June 17-21

With the school year winding down, we have enjoyed this last full week together. It was a busy one with Me to We cup stacking on Monday...well done Hannah at beating Mrs. Moe! Grade 6’s have been preparing for their farewell this coming Monday as well as their graduation day..bowling!

Words from the students:

“We all started Human Sexuality”- A
“Sports day is on Monday”- Z
“The PAT’s are done”- L
“We created parachutes and devices to drop our eggs”- C
“Our class had 100% success rate for the egg drop!” - J
“The music competition is complete and Ms.Dafoe gave out awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and team spirit”- A
“We had Chloe’s mom came and visited and showed us Virtual Reality and how to design a Google logo using Scratch”- C
“The grade 6’s are going bowling on Tuesday for the end of the year”- I
“And we have a lunch on Tuesday as well”- A
“The grade 6 farewell is on Monday afternoon”- H

This weeks highlights were designing a device to safely land an egg without breaking it from the second floor of our school. Mrs. Moe is proud to say that our class was 100% successful! No eggs were harmed in the dropping of their devices :)


We also had a special guest, Michelle came and showed us how to code a new Google logo using Scratch as well as an easy and cheap way of playing Virtual Reality games. The shark encounter was a little too real for Mrs. Moe!


Mrs. Moe would like to thank our parents for the amazing lunch today.  We greatly appreciate the delicious food, and incredible desserts. We as a staff feel your support each day and feel privileged to work with your children. We have had a fun year and are proud of the accomplishments each of the students have made.   

Reminders to parents of grade 6 students that the Grade 6 Farewell is on Monday, June 24th at 1-2:30pm. See you all there!

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Moe would like to wish her students the best of luck in the future and a great summer ahead! I will miss you all!! Thanks for a wonderful year.


June 10-14th

Good job to our grade 6 students this week in completing 4 out of 5 of your Provincial Achievement tests! We are so proud of you and all of your hard work in the last few weeks and throughout the year, only one more to go...SCIENCE! Study hard this weekend and remember the SCIENCE REVIEW can be found on Room 17/18’s website.

We are rooting for you grade six!!

The grade 5’s had a great and final week together. We have enjoyed having the grade 5’s together the last six weeks, it was a fun change and we made some new friendships going into next year. Grade 5 will be having a PJ party on Monday for our last day together, so please remind your child to wear their PJ's! 

In science this week we had our field trip to the Weaselhead wetland where we got to explore and identify different animals and plants in the ecosystem. We had a great time and we learned a lot! We even were able to save a dragonfly from a big giant puddle it had fell into! Thank you Weaselhead for having us! We will continue to learn about ecosystems until the end of the year, looking at life cycles and adaptations.


In social this week we researched about the Famous Five women and why their efforts were so important for women in Canada. We worked on our paraphrasing when researching and writing information.


We will begin Human Sexuality next week, if you do not want your child to participate, please make sure the form has been filled out and sent to school.

In math, we created our own double bar graphs, played kahoot and then jumped into probability with some Yahtzee! We will continue with probability and dice games next week.

In gym we had one of the Calgary Roughnecks players, Dan come in and teach us about Lacrosse. While we only had one day with him, we learned how to handle the stick, throw and catch a ball, and do tricks.

We said goodbye to our Kinder Buddies, thank you buddies!! 


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

- Friday, June 21st 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.

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

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

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

Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 20 - Fun Lunch

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes



June 3rd-7th

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

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

Voices from the students:

“We shared our stories with our kinder buddies”- C
“The grade 5’s are going on a field trip to the wetlands next week”- N
“We are learning about the attributes of quadrilaterals”- E
“The grade 6’s begin our PAT’s next week, it will be a long one!”- B
“We practiced long division this week, and we mostly feel good about it.”- J
“We worked on our Wetland bulletin board”- S
“We did social research on Confederation”- E

In math this week the grade 5’s explored attributes of various quadrilateral shapes. We spent some time using geoboards to help us understand how to sort them and what attributes each shape has. We also practiced our long division skills. Next week we will dive into data and probability. 


Science had us learning about ecosystems as well as the different zones of a pond and the various plant and animal life that live in these habitats. We took hula hoops outside and had to observe the many parts of our hula hoop ecosystems after we threw them. 

We discovered an ecosystem game on PBS kids that assisted in our understanding of how interdependence works in an ecosystem. See if you and your child can keep your ecosystem healthy for 12 days straight at the links here:

Jungle Jeopardy: https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/jungle_jeopardy.html

Mountain Scramble:

https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/mountain_scramble.html

We also prepped for our field trip this coming Tuesday to Weaselhead Flats. Students are reminded to wear comfortable shoes that can get a little dirty, appropriate layered clothing (more is better), snack and lunch and a full water bottle. Looking forward to a fun day!

In gym this week we learned a little about the basics of football with Eraser Football and a drill for throwing and catching called, Football Frenzy. Students enjoyed Eraser football where you have to hide an eraser on one of your teammates and hope they make it to the end zone. Ask your child to teach you! We also had a great game of Revenge Tag after being slightly reluctant to play. Well done grade 5!


We have been researching Confederation in Social Studies. Each student received a question to research and teach to the class. Students will present next week before moving onto Current Events.

We are wrapping up our poetry unit with students finishing up their six poem poetry exploration. Students have been working hard writing limerick, couplet, cinquain, haiku, acrostic and shape poems. Ask your child about their favourite type! We will be making poetry books to bring home and share.

Important Dates:

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency
June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaselhead
June 11 – PAT SS
June 12 – PAT Math Part B
June 13 – PAT ELA Part B
June 14 – PAT Math Part A
June 17 – PAT Science
June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway
June 21 - Sports Day
June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm
June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch
June 26 - Last day of classes


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May 27th-31st

Words from Room 16:

"We are noticing the smoke from the wildfire"- E
"We researching Confederation in Social"- S 
"We finished our inline skating, and most of us feel like we got better over the week"- Z
"We are going on a field trip to Weaselhead Wetland"- T
"Fun lunch was yesterday, we had Little Caesar's"- E
"We worked on our French project this week"- C
"We had a math test on transformations and got back our test scores."- N

This week we had Alien In-line skating visit us for PE. We had such a great time building our blading and balancing skills! We learned a few games and different ways of skating with them. Thank you Alien Inline!


We finished up our Transformations Unit in math with a quiz on Monday. We have now jumped back into 3D Objects and 2D Shapes. We are learning how to describe examples of edges and faces of 3-D objects, and sides of 2-D shapes that are:

  • parallel 
  • intersecting 
  • perpendicular 
  • vertical 
  • horizontal

In Science, we reviewed the Water Cycle and continued with our exploration into Wetlands with a great discussion on ecosystems and how they are interdependent on each other. We looked deeper into this by learning about the Eradication and Reintroduction of Grey Wolves in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990’s. Parent volunteers are needed for our field trip to Weaselhead for our Wetland unit. Please let your child know or email Mrs. Moe to let us know you are interested and we will send home a volunteer form. We need 3 volunteers from each grade 5 class. Volunteers must have a current Police Check.

We have been learning about Confederation and all the different components of it like the many years it took to create the provinces and get each of them to agree to be a part of it. We have been researching further into John A. Macdonald, George Etienne Cartier and their roles in the creation of our country.

Our grade 6’s visited Harold Panabaker this week to have a sneak peek into their future next year! We toured the school and got to check out the music room, robotics lab, fashion and foods, art, PE and the drama rooms. It was exciting getting a look inside what our year will look like in grade 7!

Important Dates:

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – Astrodome in Gym in AM (grade 6)

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11am

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway



May 21st-24th

Have you ever wondered what happens to the missing socks in your dryer? Two of our students have answered that question in their book series which is on display to enjoy in our school library and classroom library. We love when students share their passions with us!

 

We had our Jump Rope for Heart wrap up this week with our entire EMJ community, skipping together for a half hour to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We were energetic and happy showing off our skills that we have been working on the last couple weeks. And the rain held off! Check out some of our skills below :) 


We finished our Transformations unit in math this week with a review. A reminder to grade 5’s that we will have our unit test on this unit on Monday. We will jump into exploring 3D objects and 2D shapes next week.

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


We continued this week to explore what a Wetland is and the different types of wetlands there are. We also learned about the actions we can take to help keep wetlands thriving ecosystems. We decided we wanted to so something to help out so we voted on picking up the garbage in our school field. We thought this was a great opportunity to invite our Kinder Buddies to help us, and we had so much fun cleaning up!


We will learn more about ecosystems and discuss a fun project that will accompany our field trip on June 14th. If you have a shoebox at home, please bring it to school in the next week and we will learn what we are going to create with it!

In social we discussed the Great Immigration of Canada in the 1800’s. We interviewed a member of our family about our family origins and the reasons why our family would have immigrated to Canada. We had a great conversation about our families and learned a lot more about each other. Thank you to our families for participating!

In language arts we have been working hard to finish our stories that we will share with our Kindergarten buddies, some of us have included our buddies into our story! We have also been learning about different forms of poetry and have been practicing writing our own. We have written Shape poems and are beginning Limericks.

A reminder that we will be in-line skating next week for gym class. If your child has not yet handed in the permission form, please bring it on Monday so that you will be able to participate. Students are asked to bring a helmet if they have one as well as a fresh pair of socks.

Important Dates:

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

May 27-31 – Inline skating grades 4 and 5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part 


May 6-May 10

We  are excited to welcome two new students to our grade 5/6 team this week, Mary and Gabrielle! 

This week was a first as the grade 5’s from Room 17/18 joined us in Room 16 for full days, and we said goodbye to our grade 6’s for the next 6 weeks. The grade 5's played a variety of games and team building activities this week to reintroduce ourselves! We also had our first class meeting on Thursday since the switch, to check in and see how everything is going. Here’s what we had to say:

“It is nice to have a smaller class size in our room (16)”

“I like having two teachers and it is nice to see my grade 6 friends.”

“I like having my other friends from grade 5 with me all day”

We wish the grade 6’s the best, and know that they are with two of the best, Mr.Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott. Please head over to their blog, to check out what they did this week! 



Math- We finished our investigation on volume and cubic volume by demonstrating our learning and participating in a math discussion about the assignment. Next week we will wrap up our Transformations unit with a review and quiz before we move into the exploration of 3D objects and 2D shapes.

Language Arts: We would like to congratulate our grade 6’s for completing their first Provincial Achievement Test of the year in English Language Arts!  Students wrote a story and news article on Wednesday.  They did well and should be proud of themselves. It’s not so bad, right?!  The next one will be Social Studies on June 11. Grade 5's explored interesting words by unpacking their meaning, origin and relatives. We will be wrapping up their short stories and moving into a fun poetry inquiry. We welcome any poetry books that students want to share from home, in fact we encourage it! 

Science: We completed our Electricity Unit with a test this week. The students did a great job at demonstrating their knowledge of simple circuits, electrical current and building electrical devices. Next week we will begin our inquiry and exploration of Wetlands, our final unit of the year.

Social: This week we continued our investigation of how Canadian identity has been shaped through the different stories of Canada’s diverse population. We discussed the Underground Railroad, how important it was for people to help other people, and stand up for what they believe is right. We also talked about how some of our history is difficult to think about and it brings many emotions with it, but that it is still important to talk about because talking is “one way of making things better.” We will continue next week with a look into Confederation and how our country was formed.

**A reminder that the grade 5/6's students have a field trip to the Hanger Flight Museum next Tuesday, May 14th. They are reminded to bring a bag lunch and that there is no food to purchase and no microwave

**NO SCHOOL next Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th!  Crossing our fingers for a nice, sunny weekend! 

Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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April 29- May 3

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Spring Concert, and a special thank you to all the performers! Our students really pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and it absolutely paid off. We are so proud of them!

Words from the students:

“We had a Jump Rope for Heart Assembly, it was fun to be a part of it.”- Z
"The Spring Concert happened this week and we did AMAZING.”- K
“The grade 5’s are making cubic metres in math”- Z
“We learned of FAST and how to look out for a stroke”- T
“Grade 6’s experimented with different fabrics, testing them for stretch, colour fastness, and studying them under a magnifying glass”- C
“This will be the last week until after PAT’s that the grade ⅚’s will be together, but we will be having a weekly meeting together.”- C
“May 14 we will be going to the Aerospace museum together”
“We did an experiment from Jory’s science book which was really fun.”- J
“Grade 6’s have math homework for geometry”- C

In science the grade 5's presented their electrical devices to the class. We had fans of all types, a lighthouse, a car and a garage! 


In math the grade 6’s finished their geometry unit and were sent home with a review that is due on Tuesday. There will be a test next week! The grade 5’s continued with their exploration of cubic metres and will finish them up next week.

In social we will be continuing our studies of Canadian History with Confederation and the Underground Railroad at the forefront next week. We will be exploring our history through reader’s theatre and a new read aloud.

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

The grade 6’s will also participate in their first PAT on Wednesday. It is the Language Arts Part A test where students will write a story and news article!

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.


Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘




April 22-25

With less than one week away from the Spring Concert things have been getting very busy! We have been working hard on our parts, memorizing our lines and practicing our instruments.

We were very fortunate to have Detective Dave Sweet from the Calgary Police Service come in and speak with us to share his knowledge of detective work. Grade 6 has been learning about Evidence and Investigation and had some great questions for Detective Sweet. We will wrap up news article writing by writing a news article about this exciting visit.

In math, our grade 6 students began learning and demonstrating how to draw different types of triangles using a ruler and protractor. We will continue next week with inquiry on quadrilaterals. The grade 5’s continued their measurement unit with exploring more about cubic metres by constructing them. We are using rolled up newspapers, cardboard and tape to construct skeletons of cubic squares which we will use to explore the cubic volume of our classroom next week.

We have been working hard on completing our electrical objects in science this week and will be presenting them on Monday next week. There has been some great conversation and troubleshooting around how to make our objects the most efficient and powerful.


We have come back to practice story writing again, attempting to make our stories include juicy verbs and great descriptive details. Students discussed tips on what makes a story great, how much dialogue to use, and how to start a story off with a kick!

