Mrs. Clifford - Grade 3

April 19, 2019
HAPPY EASTER!!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend spending time with your family as we rejoice in the wonders of the Easter season.

Yesterday we said good bye to Camden and we most certainly wish him all the best in his new school.  Camden's moving now means we are 19 students strong in our classroom.  

As you are aware this is an EQAO testing year.  We have been working hard and preparing ourselves and calming our nerves.  We have practiced with test questions from the past so we know how to answer multiple choice questions, short answer questions, colour in the answer circles, and look at the wording in questions to see what is being asked of us.  Testing will occur at the end of May - stay tuned for the dates.  

On Saturday, May 4th our Parent Council will be once again hosting our Spring Bazaar.  If you have a family member or friend who would be interested in being a part of the bazaar please have them contact the school.  To date, we have over 40 vendors participating.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Three items to ask your child about it:  
*Whom do you now sit beside in our classroom?
*Did you like dramatizing the Stations of the Cross in our class?
*What is your acrostic poem about?

Up and coming:
Monday, April 22 - Easter Monday - NO school
Tuesday, April 23 - Sub Orders due
Tuesday, April 23 - ROE - Becki
Tuesday, April 30 - ROE - Baby Stella
Saturday, May 4 - Spring Bazaar at MLS 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Academically we will be
Math: multiplication (6'sand 7's);  motion geometry; area and perimeter; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Parts of speech; Narrative writing; poetry; letter writing re-visited
Science: Soil unit finished
Religion: season of Lent; virtue of compassion 

Wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter. 
Mrs. Clifford







April 14, 2019
Good morning everyone! 

This week has us looking forward to the Easter weekend and the celebrations surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus.   We will be engaged in activities that make us more aware of what Jesus sacrificed in order to open the gates of heaven for us.

As I know all too well, many of my friends go home and say nothing exciting happened in school.  Three items to ask your child about it: 
*What did Mrs. Clifford have in the soil jar that she didn't think was there?
 *What nursery rhyme did you re-write for Baby Stella?
*What could Baby Stella do at Thursday's visit that she could not do at her last visit?

As I look ahead for the week, it feels like a quiet week yet it is going to be a busy week!  

Up and coming:
Tuesday, April 16 - ROE - Becki
Tuesday, April 16 - Pizza orders due
Thursday, April 18 - Stations of the Cross - 2:15 pm
Friday, April 19 - Good Friday - NO school
Monday, April 22 - Easter Monday - NO school
Tuesday, April 23 - ROE - Becki
Tuesday, April 30 - ROE - Baby Stella
Saturday, May 4 - Spring Bazaar at MLS 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Academically we will be
Math: multiplication (4's and 6's);  motion geometry; area and perimeter; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Parts of speech; Narrative writing; poetry; letter writing re-visited
Science: Soil unit 
Religion: season of Lent via Stations of the Cross; virtue of compassion

Have a great week and a restful Easter weekend.
Mrs. Clifford




April 7, 2019


Sunshine, beautiful sunshine = MUDDY PLAYGROUND!!!  So like a broken record, boots on feet please.

If you have not yet signed up for the new School Day program, please do so asap in order to avoid future frustration with permission forms and money.

Food orders are making their way to you for the reminder of the year.  On the milk order, there are some black out dates, please ignore the colour as milk is available on ALL school days in May.

Our food drive is continuing this week.  Any and all food donations are greatly appreciated on any given day.  Our food drive ends this Thursday.  

Looking for HELP please:  ALL of my students can identify coins and bills.  What some cannot do however is add money together OR recognizing you pay with this amount of money, as your purchase costs this amount, and this is the change you get back.  Any opportunity to demonstrate a money situation (a life skill) with your child, is greatly needed and appreciated. 

In regards to multiplication facts, we have learnt and continue to master 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10.  We are working on 6's.  Any opportunity you have to practice counting by these numbers and giving multiplication questions to your child is very much welcomed.  IF you see your child counting on their fingers, this is a strategy that has been taught with the hope that lots of practice takes away the need for the fingers.

Up and coming:
**See calendar for Food Drive items
Monday, April 8 - Parent Council Meeting - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, April 10 - Scholastic book orders due
Thursday, April 11 - ROE - Baby Stella
Tuesday, April 16 - ROE - Becki
Thursday, April 18 - Stations of the Cross - 2:15 pm
Friday, April 19 - Good Friday - NO school
Monday, April 22 - Easter Monday - NO school

Academically we will be
Math: probability;  multiplication (4's and 6's); measurement (ml, l, g, kg); motion geometry; area and perimeter; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Parts of speech; Narrative writing; poetry to begin this month; media via a safety poster; re-writing a nursery rhyme
Science: Soil unit 
Religion: season of Lent; virtue of compassion 

Have a wonderful week. 
Mrs. Clifford






March 31, 2019


As we have come to see this weekend, Mother Nature sure isn't done with us yet.  To that end, I am once again pleading with you to keep your child in some sort of boot wear as your child's playground is still covered with snow.  If you have never seen the playground our melting pattern looks like this:  snow, water, mud, mud, mud, mud, grass.  The mess in the school is crazy (our poor custodians), the wet socks ridiculous, the muddy wipeouts and call for dry clothes too many to count, and oh the frustration felt at home as you try and wash the muddy clothes.  Sounds crazy I know but that is spring life at Monsignor Lee!!     


On the calendar you will note all kinds of suggestions for our Easter Food Drive.  ALL food is donated to St. Vincent de Paul at Guardian Angels Church.  The Toonie Tuesday is new for us during this food drive and all monies collected will be given to St. Vincent de Paul so that they may go and purchase the perishable items.  Any food item on any day is greatly appreciated.   

VERY IMPORTANT:  On Friday your child brought home an envelope in their homework bag which introduces you to a new system called School-Day.  This on-line portal allows us to share school news and events with you but more importantly it is the way from here to the end of the school year that you will complete field trip forms and make payment for trips.  Starting in the fall you will pay for all food program items.  EVERY CHILD has their own code and the sheet enclosed in the envelope provides you with that code along with the instructions for signing up.  PLEASE sign up ASAP as there does come a date when you are locked out of the system and the only way you can get back in is to physically come into the school, see Mrs. Tulipano/Mrs. Healy and they will have to override the system for you.  Given we have field trips coming up PLEASE, PLEASE ensure you have enrolled your child as no hard copy forms will be coming home nor can I accept cash payments from you.  THANK YOU in advance for your attention to this new initiative.  

