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A message from Form 3

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 6.47.33 AMThe first few weeks in Form 3 have flown by.

The boys have now met all their teachers and negotiated the hallways of the Prep to attend their music, art, physical education and library classes. They’ve done a wonderful job settling into the new routines and procedures.

We’d like to thank everyone who came to meet us on Sept. 15. With your assistance we’ve had a very smooth start to the new school year.

We’ve started our reading, spelling and math assessments, which are used for internal purposes only and have no bearing on report card levels. We use these assessments to help us plan for developmentally appropriate activities. If any additional action should be required, you’ll be notified promptly and we’ll determine next steps together.

Most of the boys’ agendas are being checked and signed nightly and students are being picked up safely at dismissal time. We’ve had a few queries about assemblies and number one dress. Please note that number one dress isn’t required for assemblies until winter dress begins with our Remembrance Day assembly.

Our first unit of inquiry centres on the concept that if people have rights, they also have responsibilities. Class activities will include paired reading of fictional stories that highlight the rights of survival, protection, participation and development. Students will review their ability to summarize succinctly after their readings. Next, students with a partner will read from one central non-fiction text, A Life Like Mine, to learn about the lives of children around the world. This text is based on the “United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.”

In math, we began our exploration of place value with a numbers hunt in the classroom. We encourage you to continue to highlight large numbers found in real life, e.g. in almanacs, billboards or newspapers. We hope that you’ll be involved throughout the year in the “Everyday Mathematics” home link pages as a way to interact with your child and his learning.

We thank you for your continued support.

Ms. Crippin and Mr. Ferley