We will be going on a field trip to the Aerospace Museum on May 14th, and have been sent home a permission form to attend, as well as a volunteer form. We are looking for a few parents that are able to attend and help supervise during the day. (Parents are required to have a vulnerable sector and police check in order to volunteer.)  

Important dates coming up:

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

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

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 14- Grade 5/6 field trip to Aerospace Museum

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars



April 15-18

Happy Easter!! We hope your family has a wonderful Easter Break. Here are highlights from our past week: 

In science we continued working on our electrical projects and have almost completed them. Students were very excited as they painted, cut and designed exactly what they want their final creations to look like. Check them out and ask your child about their project and how it works!

In math we continued our geometry unit, grade six continuing their work on identifying and classifying triangles by their line measurements and angles. Grade five continued on their area, perimeter and volume stations with some students completing them. Both grade 5 and 6 began learning about transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane, specifically, flips, slides, and turns.  We will begin a fun partner project to help demonstrate our learning of cubic metres next week.

In social we completed our comics from our historical timeline, check a few out below. We will continue on our timeline to the great migration and underground railroad in the coming weeks.

We have offered to be in charge of the art for our spring concert and have been very busy this work creating all things related to spring (mostly flowers!). We have flowers of all varieties and colours, shapes and sizes and are looking forward to prepping the gym before the concert. Check out some of our pictures so far!

We have finished up our news article writing this week, ending off with the discussion of Gord Downie’s (of the Tragically Hip) death, dissecting an article about him and his legacy. We also discussed his significance for the Indigenous community and using his platform to help bind Canada’s populations. Students were very interested in reading his book, “Secret Path” which to our delight Mrs.Mckay had in her office. Below is a group of students reading the book together. 


Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum


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April 8-12

Student highlights from the week:

“We did a Just Dance party with room 18, and we are sweaty.” - J
“The grade 5’s are working on math angle centers” - T
“We are writing our own news articles”- Z
“We finished badminton and badminton club this week”- S
“The grade 6’s presented on the political parties of Alberta and are having a student vote on Monday”- K
“The grade 5’s did a comic on different historical events”- A
“We did the vote compass with our class to see who we should vote for”- A
“Grade 5’s have begun an electrical project, we can make a fan, a flashlight, a quiz game, lighthouse, lunchbox alarm and a car.” - J
“Our class will be creating the art for the spring concert on May 2”- L
“On Monday the grade 6’s will be voting in their own student election”- I


This week on Monday we had a guest from Telus came and spoke to us about positive digital citizenship and making good choices online.  Ask your child what they learned about the internet. Do they have a social networking account set to public? Ask them what this means?

In language arts we focused on writing news articles, the information needed and the different parts of them. We practiced writing with picture prompts, attempting to create clear and concise articles.

The grade 5’s began applying our knowledge of area, perimeter and volume with math stations. Each station has an activity and reflection questions to help demonstrate our understanding. Grade six continues to work on expanding their knowledge of angles and triangles through hands on activities using simple protractors to identify and measure.

In social studies the grade 5’s have worked hard on creating a comic to showcase a historical event through our Canadian timeline research. Check out some of their finished work below and make sure to ask them what historical event they highlighted! The grade sixes finished up their study of local government and began learning about the provincial government.  They talked about the upcoming election and began to look at each political party and their representatives. As a class, we then discussed some of the main topics of the election through an online platform that helps citizens decide who to vote for based on their beliefs of different values. The website is called Vote Compass. This opened the door for some fantastic debates about these issues, with students articulating their beliefs. Ask your child to complete it with you! www.votecompass.com

                                                                               Image result for vote compass logo   

We learned how to make switch's in science using manila paper, two brass fasteners, a paper clip, three alligator clips, and battery and a light bulb. Students had a lot of fun figuring out how to create it with just a picture prompt of the materials. 

                                     
                                                                                        


Students were given two Roughnecks (Calgary’s Lacrosse team) tickets to attend one of their last two games of the season, including the final on April 20th. If you do not plan on using your tickets, please have your child bring them back to school so we can redistribute to larger families. Thank you!! And enjoy!

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




April 1st -5th

Highlights from the students about this week:

  • “We are learning about electricity!” -S

  • “ The grade 5’s tried and sadly failed at making a potato powered battery. We ended up making a circuit with ten or more potatoes but it still didn’t work. We will try some different solutions to make it work.” - J

  • “We started badminton in gym”- C

  • “The grade 5’s and their Kinderbuddies planted seeds and went outside and explained the rules of the playground to our buddies”- S

  • “In math we are learning angles, and how to use a protractor”- C

  • “The grade 5’s are learning about perimeter and areas.” - S

  • “Badminton club is over next Tuesday”- L

  • “In science, the grade 6’s are learning about evidence and investigation.” - A

We were excited to get back and share our week over spring break with each other! We had a wonderful week together. We have begun writing news articles in Language Arts. We went through what makes a good headline, and the different parts of a news article. Next week we will continue writing and will play a fun game to make up our own.

In math we have started geometry and have been very successful in identifying and classifying different types of angles. We discussed reference angles, and their characteristics as well as acute, obtuse, and reflex. The grade fives also worked on area and perimeter and designing their dream house!

In science, the grade fives had a great time experimenting with how to create a potato battery to light a 1.5v bulb. We were sadly disappointed when we could not get them to work. We were not deterred though as we took the opportunity to troubleshoot what we think went wrong and what we could change in order to be successful in our next attempts. We decided to try out a different kind of potato, a larger potato, don’t cut the potato in half, charge the potato, use actual copper wire, and use pennies without stickers on them. We will try a few of these ideas out in the coming weeks.

                                                           

We returned to our sit spots after a long winter away. The first one back outside was absolutely wonderful. We had a chance to sit and reflect, breathe and enjoy outside in silence and in our own individual spaces, while we sketched or created with the natural loose parts around us. We then came back together and allowed each other the respect, time and space to share some really profound things. We came together as a class in a really loving way and connected with each other through our connection with nature. We took a sit spot for 10 minutes and are looking forward to our next one.      

A creation of one student's to honor her great-grandfather.                           


We have started switching on Friday mornings with Room 17/18 grade 5's joining KinderBuddies. Everyone met their buddies today, while planting seeds followed by a special tour of the big playground in preparation of Kindergarten going to Grade 1. The grade 5 buddies went over all the safety rules of the playground, and were able to explore safely with their buddies. The grade 5's did an amazing job, carefully making sure their buddies understood, teaching by example and showing them all the different areas and rules. We are honing in on our leadership skills in preparation for Grade 6 next year! 

Upcoming Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non-Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival



March 11th-15th


Grade 5’s in science this week we were introduced to the parts of a battery and a light bulb and what happens to make a light bulb light with simple circuits using a copper wire, a 1.5 v battery and a 1.5v light bulb. We were very excited to see it light up! We discussed the way the electricity flows through the light bulb, what and why certain parts conduct electricity and certain parts don’t.

Grade 6 students were provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for the upcoming sky science unit test (Tuesday, March 19th).  We marked the review as a class, and all students were given an answer key (a digital copy has been uploaded to the science page of our class website).  Next week, students will be provided a with final review activity (Kahoot) on Monday, write their test on Tuesday, and, time permitting, start their Evidence and Investigation Unit.

   

                                                     

We dove deeper into the world of fractions, decimals, ratios and percents. We compared all of them and are able to change one to the other multiple different ways like using a number line, 100th grid, or by drawing a picture. We had a review these concepts that we will go over on Monday, before our math test on Tuesday.

Our Book Club presentations are coming along! We are excited to practice our acting skills in highlights from the book, do some video editing and create scripts! We present them next Thursday before our Spring Break.

Our KinderBuddies this week showed us how to properly wash our hands. This included all the steps, making sure we got our wrists and in between our fingers and of course, sing the ABC’s from start to finish. They then graded us on it! We had a wonderful time with them as usual.


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


Important Dates:

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




March 4th-8th

We had a great week at EMJ! It was out first full week in what seemed to be a little while but we worked hard throughout
and got a lot accomplished. Here are some highlights from the students:

“We learned hip hop dancing from Alexa from Sound Kreations”- H.
“We started comparing fractions with like/unlike denominators”- J.
“The grade 6’s had a social studies pop quiz”- A.
“The grade 5’s had a science test”- A.
“We learned how to write fractions on a numberline”- A.
“We learned different places and occupations in French”- K.
“Grade 5’s have social homework”- Z.
“ Most of us have finished our books and are beginning our Book Club Presentations”- B.
“We finished Iqbal, the book we were reading as a class.”- C.
“We have an Iqbal test coming up”- L.
“In science, the grade 6’s made a device that lets us see the sun without looking at it.” C.
“It’s a pinhole camera”- K.

In Math we worked at comparing fractions, both with like and unlike denominators. We played a variety of games to help us understand the concept of mapping out different fractions on the same number line. We talked about where in our life we see fractions (food came up a lot!)  and the different ways we can compare fractions like drawing pictures, number line, or cross multiplying. Grade sixes also practice changing a mixed number to an improper fraction and vice versa and played a game to help clarify as well.


We began electricity in Science by testing out if we could produce energy with just a wire and battery. Next week we will be building some circuits and testing out different materials to see if they conduct electricity or not.

In language arts we are finishing up our short stories by adding our illustrations to them. We have begun our final presentations for our Book Club and are excited to share them with each other and our parents! They are due March 21st. We will begin working on research projects next week - grade 5’s will be researching important Canadian influences while the Grade 6’s will be finding information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, Constellations and the olympics.  

We absolutely loved having Sound Kreations with us this week! Alexa was fantastic to work with and not only showed us some really fun new moves, but taught us a lot about the history of hip hop and the most important parts of hip hop culture. You can watch our video on our website here.


Important Dates:

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume




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Language Arts: We are finishing up our story writing by completing our illustrations for them. They are turning out wonderfully and we may be doing some drama work around our finished products in the next little while!

Math: We have been working on learning about equivalent fractions and how to find and compare them. We played a game this week where we had to take a fraction card and walk around the room amongst all the other students holding theirs up to find the equivalent fraction. Our problem of the week works around these (Fractional Wall, below) :) 

Next week, grade 5 students will play a game to practice equivalent fractions.  And grade 6 students will play a spiral matching game, pairing improper fractions with mixed numbers. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students will be challenged to compare fractions on number lines. 

          


Science: In science we finished our chemistry unit with the test and will be getting those back this coming week. We are excited to find out how we did as we worked hard in our class review session and studying at home. We began our electricity unit this week. After having a discussion over what we know and we want to know about electricity, it turns out that we already have a great start with our foundational knowledge. Some of the things we want to learn about are: How to make things operate with batteries, how to wire electronics properly, how much electricity do we use everyday, and how


This week’s highlight was hands down our Coding Workshop!  Students were lead through a 2-hour session about how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights. They had the opportunity to program a repeating pattern of their choice. A Coding Club will be starting at school for students to continue developing their skills.

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

Gym: We were working together in many different cooperative games this week. We played relay style team games using our bodies in different and challenging ways to work together to carry items from one end of the gym to the next. These games involved a lot of communication and strategy! We also played a little Tic Tac Toe and of course our class favourite, Dodgeball. 

  
We began a couple of new clubs this week, Badminton and Origami. Our class was especially excited about badminton club!

Important Dates:

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school





February 19-22

Highlights from our week included: 

"We did love art, and we drew things that represents love to us"- S. 
"Grade 6's are bringing their social tests home, we did awesome on them!"- A. 
"The grade 5's have a chemistry test next week, we did a review about it."- T. 
"We did a three headed, three tailed dragon question for Problem of the Week, we should get our parents to solve it."- L. 
"I wonder if they could get the 1-24 numbers question."- A. 

Math- This week had us slaying dragons in the Problem of the Week question, we challenge our parents to try and solve it, using the Sword of Hope first, and then if they are up for it...the Sword of Justice. We also had another brain teaser with Creating Numbers with Numbers question below. We will be diving into fractions next week! 


Creating Numbers with Numbers Problem

Create the numbers 1- 24 using the numbers 1, 3, 4, and 6. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. You can use parentheses too. You can only use each digit once. You cannot use exponents. You cannot combine numbers to create larger numbers so you can't do (14-6) x 3.

In science this week we finished up our chemistry unit by testing different household liquids with litmus paper to determine if they are an acid or a base. We tested 10 different solutions and were surprised by some of the results. We were given a review for our test on Tuesday and went over it in class to prepare. 

In social we have been working on a Canadian timeline.  We have moved on from the Canadian Indigenous nations to the Vikings, and the French and English explorers that came to Canada. We will be beginning an exciting new project that integrates our Language Arts program as well. 

We are continuing our story writing and are working hard to have our good copies and illustrations finished by the end of next week. 

Kinderbuddies! We had a wonderful Winter Walk with our buddies this week, exploring for animal tracks, catching snow flakes and even being buried in the snow. 


Important mail

Students will be sent home on Monday with tax receipts for lunchroom fees. EMJ is also having a food fundraiser.  School Council is selling Spolumbo’s sausage and Simple Simon Pies to raise money for the school. This letter will go home on Monday as well. 

Next Week

Looking ahead to next week, the students will be having a coding workshop on Wednesday afternoon where they will learn the basics of computer programming.  Wednesday will also be anti-bullying pink shirt day where we will discuss ways to communicate with each other respectfully and with kindness. Please wear a pink shirt on Wednesday February 27th to show your support! Some of us will also be taking part in Origami and Badminton clubs that start next week! 

Important Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice
March 1 – Non Instructional Day
March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency
March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)
March 12 – School Council Meeting          
March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21 – PTI
March 22 – non instructional
March 25-29 – Spring Break

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February 4th-8th, 2019

We had a great week of learning, regardless of this cold weather keeping us inside! We were treated to a drumming residency by Roger of One World Drumming. We learned the A, B and C notes as well as different rhythms. We then performed in front of the school! We were very proud of our accomplished performance and thank Roger for his guidance and many hilarious dad jokes throughout the week. 

Science had us testing another three white powders to determine their reactions with vinegar, iodine and if they would dissolve in water. We tested baby powder, citric acid and carbonate. We transferred our results into a flow chart to prepare for a mystery powder experiment next week. We will test an unknown powder and decide what it is based on our previous results. 


