Monday, September 30, 2013


Today your child brought home his/her red "Home Learning" folder.  Every night your child should read for 10-15 minutes and practice math facts and spelling words for 5 minutes.  The spelling lists are posted on the side of the blog.  Please encourage your child to record his/her home learning minutes in the folder, and then sign to confirm your child's home learning minutes.

Please review and discuss your child's "physical goal" (in his/her black duotang).

In science today we did an experiment called "Silly Salt" to learn how volume relates to the size of sound waves.  Please ask your child to describe what happened to the salt when they made a loud sound and when they made a quiet sound.

Thank you for all your support with your child's learning!

Friday, September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

What a fun day of learning in Room 4!  We all ran like the wind, in the 1/2 hour Terry Fox run.  We showed perseverance and courage.  "Coins for Courage" will be extended to Monday - please bring your donations in support of cancer research.  Parents, please review with your child the Terry Fox Goal Sheet in his/her black Health duotang, in the zip-folder.  Please check and edit (alongside your child) for upper case letters, full sentences and periods.  Please ensure that your child brings the duotang back to school on Monday. In health, we discussed what makes us angry and brainstormed safe ways to express anger. Ask your child to share some keypoints from our discussions and posters. 

*A reminder to double-check that your son/daughter is returning the zip folder each day, as we send notices and reminders on a regular basis.  Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


We had a wonderful trip to Fish Creek Park.  The students observed and drew many different plants, fungi and lichen and spotted several deer!  They also enjoyed drinking hot chocolate around a campfire and playing Camouflage.  Thank you very much to the parents who volunteered for this field trip!

Tomorrow morning is our Terry Fox Run.  Please bring your coins for courage and come prepared to run!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


We are very excited about our trip to Fish Creek Park tomorrow to study plant communities!  We would like to extend a very big thank you to our parent volunteers who are making this trip possible.  The high for tomorrow is only 9 degrees Celsius (and we will spend most of the day outdoors), so please make sure that your child dresses in layers and brings a warm jacket.  With all the fresh air and exercise your child is likely to work up a big appetite, so please send a healthy lunch, water bottle and plenty of snacks!

Coins for Change:  Please remember to send in coins for the Terry Fox Run!

Today your child will be bringing home a Dental Bag of Goodies.  In health the students reviewed dental hygiene and practiced brushing and flossing their teeth. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


As the weather is getting cooler, please make sure your child comes to school dressed for the weather.

This afternoon the students prepared for our field trip to Fish Creek Park.  They learned how to map the vegetation growing in a specified area and measure the conditions that affect plant growth.  Please ask your child about "alien invaders" in Fish Creek Park!

Monday, September 23, 2013


It was wonderful to meet so many parents at the parent teacher interviews last week!  We appreciate the information that you shared with us.  It will help us teach your children and meet their needs.  If you were unable to come in last week, please phone or e-mail us so that we can arrange to meet at another time.

Our annual Terry Fox Run (Coins for Courage) is coming up on Friday, September 27th at 9:30 am.  Students are asked to donate change (coins) for cancer research.  The donations are voluntary and will be collected each morning.  All students will participate in the run on Friday morning.

Please remember to complete the Fish Creek field trip forms and send them back to school as soon as possible!

Please ask your child to share RAZ Kids and Wordle with you.  RAZ Kids is an excellent site for children to practice reading and comprehension at their own level.

Your child may have chosen to bring home a reader by David Booth last week.  We are no longer using these at school, but your child is encouraged to keep it at home and use it for daily reading.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


We have begun studying Plant Growth and Change to prepare for our field trip to Fish Creek Park.  Yesterday the students discussed the importance of plants to people, animals and the land.  Today we began studying the parts of the plants, and did an experiment to investigate the function of the stem  Please ask your child what he/she predicted will happen to the celery stalk in our experiment and why he/she thinks that will happen.

We are looking forward to meeting with you at Parent Teacher Interviews tonight and tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Today your child is bringing home a note about our trip to Fish Creek Park on Thursday, Sept. 26th to study plant growth and change.  We need volunteers in order to make this trip possible.  If you have security clearance and would like to volunteer, please let us know as soon as possible.

Please remember to book an appointment for parent teacher interviews on Thursday evening or Monday morning.  We are looking forward to meeting you and learning about your goals for your child.

Monday, September 16, 2013


We would like to remind you that School Council is holding their first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm at Vista Heights School.  Agenda items include:  SUTP book sales, executive positions available, updates from the principal and teachers, wish list from the school and more.  Please plan to attend!

Friday, September 13, 2013


We had a wonderful time with Virtue Day!  Please ask your child to share some activities he/she participated in and how they related to the virtues.

Please ask your child about the "Smarts".

School Council is holding their first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm at Vista Heights School. Items on the agenda include:
  • SUTP book sales
  • Executive positions available
  • Updates from the principal and teachers
  • Wish list from the school
Please attend!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Parents, please remind your children to keep personal belongings at home so that they do not distract your child from learning!

Today in gym the students learned how to play kickball.

Next week Vista Heights is having Parent Teacher Interviews on
  • Thursday, Sept. 19th from 4:15 - 8:00 pm
  • Friday, Sep. 20th from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Interviews are an excellent time to meet your child's teacher, see your child's classroom and share information with your child's teacher.  You can book an interview time on-line at (or click on the link on the Vista Heights School website).  On-line booking opens Sept. 14th at 8:00 am.

We are looking forward to meeting with you on one of these two days!

Remember to send your child a water bottle and dressed to participate in Virtue Day tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today your child brought home a plastic folder filled with notes.  The folders will be used to send home information on a regular basis, so please keep the notes at home and return the folder. 

On Friday morning our school will participate in Virtue Day.  The students will be divided into groups, and will complete a variety of outdoor activities which relate to the virtues we will be learning this year.  The weather is supposed to be hot and sunny, so please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (hat, running shoes, sunscreen) and brings a water bottle.  We're very excited about this special morning!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


We had a great day today!  In math the students created patterns with the same starting point, but increasing in different ways.  In science we did our first experiment to investigate how the frequency of a sound affects its pitch.  We'd like to remind you to please send healthy snacks for recess.

Monday, September 9, 2013


We would like to welcome Mrs. Turk to our class.  Ask your child about a new phys ed game called "Crackers and Crumbs".  Tomorrow we will do an experiment in science.

Friday, September 6, 2013


Today the students continued to introduce themselves to me by writing me a letter about themselves.  They also drew pictures of the student who they interviewed yesterday.  In Science we began studying "Hearing and Sound" and watched a video by Bill Nye the Science Guy.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


In math we began a unit on patterns.  Ask your child about an "increasing pattern".  Ask your child how the story "Chrysanthemum" related to our classroom expectations.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


The students did an excellent job following rules and routines today!  In math, we made a pictograph to show where the students were born.  Please ask your child about the Learning Commons.  Have a great evening!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


We have had a wonderful first day of school.  The students spent time getting to know each other and learning our classroom rules and routines.  They would like you to ask them about designing a t-shirt and Character Education.