Up and coming:
**See calendar for Food Drive items
Monday, April 8 - Parent Council Meeting - 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 18 - Stations of the Cross - 2:15 pm
Friday, April 19 - Good Friday - NO school
Monday, April 22 - Easter Monday - NO school

Academically we will be
Math: probability;  multiplication (4's and 6's); measurement (ml, l, g, kg); motion geometry; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Parts of speech; Narrative writing; poetry to begin this month
Science: Soil unit 
Religion: season of Lent; virtue of compassion

Wishing you a safe April Fool's Day.
Mrs. Clifford




March 22, 2019

Well the weather today is quite interesting!  Hopefully Mother Nature will consider this her last blast.  To that end, please make sure your child is dressed for our playground - that means winter or rubber boots on the feet and snowpants or splashpants on the legs.  Our playground is still covered in snow and is starting to become a mud pit.   

We are busy in our classroom learning our multiplication facts.  Extra practice at home is greatly appreciated as we are learning our facts the good old way - memorizing them!!  Please practice 0, 1,2 ,3 5, and 10 facts.  Next week we begin the 4's.   

Reading logs - PLEASE keep recording your child's fine reading efforts.  I am still looking for the first friend to reach 200 nights and I do believe someone in our class is close! 

This past Tuesday we had the pleasure of having Baby Stella in our classroom.  It is my hope that your child shared with you the fun we had that day as we watched Baby Stella move and groove.  Thank you Baby Stella for teaching us a section of our Family Life unit!   

Up and coming events:
I truly have nothing on the schedule for this week (YES!!  Great teaching time!)

Academically we will be
Math: money to be finished; probability;  multiplication; measurement (ml, l, g, kg); addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Non-narrative vs narrative; review of writing styles; EQAO test sample questions
Science: soil unit 
Religion: season of Lent; virtue of Justice 

Wishing you an incredible week. 
Mrs. Clifford





March 18, 2019
WELCOME BACK!!! 

I am hoping that my students had a wonderful and relaxing March Break.

This week all routines return to normal and thankfully we have a quiet week ahead of us which means our days will be busy and filled with lots of new learning.

Up and coming events:
Tuesday, March 19 - Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Thursday, March 21 - Crazy Sock Day

Academically we will be
Math: money; probability;  multiplication; measurement (ml, l, g, kg) word problems; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Non-narrative vs narrative; review of writing styles; EQAO test sample questions
Science: soil unit to be started
Religion: season of Lent; virtue of Justice 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Clifford



March 3, 2019
May the luck of the Irish be with you this month and may good fortunes be with you over the March Break.   

Tomorrow shall be an interesting day for us, as we welcome Freeze DNA into our school to do a comic art workshop with us.  This session is free of charge to your child and I'm excited to see what it is all about.   

IF you have not sent in your child's report card envelope or signed your section of the report card that acknowledges that you have received the report, please do so ASAP and send in with your child at the latest tomorrow.   

With March Break  just around the corner I would ask that you have your child read on a daily basis PLEASE.  Easy activities to keep the math brain alive is discussing time and money as you move from day to day events.  Practicing multiplication facts (0, 1, 2, 5, 10), addition and subtraction facts is also greatly appreciated.

On Tuesday, we will be having our annual Pancake Supper in the hall at Guardian Angels Church.  More details will be sent out from the office.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Up and coming events:
Monday, March 4 - Comic Art Workshop (free activity for us)
Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday Mass 9:15 am
Thursday, March 7 - ROE 
Friday, March 8 - Book orders due back
Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15 - March Break

Academically we will be
Math: money (adding up and making change), finishing our geometry (pyramids and prisms); probability;  multiplication (how to draw an array; multiplication vs adding; learning 2's,5's and 10's); word problems; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to be completed; EQAO test sample questions
Science: forces unit to be finished
Religion: learning about the season of Lent; virtue of Justice

Wishing you a safe and happy March break.
Mrs. Clifford





February 24, 2019
Dear Parents,
On Thursday, during our Roots of Empathy session, one of the students asked our leader how many more sessions we have left to which the answer is 4.  This number 4 shocked me as that means I have only 4 months left your child and I have absolutely no clue where these months have gone.  When I think of all of the learning and adventures we still have to take together, I think yikes how am I getting it all done in 4 months!!

On Friday, your child brought home their report card.  Please celebrate all that your child has accomplished!  There is a piece of the report card for you to complete and one for your child to complete (all about things they have accomplished and next steps).  Please send these pieces back along with the envelope no later than Friday.  Thank you in advance.

This Friday, March 1, is our play day.  Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.  In the afternoon, there will be a grade 7-8 bake sale

Up and coming events:
Friday, March 1 - Report Card pieces and envelopes due back
Friday, March 1 - PLAY DAY
Friday, March 1 - Bake Sale
Monday, March 4 - Comic Art Workshop (free activity for us)
Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday Mass 9:15 am
Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15 - March Break


Academically we will be
Math: money (adding up and making change), geometry (pyramids and prisms, types of shapes), probability;  multiplication (how to draw an array; learning 2's and 5's); word problems; addition and subtraction continues
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing; EQAO test sample questions
Science: forces unit to be finished before the break
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit; virtue of love 

Have a great week.
Mrs. Clifford

February 18, 2019
HAPPY FAMILY DAY!!!

It is my hope that this week is a full four day week.  We much to do and it sure feels like catching up is the name of the game.  Please Mother Nature, love us for just one week! 

On Friday your child will bring home their report card.  Please take the time to read it with them and celebrate all that they have accomplished.  There is a section for both you and your child to complete and return in the report card envelope.  If I could get those little pieces along with the envelop back by Friday, March 1st that would be greatly appreciated.  A side note:  this is the report card that has the letter grades.  PLEASE remember that you want to see a B as that means your child is right where you want them to be at this point of the year.  An A means that your child is consistently, each and every day, with no prompting from me, giving me quality work that goes above the grade expectation.  I know that some families have a deal where each grade is worth so much money, PLEASE focus on your child getting B's.  (A's are far and few between).   

This Thursday the YMCA is coming into our school to do a program with your child called Play It Safe.  The cost for us to participate is free!   

Calling all girls (sorry boys).  Last week your girl child would have brought home a pink permission in regards to Girlstrong.  This program is focused on a empowerment/self-esteem and healthy living with a goal of being able to participate in the 3km run/walk event.  IF your child is interested in participating, your form with money MUST be back by this FRIDAY, February 22nd.  If your child isn't sure remember to tell them it is Mrs. Clifford's first year, so we are going to experience it together.  

As for our Legion winners, I am pleased to announce that:
Isabella - 3rd place for a coloured poster
Eli - 2nd place for a coloured poster
Soren - 1st place for a coloured poster

Ava - 1st place for a black and white poster

Both of our 1st place winners then moved onto the next level of the competition where Soren received a 2nd place finish for his poster.  I am so proud of all of my students for entering the competition and for these four students with such wonderful results.

