Ms. Mabbott & Mrs. Mercier

November 16th-19th 

Highlight of the week from the voices of your teachers:

  • Thank you to all of our families who were able to meet with us for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  We enjoyed connecting with each of you and sharing the celebrations of our students!

In Language Arts this week, students focused on their story writing skills. After analyzing their first story, each student set their own success criteria and wrote an ‘I can’ statement to focus their writing goal. Using a story organizer, students planned, wrote and revised a new story.  They used annotation to identify where their goals were met and highlighted the best part of their story.  Ask your child about the story they wrote!

This week in Math, we have begun to work on identifying fractions and mixed numbers using pictures, and hands on (concrete) materials. We have started to identify fractions from provided pictorial representations and show the symbolic representation. We participated in Math talks to discuss what we notice about fractions, and how fractions and decimals are related. We created different shapes and representations of fractions to visualize and connect our understanding of parts of a whole. We have also used our personal whiteboard to practice identifying fractions and mixed numbers. Next week, we will continue to work with various representations of fractions and decimals in concrete, symbolic and pictorial forms. 





In Science this week, we have continued to explore local Alberta coniferous and deciduous trees. We have become experts on at least 1 local Alberta tree, and have researched specific details that are unique to the chosen tree. Next week, we will be using our research to create art inspired by their selected tree. 





Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!


Important Dates: 

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume


Learning Intentions for November 16-19th:

ELA - I can analyze my own writing and set my own personalized goal/success criteria. 

MATH- I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million and smaller than one thousandth. I can identify mixed numbers pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. 

SCIENCE - I can identify 2 local coniferous and deciduous trees. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I can give examples of how the Charter of Rights is connected to my family and our values.



November 9th-13th

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

  • "We made a brain out of plasticine. So we could learn about the parts of a brain. The brainstem does stuff we don’t have to think about like breathing. The cerebellum helps us balance.” 
  • “We got a betta fish and we named it Tiko!”
  • “Some of us did our Social presentations.” 
  • “We learned about Fixed and Growth Mindset. A fixed mindset is like I am going to quit on the first try. A growth mindset ‘I will keep trying’.”  
  • “In Math we are switching to fractions.” 
  • “We read an article about the World Wars and John McCrae.” 

**Important Notes:

  • Next week (Monday) we have a Social test
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday, November 19th afternoon/evening and Friday, November 20th morning.

This week, EMJ participated in a digital Remembrance Day Assembly. As a school, we paid respect and acknowledged those who served in war. Some of our students read and reflected on the poem ‘The Inquisitive Mind of a Child’. We also read about past wars and focused on John McCrae, the author of ‘In Flanders Field’.

In Language Arts this week, students read information about Remembrance Day and learned about the affects it had on those who served.  We also looked at different Remembrance Day poems such as ‘The Inquisitive Mind of a Child’ and ‘In Flanders Field’.  Students analyzed the information and looked at key vocabulary.  Next week we are looking at our stories from October and analyzing our work using success criteria and our writing checklist.  Students will then set a new story writing goal and begin a new story.


In Social this week we took time to learn about important Canadian historical figures and their role during world wars.  We also began sharing our Chart of Rights and Family Values projects.  Students are nervous to begin their sharing but often opt to share their entire project instead of one aspect.  The outcome has been amazing!  Presenters have done well answering questions about their connections to the charter and how their families are connected.  We will finish presentations next week!  We are also having a test in social studies on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH.  Students were sent home with a study guide reviewing the information and a checklist has been provided in our Google Classroom.  We know the students will rock it!


Students in Room 18 took time this week to focus on Mindfulness and Self Regulation.  We learned how the brain works and what parts of the brain are needed for each function of our day.  Students practiced mindful activities to support their learning, as well as ways to calm themselves before ‘flipping their lid’.  Ask your child what ‘flipping their lid’ means and what strategies they can use to prevent this from happening.  

In Math this week, we have shown off our understanding of decimal place value and problem solving. We have just begun our focus on fractions. Next week we will explore fractions in real life, and begin to identify fractions in symbolic, concrete and pictorial form! 



Learning Intentions for November 9-13th: 

ELA - I can analyze student-generated writing to find grade 6 writing strategies.  I can purposely use dialogue in my story. I can begin my story in an engaging way using a hook.

