Thursday, 27 September 2018

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Tomorrow: Friday, Sept.28 we will be having our first Flashlight Friday of the year.  During this fun period of reading in the dark students are invited to bring their own flashlight plus a stuffy,blanket or pillow to make themselves a cozy reading spot.  

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

We're been on field trip the last two days!  Watch the slideshow below to see some of the pictures from the Exshaw Landfill and the Canmore recycling facility.  (if the slides won't play through your email update- follow this link to see it instead, or go straight to our class blog  Mrs.Bs Smart Cookies)

Monday, 24 September 2018

What an exciting week we have ahead of us! There are many things happening, as well as some work that we are completing to be turned in.  Please take a look:

Monday: After learning about the symbols and their meaning in the Alberta provincial flag students  have almost finished creating  their own flags filled with symbols that reflect what is important to them.  These will be due Wednesday.  Please ask your child what they have included in their flag.

Tuesday: 1:00 departure for our tour of the Exshaw landfill.

Wednesday: 9:00 departure for our walking tour of the Canmore waste management site.
 *** I would still really like one more parent to join us to help us to make this tour and our time out in the community successful for everyone.  Please let me know if that could be you!***

  • Reading records and Social studies flags are due
Friday:  Terry Fox run at 1:00.  Please send your child with a "twoonie for Terry" to support the Terry Fox foundation
  • Math weekly #1 due

Monday, 17 September 2018

Monday updates:

* I'm still looking for a couple more parent volunteers (with criminal record checks) to walk with us from the school to the Canmore Waste Management site for our tour next Wednesday the 26th from (9:00 until about 10:30).  Please send me an email if you can join us!
Thanks to my one volunteer so far :)

This week we are starting our classroom routines.  Every week there will be one short homework assignment.  It is due Friday morning.  This week it is Spelling and there is a short brain assignment that goes with it.  The spelling duotang has a page to do the work right in it behind the pretest number 1 that we did today.  If this is new to you and your family, please take a look tonight and please me know if you have any questions.

Monday:  please send gloves for picking up garbage tomorrow while we look for natural and man made waste items.

Friday: (half day) Spelling assignment #1 due, and ready for this week's spelling test.   

  • Milk orders due

Friday, 14 September 2018

An update for you from our fabulous Right from the Start star!

Dear Parents: 
These last two weeks Right from the Start's Deren Alward visited all classes at ERS to introduce himself to the students and let them know that he is around to help with issues that concern them and their classmates.   He introduced the older grades 6,7,and 8 to Comfy Chats with Mr D, where he enters the classroom with his comfy bean bag chairs and has an open dialogue about about relevant topics the kids have brought up and want to talk about.  The purpose of this is to have  an additional outlet where students voices are being heard and acted upon. The younger grades (4 and 5) will be having classes that will be also of personal interest, including Bucket Filling, How to Stand Up,  and Self Confidence.  
The overall intent of these visits is to promote positive mental health. Here is a link to the RFTS newsletter for September:
If you have an interest or concern that you believe is relevant to your child or the students in general at the LGMS,  you are always welcome to reach out. 

Deren Alward
Wellness Mentor / Success Coach
"Right from 
the Start":
Mental Health Capacity Building for Children and Families
Canadian Rockies Public Schools

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

I know that there are so many forms this time of year, in fact tonight you should be getting a school milk form, as well as our magazine fundraiser package.  I know it's hard to keep up with all of them, so this time I'm just going to post this information on the blog.  You can save this email to look at later, or search the blog to find it again. 

Attached are:

  • 1 introduction letter about myself and our class this year  (I'll have hard copies available tomorrow evening too)
  • 2 parent overview pages that explain the main objectives and topics for the grade 4 and 5 curriculum.  If you have a chance to read them before our open house tomorrow, I'm happy to answer any questions.  If not, I'm always available later too :)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Welcome to our first full week of school!  We had a great start last week and I'm looking forward to continuing :)

There will normally be one small homework assignment each week, but as we continue to develop our relationships and expectations in the classroom this week, we'll have one more week off before beginning our normal weekly routines.

Some important dates this week:

  • Wednesday - we are having our magazine fundraiser assembly.  Expect to see information and order forms coming home that night.
  • Thursday -  LGMS Open house from 6:30-7:30.  Please stop by with your child to get a chance to see our classroom, find out about the expectations this year and to ask any questions that you may have!

Finally - it's already field trip time at our school!  Just like at ERS, parent volunteers need to have a criminal record check completed and on file at the school.  These are good for one year from the date you receive it from the RCMP.  (so for some of our grade 5 parents, this means that the ones you got in June of last year are still good until partway through this year).  The check itself is free, but takes a few days.  The forms can be picked up at our office.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities:
Exshaw landfill (tour by bus)  - Sept. 25th in the afternoon
Canmore waste management center (a couple of parents needed please) - 9:00 Sept.26

Please email me if you are interested in joining us, and let me know if you have a record check on file already.

Thank you!

Friday, 7 September 2018

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What a great start this year is off to! 

I want to thank each of you as parents for helping your child to make the transition back to being a full time learner, and for taking the time to help us to have the up to date forms and information that we need here at the school. 

Also - for those new to LGMS, or maybe just as a reminder, here is the link to our student policy handbook.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

As we're nearing the end of our first week - we've been working on peer interviews to help us build connections and understanding. 

Paired with that activity each student has been making their own unique caricature to help showcase what makes them unique.  Take a look at what is starting to come together at the back of our classroom, as well as my example so we can also build connections :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2018