February 11th, 2018

posted Feb 11, 2018, 11:21 AM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 11:21 AM ]

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to write to keep you updated on our classroom projects and monthly news.

First, Happy Kindness Week everyone! During the next four days students will participate in some special activities which enable them to reflect on the important of treating others with care.  In this regard I have listed the colors that we are asking students to wear each day on our Class Activities page for easy reference.  

Secondly, we are having our very first Spelling test on Monday (tomorrow)! As I said in my email last week, I am VERY pleased with my students' growth in their ideas and organization, however, I feel it is time to increase our focus on the editing part of the writing process.  To this end, the children will each do a written spelling test every Monday and a set of new words will be sent home each Tuesday.  Further, as our Elementary students enjoyed the Spelling Bee immensely, there will be a short Spelling Bee at the end of each month beginning in March.

Thirdly, beginning Monday, students will have an opportunity to work on their Heritage Fair Projects during our Daily 5 Writing Block in Language Arts. So, if you would ensure that they have their research questions or notes ready, that would be greatly appreciated as it will help them to use their time more efficiently.  Tuesday, February 20th will be the last day in which class time is allocated to creating Heritage Fair Projects, however, feel free to contact me if you have any questions after that date when working with your child to complete the project at home.

Fourthly, I am sending along a little reminder about a writing contest which I think that many of my students would enjoy.  It is as follows: http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids-creative-challenge/

Finally, there will be NO school on Friday, February 16th OR Monday, February 19th as it is a scheduled Winter Break for our school district.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Pinsent