It may be a short week, but we’ve been busy learning and having fun in our classroom.
Our mini cross-country meet took place at our school and the students embraced the challenge, the weather was beautiful, and all students had a successful experience. A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Lucier and Mr. Gallo for quickly adapting our school ground into a special course for our students. They even arranged to have awards for those who placed first.
Congratulations to everyone for their efforts.
Today we met our music teacher, Mr. Morson who is already working hard to learn our names and get to know us.
Learning about sentences and creating ‘team names’ for our table groupings were just a few of the things we did in the afternoon.
Today we visited our school library for the first time this year and met our new librarian, Mrs. Allen. She showed us how the library is organized and invited us to choose one book (for now) that we can sign out. We need to remember to return the book by next week’s visit. Our class loves to read so we savour every moment in our school library and enjoy the different spaces we can sit in.
Today we wrote on a sticky note the names we thought we could call our stuffed animals in our class. Our monkey’s name is Rufus.
Mrs. Sullivan will narrow down the names for each of the animals and then we will vote as a class on our favourites. Stay tuned for the names of ourowl, raccoon, lion, and pirate.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our class participates in gym class outside as part of our Cross Country unit in Phys-Ed. Our first official “Meet” is on the 21st. Wish us luck! We’ve been blessed with nice, sunny weather every time we go out, but it can get hot so we ensure we bring our water bottles out with us. Mrs. Sullivan reminds us to think of a goal we can aim to achieve which is usually how many laps we think we can complete. Congratulations to our recent recipients of a medal: Joseph and Justin! They were recognized for outstanding effort and attitude. Keep up the great work everybody!
September the 15th marks a very special day for people around the world…Dot Day! It’s based on a book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Over 6 million people this year signed up to participate. Wow!
Listen to a reading of the book by the author:
Our class did such a fabulous job today “dot-ifying”themselves even before they got to school! Parents helped make the day extra special by cutting sandwiches into circles and packing their child’s lunch with snacks that were circles such as cucumber or cookies!
We had a fun-filled day with a plethora of activities that kept our bodies and minds thinking of dots….
Twister,frisbee,hula-hooping, beach-ball tossing, Connect-the-Dots,drawing dots outside with chalk, making 3D Dots with Ipads, Eating Smarties Dots, Dot Headbands…and more!
Mrs. Sullivan started the day with reading the book The Dot and then we broke out into our teams and had a discussion about parts of the book.
There were several classrooms participating in Dot Day with us…hopefully we can add even MORE classrooms from our school next year!
We’ve learned many ‘words of the day’ including Pacific, Morose, and Plethora, but today our word of the day was a simple but powerful word: “joy” which is exactly what I feel when teaching my students! So far this year I’ve seen a joy of reading, a joy of writing, finding joy in our friendships, joy in French class, and so much more.
Where do you find joy in your life?
We have been working hard crafting our Summer Sandwich stories. Our summer vacations sound so incredible! We can’t wait to share them with each other and hang them on our bulletin board. Mrs. Sullivan knows when we can push ourselves a bit harder and write with even more detail, so sometimes we have to think of other ideas and information to add.
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We have been practicing for Cross Country outside every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This is a great opportunity to join together as a school community and let our energy out! At the end of every run, each teacher carefully chooses one student from their class who is deserving of special recognition. Martin and Ava F. from our class have been the recent recipients of a medal due to their excellent efforts thus far. I’ve been so amazed with the stamina and positiveattitude of all of our students. Bravo!
Phew! That first week of school seemed to fly by, didn’t it? Our Back to School BBQ is on Wednesday the 14th–I hope to see you all there.
Our first week of school was all about getting to know each other and establishing our routines. Here are some of the things we have been learning and practicing…
lunch time routine
what to do when we need to use the washroom or get a drink
what to do when we come in from outside
how to leave the building for a fire alarm
what the whistle blasts mean in gym class
how to gather on the carpet for our morning meeting
what to do when we first come in the school before French begins
Our classroom library is a special place. We are blessed to have a large carpet which serves to help us gather for lessons but also for us to get comfy and read on! We have some pillows we can use, too. Our class library has over 300 books and counting! We are allowed to sign out one book at a time as long as we promise to treat it with care. Mrs. Sullivan loves for us to explore books. We continue to learn how to choose a ‘just-right’ book so we can be successful when reading on our own.
Our classroom scavenger hunt got us exploring our surroundings and discovering where everything belongs.
In Math, Grade 3s are learning about numbers to the thousands and Grade 4s are learning to the ten thousands. We like to use the whiteboards and base-ten blocks to visualize numbers. We are practicing representing and reading numbers.
Mrs. Sullivan always tells us to take risks in class, never to be afraid to make a mistake. We support each other in our class and don’t make fun of someone if they don’t say the right answer. Mrs. Sullivan especially loves it when we raise our hand to share an answer, even if we’re not sure. She waits a long time for us to think about what we want to say so that students who need more time to think get more time.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”~ Wayne Gretzky
Happy New School Year! I am so excited to be your teacher this year and am looking forward to getting to know you and all the wonderful gifts you have to bring to our classroom community.
I know there is plenty of nervous excitement. That’s true for us teachers, too! I hope you feel like the classroom is a warm and inviting space to learn and grow this year.
Today we read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and the ending really surprised us! We made a tally chart and graphed how we were feeling today, followed by a discussion. By the looks of our graph, most of us seemed to be excited and none of us felt scared. Mrs. Sullivan said she felt excited, too.
We loved getting to know each other today including one activity that involved eating Smarties! Yum!
We learned about the ins and outs of our classroom and learned our word of the day: facilitate. Do you remember what it means?
It was such a treat to be asked by the kindergarten teachers to help out with their Olympics Day today. Students were involved in team leading, running a station, or helping with the timing of the event.
What a fantastic job of all our Grade 6 students for helping to make the morning a fun and smoothly-run event. Congratulations to you for such wonderful displays of leadership.