Sunday, 25 February 2018

March News

March News

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Our Lenten Project

Lent is a time when we reflect on the sacrifice made by Jesus, and to help prepare ourselves for the Easter season. This year, our Board’s spiritual theme is “Sent to Be the Good News”, which reminds us to spread the word of God through our actions. Beginning February 20 - March 29, in the spirit of almsgiving, we will be having a toiletry item collection for the men and women of the Shepherds of Good Hope. Each grade will be assigned a different toiletry item to collect, such as bars of soap, new socks, and shampoo. Students will also have a chance to participate in our “Giving Days” during Lent - three special days that students can participate in by making a small donation of a toonie. Payment will also be available online, using our Cash Online tool.

We would encourage you to help engage your child in the earning of the money in order to participate in these “Giving Days”, through actions at home such as extra chores to earn the $2. This will help increase the impact they are making this Lenten season.

Thank you for your continued support of this worthy cause.
“Giving Days”
Feb 27 - Hat Day
Mar 6 - Extended Recess
Mar 27 - Backwards/Inside Out Day

Toiletry Collection Feb 20-Mar 29
Socks (adult sizes)
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
toothbrushes/toothpaste/hair combs
Grade 4
Bars of soap
Grade 5
Grade 6
Shaving cream

Other Dates to remember:

March 12-16: March Break (no school)
March 30: Good Friday (no school)
April 1: Easter Sunday
April 2: Easter Monday (no school)

We are finishing up our Data Management Unit (test this week or early next week).
Review will be done at school.

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We will begin reviewing basic multiplication facts up to 7x7. Students in Grade 4 are expected to know basic facts up to 9x9.

I strongly encourage families to review these with their children, as it will help when we begin learning 2-digit x 1-digit equations. I will be conducting a diagnostic test to see where students are and go from there. I will send the results home so you can help your child appropriately. There are many apps to download that can help with daily practice. (flash cards, etc...)
If needed, extra practice work can/will be sent home.

I have set up accounts for Raz-Kids levelled reading.  It is located on the Student Portal.  Students are encouraged to read daily at their appropriate level.  Usernames and passwords are located in student agendas.

Students will be focusing on Recount and will be reading biographies about Olympic athletes and also a famous person of their choice.
They will create a slide presentation and typed document for display in the hallway.
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Our next read-a-loud will be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Students will be focusing on the reading strategy "Visualisation" and will be completing many activities based on this.  When we are finished reading the book, we will watch the movie in order to compare and contrast them.  They will also create a "Wanted" poster.

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If possible, please provide your child with a pair of earphones which can be kept in their backpacks. It helps to block out distractions when students are reading and writing on their Chromebooks.  If your child has their own Chromebook, please send it to school daily as we will continue to be using them on a regular basis. 

Homework duotangs will resume this week.  They will be sent home on Friday, to be returned by the following Thursday.  We will be focusing on reviewing phonetic sounds and spelling, as well as some math review.  
As usual, if there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

~Mrs. D'Souza

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