Ms. Mabbott & Ms. Stewart

May 9th to 13th:

Important Dates

  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day 
  •  May 23 - No School - Victoria Day 
  •  June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am) 
  •  June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE) 
  •  June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  •  June 28 - Last day of classes

Room 18 has welcomed the warm spring weather this week! It has allowed us to spend more time outside and engage with our outdoor classroom. We enjoyed a community walk this week and looked at the trees in our neighbourhood, observing the growing buds and sprouting leaves. It was a great opportunity to review some of the concepts in our Trees and Forest unit in Science. We will plan to head out for another walk early this week to take a close look at leaf patterns and shapes.

Please read the student-created blogs below to review our week of learning.




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May 2nd to 6th:

Important Dates

  • May 10 - School Council Meeting
  • May 11 - Jersey Day (wear your favourite jersey to celebrate the NHL playoffs)
  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

Room 18 worked on two large projects this week in ELA and Social. May is a key month when students are feeling confident in their learning and can complete large projects showcasing the various skills they have learned throughout the year. Our Wonderopolis research project is a multi-week focus where students choose a focus, develop engaging and curious questions, research and take jot notes aiming to learn more about their topic, and then use the notes to compose new text.  The final document includes their information, pictures and videos to enhance their topic, identified and defined  key vocabulary words, and potentially a listening feature and comprehension quiz. Please ask to see your child's Wonderopolis research project!



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April 18th to 22nd:

Important Dates

  • May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • May 10 - School Council Meeting
  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Hello Spring...we've had sun, rain and snow! Please remind your child to watch the weather and dress appropriately to ensure they are (mostly) warm at recess and lunch.

Room 18 is working hard to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the year. We have begun a large-scale research project in ELA and are applying our critical thinking skills in Science and Social. Please read the student-generated blogs below to take a glimpse into our learning space this week.



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April 11th to 14th:

Important Dates

  • April 15 - No School - Good Friday
  • April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • April 22 - Class Photos
  • May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • May 10 - School Council Meeting
  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

Room 18 is walking into the final stretch of their year. In April we are beginning to apply our skills when working on larger projects and use our problem-solving skills when encountering challenging questions. In Gym we have been working on our gymnastic skills. To challenge our skills, we added a few obstacles to our mats and balancing equipment which was also enjoyed by the rest of the school. Please read below to learn more about the learning activities we participated in this week.

In ELA, students used their jot note research skills and began to apply them when looking at multiple resources. Throughout various lessons, Room 18 learned how to collect jot notes from 2 texts, organize the information and compose a summary text. We also learned how to include direct quotes in our writing. We will continue to apply these skills as we begin our large research project soon.


Room 18 finished up their decimal focus in Numeracy. They had a final check-in, sharing their understanding of multiplication and division using numbers with decimals. They will receive their marks early this week. Next in Math, we have started a focus on Area, Perimeter and Volume. Students did well using a standard algorithm when finding the perimeter of a regular polygon and then applying their knowledge when solving the perimeter of irregular shapes.

In Science this week we have reviewed the reasons for the seasons and began our focus on Constellations. Using a variety of examples and visuals, students developed their understanding that the Earth’s tilt and the angle of the sun cause a change in seasons. Ask your child where the sun’s direct light is shining on earth during autumn or spring equinox, versus Calgary’s summer and winter solstice. We also began conversations about constellations and which groups of stars we are familiar with. Ms. Mabbott challenged her students to step outside in the evening to see if they could find the constellations Orion, Ursa Major (the Big Dipper is a part of this constellation) or Cygnus.


Ancient Greek government structure was our focus this week. Grade 6 learned about the Assembly, Council of 500 and the Courts. They learned about the importance of citizen participation and how ancient Greek direct democracy took time and knowledge of the issues. When asked if this type of government was fair, the class quickly agreed that fairness was not a characteristic. Unlike in Canada, only a male citizen in ancient Greece has the right to vote on issues and make decisions for the community. Ask your child who the different social groups were in Greece.



