Welcome all parents and students! I will be teaching grade 2 and 3 this year. We have a very exciting and eventful year ahead of us. Let me introduce myself to those parents who may not know me. This is my second year teaching at St. Jude’s; last year I taught grade 2. I completed my Bachelors in Education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and did my internship with Ms. Chin. I chose to stay at St. Jude’s because of the friendly and caring atmosphere. Furthermore, the IB program upholds many of the teaching principles that I implement in my daily practice.
Throughout my educational career, teaching has always been an aspiration of mine. I am of the opinion that learning extends beyond a textbook whereby individual teaching styles and teacher-student relationships are part of the building blocks of student success. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and share in new learning experiences with your children. I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning, fun, and excitement!
Important Dates and Information:
September 8- Orientation Night (7-9pm)
September 9- School begins
Students are to come dressed in their gym uniform. On Mondays and Wednesdays students will come in their gym uniforms and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in full uniform.
September 9-11: pizza will be sold daily for $2 per slice (no lunch orders the first week)
September 11- lunch forms due
September 14- NEW hot lunch program begins
September 17- Welcome BBQ (4-7pm)
Hot dogs: $2
Pop and water: $1
Students are asked to have three pairs of shoes at school: outdoor, black indoor, and gym shoes (we will be having gym every day)
Please ensure to check the blog daily so you can take a peek into our classroom and enjoy videos and pictures of your child at school. I will communicate daily about what we have done and any important information.
The students are encouraged to emulate the learner profiles and attitudes part of the IB program. The learner profiles and attitudes help us to be internationally minded and conscientious world citizens. The learner profile for the month of September is inquirer and the attitude is curiosity. As inquirers, we develop the skills needed to explore the various beliefs and lifestyles adopted around the world; it is this knowledge that assists us in better understanding our differences. As inquirers, we are curious and ask many questions about what we want to know.
Action is an important part of the IB program. What is action? Action is when a student applies what they have learned during our Unit Of Inquiry outside of school. For example, if we are learning about protecting our planet and your child encourages you to use the blue bin to recycle various items at home, your child is performing action. More detail is provided below.
See you all on Tuesday, September 8th for Orientation night!
Have a great and sunny weekend!