Frederickson Free Press

- Issue 22 - March 21, 2016

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Student Led Conferences & Our Blog Challenge

Student-Led Conferences:

Student-led conferences are a unique opportunity to have your student walk you through their learning. In our classroom, the students will have prepared two items to show you in each reading, writing, and math, as well as a discussion on their behaviour and choices. The students will take the lead on the conference - feel free to ask them questions and to make comments throughout the process.


I know and understand that this format is far different from parent-teacher interviews, and therefore, I have made sure to include a "teacher station," which will give you all the opportunity to come and speak to me. If you feel like you would like to have a more private conversation, we can try to do that on the night of conferences, or we can arrange another time to meet.


The students are proud of what they have been up to in class, and I hope that this is an opportunity for them to "show off" their strengths, acknowledge those things which they still need to work on.


Depending on your child, I imagine the conferences to take anywhere from 20-30 minutes. There may or may not be other families in the classroom at the same time as you, as they are set up to allow you to come when it is most convenient for your family.


S.O.L. Writing Challenge:

As you know, the "Slice of Life" Writing Challenge continues to push as as writers throughout the month of March. Many students have shown so much growth if you look across their posts, as they are really practicing what they are learning. They are also learning to live like writers, as most of them enter the classroom each day saying, "I know what I am going to write about today!"


The challenge does continue throughout the month of March. With Easter being at the end of March this year, that does provide a bit more of a "challenge," however, I will encourage students to try to make the time throughout the break to take ten minutes each day to write either in their notebooks or on their blogs!


Thank you for your support!


Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family all the wonderful blessings of Easter. I hope you have a safe break with your families.


Nicole Frederickson

So What Did you Do at School Today ...?

This week, ask your children about:


Reading:

- Book Club Chapter Books - Looking at Characters:

- How do our characters act?

- How do other people see our character?

- What words would we use to describe our character?

- What would we compare our characters to?

- Being word collectors


Writing:

- Slice of Life Writing Challenge:

- Use repetition

- Using long and short sentences

- Tagging our Dialogue

- Adding spaces

- Using Interesting Beginnings and Titles

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Math:

- Grade 3 - Measuring Mass with Kg and G.

- Grade 4 - Fractions as part of a whole and part of a set

- Fractions Post Assessment

- Decimals - How are they like Fractions?

- Friday Math


Science:

- Exploring Vibrations in Instruments:

- Blow, Strike, Strum, Stroke

Upcoming Dates

This Week:

Tuesday, March 22 - Student Led Conferences 3:00 - 7:30 --> Surnames A-M

Wednesday, March 23 - Student Led Conferences 3:00-7:30 --> Surnames N-Z

** Come when it is most convenient for you - schedule about 20-30 minutes in our room.**


Upcoming Dates:

Friday, March 25 - Good Friday - No School

March 28 - April 1 - Easter Break - No School

March 31 - End of the S.O.L. Writing Challenge!