In math we have created a chart that showcases different math "hint" words that help us decipher which operation to use. The grade sixes learned how to multiply decimals and are learning how to divide them using estimation strategies. The grade fives continued practice with adding and subtracting decimals and using different problem solving strategies for multi-step problems. We are understanding the importance of the place holder zero both in multiplication and subtraction of decimals. 

We have been presenting our Indigenous Tribe Research that we have been working on since December. Next week we will talk about what makes a presentation successful and celebrate the accomplishments in our own presentations. 

We continued our story writing this week, focusing on verb tenses and the proper usage for them. We also continued with our Book Club, switching up the format to a 20/20/20. 20 minutes of reading together, 20 minutes of writing out our role sheets and 20 minutes to discuss. This went well and our conversations were richer and more engaging. 

We participated in Alberta Winter Walk day this week and got out some much needed energy! 

Important Dates: 

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 & 15 – Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)
February 21 – PLP and Skill to Canada Sports Hall of Fame
February 21 – Staff Meeting 3-4
February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice
March 1 – Non Instructional Day
March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency
March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)
March 12 – School Council Meeting          
March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21 – PTI
March 22 – non instructional
March 25-29 – Spring Break


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January 28 - February 1st, 2019 

Our first term report cards went home this week! Mrs. Moe is so proud of the hard work that Room 16 students have completed. I hope you get an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and that they may help each student in looking forward to our next five months together as we work in building community, kindness, and growth!

We are continuing with understanding decimals in math. After reviewing place value, the grade 6's began multiplying decimals with whole numbers. We reviewed estimation strategies such as the front end strategy, compensation and compatible numbers strategies. We are working on finding our favourite. The grade fives worked on problem solving strategies with decimal word problems. We will continue with these in the upcoming week and review different math words to help identify which operation to use in word problems. 

We are continuing our story writing in language arts, and will be focusing on using the correct verb tense as well as well as adding more descriptive details. We have begun Book Club and are starting to have some good conversations around our connections, questions and thoughts about our books. 

We discovered that our borax crystals are still growing! The water has evaporated out of most, leaving us with a bigger crystal than we assumed. We continued our crystal growing with an attempt with epsom salts this week. We will practice our patience as we track their progress through observations in the next couple weeks. We also began investigating chemical reactions! We tested cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda with both vinegar and iodine to see what would happen when mixing. We were delighted with the results! Ask your child about them! We will continue to test different powders next week, concluding with an experiment later in the week to test our knowledge if we can identify a mystery powder based on previous experiments results.  

We were faced with new challenges this week as we attempted Mission Impossible in gym. We had a lot of successes and were able to concentrate, focus and encourage each other to do their best. We were there for each other when frustration took hold of us. It is so wonderful to witness community in our classroom! 


We concluded our social presentations research this week and will begin to present our Tribes Research to the class beginning on Tuesday of next week. We are looking forward to learning about each tribe from each other. Please ask your child to share their presentations with you as practice for their upcoming turn! 

We are excited to hold a drumming residency with One World Drumming next week! Each class will participate in several lessons, learning to drum and will showcase their skills in a final assembly on Friday. 

*EMJ school is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants). Weather permitting. 

Important dates:

February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school

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January 21- 25th, 2019 

In math we reviewed place value playing a card game, looking at tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and ten thousandths. The grade 5's were practicing how to add and subtract using the traditional algorithm while the grade 6's were doing the same with place values up to the millionths. Next week, the grade 6's will be multiplying and dividing decimals! 

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Our problem of the week was what we thought at first pretty simple...but when we began to solve it, we realized there was more to it than we first thought! It began with a story about an Indian Raja...here is a link to the story if you'd like to give it a go! This assignment is due Monday, January 28th. 

                                                 Image result for one grain of rice       

In language arts we began our Book Clubs with everyone getting to choose a novel to read with their groups, while everyone getting a role each week to contribute to group discussions. The five roles are: Discussion Director, Literary Luminary, Illustrator, Word Wizard and Connector. Ask your child what book they are reading and what role they have this weekend! Our second Book Club meeting is on Monday, January 28th, students need to have their pages read and their Role sheets filled out and ready for what we are hoping can be rich discussions about each text! 

In social we are continuing our Tribes Research and are now putting our information into our chosen presentations. We have students creating google slide presentations, video presentations as well as dioramas. We are excited to see and learn more about these tribes in the upcoming weeks! 

In science we were saddened that our crystals didn't quite work out due to some unforeseen circumstances. Because of this, we have done some research and are planning on creating Epsom Salt crystals this coming week. Those students who completed their crystallization lab activity will be making them. Those students who did not, will finish that up and then pair up with those that are finished. 

Gymnastics stations were set up this week so we were able to practice our balancing, rolling as well as climbing. Next week is Mission Impossible...we (the staff) set it up on Friday afternoon. We may need Tom Cruise on our side because it is a doozy! 


Important dates:

February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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January 14-18th, 2019

This week was our last week with Sergi with Monday being his last day of school. We have had so much fun getting to know him and he has taught our class so much about Belgium! He has been wonderful to have around and we wish him all the best. We will miss you Sergi! Good luck in Edmonton! 

Sergi and some of his classmates built a tower that was taller than Mrs. Moe! We were hoping to get it taller than Mr.Radu but ran out of supplies. 


In math this week we moved into different strategies for division. We have done a lot of practice with long division and we have worked on solving word problems with division and multiplication as well.

We were given an extra week for last week’s problem of the week “Nine Colours.”  We are demonstrating perseverance and teamwork as we try again and again to figure it out. We have had more students with success this week.

We have a new problem of the week, attempting to figure out how many class dojo points we need to earn by the end of the year in order to be rewarded with a pizza party!

 Our current problem of the week:


Grade 5: SLE 3:Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Grade 5: SLE 6: Demonstrate, with and without concrete materials, an understanding of division (3-digit by 1-digit), and interpret remainders to solve problems.

Grade6: SLE. 8: Demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division of decimals (1-digit whole number multipliers and 1-digit natural number divisors).

Grade 6: SLE. 2- Solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers.

In language arts we have read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes this week and have been going through each role that we will take on for our book club groups. The roles are Discussion Director, Literary Luminary, Word Wizard, Illustrator and Word Connector.

Image result for sadako and the thousand paper cranes

Next week we will have another book tasting to decide our novels for Book Club and get started!

Gr.5.2 Work within a group- Book Club

·       work within a group and cooperate with others. I can accept and take responsibility for fulfilling own role as a group member.

Gr.6:1.2 Clarify and Extend

·     - consider the ideas of others to expand personal understanding

  • preview the content and structure of subject area texts, and use this information to set a purpose, rate and strategy for reading

In science we have have continued our chemistry unit, experimenting with different ways to dissolve a Tic Tac and also crystallizing our very own crystals. We will monitor them over the next week to see if they grow, and if so, how big! We are attempting to grow them with Borax and Sugar. Which will grow the bigger crystal? We will graph our data in the coming weeks.

SLE 5-7: demonstrate a procedure for making a crystal.

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Social has us finishing up our Tribes Research and diving into creating a presentation of our choice. We will go over the rubric and guidelines next week and get started on demonstrating our learning of First Nations Tribes and how they lived.

5.2.2- I can examine the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon them in different ways.

Gym had us practicing balancing, rolling and traveling in different ways. Next week we will be building up to gymnastics stations and eventually trying to finish Mission Impossible!

This week we had hoped to go on a nature walk with our Kinder Buddies but unfortunately it was too cold. So we decided to create snowflake snowmen instead. We had fun working together to cut up the shapes and get creative with the accessories :) 

Important dates:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens
January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm
Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch
January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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January 11th, 2019

Happy New Year!

We returned to school excited and ready to start the new year off fresh. We had our first class meeting of the year where we reset classroom expectations and thought about the year ahead with a Word Goal; one word that will help us to focus on a goal we want to accomplish this year. Ask your child about their word and why!


In math, we began the year experimenting with different strategies to multiply two digit by two digit numbers. We learned how to use the traditional algorithm, the area model and some of us, the lattice model. Ask your child to teach you their favourite strategy!

Problem of the Week 

We launched the Problem of the Week, where we will explore a variety of problem solving strategies throughout the next several months. One strategy will be introduced weekly (every Monday) where students can work on the problem in their free time or when they complete work during the week. We will then have a Math Talk to discuss our perspectives and solutions on Fridays. The Problem will be due the following Monday to hand in. 

This week in Trial and Improvement, we were quick to complete our first problem in minutes. A second problem was introduced and students displayed much persistence with the trial portion of the strategy, working on it any free moment they had!

        

We are preparing for Book Club in language arts, learning the different roles we will take once we form our groups. Next week we will have a “Book Tasting” where we check out different novels before choosing the one we will read for club. In preparation, we are reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a favourite of Ms. Moe’s.

In science, we dove right back into chemistry, experimenting with different household liquids. We created solutions, discussed density and chemical reactions when mixing and layering different substances. We were surprised by a few and had fun experimenting with several substances, adding to them in attempts of producing reactions.

We are continuing our Indigenous Tribes Research in social, while watching Elder in the Making, a series on discovering friendship, heritage and slowly overcoming a hurtful past.

“Cowboy Smithx is only beginning to understand his Blackfoot ancestry. For now, he marks his missing identity with an “X” to remind him of the memories erased by generations of physical and cultural trauma. Little did he know this search would put him on a path to becoming an elder. But what does mean to be an elder?”      

Watch both the trailer and the full documentary here


Gymnastics has begun! We were lucky enough to have Ms. Mercier come in and demonstrate a backward roll and front shoulder roll. Thank you Ms. Mercier! If you did not receive the gymnastics letter please read it here.

Important dates:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens
January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm
Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch
January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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December 14th, 2018 

Math 

We immersed ourselves in the world of Integers this week...and rocked it! We understand that integers are whole numbers, both positive and negative and we can compare them as well as order them from greatest to least. We even tried adding and subtracting them! 

Students ordering themselves from greatest to least, using integers during our Human Number Line. 

We are working on building our basic math fact knowledge using games/flashcards and fast facts. We are quickly improving! 

Students practicing basic math facts by playing Headbands. 

Specific Outcome 7:Demonstrate an understanding of integers, concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 

Language Arts

We have been continuing on working on paragraph writing, including topic sentences, supporting details and conclusion sentences. We are including more detail and continue to peer edit our pieces. We are going to beginning story writing next week as we have already started by writing stories for our classroom library. 

Gr. 5: 2.4 Create Original TextElaborate on the expression of ideas

  • experiment with modeled forms of oral, print and other media texts to suit particular audiences and purposes

4.1 Enhance and Improve: Revise and edit

  • revise to add and organize details that support and clarify intended meaning
  • edit for appropriate use of statements, questions and exclamations

Gr. 6: 4.1 Enhance and ImproveEnhance artistry

  • experiment with several options, such as sentence structures, figurative language and multimedia effects, to choose the most appropriate way of communicating ideas or information
  • Revise and edit: use paragraph structures in expository and narrative texts

Kinderbuddies

We had a wonderful time with our Kinder Buddies this week. We stuffed socks with different toiletries to be donated to the Mustard Seed to be delivered to the homeless around Calgary. We made Christmas cards for them as well as we reflected on how lucky we were and that we are able to give back to our community. 


Christmas Concert

The fruits of our hard work paid off this week when we got to perform our songs and performances in the annual Christmas concert. While we didn't have a class performance we had many students perform in the Winter choir, Advanced choir as well as Handbells. We were very proud as a class to have such a strong representation for the concert, and what a wonderful job we did! 

Handbells performing 

Winter choir 

Advanced Choir


Important Dates: 

December 17- Vaccinations #2
December 21- Last day before Winter Break 
December 24- January 7- Winter Break 
January 7- Classes resume 
January 8- School Council Meeting 6:30pm 

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December 7th, 2018 

Math

This week the grade 6's got back into the groove after Outdoor school. In math we worked on our mathematical discourse in Inside/Outside circles to hear others perspectives on the same problem solving question. We then partnered together and worked on solving it. The problem was part of our review of order of operations and BEDMAS. The students were then given a review in order to prepare for our test on Monday.

Grade 6, Number SO 9 - Explain and apply the order of operations, excluding exponents, with and without technology (limited to whole numbers).

Grade 5, Number SO 3 – Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Language Arts

We began writing paragraphs and working on opinion writing of something we are passionate about. We are using the OREO format where we write our opinion, give a reason, add an example of our reason and state our opinion. We are working on adding two to three reasons for our opinion and continuing to develop our punctuation skills. 


Science 

The grade 5's finished their weather instruments and presented them to the rest of the class. They answered questions of what we use it for, what it measures and how it works, please ask your child on their own weather instruments!

SLO 5-8 Observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of Earth's surface.

  1. Describe and demonstrate methods for measuring wind speed and for finding wind direction.
  2. Describe evidence that air contains moisture and that dew and other forms of precipitation come from moisture in the air.
  3. Describe and measure different forms of precipitation, in particular, rain, hail, sleet, snow.
  4. Measure at least four different kinds of weather phenomena. Either student-constructed or standard instruments may be used.

Upcoming Events: 

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair
December 11 – School Council
December 13 – Winter Concerts
December 17 – Vaccinations #2
December 21 – Last day for winter break
December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

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Outdoor School November 28, 2018, Day 3: 

Our last full day at camp has been a terrific one! The day started off with a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, assorted fruit, cereal and orange juice. Half of the students went on the hike today, while the remaining half stayed back and play Gaga Ball (a fast favourite), and the ECO-nomy game. They then spent time at the Wilderness playground. This playground is filled with natural obstacles for practicing and testing out risky play. 


It was then time for Predator v. Prey, a favourite game every year at camp (the teachers love it too, Mr. Stringer trains all summer for it). It was a competitive game that exhausted all of us and left us with big smiles on our faces (and some minor scratches). 

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

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Outdoor School November 27, 2018, Day 2: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor School November 26th, 2018, Day 1:

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

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

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


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Thank you to everyone who came to Parent Teacher Interviews, it was great to meet you all! I appreciate your communication with regards to your child's learning and success. Please email me with any concerns or questions you may have in the future :) If you were unable to attend, please email me and we can set up a time to meet. 

