Friday, June 28th, 2019

As we began our year...

To All of our Room 18 Families,

We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer!  We have enjoyed teaching your child this year and have had many laughs with this group.  They are kind, generous and are ‘out of the box’ thinkers who are sure to make a difference in our future.

To our Grade 5’s - Mrs. Mabbott (and possibly Mr. Stringer, if he is able to visit) looks forward to seeing you next year!  EMJ is sure to look a little different with different class configurations, settings and partnerships, but please know that we will always think of you as our students.’  Whatever next year introduces, we know that you will be strong and confident leaders in our school!

To our Grade 6’s - Thank you for being visionary leaders who left a positive mark at EMJ.  We will miss you all and hope you come and visit soon. We know that the jump to junior high is a big one, but you have all shown us the skills you will need to rock your new schools.  Hold your heads up high and know you will always be a part of the EMJ family.

School will resume after summer break on Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:00am.  We look forward to seeing your smiling and fresh faces then!

Have an amazing summer!

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer

Our final moments together!


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Friday, June 21st, 2019

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer want to send a huge thank you to our parents for the amazing lunch today.  We greatly appreciate the delicious food, and incredible desserts. We feel your support each day and feel privileged to work with your children.  We have had a fun year and are proud of the accomplishments each of the students have made.  


Words from Room 18:   

  • This week, Me to We put on a Teacher versus Student Challenge - Cup Stacking.  It was so much fun! 

  • We sadly did not have Sports Day today.  We will try again on Monday, June 24th in the morning!

  • Thursday was our last day with our SKILL buddies. They took us for lunch.

  • We had a parent come in and give us a presentation on Google Coding and Virtual Reality!  Thank you very much to Michelle Armstrong!

  • We are finished learning...except for Health.

  • We will be launching rockets next week - weather depending.

  • Yesterday we did the parachute egg drop.  It was a success! There was a ton of laughs and many uncracked eggs.  It’s not everyday that we get to drop things out of a second story window. 

Looking Forward:  

Next week is our final week together.  We are excited for many fun events and celebrations!

  • Monday, June 24th is the Grade 6 Farewell ceremony at 1pm in the gym

  • Tuesday, June 25th is our Bowling trip to Chinook Bowladrome and then a celebration lunch at the school when we return.  A special thank you to the volunteers who are helping to run this lunch!!!

  • Wednesday, June 26th is our final day with a school wide assembly and then classroom farewell.  Dismissal is at 12:15!


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Friday, June 14th, 2019

NEXT WEEK IS OUR FINAL PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST! SCIENCE! Students will need to study for this test! The review package can be found on our class website. 

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer told the grade 6's how proud they were of them this week.  This group has worked diligently all year and their hard work is paying off.  We hope they are celebrating their raw test scores with you and sharing in their PAT experience.  All final test scores will be mailed to you in the fall.  We will send the raw test scores home with the final report card of the year.

Words from Room 18:   

  • PAT’s are fun and challenging.

  • Monday is our last PAT - study your Science this weekend!

  • Many students said, “I am exhausted!”

  • Our read aloud novel, ‘Out of my Mind’ is amazing.

  • We still need baby photos and Bowling Trip permission forms!  Please send them in if you have not already!

This week in Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies, students completed their final review for PATs.  These reviews consisted of utilizing various resources including targeted practice, Alberta Exam Bank, Kahoot, as well as released review materials from Alberta Education.  By the end of the week, students had finished writing most of their PATs, with the exception of Science. If your child has missed a test, we will be completing them between Tuesday and Thursday.

Earlier in the week, we had Dan, a player on Calgary Roughnecks, come and host a 2-day residency with our school.  Students learned how to handle the stick, throw and catch a ball, and do tricks. It was a ton of fun!

Looking Forward:  

Our final PAT is on Monday as students will write the Science test.  Then we will be finished! We will have many fun events throughout the week such as our Me To We Teacher versus Student Cup Stacking challenge and raffle, parachute testing, rocket building and launching, a special art project, a VERY special guest and Sports Day on Friday!  Jam packed fun and more things to do than we have the time for!

Please be reminded that our final week of school has many special events:

  • Monday, June 25th is the Grade 6 Farewell ceremony at 1pm in the gym

  • Tuesday, June 26th is our Bowling trip to Chinook Bowladrome and then a celebration lunch at the school when we return.  A special thank you to the volunteers who are helping to run this lunch!!!

  • Wednesday, June 27th is our final day with a school wide assembly and then classroom farewell.


Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 20 - Fun Lunch and also SKILL BUDDY lunch!!

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes




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Friday, June 7th, 2019

NEXT WEEK IS PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST WEEK.  Please support your child by ensuring they are getting enough sleep and eating healthy food.  

Words from Room 18:   

  • PATs are next week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...following Monday

  • Human Sexuality is starting soon.

  • Teacher versus Student Competition takes place next Friday

  • Grade 5’s have a field trip on Tuesday to Weaselhead Park

  • School Rebranding - new logo is due Monday

  • It’s the end of the year!

  • Lacrosse residency next week

  • Grade 6 events coming up soon - please see our Important Dates below

  • We NEED all grade 6 baby photos ASAP!!

  • Grade 6 did a math quiz on Monday 

Language Arts:  This week in Language Arts we reviewed figures of speech.  We talked about idioms, metaphors, similes, synecdoche and more!  We also read more from our novel, Out of my Mind.

Math:  This week in math, grade 6 students began reviewing for their upcoming provincial achievement test in math.  This review included a pre-assessment to address any common areas of growth. We then focused on the challenging concepts that may be presented to students on next week’s exam in addition to a review and practice of long division with decimal numbers.  Today students were given access to Alberta Exam Bank, to hone their skills further.

Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students when on an in-school field trip to the stars.  The Astrodome planetarium came to EMJ to review our sky science curriculum in an interactive Imax-style presentation.  Students also experimenting with gliders reviewing key vocabulary and concepts that allow airplanes to fly.

Social:  This week in Social, we have compared each government, looking at similarities and differences. Our group also practiced a simulated Grand Council, trying to come to consensus about a classroom issue. Students were given a study guide to support their PAT preparation. We have also played fun games using Kahoot to review each of the concepts.


Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, read more of our novel, Out of my Mind, and practice for th PAT.  Next week in math, Next week in math, we will continue reviewing in preparation for the PATs in math.  In Science, we will continue experimenting with things that fly, including parachutes and hot air balloons.  The Social Studies PAT takes place first on the Tuesday, and afterward we will work on our wampum belts.


Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes



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Friday, May 31th, 2019

Why can Mrs. Moe NOT blow the ping pong ball out of the funnel???

Today, we walked over to Harold Panabaker for the grade 6 tour around the school.  We were introduced to each of the option classes all grade 7 students will participate in next year.  We met the current Principal, Mr. Nimmock, as well as many of the staff members, who continued to teach as they shared information about their classes.  Ask your child about what they saw and learned.

The month of June is one of our busiest times of the year.  We will communicate with you using the blog, messenger and paper copies, but please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions.  Final dates for the Grade 6 celebration ceremony and lunch will be sent next week.  What you need to know today:

1.)  We traditionally have a celebration lunch for the Grade 6’s in the final week of our year.  We are looking for parent volunteers to head up this fun event.  If you are willing to lead the event, volunteer your time on the day or lend your support, please contact Mrs. Mabbott - nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca 

2.) . We need a baby photo of each of the grade 6 students! We are putting together a slide show and need a high resolution baby or small toddler photo.  You can email the pictures digitally (preferred) or send the photos in to be scanned.  Please send in your pictures asap.


Words from Room 18:   

  • We have a Social Test next week - Iroquois Confederacy

  • Grade 6’s got to go to Panabaker - funniest quote was, “We are small!”

  • In Science we did a whole bunch of experiments!  We learned that you can use air to do work - compressed air.

  • All grade 6 students received a Social Studies review booklet - please begin to read over the information.  We will review all next week!

  • Quote of the week - “Student S, you have all the qualities of a Clan Mother.”

    • This was in reference to the Social Studies activity we did, breaking into Iroquois clans and choosing a Clan Mother who would best represent the group.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, we have been focusing on our read aloud novel, Out of my Mind.  We looked at the introduction of a new character and how it has changed the dynamic of the family and our main characters’ perspective.

Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students learned about data and probability by doing various math experiments.  Through dice games, spinners, and spoons students discovered the difference between experimental and theoretical probability.

How is the the balloon not just blowing away?

What is this student feeling on her face? Why?

Can you blow this candle out?

Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students completed the second round of experiments about the properties air.  They also were involved in some interactive demonstrations and while practicing forming hypotheses, observations, and inferences.


Social:   In Social this week, we learned how the Iroquois Confederacy is structured. This government still stands today and is “often described as the oldest, participatory democracy on Earth” (quote from https://www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com).  Students were given two opportunities to come to consensus on a classroom issue and are finding that this representative democracy model is challenging!

Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, we will review figurative language and read more of our novel, Out of my Mind.  In math, we will begin targeted practice and a review of key concepts. Next week in science, students will review sky science when the Astrodome comes to visit in addition to exploring flight by experimenting with gliders.  In Social, we will begin to review the main concepts covered throughout our year and compare each government.  The Social PAT in our first of 5, taking place Tuesday, June 11th.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyones bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!

June 4 - Grade 6 Astrodome visit at EMJ

June 4 - Wheel Week - Ride your bike/scooter/skateboard to school!

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes



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Friday, May 24th, 2019












Last week, Room 16 and 18 went to the Hangar Museum in NE Calgary.  Students had an incredible time learning about flight, things that fly and the properties of air.  We had the opportunity to sit in many planes from the past and tour the incredible space. Thank you to the volunteers, from the museum and parents from EMJ, who made the trip possible.  We had a brilliant time!


Words from Room 18:   

  • Bake sale was super successful!  Me to We says “Thanks for supporting us!”

  • Grade 6’s are heading to Harold Panabaker next Friday, May 31st for a Grade 6 Visit.  

  • Many personal celebrations this week - birthdays, goals met and new family members.

  • Grade 5 Math Test Tuesday

  • Today we did our Jump Rope for Heart skipping as a whole school.  It was a ton of fun!

  • In Social Studies we learned about Hiawatha. Women are the leaders in the Iroquois Society

  • In Science we are learning about the qualities of air - it has mass, it exerts pressure, and we have it in our bodies!

  • In Grade 5, the Grade 5’s have been learning about Wetlands and helped to clean up our field with the Kindergarten buddies.

 

Language Arts: In Language Arts this week, we have begun our focus on the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.  It is connected to our Social Studies unit learning about the Iroquois Confederacy. Ask your child about Hiawatha and why he decided to follow the Peacemaker and introduce the Great Law to each of the 5 nations.

Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students worked on survey questions, explored pictographs, and reviewed graphing data.  This work included a revisit of the relationship between milliliters and cubic centimeters and how we can use graphs to predict values.  


Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students completed experiments on air, discovering various properties including that air can do work, that air has mass, and building aircraft with propellers.   

Social:   In Social we have begun our study of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Students are learning about the history of the indigenous people and how years of war and rule by fear transitioned into a society that follows the Great Law.  Ask your child what they learned about the Iroquois people and the roles of men and women.

Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, we will look at poetry through Song of the Week and review elements of figurative language. In math, students will review probability through a series of math experiments and continue to practice graphing. Next week in science, students will continue experimenting to discover the qualities of air.  Finally, in Social, we will learn about the structure of the Iroquois Confederacy, each of the participants’ roles and how decisions are made.


Important Dates:

May 31 - Grade 6 visit to Harold Panabaker!  Get ready for junior high!

May 27-31 – Inline skating grades 4 and 5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B


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Friday, May 10th, 2019

Words from Room 18:   

  • Grade 5’s did their science test on electricity

  • Grade 5’s are enjoying the smaller class size and smaller space in room 16

  • Room 16 and 18 are excited to have new classmates Mary and Gabrielle

  • Grade 6’s are happy to have written their first PAT -  many said it was not too hard

  • The 5’s and 6’s are excited about the Field trip to the Hanger Flight Museum next Tuesday.  They are reminded to bring a bag lunch and that there is no food to purchase and no microwave

  • NO SCHOOL next Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th!  It’s an extra long weekend!

  • Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful Mom's and Mom-ish people in our school community!  You are loved and appreciated everyday! 

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we had our first PAT this week!  Grade 6 students wrote a story and news article on Wednesday.  They did well and should be proud of themselves. The next PAT is Tuesday, June 11th and will be the Social Studies test.  We also began a new read aloud book, Out of My Mind. Students have had interesting conversations about the stigma of disabilities as we learn about a little girl with cerebral palsy who has a brilliant mind.


Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students explored how to rotate a shape on the Cartesian plane.  The also reviewed for their geometry unit test and were given a pre-test on reading and interpreting graphs.


Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students performed an experiment testing how different natural fibers react to heat and flame. We also began looking at some key vocabulary to Air and Aerodynamics and Flight in preparation for next week’s field trip to The Hanger Flight Museum.


Social:   In Social, Grade 6 students learned about Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor and her important role in government. We also looked at how the provincial government is structured and talked about the roles of MLA’s.

Looking Forward:  

In Language Arts, we will continue to read and make connections to our novel.  Students will also begin a poetry focus and analyze and interpret different styles.  Next week in math, students will learn about successive transformations and discrete and continuous data.  In Science, we look forward to an awesome field trip to the Hangar Museum where we will learn more about planes and get to see a few up close!  In Social, grade 6’s will learn about cabinet members and their important duties, and review the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Thank you to all the families from room 18 who were able to join us for our Spring Concert.  The students stepped outside of their comfort zones and were able to share new and exciting talents.  It was a great show and we all had a great time!

Ready to play!
Our two fabulous narrators!

SWAT Team
Capture them!!!
Actors waiting their entrance!

Words from Room 18:  

  • The grade 5’s are moving to Room 16 temporarily while the Grade 6’s focus on preparing for the PATs

  • Spring Concert went well and most of us had fun...Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer things you all ROCKED IT!

  • Grade 6’s will need to get some good sleep for the PAT.  Also bring a healthy snack for the test on Wednesday!

  • Jump Rope for Heart Assembly today! Thank you to our volunteers who skipped for the whole school.

    • Ask us about FAST

  • Tomorrow is MAY THE FOURTH...be with you...

  • HOMEWORK:  1.  Stories are due MONDAY so that Mrs. Mabbott can provide some feedback!  2.  Grade 6's have Math review booklets that are due on Monday! 

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we focused on our story writing.  We began our final in-class story, allowing each student to work on a narrative of their choice.  Their goal is to publish this story and share it with a younger audience in the school.

Math:   This week in math, both grade 5 and 6 students learned how to translate a shape on the Cartesian Plane.  The grade 5 students continued exploring concepts involved with cubic meters, specifically area, perimeter, and volume.  Grade 6 students explored quadrilaterals, parallelograms, and polygons, and were provided some class time to complete a geometry unit review.  

Science:  This week in science, students began analyzing fabric at different types of fabric, trying to determine if their sample was natural or synthetic.  

Social:   In Social, Grade 6 students analyzed the graphs they created based on the Student Vote data.  We also had a discussion about the student walk-out that took place today, connecting it to democratic rights and freedom of speech.  The students also began to learn how provincial government turns a bill into a law.


Looking Forward:  As we approach the end of our year, the grade 5/6 team will regroup our students for 6 weeks to best support learning, and prepare our grade 6’s for the provincial achievement tests.  Ms. Moe will take all of the grade 5’s and Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott will take all of the grade 6’s. Students who are moving classes will still have time each week to connect with their ‘homeroom’ teacher and spend time with their ‘homeroom’ classmates.

In Language Arts, we will continue to work on our stories and begin a new read aloud book.  The grade 6’s will also participate in their first PAT on Wednesday. It is the Language Arts Part A test where students will write a story and news article! Next week in Math, grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to show what they know about tables and graphs to kick off our data and probability unit.  In Science, students will continue to learn about handwriting analysis and explore how different natural fibers react to heat and flame. In Social, grade 6’s will learn more about provincial government focusing on key roles such as Lieutenant Governor and cabinet members, and how the Alberta government is structured.


FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, April 26th, 2019

This week we had the opportunity to have a special guest come in and talk to our students.  Detective Dave Sweet came in on Wednesday to make a real life connection to our Evidence and Investigation unit.  He talked about the life of a detective and police officer, the evidence needed to catch a criminal and real life lessons to stay safe.  

We hope everyone had a great time at the Spring Carnival.  It was a wonderful event and we want to thank all parents who helped to support the night!  You ROCKED IT!

Next week is our Spring Concert.  Room 18 is teaming up with Room 16 to present a hilarious tale of winged-conflict.  We hope to see all of our families there to watch your child perform musically or through acting.  There are 2 shows on Thursday, May 2nd - 9:00am and 6:30pm. For the evening performance, we are asking that students arrive at 6:00pm and head straight to our classroom to prepare for their debut.

Words from Room 18:  

  • In math we are learning about quadrilaterals

  • Field Trip forms are due next Tuesday - Hangar Flight Museum

  • We met Detective Sweet!!  He talked about detective work and how he does his job

  • Me to We put on a Play and Learn lunch where students learned about children in rural China and played activities like hurdles, sack races, badminton and parachute games

  • The Grade 6’s have their first PAT in 12 days…

  • We finished our news articles!

  • Mr. Stringer connected the movie “Catch me if You Can” with graphology in Science.  It is analyzing handwriting

  • GRADE 6 - SOCIAL GRAPH IS DUE ON MONDAY!

  • Spring Concert is next week, Thursday the 2nd.  Showtimes are at 9:00am and 6:30pm.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, we reviewed news article writing and wrote our own articles based on a visit from Detective Sweet of the Calgary Police Department.  We also took a bit of time to review our finished stories and identify an area to focus on and improve. Many students are choosing to add greater detail to create a showing statement in their text, while others are working on editing and identifying incomplete sentences and missing information.  

Math:  This week in math, some grade 5 students have completed their stations and began exploring cubic meters, and how to use their knowledge of 90° to make their creations stable.  The grade 6’s learned how to draw triangles with accuracy and began working with quadrilaterals.

Science:  This was an exciting week with our evidence and investigation unit, students analyzed the PH levels of EMJ’s soil, met one Calgary’s detectives, and began handwriting analysis.  Very busy!!!

Social: This week, the grade 6’s took time to analyze the information collected from Student Vote. They were then asked to use the information and create a triple bar graph comparing political party votes’ in the province, community and EMJ. Our findings were interesting - ask your child what they learned from the graph.  Some students may be working on these this weekend as it is due on Monday.  

Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will write a final story that students will work towards publishing and sharing with their targeted audience - division one students.  In Math next week, grade 5 students will all be exploring cubic meters and the grade 6 students will continue looking at quadrilaterals, parallelograms, and polygons.  In Science, students will continue to learn about handwriting analysis and begin looking at different types of fabric. Next week in Social, the grade 6’s will use their personal graphs to answer specific questions and make conclusions based on the data.  We will also being looking at how bills are passed in provincial government and learning about our Lieutenant Governor.


FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

May 2 - Spring Concert - 2 showtimes:  9:00am and 6:30pm

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, April 19th, 2019

Room 18 wishes all of our families a wonderful and relaxing long weekend.  Next week will be our Spring Carnival put on by Parent Council. We look forward to seeing you all Thursday evening, starting at 6pm.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, students from room 18 have been building on their story writing skills.  Throughout the writing process, they have been considering their audience and the best ways to hold their readers’ interest, and create a narrative that is eventful and fun to read.  

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students are getting close to completing their perimeter, area, and volume math stations.   The grade 6 students learned how to identify triangles based on their attributes and classify them based on their angles or sides.  Both grade 5 and 6 began learning about transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane, specifically, flips, slides, and turns.  










Science:  This week in science, we took our learning outside to investigate tire treads and begin soil analysis.  Students were then given the opportunity to make observations and inferences about the tire evidence they collected, by utilizing digitized comparisons of the tread evidence to the suspect.  


Social: In Social, Grade 6 students participated in Student Vote.  It was an amazing experience that allows our class to learn about the voting process as it paralleled alongside the provincial election.  Students had a chance to voice their opinions about different political platforms and make an informed decision when they cast their own vote.  Our final class results agreed with the province, giving the UCP majority government. You can see al off the results from both the province and within Calgary-Acadia at http://studentvote.ca/results/ab2019 

Our election officers

What is your opinion...should voting be compulsory?  Students were asked this question and then we held a class debate.  As students conversed, they were able to move throughout the room as they 'agreed', 'disagreed', or needed more information.

Gym:  In gym, students practiced their juggling skills.  We found out it looks WAY EASIER than it actually is!










Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will continue to build on our story writing skills, focusing on adding greater description and vivid language.  We will also support our growth through peer evaluation and feedback. Next week in Math, we’ll delve deeper into transformations.  Grade 5’s will complete their stations and begin exploring cubic meters while the 6’s will be introduced to quadrilaterals.  In Science, the grade 6’s will analyze PH of some samples found on EMJ’s property and explore other evidence found at crime scenes.


Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum



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Friday, April 12th, 2019

Students in Room 18 have had a full week of learning and fun.  We have spent time talking about the upcoming provincial election and the issues that are being debated.  Each of our students completed their own Vote Compass survey, by the CBC, and compared their views with each of the political parties.  We had a great discussion about many of the topics and allowed students to draw on their own conclusions.

