Learning Intentions for June 17th-21st:

We cannot believe that this year is already coming to a close. Thank you to the wonderful EMJ families who organized and contributed to the staff lunch this Friday. It was such a wonderful treat, and we are so lucky to have the support of this amazing school community.

We headed out of the school for much of our math learning this week! We completed the Amazing Race Math Edition as a review of the concepts we have learned throughout grade 4. Our students demonstrated persistence and cooperation with their group members to work through the challenges. We also explored spatial reasoning and problem solving by working with tangrams. We then created our own tangram puzzle designs. We also worked on estimating and calculating the area of different spaces such as the field and classroom.

This week, we have made conclusions on our plant experiments. Many students were surprised at their findings, and were able to make suggestions on what they might change if they were complete the experiment again.

We have explored our learning from this year in a creative writing piece inspired by ‘C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet’ by Dawn Welykochy. We have selected words that represent each letter of the alphabet about our learning.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“Today was our last day of buddies and earlier this week we did Amazing Race Math Edition. We were outside and got clues to find and solve math equations. If we got them incorrect twice we had to do a detour.”

“For social we are starting to design different rides to add to the Calgary Stampede. The rides have at least 1 simple machine, and connect to our learning in Social Studies. It also has to work together the different simple machines. We used lots of different materials.”

“We did math estimating cm and m. We also are doing area with those two. We measured the field.”

“We started a new book called the People of Sparks. The sequel to City of Ember.”

Sports Day At EMJ

Due to weather, Sports Day has been postponed until Monday. June 24th.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 8:30-9:45 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 24 - Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes - Dismissal at 12:15 pm




Learning Intentions for June 10th-14th:

We have had a wonderful week learning and experiencing new things! We were excited to have had ELEV8 Lacrosse come to EMJ to teach us new skills and techniques.

In math, we have been working on estimating and calculating the area of

regular and irregular shapes using geoboards and utilizing our classroom space. Ask your child what they estimate the size of the playground to be. We will be taking on a review of the concepts we learned last week in an “amazing” way. Stay tuned!

In Language Arts, we have been using a picture prompt to spark ideas for our latest writing piece, as well as using our understanding of onomatopoeia to create our own pop art creations!

We have been building our understanding of Alberta’s history by asking the question “how do recreational sites and activities reflect Alberta’s heritage and strengthen communities?”. Specifically we discussed the Calgary stampede. One of our students said “The Stampede brings people of many different cultures together to celebrate where we live.”

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“In art we did onomatopoeia art! It is a comic onomatopoeia, with a comic in the background.”

“We did lacrosse this week.”

“In Science we picked a plant to do research on.”

“In ELA, we are taking a picture, and looking around and we are trying to write a story for that picture.”

“We have been doing WOW (work on work) time because it is almost the end of the year, and we are finishing up some work that needs to be completed.”

Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading

outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes



Learning Intentions for June 3rd-7th:

This week  we have continued our exploration of plants. We are continuing to care for our seeds, and discovering if our

hypothesis’ were correct on our experiment questions. We have also followed a guided drawing of a tomato plant and are able to identify and describe the main parts of a plant. Next week, we will take a closer look at the structures of some plants to learn about how new plants are created.

In Ms. Mercier’s Math Group, we are working on solving equations that have a symbol. We are also working on using estimation and rounding as a strategy to check our work when adding decimals. We went “shopping” to

utilize our skills in a real-world context.

In Social Studies, we looked at how the Royal Tyrrell Museum contributes to scientific knowledge regarding Alberta’s fossil heritage. We are able to understand more information about Alberta’s history. Looking forward: We will be demonstrating our connections we have learned over the year in our Alberta Mind Map that shows our understanding of our province. We will completing our mind map by with the guiding


We have also worked on identifying and understanding the meaning of some frequently used prefixes and suffixes. We

played a game to identify and use prefixes and suffixes within their written work. Some students also completed a puzzle to match the definition of words with the root word and suffix/prefix.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We learned dribbling in soccer.”

“We can draw a realistic drawing of a tomato plant.”

“We learned about being kind to others.”

“We did a reflection on all the art we completed this year.”

“We can create an experiment, hypothesize, and take care of plants.”

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 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes



Learning Intentions for May 27th-31st:

What an exciting week! We were so grateful for Alien In-Line for coming to EMJ and for teaching us to skate! Our students couldn't stop talking about their new skills!

In math, we have been working on identifying and describe patterns found in tables and charts, and translating among different representations of a pattern, such as a table, a chart or concrete materials. Next week we will be looking at different ways of representing patterns using various types of charts.

We also continued practicing adding and subtracting decimals by opening our stores, writing receipts and calculating change. Ask your child about what they “purchased” today or how much “income” their store made.

In Science, we have begun preparing our seeds for our experiments. On Monday we will finish planting our seeds. A friendly remember to bring all materials you might need to be ready for Monday!

We have also been working on retelling a story in another medium. The students have the choice in how they present their understanding.

In Social Studies we asked the question - how do the names of geographic places reflect the origins of the people who inhabited, discovered or developed communities in these places? We completed a sort without knowing the connection between the place names in Alberta, then received hints to try to sort the names of places based on our new understanding.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We learned how to rollerblade. Today was our last day.”

“We opened our math stores today. We used fake money to pay to add and subtract decimals on receipts and to figure out how much change to give.”

“We worked on City of Ember retelling. We can retell by using stop motions, movie posters, comics, posters, to retell the story and giving it a rating.”

“We did buddies, we read with them and read about insects.”

“This week we were doing science and we planted our seeds for our experiments. We are comparing what helps plants grow like sand or dirt, or coke or waters, or granola and dirt.”

Pokemon Cards

Many students have been enjoying bringing and sharing their Pokemon cards. To support positive peer interactions and maintain instructional time in classrooms, please review the following considerations with your child if they choose to bring Pokemon cards to school:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.

  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.

  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

Important Dates:

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 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 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Learning Intentions for May 13th-24th and Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to having Alien Inline as a guest in our school from May 27-31! Please make sure to have your forms returned to Ms. Mercier.

We have worked on editing our written work and select poems for our portfolio that demonstrate our understanding of rhyme, repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We have also completed our read aloud and are now working on our retelling of City of Ember in another form or medium!

In math, we have practiced identifying fractions and decimals symbolically and pictorially, as well as converting fractions and decimals. We further worked on adding and subtracting decimals up to hundredths. We also worked on building a triangular prism and rectangular prism, and used string to be able to list the prisms from 2D to 3D, and be able to visualize the transition.


We have begun to ask questions that guide our investigation of plant needs. The students are using the scientific method to design a controlled experiment. The experiments will compare how different plants grow with a single independent variable being altered will impact plant growth. We have asked guiding questions, created a hypothesis and created a material list. Next week, we will put our experiments into action.

What would your hypothesis be for some of our group’s guiding questions?

“Will plants watered with diet coke be skinny?”

“How will a plant react better (to being watered by) to water or vinegar?”

“Will a seed grow better in soil or mushed bananas?”


Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We worked on poems on google slides, and we edited 5 poems to put on our portfolio.”

“In square math group, we did a test on fractions and decimals.”

“In science, we were examining the plants, we realized there was pollen on one of the leaves from another plant.”

“We did  math - Fractions and decimals.”

“We did ELA and we started working on our paragraphs with an indent.”

“We can do all sorts of skills with the skipping ropes in gym.”

May 21st - May 24th

“We are doing Jump Rope for Heart today!”

“We are going to do ELA - We are retelling the City of Ember in our own ways.”

“In Science we started an experiment. We are going to do a controlled experiment with independent variables. We can recognize the things that plants need to survive.”

“In Math groups we are starting to do patterns!”

Important Dates:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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

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 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Learning Intentions for May 6th-May 10th and Looking Forward:

This week...

Students have been working towards further understanding alliteration, and designing a free verse poem that demonstrates their understanding of how word play can influence or convey meaning. Next week, we will work towards editing the various forms of poetry we have been working on to compose our own poetry collection.

We have also been continuing work on identifying and comparing fractions. Ms.Mercier’s math group will continue to practice comparing fractions with like numerators and looking towards comparing fractions and decimals.Room 8 has also begun a math/art piece in which we completed, then calculated a fraction that represents the number of parts each colour is shown in our whole art piece. We calculated fractions to hundredths. In room 8, we are also continuing work on our real-life math business, where next week we will begin to “shop” at each others stores, calculate our spending budget, and write receipts for our peers that show our understanding of how to add and subtract decimals.

In social studies, we have we have been exploring how the cultural and linguistic heritage and diversity of Alberta has evolved over time. Ask your child about the image they received with their group to infer a story from Alberta’s history.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We wrote a paragraph about kindness in our journal.”

“We started another art piece with boxes to make something out of and we call it Mart because it is art and math. We used fractions to show how many colours we have in our picture.”

“In Science we are studying about plants, and we watched videos, asked questions about plants and wrote what we observed from the videos.”

“In Phys. Ed we are doing Jump Rope for Heart with QR codes to teach us new ways to skip.”

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our

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 13 - Grade 4 Guest Speaker

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


Learning Intentions for April 29th -May 3rd:

This week we have been exploring stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on Alberta’s past, specifically focusing on the fur trade.

In our math groups, we have begun to explore fractions! We have also begun to explore decimals (limited to hundredths) using a real-life example of setting up a store. Next week we will practice addition and subtraction of decimals when writing and calculating receipts and subtracting using coupons.

We are also beginning to focus on plant growth and changes by continuing to observe our TomatoSphere plants, as well as asking deep questions to drive our plant exploration.

We have begun to work on our French vocabulary of family members. Ask your child to share the family members they can name in French!

We also used a new painting technique to create art for the Spring Concert.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“During the assembly, Meaghan from Jump Rope for Heart taught us FAST” Ask your child to explain what FAST means and what it is for!

“The Spring Concert was this week!”

“We started our imaginary shops in math to practice decimals, add and subtract decimals!

“In Science we are learning about plants.”

“In Social Studies we have been learning about the fur trade.”

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

                                                                                  



Learning Intentions for April 22nd - 26th and Looking Forward:

What an exciting week! Thank you to Parent Council for organizing the Spring Carnival! What a wonderful community event for EMJ! Another huge thank you for fundraising efforts that contributed funds to enhancing our student's access to diverse texts. The students loved exploring new books this week and sharing the excitement about what they read with their peers! 

This week, we continued working on dividing 2 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors. We have used many strategies to support us including number lines, multiplication charts, dry erase boards and drawing images. Next week, we will begin to explore fractions!

We have also continued to explore working with poetry as a medium to express ideas. We have been looking at techniques that allow us to involve our audience as a reader by trying to “show instead of tell” in our writing. Ask your child to share their “show instead of tell” poem with you!

We have shared our understanding of simple machines with the class by presenting our Rube Goldberg Machines. Next week we will dive deeper into our understanding of Plant Growth and Changes.

Next week we will also begin to explore a Alberta’s history, peoples and stories by recognizing how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events - specifically through exploring Alberta’s history and diversity of immigrants from Europe and other continents.

We are also exploring the history of the French language and the vitality of Francophone communities as integral parts of Alberta’s heritage, as well as expanding our own understanding of French language to include vocabulary that relates to family.


Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We can draw lines of symmetry and do symmetry art. We used bubble letters and the Miras to make name art.”

“We got new books for the classroom and got to read them. Thank you to Parent Council for putting on events and raising money for us to have new books. Thank you for our first Spring Carnival.”

“In math, (Ms. Shank’s group) we are starting fractions.”

“We finished and shared our Rube Goldberg machines. We learned about simple machines, sometimes you learn from someone you don’t usually work with, you have to have a growth mindset to build a machine without getting frustrated.”

“We practiced a firedrill today. We were super quiet and calm and got out of the building in the quickest time yet.”

“We practiced juggling in Phys. Ed.”

