Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter

February 2020

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ENGAGED COMMUNITY

February School Events

February 1 - Grade 1/2 Mini Sticks tournament

February 4, 5, and 6 - Candy Grams on sale for 50 cents each

February 6 - Grade 4-6 ski trip forms due back to the school (and payment made online)

February 6 - ELP, Kindergarten and Play and Learn Application Day

February 6 - Gr. 3 Swimming Lessons

February 6 - Parent Council Movie Night

February 7 - Professional Learning Day - no school for students

February 10 - Spell-a-thon information will be sent home

February 10-14 - Evergreen Theater Residency

February 11 - School Council meeting at 7pm - Mini town hall meeting (see below for information)

February 13 - Gr. 3 Swimming Lessons

February 13th - Evening Evergreen Performance at 6:30pm

February 17-21 - No School

February 26 - Pink Shirt Day: Theme is "Lift Each Other Up"

February 26 - Tigers' Stay in School presentation for grade 4, 5, and 6 students

February 27 - Ski Trip (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

February 28 - Spell-a-thon forms due back

Play and Learn Program - NEW

We believe in the importance of building a solid foundation in the early years. To

enhance our half day kindergarten program, we will offer an optional, part time, Play & Learn program for kindergarten aged children. This will allow all children the option to

receive a full day of programming to engage in holistic play based activities through

exploration and problem solving to develop literacy skills and physical well being in an

inclusive environment.


Learn more about Play & Learn


Application day is Thursday, February 6th.

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Mini Town Hall Forum (Budget)

All parents and guardians are invited to attend a mini town hall forum with Medicine Hat Public School Division School Board Trustee Rick Massini, on Tuesday, February 11th at 7pm in Room 1 at Ross Glen School.

As you may be aware, the 2019-20 provincial budget cut several educational grants received by public school jurisdictions; our Division has experienced a $3.8m decrease. Fortunately, we have the financial reserves to cover these reductions for the current school year. In the absence of information regarding next year’s budget, public school divisions are faced with a great deal of uncertainty.

We, the Board of Trustees have established mini town hall forums to discuss our financial position and we want to hear from you, as our partner in education. It is important that our education community has factual information on these matters. We are eager to gather feedback about what you value most in the programs, services and supports provided to your children so we can thoughtfully consider the parent/guardian voice when making decisions about the 2020-2021 budget.

What to expect at the mini town hall forum?

1) Budget review: What is the current and projected budget situation?

2) How will a $3.8m cut to funding effect students?

3) Looking ahead, what are the priorities that we need to protect?

4) What action can families take?

Sincerely Rick Massini, Chair

Medicine Hat Public Board of Education

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SafeArrival Reminder to Parents

Phone Call

This is a reminder that Ross Glen school is using the SafeArrival absence reporting system, which started January 24th, 2020.

Please use the toll-free number, the website, or the SchoolMessenger mobile app to report your child’s absence in advance. The toll free number is: 1-833-219-9070.

Detailed information was sent home with your child regarding this process. Please contact the school for an additional copy of this information. If you have children attending schools that are not yet using SafeArrival, please continue to follow their current attendance reporting process.

Thank you.

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Our Learning

Eagle Butte Observatory

Our grade 6 students have been involved in their Sky Science unit and as they explored constellations they had the opportunity to attend a presentation at the Eagle Butte Observatory. Thank you to Mrs. Barnes and Miss McDougall for providing our students with this evening opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

STEM (Science, Technology, Egineering and Math)

Numeracy

Number Sense

Number Sense

What is number sense? According to Gersten and Chard (2001), number sense is a person’s “fluidity and flexibility with numbers”. This includes a sense of what numbers mean, their relationship to one another, ability to perform mental math, understand symbolic relationships and use numbers in a real world situations.

To help your child develop number sense here are some activities for you and your family.


Addition facts:

1) Snap It: Each player makes a train of connecting cubes of a specified number. On the signal “Snap,” players break their trains into two parts and hold one hand behind their back. Players take turns going around the circle showing their remaining cubes. The other players work out the full number combination. For example, if I have 8 cubes in my number train I could snap it and put 3 behind my back. I would show my group the remaining 5 cubes and they should be able to say that three are missing and that 5 and 3 make 8.