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Math

We had our first math talk this week. As a group we discussed how to talk about math using math vocabulary. We looked at a problem and formed groups to brainstorm the different vocabulary we may use in solving the problem. We used Inside/Outside, where we shift in a circle and speak to different partners in order to gain different perspectives on a possible solution. 

We are currently working on Order of Operations (BDMAS) and have been practicing our recall and memorization of our basic multiplication facts. 

Grade 6, Number SO 9 - Explain and apply the order of operations, excluding exponents, with and without technology (limited to whole numbers).

Grade 5, Number SO 3 – Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Language Arts

We finished a poem project we have been working on that focuses on choosing a body part and writing a poem based on the positive attributes of that piece of us. We had poems about our hands, ears, brains, legs and faces. Students worked on using descriptive details and figurative language like personification, alliteration, hyperbole and onomatopoeia. We read and dissected haiku, acrostic, rhyme scheme and free verse poems. Students could choose what type of poem they wrote.

Pictures to come!

Grade 6: G.O 2- 2.2 Respond to texts. Experiment with sentence patterns, imagery and exaggeration to create mood and mental images.

Grade 5: G.O 2- 2.3 Understand Forms, Elements, and Techniques. Experiment with words and sentence patterns to create word pictures; identify how imagery and figurative language, such as simile and exaggeration, convey meaning.

Science

Our grade 5's have been creating their own weather instruments from materials around the house. They have made weathervanes, thermometers, hygrometers, barometers and anemometers. We will present and test them to the class after camp.

SLO's:  1. Describe and demonstrate methods for measuring wind speed and for finding wind direction. 2. Describe evidence that air contains moisture and that dew and other forms of precipitation come from moisture in the air. 3. Describe and measure different forms of precipitation, in particular, rain, hail, sleet, snow.


In Gym we have transitioned from basketball to moving our bodies through scooter games. We played a version of Capture the Flag using scooters to move ourselves from end to end.

G.O C- C5-1 Identify and demonstrate respectful communication skills appropriate to cooperative participation in physical activity.

G.O A. Basic Skills-- Manipulative: receiving. Students will: A5-5 select, perform and refine more challenging ways to receive, retain and send an object with control. A5-6 consistently and confidently perform manipulative skills by using elements of body and space awareness, effort and relationship

Mindfulness

We have started to include Sit Spots throughout the week. A sit spot is when we go outside and find a place in nature by ourselves where we observe using our senses, sketch in our journals, create something using natural materials or just sit and breathe. We have sat for 4 and 6 minutes and are working our way to longer sit spots. We then gather in a circle and share things that inspired our drawings, creations, or things we observed.

The more we look, the more we see.

Can you spot both "stick" men? :)

R- 6.3 develop personal strategies with stress/change; e.g. using humour, relaxation, physical activity

OUTDOOR CAMP

It's that time! The grade sixes along with myself, will be headed out to Outdoor Camp next week from Monday-Thursday. I know I am looking forward to it and we have been feeling the buzz of excitement around the classroom as well! Please remember to bring warm layers and be ready for some fun! I have included a link to the Camp Participant Manual where all information and FAQ can be located. 

https://drive.google.com/file/...

While we are away we will have the wonderful Ms. Mccosh in for the week. She taught grade 5 for many years at EMJ. We are very excited to have her! 

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November 26th - December 21st

Important Dates:

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

December 7- No School - Non-instructional day 

December 10-13-- Scholastic Book Fair 

December 11- School Council 

December 13- Winter Concert 

December 17th- Vaccinations #2

December 21st- Last day before Winter Break 



Math

Students reviewed fractions with common denominators, ordering fractions with different denominators and were introduced to improper and mixed fractions. 

Remembrance Day

We have had a wonderfully busy week!  Students spent a great deal of time working on Remembrance Day tasks, creating art for the assembly and writing about “What Remembrance Day Means to Me.”  We also met with our kindergarten buddy class to colour poppies and draw pictures.


Language Arts

We finished the novel “Hana’s Suitcase.”  Students completed their mind maps and a final response about their reaction to the novel.  This has an impact on our class and solidified some connections to Remembrance Day.



Important Dates

October 29 – November 2, 2018

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly 9:00 a.m.

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread Night

December 7 – Non-Instructional Day (No School)

December 11 – School Council Meeting

PLEASE DON’T FORGET OUTDOOR SCHOOL FORMS FOR GRADE 6

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

As you probably heard on the news there was a pumpkin shortage in the city this week.  We were almost unable to participate in the carving contest, as we could not locate a pumpkin after visiting four stores. Luckily we were able to participate in the contest due to one of our parents.  A HUGE than you to Stephanie Joseph for providing us with a pumpkin!  Our class won the “Creepiest Pumpkin” award!

Grade 5 Social Studies

Grade 5 students each painted a poppy to be placed on the fence at the Military Museum.  They did a wonderful job and should be proud of their contribution to this project. Look for them on the fence facing Crowchild Trail.





Math

This week students worked on a variety of Number Puzzles to strengthen their understanding of reading instructions, reviewing addition and subtraction and developing their problem solving strategies.  See if you can solve one of our puzzles as shown below.  We played a new game called “Rock and Roll” to review large numbers.



Language Arts

The mind maps are progressing very well.  Students are learning how to express their thinking visually and symbolically to enhance their comprehension.  Here are some examples.  They are a work in progress.

We continued to edit our writing for spelling and punctuation.





October 22 – 25

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

Much of our week has been focused on Hallowe’en and Remembrance Day.  As the Grade 5’s visited the Military Museum on Wednesday, we focused on literature, research and art that focused on World War 1 and 2.  Students wanted to feel prepared for their trip to gain as much knowledge as possible from the museum experts.  Our experience was absolutely amazing!  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who supported our experience.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Wall of Honour – please see the handout sent home on Thursday

Language Arts

This week students continued their mind maps as visual representations of their understanding of our class novel “Hana’s Suitcase.” The progress is exciting to watch and students are motivated to research information discovered in the book to further build upon their mind maps.

Students continued with story or poetry writing in Writer’s Workshop.  We are continuing to edit our writing for proper paragraph formation, punctuation and spelling.

Math

This week students completed some skill and drill questions of adding and subtracting with regrouping.  They also worked on number problems with variables.

French

Students studied Hallowe’en words and phrases.  We reviewed some basic Hallowe’en vocabulary from last year and reviewed the song “C’est L’Hallowe’en.”

Next week we are looking forward to Hallowe’en and the various activities organized in our class.  Refining our Remembrance Day Art will also be an important focus to contribute to our school assembly.  Students in grade 5 will be painting wooden poppies to place on the fence at the Military Museum. Please remember the grade 5 and 6 students will be responsible for this presentation.  




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October 15 – 19

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP TO THE MILITARY MUSEUM – WED. OCT. 24

ALL FORMS ARE DUE

Reminders to Volunteers for Military Museum-

YOU MUST DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE MUSEUM! THANK YOU!

Fun Lunch – Thursday October 25

No School – Friday October 26

Grade 6 Vaccinations – October 30

Hallowe’en – October 31

Remembrance Day Assembly – Friday November 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Students worked on tasks to improve their reading comprehension skills.  They also received their quiz on “Wonderstruck.”  Ask your child how they did.  Quizzes will be sent home today.  Please sign and return to school.

We started a new book called “Hana’s Suitcase.” It connects directly to our social studies unit on Canada as well as to our trip to the Military Museum. This will then connect further to our Remembrance Day Assembly as the grade 5/6, PLP and Skill students will be sharing material and presenting at the assembly. Students began “mind maps” to demonstrate a new way of understanding a novel.  A quote from one of our students:

“I like this because it is fun and gives you a change.   We are learning about something that had a big impact on the world.”

We learned and reviews Haiku and Acrostic poems and wrote some Hallowe’en poems in Writer’s Workshop.  Students created a bulletin board of their poems.

MATH

We started the week with a review of adding and subtracting through games. 

Students learned the Order of Operations this week. BEDMAS.  They are not working on exponents so this was not included in their questions.

We reviewed adding and subtracting large numbers with and without regrouping.  Students were introduced to basic number equations including a variable (e.g. 6+ _ = 12) using all operations.  This will continue next week as well.


LOOKING FORWARD TO

  • Our trip to the Military Museum on Wednesday – Grade 5
  • Science/Social Studies Presentations later in the week
  • Mind mapping
  • Writer’s Workshop



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October 9 – 12

Our short week was jammed pack with so many activities.

Language Arts

We finished reading the novel “Wonderstruck.”  Students tell me there is a movie to accompany the novel.  I think it’s PG and, if so, I will send a note asking your permission for your child to watch it.  I will put this in the blog.  Students will be getting a quiz next week about the novel “Wonderstruck.” We worked on strategies for studying.  Some students created mind maps and others created webs to demonstrate their learning and make connections.  This will also be part of their assessment as these tools show a great deal about how your child learns.


We also played Spelling Battleship to work on our spelling skills in a fun and engaging way!


Math

This week we continued with factors and multiples.  Next week we will review adding and subtracting large numbers and order of operations.

Science and Social Studies

Grade 5 students are in the thick of researching in both subjects.  Their science project is due on Oct. 18 (date may change due to computer availability).  Many students have chosen to create their presentations on Google Docs or Google Slides so you can peruse their work at home.

Next week

We are looking forward to beginning Writer’s Workshop and improve our story writing skills.  We will also be doing poetry writing using Hallowe’en as a theme to be creative.

MILITARY MUSEUM GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP NOTICES HOME TODAY

OUTDOOR SCHOOL GRADE 6 FIELD TRIP NOTICES HOME TODAY

October 24 – Grade 5/6 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews


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October 1 – 4

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! 

Students were very busy with research projects in Science and Social Studies this week.  In Social Studies, we are learning about our country.  Presently, we are learning about the regions of Canada.  Students will be learning about the regions in order to create a travel brochure related to their region.  Stay tuned. 

In Science, students have been researching a natural disaster and projects will be due by Thursday October 18.  Please talk to your child about their work.  Many students have their work on Google Docs/Slides that can be accessed both at home and at school.

On Wednesday it was Walk to School Day.  Our grade 5/6 classes went on a walk around the block to enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh snow.  Students enjoyed their experience!


Looking Forward To:

It looks like we will be wrapping up our first novel study “Wonderstruck.”  Students will be involved in a variety of culminating activities based on the book.  I am still working on some of those experiences. There are so many choices.


Halloween Poetry and Art coming up. 

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween







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September 24-28, 2018

Math

We are continuing to work with large numbers and students solved quite a few word problems this week.  Students are being encouraged to read for understanding, show their work and explain their thinking. 

Science (Grade 5)

Exciting times! We are now beginning our research on Natural Disasters.  Students have learned some note taking strategies and have many options to complete their finished product.  They have to answer these questions related to their choice of natural disaster: How? What? Where? and When? They can also include interesting facts. Through this research project students will learn about weather instruments, cloud formations and other weather related topics.  There are many real world connections to be made!  Students can even practice their reading and writing of large numbers by studying statistics related to their choice of natural disaster.

Terry Fox Run

Students did a great job running or walking their laps.  Thank you for the donations.

Orange Shirt Day – Monday Oct. 1

We will be discussing the origin of this special day on Monday.  Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt. 

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween




Hello Parents and Guardians!  Welcome to Ms. Macaulay’s Blog!

September 17 - September 20, 2018

We have had an extremely busy week with so much learning and challenging work.  Students have been growing their dendrites!  Please ask your child what that means.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck.  Please check out the finished products on our bulletin board during parent teacher conferences.

Language Arts:  Students have been writing responses to our novel “Wonderstruck” and working very hard to extend their thinking by making inferences and thinking about the book.  We also had our first visit to the library and your children signed out 2 books each.  One book must be a novel and the other book is their choice.  We have library every Wednesday morning.  Please make sure books are brought back to school every Wednesday.


Math: We continued our study of place value, expanded notation, reading and writing large numbers and solving a challenging number puzzle.  Please see below:  Can you solve it?  Ask your child for some help. 

Next week we are looking forward to learning more about weather related instruments and natural disasters in our grade 5 science unit.

Up Coming:

  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are tonight- Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School.
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am
  • We will be collecting donations for the Terry Fox run all next week.  Our goal is $600.00 for the school.



Hello Parents and Guardians!  Welcome to Ms. Macaulay Blog!

Room 16 had an exciting and engaging week! We began our Me Box presentations and also started an art project.  We are using the blog to share our learning experiences and tasks we do each week.

Me Box Presentations:  Students had a week to collect important artifacts that represent them and their life.They are given time to share each item and share a story about their artifacts so we can learn more about each other.  This week’s presenters were amazing and all demonstrated confidence. I am learning so much about your children.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck. You will see their paintings during parent teacher conferences!

Math: We are currently reviewing place value and number sense. Adding and subtracting with regrouping has also been a focus in these early weeks.  In order to spruce up the review, students have participated in a variety of math games to hone their skills.  Their feedback was very positive and they enjoyed the games!

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck. You will see their paintings during parent teacher conferences!

Up Coming:

  • Me Boxes - are now due!!  The information was sent home last week - decorated box, 10 items, practice your presentation!
  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are next week - Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School.
  • **Early dismissal on Parent Teacher Interview Thursday is EARLY!!  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am

Ms. Moe

June 17-21

With the school year winding down, we have enjoyed this last full week together. It was a busy one with Me to We cup stacking on Monday...well done Hannah at beating Mrs. Moe! Grade 6’s have been preparing for their farewell this coming Monday as well as their graduation day..bowling!

Words from the students:

“We all started Human Sexuality”- A
“Sports day is on Monday”- Z
“The PAT’s are done”- L
“We created parachutes and devices to drop our eggs”- C
“Our class had 100% success rate for the egg drop!” - J
“The music competition is complete and Ms.Dafoe gave out awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and team spirit”- A
“We had Chloe’s mom came and visited and showed us Virtual Reality and how to design a Google logo using Scratch”- C
“The grade 6’s are going bowling on Tuesday for the end of the year”- I
“And we have a lunch on Tuesday as well”- A
“The grade 6 farewell is on Monday afternoon”- H

This weeks highlights were designing a device to safely land an egg without breaking it from the second floor of our school. Mrs. Moe is proud to say that our class was 100% successful! No eggs were harmed in the dropping of their devices :)


We also had a special guest, Michelle came and showed us how to code a new Google logo using Scratch as well as an easy and cheap way of playing Virtual Reality games. The shark encounter was a little too real for Mrs. Moe!