Words from Room 18:

  • Grade 5’s have to bring in items for Science - specifically ask your child what they need to bring or see Ms. Moes’ blog for more information

  • It a short week next week - Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd we have NO SCHOOL

  • Grade 6 PAT Language Arts Part A (Written) is coming soon - May 8th

  • We did Mart today!  Math...Art

  • Grade 6 students will participate in the election next week through Student Vote.   Ask us who we are voting for and why!

  • Have you completed the Vote Compass survey to identify the political party you agree most with?  https://votecompass.cbc.ca/alberta/

  • Spring Carnival is coming up!  April 25th

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we finished up practicing our News Article writing skills.  We have worked diligently to include catchy headlines and clear and informational lead paragraphs.  Students are also working on editing their writing...not a favourite practice, but a life skill.

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students started working on math stations involving perimeter, area, and volume. The grade 6’s began their exploration of Euclidian geometry exploring the relationships of triangles.  

Science:  This week in science, students compared latent finger prints they dusted on items they touched. They also began making observations and inferences of different tire tread patterns.    

Social: In Social, Grade 6 students have spent the week learning about the provincial election and researching their selected political party.  Friday we presented our information and will use our knowledge to participate in our own Student Vote next week.

Physical Education:  In gym this week, we have worked on our badminton skills.  Students practiced different types of shots and having control of the birdie.  We also began doubles games.  We finished the week off with a dance party in the gym with our fellow grade 5/6 class.  We played some of their favourite songs and had a great time dancing to the beat.

Looking Forward:  In Language Arts we will review story writing and build on those skills.  Next week in Math, we will introduce transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane in addition to continuing with the shape space stations and geometry.  Next week in Science, the grade 6’s will take their learning outside investigating the staff parking lot and everything their tires can tell us.  In Social, the grade 6 students will participate in Alberta’s Student Vote and share why they chose their favoured political party.  We will host our own Class Voting Station and learn about the process and jobs that combine to allow citizens to practice this in democratic process.   

Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Friday, April 5th, 2019

This week we had a focus on positive digital citizenship and making good choices on-line.  On Monday we had a special guest from Telus talk to our division 2 students about the power and influence we can have when going on line - both positive and negative.  On Thursday night, the school hosted the Calgary Police who also talked about internet safety and digital citizenship. Ask your child what they learned about the internet.  Do they have a social networking membership set to public?? What does this mean?

Words from Room 18:

  • We had a special speaker from Telus talk to our class about digital citizenship. 

  • Learning about fingerprints was fun in Science!  I can't wait to learn more!  And we also have a special guest coming in soon!

  • Writing our own silly news articles was super fun! 

  • We got little owl stickers from the Telus presentation to put on our ipads, iphones and computers!  The stickers are for blocking our cameras.

  • I am pretty sure I already know who I want to vote for in the upcoming election...but I need to read more about the other parties

  • Our school Spring Carnival is coming up!  I can't wait!  

  • The Grade 5's tried a potato battery experiment but it didn't work.  We still had a ton of fun though! We will try again next week using changing some of the variables.


Language Arts: In Language Arts we have been focusing on news articles and writing newsworthy information.  Using the inverted triangle format, students have begun to write interesting headlines and informative lead paragraphs.  We have also looked at further examples of figurative language and how it is used in writing. Do you know what synecdoche is?

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 and 6 students learned about the reference angles 90° and 180°.  This work included using a modified protractor which allowed the grade 5’s to explore examples and non-examples of 90° angles on paper and in the classroom.  Grade 6’s used the same protractor to learn how to use a protractor and classify angles based on their measure.



Science:  This week in science, we began our evidence and investigation unit.  Students learned about the different types of fingerprints, typed their own fingerprints and dusted the fingerprints of their peers off of some card stock.  


Social: In Social, we finished up our study looking at local government and started learning about provincial government.  We talked about the upcoming election and began a look at each of the political parties who are running. Students are excited to learn about each political party and their beliefs.


Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will continue our focus on news articles and will write a second article working on adding interesting details and editing for clarity. Next week in Math, grade 5’s will delve deeper into of perimeter, area, and volume.  Grade 6’s will continue with their practice using protractors by exploring the angles of polygons. Next week in Science,  grade 6’s will wrap up fingerprints and look at the tire tread patterns and animal prints. In Social, the grade 6 students will continue to focus on the Alberta provincial election and learn about each political party and their platform.  Our goal is to make a decision about the party we support the most and cast our student vote.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Friday, March 15th, 2019


Words from Room 18:

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day from our Room 18 Leprechaun!  Your treat was delicious! Thank you very much!

  • Next week we have a Science test - TUESDAY!

  • We’re excited that the math test is over.

  • The Pizza Hut Fun Lunch was delicious!

  • We’re excited that next Thursday is Fake Friday (dismissal at 12:15)

  • We’re excited about Spring Break!

  • Parent Teacher Interviews are coming!  Thursday, March 21st from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, March 22nd from 8:00am to 1:00pm

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we finished our paper bag research projects and our final products look amazing!  We cannot wait to share them with you at interviews on Thursday evening or Friday morning! We also practiced our figurative language skills this week and read another Caldecott medal candidate.  

Math:   This week in math, grade 5 students extended their understanding of fractions and decimals to the thousandths place. They learned how to interpret these numbers using base-ten blocks, represent them by shading grids, and find equivalent fractions and decimals.  Grade 6 students focused on finding equivalent ratios and how to solve problems involving ratios. At the end of the week, both grade 5’s and 6’s began looking at area and perimeter and planning their dream home.

Science:  This week in science, students were provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for the upcoming sky science unit test (Tuesday, March 19th).  We marked the review as a class, and all students were given an answer key (a digital copy has been uploaded to the science page of our class website).  


Social: In Social, we finished our lesson discussing how a bylaw can be created or how to change a current by law. Did you know that a motion to make or change a bylaw must be considered three times before it is voted on?  Ask your child why this is an important process. We also learned about the 4 types of local government and how the positions are selected.


Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will learn more about news paper articles, each of their parts and how they are written.  In Math, students will receive the results of their quizzes, we’ll review areas of growth and continue to learn about area, perimeter, volume, and displacement. There will be a Science test for the grade 6’s next week - Tuesday!  Students will be provided a with final review activity (Kahoot) on Monday, write their test on Tuesday, and, time permitting, start their Evidence and Investigation Unit. In Social, we will continue to look at Local government and how it is structured.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 19 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm







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Friday, March 8th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • Next week we have a quiz in Math - THURSDAY!

  • Grade 5 started the Electricity unit in Science.

  • Our Dance Residency is now over.  5 words to describe the event: nervous, embarrassing, very fun, unique, challenging.  Our performance was awesome! (see picture above)

  • In Grade 6 we had a pop quiz about local government.  Do you know the difference between revenue and expenditures?

  • Our SKILL 2 class and buddies went tobogganing this week.  We had a blast! (See picture above)

  • Grade 6’s measured the sun’s diameter using a box, tin foil and paper.

  • Fun Lunch NEXT WEEK!  Please order your lunch before midnight!

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we have been working together in our guided reading group focusing on non-fiction texts.  Students are learning new vocabulary words and building their skills to ask questions, and reflect on a passage, while they are reading.  In writing, we are excitedly working on our research projects - grade 5’s are researching important Canadian influences while the Grade 6’s are finding information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, Constellations and the olympics.  We are excited to share these final projects with you!

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students learned how to represent pictures as fractions and decimals. The grade 6 students learned how to represent pictures as fractions, decimals, percentages, and different types of ratios. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students were challenged to convert between these different representations of number.  Students were given a targeted review handout to prepare for a quiz next Thursday (March 14th).  The review questions for grade 5 and grade 6 have also been posted on the math page of our class website.  

Science:  This week in Grade 6 Science, students learned why they should never look directly at the sun and how they can safely view the sun with pinhole cameras.  They achieved this by constructing pinhole cameras with cardboard boxes and aluminum foil (pictured). Students were able to use these tools that they produced to take measurements of the sun, and, with their understanding of ratio and decimals, calculate an approximate diameter of the sun.  Please note that there will be a Sky Science unit test the week of March 18th. A review of key understandings and vocabulary will be coming home soon!

Social: In Social, we looked at how governments collect money - revenue, and how they spend it - expenditures.  We also learned how citizens and government officials create new and change current bylaws.  Students took a bit of time to learn about Calgary’s bylaws and were surprised to see that many of the ‘rules’ they know are actual laws!  Ask your child which bylaws they learned about.

Looking Forward:  We have another busy full week coming up. In Language Arts, we will finish up our paper bag research projects and share them.  In Math, we will go over the review questions, hand back their quizzes and address any areas of growth that are needed.  Next week in Science, students will graph the shadows that are cast by the sun and observe how they change throughout the day. They will also be provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for an upcoming sky science unit test (week of March 18th).  In Social we will continue looking at bylaws and then focus on the organization of local government.  


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.           

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume



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Friday, March 1st, 2019

This week’s highlight…CODING!!  Students had a 2-hour session learning how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights. They had the opportunity to program a repeating pattern of their choice.  We will also be hosting a Coding Club at school for students to continue developing their skills.

Here is the website they were using:  makecode.microbit.org


Language Arts:  We completed our Iqbal novel and participated in a final quiz. Students learned the value of adding information to their mind maps (as we read each day) which they were able to use when answering questions on the test.  The mind maps are a tool to allow the students to collect information about the elements of the story, record events, highlight themes and learn new vocabulary.  This week we also worked on our reading comprehension skills looking at poetry and figurative language and read another great Caldecott Medal contender. 


Math: This week in math, grade 5 students played a game of Spoons to practice equivalent fractions.  The grade 6 students played a spiral matching game, pairing improper fractions with mixed numbers. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students were challenged to compare fractions on number lines.  


Science: In science, students finished presenting their sky science presentations.  They were very successful finding the important information, putting the information into their own words, and writing complete sentences.  As we approach the end of the sky science unit, we will review key content and vocabulary from the presentations to prepare for the sky science unit test (TBA).

Social Studies:  In Social we began looking at Canadian government and learning about the services provided by the Provincial and Local governments.  Students were given a list of services and sorted them between each level of government.  We also briefly discussed each service and the importance it carried in our daily lives.


Looking Forward:

Sound Kreations, a dance residency will be in our school next week.  Students will learn a new dance and perform it on Friday!  Room 18 will perform on Friday, March 8th, from 11:00am to 11:45am! Next week in Language Arts we will begin a research project that will highlight Canadian Explorers for the Grade 5’s and Athenian Gods and Goddesses for the grade 6’s. In Math, we will continue our fraction focus, reinforce other concepts through games, and start exploring the relationship between fractions, decimals (Gr.5) and percent (Gr. 6). Students will also have a 4-question quiz on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Next week in Science, students will continue their exploration into sky science, learning how to view the sun with a pinhole camera. In Social, we will focus on local government and how it is structured. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

March 8 - Student Performances (9:30 am or 11:00 am) Sound Kreations

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.         

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school




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Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Words from Room 18 Students:

  • Grade 5 have a Science test next Tuesday – chemistry.  Study up!
  • We finished Iqbal.  The ending is so sad because he died!
  • Grade 6 got back their Social Studies tests.  We did awesome!
  • We have started a Mock Caldecott book contest.  Some of the books are great!
  • Grade 6’s talked about PAT’s and the dates for the tests.
  • It was warmer today so we went outside to play Capture the Flag.  It was fun.
  • We have a lot to celebrate this week! 

Room 18 has been busy with a variety of activities and sharing their understanding.  We have had many conversations about taking risks in learning and that mistakes are a part of the process. 



Language Arts:  We have read and discussed our class read aloud novel, Iqbal.  The students looked at the different symbols in the story such as a kite, and how it represented freedom.  We finished the book this week and many students were shocked to hear about Iqbal’s untimely death.  The event opened up an interesting discussion about the strength and inspiration a single person can have and how, even after death, they can continue to make an impact. One student said, “Even though Iqbal died, he was able to give courage and hope to other kids to stand up to their masters and fight back.” Ask your child how they felt about the novel.


Students have also begun a Mock Caledcott award project, assuming the role of judges.  They are critically analyzing a variety of picture books to see which will win the prestigious award.  We have looked at the different mediums illustrators have utilized and debated the importance of pictures when telling a story.


Math:  This week in Math, students received their marked quizzes from last week on subtraction, multiplication, and division.  After addressing and reviewing areas of growth, students were provided with 9 practice questions (7 questions for grade 5) for homework which was marked and returned today.  Students were encouraged to look at any errors as opportunities to learn and to try to correct any subtraction errors.  We will address any questions students have about their practice on Monday.  We also continued our exploration into fractions.  Grade 5 students were focused on finding equivalent fractions and Grade 6 learned about improper fractions and mixed numbers and how to convert one to the other. 


Science:  In Science, grade 6 students continued to present their Google Slides presentations.  Topics included meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, planets of our solar system, the moon, current rockets and dark matter. The presentations have been a wonderful example of our grade 6 students’ knowledge, creativity, and interest in their topics.  Students who were the audience were provided with vocabulary lists as well as paper to create mind maps on the various presentations.  They were also reminded that the content of these presentations will make up a portion of their sky science unit test (coming soon). 

Social Studies:  The Grade 6’s wrote their Ancient Athens Democracy test this week.  They were asked to compare different roles of Athenians and describe how these roles played a part in the democratic process.  Please sign your child’s test and send it back to school on Monday!  We will answer any questions they may have as there were a few questions that were a challenge for many!

Looking Forward:

Next week in Language Arts we will continue to look at a variety of picture books, analyzing each to see who the Caldecott winner will be.  We will also begin a new writing assignment that will include what students have learned in Science and Social Studies.  In Math, we’ll continue this practice and learn how to compare and relate dissimilar fractions.   Next week in Science, Grade 6 students will continue presenting and exploring the few remaining key understandings of our sky science unit.  In Social we will review the test they took and take a closer look the similarities and differences between direct and representative government.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting              

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school



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Friday, February 8th, 2019

Once again, Room 18 was running all week.  A major highlight was our Artist in Residence, One World Drumming.  Our instructor, Roger, worked with us during 4 sessions as we learned about the history of African drumming, the relationship to oral history and then learning about notes and rhythms.  Many of our students had a great time and were proud (and a little nervous) to perform in front of an audience. 

  • “I enjoyed learning how to drum.  It hurt my hands a little bit but it was fun.”
  • “When our two groups came together it sounded awesome!  I found it a bit hard to keep track of my beat but I could get back on track.”
  • “I didn’t think I would like drumming but I actually had fun.  I would do it again!”

Language Arts:

We have begun our new stories, using an interesting picture prompt.  Students are focusing on a specific area of growth such as adding more description, character development or editing for sentence errors.  We look forward to sharing our stories with you soon!  Our read-aloud novel has also become more exciting as the power shift has changed and it seems our young factory workers may have some help coming.  This week we took on the perspective of our villain.  We questioned how he felt about the choices he has made having child laborers and how he would be feeling about these children becoming more rebellious.


 


Math:

This week in math we continued our practice with long division.  This work included a review of the key terminology, such as dividend, divisor, and quotient.  Embedded in this practice was a review of other curriculum outcomes including subtraction and multiplication.  Later in the week, students were challenged to answer the following question through an experiment.  If you double the height of a ramp does it double the distance a marble travels?  This cross-curricular math-science experiment allowed students to show their understanding of measurement and think about what makes an experiment fair.  It also involved collecting and interpreting data, distinguishing different types of variables and finding the sum and quotient to answer the big question. 


Science:

This week in science students were busy completing their sky science presentations.  They’ve been working hard to make their presentations meet all the outcomes discussed and answer their big questions.  They look fantastic so far, and we can’t wait for the students to present their research next week.  Please ask your child to share their presentation with you this weekend, and if possible practice their scripts.  On Monday, students will be provided some class time to work on the finishing touches and print anything they need.  Those who are already prepared to present will be given the opportunity to do so.




Social:

In Social we are applying our understanding of the 3 Pillars of Ancient Greek Democracy.  Students have been asked to summarize what they believe to be the most important jobs in each pillar and how they demonstrate direct democracy.  The best part of the assignment is that students are creating a short story describing a day or moment in the life of an Athenian citizen within each of the Pillars. It will capture a job they are working on, an issue they are debating or an action they may take. 

Winter Walk and In-class Gym:

Despite the cold weather, our class was able to find a window of time on Thursday to head out for a Winter walk. It was greatly needed as we have been indoors all week! HOWEVER…during our gym times (while remaining in our own space), we transformed our room into an Olympic stadium.  We took a few ideas from Ancient Greece and from our Indigenous communities up North and participated in 5 different events –  ‘chariot racing’, the stick pull, leg wrestling,  the kneel jump and javelin throwing. We may continue this next week if the cold weather continues!

Looking Forward:

It is a SHORT week next week but full of action. Students will be participating in Rocks and Rings, a fun experience introducing Curling in our gym. We will be beginning a Valentine’s Day art project fueled by the creativity of each student. They will begin their art proposals on Monday and will begin to create a piece of art that represents love.  Students will put together a proposal of their ideas and will then get to work!  In Language Arts we will work on our stories and continue Iqbal (maybe finished it!) and in Math we will wrap up the marble problem and delve into fractions.  In Social we will finalize our Pillar projects and will present our Sky Science projects.  On Monday, Me to We is hosting a BAKE SALE to raise money for YMCA's Strong Kids Foundation.  This is the same group that supported sending many of our grade 6's to camp.  Each treat will be $1!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 11 - Bake Sale . Items are $1 each

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch



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Friday, February 1st, 2019

Room 18 had a busy week with a variety of fun activities and new challenges.  We also had many valuable learning experiences and stepped outside of our comfort zones.  Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott hope that each family celebrated in their child’s accomplishments shared on their report cards.  We are proud of what our students have achieved in the last 5 months and we look forward to the growth over the next 5.

Language Arts:  

This week we finished our stories and handed them in.  We had an opportunity to evaluate our writing, and used a rubric to look at our strengths and areas of growth.  Reading comprehension has been our focus and understanding challenging vocabulary.  This skill can be practiced at home and school as students are challenged to identify and define new vocabulary.   We have also continued our reading of ‘Iqbal’ and the events have held the class’s attention.  Ask your child what has happened and how the power has shifted in our novel.

Math:

This week in math, after reviewing vocabulary words such as dividend, divisor, and quotient, we began estimating division problems.  Students tried two different methods to estimate the quotient.  Later in the week, we tackled long division which challenged students to utilize their addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills. 

Science:

In science, the phases of the moon quizzes were returned to students.  We discussed the importance of studying for tests and quizzes as students analyzed the results of the quiz by looking at a pie graph of the class’s performance.  There will be a re-write at lunchtime (next Thursday) for those who need to improve their score.  Students were very excited to begin their Sky Science research projects this week.  They will be provided with a total of four classes to complete their Google Slides presentations by the end of next week.  As all of the projects are in Google Slides, they can work on them at home and share their presentations with parents.

Social: 

In Social we learned about the final two pillars of government in Ancient Athens – the Council of 500 and Athenian Court.  Grade 6’s learned how the citizens of Ancient Athens participated in government, winning their roles through a lottery system.  The Council of 500 was Athen’s full time government, while the Athenian Court allowed the people to bring their complaints to a magistrate.

Physical Education:

In Gym, we have had a fun week challenging our inner spy skills and tackling the Mission Impossible course.  There were a few new challenges this year that have made the course difficult, for even our oldest students, but we all had a great time.  On the final day Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer even joined in on the action!


Looking Forward:

Next week we look forward to One World Drum Co. joining us for a week-long residency.  Each class will participate in several lessons, learning to drum and will showcase their skills in a final assembly on Friday.  Room 18 will be performing at the 8:30 a.m. presentation!  In Language Arts, we look forward to beginning our next story as we build on the skills and focuses we talked about last week.  In Math, students will continue to work on their long division skills, including addition, subtraction and multiplication to hone their problem-solving skills.  In Science, students will complete their research projects and begin to think about their presentations.  In Social, we will apply what we have learned about the Pillars of Government in Athens and create ‘Day in the Life of a Citizen’ stories to capture our understanding.

****Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 - One World Drum Performances - 8:30 am and 10:30 am - All Welcome!

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Friday, January 25th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • Big desk change this week!  We are excited about our new spots...well, most of us!

  • Iqbal (our class novel study) has been a ‘really good, horrible book’.  It is sad but hard to put down.

  • Wednesday we had our Math test.  There were some realizations...studying is key!

  • Grade 6 social - we have been learning about the 3 pillars of democracy

  • Fun lunch this week was delicious!

  • The Grade 5’s who completed their first Crystal experiment and write up are making crystals with Epsom salt next week!

  • Happy birthday to Yuna, Kyarrah, Maxx!

  • We are getting ready for Mission Impossible next week!  We were super quiet at our stations this week. We have also practiced strengthening our core muscles by doing the plank and push-ups.

  • Report cards go home on Thursday!

  • No school on Friday!


Language Arts:  

Our classroom read aloud novel has taken many twists and turns this week and brought about much excitement in our space. The young hero has escaped from his ‘jail’ only to be returned by the adults he has gone to, to ask for support.  But a new leader is beginning to show her bravery. Ask your child who this character is and why she is an unlikely hero. This week we finished up our story writing and some even began their editing and revisions. Many of the stories we have read are full of excitement and description.  We look forward to sharing them with you soon!

