Ms. Kazi-Tani | Grade 6

Sept. 29th, 2022

 

Ms. K’s Weekly Update! Sept 26th– 29th, 2022

Looking Back

·       This week all students at Woodbine School joined in the Terry Fox Run/Walk. We travelled together as a grade group through Fish Creek Park and met back at our school.

·       As part of our wellness curriculum, we have continued to reflect upon our emotions. We finished reading “The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy and students started their emotion projects (please see the Google Classroom for this expressive project).

·       Students are in the middle of writing their first personal narrative writing piece in Language Arts. We have just finished reading chapter 2 of “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli. The PDF version is available in the Google Classroom along with audio.

·       In Math, we continued problem solving using long division and multiplication skills as well as investigating patterns and relations.

·       In Science, students have been completing “Trees and Forest Mission II”. Please visit our Google Classroom for project details. Students have been learning about tree and leaf identification and we will delve more into that next week.

·       In Social Studies students have finished all their debates. We watched campaign videos as a grade 6 group and voted for our Gr. 6 Mayor and Councillors!  We are now proud to announce that we have a grade 6 student council!

·       For Indigenous Reconciliation Day, we read the story: “You Hold Me Up” by Monique Gray and Danielle Daniel. In a sharing circle, we reflected and created art around what it means to be held up by others and how others hold us up.

Looking Forward

·       In Language Arts we will get a little further into reading the book: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli. We will be reflecting on the themes of individuality, conformity, and kindness during our novel study. We will also be editing our first drafts of our personal narratives. Students are encouraged to share during Author’s Chair each week to receive peer and teacher feedback.

·       For Wellness, students will be completing their emotional expression assignment.  Don’t forget to ask your child about it, I am so pleased with the effort and vulnerability they have showed while working on this.

·       In Math, we will be diving into patterns and relations and algebraic expressions. 

·       In Science we will continue learning about trees and forests and some students will share their Trees and Forrest projects! We will also be heading to Fish Creek on Thursday Oct. 6th.  

·       In Social Studies we will be learning about Canadian levels and branches of Government.  

Please always remember that you can contact me at any time should you have any questions or wonderings! I truly value open communication!

Remember to check our Google Classroom regularly with your child.

Important Dates and Reminders:

·       Grade 6 Vaccinations Monday, Oct. 3rd 

·       Fish Creek Park trip Thursday, Oct. 6th. (Fish Creek Friday dates: Please see the sheet that your child brought home this week for all the dates!) All dates are weather dependent).

·       No School Friday, Oct. 7th -Non-Instructional Day

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani

ffkazitani@cbe.ab.ca


Ms. K’s Weekly Update! Sept 19th– 23rd, 2022

Looking Back

·       Another fantastic week! Thank you to everyone that came in for conferences this week, it was wonderful meeting you all.

·       As part of our wellness curriculum, we have been reflecting upon our emotions. We have been reading “The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy, each morning this week which serves to engage young students in reflecting upon their feelings and how to express them in positive ways.

·       Students have started writing their first personal narrative writing piece in Language Arts to as we begin narrative writing unit this week. We have also started our novel study. We are reading “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli. The PDF version is available in the Google Classroom along with audio.

·       In Math, we are problem solving using division and multiplication skills as well as investigating patterns and relations.  We are also delving into the realm on financial literacy.

·       In Science, students are working on their second project: “Trees and Forest Mission II”. Please visit our Google Classroom for project details.

·       We had our first trip to Fish Creek Provincial Park this Thursday! What a wonderful day it was! Ask your child about their experience! This trip engaged students in the scientific classification and identification of trees.

·       In Social Studies students had their first debate. We are also learning currently learning about the levels and branches of government.

Looking Forward

·       In Language Arts we will get a little further into reading the book: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli. We will be reflecting on the themes of individuality, conformity, and kindness during our novel study. We will also be completing our first drafts of our personal narratives. Students are encouraged to share during Author’s Chair this coming week.

·       For Wellness, students have just been introduced to an emotional expression assignment.  Ask your child about it. It is outlined in the Google Classroom.

·       In Math, we will continue problem solving using division and multiplication skills as well as investigating patterns and relations using algebra.  

·       In Science we will be finishing up our Trees & Forests Mission II projects!

