Sports Day At EMJ
Friday, June 22nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day. Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 8:30- 10:15 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.
Sports Day Committee
Thank you to Jason, who was our outstanding star of the week. Jason helped to empty our classroom recycling bin and that is a big job!
Speaking of recycling, we had Evergreen Theatre at our school on Wednesday and they did an entire play for our school on that subject. Through music and dance, we all learned the importance of keeping our earth and oceans clean. At the end, we were able to ask the actresses questions and one of our students put their hand up and was picked to ask. It is so wonderful to watch the skills that we learn in Weekend News put into practice. This makes us very happy!
Our PT came on Thursday morning to help some of us to learn how to safely go up and down the stairs in our school. The PT always makes learning these tools so much fun for us. Thursday afternoon we had our OT time and reviewed brushing our teeth using white paint and a tooth that we drew ourselves. Thank you to Stacy and Nicole for helping us so much throughout the year.
We have heard from quite a few families that they received their letters this week. We were so excited to see that the letter we wrote and sent made it safely to our homes. What an awesome way to learn our addresses and phone numbers, as well as how to stamp and mail a letter. Well done, everyone!
Enjoy your weekend. The sun is supposed to shine so please enjoy.
Zach was our star this week and was very responsible handing out the water bottles. Thank you for your help, Zach!
We had a short but busy week. We started our assessments for the upcoming IPP's and Report Cards. We have learned so much since September and feel proud of how far we have come.
Some of our students are learning how to tell time to the hour and half hour in math. We try to have these students say the time throughout the school day by looking at the classroom clock. This would be an excellent strategy to practice at home as well.
On Thursday we went for a walk to Canyon Meadows Dentist where Mrs. Rowntree goes to have her teeth checked. We learned how to keep our teeth healthy, sat in the dentist chair and looked at x-rays. We even got a very fun treat bag to take home with us. The hygienist and dentist were very pleased to receive their thank you card that we made for them. It was such a fun morning.
Today we have our school Skip for Health event. We will be practicing skipping outside as a school and learning how to keep our bodies in shape. It is a lovely morning so we are looking forward to getting outside in the fresh air.
Have a great weekend. Please read your home reading book : )
Thank you to all of our families that came to watch our Spring Production last night. We were all so proud of our class!
On Friday, May 11th, the Me to We Club is raising funds that will be going towards Health and Water in Haiti.
There will be a Speed Stacking Competition between Teachers and the Me to We Club Students in the gym.
Popcorn will be on sale at the event for $1.00 with all proceeds going towards our cause.
Please remember to bring your loonies!
Thank you for your support.
Braeden was our star this week and learned all about the star responsibilities. With a little support, Braeden was able to hand out the water bottles all by himself. He also did the classroom recycling and we were very proud of him. Thank you, Braeden.
We are very busy getting ready for our Spring Performance on Thursday, May 3rd at 9 am and 6:30 pm. We are all performing and 3 of our students will be signing in the choir. We can't wait to show you our amazing work.
We continue to review important signs in the community as they help to keep us safe. Some additional signs and words that we learned this week include; poison, recycle, hospital and restroom. We played a matching game where we had to put the correct words with their signs. What a fun way to increase our understanding.
Our grade 6 buddies have been absolutely wonderful supporting us throughout our school year. Yesterday when they came, we set up three centres which included, bowling, ring toss and dominos. Our buddies helped us to work through activities and we always appreciate their help.
We are SO happy that the nice weather is here once again. It will make our community walk this morning that much better.
Have a restful weekend.
The Spring Concert is almost here! Don’t forget…your child is performing in “EMJ’s Seussical Storytime” on Thursday, May 3rd at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm. Students should report to their classroom by 6:00 pm. Families are welcome to attend!
Makaya did a super job being the Star Student this week. She always completes her jobs with a smile and truly enjoys being a leader within our class.
We had an amazing opportunity on Tuesday when Quest Theatre came back to our school to present "We Are All Treaty People" to us. The presentation was very engaging for all of our students and we learned a lot about our Indigenous people. At the end, we did a round dance with the entire school and the drumming and singing was great. What a fabulous experience for our entire school.
In math, some of us started learning about adding Canadian coins while others are working on creating various patterns. We all will be participating in purchasing items at the local grocery store with our Canadian coins on our Friday walks. What a wonderful way to practice our math skills in a real life setting.
Thursday was Aggie Days and what fun we had! We saw so many baby animals but the piglets were our favourite. We also watched Indigenous dancing, sheep shearing and a rodeo at lunch time. We even got to meet an author named Dawn Ius, who gave a signed copy of her book to each child. What a super day!
Next week, we will have Music Therapy on Monday and we are looking forward to seeing Kate once again.
Jersey Day and Green & Gold Day
In honour of the tragedy that occurred with the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team last Friday, April 12th has been declared Jersey Day at EMJ. Staff and students are invited to wear their favorite sports jersey or the colours Green and Gold. Thanks for you support.
Jason was our star for our first week back after March Break. Jason continues to be a great leader in our class and is very independent. Thank you for your help, Jason.
