Sunday, 3 September 2017

Back to School we go!

Welcome parents and students to another great year at Park Meadows Elementary! 

I am so excited to kick off another great year, and can't wait to see all the familiar and new faces that will come into the school on Tuesday!

Please check back here for monthly updates that will include classroom highlights, calendar information, and just generals points of interest and info! Also check out the "important information" tab to discover a few things about our class and school. The "student links" tab also has some of my favourite education sites for students to explore!

I look forward to getting to know all of you, and working together to make this an amazing year for learning!
Check back here soon for a little picture tour of our classroom and first weeks work!

See you all soon!! ~ Mrs. Reimer






Monday, 24 April 2017

Welcome! Happy Spring Apr. 24-28

Hello families of Grade 2-3 students! I hope you all enjoyed a great spring break. I am very excited to be back at Park Meadows, and look forward to learning together as we race to the end of the year!

I will be using Remind 101 as a way to send you updates on classroom happenings, but will also use the blog to keep you up to date. I suggest checking the blog Monday or Tuesday each week, and then for upcoming events I will send a remind note out!

If you click on the link below you should be able to get all set up with Remind.
https://www.remind.com/join/reimer2-3
Please let me know if there are any issues setting up your account, and I will send out a trial run in the first week or two!

You will notice in the first week back that your child is bringing home quite a few items. I did some housekeeping around the classroom over the break and found some work and items that we no longer need at school. Please take a moment to check out your child's work as there are some great things coming home!

Week at a Glance

Tuesday, April 25
  •  Amazing Race Round 3 - ask your child which country they are racing through now! 
Wednesday, April 26
  • Boston Pizza hot lunch for those that ordered. 
Thursday, April 27
  • Amazing Race
  • Library day - check out your child's new books and spend some time reading together!
Friday, April 28
  • students will have a guest teacher as the Grade 2/3 teachers are in meetings for the morning.
I hope to see many of you in the upcoming weeks, and please feel free to pop in and say hello at the end of the day! Let's make these last couple months of school great! 




Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Baby Reimer has arrived!

After what felt like a super long wait, Seth Jaxon Reimer joined the outside world on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. 
His mommy and daddy think he is pretty cute and we just love him so much! 

I've already told him many stories about the wonderful Grade 1-2 class I was teaching before he was born. He is excited to come and visit, but it will be a while as he's just too little to be out in public. 

I hope everyone is doing really well, and know that I think of you all often and miss you all lots! 

Keep learning, reading, playing, and being the amazing bucket filling students I know you are! Maybe some of you can read Seth a story when we visit!

Here are a few pictures I've taken of Seth in his first week of life! Enjoy! 
This is the first outfit Seth wore when he was in the hospital.

Newborn babies are very sleepy! 

Having a big stretch just before Seth left the hospital.

We are already trying to get Seth to love curling as much as we do! 

A little smile to say hello! 

Out for our very first walk outside. We are so glad it's nice outside! 

He loves stretching, and his fuzzy blanket to nap on. 

He turned 1 week old on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 

We are going to take pictures with his bunny and special blanket to watch him grow and change! 

Thanks for reading! Have a great week! 

Monday, 11 January 2016

So Long, Farewell Jan 11-15

Week at a Glance
Monday, January 11, 2016
  • New words of the week introduced:
    Grade 1: but, in, my, me, because, author    
    Grade 2: but, in, my, me, because (review), friends, went, made, name, small, author
    Students try the words out for the first official time today in the "check up". We've talked lots about how it is important to try your best to stretch the word out today, but by Friday we will have worked on these lots at school, and hopefully at home too. This week students are encouraged to set a goal for how many they hope to get right on Friday when we check in again. Their word lists came home today; try and take a few minutes this week to go over these.  
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
  • Miss Wauters' will be joining us for the day!
  • After school skating at Adams Ice Rink for anyone who signed up. Parents must accompany. Forms are still available if you're interested. 
Thursday, January 14, 2016
  • Library Books are due.
  • Fire Safety presentation today at 12:30pm. 
  • Guest teacher in the morning as we having meetings in the school. 
  • Dance-a-thon fundraiser packages go home today. Please watch for these, get fundraising, and practicing your dance moves! 
Secret Blog Question: One thing I learned about fire safety today was........ 
Finish the sentence above in your agenda by Friday! 
  • If you are interested in meeting with Miss Wauters, she will be available in the classroom after school until 4:30pm today. 
Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Genius in Me! This is the first Genius in Me for the new round. Students were given the choice between:
    1. Art and Drawing  
    2. Gym Games    
    3. Let's Play  
    4. Building Things    
    5. Chess and Math Games.

