Thank you so Much for all of your Christmas greetings and well wishes for this holiday season. May your homes be filled with peace, love and special family time.
This week was packed with many new learning experiences for the Grade Ones. Our quiet reflection time during this Advent season combined with a variety of Christmas related activities has the boys and girls brimming with joy and curiosity that only six year olds can have. I have to admit their excitement is contagious!
In english we have been reading many Christmas themed story books. The boys and girls are doing a great job making relevant connections. to them. This week their favorite story was "Annika's secret Wish". Ask your son/daughter what Annika did with the special almond? We also had fun writing our letters to santa. They were absolutely adorable and have been posted to the North Pole. I have typed up a copy for parents to see as the original was colored and decorated especially for Santa! Another fun writing activity that had the students thoroughly engaged was filling out an ELF APPLICATION. The boys and girls had to write two to three sentences explaining why they should be hired as one of santa's elf. They were very persuasive and no doubt Santa will have a hard time choosing just one! There will be no new word wall words this week. Please review the lists that have all ready been been sent home.
In Math, we have begun to explore patterning. The holiday season is a super time for this unit as it provides provides many authentic opportunities to see and identify patterns around us. The students spent some time this week building patterns with different items and manipulatives in the classroom. We looked at the changing attributes (shape, color, size). next week we will identify cores and extend a variety of shape patterns. The students will also be creating and labeling a holiday pattern. Please take the time to count by 2's 5's and 10's with your child as we will be investigating number patterns in January.
In religion, to begin the week we had an Advent celebration with Mrs. O'Callaghan's class. We lit the second advent candle of peace, prayed and sang songs. We wrapped up our week with a school wide Advent celebration hosted by the Grade Three classes. it was an absolutely beautiful mass providing us with time to be still, pray, and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
1. On Monday, your child will be bringing home some work to share with you. Enjoy looking through it with your son/daughter. Please sign it and return it in the bag provided.
2. The children have had the opportunity to make numerous holiday crafts. Thank you to our volunteers as the assistance is greatly appreciated.
3. Thank you for all angel tree donations. The children were very proud to take their donation to the tree at the front office. We had many valuable discussions about our role to help those in need.
4. Please label all of your children's clothing and personal belongings as we are having to put unclaimed clothing into the lost and found.
5. The St. Luke School Christmas concert will be held on Wednesday, December 16th @ 1:30pm. Each class will sing songs in French and English. We hope you can join us as a community to kick off the holiday season.
Thank you for your continued support.
Wow! what a busy week we had in Grade One!! With only two week left until the Christmas holidays.....seasonal activities are well under way. Please revisit my blog and keep a close eye on tweets from myself and @lukecarleton for important mark your calendar dates.
In religion this week, we focused on the Christmas Story and Advent activities. We discussed why baby Jesus is presently not in our class nativity scene and why the three Wisemen are set a distance away. The children especially loved the story "The Crippled Lamb". The main idea that God has a special plan for us all was a beautiful support to our discussions. Ask your child about Joshua the lamb or Abigail the cow......they were especially touched by these two characters.
In English we used the concept of stamina to make connections to and write about. presently we are trying to instill the importance of positive thinking and a "give it your best effort" attitude within each child. It did not take long for the children to understand the real meaning of stamina and provide their own personal examples of how they need it in their lives. Take a minute to ask your son/daughter about this writing activity. Please continue to read and review the word wall words with your child each night. The students really need to know them by sight to initiate their reading skills.
In Math, we are going to be exploring a variety of patterns. We will be finding patterns in our world and extending them. The students will also be investigating patterns through number facts and counting (2's,5's,10's). regular counting practice at home is a great support for proficiency with your son/daughter's addition and subtraction skills. As well, the boys and girls are going to be learning about time. We will reading and writing time to the hour and eventually the half hour.
1. The St. Luke Angel Tree is accepting donations until Friday,december 11th. The generosity of our community is always evident...... but particularly so at this time of the year. Thank you!
2. The students will not be taking out books at the library until the new year. The Grade Ones had their last visit on Friday. Please have your child's book returned by December 11th so Ms. Sherwin can get the library ready for 2016.
3. Popcorn Day is friday. The cost is two dollars.
4. Madame Tanguay and myself will be sending work home for parents to see on a regular basis. Please return the work signed and in the bag in which it was sent for future use. The home school connection is so very valuable for your child's continued growth.
Thank you for your continued support.