I am pleased the children are borrowing so many easy readers for RAH RAH - the Read at Home program. They are recognizing more sight words and developing good reading strategies. There is a good online early reading program - **Starfall ** which is free. The children have an opportunity to use it with the Smartboard and it would also be great if they used the site at home. It has lots of fun activities and helps the children sound out words.
We are enjoying having a student intern from Saint Thomas University with our class. Miss Smith will be with us until Christmas vacation.
On Thursday we had an interesting video and presentation on Good Sportsmanship. Mr. Patterson is a guidance counsellor in our school and the children shared some great insights with him.
The children have done a great job learning all the new routines at school. They are making lots of friends and learning so much. Here a few things I want to mention:
1. Homework will start next Monday, Sept. 24th. They will work on two letter sounds a week and a math game every 2-3 weeks. I will send it home on Monday and you can return it by Wednesday or Thursday. I am also sending home a class list you can keep at home for reading and writing.
2. Please send in a change of clothes in case they are needed. Please put them in a plastic shopping bag labeled with your child's name.
3. Milk orders and hot lunch - Please send them by the due date so they can be sure to get their order. Thanks!!
Last week the children enjoyed hearing TJ Wheeler for the Blues in the Schools program. I am adding a few photos of the children and one of TJ Wheeler just as memory. They have so much fun during our special school events. I look forward to picking apples with the children next week and I hope to see some of you at the orchard!
Last Tuesday the children were delighted to see a presentation by Worlds Unbound, a group from UNB that does summer science camps. They did a number of activities related to the Senses and then had an exciting experiment at the end. The children wanted me to send the recipe home. It would have to be done by an adult but it was fun to watch.
1. You need a tall glass cylinder or bottle.
2. Pour hydrogen peroxide in the cyclinder.
3. Add a little dish soap and food coloring and stir.
4. Mix water and yeast equal parts.
5. Add the yeast mixture to the cyclinder and step back.
The retirement tea for teachers from Connaught went very well. I was pleased to see so many children come to sing for Mrs. Morrison at the event. Thank you.
I will add some photos from the Worlds Unbound and the Retirement Tea.
The children really enjoyed the K-2 Math Event last Wednesday. It was exciting to see so many families engaged with the math activities. Thank you for coming!
On Thursday April 12th we had a fabulous presentation on Insects by Dr. Stephen Heard, Biology Dept. UNB. The children saw two insect displays with a variety of interesting and colorful bugs. We had an excellent power point geared to their level of reading. The children were very happy to be able to read some of the questions. They also had the opportunity to hold real Stick Bugs. The photos below show how excited the children were to hold the bugs! I am attaching their thank you letter to Steve.