Monthly Archives: September 2013

Spare Clothes and a new page on the blog

Hello Division 20,

The weather is changing.  Please make sure your child has a set of spare clothes here at school in the class dresser.  I do not want to bother you at work if your child has taken a tumble outside and has wet pants or shirt.  Please send the following items:

  • pants
  • shirt
  • underpants
  • socks
  • shoes

Please make sure the bag is labeled so the clothes can be easily found.

A new page on the blog….

I have added a page under the main menu dictée.  It is called ways to support your child.  On this page there are some helpful hints to keep your child motivated at home when working on the dictée.

See you tomorrow,

Mme Rode

P.S. Check your mailboxes in the next couple of days.  We mailed some work home today!

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Word lists

Hello Division 20,

Every Monday, we brainstorm word lists with the sound of the week. I will type up these additional words and post them as an additional page connected to the weekly sentences.  These words will not be on the test but they could be the bonus words.  It would be great if your child practiced reading and identifying sounds in the words to help with his/her phonemic development and awareness.

The words for é é é comme un bébé are posted as a page and a PDF document if you would like to print up these words.

See you,

Mme Rode

 

Tonight

Hello Division 20,

Thank you to everyone who made it out to Meet my School tonight. It was nice to be able to have short chats with all of you.  And a big thank you to my little assistants who helped look after Ava.  She had a fabulous time tonight and was exhausted when we got home.  

The term overview is posted on the blog under the page Division 20.  I sent home a hard copy tonight but for future reference please look there.  If you want to see the curriculum for Grade 2, please see the link under the page “For Parents”. 

Have a wonderful weekend.  Remember tomorrow is a Professional Day.  See you all Monday.  

Mme Rode

 

Pascal’s triangle

Hello Division 20,

Today in Math we were looking at patterns in the Pascal’s Triangle.  Your child will be bringing home a blank copy to work on at home.  Have your child explain some of the patterns found in this triangle.  Here is an image of the triangle.

Have fun exploring the number patterns.  We did up the the 7th row but try going further.  There is lots of interesting patterns in this triangle.  If you want to investigate further google Pascal’s Triangle!

See you (tonight if you are coming!)

Mme Rode

 

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Home Reading

Dear Parents,

This week Division 20 will be starting the Home Reading Program (La lecture à la maison; LLALM).  Every night your child will bring home 1 or 2 books.  Please sit down with your child for 15 minutes every night and listen to him/her read.  Have your child read both aloud and silently.  It is important that he/she develops oral reading decoding skills as well as oral reading fluency.

The children have been learning in class how to read books.  They have also been learning how to choose books that are a best fit (not too easy or not too hard).  Your child knows that reading is with words as well as pictures.

Please encourage your child to read with expression and have your child explain what he/she has read.  If your child stumbles on a word, encourage your child to break the word into smaller syllables and sound out the word carefully.

The books need to be returned to school every day in order for your child to select a new book.  Your child needs to be responsible for returning his/her books each day.

The reading log called 25 NIGHTS OF READING has also been sent home.  Please write the date and sign the paper after reading every night.  After 25 nights, have your child return the log to school.  They will continue with the next log of 50 NIGHTS OF READING.

Thank you for your co-operation in the Home Reading Program.

Mme Rode

Upcoming events this week

Hello Division 20,

I will be posting a calendar and newsletter for the month of October next week.  Here are some important upcoming events for this week:

  • Thursday- Dictée test (due to the professional day on Friday)
  • Thursday-Meet my School (Meet the Teacher).  Come back to the school at 6 pm and say hello!  
  • Friday– Professional Day

Please also note that we have gym on Mondays and Tuesdays.  If you send your child to school in boots, please also send running shoes in your child’s bag.  These shoes can be stored on the show rack outside the classroom.  It can be very challenging for your child to run while wearing boots in the gym.  Your child can also store some runners at school all the time on the shoe rack.  Please make sure your child’s shoes are labeled.

Thank you,

Mme Rode

Agendas

Dear Parents,

Your child will be receiving his/her agenda this afternoon.  Your child will be bringing his/her agenda home every dayYou must sign your child’s agenda next to my signature every day and have your child return it to school.

The agendas MUST come back to school everyday.  The agendas form an important part of our Health and Career Education curriculum.

On Mondays, the dictée words/sentences will be stapled into your child’s agenda or put in the agenda pocket.  Please sign your name on the dictée page so that I know you have seen the homework.  Please practice the sentences with your child every day so that he/she will be ready for the test on Friday.

Everyday your child will copy a simple sentence to practice his/her French language development.  Please discuss with your child the meaning of each sentence.  Also, classroom activities and school reminders will be copied into your child’s agenda.

If you want to write me a note, please do so in your child’s agenda.  This book is a wonderful way to communicate between school and home!

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning.

Mme Rode

More items needed for the class

Hello Division 20,

This week we will be visiting the library for the first time.  Each student will be allowed to bring home 1-2 books in French.  Our library visits with Mme Bingham are every Friday at 11:15.  I am asking each student to bring a plastic envelope, one you can buy at a dollar store to help protect the library books in your child’s backpack.  Your child will also be selecting 5 library books that he/she will store in class for our literacy program “The Daily 5.”  Your child will need to bring a cloth reusable shopping bag to keep his/her books organized and protected in the classroom.

Next week, we will be starting the home reading program. Your child will need another plastic envelope to bring home class books.

Please send to school by Friday:

  • 2 plastic envelopes that either snap or zip shut (labeled)
  • 1 cloth shopping bag (labeled)

Don’t forget we still need scissors for your child as well.

Thank you,

Mme Rode

Dictée is starting today

Hello Division 20,

Today the dictée is starting.  Your child will be bringing home the weekly sentences along with a parent letter. All information about the weekly dictée is included the parent letter.  The parent letter is also on the blog for future reference.

See you,

Mme Rode