Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, I haven't been unable to post a blog entry for a little while. Luckily, the issue now seems to be resolved. Your son or daughter is coming home with a note in their agenda today about a Winter Play Day which is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday March 9th (weather permitting). Kindergarten classes along with students in grades one through four will enjoy an afternoon of snow games. On this day, please send your child dressed in warm clothing, including snow pants. Children should also pack an extra hat, neck warmer, socks and mittens.
A friendly reminder that weekly homework is due tomorrow. "Creativity Day" will also take place Friday and children are asked, if possible, to make a donation to support our Lenten Project OK Clean Water.
This morning we gathered together as a school community for our Gospel Values Assembly. The grade four classes will be hosting the next assembly in April. In Math, we are continuing to review multiplication strategies up to 9 x 9. Our "big idea" is that is often useful to think of one amount as how many of another amount. Next week, we will be exploring the concept of division. A key principle we will discuss is that multiplication and division are inverse operations; one "undoes" the other. Division is the "opposite" of multiplication. For example, if we start with 12 items and share them among 3 people, each person gets 4 items. How could we get back to where we started (to 12)? We could think of the 3 people, each with 4 items, as a multiplication situation, or 3 groups of 4, which is 12. In Language Arts, we are continuing to explore "sequencing" as an effective means to guide our persuasive writing (e.g., first, next, then and most importantly).