Ms. Mabbott & Mrs. Mercier

June 14th - June 18th

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by AppointmentJune 7th - June 11th

We had an eventful and fun week.  Grade 6 has begun to get ready for the end of the year, organizing their learning materials and completing unfinished work. Please read the blogs below created by Room 18.




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June 7th - June 11th

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment

Check out our student created blogs to share our learning this week! 





May 31st to June 4th

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Please read Room 18 student reflections of the week.







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May 25th to 28th

Important Dates:

Wheel day at EMJ School: On Wednesday, June 2nd we will be hosting a ‘Wheel to school day’.  This day is to help promote active methods of transportation on the way to school.  Research shows that being active before school can stimulate student’s engagement in their learning.  Students can ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards to school.  We will be closing the gym for the day and students can safely store their ‘wheels’ there until the end of the day.  Please remember to wear your helmet!  We look forward to seeing you on your ‘wheels’ on June 2nd.

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Check out our student-generated blog for this week!








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May 17th-20th

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 25 - Return to in-person classes for K-6 students

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

We have wrapped our our final week of at-home learning. Our students demonstrated resilience, independence and flexibility during this time. We are so proud of them!

We are looking forward to returning to in-person classes on Tuesday, May 25th! We wish students and families a wonderful long weekend!

Check out our week this week from the voices of our students. This week, our students wrote blog posts on ELA, Math, Online Learning and our work with the Amazing Race. 





Room 18: Online Schedule

May 10th to May 14th

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 7th to 25th - Online Learning for Kindergarten to Grade 6, including Learning and Literacy students
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


Our first week of online learning is complete.  The students did an amazing job persevering and learning to become more independent learners.  We are lucky that we use Google Classroom on a daily basis so the delivery of our assignments and learning supports is the same, but our class has done an amazing job following our schedule and being on time for meets.  With the technology glitches and other issues along the way, Room 18 has used their problem-solving strategies to hand in their work and stay on task.  We are very proud of them!

We also thank our PARENTS! We understand that this is a huge shift for you and challenging on the best of days.  We appreciate your communication and patience as we continue to teach the curriculum and prepare your kiddos for junior high.  Partnership between home and school has never been more important! Thank you!

This week’s blog looks a little bit different as our main focus during online learning is literacy and numeracy, embedding Science and Social along the way.  We decided to add 2 new blog categories to demonstrate the various activities we are engaged in during online learning.






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May 3rd to May 7th

Important Dates:

May 2021

  • May 7th to 25th - Online Learning for Kindergarten to Grade 6, including Learning and Literacy students
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

FROM THE OFFICE:

As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday, May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in-school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole-class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

As room 18 resumes classes online, packages have been sent home to support learning for the next 2 weeks.  Students use the Google Classroom platform daily and are confident when navigating the assignments and supports available.  The schedule sent home (also pictured above) outlines our daily routines, and specifically when students are asked to join us for lessons or can access online support (indicated in yellow). Ask your child to see their Google Classroom site to see our daily list of lessons, practice activities, and assignments.  They can also show you their online work and comments with the teachers.  If your child would like extra support from us, we are available during our Open Office hours to work one on one or in small groups. Open office is optional and students can come and go as needed or stay the whole time for support.  This new routine is unexpected but we are confident our class will do a great job!

Below is the blog created by our students during their first day online!  They did great communicating with their group members, sharing responsibilities, and completing the task.





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April 27th -30th:

Important Dates:

Hats On! for Mental Health Day

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. EMJ will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. Students will also participate in classroom discussions around understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.  

May 2021

  • May 5 - Hats On! for Mental Health
  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Check out our learning this week from the voices of our students!



April 19th - 23rd:

Important Dates

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Check out this week's learning from the voices of our students!


APRIL 12th to 16th:

April 2021

  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment


This week, students engaged in various large projects and independent activities. They showed determination when focusing on their Wonderopolis articles and enthusiasm when learning about air and aerodynamics.  Ask your child about Bernoulli's Principle. Here is the week summary in their own words.







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April 6th-9th

Important Dates: 

April 2021

  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are
    welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

Welcome back after Spring Break! Our Grade 6's have done an excellent job summarizing their learning through their collaborative blog posts. This week we are sharing their blog work from the week before spring break as well as this week. Check out the highlights of the week from the student perspective!




March 15th-19th

Important Dates: 

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

What a great week in grade 6! The students worked collaboratively again this week to share their highlights and learning for the week! Take a peek of their weekly recap!  


March 8th to 12th

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume
  • Apr. 13 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Apr. 26 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

May 2021

  • May 11 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • May 21 - No Classes - Teacher Professional Learning

June 2021

  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day - by Appointment

This week was filled with excitement, anticipation, and new adventures!  Ask your child about their favourite part of their week.


