Welcome to our classroom blog. We are excited to be adding posts to our 2019/2020 year. We will be sharing posts about the various activities we are doing in class. Most of the posts come from suggestions the students generate. Often their own voice is reflected in the posts. We hope you take some time to view our classroom site.
It is so nice to see the progress the students have been making over the past few months. They are putting forth a positive work ethic and enjoying the many activities they have been part of. Learning about the temperate and tropical rain forests was highlighted by the ScienceMadeFun Synergy Shannon scientist. She brought the canopy, understory and forest floor to the classroom. Taking part in the Legacy Walk, wearing purple and proudly displaying the Orange Shirt Day signs made a very powerful statement in the community. We are so very excited to have our indigenous artist support our reconciliation path to reconciliaction by engaging the students in the planning of a mural that he will create for our school. The mural launch assembly will take place at the end of the month. Having opportunities to work with a variety of classes has been rewarding for Division 9. They work with the Division 5 buddy class regularly, participate in P.E. class with Division 11 once a week and have enjoyed time spent with Division 8 and our camouflage hunts. Working with the entire school on Rangoli drawings to create awareness and understanding about Diwali made for a memorable afternoon. And what a crazy day we had on crazy hair and hat day. The teachers really enjoyed participating as well. As we look toward December, the class is getting excited about welcoming the staff into our classroom for hot chocolate/tea and a sweet treat. They have already created the invites. Appreciating and giving back to the community will hopefully open up their hearts as well.
December will be full of experiences too. We look forward to soccer lessons, an Urban Safari visit, Peter Pan, gingerbread cookie decorating, pajama day, pancake breakfast and the sing-along.
The sun is out and the week is full. Division 9 has been hard at work creating pieces of art connected to nature and the cedar trees of the Pacific Northwest. They have also been encouraged by our class mascot, Eyela, to create some Halloween spooky eyes. The colourful eyeballs are scanning the hallway, seeing many interesting happenings at Clinton School.
The students have also considered ways in which to use the sun to shrink their environmental footprint. They have thought of many ways to add a bit of walking into their day. Many of them look forward to walking in their community on Halloween night.
We have been excited to experience a number of buddy activities with Division 5. This week we will be making chalk Rangoli drawings outside of our classroom in honour of Diwali. On Thursday, we will have fun with Buddy Bingo.
There have also been many book sharings over the past few weeks. Students have enjoyed The UnScary Book, Throw Your Tooth On The Roof and The Creepy Countdown. Please keep the enjoyment of reading going on at home. Students are encouraged to continue home reading while filling in their reading journal. Some of the journals should be coming in soon.
Division 9 is thankful for:
Anna – I am thankful for my school Linnea – I am thankful for my world Evan Sihota – I am thankful for myself Evan Lin – I am thankful for my soccer team Prisha – I am thankful for my family Malaya – I am thankful for my Grandpa and Grandma Eric – I am thankful for animals Bosco – I am thankful for our planet Dexter – I am thankful for nature Cara – I am thankful for my soul Jocelyn – I am thankful for my violin Zahra – I am thankful for my guitar Gokul – I am thankful for my healthy food Ethan – I am thankful for trees Thomas – I am thankful for my home Selina – I am thankful for eyes Clare – I am thankful for the Sun Ashlyn – we think Ashlyn would be thankful for her friends Raina – we think Raina would be thankful for community Nils – we think Nils would be thankful for being able to travel Mrs. Enchelmaier – I am thankful for my amazing students!
The Home Reading Log Booklets went home. Please read the letter that accompanied the booklets for information about expectations and goals for home reading. Reading at home is to be pleasurable. Perhaps, create a comfy cozy corner for reading or encourage your child to read to a sibling, pet or stuffy. We are soon going to create a reading corner in the classroom so students can take time to enjoy some books of their choice.
The Math Flights have taken flight. We have bees, birds, butterflies, jets, helicopters and rockets ready for take off. Please read the letter that went home with the math fact practice sheet. Students are to practice their math facts but are encouraged to move through the math flights at their own pace.
Division 9 will be presenting at the upcoming Orange Shirt Day assembly on Friday, October 11. The assembly will be in the morning and you are invited to attend.
We are off to a great start this October with sunny weather and exciting opportunities for learning.
The school year has started off so well with students able to experience some wonderful learning opportunities. We sent an appreciation letter to Ms. Lowe for organizing the B.C. Dairy Classroom. Students learned so much about the dairy cow and milking. Excitement filled the gym as the Cops for Cancer riders paraded through the gym on their bicycles led in by a police motorcycle. Division 9 enjoyed the lights, sirens, cheering and support for children with cancer. They sent a class thank you letter to Ms. Matharu who invited the team to Clinton. The students have also worked well together exploring math challenges and taking time in nature. They have demonstrated cooperative skills during these tasks. Photos will be uploaded soon. As we fall into Autumn, I can say that the students have fallen comfortably into their Room 15 classroom.