Glad to Be in Gr. 3

Ms. Barrington's Weekly Newsletter

March 21st, 2022

Info., Updates, and News

Term 2 is officially over and we are looking forward to continuing to learn and grow in Term 3! Students have been applying the seven habits so successfully that we have earned ourselves an extra classroom reward day this week. Students are invited to wear pyjamas and bring their favourite blankets, stuffed animals, etc. for some flashlight reading on Wednesday, March 23rd. We also have our March Spirit Day this Thursday, March 24th. The theme is Animal Dress-Up. What a fun week we have in store!


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 at the beginning of each week. 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 extending our independent reading stamina through activities such as SQUIRT (Sustained, Quiet, Uninterrupted, Independent, Reading Time). Having reading stamina means being able to read independently for longer and longer periods of time. Building a student's reading stamina can build reading strength. To continue building reading stamina at home, try to vary the way that home reading is done. Students can read to themselves, read to someone, or listen to reading. A combination of the three is great for home reading time, especially for struggling readers. Students are learning to apply strategies that have been modelled throughout the year to their own reading, such as: making predictions (5 W's; Who, What, Where, When, Why). Reading fluency (ie. accuracy, rate, rhythm, and expression) continues to be modeled through our daily message, classroom book a day texts (see Instagram stories for daily updates), and our daily read aloud novel (ie. A Boy Called Bat). Students are beginning to explore poetry and poetic devices; using adjectives to develop word clouds, using syllables to create haikus. Another opportunity for students to practice their writing is through journaling. Students are able to organize their thoughts, prepare a response, and express themselves.


  • Phonemic Awareness: Words are made up of individual sounds. Students are practicing the phonological skill of blending and segmenting. Blending is where the parts of a word are blended into a whole word. Segmenting is where we separate or segment a word into syllables or phonemes (sounds). Students practiced these skills using the words: soft, bridge, twin, tube, shout, pause, swim, port, slight, clash, noise, smart, champ, floss, smudge, clutch, snoop, fact, west, stop, flight, grab, lamp, claim, speech, praise, clock, stuck, grass, last, sport, smooth, glove, point, left, freeze, nest, jump, cloud, steam, spout, spoil, glance, blonde, risk, cost, scout, and crisp. To practice at home, say words aloud together. What is the first sound you can hear? What is the last sound you can hear? What other sounds do you hear? What letters are working together to make these sounds?


  • 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 continue to practice representing numbers in a variety of ways (ie. standard, written, and expanded form). Students are learning to use place value to identify and describe numbers in the thousands place. Students are learning to apply their knowledge of place value to compare and order numbers to the thousands place (ie. least, greatest, less than, equal to, greater than, etc.). Students continue to practice identifying multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Students are learning to apply their knowledge of multiples and patterns, to identify and extend increasing and decreasing skip counting patterns.


Students continue to explore the similarities and differences that exist among people and communities. Students are learning to apply their knowledge of map features such as cardinal and intermediate directions to describe relative location, and to extend these skills to larger maps, globes, and digital maps (ie. Google Maps), requiring students to also apply their knowledge of longitude and latitude to describe absolute location.


Students continue to care for and maintain our classroom vivariums (ie. 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 continue to make connections to other insects, animals, and other habitats. Students are learning to recognize and describe the features of both natural and man-made structures. Students continue to explore how structures are modified for strength and stability (ie. using pillars, columns, a foundation, wide bases, pyramids, triangles, etc.).

