Wow! What wild weather and wind we have had! I want to say how much I appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience yesterday. I was so proud of the students, who all handled the situation so calmly and respectfully. especially those who had to wait a little longer than others to get a ride home. Hopefully everyone is enjoying their day at home today, and stay safe!
Our first swimming day last Monday was cancelled due to the weather, and as I explained to the students, it will be bumped ahead by one week. Thus, barring any more Monday no bus days, we will start next Monday, Feb. 3rd, and finish on Monday, March 17th.
We have also had to postpone our math test. Fingers crossed, it will be tomorrow, Jan. 31st. Students were prepared a week ago, so if they don't have textbooks at home, and want to review, they can always go on the Nelson Math 6 website and do a few quizzes for chapter 4.... adding and subtracting both large and decimal numbers, focusing on mental math, estimating and calculating.
I had originally scheduled our social studies test on Explorers for tomorrow, Friday Jan. 31st, but will postpone it until Monday. If students have their notebooks at home, they should be working on finishing the charts, title page and starting their crib note (one page front and back with jot notes) Yesterday afternoon, the kids who were still at school started their crib notes, and we decided the subtopics would be: Reasons for exploring (including instruments, fears, spices pages), Impact on Europeans and Aboriginals, Vikings and the 6 explorers covered. A reminder that this crib note can be used during the test, and it is beneficial for students to spend some time creating it. Students who don't have their books at home will want to spend some time over the weekend preparing. They will have a significant work period tomorrow to do some of this work.
Students can also begin working on their speeches from home if they have not yet finished their first draft. They have access as they are writing them on the cloud. This was not my original plan, but we have lost significant time to work on them at school due to inclement weather. Students are welcome to continue to ask for my feedback online, as they write.
Let's hope that not only can we get back to our regular routines at school soon, but also that the students can start getting out for some fresh air during nutrition breaks!