Mr. McCallum Notes

Grade 2M


Posted: June 13, 2017

A very busy day today!  I told the students in the class when you near the finish line in a race you sprint not walk, so we have lot of work to do and we still have to follow all the rules. 

T-shirts - the second order will be in Friday (Monday at the latest)

School Closure - Ian Baillie will have a regular day Wednesday June 21, but it will be the last day of school due to the closure of the building (a detailed note went home today)

There will be a bake sale on Thursday

Monday is Sports day, we are still looking for volunteers if you are available! 

Only one week left of school!  See you tomorrow!


Posted: June 6, 2017

Electronics day was fantastic!  Thank you to the girls in my class for doing my make up, you did a great job!  I'm glad I didn't get a detention for breaking the new principals rules.

Tomorrow morning we will be walking to JMH for the Black Light Show put on by Saint Andrew's.   They are asking for a $2 donation.

Tomorrow afternoon it is supposed to be nice.  The high school co-op students have come up with some WATER fun activities for gym class, please bring a change of clothes.

Thursday is our Field Trip to Camp Sheldrake.  It is supposed to be very nice out, so put some sunscreen on in the morning, and remember to bring a lunch (there is nothing to buy on-site).  The fee is $15/student, but our Home and School will be paying $5 for each student.  Thank to everyone for sending in your $10. 

Friday is Farewell to Ian Baillie in the afternoon.  Stop in for tea/coffee and to look at some pictures from years gone by.

Posted: June 1, 2017

Can you believe its June already?

Yes!  We will have a Show and Tell tomorrow! 

Posted: May 31, 2017

We started off the day with our regular routine.  Our "find and replace" was for: The PRETTY girl WENT to the store.   Our spelling word was "demonstrate" and we did our story on a baby owl.  We doodled a baby penguin.  Next we did a write to self on the topic "JUNE".  We went over some of the things that are happening in June and did a quick write.  What are you excited about in June?  We also did a quick round of the daily 5 before an indoor recess.   After recess we had a two minute math quiz on place value.  We reviewed numberlines and where numbers would fall on those lines.  We did Math by our self sheets on single and double digit additon.  We did coin counting with a friend and had a special visitor pop in to say hello.  Do you remember the former principals name? After an outdoor lunch we read a book called the talking stick.  We watched a video on Canada 150 and went to PE.   After PE we went over some french.  Do you remember how to ask someone their name, or tell them yours?  We finished off with our page of gratitude.  Get lots of sleep and I will see you tomorrow for the first day of June!

Posted: May 23, 2017

I hope everyone had a restful long weekend!  We started today with some writing.  We did a quick plan and brainstorm and a draft.  Tomorrow we will finish up our draft and start our good copy.  We did a find and replace for "There will be a BIG fishing tournament soon."  Our spelling word was "different".  We skipped our writing and editing because we wrtote first today.  After recess we got a few more minutes to check our stories then we went to the computer lab for Mathletics.  Today we worked on adding 3 - single digit numbers and reviewed "friends that make ten".  Does it matter which order you add in?  Is 3+7+6 the same as 3+6+7 or 7+6+3?  How can knowing your "friends that make ten"  help make this problem easier?

After lunch we went outside for PE with Miss Clark.  We did our Go for 42 laps and even earned some time on the playground.  We came in and packed ALOT of notes (attached) in our agenda.  We went to the computer lab and shared it with Miss Corcorans Kindergarten.  Some people got caught up in Mathletics, and others got free time.  Did you check your email today?  I hope you only wrote kind things!  Teasing is hard to read with tone.  What you put on the internet can last forever!

We finished off the day with guidance with Mrs. Sturgeon.   She talked about taking turns and comprimising on playing games.  What did Howard (the character in your story) learn?  Buick dropped off two promotional cars for the Drive for your Student event coming up this weekend and there will be an assemlby tomorrow to reveal the new King Street Mascot!  Get lots of sleep, dress for the weather, and I will see you tomorrow!

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Posted: May 18, 2017

It was a warm day today!  I love the warm weather!  We started off the day giving our plants a little drink of water.  They were looking dry in the window.  That wil be your new job in the morning for a little while to make sure your plant is doing well.  We did a find and replace for "I WENT to see the BIG fish dad caught."  How did you improve your sentence?  Our spelling word was "molecules" and our Solve was for "I cant watch my TV show because Grandma is snoring".  Did you get 4 sentences (Solve, Detail, Detail, Problem)?  We finished up our Lost puppy story and did some story sharing. 