Important Information:

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

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

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 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘



Learning Intentions for April 15th - 18th:

We are wishing all families a relaxing long weekend!

This week we have worked to continue the process of nurturing a plant through a life cycle. We have continued to observe and document the changes of our tomato plants. They were ready to transplant into larger containers as our students noticed that the roots were sprouting out of our peat pellets. We have also continued to work on our work with simple machines by creating a Rube Goldberg machine that completes a task.


In math, we are working on long division of 2 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors. Ms. Mercier’s math group will begin to work with remainders next week.

We have also continued to experiment with language and using word combinations, such as repetition and rhyme to influence or convey meaning. We have explored reading and writing limericks to express ideas.

Highlights of the week:

“We have moved our tomato plants into larger containers.”

“We can do long division now!”

“We learned how to divide with remainders.”

“We started our Rube Goldberg machines. We can add levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wheels and axles, rollers, gears, screws.”

“We can write limericks. Limericks rhyme, and are a type of poetry.”

Looking Forward:

We are continuing work with long division, as well as beginning to explore fractions and decimals. We are also using poetry as a medium to experiment with word combinations, repetition and rhyme, onomatopoeia and alliteration.

Important Notes:

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


Learning Intentions for April 8th - 12th:

This week, in Language Arts, we have begun to experiment with language. We are working to recognize how words and word combinations, such as word play, repetition and rhyme, influence or convey meaning.We will continue to explore poetry as a form to explain how onomatopoeia and alliteration are used to create mental images.

We have furthered our word work by exploring how to use a digital and book thesaurus to expand our vocabulary. We created word rings as a class that allow us to reference “juicy” words when editing our written work.  


We have also continued to work on dividing 2 numbers by 1 number, and using fact families to check our work. We are exploring strategies such as using number lines to complete division equations using repeated subtraction.

We have continued to work on our artistic expression using pointilism to create texture while painting.

Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We learned about current events, specifically the Alberta election. We also learned about pine beetles, and how they impact pine trees.”

“We are able do art using pointillism.”

“We can play badminton.”

“We can design a Rube Goldberg machine that uses simple machines.”

“We played Kahoot for math - shapes and lines of symmetry.”

Looking Forward:

The students have been planning and designing Rube Goldberg machines to show their understanding of simple machines. They are encouraged to bring any additional materials they may need for Monday.

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 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

May 2 - Spring Concert


Learning Intentions for April 1st - 5th:

Welcome back! We are hoping that students and families had a wonderful Spring Break!

Our grade 4’s have been working hard this week! We have explored diverse media by reading and annotating a selection of articles. The students read through the articles with a partner, and used their reading powers to write questions, connections and symbols to articulate unknown words or phrases. We then gathered as a group to discuss while referring to details and examples in the text.


In math, we have learned about how to apply formulas to calculate area, and used our understanding of basic multiplication facts to support us. We also have begun working with division for equations up to 2 digit by 1 digit. We have further explored how multiplication and division are connected using fact families. A highlight of the week from Ms. Mercier was a quote from one of our students “I used to think division was SO hard, but now I know I can use multiplication to help me!”

We have also examined the various factors that influence body image; e.g., culture, media, peers, role models, weight loss industry, but have worked to have worked to build a positive body image by recognizing the best parts of us. We read and wrote poems inspired by the book The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About Their Bodies Using Pictures and Words by Wendy Ewald.





Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We are showing what we know about Blackfoot culture in a triorama.”

“This week we learned about ㎠. We learned about area using the formula L x W = A”

“We can recognize the best of us. We wrote a poem about body image.”

“We can make catapults and test them for distance and accuracy. We used levers as one of our simple machines.”

“We can do division! We can put a number into equal sets (groups), we learned about fact families AKA commutative properties.”

“We read an article about video games. We used symbols TTS (text to self connection) or TTM (text to media connection) or wrote question marks for unknown words.”

Looking Forward:

We will explore diverse forms of written expression while experimenting with language. Using various forms of poetry, we will work to recognize how words and word combinations (such as word play, repetition and rhyme) influence or convey meaning.

In Social Studies, we will also take a look at current events within Alberta, specifically the upcoming provincial election to examine provide multiple perspectives on events.  We will develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking by evaluating significant local and current affairs, evaluating positions from multiple perspectives and evaluate significant local and current affairs, distinguishing between fact and opinion. Using information about political party platforms from http://www.icanparty.ca/en/ as well as each of the political party websites, we will explore various perspectives and Alberta’s current events.

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

May 2 - Spring Concert



Learning Intentions for March 11-15th and Looking Forward:

We have been continuing our work as botanists in our class by making daily observations on the seeds we are growing within our class. Every day we have observed our plants, added number of germinations to our class chart, and made weekly observations including measuring seedling height in our Science journals. We currently have many seedlings growing in our classroom, and are able to compare the seedlings of the tomato and marigold plants we have in our classroom.

We are continuing to work on multiplying 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. Next week we will be looking at applying our skills through word problems. Try this problem at home: There are 24 eggs in a tray. How many eggs are there in 6 trays? Solve this problem.

We have also demonstrated an ability to construct different types of pulleys. The students created fixed, moveable and compound pulleys. Next week we will continue to explore simple machines with a focus on gears and wheels and axles.

In our art study, we continued our exploration of lines of symmetry and congruent shapes, as well as exploring various pastel techniques.

Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We can observe our plants that we are growing. We have a total of 58 germinations.”

“We can do pastel techniques.” “We can use cold and warm colours in out art.”

“We can use strategies like a multiplication chart and a whiteboard to do questions on Mathletics.”

“We can do multiplication 2 digit by 1 digit and 3 digit by 1 digit.”

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

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



Learning Intentions for March 4-8th:

It is starting to feel like spring in Room 8! Our class received Tomato seeds from Let’s Talk Science - Tomato Sphere.This week we took a small break from our exploration of simple machines to plant and make predictions for our seeds. We all took part in observing the changes in the peat pellets, planting seeds and making predictions to connections to our inquiry question “How might exposure to space affect the number of tomato seeds that germinate?Ask your child what the word ‘germinate’ means, and if they have a prediction on how many seeds will have germinated after this weekend.

We are learning about how to multiply 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit numbers in math and applying our mental math strategies we have been practicing. We will continue to practice the traditional algorithm and other multiplication strategies.

We have also combined math and art together to create pieces that use lines of symmetry and congruent shapes.


Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We can now do hip-hop! We did it with SoundKreations, learned about Step and where hip-hop is from and what neighbourhood. We learned the 5 elements of hip-hop - breakdance, MC, DJ, graffiti, and knowledge. ”

“We are starting something new in art. Warm and Cool colours. We used lines of symmetry and congruent shapes.” “We made up a new word for Art and Math together called ‘Mart’ or ‘Aarth.”

“We are learning about puberty how our bodies grow and the changes through our life.“

“In Science we planted seeds.. Some were tomato seeds. Some seeds went to space, and we will see the difference between space and Earth seeds. We also planted marigolds”

“ In Social Studies, we read some books - The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story by Leah Dorion, and The Elders are Watching by David Bouchard, we also did research on the Glenbow Museum website.”

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to sharing the knowledge we have learned about Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. We will also continue to do the work of different types of scientists to explore simple machines as well as our plant growth and changes.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm




Learning Intentions for February 25-28th:

We worked towards a week of kindness in recognition of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 28th. We further connected Pink Shirt Day with our health curriculum, by discussing how individuals can have a positive and negative influence on the feelings of others specifically in relation to bullying-type scenarios. We wrote and shared perspective poems from various roles in a bullying scenario (bully, victim, bystander and upstander) to generate empathy, and further reflected together to recognize how we may be able to have a positive impact and to change the experiences of others in the future.

We were honoured to participate in a coding workshop by Kids Code Jeunesse this week that introduced us into the world of Science and Math through technology.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We made pulleys in Science!”

“We are doing our Mock Caldecott reading and writing (inspired by the qualities that great children’s books possess).”

“The most exciting thing we did this week was microbits! We made a monster and a beating heart and a dancer.”

Looking Forward:

In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are looking forward to learning about 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication using the strategies we have gained when working through our multiplication passport. We are also continuing to complete the work of an author by utilizing the writing process to plan, edit and write our children’s books.

Please be aware that a form was sent home with your child last week that gives information about our upcoming unit in Health.This upcoming week, we are beginning our health focus to explore the physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty. We will commence instruction on Monday, March 4th.



SoundKreations Residency is coming to EMJ from March 4th-8th! We will be performing on March 8th from 9:30-10:15!

Performance A: (9:30-10:15)

Kindergarten (Watterburg)

Gr. 2 (Farrell & Van/String)

Gr. 2/3 & 3 (Reid/Faber & Ireland)

PLP (Peterson/Percy)

Gr. 4 (Mercier)

Gr. 5/6 (Moe)

Performance B: (11:00-11:45)

Skill I & II (Katyal & Myroniuk)

Gr. 1 (Lamb/Greenwood)

Gr. 4 (Higgs/Shank)

Gr. 5 (Wheelhouse/Dick)

Gr. 5/6 (Mabbott/Stringer)


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 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school



Check out our needle felting! 

Learning Intentions for February 19-22nd:

We had such a wonderful welcome back to school after Family Day long weekend with Artfelt studios! Students felted landscapes inspired by Alberta, and learned how to work with a unique medium. We have continued to work on analyzing and sharing ideas about what we read with others through our Mock Caldecott work. The students have been thinking about the features of great children’s books that make them stand out, and have been working within the writing process to create their own children’s book. We have further been exploring congruent shapes, along with problem solving and spatial sense to work on the skyscraper challenge! Ask your child to explain how the skyscraper challenge works, and try it out with lego or other building blocks you might have at home!

Templates from https://buildingmathematicians...

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to continue to build our strategies for multiplication, and simple machines in science! We are looking forward to working with pulleys in a real-world building challenge next week!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week we did co-operation in gym. We did challenges as teams. “

“In Math we did congruent shapes by doing the skyscraper challenge with blocks.”

“We started writing our first draft of our children’s book.”

“We continued our perspective Art.”

“We did needle felting with Artfelt Studios.”

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    


A quick snapshot of Feb. 11-13th:

“We explored the school to see if there was simple machines. The lost and found cart had wheels and axles.”

“In Language arts, we have begun writing our Children’s Book.”

“We did Rocks and Rings in gym. We learned how to curl.”

“We did auditions for the Spring Concert.”

“In math, Ms. Shank’s group is working on multiples. Ms. Mercier’s group is learning multiplication and is doing their multiplication passport.”

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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



   


Learning Intentions for February 4-8th:

We were honoured to have One World Drumming Residency with us this week. Our class looked forward to taking time each day to learn with an expert. We have been continuing our work on our Mock Caldecott book critiques and our planning for our own children’s book. We are exploring Alberta’s history through various perspectives through media. We are also continuing to work on our understanding of multiplication facts using various strategies for facts up to 9x9.

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to experimenting with hands-on experimentation with the simple machines we have been exploring. Ask your child about the purpose of some of the simple machines we have studied and where we see them in real-life!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In Science we were learning about simple machines. Some of the simple machines we are learning about ramps, levers, inclined planes, wheels and axles, pulleys and gears.”

“We were indoor for recess week and we did the alphabet name exercise in Phys. Ed. and Just Dance.”

“We did drumming in the gym. We learned This Is It.”

“In Language Arts, we filled out our story pictures as part of our plan to make a great children’s book.”

“In Mrs. Shank’s math group, we are working on multiplication sentences.”





Upcoming Dates to Note:

Room 8 is hosting Artfelt Studio for an in-school field trip. We are continuing to look for volunteers to support our class from 8:00-10:45 on February 19th, 2019. Please contact Ms. Mercier if you are interested.

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



Important Note:

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).


