Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Nov.29,2013

Parent Teacher Conferences
Correction: In previous blogs I stated that the conferences were available to be booked, this was not the case. You will be able to book a conference time with me starting Saturday November 30, 2013. 

 You can find the link on our school website.

CP Holiday Train
Don’t miss Grammy award winning singer Sarah McLachlan performing at the annual CP Holiday Train at Anderson Station on Saturday December 7, 2013. This free concert will also feature The Tenors and Matt Dusk.
In support of the Calgary Food Bank and hosted by Peter Mansbridge, the event begins with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4:00 p.m. followed by the concert, which begins at 5:00 p.m.
Explore the North Pole Station and its family-oriented activities including Santa, ice carving and hot chocolate before the show begins.
Attendees are encouraged to take Calgary Transit to this event as parking is limited. The event is free, however attendees are asked to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank.

For more information visit Canadian Pacific's Facebook Page.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday November 27, 2013

- Friday is Pita Lunch (orders should have been placed already)

- The University of Calgary will be presenting the solar car this Thursday (tomorrow) afternoon.  Please sign the release form and return tomorrow so your child can be photographed with the car.

Today's learning tasks:
Gym: Low organizational games focusing on listening and cooperating.
Art: Painting Alberta Landscapes with a focus on foreground, horizon, and background.
Math: Creating 3-digit numbers from the numbers 7,2,5 and placing them in order from greatest to least
Language Arts: Listening to student readers and providing feedbackScience: Exploring CBE Library and recording in our jot notebooks, 3 new facts about plants. 

Thursday November 28,2013

Today's learning tasks:
Physical Education: ball skills with paddle bats 
Language Arts: Fix It! Focus on capitalizing names and placesMath: Working on multiplication facts
Music: Playing recorders

Ask your child:
- what they thought about the solar car (No photos were taken after all)
- nightly reading, math facts 

- Tomorrow is Pita Lunch 
- a general use computer is located at Vista Heights school if parents should require access to submit online forms, etc. Please feel free to check-in at the front desk should you need to access this computer. 
- Save the Date! December 5th & 6th we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday November 25, 2013

Parent-Teacher Interviews and Student-Led Conferences are next week, Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6.  Please use the information coming home today to book an interview time online. For more information, visit the Vista Heights School home page.

Special Lunch
Last Day to order a Pita Lunch for  your child is Wednesday November 27,2013. 
Visit to place an order for your child.  If you do not have internet access at home, please feel free to visit the school to use one of our computers.
Please visit this website for more information and to create a new account for your child.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday November 21, 2013

Learning tasks:
- good game of volleyball with our Gr. 3/4 neighbours
- We know the rules and how to be the best learners we can be (Writing)
- "Learning Stations" on Alberta
- Music: new recorder song "looking down"

Ask your child:
- what they know about school rules and how they can demonstrate integrity through their learning
- about something they learned about Alberta today

- nightly reading and math facts

- no school tomorrow (System PD Day)
- does your child have a pair of earbuds to leave at school?

See you on Monday!
Bonne weekend!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday November 19, 2013

Brrr! It sure has been cold outside these past few days. Too cold to be out outside for any length of time.  Parents, please do not send your child to school any earlier than 8:35 as there is no
supervision prior to this time. 
In our effort to decrease our environmental footprint, we will be using an online ordering process for our next "special lunch" day. Information was sent home today with your child on how to order
Please visit this website for more information and to create a new account for your child.
On our next "special lunch" day we will be having a Pita lunch - November 29 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday November 18, 2013

Today's learning tasks: cooperative tag games, evacuation chat with Mrs. Traquair, writing about lockdown practices, working on multiplication and addition in Math, listening to Anabelle read aloud, taking jot notes for Science from a video on plants.

