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April 2013 Newsletter

April 2013 Newsletter

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April 2013
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Gill-Ville …
Character Education:
During the month of March we spent time talking about “OWNERSHIP”. Ownership is a difficult key to use because it is hard to admit when we make mistakes. Ownership is also about taking responsibility for actions and ourselves, whether we are making good or bad choices. This month, our Student-ofthe-Month Winner is Shelby. During the month of April, we will be focusing on the “THIS IS IT” key. We will be learning that sometimes we have to make the best of a situation and “just do it”. Can you think of things you don’t prefer to do that you have to do anyway? Does a positive attitude help?

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Upcoming Trips:
During the month of April, we have many exciting events and trips planned. Our first trip is our areabowling meet on Friday, April 5th. Remember that students will be treated to a pizza lunch at the bowling alley. We will be at the Museum on Wednesday, April 10th for the full day. Lunch items need to be prepared ahead of time and brought to the museum. We are excited to inform you that we were able to work out 3 more visits to our Little Chefs Cooking Classes with R.M.i. Our next session will be Monday, April 15th! On Wednesday, April 17th we will be going to the newly opened Dunfield Theatre to see the play Mary Poppins. This is a matinee performance and runs later than the usual school day. Students can either be picked up at the theatre after the show or at the school. Please indicate your preferred pick up location on the permission form coming home this week.

Bowling Trip Friday, April 5th Pita Pit Lunches Mondays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th Sub Lunches Wednesdays, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th Pizza Lunches Fridays, April 5th, 12th, & 26th K/W Museum Trip Wednesday, April 10th Little Chefs Cooking Lesson Monday, April 15th Theatre Trip Wednesday, April 17th Ryerson’s Got Talent Thursday, April 18th P.D. Day – No School Friday, April 19th Ryerson Craft Sale Saturday, April 27th

Money Math:
We have been working on identifying and adding coin values in class. Students have been using a 100s chart to help total coin values. When working with your child at home, encourage them to begin with the largest coin value and continue to add on coins in decreasing value. For example, start with quarters and then add on the dimes, followed by nickels, and save pennies for last.

Eggstra Eggsciting Easter Eggtivities:
Our Easter-themed cooking day was EGGSceptional! We had lots of fun decorating hard-boiled eggs with shrink-wrap designs and colour dyes. I hope all of the students remembered to take their eggs out of their bag and put them in the refrigerator! We were very pleased with our Deviled Easter Eggs (pictured above) and thought they looked too cute to eat! The students really liked our Easter basket cupcakes (pictured below)! They were easy to make and tasted delicious!

Kenyan Connection:
Our toys made it to Kenya! We received multiple blog posts including pictures and messages of thanks and appreciation from the students at St. Lawrence Orphanage School. We are thrilled to know that our gifts were received and well liked. We can’t wait for Mr. Carson to return from his trip to Kenya so he can tell us all about his adventures visiting the school!

Candian Habitats & Ecosystems:
Our class has been investigating the various regions within Canada and discovering the similarities and differences between wildlife, landforms, and climate as you travel across these geographic areas. One of our writing activities involved creating a fictional creature we called our Wild Self. This creature is comprised of various body parts from existing creatures. Students learned about animal adaptations as they tried to decide where in Canada would you find this creature and give supporting facts to explain their choice. You can see their awesome creatures (created using a site that can be accessed from home computers as well http://buildyourwildself.com) and their explanations written in posts on our blog site: http://kidblog.org/Gill-Villeans We have received comments from teachers on our posts and on Twitter that they might use our idea for activities with their classes! Feel free to leave us a comment on our posts telling us what you like about this project.

Global Art Show:
Our class has joined a new wiki site with classes from China, Thailand, Peru, and USA with hopes that other classes will also join once the project develops. On this site we share various art projects and students can see samples of work created by other students, in many different grades, worldwide! We can sign in as a guest and leave comments on the artwork also. You can check out the site by visiting:
http://globalartshow.pbworks.com

We have also joined a collaborative project with students across North America to create a piece of art comprised of parts from 24 different classes in your group. Each class is assigned a section of the “puzzle” and must colour 24 copies in the style of famous artist Piet Mondrian. One copy is mailed to each class in the group. As each piece arrives, the artwork slowly is completed. We will be displaying the black and white copy of the completed piece and cover each section with the coloured version as it arrives in the mail! We can’t wait to see what it will look like when it is complete!

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