Sunday, 4 February 2018

Grade 3 Looking At Lethbridge PBL

Here are a few pictures from our visiting councillor and architect to kick off our Looking at Lethbridge Project! Thanks so much to Lethbridge City Councillor Ryan Parker for stopping by to talk with all of our Grade 3 students and also to Jessie Potrie from FWBA Architects for explaining the fine details of architecture design. 

Students will be making blueprints for their projects this week and will need a piece of cardboard roughly 15 X 18inches to build their structures on. If you could send a piece of cardboard by February 26th that would be perfect! Thanks a bunch!

February Newsletter 2018

 Reading Strategies: Character Studies/ Readers notice how a new character talks and acts/getting to know a character as a friend/following a character’s journey / comparing and contrasting characters across books

Writing Strategies: Changing the World/Opinion Writing Unit continues.  We’ve worked on finding and solving problems both large and small and just yesterday wrote a letter to mom and dad trying to persuade you to buy a pet!  I must admit they had some convincing arguments! We will continue with this type of writing for February using the OREO format: Opinion, Reasons, Examples, Opinion (restated)/brave bold thesis statements/ consider your audience/

Math: We’ve finished skip counting, money, addition, and subtraction, and have started multiplication! In Grade 3 kids need to know their times tables facts to 5X5.  We are learning that if we can skip count, we can learn our facts quickly! We know the parts of a multiplication equation including the terms product and factors and talked about the commutative property which tells us that if 5X1=5 then 1X5= 5. 

Science: Looking at Lethbridge Project! We are becoming Engineers for our Building With a Variety of Materials unit. We were lucky to have councillor Ryan Parker come to our school to talk about some of the criteria, problems, and constraints of building in Lethbridge followed by Jessie Potrie , the architect who helped design Coalbanks Elementary. He presented some inspiring designs and shared some 3D models of his work to get the kids excited about their own building projects. The kids did a survey to find out what type of building was needed on the west side, narrowed down their choices, graphed their results, and came up with their number one building choice.  There will be a letter coming home soon asking for materials to build the final project. We will be drawing up blueprints in the next few weeks and construction will be underway soon!
Students will be making blueprints for their projects this week and will need a piece of cardboard roughly 15 X 18inches to build their structures on. If you could send a piece of cardboard by February 26th that would be perfect! Thanks a bunch!

Social: Traditions and Celebrations in all 4 countries continues! A study guide will be coming home in a few weeks with a quiz to follow which should give the kids lots of time to prepare.

Word Work Themes: Valentines Day

 Big Ideas: Entrepreneurial Spirit: I am creative, innovative, and ready to take on a challenge. I am on time, I come prepared to learn, I use class time wisely, I complete assigned tasks, and I accept feedback

Skating Fieldtrip: Thanks to those who have already volunteered to drive to skating on Feb. 16th . We are in need of a few more so please return the bottom of the form if you are able to help out, or email/Dojo me! Thanks so much!   We are covered for drivers! Thank you!!

Important Dates to Remember in February!

Feb 6 - Choir

Feb 13 - Choir

Feb 14 - Happy Valentine's Day/ Class Party in the PM

Feb 15 - Spirit Assembly

Feb 16 - Grade 3 Skating at the ATB Centre 10-11am-
we have all our drivers now! thank you everyone! 

Feb 19 - No School Family Day

Feb 20-23 No School- Reading Week & Teacher’s Convention

Feb 27 - Choir

Feb 28 - Pink Shirt Day

Our Valentine’s Class Party will be the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14th.
Thank you to the following people for providing snacks: 
Veggies Tray: Avery
Crackers and cheese: AddyM.
Fruit tray: Zander 
Cookies or muffins: Calum 
Drinks and plates: Ronin 
Meat and pickles: Caleb
We are in need of a few more items, if anyone would like to help out, please just text/email/Dojo! Thanks a bunch!
Thanks so much everyone! We are now covered for snacks! :)

Friday, 19 January 2018

Looking at Strutures Around The World!

Our Looking At Lethbridge project encourages kids to explore building with variety of materials. Before they decide what building or structure they want to create, they are invited to complete a web quest searching for pictures and links to famous buildings and bridges found throughout the world. You will also find links to "unique" buildings and bridges that might inspire your own projects to improve the quality of life of people right here in Lethbridge. 

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50 Most Unique Buildings in the World - Unique Buildings

Friday, 15 December 2017

December 18-22

Monday December 18

1.  Spelling Test (After the big concert night I decided to give the weekend for studying-there were lots of sleepy faces this morning! If you already studied, kudos to you :) and you will be extra prepared for Monday!) 

2. 8:30 am caroling in the gym, please join us if you are able. This will be held Monday ,Wednesday, Friday at 8:30 am

Tuesday December 19 is a very busy day at MMH! Don't forget ALL of following activities:

1.  Magic of Christmas (MMH gym: 6:30 pm) This event will showcase the MMH Senior Choir and Hand Bell Choir. Choir members should dress in their Christmas best and be at the school by 6:15.

2.  Wear Red and Green Day

3. Hot Lunch Day 

4. Assembly in the gym at 12:30 you are invited to come caroling with us!

Wednesday December 20

1. 8:30 am caroling in the gym, please join us if you are able!

Thursday December 21

1. Skating Fieldtrip to Nicholas Sheran! Thanks so much to our many driver volunteers! Here are your driving groups. We will leave at 9:30 to allow enough time to get skates on and be on ice by 10:00.