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March 28th to April 1st:

Important Dates

  • April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting
  • April 15 - No School - Good Friday
  • April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • April 22 - Class Photos
  • May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • May 10 - School Council Meeting
  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria DayMarch 28th to April 1st:

This week has been eventful as there have been many changes in grade 6. We said farewell to our dear Assistant Principal, Heather McKay, and welcomed our new Principal, Marina Clark. Room 18 shared many of our favourite memories of Mrs. McKay and contributed to her gift. Ask your child about the book we 'added to' to share our appreciation.  Various Room 18 students also participated in our special assembly celebrating Mrs. McKay and welcoming Ms. Clark.  We have also regrouped our grade 6 students, welcoming room 16 grade 6's into Room 18's space  each afternoon, alongside Mrs. Wilkinson, to continue our curriculum focus and begin preparations for Provincial Achievement Tests. The grade 6 group did amazingly well working collaboratively and sharing their understanding of the concepts we reviewed.








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March 28th to April 1st:

Important Dates

  • April 2 - World Autism Day
  • April 4 - First day for our new Principal, Ms. Marina Clark 
  • April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting
  • April 15 - No School - Good Friday
  • April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • April 22 - Class Photos
  • May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
  • May 10 - School Council Meeting
  • May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
  • May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • May 23 - No School - Victoria Day


Room 18 continues to grow and become more confident learners and leaders in our school. We have had ongoing conversations about our brain and our ability to self-regulate during good days and bad. We talked about 'flipping our lid' and the reaction we may have - clenched fists, red face, unkind words, crying, running away, or avoidance. Students also brainstormed different ways they cope with dysregulation and strategies they use to avoid 'flipping their lid' such as calm breathing, listening to music, moving to a quiet space, reading in their room or going for a walk. We will continue to learn about our brain and ways to support self-regulation. Please read the student-created blogs below sharing our learning from the week.




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March 14 to 18:

Important Dates

  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes - Rock Your Socks!
  • March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • March 28 – Classes Resume
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  • April 2 - World Autism Day
  • April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting
  • April 15 - No School - Good Friday
  • April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
  • April 22 - Class Photos

Room 18 was incredibly busy this week beginning new units in Science and Social, as well as starting new skills in ELA and Math. We were able to enjoy some fresh air on Friday and take a community walk with our friends in Room 16. 

We wish all of our families a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break and look forward to seeing you on March 28th! Please read below for a glimpse into our week from the students' perspective.






February 28th to March 4th

Important Dates

  • March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool
  • March 8 - Room 18 Social Studies Assessment
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm
  • March 11 - No School - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume


Students in Room 18 have shown determination and focus as they progress this year. They are taking on more independence in their learning and have begun to learn new strategies for studying and reviewing past concepts. Ask your child how they feel about the upcoming Social test and what they are doing to prepare for it. 

WORDLE is Room 18's new favourite game. We take time during our morning routine to talk strategy and skill when eliminating letters and guessing possible words. The conversations we have had about vocabulary, word rule,. and possible answers have been amazing! If you are interested, play this game with your Grade 6 student and have a great discussion about strategy and possibilities. Wordle Unlimited is also a great option for those who want more than one word a day (this is Ms. Mabbott's favourite!).


 




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February 21 to 25

Important Dates

  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

Room 18 worked hard this week focusing on learning through choice, using the strategies and supports provided and working in groups. Please read below for the week in review from our student's perspective.






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February 7 to 11

Important Dates

  • Room 18 Valentine's Day Celebration - Messenger letter sent home
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

Wow! Is it already mid-February?? The time is flying. Room 18 had a busy week as we are wrapping up several concepts we are learning. Students are working towards greater independence as their teachers are beginning to gradually release more responsibility to them. A main focus has been reading the instructions to a task and using the success criteria and rubrics to ensure their work is complete. This is an ongoing goal for Room 18 and we will continue to build this skill.

We have also been talking about Mr. Radu and his move to Area Office. We are proud of him for earning this new position, but will also miss his presence around the school. Please read our blog updates and our final farewell to Mr. Radu.