Learning Intentions for January 28th-31st:

This has been another wonderful week of learning! We have begun exploring and examining children’s books as part of a school-wide Mock Caldecott. In groups, the students read, discussed and critiqued a collections of children’s books. We will continue to explore the question “what does a children’s book need?”, as we generate ideas for when we become the author and illustrator of our own children’s books. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are continuing to work on multiplication facts and arrays. Ask your child where they see multiplication in real life!

Looking forward:

We will continue to explore Alberta’s history from various perspectives, and how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events. We are moving into a new focus of study in science!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We started and finished mission impossible.”

“We finished our rough draft of our art on our one point perspective for optical illusions.”

“We got our report cards.”

“We did hamburger paragraph planning for our books for our buddies.”

“At the end of the week we do bucket filling. It makes me happy.”

“We are learning the names of the days of the week and birthdays and months in French.”

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 6 - Winter Walk Day *Please ensure to dress for the weather!*

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 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 28 – Fun Lunch



Learning Intentions for January 21-25th:

What a great week in grade 4! We have been focusing on recognizing how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events and how oral traditions, narratives and stories as valid sources of knowledge about the land, culture and history. We have also been working on the concept of refraction for our focus on light and shadows. In art, we are practicing 1-point perspective drawing to prepare for our reverse perspective art piece coming up next week!

We are looking forward to our next science focus on wheels and levers! Ms. Mercier’s math group has been working on multiplication arrays and on mental math strategies. In language arts we have been working hard on our sentence structure and editing for run-on sentences to prepare for a very exciting upcoming project.












Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We helped our buddies get onto google docs.”

“We did gymnastics in gym. Next week is Mission Impossible.”

“We did art. We are doing a classroom design for an optical illusion.”

“In Social Studies we are beginning to learn about Indigenous culture. We were listening to a traditional oral story.”

“This week we got prisms and we made rainbows outside with them. The sun makes white light which turns into rainbows with refraction.”

“In math we are starting multiplication. We are also learning about other cultures and the stories of the people in our classroom.”

Looking Forward:

We are honoured to have One World Drumming as a residency within our school from February 4-8th. Each class will have three sessions throughout the week and then all classes will perform Friday, Feb. 8. Classes throughout the school are divided into 2 separate performances. Ms. Mercier’s class will be showcased during the 10:30am performance! Please check for a letter in your child’s backpack for more information next week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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 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 28 – Fun Lunch



Learning Intentions January 14-18th:

Our grade 4’s were hard at work this week! We have continued working on the writing process for our personal narratives and completing our opinion writing for our debate on what the students believe should be the primary focus of National Parks. The students demonstrated their creativity and problem solving skills through completing a reflection challenge to use items that reflect light to see an image behind a wall. I am so proud of the student’s persistence in problem solving this week! In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are beginning our transition into working with multiplication on Monday!

Here is a fun math challenge question for families to try at home with week:

Three pandas ate 25 bamboo sticks. Each of them ate a different odd number of bamboo sticks. How many bamboo sticks did they each eat? Find as many ways as you can to do it.

Looking Forward: 

We are honoured to have One World Drumming as a residency within our school from February 4-8th. Each class will have three sessions throughout the week and then all classes will perform Friday, Feb. 8. Classes throughout the school are divided into 2 separate performances. Ms. Mercier’s class will be showcased during the 10:30am performance! Please check for a letter in your child’s backpack for more information next week.





Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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







Learning Intentions for January 7-11th:

Welcome back to school! Hoping all families had a great break! Our grade 4 students jumped right back into the routine. We are continuing our work on National Parks by asking the question: In what ways do interests concerning tourism and the natural environment conflict? We also have worked on a science problem solving STEM challenge that requires the students to use their problem solving skills with what they know about light and reflection. We have also begun working on gymnastics in Phys. Ed. Please check out our safety letter to help prepare your children for gymnastics!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In science we are working on a new project its called “Super Vision” and we are starting to build our buildings on Tuesday. And it's all about reflection and the back of the box there is a picture, and we have to reflect light to see what the picture is.”

“We are doing balancing in gym class. We are moving low medium and tall, for gymnastics.”

“We finished our Wild Robot Art. We added black paper and an artist description of our pieces.”

“We were working on goals for this year in health. We write goals for math, writing and reading.”

“We are doing a star, wish think. We are doing a science project. We are also learning numbers in French”

“We finished up our National Park trip planning. We are asking if we want to protect the environment or promote tourism. We are planning for a debate.”

Looking Forward and Important dates:

“I am looking forward to Mission Impossible. We need to remember Head to Toe,  Ready to Go for gymnastics.”

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)



Learning Intentions for December 10-14th:

What an exciting week in grade 4! Congratulations to all participants of this year’s winter concerts! Our choir and handbell students practiced very hard leading up to the concert and should be so proud. In language arts, we have continued to work on enhancing our written

expression using our writing process to plan and edit our work. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have been continuing to work on subtraction from 100,1000 and 10000 and learning different strategies to demonstrate our understanding. We are also experimenting with how light interacts with classroom objects in science, and will be experimenting with how light travels next week.  

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We started to read a new novel called The City of Ember”

“In writing we did something called climbing stories. Climbing stories is when you start with setting and character, then suddenly happens an event. Then there is a walking story. A walking story is when you talk about the same thing, there is no major problem.”

“We practiced a fire drill today.”

“We did art today, we looked at our Wild Robot printmaking. We made improvements to the printmaking we did last time.”

“In square group for math, we did Mathletics as part of our tic-tac-toe.”

“We started learning about National Parks.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will we continuing to work with light and shadows, as well as continuing to add and subtract numbers up to 10,000 in real-life problem solving scenarios. We will also be gathering with our EMJ community for carolling throughout the week, and participating in a PJ day and breakfast on our last day of school Friday, December 21st.

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


Learning Intentions for December 3-6th:

Welcome to December! In science, we have been working with light and how light interacts with other objects. We begun an experiment to determine which classroom objects are transparent, translucent and opaque. We also demonstrated our understanding of our read aloud novel The Wild Robot artistically through printmaking.


Looking Forward and Important Notes:

We will further be exploring how light interacts with different materials and how light travels. In social studies, we will begin to explore Alberta’s National Parks in an exciting math integrated project. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have begun working with subtraction of numbers from 10000 with and without carrying. We will continue adding strategies to our personal strategy sheets so we have a toolkit full of ways we can add and subtract! In French we will continue to work on our understanding of classroom vocabulary through a scavenger hunt game.

We are so impressed by the generous donations for our kindness initiative Warm Feet for the Streets. We are going to collect donations until December 12th. 




Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break



Learning Intentions for November 26th-30th:

We had a wonderful week of learning to wrap up November! In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have begun working with subtraction of numbers up to 10000 with and without carrying. We will continue adding strategies to our personal strategy sheets so we have a toolkit full of ways we can add and subtract! We also have been delving into light and shadows in science and have continued working on our commercials for Alberta’s Regions. We have been previously working with Canada’s Food Guide in Health, and

this week discussed the importance of drinking water. Ask your child about the importance of drinking water for a healthy body!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had a guest speaker today from the Mustard Seed because we were learning about how kind people can help people who are homeless.”

“People who have more think about people going through stressful times, so we donate toothpaste and small stuff to make people happy and help them take care of themselves.”

“We are going to do a project and we will be bringing toothbrushes or blankets or travel sized conditioner and will be donating it to the Mustard Seed.”

“We helped our buddies get onto Mathletics.”

“We got our recorders this week. Some of us borrowed and some of us bought recorders. We need our recorders on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.”

“Today the Grade 1 students joined our Grade 4 classes to dance in Phys. Ed.”

“Today we got to do a journal in the morning about our week.”

“We played a game to draw sources of light (selected from our own brainstormed sources of light). We made categories to sort the light into categories.”



Looking Forward and Important Notes:

Please check your child’s communication folder for a note about our initiative for the Mustard Seed “Warm Feet For the Streets”. We will continue working on kindness within our classroom, school and city.

We will further be exploring how light interacts with different materials and how light travels. In social studies, we will begin to explore Alberta’s National Parks in an exciting math integrated project.

Upcoming Dates to Note::

December 3 - Practice Lockdown Drill

December 6 -Adopt-a-Family donations to be dropped off at EMJ

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break


Learning Intentions for November 19-22nd:

Hello Families! It has been a busy week in grade 4! Thank you to the families who were able to make it out for conferences this week! We have been busy working on different strategies when editing our writing such as identifying words that we aren’t sure how to spell, and ensuring all of our sentences begin with capital letters. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are continuing to explore strategies for addition, and are beginning to make connections between addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10,000. In science, we have begun our study on light and shadows! Make sure to stop by our interactive bulletin board to add your own wonderings about light!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In science we finished our waste unit and now we are working on light.”

“We did words our way and we added cursive writing to our list.”

“We are working on our scripts (for our Alberta region commercial) in social and are now practicing them.”

“In math we did some new games called “Climbing the Chimney” where we take numbers coming from the chimney and add them together to reach the top of the chimney.”

“In language arts, we are doing writers workshop and adding I can… underline the words I am not sure about and I can...start with a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence. Also before we write, we do planning.”

“We played Jurassic Park in Phys. Ed.”

Throwback Thursday (a fond memory from last week): “we learned how to properly throw a basketball”.

Looking Forward:

Our students are looking forward to recording their Alberta region commercials in science this upcoming week. We will also be diving deeper into our study on light and shadows.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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



Learning intentions for November 12th-16th:

What wonderful learning happening in grade 4 this week! The students have been combining their reading and writing powers to express their strongest reading super power and to expand their sentences. The Triangle math group has been creating personal strategy sheets to support their addition work. We have also been practicing an addition song You Carry Over to help us remember the rules of math algorithm problems that do and do not carry. In social studies, the students have begun creating commercials to show off the knowledge they have learned about Alberta’s regions, and to convince others to visit their selected region! Ask your child about the region they are making a commercial for!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

We did our third type of printmaking in art.”

“We are in groups for the Alberta regions and writing things to make people go to your region and telling them why the region is great. The scripts will be for a commercial for each region.”

“We are on google slides and we did our presentations  like a museum to show our classmates what we learned and created for waste and our world.”

“We finished Wild Robot. I just want to read every single book of it.”

“We played head’s up, in groups of 3 and the two people would put a card on their head and the other person who doesn’t have a card would say like what the sum is, and if the person says their number first, they win that round.”

Looking Forward:

We will be looking at growing in our writing by working with peers to provide feedback using pre-established criteria (a star, a think and a wish) to develop the editing process in their writing. In addition, we will begin working on extending our vocabulary and beginning to use an increasing variety of words to enhance our written expression. In math, we will continue to work on our personal addition strategies and begin looking at the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Next week we have parent teacher conferences! A friendly reminder that we will have early dismissal (12:15) on Thursday, November 22nd for conferences from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Conferences continue from 8:00am- 1:00pm on Friday, November 23rd. Ms. M would love to see you all next week!

Important Dates:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

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



Learning intentions for November 5th-9th:

This was a fabulous week of authentic learning experiences. We had expressed our remembrance of veterans through practicing drawing poppies and creating watercolour compositions. We also shared stories and the images of veterans that were to be hung on our EMJ wall of honour. We went on a field trip to Heritage Park that connected to our future science focus on building devices that move as well as a social studies focus on Alberta’s history. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who made our field trip possible!


Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:



We went to Heritage Park, we made spinny toys and made houses out of blocks. We learned about false front, they made the front (of buildings) look good, so people think the buildings look a certain way. We also did quilts out of patterned paper.”

“We played sentence detective to expand sentences by using who, what, where, when and why and adding details in a sentence.”

“We had our Remembrance Day Assembly today.”

“In science, we worked on a flow chart that tells where the waste came from and what would happen for example if someone threw it on the ground or they put it in the recycling or in the garbage, and told where it would end up depending on the choice you make.”


