Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed a restful break.

In our first week back, we wanted to kick off 2018 on a positive note. Students started the week off with lessons and activities on growth mindset, healthy living and resolutions. Students have made specific goals for themselves this year. We are all going to make 2018 a fantastic year!

In gym, students have started a new unit on badminton. We will continue to learn about the sport and develop our skills. Tryouts for the school teams are underway and the tournament will be held next week for boys and girls. In addition this month, we will complete our class curling bonspiel. The students are showing great understanding of the sport and sportsmanship during matches. Keep it up class!

In math, we are wrapping up our unit in patterning and will prepare for Data Management. In this unit, students will be applying their knowledge of measurement to collect data. From there, students will be required to organize, graph, and draw conclusions from the data (i.e., what trends do you notice?; what does it mean?; why do you think there is..?).

Tuesday January 16th, students will have their final assessment on elapsed time. Students can practice/review concepts through the Measurement tab on our class blog. There are many different links for students to use at home. You can also ask your child questions about elapsed time based on your own schedules during the day. For example, "Your ringette game is at 7:00 tonight. It takes you 20 minutes to get dressed and 45 minutes to get there. What time should we leave tonight?"

Our social justice project is well underway! We now have about 30 completed items that range from scarves, hats, headbands and dish cloths. We are also preparing cards with messages to go along with the items we donate. We are so proud of everyone for trying this new skill and their display of stamina and perseverance!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Last Day of School

Last Day of School will be action packed.  Please wear your best Christmas gear, bring a mug for hot chocolate and be prepared for an action packed day!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Update

Phys. Ed.
The Roar of the Rings is taking place in our city this week (Dec. 2-10). This tournament is the Olympic Trials for both men and women and is taking place at the Canadian Tire Centre. This is such an exciting event because the winners will represent Canada at the Olympics this winter. We have now started our own class bonspiel! We had 2 games today and will continue on with the round robin later this week.

So, in the spirit of what is happening in our city, we are learning about the sport of Curling. We have learned about the specific vocabulary, studied the playing surface (curling sheet) and talked about how points are scored (rocks closest to the target in the house). 

Math
We are now going to explore the measurement of time. We will work with clocks and have a major focus on elapsed time. Students will be solving problems of elapsed time by finding the difference between a specific start and end time.

IMPORTANT DATES

December 4th-15th - collecting canned goods for Advent Hampers. Our class is responsible for canned vegetables. See letter here

December 4-15th - School clothing for sale. See link here

December 18th - 10:45 Newshow

December 19th - 11:00 Mass

December 23rd - January 7th - Christmas Break. Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Grade 5 Social Justice Project

Project - crocheting blankets and hats for those in need

We met with all of the grade five students to discuss ideas for our social justice project. This year, we are going to make a difference by using our time to create items for other people. We decided that we are going to crochet blankets and hats for babies and/or children in hospitals or shelters.

Last Wednesday, the classes got to work. Learning the basic stitches and exploring how to work with the yarn and crochet hooks. It was a fantastic start! We will post updates of our creations.

How can you support? If you would like to make a donation to our class, we are collecting 100% acrylic yarn. This is soft for babies and is non-allergenic. If you know how to crochet and would like to come into our class to be an "expert" we would greatly appreciate your help!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Update

Now that we have completed The Wild Robot, the students are working on a performance task in class. We are discussing the major themes in the book and what we think the author's message is. Students will be creating posters to demonstrate their ideas.

In measurement, students are continuing to practice their understanding of the metric system and converting measurements. They are applying this knowledge in problems involving perimeter.


IMPORTANT DATES:

SEL Parent Night - Tuesday, November 21st

Our school will be hosting a parent information night about our school wide initiative for Social Emotional Learning. Please join us next Tuesday!

See more information here -----> Flyer

Fill out the Google Form to RSVP ------> Form

The Grinch Performance at All Saints - Wednesday, November 22nd
Permission forms will be sent home. Please sign and return by Tuesday November 21st.

Double Lunch Day - Wednesday, November 22nd
See information here

PD Day - Friday, November 24th

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Wild Robot

We have completed The Wild Robot book! The ending has left us wanting more...perhaps there will be a second book to come!

Unlikely Friends
One of the major themes throughout the book is the idea of unlikely friends. There are many unusual bonds and friendships made over the course the book. For example, our robot Roz adopts and cares for a gosling who calls her "ma." She teaches him how to do many different things. In addition the animals on the island create many truces where they mutually agree to get along, co-habitat, or not hunt all in order to survive.

This theme left us wondering if this would really happen in nature. Most of us thought that it was mostly fiction and not possible to find in nature. However, after some exploration, we found that the story may not be as far-fetched as we believed. We learned about a relationship between a Tiger, Lion and Black Bear. We also learned about a tortoise named Mzee and hippo named Owen who also formed a strong relationship.



After this, many of us had changes in our thinking about the animal kingdom. The picture below shows our thoughts before our inquiry (yellow notes), and after (pink notes). The notes are organized by student responses indicating "no" on the left and "yes" are on the right. The yellow notes show that most students thought that this type of bond is not possible in nature. The pink notes show that many students had changes in their thinking after we explored the topic together.



Another big question involved the author's message. Why did Peter Brown include this major theme in the book? What lesson does he want us to learn? The students shared some wonderful ideas about what they thought the author is trying to tell us. Perhaps he is trying to push our thinking about the animal kingdom and his message is that their habitats and relationships are complex and should be protected. Or, maybe he wants us to make a connection to our own lives as we should show mutual respect for one another and collaborate with others.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

French - Message from Mr. Nixon

Dear parents and guardians,

Your child will be coming home today with an important letter about a program called Jupiter Ed. that has login information and two passwords (one for you and one for your child). This program will let you track the grades of your child in real time and learn about assignments your child is working on. The student's password will also allow your child to submit assignments electronically and receive feedback more quickly if they are absent or regularly use a computer in class. 

You will also be able to contact me through Jupiter Ed. for a quick response about student work or issues in class.

I hope you will find this a useful tool to keep track of your child's progress in French class. 

Thank you, 

Monsieur Nixon"