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February 1 to 4

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

How is it February? Room 18 did well with another week of freezing weather and we are welcoming a warm week ahead. As we enter the second half of our year, it is important to acknowledge the hard work our students do each day. We continue to work towards our learning goals and do our best work on each task. Students are encouraged to read each night to build their reading skills and set aside time to work on any assignments they have not yet completed. 

Please read below for the week in review from our student's perspective.



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January 24th to 28th

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • First week of February - Report Cards will be released on PowerSchool
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

Room 18 was busy this week as we tackled new science experiments, Math challenges and learned about Provincial Government. Alongside academic and curricular outcomes, students are celebrating their personal accomplishments this year. Many have met their personal goals to improve their writing, analyze challenging text, or master complicated math concepts. This grade 6 group is learning to utilize the strategies and tools provided to support their learning goals. We look forward to students reading their report cards and celebrating their achievements.

Please read the blogs below as students review their learning this week.




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January 17th to 21st

Important Dates

  • January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • February 8 - School Council Meeting
  • February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention
  • February 21 - No School - Family Day
  • February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class
  • February 23 - Pink Shirt Day
  • March 8 - School Council Meeting
  • March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18 - Last Day of Classes
  • March 19-27 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 – Classes Resume

Thank you to Room 18 for your flexibility and patience this week as our routines were nothing but out of routine. Please be reminded that in the case of a short or an extended absence, most lessons and assignments are included on Google Classroom. Ms. Mabbott and Ms. Person are checking our Gmail on a regular basis so if you have any questions, please send them in the comment section of the assignment or in an email. Please read below for the week in review from our student's perspective.



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January 10th to 14th

Important Dates:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

 February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day


Happy New Year and welcome back! Students had a busy first week back after Winter Break. We loved feeling the warmer temperatures and being able to socialize outside. Our week was busy with story writing, reviewing democracy, continuing our investigations, and practicing our math skills.  Please read below for the week in review from Room 18’s perspective.


Link to fingerprint game:  https://www.learnalberta.ca/co...



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December 6th to 10th

Important Dates:

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

 

Room 18 welcomed Ms. Person to our space this week. She worked with various groups and individual students, sharing her enthusiasm for learning. 

We worked with focus and diligence this week. We continue to focus on our reading skills and identifying important information and keywords that support and deepen our understanding. In math, we had an Angle and Polygon test that will be sent home soon. We also began our patterning unit and students demonstrated enthusiasm when sharing their understanding of multiples of numbers to 100. For specific examples, please read the blog posts from our students.



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November 29th to December 3rd

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.  

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021. ***Room 18 will be visiting the book fair on Wednesday, December 8th.

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see-through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

 Shopify URL

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 


Important Dates:

December 3 - School Spirit Day - Favourite Hat Day

December 3 to December 10 Scholastic Winter 2021 Book Fair

December 10- School Spirit Day - Sweater Day (red/green or holiday sweater)

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume


Room 18 had an eventful week of learning and transition. We said goodbye to Mrs. Stewart as she prepares for her baby and welcomed Ms. Wishart who supported our learning for the week. She is a kind and enthusiastic teacher who shared her passion for Math and Science. On Monday we will be welcoming Ms. Person to our class and are excited to introduce her to everyone.

Please read below for the highlights of our week from our students’ perspective.



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November 22nd to 26th

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.  

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

 Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.


Students in Room 18 will be going to the book fair on Wednesday, December 8th!

 

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

 Shopify URL

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 


Important Dates:

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

         Please note:  Students in Room 18 will be going to the book fair on Wednesday, December 8th!

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

January 4 - Classes Resume


In ELA this week, we reviewed jot note skills and then practiced while reading a text about deciduous trees. Students choose the most important vocabulary from each sentence that would help them summarize the information in their own words. They then used their notes to compose their own paragraph about deciduous trees. A student said, “It was way easier to write a sentence when I choose vocabulary that was informative.” Another student said, “I made the mistake of collecting words that were not important and I had a hard time trying to figure out what to write.” Ask your child if their paragraph was similar or different from the original text. Were they successful when choosing the key vocabulary?


