Dear Families,

This morning all staff and students participated in a heartfelt Remembrance Day assembly to express our gratitude to all those who have, are, and will continue to serve our country.  We are blessed to live with safety and freedom.  Canada is a remarkable country!   

Each day we sing O' Canada, and during this time, I ensure that my students and I demonstrate our utmost respect and take time in our own way to say 'thank you' for being part of a wonderful community, country, and world. 

I am so proud of my students who participate in choir with Mrs. O and Ms. Stewart.  During breaks, they meet in the rotunda and practice for their performances.  Today at the assembly, the choir members sang their rehearsed songs with such love and compassion.  They did a marvelous job!  Way to go Grace, Aurora, and Abby!!  You represented our class family beautifully.  


Parents who were able to attend, thank you for joining us and sharing your energy and time.  To all the staff members involved in organizing this Remembrance Day assembly, thank you for all your hard work, it was a moving experience!  

A Message of Peace:
This week, I had the students think, brainstorm, and write about “How We Can Bring Peace to Our Classroom.”  The goal of this exercise is to promote love, kindness, and respect towards ourselves and peers, and in doing so, it will help create an environment that is safe and enjoyable for all!  

Many students’ responses were excellent and I am confident they will implement these words into their daily actions.  That is the goal :)  Please ask your child over the weekend what some of his or her ideas for peace were.  I will be sure to send these home later next week!  As of now, they're hanging outside of the gym for everyone to read and admire.









Remembrance Day Videos:
Below I have posted some of the powerful Remembrance Day videos that were shared at the assembly as well as some that I shared in class too.  We always do our best to talk about what the songwriter's or author's message is to give us a greater understanding about the words and what they mean and how they connect to our life.  Check it out!

A Pittance of Time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo

Little Red Poppy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCt9WYzEYrk

Light a Candle for Peace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50i-KO-uNU8

Progress Reports:
This evening, you will have received your child's progress report card.  It was a joy writing these as it gives me the opportunity to think and reflect about all the wonderful things your child is contributing to our learning community thus far.  It’s been a remarkable start to the year!  I truly feel blessed to teach and learn from your child each and every day!

I have encouraged my students to carefully go over the Learning Skills portion of this report with you and to not focus solely on the letter grade (E, G, S, N), but to read the star (areas of strength) and arrow (areas for improvement) comments.  It is these comments that provide valuable insight into what will guide your child into continuing and instilling important work habits which will ultimately help them be successful in their academic, social, and behavioural journey in school.  

I look forward to connecting with my students' families next week at the Parent/Teacher Conferences!  If you haven't already done so, please ensure you sign up for a day and time by visiting the link below.  We are promoting online booking.  If you have difficulty with this, please don't hesitate to contact our office, we'd be happy to help you with this.  Thank you to Sienna, Grace, Abby, Nate, Carson, Sydney, Faith, Bailey, and Paige's parents for diligently signing up :)

Here's the link for easy access:

Book Fair:
Our Nottawa Book Fair will be held the week of:  Nov. 13th  – 17th.  
During this week, each morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., Mrs. Johnson will be available in the library for families to browse and purchase books!  Below I have listed the other times.

Operation Hours:
·         Mon. Nov. 13th – Wed. Nov. 15th @ 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
·         Thurs. Nov. 16th @ 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
·         Fri. Nov. 17th @ 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.


Graphing:
Thank you to Nate and Grace for taking initiative this week at home to produce graphs by collecting data about their Halloween candy.  They both served as a model for their peers!  Way to go!



Growth Mindset:
“If you want a friend, BE KIND ALWAYS!” –Paige
Namaste,

Miss Gill

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