OJCS Reading Challenge 2019-2020
The OJCS Reading Challenge is back, but this year bigger and better!
Our Grade 1 classroom goal is to read 300 books by the end of May. In order for your child to get class book tallies towards our goal, each student must complete a book review. When we achieve our goal, we will be eligible for one of the following prizes listed below.
The prizes this year will be;
- an end-of-year book-based film screening or book-themed dress-up party in each classroom that meets their goals. The library will provide each class with popcorn and candy treats.
- Middle school will once again compete for an escape room to create an added incentive.
- Small prizes will be given out to each student who gets a Bingo on the genre bingo sheet that goes with the challenge.
For grades K-4 choose the methods that work best for your child:
The book review must contain the following:
- Tell us the title and author of your book.
- Include a short description of your favourite part.
- How many stars would you give it?
- Would you recommend it to a friend?
We have been participating in this challenge since November. These book reviews can be done at home or at school. I wanted to make this information available to you in case your child would like to add a book review from the comfort of their home.
Hope everyone had a great winter break! This week’s homework will be to continue practicing our reading skills. Some students did not receive a new book today as they did not have the opportunity to read the books provided over the break, others have a new book for this week.
Introduction to Spelling
Have you ever heard parents say, ” English is too hard, filled with exceptions and makes no sense. How can I teach my child how to spell with all these exceptions. The answer is simple, come along on our learning journey. As both myself and the students explore Structured Word Inquiry. As we all have to start somewhere, we begin with 6 Spelling Rules that are based on the Barton system which follow the Orton Gillingham methods. These rules are designed to help students understand why words are spelled the way they are. This week I introduced the Hockey Rink Rule. <ck> comes at the end of a one syllable word after a short vowel. <k> is used after two vowels or if there is already a consonant between the vowel and the <k>. The students were given a list of words that they sorted independently, followed by time as a whole group to discuss and discover similarities and differences. And guess what… we were able to explain the Hockey Rink Rule.
As we make more discoveries I will continue to share.
Over the holidays the Grade 1 students are encouraged to keep reading. Two books have been sent home for them to read, however, if they have books at home that they prefer to read please add these to their reading log and sign it.
I would like to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a fabulous new year!
We feel a need for a friendly reminder that untill spring arrives winter gear is not optional.
Your children need to have snowpants, coat, waterproof gloves and a hat every day.
We recommend that if you have extra of any of the above, you leave it at school.
Please make sure everything is labled, as many of the students have the same winter clothing.
Thank you for helping us keep your children warm and dry.
How does your role and responsibilities change when you bring home an abandoned kitten?
Thank-you Dr. Maddie for answering this question for us. After having watched a powerpoint presentation and participating in several hands-on stations, our grade 1 students are very aware of the round-the-clock care necessary to foster a sweet newborn kitten. They enjoyed making formula, comparing weights to understand how much he has grown since he was found and cleaning a litter box (no real waste inside). Dr. Maddie explained the different stages of development and had documented all the changes for us to see. The one thing that was made clear was that raising a newborn is a big responsibility and a lot of work! It was also obvious that with Dr. Maddie’s expertise Eddy is thriving. Lucky kitty!
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Each week we visit the library on Friday mornings. Due to our participation in the Global Read Aloud, we have not had the opportunity to return or borrow new books during October. Our next visit will be on November 8th when we will return to our routine of taking out books once every two weeks. Sorry for the confusion. As well, our students have access to the library once a week during a recess (see below). Both classes were reminded they can use this time to exchange their material or enjoy the library space.
Weekly Library Times:
1A: Wednesdays at first recess
1B: Fridays at second recess
Now that the chagim are finished, we will resume our weekly reading homework. Each student now has a new book in their red folder for the week of October 28-31st. Tomorrow is a Dress Down Day. Donations will be given to the Patient Urgent Needs Fund at the Ottawa Hospital in memory of Dr. Eliana Saidenberg. Please remember to bring a donation this Friday for Dress Down Day.
This is a friendly reminder about tomorrow’s dress down day. We are all raising money for the Terry Fox Run, so don’t forget your toonie. The students will need their running shoes, a water bottle and weather appropriate clothing. They are also encouraged to wear red and white in honour of Terry, if they have.
Shana Tova Umetuka!
Everyone is doing a great job using their reading strategies to complete their reading homework. Please remember to sign each night (M-Th). New books have been handed out today. Exciting news to share, we are part of a Global Read Aloud. This event fosters global connections through shared reading from picture books and exemplifies one of our North Stars, we learn better together. This year we are connecting with Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ. 1A participated in a Google Hangout this afternoon and were excited to ask the questions they had prepared on Friday in anticipation of this event. 1B will also connect this way with the same class, sometime this week. The picture book study is the work of Yuyi Morales
Excited to read Dreamers this week and be part of a shared Flipgrip to amplify our learning!