Glad to Be in Gr. 3

Ms. Barrington's Weekly Newsletter

October 21st, 2021

Info., Updates, and News

We are getting ready for another week in Room 180! I am very grateful to all of the students for working so hard with the substitute teachers last week. The teachers left me some very positive notes about our class. We are going to be getting back into our regular routines this week and beginning some new units of study in Science and Social Studies.


A reminder that in our weekly newsletters you will be hearing more about your student's weekly learning. Our newsletters will also provide information about upcoming events that are taking place at school and in our classroom. Newsletters will typically be shared on Mondays. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our newsletters in their entirety.

Week in Review

Everyone continues to work hard to help one another and to be a classroom of leaders, listeners, and learners. We are becoming a strong community.


Here are some of the things we have been learning:


  • Literacy: In literacy, students are being exposed to and practicing various reading strategies such as being able to retell stories and organize the main events in chronological order (beginning, middle, and end). Students continue to work on extending their reading stamina - how long can we sustain our reading? What will happen next? Reading fluency (ie. accuracy, rate, rhythm, and expression) continues to be modelled through our daily message, classroom book a day texts (see Instagram stories for daily updates), and our daily read aloud novel (ie. Sideways Stories from Wayside School). Students are working on developing writing strategies and being able to create and organize their ideas before beginning the writing process.


  • Phonemic Awareness: Words are made up of individual sounds. Students are practicing isolating the initial phoneme of words. The initial phoneme is the first sound we hear in a word. This week students practiced this skill by listening to and sorting words using initial sound blends (ie. pl, sl, bl, cr, br, fr, pr, tr, and dr). To practice at home, go on a word search! Can you find any words around your home that begin with any of these blends?


  • Numeracy: In numeracy, students continue to explore identifying and using patterns to solve problems. Each day students are given a prompt that shows a perplexing problem - sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. These problems generate discussions on HOW students determine answers. Students are practicing identifying and describing number patterns. Students are practicing identifying number patterns on a hundreds chart and using these patterns to skip count and to solve problems. Students are practicing identifying patterns on a calendar and using these patterns to solve problems.


Students continue to explore leadership roles both inside and outside of our classroom and school. Students are learning about Community Helpers (ie. fire fighters, nurses, librarians, etc.) and considering the importance of these roles to our community.


Students continue to assist in caring for and maintaining our classroom isopod colonies. Students are learning to identify requirements for animal care, focusing on the isopods need for food, water, shelter, and air and how we can properly care and provide for them. Students are learning to make connections to other animals and other habitats.

Learning Videos

Missing Addends: Finding a Missing Part for Kids

Upcoming Events

  • October 27th - Halloween Safety Presentation
  • October 28th - Take Me Outside Thursday
  • October 28th - Pollyanna Visit (Talking Sticks)
  • October 28th - Halloween @ CG / Costume Parade
  • October 29th - ATA Institute Day (No School)
  • November 3-4th - Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • November 4th - Take Me Outside Thursday
  • November 7th - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 11th - Remembrance Day (No School)
  • November 12th - Day in Lieu (No School)

Office Announcements

AHS New Daily Checklist

During the September 23rd, 2021 COVID-19 update, Dr. Hinshaw provided clarity regarding the new AHS Daily Checklist. Dr. Hinshaw communicated that she has added a new recommendation for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals when there is a positive COVID-19 case in their household. The new recommendation is that any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals (including children under 12) should stay home for 14 days when a person who lives in the same house as them tests positive for COVID-19. Please make sure that students complete the AHS Daily Checklist each morning before returning to school.

Halloween at CG

Given the existing COVID-19 situation, we have had a number of parents inquiring about the protocols for Halloween this year:


  • Halloween will be observed on the 28th at Christina Gordon, as there is no school for students on the 29th.
  • Like last year, students will take part in a costume parade that will be recorded and shared with teachers so that all may enjoy it. Alas, privacy laws do not allow us to share this outside of the school.
  • Due to current restrictions, teachers will not be accepting treats/treat bags/stickers from students for distribution to their classmates this year. Classroom teachers will plan this year's Halloween celebrations with these restrictions in mind.


Hope this helps answer some of the questions you might have. Take care!

General Reminders

  • Please make sure you have clearly labeled any coats, hats, water bottles, lunchboxes, etc. that you send to school. It is your child’s responsibility to keep track of these items throughout the school day.
  • Students are expected to read or be read to for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Please make sure that students are returning books and book bags to school each Monday.
  • Students will bring home any handouts, information from the office, permission forms, etc. towards the end of each week in their Take Home Folders. Please make sure that all forms and the Take Home Folders are returned in a timely manner.
  • Our classroom Seesaw blog and student journals will be updated on a regular basis. Families are asked to check Seesaw for updates on a regular basis.
  • Our classroom is participating in the "Take Me Outside for Learning" Challenge and as such will be going outdoors rain, snow, or shine each Thursday. Please make sure that students come to school dressed for the weather with appropriate footwear, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, etc. as needed.

Specialty Classes

  • Monday, October 18th - Physical Education
  • Tuesday, October 19th - Music
  • Wednesday, October 20th - Physical Education
  • Wednesday, October 20th - Walk for Wenjack
  • Wednesday, October 20th - Take Me Outside Day
  • Thursday, October 21st - Music
  • Thursday, October 21st - Pollyanna Visit (Talking Sticks)
  • Thursday, October 21st - Take Me Outside Thursday
  • Friday, October 22nd - Leader in Me