Looking Forward:

We will be completing our science inquiry How are we Responsible for our Environment  and moving into a new focus in science. In math, we are continuing to work on communicating our mathematical understanding through math talks, and working on addition strategies. We are continuing to work on expanding our sentences in our writing, and will be learning our final reading power.

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)


Learning intentions for October 29-November 2nd:

What a fabulous week of learning! Our class worked to create a themed pumpkin and background design by creating 3D sculptures to go with our Star Wars pumpkin for our school-wide carving contest. Our class is excited to announce that we won the most decorated pumpkin! The triangle math group had halloween themed math talks and problem solving and also worked on comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000. Ask your child about the persuasive writing piece that we worked on this week!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of room 8 students:

“We did poppy drawing practice and we are practicing drawing flowers for our Remembrance Day art.”

“We helped our buddies log into computers.”

“In Science, we (played a simulation)  where we were animals and had to scavenge for our food but (imagined the impacts) when animals get tangled in waste, and eat plastic. We learned it’s not easy being an animal because animals don’t know what is good or not good for them to eat.”

“In ELA we were making a story to go with the book that has no words (Journey by Aaron Becker). We also practiced persuasive writing using the OREO graphic organizer.”

“We are working on number lines. We have been playing some games, where we pull cards and put those numbers on out number line. We work on hundreds, thousands and up to ten thousands.”

Looking Forward:

In mathematics, we will be beginning our work with addition and subtraction. We will also be presenting our inquiry work in a museum style format next week. In language arts, we will we working on building sentences by becoming sentence detectives. In preparation for our field experience at Heritage Park, by building our background knowledge on the park and Alberta’s history. As a friendly reminder, please remember to sign and return your child's field trip form!

Wall of Honour and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honour 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


Learning Intentions for October 22nd-25th:

We have been working hard in grade 4! Our students have continued to practice their reading powers, including inferencing, while independent reading and during our read aloud novel The Wild Robot. Students have been representing and describing numbers to 10,000 pictorially and symbolically, and have begun working on rounding and estimation. Check out the video of We Will Round You that our students have been singing to support our rounding practice. We are looking forward to next week’s continued work on our writing powers and a waste and our world simulation that demonstrates the impact of plastics on our ecosystem.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week, we started planning our theme for our pumpkin carving contest, and completed a pumpkin design challenge.”

“We did polls about who reads at home, and logged into Epic so we can read at home (as an additional resource for reading).”

“We are practicing words their way.”

“The volleyball nets were set up in the gym, we are practicing volleyball.”


Looking Forward:

Next week will be full of festive learning opportunities. On Halloween day, October 31st, we ask that students bring their costumes to school and we will put our costumes on over our clothes after lunch. In addition, kindly leave weapons and masks at home, so all students can enjoy a safe and fun day.

Important Dates:

  • Please check your student’s communication folder for a note regarding music and recorders that was sent home with students on Thursday afternoon.

  • Student photo proofs have been sent home with our class! If families are interested in ordering photos, payment is due October 29th.

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

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

On November 8th the grade 4’s will be taking a field trip to Heritage Park! We will let you know when we send home the forms for this trip, so please keep checking the blog. For this trip we will need some parent volunteers to assist us. If you have clearance with the school and are available to help out on that day, please contact us and we will send home a form for you to complete.

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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.


Learning Intentions for October 15th-19th:

It was so great to see so many families out at the Halloween dance this week! Hoping everyone had a great time!

This week has been filled with continued work on number sense, our science inquiry and our work on Alberta’s natural regions. We have begun looking at the Canadian Food guide to introduce our work analyzing variety and balanced diets in health. In Phys. Ed. we have begin “Move-It Monday” to grow in our non-locomotor skills.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We got to do mathletics. We did it on computers and we were doing numbers up to 10 000.”

“We practiced printmaking techniques.”

“We did buddies. We helped them log into their computers.”

“We observed our biodegradability experiment. This week, the cardboard and paper were starting to break down. The apple and cookie are smaller and hard. ”

“We did move-it Monday in Phys. Ed. and practiced superhero exercises. On Friday we went outside for Phys. Ed.”

“We are making comics in French to practice our French greetings.”

Looking Forward:

In social studies, we will be taking a closer look at quality of life and the abundance of Alberta’s natural resources. We will be digging deeper into our waste and our world inquiry, by using technology to support us in depicting the journey of a chosen material from its source to method of disposal. Stay tuned for new printmaking techniques we will be trying next week to continue working on our artistic expression!  

Important Dates:

Student photo proofs have been sent home with our class today! If families are interested in ordering photos, payment is due October 29th.

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. 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!

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

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly



Learning Intentions for October 9-12th:

I am hoping that everyone had a wonderful long weekend! This week in math, we began to explore place value, working with base 10 blocks and numbers up to 10,000. We also began working on our writing powers, and continued practicing our reading powers. We have begun using our visualization reading power to plan our printmaking art inspired by The Wild Robot.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had buddies. We read and got to know each other.”

“We are almost done building our waste inquiry projects.”

“In French we made french comics with greetings in french.”

“We are going to do art inspired by The Wild Robot. We are getting started on printmaking by getting our ideas with our story map (characters and setting). We drew sketch ideas ”

“We went to phys. ed. and did dancing.”

Looking Forward:

We will continue to work with numbers up to 10,000 and representing them in various ways, including on our beaded number lines. In French, we will learn new phrases and continue to work on our french comics. Ask your child about the printmaking art we have begun planning! We are looking for styrofoam egg cartons to help us create our work. Students are invited to  please bring styrofoam egg cartons from home to supplement the materials we have available at the school.

Important Dates:

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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



Note for October 11th: 

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. 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.




Learning Intentions for October 1-4th:

I am so thankful for a wonderful classroom full of learners! We have formed plans and begun work for our inquiry: how are we responsible for our environment.  In math, we have began working on comparing and ordering numbers and working with place value. We have also added visualization to our toolkit of reading superpowers. In social studies, we continued our work on Alberta's Natural regions. Ask your child to tell you about some of the features they have learned about the six natural regions of Alberta.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We are making a flip map of the six natural regions of Alberta. Grasslands can be one of the warmest regions.”

“We did our reading powers, and learned visualizing.”

“We have been working on waste in our world in science and we started building leadership and upcycle projects.”

“We began Words Their Way  where we learn about words.”

“We changed math groups and worked on place value.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we will be exploring diverse perspectives on the natural regions of Alberta. We will also continue to work on our science inquiry and exploring numbers. Stay tuned for an exciting integrated project that combines math, science and art.

Important Dates:

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



Learning Intentions for September 24-28th:

What a wonderful week of learning! We have begun an inquiry: how are we responsible for our environment, to guide our learning throughout our focus on waste in our world. In math, we began working with 24 hour time, and built our own analog clocks that allow us to make connections between 12 and 24 hour time. We have also begun to learn greetings in French!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had an assembly for the Terry Fox Run. We raised money for cancer.”

“We did science, we are trying to reduce garbage by splitting into leadership and upcycle groups. The upcycle groups create something new out of waste and the leadership groups make a plan to reduce waste at our school.”

“We did French. We did a dictionary for our French words.”

“We played cats and mice in gym (physical education).”

“In Social Studies we have been learning about Alberta. We watched a video about Alberta, and had cards in groups where we researched about the climate, animals, natural resources, and plants of the 6 regions of Alberta.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we will be using our research on the 6 natural regions of Alberta to create our own flip maps of Alberta. IN math, we will be working hands-on with numbers and number lines. We will also be diving deeper into our science inquiry. Ask your child about whether they are in the leadership or upcycle group. We will begin building our projects next week! Students are invited to bring recyclables from home to supplement the recyclable materials we have available at the school for their projects.

Important Dates:

Oct.1  – Orange Shirt Day

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





Learning Intentions for September 17th-20th:

What a great week of learning! We have been working as a class to promote a safe classroom and school environment by exploring scenarios that bullying can occur and how we can take action against bullying. We have also continued to work on telling time with analog clocks by going on a scavenger hunt, and exploring elapsed time. We began using a new reading superpower - asking questions! Ask your child about the questions they are wondering about while they are reading.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week we learned about anti-bullying by writing and performing scenes.”

“We made choices about anti-bullying by choosing a corner in the classroom (to decide how we could solve bullying).”

“What made me think today was when we watched the Alberta video. I was wondering how long the hoodoos were there for.”

“We got to draw or build or make a comic to show our chances we will take (in grade 4).”

“Ms. M made destiny sticks that have our names on them.”

“We read a book about “ifs” (If… by Sarah Perry). We wrote our own “ifs” in our journals. We chose an “if” that we created a rough copy of, and that we will create art with.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue to dive deeper into our study on Alberta and its natural regions, and  exploring waste in our world. We will also begin experimenting with words, and discover a new reading superpower! In math, we will continue working with measurement of time and begin working on our number sense!

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9



Learning Intentions for our second week of school:

For our second week of learning in social studies, we began an introduction to our study on Alberta. In science, we began discussing the different types of waste produced naturally and by humans throughout the world. In math, we have been working on problem solving work with patterns, and working on telling time with analog clocks.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“Making connections of what can relate to you when we are reading.”

“We learned about reading powers”

“We learned about waste and where waste goes. Some of our garbage goes through sewage or gets washed away into the ocean. The animals can be hurt by our trash, and the ocean gets dirty.”

“We also played some math games about clocks.”

“We started reading the wild robot.”

“We talked about fixed and growth mindset and wrote about chances we will take.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will dive deeper into our study on Alberta and its natural regions. We will be working on problem solving and working on patterns in math. In addition, we will continue to explore waste in our world, and be observing the changes of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste we found in our own classroom over time. Ask your child about the different types of waste we found in our classroom and school community!

Please ask your child about the communication folder sent home with your students on Friday, September 14th. Please fill out and return the Parent Questionnaire to Ms. Mercier at your earliest convenience.

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day





Learning intentions for our first week of school:

Welcome back to school! This week, we had a focus on getting to know each other and introducing some the topics we will be exploring on throughout the year. The students used the design process to create and construct their most successful classroom space. We will be using the classroom designs created by students to configure our classroom this year. We began experimenting with problem solving and how to represent numbers up to 1000. 

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We got to make new friends, there was no bullying.”

“We used flashlights to create shadows of our classmates that we traced. We learned about culture and identity, we will put pictures that represent that stuff in our heads.”

“We did a math game, we would use different things (words, base ten/hundred blocks, pictures) to create numbers like 75, 99, 80, 100, 1000.”

“We built prototypes of our most successful classroom.”

“We had our first music class, started reading to self, and began to use our journals to write about what we want Ms. Mercier to know about us.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we are looking at beginning a focus on waste in our world in science. In math, we will be working with telling time with analog clocks, and problem solving together. We will also continue practicing and exploring our reading super powers. Ask your child about the reading super power we have practiced this week!

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9

Ms. Mercier


Learning Intentions for June 17th-21st:

We cannot believe that this year is already coming to a close. Thank you to the wonderful EMJ families who organized and contributed to the staff lunch this Friday. It was such a wonderful treat, and we are so lucky to have the support of this amazing school community.

We headed out of the school for much of our math learning this week! We completed the Amazing Race Math Edition as a review of the concepts we have learned throughout grade 4. Our students demonstrated persistence and cooperation with their group members to work through the challenges. We also explored spatial reasoning and problem solving by working with tangrams. We then created our own tangram puzzle designs. We also worked on estimating and calculating the area of different spaces such as the field and classroom.

This week, we have made conclusions on our plant experiments. Many students were surprised at their findings, and were able to make suggestions on what they might change if they were complete the experiment again.

We have explored our learning from this year in a creative writing piece inspired by ‘C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet’ by Dawn Welykochy. We have selected words that represent each letter of the alphabet about our learning.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“Today was our last day of buddies and earlier this week we did Amazing Race Math Edition. We were outside and got clues to find and solve math equations. If we got them incorrect twice we had to do a detour.”