Math:

In Math, students were challenged to solve a number puzzle (pictured) involving all four operations and the order of operations (aka BEDMAS).  Later students were provided the opportunity to create their own which proved to be easy to make and difficult to solve. We also continued our practice of 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication, using different multiplication strategies.  Many students were quite successful using lattice multiplication to solve problems. Students were also given a small quiz focusing on addition and subtraction problems. We used the results of this quiz to provide targeted instruction and practice for students that needed it.  The quizzes were handed back to students to bring home to share.


Lunar Eclipse in January 2019


Science:

In Science, we reviewed the phases of the moon, voted on our mnemonic sentence, introduced the upcoming research project, and students took the phases of the moon quiz.  The quizzes have been marked and analyzed and will be handed back next week. The research projects will begin next week and should be wrapped up by end of the following week.  Students will be given a choice of a set of topics in Sky Science, but there is an opportunity for students to make their case for an independent study. As most of this work will be done on Google slides, students will be encouraged to share the slides with their parents.  Once the projects are complete, students will present their findings with their classmates.



Social:

In Social this week we looked at the 3 Pillars of Democracy in Ancient Greece and began to look at the many different ways for male citizens to become involved in running their city state.  We learned about the first pillar - The Assembly - and how it was the center for discussion, debate and decision making.



Gymnastics:

In Gym we introduced equipment such as benches, trestles, box horses and crash mats.  We also had a chance to use the climbing apparatus and work on ropes, the ladder and bars.  We have worked on balances, moving through equipment with control and using different ways to travel.  We did all of this SILENTLY!!!  We are also working on building our core muscles, so plank has been the foundation for our week!


Looking Forward:

Next week in Language Arts we will edit and revise our stories to make them more interesting and organized.  We will also continue our guided reading discussions and talk about the issues in Iqbal. In Math we will be working on our division skills! In Science we will begin our Sky Science research projects.  In Social we will look at the last two pillars of democracy - Council of 500 and the Athenian Court - to see how Ancient Athenians ran and participated in direct democracy. What we are most excited about will be MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in gym!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly x2

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for student

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 28 – Fun Lunch



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Friday, January 18th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • We were wild this week!  Full moon

  • Grade 5’s have started growing crystals in Science

  • We are continuing Iqbal  

  • In gym we shared our gymnastic routines.  Some of us will share next week!

  • Next week we will have a Science Test (grade 6) and math quiz.  Both study sheets have been sent home!

  • In art we analyzed different art showcasing the theme of ‘Love’

  • We started Readers' Theatre.  I am nervous!

  • Fun lunch next week!

Language Arts: In Language Arts we have been reading in our guided reading groups.  We have focused on recalling descriptive details and identifying the author’s purpose.  We have also participated in Reader’s Theatre. Each group has a script focusing on a different pair or group of Ancient Greek Gods

Math: In Math we continued our review of performing operations with decimals.   We kicked off the week with a game of Kahoot, practicing addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.  After taking a ride on the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster, we reviewed how to multiply.  For the Grade 6's, this work included multiplying decimal numbers, while the Grade 5's focused on multiplying whole numbers.  There will be a short quiz next Tuesday on adding and subtracting decimal numbers with regrouping.


Science: In Science we reviewed the phases of the moon and then zoomed out to our solar system.  All the students were given the opportunity to create a mnemonic device to remember the names of planets in order.  Students also were provided with some time to virtually explore our solar system and NASA's Space Place site.  There will be a phases of the moon quiz next Tuesday (the review cards are available on our class website).

Social: In Social we have learned about Ancient Greek society and how it is structured.  Ask your child how the roles of boys and girls in Ancient Athens is different from today.  We also learned about primary resources and it allows researchers to get as close to an event as possible.

Gymnastics:  Students have practiced different travels, balances, weight transfers and sequences on our mats.  This week we shared our routines. There will also be a few groups next week who will get to share!


Looking Forward…

In Language Arts we will continue story writing and focus on our editing skills.  In Math we have a quiz next week and will continue to work on multiiplying numbers, with and without decimals.  In Science we will also have a quiz testing our phases of the moon knowledge.  In social we will continue our focus on Ancient Athenian society and how their government was structured.


Important Dates…

Jan. 19 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Friday, January 11th, 2019

Welcome to 2019!  We were excited to see fresh faces on Monday.  We heard about the fun, relaxing and family focused breaks everyone had.  It was a long week as we are all adjusting to routine again but the students worked hard and we learned a lot.

Words from Room 18:

  • We are excited for our report cards!  The teachers are paying close attention to our work!
  • We figured out the Riddle of the Week!  Can you?  It is…how can you spell the word candy with 2 letters?
  • We started a great new read aloud novel – Iqbal.  Please ask us what we think so far!
  • Mission Impossible will start soon.  Gymnastics has started!
  • We are excited to get books in the library.
  • Grade 5’s have done a lot of experiments in Science.
  • Me to We is planning another event…it will be epic!
  • Grade 6 Science – we have started Sky Science.
  • We started decimals in math – adding and subtracting!
  • Grade 6’s are learning about Ancient Greece in Social.
  • Grade 5’s have been watching Elder in the Making series.  It is about the indigenous community.


Language Arts:  This week has been all about getting back into routine and practicing our skills. Song of the week this week was Prince’s 1999, and we began new guided reading groups.  We have also started a new read aloud novel that has captured the attention of everyone.  Iqbal is a fictional story but focuses on real people and events.  We had in-depth discussions about bonded child labour, difficult family decisions and life in poverty.  We are also creating a mind map to capture what we feel is the most important information, building a timeline of events and documenting new vocabulary that we are learning.  Ask your child about their initial thoughts about Iqbal.


Math:  This week in math, we reviewed place value, standard and expanded form.  After asking the question ‘How small is small?’ we explored the scale of the universe, and began solving problems with decimal numbers.  The grade 5’s focused on tenths, hundredths, and thousandths, while the grade 6’s extended this understanding to the billionths place.

  

Science:  This week in Science, we continued to learn about the phases of the moon.  Students explored an interactive site where they could manipulate the earth’s orbit to see the position of the moon in each phase.  Students also modeled the phases of the moon (see pictures) to learn hands-on how the sun, moon, and earth are positioned for the moon phases and lunar and solar eclipses.  We also had some hands on fun looking at the moon phases 'Stringer Style"!

Social:  This week we began with a review of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Magna Carta and Suffragettes.  We then turned our focus to Ancient Greece and direct democracy versus representative democracy.  Students learned where Greece is located and created a map looking at the surrounding bodies of water, countries, mountains and major cities.  They also learned about city states and how Greece’s landscape isolated each community.  


Looking Forward:  Next week in Language Arts we will continue our guided reading, read aloud novel and revisit story writing.  In Math our practice will continue with more problem solving for the grade 5’s and multiplication of decimals with the grade 6’s. In Science student’s will be provided with some phases of the moon review materials (there’s a quiz coming soon) and start exploring our solar system.  In Social we will look at ancient Athenian social structure, the roles of men, women and children, and talk about primary resources.

FAMILY HOMEWORK THIS WEEKEND!!  We are asking all of our families to have a mathematical conversation this weekend.  We would like to know how each of your families use basic facts (mental math using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - NO calculators involved) in your daily lives.  Do you use it at work? Home? Shopping? Games? For example, you may use quick math to calculate how many minutes you have left before you have to leave the house, or how much data you have left on your phone for the month, per week and per day (both examples Mrs. Mabbott uses often!)  Please let Mr. Stringer or Mrs. Mabbott know how you use your basic facts each day. You can either write a brief message on a piece of paper or write us a quick email with your explanation.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens

January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school


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Friday, December 14th, 2018

We are super excited for our final school week of 2018!  Here is what Room 18 Students wanted to share:

  • Don’t forget next week on Friday is our PJ Breakfast to support the Calgary Food Bank
  • In math we learned about Factors and Multiples.  Please ask us about them
  • We had our Winter Concert!!!  It was awesome!  Our class is looking forward to the Spring Concert where we will perform.
  • Me to We are planning a skit for our assembly
  • We are excited to share our Book Club presentations next week
  • GRADE 6 HAS A SCIENCE TEST ON WED. DEC 19!  I NEED TO STUDY!

Language Arts:  We have worked all week on our Book Club Presentations.  Many of the groups have used google slides to share information about the characters, the main plot, favourite parts and their recommendations.  Next week they will present to the class.  Ask your child to log on to google slides so that you can take a sneak peak at their presentation!


Math:  This week in Math we continued to learn more about the numbers we frequently use.  This work included a constructing a Venn-diagram to compare multiples to factors, solving word problems and learning about prime and composite numbers.

Science:  In Science we reviewed key terms and vocabulary that ha been used in our learning throughout the Trees and Forest unit.  We also played an energetic game of Kahoot to review key concepts.  This review work will support students’ understanding for the upcoming test on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.  Paper copies of the vocabulary have been given to all students.  Here is a link to a digital copy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15nA0J8DdykpCYXBDp2pqCEni75paXhxFF5by3O5YXlY/edit?usp=sharing


Social:  In Social we have made personal connections to the Charter of Rights and chosen the rights that mean the most to us and our families.  Many students choose ‘the right to practice their religion’ and ‘the right to feel free and safe’.  We had interesting conversations about the importance of the rights and some communities who do not have these rights.


Looking Forward:  Room 18 will present their book club presentations in Language Arts.  In math we will continue our study of numbers and apply our understanding when problem solving.  In Science we have a TEST on Wednesday.  We have stressed to the grade 6's that preparation is key.  Please review the information that has been sent home!  In Social we will look at participation and the right to vote.  We will also be looking at the history of voting in Canada and the groups who won the right to vote later than others.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School


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Friday, December 7th, 2018

Is it really December already?  Our week was short but our learning was extensive.  Room 18 has worked diligently and were ready for a long weekend. One of our highlights was bringing a bit of camp to the school.  We loved the game Gaga Ball and have modified it to play in our gym.  We look forward to teaching the rest of the school soon as it is a game for all ages and abilities!

Language Arts: 

We are finished, or nearly finished our novels in book club.  They are due to be finished on Monday (exception is the Little Women group).  Student conversations around the room included gasps of shock and laughter.  This week students had an opportunity to summarize their reading and identifying the connection between the main plot, characters and setting in their novels.  Ask your child about their final thoughts on their novel.  Did they enjoy their book and why?

Math:

This week in numeracy, we worked diligently on the concept of multiples and finding common multiples of 2 to 3 numbers.  This work included using tables, calendars, and charts to solve hypothetical scheduling scenarios and barnyard fun.

Social:

This week, the grade 6’s were given each of the rights and freedoms in the Canadian Charter of Rights.  They were asked, without prompts to organize them into categories that made sense to them.  Each group had to talk about each of the ideas and how they were related to other rights.  This was a challenging task but the conversations were thoughtful and reflective.  “Having the right to move to a province must be related to entering and leaving Canada.  It talks about people travellng.” – This group made the connection to Mobility rights in Canada.

Science:

We took time this week to reflect on the vocabulary we have learned in Trees and Forest and then introduced our Sky Science unit.  Students toured the International Space Station that flew through our night sky on Wednesday night.  We also explored the question ‘How big is big?’ in our students’ frame of reference and the scale of the universe.  Ask your child what stood out most when we looked at a scale that compared human beings to the size of our universe.

Looking Forward:

We have a busy week next week with our upcoming Christmas concert.  If your child is in Choir or Handbells they will be busy with rehearsals!  In Language Arts we are looking forward to our final novel study project where groups will have the opportunity to present their book, the main elements and what they loved best. In Math we will move into Factors, contrasting them with multiples, and then continue into problem solving with factors.  In Social we will further our study of the Charter of Rights and see how they specifically affect citizens in Canada.  In Science we look forward to looking at the contents and scale of our solar system.

***EMJ's CHRISTMAS CONCERT IS ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th. The show times are 9:00am and 6:30pm.  All families are welcome. Room 18 is not performing at this concert, unless the individual students are in handbells and choir.  For the evening performance, students need to arrive at 6pm.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional



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Friday, November 30th, 2018

This week the grade 5 students in our space had the opportunity to be the leaders at EMJ.  Room 16 and 18 regrouped as one and had a fun filled week with Mrs. McCosh, an EMJ alumni. Here are some of their highlights:

  • We were on live television - Breakfast news!  Andrew Shultz from Breakfast TV came int talk to us!  Ask us what we learned!

  • Getting a break from the Grade 6’s

  • Today we learned how to play Gaga Ball (a new game the grade 6’s learned at camp).

  • Mrs. McCosh taught us!  And she taught us French!

  • We read Loser (but still need to finish it!

  • The joy of having many of the grade 5’s together!

  • We made optical illusions.

  • Mathletics - 2D and 3D shapes.

  • We also learned a new game in gym!

And our last photo from Camp Chief Hector!  Thank you to all of our families for supporting us!  We had a blast!


Looking Forward:  Next week we will tackle the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Social Studies and reflect on what we learned about Trees and Forest at camp.  We are nearly finished our books in book club and will begin our novel projects soon.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume


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Outdoor School - Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Day 3: 

Our last full day at camp has been a terrific one! The day started off with a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, assorted fruit, cereal and orange juice. Half of the students went on the hike today, while the remaining half stayed back and play Gaga Ball (a fast favourite), and the ECO-nomy game.


After pizza lunch, the students then spent time at the Wilderness playground. This playground is filled with natural obstacles for practicing and testing out risky play. Our final main event was Predator vs. Prey! This game is a favourite every year at camp (the teachers love it too…Mr. Stringer trains all summer for it). It was a competitive game that exhausted all of us and left us with big smiles on our faces (and some minor scratches). 


We ended the day with a meeting and reflection about our favourite part of the week, game time and campfire. We were treated to skits and music put on by the camp staff. There will be some happy sleepers tonight! 



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Outdoor School Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, Day 2


Good evening! We have had another full day out in the great outdoors.  About half of the kids went on a day hike.  They planned their route with their councilor, packed bagged lunches with pita sandwiches, fruit, veggies and granola bars.  They discovered many exciting things in the forest and enjoyed the crisp clear day. 


Some explored the “Forest Play” which is a natural playground created out of trees and rocks. Others participated in improv drama sessions which were hilarious.  How great to see the kids step outside their comfort zone. Some groups worked together in the challenge course.

This evening after our class meetings, we had our Assistant Principal Heather McKay share an Iroquois creation myth.  The kids followed along and created a story bracelet with beads that represent the elements of the story.  This activity is one of our EMJ Outdoor School traditions.  

Kids raved about the food today.  Breakfast consisted of fruit, French toast, turkey sausages, cereal, yogurt and oatmeal.  For lunch, we had mac & cheese and veggies and dip.  Throughout the day a ton of fruit was consumed.  For dinner they served lasagna and garlic bread – always a favourite!


The kids have just left for night viewing of the constellations and to find Mars in the night sky.  When they are finished they will head off to bed.  They are tired to night but full of smiles and great stories.  Have a good night from Camp Chief Hector.



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Outdoor School Day 1: Friday, November 23rd, 2018


Hello, the students have all left to head back to their respective sleeping quarters.  We had a full day with lots of laughs, adventures, and trying new things.  We ate lunch at 12:30, Sloppy Joes and veggies and dip were served. 

Some of our students played at the Wild Playground and the Challenge Course. The Wild Playground allowed for free play on large rocks and logs, which were laid out to test their balance.  The Challenge Course is a teamwork activity where students work together to get through an obstacle course of platforms, tires, and logs.   They worked up an appetite by 5:30pm when dinner was served. 

Students then met with their teachers to share about their day followed by games, art activities, quiet reading. The day ended with an indoor campfire full songs and lots of laughs.  We were excited to see new friendships forming, positive attitudes and renewed confidence in your child.   

 


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Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Thank you to all of the families who were able to make it to Parent Teacher Conferences.  It was exciting to share your child’s learning with you and celebrate their achievements.  We truly have a wonderful group of students and enjoy working with them each day.   If you were not able to join us but wish to have a meeting at a later time, please contact us at the school and we can set up a meeting or telephone conference.


Literacy:

This week we continued our Book Club reading and sharing.  The groups had meaningful conversations about their text and shared their job for the week. Ask your child what the main problem is in their book.


       

Math:

This week we had a Math Quiz reviewing the topics we have covered.  To challenge the students, they were given a handout that included incorrect answers students had previously given.  Their job was to figure out what part was incorrect and state the correct answer.  We also continued our work with integers and applied them to varying extreme elevations found in Canada and the world.  If 8 is greater than 3, how can you explain that -8 is less than -3?

Follow the link to our class ordering positive and negative integers:  https://drive.google.com/file/...

Science:

The grade 6’s finalized some of their work on fungi and lichen and then looked at a variety of products found in their home – bandaids, toothpaste, nail polish and other items. Goods From the Woods is a fun game they played where they guessed which items were made from wood. The students were shocked to find out that so many items were made from trees such as cinnamon and gum.  The biggest reaction was given when they found out that toilet paper is made of cellulose, which is also an ingredient in packaged HOT CHOCOLATE!


Social:

This week in Social, groups presented their Action Plans around the building.  Classes learned about issues at EMJ and how they could make a positive difference.  The Grade 6’s should be very proud of their work as the buzz around the school is a positive one. Students from Kindergarten to grade 5 are talking about many of the issues that were presented and the great solutions to these problems.  I have talked with many teachers who are also impressed with the confidence the students showed and how well they knew their topics.

Looking Forward:

Grade 5’s will be our leaders at school next week.  Room 16 and 18 will combine and lead by a wonderful teacher who is EMJ alumni.  Mrs. M. was a grade 5 teacher for years at our school and has already gotten to know many of our students.  They will have an amazing week which will include a special guest presentation!

Grade 6 camp is finally here!  We will leave for Camp Chief Hector on Monday, November 26th at around 9:00am.  Please bring your bag into the gym (on the right side) as we will begin packing the bus around 8:15ish.  Please look for camp photos on our blog!

  • Please label all of your important stuff and your bags.
  • DO NOT bring your cell phone, electronics or other devices!!! You do not need any food or snacks as the chef at camp will ensure you are well fed. 
  • DO bring deodorant, tooth brush and tooth paste, extra socks and extra underwear. 
  • Here is the link to the Student Manual and packing list if you should need it. 
  • Please email Mrs. Mabbott at nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca or Mr. Stringer at jastringer@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions. 
  • If your child has brought any medications, please hand it to us when you arrive, along with the appropriate forms and instructions.
  • Camp bags CANNOT go on the buses home so please have alternate plans to drop off and pick up their belongings.
  • You can pick your child up on Thursday between 1:30 and 2:00 when we return…they will be tired!

Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break



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Friday, November 16th, 2018

From Room 18 Students – Celebrations from our Class Meeting…

  • “Grade 6 camp is coming!!!!  In 10 days we will be heading to Camp Chief Hector!”  Start to pack your items and label them!
  • Action Plan presentations -  “I am so excited to head to different classrooms and share my action plan!”
  • “Science has rocked this week!  We have been building weather instruments and they are awesome!”
  • “I love my book in book club.  It is hilarious!”
  • “Parent Teacher Conferences are next week.  Half day on Thursday!”


Literacy:

Last week students browsed through various novels that were presented.  This week each student was placed into a Book Club group based on their top 3 choices.  They began their reading and have been having interesting discussions about the themes, characters and events.  The novels include George’s Marvelous Medicine, Small Steps, Hatchet, The Giver, Number the Stars and Little Women.  Each student has also been given a weekly role to focus on such a Discussion Director, Word Finder, Literary Luminary, Illustrator/Mapper and Connector.  Ask your child what book they are reading and what their role was.

Photo: Math Talks have been an important part of our learning process.  Allowing students to discuss their problems, solutions and mathematical understanding with one another opens doors to greater learning possibilities.  

Math:

This week we have continued to work on our Order of Operations questions, and also introduced integers.  Our highlight this week came from an ‘epic fail’ earlier in the week.  The class had a challenging time with an Operations question and found the vocabulary and concept difficult.  We worked together as a group, clarified the question, had a great math discussion and tackled the question again, with an even greater challenge included.  Today everyone was successful in finding a variety of answers and was able to share their understanding on paper and verbally.   Here is the problem if you would like to try it at home…

  • Use the numbers 2, 3, and 4 and any operation or brackets. Write an expression that equals each number below. You must use all three digits (2,3, and 4) in each expression and only use each digit once. CHALLENGE: Try to do it more than one way. EXTRA CHALLENGING CHALLENGE: Find the three answers less than 10 that you CANNOT get.


Science

In science we focused on Fungus and Lichen. The class learned about the different variations of each and then used a dichotomous key to compare and contrast each type.  We will finish these keys next week.


Social

The grade 6’s completed their Action Plan presentations (almost) and look forward to sharing their knowledge and suggestions with the school next week.  Teachers are signing up for topics that are important to their class and will benefit them.  The grade sixes are very excited to share!


Looking Forward

We will have a science focus next week as we prepare for camp.  We will finish up the Trees and Forest unit and will be experts out in the mountains.  In math we will continue to work on integers, focusing on comparing and ordering them.  Book club will gather on Monday to share their ‘jobs’.  We look forward to strong discussions and questions as they explore challenging topics such as war, government control, pressures of bullying, survival, and grouchy grandparents.

