Today, students will be coming home with a new Reading Log sheet for the month of November. There will be NO READING LOG homework assigned TONIGHT because of Halloween.
November’s Reading Log sheet will look very similar to October’s. Each week, students are to select one of the books they have read during the week. This month, students will need to write about their favourite part in the book AND also explain why this part of the story was their favourite. I will be looking at Reading Logs closely to make sure students are answering both questions in full sentences and with descriptive language.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to write me a note in the planner.
Have a safe and happy Halloween night!
Halloween is on Monday, October 31. The children are excited to dress-up in costumes and eat treats! Here are some reminders about the many events happening on Monday:
- Homework: Reading Logs are due on Monday. I will not be assigning homework on Monday night, so families can spend their evening enjoying Halloween festivities!
- P.E.: Due to the Costume Parade (and the fact that students will be dressed in costume), there will be no P.E. class on Monday.
- Costume Parade: The parade will be in our school gym and begins at 1:15 p.m. Please feel free to attend!
- Halloween for Hunger: With a food bank donation, students can participate in activities in the gymnasium during lunch recess time.
from the School’s October Newsletter
Halloween Spirit Day: All students can choose whether or not to come to school in costume. Obviously the Primary classes will largely come to school in costume. Intermediate students can come in costume or change during Lunch Recess for the Parade. Students should not wear masks or costumes that promote evil or violence. This includes witch and devil costumes. (Some students have asked if they can dress as a “good” witch; I am afraid I will have to say No to that; a witch is a witch.) Students could be creative by wearing a costume that represents a favourite storybook character, a character from the Bible, or current figure of the Church (Pope Francis, St. Teresa of Calcutta, etc.). Wearing fall or Halloween colours (e.g. brown, orange, black) is also acceptable instead of a costume.
Reminder: School will be closed to students on Friday, October 21, as teachers will have a Professional Development Day.
Grade Two students will be heading to the Writer’s Festival on Wednesday, October 19 to see author and artist, Roy Henry Vickers. The event we will be attending is called Peace Dancer (it is also the title of his newest book). Here is some more information for you:
Renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers was so shy when he was younger that he wouldn’t talk at all. A few decades ago, he was fishing when an eagle flew past. As Vickers whistled at it, the eagle turned around and an eagle feather fell onto his chest. He says that was when he knew it was his turn to speak. And speak he has: his series of bestselling children’s books, the latest of which is Peace Dancer, gives him a voice to hand down the First Nations legends that have shaped his life. Come hear this master storyteller weave a warning tale about respect for the natural world, and what happens when children mistreat a crow, bringing about near-disaster on their village.
Some general reminders for students (and parents):
- please be at school on time (for 8:45 a.m.) so we can depart the school by 9:15 a.m.
- students should be dressed in full school uniform
- we will have time for a short snack while waiting in line for the event, but it should be an easy to eat snack that can be tucked into their jacket pocket (ie: cheese string, granola bar, baggie of dried fruit, etc.)
- we will return to school by lunch recess, so students will (still) be able to enjoy the PTA hot lunch on that day
Here are some reminders for tomorrow:
- Students should wear their P.E. uniform and comfortable walking shoes and/or rainboots.
- Raincoats, rainpants and rainboots can be brought to school. We will have time to put them on after snack and Mass.
- Please DO NOT send umbrellas. They will not be permitted on the walk.
- Students can bring their water bottles, but a snack will be provided by the school.
- Planners and backpacks can be left at home!
- We finish at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow!
Have a restful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Click on the link to view our October Newsletter.