Monday, 28 January 2013

Commander Hadfield in Space

We have had a great day in P1. I am amazed at how brave the students have been with these simple drama exercises. They have really put themselves out there and taken risks. I am looking forward to using these strategies in English and French!

In talking about flight, freedom and different ways to view the world, we had a brief discussion about Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. He is currently on the International Space Station and has been broadcasting some fantastic videos and photographs.

I am attaching a link to his 20-minute "chat" with a group of students at Milton's Chris Hadfield Public School. If you have a chance to watch it, it is a fun and fascinating chat.

Commander Hadfield in Space

Sunday, 27 January 2013

What's on this week?

We are all looking forward to Monday in P1.

In the morning, Dr. Andrea will be visiting to set the stage for our next visit with Tanis and Baby Ben (February 4th). I know the students love their visits with Ben and his mom, but Dr. Andrea's visits are also a lot of fun and I think we are learning a lot! The students have been very respectful of Ben's needs and ask well-thought out questions about his growth and development.

Monday afternoon, we will welcome a very special visitor. Miss Lorna Wilson will be leading us in the first of four half-day workshops in drama. This is a TDSB initiative that allows me to work, and co-teach, with a drama specialist. Watch this space for pictures, maybe even some video!

Just a reminder that we do have swimming first thing Monday morning. And students should bring their library books, too, please.

Oh, and don't forget to check out our camouflaged chameleons artwork page. I am very impressed with the work they did.

À demain!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Les lutins cordonniers

Next Tuesday (January 22nd), our class will have the opportunity to see a play presented by the Little Red Theatre. The presentation will be in our gym and will the Grimm's Fairy Tale Les lutins cordonniers (The Elves and the Shoemaker.)

I was able to find a French audio file of the story:

Les lutins cordonniers

It can be helpful for the students to hear and/or read the story in English, as well, especially if they aren't already familiar with it.

An English online version can be found at:

The Elves and the Shoemaker (with printable colouring pages)

And finally a video version of the story:

The Elves and the Shoemaker (animated)

The cost of the performance is $2 per student. I will send home permission forms tomorrow.


Friday, 11 January 2013

School is open!

I know it has been a yo-yo, but Swansea will be open today (Friday, January 11). If you are sending your child, please remind them that it is a regular day so we should have swimming first thing this morning.


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Welcome-Bienvenue 2013!

Bonne heureuse année à tous!

I hope all of my P1 students and their families have had a relaxing holiday full of fun, family and friends. Thank you all for the cards, gifts and donations in Tom Samson's name -- I appreciate them all very much!

Just a quick reminder that the students have gym first thing in the morning. With all this fluffy white stuff on the ground, please be sure to bring your gym shoes so you can change out of your boots.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow and hearing all about your holidays.