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Ms Spadafora's Classroom

Welcome to Class 5

Teacher: Ms. Spadafora 
Educational Assistants: Tracy Garant, Dave Zeman
Deaf / Blind Intervener: Michelle Joinville
Lunchaide: Sue Mandolfo

Welcome to Class 5!

Our students have settled into the new school year with ease, and it is evident that we are going to have a school year filled with lots of fun, learning and adventures!   Check back monthly to see what we are learning, to read our classroom newsletter and to check out our class photographs. Classroom newsletters will be posted at the end of each month, consolidating our learning for the month. Please be sure to check and return your child's communication book regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hestiate to contact us! 

Class 5 Team

About Our Program 

Our program in Class 5 consists of many different learning opportunities for students to explore core communication and sensory based literacy and math experiences in whole group, and small group settings. Core communication is a large aspect of our program, as students participate in core language daily through modelling core communication boards and devices such as Step-by-Steps and GoTalks. Students participate in whole group and small group settings throughout the day promoting classroom unity and explicitly teaching based on individal learning plans. In whole group learning, students partake in turn taking and communication through sensory exploration of stories and to teach or reinforce new skills and concepts. Small group learning focuses on students' individual learning plans where specific skills are taught explicitly through differentiated instruction. 

Class 5 Schedule 

9:00-9:45 Bathroom/News from Home/Standing Frames/OT Goals
9:45-10:00 Sensory Circle
10:00-10:20 Whole Group Literacy
10:20-10:55 Small Group Literacy 
10:55-11:30 Physical Education/Physiotherapy Goals
11:30-12:30 Lunch 
12:30-1:00 Technology/Independent Learning 
1:00-1:30 Small Group Sensory Stimulation
1:30-2:10 Small Group Math 
2:10-3:00 The Arts with Mrs. T
3:00 Dismissal


Ms Spadafora
Ms Spadafora
Class 5 Team
Class 5 Team

What we are learning...

We have been exploring many different sensory stories so far this year. We have had the opportunity to manipulate and perceive many different tactile materials that are associated with each sensory story. We played with contact paper when we read the story "Icky Stick Frog"; We sequenced the events of the story "We're Going On A Bear Hunt"; and we created our own leaf man from the story "Leaf Man". 

We have lots of exciting adventures coming up soon, so check our class site often to see what we have been learning in Class 5! 

We have been using our Step-by-Steps to communicate during small and large group.
Our story box, Alligator Baby, has been a big hit in Class 5.
We even had costumes that involved siblings!
Some trick or treating fun throughout the centre.
Mrs. T had some pretty cool sensory pumpkins. This pumpkin was stinky like garlic.
We had some pretty great costumes for halloween.
Our pumpkins for the JMCCSA Spooktacular Festivities
We had fun painting our pumpkins for our Spooktacular Festivities.
We had some fun feeling spider webs and searching for the spiders trapped in the web.
Playing with some of the new light toys from Parent Council!
Ms. Michelle created a dark fort for us so we can focus on tracking light!
Working on our core vocabulary while explore Fall objects.
Maddy & Nurse Jenny enjoying the swing at Play McGivney. We've got some of the best nurses in Class 5!
Fun in the sun at Play McGivney!
Madison found the BIG BROWN BEAR on our bear hunt!
Alexander went through the cold water, on our bear hunt!
Evelina went through the cold water on our bear hunt!
Alexander went through the long wavy glass, on our bear hunt!
We went on a scavenger hunt to make sensory bottles for our story "We're Going On A Bear Hunt"
Class 5 loves to hear their teachers sing to them each morning.
Canada proud!
We sequenced the events of the story "We're Going On A Bear Hunt" in small groups.
We got to create our own Mr. Potato Head after we learned our body parts.
Some icky sticky contact paper, after we read the story "Icky, Sticky Frog"
We found a wild turkey walking outside of JMCC. We named her Izzy.
Some icky sticky contact paper, after we read the story "Icky, Sticky Frog"
We are so lucky to have had smile cookies donated by Knobby's Kids