PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Posted on 11/03/2019

Home and School Partnerships


It is hard to believe that we have already approached November! We have had an exciting two months of school with students settling into the routines in the classroom and engaging in some fantastic learning experiences. During this time of the year, we look forward to sharing with our families a ‘snapshot’ of their child’s learning. The time we spend with you helps to build communication and partnership that is vital in orchestrating success for our students.


With the recognition of how busy family life is outside of the school day, we thought we would include a few simple but important ideas to help foster a healthy learning environment:


Reading at Home: Creating a culture of reading and a love of books is one of the most important things you can do to set a healthy foundation for later success at school. It is never too late to read to your child and take an active interest in what they are reading. Establishing a daily reading time is a wonderful way to bring this essential component in to your home.


This month our school-wide reading focus is SEQUENCING.  Sequencing is an essential reading skill that students must develop if they are to fully understand all reading material.  Sequencing refers to the identification of the components of a story — the beginning, middle, and end — and also to the ability to retell the events within a given text in the order in which they occurred. The ability to sequence events in a text is a key comprehension strategy, especially for narrative texts. Sequencing is also an important component of problem-solving across subjects.  As you complete the remaining chapters in the Wishtree novel, try asking some questions about the events and the order they occurred. 


Sharing School Experiences: We encourage you to ask your child questions about their learning experiences. Having them share specific details about different subjects, activities or projects is a great way to be involved and show interest in their learning. Research shows that children whose parents talk to them regularly about their learning perform better academically than students whose parents rarely do so.


Lots of Sleep & Healthy Lunches: One of the most important things parents can do for their child’s learning is to send them to school well rested. A minimum of nine hours of sleep are required for good school performance. As well, sending your child with a nutritious morning snack and lunch helps fuel their bodies and keep them at their optimal level throughout the day.


As a school, we would like to thank all of our families for their partnership in creating the very best learning opportunities for our students.



Warmest regards,

Mrs. Diane Benoit

dbenoit@hpsd.ca


 

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