Saturday, 18 February 2017

Week beginngin the 13th of February

In Language Arts the class presented their Poems this week.  The class did really well over all! It was evident everyone had been practicing a lot.  We also continued one with our Monthly News and also began looking at story writing. The class really enjoyed writing their stories this week and will continue on with their stories, as well as continuing on practicing their reading strategies during silent reading and the novel study.

In Math, we continued to practice our multiplication and began looking at how division is connected to multiplication and sharing out the quantity equally. We will continue on with this next week.


We will be going Skating on Monday afternoon.  Please ensure your child comes to school in uniform, but with coats, hats and glove to keep them warm while skating.  If you did not send money to school for rentals, please ensure your child comes to school with their skates and helmet.  It would be very helpful if skates are brought to school in an easy to carry bag as we will be walking to the skating rink.

Thank you to the parents who offered to walk to the skating rink with us. We will be departing from CCS at 11:45. Please bring your own skates and helmet or money for rentals if you would like to skate.

Student Led Conferences:
Student led conferences will be on Thursday and Friday this week. This is a chance for your child to share with you the learning they are proud of. If you would like to have a meeting with me I am happy to schedule a meeting with you for another day.

Upcoming events:
Feb. 20th - Praise and worship club from 3:00 - 3:30
Feb. 22nd - Public Speaking Assembly at 2:00 pm
Feb. 23rd - Student Led Conferences begin after school
Feb. 24th - Student Led Conferences - NO SCHOOL
Feb 28th - Shrove Tuesday - Non-uniform
March 1st - Ash Wednesday
March 3rd - Report Cards go out

Friday, 10 February 2017



Our Skating Date is:
Monday, February 20th – Grades 1, 3 and 5 @ 12:30pm

Please return the signed form to the school by Thursday, February 16th.
COST TO THE STUDENT:  Skates $3.00/student; Helmets $2/student payable to Cloverdale Catholic School with permission form.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: Wear uniforms to school and bring skates, helmets (bicycle helmets are okay), gloves, warm clothing, boots (for walking).  Students will change back into their school uniforms following the skating sessions.  Girls may want to bring pants.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Use your own skates & helmets if at all possible rather than renting as sizes run out.  Students will walk with their class to and from the Cloverdale Arena, 6090 176 Street.  We need parents willing to walk with the class.  Please indicate on the permission form if you can help and you will be contacted.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Week Beginning January 30th

This week we spend 3 sessions creating our dream gardens with our Grade 6 buddies. First they created a rough copy with their ideas and then a final copy to which they added materials such as feathers, beads and buttons. They have done such a great job and I invite you to come see them displayed in the classroom if you have the chance. 

In Language Arts we are continuing practicing writing paragraphs with a clear topic sentence and 3 descriptive supporting sentences.  We are finishing up practicing using capital letters in the correct places and will be moving onto when we use a and an.  I have also begun testing the children on the top 100 and next 200 high frequency words. They will begin practicing the words they were not confident in. In reading we have been reviewing and practicing the rules we have learned in January.

Speech Arts
We completed the Bible reading portion of Speech Arts this week.  All the children did very well! It was evident they have been practicing.  I am very excited to see them perform their poems on the 14th and 15th of February!

Next week will only be two days.  We will continue to practice writing, reading and move further with our novel study.

In Math this week we continued to practice our multiplication facts. One of the games we played is Multiplication squares. The class really loved it.  Please have your child practice their basic math facts on xtra math.  They have their pins taped to the plastic pocket in their planners. 5-10 minutes every day will help them with their speed and accuracy in math.

We will continue practicing our multiplication facts next week and then begin to look at division using fact families and arrays the week after.

Catholic Schools Week:

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 7th of February will be silly hat and crazy hair day.  It will also be a non uniform day. Children are asked to bring in $1 to donate to our RC Challenge Club.  They are fundraising for some school equipment.

Wednesday the 8th of February will be Funky Socks & Shoes Day. This is a uniform day.

There will be No School on Thursday and Friday due to the Catholic Educators Conference for

Other Upcoming Events This Month:

February 13th - No School (BC Family Day)
February 14th - Non-uniform Day (Valentine's Day)
February 14 &15 - Poem Performances in class (Speech Arts)
February 20th - Skating
February 22nd - Public Speaking Assembly
February 23rd - Student led conferences 3:15 pm - 7:15pm
February 24th - Student led conference 9 am - 12pm
February 27th - Skating
February 28th - Non-uniform (Shrove Tuesday)
March 3rd - Report cards sent home

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Week beginning the 23rd of January

This week in Language Arts:
In reading we focused on using our prior knowledge of a topic to help us work out what challenging words might be in a text.
In writing we focused on writing topic sentences.  We talked about how our topic sentence should inform the reader about the content of the paragraph and that often times we come up with our topic sentence after we decide on the content of the paragraph.
In grammar we are still focusing on when to use capital letters.  There are many rules to remember.  Many of the children are beginning to use them correctly in their writing.
Our novel study is on going. We are practicing answering questions that don't have direct answers in the text but require inferencing and opinions. We are also practicing comparing and contrasting characters and summarizing events.

