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Jan 3

Hi Everyone,

 

Welcome Back, I hope everyone had a wonderful break. This week we are starting to look at Quality of Life. Students will look at comparing and contrasting our Quality of Life with the four countries we will be studying: India, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Peru. It is important for students to realize that in comparing Canada to the four countries of study the idea of quality of life does not necessarily mean that having more ‘modern conveniences’ equates to an automatic improved quality of life.

 

We are starting by reading a book called “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” where a fourteen year old boy designs and creates a windmill to create electricity for his home and then creates another for irrigation. Here is a link to a video reading of the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDXAf_p5FjU

Homework: Students have been asked to create lists of all the activities and items they use and are able to do because they have electricity in their home. Students need to bring their lists in by Friday; however, they are welcome to bring them in each day if they want to share what they have so far. I hope this accommodates after school activities. How they choose to record the information is up to them, I suggested a blank piece of paper with columns for things to write down tonight and then columns for room to add more to each night as they think of items and activities. We also discussed how items that use batteries cost money to buy and replace the batteries (which the boy does not have), so that it they are included in our lists.  

In Math, we are working on probability and graphing. Today we did a review of tally marks and investigated the chance of rolling numbers on a die. This week we will be playing the following games (see attachments to email):

 

  • Race to 6 (we adapted it to not a winner but instead see how long it takes to fill all the columns).
  • Skunk
  • Pig

 

In Language Arts, we looked at our New Years’ Resolutions and Goals for 2017.

  

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thanks,

Heather

 

 

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Dec 9
Hi everyone,
This week we have been working on our 10 days of Winter Activities.  We have been creating how instructions of how to decorate Christmas trees, describing our favorite holiday treat, creating diary entries from the perspective of an ornament, adding the ending to  winter comic, etc.  In Math, we have been working on a Big Wheel Parade Problem.  Students have to figure out at least 5 types of vehicles and calculated how many of each vehicle to make their assigned number of wheels.  Several students have taken to researching different types of vehicles to enhance their parade.  
On Wednesday. we went to the Telus Spark and participated in a program called Ball Runs, where students had to design a course to get a marble to run through vertically and try to make it last for at least 30 seconds.  We spent the rest of the day exploring the exhibits and attended the Water Experiment Presentation.  
Homework: Practice our Winter Concert Song.  Use both the youtube video with lyrics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV5oVYVGfNc) and the Karaoke version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ5anpLhujA).  
Toonies for Turkeys continues until Dec 13.  Hot Chocolate will be on sale before school for $1 and the class fundraising competition continues.  Ice cream and Candy Gram sales are finished.
Our House is a Holiday House Concert - please wear your festive best.
December 13 - Festive Sweater/Hat/Shirt Day
December 15 - 9:45 Dress Rehearsal for Our House is a Holiday House Concert, parents are welcome to attend to watch.
                      6 pm - Evening Concert (doors open at 5:30, students should arrive to the classroom at 5:30).  There is no cost for admission, a suggestion is to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toy Mountain (however, this is not a requirement).
December 16 - PJ Day (one stuffie or blankie) & School Wide Assembly 
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Thanks,
Heather
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Dec 6
Hi everyone,
Tomorrow we are going to Telus Spark.  Students are not permitted to bring a backpack, so please just send a lunch kit (leave agendas at home).  Please dress appropriately for riding the bus (especially in case it should break down) and being outside for short periods of time (we will not be going to playground because it will be too cold with the wind chill). 
Please do not send any money with your child.  Students will not be permitted to purchase anything from the cafeteria or gift shop.  We do not have access to a microwave, so please do not send lunches that require  one.  
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks,
Heather
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Dec 5

Toonies for Turkeys Fundraiser

Money raised goes to Rideau Park Families

December 5- December 13: Class Competition (each day the donations will be collected and the top class from the previous day will be posted in the front hall as well as announced on the morning announcements).

Winning class will get pizza!

December 5 – December 9: Candy Cane Gram Sale in the main hall during the second half of lunch. Grams will be handed out on Wednesday, December 14. Cost will be: $0.25 small regular, $0.50 small flavoured, $1.00 large regular, $2.00 large flavoured.

Candy Cane Gram Sale will also occur for elementary students during morning recess in room 9.

December 6/8/13: Hot Chocolate for sale in the morning. Cost will be $1.00 which will include a delicious cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. 

December 5 - 9 - Festive Ice Cream Sales at Lunch.  $2

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Nov 28

Hi everyone,

We have been working on Poetry for the past week and a half.  Today we finished up an About Me poem.  Poems will be displayed on our Poet-Tree Bulletin Board outside the classroom.  We have been working on our Building Unit in Science.  Students are busy building wooden bridges with Mr. Pavlove in the Shop and we have built toothpick/marshmallow bridges in class.  If you (or someone you know) works in the Engineering field, we would love if you could come and talk about your job with the class.  We mainly focus on structures, but it would awesome for the students to hear about Engineering in the real world.  If you are interested, please email me.