 This week, we integrated Language Arts and Social Studies.  We held our election and began with a live discussion and question period.  Our municipal candidates created notes to prepare for their opening remarks and jotted down their solutions to our issues.  They received questions from our audience and did a brilliant job responding to their constituents.  Our classroom constituents prepared for the debate by researching each candidate's platform of ideas via their social media presentation and noted the points that stood out.  They also prepared a question for each candidate.  


This election was fast-paced and eventful.  On Wednesday, our class prepared for a realistic adaptation of a Municipal election.  A handful of students became our election officers and ran our polling station while the rest of the group made their democratic decisions. Our winners were celebrated and will begin their jobs next week. 

Thank you to each candidate for your hard work and commitment.  Your platform of ideas was well thought out and your solutions were creative.  We look forward to the many positive changes that you will make in our school community.  You are all leaders!


In Math this week, students dove into their multiplication strategies and learned/reviewed the Box/Area method and Lattice method to solve multi-digit questions.  They reviewed each of the methods and chose their preferred strategy to use for the remainder of the unit.  Have your child show you each of the strategies - traditional algorithm, Box/Area, and Lattice!



In Science, students learned about the ‘reasons for the seasons’ as they discussed the Earth’s tilt on its axis and how it revolves around the sun.  We learned that the tilt of the Earth’s axis also causes the number of daylight hours to vary throughout the year.  For example, we currently have approximately 12 hours of sunlight, compared to 7.5 hours in December.  This was the final lesson of the unit and students then completed a Sky Science check-in.  Their marks have been shared.


Room 18 also took a virtual trip to the Safety Expo held by the City of Calgary.  We viewed 2 presentations; one focusing on Disaster Preparedness and the other was about Online Bullying.


Learning Intentions for March 8th - 11th: 

ELA - I can research new information and create my own jot notes.  I can share my personal perspective on issues that matter to my community using a digital presentation. 

MATH- I can use personal strategies to complete multi-digit multiplication.

SCIENCE - I can recognize that the movement of objects in the night sky is regular and predictable, and explain how this apparent movement is related to Earth’s rotation.  I can describe seasonal changes in the length of the day and night and in the angle of the sun above the horizon.

SOCIAL - I can explain the voting process and the jobs that are necessary. I can describe my job as a citizen during the voting process.  I can share why voting is important to democracy

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March 1st - 5th

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • March 1 to 5 - Grade 6 Election preparation and research
    • **YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE HOMEWORK THIS WEEKEND.  PLEASE ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR SOCIAL.  All task information can be found on our Google Classroom page.
      • March 10th - Election Day!
  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume

Is it March already? It was another big week of research, election preparation and learning. Students are practicing skills such as time management, organization and reading the instructions to ensure they are on task.  Today's blog was co-written by students and teachers.  Enjoy!


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February 22nd - 26th

Important Dates:

March 2021

  • March 1 to 5 - Grade 6 Election preparation and research
    • March 10th - Election Day!
  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

April 2021

  • Apr. 5 - Easter Monday - No School
  • Apr. 6 - Classes Resume

We had a busy week of learning in Room 18.  Students are learning to organize and set daily goals to complete larger projects, as well as advocate when they need extra support or time.  Our blogs reflect the learning and hard work students completed this week, through their perspective.


LINK: https://wonderopolis.org/



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February 16th - 19th

Important Dates: 

February 2021

  • Feb. 24 - Pink Shirt Day - Wear pink to show your support for anti-bullying

March 2021

  • Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences
  • Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences
  • Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes

It was a wonderful week in Room 18, filled with hard work and perseverance. Our students worked collaboratively to share evidence of their learning through their blog writing! Take a look at our week through the eyes of our students!




February 1st to 5th

The cold weather has set in so stay warm!  Please send your child to school with the appropriate winter wear.  We are excited for a short week next week. Students will have Thursday and Friday off for Teachers' Convention and the following Monday off for Family Day. If you have not already, please take a look at your child's report card on PowerSchool to celebrate their accomplishments.

Here is Room18's blog for the week.  This week, the students’ collaborative efforts were outstanding!



Important dates…

February 2021

·       Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention

·       Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day

·       Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 

 

March 2021

·       Mar. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!

·       Mar. 11 and 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

·       Mar. 11 - Early Dismissal - 12:15 pm - Conferences

·       Mar. 12 - No School - Conferences

·       Mar. 29 to Apr. 2 - Spring Break - No Classes



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January 25th to 28th

This week, Room 18 was filled with focused learning, determination... and a bit of silliness and giggles.  With indoor recesses taking over the week, the grade 6's did well using their mindfulness skills to stay calm when learning and working, and took advantage of breaks when they could.  Ask your child about our Smiling Mind breaks after lunch and what guided mindfulness looks like for them. 



