave suddenly due to a complication with my father at the hospital. I know that my quick departure worried some of the children, but I just want to let everyone know that he is doing okay now. Sorry if I scared you guys!!! But I hear that you were really good for Mr. Lloyd.

The only homework that I would like them to do this weekend is their home reading. Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday morning!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday Homwork

Not much homework today:
- home reading
- study spelling

Tomorrow is the last day of FSA's for the fours. Yay!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spelling Lists - Week of Jan. 18/10

Okay, let's try that again! Not sure why that happened, anyways. . . .

Blue Group - lurk, purpose, churn, spurs, urban, occur, burden, splurge, furnace, burnt, surplus, murmur, turkey, spurt, murky furnish, turmoil, surge, hurdle, current.

Purple Group - baboon, numerous, nuisance, lagoon, jewelry, caribou, cocoon, consume, solitude, caboose, duplicate, routine, unruly, group, suitable, harpoon, newsstand, improve, union, youth.

No green group due to FSA's.

Spelling Lists - Week of Jan. 18/10

Tuesday Homework

First day of FSA's today, they all survived and I think the anxiety level has come down a bit.

- home reading - read to parents
- study spelling
- spelling sentences to 10
- FRIENDS program homework (4/5 only)
- Get lots of sleep!!!!

Have a great night!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Busy Monday!!!

What a busy day we had today! We went to the Young People's Concert down at the Sagebrush Theatre today to watch a great show. Lots of interesting masks involved. It is getting to be cold season and our Kleenex supply is running low. If you are able to donate a box to the classroom it would be greatly appreciated.

- Home reading
- Study spelling (5 & 6 only - 4's don't have spelling this week due to FSA's)
- Yr. 4 math
- Yr. 5 & 6 French quiz tomorrow
- A good nights sleep

The Year Four students will be starting their FSA writing tomorrow and doing some every day this week. There is no way for them to study for this. I have asked them to be well rested, not to worry and do their best.

Have a great night!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Year 4 FSA note

I have been reviewing a lot of math topics in a very short time period over the last couple of weeks. We will be covering these topics in MUCH greater detail later in the year. I just wanted the students to be comfortable and remember the math language that could be used on their FSA's next week. For instance today I mentioned perimeter and got six blank stares until I reminded them that this is measuring the outside of something and instantly they were all telling me that they knew how to do this, they just forgot what it was called. These assignments should not be causing any stress or concern, if they are please let me know right away. Thank you!!!

Thursday Homework

We had a lot of fun in gym today. We got together with another class and played a great game of dodge ball.

- home reading
- study spelling (dictation tomorrow)
- spelling sentences if not completed
- Write Traits if not completed
- Friends homework is due Tuesday

Have a great night!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Homework

A busy day, lots of fun sledding and playing outdoors today. I hope everyone remembered to take home their wet clothes!

-home reading
-study spelling
-Write Traits Lesson 3
-Spelling Sentences to #10
-Yr. 4 Math worksheet
-Notice of important dates (also posted on blog)
-Yr. 4 notice re: FSA testing
-Friends homework

Have a great night!

Montessori January/February/March Newsletter

Happy New Year. We are really excited to be back to school and are looking forward to an exciting start to the year. The next couple of months are going to fly by with all of the things we have planned for the children. We thought a letter home to keep you updated as to what is going on would be a helpful idea.

January 18th – YPC.
January 19th – there will be a safety talk for the year six students regarding their Sun Peaks Ski trip in the morning.
January 19-22 – year four FSA's
January 27th – Red Day. We are asking all the children to wear red to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay coming through Kamloops.
January 28 – First day of Year Six skiing.
January 29 – Second day of skiing. Mrs. Elliott's class cooking that day. Hoss' last day before moving back to Saskatchewan.

February 1 – Last day of skiing.
February 8 – Mrs. Allen-Innis' class to the Kamloops Art Gallery for Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt for a guided tour and gallery workshop.
February 12 - Mrs. Elliott's class to the Kamloops Art Gallery for Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt for a guided tour and gallery workshop. Mrs. Allen-Innis'class cooking.
February 16 – Mrs. Elliott's class skating.
February 19 – Professional Development day – no school for the children.
February 22 – Mrs. Allen-Innis' class skating.
February 24 – 26 – McQueen Lake field trip. More detailed information will be provided at the beginning of February.
February 27 – Destination Imagination Regionals held at Brock Secondary. A few children are participating in this event.

