Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

1. Read
2. Math - review question 50; complete question 77 for Monday; quiz on Tuesday
3. Music - Strings - bring instruments and method book for Monday pm; drop instruments in the Multipurpose Room
4. Mrs. Kossey - Good copy of Witch Story 

1. Newsletter from Mrs. Zahir
2. Please keep DVD & CD at home for practice
3. Today students focused on Positioning/Plucking:  this includes holding position, and proper posture (stretch - 'land' - looking down with feet apart)
4. Practice Song 2
5. Watch DVD  

Best wishes go out to Keiran, Jacob, Isaac, and Blair who will participate in the Cross Country event at Arthur Stevenson on October 5th.  

We would also like to wish Kieren, Jacob, Blair and Micheal well as they participate in the Championship Cross Country Event on October 12th.  

3 Stars!!!!
1.  Elise
2.  Hannah
3.  Kieren

Have a great weekend.  See you Monday! Ms. P.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thursday. September 29, 2011


Read for  20 minutes!
Bring string instrument tomorrow!
Good Copy of Witch story

3 Stars!!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Read for 20 minutes!
Bring String Instruments for Friday
Gym Strip
Complete Water Cycle diagrams
Math: Complete Math sheet (Constructing Pictographs)
Writing: Good copy of Witch story

3 Stars!!!!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

1. Read - 20 minutes
2. Spelling - no list this week
3. Library - book exchange tomorrow
4. PE - Strip for Thursday
5. Music - Strings group - please come with instrument & practise book for Friday
6. Mrs. Kossey - Science Title Page!!

Thank You
Thank you, again, to families for taking the time to meet.  I enjoyed speaking with you about your child.

3 Stars!!!!
1. Carson
2. Michael
3. Blair

Have a great couple of days with Mrs. Kossey.  See you on Friday.   Ms. P.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank You!!
Thank you to all families for participating in Parent-Teacher Meetings.  I enjoyed speaking with you about your child.  We hope to ensure that Grade 4 is a memorable year for each student!

Working it Out
During the month of September, the school's Working it Out problem solving focus was on increasing our ability to understand another's opinion or perspective.

Our class defined opinon and perspecitve as:
1. opinion:  what a person thinks; others may not agree with it
2. perspective:  how a person thinks or feels about something
Although October's WIO focus will change, we encourage students and families to continue to utilize these strategies when problem solving.

I look forward to seeing students tomorrow.  Don't forget your PE strip.  Dismissal is at 12:30 pm.   Ms. P.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday!!
Birthday wishes to Ellie, who turns 9 today.  We hope you have a great celebration!

1. Read  - 20 minutes daily with an adult
2. Spelling - Unit 2 - Post Test Score
3. PE - strip

Cross Country
Congratulations to Kieran, Micheal, Blair, and Tanner for their participation in the Cross Country Events Today!  Outstanding participation!

1. No School Monday for Students - Parent Teacher Meetings:  We look forward to seeing you.  There are still available spots remaining, if you wish to see us!
2. Extended Morning - Tuesday: Student dismissal at 12:30 pm

Can You Help?
1. Cold & Flu Season: Could you donate a box of kleenex for classroom use? 
2. Framing Talent? Do you know how to fram art work?  Would you be willing to help our class?  If so, could you please see Ms. Pawliuk

3 Stars!!!!!
1. Jenna
2. Haley
3. Kaya

Have an excellent Long Weekend.  I will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!  Ms. P.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Read for 20 minutes!
Complete Science Title Pages

  • Picture day tomorrow
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews next week
  • Strings form- return ASAP
  • Congratulations to Michael, Kieran, and Blair for great running yesterday at the Cross-Country run!!!
3 Stars!!!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wedesday, September 21, 2011

Read for 20 minutes!!
Spelling: Post Test tomorrow!
Writing: Finish rough copy of Witch story

  • Good luck to our students running after school in the  Cross Country run!
  • Sign up for Parent/Teacher Interviews is still ongoing.  Sign up outside the office.
  • Strings - returned form; please have books and instruments at school for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30!
3 Stars: 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

1.  Read - 20 minutes with an adult
2. Spelling - pages 25 & 26 (no dictation); quiz Thursday
3. Flip Book - Mrs. Kossey
4. Library
5. Informational Envelope - return asap
6. Strings - returned form; please have books and instruments at school for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30!