Students continue to author our blog posts and this is what they collaborated on this week:

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January 18th to 22nd

This week, room 18 students collaborated to create the blog once again. Together, they were able to determine celebrations about their blog work last week, and determine goals that they will work on this week. Below you will find the work of our grade 6 students to share their learning throughout this week! Our students continue to impress us with their ability to utilize success criteria and their learning experiences to create thoughtful blog entries. 


Important Dates: 

January 2021

  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • Feb. 3 - Winter Walk Day!
  • Feb. 4 - Report Cards Available Online through PowerSchool
  • Feb. 9 - School Council - Online - ALL parents are welcome!
  • Feb. 11 and 12 - No School - Calgary Teachers’ Convention
  • Feb. 15 - No School - Family Day
  • Feb. 21 - Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying 



January 11th to 15th

Room 18 is learning about different forms of writing.  With the world of blogs and vlogs booming, we decided that they would do an amazing job writing our own class blog. Below is the product of our grade 6's, working in socially distanced virtual groups, collaborating their ideas and celebrating this week of learning.  We are so proud of them!


       

Important Dates: 

January 2021

  • January 4 to 8 -  At-home learning through Google Classroom
  • January 11 - Students return to in-person learning at school
  • January 29 - No School - Teacher Professional Learning

February 2021

  • February 3 - Winter Walk Day 



December 7th to 11th - 


Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

  • - “We put kindness posters around the school to make our EMJ community feel appreciated. ❤️  We are receiving kind messages back.”
  • - “We had an extra gym (earned through kind actions).”
  • - “We played Bench Dodgeball and Infection in gym.”
  • - “We filled our teacher’s buckets.” 💜
  • - “We learned a new strategy in Math. We skipped counted multiples to convert Improper Fractions to mixed numbers.”
  • - “Today in Math I learned how to convert Improper Fractions to Mixed.”
  • - “On the weekend we are going to head to Google Classroom and complete a FlipGrid task.  It is to ensure we can get onto our Google - Classroom during online learning.”
  • - “Mr. Radu found his missing water bottle.”
  • - “We wrote a Science test today.”
  • - "In gym, we did Cup Stacking."


As we near the Winter Break, Room 18 has had conversations about the community and making a positive difference.  This week we decided to share positive gratitude messages to each of the classes and groups of people in the building.  We identified the special characteristics each group has demonstrated and celebrated their accomplishments.  Our hope was to spread kindness in our community.  The response from our actions has filled our buckets ❤️


This week in Language Arts, Room 18 focused on themes in stories.  We began the conversation last week focusing on our novel, ‘Out of my Mind’.  Brainstorming various themes in the story, students also wrote down specific examples to support their thoughts.  Next, we took the time to analyze our notes and craft a complete paragraph focusing on specific topic sentences and included strong supporting examples.  As we near the end of our novel, students have done well sharing their connections to the storyline and characters. Ask your child about their favourite characters in the text and what event in the story stood out most for them. Next week, we will finish our novel and look back at the author’s message.



  









In Math, Grade 6 focused on converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and improper to mixed.  We began with creating a tool kit reference sheet and identified the MAD strategy (Multiply, Add, Denominator stays the same) and using multiples strategy.  Students also looked at real life situations such as baking, when these skills would be useful.  We also learned a tic-tac-toe game that was used to practice converting these fractions. 

In Social this week, we continued our look at bylaws and shared the information we learned when researching Calgary’s bylaws.  We learned about graffiti, cat and dog issues, disposal of items like refrigerators and freezers, littering and many more.  Next week, we will finish sharing our bylaw information, explore how municipal government is structured in urban and rural areas and how school boards function.   


In Science, we began the week focusing on reviewing the many concepts we have learned relating to Trees and Forests. We played a Kahoot and flipped through digital flashcards to highlight specific vocabulary words, look at the elements of a leaf and tree, as well as identifying ways that humans enhance and negatively impact a forest.  Room 18 also learned how to read a dichotomous key to identify specific trees in Alberta forests by looking at their leaves and leaf structure.  We finished the week with a Trees and Forest final test. 



Learning Intentions for November 30th - December 3rd: 

ELA - I can explain my own point of view when sharing my ideas about a text.  I can discuss common topics or themes in a text. 

MATH- I can identify improper fractions pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can identify mixed numbers pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can relate improper fractions and mixed numbers. 

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

I can use a dichotomous key to classify leaves. I can use my understanding of trees and forests to answer specific questions.

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of municipal bylaws.  I can research Calgary bylaws identifying important information and sharing it with my peers.


Important Dates:

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • December 11 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume



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Students discussed and identified the most important information and facts from the event. They then used this data to create their own news articles.