MATH- I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million and smaller than one thousandth. I can add and subtract numbers to various place values. I can demonstrate an understanding of fractions pictorially, symbolically, concretely. 

SCIENCE - I can identify 2 local coniferous and deciduous trees. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I can give examples of how the Charter of Rights is connected to my family and our values.

HEALTH -  I can examine how health habits/behaviours influence feelings of self-worth. I can recognize that individuals can choose their own emotional reactions to events and thoughts. I can establish personal guidelines for expressing feelings; e.g., recognize feelings, identify preferred ways of expressing feelings, and accept ownership of feelings. I can assess the power of positive thinking (growth mindset). 


Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!


Important Dates:

November 2020

  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


November 2nd-6th

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students:

  • “We can do math corrections. We got our tests back and we made corrections. We can look at our work and we can learn from our mistakes.”
  • “This week we learned how to identify what the trees’ past was like. If the tree was infected with infestations, it has a blue stain, and appears sickly - different from a healthy tree.” 
  • “We learned volleyball skills, and we learned how to bump.”
  • “We did story writing, and wrote our Halloween stories. We learned about re-reading and revising our work through highlighting, fixing capitals and periods (COPS), adding quotations and adding figurative language.” 
  • “We also did CSI (colour, symbol, image) to show what we thought about a character we are reading about.” 

**Important Notes:

  • Next week (Tuesday) we are having an online Remembrance Day Assembly
  • We are having a Math test focused on Decimal place value and problem solving on Monday
  • Social Studies project on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is due Monday!
  • NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY! 


This week in Math, we have focused on understanding decimals. We have worked to understand decimal place value, and determining the expanded and word forms of decimals. We have also continued to practice adding and subtracting decimals with a math routine called ‘Dollar Words’. Each letter of the alphabet is worth a specific decimal amount, and the students have to problem solve to find a word “worth” 1.00. Next week, we will have a math test (the review will be posted on Google Classroom), and we will begin to explore fractions. 



Science this week was focused on tree cookies! We first learned about tree trunks and learned about the function of the xylem, phloem, outer bark, cambium and heartwood. We created a 3D model to show our understanding of the parts of a tree trunk. We also explored growth patterns of trees using their rings, and learned how to determine the growing conditions throughout the trees’ history. Ask your child about the features of trees (tree cookies) that have survived infestation, slope, drought and fire. Next week, we will research local Alberta trees, and use our research to inspire an art project. 

In Social, we continued to work on our projects. We have shown our ability to make connections between family values and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Next week, each student  will be presenting at least 1 of the Rights/Freedoms they selected. 

We are writers in Room 18! We have been working on enhancing our writing using skills and strategies such as annotating written work, and using checklists to support the editing/revision process. We have used spooky stories to show our understanding of figurative language, and to review concepts such as adding dialogue and interesting story beginnings. We also explored a poem The Inquisitive Child that allowed us to explore vocabulary, and summarize texts written about Remembrance Day.  Next week, we will continue to learn about Remembrance Day, and utilize literacy to explore and express ideas. 


Learning Intentions for November 2nd- 6th: 

ELA - I can analyze student-generated writing to find grade 6 writing strategies.  I can purposely use dialogue in my story. I can begin my story in an engaging way using a hook. I can use figurative language in my writing. 

MATH- I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million and smaller than one thousandth. I can add and subtract numbers to various place values. 

SCIENCE - I can identify the parts of a tree and identify parts of a tree trunk. I can interpret the growth pattern of a young tree. I can distinguish growth from year to year. I can recognize differences in colouration between new and old growth. I can recognize differences in texture between new and old growth.I can locate scars that separate old and new growth. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I can give examples of how the Charter of Rights is connected to my family and our values.


Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

 Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

 So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

 EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

 Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!


Important Dates!

November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Halloween Fun
We are sharing our Halloween costumes with our grade 1 buddy class.



October 26th - 29th

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • “We had fun going on a short community walk.”
  • “We had a math test.”
  • "We got to have a google meet with our buddies."
  • “Math was fun because we got to pretend to shop at a cafe.”
  • “In Social we started our Charter of Rights Family Values project.”
  • “We learned about the layers of a tree truck.”
  • “I am so excited for Halloween!”
  • “We started a new game in Gym called Among Us! We are trying to come up with new rules to be safe and have fun.”