Also in ELA this week, we began a new novel called Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Students are enjoying the humour and silly actions taken by this group of grade 5 students. The book shares the events through the eyes of each of the students. 



Room 18 was busy this week sharing their understanding of the concepts we have learned over the past few weeks. Students took 2 tests, one in Science and one in Social. We began learning about positive study habits and ways to review different concepts. When prepping for their tests, students reviewed the main vocabulary words, identified and connected with concepts, played games and used flip cards to test their knowledge.



The most important news Room 18 learned this week was of Mrs. Stewart’s leave. Her final day will be on Monday, November 29 as she prepares to become a new mom. We are sad to see her go but know she is participating in an incredible new journey. We are very happy for you and Mr. Stewart and cannot wait to connect with you via Google Meet to meet Baby Stewart. 🍼 👶 ❤️



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November 15th - 19th

Important Dates:

November 20 - Booking for Parent/Teacher Conferences opens

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 - Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


We look forward to meeting with Room 18 families to celebrate your child’s accomplishments so far this year and share our upcoming goals. Please book your conference in the MyCBE app. Please read below for the week in review from Room 18’s perspective.




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November 8th - 10th

Important Dates:

  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 15 - ADmazing coupon sales close - last day to order
  • November 15 - 19  Alberta’s Metis Week
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

It was a short but busy week. Room 18 focused on Remembrance Day activities, honouring our veterans and those who are currently serving. EMJ participated in our annual Remembrance Day assembly, with each class contributing art, poetry, and music. It was a special event.

Catch a glimpse of our learning this week from our students' perspective.




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November 1st to 5th

Important Dates:

  • November 8 - Indigenous Veterans Day
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents
  • November 10 - EMJ’s Remembrance Day virtual assembly 
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 15 - ADmazing coupon sales close - last day to order
  • November 15 - 19  Alberta’s Metis Week
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

It is hard to believe that November is already here! Students in Room 18 are working diligently in all areas of their learning. We have completed several large projects and we are learning to break the tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. In grade 6, we also work on self-evaluating our work using the success criteria, checklists, rubrics, and exemplars that are shared. It is a big step to stop and reflect on your own work, but we are already seeing students review their assignments and independently make positive choices to improve their marks. 

Please read below for our student blog entries sharing our learning for the week.





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October 25th - 29th 

Important Dates: 

  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

It was an exciting week at EMJ! Our students were excited to participate in Fall/Halloween themed Math and Literacy tasks.

Thank you to Parent Council who purchased pumpkins for each class to participate in community building through pumpkin carving and decorating. In Room 18 we first used our pumpkin to practice estimation in Math. We completed a task inspired by 3-Act tasks and Esti-mysteries. To start, we made estimates about how many seeds were inside of our class pumpkin while only seeing the size from the outside. Then, more information was revealed that allowed to allow students to refine their estimates to get closer to the actual number of seeds inside the pumpkin. For example, once we counted how many seeds were on the lid of the pumpkin, and could see inside the pumpkin, students were able to share new estimates using more specific information and strategies. 

We then worked together as a class to build a pirate themed pumpkin display. Thank you again to Parent Council! Our class had a blast! 

Take a look at our student's blog entries to show our learning this week! 



October 19th - 22nd

Important Dates:

  • November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity
  • November 9 - School Council Meeting
  • November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Room 18 had a busy week this week. Some highlights include participating in our EMJ municipal election and completing a plasticine art project. They were excited to finally get to play a football game in gym class and plan to continue to build their skills during recess and lunch. Please read below for the students' summary of this week's learning activities.






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October 12th-15th

Important Dates:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Room 18 was incredibly busy this week learning about the municipal election and information about each of the candidates, focusing on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers and looking at the different levels of the forest.  The class has shown focus and determination as they complete larger tasks and assignments, advocating for extra time if needed and taking some work home to complete.  