Mrs. Moe would like to thank our parents for the amazing lunch today.  We greatly appreciate the delicious food, and incredible desserts. We as a staff feel your support each day and feel privileged to work with your children. We have had a fun year and are proud of the accomplishments each of the students have made.   

Reminders to parents of grade 6 students that the Grade 6 Farewell is on Monday, June 24th at 1-2:30pm. See you all there!

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Moe would like to wish her students the best of luck in the future and a great summer ahead! I will miss you all!! Thanks for a wonderful year.


June 10-14th

Good job to our grade 6 students this week in completing 4 out of 5 of your Provincial Achievement tests! We are so proud of you and all of your hard work in the last few weeks and throughout the year, only one more to go...SCIENCE! Study hard this weekend and remember the SCIENCE REVIEW can be found on Room 17/18’s website.

We are rooting for you grade six!!

The grade 5’s had a great and final week together. We have enjoyed having the grade 5’s together the last six weeks, it was a fun change and we made some new friendships going into next year. Grade 5 will be having a PJ party on Monday for our last day together, so please remind your child to wear their PJ's! 

In science this week we had our field trip to the Weaselhead wetland where we got to explore and identify different animals and plants in the ecosystem. We had a great time and we learned a lot! We even were able to save a dragonfly from a big giant puddle it had fell into! Thank you Weaselhead for having us! We will continue to learn about ecosystems until the end of the year, looking at life cycles and adaptations.


In social this week we researched about the Famous Five women and why their efforts were so important for women in Canada. We worked on our paraphrasing when researching and writing information.


We will begin Human Sexuality next week, if you do not want your child to participate, please make sure the form has been filled out and sent to school.

In math, we created our own double bar graphs, played kahoot and then jumped into probability with some Yahtzee! We will continue with probability and dice games next week.

In gym we had one of the Calgary Roughnecks players, Dan come in and teach us about Lacrosse. While we only had one day with him, we learned how to handle the stick, throw and catch a ball, and do tricks.

We said goodbye to our Kinder Buddies, thank you buddies!! 


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

- Friday, June 21st 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.

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

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

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

Important Dates:

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 20 - Fun Lunch

June 21 - Sports Day

June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm

June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch

June 26 - Last day of classes



June 3rd-7th

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

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

Voices from the students:

“We shared our stories with our kinder buddies”- C
“The grade 5’s are going on a field trip to the wetlands next week”- N
“We are learning about the attributes of quadrilaterals”- E
“The grade 6’s begin our PAT’s next week, it will be a long one!”- B
“We practiced long division this week, and we mostly feel good about it.”- J
“We worked on our Wetland bulletin board”- S
“We did social research on Confederation”- E

In math this week the grade 5’s explored attributes of various quadrilateral shapes. We spent some time using geoboards to help us understand how to sort them and what attributes each shape has. We also practiced our long division skills. Next week we will dive into data and probability. 


Science had us learning about ecosystems as well as the different zones of a pond and the various plant and animal life that live in these habitats. We took hula hoops outside and had to observe the many parts of our hula hoop ecosystems after we threw them. 

We discovered an ecosystem game on PBS kids that assisted in our understanding of how interdependence works in an ecosystem. See if you and your child can keep your ecosystem healthy for 12 days straight at the links here:

Jungle Jeopardy: https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/jungle_jeopardy.html

Mountain Scramble:

https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/mountain_scramble.html

We also prepped for our field trip this coming Tuesday to Weaselhead Flats. Students are reminded to wear comfortable shoes that can get a little dirty, appropriate layered clothing (more is better), snack and lunch and a full water bottle. Looking forward to a fun day!

In gym this week we learned a little about the basics of football with Eraser Football and a drill for throwing and catching called, Football Frenzy. Students enjoyed Eraser football where you have to hide an eraser on one of your teammates and hope they make it to the end zone. Ask your child to teach you! We also had a great game of Revenge Tag after being slightly reluctant to play. Well done grade 5!


We have been researching Confederation in Social Studies. Each student received a question to research and teach to the class. Students will present next week before moving onto Current Events.

We are wrapping up our poetry unit with students finishing up their six poem poetry exploration. Students have been working hard writing limerick, couplet, cinquain, haiku, acrostic and shape poems. Ask your child about their favourite type! We will be making poetry books to bring home and share.

Important Dates:

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency
June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaselhead
June 11 – PAT SS
June 12 – PAT Math Part B
June 13 – PAT ELA Part B
June 14 – PAT Math Part A
June 17 – PAT Science
June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway
June 21 - Sports Day
June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell - 1:00 pm
June 25 - Grade 6 - Bowling and Lunch
June 26 - Last day of classes


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May 27th-31st

Words from Room 16:

"We are noticing the smoke from the wildfire"- E
"We researching Confederation in Social"- S 
"We finished our inline skating, and most of us feel like we got better over the week"- Z
"We are going on a field trip to Weaselhead Wetland"- T
"Fun lunch was yesterday, we had Little Caesar's"- E
"We worked on our French project this week"- C
"We had a math test on transformations and got back our test scores."- N

This week we had Alien In-line skating visit us for PE. We had such a great time building our blading and balancing skills! We learned a few games and different ways of skating with them. Thank you Alien Inline!


We finished up our Transformations Unit in math with a quiz on Monday. We have now jumped back into 3D Objects and 2D Shapes. We are learning how to describe examples of edges and faces of 3-D objects, and sides of 2-D shapes that are:

  • parallel 
  • intersecting 
  • perpendicular 
  • vertical 
  • horizontal

In Science, we reviewed the Water Cycle and continued with our exploration into Wetlands with a great discussion on ecosystems and how they are interdependent on each other. We looked deeper into this by learning about the Eradication and Reintroduction of Grey Wolves in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990’s. Parent volunteers are needed for our field trip to Weaselhead for our Wetland unit. Please let your child know or email Mrs. Moe to let us know you are interested and we will send home a volunteer form. We need 3 volunteers from each grade 5 class. Volunteers must have a current Police Check.

We have been learning about Confederation and all the different components of it like the many years it took to create the provinces and get each of them to agree to be a part of it. We have been researching further into John A. Macdonald, George Etienne Cartier and their roles in the creation of our country.

Our grade 6’s visited Harold Panabaker this week to have a sneak peek into their future next year! We toured the school and got to check out the music room, robotics lab, fashion and foods, art, PE and the drama rooms. It was exciting getting a look inside what our year will look like in grade 7!

Important Dates:

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – Astrodome in Gym in AM (grade 6)

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11am

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway



May 21st-24th

Have you ever wondered what happens to the missing socks in your dryer? Two of our students have answered that question in their book series which is on display to enjoy in our school library and classroom library. We love when students share their passions with us!

 

We had our Jump Rope for Heart wrap up this week with our entire EMJ community, skipping together for a half hour to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We were energetic and happy showing off our skills that we have been working on the last couple weeks. And the rain held off! Check out some of our skills below :) 


We finished our Transformations unit in math this week with a review. A reminder to grade 5’s that we will have our unit test on this unit on Monday. We will jump into exploring 3D objects and 2D shapes next week.

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


We continued this week to explore what a Wetland is and the different types of wetlands there are. We also learned about the actions we can take to help keep wetlands thriving ecosystems. We decided we wanted to so something to help out so we voted on picking up the garbage in our school field. We thought this was a great opportunity to invite our Kinder Buddies to help us, and we had so much fun cleaning up!


We will learn more about ecosystems and discuss a fun project that will accompany our field trip on June 14th. If you have a shoebox at home, please bring it to school in the next week and we will learn what we are going to create with it!

In social we discussed the Great Immigration of Canada in the 1800’s. We interviewed a member of our family about our family origins and the reasons why our family would have immigrated to Canada. We had a great conversation about our families and learned a lot more about each other. Thank you to our families for participating!

In language arts we have been working hard to finish our stories that we will share with our Kindergarten buddies, some of us have included our buddies into our story! We have also been learning about different forms of poetry and have been practicing writing our own. We have written Shape poems and are beginning Limericks.

A reminder that we will be in-line skating next week for gym class. If your child has not yet handed in the permission form, please bring it on Monday so that you will be able to participate. Students are asked to bring a helmet if they have one as well as a fresh pair of socks.

Important Dates:

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

May 27-31 – Inline skating grades 4 and 5

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part 


May 6-May 10

We  are excited to welcome two new students to our grade 5/6 team this week, Mary and Gabrielle! 

This week was a first as the grade 5’s from Room 17/18 joined us in Room 16 for full days, and we said goodbye to our grade 6’s for the next 6 weeks. The grade 5's played a variety of games and team building activities this week to reintroduce ourselves! We also had our first class meeting on Thursday since the switch, to check in and see how everything is going. Here’s what we had to say:

“It is nice to have a smaller class size in our room (16)”

“I like having two teachers and it is nice to see my grade 6 friends.”

“I like having my other friends from grade 5 with me all day”

We wish the grade 6’s the best, and know that they are with two of the best, Mr.Stringer and Mrs. Mabbott. Please head over to their blog, to check out what they did this week! 



Math- We finished our investigation on volume and cubic volume by demonstrating our learning and participating in a math discussion about the assignment. Next week we will wrap up our Transformations unit with a review and quiz before we move into the exploration of 3D objects and 2D shapes.

Language Arts: We would like to congratulate our grade 6’s for completing their first Provincial Achievement Test of the year in English Language Arts!  Students wrote a story and news article on Wednesday.  They did well and should be proud of themselves. It’s not so bad, right?!  The next one will be Social Studies on June 11. Grade 5's explored interesting words by unpacking their meaning, origin and relatives. We will be wrapping up their short stories and moving into a fun poetry inquiry. We welcome any poetry books that students want to share from home, in fact we encourage it! 

Science: We completed our Electricity Unit with a test this week. The students did a great job at demonstrating their knowledge of simple circuits, electrical current and building electrical devices. Next week we will begin our inquiry and exploration of Wetlands, our final unit of the year.

Social: This week we continued our investigation of how Canadian identity has been shaped through the different stories of Canada’s diverse population. We discussed the Underground Railroad, how important it was for people to help other people, and stand up for what they believe is right. We also talked about how some of our history is difficult to think about and it brings many emotions with it, but that it is still important to talk about because talking is “one way of making things better.” We will continue next week with a look into Confederation and how our country was formed.

**A reminder that the grade 5/6's students have a field trip to the Hanger Flight Museum next Tuesday, May 14th. They are reminded to bring a bag lunch and that there is no food to purchase and no microwave

**NO SCHOOL next Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th!  Crossing our fingers for a nice, sunny weekend! 

Important Dates:

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

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April 29- May 3

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Spring Concert, and a special thank you to all the performers! Our students really pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and it absolutely paid off. We are so proud of them!

Words from the students:

“We had a Jump Rope for Heart Assembly, it was fun to be a part of it.”- Z
"The Spring Concert happened this week and we did AMAZING.”- K
“The grade 5’s are making cubic metres in math”- Z
“We learned of FAST and how to look out for a stroke”- T
“Grade 6’s experimented with different fabrics, testing them for stretch, colour fastness, and studying them under a magnifying glass”- C
“This will be the last week until after PAT’s that the grade ⅚’s will be together, but we will be having a weekly meeting together.”- C
“May 14 we will be going to the Aerospace museum together”
“We did an experiment from Jory’s science book which was really fun.”- J
“Grade 6’s have math homework for geometry”- C

In science the grade 5's presented their electrical devices to the class. We had fans of all types, a lighthouse, a car and a garage! 


In math the grade 6’s finished their geometry unit and were sent home with a review that is due on Tuesday. There will be a test next week! The grade 5’s continued with their exploration of cubic metres and will finish them up next week.

In social we will be continuing our studies of Canadian History with Confederation and the Underground Railroad at the forefront next week. We will be exploring our history through reader’s theatre and a new read aloud.

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

The grade 6’s will also participate in their first PAT on Wednesday. It is the Language Arts Part A test where students will write a story and news article!

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.


Important Dates:

May 8 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part A

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade twos and threes

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘




April 22-25

With less than one week away from the Spring Concert things have been getting very busy! We have been working hard on our parts, memorizing our lines and practicing our instruments.

We were very fortunate to have Detective Dave Sweet from the Calgary Police Service come in and speak with us to share his knowledge of detective work. Grade 6 has been learning about Evidence and Investigation and had some great questions for Detective Sweet. We will wrap up news article writing by writing a news article about this exciting visit.

In math, our grade 6 students began learning and demonstrating how to draw different types of triangles using a ruler and protractor. We will continue next week with inquiry on quadrilaterals. The grade 5’s continued their measurement unit with exploring more about cubic metres by constructing them. We are using rolled up newspapers, cardboard and tape to construct skeletons of cubic squares which we will use to explore the cubic volume of our classroom next week.

We have been working hard on completing our electrical objects in science this week and will be presenting them on Monday next week. There has been some great conversation and troubleshooting around how to make our objects the most efficient and powerful.


We have come back to practice story writing again, attempting to make our stories include juicy verbs and great descriptive details. Students discussed tips on what makes a story great, how much dialogue to use, and how to start a story off with a kick!

We will be going on a field trip to the Aerospace Museum on May 14th, and have been sent home a permission form to attend, as well as a volunteer form. We are looking for a few parents that are able to attend and help supervise during the day. (Parents are required to have a vulnerable sector and police check in order to volunteer.)  

Important dates coming up:

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

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

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 14- Grade 5/6 field trip to Aerospace Museum

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars



April 15-18

Happy Easter!! We hope your family has a wonderful Easter Break. Here are highlights from our past week: 

In science we continued working on our electrical projects and have almost completed them. Students were very excited as they painted, cut and designed exactly what they want their final creations to look like. Check them out and ask your child about their project and how it works!

