April 7

Good Morning


Hello Agents,

I hope everyone is doing well with the beginning of their remote learning experience. Remember, we are taking this really slow and starting with some practicing basic skills. We will start lessons and projects next week. Here are your tasks:

April 6

Greetings

Hello Agents,

I have an important update on www.kidsa-z.com. When you follow the link, you’ll see large space for your teacher’s username. My username is dwolfsen. Then you should be able to choose your username and enter your password. Also, to log into Brain Pop Jr., enter the class code: family7718 and sign up for a new account if you don’t have one. You’ll just need to make a username and password.

 

Tasks to work on:

  • SpellingCity:
    • a new list has been assigned for you this week. Start practicing 🙂
  • Reading A-Z:
    • Start reading and let me know if the books are too easy or too difficult.
    • Take the Headsprout placement test and start the activities.
  • Xtramath:
    • Take the placement test and practice math facts.
April 6

Mission Objectives

Hello Agents,

This week we will be focusing on developing our work area, our learning tools, and our curiosity.

These are our learning objectives:

  • Set up a work area.
    • Find the most peaceful, clean, and quite place that you can. Make sure to fix it up to make it feel welcoming.
  • Sign up to our resources.
    • Log in to our online resources and make sure your account works.
  • Explore.
    • See what these learning tools have to offer and take notes of what works, what doesn’t, and what you need.

Finally, it’s very important to plan out your week and record what you have done and what you need. When we have our conference, I’m going to ask you what you have done to meet your learning objectives and what obstacles are in your way. Make sure these down so that we can help work through any challenges you have.

Most importantly, have fun!

Mr. Wolfsen

April 3

Remote Learning Information

Hello Agents and Parents,

We have some exciting new resources for us to start using, which I have collected in the Online Learning Resources page. I will be emailing out guides on how to sign up and access resources that require an account.

First, we need to sign everyone up for individual online video meetings. Pick one free time slot during the week. I will post a link for you to follow when our meeting begins. If you are unable to access the internet with a phone or computer with a mic and camera, please let me know. Follow the link below to pick a time:

Parent Communication Schedule

On Monday, I will make a blog post with our learning objectives for the week. Until then, feel free to explore some of the resources that we will be using. Please remember that we all want this learning experience to be fun and exciting, so take this as slowly as you need and start with one thing at a time.

I hope to see you soon to help you through any questions or challenges you have.

-Edit-

I have now fixed the Schedule so that anyone can edit it.

 

 

April 1

Introduction to Remote Learning for Grade 3

Hello Agents and Parents,

As we are preparing for remote learning next week, I would like to introduce you to how we will structure our learning.

The Blog

This is where you will find information on learning opportunities for daily practice and projects. I will also post daily introduction videos to continue some of our class routine at home. On the side bar, you will find pages and links for information on sign-ups and resources to use at home.

This week

I will be contacting everyone to schedule times that we can regularly meet through the week to discuss assignments and answer questions. The resource page that will be up shortly is where agents find activities to try out.

Creating a Routine

A consistent routine can create some sense of familiarity and comfort in knowing expectations and what to do each day. Here is an example of a routine that you could modify to work with your schedule.

Academic Scheduling

Agents will receive their mission objectives on Monday. We will start slowly with assignments that include reading, writing, math, and science. The afternoon academic period will be a good time for activities in subjects such as Gym, Art, silent reading, or math fact practice. We will also have a period of time to meet 15 minutes a week to check in, talk, and answer any questions.

Recommendations for Parents

  • Incorporate Familiar classroom routines: In class, students have jobs such as a secretary that passes out papers, a teacher assistant that gathers and organizes classroom materials, a calendar and weather reporter that updates the calendar and checks the weather, and a photographer that takes pictures of academic work.
  • Keep the schedule reasonably consistent: A schedule creates order and normalcy, though flexibility can be helpful.
  • A daily routine can help parents schedule their own work: When students become familiar with routines such as silent reading, the predictability opens opportunities for parents complete important tasks.
  • No schedule will be perfect: This is a highly unusual situation, and everyone will need a little flexibility to be able to meet each other’s needs.
  • Be flexible, but don’t compromise your expectations: We don’t always need things to be done the way we expect them, but some expectations not negotiable. When confronting resistance, it’s great if students can find creative ways to meet our needs and their own. However, consistent meals and bed times are important for our mental and physical health.
  • This is not home schooling, it’s crisis schooling: This is not all on you. We are in this together, and I’m here to help. If you need something, please ask.

Hopefully we can be helpful in this time of uncertainty. If you get overwhelmed, remember that we are trying to be helpful by giving you options and flexibility to keep learning and stay active.

We will be praying for you, and I hope to talk to you soon.

Mr. Wolfsen

March 30

Welcome back to school!

Hello Parents and Students,

I hope everyone had some good rest and stayed safe. I will be contacting everyone soon to make sure that you are connected to the blog and we have correct emails.

Here is a message from Mr. Hancock, the head of our department, on some of the changes happening here:

Dear Parents and students,

Welcome back. Usually, at this time, we would be welcoming you back into our classroom with sunny smiles, laughter and fun tales of holiday exploits filling the air. However, these are not usual times. Recent events have created lots of uncertainty and unknowns in our world.

One thing we do know is that God is great and powerful. He is someone who is always faithful. Even during this time, where plans seem uncertain and ever changing, we know He has a plan for us.

We have drawn a lot on our faith in God these past few days as we have begun to plan for what your child’s education will look like in the coming days and weeks ahead. Hopefully, this post will begin to provide you with some information on some of the things we are working on, providing you with some comfort and clarity. 

