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Weekly Update for September 18-22

Hello Parents of 4C!

I hope that you all had a great week! I sure enjoyed the rain outside this week. My wife and I were laughing about how dry the summer was, and how, because of that, our son has never really seen rain in his life until this week! Needless to say, he was fascinated with it. We went through lots of changes of clothes because all he wanted to do was play in the rain.

This week’s email is in a more typical format that you can expect for the rest of the year. At the top of the email you will find things that are happening at our school this week. Below that, you will find reminders about things coming up. Below that, you will find an overview of the academics that we will be focusing on this week with suggestions for how you can help as a parent.

I recognize that some of you would rather have this information delivered to you via the blog. Starting from today, I will be sending you this email directly, and then posting the same information onto the blog site. If you would rather look at the information there, here are some instructions to get onto the new platform.

At the top of the Westmount School website you will see "Menu", which will drop down and display various tabs including "Classroom Blogs".  Please select the teacher that you wish to follow and subscribe by adding your email address. It's easy! Please contact the office at 403-652-3001 and speak with Mrs. Sheena Johnston, or email her at johnstons@fsd38.ab.ca if you have any questions regarding the blogs.

 

Here is a look at the week ahead

Monday

  • Please have all OH Ranch permission forms handed back in

Tuesday

  • 3:30 - 4:15 - Cross Country Running team practice (ALL GRADE 4’s WELCOME)

Wednesday

  • Westmount School Cross Country meet

Thursday

  • 3:30 - 4:15 - Cross Country Running team practice (ALL GRADE 4’s WELCOME)
  • Hot dog day @ Cub Cafe ($5.00 for a hot dog, chips, and a drink)
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm - MEET THE TEACHER

Friday

  • Professional Development Day (No school for students.)

 

Reminders and “Need to Know”

  • Our OH Ranch trip will be on October 5th. If you would like to join us for this as a volunteer, please let me know by sending me an email.
  • All students and staff are invited to enter a draw to win 4 free tickets to the Calgary Hitmen’s Regular Hockey Season Home Opener Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The draw box is outside the office and the draw will be made next Tuesday, September 19. Several draws will be made!

Here is a look at the week in academics

Language arts

  • We will continue working to set up our daily 5 routines this week.
  • Students will continue to practice choosing a “good fit“ book.
  • Students will be setting some goals around their writing
  • We will be learning new comprehension strategies to focus on this week.

How can I help as a parent?

  • I believe that the number one way for you to help as a parent with your child’s reading and writing is to read with them at home. The students should be reading each night and the more you can read with them and model how you read, the better it is for them.
  • Ask your child how to choose a good fit book. If they cannot explain it to you, tell them they need to come work with me again this week during daily 5.

Science

  • Our first subject to focus on in science will be waste in our world. We will be doing some investigation into our own schools recycling and waste system.
  • The main focus this week will be on the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of packaging (food and other products)

How can I help as a parent?

  • Have your child explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of the product packaging that you have in your own home.
  • Brainstorm with them about how the world could reduce the amount of waste it produces. (Start small with individual, then larger scale to your family, then larger scale and so on.

Math

  • Last week we reviewed place value, representing numbers, and ordering numbers. At the end of the week I gave the students a “PRE-TEST” this test was only to show them the areas that they have a great understanding, and other areas where they need to work to improve.
  • The students will get their pre-tests back on Monday. These tests will then act as a road map for where they need to focus their time to improve. We will have stations set up that focus on the areas, and I will be pulling small groups that need specific things.

How can I help as a parent?

  • Ask your child which areas they had trouble with and which areas they did really well on. Have them share their plan to hit the targets with you.
  • Practice writing and representing numbers (Grade 4’s only need to go up to 10 000)

Social Studies

  • We are starting to get things in place for our first big project on the different stories of Alberta. In this project we will explore some of the different perspectives from the people that make, or have made our province what it is today. The three big perspectives that we will explore are: Cowboys, Immigrants, and First Nations.

How can I help as a parent?

  • Talk with your child about why different people or groups would have a different perspective on the same subject.
  • Ask your child which of the three perspectives they find most interesting, and have them explain to you why they feel that way.
  • Ask them what sorts of things they hope to learn about these three perspectives.

That is about all for this week!

Have a great rest of your weekend, and be sure to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

So long for now,

 

Graham Campbell