What a busy four days! We have tried to keep up with all of our subjects while testing and starting our swimming lessons! SO BUSY! In science our unit is called "Testing Materials". It was the students' first attempt at going through the scientific procedure, writing hypotheses and making note of their observations.
Sometimes, our results are a bit 'off' because of the materials that we need to use, but
nothing beats opportunities for 'hands-on' learning.
Swimming lessons were very well received. They enjoyed the water,
loved the instructors,
and learned a little more about how to swim.
Halloween is getting closer and closer. It's time to start thinking about what our day will look like.
It has been decided, as a school, that the students will come dressed in their costumes for the entire day. This means that the costumes should be appropriate for working in during the morning lessons, and can be worn under the child's coat, as they will be going outside for recess in the morning and play time before eating lunch. As always, 'accessories' to the costume also must be appropriate. We ask that all 'weapons' be kept at home. If the costume has a mask, the child must understand that it will have to be taken off during morning lessons to ensure that learning can continue.
After eating lunch, the students will be participating in a 'parade' to share their wonderful and imaginative costumes with their friends throughout the school. Grade One and Grade Two students will spend about 45 minutes in the gymnasium participating in a variety of games that will set up there.
During this time, Grade Three and Four students will be in their classrooms participating in the activities that their classroom teacher will organize. After approximately 45 minutes, the two groups will switch, so that the Grade Three and Grade Four students have an opportunity to play the games in the gymnasium.
I would love to have two or three moms volunteer to work on creating some healthy, spooky snacks for the students in my classroom. I have some tried and true ghoulish but delicious ideas. Please let me know through a note in the agenda, if you are interested in helping out.
As well, I will need about three or four moms/dads to volunteer for the afternoon in the gym. These volunteers would work with both groups that rotate through the gym stations. Again, notes in the agenda work best.
The volunteering won't stop there! Grade Three students in both Mrs. Lampka's and my classroom have two fun opportunities organized for the following week and we both would love to have parents in to help!
On Tuesday, November 5th, to compliment our science program, Hands On Science will be presenting Awesome Bridges which is a hands on opportunity to build four different types of bridges, work co-operatively and problem solve the way a civil engineer might have to. Our class is scheduled from 1:10 to 3:10 p.m. and the program requires four parents to man the stations. Please let me know if you can come and build with us! (Just to let you know, this presentation will cost $13 per child which will come out of our field trip budget that you paid into when you paid your school fees).
On Friday, November 8th, Clay For Kids will be coming to the school and the students will be creating a beautiful little Christmas gift for their parents. If you can stand knowing what will be under the tree, you are very welcome to come and be part of the hands on opportunity to work with clay. I will confirm the correct time and have the students write it into their agenda, so please check there. Since there are three classes doing projects that day, I just don't know which time slot is ours!
Again, a note in the agenda will let me know if you are planning to come in and help! (This project cost is $10.50 per child, which is a lot less than when the students have to be bussed to a clay studio).
Just letting you know that there will be two more opportunities to volunteer later in November and then again in December, so if these don't work for you, there are other times we will welcome your smiling face into our class!
October 31 Volunteers needed for snacks and games
November 5 Four volunteers needed for Awesome Bridges
November 8 Volunteers needed for clay projects
November 11 Remembrance Day (no school)
November 12, 13, 14, 14 Fall break (no school)