This week in Math:
We began looking at multiplication. We have discussed why we use multiplication and how it is repeated addition.  We looked at the variety of ways we can represent multiplication and focused specifically on using arrays to solve multiplication word problems.  The class has done very well overall with this topic.  They do however need to practice their multiplication facts for speed and accuracy. This is one of the reasons the class is now using xtramath.  This program allows children to practice basic math facts for a few minutes daily working on speed and accuracy.
Xtramath: Each child has received a enrollment notice that has been sent home.  This is one way you can support your child in improving their math skills at home.  Their pin will be taped to the plastic pocket of their planner with their Mathletics log in.

Speech Arts:
The children will be reading the Bible readings this Wednesday to Friday. They still have 2 weeks to memorize and practice their poems which will be presented on February 14th or 15th. A reminder that the poems must be a minimum of 1 minute long.

Other Upcoming Events:
Monday, January 30th 3 - 3:30pm Praise and Worship Club
Sunday, February 5th 12:00pm -2:30pm Open House
February 9th and 10th - No School Catholic Educators' Conference

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Week beginning January 16th

Dear Parents,

We had another busy week in Language Arts: In reading we focused on Voracious reading and began looking at the Monitor and Fix up strategy. In writing we practiced writing supporting sentences for a topic sentence. We also continued on with our novel study, grammar (capital letters), and Monthly News.
Next week, in reading we will continue to focus on the Monitor and Fix Up strategy and using prior knowledge to connect with a text. In writing we will continue practicing writing paragraphs with a clear topic sentence and connected supporting sentences.  We will also start thinking about closing sentences.

This week in Math, we concluded our time with subtraction with subtraction word problems.  We also began looking at multiplication with a focus on arrays.
Next week we will continue with multiplication. It is important that students practice their multiplication facts.  The quicker they get at reciting their facts the easier the next steps in multiplication will be.

Speech Arts is not too far away. Please practice the scripture passages at home with your child as we do not do this in school.  I have received a couple of poems from students in the week.  Please send a copy of your child's poem choice.  If your child chose one of the poems from the class dojo posts, I just need the name of the poem and I can make a copy myself. These poems must be a minute long and memorized.

No School Monday
CCS Open House - Feb 5th

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Speech Arts

Today I handed out the three bible readings that the students need to practice for Speech Arts. They DO NOT need to MEMORIZE them but they should be familiar with the readings, as they will be given them at random to recite in front of the class. We will present them on February 1st-3rd.

Students will also need to learn a poem of their own choosing. We will have a classroom Speech Arts on February 14th - 15th. They may choose any poem they like but it need to be a minimum of one minute in length orally.  They must provide the title and author of the poem at the beginning of the recitation.  They need to memorize the poem and recite it in front of the class.  I have poems the students can choose from.  If they are choosing one that is not from the collection I have in class, please provide a copy for me for marking.

Poetry4kids is a good site for children's poems. Shel Silverstein is a popular children's poet as well.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Week beginning January 9th

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy week!

This week in Literacy we have been learning and practicing the reading strategies: check for understanding ( check if you can summarize the main points in a reading every few pages) , back up and reread (when meaning breaks down, go back and reread to understand the meaning of the section), cross checking (ask yourself: does the word look right, does it sound right, does it make sense) and tuning into interesting words. We have began reviewing and practicing when to use capital letters. In writing we began to look at how to write a paragraph and focused on the topic sentence. Our Novel Study: Third Grade Angels will be on going.

Next week we will look at the following reading strategies: review of the importance of good fit books, Monitor and Fix up (stop and think if the reading makes sense and the understand what it is about, if not they go back and fix it [summarize it, go back and adjust reading rate, read the text and read carefully, etc.) and voracious reading (readers become more fluent by increasing their volume of reading). We will also continue to review the reading strategies from this week. In grammar we will keep practicing capital letter rules and in writing we will looking at topic sentences again and if we are ready, start looking at supporting sentences.  Third Grade Angels and Monthly News comprehension will be ongoing.

In Math we completed our time unit.  We will return to it again next term. We also began working on subtraction with regrouping.  We will continue on with this next week and begin looking at multiplication at the end of the week if we are ready.

Please ensure PE strips, school tops, school pants and sweaters are labeled. Also, could you please the items you have at home.  A few children in the class are missing various articles of clothing.  It would be wonderful if they were found!

Up coming events:
Praise and Worship club every Monday from 3 - 3:30
Professional Development Day on the 23rd of January - No School
Open House - February 5th