“For social we are starting to design different rides to add to the Calgary Stampede. The rides have at least 1 simple machine, and connect to our learning in Social Studies. It also has to work together the different simple machines. We used lots of different materials.”

“We did math estimating cm and m. We also are doing area with those two. We measured the field.”

“We started a new book called the People of Sparks. The sequel to City of Ember.”

Sports Day At EMJ

Due to weather, Sports Day has been postponed until Monday. June 24th.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 8:30-9:45 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 24 - Sports Day - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

June 24 - Grade 6 Celebration

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes - Dismissal at 12:15 pm




Learning Intentions for June 10th-14th:

We have had a wonderful week learning and experiencing new things! We were excited to have had ELEV8 Lacrosse come to EMJ to teach us new skills and techniques.

In math, we have been working on estimating and calculating the area of

regular and irregular shapes using geoboards and utilizing our classroom space. Ask your child what they estimate the size of the playground to be. We will be taking on a review of the concepts we learned last week in an “amazing” way. Stay tuned!

In Language Arts, we have been using a picture prompt to spark ideas for our latest writing piece, as well as using our understanding of onomatopoeia to create our own pop art creations!

We have been building our understanding of Alberta’s history by asking the question “how do recreational sites and activities reflect Alberta’s heritage and strengthen communities?”. Specifically we discussed the Calgary stampede. One of our students said “The Stampede brings people of many different cultures together to celebrate where we live.”

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“In art we did onomatopoeia art! It is a comic onomatopoeia, with a comic in the background.”

“We did lacrosse this week.”

“In Science we picked a plant to do research on.”

“In ELA, we are taking a picture, and looking around and we are trying to write a story for that picture.”

“We have been doing WOW (work on work) time because it is almost the end of the year, and we are finishing up some work that needs to be completed.”

Sports Day At EMJ

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading

outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Thanks,

Sports Day Committee

Pokemon Club

In response to student requests around Pokemon cards, we will be hosting 4 special club dates. This will be a time when students can trade cards following the group’s agreed upon rules. Trading is at the student’s own risk but will be supervised by grade six student leaders and a staff member.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

  • Tuesday, June 18th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Tuesday, June 25th 10:00 am - 10:15

Grades 4, 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, June 19th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

  • Monday, June 24th 10:00 am - 10:15 am

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. McKay

403-777-8500 / hmmckay@cbe.ab.ca

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 26 - Last day of classes



Learning Intentions for June 3rd-7th:

This week  we have continued our exploration of plants. We are continuing to care for our seeds, and discovering if our

hypothesis’ were correct on our experiment questions. We have also followed a guided drawing of a tomato plant and are able to identify and describe the main parts of a plant. Next week, we will take a closer look at the structures of some plants to learn about how new plants are created.

In Ms. Mercier’s Math Group, we are working on solving equations that have a symbol. We are also working on using estimation and rounding as a strategy to check our work when adding decimals. We went “shopping” to

utilize our skills in a real-world context.

In Social Studies, we looked at how the Royal Tyrrell Museum contributes to scientific knowledge regarding Alberta’s fossil heritage. We are able to understand more information about Alberta’s history. Looking forward: We will be demonstrating our connections we have learned over the year in our Alberta Mind Map that shows our understanding of our province. We will completing our mind map by with the guiding


We have also worked on identifying and understanding the meaning of some frequently used prefixes and suffixes. We

played a game to identify and use prefixes and suffixes within their written work. Some students also completed a puzzle to match the definition of words with the root word and suffix/prefix.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We learned dribbling in soccer.”

“We can draw a realistic drawing of a tomato plant.”

“We learned about being kind to others.”

“We did a reflection on all the art we completed this year.”

“We can create an experiment, hypothesize, and take care of plants.”

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 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes



Learning Intentions for May 27th-31st:

What an exciting week! We were so grateful for Alien In-Line for coming to EMJ and for teaching us to skate! Our students couldn't stop talking about their new skills!

In math, we have been working on identifying and describe patterns found in tables and charts, and translating among different representations of a pattern, such as a table, a chart or concrete materials. Next week we will be looking at different ways of representing patterns using various types of charts.

We also continued practicing adding and subtracting decimals by opening our stores, writing receipts and calculating change. Ask your child about what they “purchased” today or how much “income” their store made.

In Science, we have begun preparing our seeds for our experiments. On Monday we will finish planting our seeds. A friendly remember to bring all materials you might need to be ready for Monday!

We have also been working on retelling a story in another medium. The students have the choice in how they present their understanding.

In Social Studies we asked the question - how do the names of geographic places reflect the origins of the people who inhabited, discovered or developed communities in these places? We completed a sort without knowing the connection between the place names in Alberta, then received hints to try to sort the names of places based on our new understanding.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We learned how to rollerblade. Today was our last day.”

“We opened our math stores today. We used fake money to pay to add and subtract decimals on receipts and to figure out how much change to give.”

“We worked on City of Ember retelling. We can retell by using stop motions, movie posters, comics, posters, to retell the story and giving it a rating.”

“We did buddies, we read with them and read about insects.”

“This week we were doing science and we planted our seeds for our experiments. We are comparing what helps plants grow like sand or dirt, or coke or waters, or granola and dirt.”

Pokemon Cards

Many students have been enjoying bringing and sharing their Pokemon cards. To support positive peer interactions and maintain instructional time in classrooms, please review the following considerations with your child if they choose to bring Pokemon cards to school:

  1. Students bring toys (ex. Pokemon cards) at their own risk. EMJ is not responsible for any lost or stolen cards.

  2. Pokemon cards should not be visible in the classroom during instructional time. If a teacher sees cards out during class time, they will take the cards and keep them until a parent can pick them up at the office.

  3. Due to cross-grade play between younger and older students, no trading of cards will be allowed during school hours.

Important Dates:

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 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 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Learning Intentions for May 13th-24th and Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to having Alien Inline as a guest in our school from May 27-31! Please make sure to have your forms returned to Ms. Mercier.

We have worked on editing our written work and select poems for our portfolio that demonstrate our understanding of rhyme, repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We have also completed our read aloud and are now working on our retelling of City of Ember in another form or medium!

In math, we have practiced identifying fractions and decimals symbolically and pictorially, as well as converting fractions and decimals. We further worked on adding and subtracting decimals up to hundredths. We also worked on building a triangular prism and rectangular prism, and used string to be able to list the prisms from 2D to 3D, and be able to visualize the transition.


We have begun to ask questions that guide our investigation of plant needs. The students are using the scientific method to design a controlled experiment. The experiments will compare how different plants grow with a single independent variable being altered will impact plant growth. We have asked guiding questions, created a hypothesis and created a material list. Next week, we will put our experiments into action.

What would your hypothesis be for some of our group’s guiding questions?

“Will plants watered with diet coke be skinny?”

“How will a plant react better (to being watered by) to water or vinegar?”

“Will a seed grow better in soil or mushed bananas?”


Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We worked on poems on google slides, and we edited 5 poems to put on our portfolio.”

“In square math group, we did a test on fractions and decimals.”

“In science, we were examining the plants, we realized there was pollen on one of the leaves from another plant.”

“We did  math - Fractions and decimals.”

“We did ELA and we started working on our paragraphs with an indent.”

“We can do all sorts of skills with the skipping ropes in gym.”

May 21st - May 24th

“We are doing Jump Rope for Heart today!”

“We are going to do ELA - We are retelling the City of Ember in our own ways.”

“In Science we started an experiment. We are going to do a controlled experiment with independent variables. We can recognize the things that plants need to survive.”

“In Math groups we are starting to do patterns!”

Important Dates:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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

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 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


Learning Intentions for May 6th-May 10th and Looking Forward:

This week...

Students have been working towards further understanding alliteration, and designing a free verse poem that demonstrates their understanding of how word play can influence or convey meaning. Next week, we will work towards editing the various forms of poetry we have been working on to compose our own poetry collection.

We have also been continuing work on identifying and comparing fractions. Ms.Mercier’s math group will continue to practice comparing fractions with like numerators and looking towards comparing fractions and decimals.Room 8 has also begun a math/art piece in which we completed, then calculated a fraction that represents the number of parts each colour is shown in our whole art piece. We calculated fractions to hundredths. In room 8, we are also continuing work on our real-life math business, where next week we will begin to “shop” at each others stores, calculate our spending budget, and write receipts for our peers that show our understanding of how to add and subtract decimals.

In social studies, we have we have been exploring how the cultural and linguistic heritage and diversity of Alberta has evolved over time. Ask your child about the image they received with their group to infer a story from Alberta’s history.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We wrote a paragraph about kindness in our journal.”

“We started another art piece with boxes to make something out of and we call it Mart because it is art and math. We used fractions to show how many colours we have in our picture.”

“In Science we are studying about plants, and we watched videos, asked questions about plants and wrote what we observed from the videos.”

“In Phys. Ed we are doing Jump Rope for Heart with QR codes to teach us new ways to skip.”

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our

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 13 - Grade 4 Guest Speaker

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


Learning Intentions for April 29th -May 3rd:

This week we have been exploring stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on Alberta’s past, specifically focusing on the fur trade.

In our math groups, we have begun to explore fractions! We have also begun to explore decimals (limited to hundredths) using a real-life example of setting up a store. Next week we will practice addition and subtraction of decimals when writing and calculating receipts and subtracting using coupons.

We are also beginning to focus on plant growth and changes by continuing to observe our TomatoSphere plants, as well as asking deep questions to drive our plant exploration.

We have begun to work on our French vocabulary of family members. Ask your child to share the family members they can name in French!

We also used a new painting technique to create art for the Spring Concert.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“During the assembly, Meaghan from Jump Rope for Heart taught us FAST” Ask your child to explain what FAST means and what it is for!

“The Spring Concert was this week!”

“We started our imaginary shops in math to practice decimals, add and subtract decimals!

“In Science we are learning about plants.”

“In Social Studies we have been learning about the fur trade.”

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

                                                                                  



Learning Intentions for April 22nd - 26th and Looking Forward:

What an exciting week! Thank you to Parent Council for organizing the Spring Carnival! What a wonderful community event for EMJ! Another huge thank you for fundraising efforts that contributed funds to enhancing our student's access to diverse texts. The students loved exploring new books this week and sharing the excitement about what they read with their peers! 

This week, we continued working on dividing 2 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors. We have used many strategies to support us including number lines, multiplication charts, dry erase boards and drawing images. Next week, we will begin to explore fractions!

We have also continued to explore working with poetry as a medium to express ideas. We have been looking at techniques that allow us to involve our audience as a reader by trying to “show instead of tell” in our writing. Ask your child to share their “show instead of tell” poem with you!

We have shared our understanding of simple machines with the class by presenting our Rube Goldberg Machines. Next week we will dive deeper into our understanding of Plant Growth and Changes.

Next week we will also begin to explore a Alberta’s history, peoples and stories by recognizing how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events - specifically through exploring Alberta’s history and diversity of immigrants from Europe and other continents.

We are also exploring the history of the French language and the vitality of Francophone communities as integral parts of Alberta’s heritage, as well as expanding our own understanding of French language to include vocabulary that relates to family.


Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

“We can draw lines of symmetry and do symmetry art. We used bubble letters and the Miras to make name art.”

“We got new books for the classroom and got to read them. Thank you to Parent Council for putting on events and raising money for us to have new books. Thank you for our first Spring Carnival.”

“In math, (Ms. Shank’s group) we are starting fractions.”

“We finished and shared our Rube Goldberg machines. We learned about simple machines, sometimes you learn from someone you don’t usually work with, you have to have a growth mindset to build a machine without getting frustrated.”

“We practiced a firedrill today. We were super quiet and calm and got out of the building in the quickest time yet.”

“We practiced juggling in Phys. Ed.”

