Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Classroom Update

In Math we have been working on fractions through a variety of hands on centres. We will be moving onto data collection and graphing now.

In writer's workshop we have been composing poetry about nature. We have been spending time outside during writer's  workshop to collect observations for our poetry.

We finished our book trailers in book clubs and we will soon be sharing them on the blog.

In word work we have been working on pulling out words from our writing to practice. These individual word lists are helping a lot in our own daily writing and editing.

In theme studies we selected a Canadian  province that interested us to research. We have been finding out a lot about these provinces. We also used google maps to fly over top of  the  province and create a bird's eye view art piece of this province.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Benefits of Student-led Conferences

The format of a student-led conference encourages all family members to attend and participate. The purpose of this conference is to reflect on your child's growth and learning this term. These conferences are to be kept positive and constructive.  During the 20-30 minute conference period, your child will take an active role by showing you work samples and projects.  There are many learning experiences and benefits for your child that accompany this format including the following:  active participation in the learning process, increased self-confidence, development of leadership skills, organization, responsibility for their learning, communication and critical thinking skills. 

 Benefits for you as a family:  a longer conference time to gather information about your child's academic and social progress this year, the joy of seeing your child present information and projects they having been working on, plus hear from your child's teacher about the wonders of your child's progress.    

 There will be 3-5 families in the room at the same time.  Each family will choose a table and your child will begin their presentation, just to your family.  Having other families in the room, aside from being more efficient, still allows for each child to be more at ease and also duplicates the sense of community we feel every day by being with our learning friends. 

 I will rotate into each conference to discuss strengths and goals for your child, and to answer questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Student-led conferences

Strathmillan School Student-led Conferences are:
Thursday, March 16th, 2017 (4:30-7:00 PM)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 (9:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
These can be booked online starting March 8th at 7a.m.

Dear Families: 

We are very excited to inform you that we continue to enable you to coordinate and schedule Parent Teacher Conferences on-line using the Conference Manager. 

Booking Parent-Teacher Conferences on-line is a simple process that only takes a few minutes, even when you are booking for more than one child. 

To access the Strathmillan School on-line conference manager click the link on the Home page of our school website, or enter the following URL in your Internet browser:

Please note that there is no “www” in the address.

You can use the login information (email address and password) that you used when you created your Conference Manager account.  If you have forgotten your password, you can retrieve it by clicking the password link below the LOGIN button on the log in page.

If you have not yet used the
Strathmillan School On-line Conference Manager you can register for an account by clicking the REGISTER NOW button on the log in page.

Parents will be able to begin online scheduling on or after March 8th .

Please note that these are  “student-led” conferences.  Therefore, there will be 3 time slots that all have the same start time on the schedule.  This is because up to 3 families are involved in conferences at the same time and the teacher will spend some time with each family during the 30 minute block. This is a “student- led” conference so your child should be present during the conference time. Check out our blog with information on the benefits of a student-led conference at

Although the internet enables parents to book conferences anywhere and anytime they have Internet access, those families without access are welcome to contact me at 204-888-0148 or for help in booking an appointment.


Trish Richardson

Friday, 24 February 2017

Math in Room 41

We have been busy finishing up learning about multiplication and division in class. Students learned how to use multiplication and division when solving problems.
We are now working on representing larger numbers along with adding and subtracting two digit and three digit subtraction.
Our math classes are busy with hands on learning and games. Check out our instagram strath41 for our mathematical escapades next week! 

Highlights from our Polar Bear Spirit week assembly

We have not only been learning about polar bears but, a bigger picture topic of environmental stewardship with this study. Students were the voice of our spirit week as they planned the activities for the school, made announcements, spoke at assemblies, created I movie trailers and educated the school and the community and so much more! We were fortunate to join and collaborate with another class to plan, write letters and share our learning. We were lucky to have special guests artist Kal Barteski and Ace Burpee join us for the assembly and our polar bear spirit walk.
Thank you to all who donated, made environmental pledges and supported our cause. Everyone can make a difference!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Polar Bear Spirit Week Letter from the Students of Room 41 and 38

Dear Families,
Did you know that Polar bears are one species that is greatly impacted from the warming world? Did you know that all of the polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo are rescued bears from the Hudson Bay area? These bears were rescued by the zoo, as they could no longer live in the wild. Strathmillan School will be raising money during this week to support the rescue and continued care of polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Students at Strathmillan School will be having a Polar Bear Celebration Week from February 13-17th, 2017. The purpose of this is to bring awareness about climate change and how it is affecting all life on Earth.  We will be ending our week on Friday with a polar bear walk around the community. Families are welcome to join us.

There are many simple things you can do at home that are good for the environment and good for polar bears. Your climate change challenge is to complete FIVE actions at home and/or school to help combat climate change. List your actions below and collect a Loonie from someone at home for each action you take. Return the money you collect and your challenge form to your teacher. Any donation would be helpful. Here are a few ideas to get you started
-Walk instead of driving-Don’t use the drive thru
 -Use reusable containers and have litterless lunch
-Use reusable bags                                                                                                                                                                                                         
-Turn off your car and don’t idle                                                                                                
-Use water efficiently                                                                          
-Turn off the lights
-Don’t use the iPad or technology
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Students of Room 38 and 41