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  • In This Issue

    Play Games With Your Children: Itll Help ..................................Them With Math!! 1

    .............................Principals message! 3

    Start a Conversation with a Good .....................................................Book! 3

    ..........................Breakfast for Learning! 5

    ..............................................Grade 6A! 5

    ....................Junior Boys Capture Third! 9

    ............................................Our Elders! 9

    ......................Can I Play With Charlie?! 10

    ..........................................Pajama Day! 12

    ................................Around the School! 16

    ....................February School Calendar! 31

    ........................March School Calendar! 32

    Play Games With Your Children: Itll Help Them With Math!(By Ms. Victoria Lyttle)

    All too often we want to help our children be successful in things that we, ourselves, may struggle with. The good news is that basic math skills do not have to be one of them. How can we help? Play games with your children! A lot of games have problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning skills built right into them so your child will be developing these skills without even realizing it. The games also have the added benefit of helping your children develop their social skills. Here is a short list of games that you can play with your children to help

    The HowlerFebruary 2014, Number 06Hector Thiboutot Community School

    Ms. Victoria Lyttle

  • them develop the skills they can use in Math class:

    Backgammon: encourages counting, and strategy development

    Battleship: encourages how to read grids and graphs

    Blokus: encourages shapes recognition, transformations, patterns, and logic

    Checkers: encourages identifying and following patterns, and guessing the next step

    Chess: encourages pattern recognition, reading grid and graphs, and inductive and deductive reasoning skills

    Connect 4: encourages problem solving skills, patterns, and strategy development

    Crazy Eights: encourages number order, pattern recognition, probability, and number recognition

    Cribbage: encourages addition, pattern recognition, and probability

    Go Fish: encourages pattern and number recognition

    Kakuro: encourages the development of addition, inductive and deductive reasoning, and problem solving skills.

    Mancala: encourages counting, problem solving skills, and strategy development

    Mastermind: encourages manipulating variables, pattern recognition, problem solving skills, and inductive reasoning skills

    Monopoly: encourages counting, strategy development, and managing money skills

    Rubiks Cube: encourages pattern recognition, and reasoning skills

    Sudoku: encourages both inductive and deductive skills, counting, problem solving skills, and strategy development

    Snakes and Ladders: encourages counting, and number recognition

    Tetris: encourages shape recognition, transformations, and motion in space

    Tic-Tac-Toe: encourages pattern recognition, probability, strategy, and logic

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  • Uno: encourages number and pattern recognition

    Yahtzee: encourages pattern recognition, counting, addition, and probability

    This is in no way the entire list, so go ahead and play all sorts of games to further help your children do well in school. Now no one can say that learning Math is boring!

    Principals message(Barb Traxel, Principal)

    I am grateful to all the parents and guardians who sent their children to

    school through this cold weather. We appreciate your efforts.

    Staff, like the students, have been fighting this flu bug that seems to be everywhere. We recognize that it is best for everyone if sick people stay home and get better so

    they dont pass it along to others.

    Our major problem is the number of substitute teachers that we have available to come in and cover our classes. At this point, we have four. The

    Ministry of Education only allows those people with a Probationary Certificate to sub. Members of our community fill in a request and we send it with all the documentation needed resume, birth certificate, SIN, and criminal record check and then wait for their approval. This can take some time to complete. Classes may need to be closed if we do not have someone to supervise the students. We welcome any community members who would like to be a substitute to come into the school office and talk with Brenda Bear to get this process started.

    Please have a safe and happy winter break. We look forward to having our students back in school on February 24th.

    Breakfast for Learning

    We have been very fortunate this year to have received funding through the Breakfast for Learning Program. This money helps to provide juice, toast, fruit and yogurt each morning to all students who want it. The canteen is open from 8:45 to 9:10 each morning. We would like to thank all the sponsors but particularly the Real Canadian Superstore for their support of this program.

    Start a Conversation with a Good Book (By Ms. Stefanie Foster)

    On the 6th and 7th of February, a group of teachers from HTCS travelled south to

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    Barb TraxelPrincipal

    HTCS

  • Prince Albert to attend a workshop with Adrienne Gear, a teacher and author from Vancouver, BC. Gears program, Reading Power, is refreshingly simple and has the potential to be effective for many of our

    students here in Sandy Bay. The teachers who attended the workshop are excited to put the new strategies and techniques they learned into practice.

    Good readers have two important sets of

    skills: a) reading the words on the page this is called DECODING and b) understanding how the words work together to make meaning this is called READING COMPREHENSION. The program focuses on helping students build reading comprehension.

    Reading a book should be a conversation. That is to say, when you read the book, its like the book is talking to you, and so you should offer something back to the book, because conversations just arent the same if theyre one sided. Both parties have to share their ideas and opinions! To start a conversation with your next book (or the book youre reading now, or the book you are reading your children) try a few of these ideas:

    1. Connect with the book. Find moments in the story or decisions made by the characters that remind you of your own life. Look back in your memory and find ways to make links between yourself and the book. Making connections can help us to better understand whats happening in a book or help us to better figure out what a character is thinking because we can compare the book to our own experiences and feelings.

    2. Ask questions. When youre reading, stop at intriguing and interesting points in the story and ask yourself a question. It could be a personal question what would I do if I were in the same situation? It could be a prediction question I wonder what is going to happen next? It could be a big thinking

    question What would the world be like if the events in the story happened in real life? You

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    Adrienne Gear

  • definitely wont have or find answers to all of your questions, but posing them anyway is a simple way to really draw yourself into the book.

    Remember, reading is a conversation. When the book talks to you, be sure to share something back! Happy Reading! Enjoy Family Week!

    Breakfast for Learning

    Our school is proudly supported by Breakfast for Learning, which provides funding towards our nutrition program so we can offer our students a healthy start to their day.

    Breakfast for Learning, founded in 1992, aims to educate and empower communities to start and sustain child nutrition programs to enhance learning and healthy development of Canadian children and youth.

    As the countrys first national charity dedicated to child nutrition programs, Breakfast for Learning provides program funds, nutrition education resources and research to promote and demonstrate the

    vital link between child nutrition and learning.

    In the 2012/13 school year, Breakfast for Learning funded 3,363 programs, providing almost 54 million meals and snacks to over 349,500 children across the country.

    For more information and additional resources, visit: www.breakfastforlearning.ca

    Grade 6A(Ms. Kristi Batherson)

    The Grade 6A class did a poetry unit last term. On the next page is some of the work they wrote. Please enjoy!

    We are currently working on a novel study on the bookManiac McGee. This book is about the life of an orphaned boy nicknamed Maniac who is very gifted yet very different. In his search for ahome and love, he encounters a lot of bullying and racism. The most cool thing about Maniac was his ability to handle bullying and defusehostile situations in a positive way.The students are doing a final project where they need to think of a better way to cope with bullying.

    We are still working hardto fundraise for our class trip to Saskatoon in June 2014. If we have a surplus of funds, we hope to spend time out in the bush on an actual trap line and live the way our ancestors lived for a few days.

    Happy February Break!

    The Howler