Thursday, 28 September 2017

Weekly Check-in Sept 25-29

We're at the end of our month, and it has flown by!

September 30th is our 'claims' day, and Learning Resource Funds can be paid out starting next week. That also means that your K-9 teacher has 3 weeks from Sept 30th to have evidence of learning on file for each of their students. Please remember to update your Fresh Grade or Google Folders with the latest awesome learning your students are doing!

Our K-9 Teachers met this week to discuss a variety of topics including online resources, the curriculum changes, and how to better support you and your learners. One area we all agreed is that we are privileged to work with our families and are excited to see the growth and changes that our students are in for this year!

Speaking of the new curriculum, we now have three overarching pieces- the Core Competencies, that are the starting point to good citizenship and a healthy productive adult life! They are Thinking, Communication, and Personal & Social Responsibility. You can read more about them here.

Every week I'll try to post some interesting links or ideas on how to "name and nurture" the core competencies in your learners. This week I have a really interesting link for learning more about the Personal and Social competencies. The New York Times has a feelings quiz. You look at snippets of faces (just the eyes!) and try to guess what the person is feeling. It's a great way to talk about feelings, but also about how we communicate with body language!

Secondly I wanted to share an awesome App resource with you. This is called Wizard School, and despite the name, it has nothing to do with Hogwarts (or wizardry at all!) One of the biggest fears parents have is letting their children interact online with strangers. In my (very humble!) opinion, we need to be explicitly teaching our youngsters about how to interact safely, rather than keeping them from interacting at all. This app allows your child to interact with contacts you approve (grandparents, family, friends, etc) and sets up an anonymous email system so your child can't be identified or tracked by anyone not on your contact list. They can send and receive messages, create videos and cards, and learn awesome new facts, all of which you can monitor easily!

Finally I wanted to share a First Nations resource with you. This is a list of traditional foods and the ways various (mostly coastal) First Nations used them. It's an awesome resource for seeing what you can find locally, as well as learning about sustainability and living in harmony with nature. I printed and laminated my own set, they are constantly used in my home and classroom.

That about does it for this week. If there is anything you'd like me to review or find resources for, or you have an awesome resource, app, website, or idea, please let me know so we can share it out to the other families! Have a GREAT October!


  1. Sarah you're doing an excellent job and we are happy to have you as our teacher this year!

  2. Thanks so much! I'm so thrilled to be a part of the amazing YouLearn family!