March newsletter

I have made it back from the beach…and am freezing cold!

I was greeted this morning with many hugs and cards- it is so nice to be missed. I missed the kids too and will be happy to get back into routine. Mrs. Martineau told me that I have a well behaved class and that she did not have any problems while I was away 🙂

The March newsletter will be coming home tomorrow- please make sure to mark the important dates down on your calendar as there is a lot going on in March.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns about any of our upcoming events.

Stay warm!

Salad Bar Lunch

Please check your child’s planner for a note about this lunch being planned by the nursing students.


U of S Nursing Students Fresh Food Buffets

A Fresh Approach to Lunch


Dear Parents and Guardians:

The U of S nursing students are pleased to invite your child to a healthy Fresh Food Buffet lunch.

On     March 11, 2015     your child can enjoy a healthy fun lunch at   Warman Elementary   School from the U of S nursing students’ friendly salad bar buffet. Menu items will include three fruit choices (BC apples, pineapple, and oranges), five vegetable choices (carrots, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes), three protein choices (cheese, hard boiled eggs, mixed bean salad), two grain options (whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat buns). We strive to have a nut-free menu. Allergen foods will be separated and safe gluten free options will be available.


Not only will the grade two students have a wonderful lunch, but they will also enjoy the opportunity to select a well-balanced healthy lunch for themselves. Our main focus with the fresh food buffet lunch will be increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Proceeds from the Fresh Food Buffet will go towards the Kids in the Garden program and the purchase of a salad bar lunch tool kit, to assist with future Fresh Food Buffets.


Parents of the grade two students are welcome to join their child for lunch at the same cost of $5.50 per adult and a cost of $2.00 per child under 5 years. Tables will be set up in the gym or parents can sit with their child in the classroom.


We would like to encourage children to bring a plate and fork from home to reduce waste.

*Local carrots and dried beans supplied by Largo Farms CSA


The charge for this Fresh Food Buffet Lunch is $  5.50   . Please return the bottom portion of this letter to the classroom teacher by March 4,2015.

*Cash or cheques accepted (cheques made payable to Warman Elementary School)


If you have any concerns about the salad bar you may contact Cindy Ramsfield at 306-220-0609 or email @ .

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the loveable and kooky kids in 2 Tebay!

Thanks to all the parents who provided snacks for us today. I am sending them home all sugared up!

Enjoy the February break with your family. The first day back to school is February 23rd.

Just a reminder that I will not be at school the first 3 days after the break. I will still be relaxing on the beach 🙂 .

Mrs. Martineau is my sub. She will not have access to my email so please send all communication through the planner.

Addition and Subtraction to 18 quiz

We will be having a quiz on our math unit addition and subtraction to 18 on Friday, February 13th.

These are the things that the students are expected to be able to do;

  • add and subtract to 18
  • -be able to use the 3 mental math strategies we have learned ( +1 and +2 as well as -1 and -1, making10, doubles and doubles +1)
  • – be able to tell if an equation is equal or not equal
  • – be able to write a fact family for a set of numbers
  • – be able to answer a story problem with a number sentence and a word sentence
  • – be able to find the missing number in an addition or subtraction equation
  • – be able to balance 2 equations

I sent home the children’s math books yesterday so that you will know what type of questions to answer. I will be sending home a pink note today that explains the mental math strategies we have learned. Tomorrow I will send home the review booklet that we have worked on at school today and tomorrow.

This is an essential unit for grade 2 math. It is important that the children have a solid base of math facts to 18 in their memory to help ease the transition into addition and subtraction to 100 when we begin that unit in mid-March.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

A Healthy heart

This morning our class spent 30 minutes in the gym learning about the heart and how to keep our heart healthy. February is heart month. The student nurses had organized a game with stations for us to visit which explained what the heart does to move blood and nutrients around our body. We certainly did a lot of movement to get our body moving!

We had a lot of fun. Our class was paired with 2S. and 2ET.

Thanks to the nurses for all the work they do in our school!

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100th day of school

Today was the 100th day of school…and there are only 83 left (but I’m not counting). We did a lot of fun activities today to celebrate. We made special badges to wear, wrote poems and counted pizza toppings.

Our favourite activity was doing some writing about what we would be like when we were 100. I found an Ipad app called aging booth and this morning I took the kids pictures and “aged” them. When I showed them their pictures this afternoon we all laughed….I had even taken pictures of my family to show them.

We are going to put this activity into our portfolios….but enjoy the pictures 🙂

Happy 100th day!!

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Our class is schedualed to use the snowshoes the first day back after the  February break. This of course will be dependent on the weather that day but I know from past experience that the kids have lots of fun.

Our class time is from 1:45-2:30  on February 23 and I am looking for some parent volunteers to come and help put the snowshoes on the children. Mrs. Martineau will be here as I will be gone on my holiday.

Please let me know if you will be able to come and help on that day-thanks!

Using Ipads and Gerald and Piggie to improve our fluency

We had so much fun during reading workshop time this morning! We used the ipads to video ourselves reading a Gerald and Piggie book by Mo Willems. They are perfect to practice with because there are so many opportunities for expression and they usually have 2 parts so are awesome for partner work. The children took a video of themselves reading and then were able to watch it to see how they are doing with their fluency.

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They had so much fun with this 🙂 . I tried to upload a video- but the size was too big and it wouldn’t let me 🙁 .

If you have a device at home that can do video- practice at home and then pick something for your child to work on as a fluency goal.

Reading Fluency

Today in our workshop time we talked about the habits of fluent readers. I told them that in grade 1 they had to work hard to decode (figure out) the words, but now that they are in grade 2 they need to start to think about how their reading sounds as well.

I found some cute Star Wars reading fluency posters (on Pinterest of course 🙂 ) and we talked about all the parts of reading fluently. Here they are:

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The only way to become a more fluent reader is to practice reading out loud. Keep these factors in mind when reading with your child, and help them to become a more fluent reader.

We are going to practice reading fluently tomorrow using two of my favourite things….Gerald and Piggie books, and the Ipads!