Calling All Parent/Guardian Volunteers!

Dear families,

Our field trip to the museum is one week away!  We will be attending a workshop on animals in winter called “Winter Whys” as well as take in the different, exciting exhibits the museum has to offer.  I will need between 3-5 parent/guardian volunteers to meet us at the museum and lead a small group of students through the exhibits.  The trip is March 7 at 9:45 am.  Volunteers will need an up-to-date criminal record check in advance as they have to be submitted and approved by our administrators and board office.  Please email me to let me know if you are interested!

Thank you so much,

Ms. Holmes

Domino’s Pizza and Booster Juice Lunch!

W.S Hawrylak HSCC is excited to host fun lunches on the following dates:
Friday March 10, 2017 – Domino’s Pizza and Booster Juice
Thursday June 8, 2017 – Quiznos and TCBY

The use of the website was a great success last year. As a result, the W.S Hawrylak HSCC will continue to use this website for ordering and processing of all fun lunches. Cash payments will not be accepted for any fun lunch orders.

Please go to where you will be able to create an account, view all upcoming special lunches, place an order for all dates or just one at a time, and pay online. For families that already have an account, once you log in you will need to once again add your child(ren) and choose the correct classroom teacher prior to placing an order. Orders can be placed online until 5 days prior to the dates listed above as this is the cut-off that the website uses to close orders.

Classroom Supervisors, two parents per class, (11:35am-12:30pm) are needed. If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Thank you from your Hawrylak School Community Council special lunch committee.

(I have heard from one parent volunteer already–it would be wonderful to have one more!  Please let me know ASAP 🙂 Ms. Holmes)

Field Trip!

One more note:

On March 7th, we will be going on a field trip to the museum.  The fees and the permission slip are attached to your online parent account so please take a minute to log in, pay, and check the box for permission.  After the break, I will be sending a call out for parent volunteers as I will need a few extra hands to lead smaller groups through the exhibits.

Enjoy this beautiful weather 🙂

Ms. Holmes

Day of Pink!

Hello families!

What a busy but wonderful couple of weeks!  Last week we began our new health unit on the brain, heart, and lungs.  Dr. Dehghani was kind to come in and speak with our children about the heart and even brought in two real, human hearts in formaldehyde!  We also were able to listen to some heart beats using a stethoscope with bluetooth!  We were so surprised to hear how different our hearts sound.  We will continue to learn more about the function of these important organs and learn about ways in which we keep our body healthy.

This week we started with our 100 Days of School celebrations!  We engaged in several writing activities and numeracy activities.  We took our 100 items and compared and contrasted the weight of our objects with those of our friends, and then we lined up our objects to see whose items made the longest and shortest lines.  It was a lot of fun and we had some very creative objects that were brought in!

In literacy we learned about the “when two vowels go walking” rule.  When two vowels are side-by-side in a word (not always, but sometimes) the first vowel “does the talking” and says its name and the second “doesn’t say a word.”  For example, in “rain” the “a” says it’s name and “i” is silent.  Students had fun watching a video explaining the rule:    and looking in books to find words that demonstrate this rule.  We looked specifically at words that have “ea,” “oa,” “ay,” and “ai” vowel combinations.  Students have also been practicing how to choose “Good Fit” books.  This is a concept we have been working on for a while but it seems as though students are really starting to use the strategy more frequently and independently!  Students use a “I PICK” acronym when choosing library books.  They look for: Purpose (“Why do I want to read this book?”)  Interest (“Does it look interesting?”) Comprehend (“Do I understand the book?”) and Know (“Do I know most of the words?”)  Students are using the “Five-finger rule” to assess whether or not they know and comprehend what they’re reading.  As your child reads the first page of a new book they put up their five fingers.  As they come across words they do not know (and can’t use their strategies to figure out) they put a finger down.  If they get to the end of that first page and all five fingers are down, they know that they book may be too difficult for them.  If they find that they still have all of their fingers up, the book may be too easy.  However, if the child is reading the book for a purpose (to learn more about a topic or for fun) they can continue reading.  Ideally, children should be able to choose a book independently that is neither too challenging nor too simple.  They had some opportunities to practice this week and we will continue to do so for the rest of the year.

In numeracy we have begun our addition and subtraction to 12 unit.  The first step of learning to add and subtract is to learn about adding “doubles” (1+1, 2+2, etc.) automatically.  This makes adding and subtracting different numbers easier.  For example, if we know 5+5 is 10, then 11 is 5+5+1.   We created our own doubles song, played doubles activities and have also used manipulatives to figure out the “word problem of the day!”

In inquiry we have been learning about the difference between mammals and non-mammals. They have engaged in sorting activities and are really interested in finding out that there are only two mammals that lay eggs!!  We have also been adding new definitions to our terminology page and documenting our learning about bats.  We were absolutely THRILLED to meet the “Bat Man” Professor Brigham from the University of Regina.  He brought a real, live brown bat which fit in a little, fleece bag! We heard it echolocate and got to learn more about bats from around the world.  We learned a lot of new information, including that some bats can actually swim if they need to!

Valentine’s Day was filled with literacy and numeracy activities.  Mrs. Crawford’s class joined us for a craft and we made valentine paper chains.  We also decorated paper bags that held all of our valentines and treats.  Thank you to all of you for sending these lovely gifts!