****Parent Teacher Conferences will take place Thursday, November 22nd from 4:00 to 8:00pm and Friday, November 23rd from 8:00am to 1:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of our families and students!  THURSDAY WILL BE EARLY DISMISSAL AT 12:15pm and NO SCHOOL FRIDAY!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Friday, November 9th, 2018

Room 18 wants to celebrate and recognize:

  • Grade 6 Action Plan Presentations
  • Grade 5 natural disaster and regions of Alberta presentations
  • Mrs. Macaulay’s last day…enjoy retirement L
  • Welcome Ms. Moe to Room 16 and grade  Science and Social!
  • Remembrance Day assembly
    • Ask us about our Marine visitor -
  • Story writing
  • Math ceiling lesson
  • Upcoming math quiz this Thursday – the study sheet will go home Monday!
  • EMJ's first Wall of Honour was a huge success!  By Friday morning it was overflowing!

We had a fantastic week that ended with a visit from Leading Seaman Kyle Hawkings who shared his experiences as an acting Canadian Marine. 

Language Arts:  This week we focused our learning on Remembrance Day and WW1.  Students learned about many of the battles of the final 100 days of WW1 and the important role Canadians played.  Ask your child about John McCrae and his important role during WW1.  Who is the horse in this picture?  What important role did he play?

 Math:  Math this week began with a few changes to our room.  Students immediately noticed a new addition to our ceiling as we used the tiles to create various arrays.  This was the introduction to order of operations! How many different solutions can you find with the following equation, adding brackets in different places -    20 + 10 / 2 x 3

Science:  The grade 6’s learned about the layers of wood and created their own plasticine art to show their understanding.  Please look for them the next time you visit.

Social:  Half of our groups have presented their Action Plan presentations.  We have learned how we can prevent bullying, school wide littering and travel to school safely. 

Looking Forward:  Next week we are diving into our book club groups and beginning our novels.  Students were given choice about their books and will now have an opportunity to discuss, debate and reflect on the novel they chose. In math we will continue our focus on order of operations and students will have a chance to share their understanding through discussions and brainstorming sessions. In Social we look forward to the second half of the presentations and sharing our learning with the school community to make EMJ an even more positive space.  We will also begin to learn about Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Important Dates:

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Message from Room 18:

  • Remembrance Day is coming up!
  • The Pumpkin Carving Contest was a success!  Me to We did a great job!
  • Me to We club wore their shirts this week and they look awesome.
  • Picture Re-takes next Tuesday
  • French was fun.  We started our comic strips.
  • We did great Hallowe’en stories
  • KAHOOT was so much fun!  Ask us about it!  We used it as a way to review math
  • School is great. J

Our week was full of fun and excitement as we celebrated Halloween through various activities, finished up our Social Studies action plans and showed their learning about leaves and trees.

Language Arts:  We continued our Halloween stories this week and many of our students have completed their narratives.  Students demonstrated their ability to use figurative language and descriptive imagery to make their writing exciting for their audience.  Our Song of the Week was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  The class took the time to review the figurative language found in the lyrics and define some challenging vocabulary. 











Mathematics:  Math this week was full of movement, conversation and FUN.  We took time to look at a ‘Stringer-special’ monster math problem.  The class gathered in an ‘onion’ circle and participated in a conversation describing how they would solve the problem.  It was our first attempt and the group did well.  This week we also reviewed many of the concepts we have covered thus far using KAHOOT – an online interactive game.  Friday was a noisy and exciting math class!











Social:  The grade 6 group had time this week to complete their action plans and create presentations, posters, announcements and activities to make our school a better place.  We will be sharing our action plans with the group next week and scheduling classroom visits to share our information with the school.


Science:  The Grade 6’s applied their learning from last week and completed a survey on different types of leaves.  They were able to use various leaf charts to identify the type of leaf that was presented and made inferences about which tree they believed it came from.  We also learned about tree cookies and the different conditions that would affect a trees growth.  Have your child log on to their google account and head to our classroom website to play the tree cookie game!


Looking Forward:  Next week we will focus on Remembrance Day, our heroes and ‘Canada’s Hundred Days’ that lead to the end of WW1.  Students will create art that will be shared at our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, and read about some of Canada’s most important battles such as Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.  In Math we will look at order of operations and the importance of each step.  During Social Studies, the grade 6’s will share their action plans and we will begin to share our knowledge with the school.  In Science we will continue or work with trees and begin to dissect the layers of wood and their jobs.


Me to We:  A special thanks to the Me to We group who worked diligently this week to host our first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.  The classrooms blew us away with their creativity and enthusiasm and made the judging contest a challenge.  We hoped everyone enjoyed the final display this week of all of the creations.  It looked fantastic! 

      


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



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Friday, October 26th, 2018

Room 18 enjoyed our gorgeous weather and had an eventful week.  Here are our words from our students:

  • Grade 5’s went to the military museum
  • Grade 6 Me to We designing t-shirts
  • LA: Students wrote rough copies of their Halloween stories
  • Science: 
    • Grade 6: Investigating leaves
    • Grade 5: Natural disasters
  • Math: Variables, Arrays, Factors, Multiples, Prime and Composite numbers


    • Mondrian Art/Math
  • Social: Grade 5:


    • Researching one region of Canada
  • Social: Grade 6:


    • Researching an issue
      • Presentation:
        • Goal to make a change at EMJ level
          • Bullying
          • Graffiti

This week we have focused our sights on making a positive impact on our school community.  Our Me to We club has been coordinating our Pumpkin Carving contest and making announcements and posters to inform our student body.  We also had our chance to design our member t-shirts one day at lunch.

Social:  In social we have continued our action plans to make EMJ a more positive environment.  Grade 6 students have researched a common issue (graffiti, littering, safe transportation, bullying and cursing) and are now planning to make a positive change.  They are engaged, cooperating and organizing their ideas to present and post positive messages around our school.  We are looking forward to various optimistic changes around our community.





















Science:  This week, students used their observation skills and analyzed examples of ecosystem debris they found in our school field.  Using a dichotomy chart, each pair observed and categorized different characteristics of leaves and needles.  They then made logical inferences about which tree their specimen came from.  The most fun part was using microscopes and magnifying glasses to make their observations. 



























Math:  This week we focused on our problem solving skills and worked on a variety of word problems.  We also had time to use the game of Yahzee to practice our basic fact skills and focus on prime and composite numbers while the grade 5’s were on their field trip.  Please look for our Mondrian Multiplication Art on our bulletin boards soon.


Language Arts:  We have continued our work on our Halloween stories and are finalizing our publication choices.  Students worked on adding description, figurative language and clarifying their writing.  We are so excited to share our stories next week!


Looking Forward:  Next week is promising to be a great one.  Students in Room 18 discussed and voted on a healthy Hallowe'en celebration on Wednesday, October 31st afternoon.  We will dress up in costumes after lunch and participate in a variety of festive activities.  Students agreed to bring in a variety of snacks such as veggies, fruit, crackers and cheese and other treats to share with our group of 35.

In Language Arts we look forward to editing and publishing our final Hallowe'en stories.  We will also participate in a spooky Song of the Week (it's a teacher favourite!).  In Math we will be looking at an open ended math problem and sharing our ideas and mathematical thinking in a variety of ways.  Social Studies block will allow our group to further collaborate and finalize student action plans as we will be sharing them with the class before putting them into action.  Finally, in Science we will be diving deeper into the study of trees and looking at a variety of plants found specifically in Alberta.


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



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Friday, October 19th, 2018

What a week!  With great weather and fun events, we were very busy! 

                 

Math:  While working on our Mondrian Multiplication Art – “Today Math was fun! We did art and there was math with it.  It was multiplication and art with squares.”  This assignment combines our focus on basic math facts with some fun art.  The class was focused as they chose a grid and created specific arrays.


Language Arts:  “I liked doing the character art because it was a chance for us to draw our characters to match our story.  When I write my story I can look at my picture and see how my character looks and acts and include those details in my writing.”

In Writing we have been working on our Halloween stories.  We have looked at descriptive words, figurative language and are now developing our characters.  The writing we have seen has been well organized and well developed.  We look forward to sharing our published work soon!  Ask your child about their story and what their main character's strengths and weakness are.




Science:  Students have applied their learning about Alberta wildlife and worked in teams to add the animals to the appropriate level of the forest – upper canopy, understory, underbrush and forest floor.  This was another whole class effort as each group had the opportunity to add to various illustrations.



Social:  This week we looked at issues in our world and community.  Linked to the presentation from our Me to We program leader, the class brainstormed worldly issues such as famine, water pollution, homelessness, disease, mental illness and war.  Thinking about our passions, we then talked about how we could possibly bring positive change to the issues.  In groups, we looked at some of the issues at EMJ such as bullying, graffiti and playground roughhousing, and are now working towards actions plans to solve those issues.  Ask your child what their focus will be!


Looking Forward:

As we creep even closer to Halloween, next week will be full of fun.  Students are excited to continue the story writing process and begin to think about their final steps to complete their narrative.  In math, we will be taking our finished Mondrian Multiplication art (renamed Mart) a step further and incorporating ratio, fractions, percent and decimals.  In Science, we will complete our own animal life cycles and ensure they include the sun, producers, consumers, decomposers and the flow of energy.  Social Studies class will give us time to work on our action plans to support a positive change to our issues found at EMJ.  Students will research more information on each topic and look at the different points of view that surround the issue.

Please Note:  All forms are due from the office - medical, volunteer, consent to publish, lunch fees.  Grade 6 Camp forms and money are due before Nov. 19th.  Fun Lunch Orders are due asap.

Important Dates:

  • Wed.Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip to the Military Museum
  • Thurs. Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)
  • Fri. Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Tues. Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Wed.Oct. 31 - Hallowe'en!!
  • Tues. Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day
  • Friday November 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. will be our Remembrance Day Assembly 







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Friday, October 12th, 2018

From the Students in Room 18…

  • The Halloween Dance is coming up!  Have you bought your tickets?
  • In Writing we did Halloween writing and watched 2 haunted video clips to get ideas.
  • Me to We planned a couple of ideas for Halloween activities and we visited Parent Council!  We will be making our shirts soon!
  • We had our first Skill Buddy visit!
  • We got the results of Handbell club.
  • Choir has begun…winter and advanced!
  • We had our camp meeting yesterday!  Forms have gone home!!!!!
  • Grade 5 students are going to the Military Museum on October 24th!
  • Library on Thursday!
  • Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday!  Cash only or you can order online!

Although a short week, Room 18 was busy with many fun activities!  

                   

In Science we are looking at ecosystems and how the living and non-living interact.  We are also looking at flora and fauna of Banff National Park.  We researched our information and completed an EMJ survey based on our observations of our own green space.

                   

In Social, we had many great conversations about being a strong citizen and what our job was in a democracy.  We didn’t get as far as we wanted this week but we will continue to learn about the importance of contributing to society.

                                                                              

                       

Our Grade 5 and 6’s will have various opportunities to volunteer their time with our SKILL students here at EMJ.  They will help with activities like art lessons, reading practice and socializing.  This week was our first visit and the group began to get to know one another.  Our Me to We club also gathered this week and voted on hosting a Halloween event in our school.  Next week we will begin to plan and advertise the fun event.  There was also a small group who presented at Tuesday’s Parent Council night and did an outstanding job!


Looking Forward:

Next week is sure to be an exciting one!  We are looking forward to continuing our Number Sense focus in Math as we review addition, subtraction and use our estimation skills.  In Science we will apply our researched information and look at the levels of the forest and its different inhabitants.  In Social Studies we will continue our conversation around contributing to society while looking deeper into our own community at EMJ and areas we can possibly make a difference.  Students have expressed great excitement about Language Arts and our story writing.  Next week will review the elements of a story and begin our Halloween themed narratives. 


Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50.  If your child is in grade 6, this will directly discount your Grade 6 Camp Fee!!!  Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

If you are able to volunteer for the Halloween Dance on October 18th, please let parent council know. We look forward to a great evening with all of our families!

Oct. 15 and 16 - Alberta Health Services - Dentist Visit (K-2)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween





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Friday, October 5th, 2018 - Happy Thanksgiving Long Weekend!  

This week we recognized Orange Shirt Day.  We read various texts and talked about residential schools and the part it played in Canadian history.  The students responded to the story, When I was Eight, and we then connected our reactions to the Song of the Week, “Keep Holding On.”  It was uplifting to see so many of our students who wore orange shirts to recognize this day and those who shared their thoughts and reactions to this ongoing discussion.

Welcoming a huge dump of snow this week, we took advantage of a Winter Walk Day on Wednesday.  We stayed on our school block and walked around the drive.  Despite the deep snow and accumulation of slush, they all had a blast!  Words we heard from the kids:

  • “This is the best school day ever!”
  • “Can we do this once a week?”
  • “I didn’t think a walk around the block could be this much fun!”
  • “I haven’t been this tired…ever!”
  • “Will camp be like this?  I can’t wait!”


In Social Studies, we have been looking at Democracy and what makes this form of government successful.  We furthered our learning about the 4 pillars of democracy and what important roles the citizens play.  We talked about the rights that citizens have such as freedom of speech and equality rights, but also the responsibilities that come with those rights.  Students were asked what rights they have in our school and were asked to come up with responsibilities that were tied their rights.  For example, students have the right to eat in a lunchroom space and the responsibility to follow the rules of the lunchroom and eat in a timely manner.  Please ask your child what Right and Responsibilities they thought of!


Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to many fun activities this coming week!  In Math we are working on our estimating skills and reviewing addition of large numbers.  In Language Arts we will continue to develop our paragraph writing skills and look at persuasive writing.  Students brainstormed topics they are passionate about and will defend their positions.  We are continuing to read our read-aloud book, Wonderstruck.  Students will be making connections to the story and their own experiences.


Important Dates:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. If your child is in grade 6, this will directly discount your Grade 6 Camp Fee!!!  For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.

           ***Photo Day is on Tuesday, October 9th!!!***

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 11 - Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Outdoor Camp - 6:00 pm**

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween




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Friday, September 28th, 2018

Words from Room 18 Students…

  • I had fun running in the Terry Fox Run today!  It was great that each of the colour groups got at least 200 laps!  The school ran a total of 509 kms!
  • My classmates and I lead the Terry Fox Assembly.  We had fun being the MCs and acting!  I also liked helping out the little kids.
  • I liked the Graffiti art we did this week, including descriptive words about Terry Fox.  We got to watch the movie, Terry, and work on our art.
  • We had our first day of Mathletics and we got to be the first class to use the schools new Chrome books!  They are TOUCH SCREEN!  We have been assigned our very own and we are super-duper, very extremely happy about it!

Working together in Gym playing Hoola Huts.  It took team work, cooperation, communication and physical skill to play this game!  The students loved it!


We had a super busy week this week with Fun Lunch, Terry Fox fundraising and the run, guest teachers and leadership opportunities.  Thank you to the many grade 5 and 6 students who offered their time and voice to help organize, lead and volunteer during the Terry Fox announcements, assembly and run.  You all did amazing!

This week we focused on our Canadian hero, Terry Fox, and had in depth conversations about heroism, strength and resiliency.  Students then created graffiti art work to share their understanding.  Thank you to all the families who donated money to our fundraiser.  We will find out our final total next week.  It is great when our school is able to celebrate a Canadian hero and come together as a community to work together and reach our goal!


Looking Forward:

As we jump into October, students are now settled and into our routines.  We would appreciate if our students could continue to practice their multiplication basic facts at home as we are already seeing growth.  Orange Shirt day will take place on Sunday, but we will acknowledge the day on Monday, October 1st  and throughout the week.  Please encourage your child to wear an Orange shirt or piece of clothing this day, and we will learn and talk about its significance.  In Science we will dive deeper into the Trees and Forest unit, taking a look at living and non-living things.  In Social, students will increase their focus on the Four Pillars of Democracy taking a closer look at our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the importance of voting.

Please note that students do not have school on Friday, October 5th and Monday October 8th.  When we return Tuesday October 9th it will be PHOTO DAY!


Important Dates:

  • No school Fri. Oct. 5th and Mon. Oct. 8th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Photo Day on Tuesday October 9th
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting for Grade 6 families to discuss our upcoming Grade 6 Camp trip from Monday, November 26th to Thursday, November 29th
  • Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park
  • Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum
  • Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween


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Friday, September 21st, 2018

Words from Room 18 Students...

  • We started Song of the Week
  • Wonderstruck is interesting, amazing, wonderful, Wonderful...struck
  • We finished our art.  It is now displayed on the bulletin board outside of our room.
  • We are doing our Happiness Journal each morning!
  • We have been switching with another 5/6 class for Science and Social.  Mrs. Macaulay teaches the grade 5 group and Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott teach the grade 6 group.
  • We enjoyed talking about Government in Social.
  • We did a super job presenting our Me Boxes...even if we were nervous!
  • Library was today for the first time.
  • We learned Survivor Dodgeball.
  • We enjoyed writing on the windows during Science, brainstorming WHY forests are important.
  • So far it is a great year.


PHOTOS:  Brainstorming and conversations about "Why trees and forests are important?"  Using a new and exciting writing space!

Each group had a chance to add to another mind-map.

Looking Forward:

Next week we will focus on Terry Fox and his influence on our history and outlook on what makes a hero.  We will participate in our school wide Terry Fox run on Friday and hope our families can join us.  In Math we will continue learning about place value and numbers to one million, as well as practicing our multiplication facts.  We also hope to introduce our students to Mathletics.  Weather permitting we will take Science outside and look at living and non-living components of ecosystems.  In social we will share our government skits and talk about what compromise means to democracy.  Lastly, please look for our classroom Messenger email as we will begin communication next week!  Have a super weekend!


Important Dates:

  • Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch
  • Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run 
  • Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day
  • Oct. 9 - Photo Day
  • Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park
  • Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum
  • Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween


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Friday, September14th, 2018

Hello Parents and Guardians!  Welcome to Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott's blog!

Room 18 had a blast this week!!  We began our Me Box presentations and also started an art project.  We are excited to use our blog to share the exciting learning we do each week and highlight certain activities.  We will also allow the students to have a voice and share what they think is important in our day.

Me Box Presentations:  Students had a week to collect important artifacts that represent themselves and their life.  They are given time to share each item and explain it, often telling a story.  Today's presenters were amazing and all demonstrated confidence.  It was fantastic to watch.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance, our Science Trees and Forest unit and our current classroom read aloud book, Wonderstruck.  The stunning paintings will be up for Parent Teacher Interviews next week.  The photos above show the painting process and what we started today.


Our Artistic Afternoon...

Using acrylic paints and blending back and white to create our backgrounds.  Next they will add trees to their landscape, and will think about the single colour they will add to pop on their page.

Looking Forward: 

Next week Room 18 will continue their focus in Science on the Trees and Forest unit.  We will learn more about the vocabulary and talk about why our forests are so important.  In Social, we have begun to share what we know about government.  Next week we will dive deeper into the purpose of government and the different types that can be found around the world.  Students have loved our classroom read-aloud, Wonderstruck.  We look forward to learning more about the two characters whose lives are lived during different era but seem to interconnect.  Ask your child what they have loved most about this book and why it is such a unique read!


Up Coming and Dates to Remember:

  • Me Boxes - are now due!!  The information was sent home last week - decorated box, 10 items, practice your presentation!
  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are next week - Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School. 
  • **Early dismissal on Parent Teacher Interview Thursday!!  Students will be dismissed at 12:15. And NO SCHOOL on Friday!
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am.  All families are welcome to join!
  • No School for Students


    • Friday, October 5 – Non Instructional Day
    • Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Photo Day - Tuesday, October 9 


Ms. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer

Friday, June 28th, 2019

As we began our year...

To All of our Room 18 Families,

We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer!  We have enjoyed teaching your child this year and have had many laughs with this group.  They are kind, generous and are ‘out of the box’ thinkers who are sure to make a difference in our future.

To our Grade 5’s - Mrs. Mabbott (and possibly Mr. Stringer, if he is able to visit) looks forward to seeing you next year!  EMJ is sure to look a little different with different class configurations, settings and partnerships, but please know that we will always think of you as our students.’  Whatever next year introduces, we know that you will be strong and confident leaders in our school!

To our Grade 6’s - Thank you for being visionary leaders who left a positive mark at EMJ.  We will miss you all and hope you come and visit soon. We know that the jump to junior high is a big one, but you have all shown us the skills you will need to rock your new schools.  Hold your heads up high and know you will always be a part of the EMJ family.

School will resume after summer break on Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:00am.  We look forward to seeing your smiling and fresh faces then!

Have an amazing summer!

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer

Our final moments together!


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Friday, June 21st, 2019

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer want to send a huge thank you to our parents for the amazing lunch today.  We greatly appreciate the delicious food, and incredible desserts. We feel your support each day and feel privileged to work with your children.  We have had a fun year and are proud of the accomplishments each of the students have made.  


Words from Room 18:   

  • This week, Me to We put on a Teacher versus Student Challenge - Cup Stacking.  It was so much fun! 

  • We sadly did not have Sports Day today.  We will try again on Monday, June 24th in the morning!

  • Thursday was our last day with our SKILL buddies. They took us for lunch.

  • We had a parent come in and give us a presentation on Google Coding and Virtual Reality!  Thank you very much to Michelle Armstrong!