Important Information:

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

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

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 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘



Learning Intentions for April 15th - 18th:

We are wishing all families a relaxing long weekend!

This week we have worked to continue the process of nurturing a plant through a life cycle. We have continued to observe and document the changes of our tomato plants. They were ready to transplant into larger containers as our students noticed that the roots were sprouting out of our peat pellets. We have also continued to work on our work with simple machines by creating a Rube Goldberg machine that completes a task.


In math, we are working on long division of 2 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors. Ms. Mercier’s math group will begin to work with remainders next week.

We have also continued to experiment with language and using word combinations, such as repetition and rhyme to influence or convey meaning. We have explored reading and writing limericks to express ideas.

Highlights of the week:

“We have moved our tomato plants into larger containers.”

“We can do long division now!”

“We learned how to divide with remainders.”

“We started our Rube Goldberg machines. We can add levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wheels and axles, rollers, gears, screws.”

“We can write limericks. Limericks rhyme, and are a type of poetry.”

Looking Forward:

We are continuing work with long division, as well as beginning to explore fractions and decimals. We are also using poetry as a medium to experiment with word combinations, repetition and rhyme, onomatopoeia and alliteration.

Important Notes:

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


Learning Intentions for April 8th - 12th:

This week, in Language Arts, we have begun to experiment with language. We are working to recognize how words and word combinations, such as word play, repetition and rhyme, influence or convey meaning.We will continue to explore poetry as a form to explain how onomatopoeia and alliteration are used to create mental images.

We have furthered our word work by exploring how to use a digital and book thesaurus to expand our vocabulary. We created word rings as a class that allow us to reference “juicy” words when editing our written work.  


We have also continued to work on dividing 2 numbers by 1 number, and using fact families to check our work. We are exploring strategies such as using number lines to complete division equations using repeated subtraction.

We have continued to work on our artistic expression using pointilism to create texture while painting.

Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We learned about current events, specifically the Alberta election. We also learned about pine beetles, and how they impact pine trees.”

“We are able do art using pointillism.”

“We can play badminton.”

“We can design a Rube Goldberg machine that uses simple machines.”

“We played Kahoot for math - shapes and lines of symmetry.”

Looking Forward:

The students have been planning and designing Rube Goldberg machines to show their understanding of simple machines. They are encouraged to bring any additional materials they may need for Monday.

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 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

May 2 - Spring Concert


Learning Intentions for April 1st - 5th:

Welcome back! We are hoping that students and families had a wonderful Spring Break!

Our grade 4’s have been working hard this week! We have explored diverse media by reading and annotating a selection of articles. The students read through the articles with a partner, and used their reading powers to write questions, connections and symbols to articulate unknown words or phrases. We then gathered as a group to discuss while referring to details and examples in the text.


In math, we have learned about how to apply formulas to calculate area, and used our understanding of basic multiplication facts to support us. We also have begun working with division for equations up to 2 digit by 1 digit. We have further explored how multiplication and division are connected using fact families. A highlight of the week from Ms. Mercier was a quote from one of our students “I used to think division was SO hard, but now I know I can use multiplication to help me!”

We have also examined the various factors that influence body image; e.g., culture, media, peers, role models, weight loss industry, but have worked to have worked to build a positive body image by recognizing the best parts of us. We read and wrote poems inspired by the book The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About Their Bodies Using Pictures and Words by Wendy Ewald.





Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We are showing what we know about Blackfoot culture in a triorama.”

“This week we learned about ㎠. We learned about area using the formula L x W = A”

“We can recognize the best of us. We wrote a poem about body image.”

“We can make catapults and test them for distance and accuracy. We used levers as one of our simple machines.”

“We can do division! We can put a number into equal sets (groups), we learned about fact families AKA commutative properties.”

“We read an article about video games. We used symbols TTS (text to self connection) or TTM (text to media connection) or wrote question marks for unknown words.”

Looking Forward:

We will explore diverse forms of written expression while experimenting with language. Using various forms of poetry, we will work to recognize how words and word combinations (such as word play, repetition and rhyme) influence or convey meaning.

In Social Studies, we will also take a look at current events within Alberta, specifically the upcoming provincial election to examine provide multiple perspectives on events.  We will develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking by evaluating significant local and current affairs, evaluating positions from multiple perspectives and evaluate significant local and current affairs, distinguishing between fact and opinion. Using information about political party platforms from http://www.icanparty.ca/en/ as well as each of the political party websites, we will explore various perspectives and Alberta’s current events.

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

May 2 - Spring Concert



Learning Intentions for March 11-15th and Looking Forward:

We have been continuing our work as botanists in our class by making daily observations on the seeds we are growing within our class. Every day we have observed our plants, added number of germinations to our class chart, and made weekly observations including measuring seedling height in our Science journals. We currently have many seedlings growing in our classroom, and are able to compare the seedlings of the tomato and marigold plants we have in our classroom.

We are continuing to work on multiplying 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems. Next week we will be looking at applying our skills through word problems. Try this problem at home: There are 24 eggs in a tray. How many eggs are there in 6 trays? Solve this problem.

We have also demonstrated an ability to construct different types of pulleys. The students created fixed, moveable and compound pulleys. Next week we will continue to explore simple machines with a focus on gears and wheels and axles.

In our art study, we continued our exploration of lines of symmetry and congruent shapes, as well as exploring various pastel techniques.

Highlights of our learning from the voices of our students:

“We can observe our plants that we are growing. We have a total of 58 germinations.”

“We can do pastel techniques.” “We can use cold and warm colours in out art.”

“We can use strategies like a multiplication chart and a whiteboard to do questions on Mathletics.”

“We can do multiplication 2 digit by 1 digit and 3 digit by 1 digit.”

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

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



Learning Intentions for March 4-8th:

It is starting to feel like spring in Room 8! Our class received Tomato seeds from Let’s Talk Science - Tomato Sphere.This week we took a small break from our exploration of simple machines to plant and make predictions for our seeds. We all took part in observing the changes in the peat pellets, planting seeds and making predictions to connections to our inquiry question “How might exposure to space affect the number of tomato seeds that germinate?Ask your child what the word ‘germinate’ means, and if they have a prediction on how many seeds will have germinated after this weekend.

We are learning about how to multiply 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit numbers in math and applying our mental math strategies we have been practicing. We will continue to practice the traditional algorithm and other multiplication strategies.

We have also combined math and art together to create pieces that use lines of symmetry and congruent shapes.


Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We can now do hip-hop! We did it with SoundKreations, learned about Step and where hip-hop is from and what neighbourhood. We learned the 5 elements of hip-hop - breakdance, MC, DJ, graffiti, and knowledge. ”

“We are starting something new in art. Warm and Cool colours. We used lines of symmetry and congruent shapes.” “We made up a new word for Art and Math together called ‘Mart’ or ‘Aarth.”

“We are learning about puberty how our bodies grow and the changes through our life.“

“In Science we planted seeds.. Some were tomato seeds. Some seeds went to space, and we will see the difference between space and Earth seeds. We also planted marigolds”

“ In Social Studies, we read some books - The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story by Leah Dorion, and The Elders are Watching by David Bouchard, we also did research on the Glenbow Museum website.”

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to sharing the knowledge we have learned about Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. We will also continue to do the work of different types of scientists to explore simple machines as well as our plant growth and changes.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30 pm




Learning Intentions for February 25-28th:

We worked towards a week of kindness in recognition of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 28th. We further connected Pink Shirt Day with our health curriculum, by discussing how individuals can have a positive and negative influence on the feelings of others specifically in relation to bullying-type scenarios. We wrote and shared perspective poems from various roles in a bullying scenario (bully, victim, bystander and upstander) to generate empathy, and further reflected together to recognize how we may be able to have a positive impact and to change the experiences of others in the future.

We were honoured to participate in a coding workshop by Kids Code Jeunesse this week that introduced us into the world of Science and Math through technology.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We made pulleys in Science!”

“We are doing our Mock Caldecott reading and writing (inspired by the qualities that great children’s books possess).”

“The most exciting thing we did this week was microbits! We made a monster and a beating heart and a dancer.”

Looking Forward:

In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are looking forward to learning about 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication using the strategies we have gained when working through our multiplication passport. We are also continuing to complete the work of an author by utilizing the writing process to plan, edit and write our children’s books.

Please be aware that a form was sent home with your child last week that gives information about our upcoming unit in Health.This upcoming week, we are beginning our health focus to explore the physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty. We will commence instruction on Monday, March 4th.



SoundKreations Residency is coming to EMJ from March 4th-8th! We will be performing on March 8th from 9:30-10:15!

Performance A: (9:30-10:15)

Kindergarten (Watterburg)

Gr. 2 (Farrell & Van/String)

Gr. 2/3 & 3 (Reid/Faber & Ireland)

PLP (Peterson/Percy)

Gr. 4 (Mercier)

Gr. 5/6 (Moe)

Performance B: (11:00-11:45)

Skill I & II (Katyal & Myroniuk)

Gr. 1 (Lamb/Greenwood)

Gr. 4 (Higgs/Shank)

Gr. 5 (Wheelhouse/Dick)

Gr. 5/6 (Mabbott/Stringer)


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 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school



Check out our needle felting! 

Learning Intentions for February 19-22nd:

We had such a wonderful welcome back to school after Family Day long weekend with Artfelt studios! Students felted landscapes inspired by Alberta, and learned how to work with a unique medium. We have continued to work on analyzing and sharing ideas about what we read with others through our Mock Caldecott work. The students have been thinking about the features of great children’s books that make them stand out, and have been working within the writing process to create their own children’s book. We have further been exploring congruent shapes, along with problem solving and spatial sense to work on the skyscraper challenge! Ask your child to explain how the skyscraper challenge works, and try it out with lego or other building blocks you might have at home!

Templates from https://buildingmathematicians...

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to continue to build our strategies for multiplication, and simple machines in science! We are looking forward to working with pulleys in a real-world building challenge next week!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week we did co-operation in gym. We did challenges as teams. “

“In Math we did congruent shapes by doing the skyscraper challenge with blocks.”

“We started writing our first draft of our children’s book.”

“We continued our perspective Art.”

“We did needle felting with Artfelt Studios.”

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    


A quick snapshot of Feb. 11-13th:

“We explored the school to see if there was simple machines. The lost and found cart had wheels and axles.”

“In Language arts, we have begun writing our Children’s Book.”

“We did Rocks and Rings in gym. We learned how to curl.”

“We did auditions for the Spring Concert.”

“In math, Ms. Shank’s group is working on multiples. Ms. Mercier’s group is learning multiplication and is doing their multiplication passport.”

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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



   


Learning Intentions for February 4-8th:

We were honoured to have One World Drumming Residency with us this week. Our class looked forward to taking time each day to learn with an expert. We have been continuing our work on our Mock Caldecott book critiques and our planning for our own children’s book. We are exploring Alberta’s history through various perspectives through media. We are also continuing to work on our understanding of multiplication facts using various strategies for facts up to 9x9.

Looking Forward:

We are looking forward to experimenting with hands-on experimentation with the simple machines we have been exploring. Ask your child about the purpose of some of the simple machines we have studied and where we see them in real-life!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In Science we were learning about simple machines. Some of the simple machines we are learning about ramps, levers, inclined planes, wheels and axles, pulleys and gears.”

“We were indoor for recess week and we did the alphabet name exercise in Phys. Ed. and Just Dance.”

“We did drumming in the gym. We learned This Is It.”

“In Language Arts, we filled out our story pictures as part of our plan to make a great children’s book.”

“In Mrs. Shank’s math group, we are working on multiplication sentences.”





Upcoming Dates to Note:

Room 8 is hosting Artfelt Studio for an in-school field trip. We are continuing to look for volunteers to support our class from 8:00-10:45 on February 19th, 2019. Please contact Ms. Mercier if you are interested.

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



Important Note:

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).


