We did it!!
Today we finished our Roughrider Reading contest for March. We needed to read for 15 minutes every school day.
Now we need to cross our fingers that our class gets picked for a visit from some Saskatchewan Roughriders 🙂
The Book Fair will run until next Wednesday! Check the calendar of events on the WES website for times.
Our class went to preview the book fair yesterday and wrote down some books that we were interested in.
Volunteers: Mrs. Woodward is looking for a couple of volunteers to work atthe book fair between 4:00 and 7:00 on Wednesday, April 1. If you might be interested, please call or email Mrs. Woodward at Tracy.email@example.com
The Nursing Students are hosting a body break party in the gym during the week of March 30th to April 1st. This is an optional activity. Students are invited to come dressed in their pajamas (because it IS midnight) and bring a stuffed animal (because it IS a zoo) to school the day of their scheduled party. Each grade will be on a different day during noon recess and Kindergartens will come during their gym time.
Grade 2 (noon recess): Tuesday, March 31st
Parents welcome to come and help.
If interested, please email Mandy or Gwen with the day you want to come and the class your child is in.
This afternoon we had a lot of fun building 2 wheeler cars with paper plates, straws and connectors. The children then needed to experiment by putting different amounts of force on their 2 wheeler and seeing what happened. They also got to experiment with driving the 2 wheeler down and up ramps they created using books and binders. Some of the 2 wheelers broke when a lot of force was applied, some of them flipped and some went super fast! A challenge question was what could you do to get the 2 wheeler to drive up the ramp? There were many interesting answers- ask your child what they thought!
At our March 30th and April 1st parent conferences, all of our Grade 1 -3 classrooms will be using a new format to communicate to parents what and how their children are learning at school. On the evening of Monday, March 30th parents will be invited to join their child in their child’s classroom while the child leads you through a series of activities that showcases the learning that they are doing at school. Parents will have the opportunity to engage with their child in their learning and celebrate their child’s learning. This type of conference is called a Student Led Activity Conference which is a well-researched means of communicating student learning to parents that puts the child at the center of the reporting process rather than the teacher. Warman Elementary has completed a couple of pilots of this style of conferencing with our Grade 2 classes last Spring and with our Kindergarten classes in the Fall. We found on both of those occasions that the students were very excited to share their learning with their parents and that parents thoroughly enjoyed experiencing their child’s learning through their child’s eyes and words. Parents will sit alongside their child in the classroom for 20-30 minutes (or longer if needed) and their children will take them through a prepared journey of what they have been learning and how they are learning. There will be a few other families in the classroom at the same time doing the same thing and the teacher will be in the room to move between families to answer any questions and to interject into your conversation as needed. If at all possible it would be great if you could arrange it so that your sole focus could be on your child that is leading the conference at that time. At the conclusion of the conference there will be an opportunity for you to write a short note to your child to give them some feedback, to celebrate the great work that they are doing and to encourage them to keep doing their very best work. Parents will also be given the opportunity to provide us with feedback on how well they felt the student led activity conference process went for them. The evening of Wednesday, April 1st will be set aside for parents who feel they need to talk one on one with the teacher or if a teacher wants to request a one on one meeting with a parent. You can book your Monday, March 30th student led activity conference time by going to www.schoolinterviews.ca and using the Username: wes2 and the event code V3UCJ (there will be 5 openings per 30 minute time slot available for you to book). Families can book online until the day of interviews, March 30. If you feel that you require a one on one meeting with the teacher then you can book that time for Wednesday, April 1st by contacting the classroom teacher directly. Your child’s teacher may also contact you to arrange a one on one meeting for that evening if they feel it is necessary. We want to thank all of our parents for continuing to engage in their children’s learning and partnering with us at Warman Elementary to help each and every student to succeed to the best of their ability. It is a well-researched fact that students whose parents engage in their child’s learning do much better in school.
Thanks to the student nurses who supplied us with a delicious salad bar lunch on Wednesday. There were a lot of yummy things to put on our salads, and many of us were excited to have a parent or grandparent join them for lunch.
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Have a great weekend 🙂
In Science this week we have been learning about force, motion and friction.
On Wednesday we did an experiment with Beanbags to see what would happen if we applied different amounts of force to them. We found out that if you apply a lot of force- your beanbag might hit the roof of your classroom!
Today we talked about Friction and how it affects motion. We did an experiment with Hot Wheels Cars and drove them on different kinds of floors (tile, bootroom mat, and brown mat). The students had to predict which flooring produced the most friction and then they got to test their predictions out.
A great way to spend a Friday afternoon!