In math we continued our geometry unit, grade six continuing their work on identifying and classifying triangles by their line measurements and angles. Grade five continued on their area, perimeter and volume stations with some students completing them. Both grade 5 and 6 began learning about transformations of polygons on the Cartesian plane, specifically, flips, slides, and turns.  We will begin a fun partner project to help demonstrate our learning of cubic metres next week.

In social we completed our comics from our historical timeline, check a few out below. We will continue on our timeline to the great migration and underground railroad in the coming weeks.

We have offered to be in charge of the art for our spring concert and have been very busy this work creating all things related to spring (mostly flowers!). We have flowers of all varieties and colours, shapes and sizes and are looking forward to prepping the gym before the concert. Check out some of our pictures so far!

We have finished up our news article writing this week, ending off with the discussion of Gord Downie’s (of the Tragically Hip) death, dissecting an article about him and his legacy. We also discussed his significance for the Indigenous community and using his platform to help bind Canada’s populations. Students were very interested in reading his book, “Secret Path” which to our delight Mrs.Mckay had in her office. Below is a group of students reading the book together. 


Upcoming Dates and a Message from the Office:

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

Spring Carnival

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

Book Fair

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

Important Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – No school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

April 25 – Fun Lunch (Edo)

April 25 - Spring Carnival

May 2 - Spring Concert

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

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum


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April 8-12

Student highlights from the week:

“We did a Just Dance party with room 18, and we are sweaty.” - J
“The grade 5’s are working on math angle centers” - T
“We are writing our own news articles”- Z
“We finished badminton and badminton club this week”- S
“The grade 6’s presented on the political parties of Alberta and are having a student vote on Monday”- K
“The grade 5’s did a comic on different historical events”- A
“We did the vote compass with our class to see who we should vote for”- A
“Grade 5’s have begun an electrical project, we can make a fan, a flashlight, a quiz game, lighthouse, lunchbox alarm and a car.” - J
“Our class will be creating the art for the spring concert on May 2”- L
“On Monday the grade 6’s will be voting in their own student election”- I


This week on Monday we had a guest from Telus came and spoke to us about positive digital citizenship and making good choices online.  Ask your child what they learned about the internet. Do they have a social networking account set to public? Ask them what this means?

In language arts we focused on writing news articles, the information needed and the different parts of them. We practiced writing with picture prompts, attempting to create clear and concise articles.

The grade 5’s began applying our knowledge of area, perimeter and volume with math stations. Each station has an activity and reflection questions to help demonstrate our understanding. Grade six continues to work on expanding their knowledge of angles and triangles through hands on activities using simple protractors to identify and measure.

In social studies the grade 5’s have worked hard on creating a comic to showcase a historical event through our Canadian timeline research. Check out some of their finished work below and make sure to ask them what historical event they highlighted! The grade sixes finished up their study of local government and began learning about the provincial government.  They talked about the upcoming election and began to look at each political party and their representatives. As a class, we then discussed some of the main topics of the election through an online platform that helps citizens decide who to vote for based on their beliefs of different values. The website is called Vote Compass. This opened the door for some fantastic debates about these issues, with students articulating their beliefs. Ask your child to complete it with you! www.votecompass.com

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We learned how to make switch's in science using manila paper, two brass fasteners, a paper clip, three alligator clips, and battery and a light bulb. Students had a lot of fun figuring out how to create it with just a picture prompt of the materials. 

                                     
                                                                                        


Students were given two Roughnecks (Calgary’s Lacrosse team) tickets to attend one of their last two games of the season, including the final on April 20th. If you do not plan on using your tickets, please have your child bring them back to school so we can redistribute to larger families. Thank you!! And enjoy!

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




April 1st -5th

Highlights from the students about this week:

  • “We are learning about electricity!” -S

  • “ The grade 5’s tried and sadly failed at making a potato powered battery. We ended up making a circuit with ten or more potatoes but it still didn’t work. We will try some different solutions to make it work.” - J

  • “We started badminton in gym”- C

  • “The grade 5’s and their Kinderbuddies planted seeds and went outside and explained the rules of the playground to our buddies”- S

  • “In math we are learning angles, and how to use a protractor”- C

  • “The grade 5’s are learning about perimeter and areas.” - S

  • “Badminton club is over next Tuesday”- L

  • “In science, the grade 6’s are learning about evidence and investigation.” - A

We were excited to get back and share our week over spring break with each other! We had a wonderful week together. We have begun writing news articles in Language Arts. We went through what makes a good headline, and the different parts of a news article. Next week we will continue writing and will play a fun game to make up our own.

In math we have started geometry and have been very successful in identifying and classifying different types of angles. We discussed reference angles, and their characteristics as well as acute, obtuse, and reflex. The grade fives also worked on area and perimeter and designing their dream house!

In science, the grade fives had a great time experimenting with how to create a potato battery to light a 1.5v bulb. We were sadly disappointed when we could not get them to work. We were not deterred though as we took the opportunity to troubleshoot what we think went wrong and what we could change in order to be successful in our next attempts. We decided to try out a different kind of potato, a larger potato, don’t cut the potato in half, charge the potato, use actual copper wire, and use pennies without stickers on them. We will try a few of these ideas out in the coming weeks.

                                                           

We returned to our sit spots after a long winter away. The first one back outside was absolutely wonderful. We had a chance to sit and reflect, breathe and enjoy outside in silence and in our own individual spaces, while we sketched or created with the natural loose parts around us. We then came back together and allowed each other the respect, time and space to share some really profound things. We came together as a class in a really loving way and connected with each other through our connection with nature. We took a sit spot for 10 minutes and are looking forward to our next one.      

A creation of one student's to honor her great-grandfather.                           


We have started switching on Friday mornings with Room 17/18 grade 5's joining KinderBuddies. Everyone met their buddies today, while planting seeds followed by a special tour of the big playground in preparation of Kindergarten going to Grade 1. The grade 5 buddies went over all the safety rules of the playground, and were able to explore safely with their buddies. The grade 5's did an amazing job, carefully making sure their buddies understood, teaching by example and showing them all the different areas and rules. We are honing in on our leadership skills in preparation for Grade 6 next year! 

Upcoming Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non-Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival



March 11th-15th


Grade 5’s in science this week we were introduced to the parts of a battery and a light bulb and what happens to make a light bulb light with simple circuits using a copper wire, a 1.5 v battery and a 1.5v light bulb. We were very excited to see it light up! We discussed the way the electricity flows through the light bulb, what and why certain parts conduct electricity and certain parts don’t.

Grade 6 students were provided with a review of key understandings and vocabulary for the upcoming sky science unit test (Tuesday, March 19th).  We marked the review as a class, and all students were given an answer key (a digital copy has been uploaded to the science page of our class website).  Next week, students will be provided a with final review activity (Kahoot) on Monday, write their test on Tuesday, and, time permitting, start their Evidence and Investigation Unit.

   

                                                     

We dove deeper into the world of fractions, decimals, ratios and percents. We compared all of them and are able to change one to the other multiple different ways like using a number line, 100th grid, or by drawing a picture. We had a review these concepts that we will go over on Monday, before our math test on Tuesday.

Our Book Club presentations are coming along! We are excited to practice our acting skills in highlights from the book, do some video editing and create scripts! We present them next Thursday before our Spring Break.

Our KinderBuddies this week showed us how to properly wash our hands. This included all the steps, making sure we got our wrists and in between our fingers and of course, sing the ABC’s from start to finish. They then graded us on it! We had a wonderful time with them as usual.


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


Important Dates:

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




March 4th-8th

We had a great week at EMJ! It was out first full week in what seemed to be a little while but we worked hard throughout
and got a lot accomplished. Here are some highlights from the students:

“We learned hip hop dancing from Alexa from Sound Kreations”- H.
“We started comparing fractions with like/unlike denominators”- J.
“The grade 6’s had a social studies pop quiz”- A.
“The grade 5’s had a science test”- A.
“We learned how to write fractions on a numberline”- A.
“We learned different places and occupations in French”- K.
“Grade 5’s have social homework”- Z.
“ Most of us have finished our books and are beginning our Book Club Presentations”- B.
“We finished Iqbal, the book we were reading as a class.”- C.
“We have an Iqbal test coming up”- L.
“In science, the grade 6’s made a device that lets us see the sun without looking at it.” C.
“It’s a pinhole camera”- K.

In Math we worked at comparing fractions, both with like and unlike denominators. We played a variety of games to help us understand the concept of mapping out different fractions on the same number line. We talked about where in our life we see fractions (food came up a lot!)  and the different ways we can compare fractions like drawing pictures, number line, or cross multiplying. Grade sixes also practice changing a mixed number to an improper fraction and vice versa and played a game to help clarify as well.


We began electricity in Science by testing out if we could produce energy with just a wire and battery. Next week we will be building some circuits and testing out different materials to see if they conduct electricity or not.

In language arts we are finishing up our short stories by adding our illustrations to them. We have begun our final presentations for our Book Club and are excited to share them with each other and our parents! They are due March 21st. We will begin working on research projects next week - grade 5’s will be researching important Canadian influences while the Grade 6’s will be finding information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, Constellations and the olympics.  

We absolutely loved having Sound Kreations with us this week! Alexa was fantastic to work with and not only showed us some really fun new moves, but taught us a lot about the history of hip hop and the most important parts of hip hop culture. You can watch our video on our website here.


Important Dates:

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school

April 1 – Classes resume




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Language Arts: We are finishing up our story writing by completing our illustrations for them. They are turning out wonderfully and we may be doing some drama work around our finished products in the next little while!

Math: We have been working on learning about equivalent fractions and how to find and compare them. We played a game this week where we had to take a fraction card and walk around the room amongst all the other students holding theirs up to find the equivalent fraction. Our problem of the week works around these (Fractional Wall, below) :) 

Next week, grade 5 students will play a game to practice equivalent fractions.  And grade 6 students will play a spiral matching game, pairing improper fractions with mixed numbers. Later in the week, both grade 5 and 6 students will be challenged to compare fractions on number lines. 

          


Science: In science we finished our chemistry unit with the test and will be getting those back this coming week. We are excited to find out how we did as we worked hard in our class review session and studying at home. We began our electricity unit this week. After having a discussion over what we know and we want to know about electricity, it turns out that we already have a great start with our foundational knowledge. Some of the things we want to learn about are: How to make things operate with batteries, how to wire electronics properly, how much electricity do we use everyday, and how


This week’s highlight was hands down our Coding Workshop!  Students were lead through a 2-hour session about how to use coding to program a micro bit to turn on and off LED lights. They had the opportunity to program a repeating pattern of their choice. A Coding Club will be starting at school for students to continue developing their skills.

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

Gym: We were working together in many different cooperative games this week. We played relay style team games using our bodies in different and challenging ways to work together to carry items from one end of the gym to the next. These games involved a lot of communication and strategy! We also played a little Tic Tac Toe and of course our class favourite, Dodgeball. 

  
We began a couple of new clubs this week, Badminton and Origami. Our class was especially excited about badminton club!

Important Dates:

March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency

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

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

March 14 – Fun Lunch

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

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

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 25-29 Spring Break - No school





February 19-22

Highlights from our week included: 

"We did love art, and we drew things that represents love to us"- S. 
"Grade 6's are bringing their social tests home, we did awesome on them!"- A. 
"The grade 5's have a chemistry test next week, we did a review about it."- T. 
"We did a three headed, three tailed dragon question for Problem of the Week, we should get our parents to solve it."- L. 
"I wonder if they could get the 1-24 numbers question."- A. 

Math- This week had us slaying dragons in the Problem of the Week question, we challenge our parents to try and solve it, using the Sword of Hope first, and then if they are up for it...the Sword of Justice. We also had another brain teaser with Creating Numbers with Numbers question below. We will be diving into fractions next week! 


Creating Numbers with Numbers Problem

Create the numbers 1- 24 using the numbers 1, 3, 4, and 6. You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. You can use parentheses too. You can only use each digit once. You cannot use exponents. You cannot combine numbers to create larger numbers so you can't do (14-6) x 3.

In science this week we finished up our chemistry unit by testing different household liquids with litmus paper to determine if they are an acid or a base. We tested 10 different solutions and were surprised by some of the results. We were given a review for our test on Tuesday and went over it in class to prepare. 

In social we have been working on a Canadian timeline.  We have moved on from the Canadian Indigenous nations to the Vikings, and the French and English explorers that came to Canada. We will be beginning an exciting new project that integrates our Language Arts program as well. 

We are continuing our story writing and are working hard to have our good copies and illustrations finished by the end of next week. 

Kinderbuddies! We had a wonderful Winter Walk with our buddies this week, exploring for animal tracks, catching snow flakes and even being buried in the snow. 


Important mail

Students will be sent home on Monday with tax receipts for lunchroom fees. EMJ is also having a food fundraiser.  School Council is selling Spolumbo’s sausage and Simple Simon Pies to raise money for the school. This letter will go home on Monday as well. 

Next Week

Looking ahead to next week, the students will be having a coding workshop on Wednesday afternoon where they will learn the basics of computer programming.  Wednesday will also be anti-bullying pink shirt day where we will discuss ways to communicate with each other respectfully and with kindness. Please wear a pink shirt on Wednesday February 27th to show your support! Some of us will also be taking part in Origami and Badminton clubs that start next week! 

Important Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice
March 1 – Non Instructional Day
March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency
March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)
March 12 – School Council Meeting          
March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21 – PTI
March 22 – non instructional
March 25-29 – Spring Break

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February 4th-8th, 2019

We had a great week of learning, regardless of this cold weather keeping us inside! We were treated to a drumming residency by Roger of One World Drumming. We learned the A, B and C notes as well as different rhythms. We then performed in front of the school! We were very proud of our accomplished performance and thank Roger for his guidance and many hilarious dad jokes throughout the week. 

Science had us testing another three white powders to determine their reactions with vinegar, iodine and if they would dissolve in water. We tested baby powder, citric acid and carbonate. We transferred our results into a flow chart to prepare for a mystery powder experiment next week. We will test an unknown powder and decide what it is based on our previous results. 