We want you to know that:

  1. School will continue – Teachers are hard at work preparing materials and activities to students to work on at home. Recognizing that there are many things vying for your attention on the homefront, we are trying hard to not overwhelm you. However, we do not want to just send home busy work but rather activities that are still strongly connected with the BC curriculum. 
  2. Establishing a routine is important – One of the best things for your child is establishing a routine that you can follow as much as possible. Therefore, a suggested daily schedule will be sent home to help with building those all important routines into your day. Children like knowing what is going to happen each day and what the expectations are.   
  3. Connections with your child are important to us – We are thinking and praying for our students. We miss their smiles, their unique personalities and their energy. We have built relationships with your child during this year and want those relationships to continue even at this time. We want your child to know that we are still here thinking of them and knowing that they are still important to us. Throughout the week, we will be contacting you and your child – on a scheduled basis – using a variety of methods (phone, email, and video conferencing).
  4. Technology can be a powerful tool for remote learning but may be difficult – Bringing a number of technology tools to work in delivering content, activities and materials to your child can make for a different kind of dynamic learning experience. However, we recognize that families have differing abilities in accessing technology at home. Over the next few days, you will be contacted and asked to complete a short survey which will help us to determine the needs and capabilities of families in accessing technology. At the Intermediate level, there are plans to send our Chromebooks home with each student so that they have equal access to a tool commonly used at school. 
  5. Students may need items from school – Elementary students use a wide variety of tools to complete work. In order to facilitate learning at home, some of these items will need to be returned to you. The Office and Admin are developing plans to provide families time to collect supplies from classrooms. This will allow you to have access to some common materials including pencil crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, paper, some duotangs, etc. Cognizant of the virulent nature of the Covid-19 virus, we are working on a way for parents to pick these materials up while maintaining the social distancing guidelines put out by Public Health. A schedule will be released by the office of pick-up times for your child.
  6. Primary content and activities will be distributed through your child’s classroom blog. Intermediate students will continue to use Google Classroom to get their materials, activities and content.
  7. There are many things we don’t know yet – We are working hard to answer as many questions as possible as quickly as possible and will strive to keep you updated as soon as we know more information.

We want to thank you for your patience during this time. God proclaims, 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with you, even in the face of these challenges. 

March 9

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents!

This is our last week of school before spring break. Have fun and stay healthy out there!

Here are your objectives this week.

Math: We will finish learning about graphs.

Science: We will learn more about thermal energy and conductivity.

Language Arts: We will learn more about story writing and continue our novel study.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about oral story telling and the Sto:lo culture.

Bible: Our scripture memory for March is Hebrews 11:6.

Art: We will learn to use lines and shading to create volume in our art.

Spelling: This week, we will work on phonograms and spelling rules.

Upcoming Events

  • March 13 Wear Green Day
  • March 14 Spring Break Begins
  • March 30 School Resumes
March 3

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents!

Make sure to thank your parents for attending our Celebration of Learning. This is an important time to show others what we have learned, our accomplishments, and what we would like to achieve.

Here are your objectives this week.

Math: We will learn to make and read graphs.

Science: We will learn about thermal energy.

Language Arts: We will use our narrative writing skills to write a fictional story and continue our novel study.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about oral story telling and the Sto:lo culture.

Bible: Our scripture memory for February is Hebrews 11:6.

Art: We will learn to create depth in painting landscapes.

Spelling: This week, we will work on spelling list N6 and have a test on Monday, March 9.

Important Notes

  • Guatemala Mission Trip Fundraiser
    • We raising funds and collecting material for the children and school of the village of Las Pavas.
    • Our class has been tasked with collecting coloured pencils.
      • If you are able, please bring new boxes of coloured pencils for the schools.
      • Used pencil crayons will still be useful if you’re able to donate ones that are no longer needed.
February 23

VSO and Ice Skating

The VSO was an amazing experience. I hope that the students were able to tell all about the music of the symphony that we enjoyed.

Ice skating was a lot of fun as usual. However, this year, the students had an exciting chance to meet two of the Chilliwack Chiefs!

Check out the album page for more photos of our field trips.

February 23

Mission Briefing

Hello Agents!

We are continuing to prepare for our celebration of learning on Friday, February 28. We will make presentations and displays of our accomplishments this year. Parents are invited to come in and check out the displays from 2:30 until 3:30.

Here are your objectives this week.

Math: We will continue to learn about 3 dimensional shapes and how to make them.

Science: We will learn ways to classify and sort uncommon organisms.

Language Arts: We will use or narrative writing skills to write a fictional story and continue our novel study.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about oral story telling and the Sto:lo culture.

Bible: Our scripture memory for February is 1 John 4:7-8.

Art: We will learn use shape and volume in our art.

Spelling: This week, we will work on spelling list N5 and have a test on Monday, March 2.

Important Notes

  • Guatemala Mission Trip Fundraiser
    • We raising funds and collecting material for the children and school of the village of Las Pavas.
    • Our class has been tasked with collecting coloured pencils.
      • If you are able, please bring new boxes of coloured pencils for the schools.
      • Used pencil crayons will still be useful if you’re able to donate ones that are no longer needed.

Upcoming Events

  • February 25-27 Scholastic Book Fair
  • February 26 Pink Shirt Day
    • Students may wear clothes containing pink along with play clothes in support of anti-bullying
  • February 28 Knight Day, Celebration of Learning 2:30 – 3:30 pm