We had a super week working on larger projects and building our working stamina. We have seen growth in our group’s working stamina as we build their independence and problem-solving skills. We enjoyed sharing a Google Meet with our buddies and going on a community walk. Have a fun and safe weekend.  Don’t forget that clocks go back one hour on Sunday.  



This week in Language Arts, Room 18 began with an annotation activity where they analyzed a student-generated story for grade 6 writing strategies.  They looked for features such as strong organization and sequencing, use of specific and descriptive vocabulary, and editing for verb tense and spelling mistakes.  We also reviewed story writing elements such as dialogue, story beginnings, and showing versus telling statements.  Students excitedly wrote spooky stories just in time for Halloween. Ask your child to share their story with you.  Next week we will finish our stories and look further into the annotation process.




In Math this week, students took a math assessment to share their understanding of place value and number.  We also had fun ‘shopping’ as students shopped for delicious treats in our virtual cafe practising adding and subtracting numbers to the hundredths.  Students enjoyed figuring out the totals and items and then finding out the change they would receive when they paid.  Next week we will be reviewing the math test, working on correcting our errors and continuing our addition and subtraction focus.



In Science students learned about the different layers of a tree.  They labelled a diagram showing the heartwood, cambium, xylem and other layers.  We had a discussion about the function of each layer and its importance.  Next week we will create our own 3D model and label each part.


In Social this week, we began our Charter of Rights Family Values projects.  Thank you to all the families who were able to have a conversation with their child and discuss which rights and freedoms are important to your family. Following our success criteria, we have begun our projects and look forward to sharing them next week.  Students are making great connections between the Charter and how the bill of rights has made a difference in their daily lives.




Learning Intentions for October 13th- October 16th: 

ELA - I can analyze student-generated writing to find grade 6 writing strategies.  I can purposely use dialogue in my story. I can begin my story in an engaging way using a hook.

MATH- I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million and smaller than one thousandth. I can add and subtract numbers to various place values. 

SCIENCE - I can identify characteristics that distinguish trees from other plants. I can identify the different layers of a tree and describe how each supports tree growth and strength.

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I can give examples of how the Charter of Rights is connected to my family and our values.


Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


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October 19th - 23rd

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • REMINDER: “Do the Social homework task - talk to families about the 5 most important rights in their family!”
  • “One of my favourite activities we did was the scavenger hunt in the gym. It was for Social on rights and freedoms. We had to find and write down rights and freedoms.”
  • “We played Round it game today in Math”
  • “We did Mathletics”

What a wonderful week! The students have been working hard, and have been enjoying making creations in the snow. Some of our students have noticed that with winter weather, their masks have been damp from the cooler weather and snow. Students may find that bringing an extra mask or two to change throughout the day to be beneficial. 


In Language Arts we are learning to become active readers.  Students were introduced to the act of annotation and had their first attempt to read and jot down their questions, connections and ideas.  We have been working on character contrast and comparisons.  Students were asked to think of a character from a book, television show or movie that demonstrated similar characteristics to the main character in Fatty Legs. It was great to see the variety of characters students brainstormed and the variety of reasons for their choice.  Next week we are looking further into annotation, using published text as well as student generated text.  We are also beginning story writing focusing on spooky stories.



In Math this week, we have taken a look at place value to the thousandths place. We were able to play one of our favourite place value games and apply our understanding of decimals to create the largest or smallest numbers. We have also been looking at estimation strategies and have worked on rounding numbers to specific place values. Next week, when we work on problem solving with decimals, we will practice using rounding and estimation to check over our work

. Ask your child about the Round It game we played digitally with our peers. 

  

Science was focused on nutrient cycles and completing our work with food webs. We have found that we are able to show how nutrients are passed through producers, consumers and decomposers in an Alberta forest ecosystem. We also took a closer look at plants and trees this week, with a focus on the characteristics that make a tree unique. Next week, we will review the parts of the tree, and take a closer look at the parts of a trees trunk through tree cookie activities. 