  • We are finished learning...except for Health.

  • We will be launching rockets next week - weather depending.

  • Yesterday we did the parachute egg drop.  It was a success! There was a ton of laughs and many uncracked eggs.  It’s not everyday that we get to drop things out of a second story window. 

Looking Forward:  

Next week is our final week together.  We are excited for many fun events and celebrations!

  • Monday, June 24th is the Grade 6 Farewell ceremony at 1pm in the gym

  • Tuesday, June 25th is our Bowling trip to Chinook Bowladrome and then a celebration lunch at the school when we return.  A special thank you to the volunteers who are helping to run this lunch!!!

  • Wednesday, June 26th is our final day with a school wide assembly and then classroom farewell.  Dismissal is at 12:15!


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Friday, June 14th, 2019

NEXT WEEK IS OUR FINAL PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST! SCIENCE! Students will need to study for this test! The review package can be found on our class website. 

Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer told the grade 6's how proud they were of them this week.  This group has worked diligently all year and their hard work is paying off.  We hope they are celebrating their raw test scores with you and sharing in their PAT experience.  All final test scores will be mailed to you in the fall.  We will send the raw test scores home with the final report card of the year.

Words from Room 18:   

  • PAT’s are fun and challenging.

  • Monday is our last PAT - study your Science this weekend!

  • Many students said, “I am exhausted!”

  • Our read aloud novel, ‘Out of my Mind’ is amazing.

  • We still need baby photos and Bowling Trip permission forms!  Please send them in if you have not already!

This week in Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies, students completed their final review for PATs.  These reviews consisted of utilizing various resources including targeted practice, Alberta Exam Bank, Kahoot, as well as released review materials from Alberta Education.  By the end of the week, students had finished writing most of their PATs, with the exception of Science. If your child has missed a test, we will be completing them between Tuesday and Thursday.

Earlier in the week, we had Dan, a player on Calgary Roughnecks, come and host a 2-day residency with our school.  Students learned how to handle the stick, throw and catch a ball, and do tricks. It was a ton of fun!

Looking Forward:  

Our final PAT is on Monday as students will write the Science test.  Then we will be finished! We will have many fun events throughout the week such as our Me To We Teacher versus Student Cup Stacking challenge and raffle, parachute testing, rocket building and launching, a special art project, a VERY special guest and Sports Day on Friday!  Jam packed fun and more things to do than we have the time for!

Please be reminded that our final week of school has many special events:

  • Monday, June 25th is the Grade 6 Farewell ceremony at 1pm in the gym

  • Tuesday, June 26th is our Bowling trip to Chinook Bowladrome and then a celebration lunch at the school when we return.  A special thank you to the volunteers who are helping to run this lunch!!!

  • Wednesday, June 27th is our final day with a school wide assembly and then classroom farewell.


Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 20 - Fun Lunch and also SKILL BUDDY lunch!!

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes




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Friday, June 7th, 2019

NEXT WEEK IS PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST WEEK.  Please support your child by ensuring they are getting enough sleep and eating healthy food.  

Words from Room 18:   

  • PATs are next week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...following Monday

  • Human Sexuality is starting soon.

  • Teacher versus Student Competition takes place next Friday

  • Grade 5’s have a field trip on Tuesday to Weaselhead Park

  • School Rebranding - new logo is due Monday

  • It’s the end of the year!

  • Lacrosse residency next week

  • Grade 6 events coming up soon - please see our Important Dates below

  • We NEED all grade 6 baby photos ASAP!!

  • Grade 6 did a math quiz on Monday 

Language Arts:  This week in Language Arts we reviewed figures of speech.  We talked about idioms, metaphors, similes, synecdoche and more!  We also read more from our novel, Out of my Mind.

Math:  This week in math, grade 6 students began reviewing for their upcoming provincial achievement test in math.  This review included a pre-assessment to address any common areas of growth. We then focused on the challenging concepts that may be presented to students on next week’s exam in addition to a review and practice of long division with decimal numbers.  Today students were given access to Alberta Exam Bank, to hone their skills further.

Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students when on an in-school field trip to the stars.  The Astrodome planetarium came to EMJ to review our sky science curriculum in an interactive Imax-style presentation.  Students also experimenting with gliders reviewing key vocabulary and concepts that allow airplanes to fly.

Social:  This week in Social, we have compared each government, looking at similarities and differences. Our group also practiced a simulated Grand Council, trying to come to consensus about a classroom issue. Students were given a study guide to support their PAT preparation. We have also played fun games using Kahoot to review each of the concepts.


Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, read more of our novel, Out of my Mind, and practice for th PAT.  Next week in math, Next week in math, we will continue reviewing in preparation for the PATs in math.  In Science, we will continue experimenting with things that fly, including parachutes and hot air balloons.  The Social Studies PAT takes place first on the Tuesday, and afterward we will work on our wampum belts.


Important Dates:

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes



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Friday, May 31th, 2019

Why can Mrs. Moe NOT blow the ping pong ball out of the funnel???

Today, we walked over to Harold Panabaker for the grade 6 tour around the school.  We were introduced to each of the option classes all grade 7 students will participate in next year.  We met the current Principal, Mr. Nimmock, as well as many of the staff members, who continued to teach as they shared information about their classes.  Ask your child about what they saw and learned.

The month of June is one of our busiest times of the year.  We will communicate with you using the blog, messenger and paper copies, but please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions.  Final dates for the Grade 6 celebration ceremony and lunch will be sent next week.  What you need to know today:

1.)  We traditionally have a celebration lunch for the Grade 6’s in the final week of our year.  We are looking for parent volunteers to head up this fun event.  If you are willing to lead the event, volunteer your time on the day or lend your support, please contact Mrs. Mabbott - nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca 

2.) . We need a baby photo of each of the grade 6 students! We are putting together a slide show and need a high resolution baby or small toddler photo.  You can email the pictures digitally (preferred) or send the photos in to be scanned.  Please send in your pictures asap.


Words from Room 18:   

  • We have a Social Test next week - Iroquois Confederacy

  • Grade 6’s got to go to Panabaker - funniest quote was, “We are small!”

  • In Science we did a whole bunch of experiments!  We learned that you can use air to do work - compressed air.

  • All grade 6 students received a Social Studies review booklet - please begin to read over the information.  We will review all next week!

  • Quote of the week - “Student S, you have all the qualities of a Clan Mother.”

    • This was in reference to the Social Studies activity we did, breaking into Iroquois clans and choosing a Clan Mother who would best represent the group.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, we have been focusing on our read aloud novel, Out of my Mind.  We looked at the introduction of a new character and how it has changed the dynamic of the family and our main characters’ perspective.

Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students learned about data and probability by doing various math experiments.  Through dice games, spinners, and spoons students discovered the difference between experimental and theoretical probability.

How is the the balloon not just blowing away?

What is this student feeling on her face? Why?

Can you blow this candle out?

Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students completed the second round of experiments about the properties air.  They also were involved in some interactive demonstrations and while practicing forming hypotheses, observations, and inferences.


Social:   In Social this week, we learned how the Iroquois Confederacy is structured. This government still stands today and is “often described as the oldest, participatory democracy on Earth” (quote from https://www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com).  Students were given two opportunities to come to consensus on a classroom issue and are finding that this representative democracy model is challenging!

Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, we will review figurative language and read more of our novel, Out of my Mind.  In math, we will begin targeted practice and a review of key concepts. Next week in science, students will review sky science when the Astrodome comes to visit in addition to exploring flight by experimenting with gliders.  In Social, we will begin to review the main concepts covered throughout our year and compare each government.  The Social PAT in our first of 5, taking place Tuesday, June 11th.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, June 4th is Ride to School Day. This year over 84 schools across Calgary will participate in riding their bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades to school. Ride to School Day started in 2014 as a way to promote healthy living and a love of the outdoors. Each year, more and more schools join in the initiative, and we are so excited to be part of the fun for 2019!  On Tuesday morning students will be asked to bring their wheels to the side gym door of the school, and we will park everyones bikes, scooters, etc in the gym for the day. Please ensure the students name is on both their bike/scooter/skateboard AND their helmet (masking tape works best). We can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday! RIDE SAFE AND REMEMBER YOUR HELMET!!!

June 4 - Grade 6 Astrodome visit at EMJ

June 4 - Wheel Week - Ride your bike/scooter/skateboard to school!

June 10 & 11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 5 - Weaselhead

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes



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Friday, May 24th, 2019












Last week, Room 16 and 18 went to the Hangar Museum in NE Calgary.  Students had an incredible time learning about flight, things that fly and the properties of air.  We had the opportunity to sit in many planes from the past and tour the incredible space. Thank you to the volunteers, from the museum and parents from EMJ, who made the trip possible.  We had a brilliant time!


Words from Room 18:   

  • Bake sale was super successful!  Me to We says “Thanks for supporting us!”

  • Grade 6’s are heading to Harold Panabaker next Friday, May 31st for a Grade 6 Visit.  

  • Many personal celebrations this week - birthdays, goals met and new family members.

  • Grade 5 Math Test Tuesday

  • Today we did our Jump Rope for Heart skipping as a whole school.  It was a ton of fun!

  • In Social Studies we learned about Hiawatha. Women are the leaders in the Iroquois Society

  • In Science we are learning about the qualities of air - it has mass, it exerts pressure, and we have it in our bodies!

  • In Grade 5, the Grade 5’s have been learning about Wetlands and helped to clean up our field with the Kindergarten buddies.

 

Language Arts: In Language Arts this week, we have begun our focus on the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.  It is connected to our Social Studies unit learning about the Iroquois Confederacy. Ask your child about Hiawatha and why he decided to follow the Peacemaker and introduce the Great Law to each of the 5 nations.

Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students worked on survey questions, explored pictographs, and reviewed graphing data.  This work included a revisit of the relationship between milliliters and cubic centimeters and how we can use graphs to predict values.  


Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students completed experiments on air, discovering various properties including that air can do work, that air has mass, and building aircraft with propellers.   

Social:   In Social we have begun our study of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Students are learning about the history of the indigenous people and how years of war and rule by fear transitioned into a society that follows the Great Law.  Ask your child what they learned about the Iroquois people and the roles of men and women.

Looking Forward:  

Next week in Language Arts, we will look at poetry through Song of the Week and review elements of figurative language. In math, students will review probability through a series of math experiments and continue to practice graphing. Next week in science, students will continue experimenting to discover the qualities of air.  Finally, in Social, we will learn about the structure of the Iroquois Confederacy, each of the participants’ roles and how decisions are made.


Important Dates:

May 31 - Grade 6 visit to Harold Panabaker!  Get ready for junior high!

May 27-31 – Inline skating grades 4 and 5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B


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Friday, May 10th, 2019

Words from Room 18:   

  • Grade 5’s did their science test on electricity

  • Grade 5’s are enjoying the smaller class size and smaller space in room 16

  • Room 16 and 18 are excited to have new classmates Mary and Gabrielle

  • Grade 6’s are happy to have written their first PAT -  many said it was not too hard

  • The 5’s and 6’s are excited about the Field trip to the Hanger Flight Museum next Tuesday.  They are reminded to bring a bag lunch and that there is no food to purchase and no microwave

  • NO SCHOOL next Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th!  It’s an extra long weekend!

  • Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful Mom's and Mom-ish people in our school community!  You are loved and appreciated everyday! 

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we had our first PAT this week!  Grade 6 students wrote a story and news article on Wednesday.  They did well and should be proud of themselves. The next PAT is Tuesday, June 11th and will be the Social Studies test.  We also began a new read aloud book, Out of My Mind. Students have had interesting conversations about the stigma of disabilities as we learn about a little girl with cerebral palsy who has a brilliant mind.


Math:   This week in math, grade 6 students explored how to rotate a shape on the Cartesian plane.  The also reviewed for their geometry unit test and were given a pre-test on reading and interpreting graphs.


Science:  This week in science, grade 6 students performed an experiment testing how different natural fibers react to heat and flame. We also began looking at some key vocabulary to Air and Aerodynamics and Flight in preparation for next week’s field trip to The Hanger Flight Museum.


Social:   In Social, Grade 6 students learned about Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor and her important role in government. We also looked at how the provincial government is structured and talked about the roles of MLA’s.

Looking Forward:  

In Language Arts, we will continue to read and make connections to our novel.  Students will also begin a poetry focus and analyze and interpret different styles.  Next week in math, students will learn about successive transformations and discrete and continuous data.  In Science, we look forward to an awesome field trip to the Hangar Museum where we will learn more about planes and get to see a few up close!  In Social, grade 6’s will learn about cabinet members and their important duties, and review the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Thank you to all the families from room 18 who were able to join us for our Spring Concert.  The students stepped outside of their comfort zones and were able to share new and exciting talents.  It was a great show and we all had a great time!

Ready to play!
Our two fabulous narrators!

SWAT Team
Capture them!!!
Actors waiting their entrance!

Words from Room 18:  

  • The grade 5’s are moving to Room 16 temporarily while the Grade 6’s focus on preparing for the PATs

  • Spring Concert went well and most of us had fun...Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer things you all ROCKED IT!

  • Grade 6’s will need to get some good sleep for the PAT.  Also bring a healthy snack for the test on Wednesday!

  • Jump Rope for Heart Assembly today! Thank you to our volunteers who skipped for the whole school.

    • Ask us about FAST

  • Tomorrow is MAY THE FOURTH...be with you...

  • HOMEWORK:  1.  Stories are due MONDAY so that Mrs. Mabbott can provide some feedback!  2.  Grade 6's have Math review booklets that are due on Monday! 

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we focused on our story writing.  We began our final in-class story, allowing each student to work on a narrative of their choice.  Their goal is to publish this story and share it with a younger audience in the school.

Math:   This week in math, both grade 5 and 6 students learned how to translate a shape on the Cartesian Plane.  The grade 5 students continued exploring concepts involved with cubic meters, specifically area, perimeter, and volume.  Grade 6 students explored quadrilaterals, parallelograms, and polygons, and were provided some class time to complete a geometry unit review.  

Science:  This week in science, students began analyzing fabric at different types of fabric, trying to determine if their sample was natural or synthetic.  

Social:   In Social, Grade 6 students analyzed the graphs they created based on the Student Vote data.  We also had a discussion about the student walk-out that took place today, connecting it to democratic rights and freedom of speech.  The students also began to learn how provincial government turns a bill into a law.


Looking Forward:  As we approach the end of our year, the grade 5/6 team will regroup our students for 6 weeks to best support learning, and prepare our grade 6’s for the provincial achievement tests.  Ms. Moe will take all of the grade 5’s and Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott will take all of the grade 6’s. Students who are moving classes will still have time each week to connect with their ‘homeroom’ teacher and spend time with their ‘homeroom’ classmates.

In Language Arts, we will continue to work on our stories and begin a new read aloud book.  The grade 6’s will also participate in their first PAT on Wednesday. It is the Language Arts Part A test where students will write a story and news article! Next week in Math, grade 6 students will be given the opportunity to show what they know about tables and graphs to kick off our data and probability unit.  In Science, students will continue to learn about handwriting analysis and explore how different natural fibers react to heat and flame. In Social, grade 6’s will learn more about provincial government focusing on key roles such as Lieutenant Governor and cabinet members, and how the Alberta government is structured.


FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th

EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for School Council & Parent Fundraising Society We invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education!

Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum - Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, April 26th, 2019

This week we had the opportunity to have a special guest come in and talk to our students.  Detective Dave Sweet came in on Wednesday to make a real life connection to our Evidence and Investigation unit.  He talked about the life of a detective and police officer, the evidence needed to catch a criminal and real life lessons to stay safe.  

We hope everyone had a great time at the Spring Carnival.  It was a wonderful event and we want to thank all parents who helped to support the night!  You ROCKED IT!

Next week is our Spring Concert.  Room 18 is teaming up with Room 16 to present a hilarious tale of winged-conflict.  We hope to see all of our families there to watch your child perform musically or through acting.  There are 2 shows on Thursday, May 2nd - 9:00am and 6:30pm. For the evening performance, we are asking that students arrive at 6:00pm and head straight to our classroom to prepare for their debut.

Words from Room 18:  

  • In math we are learning about quadrilaterals

  • Field Trip forms are due next Tuesday - Hangar Flight Museum

  • We met Detective Sweet!!  He talked about detective work and how he does his job

  • Me to We put on a Play and Learn lunch where students learned about children in rural China and played activities like hurdles, sack races, badminton and parachute games

  • The Grade 6’s have their first PAT in 12 days…

  • We finished our news articles!

  • Mr. Stringer connected the movie “Catch me if You Can” with graphology in Science.  It is analyzing handwriting

  • GRADE 6 - SOCIAL GRAPH IS DUE ON MONDAY!

  • Spring Concert is next week, Thursday the 2nd.  Showtimes are at 9:00am and 6:30pm.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, we reviewed news article writing and wrote our own articles based on a visit from Detective Sweet of the Calgary Police Department.  We also took a bit of time to review our finished stories and identify an area to focus on and improve. Many students are choosing to add greater detail to create a showing statement in their text, while others are working on editing and identifying incomplete sentences and missing information.  

Math:  This week in math, some grade 5 students have completed their stations and began exploring cubic meters, and how to use their knowledge of 90° to make their creations stable.  The grade 6’s learned how to draw triangles with accuracy and began working with quadrilaterals.

Science:  This was an exciting week with our evidence and investigation unit, students analyzed the PH levels of EMJ’s soil, met one Calgary’s detectives, and began handwriting analysis.  Very busy!!!

Social: This week, the grade 6’s took time to analyze the information collected from Student Vote. They were then asked to use the information and create a triple bar graph comparing political party votes’ in the province, community and EMJ. Our findings were interesting - ask your child what they learned from the graph.  Some students may be working on these this weekend as it is due on Monday.  

Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will write a final story that students will work towards publishing and sharing with their targeted audience - division one students.  In Math next week, grade 5 students will all be exploring cubic meters and the grade 6 students will continue looking at quadrilaterals, parallelograms, and polygons.  In Science, students will continue to learn about handwriting analysis and begin looking at different types of fabric. Next week in Social, the grade 6’s will use their personal graphs to answer specific questions and make conclusions based on the data.  We will also being looking at how bills are passed in provincial government and learning about our Lieutenant Governor.


FROM THE OFFICE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

May 2 - Spring Concert - 2 showtimes:  9:00am and 6:30pm

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum Room 16 and 18

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘


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Friday, April 19th, 2019

Room 18 wishes all of our families a wonderful and relaxing long weekend.  Next week will be our Spring Carnival put on by Parent Council. We look forward to seeing you all Thursday evening, starting at 6pm.


Language Arts: In Language Arts, students from room 18 have been building on their story writing skills.  Throughout the writing process, they have been considering their audience and the best ways to hold their readers’ interest, and create a narrative that is eventful and fun to read.  

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students are getting close to completing their perimeter, area, and volume math stations.   The grade 6 students learned how to identify triangles based on their attributes and classify them based on their angles or sides.  Both grade 5 and 6 began learning about transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane, specifically, flips, slides, and turns.  










Science:  This week in science, we took our learning outside to investigate tire treads and begin soil analysis.  Students were then given the opportunity to make observations and inferences about the tire evidence they collected, by utilizing digitized comparisons of the tread evidence to the suspect.  


Social: In Social, Grade 6 students participated in Student Vote.  It was an amazing experience that allows our class to learn about the voting process as it paralleled alongside the provincial election.  Students had a chance to voice their opinions about different political platforms and make an informed decision when they cast their own vote.  Our final class results agreed with the province, giving the UCP majority government. You can see al off the results from both the province and within Calgary-Acadia at http://studentvote.ca/results/ab2019 

Our election officers

What is your opinion...should voting be compulsory?  Students were asked this question and then we held a class debate.  As students conversed, they were able to move throughout the room as they 'agreed', 'disagreed', or needed more information.

Gym:  In gym, students practiced their juggling skills.  We found out it looks WAY EASIER than it actually is!










Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will continue to build on our story writing skills, focusing on adding greater description and vivid language.  We will also support our growth through peer evaluation and feedback. Next week in Math, we’ll delve deeper into transformations.  Grade 5’s will complete their stations and begin exploring cubic meters while the 6’s will be introduced to quadrilaterals.  In Science, the grade 6’s will analyze PH of some samples found on EMJ’s property and explore other evidence found at crime scenes.


Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly 11:15am

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum



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Friday, April 12th, 2019

Students in Room 18 have had a full week of learning and fun.  We have spent time talking about the upcoming provincial election and the issues that are being debated.  Each of our students completed their own Vote Compass survey, by the CBC, and compared their views with each of the political parties.  We had a great discussion about many of the topics and allowed students to draw on their own conclusions.

Words from Room 18:

  • Grade 5’s have to bring in items for Science - specifically ask your child what they need to bring or see Ms. Moes’ blog for more information

  • It a short week next week - Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd we have NO SCHOOL

  • Grade 6 PAT Language Arts Part A (Written) is coming soon - May 8th

  • We did Mart today!  Math...Art

  • Grade 6 students will participate in the election next week through Student Vote.   Ask us who we are voting for and why!

  • Have you completed the Vote Compass survey to identify the political party you agree most with?  https://votecompass.cbc.ca/alberta/

  • Spring Carnival is coming up!  April 25th

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we finished up practicing our News Article writing skills.  We have worked diligently to include catchy headlines and clear and informational lead paragraphs.  Students are also working on editing their writing...not a favourite practice, but a life skill.