In Math, we are working on problems involving measurement (cm and m) and time (days of the week, months of the year).  We will be getting into seconds, minutes, hours later this week.

Reminders:

Parent Teacher Interviews are happening Wednesday and Thursday evening (both days are 12:50 dismissal) and Friday (no school for students).  You are welcome to bring your child or not, that is up to you, for this round it is not mandoratory for students to come (the next round is).  We will be discussing SLA results and how everything is progressing.  Our interviews will be held in the classroom (Room 8, upstairs).

Field Trip forms should be returned by Wednesday.  We are still looking for 2 volunteers to go to Telus Spark (Dec 7 all day).  If need another form sent home, please let me know.

The Book Fair is happening in the Learning Commons for the rest of this week.  Students went down and did a preview, so you may be presented with a wishlist of items tonight.  The Book Fair will be open during interviews, Friday included.

If anyone knows of anyone who is looking to get rid of any Lego or K'Nex, please let me know.  We would gladly use it in the classroom for our building projects.

If you any have questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thanks,

Heather

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Nov 9

Thanks to the beautiful weather, we were able to test our Solar Cookers.  On Thursday, we made s’mores and today we made “grilled” cheese sandwiches.  Everyone’s design was very successful.  Extra credit goes to Kyle and John because their solar cooker melted the thermometer!  The project was completed in partners so over the next two weeks, your child will be bringing home their solar cooker and you are welcome to test out cooking other foods.   Some examples might be to try and boil water (record how long it took), cook eggs or bread.  If you are able to test it out at home, it would be great if you could email me photos of your experiment and we can share them with the class.

Our first Field trip will to the Spark Science Centre on December 7.  It will be an all day field trip.  We will be attending a session called Ball Runs.  The rest of the day will be exploration.  For this field trip, I will need 3 volunteers (however, if anyone has a Science Centre Yearly Pass and wants to volunteer… let me know).  Unfortunately, year passes will not be accepted for student admission because they charge for the cost of the program not for entrance.  I will let you know cost closer to the date.

Raz Kids

We now have a subscription to Raz Kids (all students from K-4 have been set up).  Students login by first typing in my teacher name: hlcharles and then look for their Mathletics username.  Students use their Mathletics passwords to log in.  There is an app to use with both Apple and Android devices. 

Email and Google Drive

I have started to introduce students to use their school email and Google Apps to complete their work (e.g. Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc).  This way they will be able to access their work on computers at home.  I have attached a list of the class emails, everyone follows the same pattern – firstname followed by last initial and a number@educbe.ca

In January, we will be moving to completing our TWAS entries via email.  Please send your child an email so they can add your email address to their account.  Also, it would be great if they could also send their TWAS to another family member (grandparent, aunt, etc), so if possible please include family email addresses as well.

Tomorrow we have our Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:40.  Students do not have to wear anything special or coordinated.  I will be handing out poppies before the assembly.  We are asking for a small donation to go to the Veteran's Poppy Fund but it is not a necessity in order to get a poppy.

Tomorrow is Fun Lunch.  No School Friday (Remembrance Day).

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thanks,

Heather

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Oct 25
Grade 3 Blog
 

Hello,

Just a quick reminder that we will be having our class party tomorrow afternoon. If your child would like to wear face makeup, please apply it before school, but costumes cannot be worn until after lunch. Students may not bring accessories representing weapons. 

Tomorrow there will be a Haunted House on the stage (Grade 7s will be the "actors").  The school is a requesting a donation of $2 to go through the haunted house (the proceeds go to We Scare Hunger); however, students will be not excluded from participating if they do not bring a donation.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your help,

Heather

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Oct 7

Hello everyone,

This week, we worked on what we our Thankful For.  We've created a book based on Todd Parr's I'm Thankful book.  In Math, we have continued to work on Place Value.  Yesterday we had a visit from Seed Survivor.  Students participated in an interactive display and presentation learning about soil, erosion, and the needs of plants.  Hopefully everyone's sunflower made it home it one piece.

For next week, we will be focusing on our Student Learning Assessments.  I have attached a document with some information.  The important piece to take from it is that students DO NOT have to study for these assessments.  Next week, we will practice with the format so they are comfortable.  There are practice questions available online and students are welcome to try them, but it is not a requirement.  The link to the practice questions is in attached pdf.  

Home Reading and Homework will start the week of October 17.

Also starting the week of October 17, we are going to be having Reading Workshop from 8:45-9:15 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  Ideally, I would like to have two parents to volunteer for each day.  If you are able to volunteer, please let me know which day is good for you (it is very open... for example, you could commit to one Wednesday a month or every Wednesday or every Tuesday & Thursday, etc.... I will make anything work :)  During Reading Workshop, if you are able to volunteer, you would have a group of 5 students and you would be reading the same book (5 copies) together, reading aloud with a focus on discussing the content.   Please send me an email if you are able to volunteer (and I completely understand if you are not able to).