Learning Intentions for January 28th-31st:

This has been another wonderful week of learning! We have begun exploring and examining children’s books as part of a school-wide Mock Caldecott. In groups, the students read, discussed and critiqued a collections of children’s books. We will continue to explore the question “what does a children’s book need?”, as we generate ideas for when we become the author and illustrator of our own children’s books. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are continuing to work on multiplication facts and arrays. Ask your child where they see multiplication in real life!

Looking forward:

We will continue to explore Alberta’s history from various perspectives, and how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events. We are moving into a new focus of study in science!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We started and finished mission impossible.”

“We finished our rough draft of our art on our one point perspective for optical illusions.”

“We got our report cards.”

“We did hamburger paragraph planning for our books for our buddies.”

“At the end of the week we do bucket filling. It makes me happy.”

“We are learning the names of the days of the week and birthdays and months in French.”

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

February 6 - Winter Walk Day *Please ensure to dress for the weather!*

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 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 28 – Fun Lunch



Learning Intentions for January 21-25th:

What a great week in grade 4! We have been focusing on recognizing how stories of people and events provide multiple perspectives on past and present events and how oral traditions, narratives and stories as valid sources of knowledge about the land, culture and history. We have also been working on the concept of refraction for our focus on light and shadows. In art, we are practicing 1-point perspective drawing to prepare for our reverse perspective art piece coming up next week!

We are looking forward to our next science focus on wheels and levers! Ms. Mercier’s math group has been working on multiplication arrays and on mental math strategies. In language arts we have been working hard on our sentence structure and editing for run-on sentences to prepare for a very exciting upcoming project.












Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We helped our buddies get onto google docs.”

“We did gymnastics in gym. Next week is Mission Impossible.”

“We did art. We are doing a classroom design for an optical illusion.”

“In Social Studies we are beginning to learn about Indigenous culture. We were listening to a traditional oral story.”

“This week we got prisms and we made rainbows outside with them. The sun makes white light which turns into rainbows with refraction.”

“In math we are starting multiplication. We are also learning about other cultures and the stories of the people in our classroom.”

Looking Forward:

We are honoured to have One World Drumming as a residency within our school from February 4-8th. Each class will have three sessions throughout the week and then all classes will perform Friday, Feb. 8. Classes throughout the school are divided into 2 separate performances. Ms. Mercier’s class will be showcased during the 10:30am performance! Please check for a letter in your child’s backpack for more information next week.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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

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 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 28 – Fun Lunch



Learning Intentions January 14-18th:

Our grade 4’s were hard at work this week! We have continued working on the writing process for our personal narratives and completing our opinion writing for our debate on what the students believe should be the primary focus of National Parks. The students demonstrated their creativity and problem solving skills through completing a reflection challenge to use items that reflect light to see an image behind a wall. I am so proud of the student’s persistence in problem solving this week! In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are beginning our transition into working with multiplication on Monday!

Here is a fun math challenge question for families to try at home with week:

Three pandas ate 25 bamboo sticks. Each of them ate a different odd number of bamboo sticks. How many bamboo sticks did they each eat? Find as many ways as you can to do it.

Looking Forward: 

We are honoured to have One World Drumming as a residency within our school from February 4-8th. Each class will have three sessions throughout the week and then all classes will perform Friday, Feb. 8. Classes throughout the school are divided into 2 separate performances. Ms. Mercier’s class will be showcased during the 10:30am performance! Please check for a letter in your child’s backpack for more information next week.





Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch

February 1 – No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

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







Learning Intentions for January 7-11th:

Welcome back to school! Hoping all families had a great break! Our grade 4 students jumped right back into the routine. We are continuing our work on National Parks by asking the question: In what ways do interests concerning tourism and the natural environment conflict? We also have worked on a science problem solving STEM challenge that requires the students to use their problem solving skills with what they know about light and reflection. We have also begun working on gymnastics in Phys. Ed. Please check out our safety letter to help prepare your children for gymnastics!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In science we are working on a new project its called “Super Vision” and we are starting to build our buildings on Tuesday. And it's all about reflection and the back of the box there is a picture, and we have to reflect light to see what the picture is.”

“We are doing balancing in gym class. We are moving low medium and tall, for gymnastics.”

“We finished our Wild Robot Art. We added black paper and an artist description of our pieces.”

“We were working on goals for this year in health. We write goals for math, writing and reading.”

“We are doing a star, wish think. We are doing a science project. We are also learning numbers in French”

“We finished up our National Park trip planning. We are asking if we want to protect the environment or promote tourism. We are planning for a debate.”

Looking Forward and Important dates:

“I am looking forward to Mission Impossible. We need to remember Head to Toe,  Ready to Go for gymnastics.”

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)



Learning Intentions for December 10-14th:

What an exciting week in grade 4! Congratulations to all participants of this year’s winter concerts! Our choir and handbell students practiced very hard leading up to the concert and should be so proud. In language arts, we have continued to work on enhancing our written

expression using our writing process to plan and edit our work. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have been continuing to work on subtraction from 100,1000 and 10000 and learning different strategies to demonstrate our understanding. We are also experimenting with how light interacts with classroom objects in science, and will be experimenting with how light travels next week.  

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We started to read a new novel called The City of Ember”

“In writing we did something called climbing stories. Climbing stories is when you start with setting and character, then suddenly happens an event. Then there is a walking story. A walking story is when you talk about the same thing, there is no major problem.”

“We practiced a fire drill today.”

“We did art today, we looked at our Wild Robot printmaking. We made improvements to the printmaking we did last time.”

“In square group for math, we did Mathletics as part of our tic-tac-toe.”

“We started learning about National Parks.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will we continuing to work with light and shadows, as well as continuing to add and subtract numbers up to 10,000 in real-life problem solving scenarios. We will also be gathering with our EMJ community for carolling throughout the week, and participating in a PJ day and breakfast on our last day of school Friday, December 21st.

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


Learning Intentions for December 3-6th:

Welcome to December! In science, we have been working with light and how light interacts with other objects. We begun an experiment to determine which classroom objects are transparent, translucent and opaque. We also demonstrated our understanding of our read aloud novel The Wild Robot artistically through printmaking.


Looking Forward and Important Notes:

We will further be exploring how light interacts with different materials and how light travels. In social studies, we will begin to explore Alberta’s National Parks in an exciting math integrated project. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have begun working with subtraction of numbers from 10000 with and without carrying. We will continue adding strategies to our personal strategy sheets so we have a toolkit full of ways we can add and subtract! In French we will continue to work on our understanding of classroom vocabulary through a scavenger hunt game.

We are so impressed by the generous donations for our kindness initiative Warm Feet for the Streets. We are going to collect donations until December 12th. 




Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break



Learning Intentions for November 26th-30th:

We had a wonderful week of learning to wrap up November! In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we have begun working with subtraction of numbers up to 10000 with and without carrying. We will continue adding strategies to our personal strategy sheets so we have a toolkit full of ways we can add and subtract! We also have been delving into light and shadows in science and have continued working on our commercials for Alberta’s Regions. We have been previously working with Canada’s Food Guide in Health, and

this week discussed the importance of drinking water. Ask your child about the importance of drinking water for a healthy body!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had a guest speaker today from the Mustard Seed because we were learning about how kind people can help people who are homeless.”

“People who have more think about people going through stressful times, so we donate toothpaste and small stuff to make people happy and help them take care of themselves.”

“We are going to do a project and we will be bringing toothbrushes or blankets or travel sized conditioner and will be donating it to the Mustard Seed.”

“We helped our buddies get onto Mathletics.”

“We got our recorders this week. Some of us borrowed and some of us bought recorders. We need our recorders on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.”

“Today the Grade 1 students joined our Grade 4 classes to dance in Phys. Ed.”

“Today we got to do a journal in the morning about our week.”

“We played a game to draw sources of light (selected from our own brainstormed sources of light). We made categories to sort the light into categories.”



Looking Forward and Important Notes:

Please check your child’s communication folder for a note about our initiative for the Mustard Seed “Warm Feet For the Streets”. We will continue working on kindness within our classroom, school and city.

We will further be exploring how light interacts with different materials and how light travels. In social studies, we will begin to explore Alberta’s National Parks in an exciting math integrated project.

Upcoming Dates to Note::

December 3 - Practice Lockdown Drill

December 6 -Adopt-a-Family donations to be dropped off at EMJ

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic Book Fair - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break


Learning Intentions for November 19-22nd:

Hello Families! It has been a busy week in grade 4! Thank you to the families who were able to make it out for conferences this week! We have been busy working on different strategies when editing our writing such as identifying words that we aren’t sure how to spell, and ensuring all of our sentences begin with capital letters. In Ms. Mercier’s math group, we are continuing to explore strategies for addition, and are beginning to make connections between addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10,000. In science, we have begun our study on light and shadows! Make sure to stop by our interactive bulletin board to add your own wonderings about light!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“In science we finished our waste unit and now we are working on light.”

“We did words our way and we added cursive writing to our list.”

“We are working on our scripts (for our Alberta region commercial) in social and are now practicing them.”

“In math we did some new games called “Climbing the Chimney” where we take numbers coming from the chimney and add them together to reach the top of the chimney.”

“In language arts, we are doing writers workshop and adding I can… underline the words I am not sure about and I can...start with a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence. Also before we write, we do planning.”

“We played Jurassic Park in Phys. Ed.”

Throwback Thursday (a fond memory from last week): “we learned how to properly throw a basketball”.

Looking Forward:

Our students are looking forward to recording their Alberta region commercials in science this upcoming week. We will also be diving deeper into our study on light and shadows.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

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



Learning intentions for November 12th-16th:

What wonderful learning happening in grade 4 this week! The students have been combining their reading and writing powers to express their strongest reading super power and to expand their sentences. The Triangle math group has been creating personal strategy sheets to support their addition work. We have also been practicing an addition song You Carry Over to help us remember the rules of math algorithm problems that do and do not carry. In social studies, the students have begun creating commercials to show off the knowledge they have learned about Alberta’s regions, and to convince others to visit their selected region! Ask your child about the region they are making a commercial for!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

We did our third type of printmaking in art.”

“We are in groups for the Alberta regions and writing things to make people go to your region and telling them why the region is great. The scripts will be for a commercial for each region.”

“We are on google slides and we did our presentations  like a museum to show our classmates what we learned and created for waste and our world.”

“We finished Wild Robot. I just want to read every single book of it.”

“We played head’s up, in groups of 3 and the two people would put a card on their head and the other person who doesn’t have a card would say like what the sum is, and if the person says their number first, they win that round.”

Looking Forward:

We will be looking at growing in our writing by working with peers to provide feedback using pre-established criteria (a star, a think and a wish) to develop the editing process in their writing. In addition, we will begin working on extending our vocabulary and beginning to use an increasing variety of words to enhance our written expression. In math, we will continue to work on our personal addition strategies and begin looking at the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Next week we have parent teacher conferences! A friendly reminder that we will have early dismissal (12:15) on Thursday, November 22nd for conferences from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Conferences continue from 8:00am- 1:00pm on Friday, November 23rd. Ms. M would love to see you all next week!

Important Dates:

Nov. 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

Nov. 22/23 – Parent Teacher Conferences

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



Learning intentions for November 5th-9th:

This was a fabulous week of authentic learning experiences. We had expressed our remembrance of veterans through practicing drawing poppies and creating watercolour compositions. We also shared stories and the images of veterans that were to be hung on our EMJ wall of honour. We went on a field trip to Heritage Park that connected to our future science focus on building devices that move as well as a social studies focus on Alberta’s history. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who made our field trip possible!


Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:



We went to Heritage Park, we made spinny toys and made houses out of blocks. We learned about false front, they made the front (of buildings) look good, so people think the buildings look a certain way. We also did quilts out of patterned paper.”

“We played sentence detective to expand sentences by using who, what, where, when and why and adding details in a sentence.”

