Learning Support & Inclusive Education

Halloween is coming!

The leadership students have been busy planning and organizing a Halloween Dance. The dance will take place during school hours on Friday October 26 from 1:00 – 2:50. Students can purchase tickets in the front foyer for $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food donation that will go to our Me to We Social Justice group.  The theme of the dance is Orange and Black and we are discouraging students from wearing costumes to the dance.

Students can wear their costumes on Wednesday October 31 as long as it doesn’t interfere with their learning. We ask that students don’t bring face masks or weapons.

In my math class we have moved along to estimating sums and differences. All of the students understand the rule for rounding. We have a saying:

If it’s 5 or above, give it a shove ~ if it’s 4 or below, let it go. 

They understand to look at the digit next to the column that you are rounding in order to shove or let go!  We are now working on estimating sums and differences and students are getting the idea that this can be a useful tool in life (think money!)

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October 12

It’s been a busy week at Rockheights. We’ve now completed most of the IEP meetings. Thank you so much to all the parents who came and shared information with us so that we can better support your child’s learning. For those parents who were unable to make it this week, Jen, Wanda and I will contact you next week to re-schedule.

In my math group we have been working at place value and addition with re-grouping. Most students have made improvements in these areas. Today we started “Estimating and Rounding.” This is a more complicated concept and many students had trouble understanding the concept. We looked at rounding to the nearest 10,100 and 1000. I didn’t send any homework today as the students weren’t fully independent in the concept and I didn’t want them to struggle through the work without a solid understanding.

Some ways to support their understanding of estimating and rounding are:

  • at the grocery store check the prices and ask you child to round to the nearest dollar
  • watching sports games ask if the score can be rounded to the nearest ten
  • in counting anything, ask your child to round to the nearest ten or hundred

Have a good weekend!

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