Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome back students!

I hope you all had a lovely reading week off.  I was at teacher's convention on Thursday and Friday and I learned a lot of new things that I am excited to use in the classroom.

One of the things that I learned was about learning how to center yourself and calm your mind.  This morning we put it into practice right away with a special breathing and visualization exercise. I really noticed a difference in the classroom after that.  We have a very busy classroom with busy students, and I felt this would be a great strategy to teach them to calm their minds in the morning when they come to school, or whenever they find that their mind is wandering and they want to gain control of their focus again.  I am looking forward to doing these types of exercises on a regular basis in the classroom.  Parents, please let me know if you are also noticing any positive changes at home, because I'm hoping that the good stragegies we are practicing will start to spill over into other areas of their lives, not just in the classroom.  It is a lifelong skill to be able to calm your mind and be present.

Tuesday, Feb 24th is hot lunch day.
Wednesday, Feb 25th - Library books are due.
Wednesday, Feb 25th is pink shirt day. (Wear a pink shirt!)
Thursday, Feb 26th is colourful day. (Wear colourful clothing!)

New Spelling Words for this week all have the long "o" sound.


Can you think of any other words with the long "o" sound? If you can, bring me 5 bonus words for a special bonus sticker this week!  Who knows, perhaps one of your words will be featured in the
bonus section of our Friday test!

Harbour House Donations
We are still collecting donations for the Harbour House.  Please see previous post to read about which types of items we are looking for.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank you Parents for the Valentine's Day Snacks!
Thank you to the parents who helped out on Valentine's Day by sending delicious snacks our way. I really appreciate it.

Thank you to our 100th day Volunteers!
Our 100th day was a real success!  Thank you so much for the volunteers for coming in and spending time with us. Without you, we would not have been able to put on such a great event.  I really appreciate your time and energy for 100th day. Thank you!

Keep checking back
As always, keep checking the blog for upcoming news and events.

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