Here is a snapshot of the week's events and learning:




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October 4th-8th

Important Dates: 

  • October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day


Highlights of the Week from the voices of our students: 

“Memoir writing - we are writing about one of our memories. We are using figurative language and adding detail to make people want to read it more” 

“In Math - decimal adding, subtracting. Math Cafe - we had to solve problems with people buying food, adding it up and seeing the total.” 

“We played volleyball & football. ” 

“Fatty Legs - We continued the story and she (Olemaun) went into the Residential School. She realized it wasn’t as good as she thought. They weren’t as nice.” 

Our students had a week full of hard work and persistence! They have shown their abilities to work towards their learning goals and show what they know! 

In ELA, we focused on our writing skills this week.  Students composed a comparison paragraph sharing a character they felt was similar to our classroom read aloud novel character, Olemaun Poikak.  They used a Venn diagram or chart to brainstorm their ideas and then wrote a complete paragraph.  Room 18 also composed their own memoir narrative, sharing a memory that brought about strong emotions. They are now in the midst of adding figurative language to enhance their writing. Ask your child what memory they retold. Next week students will focus on the revision and editing process to complete their memoir work.

In Math this week, we have deepened our understanding of decimal place value and shown our ability to add and subtract decimals. Our students participated in a new Math routine called Dollar Words. We provided a key that allotted an amount for each letter of the alphabet and our students brainstormed words that added up to $1.00.  They also had fun using a Cafè menu to solve money word problems that included addition and subtraction of decimals. Next week we will finish our Cafè questions and build on our addition and subtraction of decimal skills.

Trees and Forests continue to be our focus in Science. This week students learned to use a dichotomous key to identify different Alberta trees.  Starting with the leaves, students work through the key and eliminate possible trees.  We also learned about producers, consumers, and decomposers and discussed various organisms found in our Alberta forest ecosystem.  Students also began to look at the levels of the forest and will continue this focus into next week.

In Social this week, we looked at the 4 pillars of democracy and completed a visual poster that shares our understanding.  Students created their own mnemonic device to recall the pillars and added images and words to share their understanding. In preparation for the upcoming election, we also began to learn about municipal government. Students focused on how this government is structured, what services they provide for their citizens, and how it is different from provincial and federal governments.  Next week we are excited to dive into municipal election research and identify possible candidates we might vote for.  Students will also learn about the election process as we will cast our own City of Calgary votes on Friday!

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September 27th-October 1st

Important Dates: 

  • October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

This week, CBE recognized Truth and Reconciliation. On Wednesday, Room 18 took part in a virtual meeting with Courtney Defriend, the author of If Instead of a Tree. Students were able to learn about the importance of Trees from an Indigenous perspective and make connections to our Tree & Forests focus in Science. 

Check out our other learnings this week from the voices of our students, including our students sharing informations about the other Indigenous texts and the Trail Tales that we experienced this week. 



September 20th-24th

Important Dates:

  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School
  • October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day
  • October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving
  • October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm
  • October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

It was wonderful to connect with families this week during conferences! We had an incredible week of learning, check out what we have been up to in Room 18! 

ELA

  • I can explain how literary devices/ figurative language enhance writing 
  • I can identify figurative language in text
  • I can label different examples of figurative language 

In ELA, we have completed our All About Me presentations. Each student shared their artifacts in a unique and creative way, and their peers were asking thoughtful questions to gain a deeper understanding. We are so proud of each of our students taking a risk to speak in front of their peers.

We have also learned various types of figurative language this week such as synecdoche, alliteration, hyperbole, simile and metaphor. We practiced identifying examples of each type of figurative language and had the students collaborate to create their own examples to enhance a paragraph. Then, we worked to identify literary devices within a text. While learning about literary devices, we have used music to support students in remembering the vocabulary and examples for figurative language. Check out the Figurative Language Rap that was a huge hit with our grade 6’s! 


Math

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of place value including numbers greater than 1 million. 
  • I can solve problems that involve addition and subtraction of whole numbers. 