Social was eventful this week as we further looked at and learned about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students engaged in an Amazing Race style activity as they had to run to find the specific rights that matched the freedom.  We also began our Family Values project where students will evaluate the charter and choose the Rights that are most important to their family values.  Please see the email that Mrs. Mabbott sent Friday afternoon for more information and the expectation for the weekend.  The information can also be found on your child’s Google Classroom site.  Have a great discussion about your family values and which charter it relates to! This task will be the focus of our week ahead as students put together their ideas into a presentation.

Learning Intentions for October 13th- October 16th: 

ELA - I can make comparisons between familiar characters in different books, movies and television shows.  I can share my ideas and give evidence to support my opinion.

MATH- I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million and smaller than one thousandth. I can round numbers to various place values. 

SCIENCE - I can describe the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees. I can identify how trees affect and are affected by living things. I can classify organisms (producer, consumer, decomposer) in food chains and food webs. I can identify characteristics that distinguish trees from other plants. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I can give examples and non-examples of the Charter of Rights.

Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


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October 13th to the 16th

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • “We played Infection in gym with Covid rules.” 
  • “We looked at the branch of a hybrid tree. The Larch had needles you could snap in half.” 
  • “We finished the story of Fatty Legs.” 
  • “We did art today.  It was perspective art.” 
  • “ We did a nature walk in the snow!” 
  • “We did a math test. It was okay.” 
  • “In math we completed an assignment where we got to spend $1 Million.” 

The cool weather has arrived!  We had a super week and had many fun activities.  We braved the snow and went on a nature walk around the block.  We look forward to many future adventures in our community.  Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately as the weather changes.



This week in Language Arts, we demonstrated our skills using figurative language.  Students wrote personal memoirs sharing experiences that brought out many emotions and added literary devices to enhance their ideas.  We finished our book, Fatty Legs, and continued our discussion about residential schools. Next week we will be looking at story writing and using figurative language to set a tone in our texts.


Rights and the Canadian Charter were the focus in Social this week.  We learned about the elements of the Charter and examples of how they affect us.  Students were surprised to learn that having an opinion and choosing their own religions were a part of the Charter of Rights.  Next week we will continue to dive into the charter and then begin a project where students will choose elements of the charter that are directly important to their own families.  Plan to have a discussion with your family about the Charter of Rights!

    

    

This week in Math, grade 6 students continued to apply their understanding of place value and solving problems that involved addition and subtraction. We looked at multi-step word problems and used strategies such as identifying/highlighting math vocabulary to determine the operation needed to answer the problem, and drawing visuals. We also completed a check-in that allowed us to show off our understanding of place value and problem solving. Next week we will be working on understanding place values of decimal numbers!



In Science this week, we continued to explore organisms that live within Alberta forests and the nutrient cycle through food webs. We are applying our understanding by creating digital or paper copies of food webs. Next week, we will finish our food webs, and will dig deeper into specific features of trees (coniferous vs deciduous) and photosynthesis!




Learning Intentions for October 13th- October 16th: 

ELA - I can experiment with sentence patterns, imagery and exaggeration to create mood and mental images. I can explain how literary techniques/devices (such as metaphor, synecdoche, personification, visual imagery, sound, voice inflection, flashback) and detail enhance mood, character, setting and action.

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.

SCIENCE - I can describe the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees. I can identify how trees affect and are affected by living things. I can classify organisms (producer, consumer, decomposer) in food chains and food webs. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate an understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)



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October 5th to the 8th

It was a busy week in grade 6 as we geared up for a long weekend.  We had many discussions about GRATITUDE and the importance of positive thinking.  Since the first week of school, we begin each day adding to our Happiness Journal which allows students to find one part of their day, week or future that brings a smile to their faces.  To add on to this positive mindset, we have added a Gratitude Pumpkin to our space. Each student wrote a single word or short phrase about something they are grateful for.  We hope to add more words to our pumpkin next week! 


This week in Language Arts, we continued our focus on figurative language.  We were detectives finding different devices in the books we are reading, as well as in other areas of our daily lives.  Students had competitive fun playing a Figurative Language Jeopardy game and demonstrating their understanding of the devices.  At the end of the week they rocked a challenge to revise a boring paragraph about Autumn into a descriptive masterpiece.  Ask your child to share their paragraph with you on our Google Classroom.  This coming week we are planning to go on a walk to soak in the elements of nature around us.  We will be taking note of the sights, sounds and smells we observe.  We will then continue to build on our descriptive writing skills.