Our new student, Braeden, has now started with us full-time and is settling in very nicely. We are so proud of our students as they have been very kind and caring towards Braeden, helping him to feel a part of our class. Well done, SKILL 1!
We are beginning a brand new unit on safety in our community and have been exploring important signs. Some of these signs include, stop, girls/boys bathroom, danger, crosswalk, go and exit. Our Occupational Therapist did a great lesson on Thursday afternoon helping us to learn what these signs look like. Our non-verbal children added to this lesson as we have put the signs on our classroom speech device.
We are so disappointed this morning as the weather is way too cold to walk. We have been learning about Spring and would like to see more signs of it outside. It still is fun to sing songs about Robins as well as read Spring books.
Keep warm and please remember to complete your weekend news for Monday.
Marcus was an excellent star this week. He is very independent with his star responsibilities and we all appreciate his help.
We started our spring classroom bullentin board this week. Although it was difficult to think about spring with the snowy weather, we all worked very hard on this project. We decided to showcase what we are learning in math through art. Some of us showed our addition and subtraction skills with a caterpillar. Others used various shapes and number to make a ladybug. All students did a super job and we will show our parents our work at parent/teacher conferences next week.
On Thursday we began a new unit with our Occupational Therapist which is going to focus on community safety and awareness. We played a very fun Bingo game that had us matching important signs in our community. Some of these signs included Stop, Don't Cross, Walk and Danger. We will watch for these signs when we are on our walk in the community on Fridays.
Our space centres in the afternoon are coming to an end and we all learned so many interesting things about space. Please check out our Planets Song on IRIS by using our Student ID as the username and "cat" for our new students' password or "dog" for our older students' password. We are all very proud of this work.
Next week will be short but we look forward to having some Easter fun! See you then. : )
Louaie was our super Star of the Week. Louaie is learning all of our star routines and doing a great job!
This week was all about Quest Theatre. We practiced twice a day and worked really hard on our play with our leader, Devon. As a group, we decided what we would like to say and put these phrases onto our classroom speech device so that even our non-verbal students could participate in our play. That was really cool! We all felt so proud of ourselves for having the courage to act in front of our entire school. Well done, SKILL 1.
We are also preparing for our St. Patrick's Day party next Friday. We decorated our classroom with leprechauns and shamrocks, which was so much fun. We also did some St. Patrick's themed work in language arts and math. We always enjoy showing our work to each other and took turns presenting our booklets. What a great way to build our confidence.
We are looking forward to nice and warm weather next week. Please dress with appropriate footwear as it will probably be quite wet!
Have a lovely, restful weekend.
Makaya was the Star Student this week. Makaya was very excited to receive her Star certificate and did an excellent job helping with the classroom recycling all week long. Thank you, Makaya!
Our school week was short but we still did a lot of great learning. At centre time, we each chose a planet in our solar system that we would like to learn more about. It was so much fun to use the internet and books to do a mini research project about each planet that we chose. We got to share our learning on Thursday with our grade 6 buddies and they all clapped when we each finished presenting our planet. Some of our students even used their speech device to present and that was really cool.
We also spent some of the week working on assessments for upcoming IPP's. We are getting better at showing what we know and Mrs. Rowntree and Ms. Crawford are very proud of our progress. Some of us are even learning to read short sentences and that is such an awesome skill to have.
We have been enjoying watching parts of the winter Olympics at school and counting all of the medals that Canada has won so far. We had so much fun doing Olympic centres in gym and tried such sports as bobsled, hockey and speed skating. We all cheered each other on and talked about having good sportsmanship.
We are looking forward to warmer weather ahead and going outside for recess. Fresh air and exercise are so important to keep us healthy and learning.
February 28th is Pink Shirt Day, which helps to raise awareness around anti-bullying. This years’ focus is cyber bullying with the motto being “Nice Needs No Filter”.
The Me to We Club decided to raise funds to go toward this worthy cause. We will be organizing a pink-treat themed bake sale for the school. We will be making pink rice krispie squares, pink popcorn and other treats to sell to our follow students for $1.00. A gluten-free option will also be available.
Please wear pink on February 28th to show your support!
Zach was our Star this week and is learning to be a responsible student. Zach has the best manners and uses please and thank you a lot.
We had Music Therapy on Monday and had so much fun learning new songs with Kate. Music therapy helps us to identify patterns and rhythms by using different and interesting instruments. We always look forward to this time.
On Wednesday, the entire school was involved in National Winter Walk Day. We all went outside together and walked around the block which took us 30 minutes. What a great way to get fresh air and exercise. We were so pleased that the weather warmed up a bit.
This morning we learned about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. We had a school assembly and the grade 6 students told us interesting facts about the Olympics. We encourage everyone to cheer on Team Canada and watch the Olympics with their families.
We were looking forward to celebrating our 100 Days at School this morning, however, the weather is too cold to walk to Humpty's. We will be changing the date of this celebration to Tuesday, February 13th from 11-1pm. We can hardly wait to wear our "100 Days Brighter" hats to our fun lunch.
