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October 16th-19th, 2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 4:11 PM by Penny Pinsent   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 5:20 PM ]
WOW!  It is hard to believe that it has been six weeks since we began this school year.  Time is flying by and your children are learning and growing more everyday.  The following is just a brief summary of what we are doing in Grade Four this week:

In Language Arts and Social Studies, my students have been learning to create and present their own stories through their work in Arts Smarts with storyteller Catherine Wright.  They are currently concluding their research projects on explorers and have eagerly moved into creative writing.  I have been so proud of their comments during Writers Group sessions; they are really learning to give specific feedback to one another.  

In Mathematics, we are continuing to work on organizing numbers to 10, 000 on a number line and to add from right to left as well as left to right.  We are also learning how rounding numbers can help us to better estimate an answer.

Our class has also been learning to label school supplies and the classroom environment, days of the week, months of the year and numbers to 30 in French. 

In Health, we are continuing to focus on nutrition and how each food group contributes to our health.

In Science, we have worked on different activities which enable us to understand how sedimentary rock is formed.  This week we will be working on activities which focus on how fossils are made.

Now in other news, I wanted to let you know that we have officially received the list of schools with which we have been grouped for the Canadian Postcard Challenge.  As students conclude their Halloween stories, we are going to begin creating our own postcards to introduce St. John's to our friends in other provinces.  In that regard, if parents would kindly send along a stamp at your earliest convenience, I would very much appreciate it.  Also, you might like to discuss the special things about our community with your child to help him/her begin to form ideas about his/her postcard message. 

Finally, there are a number of important events in the near future that you might like to note on your calendars.  They are as follows:

Wednesday, October 17th - Recycling Day!
Friday, October 20th - Jamarama Day in support of the Janeway Children's Hospital
Tuesday, October 24th - School closed for a Teacher Professional Learning Day
Wednesday, October 24th - Meet at Bishop Meaden Manor at 8:15 a.m. for our annual Walk to School event (Parents are welcome!)
Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween Fair at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Children may change into their costumes at 12:10 p.m.)
Friday, November 3rd - Last day to donate to Coats for Kids at school
Friday, November 10th and Monday, November 13th - School closed for Remembrance Day and School District Holiday
Friday, December 22nd - Last day of school before Christmas

Have a wonderful week!

Yours in literacy!

Ms. Pinsent