Dear Grade 2 Parents,
Thank very much to everyone for coming to the Student Led Conferences. We hope you enjoyed your time in the Grade 2 classroom and sharing in some of your child’s learning. It was great to finally get to meet many of you and have you in school.
This past week has been a fun and interesting one. Our students learned about how matter can change from one state to another, and looked at some real world examples. The students experimented with different types of candies, and observed what happened when they were exposed to heat. Each student got the chance to reflect on the different melting points of some of their favourite candies.
Student Led Conferences
Our little scientist were busy inquiring into changing states of matter using temperature.
For the week ahead our students will conduct some more simple science demonstrations and observe different states of matter in interesting ways. Our students will also spend time researching possible science experiments that they might like to conduct in class together.
A message from school counselor, Ms. Alex:
Body Safety Workshop
It is important for children to know what it means to keep their body safe, especially their private parts. During the Body Safety Workshops, Ms. Alex talks to students about the names they have for their private parts, how to keep them safe, and what to do if they feel unsafe. This is all done using age appropriate language, and the students are encouraged to practice non-verbal and verbal communication strategies to establish safe boundaries for their own bodies. They learn to find pride and power in using their voice to stand up for themselves and others, and are reminded of the support resources that are available to them at all times. By the end of the workshop, students often express a sense of personal strength and agency. It is very possible that this workshop will spark your child’s curiosity about their own body, and the bodies of others. It is not unusual for your child to come home and ask you questions about their bodies, the differences between boys and girls, and what this all means. Please do take the time to talk to your child about body safety and any other related topics they might bring up. If you haven’t spoken to your child about the names for private parts, please take this opportunity to do so. It is also always best to answer their questions honestly as this will prevent confusion and misunderstandings. It will also ensure an open line of communication, and your child will be more likely to come to you if they ever feel unsafe. If you are not sure how to answer a particular question, you might say “I am not sure how to answer that question right now, can I give you the answer tomorrow?” You are then more than welcome to reach out to me for advice on how to move forward.
Dear Grade 2 Parents,
Thank you as always for your support. Despite the ongoing challenges we are proud to say that our Grade 2 students continue to demonstrate their learning and enthusiasm every day, whether they are in school or learning remotely.
This past week has been full of interesting learning experiences. Our students have been inquiring into some of the environmental problems that have been created due to human choices around the world. Specifically the problem of deforestation and desertification. Our students learned about the cause and effect of these problems and connected them to their learning from the previous unit about world geography and some great stories we’ve read in class, ‘The Lorax’ and ‘The Great Kapok Tree’.
Check out the wonderful book day costumes on this Padlet: https://padlet.com/lisadi4/isd63pq2pzp239s4
Here you can see students using their thinking and self-management skills to accurately measure length using both non-standard and standard tools.
We visited the grade 5 exhibition this week and saw all the wonderful work and individual inquiries going on. Great job grade 5! 👏
For the week ahead the grade 2 students will be observing the seeds that they planted, while learning first hand about the measurement of capacity or volume. Our students will also continue to inquiry into some of the negative consequences that human actions have had on our natural environment, and begin looking at the United Nations ‘Good Life Goals’ for the Earth’s future.
Thanks again to all of our Grade 2 community. Please have a safe and pleasant weekend!
Jordan, Jessica, John, Pik, Cash and Nook