Mr. Clarke | Grade 6

Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – November 21-25, 2022

 

I am changing the format for this week’s update as I have spent the last couple of days talking to most of you. Instead of a long review of what we’ve done and what is coming up, I wanted to highlight a few important items.

  • Police Interpretive Centre Field Trip on Tuesday. Please make sure all permission forms are handed in and that all payments have been made by Monday.
  • Fish Creek Friday this week is postponed due to weather. The current forecast is for        -29C overnight and a high of -14C by the end of the day. We will look to reschedule the day once we can see a longer range forecast.
  • Food Bank Donations – we are collecting donations for the Food Bank this year. Any and all donations are appreciated. There is a bin right outside our classroom door for students to use. They can begin bringing donations in starting Monday through December 16th.
  • December arrives this coming Thursday. It is hard to believe the end of the calendar year is only a month away. We will be sharing information about some fun events taking place this month in the coming days. Our Winter Wonderland of Giving is coming soon. I encourage all of you to read the note I published the other day regarding this event.

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Winter Wonderland of Giving Update

Our Winter Wonderland of Giving is fast approaching! We are in the midst of planning an evening of fun and frivolity for the whole family.

As a grade team, we are looking for your help. We plan to hold a Bake Sale to help lift everyone’s spirits. What could be better than cookies or brownies, or any bake goods for that matter, as you enjoy an evening of festivities? We are looking for all our families to make and donate some baked goods for the grade sixes to sell during the evening. All items need to be individually wrapped or packaged together in groups of four or six.

All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Emma House. For those of you who don’t know Emma House, it is a safe and supportive transitional housing program for expectant mothers aged 12+ who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness within Calgary and the surrounding area. They do incredible work in our community and appreciate any and all assistance.

As you can imagine, organizing and running an event like this takes a lot of people. Our Parent Council is working with us and have put together a form for you to sign up and help us with this work. Please use the link below to sign up to help make our Winter Wonderland of Giving a success.

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a45a9aa29a3f58-woodbine

I would like to thank all of you in advance for your donations to our bake sale and this event in general. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

 

Have a wonderful week!



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Nov 14-18, 2022

 

Looking Back

  • This has been a busy, but very productive week for the students in Room 8. We started many new units and have been laying the foundation of knowledge we need to dig deeply into these new topics.
  • Despite continued high absence rates around the building, we have seen most of our students returning to class. It is so nice to have everyone back. Hopefully, we have seen the worst come and go. I appreciate everyone doing all they can to stay healthy and doing what is needed to keep the rest of the class healthy.
  • In Math, we have made significant progress in our study of Numbers. Most students are taking advantage of the small group or one-on-one opportunities to check their understanding with me. I encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • In Science, we jumped into a new unit on Evidence and Investigations. Students reviewed their understanding of differences between observations and inferences by taking part in some fun activities that required them to make observations and inferences. They also tested their memory skills through some online activities. Finally, students started a series a centres that focus on some of the skills they will need in order to complete their upcoming projects. Ask them about the centre they did today.
  • In Social, we focused on class structure in Ancient Athens. We broke the class into four categories to illustrate how people in Ancient Athens were classified. We also talked about Socrates and how his questioning of the Athenians approach to democracy led to his untimely death.
  • This week in Language Arts, students finished reading the City of Ember and held their final discussion. They have since moved on to working on their first Final Response to the entire text. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. We also began exploring the world of Spoken Word Poetry. We have watched a number of poems by various poets and also began brainstorming different topics students might be interested in writing about.
  • We took part in our first lockdown practice of the year. Students did a great job of sitting quietly and following the expectations laid out for these types of events. In my 30 years with the Board I have never had to make use of these skills, but it is important that we practice anyway. Thank you to all our students for taking this seriously and doing such a great job!

