Please see the following email shared with families this evening and thanks to Andrew who was our Classroom Photographer today for the photos:
Just a few updates on activities and events taking place at school this week. First, a reminder that we are hosting our Fall Spirit Week this week (October 9-12th). Help us to welcome fall and stock our Breakfast Program shelves! Each day staff and students can choose to dress in theme and can also bring in an item for our Breakfast Program. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you can send $2 instead. A summary of each day is provided below: October 9th, Team Spirit Tuesday - Wear your favourite team or CG gear and bring in General Mills Multigrain Cheerios (or similar) October 10th, Wacky Hair Wednesday - Rock a crazy, creative hairstyle and bring in Mott's Fruitsation Apple Sauce Cups (or similar) October 11th, Throwback Thursday - Wear an outfit from the past and bring in Kellogg's Mini Wheats (or similar) October 12th, Fri-YAY! PJ Day - Wear your comfiest clothes and bring in NUT FREE Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars (or similar) Remember, students do not have to bring in a donation (item or monetary) to participate in the Spirit Week activities. I cannot wait to see some wacky hair tomorrow!
Second, a reminder that the Fundraising Association's first fundraiser of the school year will be taking place this Saturday. The Christina Gordon School Fundraising Association will be hosting a Fall Market on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm in the school gymnasium. We hope to see you there!
Third, there is no weekly homework this week because students have a French Quiz tomorrow on their numbers from 0-31 and because today I assigned students' first Book Talk of the school year. We will be doing a Book Talk (or similar) activity once a month. This gives students an opportunity to share what they are reading with myself and their classmates. It is also a good opportunity to practice public speaking (curricular outcome in both Language Arts and Social Studies) and reading fluency (curricular outcome in Language Arts). The students and I went over the "Must Haves" of this assignment together today as well as ideas on what students can do to prepare for a book talk. The "Must Haves" are: Look at everyone Speak loudly so all can hear Talk about the characters, the problem in the story, or some interesting information Read a small part of the book to interest the readers Each Book Talk should be no more than 2-3 minutes in length if students are well prepared and well practiced. I have attached the entire assignment sheet with the instructions as well as assessment rubric. Students will be bringing this sheet home in the student Agenda tomorrow. You can also visit Scholastic: Book Talks for more information. Our first Book Talk will be due on October 30th.
Finally, Christina Gordon Public School will be participating in an Art Cards by Kids fundraiser this fall. This fundraiser allows families the opportunity to purchase their student's art on a greeting card. Each student creates their own piece of art (in class), which will be used for the front image of the card. These cards are not only functional, but serve as a great keepsake for yourself and your family and friends! Students complete the artwork at school and I will send the templates for printing. A sample of the card will be returned to school and then sent home. You will then be able to place your orders. Other items, such as phone cases and puzzles can be ordered as well. In order to get our class started, I wanted to see what images you would like to have your child create on their template. The options are: create a winter or holiday card create a birthday card create a thank you card You can email me your preference or talk it over with your student and they can come prepared to create whatever image you have discussed. Of course, you can leave it totally up to your student as well. Please visit Art Cards by Kids for more information. Thank you everyone! As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns in regards to any of the above,
- Ashley Barrington, Grade 5 Classroom Teacher
Agenda Weekly Homework: None
Language Arts: - Read 20 minutes (track in your Agenda) - Book Talk (due October 30th)
French: - Quiz #1: Numbers 0-31 (tomorrow)
Social Studies: Math: Science: Health: Art: Other:
FriYay! Popcorn Day - Friday ($2) Spirit Week: Wednesday, Wacky Hair Day, apple sauce cup donations Fall Market: October 13th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm