Toronto District School Board

September Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another promising school year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  My name is Mrs. Lin and I am looking forward to working with your child this year.  Communication is the key to our successful partnership this year.  Please check daily for any school and/or homework information in your child’s Agenda book, which will be available for purchase shortly.  Please initial your child’s Agenda book daily to indicate you have read the messages.  For the month of September, we will be establishing routines and procedures.  Even though I will provide the most essential school supplies, if possible, it would be helpful for students to bring in one small sharpener that can collect pencil shavings.  Any other school supplies such as glue sticks, coloured pencils, a highlighter and scissors would definitely be helpful.  These and other supplies such as paper and tape should be readily available at home too.  Students will be learning and practising protocols for small group/partner work this month.  We will also be using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in reading, and generating and organizing ideas for writing.  The Grade 3s will begin to internalize what good readers and writers do.  Students will learn and practise math skills by exploring mathematical strategies daily so that they are able to solve problems both independently and with their peers.  A more detailed timetable will be provided in the next few days.

To ensure that the classroom stays clean, students are asked to bring a pair of indoor shoes.  Students also need to be prepared for gym class on days 2 and 5 by wearing comfortable activewear on those days.

Arrival at school on time and consistent attendance are crucial life disciplines that should be reinforced.  School begins at 8:45 in the morning, lunch is from 11:30 to 12:30, and dismissal is 3:20 in the afternoon.  The pick up and drop off area for your child will be behind the school, just south of the back centre doors.  I will be providing extra help after school for the entire school year starting next week for any students who need clarification on topics discussed in class.  Feel free to contact me by calling the school at 416-396-6110 or by writing a message in your child’s Agenda book.

To help with learning and aid the process of innovating and creating, your donation of any of the following “Beautiful Junk” would be much appreciated as it will be well used by all students:

  • buttons, ribbons, fabric
  • wrapping paper and paper rolls
  • old magazines, flyers, greeting cards
  • old games and puzzles
  • baby food jars, bread tags

Our classroom would also benefit from a box of tissue as it helps stifle the spread of germs from coughs and sneezes.  Any donation of supplies will be much appreciated!

Parents, please be aware that because I have a website where you will find the latest information about what is happening in your child’s classroom, I will not be sending a hard copy of monthly newsletters home, unless requested.  I update the website monthly.  Please check out the monthly newsletters where you will find information such as what we learned the past month as well as what we will be learning.  Scheduled events can be found in the event calendar.  Both parents and students are strongly encouraged to read the monthly newsletters and the event calendar in order to stay in touch.  My website URL is www.sharonlin.com.  I am looking forward to teaching your child this year.

Working Together,

Mrs. Lin

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