 

Looking Forward

  • In Science, we will continue to work through the 8 forensic centres as we continue to develop our understanding of how we can use and manipulate evidence to solve mysteries.
  • In Social, we will be watching a video highlighting life in Ancient Athens. We will also be delving deeper into the ways in which Ancient Athens used skilled workers to help them meet their needs.
  • In Math, we will be finishing up Unit 2 before moving on to the Practice test next week. We will also be spending some time looking at how our stock purchases have fared over the last six weeks. It will be interesting to see who made money and who lost money.
  • We will be continuing our exploration of Spoken Word Poetry as we choose topics and begin researching to find out more about them. Planning will begin towards the end of the week. Final Responses are due on Monday and we will then jump into our next Book Club. Students will be broken into small groups and will get to choose which book they read. We have a wonderful library for them to choose from. Our second Layers of Literacy group will begin on Monday. We have re-organized students and are excited to get them going as we continue to build their reading skills.


Important Updates

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences take place this coming week. Please make sure to sign up for a time to meet so we can discuss your child’s progress in detail. Please note: Thursday’s conferences will be held in-person, while Friday’s will be virtual. Students are asked to join us at this meeting.
  • At our Winter Wonderland of Giving celebration in December, the grade sixes will be holding a bake sale with all proceeds going to Emma House. We are asking all families to donate individually or packaged baked goods for students to sell. More details will come home in the near future.
  • Field trip forms were sent home today. Please complete the forms and pay for the trip online using your MyCBE app.
  • Human Sexuality forms came home today as well. Only return them signed if you do not want your child to take part. I have requested that you send in a picture of your child when they were a baby. Please get these to me by the end of the week. Thank you!

 

Important Dates

  • Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Nov 24th & 25th – please note, conferences on the 24th will be in-person, while those on the 25th will be virtual
  • No School on Friday due to conferences
  • Police Interpretive Centre Field Trip – Nov 29th

 

Picture of the Week

  •  No picture this week.

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy, safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca

 


Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Nov 7-11, 2022

 

Remembrance Day - Friday, November 11th 

I encourage everyone to stop at 11:00am to observe two minutes of silence 

as we pay tribute to all those who fought for our country and our freedom.

 

Looking Back

  • This has been a long week for the students as they have been trapped inside due to the extreme temperatures outside. They have handled themselves very well and have shown incredible leadership as they helped supervise other classrooms as the week went on.
  • With large numbers of students away, we have had to modify our plans somewhat to accommodate those who are not able to be here. We look forward to having everyone back in class as soon as they are healthy enough to be here.
  • In Math, students continued their work on Unit 2. We continue to delve into large numbers, multiples and factors.
  • Students put the finishing touches on their Tree Games and shared them with the class. We had a ton of fun answering questions and competing against one another. They wrote theUnit Test on Thursday giving us the chance to move on to the next unit next week.
  • In Social, students started developing a beginning understanding of Ancient Athens. They have been learning about the class structure and how the emerging democracy functioned.
  • This week in Language Arts, students completed another group discussion about The City of Ember and began the final chapters of the book. They also continued their work in our Layers of Literacy program focusing on different aspects of reading.
  • We shared our version of Visiting Hours at our Remembrance Day assembly which took place on Thursday. It was a moving piece that garnered a lot of tears and comments from the adults in the audience. Well done everyone!!!

 

Looking Forward

  • We are moving on to our next unit in Science. Evidence & Investigations takes us into the world of forensic science. Students will be learning how forensic scientists use evidence to solve crimes and mysteries. For those students who missed the Trees & Forests Unit Test, we will find a time for them to write during the week.
  • In Social, we will begin our deep dive into the beginnings of democracy in Ancient Athens in earnest. We will be taking a close look at class structure, how democracy evolved and what aspects of Ancient Athenian democracy still exist today.
  • In Math, we will push forward a little quicker with our study of Number. As always, this will include some work in Jump Math to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • We have finished our look at story writing for now and will move on to a study of Spoken Word Poetry from now until the winter break. We will begin by listening to a number of Spoken Word Poems and analyzing the format and approach being used. We will be wrapping up our first Book Club this week. Students will share their roles for the final reading on Tuesday and will then move onto their Final Response which will be due a week on Monday.  Our first Layers of Literacy group will wrap up on Monday. We will then be re-organizing students before starting the next round in a couple of weeks.

