Finding our Way

Last week was a great one -the weather, the activities,  and the enthusiasm!  We’re gearing up for our annual Terry Fox run, and are especially anxious to reach our school goal of $5000.  If we manage this amount, the teachers, additional staff and administration will be participating in a fashion show!  This won’t be just ANY kind of fashion show, but one where the students will decide what it is we strut down the runway in.  I am excited and only a tiny bit afraid!  Mr. W should be very afraid – the staff will be figuring out his attire!  Can’t wait!

We’ve also been testing out our orienteering skills; using maps and working with partners to find hidden markers around the school yard.  This has proven to be a very popular PE/Social Studies activity, as I’m asked daily, “Are we orienteering today??”  We’ll try to set a few courses each week until the snow flies (again) so that we can take advantage of the fabulous autumn temperatures.

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In Language Learning, we’ve been working hard to increase our stamina during ‘Read to Self’ and ‘Working on Writing’ time. The students seem very goal oriented and are ready to show me that they can read or write the whole time, work quietly at their task, and pick “good fit” books.   It is very reassuring to see how many of them are familiar with these routines from their teachers in previous years.  Our new students are catching on super-quickly as well.

In Math, we’re identifying and describing patterns and using them to solve problems.  Be sure to ask your child to describe the patterns they see in their everyday world.  How does the pattern start?  Are the numbers increasing or decreasing?   By how much is it increasing or decreasing?  Next up in math will be place value to the 10 000 position.

We’ve also began our review of digital citizenship.  This means we’ve been talking about being respectful and making good choices while online.  These lessons are key to our success with technology throughout the school year and beyond.  Here are the main points that we’ve covered so far:

1.  Be nice to one another. Apply the “golden rule” online. 

2. Guard your privacy.  What people know about you is up to you. 

3. Protect your reputation. Everything online takes place in front of  a large number of strangers.  What kind of impression do you want to make?  

4.  Be smart, be safe. Not everyone online is who they say they are. 

5.  Take a break from the internet.  Watch the clock; balance your life!

Click here to learn more about this week’s lesson on digital citizenship!

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