Sunday, 11 November 2018

Week 11: November 12-16, 2018

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Thank you to all of the veterans, parents, grandparents, and siblings who were able to join us in remembrance on Friday. We will remember them, and their sacrifice.

Last week, we had our Faith Buddy day on Wednesday morning, and joined with the kindergarten students to look at Dignity of Persons. We talked about including everyone, and making them feel welcome. We finished by designing a page for our book, where each team of buddies wrote, "I can..." and drew a picture to illustrate it. It was nice to see everyone working together!

This week is a short week, due to the PD Day on Friday. There are no classes for students on Friday. I am looking forward to meeting many parents on Thursday night during interview evening. If you have not yet booked an interview, but would like to, there are a few spots left Thursday evening, or send me a note and we can meet at another time.

Thursday is also Crazy Hair/Hat day! Wear your craziest hat and/or wildest hairdo and bring a loonie or a toonie for United Way! 

Here is what we are up to:
Math - We have finished our patterning unit in both grades and will begin a very short unit on angles (geometry). We are following the MathUp program, and this unit is only 3 lessons long, followed by a short test. The next unit is measurement, including time and elapsed time, which is a difficult concept. Telling time on an analogue clock, and calculating elapsed time are both very challenging for students. This is something you can easily practice at home, by asking what time it is (on an analogue clock), asking what time it will be in 25 minutes, how long you have before you have to leave for something, etc. Grade 4 have to tell time to the nearest minute, Grade 5 have to know to the nearest second, and will also have to know time on the 24 hr clock.

Language Arts - We are still waiting for the Read-aloud to arrive from the school we are borrowing it from, so we have not yet started in Grade 4, but hope to in a day or 2. In Grade 5 we have started reading A Dog's Life, and have made our predictions of what the story will be about.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Week 10: November 5-9, 2018

*Don't forget - tomorrow is picture retake day!

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who came out to our Bible Blessing Ceremony on Tuesday morning. It was great to see so many of you! The children were so excited to receive their very own bibles. A big THANK YOU to school council as well, for purchasing the bibles, and to Mrs. Desjardins for inscribing them for each student. They were much appreciated.

Thursday, November 15 is Parent-Teacher interview evening. Information was sent home with the Progress Report about interviews, and there is a link on the school website: here . Just click on the name of the teacher you want to book with, choose a time, and fill in your name and your child's name. Once you click "Confirm", the interview is booked, and appears on my calendar. If  you would prefer a telephone interview, or would rather meet at a different time, please send me a note through the blog. Some parents would prefer a meeting that is longer than the scheduled 10 minutes during interview night. Please call the school or send me a note through the blog so that we can set up a before or after school time to meet.

Friday at 10:30 a.m. we will be observing Remembrance Day with a liturgy in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.

Here's what we've been up to:

Math: we have almost completed our Patterning unit in both grades, and will have a short test this week, likely Wednesday, on patterns and pattern rules (Start at 10, add 3 each time), and on determining a specific term in a pattern (what would the 50th term be?) in both number and geometric patterns. We have done many examples of each in class. Our next unit is Geometry.

Language Arts: In Grade 4 we are hoping to start a read aloud this week for Evaluating, a funny book named "Nibble, Nibble, Jenny Archer. The students will really enjoy it! The Grade 5 read aloud for the Evaluating unit is A Dog's Life, by Ann Martin.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Week 9: October 29-November 2: Happy Halloween!

Parents, Grandparents, Guardians
Please join us
for the Grade 4
Bible Blessing
and Presentation Ceremony
on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
at 9:30 a.m.

in the gym.

Here's what we were up to last week:
Math: we are still working on patterning in both groups, and have started using a new Math program called MathUP, created by Marian Small. We have been looking at geometric patterns, number patterns, growing, shrinking and repeating patterns, and using patterns to solve problems. We are also looking to find the pattern rule, and define the 10th, 23rd or 62nd term.
Here are some links to activities you can do with your child, from the MathUp program:
Grade 4: Sum It Up lesson summary; What's The Core game
Grade 5: Sum It Up lesson summary; Rolling For Tiles game

Language: The Gr. 4 students are finishing their All About Me presentations, and the Gr. 5 students are working on their Haunted House Sale persuasive writing activity.

-progress reports will be coming home Thursday, along with information on how to book a parent-teacher interview for Thursday, Nov. 15, should you wish to. If you feel you need more than a 10 minute interview, please contact me so we can arrange a before or after school appointment time to meet.
-the Bible Blessing and Presentation ceremony is Tuesday morning at 9:15
-Daylight savings time ends on Sunday morning

-Picture retake day is Monday, Nov. 5. Please let me know if you would like retakes by sending a note either through the blog or in your child's agenda.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Week 8: October 22-26

Congratulations, St. Clare Community! Together, we raised over $3300 for Cancer research during our Terry Fox walk! As a result, on Friday afternoon, 8 teachers (including Mme Mitton) were pied in the face by the top fundraising students. It was a blast! Check out the pictures on Twitter.

