Dear Families,

In anticipation of Halloween on Tuesday, students are feeling very excited and enthusiastic!  Check out all the kids who dressed up today in orange, purple, and black to show school spirit!  Well done boys and girls!  Some went above and beyond and even added unique accessories, hair dye, and googly glasses!  I'm already hearing about the unique costumes students will be wearing!  If you would like to send me a picture of your child in his or her costume, please do so via my e-mail: pgill@scdsb.on.ca and I can include it in next week's post!



Character Recognition & Spirit Assembly:
Today at our assembly, we celebrated this month’s character trait:  Cooperation.  Congratulations to Bailey and Abby for consistently demonstrating this trait in their thoughts, words, and actions!  You two are excellent models for 'WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THE JOB DONE!'  Check them out below as they cooperatively worked together on their water poster for their health assignment!  Thank you for setting a positive example in and out of the classroom!  Well done you two!!

Math:

Students are learning about creating and interpreting various types of graphs namely a pictograph and bar graph.  I spent the week doing a lot of modelling showing how to ask a survey question, collect, organize, and explain the data.  Students are now beginning to create their own questions, tally charts, and graphs to display their work in their math journals J


This week, we had various students from Mr. Plater's Grade 4/5 class visit us to ask their unique survey questions (below Katelyn and Jack).  My students were definitely inspired by this and we will take these examples and use them to begin creating our own surveys, charts, and graphs.  Ask your child what his or her survey question is that they created and asked their peers this week.  Next week, we will graph the data and explain our results.



Zach asking his survey question and collecting data!
Primary Halloween Flashlight & Blow Ups Party:
Each year, Mrs. Kitchener has been graciously providing numerous fun Halloween blow ups for the students to enjoy getting into the spirit of Halloween!  Perhaps your child remembers from last year?  Ask them J I’m sure they do!  It’s been such a hit!  If your child would like to bring in a flashlight to this event, they are welcome to do so.  This celebration will take place on Tues. Oct. 31st during Period 1 and 2.  It’s going to be spooktacular!  I'll take lots of pictures for you to see in next week's post so you can see exactly what I'm talking about :)

Class Halloween Celebration:
Our class Halloween celebration will also take place on Tuesday during period 5 (1:40-2:30pm).  During this time, we will enjoy some healthy treats together and talk about the much anticipated evening of trick or treating!  Please note that we are encouraging that the treats be a healthy option for students, for example, fruit, veggies, crackers and cheese, etc.  If you wish to contribute an item, please do so!  We have 21 students in our class.

Mathletics:
Mathletics is a captivating online learning space providing students with all the tools they need to be successful learners, both in the classroom, at home, and beyond.  Mathletics supports and caters to teacher's unique blend of student-driven learning and teacher-led instruction.  Click on the link to get  to the site, bookmark it on your devices :)  http://ca.mathletics.com/ 

I have stapled each student's account at the front of their agenda (see example below) for convenience.  I am encouraging all families to please access this website at home for your child to get extra practice on concepts that are being covered in class as well as previously taught units.  It's fun, interactive, and builds upon their growing skills!  Over the weekends, I may assign course work and assessments that I would like the children to complete too.  


The Great BIG Crunch:
Yesterday, our whole school participated in this nutritious and delicious challenge!


Why did we participate in the Great Big Crunch?

  • promote and celebrate healthy snacking
  • highlight availability of locally grown apples all year 'round
  • use apples as a centerpiece for activities on tasting, nutrition, composting, sustainability, community development and more!


Check out the link below!  It shows you creative and tasty ways to eat an apple.  I shared this video with my students and they were salivating looking at the delicious creations!  Maybe try them at home as a family :)  Yum, yum! 

Photo Retakes:
Reminder that these will take place on Nov. 1st 

Gr. 4 & 5 Field Trip:
Next week, the grade 4 and 5 students will be going on the Bruce Trail for an adventurous hike!  It will take place on Nov. 2nd.  All forms and money are due by Wednesday.    

Growth Mindset:
"Be who you are no matter where you are or how you are!"  -Faith

Namaste,
Miss Gill

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