In math we have created a chart that showcases different math "hint" words that help us decipher which operation to use. The grade sixes learned how to multiply decimals and are learning how to divide them using estimation strategies. The grade fives continued practice with adding and subtracting decimals and using different problem solving strategies for multi-step problems. We are understanding the importance of the place holder zero both in multiplication and subtraction of decimals. 

We have been presenting our Indigenous Tribe Research that we have been working on since December. Next week we will talk about what makes a presentation successful and celebrate the accomplishments in our own presentations. 

We continued our story writing this week, focusing on verb tenses and the proper usage for them. We also continued with our Book Club, switching up the format to a 20/20/20. 20 minutes of reading together, 20 minutes of writing out our role sheets and 20 minutes to discuss. This went well and our conversations were richer and more engaging. 

We participated in Alberta Winter Walk day this week and got out some much needed energy! 

Important Dates: 

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm
February 14 & 15 – Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school
February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)
February 21 – PLP and Skill to Canada Sports Hall of Fame
February 21 – Staff Meeting 3-4
February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice
March 1 – Non Instructional Day
March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency
March 11 – second visit AHS Dental (k-gr 2)
March 12 – School Council Meeting          
March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza
March 14 – Teacher’s Pet Gr 1
March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21 – PTI
March 22 – non instructional
March 25-29 – Spring Break


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January 28 - February 1st, 2019 

Our first term report cards went home this week! Mrs. Moe is so proud of the hard work that Room 16 students have completed. I hope you get an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and that they may help each student in looking forward to our next five months together as we work in building community, kindness, and growth!

We are continuing with understanding decimals in math. After reviewing place value, the grade 6's began multiplying decimals with whole numbers. We reviewed estimation strategies such as the front end strategy, compensation and compatible numbers strategies. We are working on finding our favourite. The grade fives worked on problem solving strategies with decimal word problems. We will continue with these in the upcoming week and review different math words to help identify which operation to use in word problems. 

We are continuing our story writing in language arts, and will be focusing on using the correct verb tense as well as well as adding more descriptive details. We have begun Book Club and are starting to have some good conversations around our connections, questions and thoughts about our books. 

We discovered that our borax crystals are still growing! The water has evaporated out of most, leaving us with a bigger crystal than we assumed. We continued our crystal growing with an attempt with epsom salts this week. We will practice our patience as we track their progress through observations in the next couple weeks. We also began investigating chemical reactions! We tested cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda with both vinegar and iodine to see what would happen when mixing. We were delighted with the results! Ask your child about them! We will continue to test different powders next week, concluding with an experiment later in the week to test our knowledge if we can identify a mystery powder based on previous experiments results.  

We were faced with new challenges this week as we attempted Mission Impossible in gym. We had a lot of successes and were able to concentrate, focus and encourage each other to do their best. We were there for each other when frustration took hold of us. It is so wonderful to witness community in our classroom! 


We concluded our social presentations research this week and will begin to present our Tribes Research to the class beginning on Tuesday of next week. We are looking forward to learning about each tribe from each other. Please ask your child to share their presentations with you as practice for their upcoming turn! 

We are excited to hold a drumming residency with One World Drumming next week! Each class will participate in several lessons, learning to drum and will showcase their skills in a final assembly on Friday. 

*EMJ school is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants). Weather permitting. 

Important dates:

February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school

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January 21- 25th, 2019 

In math we reviewed place value playing a card game, looking at tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and ten thousandths. The grade 5's were practicing how to add and subtract using the traditional algorithm while the grade 6's were doing the same with place values up to the millionths. Next week, the grade 6's will be multiplying and dividing decimals! 

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Our problem of the week was what we thought at first pretty simple...but when we began to solve it, we realized there was more to it than we first thought! It began with a story about an Indian Raja...here is a link to the story if you'd like to give it a go! This assignment is due Monday, January 28th. 

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In language arts we began our Book Clubs with everyone getting to choose a novel to read with their groups, while everyone getting a role each week to contribute to group discussions. The five roles are: Discussion Director, Literary Luminary, Illustrator, Word Wizard and Connector. Ask your child what book they are reading and what role they have this weekend! Our second Book Club meeting is on Monday, January 28th, students need to have their pages read and their Role sheets filled out and ready for what we are hoping can be rich discussions about each text! 

In social we are continuing our Tribes Research and are now putting our information into our chosen presentations. We have students creating google slide presentations, video presentations as well as dioramas. We are excited to see and learn more about these tribes in the upcoming weeks! 

In science we were saddened that our crystals didn't quite work out due to some unforeseen circumstances. Because of this, we have done some research and are planning on creating Epsom Salt crystals this coming week. Those students who completed their crystallization lab activity will be making them. Those students who did not, will finish that up and then pair up with those that are finished. 

Gymnastics stations were set up this week so we were able to practice our balancing, rolling as well as climbing. Next week is Mission Impossible...we (the staff) set it up on Friday afternoon. We may need Tom Cruise on our side because it is a doozy! 


Important dates:

February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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January 14-18th, 2019

This week was our last week with Sergi with Monday being his last day of school. We have had so much fun getting to know him and he has taught our class so much about Belgium! He has been wonderful to have around and we wish him all the best. We will miss you Sergi! Good luck in Edmonton! 

Sergi and some of his classmates built a tower that was taller than Mrs. Moe! We were hoping to get it taller than Mr.Radu but ran out of supplies. 


In math this week we moved into different strategies for division. We have done a lot of practice with long division and we have worked on solving word problems with division and multiplication as well.

We were given an extra week for last week’s problem of the week “Nine Colours.”  We are demonstrating perseverance and teamwork as we try again and again to figure it out. We have had more students with success this week.

We have a new problem of the week, attempting to figure out how many class dojo points we need to earn by the end of the year in order to be rewarded with a pizza party!

 Our current problem of the week:


Grade 5: SLE 3:Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Grade 5: SLE 6: Demonstrate, with and without concrete materials, an understanding of division (3-digit by 1-digit), and interpret remainders to solve problems.

Grade6: SLE. 8: Demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division of decimals (1-digit whole number multipliers and 1-digit natural number divisors).

Grade 6: SLE. 2- Solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers.

In language arts we have read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes this week and have been going through each role that we will take on for our book club groups. The roles are Discussion Director, Literary Luminary, Word Wizard, Illustrator and Word Connector.

Image result for sadako and the thousand paper cranes

Next week we will have another book tasting to decide our novels for Book Club and get started!

Gr.5.2 Work within a group- Book Club

·       work within a group and cooperate with others. I can accept and take responsibility for fulfilling own role as a group member.

Gr.6:1.2 Clarify and Extend

·     - consider the ideas of others to expand personal understanding

  • preview the content and structure of subject area texts, and use this information to set a purpose, rate and strategy for reading

In science we have have continued our chemistry unit, experimenting with different ways to dissolve a Tic Tac and also crystallizing our very own crystals. We will monitor them over the next week to see if they grow, and if so, how big! We are attempting to grow them with Borax and Sugar. Which will grow the bigger crystal? We will graph our data in the coming weeks.

SLE 5-7: demonstrate a procedure for making a crystal.

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Social has us finishing up our Tribes Research and diving into creating a presentation of our choice. We will go over the rubric and guidelines next week and get started on demonstrating our learning of First Nations Tribes and how they lived.

5.2.2- I can examine the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon them in different ways.

Gym had us practicing balancing, rolling and traveling in different ways. Next week we will be building up to gymnastics stations and eventually trying to finish Mission Impossible!

This week we had hoped to go on a nature walk with our Kinder Buddies but unfortunately it was too cold. So we decided to create snowflake snowmen instead. We had fun working together to cut up the shapes and get creative with the accessories :) 

Important dates:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens
January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm
Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch
January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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January 11th, 2019

Happy New Year!

We returned to school excited and ready to start the new year off fresh. We had our first class meeting of the year where we reset classroom expectations and thought about the year ahead with a Word Goal; one word that will help us to focus on a goal we want to accomplish this year. Ask your child about their word and why!


In math, we began the year experimenting with different strategies to multiply two digit by two digit numbers. We learned how to use the traditional algorithm, the area model and some of us, the lattice model. Ask your child to teach you their favourite strategy!

Problem of the Week 

We launched the Problem of the Week, where we will explore a variety of problem solving strategies throughout the next several months. One strategy will be introduced weekly (every Monday) where students can work on the problem in their free time or when they complete work during the week. We will then have a Math Talk to discuss our perspectives and solutions on Fridays. The Problem will be due the following Monday to hand in. 

This week in Trial and Improvement, we were quick to complete our first problem in minutes. A second problem was introduced and students displayed much persistence with the trial portion of the strategy, working on it any free moment they had!

        

We are preparing for Book Club in language arts, learning the different roles we will take once we form our groups. Next week we will have a “Book Tasting” where we check out different novels before choosing the one we will read for club. In preparation, we are reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a favourite of Ms. Moe’s.

In science, we dove right back into chemistry, experimenting with different household liquids. We created solutions, discussed density and chemical reactions when mixing and layering different substances. We were surprised by a few and had fun experimenting with several substances, adding to them in attempts of producing reactions.

We are continuing our Indigenous Tribes Research in social, while watching Elder in the Making, a series on discovering friendship, heritage and slowly overcoming a hurtful past.

“Cowboy Smithx is only beginning to understand his Blackfoot ancestry. For now, he marks his missing identity with an “X” to remind him of the memories erased by generations of physical and cultural trauma. Little did he know this search would put him on a path to becoming an elder. But what does mean to be an elder?”      

Watch both the trailer and the full documentary here


Gymnastics has begun! We were lucky enough to have Ms. Mercier come in and demonstrate a backward roll and front shoulder roll. Thank you Ms. Mercier! If you did not receive the gymnastics letter please read it here.

Important dates:

January 14 - Kindergarten registration opens
January 15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm
Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch
January 24 – Fun Lunch
February 1 – No School
February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One world Drum Assembly x2
February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)
February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention
February 18 – Family day – no school


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December 14th, 2018 

Math 

We immersed ourselves in the world of Integers this week...and rocked it! We understand that integers are whole numbers, both positive and negative and we can compare them as well as order them from greatest to least. We even tried adding and subtracting them! 

Students ordering themselves from greatest to least, using integers during our Human Number Line. 

We are working on building our basic math fact knowledge using games/flashcards and fast facts. We are quickly improving! 

Students practicing basic math facts by playing Headbands. 

Specific Outcome 7:Demonstrate an understanding of integers, concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 

Language Arts

We have been continuing on working on paragraph writing, including topic sentences, supporting details and conclusion sentences. We are including more detail and continue to peer edit our pieces. We are going to beginning story writing next week as we have already started by writing stories for our classroom library. 

Gr. 5: 2.4 Create Original TextElaborate on the expression of ideas

  • experiment with modeled forms of oral, print and other media texts to suit particular audiences and purposes

4.1 Enhance and Improve: Revise and edit

  • revise to add and organize details that support and clarify intended meaning
  • edit for appropriate use of statements, questions and exclamations

Gr. 6: 4.1 Enhance and ImproveEnhance artistry

  • experiment with several options, such as sentence structures, figurative language and multimedia effects, to choose the most appropriate way of communicating ideas or information
  • Revise and edit: use paragraph structures in expository and narrative texts

Kinderbuddies

We had a wonderful time with our Kinder Buddies this week. We stuffed socks with different toiletries to be donated to the Mustard Seed to be delivered to the homeless around Calgary. We made Christmas cards for them as well as we reflected on how lucky we were and that we are able to give back to our community. 


Christmas Concert

The fruits of our hard work paid off this week when we got to perform our songs and performances in the annual Christmas concert. While we didn't have a class performance we had many students perform in the Winter choir, Advanced choir as well as Handbells. We were very proud as a class to have such a strong representation for the concert, and what a wonderful job we did! 

Handbells performing 

Winter choir 

Advanced Choir


Important Dates: 

December 17- Vaccinations #2
December 21- Last day before Winter Break 
December 24- January 7- Winter Break 
January 7- Classes resume 
January 8- School Council Meeting 6:30pm 

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December 7th, 2018 

Math

This week the grade 6's got back into the groove after Outdoor school. In math we worked on our mathematical discourse in Inside/Outside circles to hear others perspectives on the same problem solving question. We then partnered together and worked on solving it. The problem was part of our review of order of operations and BEDMAS. The students were then given a review in order to prepare for our test on Monday.

Grade 6, Number SO 9 - Explain and apply the order of operations, excluding exponents, with and without technology (limited to whole numbers).

Grade 5, Number SO 3 – Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Language Arts

We began writing paragraphs and working on opinion writing of something we are passionate about. We are using the OREO format where we write our opinion, give a reason, add an example of our reason and state our opinion. We are working on adding two to three reasons for our opinion and continuing to develop our punctuation skills. 


Science 

The grade 5's finished their weather instruments and presented them to the rest of the class. They answered questions of what we use it for, what it measures and how it works, please ask your child on their own weather instruments!

SLO 5-8 Observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of Earth's surface.

  1. Describe and demonstrate methods for measuring wind speed and for finding wind direction.
  2. Describe evidence that air contains moisture and that dew and other forms of precipitation come from moisture in the air.
  3. Describe and measure different forms of precipitation, in particular, rain, hail, sleet, snow.
  4. Measure at least four different kinds of weather phenomena. Either student-constructed or standard instruments may be used.

Upcoming Events: 

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair
December 11 – School Council
December 13 – Winter Concerts
December 17 – Vaccinations #2
December 21 – Last day for winter break
December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

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Outdoor School November 28, 2018, Day 3: 

Our last full day at camp has been a terrific one! The day started off with a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, assorted fruit, cereal and orange juice. Half of the students went on the hike today, while the remaining half stayed back and play Gaga Ball (a fast favourite), and the ECO-nomy game. They then spent time at the Wilderness playground. This playground is filled with natural obstacles for practicing and testing out risky play. 


It was then time for Predator v. Prey, a favourite game every year at camp (the teachers love it too, Mr. Stringer trains all summer for it). It was a competitive game that exhausted all of us and left us with big smiles on our faces (and some minor scratches). 

