EAST ST. MARGARET’S ELEMENTARY NEWSLETTER
November - 2007 Secretary-Danette McDaniel
Volume 3, Issue 3 School and Principal’s News Caretaker-John Hubbard
Principal- Brendon MacGillivray
Parent-Teacher Interviews Parent-Teacher Association
Interviews will be held Tuesday,
November 4th from 1-4 and The PTA received a $2000 donation
Wednesday, November 5th 5:00-7:00 in from a business in our school
the evening. If you haven’t booked an community to support the after
Contents appointment yet, please do so. school swim program. On behalf of
Students will be dismissed at 11:30 on those benefiting, thank you!
Principal’s News 1 Tuesday.
Green Team 1 Health and Wellness
FUTURE ESM STUDENTS
Literacy News 2 Parents and guardians are being
Kids for Kids Books 3
We are trying to identify future ESM asked to monitor student eating
students. If you have a young child or habits. A noteworthy number of
Healthy Lifestyles 3
are expecting a child, please let the students in the upper elementary are
Planning For Improvement 4 school know. failing to bring a lunch or claiming
Bit n’ Bites 5 that they forgot it.
Calendar 6 ESM was involved in a study from McGill
University called Understanding the It is getting colder and hats, winter
Early Years (UEY). The study examined coats, and gloves/mittens should
child readiness for school. There will accompany students at this time of
be a special session held at ESM on year.
November 20th from 7-9 supported by
Upcoming the UEY project. All ESM Student Patrol
parents/guardians, as well as future
Events ESM parents/guardians, are invited
Thanks to Bryan at the Whalesback
for supplying the quick identification
and encouraged to attend.
caps for our student patrol.
Nov. 4/5 – Parent Teacher
November 10th – News from the GREEN Team
Celebration at ESM
East Saint Margaret’s students are continuing to engage in activities promoting
November 11 – awareness of our earth and the need to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’.
Remembrance Day Holiday
November 14th – School Trip With a portion of the profits from our ’It Starts With Me’ campaign (sale of LED
November 20 – UEY Parent night lights, CF light bulbs, etc.), we purchased environmental books for our
Meeting – ESM and new school library and bought and planted a dwarf burning bush (euonymus) in our
parents front yard between the Grade Two/Three class windows and the driveway. We
November 21st – Bus Cluster have great plans for the rest of the money and will keep you updated.
PD Day - No Classes
November 24th- SAC / PTA
On Wednesday December 17, we will be having our third Green Christmas sale
November 28th- Assessment in the gymnasium. This is an opportunity for students to purchase gifts for
family members at a very small cost (25 cents to two dollars per item). They
December 8th – Term 2 will then wrap and label their selections with their Reading Buddies later that
December 10th – Report Card day. This has proven to be an exciting and fun activity for everyone. We need
your help. If you would like to donate gently used items like toys, parent,
December 12th- Mi’kmaq
grandparent gifts etc. please send them to school, with your child in a clearly
marked bag (Green Christmas) by December 10. We appreciate your generosity
December 16th – Holiday in this endeavor.
December 18th – SAC 2:45 Also, as a ‘green’ school we only use recycled or reused wrapping paper so
December 19 – Last Full please start saving the coloured comic sections of the newspaper, bags, old
Day calendars, etc. and send them in. You will be surprised how wonderful these
will look under your tree. Thank you so much.
Literacy Newsletter – November 2008
By Rod Hasey – Literacy Coordinator ESM & SMB
“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to
The following few newsletters will hopefully describe how to get the most out of the time your child
spends reading with you at home. This newsletter comes from Miriam Trehearn section called “Ways
Parents Can Help.”
Topic: How to Read Aloud to Your Child
When reading to your child, follow these simple rules:
Choose a book that you and your child will enjoy together. You’ll find that your child often
wants to make the choice.
It is a good idea to start with books that have predictable language patterns. Your child can
pick these patterns up and repeat them easily.
Read for a short time, but make it daily. Make it an expected habit.
Hold the book so that you both can see the print.
Before you start, share the title, look at the book cover, and wonder together about what the
book will be about.
Point to each word, (especially at the first letter) or slide your finger under the text as you
Spend lots of time talking about the book with your child. Encourage your child to do lots of
talking about the plot, setting, characters and problems encountered.
Stop when your child indicates that he or she has had enough.
Read and reread your child’s favourites.
Relax and enjoy the time together.
Another way to read without reading is to set the close captioning on your child’s DVD player
while they watch their favourite movie. Turn the volume down slightly and while background noise
filters into the room your child will naturally gravitate to the script in order to better follow along.
Just a reminder that if you have specific questions about your child’s literacy needs the school has a
question / answer e-mail that may help address your specific issue.
