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


Yearbook Orders

Hi families,

Just a reminder that the first round of yearbook orders are due tomorrow, Jan. 26.  There will be another round of orders later on this year.  I sent home the form a week ago, but if you require another form please let me know!

Thank you!

Ms. Holmes

Pen Pals!

Yesterday our surprise was revealed!  We are now Pen Pals with a grade two class at Arcola Community School!  We were able to FaceTime with Miss. Patterson’s class and the students were thrilled.  We had generated many questions to ask them beforehand and were pleased to learn that the grade two students had very similar interests as us and our school had some similarities to ours! Once we ended the video chat, we talked about the structure and content of a letter.  We then wrote our first drafts (our rough, practice letters) using some of the questions we had generated earlier.  Some of the students wrote two FULL pages for their pen pal! It was amazing to see the enthusiasm on their faces and in their writing.  Sometimes it’s easier to sit down and write when there is a real person on the receiving end.

This week we continued our Mo Willems author study with Ms. Perkins’ class.  We will be wrapping it up next week! We will be starting our guided reading groups next week which will combine some of Ms. Perkins’ students with my students.

In numeracy we are working on basic number sense concepts such as counting forwards and backwards, grouping numbers so make counting large amount of objects easier, building numbers different ways, and counting on from a given number.

In health we have been discussing emotions and have been working on “My Feelings” booklets.  While discussing the many different emotions people can have, we have also explored appropriate ways to deal with them.  Anger, for example, is okay to FEEL, but it is NOT okay to hurt other people when we are mad.  We discussed ways to deal with anger, such as go to a quiet place to calm down, exercise, talk to someone you love, etc.

Finally, in inquiry we have been watching short educational videos about bats and have been reading books and magazines to pull out information about bats.  We have narrowed down our research categories to “habitat,” “food,” “physical appearance,” “types of bats,” hibernate/migrate,” and “interesting characteristics.”  These categories may change as our research continues.  We have decided that at the end of the research project that we will create our OWN non-fiction book to help educate others about bats.  In order to make our own book, we analyzed non-fiction books for content and design.  We learned that non-fiction books have real facts/information, real pictures, diagrams, maps, table of contents (which tells us what page you need to turn to to find certain information,) and a glossary (which tells us what words in the book mean.)  We are excited to continue our research next week!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday (Jan. 20).

Ms. Holmes

Number Word Card Game

Good morning families,

It is so wonderful to see the sun shining and feel the warm temperatures we have so missed!

Today your child will be bringing home a ziplock bag with number words in them.  There are a few games they can play: put the number words in order, put the papers upside down and read the words as they are flipped over, write the number that corresponds with the word, etc.  They can also tell you the numbers that come before and after the number on the card.  Please also check to make sure your child is writing the numbers the correct way–we have been practicing a lot in class!

Have fun and happy learning!

Ms. Holmes


Brrrr…What a cold week!

Hello families!

I hope you had a restful weekend despite the bitter cold weather we’ve had!

We had a busy first week back at school.  We gathered with Ms. Perkins’ class for literacy every day and read Mo Willems books and engaged in literacy activities.  We found that there were many similarities and differences between the “Pigeon” books!  We will be reading “Knuffle Bunny” books this week!  If you have any extra magazines at your house and are willing to part with them, please send them with your child this week.  We will be creating art pieces in the style of Mo Willems.

In numeracy we are starting our new unit on representing numbers to 20–a foundational unit before we move into our addition and subtraction unit.  Students are practicing counting forwards and backwards between any two given numbers (ex: 31 to 50 and back again), skip counting by 2s to 20, and 5s and 10s to 100, as well as building numbers different ways (using rods and cubes, ten-frames, tally marks, drawing pictures, etc.)  and finding the two parts that make up the whole number (ex: 2 & 6 is 8; 4 & 4 is 8; etc.)

In health we are discussing emotions and how to deal with them appropriately.  We are exploring the many emotions that humans can possess and identifying the descriptive words for the complex emotions.

Finally, in inquiry we are very excited about bats!  We are reading through our books with partners and finding information to help answer our many questions.  Soon, we will be taking a more in-depth look at one aspect of bats.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the reprieve from this harsh weather!

Ms. Holmes

Red Cross Day of Pink

Hello families,

Your child brought home an order form for pink shirts for Red Cross Day of Pink earlier this week.  Orders are due Friday, January 20thNO late orders will be accepted as there are limited quantities of shirts. Pink Shirt Day is on February 22nd, but our school celebration will be on Thurs. Feb. 16.  Shirt orders are OPTIONAL.

Pink shirt day focuses primarily on anti-bullying as well as celebrates respect of ALL people.  Wearing a pink shirt on this day shows your support of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.

If you require another order form, please let me know as soon as possible!  It is strongly encouraged that payment be made online on the school website in your Online Payments account.

Have a great day and stay warm!

Ms. Holmes

And the winner is…

For our science inquiry unit we will be learning about….bats!!! After counting up our first-choice votes it became apparent that we had a tie between snakes and bats.  The students suggested we have another vote to break the tie, and so at the end we had 11 votes for snakes and 12 for bats!  At the end of the unit we will be experts on all things bats.  To kick-off the unit we brainstormed things we THINK we know about bats and then wrote out questions we have about bats.  The unit will tie in science, literacy, social studies, art, and health outcomes.

If you have any books, magazines, newspaper clippings, internet sites, etc. or know someone who knows a lot about bats, please let me know!  We are going to learn how to find information and how to pull all of the information together.  If your child has a question and you want to investigate as a family, please share the process with us!  Together we will become experts!

Have a great week 🙂

Ms. Holmes

Lunchroom Presentations

In our class we LOVE presentations (show-and-tell)!   We always run out of time at the end of the day, so I proposed to the students that perhaps we could have presentations during lunch time.  They agreed and we have created a schedule.  Students will present ONE DAY a week:

Mondays: Moiz, Simon, Sam, Rylee, Lydia

Tuesdays: Aryan, Alexis, Jesse, Connor

Wednesdays: Irene, Jalen, Avery, Ayyan, Amanda

Thursdays: Kaitlyn, Quinn, Nevaeh, Anoushka, Nia

Fridays: Yahya, Gauri, Chec, Tharaa, Eric, Joshua

Presentations are a chance for students to show something they have made or brought from home, or tell us a story about something that is going on in their lives.  Periodically I will assess their oral skills.

We are excited to start this new routine!

Ms. Holmes