March 1 – Mrs. Allen-Innis' class skating.
March 4 – a half day. The children will be dismissed at 12:30. Interviews upon parent/teacher request only.
March 8 – 12 – SPRING BREAK!
March 15 – Term 2 reports home.
March 22 – Regional Science Fair. All students will be participating at the school wide level. More exact dates to follow.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact either of us.

Mrs. Allen-Innis Mrs. Elliott

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Jan. 11

What a great start to the week. The children all worked really hard today. They were given a new independent science assignment today that they have until Feb. 12 to complete. Most of this work will be completed in class, although the final project will have to be worked on at home too. I think it is going to be a fun one, have your child tell you about it!

This week they all have the same spelling list to get them used to using the vocabulary that they will see with their science projects over the coming weeks. The words are: crank, effort, pulley, force, friction, fulcrum, gear, gravity, inertia, incline, kinetic, lever, linear, load, oscillating, potential, screw, wedge, axle, reciprocating.

Homework tonight:
  • Home reading
  • Study spelling
  • Yr. 4 Math worksheets
  • Extra clothes for tomorrow - they are going sledding for gym and are bound to get wet in these conditions!
  • Comment on the blog! At some point this week I would like all children to leave a comment so that I know people are checking in!
Have a great night!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy Friday!

What a wonderful way to end the week. The students were so focused on their work today, they were very surprised at how much they could get done when they were not chatting with a friend! Not too much homework for the weekend. Home reading for all and a small math package for the year fours (due Monday).

We had a fantastic time sledding and playing in the snow this afternoon. A perfect way to end the week. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday Homework

Today for homework the students have:
  • home reading
  • study spelling (dictation tomorrow)
  • Write Traits - Lesson 2
Tomorrow is Scarf Day so don't forget to wear your scarf! Also we are going to be sliding tomorrow afternoon so dress warm and wear your snow pants! (weather permitting). The student's have been quite chatty since we have come back from holidays, some may be bringing home more homework than normal in order to complete daily class work. If you are noticing more homework than normal, perhaps this is something you need to discuss with your child. Have a good night!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday Homework

The students have a few things on the go right now, so not much homework tonight.
  • Read to parents
  • Study Spelling
  • Spelling Sentences (some have taken this home to try to get ahead as they are due at the end of the school day tomorrow)
We didn't get to sled today, it was a little too cold, but we had fun dancing around the classroom instead! We will try to go out again on Friday. Remember, if you don't have homework, you can always work on your times tables!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday Homework

Home reading
Study spelling (lists posted earlier today at the request of a student)
French colouring
Write Traits - Lesson 1
Spelling Sentences to 10 (to ensure that they are completed by Thursday), don't forget to parse noun, verb, adjective and adverb. Each sentence needs to contain one of each to make sure you are writing an interesting sentence.
Scholastic orders for January

Have a great night!
Don't forget that we will be outside tomorrow afternoon for some sliding! Bring your snow pants!

Spelling Lists - Week of Jan. 4/10

(green group) check, stuck, struck, attack, woodchuck, nickel, bucket, jacket, ticket, picket, pocket, rocket, socket, lucky, hockey, stocking, picnic, attic, rustic, shriek.

(blue group) soup, prove, music, clue, soothing, truth, bloom, lunar, toothbrush, cruise, smooth, cube, rooster, tissue, cartoon, scuba, noodle, unite, duty, usual.

(purple group) calendar, memory, familiar, capture, barrier, cavern, desperate, future, grocer, surrender, admiral, alternate, accurate, surveying, yogurt, popular, fracture, caterpillar, pressure, emperor.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome Back!

It was great to get back into a routine again today. We started reviewing more multiplication today using Montessori materials such as the multiplication bead board and the checkerboard. Homework tonight
  • Study spelling
  • Home reading
  • Any unfinished projects are now overdue and ALL parts of the project are DUE (I will not accept any missing assignments after Friday)
  • Gym strip will be needed for tomorrow
  • Year 6's need to make sure they have finished colouring their personal copies of the checkerboard.
  • Make sure that you have an agenda (many students have not been bringing them to school on a regular basis)

I hope everyone gets a good night sleep tonight!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

See you soon!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday. I look forward to hearing all your stories when we arrive back to school tomorrow. Please don't forget to bring your clean gym strip back with you. See you in the morning!