 

Important Dates

  • Remembrance Day Nov 11th – No School
  • Retakes Nov 14th – if you are looking for retakes please note they are this coming Monday
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Nov 24th & 25th – please note, conferences on the Nov 24th will be in-person, while those on the Nov 25th will be virtual

 

Picture of the Week

         Lest We Forget!

 

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy, safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Woodbine's Winter Wonderland of Giving

  • Please see the attached flyer for Woodbine's Winter Wonderland of Giving



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Oct 31-Nov 4, 2022


Looking Back

  • The week kicked off with a bang as Hallowe’en took hold at Woodbine School. Costumes were great and we had a blast!
  • In Math, students moved on to Unit 2 which focuses on Understanding Number. We will continue to delve into large numbers, multiples and factors over the next few weeks.
  • Students spent the week reviewing what they have learned in our Trees and Forests. They also started creating a game using their knowledge of trees to test their classmates in a lead up to our Unit Test next week.
  • In Social, we focused on reviewing what has been discussed and studied as they got ready for the Unit Test which took place on Thursday.
  • This week in Language Arts, students continue with our Book Club talk focused on the ideas and themes they are seeing in The City of Ember. Their discussions are quite animated and engaging. Students also started using their newfound skills to write a short story based on a prompt.
  • Students continued their work in our Layers of Literacy program. They worked in different groups, focusing on different aspects of reading.
  • Students spent the week perfecting our rendition of Visiting Hours. We have watched some videos and discussed the meaning and importance of Remembrance Day and they have embraced the sentiment of the song. The song keeps getting better and we can’t wait to share it with students, teachers and parents at next weeks’ ceremony.

 

Looking Forward

  • Students will finish their Trees Games on Monday and will begin sharing them on Tuesday as we get ready for the Unit Test on Thursday. It will be a busy week in Science.
  • This week in Social, we begin our look at how democracy was formed in Ancient Athens. It is a so much fun to step back in time and see how many of the ideals we hold and follow today started.
  • In Math, we will keep moving forward on our unit on Understanding Number. This will include some work in Jump Math to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • Students will finish their stories and spend some time comparing them to the baseline stories they wrote at the beginning of the year. We will be moving onto Spoken Word Poetry next as we look at different styles of writing. We will continue our Book Club as we dig more deeply into The City of Ember. Also, our Layers of Literacy groups will continue exploring different aspects of reading.
  • Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 10th. Details regarding time will come home next week. We hope to see many of you in attendance as we pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed for our freedom.

Important Dates

·       Remembrance Day Ceremony Nov 10th – Time to be Decided

·       Remembrance Day Nov 11th – No School


Picture of the Week

 

See picture to the right at the bottom.

 

Hallowe’en Fun!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy, safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Oct 24-28, 2022

 

Looking Back

  • Another week has come and gone! Students have been incredibly busy in class, and are making great progress.
  • In Math, we finished up Unit 1 and are moving on to Unit 2 which focuses on Understanding Number. We will be delving into large numbers, multiples and factors over the next few weeks.
  • Students took part in our Forest Fair, sharing the work they did on a chosen Forest Region from somewhere in the world. They all had the opportunity to learn about the different forests and provide and receive feedback from their peers. They also began working on their review for our upcoming Unit Test.
  • In Social, we focused on the Common Good and Services as we start to wrap our look at the Principles of Democracy. They also started a review of what has been discussed and studied as they get ready for the Unit Test next week.
  • This week in Language Arts, students continue with our Book Club talk focused on the ideas and themes they are seeing in The City of Ember. Their discussions are quite animated and engaging.
  • Students continued their work in our Layers of Literacy program. They worked in different groups, focusing on different aspects of reading.
  • Students continue to work on our rendition of Visiting Hours. They have truly embraced the sentiment of the song. It sounds amazing and we can’t wait to share it with students, teachers and parents at our upcoming Remembrance Day Ceremony.

