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November News
by Alyssa Ellison - Monday, 3 November 2014, 10:42 AM

Hello everyone, and welcome to November!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came and helped during the Halloween stations on Friday. It's such a busy job and we really appreciated your help!

Guided Reading Groups: It's always important that your child arrive to school on time, but starting Monday, it's even more necessary because we start our guided reading groups. With two other classes, the children will be divided into several groups and work with teachers around the school. This gives each child the opportunity to practice reading skills, strategies, and word work, with other children at the same reading level, in a small group setting.

Home Reading: Your child should be reading for 20 minutes (or more) every day. Each child should be bringing home a “just right” book every day. Please ensure that these books come back to school. They are expensive to replace, and replacing them comes out of our teaching pockets and/or classroom funds. Congratulations to everyone who has already completed their 25 nights of home reading sheet! If you need another sheet, there is an envelope full of them beside our classroom door. Remember, the most important thing is to read to your child every day. Hearing adults read interesting books fluently and with expression creates a love for books that will influence your child's reading for a lifetime!

Scholastic Book Orders: If you would like to order any books, please return the order forms. Scholastic books usually have a great selection of books at decent prices, and when you order, we receive free books in our classroom. If you've lost your order form, I've usually got extras on the parent board outside of our classroom.

Science: In our classroom, we have used the inquiry method to research and learn all about spiders. You would be amazed at what we found out! Next week, check out our spider poster, and try to find a new fact about spiders. We also made scientifically correct spiders which are hanging from our ceiling, and they look amazing! This week, we will wrap up our spider unit, and the following week we will start learning about salmon. Next week, a permission form will go home with your child about a field trip to Goldstream Provincial Park and Nature House.

Deconstruction Zone: In our classroom, we have a deconstruction zone, which is a place where we can take apart things. If you've got any electronic devices (blenders, VCRs, computers, remote controls, vacuum cleaners, etc.) to donate, we would love to take them apart and see how they work!

Some Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, Nov. 4: Photo proofs/orders are due

Wednesday, Nov. 5: Early Dismissal at 1:48 and parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, Nov. 6: Early Dismissal at 1:48 and parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, Nov. 6: School Remembrance Assembly at 10:00

Friday, Nov. 7: Pro-D day—no school for students

Monday, Nov 10: Pro-D day—no school for students

Tuesday, Nov. 11: Remembrance Day—no school

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Poinsettia Orders Due

Tuesday, Nov. 25: Field Trip to Goldstream Park and Nature House

As always, you can chat with me after school, call the school (250-652-3996), or email me (aellison@sd63.bc.ca) with any comments/questions/concerns.