1. Grade 4 Introductory Meeting - 7 -8:00 pm, Room 305.  Hope to see you tonight!
2. PTM - sign-up by the office

Request - Mrs. Isakson
Mrs. Isakson is looking for Math Packs #10 & #16.  Could you check to see if you might have these packs at home?  She'd would like them returned as soon as possible.  Thank you.

3 Stars!!!!!!
1. Sadie
2. Michael
3. Jonathan 

Thanks for a great 2 days.  See all students on Friday.  Ms. P.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

1. Read 20 minutes nightly
2. Spelling - page 24 & Agenda: review list words; test Thursday
3. Information Envelope - please return forms / envelope asap
4. Strings Newsletter - Consent Form - please return by Tuesday, Sept. 16
5. Flip Book - Mrs. Kossey -  due Wednesday - Latest!!
6. PE - bring Strip

Upcoming Events
1. Grade 4 Parent Meeting - Tuesday, September 20 - 7:00 pm - Room 305
2. Parent Teacher Meetings - Sept 26-27 - sign-up located by office if you would like to meet with us

Cross Country Running - after school event - Sign-up if interested!

3 Stars!!!!!
1. Isaac
2. Ethan
3. Elise

Friday, 16 September 2011

September 16, 2011

1. Read 20 minutes nightly
2. Information Envelope - please return forms / envelope asap
3. Strings Newsletter - Consent Form - please return by Tuesday, Sept. 16

Strings Program
Today, Mrs. Zahir visited McGowan.  We have sent home a informational newsletter.   Mrs. Zahir reviewed the expectations for the strings program which include: renting an instrument, purchasing a music book, practising a minimum of 1.5 hours weekly, as well as coming prepared with instrument for each class.  

Check it Out!
We started using this site for review and practise.  5 minutes a day is a great way to improve your skills!

Upcoming Events
1. Grade 4 Parent Meeting - Tuesday, September 20 - 7:00 pm - Room 305
2. Parent Teacher Meetings - Sept 26-27 - sign-up located by office if you would like to meet with us

3 Stars!!!!!
1. Logan
2. Carson
3. Ellie

Have a wonderful weekend.   See you Monday.  Ms. P.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Thursday, September, 15, 2011


Read for at least 20 minutes!!
Terry Fox Run tomorrow - Bring your gym strip and proper running shoes.
PAC BBQ tonight- 5:00 - 7:00
Complete , "All About Me" booklet

Thanks for another great day grade 4's!!!!!

Parents- There is a sign up sheet for Parent-Teacher Interviews near the office.  Please come and sign up if you would like an interview.

3 Stars!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Finish, "All About Me booklet"
  • Grade 4 Parent Meeting Notice
  • Terry Fox Run on Friday
  • Bring gym strip for tomorrow
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon and evenings!!!

3 Stars of the Day!!!!!
Matthew, Hannah, and Kaya

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

1. Read - 20 minutes
2. Spelling - Study List words - no quiz this week
3. HECE - Superflex - focus on appreciation
4. Library - tomorrow
5. Toonie for Terry
6. PE - Thursday - strip required

Student Success! Study Tips
2. Problem Solving Difficult Questions
  • re-read instructions
  • think about the question - what is being asked of you?
  • if still unsure - move on (work ahead)
  • come back to the question and try again
3. Review ALL work before handing in!!

1. Mrs. Kossey - Wednesday & Thursday
2. PAC - Welcome Back BBQ - Thursday
3. Terry Fox Run - Friday 9:45 am - all welcome!

Thanks to all students for a great Monday and Tuesday.  See you Friday!  Ms. P.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to week 2!  I am looking forward to having a great week!