 

Looking Forward

  • Students will be finishing up their review of the Trees and Forests Unit and will then be using that information to create a game for their classmates to play as a way to review all we have learned along the way. It should be a great week in Science.
  • We will be finishing our look at the Principles of Democracy with the Unit Test on Thursday. Once we complete this unit, we are moving on to a look at how democracy was formed in Ancient Athens. It is a so much fun to step back in time and see how many of the ideals we hold and follow today started.
  • In Math, we will be moving on to the next Unit focusing on Understanding Number. This will include some work in Jump Math to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • Students will be given a story prompt to use to write a story incorporating all of the approaches we have been working on over the last six weeks. We will then compare these stories to the ones they wrote at the beginning of the year to see how much growth they have shown. We will continue our Book Club as we dig more deeply into The City of Ember. Also, our Layers of Literacy groups will continue exploring different aspects of reading.
  • Monday is Hallowe’en!!! Yay! Students are welcome to come to school dressed up and they can bring snacks for our afternoon celebration. Please make sure there are no weapons and that their costume allows them to do school work for the first part of the day.
  • Fish Creek Friday is this coming Friday. Students will be heading down to the Park once again to take part in more fun learning activities. The forecast is for a colder day than we have experienced before. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. I would also recommend they bring a warm drink to help them warm up if they are a little chilly. It’s going to be a great day!!!
  • Thank you for your continued support.

 

Important Dates

  • Hallowe'en Oct 31st - Time to dress up!!!
  • International Cookie Monster Day Nov 2nd – bring some cookies to enjoy!!!
  • Fish Creek Friday Nov 4th – dress warmly
  • Remembrance Day Nov 11th – No School

 

Picture of the Week

 

See picture to the right at the bottom.

 

  • Hallowe’en is Coming!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy, safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca

 



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Oct 17-21, 2022

 

Looking Back

  • What a week we have had! Students have been incredibly busy in class, the school hosted a race in which two of our students finished in first on home turf and we made our way down to the park for Fish Creek Friday where leadership and respect were the name of the game. It doesn’t get much better than that!
  • Students finished up the Unit 1 in Math. They all wrote the Practice Test and did some review in preparation for the Unit Test next week.
  • Students worked hard on their Forests of the World projects. With the due date looming, they really focused their efforts on pulling together their information and putting it together in a clear and concise way. We can’t wait to see what they have come up with.
  • In Social this week, we discussed the Canadian Constitution and how it is designed to make sure the most important laws of the land are protected. We also started looking at some of the services that each level of government is responsible for.
  • This week in Language Arts, students took part in two Book Club talks. In these, they had the chance to discuss some of the ideas and themes they are seeing in The City of Ember.  
  • Students continued their work in our Layers of Literacy program. They worked in different groups, focusing on different aspects of reading.
  • Students received their marking sheet for the Tree Guide Project they did earlier in the year this week. If you haven’t seen it, please ask them to show it to you. If you could sign it and have them bring it back to school, that would be appreciated. This just lets me know you have seen it.
  • We have been working hard on our rendition of Visiting Hours. We can’t wait to share it with students, teachers and parents at our upcoming Remembrance Day Ceremony.
  • Fish Creek Friday was a blast! Despite our normal location not being available, students quickly changed gears and marched to a new location over in Shannon Terrace. There they took part in a number of leadership activities in the morning that required them to collaborate and show respect for each other. In the afternoon, they learned all about the Animal/Energy Game and then had a great time playing for the first time. All in all, we had a great day, even though the temperatures were not quite as nice as the day before.
  • Two of our students took first place in the first Woodbine hosted run since the start of COVID. We had a number of other students who also ran a great race and other still who volunteered their time to help make the race a huge success. Congratulations and thank you to all who were there!