    Each student made choices from 1-5 and today is the day they find out what Genius block they will be in over the next 5-6 weeks. Students were reminded there is a possibility they may not get into their first, or sometimes even their second choice. However we all decided our options are so excellent that anything will be wonderful! Be sure to ask your child which option they got into, and what they did on their first day! 
Upcoming Events

iRead Campaign - Photo's needed by January 27, 2016! 
Our school is participating in the iRead campaign to kick of a new and excellent year of reading. On February 1, 2016 we will have a school wide display of each student and staff member reading. For every picture we post, we receive $1.00 to buy books for our school library! How exciting!
What we need from you: Please sent a 4x6 horizontal photo of your child reading to school. I encourage you to get creative and have fun helping us with this project.
Please have the photos returned to school no later than January 27, 2016. If you are unable to do this, please let me know ASAP and we will accommodate at school. Thanks and happy reading!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Hot Lunch is served. Students who ordered last week will enjoy their Swiss Chalet. Thanks Parent Council!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - Last after school skating at Adams Ice Rink
Friday, January 22, 2016 - Hawaiian Day. Dress if your most Aloha outfit!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - GS Lakie presents Dance Revolution at the Yates. Field trip forms for this trip are due ASAP. They are dark green and went home last week.
Friday, January 29, 2016 - No School for students. Professional Development Day.

I want to finish by saying a HUGE thank you to all the students and families I've had the incredible opportunity of working with this school year at Park Meadows. You've truly been an amazing group! As I take this time off to enjoy a new adventure in my own family, know that you will be in my thoughts often. I look forward to seeing you all around when I visit, or when I come back from my leave. Take care! 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year! Jan 4-8

Welcome back! Happy 2016! 

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas Holidays, and a joyful New Year.

We have NO January birthdays. Hard to believe. It's also hard to believe that this is my second last blog post! My last teaching day is Friday, January 15, 2016. I'm so excited to spend these last 2 weeks with the students, and I can't wait to see how much we can learn before I go! That being said, watch in the agenda this week for a note going home with more information on my leave, and who will be taking over.
Secret Blog Question: What is the name of your new teacher, who will start on Monday, January 18. Write the answer in your agenda for a little treat.

Week at a Glance
Monday, January 4, 2016
  • Words of the Week: at the beginning of each week we've been learning new words, that we add to the word wall at the weeks end. Students work on these words in class, but should also be reviewing them at home. Once they are up on the word wall, students are expected to be spelling these words properly in their independent writing. On Mondays the check-up will go home. This will show you your child's first attempt at spelling these words.
    • Grade 1's: he, she, was, little, big, winter
    • Grade 2's: he, she, was, little, big, winter, season, make, played, saw, have
  • Home reading begins again. Keep those good habits rolling into 2016. It's been fantastic to watch all these students growing as readers. It truly is a team effort! 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
  • Lunch time PIZZA party!!! This will be a wonderful way to start the new year! Our gingerbread house won the Sobey's contest, and they will be delivering pizza for us today! No sandwiches will be needed, however please still pack snacks for recess.  
Thursday, January 7, 2016
  • You shouldn't have any library books at your house right now, however, if you do, please return them before today so you can take out new books. If you have lost some library books, please try and bring in the replacement money ASAP. It is school library and book mobile today! Hurray for new books! 
Weather News: -20 Degree Celcius
All students are to play outside as long as the weather is not below -20 degrees celsius. Please make sure students are dressed properly everyday, as our weather frequently likes to change mid day. Students need proper outdoor footwear (boots preferably), warm coats, snow pants, mittens, and a toque. If you need help getting winter gear, please let us know and we will do our best to find something! 