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students started working on math stations involving perimeter, area, and volume. The grade 6’s began their exploration of Euclidian geometry exploring the relationships of triangles.  

Science:  This week in science, students compared latent finger prints they dusted on items they touched. They also began making observations and inferences of different tire tread patterns.    

Social: In Social, Grade 6 students have spent the week learning about the provincial election and researching their selected political party.  Friday we presented our information and will use our knowledge to participate in our own Student Vote next week.

Physical Education:  In gym this week, we have worked on our badminton skills.  Students practiced different types of shots and having control of the birdie.  We also began doubles games.  We finished the week off with a dance party in the gym with our fellow grade 5/6 class.  We played some of their favourite songs and had a great time dancing to the beat.

Looking Forward:  In Language Arts we will review story writing and build on those skills.  Next week in Math, we will introduce transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane in addition to continuing with the shape space stations and geometry.  Next week in Science, the grade 6’s will take their learning outside investigating the staff parking lot and everything their tires can tell us.  In Social, the grade 6 students will participate in Alberta’s Student Vote and share why they chose their favoured political party.  We will host our own Class Voting Station and learn about the process and jobs that combine to allow citizens to practice this in democratic process.   

Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

We want you! EMJ’s Annual General Meeting for our School Council and Parent Fundraising Society will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:45 pm in our school library. At this meeting the current council will present the council’s annual reports, discuss 2019-2020 plans, and elect council members for next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in our school and provide input towards your child’s education.

Spring Carnival

Your child brought home an invitation to our Spring Carnival that will be held on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Volunteers can sign up for a short shift here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a49acad2aa1fe3-emjspring

Book Fair

Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca.

Important Dates:

April 16 - Guest Story Teller - Grades 2 and 3

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Friday, April 5th, 2019

This week we had a focus on positive digital citizenship and making good choices on-line.  On Monday we had a special guest from Telus talk to our division 2 students about the power and influence we can have when going on line - both positive and negative.  On Thursday night, the school hosted the Calgary Police who also talked about internet safety and digital citizenship. Ask your child what they learned about the internet.  Do they have a social networking membership set to public?? What does this mean?

Words from Room 18:

  • We had a special speaker from Telus talk to our class about digital citizenship. 

  • Learning about fingerprints was fun in Science!  I can't wait to learn more!  And we also have a special guest coming in soon!

  • Writing our own silly news articles was super fun! 

  • We got little owl stickers from the Telus presentation to put on our ipads, iphones and computers!  The stickers are for blocking our cameras.

  • I am pretty sure I already know who I want to vote for in the upcoming election...but I need to read more about the other parties

  • Our school Spring Carnival is coming up!  I can't wait!  

  • The Grade 5's tried a potato battery experiment but it didn't work.  We still had a ton of fun though! We will try again next week using changing some of the variables.


Language Arts: In Language Arts we have been focusing on news articles and writing newsworthy information.  Using the inverted triangle format, students have begun to write interesting headlines and informative lead paragraphs.  We have also looked at further examples of figurative language and how it is used in writing. Do you know what synecdoche is?

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 and 6 students learned about the reference angles 90° and 180°.  This work included using a modified protractor which allowed the grade 5’s to explore examples and non-examples of 90° angles on paper and in the classroom.  Grade 6’s used the same protractor to learn how to use a protractor and classify angles based on their measure.



Science:  This week in science, we began our evidence and investigation unit.  Students learned about the different types of fingerprints, typed their own fingerprints and dusted the fingerprints of their peers off of some card stock.  


Social: In Social, we finished up our study looking at local government and started learning about provincial government.  We talked about the upcoming election and began a look at each of the political parties who are running. Students are excited to learn about each political party and their beliefs.


Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will continue our focus on news articles and will write a second article working on adding interesting details and editing for clarity. Next week in Math, grade 5’s will delve deeper into of perimeter, area, and volume.  Grade 6’s will continue with their practice using protractors by exploring the angles of polygons. Next week in Science,  grade 6’s will wrap up fingerprints and look at the tire tread patterns and animal prints. In Social, the grade 6 students will continue to focus on the Alberta provincial election and learn about each political party and their platform.  Our goal is to make a decision about the party we support the most and cast our student vote.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch

April 25 - Spring Carnival


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Friday, March 15th, 2019


Words from Room 18:

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day from our Room 18 Leprechaun!  Your treat was delicious! Thank you very much!

  • Next week we have a Science test - TUESDAY!

  • We’re excited that the math test is over.

  • The Pizza Hut Fun Lunch was delicious!

  • We’re excited that next Thursday is Fake Friday (dismissal at 12:15)

  • We’re excited about Spring Break!

  • Parent Teacher Interviews are coming!  Thursday, March 21st from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, March 22nd from 8:00am to 1:00pm

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we finished our paper bag research projects and our final products look amazing!  We cannot wait to share them with you at interviews on Thursday evening or Friday morning! We also practiced our figurative language skills this week and read another Caldecott medal candidate.  

Math:   This week in math, grade 5 students extended their understanding of fractions and decimals to the thousandths place. They learned how to interpret these numbers using base-ten blocks, represent them by shading grids, and find equivalent fractions and decimals.  Grade 6 students focused on finding equivalent ratios and how to solve problems involving ratios. At the end of the week, both grade 5’s and 6’s began looking at area and perimeter and planning their dream home.

Science:  This week in science, students were provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for the upcoming sky science unit test (Tuesday, March 19th).  We marked the review as a class, and all students were given an answer key (a digital copy has been uploaded to the science page of our class website).  


Social: In Social, we finished our lesson discussing how a bylaw can be created or how to change a current by law. Did you know that a motion to make or change a bylaw must be considered three times before it is voted on?  Ask your child why this is an important process. We also learned about the 4 types of local government and how the positions are selected.


Looking Forward:  In Language Arts, we will learn more about news paper articles, each of their parts and how they are written.  In Math, students will receive the results of their quizzes, we’ll review areas of growth and continue to learn about area, perimeter, volume, and displacement. There will be a Science test for the grade 6’s next week - Tuesday!  Students will be provided a with final review activity (Kahoot) on Monday, write their test on Tuesday, and, time permitting, start their Evidence and Investigation Unit. In Social, we will continue to look at Local government and how it is structured.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 19 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 - Digital Safety Presentation for Parents (Calgary Police) 6:30 pm







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Friday, March 8th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • Next week we have a quiz in Math - THURSDAY!

  • Grade 5 started the Electricity unit in Science.

  • Our Dance Residency is now over.  5 words to describe the event: nervous, embarrassing, very fun, unique, challenging.  Our performance was awesome! (see picture above)

  • In Grade 6 we had a pop quiz about local government.  Do you know the difference between revenue and expenditures?

  • Our SKILL 2 class and buddies went tobogganing this week.  We had a blast! (See picture above)

  • Grade 6’s measured the sun’s diameter using a box, tin foil and paper.

  • Fun Lunch NEXT WEEK!  Please order your lunch before midnight!

Language Arts: In Language Arts, we have been working together in our guided reading group focusing on non-fiction texts.  Students are learning new vocabulary words and building their skills to ask questions, and reflect on a passage, while they are reading.  In writing, we are excitedly working on our research projects - grade 5’s are researching important Canadian influences while the Grade 6’s are finding information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, Constellations and the olympics.  We are excited to share these final projects with you!

Math:  This week in math, grade 5 students learned how to represent pictures as fractions and decimals. The grade 6 students learned how to represent pictures as fractions, decimals, percentages, and different types of ratios. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students were challenged to convert between these different representations of number.  Students were given a targeted review handout to prepare for a quiz next Thursday (March 14th).  The review questions for grade 5 and grade 6 have also been posted on the math page of our class website.  

Science:  This week in Grade 6 Science, students learned why they should never look directly at the sun and how they can safely view the sun with pinhole cameras.  They achieved this by constructing pinhole cameras with cardboard boxes and aluminum foil (pictured). Students were able to use these tools that they produced to take measurements of the sun, and, with their understanding of ratio and decimals, calculate an approximate diameter of the sun.  Please note that there will be a Sky Science unit test the week of March 18th. A review of key understandings and vocabulary will be coming home soon!

Social: In Social, we looked at how governments collect money - revenue, and how they spend it - expenditures.  We also learned how citizens and government officials create new and change current bylaws.  Students took a bit of time to learn about Calgary’s bylaws and were surprised to see that many of the ‘rules’ they know are actual laws!  Ask your child which bylaws they learned about.

Looking Forward:  We have another busy full week coming up. In Language Arts, we will finish up our paper bag research projects and share them.  In Math, we will go over the review questions, hand back their quizzes and address any areas of growth that are needed.  Next week in Science, students will graph the shadows that are cast by the sun and observe how they change throughout the day. They will also be provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for an upcoming sky science unit test (week of March 18th).  In Social we will continue looking at bylaws and then focus on the organization of local government.  


Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.           

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume



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Friday, March 1st, 2019

This week’s highlight…CODING!!  Students had a 2-hour session learning how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights. They had the opportunity to program a repeating pattern of their choice.  We will also be hosting a Coding Club at school for students to continue developing their skills.

Here is the website they were using:  makecode.microbit.org


Language Arts:  We completed our Iqbal novel and participated in a final quiz. Students learned the value of adding information to their mind maps (as we read each day) which they were able to use when answering questions on the test.  The mind maps are a tool to allow the students to collect information about the elements of the story, record events, highlight themes and learn new vocabulary.  This week we also worked on our reading comprehension skills looking at poetry and figurative language and read another great Caldecott Medal contender. 


Math: This week in math, grade 5 students played a game of Spoons to practice equivalent fractions.  The grade 6 students played a spiral matching game, pairing improper fractions with mixed numbers. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students were challenged to compare fractions on number lines.  


Science: In science, students finished presenting their sky science presentations.  They were very successful finding the important information, putting the information into their own words, and writing complete sentences.  As we approach the end of the sky science unit, we will review key content and vocabulary from the presentations to prepare for the sky science unit test (TBA).

Social Studies:  In Social we began looking at Canadian government and learning about the services provided by the Provincial and Local governments.  Students were given a list of services and sorted them between each level of government.  We also briefly discussed each service and the importance it carried in our daily lives.


Looking Forward:

Sound Kreations, a dance residency will be in our school next week.  Students will learn a new dance and perform it on Friday!  Room 18 will perform on Friday, March 8th, from 11:00am to 11:45am! Next week in Language Arts we will begin a research project that will highlight Canadian Explorers for the Grade 5’s and Athenian Gods and Goddesses for the grade 6’s. In Math, we will continue our fraction focus, reinforce other concepts through games, and start exploring the relationship between fractions, decimals (Gr.5) and percent (Gr. 6). Students will also have a 4-question quiz on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Next week in Science, students will continue their exploration into sky science, learning how to view the sun with a pinhole camera. In Social, we will focus on local government and how it is structured. 

Upcoming Dates to Note:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

March 8 - Student Performances (9:30 am or 11:00 am) Sound Kreations

March 12 – School Council Meeting - All are welcome! Child care provided.         

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Grade 1 (In-school experience)

March 16 - Booking for Parent/Teacher interviews opens 8:00 am - Click here to book

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school




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Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Words from Room 18 Students:

  • Grade 5 have a Science test next Tuesday – chemistry.  Study up!
  • We finished Iqbal.  The ending is so sad because he died!
  • Grade 6 got back their Social Studies tests.  We did awesome!
  • We have started a Mock Caldecott book contest.  Some of the books are great!
  • Grade 6’s talked about PAT’s and the dates for the tests.
  • It was warmer today so we went outside to play Capture the Flag.  It was fun.
  • We have a lot to celebrate this week! 

Room 18 has been busy with a variety of activities and sharing their understanding.  We have had many conversations about taking risks in learning and that mistakes are a part of the process. 



Language Arts:  We have read and discussed our class read aloud novel, Iqbal.  The students looked at the different symbols in the story such as a kite, and how it represented freedom.  We finished the book this week and many students were shocked to hear about Iqbal’s untimely death.  The event opened up an interesting discussion about the strength and inspiration a single person can have and how, even after death, they can continue to make an impact. One student said, “Even though Iqbal died, he was able to give courage and hope to other kids to stand up to their masters and fight back.” Ask your child how they felt about the novel.


Students have also begun a Mock Caledcott award project, assuming the role of judges.  They are critically analyzing a variety of picture books to see which will win the prestigious award.  We have looked at the different mediums illustrators have utilized and debated the importance of pictures when telling a story.


Math:  This week in Math, students received their marked quizzes from last week on subtraction, multiplication, and division.  After addressing and reviewing areas of growth, students were provided with 9 practice questions (7 questions for grade 5) for homework which was marked and returned today.  Students were encouraged to look at any errors as opportunities to learn and to try to correct any subtraction errors.  We will address any questions students have about their practice on Monday.  We also continued our exploration into fractions.  Grade 5 students were focused on finding equivalent fractions and Grade 6 learned about improper fractions and mixed numbers and how to convert one to the other. 


Science:  In Science, grade 6 students continued to present their Google Slides presentations.  Topics included meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, planets of our solar system, the moon, current rockets and dark matter. The presentations have been a wonderful example of our grade 6 students’ knowledge, creativity, and interest in their topics.  Students who were the audience were provided with vocabulary lists as well as paper to create mind maps on the various presentations.  They were also reminded that the content of these presentations will make up a portion of their sky science unit test (coming soon). 

Social Studies:  The Grade 6’s wrote their Ancient Athens Democracy test this week.  They were asked to compare different roles of Athenians and describe how these roles played a part in the democratic process.  Please sign your child’s test and send it back to school on Monday!  We will answer any questions they may have as there were a few questions that were a challenge for many!

Looking Forward:

Next week in Language Arts we will continue to look at a variety of picture books, analyzing each to see who the Caldecott winner will be.  We will also begin a new writing assignment that will include what students have learned in Science and Social Studies.  In Math, we’ll continue this practice and learn how to compare and relate dissimilar fractions.   Next week in Science, Grade 6 students will continue presenting and exploring the few remaining key understandings of our sky science unit.  In Social we will review the test they took and take a closer look the similarities and differences between direct and representative government.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 27 - Pink Shirt Day

February 28 – Fun Lunch

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

March 4 - 8 SoundKreations Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting              

March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school



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Friday, February 8th, 2019

Once again, Room 18 was running all week.  A major highlight was our Artist in Residence, One World Drumming.  Our instructor, Roger, worked with us during 4 sessions as we learned about the history of African drumming, the relationship to oral history and then learning about notes and rhythms.  Many of our students had a great time and were proud (and a little nervous) to perform in front of an audience. 

  • “I enjoyed learning how to drum.  It hurt my hands a little bit but it was fun.”
  • “When our two groups came together it sounded awesome!  I found it a bit hard to keep track of my beat but I could get back on track.”
  • “I didn’t think I would like drumming but I actually had fun.  I would do it again!”

Language Arts:

We have begun our new stories, using an interesting picture prompt.  Students are focusing on a specific area of growth such as adding more description, character development or editing for sentence errors.  We look forward to sharing our stories with you soon!  Our read-aloud novel has also become more exciting as the power shift has changed and it seems our young factory workers may have some help coming.  This week we took on the perspective of our villain.  We questioned how he felt about the choices he has made having child laborers and how he would be feeling about these children becoming more rebellious.


 


Math:

This week in math we continued our practice with long division.  This work included a review of the key terminology, such as dividend, divisor, and quotient.  Embedded in this practice was a review of other curriculum outcomes including subtraction and multiplication.  Later in the week, students were challenged to answer the following question through an experiment.  If you double the height of a ramp does it double the distance a marble travels?  This cross-curricular math-science experiment allowed students to show their understanding of measurement and think about what makes an experiment fair.  It also involved collecting and interpreting data, distinguishing different types of variables and finding the sum and quotient to answer the big question. 


Science:

This week in science students were busy completing their sky science presentations.  They’ve been working hard to make their presentations meet all the outcomes discussed and answer their big questions.  They look fantastic so far, and we can’t wait for the students to present their research next week.  Please ask your child to share their presentation with you this weekend, and if possible practice their scripts.  On Monday, students will be provided some class time to work on the finishing touches and print anything they need.  Those who are already prepared to present will be given the opportunity to do so.




Social:

In Social we are applying our understanding of the 3 Pillars of Ancient Greek Democracy.  Students have been asked to summarize what they believe to be the most important jobs in each pillar and how they demonstrate direct democracy.  The best part of the assignment is that students are creating a short story describing a day or moment in the life of an Athenian citizen within each of the Pillars. It will capture a job they are working on, an issue they are debating or an action they may take. 

Winter Walk and In-class Gym:

Despite the cold weather, our class was able to find a window of time on Thursday to head out for a Winter walk. It was greatly needed as we have been indoors all week! HOWEVER…during our gym times (while remaining in our own space), we transformed our room into an Olympic stadium.  We took a few ideas from Ancient Greece and from our Indigenous communities up North and participated in 5 different events –  ‘chariot racing’, the stick pull, leg wrestling,  the kneel jump and javelin throwing. We may continue this next week if the cold weather continues!

Looking Forward:

It is a SHORT week next week but full of action. Students will be participating in Rocks and Rings, a fun experience introducing Curling in our gym. We will be beginning a Valentine’s Day art project fueled by the creativity of each student. They will begin their art proposals on Monday and will begin to create a piece of art that represents love.  Students will put together a proposal of their ideas and will then get to work!  In Language Arts we will work on our stories and continue Iqbal (maybe finished it!) and in Math we will wrap up the marble problem and delve into fractions.  In Social we will finalize our Pillar projects and will present our Sky Science projects.  On Monday, Me to We is hosting a BAKE SALE to raise money for YMCA's Strong Kids Foundation.  This is the same group that supported sending many of our grade 6's to camp.  Each treat will be $1!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 11 - Bake Sale . Items are $1 each

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch



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Friday, February 1st, 2019

Room 18 had a busy week with a variety of fun activities and new challenges.  We also had many valuable learning experiences and stepped outside of our comfort zones.  Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott hope that each family celebrated in their child’s accomplishments shared on their report cards.  We are proud of what our students have achieved in the last 5 months and we look forward to the growth over the next 5.

Language Arts:  

This week we finished our stories and handed them in.  We had an opportunity to evaluate our writing, and used a rubric to look at our strengths and areas of growth.  Reading comprehension has been our focus and understanding challenging vocabulary.  This skill can be practiced at home and school as students are challenged to identify and define new vocabulary.   We have also continued our reading of ‘Iqbal’ and the events have held the class’s attention.  Ask your child what has happened and how the power has shifted in our novel.

Math:

This week in math, after reviewing vocabulary words such as dividend, divisor, and quotient, we began estimating division problems.  Students tried two different methods to estimate the quotient.  Later in the week, we tackled long division which challenged students to utilize their addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills. 

Science:

In science, the phases of the moon quizzes were returned to students.  We discussed the importance of studying for tests and quizzes as students analyzed the results of the quiz by looking at a pie graph of the class’s performance.  There will be a re-write at lunchtime (next Thursday) for those who need to improve their score.  Students were very excited to begin their Sky Science research projects this week.  They will be provided with a total of four classes to complete their Google Slides presentations by the end of next week.  As all of the projects are in Google Slides, they can work on them at home and share their presentations with parents.

Social: 

In Social we learned about the final two pillars of government in Ancient Athens – the Council of 500 and Athenian Court.  Grade 6’s learned how the citizens of Ancient Athens participated in government, winning their roles through a lottery system.  The Council of 500 was Athen’s full time government, while the Athenian Court allowed the people to bring their complaints to a magistrate.

Physical Education:

In Gym, we have had a fun week challenging our inner spy skills and tackling the Mission Impossible course.  There were a few new challenges this year that have made the course difficult, for even our oldest students, but we all had a great time.  On the final day Mrs. Mabbott and Mr. Stringer even joined in on the action!


Looking Forward:

Next week we look forward to One World Drum Co. joining us for a week-long residency.  Each class will participate in several lessons, learning to drum and will showcase their skills in a final assembly on Friday.  Room 18 will be performing at the 8:30 a.m. presentation!  In Language Arts, we look forward to beginning our next story as we build on the skills and focuses we talked about last week.  In Math, students will continue to work on their long division skills, including addition, subtraction and multiplication to hone their problem-solving skills.  In Science, students will complete their research projects and begin to think about their presentations.  In Social, we will apply what we have learned about the Pillars of Government in Athens and create ‘Day in the Life of a Citizen’ stories to capture our understanding.

****Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  We will be walking outside around the block, on the sidewalk, weather permitting.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 8 - One World Drum Performances - 8:30 am and 10:30 am - All Welcome!

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Friday, January 25th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • Big desk change this week!  We are excited about our new spots...well, most of us!

  • Iqbal (our class novel study) has been a ‘really good, horrible book’.  It is sad but hard to put down.

  • Wednesday we had our Math test.  There were some realizations...studying is key!

  • Grade 6 social - we have been learning about the 3 pillars of democracy

  • Fun lunch this week was delicious!

  • The Grade 5’s who completed their first Crystal experiment and write up are making crystals with Epsom salt next week!

  • Happy birthday to Yuna, Kyarrah, Maxx!

