2D Weekly Newsletter
Week ending January 28th
It was another busy and fun week in 2D! We had an artist visit from Danny Gregory, Meteorologist Marathon to wrap up our science unit, we started our robotics projects with Mr B and we finished the week with dress as your future self day!
I hope you enjoy the pictures below as well as all the information about upcoming dates and events.
Have a relaxing rest of the weekend.
Dates to Remember:
2 February - ASD Sports Day
4 February - Elementary Swim Championships
4 February - Grade 2 Meteorologist Visit
9 February - No School
10 February - Photo Retakes
11 February - AMA Bake Sale
14 February - Class Valentine Party
Lower Elementary Math Parent Drop-in
Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.
Important Information from the LES Office
Nannies and Drivers are not allowed on campus until 2:45pm daily. If you are sending a driver or nanny to pick up your child throughout the school day for an appointment or other reasons you need to let the Elementary Office know by email. Please email Deb Fenley firstname.lastname@example.org and Swati Korpal email@example.com the following information: Who will be picking up your child, what time they will pick up and the reason for picking the child up and family ID Number which is located on your ID badge.
Gate 5 Entry Update
After 8:00am parents can enter through Gate 5 on days when there are Principal Coffee Mornings, Counsellors Coffee or Workshops and Let’s Do Math Workshops.
Parents picking up sick students can enter through Gate 5, the ES Nurses will leave the parents name with the Guard House for easy and quick access.
Friendship Festival T-Shirt Orders
Remember to please bring in your Friendship Festival T-Shirt orders by Sunday January 31st. T-Shirts will be sold at Gate 5 and Gate 8 the week of February 21st - 25th. This year's Friendship Festival T-Shirt gives you free entrance to this year's Friendship Festival which will be on February 26th.
National Foreign Language Week
March 7 – 13, 2016 (All the World language team and classes)
Pass it forward: world language students will teach the community a word they have learned
Selected students will say hello in different languages each day over the intercom
Pictures of the week
Creating a weather report on Explain Everything.
Subtration in Mathemtatics!
Sharing about our characters in reading.
Science Meteorologist Marathon in the lab.
Robotics with Mr B!
Explore Time :)
Reading & Writing
Math: This week students practiced: using manipulatives and drawings to represent two-digit and three-digit addition. They have been practicing the vertical algorithm method for addition and are enjoying it! Subtraction of two-digit numbers was introduced and we have had lots of practice building and solving. They have been working in partnerships and small groups to transfer the building and solving to building, drawing and solving. Next week we will begin using the vertical algorithm method for subtraction. They continue to work to improve their fluency, with sprints, and their problem solving skills , with application problems. After listening to and/or reading word problems, students figure out which strategy would be the best for the situation.
Reading & Writing
Reading: Readers have been using their skills in reading to help them infer about characters. They have been noticing how events in stories cause characters to change. When we notice characters feelings, it helps us understand our characters and the story. Readers continue to use Post-its independently to jot down their thoughts and inferences about their characters while reading. We have enjoyed a shared reading of Koala Lou by Mem Fox and the students were excellent inferring detectives. From all our inferences about Koala Lou, we were able to come up with a number of personality//character traits about Koala Lou.
Writing: Students continued writing realistic fiction stories. We’ve been noticing how authors show not tell by reading books from the Pinky and Rex series along with other mentor texts (Enemy Pie, Jamaica Tag Along, Koala Lou). They have been looking at stretching out the problem part of their story by using show not tell. We often spend the last few minutes of a lesson listening to one of our classmates share either a part of their story, or time permitting, perhaps the entire story. We will be working on the endings of their stores this week as well as continuing to add more show not tell to make our stories even better.
Science: This week was our last week of our Weather Unit. Students visited the science lab to compete in a Meteorologist Marathon where they practiced reading thermometers and rain gauges. They also practiced identifying clouds, weather situations, and wind damage using the Beaufort scale. The week ended with our weather assessment. We look forward to our next social studies unit which will be Qatar Then and Now.