October 16th, 2017

Province Wide Professional Day on Friday, October 20th. All public schools are closed.

Tuesday, October 31st – HALLOWEEN ASSEMBLY and PARADE, 9:00 AM in gym.

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

As an educator, one of my primary goals is to build caring relationships – this I believe is an important foundation to building a positive learning community.  Sharing personal stories is one way to cultivate relationships, empathy, and understanding. I hope through my writing, my observations and stories, I can nurture honesty, openness, warmth and trust.  In addition to writing this blog, as the new principal at Jessie Lee, I continue to watch, to listen, and to learn about our community, our families, and our students in order to make informed decisions so that, together, we can meet the needs of all our learners.

In the spirit of inclusion, I want to communicate that I am aware that Halloween is viewed differently by different people.  I also want to respect the thoughtful decisions our teachers make to create rich and meaningful learning environments, and also the wishes of our community.   

On Tuesday, October 31st, students from Divisions 5 through to 17 will be invited down to participate in a Halloween Assembly and Parade. Parents are welcome to join us.  I look forward to seeing some of our students in costumes.  Please remember, no masks, weapons, blood, or gore.  Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 will be participating in a morning field trip to the Aquatic Centre.  

Thank you for your continued support,

Kelli Vogstad

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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

Reading, flashlights, and pyjamas in division 8 and 9.

Big buddies and little buddies read from divisions 2 and 10.

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JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

This year, many of our teachers at Jessie Lee will be communicating student learning through digital portfolio collections using FreshGrade. FreshGrade enables teachers to document and share student learning electronically.  The goal is to share ongoing descriptive feedback regarding your child’s progress, and to actively involve your child in this process. Documenting student learning is a regular and intentional process at Jessie Lee where students and teachers work together to choose, capture, and communicate evidence of learning with parents and, most importantly, to improve student achievements.

Teachers who are using FreshGrade will inform parents regarding student progress on an on-going basis. Traditional report cards will not be generated and sent home. However, a year-end summative report will be produced. This summative report will be placed in your child’s permanent file and will be available to you electronically. If you require a paper copy, it will be provided.

We invite parents to share comments, as well as their observations, questions, and feelings about their child’s learning. Here are some suggestions in ways parents can offer feedback and make comments when visiting their child’s FreshGrade portfolio:

  • acknowledge and prize the learning
  • make an observation about the task or content
  • ask a question about the task or content
  • share a personal or home connection
  • share a feeling
  • offer a suggestion
  • offer a next step
  • ask for more information
  • ask for more explanation

If you are unable to connect to your child’s FreshGrade portfolio after receiving an invitation via email from your child’s teacher, please be sure to contact us and we will help you connect.

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LEARNING STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF PATTERNING
Contributed by Kelli Vogstad
Pattern3This learning story is written for all those parents who have ever wondered why their child, whether in kindergarten, grade three, or grade seven, is exploring, identifying, creating, and naming patterns in Math class.  It is also for the many teachers who want to help parents understand the importance of patterning.

Researchers say that when children explore and learn about patterns, we help them build important foundations for later number work. Creating, extending, naming, and talking about patterns help build strong mathematicians. Even the most scholarly mathematicians can be challenged with studying patterns.   In many classrooms, students of all ages learn about patterns at the beginning of their school year. Patterns are at the heart of math. The ability to recognize and create patterns help us make predictions based on our observations; this is an important skill in math. Understanding patterns help prepare children for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations.

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Our BC Math Curriculum, from kindergarten to grade seven, identifies and describes the big ideas behind the tasks and activities students are engaged in and working on in their classrooms. These big ideas are:

  • We use patterns to represent identified regularities and to form generalizations.
  • Patterns allow us to see relationships and develop generalizations.

Patterns are everywhere! From the very simple patterns that repeats with two or three elements, to repeating patterns with multiple elements and attributes. Pattern4Students learn to identify and create increasing and decreasing patterns, to name rules for patterns with words, numbers, symbols, and variables. Older students learn to record and manipulate number patterns using tables, charts, and graphs. Learning about patterns provides students with an understanding of mathematical relationships, which is a basis for understanding algebra, analyzing data, and solving complex mathematical problems.

We find patterns in math, but we also find patterns in nature, art, music, and literature. Patterns provide a sense of order in what might otherwise appear chaotic. Researchers have found that understanding and being able to identify recurring patterns allow us to make educated guesses, assumptions, and hypothesis; it helps us develop important skills of critical thinking and logic. The knowledge and understanding of patterns can be transferred into all curriculum areas and open many doors where this knowledge can be applied.

And so, when you see your child building a repeated pattern with blocks, recording a decreasing number pattern in their math journal, or creating a table of increasing multiples to solve a mathematical problem, you will know that they are building important foundations for future learning.IMG_1656

I invite families to explore and have fun with patterning at home.   Go on a pattern hunt and identify and name patterns all around you. Create patterns with shapes and colours, letters, numbers, and variables. Share them, extend them, and record them. Talk about how patterns influence the world in which we live and the decisions we make.

Now when someone asks why are children building patterns again in school, you will be able to tell them the importance of patterning.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MATHEMATICIAN SHARES SECRET UNIVERSE OF PATTERNS

In this week’s video, Cornell University Mathematician, Steven Strogatz, helps us see the wonder and beauty of the study of math as a fantastic expression of human creativity and ingenuity. He describes “the pleasure of math is where hidden patterns are revealed.” In the video below, Mathematician shares Secret Universe of Patterns, Beauty, and Interconnectedness, Strogatz shares, “One of the things I love about math the most is the uncanny ability to reveal patterns, patterns in our every day life and in nature, and the world around us. There is a secret universe out there and you can only see it if you know math.”  ENJOY!

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JESSIE LEE ATHLETICS: Soccer Play Day

Congratulations to Jessie Lee’s soccer team!  Last Thursday they participated in their Play Day at South Surrey Athletic Park.  The team was undefeated in Round Robin play and earned a spot in the final game.  Jessie Lee players demonstrated both sportsmanship and skill and finished the tournament in second place.  Congratulations, and a big thank you to their coach, Mrs. Becky Weber, and all our parent drivers.

 

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR LIBRARY

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You can find out what books we’re reading, what contests we are running, and what we are doing in library at this site.” https://jessieleelearns.weebly.com/

Thank you, Kaija Sproule
Jessie Lee’s Teacher Librarian

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
OCTOBER
17-Cross Country Meet – Crescent Park – 3:30
20-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
31-Halloween Assembly and Parade – 9:00 a.m.
NOVEMBER
3-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
8-Photo Retakes
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
13-Satutory Holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
DECEMBER
22-Last day of classes before Winter Break
25-Winter Break begins
JANUARY
5-Last Day of Winter Break
8-Welcome Back! First day of school in 2018
16-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
FEBRUARY
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
MARCH
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday
APRIL
2-Easter Monday
MAY
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
28-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
JUNE
28-Last Day of classes
28-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
28-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students

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