Have a good weekend and see everyone back on Monday with their Weekend News.
Jason was the Star Student this week and was 100% independent with his jobs. Jason continues to be an excellent role model in our classroom.
We all absolutely loved going to Heritage Park on Tuesday morning. We were involved in a school program that encouraged us to use our 5 senses throughout Gasoline Alley. What fun we had! The best part was getting to drive a vintage car which was a convertible. We also got to dress up in clothes from the 1900's and sit on a pretend train car. The pictures we took turned out so well and we enjoy looking at them.
We continue to learn about Outer Space and fun facts about each planet. We have learned a new song about the planets that helps us to remember their names. Our grade 6 buddies made tin-foil stars with us and we added them to our Space Bullentin Board. It is so cool to watch our learning grow.
Our Occupational Therapist, Nicole, used the space theme in her lesson this week. We made Space Shuttle Kabobs out of veggies and cheese. We all used plastic knives to help cut some of the vegetables and cheese and then added them to a skewer. The best part was getting to eat the kabobs at the end of the lesson. What excellent life skills we are practicing.
Today is Groundhogs' Day and we have enjoyed learning about Balzac Billy. We will be checking to see his "prediction" later this morning. Our Groundhog craft and poem will be going home toady. We think it is so funny to make the Groundhog go up and down from his burrow.
We are all looking forward to our 100 Days of School Celebration next Friday. We sure hope the weather warms up for our walk to Humpty's Restaurant!
Sana was our amazing Star Student this week. Sana did the best job delivering the water bottles every morning. Thanks for your help, Sana.
On Monday afternoon we met our new Music Therapist, Kate. We all enjoyed working with the therapist using shakers, drums and our voices to join in on the music. Kate brought her guitar and played so many exciting new songs. We all love this time so much!
We began a brand new unit in Science this week, All About Space. Our first centre was to complete a space booklet that helped us to learn some new vocabulary words. These words included Space Shuttle, Astronaut, Planets and even Aliens, just for fun. On Thursday, when our OT came, we practiced typing out these words and added them to our booklets. They look great.
Also on Thursday, we had Health Nurse Laura, come to our classroom to speak to us about healthy eating. We looked closely at the Canada Food Guide and at what foods go into each group. We all did a good job placing Laura's "pretend foods" into the correct part of the guide. Afterwards, when we had our lunches, we were able to talk about the healthy food in our own lunch boxes.
This morning, we are off on our community walk. We plan to go to the No Frills store to buy some vegetables to make a rocket ship skewer snack next week. It should be interesting! : )
We can hardly wait to hear all about your Weekends on Monday morning. Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday.
Happy New Year! Our first Star Student of the New Year was Makaya. She was so proud to receive her certificate and works very hard while at school.
It was a cold and snowy week and we had several days of indoor recess. However, we still try to move even though we are in our classroom. Our large sensory toys are our favourite and it is so important to keep active when we can not go outside. The PT, Stacy, was here on Monday morning and did some fun winter-themed exercises with us. We are all getting so strong and fit.
Staying with the winter theme, we made the most beautiful winter trees in art. We used bubble wrap to create the snow on the trees and even added birds. We all enjoy our art work when it is displayed in the classroom.
Gymnastics has started for our gym times and we are learning how to move safely on the mats. We are practicing such gross motor concepts as, balancing, rolling and making interesting shapes with our bodies.
Next week we will be starting new units in math and science so rest up over the weekend and get ready to learn.
Louaie was the star student this week. Louaie is beginning to learn the star duties well and we are very proud of him.
Our Physiotherapist, Stacy, came to our class on Monday. We practiced our gross motor skills by acting out different things that we see at Christmas. Stacy thought that we all did an excellent job.
We started to make a card and gift to give to our grade 6 buddies. They both turned out so well and we are sure that the buddies will be pleased. Our buddies are so kind to us and we always enjoy when they come on Thursday afternoons.
We watched our school Christmas concert one morning this week and we were such good audience members. We loved listening to the music and seeing our friends at EMJ perform. We can hardly wait until it is our turn in the spring.
It is such a nice morning to go for a walk in our community. We will be going to the Box grocery store to purchase some items to bake with next week. Shopping is an excellent life skill for our students to learn. We always take the time to review such important points as manners and expected behaviour while at the store. We all enjoy shopping together.
Next week will be very fun counting down to Christmas vacation. We have our grade 6 buddy party on Tuesday afternoon and caroling in the gym most mornings.
We are all so excited for Santa to come!
Parent Volunteers Needed – Scholastic Book Fair:
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school during Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday, December 21, 4:30pm – 8:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to help out. Parent Council set up an online sign-up sheet so if you can volunteer, please sign-up in “Sign-Up Genius” . If this link doesn’t work, you can access the Sign-up Genius through Ethel M Johnson’s main webpage.
The Me to We club will be collecting food items or cash donations for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank the evening of December 14th. Any support will be greatly appreciated.