Ask your child:
- how they demonstrated cooperative behavior today
- what to do in case of a "lockdown" or "evacuation"
- what they learned about plants today

- picture retakes TOMORROW (individual and class).  class photos are FREE
-no school on Friday (PD Day)

- nightly reading and math facts practice

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday November 15, 2013

Please remind your child to bring their recorders back to school if they bring it home to practice.  We have music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

School Photos
-retakes for school photos is on Tuesday November 19th
-Class pictures will also be taken on Tuesday, November 19th
-All students will be in the class photo and each student receives a FREE class picture

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday November 14, 2013

Learning activities: Gym-volleyball,Writing with the proper use of capitalization, recess, Math with a focus on multiplication, addition and subtraction  lunch, Individualized workbox activities, Social Studies- exploring the 6 natural regions of Alberta and Music

Ask your child:
  - what is most important about the Grasslands?                     
- to play "Hot Cross Buns" on their recorder for you

- nightly reading, math facts practice on line
- practice recorder

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday November 13, 2013

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Epcor Centre to watch the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Please ask your child to share their paragraph writing about their experience today.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday November 12, 2013

Did you notice the interesting date today,11/12/13?.
Tomorrow is our field trip to attend a performance by The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra! Busses will leave promptly at 9:15 so please ensure your child, and you too if you are volunteering, are on time to school. We will be returning back to the school at 11:45 - just in time for lunch! Please review trip expectations with your child as we are representing Vista Heights School. Students are to remain seated and quiet on the bus and are to listen intently to the performance. Students will eat their snacks when we arrive back at school.

Today we had the opportunity to explore a very good web site about Alberta for our lessons in Social Studies. Ask your child to show you this site. 
Please email me at any time with any questions or concerns regarding your child at school. I welcome the communication.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday November 8, 2017

Please note: There is no school on Monday November 11th, due to Remembrance Day.

Our Purdy's Chocolate fundraiser is due Tuesday November 12 - please help support the school by purchasing chocolates for your family and loved ones. Money raised goes towards supporting the music and gym program at our school! All chocolates will be delivered the first/second week of December - Just in time for the holidays! Order today!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday November 7, 2013

We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Veteran's Food Bank this week! If you are able to, please support this cause and send non-perishable food items to school - thank you to those families who have already donated!

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be tomorrow, Friday November 8, at 10:45. Please invite your family members to attend! We will be collecting donations for poppies on Friday morning - all students will receive a poppy to wear for the assembly. For those students in Cubs or Brownies, please remember to wear your uniforms.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday November 6, 2013

We are still looking for volunteers to attend our field trip with us! If you have police clearance and are available to volunteer for the morning of November 13th, please indicate so on the field trip form or email me directly at - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to all parents who returned the field trip forms so quickly! We are still waiting on a few forms so if you have not signed the field trip form please do so as soon as possible. We need all field trip forms in by Friday November 8. The field trip will take place on Wednesday November 13th in the morning.
For more information on what we will see that day, please visit this link:

- No school November 11th for Remembrance Day
- Purdy forms are due November 12th
- Photo retakes will take place November 19th

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Update from School Council

SUTP fundraiser update: we raised $850 which will be used to purchase new APPS for our iPods. Two families received “Toys R Us” gift cards for their incredible efforts to sell the most books.

Purdy’s Fundraiser is currently being held and due back by November 12th 
-delivery in the first week of December 
-prizes will be awarded to the top 2 sellers
-funds raised will be used for new gym and music equipment 

- Veteran Food Bank donations are being collected all week. If you can, please help support our veterans by donating non-perishable food items.
- Digital Champion Club will run this Friday for Grade 3 students who have registered.

Field Trip
-Notice coming home today for a field trip to Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday November, 13, 2013. Please return forms by Friday November 8, 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday November 4th, 2013

We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Veteran's Food Bank this week! Please support this cause, and send non-perishable food items to school.

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be on Friday November 8, at 10:45. Please invite your family members to attend! We will be collecting donations for poppies on Friday morning - all students will receive a poppy to wear for the assembly.