  • We are getting ready for Mission Impossible next week!  We were super quiet at our stations this week. We have also practiced strengthening our core muscles by doing the plank and push-ups.

  • Report cards go home on Thursday!

  • No school on Friday!


Language Arts:  

Our classroom read aloud novel has taken many twists and turns this week and brought about much excitement in our space. The young hero has escaped from his ‘jail’ only to be returned by the adults he has gone to, to ask for support.  But a new leader is beginning to show her bravery. Ask your child who this character is and why she is an unlikely hero. This week we finished up our story writing and some even began their editing and revisions. Many of the stories we have read are full of excitement and description.  We look forward to sharing them with you soon!

Math:

In Math, students were challenged to solve a number puzzle (pictured) involving all four operations and the order of operations (aka BEDMAS).  Later students were provided the opportunity to create their own which proved to be easy to make and difficult to solve. We also continued our practice of 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication, using different multiplication strategies.  Many students were quite successful using lattice multiplication to solve problems. Students were also given a small quiz focusing on addition and subtraction problems. We used the results of this quiz to provide targeted instruction and practice for students that needed it.  The quizzes were handed back to students to bring home to share.


Lunar Eclipse in January 2019


Science:

In Science, we reviewed the phases of the moon, voted on our mnemonic sentence, introduced the upcoming research project, and students took the phases of the moon quiz.  The quizzes have been marked and analyzed and will be handed back next week. The research projects will begin next week and should be wrapped up by end of the following week.  Students will be given a choice of a set of topics in Sky Science, but there is an opportunity for students to make their case for an independent study. As most of this work will be done on Google slides, students will be encouraged to share the slides with their parents.  Once the projects are complete, students will present their findings with their classmates.



Social:

In Social this week we looked at the 3 Pillars of Democracy in Ancient Greece and began to look at the many different ways for male citizens to become involved in running their city state.  We learned about the first pillar - The Assembly - and how it was the center for discussion, debate and decision making.



Gymnastics:

In Gym we introduced equipment such as benches, trestles, box horses and crash mats.  We also had a chance to use the climbing apparatus and work on ropes, the ladder and bars.  We have worked on balances, moving through equipment with control and using different ways to travel.  We did all of this SILENTLY!!!  We are also working on building our core muscles, so plank has been the foundation for our week!


Looking Forward:

Next week in Language Arts we will edit and revise our stories to make them more interesting and organized.  We will also continue our guided reading discussions and talk about the issues in Iqbal. In Math we will be working on our division skills! In Science we will begin our Sky Science research projects.  In Social we will look at the last two pillars of democracy - Council of 500 and the Athenian Court - to see how Ancient Athenians ran and participated in direct democracy. What we are most excited about will be MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in gym!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly x2

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for student

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 28 – Fun Lunch



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Friday, January 18th, 2019

Words from Room 18:

  • We were wild this week!  Full moon

  • Grade 5’s have started growing crystals in Science

  • We are continuing Iqbal  

  • In gym we shared our gymnastic routines.  Some of us will share next week!

  • Next week we will have a Science Test (grade 6) and math quiz.  Both study sheets have been sent home!

  • In art we analyzed different art showcasing the theme of ‘Love’

  • We started Readers' Theatre.  I am nervous!

  • Fun lunch next week!

Language Arts: In Language Arts we have been reading in our guided reading groups.  We have focused on recalling descriptive details and identifying the author’s purpose.  We have also participated in Reader’s Theatre. Each group has a script focusing on a different pair or group of Ancient Greek Gods

Math: In Math we continued our review of performing operations with decimals.   We kicked off the week with a game of Kahoot, practicing addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.  After taking a ride on the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster, we reviewed how to multiply.  For the Grade 6's, this work included multiplying decimal numbers, while the Grade 5's focused on multiplying whole numbers.  There will be a short quiz next Tuesday on adding and subtracting decimal numbers with regrouping.


Science: In Science we reviewed the phases of the moon and then zoomed out to our solar system.  All the students were given the opportunity to create a mnemonic device to remember the names of planets in order.  Students also were provided with some time to virtually explore our solar system and NASA's Space Place site.  There will be a phases of the moon quiz next Tuesday (the review cards are available on our class website).

Social: In Social we have learned about Ancient Greek society and how it is structured.  Ask your child how the roles of boys and girls in Ancient Athens is different from today.  We also learned about primary resources and it allows researchers to get as close to an event as possible.

Gymnastics:  Students have practiced different travels, balances, weight transfers and sequences on our mats.  This week we shared our routines. There will also be a few groups next week who will get to share!


Looking Forward…

In Language Arts we will continue story writing and focus on our editing skills.  In Math we have a quiz next week and will continue to work on multiiplying numbers, with and without decimals.  In Science we will also have a quiz testing our phases of the moon knowledge.  In social we will continue our focus on Ancient Athenian society and how their government was structured.


Important Dates…

Jan. 19 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28 – Fun Lunch


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Friday, January 11th, 2019

Welcome to 2019!  We were excited to see fresh faces on Monday.  We heard about the fun, relaxing and family focused breaks everyone had.  It was a long week as we are all adjusting to routine again but the students worked hard and we learned a lot.

Words from Room 18:

  • We are excited for our report cards!  The teachers are paying close attention to our work!
  • We figured out the Riddle of the Week!  Can you?  It is…how can you spell the word candy with 2 letters?
  • We started a great new read aloud novel – Iqbal.  Please ask us what we think so far!
  • Mission Impossible will start soon.  Gymnastics has started!
  • We are excited to get books in the library.
  • Grade 5’s have done a lot of experiments in Science.
  • Me to We is planning another event…it will be epic!
  • Grade 6 Science – we have started Sky Science.
  • We started decimals in math – adding and subtracting!
  • Grade 6’s are learning about Ancient Greece in Social.
  • Grade 5’s have been watching Elder in the Making series.  It is about the indigenous community.


Language Arts:  This week has been all about getting back into routine and practicing our skills. Song of the week this week was Prince’s 1999, and we began new guided reading groups.  We have also started a new read aloud novel that has captured the attention of everyone.  Iqbal is a fictional story but focuses on real people and events.  We had in-depth discussions about bonded child labour, difficult family decisions and life in poverty.  We are also creating a mind map to capture what we feel is the most important information, building a timeline of events and documenting new vocabulary that we are learning.  Ask your child about their initial thoughts about Iqbal.


Math:  This week in math, we reviewed place value, standard and expanded form.  After asking the question ‘How small is small?’ we explored the scale of the universe, and began solving problems with decimal numbers.  The grade 5’s focused on tenths, hundredths, and thousandths, while the grade 6’s extended this understanding to the billionths place.

  

Science:  This week in Science, we continued to learn about the phases of the moon.  Students explored an interactive site where they could manipulate the earth’s orbit to see the position of the moon in each phase.  Students also modeled the phases of the moon (see pictures) to learn hands-on how the sun, moon, and earth are positioned for the moon phases and lunar and solar eclipses.  We also had some hands on fun looking at the moon phases 'Stringer Style"!

Social:  This week we began with a review of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Magna Carta and Suffragettes.  We then turned our focus to Ancient Greece and direct democracy versus representative democracy.  Students learned where Greece is located and created a map looking at the surrounding bodies of water, countries, mountains and major cities.  They also learned about city states and how Greece’s landscape isolated each community.  


Looking Forward:  Next week in Language Arts we will continue our guided reading, read aloud novel and revisit story writing.  In Math our practice will continue with more problem solving for the grade 5’s and multiplication of decimals with the grade 6’s. In Science student’s will be provided with some phases of the moon review materials (there’s a quiz coming soon) and start exploring our solar system.  In Social we will look at ancient Athenian social structure, the roles of men, women and children, and talk about primary resources.

FAMILY HOMEWORK THIS WEEKEND!!  We are asking all of our families to have a mathematical conversation this weekend.  We would like to know how each of your families use basic facts (mental math using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - NO calculators involved) in your daily lives.  Do you use it at work? Home? Shopping? Games? For example, you may use quick math to calculate how many minutes you have left before you have to leave the house, or how much data you have left on your phone for the month, per week and per day (both examples Mrs. Mabbott uses often!)  Please let Mr. Stringer or Mrs. Mabbott know how you use your basic facts each day. You can either write a brief message on a piece of paper or write us a quick email with your explanation.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens

January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18 – Family day – no school


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Friday, December 14th, 2018

We are super excited for our final school week of 2018!  Here is what Room 18 Students wanted to share:

  • Don’t forget next week on Friday is our PJ Breakfast to support the Calgary Food Bank
  • In math we learned about Factors and Multiples.  Please ask us about them
  • We had our Winter Concert!!!  It was awesome!  Our class is looking forward to the Spring Concert where we will perform.
  • Me to We are planning a skit for our assembly
  • We are excited to share our Book Club presentations next week
  • GRADE 6 HAS A SCIENCE TEST ON WED. DEC 19!  I NEED TO STUDY!

Language Arts:  We have worked all week on our Book Club Presentations.  Many of the groups have used google slides to share information about the characters, the main plot, favourite parts and their recommendations.  Next week they will present to the class.  Ask your child to log on to google slides so that you can take a sneak peak at their presentation!


Math:  This week in Math we continued to learn more about the numbers we frequently use.  This work included a constructing a Venn-diagram to compare multiples to factors, solving word problems and learning about prime and composite numbers.

Science:  In Science we reviewed key terms and vocabulary that ha been used in our learning throughout the Trees and Forest unit.  We also played an energetic game of Kahoot to review key concepts.  This review work will support students’ understanding for the upcoming test on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.  Paper copies of the vocabulary have been given to all students.  Here is a link to a digital copy: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15nA0J8DdykpCYXBDp2pqCEni75paXhxFF5by3O5YXlY/edit?usp=sharing


Social:  In Social we have made personal connections to the Charter of Rights and chosen the rights that mean the most to us and our families.  Many students choose ‘the right to practice their religion’ and ‘the right to feel free and safe’.  We had interesting conversations about the importance of the rights and some communities who do not have these rights.


Looking Forward:  Room 18 will present their book club presentations in Language Arts.  In math we will continue our study of numbers and apply our understanding when problem solving.  In Science we have a TEST on Wednesday.  We have stressed to the grade 6's that preparation is key.  Please review the information that has been sent home!  In Social we will look at participation and the right to vote.  We will also be looking at the history of voting in Canada and the groups who won the right to vote later than others.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 17 - 20 Caroling in the Gym

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School


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Friday, December 7th, 2018

Is it really December already?  Our week was short but our learning was extensive.  Room 18 has worked diligently and were ready for a long weekend. One of our highlights was bringing a bit of camp to the school.  We loved the game Gaga Ball and have modified it to play in our gym.  We look forward to teaching the rest of the school soon as it is a game for all ages and abilities!

Language Arts: 

We are finished, or nearly finished our novels in book club.  They are due to be finished on Monday (exception is the Little Women group).  Student conversations around the room included gasps of shock and laughter.  This week students had an opportunity to summarize their reading and identifying the connection between the main plot, characters and setting in their novels.  Ask your child about their final thoughts on their novel.  Did they enjoy their book and why?

Math:

This week in numeracy, we worked diligently on the concept of multiples and finding common multiples of 2 to 3 numbers.  This work included using tables, calendars, and charts to solve hypothetical scheduling scenarios and barnyard fun.

Social:

This week, the grade 6’s were given each of the rights and freedoms in the Canadian Charter of Rights.  They were asked, without prompts to organize them into categories that made sense to them.  Each group had to talk about each of the ideas and how they were related to other rights.  This was a challenging task but the conversations were thoughtful and reflective.  “Having the right to move to a province must be related to entering and leaving Canada.  It talks about people travellng.” – This group made the connection to Mobility rights in Canada.

Science:

We took time this week to reflect on the vocabulary we have learned in Trees and Forest and then introduced our Sky Science unit.  Students toured the International Space Station that flew through our night sky on Wednesday night.  We also explored the question ‘How big is big?’ in our students’ frame of reference and the scale of the universe.  Ask your child what stood out most when we looked at a scale that compared human beings to the size of our universe.

Looking Forward:

We have a busy week next week with our upcoming Christmas concert.  If your child is in Choir or Handbells they will be busy with rehearsals!  In Language Arts we are looking forward to our final novel study project where groups will have the opportunity to present their book, the main elements and what they loved best. In Math we will move into Factors, contrasting them with multiples, and then continue into problem solving with factors.  In Social we will further our study of the Charter of Rights and see how they specifically affect citizens in Canada.  In Science we look forward to looking at the contents and scale of our solar system.

***EMJ's CHRISTMAS CONCERT IS ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th. The show times are 9:00am and 6:30pm.  All families are welcome. Room 18 is not performing at this concert, unless the individual students are in handbells and choir.  For the evening performance, students need to arrive at 6pm.


Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30 pm

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – Non Instructional



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Friday, November 30th, 2018

This week the grade 5 students in our space had the opportunity to be the leaders at EMJ.  Room 16 and 18 regrouped as one and had a fun filled week with Mrs. McCosh, an EMJ alumni. Here are some of their highlights:

  • We were on live television - Breakfast news!  Andrew Shultz from Breakfast TV came int talk to us!  Ask us what we learned!

  • Getting a break from the Grade 6’s

  • Today we learned how to play Gaga Ball (a new game the grade 6’s learned at camp).

  • Mrs. McCosh taught us!  And she taught us French!

  • We read Loser (but still need to finish it!

  • The joy of having many of the grade 5’s together!

  • We made optical illusions.

  • Mathletics - 2D and 3D shapes.

  • We also learned a new game in gym!

And our last photo from Camp Chief Hector!  Thank you to all of our families for supporting us!  We had a blast!


Looking Forward:  Next week we will tackle the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Social Studies and reflect on what we learned about Trees and Forest at camp.  We are nearly finished our books in book club and will begin our novel projects soon.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 13 – Winter Concert - 9:00 am and 6:30 pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day of school before winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume


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Outdoor School - Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Day 3: 

Our last full day at camp has been a terrific one! The day started off with a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, assorted fruit, cereal and orange juice. Half of the students went on the hike today, while the remaining half stayed back and play Gaga Ball (a fast favourite), and the ECO-nomy game.


After pizza lunch, the students then spent time at the Wilderness playground. This playground is filled with natural obstacles for practicing and testing out risky play. Our final main event was Predator vs. Prey! This game is a favourite every year at camp (the teachers love it too…Mr. Stringer trains all summer for it). It was a competitive game that exhausted all of us and left us with big smiles on our faces (and some minor scratches). 


We ended the day with a meeting and reflection about our favourite part of the week, game time and campfire. We were treated to skits and music put on by the camp staff. There will be some happy sleepers tonight! 



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Outdoor School Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, Day 2


Good evening! We have had another full day out in the great outdoors.  About half of the kids went on a day hike.  They planned their route with their councilor, packed bagged lunches with pita sandwiches, fruit, veggies and granola bars.  They discovered many exciting things in the forest and enjoyed the crisp clear day. 


Some explored the “Forest Play” which is a natural playground created out of trees and rocks. Others participated in improv drama sessions which were hilarious.  How great to see the kids step outside their comfort zone. Some groups worked together in the challenge course.

This evening after our class meetings, we had our Assistant Principal Heather McKay share an Iroquois creation myth.  The kids followed along and created a story bracelet with beads that represent the elements of the story.  This activity is one of our EMJ Outdoor School traditions.  

Kids raved about the food today.  Breakfast consisted of fruit, French toast, turkey sausages, cereal, yogurt and oatmeal.  For lunch, we had mac & cheese and veggies and dip.  Throughout the day a ton of fruit was consumed.  For dinner they served lasagna and garlic bread – always a favourite!


The kids have just left for night viewing of the constellations and to find Mars in the night sky.  When they are finished they will head off to bed.  They are tired to night but full of smiles and great stories.  Have a good night from Camp Chief Hector.



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Outdoor School Day 1: Friday, November 23rd, 2018


Hello, the students have all left to head back to their respective sleeping quarters.  We had a full day with lots of laughs, adventures, and trying new things.  We ate lunch at 12:30, Sloppy Joes and veggies and dip were served. 

Some of our students played at the Wild Playground and the Challenge Course. The Wild Playground allowed for free play on large rocks and logs, which were laid out to test their balance.  The Challenge Course is a teamwork activity where students work together to get through an obstacle course of platforms, tires, and logs.   They worked up an appetite by 5:30pm when dinner was served. 

Students then met with their teachers to share about their day followed by games, art activities, quiet reading. The day ended with an indoor campfire full songs and lots of laughs.  We were excited to see new friendships forming, positive attitudes and renewed confidence in your child.   

 


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Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Thank you to all of the families who were able to make it to Parent Teacher Conferences.  It was exciting to share your child’s learning with you and celebrate their achievements.  We truly have a wonderful group of students and enjoy working with them each day.   If you were not able to join us but wish to have a meeting at a later time, please contact us at the school and we can set up a meeting or telephone conference.


Literacy:

This week we continued our Book Club reading and sharing.  The groups had meaningful conversations about their text and shared their job for the week. Ask your child what the main problem is in their book.


       

Math:

This week we had a Math Quiz reviewing the topics we have covered.  To challenge the students, they were given a handout that included incorrect answers students had previously given.  Their job was to figure out what part was incorrect and state the correct answer.  We also continued our work with integers and applied them to varying extreme elevations found in Canada and the world.  If 8 is greater than 3, how can you explain that -8 is less than -3?

Follow the link to our class ordering positive and negative integers:  https://drive.google.com/file/...

Science:

The grade 6’s finalized some of their work on fungi and lichen and then looked at a variety of products found in their home – bandaids, toothpaste, nail polish and other items. Goods From the Woods is a fun game they played where they guessed which items were made from wood. The students were shocked to find out that so many items were made from trees such as cinnamon and gum.  The biggest reaction was given when they found out that toilet paper is made of cellulose, which is also an ingredient in packaged HOT CHOCOLATE!


Social:

This week in Social, groups presented their Action Plans around the building.  Classes learned about issues at EMJ and how they could make a positive difference.  The Grade 6’s should be very proud of their work as the buzz around the school is a positive one. Students from Kindergarten to grade 5 are talking about many of the issues that were presented and the great solutions to these problems.  I have talked with many teachers who are also impressed with the confidence the students showed and how well they knew their topics.

Looking Forward:

Grade 5’s will be our leaders at school next week.  Room 16 and 18 will combine and lead by a wonderful teacher who is EMJ alumni.  Mrs. M. was a grade 5 teacher for years at our school and has already gotten to know many of our students.  They will have an amazing week which will include a special guest presentation!

Grade 6 camp is finally here!  We will leave for Camp Chief Hector on Monday, November 26th at around 9:00am.  Please bring your bag into the gym (on the right side) as we will begin packing the bus around 8:15ish.  Please look for camp photos on our blog!

  • Please label all of your important stuff and your bags.
  • DO NOT bring your cell phone, electronics or other devices!!! You do not need any food or snacks as the chef at camp will ensure you are well fed. 
  • DO bring deodorant, tooth brush and tooth paste, extra socks and extra underwear. 
  • Here is the link to the Student Manual and packing list if you should need it. 
  • Please email Mrs. Mabbott at nlnagai@cbe.ab.ca or Mr. Stringer at jastringer@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions. 
  • If your child has brought any medications, please hand it to us when you arrive, along with the appropriate forms and instructions.
  • Camp bags CANNOT go on the buses home so please have alternate plans to drop off and pick up their belongings.
  • You can pick your child up on Thursday between 1:30 and 2:00 when we return…they will be tired!

Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break



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Friday, November 16th, 2018

From Room 18 Students – Celebrations from our Class Meeting…

  • “Grade 6 camp is coming!!!!  In 10 days we will be heading to Camp Chief Hector!”  Start to pack your items and label them!
  • Action Plan presentations -  “I am so excited to head to different classrooms and share my action plan!”
  • “Science has rocked this week!  We have been building weather instruments and they are awesome!”
  • “I love my book in book club.  It is hilarious!”
  • “Parent Teacher Conferences are next week.  Half day on Thursday!”


Literacy:

Last week students browsed through various novels that were presented.  This week each student was placed into a Book Club group based on their top 3 choices.  They began their reading and have been having interesting discussions about the themes, characters and events.  The novels include George’s Marvelous Medicine, Small Steps, Hatchet, The Giver, Number the Stars and Little Women.  Each student has also been given a weekly role to focus on such a Discussion Director, Word Finder, Literary Luminary, Illustrator/Mapper and Connector.  Ask your child what book they are reading and what their role was.

Photo: Math Talks have been an important part of our learning process.  Allowing students to discuss their problems, solutions and mathematical understanding with one another opens doors to greater learning possibilities.  

Math:

This week we have continued to work on our Order of Operations questions, and also introduced integers.  Our highlight this week came from an ‘epic fail’ earlier in the week.  The class had a challenging time with an Operations question and found the vocabulary and concept difficult.  We worked together as a group, clarified the question, had a great math discussion and tackled the question again, with an even greater challenge included.  Today everyone was successful in finding a variety of answers and was able to share their understanding on paper and verbally.   Here is the problem if you would like to try it at home…

  • Use the numbers 2, 3, and 4 and any operation or brackets. Write an expression that equals each number below. You must use all three digits (2,3, and 4) in each expression and only use each digit once. CHALLENGE: Try to do it more than one way. EXTRA CHALLENGING CHALLENGE: Find the three answers less than 10 that you CANNOT get.