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks,

Heather

pg-09-sla3_quickfacts_parents-guardians.pdf

Upcoming Dates:

October
10 Thanksgiving Day - No School
13 Fun Lunch
26 Jr. High Dance & Family Halloween Dance, Students can wear costumes in the afternoon
27 Fun Lunch
31 Black & Orange Day – No costumes

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Oct 4

Hi everyone,

I apologize for this email not going out on Friday, so I’ve also added some info for this week.

Last week, we were working on author studies.  Students are writing stories and creating book covers.  In Math, we are working on place value and addition.  We talked about Digital Citizenship and watched a “Professor Garfield” eipsiode on Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying (https://learninglab.org) Next week, we will continue with Digital Citizenship and be reading Professor Garfield’s comics (apps on iPads).  We studied Terry Fox and wrote about why he is a Canadian Hero.  Everyone did an amazing job running the Terry Fox run!

Blue Technology Use contracts came home on Monday.  We read over them as a class.  Please read over them again with your child and have them initial each item of the contract.  Then both of you can sign it.  Please return by Thursday.

No school Friday (PD Day) or Monday (Thanksgiving…Wahoo!)

Picture proof went home on Friday.  If you would like to order, please do so by Oct 11.

This week we are focusing on writing about what we are Thankful for. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Heather

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September 16

Hi everyone,

 

This week we focused on starting story writing. We focused on alliteration and rhyming words. In Math, we have been learning math games based on addition. Canada turns 150 this year, so started our investigation into Canada and what makes it great.

 

Today we had our first school wide assembly. All the teachers introduced themselves, we sang O’ Canada, we met Rocky our mascot and played some Canadian Trivia games.

 

TWAS Books should be coming home in backpacks. Please write back and return the books by Tuesday.

 

There is a Parent Viewpoint form in agendas. Please fill it out and return by Tuesday.

 

Book Orders are due on Tuesday.

Meet the Teacher Conferences are on Thursday evening and Friday morning, the booking system is open.  Thursday is an early dismissal day (12:50).  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thanks,

Heather

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September 9

Hello,

Welcome to the Grade 3 blog. It has been a busy first week, as the Grade 3 class has begun to settle into their routines.

This week, we read some great books, including Tiger's Tail, Extra Yarn, I'm Here and Xander's Panda Party.  The class wrote about themselves, letters to the teacher and their first TWAS (This Week At School) journal entry. We have started to create self-portraits to jump-start their thinking about their identity. These will be displayed around the classroom.

Our first building project will be making Solar Cookers with Mr. Pavlove.  Students will be working in partners to build and test a solar cooker.  To make this work, we need help with the supplies.  I will be introducing the project next week and sending home more information.

If possible, please send some, or all, of the following materials to school by September 16:

- Reflective Materials (hint: inside of Chip bag work really well)

- Cardboard (boxes, flat, at least two smaller cardboard boxes would be ideal)

- Duct Tape, Packing Tape

- Materials to insulate (cotton, bubble wrap, tissue paper, paper towel, styrofoam) 

 SchoolMessenger - Don’t miss out on school messages 

New this school year, parents and guardians who want to receive all messages sent from the school need to subscribe and opt-in. It will only take a minute to ensure you don’t miss out on important information.

Due to federal legislation (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL), parents need to subscribe online if you want to continue receiving electronic messages on “commercial” school topics such as school fees, field trip costs, book sales, picture days, fun lunches and more.

Starting on Oct. 1, if you have not subscribed online, you will stop receiving these types of messages from your school and the Calgary Board of Education. You will still receive messages on non-commercial topics such as class projects, parent-teacher conferences and student absences.

Subscribe
: To subscribe, go to www.cbe.ab.ca/subscribe. Be sure to provide your primary email address on file at your school (i.e. the email where you receive school messages and that you use to log into your My CBE Account, if applicable).

Text Messages: 
In addition, if you want to be able to receive any text messages sent by your school or the Calgary Board of Education, you also need to opt-in for texts.

To opt-in for text messages, use your cell phone to text the word YES to the six-digit number 724665. 
Or, you can simply reply YES (or Y) on Sept. 1 when you receive an automated text message from our system, asking you to opt-in.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Heather

September Reminders

 21 - Picture Day

 22 - Early Dismissal (12:50)

        Meet the Teacher (Homeroom Teacher Only) 5:00 – 8:00 PM

 23 - Non-Instructional Day – No school for students

        Meet the Teacher 8:30 – 11:30 AM (Homeroom Teacher Only)

 29 - Terry Fox Day

        Fun Lunch

 30 - Terry Fox Run and Assembly

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