Last week, our class went on its second field trip of the year. We visited Black Creek Community Farm, just up Jane Street. Since we had never been and thought we might see some animals we read about pigs and made some piggie art.
Alas, when we arrived we only saw chickens, ducks and roosters.
This farm hosts students and teaches children about farming in our community, outdoor skills such as fire building when camping and nature observations such as animal tracking and scat identification. It is largely a vegetable farm.
Children got to participate in three different centres on our excursion. They went for a nature walk in the woods, made apple cider in the green house and cooked bannock bread over an open fire.
While it was very chilly everyone did a great job. Thank you to the families who came out and supported us.
We hope to return to the farm in the spring to see what a change of season will bring. Parents interested in programs at Black Creek farm such as week long camps, PA day camps, food purchasing and day trips can go to the website to find out more by clicking on the link. Black Creek Community Farm
This week we tried making bannock bread in class, although not over an open fire this time, but rather in out school stove. We voted on the kind to make, choosing from bread with raisins, blueberries or fried bread.
Later we discussed what we could also make with apples, besides cider and voted to make apple cookies.
We read some books that reminded us of our trip activities and voted on our favourite part of the trip. Those who weren’t able to attend voted on the activity they would have liked to try. Here were the results:
If you would like to enjoy some of the books we read this week they are listed below and available at the Toronto Public Library. I think our favourite was Old MacDonald Had a Truck. To enjoy it and some others check them out at the end of this post.
Pigs by Gail Gibbons
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephan Graegin
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
Apples by Gail Gibbons
Ms Cardarelli and Mrs. Akthar will be having interviews in room 115, as Daycare is using our classroom.
Last week we attended character award celebrations in the gym with other students from Tumpane. Awards for character education, from the months of September and October were given out on this day, recognizing students who showed respect and responsibility. We celebrated their success, and congratulate them on their hard work.
Here is one of the videos we watched at the assembly about respect.
In November, we are looking for students who are consistently demonstrating empathy.
Tomorrow is Pizza Day for anyone who ordered pizza this month.
For anyone who ordered pizza, our next Pizza Day is on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
Tumpane will be having a uniform swap during interviews. Families can bring in old uniforms that children may have grown out of and swap them for new uniforms. If you don’t have anything to swap right now then you can come to get a uniform for your child.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 4-7:30 pm
Friday, November 17, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
It is quickly becoming that time of year, when students will be wearing boots outside to play and explore their natural world. We go outside everyday, unless it is raining or extremely cold. To ensure your child has warm dry shoes on inside the school, so that they can move about safely, and participate in gym class, please send an extra pair of indoor shoes. Running shoes with Velcro are best.
Last week our students met with their Reading Buddies for the first time. Grade 3 students from Ms DaSilva’s class came to our room to listen to us read and read stories to us. We will continue this practice with our buddies all year, developing peer relationships within the school. We hope to do some work with our buddies using our school technology and perhaps play some board games to strengthen or gamesmanship and social skills.
Tumpane’s annual Scholastic Book fair will be happening next week. Students will make wish list visits at the end of this week and families can send money with students or visit the fair next week themselves. The book fair will also be going on the night and morning of interviews (Nov 17, 18 respectively). The hours for the book fair are on the flyer that was sent home: