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January 22nd, 2018

posted Jan 22, 2018, 3:39 PM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 3:39 PM ]
 Dear Parents,

 It seems that the winter term is going to fly by as quickly as the Fall.  Can you believe it is already the 22nd of January???  Well, there are a lot of exciting things
 to tell you about upcoming events at our school and in our classroom.  I will post under the Class Activities page for easy reference.

 First, on Wednesday, the Grade 4 students will do a CLASSROOM Spelling Bee using the Can Spell List I sent home on January 8th, 2018.  The four students
 who are the closest to 40/40 in each of the Elementary grades will compete in the school Spelling Bee on Friday afternoon (January 26th) at 1:00 p.m.  The two 
 students who spell the most words correctly in the school Spelling Bee will compete in the Regional competition at Holy Heart High School later next month.

 As this is the first experience that most, if not all students in Grade Four, have had with a spelling competition, I am encouraging them all to use it as a goal-
 setting opportunity.  Presently, they are setting goals in their reading and writing.  Using the Can Spell results, they can set a realistic goal about the number of 
 new words they wish to learn each month.  I know that you, like me, will be proud of each and every one of them for doing their best.

 Secondly, on February 1st, a letter will go home about this year's Heritage Fair.  While most of the work will be done at school, the final copies will be done at
 home.  More information to follow in two weeks.

 Thirdly, on March 15th, the students will be doing their own parent interviews.  Parents will sign up for a thirty minute session between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. that 
 evening, so that your child can present his/her portfolio to you.  During that time you will see what goals your son/daughter chose in math, reading and writing,
 and how they measured their progress.  While I will be available to answer any additional questions you may have, students will take the lead in these 
 conferences as research shows that students who set their own learning goals achieve better results (They are more engaged in their learning).  

 Fourthly, on Wednesday, April 25th (Time to be announced.), the Grade Four students will present their annual Earth Day Assembly. This will include musical
 selections in French and in English.

 I will update you on any additional special events as they are announced.  In the meantime, kindly check the class website several times weekly as they
 will also be posted on the daily homework page.

 Thank you for your ongoing support and for the privilege of teaching your children.  They are truly "leaders in training" and I am so proud of each of them.\\
 Have a wonderful week!

 Ms. Pinsent