·       In Social Studies we will be working in our campaign groups to complete our campaign videos before voting on our two councillors and mayor for the whole of grade 6.

Please always remember that you can contact me at any time should you have any questions or wonderings! I truly value open communication!

Remember to check our Google Classroom regularly with your child.

Important Dates and Reminders:

·       Terry Fox Run is on Sept. 28th

·       Orange Shirt Day is on Sept. 29th

·       Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

·       Fish Creek Friday dates: Please see the sheet that your child brought home this week for all the dates!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani

ffkazitani@cbe.ab.ca


Ms. K’s Weekly Update! Sept 12 – 16th, 2022

Looking Back

·       What a wonderful full week! I am very proud of all of the students and their efforts towards reaching their learning goals this week.

·       We reflected upon the 7 Grandfather Teachings and the personal meanings that they have in our life. Ask your child about the teaching that is most meaningful to them.

·       Students shared their mini-project called “Meet Me”- Google Presentations. Ask your child all about it and how it tied into our wellness curriculum.

·       Students completed their first narrative writing piece in Language Arts using a picture prompt: “A Message in a Bottle”.  Ask them about their story.

·       In Math, we completed our final grade 6 assessment to see where students are requiring the most support. We began our first Math unit this week. We have started working on division and multiplication skills in order to solve problems.

·       In Science, students are working on their Trees and Forest project Mission I. Please visit our Google Classroom for project details.

·       In Social Studies students are working on their Election Projects as they campaign together for our next debate on Sept. 22nd.  

Looking Forward

·       In Language Arts we will be beginning our first novel study. We will be reading the book: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

        This is a beautiful book outlining the themes of individuality, conformity, and kindness. We will also be sharing our              “Message in a Bottle” stories during our first Authors Chair this coming week.

·       In Science we will be starting our Trees & Forests Mission II project!

·       In Math we will be problem solving using long division and multiplication skills.

·       In Social Studies we will be having our election debate and continue learning about the 3 levels of government.

·       I also look forward to our first trip to Fish Creek on Thursday!

*Please always remember that you can contact me at any time should you have any questions or wonderings! I truly value open communication!

*Remember to check our Google Classroom regularly with your child.

Important Dates and Reminders:

·       Meet the Teacher– Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd - (do not forget to book your time slot when the online booking system is running again.  Conference options are available in person or online)

·       Orange Shirt Day is on Sept. 29th

·       Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

·       Fish Creek Friday dates: Please see the sheet that your child brought home this week for all the dates! Our first trip is on Sept. 22nd.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani

ffkazitani@cbe.ab.ca

Ms. K's Weekly Update! - Sept 6 – 9, 2022

 

Looking Back

·       This week has been such a wonderful one and I am so proud of each and every student and their efforts to putting their best foot forward and adapting to the grade 6 classroom environment with ease.

·       In Math we have been problem solving as a class. Students have been faced with mathematical problems that have challenged their prior knowledge of basic math facts which required them to solve using strategies in which they needed to use more than one math skill.

·       In Language Arts, we completed a reading comprehension test to help us gain knowledge of where everyone is at reading level wise. We have also been writing in our journals using wellness prompts each morning to get our creative juices flowing before entering the narrative writing process next week.  

·       In Science, we began watching a video which shared how Earth’s systems affect one another. We began our first unit, Trees & Forests, with a discussion about what we already knew about trees. We learned about some different types of trees a here in Alberta, why trees and forests are important, and how trees are classified.  We also went outside to sketch two tree types and leaf shapes to gain real life examples as to how we classify trees.

·       In Social Studies we are learning about Canadian Government  and Democracy. We started our election project this week  and student speeches were shared today!  I am so proud of our candidates! Well done!

Looking Forward

·       We will be finishing our baseline testing this week.

·       I am so excited to begin our first Trees & Forest project on Monday!

·       Math will start to get going this week as we gain a sense of where are students are with problem solving skills and basic math facts.

·       "Meet Me" Projects will be presented this week and I am so very excited to hear them all!

·       Our election process and campaigning begins in Social Studies.

·       We will begin story writing in Language Arts!

Just A Few Reminders:

·       Remember to always feel free to connect with me should you have any questions or wonderings!

·       Please check Google Classroom for updates as they  will be added to the stream/newsfeed to keep you in know about what is happening in the classroom.  

