October 22 – Picture Retakes
October 24 – No School in afternoon
October 25 – No School
October 30 – Hot Lunch
October 31 – Halloween
The annual parade at Halloween with students moving around the school displaying their costumes will happen on Thursday, October 31at 12:30 p.m.
Students are asked not be dressed in their costumes for the morning (morning Early Education and kindergarten classes will be the exception) to allow for maximum use of instructional time. Students will be able to change into costumes during the lunch break from 12:00-12:25. Please simplify costumes to facilitate a quick change at lunch.
The following students are signed up to bring snacks for our Halloween celebration which will begin after recess (approximately 2:05PM):
Cheese and Crackers – Austin
Veggies and Dip – Amy
Fruit Platter – Shaye
Juice and Napkins – Sammy
Cookies or Cupcakes – Carter
Peek at the Week
Students showed what they knew on their Statistics and Probability test. This week we are diving into our next unit on whole numbers.
In this unit, your child will:
• Recognize and read numbers to 1 000 000.
• Read and write numbers in standard, expanded, and written forms.
• Use place value to represent numbers.
• Estimate sums and differences, and select and use estimation strategies to determine if his or her calculations are reasonable.
• Pose and solve problems using whole numbers.
Students are encouraged to use a variety of estimation strategies to add and subtract depending on situation and context. Calculating with number sense means that children look at the numbers and operations involved and choose the most efficient strategy. Ask your child to show you some of the different estimation strategies that he or she uses. Here’s a suggestion for an activity you can do at home:
Take a page each from a newspaper and circle all the numbers in the articles and advertisements on that page. Then talk about the circled numbers. Which are estimates? Which are not? How can you tell?
Next, both of you choose one number and describe it to one another in terms of its number of millions, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones only. Then challenge your child to find your secret number while you identify her or his number.
We will be starting with a quick review of 4-digit numbers before we take a look at numbers to 100 000 and numbers to 1 000 000.
Check out these websites for some extra practice with larger numbers:
Thank-you parents for helping out your little historians by supplying them with information about their ancestory! We have had some wonderful conversations about our family’s origins.
Over the next few weeks, I am very excited to introduce the Autobiography written project ( a three-paragraph written piece: past, present and future) which will lead to discussion of the wrap-up activities and final presentation. Students can look forward to signing up for their presentation date and time (presentations taking place in November). The rest of this month will be used to write the stories of our lives as well as complete various individual activities chosen by students in preparation for the final presentations. The final presentation must include the written portion but beyond that, students can choose the format and activity that will make up the 5- 10 minute (maximum) presentation. I will supply students with a handout of ideas: “100 Product Possibilities” and will be showing many sample projects from years past next week, but it’s never too early to begin the brainstorming process. Over the years, students have made posters, brochures, movie commercials, dioramas, PowerPoints, demonstrations, puppet shows, SmileBox and Xtranormal movie makers, giant books, songs, plays and games. Students get to choose whichever way they feel they can best present themselves to the class. This project is a wonderful way to celebrate the unique and amazing individuals we all are!
Over the next few weeks will be busy with pre-writing activities for their Autobiography written piece. Please watch for activities that students will need your help to complete! Once we’ve webbed for each of the three paragraphs (past, present, future), we will begin drafting the written portion.
Following a quiz about Canada’s provinces and territories and their capitals on Monday, a discussion will be held about what makes a region (what would you want to know about a place before picking up and moving there) and will be reviewed next week along with further exploration of Canada’s regions and the creation of our passports as we get set to travel to our first destination: the Atlantic Region of Canada!