This week in Math, grade 6 students had fun using their mental math skills during daily math routines.  We played How Many Ways to demonstrate our understanding of number and then focused some time reviewing how to subtract across zeros. Students also became mathematic detectives, finding clues in word problems to help them find the solution. Next week we will be focusing on word problem vocabulary and finding the solutions to the given equations.  


Rights and Responsibilities were the focus in Social this week.  Students discussed various rights they have at home, school and in the community and what responsibilities come with those rights.  Ask your child what right they identified and the responsibilities they thought were important.  We also discussed the difference between rights and privileges and how it changes perspectives about needs in a community.  Next week we will be looking at Canada’s Charter of Rights and how it affects our daily lives.

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In Science this week, room 18 learned about Food Webs and Food Chains in Alberta.  We talked about producers, consumers and decomposers and their roles within a diverse ecosystem.  Students began a collaboration to digitally create their own food webs showing the transfer of nutrients from plant to animal.  Next week we are continuing our work on food webs and will be creating our own.


Learning Intentions for October 5th- October 9th: 

ELA - I can clarify understanding using note-taking and representing. Explain how literary techniques/devices (such as metaphor, synecdoche, personification, visual imagery, sound, voice inflection, flashback) and detail enhance mood, character, setting and action.

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.

SCIENCE - I can describe the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees. I can identify how trees affect and are affected by living things. I can classify organisms (producer, consumer, decomposer) in food chains and food webs. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate an understanding of the Rights and Responsibilities I have as a citizen.



Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 7 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day



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September 28th - October 2nd


16 Boxes - Daily Math Routine


Wow! Our grade 6 students have worked so hard this week! We are so impressed with their enthusiasm towards learning!

In Math, we have continued to work on daily Math routines to utilize our mental math and estimation skills through problem solving. One of our favourite games to play is 16 Boxes! The students have worked to utilize math vocabulary to share their personal strategies to calculate their final sum! We have also continued to work on our place value understanding of numbers greater than 1 Million. This week, we utilized technology for digital dice and game board to help us play math games with partners from a distance! 



Digital Place Value Game - Who Wants to be a Millionaire?



Visual Journal Page - Organisms living in each level of the forest


In Science this week, we explored the levels of the forest, and created a visual journal flip page to describe the types of animals living in, under and among trees. We also put our understanding of consumers, producers and consumers into action in an exciting Phys.Ed. game. Ask your child about the role (producer, consumer, decomposer) that they played! We then created an art piece that was inspired by local Alberta trees! Next week we will continue to explore the nutrient cycle, and look at visual representations such as food chains and food webs. 

This week, we recognized the importance of learning about Residential schools. It was Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, and we learned about Indigenous experiences at Residential schools through reading Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. 

We also continued to explore literary devices and worked together as a class to revise a paragraph to include figurative language. Next week we will be playing a game to continue to work on identifying and creating our own examples of figurative language. 








Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

“Art because I liked my creation”

“We used SMART to play a math game. We worked on place value and addition!”

“We played a phys.ed. game with consumers, producers, decomposers.” 

“We learned about Residential schools and we participated in Orange Shirt Day.” 

“Mini game to review figurative language.” 








Learning Intentions for September 21st-24th: 

ELA - I can clarify understanding using note-taking and representing. Explain how literary techniques/devices (such as metaphor, synecdoche, personification, visual imagery, sound, voice inflection, flashback) and detail enhance mood, character, setting and action.

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.

SCIENCE - I can describe the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees. I can identify how trees affect and are affected by living things.

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of democracy. 


Important Dates: 

October 2020

  • October 7 - Photo Orders Due
  • October 6 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 - No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning


September 21st-September 24th

It was so great to connect with families this week during conferences! We are very excited for the wonderful year ahead!

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • “We can raise awareness for Terry Fox and we can exercise our bodies.
  • “We can complete a visual journal page for Terry Fox.” 
  • “We can solve math problems.” (We were working on our Mathematical vocabulary to solve Esti-Mysteries!)
  • “We can learn about musicians and how to create rhythms with our hands.” 