Next week, the Eco Team is encouraging Litterless Lunch days for the week as part of their Waste Reduction Initiative. They are also collecting gently used clothing and textiles on Wednesday, to donate to charity.

Grade 4 students should have brought home an invitation that they made for you to invite you to the Bible Blessing Ceremony on October 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Please join us if you are able.

On Wednesday, we welcomed a new teacher candidate from the University of Ottawa, Ms. Rhodes. Our previous teacher candidate, Miss Robert, has had to defer her placement for medical reasons and is therefore no longer with our class.

This week, we will begin patterning in math in both grades. Here is what they need to learn: 
Grade 4 are expected to: • describe, extend, and create a variety of numeric and geometric patterns, make predictions related to the patterns, and investigate repeating patterns involving reflections;

Grade 5 are expected to: • determine, through investigation using a table of values, relationships in growing and shrinking patterns, and investigate repeating patterns involving translations;

In Language Arts, Grade 4 students are presenting their "All About Me" presentations. Grade 5 students are presenting their second biography about someone they admire, and working on their "Sell This Haunted House" persuasive writing activity. Both groups have finished their first CASI reading test, and I now have a baseline idea of their knowledge, thinking, application and communication skills on a grade level text.  

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Week 7: Oct. 15-19

Here's what we have been up to this past week:

Math:  In both grades, we have looked at rounding, and the importance of being able to estimate. Sometimes we need an exact measurement or answer (like in an Olympic race) and sometimes an estimate is more efficient (like the approximate number of people at an event). We have been working on our estimation skills using Estimation180, and they have improved already! Now we are learning to round numbers, so that it can help us to estimate. We have practiced rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 (Gr. 4) and to the nearest tenth (Gr. 5) using the Rounding Mountain and a little song. You can hear it here. There is also a cute Number Rock video on rounding, you can see it here. Our next unit is patterning, and we will start it shortly.

Language: We have been enjoying learning all about our classmates as they present their biography slideshows. Each Gr. 5 student has presented one biography that they have written on a classmate, and is now working on another biography of a person they admire. It can be anyone, from someone they know well, to someone famous, or someone they have heard about. They need to explain why they chose that person, and why they admire them. The Gr. 4 students are working on their All About Me presentations. They are gathering photos of their items and telling the class why those items are important and meaningful to them. For presenters in both grades, I am watching particularly for how well they face the audience as they present (make eye contact), whether they speak in a clear, loud voice, and whether they have rehearsed their presentation or have trouble pronouncing some of the words. The rubrics with the expectations for each grade are in their Language Hapara folders in their Drive.
*Both grades will be writing a CASI reading test this week in order to have a baseline score for the beginning of the year.

Upcoming Events:
-The Bible Blessing Ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. An invitation will be coming home for parents of Grade 4 students to attend this ceremony. Each Grade 4 student receives their own copy of the New Testament, blessed and inscribed with their name, given to them by Father. Thank you to Parent Council for purchasing and inscribing the Bibles each year.
-The Terry Fox Wrap-Up Assembly is on Friday at 3:00 p.m. I wonder how many teachers will end up getting pied in the face?

Monday, 8 October 2018

Week 6: Oct 8-12

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. We all have so much to be thankful for. 

We had a great time during our Terry Fox walk on Thursday - the weather in the afternoon was absolutely beautiful! Thank you for your donations for Terry Fox - the children are excited, because for each level of money raised, more teachers get "pied" in the face! You can watch the little promo video here.

We also had our first Faith Buddy Day, on the topic of Community. The Gr. 4 (morning) class were paired with Mrs. Marchant's kindergarten class, and the Gr. 5's, since they were with their morning classes, were paired with 2 different primary classes. Ask them about the activities they did with their buddies.

Each class also completed a STEM challenge this week. Gr. 4 were building a waterproof shelter for their little family who were caught in a rainstorm while hiking in the woods, and Gr. 5 were learning about "purifying" water using everyday materials.

Here's what we've been up to:

Math - we have moved into addition and subtraction, with and without regrouping, in both grades. We are looking at various methods of doing both of those things, including the algorithm. Students have experimented with adding and subtracting using base 10 blocks, by drawing pictures, using an open-number line, by breaking the number down and adding the components together (expanded form), etc.  Ask your son or daughter which method works best for them, and have them explain it to you. Next we will be working on rounding.

Language Arts - Gr. 4 were working on a Thanksgiving activity, which most completed. We will be writing descriptive paragraphs this week, and are working towards a CASI reading test soon. Gr. 5 are presenting their biographies of a classmate, and will be following that up with a biography of a person they admire, living or dead, famous or not. They will also be completing a CASI reading test before the end of October.

Don't forget:

*Wednesday is Picture Day! Bring your smiles! 😃😃😃😃

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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Our Terry Fox Walk/Run scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning has been rescheduled for 1:15 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, due to the high risk of thunderstorms in the morning. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with supervision, we hope you are still able to come in the afternoon!