Ratzlaff/Rogers May Newsletter

EJSMS ~ 2016

Here is what we will be learning about in the month of May.

We have only two more months left - where does the time go!! Be sure to check out all that is going on during the month of May, as it will be action packed!


**Quick Teacher Update**: Melissa Rogers will be away for the first 2 weeks of May, as she had to undergo minor surgery. Nesta Morris has graciously offered to step into Melissa's half-time teaching schedule during this time. Please be sure to contact Darin or Nesta over the next 2 weeks should you have any messages regarding your child ~Thanks


Swimming Lessons start on MONDAY, May 10th.....

(May 10,11,12,13,16)

Students will be swimming from 10am - 11am on each of the above dates.

Please be sure to have your child pack their swimsuit and towel for all of those days. I know the students are really looking forward to their swimming lesson times.


This month our room has been transformed into “Outer Space” with the addition of the chili pepper meteorites hanging from the ceiling. I hope that if you have time you will visit our classroom and take part in a variety of exciting activities planned for May.



In Language Arts this month our focus is on a variety of space poems, stories and informational literature about SPACE. We have been continuing to expand upon verb-based writing, or in other words writing with more action and detail. When you are reading with your child at home, take a minute or two after finishing the story to see how the author wrote: Did they use descriptive language? How did they start each sentence? Did they use a lot of different verbs (action words) in the story? The more practice your child has at figuring out what makes a story interesting, the more likely they are to incorporate those skills to spice up their writing.


In Mathematics we will be working on Geometry and also on Division skills to 25. Please have your child continue practicing these skills online using the IXL program. The students are so close to reaching their goal of 40,000 questions answered on IXL as a class, and they look forward to tasting some cold treats once they reach their goal.


In Social Studies, We will be working on a research project looking at Culture, Traditions and Lifestyles of individuals who live in India, Peru, Ukraine and Tunisia. After that we will be starting our "Create your own City Unit." This is a very fun and interactive unit, as students design and plan their cities.


In Science, we have been learning about rocks and minerals. If you have any personal rock collections or books related to our last unit, feel free to send them in.


In Health, the students are learning about Healthy habits in their daily lives.


Year-end Field trip: ** Mark your Calendars ~ Friday, June 17th is our full day - field trip **

We are just finalizing our grade three Field trip plans in June. Once all of the details are sorted out we will be sure to email you to let you know when the Field trip forms will be sent home.


We are also looking at a Grade 3 Farewell half day activity, which would incorporate all Grade 3 classes. Please stay posted as to where we will be going. Our tentative date for that is June 14th (afternoon).

Important Dates in May:

5: Hot Lunch - Pizza for those that ordered

5: Family Bike night at JSM. Starts @6:30pm in the Gym then outside in the Parking lot

6: NO SCHOOL - PD Day

10-16: Swimming Lessons (10-11am daily)

20: NO SCHOOL -PD Day

23: NO SCHOOL - Victoria Day

26: Hot lunch - Beef on a bun for those that ordered

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May Birthdays!

10th: Mackenzie

20th: Myranda