Thank you for keeping our classroom candy free this week.
This week students learned how to access and use Prodigy which is an open-source game that makes grade appropriate math fun. It also allows me to track the children's progress and even give online assignments. Students should have brought home their username and password on Friday. While they can start an independent account, I would prefer them to use their school login information so I can track how much they are playing and what areas they have mastered and the ones with which they could use some help.You can email me if your child has lost their name and password and wants to play this weekend.
FYI The question mark gives hints on how to solve the questions and the speaker symbol will read out whatever is on the screen.
NB This game works best with the Chrome browser (although other browsers will work). So if your child is having trouble playing, consider downloading Chrome- it's free!
ART STARTS PROGRAM- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Rayleigh applied for and received a grant that allows a local artist to come work with students to create art. We are lucky to have Leslie Bolin join us for multiple sessions on Tuesday afternoons (probably Nov 24, Dec 8, Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2) to work with clay. To run the program effectively, we will need to have two or three volunteers at each session. Please let me know if you can help. As well, some supplies will be needed from home: for example students will need an old shirt or apron to keep their clothes clean. We are also looking for apple stems. A full list will be coming home as soon as it is finalized.
I've added some more pictures to the website and will be adding a page of resources for at home use this weekend. You can access using this link or the link in the sidebar of the Rayleigh website.
Nightly homework should include: reading, word sorts and the calendar activity. However, some of the calendar tasks can be very time consuming (for instance "list all the numbers between 300 and 400" or "as many ways as you can..." Please do reading and the word work first and feel free to limit the calendar activity (for instance "list as many numbers between 300 and 400 as you can in five minutes") The intent is not to create an onerous task for parents and children, but to practise and reinforce concepts covered at school and create good study habits for the students. Including reading, I do not expect students to be doing more than half an hour of homework a night. Of course, if they're in the middle of a really good book and they are enjoying reading I wouldn't stop them!
We will be having our library block and book exchange Tuesday, but it will be slightly shorter due to the assembly.
Just a reminder that school will be closed Wednesday to observe Remembrance Day and our Remembrance Day assembly will be Tuesday morning.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,