Learning Videos

Sesame Street: The Two-Headed Monster - "Who Has More Milk?"
Greater Than Less Than Song for Kids | Comparing Numbers to 1000
Know Your Globe
Paper Ball Run: 2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge

Upcoming Events

  • March 23rs - Classroom Reward Day (Pyjamas, Flashlight Reading, etc.)
  • March 23rd - Fundraising Association Popcorn Sale
  • March 24th - March Spirit Day (Animal Dress Up)
  • March 24th - Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • March 29th - Kindergarten PTIs
  • March 30-31st - Three Way Conferences (Register Online)
  • April 4th - Grs. 4-6 Classroom Science Fairs
  • April 5th - Grs. 4-6 School Science Fair
  • April 8th - Crazy Hair/Backwards Day
  • May 3rd - Spring Photos
  • May 6-7th - Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair

Office Announcements

Winter Wear for Students

The Christina Gordon Fundraising Association has collected a large variety of winter wear items for students and families in need. To access these items please contact your student's classroom teacher or Barb Rex (cgsfundraising@outlook.com), the Chair of the Fundraising Association, and we can arrange to have these items delivered to the school.

Report Cards Available Online

CG Parent/Guardians:


We are happy to inform you that Term 2 Report Cards for your students (Grs. K-6) are available online at Parent Portal as of 11:45 am on Friday, March 18th.


Should you require a paper copy of the Report Card, please contact your student's teacher or contact the school.


Thank you!

Student Demographic Confirmation

Dear CG Parents:


It's time to look ahead to the next school year. As such, we need a Student Demographic Confirmation to be completed for ALL current students. In essence this will be their registration for the 2022-23 school year. Once completed, there is no need to complete a separate registration form.


  • For instructions go to fmpsd.com/current
  • There is a legal requirement that this be completed annually
  • Demographic confirmation is for current FMPSD students.
  • By completing the Current Student Demographics Confirmation form, families are able to:
    • Review current student information on file and update as necessary
    • Confirm school and specialized programs for the upcoming school year
    • Upload out-of-date citizenship and/or guardianship documents
    • Review current parent/guardian and emergency contact information
    • Provide consents


Thank you for taking time to complete this as soon as possible. This information will help us plan for 2022-23, including ensuring we have adequate staffing, a process which is currently underway.


Sincere thanks!

Updating Flags for Christina Gordon

Dear CG families:


At Christina Gordon we are very proud of the diversity we have among our school families and welcome any opportunity to celebrate it.


In 2019, we gathered flags representing the home countries of ALL our Christina Gordon families AT THAT TIME. Our Fundraising Association purchased the flags and they now hang prominently in our entrance for all entering the building to see.


Along with the Canadian flag and flags from all Canadian provinces and territories, we proudly hang the following flags: Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Djibouti, El Salvador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Union Jack, St. Andrews Cross, Wales, and St. George's Cross.


We realize that we may have many more countries now represented within our school population and would like to update our collection.


If your family has origins in a country other that one of these please reply to this email with the following information:


- Child’s name and grade

- Place of birth of Child

- Place(s) of birth of parents and grandparents, (if not Canada)


Thank you for your assistance.

Three-Way Conferences (Interviews)

Dear Parents/Guardians:


This letter is to advise you that our Parent Teacher Interviews are scheduled for March 30th and 31st (additional times available for ECDP and Kindergarten) and to encourage you to go online and set up appointments with your children’s teachers.

To book appointments please go to our school website or follow this link:


https://christinagordon.fmpsdschools.ca/bookings


If you haven’t already set up an account, you will be asked to do so at that time.

The interviews may be conducted through video conferencing or by telephone (telephone conferences are limited by the small number of telephone lines we have in the school). Teachers will contact parents to make the necessary arrangements.


Sign up must be done by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29th to allow time for teachers to contact parents with the necessary information to conduct the virtual meeting


Please note that our information about our ECDP and Kindergarten Interviews will be sent separately.


Sincere regards!

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 library 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, March 21st - Library Time
  • Monday, March 21st - Leader in Me
  • Tuesday, March 22nd - Physical Education
  • Wednesday, March 23rd - Reward Day (Pyjamas)
  • Wednesday, March 23rd - Popcorn Sale (bring $2)
  • Wednesday, March 23rd - Music
  • Thursday, March 24th - Spirit Day (Animal Dress Up)
  • Thursday, March 24th - Physical Education
  • Thursday, March 24th - Take Me Outside Thursday
  • Thursday, March 24th - Drop Everything & Dance