Important Dates

·       Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd (you can choose an in-person or virtual meeting)

·       Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

·       Fish Creek Friday dates TBD



Ms. K’s Weekly Update!                                                                                                                 Sept 1 – 2, 2022

Looking Back:

·       What a wonderful start and first two days of our new and fresh 2022/2023 Woodbine School Year!!!

·       It was great to meet all of your wonderful children this week. I truly look forward to fulfilling year.

·       This week we reviewed class expectations, discussed how our classroom runs and flows, and learned about the power gratitude and setting daily meaningful intentions to achieve our goals. Ask your child about our Gratitude and Intention Board!

·       Students took part in two STEM Design Challenges. Ask them about what they did and how they did it!

·       We began a mini-project called “Meet Me”- Google Presentation. Ask your child all about it and how it tied into our wellness curriculum.

·       Students wrote me “teacher letter” describing themselves and who they are as unique individuals and communicated their learning needs.

·       We also began a Name Art project, in which every design aspect symbolises a piece of themselves.

·       Thank you for raising wonderful beings! They came to school prepared to learn and engage in discussion. They have settled in well to their new learning environment which brings me such joy. 

Looking Forward

·       In grade 6 we will be beginning some baseline testing to get an idea of where everyone is and where we need to go from here.

·       Our Science Trees & Forests unit will begin this week!

·       Our Math will begin this week.

·       This Meet Me Projects are due Friday.

·       In Social Studies we will be starting a class election campaign this coming week.

Please always remember that you can contact me at any time should you have any questions or wonderings! I truly value open communication!

Our Google Classroom is up and running so please remember to check regularly with your child.

Important Dates and Reminders:

·       Labour Day Monday – No School

·       Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd

·       Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

·       Fish Creek Friday dates TBD 

 

Have a Wonderful Long Weekend!

If your child has not already mentioned, I love quotes! So be prepared for a weekly quote attached to these blog messages!

Sincerely,

Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani

ffkazitani@cbe.ab.ca





      


Dear Grade 6 Families,

My name is Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani and I am simply delighted to be your child’s Grade 6 teacher this year.  I hope you have had a wonderful and serene summer with your friends and family.  I look forward to collaborating with you as we journey through this exciting, fresh, and new school year together.  

I have been a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education since 2011 and have taught a variety of grades & subjects from Gr.4- Gr.12 as well as kindergarten.

I am a certified yoga teacher and enjoy sharing mindful practices with the wonderful beings that I am so fortunate to teach.  I have lived and travelled all over the world and I am very proud to call Calgary my home. I spent my summer holiday with friends and family, enjoying lakes, nature trails, creating art, reading, paddle boarding and volunteering at the Equine Therapy Center.

I look truly look forward to learning more about you and your child this year. To learn more about what we will be covering in Gr.6, please use this Learn Alberta link below: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/grade6.html#1 

I hope you have all been able to subscribe to SchoolMessenger via our school website:  https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Woodbine/Pages/default.aspx, to ensure you receive messages and information about our classroom such as important reminders and information on field trips and dates to remember. This will be my main form of communication. Your child will also be enrolled in our private Gr. 6 Google Classroom this year. This will be an area where you can find supportive resources, helpful links, and subject material organized by topic as the school year goes on.

Our first day of school is Thursday, September 1st , starting at 8:55am. Your child’s classroom is room 21.   Your child will be entering the through the grade 5 doors at the back of the school. Teachers will be outside available to help you find your room and entry door should you require assistance.

Supervision for students begins at 8:40am every morning, with school starting 8:55am.  Students are released to go home at 3:40pm Monday to Thursday and 12:50pm on Fridays.  Your child will be dismissed through the grade 5 doors.

When picking up your child during the day, we require you to check them out through the office.  Our school calendar for the year will also be attached to this letter.  As you can see, it’s going to be a busy year! 

Please feel free to contact me at any time. I am always available to support you and your child in answering any questions or wonderings you may have and to support your child’s learning needs. I truly appreciate open lines of communication.

I am looking forward to embarking on this special Grade 6 journey with you and your family.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fay Kazi-Tani

Gr. 6 Teacher

ffkazitani@cbe.ab.ca

 

“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” ~ Jenny Han



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