Congratulations to Grace! She was the recipient of this month’s Character Education Certificate for “Respect”. For the month of October, we will be focusing on ‘Responsibility”
A big thank you to Allan, Gabriel’s dad, who came in this week to help us take portraits of each other! He taught us that years and years ago it would take a long time to have a portrait painted, so that’s one of the main reasons that the camera was invented – for portrait photography!
Shoes: Please send a pair of indoor shoes to school now that we’re entering the rainy and, ugh, soon to be snowy season!
Home Notes: Please empty your son’s or daughter’s Home Notes folder regularly; the papers sent home are meant to be kept at home.
The Carnival Comes to HPAS: Some families have already donated to our “Art Studio” basket – keep it coming!! The kids are excited at the chance of winning a pizza party J
As part of our literacy program, we have begun to practice The Daily 5 : Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing and Word Work. So far, students have practiced increasing their stamina for Read to Self, are experts at sitting EEKK! with a buddy during Read to Someone (Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee) and are excited to use the computers and listening centre for Listen to Reading. Next week, we’ll talk about Work on Writing and Word Work.
Integrated Social Studies: As a lead up to our Character Education assembly on Monday, Kendra read us the story Do Unto Otters, all about good manners and “Respect” – treat others how YOU want to be treated! To re-read the book at home and discuss with your son or daughter, you can watch this fun video on YouTube
After the assembly, we watched Franklin's Day Off to reinforce the new Character Education Trait, “Responsibility”.
We’ve started our Patterning Unit! First, we need to remember how to sort objects based on their attributes (e.g., colour, size, shape etc.). Once we’ve sorted our objects, we can begin to create patterns. First, we talked about the ‘building block’ or the ‘pattern’s core’, like AB in an orange, apple, orange, apple pattern or AABC in a blue, blue, red, green, blue, blue, red, green pattern. Next week, we’ll take a deeper look at growing and shrinking patterns. * In grade 1, students are expected to create and extend repeating patterns involving one attribute while grade 2s are expected to identify and describe repeating patterns and growing and shrinking patterns.
Help Peg and Cat finish the chicken dance patterns!
Finish the Pattern Game
How does my pattern grow?
What comes next?
Growing Number Patterns **This game is suitable for grade 2s; you may want to use a 100s Chart while playing this game
Town: Our Responsibility as Members of the TDSB Community
On Friday I read an excerpt from the book I Have the Right to be a Child about every child’s right to healthy food, each and every day. Then, I shared with the students the sad fact that some boys and girls, right here in our city, go to school most days without eating breakfast or sometimes without bringing enough food to eat for lunch. Arthur has been teaching the kids a lot about the five food groups during health class, so our kids were really worried when they heard that some students, living in the same city as us and part of the same school board as us, might not be getting the healthy foods they need. So, we started talking about how we could help. If you’d been in our room, you’d have heard a conversation something like this …
“Could we bring in food from home? Sure! Like foods from the Grains group, healthy crackers, pastas, oatmeal. But what about the Dairy Foods and some Fruits and Vegetables, they need to be kept in a fridge, and we don’t have a fridge in our classroom. Hmmm. We could bring in a box and put freezer packs in it to keep them cold? Yeah, that could work! But wait … freezer packs only last for a day, and we’ll be collecting food for more than just one day. What if we change the freezer packs at the end of the day? We could put in new ones? Hmm, that could work … but that would take a lot of remembering on our part, what if we forgot to change a freezer pack, and then all the food would spoil, that wouldn’t be very helpful, would it?”
So, we decided on … bringing in coins! If we could bring in some money, then we could give the money to the right people at the right school and THEY could buy all the healthy foods (like yogurts and milk boxes and bananas) whenever they need them.
For the month of October, we are partnering with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Please send in “Change for Change” – let’s help students just like us!
As the independent charitable foundation of the TDSB, the TFSS is your charity and it raises funds to support students in need, right here in our schools. This could be through Student Nutrition Programs, eye checks, free glasses, emergency funds for boots, clothing and food, hearing checks, after school programs, and more. TFSS supports approximately 147,000 meals for students every school day. To Learn more about TFSS
Click Here to play TONS of nutrition games!
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.