Christmas Celebrations! 
Even though Christmas has come and gone, I couldn't help but post a few of the highlights from our festivities!
We wrapped up our Gingerbread theme the best way I knew how, by decorating cookies. This was a lot of fun, and I wish I would've taken pictures of all the finished projects. Hopefully students enjoyed eating those gingerbread men over the holidays! Thanks to the parents who came to help us with this sticky activity!!!
 

 Next we had a milk and cookies surprise waiting for us in the gym! What fun to eat, socialize, and sing Christmas carols together.
 Notice the arms around each other, singing happily as a class! So fun!
 On our last day of school we played a "minute to win it" game. This was great on many levels, mostly the noise level of the classroom while playing! The goal was to move as many marshmallows from the table to the cup using the straw and their lung power only. It was amazing how students attempted this, and even more amazing how well some teams worked together! Some of the teams below are moving so fast I couldn't even get a clear picture!

That wraps up this week. See you next week for my very last post of this school year.
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Happy Holidays..... almost! Dec 14-18

We are 5 days away from Christmas Holidays. We will continue with our Gingerbread theme, and have tons of fun activities planned for our learning this week!

Week at a Glance
Monday, December 14, 2015
  • 1st Day of Christmas: 8:45am in the gym
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
  • Quiznos Hot Lunch eating day
  • Crazy Christmas Hair day
  • Mrs. Burdett's Retirement Farewell in the library from 4-6pm. Families welcome to pop in.
  • 2nd Day of Christmas: 12:45pm in the gym
Secret Blog Question: on the 2nd day of Christmas in the gym, who performed?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
  • 3rd Day of Christmas: 8:45pm in the gym
  • After school skating for students that returned their forms and have parents attending with them. Helmets are required for students and adults. We are short on helmets at the school, so if you are able to borrow from friends that would be much appreciated!
Thursday, December 17, 2015
  • Student surprise - Christmas decorating from 9:45-11:45am (volunteers needed, please see the red note in the back of your child's agenda from last week)
  • 4th Day of Christmas: 2:30pm in the gym
  • Lock Down practice - please make sure you talk about this with your child. We will be practicing for the practice earlier in the week also.
Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Class Christmas party - an email went home on Friday to remind parents that volunteered to supply snacks. A huge thanks to those families! 
  • 5th Day of Christmas: 8:45am in the gym
We invite you to join us for any and all of the Days of Christmas in the gym. The time and activities change each day, so check the information above and come enjoy the festive celebrations.

Upcoming Events
Christmas Holidays! There is no school until Monday, January 4th. On Friday students are being sent home with a Christmas reading challenge. Try and keep up the good reading habits you've created over the holidays. Not to mention, there are SO many great holiday books and most of you have your free mini library card if you need a low key event over the break.

A Peek at Last Week
The highlight of last week was of course the amazing Twinkle and Shine concert! Students did so well transitioning between the change of schedules and routines, and pulling off 2 incredible performances! Here are a couple pictures of the behind the scenes happenings of concert preparation.
Students brought their Christmas fun books to the gym. Most of the time the concert practice was too interesting thought! 

We continue to use brain breaks to break up our learning time. Students love when they've been working hard and I pause them and ask them to stand behind their chairs. Last week I took a couple short video clips of our current favourite break "Crazy Santa Just Dance". I love the focus and participation, enjoy! :) 

Lastly, I ventured over to Sobey's to check out the Gingerbread House display. I have to admit it took me quite a while to find it as it was tucked in a little sitting nook, but once it was spotted I was amazed at how many great gingerbread houses were there! What a neat fundraiser for the food banks.
We are the house in the bottom left.
Thanks for reading!


