Glad to Be in Gr. 3

Ms. Barrington's Weekly Newsletter

October 12th, 2021

Info., Updates, and News

Another week together in Room 180. Students have really started to master our morning and literacy routines and are gaining independence everyday. These routines will soon become part of our Daily 5 practice, as students gain stamina and independence in these areas. We have been so excited to welcome Ms. Micheline, "Ms. Mich," to our classroom! She will be joining us each afternoon and we have really loved getting to know her so far.

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. This week it is coming home on Tuesday due to the holiday. 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 using tools such as "stepping" from page to page, picture to picture (ie. sequencing, storytelling). 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 connect their own experiences with those we read, see, and hear about (ie. World Habitat Day, Terry Fox, and Thanksgiving).

  • 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 using the words: letters, guitar, colour, zipper, partner, hunger, opposite, dialogue, actual, century, matter, whisper, shoulder, and central. Students are beginning to connect letters and sounds, noticing that words like kitchen (last week) and colour have the same initial phoneme and that both share a /k/ sound. They have noticed that not all words that begin with a "c" have a /k/ sound, as in century and central. We are looking for patterns, noticing that both of these words begin with a ce-. We noticed that shoulder does not use a /s/ as the beginning sound and have noticed that it begins with a sh-. To practice at home, say the words aloud together. What is the first sound you can hear?

  • 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 explore algebraic expressions, practicing solving one-step addition and subtraction equations that include a symbol to represent an unknown number (eg. 7 + ? = 9).

We learned more about Canadian hero Terry Fox and his courageous battle against cancer. Terry raised millions of dollars for cancer research with his marathon of hope and students participated in our own Terry Fox Walk in recognition of Terry's run. Students who wish to continue to learn more about Terry Fox at home can do so by visiting: or exploring the new library on Seesaw.

Students discussed Thanksgiving Day in Canada and considered what they are each thankful for. We challenged each other to try and come up with one example for each letter of the alphabet. For Take Me Outside Thursday we enjoyed the wonderful fall weather and had the opportunity to explore fall leaves. We made leaf angels, rolled in, and collected fall leaves for a Thanksgiving art project - Leaf Turkeys.

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

Terry Fox - ESPN
Home Sweet Habitat: Crash Course Kids #21.1
Wild Kratts - Exploring Extreme Animal Habitats

Upcoming Events

  • October 14th - Guest Reader (Mr. Sedgewick)
  • October 14th - Earth Rangers Presentation
  • October 14th - FMPSD Candidate Forum
  • October 18th - School Board Elections
  • October 19-22nd - Waste Reduction Week
  • October 20th - Take Me Outside Day
  • October 21st - Pollyanna Visit (Talking Sticks)
  • October 21-22nd - Walk for Wenjack

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.

FMPSD Re-Entry Plan 2021-2022

As part of the Division's commitment to maintaining a COVID-19 plan that reflects current K-12 guidelines and recommendations from the Alberta government, we are pleased to provide you with our most updated FMPSD Re-Entry Plan 2021-2022. We are safer and stronger together.

Covid Update at CG

The government of Alberta has committed to sharing information of positive cases of COVID within schools with the community. We have been informed of COVID in our school. At this time, we have not been provided with the individual(s) names, grades, or dates. Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is committed to open, clear, and transparent communication. As soon as we have additional information we can share, we will send it to you.

At this time, we ask that all parents please monitor your child for symptoms, keep them home if sick, and get tested for COVID-19 if they experience any of the core symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

Checklist for children under 18:

Checklist for adults:

Virtual Trustee Candidate Forum

The Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) will be hosting a virtual Trustee Candidate Forum on October 14th at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. The Zoom Meeting link can be found here:

Meeting ID: 937 0475 3370

Passcode: C34dfp7=

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

  • Tuesday, October 12th - Music
  • Wednesday, October 13th - Physical Education
  • Thursday, October 14th - Music
  • Thursday, October 14th - Guest Reader (Mr. Sedgewick)
  • Thursday, October 14th - Earth Rangers Presentation
  • Thursday, October 14th - Take Me Outside Thursday
  • Friday, October 15th - Leader in Me