We have now worked our way through a selection of a math EQAO booklet.  We have spent time learning how to fill in the circles, look for key words in the question, how to set up picture/number/words questions, and how to select the answer in a multiple choice question.  We are now going to work our way through a language EQAO booklet.

Up and coming events:
Monday, February 18 - Family Day
Friday, February 22 - Report Cards home
Friday, February 22 - Girlstrong Permission forms due back
Friday, March 1 - Report Card envelopes and parent/child pieces due back

Academically we will be
Math: money (adding up and making change), geometry (pyramids and prisms, types of shapes), probability;  multiplication (how to draw an array; learning 2's and 5's); word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing; EQAO test sample questiosn 
Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit; virtue of love 

Have a great Family Day.

Mrs. Clifford




February 10, 2019
Well will we make it through a week without having a snow day??  Talk about crazy days since Christmas holidays.   

Today it is my pleasure to join Soren, Eli, Ava and Isabella as we go to the Royal Canadian Legion for the Remembrance Day poster/poems/essay awards dinner.  Each of our friends have a winning poster and next week I will be able to share their wonderful accomplishment.   

Thursday is Valentine's day (the list is below) so please make sure Valentine's are in your child's bag that day.  If you wish to send in a treat to be shared please do, but absolutely not necessary.  We will also be dressing in as much red, pink and white (good old Valentine colours) that day.   

A note on your calendar is that this coming Monday, the 18th,  is Family Day.  Enjoy the time doing something special with your child/children.   

Report cards will be sent home on Friday, February 22nd so be sure to check your child's homework bag that night.    

Up and coming events:
Monday, February 11 - Scholastic book orders will still be accepted this day given Friday's snow day
Monday, February 11 - Parent Council meeting 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 14 - Valentine's Day and Valentine's exchange/Red, pink and white day
Monday, February 18 - Family Day
Wednesday, February 20 - Mass at 11:45 am
Friday, February 22 - Report Cards home

Academically we will be
Math: money (be sure to have conversations about how much items cost), geometry (angles, parallel lines, congruent, pyramids and prisms), probability;  multiplication (we know 0, 1's); word problems; EQAO test sample questions
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing;  
Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit; virtue of faith   

Have a great week. 
Mrs. Clifford




February 1, 2019
Another crazy week of weather has finished and needless to say January was an interesting one!! 

If your child was to receive pizza yesterday (snow day), the order will be delivered on Tuesday, Feb. 5th as Monday is an already scheduled pizza day.  We continue to ensure that snow day milk is received.   Spelling dictation will finally occur on Monday.

Starting today we have the month of l-o-v-e!!  In our classroom we will be exchanging Valentines if your child desires.  My rule is that if you are going to bring in Valentines it must be for everyone and not a select few.  A hard copy of names will not be sent home in our efforts to love our environment but rather here is our class list:

Josie Camden Ava Holly Luci
Isabella Eli EJ Blake Liam
Keira Darcy Morgan Olivia Soren
Ben Shanya Tanner Calum Charlee
Isabelle Mrs. Clifford 

Of course, wearing as much pink, red, and white as you can that date, would be wonderful.

I have a number of friends who have yet to master adding and subtracting with regrouping and borrowing.  Any extra practice that you can provide at home is greatly appreciated as these are life skills.  For some of my students, leaving these concepts for a couple of days means, starting all over is mastering the steps.  We will continue to practice these concepts but we have to move on.

Up and coming events:
Wednesday, February 6 - Mass 11:45 am
Friday, February 8 - Scholastic book orders due (please remember to use the on-line payment feature)
Monday, February 11 - Parent Council meeting 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 14 - Valentine's Day and Valentine's exchange/Red, pink and white day
Monday, February 18 - Family Day
Friday, February 22 - Report Cards home

Academically we will be
Math: money (be sure to have conversations about how much items cost), geometry (angles, parallel lines, pyramids and prisms), probability;  multiplication; word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing 
Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit; virtue of faith


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Mrs. Clifford









January 27, 2019
Well,  last week sure was an interesting one with two snow days and this week sounds no better.  Mother Nature sure is making up for lost time!

Our spelling words from last week will continue to be our spelling words this week thanks to our snow days.

This Friday, is a PA day for your child as I will be busy working on report cards that day.  Reports will be sent home on Friday, February 22nd.  PLEASE remember that a B means that your child is performing at the expected level in grade 3.  In order to achieve an A, that means your child is CONSISTENTLY and independently producing top level work.  Regretfully many of us still try and think in terms of numbers.     

On Friday, we began learning what math EQAO questions look like, how to fill in the circles properly and how to attack multiple choice questions.  We are going to work our way through math samples first and then on to language.  

Up and coming events:
Friday, February 1 - PA DAY
Wednesday, February 6 - Mass 11:45 am
Friday, February 8 - Scholastic book orders due (please remember to use the on-line payment feature)
Monday, February 11 - Parent Council meeting 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 14 - Valentine's Day
Monday, February 18 - Family Day
Friday, February 22 - Report Cards home

Academically we will be
Math: money (be sure to have conversations about how much items cost), geometry (angles, pyramids and prisms), probability;  addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing 
Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit; virtue of faith

Wishing you safe travels.
Mrs. Clifford





January 20, 2019
This is NOT Mrs. Clifford weather!!  Please, please say your prayers to Mother Nature and ask for normal winter temperatures to return (yup, I am not a winter lover at all).   

Which leads me to plead with you to make sure your child has all their winter gear for tomorrow.  It amazes me how many of them are sneaking out of the house without their snowpants, mitts and hats and it is not nice outside let alone nice on our playground - that wind whips across our playground something fierce.  Thank you for checking in with your child before they leave the house in the morning. 

In anticipation of grade 3 EQAO testing, your child will be exposed to past test samples so that confidence can be built and your child is aware of exactly how to answer all question types that they will be given.  Our test dates have not been set, but EQAO is usually completed at the end of May.  It is very important that your child is in attendance during those days so that they can complete the test selections within the comfort of their classroom, with their classmates and their teacher because missing a section does not mean they missed it but rather the section has to be made up.  We will start looking at a sample test this week.

It appears to be a quiet week for activities in our school which is awesome because it means we can accomplish lots in our classroom this week!  

Academically we will be
Math: time, money (be sure to have conversations about how much items cost), geometry (angles, pyramids and prisms), temperature, addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions;  letter writing reviewed; recount and power writing continued; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing 
Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit 

Have a great week.
Mrs. Clifford


 

January 13, 2019
Well Jack Frost that is enough of those cold temperatures PLEASE! (yes, we most certainly have been spoiled this winter with our temperatures). 