 

Looking Forward

  • Students will be taking part in our Forests of the World Forest Fair early this week. We will then be getting into the final project of the unit where they will be creating a game for their classmates to play as a way to review all we have learned along the way. It should be a great week in Science.
  • We will be finishing our look at services before developing an understanding of the common good. The end of the week will see them starting a review before we write our first unit test the next week.
  • In Math, we will be going over the Practice Test and doing some final review before writing the Unit Test. We will then jump into the next nit focusing on Number. This will include some work in Jump Math to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  •  Now that we have finished our breakdown of story, we will be bringing it all back together as students are given a story prompt to use to write a story incorporating all of the approaches we have been working on. We will then compare these stories to the ones they wrote at the beginning of the year to see how much growth they have shown. We will continue our Book Club as we dig more deeply into The City of Ember. Also, our Layers of Literacy groups will continue exploring different aspects of reading.
  • I am out of the building on Wednesday as I am attending a workshop on Jump Math on behalf of the school. There is also, no school on Friday as it is a PD Day.
  • Thank you for your continued support.


Important information from the Parent Council below:

  • Halloween Dance: The Halloween Dance is returning Thursday Oct. 27th from 6 to 8pm.  Buy tickets online for $4 each until Tuesday Oct. 25th.  Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $5 (cash only)
  • Buy tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/woodbine-elementary-halloween-dance-tickets-443851691357
  • We also still need a number of volunteers to help make this fun event run smoothly.  Please consider signing up for a half hour volunteer role if you are attending.  We could not have these amazing events without help from parents! 

 

  • Gift Card Donations: The Woodbine School Council is asking for donations of grocery gift cards to help support families in our school community.  Any denomination is appreciated and can make a big difference. 
  • It is requested that, if possible, the gift cards be purchased for Superstore or Loblaws as these stores have other items such as clothing and can be used to meet more basic needs than simply food.  
  • There will be a drop off box for these gift cards at the Halloween dance, or they can be dropped off at the school office at any point.  Please indicate the value on the gift card.


Important Dates

  • PD Day Oct 28th - No School
  • Hallowe'en Oct 31st - Time to dress up!!!

 

Picture of the Week

 See picture on the right.

  • The human knot!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.


  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Oct 10-14, 2022

Looking Back

  • Monday was Thanksgiving. I hope you all had the chance to connect with family and friends around a table.
  • Students are making good progress in Math. We are almost finished Unit 1. Students have also been working in our Jump Math books. It has been busy!
  • Students continue to make good progress in on their Forests of the World projects. They looked at some examples and have been doubling their efforts to push themselves to do more than they think they can.
  • In Social this week, we wrapped up our look at the four Pillars of Democracy with a review of Equity. Students also started writing out the rules for a game. We will use these to understand how the Canadian Constitution works.
  • This week in Language Arts, we began looking at Endings that Point to a Theme. We also started our Book Clubs. Students read the first chapter and held their first discussion on Friday.
  • Students continued their work in our Layers of Literacy program. They worked in different groups, focusing on different aspects of reading.


Looking Forward

  • Students will be working hard to put the finishing touches on their Forests of the World projects before our Forest Fair the following week.
  • We will be taking a closer look at how our Constitution works and why it is such an important document for all Canadians.
  • In Math, we will be finishing the last couple of lessons in Unit 1. This will be followed by a Practice test, some time to review and then the Unit test. We will also continue Jump Math as a way to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • In Language Arts, we will be digging more deeply into Endings that Point to a Theme. We will continue our Book Club as we dig more deeply into The City of Ember. Also, our Layers of Literacy groups will continue exploring different aspects of reading.
  • Fish Creek Friday will once again take place on Thursday as I have an appointment on Friday and cannot attend.