Following recess we had math.  We did a place value lesson and had a quick listening quiz.   We also finshed our subtraction unit in Mathletics (I hope). 

After lunch we went to the computer room and used our school based email.  We talked about using REPLY, REPLY ALL, FORWARD.   We talked about the difference between being fun and being cruel.  Remember the internet is forever!

It was so nice today that we got to do our first outdoor PE class!   I love outdoor soccer! 

We finished up the day with another internet safety video, we reviewed the day, did our book of gratitude, got our agenda's signed, and got ready for home!   Dress appropriately for the weather, get lots of sleep an I will see you tomorrow. 

Posted: May 17, 2017

It was a beautiful day at Ian Baillie.  We started off the day reading from our Romana book.  How did Romana figure out the Willa Jean had two boys in her class named Bruce?  We did a find and replace for "Willa Jean is a PRETTY LITTLE girl".   Our spelling word today was "apologize", and we did a TRY for a dog that wont stop barking by taking him on a long walk.  We doodled a puppy.  We did a reading comprehension sheet and worked on our Lost puppy stories.  

After recess we had quick listening quiz and worked on our place value.  We also went to the lab to finish our unit on subtraction.  I hope you are all done and ready to move back to addition. 

After lunch we talked about "moving", not moving our bodies, but moving homes.   We had lots of classmates that have moved homes.  What are some of the reasons we might move?   We then took some time to design some of our dream homes.  What cool features did you make in your blue print? 

Next we had PE with Miss Clancy.  Floor hockey and tag games are always a hit.

Finally we finshed off the day with a quick CPTTS movie with a dog called "take me home".  We did our book of gratitude.  Signed our agendas's, and got ready for home.  Get lots of sleep, dress for the weather, and I will see you tomorrow!

Posted: May 16, 2017

I'm so sorry that I haven't been writing on my teacher page.  Miss Patles was taking care of it for so long I have completely forgotten about it.  I will definately work harder at getting it done!

We started off the day with our regular routine.  We read from "Ramona Quimby, Age 8".  Who does Ramona's mom keep telling her she has to be nice too? Our find and replace was "I liked the movie.  It was nice"  What two words did you improve upon?  Our spelling word was "exasperation" and we worked on a TRY for "I want my mom to order pizza".  We doodled a puppy and went on to a writers workshop.  We did a try for our lost puppy story.  Then we did a reading comprehension sheet.

After an outdoor recess we had math.  We started off with a listening quiz on number place value.  We did math with a friend using flash cards (and one group used the Osmo).  We reviewed our adding algorithm and did a couple of practice questions together before heading to the lab for mathletics.  I hope you are done your subraction unit! 

After lunch we had Tally Tuesday in the gym with Miss Mcfarlene.  Then we went to the computer lab and learned about our email accounts.  You can log into yours at  and remember to put NBSS/ before your user name. 

We finished off the day looking at some internet safety rules.  The biggest thing I want you to remember is that everything you put on the internet is FOREVER!  So always be kind and thoughtful online. 

I attached the memo that went home today.

Get lots of sleep, dress for the weather, and I will see you tomorrow!

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Posted: May 1, 2017

Happy May everyone! Today, we had fun in Mr. M's class. We began with our daily sheet and we got to write our own stories and doodle a silly monster. We did a reading comprehension on Tanya and her piano lessons. We ended our literacy block with a read a loud on storyline.

After our literacy block, we had math. We began with a listening quiz and then some multi-digit regrouping questions, showing our work. We had a math by myself sheet and then played 6 Up!

After lunch we had gym. On Mondays in gym we do yoga and we were all nice and relaxed for our art lesson. In art, we painted pictures of whatever we wanted. There were lots of pirate ships and pretty flowers.

We ended the day with a B.O.G entry. Unfortunately, we didn't earn a reward because we were a bit hyper today. But tomorrow is another day!

Posted: April 27, 2017

Happy thursday! Today we were a busy bunch. We started our day with our daily sheet. We wrote independent pieces for CPTTS and shared them with the class. Ms. Patles is pleased with the way our story writing skills are developing. After our sheet, we did 'Make Something that Does Something' and we had a lot of fun designing our own controllers that actually worked with pacman online!

