March 2019 Newsletter

Principal and Vice Principal’s Message

As we approach March Break and then return with only two weeks left in the month, it goes without saying that we all know how fast the final three months of school can go by. That being said, we obviously have a great deal of learning to do between now and the end of June. It is always a challenge to maintain the focus of children when the weather returns to more favourable conditions for getting outside and being active. It is imperative that students recognize the importance of maintaining their focus throughout the final stretch of the year. With that in mind, we would ask that you speak to your children about the importance of putting forth their best effort right through until the end of the school year. Thank you for your support as we continue to work together for your children.

On behalf of the entire staff of Anne Hathaway, I want to extend to all of you a safe and enjoyable March Break. We look forward to welcoming our students back on March 18th!

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is once again filling up. Please have your children take a look through this if they have misplaced anything.  All items will remain in our Lost and Found until Friday, March 8, after which time they will be donated to a local charity.

Family Math Night

Family Math Night will take place on Tuesday, April 9. This promises to be an exciting evening full of Math games and activities for families to do together. There will be no cost for families to attend this evening but it is a family night so children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Late Arrivals

In reviewing the attendance data for our school, we are seeing a great number of students who regularly arrive late. Please reinforce in your children the importance of arriving to school on time. Not only are they missing valuable learning time, their late arrival is disruptive for the rest of the class. In addition, punctuality is a valuable life skill that we, as parents, need to teach our children. Obviously, we understand there will be times when students are late for unavoidable reasons.

Math At Home

Art and math have a lot in common with each other. In fact you can see the math in art and the art in math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance), as they are of mathematics.

Some of what you see your child doing in school in the arts, is also an engagement with mathematical ideas at the same time! By blending mathematics and the arts, students learn in ways that are intellectual, emotional and physical. Children learn in many different ways, and research tells us that participating in the arts is one way that is very engaging for all of us.

A child stringing beads in a pattern on a string or creating a patterned bracelet is creating an understanding of patterning, although to them it may look simply like a pleasing design. When a child learns to play the piano, they are developing mathematical understanding of the relationships between scales, notes and chords. Symmetry can be seen in the symmetrical features of a butterfly or in a design when building. Children may notice patterns in wallpaper, tile tessellations on the floor or on a phone cover, rhythmic beats or repeated choreography in music videos or chords in a popular song. There is math everywhere!

How might you and your child notice and name the mathematics in the arts (visual, music and dance) that you encounter? Making the links helps deepen the understanding of both!