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

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Outdoor School November 27, 2018, Day 2: 

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor School November 26th, 2018, Day 1:

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

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

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


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Thank you to everyone who came to Parent Teacher Interviews, it was great to meet you all! I appreciate your communication with regards to your child's learning and success. Please email me with any concerns or questions you may have in the future :) If you were unable to attend, please email me and we can set up a time to meet. 

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Math

We had our first math talk this week. As a group we discussed how to talk about math using math vocabulary. We looked at a problem and formed groups to brainstorm the different vocabulary we may use in solving the problem. We used Inside/Outside, where we shift in a circle and speak to different partners in order to gain different perspectives on a possible solution. 

We are currently working on Order of Operations (BDMAS) and have been practicing our recall and memorization of our basic multiplication facts. 

Grade 6, Number SO 9 - Explain and apply the order of operations, excluding exponents, with and without technology (limited to whole numbers).

Grade 5, Number SO 3 – Apply mental mathematics strategies and number properties in order to understand and recall basic multiplication facts (multiplication tables) to 81 and related division facts.

Language Arts

We finished a poem project we have been working on that focuses on choosing a body part and writing a poem based on the positive attributes of that piece of us. We had poems about our hands, ears, brains, legs and faces. Students worked on using descriptive details and figurative language like personification, alliteration, hyperbole and onomatopoeia. We read and dissected haiku, acrostic, rhyme scheme and free verse poems. Students could choose what type of poem they wrote.

Pictures to come!

Grade 6: G.O 2- 2.2 Respond to texts. Experiment with sentence patterns, imagery and exaggeration to create mood and mental images.

Grade 5: G.O 2- 2.3 Understand Forms, Elements, and Techniques. Experiment with words and sentence patterns to create word pictures; identify how imagery and figurative language, such as simile and exaggeration, convey meaning.

Science

Our grade 5's have been creating their own weather instruments from materials around the house. They have made weathervanes, thermometers, hygrometers, barometers and anemometers. We will present and test them to the class after camp.

SLO's:  1. Describe and demonstrate methods for measuring wind speed and for finding wind direction. 2. Describe evidence that air contains moisture and that dew and other forms of precipitation come from moisture in the air. 3. Describe and measure different forms of precipitation, in particular, rain, hail, sleet, snow.


In Gym we have transitioned from basketball to moving our bodies through scooter games. We played a version of Capture the Flag using scooters to move ourselves from end to end.

G.O C- C5-1 Identify and demonstrate respectful communication skills appropriate to cooperative participation in physical activity.

G.O A. Basic Skills-- Manipulative: receiving. Students will: A5-5 select, perform and refine more challenging ways to receive, retain and send an object with control. A5-6 consistently and confidently perform manipulative skills by using elements of body and space awareness, effort and relationship

Mindfulness

We have started to include Sit Spots throughout the week. A sit spot is when we go outside and find a place in nature by ourselves where we observe using our senses, sketch in our journals, create something using natural materials or just sit and breathe. We have sat for 4 and 6 minutes and are working our way to longer sit spots. We then gather in a circle and share things that inspired our drawings, creations, or things we observed.

The more we look, the more we see.

Can you spot both "stick" men? :)

R- 6.3 develop personal strategies with stress/change; e.g. using humour, relaxation, physical activity

OUTDOOR CAMP

It's that time! The grade sixes along with myself, will be headed out to Outdoor Camp next week from Monday-Thursday. I know I am looking forward to it and we have been feeling the buzz of excitement around the classroom as well! Please remember to bring warm layers and be ready for some fun! I have included a link to the Camp Participant Manual where all information and FAQ can be located. 

https://drive.google.com/file/...

While we are away we will have the wonderful Ms. Mccosh in for the week. She taught grade 5 for many years at EMJ. We are very excited to have her! 

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November 26th - December 21st

Important Dates:

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night

December 7- No School - Non-instructional day 

December 10-13-- Scholastic Book Fair 

December 11- School Council 

December 13- Winter Concert 

December 17th- Vaccinations #2

December 21st- Last day before Winter Break 



Math

Students reviewed fractions with common denominators, ordering fractions with different denominators and were introduced to improper and mixed fractions. 

Remembrance Day

We have had a wonderfully busy week!  Students spent a great deal of time working on Remembrance Day tasks, creating art for the assembly and writing about “What Remembrance Day Means to Me.”  We also met with our kindergarten buddy class to colour poppies and draw pictures.


Language Arts

We finished the novel “Hana’s Suitcase.”  Students completed their mind maps and a final response about their reaction to the novel.  This has an impact on our class and solidified some connections to Remembrance Day.



Important Dates

October 29 – November 2, 2018

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly 9:00 a.m.

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread Night

December 7 – Non-Instructional Day (No School)

December 11 – School Council Meeting

PLEASE DON’T FORGET OUTDOOR SCHOOL FORMS FOR GRADE 6

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

As you probably heard on the news there was a pumpkin shortage in the city this week.  We were almost unable to participate in the carving contest, as we could not locate a pumpkin after visiting four stores. Luckily we were able to participate in the contest due to one of our parents.  A HUGE than you to Stephanie Joseph for providing us with a pumpkin!  Our class won the “Creepiest Pumpkin” award!

Grade 5 Social Studies

Grade 5 students each painted a poppy to be placed on the fence at the Military Museum.  They did a wonderful job and should be proud of their contribution to this project. Look for them on the fence facing Crowchild Trail.





Math

This week students worked on a variety of Number Puzzles to strengthen their understanding of reading instructions, reviewing addition and subtraction and developing their problem solving strategies.  See if you can solve one of our puzzles as shown below.  We played a new game called “Rock and Roll” to review large numbers.



Language Arts

The mind maps are progressing very well.  Students are learning how to express their thinking visually and symbolically to enhance their comprehension.  Here are some examples.  They are a work in progress.

We continued to edit our writing for spelling and punctuation.





October 22 – 25

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

Much of our week has been focused on Hallowe’en and Remembrance Day.  As the Grade 5’s visited the Military Museum on Wednesday, we focused on literature, research and art that focused on World War 1 and 2.  Students wanted to feel prepared for their trip to gain as much knowledge as possible from the museum experts.  Our experience was absolutely amazing!  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who supported our experience.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Wall of Honour – please see the handout sent home on Thursday

Language Arts

This week students continued their mind maps as visual representations of their understanding of our class novel “Hana’s Suitcase.” The progress is exciting to watch and students are motivated to research information discovered in the book to further build upon their mind maps.

Students continued with story or poetry writing in Writer’s Workshop.  We are continuing to edit our writing for proper paragraph formation, punctuation and spelling.

Math

This week students completed some skill and drill questions of adding and subtracting with regrouping.  They also worked on number problems with variables.

French

Students studied Hallowe’en words and phrases.  We reviewed some basic Hallowe’en vocabulary from last year and reviewed the song “C’est L’Hallowe’en.”

Next week we are looking forward to Hallowe’en and the various activities organized in our class.  Refining our Remembrance Day Art will also be an important focus to contribute to our school assembly.  Students in grade 5 will be painting wooden poppies to place on the fence at the Military Museum. Please remember the grade 5 and 6 students will be responsible for this presentation.  




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October 15 – 19

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP TO THE MILITARY MUSEUM – WED. OCT. 24

ALL FORMS ARE DUE

Reminders to Volunteers for Military Museum-

YOU MUST DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE MUSEUM! THANK YOU!

Fun Lunch – Thursday October 25

No School – Friday October 26

Grade 6 Vaccinations – October 30

Hallowe’en – October 31

Remembrance Day Assembly – Friday November 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Students worked on tasks to improve their reading comprehension skills.  They also received their quiz on “Wonderstruck.”  Ask your child how they did.  Quizzes will be sent home today.  Please sign and return to school.

We started a new book called “Hana’s Suitcase.” It connects directly to our social studies unit on Canada as well as to our trip to the Military Museum. This will then connect further to our Remembrance Day Assembly as the grade 5/6, PLP and Skill students will be sharing material and presenting at the assembly. Students began “mind maps” to demonstrate a new way of understanding a novel.  A quote from one of our students:

“I like this because it is fun and gives you a change.   We are learning about something that had a big impact on the world.”

We learned and reviews Haiku and Acrostic poems and wrote some Hallowe’en poems in Writer’s Workshop.  Students created a bulletin board of their poems.

MATH

We started the week with a review of adding and subtracting through games. 

Students learned the Order of Operations this week. BEDMAS.  They are not working on exponents so this was not included in their questions.

We reviewed adding and subtracting large numbers with and without regrouping.  Students were introduced to basic number equations including a variable (e.g. 6+ _ = 12) using all operations.  This will continue next week as well.


LOOKING FORWARD TO

  • Our trip to the Military Museum on Wednesday – Grade 5
  • Science/Social Studies Presentations later in the week
  • Mind mapping
  • Writer’s Workshop



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October 9 – 12

Our short week was jammed pack with so many activities.

Language Arts

We finished reading the novel “Wonderstruck.”  Students tell me there is a movie to accompany the novel.  I think it’s PG and, if so, I will send a note asking your permission for your child to watch it.  I will put this in the blog.  Students will be getting a quiz next week about the novel “Wonderstruck.” We worked on strategies for studying.  Some students created mind maps and others created webs to demonstrate their learning and make connections.  This will also be part of their assessment as these tools show a great deal about how your child learns.


We also played Spelling Battleship to work on our spelling skills in a fun and engaging way!


Math

This week we continued with factors and multiples.  Next week we will review adding and subtracting large numbers and order of operations.

Science and Social Studies

Grade 5 students are in the thick of researching in both subjects.  Their science project is due on Oct. 18 (date may change due to computer availability).  Many students have chosen to create their presentations on Google Docs or Google Slides so you can peruse their work at home.

Next week

We are looking forward to beginning Writer’s Workshop and improve our story writing skills.  We will also be doing poetry writing using Hallowe’en as a theme to be creative.

MILITARY MUSEUM GRADE 5 FIELD TRIP NOTICES HOME TODAY

OUTDOOR SCHOOL GRADE 6 FIELD TRIP NOTICES HOME TODAY

October 24 – Grade 5/6 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews


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October 1 – 4

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! 

Students were very busy with research projects in Science and Social Studies this week.  In Social Studies, we are learning about our country.  Presently, we are learning about the regions of Canada.  Students will be learning about the regions in order to create a travel brochure related to their region.  Stay tuned. 

In Science, students have been researching a natural disaster and projects will be due by Thursday October 18.  Please talk to your child about their work.  Many students have their work on Google Docs/Slides that can be accessed both at home and at school.

On Wednesday it was Walk to School Day.  Our grade 5/6 classes went on a walk around the block to enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh snow.  Students enjoyed their experience!


Looking Forward To:

It looks like we will be wrapping up our first novel study “Wonderstruck.”  Students will be involved in a variety of culminating activities based on the book.  I am still working on some of those experiences. There are so many choices.


Halloween Poetry and Art coming up. 

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween







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September 24-28, 2018

Math

We are continuing to work with large numbers and students solved quite a few word problems this week.  Students are being encouraged to read for understanding, show their work and explain their thinking. 

Science (Grade 5)

Exciting times! We are now beginning our research on Natural Disasters.  Students have learned some note taking strategies and have many options to complete their finished product.  They have to answer these questions related to their choice of natural disaster: How? What? Where? and When? They can also include interesting facts. Through this research project students will learn about weather instruments, cloud formations and other weather related topics.  There are many real world connections to be made!  Students can even practice their reading and writing of large numbers by studying statistics related to their choice of natural disaster.

Terry Fox Run

Students did a great job running or walking their laps.  Thank you for the donations.

Orange Shirt Day – Monday Oct. 1

We will be discussing the origin of this special day on Monday.  Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt. 

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

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween




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September 17 - September 20, 2018

We have had an extremely busy week with so much learning and challenging work.  Students have been growing their dendrites!  Please ask your child what that means.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck.  Please check out the finished products on our bulletin board during parent teacher conferences.

Language Arts:  Students have been writing responses to our novel “Wonderstruck” and working very hard to extend their thinking by making inferences and thinking about the book.  We also had our first visit to the library and your children signed out 2 books each.  One book must be a novel and the other book is their choice.  We have library every Wednesday morning.  Please make sure books are brought back to school every Wednesday.


Math: We continued our study of place value, expanded notation, reading and writing large numbers and solving a challenging number puzzle.  Please see below:  Can you solve it?  Ask your child for some help. 

Next week we are looking forward to learning more about weather related instruments and natural disasters in our grade 5 science unit.

Up Coming:

  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are tonight- Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School.
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am
  • We will be collecting donations for the Terry Fox run all next week.  Our goal is $600.00 for the school.



Hello Parents and Guardians!  Welcome to Ms. Macaulay Blog!

Room 16 had an exciting and engaging week! We began our Me Box presentations and also started an art project.  We are using the blog to share our learning experiences and tasks we do each week.

Me Box Presentations:  Students had a week to collect important artifacts that represent them and their life.They are given time to share each item and share a story about their artifacts so we can learn more about each other.  This week’s presenters were amazing and all demonstrated confidence. I am learning so much about your children.

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck. You will see their paintings during parent teacher conferences!

Math: We are currently reviewing place value and number sense. Adding and subtracting with regrouping has also been a focus in these early weeks.  In order to spruce up the review, students have participated in a variety of math games to hone their skills.  Their feedback was very positive and they enjoyed the games!

Art:  We have created an art project that connects our school book, What Would You Do With A Chance?, our Science unit on Weather(Grade 5) and Trees and Forests (Grade 6) and our current classroom read aloud novel Wonderstruck. You will see their paintings during parent teacher conferences!

Up Coming:

  • Me Boxes - are now due!!  The information was sent home last week - decorated box, 10 items, practice your presentation!
  • Fun Lunch is taking place on Thursday September 27th - EDO.  Orders are due Friday, September 21st at midnight!
  • Parent Teacher Interviews are next week - Thursday, September 20 from 4pm to 8pm and Friday, September 21 from 8am to 1pm.  Please book online on the school webpage - Power School.
  • **Early dismissal on Parent Teacher Interview Thursday is EARLY!!  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.
  • Terry Fox assembly and run is Friday, September 28th at 9am
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