Science

In science we focused on Fungus and Lichen. The class learned about the different variations of each and then used a dichotomous key to compare and contrast each type.  We will finish these keys next week.


Social

The grade 6’s completed their Action Plan presentations (almost) and look forward to sharing their knowledge and suggestions with the school next week.  Teachers are signing up for topics that are important to their class and will benefit them.  The grade sixes are very excited to share!


Looking Forward

We will have a science focus next week as we prepare for camp.  We will finish up the Trees and Forest unit and will be experts out in the mountains.  In math we will continue to work on integers, focusing on comparing and ordering them.  Book club will gather on Monday to share their ‘jobs’.  We look forward to strong discussions and questions as they explore challenging topics such as war, government control, pressures of bullying, survival, and grouchy grandparents.

****Parent Teacher Conferences will take place Thursday, November 22nd from 4:00 to 8:00pm and Friday, November 23rd from 8:00am to 1:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing all of our families and students!  THURSDAY WILL BE EARLY DISMISSAL AT 12:15pm and NO SCHOOL FRIDAY!


Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Friday, November 9th, 2018

Room 18 wants to celebrate and recognize:

  • Grade 6 Action Plan Presentations
  • Grade 5 natural disaster and regions of Alberta presentations
  • Mrs. Macaulay’s last day…enjoy retirement L
  • Welcome Ms. Moe to Room 16 and grade  Science and Social!
  • Remembrance Day assembly
    • Ask us about our Marine visitor -
  • Story writing
  • Math ceiling lesson
  • Upcoming math quiz this Thursday – the study sheet will go home Monday!
  • EMJ's first Wall of Honour was a huge success!  By Friday morning it was overflowing!

We had a fantastic week that ended with a visit from Leading Seaman Kyle Hawkings who shared his experiences as an acting Canadian Marine. 

Language Arts:  This week we focused our learning on Remembrance Day and WW1.  Students learned about many of the battles of the final 100 days of WW1 and the important role Canadians played.  Ask your child about John McCrae and his important role during WW1.  Who is the horse in this picture?  What important role did he play?

 Math:  Math this week began with a few changes to our room.  Students immediately noticed a new addition to our ceiling as we used the tiles to create various arrays.  This was the introduction to order of operations! How many different solutions can you find with the following equation, adding brackets in different places -    20 + 10 / 2 x 3

Science:  The grade 6’s learned about the layers of wood and created their own plasticine art to show their understanding.  Please look for them the next time you visit.

Social:  Half of our groups have presented their Action Plan presentations.  We have learned how we can prevent bullying, school wide littering and travel to school safely. 

Looking Forward:  Next week we are diving into our book club groups and beginning our novels.  Students were given choice about their books and will now have an opportunity to discuss, debate and reflect on the novel they chose. In math we will continue our focus on order of operations and students will have a chance to share their understanding through discussions and brainstorming sessions. In Social we look forward to the second half of the presentations and sharing our learning with the school community to make EMJ an even more positive space.  We will also begin to learn about Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Important Dates:

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 23 - Last day to order Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night (details will be sent closer to this date)

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break


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Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Message from Room 18:

  • Remembrance Day is coming up!
  • The Pumpkin Carving Contest was a success!  Me to We did a great job!
  • Me to We club wore their shirts this week and they look awesome.
  • Picture Re-takes next Tuesday
  • French was fun.  We started our comic strips.
  • We did great Hallowe’en stories
  • KAHOOT was so much fun!  Ask us about it!  We used it as a way to review math
  • School is great. J

Our week was full of fun and excitement as we celebrated Halloween through various activities, finished up our Social Studies action plans and showed their learning about leaves and trees.

Language Arts:  We continued our Halloween stories this week and many of our students have completed their narratives.  Students demonstrated their ability to use figurative language and descriptive imagery to make their writing exciting for their audience.  Our Song of the Week was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  The class took the time to review the figurative language found in the lyrics and define some challenging vocabulary. 











Mathematics:  Math this week was full of movement, conversation and FUN.  We took time to look at a ‘Stringer-special’ monster math problem.  The class gathered in an ‘onion’ circle and participated in a conversation describing how they would solve the problem.  It was our first attempt and the group did well.  This week we also reviewed many of the concepts we have covered thus far using KAHOOT – an online interactive game.  Friday was a noisy and exciting math class!











Social:  The grade 6 group had time this week to complete their action plans and create presentations, posters, announcements and activities to make our school a better place.  We will be sharing our action plans with the group next week and scheduling classroom visits to share our information with the school.


Science:  The Grade 6’s applied their learning from last week and completed a survey on different types of leaves.  They were able to use various leaf charts to identify the type of leaf that was presented and made inferences about which tree they believed it came from.  We also learned about tree cookies and the different conditions that would affect a trees growth.  Have your child log on to their google account and head to our classroom website to play the tree cookie game!


Looking Forward:  Next week we will focus on Remembrance Day, our heroes and ‘Canada’s Hundred Days’ that lead to the end of WW1.  Students will create art that will be shared at our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, and read about some of Canada’s most important battles such as Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.  In Math we will look at order of operations and the importance of each step.  During Social Studies, the grade 6’s will share their action plans and we will begin to share our knowledge with the school.  In Science we will continue or work with trees and begin to dissect the layers of wood and their jobs.


Me to We:  A special thanks to the Me to We group who worked diligently this week to host our first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.  The classrooms blew us away with their creativity and enthusiasm and made the judging contest a challenge.  We hoped everyone enjoyed the final display this week of all of the creations.  It looked fantastic! 

      


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



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Friday, October 26th, 2018

Room 18 enjoyed our gorgeous weather and had an eventful week.  Here are our words from our students:

  • Grade 5’s went to the military museum
  • Grade 6 Me to We designing t-shirts
  • LA: Students wrote rough copies of their Halloween stories
  • Science: 
    • Grade 6: Investigating leaves
    • Grade 5: Natural disasters
  • Math: Variables, Arrays, Factors, Multiples, Prime and Composite numbers


    • Mondrian Art/Math
  • Social: Grade 5:


    • Researching one region of Canada
  • Social: Grade 6:


    • Researching an issue
      • Presentation:
        • Goal to make a change at EMJ level
          • Bullying
          • Graffiti

This week we have focused our sights on making a positive impact on our school community.  Our Me to We club has been coordinating our Pumpkin Carving contest and making announcements and posters to inform our student body.  We also had our chance to design our member t-shirts one day at lunch.

Social:  In social we have continued our action plans to make EMJ a more positive environment.  Grade 6 students have researched a common issue (graffiti, littering, safe transportation, bullying and cursing) and are now planning to make a positive change.  They are engaged, cooperating and organizing their ideas to present and post positive messages around our school.  We are looking forward to various optimistic changes around our community.





















Science:  This week, students used their observation skills and analyzed examples of ecosystem debris they found in our school field.  Using a dichotomy chart, each pair observed and categorized different characteristics of leaves and needles.  They then made logical inferences about which tree their specimen came from.  The most fun part was using microscopes and magnifying glasses to make their observations. 



























Math:  This week we focused on our problem solving skills and worked on a variety of word problems.  We also had time to use the game of Yahzee to practice our basic fact skills and focus on prime and composite numbers while the grade 5’s were on their field trip.  Please look for our Mondrian Multiplication Art on our bulletin boards soon.


Language Arts:  We have continued our work on our Halloween stories and are finalizing our publication choices.  Students worked on adding description, figurative language and clarifying their writing.  We are so excited to share our stories next week!


Looking Forward:  Next week is promising to be a great one.  Students in Room 18 discussed and voted on a healthy Hallowe'en celebration on Wednesday, October 31st afternoon.  We will dress up in costumes after lunch and participate in a variety of festive activities.  Students agreed to bring in a variety of snacks such as veggies, fruit, crackers and cheese and other treats to share with our group of 35.

In Language Arts we look forward to editing and publishing our final Hallowe'en stories.  We will also participate in a spooky Song of the Week (it's a teacher favourite!).  In Math we will be looking at an open ended math problem and sharing our ideas and mathematical thinking in a variety of ways.  Social Studies block will allow our group to further collaborate and finalize student action plans as we will be sharing them with the class before putting them into action.  Finally, in Science we will be diving deeper into the study of trees and looking at a variety of plants found specifically in Alberta.


Important Dates:

Wall of Honor and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honor and Remembrance” for all of the family members of Ethel M. Johnson School students that may have served our Country in the past; or who are current members of the military.

If you are interested in having your family participate in this endeavor, we ask that you please send this form (click here) with the following information:

* A photocopy of the person’s photo

* Their full name

* How they are related to your child (i.e. Johnny Smith’s great-grandfather)

* When and where they served in the military

* Their regiment name

We are hoping to display all of the names that we gather on the wall of our gym during our Remembrance Assembly. We will also provide classes with an opportunity to view the wall.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly - 9:00 am - ALL ARE WELCOME

Nov. 13 – School council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME! Babysitting provided.

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Interviews

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread Night

November 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)



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Friday, October 19th, 2018

What a week!  With great weather and fun events, we were very busy! 

                 

Math:  While working on our Mondrian Multiplication Art – “Today Math was fun! We did art and there was math with it.  It was multiplication and art with squares.”  This assignment combines our focus on basic math facts with some fun art.  The class was focused as they chose a grid and created specific arrays.


Language Arts:  “I liked doing the character art because it was a chance for us to draw our characters to match our story.  When I write my story I can look at my picture and see how my character looks and acts and include those details in my writing.”

In Writing we have been working on our Halloween stories.  We have looked at descriptive words, figurative language and are now developing our characters.  The writing we have seen has been well organized and well developed.  We look forward to sharing our published work soon!  Ask your child about their story and what their main character's strengths and weakness are.




Science:  Students have applied their learning about Alberta wildlife and worked in teams to add the animals to the appropriate level of the forest – upper canopy, understory, underbrush and forest floor.  This was another whole class effort as each group had the opportunity to add to various illustrations.



Social:  This week we looked at issues in our world and community.  Linked to the presentation from our Me to We program leader, the class brainstormed worldly issues such as famine, water pollution, homelessness, disease, mental illness and war.  Thinking about our passions, we then talked about how we could possibly bring positive change to the issues.  In groups, we looked at some of the issues at EMJ such as bullying, graffiti and playground roughhousing, and are now working towards actions plans to solve those issues.  Ask your child what their focus will be!


Looking Forward:

As we creep even closer to Halloween, next week will be full of fun.  Students are excited to continue the story writing process and begin to think about their final steps to complete their narrative.  In math, we will be taking our finished Mondrian Multiplication art (renamed Mart) a step further and incorporating ratio, fractions, percent and decimals.  In Science, we will complete our own animal life cycles and ensure they include the sun, producers, consumers, decomposers and the flow of energy.  Social Studies class will give us time to work on our action plans to support a positive change to our issues found at EMJ.  Students will research more information on each topic and look at the different points of view that surround the issue.

Please Note:  All forms are due from the office - medical, volunteer, consent to publish, lunch fees.  Grade 6 Camp forms and money are due before Nov. 19th.  Fun Lunch Orders are due asap.

Important Dates:

  • Wed.Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip to the Military Museum
  • Thurs. Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)
  • Fri. Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Tues. Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Wed.Oct. 31 - Hallowe'en!!
  • Tues. Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day
  • Friday November 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. will be our Remembrance Day Assembly 







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Friday, October 12th, 2018

From the Students in Room 18…

  • The Halloween Dance is coming up!  Have you bought your tickets?
  • In Writing we did Halloween writing and watched 2 haunted video clips to get ideas.
  • Me to We planned a couple of ideas for Halloween activities and we visited Parent Council!  We will be making our shirts soon!
  • We had our first Skill Buddy visit!
  • We got the results of Handbell club.
  • Choir has begun…winter and advanced!
  • We had our camp meeting yesterday!  Forms have gone home!!!!!
  • Grade 5 students are going to the Military Museum on October 24th!
  • Library on Thursday!
  • Scholastic book orders are due on Tuesday!  Cash only or you can order online!

Although a short week, Room 18 was busy with many fun activities!  

                   

In Science we are looking at ecosystems and how the living and non-living interact.  We are also looking at flora and fauna of Banff National Park.  We researched our information and completed an EMJ survey based on our observations of our own green space.

                   

In Social, we had many great conversations about being a strong citizen and what our job was in a democracy.  We didn’t get as far as we wanted this week but we will continue to learn about the importance of contributing to society.

                                                                              

                       

Our Grade 5 and 6’s will have various opportunities to volunteer their time with our SKILL students here at EMJ.  They will help with activities like art lessons, reading practice and socializing.  This week was our first visit and the group began to get to know one another.  Our Me to We club also gathered this week and voted on hosting a Halloween event in our school.  Next week we will begin to plan and advertise the fun event.  There was also a small group who presented at Tuesday’s Parent Council night and did an outstanding job!


Looking Forward:

Next week is sure to be an exciting one!  We are looking forward to continuing our Number Sense focus in Math as we review addition, subtraction and use our estimation skills.  In Science we will apply our researched information and look at the levels of the forest and its different inhabitants.  In Social Studies we will continue our conversation around contributing to society while looking deeper into our own community at EMJ and areas we can possibly make a difference.  Students have expressed great excitement about Language Arts and our story writing.  Next week will review the elements of a story and begin our Halloween themed narratives. 


Important Dates:

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50.  If your child is in grade 6, this will directly discount your Grade 6 Camp Fee!!!  Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

If you are able to volunteer for the Halloween Dance on October 18th, please let parent council know. We look forward to a great evening with all of our families!

Oct. 15 and 16 - Alberta Health Services - Dentist Visit (K-2)

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween





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Friday, October 5th, 2018 - Happy Thanksgiving Long Weekend!  

This week we recognized Orange Shirt Day.  We read various texts and talked about residential schools and the part it played in Canadian history.  The students responded to the story, When I was Eight, and we then connected our reactions to the Song of the Week, “Keep Holding On.”  It was uplifting to see so many of our students who wore orange shirts to recognize this day and those who shared their thoughts and reactions to this ongoing discussion.

Welcoming a huge dump of snow this week, we took advantage of a Winter Walk Day on Wednesday.  We stayed on our school block and walked around the drive.  Despite the deep snow and accumulation of slush, they all had a blast!  Words we heard from the kids:

  • “This is the best school day ever!”
  • “Can we do this once a week?”
  • “I didn’t think a walk around the block could be this much fun!”
  • “I haven’t been this tired…ever!”
  • “Will camp be like this?  I can’t wait!”


In Social Studies, we have been looking at Democracy and what makes this form of government successful.  We furthered our learning about the 4 pillars of democracy and what important roles the citizens play.  We talked about the rights that citizens have such as freedom of speech and equality rights, but also the responsibilities that come with those rights.  Students were asked what rights they have in our school and were asked to come up with responsibilities that were tied their rights.  For example, students have the right to eat in a lunchroom space and the responsibility to follow the rules of the lunchroom and eat in a timely manner.  Please ask your child what Right and Responsibilities they thought of!


Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to many fun activities this coming week!  In Math we are working on our estimating skills and reviewing addition of large numbers.  In Language Arts we will continue to develop our paragraph writing skills and look at persuasive writing.  Students brainstormed topics they are passionate about and will defend their positions.  We are continuing to read our read-aloud book, Wonderstruck.  Students will be making connections to the story and their own experiences.


Important Dates:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. If your child is in grade 6, this will directly discount your Grade 6 Camp Fee!!!  For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.

           ***Photo Day is on Tuesday, October 9th!!!***

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 11 - Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Outdoor Camp - 6:00 pm**

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween




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Friday, September 28th, 2018

Words from Room 18 Students…

  • I had fun running in the Terry Fox Run today!  It was great that each of the colour groups got at least 200 laps!  The school ran a total of 509 kms!
  • My classmates and I lead the Terry Fox Assembly.  We had fun being the MCs and acting!  I also liked helping out the little kids.
  • I liked the Graffiti art we did this week, including descriptive words about Terry Fox.  We got to watch the movie, Terry, and work on our art.
  • We had our first day of Mathletics and we got to be the first class to use the schools new Chrome books!  They are TOUCH SCREEN!  We have been assigned our very own and we are super-duper, very extremely happy about it!

Working together in Gym playing Hoola Huts.  It took team work, cooperation, communication and physical skill to play this game!  The students loved it!


We had a super busy week this week with Fun Lunch, Terry Fox fundraising and the run, guest teachers and leadership opportunities.  Thank you to the many grade 5 and 6 students who offered their time and voice to help organize, lead and volunteer during the Terry Fox announcements, assembly and run.  You all did amazing!

This week we focused on our Canadian hero, Terry Fox, and had in depth conversations about heroism, strength and resiliency.  Students then created graffiti art work to share their understanding.  Thank you to all the families who donated money to our fundraiser.  We will find out our final total next week.  It is great when our school is able to celebrate a Canadian hero and come together as a community to work together and reach our goal!


Looking Forward:

As we jump into October, students are now settled and into our routines.  We would appreciate if our students could continue to practice their multiplication basic facts at home as we are already seeing growth.  Orange Shirt day will take place on Sunday, but we will acknowledge the day on Monday, October 1st  and throughout the week.  Please encourage your child to wear an Orange shirt or piece of clothing this day, and we will learn and talk about its significance.  In Science we will dive deeper into the Trees and Forest unit, taking a look at living and non-living things.  In Social, students will increase their focus on the Four Pillars of Democracy taking a closer look at our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the importance of voting.

Please note that students do not have school on Friday, October 5th and Monday October 8th.  When we return Tuesday October 9th it will be PHOTO DAY!


Important Dates:

  • No school Fri. Oct. 5th and Mon. Oct. 8th.  Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Photo Day on Tuesday October 9th
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting for Grade 6 families to discuss our upcoming Grade 6 Camp trip from Monday, November 26th to Thursday, November 29th
  • Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park
  • Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum
  • Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween


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Friday, September 21st, 2018

Words from Room 18 Students...

  • We started Song of the Week
  • Wonderstruck is interesting, amazing, wonderful, Wonderful...struck
  • We finished our art.  It is now displayed on the bulletin board outside of our room.
  • We are doing our Happiness Journal each morning!
  • We have been switching with another 5/6 class for Science and Social.  Mrs. Macaulay teaches the grade 5 group and Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott teach the grade 6 group.
  • We enjoyed talking about Government in Social.
  • We did a super job presenting our Me Boxes...even if we were nervous!
  • Library was today for the first time.
  • We learned Survivor Dodgeball.
  • We enjoyed writing on the windows during Science, brainstorming WHY forests are important.
  • So far it is a great year.


PHOTOS:  Brainstorming and conversations about "Why trees and forests are important?"  Using a new and exciting writing space!

Each group had a chance to add to another mind-map.

Looking Forward:

Next week we will focus on Terry Fox and his influence on our history and outlook on what makes a hero.  We will participate in our school wide Terry Fox run on Friday and hope our families can join us.  In Math we will continue learning about place value and numbers to one million, as well as practicing our multiplication facts.  We also hope to introduce our students to Mathletics.  Weather permitting we will take Science outside and look at living and non-living components of ecosystems.  In social we will share our government skits and talk about what compromise means to democracy.  Lastly, please look for our classroom Messenger email as we will begin communication next week!  Have a super weekend!


Important Dates:

  • Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch
  • Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run 
  • Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day
  • Oct. 9 - Photo Day
  • Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm
  • Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park
  • Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum
  • Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day
  • Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween


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Friday, September14th, 2018

Hello Parents and Guardians!  Welcome to Mr. Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott's blog!

Room 18 had a blast this week!!  We began our Me Box presentations and also started an art project.  We are excited to use our blog to share the exciting learning we do each week and highlight certain activities.  We will also allow the students to have a voice and share what they think is important in our day.

Me Box Presentations:  Students had a week to collect important artifacts that represent themselves and their life.  They are given time to share each item and explain it, often telling a story.  Today's presenters were amazing and all demonstrated confidence.  It was fantastic to watch.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance, our Science Trees and Forest unit and our current classroom read aloud book, Wonderstruck.  The stunning paintings will be up for Parent Teacher Interviews next week.  The photos above show the painting process and what we started today.


Our Artistic Afternoon...

Using acrylic paints and blending back and white to create our backgrounds.  Next they will add trees to their landscape, and will think about the single colour they will add to pop on their page.

Looking Forward: 

Next week Room 18 will continue their focus in Science on the Trees and Forest unit.  We will learn more about the vocabulary and talk about why our forests are so important.  In Social, we have begun to share what we know about government.  Next week we will dive deeper into the purpose of government and the different types that can be found around the world.  Students have loved our classroom read-aloud, Wonderstruck.  We look forward to learning more about the two characters whose lives are lived during different era but seem to interconnect.  Ask your child what they have loved most about this book and why it is such a unique read!


Up Coming and Dates to Remember:

  • Me Boxes - are now due!!  The information was sent home last week - decorated box, 10 items, practice your presentation!
  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are next week - Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School. 
  • **Early dismissal on Parent Teacher Interview Thursday!!  Students will be dismissed at 12:15. And NO SCHOOL on Friday!
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am.  All families are welcome to join!
  • No School for Students


    • Friday, October 5 – Non Instructional Day
    • Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Photo Day - Tuesday, October 9 


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