Today was Pink Shirt Day! It was a really nice reminder for our students to keep being bucket-fillers and go out of their way to make someone’s day brighter.  We read the book “Oliver Button is a Sissy” and we had wonderful in-depth conversations about how every person is different and it doesn’t matter if someone is a boy or a girl, they can participate in any activity they want to if it makes them happy.  We also launched our 100 Acts of Kindness initiative:

In honour of Pink Shirt day and in our celebrations for the 100th day of school, our classroom (and Ms. Perkins’ class) has pledged to complete 100 acts of kindness throughout the remainder of the school year. We talked to our students about how these acts were physical acts of kindness above and beyond their normal everyday chores or expectations.  Perhaps they see a neighbour struggling with shoveling their driveway and they volunteer to help, or their little sibling is struggling with a game and they help, etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if your child does something above and beyond for you or someone you know, please send a quick note so I can add it to our chart.

Tomorrow is Backwards Day!! It is also our February birthdays party, so it will no doubt be a fun-filled day!

Have a wonderful February break.  Take time to rest, relax, and spend time with family.  Hold your loved ones close and be so thankful to have them there with you.


Ms. Holmes


Important Dates to Remember!

Hello families!

We have a very busy couple of weeks coming up! Our class has been working towards a goal for good behavior—a “Bat Party!” On Wednesday (Feb. 8) afternoon we will be reading fiction and non-fiction stories about bats and watching a short, educational video. If students have any bat-related items at home that they would like to bring they are welcome to do so! Now that we have reached our goal, we will choose another goal to work towards…

On Monday, Feb. 13 it is the 100th day of school! As such, we will be celebrating in different ways. I ask that students bring 100 items, such as 100 pieces of lego, 100 cheerios, etc. If your child brings something that is edible they will be asked NOT to eat it (as we will be doing several activities with the items).

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 it is Valentine’s Day! Your child may bring valentines for their peers and we will have a card exchange! We will also be having a very special guest visit us in the morning!! The students will be VERY excited, they may even go a bit….”batty!”

A list of students in our class: Moiz, Simon, Sam, Rylee, Aryan, Alexis, Jesse, Connor, Irene, Joshua, Jalen, Avery, Kaitlyn, Lydia, Ayyan, Amanda, Quinn, Nevaeh, Anoushka, Nia, Yahya, Gauri, Chec, Tharaa, and Eric. We also have a few grade 3s that join our lunch room: Emily, Louisa, Alex, and Elliot. If you would like to send a treat that day please email as soon as possible!

On Thursday, Feb. 16 we will be celebrating Pink Shirt Day at our school (the official day is Feb. 22). Your child is to wear a pink shirt (it doesn’t have to be an official shirt) and we will be engaging in a variety of activities that involve anti-bullying and inclusion.

On Friday, Feb. 17 it is Backwards Day!! Your child is to wear everything backwards (as much as possible!!) We will also celebrate our February birthday (only one this month!) at the end of the day.


Thank you! Please email if you have any further questions,

Ms. Holmes

Mid-term Report Cards!

Hello families,

Mid-term report cards have come out and I am so proud of the growth the students have shown, and I know you are, too!  I am excited for the next few months!  If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to email or call me.

Over the last two weeks, students completed rough drafts, learned how to self edit and peer-edit, and completed their final copies of their letters to send to our pen pals!  We use a “Good Writer’s Checklist” in our classroom which helps to remind students of what they need to have in their writing, as well as allows students to make and work towards their own personal writing goals.  Students need to remember capital letters, finger spaces, correct punctuation, neat printing, labeling necessary pictures, correctly spelling popcorn/sight words, and add details to their writing to make it interesting (which we will collectively work towards as the year progresses).  The students learned about the long-vowel sounds and that Magic E helps the other vowel in a word to “Say It’s Name!” When reading, students have been using our final reading strategies to help navigate sentences with tricky words: Skippy Frog (skip over the tricky word, finish the sentence, and go back to see if you can figure out the word,) Tryin’ Lion (re-read a sentence if, after reading it, it doesn’t make sense.  You might have to try a different word!) and Flippy Dolphin (when sounding out a word, if it sounds funny, try using the long-vowel sound instead of the short-vowel sound.)   Ms. Perkins’ class and our class have also been switching classes for more specific guided reading instruction and it has been going very well!

In numeracy we have been working on estimating, making equal and unequal groups to build numbers (ex/ 8 is 6 and 4 (unequal groups) and 8 is 4 and 4 OR 2, 2, 2, and 2 (equal groups.))  We have also been working together to solve our “problem of the day” which will help as we start our adding and subtracting unit.

As it was just Chinese New Year on January 28, our class learned more about the Chinese Zodiac, the traditions and customs surrounding the holiday, and learned a few dance moves from one of our classmates who celebrates Chinese New Year!  We made dragon masks and watched a short video of a traditional Dragon Dance.

In health we have wrapped up our unit on emotions and appropriately expressing those emotions.  We learned how to play the “Moods Charade Game” which challenged students to role play and demonstrate various emotions like jealous, shocked, frustrated, etc.  The students had a lot of fun!  We will now learn about the function and importance of internal organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain!

In inquiry we have continued with our Bat research.  We have learned so much, like what exactly bats ARE (animals, mammals, insectivores, etc.), where they LIVE (in roosts in trees, caves, under bridges, etc.), and that there are two main types of bats (megabats and microbats).  We are working in our special “bat journals” where we are recording our findings and writing down our new terminology.  It is incredibly exciting to watch how engaged and invested the whole class is during our work periods!  We also had Elder Betty in to tell us traditional stories about animals and the importance of certain of animals to the First Nations peoples.

It was lovely to see some of you at our SCC Movie Night!  What a wonderful end to a busy week. 🙂

I hope you have all had a restful weekend!  Have a great week,

Ms. Holmes