2) How Many Are Hiding? In this activity each player has the same number of cubes and a cup. They take turns hiding some of their cubes in the cup and showing the leftovers. Other players work out the answer to the question “How many are hiding,” and say the full number combination.


Multiplication facts:

1) How Close to 100? This game is played in partners. Two players share a blank 100 grid. The first partner rolls two number dice. The numbers that come up are the numbers the child uses to make an array on the 100 grid. They can put the array anywhere on the grid, but the goal is to fill up the grid to get it as full as possible. After the player draws the array on the grid, she writes in the number sentence that describes the grid. The game ends when both players have rolled the dice and cannot put any more arrays on the grid. How close to 100 can you get?

2) Pepperoni Pizza: In this game, players roll a dice twice. The first roll tells them how many pizzas to draw. The second roll tells them how many pepperonis to put on EACH pizza. Then they write the number sentence that will help them answer the question, “How many pepperonis in all?”


Information from: https://www.youcubed.org/evidence/fluency-without-fear/

Literacy

At Home Reading

Comprehension is the ability to understand what is read and involves combining what is read with thinking and reasoning. Comprehending material, children need to have 3 skills:

· decode what is being read (translating the printed word into sound either orally or silently)

· make connections between what their prior knowledge and what they are reading

· think deeply about the reading (critical thinking)


There are various strategies children may use to help develop comprehension skills.

· Use outlines, maps, and notes when the child reads

· Read stories in pieces and check for understanding before proceeding . If reading with a friend/family member summarize the section before continuing to read.

· Try to visualize what is being read.


As parents, how can we help increase comprehension skills:

· Discuss what your child has read. Ask them questions to connect the story to their life. Ask them questions such as “I wonder why they did that?” or “How do you think they felt?” or “if you were in that situation how would you have handled it?”

· Read the story in short sections and check for understanding.

· Help your child go back to the story to support their answers.

Most children, no matter how old, enjoy being read to. There are many benefits for children when they listen to reading.

· Provides a demonstration of phrased, fluent reading

· Develops the child’s interest and desire to be a reader

· Children can listen on a higher level of language than they can read, so being read to exposes them to more complex vocabulary and language patterns.

PARENT COUNCIL

Movie Night

Parent Council is hosting a movie night on Thursday, February 6th. ALL students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Appropriate movie theater behavior is expected so all everyone can enjoy the movie.


Doors open at 6pm

Movie starts at 6:30


Movie is free

Popcorn $2.00

Juice/water $1.00


Feel free to come in your comfy pajamas, and bring a blanket and pillow if you wish.

Papa John's

Pizza night allows families to order pizza from Papa John’s online using a special code. The code gives the family a 15% discount and also earns a 15% donation for our school. Once we have further instructions and the required code, we will share it with families.


Here are the Papa John’s pizza night dates for the year:

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, March 19

Thursday, April 9

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 11

Community Information

Medalta- Chidren's Program

Medalta has a new, never before offered class for kids during the February break. Check out the link if this opportunity is of interest to you and your children.

https://medalta.org/learning/childrens-programs/

CUPE Bring a Child a Smile Pyjama Campaign.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the CUPE Bring a Child a Smile Campaign. The following was collected:

Pyjamas - 511 pairs

Housecoats - 4

Blanket - 1

Socks- 31 pairs

Neck Warmers - 4

Underwear- 10 packages

Hats - 3

Deodorant - 1


All of these items were delivered to the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter on Friday, December 13th.

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Science Olympics

Mrs. Barnes will be working with students interested in participating in Science Olympics. The students will meet after school and work on challenges to prepare them for the event that takes place at the Medicine Hat College on March 28th.


What are the Science Olympics? Medicine Hat Science Olympics are an interactive and interschool engineering and geoscience event for students in Grades 4 to 12 that takes learning beyond the classroom. Students are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering and geoscience and allow them to see first hand how these fields impact our everyday lives. Last year 100 students participated in the event.


The event is broken up into divisions : grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Registration is done as a team of two or more students within their division. Each division will be given one mystery challenge to be completed on the day of the event, students will work together within their teams to complete the challenge. The attached Information Package outlines the event in more detail.


Each student will receive an APEGA Science Olympics T-shirt, a certificate to commemorate their hard work and be entered to win our awesome STEM door prizes.

For more information please refer to this link: https://www.apega.ca/educators-students/educators/science-olympics

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