Geoff Sommerfeldt: Cooper, Gavin, Jayden, Rayna, Kada

Letisha Peterson Elliott: Jonathan, Sam, Dean, Zander

Laura Miller: Addy, Erinn, Ally, Legacy

Vanessa Steele: Calum, Caleb, Blake, Ronin

Lydia Shanks: Avery, Katie, Faith, Adelaide

Mrs. McClain/Mrs. Payne: Scott, Elizabeth

Remember your child will need skates and a helmet for this event. Thanks!

2. Assembly at 12:30 in the gym, please join us for caroling

3. Classroom Christmas Party in afternoon. Thanks to the many people who volunteered to send treats! We have 22 students and 1 pineapple allergy in our room. The kids will really appreciate these snacks after skating, thanks again!

Cheese and Crackers: Scott

Fruit Tray: Jayden

Veggie Tray: Dean

Cookies or muffins: Addy M.

Meat & Pickles: Sam

Juice & Plates: Jonathan

Friday December 22

1. caroling in the gym 8:30 am, please join us!

2. Dismiss for Christmas holidays at 11:35-Happy Holidays

Monday January 8, 2018

1. First day back to school

Wednesday, 13 December 2017


Hi everyone! We have had a small change to our December events. The red/green assembly has been moved from Dec. 21st to Dec. 19th and the spirit assembly will also be held at 12:45 on December 19th, which is also HOT LUNCH day!

We are still planning to go skating to NCSC leaving at 9:45am, skating from 10-11am.  Please let me know if your child needs skates and what size is best.  We currently have enough drivers to take 14 students and need help to transport 8 more. If you can help out please contact me. 

Our classroom Christmas Party will be held the afternoon of December 21st, if you signed up to send treats, I will be sending you a Dojo note soon! Thanks again for all you do for our classroom and our school!

Happy Holidays to all! See you at the concert tomorrow night!

Friday, 24 November 2017


Thanks so much to everyone who came out for Parent/Teacher interviews. It was nice to see you and have a chance to talk.   Here is a quick access for kids to get onto Get Epic that you can use at home. Hope you find it useful.
Have a great weekend! Our class code is WKL-9120.

Skating Fieldtrip
Also, just a glance ahead into December... we will be going skating to Nicholas Sheran Ice Arena on December 21st and will need drivers for that day. We will leave at 9:45, skate from 10-11, and then head back to the school.

Please class dojo or email if you would like to drive on that day. Also, if you have extra helmets or skates that you would be willing to share, they would be greatly appreciated. 

Christmas Concert
Our class will be performing on Thursday December 14 from 6:30-7:30pm at the College Drive Church (2710 College Drive South) across from the Enmax Centre. Concert time is approximately 45 minutes.  Your family will receive 2 tickets as seating is limited in the church.  If you require more than 2 tickets please stop by the office and pick up a hard copy of the "Extra Ticket Request Form" and return it to the office by November 30th. 

Please have your child arrive at the church between 6:10 and 6:20pm at the main entrance. Children are invited to wear Christmas formal attire or anything special they already have. 

The procedure for picking up your child will be announced at the end of the performance. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

October Newsletter 2017

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October! The first month of Grade 3 has flown by! We’ve been working hard on learning routines and have jumped into all our beginning units.  Here’s a quick peek at what’s been going on in the four cores!

LA:  I P.U.T. Reading First Home reading challenge

Reading Strategies: Read like books are gold! / Choose within reach books/Set goals

Writing Strategies: Crafting True Stories/ I remember/Map it out/ think about someone important

Math: Patterning Unit/Math Number Games

Science: Scientific Method/ Hearing and Sound Unit

Social: Mapping Unit coming soon

Themes: BFG, Fire Prevention Week, Halloween

                                                                               Big Ideas: Pay it Forward
Spelling Program
We are starting our spelling patterns program this month called Words Their Way and spelling lists will come home every other Monday in agendas and will be practised for 2 weeks. The students will be working on these words in school but will also have a list of activities to choose from for practise each night. Please take 10-15 minutes each night to help your child choose an activity for pattern practise. 
Spelling tests will happen every other Friday (unless there is no school, then we will have it on Thursday). I have completed a spelling inventory of your child’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to spelling patterns and have grouped them so each child is getting instruction on the patterns they struggled with. We do word sorts and hunts with these patterns throughout the two-week rotation with the goal to help your child recognize these spelling patterns and to apply them to other words rather than just memorizing for the test.  The goal is to apply the patterns during real world writing or typing. 
Thanks so much for your help getting this program up and running! Your time at home is greatly appreciated and I hope to see some great gains for our spellers this year!
Important Dates to Remember
Oct. 8-14 Fire Prevention Week “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out”

Oct. 9 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday

Oct. 10 NO SCHOOL Professional Learning Day

Oct. 13-17th Scholastic Book Fair 8:00 – 4:00 / except Friday 14th 8:00 – 12:00.   

Oct. 13 Deadline for hot lunch orders

Oct. 18, 25 After school skating at Nicholas Sheran 3:30

Oct. 19 Dismissal at 11:35 today/NO SCHOOL in afternoon Professional Learning Day

Oct. 20 Professional Learning day: NO SCHOOL

Oct. 23 Picture retake day /4:00 clothing exchange at Wilson

Oct. 24 Hot Lunch Day Gr. 1,2,3: The Chopped Leaf/3:15-8:00 pick up fundraiser orders

Oct. 25 Fieldtrip to Helen Schuler Nature Centre 9:30-11:00/Drivers needed leaving at 9:15am

Oct. 26 Spirit Assembly 12:45

Oct. 31 Halloween parade 12:45 (kids change into costumes at lunch) (Thanks for volunteering to send treats for our party, if you signed up you will be receiving an email/dojo soon! We have 22 students and no nut allergies but 1 pineapple allergy!)