Given the temperatures of last week, I am sending home a gentle reminder about ensuring your child walks out of the door with ALL of their winter gear as it amazes me how some believe wearing the gear is "uncool" - one recess outside with the wind whipping around I would hope cures that belief real quick.

Your child will be bringing home two activities from last week.  One had us looking back and reflecting on 2018, the other had us setting goals for 2019 - some interesting reading to be had!

We are going to begin in a couple of weeks a interesting language/math/media project so I am asking for EMPTY cookie packages to be sent in by this Friday.  All packing is greatly appreciated.

Read On program - PLEASE keep recording your child's fine efforts and make sure they are reading out loud to you each night.  Even though your child may be an accomplished reader, fluency and the sound of their voice when reading really does need to be practiced.  Always remember, a good reader's voice, sounds like they are speaking - it is not stinted, nor sound like a sing song is happening.  FYI:  all students should be nearing the 100 nights of reading mark (I have some who have not even accomplished 25 nights yet - yikes!).

On your calendar for the week:
Tuesday, January 15th - Baby Stella day
Wednesday, January 16th - Scholastic book orders due
Wednesday, January 16th - Mass 9:30 am
Friday, January 18th - Cookie boxes due

Academically we will be

Math: time, money (be sure to have conversations about how much items cost), geometry (angles, pyramids and prisms), temperature continuing to master addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions;  letter writing reviewed; recount and power writing continued; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing 

Science: forces unit 
Religion: learning about the Holy Spirit 

Wishing you safe travels this week. 
Mrs. Clifford


January 6, 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas season filled with lots of love and making of memories. 

When I look ahead at our calendar at the moment, it is light in regards to up and coming items but academically we return right back to our old routine!

Academically 
we will be

Math: time (we have to learn the placement of the minute hand at every five minute interval on the clock), money (counting and making change), geometry (angles, pyramids and prisms),  continuing to master addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); word problems
Language:  Non-narrative reading and responding to questions;  letter writing reviewed; recount and power writing continued; novel study to assist with responding to questions; procedural writing to begin

Science: forces unit to begin
Religion:  after Christmas activities


Wishing you a wonderful week of returning to routine.
Mrs. Clifford







December 16, 2018
Dear Parents,
Hang on tight - this is going to be a crazy, busy week but in our class we are going to try to hang tight to our routines and learning the best we can.

In our school this week:
Monday - Christmas hats, socks and festive hair day
Tuesday - Advent mass at 9:30 am and pink day to match the joy Advent candle
Wednesday - Christmas concert at 6:00 pm
Thursday - Festive pj day and grade 8 bake sale
Friday - Christmas sweater/shirt day

To highlight our Christmas concert for our class:
*no reindeer head gear or Santa hat's allowed (you'll understand why that night)
*dress in as much black and red as possible
*gym doors open at 5:30 pm
*classroom door opens at 5:45 pm
*an item for the food drive is your price of admission
*IF your child is not attending the Christmas concert (some are trying to tell me they won't be there) could you please let me know ASAP so I can rearrange students on the stage ahead of our performance.  Thank you.

Your child may have talked about the reindeer names and draw.  The grade 8's are selling raffle tickets for two reindeer that have been donated to our school.  The cost of a raffle ticket is $2.00 (they will be on sale the night of the Christmas concert as well).  Also available is naming the two reindeer (no cost to name).  On your child's entry they must have their reindeer names, their name and my name and all must be spelt properly.  If the grade 8's select your child's reindeer names, your child receives an extra ticket into the raffle draw for the reindeer.

Academically, we will be

Math: wrapping up fractions; working on the placement of hour hand when we go past the 6 (I call it the magically 6 because now the hour hand has to move); still for some trying to master addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); continuing to discuss money (Christmas is a great introduction for money)
Language:  Christmas stories and activities; letter writing; 

recount and power writing, 

Science: structure unit to be finished 
Religion:  Advent season to be finished
Christmas Concert preparation and presentation 

I just want to also take this opportunity to thank each family for all of their wonderful support during the first four months of grade 3.  I look forward to continuing our grade 3 journey in 2019. 

Wishing you all, a most blessed and  joyous Christmas season creating new memories with your loved ones. 
Mrs. Clifford















December 9, 2018
Two more weeks and Christmas vacation here we come.  Now that is scary to type!!

These two weeks will be busy ones, preparing for our Christmas concert, having fun with Christmas activities and wrapping up units prior to the Christmas holidays.  We have lots of learning yet to be done, so please make sure your child is coming to school each and every day.

On Thursday, I sent home with your child an outline of Santa in his underwear and t-shirt!  Your child's job is to create a brand new Santa suit as his accidentally has been destroyed and Mrs. Claus and Elvin the Elf feel it is time for an updated look (please do not send in Santa back in the same suit but a different colour).  Your child can use whatever materials they desire from home to create a new suit and yes creativity is key!!  Let their imaginations run wild as no idea is a wrong one (except Santa in the same red suit, or a different colour of the suit, that we are use to seeing him in).  Santa's need to be cut out and returned by Friday, December 14th.

Our food drive has begun and to help us guide Mrs. Dunn and her class have provided us with the following list of ideas.  Thank you in advance for your generosity in donating any of these items on any day:

Tuesday, Dec 11  package of pasta/ pasta sauce
Wednesday, Dec 12 canned veggies/ fruit
Thurs., Dec 13. Soup
Fri., Dec 14 canned meat/ beans
Mon., Dec 17 rice
Tues., Dec 18 beverages coffee/ tea/ juice boxes etc
We'd., Dec  19 toiletry items toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, diapers, hygeine products
Thurs., Dec 20 hats/ mitts

Our Christmas concert is being held on December 19th beginning at 6:00pm.  The SCHOOL doors do not open until 5:30 pm and students can be dropped off to classrooms anytime after 5:45 pm.  Everyone from your family is most welcome to come.  A donation to the food drive is greatly welcomed on this night. 

Need a Christmas shopping idea for your little one:  new pencil crayons, the beloved markers, pencils and erasers as I swear someone is eating them in our classroom for certain students.

On your calendar:
Friday, December 14th - Santa's due back
Wednesday, December 18th - Mass at 9:30 am (note the new date)
Wednesday, December 19th - Christmas Concert 6:00 pm  (students dropped off to classroom at 5:45 pm)
Thursday, December 20th - Back up date for Christmas Concert
Friday, December 21st - Last day of classes for 2018
Monday, January 7th - Welcome to 2019 and the first day of classes

Academically, we will be

Math: addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); fractions, time, word problems, beginning money unit
Language:  Christmas stories and activities begin, letter writing; 

recount and power writing, 

Science: structures 
Religion:  Advent  
Christmas Concert preparation 

Wishing you a wonderful week as you continue to prepare for Christmas.
Mrs. Clifford

 


December 2, 2018
December??  Really it is December already!!  I am always amazed at how fast the months can go by. 

