Monthly Archives: March 2016

Kiswahili Restructuring Information


Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 12.27.18 PMThrough a process of consultation and discussion, the Kiswahili team has reorganized the structure of Kiswahili levels in grades 1 and 2  in order to best meet the needs of the students.  After the holidays, starting the week of April 4, students in grades 1 and 2 may be with a different Kiswahili teacher and/or class. We have tried to make the minimal number of changes possible during the process. If you have any questions, please contact the Team Leader for Modern Languages, Shona Sarkar at

Where we are in place and time

Grade Two are now inquiring into the views people have held throughout history on the Earth Moon and Sun.

Our central idea is, “Over time people’s curiosity has led them to think beyond planet Earth”

During this unit we will be asking the children the think about
The relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth
Why did ancient cultures feel the need to make up stories about the planets?
How do we know what we know now?

This is a unit in which the children usually ask a lot of questions. If your child has any resources at home, such as books, especially if they are in your child’s first language please encourage your child to read them and bring them into school.

At some point after the Easter Break, we will email you about a ‘Star Gazing Evening’, when you and your child we be able to come to school in the evening and view the stars and the moon, through very powerful telescopes.

Week of March 7th-11th

The Grade 2’s had a wonderful time performing in their Music Concert this morning. Lots of singing, dancing and instrument playing. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend.

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We have started our new unit of inquiry, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ which is stimulating much curiosity and inquiring. Our central idea is, ‘Over time people’s curiosity has led them to think beyond our planet’. The children are reading non-fiction books about   the Earth, the Moon and the Sun and learning many new facts and making connections to their own knowledge.

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In Math, we have been exploring fractions and making equivalent fractions. The children enjoyed playing a fraction game to help develop their understanding. We continue to work on the concept of multiplication through math arrays, repeated addition and skip counting.

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….and finally some ‘Rocket Launching’ fun with our Grade 5 Book Buddies!


Grade 2 hunts for new books

Ms. Ashleigh’s Grade 2s** came to the library a week ago to find out how to look for new books independently. They started with a hunt, using index cards labeled with Fiction Call Numbers.

Successful hunters came back with a book that matched their index card.

Most grade 2s quickly found the shelf and book that matched.  Ms. Karen then talked about using Destiny Quest to look for new books, and searching for books of interest, outside the students’ usual habits.

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Today, during 2B’s independent checkout time, these same students searched Destiny …


Copied a call number …


Searched the shelves …


Tried the book …


And then checked out.  All on their own.  Great hunting!!

** Ditto Ms. Alefiyah’s, Ms. Lisa’s and Ms. Louise’s classes.

Africa Live – Music Concert, Friday March 11

Keep your eyes open for the Friday March 11 Africa Live concert posters as they go up around the school in the next few days. This concert will feature music from Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. All of kindergarten, grade two and grade four students will be performing with their grade groups followed by a mass choral piece accompanied by Mr. Breese. We look forward to seeing you there. – Music Department

Africa Live PDF