This Week:

This week, we explored figurative language in ELA! Ask your child about the different types of figurative language

we have learned and to share their own examples they came up with! We also practiced note taking of important information on Terry Fox in our Visual Journals! 

In Math, we utilized our Google Classroom tools to create questionnaires and collect data. We also collected data for the number of laps we ran for Terry Fox! Next week we will analyze and graph the data we collected! We also continued to explore different math routines including Esti-mysteries! To the right is an example of and Esti-mystery we completed! Ask your child about how they solved the Esti-mystery and how close they were to the solution! 

We have begun to explore the levels of the forest, and will continue to discuss the types of organisms living in each level of the forest! We will further explore the nutrient cycle and continue to investigate why trees and forests are important!

In Social, we have discussed the 4 pillars of democracy! We have begun to create our own visual journal pages to create our own acronyms to remember justice, equity, freedom and representation. Ask your child about the acronym they came up with! 

Learning Intentions for September 21st-24th: 

ELA - I can clarify understanding using note-taking and representing. Explain how literary techniques/devices (such as metaphor, synecdoche, personification, visual imagery, sound, voice inflection, flashback) and detail enhance mood, character, setting and action.

MATH- I can use appropriate methods for collecting data. I can collect data and draw a graph to solve problems and analyze data. 

SCIENCE - I can classify leaves and needles by type, arrangement, margin and shape. I can describe the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees. I can identify how trees affect and are affected by living things.

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of democracy.


Looking Forward: 

In Math, students will continue to utilize their understanding of place value and number sense to solve problems in our daily math routines. Students will also continue to explore graphs by creating bar graphs and learning about line graphs! 

We will continue to explore literary techniques and devices and explain how they enhance mood, character, setting and action in ELA. 

For science, we will continue to utilize the beautiful weather to further our understanding of trees and forests. Next week we will play a game in our outdoor learning space that simulates the nutrient cycle! We will also continue to explore the types of animals living in, among and under trees through the levels of the forest. 

In Social we will explore democracy, as well as participate in an activity to explain rights and responsibilities of citizens!


Important Dates

September 2020

  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

  • October 7 - School Council 6:30 pm
  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning




September 14th- September 18th

What a wonderful week! Our students have been utilizing our Outdoor Learning space as an extension of our classroom. 

We are looking forward to speaking with families (over the phone) during conferences on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th. Please look for an email from Mr. Radu for conference information as well as the link to book a conference.

Utilizing our outdoor learning space across subject areas.

Important Dates: 

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

September 2020

Cartesian Plane Battleship
  • September 23 Terry Fox Run
  • September 24 - Early Dismissal 12:15 pm, September 25 - No School for Students 
  • September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • Things that we need for class:
    • Binders!  Bring a binder to school and dividers too!
    • Headphones with a mic 
    • Extra masks if needed
  • “We played Math Battleship!” 
  • “We wrote in our Happiness Journal the best thing that happened this week.  Ask me what I wrote about.”
  • “We are reading a novel called “Out of My Mind”.  It is very interesting to hear about the world from a different perspective.  The main character has a disability and she cannot speak, walk or do things on her own, but she is very smart.”
  • “We recorded information about forests.”
  • “We did a leaf scavenger hunt.”

Cartesian Plane Battleship


Exploring Leaf Types, Shapes, Arrangements and Margins


Leaf Type, Shape, Arrangement and Margin Scavenger Hunt

Learning Intentions for Sept. 14th-18th

Math: 

  • I can identify and plot points on the first quadrant of a cartesian plane, using whole number ordered pairs. 

ELA: 

  • I can make connections to the themes found in texts, specifically making assumptions.
  • I can use specific details to enhance my writing

Social:

  • I can describe what a democracy is and how people make decisions

Science:

  • I can classify leaves and needles by type, arrangement, shape, and margin.




Looking Forward: 

Cartesian Plane 'Mart' (Math/Art)

Next week in English Language Arts, we will continue to read our class novel, ‘Out of My Mind’ focusing on different themes we find in the story.  We will also begin our look at Figurative language and how literary devices enhance a writers’ voice.