Although we only have three weeks before the Christmas holidays begin, we have lots to accomplish in our classroom.

Scholastic book orders were sent home last week and once again if you place an order and would like it kept a secret to use it as a present, just let me know and I'll call you when the books arrive.

Speaking of books, I would love to have all my students at 25 nights before we break for the Christmas holidays.  We are sooo close to meeting this goal.  Please be sure to read over the holidays with your child and record their fine efforts in their reading log.  

As we enter the season of Advent, we always have an Advent celebration as a school community every Friday.  Within our classroom, we have a reflection period each day surrounding Advent and the true meaning of Christmas. 

Our Christmas food drive will once again begin this week, so any food donations that you can make would be greatly appreciated.

On your calendar:
Wednesday, December 5 - Book orders due
Wednesday, December 12th - Mass
Wednesday, December 19th - Christmas Concert 6:00 pm  (students dropped off to classroom at 5:45 pm)
Thursday, December 20th - Back up date for Christmas Concert

Academically, we will be

Math: addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); rounding to 100's, fractions, time, word problems
Language:  Christmas stories and activities begin, letter writing; 

recount and power writing, 

Science: structures 
Religion:  Advent  
Christmas Concert preparation


Wishing you an incredible week.
Mrs. Clifford


  


November 25, 2018
Dear Parents,
The Christmas season is fast approaching which means the Christmas fun begins. 

On Tuesday we complete our Christmas craft so if you haven't sent in your child's $6.00 please do so tomorrow. 

Our Christmas concert is set for December 19th at 6:00 pm. 

READ ON PROGRAM:  By now your child should have read 25 nights and received their certificate in the gym.  They should be finished 50 nights of reading and have their picture hanging on our wall of fame readers.  100 nights is the next goal!  If your child has not brought home their 25 night of reading certificate YIKES!!!  PLEASE don't forget to record your child's fine efforts - they really do enjoy standing in front of the school gym and being recognized.

Speaking of reading, our Silver Birch Express reading program has begun.  This program is coordinated by Mrs. Canning (a retired teacher and dedicated volunteer at our school) and supported by classroom teachers.  The Silver Birch Express reading program is all about reading.  To date, Mrs. Canning has read orally to our class 4 of the 10 books that must be read by each participant.  I, as the classroom teacher have to read 1 book to the class orally.  Your child, now has to read 2 out of 5 books independently to be consider an accomplished Silver Birch Express reader.  IF successful, and IF tickets are available, your child may have the opportunity to attend the Silver Birch Express Celebration in Toronto in the spring time.  I do not have enough books to be handed out to each child so the process will be slow in getting them home as we share them.  IF your child comes home with a book and a notebook to make their notes in, they have two weeks to read that book (except for Tank and Fizz that needs 3 weeks given the length) and return it for the next classmate.  Your child will meet with a teacher and other students to discuss the book (yes they may bring their notes with them) and if successful with the book interview, a second book is made available.   PLEASE NOTE:  you are more than welcome to share in the reading with your child.  This program is a great enrichment program and the students love attending the celebration! 

If you placed a Farm Fresh order and have yet to pick it up, please do so ASAP.

Pop cans - please send in your empty pop cans instead of placing them in your blue box.  Our grade 8's are going to recycle them and take the money they make and put it towards their grade 8 trip.  Thank you for supporting them.

On your calendar:
Tuesday, November 27th - Christmas craft being completed
Wednesday, December 12th - Mass
Wednesday, December 19th - Christmas Concert

Academically, we will be

Math: addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); rounding to 100's, fractions, time
Language:  recount and power writing, continuing our novel study,  continuing to learn how to write a quality answer; letter writing.
Science: structures 
Religion:  Advent  
Christmas Concert preparation begins

Give your child a big hug this week just let them know how special they are.  
Mrs. Clifford







November 18, 2018
Dear Parents,
A HUGE thank you for coming to your child's three way conference Thursday night or Friday.  I truly enjoyed sitting with you and being able to celebrate all of the wonderful things your child has accomplished since September.  I am immensely blessed to be a part of your child's life!

If you haven't already done so, could you please send in the $6.00 for the Christmas craft ASAP.  It is a crafter coming in to share their love and teach us how to complete something new and wonderful.

If you placed a Farm Fresh order, the parent council will be here Wednesday night, November 21st,  from 4:00 - 6:00 pm so that you can pick your goodies up.  

MLS Spirit Wear clothing orders are being accepted until this Friday, November 23rd.  If paying by cheque, please make it out to Monsignor Lee School.  

The grade 8's are collecting pop cans.  Please send your empty pop cans in a plastic bag with your child so we can assist the grade 8's in this endeavour.  

Please return your child's report envelope so that we can re-use it for the February report card.  As you can see we are trying our best to re-use and recycle.  

On your calendar:
Monday, November 19th - Parent Council Meeting - 5:30 pm in the library
Wednesday, November 21st - Farm Fresh orders to be picked up
Friday, November 23rd - Spirit Wear orders due
Tuesday, November 27th - Christmas craft being completed
Friday, November 30 - School mass

Academically, we will be

Math: addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); venn diagrams, rounding, and fractions
Language:  continuing to practice how to independently write a recount and power writing selection, continuing to learn about narrative stories and their features, continuing our novel study,  continuing to learn how to write a quality answer.
Science: structures begin
Religion:  Remembrance Day reflections; creating own prayer 

Have a wonderful week. 
Mrs. Clifford





November 11, 2018
Well Mother Nature has spoken and according to the forecast, the lovely white stuff is here to stay.  PLEASE make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside play.

A sincere thank you is extended for the practicing that you did at home with your child on their Remembrance Day reading and our class poem.  Our ceremony was beautiful thanks to the students hard work.  If you haven't yet signed and sent in the Royal Canadian Legion permission form, it must arrive by tomorrow.  Any extra poppy money will also be accepted tomorrow.

We have a very special Christmas craft coming up (this craft never been done at our school) that will cost each child $6.00.  If you could please send in the money ASAP.

This Wednesday night, your child will arrive home with their progress report.  Please remember there are no grades attached as this is only a progress report. Last week interview sign up instructions were sent home.  Please be sure to book your time (either Thursday night or all day Friday)  as I look forward to celebrating your child's successes with you.

