Dear Families,
What a beautiful end to our week!  The sun was shining, the birds chirping, and the anticipation of summer bringing a smile to everyone’s faces.  I hope you find wonderful ways to enjoy this weekend, boys and girls!  Make time to be outside and bask in the amazing surroundings we have in our area.  We are fortunate to live where we do!  I’m very much looking forward to the weekend to be outside with my friends hiking, biking, and attending our Canadian women’s soccer team game in Hamilton – Canada vs. Germany.  Go Canada Go!!

Wye Marsh:
We had an amazing field trip in Midland this week!  The weather was fantastic and the program at Wye Marsh was outstanding.  It was very meaningful for the students as they classified different species of bugs, had the opportunity to go dip netting, learning about animal adaptations and meeting a turkey vulture named Darwin and a snowy owl named Odin.  It was wonderful!! 

A special thank you goes out to the Moms of Nate, Zachary, and Carson who were our parent volunteers who came to support us and ensure we were safe.  Your time, enthusiasm, and nurturing ways mean a lot to us!!

We got to see Jennifer again!  She's very knowledgeable and nice!

All tuckered out from our trip!
Over the next while, your child will be learning about probability.  Understanding probability is essential in many areas of mathematics.  In this unit, your child will be learning to use simple probability language, such as impossible, unlikely, and certain.  We will investigate possible outcomes of simple events. Such as spinning a spinner, and make predictions about what will happen in simple probability situations.  Playing games that involve chance is one way to explore this concept. 

This week, I introduced a math game called “Off to the Races.”  Ask your child how we played this, the materials used, and which number was most likely to be rolled.

We have been working so hard on learning about and writing different kinds of poems.  Ask your child about the following types of poems and how to write them – Cinquain, Haiku, Diamante, and Acrostic.  The focus has been on using nouns, verbs, and adjectives in our poetry.  We are very much looking forward to sharing our work with you when you come to our Cafe in the last week of school.  

Our next unit in science will focus on Growth & Changes in Plants.  The expectations are as follows:

  • describe the basic needs of plants (e.g., air, water, light, warmth, and space)
  • identify the major parts of plants (e.g., root, stem, flower, stamen, pistil, leaf, seed, fruit)
  • describe how each contributes to the plant's survival (e.g., the roots soak up food and water; the stem carries water and food to the rest of the plant; the leaves make food for the plant with help from the sun; the flowers grow fruit and seeds for new plants)
  • describe the changes that different plants undergo in their life cycles (e.g., some plants grow from bulbs to flowers)
We will also be doing some planting in our outdoor classroom!

Save the Dates:
Exciting news!
Fri. Jun. 22nd @ 1:45 p.m.
At this month's character recognition assembly, students will be performing a dance with Mr. Morin.  They are required to wear black clothing for this.  Come on out if you can.  It will be short, but sweet!  

Tues. Jun. 26th @ 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Poetry Cafe in our library.  You won't want to miss this!!!

Summer Reading Lists for Kids 12 and Under:
With summer approaching, I thought I'd share a wonderful website to continue encouraging your child to read, read, read over the summer months.  It's an easy to use and engaging website for children to enjoy.  Below is a link to instantly access over 25,000 of the best books and videos for kids!!  Check it out!!%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=f31085f17a-edit_srl_edu_6_6_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7485cf92eb-f31085f17a-64687973

School Newletter:
We've published our latest school newsletter on our website.

The last newsletter of 2017-2018 is available to view. We have a lot of field trips and events happening this month. Want to know where and when....have a look. :)

Blue Mountain Field Trip:
The grade 4’s are heading to Blue on Monday.  The grade 3’s are going later in the week (next Friday).  It should be a great day of outdoor adventure and fun!  As always, please have your child come prepared for the day with proper attire (check weather), footwear, hat, sunscreen, water, and a healthy lunch.  If you wish to send in money, please ensure it is labelled in a zip lock baggy with your child’s name on it.  If you haven’t already done so for this trip, we require you to please sign and return the informed consent permission form to school ASAP. 

Congratulations to Sienna for successfully competing in our school track & field meet this week!
On Tuesday, she will represent our class family at the area track and field meet at SCI in Stayner.  Good luck as you participate in the ball throw!  I am so proud of your achievement!!  We look forward to hearing all about your experience!

Today, Bailey came to school and brightened my heart!  He brought me some flowers and it couldn’t have come on a better day when I needed it the most.  Last evening, I went for a run and unfortunately during this process, I stepped on an upright screw that went through the sole of my shoe and into my foot (OUCH).  I’m ok, it just punctured my sole a bit, but I really appreciate the sweet gesture.  Thanks Bailey!! 

Growth Mindset:

"Have fun in life.  You’re only here once!” – Aurora

Have you ever been challenged by someone to do better?  Push for more to reach your highest potential?  If so, share what some of these moments were and how you felt when you achieved your personal best!

Miss Gill


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