January 16

Storytelling and Speeches

Dear Parents,

Storytelling is an opportunity to present a favourite story to our class and speeches are an opportunity to talk about a favourite topic.  Typically, Grade 4’s write speeches while Grade 3’s participate in storytelling.   I would like to give this opportunity to students as an optional activity. It will be completed entirely at home.   Students can write their own story/speech or select a familiar text to retell.  It is important that stories are not told as written but are retold in the student’s own words.   For speeches, it is important that the speech be an original work. It is expected that the retelling/speech will be from 3 to 5 minutes in length. Students will present their stories within our classroom Feb. 5, and 6. Students may have the opportunity to move on to a competition in the gym which will take place on Thursday, February 8th, if they wish. Winners from that competition will move on to participate at the Royal Canadian Legion at another date.

Please complete the following survey OR the note being sent home tomorrow. Please complete by January 22th.

December 17

Busy Week Ahead!


  1.  Grade 3’s- tomorrow is the Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal at 9:15.  Please bring your plaid shirt and toque/winter hat with you tomorrow and Tuesday as well as Tuesday night.   Please email if your child needs something.  If you have any extra shirts, we would greatly appreciate them.  Gr. 4’s you do not require anything different. Grade 4’s will be assisting with narration and presenting a French Christmas Song.
  2. Tuesday is the concert–11:45 and the evening concert begins at 7:00.  If you could have your child here at 6:40, it would be very helpful.
  3. There are still a few students who have not returned their skating forms.  Please let me know if you either require skates/equipment or intend your child not to skate.  Email me (nancy.bicknell@ed.amdsb.ca) or write a note in the planner.  We skate Friday at 10:00 – 10:30.  Remember CSA approved helmets are recommended.  All students must wear a properly fitted helmet to be allowed on the ice.  Gloves/mittens must be worn.  Skates must be in a non-tear bag. Thank you to all volunteers.  It is greatly appreciated.
  4. Friday is Red and Green Day!

Thank you for an amazing beginning of the school year.  I hope that you a wonderful break together.  You have a wonderful group of children.  If you have any questions about upcoming events/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  School begins again January 8th.

December 10

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

One of the great pleasures of being an educator is that I get to spend everyday working with children but it also allows me opportunities to learn new things every day.  Recently, I was able to listen to Dr. Ross Greene who changes the way we view behaviour in children.  Dr. Greene says that, “Children do well if they can.”  I believe he means that when children misbehave repeatedly they do not choose to show us poor behaviour for attention or because they are being manipulative.  They are telling us through their behaviour that they lack a skill(s) that allows them to cope with the situation.  His approach to dealing with difficult behaviour is through a collaborative approach that both adult and child have a role in the solution.  This makes good sense!  If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Greene and his strategies, check out the link below.    It has a lot of great information.


November 13

Math Anxiety

Math is a beautiful language that helps us describe our world.  Here is an excellent video that talks about Math anxiety. It also describes how we can over come our fears about Mathematics.  I hope that I am creating an environment that encourages students to explore and wonder about our world and encourage confidence to take risks in thinking.  Enjoy the TED video!


November 7

Review of 2D Shapes

This is a post from a previous school year but it is an excellent review.  You may want to watch it to review the 2D shapes.

Some students need a quick review of 2 D shapes. Here is a short video to help them practise.

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November 6

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for the opportunity to discuss your child during our interviews.  It is greatly appreciated.  I also know that the times available were not suitable for everyone.  If you did not have the opportunity to sit down with me to discuss the Progress Report, please email me (nancy.bicknell@ed.amdsb.ca) or call the school (519-482-9424) and I would happily arrange a time that is suitable for all. 

Please return the report card envelope signed, if you haven’t already.  The purpose of this is to let me know that you have received the report.

Also, please know, that at any time, if you have concerns or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again,

Nancy Bicknell