 

Important Dates

  • School Track Meet Oct 19th – good luck to all our runners
  • Fish Creek Friday Oct 20th (Thursday) – make sure to dress appropriately!!!

 

Picture of the Week

Sorry, no picture this week. :(

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies and Math textbooks and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.
  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.

                Woodbine School 403.777.8630

                Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News – Oct 3-7, 2022

Looking Back

  • What a great week it has been! The weather continues to be glorious, giving us the chance to get out and enjoy. Let’s hope it continues for a while!
  • Students are making good progress in Math. We have made good progress in Unit 1. We also started work in our Jump Math books. It has been busy!
  • In Science, we have made great progress on our Forests of the World projects. Students have explored different regions and are collecting information on their chosen forests.
  • In Social this week, we continued our study of the Principles of Democracy. This included a look at the four Pillars of Democracy – Justice, Freedoms, Representation and Equity.
  • This week in Language Arts, we focused our writing on Memorable Main Characters and Suspenseful Encounters. We also discussed Book Clubs. We are hoping to start our first book this coming week.
  • Students also started work in our Layers of Literacy program. They worked in different groups, focusing on different aspects of reading. We are just getting started, but are excited to see where we can take them.
  • Thursday was our second Fish Creek Friday. We had a great time creating incredible nature art projects. Students also had a blast playing Capture the Flag and Infection. It was a great day!


Looking Forward

·       Students will continue learning about a forest region of their choosing.

·       We will be finishing up the Pillars of Democracy early this week and will be moving on to a look at how our Constitution lays out the laws of the land.

·       In Math, we will be finishing our study of Patterns & Relations. This will be followed by a Practice test, some time to review and then the Unit test. We will also continue Jump Math as a way to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.

·       In Language Arts, we will finish up our look at Suspenseful Encounters and move on to Dialogue. We will hopefully get our books and start our first Book Club and our Layers of Literacy groups will continue exploring different aspects of reading.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

 

Important Dates

  • Thanksgiving Oct 10th – No School
  • Picture Day Oct 11th – dress up and look nice!!! J

  

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

 

Nature Art!!!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca

 




Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 26-30, 2022

Looking Back

  • What a great week it has been! Short weeks always seem to last longer, but with everything going on, everyone has had to step up their game to get everything done.
  • Students are making good progress in Math. We continue to work on Patterns & Relations. Students have been working through lessons and are really starting to understand the process. Most are coming up asking questions and getting their work checked. Great job everyone!
  • Students had the chance to begin their exploration of Financial Literacy as they purchased their first stocks. They explored different companies and figured out how many shares they could afford. We will check back in on them in a month, and then on and off throughout the year, to see if they have made or lost money.
  • In Science, we discussed tree rings while making some observations and inferences about what we saw on some tree cookies. We also watched The Magical Forest which highlighted the incredible interconnectedness of plants and animals found in forests around the world. Finally, we shared and discussed our next project which will have students looking at different forest regions around the world.
  • In Social, we finished up our Grade Six Election with commercials, a candidates’ debate and speeches. It all culminated with students voting, electing a new Council and a swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations to our new Council members and to all of those who ran. You made it a great campaign. We know how hard it is to put yourself out there. Great work everyone!
  • This week in Language Arts, we focused on Residential Schools and learning about the issues surrounding them. Students also learned how to look critically at media and what messages are being shared. We focused on two specific pieces. A propaganda video put out by the Federal Government in 1955 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_V4d7sXoqU) and The Stranger from Gord Downie’s Secret Path (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2VzjkwtFc).
  • Students took part in a Terry Fox Assembly and then headed off into Fish Creek Park to enjoy the beautiful weather as we took part in our Terry Fox Run/Walk.  It was a hot day, but we had a great time and our Grade Six Ambassadors did an amazing job in the assembly and leading some of the groups.
  • Thursday was Orange Shirt Day and the class shone brightly as students proudly wore their orange shirts in support of all Residential School survivors. It was a great day, and a fabulous week of learning.