In Math this week, our students continued to explore place value of large numbers to show in various forms including standard, expanded and word form. We then explored addition and subtraction of large numbers and played two games called Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Race to Zero  to practice our skills. Moving forward, we will show off what we have learned in a place value review and check-in and also focus on learning different Math vocabulary that will support our students in working through mathematical word problems. 


Science

  • I can identify a tree as deciduous or coniferous.
  • I can identify a tree by its leaves or needles (type, arrangement, margin, shape)

This week in Science, we have continued to explore the different types of leaves. We went out into our outdoor learning space to collect various types of needles and leaves. We then used our scavenger hunt notes to identify the leaf type, shape and margin of each needle or leaf they found. Our students demonstrated their curiosity and ability to use scientific reasoning to identify each leaf type and draw/label them in their visual journals. We have also begun learning about coniferous versus deciduous trees this week. Next week we will begin our first research task to learn about different deciduous and coniferous trees in Alberta, which will also lead us into an art piece. 


Social

  • I can vote for a future political party based on information and research
  • I can base my political choice on my personal values and beliefs
  • I can participate in the democratic process
  • I can analyze data from graphs and collected numbers
  • I can evaluate data and make logical inferences

On Monday, September 20th, our students engaged in the democratic process by participating in Student Vote! They utilized their knowledge of the political parties that they researched last week to make an informed decision before casting their ballots. On Tuesday, as a class, we analyzed the election results and compared the student vote results from across the country and within EMJ to the votes collected in the Federal election. Our students were able to utilize graphs and numbers to build an understanding of the democratic system in place and discussed how numbers of votes and numbers of seats work together to establish our elected members of parliament. Next week we will continue to explore democratic values and the pillars of democracy. 




September 13th-17th

It was a busy week in Grade 6!  We enjoyed learning outside while the weather was warm and maintained focus and determination when learning new concepts in class.   

Coming home on Friday is an Ad-Mazing collection envelope.  If you are interested in purchasing the coupon book, please read the information provided and follow the steps.

This weekend we will open the portal to book Parent-Teacher Conferences.  We look forward to hearing your perspective of your child and your vision for their grade 6 year!


Important Dates: 

  • September 19 - Terry Fox
    • Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 19th. Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th. You can either donate online http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ... or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!
  • September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7
  • September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Learning Highlights of the Week:

Again this week our class worked together to combine their ideas and craft a blog page for ELA, Math, Science, and Social.  Students were challenged to brainstorm ideas and craft a paragraph or two, highlighting our week.  They are showing greater confidence when adding 'I can' statements and pictures to match their writing. We continually work towards these skills and are seeing more open communication and teamwork. Please read below for this week's celebrations.



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September 7th-10th

We hope that families and students enjoyed a wonderful long weekend. It has been a wonderful week at school! Our students have shown their ability to take learning risks, engage in new routines and work collaboratively to learn from one another. 

Important Dates: 

  • September 16 – School Photos
  • September 19 - Terry Fox
  • September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7
  • September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

Learning Highlights of the Week:

To share our learning for this week, our students worked together on Google Docs to collaboratively write blog entries for Math, ELA, Science and Social. As a class, we analyzed last week's entries to identify areas of success and create goals for their blogs this week. Check out the work of our students and their learning highlights this week!






Welcome to Room 18's blog page!  Students work collaboratively to review, highlight and celebrate the learning and accomplishments of the week and we post the results to our page.  During this process, they learn skills like cooperation, patience, resiliency and focus as they must work together to complete the task.  

This year's group demonstrated excitement and determination when we shared the blog and did a wonderful job attempting their first collaboration.  Keep in mind that 4-6 students work on a single document simultaneously which is no small feat.  We are proud of their work today and know they will do an amazing job on the blog this year. Below is the results of their first attempt.  We asked the students to share the highlights of the first 3 days of grade 6.

  • I can cooperate and work well in a group
  • I can show resiliency
  • I can write a text in a group that shares the highlights of our first 3 days




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