After little recess we had an assembly. Brea, Xander, Denny, Gavin, Isabelle, Colbie amd Lauchlan were recipients of some awards today. Way to go guys! Wehn we returned to class, we did a reading comprehension that had more complex questions than we are used to but we did awesome!!

After lunch we had gym. We played 4 corners, and Mrs. Alligator to name a few. Then we went to computer to finish up some pen pal letters as well as have a bit of free time. We ended our day with a B.O.G entry and we filmed the morning announcements together as a class! It's been a great week.


Have a great long weekend everyone :)

Posted: April 26, 2017

Today was a very fun day for our students! We started the day with a read to self and then we travelled to JMH to watch the play "Beauty and The Beast" which was performed by the high school students. It was so great and we were all singing along- especially Ms. Patles. When we came back, it was lunch time so we had a late lunch and some play time before returning to class.

We went to gym and played some games, including 4 corners and Colbie won! After gym we had a quick french lesson where we sang along to some of our favorite french songs. We ended our day with an agenda signing, a B.O.G entry and some earned free time.

We've been having such a great week, we hope to keep it up all the way to the end!

Posted: April 25, 2017

Happy tuesday all! We began today in the usual way- with our daily sheet. We wrote independent stories and shared them with the class and we did a reading comprehension where we learned a lot about insects! We learned the parts of their bodies like the thorax and abdomen.

After our literacy block, we had math. We started with a listening quiz and then did some more equations using our subtraction algorithm. We got to play a few rounds of 7 up with Ms. Patles and Mr. Lynch before going outside for recess.

After lunch, we had gym. Gym is always fun. Today we played basketball. Students were a sweaty mess afterwards but they were grinning from ear to ear. After gym we had computer class. We earned free time and Ms. Patles gave us the entire period to play whatever we wanted. We ended our day with a guidance session.

Parents/guardians are reminded that we will be attending a play at JMH tomorrow. Students are asked to bring 2$ and be here for 8:30 as the bus is leaving at 8:45 sharp.

Posted: April 24, 2017

Today was a great day in grade 2! We began our day with our daily sheet where we wrote an independant story. We shared our stories with the class and they were all so great! We did a reading comprehension on nocturnal animals so we learned a few new vocabulary terms! Our ladies who gave solo speeches today at Gretna Green practiced their speeches for the class, because we weren't going to get to see them. We told them all something we enjoyed about their speech and gave them some feedback on what they could do to make it better. Then, the girls did their speeches again with the feedback and they were so great!

After our literacy block, we had math. We began with a listening quiz then solved some equations using our subtraction algorithm. We ended our class with a 'math by myself' sheet.

After lunch, we had PE. Students seemed to have enjoyed their time and they came up to have art class. For art, we made some pointilism pictures with paint. This quickly turned into a mess but fun was had by all. We ended our day with a B.O.G entry and some free time.

Posted: April 21, 2017

Today was a fun friday in grade 2! We started our day with a literacy block. We wrote our own stories and then we shared them with the class. We also did a reading comprehension about Griz the Grizzly bear! It was an interesting story and everyone did so good on it! We had an early recess because we travelled to JMH for the music festival. We sang Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Next we had lunch. After lunch we went to gym to play soccer. Lastly, we planted tomato seeds that have been in space! They will be so tasty along with our brocoli! We ended the day with a dance off and a movie. It was such a fun day in Mr. M's class. Ms. Patles was so pleased with the way everyone behaved today. We didn't get a single sad face!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Posted: April 20, 2017

Today in Mr. M's class, we did quite abit! First we had our literacy block. We did our daily sheet and we got to write our own story. We did a reading comprehension and corrected them together. Everyone did so well! We are in good shape for the upcoming assessments. We ended our block with a buddy read which was great because everyone was on task and doing what they were supposed to do.

Next we had math. We began with a listening quiz and then reviewed our subraction algorithm. We did a few questions using our algorithm and itis coming much easier than our regrouping with Base 10 Blocks! We are almos pros. After that, we did mathletics in the computer lab. Some of us did compensation for subtractions, others did mental subtraction.

After lunch we had gym. We played soccer and Ms. Patles heard it was great. We went to the computer lab and finished typing our pen pal letters. Early finishers got to type a B.O.G entry before playing some Friv! We ended the day with a B.O.G entry and a chair change.