Simply send an e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and we will be happy to respond ASAP.
The questions you may have are probably the same ones that other parents have been wondering about as well.
Thanks: Rod Hasey – Literacy Coordinator ESM & SMB
ESM to Professionally Publish Student Book - Sponsorship Opportunity
East St. Margaret’s students will be working on a writing project in February which will culminate with the
publication of a book which will be made available for sale in the spring. To help lower the cost of this
final product for students, ESM is offering a sponsorship opportunity in the form of advertising in the rear
of the book. This advertising would be similar to what happens in annual school yearbooks. We are asking
$100 for a full page ad, $50 for a half page ad, and $25.00 for a quarter page ad. ESM will reserve the
right to include or exclude any advertising offer. We hope to have our sponsors signed on by mid January.
Healty Lifestyles News
East St. Margaret’s
Elementary News from the Breakfast Crew
8671 Peggy’s Cove Rd
Indian Harbour, NS We have now completed a full month of breakfasts here at ESM. Delicious, nutritious morning
Phone: meals this month have included melba toast and cream cheese, yogurt with granola, oatmeal
823-2463 and raisin bread, muffins and cheese, twice-baked potatoes, raisin bread French toast, baked
beans and brown bread, apple crisp with frozen yogurt, grilled cheese sandwiches, English
823-2232 muffin pizzas, scrambled eggs and ham, and along with each breakfast, assorted cereals, fresh
fruit, juice and milk.
email@example.com A special thank you to the following for their generous contributions to our program this month:
Lena Bliziotis, Lara Blake, Val Levy, and the Finer Diner for their delicious Apple Crisp!
The draw for the Three-Wheel Sportster took place on Friday Oct.10th. Congratulations to our
lucky winner, grade three student Nicholas Campbell.
We would also like to thank everyone who participates in our Hot Lunch Program. All profits
from these lunches go directly to support the Breakfast Program.
We would like to welcome back our ever-dedicated volunteer, Kay Richardson. She is certainly
a valuable asset to our program. Anyone wishing to help with the program can contact Karen
Brison or Diane Buckle at the school.
News from the ESM Art Club
The ESM Art Club is held every second Monday at lunchtime. We have been very fortunate this
year to have several local artists who have generously donated their time to sharing their
talents with our Art Club members. We would like to thank the following artists for their
generosity: Carol Anne McNeil, Andrea Redmond, Colleen LeRue and Joan Crothers. The
students involved in the Art Club have worked on collages, dabbled in clay art and explored the
colour wheel. More exciting projects and guests are being planned for the coming months!
Planning For Improvemnt
Goal:Improve Fluency and Accuracy of Reading Strategy: Implement Home Reading
The P/1 classroom is off to a great start with our outside reading program. The students have already
read thirty or more books at home and again in school to me or a volunteer. The children read their
books each day at 11:30. These books are kept in a bag at their desk so they always have a familiar
book at their fingertips. The students practice these books every day during silent reading and also with
their reading buddy on Mondays. We are graphing our progress. For every 20 books the students read
they fill in the graph and get a small reward for encouragement. All are welcome to come and lend an
Goal: Students are working on developing critical thinking to text and media
Grade 2/3 students are filling out a reading log sheet every day during silent reading for one book. They
are to use one of the critical thinking objectives (making connections, visualizing, inferring, synthesizing
and asking questions) in their comment using the following starters...
-That reminds me of...
-In my mind, i could picture....
-I really like how...
- I felt....
- It would be better if...
-I predict that...
-It gave me an idea...
Please feel free to use these at home when your child reads to you. It really helps them to focus and get
meaning from what they are reading.
Thanks to Mr. Rod Hasey, our school’s literacy coach, we have had an abundance of “picture” books to use
for in-class language arts lessons. These books provided the students with excellent examples of fine
literature for reading, which could be finished in one sitting. The students enjoyed book “talks” with
partners, where story elements were examined in light of the 5 Comprehension strategies we are currently
focusing on: Visualization; Making Connections; Burning Questions; Making Inferences; & Synthesizing. I
want to thank all the parents for helping the children record their daily reading for our monthly RAH RAH
(Read At Home) Club. Ensuring that your child has time to read at home and discussing the stories they are
reading with them, will reap benefits later in life.
Goal: Our goal this month is to improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary and conventions of English
skills through a Novel Study. This month we will be reading The Curse of the Viking Grave by Farley Mowat
and discussing, in literacy circle, the events of the novel. We are researching and learning about life in the
sub-arctic, the animals that live there, the people who inhabit these inhospitable lands and what life was
like there many, many decades ago. We are reading in a literacy circle, with the teacher, with partners,
and on our own. We discuss each chapter thoroughly, ask questions and make connections, and complete
vocabulary lists and comprehension questions, along with creating and answering our own questions.