On your calendar:

Wednesday, November 14 - Progress Reports Home
Thursday, November 15 - Night time interviews
Friday, November 16 - PA DAY for interviews
Friday, November 30 - School mass

Academically, we will be: 
Math: addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing (extra practice at home is most welcomed); venn diagrams, rounding, and fractions
Language:  continuing to practice how to independently write a recount and power writing selection, continuing to learn about narrative stories and their features, continuing our novel study,  continuing to learn how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  finishing how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Science: up and coming
Religion:  Remembrance Day Ceremony posters and discussions

Safe travels this week. 
Mrs. Clifford





November 4, 2018
Dear Parents,
This week ahead of us will be busy as we prepare for our Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday at 9:30 am.  You are most welcome to join us. 

We will be collecting money for the poppies that the Royal Canadian Legion delivers to us.  The money we collect is returned to the Royal Canadian Legion and in turn is used to help support our veterans with their medical needs.  Loonies and toonies are gratefully accepted.

Your child will be coming home tomorrow with a permission form that needs to be signed and returned by this Friday, November 9th.  Your child will be competing in the Royal Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day contest (although the form also indicates poems and essays, at our age, the only category we can compete in is the poster division).  

Last week I sent home book orders for the month of November.  If your order is intended as a Christmas present, just let me know and I will make sure to call you when the order arrives.

Speaking of Christmas, this Saturday is our Christmas Bazaar.  Our school doors are open from 10:00 - 2:00 pm.  Spirit Wear orders (school clothing) will also be on sale at this time.  Come and start your Christmas shopping!

On your calendar:

Friday, November 9 - 9:30 am - Remembrance Day ceremony
Friday, November 9 - Scholastic Book orders due
Saturday, November 10 - Christmas Bazaar - plan to attend - 10:00 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, November 14 - Progress Reports Home
Thursday, November 15 - Night time interviews
Friday, November 16 - PA DAY for interviews

Academically, we will be: 
Math: we have slowed down a little to ensure that addition with regrouping and subtraction with borrowing is being master (extra practice at home is most welcomed); bar graphs, venn diagrams, rounding, and fractions
Language:  continuing to learn how to independently write a recount and power writing selection, learning about narrative stories and their features, beginning our novel study,  learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  finishing how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Science: up and coming
Religion:  Remembrance Day Ceremony preparations 

Looking forward to having you join us on Friday. 
Mrs. Clifford






October 28, 2018
Last week it was the full moon, this week it is Hallowe'en - craziness be aware!! 

Things you need to know about this week: 

Tuesday- students may wear Hallowe'en costumes (please ensure they have a change of clothes as costumes will be taken off after the dance.  Costumes will also be sent home that night. 
-Hallowe'en dance - we will be in the gym with our dancing shoes on, dancing to all the traditional Hallowe'en songs
- the grade 8's are hosting a Hallowe'en bake sale.  If you wish your child to purchase a treat, please send some money so they may make a purchase or enter a draw for a chance to win a guessing game/cake/jelly beans etc. 
 
Wednesday - wear as much black and orange (Hallowe'en colours) as possible
     -Mass at 9:30 am (you are most welcome to attend)
     -Hallowe'en night

Thursday - oh boy, cranky tired students after a night of trick or treating!  Please note:  students are only ALLOWED to bring 2 treats to school each day (no peanuts) - 1 treat for am and 1 treat for pm lunch.   

In regards to our Remembrance Day poem, we have learnt the first two verses and the third and fourth will be mastered this week.  Please keep practicing with your child each night.  As well, student roles will be given out tomorrow.  If your child has a speaking part, please make sure they practice each night as it is nerve wracking enough getting up in front of everyone in the gym at this age and worse again if  you have never practiced your reading piece.

Want a funny:  this must be done at the dinner table only for true enjoyment.  Your job, ask child what they have learnt about fractions.  You should get a laugh if they do it properly!

On your calendar:

Tuesday, October 30 - Hallowe'en costume/Hallowe'en dance/Bake sale

Wednesday, October 31 - Orange and Black day/Mass at 9:30 am
Friday, November 9 - 9:30 am - Remembrance Day ceremony
Saturday, November 10 - Christmas Bazaar - plan to attend
Wednesday, November 14 - Progress Reports Home
Thursday, November 15 - Night time interviews
Friday, November 16 - PA DAY for interviews

Academically, we will be: 
Math: independently creating bar graphs, learning about venn diagrams, learning about rounding, addition with regrouping (moving to three digit addition questions),  subtraction with borrowing,  and beginning fractions
Language:  practicing our writing skills, continuing to learn how to independently write a recount and power writing selection, learning about narrative stories and their features, beginning our novel study,  learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  finishing how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Religion:  Unit 1/2 of our Religion program  - Being Part of a Community and Remembrance Day Ceremony preparations 
PLEASE note - this is going to be a crazy week and of course, Hallowe'en fun will change what we hope to accomplish this week. 

Wishing you a fun and safe night of trick or treating with your child.

Mrs. Clifford





October 21, 2018
Good morning everyone!  Hope you are having an incredible weekend. 

Tomorrow we welcome a new student to our room - Isabelle - which now means our count is at 21.  

This Thursday we are hoping to welcome Baby Stella and her parents into our classroom for the first time.  We are excited to meet her and learn from her.  

Please keep practicing the poem with your child - we have the first verse down pat!!  A slight change in the time - the ceremony will begin at 9:30 am.

Food orders came home fast and furious last week.  Keep your eyes peeled for a sub order form and please remember if it is a snow day and it happens to be a pizza or sub day, NO food is delivered to our school that day but rather the next school day.  Same thing with milk.  This helps ensure us that all food and milk orders are delivered accurately.   

On your calendar:

Friday, October 26 - PA Day
Wednesday, October 31 - Mass at 9:30 am
Saturday, November 10 - Christmas Bazaar
Wednesday, November 14 - Progress Reports Home
Thursday, November 15 - Night time interviews
Friday, November 16 - PA DAY for interviews

Academically, we will be: 
Math: independently creating bar graphs, standard form and base ten name, ordinal numbers, less than and greater than and equal to, rounding and addition with regrouping (moving to three digit addition questions),  beginning fractions
Language:  practicing our writing skills, continuing to learn how to independently write a recount and power writing selection, learning about narrative stories and their features, beginning our Fairy Tale unit,  learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  continuing to learn about how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Religion:  Unit 1/2 of our Religion program  - Being Part of a Community and Remembrance Day Ceremony preparations 

Safe travels this week. 
Mrs. Clifford





October 14, 2018
Well Mother Nature sure has told us who the boss is!!  Given the weather predictions for this week, PLEASE make sure your child is dressed appropriately as the wind sure does whistle across the playground.  

FARM FRESH orders - ALL forms and money are due to the office no later than 9:00 AM tomorrow morning.  Thank you in advance for your support of this parent council fundraising project. 

