The students had a great time spending their hard-earned cash at the Duffmart on Friday afternoon. Some also made deposits in their bank accounts for next month's shopping trip. Thank you to our PALS partner, Scotiabank for providing us with bank books and plastic sleeves! The classroom currency is not only a reward program in my classroom, but a way to practice our math skills and learn about savings.
This week was "Be Buddy, not a Bully" at Saint Rose School. We took part in various activities throughout the week in our classroom and school. We learned the difference between conflict and bullying. Not every situation is a bullying issue, but just times where we don't get along with a school mate. On Friday, we all wore something pink to show our stand against bullying. Our home page has a great music video....check it out! We also went outside and wrote and drew pictures of messages of friendship. I hope this week's activities will be remembered when we face troubles.
I would like to welcome a Co-op student from SJHS, Miss Ricketts to our classroom. She will spend every afternoon in our classroom exploring what it is like to be a teacher. We hope she enjoys herself and has a positive experience.
I am absolutely thrilled with everyone's Rock Collections! WOW! What a wonderful collection of projects. I sincerely hope that the students enjoyed this project. This upcoming week each student will have the opportunity to share two rocks from their collection. Thank you to parents/guardians for your support! Being a mom, I understand that you worked hard too!
Tomorrow is an exciting day as the Duffmart opens for the 2012-2013 school year! The boys and girls have been collecting Duff Dollars for returning homework books on Friday, wearing their sneakers to gym, classroom jobs, etc. It will be interesting to see if I have a classroom of spenders or savers...will they spend all their cash on treats or save for the bigger ticket items, such as a Teacher Chair rental?
When you have a moment, check out our Science pages and see what we have been up to! Today we completed some cool experiments on rocks and minerals to determine their properties. There are some great photos of the children working hard. Ask your child what the properties of rocks and minerals are.
I have begun to get into the swing of things and have started to post photos of my students working hard! Throughout the pages you will find either some of your child's work or their photo....or both......take a look!
I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm at our school's Open House.
Just a reminder that Homework books are due EVERY Friday for me to check Reading Logs. If your child has choosen to use www.reading-rewards.com, I will also check that as well. This also allows me the opportunity to send along any notices to you via the homework book. Thank you for your support.
Today is the kick off of the official grade four homework routine! I am really excited about the new format that the grade four teachers have decided upon. The outline of the homework expectations are in bookbags today, but you can also find it under the Assignment tab, as well as any project outlines.
Over the years, I personally have not enjoyed assigning homework sheets or even marking them. I found there is little enthusiam at home or at school for homework. We are aiming to raise our students to have 21st Century skills, our project format will address these skills! One project a month will be assigned, which will be cross-curricular in nature and fun...we hope! I hope your child enjoys the first project for September;Rocks Rock! Rock Collection! Please call, email or drop me a note if you have any questions.
Welcome back! What a wonderful start we had to the 2012-2013 school year! I have 17 super, smart students and we enjoyed getting to know each other this week. Homework routine will begin on Monday, including a reading log, electronically or paper. A brief letter of explanation will be sent on Monday! If you have any questions, please call, email or send a note along.
I thought I should provide a bit of explanation of why I have a Grade 3, 4 and 5 tab on my web site....
My homeroom is grade 4 and I will teach Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Art to my own students. Mrs. Carey, our Vice Principal and grade 3 teacher will teach my students Math. At that time, I will teach her grade 3 students Science and Social Studies. While my grade 4 students go to Mr. Bordage for French three times a week, I will teach the Grade 5 students Social Studies. Clear as mud? Any questions, just drop me an email!
Mrs. Duff and her students will keep you posted on what we are up to!