 

Looking Forward

  • Students will be jumping in earnest into their latest project as they begin learning about a forest region of their choosing.
  • We will be focusing our attention on the Principles of Democracy this week as we kick Social into high gear. Also, our Grade Six Council will be getting up and running this week as they look to make this year the best it can be for all our grade six students.
  • In Math, we will continue our study of Patterns & Relations. We will also be introducing Jump Math into the program as a way to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • In Language Arts, we will move our focus to memorable characters and suspenseful encounters. We will also be starting our first Book Club of the year as we begin The City of Ember. Finally, we will be splitting the grade six group up to begin working on a literacy program meant to improve overall reading ability.
  • There is no school Friday as we take part in the CBE’s first System-wide PD Day.
  • The following Monday is also a holiday as Canadians across the country celebrate Thanksgiving.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

Important Dates

  • Vaccinations for Grade Six (Round 1) Oct 3rd – Please make sure forms are at school
  • System-wide PD Day Oct 7th – No School
  • Thanksgiving Oct 10th – No School

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

 

Truth & Reconciliation!!!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 19-23, 2022

Looking Back

  • This week in Math, we started work on Patterns & Relations. Students have been working through lessons and learning all about Input and Output.
  • In Science, we finished up our Tree projects.
  • In Social, we continued our Student Council election. Posters are going up as campaign teams continue to work at break-neck speed. Good luck to all our candidates!!! We also spent some time talking about Values. Ask them what they know.
  • Our focus in writing continued to be on Showing versus Telling using your five senses and emotion. Our writing focused on describing someone’s emotional state using body language, facial expressions and dialogue instead of just saying a person is sad or happy.
  • We took part in our first Fish Creek Friday this past Thursday. It was a great day and everyone made it back – even though they were a little tired.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences were held Thursday night and Friday during the day. It was wonderful to meet so many of you and to learn more about your children. They are a great bunch!


Looking Forward

  • Tree Guides are due on Monday this week.  We will then spend a little bit of time looking at some different aspects of trees before jumping into our next project.
  • Student Elections continue. Students will be recording and sharing TV & Radio commercials this week. On Monday, we will hold our candidate debate, Tuesday will see speeches being shared and students will vote on Wednesday. By this time next week, we will have a Grade Six Council in place. Can’t wait to see what they do!
  • We will begin our study of Financial Literacy as part of our math enrichment to boost their Financial IQ. This week they will be buying stocks. Any input from you will help them make good purchases.
  • We will be spending time this week talking and learning about Residential Schools. While this can be. Difficult discussion, it is an important one that will be handled respectfully and carefully.
  • Our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk will take place on Wednesday. Once again this year, we will be taking the grade sixes down through Fish Creek Park.
  • Thursday is Orange Shirt Day. We encourage all students to wear orange.
  • There is no school Friday as we recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day across Canada.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

 

Important Dates

  • Terry Fox Run/Walk – Wednesday, Sept 28th
  • Orange Shirt Day – Thursday, Sept 29th
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

 

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

 

Fish Creek Friday memories!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 12-16, 2022

Looking Back

  • We have been working on operations and, more specifically, Order of Operations in Math. Students have been playing the Elimination Game using order of operations which is tricky. Get them to show you how.
  • In Science, we are making good progress on our Tree Profile Projects.
  • In Social, we continued our Student Council election. Posters are going up as campaign teams continue to work at break-neck speed. Good luck to all our candidates!!!
  • Our focus in writing was on Story Beginnings that Command Attention which included approaches like plunging the reader into the conflict and making the reader wonder. We also focused on using descriptive vocabulary. We also started looking at the idea of Showing versus Telling using your five senses and emotion.
  • We put the finishing touches on our first art project.
  • In class, students continue to settle in. They are beginning to better understand my expectations. This has been a great week for them and we are starting to see what they can do.
  • We did more baseline testing. We hope to wrap things up next week.
  • Things continue to get better and better every day. It was a great week!