Wishing you and yours a terrific Christmas and a very Happy New Year! See you in 2016.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Concert Week!!! Dec 7-11

Our Christmas Concert Twinkle and Shine is this week! Please carefully read all the information below to make sure you are ready for the show. Students have been working so hard, and are almost ready to put on a terrific evening of entertainment!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Last names A-J are performing.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Last names K-Z are performing.
Dress rehearsal is at 1:00pm the afternoon of your child's designated concert.
Evening concerts begin at 6:30pm, and school doors will open at 6:00pm. Students are to be dropped off in designated classroom no later than 6:10pm.
Wednesday meeting classroom: Mrs. Lynch's room (Room 200)
Thursday meeting classroom: Mrs. Reimer's room (Room 202)

All flashlights need to be at school no later than Monday in order for students to practice their songs with them.
Students are asked to please wear their concert attire on their dress rehearsal day as well.
Concert dress for Grade 1-2's: a red or green shirt, and dark bottoms.

Please bring a new pair of socks (or a few pairs) to donate to our Sock it to Em' campaign as a your entry for the concert. Feel free to bring them to the evening performance or send them to school early.
Remember that parking will be at a premium on these nights. If you are able to walk and make an adventure of it, that would be wonderful. Otherwise know that it will be very busy and please practice patience and cautiousness.
If you have any questions please get in contact with me ASAP! Email is always the best way at mandy.reimer@lethsd.ab.ca or pop into the classroom before or after school. Thanks!

Week at a Glance
Monday, December 7, 2015
  • Please make sure ALL flashlights are at school no later than today! 
  • All school library books are due back before the holidays. Notices will be going home for missing books this week. 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
  • Christmas Concert for students with the last name A-J. 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • Book Mobile Library Books are due. We won't be taking out any new books until the new year.
  • Christmas Concert for students with the last name K-Z.
Upcoming Events
5 Days of Christmas - each day for the last week of school, we will all meet in the gym and participate in various festive activities to build community and celebrate the upcoming Christmas season.
Monday, December 14 - 8:45-9:15am
Tuesday, December 15 - 12:30-1:00pm
Wednesday, December 16 - 8:45-9:15am
Thursday, December 17 - 2:30-3:00pm (Parent Council could use help on this day, call the school office if you are able to help)
Friday, December 18 - 8:45-9:15am
Families are invited to join us for these fun gatherings! 

Tuesday, December 15: Quiznos Hot Lunch eating day. Crazy Christmas hair day.
Wednesday, December 16: After school skating (permission forms and info went home last week).
Thursday, December 17: Special Christmas activity in the morning. Looking for parent volunteers. A note is going home Monday, December 7. Please email me ASAP if you can help out!
Friday, December 18: Class Christmas party. Last day of school for the holidays!
No School until January 4, 2016. Happy Holidays! 

A Peek at Last Week
Most weeks we have a making words day. Students are given a variety of letters, and their first job is always to colour the vowels, and then put the letters in alphabetical order. From there, they listen to the words, and build many words using their letter combinations. We always start with small simple words, and work up the the secret word which uses all the letters. We've been working on the reading strategy chunky monkey, and this week we focussed on the 'ing' chunk while making words. Based on our learning last week, if you say "ing, ing" your child should respond "i-n-g". 
Secret Blog Question: What was the secret word from making words last week? Blake and Caira both have it figured out in the pictures above. Write the secret word in your agenda! Hint we used these letters 'c, g, i, k, n, o, s, t'.
When we are working hard, students love being rewarded with a brain break. This is one example of what that could look like. As the Christmas holidays approach, I highly recommend checking out GoNoodle. It is full of different activities to get your child moving, as well as quieter activities to settle busy minds, and practice mindfulness.
 Last week we focussed on the reading strategy of "sequencing". We are using gingerbread as a theme this December, and therefore used the book the Gingerbread Man to learn and practice sequencing. Good readers think and talk about the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Here Kenna and Wyatt completed a sequencing activity that tells what order the Gingerbread Man was chased in.
This week we will learn how good readers "make connections" and will be connecting and comparing a variety of gingerbread books.

I look forward to seeing all of you at Twinkle and Shine this week! Enjoy the show!