In Social we are going to discuss democratic actions citizens can participate in and what a democracy looks like in Canada.  We will also learn about the four pillars of democracy. 

In Math, we will continue to work on graphing, using real-world examples to select and apply methods to collect data. We will further analyze and graph the data we collect! 

We will continue to explore trees and forests in Science. We will look at the parts of  a leaf, and will apply our scavenger hunt notes to classify leaves and needles by type, arrangement, shape, and margin. We will further learn about the levels of the forest, and look at the kinds of animals living in, under and among trees.




September 1st-September 11th

WELCOME TO GRADE 6! 

We are so pleased to welcome you to the 2020/2021 school year! We have had a wonderful couple of weeks and a great start to the year!

Please read the following important information:

Outdoor Classroom: As we practice social distancing in our learning community, we will be utilizing our Outdoor Classroom.  While outside we will participate in various learning experiences and engage in our natural environment.  It will be important that students dress for the weather each day.  Layered and warm clothing will be crucial to a positive learning experience.  Proper footwear, coats, mitts and a toque will ensure we stay warm and ready to learn.

Indoor and Outdoor Shoes:  It has been EMJ’s school policy that each student wear separate indoor and outdoor footwear. Due to Covid-19, we will are changing our usual routine.  When the weather changes - either rain or snow - students will then need separate indoor and outdoor footwear. Their indoor shoes need to be suitable for gym class (non-marking running shoes) and outdoor shoes need to be weather appropriate.

Home Reading & Basic Fact Practice:  We highly encourage each student to read 25 to 30 minutes each night.  We understand that schedules are busy and families are always on the go, but daily reading is important to all children’s educational growth. You and your child can figure out a time to read and what material is most engaging. Please check out our Google Classroom for Basic Fact games and practice - we suggest 5-10 minutes/day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Supplies:  Students may bring in their own supplies if they choose, but assured that we have supplies in our class for everyone.  Our current school order was delayed but we have received our pencil crayons and will be receiving pencil boxes soon.  The only optional supply we are requesting if possible, is a standard binder.  We will be supporting our students as they learn to organize their binders by subject and unit.  

Google Classroom: Our Google Classroom is up and running! Ask your child to show you some of the learning tasks we have been working on! Students are able to log in with their CBE gmail account and password. 

Water Bottles:  Water bottles are necessary this year.  We ask that they be taken home daily to be washed.

Ear Buds:  Students will need ear buds when using the technology at our school.  Please send in a pair as soon as possible.  If able, earbuds with a microphone will be valuable as we plan to use this feature at school and home.

Library Book Exchange:  We will be having a book exchange from the Library on a scheduled basis.  Mrs. B and her library expertise will be mobile this year as students will request books, choose books virtually and learn to use our eLibrary.  

Parent Volunteers:  Parent volunteers have always been a crucial element of our school year.  Unfortunately 2020-2021 may not allow us to utilize this resource, but we will keep you informed if things change.

Thank you for all of your support in making this year the best it can be for students!

Important Dates and Information: 
Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson. 

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

September 2020

September 17 School Photos
September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
September 30 Orange Shirt Day

Utilizing our outdoor learning space to identify characteristics that distinguish trees from other plants.

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

“It didn’t even feel like a day because the days went by quickly.” 

“People were caring about others” 

“We were working on (and some of us presented) our All About Me.” 

“We practiced sit spots in our Outdoor Learning Space.” 

Learning intentions for Sept.1-Sept. 11th: 

MATH: 
- I can demonstrate an understanding of place value including numbers greater than 1 million
ELA: 
- I can assess language use and establish goals to enhance learning.
SCIENCE:
- I can identify why trees and forests are valued. 
- I can identify characteristics that distinguish trees from other plants.
SOCIAL: 
- I can describe what a society is and which societies I belong to.
- I can compare 3-4 different types of governments.
- I can give 3 examples showing how Canada participates in a form of Democracy.

Looking Forward: 

Next week we will continue to work on our place value Yahtzee game in Math, and will begin to look at various graphs and graphing coordinates on a Cartesian plane. We will also continue to explore Trees and Forests, and take a deeper look at how forests serve as a habitat for many different organisms. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Ms. Mercier & Mrs. Mabbott! 

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