“We had our Remembrance Day Assembly today.”

“In science, we worked on a flow chart that tells where the waste came from and what would happen for example if someone threw it on the ground or they put it in the recycling or in the garbage, and told where it would end up depending on the choice you make.”


Looking Forward:

We will be completing our science inquiry How are we Responsible for our Environment  and moving into a new focus in science. In math, we are continuing to work on communicating our mathematical understanding through math talks, and working on addition strategies. We are continuing to work on expanding our sentences in our writing, and will be learning our final reading power.

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)


Learning intentions for October 29-November 2nd:

What a fabulous week of learning! Our class worked to create a themed pumpkin and background design by creating 3D sculptures to go with our Star Wars pumpkin for our school-wide carving contest. Our class is excited to announce that we won the most decorated pumpkin! The triangle math group had halloween themed math talks and problem solving and also worked on comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000. Ask your child about the persuasive writing piece that we worked on this week!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of room 8 students:

“We did poppy drawing practice and we are practicing drawing flowers for our Remembrance Day art.”

“We helped our buddies log into computers.”

“In Science, we (played a simulation)  where we were animals and had to scavenge for our food but (imagined the impacts) when animals get tangled in waste, and eat plastic. We learned it’s not easy being an animal because animals don’t know what is good or not good for them to eat.”

“In ELA we were making a story to go with the book that has no words (Journey by Aaron Becker). We also practiced persuasive writing using the OREO graphic organizer.”

“We are working on number lines. We have been playing some games, where we pull cards and put those numbers on out number line. We work on hundreds, thousands and up to ten thousands.”

Looking Forward:

In mathematics, we will be beginning our work with addition and subtraction. We will also be presenting our inquiry work in a museum style format next week. In language arts, we will we working on building sentences by becoming sentence detectives. In preparation for our field experience at Heritage Park, by building our background knowledge on the park and Alberta’s history. As a friendly reminder, please remember to sign and return your child's field trip form!

Wall of Honour and Remembrance

As part of our upcoming Remembrance activities and events, we have decided to create a “Wall of Honour 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


Learning Intentions for October 22nd-25th:

We have been working hard in grade 4! Our students have continued to practice their reading powers, including inferencing, while independent reading and during our read aloud novel The Wild Robot. Students have been representing and describing numbers to 10,000 pictorially and symbolically, and have begun working on rounding and estimation. Check out the video of We Will Round You that our students have been singing to support our rounding practice. We are looking forward to next week’s continued work on our writing powers and a waste and our world simulation that demonstrates the impact of plastics on our ecosystem.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week, we started planning our theme for our pumpkin carving contest, and completed a pumpkin design challenge.”

“We did polls about who reads at home, and logged into Epic so we can read at home (as an additional resource for reading).”

“We are practicing words their way.”

“The volleyball nets were set up in the gym, we are practicing volleyball.”


Looking Forward:

Next week will be full of festive learning opportunities. On Halloween day, October 31st, we ask that students bring their costumes to school and we will put our costumes on over our clothes after lunch. In addition, kindly leave weapons and masks at home, so all students can enjoy a safe and fun day.

Important Dates:

  • Please check your student’s communication folder for a note regarding music and recorders that was sent home with students on Thursday afternoon.

  • Student photo proofs have been sent home with our class! If families are interested in ordering photos, payment is due October 29th.

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

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

On November 8th the grade 4’s will be taking a field trip to Heritage Park! We will let you know when we send home the forms for this trip, so please keep checking the blog. For this trip we will need some parent volunteers to assist us. If you have clearance with the school and are available to help out on that day, please contact us and we will send home a form for you to complete.

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly

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.


Learning Intentions for October 15th-19th:

It was so great to see so many families out at the Halloween dance this week! Hoping everyone had a great time!

This week has been filled with continued work on number sense, our science inquiry and our work on Alberta’s natural regions. We have begun looking at the Canadian Food guide to introduce our work analyzing variety and balanced diets in health. In Phys. Ed. we have begin “Move-It Monday” to grow in our non-locomotor skills.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We got to do mathletics. We did it on computers and we were doing numbers up to 10 000.”

“We practiced printmaking techniques.”

“We did buddies. We helped them log into their computers.”

“We observed our biodegradability experiment. This week, the cardboard and paper were starting to break down. The apple and cookie are smaller and hard. ”

“We did move-it Monday in Phys. Ed. and practiced superhero exercises. On Friday we went outside for Phys. Ed.”

“We are making comics in French to practice our French greetings.”

Looking Forward:

In social studies, we will be taking a closer look at quality of life and the abundance of Alberta’s natural resources. We will be digging deeper into our waste and our world inquiry, by using technology to support us in depicting the journey of a chosen material from its source to method of disposal. Stay tuned for new printmaking techniques we will be trying next week to continue working on our artistic expression!  

Important Dates:

Student photo proofs have been sent home with our class today! If families are interested in ordering photos, payment is due October 29th.

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. 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!

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

Nov. 6 – Photo Retake day

Nov. 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly



Learning Intentions for October 9-12th:

I am hoping that everyone had a wonderful long weekend! This week in math, we began to explore place value, working with base 10 blocks and numbers up to 10,000. We also began working on our writing powers, and continued practicing our reading powers. We have begun using our visualization reading power to plan our printmaking art inspired by The Wild Robot.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had buddies. We read and got to know each other.”

“We are almost done building our waste inquiry projects.”

“In French we made french comics with greetings in french.”

“We are going to do art inspired by The Wild Robot. We are getting started on printmaking by getting our ideas with our story map (characters and setting). We drew sketch ideas ”

“We went to phys. ed. and did dancing.”

Looking Forward:

We will continue to work with numbers up to 10,000 and representing them in various ways, including on our beaded number lines. In French, we will learn new phrases and continue to work on our french comics. Ask your child about the printmaking art we have begun planning! We are looking for styrofoam egg cartons to help us create our work. Students are invited to  please bring styrofoam egg cartons from home to supplement the materials we have available at the school.

Important Dates:

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 25 - Fun Lunch (Subway)

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



Note for October 11th: 

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. 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.




Learning Intentions for October 1-4th:

I am so thankful for a wonderful classroom full of learners! We have formed plans and begun work for our inquiry: how are we responsible for our environment.  In math, we have began working on comparing and ordering numbers and working with place value. We have also added visualization to our toolkit of reading superpowers. In social studies, we continued our work on Alberta's Natural regions. Ask your child to tell you about some of the features they have learned about the six natural regions of Alberta.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We are making a flip map of the six natural regions of Alberta. Grasslands can be one of the warmest regions.”

“We did our reading powers, and learned visualizing.”

“We have been working on waste in our world in science and we started building leadership and upcycle projects.”

“We began Words Their Way  where we learn about words.”

“We changed math groups and worked on place value.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we will be exploring diverse perspectives on the natural regions of Alberta. We will also continue to work on our science inquiry and exploring numbers. Stay tuned for an exciting integrated project that combines math, science and art.

Important Dates:

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



Learning Intentions for September 24-28th:

What a wonderful week of learning! We have begun an inquiry: how are we responsible for our environment, to guide our learning throughout our focus on waste in our world. In math, we began working with 24 hour time, and built our own analog clocks that allow us to make connections between 12 and 24 hour time. We have also begun to learn greetings in French!

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We had an assembly for the Terry Fox Run. We raised money for cancer.”

“We did science, we are trying to reduce garbage by splitting into leadership and upcycle groups. The upcycle groups create something new out of waste and the leadership groups make a plan to reduce waste at our school.”

“We did French. We did a dictionary for our French words.”

“We played cats and mice in gym (physical education).”

“In Social Studies we have been learning about Alberta. We watched a video about Alberta, and had cards in groups where we researched about the climate, animals, natural resources, and plants of the 6 regions of Alberta.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we will be using our research on the 6 natural regions of Alberta to create our own flip maps of Alberta. IN math, we will be working hands-on with numbers and number lines. We will also be diving deeper into our science inquiry. Ask your child about whether they are in the leadership or upcycle group. We will begin building our projects next week! Students are invited to bring recyclables from home to supplement the recyclable materials we have available at the school for their projects.

Important Dates:

Oct.1  – Orange Shirt Day

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





Learning Intentions for September 17th-20th:

What a great week of learning! We have been working as a class to promote a safe classroom and school environment by exploring scenarios that bullying can occur and how we can take action against bullying. We have also continued to work on telling time with analog clocks by going on a scavenger hunt, and exploring elapsed time. We began using a new reading superpower - asking questions! Ask your child about the questions they are wondering about while they are reading.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“This week we learned about anti-bullying by writing and performing scenes.”

“We made choices about anti-bullying by choosing a corner in the classroom (to decide how we could solve bullying).”

“What made me think today was when we watched the Alberta video. I was wondering how long the hoodoos were there for.”

“We got to draw or build or make a comic to show our chances we will take (in grade 4).”

“Ms. M made destiny sticks that have our names on them.”

“We read a book about “ifs” (If… by Sarah Perry). We wrote our own “ifs” in our journals. We chose an “if” that we created a rough copy of, and that we will create art with.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue to dive deeper into our study on Alberta and its natural regions, and  exploring waste in our world. We will also begin experimenting with words, and discover a new reading superpower! In math, we will continue working with measurement of time and begin working on our number sense!

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9



Learning Intentions for our second week of school:

For our second week of learning in social studies, we began an introduction to our study on Alberta. In science, we began discussing the different types of waste produced naturally and by humans throughout the world. In math, we have been working on problem solving work with patterns, and working on telling time with analog clocks.

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“Making connections of what can relate to you when we are reading.”

“We learned about reading powers”

“We learned about waste and where waste goes. Some of our garbage goes through sewage or gets washed away into the ocean. The animals can be hurt by our trash, and the ocean gets dirty.”

“We also played some math games about clocks.”

“We started reading the wild robot.”

“We talked about fixed and growth mindset and wrote about chances we will take.”

Looking Forward:

Next week we will dive deeper into our study on Alberta and its natural regions. We will be working on problem solving and working on patterns in math. In addition, we will continue to explore waste in our world, and be observing the changes of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste we found in our own classroom over time. Ask your child about the different types of waste we found in our classroom and school community!

Please ask your child about the communication folder sent home with your students on Friday, September 14th. Please fill out and return the Parent Questionnaire to Ms. Mercier at your earliest convenience.

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day





Learning intentions for our first week of school:

Welcome back to school! This week, we had a focus on getting to know each other and introducing some the topics we will be exploring on throughout the year. The students used the design process to create and construct their most successful classroom space. We will be using the classroom designs created by students to configure our classroom this year. We began experimenting with problem solving and how to represent numbers up to 1000. 

Highlights of our week and learning from the voices of our students:

“We got to make new friends, there was no bullying.”

“We used flashlights to create shadows of our classmates that we traced. We learned about culture and identity, we will put pictures that represent that stuff in our heads.”

“We did a math game, we would use different things (words, base ten/hundred blocks, pictures) to create numbers like 75, 99, 80, 100, 1000.”

“We built prototypes of our most successful classroom.”

“We had our first music class, started reading to self, and began to use our journals to write about what we want Ms. Mercier to know about us.”

Looking Forward:

Next week, we are looking at beginning a focus on waste in our world in science. In math, we will be working with telling time with analog clocks, and problem solving together. We will also continue practicing and exploring our reading super powers. Ask your child about the reading super power we have practiced this week!

Important Dates:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

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RT @yyCBEdu: Middle or high school students transitioning to @calgarytransit next year are invited to attend a free orientation session this summer with their families. Learn more: https://t.co/gqXoRFrBtc #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/7IHShuMgLY

RT @UsihChristopher: Dr. Zahi Shlah, my new dentist, is a CBE alumnus. Always a pleasure to connect with #WeAreCBE alumni and showcase positive role models! ⁦@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/G8yR11qYxg

Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0