You may have heard about the recent tragedy in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The Broncos team was heading to Nipawin on Friday when its bus and a semi truck carrying a load of peat moss collided at an intersection north of Tisdale. There were 29 people on the bus — 15 died and 14 were injured. The driver of the truck survived the crash.
I spoke to the students in my class about the tragedy and they are all eager to help in any way that they can. To support the families of the victims, our school is collecting donations of $5 (or any amount that you are able to donate).
I would like to thank Nihal, Pavan, Manjeet, Gurshan and their families for their generous donations and show of social responsibility!!!
Anyone else that would like to donate has until Friday, April 13 (morning). We will be forwarding all donations to the foundation after that, as well as a small sympathy card on behalf of our class.
Thank you for your support,
Welcome back grade ones!
We have a busy term ahead of us and some important dates to note for April:
- April 12 is our Grouse Mountain field trip
- April 18 is our Education Fair
- April 20 is a school holiday
Other important dates will be announced soon. Please keep checking your child’s planner.
Tomorrow (March 8) is the student-led conferences from 1-6pm. If you have not signed up, please do so as soon as possible.
These are STUDENT-LED conferences, and as such, the students MUST attend with their parents. Please also note that the student will be the main speaker. They will be speaking about their own learning and their goals for the remainder of the year. I will be present at the conference for clarification purposes, but the students are in charge of speaking.
If your child is not present or unable to attend, please see me for an alternative appointment. These are NOT parent-teacher conferences, so student attendance is mandatory. It is important for students to take an active role in their own learning.
To make things progress more smoothly, please try to be here on time. Each slot is only 10 minutes and I will be enforcing this so that other students and parents do not have to wait too long for their turn.
If you are unable to make your designated appointment time, please write a note in your child’s planner and I will try to make an alternative appointment time for you and your child in the following week.
Monday, February 12 is Family Day and a holiday. Students are encouraged to spend the day with their families, preferably doing outdoor activities.
We will be having our Valentine’s/Hundred Days party on February 14. I have asked that students bring some snacks that day because we will only be having samosas/paneer pakoras at lunch time. However, they should not be bringing any other junk food that day.
A would also like to remind students and parents that all lunches and snacks brought to school must be HEALTHY. Pizza will not be allowed except on Pizza Day, class parties, or a birthday party. Some students have been bringing pizza for lunch on a daily basis and this is NOT expectable.
Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and everyone is encouraged to attend the festivities in Vancouver. The students have been learning about diversity in their communities and this is a good opportunity for them to enrich their learning.
The students have been given a Math Strategies Booklet. The purpose of this book is to practice the strategies. There is one question per strategy for addition and subtraction. However, for each strategy, you may create additional questions for your child to practice. I KNOW that students are able to find the answer – that is NOT the purpose of the book. The purpose of the booklet is for students to SHOW me the various ways they can arrive at the answer. They should be reading each word problem carefully and showing me each step they took to arrive at the answer. The booklet is due Monday, February 26 not before.
Along with Math homework, the students should be reviewing ALL sight words on a daily basis. They should also be reading for at least 30 minutes a day. Students are also encouraged to keep a daily journal at home in which they should be writing about what they learn at school and reading it to their parents.
Please make note of the following:
We are encouraging all students to eat healthier. Chips and cookies are not allowed at school for any snacks. They should be eating fruits or vegetables for a snack.
Juice and chocolate milk are not allowed. Students should only be bringing water to school.
For lunch, pizza (on a daily basis) and Happy Meals are not allowed. They should be eating a healthy, well balanced lunch.
Our class gets one junk food day in the month – either on Pizza Day or on a class party day.
This is a school initiative – if students are consistently bringing junk food to school, they will be referred to the office.
Please also note that your child should be able to open ALL containers in which their food is packed. This is a life skill and should be practiced at home if they are not able to do so.