SUB ORDERS - on Friday your child would have brought home a blue slip of paper which is their order form if they would like a sub this week.  Each sub costs $4.00 and money is due no later than 9:00 AM Monday morning (tomorrow), with subs being delivered on Wednesday.  Sub choices are:  turkey, roast beef, and black forest ham.  Each sub is on a whole wheat bun with lettuce and cheese.  

Our class is taking the leadership role for the Remembrance Day ceremony.  Our ceremony will be held on Friday, November 9th at 9:15 am and you are most welcome to join us.  Each child will have a role in the ceremony and if it is a speaking part, it will be sent home in the coming weeks so that your child can practice.  As a class, we will be saying the following poem and it would be greatly appreciated if you could practice this poem with your child:  

The soldiers who fought bravely for us

For the days they spent fighting in the mud and the dust

We remember for those who no longer can,

For the glory and terror of our fellow man

We remember the fields of poppies and sorrow

So that we might have a better tomorrow

We remember the sacrifice when they all took a stand

So we could live in peace in this beautiful land


On your calendar:

Monday, October 15 - FARM FRESH orders due

Monday, October 15 - Sub orders due

Tuesday, October 16 - Library Exchange
Tuesday, October 16 - PICTURE DAY
Wednesday, October 17 - SUB DAY
Friday, October 19- Scholastic Book orders due
Friday, October 26 - PA Day

Academically, we will be: 
Math: learning how to create a bar graph, continuing to learn how to read a circle graph, standard form and base ten name, ordinal numbers, less than and greater than, rounding and addition with regrouping (moving to three digit addition questions), 
Language:  practicing our writing skills, reviewing how to write a recount and power writing selection, learning about narrative stories and their features, beginning our Fairy Tale unit,  learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  continue to learn about how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Religion:  Unit 1/2 of our Religion program  - Being Part of a Community 

Wishing you a wonderful week. 
Mrs. Clifford



October 8, 2018
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Sure hope everyone had an incredible weekend filled with lots of love, family, food and incredible memories.

Starting tomorrow we have a NEW DISMISSAL procedure coming into place.  Our dismissal times are the same (3:15 pm) except ALL parents who pick up their children at the end of the day (this now includes kindergarten parents) MUST wait over by the green chapel window/library windows as ALL walkers will be coming through the gate over on that side.  PLEASE, PLEASE do not walk through the buses to get to your vehicles as safety is of the utmost importance.  As well, PLEASE, PLEASE go up the sidewalk by the apartment building as we are dismissing our bus students from the back and do not need congestion or confusion as the bus students learn their new routine - extra bodies crossing in front of them most certainly sends some of our students who aren't paying attention for a loop. 

READING PROGRAM - our Read On program is in place once again this year and it remains the same as when your child started JK.  Regretfully either recording of your child's nightly reading is being forgotten or YIKES your child isn't reading every night which is so important as reading is a life long skill.  It is my expectation that your child is reading the books being sent home (these are at your child's reading level) and that they are reading them ALOUD to you - it is amazing if your child is left to read them silently to themselves what they think they are reading.  Our goal this year is not only to have your child at the expected grade 3 level reading, but that they are reading fluently and sound like they are talking when they are reading.   Your child is to record their book on a nightly basis and of course they can record over the weekends (on the weekends I have no problem with your child recording a book of their choice).  Thank you for becoming a partner on this reading journey.

FUNDRAISER - Our Farm Fresh orders, which is a parent council project, are due tomorrow and Terry Fox pledges are due this Thursday.

Scholastic book orders are being sent home tomorrow and like September all orders are to be placed on-line.  The system is easy to use and has been extremely effective in letting me know when your order has been placed.  Book orders are due back Friday, October 19th. 

On your calendar:

Tuesday, October 9 - Library exchange
Tuesday, October 9 - FARM FRESH orders due
Thurssday, October 11 - Terry Fox pledge money due
Tuesday, October 16 - Picture Day
Friday, October 19- Scholastic Book orders due
Friday, October 26 - PA Day


Academically, we will be: 
Math:  interpreting surveys and tally graphs, continuing to learn how to make our own pictograph, base ten blocks, place value, greatest number and smallest number, ordinal numbers and addition with regrouping (moving to three digit addition questions), 
Language:  practicing our writing skills, reviewing how to write a recount and power writing selection, continuing our "Four Cats Came to School" stories, learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  finishing our in-class province project; beginning to learn about how Canada is broken up into landforms 
Religion:  Unit 1 of our Religion program  - Being Part of a Community 

Wishing you a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford


September 30, 2018
Dear Parents,
Well one month done, 9 more to go - YIKES!!

If you haven't done so, please send in your agenda money, package of paperwork from the office and a box of kleenex for the classroom. 

As well, please ensure your child is reading the books sent home with them each night (they are at their level and will promote moving forward in their reading abilities) and that reading books are recorded in the front of your child's agenda so that they can receive credit for their fine efforts.

Coming home today is paperwork for a very exciting adventure for our classroom - we have selected to host the Roots of Empathy program.  I am sooo excited to have this year long program in our classroom.  The letter coming home today will explain the program and please know the facilitator whose name is Becki is incredible!!   Baby Stella who will be our teacher throughout this program makes me feel old as I taught her Mommy way back in grade 5 - sigh!!  You will find a permission form attached asking for permission to photograph your child and use your child's artwork around the school and perhaps for future promotions.  This form NEEDS to be back for this Thursday.

On your calendar:

Tuesday, October 2 - Library exchange
Wednesday, October 3 - Orange shirt day
Thursday, October 4 - Roots of Empathy (ROE) begins
Thursday, October 11- Terry Fox donations due back

Academically, we will be: 
Math:  interpreting surveys and tally graphs, continuing to learn how to make our own pictograph, base ten blocks, place value, greatest number and smallest number, ordinal numbers and addition with regrouping, 
Language:  practicing our writing skills, reviewing how to write a recount and power writing selection, continuing our "Four Cats Came to School" stories, learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  working on our Canada Unit (ask your child to sing the province song!) which will include an in-class province project
Religion:  Unit 1 of our Religion program has begun - Being Part of a Community and looking at all we have to be thankful for 

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. 
Mrs. Clifford

 





September 23, 2018
Dear Parents,
It was so nice to meet so many of you during our school bbq.  If you weren't able to make it or we didn't connect, I look forward to our three conference during the month of November.

On Friday we had our kick off assembly for the Terry Fox Run and your child will have brought home their pledge form.  As always, we encourage students to seek donations from family members, friends and known neighbours.  If our school goal is reached, my understanding is Mrs. Hamilton is willing to do something to her hair (hot pink might look interesting!) and negotiations are happening with Mrs. Leduc when we surpass the goal just like we did last year. Pledge forms are due back October 11th and are goal is $1500.