1.  Read - 20 minutes
2.  Spelling - Unit 1 - Consonant blends - introduction only; no test this week
          Study Strategy: RCRC: Read the word
                                                 Cover the word
                                                 Recite the word (say aloud)
                                                 Check the word
Spelling Duotangs for parent review only; return to school tomorrow, thanks!
3. PE - strip required (change of shirt/short or track pants/shoes)

4. HECE  - Superflex - Family Appreciation (Compliment)
5. PAC Family BBQ Newsletter - please return by TOMORROW!!
6. Toonie for Terry 

It is our beleif that if students are working hard and using their time wisely they deserve to complete their 'working day' at school.  Therefore, we usually do not 'assign' additional 'homework' other than home reading and review work (Spelling, review for Quizzes or Tests).

Home Reading
Students are requested to read nightly with an adult.  Although your child is an independent reader, a major focus of the Grade 4 program is to improve comprehension.  Reading aloud with your child provides excellent modelling of reading as well as comprehension when you summarize key ideas.  Listening to your child allows you to hear your child, assisting where needed.

Each week students will receive their spelling lists.  Our first study tip is RCRC.  Thank you for helping your child review their words nightly.   We will not have a weekly quiz this week, as we are simply learning expectations and routines.  

Strings Meeting
Mrs. Zahir, our strings teacher, will be meeting with the Grade 4 students this Friday.  She will be sending an information package home with your child.  If you are interested in having your child participate in the Strings Program, please return the permission slip asap.  Student who do not wish to join will participate in an alternate music program at the same time. 

Have a great night!  Ms. P. 

Friday, 9 September 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

I really enjoyed spending time with the class this week.  Thanks to all of the families for stopping by the classroom and offering such warm welcomes.  I am looking forward to seeing you all next week.

1. Read 20 minutes nightly
2.  Information Envelopes

1.  PE - Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with Ms. Orsychak; please bring gym strip
2.  Library Book Exchange - Wednesdays
3. Terry Fox Run - Friday, Sept. 16 - all welcome
4.  Ms. P. - Monday, Tuesdays, Fridays; Mrs. K. - Wednesday & Thursday

Have a great weekend.  Ms. P.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Hello Parents!

So far it has been a fantastic start to the school year.  We have a terrific group of students in our grade 4 class!!! 

Homework for Thursday!!!!

*  Reading: read for 20 minutes 
Return school envelope
Have your parent sign your agenda once your homework is complete.
* Goal setting sheet

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Read for 20 minutes!

Check out grade 4 blog:

Return school envelopes!!!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to your Grade 4 year.  It was wonderful to meet everyone today.  
We are looking forward to having a great year together.

Ms. Pawliuk's Message:
Today Mrs. Kossey and I spent the morning with the students.  We enjoyed getting to know your child.  Mrs. Kossey and I will be sharing the duties of the Grade 4 classroom.  Our schedules are as follows:
Ms. Pawliuk - Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays
Mrs. Kossey - Wednesdays & Fridays

Grade 4 Strings Program
Once again, McGowan Park is pleased to offer the Grade 4 students violin or cello instruction.  Lessons will be provided as part of the Fine Arts curriculum by Mrs. Kate Zahir.  Students can rent instruments for a reasonable price through Long and McQuade.  We hope that you will consider having your child participate in this unique opportunity. 

1. Inform parents of Blog web site
2. Information Package and Newsletter
  • please review all forms 
  • make any revisions necessary to Student Verification Form directly on sheet
  • return signed forms in envelope asap
Have a wonderful night.  See you tomorrow!  Ms. P.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011


I will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 6th at 10:30 am.  I am looking forward to touching base with all of you and hearing how your summer vacations were spent.

Mrs. Hall has informed me that the Grade 5's will have an opportunity to continue having strings instruction as part of the Grade 5 music program at McGowan Park Elementary.  This instruction would take place during regular school hours as part of the Fine Arts Program.  We hope that many, if not all, of our past participants will choose to continue with violin/cello instruction.  Please see Ms. Pawliuk or Mrs. Hall if you are intersted.

Enjoy your long weekend.  See you Tuesday!  Ms. P.