 

Looking Forward

  • We will be finishing our baseline testing this week.
  • We will wrap up our Tree Guides this week, with them being due a week on Monday and will then move forward in our study of Trees & Forests.
  • Student Elections continue. Students will be working on TV & Radio commercials this week.
  • We will begin our study of Financial Literacy as part of our math enrichment to boost their Financial IQ. This week they will be buying stocks. Any input from you will help them make good purchases.
  • We are looking forward to our first Fish Creek Friday (on Thursday) this week. It’s going to be great!!!

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

 

Important Dates

  • Fish Creek Friday Sept 22nd – we will be gone all day.
  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd (you can choose an in-person or virtual meeting)
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

 

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

      Some of our completed Campaign Posters

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 6 – 9, 2022

Looking Back

  • This week has been one of establishing routines and getting things going.
  • We jumped into a review of operations in Math by playing the Elimination Game. Ask your son or daughter to teach the whole family how to play. Enjoy!
  • In Language Arts, we focused on story writing to establish a baseline. We also completed a reading comprehension test to help us begin developing an idea of reading level for everyone in the class.
  • In Science, we watched a video focusing on the interconnectedness of all of the Earth’s systems. It is fascinating how what happens in one place, affects environments around the globe. We kicked our first unit – Trees & Forests – with a discussion about what student know about trees.
  • In Social, we started our discussion of Government and Democracy. We also jumped into a Student Council election with nomination speeches on Friday. Congratulations to all our candidates, and thanks to all who put their name forward whether they were nominated or not.
  • Things continue to get better and better every day. It was a great week!

We are looking forward to a great year! 


Looking Forward

  • We will be finishing our baseline testing this week.
  • Our first project in the Trees & Forests unit kicks off this week.
  • Math gets up and running in earnest as well.
  • This Is Me Projects will be shared this week.
  • Our election kicks into high gear.
  • We will begin a focused look at story writing beginning this week.


  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.


Important Dates

  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd (you can choose an in-person or virtual meeting)
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School
  • Fish Creek Friday dates TBD


Picture of the Week 

What we know about Government & Democracy - not a bad starting point.

See picture on the right side of the screen 

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from Covid and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 1 – 2, 2022

Looking Back

  • Welcome to the 2022/2023 School Year!!!
  • It is so wonderful to have students back in the building after the summer. Their energy and enthusiasm fills the school and our classroom!
  • This week, we spent time reviewing expectations and discussing how our classroom works.
  • Students took part in two Design Challenges. Ask them about what and how they did.
  • We began a mini-project called This Is Me. Ask your son or daughter all about it.
  • Thank you to everyone for making sure your children are coming to school prepared to learn. They have adjusted well to their new, unique learning environment. 

We are looking forward to a great year!

 

Looking Forward

  • We will be starting some baseline testing to get an idea of where everyone is and where we need to go from here.
  • Our Trees & Forests unit in Science kicks off this week.
  • Math gets up and running in earnest as well.
  • This Is Me Projects are due Friday.
  • We will be starting a class election campaign this week.


  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.
  • A Class Update will also come out weekly via our class blog which can be found using the following link:

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Woodbine/teaching-learning/classes-departments/teacher-pages-blogs/Pages/simon-clarke.aspx

 

Important Dates

  • Labour Day Monday – No School
  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School
  • Fish Creek Friday dates TBD 

Picture of the Week

  •  See picture off to the side

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.
  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from Covid and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

  • If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

              Woodbine School 403.777.8630

              Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Welcome to Grade 6! Please use the link on the right to look at my Welcome Video. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Mr. Clarke



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