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!