Below are some grade 4 and school community highlights:
Studies show that parental involvement in a child's education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. We realize, however, that each of our families is unique, with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints. So, I try to provide as many different kinds of opportunities for parental involvement as possible. Please review the volunteer opportunities suggested below, and let me know what ones are of interest to you:
Organize a fair.
Share curriculum related pictures and souvenirs from a personal or family trip.
Direct a play.
Teach students to play crib.
Arrange for curriculum related speakers, exhibits, demonstrations.
Share a talent, interest, or hobby.
Tutor individuals or small groups of students.
Chaperone a field trip.
Organize or participate in a special event.
Organize a classroom fundraiser.
Offer to donate books, art materials, musical instruments, games.... the list is endless.
Bring in refreshments, snacks, or treats.
Help locate a willing elder to visit our classroom to share their knowledge and experience.
Help locate a willing First Nations Ways of Knowing and Doing to visit our classroom to share their knowledge and experience.
Cook or bake with a group of students.
Here are some questions that come to mind:
-Would you like to volunteer in/outside of the classroom?
-Would you like to donate traditional meat for a dry meat making experience?
-Do you know of an Elder who would like to visit the classroom periodically to meet with the students (connecting the grade 4 curriculum within the classroom)?
-Do you have ideas for fundraising?
-Should a parent/guardian fundraising group be created to make a vision become a reality?
-What ideas do you have for our Christmas Concert performance on December 19 @ 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM (There may be a school wide theme. With time, more information will present itself)?
-Our class is hosting the school assembly on December 20 (Theme: Pajama Day). What are your thoughts?
-Wouldn’t it be memorable if the Christmas Concert performance was connected to the Assembly Presentation the following day?
-Do you have applied design, technology, or skills you would like to share with the students (example: EV3 kit, robotics, coding, wood work, culinary, camping, safety, creative presentation, interview, on the land, Yukon First Nations Ways of Knowing and Doing, etc.).
There are different requirement needed depending on how you would like to get involved. Below are some avenues you might want to look into:
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION APPENDIX / FORM #7: This form was already sent home. The information was posted in September’s classroom newsletter. This is a mandated document required by the department to have on file in order to volunteer your time. Please submit the form to myself, or the office, if volunteering throughout the year is of interest to you. If you must request another form, please let me know.
VEHICLE/INSURANCE: Would you be willing to drive students to and from events? Please contact the office to submit required documents.
SAFETY AND FIRST AID: Please submit information to the office if you hold these valid documents. This submission can lead to greater classroom opportunity and may help meet requirements if volunteering for school events.
CLEARANCE/VULNERABLE SECTOR CHECKS: You can also enquire about submitting an RCMP clearance check and a vulnerable sector check to help maximize student learning opportunities and help meet requirements if volunteering for school events.
Thank you to those who were able to sign-up for volunteer or donation opportunities at the open house during this year’s GHES Fall Culture Days. To those unable, there are always opportunities throughout the year.
Please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com (include your name, child’s name, preferred contact information, and details in regards to getting involved).
School Supplies - 2019-2020:
November’s Reading Genre: Historical Fiction (HF): The genre of historical fiction in the field of children’s literature includes stories that are written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event. Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past.
Week 9: Read (HF) for 20 minutes five times a week and practice basic math fact (-0, -1, -2) for at least 10 minutes five times a week.
Week 10: Read (HF) for 20 minutes five times a week and practice basic math fact (-3) for at least 10 minutes five times a week.
Week 11: Read (M): Read (HF) for 20 minutes five times a week and practice basic math fact (-4) for at least 10 minutes five times a week.
Week 12 (every 4th week): Read (HF) for 20 minutes five times a week and practice basic math fact (-5) for at least 10 minutes five times a week.
Review Week 9-12: Read (HF) for 20 minutes five times a week and practice basic math fact (-6) for at least 10 minutes five times a week.
The student must commit to at least one novel of the historical fiction genre. They can decide what to read apart from that.
You can decide the best way your child is to practice basic math facts (ex: Xtramath.com, addition table, flashcards, manipulative, crib, dice, cards, etc.)
Homework Folder: The students have a Homework Folder that goes home every night. Items found on the left side are to be, "Left at Home." Items found on the right side are to be brought, "Right Back to School." For further requirements, you will find a zip lock bag labeled, "Payments and Notes," for your use. Please check the folder each evening for school notes, permission forms, the Self-Regulation chart, and homework.
Reading: The student is expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes five times a week. Together, we will secure the monthly genres, which will take effect in September. The student is encouraged to read at least one book of the agreed upon genre. Of course, they are allowed to read text of choice. However, it is important that they understand each genre, and, possibly, discover new interests. Have discussions about the genre and reading material. Get creative in the many different ways to read. I always encourage reading aloud while playing with tone and expression. Happy reading!
You will find the reading log - homework sheet in the homework folder. The reading log will be checked each Monday to see if the student dedicated the time with a parent/guardian sign off. Please initial.
Numeracy: Following our weekly focus, the student is expected to practice basic math facts at home daily for at least 10 minutes five times a week. You can find the basic math facts - weekly focus homework sheet in the homework folder, which will be taught in sequential order: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The sheet will be checked each Monday to see if the student dedicated the time with a parent/guardian sign off. Please initial.
Other: The student must complete unfinished work at home, and return it the following school day. The student must report the information to me at the beginning of the day. At times, there may be other assignments or projects that must be completed at home (ex: Science Fair, Star Student Presentation, etc.)
Thursday, November 7, 2019: Remembrance Day Assembly @ 11 a.m.
Friday, November 8, 2019: (PD DAY; SCHOOL CLOSED)
Monday, November 11, 2019: Remembrance Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Grade 4 and Grade 5 Recreational Skate from 12:30-2:30
Thursday, November 14, 2019: Blue Shirt Day for World Diabetes Day - Assembly at 11:00 - Primary Dance at Morning Recess and Intermediate Dance at Lunch Recess - Minimum $2 donation
Friday, November 15, 2019: Grade 4 PJ Day
√ Submit required school forms (white, green, blue and pink form).
√ Submit $70 school fee.
√ Submit $50 swimming fee.
√ If needed, visit the office to sign your child out before leaving the school.
√ Water Bottles: It is vital the student have a water bottle available at arms reach. Make arrangements with your child as to when to bring it home for washing purposes.
√ Fidget Tool: A tool is optional. Talk to your child to see if one is needed. It must be used as a tool. If it is used as a toy, and the student needs constant reminders a fidget tool will no longer be needed for that student.
√ GOES Thursdays (afternoons and double block): Ensure your child is dressed appropriately with outdoor clothing and footwear.
√ Robotics Challenge: Heads up! We will be heading to the Robotics Challenge in April 2020. Building with Lego and Coding at home would be beneficial. We will be using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits. Check out the EV3 at: www.lego.com.