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, we will be having our first annual Christmas Bazaar from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you know anyone who might be interested in being a vendor please have them contact Angie Green-Hill at 705-345-9164 or paperedbearcub@hotmail.com.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

If you haven't done so, please send in your agenda money and a box of kleenex for the classroom.

This week we will begin spelling with our first dictation happening on Thursday.  The words that are coming home this week are words they should know how to spell entering grade 3.  My dictation is the good old fashion kind:  say the word, use it in a sentence, repeat the word.  The pattern going forward will be words given on Monday, dictation on Friday.  Please practice these words with your child each night.

On your calendar:
Monday, September 24 - Human DUE
Thursday, September 27 - The "package" of information is due back
Friday, September 28 - PA Day

Academically, we will be: 
Math:  completing surveys and tally graphs, trying our hand at making our own pictograph, number patterns and number sense activities, even and odd numbers, addition with regrouping
Language:  practicing our writing skills, reviewing how to write a recount and power writing selection, beginning our "Four Cats Came to School" stories, learning how to write a quality answer.
Social Studies:  working on our Canada Unit (ask your child to sing the province song!)
Religion:  Unit 1 of our Religion program has begun - Being Part of a Community 

Wishing you a wonderful week. 
Mrs. Clifford





September 17, 2018
Well my dear parents I apologize that nothing is posted here for this week.  I did the update on Saturday night, hit the publish button like always and.....frustrating!!!!

First and foremost, the shuffle did happen on Friday as anticipated and we have had to say goodbye to some friends while saying hello to some old friends.  We are now a straight grade 3 class with 20 students.

Today was a busy day in our classroom.  If you check your child's school bag you will find the agenda in a homework bag along with a school newsletter, a paper human, and a Read On book (my new students will have a read on book by Wednesday as I still need to read with them).  Agenda's cost $5.00 like in the past so sending in your money asap is greatly appreciated.  

Two pieces of homework have been assigned - joke of the day which is due this Thursday (two jokes have been suggested to be recorded on a piece of paper that can be shared with the class) and their paper human which is due next Monday (yes, they must cut out the human and make that human look like them.  Creativity is greatly welcomed!)

This Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30 pm we have our annual MLS BBQ.  Classrooms will be opened for 6:00 - 6:30 pm so that you can come and see where your child lives for 5 days of the week.  Food is available for purchase and the Scholastic Book Fair will be set up in the library.

Dates for your calendar:
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Scholastic book orders due on-line if you desire
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - 9:30 am our first school mass.  You are most welcome to attend
Thursday, Sept. 20 - JOKE OF THE DAY due 
Thursday, Sept. 20 - MLS School BBQ from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 21 - Terry Fox kicks off
Monday, Sept. 24 - HUMAN due
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Terry Fox run at our school
Friday, Sept. 28 - PA DAY

Academically, we will be: 
Math:  reviewing surveys and tally graphs, learning how to make pictographs, number patterns and number sense activities which shall continue this week
Language:  practicing our writing skills, reviewing how to write a recount and power writing selection, beginning our "Four Cats Came to School" stories.
Social Studies:  working on our Canada Unit
Religion: welcoming activities, practicing our prayers and sign of the cross

As always if you need, please write a note in the agenda or give a quick call to school.  Looking forward to meeting you this Thursday.
Mrs. Clifford




September 9, 2018
Welcome to the second week of school.  It has been an incredible start to our new school year but like indicated last week, are numbers are up so who knows what this week will bring.

Last week we focused on getting to know one another, reviewing our rules and classroom expectations and learning about our responsibilities as children and students.  

Academically, we have been:
Math:  reviewing graphing, number patterns and number sense activities which shall continue this week
Language:  practicing our writing skills, starting the Twits novel study which allows for all kinds of language activities (this week my goal is to have all children benchmarked so that readers can begin coming home next week)
Social Studies:  grade 3's have started a mini-Canada unit while our grade 4 students have been joining Mrs. DiFabio for social studies with Mr. T Marwick's class
Religion: welcoming activities and practicing our prayers and sign of the cross

On Friday, Scholastic Book orders were sent home.  IF you are interested in purchasing an item, the on-line parent ordering system that is easy to use, has been set-up on the Scholastic website.

Our school bbq has been set for Thursday, September 20th.  More information will be coming home from the office.

Our first parent council meeting will be held next Monday, September 17th at 5:30 pm in the library.  ALL parents are most welcome to come out and see what parent council is all about and might I add these are a wonderful group of parents that laugh lots and work hard for our school!!  Our parent council appreciates any help you can offer. - no long term commitment required.

This past week we focused on routines and rules in our classroom.  Your child is well aware of what is expected in regards to rules (follow instructions/no talking out/hands and feet to themselves/no swearing or put downs) and that the following consequences will occur if a rule is broken:

1.  Warning
2.  Time Out
3.  A written note home from your child explaining why they are writing this letter
4.  A phone call to home/work/cell phone
5.  A visit to the principal in the office

It is my hope that agendas are ready for distribution in the very near future so that our lines of communication can happen on a nightly basis and we can start recording our nightly reading in our reading log!

Looking forward to a wonderful week.
Mrs. Clifford


September 4, 2018


Welcome to our class website and welcome back to a brand new school year!

It is my plan to update our website every week and provide you with necessary information to keep the lines of communication open and make this a wonderful school year for your child.

A biggie for this year is end of day dismissal.  At 3:05 pm, bus students ONLY will be dismissed and make their way to their appropriate bus.  At 3:15 pm ALL other students will be dismissed.  YES, this means that students who are being picked up won't be dismissed until 3:15 pm this year.  If you pick up your child every evening, please wait by the green stained glass window thereby allowing the easy flow of our bus students to the busses.  

Bits and pieces to start us off:
1. Library date - keep your eye on the calendar as this has yet to be established.
2.  Food orders including milk - to begin in October so stay tuned.
3.  Teachers in your child's life - myself, Mr. Soares (gym, health, music) and Madame Hewitt (French and dance).
4.  School BBQ - Thursday, September 20th.  More details to follow.
5.  Scholastic Book Orders - I will be sending home book orders later this week.  Payment this year is all on-line and scholastic has a beautiful easy system of ordering established.  Due date is always written on the book orders.
6.  Agendas - this is a wonderful communication tool which will be coming home in the near future.
7.  Calendar - there is a calendar attached to our class website which I ask that you check each week as I add due dates and events as they arise.

Each day in our class we say the following prayers and I would ask that you practice them at home, along with how to make the sign of the cross and learning the words to O Canada.


Morning Announcements - Our Father or Hail Mary
First Nutrition - grace before meals
Second Nutrition - Grace Before Meals
End of Day - Guardian Angel


Looking forward to a wonderful year filled with lots of laughter and learning.
Mrs. Clifford