LOCAL BUSINESS SUPORTING LOCAL SCHOOLS
This Saturday, November 8th, all proceeds from Freddie’s Fantastic Fish House and Hotspot
Tanning will be given to local schools, including East St. Margaret Elementary. The following day,
November 9th, RHUBARB Restaurant in Indian Harbour (across from ESM) will be donating the
proceeds of their brunch to the same group of local schools. Come out and support our local
businesses that are supporting your children and community!
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Music Band Phys. Ed. Music Phys. Ed. 1
French French French Band French
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Parent Parent All sales at
Teacher Teacher Freddies
1-4 5-7 Fantastic
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Brunch at Remembrance Ice School Trip
RHUBARB Day Hockey
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
UEY Parent PD Day
Session for No Classes
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
SAC 2:45 Ice Assessment
PTA 6:30 Hockey and
November Issue 2008
Bits n’ Bites
HRSB Breakfast Programs
The HRSB now has more than 60 breakfast programs that provide a nutritious start to the day for an average total of 2,345
students daily. During the 2007/08 school year, that translated into 720 volunteers (students, staff and community members)
serving up approximately 325,000 healthy breakfasts! Thanks so much to all who are providing opportunities for our students
to be well nourished & ready to learn!
The Heart&Stroke WalkaboutTM is growing and we want youth to be part of the walking culture we’re creating. We’ve
launched a contest with CTV to help us recruit 10 youth from across the province to form the Heart&Stroke WalkaboutTM
Youth Action Team. We’re asking youth to take us walking in their town for a chance to win great prizes (clothes, pre-paid
cell phone, a trip to Halifax) and a spot on the Youth Action Team which will meet with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in
April 2009 to help us develop a strategy to support walking among youth.
Visit www.contest.walkaboutns.ca for full contest details including how to enter.
Log on to Facebook (www.facebook.com) and search for the Walking Takes You Places Facebook Group and invite
your friends to join and spread the message to other young people in Nova Scotia.
Check out the Youth Action Team’s YouTube page: www.youtube.com/walkaboutns. This is where videos will be
posted and this is where youth can vote.
Download a poster and put it in a youth-friendly area: http://www.heartandstroke.ns.ca/atf/cf/%7BA8C3AD1B-6AB4-
The contest closes November 14th. For more information, visit www.contest.walkaboutns.ca or email Fran at
Dressing for exercise in the cold
Whether you are walking to school, out for a run, or playing in the great outdoors, the fall and winter months present the
challenge of dressing for the weather. Dressing properly for exercise in the cold, can help prevent injury and sickness,
keeping you safe and still allowing you to be active!
Tip 1: Layering is a great way to dress comfortably and warm. Proper layering will trap in your body heat, and if
you warm up too much, you can always shed a layer!
Inside Layer: The first layer you put on should be lightweight, and be able to whisk moisture away from the body.
Cotton t-shirts are not best for this role, as they absorb moisture and stay wet, cooling you off from the inside.
Polyester, wool and silk are just some of the materials that work well as this base layer.
Middle Layer: The middle layer is your insulation. This might be a fleece jacket or sweater. This layer should still
whisk moisture away from the body, and trap in heat.
Outside Layer: This outside layer should block the wind, and repel water. Often this layer will have vents, and
zippers that can be open, to let your body breathe.
Tip 2: The final tip is a very simple one. Your body generates heat on its own; you want to trap it in so you stay
warm. Most body heat is lost from your head and hands. Covering these parts, by wearing a hat and gloves, will
keep your whole body much warmer, so make sure you cover up.
Why Should Families Eat Together?
Research has shown that children who eat meals with their families are often healthier. Generally, families who eat meals
together tend to eat more fruit and vegetables. As well, eating together gives parents and caregivers the chance to promote
healthy foods and to model healthy eating behavior. In addition to encouraging healthy eating, family meals improve
children’s mental and physical health. Sitting down together to eat and talk about what is happening in our daily lives reduces
stress and improves communication. Frequent family meals have also been linked of decreased incidence of substance abuse,
inappropriate sexual activity, depression/suicide, anti-social behavior and school problems. With our busy and hectic lifestyles,
is sometime difficult to find the time to eat together. The following tips may help your family find time for family meals:
Set regular times for meals - consider everyone’s schedule. If you don’t have time to eat together everyday, pick one
day of the week that works for everyone. Weekends are often less busy.
Turn off the TV, MP3 players and the radio! Instead, talk to others around the table. Discuss some fun things that
happened during the day.
Involve family members in preparing meals. Children can learn cooking skills and learn about the food they will be
eating! Pick theme nights. For example serve Mexican or have a vegetarian night with beans and lentils.
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