November 30th - December 3rd


This week in Language Arts, Room 18 continued their focus on news article writing.  Students annotated a news article focusing on mask wearing, finding elements such as the lead, quotations, facts and main ideas.  They also had the opportunity to finish their first article focusing on a coffee theft in our classroom.  Students had a great time, crafting their catchy headlines and explaining the events.

This week in Math, we started our week with “Multiple Monday” where we discussed multiples of numbers, and how we can use repeated addition, our colour coded number charts and skip counting to determine multiples of a number. We were able to make connections to multiples and multiplying a number. We then continued to work with pictorial, concrete and symbolic representations of mixed numbers and improper fractions. We have continued to relate mixed numbers and improper fractions, using our personal toolkits. Next week, we will complete a check-in for mixed numbers and improper fractions, and begin to look at representing number patterns using variables, graphs and tables.


In Science, we have explored human impact on trees and forests. We have discussed the many different ways humans can enhance or threaten forest ecosystems. Students were then provided with a land planning assignment that allowed them to determine how they would allocate land by taking in group “requests” such as conservation areas, campgrounds, mining companies, forest production companies, etc. Students considered different viewpoints on how the land would be used, and what decisions they would make with the land. Next week, we will be reviewing our understanding of trees and forests, and will have a Trees and Forests test on Friday, December 11th. Keep an eye out for a review guide coming home early next week. 

 

   

In Social this week, students dove into Calgary bylaws.  Researching a bylaw they found interesting, grade 6’s created their own Jamboard frame that highlighted the main ideas that the bylaw focused on and why they personally felt it was important.  Students looked at bylaws ranging from cat and dog restrictions to graffiti, smoking and public behaviour.  We will share our bylaw finding with the group this week.  Please ask your child to share the bylaw they chose and look at the Jamboard that was created.


Learning Intentions for November 30th - December 3rd: 

ELA - I can write a news article that is organized and informative.  I can include the main elements of a news article in my writing - headline, by line, place line, lead (who, what, when, where), body (why and how), important facts and at least 2 interview quotations. I can read a news article and identify the different elements. I can summarize a news article, highlighting its main idea.

MATH- I can identify mixed numbers pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can identify improper fractions pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can relate mixed numbers and improper fractions.  I can identify multiples of numbers less than 100.

SCIENCE - I can identify human actions that enhance the existence of forests. I can identify human actions that threaten the existence of forests. I can identify human uses of forests. I can compare modern and historical patterns of the use of forests. 

SOCIAL - I can demonstrate my understanding of municipal bylaws.  I can research Calgary bylaws identifying important information and sharing it with my peers.

Important Dates:

December 2020

  • Collecting donations for Mayor’s Annual Food Drive
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 11 - Wear your favorite holiday sweater
  • December 18 PJ day
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

January 2021

  • January 4 Classes resume



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November 23rd-27th

Highlights of the week from the voices of our students: 

“We worked on Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions” 

“We learned about News Articles and are going to be writing an article next week.” 

“We learned about the headlines for a news article and we got these pictures and we had to write something (a headline) that would match the picture.” 


Wow! What a great week in Room 18! 

In Math, we have continued to explore mixed numbers - we drew, built and wrote the symbolic form of mixed numbers. We used our whiteboards to show our understanding which naturally led into connections with decimals and into improper fractions. We worked on two strategies to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions, including drawing the pictorial representation and counting, as well as MAD (M-multiply, A-add, D-same denominator).  We have also begun a new Math routine to deepen our understanding of our basic facts, practice graphing, and setting/working towards personal goals. Ask your child about our new basic fact morning routine! Next week, we will work on building improper fractions concretely, to convert from improper fractions to mixed numbers, and relate to real-world experiences such as baking!

In Science, we utilized our local Alberta tree research to finish our plasticine art inspired by Barbara Reid. We created a background, and added bark texture, leaf/needle details and even added landscape features. Next week, we will take a look at human actions that enhance or threaten a forest ecosystem.

In Language Arts we continued to read our class novel ‘Out of My Mind’.  The main character, Melody has had a turning point in her school life and is now seen as an equal.  We had a discussion about prejudice thinking and the effects it can have on a person or group of people.  We also have begun our focus on News Article writing. We talked about the parts of a news article and brainstormed our own headlines, subheadlines and leads that were linked to picture prompts.  On Thursday we had our own headline making event and are now writing our own news article to share the news.  Ask your child about our classroom theft.

We started Municipal government in Social Studies this week.  Students learned about the services provided by our local government and the people who are involved.  We discussed the needs found in a community like Calgary and learned how our government meets those needs.  Ask your child about our upcoming election at EMJ!


Learning Intentions for November 9-13th: 

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

MATH- I can identify mixed numbers pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can identify improper fractions pictorially, symbolically, and concretely. I can relate mixed numbers and improper fractions. 

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.



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


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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