Cyber Safety Talk for Grade 5s

January16

Next Wednesday, our community police officer will come to the school to do a presentation to grade 5/6 students about Cyber Safety. This can be a sensitive subject for some students. Talking to your child in advance about this topic may be beneficial. The officer will talk to students about the dangers children should be aware of when interacting online, sharing personal information, setting and keeping passwords, as well as other strategies for keeping children safe and alert when using the Internet.

Grade 3 and 4 students will not participate in this presentation and will be supervised in a different location. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

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DPA training

January15

Tomorrow all classes will be spending 100 minutes in the gym doing Daily Physical Activity training. Please make sure all students come to school dressed in clothes to be active.

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Buses cancelled

January12

Due to the weather all buses are cancelled.

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School Calendar Survey

January9

The Limestone District School Board is looking for input from families and staff about the upcoming school year calendar. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts please visit the board website at www.limestone.on.ca and follow the link provided.

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Reading is Thinking

January8

Good readers can not only decode a text, but they can also use a variety of strategies to help deepen their understanding of the material they have read. The main strategies include:
1)Making connections – being able to relate the events in the story and actions made by the characters to their own life, to other books they have read or to things happening in the world. If strong connections are made it allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the story.
2)Predicting – making a guess about what will happen later in the story. This guess must be based on text evidence and clues that the author has given.
3) Visualizing – being able to picture in your head what is happening or what a scene or character look like
4) Inferring – which is also called ‘reading between the lines’. This strategy involves using text evidence to figure out what the author is really trying to tell you without coming out and saying it. It also involves figuring out the author’s message (the lesson we as readers are supposed to learn from the book) and theme of a book
5) Questioning – wondering why events have occurred in a story, what words mean
Each day students in my class do independent reading. We have discussed how to select books that are at an appropriate level for each learner and we are working on strengthening their reading strategies. While students are reading, they are asked to record any thinking (strategies listed above) on sticky notes and at the end of each reading period students are asked to complete a brief retell/summary of what they have read. Students then record their thinking on a chart in their Independent Reading duotang. I will be modeling this process for the students each day this week, with the expectation that they will begin the process independently next week.
If you are interested in helping your student strengthen their use of reading strategies try reading a book together, but stop and pause to discuss what is happening, any predictions they may have or any inferences they have made. Encourage your child to explain each thought and to use specific evidence from the text to do so.
Happy reading!

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January Class calendar

January8

The new calendar is now available.

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Happy Holidays!

December22

With the snow day today, I didn’t get a chance to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Due to the snow day many activities and events which were scheduled for today have been postponed until the new year. Milkshake day will occur in the first week back due to the high level of absences today. Our Mission Possible activity will continue into the new year with students who have completed all 5 missions receiving a certificate. We also put off watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so all students can watch it together in January.

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Bus cancellation

December22

All buses are cancelled today due to the weather. Schools remain open.

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Spirit days

December20

Tomorrow is our annual Craft Day combined with Red and Green Day. All students are encouraged to wear as much red and green as possible.

Friday is Holiday Sweater Day.

All students are doing an awesome job completing their Mission Possible assignment. It is awesome to see the creativity and thoughtfulness some students are putting into their acts of kindness. Keep it going!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

December20

Recently, we finished reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was hoping to show the movie to the class on Friday but have not had any luck finding the movie. If anyone has the new or old version on DVD that I could borrow I would greatly appreciate it. Please send it in as soon as possible.

Thank you so much!

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